Stories for March 2007

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Friday, March 30



Property tax deferral info offered

MONMOUTH -- Senior citizens or persons with a disability can take advantage of a program offered by the Oregon Department of Revenue to help cope with property taxes.

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Wednesday, March 28



Community activities for April

Several new and ongoing programs are offered this spring by Dallas Community Activities. The list provided to the Itemizer-Observer includes:

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Paul Kovash was re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Ag West Co-op at the group's annual meeting in Rickreall on March 13.

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MI recognizes hometown heroes

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- It was a simple instruction from his high school basketball coach that eventually became a sort of code to live by, said Michael Ainsworth.

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Student has a head for business

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A Central High School senior will test her business know-how against students from across the country and world next month.

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And therein lies a tail -- or two

DALLAS -- "Sufi and Safara give me hope for humanity and confirm for me what love can do," Allison Hamilton says, as she scratches Sufi's soft black head.

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Polk County population booms

POLK COUNTY -- New U.S. Census figures show what most Polk County residents suspected: the county's population is growing, and fast.

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3/28 Editorials

*Row, row your boat -- or take a better route across the WillametteRow, row your boat -- or take a better route across the Willamette*Ethics shouldn't be too hard to understand and live with*Community awards merit an award of their own

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Community Notebook

*Dallas Tyco plant closing for good*Activities offered Dallas-area seniors *Meetings offered for Holy Week*Book Fair set at WV Hospital *Lighthouse farm slates egg hunt*Buell Grange's dinner is April 1*Schwab stores host tulip sale benefit *Hospital auxiliary candy sale is on *Evergreen hosts annual egg hunt *Christian school registration set*Former newscaster speaks in Dallas * Dance is April 13 *Nite Court events

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3/28 Letters to the editor

*I-O news warms heart of former exchange student*Solution to halt global warming yet to be developed*Premium pet food proves safe choice for valuable pet*An offer to help computer newbie

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's springtime in MI Town and Mother Nature has worked her usual magic on every street and neighborhood, with an abundance of fragrant blossoms and flowering trees for everyone to enjoy.

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Pedee bridge contractor selected

POLK COUNTY -- KLM Construction of Puyallup, Wash., appears to be the successful bidder for the Ritner Creek Bridge restoration project this summer.

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Dallas will miss retiring mechanic

DALLAS -- In a few days, Dick Pankratz will stop doing something he's done for more than half a century: showing up at work every day to fix other people's car problems.

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Preschool screening gives kids a boost

POLK COUNTY -- For three years the Dallas School District has partnered with Dallas Early Intervention and area health providers to screen preschool children from ages birth to 5.

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Police: Drug ring dealt in huge sums

INDEPENDENCE -- Local resident Ricardo Linares, who is alleged to be one of the heads of a drug trafficking ring that reached throughout the Willamette Valley, is scheduled to appear in Benton County Circuit Court on April 5.

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Tuesday, March 20



City endorses Lenora's renewal

INDEPENDENCE -- City officials approved a requested liquor license renewal for Lenora's Ghost after the owners of the bar agreed to a new compliance plan to reduce some of the disturbances caused by unruly patrons.

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Faith Christian has new library, lab

DALLAS -- Faith Christian School will showcase its new library and computer lab in an open house at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The school is at 2290 E. Ellendale Ave.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's springtime in MI Town, and not a moment too soon! Most of us are happy that Old Man Winter has packed his bags and moved to another hemisphere for the next several months. We can enjoy this season of new beginnings and look forward to the bountiful joys of living in this paradise we call the Willamette Valley.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pacific Conference Superintendent William Vermillion was a March 8 dinner guest of Pastor Lonnie and Pam Burbank at the parsonage. Lonnie formerly attended classes taught by Vermillion at Western Evangelical Seminary and also at George Fox College.

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Community Notebook

*Health Fair is April 5 at TMS*Dallas library plans spring break events *Activities offered at Monmouth library*Auction raises funds for DHS grad party*Local groups share in DCF grant funds *Kalapuya program set for March 28*Testing scheduled home schoolers *Annual doll show and sale March 24*Church to host choir concert*New church will open in Monmouth *Driver education classes offered*Academic honors

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WOU prof's experience fills a book

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's Leadership Development Coordinator Jon Tucker has been developing and facilitating "icebreakers" and "teambuilders" for years.

