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Wednesday, July 29



Dallas cooling shelter location

DALLAS -- The Dallas Public Library has been designated by the city of Dallas as an emergency cooling station should the need arise throughout this afternoon and until closing today (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

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7/29 Community Notebook

*Fair talent show deadline nearing*Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth*Event at nursery to assist schools*Food Share benefit tickets available*Dallas Old-Timers to gather at park*Youth fire, police academy scheduled*Church 'day camp' planned Aug. 3-6*Clay art program continues in August*County seeking commission members*DHS Class of '89 sets 3-day reunion*Central High class to gather Aug. 8*Willamina class planning reunion*Annual Rickreall sale coming up*PCL planning golf fundraiser Aug. 13

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7/29 Letters to the Editor

*Duck race planners thank participants*Ferry shouldn't be singled out*Seniors must step forward for center*Thief spoils evening of swimming fun

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Tuesday, July 28

 

Trail's route, future now in question

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth is taking a harder look at the feasibility of building its leg of the Ash Creek Trail, with some officials wondering if it might be time to abandon the concept if route alignment problems are too challenging to resolve.

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7/29 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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7/29 OBITUARIES

*Travis N. Bartley*Lucile Chastain*Harold C. Friesen*Marianne Reina*Ramon M. Coronado*Mollie Jean Costello Cutsforth*Eric Weidanz

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Building fee dispute delays residency hall

MONMOUTH -- Groundbreaking on a 92,000-square-foot residence hall at Western Oregon University has been delayed because of a building fee dispute between the school and the city of Monmouth.

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Cooling shelter offers heat relief

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County Public Health and Polk County Fire District No. 1 have opened a cooling shelter for local residents trying to escape the extreme heat.

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7/29 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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Comedy farce hits WOU stage

MONMOUTH -- The plot of "Tom, Dick and Harry" certainly seems farfetched, with bootlegging and body-part smuggling threatening to derail a couple's prospects for adopting a baby.

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7/29 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime ... and when I'm tempted to complain about my labors while working in a very warm kitchen, I think about those who are working in the fields and on highway construction projects. It helps keep things in perspective until the next batch of jam jars need to be removed from the boiling water bath.

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7/29 Pedee News: Nola Womer

We passed Cycle Oregon riders on our way to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday morning, July 19. We saw many bicyclists at Maple Grove at a rest stop. They had a sunny morning for their ride.

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Lazy Days on the River

INDEPENDENCE -- The Willamette is a lazy river in the summer. It seems to linger in deeper pools and nonchalantly drift through its widest places.

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7/29 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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Thursday, July 23

     

Wednesday, July 22

      

7/22 OBITUARIES

*Donald Alan Hall*Russell Dean Wells*Carl Sandefur*Michael Keith Johns*Velma Louise Cline Blair*Nancy Jean Etherton*Mollie Jean Costello Cutsforth

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7/22 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was a cool day at the church park south of the Ritner Creek Covered Bridge on Sunday morning, July 12, when Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church gathered for its annual "church in the park."

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7/22 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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7/22 Letters to the Editor

*Central administrators must make concessions*Donation appreciated by Education Fund*Trail kiosk worthy of needed repairs*Careless driver ruins movie night

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7/22 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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7/22 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The Major League Baseball All-Star game last week was a happy summer event. We took some time to relax from chores and responsibilities to watch the best players in the American and National leagues at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, resplendent in their home team uniforms.

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Felton named to parole board

WEST SALEM -- Aaron Felton, a former candidate for Polk County District Attorney, has been appointed to a newly created fourth position on the state parole board.

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Polk schools receive share of state funds

POLK COUNTY -- Four Polk County-based school districts shared in the statewide distribution of nearly $20.2 million from the Common School Fund by the Oregon Department of Education on July 14.

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7/22 School Notes

*Sports physical clinic scheduled*KVCS plans summer work party*High schoolers studying theater

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Central to reassign district staff

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Federal stimulus money is being utilized to offset some of the jobs lost as a result of Central School District's 2009-10 budget cuts.

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7/22 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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7/22 Community Notebook

*Local Lion elected to District 36 post*Weekend book sale to aid Dallas Library*Dallas ICAN seeking parade participants*Donation to benefit 'A Child's Haven'*Western to present summer comedy*First Baptist to host concert on July 29*Deadline nearing for photo contest*Churches team up to offer youth VBS*Children's Bible school scheduled*'Crocodile Dock' VBS program set*Session of VBS on tap July 27-31*Donations sought for upcoming sale*DHS Class of '56 to gather Aug. 2

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Cycle Oregon: Have Bike, Will Ride

MONMOUTH -- The bride looked striking in a tutu over white spandex shorts, veil secured to her bike helmet and ankle-length socks bearing SpongeBob Squarepants' image.

