Stories for August 2006

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Tuesday, August 29

  

Caregivers support event offered

SALEM -- "A Gift of Time," a program for unpaid family caregivers of adults, will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at First Christian Church, 685 Marion St.

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WOU institute receives major teaching grant

MONMOUTH -- The federal government has awarded the Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University $10.5 million to develop and improve service and education programs for children and adults who suffer from dual hearing and vision impairment.

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OLCC news

OLCC to look into offering alcohol server training via computer.

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School news

*Counseling resource grows *Teachers approve contract*Lighting project Ok'd *Retirement calls two *Preschool set for migrant students

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S-curve upgrade studied

MONMOUTH -- A Salem developer is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to determine the road improvements he must make in order to proceed with a planned commercial complex along the S-curves on Highway 51.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Former longtime area resident John McGee of Falls City turned 90 on July 23. A celebration honoring him is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Pedee Evangelical Church. Cards are welcome; no gifts, please.

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8/30 Letters to the editor

*Monmouth officer shows wisdom and compassion *Bluegrass festival was a great success *Pedestrian safety is taken seriously *Box tops easy way to help our schools *Curt Lamb's special gift will be missed *Walgreens will move Monmouth forward *Enough is enough with poor cable service *Geographic ignorance pandemic, writer says *Critics invited to join local process *PCL's hard workers earn recognition

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Community Notebook

*Polk SWCD recognizes staff and volunteers *Fitness club celebrates five years in business *Artists featured at First Friday event *Park near Grand Ronde set to open *"Survival" Spanish instruction offered *Monmouth recruiting for reserve officers *WVH Auxiliary selling Entertainment Books *Flea market resumes *Irish music workshops *Church volunteers seminar *Women's walking club *Pilots host breakfast *Drivers ed at CHS *Perrydale auction set *Meditation group meets *Valley nursery tour

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Thursday, August 24

  

Backpack Charity

DALLAS -- School starts on Tuesday, September 5 and parents are rushing to fill school supply lists for their kids.

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Wednesday, August 23

        

Tuesday, August 22

    

IHS classmates have reunion

INDEPENDENCE -- About 150 former classmates attended the annual Independence High School all-class reunion on Aug. 19 at Henry Hill Elementary School. Henry Hill is the site of the former high school, which was replaced by Central High in 1950.

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Grand Ronde racer has a big heart

GRAND RONDE -- Mark Jackson has been driving race cars since he was 12. He started in Western Oklahoma, racing on dirt tracks along with fighting bulls on the pro rodeo circuit.

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Seniors hear plan for center

DALLAS -- Michele Campione was named as activities director for the Dallas Senior Center on Tuesday in what is the first step in a plan to expand the center to accommodate the growing population of older adults in Dallas.

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Outdoor entertainment wraps up

POLK COUNTY -- The end of summer is near -- a good thing for football buffs but a sad time for fans of the weekly outdoor entertainment that has become a popular feature in Polk County communities.

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Hop Festival plans a hot time

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence will say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn in style by adding fireworks and other new events to its annual Hop & Heritage Festival.

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Making the grades together

PERRYDALE -- Robin Stoutt and her daughter Alex have been going to school together for 13 years -- ever since Alex was in Kindergarten and Stoutt was starting her career at Perrydale.

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Walgreens stalled by appeal

MONMOUTH -- Local residents have thrown another roadblock in front of developers trying to build a Walgreens store at the intersection of Highway 99W and Main Street.

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Dogs have a night out

INDEPENDENCE -- B.J. Andersen found Sadie wandering the warf at the coast. She was dying of salmon poisoning, a parasitic infection caused by eating rotting fish.

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Labels, box tops help schools

POLK COUNTY -- School starts on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and with it will come what seems like a never-ending stream of fund-raising efforts.

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Monmouth PD gets grant

MONMOUTH - The Monmouth Police Department will receive a $2,500 grant to help revise and update the agency's procedural guidelines and provide official protocol training for officers.

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8/23 Editorials

*Estate planning proves beneficial to many *Celebrate summer's end -- and stay close to home *Oregon summer proves good time for bad record

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Community Notebook

*Perrydale fun day set *Monmouth filing deadline due *Church hosts concert *Toastmasters invite public *Labor Day safety blitz

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

My sister Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth, her daughter Bonnie Seeman and I were surprised when we arrived at the Polk County Fair and saw Laverne Bennett checking people through the gate.

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YMCA site may be a no-go

MONMOUTH -- Officials of the Monmouth-Independence YMCA may abandon efforts to establish a recreation district as a funding source for a proposed community center.

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Tyco on solid ground with TTM

DALLAS -- TTM Technologies chief executive officer Kenton Alder says his company's acquisition of the Tyco Printed Circuit Group will result in few if any changes at the Dallas Tyco plant.

