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Local News

Y-C teacher quit over student relationship

YAMHILL — A popular Yamhill-Carlton High School math teacher resigned mid-way through the 2015-16 school year after allegations surfaced that he was having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old ...

Special session set in Y-C

YAMHILL — The Yamhill-Carlton School Board will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Board members will consult with legal counsel. They may return to open session to take action. For ...

Urban renewal group to meet in Dundee

DUNDEE — Dundee's Urban Renewal Agency is slated to meet at 7 tonight at city hall. The agenda includes a discussion of the agreement for construction and financing of conduit needed to move overhead ...

Letter to readers What do we do when others need our help?

Do we turn away when we see someone in need of help, figuring it’s not our problem, it’s not our job, that someone else will surely intervene? Or do we take action? Here’s an example ...

 
2017 UFO Fest out of this world

Even the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself made it Saturday for McMinnville’s 18th annual UFO Festival. Elvis Presley flew in on a saucer to ride in Saturday afternoon’s parade on ...

Planning commission has uphill battle on sloped streets

Homes in McMinnville may be built on steeper slopes if the McMinnville City Council approves a recommendation adopted by the planning commission. With the exception of Vice Chairman Zach Geary, commissioners ...

 
Middle schools prepare eighth grades for big step

McMinnville eighth-graders study math and social studies, leadership and language arts, P.E. and health — and high school. Their final year at Patton or Duniway middle school includes numerous discussions ...

Judge moved by sex abuse victim testimony

Judge Ronald Stone was deeply affected by the testimony presented during Abraham Reed’s sex abuse trial by victims who were under the age of 10 at the time. “The boy was disturbed by this,” ...

Farmers get report on Palmer Creek pollutants

Traces of 20 herbicides, seven insecticides and three fungicides were found in Palmer Creek during two years of testing, Kevin Masterson of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality told local farmers ...

Drive produces 5,000 diapers

More than 5,000 diapers were donated in Yamhill County last month as part of a drive sponsored by Lutheran Community Services and A Family Place, its program for families in need. Les Schwab donated $800 ...

Warmer temps call for remembering pets

Temperatures are expected drop about 9 degrees today from Monday’s unseasonable 90-degree spike, then dip into the more spring-like 70s the remainder of the week. The National Weather Service issued ...

Willamina graduates class of 53

WILLAMINA — Fifty-three Willamina High School seniors will graduate at 1 p.m. Saturday on the football field. Graduation will return to an outdoor setting this year after moving indoors last year ...

Rotarians planning Peace Village camp

Peacemakers from around the world will participate in the first McMinnville Rotary Peace Village, a summer day camp for children entering third- through eighth-grades. Registration is now open for the ...

CCO gets new CEO

The Yamhill Community Care Organization has chosen Seamus McCarthy to replace Jim Carlough as its chief executive officer. The CCO administers the Oregon Health Plan within Yamhill County. McCarthy, ...

Yamhelas trail meetings scheduled

Two meetings have been scheduled on the proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail, the first to present an initial conceptual plan drafted by consultants and the second to answer questions and solicit public comment. The ...

Commissioners draw fire over jail deaths

A Dundee man who described himself an advocate for “public safety and mental health” asked Thursday that the Yamhill County Commissioners publicly respond in some fashion to two troubling deaths ...

Council asked to hike transient lodging tax

Visit McMinnville wants the city to hike its transient lodging tax, currently 8 percent, to 10 percent. In addition, it wants the city to extend the tax to RV parks and campgrounds, in addition to motel, ...

Towery unveils first city budget

As he unveiled his proposed city budget for fiscal 2017-18, newly seated City Manager Jeff Towery told the budget committee he wanted to dispel an “urban legend” that had grown up around it ...

 
Study to examine how and where people park

People’s parking habits in downtown McMinnville will be scrutinized next month, as a Portland consultant moves to complete a study for presention to the city council in August or September. The ...

 
Green with camaraderie

Staff members, students, instructors — basically, anyone at Chemeketa Community College’s Yamhill Valley Campus — can help assemble the school’s entry for the UFO Festival Parade. Organizers ...

