Stories for May 2007

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Wednesday, May 30

         

Tuesday, May 29



MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's countdown time for students of all ages in MI Town as the end of the school year is now so close. These last few days before summer vacation seem to take forever, especially with the holiday weekend offering a glimpse of a wonderful season to come.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The Riley and Elizabeth Burbank annual family reunion was held May 19 at Greenway Mobile Home Clubhouse in Dallas with an attendance of 42. An afternoon potluck dinner was enjoyed by all.

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Seniors launch game show fun

DALLAS -- The Dallas Area Senior Center has added a new activity to its monthly lineup: a Jeopardy-style game show called "You've Still Got It!"

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FFA Ag Day is a home run

The energy was flowing when Dallas High School's FFA team held its first annual Ag Day at the Polk County Fairgrounds last week.

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County road work continues

POLK COUNTY -- Road improvement projects continue this week with work scheduled through Friday, June 1, on Orrs Corner, Rogers, Oak Grove, Greenwood, Farmer and Buena Vista roads in the rural county.

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Academic Showcase set at WOU

MONMOUTH - Students at Western Oregon University will put their knowledge and skills on display during the university's Academic Excellence Showcase on Thursday, May 31.

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5/30 Letters to the editor

*This is what ed dollars pay for?*City thanked for quick response*Relay supporters did a great job *Business' training is valuable asset*Community shows its heart again *Thanks, volunteers at MI Cleanup Day

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A legacy will live on at Baskett Slough

POLK COUNTY -- Since their deaths on Sept. 11, 2001, the 45 passengers of ill-fated United Airlines Flight 93 have been remembered across the nation for their courage and defiance in the face of terror.

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Freedom Tour planes come to area

Three restored World War II bomber planes will be in McMinnville on June 6-8 as part of the Collings Foundation "Wings of Freedom" tour that makes annual stops in Oregon.

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Timber funding extension is relief for county

POLK COUNTY -- Congress approved an Iraq War spending bill last week that included a provision vital to Oregon - a one-year extension of a funding program for counties in Western states hurt by decreased logging on federal land.

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DHS cards will help Justice Fockler

Dallas High School "Dragon Cards" will be on sale from June 1st through June 15th. The cost is $10 per card. A Dragon card entitles the holder to discounts at local businesses for a entire year.

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Community Notebook

*Local man earns ROTC honors *Dallas woman wastes no time*It's showtime at First Friday event *Baroque concert set for library*Drivers' ed offered through Dallas High *Spring dance set Friday at WOU*Auto swap meet set for June 3*Grange flea market and breakfast set *Children's musical is June 3 at EBC

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5/30 Editorials

*Vital part of a new bridge: Location, location, location*Public sector finances are looking good -- for now*Expansion of Bottle Bill honors a father's legacy

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Monday, May 28



Wednesday, May 23

 

Community Notebook

*Bridgeport's dinner/auction set for May 31*Reptile show is June 5 at Lyle *Dallas High class reunions slated *Falls City sets spring cleanup*4-H fund raisers due in Dallas*IHS all-class reunion slated*PCL art auction set for June 23 *Local graduates

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Sex crime arrests made in park

POLK COUNTY -- Two public school teachers and a college professor were among those arrested for illegal sex activity during an undercover sting by the Polk County Sheriff's Office at a state park last weekend.

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WOU professor arrested in roundup takes leave

POLK COUNTY -- Two public school teachers and a college professor were among those arrested for illegal sex activity during a recent undercover operation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office at a state park.

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5/23 Editorials

*Charity and community come together nicely*County road maintenance program well under way*A wild irony arises from building a border wall

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Watching the evening news on network television can often be depressing at best, and talk radio only reinforces the cynicism and frequently mean-spirited attitudes of people who focus on all the negative happenings in our world.

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Son helps family escape fire

DALLAS - The Dallas, Rickreall and Polk County No. 1 Fire Departments responded to a house fire in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, May 22, on SW Ellis Street.

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5/23 Letters to the editor

*Sheriff challenged to nail truckers*Falls City kids believe in selves*Suggestions for immigration issue*Exchange students thank community*Many made food drive a success *Station worker makes her day *What's wrong with just living quietly? *About age-related eye degeneration*Government has its dunce cap on*Lost: item of great personal value*Wake up, suckers, and see the game

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New city recorder is keeping busy

FALLS CITY -- Keith Moez was hired as the new Falls City recorder as of April 16. Moez is a retired Clatsop County employee and former Oregon Air National Guard pilot in the 116th Air Control Squadron out of Warrenton.

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New look, new name for gift shop

DALLAS -- While Guy's Hardware has changed hands, the Guy family still owns Guy's Gifts, recently remodeled and re-christened Plain and Fancy Gifts.

