Stories for May 2017


Wednesday, May 31



Ray Walter has been cooking almost his whole life. His latest food adventure, IndePit at Mecanico, is furthering that journey.

May 31, 2017 12:33 p.m. read more..

Farmers Markets

You can tell it’s springtime when the Independence farmers markets kick off their seasons in April. The markets run each Saturday April through October and November.

May 31, 2017 12:17 p.m. read more..

Answering the call

Leon Beauchamp, a longtime volunteer firefighter with the Falls City Fire Department, remembered a call when he and one other guy were the only people available to respond.

May 31, 2017 noon read more..

ODOT installs dynamic warning sign

Oregon Department of Transportation is installing a “dynamic warning sign” on Highway 99W at Clow Corner Road with the goal of preventing high-speed crashes.

May 31, 2017 noon read more..

‘This Girl’ takes audience on journey

Western Oregon University’s theater department’s production of, “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing,” is a fantastical fable that depicts three sisters and their journeys through life.

May 31, 2017 noon read more..


Ted and Ethelene Osgood went with friends for several days the week before last to Florence to the Oregon Dunes National Park to ride dune buggies.

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It’s countdown time for students of all ages in MI Town as the end of the school year is temptingly close.

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Oregon has become one of the top destinations for beer lovers — and Polk County is at the center of this utopia for suds seekers, with good reason.

May 31, 2017 11:55 a.m. read more..

PREP SOFTBALL: Dragons rally past Silverton in state semifinals

DALLAS – The Dragons are one game away from bringing home a state title. No. 1 Dallas rallied for a 10-2 victory over No. 5 Silverton in the state semifinals on Tuesday to advance to the championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Oregon State University Softball Complex.

May 31, 2017 11:25 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 30

Softball: Dallas headed to state championship game

DALLAS -- Dallas' softball team found itself in an early hole against a familiar foe. Silverton jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Dragons scored the final 10 runs of the game to advance to the state title game Saturday at the OSU Softball Complex.

May 30, 2017 7:24 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 26

Wednesday, May 24


Welcome to Grand Ronde

Spirit Mountain Casino may be the unincorporated community of Grand Ronde’s — and the state’s — most popular tourist destination, but there’s plenty more to Grand Ronde than meets the eye.

May 24, 2017 3:01 p.m. read more..

Welcome to Monmouth

Driving down Highway 99W, one may not realize the gem they pass through when they get to Monmouth. Turn onto Main Street and discover a historic downtown filled with shops and restaurants selling local goods and handmade fare.

May 24, 2017 2:55 p.m. read more..

Welcome to Independence

The city of Independence has a positive energy that permeates every nook and cranny of the town, from the historic downtown buildings to the thriving small businesses on Main Street, the parks, trails and schools.

May 24, 2017 2:28 p.m. read more..

Welcome to Falls City

David and Cheryl Radke see vast potential in the city of Falls City, so much so that they decided to open a bed and breakfast in the town with a population of less than 1,000 people.

May 24, 2017 2:03 p.m. read more..

Athletes teach life lessons

Central junior Bethanie Altamirano finished first in the 400-meter run at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships in Eugene on Saturday, and while she did it, though she may not realize it, she set an example for all of us.

May 24, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Welcome to Dallas

Pull off Highway 22 at the Dallas exit. Drive through the picturesque farmland into town — and stay a while in Dallas.

May 24, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Let it fly at Dallas City Park

If you hear a cry of “Fore!” in Dallas City Park, don’t be surprised. Don’t look for a golf ball hurtling toward you either — what you should be watching for is a flying disc.

May 24, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..

Ready for the hunt

If you’re ready for the thrill of the hunt, look no further than Luckiamute Valley Pheasants.

May 24, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..

Mini course, BIG fun

Polk County is home to a different kind of golf — one that the whole family can enjoy. Puttskee’s Mini-Golf, located next to the skate park in Monmouth, offers family fun that can test your putting skills while providing a few laughs along the way.

May 24, 2017 12:23 p.m. read more..

A walk among giants

The centuries-old Douglas-fir trees that stand in the grove named the Valley of Giants are humbling. They tower over human guests to their isolated area, reminding visitors how small they really are.

May 24, 2017 12:13 p.m. read more..

