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Stopping By: New house has net-zero impact

Solar panels, extra-thick walls and a roof covered by soil and sedums will help keep John Mead and Jenny Berg’s new home cozy year-round. The net-zero home will produce as much energy as it uses ...

Yamhill County employees' union declares impasse

The Yamhill County Employees Association has declared an impasse in mediation, meaning the union could be headed for a strike later this month. In response, the county has filed a statement for employees ...

Bicyclist struck; motorist charged

A 7-year-old girl on a bicycle was struck by a SUV and injured Saturday night, and the driver faces reckless driving charges. McMinnville police said. The girl was transported by ambulance to Willamette ...

 
Mac Mayor 2020: Polarized views challenge Parker in first run for office

Heidi Parker describes herself as a “little red-haired girl from Montana who likes to pick up trash.” It’s an image that points in two directions: to the genesis of her role as a community ...

 
Mac Mayor 2020: Hill promises second term of steady work for McMinnville

In a time of upheaval amid COVID-19 and an economic downturn affecting every corner of McMinnville, Scott A. Hill is proudly offering residents more of the same if he wins a second term as the city’s ...

Yamhill County COVID cases exceed 950

Yamhill County’s COVID-19 case count increased to 951 on Tuesday and McMinnville neared 500 cases. Cases have been recorded throughout the county, though than half of the cases are in the McMinnville ...

 
Yamhill County clerk: Vote early, use drop boxes

Ballots mailed to voters last week already are being returned in “huge” numbers in Yamhill County, County Clerk Brian Van Bergen said Monday. “We won’t have official counts on ...

Oregon mask requirements expanded as COVID cases rise

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the total number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon nears 40,000 people, health officials announced Monday that face-covering requirements ...

 
Full-time drama over part-time job in campaign for Yamhill County treasurer

Mike Green is ready to let his successor manage Yamhill County’s $50 million portfolio after he retires and leaves the treasurer’s office at the end of the year. The candidates in the Nov. ...

 
Harvest of Hope: Yamhill County winemakers navigate 2020's unique challenges

Joel Kiff always hoped that one year he could pick all the grapes from his 9-acre McMinnville vineyard himself, to say he had personally completed each step of the winemaking process. In a normal year, ...

 
Mac schools to receive $1.7 million state grant

McMinnville School District will receive just over $1.7 million from the state Student Success Act’s Student Investment Account — less than the district originally expected, but more than some ...

 
Mac city council candidate's husband blasts Peralta, who says criticism unfounded

City council candidate Brittany Ruiz’s husband, Javier Ruiz, used the public comment portion of Tuesday’s McMinnville city council meeting to lambast councilor Sal Peralta, criticizing his ...

 
Three candidates, two openings for Yamhill council

Three people are running for two openings on the Yamhill City Council: one incumbent and two candidates nominated at the annual city caucus in July. At the caucus, attended by about 40 Yamhill voters, ...

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Tuesday, Oct. 20] Yamhill County reported another seven cases of COVID-19 today as cases in McMinnville closed in on 500. The county total is 951. McMinnville's total is 494. Oregon Health Authority ...

 
Five seek three Willamina council seats

Willamina City Council incumbents Rita Baller and Craig Johnson will face challengers Tyler Crook, James Daley and Barry Wilson in the Nov. 3 general election. Bob Burr’s term ends this year, and ...

 
Linfield takes steps to balance budget

Linfield University has ceased contributing to employee retirement funds as part of an effort to balance its budget during the coronavirus pandemic. The school, which employs more than 500 people on its ...

 
Business as Unusual: Farmworkers face COVID, wildfire risks

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, farmworker Carlos Ramirez didn’t take the virus risk too seriously. He treated it like something of a joke, he said, until it started infecting people he ...

Oregon reports 418 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths as cases spike at 'alarming rate'

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The transmission rate of COVID-19 continues to increase as Oregon health officials announced an additional 418 new confirmed ...

Five seek three seats on Carlton council

Two incumbents and three other residents are vying for three open seats on the Carlton City Council. Councilors Carey Rhoads and Scott Carl are running alongside newcomers Guilherme Brandao, Kevin ...

 
Election 2020: Garvin puts priority on livability in Mac city council re-election bid

Adam Garvin, a third-generation McMinnville businessman, is running for a second term on the city council in an effort to maintain the city’s livability and ensure residents can comfortably work ...

