Stories for February 2012

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Wednesday, February 29

 

Polk County local sports briefs

Dallas earns MWV honors; Local sports teams shine academically; Cross Creek holds meeting; Central High spring sports session set; WOU women earn honors

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'Heart on your sleeve' kind of day

PORTLAND -- Moments after watching his own state title dreams crash to the mat with his 152-pound semifinal loss early in Saturday's state wrestling championships, Josh Christenson turned to Dallas coach Tony Olliff, and in an arena full of people, broke down.

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Tribal incorporation bill gets hearing in Senate

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs recently held a hearing on legislation that would streamline the process for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to incorporate land into its reservation.

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No crime in evidence fiasco

POLK COUNTY -- An Oregon State Police investigation into the disappearance and subsequent discovery of evidence in the Philip Scott Cannon triple-murder case has answered one question while prompting more.

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Free is a very good price

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Sgt. Mark Garton had the task of driving the new Humvee the sheriff's office acquired from Camp Withycombe in Clackamas County last week.

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2/29 OBITUARIES

*Eldon F. Neufeld*Gerald 'Jerry' Murray*Martha Sadie Little*Ronald Booth*Rayda N. Kangas*Ronald 'Ron' Ray Wilson*Jessica Brann*Randy Scott Fredrickson*Michael Grover Martin*Zelma Louise Goan*Elmer P. Bogardus*Jacqueline Sue Smith*Lewyn Frank Cutten Jr.*Wanda Louise Bilyeu*Leone Dorothy Wilson*Ethel B. Hughes

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F.C. program benefits from recent grants

FALLS CITY -- Falls City School District's popular after-school initiative has recently debuted new offerings for kids thanks to $26,000 in federal grants it has received during the last three months.

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2/29 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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Tribes to celebrate cultural dictionary

GRAND RONDE -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will celebrate the publication of a new Chinuk Wawa dictionary at its Sunday General Council meeting being held in the Tribal Community Center, 9615 Grand Ronde Road, at 11 a.m.

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PD building revamp overdue

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department's home base can't really be called a "station" without stretching the definition.

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Suffrage topic of event

MONMOUTH -- The centennial anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Oregon will be the topic of discussion at Western Oregon University on March 7-8.

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2/29 School Notes / Academic Honors

*After-school art programs on tap*Santiam Christian sets open house*Perrydale School event is March 10*Dallas resident makes dean's list*WSHS grads earn Gonzaga honor*Local woman is recognized at GU

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Fast Food at Home?

DALLAS -- Many people think preparing home-cooked meals means hours spent shopping for and cooking the food.

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2/29 Community Notebook

*Lecture will deal with memory loss*Lenten soup, study sessions scheduled*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Relay For Life sets captains meeting*F.C. hoop project benefit is Saturday*Zumba event wil help out food bank*Writing workshop scheduled Monday*Stop smoking class scheduled in Dallas*Polk Relay for Life fundraiser on tap*Study will address everyday conflict*Art group seeking local submissions

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YMCA fundraising campaign under way

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence YMCA kicked off the "Partners With Youth Campaign," its largest fundraiser of the year, on Monday.

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'Millie' coming to WOU stage

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's theater and dance department has usually spaced out large-scale musicals on its season schedules every two years.

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2/29 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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Monmouth Taiko drum show

SALEM -- Monmouth Taiko will perform as part of a concert of traditional Japanese music at Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library on Saturday.

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2/29 Letters to the Editor

*Dallas officer made a huge difference*Red Cross could use your gift now*Keep all in mind with youth sports*Returned wallet brings a big smile

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Tuesday, February 28



Dallas Community Award Ceremony 2012

*Junior First Citizen: Jana Fogg*Exceptional Family: Brostrom Family*Outstanding Organization: Polk County Commission for Children & Families*Good Samaritan: Dawn Lee*Most Improved Business: Dallas Super Market*Small Business of the Year: King's Pumping Service*Ag Business of the Year: Old Mill Feed and Garden*Excellence in Arts: Slade and Melina Thackeray

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City leaders discuss vision for Monmouth 'superblock'

MONMOUTH -- If the half block across from Main Street Park is developed, how tall should the building or buildings be? How do you finance this in a down economy? If it contains housing, how would you resolve parking issues downtown?

