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Tuesday, December 30

   

12/31 Public Agenda Calendar

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12/31 Pedee News: Nola Womer

For the second week in a row, going to church was treacherous. More people were out this week, though, so we repeated last week's Christmas program during the service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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12/31 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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A time for many emotions

POLK COUNTY -- Another year has come and gone -- and what an emotional roller-coaster ride it has been for residents of Polk County.

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12/31 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The beautiful Christmas carols and other seasonal tunes have taken flight from the airwaves. It's somewhat bittersweet to say goodbye to music that helped transform the dark and snowy days in this wintry season.

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12/31 OBITUARIES

*Carol Jean Agard*Patrick Ray Boggs*Thomas Edwin Garber*Mary Eileen Veach*Leonia C. Setters*Bruce H. Andersen*Socorro Ruiz

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12/31 Police / Court Report

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12/31 Community Notebook

*Get blood pressure checked at clinic*Tree recycling set for this weekend*Church will recycle trees on Saturdays*Life story writing workshop Jan. 5*Livestock group sets annual dinner*New youth craft session to begin*Dance performance rescheduled Jan. 6*Master Gardener training available*Signups accepted for karate classes

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12/31 Letters to the Editor

*County's road crews do great job during storm*Farmer has right to make his living*Thanks to Dallas good Samaritan*Dedicated worker will be missed*City staff comes through for many*Volunteers made a big difference*Community pulls together to cope

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Friday, December 26

     

Tuesday, December 23

 

Central eyes practice fields

MONMOUTH -- The creation of a new football stadium is one of the higher profile improvements included in the upcoming $47.3 million reconstruction of Central High School -- especially with memories of a near-dream season for the Panthers still lingering.

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Signups ongoing for ICAN classes

DALLAS -- Registration is being accepted for a series of community classes for youths and adults coordinated by Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network.

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Test shows English learners are slipping

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- There were fewer students learning to speak English in the Central School District making gains in proficiency in 2007-08 than the previous year, according to the Oregon Department of Education.

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12/24 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town is decked out in Mother Nature's latest gift of several inches of snow on a cold and frosty morning as I write the column for this week's Itemizer-Observer.

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Arson suspect pleads not guilty

DALLAS -- A Dallas man arrested earlier this month for a series of arson fires has pled not guilty to all charges despite his confession to the crimes to police two weeks ago.

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12/24 Police/Court Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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12/24 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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12/24 Letters to the Editor

*Salvation Army needs your help*Reporter makes unfair judgement*Veterans pension may be available*Reporter comment way out of line

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12/24 Community Notebook

*Christmas dinner at church canceled*Monmouth library busy over holidays*Get blood pressure checked at clinic*Signups accepted for 'Total Fitness'*Dance performance rescheduled Jan. 6*Daffodil Festival seeks art entries

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12/24 Pedee News: Nola Womer

There were only 10 people who braved the winter weather on Sunday, Dec. 14, to attend Pedee Evangelical Memorial Church. The Christmas program was not held because of the lack of attendance.

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12/24 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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Drive enters not guilty plea in fatal crash

POLK COUNTY -- Martin Martinez-Aguilar, arrested in the Highway 22 car accident that claimed a Dallas woman's life Nov. 21, pled not guilty to charges including manslaughter at his arraignment Dec. 18.

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City puts a halt to noise cannon

INDEPENDENCE -- Officials have ended a short-lived agreement allowing a local farmer use of a propane cannon to protect his grass field in north Independence from hungry geese.

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12/24 OBITUARIES

*'LA' Laverde Leslie Shively Jr.*Evelyn Dorothy McSpadden*Edwin Albert Sedivy*Nancy Jeanette Williams*Ruby S. Durham*Lois Louise Main Ward*David L. Austin

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Friday, December 19



Thursday, December 18

         

Tuesday, December 16

  

12/17 Police / Court Report

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12/17 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Holiday cheer and joy nearly leapt from the pages of last week's Itemizer-Observer, thanks to a column written by Jillian Beaudry as she shared her experiences as an undercover elf when Santa visited Dallas and Independence recently.

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12/17 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Many came to decorate the Pedee Evangelical Memorial Church for the Christmas season during the Sunday school hour on Sunday, Dec. 7.

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Winters gets key appointments

SALEM -- Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Salem) has been appointed to three influential committees by Sen. President Peter Courtney (D-Salem).

