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Wednesday, July 27

      

Tuesday, July 26

 

7/27 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Festival will benefit charter school*Camp for LaCreole newcomers set*Monmouth resident earns degree*EMU honors Polk nursing students*Villanova recognizes Rickreall man*Local qualifies for UNC dean's list*W. Salem student makes the grade

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7/27 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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New Central board ready to start work

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Central School Board of Directors swore in three new members earlier this month -- including an ironic successor for recalled official Susan Meikle Stoops.

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7/27 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This time of year, we're usually grateful for occasional cool evenings and the opportunity to open windows and enjoy a southwesterly breeze after a hot summer day. Even those of us who aren't into tanning and sun worshiping could use some blue skies and more seasonal, summertime warmth this year.

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New owners offer new menu

DALLAS -- Chinese restaurant Diamonds Garden is under new management and is holding a month-long grand opening, which started on Wednesday, July 20.

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Free medical clinic now open in Dallas

DALLAS -- Polk Community Free Clinic opened its doors to patients for the first time on Saturday, July 23, but was looking for more volunteers before seeing its first patients.

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A comedy you can relate to

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University theater department has traditionally focused on humor or musicals when planning its annual summertime production.

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7/27 Community Notebook

*Annual book sale slated July 29-30*Seniors offer food, spot to 'chill out'*DHS Class of '68 schedules reunion*Airlie, Lewisville residents to meet*Youth fire, police academy Aug. 1-5*'America 2012' subject of talks*Church schedules August movie series*Dallas Old-Timers set annual reunion

July 26, 2011 2:18 p.m. read more..


Buena Vista Ferry issues

BUENA VISTA -- The new Buena Vista Ferry will be out of commission for the next week to 10 days to repair a broken electrical cable and for dredging work, officials said.

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Western awaits decision

MONMOUTH -- The state may announce its recommendation for an interim president for Western Oregon University as early as Friday, July 29.

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7/27 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

July 26, 2011 2:18 p.m. read more..


National Night Out activities set

POLK COUNTY -- Local residents will be able to make a statement against crime and have fun doing so in several neighborhoods throughout Polk County as part of National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

July 26, 2011 2:18 p.m. read more..


7/27 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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Dallas set for Summerfest party

DALLAS -- This weekend Dallas will be "Under the Sea" as Summerfest washes over the city for four days filled with fun and sea creatures.

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7/27 News in Brief

*'Living History' meeting is today*Two join Polk Fair Foundation Board*Wellness Center plans open house*Man completes journey for charity*Diabetics sought for OSU foot study

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7/27 OBITUARIES

*Carole Ann Haskell*JoAnne Wiebe*Lula Izetta Chambers Lemmon*Wanda Loiselle*Mildred 'Millie' Lena Robinette*Vernon L. Schroeder

July 26, 2011 2:18 p.m. read more..


Markers receive TLC from youths

MONMOUTH -- Normally, visits to Fir Crest Cemetery for Emily Kenyon are limited to once or twice a year; that's where her grandparents and great-grandparents are buried.

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Wednesday, July 20



7/20 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.

July 20, 2011 1:51 p.m. read more..


Campground users will bike in, boat in

INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence City Council on Tuesday, July 12, approved a plan to establish a permanent campground at the north end of Riverview Park near the Willamette River.

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Tuesday, July 19



7/20 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Mitch and Amber Lee left on Tuesday, June 21, to go to Woodland Park, Colo., at the base of Pikes Peak, for a worship conference. They spent three days there, staying with old friends.

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This show must go on

MONMOUTH -- It isn't often you can find an elementary school student who can boast a role in a William Shakespeare play -- unless you were like Rob Harriman and grew up in Monmouth during the 1970s.

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7/20 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

July 19, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..


Teens struggle to find jobs

POLK COUNTY -- Summer is usually a boon for teenagers looking to earn extra cash. But during the past few years, many teens have been left with extra time instead.

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WOU boss stepping down

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University President John Minahan has announced his intention to step down from his position before the start of fall term in September.

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7/20 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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Vino and a View

POLK COUNTY -- Rough trails carved out of gentle hills covered in wild blackberry bushes and white oaks on Left Coast Cellar's 300-acre vineyard don't make for the easiest passage.

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Terriers are show-stoppers

POLK COUNTY -- About 100 years ago, chicken farmers in Australia bred terriers from the country with their more glamorous Yorkshire counterparts.

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7/20 OBITUARIES

*George 'Pat' Patrick Ryan*Harley Willard Branigar*Margaret Ellen Wright*David Peters*Basil Carr*Lloyd P. Sheldon*Carl Howard Gustafson*Ralph Russell*Victor Lee Baldwin*Paiten Rebekah Toliver

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Trio arrested in Monmouth burglaries

MONMOUTH -- Two Monmouth residents and a teenager from Independence have been arrested and charged with an assortment of crimes related to several burglaries in Monmouth in June and July.

