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    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
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-
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
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
• Amendments to land use
regulations to ensure dispen-
saries operate only in area
the cities deem appropriate,
for example, avoiding areas
where children congregate.
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