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Cougar sightings puts neighborhood on alert

According to information provided by wildlife officials, cougars will usually sense people and leave an area inhabited by humans. However, they can be dangerous — especially to pets and children — if they feel trapped.

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Looper feasts on oak leaves

The looper, Lambdina fiscellaria somniaria, is a native moth that has periodic outbreaks in the Willamette Valley. Affected trees have a scorched appearance to their leaves. Defoliation often tends to be localized and highly variable.

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City has no intention to manage peafowl

Peafowl have little to fear of being managed by the city of Monmouth after a discussion at the Oct. 7 council meeting.

New police station being scaled back

Monmouth project comes in over budget

Construction bids from subcontractors are coming in 30 percent higher than projected, Doug Roberts, project manager, said.

City will interview interim administrator candidates

Falls City’s charter directs that the mayor serve as administrator in the absence of a permanent city administrator. However, Mayor Amy Houghtaling said she thinks the city would be better off with a professional minding city hall.

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Falls City joins those planning to tax pot

Falls City joins several other Oregon cities, including Independence, in passing a tax before voters statewide weigh in on Measure 91, the initiative seeking to legal recreational marijuana.

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Monmouth debuts new community alert system

On a number of different occasions in the last year, Monmouth Police Chief Darrell Tallan said he would have liked to have had a community notification system.

Perrydale teachers still without contract

The two sides have been unable to come to terms on salary, insurance and other changes in the contract, mostly language updates due to changes in the law and terminology.

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Monmouth and Independence mayor and council candidates

About the candidates

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Dallas council race draws large field

Eight candidates are running for four seats: Incumbents Jim Fairchild and Jackie Lawson, and challengers Micky L. Garus, Bill Hahn, Joe Koubek, Kenneth S. Mayer, Steve Pickering and Paul K. Trahan. Mayor Brian Dalton is also running for re-election, but unopposed .

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Dallas set to go leasing route for new fire truck

Cash-strapped budget behind decision not to buy

Leasing the truck allows the city to have a new piece of equipment while avoiding purchasing it outright or getting a loan for the truck, which costs $439,863.

CORRECTIONS

Corrections on stories for "WOU program earns 5-sar rating" and "Perrydale teachers still without contract."

Dallas, Falls City may tax marijuana

Dallas and Falls City will rush to implement similar taxes ahead of the election.

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Restoration moving forward

Work on Cooper Block Building storefront in downtown begins

“Finally the community can drive by and see some real action now that we have begun the storefront renovations,” said developer Bodie Bemrose.

Dallas store plans to reopen

Good news for shoppers

Store will reopen — though in a scaled-down version — and will be called Dallas Mini Mart at the same downtown location at the corner of Oak and Main streets.

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