Stories for August 2018


Friday, August 31

CSD addresses 'veiled threats'

A former Central School District employee has made "veiled threats" regarding current employees, according to a "Safety Bulletin" posted on the district's website.

August 31, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 30

Police Report Aug. 29

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

August 30, 2018 1 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 29


Pedee News

Nic and Cassandra Heller had a special trip to Las Vegas this month, attending Cassandra’s sister’s wedding in the Little Vegas Chapel and then staying a couple more days to celebrate their own 10th anniversary.

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Football a metaphor for life

In early May, Andy Jackson took over for his father, Tracy Jackson, as head coach of the Dallas High School football team when Tracy moved to Portland after six years with the Dragons.

August 29, 2018 noon read more..

Hazy air makes practicing a challenge

With thick layers of haze pressing down on the Willamette Valley last week, high school sports practices were either canceled or relocated inside gyms and cafeterias due to unhealthy air quality caused by the surrounding Oregon and California fires.

August 29, 2018 noon read more..

Stop to smell the roses

Over the weekend, I took advantage of the smoke-free air and went on a hike with my friends Sam and Claudia, and Sam’s 8-month-old twins, Oliver and Avery.

August 29, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, August 28

Parents for Privacy file appeal in DSD lawsuit

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Dallas School District’s policy allowing transgender students to use the restroom facilities matching their gender identity have filed an appeal to the case’s dismissal.

August 28, 2018 5:02 p.m. read more..

Fiesta pleases crowds

In between performances on Saturday, people lined up for authentic Mexican food and a variety of dessert offerings, including ice cream and elephant ears.

August 28, 2018 4:59 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 24

Wednesday, August 22


Turf project gains traction

About another six weeks to go for the turf installation to be completed and Dallas High School’s football field will be ready to see some action.

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Finding cohesion in new season

Coming off a rough season last year, the Wolves volleyball team is already shaping up to be in a better spot now than they were throughout last year.

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Pedee News

The Cameron family camped at Ft. Steven’s State Park for Audrey’s family reunion a few weeks ago,

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Drain the pool for police, fire?

At Monday’s Dallas council meeting, Councilor Micky Garus suggested that the community consider closing its aquatic center, putting roughly $400,000 a year into public safety officers for Dallas police and fire, essentially eliminating the need for a safety utility fee.

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Fiesta kicks off Friday

The Community Fiesta has seen some changes over the last few decades, but it has been happening in some form for about 35 years.

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Flagger injured in work zone crash

A work zone flagger on Highway 99 W was hit and seriously injured at 9 p.m. on Aug. 15, eight miles south of Monmouth. according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Garus proposes a vote

Councilor Micky Garus added a layer to the discussion about the proposed public safety utility fee to pay for firefighters and police officers at Monday’s Dallas City Council meeting.

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Talks among fire districts continue

The Dallas City Council voted to participate in discussions about the possibility of a regional fire district, including Dallas, Southwest Polk, Sheridan Fire and West Valley Fire District.

August 22, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, August 21

More charges filed against Mounce

Heather Mounce, the former Dallas resident accused of multiple counts of theft, identity theft and criminal mistreatment was arraigned in Polk County Circuit Court on Aug. 14.

August 21, 2018 7:56 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 16

Wednesday, August 15


Come splash at WOU

If you’re a parent looking for activities to sign your kid up to this fall, Western Oregon University offers community youth swim lessons each term for kids ages 6 months to early teens.

August 15, 2018 noon read more..

‘Model’ couple

When Dave Jones and Louise Nicol met in Arlie Holt’s English class at Dallas High School in 1965, Dave believed Louise was as good as engaged to someone else.

August 15, 2018 noon read more..

Pedee News

The Polk County Fair is over and several from Pedee came away with “Outstanding Exhibit” ribbons and several blue (first place) and red (second place) ribbons.

August 15, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas parents give feedback on special education

Saturday’s meeting between Dallas School District officials and parents of students in special education revealed concerns ranging from lack of staff qualifications to parents being in the dark about their children’s progress at school.

August 15, 2018 11:54 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 14

Monday, August 13

Friday, August 10

Thursday, August 9


Dirtbags lose footing by one point

The Dallas Dirtbags battled it out at the state tournament in Roseburg July 28 through Aug. 1, but unfortunately scored no runs during their contest against the Medford Mustangs on Monday, July 30, thus ending the American Legion Post 20 Dirtbags 2018 season.

August 9, 2018 4:28 p.m. read more..

Cats don tropical outfits

Barbara Godart volunteers in the horticulture area and took a break to head over to the small animal barn. "I came for the kitty costume contest," she said. "It's my favorite thing in the whole fair."

August 9, 2018 3:36 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 8

New CTE building planned for DHS

A new career and technical education building at Dallas High School is included with the projects paid for with the remainder of Dallas School District’s maintenance bond.

August 8, 2018 3:48 p.m. read more..

Superintendent’s corner

In addition to individual concerns families have shared directly with our district throughout the school year, we are aware that there have been concerns expressed by local families through social media regarding special education services in the Dallas School District.

August 8, 2018 noon read more..

Fee sign of things to come

CLARIFICATION: The council has not approved the public safety fee itself, but rather approved asking the city attorney to draft an ordinance to establish the fee. That ordinance will be read at the council's next meeting on Sept. 4, and, if approved, will move toward final adoption at its second reading on Sept. 17.

August 8, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, August 7


Polk County Fairgrounds & Events Center Manager Tina Andersen has for years wanted to have an island theme for the annual fair.

August 7, 2018 8:33 p.m. read more..

From T-ball to the Dirtbags

Getting a chance to go to the state tournament with the rest of the American Legion Post 20 Demarini Dirtbags in Roseburg for the fifth year in a row is exciting, and Anthony Zellner, who’s been with the team for four years now, said he’s looking forward to it.

August 7, 2018 8:30 p.m. read more..

Water Safety part two: Polk County Marine Patrol aims to educate

Participating in aquatic recreation such as floating and kayaking can be dangerous if you’re not prepared for the risks the river brings, which is why Polk County Marine Patrol spends time on the water giving out advice, information and sometimes citations to ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible.

August 7, 2018 7:15 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 2

Wednesday, August 1


Victims to file civil suit

Salem-based Gatti Law Firm, which is representing five alleged victims of Quinlyn Harden, sent a tort claim notice to state and law enforcement agencies on July 3.

August 1, 2018 noon read more..

The cellphone dilemma

Dallas High School has requested making classrooms “cellphone free” zones, meaning students would lock their devices away during class times.

August 1, 2018 noon read more..

Riding for a cure

This weekend, Monmouth will see an increase in its population size as around 600 bicyclists from all over Oregon come together for a weekend of cycling and raising money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.

August 1, 2018 noon read more..

Dirtbags head to state tournament for fifth year

Saturday, the Dirtbags played their first state tournament game in the five-game series at the Legion Field at Bill Gray stadium in Roseburg, where they squeaked by with a close 10-8 victory against the Hillsboro Dodgers, keeping them in the running for the state championship.

August 1, 2018 noon read more..