Stories for April 2015

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Wednesday, April 29



SCHOOL NOTES/SCHOOL NOTES

*Williamson Distinguished Educator*Perrydale hosts safe driving event*Polk County students listed on Santiam Christian third quarter honor roll

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The winners of the 2014 U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps Annual Awards were announced last week and Amanda Bennett, granddaughter of Pete and LaVerne Bennett, received the Richard C. Schneider Award, given to a chaplain assistant airman.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Emeritus features military museum*Friends to host spring sale*County road cleanup Saturday*Garden Club to host plant sale*Writing 101 class sponsored by 4-H*Model train show this weekend*Lavender Lake Farms hosting tea*A capella groups honor teacher*WVH volunteers host fundraiser*RFL celebration dinner Saturday*Local artists at Guthrie Park

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Monmouth PD station costs wrapping up

The Monmouth City Council approved an additional $96,000 at its April 21 meeting to complete the renovations to the new Monmouth Police Station, located off Highway 99W.

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YES OR NO?

The Polk County general fund has been characterized as a “two-income household” that has had one of those paychecks severely reduced.

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DSD budget will include K-3 music

The Dallas School District’s proposed 2015-16 budget will include full-day kindergarten, music at Lyle and Oakdale elementary schools, and additional staff and technology.

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Telling Stories

Rain threatens as Justen Noll, Nathan Beaton, Luke Disney and Emily Johnson make their way out the side door of Dallas High School near the shop class.

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Evans to discuss higher ed, veterans

Rep. Paul Evans (D-District 20) will speak on “Higher Education in Oregon” at a town hall discussion at Western Oregon University, Werner University Center, Willamette Room.

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PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Dallas making progress

DALLAS — The Dallas softball team outscored its opponents 44-4, as the Dragons cruised to four-straight victories last week. Dallas opened by winning a doubleheader over South Albany 20-1, 6-1 on April 21, before defeating Corvallis 15-2 on April 22 and Crescent Valley 3-0 on Friday.

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ON THE BALLOT

Ballots for the May 19 Special District Election will be mailed out on Thursday. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. on May 19.

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PREP TENNIS ROUNDUP: Dallas girls earn victories

DALLAS — Dallas’ girls tennis team earned a pair of Mid-Willamette Conference victories, beating Woodburn 8-0 on April 22 and South Albany 6-2 on Monday. No. 1 and 2 singles players Marissa Brewen and Savanna Poston went undefeated during the two matches.

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One step at a time

My athletic career “peaked” in high school. After sneaking into the final varsity spot on my cross-country team, I proceeded to run at the state meet … and take second to last. And I’m pretty sure last place got injured.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Supporting levy is a citizen duty*Some can't afford more property tax*Don't compare county salaries*Elected officials can't be trusted*Levy needed to keep county safe*Property should note be taxed at all*Vote no, send a strong message*Voting yes is the right thing to do*County taxes out of control, vote no*Consider your safety and vote yes*Levy needed to fix safety system*Public safety levy a good investment*Make more cuts before taxing*Time to pay it forward with levy*24-hour patrol coverage needed*Funding for public safety has fallen

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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Wednesday, April 22

 

BIRTHS

*Hamblin*Scheirman*Metzler*Cooper*Harris

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*WOU Relay for Life will be Saturday*Tea, fashion show at senior center*Art, cheesecake at Dallas Library*Dinner celebrating survivors May 2*YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day*Dallas Are Seniors host jam*RFL Scrap for a Cure is Sunday*Youth bakers' class teaches how to make breads

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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EDITORIALS

The Oregon Senate Committee on Education made a wise choice when it allowed Senate Bill 322 to die in committee

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WOU leader chosen

Rex Fuller doesn’t want to wait until July 1, when he takes over as Western Oregon’s 23rd president, to begin the first thing on his to-do list: listening and learning.

