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Wednesday, September 30

  

9/30 OBITUARIES

*Lonnie Richard Burbank*Gearld 'Jerry' D. McCullough*Harold Doxey*Gladys Irene Rayborn Coy*Lewis Justice Fockler IV*Ruth Esther Edleman Larwood*Barbara Alice Pease*Charlotte Pursel Owens

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9/30 Community Notebook

*County conducting clinics for flu shots*Monthly coffee club meeting set Oct. 2*Dallas post office plans 'passport fair'*Labor, immigration subject of forum*Remote control car rally scheduled*Poker event to aid local cancer patient*Monmouth church to host concert*Life story writing workshop to meet*ICAN youth craft program to resume*Fundraiser set for ACS Relay For Life*Business seminar offers start-up tips

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Main Street design meeting set for Thursday

MONMOUTH -- An open house will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, for stakeholders and community members to view and provide input on a preliminary streetscape design of downtown Main Street in Monmouth.

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9/30 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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Monmouth awaits new public market

MONMOUTH -- Residents will soon be able to down a latte, peruse gifts from Asia, and pick up a bottle of wine and French baguette -- all under one roof in the downtown area.

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9/30 Letters to the Editor

*Local animal shelter needs your support*Health care for all a worthy cause*Thanks to folks who stepped up*Students benefit from donations*Bush war years put U.S. in debt*Money makes U.S. health care tops*Board is ignoring those who know

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9/30 Full Circle: Deb Darr

Question: Our family enjoys outdoor barbecues and get-togethers, but many times our time spent outdoors is cut short by the fear of getting stung by yellow jackets. We have heard about getting traps for yellow jackets. Do you know what types work best?

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9/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town's local elementary-school, middle-school and high-school students are back into the swing of the school routine, while collegians are just beginning classes at Western Oregon University this week.

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9/30 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Those arriving at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church for the 10 a.m. worship service on Sept. 20 found two beautiful bouquets in the foyer. The one beneath the cross featured three large dahlia blooms in shades of pink. The large bouquet on the bulletin stand had pinkish dahlia blooms and several pretty lily blooms.

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Bike safety clinic on tap

INDEPENDENCE -- A free child bicycle safety clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Polk County Fire District No. 1, 1800 Monmouth St.

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9/30 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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9/30 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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Independence adopts street sign standards

INDEPENDENCE -- City Council approved a new set of standards for signing and addressing city streets at its Sept. 22 meeting -- but not before softening some of the language in an earlier proposal, including a provision that had stressed that street names should be in English.

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Thursday, September 24

 

Scorecard1

High school standings for football, volleyball and soccer and a little Cross Creek golf.

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Wednesday, September 23



Corrections posts 'most wanted'

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

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9/23 Business Notebook

Westview Products Inc. of Dallas will be involved in the Independence Station project in downtown Independence.

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9/23 OBITUARIES

*Shannona Lee Miller*Teana Powell Woodbridge*Betty Emma Ronco*David Earl Kester*Dolores Adele Miskimen*Leo Casper Muller*Lonnie Burbank

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9/23 Letters to the Editor

*Bond would pay for needed repairs*No accountability for trash service*President Obama victim of racism*Rickreall School sale doesn't add up*School facilities need investment*Sympathy shown is appreciated*Interest-free bonds are a great move*Thanks to Safeway, eScrip shoppers*Feres law denies veterans full rights

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No-interest bond OK'd for schools

DALLAS -- If voters approve Dallas School District's maintenance bond in November, they will get more bang for their buck thanks to a federal stimulus program.

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9/23 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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9/23 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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9/23 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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Pageant schedules barbecue

RICKREALL -- Participants in the Rickreall Christmas Pageant will assemble for their annual Fall Barbecue, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Grange Hall.

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Man dies in accident on Highway 22

WEST SALEM -- A Salem-area man died Sept. 19 from injuries sustained during a traffic crash Sept. 11 on Highway 22 at Doaks Ferry Road NW in West Salem.

