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Wednesday, June 27



Rec district up to Monmouth now

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth leaders will have two opportunities to decide whether to form a proposed recreation district that would also encompass Independence.

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Dallas school news

*Board ponders PERS options *Added funding assures services *DHS will use "weighted" grades *District, employees reach pay agreement

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Dallas pushes room tax

DALLAS -- Dallas City Mayor Jim Fairchild has proposed that the city council implement Dallas' first ever hotel-motel tax.

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Community Notebook

*Historic tour set for July 3 *Dallas man dies in June 19 crash*Dallas' Reimer shares in honor*Masonic lodge hosts community barbecue *Bluegrass festival and auction on tap *Pike earns Pentacle Theater scholarship*Hospital Auxiliary awards scholarships*Summerfest ready*Honors graduate

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6/27 Corrections

Dallas Police cars will be repainted over the next few years, not months. The new car pictured last week in the Itemizer-Observer replaced an old patrol car that had been cycled out.

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6/27 Editorials

*Beavers inspire best from the rest of us*The bridge games begin for Dallas commuters *Choice: Which debt looks wiser for the long run?

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6/27 Letters to the editor

*Rec district is end run attempt on community *Pox on spineless and disingenuous GOP senators *Local efforts needed to make bridge a reality*Appreciates story bringing water problem to light *Many deserving of thanks for keeping community healthy *Law enforcement officers deserve our humble thanks *I-O employee goes beyond helpfulness *Needed: Host family for visiting teacher *

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Monmouth Welcome sign chosen

MONMOUTH -- Officials will place entrance signs at the northern and sourthern city limits of Monmouth that reflect those that mark the Western Oregon University campus.

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Fallen deputy laid to rest

SALEM -- He was a whiz with his Weber grill and meticulous when it came to his lawn. He was a joker, a loving father and husband, and a highly dedicated lawman.

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Monmouth faces Ash Creek Trail problems

MONMOUTH -- It has been more than two years since Monmouth and Independence jointly developed a master plan to guide construction, management and funding for a trail that would connect the two cities.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our local strawberries and raspberries are putting on their annual show and the results are spectacular, as usual. Freshly baked shortcake crowned with those beautiful fruits and just a touch of sweetened whipped cream is a wonderful temptation few - if any - of us could even begin to resist.

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Tuesday, June 19



School district emphasizes discretion for supervisors

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Central School District will emphasize more discretion by coaches and activity supervisors at off-campus school-sponsored events, in light of inappropriate behavior at a Central High cheerleading team gathering last month.

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Pedee News column: Nola Womer

Pedee Evangelical Memorial Church daily Vacation Bible School is June 18 to 22. A cowboy-themed "roundup" will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Albright Corral.

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Legislature approves record K-12 budget

The Oregon Senate passed House Bills 5019, 5020 and 5021 last week, a package of legislation that adds up to the highest level of funding in state history for K-12 education.

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Community Notebook

*Police cars will get a new look*County road work continues *DHS Class of '52 plans a reunion *Donations sought for benefit event *Central Lions host free health screenings *WOU swimming pool is open to public*Team sponsors ALS benefit event *Locals finish studies at Corban College *Fair table setting signups are open*Locals graduate from U. of Oregon

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Summer activities in Dallas

*"Summerblast" seeks scholarships *LaCreole after-school program plans begin*Karate For Everyone starts on June 21*Red Cross babysitting course is available *Wiggle, Giggle, Move set to start July 10

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School district will miss enrichment teacher

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Elementary school children and their families in Monmouth and Independence have been able to experience vibrant art and literature from different countries and cultures on a regular basis since 1994.

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Ford leaves OSU $8 million gift

CORVALLIS -- Hallie Ford, a noted Oregon philanthropist, made a gift of $8 million to Oregon State University shortly before she died, generously supporting a cause she advocated for throughout her lifetime-Oregon's children and their families.

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Grant will help retrain Tyco workers

WASHINGTON. D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Labor last week awarded a $1,351,216 emergency grant to assist approximately 180 workers affected by the closure of the TTM Technologies Inc. facility located in Dallas.

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MI Town column: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Most of our newly-minted Western Oregon University graduates bid farewell to MI Town following weekend graduation ceremonies that combined nostalgia, optimism and abundant good wishes.

