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How low will they go?

Gas prices in Polk County drop below $3 a gallon at several stations

Oregon gas prices, including those in Polk County, have dropped an average of 40 cents in the last month.

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Election board keeps watchful eye

Group preps ballots for counting

Tuesday morning, the three women who make up the election board arrived to begin the real work.

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Ballots are due Tuesday

Polk County Sheriff Robert (Bob) Wolfe is unopposed this election

Registered voters in Polk County have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to return their ballots for the Nov. 4 vote-by-mail general election*Polk County Sheriff Robert (Bob) Wolfe is unopposed in his re-election bid*Polk County election Drop Sites

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Shortage of candidates

Two PSWCD positions have no one seeking office

However the Tuesday general election turns out, two seats will remain vacant on the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors, according to Oregon State Statute.

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Election results to be posted


Local results from the Nov. 4 vote-by-mail general election in Polk County will be available Tuesday night via three sources.

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Candidate for HD23 under investigation

The criminal investigation began with an election complaint filed by State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) in May alleging “direct coordination of campaign activities” possibly in violation of campaign finance laws.

Public works projects eyed

$3 million loan will finance Dallas land purchase, more

The city of Dallas has secured a more than $3 million short-term loan to finance several public works projects, including purchasing property surrounding Mercer Reservoir on Rickreall Creek, the city’s water source.


Upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.



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Road realignment plan OK’d

The design, recommended by project engineer Oregon Transportation Professionals (OTP) of West Salem, would close Doaks Ferry to nearly all traffic.

Health care details available to public

The agency, in partnership with Northwest Human Services and local insurance agents, will host free insurance informational sessions Saturday in Dallas and West Salem.

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Falls City finds its temporary administrator

Falls City has hired Jon Hanken, the retired city manager of Scappoose, as its interim city administrator.


*Free estate planning workshop set*Adopt-A-Family applications taken*Leaf pickup in Monmouth to start*Propane tanks explode in structure

Alternative scenic bike route proposed

To give riders of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway an alternative to River Road South in Salem, Monmouth City Councilman and avid bike rider Marshall Guthrie has rallied officials in both Monmouth and Independence to co-sign a proposed alternate route.

Dallas ups Main St. facade grant amount

Originally set at $4,000 per building, the Dallas Urban Renewal District Board of Directors on Oct. 20 approved an increase to $10,000 per building.