Stories for November 2014

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Wednesday, November 26

  

SCHOOL NOTES

*Locals earn FFA American Degrees*'Distinguished Educator' selected*Perrydale student elected to board*Dallas FFA selling Christmas trees*Walk through a school with Brazeau

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Post-holiday downtown event slated*Kistler joins city of Independence*Fire district honors board member*Local food, shelter funds available*Local groups receive grant funding

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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Brixius Jewelers celebrates 55 years*Local art studio hosting open houses*Coat, blanket donations are sought*Financial adviser plans open house*Karmic Computers has gone mobile

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Independence now honoring local ‘crime stoppers’

To recognize citizens in the community who go above and beyond the call of duty in helping keep Independence safe — and in helping the police department make an arrest — Police Chief Bob Mason created a Crime Stopper Award.

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ROOT Sports to air WOU games

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will each be featured once as part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Game of the Week on ROOT Sports TV.

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Seeing beyond the surface

DALLAS — In almost every way, Dallas High junior Damanti Burfict is as normal as can be. Each morning, he goes to school. He loves the sciences, but is not a huge fan of algebra 2. He goes to wrestling practice after school, where he hopes to place at districts this season. But Burfict is not your average high school student. He’s hoping his story can help show the world that a setback doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams.

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The power was out all over the Pedee neighborhood in mid-November. Some of us were out for only a few hours, some two days, and some three days.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

There’s never a holiday at our fire departments, where dedicated professional firefighters and volunteers are always ready for any challenge.

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Senior receives postseason honor

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon senior Hannah Deede has received honorable mention recognition on the 2014 all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball team.

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Local schools earn academic honors

POLK COUNTY — Dallas and Central high schools each had three of their respective sports squads recognized on the OSAA’s fall academic all-state team.

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Libraries make house calls

Charles Alva is the House Calls volunteer for the Monmouth library, and has been doing the job for 19 years, though it only seems like about 10 to him.

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Pot growers interested in Dallas

Given the attention the building is getting from those wishing to turn it into a grow facility, City Manager Ron Foggin did forewarn members of the Dallas City Council.

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Her reason to give thanks

Donna Maham walked into H2O (Help & Hope to Others) in Dallas looking for clothes to wear for a job interview she had the next day.

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EDITORIALS

As many of us who live and work in Polk County prepare to gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, there is much to be thankful for as we enter the busy holiday season.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Luncheon for area seniors set at CHS*Thanksgiving meal, service scheduled*Independence church offers holiday meal*Old Time fiddlers to perform Sunday*Author to appear at book signing event

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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Thursday, November 20



Wednesday, November 19

 

NATURE’S CLASSROOM

“It’s a great opportunity for some of these kids living in a rural area who may not get to see these types of things, all in a safe environment,” said Youn Han, Trickle Creek site director.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*'Family Movie Night' slated at Lyle*Luncheon for seniors slated at CHS*Student mentors are needed at IES*Central High math team advances*Yearbook staff attends workshop*Choir fundraiser underway at CHS

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Report: Homeless students rise

Students are considered homeless by ODE if they live in a shelter, are “doubled-up” — living with friends or family members outside their immediate family — or stay in motels, cars or other places.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Drivers identified in Nov. 10 crash*Adopt-A-Family sign-ups accepted*Monmouth approves code changes*CPR, AED classes slated on Friday

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Support DHS wrestling with flowers

DALLAS — The Dallas High wrestling team is holding its annual poinsettia sale. The team is selling a 6-inch pot for $12 and an 8 ½-inch pot for $20. The 6-inch size comes in pink, red, white and jingle (variegated), while the 8 ½-inch size comes in burgundy, red, pink and white.

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WOU athletes earn academic honors

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon had 17 fall athletes named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic teams in football, cross-country, women’s soccer and volleyball.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Winterizing roses demonstration set*Concert version of 'Company' slated*Pet photos with Santa is Saturday*DIY cheese class on tap at Rogue*Hunger Harvest Dinner benefit set*Thanksgiving meal, service scheduled

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Urban renewal district turns 10

Streetscape projects have improved the appearance of some areas downtown, particularly Main Street, making the sidewalks more inviting and walker friendly.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*New city councilor thankful of support*Subject of story is an inspiration*Lack of response to issue disturbing*Good Samaritans' deeds appreciated

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EDITORIALS

The Falls City City Council is in the midst of a discussion that may change the way the city operates.

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Wednesday, November 12

       

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Life drawing display opens at MaMere's*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Christmas customs presentation topic*Historical society to discuss infantry*Display features badges, patches*Blithe Spirit' opens at Pentacle Theatre

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PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Six from area on all-MWC squad

POLK COUNTY — The Dallas girls soccer team had three players receive Mid-Willamette Conference all-league honors, while Central saw two of its players earn postseason recognition for the recently completely 2014 campaign.