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12/17 OBITUARIES

*David L. Austin*Gertrude 'Gert' Shellenbarger*Robert Stanley Gartland*Harold L. Hildebrand*Gerald Duane French*Gertrude K. Gettler*Donald Alvin Schlappi

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12/17 Public Agenda Calendar

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12/17 Letters to the Editor

*Coach's treatment blunder by district*Coach advocated for all her kids*Soldier's family touched by quilters*Holiday lights are appreciated*Perrydale FFA impresses seniors

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12/17 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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WOU construction funds are in budget

MONMOUTH -- Everything Western Oregon University asked for in its biennial capital construction wish list was included in Gov. Ted Kulongoski's proposed budget for 2009-11.

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Needed ambulance added to Dallas EMS

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas has too many turkeys and not enough ambulances. City Manager Jerry Wyatt said residents are having problems with wild turkeys congregating on their property. At the City Council meeting Monday night, he said the city is working to obtain a hazing permit.

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Oakdale ES plays it safe after shots

DALLAS -- Students at Oakdale Heights Elementary were in a schoolwide lockdown for 15 minutes Dec. 10 after a custodian reported hearing five or six gun shots.

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Winter storm packs a punch

POLK COUNTY -- A winter storm has much of Polk County -- and the rest of Western Oregon -- under a layer of snow and ice.

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Five nailed in separate drug busts

WEST SALEM -- Five people were arrested in separate busts earlier this month in connection with drug distribution operations in Polk County, officials said.

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12/17 Most Wanted

DALLAS -- Polk County Community Corrections lists these individuals as "most wanted" for December. Citizens with information on the whereabouts of any of them can call Community Corrections at 503-623-5226.

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Longtime bar gets a face lift

INDEPENDENCE -- It was called the Canteen when Paul Dodele first set foot inside the little bar at 1083 Monmouth St. during the early 1940s.

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12/17 Community Notebook

*Students complete Challenge program*Giving tree will benefit residents*Monmouth library slates activities*Housing workshop is set for tonight*Live nativity scene hosted by church*Senior Music Jam has a holiday tone*Christmas music set Friday night*Teen cooking club to meet at library*Polk firefighters collect food, toys*Open house due for Wells home*Christmas dinner offered by church*Health screening service offered*Community dance classes scheduled*Signups accepted for youth programs

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DA-elect appoints key staff member

POLK COUNTY -- The county's newly-hired deputy chief district attorney brings a breadth of experience and more aggressive approach toward criminal prosecutions, Stan Butterfield, Polk district attorney-elect said.

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DHS doesn't return veteran coach

DALLAS -- A popular high school tennis coach whose contract was not renewed this year has asked the Dallas School District to reconsider how it hires coaches.

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Family aid organization grows

DALLAS -- What began with a mother logging onto Craigslist and searching to help fellow mothers in need has turned into an operation that has helped 18 families in Dallas.

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12/17 Business Notebook

*Doctor joins clinic*Focal Point marks 25th*Massage business grows*Traffic reports available*Contractor opens office*Credit union helps

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Thursday, December 11

           

Wednesday, December 10



BREAKING NEWS: Dallas arsonist caught

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department arrested on Tuesday (Dec. 9) afternoon a 30-year-old Dallas man who confessed to starting at least 22 fires within the city.

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Tuesday, December 9



12/10 Public Agenda Calendar

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12/10 Pedee News: Nola Womer

I took a bright pink cactus plant with many blooms that belonged to my sister Nila for on the piano for the Nov. 30 service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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12/10 OBITUARIES

*Kaye Suzanne Seibert Mulkey*'Jim' Emil James Krupp*Virgil J. Staniford*Gert Shellenbarger*Adam Raymond Schott*Martha Jean Palmer*Mathias Earl Chenoweth*Philip Ray Johnson*Carol N. Johnson*Alice Palma Staggs Hutcherson

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12/10 Letters to the Editor

*Old pool site could be used for kids*Editorial after bond vote was hogwash*Citizens' right being destroyed*Flag's return is happy ending*Theft of Christmas trees cause for a heavy heart

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Guthrie Park will host 'Sounds of Christmas'

DALLAS -- Guthrie Park Community Center will host its annual "Sounds of Christmas" on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, just south of Dallas.

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12/10 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The main streets of MI Town are all aglow with bright and festive decorations, and the lights from the beautiful sequoia tree on the Western Oregon University campus can be seen from Highway 99W as travelers from near and far arrive to celebrate the Christmas season.

