It takes a village to fight a forest fire

Here we go again. After two weeks of scorching heat sent fire danger soaring, especially on Oregon’s dry east side, Gov. Tina Kotek declared a statewide wildfire emergency Monday, effective through ...

Sideline holdouts forfeit say about way game is played

In a June 19 letter to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, nine Senate Republicans proclaimed, “It is essential that we work together to find solutions that benefit all Oregonians,” ...

Don't look to the courts; we're in this on our own

In the end, the wait for Supreme Court clarification of the legality of outdoor camping by the homeless, via a case arising from the Southern Oregon community of Grants Pass, produced a lot more waiting ...

Multnomah poster child for failed drug policies

Oregon’s unsuccessful experiment with decriminalization of user-quantity possession of hard drugs was put out of its three years of abject misery last year via passage of HB 4002. At least it was ...

Summer festival season offers opportunities to get involved

If you missed McMinnville’s annual UFO Festival, a mid-May fixture in these parts since 1999, not to worry. The doings, which drew thousands of elaborately costumed space-alien look-a-likes to town, ...

Woes befalling Newberg should sound alarms here

Any time political and ideological purity become the coin of the realm in local school and city affairs, making qualifications, competence, character, experience and integrity all but irrelevant, disaster ...

Telephone-Register file photo##A view of Third Street from Baker Street looking east in the summer of 1960, long before trees were planted downtown.

The skies aren't falling but the trees sure are

We love our downtown trees. That is, we do as long as they don’t grow too tall, shed too many leaves, create too much mess, clog too many gutters, bust up too many sidewalks or threaten too many ...

News-Register file photo##Members of Boy Scout Troop 260 repainted the white lettering at the McMinnville Municipal Airport in 2015.

No asset in the area offers more potential than airport

McMinnville Municipal Airport is nearing the mid-point of a two-year process designed to produce a new 20-year master plan to guide its future development. And as at least 20-year advocates of greater ...

Sober-minded moderation prevails at polls this time

There was a time when candidates like David “Bubba” King, flirting with an outright win in Tuesday’s three-way Yamhill County commission primary, fit the Republican Party mold like a ...

We don't see urgency in new stormwater program

City officials were met with “anger, interruptions and walkouts,” our story recounted, when they set out last week to engage the public on the proposed three-year phase-in of a new stormwater ...

No reason the county can't look long-term

Last week, the Yamhill County Budget Committee slashed $615,000 from the allocation for Health & Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin, with whom two commissioners have clashed frequently. It refused ...

Time is right to reconsider a county lodging tax

Yamhill County Commissioner candidate Bubba King has revived discussions about a countywide Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) by making it a key issue of his current campaign. Incumbent Commissioner Lindsay ...

Bubba King clear choice for county commissioner

David “Bubba” King, challenging incumbent Lindsay Berschauer for a seat on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners in Oregon’s May 21 primary, is an engaging candidate. On the work ...

Gudman best qualified in state treasurer race

In an ideal world, politics would permeate the governor’s office, but the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, labor commissioner and state treasurer would be as non-partisan as we could ...

Read stands out among secretary of state hopefuls

Over the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, Phil Keisling, Bill Bradbury and Kate Brown combined to head the Secretary of State’s office for a quarter of a century. But since Brown ascended to ...

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