News for Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Budget tentatively approved

DALLAS — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office will have to wait until May to learn if their unfunded budget “wish list” requests will be fulfilled.

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Reported flu cases rising rapidly

DALLAS — A recent surge in the number of influenza cases has local hospitals taking precautions and health officials urging people to get flu shots and ward against spreading the illness.

May 13, 2014 8:16 p.m. read more..


Clinic to debut program

DALLAS — Polk Community Free Clinic served 424 patients in 2013 and half were diagnosed with either diabetes, hypertension or other chronic illnesses that take more than just a doctor’s visit to manage.

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Highway fix nearly complete

POLK COUNTY — Work is expected to be completed Wednesday (today) on a stretch of Kings Valley Highway after heavy rains in February and early March washed out about half of the northbound lane at milepost 11.5, said Lou Torres, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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1/15 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Winter term exhibit reception is slated*Senior center set to hold bingo night*YAP play auditions on tap for Saturday*Historical society sets annual event*Memory screening clinic being offered*Bible study series will start Monday*Jinett's Closet is seeking volunteers

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4/9 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*WOU's Maple Hall subject of exhibit*Organist to perform at church on Friday*VFW Auxiliary will host pancake feed*Arbor Day event planned Saturday*Square dance set this Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*'Jews for Jesus' presentation set*Libraries will trade food for your fines

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MVCA staging dinner theater

MONMOUTH — On stage, Romeo and Juliet may be in the epitome of young love, but off stage, Juliet is not particularly fond of Romeo.

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Planned equestrian center in jeopardy

SHERIDAN — After nearly two years of fighting to see Wallace Bridge, his dream for an equestrian center, built in Polk County, project developer J.W. Millegan may explore other options.

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Western senior lands prestigious internship

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University has no journalism program, but that hasn’t stopped it from producing a young journalist worthy of receiving a Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism paid internship.

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Patchwork with a purpose

MONMOUTH — Ash Creek Elementary School will auction a handmade quilt on Friday to raise money for its parent-teacher club.

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KVCS eyes mascot change

KINGS VALLEY — The students at Kings Valley Charter School see themselves as unique, participating in an innovative educational environment.

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Council won’t back license application

DALLAS — Brad Moir’s vision for turning the former Tilted bar location in downtown Dallas into a hub for local music, beer and wine ran into a significant road block Monday night.

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A perfect pairing

‘Pressed’ owners hope to make coffee, wine and music venue an eclectic downtown destination

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3/26 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Benefit book sale slated at hospital*Rogue Farms hosts monthly yoga event*Weekend rummage sale to take place*Gospel concert set Sunday at church*Grief support group will start meeting*Artist exhibit on display at library

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Falls City appoints Sickles to council

FALLS CITY — The Falls City City Council appointed Dennis Sickles as its new councilor Thursday, just in time to address the topic du jour for Oregon cities and counties: medical marijuana dispensaries.

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End of an education era

POLK COUNTY - After a decade of offering local students close encounters with nature, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District will no longer offer its outdoor school program.

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Seniors, city eye grant for new Dallas center

DALLAS — The Dallas Area Seniors, the city of Dallas and Polk Community Development Corporation are putting the finishing touches on a grant application to build a long-awaited new facility in Dallas.

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3/12 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Pentacle to stage 'Les Miserables'*WOU music groups plan performance*First Baptist has new senior pastor*St. Patrick's sets dinner and auction*Red Brigades will benefit from event*Support firefighter at Burgerville event*Auto emergency seminar scheduled*Rogue Farms hosts Wednesday bingo

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SHATTERED DREAMS

Barring the unexpected, a once anticipated development will go to auction unfinished

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3/19 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Tips will be offered for car emergencies*Rogue Farms hosts Wednesday bingo*Monmouth seniors plan soup, pie sale*PCL will host film showing Thursday*Doll show and sale slated for Saturday*Book sale happens Tuesdays, Thursdays*Free art show set at Heron Pointe

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Two becoming one

Would Monmouth and Independence, two cities often referred to as one community, benefit from a merger?