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7/20 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Meyer to lead Dallas School Board*WESD elects 2011-12 board leaders*Firefighters announce scholarships*Polk students earn degrees at PU*West Salem trio honored at Gonzaga*Locals qualify for dean's list at EOU

July 19, 2011 3:53 p.m. read more..


I-O earns top state newspaper honor

GLENEDEN BEACH -- The Polk County Itemizer-Observer has received the Elmo Smith Award of General Excellence from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for the second consecutive year.

July 19, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..
    

County timber payments face uncertainty

POLK COUNTY -- An extension of the federal county timber payments may be included in the U.S. House of Representatives and President Obama's budgets, but the real work on the expiring program has just begun.

July 19, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..


7/20 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners will meet tonight*Driver safety class scheduled Saturday*FC 'Save the Falls' fundraiser July 23*WHS plans July 23 'Pooch's Play Day'*WOU set to stage 'Almost, Maine'*Donations accepted for Dallas book sale*Youth fire, police academy planned*Jump roping camp set for Aug. 8-12*DHS graduates set 50th-year reunion*Dallas Class of '56 planning gathering*CHS Class of '68 to meet Aug. 20

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7/20 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Leroy "Satchel" Paige was an incredible right-hander in the Negro League during the many years before Major League Baseball teams became integrated. His amazing skills were noticed by sports fans and writers when Paige began pitching for the Mobile (Ala.) Tigers in 1924.

July 19, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..


Magazine likes Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- These past few years have brought the city of Independence notice from groups such as the National Civic League for cooperation between local government and businesses.

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7/20 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

July 19, 2011 3:25 p.m. read more..
 

7/20 Business Notebook

*Hardware store under new guidance*Auto body shop has new ownership*M-I Chamber plans move in August*Tool company honors local resident*Polk FSA accepting nominations

July 19, 2011 3:17 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 14



Wednesday, July 13



7/13 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.

July 13, 2011 11:03 a.m. read more..
 

Scoreboard

Mini-Marathon results (lots of them!), local bowling and golf results

July 13, 2011 8:30 a.m. read more..
    

Tuesday, July 12



Dallas BMXers have a home

DALLAS -- Ford Howe pedaled his BMX bike up the side of a ridge in Dallas City Park near Levens Street to the beginning of a dirt jump trail.

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Woman dies in crash

WEST SALEM -- A 19-year-old Salem woman was killed in a head-on crash in rural northeast Polk County Monday night, July 11.

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


7/13 Public Agenda

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

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
  

7/13 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

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


Grad changes OK'd by board

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board on Monday, July 11, approved a policy lowering diploma requirements for graduating seniors starting with the class of 2012.

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


7/13 Letters to the Editor

*Dog ban from park upsets this visitor*Allied Waste's help appreciated by city*Keep an eye out for motorcyclists*Title IX accusation is without merit*Local search crews receive thank you*Lobbyists win at public's expense*Group is off base in sports complaint

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

New Polk readiness center under way

DALLAS -- Golden shovels used for a groundbreaking ceremony in October technically dug the first dirt at the future home of the Oregon Army National Guard's 162nd Engineer Company.

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7/13 Pouring no problem

MONMOUTH -- Ray Stratton said it doesn't seem that long ago that he was running around Monmouth with a clipboard, trying to gather signatures in an attempt to end the city's longtime ban against hard liquor.

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7/13 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.

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


7/13 Corrections

In a story headlined "Inaugural Extension Budget OK'd," which appeared on Page 7A of the July 6 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, the wrong amount for the tax rate charged on properties for Polk County Extension District was listed. It should have listed the rate as 7.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The I-O regrets the error.

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


7/13 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The flags and bunting and red, white and blue decorations have been carefully packed away for another year and we're knee deep in summer activities, as well as responsibilities of home and family.

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Countywide burn ban in affect through fall

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Forestry, Dallas Fire Department, SW Polk Rural Fire Protection District, Polk County Fire District No. 1, Amity Fire District and Sheridan Fire District have announced a countywide burn ban has gone into affect in Polk County.

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


Corrections posts 'most wanted' for July

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

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Fat Tire Fantasy

FALLS CITY -- Ed Reilly pedals his dual-suspension mountain bike down a narrow wooden trestle, a mounted helmet camera recording his ride for posterity's sake.

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Independence Event Center open

INDEPENDENCE -- Marie Trucco had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of tables and chairs for the new Independence Event Center last month in order to get her marketing materials finished.

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M-I Rotary lists parade winners

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club awarded the following prizes for outstanding floats in its annual Fourth of July Parade:

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7/13 OBITUARIES

*June Eva Stein*John W. Clark Jr.*June Lorraine Tomasheski*Carol Jean Rice*Margaret Ellen Wright*Leona A. Distel*Marcia Ann Eash*Marilena 'Mari' Dickerson*Clifford Harold Trube*Orville 'Mike' L. Michaelson*Irvin George Voth, M.D.*Harold Dean Mercier*George Anthony Hall*Kenneth Melvin Thelin

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

Video store bucks national trends

DALLAS -- American Family Video in Dallas did something Friday, July 8, that is becoming increasingly rare: It held a grand opening for its new location near Safeway.

