RIchardson has pedigree for serious run as GOP candidate

The three-way Democratic primary for Oregon Secretary of State is expected to remain tightly competitive to the end. On the GOP side, however, we expect former state Rep. Dennis Richardson to easily turn ...

When government fails, everyone feels the pain

News Item: Yamhill County foster parents allegedly subject toddlers to starvation, degradation, cruelty and sexual and physical abuse for 2 1/2 years, permanently stunting their physical and mental development, ...

Devlin strongest Democrat in secretary of state field

The secretary of state’s office, currently led by appointed caretaker Jeanne Atkins, has a long and distinguished history. Its first holder was Whig Theophilus Magruder, chosen by Oregon’s ...

Time for local travel industry to move beyond the vine

Yamhill County is home to one of the most heralded wine tourism regions in the country. Now what?  That’s the question local tourism stakeholders need to ask. The culinary and craft beverage ...

Winner-take-all races highlight May primary

Locally, the May primary election promises intriguing campaigns for three Yamhill County county positions, and a prelude for two interesting, yet very different, competitions for House of Representatives ...

Delays in forensic analysis mire criminal justice system

Oregon’s justice system is mired at every level, including here in Yamhill County, because of forensic analysis delays at the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division. But before hurling brickbats ...

Foes carried the day in grueling landfill battle

On June 22, 2006, Waste Management Inc., an international waste disposal behemoth based in Houston announced plans to expand its 87-acre Riverbend Landfill. Otherwise, the company said, the local disposal ...

Mac video rental business has been model for local companies

There’s plenty to boast about when describing McMinnville to outsiders: The abundance of agriculture-rich landscape surrounding the city sets the stage for world-class wine and dining. Our public ...

Debate on fate of landfill loses sight of big picture

The denouement of Yamhill County’s 10-year Riverbend Landfill expansion saga, triggered by the state’s November remand of a 2-1 county commission approval, degenerated into something surreal, ...

Environmental agencies prove incompetent around the nation

A couplet on current environmental hazards in America would fit nicely into Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” We wonder how many toxins must be released into our neighborhoods ...

Issues with vagrants need prompt actions

Debate at the McMinnville City Council’s annual goal-setting session last month led to a shift in one of its objectives from combating homelessness to fostering more affordable housing. The timing ...

Locals save the day on bypass with an 11th-hour compromise

The Newberg-Dundee Bypass, which has dodged a bucket load of bullets since its inception several decades back, just escaped yet another. And just in time, as bids were due by 5 p.m. Thursday on its northern ...

Recent job losses lend urgency to efforts to draw new industry

The recent sequence of job reductions in Yamhill County is worthy of some concern. Hopefully, it will spur a renewed effort on the part of local leaders, in both the public and private sectors, to make ...

Oregon's independent voices need to be heard

The Motor Voter Act, which Democrats rammed through on a straight party-line vote last year, promises to prove a win-win for them. It not only will swell voter rolls with youthful and often disengaged ...

Museum's bankruptcy filing raises some cause for concern

Filing for bankruptcy was the logical course of action for the Michael King Smith Foundation, in order to avoid a sheriff’s foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps. But it was hardly a predetermined ...

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