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February 05, 2013
House fire displaces Dallas family
DALLAS -- An electrical fire displaced a Dallas family and caused moderate damage to a home on Northwest Douglas Street late on Jan. 30.
Dallas Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire shortly after 11 p.m. last Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the home's eves and windows of the garage door black with smoke.
All 10 occupants of the house, three adults and seven children, were evacuated when crews arrived.
Firefighters had the fire under control shortly before midnight. The fire was located in an area of the garage that had been converted to a bedroom. Crews contained the blaze to the bedroom closet.
The room suffered moderate smoke damage and the rest of the home had minor smoke damage.
The occupants have insurance on the residence.
In all, three engines, an aerial ladder, rescue unit, medic unit, and 28 firefighters responded to the blaze.
Man rescued along Yamhill River
GRAND RONDE -- Polk County Search and Rescue personnel rescued a man who was stranded in a wooded area along the Yamhill River early Monday morning.
Adam Thayer, 27, of Grand Ronde had been out in the woods south of Spirit Mountain Casino on Sunday and wound up getting his vehicle stuck, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
Thayer knew where he was and thought he could reach the casino on foot, but forgot about the river, brush and terrain, officials said.
Polk deputies found Thayer and began communicating with him on the opposite side of the river. Search and Rescue members eventually reached a cold and wet Thayer -- who had lost his shoes and was wearing only shorts and a T-shirt -- at 4:30 a.m. No medical treatment was needed.
Fair board plans annual meeting
RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair Board will hold its annual work session to discuss future planning Saturday.
The meeting takes place beginning at 9 a.m. in the Arts & Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.
The public is welcome.
For more information or to RSVP: 503-623-3048.
City set to discuss proposed bond
INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence has scheduled two forums next week to discuss its financial challenges and answer questions about a bond measure that it is likely to put before voters in May.
A forum will be held at noon Monday at the Elks Lodge, 289 S. Main St. The meeting will be hosted by the Monmouth-Independence Lions Club.
The Independence Downtown Association will host a presentation on the city's finances during its meeting at 8 a.m. Feb. 14 in the banquet room of Ragin' River Steak Co., 154 S. Main St.
For more information on Independence financial challenges and to learn about upcoming forums: www.ci.independence.or.us/citymanager/city-finances-and-challenges.