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3/21 Letters to the editor

*Our music students are high achievers*Too much time on our hands?*Would gladly take that pesky computer*Thanks to good citizen for help *Talmadge's hard work pays off *Blue Dolphins event a success *Morrison kids are winners*Global warming can be beaten

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Independence discusses new projects

INDEPENDENCE -- City leaders hope to break ground on a proposed athletic field complex near Riverview Park, create a new senior center and see more new businesses on the south end of Main Street by 2009.

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3/21 Editorials

*Oregon legislators prepare for fiscal weather change * #2 Pencils don't crash -- but they must be sharp*Protecting property rights may threaten others' rights

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Dallas woman wins Fulbright

DALLAS -- Elizabeth Humphrey, a 2003 graduate of Dallas High School and now a senior history major at Willamette University, received a coveted Fulbright Scholarship last week.

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Deputy rolls patrol car

RICKREALL -- A Polk County sheriff's deputy was slightly injured on March 17 when his patrol car swerved to avoid another vehicle and rolled several times in a field.

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Huge drug bust closes local store

INDEPENDENCE -- A local man was arrested last week because of his alleged role in a drug ring that had been operated out of businesses in Corvallis and Independence.

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Little blue friends display their loyalty

DALLAS -- The sun is beginning to set over Lloyd Martin's house at the top of Bridalwood Road in Dallas. An hour has passed, but Dwain and Amy haven't returned for their evening meal.

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Water therapy speeds recoveries

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital's physical therapists use every tool the can think of to get people up and moving after surgery or an accident.

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Thursday, March 15



Wednesday, March 14

                    

Tuesday, March 13



MI names civic honorees

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Jerry and Joy Hoffman of Independence have been named as community First Citizens by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce.

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It's Doernbecher Week at DHS

DALLAS -- Doernbecher Week is under way at Dallas High School. The annual event raises thousands of dollars for the well-known children's hospital in Portland.

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Evangelical church missionaries to Bolivia, James and Jenny Wolheter, will be at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service March 18 at Pedee Evangelical Church. A potluck fellowship dinner will be served at the close of the service.

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Road repair wheels turn, but slowly

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County commissioners recently held bid hearings on road resurfacing and improvements for the 35 roads earmarked for work under a road bond approved by voters last fall.

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Community Notebook

*Dallaspre-school screening set for March 23*4-H promotion day is March 24 *Curiosity Auction donations sought*Old-Time Fiddlers set state convention* Family Fun Night set at Falls City*Arts Association memberships open *Kidsbook sale due in Monmouth*Relay team washes cars for cause *Conversation Club meets March 20 *Benefit luncheon set for March 22*Easter baskets will be made to order *Polk WSCD resets board meeting*Master Gardeners seek donations*Local pork rancher goes to assembly

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

Quick ... does anybody know what time it is? Everybody in MI Town is actively dodging rainstorms and puddles, and now we have the joy of getting used to Daylight Saving Time.

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County watches for federal action

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon counties that depend on federal timber payments may have a one-year reprieve if the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act passes the Senate and is approved by the president.

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Flock of flamingos flies by night

DALLAS -- Two flocks of hot pink flamingos have infested Dallas. They have shown an irregular flight pattern as they move from home to home, perhaps disoriented by the recent spat of tornadoes in the southern states.

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Amador's Alley is closing

INDEPENDENCE -- Amador's Alley turns 22 years this Friday, but a bittersweet air surrounds the occasion. The family-run Mexican restaurant will close at the end of the month.

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Guard comes through for FCHS project

FALLS CITY -- Earlier this month two National Guardsmen, Sergeants First Class Shane Bonney and Jeff Timshel, brought some heavy equipment to Falls City High School to help five students from Art Houghtaling's social studies class take care of two trees.

