Fatal crash closes Highway 18 for four hours

Highway 18, west of Grand Ronde, was closed for about four hours Saturday while the Oregon State Police investigated a fatal three-vehicle crash. Law enforcement and medical personnel responded to the ...

County, most local districts, exceed state graduation rate

About 87% of Yamhill County's public school students graduated in four years, exceeding the state rate of 80.6% for the 2020-21 school year, according to reports released this month by the state Department ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jessie Bowers addresses the court at Matthew Mayes  sentencing hearing. Mayes, far right, and his attorney, Abraham Hanson of McMinnville,  listen.

Crash sentence ‘insulting,’ says victim’s mother

Karie Mathis, the mother of double-fatal motor vehicle crash victim Kennyth (KC) Holsclaw, told defendant Matthew Mayes that he was “getting off easy” with a 74-month — six years ...

Willamina, other schools alter class schedules

Dealing with both coronavirus-related absences and a shortage of substitutes, Willamina School District canceled classes this week, Jan. 18-21. The district also will remain closed on Monday, Jan. 24, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Bobby Hatch, left, and Cooper Walters perform an inspection on a Grand Ronde Fire Department ladder truck at the station located off Grand Ronde Road.

Rescue effort: When fire district merger falls apart, tribe steps in

The West Valley Fire District Board of Directors reached out to its citizenry in a jarring way with a letter crafted in early December. “As many of you are aware, the West Valley Fire District ...

City of Willamina to assist fire district

Willamina City Manager Kenna West said the city council is extremely supportive of the West Valley Fire District and the city is dedicated to helping the agency rebuild. The district and city have drafted ...

County commissioners OK water, sewer grants

Yamhill County Commissioners have approved grants to cities for water and sewer infrastructure, and authorized the county administrator to begin advertising for consultants to create a plan for the county ...

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 ...

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Blood supply at crisis level; several local drives planned

Several local blood drives are planned in the next few weeks as the American Red Cross tries to restock its supplies during what it calls “a national blood crisis.” McMinnville, Amity and ...

Organizers end effort to recall West Valley Fire board member

With the West Valley Fire District no longer performing its own services and a chief some members disliked gone from the district, organizers of a recall effort against West Valley Fire Board President ...

Grand Ronde woman killed in Highway 22 crash

A Grand Ronde woman was killed early Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 22 in Polk County, about nine miles east of the Highway 18/22 interchange. She was identified as Elisabeth Robin, ...

Southwest Polk Fire District photo##A Grand Ronde woman was killed Tuesday morning when the car she was driving collided with a loaded log truck on Highway 22 in Polk County.

Grand Ronde woman killed in Highway 22 crash

A Grand Ronde woman was killed early Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 22 in Polk County, about nine miles east of the Highway 18/22 interchange. She was identified as Elisabeth Robin, ...

Board backs restoring tribe’s hunting rights

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday decided to postpone resuming in-person meetings for three weeks, given the massive surge of COVID-19 cases in the state, and agreed to support a bill in the U.S. ...

Man arrested in West Valley burglaries

A Willamina man was arraigned last Thursday in Yamhill County Circuit Court on charges that allege he burglarized multiple West Valley properties. Stephen Darrell Price, 34, was arrested at a rural Willamina ...

By law, public comments must be allowed online as well as in-person

People who have something to say to any government agency that holds public meetings will be able to do so whether they attend in person or online. They’ll still need to follow the rules. Boards ...