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Wednesday, August 29

         

Tuesday, August 28

 

8/29 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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8/29 News in Brief

*Fair playground auction a success *Meeting will discuss bus changes *BLM sells Polk timber via auction

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Hip Chicks, Cool Brews

BUENA VISTA -- Michele Pishong McCormack adores "really hoppy" beers. When Terminal Gravity, an Eastern Oregon-based microbrewery, came out with its India Pale Ale, "I couldn't get enough of it."

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Weekend culture celebrations set

INDEPENDENCE -- The challenges that leap year has presented for event planning in 2012 -- Fourth of July anyone? -- will work out in partygoers' favor this weekend.

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Canola seed debate in full bloom

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Court of Appeals is expected to rule this week on a controversial decision to open parts of the Willamette Valley to the cultivation of canola.

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WOU professor wins major award

MONMOUTH -- A music professor from Western Oregon University has nabbed a major commission -- and $25,000 -- as part of a composition contest through the University of Connecticut.

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School success story

PEDEE -- In January 2009, Luckiamute Valley Charter School's Pedee campus was busy unexpectedly closing up shop.

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Pioneer cemetery needs some TLC

DALLAS -- When Monmouth resident Ray Files found what remains of Hart-Riggs Cemetery, located off Kings Valley Highway near Bridgeport Road, he was driven to action.

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8/29 Community Notebook

*Hospital auxiliary fundraiser slated*Outreach center plans open house*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Polk Flea Market reopens on Sunday*DAS crafters make pillow donation

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Accident hospitalizes local pastor

MONMOUTH -- A local pastor and former fire chief of Polk County Fire District No. 1 sustained critical injuries in a traffic crash just north of Monmouth on Thursday afternoon.

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8/29 OBITUARIES

*Tove Lemon*Jan 'Allen' Ragsdale*Glen C. Harnish Jr.*Lucille A. Cain*Clifford Carson Simpson*Richard L. Puls*Joseph A. Roy*Bernard D. Blunier*Calvin Doil Kennedy*Gordon H. McKee*Lucinda Edith recht*Estahlyn 'Ellyn' Fox Overstreet*John J. Hubbard

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8/29 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime ... and the living is busy these days in MI Town, as families begin to make preparations for their sons and daughters for another year of school.

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8/29 School Notes

*Lyle 'newcomer' open house slated *'Meet the Dragons' set for Thursday *Polk duo part of state spelling contest *Event for DHS freshmen scheduled *Lunch assistance forms available

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8/29 Public Agenda Calendar

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8/29 Business Notebook

*Learning Hearts still has openings*Heron Pointe schedules open house *Local dance studio has new home *Gift shop returns to regular hours

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Book will benefit Western scholarships

MONMOUTh -- Jon Tucker, director of the Werner University Center and Student Leadership and Activities at Western Oregon University, has published his second book on icebreakers.

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8/29 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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8/29 Letters to the Editor

*A few suggestions for cyclists, drivers *Good samaritans make us proud *Soccer fundraiser scores in big way *A little love, world peace a nice idea*Medicare rate hike story bogus

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Barbecue and a lot more

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Alliance is holding the fourth-annual Bad to the Bone Festival Saturday, with hopes it will be the biggest and "baddest" yet.

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Destination: Charlotte, N.C.

DALLAS -- The first time Wanda Davis heard President Barack Obama speak in person, he was vying for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

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Deadlines change for Labor Day

POLK COUNTY -- The upcoming Labor Day holiday has resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Wednesday, Sept. 5, edition.

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Wednesday, August 22

       

Tuesday, August 21

 

Madras, Chehalem provide possible examples to follow

When residents of the city of Madras in Central Oregon approved a bond levy in 2004 to construct a $9 million aquatic center, they also greenlit the Madras Aquatic Center district for governance and a tax of 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to pay for operations.

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8/22 Business Notebook

*Local family starts beer publication*Cheesemaker garners two awards*Dallas rancher selected for event.

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8/22 News in Brief

*Meeting will address postal service*Polk administrator earns high marks*Dog park enthusiasts plan meeting*I-O staffer receives national honor

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8/22 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

How quickly do these summer days fly by, and it seems like Memorial Day was just a few weeks ago. We were all looking forward to those lazy days of June, July and August, with vacation plans and summer jobs just out there on the horizon.

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8/22 Community Calendar

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Downtown building focus of open house

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will hold an open house Tuesday to discuss a conceptional design for a building project proposed for the vacant downtown lot at the corner of Main and Warren streets.

