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Wednesday, September 29



Senior Calendar

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day programs. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

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Tuesday, September 28

  

Pentacle stages chiller 'Night Watch'

WEST SALEM -- Just in time for Halloween, Pentacle Theatre is staging Lucille Fletcher's thriller "Night Watch," which opens Friday, Oct. 1 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 23.

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9/29 Public Agenda Calendar

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

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9/29 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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9/29 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Master Storyteller Russ Schallock of Albany came to Pedee Church on Sept. 19 to tell a gripping story of frontier life to illustrate the importance of forgiving and of salvation.

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Corrections posts 'most wanted'

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

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9/29 Community Notebook

*Hospital auxiliary fundraiser is today*Opening reception planned for exhibit*Market schedules final day of 2010*Library sets annual youth RC car rally*MVCA schedules Saturday fundraiser*Flea market on tap for this weekend*Sunday breakfast planned by grange*Life story writing workshops resume*Seminar on living healthy is offered*Pentacle schedules auditions for play*Tickets on sale for Bambinos benefit*Scrapbookng event looms next month

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Community turns out for annual celebration

INDEPENDENCE -- Aliyah Chase, 5, was treated to a helicopter ride that departed from Riverview Park on Saturday morning and soared over fields and hills along the Willamette River corridor.

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9/29 OBITUARIES

*Marie Evelyn Leininger*Lyle L. Huffaker*Charlotte Diane Myers Beighey*Betty Anne Barry*Marion Ruth Elliott*Dorothy Mae Bollene*Brittany Elizabeth Green*Dale Marvin Miller*Patricia Ridgley*Janet C. Morningstar Speer

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9/29 Serious recyclers

INDEPENDENCE -- Jose Chavez grabs a recycling cart and dumps the contents onto the asphalt in one of Colonia Amistad's waste disposal areas.

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5,000 pot plants seized

POLK COUNTY -- Local and state law enforcement officials seized nearly 5,000 marijuana plants from illegal grow sites across Polk County on Friday, Sept. 24.

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9/29 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town was definitely the place to be this past weekend, with so many fun and interesting activities going on. Beginning with the book sale at the old Independence Library on Friday morning and ending with the pancake breakfast at the airport on Sunday, the Hop & Heritage Festival showcased our community spirit and history - and we all had a wonderful time. There was definitely something for everyone to enjoy and we were busy every minute. Congratulations to coordinator, Marilyn Morton and her hard-working staff of volunteers for another successful event.

September 28, 2010 3:33 p.m. read more..


Business back in session

MONMOUTH -- At 11 a.m. on the Friday before the start of fall term at Western Oregon University, Jay Yang, owner of Yang's Teriyaki restaurant, had time to sneak in a few video game sessions on his laptop behind the front counter.

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Cirque Mechanics is, well, different

MONMOUTH -- Circus. Machines. Theater. Dance. All of those will be on full display in a performance by Las Vegas-based Cirque Mechanics during a one-night engagement at Western Oregon University Monday, Oct. 4.

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DSD expands school listserv information

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District now has an e-mail listserv for every school in the district, the Dallas High School athletic program and school bond construction project information.

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9/29 Letters to the Editor

*Jaffer great choice for Polk County*Avera impresses with integrity*Commission's reply is found lacking*New blood, outlook needed on council*We need Jaffer's forward thinking*Avera possesses vast experience*Avera tops list for experience*Jaffer committed to Polk County*Time to replace city councilors*Craig Pope has fiscal know-how*Jaffer will bring strong leadership*Campbell well qualified to be judge*"New blood," or reactionaires?*Jaffer is right for Polk County

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9/29 Community Calendar

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

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9/29 Sit, stay

RICKREALL -- Wednesday nights in Building C at the Polk County Fairgrounds have gone to the dogs -- good dogs.

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Perrydale's new lab is cookin'

PERRYDALE -- It wasn't featured on a popular reality show, but the transformation of Perrydale School's science lab could be described as "extreme."

