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Commissioners to meet

The Yamhill County commissioners will meet at 2 p.m. this afternoon, Feb. 21,  to review items on the agenda for their Thursday business session The meeting, termed “informal” by the ...

Report looks at affordable housing incentives, barriers

Members of McMinnville’s Affordable Housing Task Force asked city planners last month to begin investigating whether local development codes encouraged or discouraged affordable housing. Planning ...

Planning commission rejects subdivision plan

The McMinnville Planning Commission unanimously rejected Thursday a request for the rezoning of almost 14 acres of farmland south of Baker Creek Road and east of Hill Road, intended as the first phase ...

Willamina names facilities manager

WILLAMINA — The Willamina School District gained a facilities manager at last week’s board meet, but lost a board member in the process. The board approved the hiring of board member Craig ...

 
Lions gather in McMinnville

More than 150 Lions Club members gathered in McMinnville for the District O convention Saturday. They also took the occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lions International. McMinnville’s ...

 
Mac High wins state cooking competition

 

Willamina gets clean bill of fiscal health

WILLAMINA — It’s been about 10 years since the city of Willamina was able to claim its books were fully in order, resulting in a clean, unqualified audit, CPA Richard Winkel told the council ...

Registration open for Terroir writing fest

Registration is open for the 2017 Terroir Creative Writing Festival, slated for Saturday, April 22. The festival, featuring guest speakers and workshops, will run all day on Chemeketa Community College’s ...

 
Students raise voices for unity

Students in each grade at McMinnville High School had a chance to listen to a “Voices” panel, during which several students and staff members told stories of how they worked through challenges ...

Council approves Lafayette substation

The McMinnville Fire Department received approval last Tuesday for a new ambulance substation in Lafayette. “The co-location could result in improved response times in both communities for both ...

City earns high marks for financial reporting

McMinnville city officials have done so well keeping their books they received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal 2014-15, which concluded in mid-2015. The award, ...

 
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 ...

State & Region

Oregon AG girding to protect abortion rights

SALEM — On the heels of Washington state's successful pushback of President Donald Trump's immigration order, Oregon is readying for a court battle if the federal government tries to curtail abortion rights, the state's attorney general said.

 

Oregon economy strong as upcoming budget gap looms

SALEM — Strong and steady growth in Oregon jobs, population and wages last year helped funnel revenues into state coffers that exceeded earlier forecasts by $102 million, state economists said Wednesday.

 

Oregon flyfishers want to ban jetboats from portion of river

MEDFORD — A fishing club in Oregon is asking officials to ban jet-powered boat engines from a portion of the upper Rogue River. The Medford-based Rogue Flyfishers Association and riverside landowner ...

2 bald eagles released in Pacific Northwest after rehab

PENDLETON — A cold and steady rain fell Tuesday afternoon at McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge, where Lynn Tompkins and Samantha Castoldi arrived with two bald eagles in plastic carriers.

 

Oregon farm regulators may cut down federal inspections

SALEM — Oregon farm regulators may reduce the number of inspections they conduct for federal officials so they can catch up on a backlog of state inspections. The Capital Press reports that the ...

Study: Savings possible by shutting down nuclear power plant

PORTLAND — A new study says Pacific Northwest utility ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Northwest close the region's only commercial ...

Pot sales pump $5.3 million more into Oregon state coffers

SALEM — The marijuana business in Oregon is becoming a bonanza for the state.

 

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 ...

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