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Tuesday, May 31

 

Bicycle tours of wine country being offered

RICKREALL -- Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall is hosting its 15th annual "Bike Oregon Wine Country," a series of fully supported bicycle tours for riders of all abilities held every Sunday in August.

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beekeeping sidebar

During the fall, the bees are fed liquid sugar -- one part sugar, one part water -- to keep them robust enough to manage themselves over the winter. They're also medicated to defend against mites and foulbrood and other diseases.

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All the buzz

RICKREALL -- Warren Kester pries the top off a bee hive box, removes a honey comb-caked frame and studies it for about 30 seconds.

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Barbecue will help purchase fire truck

PERRYDALE -- The Amity Fire Department and Left Coast Cellars will be serving up bratwursts, burgers and beer -- and wine, of course -- on Saturday, June 4, to help pay for the Perrydale substation's new fire engine.

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LaCreole relives Civil War

DALLAS -- A class of about 25 LaCreole Middle School eighth-graders huddled in folding chairs in a field outside the school on Tuesday, May 24, covering their ears with their hands.

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Bill would adversely affect WVH

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital is facing about $2 million in budget cuts over the next two years if health care reforms proposed in the state's 2011-13 budget are approved.

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Renowned R&B great set to perform at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University caps the 2010-11 season of the Smith Fine Arts Series by welcoming Allen Toussaint with the American Metropole Orchestra for a performance Saturday, June 4.

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Redistricting concerns

POLK COUNTY -- Boundary changes proposed as part of the state and congressional redistricting process could have major implications for constituents in Polk County.

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6/1 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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6/1 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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Graduate art exhibit shown at WOU

MONMOUTH -- The BFA Graduate Show 2011 art exhibit is now on display at the Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery of Art on the Western Oregon University campus.

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6/1 OBITUARIES

*Marcellus John Norwest*James 'Jim' Robert Stoute Jr.*Mancil Ivan Russell*Roger B. Carter*Thomas Clinton Drill*Gary Wilson Goodrich

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6/1 News in Brief

*Fire destroys net at tennis courts*Polk Democrats to meet Thursday*I-O receives three awards in contest

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6/1 Community Notebook

*M-I Rotary taking strawberry orders*Preview for benefit art auction slated*Saturday breakfast set in Monmouth*Grange schedules weekend market*Food nutrition will be focus of event*Gospel concert set at Heart to Heart*Summer 4-H camps now taking sign-ups*Meals for seniors available in area

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6/1 School Notes

*Area graduation events scheduled*MVCA hosting spaghetti feed today*Retirement gathering set at ACES*Perrydale sports fundraiser planned*Summer reading program offered

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Homeless totals hard to ascertain

POLK COUNTY -- January's one-night homeless count shows the number of individuals in Polk County that meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of homelessness may have risen.

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Vandals mar Central walls

INDEPENDENCE -- Really? Students, faculty and administrators arrived at Central High on Friday to find graphic and obscenity-laden graffiti scrawled on brick walls on the school's east facade and on modular buildings the morning of May 27.

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6/1 Letters to the Editor

*Old armory still deserves respect*Donations to DRC much appreciated*What a great place in which we live*CHS's solar panels not doing a thing*Project ACHIEVE thankful for grant*District must spend money more wisely*Many people made triathlon a success

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6/1 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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'Our Town' opens Friday at Pentacle

WEST SALEM -- Thornton Wilder's classic American play, "Our Town," which opens a three-week run at the Pentacle Theatre on Friday, June 3, proves at least two things: You don't need a lot of scenery or props to tell a good story, and people's wishes, fears and lives change little from century to century.

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Wednesday, May 25

  

Five jailed in local drug raids

MONMOUTH -- Law enforcement officials seized almost a pound and a half of marijuana and 44 grams of psilocybin mushrooms from two known drug houses in Monmouth on Friday, May 20.

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Economy doomed Dallas school levy

Registered voters of the Dallas School District sent a message last week during the May 17 vote-by-mail election. What that message was may need some explanation.

