Stories for November 2006

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Wednesday, November 29

   

Minahan gets good marks at forum

MONMOUTH - When John Minahan was asked last spring if he would accept a promotion from interim to full-time president of Western Oregon University, he said he was only interested in the job if the move was supported by his campus peers.

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Independence mill is closing

INDEPENDENCE -- Bad news arrived for the holidays for severl local families. Boise Cascade's veneer mill will close on Jan. 25, putting 29 employees out of work.

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Highway 51 work drags on

INDEPENDENCE -- The Highway 51 project at the north end of Independence will not be completed until next spring, city officials said.

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Commentary : Robin Stoutt

Service learning is providing opportunities for young people to contribute to the development of their communities.

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Mr. Mandolin Man

DALLAS -- Ken Culver grew up with music as he traveled the country with his father and five siblings.

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Anderson celebrates 90th birthday

Harley Anderson of Salem will celebrate his 90th birthday with a gathering of friends and family Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Knights of Columbus' Anthony Hall, 11758 Sublimity Road in Sublimity.

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Teacher loses license

DALLAS -- The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission has revoked the teaching license of a former Dallas High School counselor, Steven Mark Lyell.

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WOU snow bus planned

MONMOUTH -- A "snow bus" will depart from Western Oregon University to Oregon mountain locations on seven weekends beginning in January, and the public is encouraged to take advantage of the trips along with WOU students and faculty.

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11/29 Editorials

*We're in the money - We're in the money! *Economists, too, should learn from historical experiences*November events prove it: Time to give Iraq back

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Everywhere we go these days, it seems that all conversations revolve around the weather, with most of us complaining about the rain and the wind and our general discomfort of going through yet another cold and nasty winter in the Willamette Valley.

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Measure 37 claim deadlines clarified

POLK COUNTY -- In a joint statement on Nov. 22, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC), the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties attempted to clarify upcoming deadlines for state Measure 37 claims.

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11/29 Letters to the editor

*Holidays are time to count blessings*Curt Lamb's words missed by reader*Many come through at Harter benefit*Heartfelt thanks to the community *AMD sufferers have a support group*Thanks for help on Eagle project *Equestrian team looks for support*Farnstrom foes are wrong, shortsighted

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Snow closes schools

POLK COUNTY -- Frigid temperatures and icy roads prompted most schools in the Mid-Willamette Valley to stay closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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Wednesday, November 22



11/22 Editorials

*State leaders recognize responsibility -- finally*No turkeys among our local Dragons, Panthers and Pirates *This is the real world, and it's pretty scary

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Shein wins final council position

POLK COUNTY -- Election results have been certified in Polk County, and David Shein edged out Kevin G. Montague by a 15-vote margin to claim the final seat on the Dallas City Council.

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Community Notebook

*Flu shots are still available*Perrydale FFA drives under way *English/Spanish conversation club *LVCS Christmas tree sale is on*Educator of Year nominations due*Transportation plan discussion due*Gentle House tea is set for Dec. 5*Kids crafts days offered at libraries *Locals to show dogs at nationals *Winter Holiday Concert slated*WVH Auxiliary selling candy*Local music students perform *Pulley joins staff*Family activities*Praying for peace*Wine tasting *Garden club talk *Health advisory board*Care network board

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Local holiday events

*Monmouth tree lighting is Nov. 29 *M-I Holiday Project begins *Parade of Lights is Dec. 2 *Game Day toy drive set *Post office gets into holiday spirit

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Firefighters visit schools

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County Fire District No.1 announced the winners of its annual Fire Prevention Month coloring contest. This year's theme was kitchen safety.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Sam and Judy Guida spent the first weekend of November in Houston where where they helped his son, John Guida, celebrate his Nov. 3 birthday. That trip followed one that took them to Florida for several days in Florida last month.

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CCC's president retires

SALEM -- Gretchen Schuette, president of Chemeketa Community College since 2001, has announced her retirement, effective June 2007.

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Ash creek floodplain revised

INDEPENDENCE -- Some property owners in Independence could be adversely affected by updates to the city's floodplain boundaries.

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11/22 Letters to the editor

*Good luck getting flea market table*Thanks to hoops group, local trust*Praise for doctor and local hospital *Look into county parole office *Local business excited to share*Schools must be held accountable*Citizens await LUBA decision*

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Cities sign onto MINET loan

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence officials agreed earlier this month to back a $1.08 million loan to pay for daily expenses of the communities' broadband utility.

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Monday, November 20



Wednesday, November 15

  

11/15 Letters to the editor

*County doesn't put inmates at risk*Library great source of fun *Ballot dropoff site is fine*Lower density housing needed *Public Works deserves praise *Thank you, good Samaritans*Wonderful lady touches lives*Appreciates voters' participation*Still not getting stories straight

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Tuesday, November 14

  

Pedee News : Nola Womer

Arlene Kovash attended what was billed as the largest quilt show in the United States on Nov. 1 to 4 in Houston. There she met her sister, Janet Hirth from Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Janet's friends.

