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Friday, May 31



Whitworth project is a blast

DALLAS -- Want to make an empty plastic soda bottle fun? Add a liter of water and pressurized air and you have a rocket, of sorts.Put a small amount of rice for weight in the "nose cone" and tape cardboard wings or tubes to the side and you could have a machine capable of flying 300 feet or more.That was the goal for Whitworth Elementary School fifth-graders Thursday morning as they each designed "bottle rockets" with the hope of their creations being mounted on the school's "2-by-4 of fame" by cruising more than 300 feet through the air.With those hopes in mind, Katya Davis stepped up to the "launching pad" -- a cart carrying a tilted board that holds the rockets in place while attached to an air compressor hose.Her rocket, named "Bottle Rocket Explosion Jr.," was ready for flight.The entire fifth-grade class started the countdown -- "five, four, three, two, one!" and school building engineer Darrel Hiebenthal pulled the cord triggering the launch.Bottle Rocket Explosion Jr. flew high and straight, enough to impress Brian Williamson, the teacher who introduced the now-annual bottle rocket project at Whitworth five years ago."That's beautiful. Yeah!" Williamson said as he watched the rocket fly. "That could have been 300! Look at how straight that was."Katya, all smiles, runs to retrieve her possible champion rocket after the official measuring crew tallies her rocket's distance.Alas, it was just short of the threshold of honor at 281 feet. Katya was a little disappointed, but still impressed. She did have a secret weapon, though."I shoot arrows so this is the design of the feathers on the arrows," she said while pointing to her rocket's wings.That's exactly the kind of ingenuity Williamson wants to see out of the fifth-graders on rocket launch day, which caps the study of Isaac Newton's laws of motion. Photo by Pete Strong "Measuring crew" fifth-graders Ethan Robinson, left, and Seth Asuncion chase down a rocket as it flies over their heads from the launch pad hundreds of feet away. "It's also just more of an excuse for kids to get out and have fun doing science instead of being stuck in class learning about it, which is beneficial, but not quite as fun," Williamson said.In addition to the basic components -- bottle, compressed air, water and wings -- most of the students designed their rockets to fly in style. Some painted them, coated them in colorful tape, or dressed them up in fancy material. Students gave their rockets cool names like "Flyin' Hawaiian," "Camtastic," and "The Dreaded Water Bottle."But in the end, it was those students who put the most "rocket science" into their design that had the highest flying rockets.Like Katya, Gunnar Schmidt wanted his rocket to stand out from the crowd, so he used a creative model for its wings."I wanted them designed so they curve down like that," he said, running his hand over the curved wings. "Then I was thinking about it and saw somebody's with a nose cone, so I wanted a nose cone, too."His thoughtful design paid off as his rocket also had a good first flight, reaching 276 feet."I thought it was pretty cool," Gunnar said. "It would be fun to do it again."

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WOU tuition hike anticipated

MONMOUTH -- With ever waning appropriations from the state, students at Western Oregon University will likely again see their tuition creep up.

