Stories for December 2014

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Wednesday, December 31



Robotics teams learn key lessons

Kings Valley Charter School’s two fourth- and fifth-grade LEGO robotics teams learned a valuable lesson during their qualifying tournament earlier this month: practice makes perfect.

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School health center moving forward

Grants totaling $300,000 have been awarded to the Central School District and Polk County Health and Human Services Department to go full-steam ahead with a new school-based health center.

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Broncos set for Vizio Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Central High graduate Grant Hedrick will lead Boise State against Arizona Wednesday (today) at 1 p.m. in the 2015 Vizio Fiesta Bowl.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Three arrested on multiple charges*New marijuana dispensary opens*New Year's Day guided hike slated*Polk SAR team members honored

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Many helped make event a big success*Those who litter simply do not care*Avenues for dealing with city available*Restaurant a nice Rickreall addition

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Alliance may need help in paying loan

The Falls City Alliance “saved the falls,” but now it may need help to make the loan payment on the property it purchased to provide access to the town’s namesake.

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O Tannenbaum

It was a good year for Polk County Christmas tree farmers, from those who run U-cuts to commercial growers and shippers.

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Nearman settles ethics complaint

Soon-to-be Oregon House District 23 Rep. Mike Nearman has settled a complaint filed against him in October with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

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Fox will show ‘The Interview’

The Fox Theatre in downtown Dallas was the first in Oregon to announce it would show the now-controversial comedy “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Sober New Year's Eve event slated*Holiday breakfast planned for seniors*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Tree recycling set Saturday in Dallas*Troop 38 recycling Christmas trees

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CLASS 2A PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Pirates drop road thriller

DAMASCUS — The Perrydale boys basketball team lost a thriller to Damascus Christian, falling 36-35 on Monday. “Our kids played their hearts out,” Pirates coach Mike Lowry said. “We had our chances down the stretch, but could not capitalize on turnovers. We need to be able to attack the basket more.” Chad Price scored a game-high 18 points, while Troy Trembly added nine points and Haylen Janesofsky four points. But the Pirates struggled to get to the free-throw line. “Only shooting five free throws just isn’t going to get it done” Lowry said. Despite the loss, Lowry said Perrydale showed numerous positive steps on offense, especially in ball movement. “Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better effort from our team,” Lowry said. Perrydale plays at Monroe on Saturday and Central Linn on Tuesday. The Pirates return home on Jan. 9, when the team hosts Regis at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 24

          

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Santa came early to more than 120 children in Falls City on Dec. 17 — thanks to his helpers from the Falls City Fire Department Association.

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Western receives $1 million ODE grant

The money will be used to recruit and educate 60 teachers to become elementary mathematics instructional leaders, which will help meet Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal, and the national need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, according to a Western Oregon news release.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It is somehow reassuring to me to see the bright lights from the beautiful Christmas tree on the Western Oregon University campus as we’re driving along Highway 99W.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Christmas dinner available at church*Church group will recycle your tree*Sober New Year's Eve party slated*Holiday breakfast planned for seniors

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Small earthquake reported Friday*Help needed to move CERT supplies*New Year's Day guided hike slated*United Way making grants available

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Mayors voice concerns over levy

For all five mayors of Polk County cities — including Salem — the most pressing question regarding the proposed county public safety levy is timing.

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GUEST OPINION

Critics were quick to argue that it’s either too much or too little, depending on their point of view.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Driving in Oregon can be challenging*Pat on the back for display appreciated*Nativity decorations become hard to find*Help during recent accident praised

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EDITORIALS

In the spirit of the holiday season, we continue a tradition we revived in 2007 and reprint this classic editorial written by Francis P. Church from the 1897 New York Sun. It is in response to a letter to the editor received from a young girl looking for answers as to the existence of Santa Claus. We hope you enjoy it.

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Dallas man is honored for his work with CASA

Ferguson said Kunz has volunteered at least 100 hours per month — if not more — in the last year, handling several cases, serving on the board of directors, and acting as the Internet coordinator.

