NEWS IN BRIEF



Prescribed burns in Polk County

POLK COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, plans to perform several prescribed burns on three easement sites in Polk County.

The sites are enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program. The locations are Quad Farms WRP, 24.5 acres, about four miles north of Dallas and Rickreall; Loop WRP, 10 acres, about five miles north of West Salem; Lippsmeyer WRP, 41 acres, about 1.75 miles south of Independence.

The exact date and time of the burns will vary based on weather conditions, but the anticipated time window is between Sept. 30 and Nov. 1.

Technical staff will monitor conditions to perform the burn when the weather and wind conditions are in line with the specifications in the prescribed burn plan.

Sun causes outages for MINET

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Subscribers to Monmouth Independence Networks cable television services will experience interference from the sun’s orbit, said Jerry Fouse, MINET’s central office engineer.

Outages began Tuesday and will last through Oct. 14, he said.

“The outage is caused when the sun aligns with our receiving dish and the geostationary satellite in orbit,” he said. “The outages should last for approximately 10 minutes.”

If channel outages lasts longer than 10 minutes, contact MINET at 503-837-0700.

Marion-Polk Food Share gets grant

PORTLAND — The Portland General Electric Foundation awarded $10,000 to Marion-Polk Food Share to support the Youth Farm program on Sept. 30.

The program focuses on training youth and young adults in community service leadership, horticulture skills and workplace readiness while increasing community access to locally grown fresh foods.

The PGE Foundation awarded 23 grants totalling $305,000 in the third quarter of 2015 to nonprofits across Oregon focused on science, technology, engineering, math and career training education.

Grants also were awarded to nonprofits focused on the arts, bolstering cultural diversity and addressing food insecurity.

For more information: pgefoundation.org.

Grand Ronde woman killed in crash

YAMHILL COUNTY — A Grand Ronde woman was killed in a vehicle crash on Sept. 30 at the intersection of Highway 18 and Red Prairie Road in Yamhill County.

At 10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident.

Police said a 1994 Ford Escort was traveling northbound on Red Prairie Road when it pulled out in front of a 2004 Peterbilt garbage truck traveling eastbound on Highway 18.

The Peterbilt collided with the Ford and both came to rest on Highway 18.

The operator of the Ford, Mary E. Rickard, 55, was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

The driver of the Peterbilt, Antonio Chavez, 23, of McMinnville, was not injured and has cooperated with the investigation.

Initial investigation indicated Rickard failed to yield the right of way to the truck, police said.

‘Manos’ T-shirt fundraiser not over

FALLS CITY — Your opportunity to support the production of the sequel to “Manos: The Hands of Fate” is not over. The T-shirt fundraiser for the project has been extended to Oct. 15 due to continuously increasing interest and sales.

Jackey Raye Neyman Jones, aka “Debbie” from the original movie, is producing the project, which will be directed by award-winning Seattle filmmaker Tonjia Atomic.

Money from the campaign will cover start up costs for the film, including shooting scenes with Tom Neyman, who played The Master in the original Manos. To purchase a T-shirt or for more information: www.ManosReturns.com.

Deputies investigating hit and run

SALEM — Authorities have arrested a suspect in a fatal crash involving two vehicles on River Road South. The suspect has been identified as Luis Enrique Huerta-Martinez, 22, of Independence.

Huerta-Martinez turned himself in to the Independence Police Department on Monday. Marion County Detective Nancy Hubbard interviewed and arrested Huerta-Martinez on charges of manslaughter II and failure to perform duties of a driver. Huerta-Martinez was held at the Marion County Jail until his arraignment on Tuesday after press time.

Authorities were called at 7:20 p.m. on Friday. Upon their arrival, Marion County Sheriff deputies learned both occupants of one of the vehicles fled the scene of the crash on foot. They confirmed the driver of the second vehicle, Raymond Myers, 59, of Salem, was deceased. Myers was traveling eastbound on River Road near Riverside Drive when Huerta-Martinez allegedly pulled out in front of Myers, who was thrown from the motorcycle he was riding.

Marion County Sheriff deputies were assisted by members of the Oregon State Police, Independence PD, Monmouth PD, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Salem PD and Polk County Fire District 1.

Dallas mayor named to OMA board

SALEM — Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton has been selected to serve on the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA) board of directors for calendar year 2016.

Named to the board in addition to Dalton were: President Michael Cape, Amity;President-Elect George Endicott, Redmond; Past President Scott Burge, Scappoose; Secretary-Treasurer Mike McCauley, LOC Executive Director; and directors John Cook, Tigard; A.J. Mattila, Depoe Bay; Lou Ogden, Tualatin; Betty Roppe, Prineville; and Sandra Roumagoux, Newport.

An affiliate of the League of Oregon Cities, the OMA’s purpose is to increase the knowledge and skills of Oregon mayors and make a strong, collective effort to influence state programs and legislation.



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