System of neighborhood associations worth a look

Oregon has historically been proud of its citizen involvement. After all, allowing people to propose laws and amend the constitution is known nationwide as “The Oregon System.” As further ...

Assessor's office best left in the hands of Derrick Wharff

The campaign to fill the assessor’s office pits a former appraiser, Jeanie Sandall, against the current chief appraiser, Derrick Wharff. We give our nod to Wharff, based on his superior track record ...

School bonds on May ballot both the right size for voters

Residents of two local school districts will vote on school bonds in the May 17 primary. The sticker price on one gives us a moment of pause, but the other is all-around reasonable. In the end, we believe ...

The fix is in when it comes to filling 'open' legislative seats

On the surface, Sen. Doug Whitsett, Republican from conservative-leaning Klamath Falls, would seem to have little in common with Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, Democrat from liberal-leaning Portland. And what ...

Pierce is our pick for GOP gubernatorial nomination

Given Oregon’s recent history of Democratic domination, there seems little likelihood Bud Pierce or Allen Alley will unseat Democrat Kate Brown from the governor’s office in November. The ...

Not too late to welcome back veterans of the Vietnam War

Ceremonies around the nation this week commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and with them a widespread effort evolved to give the war’s American veterans the welcome they well deserved ...

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, ...

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