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ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University Foundation has received a study abroad annual scholarship from the Friendship Force of Southern Oregon. The organization's annual gift will provide a summer study abroad opportunity for an SOU student.

Junior Christina Burns is the 2011 recipient and will travel to Oviedo, Spain.

An organization rooted in cultural exchange, the Friendship Force of Southern Oregon promotes global understanding across the barriers that separate people through the values of mutual respect, cultural diversity and cultural exploration, according to a press release from SOU.

For more information about the scholarship and other study abroad opportunities, see the SOU International Programs website at

More information about the Friendship Force of Southern Oregon can be found at

An Ashland forester received a national award that commemorates dedication despite "challenging and difficult working circumstances throughout the span of their careers," according to a news release.

Marty Main received the Tough Tree Award from the Society of American Foresters, an educational organization representing U.S. forestry professions.

Main has been with the city of Ashland since 1995. He is the senior forester for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project.

An advocacy group plans to release a study of the effects of cutting Medicaid at U.S. Rep. Greg Walden's Medford office at 11 a.m. on Thursday, according to a press release from the advocacy group.

A delegation led by Oregon Action, as part of the Health Care for America Now campaign, will attend a meeting with Walden's staff in order to question them about Walden's past support for cutting Medicaid, as well as his support for similar cuts proposed in negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.

Walden is out of the country during the congressional recess, but organizers said they will deliver a letter to Walden's staff inviting the congressman to come to Medford during the August recess to address Medicaid and rural health issues, the release said.

Art on the Rim, the second annual art show at Crater Lake National Park, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, at the Rim Village Community House.

The featured artwork was created by the park's fall 2010 and spring 2011 artists-in-residence. The work of Zoe Ani, Cathleen Casey, Susan Semenick, David Lorenz Winston and Gail Weisfield will be on display.

The park's artist-in-residence program brings new and emerging artists across the country to stay in historic park housing for two weeks, surrounded by the stunning landscapes the park is known for.

More information about the program can be found at Applications for the fall residency, which runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15, are due on July 15.

Medford's Community Health Center received an $85,000 grant from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund, according to a news release.

The Oregon Community Foundation grant will provide dental screening, fluoride varnishes, case management and oral-hygiene education to children in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Eagle Point, Prospect and Butte Falls school districts.

In many cases, the dental screening uncovers oral infections or cavities. Outreach workers then contact parents to help families access dental care in partnership with the Children's Dental Clinic and other resources.

According to the 2009 Oregon Smile Survey, 5,000 Oregon schoolchildren daily are in need of urgent care because of pain and infection from tooth decay.

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