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2/23 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

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Home and Garden Show set

RICKREALL -- The fourth annual Polk County Home and Garden Show will kick off its three-day home and gardening extravaganza Friday, Feb. 25, at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Taco Bell coming to Dallas

DALLAS -- You asked for it. Soon, you shall have it. A Taco Bell franchise is slated to open a restaurant in the Jasper Crossing development off of West Ellendale Avenue in Dallas this year.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


School Notes / Academic Honors

*Event will benefit Henry Hill class*Central FFA fundraiser is Saturday*Santiam Christian sets open house*KVCS seeks donations for auction*Deadline for ACT test is March 4

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

Dallas High actor qualifies for state

DALLAS -- Three Dallas High School theater students were named finalists and one qualified for state competition during the Oregon Thespians' Northwest Regional Acting Competition on Feb. 5.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


2/23 Letters to the Editor

*Temporary levy not best answer*Bush, GOP put us in this fix*Will miscreant please step up?*Seniors in need of dental help*Cuts will lead to know-nothings

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Grammar gurus come to rescue of kids

INDEPENDENCE -- There are few things more groan-inducing for a student than drilling on proper grammar and writing conventions -- or the generally accepted standards of writing in English.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Stoops responds to her critics

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Organizers of a campaign to recall Central School District's board chairwoman are expected to file paperwork with Polk County elections officials sometime this week.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


2/23 Senior Calendar

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

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Local grad's heart still here

DALLAS -- When Brian Tormey was growing up in Dallas, his expectations were to attend college and come back to his hometown to start a career.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


2/23 Community Notebook

*Demonstration on pruning scheduled*AARP driver safety course scheduled*Monthly music jam slated forThursday*Medicinal herbs topic of meeting*Volunteers needed for book sorting*Saturday breakfast fundraiser on tap*Local writer plans book signing event*Chronic conditions class being offered*Space available for senior coast trip*Handbag, jewelry benefit scheduled

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

2/23 OBITUARIES

*Alice Beverly Edlefsen*James 'Jim' Joseph McClellan Jr.*Christina Michelle Speten*Lawrence E. Garrett*'Mony' Monard A. Nimmo*James Robert Northcutt*Mary Stanton*Oscar Eldon Frederic

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Grammar -- Tips from the experts

Language arts teachers at Central High School pored over research by writing experts and considered their own observations in the classroom to come up with the most common writing errors.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


2/23 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Get a baby sitter, bring your sweetheart, join your friends and enjoy an evening out at Izzy's Buffet in Corvallis with the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church folks.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


2/23 Business Notebook

*Dallas electrical contractor opens*Monmouth duo now limited partners*Small business loan help available

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


WOU stages French classic

MONMOUTH -- The French novella "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" -- or "Dangerous Liaisons" -- depicts the depravity of a pair of aristocrats as they attempt to manipulate two unknowing and virtuous young women.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

CSD leader finalist for position

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District's superintendent may take a job with the St. Helens School District before the end of the month.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


PCL honors employees

MONMOUTH -- Partnerships in Community Living Inc. held its annual Team Member Appreciation Banquet on Feb. 11 to recognize the past years' achievements and hard work by its 600 employees.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

2/23 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

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


2/23 Correction

The photograph that accompanied the story headlined "City seeks help finding utility," which appeared on Page 8A of the Feb. 16 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, was incorrect and did not picture the Valsetz Heights development in Falls City. The I-O regrets the error.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

Schmitke: A call to duty

DALLAS -- As a rookie firefighter, one of Clete Schmitke's first calls was a car wreck where victims were trapped in a vehicle. Not being certified for that type of emergency, Schmitke couldn't help his fellow firefighters much -- a situation that didn't suit him well.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Ham and Eggs Go Green

INDEPENDENCE -- The Asiago cheese and spinach scramble on the breakfast menu at Andy's Cafe is a point of pride for owner Andy Scott.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Strategy changes for TTM property

DALLAS -- The owners of the former TTM Technologies plant on Monmouth Cutoff Road in Dallas have altered the strategy to restoring activity to the long-vacant building.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


2/23 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.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
  

Business learning series set to debut

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University is partnering with the chambers of commerce in Dallas and Monmouth-Independence to offer a free quarterly business learning series.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

Monmouth lab moves to Medical Center site

MONMOUTH -- The West Valley Hospital laboratory in Monmouth, located at the Northwest Human Services Total Health Community Clinic, is moving to the Monmouth Medical Center on Tuesday, March 1.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
  

2/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Those of us fortunate enough to attend Central High School's recent production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" owe a debt of gratitude to the creative genius of English teacher Rachel Duncan, and her cast and crew.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
  

Polk agencies eye shared center

POLK COUNTY -- Five Polk County agencies are exploring the feasibility of a move into one building, called the Polk County Service Center.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..