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SCHOOL BRIEFS

*BPA offers grants in science/energy*Perrydale auction tickets on sale*Community health fair is Thursday*DHS thespians earn state honors*Budget meeting set for Monday*FFA plant sale Friday, Saturday

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Sheriff services helps system*Stand up for sheriff, vote 'yes'*Gun rights story felt one-sided*Gasoline prices too high in Dallas*Public safety levy no longer needed*County admin should live in means*Money could be used elsewhere*County pay raises not necessary*Citizens cannot afford more taxes

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Thursday, April 16



Wednesday, April 15

   

DHS dispels rumors

No, Dallas High School is not banning same sex couples from prom. No, administrators are not requiring girls to send photos of themselves in their dresses for dress code approval prior to buying prom tickets.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s that time of year when many stores in MI Town are beginning to feature outdoor plants and flowers and, good bargains can be found everywhere.

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

The gardening season is young, but mason bees are out for their short but productive foray into the blooms of your backyard.

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A comparison of salaries

Each spring, Polk County Administrator Greg Hansen puts together a comparison of the salaries of elected officials in five counties surrounding Polk.

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Safety corridor decommissioned

Safety corridors are stretches of highway that have an average crash rate that is higher than that of similar roadways in the state. In order to qualify, the corridor has to consistently have a five-year average crash rate of 110 percent of the state average.

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Amphitheater one step closer

By Fourth of July 2016, Monmouth’s Main Street Park could have its amphitheater ready for summer concerts, if the council can find a way to pay for it soon.

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From clerk to postmaster

When Alex Hernandez was 19, he never dreamed he would make a lifelong career at the Independence Post Office, but, 21 years later, that’s what he’s done.

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Check fraud totals $13,500

The infamous “Military Mistress” is at it again, police say. This time with her new husband — a Dallas resident — as her alleged accomplice.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Monmouth to be named Tree City*IPD hiring cadet, reserve officers*Committee to review Dallas budget

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Money never enough for county*Creative look at funding services*Nite Court, YMCA thank IBEW 280*Whole county needs safety levy*More laws don't equal less crime*Ban backyard burning in Dallas*Show you care with yes on levy

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PREP TRACK AND FIELD ROUNDUP: Clem, McBeth lead Panthers

SANDY — Central’s boys track and field team showed off its depth after taking fourth out of 11 teams at the Sandy Invitational on Saturday. Senior Doug Clem won the javelin with a throw of 173 feet, 0 inches to lead the Panthers. Senior Kaj Bansen placed third in the high jump with a 5-8, while Gabe Dickson finished third in the long jump with a leap of 19-9½.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*LVCS kinder roundup, open house*Holocaust remembered Tuesday*Latino parent workshop Saturday*Inkblot to host slam Thursday*Perrydale to host concert Thursday*Free sealant program at Perrydale

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Annual pow wow at WOU on Saturday*Gentle House to host bridal show*River Gallery to celebrate artists*4-H class to create art from trash*Cancer survivor dinner set May 2*Youth learn to preserve fruits*Dallas Mat Club begins fundraiser*Dinner and auction benefits Polk RFL*Swim celebrates cancer survivors*Explore spring through open house*Tea for two at Trinity Lutheran*Music, food and wine on Friday*Calvary Chapel to present 'the Truth Project' series

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Syphers takes her act overseas

Syphers, a senior at Perrydale High School, will be leaving the mild climate of Oregon in July to spend a year in Norway as part of a musical and cultural exchange through Brunstad Christian Church’s Youth Exchange Program.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listings of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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Wednesday, April 8

       

WOU Smith Fine Arts Series

Singer-songwriter Jose James has always been on the quest for new musical horizons, constantly evolving and blurring the lines between genres in the process.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Master Gardeners to talk blueberries*Old-fashion square dance set Saturday*'Mind the Gap' reception Thursday*Caricatures topic of Saturday class*Urban and rural tensions topic of talk on Saturday*Teen art contest at Dallas Library*Children's portrait contest benefits cancer research*Libraries accept food for fines*LWC ivy pull slated for this Saturday*Bunco will raise money for baskets*Living with diabetes class*Library features variety of art by Charlotte Lamb

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CLASS 5A PREP BOYS TENNIS: Loving every swing

INDEPENDENCE — Central senior Kevin Cable was cruising to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Dallas’ Jacob Harustak on Thursday afternoon, but an unforced error — a ball that sailed into the net — helped Harustak win a game, causing Cable to bend over in disgust.

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Pitch perfect

MONMOUTH — It was a moment that threatened to derail Western Oregon’s season. After losing five straight games at the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Calif., on March 27 and 28, WOU responded by winning two games on March 29.

