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Tuesday, January 31

 

2/1 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Scholarship applications available*'Extended Campus' discussion set*WOU to host campus preview event*MLK tribute rescheduled for Feb. 9*WOU offers civil rights film series*Rickreall resident makes dean's list

January 31, 2012 2:02 p.m. read more..
 

Child abuser sentenced to 62 years

*Passenger dies in car-tree crash*Domestic fracas leads to arrest*Bicycle rider dies when hit by truck*Teens charged in church burglary*Easterly bribery trial under way*Car leaves roads, injuring pair

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Farmers decry FSA move

RICKREALL -- Farmers who attended Friday's public hearing about a proposal to close Polk County's Farm Service Agency office were left frustrated with the reasons given for shuttering the local office.

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2/1 Letters to the Editor

*What's happening with state lottery?*Falls City had lots of help during flood*Many made 'Polk Connect' a success

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Local artist gains national honor

INDEPENDENCE -- A local artist was recognized at the Independence River Gallery on Saturday for one of his pieces on display in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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2/1 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

January 31, 2012 2:02 p.m. read more..
 

2/1 News in Brief

*Polk Democrats slate speakers*Wyden will visit Indy Saturday*County recruits sheriff reserves

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2/1 Community Notebook

*Church bell choir seeking members*Food drive taking place at Safeway*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Kickoff event set for Relay For Life*Emeritus Society to gather Monday*Writing workshop takes place Feb. 6*Master Gardeners to meet in Dallas*PSWCD accepting native plant orders

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Legislators know budget is priority

SALEM -- Balance the state budget. That is the first priority for state legislators starting this week as Oregon's first session in an even numbered year begins.

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A handcrafted leap of faith

DALLAS -- Joe Huff expertly glides a hand-held planeacross the solid wood top of a custom-built desk he is building in his shop.

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First 'Connect' makes big impact

DALLAS -- A woman skillfully carrying a tray full of spaghetti and salad dinners slowly makes her way to a table in a crowded room inside Living Hope City Church.

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2/1 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

January 31, 2012 2:02 p.m. read more..


FC meals benefit from deal

FALLS CITY -- It was a difficult choice for kids at Falls City Elementary School at lunchtime Jan. 25 -- go for the corn dogs or cheese quesadillas?

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2/1 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

For all of us who have been swapping January flood stories and are tired of the wet wool smell in coat closets and boots in the hallway, Wednesday marks the beginning of the brand new, bright and shiny month of February.

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2/1 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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On-time graduation rates drop in county

POLK COUNTY -- A majority of Polk County school districts, excluding Salem-Keizer, saw a decrease in the number of students who earned a high school diploma on time in 2010-11 compared to the year before, according to a state report released Friday.

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2/1 OBITUARIES

*Wallace 'Wally' Eugene Entz*Tommie A. Gossett*Ron August*Dortha May Carver Minshall*Edna Bishop*William 'Bill' J. Byrom

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Friday, January 27

 

Wednesday, January 25

            

Central tabs baseball coach

INDEPENDENCE -- Although Zach Miller only has two seasons of coaching experience -- American Legion summer baseball at that -- under his belt, the former Western Oregon University pitcher isn't as green in the manager's seat as you would think.

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Tuesday, January 24



1/25 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

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..


Fire district faces challenges

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Reducing personnel, streamlining service levels and seeking an operating tax levy are some of the actions Polk County Fire District No. 1 may weigh during the next two years.

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..
 

Storm wreaks havoc

POLK COUNTY -- Residents of Polk County are in cleanup mode after last week's perfect storm combination of snow, followed by warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall led to widespread flooding.

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..


Next budget won't count on timber payment

POLK COUNTY -- The Bureau of Land Management announced the distribution of the final county timber payment last week, just in time for counties throughout the state to begin considering life without them.

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..


1/25 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

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..
 

'Connect' event is today

DALLAS -- Polk Community Connect, a one-day event designed to help people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, is being held Wednesday (today) in Dallas.

