Willamina gets clean bill of fiscal health

WILLAMINA — It’s been about 10 years since the city of Willamina was able to claim its books were fully in order, resulting in a clean, unqualified audit, CPA Richard Winkel told the council ...

Faulconer-Chapman parents take concerns to Sheridan board

SHERIDAN — Angry parents of Faulconer-Chapman School students addressed the Sheridan School Board on an alleged rampant lack of discipline. They said it threatens student safety and degrades the ...

Willamina takes a hard look at economic development

WILLAMINA — Willamina City Manager Bob Sivick characterizes the state of economic development in the West Valley community as being struck in neutral. He wants the city to shift its efforts into ...

Babysitter sentenced on drug, endangering counts

A Sheridan woman who smoked marijuana while watching a friend’s 4-year-old child was sentenced Tuesday to 40 days in the Yamhill County Jail by Judge John Collins. Jill Auxier, 51, pleaded guilty ...

Sheridan Education Foundation awards grants

SHERIDAN — The 2016-17 Sheridan Education Foundation Innovative Grant award winners were introduced to the school board Wednesday night. The foundation awarded $9,815 to three successful applicants. ...

Sheridan finance chief retires

SHERIDAN — Joel Wade will retire Jan. 31 after 21 years as Sheridan’s finance director. City Manager Frank Sheridan introduced his replacement, Marissa Matias, at Tuesday night’s city ...

Sheridan to get budget report

SHERIDAN — City Manager Frank Sheridan will present a mid-year budget-report to the Sheridan City Council when it meets at 7 tonight at city hall. Newly elected council members will be sworn in, ...

Sheridan eyes snow makeup

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan School Board will discuss ways to make up recent snow days when it meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the district office. The board also plans to hear reports, authorize application ...

Development on Willamina agenda

WILLAMINA — City Manager Bob Sivick will address economic development at a Willamina City Council meeting set for 6 tonight at the West Valley Fire District Station. He will also update the council ...

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 ...

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