Stories for October 2007

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Wednesday, October 31



WOU prof opens new perspectives

MONMOUTH -- While he hasn't been teaching at Western Oregon University long, Isidore Lobnibe said being pressed by his students to describe his native Ghana has become part of his normal routine.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We've received our ballots in the mail, and election day is looming on the horizon, and if you've been too busy to vote on Measures 49 and 50, it's a good idea to find that ballot and vote soon. Regardless of your feelings on these issues, voting gives you an opportunity to participate in the election process on a local level.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Peter Vandenberg of Ventura, Calif., spent a few days with his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jennifer Vandenberg, at the farm on Pedee Creek. He had planned to spend a few more days, but the rain changed his plans.

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Child car safety seat clinic set

DALLAS -- The emergency-department physicians at West Valley Hospital encourage Polk County area residents who travel with children in their cars to attend a free car-seat safety clinic

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Independence wins initiative award

INDEPENDENCE -- The City of Independence recently was honored by Eugene-based Rural Development Initiatives with an award for "Excellence in Rural Economic Development."

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Business Notebook

One More Time Around New & Used Thrift Store is open at 503 E. Main St. in Monmouth. The owner is Owen Neal. Business hours are 10 a.m.6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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Community Notebook

*County road work project sites listed*Local event will honor Marine Corps *French film festival offered at Western *Veterans benefits seminar scheduled*WVH flu shot clinics set for nov. 14, 28*Lombardi is an honor graduate in AF training *Teen is sentenced for Grand Ronde church fire *Three juveniles arrested in county car smashings

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Election results

The Polk County results of the Tuesday, Nov. 6, statewide special election will be posted on this web site Wednesday morning, Nov. 7. To see how county residents voted on Measures 49 and 50, click here: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

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10/31 Letters to the editor

*Blessed to live among great folks *Cable packaging is unfair, costly *Don't be fooled, stop Measure 49*Selfish motives drive M49 support*Library's a gem, needs our help*Grandparents set wonderful example

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DHS theater goes intimate

DALLAS -- The Dallas High School Thespians are using the black box theater form for A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room."

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Haunting it up in Dallas

DALLAS -- Nick McCleery made a deal with his mom. If he kept his grades up and did something to benefit the community, he could build a swampy zombie insane asylum in the backyard.

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Dallas man dies in crash on 223

POLK COUNTY -- Leonard Lee Spangler, 63, of Dallas died on Oct. 28 from injuries sustained in a late-afternoon single-vehicle crash on Highway 223 south of Dallas.

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Wednesday, October 24

        

Golf

Cross Creek Men's Club results

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Tuesday, October 23



Opportunities abound as people think green

MONMOUTH -- It looks like a 12-inch-by-6-inch window with a few UHF cords attached. It's actually a small solar battery that can be used to charge cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

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Dallas extolls teacher qualifications

DALLAS -- At the Monday night meeting of the Dallas School District board, members and visitors heard that the district "is in very good shape," as shared by Cory Bradshaw, director of curriculum, in response to the recent Oregon Department of Education's Highly Qualified Teacher Report.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These days as we celebrate the increasingly rare sun breaks by getting out for a good brisk walk around MI Town, it's great to saunter through the colorful autumn leaves and remember how much fun it was to be a kid at this time of year.

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Meth Forum set for Nov. 14

POLK COUNTY -- All community members are encouraged to attend a forum on crime and social issues related to methamphetamine use on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Western Oregon University.

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Independent candidate speaks his mind

MONMOUTH -- Whether it's angry rhetoric emanating from abortion proponents and adversaries, outrage expressed over infringement on water and land rights, or jabs by one political candidate at another, hate has long been a prevalent feature of public discourse in this country.

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Community Notebook

*Buena Vista Ferry closing for season*Ballston dinner will be no more *Buchanan pens his adventures *Annual book fair due at WV Hospital*Willamina sets Art/Quilt Show*Master Gardener classes offered*Fire volunteers go on safety patrol*Panther Club event will be held Nov. 3*Workshop is for health care providers*Rickreall dinner set for Oct. 28 *4-H/Scandinavian Club meeting set*County road work sites are listed *Identity theft seminar offered*Spring Valley service scheduled *Local actor plays in OSU production*Historic home open*Glacier expert talks *

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10/24 Letters to the Editor

*Keep Dallas great by fighting graffiti*FC class thanks local auto wrecker*Thank you for support of Ashley*AMD exposure is slow process*Legislator weighs in on Measure 50*Yes on 49 is prudent course*Don't be fooled; vote no on 49*Mid-Valley Open backers thanked *Safety officials taken to task*ODOT grabs signs without the facts*Ignore deceptions; 49 is good policy*Inept politicians give us Measure 49*No on 49 means keeping freedom

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DHS program connects kids, businesses

DALLAS -- Dallas High School is doing something about a perception that many local business owners may have - that kids coming out of high school aren't ready to work.

