CARLTON — Voters will decide in May whether to approve a $2.3 million bond measure to build a new law enforcement building and, by extension, allow the city to use other funds to expand space for ...

 

 

Local News

Union forum short four commissioner candidates

Three  of seven candidates running for two seats on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners appeared Tuesday evening at a forum organized by Annette Madrid of the Yamhill County Employees’ ...

Dundee bypassed? Commissioners listen to city's concerns

DUNDEE -- With the Newberg-Dundee Bypass in operation, some Dundee officials are feeling bypassed. City Councilor Kristen Svicarovich said she worries about new bus routes taking the bypass without making ...

Inmate charged with courtroom attack

A Yamhill County Jail inmate has been charged in connection with allegedly assaulting another inmate while they were waiting in a courtroom to have their cases heard by Judge Cynthia Easterday. Antonio ...

Work session focuses on PERS and other disasters

Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System accounted for 16.66 percent of the city of McMinnville’s payroll in 2007. In 2019, it rises to 28 percent. “Well, this has been fun,” ...

Revisions to sign, bag laws on council agenda

The McMinnville City Council could revise two of the more controversial laws it has passed in recent months — restrictions on local signs and a ban on plastic bags. Both laws will be re-examined ...

School board to discuss nutrition, PERS

McMinnville School Board members will hear updates on the school nutrition program, PERS and other topics when they meet in a work session Monday, April 23. The session will be open to the public starting ...

Sheridan schedules cleanup day

SHERIDAN — Residents will have an opportunity to make a difference in the appearance of their community by participating in a citywide cleanup effort beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Volunteers ...

 
Doernbecher fundraising pageant tonight

McMinnville High School students will compete for the “Mission Mac High” title Saturday, April 21, during the school’s annual fundraiser for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The ...

Mac school board sets transfers, looks at fees

McMinnville will accept up to 120 interdistrict transfers this year, the school board decided Monday night. Students from other districts can apply starting May 15. Stephanie Legard, curriculum director, ...

 
Community loses Eleanor Macy

Eleanor Macy, a dynamic force in the McMinnville community since 1945, died Tuesday in her home. McMinnville’s 1975 Woman of the Year, she was 95. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April ...

Miller tops judge candidates in bar poll

Deputy District Attorney Lisl Miller is the choice of her peers for Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge, Position 2 /25th district, in the May 15 primary election, according to results of a local bar association ...

Lawrence not deterred by previous election defeat

Defense attorney Mark Lawrence and Yamhill County Deputy District Attorney Lisl Miller stepped into the jury room in Judge Ronald Stone’s courtroom to confer. When they were finished, Lawrence sat ...

Sheridan residents decry lack of code enforcement

SHERIDAN — Tkeisha Wydro used the Communities of the West Valley Facebook page to inform locals about Monday night’s city council meeting. The agenda included a discussion with the Sheridan ...

Along the Street Strategic Economic Development

Yamhill County has in the past relied on the Strategic Economic Development Corporation, a Salem-based agency that assists governments and companies, and now SEDCOR has a staffer based in McMinnville in ...

Carlton council looks at vacation

CARLTON — City council members set a public hearing for May 15 on a request to vacate 150 feet of alley just west of Highway 47. Councilors will consider granting the vacation after the hearing, ...

Foreclosure declared on property on museum campus

Once again, a discouraged creditor has declared foreclosure for part of the land on the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, although, as usual, the issue is with the landlords, not the museum. A legal ...

Planning commission sets work session

The McMinnville Planning Commission will hold an informal work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Kent Taylor Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St. Commissioners plan to talk about annexations to the ...

 
Sloppy recycling leads to item ban, market chaos

Although it’s currently cheaper to deposit recyclable materials into the landfill than to sort them and find a buyer, Recology Western Oregon is “not going to do that,” General Manager ...

County traffic team cracks down on motorists

The Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team conducted a patrol effort on Highway 99W between the north city limit of Newberg to an area near the Washington County line between 5:30 and 8:30 a.m. last ...

