Stories for March 2008

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Wednesday, March 26

           

Tuesday, March 25

  

Work slated to begin on Rotary Park

DALLAS - City crews and the Oregon National Guard will begin improvements Saturday, April 5, to Rotary Park on Northeast Fern Avenue, east of Orchard Drive.

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3/26 Corrections

A story headlined "M-I to recognize community leaders," which appeared on Page 1A of the March 19 Itemizer-Observer, misidentified one of the award winners. Itsel Venegas, an eighth-grader from Talmadge Middle School, was one of the students of the year honored. The I-O regrets the error.

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Guest column: Charley Gee

I was disheartened to see a letter to the editor in last week's Itemizer-Observer ("Bicyclists spoil spring for writer," March 19) characterizing bicyclists in a negative light.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's a quieter week in MI Town, with many of our Western Oregon University students away on spring break. Elementary, middle and high school students are also taking a break from classes and other school responsibilities so families can enjoy time at the beach, a few days catching up on sleep or hanging out with friends.

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Western employees top food donations

MONMOUTH - Western Oregon University collected more food per employee than any other institution in the Oregon University System last month during the Governors' State Employee Food Drive.

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Public agenda

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 Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Museum digs into the Hills

INDEPENDENCE - A historical account of Henry Hill published in the 1929 "Polk County Pioneer Sketches" paints him as civic-minded, but not overly concerned with public perception and honors.

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Full Circle: Deb Darr

Question: I planted tulip bulbs a few years ago and they grew very nicely. This year only a few leaves appeared, and no blossoms. Why did this happen?

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Polk County Women for Agriculture hosted the Oregon Women for Agriculture convention at the Pearl Event Center in Dallas on March 14-15.

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Dallas students win award

DALLAS - A team of four Dallas High School students recently turned in a strong showing at a high school culinary competition held at South Albany High School.

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Community Notebook

*Donations sought for benefit auction *Soils to be topic of garden meeting*Monmouth church to host musician *"Lazer Vaudeville" show due at WOU*Hospital scholarship deadline is March 31*Pasture management workshop scheduled*Hospital volunteers schedule book fair *CCC-Dallas offering computer classes*Artist to speak at exhibit reception*Cookbook to benefit Relay For Life*"Curiosity Auction" seeking donations *Choreograph waltz classes start April 2 *Fire district seeks committee members *MVCA administrator rewards reading*Group supporting grandparents to meet *April 6 talent show benefits food bank *Cancer survivors sought for Relay*Breakfast to benefit Dallas seniors fund*Book on teaching reading available*Facility in search of pony groomers*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Help needed for literacy program *Enhancing memory topic of workshop*Church to show animated films*Parenting class begins April 9 *U.S. flag retirement collection under way*Humane society's nominations open*Meals for seniors available in area *Hospice to offer grief support group *F.C. school budget to be discussed *Equine workshop coming to Dallas

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3/26 Letters to the editor

*Crime punishment worthy investment*Many positives to cycling exist*All should pay for needed schools*Retired Polk sheriff supports Butterfield*Recent laws designed to protect cyclists*Cyclist appreciates courtesy on road*Oakdale jog-a-thon a resounding success

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Road work will resume in county

POLK COUNTY - Work will begin again this spring on the second year of Polk County road improvements funded by the $20-million road bond that voters approved in 2006.

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Area slide to get needed repairs

DALLAS - Pioneer Road, which began slipping in December due to heavy rains and flooding, will be temporarily repaired with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

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Hometown Heroes

MONMOUTH - As the members of the Moser family were being announced as the collective winners of the First Citizen of the Year award at the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet on March 20, a question was posed to the audience.

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Cattlemen's group offers scholarships

Scholarship opportunities for members of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA) and their families are available through the Oregon Cattlemen's Stewardship Fund (OCSF).

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Church eyes a new complex

DALLAS - Trinity Lutheran Church will break ground on its new 17,500-square-foot facility Sunday, March 30, during a ceremony scheduled at 2 p.m.

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WOU students serve communities

POLK COUNTY - The old playground equipment that until recently stood outside Falls City Elementary School had seen better days, said Meaghan Morris, a senior at Western Oregon University.

