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Tuesday, August 26

  

8/27 Letters to the Editor

*School bond would hurt home sales*National Night Out resounding success*Felton best choice for district attorney*Writer misled in signing letter to I-O*Sounds of Summer hits the right note*More coverage of county needed*Butterfield would make good DA*Take hard look at DA candidates*Clarifying stand about racist motives

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8/27 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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8/27 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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8/27 Business Notebook

*Small engine repair service shop opens*Les Schwab grand ropening AUg. 29*Pellet grill raffle under way at Ray's

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8/27 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These glorious days of crisp and clear early mornings help make us mindful of the approach of yet another season, even though we're not quite ready to pack away the swimsuits, photographs and wonderful summer memories.

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8/27 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pastor Lonnie Burbank and his wife, Pam, were on vacation, so lay leader Aaron Burbank was assisted by Dan Hayes at the Sunday service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Aug. 17.

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8/27 OBITUARIES

*Doris Lorraine Fredricks Inman*Arlene M. Edwards*Jose Salvador 'Torrero' Luciano*Verle 'Papa' Price Little*Craig LaRue Richards*Yolanda Avila*Margaret 'Peggy'Louise Hiatt*Paul Maddux*Roy Aebi

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Soldier shown in photo identified

MONMOUTH -- The mystery of a photograph of a soldier found in a book donated to the Monmouth Public Library and published in the Itemizer-Observer on Aug. 6 has been solved.

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8/27 Correction

A story headlined "Property owners irked over Monmouth policy," which appeared on Page 1A of the Aug. 20 Itemizer-Observer, incorrectly reported that Monmouth City Councilor Chris Larsen dissented on an Aug. 5 resolution for funding of a proposed mural. Larsen voted in favor of the project. The I-O regrets the error.

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Garbage companies hike customer rates

POLK COUNTY -- The impact of high gas prices on garbage rates continues in the county as both Western Oregon Waste and Valley Recycling and Disposal are raising rates after posting losses last year.

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8/27 Community Notebook

*Work on Stapleton road to continue*Deadline for garden workshop nearing*MINETannounces its prize winners*Library programs to resume Sept. 2*Polk Republicans to meet on Tuesday*Support group for grandparents set*Amateur radio training offered*Santiam Christian Cheif elected to post

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Volunteers lend helping hand

DALLAS -- The scent of fresh paint and sounds of laughter and Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" waft through the interior of Sable House one day last week.

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Wednesday, August 20

   

Tuesday, August 19



8/20 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime ... and the living is busy these days in MI Town as families begin to make preparations for their sons and daughters for another year of school.

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Dallas council upholds duplex decision

DALLAS -- Despite the worries of neighbors, the Dallas City Council on Monday upheld the approval of a conditional use permit to build a duplex in the 100 block of Northwest Robert Street.

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Dallas Retirement Village earns OSHA grant

DALLAS -- Dallas Retirement Village has been awarded the second of two grants from Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division as part of an effort to reduce injuries and claims in the health care industry.

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Fire restrictions eased in forests

POLK COUNTY -- The recent wet and cooler weather in the region has allowed the Oregon Department of Forestry to ease several restrictions in forestlands in and around Polk County.

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Dallas pedestrian safety operation set Aug. 25

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department is conducting the sixth of its seven scheduled pedestrian safety operations on Monday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Jefferson and Academy streets in the downtown area.

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Lack of access to falls hurts town

FALLS CITY -- On any other hot day in midsummer, Nels Olsen, owner of Hometown Grocery in Falls City, would have expected his store to be full of sandy-footed swimmers buying chips and sodas and heading for the falls.

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Spirit Mountain grants benefit Oregon tribes

GRAND RONDE -- Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, awarded $301,000 to six Oregon Tribes in early August as part of the first Oregon Tribal Grant Program.

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Fire damages house

DALLAS -- A house fire on the evening of Aug. 15 caused an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

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Law enforcement unhappy with Polk DA office

POLK COUNTY -- Some law enforcement officials in the county are frustrated with what they see as a lack of criminal prosecutions. They are pointing fingers at the district attorney's decision to reduce his work schedule.

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8/20 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The pink and white bouquet on the piano at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday, Aug. 10, was still very pretty from last Sunday as was the mixed bouquet on the table in the foyer.

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Pub slips up in check, OLCC says

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission performed minor sales checks in four cities, including Monmouth and Independence, on July 26.

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Gardens are outdoor paradise

WILLAMINA -- If you're looking to go natural for your wedding, reunion or company get-together, Navarra Gardens near Willamina might be the place for you.

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8/20 Letters to the Editor

*School bond will also cost renter*School bond plan would harm elderly*Bond passage will create hardships*Family thanks local 'angels' for help*Another reason to oppose bond*Resident thanks those who helped*Where does license plate money go?

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8/20 OBITUARIES

*Carlyle Abia Haas*Edward Joshua Guthrie*Michael Ray Kiter*Henry 'Hank' Arthur Gaines*Margaret A. Phillips

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8/20 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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8/20 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Opera House restoration is labor of love

INDEPENDENCE -- Three years ago, Ted and Courtney Baker, now 32, were looking for an old house they could restore and settle into when they got married. But Portland houses at the time seemed overpriced.

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Thursday, August 14

    

Scorecard

Updates on Starlite Lanes bowling, Cross Creek Men's Club golf. en

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Tuesday, August 12

    

Pioneer Road repair funds come in

POLK COUNTY -- Close, but no cigar. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved funding for a temporary fix so the county can reopen Pioneer Road.

