Stories for February 2016

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Sunday, February 28



Saturday, February 27

 

Friday, February 26

 

Indy council approves liquor licenses

The Independence City Council approved recommendations to renew liquor licenses for nine full on-premises sales, six limited on-premises sales and nine off-premises sales establishments.

February 26, 2016 noon read more..
 

Thursday, February 25



HART to host open house Saturday

Horses Adaptive Riding and Therapy will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at its new facility at 6665 Rickreall Road, Independence.

February 25, 2016 noon read more..


Wednesday, February 24



Three classes, One goal

Students at Monmouth and Independence elementary schools discovered the power to light the world could lay in a soccer ball.

February 24, 2016 noon read more..


All things ag to come to Polk Fairgrounds

When the attendance at the annual Polk Home and Garden Show more than doubled last year, organizer Deb Thomas realized it was in part because of the Oregon Poultry Swap that ran concurrently with her event.

February 24, 2016 noon read more..
 

Casa seeks more volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of Casa of Polk County, and the foster child advocacy group is looking for more to join its ranks.

February 24, 2016 noon read more..
  

Life is a Cabaret

Western Oregon University’s theater department will present, “Cabaret,” written by Joe Masteroff, based on a book by Christopher Isherwood.

February 24, 2016 noon read more..


All for money, boys don dresses

Think about it, $1 million. That amount of money is on the minds of the leading women — err, men — of Dallas High School’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” running Thursday through Saturday.

February 24, 2016 noon read more..


Bad street, good street

After three years of research on how to best maintain residential streets in Dallas, the issue is headed to voters.

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Feb. 24 Academic honors

Polk County students make honor roll at respective colleges. Costa named to president’s list; Deptula named to MBC honors list; Dallas woman named to dean’s list; WOU announces fall honor roll

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Birth: Smith

Levi Daniel Smith was born to Dan and Julianna Smith, of Dallas, at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Salem Hospital Family Birth Center.

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Feb. 24 MI Town

What a treat to read of Western Oregon University reaching No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division II basketball.

February 24, 2016 10:33 a.m. read more..


Feb. 24 Pedee News

Allen and Tammy Shifley’s daughter Amy is a junior at George Fox University in Newberg and was on the dean’s list last term. She is studying in Spain, working on her graphic design degree. She speaks Spanish and is getting better all the time.

February 24, 2016 10:32 a.m. read more..


Feb. 24 Community Calendar

Events happening around Polk County from Feb. 24 through March 2. To submit an event, email ionews@polkio.com by 4 p.m. on Thursday before desired publication date.

February 24, 2016 10:31 a.m. read more..


Feb. 24 Community notebook

Dallas Senior Center hosts Jam; Local officer graduates DPSST; Tickets available for library fundraiser; Calmlee’s to host book club Saturday; Relay for Life event Friday, Saturday; St. Thomas to host Lenten series; Living with chronic pain workshop

February 24, 2016 10:29 a.m. read more..


American Gas, Tech to bring 900 jobs to Dallas

American Gas & Technology (AG&T) founder Ray Tate Jr. said the company is developing the “21st century gas station” and its vision is as big as the facility it’s remodeling to build its dream.

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Honoring excellence

Friday night Dallas showcased the individuals and businesses who worked to make the city a better place to live, work and play over the last year.

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Dallas Fire & EMS  honors volunteers

Dallas Fire & EMS Deputy Chief Greg Riemer was named “officer of the year” and firefighter Richard Alarid was given “firefighter of the year” honors during the annual Sweethearts Banquet on Feb. 13.

February 24, 2016 9:52 a.m. read more..

Monday, February 22



Saturday, February 20



Women for Ag announces winners

Polk County Women for Agriculture (PCWA) is happy to announce the winners of their fifth annual Constitutional essay contest for Polk County high school students.

February 20, 2016 noon read more..

Friday, February 19

 

M-I Chamber announces nominees

The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce announced the nominees and finalists for the 51st annual Community Awards Banquet, to be held on March 4 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 501 S. Pacific Highway (99W).

February 19, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 18

 

­­Monmouth PD to host coffee talk

Monmouth Police Department officers will gather with community members from 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday at Rick’s Place, 123 Main St. E., in Monmouth, for “Coffee with a Cop.”

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Wednesday, February 17

 

MI TOWN

Our February weather provides us with more twists and turns than a Monte Carlo road rally.

February 17, 2016 noon read more..


Lifetime achievement

Lines, 50, died suddenly last month, but in a life that was far too short, Dallas City Council President Jim Fairchild said Lines had a positive impact on many.

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Letter: Issues at Central are not a crisis

According to social media, there is a “crisis” at Central High School. As chairman of the Central School District Board of Directors, and having extensive insight and knowledge of the situation, let me assure you there is no crisis.

February 17, 2016 noon read more..


