Adjustments for manager, city vital for future growth

Two years ago, the McMinnville City Council decided on a hire that bucked tradition in many ways. Martha Meeker is the just the third city manager in the history of McMinnville. Between them, her two ...

Crowdfunding provides aid, light in dark times

Crowdfunding was not born into the Internet. The practice by a community of people to contribute small amounts into what becomes a large pot was centered for ages around local banks. These funds can help ...

County, residents must brace themselves for coming quake

A website set up by Oregon Public Broadcasting calculates just how much damage people can expect in their individual ZIP codes when a 9.0 earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest. Enter 97128 for McMinnville ...

City is not the answer to homeowners’ beef

It is easy to understand — but much harder to support — homeowners’ frustration as developer Alan Ruden continues work on the Bungalows at Chegwyn Village, his northeast McMinnville subdivision. A ...

Museum’s new makeup to ease operations, increase exposure

The writing was on the wall for many years: the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum campus built too much, and tried to operate too many projects for an education-based nonprofit entity. Museum founder ...

Records law pushes right way but not very far or very fast

There are two facts crucial to understanding the tension surrounding public records issues in Oregon. First, the state and local agencies that create, maintain and often attempt to hide public records ...

Presidential election mayhem fuels urge to focus on local ballot items

The U.S. presidential race has provided daily reminders through the summer months of the pending November election. It’s been a nonstop political circus of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with ...

Doors open in face of adversity, neighbors recognize opportunity

“Do you know your neighbor?” Well, maybe you should. Emergency preparedness advocates will tell you that your neighbors are your first line of defense in a natural catastrophe, so it’s ...

Soft hearts alone won’t solve homeless issues

The Portland Traction Company carried passengers and freight to and from Portland on 21 miles of Springwater Corridor trackage from 1903 to 1958, and continued to carry freight until 1989. Sensing a priceless ...

Clarification to parking regulation should be starting point

It’s welcome news that the McMinnville City Council will be discussing downtown parking at its Tuesday meeting. It’s an issue that has garnered much interest as traffic and tourism grow around ...

Shoveling money in won't close PERS gap

Another budgetary storm is brewing in Oregon’s public pension system, according to figures shared last week with the pension system’s board and the five-member citizens’ panel that oversees ...

Pot operations test limits of regulatory

Marijuana used to be a banned psychoactive drug primarily associated with teens and hippies. Today, nearly two years after Oregonians voted to legalize its recreational as well as medicinal use, the drug ...

County public works spat much ado about very little

By his own admission, Public Works Director John Phelan made a mistake last summer when he had a pair of county shop employees stick around after hours to fix the air conditioning system on his truck. But ...

Targeted plan may breed new era of biz promotion

The résumé for McMinnville is robust. It features affordable land, cheap utilities, a skilled and educated workforce, strong development programs and a history of effective community leadership ...

Flint water contamination crisis sounds warning bell everywhere

As a state-directed economy move, the bankrupt, economically depressed Rust Belt city of Flint, Michigan, switched water sources in April 2014. In the process, it inadvertently set off something that promises ...

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