Stories for March 2015

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Friday, March 27



Bergeson leaves for Regis

MONMOUTH – After one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Western Oregon men’s basketball program is in search of a new coach

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Wednesday, March 25

   

SB 322 foes state their case

More than 100 students, school administrators and parents gathered at the state capitol Thursday to express concern over a bill that would kill fifth-year programs in high schools statewide.

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Should WOU ban campus smoking?

Students in the Community and Family Health Organization club at Western Oregon University are asking: Should WOU be smoke- or tobacco-free?

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Easter candy sale underway*Extension offering classes for youths*Doll show, sale set for Saturday*Medical missionary will speak in Dallas*Casino set to host wine and spirits fair*Parenting class offered at KVCS*Book sale benefit planned Monday

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Through the eyes of an artist

INDEPENDENCE — Robert Tomlinson’s art studio in Independence is stacked with spray-painted branches, twigs, gold-painted sunglasses, dominos and dice.

March 25, 2015 11:58 a.m. read more..


WIMPEG board agrees to upgrades

Instead of purchasing a new high-definition server, the WIMPEG board of directors decided to invest the bulk of $50,000 in infrastructure and equipment upgrades.

March 25, 2015 11:45 a.m. read more..
 

PUBLIC AGENDA

Upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

March 25, 2015 11:34 a.m. read more..


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*City's e-ticket plan violates your rights*Let's keep church and state separate*Vote 'yes' to help keep county safe*Foundation steps up to help locals*Ongoing tax hikes need to stop now*More deputies are needed in county*Crosswalk would improve safety*Corrections needs additional funding*Many can't afford increase in taxes

March 25, 2015 11:31 a.m. read more..


NEWS IN BRIEF

*DA will host public forum Thursday*City recognizes top police officers*Monmouth man wins raffle jackpot*CCC bonds refinanced for savings*Exhibitors sought for health fair*Dallas UPS driver receives honor

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*'University night' set at Dallas High*Education forum planned Tuesday*Tickets for KVCS fundraiser on sale*LaCreole educator receives honor

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Williams catching his dream

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon senior Tyrell Williams has always been a Philadelphia Eagles fan. If he has his way, his allegiance may soon change. Williams hopes to join Kevin Boss among the names of WOU football players to make the leap to the NFL.

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HELP NEEDED

It was after Polk County Sheriff’s Office patrols ended for the night, so the emergency responders had a decision on their hands.

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Ultimate world trivia test

What is the city on the east coast of China that is the most densely populated where people mainly ride bikes? The answer: Shanghai.

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Budget hearings begin Monday

POLK COUNTY — Looking at the numbers in the 2015-16 Polk County budget that will be proposed Monday, it seems like the budget is growing at a healthy rate. In some places.

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Wednesday, March 18

  

Senate Bill threatens fifth-year programs statewide

Fifth-year programs at Dallas, Central and Falls City — and other districts throughout the state — appear to be on the chopping block if a bill slated for a public hearing Thursday in the Oregon Senate Committee on Education is approved.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*'Spring into reading' event slated*New charter school plans meeting*Donations sought for Perrydale play*Tickets on sale for Perrydale benefit*Dallas students recognized by SPU

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Soup, pie sale set Thursday at center*Dallas seniors will serve up soup, pie*Museum planning family day event*Local youth state finalist in pageant

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*American Legion celebrates 96 years*Too many taxes burden taxpayers*Vote 'no' on county public safety levy

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GUEST COMMENTARY

Cameras of all sorts are everywhere. Sometimes what they record is routine and innocuous, but often the events that are captured raise questions.

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EDITORIALS

The public should be outraged when lawmakers directly attack transparency, for with no transparency there can be no accountability.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Taste craft beer, benefit watershed*Monmouth PD honors top officers*PD station slated to open this spring*PCLA board members elected

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Deputy fights rare blood cancer

Curtis had his future in mind. He wants to become a police officer some day, and his wife was expecting a son, Colton. The Dallas couple got to meet their little guy on Feb. 10. Only six days later, they received devastating news.

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Kids helping kids

At school, you struggle to stay awake in class — oh and your homework isn’t done. This is not a social, discipline, or academic issue. It’s a matter of not having enough time.

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Finding Balance

When it comes to “slow food” David and Bette McKibben, owners of McK Ranch, are all in.

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Wednesday, March 11

 

Superintendent selected

Michelle Johnstone, currently the superintendent of Brush School District in Brush, Colo., was offered and has accepted the job as Dallas’ new superintendent starting July 1.

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All roads lead to Dallas

While this was no blockbuster case — in fact District Attorney Aaron Felton described it as “bread and butter” — it is an example of how the public safety departments in Polk County have to work as a team to hold criminals accountable.

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EDITORIALS

If a household was surviving on such little income and needed more money, it would be time to get a second job. But neither the DA’s office nor the sheriff’s department can moonlight at another job.

