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This year seems to be the year of the tree. Earlier, the development of a youth center in Independence required removing some well-established trees. In Monmouth at the S-curves, trees were removed to make way for development of the area.

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We’ve been talking a lot about sidewalks in our community lately. In Monmouth, sidewalk repair is the responsibility of home or business owners.    We’ve heard repeatedly about the burden that places on people, particularly those on fixed incomes. Their city staff and council are looking at …

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Things you should know about the Carbon Cap SB 2020: Even the main sponsor admitted that many things was wrong with his bill. Sponsors knew the effects of this bill would cause economic problems, especially in rural Oregon. Even knowing by reading all the comments and listening from people a…

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I would like to extend thanks to both the Dallas Police Department, and to community members on social media who helped find and hopefully hold accountable the alleged burglar who broke into West Valley Taphouse over the weekend. As a small business owner, theft comes right out of our pocket…

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Recently we just hosted Monmouth Christian Church’s annual back-to-school bash. Through generous support and donations of a ton of people and groups, we were able to provide over 500 backpacks to students at Central and Falls City’s school districts. While not an exhaustive list, I wanted to…

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As your local news source, it is our job to ask questions, particularly of public officials and contractors — and when your tax dollars are being spent.

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The Polk County Fair has come and gone. Projects completed and awarded, livestock raised and sold. It’s officially the Dog Days of August.

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I find it is about time I joined the conversation about the “Round About“ traffic circle at Clow Corner Road intersection with U.S. 99W. Highway planners back before World War II planned for 99W to become a four-lane major north-south highway through Oregon. Right of way was purchased (and i…

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On Tuesday evening, Aug. 6, we joined the men and women of the Dallas Police Department for National Night Out. We met hundreds of Dallas residents as we visited neighborhoods throughout the city. We wanted to thank you for meeting with your neighbors to discuss community safety. We also wan…

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Someone has attended the Trump/Boquist kindness course. Thank You, John Oberst for the history lesson. Your observations are often noted by clear thinkers. The difference between the 1800s Southern Democrats and the present Right Wing/GOP (RWG), is that the RWG hates everyone who has even a …

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The letter written by Jodie Bailey made a very good case for a circular drive at the flashing yellow light at 99 and Clow Corner; however, I hope to see a signal light instead. If there had been a signal light years ago, I believe there would have been few — if any — accidents or deaths ther…

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I heard some good — very good — advice from a man named Paul a few weeks ago that applies to the turmoil and bickering that we are seeing at the local, state and federal levels of our government. It concerns all Oregonians of good faith, and comes from the brilliant apostle Paul in a letter …

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It’s that time again! The Polk County Fair kicks off on Thursday and runs through Saturday, packed with events and activities for the whole family. The fair takes year-round work by groups and individuals to make it successful. This year, we’ll have perhaps one of the mildest weather seasons…

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If you or I or any common citizen did what Senator Boquist did, to threaten the State Police, and get away with it, we’d have been hunted down and jailed for those two statements, about making sure that the police being sent are bachelors and are heavily armed and the other one being to the …

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I want to take time to praise one of our local business establishments, The Pill Box. I have lived here for almost 12 years and they have consistently provided professional and quality service. Nancy and the rest of the crew greet you when you come in the door, and there are plenty of smiles…

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Thursday and Friday, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer was honored with a number of awards by the Oregon Newspapers Publishers Association.

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The city of Dallas is hiring a new city manager, and residents have an opportunity to meet the candidates Monday evening at the Dallas Civic Center.

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The Dallas School District is paying for unpaid lunches after coming up short by about $20,000 in the food service program.

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We’ve long noticed that in our county, our young Boy Scouts seem to be motivated to reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Polk County Relay for Life was Saturday through Sunday morning at Riverview Park in Independence. Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event, is a 24-hour walk and fundraiser to help find a cure for cancer. It also raises money for programs that are built to support those in the battle.

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With Memorial Day behind us, the summer events in Polk County start heating up, starting Saturday with more things to do than there is time to do them all.

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Regardless of how you vote, remember ballots are due by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. It’s probably too late to get them in the mail, so look for a drop box near you (see page A3) and be sure to swing by and deliver it. The good news about the drop boxes is no postage is required.

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You can tell the weather has turned nice again as people of all ages — and often their pets — are out using our parks and walking the paths, soaking in the sun.

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The city of Dallas has taken over planning the city’s events for 2019. Previously, the Dallas Area Visitors Center was charged with organizing the Polk County Bounty Market, the Fourth of July, Summerfest and Winterfest, along with a few other things sprinkled in such as the Old Timers Picni…

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Facebook and other social media outlets have a myriad of benefits to users — connecting people, families and communities. They can provide an open forum for discussion about local issues or spread information quickly — whether good or bad.

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This week, let us pause for a moment and reflect on the planet we call home. Those who celebrate Easter are in the middle of Holy Week while flowers and trees bloom.

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We are writing to share that our Budget Reduction Day planned for Friday, May 3 is changed to Wednesday, May 8. Many of you have heard about the education funding concerns in our state, and you know the governor’s proposed budget still means budget reductions for our district and most distri…