Stories for January 2011

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Thursday, January 27

 

Wednesday, January 26



1/26 OBITUARIES

*Ernest Henry Vanderzanden*Laiilaniee M Graham*Connor Gylan Swing*Melody Dianne Roman*Lou Winfield Lefever*Willis A. Aschoff*James 'Jim' Warren Bethell Jr.*Johnie L. Cox

January 26, 2011 11:20 a.m. read more..
 

OPB to feature Dallas opera singer

DALLAS -- Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Oregon Art Beat" will feature a profile of renowned soprano and Dallas native Rebecca Fromherz on Thursday, Jan. 27.

January 26, 2011 10:25 a.m. read more..


Senator hears locals' concerns

INDEPENDENCE -- If Oregon is going to dig its way out of its economic downturn, it is going to need to invest time and effort into industries such as wood products, biomass, green energy and technologies in order to drive down the unemployment rate, according to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.

January 26, 2011 10:25 a.m. read more..


'The Odd Couple' to open at Pentacle

WEST SALEM -- A comic cure for the common winter doldrums is coming Friday, Jan. 28, when Pentacle Theatre begins its 2011 season with Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple."

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1/26 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Another birthday has come and gone, and once you pass the three score mark -- and then some -- there's a realization that more years have been lived than are in the future.

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City moves into its new digs

INDEPENDENCE -- One of the things Karin Johnson most looked forward to working in the new Independence Civic Center was the luxury of windows.

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1/26 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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City leaders feted for accomplishments

DALLAS -- Another year has come to a close and it was not an easy one for Dallas. A lingering economic slump impacted every part of the city in 2010, from city government to schools to businesses.

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District outlines possible cuts

DALLAS -- Dallas School District Board members and a room full of district staff got a first look Monday night at what 2011-12 budget cuts may look like in each Dallas school.

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1/26 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dallas Education Fund, Ugo's plan pizza benefit on Tuesday*Central School district seeks budget committee members*Applications taken for budget committee spots in Perrydale*Local duo earns recognition for work at Washington State

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1/26 Business Notebook

*Business start-up seminar on tap*Loans available for MERIT clients*Financial adviser arrives in Dallas*New owners for Monmouth Curves

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Loader topples, kills logger

POLK COUNTY -- An Albany man was killed when the heavy equipment he was operating fell into Mill Creek in rural Polk County.

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Economy puts the hurt on dairies

POLK COUNTY -- Dealing with depressed milk prices and rising fuel and feed costs during these past few years have made it hard for dairymen to stay optimistic about the state of their industry.

January 26, 2011 10:25 a.m. read more..


Arts center seeks helping hand

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Art Center's successful start has slowed in recent months, putting it in danger of having to consider closing its doors.

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1/26 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

January 26, 2011 10:25 a.m. read more..


Dallas honors its best

DALLAS -- When it comes to Dallas' newly named 2010 First Citizen, Warren Lamb, the question isn't what has he done, but rather what hasn't he done in his lifetime of service to his community.

January 26, 2011 10:25 a.m. read more..


It's math with a learning twist

PERRYDALE -- The new pre-engineering class at Perrydale High School has accomplished an impressive feat: making math fun for an entire group.

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Food with a Southwest flair

MONMOUTH -- Tom Fernandez has lived in Oregon for the past 15 years. But he's never been able to shed his affinity for the homestyle cooking he grew up with in the Southwest.

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1/26 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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1/26 Letters to the Editor

*District doesn't need my money*Fundraiser helps youth wrestling*LaCreole students give of themselves*Good samaritan's deed appreciated*Business steps up for class fundraiser

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1/26 Community Notebook

*Open house today at Arctic museum*Monthly music jam slated for Jan. 27*F.C. garden club to meet Thursday*'Women's Day Out' will benefit Relay*Central Lions offer See's Candy sales*Pentacle fundraiser will aid VORP/CMS*Local organization selling raffle tickets*'Educating Rita' auditions on tap

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Relay For Life kickoff is Saturday

DALLAS -- A kickoff rally for the 2011 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County is set for Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Dallas Civic Center.