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6/12 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 Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Polk County Republican Women -- 11:30 a.m., Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22, Independence. No-host lunch available. 503-623-5759.* Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Lunch Forum -- Noon, Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Dana Voelker of National MS Society will share information on this year's Bike MS event and how the community can participate. Lunch cost: $8. 503-838-4268.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Free Blood Pressure Check Clinic -- 2 to 3 p.m., West Valley Hospital (surgery admitting area lobby), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323.* Monmouth Senior Center Music Jam -- 6:30 p.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Open to the public; musicians of all types welcome. 503-838-5678.* Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 -- 7 p.m., Academy Building, Room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2591.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593. THURSDAY, JUNE 13 * Polk County Bounty Market -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building parking lot, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.* Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club -- Noon, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Lunch cost: $8; guests welcome. 503-838-4884.* "Mom and Me" Breastfeeding Support Group -- 1:30 to 3 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. 503-623-7323.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Jazz at Ragin' River: Chuvarada Trio -- 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ragin' River Steakhouse Piano Bar, 154 S. Main St., Independence. Jazz and latin music featuring Donna Henderson on vocals, Rich Sutliff on guitar and guest pianist Dave Feinberg. No cover. 503-837-0394. FRIDAY, JUNE 14 * Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admission: $3 (staff and parents are free). 503-269-7303.* Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809. SATURDAY, JUNE 15 * Independence Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sterling Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independence. 503-881-9950.* Independence Riverview Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Main Street, Independence. 503-837-0045.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Guthrie Park Gospel Music Jam -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.* Rock the Mountain Tribute Band Concert -- 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Tribute bands perform music from Bon Jovi, Guns 'N' Roses and Journey. Tickets: $15; 16 and over only. 1-800-760-7977. SUNDAY, JUNE 16 * Dallas Volunteer Fire Department Father's Day Breakfast -- 7 to 11 a.m., Dallas Fire Station, 915 SE Shelton St., Dallas. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. Cost: adults, $5; children 5-12, $3; children under 5, free. 503-838-3533.* Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Father's Day Car Show and Shine -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Free admission. 1-800-760-7977. MONDAY, JUNE 17 * Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon -- 11:30 a.m., Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Speaker: Nick Harville of SEDCOR. Cost: $12; $15 at the door (if available). 503-623-2564.* Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, JUNE 18 * Cancer Support Group -- 4 to 5 p.m., West Valley Hospital conference room, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. For people living with cancer and those who support them. Free. 503-623-7323.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Dallas Wingdinger R.C. Flying Club -- 7 p.m., Whitworth Elementary School library, 1151 SE Miller Ave., Dallas. 503-623-7288. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services Center -- 1 to 4 p.m., 305 N. Main St., Falls City. Food box distribution. Held on third Wednesday of every month. 503-787-3833.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Diabetes Day-2-Day Diabetes Support Group -- 3 to 4 p.m., West Valley Hospital conference room, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. Topic: "Know Your Numbers." 503-623-7323.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593.

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6/19 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee Church lost a member and gained a member this last week.Pat Lyday, 84, died on June 8 of cancer, while Daniel and Heidi Russell's fifth child was born June 9.Pat grew up in Pedee and graduated from Pedee High School, which is now part of Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools. Her husband, Junior, grew up in Kings Valley and since all the kids from the two communities knew each other, she and Junior were friends from an early age before getting married in 1947.They lived in a house behind the Kings Valley Store for a year while building the house they lived in for the rest of their married life, except for six years when Junior worked in Las Vegas.Pat loved children and her family figured she baby-sat at least 65 kids in the community at one time or another, including my grandchildren, Brennan and Derek Burbank.Pat's memorial service is tentatively set for June 29 at Pedee Church.Arwyn Gabrielle, born to Daniel and Heidi Russell, weighed in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. Her sister Allana and brother Alex were excited to witness the home birth. Sisters Abby and Aliyah stayed with Pam Burbank, however.--Sam Guida got quite a shock for his 76th birthday last week, when his son, John, who lives in Houston, Texas, and niece, Jackie Trussell, who recently moved to Portland, appeared at the breakfast table that day. Sam said it was a good thing he has a good heart. They celebrated his birthday with neighbors Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger and Lynda's brother, Steve Teets of Spokane, after going to dinner with friends Jim and Kathy Alexander. John and Jackie visited for several days before heading home.--The Pedee Saddle-ites will have their poker ride this Saturday, so call president Karen Porter, 503-606-0471, if you're interested in joining them.--Look for news of Pedee Church's Vacation Bible School, which will be July 16-20. Kids through junior high age are welcome and older kids are welcome to help out. Lyndsay Zarfas is looking for help, so give her a call at 541-929-5465.--Brennan and Callie Burbank had their second child on Friday, an 8-pound, 7-ounce, boy named Jake. Grandparents Dave and Suzanne Burbank and Andy and Jackie Liner of Dallas were glad to see him finally show up -- a week late.

