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10/10 News in Brief

*Candidate forum set for Wednesday *Polk FSA operations now in Salem *Help sought for Monmouth dog park *Dallas library posts winter hours *'Drug takeback' deemed a success

October 09, 2012

Candidate forum set for Wednesday

INDEPENDENCE -- A "candidates night" for individuals seeking election to local, regional, statewide and national offices is schedule Wednesday (today) in Polk County.

The event, featuring Polk County Commissioner Mike Ainsworth serving as master of ceremonies, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Green Villa Barn, 3215 Independence Highway (Highway 51), just outside of Independence.

Scheduled to appear are: James Buchal, candidate for Oregon Attorney General; Dr. Knute Buehler, candidate for secretary of state; Tom Cox, candidate for state treasurer; Bruce Starr, candidate for labor commissioner; Jim Thompson, state representative (District 23); Fred Thompson, candidate for U.S. Congress (5th District); Jennifer Wheeler and Dan Clem, candidates for Polk County Commissioner, Position 1; and possibly more.

Polk FSA operations now in Salem

DALLAS -- Polk County residents who used the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Dallas must now go east across the Willamette River for assistance.

The FSA location at 580 Main St. closed on Sept. 20 and has consolidated with Marion County FSA, 650 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Suite 130 in Salem.

Records for all growers and farmers who worked with Polk County FSA have been moved into the combined office, unless a transfer was requested to a contiguous county FSA.

Customers will continue to receive newsletters and bulletins from the Marion-Polk FSA.

The local office was among 125 FSA sites that were closed as part of a nationwide consolidation plan. Grant and Tillamook counties also lost their offices.

The Polk County Natural Resource Conservation Service and Polk Soil and Water Conservation District are still located at 580 Main St.

For more information: Janelle Huserik, 503-399-5741, ext. 2; via email to Janelle.Huserik@or.usda.gov.

Help sought for Monmouth dog park

MONMOUTH -- Volunteers are needed to donate time and/or funding to help with the development of a dog park in Monmouth.

The Monmouth City Council recently added an off-leash dog park at Monmouth Recreational Park -- adjacent to Monmouth Elementary School -- to the town's list of long-range park projects.

An ad-hoc group of citizens is raising funds and acquiring materials to enhance the park, such as shade-covered benches and drinking fountains for people and dogs.

To help or for more information: Mark Fancy, community development director, 503-751-0147.

Dallas library posts winter hours

DALLAS -- The Dallas Public Library recently returned to winter operating hours.

Library hours are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about library hours or activities: 503-623-2633.

'Drug takeback' deemed a success

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office assisted by other local agencies participated in a Drug Enforcement Agency drug take back program on Sept. 29.

The event saw 82 citizens take part in the program, dropping off a total of 124 pounds of prescription medications that were either expired or no longer wanted.

"This program has been very successful and beneficial to the local community in removing unwanted prescription medications from homes and medicine cabinets," said Sheriff Bob Wolfe. "Keeping these medications out of the wrong hands and our sewer system provides for a safer community."

Deputy Shon Latty of the Polk County Sheriff's Office put the program together, working with local law enforcement and fire departments as collection sites.

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