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Jolene Guzman

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Committee discusses council decorum

Members of the Dallas City Council will not be required to abide by the same social media rules as city employees.

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Whitworth upgrade more than seismic

Work at the school includes technology, fire alarm system update

Whitworth Elementary School’s summer seismic upgrade project is beginning to feel like a full-scale overhaul for district maintenance officials.

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Rickreall Dairy earns ‘sustainability’ award

Louie Kazemier’s efforts to care for the environment weren’t always so appreciated.

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Local cold case featured on show

Detective John Williams thought the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had the Glenn Pennie disappearance case solved in 2013.

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Get ready for a space adventure

Four, three, two, one.

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Fire on Buena Vista Road destroys garage, sheds

Firefighters were able to save the home

Sharon Tebb gazed out a window of her home in the 8200 block of Buena Vista Road Monday evening and saw something unexpected -- and frightening.

City to ask residents about public safety facilities options

City officials say the Dallas Police Department and Fire & EMS need new or upgraded facilities, especially the police department, which shares space in Dallas City Hall.

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Visitors Center evaluates events

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is evaluating its annual slate of events to make sure they are meeting the mission of the organization.

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First responders prepare for eclipse

First responders are ready for increase in visitors

First responders and emergency workers are preparing for the influx of people expected for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 and for the days around it, but they need our help.

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National Night Out

Event brings together neighbors, law enforcement

Tuesday is National Night Out, an annual campaign promoting relationships between communities and their police and fire agencies, and several neighborhoods and groups are hosting events around the county.

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Have your cake, eat it too

It’s the ultimate choice at the family barbecue: chocolate cake or apple pie?

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The search for the grail

Caceu owns one of two olive farms in Polk County

Bogdan Caceu is searching for the “holy grail” of olive trees.

Hansen addresses future with county

County Administrator Greg Hansen will officially retire this summer, but he won’t leave right away.

Falls City eclipse event approved

Solar eclipse viewers now have an option of camping in Falls City’s Upper Park and joining in a Great American Eclipse breakfast and viewing party on Aug. 21.

Oregon passes ‘extreme risk’ law

With the passage of Senate Bill 719, Oregon joins a handful of states to authorize “extreme risk protection orders,” compelling the temporary surrender of deadly weapons, including firearms.

Watershed purchase complete

The city may finally have the last piece of the Mercer Reservoir watershed property purchase completed.

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Falls City to put two levies on ballot

Granted they are submitted on time, two five-year operational levies will appear on the November ballot for Falls City voters, one for Wagner Community Library and another for the city’s fire department and streets.

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Planning is key for enjoyable eclipse

We could have thousands of visitors for the days before and after the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21.

Fatal crash claims lives of Falls City man and boy

A three-vehicle accident on July 3 on Highway 99W just south of McMinnville claimed the lives of a Falls City man and boy.

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LaCreole makes a makerspace

Standing in the middle of an L-shaped, mirror-lined room at the end of a hallway at LaCreole Middle School, it’s hard to imagine what Principal Jamie Richardson has in mind.

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Landslides put Doaks Ferry Road projects on hold

The Doaks Ferry Road realignment projects are on hold after geological testing showed landslides north of Highway 22 near the proposed route are moving.

Sheriff’s use of force policy approved

DALLAS — Polk County’s Intentional Use of Deadly Physical Force Planning Authority approved revisions to its response plan Thursday evening.

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Dallas looks at street repairs in new light

Garus: Bond would be needed to address issues of all roads in Dallas

DALLAS — The Dallas Public Works Committee recommended four sections of streets for maintenance this summer, but may change what types of streets are prioritized for repair in future years.

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Events center awaits decision

DALLAS — Owners of a proposed event center on Polk Station Road just outside of Dallas are awaiting a Polk County Hearings Officer decision on an appeal of its conditional use permit.

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School board votes to fund new track

DALLAS — The Dallas School Board voted to build a new track at Dallas High School in conjunction with a project to raise private money to install a turf football field.

