Stories for June 2011

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Wednesday, June 29

      

Tuesday, June 28

  

6/29 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

How quickly these summer days fly by. The flowers are blooming all over MI Town and our backyard gardens are beginning to really put on a show, with the promise of fresh fruits and vegetables out there on the horizon. The birds seem to compete daily for an opportunity to find the very best of the strawberries and raspberries, but we manage to get just enough for shortcake or to add something special to a dish of vanilla ice cream.

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6/29 News in Brief

*Living history talks begin tonight*Sheriff's staffing cuts begin July 1*Dallas City Council cancels meeting*New license plate heads to governor

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M-I set for weekend of fun

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Most people hate Mondays. But maybe that doesn't apply when it happens to fall on celebrations spread over two towns that comprise one of the Willamette Valley's biggest Fourth of July events.

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DHS mulls lower grad requirements

DALLAS -- In a year of cuts to teachers, sports and school days, graduation requirements for next year's Dallas High School seniors also have fallen victim to reductions.

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Will education bills help?

POLK COUNTY -- Several changes are in store for K-12 schools and universities following a swath of education bills approved during the nearly-adjourned 2011 Oregon Legislature.

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6/29 OBITUARIES

*Henry Ralph Kaiser Jr.*Marvin J. McKee*Douglas R. Anderson*Verna B. Smith*Donald A. Renc*James Riley Porter Jr.*Kyle L. Hilliard

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BOC nonpartisan plan clears hurdle

POLK COUNTY -- An effort to place a measure on the November ballot to make Polk County Board of Commissioner seats nonpartisan has now gone to the streets.

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6/29 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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6/29 Community Notebook

*Emeritus Society names new officers*Ice cream social scheduled Friday*Weekend book sale set in Independence*Firefighters to host breakfast on Fourth*'Spiritual gifts' is July seminar topic*4-H entry forms for county fair due soon*Community garage sale set by CASA*Airlie Elementary reunion planned*Benefit car wash scheduled Saturday*Abundance of cats ready for adoption

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6/29 Letters to the Editor

*Nonpartisan BOC seats a good idea*Dallas restaurant impresses guests*Classified workers seek fair package*There's much more that we can prevent

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Deadlines for July 6 issue moved up

The upcoming Independence Day holiday has resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Wednesday, July 6, edition.

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6/29 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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Fungus Among Us

POLK COUNTY -- Janette Sinclair's rake had barely grazed the duff at the base of a tree at one of her favorite truffling spots when she spied what appeared like her first catch of the day.

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Dallasite earns Fulbright honor

DALLAS -- Sarah Taylor, a 2005 Dallas High School graduate, is about to embark on what she hopes is a life-changing experience this fall, courtesy of the Fulbright International Educational Exchange Program.

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School maintenance mania

DALLAS -- Summer construction season may not be as hectic as last year for the Dallas School District, but there still is plenty going on in local schools.

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6/29 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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Tuesday, June 21



Linen Warehouse is closing

INDEPENDENCE -- Jazming Prado grabbed a rotating jewelry display, cleared it of its items and walked it over to the register inside the Linen Warehouse to be rung up.

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6/22 Letters to the Editor

*Outgoing board member reflects*Auto body owner thanks community*City should rethink park smoking ban*Firefighters thank event supporters*Service top-notch at aquatic center

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6/22 School Notes / Academic Honors

*WOU set to host summer program*WESD seeking applicants for board*Locals earn degrees from Linfield*Monmouth man receives diploma*Dallas resident presented degree*Nursing degree bestowed on local*Perrydale grad honored at Harding*Dallas student earns recognition*West Salem grad garners award*Area residents finish work at LBCC*Warner Pacific recognizes Dallasite*WSHS student earns scholarships

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Arctic museum still weighing options

MONMOUTH -- Karen Olivio and Vicki Fields display a measure of excitement as they rummage through the boxes of a recent artifact donation to the Jensen Arctic Museum.

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6/22 Business Notebook

*USPS offers direct mail workshop*SEDCOR honors South Town Glass*Local Avon rep. earns recognition*Stuntzner names managing partner

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6/22 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.

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6/22 OBITUARIES

*Donald L. Sears*Delaine Ann Schweikert Ross*Eva Belle Seymour*Homer Clayton Stiffler*Patricia 'Pat' C. Smith*Carol Lee Nelson*Glenn R. Jones

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6/22 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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Students from area receive UO diplomas

EUGENE -- Residents of Polk County and nearby areas were among the 3,362 students who completed work toward 3,529 degrees during spring term 2011 at the University of Oregon.