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Wednesday, September 22

              

Tuesday, September 21



Hop, heritage in festival limelight

INDEPENDENCE -- From the early 20th century to the late 1950s, farmers and their families from the Independence area used to congregate downtown in the early fall to celebrate the end of the hop harvest.

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9/22 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My unabashed enthusiasm for college football has only grown since we've become Western Oregon University season ticket holders. And this year's lineup of home games looks like a winner.

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9/22 Letters to the Editor

*Experience makes Avera good choice*Seniors closing in on fundraising goal*Jaffer has qualitites to serve county*Medical community helps Dallas sports*Stand up, be heard by casting a vote*Campbell will serve people, not himself*Community steps up for area kids*Change needed on Dallas City Council*Turn Dallas into a sustainable city*Word of warning to Falls City voters

September 21, 2010 2:55 p.m. read more..
  

Grand jury indicts murder suspects

DALLAS -- The two suspects in the murders of local farmers David Scott Jondle and Marilyn Jondle were indicted by a Polk County grand jury on Sept. 15.

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9/22 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.

September 21, 2010 2:55 p.m. read more..
  

Rehabilitation facility closes

DALLAS -- Facing budget constraints, Mid-Valley Rehabilitation Inc. has closed its vocational rehabilitation facility located at 168 SW Court St. in Dallas.

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County workers discover body

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office and investigators with Oregon State Police are analyzing a scene where possible human remains were found on Thursday morning, Sept. 16.

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9/22 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

September 21, 2010 2:55 p.m. read more..
  

Cutbacks concern teachers

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- When Central School District adopted its 2010-11 budget, one of the funding casualties was a half-time position within its print services shop.

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9/22 Community Notebook

*Master Gardener honored for work*Garden Club will meet in Falls City*Senior 'music jam' is set to continue*Parenting program begins on Thursday*Weekend book sale scheduled at library*Dallas Seniors will serve up breakfast*Dancing Oaks sets casting workshop*Dallas music studio to mark milestone*Theater fundraiser aids Rely for Life*Hospital auxiliary plans fundraiser*Flea market seeks vendors for event*Humane Society benefit on tap

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Falls City may poll voters

FALLS CITY -- The City Council of Falls City is considering conducting a survey to gauge support for a tax levy to buy property near the town's namesake falls on the Little Luckiamute River.

September 21, 2010 2:55 p.m. read more..


9/22 Community Calendar

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

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9/22 News in Brief

*Meeting to address holiday project*Hospital receives broadband grant*County road work will mean delays*Republicans open election office

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Marquis Spas: Making Waves

INDEPENDENCE -- The company's goal might be customer relaxation, but there's little in the way of idle hands inside Marquis Spas' manufacturing plant in Independence on this morning.

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Festivities set for CHS arts center

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members are welcome to attend a special celebration at Central High's new performing arts center on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

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WOU's new dorm makes the grade

MONMOUTH -- After four years of residence hall-living, you would expect Western Oregon University student Russell Jones to be elated about the prospect of having his first off-campus apartment.

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9/22 OBITUARIES

*Charles Clayberg*Morris Marion Barker*Donna Fay Williams*Helen Emilie Bundy*Kyle B. Cummings*Cheryl Elizabeth Croson*Dale Marvin Miller

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Haitian trip an eye-opener for Dallas grad

DALLAS -- When Dallas High School graduate Desiree Friesen arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in late August, she was expecting that it would look like at least some cleanup had occurred following the massive Jan. 12 earthquake.

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9/22 Clarification

In a story headlined "WOU, county face more budget cuts," which appeared on the Page 3A of the Sept. 15 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, a quote by Mark Weiss, Western Oregon University vice president of finance and administration needs clarification. Furlough days only applied to the WOU's classified union employees. Faculty and non-classified staff had salary freezes, but no furlough reductions.

