Stories for February 2013

Subscribe

Thursday, February 28



Wednesday, February 27

            

STATE WRESTLING: Voices from the Tournament

PORTLAND -- The 2013 high school state wrestling championships had plenty of highs and lows in a pressure-packed tournament that decided Oregon's best grapplers. Here a few moments from Saturday's final rounds:

February 27, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..
    

2/27 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

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
 

Quilt donations aid families

INDEPENDENCE -- The war in Iraq has ended, the Afghanistan war is slated to end in 2013, and many soldiers are back in the United States.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


2/27 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

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
 

Riders display commitment

DALLAS -- Several pairs of horses and riders patiently wait at the end of the arena in a barn just outside Dallas.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


Borderless Stories' exhibit due in Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's chapter of MECHA and Polk Cafe Commons are bringing the Rural Organizing Project's "Borderless Stories" exhibit to Monmouth beginning this week.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
 

2/27 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Cindy Clark went to Woodland, Calif., last week to visit her mother, Norma Bourn. Cindy had heard that her 86-year-old mother wasn't doing very well, but was better than expected, so they had a good visit.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
 

Independence seeks enterprise zone

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence leaders are seeking a special zoning on industrial property on the north side of town that would exempt potential business developers from having to pay property taxes for several years.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


Love takes the stage at Western

MONMOUTH -- If you're a regular arts patron of Rice Auditorium at Western Oregon University, you know that theater seasons here run the genre gamut -- from a realistic character study in William Inge's "Picnic" to campy

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


2/27 News in Brief

*Potluck planned for retiring captain*Info on service academies available*Polk Sheriff seeks reserve deputies*State representative garners honor*Monmouth P.D. to host open house*Growing Farms workshop scheduled*I-O sports editor receives recognition

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


2/27 Community Notebook

*F.C. Garden Club to meet Thursday*Saturday breakfast set in Monmouth*Quartet to perform at W. Salem church*Bone health class scheduled at WVH*Meals for seniors available in area

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
 

Dallas council gives OK to nuisance law

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved a "chronic nuisance property" ordinance Feb. 19, creating a process to address owners who condone repeated law or code violations on or near their properties.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
  

Dallas honors its leaders

DALLAS -- Susan Morrill, Dallas' 2013 First Citizen, has been called "a role model for the rest of us" when it comes to serving the community.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


2/27 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.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


Graffiti outbreak hitting city hard

DALLAS -- A rash of graffiti incidents around Dallas in recent weeks have property owners in cleanup mode and police and code enforcement on the lookout for the "artist" or "artists" responsible.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


2/27 OBITUARIES

*Shirley Louise Miles*Nora F. Wagoner*Polly T. Lenon*Colan R. Cook*Valentine 'Val' Theadore Mueller Jr.*Lester Anthony Reikowski*Edmee Adele Fewx Pankratz*Arlene (Gilbert) Cummins Roland*Alfred 'Al' Seely

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
  

2/27 Letters to the Editor

*Kudos for action taken by Dallas duo*Citizens will have say on spending*Deceptive tactics poor public policy*Coach steps up for Dallas swimmers

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..


Support growing for Monmouth police bond

MONMOUTH -- A survey of Monmouth residents shows that a proposed bond measure to buy and renovate a new police station would likely pass -- as long as supporters execute a thorough information campaign.

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..
 

2/27 School Notes / Academic Honors

*District seeks facilities review help*LVCS fundraiser event set for Friday*Santiam Christian sets open house*MES gearing up for Science Night*SC honor roll includes Polk students*WOU recognizes fall 4.0 students*West Salem man receives diploma*Gonzaga recognizes WSHS graduate

February 27, 2013 9:18 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 20

       

PREPS: Spring sports season set to start

POLK COUNTY -- Many of Polk County's winter prep sports teams are close to wrapping up their regular seasons or are in the midst of state postseason action. But for some, the high school spring sports season is about to begin.

February 20, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..
          

