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Wednesday, June 27

           

Tuesday, June 26



Popular bookstore expands

DALLAS -- Moving from a 1,000-square-foot store to one with more than four times the space has been quite an adjustment for Paperback Paradise owner Ray Stellingwerf.

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Boutique fills women's apparel need

MONMOUTH -- "Small town" doesn't need to mean "style challenged," although that's easier said than done when your community has scant offerings for apparel shopping.

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Holiday calls for earlier I-O deadlines

The upcoming Independence Day holiday has resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Wednesday, July 4, edition.

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6/27 OBITUARIES

*Joe Arthur Yancey*Katherine 'Kathy' Elaine Wells*David Douglas Dorn*Robert Stephen Lehman

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6/27 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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6/27 Letters to the Editor

*Father's Day event was a big success*Bikers, pedestrians must think safety*Good samaritan's deed appreciated*State must address vets' homelessness

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MINET budget set in face of red ink

INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Network (MINET) Board approved its 2012-13 budget June 19. However, it has yet to determine how to fill a more than half-million-dollar gap.

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Tour shares farm issues with officials

PERRYDALE -- The crowd gathered at the edge of the hazelnut orchard on the Scharf Bros. Farm listened intently as grower Zach Christensen explained that the Willamette Valley provides up to 98 percent of the United States' crop.

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Comic Therapy

INDEPENDENCE -- Benjamin Kreger's keyboard will take a beating this summer.

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LUBA to rule on Walmart in July

SALEM -- The Land Use Board of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in the appeal of the city of Dallas' decision to uphold expansion plans for the Dallas Walmart.

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Polk, Marion join provider network

SALEM -- Polk and Marion counties and 11 health care organizations throughout the Willamette Valley entered into an agreement June 19 to form a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) to better serve regional Medicaid patients.

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6/27 News in Brief

*Grand Ronde library, CCRLS partner*Pancake feed benefit set for July 4*New restaurant scheduled to open

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6/27 Correction

In a story headlined "M-I faces garbage rate hikes," which appeared on Page 2A of the June 20 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly reported that Independence City Council approved on June 12 a proposal by Brandt's Sanitary Service to increase garbage collection rates. City staff recommended approval, but City Council opted to postpone consideration of the rates until July. The I-O regrets the error.

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6/27 BIRTHS

*Lindemann*Connor*Fletcher*Casey*Reddekopp*Magee*Lay*Wallis*Morgan

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6/27 Community Notebook

*Novel-writing class begins Wednesday*First aid, CPR class offered on Saturday*Sale of fireworks to aid FC groups*Art gallery to host silent auction event*Christian rock band to perform in Dallas*Ice cream social scheduled Tuesday*Book sale on tap in Independence*Deadline is nearing for 4-H fair projects*Hospice group sets four-week seminar

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6/27 School Notes / Academic Honors

*DHS senior picked for OSF workshop*Sale of fireworks to aid FC schools*Six earn degrees from George Fox*Locals receive degrees from Linfield*Pacific fetes two locals for grades*Monmouth man completes degree*Dallas duo earn WPC deans list nod*Polk students qualify for honor roll

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6/27 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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6/27 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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Thursday, June 21



Wednesday, June 20



Community gardens get growing

DALLAS -- Michelle Johnson wasn't sure how many people would be interested in her idea for starting a community garden in Dallas this summer.

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6/20 OBITUARIES

*Neoma Elizabeth Cunnigham*Marion 'Irene' Johnson*Martha Hamm*Wesley Seeley*Barbara Ann Lass*Curtis Wayne 'Pete' Hedrick

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6/20 News in Brief

*Benefit auction set at Eola Hills*Lions fete members, select officers*4-H seeking exchange host families*MINET launches overhauled website

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6/20 School Notes/Academic Honors

*VFW announces essay topic*CSD honors employees, parents*West Salem duo earn bachelors*Locals finish degree work at LBCC*DHS grad nets pharmacy doctorate*Dudley receives Whitworth degree*Independence man earns MBA*Five from Polk earn scholarships*W. Salem grads awarded by Maps*Green makes Kirkland dean's list*DHS Class of 2012 receive local scholarships

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Resurfacing to close Dallas streets

DALLAS -- Several streets in downtown Dallas will be closed to traffic or will have only limited access today through Friday because of a resurfacing project.

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Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

On Sunday, June 10, Pastor Mitch Lee announced that Daniel Russell has been chosen to take over the pastorate when he leaves in August or September. Daniel and his wife, Heidi, and children, Allana, 7, Alex, 5, Abigail, 2, and Aliyah, 10 months, have lived in Pedee for more than two years now.

