Put the focus on local issues as campaigns get underway

Yamhill County came into being on July 5, 1843, more than 15 years before Oregon achieved statehood. But the county could notch a new first in its 179-year history this coming January. It could swear ...

Stats support easing mandates, but only with requisite caution  

On Jan. 18 of 2020, a resident of neighboring Washington, just back from a business trip to Wuhan, China, fell ill. Two days later, he became the first American to test positive for the COVID-19 virus ...

Case can be made for recall, but voters hold sway in end

Ballots are going out in Yamhill County this weekend for something that has historically been very rare — a recall election. It will decide if County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer is removed from ...

Anything’s possible when public, private join forces

A package of Tuesday stories on ambitious pump park plans in Willamina and McMinnville feature two facets of a healthy community coming together, one a driver on the demand side, the other on the supply ...

County space-needs study big step in right direction

Back on March 2, 2002, almost exactly 19 years ago to the day, we lamented, “The county, too, feels a space squeeze. The courts need more room, and health and human resources programs are scattered.” We ...

Governor’s clemency crusade violates all sense of decency

Early on, we became deeply disappointed in Kate Brown's stewardship of the governor's office she inherited from John Kitzhaber in 2015. We found her secretive, autocratic, partisan and uncommunicative. ...

Calling all candidates: This is a banner election year locally

This is shaping up as a virtually unprecedented election year in Yamhill County. If there’s ever been a local electoral menu carrying as much importance, intrigue and novelty, it’s long ago ...

Case strong for new facilities, but siting remains unsettled

Reading the 129-page report presented to the city council Tuesday, the urgency of McMinnville's community center, aquatic center, library and senior center needs is virtually irrefutable. They demand addressing ...

National blood crisis demands Americans rise to the challenge

For Americans, COVID's global supply chain disruption had remained more abstraction or inconvenience than potentially life-threatening reality. But that all changed when blood, platelets and plasma ...

Tribe takes care of its own, and helps take care of us, too

The waves of European immigrants streaming to America’s Atlantic Coast and eastern interior in the 1600s and 1700s, and pushing on west toward its Pacific Coast in the 1800s, regarded the people ...

Fate of our democracy rests with voters at the ballot box

Good news is in perilously short supply in these troubled times, but here’s one nugget we can cling to and potentially build around as we move toward the next round of national balloting: 88% of ...

2021 was year best forgotten; let’s commit to better in 2022

Lest we forget, the year 2021, set to crawl into the recesses of richly deserved ignominy as the midnight hour strikes tonight, opened with high hopes. A national and international vaccine rollout promised ...

District awash in chaos can’t afford hasty school chief move

It’s hard to grasp the almost incalculable damage done to our neighboring Newberg School District in recent months by four fringe zealots empowered in low-turnout elections by naively unsuspecting ...

Special session a landmark in meaningful achievement

House Speaker Tina Kotek, a leading Democratic candidate for governor in next fall’s general election, called several months ago for the convening of the special Oregon legislative session finally ...

Secrecy seldom warranted in the workings of government

The free flow of public information is a cornerstone of our nation’s two-century experiment with democratic governance. It is the only way to ensure an informed society and electorate, and to hold ...