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8/22 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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8/22 BIRTHS

*Cooley*McMullin*Bowers*Cavilee*Ross*Johnson*Bailey*Gillins

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8/22 Letters to the Editor

*Old-timers reunion has been special*Newspaper must be a 'watchdog'*Oregon needs industrial jobs*Falls City parents thank supporters

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8/22 Public Agenda Calendar

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Rape charge filed

MONMOUTH -- A Salem man is facing five felony charges after begin accused of raping a 19-year-old Monmouth woman late last month.

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No Place to Play

POLK COUNTY -- Brady Black recently moved from Salem back to his hometown of Dallas. He's already pining for one of the perks of the bigger city -- the ease with which you could find a competitive game of basketball.

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8/22 OBITUARIES

*Betty L. Trupka*David Emmet Cooper*Patrick Webster McKenzie Sr.*Shirley Maxine Utke Bjelland*Tove Lemon*Wilfred Ray Parker*Clifford Carson Simpson*Lucille A. Cain*ruth Van Orsdel Harrison

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Persistence is paying off

FALLS CITY -- Clint Vincent, the owner of Arcs & Angles, began the Falls City-based remodeling business with just a pickup truck and tools in 2008.

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Police link seven to shop break-in

INDEPENDENCE -- Seven people were arrested last week and several pieces of stolen merchandise recovered from a July break-in at the Longboard Larry production facility in Independence.

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Compromise sought in KVCS, PSD rift

KINGS VALLEY -- Kings Valley Charter School is mulling a request to end its teaching services arrangement with a nonprofit and shell out $750,000 to buy the campus, among other things, in order to end its rift with Philomath School District.

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November election just around corner

POLK COUNTY -- There's still time to file paperwork to run for local government offices in the November general election -- but deadlines are approaching fast.

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8/22 Community Notebook

*Summer concert plans food drive*Food preservation class set for Friday*Pioneer cemetery cleanup scheduled*Driver safety class on tap for Saturday*Clothing giveaway slated in Dallas*MBA sets Saturday citywide yard sale*Music, barbecue on menu at Van Duzer*Left Coast Cellars slates celebration*Final outdoor movie of season Tuesday*Tickets available for museum benefit*Deadline Saturday for gardening event*Donations will aid area ONG families

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Thursday, August 16



Wednesday, August 15

        

Tuesday, August 14

  

Motorcyclist dies on Highway 22

VALLEY JUNCTION -- A Salem man died in a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday morning on Highway 22 about five miles south of Highway 18 in Polk County.

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8/15 OBITUARIES

*Laura Ellen Dyer*Steven R. Lanxon*Glen Clarence Harnish Jr.*John Frederick Foster*James C. Risley*Patrick (Pat) Farley

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8/15 Public Agenda Calendar

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Dallas 'caretaker' is on the job

DALLAS -- Jon Nelson, Dallas' interim city manager, sees himself as a "caretaker" of sorts in what will be his short, but critical stay.

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Accident on Willamette is fatal

WEST SALEM -- A Salem man died Sunday evening in a boating accident on the Willamette River less than a mile up river from Wallace Marine Park.

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8/15 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Paul and Diane Telfer and three others from Bridgeport Community Chapel spent two weeks teaching English at a small Christian school in Macas, Ecuador, for the month of July. They were joined by a youth team from Virginia and three youths from Salem. They visited Ecuador's "Crater Lake," toured a Shuar Indian village, and saw waterfalls, monkeys and the beautiful snowcapped peaks of local volcanoes. Paul and the others sampled the local specialty, "cuy," which we know as guinea pig. Diane tried it last year when she was there, so she chose to forgo the pleasure this time.

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Polk County Fair 2012: A very tough act(s) to judge

RICKREALL -- So, I'm no Simon Cowell when it comes to picking talent. But I can say after judging the Polk County Fair Youth Talent Showcasethat "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent" should watch out.

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Monmouth street work set

MONMOUTH -- It appears that repaving Main Street, a component of the city's streetscape project in the downtown area that was put on hold because of cost issues, is going to happen after all.

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8/15 Community Calendar

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No till, no problem

AMITY -- Bruce and Helle Ruddenklau wrestled with a decision of either finding a farm in the Willamette Valley to call their own or returning to Bruce's native New Zealand about the time they got married 20 years ago.

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City drafts profile for next manager

DALLAS -- Approachable. Open-minded. A volunteer. A skilled financial manager. A facilitator who can help turn ideas into action. A "big picture" person.

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Falls City hires administrator

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City City Council voted to hire Amber Mathiesen as the town's new city administrator Thursday, ending an eight-month vacancy in the position.

