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Mascot should be KnightsPride, History, Community, these are the arguments that should have been made for retaining the DHS mascot, The Prune Pickers. Dallas was built on the prune economy, with hundreds of acres of prune orchards and several prune dryers, situated all around Dallas, employi…

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Patoine ‘uniquely qualified’ as assessorValerie Patoine, the current Polk County Assessor, has 17 years of working knowledge and experience in the Polk County Assessor’s Office.This combined with her ability to work well with other Polk County departments and city offices, other Oregon count…

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I read with interest about the article on the front page of the Feb. 19 IO captioned, “Alternative campus proposed to address behavior.” Could it be time and less costly to re-introduce the “Board of Education” into the classrooms? Just askin’.

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The recent report from the Oregon department of Education shows that, overall, Oregon high schools graduated about 600 more students than last year — 80 percent of students graduated in four years, a historic high for the state.

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Our Tweeter in chief has not had many things to crow about lately, but we’ll see some spurious claims coming soon. Our trade deal with China is undoubtedly perfect, (his latest overused word). He doesn’t seem to realize that he and his “good friend,” President Xi, are playing different games…

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I have recently seen three dead deer lying in ditches that apparently have been hit by cars. However, this is a relatively common occurrence here in the county. Too many deer and too many clueless speeders.

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On Wednesday evening, as we were returning from an event at Western Oregon University, we drove down Monmouth’s Main Street. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Downtown was so festive looking — and busy! Cars were filling every parking space and folks were out walking around. Businesses wer…

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Remember back in time when we all loved the city of Dallas when they picked up our leaves and left our streets clean? But now leaf pickup is contracted out with the garbage company that leaves a mess all over our streets? What is happening with our city? They don’t enforce weed control or co…

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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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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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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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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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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.)