Bill would aid tribal land additions

GRAND RONDE -- U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced a bill in both the U.S House of Representatives and U.S. Senate last week that will make it easier to incorporate tribal-owned land into the Grand Ronde Reservation.

February 22, 2011 3:13 p.m. read more..
 

Across-the-board revenue outlook remains dismal

POLK COUNTY -- The good news from the state's recent first-quarter revenue forecast was that schools and state agencies shouldn't have to cut current budgets before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

February 22, 2011 2:57 p.m. read more..


Arctic speaker will appear at Western

MONMOUTH -- Larry Merculieff, a native of the Aleutian Islands of Western Alaska, will speak at Western Oregon University today (Wednesday, Feb. 23) and Thursday, Feb. 24.

February 22, 2011 2:57 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 17



BREAKING NEWS: Central superintendent finalist for St. Helens post

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District's superintendent may take a job with the St. Helens School District before the end of the month. Joseph Hunter was one of two finalists announced earlier this week for a superintendent's position in the Columbia County district.

February 17, 2011 3:26 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 16

        

Scoreboard

Standings, results, bowling & golf scores, briefs

February 16, 2011 9:08 a.m. read more..
   

Tuesday, February 15



2/16 OBITUARIES

*Milton V. Sample*David L. Brown*Claude M. Stevens*Bernard C. Schoepflin*Martin 'Marty' Douglas Parsons*Jaunita Vivian Rose*Nikolay P. Ryabokon*Mark Edward Vinter*Wm. Frank Dailey

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


2/16 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In the midst of our dark and rainy midwinter, it was a ray of sunshine to read of the Monmouth Arts and Culture Commission's ideas for establishment of a community arts center.

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


2/16 Letters to the Editor

*School option levy worthy of pursuit*Personal reasons behind resignation*Community steps up for food bank*Boosters appreciate touching donation*Don't undervalue cost of education*Schools worthy of our support*Community shows its caring ways*Memorial is proof our schools work*We can help fix broken system*Let people decide change to charter

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..
 

2/16 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

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


2/16 News in Brief

*Oil spill control workshop set today*Luckiamute bird lecture scheduled*Highway 22W crash investigated*Local organizations receive grants

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


School exclusion begins for those missing shots

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Immunization Program notes that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting today (Wednesday, Feb. 16) if their records on file show missing immunizations.

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..
  

2/16 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Alan and Sue Garten went to Las Vegas for a week for Sue's Jan. 26 birthday. While there, they went to a Cher show, which was exceptionally good and one of Cher's last shows. On Sue's birthday they went for a helicopter ride at night and saw all of a brilliantly lit Las Vegas. Alan's brother, Jerry Plank, and his wife, Sonya, joined them for part of the visit.

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


Shakespeare returns to CHS

INDEPENDENCE -- The use of the word "medicinable" in a line of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" caused a recent rehearsal of the play at Central High School to come to a halt.

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2/16 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

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..
  

2/16 Community Notebook

*Reception will kick off gallery exhibit*Stew and biscuits served up Feb. 17*Native plant sale set this weekend*4-H reptile club forming in county*Readings of poetry highlight gathering*Sunday planting project needs help*SAS sets upcoming Baskett Slough trip*WOU offering one last snow bus trip*Ladies Auxiliary seeking members*Demonstration on pruning scheduled*Medicinal herbs topic of meeting

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


Center Stage

DALLAS -- Every performer, artist, or writer has to make the leap -- the decision to take the stage or submit a piece for publication for the first time. A small student-run club is providing those opportunities for students -- and staff -- at Dallas High School.

