Stories for September 2007

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Wednesday, September 26

              

Hop and Heritage Festival Correction

Due to a change by festival organizers, the band Roundhouse will not perform at the Hop & Heritage Festival. Instead, the group Morgan will perform at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Independence Riverview Park amphitheater.

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Tuesday, September 25

 

Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pastor Lonnie Burbank noted that World Wide Communion will be observed Sunday, Oct. 7, at Pedee Evengelical Memorial Church.

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Rebuilding CHS is meeting topic

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A future reconstruction of Central High School will be discussed at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the school's cafeteria.

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Monmouth clears zoning for subdivision

MONMOUTH -- The city council recently approved a zone change that will pave the way for construction of new residential subdivision with up to 45 lots in south Monmouth.

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Homeless student numbers soar

SALEM - Oregon's homeless students for the 2006-07 school year numbered 15,517, an 18 percent increase over the previous school year, reported State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo.

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Guest column: Mike Propes

Up until the early 1990s, many communities throughout Oregon depended on federal timber sales to fund critical services. Fast forward a decade and you see that those communities have been left high and dry.

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Community Emergency Response training offered

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is offering a free three-week training class, on Saturdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, at Polk County Fire District No. 1, 1800 Monmouth St.

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Guest column: Erin Zysett

Pregnancy is supposed to be the most natural thing a woman can do, but we forget that nature can be brutal in its beauty.

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Dallas community activities surveyed

DALLAS -- Dallas Community Activities has included a survey form with its Fall Activities Guide, available at the Aquatic Center, Senior Center, City Hall, Dallas Public Library and Itemizer-Observer office.

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Community Notebook

*Holiday fair listing deadline approaches*County fair planning meeting scheduled*DHS Class of '77 reunion Oct. 5-6*Spaghetti feed/open house set at MES*Apple Festival set for Oct. 13*Local men complete USAF basic training*More county road work scheduled*Chefs' Nite out to aid Food Share*Local studio artists are part of tour*Cemetery board meeting date set*Annual GEM breakfast is Oct. 7 in Rickreall*Field trips set for bird lovers*Dallas girl will compete in pageant*Local agent honored*Market penalized*Gospel singers due*Volunteers needed

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9/26 Letters to the editor

*Nice to see that good still exists in world*Book experience uplifting for writer *With the heart, one begins to see *Update on Ashley Regalado's battle*Consider "research" with a wary eye*49 would remedy measure's intent*Site committee thanks city officials

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Polk County blood drives

Upcoming Polk County Blood Drives: Donors may call the site phone number to see if an appointment is necessary or will save time.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The recent fires in Polk County and along the Columbia River Gorge serve to remind us that even though the calendar says summer is over, the dangers definitely remain and will for quite some time.

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Dragon Run is just for fun

DALLAS -- Most Dallas residents who attended elementary school during the past 25 years have heard of the Awesome 3000 run. Now Dallas is trying its hand at starting a fun run tradition.

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Wednesday, September 19

            

Clarification

DALLAS -- Last week's story about the Dallas High School volleyball team's trek to play in the Mountain View Tournament in Bend on Sept. 8 included an account of the group's travel misadventure. Coach Jon Petersen shared that the team left Dallas at about 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, and that the school vehicle blew a tire on Highway 22 on the Santiam Pass just west of Hoodoo Ski Area.

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Tuesday, September 18

 

Community Notebook

*Open house set for police station addition*Central grad trains in nuclear power*Decisive Parenting course is offered*El Salvadoran visitor speaks *More county road work scheduled*Dallas will have a new church*Grief support group to meet*Literacy program volunteers needed*Hospice group needs volunteers*PCL honors many for long service*Dancing Oaks is part of "Tour" *Back to School Dance is Sept. 29*Central has school board vacancy*Relay for Life team plans sale*Personal Ponies October event set*Parkinson's support group sets meeting*Arena Family concert Sept. 30*Toastmasters event slated*Blessing of animals set for Sept. 30*Dallas after-school activities offered *Vandalism suspects nabbed in Dallas

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Garden events set in Falls City

FALLS CITY -- Falls City Garden Club begins its 59th season on Thursday, Sept. 27, with the return of a favorite speaker. Daryll Combs of Daryll's Nursery in Dallas will discuss "Preparing Your Garden for Winter."

