Local people carried signs and blue pinwheels  -- and umbrellas, in some cases -- during McMinnville's first Walk/Rally for Child Abuse Prevention, held Wednesday evening. The blue pinwheel is the ...

Local News

 
Celebrating Earth Day with nature, animals

Earth Day brought people out into nature and kept them in touch with other creatures. At Miller Woods, the educational site in the hills west of McMinnville, volunteers helped visitors learn about trees, ...

 
McMinnville School Board: VJ Adams challenges Carson Benner

V.J. Adams, a retired aviation mechanic and trainer, is challenging incumbent Carson Benner, co-owner of a construction company who was appointed last year, for the Zone 3 seat on the McMinnville School ...

 
Missing George Fox student found dead; suicide suspected

SHERWOOD - The body of missing George Fox University student Daniel Mellers was found Monday night in the trunk of his car in Sherwood. It's believed he committed suicide. "Based on details learned during ...

Beach to replace Smiatana

Yamhill County has selected a corrections manager to replace Ted Smiatana as director of the Community Justice Department, successor to the Community Corrections Department, when he retires in June. Smiatana ...

Fair set on emergency prep

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be hosting an emergency preparedness fair Saturday, April 29, in partnership with several local emergency service providers. The fair, open to the ...

Clerk to test ballot system

On May 9, Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen will test the ballot counting system his office will be using in the May 16 special district election. The public certification testing, performed before ...

Biggest Turkey hopefuls begin their quest

Contestants representing three local charitable organizations will vie for this year’s Biggest Turkey title. Diane Longaker, a member of the Yamhill Community Action Partnership staff, will represent ...

Willamina sets public hearing on sewer, water rate hikes

WILLAMINA — The Willamina City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 tonight at the West Valley Fire Station to take citizen input on a proposed 20 percent increase in water rates and 3 percent ...

Probation violation nets Amity man 18 months

James Johnson would have been able to serve the six-month term he received after pleading guilty to three counts, one each of attempt to elude, reckless endangering and resisting arrest, in the Yamhill ...

Budget sessions set

The Yamhill County Budget Committee plans to host presentations from county department heads on their proposed budgets for fiscal 2017-18 on May 1 and 2. It plans a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. ...

 
Rotarians call for peace

“May peace prevail on the Earth” reads the new peace pole erected in McMinnville’s civic plaza Friday by the local morning and noon Rotary clubs. The message is repeated in Spanish, ...

 
Flour, yeast, math, science and charity

YAMHILL — Science and math can turn a little flour, a little yeast, water, sugar and salt into something that can help others, a representative of the King Arthur Flour’s Bake for Good program ...

Y-C School Board race: Watson challenges Nettles

YAMHILL-CARLTON — Incumbent Holly Nettles, operations manager with the Yamhill Community Care Organization, is facing a challenge from Ken Watson, a retired Yamhill-Carlton teacher now serving as ...

Faulconer-Chapman: A 'culture of chaos'

SHERIDAN — Superintendent Steve Sugg and the Sheridan School Board came under fire for the second time in two months Wednesday night. Angry parents demanded something be done to improve the learning ...

 
Police looking for missing George Fox student

NEWBERG -- Police are seeking a George Fox University student who walked away from campus Saturday night. Newberg-Dundee police said Daniel Mellers, 21, told his roommates he was going to walk to ...

 
Locals march for children

Local people carried signs and blue pinwheels  -- and umbrellas, in some cases -- during McMinnville's first Walk/Rally for Child Abuse Prevention, held Wednesday evening. The blue pinwheel is the ...

Klamath County residents arrested on drug charges

Two Klamath County residents were arrested on drug charges Monday in McMinnville. Ahmed Essam Sumailan, 24, of Klamath Falls, was charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance/cocaine, ...

 
Work along 99W in Dundee to begin soon

DUNDEE — If you thought Dundee was a bottleneck before, wait until the city begins pouring new sidewalks and moving utility lines underground in its downtown core later this spring. In a few weeks, ...

Court denies pot grow restraining order

The question of whether vineyards and marijuana farms can coexist peacefully is playing out in rural Yamhill County, where two vineyard owners lost a bid this week for a restraining order against a proposed ...

Council urged to reverse subdivision denial

McMinnville planning officials are asking the city council to overturn a Feb. 16 rejection by the planning commission and put a Baker Creek Road subdivision project back on track, The planning commission ...

State & Region

Measure allocating money for vocational training in limbo

SALEM — Last November, Oregonians agreed the state's low high school graduation rates were unacceptable and possible solutions being offered by a measure that required money be set aside, in part, for vocational training were worth a try.

