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Wednesday, October 27

   

Medical marijuana issue debated

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon voters will decide next week whether medical marijuana users should be able to purchase the drug at state-regulated storefronts.

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10/27 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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10/27 OBITUARIES

*Sgt. Ian M. Tawney*Nelda Lenore Hoover*Donald L. Todd*Robert A. Puerner*Richard I. Prater Sr.*George Grant Isenburg*LeRoy Junior Mersch*Kristy Calkins*Larry Duane Oliver

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10/27 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee from Monmouth on Oct. 17 was under a sunny sky. I went with my nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista. The sun was bright and not a cloud could be seen.

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10/27 News in Brief

*Candidates to talk about education*Forum focus will be at-risk children*Leaf collection under way in Dallas*M-I yard debris dropoff day planned

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10/27 Letters to the Editor

*Ainsworth perfect match for position*Proactive approach sets Woods apart*Mansell has right attributes for job*Jaffer will bring integrity, energy*Facts support Avera for judge*Campbell will serve us well if elected*Woods will help improve Dallas*Community needs more transparency*CHS arts center debut a big hit*Not all candidates are being truthful*Campbell will be fair, accountable*Campbell worthy of judgeship post*Dodge a proven leader for county*Ainsworth believes in common sense*Letter offensive to our veterans*Best choice for Polk is Ainsworth*Consider these four for Dallas council*Strong morals make Campbell stand out*Dalton is a quality mayoral candidate*Campbell deserves a chance to serve*Church seminars will uplift Jesus*Woods a long-time community leader*Woods has right qualitites for Dallas*Dodge has done much for county*Woods gets nod among candidates*Central leaders doing a good job*Avera has strong background for job*Ainsworth will be leader for county*Candidate is about community service*Falls City has two solid candidates*Ainsworth offers new perspective*Jaffer knows what leaderhip means*Ainsworth will do what people want*Dudley the change that Oregon needs*Experience reason for electing Dodge*Ainsworth will find solutions, work hard*Avera truly most qualified for judge*Ainsworth ready for bigger role*Jaramillo deserves position on council*Elect Woods, keep current councilors*Dudley not ready to be our governor

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10/27 School Notes

*Perrydale schedules carnival*Western to host preview day*WOU program receives grant*Deadline nears for ACT test

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Museum's future is a priority

MONMOUTH -- Jensen Arctic Museum officials are conducting a full-court press in addressing issues related to the facility's future.

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10/27 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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PSWCD board candidates running unopposed

POLK COUNTY -- Three individuals -- all running unopposed -- are seeking positions on the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District board during the Nov. 2 vote-by-mail general election.

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Honoring his service

DALLAS -- The last song accompanying a photo slideshow at the beginning of Saturday's memorial service for U.S. Marine Sgt. Ian Tawney was Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

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Tribes makes case against new casino

POLK COUNTY -- Bruce Studer and Matt Rossman, the co-petitioners on Ballot Measure 75, believe the $250 million casino and entertainment venue the initiative seeks to approve Nov. 2 will be the state's biggest economic boost in two decades.

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Polk resident new leader for area Red Cross

WEST SALEM -- Margaret Sanner had been working at the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross for three years when she took part in its relief effort in hurricane-ravaged Florida in 2004.

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Tuesday, October 26



10/27 Community Notebook

*Monthly music jam planned at center*Medicinal herbs garden club topic*Night of comedy coming to Dallas*Carousels subject of presentation*Fiddlers, bake sale highlight fundraiser*Pentacle schedules auditions for play*Three bands to play Christian concert*Church set to host performance by duo*Life story writing seminar continues*Brain agility class offered in Dallas*Monmouth library to debut program*Dallas VFW post meets on Tuesdays*Veterans benefits talk slated Nov. 3*Casino fundraiser will benefit PCL*School board plans monthly food drive

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FC candidate says claim is bogus

FALLS CITY -- A candidate for the Falls City City Council said fliers that had been distributed around town Tuesday morning accusing her of not being a resident of the city are false.

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City looks at updating dog laws

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth may give police more authority to issue citations related to dog attacks and narrow the definition of what constitutes a "dangerous dog" in the next two months.

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Conference yields district $22,000

DALLAS -- Convergence, the educational conference the Dallas School District hosted Oct. 7-8 at Spirit Mountain Resort will net the district more than $22,000. Final figures on attendance and costs were reported at the Dallas School District Board meeting Oct. 25.

