Stories for August 2014

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Thursday, August 28

  

ODFW set to offer family workshop

PEDEE — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering families an opportunity to try muzzleloading, archery, fly fishing, trap shooting and a pheasant hunt at the Family Fish, Hunt, Explore workshop Saturday and Sunday.

August 28, 2014 6:42 a.m. read more..


Wolves tabbed for fourth in GNAC

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

August 28, 2014 6:42 a.m. read more..


WOU volleyball picked to take sixth

MONMOUTH — The annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll selected the Western Oregon volleyball team to finish sixth in 2014, receiving 38 points. The Wolves finished 10-18 overall and 7-11 in GNAC play in 2013.

August 28, 2014 6:41 a.m. read more..


Western athletes receive awards

MONMOUTH — The Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards program named 29 Western Oregon student-athletes as recipients of the honor on Friday.

August 28, 2014 6:40 a.m. read more..
 

Dallas offering kickball tourney

DALLAS — The city of Dallas is hosting the Back to School Kickball Tournament on Sept. 6. Games will take place at Strader Field, located next to the Dallas Aquatic Center.

August 28, 2014 6:39 a.m. read more..


Falls City hoops tournament on tap

FALLS CITY — There is still time to sign up to participate in the sixth annual Bad to the Bone 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Falls City on Saturday.

August 28, 2014 6:38 a.m. read more..
 

Central preps for Class 5A

INDEPENDENCE — Goodbye Class 4A, and hello Class 5A. A new age begins for the Central Panthers this fall as they join the Mid-Willamette Conference for high school sports.

August 28, 2014 6:34 a.m. read more..


Wednesday, August 27

   

NEWS IN BRIEF

*LWC fundraiser set for Wednesday*Monmouth boards seeking members*Chickens subject of Sept. 3 hearing*Bond come in lower than expected

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Woman acquitted in shooting, taking of female elk

“You have fallen between and through the cracks,” Avera said. “I have no doubt that you were the one who fired the gun. … You are responsible morally, if not legally, for the death of the elk. I hope you are holding yourself accountable,” said Judge Sally Avera.

August 27, 2014 1:21 p.m. read more..
    

PEDEE NEWS: ARLENE KOVASH

First musical event in the amphitheater, and everyone was excited about how great both the band and the acoustics were.

August 27, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..
      

‘Community’ taking shape

Each apartment is crafted to be more like a home than a rental, with hardwood plank flooring, granite countertops and air conditioning.

August 27, 2014 11:10 a.m. read more..


Museum seeks to make repairs to key facilities

The museum building along Highway 99W near the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center and the historic Brunk House off Highway 22, which the museum operates, are sorely in need of repairs to protect the artifacts they house.

August 27, 2014 11:10 a.m. read more..


COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Wine country bike, dine event slated*Three-day gospel music event on tap*Annual Monmouth yard sale Saturday*Library is featuring work of local artist

August 27, 2014 11:05 a.m. read more..
  

YOUR GARDEN: TIFFANY WOODS

Homeowners can learn to save water and money, however, with help from Oregon WaterWise Gardening, a statewide program of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

August 27, 2014 11:05 a.m. read more..


NOT HIGH ON POT

Local law enforcement officials have questions and concerns about the prospect of legal marijuana.

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New meal program to debut

Mike Vetter, food services director for both districts, said the biggest change is all food will be prepared on-site at each school.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Put away gadgets, learn something*Businesses step up for library program*Senior center plan doesn't make sense*Changes to county fair are appreciated

August 27, 2014 11 a.m. read more..


EDITORIALS

For the first time in a number of years, there is exciting news going on in many of our local districts as we enter a new school year.

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Maintenance bond headed to voters

District officials believe the bond will extend the life of school buildings and critical systems — including roofs, heating and cooling, plumbing, and ventilation.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).

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Wednesday, August 20

         

A mission to save history

The picture is just an everyday scene from more than a century ago — a couple in a horse-drawn carriage — but it’s showing its age.

August 20, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..
     

Car break-in case suspects released

Dallas Police arrested two suspects Saturday in last week’s multiple car break-ins in Dallas, but they were released before charges could be filed in Polk County Circuit Court.