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Memorial Day events scheduled

POLK COUNTY -- More than 480 flags, each representing a Polk County veteran who has died, will line the Avenue of Flags at Dallas Cemetery on Monday, May 28.

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Charter works to upgrade Dallas cable

DALLAS -- A three- to six-month conversion of Charter Communications infrastructure will be underway shortly, according to that firm's operations manager for the area.

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Thursday, May 17



Wednesday, May 16

              

Tuesday, May 15



Excercise, cancer treatment work together

DALLAS -- In 1997 the American Cancer Society published a study that made a clear connection between regular exercise and improved recovery rates in cancer patients undergoing high doses of chemotherapy.

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Community Notebook

*Central band salutes Beatles*Historical program is about textiles*Dallas grads earn college honors*Summer day camp set for Dallas kids*Night of fun to showcase activities*County repaving work continues*Registration due for show animals*IHS all-class reunion slated *Lowery elected OFDA president*MI Chamber has new hours *DRV anniversary event is June 1*Postal Service exam dates set*Pentacle Theater slates auditions*Whisler benefit event planned*WV Hospice offers training *Amvets plan several events*Swing II dance lessons offered*Alpaca day set* Dance is Friday

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*Corrections*

A story in the May 9 Itemizer-Observer on Central School District approving a re-alignment of the grade levels at its elementary school contained some errors:

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Polk Fire No. 1 tax rate could drop

MONMOUTH-INDEPEDENCE -- An operating levy to keep Polk County Fire District No. 1's ambulance service afloat, passed by local voters more than two years ago, could drop by as much as 12 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in 2007-08.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Today is the first of three Walking Wednesdays, where our local students are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to and from school.

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5/16 Editorials

*Respect means doffing headgear for Old Glory*Uncertain funding sources make for local uncertainty*Adding another school test will bring other benefits*Recognition should move beyond the athletic realm

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Community garden work day set

DALLAS -- Work continues in preparation of the Dallas Community Garden, which soon will grow from a one-acre lot on Juniper Street near the Dallas Aquatic Center.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The O.R. Riley and Elizabeth Burbank annual Family Reunion will be Saturday, May 19, in the Greenway Mobile Home Park clubhouse, 450 SE LaCreole Drive in Dallas.

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Relay for Life set to go

The Seventh Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County is set for Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, at the Dallas High School track and football field.

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Central will institute PSAT

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Sophomore students at Central High School will be required to take the PSAT exams starting next fall.

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Guest column: Joseph Hunter

Thirty years ago it was common to hear national leaders assert that every person in our society needed to get a high school diploma, or any options for a successful career after high school would be significantly compromised.

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Buzz cuts will help girl fight leukemia

POLK COUNTY -- Members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office are seeking people willing to have their heads shaved, to sponsor somebody else's head-shaving, or just donate money to help offset medical costs for a little girl in need.

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Inspiring the activist spirit

MONMOUTH - Dean Braa, professor of sociology at Western Oregon University, knows he has done his job if a student leaves his class with a critical eye on society and the status quo.

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Wednesday, May 9

              

Tuesday, May 8

 

Letters to the editor

*Why do police run cars at idle for hours on end?*Ted Kulongoski strikes again*Historic tannery will be missed *Feels paper not worth $2 a month *Highway 223 has become a disgrace *DOT not doing job on Mexican trucks*A back-door try to gut Measure 37 *Good Sams event full of fellowship *Candidate shares goals for district *Kathleen Stanley good for schools*Plude outstanding board candidate

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An Artic connection

MONMOUTH -- Walking through the Jensen Arctic Museum sometimes makes Roben Jack Larrison long for the place she grew up.

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Getting what you pay for

The job of inspectors from the Oregon Department of Agriculture takes on added importance this spring as gasoline prices continue to rise.

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Relay teams raising funds

With the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Polk County only days away, teams continue to raise funds for the May 18-19 (6 p.m. to noon) event at Dallas High School's track.

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Tuesday is deadline for voting

Results of the Polk County special district election will be posted on the Itemizer-Observer's web site, www.polkio.com, on Wednesday, May 16.

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Dragonaires bring home a title

The Dallas High School Dragonaires Vocal Jazz performing group won first place in its division at the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival on April 15 at Pleasant Hill High School.

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County has to sweat for funding

POLK COUNTY -- Last week President Bush vetoed a spending bill that would have restricted funds for the war in Iraq, and with that action also clouded the financial future of rural counties.

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5/9 Editorials

*Let our voice be heard regarding civil unions*Legislative overrides will lead to bigger problems *Roll out welcome mat; we need immigrants

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County paving rolls on

POLK COUNTY -- Three more rural areas in Polk County will undergo road upgrades beginning today. The work is a continuation of the county's maintenance and repair program approved by voters last November.

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Auction will clean out former Tyco plant

DALLAS -- And then, nothing. What's left inside the former Tyco circuit board plant, once the workplace of more than 300 employees, is being cleared out in a public auction today.