Letter: Thanks for making Connect a success

On behalf of the Polk Community Connect Planning Committee, we would like to thank the many agencies, organizations, businesses, volunteers and community members who supported the fifth annual Polk Community Connect event.

February 17, 2016 noon read more..
 

Police report

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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New bill to limit fifth-year programs

A bill written to allow school districts to retain fifth-year programs for students not eligible for other community college opportunities is working its way through the Oregon Senate.

February 17, 2016 noon read more..


District responds to union vote

The Central School Board has heard the complaints from the Central Education Association regarding Central High School Principal Greg Mitchell, Superintendent Buzz Brazeau said.

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PEDEE NEWS

Jacob North, son of Chip and Linda North, just found out that he’d won a trip to Washington, D.C., from Consumer’s Power.

February 17, 2016 noon read more..
  

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).

February 17, 2016 noon read more..
 

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

Senior center offers management class - Quilt class begins Friday in Monmouth -Auction and dinner to benefit CHS FFA - Dallas Historian updates website - Museum speaker tells of first murder - Indy Police to host coffee with a cop

February 17, 2016 noon read more..


Indy seeks ‘tech hub’ status

The city of Independence continues its innovation efforts through education and smart agriculture programs, said Shawn Irvine, economic development director, at the Feb. 9 council work session.

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PERRYDALE ROUNDUP: Boys basketball makes school history

TURNER — Despite a 43-38 loss to Crosshill Christian, Perrydale officially made school history on Friday, becoming co-Casco League champs with Crosshill and C.S. Lewis and the first group to win a league title in football and basketball in the same year.

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DALLAS ROUNDUP: Boys basketball falls to last in conference

DALLAS — A pair of Mid-Willamette Conference losses has pushed Dallas boys basketball season to the brink. The Dragons lost to South Albany 58-52 on Feb. 10 and Corvallis 71-54 on Friday. Dallas has now lost five games in a row and eight of its last nine.

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FEMA may foot the bill for FC bridge

The city of Falls City may receive money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to rebuild Dutch Creek Crossing, which washed out during December’s heavy rains.

February 17, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Tuesday, February 16

  

Would you like a book with that?

Burgerville conjures images of Tillamook cheeseburgers and rosemary shoestring potatoes with hazelnut chocolate shakes — all locally sourced in the Pacific Northwest.

February 16, 2016 1:39 p.m. read more..
 

Sunday, February 14



Saturday, February 13



Friday, February 12



Dallas Street hearing slated

The Dallas City Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the proposal to ask voters for a 10-year, $10 million bond to pay for residential street repair.

February 12, 2016 noon read more..

Thursday, February 11

  

‘No confidence’ at CHS

Teachers at Central High School have voted “no confidence” in Principal Greg Mitchell, 88 to 11 percent, said Central Education Association president Ben Gorman.

February 11, 2016 noon read more..


Wednesday, February 10

     

What’s the emergency

The Oregon State Legislature is meeting for its short session shenanigans, 35 days in even-numbered years.

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Letter: Dallas Hospital chief says ‘goodbye’

Friday marked my last day as chief administrative officer at Salem Health West Valley and clinics. With a heavy heart, I have decided to return to my native Washington state so I can spend daily quality time with my family.

February 10, 2016 noon read more..


Spring cleaning

A half dozen Master Gardeners laughed and chatted around a planting table at Mt. Fir Inspiration Park on Monday afternoon.

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MI TOWN

The brightly colored hearts and flowers remind us that Sunday is St. Valentine’s Day.

February 10, 2016 noon read more..


PEDEE NEWS

Amanda Bennett, granddaughter of Pete and LaVerne Bennett, returned to Sheppherd Air Force base after a six-month deployment to Qatar.

February 10, 2016 noon read more..


Feb. 10 Community Notebook

Poultry swap Sat at fairgrounds; Community benefit yoga class on tap; Gentle House to host grape pruning; Ash Creek to host feature heads; Redgate to host Valentine’s events; Central choirs will host special event; Master Gardeners to hold meeting; Square dancing returns to Guthrie; American Sign class begins today; Senior Center to host potluck Friday; Center hosts class on Constitution; Brunk House looks for more gardeners; Fiddlers perform in Salem on Saturday; Dallas Alliance has Chocolate Sunday

February 10, 2016 noon read more..


ANNIVERSARY

Larry and Tracie Burger will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Feb. 15.

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CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Girls basketball downs Dragons

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s girls basketball team strengthened its hold on the No. 3 spot in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The Panthers (12-6 overall, 7-2 MWC) defeated South Albany 55-43 on Feb. 3 before beating Dallas 50-43 on Friday.

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Feb. 10 Community calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event: ionews@polkio.com.

February 10, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 9



Dallas students honored at competition

Three Dallas High School students earned regional distinction and nine qualified to perform in the national competition at the Southern Regional Oregon State Thespian Acting Competition held in Dallas and Independence on Saturday.

February 9, 2016 2:41 p.m. read more..


