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Wednesday, June 30



6/30 Police Report

Information for the police 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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Tuesday, June 29

 

Small business seminar on tap

SALEM -- People who are considering self-employment are welcome to attend a free information session to learn how Chemeketa Community College's MicroEnterprise Resources, Initiatives & Training (MERIT) program can help get a business up and running.

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Learning never gets old

DALLAS -- Dallas resident Lois Whitaker recently attended a grandson's high school graduation -- not an unusual thing to do for an 81-year-old great-grandmother.

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Weather provides setback for park project

INDEPENDENCE -- It may be 2012 before Independence's North Riverfront Ballfield project reaches completion. The Oregon Army National Guard wrapped up a two-week period this month in which they "cut and filled" sections of the forthcoming 50-acre athletic complex.

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Manslaughter suspect enters not guilty pleas

DALLAS -- The Salem man changed with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in a fatal accident on Highway 223 near Rickreall Road on June 6 pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in Polk County Circuit Court June 24.

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Rx for hospital's gift shop: More exposure

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital has one of its best kept secrets right inside the front door. Between the first and second set of doors is a little green sign reading "gift shop," and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays an open door revealing a tiny gift shop.

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The Bear Necessities

DALLAS -- Chain saws aren't known for being delicate. In Dallas resident Danny Hartman's hands, however, the noisy piece of equipment can create a work of art.

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6/30 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

June 29, 2010 2:20 p.m. read more..


6/30 OBITUARIES

*Evelyn Woods*Elwyn Ray Mehl*'Candy' Easter B. Thommen*Barry Brian Ostrom*Johnny L. Hesselgrave*Bobbie C. Quinton*Lucile Virginia Miller Salisbury*Lorena 'Lori' Ann Small-Laurent*Hessel 'Pat' Sawtelle*George Penney*Greatha Pauline Manning

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6/30 Letters to the Editor

*Cutting more teachers not acceptable solution*Rickreall Trail would be welcome addition*Oregon redistricting reform much needed*Jaffer's can-do attitude will be asset for county*Dallas firefights thank benefit event supporters

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6/30 School Notes/Academic Honors

*Perrydale senior selected for award*Polk students make OSU honor roll*Area residents on GFU dean's list*Duo earn extended campus degrees*Locals qualify for LBCC honor roll*Dallas resident recognized at OBU*Youths graduate from OYCP school

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Post-prison housing to be meeting topic

DALLAS -- The Dallas Ministerial Association (DMA) will host an informational meeting on establishing housing for homeless men recently released from prison into Polk County.

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6/30 News in Brief

*City sets sights on armory property*Dallas candidate packets available*WV Hospital adds MRI capability*Library announces summer hours*Dallas water report ready for review*Discussion of E-Verify set for July 8

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Hwy. 18 head-on crash is fatal to driver of car

GRAND RONDE -- Oregon State Police troopers are continuing their investigation into a fatal traffic crash on Sunday, June 27, that resulted in the death of a Salem-area woman on Highway 18 about two miles west of Grand Ronde.

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Dallas FD wins vehicle rescue competition

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas Fire Department received first place in the vehicle rescue competition that was held as part of the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA) Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky.

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Family wishes impact sentencing

DALLAS -- In December 2008, Dallas residents Adam Schott, Mirta Samaniego, and her daughter, Naomi Samaniego, took what they thought was a routine trip to the grocery store.

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6/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime ... and the living is busy. We're ready to bid a fond farewell to June and welcome July with concerts in the park, fireworks, good picnic food, and to share our enthusiasm and good times with friends and family from near and far.

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6/30 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The sun was dimmed Sunday, June 20, by overcast skies for the ride to the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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Got work? WOU team can give you a hand

MONMOUTH -- The Western Oregon University men's rugby team is once again sponsoring the Rent-a-Wolf program, which serves as both a fundraiser for the squad and an opportunity for members of the community to receive many helping hands.

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6/30 Community Notebook

*Deadline nearing for 4-H fair entries*Senior mealsite has new location*Monmouth market open for holiday*Ice cream social scheduled Friday*DHS graduate sets July 2 performance*July 3 garage sale to help Bambinos*Weekend book sale planned at library*Polk Fire slates holiday breakfast*Youth heritage craft program will begin*Museum fundraiser seeking donations*Polk Flea Market open this Sunday

June 29, 2010 2:07 p.m. read more..
 

