Stories for October 2008

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Thursday, October 30

          

Tuesday, October 28

     

10/29 OBITUARIES

*Eunice Lenore Castleman*Eugene 'Bud' A. Houck*Kenneth Keyt*Fredrick C. Allen*Joanne Marie Bucholz*Wenonah 'Wendy' Bernice Rickards Brown*Christopher Harry Howard*Ted Rodel Hinshaw*Mildred A. Worthington*Richard Niel Scovell

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10/29 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

By this time, I'm sure most everyone is grateful that election day is just around the corner and that the often mean-spirited commercials can't disappear from the airwaves soon enough.

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Polk GOP office gets threat calls

POLK COUNTY -- A bomb threat that was one of nine angry phone calls from an unknown man on Oct. 22 frightened volunteers at the office of the Polk County Republicans.

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Water tests show lead traces

DALLAS -- Annual testing of Dallas homes for traces of copper and lead in the water turned up a few positive results for the first time since 1993.

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Halloween safety tips

The following Halloween safety tips are brought to you by the Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

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Falls City voters to select leaders

FALLS CITY -- Voters in Falls City are deciding the outcomes of contested races for mayoral and city council seats in their community during the November vote-by-mail general election.

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10/29 Pedee New: Nola Womer

The pretty bouquet of autumn mums and green leaves on the piano Sunday morning, Oct. 19, at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church were from the 50th wedding anniversary reception held at the church Oct. 18 honoring Pete and La Verne Bennett.

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10/29 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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Thursday gathering will honor retiring assessor

DALLAS -- A retirement celebration to honor Polk County Assessor Dennis Day has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the first floor main conference room of the Polk County Courthouse in Dallas.

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10/29 Letters to the Editor

*What happened to district's promist?*Rec District, no; School bond, yes*Propes does good job, so keep him*Butterfield will serve citizens well*Experience does matter in DA office*Upgrading CHS won't raise taxes*Bird cannons are a public nuisance*Brown is right for District 23*Few can match Berger's record*Building isn't what makes good school*Rec center would foster activities*Don't be selfish; back school bond*Responsibility calls for CHS support*Weight Watcher truly helps others*Felton has right blend of skills*Caring community should OK bond*Family protection system all wrong*Falls City info doesn't get in*Support group si for military families*Re-elect leaders in Independence*Butterfield would be excellent DA*It's great to be part of community*Driving, yakking is a serious threat*Felton is clearly the better choice*Many benefits to rec district

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Council considers defining news rep

INDEPENDENCE -- City Council will consider sometime in November a resolution that allows it to determine what qualifications a journalist must meet in order to attend executive sessions.

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10/29 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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Claims against school district unfounded

DALLAS -- Some parents of children enrolled in the Dallas School District have made charges that the district is not being as protective of children's personal information as it should be.

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10/29 Community Notebook

*Community forum on meth Thursday*Longtime postal worker is retiring*ICAN has tickets to WOU production*LVCS conducting fundraising raffle*Archaeologist hosts library program*Folk dance set for Guthrie Park*Tamale sale benefits Relay for Life team*Life story writing workshop offered*After-school events for youths offered*Signups accepted for 'Total Fitness'*Winter horse care subject of seminar*Fall book fair on tap Tuesday*Polk Democrats to gather on Nov. 4*Flu shot clinic planned at hospital*Signups accepted for karate classes

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Thursday, October 23

            

Wednesday, October 22

   

Tuesday, October 21

  

