A noted expert on climate change and its effect on viticulture has been named director of Linfield College's innovative wine studies program. Gregory Jones will join the college faculty on Aug. 15. He ...

 

 

Local News

Budget hearings scheduled for Cove Orchard sewer district

When the budget meetings to adopt the fiscal year 2017-18 budgets were held for Cove Orchard Sewer Service District and Extension Service District last week, the public hearing portions were inadvertently ...

 
Leno will not seek eighth Grand Ronde council term

GRAND RONDE — For the first time in 21 years, Reyn Leno will be on the sidelines watching the Grand Ronde Tribal Council. There are nine paid positions on the council, each carrying three-year terms. ...

Newberg, county sue ambulance service provider

Metro West Ambulance Service violated its contract by transporting patients between Yamhill County medical facilities without authorization, according to a $1 million lawsuit filed last week by Yamhill ...

Old method revived for easing labor pain

Currently associated with dentistry, nitrous oxide, often called laughing gas, was widely used to relieve labor pains in the early 1900s, before more powerful painkilling methods existed. Taking a page ...

 
Mac gets a cryptocurrency storefront

If you hop on Google and search for bitcoin mining farms, you’ll read about intensely secretive facilities tucked away in isolated mountain ranges. Like the fortified lair of a James Bond villain, ...

 
Fun days for all

CARLTON — As Fun Days parade floats began rounding the corner onto Kutch Street, 3-year-old Emma Craig sprinted out in pursuit of a low-slung dune buggy. Candy for the taking had been strewn along ...

Local students graduate from online school

Four local students graduated earlier this month from the Oregon Connections Academy, an online charter school. They are Michelle Jones of Amity, Chloe Malloy of Lafayette, Lily Moser of Sheridan and ...

Carlton playing catchup on street work

CARLTON — More than a quarter of Carlton’s 11.3-mile street network is in poor to very poor condition, thus in need of immediate attention, according to a consultant assessment presented at ...

Yamhill grants dome variance

YAMHILL — The Yamhill City Council upheld Thursday a height variance approved by the planning commission for a domed gym the school district has in the works. The normal height limit is 35 feet. ...

Linfield earns high online ed ratings

Linfield College’s 300-student online school has earned national rankings for overall affordability and the affordability of its accounting and marketing programs. GreatValueColleges.net ranked ...

Commissioners adopt economic outline

The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners adopted Thursday a document designed to guide the county’s economic development for years to come. The “Economic Development Vision, Mission, Values ...

 
Wine studies gets new director

A noted expert on climate change and its effect on viticulture has been named director of Linfield College's innovative wine studies program. Gregory Jones will join the college faculty on Aug. 15. He ...

Mac school board to meet

McMinnville School Board members on Monday, June 26, will hold a work session about bond projects and a regular business meeting, which will include a hearing on the 2017-18 budget. The work session will ...

Drug investigation nets three arrests

Citizen involvement played a key role in a four-month Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team investigation that led to the arrest of three McMinnville residents. Shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the ...

 
Relay for Life fundraiser set this weekend

The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life runs from noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Newby/Duniway field, 1125 N.W. Second St. Almost 20 teams will walk the track ...

Council eyes trash, planning, ambulance hikes

McMinnville garbage rates will go up 5 percent if the city council approves an increase being sought by Recology Western Oregon. This means a residential customer having a 96-gallon trash container would ...

 
Bayou Golf Course goes on the market

Partners Terrence Kay and Gregory Brown announced Thursday they were putting the Bayou Golf Course & Estate up for sale at $1.95 million. They are giving the roughly 2,000 members who signed on after ...

Three injured in multi-car pileup

SHERIDAN — Three people suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon in a multiple-vehicle crash east of Sheridan on Highway 18. Traffic had to be re-routed around the scene for 3 1/2 hours. Law enforcement ...

 
Pearson retires, but keeps showing up for work

City manager expects to make offer for replacement soon

Amity schools settle on one mascot

AMITY — All three Amity schools will be known as the Warriors starting next year, the school board decided Wednesday night. Only the high school has called itself the Warriors in the past. The middle ...

State & Region

FBI agent indicted in "LaVoy" Finicum shooting

PORTLAND — An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal ...

Increased school funding passes Legislature, problems remain

SALEM — A record-$8.2 billion package to fund Oregon's K-12 public school system — up 11 percent from the current biennium — cleared the Legislature Tuesday in a 31-28 vote by the Oregon House and now heads to Gov. Kate Brown.

