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*Jail division names top 2013 deputy*Fish trap program has banner year*State of the Cities address is Feb. 12*Polk fair board to hold work session*Cover Oregon assistance available*Grant workshops planned in county*Local Republicans to meet Monday

February 04, 2014

Jail division names top 2013 deputy

DALLAS — The Polk County Sheriff's Office Jail Division has named Deputy Scott Eastlund as the 2013 deputy of the year.

Eastlund has worked in the division as a corrections deputy since 2002 and has garnered the respect of his co-workers, said Lt. Barb Shipley, the jail division commander.

Scott Eastlund

Scott Eastlund

"His dedication to this office, positive attitude and great work ethic are displayed every day," Shipley wrote in a press release announcing the recognition. "Scott is described by his co-workers as professional, witty, reliable and always willing to help others."

Fish trap program has banner year

DALLAS — Riding strong fall runs, Dallas' coho salmon "trap and haul" program on Rickreall Creek has had its best season yet.

The program, approved by the city in 2009, places a trap in Rickreall Creek below Mercer Dam to capture coho and other fish heading upstream to spawn. Volunteers from the Rickreall Creek Watershed Council then haul the fish to areas above the dam, giving them access to better spawning habitat.

During the 2013 season, 178 fish were moved through the program — 176 coho and two cutthroat trout — a jump of 30 fish from 2012.

The 2012 season also marked a big increase in numbers, from 57 in 2011 to 148.

All told, the program has trapped and hauled 457 fish since beginning in 2009.

State of the Cities address is Feb. 12

INDEPENDENCE — Mayors of Independence and Monmouth will share successes from 2013 and goals for 2014 during the annual Monmouth-Independence State of the Cities Address scheduled Feb. 12.

The M-I?Chamber event takes place beginning at noon at Independence Cinema, 450 S. Second St., Independence.

John McArdle of Independence and John Oberst of Monmouth will discuss their respective cities, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Cost of lunch, catered by Crush Wine Bar & Tasting Room, is $10 and includes a choice of a roasted chicken and cashews salad sandwich or a roasted veggie sandwich with pasta salad, cookie and truffle. Food requests must be submitted by close of business Wednesday (today).

For more information or to register: 503-838-4268;

Polk fair board to hold work session

RICKREALL — The Polk County Fair Board will hold its annual work session to discuss future planning on Saturday.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Arts & Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.

For more information: 503-623-3048.

Cover Oregon assistance available

DALLAS — Polk County Family and Community Outreach is sponsoring a Cover Oregon health care application assistance session Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dallas.

Free Cover Oregon application assistance and answers to questions about health care coverage will be available during the event, which takes place at The Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.

No appointment is needed.

For more information: 503-623-1883; email to

Grant workshops planned in county

POLK COUNTY — Meyer Memorial Trust, one of Oregon's largest private foundations, will hold two community meetings next week in Polk County.

Meyer Memorial Trust Program officers Sally Yee, Theresa Deibele and Kim Thomas will appear at these events to provide advice about seeking grants from Meyer Memorial Trust and to collect information about the needs of nonprofits and communities in the area. Kathleen George, director, and Louis King, program officer, of Spirit Mountain Community Fund will be present at the meetings as well.

Local meetings are scheduled Monday in Independence from 6 to 8 p.m. at Henry Hill Education Support Center, 750 S. Fifth St., and Tuesday in Monmouth from 2 to 4 p.m. at Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St.

For more information: Cec Koontz, 503-551-6275 or 503-606-2263; via email to; online at

Local Republicans to meet Monday

DALLAS — The Polk County Republican Party Central Committee will hold its next monthly meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas (enter on the Jefferson Street side).

Social time starts at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Scheduled to appear at the gathering are Ben Pollock, candidate for the 5th U.S. Congressional seat currently held by Democrat Kurt Schrader, and Kathy Goss, candidate for the Oregon House District 20 seat currently held by Republican Vicki Berger, who is not seeking re-election.

All who support the Republican Party and Republican candidates are welcome to attend.

For more information: Mike Nearman, 503-838-6001; email to