Stories for October 2006

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Tuesday, October 31



A different kind of school

DALLAS -- It's 10 a.m. and three of By Design's five students are reclining in chairs, cuddled under blankets reading, doing English and finishing algebra.

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Community Notebook

*Heron Pointe hosts Egyptian art show *Eagle Scout to be honored on Nov. 12 *Book Fair at WVH set for Nov. 14 *Gardeners will share winterizing methods *Chemeketa hosts college/career night*Online genealogy training offered *Rotary gives out 294 dictionaries*Pizza night will benefit local youth*Holiday parade date set; presents needed*Lighthouse animal event is Nov. 18*Local man earns naval qualification*Grief/loss lecture set for Nov. 29*Senior jam date moved to the 30th*Monmouth center has new practicum aides*Ticor Title will help two local charities*Next blood drives

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Calls about schools bear checking

DALLAS -- The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce warns all local businesses about callers who are currently soliciting sponsorship advertising for sports posters and calendars on behalf of the Dallas Booster Club and the Dallas School District.

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Central offers "Cabaret"

INDEPENDENCE -- The Central High School cyoral department will celebrate Disney songs of past and present in its annual fall "Cabaret" performances Thursday and Friday, Nov, 2-3.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

The Pedee Christmas Craft Fair sponsored by Pedee Women's Club will be from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the fire hall and women's clubhouse.

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9-11 changes thinking of local student

This year marked the fifth anniversary of one of the most devastating things that has ever happened to America. It was September 11, but to all of America it is referred to as 9-11.

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11/1 Letters to the Editor

*County, Chemeketa have earned trust*Community Holiday Project needs help *Story about library worker is enjoyed *Ridicule doesn't add anything to discourse *Safeway promotion is big help to schools *Hooley works with Dallas, other cities*Can't serve locally, afar at same time*Nose looks like fair game -- to a kitten*Political recordings invade our homes*Board member will monitor expenditures*Opposers of Monmouth retail are selective *Faith in some things is logical and vital*Total fitness class is a real knockout *Thanks to Ugo's for great support*Re-elect Boquist to state legislature *The tipping point in history: torture. *Many work to make Panther auction great *So county is running smoothly? Maybe not *Athletes make Falls City community proud *Republicans show unprincipled side*Lots going on with local Legion post *Taste of front lines would do them good

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11/1 Editorials

*Changes in Iraq war should change U.S. role*Needless deaths occur around us every day

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Oregon's migration history is complex

INDEPENDENCE -- Mexican laborers came to the United States in droves during the early 1940s, as part of a guest-worker program to alleviate a shortage brought on by World War II.

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Leaders see ways to share solutions

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- When participants of the inaugural Monmouth-Independence Community Summit in 2004 were asked to name a long-term issue the cities should jointly work toward, most proposed becoming a single city.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

We don't need to glance at the calendar to know it's the first day of November. The weather has turned cold and nasty, and every dark and bleak day drags us closer to the dead of winter. With the end of daylight saving time last weekend, it seems like every day is darker than the day before.

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Understanding the ESDs

POLK COUNTY -- Jack Stoops has been involved in almost every level of Oregon's education system for the past 40 years, from teacher and administrator to university instructor and independent researcher.

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66th Christmas Pageant due

RICKREALL -- Tickets are available for one of Polk County's cherished holiday traditions: the 66th annual Rickreall Christmas Pageant.

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Larsen to fill council post

MONMOUTH -- Chris Larsen, a former Monmouth Planning Commission member, has been appointed to fill a vacant spot on the city council.

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Wednesday, October 25

            

Tuesday, October 24



Soldiers make a mean sauce

DALLAS -- The Dallas National Guard Family Resources program recently hosted a "Soldier-Chef" spaghetti feed and auction to raise money to help active guard members and their families.

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Shots fired in Dallas

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department responded to several complaints about gunfire just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, near W. Ellendale and Oregon Trail Road.

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Wheelchair rugby a real challenge

MONMOUTH -- It looks like a cross between basketball and a destruction derby. According to participants and spectators at a recent wheelchair rugby exhibition at Western Oregon University, it's more fun than the two combined.

