In many ways, teachers at McMinnville High School hosted a visit Wednesday from the U.S. secretary of education, not from Betsy DeVos, even though DeVos currently holds the office. "How often do you get ...

 

 

Local News

 
Downtown Ford Street structure catches fire

Firefighters responded to 205 N.E. Ford St., on a structure fire shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Flames were visible  when the first crew arrived. The fire appeared from the street to be centered in ...

Local banking figure dies

Kim Mills, a fixture in the local banking industry, died Oct. 11 at the age of 67. A native of Cottage Grove, she started her career in McMinnville in 1989 at Ben Franklin Savings & Loan. She then ...

Lafayette looking to Mac for water

LAFAYETTE — McMinnville Water & Light has reached a tentative agreement to initiate water service to the city of Lafayette, subject to development of an estimated $2.5 million pump station and ...

 
Fire destroys large Carlton residence

CARLTON — Eleven residents were displaced Wednesday when a three-alarm fire destroyed a two-story, 4,100-square-foot home at 9600 N.W. Shelton Road, near Carlton. The blaze started in a bedroom, ...

Public comment invited on vacation rental issue

The McMinnville Planning Commission will host a public discussion at its next regular session, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, on local vacation rentals. Planning Director Heather Richards said the commission is ...

Maps help YCAP map its services

Social service providers at the Yamhill Community Action Partnership are mapping new ways to help people in need — by using actual maps. In a high-tech digital age of data collection and analysis, ...

 
Yamhill County firefighters assist on California blazes

A Yamhill County firefighting strike team set out on a 13-hour drive to Northern California last Wednesday morning to assist with efforts to gain control of deadly and destructive wildfires. The contingent ...

 
Late founder's cat needs a home

Julie Julson, who founded the organization that eventually became Homeward Bound Pets, couldn’t pass by a box of kittens offered outside Walmart about 10 years ago. She picked up a tiny ...

Svenson honored for crisis intervention work

Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson and Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau have been honored as co-recipients of this year’s Crisis Intervention Training Executive of the Year award. Crisis ...

Commissioners delay decision on allowing gated street

Yamhill County Commissioners held over Thursday  a decision on whether to allow residents of Smith Road, outside Newberg, to gate the road in order to prevent non-resident use. Commissioner Mary ...

Water and Light goes inside

The Water & Light commission will offer the position of general manager to one of its own — Engineering and Operating Manager John Dietz — subject to successful contract negotiations. Dietz ...

 
Union rallies for new contract

Several members of Yamhill County’s largest union attended the county commissioners’ Thursday morning meeting to explain why they are intent on holding their ground in stalled contract negotiations. Later ...

Jail demotion unanimously upheld

Sheriff’s deputy Woody Little, who lost his sergeant’s stripes after the jail staff let inmate Jed Hawk Myers die an agonizing and unattended beating death, grieved his demotion to the county ...

Fire displaces four Dundee residents

DUNDEE — A Thursday morning fire heavily damaged a Dundee home, displacing four adults. Firefighters responded about 5:30 a.m. to a home at 642 S.E. Elm St., according to Fire Chief John Stock. ...

 
DeVos protest sprung on three days notice

More than 250 people lined Northeast Evans Street, across from McMinnville High School, to protest Wednesday’s visit by one of the Trump cabinet’s most controversial figures — U.S. Secretary ...

 
Secretary's visit a teachable moment

In many ways, teachers at McMinnville High School hosted a visit Wednesday from the U.S. secretary of education, not from Betsy DeVos, even though DeVos currently holds the office. "How often do you get ...

Neighbors uneasy with way city handled dispute

The McMinnville City Council declined Tuesday to intervene in a dispute between neighbors on Southwest Edmunston Street and Russ Lane. While applauding that, some neighbors took exception to the way the ...

Trustee sale is put off again

A trustee’s sale of the former Evergreen International Aviation headquarters property, next to the airport at 3800 S.E. Three Mile Lane, was postponed for the fourth time Tuesday. It is now scheduled ...

Willamina will add city staffer

WILLAMINA — The Willamina City Council approved the hiring of an office coordinator Tuesday night. A temporary employee, Thomas Holt, has filled the position for five months, but City Manager Kenna ...