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Lack of funds derails street repair

INDEPENDENCE -- A long-term solution regarding the deterioration of 2nd Street -- because of freight train travel on the railroad tracks that run through it -- isn't coming anytime soon.

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Paula's is booming in Falls City

FALLS CITY -- Paula Luthe, the owner of Paula's Kitchen and Catering in Falls City, can't schedule a ribbon cutting for her newly opened restaurant.

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Baby brings joy to alpaca farm

RICKREALL -- For C-More Alpacas owners Rick Stroud and Vi McCoy, one little female alpaca born less than two weeks ago was a unique surprise.

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9/23 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee from Monmouth Sunday, Sept. 13, was uneventful. The sun in the east had heavy clouds dulling its light in the valley. There was white fog in the western hills but Bald Mountain could still be seen.

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CHS stadium naming due

INDEPENDENCE -- One of the most noticeable components of Central High School's reconstruction will be its brand new football stadium.

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School leader faces criticism

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- There's been quiet -- and not so quiet -- criticism directed at Superintendent Joseph Hunter from employees of the Central School District during the past year-and-a-half.

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9/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My granddaughters, Bailey Kram and Nicole Lukinbeal, never met my friend, Jim Jimmerson. But they have Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that he carefully and lovingly created for them.

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9/23 Community Notebook

*WHS schedules fundraising bash*Monthly music jams return to center*Library book sale slated Sept. 25-26*Dallas seniors plan brunch fundraiser*Monmouth nursery sets Saturday class*Hospice hosting tips on finances*A Child's Haven plans pony event*Old Time Fiddlers to play in Falls City*Dallas UMC hosting Sunday Arts Festival*Saddle club plans open house event*Water quality topic of Sept. 27 talk*Cultural classes offered by WOU*Volunteers sought for counseling roles

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Revamped street fee plan unveiled

DALLAS -- City officials have dramatically changed the tentative proposal for a street maintenance fee. This time it isn't a calculation at all, but a flat rate that increases each year until 2013.

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Thursday, September 17

               

Wednesday, September 16



9/16 Letters to the Editor

*Time has come for health care reform*Dallas school bond deserves your support*Students missed out on president's message*Break-in leaves uneasy feeling*Family appreciates community support*Obama not honest in health debate*Drivers should put cell phones away*Obama can't know what bill will hold*CHS bottleneck calls for patience

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Forums focus on health care

POLK COUNTY -- Salem Health and West Valley Hospital will host two community forums designed to gather opinions from local residents on their health care needs and priorities.

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Dog shelter supporters set to meet

DALLAS -- A planning meeting to discuss ways to make improvements to the city of Dallas dog shelter will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the second floor Council Chambers at Dallas City Hall, 187 SE Court St.

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9/16 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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9/16 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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9/16 WEB EXCLUSIVE: Brennan's Ride

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 southern most tip of South America in Tierra del Fuego. The Itemizer-Observer will post periodic updates from Brennan about his riding adventure with his dog, Star, as he submits them.

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9/16 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Thanks to television, the Internet and even good old radio, those of us who are political junkies had a field day last week with presidential speeches.

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'Freedom Walk' remembers 9/11

DALLAS -- In the eight years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the photos and videos of the smoldering World Trade Center towers and Pentagon building after hijacked airplanes crashed into them haven't faded.

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County offering flu shots

POLK COUNTY -- The flu season is quickly approaching and the Polk County Public Health Department is again sponsoring seasonal flu immunization clinics.

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Scout renews DHS parking lot

DALLAS -- Students and teachers coming back from summer vacation may have noticed some brighter colors in the Dallas High School parking lot.

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Ceremony set Sept. 21 for drug court grads

DALLAS -- Polk County Drug Court will hold its graduation ceremony on Monday, Sept. 21, immediately following the 2 p.m. regular drug court session in Courtroom 1 of the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas.