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Some guys will do anything for a good laugh

Dallas High School's leadership class wrapped up its annual Doernbecher Week with the always-popular Mr. Dallas Pageant on Saturday night. Students competed in swimwear, talent and formalwear during the event that benefits Doernbecher Child-ren's Hospital of Portland.

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City hires development chief

DALLAS - The city of Dallas has hired a new Community Development Director to replace Jerry Wyatt, who is now the city's manager.

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Slide area spurs sentiment

DALLAS - The ridge-top community on Pioneer and Reuben Boise roads was once the home of Dallas' earliest settlers and is now an eclectic mix of opulent mansions, historic cabins, modest homes, vineyards, forests and small businesses.

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Wednesday, March 19

           

Teachers of the Year

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - Melini Altermatt will conclude 23 years working in area elementary schools in June. Adil Abounadi, who has taught at Central High School for four years, is, more or less, just getting started.

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Tuesday, March 18



Jet boats may close Willamette

Organizers of the proposed Memorial Day weekend 2008 TREX World Jet Boat Marathon are asking to close a part of the Willamette River to the public so its members can race in Polk County's backyard.

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3/19 Editorials

*Children should rank high among priorities*Some of us are unclear about stimulus payment

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We're all looking forward to Easter's arrival on Sunday and hoping that there will be glorious sunshine rather than the predicted rain to celebrate this special day of joy and reawakening after the long winter.

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Hearing scheduled for Luckiamute park plan

MONMOUTH - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will take one of the last steps toward adopting a master plan for the Luckiamute State Natural Area with a public rulemaking hearing Tuesday, March 25, in Monmouth.

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Ballot set for May Primary

POLK COUNTY - Area residents will face a mixed bag of races - some hotly contested, others uncontested - in Oregon's May primary election.

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More M-I joint services examined

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - Officials from Monmouth and Independence are investigating ways to improve the public access channel that serves both communities.

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Trail easements spur concerns of residents

INDEPENDENCE - Some community members are pushing for the city of Independence to remove language from a planning document that suggests requiring property easements near the proposed Ash Creek Trail in order for the owners to receive building permits.

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Dallas glove company expands

DALLAS - There comes a time for each hatchling when it's time to leave the nest. The same, apparently, can happen with a home-based business.

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A whale of a tale

DALLAS - Melody Ragsdale gets excited about whales, small and large, and her enthusiasm has kids jumping up and down to answer questions about blow holes and dorsal fins.

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Hanressing the wind

RICKREALL - Tom Pryor shares characteristics with another Tom who was famous for his puttering and inventing.

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3/19 Letters to the Editor

*Local drug dealing concerns resident*Illegals' amnesty not right for U.S. *Bicyclists spoil spring for writer*Ex-officer supports Butterfield for D.A.*Softball fundraiser warms girls' hearts*Volunteers helping watershed health

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M-I to recognize community leaders

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - And the winners are .... The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce will honor community and business leaders during its annual Community Awards Banquet, Thursday, March 20, at Western Oregon University's Pacific Room.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

A rose bouquet of 12 lemon yellow buds and 12 ruby red buds was placed on the organ at the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church in honor of Anona "Nonie" Burbank, who died Wednesday, March 5, at home.

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Community Notebook

*Lunches will be available to students during spring break** * Falls City school meetings changed*Seniors to host soup and pie event*Writing workshop on tap Thursday*Area YMCA to host Easter egg hunt*Bike group to hold fundraising raffle*Easter party for children on tap*Sunrise service will be church's 149th*Karate for kids set for Monmouth*Annual Easter egg event on tap Sunday*Market planning meeting for vendors*Shoe donations for Kenya are accepted*AARP driver safety class set in Dallas*Driver's education offered by CCC*Local youth aviation program scheduled*Pasture management workshop scheduled*U.S. flag retirement collection under way*Humane society seeks nominations*Doll show, sale set for Saturday

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Wednesday, March 12

     

Agricultural sales climb in county

POLK COUNTY - Polk County was one of 31 counties in Oregon to report an increase in agricultural sales in 2007, according to preliminary statistics released last week by Oregon State University.

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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@eaglenewspaperscom).

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Tuesday, March 11



Mannix enters 5th District race

SALEM - Kevin Mannix of Salem has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Darlene Hooley.