Along the Street: Mac Gas gears up for major expansion

McMinnville Gas had been operating from a facility at 1384 N.E. Highway 99W for more than half a century, under the direction of three generations of the Buller family. The business had grown over the ...

State & Region

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 ...

Legal pot dealers find a home: Oregon's Cannabis Coast

NEWPORT — Eddie Biggar sports a black-and-green suit dotted with tiny green leaves as he dances jovially on a corner of the Pacific Coast Highway. Some two-and-a-half hours southwest of Portland, he owns the sidewalk. Just like a sign-waiver might promote the local pizzeria, The Weedman boasts $5 grams, urging customers down the street to CannaMedicine.

Nursery industry top leader in agriculture production

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Agriculture says the state's nursery industry was the top commodity in 2016. The Capital Press reports that the greenhouse and nursery industry leap-frogged the ...

Bend lawmaker announces run for governor

SALEM — A Republican lawmaker from the mountain town of Bend announced his candidacy for governor Thursday, aiming to unseat Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in 2018.

Salem man arrested for allegedly running over two children

SALEM — Police say a Salem man has been arrested for allegedly running over two children with a truck while they played on a sidewalk. KOIN-TV reports 40-year-old Casper Ankin was backing ...

Oregon Senate president talks of unity in bridge dedication

SALEM — As an osprey soared overhead and boaters floated nearby, a pedestrian and cyclist bridge that connects green spaces in Oregon's capital city was dedicated Wednesday to the state Legislature's longest-serving member. The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge connects three riverside green spaces in Salem, and fulfills a dream long held by many supporters of Salem.

Oregon landowners concerned over proposed pumice mine

MEDFORD — Oregon landowners say they believe a proposed pumice mine could increase truck traffic, bring noise and affect deer and elk habitats in a high-use recreation area. The proposed pumice ...

Father, son prepare for eclipse after missed 1979 viewing

MADRAS — The last time a total solar eclipse blacked out the sun in Oregon nearly 40 years ago, Gene Brick was working in a timber mill that refused to shut down for the spectacle.

Oregon looks to privatize liquor control, workers comp

The state of Oregon may be able to wring money out of its liquor and insurance businesses to help pay down the state’s big public pension debt.

Man accused of using fake British passport for past 20 years

NEWBERG — A man living in Oregon is accused of using a fake Great Britain passport for the past 20 years. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday that the man is accused of using a passport with ...

Oregon company pays fines for oil spill

ALBANY  — A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release states an Oregon company has agreed to pay fines totaling about $23,000 regarding a 900-gallon diesel spill that contaminated an area ...

Eastern Oregon wheat farmers seeing improved yields

PENDLETON — Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters passed slowly in the distance.

Bundy sympathizer sentenced for stealing machine gun

EUGENE - A federal judge in Eugene on Wednesday sentenced a supporter of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation on weapons charges.

Woman sues after husband's death in Portland jail

PORTLAND — The widow of a man who died in a Portland jail has filed a lawsuit that says her husband was denied appropriate medical care. William Coupchiak called 911 on Dec. 31, 2015, saying he ...

Police: Couple assaulted at Portland's new swimming beach

PORTLAND — Police in Portland, Oregon say they are searching for a homeless man who attacked a couple at a new city-designated swimming beach along the Willamette River. Sgt. Pete Simpson said Wednesday ...

Oregon golf course plagued by elk; wants herd reduced

GEARHART — A herd of elk has been a headache for managers of a golf course on Oregon's northwest coast. The Daily Astorian reports representatives of Gearhart Golf Links want the herd reduced, perhaps ...

TriMet wants to extend ban policy in wake of transit crimes

PORTLAND — Oregon's Portland-area transportation agency wants to extend the length it is allowed to ban people from its services in wake of repeated and deadly transit crimes. TriMet wants to extend ...

Task force struggles to cut $5B from Oregon pension costs

SALEM — A special task force convened by Gov. Kate Brown is deciding how to cut $5 billion from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System's $22 billion in unfunded liability without hurting the ...

Oregon jail holding immigrants sued by property taxpayers

PORTLAND — A jail in north-central Oregon has been sued by four people who contend the facility is violating its state law by holding immigrants who are awaiting status hearings or deportation.

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