Stories for August 2009

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Thursday, August 27

     

Wednesday, August 26



Tobacco ban policy being considered

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District is considering adding provisions to its tobacco policy to ban advertising on district property or taking money or gifts from tobacco companies.

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'Clunkers' helped local car dealers

DALLAS -- The "Cash for Clunkers" initiative ended on Monday, with federal officials touting almost half a million transactions and $1.9 billion in rebates.

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Wind power for the homestead

INDEPENDENCE -- Oregon's wind power industry has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, with the state currently ranked eighth in generating capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

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8/26 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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8/26 Community Notebook

*Officers elected by Central Lions*Monmouth church plans celebration*'Total Fitness' class to resume meeting*Cronic conditions workshop scheduled*Service project help is available*Pizza fundraiser to aid Bambinos*Calvary chapel sets special Boble study*Dallas man chosen to lead arts group*Hop & Heritage car show taking entries

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8/26 OBITUARIES

*Elizabeth 'Liz' J. Kathriner Ross*Rosemary 'NaNa' Frink*Gary LeRoy Buyserie*Helen Jane Tharp*Jesse 'Bud' Garrison*Shirley Jean Kliewer Otteson*Sherry Louise Ramsey*Ray E. Phillips*Harold Doxey*Thelma M. Smith

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8/26 Letters to the Editor

*Guest opinion misled readers*Support needed for Paralympics*Fair talent show video sought*Proposed fee has many uncertainties*Court must protect minors from harm*Dallas City Council tactics questioned*Senior center plan needs rethinking*Voters could best decide street fee

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8/26 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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8/26 Business Notebook

Willamette Valley Cheese Co. of West Salem recently brought home three awards, including one blue ribbon, amongst the 1,327 entries at this year's American Cheese Society competition.

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8/26 Police 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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Who let the dogs out?

MONMOUTH -- Sara Dickson said her dog, Newton, had always seemed fascinated by the water on outings to the beach or river. Dickson figured Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool at Western Oregon University Saturday would be an easy way to introduce him to swimming.

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8/26 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime ... and the living is busy these days in MI Town, as families begin to make preparations for their sons and daughters for another year of school.

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Highway 22 maintenance work under way

POLK COUNTY -- A contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation began work Sunday, Aug. 23, on a pavement preservation project on Oregon Highway 22 from its junction with Oregon 51 (Independence Highway) to the Center and Marion street bridges in Salem.

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Thursday, August 20



Scorecard

Bowling, golf, Polk County Rodeo and Tom Newton Car Show results

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Wednesday, August 19

 

8/19 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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Artists' creations spring forth

MONMOUTH -- Creatively, artist Sarah Harmon says she hibernates during the winter. Summers are too hot and too busy to effectively pursue her craft.

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DHS stadium needs upgrade

DALLAS -- If the Dallas School District's maintenance bond passes in November, there may be enough money to replace Dallas High's stadium restrooms and roof.

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Event marks trail's end

INDEPENDENCE -- Like wagon masters in 1859, Tom Marquette was beat when he rolled his "train" into Independence Aug. 14. Not too beat to tell stories and take care of his mules, but still, he looked tired.

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8/19 Community Notebook

*Food preservation class scheduled*Concert, food drive on tap Thursday*Local HAM radio operators to meet*WV Hospice to offer volunteer training*Gala will benefit hospital foundation*Fundraised planned in Independence*A Child's Haven plans pony event*Dallas Woman's Club reunion set*Tickets available for simulcast event*Grants available for cemetery work

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BREAKING NEWS: kidnapped family safe

SALEM -- Police found a kidnapped Dallas family safe in California Friday, Aug. 14, when the victims flagged down a sheriff's deputy after being held against their will for two days.

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What would it cost you?

The proposed city of Dallas Transportation Fee would charge residents and businesses a monthly fee to raise money to maintain city streets.

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8/19 OBITUARIES

*'Larry' Lawrence Jordan Pfeifer*Hazel May Mozley McQuown*Sydney S. Broughton*Vera Jean Brooks Miller*Chester Eugene Pope*Krystal Renee Biswell*Ronald H. Morrison*Eugene F. Virgo

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8/19 Letters to the Editor

*Falls City officials not doing their jobs*Armory building should be saved*Thanks for making special trip possible*FC is railroaded with recycling plan

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8/19 Police 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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Putting the WOW! in powwow

GRAND RONDE -- The weather was picture perfect and so was the pageantry that surrounded the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Contest Powwow.

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8/19 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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Photogs really dig drive-in

DALLAS -- A Germany-based travel magazine looking for American cultural rarities found one in Dallas: The Motor-Vu Drive-In.

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Independence will ease processing of some traffic tickets

INDEPENDENCE -- There's nothing pleasant about being pulled over for a traffic violation. But the experience is particularly cringe-inducing when it's because of the minor stuff you weren't aware of, didn't take seriously or simply forgot about.

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8/19 Pedee News: Nola Womer

My nephew Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista and I caught up with bicycle riders on Elkins Road on our way to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Aug. 9. It was a morning of low clouds. There were many large bales of straw in huge piles in the fields and straw lying in some fields still to be baled.

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Friday, August 14



WEB EXCLUSIVE: Brennan Todd update Aug. 13

The following is an update from Brennan Todd of Rickreall, who has embarked on a bike ride from Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America in Tierra del Fuego.

