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Local News

Medics respond to vehicle vs. pedestrian crash near library

Medics are responding to a crash involving a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on West Second Street near the McMinnville Public Library. The initial call at 3:35 p.m. indicated the pedestrian was injured. ...

Carr leaving Mac Water & Light

The McMinnville Water & Light board has scheduled a special meeting for 7 a.m. Wednesday to discuss policies, procedures, standards and criteria for the recruitment of a new general manager to replace ...

Museum landlord facing SEC probe, financial woes

One of the two principal landlords at McMinnville’s Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is facing a federal Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and accompanying financial difficulties, ...

Jail death suit settled for $5 million

Yamhill County has reached a $5 million settlement with the estate of a jail beating victim who died after several hours of crying out in vain for help from jail deputies. Jed Hawk Myers, 34, died May ...

 
Remembering the victims

When Melissa Gates first entertained the idea of hosting a gathering to memorialize victims of a May 2016 street racing crash north of McMinnville on Highway 99W, she thought the best meeting location ...

 
Pancake breakfast serves as community reunion [w/ video]

AMITY — The scent of grilled ham and fresh pancakes wafted through city park, as locals were joined by visitors in gathering for Amity’s annual Pancake Breakfast and Antique Car Show. Lines ...

Planners craft new cell tower guidelines

The McMinnville Planning Commission on Thursday fashioned new guidelines for construction and operation of cellphone transmission towers. The guidelines, still subject to approval at a public hearing, ...

 
Atticus Hotel lands celebrated PDX chef

When the Atticus Hotel opens in downtown McMinnville next spring, the ground floor will feature a restaurant conceived by one of Portland’s most celebrated chefs. John Gorham, who opened the Spanish-themed ...

 
The nuts and bolts of coaching

Former deputy district attorney’s home turned into mechanics shop to boost success of robotics team

Arrests & Citations: July 21, 2017

YAMHILL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Daniel Taylor Anglin, 27, Lafayette, July 19, probation violation; booked into the Yamhill County Jail without bail. Levi Marya Boen, 28, Willamina, July 19, fail ...

Mac Water & Light honors Haugeberg

The McMinnville Water & Light Commission honored its former attorney, David Haugeberg, for more than 40 years of service at its Tuesday night meeting.It noted Haugeberg’s law firm, Haugeberg, ...

Yamhill Fire District awarded tribal grants

YAMHILL — The Yamhill Fire District has been awarded grants from the Grand Ronde and Siletz tribes together totaling more than $5,000. The Grand Ronde Tribe awarded the district a Spirit Mountain ...

DUII enforcement continues in Carlton

CARLTON — Police are continuing targeted patrols to keep motorists from driving under the influence of intoxicants. Carlton police stopped 15 drivers during the extra patrols in June. Ten were given ...

Sheriff’s office receives traffic enforcement grant

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded an Oregon Department of Transportation safety grant. It will fund enhanced traffic enforcement in an effort to curb serious crashes. The department ...

Sheriff’s office to stage town hall on dog control

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office plans to hold a town hall at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 to discuss changes it is making in the county’s dog control program. The session will be held in the McMinnville ...

Patrol coverage slightly reduced in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — As the Sheridan City Council began mulling a cut in law enforcement coverage, provided by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office under contract, Sgt. Todd Whitlow sounded a word of ...

Wertz named fair manager

Upon emerging from a Yamhill County Fair Board executive session Tuesday, members voted unanimously to hire one of their own, Board Chair Gary Wertz, as the county fairgrounds’ new full-time manager. He ...

Merchants urged to rally on downtown safety concerns

The homeless contingent camping downtown in increasingly conspicuous fashion in recent months seemed to all but disappear over the July 4 holiday. But gone does not, by any means, equate with forgotten ...

Mac officer honored for heroism

Mac council next week will also award several contracts for transportation bond projects

 
Beaver State lays claim to ancient beaver

After 30 years of excavating the Yamhill River for fossils, retired McMinnville police officer Mike Full has dredged up a fascinating new find — the remains of Castoroides, a giant beaver from the ...

State & Region

TriMet wants to extend ban policy in wake of transit crimes

PORTLAND — Oregon's Portland-area transportation agency wants to extend the length it is allowed to ban people from its services in wake of repeated and deadly transit crimes. TriMet wants to extend ...

