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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…

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Dallas has joined efforts in welcoming our two- and three-wheeling friends to town, from building a bike hostel above Latitude One to looking at bike trails, repair stations and generally increasing access for those who prefer to travel via bicycle.

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At the Itemizer-Observer, we encourage and welcome letters to the editor. We appreciate the time you take to let us know what’s on your mind, from thanking people and organizations who have helped make a project reality, to letting us know when you have an adverse experience, to sharing posi…

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The Youth MIC group met Thursday to begin discussions on how they can affect change in their communities. The Monmouth Independence Council, made up of young people aged 16 to 24, gathered with mentors and members of the Multnomah Youth Council to get ideas started.

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 What a weekend. While some athletes came back disappointed they didn’t do better, let’s take a moment and recognize how far they went.

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Independence’s Sunset Meadows is up for a Moda Assist grant. Voting starts today online, and continues through March 20. The grant would help make Sunset Meadows an all-accessible playground.

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In 2015 Voters approved the first public safety levy in Polk County, because of the budgetary crisis that we were in at the time. Together with public’s support, hard work from the staff and a vision, we have rebuilt our public safety system. With this current system we are providing effecti…

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The Dallas City Council should listen with an open mind to guests invited to speak at a future meeting about forming a consolidated fire district.

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The Oregon School Boards Association has set aside the month of January to honor the unpaid elected volunteers who serve on Oregon’s 197 local school boards, our 19 education service district boards, and our 17 community college boards.

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It’s somewhat strange to feel relieved at reading in the daily logs from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that deputies found someone passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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It’s time for an appreciation “shout out” for community involvement in our school district.

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This year, thanks to partnerships between various local churches and Polk County Family and Community Outreach leaders, warming shelters have opened up during the bitterly cold winter nights.

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The holiday celebrations throughout Polk County kicked off on Small Business Saturday last week with a new tradition that we hope continues: Making Spirits Bright in Monmouth.