Stories for May 2010

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Friday, May 28

          

Tuesday, May 25

    

MINET debt restructuring considered

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence may each directly issue millions of dollars in "full faith and credit" bonds through a debt restructuring plan for the two towns' fiber optic utility.

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Man on a mission

DALLAS -- Oregon Family Health Doctor Billy Peffley didn't have the opportunity to see much of Nicaragua on a two-week U.S. Navy Reserve medical mission this month.

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5/26 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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5/26 Rain can't stop Relay

INDEPENDENCE -- Ken and Diana Peden of Salem arrived Sunday morning at Independence Riverview Park to put in an hour's worth of laps at the Polk County Relay For Life.

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Proud of his service to America

As our country prepares to honor its fallen this Memorial Day holiday, Jim Ashford recalls chilling details of his many World War II missions

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Man files lawsuit against archdiocese

DALLAS -- A $2.8 million lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court against the Archdiocese of Portland by a man alleging he was sexually abused by a priest while attending St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas.

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Getting to the core of dance

MONMOUTH -- Professor Marita Cardinal walks through her dance conditioning class at Western Oregon University, reminding students to breathe as they lay drapedover an exercise ball.

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5/26 Letters to the Editor

*Central student a shining example*West county needs a ballot drop site*Change requires constructive help*M-I cleanup day a huge success

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Commission race goes to wire

POLK COUNTY -- Craig Pope continues to maintain his advantage by a slim margin over Dave Weston in the close race for the Republican nomination for the Polk County Commission Position 2 seat.

May 25, 2010 1:53 p.m. read more..


Street fee soundly defeated

DALLAS -- City officials are disappointed, but not necessary surprised that a ballot measure creating a street maintenance fee was rejected by voters.

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Additional athletics funding sought

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District Budget Committee approved the proposed 2010-11 budget of more than $44 million on Monday, May 24, with no significant changes.

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5/26 News in Brief

*ODOT open house set in Monmouth*Hospital receives equipment grant*Gathering to honor court employee*Forum will address ATV, bike noise*County gets aid for energy upgrade

May 25, 2010 1:53 p.m. read more..


Extension taxing district gets OK

POLK COUNTY -- Karen Lippsmeyer said she was confident while stumping for a tax measure to support Polk County-Oregon State University Extension Service that community members would support it.

May 25, 2010 1:53 p.m. read more..


5/26 OBITUARIES

*Katherine Adrian*Naomi Clara Howe*Robert Lyle Stejskal*Joyce Mae Bittick*Geraldine Pelzer*Maria I. Chakir*Evelyn Claire Woods*Patricia Grace Glawson*Paul Casalegno

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Primary sets November matchups

POLK COUNTY -- Races for state and federal office are set for the November general election after results of the May 18 vote-by-mail primary were announced.

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5/26 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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5/26 Community Notebook

*Polk dairy judging team third in state*Final 'music jam' of season slated*F.C. Garden Club sets Organics 101*Local wineries wil host book signing*Home buying class offered in Dallas*DRV to honor area churches June 2

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WOU play tackles delicate subject

MONMOUTH -- It would be easy to glance at the synopsis of Western Oregon University's upcoming production of "How I Learned to Drive," raise an eyebrow and squirm at the subject matter -- which includes pedophilia, misogyny and incest.

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Weather spotters do invaluable job

DALLAS -- Even with the benefit of satellite and radar technology, a National Weather Service meteorologist can't tell what conditions are on the ground better than a person watching the weather from their window.

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5/26 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Tickets on sale for educator 'gala*DHS robotic camp rescheduled*WESD hires three administrators*Monmouth man earns law degree*Seattle Pacific honors two locals*Polk students earn EOU recognition*Yliniemi receives nursing degree

May 25, 2010 1:53 p.m. read more..


5/26 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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Thursday, May 20

             

5/19 School Notes

*FCHS student finalist for award*FCS plans open house, fundraiser*Dairy Queen to host turf fundraiser*MVCA still accepting registrations*Scholarships awarded to WSHS duo

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Wednesday, May 19

 

Tuesday, May 18



5/19 Community Notebook

*Christian concert on tap for tonight*Barbecue benefit planned at Bert's*International Night to celebrate culture*Ja, jelly making topic of workshop*Spring tea event slated for Saturday*Masons schedule anniversary event*Leadership event seeks applicants*Church to celebrate 70th anniversary*Church sets gospel bluegrass concert*Children's ministry seminar planned

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..
  

Youth livestock registration Saturday

POLK COUNTY -- Young people in 4-H and FFA who plan to sell their market animals at the Youth Livestock Auction, held during the Polk County Fair in August, must register, weigh and tag their animals on Saturday, May 22.

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5/19 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

By this time, the votes have been counted and the results are pretty conclusive as to who will be our choices to appear on the ballot for the November general election.