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Three local soldiers deployed to Iraq

Three local National Guardsmen - Pfcs. Bradley Holbrook and Kenneth Shrock of Independence and Matthew Hundall of Dallas - are among a group of Willamette Valley soldiers deployed this week to Iraq with the 234th Engineer Company.

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9/19 Letters to the editor

*Dallas 14-U soccer girls truly are class act*Accomplishment in Iraq? Nothing*Churches can help with food shortage *LVCS experience praised by parent*Insist on politicians upholding Constitution *Forester thanks all who battled fire*Lack of turn signal creates a hazard

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Fire station situation is dire

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council has authorized city staff to contract with Robertson-Sherwood Architects to revise a 2004 fire station renovation plan.

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9/19 Editorials

*News with an eye on world around us *Modern warfare has huge consequences

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Kids and raccoons don't mix

DALLAS -- On a recent morning Dallas City Manager Roger Jordan walked into the police department and asked Chief Jim Harper to send an officer to Dallas City Park.

September 18, 2007 midnight read more..


Advocates look for way to help WIMPEG

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Officials from Monmouth and Independence plan to discuss ways to better utilize the communities' beleaguered public access television channel.

September 18, 2007 midnight read more..
  

City changes initiative process

INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence City Council unanimously approved at its Sept. 11 meeting an ordinance that alters the initiative and referendum process for municipal elections.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The celebration of Mexican Independence Day on this past Saturday at Riverview Park in Independence provided a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our neighbors south of the border.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pedee residents closely watched the recent fire in the Bald Mountain area. Mike McBeth, who was logging in the area, was asked to use his equipment to clear a road in the fire area. Dennis Burbank and Steve Burbank, who work for Mike, assisted.

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CCC's Dallas Center opens

DALLAS -- Chemeketa Community College's new outreach center opens for classes on Monday, Sept. 24 at 1340 S.E. Holman Ave. near Dallas High School.

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"Fill the Boot" raises $8,888

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Local firefighters pulled in $8,888 during a "Fill the Boot" community fund raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association last month.

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Arrest made in forest fire incident

POLK COUNTY -- A weekend target-shooting session with a .50-caliber rifle is believed to have caused the wildfire that charred 425 acres of forest land in a remote part of Polk County earlier this month.

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Wednesday, September 12

        

Golf news

Dick Hoffman of Dallas records his third hole-in-one.

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Tuesday, September 11



Special Olympics seeks volunteers

The Polk County Special Olympics program is looking for volunteers to assist the small staff that works hard to provide services to the area's special athletes.

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Snowy winter in the forecast

CORVALLIS -- In his years of producing a fall and winter weather forecast for the state, George Taylor has rarely if ever predicted snow for Western Oregon - and true to form, he won't go too far out on a limb this year.

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Right place, right time

MONMOUTH -- Melissa Barger sees her new vocation as a step into fate. As a commercial real estate broker, her common sense told her "This is going all too fast," but her heart whispered "Step off the edge."

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Grant helps stock CHS library

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- As a general rule, school libraries try to weed out and replace materials that are more than five years old, said Denise Chase, Central High librarian.

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The Scoop: ice cream forever

MONMOUTH -- The Scoop on Main Street opened its doors during one of the hottest, most active weeks of the year -- during the July 4 holiday.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Lynda and Ron Warfield from Issaquah, Wash., spent several days visiting her aunt Juandeane and Harold Skidmore. They enjoyed walking along Pedee Creek and checking on the cattle.

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Hooley: Let's utilize the river

POLK COUNTY -- Congresswoman Darlene Hooley traveled by boat to river communities between Eugene and Portland last week to announce, and rally support for, proposed federal legislation to fund economic development projects on the Willamette River.

