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Wednesday, October 28



PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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Critical shortage of helpers

Patricia Lucanio has roamed the halls of West Valley Hospital for 34 years. She isn’t a doctor or nurse, but a volunteer — and she’s loved every minute of it.

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County workers recycle, reuse

Dave Dyer and Heath Kumnick, building maintenance employees for Polk County, were in the process of insulating the attic at the public works building when they found a pile of old, but sturdy wood beams.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Art exhibit closing lecture is Friday*Thursday book sale benefits local youth*PCL offers chance to win game tickets*LWC, WOU to host Willamette film*WVH to host two grief workshops*Halloween celebrations

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Law enforcement takes part in sweep*Nominate for 2016 "Military Child"*Christmas Cheer looking for families*Adopt-a-Family needs 'adlopters'*Monmouth leaf pickup dates set*Flu shot clinics start Friday*Man accused of patronizing prostitute

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TRICKS OR TREATS?

It’s that time of year again, when ghosts and goblins, zombies and witches merge on the streets with princesses and super heroes.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Battle Buddies has good turnout*Time to restructure county government*Wage increase have consequences*Thankful for story, in spite of error*Valuation soars at 86 percent increase

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Zucchini car winners announced*SMART needs more volunteers*Dallas FFA to host Halloween food drive*KVCS Holiday Project nominations open*Merit program commends DHS senior

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Reaping what they sow

Half a dozen students eagerly gathered around a bucket of torn Itemizer-Observers that had been soaking in detergent for about two weeks.

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EDITORIALS

West Valley Hospital’s staff of volunteers is at critically low numbers.

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Gun policy still needs clarity

Looking for a way to clarify its policy on staff possessing firearms at school, the Dallas School District has run into more confusion, not less.

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DALLAS ROUNDUP: Girls soccer preps for play-in

DALLAS — Dallas junior Emmalee Jones wasn’t used to being the “go-to” player. “I’ve never been one of the key players,” Jones said. That’s all changed during the 2015 season. “I got more playing time this year and I’m finding ways to actually help the team, whereas in the past, I’ve relied on everybody else.” Jones, a midfielder, has become a constant presence on the field during a season that’s seen multiple injuries force a number of lineup changes. “She’s the epitome of what our entire team is,” Dallas coach Kirk Myrold said. “The girls have had to take on different roles and learn new responsibilities. I have trust in what she can do and know she’s going to give it her all no matter what she’s doing for you.” Myrold hopes Jones leads the Dragons to postseason success. Dallas hosted South Albany Tuesday after press time in its final regular season match. The Dragons already clinched a spot in the OSAA Class 5A play-in round and entered Tuesday’s match in fourth place in the Mid-Willamette Conference. A victory on Tuesday meant a home match in the play-in round on Saturday. A loss meant going on the road. See online for updates. No matter where they play, Myrold said the girls — with players like Jones leading the charge — will be ready to show their true potential. “We’ve practiced and played this entire year for our play-in game,” Myrold said. “We want to prove and show everybody this is what we’ve done all year and this is what we can do.” VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES TO PLAY-IN: The Dallas volleyball squad lost its final two matches of the regular season, but held on for a sixth-place finish in the MWC. The Dragons (10-12 overall, 5-9 MWC) lost to Lebanon 24-26, 25-23, 25-10, 25-18 on Oct. 20 and to Silverton 25-18, 25-14, 28-30, 25-18 on Thursday. Dallas ended the regular season on a five-match losing streak. The Dragons played at Churchill Tuesday after press time in the play-in round. The winner advances to the state tournament. Visit www.polkio.com for results. BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY NARROWLY MISSES STATE: The Dallas boys cross-country team saw its bid to qualify for the state cross-country meet fall short, finishing fourth at the Mid-Willamette Conference Championships on Oct. 21. The Dragons finished with 109 points, five behind Crescent Valley. The top three teams advanced to state. Freshman Trevor Cross and senior Justin Huxel led the Dragons, finishing in 18th and 19th overall in 17 minutes, 26.69 seconds and 17:26.94, respectively. Seniors Cody Tilgner (22nd, 17:27.65), T.J. Cross (23rd, 17:27.98) and Isaiah Letney (27th, 17:31.21) rounded out Dallas’ top-five finishers. The Dragons’ girls team finished sixth. Senior Elizabeth Sutton led the girls in 14th place with a time of 21:06.30. Seniors Angie Sletten (27th, 22:01.36), Anneka Bloomstrom (29th, 22:07.03), Alyssa Miller (32nd, 22:09.92) and freshman Peyton Fast (37th, 22:45.95) rounded out the Dragons’ scorers. BOYS SOCCER ENDS SEASON: Dallas’ boys soccer team dropped a pair of league matches, falling to Silverton 3-0 on Oct. 20 before losing to Corvallis 7-1 on Friday. The Dragons (1-10-2 overall, 0-6 MWC) played at South Albany Tuesday after press time in the team’s final match of the season.

