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Wednesday, January 27

        

Scorecard

High School basketball standings, Starlite Lanes weekly leaders

January 27, 2010 6:47 p.m. read more..
  

Tax measures 66 and 67 pass

POLK COUNTY -- Voters across the state approved ballot measures that will increase taxes for corporations and the high income earners during the Jan. 26 special election.

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CCC enrollment surging in Dallas

DALLAS -- Chemeketa Community College's Dallas Center enrollment has increased nearly 60 percent, following a pattern of increasing student numbers since the facility opened in 2007.

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4-H center adds new hall

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center opened another activity and educational hall this month.

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1/27 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

By press time I will have racked up another birthday, where I fit comfortably into the senior citizen, Medicare card-carrying category. It is hard to believe that I've been hanging around this big, blue marble so many years, but that's what the calendar says.

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1/27 Community Notebook

*Orders taken for native plant sale*Lunch fundraiser slated on Thursday*Senior music jam on tap for Jan. 27*Organic gardening subject of meeting*Children's craft activity scheduled*Learn about scuba diving at WOU pool*Reception Saturday for juried art show*Music dance event set for Haiti relief*Concert scheduled at Guthrie Park CC*Local 'Red Hatters' plan convention*ICAN belly dancing plans new session*Local artists part of food share event*Ballroom dancing class begins Feb. 3*Grief support group to gather monthly

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..


Business start-up seminar scheduled

INDEPENDENCE -- Individuals interested in starting their own business are welcome to attend a Thursday, Feb. 4, information session geared toward would-be entrepreneurs at the Greater Independence Business Incubator.

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1/27 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church with my nephew, Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, and his wife, Mary, on Jan. 17 was under cloudy skies and occasional light rain. There was also fog in the distance at times.

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1/27 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

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..
 

WOU Arctic symposium reminder

MONMOUTH -- As the only Arctic-centric institution of its kind on the West Coast, the Jensen Arctic Museum at Western Oregon University gives the campus a unique educational niche.

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1/27 News In Brief

*Driver who hit house chraged with DUII*Billing error affects 35 MINET customers*Donations for young Haiti children sought

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1/27 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

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..


WOU Arctic film festival

MONMOUTH -- "Four Winter Nights: An Arctic Film Festival" continues through Friday, Jan. 29, at Western Oregon University

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..
 

Monmouth market ready for encore

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Farm and Craft Market went on hiatus in late December for the winter, though if some of the participating vendors had their way, they would probably still be open now, said organizer Tom Finegan.

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..


WOU forum airs diversity issue

MONMOUTH -- Joseluis Arce used to work at a department store a couple of years ago. While on the job one day, a man walked past Arce, looked him over, and nonchalantly asked him, "You have your green (card), right?"

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..
 

1/27 OBITUARIES

*Eugene Paul Reimer*Harry Elmer Friesen*Mollie Josephine Ritner*Margarita Regalado*Maria D. Rojas*Alma Friesen*Russell Edward Ducey

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..


1/27 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.

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..


1/27 Letters to the Editor

*Rickreall Creek Trail ill-advised*City has budget priorities wrong*Can't appreciate what you can't see*Ash Creek Trail would carry risks*City fee foe deals in misinformation*Downtown Cafe says goodbye*Clow Corner stop is widely ignored*Were DBC foes just brushed off?*Two tireless ladies deserving of praise*Candy sale set for Haiti relief*Dog enforcement is very subjective

January 27, 2010 9:22 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 26



Measure 66, 67 results available

POLK COUNTY -- Results from the Jan. 26 vote-by-mail special election in Oregon regarding statewide Measures 66 and 67 were being counted Tuesday night after the Itemizer-Observer had gone to press. Local election results will be posted online by Polk County.

January 26, 2010 3:25 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 22



Wednesday, January 20



Not all favor new housing code

INDEPENDENCE -- City Council approved last week an oft-discussed amendment that revamps or establishes new residential and commercial building standards for Independence.

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1/20 Community Notebook

*Spaghetti dinner on tap in Rickreall*Poultry field day set at fairgrounds*'Friendship' topic of Jan. 23 program*Majestic will host a musical evening*Youth chess event taking registration*Grants available for food, shelter help*Bike club looking to form in Dallas*Extension offering lambing workshop*Lunch fundraiser scheduled Jan. 28*Livestock group elects new leaders*Organic gardening topic of gathering*Children's theater taking enrollment

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..
 

Forestry meeting set Jan 26 for Polk lands

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing in Salem on Jan. 26 regarding proposed changes to its plans for northwest and southwest state-managed forests.

