Stories for July 2017

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

July 26, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..
       

National Night Out

Tuesday is National Night Out, an annual campaign promoting relationships between communities and their police and fire agencies, and several neighborhoods and groups are hosting events around the county.

July 26, 2017 noon read more..


Dirtbags head to state

POLK COUNTY — The Demarini Dirtbags are headed back to the American Legion state tournament in Klamath Falls on Wednesday (today). They’re ready to settle some unfinished business.

July 26, 2017 noon read more..
  

Council discusses holding town halls

At the Monmouth City Council work session on July 18, a point of discussion was a response to the grassroots town hall meeting organized by former city councilor Marshal Guthrie. That meeting was on June 22 at the Monmouth Public Library.

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First responders prepare for eclipse

First responders and emergency workers are preparing for the influx of people expected for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 and for the days around it, but they need our help.

July 26, 2017 noon read more..


Something new in ‘Much Ado’

Comedy and heroism will seize the Leinwand outdoor stage on Thursday as Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University opens their third summer show.

July 26, 2017 noon read more..
  

Independence receives grant

The city of Independence announced that the Oregon Legislature awarded the city a $1 million grant for further development of Independence Landing.

July 26, 2017 noon read more..


ANNIVERSARY

Bill and Nathelle (Kirkman) Norfleet reached their 50 years of marriage on June 18, 2017.

July 26, 2017 noon read more..


ENGAGEMENT

Margi Anderson, of Dallas, and Rob Brumley, of Wilsonville, announced their engagement.

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WEDDING

Nikki Weaver, of Salem, and David Rak, of Salem, were married on July 15, 2017.

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MI TOWN

Yikes! Is anybody else wondering how quickly our wonderful summertime days and evenings are going by?

July 26, 2017 noon read more..
  

Chasing his dream

PORTLAND — There’s a motto that Western Oregon’s baseball coaches teach their players: This pitch.

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Kids’ triathlon out to entertain, energize

DALLAS — If there’s an event that provides the thrill of competition for the young ones — and provides the staff and spectators the joy of watching it unfold — it would be the Kids’ Triathlon.

July 26, 2017 11:45 a.m. read more..

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OSP responds to fatal crash

POLK COUNTY – Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle, fatal crash on Highway 221 near milepost 11.5 in Polk County on July 17 at 11:30 p.m.

July 20, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 19



Falls City eclipse event approved

Solar eclipse viewers now have an option of camping in Falls City’s Upper Park and joining in a Great American Eclipse breakfast and viewing party on Aug. 21.

July 19, 2017 noon read more..
  

The Doctor is in

The Mid-Willamette Valley sits right in the path of this August’s total solar eclipse and offers a once in a lifetime experience.

July 19, 2017 noon read more..
 

Oregon passes ‘extreme risk’ law

With the passage of Senate Bill 719, Oregon joins a handful of states to authorize “extreme risk protection orders,” compelling the temporary surrender of deadly weapons, including firearms.

July 19, 2017 noon read more..


PEDEE NEWS

Judy Guida went to Houston, to spend time with her seven grandkids, Adrianna, AJ, Neko, Sam, Tristen, Layla, and Josie, children of John and Gina Guida.

July 19, 2017 noon read more..


MI TOWN

We’re an entire month away from the solar eclipse, but it seems like there are so many mugs, T-shirts and other items that are for sale all over the internet — and at some stores as well.

July 19, 2017 noon read more..
     

Polk museum to build a plank house

The Polk County Historical Society is working with Grand Ronde Tribal Elder Don Day to build a replica cedar plank house at the Polk County Museum in Rickreall.

July 19, 2017 noon read more..
  

Polk Fire District No. 1 to upgrade loaders

On Thursday, the Board of Directors for Polk County Fire District No. 1 approved Fire Chief Ben Stange’s request to purchase two E-Z Load systems and one new gurney to reduce the risk of injury for both patients and paramedics.

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Falls City to put two levies on ballot

Granted they are submitted on time, two five-year operational levies will appear on the November ballot for Falls City voters, one for Wagner Community Library and another for the city’s fire department and streets.

July 19, 2017 noon read more..
 