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Clouds of small white-winged insects flying around homes, gardens and even parking lots up and down the Willamette Valley have the public more than a little annoyed.

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Wednesday, October 21

 

SCHOOL NOTES

*CSD schools test safer crosswalks*Peace Corps will be at WOU Tuesday*Students needed for blood drives*DSD Supt. host coffee meetings

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger’s daughter, Chandra Chapman, moved back home to live in the apartment they had built for her after a fire had consumed the house they had almost finished remodeling during the last 20 years.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

What fun it was to open the I-O last Wednesday morning and see all the great pictures of happy kids enjoying fall sports and learning so many good things about teamwork and activity.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Foundation honors Pennas and Smiths*Dallas Library hosts "Teen Read Week"*Library features art of local brothers*LWC, WOU to host local film "Upriver"*Events introduce sparkling wine*Benefit Turkey Shoot is Saturday

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*PCPHd to offer immunization and flu clinics*SEDCOR offers disaster workshop*BOC to name interim sheriff on Oct. 28*OSP investigating fatal accident

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Dallas SD to clarify gun policy for staff

The Dallas School District is clarifying its policy on staff members possessing firearms at work after questions arose in the wake of the Umpqua Community College shooting earlier this month.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Do your research on U.S. Constitution*Author needs help with local history*DAS music jams off to good start

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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EDITORIALS

Want to find a place that knows how to respond to a need? Look no further than Falls City.

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Honest food, like grandma used to make

Hadley had spent 27 years in other people’s kitchens. While he said he enjoyed the work — for the most part — it began to wear on him as restaurants he worked at became more and more focused on money and less focused on food.

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Nourishing a community

The program helps a third to nearly half the population of Falls City, but it started about a year ago as a small giveaway spearheaded by people who recognized a simple way to fill a need.

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Ready? Tax bills are on the way

Tax statements are on their way, and for most property owners, they won’t contain good news when it comes to the size of their property tax bill.

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FALLS CITY ROUNDUP: Mountaineers defeat Triangle Lake

BLACHLY — Jeremy Labrado hit Dylan Young for a 54-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help give the Falls City football team a 24-21 win over Triangle Lake on Friday. Labrado threw for two touchdowns, while Zach Weems rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mountaineers.

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CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Girls XC wins meet

SILVERTON — Central’s girls cross-country team took first out of three teams at Silverton High School on Oct. 14. Sophomore Bailie Hartford (19 minutes, 46.4 seconds), junior Abby McBeth (20:43.0) and senior Jamie Smith (20:51.2) took second, third and fourth, respectively to lead the Panthers.

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Wednesday, October 14

    

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In probably the most exciting football game we’ve seen in the 15 years at McArthur Stadium, our WOU Wolves won over previously unbeaten North Alabama 24-22 on Saturday.

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

As fall gets under way, many vegetables wrap up their season-long lifecycle and set the seeds that lead to next year’s bounty.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Fundraiser slated for Thursday*Old-time fiddlers to perform in Falls City*Turkey shot is Titus 3 fundraiser*Wagner collecting 'Food for Fines"*Wine, Cheese tasting downtown*Monmouth park breaking ground*Library features art of mother and son

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Kicker will be on 2016 tax returns*AT&T upgrades service to Dallas

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Polk No. 1 to focus on safety

Fire Chief Al Alcalde is working to make Polk County Fire District No. 1’s firefighters and volunteers safer through training and practice.