10/22 Letters to the Editor

*Felton would be independent DA*Rec center would cost much to join*Writer thankful for local farm stand*Homuth brings needed change*Current leaders transform city*Felton best fits role of Polk DA*First Student comes through for kids*Thompson will listen to others*Brown committed to serve district*Reality must set in for bond supporters*Offshore drilling needed by America*Neighbors have valid concerns*Butterfield knows the Constitution*Felton committed to making us safe*Felton will keep DA's office working*Independence has strong city leaders*Experience makes Felton best choice*Farb would make good councilor*Felton's experience an asset for DA job*Location is wrong for group home*School crowding must be addressed*Time for a change in Independence *Republicans should vote Democratic*Butterfield has leadership skills*Home not a good fit in neighborhood*Third parties given in on your kids*CHS improvements are sorely needed*Brown would be true representative*Butterfield will work aggressively*Passage of bond would aid economy*Support measure for fire protection*Brown, Felton deserve your vote*Brown will work hard for all of us*Time to invest in schools, kids*Rec center makes long-term sense*Cooper will make good council rep*Postcard distorts M-I rec bond truth

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10/22 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Thanksgiving is not for another month, but I want to take the opportunity to share my feelings of gratitude and, yes, my thanksgiving for those who have brought so much sunshine and happiness into my life these past few weeks.

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10/22 OBITUARIES

*Lawrence 'Larry' David Carruthers*Kenneth Klinton Keyt*RoseMarie Will*Lisa JeNene Stewart*Daryl Bonitz*Robert Wayne Rhoades*Helene Embree*Mary Davis

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10/22 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Guest speakers at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Oct. 12 were Kevin and Lisa Hoffman. They had prepared a table with figurines and printed material about mission work in Bolivia, where they will be going. They were here for Sunday school and church.

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M-I rec district hot ballot issue

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Building a community recreation and aquatic center that serves Monmouth and Independence has been a local point of discussion for more than a decade.

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Community forum on meth set for Oct. 30 at Western

MONMOUTH -- United Communities Against Meth is hosting UCAM 4, "Meth: There IS Hope," a seminar for Polk County residents and business owners addressing the ongoing issue and effects of methamphetamine use in the region.

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WOU unveils nursing program

MONMOUTH -- The simulation lab in Western Oregon University's nursing building looks and feels like a hospital room, down to the gown-clad plastic mannequin -- or "SimMan" -- propped up in the bed.

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10/22 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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10/22 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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10/22 Community Notebook

*Monmouth Library offers teen program*Music competition open to students*Plant sale, bazaar set in Falls City*Writers workshop due in Monmouth*Duo to perform at Grace Baptist*Aquatic center sets 'treasure carnival'*Overeating focus of local meetings*Retirement party planned for Day*Business educator honored by OBEA*Local hospice offers informative DVD

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Friday, October 17



Thursday, October 16

   

Scorecard

High school standings, bowling, golf, weekly schedule

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Wednesday, October 15



10/15 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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Tuesday, October 14

   

Challenger says shakeup needed

POLK COUNTY -- Incumbent Mike Propes is facing Don Homuth for Position 1 on the Polk County Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 4 general election.

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10/15 OBITUARIES

*Robert C. Anderson*Gregg G. Norwest Sr.*Jearld D. Amos*David W. Bradshaw*Claron L. Magee*Sandra Lee Daulton

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Deadline set for holiday fair section

It's the time of year for holiday events including arts and crafts fairs, bazaars and greens shows. Polk County offers a large variety of these in November and December.

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10/15 Correction

In an advertisement listing the Dallas High School football players that appeared in the Dallas High homecoming section on Page 14A (2DH) of the Oct. 8 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, the name of Brad Tootle was misspelled. Also, several of the uniform numbers that accompanied player names in the various homecoming ad pages were incorrect due to inaccurate information provided to the Itemzer-Observer. The I-O regrets the errors.

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DHS sets parent-teacher conferences

DALLAS -- Parent-Teacher conferences will be held at Dallas High School on a by-appointment-only basis Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Dallas High School Student Center.

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Rickreall farm gets OK to sell limited camelina meal

RICKREALL -- The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued registrations to Willamette Biomass Processors Inc. of Rickreall and Great Plains Oil and Exploration of Havre, Mont., to sell camelina meal in Oregon for beef and swine feed.

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10/15 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween in MI Town, with lots of ghosts and goblins and heroes and princesses looking forward to that big night later this month.

