Jeb Bladine: City struggles with on-street RV living

McMinnville and Newberg, as most cities, have enacted municipal code protections against neighborhood nuisances. They bar activities that, in Newberg’s words, “promote blight, reduce property ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem

Randy Stapilus: 2018 could break Oregon’s short-session mold

This year’s Oregon legislative session, which opened Monday, Feb. 5, took the biggest fork in the road before it even convened. On Jan. 23, voters across the state passed — by a landslide ...

Jeb Bladine: Energy not growing from high-value soil

We call them solar farms, but the operations aren’t growing energy from the high-value farmland lying below their arrays of solar panels. Therein lies the Oregon controversy playing out locally this ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Newby Elementary School kindergartner Maddox Schmidt high-fives teacher Rachel Sundquist at lunch on the first day of fall classes. According to former school board member Scott Gibson, it’s this sort of positive interaction that drives good outcomes in today’s schools.

Scott Gibson: What I learned on the school board

After six years on the McMinnville School Board, I recently stepped down because my wife and I moved to Amity. Serving on the school board was one of the most enjoyable and interesting experiences of ...

Jeb Bladine: Recording history, 1 meeting at a time

For 40-plus years, I’ve had more than a passing fascination with historic records of local activities … some might call it a mild obsession. In recent years, the city of McMinnville has become ...

Moving back to the editorial page

My first exposure to the opinion function came in 1971, when I signed up for John Hulteng's legendary editorial-writing course during my first year of grad school at the University of Oregon. He was coming ...

We built the road; now fix the signage

Here’s a long-awaited sentence: I drove the Newberg-Dundee Bypass! It’s just Phase 1, thus incomplete, And funding and topographic challenges caused an interchange flaw that may become a black ...

Jason, right, and his 56-year-old street pal, Mark, take an early morning break before heading out to seek aid and comfort from passing motorists. Mark is a former painter and welder from Idaho. The two have been hanging out together since meeting 18 months ago at a local shelter.

Just looking for a wave and a smile

Former husband and homeowner reflects on a life winding down on the streets

Jeb Bladine: With few sibs, you depend on cousins

Year-end holidays remind us how families are complicated foundations of our lives. As someone with small nuclear families — both vertically and horizontally — I always marvel at how people ...

Oregon Department of Transportation photo##Aerial photo taken earlier this year of the large fishhook on the south terminus of Phase 1 of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass.

Ken Dollinger: As the bypass turns

It’s been a trying saga so far, and this season concludes with a few cliffhangers left out there

Jeb Bladine: Personal lists of ‘prominent deaths’

Today we continue our year-end tradition of reviewing the most prominent local news stories, and recognizing the loss of a few well-known people. Our practice of listing prominent deaths always overlooks ...

W. L. W. White: Our Boys, How Christmas Eve was enjoyed years ago

[The following is reprinted from the Dec. 25, 1886, edition of the Daily Reporter., McMinnville, Vol. 1, No. 95; price: 2 cents] By W. L. W. White Publisher, Daily Reporter Eighteen years ago Christmas ...

Jeb Bladine: No drones allowed, but some photos OK

People clearly are concerned about government surveillance, as per reader comments on our news story about Yamhill County’s new contract for aerial photography. The related debate spawned myriad ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##The form used to collect information during Yamhill Community Action Partnership’s annual headcount of the area’s homeless population, showing a wide range of afflictions that contribute to a person’s current status.

Robert Mason: No one solution to homelessness

But there’s potential for progress with understanding and multifaceted support programs 

Jeb Bladine: Think about tax law impact on donations

Americans may be absorbed with late-stage holiday shopping, but their growing Christmas spirit also kindles a surge in charitable donations. Informed sources estimate that 30 percent of charitable giving ...

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