Stories for July 2007

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Tuesday, July 31



Firefighters sharpen skills

DALLAS -- While other activities at the recent Summerfest celebration focused on food and music, the Dallas Fire Department was hosting its fifth exercise in the saving of lives.

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Longtime county agent is a Hall of Famer

DALLAS -- The number of activities, civic efforts and accomplishments John Hansen, a former Polk County Extension agent, has undertaken or received in his lifetime could easily fill a book.

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First Friday goes historic

DALLAS -- Dallas First Friday organizers are trying something a little different this month. Civil War re-enactors will be present, in full costume, to discuss their experiences as historical actors and talk about the Civil War in general.

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8/1 Editorials

*When communities celebrate, they create their own sunshine *Unfinished project is in a parallel universe

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

One of the many joys of living and working in MI Town includes getting to know the neighbors who own and work in our local businesses. There's a special satisfaction when goods and services are delivered as promised, and everybody involved is a winner.

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8/1 Letters to the editor

*Summerfest already planning 2008 event*Improving Pfaff Park a most worthy cause*Buchanan family's gift appreciated*Pet foster families get kudos from afar*Conscience requires asbestos warning*Kindness of kids deserves recognition*Votes raising energy tax were misguided*Sam the Barber will be missed

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Farmworker housing builds hope

INDEPENDENCE -- Jaime Arredondo and his family left the Mexican state of Michoacan in the early 1990s to find work in Oregon's agricultural fields.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The congregation of Pedee Evangelical Memorial Church held a community yard sale on July 21 at the church park.

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Community Notebook

*Camp offers sixth graders head start *4-H/FFA stock sale set for Aug. 11*Seniors will share skills with students *CHS band camp set for Aug. 8-13*County road work*Class of 1972 *Seniors Bingo*Pageant-bound*Three get awards*Women's group*Benefit sale*Thirdspace opens*Legislative update*Jackpot hit

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Wednesday, July 25

     

Tuesday, July 24



Polk County says farewell to a hero

DALLAS -- During the July 18 memorial service for Army Cpl. Kory Duane Wiens and his search dog, Cooper, Pastor Ron Sutter said he was touched by the diversity of the audience.

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Beating/robbery suspects nabbed

WILLAMINA -- Two suspects were arrested in Toledo on July 21 in connection with a home-invasion beating and robbery the previous week in Willamina, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office reported.

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Doggies need foster parents, too

POLK COUNTY -- The Machados of West Salem have fostered 20 dogs for the Willamette Humane Society during the past two and a half years, most of them puppies younger than 8 weeks of age.

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Community Notebook

*Benefit sale*Garden festival*Perrydale project*Christian concert*Kinsey reunion*Edward Jones tops*Simpson movie*Polk road work*Ferry is open*Holton honored*Fairgrounds events

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Monmouth puts together "must do" list

MONMOUTH -- Plans for improved parking in the downtown area, and better marketing and promotion of Monmouth are among the items that appear on the city council's self-imposed "must-do" list for 2007-08.

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Sunday in the Park a magical time

DALLAS -- Even with cloudy skies and a chance of rain, thousands of local residents found their way out to the Dallas Summerfest's Sunday activities in Dallas City Park.

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7/25 Letters to the editor

*Letting naysayers know she supports Ash Creek Trail*Another view: Leader at LVCS doing fine job*Local coach had a big hand in girl's success*Search for a bit of knowledge becomes fiasco*Please support event to help local young man *Macular disease is tied to age, genetics, smoking*Spectator's actions at youth game were disgraceful

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Awakening to the sounds of rain on the roof is somewhat unusual on midsummer mornings in MI Town, but it's a welcome change from the traditional long, hot days this time of year. We can still carry out our usual summertime activities because Mother Nature has cooperated for the most part by giving us plenty of sunshine and blue skies, and those wonderful summer evenings to enjoy with family and friends.

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7/25 Editorials

*Editing readers' thoughts is not undertaken lightly*Community's caring and generosity are well known*A near-perfect balance

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Night Against Crime planned

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Residents of Monmouth and Independence are invited to take part in National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 7.

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IHS reunion is Aug. 18

Everyone who ever attended Independence High School, which closed in 1950, is invited to the annual IHS class reunion.

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Raids net pot valued at $340,000

POLK COUNTY -- Law enforcement officers recently arrested three people and seized more than $340,000 worth of marijuana in busts in Independence and West Salem last week.

