Gallery Theater marks 50 years of enriching community

The list of potential benefits from well-established arts organizations is lengthy — especially for smaller cities. They can break down social-economic barriers, improve the psychological well-being ...

Trump is fighting reality, not those who report it

President Donald Trump is waging war on reality. Remember that statement when he calls our profession “fake news” or, more menacingly, “the enemy of the people” — a popular ...

Fighting fire with fire is only answer in West’s forestlands

Terrestrial vegetation began to emerge about 420 million years ago, when oxygen levels rose enough to begin supporting aerobic as opposed to anaerobic life. Those rising oxygen levels soon combined with ...

Even heroes need help fighting homelessness

We hate to expose anyone’s secret identity, but it’s increasingly obvious Heather Hunter is a Wonder Woman clone. Someone should check the parking lot at Champion Team for an invisible jet. Although ...

What’s sauce for winery goose, is sauce for brewery gander

For the second time in two years, neighbors and land-use activists seek to deny a farm-based brewery the same marketing opportunities routinely extended to wineries dotting nearby vineyards. Over the ...

Time to begin pressing for Phase II of bypass

Phase I of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, the first new addition to Western Oregon highways since Interstate 205, cost $252 million. And it consists of two lanes spanning four miles, thus represents just a ...

One issue stands out at ONPA gubernatorial candidate forum

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association set aside an hour of its annual conference last month to hear from the state’s guberatorial candidates. The outcome was unsurprising.  Democratic ...

City parks demand stronger commitment

There’s nothing wrong with McMinnville parks that $87,000 a year wouldn’t cure. Unfortunately, the money simply isn’t there — at least not in the city’s public works budget ...

Continued RV encampments pose thorny dilemma for city

McMinnville is in the process of learning something every parent discovers: It’s easier to issue orders than force compliance. When an irate toddler refuses to follow directions, you can reason, ...

Museum continues to adapt through adversity

We know this much about the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum: It’s still open and operational.  That’s about the only constant we can attribute to the beloved attraction and educational ...

The library is cool and sets an example for community

Temperatures nearing triple digits earlier this week revealed a truth as blistering as the heat itself: McMinnville remains woefully lacking in places where people at the mercy of the elements can find ...

Foreclosure innovation paying real dividends

We commend Yamhill County for offering the city 12 lots from a failed Dayton subdivision for the amount of back taxes owed on them. The tax obligation on the lots is a grand total of just under $31,000. ...

Community response to script Turkey Rama’s next chapter

No Turkey Trot. No Turkey barbecue. No Biggest Turkey Lip Sync and fundraiser competition. Should this year’s event just be called Mac-O-Rama?  To be fair, there will be some turkey this weekend ...

Save cruisin’ fest with coalition management

Developments in the Dragging the Gut saga have been speeding along since founder and operator Ruben Contreras announced last week his event was canceled for 2018. We would hate to lose this gem, and owe ...

Cautious approach necessary when banning public camping

How does a jurisdiction balance the rights of the homeless with those of other residents?  In response to the growing size and visibility of homelessness, McMinnville has passed several ordinances. ...

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