By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Willamina board eying future bond issue

Power outage reported in Mac

McMinnville Water & Light said power was out for about half an hour this morning in the North Highway 99W/Northeast Grandhaven area.

Spokesman Wes Thomas said the outage affected about 900 customers at 8:30 a.m. He said it stemmed from failure of an underground cable.


Forty apply for Little Free Libraries

Forty applicants have surfaced for 18 Little Free Libraries assembled for installation around Yamhill County, according to Michele Bergeron, facilitator with Reading For All.

Bergeron has been coordinating the program in conjunction with the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Heroes Program and the Hillside Communities retirement center.

The first of the 18 was installed on Valentine’s Day at the Wessels residence in McMinnville. It joins one installed earlier at the home of former McMinnville Public Library Director Jill Poyer — the county’s first — as a retirement gift from her staff.

Bergon said applications have been received from all parts of the county. She said Lowe’s will handle installation once the sites have been selected.

She can be reached at 503-434-7326 or 


Motorcyclist injured in crash

A motorcyclist was injured Wednesday morning when he crashed his 1990 Honda Shadow near Three Mile Lane and Nehemiah Lane in Southeast McMinnville.

Sgt. Tim Symons of the McMinnville police identified him as Richard G. Wilder, 72, of 126 N.E. Atlantic St., No. 4. He was transported by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Symons gave this account:

Wilder was westbound on Cumulus Avenue when he lost control, crossed both lanes of Three Mile Lane, left the roadway at the south end of the bridge and crashed into a ravine.

He was cited into McMinnville Municipal Court for having no motorcycle license or endorsement.


Amity board considers calendar

AMITY — School board members took their first look Wednesday night at the district’s proposed 2013-14 school calendar. They plan to finalize it in March.

The proposal calendar follows this year’s, but has different days set aside for parent-teacher conferences.

Teachers would return Aug. 27 and school would start Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day. Winter break would run Dec. 24 to 31 and spring break the week of March 25, 2014. The final day of classes for students would be June 12, 2014.

At the meeting, the board also discussed school safety, policies, finances and, in executive session, labor negotiations.


Mac school board to look at calendar

McMinnville School Board members will take their first look at the proposed 2013-14 school calendar the night of Monday, Feb. 25.

They are scheduled to hold a brief special meeting at 6 p.m., an executive session to conduct annual personnel reviews at 6:15 and a work session at 7:15 p.m. The agenda includes training for board members on the use of iPads, as well as reports from subcommittees and directors.

For more information, call the district office at 503-565-4000.


Sexual violence in military examined

“The Invisible War,” a film that addresses the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces. will be screened at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. A panel discussion will follow the free showing.

The panel will be moderated by junior Breanna Ribeiro and sophomore Sofia Webster, co-founders of the Student Advocates for Gender Equality. Panelists include Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science; Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science; David Sumner, associate professor of English; and Amy Miller; visiting assistant professor of sociology.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Gender Studies Program and Student Advocates of Gender Equality. For more information, contact Amy J. Orr, at 503-883-2549, or check the website  


Donkey basketball Saturday night

YAMHILL — The Yamhill-Carlton FFA’s annual donkey basketball game, a popular and humorous event, is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, in the gym at Yamhill-Carlton High School.

Two games are planned. The first, starting at 7 p.m., will pit Y-C’s FFA against Willamina’s. The second, immediately following, will pit Y-C’ss FFA against the Bailey Nurseries staff.

At the door, admission will run $5 for grade K-4 students, $7 for grade 5-10 students and $9 for adults. A $1 discount is being offered at each level for advance purchase.

Participants are urged to bring canned goods to help stock local food banks. A drawing will be held for a $25 gift card and a coloring contest will be staged for children.

For more information, call Yamhill-Carlton High School at 503-852-7600.

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