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Monmouth eats up Real Taste of India

MONMOUTH -- Balwinder Singh thought it was a good idea to offer a buffet the first few days after opening hisIndian restaurant in downtown Monmouth-- if only to give curious customers an opportunity to see what the dishes with hard-to-pronounce names looked like.

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1/20 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

One good thing about reaching this point in winter is that we are getting just a bit more daylight in the morning and some afternoon sunshine -- those rare times that it happens -- than we had even a couple of weeks ago.

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Cost scuttles CHS 16th Street plans

MONMOUTH -- Central School District's planned 16th Street development, which entails athletic fields and relocated modular classrooms to house teaching-support programs, has been put on hold.

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For some, it's never business as usual

DALLAS -- The winners of the 2009 Small Business of the Year and the Most Improved Business of the Year had two things in common. They both thrived in a difficult year, and at the same time found chances to enhance the Dallas community.

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1/20 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

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..


Trio arrested in medical marijuana theft

MONMOUTH -- Three men were arrested on Thursday, Jan. 14, after allegedly breaking into a medical marijuana grower's supply and attacking him with a knife, Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe said.

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1/20 News in Brief

*Thousands lose power during overnight outage*Jan. 22 Falls City meeting will discuss parks district*State Rep. Berger to host Thursday town hall event

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'eSchool' lets parents track students

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- When she asks her three sons what's happening at school, if they're keeping out of trouble or how they fared on their big history exam, Sharon Whittemore says she's confident her boys will tell her the truth.

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1/20 OBITUARIES

*Oliver G. 'Bud' Linscheid*Margaret I. Lenhard*Dolores M. Prough*Helen Isaac*Michael Monroe*Dawn Marie 'Ducky' Hatchell

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1/20 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

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..


Polk County 'Most Wanted' for January

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

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Business assistance workshops set to begin

DALLAS -- The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Dallas Commercial Development Team will launch the first in a series of business assistance workshops on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..


Meeting set for DHS expanded campus program

DALLAS -- A mandatory informational meeting for Dallas High School seniors interested in applying for the DHS Extended Campus Program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m. in Bollman Auditorium.

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..


Team scores with its service

DALLAS -- The Dragon football team's final game of the 2009 season, played in early November in what turned into a mudbowl at Gallaspy Field, wasn't the last action the team has seen this school year.

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1/20 Letters to the Editor

*66, 67 would hurt small businesses*Dallas wrestling thanks community*Independence code changes bad idea*Dallas street fee assessment unfair*Property owners' concerns ignored*Support for holiday meal appreciated*Monmouth burning ban is necessary*City was devious with its fee plan*I-O staffers poured hearts into feature*M67 is nothing but a sales tax*66 and 67 smack of Communism*Tree donations helped in two ways

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..
  

1/20 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.

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..


1/20 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Sunday morning, Jan. 10, was with my nephew Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista. There were few travelers on the road. The low clouds dimmed the sun. A flock of swans were enjoying a pool in a field near Maple Grove.

January 20, 2010 9:34 a.m. read more..
        

Scorecard

High school basketball standings, Starlite Lanes bowling

January 20, 2010 8:32 a.m. read more..
     

Thursday, January 14



1/13 OBITUARIES

*Susie Darlene Reimer*Howard Henry Friesen*Dewey Eugene Jennings*Kenneth M. Adams*Hilda May Jones*Evelyn B. Smith*Carolyn Louise Berry*Johnny D. Miller*Velda Viola Jacobson*Eva Mae Floyd*Eunice Belle Tanner *Lily Ann Buczynski*Thomas Lawrence Hammer*Bonnie Bessie Wymore*James Scotty Hutchison

January 14, 2010 2:17 p.m. read more..
           

Wednesday, January 13



1/13 Community Notebook

*Grief support groups to begin meeting*Snow bus to Hoodoo scheduled by WOU*Health screening service is offered*Humane society to host open house*Yoga classes begin in Kings Valley area*'Relay' fundraiser planned Saturday*'Feast for Funds' slated in Falls City"Northwest pianist to perform Sunday*Donations sought for area food drive*Lions to bring back 'duck race' event*Spaghetti dinner on tap in rickreall*AARP driving class scheduled Jan. 23*Help with Medicare offered by agency

January 13, 2010 12:07 p.m. read more..


1/13 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

January 13, 2010 11:48 a.m. read more..
  

