This past week marks my first year anniversary of ownership of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, and boy what a year it has been!
After spending hours or possibly days in the dark, it may be more apparent how vital an emergency kit can be. Some people are still without power, but after reading reports of what is happening in other parts of the country due to winter storms, they can still count themselves lucky. That sa…
Starting today, it’s time refocus on COVID-19 prevention. The new restrictions passed down by Gov. Kate Brown are not what any of us wanted to hear, especially now that the holiday season has arrived. Pandemic fatigue is a real thing. We all feel it, but we need to muster the will to see the…
Every day as I grow older, I can’t help but think about my parents who both passed away in the prime of their lives to cancer and heart disease.
School districts statewide have the task of hitting a moving target in building reopening plans for next fall. Virus cases are on the rise and it isn’t known what restrictions and requirements will be in place by the end of this month, let alone in September when school resumes.
Freelance reporter Tom Henderson, and Robert(Bob)Dunn, the subject of our story on A1 titled “World War II veteran gets parade for his birthday” both did us an enormous favor this week.
What a year 2020 has been so far! We are living through the first pandemic in 100 years… with shortages of toilet paper, flour, rice and sugar. Working at home and homeschooling were difficult as we’re trying to find hand sanitizer and masks. The economy is on a roller coaster.
The Dallas School District will investigate the history of its high school’s mascot, the Dragons. It was designated as the mascot in 1938, selected by Dallas High School students, reportedly to give the school’s sports teams a more intimidating image to play under as compared to the previous…
To Dallas High School and Central High School graduates: congratulations on your achievement. This year has been historic — some would say historically strange — but that didn’t stop you from finishing your education. Nice work.
Do you have something to say about the upcoming primary election? You have just one more week to submit a letter to the editor on a election issue or candidate before ballots are due on May 19. Last call for letters is the May 13 edition. Letters for that issue are due May 11 at noon.
We’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook questioning the mass amount of information available and how reliable it may or may not be. We want you to know that getting reliable information to you is our job. It’s our job to get it right for you, and to update it as quickly as we can. If you’ve be…
As the novel coronavirus and Oregon’s response to it changes almost daily, your local reporters at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer have been working around the clock to keep you informed of the news as it happens.
With more news of COVID-19, it is important to stay calm and maintain your health and that of your family to the best of your ability. Whether you think the news has been blown out of proportion, or you are frustrated at the lack of information being released — as we are — the advice to wash…
While the Dallas School District Board of Directors heard once again from teachers and staff at one of their elementary schools about the disruptive — and frankly, abusive — behavior from some students toward teachers and assistants, board members started thinking outside the box.
Next year, the residents of Dallas will be asked to reach into their pockets on behalf of their first responders. They will be asked to fund a $19 million bond to pay for a new facility to house the firefighters and police officers who look out for their safety and the safety of their person…
The city of Monmouth is again talking about a new city hall. If you have never been inside, you may wonder what the fuss is about. Why a new building? What is wrong with the current city hall?
We are glad to see the Polk County Community Connect event back to its roots, ready to help all who need help. In the past couple of years, the event shifted to focus on those who were unsheltered homeless. The shift was intended to provide a place for those who are truly out in the open a w…
Homeless is not something you find only in big cities. People who are homeless are often easier to spot, and perhaps expected, when walking around a large metro area. But homelessness affects all walks of life in all sizes of towns.
Monmouth City Councilor and vice president of the board of directors for the Monmouth-Independence Network, Chris Lopez, published a letter online calling some statements made in last week’s Itemizer-Observer false.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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 …
- Monmouth couple, DHS sued over abuse
- Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton addressed COVID with innovation, embraced change
- Independence Day Parade is back on
- Dallas, Independence residents killed in accidents
- ‘Coach Kunke’ remembered
- Police report for June 23
- Dallas High School teacher arrested for assaulting coworker
- Sheriff, commissioners share fears in rise of illegal marijuana growing operations
- Mary Helen (Niccoli) Shellenbarger
- Commissioners to select replacement for expelled Nearman