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Phew. Fall sports has ended, and what a season it was! All of our Polk County athletes worked hard over the last several months to be the best they can be. And our coaches were right there alongside them, working long hours, evenings and weekends.

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Recently, Gooseneck rOAd, a popular place for people to go and practice target shooting, was shut down by the Oregon Forestry Department. Why? The reason is two-fold: expanding the logging roads and clearing out trees that are too close to the road; and because of the amount of vandalism. Al…

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All Hallows Eve is tomorrow, and many events are planned throughout Polk County, from downtown trick-or-treats to costume parties at homes and bars and restaurants.

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The Friends of the Dallas Aquatic Center passed out about 1,200 free passes to students at Dallas elementary schools, opening the way for children to get exposure to swimming and playing in the water.

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The Monmouth Skate park committee along with both the cities of Monmouth and Independence would like to give another enthusiastic thank you, this time to Roth’s Grocery for hosting a very successful Bottle Drive. Again we also appreciate the continued support and feedback from the community …

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So far, this fall has been day after day of mostly sunny skies and cold mornings, but the rain is due to revisit us as soon as today — and it may last a week before we see another break.

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It is odd that the Right Wing GOP is always whining about the press not being friendly to their cause. On the contrary, the press has been stunningly incompetent/ineffective in realistically portraying the actions of our increasingly erratic President. The U.S. broadcast and print media desc…

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With fall well on underway, the sunset is coming earlier. Often the evening feels even darker earlier as clouds and rain cover the county. That doesn’t mean people aren’t out enjoying the crisp evening — and morning — air! What it does mean is those who are out for walks or jogs or bicycle r…

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I would like to thank the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund for supporting my daughter’s 2018-19 softball season with the Oregon Titans. Along with my daughter, we had two other players from the Monmouth/Independence area. With their generous gift, the team was able to purchase equi…

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You need to find out where the funding will come from for this bill. Estimated 20 cent tax per gallon on all fossil fuels entering this state. This is just the start; the tax will increase in steps till the writers of this bill states it will get to three dollars a gallon in 2050. I ask you …

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Western Oregon University is back in session this week with New Student Week. Classes start full time on Monday.

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Climate change, global warming or whatever you choose to call the disruptions to historical climate patterns occurring around the world, is an existential crisis. We humans are largely responsible, due to our use of fossil fuels, and our rapid deforestation and plundering of the earth’s natu…

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The Dallas Food Bank would like to extend a hearty thanks to all who helped make our 2019 “Fill the Pantry; Pay the Rent” a success.

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Saturday in Polk County is packed with opportunities for entertainment, exercise (for a good cause), getting ready for disaster, and an event at the Polk County Museum, to name a few.

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I stopped at the (Dallas) District office/Morrison School last week to leave some costume supplies for the students. (They put on a fantastic Halloween event for the kids in town.)

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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.