Stories for January 2016

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Saturday, January 30

 

Thursday, January 28

  

Soon hiring finance manager

The Polk County Board of Commissioners has directed its legal staff to draft a resolution changing the duties of its elected treasurer.

January 28, 2016 noon read more..
 

Group to look at locker room safety

A superintendent’s committee of Dallas School District staff, students and community members will be formed to look into what more can be done to address concerns about locker room safety and privacy.

January 28, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 27



New resource center to open

The new Central Community Resource Center opens Thursday, filling a hole in access to social services for residents of Independence and Monmouth.

January 27, 2016 1:43 p.m. 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).

January 27, 2016 noon read more..
 

Polk could benefit from lawsuit

The payout wouldn’t be big, but Polk County would benefit from a potential lawsuit over the Department of Forestry’s management of state forestlands.

January 27, 2016 noon read more..


Race for MS

Kevin McMillan, 44, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, but suspects he has had the disease since high school.

January 27, 2016 noon read more..
  

Kings Crossing

Kings Crossing, a student-run coffee shop open on Saturdays in Kings Valley, is a “living classroom.”

January 27, 2016 noon read more..
 

DSD works to accommodate all

People attending Dallas School District’s meeting about its policy allowing a transgender boy to use the boys’ locker room at Dallas High School were in search of respect for all students.

January 27, 2016 noon read more..
 

Clyne receives merit increase

The Independence City Council approved a 3.5 percent merit increase for City Manager David Clyne at Tuesday morning’s council meeting.

January 27, 2016 noon read more..
 

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

Nate Dunaway, a senior theater student at Western Oregon University, is a filmmaker in addition to being an actor and director.

January 27, 2016 noon read more..


MI TOWN

We’ll bid a fond farewell to the wintry month of January in just a few more days.

January 27, 2016 noon read more..
     

The Natural

DALLAS — Throughout his life, Dallas sophomore Grant McFarland has always loved basketball. During the winter, he’s there to cheer his Dallas Dragons on during basketball games. He was there to see his favorite professional team, the Portland Trail Blazers, earn a win against the L.A. Clippers.

January 27, 2016 11 a.m. read more..
  

PERRYDALE BOYS BASKETBALL: Pirates down C.S. Lewis

PERRYDALE — A 48-41 nonleague loss to St. Paul on Saturday may have snapped a nine-game win streak for Perrydale’s boys basketball team, but the Pirates are showing they could be the team to beat in the Casco League.

January 27, 2016 11 a.m. read more..
     

2016 Fair theme deadline looms

Tina Andersen, Polk County Fair manager, is on the committee that selects the Oregon Fair Association’s (OFA) “media awards” for fair advertising campaigns.

January 27, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 26

  

Indy approves agreement with Tokola

The Independence City Council approved an exclusive negotiating agreement on Tuesday with Tokola Properties Inc. for the redevelopment of the former Valley Concrete site.

January 26, 2016 3:16 p.m. read more..
 

Community Connect offers help

The fifth annual Community Connect will take place Wednesday (today) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Life Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave., Dallas.

January 26, 2016 3:07 p.m. read more..
 

Monday, January 25



Wednesday, January 20

  

Get training for nonprofit boards

Members of nonprofit organizations board of directors may participate in “Nonprofit Organization Board Training,” to be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..
  

Students give up-close look at shootings

In “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead,” the students of Central High School’s production class, directed by Jeff Witt and Wendy Boyack, address the topic and ask questions about why it happens — and how could it be stopped.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..


Jan. 20 MI Town

Life in MI Town isn’t all sunshine and light and singing “Kumbaya” around the campfire, no matter how much I wish it was.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..


Jan. 20 Pedee News

Polk County Fire District No. 1 will be starting a new Volunteer Fire Academy this spring. Men and women interested in joining the team of firefighters at Pedee (or within the district’s boundaries), please contact the district’s main office at 503-838-1510.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..
 

She knows her dairy

As Polk County’s Dairy Princess, Gina Atsma has had the arduous task of being a cheesecake judge at the Clackamas County Fair.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..
  

Service providers join to help others

For the fifth year, Polk County Service Integration will host the Polk Community Connect event from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave., in Dallas.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..
      

Polk treasurer to be redefined

Polk County Treasurer Linda Fox will not seek re-election to a fourth term in office and with her retirement may come a change in the office’s job requirements and salary.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..


Wage increase recommended

Polk County’s Compensation Board — the three nonelected citizen members of the budget committee — recommended all county elected officials receive a 4 percent hike in pay come July 2016.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..
 

