Stories for September 2015

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Wednesday, September 30

   

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

In corners and along baseboards, on ceilings and spun between shrubs, spiders crawl through our lives this time of year.

September 30, 2015 3:36 p.m. read more..


COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

September 30, 2015 3:32 p.m. read more..
 

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Help clean up Polk roads on Saturday*Felines fundraiser slated for Saturday*Flea Market at Rickreall Grange*Exhibit merges photos and poetry*Nominees sought for RLF honor*WVHA's hosts party for Jennings*Learn more about preparedness*Uganda choir to perform on Friday*Benefit to help build Liberia library

September 30, 2015 3:25 p.m. read more..


Perrydale auction set Saturday

Perrydale will host its annual booster club auction and dinner Saturday evening at the Willows Events Center, 12455 Meyers Road in Dallas.

September 30, 2015 3:19 p.m. read more..


Writer of the future

From Susan Cooper to J.R.R. Tolkien to Anne McCaffrey, the world of science fiction and fantasy has inspired Dallas author Stewart Baker since he was a young child to ask one simple question.

September 30, 2015 3:17 p.m. read more..
 

PUBLIC AGENDA

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

September 30, 2015 3:12 p.m. read more..


EDITORIALS

The results are in for the first round of testing using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is supposed to be a more difficult test using higher standards.

September 30, 2015 3:09 p.m. read more..


Dallas author wins award for children’s book

Kim Conolly, a Dallas author, has won the Cascade Award for her unpublished children’s book, “I’ll Tuck You in, Mama,” at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference held in Portland in August.

September 30, 2015 3:06 p.m. read more..
 

AFSCME, county at odds

Polk County mental health workers and administration are in a “cooling off” period after unsuccessful negotiations over wages.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Lunch program now at The Gate*Rotary Clubs accepting applicants*WOU to study rural Latino children*KVCS begins annual wreath sale

September 30, 2015 2:34 p.m. read more..


DA’s office reviewing 29 cases

The Polk County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing 29 cases that involved evidence processed by an Oregon State Police Bend Crime Lab forensic analyst who is now under criminal investigation for mishandling evidence.

September 30, 2015 2:28 p.m. read more..
 

Air ambulance responds to wounded boy

On Thursday at about 1:59 p.m., the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to West Valley Hospital in Dallas on a report of a 2-year-old boy that had been brought in with a gunshot wound.

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Firefighters wear pink for cancer awareness

Firefighters with Polk County Fire District No. 1 and Dallas Fire & EMS will wear hot pink shirts to show their support for the fight against breast cancer during the first week of October.

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Pot makes its way to Polk

The Polk County Board of Commissioners voted Sept. 16 to extend a moratorium on marijuana production and sales within unincorporated areas of the county for six months.

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Hot season, big wines

The morning of the first day of fall, crisp and beautiful, set the perfect scene for wine grape harvesting at Namaste Vineyard outside of Dallas.

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Senior keeping the focus on fun

FALLS CITY — With eight freshmen and five sophomores, Falls City’s volleyball team has seen a resurgence in numbers. The dramatic increase also means the Mountaineers are among the youngest teams in the Casco League.

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Best foot forward

INDEPENDENCE — Throughout her life, Central senior Reba Hoffman has always kept herself busy, from track and field to theater.

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU

World-class music and dance comes to the Western Oregon University campus, bringing a level of performances not usually offered in Polk County.

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Test results provide baseline

Student performance on the new Smarter Balanced assessments revealed some encouraging numbers, areas needing work on — and lost data — for local school districts.

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Thursday, September 24



Wednesday, September 23

  

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Commodity trailer full of fertilizer didn’t quite make the turn into an entrance to a field on Kings Valley Highway.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The Smith Fine Arts Series kicks off the 2015-16 season with an appearance by Groove for Thought on Oct. 2 at Rice Auditorium on the Western Oregon University campus.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Artist reception on Thursday for ACAC*IDA to host benefit at Redgate*Young Eagles to rally at Indy airport*Fire Pup, REACH to make appearance*TLC hold 'Prayer Around the Cross"*'Hearts and Wines' FFA event Saturday*Dallas Library will host Poet Laureate*Curves set to host wellness seminar*'Talk about Dying' seminar is Thursday*St. Thomas to host 'Brew and BS'*Dallas Seniors hold Music Jam Thursday

September 23, 2015 3:52 p.m. read more..


