Dallas leaf collection efforts

slated to begin this weekend

DALLAS — Fall leaf collection in Dallas will begin this weekend.

In a change from previous years, Republic Services will collect fallen leaves on just two weekends — Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Dec. 20-21 — this year.

Those who want Republic Services to gather leaves need only to rake them into the street in long rows parallel to the curb before collections begin. Rows should be at least a foot from the curb and not blocking roadways, driveways or bike lanes. Only leaves should be placed in the street — no trimmings, brush, grass or other debris.

Keep in mind it’s important not to rake leaves into city streets until just before the collection events. Leaves raked into the street can cause drainage and flooding problems by clogging gutters and storm sewers, and can blow onto neighboring properties.

Other options for leaf disposal include using them as mulch, placing them in yard debris bins or hauling them to the city’s drop-off locations: the parking lot adjacent to the Lyle softball fields; Southwest Allgood Street near the gate to the parks office; and the east end of Hankel Street.

For more information: Dallas Public Works Department, 503-831-3562.

Interest meeting for ‘young

professionals group’ on tap

DALLAS — A meeting to discuss interest in establishing a “young professionals group” to meet once a month in the Dallas area will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar, 788 Main St., downtown Dallas.

The event, hosted by the Dallas Area Chamber Ambassadors, will include appetizers and a no-host bar.

The meeting will provide a forum to discuss the 2015 program, including, but not limited to volunteer leadership, business hosts, raffle sponsorships, fees, and food and refreshments.

For more information or to RSVP: Chelsea Pope, 503-623-2564; email to

Health insurance enrollment

sessions planned in county

POLK COUNTY — Polk County Family and Community Outreach is hosting several health insurance enrollment events.

Assisters and agents will be available to answer questions and help people enroll for health insurance through the new federal marketplace.

Enrollment events are as follows:

• Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Northwest Human Services, West Salem Clinic, 1255 Edgewater St. NW, West Salem.

• Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.

• Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.

• Wednesday, Dec. 3, 4 to 7 p.m., Independence Civic Center, Riverside Room, 555 S. Main St., Independence.

For more information: Polk County Family and Community Outreach, 503-623-1883.

Head-on crash along 99W

closes highway to traffic

RICKREALL – A head-on collision on Highway 99W Monday morning resulted in Emily Beatley, 36, of Monmouth being taken to Salem Hospital.

Oregon State Police responded to the two-vehicle, serious injury crash south of Orrs Corner Road at about 7:40 a.m. Monday. The preliminary investigation indicates Aguilar Dominguez, 18, of Cornelius was traveling southbound on Highway 99W in heavy fog when he tried to pass in the oncoming lane.

He collided head-on with Beatley, who was 24-weeks pregnant at the time. Dominguez had minimal injuries and was transported from the scene via private vehicle.

Beatley was transported via ambulance to Salem Hospital. The unborn child did not survive the crash.

The incident blocked one lane of traffic on Highway 99W for about an hour, according to a press release from Lt. Josh Brooks, public information officer for OSP. No citations had been issued as of Wednesday morning. The collision remains under investigation.

Polk County Fire District No. 1, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office assisted OSP at the scene.

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