Stories for July 2018


Tuesday, July 31


Bring your blasters to NNO

For maybe the first time in National Night Out history, organizers are asking community members to come ready for a fight — a water gun fight.

July 31, 2018 4:46 p.m. read more..

Communities come together

Neighborhoods throughout Polk County will mark National Night Out with block parties and community gatherings on Tuesday.

July 31, 2018 4:45 p.m. read more..

Dallas High establishes cellphone-free zone

Two schools, two different philosophies regarding cellphones. Dallas High School Principal Steve Spencer demonstrated for the Dallas School Board members a system in which students would place their cellphones into a pouch during class, preventing use.

July 31, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 26


Wednesday, July 25

Transgender policy lawsuit dismissed

The lawsuit challenging Dallas School District’s policy and safety plan allowing transgender students to use locker rooms and bathrooms matching their gender identity was dismissed in the U.S. District Court in Portland on Tuesday.

July 25, 2018 5:07 p.m. read more..

Come climb at WOU

If you’re looking for a new hobby to pick up, head over to the Health and Wellness Center at Western Oregon University, where they offer rock climbing classes for anyone ages 4 and older on their state-of-the-art 40-foot rock climbing wall.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

White retires after 35 years

Dr. Keith White has delivered hundreds of babies over several decades and, as a family physician, often sees the children through adulthood.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Retreat to a native habitat

There is a place in Dallas city limits where you can escape the noise and surround yourself with forests, flowers, grassy fields and the sound of the creek.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Visitors center reports good attendance

So far, so good for Dallas Area Visitor’s Center events during the 2018 season, though there’s still room for improvement, said JD Shinn, director of the DAVC, at the July 16 Dallas city council meeting.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Summerfest brings heat wave

You can tell it’s summer. We are in the longest heat wave — defined as a string of days with temperatures above 90 degrees — that Oregon has seen on record.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Pedee News

Six kids from Pedee Church attended a junior high church camp at Triangle Lake west of Junction City from July 9-13, and had a great time.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Falls City approves $2 recycling fee

Steep increases in the cost to recycle materials appear to be stabilizing for Republic Services, which serves several communities in the Mid-Willamette Valley, including Dallas and Falls City, said Julie Jackson with Republic Services.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

DEQ fines Meadows Investment

The Oregon Department of Environment Quality has issued a civil penalty to Meadows Investment, a part of Fowler Homes, for violating its water quality construction storm water permit on the Barberry Node development in Dallas.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

100 Beds in 100 Days

With 12 beds donated so far, and another $610 in financial donations made — which can buy about eight more beds — the Polk County Resource Center is on its way to making the goal of receiving 100 beds by Aug. 31.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

ODE orders more for special education

The Oregon Department of Education has ordered the Dallas School District to provide “compensatory education” to three students, conduct a special education policy review, and provide additional training following the conclusion of four investigations.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Woman rescued after jump into falls

Emergency workers and good samaritans rescued an injured woman from the Little Luckiamute River after she was hurt in a jump from the falls in Falls City on Saturday.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, July 24


Indy man sentenced on drug crime

Felipe Rodriguez Jr., 33, of Independence, will serve nearly five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two count of delivering substantial quantities of heroin.

July 24, 2018 9:40 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 20

Wednesday, July 18


Pedee News

Judy had spent part of the week before at Eagle Crest with grandchildren AJ and Tristan Guida from Houston, Texas, who also got to ride horses and play in the ocean for the first time.

July 18, 2018 noon read more..

FACES program in funding crisis

The Family Academics Community and Enrichment for Success program, aka FACES, in Falls City was passed over for a third 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.

July 18, 2018 noon read more..

Chiefs asked to refine fee proposal

The police and fire and EMS departments in Dallas will move forward with researching a public safety utility fee following a presentation to the Dallas City Council Monday night.

July 18, 2018 noon read more..

