Stories for January 2018

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Wednesday, January 31



Raises go to next level

The Polk County Compensation Committee approved a recommendation for raises for the county’s elected officials and an increase in the stipend for the district attorney and treasurer.

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Wins propel WOU to first in GNAC

The Western Oregon University Wolves men’s basketball team defeated both Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks on the road last week to take first place in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.

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MI Town

Today is the last day of a month that most of us will be happy to bid a fond farewell — January has mostly been days of rain and even more rain.

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Pedee News

Debbie Rodriquez attended her company’s annual convention near Portland the week of Jan. 17 and won an award for her excellent work.

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Ellis to ask for permanent job

The Dallas City Council will discuss Interim City Manager Greg Ellis’ contract, including possibly removing the “interim” label and making him the city’s permanent leader.

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County to reconsider $10M bond

An architect’s assessment of the Polk County’s courthouse complex in downtown Dallas estimated that nearly $10 million in upgrades are needed.

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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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Superintendent’s Corner

The Oregon School Boards Association has set aside the month of January to honor the unpaid elected volunteers who serve on Oregon’s 197 local school boards, our 19 education service district boards, and our 17 community college boards.

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Police arrest daylight burglar

On Jan. 24 at about 1:20 p.m., Monmouth police officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 500 block of Yellowstone Drive South, according to a press release from Monmouth Lt. Isaiah Haines.

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Monmouth house set ablaze

Saturday shortly after 2 p.m., the house at 135 Broad St. N. in Monmouth began to burn. Polk County Fire District No. 1 firefighters finished carefully creating ventilation points for the fire to get into walls and the attic, and set scattered hay ablaze using flares.

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Committee rejects senior center move

The Dallas Urban Renewal District Advisory Committee rejected a proposal to move the planned new Dallas Senior Center to the former armory site in downtown Dallas.

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Voters say yes to 101

The Special Election on Jan. 23 resulted in voters favoring State Measure 101 — and keeping 350,000 Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan.

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Central takes first in conference

With eight seconds left on the clock in a tie game, Silverton’s point guard lost the ball, and it ended up in Central guard Elizabeth Chavez’s hands.

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Girls continue unbeaten streak

The Perrydale girls basketball team are 10-0 in Casco League competition, earning two more wins last week against Willamette Valley Christian and Crosshill Christian.

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Panthers pull a win over Dragons

The showdown between Central and Dallas’ girls basketball teams was a scrappy, bodies-on-the-floor kind of affair that was competitive into the fourth quarter.

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Thursday, January 25



Wednesday, January 24



Perrydale Roundup: Pirates win two

The Pirates boys’ basketball team scored two wins on Jan. 16 against Oregon School of the Deaf, 66-48, and Livingstone Adventist Academy, 66-53, on Thursday.

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WOU men’s hoops win

Ninth-ranked Western Oregon University Wolves men’s basketball team beat the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks 82-64 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at home on Saturday night.

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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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For the love of song

Not long ago, Laura Dotson, the volunteer music director at Sheridan Japanese School, had to go to rehearsals with sunglasses and ear plugs.

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District, charter to work it out

A crowd of parents of Dallas Community School students gathered in the Dallas School District’s board room Monday night worried that the district might consider shutting down the charter school.

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Polk Connect provides services

The Polk County Homeless Connect began in 2012 with the idea to both get an accurate count of homeless individuals in the county and to help get them into permanent housing.

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Rickreall woman places at farm meet

In 2009, Jenny Freeborn watched as the final four competitors in the National Youth Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet worked together to propose solutions to challenges facing farmers.

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PEDEE NEWS

The Polk County Saddle-ites had about 28 riders from around the county and beyond out for their annual New Year’s Ride on Jan. 6.

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MI TOWN

Old Man Winter has moved to MI Town and it looks like he’s unpacked his suitcases and is planning a long visit this year.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

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Central splits games

A shaky first quarter for Central’s boys led to a 59-45 road loss to South Albany there Jan. 16.

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Wednesday, January 17

 

Smart meters come to Indy

Pacific Power has started replacing meters with smart meters — and Independence and Polk County are the first to receive them.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

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The doctor is in

Did you know that a swallowing problem, medically termed dysphagia, may occur as a result of a medical problem?

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MI TOWN

We all need to do something. Life in MI Town isn’t all sunshine and light and singing Kumbaya around the campfire, no matter how much we would hope it to be.

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Central audit reveals needed improvements

The Central School District board of directors learned the district has a few things to work on when it comes to its finances, but Business Manager Cec Koontz said most of them have already been addressed.

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Wednesday, January 10



Wrestling expectations

DALLAS — Dallas’ wrestling program has a history of excellence, and so far, the Dragons have lived up to that history.

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PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Falls City grows up on the court

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s girls basketball squad has experienced some big swings. The Mountaineers opened the season with three losses before going on a five-game win streak, followed by a three-game losing streak after a 39-37 setback against Crosshill Christian on Friday.

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PEDEE NEWS

Andrew and Stephanie Weston celebrated Stephanie’s Jan. 1 birthday by going to the Hoof N’ Holler bull and bronc riding event and New Year’s Eve party at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany with Stephanie’s parents, Tony and Debbie Rodriguez.

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MI TOWN

It’s almost mid-January in MI Town, and it seems like springtime is out there on the horizon, far away.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public.

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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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Council lowers speed

Monmouth City Council unanimously approved lowering the speed limit on Church Street West between Monmouth Avenue North and Stadium Drive North, and on Stadium between Monmouth and Church from 25 mph to 20 mph.

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Monmouth OKs Marr zoning

A zone change for a 5.5-acre strip of land at the south end of the Marr Bark Dust property was approved by the Monmouth City Council Jan. 2.

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Western to celebrate MLK week

Oregon public scholar and activist Walidah Imarisha will speak at Western Oregon University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Dinner.

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SW Polk hopes for new contract

In the face of Falls City area residents’ concerns, members of Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District Board vowed Monday night to strike a new contract with the city for fire service.

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Wednesday, January 3

      

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Trammell finds comfort zone

MONMOUTH — Basketball has always held the key to Demetrius Trammell’s future. “It was my way into college,” Trammell said. “I remember my dad telling me if I wanted to go, I needed a scholarship.”

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Laws change for drivers

The transportation bill wasn’t the only bill affecting drivers that the Oregon Legislature passed in the 2017 session.

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Southwest pulls trucks Tuesday

Two trucks belonging to Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District were pulled from Falls City Fire’s station Tuesday morning, changing the city's firefighters' ability to respond to rural areas around Falls City.

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PEDEE NEWS

Pedee Church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service was special this year as the children’s program highlighted the event, which was written and acted almost totally by the kids, and directed by Heather Traglia.

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MI TOWN

Thanks so much to friends who sent thoughtful cards and messages these last few weeks.

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Top 10 gardening stories of 2017

People love end-of-the-year lists – best books, music, TV and movies. So, we’ll jump on board with our most significant gardening stories of 2017.

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Learn how to use your iPad on Mondays

The Monmouth Senior Center hosts classes at 10 a.m. and noon on Mondays to help people work together to solve problems and discover informative ways to personalize their iPads.

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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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Election season upon us already

Because representatives in the Oregon Legislature are concerned about whether or not voters will support additional taxes on some health insurance plans, managed care organizations and hospitals, a January special election will be held, with ballots mailed on Friday and due back to the Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Jan. 23.

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Lorenz receives award

Christina Lorenz, Perrydale’s agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, is Oregon’s “Teachers Turn the Key Award” recipient for 2017.

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