Stories for February 2006

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Wednesday, February 22

               

Barbecue starts apartment fire

INDEPENDENCE -- A fire that gutted a six-plex in Independence on Feb. 17 may have been caused by an unattended BBQ grill, Polk County Fire District No. 1 officials said.

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Ritchey to run for third term on board

POLK COUNTY -- Tom Ritchey, a two-term county commissioner, has filed for re-election to the board. He stated his priorities will be public safety, county road improvements, and maintaining cost-efficient and customer-friendly public services.

February 22, 2006 midnight read more..


Irag-Afghanistan war memorial moves closer to reality

SALEM -- Clay Kesterson stands at the center of the small park on the northeast corner of the Department of Veterans Affairs complex on a chilly February morning. The sounds of morning commuters bustling past the Capitol Mall are in the background.

February 22, 2006 midnight read more..
   

Missing Teen

DALLAS -- Melody Hopkins, stepmother of 14-yeaer-old Signey Hopkins, is asking the public to keep an eye out for Signey. The girl disappeared late Thursday afternoon after being sent home from Dallas High School for acting inappropriately.

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Kids relate to "Tar Wars"

DALLAS -- Two students from Morrison Charter School and two from Dallas High School's honors class have spent the last few months planning a pilot anti-smoking presentation.

February 22, 2006 midnight read more..


New restaurant due for downtown Dallas

DALLAS -- A new restaurant in Dallas is preparing for a Wednesday, March 1, opening. Tater's Family Cafe, at 683 SE Jefferson St. in Dallas, is housed in the building which previously was The Barking Penguin.

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Instant weather

Instant information, at least- that's what Polk County family has with own station

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Wednesday, February 15

 

Dallas firefighters honored at event

DALLAS -- Members of the Dallas Volunteer Firefighter Association and their families gathered at Bollman Auditorium on Feb. 11 to honor outstanding contributions.

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Pedee News / Nola Womer

Pedee Evangelical Church Pastor Lonnie Burbank had a very pleasant surprise on Feb 2. He was grocery shopping in Dallas when he saw Gordon Elliott.

February 15, 2006 midnight read more..


Kids learn life skills at Teen Maze event

POLK COUNTY -- Approximately 800 middle school students filtered through the Polk County Fair grounds recently, participating in the Polk County Commission for Children and Families' Teen Maze.

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Childhood screening set

DALLAS -- Early childhood screening and kindergarten registration for all Dallas area preschoolers is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Lyle Elementary School, 185 Levens Street.

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End of federal timber monies would have big effect on county

POLK COUNTY -- The federal government released its 2007 fiscal year budget last week, and it didn't take long for a congressional coalition representing several timber-heavy states to voice concerns. At issue is a proposed 50 percent cut in federal subsidies for counties with large tracts of federal timber land.

February 15, 2006 midnight read more..


WOU books top-flight comedian

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host a free performance by the comedian known as ANT at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. in the Pacific Room of Werner University Center.

February 15, 2006 midnight read more..
  

WOU hosts free speech event

MONMOUTH -- Several free events focusing on free speech rights will be held Wednesday, March 1 on the Western Oregon University campus.

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Planning for the homeless

SALEM -- They dwell almost exclusively in shelters or church missions. Many suffer from mental or emotional disorders which can prevent them from ever earning a living wage.

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Learning to see from outside-in

MONMOUTH -- Curt Yehnert said he was naive when he took a job instructing young Lakota tribal members on the Rosebud Reservation almost 15 years ago.

February 15, 2006 midnight read more..


Wednesday, February 8



Wal-Mart fire arrest made

DALLAS -- A few days after someone set a rack of merchandise on fire in the Dallas Wal-Mart, police made an arrest.

February 8, 2006 midnight read more..
 

Rough Landing

A Murphy Elite airplane sits upside down in the grassy median of the runway at Independence State Airport after an accident Monday afternoon. The plane is owned by Joe Brooks of Independence. His condition and the cause of the incident weren't known at press time, but apparently he walked away from the mishap.

February 8, 2006 midnight read more..
     

Historian will bring Civil War to area

INDEPENDENCE -- Local author and historian Scott McArthur will share material from his forthcoming book, Paranoia in Paradise: The Civil War in the Pacific Northwest,at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the meeting room of the Independence Public Library.

February 8, 2006 midnight read more..


Central loses 220 kids a year to other districts

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District expects to see its enrollment rise by an average of about 80 students annually during the next 10 years, with much of that growth occurring in the elementary schools.

February 8, 2006 midnight read more..
   

Windstrom lashes area, cuts power

POLK COUNTY -- A windstorm that blew into the Mid-Willamette Valley late Feb. 3 and early Feb. 4 left thousands of county residents without power for several hours.

February 8, 2006 midnight read more..
        

Fairchild named LOC president

Dallas Mayor Jim Fairchild was selected to be president of the League of Oregon Cities during the organization's Jan. 26 board of directors meeting in Salem.

February 8, 2006 midnight read more..
              

Wednesday, February 1

 

Dallas woman goes on glass-smashing spree

DALLAS -- Sheanah Jean Deleon, 22, of Dallas rampaged through downtown during the early morning hours on Thursday, Jan. 26 after a bouncer at Blondie's Pub on Court Street wouldn't let her into the bar's back area.

February 1, 2006 midnight read more..
        

Local teacher honored

Oregon School Superintendent Susan Castillo recognizes a teacher each week for excellence and writes a story about that teacher in her weekly newsletter to educators statewide.

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Academy for accelerated students may open in fall

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Families seeking accelerated classes for their middle and high school students -- beyond what's available within Central School District -- may have not have to look outside the cities for such opportunities in the near future.

February 1, 2006 midnight read more..
             

Falls City Notes/ Dorothy Cassidy

There they are -- waiting. Toy trucks, bright yellow against the green grass, awaiting small hands to return to play with them in the sun. As I go in and out of town I see them in a pasture, on a little slope leading to a small stream.

February 1, 2006 midnight read more..