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6/20 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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6/20 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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6/20 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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MI-Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our newly-minted Western Oregon University graduates bid farewell to MI Town following busy weekend graduation ceremonies that combined nostalgia, optimism and abundant good wishes. We'd like to add our congratulations and high hopes as our best and brightest begin another exciting chapter in their lives. Come September, we'll welcome new freshman students eager to start a new journey of their own, as well as our returning sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. WOU is indeed the crown jewel in MI Town's crown and we look forward to so many good programs, classes and activities that our hometown university has to offer.

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6/20 BIRTHS

*Mullins*Connor*Camero*Howard*Turnipseed*Hice*Wakkure*Fredinburg

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WOU science building under way

MONMOUTH -- While most of the attention at Western Oregon University this weekend was on commencement, recognition was also given to the start of a high-profile project that will help future graduates.

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Dallas family rescued from N. Santiam River

IDANHA -- An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter crew rescued two Dallas residents who fell into the North Santiam River during a kayaking trip on Saturday, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

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Wings of Wonder closes

BUENA VISTA -- It's a simple getup that Bob Heriford has donned almost daily during the last five years -- a pair of antennae, jumbo sunglasses with multiple eyes, and wings he picked up at a collector's show.

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6/20 Community Notebook

*WVH celebration set for Thursday*Food preservation is workshop topic*Dallas seniors to hold bunco party*Camp Attitude fundraiser set*Leaf casting workshop planned*Golf community to host open house*Perrydale to hold all-classes reunion*Novel-writing class to take place*Elks to hold first aid, CPR class*Adult reading program offered

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Falls City water rates to rise

FALLS CITY -- The city of Falls City will soon be raising water rates and requiring employees to help cover the cost of health insurance.

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Dallas man rescued by teens

DALLAS -- Kyle Piering was riding his bike home for lunch after a morning of fishing at Mercer Reservoir Thursday when he ran over a large rock in the road.

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Independence teen survives brush with death

INDEPENDENCE -- Donovan Cassell was on a ventilator, comatose, the morning of May 27. His mother, Kristy, remembers the doctors at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield telling her that the next 24 to 48 hours would be critical.

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Redgate Vineyard blooms from toil, passion

BUENA VISTA -- Steve Dunn thought it might be a relaxing way to spend his retirement following almost 40 years in construction -- growing wine grapes on his small, picturesque 6 acres south of Independence.

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Hog Wild!

Local pig farm utilizes heritage breed, pasturing method

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Tuesday, June 12



6/13 Letters to the Editor

*Annual cleanup day was a big success*Drivers must watch for bikers on road*Shopping locally good for everyone*Many helpers made food drive run well*Actions of teacher show commitment*Center fundraiser was a great event

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6/13 OBITUARIES

*Alice 'Louise' Barker Brown*Robert G. Friesen*James 'Jim' Donald Gumpinger*Myrtle Maxine Tate*C. David McGuffey Sr.*Dorothy A. Rundle*James Wesley Hilborn

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6/13 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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Wings of Wonder closes

BUENA VISTA -- One of Polk County's -- and the state's -- most unique and colorful operations will call it quits on Father's Day.

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6/13 Correction

In a story headlined "Home for graduation," which appeared on Page 1A of the June 6 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, it was incorrectly reported that the last commencement held on Central High's campus was in 1973. The school moved graduation ceremonies to what was then Oregon College of Education in 1974. The ceremony was to be held on the college's football field in 1976, unless there was inclement weather; commencement was held in Central High's gym that year because of rain, according to a June 2, 1976, issue of the Monmouth Sun-Enterprise newspaper. The I-O regrets the error.

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6/13 Public Agenda Calendar

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

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Dallas receives Chalkboard Project grant

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has received a $20,000 grant to design a plan to improve teacher evaluations, career mentoring, compensation plans and professional development.

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Equestrian Dreams

SHERIDAN -- The triangle of land near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 18 in northwest Polk County is just farmland.

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'Hungry Like the Wolf'

MONMOUTH -- Laurie ONeal said the issue of Western Oregon University students going hungry never occurred to her until two weeks ago.

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6/13 Community Notebook

*Elks Club will host Father's Day shoot*Rogue schedules Sunday concert*Monmouth church plans youth event*Food preservation is workshop topic*Seminar for horse owners scheduled

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Homegrown Harmonies

MONMOUTH -- Tom Bergeron began playing piano at age 10 in his native New Hampshire. He picked up the saxophone not long after, to ensure his then dream of playing in a high school band.

