2A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • March 11, 2015 Polk County News Festival proves to be a hit First ‘Folklife’ event receives good reviews, will expand Dallas possibly seeking opt-out options By Jolene Guzman The Itemizer-Observer By Jolene Guzman The Itemizer-Observer RICKREALL — The first Polk County Folklife Festival was all sunshine and smiles on Saturday. Folklife celebrated the Willamette Valley’s varying cultures with music, food and art. It was such a suc- cess that organizers are al- ready planning for 2016. “I think tally through the gate was about 650 atten- dees,” said festival program director Kurt Dugan. “That was about what we were hoping for, so we were really happy with the attendance.” Dugan said including vendors, musicians and fes- tival staff, there were about 1,000 people roaming the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, all of them seeming to be having a good time. Dugan said vendor sur- veys reveal excitement for next year already. “Every one of them is coming back,” Dugan said. “We had a few people run out of product.” Artisan Doug Marcoe, co- owner of The Rustic Garden, which makes “rusty” lawn art, said the festival was very well organized for a first- year event. “Everybody is happy,” said Marcoe, who is from Redmond. “That is a good sign. There’s a lot of things going on and people are en- gaged. That is a good thing.” Spanning three buildings at the fairgrounds, the entire festival was awash in music, with three stages and a “jam” area where anybody Bill would give cities local power over pot JOLENE GUZMAN/ Itemizer-Observer Latin band Romance had the audience up and dancing during its set Saturday on the Folklife Festival main stage at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center. JOLENE GUZMAN/ Itemizer-Observer “Dharma,” left, and “Aleiah” of the Corvallis Belly Dance Performance Guild dance on the Performing Arts Stage Saturday afternoon. Each dancer has a stage name. could join in. Jo Hockenhull, who plays in a Cajun band that per- formed Saturday, took the opportunity to buy a new triangle to play on stage from blacksmith Gary Lewis. After making a few ad- justments on the spot, Lewis handed her the instrument. She took a few seconds to try it out, stomping her foot in rhythm with the high- pitched clanging. Hockenhull nodded her head in approval — sold. It was that kind of day at the Polk County Folklife Fes- tival. So encouraging was the response that Dugan said next year’s festival will be ex- panded to two days. Howev- er, due to a quirk in the cal- endar — March 2015 in- cludes parts of five week- ends — the same weekend in March 2016 won’t be available. Instead, the festi- val will take place in Octo- ber next year and, if all goes well, every year thereafter. Dugan said he had to turn down performers for this year’s festival, so the 2016 edition of Folklife should feature an even more di- verse slate of artists. “I want to thank the com- munity for supporting us,” Dugan said. “There was a great sense of community at this event. Everybody was having fun.” DALLAS — A bill seeking to amend parts of Measure 91, the initiative that legalized the production and sale of recre- ational marijuana in Oregon, would allow local govern- ments to prohibit or tax sales within their boundaries. Senate Bill 542, sponsored by Sen. Jackie Winters on be- half of the League of Oregon Cities (LOC), addresses the main concerns of leaders in the city of Dallas. “We are working with the legislature to give the cities the right to opt out of having sales and production within our borders,” Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton said at a recent Dallas City Council meeting. Dallas and Falls City have banned recreational and medical sales of marijuana through keeping provisions in their city codes requiring business to abide by federal law, under which marijuana use of any kind still is illegal. Monmouth and Inde- pendence both allow med- ical marijuana dispensaries. All four cities, part of about 70 statewide, have passed or- dinances that would tax mari- juana sales, both medical and recreational, in spite of such a prohibition in Measure 91. Scott Winkels, a lobbyist with the LOC, said SB 542 was in response to concerns cities had about the affect legal marijuana will have on local governments. “The cities and counties in Oregon are going to feel the brunt of the effect of recre- ational marijuana much more than the state will,” Winkels said. “We are going to need local flexibility and funding.” If approved, SB 542 would allow cities further flexibility in regulating sales — up to a ban or “opt out” — and generating tax income to help pay for en- forcement of the new law. Measure 91 allows sales to be banned in local jurisdic- tions, but only by a vote in the next general election, which would be November 2016 at the earliest. The LOC’s concern is that mari- juana sales license applica- tions will be accepted begin- ning in January 2016. “The core issue for the League (of Oregon Cities) is local control, and SB 542 makes that clear,” Winkels said. Dalton said — though he doesn’t speak on behalf of the council — based on past dis- cussions, the council likely would exercise “local con- trol” if the bill were approved. “I think the council would strongly consider an opt out,” Dalton said. A public hearing on SB 542 was held March 4 before the legislature’s Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91. LOC also is seeking addi- tional amendments of Meas- ure 91 requiring: • Employees of marijuana dispensaries to pass criminal background checks. • Cities have the right to express concerns or objec- tions regarding sales licenses. • Amendments to how the tax revenue is distributed to cities — now based on the number of marijuana outlets in a jurisdiction rather than on population. • Implementation of safety regulations for the manufac- ture of marijuana tinctures with flammable or explosive materials. • Amendments to land use regulations to ensure dispen- saries operate only in area the cities deem appropriate, for example, avoiding areas where children congregate. HEALTH DIRECTORY AUDIOLOGY COUNSELING GYNECOLOGY SERVICES Trust your hearing to those that specialize in hearing and hearing related disorders. Evan L. Evans, Ph. D, and Julie B. 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