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Treasure hunt

POLK COUNTY -- After just a few minutes of browsing inside Downtown Trends and Treasures, Alissa Mandel plucks a blouse and a green dress from the racks.

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This Place is for the Birds

DALLAS -- Chris Shank opens the doors to several aviary cages on her property near Dallas, amid the constant chatter from 13 cockatoos, to let out a group of her "fliers."

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Call center eyes expansion

DALLAS -- Todd Leeders, the co-owner of Dallas' Zumalogic, started his call center business in a one-bedroom home office in 2008.

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A summer of construction

MONMOUTH -- The students are gone from Western Oregon University for the summer, but that doesn't mean the campus is any quieter.

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6/22 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

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Polk 4-H's Lowrie honored

POLK COUNTY -- A former Polk County Extension 4-H agent will be inducted into the Oregon State University Extension 4-H Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 25.

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6/22 Community Notebook

*Heatwave concerts beginning at WOU*Agricultural tour series set to start*Hospice schedules community events*Vineyard to debut summer program*Alzheimer's benefit scheduled Friday*Saturday breakfast served at center*Open house on tap at Arctic museum*Car club to bring 'Cruz to Dallas'*Church schedules picnic and softball*Community picnic Sunday in Ballston*Habitat workshop slated for Sunday*Dallas Class of '76 planning a reunion

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Locals earn degrees from OSU

CORVALLIS -- Polk County was well represented as a record 4,619 students received degrees during Oregon State University's 142nd annual commencement on Saturday, June 11, at Reser stadium.

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Wednesday, June 15

       

Tuesday, June 14

   

Polk County 'Most Wanted' for June

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

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Calling it a career

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Cleaning out cubbies, celebrating summer birthdays and distributing books for vacation reading was more or less how Lois Schrenk spent June 8 with her first-grade students at Ash Creek Elementary School.

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6/15 News in Brief

*MINET open house scheduled today*Deadline nears for 4-H fair entries*Tribal officials knighted at festival

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6/15 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

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Police: Assault report false

MONMOUTH -- A Falls City woman was arrested on June 1 after making up a claim that she had been assaulted by two strangers, Monmouth police said.

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6/15 School Notes / Academic Honors

*All-school reunion set at Perrydale*Summer tours of WOU are available*Reading program for youths offered*Essay contest is accepting entries*Dallasite makes dean's list at UP

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BOC nonpartisan initiative is filed

POLK COUNTY -- Two former Polk County Board of Commissioner candidates, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, have submitted a ballot initiative to make county BOC positions nonpartisan starting in 2012.

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This Old Barn

INDEPENDENCE -- Standing under the web of heavy beams and cables that sustain the high-pitched roof of the Green Villa Barn, you might hear the sounds of history if you listen closely.

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Extension offers online assistance

POLK COUNTY -- Want to find out what bug is eating your tomato plants? Need to get your backyard soil tested? Interested in turning your homemade jam into a marketable product?

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Staffers, volunteers honored by lodge

INDEPENDENCE -- Lyon Lodge No. 29 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Independence honored several Central School District employees and volunteers during its annual strawberry shortcake dessert on Wednesday, June 8.

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Dalton authors faith message

MONMOUTH -- In 2005, television producer and scribe David Murrow had a book published with the to-the-point title "Why Men Hate Going to Church."

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6/15 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.

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Monmouth SDC hike put on hold

MONMOUTH -- City of Monmouth officials have temporarily shelved a plan to increase transportation system development charges (SDCs) for land and property developers.

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6/15 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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6/15 Corrections/Clarifications

A letter to the editor headlined "CHS's solar panels not doing a thing," which appeared on Page 4A of the June 1 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, suggested that the solar panels installed as part of Central High School's renovation project had not generated any electricity to date. According to Forrest Bell, interim superintendent of the Central School District, and Dave Wildman, electric superintendent at Monmouth Power and Light, the panels are generating electricity.

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6/15 OBITUARIES

*Betty Jeanne Crider-Sanders*Leon LeRoy Taylor*Gary D. Van Dusen*Sarah 'Beth' Elizabeth Morisky*Vera M. Wattenbarger*Ruth 'Jen' Jean Twining*Linda A. Arnautov

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6/15 Community Notebook

*Library in Falls City sets summer hours*'God in America' viewing scheduled*Food preservation class is Saturday*Benefit art auction slated for Saturday*Firefighters to host Father's Day meal*AARP driver safety class being offered*M-I parade entries accepted for event

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Downtown paving work to begin

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas has awarded a three-project paving contract to North Santiam Paving Co. of Stayton for work beginning this week.

