Stories for January 2007

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Wednesday, January 31

   

The Week Ahead

Perrydale girls, boys host St. Paul Friday for two important basketball games.

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Tuesday, January 30



MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Today is the last day of a month that most of us will be happy to bid a fond farewell -- January has mostly been days of slippery sidewalks, often-treacherous roads and high heating and utility bills.

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It's Re/Max American now

A new name will be seen on real estate signs in the area after Feb. 1 as American Realty becomes Re/Max American Real Estate.

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Community Notebook

*Monmouth council meets on Feb. 6*Senior Center elects leaders*Day will speak to Chamber*Ballroom fever*Jazz takes center stage*Christian blues concertset*Stage performance*Parenting classes*New library hours*Spaghetti feed*Auxiliary candy sale*Fiber workshops*Computer fair*Scouts to collect cans/bottles*Pizza for the Gate*Write your life story*Health screenings offered*Apostolic meetings*Women's program*Fair board session*Polk SWCD policy board meets*Classes for caregivers of elderly*Native plant sale is Feb. 23-24*Traffic safety emphasized

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Bridge proposals go on county web site

DALLAS -- In a recent work session, the Polk County Board of Commissioners agreed to put an interactive page on the county's official web page to support construction of a third bridge over the Willamette River at Salem.

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Agriculture Notebook

*Polk SWCD can help with project grants*Small animal show set Feb. 10 at Rickreall*Central FFA slates auction and dinner *Small farm newsletter now is printed online *Several ag scholarships available for students

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Tyco will stay open through March

DALLAS -- The local Tyco plant isn't shutting down as quickly as anticipated, meaning those employees who haven't already moved on will get a temporary extension of their jobs.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Chris Vandenberg had a very busy few days recently. He was Oregon Representative to the National Farm Bureau Convention Jan. 7 to 10 in Salt Lake City.

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1/31 Letters to the editor

*Simple letter means much to those serving overseas *Rampant development is ruining our home*Small world: About please and thank you *Agree with column about Indian names *Thanks to M-I folks for support *Diseases, too, kill our troops in Iraq* Should city observe opening ceremony?*Astonished by ignorance*Whiners need to get lives

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1/31 Editorials

*Best advisors find the best candidates *ICE offers hot ticket to a quicker response*Cultural Foundation brings Cultural Trust funds home

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WOU hopes for fair share of state budget

MONMOUTH -- College students will receive greater financial assistance, and campuses would get funds for much-needed facility improvements under a proposed higher education budget by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

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Child therapist opens Dallas office

DALLAS -- Licensed clinical social worker Karen Hays has been working out of a Salem office for the past 16 years, commuting back and forth from her Dallas-area home.

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Kids create colorful exhibit

DALLAS -- The photography of Kyle Lang and fabric art created by local elementary students will be on display during the First Friday Promenade from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the PEARL Community Art Center in downtown Dallas.

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Mayor sees strides in Falls

FALLS CITY -- When Mayor Darrin Fleener recapped 2006 for the Falls City city council he spoke of making scarce resources stretch, improving public safety, getting the most out of public spaces, clarifying ordinances and updating the city charter.

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Wednesday, January 24

           

Tuesday, January 23



Wild Women art show on tap

INDEPENDENCE -- Things got wild at the River Gallery this week. It's time for the annual Wild Women Show, an event conducted and juried by the female members of the gallery.

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1/24 Letters to the editor

*Bridge congestion options offered*Editorial shows a positive way*Seabee responds to Bush criticism*Corporate tax archaic, unfair*Kudos to school board members*Citizen Ottaway very deserving

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Former Pedee area resident Dottie Marie (Womer) Dueltgen died at age 98 at her home in Parkrose. A service celebrating her life was held Jan. 13 in Parkrose (an area of northeast Portland).

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1/24 Editorials

*Are easy answers the right answers?*Casino game heats up with La Center plans

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School news

*State lands earn funds for schools*Dallas High adds fifth AP course*Spare change adds up

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Dallas celebrates its leaders

DALLAS -- Admirers lined up to congratulate Bob Ottaway when he received the First Citizen award at the Community Awards banquet last Friday at BeckenRidge Vineyard.

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Gov weighs in on Measure 37

SALEM -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski has called on the Legislature to address the thousands of claims filed at the state and local levels under Measure 37, saying he hopes the lawmakers will work within the newly formed Joint Special Committee on Land Use Fairness.

