Stories for February 2008

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Thursday, February 28



Morrison classes step up

DALLAS - A hill of clothing sits haphazardly in the middle of a vacant classroom at Morrison Alternative School. It's the result of more than two weeks of effort, and the student behind it all, Jackie Scott, expects the pile to grow bigger before the week is done.

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Wednesday, February 27



2/27 Correction

A story headlined "Grand Ronde elder seeks statehouse," which appeared on Page 5A of the Feb. 20 Itemizer-Observer, incorrectly stated that no Republican had filed for the House District 23 seat. Dallas-area resident Jim Thompson announced his Republican candidacy for the position in November (see related story, Page 5A). Also, Rep. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas), who currently holds the seat and has announced he is not seeking re-election, has filed for the 12th District seat in the Oregon Senate. The Itemizer-Observer regrets the errors.

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2/27 Awards

CORVALLIS - A former Dallas resident has earned a prestigious honor from Oregon State University.

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I-O photographer bids a fond farewell

It is with much sadness that I'm writing this farewell letter to you. I won't say "goodbye," since my life has been too touched by the people and events of this community not to be drawn back for many visits.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17, family and friends of Lew Burbank met at Abby's Pizza in Dallas to help him celebrate his 63rd birthday with a lunch of salad and pizza.

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2/27 Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies within Polk County. To submit a meeting, please send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Full Circle: Deb Darr

Question: I have shrubs and roses that I didn't prune last fall. I wonder if there is any harm in pruning my plants now that the weather is starting to change?

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

For those of us eager for Old Man Winter to pack his bags and go away, welcoming signs of springtime are evident in the daffodils, tulips and crocuses appearing all over MI Town. March arrives this Saturday and we're looking forward to turning the calendar page to a brand new month.

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Tuesday, February 26

  

2/27 Letters to the editor

*Area resident appreciates support*Primary penalizes independent voters*Kids, Inc. experience has been positive*D.A candidate lauded by officer*Illegal aliens cause concern

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Central will weigh school bond

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - Central School Board has selected a concept for the Central High reconstruction project that could cost between $40 million and $50 million.

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Fundraising raffle under way at CHS

A fundraising raffle to benefit a group of Central High School students going to Europe on an educational/cultural trip in the summer of 2009 is under way.

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Community Notebook

*Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday*Area Girl Scouts selling cookies*Independence church schedules concert*Santiam Christian to host open house*Online travel info topic of workshop*Hospice to offer grief support group*Workshop examines sleep disorders*Dinner is benefit for Rickreall Grange*Faith Christian School plans open house*Library set to host kids computer day*Local food bank seeks book donations*Independence church hosting bunco night*Blood pressure check schedule changes*Beef registration set for March 15*Meals for seniors available in area*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Arc of Polk plans local karaoke event*Hospital seeking artwork for display*Artwork submissions sought for calendar

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His passion is for preservation

DALLAS - They say that every person has a passion in life. It is just a matter of discovering exactly what that passion is that brings satisfaction to the soul.

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Mill sale will create many jobs

POLK COUNTY - Hundreds of jobs will be created - or relocated - in Polk County as a result of the recent purchase of Boise Cascade's old veneer mill in Independence.

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Morrison classes step up

MONMOUTH - Monmouth leaders have agreed to collect a tax on new property development on behalf of the Central School District.

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2/27 Editorials

*A city and a cinema: a good show, indeed*Walgreens is coming -- and life will go on

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Grants awarded to Dallas schools

DALLAS - The Dallas School Board on Monday night approved $6,650 in grants from the Dallas Education Fund (DEF) to be given to classroom teachers in the district.

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WOU re-examines campus security

MONMOUTH - Universities across the state have been studying future models for campus safety in recent months, including whether or not to create their own police agencies.

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Tuesday, February 19

   

Sheriff's office looking for reserves

POLK COUNTY - The Polk County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving the community as volunteer law enforcement officers.