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Thursday, July 16



Scorecard

Starlite Lanes bowling, local golf and Mini-Marathon results

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Wednesday, July 15

 

7/15 Letters to the Editor

*HALO group makes a great impression*Blood donors get special thanks*Council members shirk their duties*Duck race: fun for a good cause*Law finally brings needed certification

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7/15 OBITUARIES

*Elmer D. Quiring*Leslie Al Hoffman Sr.*Vida 'Cindy' N. Hedrick*Velna I. Brown*Dr. Robert Harland*Helen Jefferies*Erma Laura Loomer

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Dallas schools add back teachers

DALLAS -- Superintendent Christy Perry announced Monday night at the Dallas School Board meeting that the district has rehired two previously cut elementary school music teachers.

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Biplanes set fly-in event on Saturday

INDEPENDENCE -- Those with an affinity for open skies and aircraft from simpler times, take heart. The second annual Independence Biplane Fly-in will take place on Saturday, July 18.

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Corrections posts 'most wanted'

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

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OSP beefs up Polk County patrols

POLK COUNTY -- After six years with no Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers working around-the-clock patrols in the Polk and Marion county areas, the OSP Salem Area Command office resumed 24-hour patrol coverage July 14.

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7/15 Business Notebook

*Dallas restaurant to celebrate 10th anniversary*Local Avon representative honored for sales*Capone's schedules formal grand opening*Monmouth insurance office moves*Roth's promotes fundraiser for Special Olympics*Local real estate agent earns designation

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7/15 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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Correction

In a story headlined "Dallas Rotary Club installs officers," which appeared within the Community Notebook on Page 10A of the July 8 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Marlen Richmond was misidentified as Marlen Richards. The I-O regrets the error.

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7/15 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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7/15 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

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City eyes pound improvements

DALLAS -- Over the Fourth of July weekend, eight frightened and loose dogs were picked up by Dallas Animal Control Officer Todd Pendley. Six of them wagged their tails, barked and whined when he walked up last week.

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Tuition hike will be tempered

MONMOUTH -- Tuition at Oregon's public universities, including Western Oregon University, will grow next year, but not by as much as previously anticipated because of decreased state funding.

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7/15 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to and from Pedee on Sunday, July 5, to attend Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church worship services was on roads along fields of cut grains, grass seed and grass hay. Some of the large round hay bales were waiting in a field near Pedee.

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7/15 Community Notebook

*Signature gatherers' training scheduled*Falls City library slates fundraiser*'Heritage Crafts' session to begin*ICAN belly dancing class starts July 16*Kings Valley group to gather Thursday*Amateur radio group to meet*Polk Relay For Life garage sale on tap*Registration taken for First Baptist VBS*Donations sought for Dallas book sale*Health screening service is offered*Additional stop added to bus route*Hospice to offer volunteer training

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Falls swimming access in limbo

FALLS CITY -- Falls City residents and visitors will have to swim from the "left bank" of the falls again this summer, thanks to unresolved issues with the "right bank" property owner.

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Creek project is a team effort

KINGS VALLEY -- Without help from neighbors, a project improving a three-section area of Maxfield Creek, near Kings Valley, might still be waiting for full funding.

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Thursday, July 9

   

Scorecard

Bowling, golf and Monmouth-Independence 4th of July tennis

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Wednesday, July 8

 

7/8 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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Sounds of Summer set to kick off

DALLAS -- The start of the 2009 Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series is near -- and it is back with the classics, more variety and a way to give back to the hungry in the community.

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Motorcyclese spoken heres

INDEPENDENCE -- There's a way to get from Newport to Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon by motorcycle that eschews all but perhaps 10 miles of principal highway in favor of back-country and gravel roads, Forrest Bault says.

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City, chicken lovers at odds

INDEPENDENCE -- Gretchen Kirchner said when she and her sister, Debby, moved from Boardman in Northeastern Oregon to Independence, they believed their new hometown would allow them to continue the rural lifestyle they both enjoyed.

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7/8 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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7/8 Community Notebook

*Business workshop offers start-up tips*Monthly coffee club will meet on Friday*Vineyard schedules lavender festival*'Read to the Dog' program offered*Yoga, vineyards subject of event*Lavender Lake sets tour weekend event*Buell Grange plans Sunday breakfast*Service medals to be presented*Church schedules kids' VBS program*Polk Republicans to meet Monday*Dallas Rotary Club installs officers*Discussion to focus on new senior center*Helmet distribution event postponed*Local artists sought for Willamina event*Volunteer drivers needed in county

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New court site is best solution

DALLAS -- The state of Oregon wants to give Polk County $1.1 million to bring the courthouse building up to current standards, but county officials believe they have a better idea.

