City seeks to fill Day’s council seat

After serving one year of a four-year term, Independence City Councilor Ken Day resigned on Jan. 2.

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Wyden encourages residents to ‘step up’

“What can I do?” a young woman asked Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden at his Saturday Town Hall at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

Indy, county to explore countywide broadband

The Polk County Board of Commissioners may join the city of Independence in a grant application to pay for a study looking at ways to provide broadband internet service countywide.

Monmouth OKs Marr zoning

A zone change for a 5.5-acre strip of land at the south end of the Marr Bark Dust property was approved by the Monmouth City Council Jan. 2.

Laws change for drivers

The transportation bill wasn’t the only bill affecting drivers that the Oregon Legislature passed in the 2017 session.

Four new taxes coming in 2018

The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding Oregon businesses and employers, out-of-state businesses with employees or customers in Oregon, and vehicle and bicycle buyers to make sure they’re ready for four new taxes starting in 2018.

Focus groups inconclusive

Focus groups evaluating plans to build an all-in-one public safety building in Dallas didn’t provide much insight into how voters would respond if the Dallas City Council put the proposal on the ballot.

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Gordon gets crash course as mayor

Jeremy Gordon isn’t used to his new title yet.

Ellis takes interim manager in Dallas

The Dallas City Council named Greg Ellis its interim city manager during a special meeting on Dec. 6.

Monmouth council votes yes on city utility fees

Two utility ordinances were enacted by the Monmouth City Council on Dec. 5.


Public Agenda for Dec. 6

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Contract talks reach impasse

Negotiations between Falls City and Southwestern Polk Rural Fire Protection District seem to be at square one after a meeting Thursday between officials of both entities.

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City council votes to terminate Foggin

Update: Council hires Greg Ellis as interim manager

The Dallas City Council voted to part ways with City Manager Ron Foggin in a 5-to-4 vote Monday night.

Building permit fee to increase

Building permits in Monmouth will cost 10 percent more effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Gordon named new mayor of Falls City

Jeremy Gordon quickly fell in love with Falls City when he and his wife moved to town a little more than two years ago.