Museum continues to adapt through adversity

We know this much about the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum: It’s still open and operational.  That’s about the only constant we can attribute to the beloved attraction and educational ...

The library is cool and sets an example for community

Temperatures nearing triple digits earlier this week revealed a truth as blistering as the heat itself: McMinnville remains woefully lacking in places where people at the mercy of the elements can find ...

Foreclosure innovation paying real dividends

We commend Yamhill County for offering the city 12 lots from a failed Dayton subdivision for the amount of back taxes owed on them. The tax obligation on the lots is a grand total of just under $31,000. ...

Community response to script Turkey Rama’s next chapter

No Turkey Trot. No Turkey barbecue. No Biggest Turkey Lip Sync and fundraiser competition. Should this year’s event just be called Mac-O-Rama?  To be fair, there will be some turkey this weekend ...

Save cruisin’ fest with coalition management

Developments in the Dragging the Gut saga have been speeding along since founder and operator Ruben Contreras announced last week his event was canceled for 2018. We would hate to lose this gem, and owe ...

Cautious approach necessary when banning public camping

How does a jurisdiction balance the rights of the homeless with those of other residents?  In response to the growing size and visibility of homelessness, McMinnville has passed several ordinances. ...

There’s no justification for West Valley recall

During a period roughly coinciding with the first decade of the new century, we logged 13 recall attempts in Yamhill County. Four were mounted in Lafayette, three in Willamina, two each in Sheridan and ...

Time to put gentler face on McMinnville code enforcement

Something Planning Director Heather Richards told city councilors about local code enforcement sounded the tiniest bit creepy. “Communities put together plans for how they want the community to ...

Festivals hold together what politics drive apart

The Monday after Sheridan Days, a festival that brings the community together in a spirit of fellowship, one of Sheridan’s younger residents learned how fragile that fellowship can be. Sarai Weeks ...

Little-known gubernatorial contender earns debate spot

Move over, Republican challenger Knute Buehler. You’ve no one but yourself to blame for falling 237 votes short of managing to bookend the GOP gubernatorial nomination with that of the Independent ...

Raise voices in protest, but offer hands in love

Although we have said it before, it bears repeating. The Trump administration policy of separating children from their families in the name of immigration enforcement, without exception or regard for ...

Community policing choices don't carry any guarantees

Few things fire small-town passions like the prospect of losing a treasured vestige of independence, whether a newspaper, grocery store, elementary school or police department.Because newspapers and grocery ...

Realities cast a shadow on sunny report outlook

More than half of McMinnville single mothers live in poverty, along with their children. Let that statistic sink in for a moment. It’s a fact easily overlooked in an analysis of McMinnville completed ...

Don’t let hyperbolic critics stonewall trail opportunity

The NIMBY element is in high dudgeon over the proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail. Among more strident partisans, the rhetoric outstrips all reason. We respect principled and thoughtful opposition. But ...

Smoking ban an idea whose time has come

Loitering, which appears to wax and wane in downtown McMinnville, has been waxing of late. And with our tourism-centric community heading into the heart of the summer tourist season, the city is duty bound ...

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