State & Region

Appeals Court upholds rule limiting access to Lake Oswego

LAKE OSWEGO — The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a rule that blocks public access from city-owned property to Lake Oswego. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the decision comes in a years-long ...

Oregon brewery plans to build wastewater treatment facility

BEND — Deschutes Brewery in Oregon will be building its own wastewater-treatment facility. The Bulletin reports that the brewery plans to invest $11.2 million into the on-site facility instead ...

Oregon's tech sector goes from hot to lukewarm

PORTLAND — The Silicon Forest is in a slump.

Tech was Oregon's hottest sector coming out of the Great Recession, handily outpacing other industries in job and wage growth. By 2013 tech accounted for nearly 12 percent of all Oregon wages, as big a share as wood products in its heyday.

Oregon plan could have more steelhead near Grants Pass area

GRANTS PASS — Wildlife officials in Oregon hope to get hatchery steelhead returning to creeks that feed the Rogue River so anglers will have more luck catching steelhead in the Grants Pass area. The ...

Immigrants being held in Oregon jail staged hunger strike

SALEM — Immigrants in a jail serving four counties in Oregon recently held a hunger strike over “horrible” conditions, say activists who allege officials are breaking state law by holding people for federal immigration authorities.

 

3 Oregon officials consider public ownership of state forest

SALEM — The three officials responsible for Oregon's oldest state forest staked out positions on Thursday on its future, with two advocating continued public ownership and the third supporting public ownership of its old-growth areas.

 

Oregon Speaker earmarks $1.4B for education from tax hike

SALEM — Three Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker Tina Kotek, unveiled an unexpected proposal Thursday for Oregon's looming $1.6 billion budget shortfall that draws ideas from another plan but includes multi-billion-dollar earmarks for education and long-awaited estimates for spending cuts.

 

Port of Coos Bay pushing $400 million dredging project

By SPENCER COLE Of The World COOS BAY — The Port of Coos Bay has stepped up its public outreach efforts in recent weeks to promote its proposed $400 million channel modification project. “This ...

Conviction tossed for woman who ran over girls in leaf pile

By STEVEN DUBOIS Of the Associated Press PORTLAND — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed the conviction of a motorist who drove an SUV into a pile of leaves that concealed two girls, ...

Oregon woman gets 10 years in foiled murder-for-hire plot

PORTLAND — A judge sentenced an Oregon woman Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison in a murder-for-hire scheme that fizzled when the felon hired to kill her ex-husband alerted him to the plot.

 

New Oregon business tax plan faces opposition from GOP

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers rolled out a broad plan to overhaul the state's corporate tax system Tuesday that could net anywhere between $288 million and $3 billion in extra funds for the cash-strapped state over the next two years.

 

 
Oregon cider business land use bill moving to House

SALEM — A bill that would ease Oregon's land use rules for cider businesses is moving in the Legislature. The Capital Press reports the proposed bill received unanimous approval from the Senate ...

Astronomers plan to play hooky during August eclipse

BEND — The total solar eclipse that will pass over Central Oregon in August is a big enough deal that the staff at Pine Mountain Observatory will be playing hooky for the day.

 

Brown eyes public salaries, uncollected debt to save costs

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced two executive orders and a task force Thursday she says will help cut back on salary, retirement and health care costs for public employees and recover uncollected debt and taxes.

 

New Oregon business taxes? Panel explores ideas

SALEM — Leaders in the Oregon Legislature are forming a temporary, bipartisan committee that'll spend the next several weeks hashing out a business tax-overhaul plan that may go to voters for final approval in a special election.

 

Oregon lawmakers push colleges to respect diverse communit

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers spoke Wednesday about the state's racist history, about continuing discrimination, and about their desire for inclusiveness as the House approved a bill that would promote inclusiveness.

 

Eastern Oregon farmers seek to eradicate tumbleweeds

PENDLETON — Tumbleweeds are a common sight across Eastern Oregon, rolling over the vast landscape like something out of an Old West movie.

 

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 ...

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