Stories for June 2015


Friday, June 26

Thursday, June 25

Wednesday, June 24


PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Nine women who went to Pedee School in the 1940s and ’50s met at last Wednesday’s Pedee Womens Club meeting for a reunion, where a lot of reminiscing went on.

June 24, 2015 4:32 p.m. read more..

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

A disease that attacks boxwood shrubs could potentially become a serious problem in residential and public gardens in western Oregon.

June 24, 2015 4:27 p.m. read more..


*Free bike checks at Bounty Market*BBQ competition looking for teams*Artists wanted for Fourth art show*FBB hosts local playgroups for kids*Igou celebration set for Tuesday*YMCA camps still have openings*CHS Class of 1955 holds 60th reunion

June 24, 2015 4:20 p.m. read more..

County budget sees minor adjustments

The Polk County Board of Commissioners was scheduled to adopt the county’s 2015-16 budget at 9 a.m. Wednesday (today) with minor changes to what was approved by the budget committee in May.

June 24, 2015 3:49 p.m. read more..

DSD adopts budget

The Dallas School Board adopted its 2015-16 budget with the addition of more staff, thanks to a better-than-expected May state revenue forecast.

June 24, 2015 3:45 p.m. read more..


*Santiam Christian announces honor roll*Students graduate from Connections*Monmouth native named to dean's list*LBCC names local honor roll students

June 24, 2015 3:43 p.m. read more..


Hanes named Distinguished Educator*IHS Class of 1950 award funds*Class of 2015 earns scholarship*Dallas approves staff contracts

June 24, 2015 3:32 p.m. read more..


*Public safety levy hurts city dwellers*Youth club grateful for all the support*Volunteers made all the difference

June 24, 2015 11:18 a.m. read more..


Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

June 24, 2015 11:15 a.m. read more..

Kudos to Falls City volunteers

For a moment last week, we were holding our breath. A favorite part of the Fourth of July weekend in Polk County — Falls City Third of July celebrations — might not happen.

June 24, 2015 11:13 a.m. read more..


If you haven’t heard about it, Central Health and Wellness Center will provide all students in Polk County — and, well, the entire community — with health, mental health and dental care.

June 24, 2015 11:12 a.m. read more..

Power rates set to decrease

Customers of Monmouth Power and Light will see a decrease in their bills effective July 1. A 3 percent decrease in rates was approved at the June 16 council meeting.

June 24, 2015 11:07 a.m. read more..


*Wagner hosts summer program*FCR call center to open soon*Dallas' Water report ready*New app to pay for vehicle charges*MINET seeks committee members*Dallas city, URA budgets adopted*Dallas to see water, sewer increase*CRB has Polk member opening*Independence awards good neighbors

June 24, 2015 11:02 a.m. read more..

Pickleball returns to Dallas for summer

DALLAS — Richard Winn has seen pickleball grow in popularity in Dallas since he teamed with the city’s recreation department in 2013. Now, he’s helping expand the city’s offerings to those looking to try the game, or taking their pickleball game to a new height.

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City adult rec looks to diversify

DALLAS — It seems like a distant memory for Dallas Recreation Coordinator David Brautigam. Yet, it was just four years ago that Dallas didn’t have any adult recreation to speak of. Oh, how things have changed.

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It’s finally go time ... if only I trained more

In the movies, the main character will have a realization when suddenly everything makes sense. That moment when a big change in the plot means everything will turn out OK. When the inspiring music swells in the background and the main character overcomes whatever stands in his or her way to win the game, defeat the bad guy or win over their romantic interest.

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Thursday, June 18


Burn ban, fire season began Tuesday

The Oregon Department of Forestry will increase fire restrictions on forest activities in the West Oregon District, including Polk, Lincoln and Benton counties, on Monday because of rising fire danger.

June 18, 2015 10:49 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 17



*CCC names Oliveros new dean of SDLR*KV Charter School hires music teacher*Search continues for KVCS teachers*Summer meals locations listed online

June 17, 2015 4:23 p.m. read more..


*Celebrate new park features*Local painter is artist of the month*Firefighter's host Sunday breakfast*DSA hosts music event on Monday*Storyteller to visit Wagner Library*PCL Solstice event auction Saturday*Chamber luncheon to feature CCCBI

June 17, 2015 3:03 p.m. read more..


Daryll Combs, the owner of Daryll’s Nursery in Dallas, jokingly explains that he likes plants because “they don’t talk back.”

June 17, 2015 2:44 p.m. read more..

Expect delays on Hwy. 99

Pavement preservation project on Highway 99W between Amity (milepost 45) in Yamhill County and Hoffman Road (milepost 62) in Polk County, work will be completed by Oct. 31.

June 17, 2015 2:22 p.m. read more..


Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

June 17, 2015 1:58 p.m. read more..


The state legislators are again attacking the future of education, attempting to put a stop to fifth-year programs such as Dallas High School’s Extended Campus.

June 17, 2015 1:53 p.m. read more..


*Museum to host authors of books*Merkley to hold town all Saturday*Man charged with illegal hunting*No suspect in purse snatching*Broken power pole causes outage

June 17, 2015 1:46 p.m. read more..

