Stories for August 2015

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Wednesday, August 26

     

Armory serves as base

Inmate crews from three different correctional institutions set up camp at the National Guard building, allowing quicker access to the Willamina Creek Fire, which began on Aug. 19.

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QUAKE IS COMING?

Geologists can’t say precisely when the Cascadia subduction zone will shake the Pacific Coast, but the consensus is it will happen.

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RELUCTANT FAREWELL

Ron and Cheryl Spicer don’t want shut the doors for a final time at their store, Foster’s Furniture, on Monday.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Second closed for railroad repairs*Polk Fire board hires new chief*Jobs, unemployment rate up slightly*Bomb squad responds to Grand Ronde*Extreme fire danger not letting up

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Beloved neighbor cat pepper-sprayed*Episcopal Church welcomes LGBT*Eagle Scout makes difference at H2O

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EDITORIALS

The joint work session between the cities of Independence and Monmouth councils is about four weeks away, and we are excited to see what they can accomplish by putting their heads together.

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Expansion on target for 2016

Funding for the Monmouth Senior Center expansion project is complete with a $90,000 grant awarded on Aug. 17 by the Ford Family Foundation.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

*Massage, acupuncture businesses join forces*Call center makes list for fastest growing company*MINET board discusses code of conduct, bylaws

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Getting ready for the big day

Steven Hurst had a big decision to make Aug. 19. Upon reaching the checkout stand at Shopko, Steven, 9, had reached his $150 limit and he had to make a choice — keep a cool pair of shorts or a shirt.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Valley Life Center to host simulcast*Community garage sale is Saturday*Nashville artist to perform at Pressed*River Cleanup seeks volunteers*Food preservation class on Thursday

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THE MAZE CUTTER

When Airlie Hills Farm showed off its first “corn maze” in 2006 with its flower and bumble bee design, it wasn’t quite like the maze kids are accustomed to seeing in recent years.

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Williams fights for spot

SAN DIEGO — To an outsider, Tyrell Williams’ catch in the fourth quarter of the San Diego Chargers’ preseason game against Arizona was just another statistic.

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Pop Warner, Kids, Inc. come together

DALLAS — Dallas resident Jeff Hevener remembers seeing young kids attending Dallas High football games with their youth uniforms on, but he knew something was wrong. With two youth leagues, Pop Warner and Kids, Inc., kids had to choose which league to play for.

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Several people from the community attended the Burbank/McBeth family reunion this year, mainly because several people in the community are Burbanks or McBeths.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime — and the living is busy these days in MI Town, as families begin to make preparations for their sons and daughters for another year of school.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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Friday, August 21

 

Wednesday, August 19



Gearing up

Lincoln King’s face lit up when he looked in the mirror Thursday night.

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FIRE HAZARD

A strip of the field bordering the homes was mowed in late June; however, with the extremely dry conditions this summer, people living next to the field believe the fire danger persists.

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Fair changes prove positive

Anna Scharf, chairwoman of the Polk County Fair Board, could tell something was different — in a good way — within hours of opening at the annual fair.

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MONMOUTH ENGAGED

Imagine Monmouth being known far and wide as the most bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly town in Oregon.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Rogue Farms begins hop harvest*Federal disaster loans available*Driver may have been impaired*MPD cracks down on traffic laws*Second Street closed for railroad repairs*Salem man arrested on sex abuse*Willamina couple survives crash*Salem woman charged for theft*Salem man faces manslaughter

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EDITORIALS

It’s nearly that time of year again, when students will be heading back to school.

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Sharing tradition

The Contest Powwow attracted participants from around the country, including Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Idaho.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*MI Chamber mixer at MaMere's B&B*Reserve spot now for PCMG Fall Fling*'Lost in Yonkers' to debut at Pentacle*NHWV Orchestra to perform Monday*Pacific Power hosts energy workshop*Parrish to speak at Jefferson Lodge*DUMC hosts Dallas Family Night Out*Scrub, shoe sale to benefit students

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Becoming an athlete

SALEM — Throughout her life, Dallas resident Sarah Hausman has always watched sports from the sidelines.

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Coaches, players battle the heat

POLK COUNTY — The fall sports season officially kicked off on Monday. As players and coaches gathered to prepare, they were greeted by an unwelcome, and dangerous, guest — the heat. Temperatures reached into the 90s on Monday and Tuesday and a heat advisory went into effect on Tuesday through Wednesday (today) until 6 p.m. Facing temperatures nearing triple digits, coaches are taking special precautions, regardless of the sport. For Central cross-country coach Eli Cirino, beating the heat means runners are up early each morning for practice to avoid the peak temperatures. “Most of the summer, we run at 9 a.m.,” Cirino said. “The heat scares the heck out of me, especially when kids are running different routes and I can’t keep track of them all at the same time.” For runners, whose workouts include going on distance runs, Cirino ensures his runners are aware of the temperature and how hard they should be pushing themselves in the heat.