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Thanksgiving meals

*Trinity once again brings Thanksgiving to community *Central High invites senior citizens to lunch

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11/15 Letters to the editor

*County doesn't put inmates at risk *Library great source of fun*Ballot dropoff site is fine*Lower density housing needed*Public Works deserves praise*Thank you, good Samaritans * Wonderful lady touches lives *Appreciates voters' participation*Still not getting stories straight

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that Old Man Winter has moved in for the next few months, we're trying to think of creative ways to banish the dark days and cold rainy evenings. One thing that works really, really well at our house is to celebrate a Tuesday or a Wednesday - or whatever day works -- by giving the cook a break from meal planning and visiting one of our local restaurants.

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Ag West burglary leads to arrests

POLK COUNTY -- Four people were arrested Nov. 8 in connection with a burglary at Ag West Supply off Salem-Dallas Highway. Three of them were former employees of the business.

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Holiday community project begins

POLK COUNTY -- A new application process is in place for the Community Holiday Project, which for many years has helped fill the needs of families in the Dallas, Falls City, Perrydale and Rickreall areas.

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11/15 Editorials

The winds of change blew strongly across the country last Tuesday as Democrats reclaimed their hold on Congress and many state capitols.

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Community Notebook

*Pet photos with Santa again offered *Longtime Whitworth employee to retire*Polk namesake to be honored *History program due in Dallas*Storm KOs power to some residents *Library offers activities*Service will honor military*Work day for bike trails *Computer help for seniors*Bird-watching field trip set *Tribes celebrate anniversary*Memorial for lost loved ones *Fitness club hosts health fair *PCCCF funds are available*Senior center honors volunteers *Book Week set at library

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New spa the Envy of Dallas

DALLAS -- A new day spa and salon opened in Dallas at the beginning of November at 115 SE Court St. Envy Spa Salon is the dream child of entrepreneur Tina Evans and a group of local beauticians.

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Sorting out the elections

POLK COUNTY -- Voters chose to maintain the status quo on their county board of commissioners. Incumbents Ron Dodge and Tom Ritchey will remain in office for another four years.

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Commentary : Marc Faulconer

This column is dedicated to the losers in the recent elections, to the kids who didn't make the team, and to the job applicants who never got a call back.

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Friday, November 10



**Breaking news** Liquor store to reopen

DALLAS (Thursday, Nov. 9) -- A temporary agent will begin operating the Dallas Liquor Store, 180 SE Mill St., next week while the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is in the process of selecting a contract agent to run the store permanently.

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Wednesday, November 8

           

Tuesday, November 7



Polk cultural grants available

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Cultural Coalition (PCCC), which is in its second year, will be awarding and dispensing a total of $8,000.

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71 years of loving

DALLAS -- Bill and Mabel Stainke have been married for 71 years. Almost three-quarters of a century.

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Community Notebook

*Are you ready for some scares? *Thanksgiving help available *Local man finishes advanced training*WOU singers in concert tonight *Petting zoo set for Saturday*Dallas seniors host events *GOP chair resigns; elections set*M-I walking tour maps available *Planning board has openings*Faith students to honor veterans*CASA benefit is Nov. 11*Parenting classes are scheduled*Local event will honor Marines*Ag resources guide in print*Pentacle is collecting toys *Folk dance set for Nov. 11*Women's group meets Nov. 13th *Farm women selling holiday wreaths*Auction will help Ron Harter *Events postponed at Heron Pointe

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Saturday, Nov. 11, will see Pedee's 41st Fall and Christmas Craft Fair sponsored by the women's club at the fire hall and women's clubhouse.

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11/8 Letters to the Editor

*Think about who real heroes are *Road workers are considerate *End of layaway is callous action*Kerry shows he's a selfish snob *Generous action much apreciated *Building inspection paid for by fees *Family appreciates thoughts, prayers *Concerning inmates and medications*Local food bank needs your help*Good Samaritans warm her heart*We all must work to protect elderly*Initiatives not always for best *Senior Center music jam rocks*Citizens can help Salvation Army

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LaCreole band students enjoy honors

DALLAS -- Five LaCreole students were asked to join the Oregon Music Educators Association Honor Band last month in a one-time performance at South Salem High School.

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Principal for a day

DALLAS -- Caitlyn McCarron, a sixth grader at LaCreole Middle School, had total power last Friday when she switched on the school principal's walkie-talkie.

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11/8 Editorials

From this election cycle we have seen two lessons from which the political parties should profit.

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Veterans Day is Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a national holiday that honors our armed forces veterans and carries a hope for peace.

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WOU unveils new high school partnership

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University and the Beaverton School District have formed a unique partnership that could more closely align K-12 and higher education curricula, and ease the transition for high school graduates into college.

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The teaching of policing

INDEPENDENCE -- Vern Wells visited Kosovo three years ago to train police officers as part of a United Nations-sanctioned rebuilding effort.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

I can't remember not knowing how to read. Family legend says that I learned the words as my mother read to me when I was a small child. I do remember coming home from school when I was in the first grade and teaching my sister, Suzie, how to read so we could talk about books and share ideas.

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Authors will congregate in Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- A chance to meet local authors in warm, cozy surroundings is offered Saturday when Rick's Place coffee shop hosts its third annual Author's Day.

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Record rain pelts Polk County

POLK COUNTY -- It didn't take long. The sunny days of October are gone, replaced by relentless, record-breaking rain in the Willamette Valley.

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Wednesday, November 1