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Thursday, May 30



Wednesday, May 22

  

BREAKING NEWS: Monmouth police bond passes

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth voters approved a $4 million bond measure that will allow the city's police department to move into the former Boise Cascade building and out of its repurposed library.

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4A TRACK AND FIELD: Central sends four to state championships

TURNER -- Her first jump must have felt like a bad dream. "I didn't even listen to what they said," Central freshman Reba Hoffman admitted, referring to her initial leap of just over 12 feet in the long jump event at Friday's Oregon West Conference Track and Field Championships at Cascade High.

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Tuesday, May 21



5/22 Police Report

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

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5/22 News in Brief

*Account set up for local fire victims*'Click It or Ticket' campaign begins*Ombudsman volunteers are needed

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School Notes / Academic Honors

*Oakdale gym will receive paint job*Kindergarten sign-ups under way*Party will honor retiring principal*Family Christian School sets event*OIT recognizes eight Polk students

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5/22 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Polk County Saddle-Ites Saddle Club will host its annual poker ride on June 22. They will be riding out from Jerry Mentzer and Charm Waller's place on Pedee Creek Road, ride the trails for several hours, then come back for a potluck dinner. A poker ride is a trail ride where participants buy at least one poker hand to go on the ride, then get the opportunity to choose prizes based upon how good their drawn hand is. Anyone interested in the ride or the club can contact Karen Porter at 503-606-0471 or via email to kporter@peak.org.

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5/22 Community Calendar

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

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Circus is coming to Falls City

FALLS CITY -- A circus -- yes, a real circus, with a big top, trapeze, big cats, dancing ponies and all -- is coming to Falls City next week.

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5/22 OBITUARIES

*Betty Lu Wall*Veronica Marie Jordan*Dorothy 'Elaine' McMains*Lloyd Crabb*Clarence L. Palmer Jr.*Arbeth Boyle Allan*Panfilo Lara*Jill Ann (Wells) Tharp*John K. Watkins*Arlene Baxter

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5/22 Public Agenda Calendar

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

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Rain would benefit farmers

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Farmers in Polk County are experiencing the fifth driest start to a year on record in Oregon -- the driest since 2001.

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Outdoor learning adventure

FALLS CITY -- Tommy Shelden glances nervously up at a rope strung 40 feet in the air between two trees at Camp Tapawingo outside of Falls City.

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Bombs Away

FALLS CITY -- Oct. 17 is a significant date for Falls City resident Leonard Lonigan.

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Election results posted

POLK COUNTY -- Results from the May 21 vote-by-mail special district election in Polk County were being counted Tuesday night after the Itemizer-Observer had gone to press.

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5/22 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This past weekend was spring cleaning on steroids and MI Town's collective community energy was hard at work clearing away debris from the parks, river and local yards.

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Mysterious ending to abduction case

DALLAS -- An 18-year-old mystery involving a child abducted from Dallas came to an end last week when the girl, Ashlyn Wilson, now 18, walked into the Polk County Sheriff's Office on May 13.

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Street repair bond idea moving ahead

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council gave its street funding citizens committee the go-ahead to craft a proposal for a general obligation bond to repair residential streets.

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5/22 Letters to the Editor

*Capital campaign can use your help*Supporters of police bond given thanks*Everyone pays for lack of permit fee*Recent food drive was a big success

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Explosion unlikely at fertilizer plants

INDEPENDENCE -- The day after a West, Texas, fertilizer plant erupted in a massive explosion in April, Bill Blair walked into Polk County Fire District No. 1 to calm any nerves about the possibility of a similar explosion in Independence.

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5/22 Correction

A story headlined "Perrydale race getting ugly" that appeared on Page 1A of the May 15 issue of the Itemizer-Observer should have indicated that Perrydale School Board Position 5 candidate John Johnston had been elected to his seat on the board rather than appointed. The I-O regrets the error.

