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February 27, 2013
Potluck planned for retiring captain
PEDEE -- Kendall Cates will be recognized at a retirement potluck in honor of his retirement as captain of the Pedee Fire Department Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m.
Cates, who co-owns Luckiamute Valley Pheasants with his brother, Chuck, has been a volunteer for Pedee Fire for more than 30 years. He's also vice president of the Luckiamute Valley Charter School Board of Directors.
The potluck will take place at the Pedee Women's Club, 13025 Kings Valley Highway. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish or dessert.
For more information: 503-838-3512.
Info on service academies available
ADAIR VILLAGE -- A Service Academy Information Night for all interested students from the mid-Willamette Valley area will take place Thursday at Santiam Christian High School.
The session will start at 7:15 p.m. in the Santiam Christian Community Room in the new library building at Santiam Christian High School, 7220 NE Arnold Ave., Adair Village, south of Monmouth.
Students and parents of students are welcome. Juniors considering applying for one of the service academies will learn about the nomination and application processes that will start this summer.
The information session will include official representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn. A representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio will present information on the congressional nomination process.
For more information: Jeanne Schaffner, firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-745-5524, ext 217.
Polk Sheriff seeks reserve deputies
POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office is accepting Reserve Deputy Sheriff applications through Friday.
Applicants must be 21 years of age and will be required at a minimum to pass a written test, interviews, criminal background check, psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and drug screening.
Interested individuals can apply online at http://www.co.polk.or.us/ru/volunteer-opportunities-polk-county and select "volunteer application." Completed applications should be sent to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 850 Main St., Dallas, OR 97338.
For more information: Reserve Sgt. James Johnson, 503-623-9251, ext. 1801.
Monmouth P.D. to host open house
MONMOUTH -- Monmouth Police Department will host an open house Saturday to answer questions about an upcoming bond measure to buy a new police station.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and start with a tour of the existing station at 238 Jackson St. E.
A question-and-answer session with Police Chief Darrell Tallan will follow. Officials will provide information on a ballot measure slated for the May election to purchase the former Forest Capital building at 450 Pacific Highway N. (99W) and convert it into a new police station.
For more information: 503-838-1109.
State representative garners honor
DALLAS -- The Century Council has recognized Oregon State Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) for his efforts to stop driving while under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and underage drinking.
The Century Council, a national nonprofit striving to stop people from drinking and driving, honored Thompson with its National Leadership Award for introducing five bills addressing impaired driving.
One of the five bills, House Bill 2115, would expand the legal definition of driving under the influence to include "any drug that adversely affects a person's physical or mental faculties to a noticeable or perceptible degree." Thompson also led a working group examining issues in changing the state's laws regarding DUII.
"If our goal is to ensure a safe highway system, it does not make any difference what substance is causing the impaired driving," Thompson said in a statement.
Growing Farms workshop scheduled
INDEPENDENCE -- The Oregon State University Extension Service will present its Growing Farms Workshop Series in Independence beginning March 13.
The series is run by OSU Extension's Small Farms Program and Oregon Tilth, provides information for specialty crop and livestock farmers and is geared toward those in their first five years of business.
Topics range from strategic planning to finances to managing liability. The course will consist of both classroom and field instruction.
Classes are 5 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday from March 13 to April 17 at the Independence Civic Center. Registration is open until March 13, though space is limited.
Cost is $275 per person or $450 for two people from the same farm team.
For more information, visit smallfarms.oregonstate.edu online and click on the link "Southern Willamette Valley." You can also call 541-766-3556.
I-O sports editor receives recognition
DALLAS -- Nicole Watkins, sports editor at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, has been selected the 2012-13 Media Person of the Year by the Oregon Wrestling Coaches Association.
Watkins received the honor Saturday night during the Oregon School Activities Association's state high school wrestling championship tournament at Portland Memorial Coliseum.
Watkins was nominated for the award by Tony Olliff, head wrestling coach at Dallas High School, and Olliff's staff of assistant coaches. It recognizes outstanding coverage of the sport of wrestling.