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10/25 Editorials

*Read and think, and then vote *Uncle Sam sold 'em a real "fixer-upper"*Now comes the time for darkness

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War memorial on schedule

SALEM -- A monument more than two years in the making, dedicated to veterans who have perished in the current Middle East conflicts, should be completed next week, organizers said.

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Community Notebook

*Dallas will host disaster scenario learning fair*Ferry closes for season on Oct. 29*Monmouth council to meet candidates *Oregon Authors event is Oct. 28 *No trick here: Kids parade due*Marquis promotes two executives*Bible school moves into its 65th year*Art classes for youngsters set*Annual art show due in Willamina*Karate sessions offered in Dallas *Falls City has anti-drug rally*DRV will treat visiting children*Local woman is on rodeo court *Saturday peace prayer rally set*Gospel concert set for Sunday*Shriners stage free screening*WOU hosts Hooley and challengers *Mushroom ID class offered*Love and Logic parenting class *Special concert set for Guthrie*Library book sale set for Saturday*Monmouth plans downtown festival*Drive will aid local Food Share*Total Fitness class has openings*Clothing drive begins on Nov. 1 *Marriage-enriching course is offered *Harvest event is for fun, UNICEF *Clarification

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DHS stages something different

DALLAS--The Dallas High School theater department will present "Crimes of The Heart" by Beth Henley this weekend in the Bollman Auditorium.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Pedee members of Polk County Fire District No. 1 were among the fire units that answered the call to a fire Oct. 11 that destroyed the home of Jerald and Carol Bush. The home is on the former Emery Moore Farm on Maxfield Road, not far from Kings Valley.

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Program's aim: to protect kids

POLK COUNTY -- Community leaders and officials met last week to preview Polk County's new training workshop for parents, "Protecting Our Children from Sexual Predators."

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Fire restrictions end

POLK COUNTY -- The conditions of fire hazard season were terminated Oct. 19 in the West Oregon Forest Protection District.

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10/25 Letters to the editor

*Let county keep running smoothly*Starrett, Lamb are best choices *Leave well enough alone in county*Time Polk gets with the times*Irv Blake was a real warrior *Commission needs change; vote Homuth *Time for change on commission*Dodge, Ritchey should be kept *Shein good choice for Dallas council*Lamb will provide a fresh approach *McArdle needed for Independence *Coalition harms innocent citizens*County Democrats should be ashamed*Dodge has record of performance *Dodge is man of integrity*Evans is strong leader for Oregon*Signs aren't so clever after all *Wholeheartedly backs Sue Lamb *The real fcats support bond *Dems' committee is a comedy act *DHS players are fine role models*Brown cares, and deserves election *Third graders did super job on posters *Thanks to kind folks who helped *County needs Lamb's touch *Good, bad, ugly is in everyone

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Rock painter learns fine art

POLK COUNTY -- Reta Griffin started painting rocks more than a decade ago. She was inspired by a class she took at the former Ben Franklin craft store and a book she bought by Lin Wellford.

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Mayor sees only harm from Measures 41, 48

Guest opinion Measure 41 (which would replace the state income tax exemption with a tax deduction equal to the federal exemptions deduction) would save an average taxpayer less than $18 per month

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Wednesday, October 18

              

Tuesday, October 17



Pedee News : Nola Womer

Ted and Alberta Jones, and Wes and Carla Burbank were among those attending the memorial service for Robert Summers, 89, of Independence on Oct. 6 at the Church of the Nazarene in Dallas.

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Central school chief optimistic about bond

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Community members will decide next month whether to greenlight Measure 27-82, a $13.5 million bond that would pay for safety improvements in Central School District facilities and resolve short-term enrollment capacity issues.

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10/18 Editorials

*Here they come -- tax bills and ballots*Volunteer efforts save a landmark structure *

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Festival gives back to community

At the close of the 2006 Independence Hop & Heritage Festival, we were pleased to note that there was a substantial surplus in the committee's bank account.