School Notes/Academic Honors

*Financial aid workshop scheduled*WOU to host winter campus tour*Locals make honor roll at LBCC*Polk students receive EOU degress*Hukill graduates from Linfield*Dallas resident earn BA degree

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..
       

Park equipment is stolen

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department is investigating the theft of lawn-care equipment over the weekend from a city maintenance shed.

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1/13 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

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..


1/13 News Briefs

*Dallas awards banquet set Friday*Rep. Thompson files for re-election*Senator will host Jan. 16 town hall*Monmouth OKs 'round up' program

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..


1/13 Letters to the Editor

*Christmas Cheer appreciates help*Dallas City Council takes us to cleaners*True Value, others thanked for support*Health care bill is a giant mistake*Lawson rises above council's poor choice*Wrestling tourney is a big success*Good and bad news about Extension tax*'Yes' vote on 66, 67 good for business*Doesn't city council know we're hurting?*Dallas creek path is ill-advised idea*Community delivers for Dallas swim team

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..
   

1/13 Correction

In a story headlined "New owners revive Farrol's," which appeared in the Jan. 6 edition of the Itemizer-Observer, a reporter overstated the management qualifications of Larry Thomas, who will be involved in running Farrol's when it reopens. Thomas said he has previously managed a bar, but not a restaurant, as the I-O reported.

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1/13 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.

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..
   

WOU library going electronic

MONMOUTH -- The amount of electronic materials versus printed ones inside Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University is greatly skewed to the latter.

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..
  

Moving Past the Sounds of Silence

DALLAS -- Imagine silence. Not just from turning off your cell phone, TV and other audible distractions, but absolute silence -- as if the world's volume was turned off.

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..


1/13 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride from Monmouth to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday, Jan. 3, was with my nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista.

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..


Deputies hunt cemetery vandals

MONMOUTH -- Jeff Hilts said he used to come to Fir Crest Cemetery often as a student at Oregon College of Education 20 years ago. It was a quiet place to study. Scenic, too, with views of mountain ranges to the west and east.

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..
  

Wyden forum draws crowd

DALLAS -- Health care reform wasn't the only concern at Sen. Ron Wyden's Dallas town hall meeting Friday, Jan. 8. But it was the most frequently discussed topic.

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..


Students say thanks

FALLS CITY -- Students in Falls City School District's Family Academics Club and Enrichment for Success (FACES) program didn't commit random acts of kindness on Friday, Jan. 8. Instead, they drew handmade cards to create random acts of "thank you."

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Museum will host Arctic symposium

MONMOUTH -- As the only Arctic-centric institution of its kind on the West Coast, the Jensen Arctic Museum at Western Oregon University gives the campus a unique educational niche.

January 13, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 7



1/6 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.

January 7, 2010 11:19 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 6

  

1/6 OBITUARIES

*Joyce S. Berlin*John Donald Storm*Claude W. 'Bill' Knight*Arthur L. Puvogel*Edward & Beverley Bevens Johnson*Clyde M. Goins

January 6, 2010 9:11 a.m. read more..


Month by month, a look at what was news

The past 12 months proved to be a busy and newsworthy period in Polk County. Here’s a month-by-month summary of some of the other news stories that made headlines during 2009 in the Itemizer-Observer:

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1/6 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

January 6, 2010 9:11 a.m. read more..
 

City adopts street fee

DALLAS — City councilors approved creating a street maintenance fee by a 7-1 vote Monday night with only a handful of comments from the public.

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1/6 Community Notebook

*Gallery resumes exhibiting artwork*Community karate class begins Jan. 6*Fitness classes set twice a week*Hospice to offer volunteer training*Dallas swim team selling doughnuts*Area tree recycling planned Saturday*Christmas tree recycling available*Next country folk dance is Saturday*Sunday breakfast set at Buell Grange*Monmouth church will host concert*Dallas arboretum seeking volunteers

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1/6 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.

January 6, 2010 9:11 a.m. read more..


2009 Y-I-R: Craig Coleman's favorite story

Last June, the powers that be at the Itemizer-Observer handed out what seemed like a pretty routine story assignment for that time of year: profiling graduating high school students.

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1/6 Letters to the Editor

*66, 67 will affect prices and jobs*Young 'knight' deserves praise*City pay raises are not justified*Driver's action is heartwarming

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1/6 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

January 6, 2010 9:11 a.m. read more..
 

Airpark residents get high-level support

INDEPENDENCE — Oregon’s congressional leaders are weighing in on a provision of the Federal Aviation Administration that could pose a threat to the Independence airpark neighborhood.

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