Stories for June 2009

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Wednesday, June 24

    

City efforts cut lead levels

DALLAS -- The city has successfully reduced lead levels in some resident's drinking water by changing to less corrosive chemicals to treat the water.

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6/24 City Hall Notes

*Trees removed from downtown core*Grant would aid project development*City to commemorate Cycle Oregon*Upcoming council meetings canceled

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6/24 Community Calendar

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Putt-putt fun is par for this course

MONMOUTH -- If you regularly drive through the S-curves between Monmouth and Independence, you've probably noticed a quirky, yet unassuming mini-golf course off Highway 51.

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6/24 PUBLIC AGENDA

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WOU pool slates Free Float Night

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University is kicking of its summer swim session with Free Float Night on Friday, June 26, at Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool.

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6/24 Community Notebook

*Extension to reduce local office hours*WOU campus tours offered in summer*Deadline nearing for 4-H youth camp*Office manager to be thanked*Saturday brunch to benefit seniors*Monmouth nursery sets Saturday class*Ham radio group plans 'field day'*Ballston schedules community picnic*Hospital Auxiliary to host fundraiser*BeckenRidge sets public dance event*Foundation slates benefit golf event*Meals for seniors available in area

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Fresh from the local farm

POLK COUNTY -- It's officially summer and Polk County residents are grabbing buckets and donning their grubby clothes for U-Pick fun in the sun.

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6/24 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

School's out for the summer and MI Town's libraries have excellent activity programs available for kids of all ages, including both indoor and outdoor events and an adult book group. Call the Independence Library at 503-838-1911 or the Monmouth Library at 503-838-1932 for more information, or check the their Web sites at www.ci.monmouth.or.us or www.ci.independence.or.us.

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6/24 Letters to the Editor

*District's leaders don't measure up*Flag ceremony is work of many*Sketchy tax plan raises questions*High-def offerings are a token three*Community steps up to help hungry*Passing stranger thanked for act*A suggestion for the Blue Garden

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6/24 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The sunshine was hidden by dismal gray clouds for the trip to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on June 14 for the 10 a.m. worship service. Dairy cows were enjoying their green pastures.

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Reception for artists set at WOU

MONMOUTH -- The city's Arts & Cultural Commission is sponsoring an art contest for Western Oregon University students, whose created sculptures could be purchased and installed in front of Main Street Park.

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6/24 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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Smoother 'Western Days' will be result of planning efforts

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- It would be impossible to expect a festival the size of Western Days, which attracts crowds that swell over a four-day period well above the collective populations of Monmouth and Independence, to take place without a hiccup.

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Friday, June 19

      

Wednesday, June 17

    

M-I Rotary strawberry sale details arranged

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club will conduct its annual delivery of 30-pound buckets of fresh strawberries on Tuesday, June 23, though that date will be confirmed by phone or e-mail with all individuals who have placed orders.

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6/17 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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6/17 OBITUARIES

*Joseph Michael Eisenbeiss*William H. 'Bill' Lang*Chester Dwain Donahou*Ella Vera Janzen McKee*Mildred 'Millie' Josephine Philippi

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Hundreds of Polk students earn degrees from OSU

CORVALLIS -- A number of Polk County residents are among one of the largest graduating classes ever at Oregon State University. The school's 140th commencement ceremony was held Saturday, June 13, at Reser Stadium on the OSU campus.

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6/17 Pedee News: Nola Womer

There was good news regarding Pastor Lonnie Burbank's recent checkup. Things are working well and we thank you for all your prayers.

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6/17 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Mother Nature blessed us with cool and cloudy weather as we honored the Western Oregon University Class of 2009 Saturday at McArthur Field during commencement exercises.

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Falls City carnival is July 4

FALLS CITY -- The fifth annual Falls City Fourth of July Carnival will raise money to install sidewalks at Falls City Elementary School's playground so all children can access the area.

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Bike helmets to be distributed

INDEPENDENCE -- Children from low-income families can receive bike helmets for $1 from the Independence Police Department today (Wednesday, June 17).

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6/17 Public Agenda Calendar

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New K-5 math plan adopted

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has approved adopting a new math curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grades even though it does not plan on paying for it yet because of the budget crisis.

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Corrections posts 'Most Wanted'

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

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6/17 School Notes/Academic Honors

*Rickreall School sale to be discussed*Perrydale student receives honor*Masons present two scholarships*Spelling, writing camp offered*M-I Rotary awards scholarship*Jennifer Cortez

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Deadline imposed on building owner

DALLAS -- The owner of the Blue Garden Restaurant building has one month to complete all items on a code condition list or the City Council is handing the problem over to the municipal court.

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6/17 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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Central staffers opt out

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Karen Labahn waited until the end of the last day of school on June 12 to tell her students in Central High's Teen Parent Program that she was retiring and wouldn't return next year.

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For local man, the ride of a lifetime

RICKREALL -- After biking all over the world during his 42 years of life, Brennan Todd, is embarking on a bike ride for life from Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America in Tierra del Fuego.

