Stories for April 2007

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Wednesday, April 25

               

Tuesday, April 24



The native way

INDEPENDENCE -- Steve Carter has added some unique displays to the end caps of the bookshelves at Second Chance books in Independence.

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Community Notebook

*Chautauqua program set at library*Breakfast will benefit Habitat*Activities are set for Day of Prayer*Hundreds of lunches served during break *DHS Class of '72 planning reunion *Dallas grad Cordy completes training*Teams raising funds for Relay for Life *Yard sale items sought for event *Church Women's lunch is May 4

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New shop is all about color

MONMOUTH -- A little Bohemian burrow has opened its doors in downtown Monmouth. Butterflies Studio and Gallery is a high-end bead and accessory shop with small-town sensibilities.

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Making Reading Fun

The wrapup of the Read-a-thon competition at Independence Elementary School featured a joust between the kingdoms of Readopolis and Bookwormia, an appearance by the court jester, and the reading of the decree introducing the king and queen. In the end, the official winners were the Bookwormians -- but all IES students combined to read two years, two months, six days, 16 hours and 30 minutes' worth of books this school year. Quite a feat in any realm. Next year's theme: "Make a Deal to Read."

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Budget calls for ambulance funding change

DALLAS --The proposed Dallas City Budget released last week contained a notable change in the abolishment of the city's separate ambulance fund and its reintegration into the General Fund.

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A wet and satisfying day

MONMOUTH -- About 40 volunteers gathered on April 21 to plant 70 trees in Monmouth parks and celebrate Earth Day.

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4/25 Letters to the editor

*Those who oppose timber harvets force higher fees on us*Many help raise funds for Sabrina with raffle event*Couple's kind act much appreciated by owners of dog*Ace is the place; employee knows how to get paint off*Fitness class just in time for summer

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Morrison kids inspire with words

These past couple of months, I was given the opportunity to teach a leadership class, in which the students did many service projects and personal writings.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We are all profoundly saddened by the horrible murders of innocent students at Virginia Tech -- located in the beautiful community of Blacksburg near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The David LaVoie Family came together April 14 to honor Joyce for her 80th birthday, which was Aptil 17.

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School news

*Schools see an increase in general fund dollars *Dallas extended campus program keeps growing *Heartbeats, snacks get funding approval *Two join faculty at Dallas High

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House bill hits CIM and CAM

SALEM -- Oregon may all but elminate a system which awards students with certificates for passing tests in core curriculum subjects.

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Dallas community garden idea grows

DALLAS -- Thanks to local residents with a vision and the city's can-do spirit, Dallas residents will soon see an empty lot begin to sprout into a community garden.

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4/25 Editorials

*New war, new times need a new strategy*Put some teeth into car cell phone laws *Columbia River Gorge has Polk County roots

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MI debates recreation district

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth City Council is considering whether to support the creation of a special recreation district that would encompass Monmouth and Independence.

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Levens Street will get new bridge

DALLAS -- Construction on the Levens Street bridge in Dallas is slated to begin this summer. Levens will be closed from July to October between Walnut and Academy streets.

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Threat causes stir at DHS

A Dallas High School staff member found a threat of violence written on a cafeteria table last week, prompting school officials to tighten security and postpone some avtivities.

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Local man runs amok in Salem

SALEM -- A Monmouth man's strange behavior caused two schools to be locked down on April 20, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

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Man faces assault charge

INDEPENDENCE -- A local man who struck and seriously injured another man after nearly falling asleep behind the wheel of the truck he was driving will appear in Polk County Circuit Court next week.

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Wednesday, April 18

       

Where science meets art

POLK COUNTY -- One day Laurel Yourkowski answered an ad for a minimum-wage glass cutting job. She had built a career for herself in the mortgage business, but was bored.

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Tuesday, April 17

   

Student's confidence pays off for class

DALLAS -- Kade Martin, a fifth grader at Lyle Elementary, had 100 words or less to convince the Expo Marker Company that his teacher, Karen Rukke, deserved a classroom makeover.

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Familiar building gets a new use

DALLAS -- The Windermere/Western View Properties Dallas office soon will be moving from its current location at 488 E. Ellendale Ave. to 484 NE Bovard Avenue.

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Independence council puts crematorium to rest

INDEPENDENCE -- Revisiting what had been a dead issue for months, the Independence City Council unanimously denied Farnstroms Mortuary last week an opportunity to operate a crematorium from its residential area location because of zoning laws.

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4/18 Letters to the editor

*Keep Oregon a journey, not a destination*Trying to learn more about UFO incident*Too bad: Travel series not what it could be*Documentary looks at global warming swindle*Awareness, education are focus of group*

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Paul and Betty Ronco had a double celebration on Easter Sunday, April 8, at their home as Paul also celebrated his 82nd birthday in the afternoon with birthday cake and ice cream.

