Looks public, acts public: is it public

Thursday afternoon, city managers led an impromptu meeting with concerned citizens about water rates in the city of Independence.

Time to step into the 21st century

Here we go again. Polk County has joined with other O&C counties to sue the government for more money, alleging mismanagement of timber plans.

County vet services are long overdue

The Polk County Budget Committee has approved $40,000 to hire a veterans service officer to exclusively focus on helping local veterans.

Adams reflects on 42 years

In a blink of an eye, I went from zero to 42 years in a career I have loved, from news reporter to publisher of my hometown newspaper.

Prepare now for more PE

Kids in fourth grade will have a couple years to get used to it, but by the time they enter middle school, new physical education requirements will ask them to be active for at least 45 minutes a day, Monday through Friday.

WOU is a valuable community asset

What a weekend in Monmouth, as thousands of fans and student-athletes gathered for the NCAA Division II men’s basketball West Regional at Western Oregon University.

County offers plenty to brighten your days

Don’t let the gloomy weather get you down. There are plenty of things to be bright about in Polk County.

Local events achieve something rare

The Mid-Valley AgFest and Polk County Home and Garden Show proved to be a smashing success last weekend — and perhaps for a bigger reason than you might expect.

Honoring excellence

Friday night Dallas showcased the individuals and businesses who worked to make the city a better place to live, work and play over the last year.

What’s the emergency

The Oregon State Legislature is meeting for its short session shenanigans, 35 days in even-numbered years.

Minet board should reconsider options

The board of directors of Monmouth Independence Networks (Minet) decided Thursday to indefinitely table an idea of the telecommunications company providing free WiFi access to residents and visitors of both cities in exchange for possible debt relief from the two cities.

Service providers join to help others

For the fifth year, Polk County Service Integration will host the Polk Community Connect event from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave., in Dallas.

Communities should come together

After an Independence man lost his life in a tragic car-bicycle crash on Hoffman Road on Dec. 30, it has the town of Monmouth asking: What could be done to prevent such tragedy from repeating itself?


Welcome to 2016

Heading into 2016, here are some projects we’d like to see make some progress.


‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’

(Also known as, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”)