Tuesday, February 19

 

2/20 OBITUARIES

*Frances Virginia Phillips*Mary Margaret Hayes*Betty L. Slothower*Leo James Minahan*Dorothy E. Krupp*Anthony J. Rogers*Albert 'Jack' Naff*David Joseph Lee Jr.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

Beyond the classroom

MONMOUTH -- Life-sized Origami paper cranes decorated the stage of the Russell Tripp Performance Center at Linn-Benton Community College, while large Japanese lanterns hung from the ceiling, casting a dim light on actors clad in kimonos.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

2/20 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

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..


District examines scenarios

INDEPENDENCE -- Closing Henry Hill Elementary School versus a mix of personnel cuts, reorganization and wage freezes -- Central School District leaders must settle on one of those scenarios by late March.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
     

2/20 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

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

Precarious Crossing

DALLAS -- The latest serious accident at the intersection of Clow Corner and Riddell roads near Dallas has spurred Polk County to examine changes to make the intersection safer.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

Garden will blossom at site

INDEPENDENCE -- Perhaps the most striking view of Mount Fir Park through last fall was in its southern half -- not because of Ash Creek meandering to its west, but the hedge-maze like corridor of blackberry bush, scotch broom and other weeds.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..


Monmouth teen now back home

MONMOUTH -- Tabitha Schulke, the Monmouth teen who was hospitalized for almost two-and-a-half months with a near-fatal infection, has returned home, her family announced on Saturday.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..


2/20 Community Notebook

*WOU's Abby's House hosting play benefit*Dallas author will appear at library*Gallery set to host Saturday reading*Sock hop planned at senior center

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

November county levy eyed

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County residents more than likely will be asked to increase their property taxes to support law enforcement -- but not until November.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

2/20 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.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..


Local youths qualify for Portland pageant

DALLAS -- Three girls from Dallas and another who is a student at Perrydale School are among those who have been selected to participate in the 2013 Miss Jr. Teen, Miss Jr. Pre-Teen and Miss Pre-Teen Portland pageant competitions.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..


2/20 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dallas High choir seeking singers*Central FFA fundraiser is Saturday*DHS site council needs members*EOU recognizes seven Polk students*Local duo garners honor at Pacific*WSHS grad on Nebraska dean's list

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

Dallas schools brace for budget uncertainties

DALLAS -- While school funding scenarios will change numerous times before the state legislature adopts a budget, there is one certainty: those in the realm of possibility leave little to be optimistic about.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
 

2/20 Corrections

In a story headlined "Valentine's business is blooming," which appeared on Pages 1A and 14A of the Feb. 13 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, a reporter incorrectly wrote that Linda Taylor ran a gift shop in Alaska for 14 years. Taylor ran a florist shop in Sheridan for 14 years before moving to Homer, Alaska, where she ran a gift shop for three years.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..
  

Bond refinancing will save taxpayers money

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Residents of Central School District will see their annual property tax bills reduced starting this year due to a refinancing of old bonds used for school construction.

February 19, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 13



FRONT PAGE: The Itemizer-Observer sports front for Feb. 13, 2013

POLK COUNTY -- The front page of the Itemizer-Observer's Feb. 13, 2013 sports section features two district swimming champions, the Western Oregon University baseball preview and a feature story on Dallas senior wrestler Wyatt Passantino, who has some unfinished business entering the postseason.

February 13, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..
             

Tuesday, February 12

 

Chess more than a game

INDEPENDENCE -- Students sat in silence across from one another at cafeteria tables inside the Henry Hill Elementary School gymnasium Saturday, separated by chess boards.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


2/13 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners meet Wednesday*Memorial service program available*Ice cream social on tap thursday*Center schedules Valentine's event*Electronics swap meet set Saturday*Old time fiddlers to play at Grange*Pianist performing Saturday in Dallas*Church will host Sunday brunch*Relay for Life pizza benefit Tuesday

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
 

2/13 Correction

In a story headlined "House fire does $80,000 in damage," which appeared on Page 8A of the Feb. 6 Itemizer-Observer, an incorrect name was given for the occupant of the damaged home. The correct name is Garland Hall. The I-O regrets the error.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
 

