Stories for February 2015

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Thursday, February 26



Wednesday, February 25

 

SCHOOL NOTES

*Superintendent interviews continue*'Distinguished Educator' selected*Central High to host annual Cabaret*Teachers receive foundation grants

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HEROES. TEAMMATES. CHAMPIONS

Shellie Friesen-Berry thought she was being original when she asked her friend’s parents, Jim and Carolyn Wall, if they were “adopting.”

February 25, 2015 12:07 p.m. read more..


District may get bonus funds

The Dallas School District may be able to double its money by the time it issues its second round of bonds from the $17 million maintenance bond approved in November.

February 25, 2015 11:17 a.m. read more..
 

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Those extra minutes of brightness at the beginning and end of the day help us to realize that springtime will be here almost before we know it.

February 25, 2015 11:13 a.m. read more..


Your Garden: Kym Pokorny

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is to plant too early,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

February 25, 2015 11:10 a.m. read more..
   

HISTORY MAKERS

FALLS CITY — In the nearly four decades since the first girls basketball team set foot on a court for Falls City High School, no team had ever accomplished something of this magnitude.

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Consolidation idea does make sense*Increased timber harvests needed*'Herd immunity' is propaganda*Restore services, cut other programs*Central High play was spectacular

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


PUBLIC AGENDA

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

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


EDITORIALS

We don’t want to be a part of the misinformation campaign by publishing letters that are not accurate.

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
   

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Rose maintenance demonstration set*Local church slates fundraising event*Workshop to offer garden prep tips*Chili cooks sought for upcoming event

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

Goularte named Player of the Week

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon senior Dana Goularte earned the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball co-Player of the Week honors along with Montana State Billings’ Quinn Peoples on Monday.

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
  

Inkblot Poetry Slam

Jeff Baer, a Dallas High School English teacher, had two words of wisdom for former DHS student Emily Moore after she read one of her poems.

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
       

Woman charged with animal neglect

The animals that were seized on Feb. 13 from the 300 block of Pioneer Road near Dallas were still receiving veterinarian care, said Polk County Lt. Jeff Isham.

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

NEWS IN BRIEF

*Falls City attorney search continues*Legislator plans Thursday town hall*Job hunting workshop slated Friday*Dallas nonprofit recipient of grant*New bar and grill open in Monmouth

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


Wine-Down back for encore

Last year’s event through Independence went so well, club members decided to bring it back to the area, this time including Monmouth in the tour.

February 25, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, February 18

     

Your Garden: Kym Pokorny

There are still more than two months until April 15, when you can, on average, count on saying goodbye to frost, according to Al Shay, a horticulture professor at Oregon State University.

February 18, 2015 11:28 a.m. read more..
  

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Lent discussion series kicks off*Youth classes set at Extension office*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Poultry swap meet due at fairgrounds*Relay for Life sets vendor fair benefit*Author will discuss Oregon during war*Free baby shower slated on Saturday*Gallery set to host reading on Sunday

February 18, 2015 11:18 a.m. read more..


Quilting workshop kicks off club’s new classes

For anyone interested in the art, Kovash will hold a beginning quilter’s class at the Pedee Women’s Club clubhouse in Pedee on Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. It is the first of a series of classes to be offered on the third Wednesday of the month at the clubhouse.

February 18, 2015 11:10 a.m. read more..
   

NEWS IN BRIEF

*Public safety levy supporters to meet*Delays expected along Highway 18*Arts group wants to hear from you

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*FFA auction, dinner slated Saturday*Dallas High thespians earn honors*Rotary Club scholarship available*DHS graduate receives recognition*Dallas resident is named to society

February 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


Catching the writing bug

“We are trying to show parents activities they can do at home, to continue to reinforce what students are learning in class,” said Elaine Dunbar, Lyle Title I instructor.

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EDITORIALS

Kitzhaber announced Friday that he was resigning as Oregon governor effective Wednesday (today), just weeks into his fourth term in office.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

February 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Event's volunteers make a difference*Business steps up for Falls City library*Legal marijuana isn't the problem*Tired of repeated tax levy requests*Local businesses value customers*Behavior of young men was refreshing

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WOU freshman gridder earns honor

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University freshman all-purpose football player Paul Revis was one of only three first-year players to be named as part of the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team, announced last week.

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Wolves XC squads receive distinction

MONMOUTH — Both of Western Oregon University’s cross-country teams were honored last week by being named a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for the 2014 season in recognition of their performance in the classroom and athletically.

February 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


Western soccer team recognized

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s women’s soccer team has received a 2013-14 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award.