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Mexican Fiesta is Saturday

INDEPENDENCE -- The community is invited to take part in a celebration at Riverview Park on Saturday in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

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South Polk County fire contained

POLK COUNTY -- Firefighters had fully contained a 425-acre wildfire near Bald Mountain in rural Polk County on Tuesday morning, officials from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said.

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Polk County heroes honoreds

Five Polk County heroes -- including one of the four-legged variety -- were honored this month by the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross for their actions and service.

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Community notebook

*Community can meet new pastor*Salgado to perform Saturday in Monmouth*Chen's family restaurant opens*Central School Board to fill seat*Grief support group scheduled meetings *Quilt expert Greco to speak at show*2EZ celebrates year of business*Moonfall Theater sets fall schedule *LaCreole support foundation meets*Celebrate Creek Day is Sept. 22 *Falls City library posts new hours*Indoor Park has an open house*Conversation Club resumes at library*Benefit concert set *Radio buffs meet *Correction

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Landmark building gets new life

MONMOUTH - Since the turn of the 20th century, the old Monmouth Improvement Company building at 105-113 E. Main St. has been a steady hub of commerce.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Even though students are back in school and department stores are beginning to stock winter clothing selections, these warm September days serve to remind us that summer is still alive and well in MI Town.

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9/12 Letters to the editor

*Despite new work, many in county battle rutted roads*DHS cheer team supporters great*Weiser trail isn't anything like local*Weiser comparison simply not valid*Observations about small-town life*The way is lost without Christ*Modern dance aids body, mind, image*Visitors feel bite of Dallas curbs*Misrepresented regarding trail

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Kevin Sicard

MARION COUNTY -- An Independence man faces a string of criminal charges following an altercation with law enforcement officers during a traffic stop, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

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Holman Park discussion set

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will host a public forum on Tuesday, Sept. 25, to hear citizen input regarding the future of Holman State Wayside Park.

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Monday, September 10



Mexican Fiesta

INDEPENDENCE -- The community is invited to take part in a celebration at Riverview Park on Saturday in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

September 10, 2007 midnight read more..

Friday, September 7



Mexican Fiesta

INDEPENDENCE - Community members are invited to take part in a celebration at Riverview Park on Saturday in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

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Wednesday, September 5

     

Tuesday, September 4



Community Notebook

*Ghost hosts needed for Sept. 28 walk*Benefit for Ashley*Story hours set*Rhodies and fun *PCL slates party *Road projects listed*Country folk dance*Birding field trips *Meth prevention *Kids' screenings *Book sale due*DHS Site Council*Bible study offered*Women's program

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pat and Junior Lyday and their family thank everyone for the wonderful turnout at their 60th wedding anniversary celebtration on Aug. 19.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My unabashed enthusiasm for college football has only grown since we've become WOU season ticket holders, and this year's lineup of home games looks like a winner. Coach Arne Ferguson and his staff are working with a talented group of young athletes who promise a great season for fans of all ages.

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Hooley pushes for river development

INDEPENDENCE -- Oregon Congresswoman Darlene Hooley's schedule called for her to visit Independence on Tuesday as part of a two-day riverboat tour to unveil proposed federal legislation for economic development and natural restoration along the Willamette River.

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Museum exhibit helps tell WOU's story

INDEPENDENCE -- Sifting through Western Oregon University's archives, Kristin Johnson said she found there was much she never knew about the school - even though she majors in history there.

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A call for foster parents

POLK COUNTY -- The Child Welfare division of the state Department of Human Services is recruiting foster parents in Polk County.

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Abandoned wells pose hazards

POLK COUNTY -- Monty Annear came close to witnessing a tragedy first-hand when one of his daughters stepped in a hole and broke through to an abandoned well shaft on the family's property just outside of Dallas.

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9/5 Editorials

*Life, liberty, and the pursuit of noise*Dealing with change is a healthy experience

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9/5 Letters to the editor

*Downtown Dallas sidewalk "points" are a royal pain*Citizens gather to take a stand*Quick attention is appreciated*Trail is proving asset in Idaho*Dallas people pull for one another

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