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Thursday, July 19



Wednesday, July 18



State closes Holman Wayside

POLK COUNTY -- Holman State Wayside Park will be closed for up to a year while officials search for ways to end the public sex crimes and other illegal activity that frequently occurs there.

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Dallas ready for Summerfest fun

DALLAS -- Forget about the recent rainy days. The forecast calls for sunshine and fun Thursday through Sunday for the Summerfest celebration.

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Monmouth gets new retail space

MONMOUTH -- Developer Chester Scott of Monmouth is waiting to sign up one more tenant before he begins construction work on University Station, which will be located where the H&R Block office currently sits at 340 N. Pacific Highway.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Arlene and Paul Kovash hosted a family reunion July 5-7 at their home in Pedee. Forty members of Arlene's family came from Oregon, Arizona, California and Indiana.

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Latino students focus on leadership

MONMOUTH -- "We're just doing a little bit of sensory deprivation, here," Tony Torres says as the teenagers assigned to his group blindfold one another.

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City attorney decisons made

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council decided Monday night not to terminate its contract with the law firm of late City Attorney Mark Irick, Shetterly, Irick & Ozias.

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7/18 Editorials

*Shhhh, don't say a word -- this isn't a public hearing*-- Lady Bird Johnson provided role model for her position*Holman Wayside set aside by state parks department*The depravity of man can boggle the mind

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Community Notebook

*Junior Academy offered for kids* Fund raiser will help local youth*Summer library events continue*County museum has porch sale*County road work continues*Libray book sale is this weekend*Class of 1982 reun"My Turn" for women over 50 *Dallas renunion Aug. 4 in park *Jazz concert slated Aug. 5*Monmouth library activities due*Group seeks help to mentor moms*Dallas Alliance hosts Bible school*Team sponsors ALS benefit event*Walgreens work is rescheduled*Concert slated at local church*Freeborn gets ag scholarship*Casino exhibits Kalapuya culture *Author hosts book signing in Dallas*Gospel music event is 28th*Teller honored *Marinelli named

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My heart is aching for the family of Army Cpl. Kory Wiens, whose young life ended in a war in a desert country thousands of miles from his home in our community.

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7/18 Letters to the editor

*Caring community eases family's grief*Thanks all those who came to rescue*Bonds record a mess indeed*Finds problems with LVCS focus

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Wednesday, July 11

   

Tuesday, July 10



Americorps volunteers available

Oregon organizations wishing to host an AmeriCorps member to do risk prevention and education work beginning this fall have until Monday, July 16, to submit applications to the Oregon Department of Human Services, which administers the federal funds.

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CARTS bus service update

POLK COUNTY -- CARTS (Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System) has added two express bus routes linking rural Polk County cities and Salem. The service began on July 2.

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7/11 Letters to the editor

*Levens Street bridge project poorly planned *Fourth of July in MI great fun for new residents *Take care of your cats -- they have no rights*Appreciates story about courageous young woman *Why couldn't childrens' parade start on time?*Don't buy into trail opponents' false information

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Ticor moves to new digs

POLK COUNTY -- Ticor Title, which has been at 1319 Monmouth St. in Independence for about 15 years, has plans to move to a new office in Pacific Plaza in Monmouth the first week of August.

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Funds sought to enhance Pfaff park

INDEPENDENCE -- With six decades of community service under his belt, it's safe to say that John Pfaff holds a special place in the hearts of Independence residents.

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Dallas activities for kids

Kid-Fit, a water fitness class designed for school-age children. begins Monday, July 16 at the Dallas Aquatic Center. The class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:15 to 6 p.m., and the cost varies based on participation. The focus of the class is fun while building strength and endurance.

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Walgreens ready to break ground

MONMOUTH -- A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Walgreens store at the corner of Main Street and Highway 99W will take place at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The flags and bunting and red, white and blue decorations have been carefully packed away for another year, and MI Town is knee deep in summer activities as well as responsibilities for home and family. There are lawns to be mowed and weeds to be pulled and vacations to be planned in this wonderful time of summer sunshine.

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Festival-goers get project off the ground

INDEPENDENCE -- The Two Cities One Community (2C1C) tile mural project, headed by Talmadge Middle School art teacher Bruce Beltz, sold 100 of their mosaic tiles during the Western Days celebration.

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Well-known attorney Mark Irick dies

DALLAS -- Mark Irick, well-known Dallas lawyer and the city attorney for Dallas and Monmouth, passed away in his home on July 7, six days shy of his 55thd birthday.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

A group of relatives and friends honored Brenda Ronco with a surprise birthday party on June 16 at the Cynthian in Dallas. Time was spent visiting, reminiscing, and enjoying a buffet and birthday cake. A good time was had by all.

