Tribal paper adopts press ordinance

GRAND RONDE — The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has joined an increasing number of Native American tribes around the country in adopting an Independent Press Ordinance. It assures the tribal ...

Willamina residents protest water non-payment shutoffs

WILLAMINA — Angry residents made it clear at a special city council meeting that they aren’t happy about having their water shut off for non-payment. Cori Farmer used the Communities of the ...

Tribe ends pot testing as part of pre-employment process

By DEAN RHODES Of the Smoke Signals tribal newspaper GRAND RONDE — The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will no longer screen for marijuana use during its pre-employment processes at Spirit Mountain ...

Sheridan council hikes utility rates

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Council unanimously approved increases in its monthly sewer and water rates Monday. No testimony was taken or discussion held, although opportunity was provided. Water ...

Hot embers cause fire at Sheridan-area house

SHERIDAN -- Improper storage of hot embers from a wood stove led to a fire that damaged a home on Christensen Road Thursday night. "When disposing of the ashes and embers from your wood or pellet stove, ...

Willamina enrollment continues to spike

WILLAMINA — Principal Sarah Norwood says space is at a premium at Willamina Elementary School. “Our culture and art specialist keeps materials in a laminating closet,” she said. “There’s ...

Casino hosts toy drive

GRAND RONDE — Christmas gifts contributed by Spirit Mountain Casino guests will be distributed at 1 p.m. Monday to patients at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. TP Freight ...

Contingency will offset Willamina manager pay

WILLAMINA — The Willamina City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night authorizing use of contingency funds to pay City Manager Bob Sivick’s salary for 2016-17. He started work earlier this ...

Inmates expand Sheridan Christmas

SHERIDAN — Volunteers with the Sheridan Fire District recently descended on the Dallas Walmart to purchase Christmas gifts for the agency’s Tree of Giving program. In the past, they have been ...

Submitted photo##A rock brought home by astronauts who visited the moon. When the rocks were first brought to earth, scientists weren t sure if they would be dangerous. Turned out they are benign.

Delphian displays moon rocks

SHERIDAN — The Delphian School is displaying moon rocks on loan from NASA through Monday, Dec. 12. The school worked with the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to create an interactive exhibit. ...

Submitted photo##A rock brought home by astronauts who visited the moon. When the rocks were first brought to earth, scientists weren t sure if they would be dangerous. Turned out they are benign.

Delphian displays moon rocks

SHERIDAN — The Delphian School is displaying moon rocks on loan from NASA through Monday, Dec. 12. The school worked with the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to create an interactive ...

Sheridan smoking ordinance being ignored

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s year-old downtown smoking ban is being widely ignored, Councilor Val Adamson said at Monday night’s city council meeting. “People are completely ignoring ...

Jail hanging report being held for review

At the request of Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has completed a review of the Oct. 12 arrest, booking, and lodging of suicide victim Debbie Samples of ...

Sheridan embraces No Bully Program

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan School District is moving forward on an anti-bullying initiative under a contract with the San-Francisco-based No Bully Program, Superintendent Steve Sugg told the ...

Burr leads field in Willamina

WILLAMINA — Incumbents Bob Burr and Rita Baller were joined by challenger Craig Johnson Jr. in winning three seats on the Willamina City Council in Tuesday balloting. Virtually complete ...

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