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Community Notebook

*MINET internet hit by exchange outage*Auction added to Sabrina benefit*DHS parent-teacher conferences due*Ballston turkey dinner scrubbed*Extension Service honors two locals*Seniors jam evening away*Library's summer programs thrive*Total Fitness classes offered*Church marks 100 years in Falls City *Faithful Heart concert is Nov. 5*Country gospel performance due*Church hosts fair, soup and pie sale*"Life story" writing workshop offered*PCL offers Casino night fund raiser*Local firm gets grant to educate providers*Tilth conference set*Eagle Scout honored*Wine class set *Correction

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10/18 Letters to the editor

*Commissioners are good team*Costa Rica group loved local visit*It's all about customer service*Commissioners duck responsibility*Vote to end rule by crony culture*Rich get richer but many suffer*Commissioners run a tight ship *Good reasons for passing road bond*Local golf course really delivered*Wilson will serve Independence well *Partisan harping can ruin liberty*Winters is leader in fighting meth *Shocked that Dems pull Dodge support*Stay the course with commissioners *Group offers support for ARMD sufferers*Vote yes to keep CCC serving Polk*School bond info not on the level*Support bond; roads can't wait*Dodge should be kept on the job

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County ready to send out tax bills

DALLAS -- The Polk County Assessor's Office has certified the 2006-07 tax roll, and the county will mail tax statements to property owners on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The deadline for payment is Nov. 15.

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Railroading program set at museum

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Historical Society will present a program by Corvallis historian Robert Lowry titled "Lokies, Logs, and Lumberjacks" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Polk County Museum.

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Halloween safety tips

POLK COUNTY -- It's almost time for ghouls, goblins and gory creatures of all forms to take the streets and beg for candy. Halloween comes in less than two weeks, and the American Red Cross has released its annual safety tips for treaters of all ages.

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Election or not, Evans heads to Afghanistan

MONMOUTH -- Paul Evans had planned to be at the Grand Ballroom in Salem the evening of Nov. 7, to learn alongside family, friends and supporters whether he had won his race for a seat in the Oregon Senate.

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Wednesday, October 11

             

Tuesday, October 10



MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

It seems as if our mailboxes are overflowing and our favorite television programs are forever interrupted with a barrage about which candidate is the lesser of two evils.

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10/11 Editorials

Paving the path locally to more affordable college*Campaign issues get lost amidst the personalities

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Election preview: county races

Board of Commissioners Question 1: What is the first major improvement for life in Polk County that you feel can be accomplished by the Board of Commissioners with your help? Question 2: If you had a gift of $100,000 to add to the funding of any one (and only one) county program, what would it be?

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Election preview: Legislative races

Legislative Races Question 1: Drugs and drug-related crimes, affordable health care, education quality and funding, taxes and the economy, and regulation of state spending -- these are five major issues on voters' minds. Pick one of these and give us, briefly, your ideas for implementing positive change. Question 2: How can individual citizens in your district make it a better place to live?

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10/11 Letters to the editor

*Road bond issue deserves support*Winters puts our students first *Thank you for act of kindness *Some suggestions for federal politicians *Ah, now it all becomes clear *Ritchey knows and serves community*Fuel taxes should cover road repairs *Thanks to Laidlaw and driver Freda*Dodge is asset to Polk County*Thanks to all who stepped up to help*Panther Auction keys to success*Saxton knows how to get things done *Yes for Central schools bond*Sue Lamb will be leader for county

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Sabrina keeps her smile

DALLAS -- Sabrina Harustak's parents, Rick and Tami, are still surprised and overwhelmed by the community support they have received in recent months.

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Tailgaters toast new campus policy

MONMOUTH -- It's proving to be a year of firsts at Western Oregon University. The college recently announced a guaranteed tuition rate, becoming the first public institution in the state with such a policy.

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Lyle gets a taste of Thailand

DALLAS -- Nitiporn Siripon grew up in a small village with a big name: Bannongklonghuakua, in Kutrang province, Thailand. Nitiporn, or "Jo", as the kindergarteners at Lyle Elementary call her, is a foreign exchange teacher with the AFS International Teacher Exchange.