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Meeting will address FSA move proposal

POLK COUNTY -- A public hearing addressing the possible consolidation of the Polk County Farm Service Agency office takes place Friday at 9 a.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway West, Rickreall.

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Pro snowboarder to appear Saturday

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Community membersin Monmouth and Independence will have a chance to meet professional snowboarder Andy Finch during special Saturday night screenings of the snowboard movie "ONE YEAR."

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..


Indepizza is a family affair

INDEPENDENCE -- Chance Henschel said as he was preparing to leave his old job last fall, he started toying with the idea of running a restaurant.

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OSU Federal announces promotion

DALLAS -- Bonnie Beck has been promoted from assistant branch manager to branch manager at the Dallas location of OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, at 210 NE Orchard Drive.

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1/25 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.

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..


Flood damage being assessed

POLK COUNTY -- Officials in Polk County's communities are assessing the scope of damage and financial toll from last week's widespread flooding.

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Soil/water agency sets workshops

DALLAS -- Polk Soil and Water Conservation District has scheduled a series of winter workshops designed to help landowners maximize their resources.

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Central bond audit shared with board

INDEPENDENCE -- The high school reconstruction and other work related to Central School District's 2008 bond came in under budget and ahead of time, according to an analysis of the project's management.

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1/25 Community Notebook

*Mexican Fiesta set Friday in Monmouth*Chili feed, auction slated for Saturday*Puzzle competition on tap in Falls City*Auditions slated at Pentacle Theatre

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1/25 OBITUARIES

*John K. Grimes*Charles 'Dick' R. Holderby*Franz B. Gruse Jr.*Gladys Melva Eaton*Marvin Frank Wiedeman*Evelyn Mae (McKibben) Whitaker*Harold Edwin Dalke Sr.*Doris L. Roth*John Stuart Rolan*Bradley C. Mogle

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..


'Cinderella' comes to CHS

INDEPENDENCE -- When it comes to the story of "Cinderella," generations of little girls have been raised on the Walt Disney 1950 animated version.

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1/25 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee Creek Road was very wet last week. Water was running across the road in several places and several sections, as well as driveways, were washed out.

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1/25 Letters to the Editor

*Dallas wrestlers appreciate support*Championship is the owrk of many*Walmart decision needs revisiting*Volunteers make tourney a success*'Lunch Ladies' make a difference

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..
 

Website promotes 'all things Dallas'

DALLAS -- Need to find out the population of Polk County, the nearest location of your bank, a list of nearby wineries and a good spot to have dinner in Dallas all at once?

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..


Residents of floodplains shoulder risk

POLK COUNTY -- "Well, at least I won't have to rake," Barbara Holly said, gesturing to a pile of leaves deposited at the edge of her driveway -- a parting gift from the overflowing Little Luckiamute River.

January 24, 2012 2:28 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, January 20



Slide show of flooding in Polk County

Polk County declared a state of emergency Friday (today) after widespread flooding due to melting snow and heavy rainfall wreaked havoc throughout the county Wednesday and Thursday.

January 20, 2012 4:07 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 19

  

Wednesday, January 18

   

Second half letdown dooms Western Oregon men's basketball squad

MONMOUTH -- When Kyle Long hit a short jumper with 9:08 remaining in Saturday's Great Northwest Athletic Conference matchup with Saint Martin's to give the Western Oregon University men's basketball team a double-digit lead, the alumni-filled crowd might have sat back a little too comfortably with its bags of popcorn.

January 18, 2012 11:30 a.m. read more..


Quick Hits

Training coming to Dallas, West Salem Little League, DBA Tournament, WOU Track

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Dallas wrestling team upsets No. 1 Hermiston

REDMOND -- When Dallas coach Tony Olliff woke up before the second day of the prestigious Oregon Wrestling Classic, he wasn't yet sure if it was the day that his squad would knock off a team that has dominated Class 5A wrestling for half a decade.

January 18, 2012 11:30 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 17



Mini-grants to be available

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Community members spearheading service projects to enhance their town or school can receive financial help to do so.

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1/18 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.

