Thursday, December 12, 2013
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October 29, 2013
Local election results to be posted
POLK COUNTY -- Results from the Nov. 5 vote-by-mail election will be posted online by Polk County on Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m.
Log on to the Polk County Clerk's website, www.co.polk.or.us/electionresults, for up-to-the-minute results.
The Itemizer-Observer will provide election results on its Facebook and Twitter pages Tuesday night and have stories online by the afternoon of Nov. 6.
Don't forget that all ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday to be counted. A list of county ballot drop sites is listed on Page 4A.
Poachers sought in county incident
FALLS CITY -- The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is seeking the public's help to identify the suspects involved with the unlawful killing of a spike deer earlier this month off of Falls City Road near Falls City.
On Oct. 1, a witness observed a vehicle stop along Falls City Road and a subject from the vehicle fire two rounds across the highway, killing a spike deer. The two subjects inside the vehicle were described as a white male and white female both in their early 20s. The vehicle was described as a red Ford extended-cab pickup with a silver two-tone stripe along the side. It also had a distinctive black tubular shaped "headache rack" behind the pickup's cab.
For more information or to report a tip: Turn-In-Poacher hotline, 1-800-452-1888; OSP Sgt. Casey Thomas, 503-934-0322.
Fairgrounds supporters plan benefit
RICKREALL -- Tickets are on sale for the Polk County Fair Improvement Association's benefit dinner/auction scheduled Nov. 16 at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center.
Dinner tickets purchased before Friday are $20 per person; after Friday, cost is $25.
The PCFIA partners with the fairgrounds to fund projects and improvements. Some recent projects include adding showers for 4-H and FFA members to use during the county fair, new lighting in the horse arena, new animal pens and safety improvements to barns.
The PCFIA has funded more than $200,000 in improvements throughout the years.
The dinner and auction on Nov. 16 is the primary fundraiser for PCFIA. A silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. An oral auction follows. Other activities include a dessert auction and live entertainment.
For more information, to donate items or purchase tickets for the dinner: Polk County Fairgrounds, 503-623-3048; Samantha Bagby, PCFIA president, 503-550-4622.
It's time to fall back on Sunday
POLK COUNTY -- Mark your calendars, write yourself a note and set your reminders because this weekend it is time to "fall back" again.
On Sunday at 2 a.m. you need to adjust your clocks back one hour -- that is unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, in which case you can just go on your merry way since your states do not participate in Daylight Saving Time.
Every year, twice a year in fact, this one hour time change rattles our lives and internal clocks. After a week or so you will adjust, but in the meantime here is a checklist to make sure all your clocks are changed: car, bedroom alarm clock, stove, refrigerator, DVD and/or VCR, wrist watch, wall clocks, voicemail time stamps and answering machines; time clocks; guest bedrooms, kid's rooms and alarm clocks.
Congressman plans visit to Dallas
DALLAS -- U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) will host a town hall meeting in Dallas next week, one of three scheduled for early November in communities around his district.
All are welcome for an opportunity to ask questions about national and local issues.
Schrader will be in Dallas Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas.
For more information: www.schrader.house.gov.
Independence library receives grant
INDEPENDENCE -- Hundreds of new children's materials will soon be heading to the Independence Public Library thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Monmouth Independence Community Foundation.
The library requested to use a portion of its endowment, the Mildred Kane Memorial Endowment Fund, on the new materials.
Because the funding came after the current budget was approved, the library needed to receive approval from the Independence City Council to spend it, which it obtained.
Robin Puccetti, director of the Independence Public Library, has already started ordering the materials to add to the roughly 50,000-pieces on hand at the library.
"Probably one-third of that is children's materials," Puccetti said. "We'll probably do quite a bit of nonfiction. Children's nonfiction is actually really expensive, which is why we're excited to have this little extra infusion."
Winters is planning re-election bid
SALEM -- State Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Salem) announced Friday that she will seek re-election to Senate District 10.
This would be Winters' fourth term as state senator from District 10, which includes Monmouth, Independence, parts of Salem, Turner and Aumsville.
Winters is a retired small business owner and has served in the state legislature since 1998, when she was elected to the House of Representatives. She was elected to the Senate in 2002.
Winters has lived in Salem for 42 years.
"It is one of the great privileges of my life to represent Oregon citizens in the Willamette Valley," said Winters. "I will continue to serve as their voice for a thriving economy, stronger schools and safer neighborhoods."
Monmouth PD recipient of grant
MONMOUTH -- Thanks to a grant from Impact Oregon, the Monmouth Police Department will be able to station officers throughout the city with the singular goal of catching drunk drivers.
During the upcoming holidays, drivers in Monmouth will see an increased and highly visible police presence focusing on drivers under the influence.
The first day of the increased presence will be Halloween, Oct. 31, with others being Christmas, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl Sunday and St. Patrick's Day -- days that are likely to have a higher rate of drunk drivers.
State group honors PCL staffers
MONMOUTH -- Three direct support professionals from Monmouth-based Partnerships in Community Living Inc. (PCL) were recognized for their achievements Oct. 16 at the Oregon Rehabilitation Association's yearly "NW Conference on Professional Development in Disability Services."
Their prestigious "Works of Heart" award spotlights 20 direct support professionals from around Oregon who consistently go above and beyond in their duties and truly "work from the heart."
Jon Story, Gail Sage and Lorie Galbraith were among this year's recipients, representing PCL and living PCL's mission to "Expand the Horizons and Enhance the Quality of Life of Those We Support."