Stories for February 2007

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Wednesday, February 28

     

Pedee News : Nola Womer

Betty Ronco recently had finger surgery at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. Her daughter, Brenda Ronco of Dallas, took Betty and husband Paul to Portland. The surgery had been postponed several times due to icy road conditions and other problems.

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Now serving: Compassion

For the past three years, members of Perrydale FFA have been making meals and serving them to homeless people in Portland at an encampment called Dignity Village.

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2/28 Letters to the editor

*Good question, bad response*Kind act calls for public thanks *Business proves to be good neighbor *Egyptian art class great experience*M37 opposition insult to voters*

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Exxxhibit draws its share of attention

MONMOUTH -- Michael Levin strolls slowly through the Campbell Hall Gallery at Western Oregon University, unphased by the sexually charged graphic design prints and racy advertising adorning the walls.

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Dallas fire chief resigns

DALLAS -- Todd Carpenter resigned his position as Dallas Fire Chief earlier this month. City officials will say only that Carpenter has stepped down for personal reasons.

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Ethanol craze eats up corn crop

POLK COUNTY -- While a hay shortage makes headlines in the Willamette Valley, many local livestock producers say their bigger burden is the cost of corn.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Today is the last day of February - the shortest and oftentimes one of the most unpredictable months of the calendar year. We've seen sunshine and snowflakes and just about everything in between.

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Business Roundup

*Rabbit business is hopping*Notary is on the go for clients *Galleri contest aids kids

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Community Notebook

*Talk focuses on opportunities for senior citizens*Program offered tonight at TMS *Cat in the Hat party at library *Family reading night in Monmouth *Fire district has budget slots open *DHS crab dinner set for March 6 *Masonic lodge aids Amity school cause*Livestock auction registration set*Local author's book published*Summefest booth applications open*Daffodil Festival is March 24-25 *Curves Food Drive under way locally*Fellowship group meets in Dallas *Church to host marriage conference*Church play due*Women's program set *Off to training

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2/28 Editorials

*Scientists find "aha!" moments in new and amazing places*Irony: Petroleum alternative may fuel spike in feed costs*Look out, Democratic candidates: Oscar just nominated Al Gore

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Gallery is new venue for actors

DALLAS -- Penny Cox and Jan Rickert, the original creators of Moonfall Theatre, are sponsoring a second theatre venue for local performers.

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Monday, February 26



Wednesday, February 21

           

Tuesday, February 20

 

2/21 Editorials

*Oregon Progress Board measures (guess what?) Oregon's progress *No new taxes - just bring lots of wisdom to the floor

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State of the sister cities: energetic

Listening to Mayors John McArdle of Independence and John Oberst of Monmouth is a big experience. Big guys (McArdle is NFL-sized; Oberst looks like NBA material). Big visions. Big energy.

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LUBA slaps city over crematorium issue

INDEPENDENCE -- Officials must revisit a decision that led to the installation of a crematory in a residential area, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) said.

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2/21 Letters to the editor

*War experience leaves many scars* Bless those who stop to help *Hunter ed course well worth taking *Governor has no right to nullify state law*Save downed trees for fish habitat*

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Nathan Wiedenmann had surgery Feb. 6 and came home Feb. 10. His wife, Stacy, has been helping her mother, Mona Morris of Sherwood, who had knee surgery.

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It's all about science

MONMOUTH -- High school students from across Oregon doing research in the sciences, mathematics and psychology will gather at Western Oregon University on Friday, Feb. 23 for the Oregon Junior Academy of Sciences.

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POINT is off to a good start

POLK COUNTY -- Sheriff Bob Wolfe reported that the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) has been quick to make a difference on the streets of Polk County.

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Central High hosts Seuss fun

INDEPENDENCE -- The community is invited to enjoy a Central High School production set in the whimsical universe of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to young readers at "Dr. Seuss."

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Community Notebook

*Four seek school board positions*Western Days dates are July 1 to 4*Accident on 223 is fatal for man *Summerfest looks for volunteers*"English Now" course offered *Hobby Day set for March 3*CCC computer, photo classes*Child protection program is March 1 *Driver ed course begins April 2*Relay for Life team plans drive *Grange Hall sets spaghetti dinner*Day-care providers training meeting*Soup and bread to mark season*Glenn Starks will retire as teacher* Reunion due for 70th Infantry*Business mixer set*Correction*Clarification

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Casino to expand again

GRAND RONDE -- Spirit Mountain Casino will grow by another 136,000 square feet this summer with the addition of a new events center, conference rooms and an expanded buffet restaurant.

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Oregonians see government waste

House Republicans this week released a Moore Information poll showing a strong majority of Oregonians remain strongly opposed to raising taxes.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Life happens when people are busy doing other things, and I don't know anybody who couldn't use an extra 24 hours every week to help us accomodate caring for family, earn a living, read a book, do yard work or pursue a hobby.