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Guest column: Lane Shetterly

As the former director of the Department of Land Conservation and Development during the first years of Measure 37, it was my responsibility to try to make the measure work.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Paul and Arlene Kovash traveled to Bend on Oct. 8 so that Paul, Benton County Farm Bureau president, could attend a three-day Farm Bureau Resolutions Conference.

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Halloween events

* Monmouth library - The Monmouth Public Library will host a Halloween event, "Trick or Treat at the Library," at 3:30 on Oct. 31. It's for kids age 3 and up and will feature activities and crafts as well as treats. For more information: 503-838-1932.

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Flu shots available at County Health

DALLAS -- Flu vaccines for children 6 months and older are available at the Polk County Public Health Department, 182 SW Academy St. (third floor, room 302) while supplies last.

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Safer Godsey Road in city's plans

DALLAS -- Large sections of Godsey Road don't have sidewalks. And Linda Bays, a resident on Godsey, is concerned about the school children who walk that road every day.

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Time to put the garden to bed

POLK COUNTY -- Ah, the familiar signs of fall are upon us. The cooler mornings, the darker evenings and the trees dazzling us with their changing colors

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M-I food bank moves

INDEPENDENCE -- A family departs the Ella Curran Food Bank carrying a few boxes of canned goods, bread and other daily staples.

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Wednesday, October 17

           

Free identity theft seminar

Community members are encouraged to attend a free seminar on preventing identity theft at 5:30 p.m. today, Oct. 24 at Rick's Place, 123 E. Main St. in Monmouth.

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Tuesday, October 16

   

Community Notebook

*Polk 1 names new fire marshal *Falls City set for plant sale* *Dance featured at First Friday*LaCreole students collect glasses *Training set for hospice volunteers*Monmouth Senior Center activities*Downtown Halloween event sscheduled*DHS parent-teacher conferences set *WOU halls offer Halloween fun *Modern dance class for kids offered*Financial fraud program offered*Workshop can help holiday-time grief*Free orthopedic screenings offered*PCL will host casino night *Former NEA chair to speak at WOU*Volunteers sought for DRV gift shop *Entertainment books for sale *Monmouth Senior Center activities*Dallas seeks grant for trail system*Snively goes abroad*Daycare tax info *Richards finishes BCT*Celtic concert set*Authors day set*Concert cancelled*Correction

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State gets first flu case

Oregon's first confirmed influenza case of the season has been reported to the state Department of Human Services Public Health Division, that agency reported

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WOU will help develop asthma project

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will be involved in the development and assessment of initiatives that outline how schools can address the needs of students who suffer from asthma.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The late President Lyndon Baines Johnson once said that people you could go to the well with were treasures above everything else. When pressed for an explanation, he said that on the Texas frontier in the 1800s dangers lurked everywhere, and when settlers went to the well for water they depended on trustworthy people to protect them. Their lives and the lives of loved ones depended on it.

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10/17 Letters to the Editor

*Teen drivers ed is something we all can share in*Anti-hunting? Then go somewhere else*Shoe on other foot would be interesting *After Measure 50, what will be next? *Store gets rid of graffiti pronto*M49 will stop overdevelopment*Measure 49 is truly unfair *M49 repeals law, doesn't fix it *Measure 49 good for most of us*Developers try to mislead on 49*Community garden a big success *Anti-hunter is out to lunch*About M49 ... Remember source*Sewage sludge is a bad idea*

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Residents speak out on high-water issue

INDEPENDENCE -- Ron Cooper said when he bought his 14.5 acres off Gun Club Road in December of 1976, the seller warned him to keep his porch light off when Ash Creek floods the road just south of his property.

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Independence growth may stymie UGB

INDEPENDENCE -- County-adopted population forecasts for Independence most likely are too low and could complicate the process for expanding the city's urban growth boundary (UGB).

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Nathan and Stacy Wiedenmann are the parents of a son, Lincoln Norris, born at 5:22 p.m. Oct. 2. He weighed more than 8 pounds and was 21.50 inches long.

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10/17 Editorial

Ken Burns' "The War," his World War II documentary, has been playing on the Oregon Public Television channel for the past two weeks and will continue in reruns for many more. Which is good news for those of you who haven't seen it yet.

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Show finds its way to Falls City

FALLS CITY -- Dustin Sleight and Melanie Wagner brought a cow costume, some circus showman and a handful of Mexican magical beans to entertain Falls City last Saturday.

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Arctic museum plans activities

MONMOUTH -- The Jensen Arctic Museum will offer free monthly activities from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month at 590 Church St. W.