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1/26 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Last week Aria Lee, 7-year-old daughter of Mitch and Amber Lee, completed her chores early -- a newsworthy event in itself -- so she went outside and asked God to send her a special treasure.

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Thursday, January 20



Wednesday, January 19

               

Tuesday, January 18



Water receding after rain, floods

POLK COUNTY -- Much of Northwest Oregon was caught in a deluge of heavy rain last weekend. Parts of Polk County in recent days reflected as much.

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Tree project means delays on Hwy. 18

GRAND RONDE -- The Oregon Department of Transportation, working under an agreement with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will fall dead and dying trees that pose a threat to traffic along a 12-mile section of Highway 18 in the Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor between Grand Ronde and the Oregon Coast.

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


City will honor community leaders Friday

DALLAS -- The 54th Dallas Community Awards ceremony Friday, Jan. 21, will honor those community members and businesses that have worked to make Dallas a better place in 2010.

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


1/19 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The roads were slippery in Pedee on Sunday, Jan. 9, but that didn't deter almost 50 people from attending Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church to hear Tim Barnhart's message on "Simple Encounters."

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1/19 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.

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..
 

County to consider road changes

POLK COUNTY -- The county will hold the first of what could be several public hearings on proposals to stop maintaining low-use county roads early in February.

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


Body that of missing man

DALLAS -- Polk County Sheriff's officials have confirmed the identity of the body found Sept. 16 near the park-and-ride at the intersection of Highways 22 and 223 (Kings Valley Highway).

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


1/19 Letters to the Editor

*Perrydale School steps up to help*Dallas hoops says thank you for trip*Communities made project a success*Heads-up warning could stop tragedy*Team appreciates anonymous gift*Your generosity makes a difference*New city councilor a man of principle*NFIB off base on health care issue*Councils' 'oath of office' questioned*Wrestling tourney thanks volunteers*Lots of issues surround proposal*Fans ready for college playoff

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


Identity theft is charged

MONMOUTH -- A local woman will be arraigned in circuit court next week for allegedly stealing and using credit card information from a foreign exchange student she had hosted.

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


4-H boss is busy as a bee

DALLAS -- Polk County OSU Extension's new 4-H agent, Susan Busler, is still unpacking boxes from her recent move to Dallas.

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


1/19 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

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


1/19 OBITUARIES

*Donald Joseph Weiss*Hilda Breitenstein*Gerald A. Murphy*William 'Bill' Joseph Wilken*Shirley Falconer*Evelyn Bessie Lind Lloyd

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


1/19 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Auction items, sponsors needed*WOU will host campus preview day*Central board schedules meeting*District seeks committee members*Dallas duo graduate from Linfield*Dallas man qualifies for dean's list

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..
 

Jan. 26 session to share business start-up details

INDEPENDENCE -- People who are considering self-employment may gain insight on how to get their business up and running during a free information session hosted by MERIT (MicroEnterprise Resources, Initiatives & Training).

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


1/19 Business Notebook

*OSU Federal names local manager*Insurance agency moves downtown*New restaurant opens in Monmouth*Sign-up for crop disaster program

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Dallas Super Market opens

DALLAS -- Downtown's Dallas Super Market officially opened its doors to customers the morning of Saturday, Jan. 15.

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1/19 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

All of us can easily gain access to whatever is going on in the world 24 hours a day. Whether our news sources are via newspapers, the Internet, cable television or radio, or various cell phone applications, we're definitely close to the action. We don't have to wait for "film at 11" to get the news anymore.

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FC billing issue investigation looms

FALLS CITY -- Falls City officials are awaiting a final determination of what agency or agencies will take part in an investigation into suspected discrepancies in its utility billing system.