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5/19 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

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..
 

5/19 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

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..
  

5/19 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Low clouds dimmed the sunshine by the time we left Monmouth on May 9 for the trip to attend the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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Falls City opposes forestry designation

FALLS CITY -- Citizens objecting to an effort to designate property in Falls City as forestland by the Oregon Department of Forestry now have the backing of the City Council of Falls City.

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..


Oct. 1 goal for armory bid choice

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Military Department is moving forward with its plan to build the new National Guard Polk County Readiness Center on Kings Valley Highway, just outside Dallas.

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..


5/19 School Notes

*DHS robotics camp rescheduled*FCHS student finalist for award*FCS plans open house, fundraiser*Dairy Queen to host turf fundraiser*MVCA still accepting registrations*Scholarships awarded to WSHS duo

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..


5/19 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.

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..


WESD OKs sending money to districts

POLK COUNTY -- Willamette Education Service District (WESD) will be giving the money it receives to run programs for school districts in three counties directly to those districts.

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5/19 OBITUARIES

*Oksana Lapatskaya*Lucille L. Kennedy*Joshua Sidney Gish*Katherine Adrian*John Pfaff

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'It's been a big life'

The terrain surrounding that hastily-erected refugee camp along Sudan's western border was so flat and vast, Patrick Huff says it was hard to know exactly where he was.

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Dallas to test sidewalk advertising

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved an application on Monday, May 17, for the use of shakerboards on city sidewalks near the vicinity of Little Ceasar's Pizza on a trial basis until Sept. 1.

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Relay For Life marks 10 years

INDEPENDENCE -- When a dozen or so members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church got involved in Polk County's Relay For Life program a decade ago, they gave themselves a playful title that had an undertone of sadness.

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..


Assault, burglary net Spencer seven years

DALLAS -- The man charged with attempted murder and several assault charges in two late-January attacks entered into a plea agreement with the Polk County District Attorney's Office last week.

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Central budget improves for 2010-11

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District's proposed $27.2 million budget for 2010-11 won't require the same severe cuts as the prior year -- or any, for that matter.

May 18, 2010 2:23 p.m. read more..


Choir hits the perfect note

INDEPENDENCE -- Last fall, Central High School music director Jeff Witt asked members of his symphonic choir to set goals for themselves for the coming year.

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Thursday, May 13

             

Wednesday, May 12

 

About the FFA program

How FFA works: FFA is not a club. It's part of a comprehensive agricultural education including classroom instruction, FFA chapter involvement and work experience.

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5/12 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

May 12, 2010 9:33 a.m. read more..
  

5/12 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Talmadge student receives award*'Project AXHIEVE' sets open house*Senior party recipient of grant aid*CHS student receives scholarship*Students honored at Azusa Pacific

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5/12 Letters to the Editor

*Would a 'no' vote on fee be smart?*Support Extension taxing district plan*Street maintenance low on priority list*Know the facts on street fee vote*Dallas should cut expenses on trees*Work to eliminate ignorant labels*Dallas City Council ignores the public*All fees trickle down to consumer*Stand up for kids, support Extension*Fee will allow for much-needed work*Pope is common sense candidate*Weston a guy who does his homework*Campione has history of service*Street mmoney not being used wisely

May 12, 2010 9:33 a.m. read more..


Rogue with the taste of Polk

BUENA VISTA -- If you've traveled Polk and Yamhill counties within the last few years, you've become accustomed to the wine tasting rooms sprinkled throughout the Willamette Valley landscape.

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He's Mr. Perrydale

PERRYDALE -- This may come as a surprise, but Perrydale FFA advisor Kirk Hutchinson never belonged to an FFA chapter.

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5/12 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

May 12, 2010 9:33 a.m. read more..


Central senior nabs honor

INDEPENDENCE -- Those who know Central High School senior Andrea Nunez use words like "gracious" and "humble" when asked to describe her.

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Police investigate animal abuse incident

DALLAS -- Dallas police officers are investigating a report of animal abuse connected to an incident that occurred last week in a neighborhood near Dallas City Park, leaving at least one cat injured.

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5/12 Corrections/Clarifications

A photo caption that accompanied a story headlined "All the world's a stage," which appeared on Page 9A of the May 5 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, contained an error. The photo is from a scene in the Pentacle Theatre production of "You Can't Take it With You," not "My Fair Lady." The error was due to inaccurate information provided to the newspaper.

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WOU live-learn hall moving ahead

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University recently named its forthcoming live-learn residence complex after John Henry Ackerman, president of what was then known as the Oregon Normal School from 1911 to 1921.

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Sex offender notice given

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Community Corrections is notifying area residents about a sex offender who is on post-prison supervision.

