Stories for January 2009

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Thursday, January 29

              

Wednesday, January 28



Nite Court fills need for kids

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Ask any young person in Monmouth and Independence to name their biggest criticism of the communities, and the likely response will be something along the lines of "there's nothing to do around here."

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1/28 OBITUARIES

*Roberta 'Bobbie' Jean Staples Shepherd*Esther Janzen Blazer Spaulding*Leslee Ellen Davis*Brenda May Jamison*William 'Bill' Henry Spence Jr.*Betty Ann Buffington*Frank L. Marshall*Marie Leonardi Lorenzen*Bryan 'Dutch' C. Cokeley*E. Milton Frink*Marie Chandler*Enid Mary Doxey*Tommy Aarons

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Title 1 funding at risk at Lyle

DALLAS -- Lyle Elementary Principal Todd Baughman is urging parents to sign up for free or reduced lunch for their children to save the school's Title I programming.

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1/28 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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1/28 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church for Sunday school and church on Jan. 18 found the Christmas cactus that had a few pink blooms the previous Sunday had many blossoms, but needed water as it was in the south window.

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Extenstion eyes tax base

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners has approved plans by the Polk County Extension Service to try and place a tax service district measure on the May 2010 ballot.

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WOU building project in Legislature's hands

MONMOUTH -- Work on Western Oregon University's proposed $31.9 million revamp of the Old Physical Education Building could begin as early as this summer if state lawmakers approve a stimulus package this week.

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WOU audience hears civil rights icon Gray

MONMOUTH -- During the middle of a presentation at Western Oregon University last week, civil rights attorney Fred Gray stopped to quiz audience members about the parade preceding President Barack Obama's inauguration two days earlier.

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Economy curtails Walgreens' plans

MONMOUTH -- Plans to build a Walgreens in the city are on hold for the foreseeable future ... and possibly beyond, according to a company representative.

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1/28 Community Notebook

*Family reading club offered at library*Fundraising lunch planned for Jan. 29*Polk Republicans will meet Thursday*Red Cross gala just around the corner*Teen cooking club to meet at library*Youth chess event planned Saturday*County fair board sets work session*Jan. 31 fundraiser aids 'Links of Love'*Open house on tap at Masonic Lodge*After-school art signups accepted*Life story writing workshop continues*Youth craft program will resume Feb. 3*United Way seeks input via survey*ICAN belly dancing class scheduled*AMVETS moves meeting location

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Schools receive state CSF payments

POLK COUNTY -- Four Polk County school districts shared in the statewide distribution of nearly $20.2 million from the Common School Fund by the Oregon Department of Education on Jan. 20.

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1/28 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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Polk included in USDA natural disaster area

POLK COUNTY -- The United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has designated much of Western Oregon, including Polk County, as a natural disaster area. That makes all qualified nursery, farm and ranch operators eligible for FSA low-interest physical loss emergency loans.

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1/28 Letters to the Editor

*Valsetz reservoir ill-conceived idea*Botched oath is an embarrassment*Many thanks for Dallas city workers*Reservoir planning wrong, wasteful*Commissioners' land-use decisions unlawful, inept*Students brighten day at rehabilitation center*Law would abet pilfering of child support funds

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Polk County included in USDA natural disaster area

DALLAS -- Deadline is Friday, Feb. 27, for Polk County farmers to sign up for the 2005-2007 Crop Disaster Program (CDP) for those crops that were covered by the Non-Insured Assistance Program (NAP) or Federal Crop Insurance.

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Tuesday, January 27

 

Central reading promotion is big hit

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Ricky Cedillo admits reading wasn't his favorite pastime when he was a student at Independence Elementary School. More of a chore, actually, he says.

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1/28 Business Notebook

*Hair salon to open*Restaurant adds music*Law office opens*Pollock named to board*Sales rep rearns award

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1/28 Correction

In a story headlined "Railroad crossing fix eyed," which appeared on Page 1A of the Jan. 21 Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly stated there was a crossing at Polk Street and Hoffman Road -- those two routes run parallel to one another. The correct intersection is Polk and North Marsh streets. The I-O regrets the error.

