Grain by grain, Devin Baldwin poured forbidden black rice into a plastic cup on a sensitive scale. When the dial showed the right number of grams, the McMinnville High School senior removed the cup, sealed ...

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Mac High first in state culinary contest, heading to nationals

McMinnville High School's ProStart team placed first in the state in competition held Sunday in Salem. The team, which also brought home the "best teamwork" award,  won scholarship money and the right ...

 
Deputy hurt helping stop van

Highway 18 was shut down just west of McMinnville between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Thursday as sheriff’s deputies and state troopers tried to stop a van from which a woman was calling 911 for help. The woman ...

Commissioners debate trail procedures

Revisiting an issue they have already aired many times, county commissioners once again found themselves debating procedural aspects of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail this week, once again without finding ...

 
Commissioners OK brewery application

The Yamhill County commissioners unanimously approved Thursday an application from Newberg’s Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery to hold beer-tasting events with a food service component up to ...

Bag ban passes, following final protest

The McMinnville City Council voted Tuesday to ban merchants from offering non-reusable plastic bags, following the lead of five fellow Oregon locales — Ashland, Corvallis, Eugene, Forest Grove and ...

Mac schools eying calendar options

The McMinnville School District is considering two options for the 2017-18 school calendar that differ only narrowly .  Both have classes starting Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day, and ending June ...

City approves contract for Alpine upgrade

The McMinnville City Council has approved a $3.55 million bid from Salem’s Emery & Sons Construction for improvements along the Northeast Alpine Avenue corridor. That step paves the way for ...

Locals snag acting award

Drama students from McMinnville's Patton Middle School won an Excellence in Acting award at Junior Theater Festival West, held Feb. 10-12 in Sacramento. Patton's International Thespian Society Troupe ...

Robotics teams make state

Both McMinnville High School robotics teams, Blackbird and McMinnville Mastermind Mechanics, or M Cubed, have qualified for this year’s state tournament. It is set for Feb. 25-26 in Portland. They ...

Along the Street Best jobs for college grads

Quick, what do web developers, substance abuse counselors and interior designers have in common? They all rank in the top 10 for prospective jobs for Oregon’s 2017 college graduates, according to ...

Faulconer-Chapman parents take concerns to Sheridan board

SHERIDAN — Angry parents of Faulconer-Chapman School students addressed the Sheridan School Board on an alleged rampant lack of discipline. They said it threatens student safety and degrades the ...

 
'Eleanor & Park' still out, but up for reconsideration

YAMHILL — The young adult novel “Eleanor & Park” is still not being read in eighth-grade classrooms at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School. But school board members voted unanimously ...

Arrest made in jewelry store heist

Locally made knives spotted for sale on eBay by pawn shop

Philosophy lectures examine climate change

Linfield College’s annual Walter Powell Philosophy Lecture series, Feb. 22-23, will address climate change. Lewis & Clark Professor Jay Odenbaugh will present the lectures at 7 p.m. each evening. ...

Woman escapes felony in officer attack

Thanks in part to a McMinnville forgiving police officer, a 29-year-old McMinnville woman has avoided a felony conviction for knocking him to the pavement with her car. The trigger for Tiffany Current ...

Students study earthquake damage

A group of Dayton High School freshman took time last Thursday to present their findings on potential local impacts of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake to the Yamhill County emergency preparedness ...

'Eleanor & Park' still out, but book will go to reconsideration committee

YAMHILL -- "Eleanor & Park' will remain on the shelf, rather than in eighth-grade classrooms at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School.  But school board members voted unanimously Monday night to ...

 
Arrest made in Timmreck & McNicol burglary

A McMinnville man has been charged in connection with the Jan. 18 burglary and theft of nine custom William Henry knives at Timmreck & McNicol Jewelers. Corwin Joseph Hiatt, 21, was arraigned ...

Decision due on Baker Creek subdivision

The McMinnville Planning Commission is scheduled to decide Thursday,  Feb. 16, whether to rezone almost 14 acres of farmland lying south of Baker Creek Road and east of Hill Road for a housing development. Located ...

Information event slated on immigration questions

Immigrants seeking more information on the workings and impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is invited to a bilingual Q & A session set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at ...