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5/25 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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Voters determine school board seats

POLK COUNTY -- Falls City School District will welcome a new member, Jami Kidd, to its board, while voters in the Perrydale School District narrowly re-elected Tim Calonder

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5/25 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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5/25 OBITUARIES

*Willis 'Bill' Harrison Hart*Helmer 'Bennie' Benjamin Anderson*Roger Dean Cartier*Lavina Ropp Mannenbach*JoAnn Sharp Downs Bernard*Marie Fast Workentine Neufeld*Terry Ann Teal*Kevin Andrade*Guadalupe Garcia*Wilford 'Bill' Jackson Sharp

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5/25 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day. It's traditionally considered the first three-day weekend of summer. It's a time for family picnics, trips to the beach and the opportunity to go camping, fishing and relaxing in the backyard.

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5/25 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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5/25 Letters to the Editor

*Educating was worth support*Food bank grateful for recent donations*SMART volunteers make a difference*Dallas voters sent very poor message*Folks stepping up to assist Falls City*Volunteers needed in Dallas schools*Pay tribute during 'Avenue of Flags'

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School Notes / Academic Honors

*Art night, display slated at LaCreole*MVCA schedules dinner fundraiser*Retirement gathering set at ACES*Dallas resident earns law degree*Polk students make SC honor roll

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County budget now goes to commission

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Budget Committee formally approved the county's 2011-12 budget on Wednesday, May 18, with few changes from what it tentatively approved in April.

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Falls City Fright

FALLS CITY -- Rupert Talbot Munch Sr., the director of "Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge," said his obsession with the "Manos" story started in the mid-1990s.

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Moser, others ready to get to work

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Winning back confidence from community members and fostering openness in the search for a new superintendent are major goals for Central School District, according to the two newest members of the board of directors.

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Relevant after 2,400 years

MONMOUTH -- "Make love, not war." The Greek playwright Aristophanes might not have known when he penned "Lysistrata" almost 2,400 years ago that his anti-war and sex comedy would resonate with generations that have followed.

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Talmadge sports a priority for CYS

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Organizers and parent volunteers who have kept sports at Talmadge Middle School alive for the past two years have already begun planning to ensure the games go on in 2011-12.

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Levy failure puts cuts into motion

DALLAS -- With voters soundly rejecting a local option levy to provide more funding for schools, the Dallas School District is now facing the reality of its worst-case scenario for the 2011-12 budget.

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5/25 Community Notebook

*ICAN's end-of-year art show set today*Senior music jam slated for Thursday*Garden club topic is African violets*Yard sale will help Perrydale station*Monmouth author plans book signing*Auxiliary fundraiser scheduled Tuesday

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Students amaze with science

DALLAS -- No, it wasn't an OMSI exhibit in Whitworth Elementary School's gym on Thursday, May 19. It was the school's fourth- and fifth-grade science fair.

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Thursday, May 19



Wednesday, May 18

              

Tuesday, May 17

 

Reason For Hope

DALLAS -- In mid-April of last year Ruth Lusby was getting dressed and noticed a bruise on her right breast.

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May election results posted online

POLK COUNTY -- Results from the May 17 vote-by-mail special election in Polk County were being counted Tuesday night after the Itemizer-Observer had gone to press.

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Hands-on learning lessons

MONMOUTH -- "It's yawing to the right, so give it some left rudder. Get those props rewound. Sophia, let it go -- don't throw it."

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5/18 News in Brief

*Dallas woman dies in Salem crash*Local firefighter honored for valor*Letter carrier food drive a success

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Central grad in the big time

Jasmine Ash said she has both blurry and vivid memories of that show at Portland's Aladdin Theater -- her first big one as a singer and songwriter -- in 2005.

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Mother Nature winning the battle

POLK COUNTY -- Calene Hamblin said the greenhouses at her and her husband's nursery southwest of Dallas should be awash with color by this time in May.

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5/18 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Back in Hollywood's early films, people laughed at W.C. Fields, who almost always played an obnoxious, but funny drunk. Those movies were shown on TV and several generations came to know him as a character who upstaged everyone he met.

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County senior council positions open

POLK COUNTY -- NorthWest Senior & Disability Services is accepting applications from residents of Polk County for openings on its 27-member Senior Advisory Council.

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Work party is 'giving back'

DALLAS -- The painting party at the soon-to-be-opened indoor playground, The Jungle Gym, on Main Street on May 10 was more than a chance to spruce up before opening day later this month.