Law enforcement to hold public hearing

Polk County law enforcement officials are holding a public hearing on Thursday to review proposed change to the county’s response plan to law enforcement use of deadly physical force.

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County seeks other options

In May, voters narrowly rejected a $10 million bond for county facilities maintenance.

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Silbernagel retires after 29 years with corrections office

One of Marty Silbernagel’s favorite events of the year is Polk County Community Corrections annual pizza party in October.

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Pollen, pollen everywhere

The official count of allergy-causing pollen is tabulated at a station in Eugene, but those with the misfortune of being allergy sufferers measure the season in itchy eyes and throats, sneezes and congestion.

Pickleball a popular summer sport in Dallas

DALLAS — The improvised courts set up in the parking lot of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office were busy for much of the first of Dallas’ Tuesday on the Square events on June 13.

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Morrison helps grad ‘find myself again’

The crowd at Morrison Campus Alternative School’s graduation ceremony June 14 cheers loudly for Nina Encinas as she approaches the podium.

Valsetz residents set reunion

Former residents of Valsetz are gathering this weekend for a camp out reunion at the site formerly occupied by the town they once called home.

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Mill landmark comes down

Another piece of Dallas’ timber town legacy will be gone soon as the dismantling of old drying shed, affectionately known as “Noah’s Ark,” on the former Weyerhaeuser mill property began last week.

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LaCreole principal given digital award

Photos of LaCreole Middle School Principal Jamie Richardson were plastered all over the Dallas School District boardroom last week.

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City to review council social media use

The city of Dallas’ Administration Committee will examine possible rules for council members regarding social media use.

Dallas budget goes up $1.8 M

The Dallas School Board adopted a revised 2017-18 budget, based now on an $8.2 billion State School Fund for the 2017-19 biennium.

Search for city recorder begins

The Falls City City Council approved a contract with the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, or COG, to conduct a search for a city recorder.

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Dallas gets ‘mostly good’ marks

Citizen survey shows positive outlook on police, fire; low on streets

A community survey the city of Dallas conducts every two years shows, by most measures, citizens view the town positively — with a few exceptions.

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Falls City may ask voters to OK levy to keep Wagner open

Survey results asking if Falls City residents would pay to keep the Wagner Community Library open were encouraging enough that the Falls City City Council is researching a November levy.

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Perrydale: A Domes’ family affair

Daniel Domes came back home.

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Preventing big problems with a tiny moth

The Oregon Department of Agriculture will begin the process of spraying for the invasive light brown apple moth in an area south of Independence next week.

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Looking out for others

Dodge quiet role model, inspires teachers, administrators

Cooper Dodge, a Dallas High School senior about to graduate Saturday, has a drive to help others — and often without it being recognized.

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Sheriff talks online ‘stranger danger’

Online safety for children is a lot more complicated than “don’t talk to strangers.”

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Program quiets cycle of repeat crime

Polk County’s new Mental Health Court, or Friday Court, helped give Anthony Brown and Kelly Fields their lives back.

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Rec coordinator will return to city of Dallas

Job duties have been expanded to include creating new festivals, helping with more fun runs, writing grants

The person who fills the city of Dallas’ recreation coordinator, a position restored to the 2017-18 budget, would be expected to organize activities from wine events to running ones, and for an age range of toddler to senior citizen.

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Taking steps to cure cancer

Kim Lockett, of Monmouth, thought her singing days were over.

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Efforts to prevent suicide underway

Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition produced two videos of the stories of local people who lost a family member to suicide.

ODOT installs dynamic warning sign

Oregon Department of Transportation is installing a “dynamic warning sign” on Highway 99W at Clow Corner Road with the goal of preventing high-speed crashes.

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Answering the call

Leon Beauchamp, a longtime volunteer firefighter with the Falls City Fire Department, remembered a call when he and one other guy were the only people available to respond.

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Guiger finds special place at Falls City

Madeline Guiger was anxious to make a good impression in her new school when she enrolled at Falls City High School as a junior.

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