Stories for May 2018


Wednesday, May 30

Be informed and prepared in emergency

On May 30 the Oregon Office of Emergency Management attempted to assist the city of Salem in notifying their residents about a water consumption concern in their public utilities service area.

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Stinky Feet child care license revoked

The owner of an Independence daycare center had her license revoked Friday following an emergency suspension and investigation into whether she allowed her son — who is charged with sexually abusing a child — to watch children at the facility unsupervised.

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Wallace leaves it all on the field

With 16 home runs under her belt for the season, Lauren Wallace can finish off her senior year — and last softball season with the Dragons — knowing she played her best.

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Love ends senior year on par

Making it to the state golf tournament wasn’t something Andrew Love ever anticipated throughout his years on Central High School’s golf team.

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WOU Volleyball announces fall schedule

Wednesday, May 23, Western Oregon University’s head volleyball coach Tommy Gott announced the team’s fall schedule, which includes 10 home games out of the 27 matches, seven of those early-season contests.

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Dallas looks at housing, rent

The city of Dallas applied to have a housing supply and needs analysis conducted with money provided through the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

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Pedee News

Pedee neighbor Portia Perkins made arrangements for Pedee Women’s Club members and friends to tour the Albany Carousel last Wednesday.

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Relay kicks off Saturday

It’s that time of year again, when people will pitch tents and take turns walking a track for 24 hours, all while dressing up in various themes, carrying a baton and rallying together against cancer.

May 30, 2018 noon read more..

Indy looks at housing needs

Independence city staff hope to use a state grant to get more information about usable lands and the cost to develop housing units in the Southwest Independence Concept Plan area.

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Tuesday, May 29

Monday, May 28

Thursday, May 24

Wednesday, May 23


Pro football player to host camp at Western

Tyrell Williams, wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers, and multi-sport Alum for Western Oregon University, will host a free Offensive Skills camp on Tuesday, June 26, at MacArthur Field.

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DHS seniors earn big scholarships

Dallas High School seniors Natalia Schilling and Ryan Bibler are two of 10 recipients of Oregon State Credit Union’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today scholarships of $2,000 each, according to a news release from OSCU.

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Dallas budget gets OK

The Dallas Budget Committee approved the 2018-19 budget on a split vote, sending it to the city council for final adoption next month.

May 23, 2018 noon read more..

Dragons fall to Grant

The Dragons (9-9, Mid-Willamette Valley, 14-11) took a beating Tuesday night in their last game of the regular season, starting off with a sluggish defensive end that continued throughout the contest, losing 13-2 to the Grant Generals (11-3, Portland Interscholastic League).

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Garden column

With their sweetly scented flowers and sweet-tart flavor, Meyer lemons are a no-brainer for container gardening in the Northwest.

May 23, 2018 noon read more..

Local soldier walks to remember

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Troy Eberly, 47, of Monmouth, medaled at the 29th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March held at White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, New Mexico on March 25.

May 23, 2018 noon read more..

Pope may be headed to runoff

Commissioner Craig Pope’s bid to win Board of Commissioner’s seat No. 2 during the May 15 primary election is coming down to the wire – and possibly a recount.

May 23, 2018 noon read more..

County ponders next steps

Voters in Polk County rejected a bond measure for maintenance and preservation of the Polk County Courthouse complex during the May 15 primary election.

May 23, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, May 22

Friday, May 18


Independence man sentenced on drug charges

Sean Thomas Kirk, 33, of Independence will serve more than nine years in prison after being convicted of selling more than 350 grams of methamphetamine and heroin in the Dallas and Independence areas during 2017.

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Thursday, May 17

Wednesday, May 16


Wolves win 2018 GNAC championship

ELLENSBURG, WASHINGTON — The Wolves baseball team nabbed in a triumph in the opener of the GNAC Championships on Wednesday in Ellensburg, Washington,

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Panthers push to the end

Wednesday kicked off the start of tennis playoffs for the 5A Mid-Willamette Valley Conference at Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis.

May 16, 2018 noon read more..

DHS Roundups

The girls finished in sixth place last Tuesday at the 2018 Mid-Willamette Valley 5A Regionals, hosted at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis.

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DHS, CHS go to state

Thursday was an exciting day for Polk County as five Dragons and 13 Panthers qualified for state in the 5A Mid-Willamette Conference Track and Field Districts, hosted by Lebanon High School on May 9 and 10.

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WOU hosts 2018 GNAC Championship

Friday, the GNAC Track and Field championships saw 12 Western Oregon University athletes advance onto Saturday’s finals, scoring in five events and crowning a meet champion for the first day of the meet, held at McArthur Field in Monmouth.