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5/18 Clarification

A clarification is needed for a story headlined "Citizens eye `pocket parks' for Dallas, FC," which appeared on Page 7A of the May 11 issue of the Itemizer-Observer.

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5/18 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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5/18 Letters to the Editor

*Classified staff deserve support*Center must bring in more revenue*Senior music jam keeps rocking on*Taxpayers paying for unhealthy food*Central High play worthy of support*Many made food drive a success

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Class goes on art adventure

WILLAMINA -- Four Dallas High School art class students took a journey back in time, so to speak, on a field trip to a wood-fired kiln outside Willamina last weekend.

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'Good Agricultural Practices' workshop set in Rickreall

RICKREALL -- Oregon farmers currently selling to schools and other institutions, or those interested in doing so, can learn more about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification by attending an onsite mock audit, farm tour and discussion presented by the Oregon Department of Agriculture next week.

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WOU duo honored by national group

MONMOUTH -- A key administrator and a professor at Western Oregon University have both received national recognition for their academic advising and school improvement efforts.

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5/18 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Central play continues May 19-21*Dallas board set to meet Thursday*DHS site council volunteers sought*Dallasite recognized MANRRS*West Salem woman earns degree*Local resident graduates from UNC*Dallas woman receives her degree

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5/18 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church is getting ready to work on its playground, including putting in a fence, installing playground equipment and building an outdoor barbecue pit with seating that will be available for use by the community.

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5/18 Community Notebook

*Dallas fraternal group honored*Semiannual dance, food drive on tap*Volunteers needed for arboretum work*RC airplane event planned Saturday*Burbanks schedule reunion for May 21*Pentacle Theatre will hold auditions*African violets are topic of meeting*West Salem student to attend academy

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5/18 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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5/18 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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FC gives Mammone positive job review

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Council approved City Administrator Gian Paolo Mammone's annual evaluation on Tuesday, May 10. While he received a positive review from the council for his work performance, he was given no increase in pay.

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It's Showtime!

RICKREALL -- The creation of Moonfall Theatre could be called an accident. That is how originators Marlene Cox and Jan Rickert look at it.

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5/18 OBITUARIES

*Joel 'Joe' Mayes Hargitt*Mancil Ivan Russell*Lawrence 'Larry' Eggert*Edith Fay Egbert*Guy Harlan Rooth*Terry A. Teal*Ashlee K. Forsberg*Twila Faye Johnson

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Wednesday, May 11

             

Tuesday, May 10



Pasos not right fit for Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence has opted not to participate in a regional program aimed at building economic development and enhancing entrepreneurship among Latino residents.

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5/11 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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LaCreole finds a new principal from within

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has named Jamie Richardson, the assistant principal at LaCreole Middle School, as the school's head principal starting with the 2011-12 school year.

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5/11 Letters to the Editor

*Dallas school levy is an investment*Help support music in our schools*What the children deserve is this...*Ban all smoking in Dallas parks*Tax rate far lower than in other areas*Don't let minority decide tax issue*An idea in case school levy fails*Kids didn't cause problems; vote yes*Levy will support Dallas children

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Streetscape work to continue

DALLAS -- Plans are being finalized for a third installment of the downtown streetscape project, with work scheduled for later this spring and summer.

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5/11 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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5/11 OBITUARIES

*'Andy' Harry David Andersen*James 'Jim' Thomas Mabry*Mathilda Margaret Schultz*Donna Lee Purdy*Mildred Arline Cook*Edith Fay Egbert

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5/11 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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Corrections posts 'most wanted'

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

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Gaga for Goats

DALLAS -- Spring 2011 has brought a number of changes at Fairview Farm Dairy, and it isn't just this year's adorable batch of baby goats.

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Fisherman presumed drowned

BUENA VISTA -- A Dallas man presumably drowned in the Willamette River south of the Buena Vista Ferry on Thursday, May 5, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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5/11 Community Notebook

*Church's annual rummage sale set*Livestock weigh-in day for fair on tap*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Monthly country square dance set*Salem Singers will perform in Dallas*Volunteers needed for arboretum work*Peer counselors sought for seniors*Meals for seniors available in area

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CHS staging dark comedy

INDEPENDENCE -- Central High theater director Jeff Witt said he's resisted calls to do "Little Shop of Horrors" during the past few years, mostly because of the constraints that accompany it.