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2/29 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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Community leaders honored

DALLAS -- Dick and Sherri Fobert were treated to two surprises in one night Friday at the 55th annual Dallas Community Awards.

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Wednesday, February 22

                

Rugby thrives in Polk County

MONMOUTH -- Trailing the scrum in a practice drill last week, Dallas senior Anthony Sanchez leaned his shoulder behind the ball carrier, then barked out instructions as he waited for the ball to make its way back to him.

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Tuesday, February 21

  

OSP cuts concern other law enforcers

POLK COUNTY -- Word that budget cuts may force the Oregon State Police to cut personnel has law enforcement officials across the state watching funding negotiations carefully.

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Two arrested in stabbing

WEST SALEM -- Two people were arrested in connection with a nonfatal stabbing near the pedestrian bridge at Wallace Marine Park on Thursday, Salem Police said.

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Teams are needed for 2012 Relay

POLK COUNTY -- Are you a survivor? A caregiver? Have you lost a loved one to cancer? Are you ready to make a difference in the fight against cancer?

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Firefighters, EMTs are honored

DALLAS -- Kevin Parnell was named Firefighter of the Year and Paul McCallum EMT of the Year Saturday at the annual Dallas Fire Department Sweetheart Banquet and Awards Program.

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Math in limelight at WOU

MONMOUTH -- High schools girls and teachers with a passion for numbers are welcome to attend a math fair Saturday at Western Oregon University.

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2/22 Business Notebook

*Social media workshop is Thursday*Chiropractic office to honor patients*Marquis Spa unveils new website

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Local doctor honored for 'noble deed'

SALEM -- Dr. Nancy Boutin, a Salem radiation oncologist, has been awarded Marion-Polk County Medical Society's prestigious "President's Achievement Award."

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2/22 OBITUARIES

*Robert Chester Davenport*Martha Sadie Little*Randy Scott Fredrickson*Gerald W. Murray*Michael Ardell Loerts*Pennelope 'Penny' (Miller) Cano*Lucy Johnson*Barbara Jeanne Gage*Jada 'Jay' Eudy*Anne Claudia Hale*Paul Allen Kugler

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2/22 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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2/22 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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2/22 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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WIC program gets additional funding

DALLAS -- Polk County's Nutrition and Screening Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has received an award and additional funding in recognition of its high rate of mothers who breastfeed their children.

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Seeking better communication

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Roughly a third of parents with children at the middle and high schools whose first language isn't English have never attended a parent meeting, a Central School District survey showed.

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2/22 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dinner, auction will aid Central FFA*Fundraiser on tap for CHS students*ICAN sets after-school art program*Perrydale School benefit scheduled*WSHS grad gets Whitworth degree*Six local residents recognized at GFU*Polk duo on fall dean's list at EOU*Monmouth student on mock trial team

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Museum, water don't mix

INDEPENDENCE -- The staff of the Independence Heritage Museum ran a sump pump and shop vacuum in the basement for two straight days during the height of the heavy rains last month in an attempt to keep the space dry.

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Free is a very good price

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Sgt. Mark Garton had the task of driving the new Humvee the sheriff's office acquired from Camp Withycombe in Clackamas County last week.

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2/22 Community Notebook

*Reception to mark art exhibit opening*Medical missions is subect of talk*Volunteers needed to help sort books*Library schedules program for adults*Workshop offers tips for seniors*Class on fly tying offered on Monday*Lecture will deal with memory loss*Relay For Life sets captains meeting*Elks honor local students, help city*Lenten soup, study sessions scheduled

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Play vignettes portray love

DALLAS -- Valentine's Day may have already come and gone, but love -- and a little bit of magic -- is in the air in Dallas High School's production of "Almost, Maine."

