Stories for November 2015


Wednesday, November 25


Transgender policy enforced

On Nov. 16, the Dallas School District sent a letter to parents of students in physical education classes with a transgender student who is being allowed to use the locker room of the gender he identifies as.

November 25, 2015 2:54 p.m. read more..

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I’d like to take a few moments to express my appreciation for those who won’t be relaxing with family and friends on Thursday, but will be working hard to make sure everything goes as well as possible for the rest of us.

November 25, 2015 2:37 p.m. read more..

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

As leaves fall and yard debris bins fill up, it’s a good time to think of a different solution to having all those resources trucked away.

November 25, 2015 2:34 p.m. read more..


*Left Coast to host open house Friday*Christmas Pageant tickets available*Library 'Friends' to host book sale*4-H offering crafts from the kitchen*Parade of Lights seeking entries*Holiday treats at senior center

November 25, 2015 2:25 p.m. read more..


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

November 25, 2015 1:44 p.m. read more..


*Comments affect public safety*Dallas deserves to be 'safe, livable'*Politics needs dose of common sense*Leave councilor Garus alone*Pedestrian wonders why car hit her*Garus not a racist*Bias is everywhere*'Merry Christmas,' not 'Happy Holiday'*Name calling serves no purpose*Garus does not represent all*Micky Garus political soldier

November 25, 2015 1:42 p.m. read more..


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the national holiday to give thanks and heal the wounds of the nation.

November 25, 2015 1:35 p.m. read more..

Going once, going twice

It’s still more than two weeks away, but tickets are going fast for the annual Monmouth-Independence YMCA auction, slated for Dec. 11.

November 25, 2015 noon read more..

Alcohol, speed cause fatal crash

Oregon State Troopers responded to a fatal rollover car crash on Nov. 22 at about 2:40 a.m. on Highway 22, just west of Salem near Highway 51 and Independence Highway.

November 25, 2015 noon read more..


*Perrydale Senior Tea slated for Tuesday*Donate to help KVCS garden grow*KVCS is seeking teacher's aide*MCVA seeks donations for auction*KVCS' Kings Crossing opening Saturday*Indy student earns scholarhip

November 25, 2015 noon read more..

A Dream Come

The first step into Siletz Trucking’s log truck was about 3-feet off the ground, nearly to Jim Smith’s waist, but he was determined and eager to take a ride in the beast.

November 25, 2015 noon read more..


*OHSU-Salem partnership official*Help name Dallas' newest city park*Learn to be an NWS weather spotter*Monmouth man arrested for ID theft*Think safety on Thanksgiving Day

November 25, 2015 noon read more..

2015 All-Region Football Team

The All-Region football team was selected by the Itemizer-Observer Sports Editor Lukas Eggen along with heavy input from area coaches.

November 25, 2015 10:39 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 18


Dallas updates policy on guns

The Dallas School District is set to make a minor change to it policy regarding allowing staff to bring concealed weapons to work, but plenty of research, discussion and thought got it there

November 18, 2015 2:01 p.m. read more..

Dream takes shape as land is cleared

Just a concept until last week, the building Luckiamute Valley Charter School board members and administrators have dreamed of for years has begun to take shape.

November 18, 2015 1:57 p.m. read more..

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Hazelnut, walnut or chestnut trees in your home orchard can keep you in nuts for months if you know the best ways to harvest, handle and store them.

November 18, 2015 1:41 p.m. read more..

Grand Ronde area crime spree

A Willamina man is accused of stealing a television, a pickup, a bicycle, a 1976 Chevy Corvette, a Ford F250 pickup, and a Dodge Ram pickup, all in the same day.

November 18, 2015 1:34 p.m. read more..


*WOU host MICC November mixer*Illustrator is library artist of the month*'Gratitude' them for DAS music jam*'Suds and Science' talk on tap at 'Dog'*WOU pantry holds food drive*FEFC hosts Friday bluegrass jam*Pet photos with Santa Saturday*Naomi to serve lunch on Friday*Falls City to host Thanksgiving meal*Trinity o host annual free dinner

November 18, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..

Success for school lunch in Dallas

The first year of the Dallas School District’s new food service program may not have been a “success” in the profit and loss column, but officials believe it is headed in the right direction.

November 18, 2015 11:58 a.m. read more..


*Be considerate, quiet your dog*Thanks to support of Veteran's dinner*No room for bigotry on council*Don't let outside groups influence*Councilor stepped over the line*'European method' not good for U.S.*Councilor Garus unfit to serve*Comments danger to trans youth

November 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


*Motor home fire results in death*Polk Extension to hold sewing classes*Boondocks to hold weekly workshop*Dallas approves change on 4-acre parcel*Corps of Engineers to host workshop*Nonprofit Share Tank hits Salem Friday*WVH volunteer services fundraiser on tap

November 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Dallas reacts to city councilor’s posts

After a week of media scrutiny, public debate, protest and calls for council action, testimony at Monday’s Dallas City Council meeting displayed more support than disagreement with Councilor Micky Garus’ remarks about Muslims posted last week.

November 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


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

November 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


This past week has been a reflection of what it means to live in the United States of America and to celebrate the freedoms that we treasure.

November 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Hungry like the wolf

More than half of the students at Western Oregon University don’t know where their next meal is coming from. One in four classified staff members need help getting food.

November 18, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Thursday, November 12

More teams added to TMS sports

With the increased numbers, a second boys soccer team was added. Cutsforth said the numbers put a strain on available facilities at Talmadge, but he and administrators were able to find room for all the teams to practice in fall.

November 12, 2015 4:13 p.m. read more..

Photographic Adventurer

Ron and Su Mittag, now Dallas residents, visited Oregon a number of years ago, finding themselves sightseeing in Newport.