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Community Notebook

*Students will stretch legs for school commute*Seniors schedule trips to casino*Summerfest seeks sponsors, helpers*Local students win scholarships*Library hosts May 11 activity *Monmouth library schedules movie *Wellness fair, walk/run set*Nite Court runs through June 9*Rummage sale is for baseball team*Sen. Smith's staff to visit Dallas*Bethel tasting set May 26-28*Sound Jubilee concert slated *Country dance at Guthrie Park *Ham radio club meets on May 10 *FFA events set in Willamina*ODOT site adds public transit info*Tax payment segment due*Field trips for birders offered *WOU art exhibit *Musical worshipset *Family reunion due *Edward Jones gets No. 1 ranking*CET has openings *Upcoming blood drives

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's wonderful to see students of all ages participating in baseball, track and other spring sports, and these dedicated athletes show us every day how hard work and competition keeps them healthy and fit..

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It's all in the touch

DALLAS -- Linda Poling uses her training to treat a variety of ailments in adults, but her work with disabled children is what sets her apart from other massage therapists in the area.

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Rare identical twin calves born

POLK COUNTY -- It's been four weeks since Genessa and Giovanna were born, and the Eash family still has trouble distinguishing the wide-eyed babies from one another.

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Thursday, May 3



Wednesday, May 2

                

Tuesday, May 1

 

Falls City weighs police levy

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Council has put a public safety tax levy before voters that would pay for a five-year contract with the Polk County Sheriff's office to station a full-time deputy in town.

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Project comes from the heart

DALLAS -- On April 6 Rachel Greco, owner of Grandma's Attic, told her $5 Quilt Club about how her husband, Stephen, sneaked a bolt of Virginia Tech-themed fabric into a wholesale purchase she had just made.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The baby shower and luncheon honoring Tiffany Todd of Albany, granddaughter of Paul and Deanne Maddux, was held April 21 at Pedee Women's Club House.

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The cottage makes a comeback

Melissa Greene once lived in a big Victorian, the sort of place with parlors that nobody parlayed in and sitting rooms that no one sat in.

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Community Notebook

*Dallas summer concert series schedule set*Dallas to host big car show*New subdivision proposed for city*Perrydale invites seniors to event*Museum will host folk tale program*School's action set for Friday*Independence finalist for national award *Mid Valley Rehad offers shredding*Lodge available for group rentals *Auction/dinner funds student trip *Joggers winners at fund raising*Letter carriers help food drive*CCC president finalists to speak*Senior center plans more trips *North county gets road work*Mother's Day lunch offered*Two plant sales are coming up*PCCCF grant deadline due*Fellowship group meets for fun*Blood drives set

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County connects with public on bridge ideas

POLK COUNTY -- Aaron Geisler, Polk County public works director, estimates that in 23 years traffic over the Willamette River at the Marion and Center street bridges will become impossible if another bridge isn't built.

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WOU discusses campus safety

MONMOUTH -- During a community forum on campus safety last week, Western Oregon University officials described the instances of violent crime at the school as "extremely low."

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Historical tannery is closing

A Polk County landmark soon will pass into history with the anticipated closing of the Muir & McDonald Tannery at 505 SW Levens in Dallas.

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County takes hard look at Doaks/Hwy 22

POLK COUNTY -- County planners are reaching out for citizen opinions on a Highway 22 improvement project from Doaks Ferry Road to Greenwood Road, which includes the Independence (Highway 51) junction.

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5/2 Editorials

*Wishin' and a-hopin' for good leadership*Relay for Life takes on a new urgency in 2007 *Today's China foreseen half-century ago by Mao

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M-I slates big cleanup day

INDEPENDENCE -- The annual Monmouth-Independence cleanup and beautification day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Riverview Park.

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5/2 Letters to the Editor

*Giving thanks for all who loved Sabrina*Local candidate seeks expanded CCC services *Pleasure to see Dallas' Perry get excellence award *Rate increase to support MINET is just not right *Church group asks support for mission to Mexico *

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House Notebook - Brian Boquist

Debates last week centered on HB 3535, which would have dedicated 1 percent of the state's general fund to increase Oregon State Trooper numbers in the future. Coupled with a promised but unfunded increase this session, it would have started the recovery of the state police.

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Relay teams head into final stretch

POLK COUNTY -- Teams are making a last push in raising funds for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Polk County. The event is from 6 p.m. to noon May 18-19 at the Dallas High School track.

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LVCS makes strong showing

DALLAS -- Luckiamute Valley Charter School is nearing the end of its school and fiscal year in a strong financial position according to information given the Dallas School Board at its April 23 meeting.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutche

It's wonderful to be back home again in MI Town after a whirlwind week of activity in Florida where I celebrated my daughter Beverly's graduation from the accelerated nursing program at Miami Dade College.

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