August 20, 2014 11:10 a.m. read more..
   

Parks plan set for updating

A simple two-question survey is available now on the city’s website to start collecting information to update the city’s Parks Master Plan.

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Perrydale gears up for new challenge

The end of the summer — a time when parents rejoice and students mourn. The end of August also signals the fall sports season, when student-athletes prepare to hit the fields, courts and running trails.

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ODFW offering family workshop

PEDEE — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering families an opportunity to try muzzleloading, archery, fly fishing, trap shooting and a pheasant hunt at the Family Fish, Hunt, Explore workshop Aug. 30-31.

August 20, 2014 11 a.m. read more..
 

WOU football picked to finish third

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University football team was selected to finish third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in the 2014 preseason coaches’ poll.

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Sports Briefs

'Signing Day' set for WOU athletics * HeRricane softball tryouts nearing * ODFW offering family workshop * WOU football picked to finish third * DHS alumni signs letter of intent

August 20, 2014 11 a.m. read more..
 

SCHOOL NOTES

*Area back-to-school event set Thursday*Online school plans information session

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.

August 20, 2014 11 a.m. read more..
 

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Thursday concert will benefit YMCA*Neighborhood sets potluck gathering*Friday blood drive set in Monmouth*Benefit for WVH Foundation slated*Pentacle Theatre production to open*Area church center of Saturday activity*Wine country bike, dine event slated

August 20, 2014 11 a.m. read more..
   

EDITORIALS

Extinguishing a large wildfire, however, accounts for only a fraction of the total costs associated with a wildfire event.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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Tuesday, August 19



Thursday, August 14

 

Wednesday, August 13



ALL THAT JAZZ

Rifts drift through the halls. Every nook and cranny is filled with musicians, young and old, jamming together, practicing, learning from each other.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Kindergarten screenings planned*Perrydale registration continuing*F.C. school supply giveaway on tap*KVCS hosting movie night Saturday*DHS Booster Club needs volunteers

August 13, 2014 2:19 p.m. read more..
    

MILESTONES

Ralph W. Thompson of Dallas to celebrate his 90th birthday

August 13, 2014 1:58 p.m. read more..
      

BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Medical clinic set to host open house*New salon opens in downtown Dallas*Dallas firm completing PDX project

August 13, 2014 1:29 p.m. read more..
 

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Car show rolling into Independence*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Church set to host block party event*Cruise-in planned at Dallas drive-in*Gardening seminar sign-ups accepted

August 13, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Watch program is well worth effort*Be considerate of the handicapped*Tea Party groups have been 'duped'*Local public safety efforts impressive

August 13, 2014 noon read more..
 

EDITORIALS

Key message to employers and even workers themselves: A person’s talents and experience don’t stop at age 65.

August 13, 2014 11:30 a.m. read more..
  

POINT ON HIATUS

Polk County Interagency Drug Team (POINT), which focuses on proactive drug investigations in the county, has temporarily disbanded.

August 13, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..
 

Building a legacy

INDEPENDENCE — On the field, Central High graduates Toby Prescott, Tell Cruickshank, Colton Magill and David Vidal were leaders, helping the Panthers to a 9-3 record overall record in 2013.

August 13, 2014 11:02 a.m. read more..


CHS to remain on KAJC

INDEPENDENCE — Almost every Friday night during high school football season since 2005, the Lewis family has provided radio broadcasts of Central sports on KAJC-FM 90.1.

August 13, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..


CHS hoopsters win title at Albany

ALBANY — Central High students Kyler Fleming, Kai Bansen, Mohamed Etelbany and Josh Smith won the 17-and-under advanced division at the Hoop Jam on Saturday and Sunday.

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Co-ed softball having a blast

DALLAS — The smell of freshly cut grass. The excitement of getting a hit or completing a double play. The memories made both on and off the field with her teammates.

August 13, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..
  

Sports Briefs

Fall prep sports will start Monday * Polk Pedalers plan out-of-area ride * Dallas offering kickball tourney * CHS hoopsters win title at Albany * WOU to host hoops coaching clinic * Tickets for Wolves' season-opener * CHS fall sports sign-ups continue * DHS fall sports deadline nearing * Falls City set to host tournament

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

August 13, 2014 11 a.m. read more..
 