2/13 Letters to the Editor

*Students benefit from local support*Prevent accidents, fix road problems*I-O staff steps up to explain issues*Ainsworth an asset to us all in county*Hold accountable ex-city manager*Immigration issue must be addressed

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


Valentine's business is blooming

POLK COUNTY -- Martha Zuck grabs a spider mum from a pile on her work table inside Petals & Vines gift shop in Monmouth, runs her hand down the stem to rake off the leaves and debris, then snips off the bottom.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
 

Oregon timber panel fails to make recommendation

SALEM -- In the end, three months wasn't enough time for Gov. John Kitzhaber's O&C Timber Panel to achieve the monumental task of crafting a proposal for management of 2.6 million acres of Oregon & California Railroad Lands in Oregon.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


2/13 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The brightly colored hearts and flowers remind us all that Thursday is St. Valentine's Day. Whether we celebrate with candy, flowers, a book, a special card, or good wishes for our family and friends, we all have a special opportunity to thank those whom we love and care for.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
  

WOU building on project list

MONMOUTH -- Gov. John Kitzhaber has included a new education building at Western Oregon University on a to-do list of higher education capital construction.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
 

2/13 Police Report

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

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
 

College courses in high school?

POLK COUNTY -- A bill introduced during the 2013 Oregon Legislature would require high school students to earn college coursework in order to graduate.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
  

Dallas man defies medical odds

DALLAS -- Bob Dornhecker spent a good portion of his childhood thinking he would eventually succumb to blindness, kidney failure, or have to suffer a leg amputation.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


A piece of history

INDEPENDENCE -- There's a ladder on the second floor of the J.S. Cooper Building on Main Street that allows you to enter its highly visible octagonal tower, said Marian Fitts while walking through the dimly lit structure, flashlight in hand.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


2/13 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

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


2/13 News in Brief

*M-P Food Share has new leader*Grant applications are now available*Increased traffic enforcement set

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


Dallas thespians earn recognition

DALLAS -- Dallas High School's theater program continued its string of success at the Oregon Thespians Southern Regional Acting Competition, held Feb. 2 at South Eugene High School.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


2/13 School Notes / Academic Honors

*WOU gears up for Family Weekend*DHS Science Bowl team does well*Dallas cheerleaders 11th at state*Locals qualify for dean's list at UO*Dallas man earns EKU recognititon

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
   

Music therapy symposium set

WEST SALEM -- Willamette Valley Hospice will host the area's first music therapy symposium March 1-2 at the offices of WVH, 1015 3rd St. NW in West Salem.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..


Saturday mail delivery on way out

DALLAS -- The U.S. Postal Service announcement that Saturday home address mail delivery will end come August is sure to be the source of debate on the national stage in the coming months.

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
 

2/13 OBITUARIES

*Richard J. Mance*Gloria H. Ellis*Evelyn Doris Russell Hamm*Nita Rene' Holmes*Dorothy 'Dottie' Baughman*Brenda M. Graham*Arthur Bucklin

February 12, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 6

       

FRONT PAGE: Itemizer-Observer sports front for Feb. 6, 2013.

POLK COUNTY -- The front sports page of the Feb. 6, 2013 edition of Polk County Itemizer-Observer features the Dressel sister-led Mid-Willamette Conference district swimming preview, plus the Perrydale boys basketball team's league success and a column on the Western Oregon Men's Rugby Club.

February 6, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..
         

