Stories for September 2006

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Thursday, September 28



MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that school has started and the calendar says it is fall, we're settling into a regular routine of work and school and community activities. These golden days have us deliberating over whether to fire up the barbeque for another dinner outside on the deck, or to search our recipe books for chili or homemade soup.

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Wednesday, September 27

        

Area All-Stars

Our friends and neighbors in Polk County keep themselves busy with a variety of activities.

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Tuesday, September 26

   

School news

*Dallas team leaving town*Dallas choir treks to Salem *Exchange program approved *Room for two more at LVCS

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9/27 Editorials

*alth and safety reign with Central School bonds *Still No. 1 in timber, thanks to private owners

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Shooting Suspect apprehended

INDEPENDENCE -- Attempted murder suspect Andres Aguilar-Gonzalez, 30, of Seattle, is currently held at the Polk County jail on $750,000 bail.

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Community Notebook

*Holiday fair section deadline is Oct. 18*Literacy volunteers needed*Luckiamute park meetings set*City recorder honor*Memory retention talk*Autumn wreath workshop*Marine moms seek help*Nichols book published*Pool open at WOU*Perrydale parents meet*Shriners conduct screening*Craft sale spaces open*Senior wellness program*Parenting class set*Students plan car wash*Blood drive canceled *Women's group meets*Senior jam sessions*Guatemaaa talk due *Correction

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Scam hits Red Cross

SALEM -- The Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross, which serves Marion and Polk counties, received a cashier's check in the amount of $280,000.62 last week.

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Letters to the Editor

*Supply/demand, not conspiracy, drives gas price *Lefty only sees what's agreeable*Homuth is leader the county needs*Yes on Central schools bond *A thank you to good Samaritan *Supporting school bond makes sense*Great job, Eola Hills Winery*Brown can bring change we need

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Carousel protest

INDEPENDENCE -- About 30 protesters gathered outside the gym at Henry Hill Elementary in Independence on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Qwest's obligation upheld

POLK COUNTY -- Qwest International Communications lost a ruling to nine Oregon cities on Sept. 18 regarding the existing right of local governments to receive franchise fees.

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Guest column : Joseph Hunter

Over the past two years Central School District conducted public meetings with Monmouth and Independence citizens and community leaders to identify capital improvement projects.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

A Family Night potluck at the Pedee Women's Club House will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and all are welcome.

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Students produce traffic safety video

INDEPENDENCE -- A teen driver exits a fast-food joint in the first vignette, so preoccupied with his burger that he loses control of his car and winds up skidding off the road and into a ditch.

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Central school bond discussed

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Voter approval this November of a $13.5 million construction bond is critically needed to address health and safety problems of Central School District's aging facilities, district officials said during a town-hall meeting Monday evening.

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Guest column : Lew Pennock

According to one neighborhood historian, the point bird of the Sacre Lane Peacock Invasion arrived in 1987. This peahen was affectionately dubbed "The Bag Lady" because of her bedraggled appearance. In spite of feather disarray, she obviously viewed herself as royalty, and would stroll sedately up the middle of the street, unbothered by cars or local cats and dogs who had learned the hard way not to mess with her.

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MI community summit scheduled

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Almost 50 representatives of government agencies and local service organizations will take part in the second Monmouth-Independence Community Summit on Oct. 28.

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Thursday, September 21



Late news: School bond meeting

Community members are encouraged to attend a Monday evening forum regarding a $13.5 million bond to improve local school facilities which will come before voters in November.

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Wednesday, September 20

              

Tuesday, September 19

 

CCC lays out Dallas Center plans

DALLAS -- Chemeketa Community College plans to build a 7,200-square foot administrative building for its Dallas center, and if construction goes on schedule it will be ready in a year.

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Subscription campaign under way

The Itemizer-Observer's "Cash for Fall" subscription campaign is set begin in two weeks, and prospective sales kids are encouraged to call in and sign up today.

September 19, 2006 midnight read more..


