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 ...

Mac lifts recreational burning restrictions

The McMinnville Fire Department has lifted recreational burning restrictions initiated Aug. 20. That allows residents to resume use of backyard fire pits, patio fire pits, propane campfire pits and charcoal ...

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 ...

News-Register file photo / Marcus Larson##A half-hour from McMinnville in the Coast Range, Haskins Creek Reservoir is the smaller of two sources of water for the city of McMinnville. The other is McGuire Reservoir, located farther west, near the headwaters of the Nestucca River.

Drying Times: Local cities grapple with water woes

Oregon law requires cities to plan for growth, and that includes ensuring sufficient water supplies to meet projected population increases. The law assumes cities will continue to grow indefinitely, despite ...

Carlton to hold public forum on water issues

CARLTON — The city will hold a town hall meeting on water issues, rates and system improvements on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The public meeting will start at 6 p.m. at Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School. Carlton ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Cars cruised up and down Third Street Friday and Saturday nights as part of the annual
Dragging the Gut Festival.

 
Cruisers show off goods at the Gut

For many car aficionados, McMinnville’s annual Dragging the Gut is a fantastic car show on the move. For some like Craig Keith, it’s a chance to relive a little of their past. Keith, who now ...

McMinnville man killed in crash

LAFAYETTE — A McMinnville man was killed Friday night in a two-vehicle crash north of Lafayette on Highway 99W at Locks Loop Road. The Oregon State Police identified the victim as Fernando Lopez, ...

Groups file landfill appeal with LUBA

An assortment of local organizations have filed a joint appeal of the Riverbend Landfill expansion with the state Land Use Board of Appeals, naming Yamhill County and Riverbend Landfill Co., a subsidiary ...

Brent Merrill / Smoke Signals##A bomb squad robot
investigates a suspicious package left in front of the
Grand Ronde mailroom on
Friday. The item turned out
to be a hobo meter.

Bomb squad responds to Tribal mailroom

GRAND RONDE – A suspicious object discovered about 7 a.m. Friday at The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde mailroom prompted closure of Grand Ronde Road and the arrival of the Salem Police Department ...

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