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4/18 Editorials

*Freedom of speech works -- so does the volume control*Sad that it takes a law to make us do right thing

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Monmouth celebrates Earth Day

MONMOUTH -- Town leaders are seeking the services of residents with green thumbs and an affinity for yard work this Saturday, April 21.

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Water council slates forum series

POLK COUNTY -- The Rickreall Watershed Council invites area residents to the first in a quarterly series of "Community Watershed Forums," at 7 p.m. April 26 in the Dallas City Hall council chambers.

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Guest column: Sarah Thompson

Often during the 30 years I spent as a public high school teacher, business owners would complain that the graduates from our school could not write a clear description of their services, or explain a billing error in writing, or contact a client impressively in writing.

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Community Notebook

*Historical Society awards event set*Decisive Parenting classes offered*Nite Court offers interesting lineup*Dallas' Barber in medic training*Items needed for school's benefit*Perrydale will have brainstorming day*Nominations open for hero awards*Garden club slates visit to St. Paul*Future LV student orientation slated*Dallas district texts selected*Ivy pullers needed at nature reserve*Local men advance in USAF training*Health board meets*Board has opening*Church concert set*el group due

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Guest column: Robin Stoutt

In thinking of how our Perrydale School District works, the "five pillars of excellence" come to mind: vision, high standards, passion, integrity, and courage.

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Business Notebook

*Mini-mall on 99W draws interest from businesses*North Dallas grill adds M-F breakfast*The Dallas Burger King*Dutch Bros. Coffee

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Red Cross honors volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- Twelve county residents were honored on Tuesday, April 17, at the Willamette Chapter American Red Cross annual volunteer recognition banquet.

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Guest column: Garrard/Smith

After nearly two months of meetings with Gov. Ted Kulongoski and his assistants Tim Nesbit and Lane Shetterly, Sens. Floyd Prozanski and Kurt Schrader, and Rep. Greg Macpherson, two things have become apparent: Our input and suggestions have been and will continue to be ignored, and no bipartisan Measure 37 compromise will be forthcoming this legislative session.

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New ID plan raises doubts

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon will take its first steps this summer toward incorporating "facial recognition" technology and other anti-fraud measures into the way driver's licenses, instruction permits and non driver-identity cards are issued.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's budget crunch time for the cities of Monmouth and Independence, and our council members are working hard to decide how to spend the revenue available for the many necessary services. This is also an opportunity for everyone to attend meetings where these many topics are currently under discussion.

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Film captures inmates' passion for good deed

When Tinh Mahoney helped establish the Village School Foundation in 2002, his goal was to brighten the lives of poor children in his Vietnamese homeland by giving them an opportunity for an education.

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Willamina FFA group shines at state

A Willamina FFA team of Justin Colton, Tyler Coblentz, Alex Mendenhall, Sarah Mode, Carley Trammel and Amanda Williams came home with a championship from the FFA State Convention in March at Oregon State University.

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Wednesday, April 11

                

Tuesday, April 10

 

4/11 Editorials

*Overseas manufacturing continues to gain ground*"Morning-after" meds move over the counter*"OS" raises questions in the Beaver Nation

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

That seasonal affliction known as Spring Fever is highly contagious and has hit MI Town like the proverbial ton of bricks. There isn't a single antidote for this bewitching and euphoric state of mind and body, and the best thing we can all do is to go with it and anticipate the wonderful days to come.

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Musical set at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's Music Department will present the Jason Robert Brown musical "Songs for a New World."

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pastor Lonnie and Pam Burbank took a spring break trip, heading south to look for the sun. Instead, they found snow in Grants Pass.

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4/11 Letters to the editor

*Curves customers, staff boost local food bank*Vandalizing hard-earned reader board low indeed*Thoughts of many help family in time of grief*Many thanks to Dallas Community Foundation *Legislature still trying to curtail citizens' rights

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Kids learn the trials of the trail

INDEPENDENCE -- Zach Myers rolls out of Fort Kearny in Nebraska - actually the north exit of Independence Elementary School - when the wheels on his wagon begin to rattle loose.

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Sequoia is transformed into new landmark

INDEPENDENCE -- Brandishing a chainsaw the size of an elementary school student, Toby Johnson makes a series of deep cuts into the stump of a fallen 100-foot-tall Sequoia, hewing heavy wedges from its thick diameter.

