Stories for December 2006

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Tuesday, December 26



A passion for counting fish

DALLAS -- Jason Dunkin likes to count fish. It's not as eccentric as it sounds. Dunkin is the unofficial endangered fish surveyor for Rickreall Creek.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Fred and Cynthia Clark recently returned from a five-day trip to California to visit her parents, Norma and Gilbert Bourn, at Woodland. Their son Hans and Andrea Clark came from Anchorage, Alaska, and brought their son Spike Malcom, who was born in October.

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IES upgrade is under way

INDEPENDENCE -- Plans for a seismic upgrade of Independence Elementary School are nearly complete, with school officials hoping to put the project out for bid by February.

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Firefighters share expertise with combat medics

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The medics from the Oregon Medical Command treated the scenario as the real thing, even though a battered Buick Skyhawk played the part of a Humvee and the training facility at Polk County Fire District No. 1 was a war-ravaged neighborhood in Iraq.

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Student project produces joy

INDEPENDENCE -- A Central High School student gave residents of the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Independence a gift to remember this holiday season.

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MI Town : Patty Dutcher

The Christmas carols have taken flight from the airwaves, and the department stores are no longer filled with sparkling lights and eye-catching displays. We're busily writing thank-you notes to friends and family and finishing off the rest of the fudge, cookies and other treats of the season, and trying to find boxes to pack away everything for another year.

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12/27 Letters to the editor

*Law enforcement best option now*New store owner feels welcomed*Enjoys listening to KPIE radio *DHS Class of '88 can gather online*Pacific Power missed the boat *Connella's efforts are appreciated*God bless all those who serve

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Guest column : Joseph Hunter

On behalf of all the children of Monmouth and Independence, I thank you for supporting our schools. I appreciate the community weighing the short term, and the long-term growth and maintenance challenges facing Central School District. The district worked hard through multiple venues to listen to the community and to put together a bond proposal that you saw as necessary and needed.

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New liquor store agent ready

DALLAS -- Timothy F. Grimes, of Stayton, will take over the Dallas liquor store in February. Grimes was one of three applicants for the liquor agent position vacated by Mike Mollgaard in November.

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12/27 Editorials

*Housing slowdown turns to job stoppage for many*Payday loan outfits face major changes

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The Legislature and agriculture

A number of issues important to Oregon agriculture are expected to come to the fore next month when the 74th session of the state Legislature convenes in Salem on Jan. 8.

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Community Notebook

*Wyden will visit area next week*Polk Public Health can help with immunizations *Polk SWCD sets policy meeting*Kids' theater program set*Dog training classes offered*Kids can study Egyptian culture*Ballroom dance lessons offered*Church group is recycling trees*Kids' pet photos shown at library*Workshop is all about mud, horses*Traffic accident on 22 is fatal

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Wednesday, December 20

          

Golf results

West Valley Men's Winter Golf League, Dec. 16 at Cross Creek.

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Tuesday, December 19



12/20 Letters to the editor

*Thanks to supporters of Dallas firefighters*Literacy program volunteers are tops*Have love, respect for all others*Event organizers thanks community*Would love to see Dallas thriving*Drug treatment is best option

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Firefighters elect officers

DALLAS -- Eriks Gabliks was selected as president of the Dallas Firefighters Association in the organization's recent elections.

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Storm plays Grinch to area

POLK COUNTY -- A day after last Thursday's big wind storm, 5,001 Pacific Power customers in the Dallas and Independence areas had no electricity.

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Progress being made in fight against meth

MONMOUTH -- Oregon's home-grown methamphetamine trade has suffered a major setback since lawmakers established tough regulations on the sale of pseudoephedrine, one of the key ingredients used to cook the drug.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

At this time of year, when stormy days and nights are more frequent than not, it is somehow reassuring to me to see the bright lights from the beautiful tree on the Western Oregon University campus as I'm driving along Highway 99.

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Countdown to Christmas Cheer

DALLAS - Down to four days and counting, Christmas Cheer is making a last plea for donations of non-perishable food items, money, and volunteers for packing and delivery of food boxes to needy families in the area.

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A new taste in town

MONMOUTH -- For a class assignment at Western Oregon University a few years ago, Soethura Naing set out to create a business that could address the local demand for evening dining and gathering destinations.

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Independence city council news

INDEPENDENCE -- City officials have approved an expansion of floodplains in parts of Independence, and new stipulations to flood damage prevention codes.

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Giant tree has to come down

DALLAS -- A 100-foot-high sequoia on Academy street was de-limbed last week and will be removed to keep it from falling on neighboring houses.

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Perrydale kids do it again

PERRYDALE - Early on Friday morning, the first day of Christmas break, about 20 Perrydale students filled a 14-foot trailer to capacity with food for needy families in Coos and Lincoln counties.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 at Pedee Evangelical Church. Special music will be by the Gene Hall family.

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Blush Salon opens in Dallas

DALLAS -- Blush, a new salon with a new feel, is open on Main Street. Owner Rachel Hoffman has been cutting hair in Dallas for eight years.

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12/20 Editorials

*A greeting and smile brighten day for all*Time for a new look at some old timber

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Wednesday, December 13

               

Tuesday, December 12

 

Walgreens clears LUBA hurdle

MONMOUTH -- The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) has denied a second challenge to the proposed construction of a Walgreens pharmacy in Monmouth.