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


Youths help organization stay busy

INDEPENDENCE -- Jesica Paredes began work as an aide at Polk County Circuit Court five weeks ago. The 17-year-old from Dallas, who's trying to earn a GED, said it's been an eye-opener.

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Body found at Baskett viewing area

POLK COUNTY -- A body of a man was found Monday morning at the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge viewing platform off Highway 22, officials from the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

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Arson, theft among charges

SHERIDAN -- A Sheridan man arrested for stealing nearly $30,000 from his grandmother admitted to burning down a home along Highway 22 last fall, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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1/18 Community Notebook

*WOU will host art exhibit reception*Stew and biscuits served Thursday*Family movie day Friday in Rickreall*50s-style sock-hop set in West Salem*Historical Society sets annual event*Kickoff is Saturday for Relay for Life*Donations needed to aid SABLE House*Bible study group seeking members*Western jazz camp taking registration*Central Lions have Valentine's candy*Weight-loss group meeting in Dallas*Pentacle Theatre names new board*Tickets available for KoC fundraiser

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


Tapping a new resource

INDEPENDENCE -- George Lopez said he supposes you could categorize his work with the Independence Police Department "a hobby."

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..
 

Polk's Farm Service office faces closure

DALLAS -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Polk County Farm Service Agency office may close and move to another county as a result of a plan to consolidate 131 offices nationwide.

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M-I award selections under way

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Nominations are being accepted for the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce's First Citizen Award Banquet in March.

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Parents reminded: vaccinations a must

SALEM -- The new year is here and the Oregon Immunization Program wants to remind parents that now is the time to make sure kids' vaccination records are complete and up to date.

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Trio hopes to score a court

FALLS CITY -- Most kids in Falls City know that when you shoot hoops at Riverside Park, there's a chance you'll be walking home minus a basketball or in soggy shoes.

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1/18 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

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


1/18 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Congratulations to Judy Guida and Jennifer Vandenberg, who both ran the Walt Disney World "Donald Duck Half Marathon" on Jan. 7 in Orlando, Fla.

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Shoe drive to benefit M-I elementary youth

MONMOUTH -- In late 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. had started planning on the Poor People's Campaign, an initiative to help low-income citizens by bringing attention to their plight and demonstrating how poverty crosses color boundaries.

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


New firefighters welcomed

POLK COUNTY -- Dallas Fire Department and Polk County Fire District No. 1 recently honored their newest volunteer firefighters.

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Grief support groups have openings

WEST SALEM -- Willamette Valley Hospice still has space available in support groups for grieving adults and children that start next week in West Salem.

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1/18 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

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


WOU plans campus preview day event

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host the first of two free "winter preview days" for prospective students and their families on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..
 

Old Man Winter arrives

POLK COUNTY -- Western Oregon's long stretch of dry and unseasonably warm weather came to an end beginning late Saturday night.

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1/18 Letters to the Editor

*Local newspapers keep us informed*DHS sports teams are entertaining*Dallas Food Bank thanks supporters*Volunteers make tourney a success

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


1/18 News in Brief

*Clinic information session planned*MERIT business course set to start*Conflict resolution training offered*Grant to aid library's youth services

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


Special times, special kids

DALLAS -- Dallas High School student Brandon Alvis picked up a bowling ball, walked toward one of the lanes at Starlite Lanes, and hurled the ball toward several suddenly vulnerable-looking pins.

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..
 

School Notes / Academic Honors

*Whitworth set to host reading event*Auction items needed for fundraiser*ICAN plans afterschool programs*Math night slated Jan. 26 at MES*Central seeks committee members*Dallas duo makes UP dean's list*Local resident earns Baylor degree*WSHS student receives recognition

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


1/18 OBITUARIES

*Sandra D. 'Sandy' Bonk*Alice Marie Nendel Hamilton Rhodes*Sylvia Kukrall*Rita Mae Montgomery*Rafael S. Alvarez*John Henry Montgomery*Wilbur 'Bill' Raymond Atkins*Charles Richard Holderby*Melvin Lange

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..