Black Rock Mountain Bike Area offers thrill ride

The rush of excitement. The moments when you’re flying through the air or completing a tight corner can be electrifying. Black Rock Mountain Bike Area, located near Falls City, offers cyclists a haven for experiencing a thrill ride.

May 24, 2017 12:03 p.m. read more..

Explore Polk County, where we call home

In August, tens of thousands will discover how great Polk County is as they descend on the area for one of the best viewing places of the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 at 10:17 a.m.

May 24, 2017 noon read more..


Heidi Russell’s mother, Linda Hovet, turned things around for Mother’s Day by treating Heidi to a beautiful day of fun and relaxation.

May 24, 2017 noon read more..


It’s really, really hard to concentrate on any indoor activity when the sun is a bright canary yellow and our collective moods are as happy as can be.

May 24, 2017 noon read more..

SW Polk bond approved

Chief Fred Hertel, Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District’s administrator, is breathing a sigh of relief after voters on May 16 approved the district’s 15-year, $5.2 million bond.

May 24, 2017 noon read more..

Committee approves DSD 2017-18 budget

The Dallas School District Budget Committee approved the 2017-18 budget on May 17, and set priorities for additional funding if the Oregon Legislature sends more than $7.8 billion to schools.

May 24, 2017 noon read more..

FCSD budget includes gym money

The 2017-18 Falls City School District budget includes money to hire more teachers and, depending on how the bids come in, build an elementary school gym.

May 24, 2017 noon read more..

Welcome to Explore Polk County

Polk County has much to offer year-round for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, cyclists, pinot lovers, and members of Rogue Nation, residents and visitors alike.

May 24, 2017 11:34 a.m. read more..

PREP BASEBALL: Pirates fall to Santiam

PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s baseball team closed out its season with a 15-1 loss to Santiam on Thursday and a 12-2 loss to Santiam on Friday. The Pirates finished the year with a 3-12 record overall.

May 24, 2017 11:15 a.m. read more..

PREP SOFTBALL: Top-ranked Dragons to host Parkrose

DALLAS — Dallas’ softball team made history, but the celebration will have to wait. After finishing league play with a perfect 18-0 record for the first time in school history, the top-ranked Dragons host No. 16 Parkrose Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the state playoffs.

May 24, 2017 11:15 a.m. read more..

PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Champion at last

EUGENE — About an hour before the girls 400-meter final at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships on Saturday, Central junior Bethanie Altamirano felt like she was carrying the weight of the world.

May 24, 2017 11:15 a.m. read more..

Saturday, May 20

Wednesday, May 17


Panthers draw Marist Catholic in play-in game

Central’s baseball team hopes a strong end to the regular season leads to success in the postseason. The Panthers entered the week winners of five of its last six games and will host Marist Catholic in a state play-in game Friday at 4:30 p.m.

May 17, 2017 2:32 p.m. read more..

Dallas to host Ashland

Dallas’ baseball team had a rough end to its league season, losing two of three to Corvallis and five of its last six overall.

May 17, 2017 2:21 p.m. read more..

Wolves win conference title

After disposing of Montana State Billings 4-2 on May 10, Western Oregon’s baseball team found itself in a pickle at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.

May 17, 2017 2:16 p.m. read more..

Panthers show guts at districts

The 2016-17 athletic year has been a frustrating one for Central senior Isaiah Abraham. Injuries cost him most of the football season and basketball.

May 17, 2017 2:15 p.m. read more..

Dallas sends 10 to state

Moments after finishing the boys 300-meter hurdles race at the Mid-Willamette Conference District Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Dallas senior Jacob Deming threw his hands in the air.

May 17, 2017 2:11 p.m. read more..


Is it time to take a break from all the outdoor — and even indoor — work and activities?

May 17, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

POINT investigation results in arrests

Starting in the month of March, the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team began an investigation which lasted more than a month involving the trafficking of heroin in the Polk and Marion county areas by Samantha Gaines, Levi McCleskey and others.

May 17, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

Discover MI Town on Saturday

A few changes are in store for the third annual Discover MI Town Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce.

May 17, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Fire destroys Indy home

A juvenile male suffered minor burns and possible smoke inhalation after an accidental fire burned the home at 462 B St. in Independence on Thursday.

