Stories for August 2007

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Wednesday, August 29

      

Tuesday, August 28



Local teen cleans up at pageant

Missy Igou, 17, of Monmouth took home several honors from from the National American Miss Teen regional event in Eugene earlier this month.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Although the calendar says that the official beginning of Fall isn't until late September, for many of us Labor Day signifies the transition. Children begin another school year and we reluctantly pack away our swimsuits and rafts and beachwear.

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From wastewater blooms life

MONMOUTH -- The scenery on the Riddell family's farmland just south of Monmouth is picturesque, to say the least: a grove of black walnut trees bordering fields of tall fescue and rolling hillsides decorated with tall, swaying poplars.

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Dallas pastor marks 20 years

DALLAS -- Jerry Franz answered the call, and it took him full circle. Franz moved to Dallas 20 years ago to serve the congregation at Evangelical Bible Church after spending two decades in Henderson, Neb.

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Two CHS seniors step up and help

INDEPENDENCE -- With a hint of nostalgia in their voices, Jeff Grateak and Jeffree Presler recall a beginning-of-the-year tradition when they were kindergartners at Monmouth Elementary School.

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Former National Projector site available

DALLAS -- Local businessman Jason Pool has bought the former National Projector Building at 260 NE Kings Valley Highway in Dallas and has contracted with Lindsey Martin of Coldwell Banker Commercial to market the property.

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WOU building gets seismic upgrade

MONMOUTH -- The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) building hasn't been the most inviting place at Western Oregon University in recent months, thanks to a constant racket of power tools and rumbling heavy equipment.

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Paintball site draws neighbor's concern

POLK COUNTY -- Donavan Ress and Brett Adams, who owns AFXtreme Paintball and Supplies in downtown Dallas, have proposed leasing 17 acres off Oak Knob Road to create a wooded paintball course.

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8/29 Letters to the Editor

*Hunting near town irresponsible - and hardly sporting*Scrip program huge for local schools *Fitness class relieves stress*Bridge congestion breeds road rage*Family thanks those who helped*Summer reading is a big success*Grocery checkers are also human*Explaining cause of credit crisis

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Community Notebook

*Benefit for Relagado*Volunteers needed*Activities scheduled *Concert tonight*Ticor moves in*Stamps by fax*Hot air balloons*Talent winners*Renee Hill Band*Plant sale due*Fall Fling set*Falls City event*Arctic program*Howe Road work*Flights for kids*McVey graduates*Correction*

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Wednesday, August 22

  

Tuesday, August 21

 

MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime in MI Town just keeps getting better and better. The sweet corn on the cob that was my favorite treat at our recent Polk County Fair is available at our local grocery stores and farmer's markets all around the area.

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8/22 Letters to the editor

*Public invited to remembrance of 9/11 event*Council member explains snag concerning vote *Dallas teams of '70 were Hall of Fame caliber*Kind thoughts are appreciated by family *Act by horse rider is grossly inconsiderate *99W/Clow Corner intersection needs a traffic signal*DRV staff gets praise for action concerning fire *How much did tree artwork at school cost?*Bakerys thanks customers for their loyalty

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Adams is named I-O publisher

POLK COUNTY -- Nancy Adams was named publisher of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer on Aug. 17, taking over for Dave Weston, who has left the newspaper to pursue other interests.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

At the Pedee Evangelical Church worship service on Aug. 12, Pastor Lonnie Burbank was back in charge after his week-long vacation with wife Pam.

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Polk SWCD honors volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk Soil and Water Conservation District celebrated its 41st annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Night on Tuesday.

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8/22 Editorials

*Welcome to the land of too much opportunity *"Who are we?" bears asking again and again

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Feed Store moves into historic site

DALLAS -- Christie and Jon Henderson worked seven days a week for nearly a month before opening The Old Mill Feed and Garden store at 1313 Main St. in Dallas.

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RVs of the winged variety

INDEPENDENCE -- The atmosphere on the taxiway at the Independence State Airport last weekend seemed akin to an old-fashioned cruise-in.

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Museum's salmon bake due

MONMOUTH -- The Friends of the Jensen Arctic Museum will host the 22nd annual Alaskan Wild Salmon Bake and auction at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

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Drug ring leader accused in murder plot

POLK COUNTY -- One of the leaders of a major drug distribution operation dismantled by law enforcement earlier this year will appear in court in September for a plot to murder witnesses and a detective attached to the case.

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Driver sought in crash that killed deputy

MARION COUNTY -- A Woodburn man who was involved in the highway crash that killed Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg in June is wanted on homicide charges, Oregon State Police officials said.

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Bunnies keep young entrepreneur hopping

DALLAS -- Stefani Cavender, 15, has been involved in 4-H for three years. During that time, she has raised goats and rabbits for sale as a way to support her real passion: Sparky, her 15-year-old Arabian gelding.

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Intersection claims another life

POLK COUNTY -- A Salem man was killed and a woman seriously injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of Clow Corner Road and Highway 99W on Aug. 16.

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Community Notebook

*Weyerhaueser lays off 22 in Dallas*Local students win Ford Family awards*Entertainment books will aid scholarships*Rollover results in minor injuries*DRV residents' art goes on display*Man shots self on Highway 22*Perrydale Parents Club sets meeting*Jefferson Manor honors troops*Auditions due for young choir members*Mistletoe Road closed for work*Rogers finishes basic training*Watershed council plans celebration*Victims' advocacy event scheduled*School supplies to be distributed

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Friday, August 17



Wednesday, August 15

  

Scam targets business name registrations

SALEM -- Secretary of State Bill Bradbury warns all Oregon businesses -- especially small businesses -- to beware of a new scam that looks deceptively like a mailing from the Corporation Division and offers to renew their business name registration.

