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6/30 News In Brief

*City sets sights on armory property*Dallas candidate packets available*WV Hospital adds MRI capability*Library announces summer hours*Dallas water report ready for review*Discussion of E-Verify set f

City sets sights on armory property

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is looking to purchase the shuttered Oregon Army National Guard armory property in Dallas at Southwest Mill and Church streets.

City Manager Jerry Wyatt said the city answered an Oregon Department of Administrative Services notice of sale of the property in May. The city has since learned that it was the only respondent.

An appraisal is yet to be done on the property and no price has been offered, Wyatt said. The city does not have plans for the property at this time,

he said.

The next step is for the Oregon Military Department and the city to schedule a time to discuss the sale.

The old armory was closed in late 2008 and the 162nd Engineering Unit housed there moved to Salem. OMD has plans in the works for a new Polk County Readiness Center that will be located just outside Dallas.

Dallas candidate packets available

DALLAS -- Election packets are now available for individuals interested in running for Dallas City Council or Mayor of Dallas. Packets can be obtained at Dallas City Hall, 187 SE Court St.

Councilors are elected to a four-year term. There are four seats up for election in November. The mayor's seat is a two-year term.

Interested applicants must have resided continuously in the city limits of Dallas for the 12 months immediately preceding the election and must be a registered voter in Oregon.

For more information: Dallas City Hall, 503-623-2338.

WV Hospital adds MRI capability

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital has added state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to its suite of services available to Polk County residents.

The MRI service is available to patients Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas hospital. A physician's referral for an MRI can be made to West Valley Hospital's Imaging Services at 503-623-7302.

MRI is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses a combination of a powerful magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce highly detailed images without using radiation. The machine enables doctors to view organs and structures within the body to assist in diagnosis and treatment decisions for patients experiencing headaches, neck and back pain, knee and shoulder pain, strokes and transient ischemic attack.

The procedure requires no patient preparation and takes less than one hour.

Library announces summer hours

DALLAS -- There's something new coming to the Dallas Public Library.

In recognition of the increased use of the library by patrons and to meet their changing seasonal needs of patrons, the library will be implementing new "summer hours" after the Fourth of July weekend.

The library will once again be opening at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The library will continue to close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. These hours will continue through Labor Day in September.

After the Labor Day holiday, the library will adjust open hours for the school year, but will continue to open at 10 a.m.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Dallas water report ready for review

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas Public Works Department has released its 2009 Water Quality Report.

The report will appear in customer's water bills, is available online at www.ci.dallas.or.us, and is posted at City Hall, Dallas Public Library and Dallas Aquatic Center.

Questions about the report, as well as requests for a copy of the report, can be made to the Dallas Public Works Department at 503-831-3562.

Discussion of E-Verify set for July 8

DALLAS -- An informational meeting and discussion on a proposed November ballot measure will be held Thursday, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas.

The measure, which is still being petitioned, would involve the requirement of employers to register with federal E-Verify to check on new employees' identities. Employers would also be subject to fines for non-compliance under the proposed measure.

The gathering for the Dallas general public and community leaders is co-sponsored by Oregon Farm Worker Ministry (OFWM) and Rural Organizing Project (ROP).

For more information or to RSVP by July 7: Ed Brandt, 503-623-5153; edgarbrandt@q.com.

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