Stories for August 2001


Wednesday, August 29


Wednesday, August 22


Districts carving up the county

Meet Janet Carlson.Say so long to Cliff Trow.Almost all the legislative players are changing in Polk County because of redistricting. Only State Rep. Lane Shetterly of Dallas remains on the field.

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Law gives foster childrencollege scholarships

As wards of the state, foster children have a very different 18th birthday than most people. With no parents and no money, they face an uphill struggle.This school year, that all could change, thanks to a new Oregon law.

August 22, 2001 midnight read more..


Students learn at the feet of the masters

August 22, 2001 midnight read more..

Gains & Losses

The layoffs grab attention.Tyco International cuts 250 jobs. Willamette Industries cuts 170.Dallas City Administrator Roger Jordan knows the figures. He just gets a little tired of hearing from Chicken Little.

August 22, 2001 midnight read more..

Willamette delivers $100,000 to VCH foundation

A hostile takeover bid didn't distract Willamette Industries from making its second appearance as the prince of the ball. Mark Elston, Willamette's Dallas plant manager, delivered a $100,000 check to the Valley Community Hospital foundation building fund at the foundation's annual summer gala Aug. 3.

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Wednesday, August 15

Drowning victim recovered from Willamette

INDEPENDENCE -- The body of drowning victim Jerry Leroy DeRochier was recovered Aug. 11 by the Polk County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol. The body was found floating in the Willamette River about a half mile downriver from the initial boat accident that claimed his life Aug. 8.

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Tyco lays off 150

Tyco Printed Circuit Group in Dallas has again laid off a large percent of its work force.

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Pow-wow promises color, tradition

The Grand Ronde tribe's annual pow-wow will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17, 18 and 19 at the tribe's pow-wow grounds located at 9615 Grand Ronde Road, two miles from Highway 18.

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Polk County 2001

This year's Polk County Fair ran smoothly, manager Tina Andersen said. However, the hot weather kept some people away. In the end, attendance was fair.

August 15, 2001 midnight read more..

Game couples deliver golden memories

Married couples -- quick -- what is the name of the person who performed the wedding ceremony? If you can keep that name in your head for 50 years, you're ready for the Golden Wedding game.

August 15, 2001 midnight read more..

Thursday, August 9

Independence man presumed drowned

Jerry Leroy DeRochier is presumed drowned after the boat he was fishing in capsized near the end of Wells Landing Road on the Willamette River Aug. 8.

August 9, 2001 midnight read more..

Wednesday, August 8


Eagle Scouts improve DHS bleachers

"My dad got a sliver during one of my football games," said 17-year-old Jed Bowers. "He had an idea and we sort of ran with it."Jed and his brother Justin, 14, needed a community service project to become Eagle Scouts. The bleachers at Dallas High School needed sanding, routing, and a fresh coat of paint.

August 8, 2001 midnight read more..

Dallas does first 24-hour relay to fight cancer with style

Spam.While others thought about all the good John Bollman did for the community during the cancer relay named in his honor, his family and friends had something else on their minds.Spam.The logo for the legendary sandwich meat was emblazoned on their tie-dyed T-shirts as they walked around the Dallas High School track.Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the relay was supposed to raise $28,000 toward cancer research. Walkers raised more than $41,180.

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Affordable housing complex planned

Many Dallas residents don't make enough money to buy a house, yet make too much to qualify for subsidized housing. For those who fall in between, help could be on the way.

August 8, 2001 midnight read more..

Ordonez brings capitol spirit home

Dylan Ordo¤ez's trip to Washington, D.C. was all a matter of scale. Having never seen the nation's capital, the Dallas High School student marveled at huge expanses of land governed by the tiny district on the East Coast.

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Thursday, August 2


Meduri Farms hit with another DEQ fine

Just a month after getting slapped with a fine from the Department of Environmental Quality, Meduri Farms is in trouble again. ;Owner Joe Meduri is being fined $11,800 by the DEQ for letting wastewater from one of his cherry processing plants leak into Rickreall Creek.

August 2, 2001 midnight read more..

Lowrie says farewell after 30 years of 4-H

"I can remember my first day, learning from my secretary in Hood River what my new job was going to be."Thirty years with the extension service later, Miriam Lowrie has hardly noticed the time pass.

August 2, 2001 midnight read more..

Reptile Man!

Richard Ritchey knows about reptiles."You can tell if you're squeezing a lizard too tight because his eyes bug out."All very interesting. However, Liane Moser could have gone a few more years before being introduced to various lizards. Not to mention an assortment of snakes.

August 2, 2001 midnight read more..

Molester Milligan's mother charged

Frank James Milligan wrote his mother from jail. The accused child molester wanted her to dig up some dirt on one of the witnesses in his upcoming trial.

August 2, 2001 midnight read more..