Stories for March 2018


Friday, March 30

Thursday, March 29

Wednesday, March 28


One door closes, another opens

The Cinderella-team spirit that nearly had Dallas outvoting a city twice its size in the Moda Assist Program contest may continue in a grassroots effort to raise money for all-abilities playground equipment.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas URD extended to 2042

The Dallas Urban Renewal Agency and Dallas City Council both approved resolutions March 19 night to extend the duration of the downtown urban renewal district until 2042.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Council buzzes about bee limits

The Monmouth City Council approved in first reading a new beekeeping ordinance which would limit how many hives residents may keep and what residents do with the resulting honey.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

WOU baseball defeats Concordia

Western Oregon University won a double-header Saturday and split two games on Sunday in a four-game series against Concordia on their opponent’s home field.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Panthers grab a win for first league game

Playing their first league game of the season on their home field against Silverton (0-1, Mid-Willamette Conference, 0-1) March 20, the Panthers (1-0, MWC, 2-1) softball team used a tight offense to clinch a win, 12-7.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas aims to get playground

Just about six weeks ago, many people in Dallas — or Polk County, for that matter — didn’t know what an all-abilities playground was.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Waste water reaches Willamette

An electrical fire followed by a hairline crack in a regulator is the culprit for about 1.3 million gallons of partially treated wastewater released to the Willamette River by the city of Monmouth.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, March 27

Dallas council to consider DAVC funding

The city of Dallas’ Administration Committee recommended the Dallas City Council pull lodging tax money and end its agreements with the Dallas Area Visitors Center for event planning and tourism promotion.

March 27, 2018 4:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 21


Thommen-Gotts wedding

Kathleen Hazel Gotts and Michael Craig Thommen were married on March 10, 2018, at Redgate Vineyards in Independence.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

Grant to help Falls City sewer

Business Oregon’s Community Development Block Program has awarded the city of Falls City a $330,000 grant for planning and engineering on a needed wastewater treatment plant upgrade.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

Some suffer during walkout

I have a question regarding our students through Dallas School District and our tax dollars regarding the March, 14. 2018 Nationwide School Walkout.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

James2 thankful for money

Last week our local James 2 Community Kitchen was granted an award from Dallas Community Foundation. The Board of Directors of James 2 Kitchen wish to say a big thank you.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

Good Samaritan returned wallet

A Huge Thank You to the gentleman who found my billfold on the Walmart parking lot last week and took the time and effort to find my address and return it to me.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

Perrydale drops two non-league games

Last week, the Pirates played against two non-league teams – Elkton on Thursday and Toledo on Saturday, the team seeing losses for both, 8-1, and 11-1, respectively.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

WOU to host Elite Softball Camp

Start the summer off by sending your middle and high schoolers, entering grades 8-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to the Wolves’ Elite Softball Camp, from June 18-20, held at the WOU Softball Field.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

Wolves enter GNAC play with goals in mind

GNAC play has started for Western Oregon University, and the Wolves and their coaches gear up for their regular season of baseball, softball, and track and field, each sport with one goal in mind: to do better than last year.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

Robotics genius becomes state champion for third time

Last weekend, 15-year-old Kahl Murdock, of Dallas, participated in the Vex Robotics State Championships in Salem, where he joined teams from all over Oregon competing for a spot in the Vex Robotics World Championships in April, in Louisville, Kentucky, and was named state champion for the third year in a row.

March 21, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, March 20


Wednesday, March 14


Twenty years in the making

The sun shone brightly in Independence on Monday at a historic groundbreaking ceremony 20 years in the making: a hotel is being built on Independence Landing, 2.5 miles of riverfront property lining the Willamette River.

March 14, 2018 noon read more..

Moda Assist says once daily

An incredible opportunity has been presented to the city of Dallas, along with the cities of Redmond and Gresham, to receive about $20,000 for all-abilities playground equipment.

March 14, 2018 noon read more..

Disappointed in coverage

I’m becoming increasingly disappointed in the lack of reporting by the I-O regarding current events, especially in the Monmouth and Independence civic developments.

March 14, 2018 noon read more..

State unemployment rate stable

Oregon’s unemployment rate has been at a historical low and stable for more than a year, remaining at 4.1 percent in January and December, according to a press release from Worksource Oregon.

March 14, 2018 noon read more..

Panthers fall in playoffs, finish in sixth

Putting it all on the court at Gill Coliseum on March 6, the Panthers (11-3, Mid-Willamette Conference, 22-6) established a good defensive strategy against the Bend Lava Bears (11-1, Intermountain Conference, 22-6) until the fourth quarter, where Bend took over and found their own energy, gaining the upper hand and defeating the Panthers, 26-23.

March 14, 2018 noon read more..

Wolves split baseball games

With their home field being too muddy to play in, the Wolves baseball team traveled to George Fox University’s Morse Athletic Complex Friday, where they went against Montana State University Billings for their two-game series, winning one game and losing the second.

March 14, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, March 13


The Wolves fall short in final game

Stepping up their energy in the last minute of the game to try and outscore California Baptist, the Wolves couldn’t seem to catch up with their fast-paced opponent and lost their final game in the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball West Regional Monday night.

March 13, 2018 3:38 p.m. read more..

Sunday, March 11

Wednesday, March 7


‘Whorehouse’ comes to WOU stage

The musical is a depiction of the real story about the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas, closed by a crusading reporter from a Houston television station.

March 7, 2018 noon read more..

Panthers girls seize a win

After a slow start to the game, the Panthers (11-3, Mid-Willamette Conference, 21-4) gathered their energy and attacked the fourth quarter with fervor, nabbing a win against the Hillsboro High School Spartans (9-5, Northwest Oregon Conference, 13-13), 34-31.

March 7, 2018 noon read more..

DHS grad skis blind internationally

Bleich skis classical style, which puts the skis in grooves in the snow that serve as tracks. Unlike in many other situations, with cross-country skiing, he doesn’t have to move slowly or cautiously.

March 7, 2018 10 a.m. read more..

Police report

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.

March 7, 2018 10 a.m. read more..

Thoughts on amendments

We welcome all points of view, so long as they fit into our policy — nothing obscene, or libelous, and keep it to 300 words or less, please.

March 7, 2018 9 a.m. read more..

School notes

Falls City seeks budget members; Dallas awards Whitworth contractor; Lyle gym to be dedicated to Jim Dent; Dallas student's team takes first at surveying

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

SEDCOR holds lunch forum on #MeToo

Guest speakers and attorneys David Briggs, of Saalfeld Grigggs PC, and Luke Reese, of Garrett Hemann Robertson PC, will share what businesses can do to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, what signs to look for and how to respond to allegations.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Movie night with Friends of library

The fundraiser movie night costs $15 and includes free popcorn and door prizes at a showing of “Wonder,” starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Trembley.

March 7, 2018 2 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 6

AARP offers help for taxes

AARP Tax Aide program will provide tax assistance for seniors, low income and middle income in Dallas and Monmouth through April 13.

March 6, 2018 midnight read more..