Finding his zone

MONMOUTH — There’s usually one thought going through pitcher Jaret Stewart’s mind during a game: Location, location, location.

July 19, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, July 12

    

Volunteers move Ella Curran food bank

On Friday, Boy Scout Troop 38, food bank volunteers and a large family reunion joined forces to help the Ella Curran food bank relocate one storefront over from the space they were occupying, at 870 N. Main St. in Independence.

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LaCreole makes a makerspace

Standing in the middle of an L-shaped, mirror-lined room at the end of a hallway at LaCreole Middle School, it’s hard to imagine what Principal Jamie Richardson has in mind.

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Four fires strike in two days

Two of four fires in two days from July Fourth through Thursday were sparked by cars driving on fields, said April Welsh, spokeswoman for Dallas Fire & EMS.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

July 12, 2017 noon read more..
    

RARE helps IDA thrive

Since Americorps RARE volunteer Imani Hall started work as the manager for the Independence Downtown Association, seven new businesses have opened up.

July 12, 2017 noon read more..
 

PEDEE NEWS

Two “Quilts of Valor” were presented to veterans on July 2 at the annual Jones family Fourth of July picnic at Don and Zee Edward’s house in Dallas.

July 12, 2017 noon read more..


MI TOWN

The bright red, white and blue decorations have been packed away for another year, the kids have finished all their candy stash gathered from the Fourth of July parade and the remnants of fireworks packages were relegated to the trash can several days ago.

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Tuesday, July 11

 

Countywide burn ban in effect

The Polk County Fire Defense Board in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry has enacted a countywide burn ban for all of Polk County.

July 11, 2017 5:18 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 5



Hydrogen-making attempt goes wrong

POLK COUNTY — A man suffered minor injuries outside of the Dallas city limits after an accident while trying to make hydrogen, Sheriff Mark Garton said.

July 5, 2017 12:10 p.m. read more..
 

2018 health rates available online

SALEM — The state’s preliminary decisions for rates for 2018 individual and small employer health insurance plans are now available online at dfr.oregon.gov/healthrates.

July 5, 2017 12:10 p.m. read more..


Events center awaits decision

DALLAS — Owners of a proposed event center on Polk Station Road just outside of Dallas are awaiting a Polk County Hearings Officer decision on an appeal of its conditional use permit.

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Free music and movies return

POLK COUNTY — Carrying on tradition, Dallas, Independence and Monmouth will each hold free entertainment in their parks each week this summer. Not only will the usual concerts and movies be put on, but additional shows for the eclipse will be held to celebrate the natural phenomenon taking over the skies on Aug. 21. All shows are free of charge and family friendly.

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Academic honors

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University released its honor roll and president’s list for the spring 2017 term. To qualify for the honor roll, students must receive a 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average. Students on the president’s list have earned a 4.0 gpa.

July 5, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..


‘Arabian Nights’ hits Western Oregon stage

MONMOUTH — Applebox Children’s Theater is in its final week of rehearsal before taking the Western Oregon University Amphitheater for the seventh year, this time to perform an adaptation of “Arabian Nights.”

July 5, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..
 

Williams leads camp

MONMOUTH — It was a situation former Western Oregon and current Los Angeles Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams had been in numerous times growing up: Standing in line, waiting for a chance to meet an NFL player.

July 5, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..


Tennis tournament draws 58 players

INDEPENDENCE — Robert Sanchez, of Woodburn, loves tennis. The 2017 Woodburn High graduate played throughout high school and has competed in United States Tennis Association tournaments.

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Clay creations take a monsterous turn

MONMOUTH — Tofer Deforest was putting the finishing touches on his monstrous creation. Deforest had spent hours crafting a spider — a tarantula, to be exact — out of clay.

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Reach for the sky

MONMOUTH — In the hills just outside of Monmouth, Jon and Susan Brewster built their home with one thing in mind: astronomy.

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Volunteers make the difference

With the Fourth of July festivities behind us and Summerfest around the corner, followed quickly by the Polk County Fair and the Great American Eclipse celebrations and parties, we want to take a moment to thank the volunteers that make it all happen.

July 5, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..