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$6 billion timber plan

POLK COUNTY -- The Association of Oregon & California Counties has proposed legislation that will amass $6 billion to help pay half of a 10-year extension of federal timber payments to counties set to expire in late 2011.

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Bridging the awe factor at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Kevin Lopez Caamal, an incoming freshman at Western Oregon University, said there were more than a few tears shed when he was dropped off on campus on Sept. 12.

September 21, 2010 2:50 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 17



Holiday Project faces challenges

DALLAS -- Dallas' 2010 Community Holiday Project may seem like it's months away, but the critical benefit projects are going to need more community support than ever this year.

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Thursday, September 16



Wednesday, September 15

       

Scorecard

High school standings, golf and Dallas cross country results

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Tuesday, September 14



9/15 Letters to the Editor

*Jaffer will provide strong leadership*Mansell has strong character, integrity*Jondles will be fondly rmembered*Mexican Fiesta was a grand event*Mansell's qualities worthy of support*Ugo's steps up to help community*Choose candidates wisely during crisis*A sad departure for local employee*Variety of people support Campbell*Mansell as judge: an informed choice

September 14, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..


Students lend a helping hand

DALLAS -- Officers in Dallas High School's FFA program had hoped to meet the stars of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" when they were invited to work on a part of the show's project at Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem.

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Western prof is FDA adviser

MONMOUTH -- Rimbonant was proving effective as a weight loss drug for a period after being introduced in Europe in 2006, with patients shedding pounds thanks to its ability to suppress hunger.

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9/15 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.

September 14, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..


FAA ruling seen as victory for airpark

INDEPENDENCE -- The outcry from state and federal lawmakers and residents of the Independence airpark over a federal policy that threatened taxiway access appears to have paid off.

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Preparedness Drill

DALLAS -- The volunteer "victims" of West Valley Hospital's decontamination drill conducted on Sept. 9 deserve a round of applause.

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9/15 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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Pizza parlor's ad shakes out OK

DALLAS -- The City Council approved a permanent extension of the use of shakerboard advertisements for Little Caesar's Pizza at its Sept. 7 meeting.

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District OKs contract with employees

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved contracts with no cost of living increases for its certified and classified employees at its meeting Monday, Sept. 13.

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9/15 School Notes

*ICAN plans to offer music program*Open houses scheduled in Dallas*After-school art activity on horizon*KVCS bakery now accepting orders*Deadline approaching for ACT test

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9/15 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

September 14, 2010 2:46 p.m. read more..


9/15 Corrections

In the Fall Sports Guide 2010, a preview section for the local high school sports season that appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 1, issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Dallas High School football player Sam Orozco was misidentified on the section cover. The Itemizer-Observer regrets the error.

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9/15 Community Notebook

*Entries being taken for scarecrow event*Seniors to resume gathering in FC*Grange celebration to mark 125 years*Benefit slated for injured Dallas man*Evening of theater will benefit Lions*Parenting program offered in Dallas*Garden club ready to resume meeting*Program on senior living scheduled

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Group honors McArdle

INDEPENDENCE -- Mayor John McArdle recently received a Mayor's Leadership Award at the Oregon Mayors Association Summer Conference.

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9/15 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Storyteller Russ Schallock will present a theatrical program of mountain men and life on the frontier during Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church's Sunday service Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.

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State approves trade of public-private land

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Board of Forestry on Sept. 8 approved the exchange of state-owned forestland located in Polk, Benton and Lincoln counties for similar amounts of privately owned forestland in those counties.

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9/15 OBITUARIES

*Myron Martin*Daniel Lee Orosco Jr.*Mary Louise Barton*Della Mae Bailey*Steven Guy Robson*Gillette E. Rowlands*John Daniel O'Neil*Josephine Margaret Harvey*Charlene V. Bernheisel*James Leonard Oneth*Donna Laree Holmes

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WOU, county face more budget cuts

POLK COUNTY -- State agencies and higher education received prescribed budget cut targets last week to alleviate Oregon's most recently announced revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year.

