Stories for November 2008

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Wednesday, November 26

 

Scorecard

Perrydale-Joseph, Central-Gladstone statistics; Starlite Lanes bowling

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Tuesday, November 25

    

11/26 Letters to the Editor

*Positive attitude truly can help*Dallas SD officials ignored the public *Salvation Army needs bellringers*Biking in area has its benefits*Freedom comes at a high cost*Sears would be welcome addition*Put Jesus back into our schools

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Event is a Pedee mainstay

PEDEE -- Imagine a community where, once a year, they invite you to eat homemade pie and soup. Then, plop that community in the middle of the prettiest rural country on earth, stir in a sunny November day, and suddenly you have the recipe for a successful fundraiser.

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Students take geo-journey

MONMOUTH -- There are wide eyes and open mouths among the small group of students from Corvallis Waldorf School as Celeste Fraser leads them into the center of the earth -- or more precisely, a balloon 22-feet in circumference and hand-painted to resemble the planet that filled the foyer of Western Oregon University's Hamersly Library last week.

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11/26 Community Notebook

*Thanksgiving lunch offered at church*Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees*Pets can have photo with Santa*Baroque holiday concerts scheduled*Church to host music performance*Life story writing workshop planned*Civil Air Patrol sets open house*Garden Club will sell holiday greens*Soup bowl dinner, auction set at DHS*Agricultural safety workshop on tap*Dallas book author featured at Capitol*Holiday tea set at Gentle House*Rotary members are selling fudge*'Share the Warmth' drive under way*Members needed for prison committee*Benefit fundraiser set for Bambinos*Hospice to honor recently deceased*Rickreall Grange sets flea market*Monmouth church has special service

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11/26 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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11/26 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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M-I due for trash pickup changes

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Citizens in Monmouth and Independence may get an enhanced -- and slightly more expensive -- garbage collection service next year.

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Grant aids Bridgeport classroom

DALLAS -- Bridgeport Elementary teacher Elaine Austin turns on the computer and the day's lesson comes to life through vibrant colors and a fun story. The best part is the technology used to teach her third- and fourth-grade class is free.

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11/26 OBITUARIES

*Lena Claassen*Melvin 'Mel' Leroy Loewen*Judy A. Maerz*Bettie Lu White*Alvin Mathew Troub*Michael Josiah Runyon*Barbara Jean Bier*Greg Alan Harsha

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Polk's population increase slowing

POLK COUNTY -- Monmouth's growth rate increased slightly during the 2007-08 fiscal year, while other cities in Polk County saw their rates of change decline.

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Schools, groups will help gather food

POLK COUNTY -- As food banks in the region are reporting low supplies, Polk County communities are stepping up efforts to help feed the hungry this holiday season.

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County keeping eye on alternative energy

POLK COUNTY -- As requests for alternative energy permits are on the rise, Polk County staff is taking a closer look at regulations to make sure your neighbor's proposed wind turbines aren't so tall that they block the sun.

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Pedee gathers for Thanksgiving meal

PEDEE -- With three turkeys cooked, pies finished, vegetables boiling on the stove, and 25 pounds of peeled potatoes waiting to be mashed, the students from Luckiamute Valley Charter School turn their attention toward their next task: the stuffing.

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Falls City health center faces delay

FALLS CITY -- The future of the Falls City student-based health center is a bit shaky, as budget problems mean it will likely not see its projected February 2009 opening.

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Two die in crash on Highway 51

POLK COUNTY -- Two men died when the car they were in burst into flames following a three-vehicle collision on Highway 51 on Nov. 21, according to an Oregon State Police report.

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Healthy Vader back on the job

POLK COUNTY -- Vader, the drug-sniffing dog with the Polk County Sheriff's Department, is not only a hero, but a survivor as well.

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Thursday, November 20

    

Tuesday, November 18

  

CET/Pentacle holiday shows due

WEST SALEM -- Tickets are available now for the Children's Educational Theatre and Pentacle Theatre's partnered performances of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," beginning Dec. 11 at the Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW.

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11/19 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Dan Hayes was in charge of the worship service Sunday, Nov. 9, at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church in the absence of Pastor Lonnie and Pam Burbank.

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Biking in Dallas certainly possible

DALLAS -- If you have spotted a bike rider dressed in pink looking terrified and holding on for dear life on the side of the road, that was most definitely me.

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Grants available for groups to improve Independence parks

INDEPENDENCE -- Local groups interested in making improvements to Independence's parks can apply for small grants -- up to $5,000 -- if they can come up with matching funds or the equivalent in volunteer work, said Shawn Irvine of the city of Independence.