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9/16 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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9/16 OBITUARIES

*R. Glenn Howard*Elizabeth 'Betty' M. Quiring*Joseph P. Schafer*Dawson Constant Smith*Charlene J. Freeman*Leroy Herman Cline*Connie E. Trine-Harmon*David C. King*Shannona Lee Miller*Jimmie A. Dryden*Paul Eugene Hetrick*'Mona' Ramona Faye Langley

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Falls City steps up to the plate, literally

FALLS CITY -- Maybe it was the $4 price tag that drew people to the Falls City Community Center for dinner Saturday night. Or maybe it was the boisterous crowd of teenagers holding signs and shouting for people to come in.

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Scrumptious Salmon

Annual dinner is one delicious way to reel in support for Jensen Arctic Museum, its programs and unique displays

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9/16 Community Notebook

*Central Lions Club collecting glasses*Hospice to offer volunteer training*Local bird census planned Sept. 19*'Bark in the Park' event set Saturday*Church members to hold car wash*'Read to the Dog' program offered*Historical society plans gathering*Class to examine tips for caregivers*Ballroom dancing program to begin*Scarecrows sought for library contest*Group sets Sept. 19 fundraiser in Dallas

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Friday, September 11

       

Wednesday, September 9



Bountiful Harvest

DALLAS -- A growing frenzy started last spring with a request from Dallas Community Action. The challenge was to local churches to help raise 1,000 pounds of produce for the needy in the Dallas Community Garden.

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Grants available for cultural activities

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Cultural Coalition (PCCC) is accepting applications for a second round of grant funding after money remained from the first round of funding earlier this year.

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9/9 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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9/9 Community Notebook

*'Ghost Hosts' are needed for festival*Falls City library sets new fall hours*Fundraiser for troop care packages set*Bike tour deadline arrives Thursday*Dining for troops event on horizon*Elder abuse, fraud topic of meeting*PCL plans annual picnic celebration*Country folk dance set at Guthrie Park*Emergency prep activity scheduled*Buell Grange plans Sunday breakfast*Life story writing workshop to gather*ICAN belly dancing program to resume*Workshop on rain gardens scheduled*Coin club will meet monthly in Monmouth*Polk committees seeking members*Dallas Food Bank has new Web site*Cholesterol topic of nutrition class*'Read to the Dog' program offered

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9/9 Business Notebook

*Two Polk nurseries part of annual tour*New physical therapy office plans opening*Bernards elected to lead visitors' group*OSU credit union celebrates five years*Starting a business seminar scheduled*Natural gas rates expected to decrease

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Repair work will close Oregon 18B

WILLAMINA -- Railroad track repair work will close Oregon Highway 18B near Willamina in northern Polk County beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

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FC schools go 'green'

FALLS CITY -- School colors in Falls City may be purple and gold, but the buildings are going green.

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9/9 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The sky had dismal high clouds Sunday, Aug. 30, for the drive from Monmouth to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church for the 10 a.m. worship service. The western mountains were a very pale blue.

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9/9 OBITUARIES

*Perry Leland Foster*Dorothy Bynum*Elmore Leston 'Les' Dunton*R. Glenn Howard*Joseph P. Schafer

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Proposed City Hall plans hit snags

MONMOUTH -- City Council has been trying to narrow down its options in how -- or if -- to pursue a new City Hall. Last week, it might have come up with a few more.

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A hero remembered

INDEPENDENCE -- During his final year of high school, Taylor Marks joined a regional group that spends weekends role-playing as insurgents to help Oregon Army National Guardsmen drill for war.

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Vets' cemetery effort continues

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Local government officials got a chance to show off completed or in-the-works community projects, such as the Independence ballfield complex, during a visit to the area by U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader on Sept. 3.

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Transportation fee being scrutinized

DALLAS -- The City Council is searching for ways to end confusion over how to charge businesses under a proposed street maintenance fee. In fact, after discussing the fee at a recent work session, it really doesn't even have a proposal nailed down yet.

