Stories for June 2018


Friday, June 29

Wednesday, June 27


Basketball camp encourages youth

Forty-five kids entering fourth through ninth grades filled Dallas High School’s main and auxiliary gyms June 18-20 for a basketball skills camp, run by Trent Schwartz, the Dragon boys head basketball coach.

June 27, 2018 noon read more..

Get your kicks at Parkside

Parkside Self Defense, a Taekwondo and mixed martial arts school, offers more than just martial arts: it offers students a way of life, on and off the dojang.

June 27, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas adopts ‘intellectual property’ policy

The city of Dallas moved to protect its intellectual property on June 18, approving a policy providing guidelines to city employees, contractors and consultants on the use and misuse of city information, processes and technology.

June 27, 2018 noon read more..

Happy Fourth of July

It’s that time of year again, where we come out as a community and celebrate our nation’s birthday, Independence Day

June 27, 2018 noon read more..

Pedee News

On the Pedee Church work day, Saturday, June 9, Chuck Goetzinger planted five flowering plum trees by the amphitheater in memory of Paul and Betty Ronco, longtime members of Pedee Church. We’ll enjoy their beauty for years to come.

June 27, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, June 26

Dirtbags clinch victories

It only took one run from the Mountain View Toros before the Dirtbags cinched up their defense and brought another triumph to their scoreboard, winning the game 4-1 in Monmouth on Wednesday evening.

June 26, 2018 5:26 p.m. read more..

Monday, June 25

Thursday, June 21

Dallas man sentenced to prison

Sherman, of Dallas, was convicted at a trial held June 20, presided over by Hill and prosecuted by the Polk County District Attorney’s Office

June 21, 2018 12:58 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 20


Fourth of July Tennis Tournament

Come show off your volleying skills at the 45th annual Fourth of July tennis tournament, June 30-July 1, held at the Central High School and Western Oregon University tennis courts.

June 20, 2018 1:08 p.m. read more..

Dallas district to pay legal fees

The Dallas School Board approved paying $204,126.54 in legal fees to an attorney who represented a student and parent in a special education due process complaint.

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

City examines tourism, event money

The Dallas City Council will review possible changes to the policy governing how its transient lodging tax, known as the hotel/motel tax, revenue is distributed.

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

Public agenda

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

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

Parent, teacher grateful for Dallas staff

First and foremost, as a parent of an employee, a new graduate, and a current teen enrolled in the Dallas School District, I would like to thank the educators and administrators who provided opportunities for my kids to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

Adding physical ed a good step

If there’s one thing we don’t like to see, it’s teachers — kindergarten teachers — in tears at a school board meeting because their students are out of control.

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

Sarver indicted on new charges

Dennis Sarver, the man accused of murder in the death of a Falls City resident, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a grand jury indictment issued on Thursday.

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

Ribich goes pro

Wednesday, June 13, David Ribich officially signed his contract to become a professional track and field athlete for Brooks Running Company.

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

Dirtbags face tough opponent

A doubleheader against the Albany Rockets Wednesday evening faced the Dirtbags with some stark competition that resulted in a close call for the first game and a slaughterhouse in the second, losing both contests on their home field in Monmouth, 4-3 and 8-4.

June 20, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, June 19

Monday, June 18

Wednesday, June 13


Finding his footing

Watching an athlete transform entirely from one season to the next is exciting, especially from a coach’s perspective.

June 13, 2018 noon read more..

More than just a sport

Cade Magill came to find tennis as more than just a sport — it became an avenue of being able to reach out to the younger kids as a friend and a role model.

June 13, 2018 noon read more..

Gillette finds success in singles

Starting out as a doubles player, then switching to singles because she wanted the challenge it offered, Addie Gillette has been a varsity tennis player on the Dallas Dragons tennis team her whole high school career.

June 13, 2018 noon read more..

Dirtbags get dirty, clinch victory

Three runs in the first inning brought the Dimarini Dirtbags to a good start right off the bat for their first summer baseball game on June 6 against the West Salem Titans, winning the contest by a wide berth, 14-4.

June 13, 2018 noon read more..

Field of Dreams

Monday afternoon a crowd gathered at Ron August Stadium at Dallas High School to watch Stephanie Earhart shovel up a mound of grass and dirt from the football field in preparation for the new turf that will officially be laid down by the beginning of next school year — just in time for the high school’s first home football game.

June 13, 2018 noon read more..

Pedee News

June Clark is back on the road with her motorcycle now that the weather is better.

June 13, 2018 noon read more..

ODOT insists on roundabout

The Oregon Department of Transportation will apply for funding to complete a roundabout at the intersection of Clow Corner Road and Highway 99W later this summer.

June 13, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, June 12


Salem man arrested for murder

The man accused of murder in the death of Falls City resident Earl “Buddy” Jambura reportedly admitted to emergency dispatchers and Polk County deputies that he shot the victim.

June 12, 2018 9:19 p.m. read more..

Central students delve into history

Two Central High School graduates are kicking off their summer vacation at the University of Maryland in a National History Day Competition, which runs June 10 through June 14.

June 12, 2018 9:18 p.m. read more..

Monday, June 11

Sunday, June 10

Saturday, June 9

Wednesday, June 6


Peter picks up player of the year

Peter Mendazona is a kid every sports coach wants to have on their team. Being nominated twice in one year as the Itemizer-Observer’s Player of the Year is evidence of that.

June 6, 2018 noon read more..

DHS trainer Krug nabs award

You only have to spend a minute talking with Jennifer Krug, Dallas High School’s athletic trainer, to realize why she was awarded the Athletic Trainer of the Year award from the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association at the Awards Banquet on May 19: She’s passionate about what she does.

June 6, 2018 noon read more..

Girl Power

Angie Sletten knows what it’s like to be the only girl in the room.

June 6, 2018 noon read more..

The house that two cities built

According to people who were involved in city leadership at the time, high-speed internet services were at least a decade away from coming to the rural cities of Monmouth and Independence.

June 6, 2018 noon read more..

Efforts to end roundabout fail

The Polk County Board of Commissioners and Public Works Director Todd Whitaker made a final bid to change the minds of Oregon Department of Transportation engineers about installing a roundabout at Clow Corner and Highway 99W.

June 6, 2018 noon read more..

Pedee News

The Pedee Tryoneers 4-H Club is making plans for summer. Members have had fun this school year meeting and doing fun activities together at Pedee Church, but now they are getting serious about their projects for the county fair.

June 6, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, June 5


Minet seeks to expand to survive

The Monmouth-Independence Network is looking to expand its service area more than a decade after it was established in an attempt to bring the company out of the red.

June 5, 2018 4:45 p.m. read more..