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Extension agency still faces funding issues

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Extension Office was able to breathe a sigh of relief Oct. 3 when the timber payment funding passed as part of the national economic bailout bill. But as reality sinks in, citizens are still concerned about where funding will come from when the safety net is eliminated after its four-year lifespan.

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Letters to the Editor

*Felton will protect county's families*Brown will work for District 23*Felton better choice for DA*Thompson brings honesty, integrity*Butterfield will represent Polk well*M-I rec center deserves support*Felton possesses high standards*Be considerate of animal life*County courthouse could use Felton*Mentally challenged need homes, too*Thompson has the qualities for House*Brown really makes an effort*Felton has what it takes to be DA*Brown provides refreshing outlook*Brown is best choice for House*Felton can hit ground running *Pool would be an asset to M-I*Dallas bond doesn't address education*Other priorities than a rec district*County leaders doing their job*Bond: Feasibility outweighs need*Shame on those opposed to home*McArdle deserves another term*CASA appreciates community's help*Enrollment stats appear incomplete*Dallas schools must explore all options*McArdle the right choice for mayor*Homuth would add energy to board*MINET indebtedness hurts two cities*District must be more responsible

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Berger-Riggs seen as tight race i

POLK COUNTY -- A veteran lawmaker will square off with a political newcomer in what is expected to be a tight race for the state House of Representatives' District 20 seat.

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House hopefuls outline ideas

POLK COUNTY -- Jim Thompson and Jason Brown, two Dallas-area residents, will face off for the Oregon House District 23 seat in the Nov. 4 vote-by-mail general election.

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County Health slates flu shot clinics

POLK COUNTY -- The flu season is rapidly approaching and the Polk County Public Health Department is again offering flu vaccination clinics throughout the region.

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DA candidate schedules forum

MONMOUTH -- Aaron Felton, candidate for Polk County District Attorney, is conducting a "java and justice" community forum Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at Rick's Place, 123 E. Main St., Monmouth.

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150-year farm families can apply for award

As Oregon prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday as a state in 2009, the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program celebrates its 51th year of honoring Oregon families who have sustained their farming and ranching operations for 100 years or more.

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Crash on Hwy. 223 is fatal

DALLAS -- One person died early Tuesday morning after the pickup he was driving went off Highway 223 and collided with a tree.

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10/15 Community Notebook

*World oil supplies topic of forum*Teen cooking event on tap at Library*Scrapbooking day scheduled Oct. 18*Polk Historian to be discussed*Halloween crafts event coming up*Humane Society sets benefit bash*Enrichment series offered at church *St. Philip Church plans annual dinner*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Class to examine tips for caregivers*Health event for women scheduled*Conversation Club resumes at library*Service agency sets open house*Grants available for area seniors*Feline adoptions stressed by WHS*Meals for seniors available in area

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10/15 Community Calendar

*World oil supplies topic of forum*Teen cooking event on tap at library*Scrapbooking day scheduled Oct. 18*Polk historian to be discussed*Halloween crafts event coming up*Humane Society sets benefit bash*Enrichment series offered at church*St. Philip Church plans annual dinner*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Class to examine tips for caregivers*Health event for women scheduled*Conversation Club resumes at library*Service agency sets open house*Grants available for area seniors*Feline adoptions stressed by WHS*Meals for seniors available in area

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Polk tax statements on the way

POLK COUNTY -- Tax statements will be mailed out to Polk County residents beginning next week, and there's good news and bad news for property owners this year.

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Wanted fugitive may be in Polk County

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating a fugitive from justice who is wanted in three Oregon counties, including Polk.

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Teacher's effort pays off in climbing wall for kids

INDEPENDENCE -- Hector Martinez, a physical education teacher at Henry Hill Elementary School, showed up at his boss' office just before 1 p.m. on Oct. 8 for what he had been told would be a discussion with administrators and town leaders about a proposed bond measure.

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Crop looks promising

POLK COUNTY -- Dozens of workers fanned out among the rolling, trestled hills of Firesteed Wines' vineyards just west of Rickreall last Friday.

