Stories for January 2008

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Thursday, January 31

            

Wednesday, January 30



Tuesday, January 29



1/30 Community Notebook

*Musicians sought in youth competition*Family reading club under way*Humane society sets benefit performance *Pancake dinner set Tuesday in Dallas*Hospice to offer volunteer training *Church to host concert on Feb. 8*Indoor park plans valentine activities

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1/30 Corrections

"Northwest Passage," Western Oregon University's student journal of literature and the arts, was incorrectly referred to as "Northwest Passages" in a story headlined "WOU student editor cites meddling" in the Jan. 23 edition of the Itemizer-Observer.

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1/30 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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Monmouth Medical Center is now open

MONMOUTH - The Monmouth Rehabilitation Clinic of West Valley Hospital changed its name to Monmouth Medical Center and opened at 512 Main St., Suite 300, on Monday.

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Dallas fire, LifeFlight called in

DALLAS -- A late Tuesday morning fire in Dallas sent one occupant to a Portland hospital via REACH Air Medical Services for treatment of smoke inhalation.

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Nonviolence in action

MONMOUTH - Lani Roberts said that when she was 11 years old, she and the other children on her school bus were picked on by a 16-year-old bully. Because his dad was the driver, the teen had near impunity to terrorize.

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Deadline for shots nears

DALLAS - Judy Johnson moved so fast Eli Southworth didn't have time to let loose the scream he had been winding up in his lungs.

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Schools battle snow

POLK COUNTY - A winter storm blanketed much of Polk County with snow earlier this week, with even low elevations receiving an inch or two.

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World Gym beefs up

DALLAS - There was a time not too long ago when new equipment at the gym meant a few added barbells and a couple of clean towels for the locker room.

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1/30 Editorials

*Gender equity fight still not being won*Agriculture census worthy of your time

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This cold and frosty month of January is nearly at an end - and most of us in MI Town will be very happy to turn the calendar page to February and begin to envision an end to chilly winds and soaring utility bills.

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1/30 Letters to the editor

*Economic stimulus plan doesn't add up*Dental team really steps up for us*Personal attack sad and regrettable*Ethanol editorials raise valid points*Local care center deserves praise*Mountaineers are enjoyment for fan*Price of progress isn't worth it*Gallery thanks event supporters *Area food drive a major success *Kings Valley event fun for community

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SWCD native plant workshop is Feb. 2

Polk Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a native plant workshop on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

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Friday, January 25



*UPDATE* Fire in Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- A fire that charred several structures on a property in Independence on Jan. 23 is believed to have been caused by a propane heater, officials said.

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Thursday, January 24

          

Wednesday, January 23

  

Monmouth library plans Kid-A-Lympics

Monmouth Public Library has an afternoon of activity planned on Friday, Jan. 25, as it hosts the Kid-A-Lympics. The event, for children ages 6 to 11, takes place at 1 p.m. Participants will be tested on speed, agility and sense of humor with silly relays and games planned. For more information: Krist Obrist, 503-751-0182.

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1/23 Letters to the editor

*More information on doctors needed *Curt Lamb Park is a better choice*Curves thanks holiday donors*Volunteers make tourney a success*Other worries beyond smokers*Pollution is worse than cig smoke

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FEMA assistance deadline approaches

Thursday, Feb. 7, is the deadline for Polk County residents and businesses with damage resulting from the severe storms of early December to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Corrections

In the Jan. 16 story "Happy Trail to You," Levens Street was missidentified as Lyle Street.

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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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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Gordon and Niki Elliott, Evangelical Church Missionaries to Bolivia, will be at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Sunday, Jan. 27.

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Community Notebook

*Budget committee seeking members*Garden club meets Thursday in FC*Pet author to speak at Dallas gathering *Area diabetes group meeting on Thursday*Make a valentine at Dallas library *Continuing education classes set at CCC*Polk health board to meet Monday*Caregiver issues addressed in classes*Gospel Express due in Monmouth Jan. 27*HAM radio licenses granted to locals*Senior classes set at Monmouth center*Two Dallas students join Youth ChalleNGe*Decisive Parenting program offered*Red Cross gala around the corner*Lifeguard certification offered at WOU pool*Caregivers support group meets at WVH*Sleep disorders are topic of OSU workshop*Fairy tales part of library program*Ex-club members to meet in Dallas*College Honors

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Dallas loses a special friend

DALLAS - Roger Caras, who has made his living writing about dogs, once said: "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

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Lyle teacher surprised by honor

DALLAS - Linda Ellingson was finally brought to tears when her kindergarten class at Lyle Elementary School learned for the first time what a standing ovation was.

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Thursday, January 17

              

Wednesday, January 16



Tuesday, January 15



Corrections posts "most wanted"

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

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1/16 Editorials

*Changes are needed in local forestry policy*Planned Dallas lodging tax could pay dividends*Handwriting a lost art

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Dallas ponders its past

DALLAS - Growing up in Dallas, Suzanne Rohde didn't have much interest in the history that surrounded her.