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8/23 Letters to the editor

*Others' misfortune calls for compassion *Wishing the best to retired columnist *Wishing the best to retired columnist *Rights of others include music choice *Writer's attitude childish, appalling

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Friday, August 18

    

Thursday, August 17



*UPDATE* Rickreall Interchange

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Transportation plans to complete the Rickreall interchange by the end of this month, according to a press release from the ODOT offices in Salem. Lissa Willis, ODOT public affairs representative said that drivers should be aware that there will be more traffic flow changes in the next few weeks. "Drivers, especially regular commuters, will need to pay special attention to the signs and traffic flow to learn and establish the new patterns. Old habits die hard, and drivers "on auto-pilot" will find previous paths closed, to their dismay," Willis wrote. There will no longer be cross traffic turns coming from either direction. Drivers are asked to slow down and look for signs that will direct them on and off Highway 22 and the 99W interchange. This is a $16 million project that started last year. Landscaping will be completed next spring. For more detailed information, pick up next week's Itemizer-Observer at local news stands.

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Tuesday, August 15



CARTS to build bus shelters

POLK COUNTY -- Funding from the Oregon Department of Tranportation will be used to build bus shelters throughout Marion and Polk counties next summer, officials said.

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WIMPEG struggles without new equipment

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence's public access television station is struggling financially and may have to scale down programming if it doesn't get more support, officials said.

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School news

*Dallas school funding is on strong footing *Test scores: Not bad, not great *Technology will aid struggling students *Summer student delivers thanks to teachers *Bigger works better for lunch program

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Judy Guida and Jennifer Vandenberg had a very special two weeks in Southern England and Wales last month, when they visited Judy's friends the Midmeads just outside London.

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Salmon Bake set for Sept. 10

MONMOUTH -- The Friends of the Jensen Arctic Museum will host the annual Alaskan Wild Salmon Bake and Auction at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

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8/16 Letters to the editor

*Wake up; freedom carries a cost *Disappointed at display of photo *Israel is not the aggressor * Thanks for E3 Board's support *What a blessing good friends are *Hard summer work never hurt kids *Loved neighborhood Salgado concert *Offensive music played at rodeo

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Mexican fiesta day * Police's investigation of pipe bombs continues *Monmouth teen hurt; power cut in crash *Downtown Monmouth event a success *Big day of garden information planned *Garden club plans trip *Airman finishes training *Monmouth native helps in South Carolina *Special education programs available *LaCreole passes AYP

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Firefighters sworn in

DALLAS -- The Dallas Fire Department swore in the newest four members of the Dallas Volunteer Fire Association in an Aug. 2 ceremony as friends and family looked on.

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Relief mission lifts spirits

MONMOUTH -- A small group from Central Baptist Church chose to spend their summer vacations doing more than lounging at the beach or campsite.

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Column: Marc Faulconer

Early in his first term as president Richard Nixon rejected appeals from Congress to order tighter airport security -- specifically for passengers to pass through metal detectors and submit to luggage inspection.

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Meet the Time Wizard

INDEPENDENCE -- Brian Pendleton just figured it was the right time to open his business in Independence. And if anyone should know when the time is right, it's Pendleton.

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Crematorium opposition heats up

INDEPENDENCE -- Five residents have filed a case with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) in opposition to a decision by the city that allowed the construction and operation of a crematorium in their neighborhood.

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Katie and Buddy: meant to be

POLK COUNTY -- Katie Darby, 14, wants to be a journalist when she grows up. Her writing skills have already paid off in the form of a 3-year-old gelding, Silent Swirls Buddy.

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Wednesday, August 9



Business notebook

*New spa dealer *Log home business * Store adds Game Station *Taste of Home Entertainment

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School news

*Some schools lagging in AYP scores *Elementary schools provide good news

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CCC scholarships available

SALEM -- Chemeketa Community College students in many programs, including those as diverse as art, nursing, electronics and early childhood education, will find scholarships available to them for fall term through the college foundation.

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Citizenship needed for Medicaid

SALEM -- Oregonians applying for Medicaid programs will be asked to provide evidence of citizenship beginning Sept. 1, Oregon Department of Human Services officials said this week.

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Curtis Salgado due in Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- Northwest soul and blues singer Curtis Salgado played clubs throughout the Midwest in July and is slated for performances in Las Vegas later this month.

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End of an era: Taylor's closes

INDEPENDENCE -- Billie K. Herrell rings up a customer's purchase -- antique bowls and a tambourine -- wishes her a nice day, then hurries toward the grill behind the lunch counter to check on the burgers.

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YCC program blazes a trail

GRAND RONDE -- It's a unique summer job that sends a dozen teenagers into the woods, with little supervision, to carve out footpaths for future hikers.

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A fine-looking bug

When this little guy was noticed outside the Itemizer-Observer office, he drew quite a crowd. His black-and-white stripes were vivid, and his antennae were amazingly long.