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One critically hurt in crash

POLK COUNTY -- Four people were injured, one critically, in a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 10 at the intersection of Highway 22 and Perrydale Road.

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Thursday, October 9

            

Tuesday, October 7

        

Watershed lovers' work published in book

POLK COUNTY -- Last fall, a group of farmers, landowners, scientists and residents in the Luckiamute River and Ash Creek watersheds learned to write personal essays -- a genre most of them had never tried before.

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Forum to address fire bond

DALLAS -- The Dallas Fire Department will host a community informational forum on its $6.985 million bond issue Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

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Heslinga selected to be interim DA

POLK COUNTY -- After receiving John Fisher's letter of resignation from his position as Polk County District Attorney, Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed one of the county's own to fill the vacancy.

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10/8 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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SW Polk seeks funds for station, operations

POLK COUNTY -- The SW Polk County Rural Fire Protection District is hoping voters will agree to fund a new station, fire engine and tender, and help cover general fund operational expenses.

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Chemical spilled on Highway 51

INDEPENDENCE -- A chemical spill -- and the resulting cleanup -- on Highway 51 north of Independence slowed traffic to a crawl for nearly half a day on Oct. 2.

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10/8 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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Hazardous waste collection set Oct. 11

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County and the cities of Independence, Monmouth, Dallas and Salem are co-sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Dallas Safeway store evacuated as precaution

DALLAS -- The Safeway store on West Ellendale Avenue in Dallas was evacuated for a short time Oct. 6 after two males sprayed customers with a toxic substance, according to Interim Police Chief Tom Simpson.

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Banks, credit unions not seeing customers panic

POLK COUNTY -- The failure of some major housing mortgage companies and banks last month, Congress' initial rejection of a $700 billion federal bailout, and Wall Street's historic stock sell-off on Sept. 29 has rattled the nerves of consumers across the county.

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Candidates make case for DA job

POLK COUNTY -- Citizens will select a new Polk County District Attorney during the Nov. 4 general election in the first contested race for the position since the mid-1980s.

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Candidate forum set for Oct. 8

INDEPENDENCE -- Candidate Night 2008 will be held tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 8) from 6 to 9 o'clock at Green Villa Barn, 3215 Independence Highway in Independence.

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In search of the Great Pumpkin

AIRLIE -- Overcast skies give way to rain over Airlie Hills Family Farm as Aaron Kennel maneuvers a 1953 John Deere Tractor up a small hill, pulling a hay bale-covered trailer with 15 anxious Falls City Elementary School children.

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Oakdale lacks expansion space

DALLAS -- With a lack of parking, no cafeteria and two less-than-desirable modular classrooms, the problem with Oakdale Heights Elementary is really how it's constructed.

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10/8 Corrections

In the Oct. 1 issue of the Itemizer-Observer under the "Military" heading on Page 15A, a story appeared about the graduation of Army Pvt. Joseph W. Gagznos IV from basic combat training. Information was published that the family indicated was not to be printed. An apology is made to his family for the unintended intrusion and misrepresentation.

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Thursday, October 2

             

Wednesday, October 1



10/1 Letters to the Editor

*Polk County Fair thanks supporters*Customer service severely lacking*Education should be Dallas priority*No. 58 deserves your 'no' vote*Lodge would make good city councilor*District should work within its means*Dallas Food Bank thankful of support*There is crowding in Dallas schools*Elect Thompson in District 23*Area creek hurt by clear cutting*'War on hunger' needs your help*Butterfield would make solid DA*Police structure should be reviewed*Commission needs Homuth's reform**Theft of gasoline doesn't stop trip*Brown would make good house rep*WOU should look at Salem options*Felton has solid DA qualifications*School bond offers viable solution*Butterfield again deserves support*Kids need proper space to learn*In search of bond's true annual costs*Hop & Heritage a big success*Schools must look into alternatives*Growth means new school is needed

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