By Jared Larson Close your eyes and picture a place you would like to visit. When I close my eyes, I see the Arctic. There are polar bears roaming the ice and hunting for seals. Vast expanses ...


Water & Light wise to secure water well before it is neede

When McMinnville Water & Light voted to pay $2.8 million for a senior water right on the Willamette, augmenting a larger but less senior right acquired earlier, it was continuing a long local tradition ...

Forestry plan takes one step back, one forward

The ongoing saga of commercial forestry on the Oregon lands owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management has taken some new twists in recent weeks. The painstakingly sluggish process of resolving the ...

Legislature must stretch to give students their due

Late last year, the Oregon School Boards Association launched a campaign called “The Promise for Oregon” to advocate for better K-12 funding. Calling Oregon’s students its greatest natural ...

Lifting highway safety restraints seems like risky business

RIP, Highway 18 Safety Corridor. It was nice having you around to slow the pace of valley-to-coast and coast-to-valley traffic, lo, these many years. We were there when you entered this world in 1996. ...

Mac's DMO decision worth the celebration

After a trial run at allocating lodging tax money through individual grants, McMinnville City Council on Tuesday approved creation of a destination marketing organization to handle all aspects of tourism ...

Welcoming community applauds transitions at two institution

A pair of local institutions — Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Chemeketa Community College — are reaching out to the community after being re-energized with new permanent leadership. ...

Community dialogue, relationships easily damaged on social media

Social media services like Facebook, founded in 2004, and Twitter, established in 2006, have opened new doors of communication. Because it gives them the ability to report the “then” and “now,” ...

Embrace of carbon tax shameless, shortsighted

Oregon’s House Democrats flexed their legislative muscles Wednesday by passing, on a virtual party-line vote, a most stunningly stupid, pointless and irresponsible piece of legislation. Our initial ...

Long school searches produce smart hires for local boards

Searches for candidates to fill public leadership positions sometimes seem to drag on too long. And when a board selects a current employee in the end, it may lead some to wonder if it’s worth investing ...

Oregon must clamp down on vaccination exemptions

The U.S. was declared measles-free in 2000, but the disease is back with a vengeance. The resurgence is directly attributable to our nation’s Internet-fueled anti-vaccination movement, which has ...


Letters to the editor - March 27, 2015

Letters from Scott Gibson and Jerry Sullivan

Letters to the editor - March 20, 2015

Letters from Jake Rockwood, Earl R. Scott, Ken Dollinger and Patricia McGhehey

Letters to the Editor - March 13, 2015

Letters from Peggy Riehl, Dave Boeckel, Elmer M. Werth, Nancy Keim, Dianne Gluskoter, and Melissa Winkelman.

Letters to the editor - March 6, 2015

Letters from Jane Kristof,  Robert E. Mason, Tony Hartford, Imon Pilcher, M.A. Novak, and Dana Elwell.

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 27, 2015

Letter writers include David Terry, John Sullivan, Dale Lux and David C. Blanchard.

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 20, 2015

Letters from Antoinette Marcel, Linda Watkins, Erma S. Vasquez, Tony Hartford, Jack Crabtree and Lee Vasquez, Lori Brazil, Robert Porath

Letters to the editor - Feb. 13, 2015

Letters from Dawn Vyette Witt, Robert E. Mason, Steve Sommerfeld, Alan Olsen

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 6, 2015

Letters from Bruce Waltz, Margaret Cross, Douglas Berry, Marilyn Walster, Dennis Carmody, Glenna Green, Mary A. Novak, Daryll Alt, Kevin C. Nortness, Brad Thompson, Katherine Martin

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 30, 2015

Letters from Philip Newman, Merilyn Reeves, Ken Dollinger, Scott Schieber, Susan Dehm, Andrea McEvoy, Jane Kristof, Mark Davis, Frank Maynard, Gayle Alexander, Jim Culbert

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 23, 2015

Letters from Phyllice Bradner, Nanette Villarreal, Scott Gibson, Ramsey McPhillips, Eric Fannen


Jared Larson - Science from the Arctic

By Jared Larson Close your eyes and picture a place you would like to visit. When I close my eyes, I see the Arctic. There are polar bears roaming the ice and hunting for seals. Vast expanses ...

Emily Grosvenor - Writing reflects terroir, too

Unique local festival draws potential writers whose work finally finds its way to printed page

Jeb Bladine - Anti-business laws multiplying in Salem

How are things going at the Oregon Legislature? Just great, if you believe in oppressive government regulation; not so good if you believe in a free enterprise system. State Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Canby, ...

Dave Robinson - Getting tech ready to prepare for and recov

I confess to being completely fascinated with gadgets. I’m pretty sure I’m in the majority. Otherwise, how do you explain the millions of tablets, smartphones and other computerized gizmos ...

Others Say - March 27, 2015

Spend a pittance to protect sage grouse The potential effects on Baker County’s economy if the federal government lists the sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species can hardly be underestimated. ...

David Roth/Patrick Story - Ask legislators to return rural investments to rural Oregon

A nasty loophole in Oregon law is being used to divert tax money from the intended rural recipients in favor of the Portland Metro area. Because of a twist in the law, about 5,000 acres of urban land in the Portland area are treated as rural because those acres were considered rural back in 2002.

Salley Ivey - Yamhill County juvenile facility is strict, as it should be

When I read the article on the Yamhill County juvenile facility published a few months back (News-Register, Nov. 4, “Lining up at Juvie”), it really upset me. I chose not to speak out, but ...

Jeb Bladine - In 'Sunshine Week,' Oregon has clouds

All WhatchamaColumns                     This has been “Sunshine Week,” a national dialogue about open government, freedom of information ...

Sheri King - Possibly Oregon's first city park

Joel Perkins Park in Lafayette will soon be recognized with historical marker

Jeb Bladine - Landfill opponents have 'won'

Years of dedicated resistance reduced the height and acreage of the original Riverbend expansion proposal; now let's have some certainty on its life expectancy

Others Say: Oregon’s statues will add diversity in U.S. Capitol

From The Register-Guard, Eugene The ponderously named Statuary Hall Study Commission was no doubt happy last week to hand state lawmakers the final job of deciding which two historic figures should represent ...

Jeb Bladine - We remember and admire all that was

All WhatchamaColumns                     Dave Frohnmayer, as we’ve been reminded this week, was many things to Oregon. Comments from state ...

Katie Kulla - Rejection of fish channel unhinges Grand Island quarry plans

CommunityCommentary Katie Kulla, president of the PGIF board of directors, wrote this commentary on behalf of the board. By KATIE KULLA  The nonprofit Protect Grand Island Farms ...

Alice Darnton - Loving your library

In addition to reading, many people enjoy discussing their favorite books, authors.

Paul Sullivan - For the love of birds

How former bird hunter became enraptured with feathered friends who fly with wind beneath their wings

Jeb Bladine - Kitz campaign story revives old memory

All WhatchamaColumns This week, I was mentally transported back 27 years to a dimly lit conference room in the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. It was the site of a vile political ambush that ...

Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor - Legislature has chance to prevent antibiotic overuse

Guest Writer Guest writer Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor is co-owner of Kookooloan Farms in Yamhill. As a farmer in Oregon, I feel the pride that growing food brings to our state on a daily ...

Website changes, but newspaper still print

One reason for change is many people enter our website with smart phones and tablets

Land we love is at risk

Litter, trespassing jeopardize local piece of open land and clean water

Advice to governor either bad, or good!

Perhaps, governor's decision not to resign cautious stems from cautious deliberation