Stories for January 2015

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Thursday, January 29



Polk County graduation rates revealed

For the most part, four-year graduation rates are higher in Polk County schools, but part of that growth can be attributed to a change in how the state calculates rates.

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Wednesday, January 28

  

Bread Board regains focus

The decision to scale back operations at the bakery — The Bread Board will also now be closed on Sundays — was about “restoring some balance” in owners Zinn and John Volkmann’s lives.

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SURVIVAL TRAINING

If a major snowstorm hit the region or the dreaded “big one” happened, would your teenager know what to do?

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Death raises questions

James and Tina Clothier say they hope emergency response protocol will be improved as a result of what happened to their son — so another family doesn’t have to go through what they are now.

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Whitworth teacher is honored

Lynden Jones, a fourth-grade teacher at Whitworth Elementary School in Dallas, was presented with the Dallas Distinguished Educator Award for January on Friday.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*WOU scheduled to host preview day*New school planning info sessions*MVCA students take part in project*Foundation scholarships available

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Couple sentenced in child’s death

Rebecca Watkins and Codey Campbell both pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and were sentenced to 36 months and 18 months in prison, respectively.

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Central volleyball coach to return

INDEPENDENCE — Claudine Mendazona will return as Central High’s head volleyball coach next fall, Panthers Athletics Director Shane Hedrick announced on Monday.

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WOU baseball picked eighth in west

MONMOUTH — The National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America picked Western Oregon’s baseball squad as the eighth best team in the West Region Preseason Poll on Friday.

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Sign-ups open for golf tournament

DALLAS — Cross Creek Golf Course will host the 13th Annual Brockway Memorial Golf Tournament on Feb. 7. The two-person scramble will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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CLASS 1A PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Falls City revival

FALLS CITY — On Dec. 12, Falls City’s boys basketball team sat in its locker room. The Mountaineers had just defeated Eddyville Charter School 45-26, the squad’s first victory in more than a full season. But there were no cheers or hollers.

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Need for new referees grows stronger

POLK COUNTY — For some fans, they’re a savior, someone to bail out a team in a tight spot. For others, they’re a villain, someone who deserves blame in a loss.

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Until the last whistle

DALLAS — As a basketball player through college, Charlie Goodman wasn’t a fan of officials. Little did he know that he would see what it was like to see the game from the striped shirt’s perspective.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar shows that we’re closing in on the end of January, but the blue skies and moderate temperatures — at press time at least — are more in line with March or April.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Book sale slated at Falls City library*Gospel bluegrass group to perform*Fundraiser to help seen program set

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Man arrested on sex abuse charges*Fire 'Wall of Honor' induction set*Independence seeks input on parks*Dallas receives budgeting award*Sheriff seeking reserve deputies

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Safety levy would create hardships*Humans greatest threat to planet*Area senior center extends invitation

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EDITORIALS

People’s ability to cope with ever-more-complex gadgets, data, machines and documents may be reaching a neo-Luddite threshold of resistance.

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Family Building Blocks opens office in Dallas

Family Building Blocks, a Salem-based child abuse prevention nonprofit, recently opened a Dallas office, offering play groups and parent education to families in Dallas, Monmouth, Independence and Falls City.

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Friday, January 23



Thursday, January 22



Questions asked following man's death

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the death of Chris Clothier, 24, Monday night, the subject of a request from family members for police assistance after a mental issue that quickly escalated into a medical emergency.

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Wednesday, January 21



BIRTHS

*Hampton*Cogswell*Bunnell*Olivares Cortes*Hickman

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Community outreach event slated

The fourth Polk Community Connect, an outreach event assisting those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, will take place in Dallas on Jan. 28.

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City, co-op water dispute heats up

The Falls City City Council has increased the rates it will charge Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative in hopes of spurring further negotiations on a contract to sell water to the utility.