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Weekend home, garden show set

The eighth annual Polk Home and Garden Show, “Get Inspired, Get Started,” will help get the creative juices flowing, said Deb Thomas, event organizer.

February 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Tree growers named to new board*My Mom's Basement is expanding*Dallas doctor set to close practice*Senior living center hosting event

February 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 11

 

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

*Dragons are 0-3 against Mid-Willamette Conference's top three squads*Nash leads Central*Pirates clinch league playoff bert*Falls City's Varney, Reynolds have big games

February 11, 2015 4:47 p.m. read more..
          

SCHOOL NOTES

*Extended Campus meeting slated*Budget committee members sought*Lunch program seeking volunteers*Kindergarten transition seminar set*MVCA missions project a success

February 11, 2015 11:55 a.m. read more..


Testing opt-outs concern district

When a parent decides their student does not need to or should not take a state-mandated test, it is considered an automatic “does not meet” standards.

February 11, 2015 11:52 a.m. read more..
 

Exclusion day from school set

Children whose records on file show missing immunizations will not be able to attend school or child care starting Feb. 18, the state’s school exclusion day.

February 11, 2015 11:47 a.m. read more..


NEWS IN BRIEF

*Health agencies conducting survey*Tours of Cooper Building planned*Dutch Bros.' food drive is Saturday*WOU internship, volunteer fair set*Art exhibition seeking submissions

February 11, 2015 11:44 a.m. read more..
    

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

A Pedee Women’s Club will offer classes at the clubhouse for the community as well as others one day a month and will start on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m., with a very beginning quilting class.

February 11, 2015 11:34 a.m. read more..
    

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Artists will display favorites at exhibit*Ice cream social fundraiser on tap*Sweetheart Dance planned for Friday*Electronics swap meet set Saturday*Extension offering activities for youths*Valentine's square dance set Saturday*String quartet will perform on Sunday*Pancake dinner set for Shrove Tuesday*Vendors sought for 'Relay' event

February 11, 2015 11:16 a.m. read more..
  

Robotics teams on the rise

The Dallas High robotics Team ramRod experienced engine failure at the wrong time — just as it began driving its robot onto the competition field.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Levy is worthy, but eye consolidation*Do patrols impact insurance rates*Keep marijuana out of city of Dallas*Can't afford to pay more taxes locally*Senator's bill is simply appalling*Marijuana won't be good for Dallas*High taxes make selling home tough*County's tax base was misrepresented

February 11, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


EDITORIALS

When it comes to high school graduation rates, doing better than the state average is not necessarily good.

February 11, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


New networking group set to meet

Jeremey Santee-Malloy, a commercial loan officer at Citizen’s Bank in Dallas, just moved to Independence in November and quickly realized there was no networking outlet for young up-and-comers.

February 11, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
    

PUBLIC AGENDA

Upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

February 11, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 5

         

Wednesday, February 4



Road jurisdiction examined

Polk County Public Works, working with the cities, will soon begin to untangle the jurisdictional issues when it comes to roads.

February 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

NEWS IN BRIEF

*Fair board work session is Saturday*Drug court graduation set Monday*'State of the Cities' address Feb. 11*City recreation grant now available*Independence parks plan underway

February 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
  

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Native plant sale slated in Rickreall*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Sunday breakfast planned at grange*Orchestra recital scheduled Monday*Parenting seminar scheduled in Dallas*Demonstration of grape pruning set*New pastor joins Salt Creek church

February 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
   

Tourism hotspots pinpointed

The Polk County Rural Tourism Studio kicked off on Jan. 27, but much work remains for the community to implement the vision of attracting tourists — and their money.

February 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Whatever the case may be, we’ve sure had a wonderful break in the usual winter doldrums and many opportunities to think about the days to come.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*School robotics event set Saturday*MVCA spelling bee placers named*Medical scholarships are available*Dallas Lions offering scholarship*Local student garners recognition

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EDITORIALS

We are glad that the Polk County Board of Commissioners has decided to refer a five-year countywide public safety levy to voters. It was the right decision and, in our opinion, a bit overdue.

February 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Donations for dog shelter appreciated*Simple battle cry: No more new taxes*Good Samaritan thanked for help*Look at different options than levy

February 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
  

Timing important in decision

On an early July 2014 night, Lisa Mitchell dialed 9-1-1 only to learn no Polk County Sheriff’s deputies were available to come to her aid.

February 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..
 

PUBLIC AGENDA

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

February 4, 2015 6 a.m. read more..