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6/20 Letters to the editor

*Many things are more needed than Ash Creek Trail*Council ignores citizen's concerns about trail plans*Legislature needs to heed voters on property protection *Carlin's solution concerning illegals makes lot of sense*"Sensationalized" story on family without water*Does admission of the crime mitigate guilt? *Speak up about illegal immigration*Why has justice system failed an innocent man?

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Contractor looks at operating Dallas waste facility

DALLAS -- Looking to flush away rising costs at the city's wastewater treatment facility, the Dallas City Council has agreed to request proposals from private sources to take over the operations and maintenance of that facility.

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Two Dallas schools gain grants

DALLAS -- The Dallas Education Fund may be in its infancy, but with the help of $1,075 of contributions from the Dallas High Class of 1966 - plus additional contributions from other alumni and supporters - grants were funded with

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Ritner Bridge group forms non-profit

The Ritner Creek Bridge grassroots organization that has helped save Polk County's last covered bridge will begin forming a non-profit organization June 21 so that it may continue supporting the bridge and its restoration.

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6/20 Editorials

*Community rates as All-American in eyes of those who count*Alternative fuels already in use in NW - they're called water and gravity*Governor's decree does a disservice to Flag Day

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Wednesday, June 13

 

Incident leads to coach's resignation

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - The head cheerleading coach of Central High School recently resigned, following an investigation of an incident in which she videotaped inappropriate behavior by some students at an off-campus event.

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Tuesday, June 12

 

6/13 Editorials

*Rare process invites wide participation from the community*Oregon loses leading philanthropists for arts

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New CARTS bus schedule due

POLK COUNTY -- Local residents will be served by two new CARTS (Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System) express bus routes linking rural Polk County cities and Salem beginning July 2.

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Independence misses A-A City award

INDEPENDENCE -- Close, but no cigar. Independence came up short this past weekend in its bid to become one of the 10 All-America City Award winners of the National Civic League.

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6/13 Letters to the editor

*Parents urged to immunize kids against measles*Don't motorists know what sirens and lights mean?*Express your feelings, and seek out support*A tribute to treasured keeper of Polk history*PTC president thanks a great staff at Oakdale*Wednesday walks in Independence are a success *Special interests are profiteers in name of cause *Community's emergency staff are top rate*Teacher gets great joy from students and community *Positive changes make community a better place *Warning: Slug bait is deadly to your animals *Democrats refuse to see immigration policy's problems *Store is thanked for car wash site

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These beautiful summer mornings bring so many blessings and benefits to those who can awaken early to savor the perfection of a brand spanking new day.

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Bike lanes discussion set

INDEPENDENCE -- The City of Independence is looking for public input regarding a proposed addition of bike lanes along Monmouth Street.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Enjoying crabbing at the beach in Newport on June 1 were Lonnie Burbank; his son, Michael Burbank of McMinnville; his father, Aaron Burbank; and his father-in-law, Alvin Jones.

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Community Notebook

*Road work shifts to north county*Early transportation presentation offered *Mystery movie set for library*Falls City sets summer reading*Credit union robbed in West Salem *Homebuilding slows in Dallas*PEARL has summer fun for children *Ambulance service sees general funding *By Design school in Dallas closes*Hilker will begin career in New York *Firefighters host June 17 breakfast *Town band sets rehearsal dates *Locals win CCC Restart awards *Suitcases needed for local children *CHS student wins trigonometry award*Ballston picnic set for June 24 *Falls City carnival planned for July 3*Polk County 4-H receives grant*CASA benefit set at Ugo's Pizza*Library schedules several activities *Falls City Garden Club plans trip*Support network sponsors picnic*CCC workshop is for travellers*Martin certified in green design*African artifacts exhibited at DRV*Locals graduate from Linfield *Holmberg honored*Dance lessons set*Correction

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Incident results in coach's resignation

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - The head cheerleading coach of Central High School recently resigned, following an investigation of an incident in which she videotaped inappropriate behavior by some students at an off-campus event.

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Earth-friendly houses prove popular

POLK COUNTY -- Local home builder Boylan Homes has gone green. "We started the first of this year," Boylan co-owner Eli Boylan said. "All the homes we build will be certified earth advantage homes."