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6/17 Community Notebook

*Deadline nearing for 4-H fair entries*Transportation open house set*Van Duzer Corridor breaks available*Park clubhouse to be celebrated*Scholarship benefit planned Saturday*PCHS sets monthly public gathering*June 20 art auction will benefit PCL*Nite Court plans Saturday event*Dallas Father's Day breakfast slated*Nursery to host event for dads*Invasive species subject of video*Summer session of 'Total Fitness' set*June 27 fundraiser to help Polk program*Polk County FSA seeks nominations*Deadline extended for book submissions*M-I Rotary Club elects new officers

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Rec complex under way

INDEPENDENCE -- National Guardsmen began work last week on the North Riverfront ballfield complex off Highway 51 in Independence.

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Living and dancing to a rhythm all her own

MONMOUTH -- Now that she's received her diploma from Western Oregon University, Rebecca Chadd wants to earn a master's degree in dance in Canada. And maybe teach Spanish. And travel. And have a family.

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Student's trash becomes treasure

MONMOUTH -- By the sixth trip up to Clara Culligan's room in Heritage Hall at Western Oregon University on June 12, her belongings were nearly overflowing from the Dodge Durango her mother, Mary Beth, brought to move her back to Vancouver, Wash., for the summer.

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Creek gets an artistic assist

MONMOUTH -- At the edge of Diana Wurzer and Bayard McLeod's art project, a bit of brown scum gathers, hesitates, and then is slowly sucked into the "pod" and disappears.

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Wednesday, June 10

    

6/10 OBITUARIES

*Sharon M. Dana*Floyd William Niemi*Tomothy M. Deschler*Judy Lynne Reimers Luthe*Loicelle Zola Hamilton*Joan Marie Reeves*Jack Ira Townsend*Judy Ann Erickson*George Thomas Drakeley*Cora Ellen Heiney*Orla Ed Thayer*Leona Winters*Russel Wiebe

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6/10 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The severe thunderstorm of June 4 seemed to land on MI Town like the proverbial ton of bricks. It served to remind us how fortunate we are to live in our wonderful Willamette Valley, where storms like this are the exception instead of the rule.

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Two drug suspects busted

RICKREALL -- A routine traffic stop led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation and the subsequent arrests of two local men on June 5.

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6/10 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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Central school budget approved

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District will begin identifying this week which of its teachers will be laid off and how it will cut education and extracurricular programs under its newly-adopted 2009-10 budget.

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6/10 Community Notebook

*Republican women to hold gathering*Weekend festival set at fairgrounds*Charity softball tournament on tap*Classic car show scheduled June 13*'Read to the Dog' program is offered*Pony, story event for children set*Humane Society plans canine event*World War II subject of June 14 gathering*Sunday breakfast slated at grange*Tree removal set in downtown Dallas*Town hall meeting planned for June 15*Reunion deadline fast approaching*Hospice schedules grief support group*Driver safety topic of two-day class*Sponsors sought for golf benefit

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6/10 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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Road tripper eyes 1,100-mile mission

MONMOUTH -- Paul Peloquin was waterlogged by the time he finished a soggy, 24-hour leg of a motorcycle ride through Arkansas and Alabama in 2008, thanks to the lingering remnants of Hurricane Gustav.

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County park vandalism discovered

POLK COUNTY -- Graffiti discovered recently at Ritner Creek Park and Buell Park gives the county reason to worry about protecting its more remote parks.

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An outdoor adventure

WILLAMINA -- It was a typical Monday -- old men were gathered around Willamina's Huddleston Pond with fishing rods in their hands just shooting the breeze.

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Fire safety becomes a mission

FALLS CITY -- One night when Jeremy Gigstad was 5 years old, he looked out of the window of his Falls City home to see a neighbor's residence engulfed in a 60-foot tall fireball.

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Garden tour slated for Sunday

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth Independence Community Arts Association will host a local garden tour from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 14.

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Thunderstorm causes minimal problems

POLK COUNTY -- The severe thunderstorms that created havoc for many Willamette Valley communities June 4 caused only minor damage for the most part throughout Polk County.

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6/10 Letters to the Editor

*Thanks for Search and Rescue, prayers*Parents' work made DHS party a success*Dallas is very much still a special place*Eliminating music in schools is sad*Thanks to all for help with toy drive*Television offers a vast wasteland*Store's staff goes the extra mile

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Pool gets efficiency boost

DALLAS -- The Dallas Aquatic Center is scheduled to be closed through today (Wednesday, June 10) for cleaning and energy upgrades designed to save thousands of dollars in utility costs.

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6/10 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The 10 a.m. worship service May 31 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church was opened by song leader Stacy Weidenmann. She then had Rev. Gary Heady of Salem take over, but she continued to lead the songs.

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Extension Service tax plan advances

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Extension Office is finishing paperwork to begin collecting signatures to put its proposed taxing district on the May 2010 ballot.

