Stories for March 2017

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Thursday, March 30



A time-forgotten land

Of the nearly 100 countries Janet Wheeler has visited in her well-traveled life, Cuba is one of the few places she plans to return to.

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Wednesday, March 29

  

Baseball sweeps Woodburn

The weather caused changes to venues, but Dallas’ baseball team opened Mid-Willamette Conference play with a sweep of Woodburn.

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One giant leap

On March 15, Central’s track and field team hosted Crescent Valley for its first meet of the season.

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Polk BOC approves Sedcor support

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved an economic development grant helping support the Strategic Economic Development Corporation efforts in Polk County for the next three years.

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PEDEE NEWS

April 22 is Kings Valley’s annual school dinner and auction put on by the Parent Teacher Organization.

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MI TOWN

You can tell that it’s springtime in Oregon because the rain feels warmer.

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Pump up your plant knowledge

Learning to recognize 400,000 species of plants is more than daunting; it’s impossible. But making a start by learning how to identify family characteristics can help you manage a healthier garden.

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Courtcare gets closer

A mom who had to attend a no-contact waiver hearing brought her 3-year-old and 7-year-old kids with her to the Polk County Courthouse.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

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Tuesday, March 28

 

Wednesday, March 22

 

PEDEE NEWS

Daniel Russell traveled to Moravian Falls, N.C., to spend a week with longtime friend David Hofshi and family. The Hofshis are converting a barn into a beautiful home and are also working to find the best crops to grow on their organic farm.

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MI TOWN

Our local elementary, middle and high school students will be taking a break from classes and other school responsibilities next week, so families can enjoy time at the beach or just a few days catching up on sleep or hanging out with friends.

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Craft weaves more than rugs

Colin Linford didn’t know he was making a lounging spot for a guinea pig when the first-grader began his pint-sized weaving project on Thursday.

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Commissioners put name behind olives

Polk County will be a co-applicant on a grant submission to the Oregon Water Resources Department that leaders hope could provide an innovative solution to farming on land difficult to irrigate.

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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).

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Dallas high could add new programs

Of people who do not finish high school, 80 percent say that they didn’t see how the skills they were learning in school would help them after graduation.

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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.

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WOU ROUNDUP: Softball wins shootout over Yellowjackets

BILLINGS, Mont. — For three of Western Oregon’s softball team’s four games against Montana State Billings, the Wolves’ offense struggled. WOU lost to the Yellowjackets 7-3 and 10-2 on Saturday and dropped the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday 5-3.

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Huerte ready to serve up success

DALLAS — Central junior Diana Huerte knew she possessed the skills and the knowledge — but she still had to take a deep breath before her season-opening tennis match on Thursday.

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Stepping Up

INDEPENDENCE — Early in the season, coach Julie McDonald spoke with the Central’s girls basketball team about defining roles.

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Tuesday, March 21



Central names top three

The Central School District Board of Directors announced the three finalists who have been selected for further consideration to be the district’s next superintendent beginning July 1.

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Wednesday, March 15

     

The practical art of the quilt

Quilting is an original upcycling project, taking worn out bits of things, or flour or sugar sacks and sewing them into something that is not only beautiful, but useful.

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Dallas hiring for economic dev

Adding to the focus-on-the-economy theme in Dallas in 2017, the city is looking for someone to fill a new position: economic development director.

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MI TOWN

The calendar tells us that today is the Ides of March.

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Lights of the Community

Monmouth Mayor Steve Milligan struggled to hold back the tears, touched to be named First Citizen of Monmouth and Independence.

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Leaders change in Falls City

With the departure of Superintendent Jack Thompson at the end of the school year, Falls City School District will shuffle leadership staff at both schools.

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Seed to Supper

The first day of spring is Monday. Even though it’s still wet and muddy outside, now is the perfect time to start planning your garden.

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Sharp Shooter

INDEPENDENCE — The jump shot. It’s a part of every basketball game and something every player does at one point or another.

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Friday, March 10

 

Wednesday, March 8

   

‘A Great Day for Up’

What is Gov. Kate Brown’s favorite food? What kind of music does she like? Has she ever been scared? What does she do for fun?

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SW Polk board to discuss $5M bond

Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District’s board will discuss and decide whether to place a 15-year, $5 million bond on the May 2017 ballot at its meeting on Monday.

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Keep properties clean or pay fines

The city of Dallas code services is getting an increasing number of complaints about residents or business owners storing garbage at their properties, some causing a nuisance or health hazard.

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Awards banquet returns

It’s that time in Monmouth and Independence, time to Celebrate the Lights in the community at the 52nd annual Community Awards Banquet.

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PEDEE NEWS

On Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, Alex Russell played his mandolin in his first public performance with Pedee’s newly formed folk and bluegrass band, Chipgrass, which played at the Kings Crossing Saturday Market.

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MI TOWN

Consider yourself warned — a few days in advance, however — but whether you love it, hate it, or just plain tolerate it, daylight saving time will be upon us this coming weekend.

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Deadline nears for transfers

Budget concerns for the upcoming year, and a trend of declining enrollment, prompted the Dallas School board to place a deadline on interdistrict transfers.

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WOU ROUNDUP: Wolves season ends in conference title game

LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team’s run for a second-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament championship fell just short after a 71-69 loss to top-seeded Western Washington in the championship game on Saturday. Demetrius Trammel scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Wolves.

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Panthers dropped in first round by Summit

BEND — Central’s boys basketball team wasn’t going down without a fight. The 13th-ranked Panthers were on the road facing the fourth-seeded Summit Storm on Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs.

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Pirates place third at state

BAKER CITY — Despite a 59-35 loss to eventual state champions Sherman in the 1A semifinals on Friday, Perrydale’s boys basketball team still had work to do with a matchup against Jordan Valley on Saturday with third place on the line.

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: A new chapter

MONMOUTH — Pitcher Sammi Cadwallader is in the midst of her final season with WOU’s softball team — but she’s not the first in her family to take the field as a Wolf. Her mother Kathy played softball on Western Oregon’s JV team in 1988-89.

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Monday, March 6



Friday, March 3



Wednesday, March 1

     

WOU ROUNDUP: Men’s basketball looks to defend title

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team ended the regular season with a 72-56 win over Montana State Billings on Saturday. Tanner Omlid scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Ali Faruq-Bey and Demetrius Trammel each added 11 points, and Evan Garrison had 10 points.

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MI TOWN

Today we turn the calendar to the brand, spanking new month of March.

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PEDEE NEWS

The Pedee Women’s Club has gotten off to a good start on their next raffle quilt to support their soldier’s fund.

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Dallas gets clean audit

After hazardous weather and driving conditions prevented Dallas’ auditor from visiting with the Dallas City Council in January, she was able to give her fiscal year 2015-16 audit report Feb. 21.

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Cities request recreational immunity

Local government agencies and private landowners across the state are asking the state legislature to restore “recreational immunity,” protecting owners who allow recreation on their land or parks from lawsuits.

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‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’

A fairy king and his mischievous servant did not intend to land in 1930’s Hollywood, but when Puck messes up a spell, he and Oberon find themselves out of their magic wood and into Hollywood.

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