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Community Notebook

*Falls City will discuss police levy*Avast, ye swabbies and pumpkin painters*Mexicano migration is program topic*Yard debris dropoff days scheduled in M-I *World Gym has grand re-opening*Mercier takes chair of Tribal Council*Art classes offered at PEARL Center*Conservation district work session set *Boo Bash benefits Humane Society*Coin collectors to meet in Dallas*Guthrie Park center slates country dance*Local youth earns work scholarship*Caregiver support classes are offered*Parade date set; presents needed*Pirates day due; storytimes offered *Radio operators will hear pilot*Dallas salon has new name, location*Mexican dinner is for church benefit*Teen driving manual available at DMV

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State approves WOU tuition plan

MONMOUTH -- The State Board of Higher Education approved the Western Oregon University guaranteed-tuition plan at a meeting in Ashland on Oct. 6.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Aaron and Nonie Burbank enjoyed a short vacation trip last week. They drove to Gold Beach, stayed overnight, and then went on a short jet boat ride up the Rogue River to Agness, where they had lunch.

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Guest column : Reg McShane

Amity School District recently was awarded a $55,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Health Services, which the district will use to implement and administer a school-based Tobacco Prevention and Education program.

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Community Schools

DALLAS -- Linda Pauls wants to give people the chance to share their talents with the rest of Polk County.

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Wednesday, October 4

                

Tuesday, October 3

 

10/4 Letters to the editor

*Caring community deserves praise*Local hospital does an excellent job *Road bond money will be well spent *Bush not to blame for everything bad *Thanks for chance to lead at festival*A "yes" vote for Chemeketa bond *McArdle is right for Independence* H20 needs help to keep helping *Liberals need to wake up, stand up *Why Christians should vote *County road bond makes good sense *Register, then vote Democrat *Brown is right choice for voters *Event will mark Polk heritage *Longtime market owner thanks Dallas *Supporting CCC bond measure

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Burning ban extended

Continued dry forest conditions and warm weather have prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry and local fire districts to extend the current prohibition on open burning in Linn, Benton, Polk and Lincoln counties.

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Logging site thief goes to prison

MONMOUTH -- A Monmouth man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing and damaging logging equipment near Valsetz, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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City, residents differ on crematory record

INDEPENDENCE -- City officials and residents objecting to the installation of a crematory in their neighborhood are disputing what should and shouldn't be included in the written record of a case filed with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

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Community Notebook

*Playground to be dedicated*Car show is Sunday*DHS Homecoming events set*Apple Festival is Oct. 14*Annual doll show and sale*Manager named in Dallas*Church celebrates 150 years*Legion meeting open*Remote control rally set*Make a Difference Day*Asperger's/ADHD workshop*Baker gets straight A's*Soup and Pie Sale*Elks collect hearing aids*WVH Auxiliary Book Sale*Gospel concert in Dallas*Red Hat group forms*Craft sale is Saturday*Grief Recovery Series*Audubon Green Awards*Willand retires*Tavolazzi advances

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

These beautiful autumn days are beginning to fly by, and the calendar tells us that Old Man Winter is hiding just around the corner. Walking around the Western Oregon University campus, I noticed the trees are beginning to wear their fall colors, and it's only a matter of time before those gorgeous leaves cover our lawns and sidewalks (and become not so gorgeous when we have to deal with them).

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Ten arrrested in two sweeps

POLK COUNTY -- Authorities arrested nine people on drug charges and one on a probation violation after serving warrants at four locations in Dallas, Monmouth and Independence last week.

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Dallas Select changes hands

DALLAS -- It was a bittersweet week for Dennis Duranceau and his wife, Carol, who for almost a decade have been the owners of Dallas Select Market.

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Dump Stoppers program renewed

POLK COUNTY -- The federal government recently awarded Polk County $24,000 to support a program designed to reduce illegal dumping.

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Hunters pose risk to livestock

Ranchers, sheriff's deputies, state police and Department of Agriculture officials are hoping to keep livestock out of the crosshairs this fall as hunting season arrives.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Carla Burbank, son and daughter-in-law Dan and Mikki, and grandson Haden Burbank recently enjoyed a 10-day vacation at Crane Prairie. Haden caught a trout that weighed 7 pounds, and and Mikki caught an 8-pounder.

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10/4 Editorials

*Staying at the top looks expensive*Iraq raises questions but answers are few

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