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Bar owner faces license hearing

DALLAS — The liquor license for the new owner of Tilted — now called The Exchange — will be the subject of a public hearing before the Dallas City Council on April 7.

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Mason gets nod as new Indy chief

INDEPENDENCE - Chief Robert Mason didn't expect to retire from the Independence Police Department when he started there in 1991 as a reserve officer, but that is exactly what he plans now.

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2/12 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Master Gardeners seeking donations*Gentle House plans garden work parties*Library to host talk by Oregon author*Ice cream social on tap Friday at hospital*Art walk scheduled in downtown Indy*Breakfast available Saturday morning*History of goats is topic at gathering*Dallas church plans 'kids day' Saturday*Church set to host Valentine's dinner

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'Economic leaks' are costly

DALLAS — What does Polk County need to do to expand and keep more money flowing locally? Discover an unexplored innovation or facet of the local economy?

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Monmouth Police honor staff

MONMOUTH — Monmouth Police Officer Kevin Renfro was awarded Officer of the Year on Friday at Monmouth Police Department’s 12th annual awards night.

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2/5 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Gardening seminar scheduled Friday*Senior center plans evening of bingo*Dallas church will host guest speaker*M-I food project pickup set Feb. 8*Square dance set for Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*'Chocolate Sunday' fundraiser planned*Presentation about Switzerland on tap*New arts center has many offerings*Hospital volunteers selling chocolates*Claires Mercantile announces classes*Gentle House plans garden work parties

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Courts enter paperless era

POLK COUNTY — Not too often, but occasionally, an urgent mass email would go out to all Polk County Circuit Court staff. It would read something along the lines of: "Please search your work area for case file No. X."

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2/19 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Falls City Seniors seeking members*Local Cub Scouts celebrate birthday*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Acapella quartet to perform at church*Bridal show slated at Gentle House*Astronaut to speak Monday at Central*Master Gardeners seeking donations

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Seized alpacas finding homes

DALLAS — The 175 alpacas taken into protective custody in the largest animal neglect case in memory in Polk County have been forfeited to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Chinese to celebrate New Year

MONMOUTH — The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the biggest national holiday for the Chinese people, Yang Gao of Shanghai said at a cultural presentation on Saturday at the Monmouth Public Library.

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KVCS looks at sustainable farming

PHILOMATH — Farmer John Eveland took Kings Valley Charter School students into the weeds — figuratively and literally — on a field trip last week focusing on sustainable farming.

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Cannon left legacy in area

MONMOUTH — Dan Cannon taught art, but more than that, he used art to teach. His enthusiasm for art and life impacted all who met him.

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Go Figure

Tight-knit group of artists gathers weekly for life drawing

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DRV plan expansion project

DALLAS — Dallas Retirement Village announced it will expand its facilities, adding up to 65 more independent living units and a new resident activity and dining center within the next few years.

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Parks may get more funding

SALEM — A bill introduced in the Senate earlier this month could potentially send an additional $3.2 million each biennium in maintenance funding to county parks by 2015.

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Finalists named for community awards

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Tickets for the 49th annual Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet, “Tip Your Hat to M-I Town,” are on sale at the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce through Friday. Tickets are $40.

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Falls City charter debate heats up

FALLS CITY — Even before it has been placed on a ballot, Falls City’s proposed new charter is the subject of debate — starting with a member of the charter committee that led the revision process.

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City narrows chief candidates to 12

INDEPENDENCE — The candidates for Independence Police Department’s new leader have been narrowed from 23 applicants to 12, said David Clyne, city manager, at the Feb. 11 council meeting.

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The ABCs of Cooking

Students at Luckiamute Valley Charter School’s Pedee campus learn basics of food preparation via every-other-week elective

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1/29 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Local painter's art displayed at library*River Gallery to host exhibit reception*Knitting, crocheting group set to meet*Teens can learn all about aviation

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2/26 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*High tea will raise funds for food pantry*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Youth group launch party set for Sunday*End of life seminar available in Dallas*Church will host pancake supper*Local author pens first personal book

May 13, 2014 8:10 p.m. read more..
      

M-I community awards go online

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to bring the “community” back into the annual Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet, the voting and nomination process has gone online.