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EDITORIALS

The assessment is intended to show where kids are on the first day of entering the public school system, more of an analysis of pre-kindergarten education than anything having to do with K-12.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Public safety levy must go on ballot*Don't blame police for recent car thefts*Wrestling event at DHS was first-rate*No excuse for not supporting levy idea*Warm clothing drive a success*Plant employees should respect neighborhood

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Collision closes Hwy. 99W

A Chevy Blazer overturned on Highway 99W at Powell Street in Monmouth on Saturday when its driver, Moira Bronson, ran the stop sign at Powell.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Task force named to find street funds*Still time to submit 2015 fair theme*Tourism kickoff event set Tuesday*Oak, prairie habitat project funded*Sheriff seeking reserve deputies*Thurman elected to power council*Log truck loses load on Hwy. 223

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PAINTING HIS DREAM

He didn’t know it at the time, but Dallas artist Tom Kunke had an early clue at what he would be doing in his second career.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Seminar on fraud scheduled Monday*Writing a memoir workshop planned*Missionaries will speak at service

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Your Garden: Kym Pokorny

Anyone who buys or inherits a fruit tree faces the intimidating crossroads of how, when and if they should prune.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*CHS senior party fundraiser on tap*Bond oversight committee named *Budget committee member needed*KVCS 'kindergarten lottery' slated

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Kindergarten readiness rated

Kindergarteners at local and statewide schools were tested on self-regulation, interpersonal skills, early mathematics, and identifying English letter names and sounds.

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WOU students putting fitness to the real test

Students at Western Oregon University work in a modern exercise science lab, getting hands-on training on how to help their future clients and patients achieve better overall health, not just a smaller pants size.

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Wednesday, January 14

  

Dallas award nominations sought

Each year, the chamber recognizes individuals and businesses in the Dallas area that have a positive influence on the community at the awards ceremony.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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EDITORIALS

Even in defeat, the Oregon football team made many of its supporters and others proud.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Christmas Cheer makes a difference*Learn how public safety system works*Volunteers are key to tourney success

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Flu bug has been hit and miss

Polk County and Oregon as a whole have been relatively lucky so far, largely avoiding the brunt of flu season that has run rampant in other regions of the country.

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ROOKIE REPRESENTATIVE

Evans, 44, was elected to the House District 20 seat on Nov. 4. He has had a long career in politics, starting at the age of 18 as a Monmouth city councilor — the youngest the city has ever had.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*New teen book club to meet at library*Reception for art exhibit set at WOU*Basketball game pits fire vs. police*Free knitting clinic slated for Saturday*Historical society's annual meeting set*Fundraiser will aid James2 program*Bible study event will begin Monday*Teen aviation event taking registration

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Flash those pearly whites

The whole process took only a few minutes, but the dental screenings that took place at Perrydale School on Thursday afternoon are something some families simply can’t afford.

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ACADEMIC HONORS

*Locals receive recognition at OSU*Polk students make GFU dean's list*Monmouth youth finishes program

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Livestock group slates gathering

Reservations are being accepted for the Polk County Livestock Association’s annual meeting and dinner, scheduled Jan. 24 at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Rickreall.

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CLASS 5A PREP GIRLS SWIMMING: Finding her peace

INDEPENDENCE — While growing up, the water had always been an escape for senior Sabrina Cedillo. Now, as a captain for the Central High girls swimming team, she’s out to share that feeling with as many people as possible.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Omlid to miss rest of season