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HALO benefits from stimulus funds

DALLAS -- Shayne Rogers, 19, trudges along the embankment of what appears to be a giant ditch near the Barberry Street neighborhood. Around him, a handful of other young men wade through the tall grass, cutting it down with weed whackers and limb loppers.

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9/9 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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9/9 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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9/9 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar says summertime will be with us for a couple more weeks, even though these crisp mornings and cool evenings whisper to us that autumn is just around the corner. I'm just not quite ready to say goodbye to all the good things that summer brings to all of us in MI Town.

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9/9 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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Friday, September 4

                

Wednesday, September 2



9/2 Pedee News: Nola Womer

We had not gone far on Elkins Road when we caught up with the bicycle riders also going west. My nephew, Larry Shellenbarger, and his wife, Mary, of Buena Vista were taking me from Monmouth to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church, as they do every Sunday, on Aug. 23.

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9/2 Correction

In a story headlined "Beef Well Done: McK Ranch rustles up loyal customer following," which appeared on Page 1A of the Aug. 12 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Bette McKibben's first name was reported incorrectly. The I-O regrets the error.

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Flu virus hits WOU athletes

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's football team was sidelined Aug. 25-26 after a third of its players reported being ill with what was likely the H1N1 virus.

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Slain soldier from Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- During Taylor Marks' final year at Central High School, his peers selected him as the class of 2008's "worst driver."

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9/2 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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Talk of the Town

Would you support a measure to fully repeal Monmouth's hard liquor ban. Why or why not?

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9/2 Community Notebook

*Dallas play park offers open trial*Monthly coffee club meeting set Sept. 4*Winter wellness herb class offered*Polk Flea Market begins new season*'Freedom Walk' slated in Dallas*Women's military group to meet*Workshop on rain gardens scheduled*Meals for seniors available in area

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Concert food drive a success

DALLAS -- Dallas Sounds of Summer's first partnership with Marion-Polk Food Share and Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action collected about 880 pounds of food to feed the area's hungry.

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Grant will aid outdoor school

RICKREALL -- Between bites of fresh corn, roast pork and sips of local wine, the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District staff and board Aug. 25 applauded its accomplishments and recognized its volunteers.

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9/2 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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Museum fundraiser on tap

MONMOUTH -- Community members can get a taste of the Last Frontier near the Western Oregon University campus this month.

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Hospital adds new digital equipment

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital has invested more than $250,000 to acquire new digital mammography and digital X-ray equipment to enhance its suite of digital imaging services.

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9/2 Letters to the Editor

*Transportation fee is reasonable, fair*Polk commissioners should be volunteers*'Clunkers' program was not a winner*Wrestling benefit is a real success*Senior center plan reflects hard work*'Clunkers' program more like lose-lose*Dallas library needs a major upgrade*Shame on those who dumped dog

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9/2 OBITUARIES

*Spc. Taylor Daniel Marks*Allen Howard*Jerry Wayne Howard*William Lloyd Balsbaugh*Daniel Walter Dent*Gwendolyn Kay 'Gwen' Lenaburg*Corey Wade Zumwalt Cooper*John David 'Dave' White*Richard Ediger*John W. Giesbrecht*Barbara Jean Cooper

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9/2 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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PSWCD honors its volunteer contributors

RICKREALL -- Dozens of volunteers were honored at the 43rd annual Polk Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting and celebration Aug. 25 -- many of whom had helped with the outdoor school. Others honored had participated in restoration projects, workshops, monitoring and evaluation work completed during the past year.

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After-school day care program expands

DALLAS -- Parents using the after-school day care program in Dallas elementary schools will notice something different when school starts. Not just strictly for after-school anymore, the program will also be open on inservice days and school holidays when students are not in class.

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153 years of hard alcohol prohibition

Monmouth has prohibited the sale of liquor and alcoholic beverages for most of the first 153 years of its existence -- with a few short-lived exceptions stemming from conflict between municipal regulations and state legislation or lawsuits.

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WOU receives grant for curriculum project

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University received $150,000 this summer from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop climate-change curriculum for Oregon's K-8 classrooms.

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