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New web business opens

DALLAS -- Wendell T. Harness of Dallas has been interested in computers ever since they first appeared on the scene.

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Little things, big heart

INDEPENDENCE -- Using paper, a bit of cloth, a few sequins and other materials she finds in the little studio inside her apartment, Jolene Hall heeds one of her favorite quotes from Mother Theresa:

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Monmouth seeks quicker action

MONMOUTH - Mayor John Oberst had initially described last week's city council work session as little more than a "getting to know you" meeting for Monmouth's mostly new leadership.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

By press time I will have racked up another birthday, which puts me squarely into the senior citizen, Medicare-eligible category. It is hard to believe that I've been hanging around this big, blue marble so many years, but that's what the calendar says.

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Community Notebook

*Memory seminar offered*Beginning computer course offered*Perrydale auction is Feb. 9 *Summerfest dates set *Cinema applications due*Grange breakfast is Feb. 4*A valentine dinner *Hoggs leave $2.6 million to OSU*Women's club reunion*Faithful Heart to perform *Garden club slates ag expert*Red Cross gala set *OSU books Time Warner CEO*Ag Fest sets deadlines*Students on dean's list*Cello octet to perform

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Friday, January 19



Wednesday, January 17

 

Young planner thinks big

INDEPENDENCE -- There could come a day when Independence's riverfront is dotted with brand new baseball, softball and soccer fields.

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Gardening can start now -- indoors

It may be too early to put seeds in the ground, but itchy gardeners can get ready to grow by mixing up a batch of clean potting soil for starting seeds

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Birds need winter help

The Willamette Valley doesn't escape ice, snow and numbing temperatures in the winter, and it's a hard time for wild birds to find enough to eat. Or drink.

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New mayor off and running

MONMOUTH -- "You'll be relieved to know I don't plan to speak at length tonight," John Oberst said, moments after being sworn in as Monmouth's new mayor.

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Community Notebook

*Kids' protection sessions scheduled*Program features "Beach Bill"*Monmouth library offers activities*Master Gardeners open to public *Driver ed classes set at Dallas High *Seniors to host spaghetti feed *Hunter, Scheck join MICF board*Mayors to discuss state of cities*Scuba classes offered at WOU *Free concert at public library *Credit union celebrates 50th *Historical group sets meeting and program *Blood donors hit milestone levels *Ritner Bridge group meets on Thursday *Winters rests after surgery *Native plant workshop set*Sessions will address grief *Locals receive dean's honors *Health advisory board will meet*Ugandan choir concert set*PSWCD tech leaving*Clarification

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Life in MI Town isn't all sunshine and light and singing Kumbaya around the campfire, no matter how much I wish it was. Recent news stories about crime and drug and alcohol abuse underscore how things can spin out of control and lives can be destroyed in any community.

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1/17 Letters to the editor

*Food Bank thanks all those who help*Follow through to help addicts*A geographer's lament, again*Mentally ill need skillful handling *ARMD support is available*Give Bush & Co. own medicine*City's financial doings need audit*Thanks to "angels" at accident scene*

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1/17 Editorials

*Time for a 21st century war -- one without bullets*Start the next new year with a vote for president

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Pedee news : Nola Womer

Relatives and friends attended the memorial service honoring Charles "Charlie" Ronco, 84, of Dallas at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, Jan. 5.

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Wednesday, January 10

          

Tuesday, January 9



An impassioned plea for Rickreall schoolhouse

DALLAS -- A lifelong native of Rickreall, Paul Smull, implored the Dallas School Board to keep the Rickreall School building in the hands of "those who paid for it -- the community of Rickreall.

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Redevelopment manager rarin' to go

DALLAS -- Kevin Watson was hired by the cities of Dallas, Monmouth and Independence in November to replace Sarah Johnson as industrial redevelopment manager.

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Locals serving in military

Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua N. Hjelmberg is currently deployed overseas at a forward operating location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a mobility supervisor normally assigned to the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash. Hjelmberg is a 1999 graduate of Central High School.

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Fire fatal to local man, 84

INDEPENDENCE -- An Independence man was killed in a house fire on Monday afternoon, officials from Polk County Fire District. No 1 said.