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Central looking to 'Get Fit'

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A Spanish version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" fills the music room at Henry Hill Elementary School, followed quickly by a raucous rumba tune inside.

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Biomass power plant for Dallas?

DALLAS -- A proposal for a 32-megawatt, $120 million biomass power plant may bring "new energy" technology to Dallas by late 2013.

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Caring for hearts and soles

POLK COUNTY -- In Swahili culture, receiving a hand-me-down isn't the same as inheriting an unwanted castoff. Rather, it's seen as receiving something valued by its previous owner and given with the hope it will be useful to another person.

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10/27 Business Notebook

*Forest River has new G.M.*Changes made at Capone's*Agent adds new job duties*Tater's has expanded hours*Business fair scheduled*Salon will host fundraiser*Stylist becomes certified*Credit unions plan merger*Tourism map in works

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10/27 Clarification

A clarification is needed for a story headlined "Holiday Project under way," which appeared on Page 11A of the Oct. 20 edition of the Itemizer-Observer. It should have stated that Polk County, and not specifically the Polk County Commission for Families and Children, was unable to coordinate the project due to budget cuts. The I-O apologizes for any confusion the omission may have caused.

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10/27 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Thursday, October 21



Wednesday, October 20



10/20 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, October 19



Central teachers still without contract

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Despite being nearly two months into the 2010-11 school year, Central School District and its teachers union are still trying to hash out a contract.

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10/20 Community Notebook

*Center will serve up soup and pie*Driver safety class on tap for Saturday*Shriners Hospital seeking patients*Duo will perform Christian music*A Child's Haven sets annual event*Library plans hour of Halloween fun*KVAA schedules Oct. 23 pie auction*Church celebration open to community*Singers to perform concert on Sunday*Forum will address school-age bullying*Supper, concert series set to begin*SABLE House sets volunteer training*Fitness program plans next session*W.S. neighborhood to do cleanup work

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Central official responds to background questions

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A criminal charge that Mike Maloney, Central School District's bond project manager, faced in 2004 related to his employment at a Texas school district has taken on an elephant-in-the-room air here during the past three years.

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Local governments, schools feel PERS pinch

POLK COUNTY -- Local governments and school districts across the county had been talking for months about their increasing contributions to the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System for the 2011-13 biennium.

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Man is charged with stealing dog

DALLAS -- Dallas police officers have cited a homeless man living in Dallas in a burglary that occurred in April at the Dallas dog pound in which a dog was stolen.

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10/20 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dallas High schedules conferences*LaCreole choirs perform Thursday*Area schools benefit from donation*Dallas student part of service trip*KVCS group selling holiday wreaths*Smith named Ford Scholar recipient

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Tax man cometh to your mail box

POLK COUNTY -- Brace yourself. Tax statements will be mailed to Polk County residents on Friday, Oct. 22, and most property owners will see increases in their 2010-11 bill.

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10/20 Corrections/Clarifications

In a photograph headlined "Chat with the Governor," which appeared on Page 11A of the Oct. 13 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Jorja Duren's first name was misspelled. The I-O regrets the error.

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WOU sets homecoming events

MONMOUTH -- Community members are welcome to take part in a number of special activities in honor of Western Oregon University's Homecoming 2010 and Family Weekend.

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10/20 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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10/20 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Oct. 10 for the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church was in the rain almost all the way there and back.

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10/20 OBITUARIES

*Helen Y. Gerlinger*Gerald Allen 'Jerry' Greene*Virginia 'Ginny' Louise Derksen*Bonnie Mae Davis*Bertha E. May*Mary Lu Box*Dorothy Mary Pierce*Edwin 'Brad' L. Bradley*Edward E. Warner

