Stories for May 2009

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Tuesday, May 26



5/27 School Notes

*High school graduation season here*Rotary awards scholarships to duo*Young authors highlighted at IES

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5/27 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was a sunny trip to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on May 17. The pink dogwood blossoms were beautiful on the tree near the church office door. The large rhododendron plants are starting to bloom with large blossoms. The cactus in the foyer is a pink mass to welcome all who come. There was a beautiful large bouquet of pink carnations and other flowers on the table under the cross in the foyer.

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5/27 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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Forever in Blue Jeans

PEDEE -- Elaine Haga admits to some do-overs coming off the Pedee Jeans "assembly line" just after she and her late husband, Doug, founded the business during the early 1980s.

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Survivor gives back to sick kids

DALLAS -- When Karlee Miller was a new student in first grade at Lyle Elementary School, some of her peers called her a boy because her hair was very short.

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Monmouth eyes transportation needs

MONMOUTH -- A new arterial street along the western edge of the city, a traffic light at the intersection of Church Street and Highway 99W, and bike lanes on Hoffman Road could be erected in the next 20 years.

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Monmouth utility dispute continues

MONMOUTH -- A local tenant organization is asking the city to implement a $1 surcharge to its electric utility bills to create a reserve account to shore up delinquent fees.

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5/27 Letters to the Editor

*Community cleanup a great success*More activities for kids needed in area*Project ACHIEVE gives out thanks*Support for farm worker bill sought*Effort by students is appreciated*Grant programs help Independence*Good deed shows concern of others*Schools need your involvement now*Candidate thankful of district's support*Staff at Dallas pool deserving of praise

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Seat belt enforcement continues

POLK COUNTY -- Law enforcement agencies in Polk County will continue through May 30 their participation in a statewide enforcement effort regarding vehicle occupant safety and seat belt compliance.

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5/27 OBITUARIES

*Ethel Belle Kelley*Max Morgan Williams*Ricky Gene Reece*Sara C. Kerllenevich*Jerry W. Holroyd*Christopher J. Feldman*Ruth Marie McKibben*Lois M. Teachout

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Arrest made in store parking lot robbery

WEST SALEM -- Salem Police Detectives arrested a 28-year-old male May 19 in connection with a robbery which had occurred on April 18 in the parking lot of Safeway, 1455 Edgewater St. NW.

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5/27 Community Notebook

*West Valley nurses earn recognition*Senior music jam on tap Thursday*Fish survey results to be discussed*Weekend sock hop helps Sable House*Western gospel featured May 31*Art tour seeking local participants*WOU orchestra plans performance*BeckenRidge sets public dance event*DHS Class of '79 planning reunion

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5/27 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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5/27 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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Seats on school boards among positions filled

POLK COUNTY -- Turnout was low as Polk County voters selected candidates -- the majority running unopposed -- to fill a number of positions on various governmental boards during the May 19 vote-by-mail special election.

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Workshops scheduled for small landowners

POLK COUNTY -- A series of workshops designed for small acreage landowners have been scheduled by the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District. The "Living on the Land" series includes four workshops, with the first set for Wednesday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Alternative Break sets weekend fundraiser

INDEPENDENCE -- Western Oregon University students will host a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, in front of the Roth's Fresh Market grocery store at 1401 Monmouth St.

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Students befriend calves at dairy

RICKREALL -- A field trip to Rickreall Dairy for Whitworth Elementary School kindergartners meant diving into a cottonseed pile, feeding baby calves, watching a machine milk cows, and learning about where the milk in their cereal comes from.

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Voters OK Falls City school bond

FALLS CITY -- Falls City Superintendent Peter Tarzian said he learned years ago, as a state representative in Southern Oregon, that it was important to wait until 11 p.m. to look at election-night vote tallies.

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Thursday, May 21

             

Tuesday, May 19

 

Polk County cuts to reach $863,000

POLK COUNTY -- While last week's state economic forecast wasn't as bad as county officials thought it might be, about $860,000 is now recommended to be shaved from the county's general fund that provides for criminal justice, parks and the fair.

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I-O deadlines come early with holiday

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday has resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Wednesday, May 27, edition.

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5/20 OBITUARIES

*Carlos Ray Slay*Frances Lena Byars*Wilma Joyce Madden*Leonard Walter Pond*Michael Allen Miller*Ethel Belle Kelley

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5/20 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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5/20 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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School won't forget one of its favorites

INDEPENDENCE -- Mary Troub said she's occasionally driven past Independence Elementary School during the last seven months, but until recently, hadn't been able to muster the courage to stop and walk inside.