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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

*Help make Polk County safer place*Republican antics are embarrassing*Levy's tax increase would hurt us all*Festival's food drive effort appreciated*Know the law prior to complaining.

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Elks to celebrate milestone event

The lodge will open its doors and invite members of the community to learn more about what the Elks organization does. People can stay and enjoy a dinner at the Elks, too.

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Festival proves to be a hit

Folklife celebrated the Willamette Valley’s varying cultures with music, food and art. It was such a success that organizers are already planning for 2016.

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Bill would give cities local power over pot

DALLAS — A bill seeking to amend parts of Measure 91, the initiative that legalized the production and sale of recreational marijuana in Oregon, would allow local governments to prohibit or tax sales within their boundaries.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Reception for art exhibit is Thursday*Spring gun show set this weekend*4-H photography class scheduled*Worm composting workshop slated*Family art program scheduled by ACAC*Old-fashion square dance set Saturday*'Chili challenge' postponed to fall*Authors will speak on Pacific Highway*Donations sought for 'country store'*Pentacle will host benefit for Central

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Ramping up reading efforts

Small group reading time for first- and second-graders at Falls City Elementary School begins with, not a book, but stretching, singing and dancing.

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DHS robotics team

Dallas High School Robotics Team ramRod took top honors at the VEX Robotics State Championship Friday and Saturday. Team ramRod’s Jake Shryer, Jacob Reimer and Ben Rounds were on the winning alliance.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*KVCS planning an evening of pi, pie*Ink Blot schedules open mic night*CHS fares well at skills competition*Lunch program seeking volunteers*Local woman earns nursing degree

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Local pair selected to first-team

POLK COUNTY — Two Polk County athletes received first-team honors to lead the list of local selections to the 2014-15 Mid-Willamette Conference all-league boys basketball team.

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WOU’s Goularte named all-GNAC

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s Dana Goularte has been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-league women’s basketball team.

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Tuesday, March 10



Wednesday, March 4



MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I’m always wishing for the lion to arrive and be long gone by the end of the month, so we can welcome April with the scampering, happy lambs.

March 4, 2015 1:42 p.m. read more..


YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

If you want to know when to prune roses or if a bloated can of tomatoes will make you sick, the Oregon State University Extension Service can help.

March 4, 2015 1:40 p.m. read more..


PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Alvin Jones, a former neighbor and father of Pam Burbank, died at his home in Prineville on Feb. 23. His service will be at Prineville Community Church on Saturday at 1 p.m. He will be missed.

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Local food options topic of event

Efforts to organize and educate the community about local food options will come together at a FEAST (Food-Education-Agriculture-Solutions-Together) event in Independence on March 14.

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Mr. and Ms. Central Pageant fundraising efforts heat up

The fundraising efforts of 10 Central High seniors as part of the school’s annual Mr. and Ms. Central Pageant will provide an iPad and a wheelchair mount for the device, complete with software to help Courtney Rhodes communicate better, said Jeff Witt, CHS leadership adviser.

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Practice assessment tests available

Students in third through eighth grade, as well as 11th grade, will begin taking the state’s new test, Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC), for math and language arts later this month.

March 4, 2015 11:35 a.m. read more..
 

Educators still without a contract

After more than a year of on-and-off negotiations, Perrydale School District’s board and teachers still haven’t struck a deal on a contract for the current academic year.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*OHES teacher is recipient of grant*MVCA to host open house Tuesday*GED classes set in Independence*SC honor roll includes Polk students

March 4, 2015 11:23 a.m. read more..


VFW honors Dallas teacher

The walls of Roger Shafer’s classroom at LaCreole Middle School are a testament to his love of his country and its history.

March 4, 2015 11:15 a.m. read more..
     

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Work of watercolor artists on display*Painting workshop offered in Falls City*Benefit rummage sale set at church*Spring book sale slated for weekend*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Rick's Place Coffee to mark milestone*Sunday breakfast planned at grange*Movie night even will benefit library*Tuesday discussion on brain, memory

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MINET raising TV rates

The two most popular cable television packages — the expanded package and the digital package — each will see increases of less than $10 a month.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Officials listen up: Stop raising taxes*Without legitimate ideas, levy needed*BOC resolution ignored key point*County, not cities pay for services*Issue is more than just 'gun rights"*GOP is unfairly attacking unions

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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EDITORIALS

The superintendent is an important job in the community and can help shape the future of education.

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Youth softball umpire clinic Thursday

POLK COUNTY — Dallas Kids, Inc. and West Valley Little League will hold a youth softball umpire clinic Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the LaCreole Middle School cafeteria. There is no cost to attend.

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves end year with home victory

MONMOUTH — A frustrating 2014-15 campaign ended on a happy note, as Western Oregon’s women’s basketball squad beat Northwest Nazarene 69-55 on Saturday. Four WOU players score in double figures, led by sophomore Jordan Mottershaw with 20 points, including 16 in the first half, and senior Dana Goularte, who added 18 points. Freshman Sami Osborn recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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