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1/19 News in Brief

*Grant will pay for park equipment*Discussion on natural area on tap*Wyden schedules local town hall*Dallas neighborhood group to meet*Event to mark drug court graduation

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1/19 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners seeking donations*Hospital volunteers selling See's Candy*Spaghetti dinner will benefit fund*Weight-loss group to host open house*Driver safety class planned Saturday*Scuba introduction class is scheduled*Gospel concert set for Sunday evening*Senior center sets dinner fundraiser*Workshop offered on end of life care*Open house on tap at Arctic museum*Bus trip to Hoodoo offered by Western*Topic of meeting is invasive plants*Theater schedules auditions for play

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..
    

They're sisters in business

MONMOUTH -- Going through trials and tribulations is always easiest when you're supported by others who have experienced the same thing.

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1/19 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

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..
 

Quarry to Cuisine

INDEPENDENCE -- Adrian Burling ended his 40-year career mining for iron ore, nickel and other precious metals in Australia's arid and unforgiving Northwestern region last May.

January 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. read more..


Rewarding good writing

INDEPENDENCE -- The excited footrace through the hallway en route to lunch or recess is a sometimes unavoidable phenomenon at Independence Elementary School.

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Wednesday, January 12

             

Scoreboard

Standings, results, bowling and the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot

January 12, 2011 8:36 a.m. read more..


Tuesday, January 11



Locals enjoy time on big stage

POLK COUNTY -- LaCreole Middle School sixth-grader Sheridan Rutland took the stage in a dream role during Pentacle Theatre's three-show run of "The Sound of Music" last weekend.

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1/12 News in Brief

*Ivy removal project set for Saturday*Dallas parks now open dawn to dusk*West Salem streets get new signals*Luckiamute habitat to be discussed*County CRB seeking new members

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..


Man sentenced in fatal accident

DALLAS -- Brock Britt, the Salem man charged with multiple crimes, including manslaughter, in a car accident that killed a Dallas woman last June will serve more than 10 years in prison.

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LMS seventh-grader tops geography bee

DALLAS -- When the dust settled at the end of LaCreole Middle School's annual National Geographic Society Bee on Jan. 6, it was seventh-grader Lindsay Golly who emerged the champion.

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Central Board ponders audit of bond

INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District leaders are divided over the need to audit spending on the nearly $50 million Central High reconstruction project.

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History absorbs Dallas grad

DALLAS -- Dallas High School graduate Allen Fromherz -- or A.J. Fromherz, as he was known in Dallas -- found inspiration for years worth of study in a professor's reading suggestion.

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..


District: To levy, or not to levy?

DALLAS -- State and local budgets for 2011-12 are far from complete, but Dallas School District officials know that more, possibly drastic, cuts are in store.

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..
 

1/12 Community Notebook

*Vendor space still available for show*Music session set at senior center*Arc of Polk dances resume this Friday*Historical Society sets annual event*Dallas VFW Post reaches milestone*Library gearing up fr reading activity*Volunteers needed for 4-H activities

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Flamenco guitarist to perform at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Experience the passion and fire of Flamenco guitar as Western Oregon University hosts internationally renowned Adam del Monte for a performance Tuesday, Jan. 18.

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1/12 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.

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..
 

1/12 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

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..


1/12 School Notes

*Recycling program can help out MES*KVCS planning kids sleep-over Jan. 14*Burgerville hosting fundraiser for MES

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1/12 Letters to the Editor

*Community makes 'Cheer' a success*Local 'Hair Harvest' makes a difference*Coat drive already helping the needy*FBS bowl system working just fine*Family touched by community support*New city councilor isn't above the law*Forced flouridation of water bad idea*Donation will aid all Dallas schools*Wrestlers thankful for monetary help

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..
 

Monmouth SDCs could soon soar

MONMOUTH -- A proposal to hike development costs in Monmouth -- significantly, at that -- will come to a vote in the coming months.

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..


Future by Design

MONMOUTH -- Kent Tolzmann dropped by Frozen Flag one morning last week to unpack inventory and work on T-shirt designs for an upcoming order.

