Stories for July 2015

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Wednesday, July 29

    

Bike MS returns to Western Oregon

Some ride for pleasure. Others to get into shape. For those taking part in Bike MS, which takes place Friday through Sunday at Western Oregon University, they are riding for a purpose.

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SCHEDULES

Game schedule for Wednesday, July 29 - Sunday, Aug. 2.

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Twenty-nine children of all ages attended the Pedee Church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) which just concluded a week of activities.

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Espaliered trees bring fruit down to eye level. They allow for easy picking and taking advantage of small spaces.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

BPA increases wholesale rates*BLM extends comment period*Polk County to begin chip seals*Salvation Army gets foundation grant*Dallas VFW honored nationwide*American Pickers to come to Oregon

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Horse Owner's Workshop Aug. 1*Neighbor's Night Out party planned*Boondock's hosts painting workshop*Free retirement seminar on tap*Two-McK Logging to hold reunion*West Valley $6 fundraiser sale*Music, food at Monmouth block party*Dallas Booster accepts donations*Mel Brown, friends perform free Sunday

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Bringing 'Krazy' back

Nothing was going to dampen the spirit of “Krazy Dayz” during Summerfest 2015, though Mother Nature tried her best.

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Lawsuit filed against MINET

A lawsuit was filed on June 25 against the cities of Independence and Monmouth and against Monmouth Independence Networks (MINET) claiming discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

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EXPECT DELAYS

Those traveling East Ellendale Avenue in Dallas on weekdays during the late morning and early afternoon have undoubtedly encountered a traffic delay or two due to a NW Natural utility project.

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250 ACRES BURNED

Smoke filled the air on Friday afternoon after a combine sparked a 250-acre field fire off Ohms Road near Fishback Road and Monmouth Highway.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

*Shine & Sparkle Cleaning to expand service*White's Collision to open new location

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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EDITORIALS

Often it is when things go exactly opposite as planned that true character is revealed.

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Wednesday, July 22



District considers options to expand

The Dallas School Board approved at a real estate option agreement that allows the district flexibility in selecting a future school site — if needed — in Dallas’ Barberry node development.

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Hotter-than-usual temperatures and longer stretches between measurable moisture this year mean plants need more water from the end of a hose.

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Program to help mentally ill

DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department and Polk County Behavioral Health are working together to help people suffering from mental illness who commit minor crimes avoid jail or court.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Picnic, auctions to benefit SFA series*Redhawk Winery Celebrates 10 years*Hydrocarts to make splash on Friday*Senior Center to serve up treats*Pick up some new 'summer reading

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Truman to lead ‘Krazy’ parade

This Saturday, during the Summerfest parade, Polk County Jail Sgt. Randy Whittaker’s dog, Truman, will be the grand marshal. Whittaker died in a car accident last summer.

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WOU theater takes it outside

For one weekend only, Western Oregon University’s outdoor stage will be transformed into a Shakespeare festival, or at least kind of like that.

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Dirtbags prepare for state tournament

MONMOUTH — The Demarini Dirtbags aren’t ending the regular season with a league title, but that hasn’t changed the team’s expectations for the American Legion baseball state tournament, which begins July 29.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

July 22, 2015 10:38 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 15

  

HAPPY TO BE HERE

“Dallas is amazing and I have absolutely been delighted at every corner,” said Michelle Johnstone, Dallas School District's new superintendent.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Winners named of annual art show*Blue Garden receives façade grant*Dallas officers graduate from academy*Fort Yamhill holding history demo*Dallas considers change to code*OBO names Grand Ronde director

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EDITORIALS

Humans come in all shapes, sizes and colors — and abilities. Students are no different. So why are they all tested with one test while in school?

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Picnic, auction to benefit SFA series*IDA Art in the Park will be on Tuesday*Rep. Evans hold Measure 91 talk*Outdoor cooking class is Saturday*Flower arranging for youth is July 23*Polk job fair to offer opportunity*Horse owners workshop Aug. 1*Eola Hills hosts Friday Star Party*Reception honors BG restoration

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s midsummer in MI Town and we celebrate those cool and breezy early mornings by getting as much accomplished as possible before the afternoon sun is upon us.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SHOWING HEART

INDEPENDENCE — It was a victory Tanner Tallan had imagined for years. Moments after Boise State defeated Arizona 38-30 in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, Tallan, a 2013 Central High graduate, was soaking in the atmosphere.