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Efforts pour into watershed park

INDEPENDENCE -- The once-neglected south fork of Ash Creek near Mountain Fir Park has undergone some major changes during the past couple of months.

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Discover SCUBA and you may be hooked

POLK COUNTY -- Sitting on the bottom of a pool looking up, the water becomes a one-way mirror. People looking into the pool can see you, but you can't see them.

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3/14 Letters to the editor

*Beware of scam operators seeking money for schools*Stay involved and you'll feel better*Many helped FFA's scholarship event* PCCC praised for supporting museum*Computer user speaks his mind*Volunteers made difference at park*Ignoring our vote should be crime

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3/14 Editorials

*Fighting for dollars moving ahead in D.C.*Productivity growth takes war-time dive

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Coping with NCLB never easy

Something had to change at Sobrante Park Elementary School. Year after year, the school in a poor area of Oakland, Calif., failed to test-score targets.

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Wednesday, March 7

     

Tuesday, March 6



DHS culinary kids score big

DALLAS -- A Dallas High School team took second place among more than 30 teams at this year's ProStart State High School Culinary Championships.

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Dallas graduation rate distorted

POLK COUNTY - There's an old saying to the effect that "Figures don't lie." Some folks at the Dallas School District may take exception to that adage.

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Local contractor faces state fines

INDEPENDENCE -- A private firefighting contractor in Independence could lose its license and be fined up to $61,000 for alleged labor violations dating back to 2000.

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Community Notebook

*M-I Community Awards are set for March 22*Barnes earns honors at Air Force Academy*Jane Mitchell retiring at WVH*Polk 4-H signup deadline April 2 *Raffle will help stricken student*More community activities start *Ugo's aids Relay for Life team *Monthly lessons, dances offered *Williams on duty*Local scholar*Wildlife talk* Debtor education*Red Cross day*Chorale concert*Blue Book online*Play auditions*BeckenRidge dances*Montessori school*CET applications*Choir to perform*Community dance*Boucher manages office*Polk SWCD meeting

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Power outages stall test takers

DALLAS -- Students all over the state were facing a testing nightmare when their computer based standardized test suddenly shut down last week.

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3/7 Letters to the Editor

*Some will make hay, but it won't be us*Perrydale parents appreciate support *March Madness is aptly named* *Some will make hay, but it won't be us*Local snowbirders enjoy gathering *Perrydale parents appreciate support *March Madness is aptly named

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Higher ed budget good fit for WOU's needs

Gov. Ted Kulongoski's recommended higher education budget for 2007-09 will make college more affordable for students and improve support for regional campuses, Oregon University System officials said.

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MI Community Foundation funds grow

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation (MICF) had accrued more than $269,000 in endowment and grant funding by the end of 2006.

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More file for May election

Six candidates have filed for local school board positions in the May 15 election. Lonnie J. Guralnik is a candidate for Central School District Board Position 3, and John W. Cruickshank Jr. filed for Perrydale School Board Position 1.

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Fashion designer creates a better pace

DALLAS -- Sandy Teal grew up in Dallas, and studied design in Portland and later at Oregon State University. She married a Dallas business owner and for a time lived in West Salem.

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Students visit Africa through teacher

PEDEE -- Rhythm is universal. It is tapped out on drums, rattled by dry gourds and seed pods, and clanked crystal clear on cooking pots. Rhythm has been used for centuries to communicate across distance and language barriers.

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3/7 Editorials

*Clock changing exercise keeps changing over time*Loss of Celilo marks loss of more than a falls

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Pedee News : Nola Womer

For 10 days in February, Juandeane Skidmore baby-sat her daughter Beth's two children, Nicole and Eric, at their home in Boise, Idaho.

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MI Town : Patty Taylor Dutcher

With the rain and wind making their presence known on these chilly March evenings, most of us are trying to decide whether to go to the nearest lumberyard for ark building supplies or just put another log on the fire and snuggle down in a comfy chair with a good book.

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Holocaust survivor teaches a living lesson

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Fifteen-year old Sam Thompson pored over a short written history of Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener inside Talmadge Middle School's auditorium, just a few moments before Wiener himself was set to speak.

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