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Wednesday, March 28



Tuesday, March 27

 

3/28 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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3/28 OBITUARIES

*Mechelle R. Taylor*Merrill K. Frink*Elizabeth Jane Myser*Andrei Steven Rothweiler*Bertha Nunez-Manzo*Ramona 'Mona' Jean Anderson*Vera J. Morgan*Thomas 'Red' Kevin Kilfoil*Marilyn M. Spencer*William T. Gallagher Sr.*Gregory Gerald White*Jeremiah J. Brown*James Harold Thomassen*Larry Fitzwater

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Giving Hope

-- Mason Stokes' eyes light up when talking about the 1997 Nissan Sentra his parents gave him last year. It was white, well-traveled at 180,000 miles and "dirt cheap."

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H2O tries to move past negatives, rebuild

DALLAS -- Dallas-based nonprofit Help & Hope to Others (H2O) is rebuilding following the conclusion of a more than 1«-year Oregon Department of Justice investigation into its financial management.

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3/28 Letters to the Editor

*McDonald leaving a loss for council*Experience makes Felton top choice*Wheeler has shown the ability to do job*Candidate's resume is second to none*Renewable energy must be stressed*Felton is ready for role of county DA*BOC candidate has county in her heart*Felton will bring experience to job*Wheeler best choice for commissioner*Felton has traits we need in a DA*DA candidate will be tough on crime

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3/28 Community Notebook

*Weekend rummage sale set in Dallas*Artist reception slated for Friday*Flea Market on tap at Rickreall Grange*A Child's Haven plans spring event*Auditions scheduled at Pentacle Theatre*Church will host speaker, Seder*Holy Week activity schedule released*Writing workshop sets next meeting*Emeritus Society to gather Monday*Polk Relay For Life fundraiser on tap*Donations sought for PCMG plant sale

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Touted artist to appear at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host a special exhibition and visit by one of the world's most important ceramic artists next week.

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Group at WOU staging run for cancer research

MONMOUTH -- About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her life, according to the National Cancer Society. Most people know somebody suffering from the disease, be it a family member, friend or co-worker.

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Priorities revealed via chamber survey

DALLAS -- Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chelsea Pope has enough ideas for what the chamber could be doing to fill a lengthy "to do" list.

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3/28 Public Agenda Calendar

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

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Ag industry battles Mother Nature

POLK COUNTY -- On the morning of March 21's unusually late winter storm, workers at Daryll's Nursery hurriedly moved perennials and flowering shrubs indoors to keep accumulating snow from weighing down branches.

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3/28 Community Calendar

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

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3/28 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's springtime in MI Town and there's an abundance of fragrant blossoms and flowering trees for everyone to enjoy. There's a special feeling of hope and renewal everywhere you go. Springtime is a time for new beginnings.

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3/28 News in Brief

*Monmouth will discuss projects*Judge Hill ceremony set for Friday*Female wellness programs on tap*Dalla seeking citizen advisors*Monmouth receives Tree City honor

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Polk No. 1 recognizes several with awards

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County Fire District No. 1 and Polk No. 1 Firefighters Association honored its top employees and volunteer members at BeckenRidge Vineyard in Dallas on March 3.

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3/28 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Derek Burbank, son of Dave and Suzanne Burbank and grandson of Wes and Carla Burbank, returned from Australia this week after three and a half months of working on a farm and sightseeing both there and in New Zealand.

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Wednesday, March 21

    

Local sports briefs

WOU's Wheadon earns honor; WOU track athletes awarded; Kings Valley winter sports banquet set; Christenson signs with Lewis-Clark; Dallas High track team opens season

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Central's Emily Kenyon Ks up Gladstone

INDEPENDENCE -- Emily Kenyon began her dominance on the mound with 21 strikeouts and two wins and added a three-run home run to boot to help the Central softball team sweep Gladstone in a rainy doubleheader Saturday.

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3/21 OBITUARIES

*Clay 'Hal' Fox*Barbara E. Martin*A.Marie Anderson*Maxine I. Gordon*James Eldon Smith*Gerald G. Henry*Lon Lefever*Sanda 'Sam' Lois Henny*Jacque Smith-Breitenstein*Marvin David Johnson*Merrill K. Frink*Mechelle R. Taylor

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Tuesday, March 20

 

3/21 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

March 20, 2012 3:53 p.m. read more..


Old armory coming down

DALLAS -- Demolition on the old National Guard armory, former home to Dallas' 162nd Engineer Company, is moving forward.

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3/21 OBITUARIES

*Clay 'Hal' Fox*Barbara E. Martin*A. Marie Anderson*Maxine I. Gordon*James Eldon Smith*Gerald G. Henry*Lon Lefever*Sanda 'Sam' Lois Henny*Jacque Smith-Breitenstein*Marvin David Johnson

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3/21 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Zoning mires bark expansion

MONMOUTH -- Zoning restrictions may foil a proposal by a longtime industrial business just outside Monmouth to expand its operation.

