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Jolene Guzman

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Teens to teens: Never alone

In Polk County, about one out of every 12 high school juniors say they have attempted suicide.

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Central student help produce suicide prevention video

Power Peers class members plan and act in "Alone"

Jacob Hamilton gazes at a card that says: “Need to talk to someone?” as he wakes up in the morning.

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County requests Highway 22 safety corridor

ODOT determining if the highway qualifies

The Polk County Board of Commissioners is awaiting word from the Oregon Department of Transportation on a request to re-establish a safety corridor on Highway 22.

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Fair attendance, revenue increases

Attendance and revenue were up for the Polk County Fair in 2017, mostly the result of pleasant weather on the fair’s closing day, said Fair Manager Tina Andersen.

DHS offers six CTE classes

Exactly 20 years ago, during the 1997-98 school year Dallas High School offered seven programs that would now be called “career and technical education.”

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City to gauge support

City hires firm to research public safety building options

The city of Dallas has hired a consultant to help gauge support for solutions to improve its police and fire stations — including building a facility to house both departments.

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Cooper takes hobby to new level

Darrell Cooper quit bowling for a decade following a shoulder injury that affected his ability to play one of his favorite sports.

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Nursing students look at whole health

Ansily Tulensru was hospitalized in May 2016, and after weeks of recovery, struggled to get back on her feet and deal basic needs, let alone long-term goals.

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A voice for the children of Uganda

Imani Milele Children's Choir tours fire station before performance

Dallas Fire & EMS volunteer Sean Condon, dressed in full firefighter’s gear, dared the group of children surrounding him to poke him in the eye.

New business comes to Dallas

Jiffy Lube, Love Love Teriyaki to fill some town vacancies

Two additions to the Dallas business landscape are in the construction or remodeling phase, and a third in is negotiations with the city.

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Council approves new license and fee

The Dallas City Council approved a new utility license and fee at Monday’s meeting.

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Wilkins excited to serve students at charter school

Sitting in Christy Wilkins’ office at Luckiamute Valley Charter School’s Bridgeport campus on a bustling Monday morning, you can hear children playing during recess.

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Special education

Dallas parent files complaint against district for failing to educate

A parent of a special education student attending in the Dallas School District has filed a due process complaint alleging the district has failed to provide her daughter with appropriate special education services during the last three school years.

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Inmate crew fixes roof of ‘Pink Pokey’

With more a than a touch of irony, a crew of Marion County inmates helped restore the building that used to serve as Falls City’s jail on Friday.

Charter to pass franchise fees to customers

The city of Dallas is considering establishing a utility license requirement and fee for all utilities operating in the city’s rights-of-way and a new internet modem license.

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Dallas City Council tames decorum standards

The Dallas City Council approved changes to its rules on Sept. 18, including removing from decorum standards a requirement that councilors act “in manner appropriate to the dignity of their office" outside council meetings.

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Fire contract set to expire

A contract between Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District and Falls City Fire Department regarding services in that area of the district is on the verge of expiring without a new agreement.

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Transforming downtown

Giovanoni hopes to continue work making Dallas ‘a fun place’

Alex Giovanoni wants people to look at downtown Dallas and see a fun place.

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Falls City councilors vote to close Wagner

The city of Falls City voted to close Wagner Community Library effective June 30, 2018 if a solution to long-term funding is not found.

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Total eclipse inspires engagement

Jacob Timshel had a romantic vision in mind for how he would propose to his girlfriend, Crystal Pace, when the time was right.

SW Polk, Falls City to negotiate contract

The Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District Board meets Monday to discuss a new agreement between the district the city of Falls City.

Dallas school board approves contracts

The Dallas School Board approved three-year contracts with its teachers and classified employee unions on Sept. 11.

Dallas woman files against co-workers’ threats

Housing authority employees allegedly joke to kill Beehner, get clients arrested

An employee of West Valley Housing Authority filed a tort claim notice alleging she was the victim of a co-worker’s “jokes” about killing or harming her.