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Santa visits Oakdale

DALLAS -- Recently, T.J. and Janice Cross visited Shopko in Salem to purchase a DVD player for Oakdale Elementary School as a way to help the school fulfill its "wish list" of things needed for classrooms.

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School news

*Teaching approach will change*LVCS keeps it numbers stable*More light due at DHS*Kliewer nears retirement*MVCS presents program*Dallas board honored

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12/13 Letters to the editor

*Honest act renews faith in humanity*Thanks to all who support ONG effort *Siren not annoying as some motorists *Siren is part of Dallas -- keep it *Boise is a victim, too -- of economics *Senior project was learning experience *Boise mill site has a long history*Many caring people eased family's grief*Thanks to those who helped in emergency *ACLU cannot just eliminate Christmas *Holton deserves a big pat on back

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Kids shop with deputies

DALLAS -- "I never got to sit on a real Santa's lap before," Zolynn Hawk, 8, told Sheriff Bob Wolfe.

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Independence curfew enforced

INDEPENDENCE -- Beginning this month, Independence police will more aggressively enforce the city's curfew laws for minors, in hopes of quelling an increase in recent months of criminal mischief and vandalism.

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Guest column -- Christy Perry

It's the time of year to count our blessings! When I look around and think about what is right with the world, I'm quick to think about our community. As a school system we rely on you -- the community of Dallas.

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Commentary: You're over 50 if ...

Here's a trip down Memory Lane for those who were born in the '50s or earlier. You thirtysomethings may enjoy it, too -- this is the way it was for your parents.

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Christmas Cheer seeks helpers

DALLAS -- Christmas Cheer, an annual holiday food drive, is seeking donations of non-perishable food items, money, and volunteers for packing and delivery of food boxes to area needy families.

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Public Records

*DALLAS POLICE REPORT* MONMOUTH POLICE REPORT*INDEPENDENCE POLICE REPORT*BIRTHS *MARRIAGE LICENSES *COURT CIVIL ACTIONS *BUILDING PERMITS

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Some people are so organized their shopping was done weeks ago. Christmas cards were neatly stacked on the corner of the desk, ready to be taken to the post office Thanksgiving weekend.

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12/13 Editorials

*For Dallas, TTM stands for "Time to Move"*Money well spent: Right to the POINT*A long legacy lives in Oregon politics

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Thursday, December 7



Breakfast with Santa is Saturday

DALLAS -- People of all ages are invited to attend the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department's annual "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the fire station, 915 SE Shelton St.

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Wednesday, December 6

          

Tuesday, December 5



Reconciliation program moves

DALLAS -- The Polk County Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) has moved its offices to Trinity Lutheran Church on Washington Street in Dallas.

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Community Notebook

*Nominations open for Community Awards in Dallas*YMCA auction party is Friday at 6 p.m. *Food drive and dance recital due*Financial aid night scheduled at Central *Holiday project will collect at fairgrounds*Hospital slates one final flu shot clinic*Two holiday events slated at Guthrie*Church offers toys, baked goods, tamales*Parents sell trees, treats for grad event *Dallas High group to sing at Capitol*Families can make gingerbread houses *Falls City church plans two events *Pictures with Santa due in Falls City *Polk SWCD resets board meetings*Toy, food drive set in Falls City*Caldera finishes army basic training*Pentacle nears $1 million goal *Special shoot set for Dec. 10*Registration open for master gardeners*Buena Vista historic home will be open*Christmas concert set for Elsinore*Correction

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School news

*Dallas High Thespians keep busy *Dallas district files Measure 37 claims*Dallas schools pass audit *Upgraded lighting brightens things*Kids' art is on display

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What makes the siren sound?

DALLAS -- Since the city's founding, Dallas has had a volunteer fire department. In the days before cell phones and pagers, the volunteer fire brigade was called to serve by a bell, then, later, an air raid siren on top of City Hall.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Christmas services at Pedee Evangelical Church will be varied this year. The 10 a.m. Sunday School Christmas program on Dec. 10 will be "A Christmas Pageant" by local talent.

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Meth forum set for Dec. 14

MONMOUTH -- A forum on the Willamette Valley's methamphetamine problem will take place on Dec. 14 at Western Oregon University.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

One of the best things I've experienced is the shared sense of community found only in small town living. We smile and greet one another, whether it is on the way to church, in the grocery store or at a community event.

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12/06 Letters to the editor

*Lamb expresses appreciation *Teens safer in Iraq than on our streets?*What is Christmas really all about?*Regal employee comes through for trio*Boise Cascade gets a big "bah, humbug"*Great appreciation for 4-H groups*Uncaring people show their cruelty *Thanks to all who gathered for event *Actions speak loud and clear*Personal touch means so much*Thank you, Dallas Fire Department *A gift to charity is a winning idea*Farnstrom important part of community

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12/06 Editorials

*Measure 37 enables land owners to keep options*Careful, democracy must be considered fragile*Leadership and vision seen with John Minahan

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Some remember mill's glory days

INDEPENDENCE -- Boise Cascade's announcement last week that it is shutting down its veneer mill in Independence took the community by surprise, but it is a sign of the times.

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