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Boosters auction seeking donations

DALLAS - The Dallas Booster Club is soliciting donations for its annual fundraising auction, scheduled Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

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Funding issues cloud POINT future

POLK COUNTY - Polk County's drug investigation team made a significant dent in crimes related to illegal substances in 2007 after being shelved for several years, officials said.

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Academic Honors

Jodie Holmberg of Dallas was named to the 2007-08 fall term dean's list at Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts in Minneapolis.

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Community Notebook

*Food drive is set for this Monday *Dallas team enters annual Science Bowl*Fundraiser to benefit Kings Valley center*Flu shots are still available in county*Hospital auxiliary is selling candy*Polk SWCD plans Tuesday meeting*Senator honored by health group*Workshop targets disabled authors *Ex-Dallas resident earns fashion degree*Grief support group to meet*Perrydale fundraiser around the corner*Garage sale planned at senior center*Library offers Harry Potter movie*SWCD native plant workshop on tap*Central jazz band schedules event*Free tax help offered by AARP*Theater performance benefits Alzheimer's*FFA scholarships available to youth

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Students give back

MONMOUTH - With the new year a couple of weeks old, winter break likely seems a distant memory to most Western Oregon University students.

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Business Notebook

*Makeover continues at Dallas Les Schwab*Marquis Spas*Donna Graham of Windermere/Western View Properties*Lisa Sayer*Dallas Retirement Village

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1/16 Letters to the editor

*Place restrictions on all smokers*Students step up, show character*Firefighters go above, beyond call*Volunteers key to event's success*Residents enjoy holiday lights*Historical society appreciates grant*Cub Scouts benefit from helping hand*Community must unite against drugs*Dallas church is like a family*Group calls off annual dinner*Choir thanked for performance

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Happy Trails to you

The Dallas City Council has passed an ordinance placing the Rickreall Creek Trail system within the city parks system.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Independence and Monmouth mayors John McArdle and John Oberst will present their annual State of the Cities addresses today at noon at Independence Cinema 8.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those at the celebration of Betty Ronco's birthday on Dec. 29 at Murphy's Grill in Dallas were son Brad and Kathy Ronco, daughters Brenda Ronco, Renee Ronco and friend Koos, and Jill, Spencer, Jeffrey, Ryan and Alyssa Jones.

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Thursday, January 10

          

Tuesday, January 8



Mayors to speak at Jan. 16 event

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - The mayors of Monmouth and Independence will present their annual State of the City addresses during the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce's monthly lunch forum

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Book B-I-N-G-O

Monmouth Public Library gets kids into a reading mode with a friendly afternoon game.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The four red advent candles burned brightly around the glowing white Christ candle at the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Dec. 30. For the church it was Christmas Communion Sunday.

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Monmouth, WOU eye jazz grant

MONMOUTH - The city of Monmouth and Western Oregon University are attempting to secure funds to turn an annual summer downtown concert into a bigger tourist draw.

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About Letters

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

What fun the college football games have been this holiday season - and to see our Western Oregon Wolves win the Dixie Rotary Bowl over the Colorado Mines, Oregon State Beavers win the Emerald Bowl over Maryland, and University of Oregon Ducks beat South Florida in the Sun Bowl have just made the season so much sweeter.

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Community Notebook

*New art exhibit opens at WOU*Literacy program seeks volunteers*Radio operators to meet Thursday*Friends of bridge to meet in Pedee*Folk dance set for Saturday night*Computer classes offered in Dallas*Polk soil, water committee to meet*Ski transportation available at WOU*LaCreole group gathers Thursday*Bank to conduct area food drive*Election potluck at senior center*Stew luncheon on the horizon*Irrigation workshop scheduled Jan. 16*PCHS plans annual members meeting

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1/09 Editorials

*New cell phone law should extend to all*Blazermania is back, but for how long?

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1/09 Letters to the editor

*Fire siren has important role*Point well made on global warming *Counties need federal funds*Real estate office thanks donors*Clothing drive again a success*Water issues not sheriff's venue*Heartfelt thanks to church family*Many help with Christmas Cheer*Strangers' acts show kindness

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Change of pace suits new fire marshal

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - The rolling hills, farmland and relatively sleepy communities in Polk County represent a definite change of pace and scenery for Jeff Donahue.

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Wyden hears Polk concerns

MONMOUTH - As he was being introduced by Monmouth Mayor John Oberst, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden joked about what was probably on the minds of many who gathered at Volunteer Hall on Thursday, Jan. 3, to hear him speak.

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The power of a pet

DALLAS - Lee and Grayce Lamb were startled a few weeks ago when management at the Greenway Mobile Park served them with an eviction notice.

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Thursday, January 3