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5/22 Community Notebook

*Final music jam of season is Thursday*Perrydale Fire Hall site of benefit sale*Elks start Saturday craft, flea market*Hospital volunteers set two fundraisers*Community center available for rent

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Friday, May 17



Wednesday, May 15

         

FRONT PAGE: The sports front page of the May 15, 2013 Itemizer-Observer

POLK COUNTY -- The front page of the May 15, 2013 Itemizer-Observer sports section features the Western Oregon track and field trio of Chris Olsen, Ryan Hansen and Josh Hanna, who swept the men's 800 meters at Saturday's Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships at McArthur Field in Monmouth.

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Tuesday, May 14



PERS key to Perrydale budget

PERRYDALE -- The most significant change in Perrydale School District's 2013-14 school year budget is an increase in Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) rates.

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YOUR BALLOT: Election Roundup

The following are races that are, for the most part, Polk County specific that will appear on the May 21 vote-by-mail general election. For a complete list of races and measures on your ballot, consult your county or state voters pamphlets.

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5/15 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

No one filed for the two vacant positions on the Pedee Cemetery Board in the May 21 election, but Ted Osgood agreed to be a write-in candidate for Position 1 and Daniel Russell for Position 2.

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5/15 News in Brief

*Polk County Cultural Coalition distributes $10,575 in grants*Library in Dallas will trade food items for overdue fines*Dallas Planning Commission seeking volunteer member

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M-I cleanup day set Saturday

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence will be spruced up during the two communities' annual Cleanup and Beautification Day, set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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5/15 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Open house set for Project ACHIEVE*Kids, Inc. planning big celebration*KVCS to hold movie night fundraiser*CCC summer registration to start*CHS senior receives MICAA award*Dallas student gets 4-H scholarship

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Luncheon will honor cancer survivors, others

DALLAS -- American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County will host a complimentary luncheon for survivors, their families and caregivers on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Dallas High School track.

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5/15 OBITUARIES

*Bernard Franklin Vrell*May Jane Drazdoff*Betty Lu Wall*Clara Marie Lomker*Elizabeth 'Betty' Spence*Shirley H. Raffety*N.C. 'Nels' Anderson*Patricia L. Morrison*Dennis Max Wade

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5/15 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In these days of corporate takeovers and the collective sameness of large department stores and hotels and restaurants where everything is the same from coast to coast, living in Polk County offers us an opportunity to enjoy these special and unique pleasures that folks in the cities can only dream of.

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5/15 Public Agenda Calendar

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

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5/15 Police Report

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

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5/15 Letters to the Editor

*Fair Foundation board works hard*Meyer brings right approach to board*Oak Street in need of overdue repairs*Library a resource deserving support*FC administrator didn't need a raise*Sponsors, others key to WOU event*Choir performance proved to be a hit*Meyer one of kids' biggest supporters*Use common sense in dry conditions*City police bond is a win-win proposition*Volunteers helped make park shine*Earls very qualified for Chemeketa post*Meyer's passion is quality education*Bond an intelligent move by Monmouth*Blair has vision for future of district*Time to invest in city police is now*Meyer working to make schools great*Bond would raise taxes minimally*Blair ready to serve as board memeber*Meyer has a vested interest in children

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5/15 Community Calendar

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

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5/15 Community Notebook

*M-I Rotary takes part in tree planting*Local leaf casting workshop planned*Historical Society to meet Saturday*Wine auction will aid area program*Viticulture Center slates open house*Dance, food drive scheduled Tuesday

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Fire displaces two Dallas families

DALLAS -- A fire in the 400 block of Southwest Washington Street on Thursday destroyed a home and vehicle and caused significant damage to a neighboring house.

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Dry weather brings early fire season

DALLAS -- Needless to say, after wet and cold springs the last few years, many Oregonians are enjoying the more consistent sunshine and above average temperatures spring 2013 has offered thus far.

