Stories for August 2016


Wednesday, August 31

Academic honors

Academic honors for Aug. 31: Dressel earns bachelor’s degree; Alzayer takes part in showcase

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School notes

School notes for Aug. 31: OCA to hold an informational meeting; Jones heads to spelling championship

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The Pedee Women’s Club is now accepting quilts for their quilt show to be Sept. 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the clubhouse.

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Tomorrow we turn the calendar page over to the new month of September, and even though the warm and summery days will be with us for some time to come, the new season of autumn is peeking just around the corner.

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Community notebook

Community notebook for Aug. 31: Monmouth to hold community sale; Fundraiser sale concludes today; M-I Chamber holds info session; Blue Haven open house set Monday; Dallas library uke jam Sept. 7; Health class begins Sept. 7

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Businesses may pay registration fee

If approved by the Dallas City Council, businesses operating in the city will be required to provide basic information and, for some operations, a registration fee starting in 2017.

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Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor for Aug. 31: Indy Landing noise will hinder building; What is that awful smell in Rickreall?; What is the holdup with senior center; Dallas Rotary Club thanks community

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News in brief

Monmouth resident killed in collision; Homebrew competition now open; Historical society seeks contributions; Dallas Fire & EMS respond to grass fire; American Pickers returning to Oregon

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harvesting hops

Trucks filled with hop bines rumble down Wigrich Road, heading to the drying and baling facility at Rogue Farms in Independence.

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Summer crew expands reach

As summer jobs go, Kenny Graham can’t think of a better one than working on the Falls City School District’s seasonal maintenance crew.

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Deputy cleared in shooting

A Polk County deputy involved in a fatal shooting in early July will not face charges after a grand jury has unanimously deemed his actions as justified.

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Thursday, August 25

Marijuana businesses step up

Organic Investments submitted a site design review to the City of Independence for 16,840-square feet of greenhouses for growing cannabis, and a 8,740 square-foot building for processing of cannabis and office use.

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Wednesday, August 24


Sojourn donates shampoo

While the American Red Cross sends more help to Louisiana — including deployments from Polk County — Sojourn International is doing what it can to aid the flood victims: donating shampoo.

August 24, 2016 1:39 p.m. read more..

Back to School

Sorry kids — it’s time. Your days of carefree summer fun are nearly over as Labor Day approaches.

August 24, 2016 noon read more..

Wellness center exceeds targets

When Central Health and Wellness Center opened its doors last year, the goals were to provide medical, behavior health and dental services to Central School District students and the communities.

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All summer long, we’ve been grateful to have escaped the intense heat that knocked us to our knees in July and August of 2015.

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Tuesday, August 23

Friday, August 19

Wednesday, August 17

City set to fund $3.5 M project

The city of Independence is asking for bids to build Osprey Lane, a new street that will connect D and C streets through the Independence Landing area, formerly known as Valley Concrete.

August 17, 2016 1:34 p.m. read more..

Parking restricted

Parking will be restricted at Michael Harding Park in Falls City, the city park nearest to the falls on the Little Luckiamute River.

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“Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats” was a very appropriate theme for last week’s Polk County Fair and was lots of fun for everyone.

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Stange contract OK’d

Polk County Fire District No. 1 board of directors approved a contract for Chief Ben Stange, who will take the reins at the district on Aug. 29. The contract runs through June 2018 at $97,000 a year.

August 17, 2016 noon read more..

BLM plan draws more litigation

As promised, the 17 members of the Association of O & C Counties, including Polk County, filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management upon adopting its new Western Oregon management plan.

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INDEPENDENCE — At 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, James Robinson and Nathan Litke were hard at work.

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WOU soccer faces steep challenge

MONMOUTH — Throughout his tenure, Western Oregon soccer coach Steve Ancheta has experienced just how difficult it can be to build a program in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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Tuesday, August 16


Monday, August 15

Thursday, August 11


Wednesday, August 10



Pack up your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket this evening — or buy food and beverages in the beer and wine garden — and enjoy Boka Marimba.

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Judy Guida had a surprise visit from two of her grandsons the last two weeks. Neko, 9, and 5-year-old Samuel were brought by their father, John Guida, to spend 10 days with her.

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Track to be tested

Dallas High School’s track will undergo an official test for surface hardness next week to answer questions about its condition.

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County VSO program progresses

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved an application with the state on Aug. 2 for half-year funding for the new Veterans’ Service Officer program that will begin in January.

August 10, 2016 noon read more..

CSD named transformation district

Central School District has been named a transformation district along with 14 others in the state, said Dorie Vickery, director of curriculum and instruction.

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Hitting the road

MONMOUTH — As a child, Shannon Snair made it a point to protect her younger sister Nora from all she could.

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Tuesday, August 9

Friday, August 5

Wednesday, August 3



This summer has brought about its own special challenges — lots of good days filled with sunshine and blue skies, and the opportunity to get up early to water gardens and flowers, and to be sure to keep the bird baths full of water, had added more tasks to an already busy day.

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Plans develop for eclipse 2017

It’s more than a year away, but everyone from hoteliers to campground hosts, wineries to chambers of commerce and city halls are getting ready for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

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Dog rescued from fire

A Thursday afternoon house fire on Walnut Street damaged the home and contents, but no one was hurt, thanks in part to the efforts of Independence Police Officer Jill Thissell.

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Growing youths

Lindsey Hand, 16, is honest about her motivation for applying for an internship at Dallas Youth Garden at Trinity Lutheran Church this summer: money.

August 3, 2016 12:16 p.m. read more..

City hears aquatic center analysis

The Dallas Aquatic Center has never been a money maker, but has, in general, made cost reductions and revenue growth since 2008, according to a city of Dallas analysis of the facility.

August 3, 2016 12:13 p.m. read more..

Stepping forward

The home bleachers at Gallaspy Stadium have long been considered a landmark among Dallas High School’s athletic facilities.

August 3, 2016 12:12 p.m. read more..