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7/13 Community Notebook

*Pie-filling seminar offered in Dallas*Clothing exchange event set Saturday*Buena Vista block party slated July 16*Health screenings available Monday*PSWCD plans tour of county vineyard*Food drive begins Monday in region*Shoppers can help Special Olympics*IHS attendees set reunion gathering

July 12, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, July 6

      

Tuesday, July 5



7/6 Letters to the Editor

*Sign phrase sends wrong message*Athletes, boosters benefit from event*Baskett Slough losing its luster*Forest Capital LLC praised for reunion*Polk needs more public arts events*Shopping locally worth the effort*Sales tax could pay for education*Support lacking for U14 soccer*Extension program receives kudos*Businesses come to assist program

July 5, 2011 4:32 p.m. read more..
 

Buena Vista Ferry pauses for ceremony

BUENA VISTA -- A ceremony to officially dedicate the new Buena Vista Ferry on the Willamette River between Polk and Marion counties is planned for today (Wednesday, July 6) at 3 p.m.

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Dining in the garden

DALLAS -- Chef Tom Cifelli has been providing diners with dishes featuring European and Northwest flair at Latitude One in downtown Dallas since January 2010.

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7/6 OBITUARIES

*Kyle L. Hilllard*Franklin G. Allen*Eleanor F. Pritchard*Edwin G. Meadors*Douglas R. Anderson*Carol Jean Rice*Lucille Helen Holt

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7/6 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

July 5, 2011 2:37 p.m. read more..
 

County budget gets good news

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners adopted the county's 2011-12 budget Wednesday, June 29, with last-minute changes amounting to an increase of more than $1 million.

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Universities gain more autonomy

SALEM -- Oregon's public universities will have more autonomy when it comes to how they spend their money and manage operations beginning in January.

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7/6 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

July 5, 2011 2:37 p.m. read more..


Veterans' powwow slated for July 8-10

GRAND RONDE -- The newly-christened 2011 Marcellus Norwest Memorial Veterans' Powwow -- renamed in honor of U.S. Army veteran and Tribal Elder Marce Norwest, who died on May 22 -- will be held Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at the Uyxat Powwow Grounds, 9390 Highway 22, near Fort Yamhill State Park.

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New boat ramp also planned

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence has received almost $641,000 from the state to construct a new boat launch less than a mile downstream from Riverview Park.

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7/6 Academic Honors

*Polk students make OSU honor roll*Bednarek receives Gonzaga degree*George Fox honors several locals*Dallasite gets NAU dean's list nod*Rickreall man earns Pacific honor*WSHS grad recognized at Colby

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Out of the ashes

MONMOUTH -- Maggie Triplett said she wasn't angry or sad as she stood across the street from her Petals & Vines gift shop late on June 27.

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Ag's battle with weather rages on

POLK COUNTY -- A few hours into an overcast day at Wildman Farms outside of Dallas, and pickers already had filled five totes with sweet cherries bound for a commercial processor.

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7/6 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.

July 5, 2011 2:37 p.m. read more..
 

Dallas dishes out 'Sounds of Summer'

DALLAS -- Itching to hear some good music? No need to travel far or fork over money for tickets. Starting this Thursday, the music is free in downtown Dallas every week.

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Summer meal program touted

INDEPENDENCE -- Every weekday during the summer, 40 to 50 children who live in and around Colonia Amistad in Independence show up to enjoy a free meal through a summer meal program.

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Going Home

Ex-residents, family members allowed into former Valsetz town site for three-day community reunion

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Dallas florist again doing what she loves

DALLAS -- Linda Taylor, the owner of the newly opened Heartstrings Florist & Artisans in downtown Dallas, discovered her passion for arranging flowers in the 1970s almost by accident.

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7/6 Community Notebook

*Saddle club plans July 9 poker ride*Community garage sale set Saturday*Brunk House open house scheduled*Concrete casting workshop slated*'Afternoon of Jazz' on tap for Saturday*Food preservation topic of seminar*PSWCD plans tour of Wildman Farms*Mah-jongg played Mondays at Center*Dallas arboretum seeking volunteers*Monmouth artist's paintings displayed*DHS Class of 1966 schedules reunion

July 5, 2011 2:37 p.m. read more..


Town tradition takes over Main St.

FALLS CITY -- Mayor Amy Houghtaling cruising through town on the back of a motorcycle, a dachshund pulling a miniature chuck wagon, a pony dressed up to look like a poodle, and a rockin' party on the Falls City Alliance float ... what else could it be but Fourth of July, Falls City style?

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7/6 MI Town: Patty Taylor

How quickly do these wonderful summer days fly away. It seems like only a moment ago we were making plans for Memorial Day, and now Independence Day has come and gone.

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