Stories for December 2007

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Monday, December 31

 

Pedee News: Nola Womer

The four bright red advent candles glowed around the unlit white Christ candle Dec. 23 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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Community Notebook

*After-school art program to resume*Signups accepted for karate class*Benefit to assist with medical bills

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Volunteers keep Christmas Cheer alive

DALLAS - Early Christmas Eve morning, Warren Lamb watched as more than a hundred people packed box after box of food as part of the Dallas Christmas Cheer program.

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Quotes from newsmakers in 2007

"The roof is pretty much going to cave in if any more than three inches of snow gets piled on it." - Sgt. Andrew Hampton of the National Guard in as regards to the existing armory building closing. (Dec. 19, 2007)

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A time of joy, and sadness

Another year has come and gone - and how quickly it has passed. 2007 will be remembered in Polk County for many things.

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Independence eyes expansion of UGB

INDEPENDENCE - Nearly 110 acres will be needed by 2028 to accommodate future residential development near the Independence State Airport, officials said.

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Expansion of center is targeted

MONMOUTH - Town leaders will seek grants or in-kind donations to get an oft-discussed expansion of the Monmouth Senior Center off the ground.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Happy New Year! Whether your celebration included a festive evening of dining and dancing, or curling up with a good book by the fire with a hot drink - it's always exciting to begin a brand new year.

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Monday, December 24



Community notebook

*Mayors to speak at chamber event*Church recycling trees on Saturday*Tree recycling will aid SABLE House*Fitness program on tap in Dallas*Bookwriting class set in Monmouth*Ballroom dancing class scheduled*Pentacle Theater adds three to board*Local resident is part of orchestra

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Tribes added to list for FEMA flood assistance

GRAND RONDE - The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Polk and Yamhill counties have been added to the eligibility list for public assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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12/26 Editorials

*Charitable needs are a year-round affair*Buck up: Longer days are (slowly) coming * Some words for thought

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Video makes teacher a star

INDEPENDENCE - A pungent smell permeates Greg Craven's classroom at Central High School following his final period - the result of a chemistry experiment involving fire and peanuts.

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Corrections/Clarifications

Muchas Gracias, a new Mexican restaurant on Highway 99W in Monmouth, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., not 24 hours a day as the operator told the Itemizer-Observer in a recent news story.

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Volunteers answer gulf call

DALLAS - Denvy and Gail Saxowsky made their fifth trip to the Gulf Coast this month to rebuild homes and help survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Perrydale seeks annual auction items

Perrydale Parent's Club is seeking clean, quality items to benefit its February annual auction. Proceeds will help fund Perrydale School activities and equipment.

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Art that'll grab you

DALLAS - Kathy Steres has such a mastery of light and shadow that her pastels seem embossed - raised above the surface of the page.

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City, residents still dealing with flood

DALLAS - The city of Dallas confirmed that residents who suffered flood damage from the Dec. 3 storm are eligible for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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12/26 Letters to the Editor

*Give real thought to homeless plight *Rickreall pageant is a special event*Good, bad, ugly of road projects*Family shares Ashley's progress*Drug court holiday party a success

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Wednesday, December 19

           

Tuesday, December 18

  

Locals win Farm Bureau awards

Paul Thorp and Don Schellenberg of Polk County were honored with awards at Oregon Farm Bureau's 75th anniversary State Convention in Pendleton earlier this month.

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Demand for food is high

POLK COUNTY - There are probably more than a few households in Independence that have been running low on ramen noodles, baked beans and cake mix during the past few weeks.

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12/19 Editorials

*Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus*Consider shopping in Polk County*Suckers for spam

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Former Dallas liquor store owner arrested

DALLAS - A former Dallas liquor store operator was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 12, by the Oregon State Police on charges of stealing nearly $180,000 of liquor sales from his Dallas-area store.

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I-O holiday deadlines

The upcoming Christmas holiday has resulted in several adjustments to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Wednesday, Dec. 26, edition.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

When stormy days and nights are more frequent than not, it is somehow reassuring to me to see the bright lights from the beautiful tree on the Western Oregon University campus as we're driving along Highway 99W.

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Community Notebook

*Locals among Youth Challenge graduating class*Falls City library closes for holiday*Dallas seniors to sing carols*Meals available for senior citizens*Museum program focuses on Iraq*Hospice volunteer training scheduled*Salmon/trout panel seeks candidates*Fund victims may gain tax relief*Guard families can get power help*Dallas barber shop has new owner

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CHS teacher's video is a mega-hit

MONMOUTH - The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University has received $266,000 to create strategies that will improve collaboration among childhood care and education providers in Oregon.

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WOU research institute gets $266,000 grant

MONMOUTH - The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University has received $266,000 to create strategies that will improve collaboration among childhood care and education providers in Oregon.

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Film work bonds friends

DALLAS - Jeremiah Scott was born in Salem but raised in Dallas. He graduated from Dallas High School in 1996 and after a brief foray in the San Francisco high-tech industry, he returned to Oregon.

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12/19 Milestone

Ron Sutter was recently honored for his 25 years of pastoral service by the congregation of Bridgeport Community Chapel.

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Career path often no easy choice

MONMOUTH - Students who come see Michael Hampton for career advice are inevitably introduced and asked to draw from the jar of fate he keeps in a drawer.

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United Way sets higher county goals

DALLAS - The United Way has maintained a presence in Polk County for more than two decades, but in the past eight years or more its fundraising efforts have dwindled.

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Wednesday, December 12



MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Even though most of us in MI Town were spared from much damage from the recent storms, folks living in coastal areas are still in the midst of trying to put their lives in some kind of order.