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Fire danger season begins

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Forestry said fire danger season went into effect July 5 for the Western Oregon district, which is comprised of Polk, Benton and Lincoln counties

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Hay ignites, barn burns

DALLAS -- A barn fire reported at about 5:40 p.m. on July 7 at 400 James Howe Road in Dallas kept firefighters busy for more than nine hours.

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Lacreole kids tour to DC area

Sixty-three eighth-grade students and chaperones from Dallas returned from what may become an annual event -- a trip to Washington, D.C.

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Bill Hahn is new Dallas fire chief

DALLAS -- Bill Hahn was named Monday night as the new fire chief for Dallas and the Southwest Polk Fire District. He has been serving as interim fire chief since February.

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Rec district concept approved

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth City Council has voted to explore a plan to form a special district to raise funds for construction of a recreation facility for Monmouth and Independence.

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7/11 Editorials

*War on Terror needs whole new strategy*Mark Irick faced challenges but was never faced down

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Community Notebook

*Buena Vista Ferry temporarily closed*Monmouth police are recruiting reserves*Western Days goes smoothly *Monmouth City Council Agenda*Poker tournament is fund raiser*Veterans invited on festival float*Polk Farm Service nominations open*Yard sale benefits actice Guard troops*Watershed forum will feature native plants *Moonlight benefit set for Aug. 17*Local students earn academic honors *Children's agency needs book dollars*Airman is deployed to overseas task *Independence man wins writing award*Bluebird expert will speak to club *Swing lessons and concert set tonight*Activities due at local libraries *Gate will hold benefit barbecue*Child, 4, hurt in ATV incident*Hometown Lending now called eLife *Polk SWCD board meets on July 24 *Corrections

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Thursday, July 5

 

Dallas city news

*Parks upgrades draw support of Dallas council *Council discusses what new bridge means to Dallas *Fir Villa work gains approval

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Tuesday, July 3

      

Monday, July 2

   

MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Happy Birthday, USA! In MI Town we're enjoying the annual celebration known as Western Days, where our homes are filled with friends and family members as we celebrate Independence Day.

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County OKs 2007-08 budget

POLK COUNTY -- After a great deal of uncertainty, Polk County commissioners were able to approve a 2007-2008 budget, and it includes federal timber money.

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WOU gets $19 million for projects

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will receive more than $19 million to erect a new residence hall and renovate existing buildings during the next biennium.

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Community Notebook

*4-H entry deadline for fair is July 13 *Four new teachers join Dallas district*Reading program activities set*Employee terms wrongly reported *Class reunions are scheduled*Noted photog speaks to group*Water bills will go up in Independence*Falls City board changes meeting days *Dallas police busy in May *Aquatic income shows growth *Reading roars on at library*Firefighters kept hopping*Vacation Bible School slated *Caregiver classes offered in Dallas *Driver's ed class due at Central *UO honors local student -- twice

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Nila Shellenbarger had a visit from Pedee friends Ted and Alberta Jones on June 14 to honor her June 19 birthday.

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Letters to the editor

*Dedicated citizens make big difference for many students*Good for land owner for standing up for her rights*Ash Creek Trail a bad idea that should be stopped*Dallas P.D. gets a citizen's thanks

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Child safety restraint rules change

A new law that took effect on July 1 requires Oregon drivers to keep their children in booster seats longer, and have their infant car seats facing to the rear.

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7/3 Editorials

*God blessed America, and we will not forget*Question of the day: What constitutes a tax?*Celebrate the season -- summer in Polk County

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Monmouth budget calls on reserves

MONMOUTH -- The city will see major capital improvements to its water and power utilities, and personnel increases in various departments during the coming fiscal year.

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WOU prof wins Latino book honor

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University Spanish professor Eduardo Gonz lez-Via¤a's recently released novel "El Corrido de Dante" has won the International Latino Book Award for best adventure or drama novel.

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A sweet setup indeed

POLK COUNTY -- No doubt the sight on Aaron Kennel's farm off Airlie Road has left many a passerby puzzled.

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CCC honors Dallas' VanDenBosch

Longtime board member Gwen VanDenBosch and former president Gretchen Schuette were honored by Chemeketa Community College as they end long terms of service.

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Seniors launch walking program

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Senior Center plans to start a "Walk Your Way to Better Health" program on Wednesday, July 11, at the center at 180 S. Warren St.

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