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Tennis tournament a success

INDEPENDENCE — As the Monmouth-Independence Tennis Tournament hit full swing on Saturday and Sunday, Mike McDougall of Corvallis called it “(Monmouth and) Independence’s little secret.”

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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Wednesday, July 8



ACADEMIC HONORS

EOU announces spring dean's list*Salem Hospital awards scholarships*Local students named Ford Scholars*OSU announces honor roll for spring

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Junior Lyday died on Father’s Day, June 21, and his funeral will be at the Pedee Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. with a potluck following.

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Firefighters respond to grass fire

POLK COUNTY -- About 30 firefighters from Dallas Fire and EMS, SW Polk Fire District and Polk Fire District No. 1 extinguished a six-acre grass fire on Highway 22 at Oak Grove Road on Tuesday evening.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*BBQ, car wash at Faith Lutheran*VBS starts at Trinity Lutheran*iPad 201 class set for Thursday*Master Gardeners to meet today* Meet Grant McOmie from 'Getaways'*Jericho Road to perform at FEFC

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Calling all cake bakers

If you have a hidden talent — such as growing what you think are prize tomatoes in your garden, a knack for baking the perfect cake, or an eye for photography — you should show it off at the 2015 Polk County Fair.

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ALL BUT A DREAM?

It’s still warm, but cooler there near the stage. Are you dreaming, or are fairies playing pranks on Athenians on stage?

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Becoming Ironman

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Melissa Meyer is not one to shy away from a challenge. On June 28, she completed perhaps her greatest athletic feat, finishing the Ironman Coeur d’Alene, a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run, in Idaho in 14 hours, 36 minutes and 7 seconds.

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Youngren excited for tournament

INDEPENDENCE — Dallas isn’t the only community represented on Timberhill Tennis Club’s team. Central boys tennis coach Patti Youngren has been a member on the squad for several years and served as team captain on multiple occasions. This year saw several new challenges.

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SERVING PASSION

DALLAS — For Mary Christensen and Petra Cole, tennis has always been more than a way to stay active.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Efforts to maintain Ballston noticed*Dallas High not named after KKK*Thank you for cleaning up grass*BOLI commish blocking speech*Pay attention to road while driving

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*County taking sheriff applications*Pentacle names new exec director*Dallas police arrest two after warrant*Library to show 'To Kill a Mockingbird'*Library art wall to feature local photographer Mittag*Dallas Police officers look into report of dog attack

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EDITORIALS

Even the threat of historically high temperatures didn’t keep the spectators or participants away from the Fourth of July festivities last weekend.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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Wednesday, July 1

         

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Norm and Donna Baldwin celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 13 by renting a house near the beach at Lincoln City for that weekend and inviting the whole family to join them.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Dallas street resurfacing projects begin Monday*The Boondocks to hold 'first Wednesday' art workshops*Ash Creek Arts Center receives grant from PC coalition*United Way awards grants to Polk organizations*Dallas police receive grant for vehicle, body cameras

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*MCS host Chinese conversation night*Titus KKK to host golf tourney July 18*Volunteers needed to help MSC*Two grand marshals to lead parade*Today last day to submit artwork*Free meals for seniors at center

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Dallas High should change mascot*Profits from berries benefit CHS seniors*Leaders don't serve the people*Does council want new businesses?*Father's Day event was a success

July 1, 2015 11:52 a.m. read more..


EDITORIALS

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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Pushing for a good cause

Standing in line to use the toilet at the Independence Heated Community Pool, it dawned on me: this is why we’re here.

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Tennis tourney ready

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament is set to return July 11 and 12.

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Making a change

MONMOUTH — Upon finishing his senior season with Central’s baseball team, Chris Rech arrived at a pivotal moment in his life — one that could lead him away from the baseball diamond.

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Pot: What’s legal, what’s not

OK Oregonians, Wednesday (today) our state has officially joined the handful of others that allow adults to grow, consume — and soon buy — recreational marijuana.

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Mini-Marathon offers inviting route

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Has it been awhile since you’ve laced up your running shoes? You wouldn’t be alone, but July 4 offers a fun and relatively easy way to end your racing drought in the 43rd annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon.

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MUSIC FILLS THE AIR

It’s looking to be an unusually warm summer, and with the bands lined up for summer music, it’s about to get hotter.

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