Workshop to help business

When a government agency needs a service — catering or landscaping, for example — employees use a preferred provider list.

September 23, 2015 3:25 p.m. read more..
  

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Sanders shows he is progressive*Commissioners out of touch with public*Thanks to all who got in spirit of walk

September 23, 2015 3 p.m. read more..


PUBLIC AGENDA

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

September 23, 2015 2:58 p.m. read more..
 

NEWS IN BRIEF

*Citations issued during campaign*Dallas police adds two new officers*Salem Health looks for partners*Ward honored for work in garden*County admin earns high marks*West Salem man dies in rollover*Pacific Power set to decrease bills*Jobs Council to meet about workforce*Farm accident claims McMinnville man

September 23, 2015 11:11 a.m. read more..


Barn cats seek new homes

About 50 cats in Polk County need barns to call home or they may be euthanized, said Edith Walters, founder of Feral Cat Awareness Project.

September 23, 2015 11:01 a.m. read more..
 

SCHOOL NOTES

*Pertussis case at Dallas schools*Exam fees waived for low-income*Capitol Dental to provide free sealants*MVCA zucchini car races Friday*Central High band to host rummage sale*After-school program to begin Monday

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PREP SOCCER ROUNDUP: Dallas boys fall

McNARY — Dallas’ boys soccer squad lost a pair of nonleague matches, falling to McNary 8-1 on Sept. 15 and St. Helens 5-0 on Thursday. Isaac Short scored the Dragons’ lone goal against

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PREP FOOTBALL: Offense breathes new fire

WOODBURN — For years, Dallas’ football team has been defined by one thing. “We were a physical running team, and that carried over to our defense,” Dragons coach Tracy Jackson said. “When you played Dallas, you were going to play a tough, physical game.” Entering the 2015 season, the Dragons reshaped their identity.

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MINET board to shift focus

Monmouth Independence Networks board of directors believes it needs to stop “playing small ball” and refocus on the big picture of telecommunications and running the business.

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Navarro unafraid to lead

Juan Navarro, 22, has already had a great impact on others, inspiring high school students and politicians in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, September 16



Firefighters respond to garage fire

Local fire fighters responded to a garage fire on Tuesday. Polk County Fire District No. 1 responded to reports of a fire at 6155 Corvallis Road in Independence at 12:10 p.m. when a passer-by noticed smoke coming from the garage.

September 16, 2015 2:58 p.m. read more..


JOURNEY TO ANOTHER TIME

Katrina Shortridge looks nothing short of displeased with her daughter, Logan, as she was forced to bark and howl.

September 16, 2015 1:55 p.m. read more..


More than just extended high school

Glen Miller, the new director of Chemeketa Community College’s Dallas Center, wants the community to know the campus doesn’t just offer classes for students in high school fifth-year programs.

September 16, 2015 12:18 p.m. read more..
 

SCHOOL NOTES

*Gates Youth to host Central tailgate*DSD hires 23 for new school year*MVCA to host annual garage sale*Central High to host open house

September 16, 2015 12:14 p.m. read more..


More money needed for project

Independence city councilors, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency, approved a contract with Willamette Valley Concrete for the mass grading of the old Valley Concrete site in downtown Independence.

September 16, 2015 12:11 p.m. read more..


CASA opens new home

CASA of Polk County has a new home and is ready to show it off during an open house on Wednesday, Sept 23.

September 16, 2015 12:09 p.m. read more..


PUBLIC AGENDA

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

September 16, 2015 12:04 p.m. read more..


EDITORIAL

The Hops & Heritage Festival is one-of-a-kind.

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EDITORIALS

With the kids back in school, and adults getting ready to start classes, it’s a good reminder that it’s never too late to continue your education.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Members of CERT earn recognition*Don't let country dogs roam free*All should be free to follow religion*Library impresses with its service

September 16, 2015 11:58 a.m. read more..


NEWS IN BRIEF

*Dallas, Independence receive grants*Filing begins for May primary election*Wagner adds hours for school year*Man sentenced to nine years in prison

September 16, 2015 11:49 a.m. read more..
  

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*FLC to host lecture on Islamic State*MVCA hosts giant yard sale Saturday*Open house at FCR in Independence*DHS Class of 1965 holds 50th reunion*Buell Fall Market is this weekend*Competition for brewers is Saturday*Annual doll show slated for Saturday*Hop Festival book sale is Saturday*Masons collecting food for WVFAP*DAC hosts dinner and concert

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Anticipation of ripe pears and apples peaks in fall as fruits hang heavily from branches and begin their gravity-aided trip to the ground.