May 17, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Man charged with assault

Dallas Police officers arrested a Dallas man Thursday on attempted assault and menacing charges after he allegedly tried to run over a man and threw an ax at a woman following an argument.

May 17, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 15

Friday, May 12

Thursday, May 11


Pedee School will be having a carnival at their Bridgeport campus on this Friday.

May 11, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


The Polk County Master Gardeners are having their spring sale at the fairgrounds beginning this Friday.

May 11, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..

Slinky, slimy slugs on the loose

It’s spring, and that means it’s time to start slugging it out with one of the gardener’s most familiar, frustrating and certainly slimiest pests.

May 11, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Dallas industrial land for sale

Four Dallas industrial sites off Monmouth Cutoff Road have returned to the auction block with prices significantly reduced from a previous sale.

May 11, 2017 12:35 p.m. read more..

Gardeners plant sale

Thousands of plants, including 3,500 tomato starts, will line the tables of the 27th annual Polk County Master Gardeners sale on Mother’s Day weekend.

May 11, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 10


DALLAS ROUNDUP: Softball improves to 15-0

DALLAS — The wins keep on coming for Dallas’ softball team. The Dragons defeated Crescent Valley, Corvallis and Silverton last week to improve to 15-0 in Mid-Willamette Conference play.

May 10, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

WOU ROUNDUP: Baseball earns GNAC title

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s baseball team clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s regular season title after splitting four games with Northwest Nazarene. WOU split the opening doubleheader, falling 5-2 before winning 11-3 on Thursday. The Wolves won 20-2 before losing 6-3 on Friday.

May 10, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Dragons jump, hurdle to districts

DALLAS — Expectations are high among Dallas’ boys and girls track and field teams entering the Mid-Willamette Conference district track and field championships, Friday and Saturday at Lebanon High School.

May 10, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Less is more as athletes sprint to districts

INDEPENDENCE — Central track and field coach Eli Cirino has a different message for his team ahead of the Mid-Willamette Conference district track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Lebanon High School — it’s time to get selfish.

May 10, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Panthers face tough draw

INDEPENDENCE — Central boys tennis coach Patti Youngren knows each of her players has a tough road ahead at the Mid-Willamette Conference district championships. But the Panthers are ready to come out swinging.

May 10, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Finding a connection

DALLAS — When Josh Dudley and Zac Price first started playing together this season, things were a bit rough around the edges.

May 10, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 9


WOU approves tuition increase

Western Oregon University board of trustees voted to approve tuition increases on a sliding scale, depending on how much money the state Legislature approves for public universities in its current session.

May 9, 2017 4:33 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 3



Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

May 3, 2017 3:58 p.m. read more..

Dallas students evacuate

Students streamed from the doors of Dallas High School in orderly fashion as school staff members dressed in bright-colored vests guided them down Miller Avenue to Valley Life Center.

May 3, 2017 3:43 p.m. read more..

A gathering of friends

You can hear guitars, mandolins, fiddles, accordions and voices singing before you open the door at Guthrie Park Community Center.

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URD budget includes money to buy armory

The Dallas Urban Renewal District proposed 2017-18 budget includes money to purchase the old armory property, help pay for Dallas Downtown’s RARE program participant, and continue street and building façade improvement projects.

May 3, 2017 noon read more..

Padilla to discuss building communities

The Dallas Public Library hosts an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project facilitated by former Dallas resident Manuel Padilla titled “The Space Between Us,” in Thursday at 7 p.m.

May 3, 2017 noon read more..


We’ve turned the calendar page to the brand-spanking merry month of May, which promises to bring flowers and sunshine and many outdoor programs, and we’re all wishing on stars and dandelion fuzz and four-leaf clovers that we can finally get outdoor projects underway, especially in our rain-soaked vegetable garden beds.

May 3, 2017 noon read more..

PERRYDALE ROUNDUP: Lux leads track team

PORTLAND — Perrydale’s track and field team competed at the Portland Christian Invitational on Saturday. Alyssa Lux took fourth in the girls long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 11 inches.

May 3, 2017 11:10 a.m. read more..

Altamirano, Burgett stay on track

INDEPENDENCE — Central track and field coach Eli Cirino had seen junior Bethanie Altamirano run cross-country in middle school. Though she was solid, she was unimpressive.

May 3, 2017 11:10 a.m. read more..