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Indy PD enforces crosswalk safety

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department participated in a pedestrian safety enforcement operation between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on April 20 at two locations within the city.

During the operation, 19 warnings were given to motorists who failed to stop for a pedestrian while in a crosswalk. Five other warnings were issued as well as four citations for non-crosswalk driving offenses.

The operation was one of the busiest the police has had, said Officer David Oliveros.

“Educating our citizens in traffic safety is our only goal when conducting these types of operations,” he said. “Please don’t be distracted, pay attention to what is going on around you, and always drive safe.”

WIMPEG sees changes

MONMOUTH — Rod Killen has resigned as the director of WIMPEG, Western Oregon University, Independence, Monmouth public-education-government public access television, Monmouth Mayor John Oberst said.

Efforts to make the TV station a 501 c3 nonprofit have stalled, meaning the board of directors has gone back to the original intergovernmental agreement to determine how to run the program, Oberst said.

The board will search for a high-definition server and will work on adding equipment to help increase programming, Oberst added. One thing the WIMPEG board will consider is one TV channel to serve both Independence and Monmouth.

The WIMPEG board consists of a city councilor from each city, a representative from WOU, and a citizen from each city. Right now, Oberst fills the spot of a “citizen representative” from Monmouth.

Dallas weed abatement program kicks off

DALLAS — It’s that time again — time to make sure your yard isn’t taken over by tall grass and weeds.

The city of Dallas is beginning its annual weed, grass and debris abatement program and will work with residents to eliminate nuisances.

According to city code the following are prohibited: any vegetation that is a fire hazard; weeds or grass that are more than 10 inches tall; weeds or grass going to seed; and the accumulation of debris, or other refuse that is not removed within a reasonable time.

It is the responsibility of each property owner to cut down or destroy noxious vegetation. The code will be enforced throughout the growing season from spring through early fall.

For more information, call the city’s weed abatement hotline at 503-831-3510.

BLM management plan ready for comment

POLK COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its new draft resource management plan for Western Oregon for public comment.

The plan outlines how the BLM will manage its lands for the recovery of threatened and endangered species, providing for clean water, and producing a “sustained yield” of timber products, among other objectives.

There are 2.5 million acres in Oregon, including nearly 42,000 acres in Polk County. The draft plan will be available for review and comment until July 23 and can be found at: www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon.

Ugo’s Pizza fundraiser helps support nonprofit

DALLAS — Ugo’s Pizza Parlor in Dallas is hosting a fundraiser for nonprofit A Gift of Time Oregon Tuesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds of dine-in and carry-out orders will benefit the statewide organizations that provides a weekend break for non-professional family caregivers and relatives. Also, the program offers relevant education, resource awareness, and a brief respite from the selfless task of taking care of their loved ones.

For more information, Rich Wolcott 503-559-2741.

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