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Jolene Guzman

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For the love of song

Not long ago, Laura Dotson, the volunteer music director at Sheridan Japanese School, had to go to rehearsals with sunglasses and ear plugs.

January 24, 2018 noon read more..

Rickreall woman places at farm meet

In 2009, Jenny Freeborn watched as the final four competitors in the National Youth Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet worked together to propose solutions to challenges facing farmers.

January 24, 2018 noon read more..

District, charter to work it out

A crowd of parents of Dallas Community School students gathered in the Dallas School District’s board room Monday night worried that the district might consider shutting down the charter school.

January 24, 2018 noon read more..

SW Polk hopes for new contract

In the face of Falls City area residents’ concerns, members of Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District Board vowed Monday night to strike a new contract with the city for fire service.

January 10, 2018 noon read more..

Lorenz receives award

Christina Lorenz, Perrydale’s agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, is Oregon’s “Teachers Turn the Key Award” recipient for 2017.

January 3, 2018 noon read more..

Southwest pulls trucks Tuesday

Two trucks belonging to Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District were pulled from Falls City Fire’s station Tuesday morning, changing the city's firefighters' ability to respond to rural areas around Falls City.

January 3, 2018 noon read more..

Falls City considers fire levy

The Falls City City Council gave city staff the nod Dec. 14 to pursue putting a five-year levy on the May 2018 primary election ballot to support its fire department.

December 27, 2017 noon read more..

Mistletoe for a cause

Keagan Graves took the baton from his older brother, Collin, and now he’s the adorable boy peddling mistletoe during the holiday season.

December 20, 2017 noon read more..

Focus groups inconclusive

Focus groups evaluating plans to build an all-in-one public safety building in Dallas didn’t provide much insight into how voters would respond if the Dallas City Council put the proposal on the ballot.

December 13, 2017 3:52 p.m. read more..

DHS, business leaders want to collaborate

If the education and business leaders developing Dallas High School’s career and technical education program have their way, all the work done in the last year is just the tip of the iceberg.

December 13, 2017 3:22 p.m. read more..

Akha farm owners arrested last week

The owners of the Akha Farm in Falls City, Matthew McDaniel and Michu Uaiyue, were arrested last week on assault, mistreatment, and sexual abuse charges involving a teen girl.

December 13, 2017 noon read more..

Dallas thespians charm in play

The advanced theater class at Dallas High School is condensing all the magic of a Disney classic into 30 minutes in its production of “Cinderella Kids.”

December 6, 2017 noon read more..

A helping hand

Mike McConnell’s philosophy on giving his time is “if somebody doesn’t do it, it doesn’t get done.”

December 6, 2017 noon read more..

Contract talks reach impasse

Negotiations between Falls City and Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District seem to be at square one after a meeting Thursday between officials of both entities.

December 6, 2017 noon read more..

CTE aims to bring career focus to youth

Ask Dallas High School career technical education coordinator Tim Ray what one of his biggest pet peeves is and he will say it’s a student who goes to college who doesn’t know why.

November 29, 2017 noon read more..

Boil water notice lifted in Dallas

The city of Dallas lifted a boil water notice Tuesday afternoon that had been in effect in the neighborhood from Polk Station Drive west toward Douglas Street and north of Ellendale Avenue.

November 28, 2017 4:54 p.m. read more..

Oh Christmas tree

Christmas trees, particularly the Noble fir variety, may be in short supply nationwide this year, but local tree farm operators say there should be plenty of trees to choose from this holiday season.

November 22, 2017 noon read more..


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