Indy council to rework pot law

The public comment section of the Independence City Council meeting on Aug. 8 began with a comment from Alex Andrade, owner of Blackbird Indica, asking the council to reconsider the licensing process for marijuana businesses in Independence.

Committee discusses council decorum

Members of the Dallas City Council will not be required to abide by the same social media rules as city employees.


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Independence receives grant

The city of Independence announced that the Oregon Legislature awarded the city a $1 million grant for further development of Independence Landing.

Council discusses holding town halls

At the Monmouth City Council work session on July 18, a point of discussion was a response to the grassroots town hall meeting organized by former city councilor Marshal Guthrie. That meeting was on June 22 at the Monmouth Public Library.

Hansen addresses future with county

County Administrator Greg Hansen will officially retire this summer, but he won’t leave right away.

Watershed purchase complete

The city may finally have the last piece of the Mercer Reservoir watershed property purchase completed.

Oregon passes ‘extreme risk’ law

With the passage of Senate Bill 719, Oregon joins a handful of states to authorize “extreme risk protection orders,” compelling the temporary surrender of deadly weapons, including firearms.

Falls City eclipse event approved

Solar eclipse viewers now have an option of camping in Falls City’s Upper Park and joining in a Great American Eclipse breakfast and viewing party on Aug. 21.

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Falls City to put two levies on ballot

Granted they are submitted on time, two five-year operational levies will appear on the November ballot for Falls City voters, one for Wagner Community Library and another for the city’s fire department and streets.


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Sheriff’s use of force policy approved

DALLAS — Polk County’s Intentional Use of Deadly Physical Force Planning Authority approved revisions to its response plan Thursday evening.

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Dallas looks at street repairs in new light

Garus: Bond would be needed to address issues of all roads in Dallas

DALLAS — The Dallas Public Works Committee recommended four sections of streets for maintenance this summer, but may change what types of streets are prioritized for repair in future years.


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