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"Whatchamacolumn" by Jeb Bladine

The News-Register publisher writes about the community; people; local, state and national affairs; and sometimes whimsey.

Jeb Bladine: Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon a good reminder to be prepared

Mankind can only hope that global warming and climate change are hoaxes, because we aren’t well-prepared for the consequences. All eyes turned to Oregon this summer, first on our deadly heat wave ...

Jeb Bladine: Kudos, and an idea, for county property

Here’s a bouquet, and a brickbat, for Yamhill County’s management of  downtown McMinnville properties: Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher of the News-Register. > ...

Bladine: Trail becomes symbol for growing divide

Political insiders have long anticipated results of a journalistic investigation into the ideology and money behind a 2021 takeover of Yamhill County government. That investigative report, published last ...

Jeb Bladine: Employers still face pandemic rules

Effective Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ended limitations on gathering sizes and eliminated most requirements for wearing masks. Oregonians generally heralded the decision, which marks a new stage ...

Jeb Bladine: Campaign stokes election doubts

Proverbs — those old, wise sayings without known authors — shape much of our daily lives. “Proverbs,” wrote Mark Peters on BBC.com, “touch on just about every aspect of life, ...

Jeb Bladine: Restrictions hang on vaccine levels

If numbers make your head spin, you’re at the wrong place; if not, read on for facts and speculation on Yamhill County’s chances for early reduction of COVID-19 restrictions. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: In need of a COVID crystal ball

It’s all so confusing … especially the unwavering commitment to that magic 70 percent vaccination target. Gov. Kate Brown says when 70 percent of Oregonians age 18 or older have received ...

Jeb Bladine: Sharing responsibility to end the pandemic

Oregon Health Authority’s May 18 guidance on wearing masks — based on Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order — produced widespread backlash, with debate centering on a “Morton’s ...

Bladine: Predicting the end of COVID limits

Trying to understand the numbers and rules of COVID-19 is not for the faint of mind, and making COVID-related predictions is not for the faint of heart. Willing to accept that challenge, however, I’m ...

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This Riverside Drive property, owned by McMinnville Water & Light, was never considered as a possible site for new civic facilities.

Jeb Bladine: Transparency lacking in rec center planning

Imagine overlaying the adjacent photo with new McMinnville community and aquatic centers overlooking the Yamhill River, connected at the hip to sprawling Joe Dancer Park in the background. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: Recognizing the potential for Hatfields and McCoys

Here’s a good rule: Anyone who recognizes potential for conflict to escalate into a scorched-earth war should try to help douse that fire. Too often, we don’t see it coming, or we wait too ...

Jeb Bladine: Solving the mystery of the missing letters

My love/hate relationship with computers plunged into the dark side this month after one of them hid most of our letters to the editor (LTE). Whatchamacolumn Jeb Bladine is president and publisher ...

Bladine: Too much news for just one topic

So many stories; so little space. Said his name: Twelve Minneapolis jurors — seven women and five men; six white and six Black or multiracial — this week sparked widespread street celebrations ...

Bladine: Story resurfaces with a vengeance

Linfield Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner wanted another bite of the apple in his campaign to discredit Linfield University President Miles Davis. He didn’t get just one, but a whole bushelful. Our ...