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Wednesday, July 30



Tuesday, July 29

  

7/30 National Night Out Against Crime -- Aug. 5

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County residents are encouraged to turn their porch lights on, lock their doors and take a stand against crime by participating in "National Night Out Against Crime" on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Riverview Park.

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7/30 Letters to the Editor

*Exhibitors will notice fair cuts*Ethanol not helping, but may be hurting*Liberals play race card with Obama*Photo of accident was in poor taste*Photo of accident scene uncalled for*Time is right for M-I rec center*Try going a few days without TV*Addiction help works for some*School officials do their best for us*Obama's 'change' is liberal agenda*School chief needs to open her ears

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County removes two roads from paving list

POLK COUNTY -- The county is finishing its paving work funded by the road bond passed in 2006, but Falls City and Clow Corner roads have been taken off the list for a new overlay. Stapleton Road will now be paved instead.

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7/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime in MI Town brings us the best of all possible worlds ... crisp and cool mornings, warm sunny afternoons, and what we wish could be endless twilight evenings for reading or relaxing after a busy day's work. As these wonderful days quickly fly by, we appreciate and enjoy them all the more.

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7/30 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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7/30 OBITUARIES

*Recella Lillian Oscar Willis*Peggy Diane Hill*Reella Marie Wilson*Violet M. Hendry*Robert L. Hartney*Timmothy Ward Manker*Betty "Maxine" Craig*David Albright Taray*Mildred Lee Hoyle Bills*Della Ruby McDonald*Nila R. Shellenbarger*Art Higashi Sr.*Bill Burgett

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M-I recreation district qualifies for ballot

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Residents of Monmouth and Independence will decide whether or not to approve a $7.25 million bond to construct a community fitness and swim center and a new district to operate it.

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Bridgeport a 'kid-friendly' hole

DALLAS -- From September to June, Bridgeport School is the center of learning and the nearby banks of the Little Luckiamute River are, for the most part, off limits.

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7/30 Community Notebook

*Valsetz reunion set for Saturday*Sunday concert is at Main Street Park*DHS Class of '48 schedules reunion*CHS band selling snacks at concerts*Youth theater camp set for Central High*LAIF will meet Monday evening*Fundraiser will benefit WOU arts*Ugo's slates benefit night for Aug. 5*Class on making tiles set at WOU*Polk Democrats plan open house*Rickreall Grange swap meet due*Dallas girl part of competition

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WOU faces housing shortage

MONMOUTH -- An increased demand for on-campus housing at Western Oregon University this fall is stretching available accommodations thin, officials said.

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7/30 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Many helped Theodore "Ted" Jones celebrate his 90th birthday. There were more than 150 relatives, friends and neighbors who stopped by the July 19 event at the Pedee Women's Club.

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Van slams into Dallas fire chief's home

DALLAS -- A driver lost control of her car July 21 and struck the back of another vehicle, causing it to travel across oncoming traffic and into a home on Southeast Rosewood.

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7/30 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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Thursday, July 24

    

Tuesday, July 22

   

7/23 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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7/23 OBITUARIES

*Wayne DeWitt Bailey*Janet Alice Ward*Patricia Copa*Doris M. Jordan*Lydia Marie Greer*Letha Audrey Williams*Dorothy Mae Hahn*Anastasiya A. Babenko*Philip Nils Harding*Peggy Diane Hill*Reella Marie Wilson*Timmothy Ward Manker

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7/23 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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7/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town's collective heart is broken yet again at the news of the death of another of our youngest and most precious children. The loss of a beloved child causes us all to reassess our beliefs, question our faith and cry out against such a tragedy. We all need to do whatever we can to help our friends and neighbors begin to cope with their profound losses, and to understand that their lives are forever changed. Our loving and caring community members must reach out and offer comfort and condolences to the grieving families and let them know we care.

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Fire restrictions include recreation use

POLK COUNTY -- Due to increasing forest fire danger, the West Oregon Protection District of the Oregon Department of Forestry implemented Industrial Fire Precaution Level II last week.

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Donations could benefit worthy programs

POLK COUNTY -- Those who travel to the Polk County Courthouse to serve as witnesses in criminal trials may be able to directly donate the compensation they receive to nonprofit organizations.

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Dallas gets ready for summer fun with festival

DALLAS -- A simple 100-year-old parade tradition has morphed into Dallas' Summerfest, and this year the clowns will keep festival-goers laughing nonstop as the city is "Clowning Around" for four days beginning Thursday.

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Event benefits arts series

MONMOUTH -- A picnic and silent and live auction to benefit Western Oregon University's Smith Fine Arts Series will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

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7/23 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Judy Guida, Arlene Kovash and their friend Donna Wernz from Philomath drove July 9 to Camp Sherman, where they stayed at a friend's cabin to quilt, scrapbook, read, hike, and attend the Sisters Quilt Show on July 12.