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Wednesday, October 10

              

Tuesday, October 9

 

School boundary discussion set

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District will hold a "community listening session" on Thursday, Oct. 11 to gather public input regarding an upcoming redrawing of elementary school boundaries.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The northeast corner of Oregon is magnificent in the fall, and Aaron and Nonie Burbank took it in recently when they traveled to Joseph by way of the Columbia River. They returned five days later through Baker City and Mitchell, where they visited Pam Burbank's uncle and wife, Ken and Pat Bond.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's the time of year for open houses and parent-teacher conferences at all the schools in MI Town, and a recent letter to the editor reminds me of my first time as a parent when I visited my daughter's kindergarten teacher many years ago.

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Planning begins for reburbishing CHS

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A "visioning" process to determine how to address enrollment growth and facility shortcomings at Central High School is underway.

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10/10 Letters to the Editor

*Trampling landowners' rights just plain wrong*Schools can do better job notifying parents*Watering with sewage is wrong*Laidlaw's service much appreciated*Anti-49 forces misrepresent case*Keep Oregon's land use assets intact*Voters, high court supported Measure 37*Voters not stupid; they have spoken*It's about rights, not just land use*Good Samaritans thanked by family*Church celebrates pastor's milestone *Oust those who oppose health plan*Tis the season for kill-crazy hunters*Concerned about Dallas trail system*Local station needs funds to stay on air *Islamic extremists not worth our lives

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Community Notebook

*West Salem history program is Oct. 20*Panther Club event will be held Nov. 3 *Polk volunteers needed for board*Monmouth council agenda posted*ID theft seminar set for Oct. 24*Two from county complete training *Mayor, Dallas honored by LOC*County road work projects continue*Kids' after-school programs offered*Total Fitness course to begin*Direction finding expert to talk*Creelan earns medical degree*Sale in Perrydale will aid fire dept.*Health board meets*Gospel concert set*Dance/potluck due

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Super greeter gets a surprise

Rose Burgett celebrated her 80th birthday with 80 roses, tons of family members, dozens of friends and any Wal-mart customers who happened by.

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Have and practice a fire escape plan

POLK COUNTY - Oct. 7-13 is National Fire Prevention Week, and State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr reminds Oregonians to have an established and well-practiced escape plan in the event of a home fire.

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WOU group studies poverty first-hand

The U.S.-Mexico border fence separates the city of Douglas, Ariz. from Prieta Agua, in the Mexican state of Sonora. The way the communities are situated, they are essentially extensions of each other.

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Wednesday, October 3

              

Tuesday, October 2

  

10/3 Letters to the editor

*No-show parents are disappointment *Christmas pageant work is under way*Dog owner appeals for return of pet*Friend asks for return of dog*Polk's gravel roads need attention now*49 defies voice of Oregonians*Read measures, ignore distortions *Protect rights, vote "no" on 49*"Yes" on 49 will save farm land*M-I event took efforts of many*More praise for event volunteers*LAIF thanks two outgoing leaders*War goes on amid public distraction*Residents fed up with Charter cable

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Arlene Kovash and Suzanne Burbank of Airlie spent Sept. 22 at the home of Arlene's daughter, Lorraine Odell and daughters, Victoria and Christina, in Salem. They enjoyed a scrapbooking party.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With a simple turn of the calendar page, it's a new month and - let's face it - a new season. No matter how much we want to cling to summer's last remnants, fall is here in all her glory, and we'll have to depend upon the photographs and souvenirs to remind us of those endless days of warmth and sunshine, as we welcome cool mornings and crisp evenings to MI Town.

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Editorial

*We're urged to view "Crystal Darkness," then talk about it

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Community Notebook

*Perrydale's annual corn feed is Oct. 13*Apple Festival, Brunk tours set*Haunted house and food drive planned*Shreding offered free on Saturday*Whitworth ready for Jog-a-thon *Hazardous waste disposal offered*Soup/Pie Sale set for Oct. 18*This week's road work sites listed*Gun Club Road bridge meeting due*First Friday features students singing*Grand opening for Dallas store*Clinic has flu shots*Blessing of Animals*Planning under way for DHS senior party*PTC benefit set*Pam Scharf honored*Regalado fund raiser*Rhody expert slated *After School Club starts at library*Radio meet Oct. 27 *Site council openings*Locals in pageant*Broker gets CMPS designation *Burning ban lifted*Speakers can help with ballot confusion*Green Enterprise workshop slated

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Guest column: Michael Blanchard

Last month, the Dallas School District Board of Directors worked with Superintendent Christy Perry to define her goals for the next year. Typically, the superintendent's goals cover a broad range of topics and often mirror the same goals established by the school board.

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County supports BLM timber plan

POLK COUNTY - Polk County Commissioners have come out in favor of the Bureau of Land Management's proposed resource management revisions as a way to replace federal timber funds (also called O&C funds).

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