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Wednesday, December 17



A new way to look at math

One of the main differences with the K-5 math curriculum, called Engage New York, is it teaches students how to explain what they’re doing and gets them to really think about the math problems.

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Community school plan moves ahead

Dallas Community School, a proposed charter school, did not receive the federal start-up grant it was seeking, but will proceed with recruiting students and opening next fall.

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Dallas theft ring is broken up

Officers have arrested several subjects, but haven’t been able to recover all the stolen merchandise. They are asking anyone who may have purchased items from three of the six suspects arrested to contact police.

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Guilty of animal neglect

Robert Silver, who formerly co-owned Jocelyn’s Alpaca Ranch outside of Falls City, may face prison time after a jury convicted him of 18 counts of animal neglect.

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS

For more than 10 years, students at Morrison Campus Alternative School in Dallas have been braving the mixed bag of Oregon winter weather to ring bells for the Salvation Army.

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City fee structure stirs complaints

Victoria Kruljac of Independence is not using water and sewer service from the city of Independence in a vacant house, but said she is still paying $85 in base charges.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*County safety levy hearings slated*Dallas city leaf collection continues

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

While Christians are busy decking the halls and scurrying around trying to buy the perfect present to go under the Christmas tree, those of Jewish faith are lighting up the world.

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Stately trees near FCHS pose safety hazard

Both trees — which are at least a century old and could have been there since the school was built in 1902 — have significant rot issues and may soon, if not already, be a safety hazard.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*OSBA honors two local residents*Central High band, choir to perform*Perrydale plans holiday program*Western campus closed for a week*Food available during winter break

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CORRECTIONS

The Polk County Itemizer-Observer is committed to publishing accurate news, feature and sports reports.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Thoughtful gesture much appreciated*Act of kindness renews hope*OSBA takes wrong stand on issue*Give retail workers a break for the holiday

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EDITORIALS

Perrydale teachers have been working for nearly six months without a current contract, and it looks like it will be at least another month before they get one. Negotiations have been going on even longer, since February.

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PREP WRESTLING ROUNDUP: Dallas, Central earn wins

SALEM — The Dallas High wrestling team earned its first tournament win of the season, topping the Herrin Holiday Classic on Saturday. The Dragons finished first out of eight teams, scoring 392 ½ points. Beaverton finished second with 238 points.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Teen holiday party planned at library*Christmas story will be performed*Fiddlers schedule Saturday gathering*Christmas caroling party slated Sunday*Master Gardener deadline extended

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CLASS 5A WRESTLING: Sophomore making his mark

INDEPENDENCE — Central sophomore Marlon Tuipulotu isn’t the loudest person. Nor is he the one to make a scene after a victory. But Tuipulotu finds other ways to make his presence felt on the mat.

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Friday, December 12



Conviction handed down in animal abuse case

Robert Silver, who formerly co-owned Jocelyn’s Alpaca Ranch outside of Falls City, has been convicted of 18 counts of animal neglect in one of the worst reported animal abuse cases in Polk County history.

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Wednesday, December 10

  

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Despite all there is to do, let’s take time to relax with friends and enjoy time with family without turning it into a major production.

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Junior Lifeguard meeting is Dec. 18

DALLAS — The Dallas Aquatic Center will host an information meeting on its Junior Lifeguard program on Dec. 18. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and an adult must attend with the interested Junior Lifeguard.

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Dallas School Board opposes OSBA stand

The Dallas School Board unanimously approved casting a “no” vote on the priorities and to include an explanation saying the board supported all the priorities except the one that could affect Extended Campus.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Living a dream

BOISE, Idaho — On Jan. 1, 2007, Grant Hedrick watched a little-known school named Boise State shock Oklahoma, thanks to a certain trick play, in the Fiesta Bowl.