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1/28 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, January 22

   

Scorecard

Basketball standings, schedule, Blue Dolphins, Starlite Lanes bowling

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Tuesday, January 20



LVCS closes Pedee campus

PEDEE -- Because of declining student enrollment at the Pedee campus of Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools, officials closed the Pedee school effective Friday, Jan. 16.

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1/21 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Art Tidey recently shared the happy news that MI Town's own Emeritus Society began the new year with a generous donation of 25 teddy bears to the Independence Police Department.

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1/21 Community Notebook

*Dinner to celebrate memory of MLK Jr.*Grants available for food, shelter help*WOU offers preview to potential students*Jan. 24 fundraiser set for PHS class*Library schedules adult reading event*Bridgeport church sets gospel concert*Volunteer trining offered by hospice*Perrydale auction seeks donations*Creek restoration presentation topic*Fundraising lunch planned for Jan. 29*Polk Republicans will meet Jan. 29*Local water quality volunteers needed*Frant will assist area food banks*Tickets reamin for 'Fergie' appearance

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DHS students earn safety grant

DALLAS -- Driving in Dallas could be safer in the future because two giggly high school juniors put their noses to the grindstone and came up with a plan.

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1/21 School Notes

*Central SD seeking committee members*DSD budget group needs volunteer*PSWCD offering local scholarships*Ag scholarships available in state

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1/21 Correction

In a photo caption that accompanied a story headlined "Weathering the downturn," which appeared on Page 1A of the Jan. 14 Itemizer-Observer, Lee Crass was misidentified. The I-O regrets the error.

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Historic wagon needs a loving home

INDEPENDENCE -- One of the Heritage Museum's greatest pieces of history has not been on display for the past five years -- nor will be in the near future.

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Independence UGB expansion is closer

INDEPENDENCE -- The two-and-a-half year process to expand Independence's urban growth boundary (UGB) and update its comprehensive plan finally concludes in February.

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1/21 Business Notebook

*Dental clinic has new owners*Tax office opens*ERN plans open house*Writer offers travel tips*Christian school moves

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1/21 Letters to the Editor

*Volunteers shine in wrestling event*Citizens can help homeless kids*Siletz dam/reservoir would be mistake*Time to deal with goose cannon noise*Food bank support much appreciated*Open house grand success*Hoop Shoot has 825 participants*Thief is asked to reconsider

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1/21 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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1/21 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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1/21 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving for services at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Jan. 11 found blooms on the pink Christmas cactus plant and many buds. There were greens on the organ and piano.

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1/21 OBITUARIES

*Eugene Elbert Villwock*Elva Ann Riha*Darlene Elizabeth Pace-Perrin*Bernice J. Puckett*Bryan 'Dutch' C. Cokeley*Gerry Ames Vincent*Charles 'Chuck' Carlo Campos*Steve Lyell*Mary Jane Culbertson*Freida Smith

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Thursday, January 15

             

Tuesday, January 13



1/14 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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1/14 Community Notebook

*Donation to benefit city animal control*Post offices offer special postmark*Rhododendron group will meet tonight*Signups accepted for karate classes*Caregiver seminar deadline is Jan. 16*Driver safety class set in Monmouth*Kids' activities set at Arctic Museum*Selling on eBay is topic of class*Western to host workshop on EFTs*Candy sale benefits scholarship fund*Polk County seeks local foster parents*Conversation Club resumes at library*Hospice schedules grief support group*Latin dance class signups accepted

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1/14 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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Annual meeting set for Historical Society

POLK COUNTY -- Election of officers, presentation and approval of the budget, and a review and vote on the rewrite of the bylaws are on the agenda for the Polk County Historical Society's annual business meeting.

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Survey aids Luckiamute watershed projects

When summer arrives in Polk and Benton counties, what few steelhead and trout there are in the Luckiamute River system head for cooler waters upstream in the Kings Valley, Pedee and Falls City areas. So say preliminary results from a fish survey conducted last summer by the Luckiamute Watershed Council.

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Dallas City Park still closed

DALLAS -- Dallas City Park was closed before New Year's Day because of fallen trees and limbs, and may not open to public use for another two weeks, officials said.