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Dallas City Briefs

*Fire department seeking volunteers for training *Arson groups honor Dallas city employee with award*Water payment drop box available for residents

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Corrections posts 'Most Wanted' for May

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

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Hundreds join in relay to battle cancer

INDEPENDENCE -- The scent of burgers sizzling on the grill and sounds of music and laughter filled Riverview Park on Friday, May 15 -- seemingly the first sunny day in weeks in the Willamette Valley.

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5/20 Letters to the Editor

*Drop reservoir idea from consideration*Thank you, Ray's, for DHS support *Pedestrians must obey stops as well*Local justice system needs investigated *We must all work to keep Dallas great

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5/20 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was a rather dismal drive to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Mother's Day, May 10, but the Easter cactus in the church foyer covered with tiny pink blooms was a pleasant welcome.

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Mayor: Dying trees reason for concern

DALLAS -- Dallas Mayor Jim Fairchild has suspicions that vandals are poisoning trees on Main Street. He has offered a $500 reward for the arrest or conviction of the offender.

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WOU students selected to MEChA council

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University students Kata Cervantes and Orlando Lopez have been selected as the 2009 National MEChA Coordinating Council representatives for the Aztl n del Nordette (Northwest region).

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Dallas projects set for summer

DALLAS -- With money for street improvements and municipal courts on its way through the federal stimulus program, the city of Dallas is preparing for summer projects and applying for additional funds to help the community.

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New scam involves classifieds

The Polk County Itemizer-Observer wants to warn its readers and customers about a scam operation that is occurring targeting newspapers in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

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5/20 School Notes

*FCS schedules benefit yard sale*LaCreole support group to meet*Dallas budget committee meets May 27*Local church offering scholarships*Young authors highlighted at IES

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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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Central's budget cut put at 18 percent

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Oregon's revenue shortfall for the upcoming biennium will total $3.8 billion, according to information released by the state Office of Economic Analysis on May 15.

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5/20 Community Notebook

*Bone density tests available Thursday*Community fair set in West Salem*Instruction offered in belly dancing*Yard sale planned by Perrydale VFD*WOU to celebrate International Night*Putt-putt golf event fundraiser May 24*Youth dance group sets performance*School walk-a-thon planned by MVCA*Bambinos seeking program volunteers*Hospice to honor recently deceased*New meeting day for Civil Air Patrol*Meals for seniors available in area

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Thursday, May 14

            

Tuesday, May 12



5/13 Community Notebook

*Final property tax payment due Friday*May 14 fundraiser to benefit SMART*Donkey basketball coming to Western*Local radio group to meet Thursday*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Victorian tea set at Senior Center*Deadline nearing for 'Summer Blast'*Herbal remedy use topic of workshop*Author to sign copies of book*Wine auction will benefit children*Polk cemeteries topic of meeting*Conversation Club to meet at library*Art auction preview scheduled May 20

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Central choir second at state

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A concert season finale jeopardized because of the swine flu outbreak in Monmouth and Independence ended on a happy note for the Central High School choir.

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5/13 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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Downtown beautification day is May 16

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas and Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Oregon 150 by hosting a Downtown Community Beautification Day on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Education conference set Saturday

INDEPENDENCE -- The phrase "Si, Se Puede" -- or "Yes, you can" -- has been a rallying cry for labor unions and civil rights organizations since farmworker activist Cesar Chavez popularized the slogan during the early 1970s.

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5/13 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We're all concerned about the current economic crisis and its impact on our public schools. Whether or not we have children, as members of MI Town everyone is impacted by the benefits of good educational programs for our students.

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5/13 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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5/13 School Notes

*Dallas FFA claims floriculture title*Dragonaires first at jazz festival*Polk County student takes title

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5/13 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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WOU club to host car show

MONMOUTH -- Those with appreciation for automobiles -- or who are eager to show theirs off -- are encouraged to stop by Western Oregon University on Saturday, May 16.

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5/13 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church May 3 for Sunday service found a few pink blooms on the Easter cactus, but the plant covered with tiny buds was ready to open for Mothers Day.

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5/13 Correction

In a story headlined "Dallas boys, girls down Rebs," which appeared on Page 20A of the April 29 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Jourdan Cortez's name was misspelled. The I-O regrets the error.

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District trying to save Morrison

DALLAS -- Although no final decision has yet been made, the Dallas School District will be issuing more layoff notices to teachers in case it has to close Morrison Campus Alternative School next year.

