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Local News

Rollover crash reported on Highway 18

A single-vehicle rollover crash was reported about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 18 just west of Lafayette Highway. Another vehicle stopped, picked up the driver and passenger of the vehicle and drove ...

Housing Authority selects new director

The Housing Authority of Yamhill County announced on Thursday that after a nationwide search, the Board of Commissioners has selected Massey Casper as their new Executive Director. Massey will be joining ...

Planning commissioners discussing strategies

Members of the McMinnville Planning Commission will discuss the city’s 15-year development strategies at a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21. Specifically, commissioners will discuss an ...

Commission considers water rate hike proposals

With an estimated $80 million in upcoming capital improvements, the McMinnville Water & Light commission is spending this summer discussing how to pay for them. Throughout its history, the utility ...

Citizens eye more Neighborhood Watch groups

A kid wearing a hoodie walking down the street and looking at cars might be up to nothing more sinister than wearing a hoodie and looking at cars. Or, he or she might be considering a real life version ...

Members of Congress meet with imprisoned immigrants

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer broke down at a press conference June 16 after he and other Democratic members of the Oregon congressional delegation visited immigrants imprisoned at the federal penitentiary ...

Immigration protests draws 200 marchers to Mac

A march to oppose a federal immigration policy that separates immigrant children and parents drew more than 200 protestors to downtown McMinnville June 14. Kerstin Maroney, a retired high school teacher ...

Youngsters can eat summer meals

People 18 and younger can eat free meals at several sites in the McMinnville area this summer. Offered by the McMinnville School District, the summer food program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Breakfast ...

Willamina council adopts budget

WILLAMINA - The Willamina City Council unanimously adopted a 2018-19 general fund budget of $3,555,064 at this month's meeting. Property owners will pay $4.20 per $1,000 of assessed value. In other business, ...

 
Everyone loves a Sheridan Days parade

SHERIDAN — Alien-like creatures occupied the pilot and co-pilot seats of the Hiller model helicopter that sat on a trailer on Southwest Cornwall Street in front of Faulconer-Chapman School Saturday ...

Grandson charged with murder related to Willamina fire

The 14-year-old grandson of a Willamina resident who died last Wednesday morning when a fire engulfed the family home has been charged with one count each of murder, first-degree aggravated theft and first-degree ...

Educators close out careers

McMinnville School Board honored 16 retiring educators at their business meeting last week. Each of the five retiring teachers, 10 classified staff members and one administrator received a golden apple ...

Mac district, classified employees reach contract

McMinnville School District and its classified employee union, the Oregon School Employees Association, have agreed on a new contract. Both ratified the new, four-year contract last week. The pact will ...

Commissioners approve raise for transit bus drivers

Among rider complaints about the county’s bus system, quality and number of drivers have repeatedly been discussed. First Transit, which contracts with the county for public tranisit services, has ...

Council delays action on smoking ban

Smokers have at least two more weeks to light up on Third Street before a proposed smoking ban could take effect June 26. McMinnville City Councilors were scheduled to pass the ban at their Tuesday meeting, ...

Library expands its hours

The McMinnville Public Library will remain open an hour later on Fridays, closing at 6 p.m. rather than 5 p.m. In addition, the library will open three hours earlier on Saturdays, at 10 a.m. rather than ...

Council lays down the law on parking structure

On Tuesday, the McMinnville City Council passed a code of conduct for the parking structure at Northeast Fifth and Evans streets, intended to eradicate overnight camping and other non-parking activities ...

History museum offers Father's Day activities

The Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, will host special activities for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. Arm wrestling, a game of catch with an 1866 bat and ball, and other activities ...

 
They all scream for ice cream

Francisco Javier “Javi” Becerra and his classmates in Columbus Elementary School’s Learning Resource Center have worked really, really hard this year, the third-grader said. They’ve ...

Newberg man arrested on sex-related charges

NEWBERG — A Newberg man has been arrested for allegedly engaging in sex acts with multiple juvenile females over several years. Andrew Lee Darby, 47, is charged with six counts of first-degree sodomy ...

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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