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 ...

 

 

Local News

Local tourism gets boost from the sun and the moon

Visit McMinnville will receive a funding increase from city hall, with a little help from the sun and the moon. The 2017 eclipse attracted a large volume of visitors to Oregon just as the local lodging ...

New operators lined up at Mac airport

The McMinnville Municipal Airport could be gaining new managers.

Commission candidate to meet with voters

County Commissioner candidate Chelsey Williams plans to hold a “meet and greet” with voters on Wednesday, February 28, in the Newberg Public Library, from 3 to 6 p.m. The library is located ...

County considering leasing buses

With 11 buses in need of some degree of repair, and riders growing frustrated, Yamhill County is considering temporarily leasing buses to bridge the gap until it can purchase new ones. The county has ...

Albertsons purchases Rite Aid

Privately held grocery behemoth Albertsons, which a few years ago bought Safeway, will purchase the publicly traded Rite Aid pharmacy chain, it was announced this week.  What that means locally is ...

Council looks to restrict RV parking

The McMinnville City Council directed city staff Wednesday, Feb. 21, to draft a law limiting RV parking on public streets and model the proposal on statutes already in force in Gresham and Oregon City. Gresham ...

 
'We have liftoff'

Student demonstrates drone for Sheridan School Board

 
Willamina hikes cost of cemetery plots

Colorful history unveiled as officials track land deeds

Along the Street: Turkey Rama, with all the trimmings

Since the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce decided in December to take over aspects of Turkey Rama from the McMinnville Downtown Association, there has been speculation and questions about what exactly ...

Sheridan weighs cost of law enforcement services

SHERIDAN — With 2018-19 budget talks rapidly approaching, the Sheridan City Council addressed law enforcement Tuesday night. The city’s first budget meeting is scheduled Thursday, April 26. Until ...

Local quilters to make Capitol tree skirt

A local quilting group, Gone to Pieces, will create a 14-foot diameter tree skirt for the Capitol Christmas tree. Oregon will provide the large tree this year, the first time the national Christmas tree ...

 
Two Carlton-area properties recommended for historic listing

CARLTON — The state Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended two Carlton-area properties for National Historic listing when it met in Carlton earlier this month. The committee is ...

 
DAR honors young writers

Yamhill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, honored two young writers at its February meeting. Rylie Hoskins, an eighth-grader at Country Faith Christian Academy, and Sydney Beam, a seventh-grader ...

Author to speak at Linfield

Achy Obejas, an author and translator, will speak Thursday, March 1, at Linfield College as part of her residency as the 2018 Woodrow Wilson fellow. Obejas will read from her work at 7 p.m. in the Richard ...

Fulbrights abundant Linfield

Linfield College produced more Fulbright scholars than most U.S. colleges and universities in 2017-2018, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Four ...

Winter weather expected to continue into Friday

It was clear and cold overnight as the temperature dropped into the 20s. A mix of rain and snow is in the forecast for Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Rain and warmer temperatures ...

Parking laws, RV 'outliers' on council agenda

McMinnville Police Chief Matt Scales wants the city council to restrict — politely — people living in RVs along city streets. The first step, he said, is a comprehensive review of existing ...

 
Public opinion split on solar farm ban

The county planning department has invited more than 4,000 landowners in Yamhill County to comment on a proposal to ban commercial solar farms on farmland, and has received a handful of responses so far. The ...

Nonprofit envisions housing village

Leaders of the Hope on the Hill have a vision for a large project that includes apartments and housing for low-income people with a vocational training center, community center and communal garden on the ...

 
Commissioners' races heating up

The race for two County Commission seats in this year’s May primary election is accelerating, with opponents filing for both positions. Incumbents Stan Primozich, a former financial adviser and ...

State & Region

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.

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.

 

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