Swinging away ...

INDEPENDENCE — It was a moment four years in the making for Central senior Ryanne Huffman. Leading 10-2 against Ashland in the Panthers’ play-in game, Huffman stepped up to the plate and accomplished something she never had before — hit a home run.

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Riddell ready to take on state’s best

INDEPENDENCE — When one of Central High’s newest graduates, running back/defensive back Wes Riddell, takes the field for the South squad at the Les Schwab Tires Bowl in Hillsboro on Saturday, he knows it’ll be a challenge.

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A police officer visited a fourth-grade classroom and brought along his police-issue Harley Davidson.

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Wednesday, June 10



*Local students graduate from LBCC*Dallas Lions award scholarship to BYU*Dallas students graduate from OIT*Roth named outstanding graduate*Local students awarded GFU degrees*Central grad earns degree from Wooster

June 10, 2015 3:10 p.m. read more..


*Falls City's FACES holds theater camp*Independence Heritage museum seeks interns*Oakdale signups for kindergarten is Monday*Morrison graduation slated for Thursday*WOU sends off Class of 2015 graduates

June 10, 2015 3:02 p.m. read more..


Several local students graduated from high school this year and are excited about moving on.

June 10, 2015 2:30 p.m. read more..

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town was alive with the sounds of cheers and laughter and the happy voices of the members of the Class of 2015 from Panther Stadium last Friday evening, as the newly-minted graduates were presented with their high school diplomas.

June 10, 2015 2:28 p.m. read more..


*Rogue presents 'Rockin' the River'*Class on living with diabetes offered*Local history buff will speak in Indy*Evans hosts small business forum*Registration for STEP up to 4-H*Auction to benefit church youth*Poppy sales will benefit veterans*Breakfast at the Grange on Sunday*Intro to iPads class set for Thursday*Two-Mck Logging to hold reunion*Camp Might Oaks begins on July 25*Pentacle Theatre staging comedies*City manager to speak on Friday*Local pub to host Oregon IPA tasting*Rabbit's will host benefit for Polk RFL*Master Gardeners will meet tonight*Center craft class returns on June 18.

June 10, 2015 12:24 p.m. read more..


In Kay Dixon’s experience, if you were to ask World War II veterans if they were heroes, they would say “no.”

June 10, 2015 11:58 a.m. read more..

P&L loan will help pay for amphitheater

The city of Monmouth’s Urban Renewal District will borrow $500,000 from Monmouth Power and Light to help pay for the estimated $1.222 million Main Street Park Amphitheater construction.

June 10, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


*Graffiti at park not appreciated*Remember vets with poppies*Businesses help students 'Achieve'*Rally helps hospitalized vets*Welcome home warmed hearts*Thanks to all who support recital

June 10, 2015 10:59 a.m. read more..


Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

June 10, 2015 10:54 a.m. read more..


Steve Moser learned in his youth about respecting the Flag of the United States of America.

June 10, 2015 10:39 a.m. read more..

Thursday, June 4

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Pedee Church is going to publish a new community cookbook in time for Christmas and wants, not only recipes from community members and friends, but any Pedee history you might know, to add to the book.

June 4, 2015 10:59 a.m. read more..

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Charmingly warm weather coaxed roses into bloom early this year, which means dealing with the usual diseases and pests earlier, too.

June 4, 2015 10:55 a.m. read more..


Becky Lindquist cried when she found out this year‘s Relay for Life Polk County would be issuing T-shirts to those who have cared for a loved one with cancer.

June 4, 2015 10:40 a.m. read more..


*Central volunteers, staff to be honored*Uhrig earns doctorate at Oregon State University*KVCS in need of maintenance supplies*School districts to offer summer meals*Kings Valley Charter seeks music teacher*Local students makes dean's list at COCC*Lucas Costa receives multiple honors

June 4, 2015 10:16 a.m. read more..

Charter school earns top marks

Kings Valley Charter School garnered national honors when it was named the 44th most challenging high school in the United States by the Washington Post.

June 4, 2015 9:55 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 3



Western Oregon University has a true gem on the athletics staff. While the athletes compete for glory in competition, this person is content to be in the background.

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*Polk No. 1 tries again to find new chief*Photo contest to highlight Indy history*New prop to help train firefighters*Food donations matched until June 12*Class to help caregivers deal with dementia*United Way seeks volunteers for 2015 Loaned Executive Program

June 3, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Citywide Internet for all?

Monmouth-Independence Networks (MINET) must find new avenues to increase revenues if it is to be self-sustaining, Director Don Patten said to the board at its Thursday meeting.

June 3, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Burglary suspect found in crawl space

A Salem Police Department K-9 unit was requested and assisted in locating Spier, who was hiding in a hidden crawl space under the house. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a dog bite wound and booked at Polk County Jail.

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*Monmouth Fitness to host open house*Willamette Art to host fundraiser*Artists reception at WOU gallery*YMCA host dance recital on Saturday*Independence Grill now has live music

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*Man sentenced to 25 years for sex abuse and sodomy*Dallas man arrested for sex crimes*Dallas PD warns to take care of purses

June 3, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

June 3, 2015 11 a.m. read more..