6/30 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

June 29, 2010 2:07 p.m. read more..


Central staffing cuts likely

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District may lay off 22 teachers and other staff members before the start of classes this fall.

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Wednesday, June 23

    

Tuesday, June 22

        

Hello, Dolly!

FALLS CITY -- Carrol Stine's crocheted doll outfits and the dolls they adorn don't get out much.

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Deal offers no access to falls

FALLS CITY -- City officials publicly confirmed June 15 what many city residents had feared: the city did spend $50,000 to buy two small parcels of property with no direct access to the falls on the Little Luckiamute River.

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6/23 Business Notebook

*Poker club opens in Monmouth*Van Duzer names winemaker*Workforce group has new name*Doctor announces retirement*Realtors do service project

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Hearing set for driver in fatal crash

DALLAS -- The Salem man facing charges in a fatal accident on Highway 223 near Rickreall Road will appear for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, June 24, in Polk County Circuit Court.

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6/23 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

June 22, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..
 

School Notes/Academic Honors

*WOU to stage freshmen program*Dallas student leads competition*SC honor roll includes Polk students*Trio earn degrees from George Fox*Dallas resident graduates with MBA*Local receives National Merit honor

June 22, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..


6/23 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

June 22, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..
 

6/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Longtime Oregonians usually chuckle when people new to the area complain about the lack of summertime weather, knowing the hot and sunny days can appear very quickly and linger for several weeks.

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Summer school is in session

DALLAS -- After operating for 44 years, the 10,000-pound orange monster of a water boiler at LaCreole Middle School was disconnected and hauled out of the boiler room in just a matter of days last week.

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MINET makes refinancing case

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Officials in Monmouth and Independence are expected to sign off next month on a refinance package worth $22 million for the towns' shared fiber utility.

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6/23 Pedee News: Nola Womer

My ride to Pedee on Sunday, June 13, was with my friend Kathy Zehner, who lives in Monmouth. My nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, were to be in the Portland area with the Linn County Posse search team looking for a second-grade boy missing for more than a week.

June 22, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..


6/23 OBITUARIES

*Fernando M. Esparza*Mildred Hickman*Ronald Norman Brown*Donna Merriman Smith*Robert L. Coblentz*Ella Mae Walls*Cicely Szabo*John Nathan Sparks Jr.*Johnny L. Hesselgrave*Merle Elmer Wilson*Carson Sisco Shumate*Jean R. Healy Brown*Gerald L. Newton*Albert M. Thompson Jr.

June 22, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..


Exhibit is tribute to student

MONMOUTH -- Jane Johns walked into the Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery at Western Oregon University on June 18, slowly surveyed the walls and mouthed the words "wow."

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The science of cuts

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central High science teacher Greg Craven spent a day last week sorting through chemistry equipment, hazardous liquids and compounds relocated from his old classroom to one in the newly reconstructed building's north wing.

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School budget OK'd; cuts pending

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board adopted a 2010-11 budget Monday night without adjusting for the $1.3 million shortfall expected in state funding.

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6/23 Community Notebook

*Botanical names topic of meeting*Saturday breakfast fundraiser on tap*Watershed council to highlight work*Ballston schedules community picnic*Registration taken for First Baptist VBS*Community fitness plans next session*Hospital offers free baby feeding group*VFW ladies group forming in Dallas*Golf tournament set for DHS alumni*Bereavement camp for families planned*Youth heritage craft program will begin*Deadline nearing for photo contest

June 22, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..


Success story blooms at MVR

DALLAS -- Mid-Valley Rehabilitation client Sabrina Wimer was doing her favorite job last week: getting her hands dirty mixing soil, sand, clay and seeds to make Seedballz.

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6/23 Police Report

Information for the police 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.

June 22, 2010 2:45 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 16

     

Tuesday, June 15

 

District debate: Cut now or cut later?

DALLAS -- After a devastating state revenue forecast released in late May quickly renewed discussions about budget cuts, the Dallas School Board is taking a hard look at priorities for the upcoming school year.

