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January 30, 2013
Dallas man injured in car accident
POLK COUNTY -- A Dallas man was critically injured on Jan. 22 following a two-vehicle collision north of Monmouth on Riddell Road.
The incident happened at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Jennifer Dobbins, 36, of Dallas was traveling north on Riddell Road in a Chevy Suburban, drove through the Clow Corner Road intersection and hit a westbound 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, Polk Sheriff's Deputy Mark Garton said.
The Volkswagen's driver, Kenneth Kinnaman, was in critical condition as of Tuesday morning at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Dobbins was treated for minor injuries at Salem Hospital.
Dobbins reported that she did not see the stop sign at the intersection and continued through it, Garton said. The Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. Oregon State Police will perform a traffic collision reconstruction.
Semiweekly Monmouth market open
MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Vendor/Craft market is now open year-round every Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
The market is located at 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth, across from Main Street Park.
A variety of items new and used, along with craft items, are available each market day. Farm fresh eggs, USDA inspected beef, honey and a few other farmers products are sold as they come in. Market coordinators are also looking for farmers who would like to sell at the market.
For more information: Melissa Hurst, 503-779-3062.
Dallas Lions to conduct food drive
DALLAS -- Dallas Lions Club will be conducting a food drive Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dallas Super Market, 121 SW Oak St., in downtown Dallas.
All proceeds from the event are dedicated to supporting members of the local community through the Dallas Food Bank.
For more information: Susan Gartland, 503-931-9860.
Extension group set to meet Feb. 6
DALLAS -- Polk Extension Citizen Advisory Network will hold its quarterly district meeting Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Oregon State University Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, in Dallas.
The agenda will feature a speaker forum including Wei Yang, associate professor, who specializes in berry crops; Richard Regan, associate professor, who specializes in nursery crops; and Tonya Johnson, an instructor in family and community health who manages the SNAP Nutrition Education Unit for Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties.
Business items include updates to the district board, with reports presented by the regional administrator and the Polk Extension Citizen Advisory Network chairperson.
This event is an opportunity for citizens of Polk County to learn more about the various facets of the local Extension district and visit the new Extension office.
For more information: Barbara Nichols, 503-623-9443; email to email@example.com.
Local peer support training available
DALLAS -- New Hope Community Outreach Center, in partnership with Project Able, is offering a five-week course in peer support specialist training beginning Feb. 6.
The training is offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday through March 6. The program will focus on mental health recovery, peer support, mutuality, compassionate interaction and other issues that comply with the Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Peer Specialist Certification.
The program is free to those on the Oregon Health Plan, but preregistration is required. Class is limited to the first 10 registrants.
For more information: 503-831-3996; email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
M-I award nominations being sought
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for its upcoming Community Awards Banquet on March 8.
The annual event, which will take place at Central High School, honors outstanding volunteers, leaders and students in the twin cities.
Guidelines and rules for nominations can be found at www.micc-or.org.
All nomination documents, including the nomination form, nominator's letter and letters of support, must be received by Feb. 18at 2 p.m. at the chamber office, 311 Monmouth St., Independence.
For more information: 503-838-4268 or email@example.com.
BOC postpones 'Safe Harbor' hearing
DALLAS -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners postponed its public hearing on a proposal to streamline limited food service applications for local farms until April.
The delay was requested by the Oregon Court of Appeals, which is due to issue an opinion on a Yamhill County case that could impact what commercial activities are allowed on farms in March.
Jerry Sorte, the county's planning manager, said the delay isn't a huge concern and he didn't anticipate the outcome of the case would cause any major changes.
"We are not in a great hurry to get this approved right now," he said.
Sorte said the BOC will continue its public hearing, originally scheduled for Jan. 9, until April 10 to allow time for review of the opinion and additional public comment.
Under Polk County's proposal, called Safe Harbor, farmers would be allowed to prepare and serve food featuring products grown on their operations on a limited basis. Farms located on land zoned "exclusive farm use" and "farm/forest" are included.
For more information about Safe Harbor: www.co.polk.or.us/cd/planning/planning-division-current-projects or call 503-623-9237.