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Perrydale race getting ugly

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale School Board candidate John Johnston sent a letter to district voters recently, expressing -- among other concerns -- an environment of "retaliation and intimidation" toward students by school administrators and staff.

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It's their way of life

WILLAMINA -- To say Willamina residents Ron and Barbara Smith, and their children Anna and Nolan, are invested in agriculture would be inadequate.

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Wednesday, May 8

               

5/8 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Dallas kindergarten sign-ups begin*Annual 'Spring Fling' set Thursday*Fitness event to benefit P.E. classes*TMS plans Holocaust presentation*EOU recognizes six local students*SC honor roll includes Polk students*Locals qualify for dean's list at UO*Honor society inducts Polk students

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Tuesday, May 7

 

Flower Power

BUENA VISTA -- Most days, you will find Mary Dean and Ian Cordner under sun hats working on the 2.5 acres full of flower beds that is Buena Vista Flowers.

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Two seek to serve area on CCC board

POLK COUNTY -- Much of the attention regarding education -- understandably so -- is given to K-12 schools. But Betsy Earls and Micki Varney, running for Chemeketa Community College Board of Education's Zone 7 seat representing Polk County, believe Chemeketa plays an important role in preparing the work force.

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5/8 Community Notebook

*Library hosting art auction fundraiser*APU Men's Chorale slates performance*Monmouth church to host CBU Choir*Women's military group set to meet

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5/8 News in Brief

*Hazardous waste collection day set*Road projects to cause traffic delays*Drug Court graduation is set Monday*Polk Republicans will meet Monday*Active shooter strategy talk slated*Trimester tax payments due May 15*Class on food handling being planned

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5/8 Letters to the Editor

*Meyer is worthy of re-election to board*Don't trust city; vote 'no' on bond*Meyer is dedicated to district's youth*Children should be ready at bus stop*Meyer ready for board challenges*New station would help crime victims*Many helped make 'run' a big success*Assessor's value on property of note*Candidate has right skill set for post*Safety key benefit of a new station*Meyer works hard to help Dallas kids*Voters can look ahead to 2016*City police bond is 'deal fo the century'*Blair would bring much to district*CCC would benefit by electing Varney*Duo would be good for Perrydale board*Varney is qualified for Chemeketa post

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5/8 Police Report

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

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5/8 Community Calendar

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

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Weekend plant sale perfect for green thumbs

RICKREALL -- White strawberries, some of the hottest varieties of peppers on earth, six varieties of grafted tomatoes, scented geraniums, moon flowers and more are what you'll find at the Polk County Master Gardener Plant Sale.

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5/8 Public Agenda Calendar

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

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5/8 Correction

In a birth announcement headlined "Wiens" that appeared on Page 11A of the May 1 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, the name of Gordon Wiens was omitted from the list of grandparents. The I-O regrets the error.

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Trio facing animal neglect charges

DALLAS -- Three Dallas residents will face animal neglect charges after nine malnourished and dehydrated horses they owned were removed Thursday from a Pioneer Road farm.

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5/8 OBITUARIES

*Laurel Eden Kessen*June Kathleen Wilson*Paul Leo Worthington*Kenneth George Dalgliesh*John Scott Townsend

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Five eye three district seats

DALLAS -- While schools across the state are dealing with a lack of funding, Dallas School District is in the envious position of having plenty of people interested in helping determine how to best use those resources.

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Calling it a Career

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District will see three administrators with more than 50 years of experience say goodbye at the end of the school year.

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Letter carriers set to conduct food drive

POLK COUNTY -- Letter carriers in Polk County and across the nation will conduct their 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday in support of local food banks.

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Wednesday, May 1

                 

PREPS: Local athletes excel in classroom

POLK COUNTY -- Several of Polk County's spring high school sports teams have not only been making their marks on the diamonds, tracks and courts, they've been excelling in the classroom as well.

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