Woes befalling Newberg should sound alarms here

Any time political and ideological purity become the coin of the realm in local school and city affairs, making qualifications, competence, character, experience and integrity all but irrelevant, disaster ...

Telephone-Register file photo##A view of Third Street from Baker Street looking east in the summer of 1960, long before trees were planted downtown.

The skies aren't falling but the trees sure are

We love our downtown trees. That is, we do as long as they don’t grow too tall, shed too many leaves, create too much mess, clog too many gutters, bust up too many sidewalks or threaten too many ...

News-Register file photo##Members of Boy Scout Troop 260 repainted the white lettering at the McMinnville Municipal Airport in 2015.

No asset in the area offers more potential than airport

McMinnville Municipal Airport is nearing the mid-point of a two-year process designed to produce a new 20-year master plan to guide its future development. And as at least 20-year advocates of greater ...

Sober-minded moderation prevails at polls this time

There was a time when candidates like David “Bubba” King, flirting with an outright win in Tuesday’s three-way Yamhill County commission primary, fit the Republican Party mold like a ...

We don't see urgency in new stormwater program

City officials were met with “anger, interruptions and walkouts,” our story recounted, when they set out last week to engage the public on the proposed three-year phase-in of a new stormwater ...

No reason the county can't look long-term

Last week, the Yamhill County Budget Committee slashed $615,000 from the allocation for Health & Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin, with whom two commissioners have clashed frequently. It refused ...

Time is right to reconsider a county lodging tax

Yamhill County Commissioner candidate Bubba King has revived discussions about a countywide Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) by making it a key issue of his current campaign. Incumbent Commissioner Lindsay ...

Bubba King clear choice for county commissioner

David “Bubba” King, challenging incumbent Lindsay Berschauer for a seat on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners in Oregon’s May 21 primary, is an engaging candidate. On the work ...

Gudman best qualified in state treasurer race

In an ideal world, politics would permeate the governor’s office, but the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, labor commissioner and state treasurer would be as non-partisan as we could ...

Read stands out among secretary of state hopefuls

Over the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, Phil Keisling, Bill Bradbury and Kate Brown combined to head the Secretary of State’s office for a quarter of a century. But since Brown ascended to ...

Parties best served with Rayfield, Latrhrop for AG

We found the calls remarkably easy to make, on both sides of the aisle, for nomination to the attorney general helm being ceded by three-term Democrat Ellen Rosenblum. Our endorsements go to former House ...

Torrent slows to a trickle in Oregon's 2024 primary

Torrent slows to a trickle in 2024 primary Two years ago, we led off the start of the biennial candidate endorsement process with an editorial headlined: “Showering of April endorsements marks flowering ...

After-school program needs a new team of champions

When it comes to McMinnville’s successful but financially starving after-school program, the headlines tell the story. They tell it in glowing terms from the founding of Kids on the Block in 1989 ...

Time to get going on McDougall Junction

Patience and persistence seem to be the watchwords for getting deficiencies in the local highway grid addressed. Local improvement advocates run up against two powerful forces, one working to limit the ...

City spending referendum doesn't require a petition

What do you do if you’re outvoted 13-1 and you still want your way? If you’re McMinnville City Councilor Chris Chenoweth, it would seem, you launch a petition drive aimed at overturning the ...