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1/14 Letters to the Editor

*Governor's road tax idea stinks*Hats off again to dedicated folks*Alert mail carrier helps avert tragedy*ODOT agenda not fair to drivers*Dallas Boosters keep spirit alive*Vital for public to attend hearing *Logging town days were special times*Thieves' acts are utterly senseless*Carriers appreciate help by customers*Thanks to many who helped out

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District has nutria trap loan program

POLK COUNTY -- County residents are encouraged to take advantage of a program offered through the Ash Creek Water Control District (ACWCD) to reduce problems with nutria.

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Weathering the downturn

DALLAS -- On a normal day, it would be hard to hear anything above the racket inside Bob Evans' metal fabrication shop off Howe Street as his employees cut, form, weld and assemble trailers for hauling concrete.

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Monmouth power substation cost soars

MONMOUTH -- City Council authorized on Jan. 6 a $3.7 million loan to build a substation in south Monmouth -- a project made 50 percent more costly because of a wetland issue last year.

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1/14 OBITUARIES

*Dolores M. Tiernan*Donald L. Simons*Josephine W. Mierau*Frieda A. Heppner*Marjorie Rouleau*Patricia Ann Zimmerdahl*Evelyn Joy Riggs*Craig 'Bobby' R. Aster*Reta Kay Bork*Charles 'Charlie' Joseph Pointer

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Police nab suspect in property crimes

POLK COUNTY -- Salem Police assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a Dallas-area woman Jan. 6 who is a suspect in a variety of property crimes in Polk, Marion and Lincoln counties.

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Thursday, January 8

         

Wednesday, January 7



Tuesday, January 6

  

Hearing for Independence UGB expansion is Jan. 14

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence officials and the Polk County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint hearing regarding the proposed expansion of the city's Urban Growth Boundary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at City Hall.

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1/7 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

On Jan. 1, MI Town's own Central Lions Club made our New Year's celebration very special with a free breakfast for seniors and their family members at the Monmouth Senior Center.

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1/7 Community Notebook

*'Mom and Me' group organized*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Community coffee club set for Friday*Driver's safety class scheduled*Library kicks off kids' reading event*Museum will cost historical program*Country folk dance due at Guthrie Park*LaCreole support group meeting set*'Brasil Brazil' event coming to Western*Language skills class scheduled*Polk Relay for Life kickoff rally Jan. 14

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1/7 OBITUARIES

*Dolores Mondain Tiernan*Clarence Barnett*Bruce Howard Andersen*Leonia Setters*Billy Ray Cramblet*Elinor Martin Thiel*Easter Holland*Randy Ray White*Enid Mary Doxey

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Union files grievances against DA

POLK COUNTY -- A labor union has filed two grievances and an unfair labor practice charge against Polk County, following new District Attorney Stan Butterfield's decision not to rehire two staff members from his office's prior administration.

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BLM plan for harvest approved

POLK COUNTY -- The Bureau of Land Management's proposed Resource Management Plan was approved Dec. 31 and will provide timber receipts to Oregon counties for the next 10 years.

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1/7 Correction

In a story headlined "Animal abandonments on the rise," which appeared in the Dec. 24 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly reported that it is illegal to slaughter horses in the United States. While it remains legal, no horse slaughterhouses are currently in operation. The I-O regrets the error.

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1/7 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Spending Christmas Eve with their father Paul Ronco at the family home in Pedee were his daughters Brenda Ronco of Dallas and Renee Ronco of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Woman survives collision

WEST SALEM -- A Salem woman was injured on Jan. 2 after her vehicle collided with a semi-truck on Highway 22, officials said.

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1/7 SENIOR CALENDAR

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day programs. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

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1/7 Letters to the Editor

*Christmas Cheer thanks community *Prosecutor defends system's 'dark side"*Generosity aids those in need*Chef appreciates professional story*Solution needed for horse issue*Cannon noise gone, and thank you*BLM timber plan is well constructed*New DA's actions are a sad farce*Family project sees 25th year

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1/7 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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Friday, January 2