News in Brief

Polk County sheriff receives grant

DALLAS — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received an $8,000 grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) following the rescue of 22 animals in Pedee. The money will offset the costs of feed, veterinary care, and shelter for 16 horses, three goats and three llamas who were seized from their owner, Donna Dovey, of Independence.

“Performing an animal rescue of this size requires significant funding and resources,” said Matt Stern, senior director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Group Operations. “We commend the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication to investigating crimes against animals, and are proud to provide grant funding to assist these efforts.”

On Feb. 1, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office seized the animals from a property leased by Dovey near rural Pedee. Many of the animals were emaciated and in poor health. Following the rescue, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and members of the Polk County Sheriff's Posse provided care and transportation for the animals, who have been placed in permanent homes.

On March 23, Dovey was charged and convicted of second-degree animal neglect.

WOU to host Arbor Day event on Friday

DALLAS — The Western Oregon University Tree Advisory Committee will host WOU’s annual Arbor Day event at noon on Friday.

All students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community are welcome to attend. Come learn about three unique WOU trees, help with a tree planting, and enjoy refreshments.

Participants will meet on the southwest corner of Monmouth Avenue and Church Street (first tree), and then proceed along Monmouth Avenue (second tree), ending in front of Rice Auditorium (third tree).

This event is part of WOU's Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation.

For information, contact Bryan Dutton at or 503-838-8452.

Minet to retire email servers on July 1

INDEPENDENCE/MONMOUTH — Monmouth-Independence Networks will retire its email servers on July 1.

Those emails ending in will not be active after that date.

Minet will forward emails from the old accounts until July 1, once users have their new email account set up. According to a press release, Minet has not issued a new email address in more than two years. Usage of the email service has dropped from more than 5,000 to fewer than 500 customers.

These were some factors in the decision to terminate the email service, the release states.

For more information or for help setting up a new email account: 503-837-0700.

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