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Emily Mentzer

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Retreat to a native habitat

There is a place in Dallas city limits where you can escape the noise and surround yourself with forests, flowers, grassy fields and the sound of the creek.

July 25, 2018 noon read more..

Waste water reaches Willamette

An electrical fire followed by a hairline crack in a regulator is the culprit for about 1.3 million gallons of partially treated wastewater released to the Willamette River by the city of Monmouth.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Council buzzes about bee limits

The Monmouth City Council approved in first reading a new beekeeping ordinance which would limit how many hives residents may keep and what residents do with the resulting honey.

March 28, 2018 noon read more..

Twenty years in the making

The sun shone brightly in Independence on Monday at a historic groundbreaking ceremony 20 years in the making: a hotel is being built on Independence Landing, 2.5 miles of riverfront property lining the Willamette River.

March 14, 2018 noon read more..

IDA shines light on downtown Indy

There’s something in the air in downtown Independence. From new businesses to those who are coming soon — evidenced by the brown paper in the windows — from the potential of development on the riverfront, Independence looks set to boom.

February 14, 2018 noon read more..

Roger Jordan makes list for Assist

Roger Jordan Community Park is one of three Oregon parks up for receiving new all-abilities playground equipment through the Moda Assist Program, a partnership between Moda Health and the Portland Trail Blazers.

February 14, 2018 noon read more..

Olympian has CHS Roots

Mary (Desmarteau) and Skip Dierdorff, formerly of Monmouth, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., from the Northwest for a job opportunity. Twenty-five years later, they are parents of an Olympian.

February 7, 2018 noon read more..

Dallas keeps it close

The Corvallis boys basketball team put the pressure on the Dragons on Friday night, and the Dallas boys could not answer, losing 52-62.

February 7, 2018 noon read more..

Monmouth house set ablaze

Saturday shortly after 2 p.m., the house at 135 Broad St. N. in Monmouth began to burn. Polk County Fire District No. 1 firefighters finished carefully creating ventilation points for the fire to get into walls and the attic, and set scattered hay ablaze using flares.

January 31, 2018 noon read more..

Smart meters come to Indy

Pacific Power has started replacing meters with smart meters — and Independence and Polk County are the first to receive them.

January 17, 2018 noon read more..

Central audit reveals needed improvements

The Central School District board of directors learned the district has a few things to work on when it comes to its finances, but Business Manager Cec Koontz said most of them have already been addressed.

January 17, 2018 noon read more..

Council lowers speed

Monmouth City Council unanimously approved lowering the speed limit on Church Street West between Monmouth Avenue North and Stadium Drive North, and on Stadium between Monmouth and Church from 25 mph to 20 mph.

January 10, 2018 noon read more..

Found: Letter to Santa

Michelle Lane and her mother were shopping at Safeway on Dec. 11 when they stumbled on a decorative “Letters to Santa” mailbox.

December 20, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..

Seven displaced after fire

No one was hurt in an early-morning fire in Falls City on Sunday, but three family pets died as a result of the smoke and flames.

December 13, 2017 noon read more..