We are pleased to announce the Itemizer-Observer, your local newspaper since 1875, will continue, thanks to new ownership by Scott Olson.
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 …
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
- OHA reports first COVID-19 death in Polk County
- Dallas, Falls City declare emergencies
- CSD board to meet April 6, accepting advance comments
- Officers to help with prescriptions
- CSD preparing for Distance Learning for All
- Polk Fire does distance outreach
- Community responds to mask-making call
- ODJ Warns Oregonians of Potential COVID-19 Scams
- Eagle sells IO to Scott Olson
- Dallas to adopt housing needs analysis on second try
- CSD planning distance learning for remainder of year
- Oregon reports 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 58 new COVID-19 cases
- Dallas City Council increase ambulance, fire service fees
- Senior center opening delayed by COVID-19
- CSD working through changes
- Pedee News for April 8
- Campbell resigns as WOU’s director of athletics
- Olsons committed to community journalism