Stories for September 2011

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Thursday, September 29



Tuesday, September 27

              

Quick hits

Youth basketball program features former NBA player

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9/28 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our local elementary, middle school and high school students are well into the routine of school this fall, and students new to Western Oregon University are beginning to adjust to college life in MI Town.

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Crowded House

POLK COUNTY -- Shawn Beam has had large classes, with 30-plus children, during his 16-year teaching career.

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..


PCL reacts to tough economic climate

MONMOUTH -- Financial challenges have prompted Partnerships in Community Living Inc. (PCL) to reorganize its operation and temporarily shutter one of its community businesses.

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New Extension agent digs in

POLK COUNTY -- Amy Garrett, Polk County Oregon State University Extension's new part-time agricultural agent, didn't have an office for her first day on the job Sept. 19.

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..


FC artist featured in Salem

SALEM -- A Falls City artist will be featured in a new art gallery in Salem's Reed Opera House starting Saturday, Oct. 1.

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9/28 Letters to the Editor

*'Bad to the Bone' was a big success*GOP is no friend of the middle class*Libraries provide valuable service*Keep Ash Creek as a natural area*Community steps up for Dallas schools*Citywide yard sale was weekend success

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9/28 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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9/28 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

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..
 

9/28 OBITUARIES

*James 'Jim' Paul Andrus*Darlene Elaine Nickeson*Edna J. Drydale*Geraldine 'Geri' Katherine Lundberg Niccoli*Patti Deann Kelley*Oren Joseph Snyder

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..


School enrollment drops

POLK COUNTY -- While classes might seem more crowded to outsiders, some Polk County school districts are seeing declining or flat enrollment compared to this time last year.

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Drug paraphernalia law sought

POLK COUNTY -- Local health and law enforcement officials are seeking passage of a law that would prevent businesses in Polk County from openly displaying items considered drug paraphernalia.

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..


Quick acts save woman's life at falls

FALLS CITY -- When Falls City firefighter K.C. Wagner saw Tiffany Formosa floating in the water near the falls in Falls City on Sunday, Sept. 11, he didn't think about what to do.

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Livestock forage is event's focus

RICKREALLL -- Perennial and annual forages for economic livestock feed is the theme of a workshop and tour planned Thursday, Oct. 6, in Rickreall.

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Settlement near for Indy Station

INDEPENDENCE -- There may be light at the end of the tunnel for parties, including the city of Independence, in the legal drama surrounding the unfinished Independence Station.

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9/28 Community Notebook

*Art exhibits open on WOU campus*Fundraising event for Bambinos set*Grange schedules weekend market*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Youths can become co-pilots for a day*Animals to receive blessing at church*Sunday service will bless animals Chef's Nite Out will benefit MPFS*Church will host concert on Oct. 2*Life story writing seminars resume

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..


9/28 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.

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..


9/28 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The old-timers in Pedee were sorry to hear that Opal Jahn is gone. She died on Sept. 16, nine days after her 91st birthday, of Alzheimer's. We all remember her as a special friend and neighbor for many years.

September 27, 2011 2:05 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, September 21

   

Quick hits

The Central Panther Club is seeking donations for its Oct. 15 auction.

September 21, 2011 8:52 a.m. read more..
               

Tuesday, September 20



9/21 OBITUARIES

*Hope LaVerne Pettit*Shelly Marie Lemire*May M. Smith*Nora W. Kimsey*Opal Vivian Jahn*Betty Redington*Donald E. 'Butch' Stroud Jr.*John Nicholas Schneider*Katherine Riggle Graham*Loren Francis Holmes*William Dean Cottle

September 20, 2011 3:50 p.m. read more..


9/21 News in Brief

*State's minimum wage to increase*Free health clinic open on Saturday*Grant workshop set in Monmouth*Falls City beneficiary of grant award*State program includes Fort Yamhill

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


League: No to boy on volleyball team

MONMOUTH -- A league representing middle school sports in the Willamette Valley has reiterated its stance against a Monmouth boy being able to play on Talmadge Middle School's girls volleyball team.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

Chicken supporters plan Monday meeting

INDEPENDENCE -- Residents of Monmouth and Independence interested in keeping hens in backyards are welcome to attend an informational meeting on Monday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Independence Public Library.

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Dallas tackles 'What's to do?'

DALLAS -- Bored in Dallas on a Saturday afternoon? City officials want to make sure that's not because residents -- and nonresidents -- haven't heard about activities available in and around town.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


9/21 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming public meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


New president looks to future

MONMOUTH -- Mark Weiss said it wasn't until speaking with students during the mass move-in at Western Oregon University this past weekend that he had decided how to begin his welcome-back speech to returning faculty and staff.

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It's time for a celebration

INDEPENDENCE -- Hops were big business in Oregon during the early to mid-20th century. And Independence was considered by many to be the center of it all.