Task force struggles to cut $5B from Oregon pension costs

SALEM — A special task force convened by Gov. Kate Brown is deciding how to cut $5 billion from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System's $22 billion in unfunded liability without hurting the ...

Oregon jail holding immigrants sued by property taxpayers

PORTLAND — A jail in north-central Oregon has been sued by four people who contend the facility is violating its state law by holding immigrants who are awaiting status hearings or deportation.

From High Hopes to near death: An Oregon pot grower's story

MEDFORD — On a frosty night in December, James Bowman was alone and overcome with exhaustion. The cannabis grower had worked hard all day processing plants at his BlueSky Gardens near Wimer, lacking the money to keep his crew on hand to provide security through the night.

Mixed news for steelhead on Columbia Basin

YAKIMA, Wash. — An icon of the Pacific Northwest, the steelhead, is facing mixed news on the Columbia Basin. It's projected that fewer than 131,000 of the fish will come through Bonneville Dam this year. That's the lowest number in more than three decades and represents a fall of at least 45,000 for the third straight year.

Oregon regulators dilute Gov. Kate Brown's clean air plan

PORTLAND — Oregon's polluters have again drastically diluted an effort to clean up toxic air in the state. A 2011 effort to fix Portland's bad air failed. More recently, industry lobbyists convinced lawmakers to withhold money for implementing new rules that Gov. Kate Brown proposed after the 2016 Bullseye Glass crisis in Portland. Now, citing industry “feedback,” the Department of Environmental Quality has loosened the rules themselves.

Money added to women's prize purse in Oregon bicycle race

BEND — An Oregon cycling race will again offer equal prize money for men and women racers. Companies and others in the Bend area donated thousands of dollars Thursday after learning that men ...

Prize-purse disparity an issue for Oregon cycling race

BEND — An Oregon cycling race is no longer offering equal prize money for men and women racers. The Bulletin reports the total prize purse in the Cascade Cycling Classic for the pro men is $23,979, ...

Agencies investigate if military training set Oregon fires

PLUSH — Federal and state agencies are investigating if there was a link between a series of wildfires in southeastern Oregon and military training exercises.

Cranes crowd Portland skyline as building boom continues

PORTLAND — John Killin pressed the panic button in February amid a multibillion-dollar tsunami of real estate development. The building frenzy that lit up the Portland-area economy and changed the city irrevocably has depleted the pool of skilled construction workers. In a letter to fellow contractors, Killin warned of a “new normal” of chronic labor shortages.

Questionable decisions dot Oregon's cattle loss compensation program

Chad DelCurto parked his pickup beside the road winding the Snake River canyon, surveying the jagged green edge of Oregon where his cattle grazed. This is where he lost them.

Interior secretary ponders fate of Cascade-Siskiyou

SALEM — After touring the “unique” Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should be abolished or resized.

Oregon initiative process could get easier soon

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, in a reversal of the kinds of actions taken by his recent predecessors, is changing the state's initiative system to help make it easier to qualify for the ballot.

Bystanders rescue boy swept down Oregon river

SALEM — Bystanders rescued a 4-year-old boy who was swept down a river at the North Fork County Park recreation area. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says the boy was standing with his father ...

Fishing vessel sinks at marina near mouth of Columbia River

WARRENTON — The Coast Guard says a commercial fishing boat has sunk and is leaking fuel at a marina in northwestern Oregon, near the mouth of the Columbia River. The agency says it received word ...

Ex-Oregon governor and fiancee face ethics investigation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has voted to a do full investigation into whether Cylvia Hayes used her relationship as the fiancee of former Gov. John Kitzhaber to ...

Helicopters to drop trout into Oregon's high mountain lakes

SALEM — More than 350,000 fingerling trout are being dropped from helicopters into lakes across the mountains of Oregon. The goal of this week's drop is to offer fishing opportunities to those willing ...

Fish ladder to help salmon and steelhead in Oregon

LA GRANDE — A fish ladder being constructed this summer at La Grande Reservoir aims to restore salmon and steelhead populations in a previously inaccessible stream channel in Beaver Creek. The stream ...

Officer cleared in shooting of Bend driver

BEND — A police officer who fatally shot a motorist in Bend, Oregon, last December will not be charged with a crime, the Oregon Department of Justice said Tuesday. The agency said in a letter obtained ...

27,000 gallons of sewage spill into Portland creek

PORTLAND — The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says about 27,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a creek on Sunday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the sewage spilled into Woods Creek ...

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