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6/16 Letters to the Editor

*Local governmental control long gone*Armory building should be saved*MINET refinancing worthy of support*Foreclosure help available June 19*Dog rescuer true community hero*Salem area needs more public art*Dancers represent Dallas very well

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6/16 School Notes / Academic Honors

*LVCS offers summer reading class*Youth art showcased at ICAN event*Reading program deadline nears*Locals earn degrees from Linfield*Pedee resident graduates from WU*Pride receives degree from SWOCC*Local students earn honors at WSU*Dallas student makes dean's list*Cortez honored by Montana State*Frerichs is named a Ford Scholar*Central graduate among recipients

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6/19 OBITUARIES

*Vincent Allen Jones*Jack R. Mitchell*Wallace 'Wally' D. Hill*Anna May Salsi*Fernando M. Esparza*Sandra Lee Jones*Mark Alan Brookshire*Donald F. Huston*Jean R. Brown

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6/16 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

June 15, 2010 3:41 p.m. read more..


Independence man dies in rollover crash

INDEPENDENCE -- A 70-year-old Independence man died Tuesday afternoon, June 8, and his wife was seriously injured following a single vehicle crash on Highway 51 near Independence.

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6/16 Polk County 'Most Wanted'

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

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Start-up training program to grow

POLK COUNTY -- The MicroEnterprise Resources, Initiatives and Training Program (MERIT), part of Chemeketa Community College's Small Business Development Center, is applying for a grant to expand its training program.

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Housing vouchers available for veterans

SALEM -- The Veterans Administration of Portland recently notified the Salem Housing Authority (SHA) that it will receive 25 housing choice vouchers to serve homeless veterans in need of services in Polk and Marion counties.

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6/16 Correction

In a story headlined "Judge Luukinen will retire at end of July," which appeared on Page 14A of the June 9 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Salem resident and Dallas attorney Monte Campbell was misidentified. The error was due to incorrect information provided to the newspaper.

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Senior Wii bowlers go all out

DALLAS -- There were no sounds of crashing pins or the heavy rolling of bowling balls down a lane, but the competition was no less fierce during last week's Wii bowling tournament at Dallas Retirement Village.

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Cafe 22's family recipe

WEST SALEM -- It started off simple, Clyde Aspinwall says. When he and wife, Cindy, took over the fruit stand his father ran before him off Highway 22 west of Salem in 1997, the couple decided they could enhance their customers' experience by offering fresh strawberry shortcake.

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Polk students graduate from OSU

CORVALLIS -- Polk County was well represented as a record 4,496 men and women were recognized as graduates from Oregon State University during the school's 141st commencement ceremony Saturday, June 12, at Reser Stadium.

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6/16 Pedee News: Nola Womer

My nephew, Larry Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, took me to the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on June 6. It was a cloudy, raining morning. There was not much traffic on the road.

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Saluting the Class of 2010

POLK COUNTY -- Seniors at Falls City, Perrydale and Morrison capped their high school careers at recent graduation ceremonies.

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WOU says goodbye to 2010 grads

MONMOUTH -- Besides bidding a fond farewell to 700 cap-and-gown clad graduates during the commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 12, Western Oregon University honored several faculty members and students.

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6/16 Community Notebook

*Classic car show slated for Saturday*Extension offering class on canning*Nursery schedules casting workshop*Church youth group to stage fundraiser*WHS plans play day for canine friends*PCHS will discuss wedding traditions*Author to appear at local bookstore*Annual celebration of the arts planned*Breakfast served on Father's Day*Kids clothing drive wraps up Monday*Mixer scheduled for Dallas alumni*Central Class of '70 will hold reunion*DHS class planning 40th reunion event*Reunion in works for DHS '80 grads

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6/16 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

June 15, 2010 3:41 p.m. read more..


Rain, rain go away

POLK COUNTY -- Residents of Western Oregon are embracing the sunshine of the past several days -- and doing their best to forget the last two months of unseasonably cool temperatures and record rainfall.

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News in Brief

*MINET schedules forum on bond*Dallas city budget set for adoption*City OKs increases in land-use fees*Next state furlough day is June 18*Pool energy savings top prediction*Grand Ronde bus service reduced

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By any name, a special place

MONMOUTH -- Kate Almodovar was a freshman last yearat Western Oregon University when she learned about the "girl house" at 169 Monmouth Ave. S.

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Wednesday, June 9

       

Tuesday, June 8

    

6/9 Business Notebook

*Entrepreneurs 101 workshop scheduled*West Coast Bank tabs local manager*WHS selects new executive directory

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Hard work pays off for WOU grad

MONMOUTH -- College students are known to subsist on lousy diets, worse sleeping habits and ample amounts of coffee when the situation demands it.