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Vineyard adds new marketing director

DALLAS -- Van Duzer Vineyards has selected Brianne (Bri) M. Bridges to guide the marketing, hospitality and wine club program at its 82-acre estate vineyards in Dallas.

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5/11 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Monday morning, May 2, a log truck slid into the ditch on Pedee Creek Road and would have tipped over except that the two trailers were leaning into a telephone pole. Jerry Mentzer took his cat down to stabilize the trailers while the logs were being loaded onto another truck.

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Bikes are incentive to read

DALLAS -- Fourteen shiny new bikes were lined up in the front of Oakdale Heights Elementary School's gym Friday afternoon as, one by one, each class filed in.

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Wednesday, May 4

              

Tuesday, May 3

 

Your Ballot

The following is a list of candidates appearing on selected ballots in Polk County during the May 17 vote-by-mail election.

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5/4 Letters to the Editor

*More trucks will add FPM to our air*Cost of option levy is well worth it*Responders earn praise from victim*Candidate makes case for position*School levy would help offset cuts*Moser deserving of school board*More taxes not answer for schools*Falls City will miss Paula's Restaurant*Pool rates unfair to Dallas residents*Do the right thing: Vote 'yes' on levy*Jeweler delivers top-notch service*Kudos to Falls City Fire Department

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5/4 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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5/4 Business Notebook

*The Ghost opens in Independence*Florist opening in downtown Dallas*Oak Knoll operators return to post

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5/4 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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5/4 OBITUARIES

*Amy P. Murr*Ruth Estelle Day*Gordon C. McNeilly*Rose Ellen Weston*Manuel 'Manny' Fernandez

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Tribes move to add parcels

POLK COUNTY -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde is applying to have two tracts of land it currently owns incorporated into its reservation.

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5/4 Community Notebook

*Master Gardener's plant sale on tap*Spring book sale set this weekend*Late-night bowling event to aid 'Relay'*Saturday breakfast planned at center*Garden club to hold annual plant sale*Model train event slated in Rickreall*Pentacle will host auditions for play*Audubon Society to feature speaker*Workshop to offer tips to caregivers

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Bike trails get TLC

FALLS CITY -- You would think swinging a shovel and rake in the middle of the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area on a sunny Saturday would have Todd Glasgow miffed.

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Parisian Party

DALLAS -- Last spring Dallas High School special education teacher Shana Lavier noticed one of her students dancing to music playing in the school's Developmental Learning Center.

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Perrydale candidates set goals

PERRYDALE -- One candidate for Position 4 on the Perrydale School District Board hopes to encourage more transparency. The other wishes to maintain the school's high ranking with the Oregon Department of Education.

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Voters say 'yes' to recall

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The embattled chairwoman of Central School District's board of directors was recalled by a wide margin on Thursday, April 28.

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WOU unveils its new logos

MONMOUTH -- Even if you're not into college sports, there are certain logos that you need only a glimpse of to know what school we're talking about.

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5/4 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 resident is 'Supermom'

DALLAS -- Most mothers will be opening cards and gifts, enjoying brunches that they didn't have to cook and savoring time, perhaps even quiet time, with their families this Mother's Day.

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5/4 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church's traditional floral cross greeted worshipers on Easter morning. It became more beautiful as people arrived with flowers to add to the greenery-covered cross on the sidewalk.

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Seven drug figures go to prison

POLK COUNTY -- The leaders of a Willamette Valley heroin distribution ring were sentenced on charges in Polk County Circuit Court on Thursday, April 28.

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5/4 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Open house celebrates 150 years*Pizza fundraiser will benefit FCES*Central High soloist places at state*Polk residents make grade at EOU*Foundation presents scholarships

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Local fallen officer among honorees

SALEM -- The late Roger Lloyd, once an officer with the Independence Police Department, will be honored at the Oregon Public Safety Academy on Thursday, May 5.

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5/4 News in Brief

*Dallas library trades food for fines*Adopt-A-Road cleanup set Saturday*Monmouth fountain forum slated*Extension budget members named

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