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Firefighters honored at awards ceremony

DALLAS - The men and women who serve as volunteer firefighters were honored recently during the annual City of Dallas Fire Department and City of Dallas Emergency Medical Service Awards Banquet.

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City eyes UGB expansion

INDEPENDENCE - Municipal planners have recommended two sites for inclusion into Independence's urban growth boundary (UGB).

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our February weather provides us with more twists and turns than a Monte Carlo road rally. One day we're working in the yard without even a light jacket, and the next we're curled up in a big chair trying to soothe our chilled bones.

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Recognized teacher now author, too

DALLAS - Deborah White has added to her list of honors with the recent announcement from Scholastic Inc. that her book, "Assessment First," will be released in April.

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Grand Ronde elder seeks statehouse

Grand Ronde Tribal Elder and former Tribal Council member Wesley "Buddy" West, 65, has announced that he is running for state representative from the 23rd District.

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Boise sells area mill property

INDEPENDENCE - Boise Wood Products, an operating division of Boise Cascade, announced the sale of its veneer mill in north Independence, officials said.

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2/20 Letters to the editor

*Dallas Boosters' auction sets record*Community backs local nonprofits*DEF fundraiser a smashing success*Tip of the hat goes to wrestling coach*Fuel mandate bad for boat motors*Senior center site: concerns, ideas*Dallas Lions thanked for their relief efforts*Drunk driving issue is of high importance*Insightful letter is good for a chuckle

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Dallas man missing in boating accident

TILLAMOOK COUNTY - A Dallas man is missing and presumed drowned after the boat he was in capsized near Pacific City on Saturday, a Tillamook County sheriff's spokesman said.

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Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of meetings for governmental agencies within Polk County. To submit a meeting, please send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Community notebook

*Central FFA hosts event*Exhibit at Western gallery*UCAM sets clothing drive*County fair board to meet*Lifeguard certification*Fair's dinner/auction due*Midnight Movies planned*Pruning demo is Saturday* Writing workshop at WOU*Event is for Kenya school *OCDC services go online*Gospel concert Saturday*Gospel singers due*Day care training offered*Russian trip is topic*Roses are club's focus*Daffodil Festival seeks art*'Red tape' help available

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Friday, February 15

    

Boise sells veneer mill property

INDEPENDENCE -- Boise Wood Products, an operating division of Boise Cascade, announced the sale of its veneer mill in north Independence, officials said.

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Wednesday, February 13



Eola Inn is back in business

WEST SALEM - The Eola Inn Restaurant had sat forlorn and neglected on the south side of Highway 22 between Dallas and Salem for more than two years.

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Tuesday, February 12



Sudents lobby for you club

DALLAS - Charlotte Fisher and her fellow language arts teachers at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas were looking for ways to get their students interested in writing.

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2/13 Letters to the editor

*Thanks goes out to pool supporters*Graffiti issue comes down to parents*Alternative fuels need development*Jazz band event hits the right note*Falls City has good rival in Perrydale*Voters deserve credit for M49*PCL recognizes its hard-working staff*Health insurance is a tough issue

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Auction to benefit school

PERRYDALE - One of Perrydale's biggest and most important community events of the year is set for this weekend - and there's still time to get involved.

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Central narrows building options

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - Central School District has whittled down several concepts for a potential reconstruction of Central High School to two after months of study.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

There was enough snow on the ground at Pedee Evangelical Church on Sunday, Feb. 3, that a few snowballs were thrown by small boys.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Thursday is St. Valentine's Day, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate with chocolate or flowers, or with hugs and good wishes to those who make our world a little happier just by their presence.

