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Birding tour offered Sept. 24

POLK COUNTY — The Luckiamute Watershed Council invites the public to take a birding tour with local bird expert and Audubon ornithologist Joel Geier on Sept. 24.

Registration is due Saturday. Participation will be limited to 15 people.

The four-hour event begins at 8 a.m. at the Luckiamute State Natural Area’s North Unit trailhead parking lot.

September is a good time to encounter south-migrating songbirds, such as warblers, vireos, swallows, flycatchers and tanagers, as well as sparrows arriving for winter. The native shrubs and trees along the trail provide bird habitat and fall colors on the way through the gallery forest.

Cost is $10 and includes a light lunch. To register:, call 503-837-0237 or email

Dallas PD has new business hours

DALLAS — New hours at the Dallas Police Department’s business office began last week.

The new hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. The office will be closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The new office hours are for routine business transactions, such as non-emergency calls for service, requests for police reports, property and evidence matters, dog licenses and sex offender registrations.

Dallas officers remain available 24 hours a day for emergency assistance by calling 911.

There are no changes to weekend hours, holiday hours, or anytime when Dallas City Hall is closed for business.

Museum to host Lt. Col Rickey

RICKREALL — The Polk County History Museum will host speaker Lt. Col (retired) Stanton Rickey, of Dallas, on Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Rickey was a B17 pilot during World War II who was shot down over Germany in July 1944.

He made it nearly to Switzerland before being captured and spending the rest of the war in the prisoner of war camp, Stalag Luft I in Northeastern Germany.

For more information: 503-623-6251 or online at:

Graven joins cancer summit

DALLAS — Kay Graven joined more than 700 cancer patients, survivors and volunteers from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district in Washington, D.C., for the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.

During the event, Graven and advocates asked Congress to take specific steps to make cancer a national priority and help and the disease.

Graven hoped to ask Oregon’s members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation to improve cancer patients’ quality of life and to support a bill that would make colonoscopies for senior citizens more affordable and accessible.

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