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The following article is attributed on behalf of the work that Polk County Commissioner and Board Chair, Craig Pope, has been a part of for Polk County. Pope contends the message is not about the money, but about the Governor’s willingness to ignore the breach of trust...and contract.

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to …

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October is Breast Health Awareness month. Anyone who has journeyed through cancer in any form will tell you early detection is key. Self-exams may uncover the first signs. Routine mammograms are also highly valuable in early detection.

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As people age, they may not notice gradual changes in their physical and cognitive skills that could increase their risk of falling. But falls in and around the home are common — one out of four people older than 65 fall every year.

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With fire season fully upon us again, have you noticed emotions and fears about last year’s fires bubbling up? You’re not alone. Feeling upset or ill is a normal response to an abnormal event.

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The citizens of Monmouth and Independence would like to give credit where credit is due — to an amazing woman named Dawn Roden. This year’s Fourth of July Parade was organized and made possible by Dawn and her skeleton crew of hard-working citizen volunteers. Despite being told no, Dawn took…

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Would you ever describe vehicular manslaughter as just driving a car? Stabbing someone as just moving an arm? That’s what defenders of Rep. Mike Nearman would have you think, based on their absurd defense published in the May 19 Itemizer-Observer Guest Opinion.

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After reading the May 19 guest opinion [Golly, Ross, and Seil], we at the Rural Engagement Project (www.ruralengagementproject.com) feel compelled to respond to their demand that Rep. Mike Nearman be exonerated from his criminal charges and permitted to continue representing House District 2…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and highlights the importance of being open about our mental health. We’ve all experienced the challenge of managing our ever-changing world.

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We believe the accusations against Representative, Mike Nearman, regarding his walking out of a State Capitol building door on December 21, 2020, is nothing more than a Democratic partisan attempt to silence the voices of Oregon Citizens.

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The City of Monmouth has engaged in a years-long effort to replace its failing City Hall building.

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The root cause of the American government’s catastrophic coronavirus response is not the elected officials in office. It is the people who put them there. In our representative democracy, America’s elected officials reflect the American people’s preferences and priorities.

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Last week, the large turnout for Black Lives Matter protests in Monmouth surprised me. In this community, it had always seemed more likely to see a White person waving a Confederate flag than a protest sign. If you’re offended that I made such assumptions, I urge you to reflect: What have we…

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It seems that this time of year I tend to recall things from years ago happenings; I guess it is because so many things happened in the late spring and early summer in my teens, upwards to my 40’s.

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My father, and his father before him, were small business owners. And though my time in the private sector was brief, I remember well the emotional impact of pouring your heart into a business only to see it vanish because of a seismic shift in economic realities.

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

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In addition to individual concerns families have shared directly with our district throughout the school year, we are aware that there have been concerns expressed by local families through social media regarding special education services in the Dallas School 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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As I was driving down 16th street between Central High School, Talmadge Middle School, and Ash Creek Elementary, I was reflecting on my first three months in the Central School District community.

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It’s hard to believe, but spring is here. It’s great to see all the flowers blooming and hear the birds chirping. It feels like new beginnings every year at this time.

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January is School Board Recognition Month, and the Dallas School District, on behalf of its staff and students, would like to express its deep gratitude to our school board members.

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This is one of my favorite times of year, as staff returns and excitedly prepare for the influx of students.

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Monday, June 1 is “National Say Something Nice Day,” an “unofficial” national holiday, that originated in Charleston, S.C.

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Cameras of all sorts are everywhere. Sometimes what they record is routine and innocuous, but often the events that are captured raise questions.

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The better question to ask, however, may be this: Is the world better off when oil prices fluctuate with high uncertainty?