Mayors take a moment to shine

The mayors of Monmouth and Independence gave updates on what the two cities have accomplished in 2015 and a little bit of what city projects are in the works for 2016 at the annual State of the Cities address on Jan. 13 at Western Oregon University.

January 20, 2016 noon read more..
               

Jan. 20 Community Notebook

Dallas Library hosts coloring night; Lions help others to be prepared; Pentacle Theatre presents show; Wild Women show opens this Saturday; Monday deadline for rabbit show; Stories of the farm worker Saturday; Vendor spots open for home show; Make a difference this New Year; Cross Creek to host tournament

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 13

 

Communities should come together

After an Independence man lost his life in a tragic car-bicycle crash on Hoffman Road on Dec. 30, it has the town of Monmouth asking: What could be done to prevent such tragedy from repeating itself?

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
  

Learn about native plants

The Luckiamute Watershed Council is partnering with the USDA Corvallis Plant Materials Center to host a workshop about native plant propagation.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
  

Shooting nutria best way

The best way to euthanize a nutria is, in fact, with a well-placed shot by a pellet gun or a .22-caliber bullet, said Derek Broman, carnivore-furbearer coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
   

Dallas fire gets ‘extra hand’

Dallas Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responded to 3,278 calls for service in 2015, with just two ambulances working full-time. Of those, 2,453 required taking a patient to the hospital.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
  

More deputies

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office moved to 20 hours of patrol Sunday, increasing coverage hours ahead of schedule.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
     

Jan. 13 Pedee News

We recently learned that Glady Trosen, widow of former pastor of Pedee Church Rev. Robert Trosen, died on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
 

Jan. 13 - Jan. 20 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).

January 13, 2016 noon read more..


School Notes

Dallas Lions to offer scholarship; Kings Valley thanks garden donors;Literacy focuses on close reading;Central budget on target for fiscal year

January 13, 2016 noon read more..


Jan. 13 Community Notebook

Dallas Library shows ‘Ant-man’; Cannon Gallery features stories; Hamersly to host public reception; Spanish class for community begins

January 13, 2016 noon read more..


Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Members of Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a bilingual band hailing from Prince Edward Island, Canada, are having the time of their lives as a traditional/folk/fusion trio.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..


Dallas district to host meeting on policy

The Dallas School District will hold a special meeting Tuesday to address concerns about its policy allowing a transgender boy to use the boys locker room and restrooms at Dallas High School.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
  

Jan. 13 MI Town

We’re deep into winter in MI Town and it seems like springtime is a distant future dream.

January 13, 2016 noon read more..
          

Wednesday, January 6



Volunteer Opportunities

These Polk County groups would welcome individuals who have time or expertise to volunteer. Organizations that would like to be added to this list should call 503-623-2373 or email IOnews@polkio.com.

January 6, 2016 12:02 p.m. read more..
      

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Will they or won’t they? That’s the perennial question when you nestle seeds into the soil each spring and wait for sprouts to make an appearance.

January 6, 2016 noon read more..
  

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Relief printmaking at Ash Creek class*Free tech courses at United Methodist*Pedee club member to speak at potluck*Pentacle presents 'Mary Poppins'*PCLA host Jan. 16 annual meeting*Painting part at Arena Sports Bar*Old-time squares at Guthrie Park*State of the Cities slated for Jan. 13*Dallas Library shows 'Minions'*Indy library to host ancestry workshop*Yoga studio hosts community event

January 6, 2016 noon read more..


Let it snow (even a little)

It wasn’t much, less than an inch, in fact, but it brought out the kid in many, as people pulled out their sleds and headed for the hills in local parks or their driveways.

January 6, 2016 noon read more..
  

NEWS IN BRIEF

*central district seeks budget members*"Understanding Islam' topic of series*Indy PD accepting academy apps

January 6, 2016 noon read more..
   

EDITORIALS

Heading into 2016, here are some projects we’d like to see make some progress.

January 6, 2016 noon read more..


Changes at the Y

The Monmouth-Independence YMCA began the year with changes to its membership program.

January 6, 2016 noon read more..
     

Dallas singer releases album

James Hoffman, a former Dallas resident and graduate of DHS, has turned life’s “interruptions” — good and bad — into a second indie-folk album.

January 6, 2016 noon read more..
   

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Bending to federal influences not right*Try Monmouth's Hadley's Bakery*Disagreement isn't persecution, hatred*Thanks for 'warm fuzzy' donations

January 6, 2016 noon read more..
   

CENTRAL SWIM: Return to form

INDEPENDENCE — Just weeks into the season, Central swimmer Daniel Glade knew something had to change or his sophomore campaign would be wasted.

January 6, 2016 11 a.m. read more..
        

PUBLIC AGENDA

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

January 6, 2016 10:26 a.m. read more..