Commissioners draw fire over jail deaths

A Dundee man who described himself an advocate for “public safety and mental health” asked Thursday that the Yamhill County Commissioners publicly respond in some fashion to two troubling deaths ...

Council asked to hike transient lodging tax

Visit McMinnville wants the city to hike its transient lodging tax, currently 8 percent, to 10 percent. In addition, it wants the city to extend the tax to RV parks and campgrounds, in addition to motel, ...

Towery unveils first city budget

As he unveiled his proposed city budget for fiscal 2017-18, newly seated City Manager Jeff Towery told the budget committee he wanted to dispel an “urban legend” that had grown up around it ...

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Study to examine how and where people park

People’s parking habits in downtown McMinnville will be scrutinized next month, as a Portland consultant moves to complete a study for presention to the city council in August or September. The ...

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Chemeketa s Holly Nelson and Paul Davis demonstrate this years  dancing aliens. Members of their group plan to turn themselves into  greens  for Saturdays parade.

Green with camaraderie

Staff members, students, instructors — basically, anyone at Chemeketa Community College’s Yamhill Valley Campus — can help assemble the school’s entry for the UFO Festival Parade. Organizers ...

McMinnville school district begins budget process

McMinnville's School Budget Committee is considering several different potential funding levels as it begins its review of a proposed 2017-18 budget. Superintendent Maryalice Russell briefed the committee ...

Sheridan awards sewage contract

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Council awarded James W. Fowler Co. of Dallas a $1.1 million contract Monday to upgrade the city’s main sewage system lift station. City Manager Frank Sheridan ...

District, teachers open contract negotiations

McMinnville School District 40 and the McMinnville Education Association, the local teachers’ union, have opened negotiations in an effort to reach a new contract, replacing one due to expire June ...

Sheridan fire renewal secures easy voter approval

SHERIDAN — Voters approved renewal of the Sheridan Fire District’s local option tax by an overwhelming margin Tuesday night. The renewal was passing 863 to 267 or 76.4 percent to 23.6 percent ...

Along the Street: Changes at Oregon Mutual

Steve Patterson, who joined Oregon Mutual Insurance in 2006 as general counsel, has been tapped to succeed Brian Steffel as president and chief executive officer. Steffel joined the company the same year ...

Wrongful death alleged at Sheridan care facility

Editor's Note: The generic phrase, "Sheridan care center," was in the newspaper headline for this story. The legally named "Sheridan Care Center" is a different business that is not the subject of this ...

Incumbents retain Mac school seats

Carson Benner and Tim Roberts will retain their seats on the McMinnville School Board, after easily turning back challengers in Tuesday balloting. So will a third incumbent, Barbara Carter, who ran unopposed. But ...

Fifth Street work slated next week

The repaving of Fifth Street in McMinnville is moving east next week. The work is slated to run Monday through Friday, May 22 to 26, focusing on the section crossing the railroad tracks on its way to the ...

Bounty of County tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Bounty of Yamhill County 2017. Now in its seventh year, Bounty of Yamhill County is the major annual fundraiser for the Yamhill Enrichment Society. The wine and food festival ...

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McMinnville Crossfit instructor J.P. Kloninger teaches Duniway students Olympic-style lifts. Crossfit is one of several workouts volunteer instructors are teaching to middle schoolers.

P.E. for life

Duniway Middle School physical education classes still include traditional P.E. activities, from sit-ups and stretching to softball and soccer.  But this year P.E. teachers are broadening the scope ...

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