Union of new and old fueling wine industry

Oregon Wine Country can share a couple sentiments with Jackson Family Wines this holiday season.  First, likely with a glass of wine hoisted high, cheers to the company’s new office complex ...

Dog slaying the price we pay for putting so much on police

About 18 months ago, we carried a quote in this space from a Texas police chief. In a moment of frustration, he complained, “Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough ...

County dodges strike; workers sound warning

News item: County workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees threaten to strike, shutting down crucial functions. Pay that allegedly lags behind that of comparable ...

PERS panel presents solid report, but it's of little value to major problem

The PERS Unfunded Actuarial Liability Task Force presented its final report to the governer this week. The group was tasked with exploring a range of money-generating options to pay down the state’s ...

New opportunities with change in Turkey Rama

The fate of Turkey Rama is unknown, and that’s just fine. After all, the original purpose of McMinnville’s annual community event — to promote the area’s major turkey industry — ...

Women deserve freedom from unwanted workplace advances

What trait does Oregon State Sen. Jeff Kruse, Republican from Roseburg, share with Clarence Thomas, Bob Packwood, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, David Letterman, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and Harvey ...

Conduct that raises eyebrows has no place in public office

Last Friday’s News-Register contained stories about two locally elected officials confronted with conflicts of interest. One behaved impeccably, avoiding not only the exercise of undue influence, ...

Mac continues to stay in front of major vacation rental issues

Cities around the country are constantly battling social technologies that affect local governance. Notably, the “sharing economy” has resulted in a large vacation rental industry. Using web-based ...

Don’t let museum fall to pair coveting its carcass

The three key figures in a $25 million lawsuit filed last month in federal court — plaintiff Steve Down and defendants Paul R. Peterson and J.W. Millegan — share certain similarities. They ...

DeVos visit seen as honor for deserving district and school

Neither protests nor counter-protests nor gloom of day nor Oregon drizzle stayed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from swift completion of her appointed rounds on a wet McMinnville Wednesday. We ...

Sensible gun control action is long overdue

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza used a rapid-fire semi-automatic rifle to kill his mother, then gun down 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On June 12, 2016, Omar ...

Economic development at the county could use consistency

Yamhill County has yet to come up with a economic development strategy that’s stuck. But it’s not for lack of effort. Five years ago, the county budget committee urged commissioners to better ...

GOP rebels spare Oregon a health care catastrophe

Oregon didn’t simply dodge a bullet this week with the collapse of the latest Republican effort to gut President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Health Care Act. It dodged a missile taking ...

Task force unlikely to hit on better solution than churches

Merchants don’t feel the McMinnville City Council has done enough to control disruptive downtown behavior, serving to send shoppers packing. In response, the council has asked a task force to spend ...

Parking poses a challenge, but it's not insurmountable

Eventually, McMinnville is going to have to acquire a suitable site for a second downtown parking structure and raise the money to fund construction. Already, the Atticus Hotel and Allegory Brewery are ...

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