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Wanted: alert neighbors

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department is looking to increase the number of Neighborhood Watch groups in neighborhoods throughout the city.

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Propes honored by state

SALEM -- Both chambers of the Oregon Legislature honored Polk County Commissioner Mike Propes with the passage of a resolution recognizing his work during the nearly six terms he served Polk County.

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Thursday, June 9



Wednesday, June 8

 

Western trio earns academic honor

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon track athletes Annan Applebee, Justin Karr and Brandon Snook have been named to the Academic All District VIII team for 2010-2011.

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Tuesday, June 7



Western grad got involved

MONMOUTH -- When she was a high school senior in Edmonds, Wash., Marcella Flores was required to complete 90 hours of community service to graduate.

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More changes coming to Falls City

FALLS CITY -- Superintendent Peter Tarzian's retirement isn't the only administrative change Falls City School District will be experiencing between now and the beginning of school in the fall.

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6/8 News in Brief

*Body of man recovered from river*Paving will result in road closures*Dallas pool to close for annual work*MINET to host June 15 open house*Vendors sought for Falls City event

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6/8 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

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Extension plans changes

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon State University Extension Service is proposing changes to its administrative structure in county programs throughout the state.

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F.C. leader will be missed

FALLS CITY -- Peter Tarzian, the Falls City School District superintendent, left a note on the dry erase board in his office before finishing work this school year.

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6/8 Community Notebook

*Summer reading programs kick off*Senior center sets business meeting*Summer gun show set this weekend*Youth 'flight rally' planned at airport*Paranormal group to visit Monmouth*'Radiothon' will aid Humane Society*Group schedules ice cream social*Sunday breakfast on tap at grange*Grace Baptist offers 4-day Bible ministry*Evening of music planned at church*Fundraiser for ALS scheduled Tuesday*Can, bottle drive under way for falls*CHS Class of 1991 planning a reunion*Smith Fine Arts tickets available*Health screening service available*Greeting card fronts sought for projects

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6/8 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

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Maiden Voyage

BUENA VISTA -- As the senior ferry operator for Marion County, Ed Watson spends about half of his year on the water, filling in at the two crossings on the Willamette River when regular operators are on vacation.

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Online services set open house

INDEPENDENCE -- Representatives from a trio of local online business start-ups will hold a kickoff and greeting event for community members at the conference center inside the Independence Civic Center on Thursday, June 9.

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6/8 Correction

Several errors appeared in a story headlined "Man who made career of sex abuse gets life term," which appeared on Page 9A of the June 1 issue of the Itemizer-Observer. It was incorrectly reported that William Megginson Smith would receive life in prison before the actual date of his sentencing; the sentencing was presumptive. Smith had never been previously convicted of public indecency prior to the incident in this case, as reported. Smith had also gone 15 months without an arrest before his 2008 incident; the reporter stated Smith had never gone more than six months without being incarcerated since 1979. The I-O regrets the errors.

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6/8 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.

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The Gift of Life

DALLAS -- Most moms expect gifts and quality time with their families on Mother's Day.

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6/8 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Distinguished Educator Gala on tap*Central seeks applicants for board*KVCS accepting sign-ups for camp*MICAA awards scholarship to duo*Auxillary presents two scholarships*Dallasite receives master's degree*Coleman finishes degree at Union*Monmouth man makes dean's list*Richardson recognized for grades*West Salem graduate earns honor

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6/8 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The family of Orlando Riley and Elizabeth Burbank had their annual family reunion during Memorial Day weekend at the Pedee Women's Clubhouse.

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6/8 OBITUARIES

*John Leland 'Lee' Raibley*James 'Tom' T. Gilmore*Anthony 'Tony' Joseph Lane*Richard Russell Allm*Bernice M. Ebert*Charles William Harrington*Donald L. Sears*Bruce W. Smidt

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6/8 Letters to the Editor

*Memorial Day event was truly uplifting*Community shows how much it cares*Park smoking ban just goes too far*Former teacher's efforts appreciated

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Strike three nets sex offender life term

POLK COUNTY -- William Megginson Smith was sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court last week to life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection with a public indecency conviction.

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