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Officers, citizen honored for bravery

The four men who saved the life of Polk County Sheriff’s deputy Shon Latty after his patrol car crashed and burst into flames in July were honored for their heroism Oct. 7.

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Food cart rules may shift

The city of Dallas is considering a change to its code that would make it easier to find your favorite food cart vendor.

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Drive By Press visits WOU

Taylor McClure carefully guides the teal T-shirt and wooden block under the massive roller on a press at Western Oregon University.

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DALLAS ROUNDUP: Cross leads cross-country

GERVAIS — Dallas’ boys cross-country team placed seventh at the George Fox XC Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Trevor Cross placed 24th overall in 17 minutes, 22 seconds to lead the Dragons. Senior Cody Tilgner placed 55th in 17:52.1.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Support to DHS athletics greatly appreciated*Friends, family supportive in a time of need*Loud cars are a noisy nuisance*Report not high on use of legal pot

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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Friday, October 9



Wednesday, October 7



SCHOOL NOTES

*Chemeketa to dedicate complex*Career center open at Central High*Drive By Press to present at WOU*Button is 'Distinguished Educator'*DHS junior receives state honors

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Homeless count mixed for county schools

More than 140 students attending schools in Dallas, Central, Falls City and Perrydale experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year, according to a state report released last week.

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CHS to try new grading system

The Central School Board adopted a policy formalizing the grading process at the high school, aligning the system used throughout the district.

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Diane and Paul Telfer, volunteers for the Red Cross, got back from a 16-day deployment near Napa Valley, Calif. They worked on disaster assessment for the 80,000-acre “Valley Fire,” which killed four people and burned 1,200 homes to the ground.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor dutcher

May God be good to those who have died far too young, and may angels wrap their wings around those whose lives will never be the same. Ever again.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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EDITORIALS

We are encouraged to see local agencies and school districts preparing for an active shooter event like the one that so tragically took the lives of nine people at Umpqua Community College on Thursday.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Property tax increases unfair*Carelessness caused fire*Mental health needs boost*Teachers deserve fair contract*How do we stop the presumptions?

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To park or not to park?

If you have a disabled parking placard, do you know what your privileges are parking in the timed parking zones in downtown Dallas?

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Prescribed burns in Polk County*Sun causes outages for MINET*Marion-Polk Food Share gets grant*Grand Ronde woman killed in crash*'Manos' T-shirt fundraiser not over*Deputies investigating hit and run*Dallas mayor named to OMA board

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Create skeleton masks at art class*Diabetes class at Flaming Medical*Celebrate upcoming expansion of center*Apple festival at Brunk House*Pink tea raises money for ACS*Do-si-do your partner at Guthrie*Bambinos benefit is this Saturday*Find a creative side at Boondocks*Register now for teen aviation event*Breakfast Sunday at Buell Grange

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CENTRAL CROSS-COUNTRY: Coach, seniors form bond

INDEPENDENCE — Central cross-country coach Eli Cirino knows saying goodbye to any senior class is difficult. This year, four of the team’s seniors — Jamie Smith, Darien Hume, Tucker Engle and Rex Omlid — will be especially hard.

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WOU ROUNDUP: Football defeats Dixie State

ST. GEORGE — Western Oregon scored 42 unanswered points en route to a 42-24 victory over Dixie State on Friday. Quarterback David Sowards finished with 199 passing yards and two touchdowns in his first collegiate start.

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Farm to school is cool

Kindergarteners filed in for lunch at Independence Elementary School on Monday, excited for pork chops, ham sandwiches and fresh apples from Riverwood Orchard, in Monmouth.

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Jacobson leaves strong legacy at Dallas

DALLAS — For nearly four decades, Ken Jacobson was synonymous with the Dallas School District. From 1947 to 1983, Jacobson, who died on Sept. 29, worked as a teacher, coach, athletics director and school administrator.

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STEPS TO RECOVERY

A bell chimed and a moment of silence was held Saturday night at Western Oregon University for each person who was shot and killed at Umpqua Community College on Thursday.

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