Fee forum draws crowd

Community members had several different ways to weigh in on the proposed $4.85 utility fee that would go to pay for two Dallas police officers and two Dallas firefighters.

July 18, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas council gives Minet green light

The Dallas City Council approved the sale of revenue bonds and a franchise agreement with Monmouth-Independence Network Monday as part of a project to build and operate a fiber network in Dallas.

July 18, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, July 17

Play it safe on the water

Taking a boat, kayak or flotation device onto the Willamette River throughout the summer months is a popular event for Polk County.

July 17, 2018 3:28 p.m. read more..

Studio Fuego on Fire

INDEPENDENCE — “Just dance, they will come.” It’s Olivia Ojeda-Hayes’ motto for the fitness studio that she and two other women own in downtown Independence, and it’s a phrase that describes the journey the trio have been on from the beginning of Studio Fuego.

July 17, 2018 3:08 p.m. read more..

Sports Schedule

Schedule Thursday, July 19 Demarini Dirtbags: Whitnell Dodgers at WOU, 2 p.m. doubleheader

July 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 11


Dirtbags post a blowout

MONMOUTH — A six-run first inning was what it took for the Dirtbags to take the five-inning game away from the Seattle Renegades on Thursday in the first game of the Western Oregon University Tournament at WOU’s home field, blowing past them to win the contest by a wide 21-2 gap.

July 11, 2018 11:36 a.m. read more..

CSD budget includes final PERS reserves

The Central School District Board of Directors on June 25 passed a $50.84 million budget for the 2018-19 school year. In a memo to the board, CSD Superintendent Jennifer Kubista said the “budget reflected a change in the reserve and contingency funds, as the district had planned ahead for increases in the Public Employee Retirement System.”

July 11, 2018 10:18 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 10

People sought for parade, dunk tank

Summerfest is fast approaching and organizers at the Dallas Area Visitors Center ask people to remember to sign up for a pair of events, one brand new and the other a longstanding tradition.

July 10, 2018 5:41 p.m. read more..

Dallas Forty to refresh facade

Dallas Forty will soon be known as Corby’s again. The downtown bar, located on Main Street, is the recipient of a Diamonds in the Rough grant through the state Historic Preservation Office.

July 10, 2018 5:29 p.m. read more..

Chiefs hope council approves new fee

The Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire & EMS will host a community forum Thursday to discuss a proposed utility bill fee to augment police and fire/EMS services.

July 10, 2018 5:17 p.m. read more..

Western Days has good turnout

There was a good turnout for the four-day Independence Days Fourth of July celebration. “This year, between the two days that had fireworks, we had just over 21,000 paid people,” said Janice Thompson, chair of the Western Days commission. “There’s usually a large amount that come in before the gates go up.”

July 10, 2018 4:58 p.m. read more..

Councils approve Minet’s expansion

Independence and Monmouth City Councils approved on Monday, July 9, resolutions to give the Monmouth-Independence Network permission to proceed with plans to expand into Dallas.

July 10, 2018 4:12 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 3


NFL player holds skills camp at WOU

Another year of excited fans getting the chance to meet and play football alongside Tyrell Williams, a Western Oregon University alum and wide receiver for the L.A, Chargers, made way on June 26.

July 3, 2018 noon read more..

SW Polk make first bond purchase

The first purchases from Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District bond that was passed in May 2017 were on display at the Dallas Fire Station last week.

July 3, 2018 noon read more..

Meals losing money in Dallas

The food service program at Dallas School District will finish the year with a deficit of about $10,000 but has made gains since a mid-year review in January.

July 3, 2018 noon read more..

Pedee News

The Pedee Women’s Club were happy to see Deanne Maddox and her two sisters-in-law at their monthly potluck. Paul Maddox’s sister-in-law Mildred Maddox lives in Monmouth and sister Judy Houston came from the Chicago area to visit Deanne.

July 3, 2018 noon read more..

Monday, July 2