Decisive parenting classes offered

DALLAS -- "Decisive Parenting: Powerful Tools for Parents of Teens," a free six-week program designed for the parents of teenagers, is offered to the community.

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9/20 Letters to the Editor

*Volunteer would catch unwanted local peacocks*Brown impresses with his approach*20-mph zone doesn't fit site*Lowlife could learn from vitim*Many help make classes better*McArdle has the qualities we need *Major candidates lack leadership* TV "docudrama" a lot of rubbish *Sue Lamb has what it takes *Thanks for helping celebrate opening

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County gets ready for flu season

Flu season is quickly approaching and Polk County Public Health Officer Jeff Humphrey is urging people to learn ways to prevent getting sick and to get their flu shots.

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Police still seek Independence shooter

INDEPENDENCE -- As of press time Tuesday, police were still searching for a Seattle man who allegedly opened fire on a man at the home of his ex-girlfriend on Sept. 14.

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WOU has new tuition, enrollment plans

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University officials announced major changes this month that they hope will entice greater enrollment and improve the educational offerings for current and future students.

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Symphony to visit Willamette

SALEM -- For the first time in its 110-year history, the Oregon Symphony will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4. The 8 p.m. Sept. 22 concert is at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

The Cornerstone concert at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at Pedee Evangelical Church will be followed by a free chicken barbecue dinner at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

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Superintendent outlines school challenges

DALLAS -- A growing enrollment, an increasing number of students below the poverty line and an increasingly mobile population are providing "unique challenges" to the Dallas School District, according to Superintendent Christy Perry.

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9/20 Editorials

*Seeking the right place for health, wealth and wisdom *Colorful economy really comes in shades of gray

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Community Notebook

*CERT training*Firefighters raise $5,000*Celebrate the Creek*Backpack results*Calendars for kids*Shrock moves up*Gospel concert*Pony dayset*Arts/Crafts Faire*Harvest Dinner*Garden program*Grandparenting help*Clarification

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Ritner Bridge event set

Two groups are inviting the public to an event Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Airlie Winery that will help raise money for the Ritner Creek Bridge and celebrate the Luckiamute River watershed.

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Monmouth Council agenda

The Monmouth City Council will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 in Volunteer Hall, 144 South Warren Street.

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Wednesday, September 13

              

Tuesday, September 12

   

Community Notebook

*Weather presentation set*Forest lands closed*Medical specialist deployed *Airman completes training*Wine and Music at the Farm*Community rummage sale*Blood drive date changed*Adopt-A-Road cleanup*Monmouth library events*Halloween events list*"Diabetes Busters" events*New student day for Western*Cub Scout signups*Candidates to be at Airlie*For wool crafters*Square dance lessons

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's that time of year when there is a subtle change to the seasons as we transition from summer into fall. The golden dawn of early morning seems to be a minute or two later as the days pass through September.

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OSU foresty gets mega-grant

CORVALLIS -- Richard Strachan, an alumnus of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, has donated $3.6 million to endow a faculty position that will support forest management research and a new OSU undergraduate degree encompassing forestry, technology and business.

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9/13 Letters to the editor

*Consider their benefit before killing peacocks*Peacocks are nuisance, plain and simple*Sportsmanship dead in this day and age*Opposition to store is not just a lark*Team appreciates thoughtful supporters*Great job done at Dallas Golf Club*Trust's gifts are huge for schools*Low vision comes in many forms

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Hop & Heritage festival grows

INDEPENDENCE -- The Hop & Heritage Festival has grown from two to three days, and its organizing committee has put together an impressive list of events for the Sept. 22-24 festival.

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9/13 Editorials

*Vision, leadership required for changing Oregon schools*Independence: Once known as Hop Capital of World

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Traffic crash is fatal

POLK COUNTY -- One person died and one was injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday, Sept. 10, in Polk County.