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Martin steps down as coach

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s swim program is in search of a new coach. CHS Athletic Director Shane Hedrick announced on Thursday Shawn Martin is stepping away as coach of the Panthers’ swim program.

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REUNIONS

*DHS Class of 1960*Independence High Class of 1950*Central High Class of 1952

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It was wonderful to see so many people at the Polk County Fair two weeks ago – and there was indeed something for everyone to enjoy.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*DHS, LaCreole registration ongoing*Morrison to hold registration*Registration for Talmadge continues*County to hold immunization clinics

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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Wednesday, August 12

    

NEWS IN BRIEF

*Independence PD to crack down on DUIIs*Siletz donates to school supplies

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Support nursery in this time of need*Efforts of all made Polk Fair success*Dallas JBO team earns recognition*Changes to fair prove successful

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

A fleet of aircraft will descend at the Independence State Airport this weekend during the Independence Fly-in and Van’s Homecoming.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Potluck to feature cultural institute*High Street Band at EHWC Legacy*Chefs' Night Out tickets available*AMVETS to host veterans lunch*Exchange seeks host families*Celebrates bees at Left Coast Cellars*All welcome at annual block party*Featured artist will display photos*VBS at Dallas First Christian Church*Saturday morning Yoga at the winery*Lions Cruise-in slated for Saturday*Monmouth library to celebrate 20th*Free art activities presented by IDA

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Registration due for camp on Friday*DHS, LaCreole to hold registration*Free supplies to students Thursday*Registration for Talmadge to begin*LCFC supply giveaway on Tuesday*County to hold immunization clinics

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Dressel looks to make his own splash

DALLAS — Swimming is something of a tradition in the Dressel family. Jerusha Dressel is a competitive swimmer at the collegiate level, while Elizabeth Dressel swims varsity for the Dallas Dragons.

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ACADEMIC HONORS

*Local students excel at Western*Monmouth man earns top marks*PCRW awards three scholarships

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Omlid changes mind on OIT

MONMOUTH — Tanner Omlid, a 2012 Central High graduate, will transfer from Army. Omlid played two seasons with the Black Knights.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public, Wednesday, Aug. 12 - Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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Friday, August 7



Wednesday, August 5

 

QUICK HITS

*Local team moves to state*Registration for DHS fall sports*CHS fall sports sign-ups to open*Central to host football camp*Central volleyball camp coming

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Central science teacher honored*CHS changes registration process*Perrydale to hold school registration

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Diane Telfer, who volunteers with the American Red Cross, went to Houston for the last week of the Red Cross’s work with the people who lost their homes in the March flooding there.

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‘Blue jeans, country dreams’

Apparently, it’s the year of the beverage at the Polk County Fair 2015, “Blue Jeans & Country Dreams,” which kicks off Thursday and run through Saturday.

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KEEPER OF THE GOAL

As a goalie in the Portland Winterhawks’ varsity high school hockey league, Riggan isn’t worried about school or friends. Her mind is focused on one thing — stopping the puck.

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FARM FIELD FIRE

MONMOUTH — A fire burned 2 to 3 acres in a cut grass field in Monmouth on Saturday.

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STOPPING THE FLOW

A lack of water in Rickreall Creek is forcing Daryll’s Nursery to hold its season-end close out sale early.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Rickreall Grange sale this weekend*Block party, yard sale Wednesday*Changes to meals at senior center*Open class entry today at county fair*Senior Center looks for teachers*Wood-fired pizza at Left Coast Cellars*Engaged seeks vision volunteers*Buell Grange to host open house*Rafters set to race this Saturday

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THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES

Bees buzz around the hive, moving in and out of the Langstroth box that serves as their home, working away.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Dems get away with everything*Firefighters, help appreciated*Replace those who don't represent you*Representative Nearman ignores responsibility*'Friends' summer sale a success

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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EDITORIALS

Alright Polk County, it’s time for some “Blue Jeans & Country Dreams” at the Polk County Fair.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Transmission line break causes outrage*Additional staff added district attorney's office*Transit changes will affect West Salem riders*Indy's drinking water gets OK

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Who will be Queen of the Kitchen?

It seems almost cruel to have such a bounty of award-winning delights behind a glass, unable to sneak a taste of the best cookies, cakes, candies, breads and pies in Polk County.

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Dallas approves parks master plan

Residents of Dallas want the city’s parks to have a variety of activities, be located nearby and provide access to all, including those with disabilities and senior citizens.

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