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FBI seeks robber of West Salem bank

WEST SALEM -- The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed a West Salem bank on Nov. 26.

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Siletz man wanted in Polk County

POLK COUNTY -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Michael Bowers, a Siletz man who is accused of attempted rape, sodomy, kidnapping, felon in possession of a weapon, and assault in connection with an incident in rural Polk County last month.

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12/10 Community Notebook

*Area radio group welcomes guests*Community coffee is set for Friday*Holiday book sale to benefit library*Gift wrap event will benefit Relay*School plans family movie night Dec. 12*Retirement center to host craft fair*Dallas seniors to elect officers*Children's events planned at library*Baroque holiday concert scheduled*Locals to perform with vocal group*Monmouth author to sign new book*'Reflections of Love' concert offered*Church schedules Christmas musical*Home-school group schedules concert*Dance performance set for Dec. 17

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Cannon noise irks residents

INDEPENDENCE -- City officials are trying to compromise with a local farmer over the noisy method he employs to protect his grass field from hungry geese.

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12/10 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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12/10 Police / Court Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Thursday, December 4



Scorecard

Central-Astoria statistics; All-District teams; schedule

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Wednesday, December 3



12/3 OBITUARIES

*Betty Marcelene Card*Kaye Suzanne Seibert Mulkey*Rosendo Eugenia Ruiz-Ruiz*Victor Manuel Ramos-Torres*Fern Evelyn Bang*Evelyn VanBuskirk*Harold Frederick Roellig*Arlene Sybil Smith*Lilly Rose Woodruff Trammel*David L. Austin

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Tuesday, December 2

 

12/3 Police / Court Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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12/3 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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12/3 Correction

In a story headlined "Healthy Vader back on job," which appeared on Page 6A of the Nov. 26 Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly reported that hemangioma was a form of cancer. Hemangiomas are benign tumors. The I-O regrets the error.

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Monmouth's BPA contract portends changes

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth has signed off on a new long-term contract with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) that alters the way the federal agency sells electricity to its wholesale customers.

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Court rulings raise questions: Is M37 alive?

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County officials are wondering how a pair of court rulings in Oregon during November on issues related to Measure 37 will impact claims filed locally under the controversial statute.

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Mail problem for park donations fixed

INDEPENDENCE -- Individuals who have had donations or letters to the Independence Riverview Community Playground project returned to them in recent weeks are urged to try again.

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Christmas tree sales appear strong despite sluggish regional economy

POLK COUNTY -- The profitability of Oregon's 2008 Christmas tree harvest won't be known for another few weeks. But based on his conversations with growers thus far, the prognosis is "a mixed bag," said Chad Landgren, Christmas tree specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

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M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Western Oregon University President John Minahan and MI Town mayors John McArdle (Independence) and John Oberst (Monmouth) will welcome students, friends and community members to the 41st annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. this evening.

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12/3 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church had its Thanksgiving worship service on Sunday, Nov. 23. Pastor Lonnie Burbank had the assistance of Stacy Wiedenmann for the songs of praise. These included "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing," "We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise," "He Made Me Glad," and "Give Thanks."

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12/3 Community Notebook

*Fire association sets Breakfast with Santa*Community breakfast planned in Monmouth*Oakdale fundraiser on tap for Saturday*Model train show Dec.6 in Rickreall*Dallas Senior Center will host holiday tea*Gallery to host weekend events*Elks Lodge hosts annual ham shoot*Community invited to Christmas caroling*Local collection drive under way*Nominations sought for wish program*Meals for seniors available in area*Women's military luncheon is Dec. 9*Gift wrapping event will benefit Relay*Energy assistance available to locals*Casino gathering toys for children

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Financial aid workshop set Dec. 10

INDEPENDENCE -- Junior and senior students who have their sights set on college but are worried about the cost are encouraged to attend "Financial Aid Night" on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Central High School.

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12/3 Letters to the Editor

*First responders deserve thanks*A live Christmas tree has benefits*Brothers will be deeply missed*Thanksgiving meal bonds community *'Mission Fair' a big success*Christmas pageant a great tradition

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12/3 Public Agenda Calendar

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WOU can weather state budget cuts

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University may lose approximately $520,000 in state funding because of the projected $142 million shortfall in Oregon's general fund at the end of the current biennium.

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County agency halts hiring

POLK COUNTY -- Because of pending funding cuts across the board at the state level, county administration has imposed a hiring freeze for Polk County Human Services.

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