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Collision on 99W claims local girl, 5

YAMHILL COUNTY -- A 5-year-old girl from Dallas died after the car she was riding in collided with another vehicle just south of Amity July 16, Oregon State Police said.

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Dallas school cost raises concerns

DALLAS -- Superintendent Christy Perry knew there was criticism about the high cost of the proposed Dallas school bond -- and she heard about it firsthand during a July 16 community forum.

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Thursday, July 17

    

Tuesday, July 15

    

Pedophile sentenced to 15 years

POLK COUNTY -- A serial pedophile from Rickreall was sentenced last week to 15 years in jail after admitting he molested five young boys ages 5 to 13.

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7/16 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's midsummer in MI Town and we celebrate those cool and breezy early mornings by getting as much accomplished as possible before the afternoon sun is upon us.

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7/16 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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7/16 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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Discussion continues on bond for schools

DALLAS -- The facilities planning committee working on a proposed construction bond for the Dallas School District is collecting information and discussing costs to persuade the school board to place the measure on the November ballot.

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More restrictions on forest use

POLK COUNTY -- Fire season became official at the end of June, and further restrictions were set effective July 14 for those who use the forests.

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7/16 Pedee News: Nola Womer

My sister, Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth, who has been having treatment at the Dallas Village Health Center, was able to join other relatives at her home to watch the Western Days Fourth of July Parade.

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Summerfest parade deadline set

DALLAS -- The deadline for entries is fast approaching for the annual Dallas Summerfest parade, which will be held Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m.

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7/16 Letters to the Editor

*State must curtail unjustified spending*Take interest in visioning process*Extremists to blame for forest problems*Playground project thanks supporters*Rec center plan hurs competitors

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7/16 OBITUARIES

*Margaret "Peggy" May*Doyle F. Baughman*Barbara Elaine Matteson*Ian W. Jones*Wayne Bailey*Gary D. Anderson

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Sides line up over rec center

Where the issue stands: Supporters of a porposed 51,000-square-fooot recreation center in Monmouth-Independence have until July 25 to obtain 1,081 signatures to place the matter on the November ballot. Meanwhile, opposition to the proposal continues to grow.

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Ag disaster aid available

DALLAS -- Farmers and ranchers who would otherwise be ineligible for inclusion in federal disaster assistance programs can now take part by paying a fee, the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week.

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Fire destroys old structure near Dallas

DALLAS -- A structure fire near the intersection of Kings Valley Highway and Liberty Road south of Dallas kept 40 to 45 firefighters busy during the early morning hours of July 9.

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Postal worker hits milestone

MONMOUTH -- A mail carrier for 35 years, William Lewis said much about working for the U.S. Postal Service has changed during that time.

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Building brings community together

PEDEE -- Behind the big yellow daffodil mounted on the front porch of the Pedee Women's Club, Marjorie Robertson, despite the fact that she has a great-grandson, is blushing like a schoolgirl.

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7/16 Community Notebook

*School supplies needed for kids*Obama campaign meets in Monmouth*Equine playday set at fairgrounds*Movie slated for Western's pool*Registrations taken for big car show*Baby-sitting class is set for Saturday*Veterans' job fair scheduled July 24*Valsetz reunion set for August*Churches team up to offer day camp*First Baptist schedules VBS*Donations sought to benefit VALOR*Central High site of driver's training

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Thursday, July 10

   

Tuesday, July 8



Independence eyes new city hall

INDEPENDENCE -- Though his office is small, drab and lacks even a single window, City Manager Greg Ellis said he rarely worries about the aesthetics of his job surroundings, subscribing instead to a "function-over-form" train of thought.

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Forum will address Dallas school plan

DALLAS -- A community forum to discuss the proposed new high school in Dallas and related construction bond is scheduled Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center.

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M-I's summer music man

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The long winter finally let go for the spring showers and now we are ready for the music of summer.

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Young cancer survivor still beating odds

DALLAS -- Mother's intuition drove Becky Lindquist to believe that her 6-month-old son Kellen was ill. A diagnosis of neuroblastoma suddenly meant a new life full of scans, MRIs and surgery to save her only child.

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Community center forum planned

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas will hold a workshop to discuss the proposed community center today (Wednesday, July 9) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the council chamber of City Hall.

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7/9 Letters to the Editor

*How do we pay for all of this?*Don't believe rec center scare tactics*Memorial deserves show of respect*Baseball team thanks community*Let voters decide rec center issue*Republican tactics concern voter*Have a say in campaign issues

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7/9 OBITUARIES

*Margaret "Peggy" May*Colton Lane Traglia*Robert Alphe Crosby*Garth Robert Douglas*James "Jimbo" LaSalle Bettencourt*Barbara Matteson

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7/9 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

All of the flags, bunting and red, white and blue decorations have been carefully packed away for another year and we're knee deep in summer activities, as well as responsibilities of home and family.