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Juliette’s House receives Ford grant

Juliette’s House Child Abuse Intervention Center has received a $108,534 two-year “Protect Our Children” grant from The Ford Family Foundation for “Stewards of Children” child abuse prevention education for adults.

May 16, 2018 noon read more..

Community Cleanup Saturday

The annual Community Cleanup for Monmouth and Independence will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in Riverview Park and throughout the towns.

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Sons of Union Veterans topic of museum

Local Civil War re-enactor Mark Stevens, from Company B of the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry will discuss the history of The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War with personal stories about some of these Civil War heroes.

May 16, 2018 noon read more..

Explore your downtown

Two events will happen this weekend in Monmouth, Independence and Dallas that promote downtown businesses and the shop local movement.

May 16, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas applies for assistance

The Dallas School District will ask for assistance from the Oregon School Boards Association to pay legal fees associated with a special education due process complaint decided in April.

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Tuesday, May 15


Monday, May 14

Friday, May 11

Wednesday, May 9


Council supports gun rights

The Dallas City Council passed a resolution that “opposes any state or federal law that unconstitutionally restricts a citizen’s right to bear arms.”

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Dragons nab another win

With two strikeouts from Kaelynn Simmons on the mound in the top of the first, the Dragons (17-0, Mid-Willamette Conference, 23-0) took no time in taking the game from the No. 3 Corvallis Spartans (12-5, 17-7), winning the contest easily, 10-0, with 13 hits total.

May 9, 2018 noon read more..

Central Roundups

The Panthers (13-3, Mid-Willamette Conference, 17-5) had a full week of games, starting off on April 30 with a hefty win, 20-8, against Silverton (5-10, MWC, 6-10).

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Falls City Roundups

For their final meet before districts, the boys track and field team took eighth place, scoring 34 points, and the girls landed in seventh, with 34.5 points, on Thursday at Sheridan High School.

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Dallas Roundups

The Dragons had a successful week on the road, nabbing two wins, 7-2, and 7-2, against South Albany and Lebanon, respectively, on May 1 and Thursday,

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Dallas schools receive 20,000 books

For the past year, members of Dallas School District’s classified employees’ association have been on a mission to put free books in the hands of children who might not otherwise have them.

May 9, 2018 noon read more..

Dragons head to districts

The last week of the regular tennis season panned out well for the Dragons, defeating both teams and setting themselves up for a good position as they prepare for districts next week.

May 9, 2018 noon read more..

News in brief

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Thor Lodge of the Sons of Norway invites the public to a celebration of the Norwegian Independence Day.

May 9, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, May 8

Thursday, May 3

Fatal crash on Highway 99W, Parker

On Thursday at about 6:50 a.m., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 99W just south of Monmouth.

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Wednesday, May 2


Perrydale Roundups

Monday, the Pirates (1-6, Special District 2, 2-8) tackled the Regis Rams (4-3, SD2, 8-5) but the battle resulted in a loss, 14-6.

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Falls City Roundups

Thursday, the Mountaineers ran hard at the Monroe-Home League meet, at Monroe High School, nabbing PR’s left and right.

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Dallas Roundups

May 2, the Dragons hosted the Silverton Foxes for a dual meet, with Dallas coming in first place for the boys team, at 318.5 points, and second place for the girls, with 171 points

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Pirates fall short

In spite of a hard rally against the Regis Rams, the Perrydale softball team fell short on April 23, losing 16-6.

May 2, 2018 noon read more..

Pitcher turned Golfer

Andrew Love is the only person this year in the 5A league to compete in the regional districts at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, which began on Monday and continues through Tuesday after press time.

May 2, 2018 noon read more..

Central Roundup

Tuesday, the Panthers (3-9, Mid-Willamette Conference, 9-10) clinched a win against Philomath (6-3, Oregon West Conference, 10-7) in a non-league game, 6-5.

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Dallas football coach heads north

Mid-April, Tracy Jackson quietly said his goodbyes to the football team he has coached for the past six seasons and headed up to the Portland area with his family.

May 2, 2018 noon read more..

WOU men’s team to N. 18 on national ranking

The men’s track and field team at WOU jumped from No. 19 to No. 18 in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Team Men’s ranking, following another successful weekend in California.

May 2, 2018 noon read more..

May primary nearly here

The second election season of 2018 is nearly here. Next week will be the last week to submit a letter to the editor on an election-related topic until fall, when we gear up for November’s general election.

May 2, 2018 noon read more..

DCS delivers improvement plan

Dallas Community School presented its plan to the Dallas School Board to address concerns highlighted in an Oregon School Boards Association review of its performance in January.

May 2, 2018 noon read more..

Tuesday, May 1