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Cross Creek to host golf tournament

DALLAS — Cross Creek Golf Course will host the Winter Survivors Golf Tournament on Dec. 20. The three-person scramble for 18 holes will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

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Local youth football team eliminated

SEATTLE — Oregon’s youth football team lost to Seattle 59-0 in the second round of the Football University National Championship on Sunday. Oregon defeated Columbian Basin 24-14 in its opening round in Seattle on Saturday.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Financial aid workshop scheduled*LaCreole band, DHS choir to perform*Falls City schools will hold concert*CHS seniors selected for Society*Oakdale assistant receives honor*Bond committee members sought*WOU will offer tours during break*Talmadge band, choir will perform*KVCS schedules 'parents nite out'*MVCA to host Christmas production*Central FFA selling holiday wreaths

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EDITORIALS

’Tis the season for giving. And this year, the need for individuals and businesses to contribute to local charities is as great as ever.

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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Yarn store opens at Fairview Farm*Local Burgerville has new manager*Financial adviser plans open house

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DECADES OF DEDICATION

Fredricks said he was “persuaded” to join the department in June 1951 by his brother and two brothers-in-law, who all served as volunteers.

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BIRTHS

*Michaelson Twins*Oxborrow*McDowell*Boswell*Sears

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Master Gardener training available*Reception for photo exhibit is Thursday*Monmouth authors will be highlighted*Blackjack tourney slated in Falls City*Winter gun show set for fairgrounds*Heritage Museum to host open house*Annual auction for YMCA is Friday*Next country dance is slated Saturday*Sunday breakfast planned at Grange*Christmas concert set for Monmouth*Musicians planning church appearance*'Festive Carolers' to perform in Dallas*Dance school sets event, food drive*Local clothing drive will take donations

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Wednesday, December 3

 

EDITORIALS

When searching for that perfect gift for a family member or friend this season, consider doing your shopping close to home and supporting independently owned businesses here in Polk County.

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Public safety levy talk heating up

On Nov. 26, the Polk County Board of Commissioners heard a proposed levy recommendation and set dates for nine public hearings seeking public comment around the county beginning Dec. 17.

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O’ CHRISTMAS WREATH

Julie and Kevin Oliver offered fresh wreath-making demonstrations during the two-day event at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Rickreall.

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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Store reopens in downtown Dallas*Apartment complex set for opening*Financial adviser plans open house*Ugly sweater contest for pets set

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*WOU plans workshop for prospects*LCMS staging holiday-themed play*DHS art department fundraiser on tap*DHS to hold 'Financial Aid Night'*Perrydale set to host 'Senior Tea'*SC honor roll includes Polk students

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Trainers ready for new season

POLK COUNTY — Whenever Central High has a home game, one man shows up before anyone else. It’s not a coach or a player. It’s athletic trainer Jeremy Ainsworth.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Library mitten collection underway*Libraries closed for system training*Help available with heating bills*church planning Christmas cantata

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Jaffer has much to offer our region*Have to work on holiday? So what*Wrestlers thankful for project support

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Station work underway

The new Monmouth Police Station will have a backup generator after all, thanks to some additional savings found elsewhere, said Police Chief Darrell Tallan.

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The wonderful Wizard of Oz

Follow the yellow brick road all the way to Bollman Auditorium this Saturday for Dallas High School’s advanced theater classes’ production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

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WOU unveils three 2015 recruits

MONMOUTH — WOU women’s basketball coach Holli Howard-Carpenter announced the first three athletes to sign letters of intent for the 2015-16 season on Monday.

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Charges filed in Highway 223 accident

This is the second serious traffic accident this year along the stretch of Kings Valley Highway near milepost 6. An accident in May resulted in the death of a Dallas man.

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Guest Commentary

The better question to ask, however, may be this: Is the world better off when oil prices fluctuate with high uncertainty?

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ALL IS BRIGHT

It’s a Christmas light display that has been growing since 1998 at the Hamar’s house.

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Music legend returns to WOU

Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint visits Monmouth Saturday night for a return performance as part of the Western Oregon University Smith Fine Arts Series.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Silent auction will aid Abby's House*Hospital volunteers hosting candy sale*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Extension offering two holiday classes*Scouts' food drive kicks off Saturday*Model railroad show, sale slated*Learn taiji, martial arts on Saturday*Legion Post plans holiday gathering*Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees*Senior giving tree available at library

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Tuesday, December 2