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Assistance available to homeowners

POLK COUNTY — The state of Oregon has launched a foreclosure prevention program, “Home Rescue,” providing assistance to homeowners struggling with mortgage payments.

Help can be provided in two ways: through up to 12 monthly mortgage payments, with a maximum benefit of $20,000 or a “reinstatement payment” (up to $15,000) to bring mortgages current.

Homeowners interested in the program can apply online by visiting www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org. To qualify, applicants must be able to demonstrate at least a 10 percent reduction in projected 2016 income compared to any tax year between 2009 and 2015.

Nelson receives National Guard honors

MONMOUTH — Curtis Nelson, of Monmouth, was selected as Oregon Air National Guard Recruiter of the Year for 2015.

He also was selected as Recruiter of the Region and Recruiter of the Nation.

Nelson will attend a presidential dinner in Texas on Sunday for his recognitions.

Monmouth PD to focus on seat belts

MONMOUTH — Starting Monday through Sept. 4, the Monmouth Police Department will be joining other law enforcement agencies in conducting specialized traffic safety enforcement operations.

Oregon State Police, sheriffs and local police will work to increase proper safety belt and car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement blitz.

“We hope that by taking part in this blitz period, we can make a difference in our community and state as a whole,” Monmouth Officer Mark Robertson said in a press release.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will work to educate parents about the importance of proper child seat and safety belt use.

Officers also will be on alert for people speeding or violating the hands-free cellphone law.

The enhanced enforcement is funded through U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ty Curtis benefit concert on Aug. 24

WEST SALEM — Ty Curtis will perform in a benefit concert on Aug. 24 for the Rep. Paul Evans campaign at Redhawk Winery, 2995 Michigan City Road NW, West Salem.

Admission is $20. Wine will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

The concert begins at 7 p.m., with the gates open at 6:15. RSVP at paulevans.org. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Dallas approves cable franchise

DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved a 10-year franchise agreement with Charter Communications for cable TV service only on Aug. 1.

The previous agreement expired in September 2015.

The agreement was established on behalf of 15 small cities, including Dallas. It took four years of negotiations with Charter to establish the agreement, said City Attorney Lane Shetterly.

The contract is for 10 years and charges 5 percent of Charter’s gross revenue. Council members expressed concerns about the contract, especially that it doesn’t commit Charter representatives to attending a public meeting where comments about service will be taken from customers.

Shetterly said the city is welcome to negotiate further or charge a franchise fee without it.

“I’m skeptical of Dallas going back by itself and negotiating further and getting a substantially better deal,” Shetterly said.

This agreement does not address cable modem services for phone and internet.

Call before you dig

POLK COUNTY — Public works departments remind consumers to call 811 prior to any digging projects.

The number provides homeowners with a free service that identifies and safely marks underground utilities to avoid accidental outages and disruption of critical services.

By calling 811 three days before digging, homeowners and contractors will be connected to an organization that notifies the appropriate utility companies of the plans to dig. Professional locators are sent to the digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both. For more information: www.call811.com.

Rep. Evans to moderate TeleTown Hall

POLK COUNTY — Rep. Paul Evans will moderate a TeleTown Hall discussion on Monday at 6 p.m. The main topic of the panel will be small business development. Evans will be joined by Executive Director of the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Jean Love and Co-Founder of the Latino Business Alliance and owner of Tu Casa Real Estate, Jose Gonzalez.

The event is free and open to the public.

To register to receive a call invitation to the panel: www.paulevans.org/summer_small_business_panel.

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