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Volunteers join Falls City Solve cleanup

About 1,500 pound of trash was collected on Saturday

Lilly Leturno and her grandmother Melanie Bellemore aren’t strangers to picking up litter.

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Polk, Dallas assist at wildfires

Polk Fire Capt. Mike Kissell and members of Dallas Fire & EMS, Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District, Sheridan Fire and McMinnville Fire worked all night battling the blaze at the Eagle Creek Fire on Monday, Sept. 4.

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Purple Heart finds way to family

Quest to reunite medal to hero’s descendents takes 12 years

After a 12-year search, Kevin Coady finally found the family of fallen U.S. Marine Pfc. Jack Carl Kightlinger.

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Honor ride

U.S. Navy veteran Bob Dunn grinned and said the best thing about serving in the military was “the girls.”

Bank robber arrested

Officers found suspect running down the street

A Dallas man is in Polk County Jail after being arrested Thursday on bank robbery charges.

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Code services cleans up

Being a code services specialist is more than writing parking tickets and issuing warnings to homeowners to clean up their properties.

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Lyle’s principal ready to lead

Amber Eaton, the new principal at Lyle Elementary School, is returning to what she considers her “roots” in her educational career.

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Gala Park renovations back on track

Weather, contractor delays postponed project progress over the summer months, city says

Renovations at Gala Park, at the corner of Uglow Avenue and Hankel Street, are back on track after weather and contractor delays postponed the project over the summer.

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Anytime Fitness flexes muscles at new downtown location

Michael Davis hasn’t gotten a lot of sleep lately.

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The kid and the cop

Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Watson was at the ATM at Frink’s General Store in Falls City in mid-August when he was approached by a nervous 6-year-old girl.

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Baskett Slough battles water primrose

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is looking a little drier than normal for this time of year, and it isn’t because of the warm summer.

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Oakdale’s new-to-you principal

Tuesday marked the beginning of a new school year and a new school for Oakdale Heights Elementary School Principal Todd Baughman.

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Field projects at DHS to span two years

The project to update Dallas High School’s football field and track — if field fundraising is successful — will be completed over two years instead of one.

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One project at a time

Rotarians work to build a better world through local, international service projects

You see Dallas Rotarians hard at work during Summerfest’s Breakfast in the Park and Tom Newton Car Show every year.

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Vets help fix home

Brandon Doeden had recently purchased a fixer-upper home outside of Monmouth on Airlie Road when his life screeched to a halt.

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‘Bee’friend pollinators

If you want a super pollinator in your backyard, build a bee box and fill it with tubes perfect for mason bee nests.

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Cities provide warm welcome, fun times

Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton rolled out the welcome mat early for those looking for a place to watch the Great American Eclipse.

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Lifelong dream realized at Illahe Vineyards

Eclipse chasers find joy, delight in Great American Eclipse viewing party in Polk

At about 9:25 a.m., Lisa Hoople looked up at the sun shortly after the Great American Eclipse began at Illahe Vineyards in Dallas.

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Local law enforcement behind bars for cause

Mike McConnell wants to put Falls City Mayor Terry Ungricht in jail.

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Beekeeper shares interest

George Woodward likes Oregon honeybees.

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State money could help Dallas street repairs

Transportation legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature this last session will help local governments solve part of their street maintenance needs.

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Beautiful baby runs in family

Brylie Emigh is only 8 months old, but is already carrying on a family tradition.

Gator stolen in FC recovered in town

The John Deere Gator stolen from the Falls City water treatment plant has been found, but the search is on for suspects in the theft.

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Economic director sees Dallas’ ‘potential’

AJ Foscoli, Dallas’ Economic Development Director, believes the next year or so has a lot in store for Dallas.

Body of missing boy located on Monday

Searchers found the body of a 5-year-old boy missing since Friday from Wallace Marine Park in West Salem.

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Fair animal entries promise to eclipse past years

The Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center buzzed Monday morning in the scramble to get everything ready for the venue’s event of the summer: The Polk County Fair.

Looking out for each other

Falls City Neighborhood Watch

See something amiss in your neighborhood you call police, right?

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