Police will not request money

Scams can be scary, and the latest IRS calling scam can get worse than threatening messages on your answering machine, said Ellen Klem, director of consumer outreach and education for the Office of the Attorney General.

February 9, 2016 2:41 p.m. read more..
 

Thursday, February 4



Wednesday, February 3



IRS warns of scam

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

February 3, 2016 3:55 p.m. read more..
 

Unsettled terms

The associate professors at Western Oregon University have been working without a contract since the beginning of the year, said Mark Perlman, president of the WOU Federation of Teachers union.

February 3, 2016 noon read more..
  

Man arrested near Ash Creek

Ash Creek Elementary School went into a brief lockout Friday when Corey Harman, 22, resisted arrest and ran through the school’s grounds, Monmouth Police Sgt. Kim Dorn said.

February 3, 2016 noon read more..
    

Minet board should reconsider options

The board of directors of Monmouth Independence Networks (Minet) decided Thursday to indefinitely table an idea of the telecommunications company providing free WiFi access to residents and visitors of both cities in exchange for possible debt relief from the two cities.

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Feb. 3 News in Brief

Sheriff’s Office seeks Reserve Deputies; Hedrick joins Indy police officers; DPD seeks info about Sunday stabbing; Sen. Merkley to hold town hall meeting

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Indy streets need more money

The 27 miles of streets in the city of Independence are fair, for the most part, said John Duvall, president of Pavement Services Inc.

February 3, 2016 noon read more..


Local students earn dean’s list honors

More than 850 traditional undergraduate students earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University in the fall of 2015. Students must earn a 3.5 GPA or above on 12 or more hours of graded work to earn a spot on the dean’s list.

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Minet claims 78 percent of users

Monmouth Independence Networks Manager Don Patten reported an overall penetration rate of 78.2 percent at the Thursday board of directors meeting.

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Dallas street bond, fee suggested

A second committee looking into the condition and maintenance options for Dallas’ residential streets has recommended the city request voters pass a 10-year, $10 million bond and a utility fee for street repair and upkeep.

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Graduation Gains

Dallas, Perrydale and Central made big gains in their on-time graduation rates for the 2014-15 school year, though Central’s may not read that way on the state report.

February 3, 2016 noon read more..
  

Remember to claim your kicker

Tax return filing season is open and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind you to claim your tax surplus credit, or “kicker,” on your 2015 personal income tax returns.

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CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Crow, Tuipulotu lead Panthers at Monroe

MONROE — Central’s wrestling team placed third at the Monroe Invitational on Saturday. Sam Crow (195 pounds) and Marlon Tuipulotu (285) took first to lead the Panthers. Luis Martinez (106), Nick Kunckle (113) and Collin Swinehart (152) finished second. Central hosts Woodburn Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. before competing at the Robert Paul Invitational at Sandy High School on Saturday.

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CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Panthers take aim at league's top teams

INDEPENDENCE — At the halfway point in Mid-Willamette Conference play, Central’s girls basketball team appears to be in a strong position. The Panthers entered the week in sole possession of third place with a 5-2 mark in league play and ranked ninth overall in the OSAA’s power rankings. But the girls aren’t satisfied.

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PERRYDALE ROUNDUP: Boys basketball rolls

PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s boys basketball team defeated Willamette Valley Christian 44-29 on Jan. 26, Livingstone Adventist 69-57 on Jan. 27 and Country Christian 50-30 on Monday

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WOU ROUNDUP: Maurmann sets school record

SEATTLE — Western Oregon junior Nicole Maurmann set a new school record in the women’s 3,000-meter run at the University of Washington Invitational on Saturday. Maurmann finished in 10 minutes, 13.24 seconds, breaking the old mark of 10:16.00 set in 1989 by Randi Taruscio.

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Feb. 3 MI Town

We’ve turned the page on our calendar to the bright and shiny new month of February, which brings us Groundhog Day and St. Valentine’s Day — two good reasons to bring laughter and joy into those often gray winter days.

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Birth: Eisele

Blake Michael George Eisele was born to Matt and Jenny Eisele of Monmouth at 11:01 a.m. on Jan. 16 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

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Feb. 3 Community Notebook

Shrove Tuesday supper is Feb. 9; Show your love and support IDA; Monmouth Library hosts coloring night; A cappella music at Grace Baptist; KVCS offers radio technician class; Graphic designers offer services; MP Food Share presents summit; New Garden Club seeks members; Polk flag design contest now open; Police Department takes part in blitz; Faith Lutheran hosts free concert

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Birth: Seick

Kai Freedom Seick was born to Jeremy and Suzanne Seick of Monmouth at 6:39 a.m. on Jan. 19 at Salem Hospital Family Birth Center.

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Tuesday, February 2



Dallas woman dies in accident

A Dallas woman died Friday following an accident in which she accidently set her clothing on fire while trying to warm herself next to her fireplace.

February 2, 2016 3:37 p.m. read more..