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Air-quality advisory in effect until Wednesday

Because of Northwest wildfires, breathing the air in Yamhill County  could be unhealthy for people with sensitive respitory systems. Those people are advised to stay indoors as much as possible under ...

Beyond Backpacks to distribute supplies Saturday

Beyond Backpacks will host its annual distribution event this Saturday morning at Sue Buel Elementary. The 925 registered kids will be able to pick out their favorite backpacks along with needed school ...

 
ODOT updating curb ramps to maintain ADA standards

As a result of a settlement between a disability advocacy group and the state of Oregon, the state is updating 25,000 curb ramps to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The pilot projects, ...

 
Bike lover has big dreams

Juan Loredo has dreams to own a bike shop and help the world. But as a 27-year-old who never learned to read, he faces hurdles others don’t. His grandma attributes his reading setbacks to epileptic ...

 
Smoke in our eyes

The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for the Portland Metro area and Willamette Valley on Tuesday, initially set to end Wednesday. But as smoke continued to spread ...

Council paves way for airport improvements

The McMinnville City Council approved a $253,048 grant Aug. 14 from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the tarmac at the McMinnville Municipal Airport. Engineering Services Manager Rich Spofford ...

Samaritan or scofflaw?

Rural resident faces conflict over RVs on her property

Loans approved for Gateway District projects

The McMinnville City Council, which also acts as the Urban Renewal Board, approved loans for two projects in the Northeast Gateway District this week — the renovation of the former Huberd Shoe Grease ...

Some sex abuse charges dismissed against McMinnville man

Two counts of first-degree sexual abuse filed against Vaughn Monagon, a former McMinnville mortgage broker and active member of the Nazarene Church on the Hill, have been dismissed by the Yamhill County ...

McMinnville School Board plans to meet

McMinnville School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the district office, 800 N.E. Lafayette Avenue. Board members will consider goals for the school year and policies. They will hear reports ...

More patrols scheduled for Cruising McMinnville event

The Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team will conduct enhanced traffic safety enforcement patrols the afternoon and evening hours of Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25. These dates coincide with ...

Willamina Council appoints parks board member

WILLAMINA — The newly-formed Willamina Parks Advisory Board was expanded by one member at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Councilors unanimously approved the appointment of Samantha ...

McMinnville man has been missing four years

The McMinnville police continue to investigate the September 2014 disappearance of Louis “Paul” Geary. A family member requested a welfare check on him on Sept. 4 of that year after not hearing ...

Neuman leaving Y-C High principal job

YAMHILL — Greg Neuman is leaving Yamhill-Carlton High School in order to become principal of the much larger West Linn High School. “This was an opportunity I could not pass up,” Neuman ...

Along the Street: Whiskey ready

It seems like forever when Steven Day first dipped his toe into Oregon’s growing craft spirits scene, buying property for his Dayton-area distillery in 2013 — the beginning of President Obama’s ...

Military air training planned

Military jets will fly over Yamhill County at times during the next week as the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing hosts another air combat training session. A similar training event ...

 
Humlies earn judges' praise, America's vote

We Three, the Humlie sibling band from McMinnville, won the hearts of “America’s Got Talent” viewers Tuesday and advanced to the next round of the television talent competition. The ...

Air quality alert extended through Friday Morning

An air quality alert for the Portland Metro area and Willamette Valley issued by the Portland office of the National Weather Service has been extended through Friday morning. The alert was first posted ...

 
Ribbon cutters: Model airplanes a big hit at Valley View show

Four miniature planes flew at other’s tails, each with a long string trailing behind. The goal? To sever the strings until just one remained. From the ground, McMinnville Aircraft Modelers (MAM) ...

 
West Valley program to aid traumatized kids

WILLAMINA — The classrooms at A Family Place relief nurseries are typical for youngsters between 1 and 5, with toys, stuffed animals and books scattered throughout. But look closer, and you’ll ...

State & Region

Mac grad among women suing Nike

PORTLAND — A McMinnville High grad and three other women who once worked for Nike filed a federal lawsuit alleging the company violated state and U.S. equal-pay laws and fostered a work environment ...

Officials report steady progress on rape kit backlog

SALEM — A backlog of rape kits in Oregon is a year away from being eliminated following the passage of a state law mandating quicker testing, officials say.

 

Water department on track to overspend litigation budget

SALEM — Oregon's water regulators are rapidly spending the $835,000 they have available for litigation and may go nearly $1.3 million over budget in the 2017-2019 biennium. The Capital Press reports ...

Cougar euthanized after several sightings in Oregon town

SILVERTON — Oregon wildlife officials say they were forced to trap and euthanize a cougar after several reported sightings of the animals in and around the town of Silverton. “The cougar ...

Oregon effort to declare health care a right falters

SALEM — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits.

 

Man who killed Oregon truck weighmaster gets life sentence

PORTLAND — A 44-year-old man who admitted to killing an assistant truck weighmaster in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years served before he's eligible for ...

Oregon pollution plan moves forward

SALEM — A plan intended to address Oregon air standards following the discovery of airborne pollutants in Portland neighborhoods advanced Tuesday in the Legislature.

 

Oregon senator wants making threats against schools a felony

SALEM — Amid a spate of threats of attacks at schools following a Feb. 14 massacre in a Florida high school, a lawmaker in Oregon has introduced an amendment making it a felony to make such a threat ...

Oregon legislature sends homeless removal bill to Governor

SALEM — Oregon legislators have sent a proposal to Governor Kate Brown that would allow the state's largest city to coordinate with the Department of Transportation to remove homeless encampments.

 

Gift to Oregon Senate GOP leader created ethical quandary

SALEM — Ted Ferrioli, the Senate Republican leader in Oregon until he stepped down in January, was presented with a beautiful wool blanket by leaders of Indian tribes as a parting gift, throwing him into an ethical quandary.

 

Oregon moves toward state net neutrality law

SALEM — In response to moves by federal regulators ending net neutrality, and citing a looming deadline, Oregon legislators advanced a proposal aimed at forcing internet service providers in the state to treat all types of content equally.

 

Oregon child molester sentenced to 12 years

PORTLAND — A judge sentenced a convicted child molester to 12 ½ years in prison despite a 17-year-old Portland girl recanting her story of sexual abuse. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Leslie ...

Oregon governor cites Florida shooting in local gun control

SALEM — Oregon's governor, backing gun-control legislation on Tuesday before a panel of state senators, said anguished voices in the wake of the school shooting in Florida must be heard.

 

Portland affordable housing measure may impact building

PORTLAND — Portland's apartment-building binge appears to be ending. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that applications for new housing developments have slowed in the past year. Contributing to ...

US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

BOISE — The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.”

The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped.

 

Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

HOOD RIVER — A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting an explosive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday ...

Oregon lawmakers seek expanded gun purchase ban for abusers

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers want to expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms by people with domestic violence records or restraining orders.

 

Oregon reports increase in deaths related to meth use

SALEM — Deaths connected to the use of methamphetamine have reached higher rates than previously recorded in Oregon, surpassing the death rates from heroin and nearly matching the rates from opioids, ...

Judicial nominee resigns from bar diversity committee

PORTLAND — A federal prosecutor nominated to be a federal judge has resigned as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association's equity, diversity and inclusion committee after opinion pieces he wrote critical ...

Bill to amend Oregon Constitution lands in health committee

SALEM — The president of Oregon's Senate on Wednesday told a committee headed by a retired nurse who's bullish on public health care to consider a bill that asks voters to amend the state Constitution to make health care a fundamental right.

 

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