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Community Notebook

*Spaghetti feed at DHS is Whitworth benefit*Dallas Library will host open house*Pedee pie and craft auction set for Friday *Blossoms will abound at Brunk House event*Monmouth plans tree planting, cleanup day*Buena Vista ferry to open on April 25 *Relay for Life teams raise funds *Monmouth council agenda listed*Hemman moves ahead in USAF training*Rickreall pageant gathering slated*Firms with local ties rated among state's best *Coin counting service added at Monmouth bank *Donut sale to aid DHS grads' party *Driver safety classes offered*Country dance at Guthrie *Conversation Club meets at library *Activities for kids, ballroom dancers offered *Personal Ponies visiting day set *County road day scheduled May 5 *Movie scheduled at senior center *Gideons host event *Correction

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Sutliff celebrates 95th birthday

Elizabeth Sutliff of Independence will celebrate her 95th birthday on Saturday, April 14 with a small gathering of friends and family at her residence.

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Cannon makes $100,000 gift to WOU

MONMOUTH -- Dan Cannon, a Monmouth resident and retired art professor at Western Oregon University, recently donated $100,000 to the school's Campbell Hall Gallery.

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Dallas car show sees big year

DALLAS -- Interest from entrants and sponsors alike is running strong as Skip Lowrie and Mike Timmerman work on the 2007 Tom Newton-Dallas Rotary Car Show.

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Commentary: A waste of expertise

A few days ago we found out that reimbursement is finally coming to the Oregon National Guard for its valiant work helping Louisianans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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Wednesday, April 4

 

Ritner Bridge update

POLK COUNTY -- The Coalition to Restore Ritner Creek Bridge will meet at 6 p.m. April 19 at Pedee Women's Club to begin planning celebrations marking the restoration of Ritner Creek Bridge.

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Tuesday, April 3



MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Spring break was over before we knew it -- our local students are back in their classrooms with thoughts of sports and proms and upcoming graduation competing with learning history and English and math.

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Libraries offer food-for-fines trade

INDEPENDENCE-MONMOUTH -- The Independence and Monmouth public libraries will host their annual "Food For Fines" event during National Library Week, April 16-21.

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4/4 Editorials

*Open government runs into attorney-client privilege *Witnessing a real challenge to civilization as we know it

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Watershed liaison funded

POLK COUNTY -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council (LWC) has received a $3,000 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund which, combined with funds from other agencies, will be used to hire a part-time outreach specialist.

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Monmouth officers recognized

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Police Department honored Det. Doni Hamilton as its Officer of the Year for 2006 during the agency's annual awards banquet on March 30.

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Grants will aid local police

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Police departments in Monmouth and Independence have received almost $44,000 in equipment and training funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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House Notebook - Brian Boquist

Before the current session both parties pledged to fund education first. Some thought providing a base level budget early with a possible increase later in the session would be the best plan.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Pam Burbank has transferred from Amity Lifeskills in the Willamette Education Service District to the ESD's Autism Spectrum Disorder unit as an instructional assistant.

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4/4 Letters to the editor

*State bureaucracy strikes again with plan to meter wells*Offering of letters aims at helping farmers feed world *Mechanic's words put a person's life on course*Fitness class participant finds it to be fun

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State offers tax help

SALEM -- Attention, last-minute income tax filers: The Oregon Department of Revenue says it can help you from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 17.

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Community Notebook

*Relay for Life benefit events are under way*Casino night set as fund raiser *Ritner Bridge update *Easter party set*Literacy volunteers sought *Bevens on program *Courthouse greeters needed *Church concert due*Sunrise service set *Early service added *Bingo for kids *Festival planned *Meeting is tonight*Cole concert set*Watershed signs go up*Airmen finish training

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Petals & Vines ready to open

MONMOUTH -- Dwight and Maggie Triplett traveled much of the globe during the past 30 years, living in Chicago, Colorado, the Orient and a few points in between.

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A whole lot of fiddlin'

RICKREALL -- Fiddle players from across the state will descend on the area this Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7, the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association Conference.

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Arbor week means more than ever now

If you've never heard of something called the "urban heat island effect," don't worry, most people haven't. An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that's significantly warmer than its surroundings.

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Guest column - Jeffrey Laeng

Many readers may have heard about the rise in subprime loan defaults nationwide, and how that will affect them locally. (Subprime loans are loans provided to borrowers with spotty credit histories, usually with credit scores of less than 620).

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Fire District 1 honors several

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County Fire District No. 1. honored Lt. Dave Weston of Independence as Firefighter of the Year during its annual award banquet last month.

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Pet food scare hits home

POLK COUNTY -- As the list of recalled pet foods and snacks looms large in their minds, pet "parents" cringe every time they feed Fido and Fluffy.

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Sunday, April 1