City offers opportunities for meaningful involvement

Want to make a lasting mark on life in McMinnville? Consider volunteering for one of three advisory committees the city is creating. The city is looking for input from people with a diverse array of life ...

Nothing like local UFO Fest to nourish the mind and soul

Little, if anything, embraces both the playful and the serious like McMinville’s annual UFO Festival. It started in 2000, when McMenamins historian Tim Hills became interested in the famous ...

Results as expected in a sparse turnout

The major surprise in Tuesday’s primary was probably how few Oregonians bothered to participate in this core exercise in American democracy. On both the state and local levels, results ran almost ...

County’s impact study rejection a miscarriage of public process

The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners’ Tuesday rejection of a staff farm impact study for the proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail stands as an embarrassing piece of public legislating.  At ...

Alter parking garage to fully tap potential

There is a tool McMinnville has in spades, although may not utilize as much as it should. It was key in the renovation of Alpine Avenue, and should be put into play again as the city seeks to improve conduct ...

Immigration policy tearing families apart simply evil

A government immigration policy calling for forcible and deliberate separation of children from their parents is shockingly callous. The practice goes beyond being un-American. It goes beyond violating ...

Judge candidates on their own credentials

The underlying story of this month’s Yamhill County primary election is the union slate, featuring three candidates on the ballot.  This is not an official slate being advertised by the Yamhill ...

Miller, Fredrick leading choices for judge seat

Voting for a circuit court judge position can prove challenging. Unlike in executive or legislative elections, there is no lengthy menu of issues to debate, and voters’ predisposed political leanings ...

New Alpine Avenue entails listening to concerned voices

Northeast Alpine Avenue looks lovely these days with its $4 million in improvements, a vision realized by city officials and business leaders seeking to transform Alpine into a pedestrian-friendly “festival ...

Bonamici dwarfs her 1st district opposition

When Suzanne Bonamici made her first run for Congress in 2012, she faced two formidable Democratic primary opponents in fellow state Rep. Brad Witt and state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. After dispatching ...

The stakes are too high to beat a retreat on bags

Tuesday’s front page was topped by a pair of stories on efforts to cope with solid waste, a byproduct of growing global consumerism. At first glance, the two topics seemed unrelated — keeping ...

All that glitters isn’t gubernatorial

On the state level, the governor’s race probably will earn top billing in the general election. However, not so much in the primary. We’ve not been overly impressed with Democratic incumbent ...

It’s time county tried looking forward instead of backward

Former Yamhill County Commissioner Kathy George sent a letter in today’s section taking Commissioner Rick Olson to task over a recent exchange with his colleagues. Olson has suggested the county ...

Starrett’s commitment deserves a re-election

It isn’t often we find ourselves aligned with Oregon Right to Life, the Oregon Firearms Federation, Oregonians in Action, the Taxpayer Association of Oregon and other outfits of such pronounced conservative ...

City can weigh study’s value by embracing its to-do list

When you visit the doctor, and receive a clean bill of health, how do you react? Do you applaud your good fortune or lament wasting money on tests turning up nothing of note? No matter what the doctor ...

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