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Fatality site will get RR guard

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County and state officials will build a new warning system at the railroad crossing at Stapleton Road south of Independence within the next two years.

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Commentary: Rev up courage for energy bills

Should new cars and trucks in the U.S. get better gas mileage? Should more electricity come from solar, wind, and biofuels? Both moves would curb global warming and reduce oil imports. So why do they remain so controversial in Washington, D.C.?

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Car Doctor couple love their work

DALLAS -- Starting a new business can be a scary venture. But a little fear wasn't enough to keep Rick and Melinda Young from opening the Car Doctor at 430 Main St. in Dallas.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pat and Jr. Lyday of Kings Valley and Aaron Burbank of Pedee were among the many friends and family who attended the memorial service for Travis Lynn Smith, 60, of Sweet Home.

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Polk SWCD volunteers to be honored

RICKREALL -- Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will hold its annual public meeting and volunteer recognition at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S Pacific Highway W.

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Correction

In a story about a homeless survey in Marion and Polk counties published in the Aug. 8 Itemizer-Observer, the reporter incorrectly wrote that 30 percent of the individuals identified as homeless veterans were of an age consistent with veterans of the first Iraq war. The survey shows those people were actually young enough to have served in the current Iraq war.

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Firefighters slate MDA event

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4196 and Polk County Fire District No. 1 will hold their annual "Fill the Boot" fund raiser on Aug. 30-31

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8/15 Letters to the editor

*Youth livestock auction is buoyed by businesses*How do you break tie that isn't tied?* Mortgage crisis just media hype*Save on five ... but only for two*Young candidate thanks supporters *Check contracting work with boards*Thanks, those who make fair possible*DHS softball field site not thought out *Measure 49 will stop 37's madness*Family wracked by daughter's illness*Walker in LLS event seeks supporters

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the 88th Polk County Fair last week -- and there was indeed something for everyone to enjoy.

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Watershed writing workshop offered

POLK COUNTY -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council is sponsoring a free "Writing Your Watershed" workshop in which participants will learn how to write a personal essay and see it published.

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Heifer International slates local program

DALLAS -- Leo Tautfest, Northwest regional representative of Heifer International, will present a slide show about his experiences in promoting his group's mission at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Dallas First Presbyterian Church, 879 S.W. Levens Street.

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Meth bust takes 16 off streets

POLK COUNTY - Law enforcement officials from Polk County, working with officers from other local, state and federal agencies, arrested 16 people in Monmouth and Independence on Monday during an early-morning drug bust.

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Sprinkler, firefighters quell blaze

DALLAS -- The Dallas Fire Department, aided by a unit from Southwest Polk District, responded to a fire alarm shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Dallas Retirement Village's Memory Care Center.

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Fallen tree gets wings

INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District officials had the 70-foot catulpa tree in front of Henry Hill Elementary School cut down late last month.

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A riding club for adults

POLK COUNTY -- The Marion/Polk Old People's Riding Club, aka The Equinuts, spent last week camping out in Turner at Nancy McKnight's ranch, called the Two Dollar Window.

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Handicapped dog delivers a message

DALLAS -- Lynn Smith has a way with critters. "Ever since I was small I've had some sort of animal -- squirrels, chipmunks, even a raccoon once," she said.

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Six decades of community service

INDEPENDENCE -- Thank goodness for the weather in Indiana. When John Pfaff received his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946, he and wife Marjorie were faced with a difficult decision.

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Thursday, August 9



Wednesday, August 8

  

Tuesday, August 7

       

MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's almost time for the Polk County Fair! All summer we've been anticipating these four special days when everything good about our communities is showcased for us to see and enjoy.

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Health care advocay drives local man

FALLS CITY -- Walter Dawson was eight years old when he wrote his first letter to his congressman. Dawson's father, Cecil, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Dawson's family was suffering under the weight of mounting medical bills.

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8/8 Letters to the Editor

*Kids hoop camp is positive experience*Garten Services appreciates Dallas*Thankful to return to Polk County*Good riddance to Bonds nonsense *Lawsuits stymie habitat control *Thoughtful citizens are being ignored*Kids Inc. tennis camp is a winner *What a great thing Dallas parade is

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8/8 Editorials

*State parks/rec money well spent in Willamina*Home, sweet home: the best of all worlds

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WOU, CCC team up for credit program

MONMOUTH -- Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University have implemented a program that will make it easier for transfer students to earn undergraduate credits needed to satisfy degree requirements.

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Central district booms with projects

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The rumbling of heavy equipment and pounding of hammers have interrupted the usual summertime lull at schools in Monmouth and Independence.

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Community Notebook

*Women's health screening offered*B&B will open on Aug. 25 in Airlie*Post offices set eBay seminars*Bible school due Aug. 14-17 in Dallas*Polk SWCD policy group meets Aug. 14*Attention, Cascade grads of the '50s*CCC scholarship deadline is near*Corrections

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Arlene Kovash and daughter Suzanne Burbank, along with Suzanne's son Derek of Airlie, enjoyed a weekend at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.

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Wednesday, August 1