2/6 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

February 6, 2013 10:26 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 5



City is considering nuisance statutes

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council is considering two ordinances to address "chronic nuisance" properties and vacant commercial buildings in the community.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

2/6 OBITUARIES

*Wilma D. Hein*Pennie Diane (Wisser) Goddard*Herman Seth Stout*Mary H. (Klinger) Francis*Edna Alzoa Garman*Richard J. Mance*Hazel Irene Vrell*Alan John Ehry

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


What got Wyatt in trouble with the law

Ex-Dallas city manager Jerry Wyatt was charged with 13 crimes: nine counts of first-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft, one count of official misconduct, and one count of falsifying business records.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


2/6 Community Notebook

*2013 Relay For Life kickoff event set*Lavender flavors to highlight 'tea'*Square dance set for Saturday night*Brunch fundraiser on tap for Sunday*Chocolate dessert fundraiser planned*'Embraced by God' presentation set*'Soup's On' event to help Polk Relay*Library fundraiser deadline is Tuesday*Church schedules traditional supper*Gentle House plans garden work parties*Talent show slated at KVCS on Feb. 15

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


A new market

More females in Polk County are buying guns, seeking concealed handgun licenses

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
  

House fire does $80,000 in damage

DALLAS -- Nobody was injured in a fire that charred a home in the 300 block of Southwest Birch Street on Saturday afternoon, the Dallas Fire Department said.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


Falls City board debates teaching position

FALLS CITY -- In an ironic consequence of tight budgets, the Falls City School Board may decide to reduce its high school science teaching position to part time to add back a half-time math teacher.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
  

2/6 Police Report

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

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


Schools share in state fund payment

POLK COUNTY -- Four Polk County-based school districts shared in the recent distribution of more than $26.5 million from the Oregon Department of State Land's Common School Fund.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


Falls City wrapping up road work

FALLS CITY -- Streets around Falls City -- the gravel roads anyway -- have been muddy and messy in recent weeks as city crews performed regular maintenance.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


2/6 Letters to the Editor

*Bad intersection needs attention*Central auditorium a boost to the arts*Training program a valuable asset*Stolen wheelchair must be returned*Levy should help construct new jail*Citizens deserve to protect themselves*Volunteers made 'Connect' a big hit

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


2/6 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

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

'Connect' serves those in need

INDEPENDENCE -- One thousand tamales prepared. Forty patients seen by a dentist. Eighty haircuts given. Forty-five dogs given basic grooming and care.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


2/6 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We've turned the page on our calendar to a bright and shiny new month. Tiny green shoots are beginning to make their presence known in gardens and flower beds all over MI Town, which means we can soon look forward to tulips, crocuses and hyacinths.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


Play reaches new heights

INDEPENDENCE -- Nine feet might not strike somebody as particularly high. But it is if you're trying to act at that altitude.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


Dallas cheerleaders gearing up for state

DALLAS -- The cheer team at Dallas High School is indeed "small" -- only four girls comprise the squad -- but this weekend at the state cheerleading championships, it has a chance to prove it is "mighty," too.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

2/6 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Elizabeth (Betty) Forry celebrated her 100th birthday at Murphy's Grill in Dallas on Jan. 19. Her daughter June and grandson Patrick were there, as were Earl Gage, Earl Roy and Lodice Gage, Cliff and Anne Bault, and their sons Levi and Dawntae. There was delicious chocolate cake to finish the lovely dinner. Great-granddaughter Britni was unable to attend since she was suffering from flu for the whole week.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


2/6 School Notes / Academic Honors

*ACES will hold math, science night*Family movie nights on tap at KVCS*Learn about WOU via online chat*Dallas trio makes SPU dean's list*Local woman earns academic award*Monmouth duo recognized at UP*CHS grad honored at Luther College

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


Practical hands-on learning

PEDEE -- Seventh-grader Dylan Thompson hunches over an open computer case, fastening screws into each section of a motherboard with the slow, deliberate movements of a surgeon.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..


2/6 News in Brief

*House fire displaces Dallas family*Man rescued along Yamhill River*Fair board plans annual meeting*City set to discuss proposed bond

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

Radon concerns rise in area

POLK COUNTY -- A significant percentage of homes tested for radon in Dallas and Monmouth have measurements of the radioactive gas that exceed federal health standards.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

Grad rates show some progress

POLK COUNTY -- Four-year graduation rates released by the state last week show school districts in Polk County held steady or increased slightly the percentage of students receiving a diploma on time.

February 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..