Witness to Bend police shooting describes incident

BEND — Even six months after witnessing the fatal shooting of a man in downtown Bend at the hands of a Bend Police officer, Tony Kota knows what he saw. He was only 50 feet away.

Kota does not waver when asked if the death of Michael Tyler Jacques was justified.

Roadkill: It's what's for dinner under new Oregon law

SALEM — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.

 

Health care tax passes Oregon Legislature, heads to governor

SALEM — A $670 million health care tax package has passed the Oregon Legislature and now heads to Gov. Kate Brown, providing enough funds over the next two years to prevent Medicaid recipients from losing health care and avoid closing a newly-built psychiatric hospital with hundreds of patients and workers.

Homeless man attacked with hatchet outside Oregon store

COTTAGE GROVE — Authorities say a homeless man was struck in the face with a hatchet outside a Walmart store in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The victim, Cody Bradshaw, was in fair condition Tuesday night ...

Pressure on Oregon lawmakers to act in final weeks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As new developments this week continue shrouding the 2017 legislative session in uncertainty, local leaders and special interest groups are trying to pressure on Oregon lawmakers to pass a transportation measure.

Lawsuit against Cascade-Siskiyou monument expansion delayed

SALEM — A federal judge has given the Trump administration more time to review federal monument designations made by previous presidents before it responds to a lawsuit brought by two timber companies against the expansion of a monument in southern Oregon, according to court documents viewed Monday.

Caretaker charged with murder found unfit to stand trial

BEAVERTON — A live-in caretaker charged with setting an Oregon woman on fire has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial. A Washington County judge sent 63-year-old Celia Schwab ...

Oregon mother, infant bond on trails to 50 waterfalls

EUGENE — As he nears his first birthday, Rowdy Briggs, a brown-eyed, chubby-cheeked towhead from Cottage Grove, is making good progress on all his milestones. He's babbling; he's waving; and he's standing with support, gearing up to take his first tentative steps. By his birthday on July 28, Rowdy and his mom, Alivea Binder, will reach another important milestone — one that's all their own.

 

Untested rape kits increase despite efforts

SALEM — The number of new untested rapes kits in Oregon has continued to increase despite efforts to process an old backlog faster. Half of the 2,800 untested rape kits sent to Utah last year have ...

State Supreme Court hears case to remove controversial judge

SALEM — An Oregon judge known for refusing to marry same-sex couples is continuing his battle to stay on the bench. Marion County Judge Vance Day has been accused of allowing a convicted felon ...

Oregon House advances $670M health care provider tax

SALEM — A $670 million health care tax package designed to help sustain Medicaid services for the next two years and avoid the shuttering of a newly-built psychiatric hospital passed the Oregon House Thursday.

The 36-23 decision vote exceeded the constitutionally-required supermajority by just one vote.

Researchers find increased pot use by college students

CORVALLIS — A study by Oregon State University researchers has found college students at an undisclosed large public university in the state are using more marijuana since recreational pot became ...

Oregon health officials work to curb spread of mumps

LA GRANDE — Oregon health officials are warning people to be wary of the mumps outbreak that continues to hit Union County. The La Grande Observer reports the Center for Human Development ...

Board affirms Oregon county's denial of railroad expansion

By PHUONG LE Of The Associated Press SEATTLE — An Oregon county had substantial evidence when it denied Union Pacific Railroad's proposed track expansion along the Columbia ...

Anglers flock to brief sturgeon season on Columbia River

ASTORIA — What fights like a salmon, looks like a shark and has the dense meat of a chicken? White sturgeon, apparently.

Civil rights leaders in Oregon promote bills

SALEM — Civil rights leaders in Oregon came to the State Capitol on Monday to support several bills, including one designed to end racial profiling by police, and to release a report that urges greater inclusiveness of minorities as the state turns to renewable energy.

Man jumps from Portland bridge; Police stop second man

PORTLAND — Authorities say a man who jumped from the Burnside Bridge in Portland didn't appear to be seriously injured while officers were able to talk another man off the Marquam Bridge in a separate ...

Real ID bill heads to Oregon Senate for vote

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would allow the state to issue state driver's licenses and identification cards in compliance with federal standards borne after the 9/11 attacks beginning in the next three years.

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