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Summit County is recruiting people to serve as poll workers Nov. 4 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Only registered voters can apply, Chief Deputy Clerk Ryan Cowley said.

One hundred people are needed to staff polls Election Day, he explained, adding that poll workers receive lunch and $10 per hour.

Workers must attend one training session offered Oct. 13 or 14.

"The people who have done it in the past get quite a bit of satisfaction out of it," Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said. "It’s just something that not that many people have been able to take advantage of."

Judges can work at any poll location throughout the county, Cowley said.

"We have quite a few names for poll workers that have helped us with previous elections and that we collected from the caucus meetings," Cowley said. "We are finding that many of the people who signed up now have conflicts and are unable to help us. We are looking to expand the pool of people that we can pull from."

Contact the Summit County Clerk’s Office at 615-3204 for more information.

Judge with Summit ties gets nod

A judge who presided over several high-profile Summit County cases was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals.

Third District Court Presiding Judge Robert K. Hilder will fill an upcoming vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals, Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said in a prepared statement.

"Judge Hilder has been an excellent trial court judge for more than 12 years, and brings with him valuable knowledge and experience to our Court of Appeals," Huntsman said. "I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this new capacity."

Hilder received his law degree from the University of Utah and has presided on the bench in Summit and Salt Lake counties.

The state Senate must approve the appointment.

Hunters beware

U.S. Forest Service officials warn big-game hunters entering the woods that roads are extremely wet and muddy.

Driving on wet roads causes erosion, which harms water quality, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Supervisor Brian Ferebee said.

"It is the responsibility of all hunters and other forest users to obtain travel maps, which show roads and trails that are designated open to off highway vehicles," Ferebee said in a prepared statement. "Under no circumstances are motorized vehicles ever allowed off designated roads and trails, not even to retrieve game."

Farm Safety Week

Utah farmers recognized Sept. 21-27 as National Farm Safety and Health Week, which is dedicated to the well-being of America’s farmers and ranchers.

There were about 715 deaths and 80,000 serious injuries in agriculture in the past year, according to a Utah Farm Bureau press release.

"It happens. Carelessness mostly," said Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme, who is a farmer in Oakley.

Farmers are injured when they get caught in machinery, Woolstenhulme said.

"Or they get their clothes caught in machinery and get wound up," he said. "You never leave equipment running when you’re not on the tractor. People fall and they make wrong kinds of moves and end up in the machinery."

Visit the Farm Safety and Health Web site at http://www.nsc.org/necas/HealthWeek2008.aspx.


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