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2/13 Editorials

*Legislative session marks likely change*Hooley has left lasting impression on district

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Community notebook

Whitworth seeking auction donations*Home/Garden Show seeks local vendors*County tax payment deadline is Friday*Spaghetti dinner set Saturday in Dallas*Evening of poetry set in Independence*Polk museum hosts lunch for members*eBay subject of class at library*Local card players to host 500 game*Holocaust subject of Talmadge event*Conversation Club in Independence*Community forum topic: child abuse*Polk D.A. candidate to host local forum*Midwinter book sale set in Independence*WOU club to host fundraising dinner*WOU alumni group plans "snow day"*PSWCD plant sale around the corner*Depression recovery subject of program*Mentor volunteers needed in region*Agricultural census still seeking data*College scholarships offered to ag majors*Music scholarships from Pops Orchestra

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City officials earn leadership awards

POLK COUNTY - Independence City Manager Greg Ellis and Dallas Mayor Jim Fairchild have received leadership awards from the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (COG).

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Western adds MA degree

MONMOUTH - Western Oregon University will establish a Master of Arts degree program in history in September.

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Tuesday, February 5



Community Notebook

*County tax payment deadline is Feb. 15*FEMA deadline near for flood assistance*Karate class still open for registration*Hospital establishes scholarship program*After-school art program offered*Cub Scouts plan can/bottle drive*County fair board sets work session*WOU students plan weekend food drive*Personal Ponies visit day set for Saturday*Arc hosting craft, activity day Feb. 9*Dallas church hosts Valentine candy sale*Donations sought for fair group benefit*Music benefit on tap for local performer*LaCreole foundation meets Monday night*Fundraiser to benefit Dallas Education*Driver safety class set in Monmouth*FFA Alumni dinner Feb. 16 at Eola Hills*Arctic museum has event for children*Evening of poetry set in Independence*Meals for seniors available in area*Food bank obtains truck via grants*Caregivers support group meets at WVH

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New VP enjoys job

MONMOUTH - Paul Moredock was recently hired as Western Oregon's new Vice President for University Advancement.

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Outraged

Home security disappears when a car plows into the house.

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Program for veterans gets started Thursday

INDEPENDENCE - Veterans of all ages in Polk County, take note. Thursday marks the kickoff of Veterans Night at the Elks, a weekly program that will offer services and a support network to current and former military men and women.

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Pedestrian hit, killed in Dallas

DALLAS - A woman died on Jan. 30 after she had been hit by a car at the intersection of Southeast Jefferson and Mill streets in downtown Dallas earlier that evening.

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Rise in graffiti concerns officials

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - Monmouth and Independence saw a major spate of gang-related vandalism in January and police are imploring the public for help in stopping it.

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Boss has big role in Super Bowl victory

Polk County and Oregon in general are beaming with pride at the way native son Kevin Boss represented the region while playing in Super Bowl XLII for the New York Giants on Sunday.

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Grange hall eyes improvement

POLK COUNTY - The Polk County Board of Commissioners agreed on Jan. 30 to remove the Oak Grove Grange building from the local registry of historic places.

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Cooking show will benefit Relay for Life

PEDEE - Participants can host a table, bring a friend or simply place an order at the Pampered Chef Cooking Show fundraiser to benefit Relay For Life Polk County on Saturday, Feb. 9.

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Outreach is city's 2008 goal

DALLAS - Dallas Mayor Jim Fairchild dubbed 2007 "the year of change" in his annual State of the City speech on Monday.

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Corrections and Clarifications

A house on Northeast Fern Avenue in Dallas was hit on Jan. 25 by a car driven by a male cited for driving under the influence. The wrong street was listed in the Jan. 30 police report on Page 6A.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's a new month for all of us in MI Town, and we're looking forward to the good things that February can bring. Bright and cheerful spring flowers and the charm of Valentine's Day will fill even the darkest corners with bright sunshine.

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2/6 Letters to the editor

*Save the trees from `killer' ivy*Student wants to know about Dallas*Tree recycling aids Sable House*Illegal aliens cost taxpayers*Community growth is positive for area*Marine support group needs help*Election thoughts past and present*Sentence smacks of double standard

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