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12/12 Letters to the editor

*It's nice to read another viewpoint*Swipe at D.A.'s office misguided*Be alert; MDs can make Rx mistakes *Thanks to all who helped during flood*Lamb did more for Dallas than anyone*Some need help, some want money *It's great to have nice ride on 223 *There's still some good television *Neighbors help absent owners*Lack of action is infuriating

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Community Notebook

*Candidates sought for Central board*Chamber Singers perform in China*Coyote Joe's will have holiday meal*Holiday event will showcase talents*Cookbook sales aid school playground*Donations needed for M-I toy drive*Fund-raising event set for preschool*Food, shelter funds available*Volunteers do trail work in community *Holiday concert on tap in Salem *Hooley recovering from recent illness *Home-school group schedules concert *Church offering Christmas info*Auditions planned for Salem musical*County Democrats host candidate forum*Blood drives set*Correction

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Walgreens sets no time line

MONMOUTH - Walgreens representatives are working out final development hurdles for construction of a new pharmacy in Monmouth.

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12/12 Editorials

*Flooding reminds us to be prepared*East-coast bias snubs deserving Oregon QB *A bigger Peace Corps is in our best interest

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Nine convicted after drug raid

POLK COUNTY - Four individuals arrested during a late summer drug raid in multiple locations in Independence and Monmouth have been sentenced to prison, the Polk County District Attorney's Office said.

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Blood need increases

POLK COUNTY - The early December storms forced many communities to cancel Red Cross blood drives, which has left the nonprofit group strapped for blood supplies.

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Felton joins race for D.A.

POLK COUNTY - Aaron Felton has announced his candidacy for district attorney. Felton has worked as a lawyer in the mid-Willamette Valley since 1994.

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Dallas teens quick to the rescue

DALLAS - As the water rose on Monday, Dec. 3, creeping toward business doors and flowing through basement windows, people turned to sandbags. A lot of sandbags. Sandbags that had to be filled by someone.

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Young student goes above and beyond

DALLAS - Elijah Chappel, a third grader in Delan Canclini's Henry Hill Elementary class, won the 2007 Oregon Association of Conservation Districts poster contest.

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County hit hard by flood

DALLAS - County and city assessors were on the road last week, visiting flood sites to determine how much damage resulted from the Dec. 3 floods.

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Santa arrives in Dallas

Hey, Santa: The Dallas Christmas tree is still ablaze from your magical visit to our downtown on Friday night

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Local barber charged in sex crimes

DALLAS - A local barber has been arrested after police investigated a student's report that inappropriate behavior with juveniles was taking place in a shop on Southwest Fairview Avenue.

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I-O selects new editor

Publisher Nancy Adams today announced the hiring of Kurt Holland as the Itemizer-Observer's managing editor.

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Many tree growers seeing green

POLK COUNTY - The first few weeks of December are always the most frustrating part of the Christmas tree season for Bob Schaefer, general manager of Noble Mountain Tree Farm.

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Wednesday, December 5



Drug trafficking figure gets 18 years

CORVALLIS - One of the ringleaders nabbed in a major drug trafficking investigation this spring was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Benton County judge recently.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our Western Oregon University students are right in the middle of finals week, and with Christmas break coming up, many of our MI Town residents will be heading home to celebrate the upcoming holidays with families and friends.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The family of Paul Maddox invites relatives and friends to join them in celebrating his 80th birthday at an open house on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Pedee Women's Club Hall, next to the fire hall.

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Friends of bridge stay organized

POLK COUNTY - The Friends of the Ritner Creek Bridge, formerly the Coalition to Restore Ritner Creek Bridge, will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Pedee Women's Club.

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Community Notebook

*Central boosters set fund raisers*Immigration facts to be discussed *Dance troupe visits Falls City Saturday *Holiday concert set for Guthrie Park *Christmas movies set for Saturdays*Polk County gets timber payment *Water development topic of meeting*Baby-sitting class offered in Dallas*Dance performance planned Dec. 20*Auxiliary selling See's candy*Radio operators to meet in Dallas*Dallas graduate completes BCT*Food donations accepted at display*Community meal offered on holiday *Monmouth Curves has Giving Tree*Women's program meets in Dallas*Information on PSU program available

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Dallas senior activities

DALLAS - The Dallas Senior Center continues the holiday season with its monthly meeting and potluck Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Dallas Civic Center.

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Goodwill is contagious

DALLAS - Mary Sue Schroeder opened the Starbucks at Safeway on Thanksgiving Day like she has hundreds of times before.

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Tuesday, December 4

  

12/5 Letters to the Editor

*Handling of 223 access should raise concerns*Responsibility rests with us*Kick some help to education fund*Hearty thanks for community meal*Act of kindness is appreciated*Organization thanks Papa Murphy's*Reunion is grand, thanks to many*Wayward wheels come a-flying

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Dallas lights downtown tree

DALLAS - The City of Dallas will kick off its holiday celebrations on Friday, Dec. 7 with the annual tree lighting and visit from Santa starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn.

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12/5 Editorials

*Lots to do besides watching the tube*Kicker is one way to spread some joy

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Kids usher in holiday season

MONMOUTH - It was cold and it was damp on the evening of Nov. 28 - hardly ideal conditions for an outdoor holiday celebration.

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Comment: State Kicker Refund

Individual Oregon income taxpayers are set to receive a record $1.1 billion in so-called "kicker" refunds just before Christmas. The checks will equal 18.6 percent of the state income tax each filer paid in 2006. The typical taxpayer will see $612.

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Army honors Kory Wiems

A local soldier who died in Iraq last summer was honored with a permanent memorial Tuesday at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

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Monday, December 3