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Into the Wild Blue

INDEPENDENCE -- When designed in 1915, Airco's de Havilland 2 (DH-2) biplane appeared as though it would give the British Royal Flying Corps the air combat edge it needed during World War I.

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Wednesday, February 15

 

2/15 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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2/15 News in Brief

*Senator slates Saturday town hall*Home, garden show vendors sought*Easterly bribe trial date postponed*Lunch program seeking volunteers

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2/15 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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2/15 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Paul and Diane Telfer took Paul's mother, Martha Telfer, and Aunt Naomi Goodman, with them to Indio, Calif., in January, where they spent 2« weeks drying out and hiking through the desert and mountains in the area.

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Counterfeiters caught near casino

GRAND RONDE -- Two Albany men were arrested on Feb. 7 for allegedly passing more than $1,700 worth of counterfeit bills inside Spirit Mountain Casino.

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District weighing two key local issues

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District discussed, but did not vote, on two much-debated topics at its meeting Monday night: open enrollment and withdrawing from the Willamette Education Service District.

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Monmouth puts focus on historic properties

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth has interesting footnotes in its nearly 160-year history: It was settled three years before Oregon was admitted to the union and is the site of the oldest public university in the state.

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2/15 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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Bomb threat closes all CCC campuses

DALLAS -- All seven campuses of Chemeketa Community College, including the Dallas satellite campus building, were closed Monday morning due to a bomb threat.

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New wellness clinic opens

DALLAS -- The husband and wife team of Gabe Prewitt and Lyndsay Posey have gone from San Diego to China to study acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

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2/15 Business Notebook

*Bread Board opening second outlet*BeckenRidge schedules open house*Dallas gift shop changing its hours

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2/15 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Poetry reading is Thursday at WOU*Dallas FFA Alumni benefit on tap*Student essays receive recognition*Perrydale grad on HU dean's list*Dallas resident garners OBU honor*Prouty earns academic achievement*Goshen recognizes Dallas student*Thomas gains honor at Whitworth*SC honor roll includes Polk students

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2/15 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I'd like to send belated Valentine's Day greetings and a big helping of gratitude to those who help make living in MI Town extra special all year long.

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When the floods come

POLK COUNTY -- Kirk Lewis surveyed what was left of a section of dirt road on the banks of the Luckiamute River on his property Friday morning.

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Shake-up looming in Polk court system

POLK COUNTY -- News that Polk County Circuit Court Judge William Horner is retiring has caused what will be a significant shake-up in the Polk County District's Attorney's Office come election day.

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2/15 Community Notebook

*PSWCD native plant sale set for Friday*Post Valentine's dance scheduled*Local authors set to address group*Hula hoop seminar for youths slated*Church schedules traditional supper*Fundraiser on tap for Central FFA *Medical mission subject of talk

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Math lessons go high-tech

INDEPENDENCE -- Students in Jennifer Bruning's early afternoon algebra class at Central High on a recent day were able to work on their products of powers lessons alongside tutors.

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2/15 OBITUARIES

*Ronald 'Ron' Anthony August*Stanley P. VanDerZanden*Willis 'Willy' Adelbert Matson*Jaime Nicole Cooley*Betty Olive Brown Hyde Hartley*Margie J. Phelps

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NSTA honors Dallas teacher

DALLAS -- To Travis Godkin, science was never a dreaded subject. In fact, he had long planned to make a career out of it -- in one way or another.

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Wednesday, February 8

              

Tuesday, February 7

 

2/8 Correction

In a story headlined "A heart-tugging lesson learned," which appeared on Page 1A and continued onto Page 6A of the Feb. 1 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Dallas Fire Department chaplain Ken Braun was misidentified as Fred Braun. The I-O regrets the error.

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Walmart expansion appealed

DALLAS -- An appeal of the Dallas Planning Commission's approval of Walmart's plans to expand its Dallas store has been filed.

