LAFAYETTE — Second-graders are leading a drive to collect hundreds of pairs of socks to warm the feet of people in need — and maybe, if the socks are used like mittens, their hands, too, said ...

 

 

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McCready guilty in manslaughter case

Following four days of testimony, Judge Ronald Stone found Timothy McCready of Sheridan guilty on all 11 charges he faced from a June 24, 2016, crash that resulted in the death of Phil Watkins, also of ...

Director runs to support high school band

McMinnville High School band director David Barton plans to run 50 kilometers, about 31 miles, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the high school track to raise money for the band. People ...

Seminar focuses on mental illness

Yamhill County members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness are hosting a NAMI Family & Friends Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Education Room of Willamette Valley ...

Commissioners approve new transit rules

Yamhill County Commissioners, acting in their capacity as the county transit board on Thursday, approved a set of rules for bus users, intended to address some perceived problems on buses and at stops. Commissioners ...

Bar seeks suspension of McMinnville attorney's license

The Oregon State Bar announced Thursday it is asking the state Supreme Court to immediately suspend the license of McMinnville attorney Erin C. Walters, because it believes she poses a “substantial ...

Homeless subcommittee recommends parking program

People living in cars and RVs would be allowed a place to park — at least for 90 days — under a program being considered by the McMinnville City Council. Members of the city’s Housing ...

Utility warns of scam calls

Don’t fall for demands to pay bill over the phone

 
Herding cats

Feral Cat Coalition takes in 100 cats from single Yamhill County property

Geist earns sheriff's office promotion

Rich Geist was sworn in as captain of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division this week. Geist has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. He worked as a reserve officer ...

Along the Street: Brewers in high spirits over tax cut

Behind the sound and fury over the Republican-led federal tax overhaul, there’s one group that’s pretty happy about one piece of it: Craft beer and spirits producers. The law reduces the federal ...

Crash victim's sister: 'He was my everything'

Kim Watkins said she doesn’t remember much of what happened on the evening of Friday, June 24, 2016. About 7 o’clock, a 2001 Hyundai Accent driven by her brother, Phil, crashed head-on with ...

United Way gives money to elementary teachers

Thanks to the United Way’s new “United for Classrooms” initiative, each K-5 teacher in the McMinnville School District will receive $200 to purchase items not funded in the regular budget. Teachers ...

Sheridan driver goes on trial for manslaughter

Following four days of testimony, Judge Ronald Stone found Timothy McCready of Sheridan guilty on all 11 charges he faced from a June 24, 2016, crash that resulted in the death of Phil Watkins, ...

Carlton police address domestic violence

CARLTON — Police are concerned about the rising number of domestic violence calls in their city, including two that led to arrests over the holiday season. “We take domestic violence ...

Utility warns of scam calls

McMinnville Water & Light is warning customers to beware of phone calls demanding payment for supposedly late accounts. The utility warned Thursday that it has seen an increase in phone scams ...

Wheatland Ferry reopens

The Wheatland Ferry reopened Wednesday morning after being closed since Tuesday afternoon. Marion County officials said the closure was due to mechanical problems. The ferry carries vehicles and passengers ...

 
Bag ban soon to hit small retailers

With more than $100 in the cart, an elderly customer made his way through the checkout lane at Safeway when he was told he’d have to pay an additional 5 cents for every paper bag he used. In his ...

Homeowner files tort claim against county

The man who owns a house damaged by a speeding driver last summer has filed a tort claim notice against the City of McMinnville and Yamhill County, alleging the crash could have been avoided with proper ...

Recommendation coming on short-term rental rules

After months of discussion, members of the McMinnville Planning Commission may be ready to make recommendations on new rules for vacation home rentals, including a minimum distance between the units. The ...

Historic downtown homes find themselves in gray zone

Some residents of historic homes near downtown McMinnville are worried they are living in what city officials consider a general commercial zone. It’s not a major problem now; but Planning Director ...

State & Region

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.

Judge allows class-action case against Portland glass maker

PORTLAND — Portland residents can move forward with a $1.2 billion class-action lawsuit against a local glass maker over concerns about toxic air pollution, a Multnomah County judge has ruled. Circuit ...

 
Oregon agency extends fight against Japanese beetles

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to expand its campaign against crop-eating Japanese beetles. The agency has proposed applying a granular insecticide over 1,900 acres around the ...

Police chief accused of striking fellow officer arraigned

BEND — Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills has made his first court hearing for allegations that he struck another police officer. The Bend Bulletin reports that Mills was arraigned in court on Tuesday ...

Army vet shot by police at VA clinic faces charges

SALEM — An Army veteran who was shot during a confrontation inside a Veterans Affairs clinic in Oregon where he went to seek help for mental problems was in jail Tuesday, charged with attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and other crimes.

 

Lawsuit: Sawtooth Valley water diversions harming salmon

BOISE — Nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho's Sawtooth Valley are harming federally protected salmon, steelhead and bull trout, an environmental group said in a lawsuit.

 

Forgotten tank is likely source of oil on Columbia River

ASTORIA — A long-forgotten tank is the likely source of an oil sheen spotted on the Columbia River near an Astoria hotel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard diver discovered the tank encased ...

Oregon Legislature faces likely budget shortfall

SALEM — Oregon's Legislature faces a likely budget shortfall as it prepares for the 2018 session that starts next week, the Senate president said on Monday.

 

Oregon lawmaker wants to expand whistleblower protections

SALEM — An Oregon lawmaker has introduced a bill to expand whistleblower protections in the state. Republican State Senator Jackie Winters said former Oregon Department of Transportation employee ...

Oregon's population keeps rising, now at 4.1 million

PORTLAND — Oregon's population is growing at a strong clip, driven by people coming from out of state.

 

Parents sue Dallas schools over transgender policy

DALLAS — Parents at Dallas High School have filed a federal lawsuit over the school district's policy to allow a transgender male student to use the boys’ locker room and bathroom, mirroring a similar civil action in Illinois that did not survive a legal challenge.

 

Former Oregon governor apologizes, to be fined $1,000

SALEM — Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber apologized Wednesday for failing to publicly declare a potential conflict of interest between his elected position and his partner's work and will pay a $1,000 fine, capping a scandal that cost him the governorship.

 

Formal complaint: Oregon state senator harassed 15 women

PORTLAND — An Oregon state senator filed a formal complaint Wednesday against another senator involving accounts of sexual harassment and asked for his expulsion from the legislative body in a letter that contained detailed descriptions of the alleged behavior.

 

Two climbers rescued after 50-foot fall in Cascades

WENATCHEE, Wash.  — Authorities say two climbers were rescued from Mount Stuart in the Cascade Mountains after one suffered a life-threatening injury in a fall caused by a boulder that broke free.

Oregon warns that Willamette Steelhead face extinction

PORTLAND — State officials warned Monday that if California sea lions continue feeding below Willamette Falls, they could push winter steelhead trout to the brink of extinction. The Oregonian/OregonLive ...

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