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Campus drug dealers busted

POLK COUNTY -- Law enforcement officials arrested seven people on Thursday in connection with a drug ring centered on the Western Oregon University campus.

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3/21 Letters to the Editor

*Wheeler has what it takes for post*Column captured essence of athlete*Felton's experience makes him the pick*Be proactive with high gas prices*Felton has right background for job*Felton has what we need for Polk D.A.*Wheeler will work hard for our county*Attributes set this candidate apart*Collaboration key to saving services*Responders help save a valued life

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3/21 Community Calendar

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

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Brazilian Beat

MONMOUTH -- There's a shiny black Yamaha grand piano sitting on the stage of Smith Music Hall that Cassio Vianna adores. If the auditorium at Western Oregon University is empty when he's nearby, he'll almost always duck inside for a quick practice session.

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Extending an Education

DALLAS -- What started as a small program offered as an answer to dwindling resources for vocational training has become one of Dallas High School's most popular -- and successful -- endeavors.

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MINET boss placed on paid leave

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth-Independence Network (MINET) General Manager Phil Garrett has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an operational review of the publicly owned utility.

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F.C. student committed to cause

FALLS CITY -- Brittany Damewood-Lauder was a student at Talmadge Middle School in Independence when she heard a presentation on the plight of lepers, disabled individuals and orphaned children in Vietnam.

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3/21 Community Notebook

*Gift shop liquidation Wednesday at WVH*Falls City Garden Club sets meeting*Ballroom dance is scheduled Friday*Fundraiser for dog park set Saturday*Fairgrounds site of doll show, sale*Volunteers needed to help sort books*Missions trip benefit slated at Majestic*'Forks over Knives' showing scheduled*Bishop will visit Monmouth church*Diabetes support group is available

March 20, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..


A night of science fun

DALLAS -- Judges had a tough decision March 14 in choosing the best among about 175 science projects that were part of LaCreole Middle School's Sixth Grade Science Fair.

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New shop features local artisans' wares

INDEPENDENCE -- Shari Barwig, Monica Olin and Geraldine Oltmanns kept the street-side windows of their gift shop, Artisan Treasures Gallery, plastered over in newspaper during the weeks leading up to their opening.

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Friday, March 16



Thursday, March 15

 

Wednesday, March 14

        

Tuesday, March 13



3/14 OBITUARIES

*Karen K. Rose*Donald Lee Russell*Clora M. Friesen*Madriene Dankenbring*Steven Gerald Captain*Blanche O. Blackman*Christie Lynn Johnson*Doris Adele Oliver*Clay Ellis Fox*Rubylee Courtney*Kenneth Nelson Knutson*Paul Douglas Wood

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Old Coke mural gets new life

MONMOUTH -- And what of the Coca-Cola mural, discovered when the fire-charred building was razed in December? That's not going anywhere.

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Departing councilor outlines differences

DALLAS -- Mark McDonald, the former Dallas city councilor who resigned March 5, said he felt increasingly ineffective in representing his views on the role of government while serving on the council.

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3/14 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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3/14 Letters to the Editor

*Local farm workers deserve thank you*Vandals need to take responsibility*Reduce, eliminate animal suffering*Is Walmart runoff concern unjustified?*Politicians should fulfill obligations

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3/14 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Quick. Does anybody know what time it is? Everybody in MI Town is actively dodging puddles and accompanying rainstorms and wishing for last week's sunshine. Now we have the dubious joy of getting used to Daylight Saving Time.

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3/14 Public Agenda Calendar

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

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3/14 School Notes

*Oregon State academy honors Central graduate*LaCreole ready to host 6th-grade science fair*MVCA students, staff log 2,607 reading hours

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3/14 News in Brief

*Attorney withdraws from Polk DA race*WVHA office now closed on Fridays*Polk Bounty Market applications ready

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Panther Pandemonium

CORVALLIS - At 9:44 p.m. Saturday, Tanner Omlid made the shot heard all around Monmouth and Independence.

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Outreach center gives clients hope

DALLAS -- A group of people huddle together in front of the TV at Dallas' New Hope Community Outreach Center. They are riveted by an intense disaster movie, the echoes of which reverberate though the center.

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Spencer fills Falls City council post

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City City Council Monday night tapped Barbara Spencer, a six-year Falls City resident who serves as a volunteer for two community groups, to fill a vacant city council position.

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3/14 Corrections

A story headlined "Tipton makes it three seeking circuit bench," which appeared on Page 6A of the March 7 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, incorrectly reported which seat Gerald R. Tipton is seeking election to on the Polk County Circuit Court. He is running for election to Position 3. The I-O regrets the error.