Zero Waste celebrates Earth Day with Earth Night

Members of Zero Waste McMinnville will host a Earth Night party from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the Grain Station Brew Works, 755 N.E. Alpine Ave. Ramsey McPhillips, one of the leaders of Zero Waste, ...

State & Region

Officials report steady progress on rape kit backlog

SALEM — A backlog of rape kits in Oregon is a year away from being eliminated following the passage of a state law mandating quicker testing, officials say.

 

Water department on track to overspend litigation budget

SALEM — Oregon's water regulators are rapidly spending the $835,000 they have available for litigation and may go nearly $1.3 million over budget in the 2017-2019 biennium. The Capital Press reports ...

Cougar euthanized after several sightings in Oregon town

SILVERTON — Oregon wildlife officials say they were forced to trap and euthanize a cougar after several reported sightings of the animals in and around the town of Silverton. “The cougar ...

Oregon effort to declare health care a right falters

SALEM — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits.

 

Man who killed Oregon truck weighmaster gets life sentence

PORTLAND — A 44-year-old man who admitted to killing an assistant truck weighmaster in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years served before he's eligible for ...

Oregon pollution plan moves forward

SALEM — A plan intended to address Oregon air standards following the discovery of airborne pollutants in Portland neighborhoods advanced Tuesday in the Legislature.

 

Oregon senator wants making threats against schools a felony

SALEM — Amid a spate of threats of attacks at schools following a Feb. 14 massacre in a Florida high school, a lawmaker in Oregon has introduced an amendment making it a felony to make such a threat ...

Oregon legislature sends homeless removal bill to Governor

SALEM — Oregon legislators have sent a proposal to Governor Kate Brown that would allow the state's largest city to coordinate with the Department of Transportation to remove homeless encampments.

 

Gift to Oregon Senate GOP leader created ethical quandary

SALEM — Ted Ferrioli, the Senate Republican leader in Oregon until he stepped down in January, was presented with a beautiful wool blanket by leaders of Indian tribes as a parting gift, throwing him into an ethical quandary.

 

Oregon moves toward state net neutrality law

SALEM — In response to moves by federal regulators ending net neutrality, and citing a looming deadline, Oregon legislators advanced a proposal aimed at forcing internet service providers in the state to treat all types of content equally.

 

Oregon child molester sentenced to 12 years

PORTLAND — A judge sentenced a convicted child molester to 12 ½ years in prison despite a 17-year-old Portland girl recanting her story of sexual abuse. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Leslie ...

Oregon governor cites Florida shooting in local gun control

SALEM — Oregon's governor, backing gun-control legislation on Tuesday before a panel of state senators, said anguished voices in the wake of the school shooting in Florida must be heard.

 

Portland affordable housing measure may impact building

PORTLAND — Portland's apartment-building binge appears to be ending. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that applications for new housing developments have slowed in the past year. Contributing to ...

US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

BOISE — The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.”

The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped.

 

Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

HOOD RIVER — A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting an explosive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday ...

Oregon lawmakers seek expanded gun purchase ban for abusers

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers want to expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms by people with domestic violence records or restraining orders.

 

Oregon reports increase in deaths related to meth use

SALEM — Deaths connected to the use of methamphetamine have reached higher rates than previously recorded in Oregon, surpassing the death rates from heroin and nearly matching the rates from opioids, ...

Judicial nominee resigns from bar diversity committee

PORTLAND — A federal prosecutor nominated to be a federal judge has resigned as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association's equity, diversity and inclusion committee after opinion pieces he wrote critical ...

Bill to amend Oregon Constitution lands in health committee

SALEM — The president of Oregon's Senate on Wednesday told a committee headed by a retired nurse who's bullish on public health care to consider a bill that asks voters to amend the state Constitution to make health care a fundamental right.

 

Oregon Governor declares addiction a public health crisis

SALEM — Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared addiction a public health crisis in the state.

Brown on Tuesday announced an executive order setting a deadline for the state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to develop a statewide plan to combat the problem, with intermediary deadlines as early as September. The plan would lay out steps for state agencies to ease access to recovery, treatment and prevention services.

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