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


County timber funds in Obama's budget

POLK COUNTY -- An extension of the federal timber payments program for rural counties -- including Polk County -- was included in President Barack Obama's $3.7 trillion budget for 2012.

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


2/16 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Event will benefit Dallas band trip*Central FFA sets annual fundraiser*Perrydale grad receives recognition*Local duo qualify for PU dean's list*Independence woman gains honor*Five from Polk make grade at EOU

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..


2/16 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.

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..
  

City seeks help finding utility

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Council approved hiring a surveyor to locate the city's water lines in the long-stalled Valsetz Heights residential development.

February 15, 2011 2:22 p.m. read more..
   

Wednesday, February 9



2/9 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.

February 9, 2011 10:37 a.m. read more..
        

Scoreboard

Standings, results, bowling leaders, WOU recruits and even the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot.

February 9, 2011 8:40 a.m. read more..
       

Tuesday, February 8

  

2/9 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Signs of springtime are beginning to appear everywhere, with crocus and daffodils awakening to our on-again, off-again sunshine, combined with our more than just occasional rainy days.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


Community mourns loss of wrestler

DALLAS -- Charley Engelfried, a heavyweight wrestler and starting center on the Dallas High football team, could have been considered intimidating.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..
   

2/9 News in Brief

*Fair Board plans annual meeting*Oregon Farm Bureau honors Steele*Grand Ronde Express bus a winner*Wells Fargo funds finance classes*Local lab has new HIV diagnostic

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..
    

Show Time!

MONMOUTH -- Afghan hounds are described as having a regal appearance and a temperament that borders on haughty. To be certain, Mister looks like he might fit that bill.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


WOU officials eye future with 10-year master plan

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University is a different place than it was a decade ago. The school's demographic has changed. So has the breadth of its academic offerings. It's certainly more crowded, with a student body 30 percent larger than in 2000.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


CHS senior tapped for honor

INDEPENDENCE -- Victor Perez's father moved his family from Hidalgo, Mexico, to Oregon six years ago so Victor and his siblings could receive a better education and opportunities to flourish.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


2/9 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

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


2/9 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

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


2/9 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee and Kings Valley area residents are concerned about a noticeable increase in the number of prisoner transport vehicles stopping at Ritner Creek Bridge on Kings Valley Highway (Highway 223) recently.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


Disoriented woman is found dead

BUENA VISTA -- A 78-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Salem was found dead in a gravel pit near the Buena Vista Ferry on Thursday, Feb. 3, officials said.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..
  

Group seeks removal of CSD boss

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A contingent of local residents embarked on a campaign last fall to convince the Central School Board to remove Joseph Hunter as superintendent.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


2/9 Letters to the Editor

*Seniors penalized by our government*Schools receive too much money*Dallas councilor explains position*Writer distorts budgetary facts

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


Board gets feedback on budget

DALLAS -- Facing yet another gaping budget shortfall for the 2011-12 school year, the Dallas School District asked citizens Monday night for input on placing a local option levy before voters.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


2/9 Community Notebook

*Gentle House needs garden volunteers*Violinist to perform in Dallas on Friday*Arc of Polk plans Valentine's dance*Trash, treasures available at sale*Pruning seminar slated on Saturday*Norwegian culture group sets meeting*Country folk dance returns to center*Stone soup event Sunday at grange*Local Boy Scouts want cans, bottles*Dutch Bros. seeks donations of food*Valentine's Day fundraiser on tap*Bunco, poker night will benefit 'Relay'*Hop and Heritage committee to meet*Author will discuss book during event

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


Couple reunited with wedding book

DALLAS -- Nearly 41 years ago, a happy couple was married in Springfield. Their wedding guests signed a book, a treasured keepsake for the newlyweds to remember their big day.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


2/9 OBITUARIES

*Charles 'Charley' Engelfried*Bruce James James Runge*Gladys Ella Bucklin*Maxine Ellen Blaumer*Allen D. Epp*Francien Mae Bewley*Claude M. Stevens

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..
 