1/18 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The weather outside is cool and crisp, and we're smack dab in the middle of a cold winter's day as we go to deadline for this week's column. But the sun is shining and everything looks pretty fine outside my window.

January 17, 2012 2:50 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 11

  

Quick Hits

*Pirates garner all-state football honors *Dallas Basketball Association to hold youth tournament

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1/11 News in Brief

*Work may cause delays along 99W*Local CASA training begins Friday*Valsetz documentary will be shown*PSWCD seeks committee members*Polk ombudsman volunteers needed*Peer counselors sought for seniors

January 11, 2012 9:32 a.m. read more..


1/11 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.

January 11, 2012 9:32 a.m. read more..


Itemizer-Observer is now on Facebook!

Polk County Itemizer-Observer is now on Facebook. This week, the Itemizer-Observer officially launched its first Facebook page. A link to the page can be found in the upper right corner of the I-O's website, www.polkio.com, or you can access the page directly by visiting www.facebook.com/pages/Polk-County-Itemizer-Observer/205062686252209.

January 11, 2012 8:57 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 10



'Wrestling Town'

DALLAS -- As the Dallas wrestling team finished its 53-18 demolition over Silverton Thursday in the Dragons' triple dual, a South Albany coach, awaiting his squad's turn against the home team, turned to members of the rowdy, overflowing crowd.

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1/11 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

January 10, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..
 

Police take suspect from roof

MONMOUTH -- A Dallas man was arrested after a vehicle and foot chase ended in a 3 1/2-hour standoff with police officers atop a roof in a south Monmouth neighborhood on Friday.

January 10, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..
 

Tick Tock

INDEPENDENCE -- It's not easy for more than one person to move about inside Ann Durley's workshop.

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1/11 OBITUARIES

*Robert Dean Fahey*John Park Salle*Francis Marion Wagaman*Carmen M. Freeman*Mary Jane Rose George*Jimmie Maurice George*Alice Marie Nendel Hamilton Rhodes*Duane Thomas Rold*Duchess F. Johnson*David Earl Jacob*Dennis 'Buzz' Lee Andrews*John H. Montgomery*Sylvia Kukrall*Professor Anton Postl

January 10, 2012 3:21 p.m. read more..


MLK Week activities set at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Community members are welcome to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy at Western Oregon University next week.

January 10, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..


MINET's future is tied to its growth

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Peel back the layers of one of the many bright yellow wires in the back room of Monmouth-Independence Network (MINET) and you will eventually find a tiny glass fiber.

January 10, 2012 2:57 p.m. read more..
 

Monmouth takes aim at sign violations

MONMOUTH -- Too much advertising is rarely a bad thing for a business. But some proprietors in Monmouth, however, may be forced to tone it down or do more with less starting this month.

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Livestock group sets gathering

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Livestock Association will hold its annual dinner and business meeting Jan. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Rickreall.

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1/11 Letters to the Editor

*No excuse for lack of city flag display*'Adopt a Family' gets the job done*Many helped make 'dinner' a success*Water emergency is resolved quickly

January 10, 2012 2:33 p.m. read more..


1/11 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's time to banish the winter doldrums, and where better than to visit the Monmouth Senior Center Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m., where a documentary film about the former town of Valsetz will be shown.

January 10, 2012 2:33 p.m. read more..


1/11 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

January 10, 2012 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

1/11 Community Notebook

*Weight loss group will meet Friday*Square dance takes place on Saturday*Church will host concert on Jan. 15*WOU will host art exhibit reception*Stew and biscuits served up Jan. 19*Community center available for rent

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'Manos' sequel moving forward

FALLS CITY -- When Jackey Raye Jones decided to participate in a sequel to the spectacularly horrific "Manos: The Hands of Fate," she has no idea of the long, strange trip she would taking.

January 10, 2012 2:33 p.m. read more..


Friday, January 6



Wednesday, January 4



Senior Calendar

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day or one-time programs or classes. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

January 4, 2012 3:39 p.m. read more..
 