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Truancy control is a running battle

DALLAS -- Truancy in Dallas schools not only affects the students and schools, but the community as well. Adults often wonder where kids are going; are they skipping school and why?

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Wednesday, June 6



6/6 Editorials

*Roger Jordan offers personal reasons for ending his tenure*Young athletes and students are ready to take on the world

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6/6 Engagements

*Addison-Reese*Lipp-Lockett*Harrison-Slater*Pomerenke-Trowbridge*Beckler-Osborn*Ainsworth-Yliniemi

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Ash Creek Trail has its foes

INDEPENDENCE - A nature trail linking Monmouth to Independence seemed an ambitious project when posed by community members during the early 1990s.

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Dallas looks at another water tank

DALLAS -- Construction of a second large water tank at the southern end of Main Street at about 500 feet of elevation is expected to cost nearly $3.6 million.

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Kids can fly like eagles

INDEPENDENCE -- Kids who want to know how it feels to be in the cockpit of a soaring airplane can find out this weekend.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that we've turned the page on the calendar to June, summertime is so close we can almost taste it. We are dreaming of hot dogs and hamburgers and chicken on the grill, potato salad and baked beans and gallons of lemonade, and lazy days in the hammock with nothing to do but be lazy and watch the birds circling overhead, while listening to the happy laughter of the neighbor kids playing in the pool down the street.

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Pedee news: Nola Womer

Aaron Burbank and Dan Hayes assisted Pastor Lonnie Burbank at the May 27 morning worship service at Pedee Evangelical Memorial Church.

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New police space put to good use

The City of Dallas bought the former Itemizer-Observer print shop last year and spent the past few months converting it into to much-needed office space for the police department.

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County road work continues

Polk County road work continues this week with projects scheduled through Friday, June 8, on Rogers, Greenwood, Doaks Ferry and Orchard Heights roads, plus Orchard Heights Place.

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Community Notebook

*Summer reading program offered to Dallas kids*Red Cross sets youth ed classes*DHS 40-year class reunion set*Community Bingo nights at Elks*Rotary is taking strawberry orders*Aquatic center is busy in April*Independence sets historic home tour*Santiam Christian honors teachers*Drivers ed offered at Central High*Photo contest is for the birds*Pony visit day set for June 9 *Church leads lobby for anti-hunger bill*Kraft recognizes local food bank *West Salem fest set for Aug. 10*Owens completes USAF training *Beekeeper speaks to women's group*Fairgrounds events*Correction

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Airthrey's aces the test

DALLAS -- Vanessa Uhrig has owned and operated Airthrey's Bakery only since August but already has celebrated a rare achievement.

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WOU has free spring concert

MONMOUTH - If the rising cost of international travel has you stuck at home, there's a much less costly way to experience distant places: Western Oregon University's spring choir concert.

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Red Vase adds wine shop

MONMOUTH -- The Red Vase, a Monmouth fixture for 32 years, has added a wine shop to its selection of flowers and gifts.

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Central girls rule state

CORVALLIS - It has been almost 10 years since the folks at Central High were able to enjoy a state championship by one of their sports teams.

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Dallas raises city employees' pay

DALLAS -- General employees of the City of Dallas have agreed to a 2.7 percent cost of living adjustment to their compensation without making any changes in fringe benefits.

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Dallas city manager ready to bow out

DALLAS -- In informal meetings with the Dallas City Council on June 1, City Manager Roger Jordan informed them that he and his wife, Susie, are looking ahead to his retirement, no later than the end of 2007.

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6/6 Letters to the editor

*Those who control commodity will always make out*Monmouth Street bike paths will create problems*Dallas students show generosity to those in need*Are there any summer jobs for motivated kids?*There should be a way to save old tannery building *Hail, kind hearts; too bad some are greedy and evil*Club thanks all who helped with Fockler benefit *

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Levens bridge work bid accepted

DALLAS -- The Levens Street bridge project in Dallas is moving ahead. At the June 4 city council meeting it was announced that Ross Bros. & Company of Salem submitted the low bid of $1,164,878.70.

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Campus rally raises hackles

MONMOUTH -- Dominique DeWeese had been driving down Monmouth Avenue when the exhibit in front of the Humanities and Human Sciences Building caught his eye.

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