Central High graduate Tanner Omlid is watching the remainder of the 2014-15 basketball season from the bench after suffering a knee injury on Nov. 25. He was declared out for the season on Dec. 9. Omlid played in five games for Army’s basketball team before suffering a right knee injury. The 6-foot-3 sophomore averaged 6.6 points per game and had 11 steals. — Dallas High graduates Kaj Christensen (Class of 2014) and Jacob Rorem (Class of 2013) recently completed the 2014 football season on a successful note at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. Both players started every game at defensive tackle for the Corsairs. Christensen, a 6-foot, 260-pound freshman, finished the season with 36 tackles, 4½ sacks, 7½ tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. He was named to the All-Pacific-7 Conference first team for his play. “The conference was loaded at the position from top to bottom, so it was great to see Kaj get in there,” College of the Redwoods coach Taylor Breitzman said. “He didn’t have stats that blew people away, but he was just so disruptive and difficult to block week in and week out that people took notice.” Rorem, a 6-1, 290-pound redshirt freshman, finished the season with 28 tackles, 1½ sacks and 5½ tackles for a loss. — Cody Jones of Dallas is a member of the 2014-15 wrestling team at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Jones, a 2010 graduate of Dallas High School, is a redshirt junior for the Raiders. He has been competing at 174 pounds this season. Jones won three matches and reached the consolation semifinals at the Menlo College Invitational on Jan. 3 in Atherton, Calif., as the Raiders, who are ranked No. 2 nationally at the NAIA level, placed third at the tournament. — Central High graduate Grant Hedrick recently completed the 2014 football season at Boise State. Hedrick helped the Broncos to a 38-30 win over Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Hedrick threw for 309 yards and a touchdown. He finished his career with a 70.2 completion percentage, a program record. He finished sixth in program history in completions (475), passing yards (5,656), attempts (677) and total offense (6,627 yards). — Information for College Notebook comes from college and university sports information departments. To submit an item or a tip for an upcoming College Notebook, send it via email to iosports@polkio.com or contact Sports Editor Lukas Eggen at 503-623-2373 or leggen@polkio.com.

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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Mountaineers

FALLS CITY — Falls City broke a six-game losing streak on Saturday after defeating Mohawk 46-30 win. Jesse Sickles scored a game-high 16 points, while Tristan Yeager added 15 points.

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WOU junior earns conference honor

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon redshirt junior Andy Avgi was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

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Wednesday, January 7

  

SCHOOL NOTES

Budget committee members needed*Dental van coming to Perrydale School

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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Rising star

MONMOUTH — When sophomore Jordan Mottershaw arrived at Western Oregon University last season, it wasn’t the speed of the game that was her biggest adjustment. Nor was it living on her own, or attending college classes for the first time.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We celebrated the end of 2014 watching two Central High graduates — and outstanding football players — in postseason college bowl games.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Cannon Art Gallery hosting exhibition*Reception planned for new art exhibit*Meditation group meets Thursdays*Next country dance slated on Saturday*Sunday breakfast planned at Grange*Watershed council fundraiser on tap

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DRV expansion project ready to move forward

With final approval granted from the Dallas Planning Commission, Dallas Retirement Village is moving forward with plans for 40 to 63 more independent living apartments and a new community center.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Political correctness spoiling Christmas*Homeowners should attend city meeting*Public responsible for crime in area

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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EDITORIALS

But Christmastime makes up just a small part of the 365 days on the calendar, and the need for assistance by members of our communities doesn’t magically disappear after the holidays are over at the snap of a finger.

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Nonprofit status granted to FCFD

The Falls City Fire Department has been granted nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service, allowing the agency and its firefighters to continue a long tradition of donating to community causes.

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More changes in store for fair

The Polk County Fair Board has voted to shorten the annual county fair by one day, removing Sunday from the schedule and going to a three-day event starting with the 2015 fair.

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DELIRIOUS DUCKS

Mike Ainsworth can remember when he was a senior at Central High School in 1973, there were four Oregon Ducks fans — in the entire school.

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PREP WRESTLING ROUNDUP: Dallas takes 10th

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Facing stiff competition from Washington and Oregon schools, the Dallas High wrestling team placed 10th at the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships on Friday and Saturday at Hudson’s Bay High School.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Garbage rate increase looms likely*CERT classes set to begin Thursday*Beneficiary for 'Mr. Dallas' sought

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Tuipulotu earns football honor

INDEPENDENCE — Central sophomore Marlon Tuipulotu was named second team Sophomore All-American by Max Preps, a national high school athletics website.

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Friday, January 2