Scale of illegal local grows should put us all on notice

Late last month, a consortium of nearly a dozen agencies raided a pair of industrial-scale marijuana growing and processing operations on Yamhill County farmland just outside Dayton.  They destroyed ...

In local districts, vo-tech gets respect it deserves

A feature story Tuesday detailed a new heavy equipment certification class being offered — to current students and recent grads alike — by the McMinnville School District. The class features ...

County can't stand more delay in meeting mental health need

It only takes three simple facts to frame the latest disconnect in  beleaguered Yamhill County, which has become notorious for its often ideologically driven failures and lapses in recent years. No. ...

Alleged Sheridan prison abuses demand urgent, forceful response

The handbook at rural Yamhill County’s FCI Sheridan, a medium-security federal prison housing more than 1,500 inmates, opens its section on inmate rights and responsibilities this way: “You ...

OSU study lays out vision for 'rewilding' of American West

“Rewilding the American West,” a public lands management study led by faculty of Oregon State University’s Department of Forestry, is being widely heralded by environmental and conservation ...

Local efforts may not solve homelessness, but they help

The three candidates for Oregon governor last week kicked off the general election season with a debate hosted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. On the issue of homelessness, they hit all ...

No cause to lock public out at behest of timber company

In August 2001, the county commissioners serving at the time authorized Willamette Industries to gate off a 6.7-mile section of High Heaven Road, a public road providing access to public and private timberland ...

City on verge of decision on crucial element of its future

On Dec. 13, 2013, Evergreen International Aviation and several of its subsidiaries filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. Within months, Evergreen’s sprawling Highway 18 campus went on the market, ...

Court ruling makes it clear: Gun sanctuary a pipe dream

In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, which Donald Trump began branding as fraudulent months in advance, Trump forces filed 63 legal challenges in state and federal courts. Trump prevailed on ...

Snuffing fireworks violations requires citizens to sound off

Get much sleep the Monday night of July 4? No, neither did we. Many of you probably live in McMinnville. And it seems McMinnville has become a sanctuary city for open use of illegal fireworks, not to ...

Reform rooted in evidence, but that won't quell criticism

When Senate Bill 48 goes into effect today in Oregon, it will essentially take a bail reform model developed here in Yamhill County statewide. Our county was one of just a handful chosen more than a decade ...

Land of opportunity for all, not just the privileged few

Marginalizing fellow Earth dwellers on the basis of gender, religious heritage, skin pigment, facial characteristics, ethnic origins, racial identity, sexual orientation, economic privilege, social class ...

Free four specialized offices from the county term limits

Term limits debate has smoldered in Yamhill County for three decades now, and periodically burst into flame. In recent weeks, it has once again begun burning brightly. At issue are two sets of limits, ...

Downtown up for an overhaul demanding careful coordination

Fasten your seatbelts, folks. Downtown McMinnville seems poised for an explosive expansion over the next few years. Its historic Third Street core remains the point of principal focus, but development ...

An acclamation for reclamation: Time to put a lid on Riverbend

If cats have nine lives, landfills must have 99. At least judging from Yamhill County’s 87-acre, 40-year-old Riverbend Landfill. As becomes immediately apparent in the name, this local repository ...