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5/13 OBITUARIES

*Martha Ellen Murphy*Leona Ada Hensley*Guadalupe G. Alvarez Sr.*Carlos Ray Slay*Michael 'Mickey' Joseph Burke*Vernon Bittner*Mary Barth

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5/13 Letters to the Editor

*Education must be state's top priority*Evans well-qualified for Central board*Meyer has heart for the community*Illegal aliens drain our public resources*Hurt deserves spot on Dallas Board*Berger helps get ethics law reform*Shellenbarger top school board choice*Pug owners, let's all get together*Support Evans for Central board*Community donates record food amount*Three candidates have all the qualities*Kids make big effort to state fair's case*Teachers' benefits can't be changed*County made right decision on track*Vote for Blanchard for Dallas board*Teal will work hard for Dallas Schools*Kids' field trip is a great experience*Dallas needs Meyer's savvy on school board*Vanderhave good pick for fire board*Vote for Hurt for Dallas School Board

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PCL services program a winner

POLK COUNTY -- Helen's goal whenever she heads over to the Solstice Beauty Studio in downtown Independence is a simple one: make the place spotless.

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Beautification incentive offered

DALLAS -- In an effort to motivate business owners in downtown Dallas to spruce up their buildings, the city will soon offer a matching grant program.

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Vandals may bring skate park closure

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas may close one of its parks after discovering vandalism and increasing complaints about users breaking rules and behaving inappropriately.

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Wednesday, May 6

                

Tuesday, May 5

   

5/6 M-I hosts events for military families

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- About 3,000 men and women from the 41st Brigade Combat Team will be deployed this month for service in Iraq, the single largest mobilization of Oregon National Guard troops since World War II.

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WOU student scopps herself a job

MONMOUTH -- Meaghan Keffer had planned on enrolling in classes at Western Oregon University this summer. In order to do so, however, she was going to need a job.

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GLBTQ students find safe zone at WOU

MONMOUTH -- MyKayla Stinson said she realized she was bisexual while attending high school in Philomath. But with the small logging town's socially conservative atmosphere, she kept it a secret.

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5/6 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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Morrison's future is uncertain

DALLAS -- With the possibility of Morrison Campus Alternative School closing its doors next year, staff and students are trying to prepare for what would be a tough transition back to Dallas High School.

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M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

As if we didn't have enough concerns with the current economic conditions that are affecting more and more of us every day, now we are being bombarded by every form of communication about the possibility of a nationwide flu epidemic.

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5/6 Correction

In recent editions of the Itemizer-Observer under the "How to Contact Officials" heading on Page 4A, an incorrect e-mail address has been listed for State Rep. Jim Thompson (District 23) of Dallas. The correct e-mail address is: rep.jimthompson@state.or.us. The I-O regrets the error.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving April 26 for the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church found the Easter cactus plant with tiny pink buds to welcome May Day.

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West Salem bank robbery

WEST SALEM -- Salem Police and the FBI are searching for a man who robbed the US Bank branch at 1110 Wallace Road NW at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1.

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5/6 Letters to the Editor

*Meyer is a valuable asset on school board*County must address road dust problem*Blanchard's know-how is needed on board*Benefits gravy train hurts school budget *School board needs Hurt's leadership*Meyer is 'can-do' for Dallas School Board*Experience qualifies Hurt for school board*Cutting education is the wrong answer*Teal has passion, energy for board job*Meyer, Teal deserve nod for school board*Central board needs Mary shellenbarger*Community's care for DHS impressive*Shellenbarger will be asset for board*Firefighters endrose Morris for board*Lu Ann Meyer is all about kids*Get politics out of Kids, Inc. operation*Blanchard, Meyer are right for board*Meyer right choice for our trying times*Meyer is excellent fit for school board*Meyer, Hurt good choices for board

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Dallas to adjust planning fees

DALLAS -- Whether you plan to build a carport or an apartment complex, the city of Dallas wants to make your planning fee cost more appropriate.

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5/6 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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5/6 Community Notebook

*2009 Western Days planning under way*Evening of dance set at BeckenRidge*MVCA students will lead prayer activity*Perrydale planning event for seniors*Valsetz Lake water discussion is May 7*Plant sale planned May 8-10 by FFA*'Operation: T-shirt' donations sought*Spring benefit for humane society set*Letter Carriers' food drive May 9*Country folk dance set at Guthrie Park*Mother's Day brunch set at Green Villa*Nursery to host Sunday garden walk*Summerfest ready for applications *ICAN children's art entries on display*Book drive under way at credi tunion*County fair board changes meeting*Hospital auxiliary selling See's candy*AARP driver safety class coming up*Faculty job fair set at Chemeketa*Agriculture art displayed at gallery*Saturday car wash to benefit 'Relay'*Local Boy Scouts plan fundraiser*Quilts, history topic of May 14 gathering

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5/6 OBITUARIES

*The Rev. Emil G. Jaech*Shirley J. Schroder*Lauren F. Warner*Darian King*Delphine Flossy Wiseman*Rose Mary Cavitt*Jerry R. Eames*Elza 'Jiggs' Mercer *Martha Ellen Murphy

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LaCreole addressing reading deficiency

DALLAS -- LaCreole Middle School students continue to fall below the state average in reading and writing, so the school is dropping drama to create a new class to target struggling students.

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Friday, May 1