November 12, 2015 11:46 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 10

Dallas councilor posts anti-Muslim comments on social media

An anti-Muslim post that has now been removed from Dallas City Councilor Micky Garus’ Facebook pages has the Washington Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) calling for the council “to repudiate” the first-term councilor's comments.

November 10, 2015 4:28 p.m. read more..

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The Pedee Women’s Club has its candy made and the women lined up to bring soup and pies to serve at its holiday fair this Saturday.

November 10, 2015 2:36 p.m. read more..

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We’re barely into the month of November and around our house, we frequently comment that the days are going by much too quickly.

November 10, 2015 2:33 p.m. read more..

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Just like perennial plants, some garden questions come up year after year. How to keep geraniums, fuchsias and dahlias from dying over winter is one of them.

November 10, 2015 2:31 p.m. read more..


*Festive ornaments art class feature*WOU's CAI lecture series returns*Grief workshops offered for families*Meet and greet with WOU students*Rep. Paul Evsn to discuss veterans*Senior center hosts veterans breakfast*Swing your partner at Guthrie Park*Annual art, quilt show starts Friday*Ducks or Beavers afghan at library*Salt Creek group to meeting Tuesday*Library holds Soup Night, author talk*Pentacle opens "Trip to Bountiful'*Free Veterans Day breakfast Saturday

November 10, 2015 2:10 p.m. read more..


Indy leaf pickup on Monday*Nonprofit leadership training Saturday*Monmouth seeks 'Engaged' volunteers*First leaf collection in Dallas begins*Dallas approves change on 4-acre parcel*Sow winter garden with Master tips*Hear about history at Polk Museum

November 10, 2015 noon read more..

DALLAS GIRLS SOCCER: Dragons fall to Wilsonville

WILSONVILLE — Dallas’ girls soccer team’s historic season came to an end. The Dragons lost to Wilsonville 6-0 in the first round of the state playoffs. While it marked the end to the season, players weren’t hanging their heads.

November 10, 2015 noon read more..


*Present-day politics is grim picture*Veteran breakfast slated for Saturday*LaCreole students help at arboretum*Vet's celebration at MVCA a success

November 10, 2015 noon read more..


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

November 10, 2015 noon read more..


This day, and for the whole year, consider thanking veterans with more than just a handshake.

November 10, 2015 noon read more..

Building blocks comes to Falls City

Family Building Blocks (FBB) and the Wagner Community Library are teaming up to offer a monthly literary inspired “play group” at the library beginning Thursday.

November 10, 2015 noon read more..

A blessed life

A portion of his childhood stands in stark contrast to what Cagle said has been a blessed life in Dallas.

November 10, 2015 noon read more..


Dallas High School’s fall play “Oliver!” — a musical telling of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist opening Wednesday (today) — is a product of teamwork between DHS and LaCreole Middle School.

November 10, 2015 noon read more..

Wednesday, November 4


PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Our traveling neighbor Judy Guida was in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, when Hurricane Patricia hit three weeks ago, and so spent a day in a hurricane shelter there.

November 4, 2015 3:30 p.m. read more..

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

As the days darken and gardening season winds down, why not turn your attention to planning out next year’s garden?

November 4, 2015 3:26 p.m. read more..


*MICC annual meeting on tap*Rick's Place hosts photo showing*Death and dying topic of discussion*Evans to discuss veterans*Windermere hosts coat, blanket drive*Lunch and a movie at senior center*MVCA veterans event Wednesday*PCL hosts annual casino-style event*MSC hosts free veterans breakfast*Marine Corps to celebrate 240 years*Buell Grange to host Sunday breakfast

November 4, 2015 2:42 p.m. read more..


*Many thanks to dog rescuer*Dallas volleyball hosts "Pink Out"*Battle Buddies presents to county*Footbridge repairs done quickly*Thank you for a great event

November 4, 2015 2:33 p.m. read more..


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

November 4, 2015 2:30 p.m. read more..

No-Shave November brings awareness

No-Shave November is not just about giving a man — or woman, in fact — an excuse to skip a step in grooming. It is designed to raise awareness about cancer by highlighting people’s hair, something many cancer patients lose during treatment.

November 4, 2015 2:27 p.m. read more..

Central agrees on teacher pay

Central School District board members approved a three-year contract with the Central Education Association at their Monday meeting.

November 4, 2015 2:24 p.m. read more..


*Locke is Distinguished Educator*Committee seeking more members*Rotary club gives out dictionaries*Universities waive application fees*Talmadge teachers don't like gradebook*Parenting classes offered in West Salem*Monmouth student on honor list*Costa is treasurer of honor society

November 4, 2015 2:21 p.m. read more..


*Flu shot clinics continue Friday*Indy Event Center gets new coordinator*Local officers to be honored at banquet*Multiple calls keep police busy in FC*Rules for Dallas food carts changed*Smoking rules will now include 'vaping'*Fee implemented to replace garage sale signs

November 4, 2015 1:46 p.m. read more..

Priced to sell

The unsold properties off Monmouth Cutoff Road in Dallas included in an industrial land auction held last spring are once again slated for auction this month.

November 4, 2015 1:44 p.m. read more..

Polk County avoids localized flooding

Saturday’s storm that dumped 1.85 inches of rain was a “pretty textbook atmospheric river event,” said meteorologist Jeremiah Pyle, with the U.S. National Weather Service in Portland.

November 4, 2015 11:30 a.m. read more..

DALLAS GIRLS SOCCER: Blazing a trail

DALLAS — For the three seniors on Dallas’ girls soccer team, their high school careers have been defined by change, from new coaches every season to dealing with injuries this fall.

November 4, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


These Polk County groups would welcome individuals who have time or expertise to volunteer.

November 4, 2015 9:24 a.m. read more..