Marcus Larson / News-Register##McMinnville police officers conduct an “active shooter” training at Patton Middle School last Monday. The McMinnville School District’s
safety officer, former Sheriff Jack Crabtree, led the exercise.

Training for the worst

Police conduct shooter training at Patton Middle School

Marcus Larson / News-Register##A comfortable couch and stuffed animals help make up the soft interview room at the McMinnville Police Department. The space was created to calm the nerves of sexual assault victims while they talk to detectives.

Treating a victim as more than a witness

She thought she just was drunk and passed out. A male friend persuaded her to drink a single rum and Coke. And at the age of 16, she assumed that must have been enough to render her unconscious ...

Starla Pointer / News-Register##Teachers Sarah Schweiger, right, and Lisa Ekstrom lead new first-graders in a funny song during the back-to-school transition camp at Wascher Elementary School.

Youngsters ease back into school

LAFAYETTE — Incoming first-graders filed into the Wascher Elementary library Wednesday for a morning of back-to-school activities. They dug into sacks of animal crackers and sipped apple juice, ...

A hard rain's gonna fall

The next major rain is expected to arrive Friday and stick around through the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, noting, “This could be the most ...

Containment close on Willamina fire

WILLAMINA — The 260-acre Willamina Creek Fire is almost fully contained, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. As a result, officials reopened Willamina Creek and East Creek roads, north ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##A new paint job on patrol cars is one of many cosmetic changes implemented this year at the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.

New look for the sheriff's office

It’s a new look Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office on several fronts. There’s a new sheriff in town, following last November’s election of Tim Svenson, formerly a captain with the ...

Courthouse beefing up security

The Yamhill County Courthouse plans to implement a security scanning system Tuesday, Sept. 1. In conjunction, visitor access will henceforth be limited to the main front entrance on Northeast Fifth Street. Based ...

Commissioners approve entry policy

The Yamhill County Commissioners approved a new policy Thursday for employees entering the county courthouse. It allows them to bypass a new security screening system by producing their electronic identification ...

County jail logs perfect score

The Yamhill County Jail achieved a 100 percent Oregon Jail Standards score during an inspection conducted in June and July. The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association adopted standards to be applied ...

Along the Street: County unemployment ticks up in July

Yamhill County shed an unusual number of jobs in July, pushing its unemployment rate to 5.5 percent, up from 5.2 percent in June. Statewide unemployment ticked up in July as well, rising from 5.5 percent ...

Carlton, McMinnville, Newberg lift recreational burning restrictions

The McMinnville and Newberg fire departments and Carlton Fire District have lifted recreational burning restrictions initiated Aug. 20. That allows residents to resume use of backyard fire pits, patio ...

Yamhill to update sewage plan

YAMHILL — Citizens are invited to comment on a new sewage treatment plan at an open house set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in council chambers adjacent to Yamhill City Hall. The city is considering ...

Council hears from gun ordinance foes

Gun rights activists, upset with passage of a recent ordinance banning open carry of loaded firearms in public places, unloaded on the McMinnville City Council during Tuesday night’s session. “What ...

Keep flammables out of trash

With dozens of fires burning across the region, including one north of Willamina, Waste Management is calling for extra care in disposal of trash and recyclables. The company, which operates a ...

Rockne Roll / News-Register##Amity School District lawns were allowed to go dormant this summer. Steve Park, head of maintenance, says he doesn’t plan to water
before school begins. “Once it starts raining, that grass will green up fast,” he said. Football
and soccer fields have been irrigated since mid-August.

Schools, cities cut back on water

Brown lawns are the norm in front of Yamhill County schools during the summer. Districts save labor and money by letting lawns go dormant since students and teachers aren’t around anyway. But this ...

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