Planning commission holds winery, timber hearings open

Yamhill County planners took testimony on two applications Jan. 7, but held the record open for both to allow participants more time to submit written testimony. In Sheridan, applicant Craig Fanshier ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Ila Skyberg attended her final Willamina City Council meeting as mayor last month. City Manager Kenna West presented her with a glass memento in addition to a picnic basket filled with goodies. Skyberg served six years.

Skyberg says goodbye to City Hall

Longtime Willamina businesswoman and community leader Ila Skyberg said she wanted to be a “cheerleader” for her city when she defeated Roy Whitman in the 2014 mayoral race. Skyberg, who ran unopposed ...

Districts around the county planning for school return

After months of working on a variety of plans for returning to in-person classes before the school year, then converting to comprehensive distance learning instead, Yamhill County school districts expect to finally begin reopening school buildings this month.

 

County planning commission to hold hearings Thursday

Yamhill County planning commissioners will hold two public hearings Thursday: one for a new winery on Worden Hill Road and the second for a change in farm use on Gopher Valley Road near Sheridan. Jared ...

Sheridan begins process for city manager search

The city of Sheridan has mailed requests for proposals to secure a contractor to help it select a new city manager.  The city council agreed on a timeline at this month’s regular meeting to ...

Willamina board adopts ‘All Students Belong’

The Willamina School Board adopted its “All Students Belong” policy — in accordance with a new state administrative rule — and an accompanying bias incident complaint procedure ...

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Spirit Mountain remains open with added precautions

Spirit Mountain Casino remains operational, with extreme precautions taking place to reduce spread of COVID-19, Grand Ronde Tribal Council Chair Cheryle Kennedy told tribal members last week during a ...

Willamina eyes veterans memorial, BMX pump track

A veterans’ memorial and a BMX pump track could soon be added to Willamina’s park system, city councilors were told at this month’s regular meeting. Boy Scout Carson Wagner presented ...

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Matt Ross reaches up to secure some loose bulbs on a giant sphere-shaped display consisting of 3,600 lights. Below: Ross’ decorated home in Newberg draws plenty of spectators, many of whom donate to charitable causes — this year, FFA and science programs at Sheridan High.

Miles of lights: Educator pours skill and creativity into Christmas display

Matt Ross has lost count how many LED bulbs are now part of his impressive Christmas display. He knows, though, how many feet of extension cords it takes to power all those lights and moving displays, ...

Sheridan council meeting canceled

The Sheridan City Council workshop meeting scheduled Monday night was canceled, according to City Manager Frank Sheridn. He said Mayor Harry Cooley hopes to reschedule it at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at ...

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Matt and April Haller, their children and Wildwood Hotel staff pose for a portrait in a newly remodeled dining room. The Hallers plan to reopen the Willamina landmark soon.

New owners eager to reopen Wildwood Hotel

New owners Matt and April Haller plan to reopen the Wildwood Hotel, restaurant, bar and music venue in Willamina, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. So far, only the restaurant is operational, offering ...

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An aerial ladder truck works to help extinguish the Blue Heron Paper Mill fire Saturday in Oregon City.

Man arrested for arson in fire at tribe-owned mill

The Oregon City Police Department made a quick arrest in connection with Saturday’s three-alarm fire that engulfed the Blue Heron Paper Mill in Oregon City. Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde ...

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Sheridan man tased in ruckus at Mac 7-Eleven

A Sheridan man was tased by officers last week outside the 7-Eleven in downtown McMinnville after causing a disturbance inside the store and fighting with officers outside.  Robert Thomas Shedlosky, ...

Highway 18 reopens following crash

A two-vehicle crash was reported Monday morning on Highway 18 in the area of the Sheridan junction. The highway was closed for hours, but both lanes were reopened about 5:15 p.m. The closure was lengthy ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##A combination of Douglas fir and hybrid larch trees produced the Highway 18 smiley face between Grand Ronde and Willamina.

Happy as a larch: A hillside smiles down on Highway 18 drivers

David Hampton said his late father, John, admonished him regarding the subject of clear-cuts and how to make them aesthetically pleasing. The elder Hampton had an idea that he proposed to his son. “Can’t ...

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