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1/10 Editorials

*Keeping Oregon green -- economically speaking *Rickreall schoolhouse's future lies close to home*Ford would have said "the show must go on"

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

We're deep into winter in MI Town and it seems like springtime is a distant future dream. It's hard to think about sunshine and flowers when there's a constant cleaning up of muddy footprints from spouses, children and pets, and the coat closet has a lingering scent from wet wool coats and jackets.

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Wyden addresses war, health care, immigration

MONMOUTH -- Bringing soldiers home from the conflict in Iraq and overhauling the way Americans receive their health insurance were chief talking points during an open-forum hosted by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in Monmouth last weekend.

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More molester ID training scheduled

POLK COUNTY -- Polk Multi-Disciplinary Teams Coordinator Terri Roth has announced the next set of county-sponsored workshops in the "Recognizing Child Molesters: A New Approach to Protecting Our Children" series.

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Let's go dancing tonight

DALLAS -- Robert Davies doesn't know how he ended up toe to toe, facing off with his wife in the middle of the PEARL Center.

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Even the mighty must fall

DALLAS -- Neighbors on Academy street were jostled out of their cozy homes by the felling of a giant Sequoia on Thursday.

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Governor's budget would help WOU with needs

MONMOUTH -- Oregon colleges will get a much-needed financial boost during the next biennium if Gov. Ted Kulongoski's recommended higher education budget makes it through the 2007 Legislature, which began on Monday.

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POINT wastes no time in making bust

SALEM -- Law enforcement officials from Polk County and Salem arrested three people last week in southeast Salem in connection with a series of drug crimes, Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe said.

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1/10 Letters to the editor

*Nation's heritage is under assault*Heartfelt thanks to our community*Give lawbreakers a chance -- in army*Happy Birthday, Johnny Ray*Smith challenged to do right thing*City officials need performance audit*People of Dallas come through again*Meth addicts are not the "victims"

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Harold and Juandeane Skidmore enjoyed a visit of several days with their daughter and family at Christmastime. Roy and Teresa Furutani, Rachel and Sarah came from Southern California.

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Community Notebook

*Awards will total $18,443*Nominations for M-I awards*Grant-writing help*It's all about bop*"Book Bingo"*DD housing workshop*Mediation training*Plant seminar*Linfield grads*Country dance*Dallas singers honor-bound

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Commentary: No Child Left Behind update

When President Bush signed the landmark No Child Left Behind Act five years ago Monday, he conducted a three-state road show, touted its bipartisan roots, and promised it would put U.S. schools "on a new path of reform, and a new path of results."

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Wednesday, January 3

      

Tuesday, January 2



Pedee News : Nola Womer

Many relatives and friends attended the graveside service for Jacqueline Lenore (Burbank) Jones of Hoskins on Dec. 22 at Womer Cemetery.

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Smith Fine Arts: a treasure chest

MONMOUTH -- A boy befriends a bashful dragon, who in turn, befriends the aging knight hired to slay him. And the unlikely trio sets out to stage a fake duel to fool townsfolk calling for the beast's end.

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Ford was in charge

It was 1975. The administration of Gerald Ford was in place. From reading the newspapers of the day and watching the TV news it would seem incorrect to say the President or his cronies were "leading the country."

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Column: MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

About those New Year's Resolutions ... most of us talk about making them, and I know people who even take the time and effort to write long lists. They include things like working to promote world peace and freedom (along with remembering to take those empty bottles and cans to the grocery store before they completely take over the garage).

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1/3 Letters to the editor

*Meth resolution must be humane as well as effective*Community delivers for Christmas Cheer *A big thanks to all who donated *Contributions will make big difference *Thanks for support of 66th pageant *Appreciation for fitness classes*

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1/3 Editorials

*Please, Mr. President: Don't send more U.S. troops there*2007 promises exciting times for state and federal budgets

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Community Notebook

*Independence recruits for a patrol officer*Dallas Community Awards nominations due Friday*First Friday event is Jan. 5 in Dallas *Adults sought to help supervise Nite Court *Literacy program volunteers needed *Presentation on Alzheimer's set*Hospice training session offered *Baker is new senior pastor at Valley Life*Art exhibit opens

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Conference set for Latino students

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University has been selected to host a major educational summit for Latino student leaders from high schools across the state.

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Keegan fights his way into 2007

DALLAS --Last summer 12-year-old Keegan Wallender-Studebaker was on a family vacation in Alaska. The trip party consisted of Keegan, four of his siblings, his mom Heidi and his stepdad Rick.

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