Letter to readers What do we do when others need our help?

Do we turn away when we see someone in need of help, figuring it’s not our problem, it’s not our job, that someone else will surely intervene? Or do we take action? Here’s an example ...

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The Chemeketa College  Alien dance group performs up and down third street during the UFO Festival parade.

2017 UFO Fest out of this world

Even the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself made it Saturday for McMinnville’s 18th annual UFO Festival. Elvis Presley flew in on a saucer to ride in Saturday afternoon’s parade on ...

Planning commission has uphill battle on sloped streets

Homes in McMinnville may be built on steeper slopes if the McMinnville City Council approves a recommendation adopted by the planning commission. With the exception of Vice Chairman Zach Geary, commissioners ...

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Cheerleaders do flips and show off other moves for visiting eighth-graders. All sorts of clubs and sports teams offered information for the incoming students at an activity fair on Friday.

Middle schools prepare eighth grades for big step

McMinnville eighth-graders study math and social studies, leadership and language arts, P.E. and health — and high school. Their final year at Patton or Duniway middle school includes numerous discussions ...

Drive produces 5,000 diapers

More than 5,000 diapers were donated in Yamhill County last month as part of a drive sponsored by Lutheran Community Services and A Family Place, its program for families in need. Les Schwab donated $800 ...

Rotarians planning Peace Village camp

Peacemakers from around the world will participate in the first McMinnville Rotary Peace Village, a summer day camp for children entering third- through eighth-grades. Registration is now open for the ...

Council asked to hike transient lodging tax

Visit McMinnville wants the city to hike its transient lodging tax, currently 8 percent, to 10 percent. In addition, it wants the city to extend the tax to RV parks and campgrounds, in addition to motel, ...

Towery unveils first city budget

As he unveiled his proposed city budget for fiscal 2017-18, newly seated City Manager Jeff Towery told the budget committee he wanted to dispel an “urban legend” that had grown up around it ...

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Study to examine how and where people park

People’s parking habits in downtown McMinnville will be scrutinized next month, as a Portland consultant moves to complete a study for presention to the city council in August or September. The ...

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Chemeketa s Holly Nelson and Paul Davis demonstrate this years  dancing aliens. Members of their group plan to turn themselves into  greens  for Saturdays parade.

Green with camaraderie

Staff members, students, instructors — basically, anyone at Chemeketa Community College’s Yamhill Valley Campus — can help assemble the school’s entry for the UFO Festival Parade. Organizers ...

McMinnville school district begins budget process

McMinnville's School Budget Committee is considering several different potential funding levels as it begins its review of a proposed 2017-18 budget. Superintendent Maryalice Russell briefed the committee ...

District, teachers open contract negotiations

McMinnville School District 40 and the McMinnville Education Association, the local teachers’ union, have opened negotiations in an effort to reach a new contract, replacing one due to expire June ...

Incumbents retain Mac school seats

Carson Benner and Tim Roberts will retain their seats on the McMinnville School Board, after easily turning back challengers in Tuesday balloting. So will a third incumbent, Barbara Carter, who ran unopposed. But ...

Fifth Street work slated next week

The repaving of Fifth Street in McMinnville is moving east next week. The work is slated to run Monday through Friday, May 22 to 26, focusing on the section crossing the railroad tracks on its way to the ...

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McMinnville Crossfit instructor J.P. Kloninger teaches Duniway students Olympic-style lifts. Crossfit is one of several workouts volunteer instructors are teaching to middle schoolers.

P.E. for life

Duniway Middle School physical education classes still include traditional P.E. activities, from sit-ups and stretching to softball and soccer.  But this year P.E. teachers are broadening the scope ...

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