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Dallas Farmers Market now open

DALLAS -- The 2010 Dallas Farmers Market season is under way. The market in the parking lot of Plain and Fancy Gifts, 740 Main St. (corner of Main and Oak), opened on May 1 and provides a place for local farmers and craftmakers to sell everything from fresh produce, seedlings, plants and flowers, to an assortment of handmade craft items.

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A Lesson in Economics

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Substitute teacher Ashley Fink of Monmouth got the call last week that she would be filling in for a few days for a seventh-grade language arts class at Talmadge Middle School.

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LVCS bursting at the seams

DALLAS -- Luckiamute Valley Charter School's recent success in attracting more students is making a good case for opening more country schools.

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5/12 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.

May 12, 2010 9:33 a.m. read more..
 

Rollover crash injures two

WEST SALEM -- A 20-year-old Sheridan-area woman and her 2-year-old child received minor injuries during a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 221 two miles west of Salem on May 6.

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5/12 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

May is the perfect time of year to honor mothers. The cold, dark and rainy days of winter have passed and we celebrate this happy time in the midst of spring flowers, sunshine and the season of new beginnings.

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Monmouth sewer, water rates to rise

MONMOUTH -- Residents will see their sewer and water bills jump in June. The Monmouth City Council has affirmed the final increase in a multi-year rate hike program for those two utilities.

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Book captures Dallas during different era

DALLAS -- People know Portland as the Rose City. Salem is called the Cherry City. Not to be left out of the famous-for-growing-something clan, Dallas was at one time known as "Prune City" because of its many prune tree orchards.

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It's home sweet home for Dallas soldier

DALLAS -- After a relatively calm nine months with the Oregon Army National Guard at Camp Scania, Iraq, Clayton Hall said he was reminded two weeks before returning home of the importance of not letting your guard down.

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5/12 News in Brief

*MINET information session scheduled*Final property tax payments are due*Monmouth's Public Wroks to host events

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M-I cleanup day set for Saturday

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The annual Monmouth and Independence Cleanup and Beautification Day will take place Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Friday, May 7

 

Thursday, May 6

 

Scorecard

High school baseball & softball standings, local bowling & golf

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Wednesday, May 5



5/5 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

May 5, 2010 10:53 a.m. read more..
    

Music making a comeback

FALLS CITY -- In many school districts, budget cuts have decreased or cut entirely the amount of music education offered to students.

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Schools prefer cash over WESD services

POLK COUNTY -- School districts in Polk County have joined with others in the Willamette Education Service District coverage area in asking for cash in lieu of the services WESD provides to them.

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5/5 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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5/5 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Trina Brotherton and Arlene Kovash are hosting a salad potluck luncheon and greeting card-making party at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Saturday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m.

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WOU Spring Dance Concert set

MONMOUTH -- Dancers, students and professionals will take the stage at Rice Auditorium May 6-8 for Western Oregon University's annual Spring Dance Concert.

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5/5 News in Brief

*Rep. Thompson schedules town hall*Rural projects subject of meeting*Discussion scheduled on invasive fruit fly

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99W crash fatal for woman, 31

POLK COUNTY -- One person was killed and another seriously injured in a head-on traffic crash Tuesday morning, April 27, on Highway 99W south of Monmouth.

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County paves way for Valley Concrete move

INDEPENDENCE -- A proposal to relocate Valley Concrete and Gravel from Independence to farmland off Highway 51, which has been in legal limbo for years, could finally come to fruition.

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5/5 Letters to the Editor

*Student 'Jazz Nite' hits the right note*Vote 'yes' to save Polk County 4-H*Appreciative of good Samaritan*Morrison teachers deserving of praise*Loss of trust over Dallas street fee*Many helped event be truly magical*Shetterlys made kids' trip possible*Park disc course is shame on city*Kudos for groups' work on Earth Day*City needs to live within its means*Dodge didn't look out for local people*Region needs local Extension Service*No vote for Dodge for commissioner*New outdoor store will be an asset*MINET simply not a good investment*Supporters made Spring Ball special

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5/5 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

May 5, 2010 10:02 a.m. read more..


5/5 Community Notebook

*Seniors invited to May 6 'spring fling'*Spring benefit for humane society set*Master Gardeners to hold plant sale*Dallas FFA offering a variety of plants*Central FFA slates three-day plant sale*Art reception set at Crush Wine Bar*Event to celebrate Latino culture*Salt Creek group to help clean roads*Raffle will benefit Polk Relay For Life*Barbecue will help Polk Relay For Life*Annual tea, fashion show set Saturday*KVAA plans May 8 community event*Country folk dance slated for Saturday*Mail carriers ready for local food drive*Equestrian group will meet Monday*Women's military group sets meeting*Youth group offers firewood for sale*Benefit golf event seeks participants*Beginning yoga offered in KV

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