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A new way to look at math

One of the main differences with the K-5 math curriculum, called Engage New York, is it teaches students how to explain what they’re doing and gets them to really think about the math problems.

Community school plan moves ahead

New charter school hopes to open in Dallas in time for 2015-16 year

Dallas Community School, a proposed charter school, did not receive the federal start-up grant it was seeking, but will proceed with recruiting students and opening next fall.

POLICE REPORT

*Dallas*Independence*Monmouth

Dallas theft ring is broken up

Officers have arrested several subjects, but haven’t been able to recover all the stolen merchandise. They are asking anyone who may have purchased items from three of the six suspects arrested to contact police.

Perrydale teachers, district still at odds over contract talks

The district and teachers have been trying to negotiate a contract without success since February and entered mediation in November to resolve the dispute.

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Watershed council, cities giving Ash Creek new life

Work is well underway clearing invasive plants from the banks of Ash Creek in Monmouth and Independence.

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Guilty of animal neglect

Alpaca farmer convicted in one of worst cases of abuse in county

Robert Silver, who formerly co-owned Jocelyn’s Alpaca Ranch outside of Falls City, may face prison time after a jury convicted him of 18 counts of animal neglect.

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS

Morrison students continue to step up to help during holidays

For more than 10 years, students at Morrison Campus Alternative School in Dallas have been braving the mixed bag of Oregon winter weather to ring bells for the Salvation Army.

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City fee structure stirs complaints

Victoria Kruljac of Independence is not using water and sewer service from the city of Independence in a vacant house, but said she is still paying $85 in base charges.

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WOU professor master of fake fighting

Theater expert choreographs sword fight scenes, serves as stunt double for TNT’s ‘The Librarians’

He’s the last guy you’d want on your side in a bar fight, but the first you’d call to make sure no one got hurt on stage.

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Rock-N-Rogers opens in Rickreall

Fans of both Farrol’s of old and Rock-N-Rogers’ menu should be pleased.

NEWS IN BRIEF

*County safety levy hearings slated*Dallas city leaf collection continues

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Local Jewish community celebrating Hanukkah with food and family

While Christians are busy decking the halls and scurrying around trying to buy the perfect present to go under the Christmas tree, those of Jewish faith are lighting up the world.

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Stately trees near FCHS pose safety hazard

Arborist recommends removal, replacement

Both trees — which are at least a century old and could have been there since the school was built in 1902 — have significant rot issues and may soon, if not already, be a safety hazard.

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It’s music to their ears

KVCS students excited about having program back in classrooms

Dollar is the first dedicated music teacher the school has had in two years.

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