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3/5 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Spring gun show set this weekend*Relay For Life event for captains slated*Evening of wie, poetry scheduled*Square dance set this Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*Gospel chorus will perform at church*Movie benefit set Monday for library*Dallas LDS Church adds a third ward*Community center available for rent

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Sports Briefs

Sign-ups taken for golf * boys basketball wins tournament * WOU baseball, softball preseason polls

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WOU stands up to violence

MONMOUTH — Students at Western Oregon University spent the holiday of love standing up against violence of all kinds.

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SASA, city of Sunnyside at odds again

The Sunnyside City Council faced a packed room Monday night as a group led by Sunnyside Arts and Sports Association (SASA) co-founder Trish Combs came before the council to request intervention in the organization’s negotiations to use the city’s soccer fields.

May 13, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..


Grandview School District leaders honored

GRANDVIEW – Despite the lack of a quorum at last night’s Grandview School Board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Chase moved forward with the district’s annual employee of the year awards. Staff members were lauded for their commitment to the students in Grandview.

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Grandview School District leaders honored

GRANDVIEW – Despite the lack of a quorum at last night’s Grandview School Board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Chase moved forward with the district’s annual employee of the year awards. Staff members were lauded for their commitment to the students in Grandview.

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Feedback wanted on transportation needs

People For People is working on the Human Services Transportation Plan for Yakima County and is holding several forums, including one in Sunnyside and another in Grandview, to get community feedback.

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Adriana Ramos earns Phi Kappa Phi honor society status

MONMOUTH, ORE. - The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently initiated Adriana Ramos, a graduate of Grandview High School and student at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore., into the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

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Moment of truth

The Dalles boys and girls golf teams are in action through one day of district tournament play

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Guest comment: Reveal facts on rural mass gathering and fire

A few weeks ago I turned in an Oregon Public information Request to the Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles office. The purpose of the request was information regarding fire protection in the area of Wolf Run Road and the National Forest boundary. I also took the request in and explained it.

May 13, 2014 2:21 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Write a teacher

To the editor: Under the heading of Random Acts that make the world a little better, please consider thanking a teacher with a letter. Spring is here, and the year has been long and difficult to explain to students, and every person inside a school wishes it was magically June already.

May 13, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote Runyon, Hege

To the editor: It is election time again in Wasco County and who better to vote for then true and tried candidates. I am voting for Rod Runyon and Scott Hege to serve another term as our County Commissioners.

May 13, 2014 2:16 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote Ferguson

To the editor: I am writing on behalf of Nora Ferguson regarding the position of County Commissioner position 1. I have gotten to know Nora quite well and can thoroughly vouch for her character and abilities. She has a pleasant and positive attitude and is a team player.

May 13, 2014 2:15 p.m. read more..


Editorial: Send Conger to US Senate ballot

The story of Jason Conger’s path from homelessness to Harvard Law School is one to inspire any young person with the idea that a good education and a powerful desire can make anything happen — as long as the people continue to support those opportunities.

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Boer goat show set in Moro

The fifth annual Wild West Boer Goat Show in Moro is set for this Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 hosted by aAprina Acres Boer Goats.

May 13, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..


Mosier Fire District improves fire rating

Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) informed the City of Mosier by a May 6 letter that Public Protection Classifications (PPC) have improved for both the City of Mosier and the rest of the Mosier Fire District.

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Klindt’s offers writing workshops

As part of their Youth Fiction Festival, Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers will be offering a quartet of writing workshops with featured authors. Courses last between 1½ and two hours.

May 13, 2014 2:02 p.m. read more..
 

Crack sealing of streets begins May 14

Crack sealing of streets by the City of The Dalles Public Works Department will begin Wednesday, May 14, in the downtown core area and progress to other locations throughout town over the summer months.

May 13, 2014 1:46 p.m. read more..


D21 budget allows for more staffers, books

An 11.66 percent increase in general fund revenues means North Wasco County School District will be able to restore several jobs and “do more with more for the first time in a long time,” said District Superintendent Candy Armstrong.

May 13, 2014 1:43 p.m. read more..