Stories for June 2017


Thursday, June 29

Wednesday, June 28

Race offers big thrills

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — When runners set off on the 47th annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon, they take part in a unique event.

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School board votes to fund new track

DALLAS — The Dallas School Board voted to build a new track at Dallas High School in conjunction with a project to raise private money to install a turf football field.

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Salem Health presents grant

Salem Health presented a $41,370 Community Partnership Grant to Family Building Blocks to pay for a pilot project to electronically conduct developmental screenings for children in a family’s home.

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Polk County offers Fourth of July fun

Finding a way to celebrate Independence Day in Polk County won’t be a problem, whether you are looking for a laid-back day in the park or a thrill-ride carnival experience.

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Pollen, pollen everywhere

The official count of allergy-causing pollen is tabulated at a station in Eugene, but those with the misfortune of being allergy sufferers measure the season in itchy eyes and throats, sneezes and congestion.

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The Pedee Women’s Club members were pleased when neighbor Jon Bansen invited them over to see the work on the old Skidmore barn he is remodeling for his son Ross’s wedding later this summer.

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Bystander helps save youths from drowning

On Thursday, Polk County Fire District No.1 responded to Riverview Park on a report of a possible water rescue with multiple juveniles in the river, Fire Chief Ben Stange in a press release.

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Think safety first this Fourth

Fireworks stands are open for business in Oregon, and state and local fire departments are urging people to keep their backyard and neighborhood displays safe and legal.

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Law enforcement to hold public hearing

Polk County law enforcement officials are holding a public hearing on Thursday to review proposed change to the county’s response plan to law enforcement use of deadly physical force.

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NASA scientist explains eclipse

Why does a total solar eclipse happen? If the sun rises in the east, why will the West Coast see the Great American Eclipse first? How will animals be affected?

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Fundraising begins for turf field

DALLAS — The drive to raise funds for a turf field at Dallas High School is underway. An official kickoff event will happen during the Sept. 29 home football game, but the project has already raised money toward its goal.

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Thursday, June 22


Portia Perkins and husband Jack hosted Portia’s sister Paula Taylor and husband Chuck, of Davenport, Iowa, for a week at the first of the month.

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Our newly-minted Western Oregon University graduates bid farewell to MI Town following Saturday’s graduation ceremonies that combined happy tears with nostalgia, optimism and abundant good wishes.

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Wednesday, June 21


City receives park grant

The city of Independence got a boost to pay for a park on the area between the Willamette River and the Independence Landing development, said Shawn Irvine, economic development director.

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Mill landmark comes down

Another piece of Dallas’ timber town legacy will be gone soon as the dismantling of old drying shed, affectionately known as “Noah’s Ark,” on the former Weyerhaeuser mill property began last week.

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Valsetz residents set reunion

Former residents of Valsetz are gathering this weekend for a camp out reunion at the site formerly occupied by the town they once called home.

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Miller picked in draft

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon junior pitcher Brady Miller was selected by the Chicago Cubs during the 23rd round of the MLB Draft on June 14.

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Wednesday, June 14



Today there will be a party for Audrey Cameron, who is retiring from 25 years of teaching at the Weekday School of the Bible in Dallas.

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Our gardens are growing by leaps and bounds and the apple tree in the backyard promises lots of goodies for pies and applesauce, or just to pick for a quick snack.

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Dallas budget goes up $1.8 M

The Dallas School Board adopted a revised 2017-18 budget, based now on an $8.2 billion State School Fund for the 2017-19 biennium.

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Search for city recorder begins

The Falls City City Council approved a contract with the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, or COG, to conduct a search for a city recorder.

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FC plans July Fourth event

The city of Falls City will continue its tradition of celebrating Independence Day early, with an event taking shape for July 1.

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Boom Town Brewing

The old warehouse building on South Main Street in Independence called out to Yul Provancha years ago.

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Friday, June 9

Thursday, June 8


Looking out for others

Cooper Dodge, a Dallas High School senior about to graduate Saturday, has a drive to help others — and often without it being recognized.

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Wednesday, June 7


Dragons place second in softball

In the moments after Dallas’ 12-7 loss to Marist Catholic in the 5A state softball championship on Saturday, coach Brandi Jackson addressed her team.

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Rec coordinator will return to city of Dallas

The person who fills the city of Dallas’ recreation coordinator, a position restored to the 2017-18 budget, would be expected to organize activities from wine events to running ones, and for an age range of toddler to senior citizen.

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It’s June — the month of graduations and weddings, of warm sunny days and evenings of endless twilight, of trips to the beach and the river and the lakes.

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Pump up your pumpkins to giant size

One small seed is all it takes to produce the gigantic pumpkins entered in fierce competitions around the world, including the record set in 2016 with a 2,624.6-pounder that weighed almost as much as a Volkswagen bug.

June 7, 2017 noon read more..

Saturday, June 3