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WOU teaching center honored by group

MONMOUTH -- A regional office of the Western Oregon University-based Teaching Research Institute has been selected as a national center for school integration for children recovering from brain injuries.

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Top WOU grad has a purpose

MONMOUTH -- Christopher Hamilton said he won't be overwhelmed by the pomp and circumstance of graduating from Western Oregon University on Saturday; in a couple of months, he'll be back in the classroom working toward a law degree.

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6/10 Monmouth Council Agenda

Monmouth City Council will hold a regular meeting, work session and Urban Renewal Agency meeting Tuesday, June 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St.

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Local agencies honored by state fire group

SALEM -- Local fire and emergency service organizations from Polk County were honored May 30 at the Oregon Fire Service Meritorious Awards Banquet and ceremony at the Salem Convention Center.

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6/10 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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6/10 School Notes

*Reading improvement class offered*Central senior receives scholarship*Willamina student earns honor*CHS graduate recipient of award

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6/10 Business Notebook

*Dallas restauranteur featured in magazine*Youth karate club opens in Dallas*Local resident wins grocery giveaway

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Bus stop change seen for Rickreall

RICKREALL -- Regional transit company Cherriots is looking to move the new Rickreall bus stop closer to the Polk County Fairgrounds along Highway 99W in 2010 or 2011.

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Thursday, June 4

    

Wednesday, June 3

 

6/3 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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6/3 Pedee News: Nola Womer

I went with my nephew, Larry Shellenbarger, and his wife, Mary, of Buena Vista May 22 as they took flowers and put bouquets on family graves at the Dallas Cemetery and Womer Cemetery in Pedee. Mary took flowers from her yard and made the bouquets.

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6/3 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar says it's almost summertime in MI Town and we're so enjoying everything that Mother Nature has to offer. We awaken to cool and crisp mornings that turn into warm and sunny afternoons, followed by wonderful twilight and starry evenings.

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Funds help put people to work

POLK COUNTY -- Nearly $563,000 in federal stimulus funds will be used to create summer employment and training opportunities for young people in Polk County.

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Frustration growing over Blue Garden

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council is fed up with the seemingly lack of progress at the Blue Garden restaurant at 827 Main St., and some members want the city to finally take matters into its own hands.

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6/3 OBITUARIES

*Gale D. Abrams*Ella Dunham*Sarita Christina G¢mez Kerlle¤evich*Lois Mildred Teachout*Verva Mae Vaughn*Ruth Marie McKibben*Michael 'Mike' W. McDowell & Joann‚ M. McDowell*Lance Kapple*Joy L. Harris*'Hap' Joseph Harold Howe*John Lowdon*Judy Ann Erickson*Almeda Cutsforth*Rosemary G. Trass*Sharon M. Dana

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Dallas graduation

Dallas High School's Class of 2009 gathered under sun-drenched skies Saturday, May 30, at Gallaspy Field for commencement exercises.

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6/3 Community Notebook

*BeckenRidge sets public dance event*Spring Fling event on tap June 5-6-7*Monthly coffee club will meet on Friday* Saturday breakfast set in Monmouth* Bible study group for women to meet*Kids craft program scheduled in Dallas*Business workshop offers start-up tips*Making telescopes is subject of class*Monmouth High reunion scheduled*Independence HS gathering in works*Falls City library sets summer event*June 20 art auction will benefit PCL*

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Morrison spared in budget

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District's budget for 2009-10, approved May 27, keeps Morrison Campus Alternative School open but eliminates elementary school music programs.

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Young boy found safe near Pedee

POLK COUNTY -- A 4-year-old boy was found May 29 in South Polk County safe -- thanks largely to his dog -- after being reported missing several hours earlier, officials from the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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6/3 Letters to the Editor

*A fitting tribute for Memorial Day*SMART helpers are appreciated*Illegals must first earn their rights*Big-city eyesores invading our town*Couple thankful for help of others*What's that up in our skies?*Appreciation for action by staff

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Dallas ICAN plans celebration party

DALLAS -- The Dallas Inter-Community Activity Network is hosting an evening full of dancing, dessert and art to celebrate its one-year anniversary Saturday, June 6.

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6/3 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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6/3 School Notes

*Oakdale selects new mascot image*Gala to recognize Dallas teachers*Schools seeking help with move*DHS student to attend conference*WSHS student receives scholarship*Monmouth resident earns scholarship

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City to have rep on Kids, Inc. board

DALLAS -- Citizen issues with Kids, Inc. are on their way to being resolved. At a City Council meeting on April 20, Sandy Teal asked the council to create an oversight committee to keep better tabs on the children's sports organization.

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Central graduation

An overflow crowd packed the New P.E. Building on the Western Oregon University campus May 29 as Central High School's Class of 2009 participated in commencement exercises.

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6/3 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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Young authors showcase talent

INDEPENDENCE -- When she needs ideas for her short stories, budding author Ana Martinez, 9, said family members are often the best material.

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