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11/19 OBITUARIES

*Karen Wiedeman*Walter ;Jack' John Conley*Judy Ann Maerz&Herbert 'Rudy' Rudolph Larson*Joyce Martha Sufalko*Doyle William Grooms*Marian B. Culpovich*Delma Marie Wright*Mary Louise Wrokman*Biran Marcus Lampkin*Ethel Marie Wilson

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Input sought for guidelines on closed-door coverage

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence will delay a decision on its proposed set of criteria that journalists must meet to attend executive sessions until a task force of municipal government and news media industry leaders co-author policy guidelines.

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11/19 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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11/19 Letters to the Editor

*New business made to feel welcome*Nicole's story is message of hope*Dallas doesn't need a Sears retail store*Solutions found in better values*Community comes through for CHS

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Rural crimes on rise

POLK COUNTY -- In rural areas, burglaries are on the rise and the poor economy may be to blame.

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11/19 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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Updated election results available

POLK COUNTY -- Updated local results from the Nov. 4 vote-by-mail general election in Oregon are now available via the Polk County Elections Division.

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11/19 Correction

In a story headlined "Bilingual SMART readers sought," which appeared on Page 7A of the Nov. 12 Itemizer-Observer, it should have been reported that SMART readers at Independence Elementary School have never been paid employees and have always been volunteers. The I-O regrets the error.

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11/19 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar says that we are just past the middle of November, and around our house we seem to comment frequently that the days are going by much too quickly.

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11/19 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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11/19 Community Notebook

*Flu shots given today at hospital*Donations sought for jog-a-thon*Rotary leader visits local club*Oakdale will host family art night*chess competition includes area girls*Door-to-door food drive is Thursday*ICAN student art to be displayed*Snow sports film scheduled at WOU*Senior music jam on tap for Nov. 20*Baskett Slough field trip slated*Fundraiser will aid Food Share*Auxiliary begins See's candy slae*Clothing donations will help the needy*W. Salem Kiwanis meet on Tuesdays*Trinity to conduct Thanksgiving meal*Local duo raises dog for blind man*Account opened for youth's funeral*ICAN calendar of youth art available*Holiday wreaths sold by group*Central High hosts senior luncheon

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Highs and lows of biking in M-I

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- There's improvements to be made in order for Monmouth and Independence to be considered truly bike-friendly, officials in both towns say.

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A day of wackiness gets kids in mood for reading

INDEPENDENCE -- How do you get Independence Elementary School children to read? Try dressing up like the Queen of England or singing "Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut." Or, if you are Kees Grashoff, put on a black wig and a monkey suit, growl, and call yourself "Bigfoot."

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County program helps families warm homes

INDEPENDENCE -- The insulation was so thin in Aaron and Bianca Wendt's Polk County home, they could see their breath in the bedroom in the winter, the couple told the Independence City Council Nov. 12.

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Bodies of brothers pulled from river

INDEPENDENCE -- Just before press time Tuesday, authorities found the bodies of two local brothers who vanished while fishing from the shore of Riverview Park on Nov. 16.

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Monday, November 17



Thursday, November 13

      

Scorecard

Starlite Lanes bowling, Blue Dolphins swimming and the last Cross Creek Men's Club golf report of the season. See you guys in the spring!

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Tuesday, November 11

    

Dallas Neighborhood Watch meeting set

DALLAS -- Dallas Police Officer Jennifer Croll will conduct a Neighborhood Watch informational meeting Saturday, Nov. 15, during a no-host breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at Bert's Family Restaurant, 165 Orchard Drive.

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LaCreole parent group to meet

DALLAS -- LaCreole Academic Institute Foundation (LAIF) will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the LaCreole Middle School library at 701 SE LaCreole Drive in Dallas.

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Butterfield wins DA seat

POLK COUNTY -- The evening of Nov. 4 must have been a long one for Polk County District Attorney candidates Stan Butterfield and Aaron Felton.

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Dallas School Board reacts to bond levy defeat

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District construction bond was defeated on Election Day, and now the school board will let the air settle before developing in January a new plan to deal with overcrowding in schools.

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Tell us about your Civil War frenzies

Does the annual Civil War football game between Oregon and Oregon State take on a little more importance in your household than your usual Saturday college gridiron showdown?

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11/12 Community Notebook

*WOU music hall to be rededicated*Program set for rhododendron buffs*Veterans' benefits topic of workshop*Holiday grieving is seminar focus*Garden project set at Gentle House*Christmas Pageant seeking volunteers*Author to sign books at bazaar*American Legion is program topic*Audition winners to perform concert*Understanding IEP workshop slated*Driver's safety classes on tap*Training offered for CASA volunteers

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WOU sign language program awarded honor

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's American Sign Language/English interpreting program has been selected the recipient of the Sorenson VRS (SVRS) Interpreter Education Program (IEP) Award of Excellence.