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Thursday, August 13

   

Wednesday, August 12

   

8/12 OBITUARIES

*Leroy Thomas*Mabel Minnie Robinson Murphy*Curtis Charles Robinson*Russel Lee Jacobs*George Eugene Murphy*Cynthia 'Cindy' Lee Brehm*Cindy L. Thomas*Jason Cadwallader*Reginald L. Carver Jr.*Leta Katherine Hodson Stoops Hall

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Cavalcade events schedule

All events are in Riverview Park, unless otherwise noted. For full schedule: www.orheritage.org/oregon/heritage/museum/C31/

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WOU professor tabbed for post

MONMOUTH -- Mickey Pardew, a Western Oregon University professor of special education, has been appointed to the 13-person Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

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8/12 Police 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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Corrections posts 'most wanted'

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

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8/12 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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8/12 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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8/12 Letters to the Editor

*Transportation fee would be hardship*District request seems suspicious*Thank you for not smoking in parks*Timing of new fee poor given economy*Local Legion Post celebrates 90 years*Work of river artist much appreciated*Transportation fee simply ridiculous*Hospital service was top notch*Transportation tax is ill-conceived*City going about it the wrong way*Concealed weapon carriers could help

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8/12 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church for the 10 a.m. worship service Aug. 2 was on a semi-dismal weather morning. Most of the hay has been cut, baled and hauled. There was straw to be baled. The field corn is really growing.

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Guard, community await long-needed new armory

DALLAS -- The Oregon Military Department already has property to build a new Oregon National Guard center near Dallas. Now the department is waiting on $12.1 million in federal funding that will pay for the bulk of the $18.5 million project.

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8/12 Community Notebook

*PSWCD sets annual dinner meeting*Library program planned Aug. 13*Safety seat clinic scheduled Saturday*Area Democrats to host gathering*Heavy metal show set in Grand Ronde*Guest preacher to appear at FLC*Kinsey reunion set at Dallas City Park*Republican picnic deadline nearing*Central Class of '79 schedules reunion*Canine swimming set at WOU pool*'Read to the Dog' program returning*Master Gardeners schedule workshop*Storm memories sought for book*`24-Hour Relay' accepting sign ups

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Fair means fun, competition for future farmers

RICKREALL -- With Kathryn Mabey leading him by a rope, Dakota negotiated his way through the trail course at the Polk County Fairgrounds with relative ease, briskly winding through fence posts and stamping over a small wooden bridge.

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CHS construction in full swing

INDEPENDENCE -- There's few places, if any, at Central High School right now devoid of pounding hammers, power tools and rumbling heavy equipment.

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Trail trek celebration all set

INDEPENDENCE -- Jean Van Meter was 21 when she agreed to take part in an authentic wagon train re-enactment along the Oregon Trail 50 years ago.

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Wednesday, August 5

  

8/5 Community Notebook

*West Fest event set for this Friday*Monthly coffee club will meet on Aug. 7*Rickreall Grange sale this weekend*'Vino & Vinyasa' sessions to begin*Singer to perform at Monmouth church*Faith Lutheran sets weeklong VBS session*DHS Class of '59 celebrates reunion*CPR/first aid class offered by Polk Fire*Central High '68 to gather Aug. 15*McK `Bite of Beef' scheduled Aug. 16*Advisory council members sought

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8/5 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The last several days we've done our best trying to think of all kinds of creative tricks and ideas to get through the recent heat wave that hit MI Town and much of Oregon like the proverbial ton of bricks.

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8/5 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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Tools turn up missing around city

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members doing home improvement or construction projects may want to keep a closer eye on their tools and other belongings.

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99W corridor is concern

POLK COUNTY -- Patience is hard to come by if you've ever been among the drivers backed up for blocks behind the Highway 99W/Main Street intersection during rush hour.

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8/5 OBITUARIES

*Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Mary VanDenBosch*Eric Weidanz*Susan Heckman Ragsdale*Barbara Rose Brandt Magnuson Knutson*Jared Michael Bowman*Gary Wayne Cook*Sandra Joan Christy*Vernon C. Sahnow*Dolores J. Steele*Cora N. Holmes*Mercedes Beatrice Patterson Dalton*Linda A. Green-Dupont

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Claims filed in student gun case

MONMOUTH -- Jeffrey Maxwell, the student kicked out of Western Oregon University for carrying a gun on campus, may re-enroll there while he awaits a decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals regarding a challenge of his original suspension.

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8/5 Letters to the Editor

*New bridge better than saving ferry*Dallas dog pound deserves support*Rotary thankful of community support*Time to abandon Ash Creek Trail*Firefighters enjoy Summerfest role*Boosters thank all who helped athletes*Dangerous entry on Oakdale Road*Project raises 448 pounds of food* Kind words mean much to gardener

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8/5 Police 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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8/5 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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WOU prof on to next level

MONMOUTH -- Jerry Braza was working at the University of Utah during the 1980s when he became interested in Buddhist philosophy -- so much so, that he studied it and was eventually ordained by renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh as a Dharma teacher.

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Longtime Dallas mayor dies

DALLAS -- She was a community leader and supporter, an award-winner and consensus-builder. Whatever she was involved in, former Dallas mayor Gwen VanDenBosch was quite simply a history maker.

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County fair rolls out 4-day welcome mat

RICKREALL -- Plenty of old favorites and a variety of new attractions should have thousands of local residents and visitors to the area flocking to the 2009 Polk County Fair.

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