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School Notes / Academic Honors

*WOU extends scholarship deadline*BCS accepting 12-13 applications*Locals qualify for UO dean's list*Dallas resident earns UND degree*Cornell College recognizes Crawford

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2/8 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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Toby finally finds his way home

DALLAS -- After nearly one and a half years and an almost 3,000-mile trip from Dallas to New York, Toby, an 8-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, is settling in at home with his family -- again.

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'Proof' takes WOU stage

MONMOUTH -- Sara King, an aspiring director, admits that "Proof" isn't a play that would have sprung to mind if she was offered free reign to select and stage a live production.

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2/8 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Many thanks to Polk County's excellent road crew, which whipped Pedee Creek Road back into shape after all that rain. It looks great, if not a tad narrower in spots.

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2/8 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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2/8 School Notes / Academic Honors

*WOU extends scholarship deadline*BCS accepting 12-13 applications*Locals qualify for UO dean's list*Dallas resident earns UND degree*Cornell College recognizes Crawford

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2/8 Community Notebook

*Gentle House work parties set to begin*WHS offering pet adoption activity*Square dance set for Saturday night*Sunday breakfast on tap at grange*TLC will dedicate its new building*Chocolate dessert fundraiser planned*Pentacle fundraiser will aid VORP/CMS*New Hope slates Valentine's event*Dallas FFA Alumni set dinner, auction

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Bagels by the book

MONMOUTH -- Wail El-Telbany said there was a period of self-pity that he couldn't shake during his first few years in the United States.

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2-1-1 resource help line wants to get word out

POLK COUNTY -- In the last three months of 2011, 647 residents of Polk County sought assistance through the recently launched Mid-Valley 2-1-1 system. Managers of the system want to serve even more people.

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Panel talks sexual diversity

MONMOUTH -- Cesar Lara said it took nearly four hours for him to utter the words to his sister. Every time he opened his mouth, "it was like somebody punched me in the stomach, my breath was taken away."

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Dallas: Lots done, lots more to do

DALLAS -- Mayor Brian Dalton recognized the accomplishments and the unwavering volunteer spirit that stood out in the city of Dallas during the past 12 months in his state of the city address Monday.

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2/8 News in Brief

*Fair board plans annual meeting*Backyard chickens subject of talk*Insulator failure results in outage*Disaster planning discussion set

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Enduring love

DALLAS -- At a little after 11 a.m. Monday, Jake Peters slowly pushes his wife, Linda, in her wheelchair to the cafeteria at Dallas Retirement Village for lunch.

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2/8 OBITUARIES

*Edna Bishop*Frank Armstrong*Cathy J. Crum*Rhonda C. Salleng*Liliah Annetta Swenson*Pauline Kraybill*Ronald 'Ron' Anthony August*Lee Allen Ingram

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PCCC has opening on its board

POLK COUNTY -- Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the nine-member board of the Polk County Cultural Coalition (PCCC).

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More gun laws surface in Legislature

POLK COUNTY -- Several proposed gun law changes, including one that would make it a crime to carry a firearm in public buildings, have been introduced for the shortened 2012 Oregon Legislature.

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2/8 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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2/8 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Bright, yellow daffodils are beginning to make their appearance -- from well-tended gardens in MI Town, to local shops and stores and even along roadsides and in farmers' fields all around the area. And for those of us who are trying to be optimistic after so many dark and rainy days, these first signs of springtime are a wonderful and most welcome sight.

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Mental health clinic open

WEST SALEM -- Polk County Mental Health Administrative Manager Geoff Heatherington saw a need for a clinic in the West Salem area four years ago.

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Suit against Boquist dropped

DALLAS -- A federal lawsuit that alleged State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) diverted earnings from his military training company to political campaigns and personal use was dropped almost as quickly as it was announced last week.

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Monmouth's public buildings need help

MONMOUTH -- During an address on the state of Monmouth last month, Mayor John Oberst rattled off successes that his community should be excited about -- a stable budget and a healthy downtown to name a few.

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