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Voters say 'no' to fire measures

POLK COUNTY -- Three fire measures that would have aided the Dallas Fire Department and the Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District were defeated by voters in the Nov. 4 general election.

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11/12 Letters to the Editor

*M-I voters' faith much appreciated*Auto wreckers deliver for FCHS*Polk's election team is top-notch*Many helped make haunting a success*School district can find ways to save*Pageant brings joy to so many*Dallas school vote very disappointing*Generous support has been blessing*Relay challenge is real team effort

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11/12 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving for the 10 a.m. service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Nov. 2 found Christmas shoe boxes for Navajo families in New Mexico on the front edge of the platform at the front of the sanctuary. Other boxes were added until there were 16 boxes ready to send at the close of the service.

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11/12 Police/Court Report

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

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Voters return city, county leaders

POLK COUNTY -- Many familiar faces won re-election to positions in county and city government throughout Polk County during the Nov. 4 vote-by-mail general election.

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FAA's directive threatens runway access at airpark

INDEPENDENCE -- A directive from the regional office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could threaten future taxiway access between the Independence State Airport (ISA) and the adjoining airpark to the east.

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11/12 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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11/12 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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11/12 OBITUARIES

*Mary Anne Goold*Mildred 'Millie' Ina Cyphert*Thelma Irene Rhoten*Evelyn V. Keyt*Louise Speier

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Thursday, November 6

         

Wednesday, November 5

 

Tuesday, November 4

    

City delays plan to define media

INDEPENDENCE -- A policy that sets criteria journalists must meet in order to attend City Council executive sessions may come up for a vote later this month.

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Breakfast will honor veterans

DALLAS -- American Legion Post 20 will host its annual Veterans Day Breakfast Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Dallas United Methodist Church.

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Health advisory board seeks members

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County is seeking applicants for appointments to the Polk County Health Advisory Board, which assists the Polk County Board of Commissioners in its efforts to administer mental and public health programs through activities and services.

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11/5 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Brennan and Derek Burbank, sons of Dave and Suzanne Burbank, flew to Indianapolis on Oct. 24 for the National FFA Convention, where Brennan was presented his American Farmer Degree.

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BLM finalizes plan for timber yields

POLK COUNTY -- The Bureau of Land Management has finalized its plan to promote sustained yield on 2.6 million acres of Western land. If approved by the federal courts this December, counties could see revenue to offset the losses from federal timber payments.

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11/5 OBITUARIES

*Richard Neil Scovell*Dorris Eva Castle*Jeffrey Alan Gregory Jr.*Preston 'Lucky' L. Hunt*Sandy Williams*Matix Lee Best*Evelyn V. Keyt

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MVCA projects span the generations

MONMOUTH -- "This is the grossest part," said a squeamish-looking Andrea Richards, 15, as she pulled a handful of guts from the pumpkin she and Marge Curtis were carving last week at Heron Pointe Assisted Living Community. "But it's also the most fun."

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Weather contributes to smokey haze

POLK COUNTY -- State-prescribed burns and a change in weather were responsible for a smokey haze that covered much of the mid-Willamette Valley on Oct. 28

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Some programs face funding cuts

POLK COUNTY -- Education no longer qualifies county projects for Title III funds, and that means four Polk County programs may be in danger of elimination.

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11/5 Community Notebook

*County Fair Boad seeks new member*Parenting class set in Monmuth*Community coffee club meets Friday*Students plan veteran program*MVCA schedules fundraising auction*Potential students get WOU preview*Shriners Hospital seeking patients*Central Lions Club to honor veterans*Dinner fundraiser on tap at center*Help with food stamps available*Donations accepted for DHS food drive*Art pavillion to be dedicated Nov. 12*Tickets ready for Christmas Pageant*Radio group open to new members

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WOU eyes expansion to Salem's downtown

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University wants to establish a satellite campus in Salem in the next couple of years -- and it could happen if a development deal to which they're a party happens.

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LaCreole students celebrate fundraiser

DALLAS -- LaCreole Middle School recently wrapped up its annual magazine fundraiser by rewarding top student participants with a limousine ride and pizza party at Abby's.

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11/5 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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11/5 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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11/5 Business Notebook

* JWF receives award*Casino has new CEO*Glass shop moves*Marquis picks rep*Community web site*Grand opening set*Pet salon now open

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