Cruising event wheels into Mac this weekend

Teens from McMinnville and surrounding cities once filled Third Street on Friday and Saturday nights, cruising to see and be seen. Driving slowly through downtown McMinnville will return Saturday, ...

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City taking long look down Third

The view grew longer, the needs got deeper, and the costs are getting higher, when it comes to Third Street redevelopment planning. The city of McMinnville won’t have cost estimates for the Third ...

Starla Pointer/News-Register##Della Harris, 8, looks for Fancy Nancy titles and other books to check out. She often visits the McMinnville Public Library after classes at St. James School in the company of her grandmother, Jeanette Bernards.

'24 Hours: 3 to 4 p.m. at the library

People of all ages are getting the circulation going with books, music, and ‘things’

Starla Pointer/News-Register##Presbyterian Church pastor Matt Johnson speaks at the dedication of a Peace Pole on the McMinnville church grounds. About 30 members of the congregation attended Sunday’s event. The pole reads “May peace prevail on earth” in four languages.

Presbyterians plant peace pole

“May Peace Prevail on Earth,” reads the new Peace Pole dedicated Sunday at the McMinnville First Presbyterian Church. The pole, the newest of nine in McMinnville, repeats the message in English, ...

Traction and the ‘treadmill’; Council approves Fox Ridge plan and housing needs analyses

In two acts, planning for McMinnville’s future took center stage at city council this week. Council members approved a needs analysis for long-term growth and completed the approximately 18-month ...

Schools take steps to respond to tragedies; Safety Summit set Wednesday

McMinnville schools prepare for tragic circumstances, such as the loss of a student to death by suicide. Staff take trainings, teams of counselors from throughout the district are ready to respond, substitutes ...

Neighbors angered over traffic ‘hooligans’

Frustration is growing from residents over noisy, speeding cars in McMinnville neighborhoods. Four people addressed the city council this week during public comment to complain about noise, dangerous ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Handbell ringers Andrea Dennis, left, Michelle Dennis, John Cramer and Nan Cramer practice music for the new McMinnville community handbell choir. More ringers are needed to join the group, which will perform at a variety of venues.

New handbell choir seeking members of all experience levels

A new community handbell choir is looking for members to play all kinds of music. Nan Cramer, who has been directing bell choirs for 30 years, said both newcomers and experienced bell ringers are welcome. ...

Council to vote on long-term projects

Several major long-term projects will be discussed Tuesday at Kent Taylor Civic Hall when McMinnville City Council meets for a work session with the urban renewal committee, followed by its regular meeting. The ...

Ambulance calls hit new record, district reports

McMinnville Fire District ambulances had a busy start to the year, racking up the most calls in a single month in the history of city fire service. “January was the largest billable call month in ...

Dancing Our Prayers event planned March 2

Dancing Our Prayers, teams of Native teens who travel locally, regionally and nationally sharing their culture, spirituality, and way of life, will present dance drama and testimony in a 6:30 p.m. event ...

City departments report on challenges of maintaining parks, facilities amid camping and vandalism

Parks and facilities in the city of McMinnville gained renewed focus last week as department heads reported a variety of challenging trends and developments, including: - Staff has seen a 72% increase ...

City revisiting campaign finance rules

McMinnville City Council agreed last week to take another look at a campaign finance disclosure ordinance passed in 2020, due to redundancy and stress on city staff. During a work session requested by ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Trailers and tents are now common sights at encampments such as this one on McDaniel Lane, across from the state Department of Motor Vehicles office. Camping has increased in the area, as well as other locations around town since Marsh Lane temporarily closed to vehicles.

Camping sites spread; enforcement challenged as PD liaison goes on medical leave

As homeless camping issues take center stage for McMinnville City Council, enforcement of its policies could dip following the loss of homeless liaison Officer Tim Heidt due to medical reasons. “Officer ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Trailers and tents are now common sights at encampments such as this one on McDaniel Lane, across from the state Department of Motor Vehicles office. Camping has increased in the area, as well as other locations around town since Marsh Lane temporarily closed to vehicles.

Departments, councilors weigh in on ideas regarding the unhoused and their impacts

School safe zones, banning open fires and changing definitions related to campsites were three potential steps discussed during a comprehensive McMinnville City Council work session on prohibited camping ...

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