 

Officials unveil plan to boost Oregon town's power capacity

PORTLAND — Officials are working to provide Prineville with enough electricity to ensure the central Oregon community can keep powering huge data centers operated by Facebook and Apple and make room ...

More and more marijuana shops prepare to open in Eugene

EUGENE — Pot shops in Eugene are about to face more competition. The Register-Guard reports two retailers are opening soon on the same block of the aptly named High Street. They are among 20 new ...

More wolf packs expected in southwest Oregon

MEDFORD — When gray wolf OR-7 made his historic and famous trek from northeastern Oregon to find a mate and territory of his own, the lone wolf wandered well over 1,000 miles throughout Southern Oregon and even Northern California before he finally found what he was looking for in remote eastern Jackson County.

 

Closed Oregon child care center cited more than 100 times

SALEM — An Oregon child care center received more than 100 citations over an 11-year-span before being shut down by state regulators last week. The Statesman Journal reports that Iris Valley Learning ...

Burrowing rodents threaten Central Oregon canals

BEND — Drive along the Pilot Butte Canal in Redmond in the spring and you'll see ground squirrels scurry frantically back and forth across the road. Chubby rock chucks sprint from rock to rock.

 

Salmon fishing in southern Oregon closed for 2016

MEDFORD — Oregon officials say there will be no salmon fishing at the southern Oregon coast this year. The Mail Tribune reports the Pacific Fishery and Management Council made the decision to shut ...

GPS-collar failures cause wolf-tracking woes for Oregon

SALEM — The number of wolves in the wilds of Oregon increased slightly last year, but state wildlife officials lost track of one pack because none of its members is outfitted with GPS collars.

 

Oregon to spare 60,000 voters from inactive status

SALEM — In Oregon — where its first-in-the-nation automatic-voter registration system has been hailed as a pioneer in knocking down voter-access barriers — it takes just five years of failing to participate in an election before a registered voter gets knocked from the active voter rolls and no longer receives a ballot in the mail.

 

Emergency responders gather for weeklong event outside Bend

PORTLAND — Nearly 500 emergency managers and first responders from almost every Oregon city and county, as well as tribal, state and federal agencies, gathered Tuesday outside Bend, Oregon, for training and to review lessons learned from recent disasters, including an oil train derailment last summer in the Columbia River Gorge.

 

Gag order prevents discussion of chemical pollutant

PORTLAND — A state judge has issued a gag order to prevent officials from discussing the high levels of a cancer-causing chemical they found in the air near a battery parts maker in Lebanon, Oregon. Linn ...

Oregon lawmakers try to stem opioid epidemic

SALEM — Seeking to stem the opioid epidemic in Oregon and prevent overdose deaths, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a proposed law on Monday that would provide safe-use recommendations to those who prescribe such pain-killing drugs.

 

Owner of trash-filled Oregon boat cited for littering

TILLAMOOK — Oregon State Police cited a 28-year-old man whose abandoned boat was found along scenic Highway 6. It was overflowing with tires and trash, some of which entered the Wilson River. Troopers ...

Early quake warning system expands to Oregon, Washington

SEATTLE — An early warning system for earthquakes is expanding to Oregon and Washington. The expansion means three states on the U.S. West Coast will now be testing a prototype that could give people ...

Gresham, Portland settle lawsuit over filming of police

PORTLAND — Two Oregon cities adopted new policies and training to settle a federal lawsuit that alleged a police officer wrongfully seized and searched the cellphone of a woman who was documenting an arrest, it was announced Monday.

 

Oregon voters may decide to toss constitutional ban on duels

By KRISTENA HANSEN Of the Associated Press SALEM — The Oregon Legislature may have an unusual request for voters in the next general election that harkens back to that fateful summer day in 1804 ...

2 young women sue ex-principal in Oregon, allege sex abuse

PORTLAND — Two young women sued their former elementary school principal Monday in Oregon, claiming he sexually abused them for years in his office.

The lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court names Jeff Hays, former principal of Deep Creek Elementary School in Damascus, as a defendant, as well as his former school district. It seeks a jury trial and up to $20 million in damages.

Future of Oregon state police crime lab in Pendleton debated

PENDLETON — Plans to find a new home for the Oregon State Police crime lab in Pendleton because of a gnat infestation authorities have been unable to eliminate are gaining momentum, but there are ...

9 Oregon hotels accused of false advertising, marketing

PORTLAND — Officials are investigating nine Oregon hotels who travelers claim cancelled their room reservations and inflated prices ahead of a summer solar eclipse. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ...

 
Crater Lake bracing for bustling season as attendance soars

BEND — While it's currently buried under nearly 12 feet of snow, Oregon's only national park is bracing for more crowds this summer after consecutive years of record-breaking attendance.

 

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