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Big plans for a big program

PERRYDALE -- Ashley Richards, Perrydale's new agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, found the perfect place to begin her teaching career.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


9/21 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Taco feed set for new WOU students*Dallas schools to hold open houses*Perrydale open house, dinner slated*Kids science program has openings*Deadline nears for CCC fundraiser

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


Post office will host seminar

DALLAS -- The United States Postal Service's Dallas branch will host a seminar on shipping your online items via mail on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


Fire danger remains high

POLK COUNTY -- Now that a few light rain showers and cooler temperatures have returned to Polk County, does that mean fire danger has lifted?

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


OUS, employees reach deal

MONMOUTH -- University campuses in Oregon, including Monmouth, will be bustling with activity next week as students return to class for fall term.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

Woman rescued at falls

FALLS CITY -- Polk County firefighters performed a dramatic rescue of a young woman who slipped and fell into the falls on the Little Luckiamute River in Falls City on Sunday, Sept. 11.

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Promo rates extended at Dallas pool

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council has extended the promotional rates at the Dallas Aquatic Center for a second time, this time for six months through April 1, 2012.

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9/21 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

It's beginning to feel like fall -- although the summer weather didn't last too long -- and several families in the neighborhood are taking their last trips of the summer. I'll catch up with them when they get home.

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9/21 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

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
  

9/21 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.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


PCL honors community partners, employees

INDEPENDENCE -- Partnerships in Community Living Inc. recognized some of its top employees, volunteers and community partners during its annual community picnic Saturday, Sept. 10, at Riverview Park in Independence.

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9/21 Community Notebook

*Music jam returns to senior center*4-H club schedules Saturday fundraiser*Library book sale set this weekend*Eyeglass donations accepted by Lions*Citywide yard sale on tap in Monmouth*Spaghetti dinner served Sept. 24*Sept. 26 gathering will honor local vet*Doll show vendor space is available*Alpaca farms will host open houses

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


Murder case closed

DALLAS -- The man who was manipulated into murdering his parents and his accomplice girlfriend -- who pretended to confer with spirits to convince him to commit the crimes -- were sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court Monday, Sept. 19.

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Fundraiser to fight cancer slated Sunday

WEST SALEM -- Community members can aid in the battle against hereditary breast and ovarian cancer by taking part in a special fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Edgewater Crossing.

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9/21 Letters to the Editor

*9/11 scoreboard tribute appreciated*Park improvements add to city livability*Boom would aid rescues at falls*Bullying for change won't work in F.C.*Schools benefited from helping hand

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

Board vacancy filled by Mason

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Jennifer Mason of Independence was appointed to Central School District's board of directors last week.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..


A Growing Neighborhood

MONMOUTH -- Eric and Eve Olsen envision apple and pear trees fronting Martin Way in the Edwards Addition neighborhood in South Monmouth.

September 20, 2011 2:33 p.m. read more..

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Tuesday, September 13

 

Student denied playing game he loves

MONMOUTH -- When chores and homework are finished -- and sometimes when they're not -- you'll probably find AJ Francis and his father, Andrew, at the volleyball net in their frontyard.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..
    

County gears up for flu shots

POLK COUNTY -- The flu season is quickly approaching and the Polk County Public Health Department is again sponsoring seasonal flu immunization clinics that begin this week.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


School Notes / Academic Honors

*Henry Hill open house is Thursday*Perrydale booster fundraiser on tap*Senior photos to benefit DHS party*Polk residents earn UO recognition*Monmouth woman receives degree

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..
 

9/14 Community Notebook

*Tour hosts needed for 'Ghost Walk'*Master Gardeners schedule program*Ballroom dancing lessons available*Local bird census slated for Sept. 17*Annual fall plant sale this weekend*Craft supply swap is set for Saturday*Gospel sing event scheduled in Dallas*Library will offer tips for students*Hospital gift shop sets weeklong sale*Driver safety class on tap Sept. 20-21*Women's fitness walk event planned*Festival's 'Salmon Run' seeks artists*Baskett Slough trip scheduled Sept. 22

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..
  

Bribe case could go to trial

DALLAS -- The West Salem man accused of attempting to bribe members of the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District Board may face a trial.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..
 

DHS grads eniched by work in Guatemala

DALLAS -- Three Dallas High School graduates went to Guatemala this summer to improve the quality of life for people living in the mountains of the Central American country.

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Tribe, agencies reach agreement over land

GRAND RONDE -- In 1850s, ancestors of the Grand Ronde Tribe were taken off their home near Table Rocks in Southern Oregon and eventually forced to march 263 miles to a new reservation.

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Refinancing being eyed

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 6, to begin the process of refinancing two loans it took out for improvements to its wastewater treatment facilities.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


Calendar features local artwork

DALLAS -- The artwork of Amber Beattie of Dallas is featured in the 2011-12 school-year calendar produced by the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.

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9/14 News in Brief

*Thompson plans to seek re-election*Livermore Road closure scheduled*Foundation fundraiser sets record*Mediation training offered in Dallas

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9/14 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

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


Dallas mill may have suitors

DALLAS -- City officials have confirmed there may be interest in reopening the former Weyerhaeuser mill in Dallas, located at the corner of Uglow Avenue and Monmouth Cutoff Road.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


9/14 Corrections

In a story headlined "Local author compiles stories of 'the Big Blow,'" which appeared on Page 13A of the Sept. 7 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, John Sedey should have been credited as the designer of the book. The I-O regrets the error.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


How does your garden grow?