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Friday, September 10



9/8 Letters to the Editor

*Mansell would be positive change*County Fair well worth attending*Judge's support is not unethical*Disclosure needed for canned foods*Thanks, Summer Reading sponsors

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8/25 Letters to the Editor

*Campbell willing and dedicated*Goose cannons are obnoxious*Campbell has all the right qualitites*Avera is best choice for judge*Thanks for fair prize*It's county's duty to help offenders

September 10, 2010 8:58 a.m. read more..


9/1 Letters to the Editor

*Bike path paving a waste of money*Fair experience was disappointing*Mansell would be strong Polk judge*Judge's support seems unethical*Vets deserve more from the state fair*Campbell will be fine circuit judge*Thanks to all for helping Shawn

September 10, 2010 8:18 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 8

        

Tuesday, September 7

 

New teacher excited for school

DALLAS -- Students in Robbin Carollo's 10th grade English class at Dallas High School need only to scan the walls in the new teacher's classroom to know what they will be studying this school year.

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Polk program promotes literacy

POLK COUNTY -- Literacy is a core subject in all schools, but research shows it takes more than teachers and time in class for children to learn to read and write.

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9/8 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

September 7, 2010 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

9/8 News in Brief

*Extension chief to speak at event*County schedules more road work*Republicans open campaign office*Transitional housing meeting set*Commission seeks two volunteers

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Falls levy dead -- for now

FALLS CITY -- Voters in Falls City will not have a chance to decide on a tax levy to buy property north of the falls on the Little Luckiamute River this November after all.

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The way his grandfather used to do it

MONMOUTH -- When Dennis Eberly's great, great-grandfather immigrated to the United States from Germany, he brought with him the family's woodworking lineage and tradition.

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Limited access slows responders

POLK COUNTY -- Firefighters from Polk County Fire District No. 1 responded to a car crash along Clow Corner Road on Aug. 28 to assist with a call for a possible victim extrication.

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9/8 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We had great times at the concerts in Main Street Park in Monmouth and the movies and concerts at Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence during July and August.

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9/8 Your Garden: Be safe when canning tomatoes

A highlight of late summer is when tomatoes picked fresh from the garden become an ingredient in almost every meal. But since we can't eat them fast enough, many people preserve them to enjoy throughout the year.

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9/8 Community Notebook

*Workshop for land owners is Saturday*Bible-based health program available*M-I Rotary lines up luncheon speakers*DHS Class of 1960 sets reunion event*Monthly coffee club meeting is Sept. 10*New York musician will perform locally*Annual fall plant sale this weekend*'Bark in the Park' event set Saturday*Reunion scheduled for plant employees*Country folk dance resumes Saturday*Salem Singers set to appear in Dallas*Equestrian group will meet Monday

September 7, 2010 3:02 p.m. read more..


9/8 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

September 7, 2010 3:02 p.m. read more..


Historic mural dedicated today

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will hold a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 8) for its recently completed historical mural.

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9/8 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.

September 7, 2010 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

WV Hospital Foundation raises $33K

DALLAS -- The West Valley Hospital Foundation's 11th-annual Moonlight and Vines Gala, held Friday, Aug. 20, at BeckenRidge Vineyard in Dallas, raised a record $33,500.

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Community in shock, disbelief

DALLAS -- For those who knew Scott and Marilyn Jondle, learning of their horrific deaths can only be described as shocking -- and even more so because they were allegedly at the hands of their youngest son, Andrew.

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9/8 OBITUARIES

*Larry C. Fresh*Barbara Jean Simmons*Linda Faye Hesselgrave*Kraig Arthur Gately*Virginia J. Atkins*William Shawn Woodrum*David 'Scott' Jondle & Marilyn Jondle

September 7, 2010 3:02 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, September 1