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3/14 Community Calendar

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

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Industrial arts lessons revived

FALLS CITY -- "All right, we're going to go through this quick," Mike McConnell said to his three coverall-clad pupils, gesturing at the control panel of a plasma cutter.

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3/14 Community Notebook

*Monmouth center to host fundraiser*Heron Pointe sets St. Patrick's event*Master Gardeners to meet Thursday*Dallas Seniors will serve soup and pie*Art exhibit opening set Friday in Dallas*IndePizza hosting night of comedy*Quilting exhibition planned Saturday*Concert and dinner will aid food bank*St. Patrick's church slates fundraiser*Weekend daffodil festival scheduled*Sunday luncheon set at Buell Grange*Contributions being sought for benefit

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Board praises Perry's work

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved Dallas Superintendent Christy Perry's yearly evaluation Monday, giving her job performance over the last year high marks.

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Thursday, March 8



Wednesday, March 7



Tipton makes it two seeking circuit bench

DALLAS -- Gerald R. Tipton, a Dallas judge, filed for candidacy Monday for the Polk County Circuit Court Judge Position 3, bringing the number of candidates running for the position to two.

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Western Oregon's Ryan Hansen has that 'track DNA'

MONMOUTH -- When Ryan Hansen first stepped foot into Western Oregon University head track and field coach Mike Johnson's office looking for a spot on the team last year, the eighth-year Wolves coach was a bit skeptical, to say the least.

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Tuesday, March 6



3/7 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Maxwell Bennett, grandson of Pete and LaVerne Bennett, was recently invited to witness a speech and signing of a jobs bill after answering a questionnaire online.

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USMC cites Tawney's valor

DALLAS -- U.S. Marine Sgt. Ian Tawney's daughter, Claire, was born three months after his October 2010 death in Afghanistan.

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3/7 BIRTHS

*Hilker*Brandt*Bermudez*Dunkin*Gonzalez*Dryden*Trujillo*Kelley*Kalpakoff*Aguirre*Campbell

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Icy roads lead to accidents; one man dies

POLK COUNTY -- Slick roads following a storm that blanketed the Willamette Valley in ice and snow on Thursday caused more than a dozen traffic accidents in Polk County, including a fatal one on Highway 22.

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3/7 News in Brief

*Dallas foundation will award grants*Forum to feature judge candidates*DPO taking passport applications*Seminar on reverse mortgages set

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Combat officer keynote speaker at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, who at the time of her retirement was the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the combat support field of the U.S. Army, will speak at Western Oregon University next week.

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3/7 Community Calendar

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

March 6, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..


3/7 Letters to the Editor

*DSD classified staff saluted by board*Wrestling coverage earns high marks*Many positives to Walmart plan*Store expansion would be a benefit*Republican hopefuls letting it all out*Downtown grocery deserving of honor*Walmart grocery would add options*Stealing from Girl Scouts? Come on*Library coming off busy month of fun

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Pain at the Pump

POLK COUNTY -- When Stuart Knight took ownership of the Dallas Chevron gas station 13 years ago, the price per gallon was $1.39.

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Committed to her community

MONMOUTH -- Cecilia "Cec" Koontz said she wonders how much teasing she'll get after recently being tapped as the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce's First Citizen.

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3/7 Community Notebook

*Study will address everyday conflict*CHS fundraiser for cancer patient set*Community square dance is Saturday*Grange will host Sunday breeakfast*Benefit for library set in Independence*Master Gardeners to meet March 15*Author seeks Oak Grove school folks

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KVCS takes classroom outdoors

KINGS VALLEY -- Keiana Shinkle and Sariah Cisneros dig 8 inches of soil from the ground and plop down an Indian Plum rootstock, covering the base with soil.

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3/7 Public Agenda Calendar

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

March 6, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..
  

Council upholds Walmart expansion

DALLAS -- The City Council has upheld the Dallas Planning Commission's approval of Walmart's plans to expand its Dallas store following an appeal hearing Monday night.

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Oregon Women Get to Vote!

MONMOUTH -- Abigail Scott Duniway founded Oregon's first equal suffrage association in 1870, effectively kicking off this state's women's vote movement.

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3/7 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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3/7 OBITUARIES

*Donna L. McDowell*Mae Deen Thomas*Lois D. Aronson*Mike Stipac*Cynthia Kay Parmley

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Law keeps concealed gun info closed

SALEM -- Records of concealed-handgun licensees in Oregon will be closed to the public -- for the most part -- after Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a new bill into law last week.

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'An Obsession' well worth it

Dennis Eberly had been a worm fisherman most of his life until 1972, when a friend finally coaxed him out onto the Santiam River to try fly casting.

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Tipton makes it three seeking circuit bench

DALLAS -- Gerald R. Tipton, a Dallas judge, filed for candidacy Monday for the Polk County Circuit Court Judge Position 1, bringing the number of candidates running for the position to three.

March 6, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..


Thursday, March 1