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8/13 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The children of my sister, Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth -- Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, Bonnie and Marvin Seeman of Hemphill, Texas, and Lonnie Shellenbarger of Oregon City -- as well as myself wish to thank all the relatives, friends and neighbors who attended her memorial service at the Dallas Tribute Center Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m.

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Charter school proves perfect option for some

POLK COUNTY -- They took first place in the Western Days parade and second place in the Summerfest parade, but people still don't seem to understand what these kids and teachers are up to out in the country.

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Rec district step closer to fall ballot

MONMOUTH -- One last hearing remains, but it appears likely that Monmouth and Independence voters Nov. 4 will decide if they want to create a recreation district and if they want to finance it with a separate $7.25 million bond for a community fitness and swim center.

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Meetings set to discuss hazards plan

POLK COUNTY -- Three informational meetings regarding updates and changes to Polk County's natural hazards mitigation plan are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14, in Dallas.

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8/13 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our wonderful 2008 Polk County Fair concluded on Sunday evening, and we've carefully wrapped and put away our good and happy memories of "Family Fun at the Fair" for another year.

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8/13 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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8/13 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Talmadge addition complete

INDEPENDENCE -- Students at orientation this month will get a first look at the new addition to Talmadge Middle School.

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Dallas mayor wins award

DALLAS -- Jim Fairchild recently received the Mayor's Leadership Award at the Oregon Mayors Association Summer Conference, Aug. 1-2 in Pendleton.

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Dentist trades exam room for retirement

DALLAS -- He sat next to her mother in the pew during her wedding ceremony. He glided across the floor during the father-daughter dance at the reception. But he wasn't her father. He was her dentist.

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No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind act, signed into law in 2001, holds all public school districts accountable for its reading and math scores, plus attendance and graduation rates. Schools must get every group of students, including special education and minority students, as well as those learning English as a second language, to pass state tests at a set percentage (60 percent in 2007-08). Schools that fail in any area are rated inadequate and placed on "watch" lists.

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8/13 OBITUARIES

*Doris M. Ossenkop*Barbara Ann Cavilee*Gabriel E. Ambriz*Virginia T. Meugniot*Doris Marie Capaci Nisbet*Walter Albert Bowden*Margaret A. Phillips*Mary Hazel Robertson*Harry L. Hess

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Wednesday, August 6

    

Tuesday, August 5



Olympic Reflections

With the 2008 Summer Games ready to begin, Independence Mayor John McArdle looks back at his lost opportunity in 1980

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8/6 Academic Honors

The following Polk County-area residents have been named to the Chemeketa Community College president's list for maintaining a 4.00 grade-point average while completing 12 or more credit hours during the 2008 spring term:

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8/6 Business Notebook

Don Carmichael Jr. has been promoted to the position of site manager at the Dallas branch of Garten Services Inc. Carmichael previously worked for the group's recycling division. Garten is a Salem-based not-for-profit established in 1970 that provides vocational and retirement services to more than 500 adults with developmental disabilities and long-term mental illness. The Dallas branch is located at 888 SE Monmouth Cutoff.

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Do you know him?

Do you recognize this photograph? If so, the Monmouth Public Library wants to hear from you. This picture was found inside a book that was donated.

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8/6 Corrections

In a story headlined "Recreation district qualifies for ballot," which appeared on Page 1A of the July 30 Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly stated that the proposal had qualified for the November ballot. The city of Monmouth must still pass a resolution approving inclusion in such a district, while the Polk County Board of Commissioners must finalize legal descriptions and boundaries of the measure. The I-O regrets the error.

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Bookstore coming to downtown Dallas

DALLAS -- Falls City resident Dawn Lynn surprised even herself when she made a career switch from nail technician to business owner. She and downtown Dallas may be better off for it.

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Dallas slates pedestrian safety operation

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department is conducting the fifth of its seven scheduled pedestrian safety operations on Friday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Southwest Levens and Walnut streets.

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8/6 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pastor Lonnie Burbank had the help of Aaron Burbank and Dan Hayes for the worship service July 27 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church. The opening hymn was "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."

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Sale of bricks aids Ritner Creek Bridge

PEDEE -- Locals are pleased with the restoration of Ritner Creek Bridge. Now a nonprofit group is selling personalized bricks to raise money for a maintenance fund to keep the bridge beautiful well into the future.

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'Family fun' awaits at county fair

RICKREALL -- Animals and amusement rides, crafts and cooking contests, food and fine arts, a talent showcase and a truck and tractor pull. There just might be something for everyone at the 2008 Polk County Fair.

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8/6 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Dog bites two people, kills dog

MONMOUTH -- Two women were bitten and a dog mauled to death during a dog attack on Aug. 2 just north of Monmouth, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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8/6 Letters to the Editor

*Informed decision vital on rec center*Television ruined by mindless shows*Dallas school bond alternatives offered*Don't be a school food about bond*Roadfunding effort appreciated AOI*Summer Blast gets a big thank you*Rotary Club thanks park event helpers

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8/6 OBITUARIES

*Ashleigh Kristine Klingberg*Art Higashi Sr.*Samuel Anderson*Barbara Ann Cavilee*Ruth I. Burris Connelly*George J. Hillebrand*John Edward "Eddie" Bothe*Maria Diaz Zarate*Wallace "Wally" C. Cobine

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8/6 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Dallas rolls out recycling carts

DALLAS -- The new commingled recycling and yard waste bins are rolling out onto sidewalks in Dallas in hopes of decreasing the amount of the city's reusable materials in the landfill.

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Friday, August 1