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7/8 OBITUARIES

*Phyllis K. Fryrear*Sarah Jean Gutbrod*Emer Paul Bundy*Oney Alice Darnell*John Wallace Larson*Helen Fast Fitzwater*Hazel M. Anderson*Vida 'Cindy' N. Hedrick*C.J. Wildhaber

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7/8 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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Correction

In a story headlined "Lovable goats make for luscious cheese," which appeared on Page 2A of the July 1 Itemizer-Observer, the quote "Once we looked at the goats, it was all over" in the photo cutline should have been attributed to Terry Carlson. The I-O regrets the error.

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Higher ed left with 13% less in budget

MONMOUTH -- Universities in Oregon will experience a 13 percent reduction in state funding in 2009-11, per the higher education budget approved just before the close of the state legislative session June 29.

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Western Days parade honors veterans

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Crowds lining Monmouth's sidewalks along Main Street under a sweltering July 4 sun were loud and raucous as they lauded the classic cars, quirky floats and costumed characters who took part in the Western Days Grand Parade.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Brennan's ride

It is the Fourth of July as I write this. I pray everyone had a festive day and the Rickreall Fire trucks were shiny and well represented in the parade with lots of candy for the kids.

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Parting shots fired in gun ban response

SALEM -- Lawmakers criticized leaders of the state's public universities just before the conclusion of the 2009 Oregon Legislature session for a "non-response" to a request that schools end bans on legally concealed firearms.

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Veterans Powwow is July 10-12

GRAND RONDE -- The annual Grand Ronde Veterans Powwow will be held Friday through Sunday, July 10-12, at Uyxat Powwow Grounds, 9390 Highway 22, near Fort Yamhill State Park.

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7/8 Letters to the Editor

*CHS sports need your support now*Nation is being bamboozled*Time to put M-I trail idea to rest*Volunteers make ICAN a success*U.S. should ban Rx advertising*Quilt display wins all around*Brandt's operates like the Mafia*Merkley's visit shows he cares*Republicans let Oregon voters down

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Monmouth market set for debut

MONMOUTH -- The first edition of the Monmouth Farm and Craft Market on July 1 didn't draw quite the crowds manager Mel Finegan had hoped for.

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Thursday, July 2



Scorecard

Starlite Lanes bowling, local golf, Willamina Mud Drag results

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Wednesday, July 1



New business information workshop set

INDEPENDENCE -- Individuals interested in starting up their own business are encouraged to attend a Tuesday, July 7, information session at the Greater Independence Business Incubator.

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7/1 Pedee News: Nola Womer

There were showers Sunday, June 21, on the drive from Monmouth to Pedee for the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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Valsetz: Gone but not forgotten

Ivy Van Epps answered the telephone and heard a neighbor's greeting on the other end. The phone call from the neighbor was typical, but the message was not.

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7/1 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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7/1 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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Orchard Heights skateboarding draws concern

WEST SALEM -- After banning skateboarding on Gibson Road last August, the problem has moved to Orchard Heights Road. To keep everyone safe, Polk County Commissioners may be interested in working with skaters.

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Lovable goats make for luscious cheese

DALLAS -- A history professor and her retired husband have created a unique goat cheese operation in Dallas. Laurie and Terry Carlson, self-described "foodies," visited Portland about four years ago and were in awe of the fresh fruits, vegetables and fish at the Portland Farmers Market.

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7/1 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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7/1 OBITUARIES

*Constance 'Connie' Ann Henricks*Marjorie L. Koich*Sharon Elaine Patt Ripley*Bill Brent Cole*Jean Wilson*Helen Fast Fitzwater*Phyllis K. Fryrear

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7/1 Community Notebook

*Book sale planned in Independence*Concert to benefit children's charity*Ice cream social scheduled Friday*Fundraiser to help Justice Fockler*Polk Flea Market open this Sunday*Clay art program to begin on July 7*Pizza fundraiser to help Safe Kids*Global warming topic of meeting*K-12 school supply donations sought*Polk groups receive United Way grants*Dallas youth comes to aid of canines

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7/1 Letters to the Editor

*Community support much appreciated by fire volunteers*Newspaper format, local coverage are hit with reader*Backyard burn ban defies reality in rural Dallas*Monopolistic garbage company tightens its grip*Dallas elementary schools' move eased by helpers*DHS track team will certainly miss caring Coach Unger

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Independence budget set at $10.86 million

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence adopted June 23 a $10.86 million budget for 2009-10. Except for one position lost in the Independence Police Department through attrition, service and staffing levels will remain stable, City Manager Greg Ellis said.

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Dallas schools OK budget cuts

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board adopted a budget for the 2009-10 school year on June 23 that saved some elementary music programs, but cut sports programs at the middle school and high school levels.

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State school fund gets bump

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon lawmakers voted into law last week a $6 billion 2009-11 budget for K-12 education, rejecting vetoes by Gov. Ted Kulongoski in the process.

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7/1 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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Dallas Fire wins team competition

DALLAS -- Members of the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department returned home as winners after competing at the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association's annual conference June 22-27 in Virginia Beach, Va.

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