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8/15 Community Notebook

*Central Lions Club will host Cruise-in*81st Pioneer Loop picnic is Thursday*Central High Class of 1952 will gather*Local Leaf casting workshop planned*Clothing giveaway slated for Saturday*Dallas Class of '67 schedules reunion*Free meditation workshop Saturday*Vendors needed for 'Harvest Festival'*Dallas Alliance will host a free concert*PSWCD schedules 'A Taste of Polk'*Extension offering canning classes*'Plein air' painting class scheduled*Neighborhood block party slated Sunday

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8/15 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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Forest restrictions increase

POLK COUNTY -- Continued warm and dry weather has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to increase fire safety restrictions in the department's West Oregon District, which provides fire protection in many rural and forested areas of Polk County and surrounding regions.

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8/15 News in Brief

*Road work likely to cause delays*Solar energy workshops offered*May is Master Gardener of Year

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Grand Ronde Powwow set for this weekend

GRAND RONDE -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon will host one of the Pacific Northwest's largest powwows this weekend, when the annual Grand Ronde Contest Powwow returns to the Uyxat Powwow Grounds.

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Tuesday, August 7

          

WOU: Five track and field athletes earn All-Academic honors

MONMOUTH -- Five track and athletes from Western Oregon University have been named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team after earning both NCAA Division II provisional standards and grade-point averages of 3.25 or better.

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8/8 Public Agenda Calendar

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8/8 News in Brief

*Details about crash on 99W sought*Projects will close two rural roads*Polk Republicans set annual picnic

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At last, TLC for Pioneer Park

INDEPENDENCE -- Dawn Roden addressed the Independence City Council when she was a teen during the early 1990s and asked leaders to fix up Pioneer Park near her childhood home off Seventh Street.

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8/8 Community Calendar

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KVCS fights to survive

KINGS VALLEY -- Students, parents, staff and the community of Kings Valley Charter School were glad to hear Philomath School District officials say last week they didn't intend to close the successful school.

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State will provide help to Henry Hill

POLK COUNTY -- Henry Hill Elementary School in Independence is one of 95 public schools in Oregon that will receive state intervention to boost low student achievement.

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Pizza parlor robbed at gunpoint

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence Police Department is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery that occurred at Figaro's Pizza, 1321 Monmouth St., on Saturday evening.

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8/8 Community Notebook

*DIY workshop will focus on canning*Weekend sales set at Rickreall Grange*PCL golf tourney fundraiser on tap*Church set to host block party event*4-H, FFA livestockauction is Saturday*Caregiver support group will gather*Amateur radio club installs new officers

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Mortgage payment help now available

POLK COUNTY -- Distressed homeowners in Polk County can now apply for the Loan Preservation Assistance program, the latest assistance program offered by the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI).

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Century designation is huge for farm families

POLK COUNTY -- David Hiebenthal said he remembers as a child plaques hanging on certain gates or entrances of farms in Polk County signifying membership in an impressive club -- that they had been belonged to one family for 100 years.

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8/8 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

In July, Pete and LaVerne Bennett sailed on the Norwegian Jewell for a seven-day Alaskan cruise, along with friends Roger and Linda Bergerson of Aumsville.

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8/8 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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8/8 OBITUARIES

*Carol L. Davis*Jan 'Allen' Ragsdale*Lorene E. (Johnson) Wolf*Lydia Opal Ringhoff*Thomas Paul Schroeder*Rosemary Edlund*Connie T. Hutchison*Glen Clarence Harnish, Jr.

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Two individuals charged in stealing from relatives

POLK COUNTY -- Suspects in two separate cases that involve the same kind of crime -- namely, the theft of thousands of dollars from their own elderly flesh and blood -- will appear in Polk County Circuit Court next week.

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8/8 Letters to the Editor

*MINET outage raises concerns*Why terminate KVCS's charter?*Some Things steps up for mission trip*Closing KV school would be criminal*KVCS has helped many area families*Dog owners must take responsibility*Fair improvements offer us benefits

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8/8 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In my everyday world, my days are filled with the usual household chores and volunteer work. There are errands to run, recycling to be sorted, meals to be prepared and pets to be fed.

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8/8 School Notes / Academic Honors

*KVCS support group sets meeting in Buena Vista*Ballston school still has a few enrollment spots*Eastern recognizes six Polk students with honor*West Salem resident receives dean's list nod

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Collision cuts power

DALLAS -- Electricity to businesses and homes in the north side of Dallas was interrupted late Monday morning after a vehicle collided with a power pole, according to the Dallas Fire Department.

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Friday, August 3



8/3 BREAKING NEWS: Power back on after lengthy outage

POLK COUNTY -- Well, that was annoying. Almost 5,100 customers of Pacific Power in Independence, Rickreall and parts of Monmouth and West Salem were without electricity for almost 11 hours on Thursday. That translated to a slew of business closures, traffic interruptions and general frustration from residents.

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Wednesday, August 1