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Monmouth City Council agenda

Monmouth City Council will hold a regular meeting, followed by a work session, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St.

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Corrections workers honored

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed July 13-19 as "Probation, Parole and Post-Prison Supervision Week."

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7/9 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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County, ODOT differ on Perrydale Road crossing

POLK COUNTY -- Something needs to be done to make the Perrydale Road interchange more safe for drivers, but residents believe the Oregon Department of Transportation's plan will only make problems worse.

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Dallas will take over licensing

DALLAS -- City Council passed resolutions Monday night increasing parking enforcement and taking over dog licensing, which will take effect in early August.

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Independence promotes bike helmet law

INDEPENDENCE -- Children begin trickling into the YMCA Pool off 5th Street as open swim begins on a hot afternoon last week. Independence Officer Jesse Poole rolls through as part of his bike patrol route, on the lookout for other cyclists.

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7/9 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The morning worship service June 29 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church was the closing program of Vacation Bible School.

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Drowning claims Dallas child

ORLAND, Calif. -- A 4-year-old boy from Dallas drowned in a swimming pool on Monday while visiting relatives in Orland, Calif., the Glenn County Sheriff's Office said.

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7/9 Community Notebook

*4-H deadline for county fair is Friday*Monmouth Library adds storytimes*ICAN youth craft program to begin*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Local coffee club to meet on Friday*CHS Class of '73 plans 25th reunion*Donations sought for local infants*Equine enthusiast speaks at benefit*Willamina farm on lavender tour*Pony event on tap at A Child's Haven*Alzheimer's group meets on Tuesdays*Caregivers class planned in Dallas*AARP offers driver safety program*CHS class plans 40-year reunion

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Academic Honors

Jordan D. Reimer of Dallas recently graduated cum laude from Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

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7/9 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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Wednesday, July 2



Tuesday, July 1

  

7/2 Letters to the Editor (

*Rec Center is unfair competition*Oregon's reps fail to do jobs*No more taxes for rec center*M-I rec center plan is foolish*Taxes shouldn't pay for rec center*Public can't afford rec center taxes

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7/2 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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Report: Timber payments critical

"We are going to be hit pretty hard if we lose those funds. The state has other money problems to deal with." Mike Propes, Polk County Commissioner

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7/2 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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Western Days fun in July 3-6

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Let the fun begin. The first of Polk County's major summer festivals kicks off Thursday evening as the annual Western Days celebration begins a four-day run.

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Falls City geta visit from: The Reptile Man

FALLS CITY -- "The Reptile Man" reached into the blue tub and swung the long white snake into the air, sending one little boy in the front row running into his nearby mother's arms.

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7/2 OBITUARIES

*Lyle "Lee" E. Pairan Jr.*Donald Ray Peyton*Victor "Vic" Alvin Satterlund*Brian "Ron" Behling*Tyler T. Rivera*R. Marjorie Mylnechuk Draper*William C. Parks*Ruth Isabelle Johnson*Theodore "Teddy" David Lincoln*Ernest "Ernie" Clinton Lukin

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7/2 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

On a bright and sunny afternoon last week, many people from MI Town and all around the surrounding communities gathered at the Riverview Park Amphitheater to share stories and honor the life of John Schroeder Sr., who passed away on June 15.

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Sounds of Summer all set

DALLAS -- Sounds of Summer returns next week for its 12th year with a lineup featuring a band that is rapidly climbing the charts of alternative Christian rock music.

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7/2 Academic Honors

Brandi Jean (Wyscaver) Spence recently graduated from Loma Linda University's School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif., with a doctorate of medicine. She is a 1999 graduate of Dallas High School and 2003 graduate of Oregon State University.

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7/2 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving for Sunday School and the morning worship service June 22 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church found the building's platform set up for the daily Vacation Bible School event, which concluded with a closing program June 29.

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Proposed bond costs higher than expected

DALLAS -- The preliminary estimate for a proposed Dallas School District construction bond could approach $90 million -- a figure Superintendent Christy Perry wants to see reduced to make the measure more appealing to voters.

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Polk budget gains approval

POLK COUNTY -- Commissioners last week adopted a status quo county budget totaling $52 million. The amount includes $2.5 million in federal timber payments that officials are still hoping to receive for the general fund.

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Arrests made in graffiti incidents

INDEPENDENCE -- Authorities recently arrested seven juveniles believed to be responsible for much of the graffiti that has marked up the city since January.

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