Incumbents’ edge not always well-deserved

All incumbents in the five contested legislative districts which overlap parts of Yamhill County — House 10, 23, 24 and 25, and Senate 13 — are heavily favored. But only three earn endorsement ...

Linfield College moves into upper wine education echelon

Linfield College took another major stride this week toward becoming a player of national and even international note in wine studies. This time it came through an announcement of a new program aimed ...

Plenty of work ahead on homeless initiative

After investing generous complements of hard work and good intentions, in the face of relentless pressure from homeless advocates on one side and neighborhood advocates on the other, the McMinnville City ...

Sheridan needs a community festival in one form or another

“It’s coming down to the wire. Everyone is pulling their hair out trying to make sure we pull this off. It’s neat to see the enthusiasm and all the hard work will pay off.” That ...

Alpine work already beginning to pay off

The major complaints about government seem to be its slow, plodding, bureaucratic nature; its lack of imagination and innovation; its failure to move out in front and lead. But, of course, swift, bold ...

Let no person in distress ever be a stranger to us

Meighan Cordie had few ties to Yamhill County. But when she went missing Aug. 18, following a Grand Island wedding, local individuals and agencies embraced her as one of their own. So did the firefighting ...

City should welcome county into parking program discussion

There’s nothing black and white about Renee Zipser-Luckart’s personal contribution to easing local homelessness. Her case is full of complications and contradictions. Nonetheless, it raises ...

Gallery Theater marks 50 years of enriching community

The list of potential benefits from well-established arts organizations is lengthy — especially for smaller cities. They can break down social-economic barriers, improve the psychological well-being ...

Trump is fighting reality, not those who report it

President Donald Trump is waging war on reality. Remember that statement when he calls our profession “fake news” or, more menacingly, “the enemy of the people” — a popular ...

Fighting fire with fire is only answer in West’s forestlands

Terrestrial vegetation began to emerge about 420 million years ago, when oxygen levels rose enough to begin supporting aerobic as opposed to anaerobic life. Those rising oxygen levels soon combined with ...

Even heroes need help fighting homelessness

We hate to expose anyone’s secret identity, but it’s increasingly obvious Heather Hunter is a Wonder Woman clone. Someone should check the parking lot at Champion Team for an invisible jet. Although ...

What’s sauce for winery goose, is sauce for brewery gander

For the second time in two years, neighbors and land-use activists seek to deny a farm-based brewery the same marketing opportunities routinely extended to wineries dotting nearby vineyards. Over the ...

Time to begin pressing for Phase II of bypass

Phase I of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, the first new addition to Western Oregon highways since Interstate 205, cost $252 million. And it consists of two lanes spanning four miles, thus represents just a ...

One issue stands out at ONPA gubernatorial candidate forum

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association set aside an hour of its annual conference last month to hear from the state’s guberatorial candidates. The outcome was unsurprising.  Democratic ...

City parks demand stronger commitment

There’s nothing wrong with McMinnville parks that $87,000 a year wouldn’t cure. Unfortunately, the money simply isn’t there — at least not in the city’s public works budget ...

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