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Tyco circuit group sold

DALLAS -- Tyco International Ltd. announced Aug. 3 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Tyco Printed Circuit Group to TTM Technologies for $226 million in cash.

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River seen as M-I water source

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence each have received surface water rights on the Willamette River, and are jointly considering methods to tap it as a potable municipal source.

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Nola Womer - Pedee News

Nathan and Stacy Wiedenmann are gearing up for their annual golf tournament and auction. All money raised will benefit Oregon Health and Sciences University's Cancer Institute in Portland.

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Border Ballet and Basketball

Greg Gustafson's Amazing Border Collies showed off their aerobatic and athletic prowess at Riverview Park for the last event in the Chemketa Regional Libraries Summer Reading Series: Paws, Claws, Scales and Tails. Gustafson rescues all of his dogs. They range in age from 5 months to 13 years. He has been training Border Collies for 10 years at his home in Corvallis. He says his show is one of a kind, because his dogs can play Frisbee, basketball, soccer and football. As part of his show, Gustafson stresses that the brilliant Border Collie is not for every family. These dogs need constant challenge and stimulation to stay out of trouble. His message: Think before you adopt.

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Wednesday, August 2

  

School district leases building

INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District will lease classroom space inside the Oregon Childhood Development Coalition's facility on G Street in 2006-07.

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Column - Erin Zysett

POLK COUNTY -- A lot of mass e-mails floating through cyberspace have no basis in reality. Well meaning people pass these contests, pleas for money, petitions, anecdotes and warnings on to their friends, thinking that they're helping make the world a brighter, safer place.

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Governor makes pitch for hydrogen power

Gov. Ted Kulongoski expressed strong support for hydrogen energy technology Monday, and directed Oregon's Department of Energy to develop strategies for moving Oregon "toward a hydrogen economy."

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Garten takes over Workforce NW

DALLAS -- Troubled vocational services provider Workforce NW has closed its doors and sold its remaining assets to Salem-based Garten Services, Inc.

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Local soldier earns combat badge

Spc. Joseph R. Lillibridge of Dallas of the Oregon Army National Guard's B Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, will receive a Combat Action Badge at 11 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.

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CCC gives president high grades

SALEM -- The Chemeketa Community College Board of Education once again gave Chemeketa president Gretchen Schuette an "exemplary" evaluation. This is Schuette's fifth year as president of the college.

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Community Notebook

* "First Friday" event * LaCreole orientation * City council vacancy * 4-H to show animals * Blood draw set * Holbrook finishes BCT * Hungry? Check this * Elks conduct drive * M-I lunch program * Border collies featured * Volunteers sought * Kinsey family reunion * Senior driver safety * Snowbirders to gather * Women's Connection * Personal Ponies benefit * "Moonlight and Vines" * Old building upgraded

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Have expertise, will travel

INDEPENDENCE -- Harry Malette had been watching news coverage on July 16 of the Hillsboro Airshow accident in which a vintage British Hawker-Hunter jet crashed after takeoff.

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Summer heat calls for common sense

* Check on older folks during hot weather * Leaving pets in hot cars is more than cruel * In cities or forests, trees are dry * Caution: It's drowning season

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Guest column: Chris Whitehead

For over a year, we joked that Bear was our primary dog and Buster was our emergency backup dog waiting for his shot to move up to the show. Well, that time has come.

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Police seek help in finding man

POLK COUNTY -- The Salem Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing man who may have been the victim of foul play.

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Pedee News column - Nola Womer

Among those attending the ladies garden luncheon July 22 at Jennings Lodge were Pam Burbank, Bev DeSaulnier, Glenda Bush and Arlene Kovash of the Pedee area; Laura Dyer of Monmouth; Sue Burbank of Dallas, and her sister, Sharon Mark of Gresham. Arlene and Sue drove the group.

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Child program considers move

INDEPENDENCE -- The Oregon Childhood Development Coalition (OCDC) is completing a study that would show whether Polk County's migrant worker population is shifting to other regions.

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Dogs go to the movies

INDEPENDENCE -- The "DogFest Film Festival," a benefit event sponsored by the Willamette Humane Soviety and Hill's Science Diet, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Riverview Park amphitheater.

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Golden Bough: Sound of gold

Margie Butler grew up listening to her Irish grandfather tell stories and play the fiddle. She decided she wanted to carry on his tradition by playing the harp.

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8/2 Editorials

* County demonstrates good timing in road request * Beware of some friends -- they can be dangerous * Can pure language lead to a purer culture?

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Teens get Ash Creek Trail off and running

INDEPENDENCE -- Dave Elverud offers his teenage construction crew a few brief instructions on a mercifully cool July morning, minutes before the job site just north of Talmadge Middle School is filled with the sounds of pounding hammers and steel trowels.

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