Quick Hits

*Gridders earm all-state honors*Local hunter representative need by ODFW

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Falls City wins two

FALLS CITY -- Twenty-three seemed to be the lucky number for Falls City senior Stephen Reynolds last week.

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Western Oregon women lose two

The Western Oregon women's basketball team dropped two games on the road last week, a 69-49 loss to Montanta State Billings on Saturday and a 74-51 decision to Seattle Pacific Thursday.

January 4, 2012 9:43 a.m. read more..


Pirates play catch-up

PERRYDALE -- The part of being 4-5 nine games into the season that has Perrydale boys basketball coach T.J. Bailey excited is he believes the best from his team is yet to come.

January 4, 2012 9:43 a.m. read more..


'Aggressive' Dragons win

DALLAS -- Dallas girls basketball coach Dave Brautigam said he and his coaching staff have been stressing one thing to his Dragons squad.

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'We have that confidence'

STAYTON -- Before the start of the second half, the Central girls basketball team gathers in a tight huddle for its own kind of alone time.

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Tuesday, January 3

 

1/4 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

January 3, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..


1/4 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.

January 3, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..


Orosco pleads not guilty

DALLAS -- The man accused of shooting his brother, then reporting it as a suicide, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

January 3, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..


1/4 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

I'm sure I could have called anyone in Pedee and filled the paper with all the fun they had with family and friends during the holidays.

January 3, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..
 

OSP finishes evidence probe in Cannon case

POLK COUNTY -- Oregon State Police have finished an investigation into once-missing evidence in the Philip Scott Cannon murder case that was found in the offices of the Oregon Department of Justice.

January 3, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..


1/4 OBITUARIES

*Paul Douglas Dodele*Elizabeth M. Sybrandt*Carl William Randall*Tyrus Stearns Brown*Lana Lynn (Lefever) Birchell*Robert 'Bob' Lee Tish*Barbara Jean Ross Robson*Helen Hanzel*Deanna Marie Smith

January 3, 2012 2:22 p.m. read more..


Dallas takes tourney

BEAVERTON -- The last time Dallas beat Newberg on the wrestling mat, Tony Olliff's father, Paul, was the coach.

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1/4 News in Brief

*Applications for grants available*Park discussion set in West Salem*M-I State of the Cities set Jan. 11*Home, garden show seeks vendors

January 3, 2012 2:01 p.m. read more..


1/4 Community Notebook

*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Family movie day slated for Sunday*Writing group will gather on Monday*Bible study series set in Monmouth*Sunday breakfast on tap at grange

January 3, 2012 1:30 p.m. read more..


Fire displaces Dallas family

DALLAS -- A blaze that began underneath the fireplace in a home in the 800 block of Southwest Birch Street displaced two Dallas residents and their house guests on New Year's Eve.

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Audits show county in fiscal compliance

POLK COUNTY -- Annual audits of Polk County and the county's Oregon State University Extension District found both entities in financial compliance for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

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Encampment tests cadets

MONMOUTH -- "Stop fidgeting at position!" Michael Coffer barked. "This is your second day of encampment and I'm still having to tell you to stop fidgeting!"

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1/4 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

January 3, 2012 1:30 p.m. read more..


1/4 Letters to the Editor

*Donations for pet shelter appreciated*Monmouth should allow hens in city*Be careful when judging others*Backyard hens in M-I are good idea*Business steps up for clothing drive

January 3, 2012 1:30 p.m. read more..


2011 Year in Review

POLK COUNTY - When looking back at 2011, Polk County residents will remember the year for a wide variety of reasons, many positive.

January 3, 2012 1:30 p.m. read more..


1/4 Business Notebook

*Sushi restaurant opening in Dallas*Diner has new operator, name, menu*Pizza parlor open in Independence*Job training assistance available

January 3, 2012 1:30 p.m. read more..


Casual eatery up and running

INDEPENDENCE -- Humberto Alarcon was 17 when he and a pal decided to open their own small restaurant in their hometown of Tulancingo, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.

January 3, 2012 1:30 p.m. read more..