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Emily Mentzer

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Oasis out to break marijuana stereotypes

Oasis Cannabis in Monmouth is ready to break the pothead stereotype.

WOU grad ready to improve value of the chamber

Vikkye Fetters is eager to begin her job as the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce executive director.

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‘This Girl’ takes audience on journey

Fantastical fable is story all can relate to, regardless of age or place in life, guest director from Portland Jen Rowe says

Western Oregon University’s theater department’s production of, “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing,” is a fantastical fable that depicts three sisters and their journeys through life.

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Buzz ready to hit the road

Superintendent will miss the passion of community, student energy

In 1986, Buzz Brazeau asked his wife, Kathy, if she would mind if he took a 70 percent cut in pay.

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Explore Polk County, where we call home

In August, tens of thousands will discover how great Polk County is as they descend on the area for one of the best viewing places of the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 at 10:17 a.m.

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Eighth-graders lead WEB Program

It’s tough being a sixth-grader. Not only are you at a new school, but it’s bigger — and with different classes and lockers and lunches.

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Discover MI Town on Saturday

A few changes are in store for the third annual Discover MI Town Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce.

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Wine Down encourages exploring Dallas shops

The Oregon State University College of Business has partnered with the Dallas Downtown Association to bring Wine Down Downtown Dallas on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.

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A land full of magic

Central High School presents Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ through May 20

Salaam and good evening, worthy friend.

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Edwards ‘agrihood’

Tucked away in the blossoming neighborhood known as Edwards Addition lies an urban farm, an agrihood.

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Board of Directors sees contested races in two zones

Central School District Board of Directors has five seats up for election on May 16. Zones 2 and 5 are contested.

WOU opens campus for eclipse rentals

Western Oregon University is open for eclipse viewers.

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Theater creates drama

Monmouth city officials and councilors butted heads with organizers of the Applebox Childrens Theater at the April 18 city council meeting.

Utilities add online management

Customers of Monmouth’s utilities can now pay and manage accounts online.

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Marijuana facility moves forward

Indy processing, grow business approved amid controversy

Organic Investments, a marijuana processing and growing facility, got the green light from the Independence City Council after its business plan was appealed twice.

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Monmouth approves ‘inclusive’ resolution

After hearing from dozens of WOU students, residents, council says yes

The Monmouth City Council received a standing ovation from Western Oregon University students and Monmouth residents who filled Volunteer Hall at the council’s April 4 meeting.

Monmouth officially ‘inclusive’

After hearing from dozens of WOU students, residents, council says yes

MONMOUTH — The Monmouth City Council received a standing ovation from Western Oregon University students and Monmouth residents who filled Volunteer Hall at the council’s April 4 meeting.

Dallas clinic to host fundraiser

The Dallas Lions Club is partnering with the Dallas Community Free Clinic on April 22 to expand services offered that day at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.

Indy council to decide on pot business

Organic Investment’s application has been appealed to planning commission, council

The Independence City Council will decide what will happen next for Organic Investments, a production and processing facility for cannabis.

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Kubista selected as Central’s super

Jennifer Kubista will start as the district’s lead administrator in July

Jennifer Kubista is not the type of person to jump for the sake of jumping.

Talmadge to host 11th annual health fair Thursday

See a 3-D printer at work at the 11th annual Talmadge Middle School Community Health Fair Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Ready-to-use office space

Indy Commons offers ‘plug and play’ for entrepreneurs

The old Independence Opera House is in use, but instead of dances or performances, it will be packed with entrepreneurs and business people.

Monmouth police to host crafting

Children and their guardians are invited to Craft with a Cop at the Monmouth Police Department from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 5.

Courtcare gets closer

Legislature to consider paying for child care for those using Polk County Courthouse services

A mom who had to attend a no-contact waiver hearing brought her 3-year-old and 7-year-old kids with her to the Polk County Courthouse.

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Monmouth council considers inclusivity

Resolution to be discussed at April 4 city council meeting

Monmouth City Council took a step toward declaring the city an “inclusive” one at its March 21 meeting.