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Falls City ponders ATV, dirt bike noise

FALLS CITY -- Finding a balance between the rights of property owners and neighborhood tranquillity was the topic of a community forum in Falls City last week addressing riding all-terrain vehicles in town.

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Residency units aimed at recovering families

DALLAS -- Plans to build housing for families with a parent recovering from substance abuse is now becoming reality as construction crews buzz around the East Ellendale site of the future Jen's Place.

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6/9 Police Report

Information for the police 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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Highway 223 crash is fatal

RICKREALL -- A Dallas woman died and a Salem man was seriously injured in a two-car, nearly head-on crash on Highway 223 near Rickreall Sunday morning.

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6/9 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Haden Burbank spent May 29-June 1 with his grandparents, Wes and Carla Burbank. He graduated from Dallas High School on June 5.

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6/9 Community Notebook

*Hospice will offer volunteer training*Mediation training program to begin*4-Hers will collect cans and bottles*Benefit art auction slated for Saturday*Seniors to welcome new group leader*Buell Grange sets Sunday breakfast*Publishing group plans celebration *Country gospel performance set*Bible study group to meet Tuesdays*Classic car show registration taken*Dallas arboretum seeking volunteers*Mosaic workshop to be offered locally*Waterfowl festival receives OHA grant*Meals for seniors available in area

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Monmouth considers sidewalk law

MONMOUTH -- The City Council will decide at its Tuesday, June 15, meeting whether or not to amend an ordinance that will require residents to install sidewalks when doing certain levels of improvements or expansions to their homes.

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Cuts only the beginning

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board reacted to a budget crisis on Wednesday, June 2, with cuts that district officials fear may be just the beginning of several more years of shortfalls.

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6/9 OBITUARIES

*Lisa Elaine Koloen*Thelma Mae Moyer Eastman*Emery J. Thompson*Dennis Ray Agee*William 'Mick' M. Kleiman*Yvonne F. White*Margaret Fall*Mildred Hickman*Mary Lee Jones*Charles W. 'Chuck' Brewer*Joan Marie Agnes Berg Becker*Hal L. Stapleton*Vincent Allen Jones

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6/9 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Lyle will host retirement reception*MVCA students earn writing awards*WOU tours available during summer*Stephens earns degree from OHSU*Student named ReStart Scholar*Central senior receives scholarship*Nusser accepts NSCS membership

June 8, 2010 2:12 p.m. read more..


One dies, three hurt on 99W

MONMOUTH -- One person was killed and three others were injured in a two-car collision on Highway 99W south of Monmouth on Thursday, June 3.

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6/9 Letters to the Editor

*Liquor ban made Monmouth unique*Proposed cemetery needs better site*Road work leaves resident all wet*'Avenue of Flags' effort appreciated*MINET receiving unjustified bad rap*Thankful for grant to aid bicyclists*MINET refinancing is a logical idea*Extension backers thank supporters

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Trail opponents present case

DALLAS -- Residents of the Dallas neighborhood opposing a planned extension of the Rickreall Creek Trail project have taken their concerns to the streets, gathering signatures of people against the trail.

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Dallas store fills niche

DALLAS -- Ken Rudderham, the owner of second-hand store "Just Stuff" on Main Street in downtown Dallas, has been a busy man.

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Berry sale extended

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Rotary club's annual sale of fresh strawberries has been extended to Tuesday, June 15.

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Monmouth councilor steps down

MONMOUTH -- Forrest Bell stepped down from his seat on the City Council last week. Bell, who was in the second half of his four-year term, said in an e-mail that his decision to resign was "entirely motivated" by personal reasons.

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6/9 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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Local woman held for meth sales

DALLAS -- The Polk Inter-agency Narcotics Team (POINT) arrested a Dallas woman Tuesday, June 1, on drug charges following a two-month investigation into methamphetamine distribution in the Dallas area.

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Central SD employees to be feted

INDEPENDENCE -- Lyon Lodge No. 29 AF&AM of Independence will hold a strawberry shortcake dessert to honor school workers of Central School District No. 13J on Wednesday, June 9.

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6/9 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

June 8, 2010 2:12 p.m. read more..
  

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Tuesday, June 1



Night of jazz closes out Smith Fine Arts Series

MONMOUTH -- Verve recording artist Lizz Wright and the American Metropole Orchestra will perform an evening of jazz and popular song Saturday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Western Oregon University's Rice Auditorium.