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Wilsonville tames Panthers

INDEPENDENCE — Throughout the regular season, Central’s offense was among the most prolific in Class 5A, averaging 36.7 points per game.

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DUSC schedules annual meeting

DALLAS — Dallas United Soccer Club is holding its annual general meeting Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Council candidate thanks supporters*PSD negotiations taking too long*Teachers should be considered assets*City stop sign issue must be addressed

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EDITORIALS

We truly have learned that every vote really does count.

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Perrydale teachers’ frustrations mount

After nine months, 11 negotiation team meetings and a mediation session last week, a comprehensive agreement still is elusive as teachers continue to work under an expired contract.

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Witty comedy comes to WOU

The play presented a few challenges for its actors, not the least of which was the accents and dialects needed to pull off a British play.

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ELECTION BRIEFS

*Independence councilors keep seats*Wolfe re-elected as county sheriff*Not all PSWCD board seats filled*Legislators earn re-election nod*Election analysis discussion on tap

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Falls City has new mayor in Ungricht

Challenger Terry Ungricht, who currently serves on the Falls City City Council, defeated incumbent Amy Houghtaling and challenger Jim Partridge in the Nov. 4 general election.

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BOC race a nail-biter

The race for Polk County commissioner, Position No. 2, between incumbent Craig Pope and challenger Danny Jaffer is still up in the air as they sit in a virtual tie — separated by only two votes — as of Tuesday morning.

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County code concerns

Junk piles, inadequate septic systems, improper housing, untreated sewage being dumped into a local waterway, and portable toilets used on a permanent basis.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Dallas leaf collection efforts slated to begin this weekend*Interest meeting for 'young professionals group' on tap*Health insurance enrollment sessions planned in county*Head-on crash along 99W closes highway to traffice

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Friday, November 7



Thursday, November 6

 

Falls City to have new mayor

Ungricht said his first priority as mayor will be to take a closer look at the city’s budget, “to see that everything is spent efficiently.”

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Wednesday, November 5

    

CLASS 3A-2A-1A PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Pioneers fall to Blanchet

UPDATE: Western Mennonite/Perrydale defeated Umatilla 4-3 on penalty kicks on Tuesday. The Pioneers advance to the state quarterfinals against top-seeded Oregon Episcopal on Saturday. No starting time was available as of 10:32 a.m. on Wednesday. The winner advances to face the winner of Saturday's Catlin Gabel-Santiam Christian in the state semifinals on Tuesday.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*WOU set to hold 'Fall Preview Day'*Perrydale hosting 'College Night'*'Distinguished Educator' presented*Tickets available for Western play

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Fundraiser for PCL planned on Friday*Bonsai discussion planned at library*RFL kickoff rally set for Saturday*Next country dance is slated Saturday*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*Marines' birthday will be celebrated*Memory screening clinic being offered

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Generations of Service

Alex Levy, 17, is set on joining the U.S. Army to become an infantryman — airborne ranger — and later, an infantry officer, just like his father and his father before him.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Bicyclist injured after hitting goat*Dallas OKs ordinance for tax on pot*Adopt-A-Family sign-ups accepted*New bar open in downtown Dallas

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Heritage Museum wanting to expand

An annex, planned roughly eight years ago, is moving forward. Once completed, the annex will provide a lift for those in need as well as additional space for exhibits.

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App designed to save lives

The app alerts CPR-certified people within a quarter mile of a cardiac arrest event, helping increase survival rates, said Mike Niblock, Salem Fire Department chief.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Kids benefit from DHS Booster Club*Perrydale teachers seek new contract*Tap into history to promote region

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PUBLIC AGENDA

List of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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EDITORIALS

The complaints were about two different types of tests, but both were about content choice.

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Candidate says no merit to complaint

An ethics complaint filed Oct. 24 by State Sen. Brian Boquist with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission is now going through a preliminary review that could take up to 135 days.

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China trip a real eye-opener

Jean Love, director of the Monmouth-Independence chamber, took the tour of four cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou — in China during the first week of October.

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PERS rates change for local entities

PERS is complicated, with many layers depending on when someone started working in the public sector and what job he or she does. Each government entity has multiple rates depending on how long employees have worked for the government.

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Grant can’t pay for senior center SDCs

The state also informed the city that some of the expenses proposed to be paid for with the grant would not be allowed, most notably system development charges (SDCs) associated with the project.

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SELLING SUCCESS

“He was pretty emotional,” Brian Green said. “He said, ‘I never thought I would have an opportunity to go to college. Mr. Green, I will be the first one in my family.’”

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