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10/20 Letters to the Editor

*Campbell is best choice for judge*Ainsworth will be asset to county*Campbell will do as he promises*Integrity, dedication describe Ainsowrth*Jaffer respects intent of voters*Jaffer is right for Polk County*Leadership a key asset for Dalt*'Rapture' a false teaching of church*Woods gets nod for mayoral post*Campbell's actions win respect of voter*Listening a skill Woods possesses*Campbell brings best qualifications*Mansell will uphold rights of citizens*Ainsworth will get the job done right*Republican likes Democrat Jaffer*Stewart worthy of Dallas council post*Pope earns vote for commissioner*Story was a bright spot in dad's day*Experience makes Mansell the choice*Ainsworth will give Polk County his all*Dalton has pride, passion for Dallas*Donors help make event big success*Milligan will lead Monmouth well*Ainsworth brings a desire to serve*Time for change on Monmouth council*Republicans don't care about people*Milligan looking to city's future*Commitment what Ainsworth is about*Judge candidate thanks supporters*Ainsworth willing to make sacrifices*Volunteers step up to help Falls City*Dalton exceptional choice for mayor*Pope has strong ties to Polk County*Improving lives a goal for Mansell*A step backward not good for Dallas*PCAR fundraiser will help local DLC*Current council has done much for city*Stewart will offer Dallas a new voice*Dodge commitment is above reproach*Ainsworth great choice for county*Woods dedicated to leading Dallas*Milligan always is well prepared*Not all residents oppose trail plan*Dodge has earned our trust and vote

October 19, 2010 2:10 p.m. read more..


Armory ground broken

DALLAS -- The new Polk County Readiness Center won't be completed in time for the Oregon Army National Guard 162nd Engineering Company to return from its tour in Afghanistan in early in November.

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Downtown property's future still uncertain

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence Station's future could be in peril, according to comments made by the wife of developer and owner Steven Ribeiro during a City Council meeting on Oct. 12.

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10/20 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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No wine before its time

POLK COUNTY -- The wine grape growing season started late and slow in Polk County. But if the pleasant fall weather persists for another few weeks, it could end beautifully.

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Wednesday, October 13



Central leader under fire

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Some residents are calling on Central School District to oust Superintendent Joseph Hunter amidst allegations he's been unethical with financial resources and has created a hostile environment for his employees.

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Tuesday, October 12

 

Dallas City Council candidates

*Steve DeDominick*Jim Fairchild*Beth Jones*Jacqueline (Jackie) Lawson*Michael Matthews*Kenneth Mayer*Mark McDonald*David Shein*Murray Stewart

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10/13 School Notes

*WOU receives pilot program grant*College information night on tap*KVCS group selling holiday wreath*Whitworth sets jog-a-thon fundraiser*Preschool taking orders for greens

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10/13 OBITUARIES

*Leonard Ray Shinn*Randy Lee Mason*Richard Joseph Portal*Lewis Calvin Clay Kirkland*Virginia 'Ginny' L. Swensen Derksen*Joan Schmitt*Magdalene Strikwerda Hedding Swartout*Terry Reed Morrison*Donald 'Don' Ernest Guenther*Albert M. Derrick*Gerald 'Jerry' Allen Greene

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'Convergence' event hits a home run

DALLAS -- Attendance numbers were close to expectations for Dallas School District's educational conference "Convergence" on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7-8.

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10/13 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners to talk about Irises*Charitable giving presentation topic*Children's worship program available*Wildfire preventions talk set by KVAA*Christmas Pageant plans fall potluck*Art reception set Friday at Latitude*Prophecy seminar to begin at church*Zumbathon will aid cancer foundation*Full-day gospel concert scheduled*Harpsichord artist to perform Oct. 17*Dallas ICAN now seeking volunteers*Senior meal cost increases in area

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10/13 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Last Saturday was a great opportunity for us to clear away those containers of old oil-based paint, garden herbicides and hazardous cleaning supplies and take them to Riverfront Park in Independence.

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10/13 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was a ride with my nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, Oct. 3 to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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10/13 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Meeting topic is offenders housing

DALLAS -- The Dallas Ministerial Association will host another community meeting designed to address the housing needs of recently released and homeless offenders in Dallas today (Wednesday, Oct. 13).

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Candidates will appear at Dallas political forum

DALLAS -- A candidate forum featuring individuals running for mayor and city council in Dallas has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19. The event, open to the public and hosted by the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

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Balancing Act

MONMOUTH -- Within a few months of becoming a father in 2009, Western Oregon University student Bryan Thompson decided that starting classes at 8 a.m. three days a week wasn't so bad.

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Perrydale's All Ears

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale's annual Corn Feed -- held on Oct. 9 -- has become a sure sign of fall around Polk County. Year after year -- 27 to be exact -- members of Perrydale's FFA chapter have served up autumn favorites like corn on the cob, applesauce, hot dogs and apple crisp to hungry members of the public.

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WOU, CWU compete to raise scholarship cash

MONMOUTH -- Alongside the second annual Battle in Seattle event where Western Oregon University's football team takes on Central Washington University, a challenge in charitable giving is taking place.