Indictee in West Salem killing pleads not guilty

POLK COUNTY -- A man charged in a fatal slashing at a West Salem bar late last month has pleaded not guilty. Brent W. Phillips, 32, of Salem was arraigned on an indictment Monday. Feb. 7, in Polk County Circuit Court.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


He responds to crises -- near and far

DALLAS -- Clayton McBeth, owner of CND Furnace Service & Repair in Dallas, often has customers in crisis calling him to have their heating and cooling systems fixed.

February 8, 2011 3:34 p.m. read more..


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Tuesday, February 1

 

Local man charged in shooting

DALLAS -- A Monmouth man was arraigned in Polk County Circuit Court Thursday, Jan. 27, on charges connected to a shooting in mid-January.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..
   

2/2 Letters to the Editor

*Senators should back 'Fair Tax' bill*City employee's talk appreciated*Illegal aliens are just that -- illegal*Central needs audit of bond expenses*Community needs district bond audit*Polk County won't resolve nuisances*New Dallas market is a great addition*Warning: You get what you pay for*Performance audit need is obvious*End speculation, do an audit now

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


2/2 OBITUARIES

*Gerald 'Jerry' Alan Murphy*Thelma Ruth Rickard*Mamie Marie Rumpca*George L. Stender*Ruth Irene Wright*David L. Brown*Karen Lynn Lalack*Emma Louise Koehler*Ella 'Lyn' Emelyn Rhodes

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


Grant will aid food share's programs

SALEM -- Marion-Polk Food Share will receive $189,000 in grant funds to help purchase a new refrigerated truck and to support a food resource coordinator charged with increasing food donations to the regional food bank.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


Indy Station's woes mount

INDEPENDENCE -- An architectural firm, citing a breach of contract, has been added as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the developer of Independence Station.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..
 

2/2 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

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


2/2 Community Notebook

*Pentacle fundraiser will aid VORP/CMS*Chinese New Year celebration on tap*See a showing of 'The Horse Boy'*Monthly breakfast Saturday at center*Grange schedules two-day flea market*Community food drive set Saturday*Diabetes is subject of four-week class*Hospital volunteers selling See's Candy*Writing group will meet this Monday*WOU offering snow trip to Timberline*Beekeeping school taking registration

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


2/2 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

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


Area's power lost as truck hits pole

POLK COUNTY -- An early morning crash involving a truck on Saturday, Jan. 29, north of Independence knocked out power to nearly every residence and business in Independence and Dallas, officials said.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..
  

2/2 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.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..
 

Falls City responds to '20/20'

FALLS CITY -- The story of an 18-year-old named Rebekah, part of a Jan. 28 episode of ABC's "20/20" profiling homeless teenagers, has spurred students and residents in Falls City into action.

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Alternative Antidote

MONMOUTH -- Acupuncture has been helpful in relieving Erin Hesby's asthma and allergies. But the main reason for fitting a session into her weekly schedule is to ensure an element of calm and balance to her life, she said.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


2/2 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

For those of us in MI Town who aren't very fond of Old Man Winter, turning the calendar page to February brings us that much closer to the arrival of springtime. Seed catalogs and all things gardening are seeking our attention, and we can hardly wait for the daffodils and tulips to brighten our yards -- and our lives.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


Board member faces recall

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A campaign is under way to recall the chairwoman of Central School District's board of directors.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..
  

2/2 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Jazz dinner, dance on tap Saturday*Budget cuts, levy topic of meeting*Music program for kids continues*After-school art program to resume*ICAN youth science program offered*KVCS class selling chocolate truffles*West Salem student up for award*Dallas woman garners OBU honor*Local qualifies for Colby dean's list

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


Hopes rise for public access TV

MONMOUTH -- As city projects and programs go, the public access channel serving Monmouth and Independence has had a hard time getting off the ground.

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Extension to host small farms conference

CORVALLIS -- The Oregon State University Extension Service has opened registration for its 11th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus in Corvallis.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


CSD: Surplus land decision due soon

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District owns several properties inside and out of Monmouth and Independence that aren't being utilized, some since the early 2000s.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..


Woodland group schedules tour

WEST SALEM -- The Women Owning Woodland Network (WOWnet) will offer a free tour on a member's forest property to explore "Different Management Techniques for Different Sites" on Saturday, Feb. 12.

February 1, 2011 2:09 p.m. read more..