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Three busted for drugs

DALLAS - Law enforcement officers from the Dallas and Salem police departments and the Polk County Sheriff's Office took three individuals into custody Sept. 6 on a variety of drug and drug trafficking charges.

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Graffiti problem on rise

INDEPENDENCE -- There has been a significant rise in graffiti vandalism within the city since August, police said.

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Governor halts OSP study

SALEM -- Saying it will do a better job of protecting public safety, Gov. Ted Kulongoski last week directed the state to stop spending staff time and resources on studying ways to cut back the Oregon State Police.

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Candidates connect at forum

POLK COUNTY -- Dorothy Blagg said she experiences the same problem on every election day: a long list of names on a ballot without a sense of the people behind them.

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Trail Band comes to Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- The Smith Fine Arts Series will start things off with a big-name musical group -- the Trail Band -- for the 2006-07 year at Western Oregon University.

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Wednesday, September 6

                        

Tuesday, September 5

 

OSP's role under study

SALEM -- An analysis of what it costs Oregon State Police to patrol highways, and the feasibility and effects of shifting that responsibility to county sheriffs, should be completed within the next two weeks.

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Community Notebook

*Library activities offered*New pastor at Faith Lutheran*Blackwood Legacy to perform*Good for the soul*Monmouth Library Book Group starts*Blood drive results in 63 units*Senior center sets "Hoedown" *Hospital Foundation scholarships *Country folk dance set*Firefighter Memorial opens *Children/Families commission*Charter cable preview

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Monmouth will have new leaders

MONMOUTH -- While the general election is still two months away, it appears certain that Monmouth's leadership will feature mostly new faces.

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Salem bus system slashes service

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County residents who use the Salem-based Cherriots bus system will be affected by massive cutbacks put into effect this week by the transit service.

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9/6 Letters to the editor

*Teacher brought sunshine to many *About time problem is recognized *Cable provides best service in the end *Reader needs help finding Polk kin *Good Samaritan much appreciated *Many helped with playground project *Trust, volunteers worked wonders

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District makes English a priority

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District officials will implement a program this year that they believe will boost the language skills of students who have limited proficiency in English.

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Pedee news : Nola Womer

Relatives, neighbors and friends are invited to a shower honoring Trina and Shawn Brotherton on the coming arrival of their first child. The baby shower is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Women's Clubhouse in Pedee. For more information: 503-838-2512.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

This week's Itemizer-Observer introduces a new feature, a column by local resident Patty Taylor Dutcher. She'll write about the flavor of life in Polk County, with a focus on Monmouth and Independence. We think readers will find her enthusiasm contageous.

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Traffic enforcement stepped up

POLK COUNTY -- Law enforcement agencies in Polk County will take part in a multi-state traffic enforcement operation from Sept. 11 through 24.

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All the winning moves

DALLAS -- Nona Springer has a family crest hanging in her living room. It's one of those genealogical definitions of her family's last name.

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Birders eye fall counts

Birders across the country will be taking a census of birds in their area in mid-September as part of the annual fall migration count.

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Fire district plans fund raiser

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Community residents are encouraged to contribute financial support for treatment and research of neuromuscular diseases during a "Fill the Boot" drive this week.

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Candidate night set for Monday

POLK COUNTY -- Community members are invited to hear candidates for state, county and local offices discuss the issues during a public forum on Sept. 11 at Green Villa Barn, 3215 Independence Highway.

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LVCS: New year, new goals

PEEDEE -- Dan Austin is off and running as director at Luckiamute Valley Charter School after taking over the position during the summer.

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9/6 Editorials

*Looking for a kick start from Oregon's kicker law *Cherriots in the pits, gunning for support

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County takes revenue issue online

DALLAS -- Polk County has launched a new web site urging the public to contact lawmakers about working for a permanent solution for the loss of federal timberlands funding.

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Fire danger closes some forests

Because of extreme fire danger, the Oregon Department of Foresty has imposed Level 3 restrictions in Polk, Benton and parts of Yamhill and Lincoln counties.

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