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Winners named of annual art show

MONMOUTH — The second annual Community Art Show at Monmouth’s Fourth of July Festival was a success, said show coordinator Nancy Lehto.

Although the show garnered a lower number of entries from artists, it maintained the attendance numbers, she added.

Visitors to the show were encouraged to vote for their favorite pieces, which were displayed in the Monmouth Public Library through Tuesday.

People’s Choice winners were: (ages 5-7) Jocelyn Locke, “Fireworks;” (ages 8-10) Kaylee Hatch, “Zentangled Hummingbird;” (ages 11-14) Nayeli Lopez Melton, “Rain Forest Iguanas;” (adult/amateur) Rachel Prescott, “Head in the Clouds;” and (semi-pro/professional) Jackie Digmann, “Telling Secrets.”

Each winner also received a gift certificate to the Art Department Inc., an art supply store in Salem.

Blue Garden receives facade grant

DALLAS — Downtown Dallas’ Blue Garden building just received $30,000 in grant funding from two programs.

Dallas Urban Renewal District awarded building owner Bob Collins $10,000, and a $20,000 grant was awarded from the Oregon Historic Preservation Office.

The money is intended for restoring the iconic Blue Garden neon sign and replacing the blue tiles on the first floor exterior wall.

In addition to the Blue Garden, the Dallas locksmith building, 869 Main St., and House of Floors, 680 Main St., have received matching grants through the urban renewal district to improve facades. The program provides for improvements in the 500 to 900 blocks of Main Street.

For more information on the Dallas Urban Renewal Agency’s Downtown Facade Improvement Program, contact Suzanne Dufner at 503-831-3572.

Dallas officers graduate from academy

DALLAS — Two Dallas Police Department officers will graduate this week from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) basic police class.

Officers Jordan Houser and David King were part of the department’s 349th class.

The class is 16 weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse and drug recognition.

The class will graduate Friday at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem at 11 a.m.

Fort Yamhill holding history demo

GRAND RONDE — This weekend, Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area will portray life at the fort more than 150 years ago when soldiers watched over the Willamette Valley during the Civil War.

The event is free and will be held July 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Costumed interpreters will share stories of the soldiers who served their country in an isolated, yet important military installation. Park visitors can walk through the tent camp and watch the soldiers drilling on the historic parade ground and standing sentry.

Park staff will also lead guided tours of the fort grounds. Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area is located on Highway 22, just north of the Highway 18/22 junction.

For more information, 503-879-5814 for more information.

Dallas considers change to code

DALLAS — The Dallas City Council is considering a change to its dangerous building ordinance to allow for a quicker response to hazardous situations.

The current ordinance allows the city to depart from standard procedures in instances that are “unmistakably dangerous and imminently endanger human life or property.” But the ordinance did not stipulate a timeline for owners to address those situations.

The proposed amendment would give the owner or owners three days to address the issue before the city would take action to abate the problem.

The council reviewed and discussed the amendment on July 6 and is scheduled to vote on the amendment on Monday.

For more information: 503-831-3502.

OBO names Grand Ronde woman director

GRAND RONDE — Shelly Sneed, a Grand Ronde Tribal member, has been hired by the Oregon Board of Optometry as its new executive director.

Sneed was employed by the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board and worked as director of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

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