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Local news briefs: Feb. 25, 2014

Jennifer Ewing will lead a workshop on worm composting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. She will also lead a class on raised bed gardening from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the same day.

In the worm-composting class, she will cover easy ways to create soil amendments from kitchen scraps, even in small yards.

The cost to attend is $12. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

A Southern Oregon fire-prevention group has received national recognition for its efforts to prevent the spread of wildfires into urban areas.

The Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative received the runner-up prize in the 2013 Firewise Challenge contest. It will receive a $900 check to purchase tools and materials such as chainsaw chaps and work gloves, which will be loaned to communities performing wildfire mitigation work.

The co-op is an interagency, nonprofit group that encompasses the Applegate Valley, Seven Basins area, Greensprings and a portion of suburban Ashland designated as a wildfire hazard zone. It helps property owners plan and complete projects that would help keep wildfires from spreading into populated areas.

Visit www.firewise.org/usa for more information.

Karen Scott, author of "Sweet Pea The Homeless Dog Who Could Not Be Caught" will have a book-signing from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Oregon Books & Games, 150 N.E. E St., Grants Pass.

All proceeds from sale of the book, which focuses on a stray dog that came into the author's life, will go to Southern Oregon Humane Society. The book is available at Bloomsbury Books and Sound Peace, both in Ashland, Oregon Books in Grants Pass and Southern Oregon Humane Society on Table Rock Road in Medford.

Compiled from staff reports