NEWS IN BRIEF

*Republican women will host picnic*Group schedules knotweed seminar*Event will introduce library manager*Parks master plan workshop on tap*'Connections' vans in need of drivers

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Institute lends parks a hand

Falls City’s Fay Wilson Memorial Park, commonly referred to as Lower Park, will be the site of improvements thanks to a Ford Institute Leadership Program class project kicking into fundraising mode next month.

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Dallas adds emergency city notification system

“We were looking at ways in which we could notify citizens of emergencies or large events that may affect them,” said Ron Foggin, Dallas city manager. “The challenge for us is getting people signed up to be notified.”

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Tickets for Wolves’ season-opener

MONMOUTH — Tickets for Western Oregon football’s season-opening game at Portland State are now available. The Wolves travel to face the Vikings at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro on Sept. 6.

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Saturday, August 9



Friday, August 8

  

Thursday, August 7



Wednesday, August 6

 

SCHOOL NOTES

*KVCS plans foreign language camp*LMS orientation camp registration due*Kindergarten screenings slated

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Dallas board poised to request fall bond

The final decision is slated for the board’s Aug. 25 meeting, but the district will prepare a ballot title, narrow down a project list, and finalize the amount of the bond as if it will proceed in November.

August 6, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..
     

REUNION ROUNDUP

*CHS Class of 1994*DHS Class of 1959*Independence High School All-class reunion

August 6, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..
 

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Tour mid-Willamette area vineyards via bike*Turn leaves into art at nursery workshop*Get garden questions answered at the fair

August 6, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..
   

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Efforts to spread wealth rebuffed*chicken manure manage easily*Festival coverage falls short*Not enough focus on Summerfest

August 6, 2014 11:08 a.m. read more..
  

PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

August 6, 2014 11:04 a.m. read more..


Riding the mountain

FALLS CITY — For some, riding a bicycle is something they learn as a young child. For others, it’s part of a workout routine.

August 6, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..
  

Hardware store to expand

The store has grown so much that the Frinks had to purchase a second building and move the hardware, automotive and garden supplies next door, a former restaurant, more than doubling the store’s size.

August 6, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..


Dallas man sentenced

A Dallas man was sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven charges in an incident in which a Marion County deputy was shot.

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Wallace Bridge owner tries again

Millegan submitted on July 30 a second application to modify a conservation easement on the 325-acre property that his corporation, Carlton LLC, will soon own.

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ODFW to host 5K fun run and walk

MONMOUTH — The first Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 5K fun run/walk has been scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the EE Wilson Wildlife Area in Monmouth — and it has a wild twist.

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Dallas QB Club fundraiser nearing

DALLAS — Registration continues for the 21st annual Dallas Quarterback Club Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the group that supports youth and high school football programs in the Dallas community.

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Looking for workers

INDEPENDENCE — Manufacturing is picking back up, meaning industry jobs are available again, but finding people to fill those jobs is proving difficult

August 6, 2014 11 a.m. read more..


DA kicks off monthly chats

District Attorney Aaron Felton will be holding informal discussions to address questions people might have. The meetings will be held in a different part of the county each month.

August 6, 2014 11 a.m. read more..


Are the Perrydale Hills real?

A group of vineyard owners in Polk and Yamhill counties are hoping someone has documentation of the rolling hills bordering Perrydale Road being referred to as “the Perrydale Hills.”

August 6, 2014 11 a.m. read more..


Sports Briefs

DHS preps for fall sports registration * Central to host fall sports sign-ups * PHS athletic forms due by Aug. 13 * Central High to host football camp

August 6, 2014 11 a.m. read more..
 

Family fun to be found at fair

Fair organizers want visitors to leave with new memories, but recall old ones, too, by bringing photos from past Polk County fairs to this year’s event.

August 6, 2014 11 a.m. read more..


Spaces open for golf tournament

DALLAS — Spaces are still available to participate in the 16th annual Dallas Food Bank Chipping Away at Hunger golf tournament. The four-person scramble begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Dallas Golf Club and costs $60 per player.

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