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Thursday, February 15



Wednesday, February 14

             

Glory bound: Dirt track racer has goals

FALLS CITY -- Jeremy Kern says he'll always want to race. The Falls City high school junior is starting strong on that goal -- he has won or placed in his first three races.

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Tuesday, February 13

    

Volunteer firefighters honored

DALLAS -- The Dallas Fire Department honored its volunteers last weekend during its annual awards banquet at Bollman Auditorium in Dallas High School.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

The brightly colored hearts and flowers remind us all that today is St. Valentine's Day. Whether we celebrate with candy or flowers or a book or a special card, or good wishes for our family and friends, we all have a special opportunity to thank those whom we love and care for.

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Local thespians have what it takes

DALLAS -- For the first time in years the Dallas High School Thespian troupe attended a regional acting competition and walked away with several students qualified for the state championships.

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Dallas school news

*Career fair is a winner*School board evaluates itself*Three in district will retire*Lost time means school on March 15*Limits set on student transfers *Board discusses who "walks" at graduation *Board discusses who "walks" at graduation *District's budgeteers remain*Alumni boosted fund*

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2/14 Editorials

*Tax limitations appear to be working in Oregon *Too early to feel relief regarding federal funding*Nice weather here but who knows what else

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Solutions sought to schools' crowding

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District officials will spend the next few months analyzing short- and long-term solutions to overcrowding at local schools.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Paul and Arlene Kovash hosted their daughters and families on Super Bowl Sundaye. Doug, Lorraine, Victoria and Christina Odell came from Salem; Dave, Suzanne, Brennan and Derek Burbank and friend Jacek Szalkowski came from Airlie. Pedee Creek neighbors Sam and Judy Guida also came and enjoyed the game, the "eats," and board games later.

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2/14 Letters to the editor

*Grave concerns for future of America*Rush to judgment never a good idea *Inconvenient Truth needs to be seen*Guv doesn't get it: Measure 37 is law *Thanks to all who provided support *Support available for AMD sufferers*

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Wednesday, February 7

      

Evans keeps his options open

MONMOUTH -- Paul Evans was awaiting transport at an air base in Kyrgyztan in Central Asia on Nov. 7 when he made a phone call to his wife, Joan, to check in on election night in Oregon.

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Community Notebook

*Raffle is for Sabrina*M-I mayors to speak*City manager honored*Strictly for the birds*Agency opens in Dallas*Gallery tour set*Help for fire victims*Monmouth city meetings set*Learning workshops*Homeowner assistance*Guthrie Center hosts dance*Community Activities*Chorus performance*Talmadge is "success" finalist*Dance classes*School supplies collected*Candy for camp*Fishing trip is prize*WOU students aid drive*A night at the opera*Drug crime seminar*Daffodil Festival

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The family service honoring Pearl (Burbank) Mills of Eugene on Jan. 21 at the Junction City home of her son, John Mills, was attended by Pearl's sister, Pat (Burbank) and husband A.S. Jr. Lyday. Cousin Aaron Burbank and Nonie Burbank also attended.

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On the highway: two fatals and a shooting

POLK COUNTY -- One person died and five people received serious injuries Monday evening, Feb. 5, after a head-on crash on Highway 18 about four miles east of Spirit Mountain casino.

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2/7 Letters to the editor

*Double majority vote system bad for Oregon*Salvation Army thanks all those who helped *Hoping Congress gets on board for progress*Family appreciates community support

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2/7 Editorials

*S-K school district offers a bad public relations example *Minimum wage looking to move on up - soon*Federal budget offers short reprieve for our counties

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Looking out the window this morning on the beginnings of what should be a glorious day of sunshine and blue skies overhead, reality (accompanied by the upcoming weather forecast) tells me that raindrops may be falling all over MI Town before the I-O goes to press. Whatever, we've sure had a wonderful break in the usual winter doldrums and many opportunities to think about the days to come.

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Infant swim classes are a hit

DALLAS -- Melissa Beck has been terrified of water most of her life. But her son, 10-month-old Trenton, seems comfortable enough as he floats around the therapy pool at the Dallas Aquatic Center.

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What's cooking is looking good

DALLAS -- A Dallas High School team put on a demonstration of culinary skills at the First Friday Promenade last week. It was a taste, so to speak, of things to come.

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Guest column: Robin Stoutt

I am a true believer in the public school system. This happens to be my 27th year working in the field of education. I have been a teacher in almost every grade, a principal in elementary and middle school, and a superintendent of a school district.

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Independence receives grants

INDEPENDENCE -- The City of Independence has received $140,000 in grants from a charitable organization that honors rural communities in the Western United States for their efforts toward economic development.

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