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This show’s a drag

Now in its 19th-year, the racy, campy display that is the Drag Show will be producing “Out of Pandora’s Box.”

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County OKs tentative budget

Polk County’s tentatively approved 2015-16 budget is a “tale of three budgets,” according to County Administrator Greg Hansen.

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Dallas actors take stage at state

Thursday Dallas High School’s brightest acting and technical theater performers will test their skills against the state’s best at the Oregon Thespians State Festival in Salem.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ADADEMIC HONORS

*Concert to raise money for band trip*Kinder registration opens Saturday*Dragon Run returns on Saturday*Tickets on sale for KVCS PTO auction*Inkblot to host poetry slam April 15*WOU technology center turns 100*Local students make OSU honor roll

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PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Rech throws no-hitter

INDEPENDENCE — Central pitcher Chris Rech threw a no-hitter, and the Panthers’ baseball team swept Woodburn to open Mid-Willamette Conference play. Central opened the series with a 6-0 win on March 31. Wes Riddell earned the win on the mound.

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NOT ENOUGH?

One Polk County school district will be making cuts while others should keep programs intact, but not much else with the 2015-17 school’s budget now awaiting Gov. Kate Brown’s signature.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*United Way accepts Day of Action*Walgreens not building new store*Fire destroys vacant home in Dallas

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EDITORIALS

It’s time for those in the Capitol to pay it forward for these kids to get a better education.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Polk County should live with budget*'Yes' vote for same day protection*Levy would be endless tax cycle*Levy would help all in Polk County*Money available to improve crossings*'No' protects folks on fixed income

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Monday, April 6



Thursday, April 2



Wednesday, April 1

 

SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Students sought for garden project*Medical scholarships are available*Dallas woman among 'Who's Who'*Rickreall resident receives degree*Monmouth youth qualifies for NHS

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A good time and a good cause

Prepare for laughs, tears and a general good time at the annual Mr. and Ms. Central pageant Saturday at 7 p.m. at Central High School’s auditorium.

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Local woodlands course set

OSU Extension Polk County is offering a woodland management class, a basic forestry short-course for Polk County landowners, beginning April 8 in Dallas.

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Timber payment bill passes House

A two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program — widely known as county timber payments — has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is slated for a vote in the U.S. Senate, likely later this month.

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

The catalog also features approximately 700 additional publications on topics such as food preservation and safety, heating your home, aging, health, emergency preparedness and living sustainably.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Night of comedy on tap at Pressed*Salem author will speak in Dallas*'Coffee hour' event set in Monmouth*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*KVCS site of Easter egg hunt Saturday*Easter Service will be church's 156th*13-week workshop on grief scheduled

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Child abuse awareness walk slated*Discussion planned on county levy*Transportation fee proposed for city*Search continues for new fire chief

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City’s parks plan grounded

INDEPENDENCE — Six locations were proposed for future parks in the Independence Airpark community, and resident Gary Brown is unhappy with the idea.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Family appreciates use of school gym*Levy language is missing key point*Safety levy would benefit all in county*Cuts are affecting safety of county*Chamber supports public safety levy*Public safety funds are now insufficient*Peace of mind will come by Oking levy*Levy is about more than sheriff patrols*I-O letter offered chance to reflect

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Falls City seeking state grant to purchase site

The grant, through the department’s Local Government Grant Program, would allow for the city to buy the property. Funding also would be available to improve access to that side of the falls, build a viewing platform, pavilion and restrooms.

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A fresh approach to learning

The typical school day at Dallas Community School, a first- through eighth-grade charter school looking to open in the fall, won’t look like a school day at all.

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PRESERVING HISTORY

Unveiling the history of the area — and the inhabitants of the cemetery — often comes with the work of restoration. Volunteers don’t just clear debris and repair headstones, they catalogue burials, making an official record.

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WOU narrows president search

After reading 45 applications for the post, four finalists were chosen to make campus visits, starting Wednesday (today) and continuing through Tuesday.

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LITERATURE LOVER

Isaac Hoffman, 2, loved the first book read by Carrie Kasperick at the Monmouth Public Library. It was “Three Hens and a Peacock.” Every time he saw a glimpse of blue on the page, he yelled out, “Peacock!” The book was one of five nominated for the Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, a children’s choice award.

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