INDEPENDENCE -- Merrik Hemmert plucks a couple of lemon tomatoes from the vine, then wanders over to the bush beans in the garden plot at Henry Hill Elementary School.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


Medieval Madness

KINGS VALLEY -- If you weren't dressed in Renaissance-era garb, chances are you looked out of place in Kings Valley on Saturday and Sunday.

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Demolition is buildings' likely fate

MONMOUTH -- Demolition on the building that housed Real Taste of India in downtown Monmouth could take place next month, owners of the fire-damaged property said.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


Community officer is face of PD

DALLAS -- If you haven't already met Diane Lanxon, the Dallas Police Department's new community service officer and community liaison, you probably will soon.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


Dry conditions force limits on forest use

POLK COUNTY -- Due to increasing forest fire danger, the West Oregon Forest Protection District of the Oregon Department of Forestry implemented Industrial Fire Precaution Level II as of noon on Monday, Sept. 12.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


9/14 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

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..
 

9/14 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.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..
 

Patiently Waiting

POLK COUNTY -- In 2010, winemakers hoped for a sunny and warm October to bring their grapes to a perfect balance of ripeness and flavor development.

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9/14 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

All over MI Town, students of all ages are gathered at street corners on these crisp and cool weekday mornings, talking, laughing and waiting for the big, yellow buses to take them to school.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


9/14 Letters to the Editor

*New senior center wouldn't hurt park*Furlough days will affect Polk courts*Proposed center only serves a few*Local generosity shines at event

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


2-1-1 line provides services

POLK COUNTY -- Residents of Polk County can now receive community service and emergency information and learn about resources for dealing with life crises by dialing 2-1-1.

September 13, 2011 3:07 p.m. read more..


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Wednesday, September 7

                        

Tuesday, September 6



9/7 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

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..
 

Big event will help veterans

INDEPENDENCE -- Before noon one day last week, Michelle Finn had booked airfare for bands, finalized event insurance and been on the phone ordering lighting.

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Man threatens police with knife

MONMOUTH -- A man was tasered and arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 30, after allegedly brandishing an 8-inch knife at a Monmouth Police officer and threatening to kill him.

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..


9/7 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

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..
 

9/7 News in Brief

*Workshop for entrepreneurs slated *Polk Democrats to hold fundraiser*Humane Society puts grant to use

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In Remembrance

"It is hard to talk about every year. It kind of keeps the wound open," Lori Guadagno said.

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9/7 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.

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..


Bus stop is moving to fairgrounds site

POLK COUNTY -- Users of the cramped Cherriots bus stop and park and ride in Rickreall will soon have a new and much improved location at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..


Accomplice facing 20 years after plea

DALLAS -- The accomplice in the murders of Scott and Marilyn Jondle in 2010 could receive up to 20 years in prison as part of a settlement agreement, the Polk County District Attorney's Office announced last week.

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She's found her perfect job

FALLS CITY -- Shari Blackburn, Falls City School District's new K-12 principal, took a nearly decade-long detour on her way to working in the community.

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Despite cuts, LaCreole band plays on

DALLAS -- Brian Rebischke has a full band room at Dallas High School. Last week, less than a week before students returned, the room was cluttered with chairs, music stands and instruments of every sort.

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Hop Heaven

POLK COUNTY -- A few trucks struggled to start on this late August morning at Rogue Ale's micro hopyard. Two hours into picking, a trailer weighed down with hop bines is pulled into a processing bay, hobbling on a flat tire.

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9/7 EDITORIAL: We as Americans can never forget

Polk County seems so far removed from the World Trade Center and New York City, Washington, D.C, and a rural field in Shanksville, Pa. Yet, to this day, we are touched, saddened and angered by the events surrounding the terrorist attacks on our country nearly 10 years ago today.

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9/7 Pedee News - Arlene Kovash

Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church will be showing its second annual outdoor movie Friday, Sept. 9, at about 7:30 p.m. on the side of the building.

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Falls City solves sewer leak

FALLS CITY -- The football field at Falls City High School, closed in late August due to a city sewer system leak, should be ready for full use again this week.

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9/7 Letters to the Editor

*Library deserving of funding support*Community steps up for local youths*Dallas home to two special businesses*Coverage of WOU sports appreciated

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..
 

County may owe Comcast a bundle

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County may have to refund a large portion of the taxes cable provider Comcast and several other similar companies paid in taxes for 2009.

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..


9/7 MI Town - Patty Taylor Dutcher

For many people, entering a courtroom -- even one beautiful and historic room painted in bright white and trimmed with beautiful wood cut from Polk County forests generations ago -- can bring some uneasy feelings, especially for those who aren't familiar with the legal system.

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..
 

SEIU update

MONMOUTH -- Frustration over contract negotiations with the state led classified workers from several Oregon universities to rally in Monmouth last week.

September 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. read more..