Motor home fire results in death

DALLAS — Southwest Polk Fire and the Dallas Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 4000 block of Van Well Road Friday at 2:40 a.m.

Upon arrival, responders found a motor home fully engulfed in flames. The fire department took action and determined there was a deceased person inside, identified as 36-year-old Tobias Schulson, who was living in the motor home at the time along with his dog.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was called and responded to the scene.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was accidental due to smoke inhalation.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

An investigation is ongoing, but foul play is not suspected. Detectives learned an electric heater was being used in the motor home during the night. The heater is the suspected source of the fire, according to arson investigators.

Polk Extension to hold sewing classes

DALLAS — Polk County 4-H will host STEP (Short Term Educational Programming) sewing classes for youth on Tuesday and Dec. 7.

Beginners attending the class will learn to make small sewing gifts. More experienced sewers will make pajama pants.

The class sessions, open to students in third through 12th grade, are from 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. at the Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale, Suite 301, Dallas. Admission is $2 for 4-H members and $3 for non-members. Preregistration is required by Monday.

You do not need to be a 4-H member to attend. For more information or to register: 503-623-8395.

Boondocks to hold weekly workshops

FALLS CITY — Want to try your hand at painting? The Boondocks, 318 N. Main St. in Falls City will give you a chance every Wednesday through the rest of the year, starting this evening.

Admission to “Painting, Canvas and Cocktails (or soda pop)” is $30 and including all the supplies required, paint, canvas and instruction. No experience is necessary. Your first beverage and a snack is included in the cost.

For more information: The Boondocks, 503-787-2700.

Dallas approves change on 4-acre parcel

DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved a zoning change on a 4.5-acre property in Southwest Dallas from industrial to residential.

The council held a public hearing on the change on Oct. 5, after which it approved having staff draft an ordinance to make the change official.

The owner, listed as Oakdale Heights Phase 1, sought the change to prepare the property for development under low-density residential. The property is located in southwest Dallas at the end of Southwest Hayter Street. Council members voted unanimously to approve the ordinance at a Nov. 2 meeting.

Corps of Engineers to host workshop

MONMOUTH — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public workshop on Wednesday (today) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. about the upcoming and ongoing remedial investigation and feasibility study at the former Camp Adair.

The workshop will be held at Western Oregon University in the Willamette Room, located in the Werner University Center.

The public will be able to view displays related to the investigations and Corps representatives will be in attendance to answer questions.

Information for community members interested in participating in a Restoration Advisory Board will also be available.

Documents related to the site history are available at

For more information: Scott Lawrence, 206-764-6896.

Nonprofit Share Tank hits Salem Friday

SALEM — The Salem Convention Center will host the first-ever Nonprofit Share Tank Friday at 7 p.m.

The Share Tank will feature philanthropists who will hear five nonprofits each present a project that requires funding if it is to become a reality and benefit the community.

The event, originated by the Center for Community Innovation, will kick off the “Giving Season” with a goal of increasing public participation in philanthropy as a way to assist all area nonprofits. Tickets cost $18 for CCI members and $25 for nonmembers and can be purchased online at

Audience members will also be able to contribute to any project that is presented. Nonprofit projects must be for amounts between $10,000 and $100,000.

For more information: Phil McCorkle, 503-581-9922, ext. 314.

WVH volunteer services fundraiser on tap

DALLAS — West Valley Hospital Volunteer Services is hold a jewelry fundraiser Monday and Tuesday.

All pieces will be in sale for $5.99, including fashion accessories, jewelry, educational, gifts, toys, books, games and more.

Proceeds from the sale will provide for scholarships to Polk County high school students pursue a medical-related field.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main conference room at the hospital, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas.

For more information: 503.623.7311.

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