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IES kids stay on the move

INDEPENDENCE -- After four quick laps around the walking track at Independence Elementary School's playground during recess, Eddie Bruning huffs and puffs as he trots across the finish line one last time.

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10/13 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.

October 12, 2010 4:46 p.m. read more..


10/13 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

October 12, 2010 4:46 p.m. read more..


Central leader under fire

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Some residents are calling on Central School District to oust Superintendent Joseph Hunter amidst allegations he's been unethical with financial resources and has created a hostile environment for his employees.

October 12, 2010 4:46 p.m. read more..
  

Band boosters to meet

DALLAS -- The Dallas Bands Booster Club will conduct a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6:15 p.m. in the band room at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave.

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10/13 Letters to the Editor

*Pope will protect Polk's resources*Candidate states his case for office*New faces needed on county board*Woods has helped make Dallas great*Independent voter supports Ainsworth*Past actions best candidate predictor*Woods good choice for Dallas mayor*Ainsworth will be positive difference*Woods has wisdom, experience for job*Time for change on Dallas council*Jaffer will move county forward*Strong character heart of Ainsworth*Effective leader is what Woods is*Woods helps get projects completed*Campbell worthy of judge position*Community pride is key for Woods*Ainsworth ready to serve county*Dodge not answer for Polk position*Give consideration to Mike Ainsworth*Lawyers give Avera nod for judgeship*Criticism of school boss unwarranted*My vote is going to Woods for mayor*Ainsworth will add fiscal leadership*Pope's background quite impressive*It's the right time to elect Ainsworth*Takacs good choice for Independence*Mansell would serve county well

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Wednesday, October 6

            

Tuesday, October 5

  

10/6 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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10/6 Letters to the Editor

*Campbell is most qualified for post*Women's triathlon an amazing event*Not all councilors favored street fee*Jaffer will bring new ideas, energy*Campbell has all the ingredients*Businesses step up to assist disabled*Experience matters in commission race*Campbell is clear choice for judge*Falls City: Be an educated voter*Falls City leaders deserve credit*Van Well store goes extra mile*Mansell's assets right for judge*Dallas needs new team on council*Dodge best choice for Polk County*Campbell is top judge candidate*Pope has your interest at heart*Woods has respect and experience

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10/6 Community Notebook

*Fire safety is focus of library storytime*Senior center offers exercise program*Touted poet due for Western event*Peacemaker plans Oct.7 presentation*ARC now hosting dances in Dallas*One-man musical act set to appear*Fairgrounds site of fall doll show*PCHS set to host apple festival event*Cub Scouts plan activity for youths*Bambinos benefit fundraiser on tap*Country folk dance slated for Saturday

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'Bounty Market' deemed a success

DALLAS -- If a farmers market that just ended its first season can achieve the status of "tradition," Polk County Bounty Market may have done it this summer.

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Open seat lure four candidates for Polk judge

POLK COUNTY -- The candidates vying to become a circuit court judge within Oregon's 12th Judicial District -- Polk County -- have their own personal philosophies as to why they've entered the general election next month.

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'Tis the season for shots

POLK COUNTY -- Flu season is rapidly approaching and the Polk County Public Health Department is again offering flu immunization clinics throughout the region.

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Trapping of salmon to continue

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved a one-year extension of a program to trap and haul coho salmon above Mercer Dam on Rickreall Creek at its meeting Oct. 4.

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10/6 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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A Growing Concern

POLK COUNTY -- Brian Finn periodically cuts firewood from the perimeter of a five-acre stand of trees that's almost like an island on his grass field at the north end of Polk County.

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10/6 OBITUARIES

*Betty Riggs*Joan E. Schmitt*Maria 'Mia' Liedtke Hogg*Elizabeth Kliever*Denise Jane Hylton Baker*Vilas E. Peak

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WOU's waste food = compost

MONMOUTH -- Julie Whitely pulls a plate off the revolving dish belt that separates part of her kitchen from the rest of the Valsetz residential dining facility at Western Oregon University.

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10/6 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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10/6 Correction

In a story headlined "Will you help make a reader?" which appeared on Page 23A of the Sept. 29 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly stated that the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) Program takes place after school. Volunteers actually read with children during the regular school day. The I-O regrets the error.

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Fire training

DALLAS -- Firefighters from departments across Polk County recently had an opportunity to train in what essentially is a high-tech oven.

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Collection available for hazardous waste

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County and the cities of Independence, Monmouth, Dallas and West Salem will be co-sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, Oct. 9.

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