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6/2 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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Weed control help available along Luckimaute

KINGS VALLEY -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council, in partnership with the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, has secured funding and is beginning a project to control invasive and noxious plants along the Luckiamute River.

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Local elementaries act a little fishy

INDEPENDENCE -- "Lean back and kick ... just little kicks." On her back in the shallow end of the city of Independence's pool on Fifth Street, Sarai Rojo-Ocampo does her best to oblige swim instructor Jessica Cortez.

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State budget spells cuts locally

POLK COUNTY -- A projected $577 million shortfall in the state's general fund means that local schools, law enforcement and other agencies must brace for funding cuts for the coming fiscal year.

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6/2 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

June 1, 2010 2:51 p.m. read more..
 

6/2 Community Notebook

*Summerfest seeks event sponsorships*DRV will honor area churches June 2*Book signing event scheduled at WOU*Hospice will honor recently deceased*Coffee club meets on Friday in Dallas*Breakfast served at senior center*4-H fundraiser set Saturday in Dallas*Rickreall Grange to host flea market*A Child's Haven cancels pony event*Community center available for rent*AQHA recognizes Monmouth rider

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Dallas man killed in accident

LAKE COUNTY -- A Dallas man died in Southern Oregon on Saturday, May 29, after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding, Oregon State Police said.

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Farmers market set for its debut

DALLAS -- The Polk County Bounty Market is ready to make a splash. Polk County's newest and possibly largest farmers market makes its debut this week. And if the pre-opening response is a sign of things to come, it should be a bustling summer in downtown Dallas.

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6/2 News in Brief

*Restrooms are removed at refuge*Council applications now available*WHS offering help in feeding pets*Polk HALO receives major funds*FSA tree assistance available

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Twins team up to aid school

MONMOUTH -- The Timshel twins admit to being voracious readers, with Jaron preferring adventure books and sister Aimee opting for the mystery and romance variety.

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DHS graduation rate questioned

DALLAS -- Officials in the Dallas School District fielded numerous phone calls last week regarding its dismal-looking cohort graduation rate announced in an Oregon Department of Education report released on May 25.

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County lops its budget by $505,000

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Budget Committee has approved a 2010-11 budget that cuts an additional $505,000 from the general fund from the budget the group had tentatively approved in April.

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6/2 Police Report

Information for the police 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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6/2 OBITUARIES

*Paul M. Casalegno*Orpha E. Stapleton*Geraldine Pelzer*Robert Lee Dankenbring*Veronica Ann Willis*Emil M. 'Brian' Yaroma*Irene E. Bjerkness*Patricia Grace Bateman Glawson*Hazel Jaynette Cilley Krehbiel*Emery 'Jack' Thompson*Dennis Ray Agee*Charles W. 'Chuck' Brewer*Mary Lee Jones

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6/2 Letters to the Editor

*Thanks, and here's support for Jaffer*Triathlon support much appreciated*'Explore' magazine a hit with reader*Family thanks caring community*Owner of hit car asking for help*Local bsinesses really stepped up

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'Shop local' campaign under way

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Running a successful business in a small community means constantly thinking strategy and the sales tools at your disposal.

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All in the family

DALLAS -- Roger and Chelsea Pope call themselves "returners," people who have left their hometowns only to come back to raise their families.

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6/2 Pedee News: Nola Womer

My nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, spent the weekend in Hermiston with their daughter, Joni, and her husband, Stephen Anderson, helping with their garden work. Mary arranged my ride to Pedee on May 23 with Pam Burbank, who now lives in Dallas.

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M-I Masons celebrate 150 years

INDEPENDENCE -- Like many chapters of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Independence's Lyon Lodge AF&AM No. 29 used to hold its monthly meetings on the Saturday just before the full moon.

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6/2 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dallas board plans special meeting*LaCreole 'art night' set for June 7*Lyle will host retirement reception*DHS thespians will attend seminar*Charter school has limited openings*Summer reading program offered*Lytle earns recognition from NOAA*Student earns degree with honors*Dallas woman receives scholarship

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6/2 Sheriff's office, tribe still not in accord

GRAND RONDE -- Sheriff Bob Wolfe said negotiations over the enhanced law enforcement services agreement in the Grand Ronde area fell apart over the prospect of cross-deputizing future tribal police officers.

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