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6/13 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Norm and Donna Baldwin went to Niles, Mich., last week to visit their daughter, Kari, her husband, Benjamin, and grandchildren Robbie, Amber and Zachary.

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6/13 News in Brief

*Aquatic Center to close June 18 - 21*Firefighters host special breakfast*Van Well Road closure scheduled*Paving work set in downtown Dallas*Spay/neuter assistance offered*Local Medicare assistance available*Accident on Ellendale snarls traffic

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City denies zoning for bark expansion

MONMOUTH -- City Council has shot down Marr Bros. Bark's request to adjust the zoning of its property on Monmouth's long-term planning map, dashing the business' desire to expand.

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6/13 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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Wednesday, June 6

        

WOU: Baseball's Wood, Miller honored

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University pitcher Grady Wood and shortstop Blake Miller were voted to the Daktronics All-American first team by members of the NCAA Division II College Sports Information Directors of America.

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LOCAL SPORTS: Mini-Marathon entries accepted

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Registration is under way for the 40th annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon, a 2.6-mile run and walk that is part of the Fourth of July activities in the two communities.

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Dallas and Central graduation items of interest

Dallas High School's Class of 2012 held its commencement ceremony at Gallaspy Stadium Saturday. The class cumulatively was awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships, including the record 70 students enrolling at Chemeketa Community College through the no-cost Extended Campus Program. There were 219 graduates, 50 of whom had a 3.5 grade point average or better.

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Tuesday, June 5

 

6/6 News in Brief

*Polk Republicans plan open house*Summer hours set at Falls City library*Rotary food drive deemed a success

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6/6 Academic Honors

*Burke receives OBU nursing honor*West Salem duo earn doctorates*Local pair graduate from Whitman*Four from Polk among Pacific grads*Rickreall woman receives masters*Dallas man recipient of scholarship*Monmouth duo make UP dean's list*Local residents complete degrees*Crown College honors WSHS grad*Polk student named Ford Scholar*M-I Rotary awards two scholarships*CHS senior earns FFA scholarship

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6/6 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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WOU tuition changes set

MONMOUTH -- Students at Western Oregon University will either endure a tuition hike or enjoy a slight decrease this fall -- depending on which payment plan they've enrolled in.

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At the Top of the World

Elated and physically spent, Craig Hanneman dropped to his knees after clambering those last few steps to the top of the world.

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6/6 Letters to the Editor

*Flags for veterans was a nice touch*WESD long overdue for major changes*Peterson has been community asset*Project ACHIEVE thankful of support*Dallas must look at backyard burn ban*Prosperity is key for Polk's future*'No Soliciting" means just that

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6/6 OBITUARIES

*Noreen Frances Willey*Ralph Scott Beeler*Myrtle Maxine Tate*V. Ruth Quiring*Marion G. Albrecht*Stephen R. McNeil*Kathleen Fella*Darrell Clinton Propst*Larry Lee Ely

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Falls City hoops project a hit

FALLS CITY -- The new basketball court at Riverside Park in Falls City isn't quite finished, but that hasn't stopped people from using the new hoops.

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6/6 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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One-vehicle accident snarls traffic

INDEPENDENCE -- Traffic was stalled on Highway 51 north of Independence on Monday morning after a vehicle crashed into and felled a power pole, Polk County Fire District No. 1 said.

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Sex offender notice given

DALLAS -- Polk County Community Corrections is notifying area residents about a sex offender who is scheduled for release Wednesday.

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6/6 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Bob and Lynda Schnekenberger just got a new RV to live in while their home is being rebuilt after realizing the one they were in was way too small.

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6/6 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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6/6 Community Notebook

*Opening reception for art exhibit set*Rogue to host DIY paddle-craft class*Aircraft group will offer rides to youth*Clothing giveaway planned Saturday*Grange will host Sunday breakfast*Rogue to host farm tour, salmon bake*Telescope-making class being offered*Workshop for horse owners scheduled*Dallas grads slate 50-year class event*DHS Class of '92 schedules reunion

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County placed on risk watch list

DALLAS -- Polk County has been included on a list of counties at risk for financial distress, according to a report released Thursday by the Secretary of State Office Audits Division.

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Four arrested in meth bust

DALLAS -- Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) arrested four people in Dallas on multiple charges following a month-long investigation into drug sales at a local trailer park.

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6/6 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We've turned the page on the calendar to June, and summertime is so close we can almost taste it. We are dreaming of hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken on the grill, potato salad and baked beans, gallons of lemonade, and lazy days in the hammock with nothing to do but relax and watch the birds circling overhead while listening to the happy laughter of the neighbor kids playing games down the street.

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