State & Region

Oregon wants to host Outdoor Retailer show

SALEM — Oregon tourism officials are courting a trade show for outdoor retailers that left Utah after the state's stance on public lands sparked some brands to boycott the biannual event. The Statesman ...

Hundreds rally in Oregon's capital for immigrant rights

SALEM — Hundreds of people demonstrated Sunday in front of the Oregon State Capitol to support immigration rights, The Statesman Journal reported. Yesica Navarro braved the cold weather and spoke ...

Badgers threaten Oregon dam's safety

BEND — An Oregon dam is at risk from badger tunnels and other passages created by burrowing animals. The Bulletin reports Johnson Creek Dam owner Debaca Land & Cattle LLC can kill the animals ...

Timber companies sue over expansion of Oregon monument

MEDFORD — Two Oregon lumber companies are challenging the legality of former President Barack Obama's expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Murphy Co. and Murphy Timber Investments ...

Oregon lawmakers propose state control of public land

SALEM — More than half the land in Oregon is owned by the federal government, but Republican lawmakers there have raised the possibility of transferring it to state control. A bill sponsored by ...

Report: Portland officer fired over threats at poker game

PORTLAND — A newly released report on investigations into misconduct by Portland police says any officer resigned under threat of firing for driving drunk in a patrol car while on duty to answer ...

PSU study finds state needs revenue to battle pension costs

PORTLAND — A new study from Portland State University suggests that a rise in compensation costs for Oregon's public employees could lead to a reduction in the number of people providing key public ...

Downtown Eugene in 'crisis,' consultant says

EUGENE — A consultant hired to help improve downtown Eugene has told city leaders that the area is in “crisis” and is widely considered unsafe. The Oregon city hired New York-based Project ...

Couple found dead in Oregon home; suicide pact suspected

PORTLAND — An Oregon man fatally shot a woman before killing himself in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide agreement between two people under investigation for embezzlement, authorities said Thursday.

 

Madras expands growth boundary for airport, Daimler

BEND — The Madras City Council has voted to expand the urban growth boundary by more than 600 acres to bring a new Daimler Trucks North America testing facility into city limits. The Bend Bulletin ...

Oregon judges ask Legislature for more pay, bigger pensions

SALEM — A contingent of Oregon's roughly 200 state judges visited the state Capitol this week on what has become a familiar quest: more pay and, indirectly, bigger pensions.

Snow delays Oregon wolf count, management plan update

SALEM — Heavy snow in Oregon in recent months has caused problems for wildlife officials in charge of tracking the state's wolf population. The Capital Press reported Wednesday that the Oregon Department ...

Oregon congressman trying to soften law used in Hammond case

By SCOTT HAMMERS Of the The Bulletin BEND — Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, is sponsoring a bill that would soften the federal statute used to convict the Harney County ranchers whose imprisonment ...

UO considers raising undergraduate tuition 10.6 percent

EUGENE — The University of Oregon is considering raising in-state undergraduate tuition by 10.6 percent in the fall to pay for increased salaries, health care and retirement costs for school employees. The ...

 
State Land Board votes to sell Oregon's oldest state forest

SALEM — Oregon's state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state's oldest public forest.

 

Already 18? Oregon county says don't worry about tobacco law

EUGENE — Commissioners in an Oregon county say a proposed ordinance to increase the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 should include a clause to exempt users who have ...

Banking regulations mean Oregon flush with marijuana cash

MEDFORD — As legalized marijuana brings more business to Oregon, some communities are seeing a large amount of cash in the economy thanks to strict regulations keeping banks away from the businesses. Banking ...

Mohawk High School in Oregon drops Indians as name of teams

MARCOLA — Mohawk High School teams have been known as the Indians since the Oregon school was established in the late 1920s. That's about to change. A community survey and several town hall-style ...

Wounded Oregon state trooper leaves hospital after 48 days

PORTLAND — An Oregon State Police trooper who was shot several times during a Christmas night shooting is out of the hospital. Oregon State Police said in an email Sunday that Trooper Nic Cederberg ...

Hermiston volunteers help young readers

PENDLETON — It only takes one book to get hooked: That's what SMART coaches are hoping to teach kids about reading at an early age.

 

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