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3/12 Editorials

*Addressing school needs is a priority *Area athletes come up winners in classroom*Just don't bet on it

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Big losers are loving it

MONMOUTH - Wayne Hilderbrand says he and his wife, Marilynn, had a busy routine while managing auto parts stores along the Southern Oregon Coast up until their retirements a few years ago.

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Taking a shine to shrines

INDEPENDENCE - Andrea Peyton is best known in Independence for her fanciful clay sculptures of dogs and rag doll-like people.

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Museum features Iditarod

MONMOUTH - Growing up, Roben Jack Larrison said March was always a special time for her and all others who called Nome, Alaska home.

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Corrections post "most wanted"

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

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Event empowers Latino students

MONMOUTH - Christine Chavez says when she thinks about her grandfather, Cesar Chavez, one of the first things that comes to mind is the summer of 1988.

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Serving

Scott R. Barry was recently promoted to the rank of commander while serving with the Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, based in Norfolk, Va.

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School bond heading to voters

DALLAS - The Dallas School Board took a giant step Monday night toward finding a remedy for overcrowding and addressing repairs and maintenance needed at all district facilities.

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Community Notebook

*Polk SWCD to have special meeting*Spaghetti feed will benefit KVCS class*Family swim night will help DEF fund*High school bands to perform concert*"Curiosity Auction" seeking donations*Monmouth church hosts movie night*Workshop targets seniors, finances*WOU singers will perform at church*Children's activity on St. Pat's Day*Faith Christian sets whale presentation*Entertainment night will benefit library*Chinese, Arabic classes at WOU*MVCA color guard visits Rose Garden*Nutrition seminar scheduled Tuesday*Vendors sought for Salem market*Church bell choir looks for members*Monmouth author has book release*Calendar seeks art submissions*Behavioral care committee to meet

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Honor Roll

Jeffrey Meyer of Dallas was named to the fall term dean's list at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU students must have a 3.40 or higher grade-point average to qualify for the list.

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3/12 Letters to the editor

*DST: Dark, cold and not worth it*Dallas play a case for arts funding*Former photog earns more praise*Ethanol-laced gas bad for engines*Family, friends thank community

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Does anybody know what time it is? Hopefully, by now we've all sprung ahead and even the pesky digital clocks in our vehicles have been changed over to daylight saving time.

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Thursday, March 6



Wednesday, March 5

                 

Tuesday, March 4

   

Charter school open house set

Luckiamute Valley Charter School (LVCS) will host a Preschool/Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, March 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Campus.

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3/5 Letters to the editor

*Noise issue with propane cannons*Butterfield gains support for D.A.*Perrydale event a big success*Hunting feature disturbs reader*Restaurant owners thank community*Photog's work was much appreciated

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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The sweet smell of lavendar

MONMOUTH - There are two parts and two faces to the family-run lavender farm off Highway 99 north of Monmouth, but both sides embody and reflect the fragrant herb's personality.

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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 meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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"Peanuts" comes to life

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - The characters that inhabit Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip will be brought to life on stage at Central High School.

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3/5 Editorials

*Let there be light (lots of it) - and less setting of the clocks*Oregon's low-income health care system in need of a major fix

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The "Friendship Dinner" held Feb. 23 at Pedee Evangelical Church had about 30 people sharing the evening.

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Western to host student leaders

MONMOUTH - Western Oregon University will host a major educational summit for Latino student leaders from high schools across the state on Friday.

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Martial arts benefits run deep

DALLAS - Kristy Mitchell took up martial arts eight years ago when her daughters were young and she needed a way to stay active with them.

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Community notebook

*Ritner Creek Bridge group meets Thursday*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Spring crafts on tap at Monmouth library*Library schedules Saturday events*Scrapbooking benefit set for March 15*Pony, Easter egg event is scheduled*Arc of Polk plans local karaoke event*Guthrie Park to host Country Folk Dance*Polk museum plans annual "family day"*New sessions set for "Total Fitness"*LAIF set to hold monthly meeting*ARMD support group to meet in Monmouth*Fundraising lunch to benefit seniors*Beef registration set for March 15*Geranium sale will benefit area group*Meals for seniors available in area*Caregiver support program available*4-H deadline is fast approaching

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Young cooks are winners

DALLAS - Dallas High School's Culinary Management Team finished third among more than 30 teams at this year's ProStart State High School Culinary Championships.

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