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No joke: Markets open April 1

It’s no April Fool’s joke: The Independence farmers markets kick off their 2017 season on Saturday.

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Independence woman pleads guilty to animal neglect

Donna Dovey, of Independence, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of animal neglect as part of an agreement with the court, Sheriff Mark Garton said.

Indy Goes Dark website goes live

The website is live. Independence is ready to go dark on Aug. 21 for the Great American Eclipse.

City won’t increase zoning restrictions

After a discussion at the March 7 work session, the Monmouth City Council decided not to increase zoning restrictions for marijuana-related businesses.

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The practical art of the quilt

Quilting is an original upcycling project, taking worn out bits of things, or flour or sugar sacks and sewing them into something that is not only beautiful, but useful.

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Lights of the Community

Monmouth Mayor Steve Milligan struggled to hold back the tears, touched to be named First Citizen of Monmouth and Independence.

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Seed to Supper

Marion-Polk Food Share to hold gardening classes starting on Saturday

The first day of spring is Monday. Even though it’s still wet and muddy outside, now is the perfect time to start planning your garden.

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PCSO seizes animals on Pedee farm

Sometimes people who want to help can start out with good intentions and then find themselves in too deep.

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Marion-Polk Food Share to host garden workshops

'Seed to Supper' program helps people get ready to grow

Get started planning, planting your garden

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‘A Great Day for Up’

Students get a chance to meet Gov. Kate Brown, learn what she does for fun

What is Gov. Kate Brown’s favorite food? What kind of music does she like? Has she ever been scared? What does she do for fun?

Awards banquet returns

It’s that time in Monmouth and Independence, time to Celebrate the Lights in the community at the 52nd annual Community Awards Banquet.

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Gov. Brown at Ash Creek

Governor answers the tough questions from kids

Gov. Kate Brown visited students at Ash Creek Elementary School Thursday to kick off Read Across America.

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Monmouth woman inspired to write

Brittney Hall never aspired to be a published author.

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‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’

‘Midsummer’ fairies land in 1930’s La La Land

A fairy king and his mischievous servant did not intend to land in 1930’s Hollywood, but when Puck messes up a spell, he and Oberon find themselves out of their magic wood and into Hollywood.

Indy adds franchise fee to data, internet

Telecommunications companies who provide data services in Independence will now be affected by a 7 percent franchise fee on gross revenue, or $500, whichever is greater.

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Central High presents ¡Bocon!

Multicultural, bilingual play tackles issues of immigration

What’s a young boy to do when his parents have “disappeared” and soldiers have overrun his home? Make his way to the Border of Light and the City of Angels, of course.

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Weather sets marks, but no floods

Rivers are high, and Polk County is officially out of danger of a drought, but the National Weather Service does not expect rivers to break their banks soon.

Jobe to take reins at CHS

Assistant principal will serve as interim for 2017-18

Central Superintendent Buzz Brazeau announced Jann Jobe will serve as interim principal at CHS next year.

Monmouth OKs marijuana zoning

Marijuana retail, processing and production facilities have been added to the Monmouth zoning code through a legislative amendment passed unanimously at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

Sewer billing to change costs

Sewer bills in Monmouth will likely increase, though a few customers will see a decrease, because the way bills are calculated are set to change.

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Batteries to birthday cards

Dollar Zone owner David Dykes passes savings on to customers

It’s not all about the money at Dollar Zone 1, 2, 3, where nothing costs more than $3.

Study shows decline in drug, alcohol use among 11th-graders

Fewer 11th-graders in Polk County have used marijuana, alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs than their peers in the past.

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Central helps kids connect

‘Be GLAD’ program focuses on providing access to students in classrooms

All elementary school classroom teachers in the Central School District have been trained and certified in a national program, Be GLAD.

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‘All in the timing’

WOU presents six one-act plays opening Thursday

A young woman, Dawn, seeking help for a stutter, hopes learning a new, universal language will help her untie her tongue.

Cold brings high bills

Pacific Power says inclement weather to blame

Power bill higher than expected? You’re not alone.

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