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Smith family rooted in ‘Cats’ football success

By the sixth week of the season, starting 11s are set, team routines established and the ‘Cats are rolling toward another conference title. However, at the halfway point of the 1989 season, ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Amity bests Dayton 20-12 in ‘99 championship

Under the direction of head coach Jeff Flood, Amity won four consecutive Class 2A state football championships from 1998 to 2001. The run of excellence included an exhilarating 45-game unbeaten ...

 
Mueller, Rutschman and the Seahawks: How the former Linfield QB saved Seattle’s football franchise

Who actually saved the Seattle Seahawks from moving to Los Angles nearly a quarter century ago? To answer that question, we have to visit a Sheraton Hotel in Spokane one Friday night in the spring ...

 
Breaking ground: ‘Cats celebrate $1.55M soccer/lacrosse renovation

Fresh off changing its name to Linfield University, the Division III McMinnville school has broken ground on a $1.55 million renovation of its soccer and lacrosse field. While the Wildcat men’s ...

 
Never say die and the best comebacks in Linfield football history

If you’ve watched a Linfield football game, you know the Wildcat tradition of raising four fingers at the start of the fourth quarter. It wasn’t always the case. This custom dates back ...

 
Yamhill County’s Greatest Games: ‘Coach' claims his final state title

The stakes couldn’t have been higher. In 2002, the Oregon Class 2A state football championship featured longtime rivals Dayton and Amity. On one side, the Pirates lined up with state coaching ...

 
Linfield football: Bye weeks and extending ‘The Streak’

Fans think bye weeks are a bore. Coaches, however, have a different perspective. Wildcat head coach Joseph Smith notes, “Over the years I’ve really enjoyed the bye week. After four ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: An All-American, a faithful community and the '79 Mac title

Over 41 years ago, head coach Nick Robertson, All-American Charlie Sitton and the McMinnville boys basketball team etched their names into the history books with an undefeated 27-0 season. The ...

 
Early improvements spur Linfield success against rival Raiders

Week two games for any football coach concern improvement. After teams have played their first game, coaches now glimpse their squad’s potential. Retired hall of fame head coach Ad Rutschman ...

 
Coaching Conversations: Scott Nelson transformed Warriors into contenders

AMITY – Scott Nelson’s coaching career began in his backyard. His four sons – Cody, Kyle, Lance and Jaycen – would engage in hearty competitions at the family’s Amity ...

 
Remembrance of games past: Adversity spurs Wildcats’ run of dominance in 2010s

In Linfield’s first game of the 2008 football season, the Wildcats traveled to Abilene, Texas, opening head coach Joseph Smith’s third season, and arriving with high hopes for a play-off ...

 
Coaching conversations: Rosenberg's odyssey in men's basketball

Fully embracing the Japanese term “kaizen,” Linfield head men’s basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg continuously seeks to improve himself. The term, which means “change for ...

Linfield football earns three preseason All-Americans

Three Linfield football players were named to the D3football.com Preseason All-America team. Senior quarterback Wyatt Smith, junior offensive guard Matt Metcalf and junior defensive tackle Chase Lydig ...

 
Y-C family moves to Idaho for fall sports

YAMHILL  -- In early August, Quinten Ramsey and his stepsister, Ali Barnett, anxiously awaited the Oregon School Activities Association’s (OSAA) decision on the upcoming 2020/21 sports ...

 
Y-C’s ‘Father of the Final Four’ deserves Oregon Hall

For the past three years, former Yamhill-Carlton baseball coach Larry Hermo fought tirelessly for his ex-player Tom Jernstedt’s inclusion in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Jernstedt, one ...

Linfield sports suspended until 2021, rules Northwest Conference

Local Linfield fans must wait until 2021 to watch their favorite Wildcat teams compete in Division III athletics. Monday, the Northwest Conference (NWC) Presidents’ Council decided to suspend all ...

 
Coaching Conversations: Dana Dickey-Greene creates a pipeline for future success

SHERIDAN — Inspired by her mother, Sheridan’s Dana Dickey-Greene has become a positive force in the Spartan volleyball program. Entering her fourth season with the team, Dickey-Greene ...

 
Finding closure on the diamond

KEIZER – Nearly five months since their last competition, three Amity seniors finally earned a measure of closure on their final baseball season. Last weekend, Warrior ballplayers Luke Johnston, ...

 
Dayton hires former Sheridan coach to lead football program

DAYTON – Dayton High School hired a familiar face and an old foe to lead its football program. Jacob Peterson, who competed against the Pirates as the head football coach of Sheridan in 2017, was ...

Mac to resolve Title IX complaint

The McMinnville School District has approved a voluntary resolution agreement related to a February 26 Title IX complaint. The original accusation filed against the district raised issues with discrepancies ...

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