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HOPPIN' GOOD HARVEST

If there’s one thing farm expert Cheryl Gilson has learned during her more than A decade with Rogue Farms it’s this — be prepared for anything.

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New chief on duty at PCFD

Firefighting is the only career the new Polk County Fire District No. 1’s chief Al Alcalde has ever known, or wanted.

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PREP FOOTBALL: Taking it to the house

INDEPENDENCE — Central junior Peter Mason knew one player stood between him and the end zone. Seconds after receiving a pass from quarterback Pete Mendazona on Friday night, Mason saw a surging Mountain View defender bent on bringing him down.

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Tuesday, September 15



Talk about death, dying

The Monmouth Public Library will host a conversation about death and dying at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the library, 168 Ecols St. S.

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Wednesday, September 9

     

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

We’ve been on some amazing ag tours, including an onion processing plant, cotton farm, date palm farm, and a luffa farm.

September 9, 2015 2:40 p.m. read more..
 

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Lawns languish in the heat of summer unless showered with the water they require to thrive. But not to worry, the grass isn’t dead.

September 9, 2015 2:36 p.m. read more..


COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Valley Life Center to host simulcast*Pull together to battle weeds*NDA workshop at Monmouth Center*Ladies Bible study begins Thursday*Oberst guest at monthly potluck*RSVP for lunch, adventure movie*Guthrie Park will host county dance*Friday is Gentle House work day*Dallas Caterpillar employee potluck*Handcrafted books at ACAC art class*National Service Day project postponed*Have breakfast at Buell Grange*Volunteers needed for stage tear-down*Learn about cookies at Step 4-H class*Festival benefits local non-profits

September 9, 2015 2:17 p.m. read more..
      

GUEST COLUMN

This is one of my favorite times of year, as staff returns and excitedly prepare for the influx of students.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

September 9, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


EDITORIALS

As we continue our coverage of the pending 9.0 Cascadia zone earthquake, we asked the cities and school districts, “How ready are we?”

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CORRECTIONS

The Polk County Itemizer-Observer is committed to publishing accurate reports. To send corrections or clarifications, call the newsroom at 503-623-2373 or email nadams@polkio.com.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Oregon Heritage to offer grants*Indy police to hold safety operation*PSWD annual meeting set for Sept. 17*Young Eagles to offer free youth flights

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The art of storytelling

The first-of-its-kind festival for the library will feature an evening performance for adults by Portland Story Theater, a troupe of professional storytellers.

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WILL THEY STAND OR FALL

It was a coincidence that Falls City City Councilor Jenn Drill volunteered to lead the “simplification” process of the city’s emergency operations plan during the council’s goal setting session in March.

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Wednesday, September 2

    

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My unabashed enthusiasm for college football has only grown since we’ve become Western Oregon University Wolves season ticket holders, and this year’s lineup of home games looks like a winner.

September 2, 2015 11:12 a.m. read more..
          

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Thanks for balanced disaster coverage*Neighbor's weeds pose fire risk*Dallas firefighters put out arboretum blaze*Hermelinda's salon has closed its doors*Elected leaders shouldn't be paid

September 2, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Picking up the slack

MONMOUTH — At first glance, Western Oregon appears set up for a run at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title. The Wolves return a majority of the starters from a year ago when WOU finished in a three-way tie for second.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

September 2, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


EDITORIALS

The air has gotten cooler — not much cooler, but cooler all the same — and kids are preparing to go back to school.

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Wine ‘shipped’ the old-time way

Leave it to Brad Ford and the crew at Illahe Vineyards to do something that likely hasn’t been done commercially in decades: delivering wine via boat on the Willamette River.

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Fake cops to appear in court

Two men who were arrested for posing as police officers after allegedly pulling over a woman on Highway 22 will appear in Polk County Circuit Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Community garage sale is Saturday*Center hosts NDA workshop Sept. 10*Enjoy gospel music roundup at TJ Farm

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Craven receives honor for climate change work

Eight years after “The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See” went live on YouTube — and some 11 million hits later — creator and Central High School teacher Greg Craven is being honored for his work in climate change education.

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School bullying’s new face

These days a bul­­ly may not be after your lunch money. In fact, he or she may not be saying or doing anything in the halls at school.

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