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1/12 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

January 11, 2011 2:29 p.m. read more..
 

1/12 OBITUARIES

*Norma Jean Niggli*Donald F. Johnson*Evelyn Bessie Lind Lloyd* Virginia Densmore 'Gigi' Starbuck

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M-I YMCA hosting '1 million steps' event

INDEPENDENCE -- Vowing to get fit is synonymous with the beginning of every new year. The Family YMCAs of Marion and Polk counties are trying to get people started on that track with its "1 million steps" event the morning of Friday, Jan. 21.

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Wednesday, January 5

          

Tuesday, January 4

  

1/5 School Notes

*Orchestra names contest finalists*Deadline for next ACT test is Jan. 7*After-school youth programs to begin

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1/5 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.

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1/5 News in Brief

*PSWCD seeks committee members*Volunteers needed to process books*Polk Republicans to meet Monday*Mayors to give 'state of the cities'*Local food, shelter funds available

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This day is strictly for the birds

POLK COUNTY -- It wasn't the best day for bird watching on Tuesday, Dec. 28, but about 20 volunteers scoured Polk County for creatures of the feathered variety anyway.

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1/5 Community Notebook

*Reception will kick off gallery exhibit*Concert to benefit center building fund*Country folk dance set this Saturday*Workshop focuses on healthy habits*Reading promotion scheduled Tuesday*Exercise program for seniors offered*Donations being taken for Marines*Holiday party aids humane society*Community center available for rent*Meals for seniors available in area

January 4, 2011 1:58 p.m. read more..


Woods will fill vacancy

DALLAS -- Newly elected Dallas city councilors took two different oaths of office at the city council meeting Monday night.

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Dance, Dance, Dance!

DALLAS -- The heyday for the dances performed at Guthrie Park Community Center's monthly Country Folk Dance may have already passed, but try telling that to the people on the well-worn dance floor on the second Saturday of each month.

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1/5 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

January 4, 2011 1:58 p.m. read more..


Duck Fever

POLK COUNTY -- The Rev. Mike Johnston was online and booking travel plans to Glendale, Ariz., the moment his beloved University of Oregon won a berth to the Jan. 10 college football national championship game.

January 4, 2011 1:58 p.m. read more..


Building surplus will be put to use

INDEPENDENCE -- A new skylight system, a re-roofing of the business office and more security cameras at Central High School are projects that will result from what's left of the 2008 reconstruction bond.

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LUBA gets Valley Concrete case

POLK COUNTY -- Land-use decisions by Polk County last summer that would allow Valley Concrete and Gravel Co. to relocate to farmland off Highway 51 were erroneous and should be reversed.

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Court date set for shooting suspect

DALLAS -- The Dallas man who turned himself into police following a shooting incident that took place on Wednesday, Dec. 29, in Dallas will appear in court on Thursday, Jan. 6.

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Goodwill officials praise Dallas giving

DALLAS -- Goodwill in Dallas has seen a steady stream of cars lining up at its Orchard Drive donation center in the last few weeks, contributing to another record year for the store.

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Car theft suspect jailed

SALEM -- An Independence man was arrested last week by Salem Police in connection with a slew of area car thefts.

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1/5 Pedee New: Arlene Kovash

Friends, relatives, former Sunday school students and even a classmate came to say goodbye to Nola Womer Dec. 28 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

January 4, 2011 1:58 p.m. read more..


1/5 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

January 4, 2011 1:58 p.m. read more..


1/5 OBITUARIES

*Harry 'Paul' Ganley Sr.*Margaret Arlene Wells Boatwright*Randy Brian Johnson*Lola 'Fran' Lane*Carl H. Thomas*Zella May Hamm Carter*Denise Lee Jones*Brock Russell Lewis Krueger*Shane Michael Russell*Esther Amelia Spicer

January 4, 2011 1:58 p.m. read more..


Monday, January 3