Health authorities continue to warn that smoke could increase complications and risk to patients suffering from COVID-19 as much of the region remains under air quality alerts from heavy smoke. The evacuations ...


 

 

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Smoke continues to complicate pandemic, county COVID-19 cases climb to 696

Health authorities continue to warn that smoke could increase complications and risk to patients suffering from COVID-19 as much of the region remains under air quality alerts from heavy smoke. The evacuations ...

Smoke raises COVID respiratory risks

In the days leading up to Labor Day, Oregonians were urged to stay home and avoid gatherings and those not living in their households, in an attempt to lessen spikes in COVID-19 the state recorded after ...

Business grants applications available after slight delay

Applications are open after a short delay for a grant program for small businesses in McMinnville affected by COVID-19 shutdowns. The program will distribute $200,000 in emergency business assistance ...

 
Ridership down, but Yamhill County transit is still operating

Yamhill County transit buses have been fare-free since April as the county works to reduce risks of spreading COVID-19, but ridership is down by about half as fewer people commute and travel during the ...

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Friday, Sept. 18] Yamhill County reported five new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the state total to 726. Three of the new cases were in McMinnville, which now has 386 cases. Others were in Amity ...

 
Some Yamhill County private schools return to in-person instruction

At McMinnville Montessori School, teacher Dominique Bjorlin will add a song to the repertoire for her pre-school students this fall: a tune about how to wear a face mask. The mask song is one component ...

 
Business as Unusual: Child care getting back in the swing of things

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Sandy Stevenson noticed an intriguing trend among the children enrolled in her Care for Kids Childcare Center. While playing pretend and imagining creative ...

Gov. Brown extends foreclosure moratorium amid pandemic

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has issued an executive order extending Oregon’s foreclosure moratorium through December, citing the continuing COVID-19-related recession. “Extending ...

Summer gatherings spreading COVID-19

It’s summer, the weather is beautiful, and after months of dealing with lockdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregonians are weary and longing to enjoy time with their loved ones. And ...

 
At Linfield, a new look of learning

The Linfield University campus doesn’t appear much different from what it did when classes started last year, except for the signs with the school’s name — it shed its “college” ...

 
Sheridan schools will be challenging to reopen this year

The Sheridan School District is not likely to open its schools to students this year, amplifying the need for internet connectivity for all students, Superintendent Dorie Vickery told the Sheridan City ...

 
McMinnville's Third Street outdoor dining extended into September

McMinnville’s open-air weekend dining will continue into early fall after a survey of downtown restaurants and retail businesses found strong support for the DineOut(Side) experiment drawing foodies ...

Union files complaint against Yamhill County

The Yamhill County Employees Union has filed a complaint with the state accusing the county of refusing to bargain in good faith and comply with provisions of state law and violating contract provisions. Specifically, ...

Judge denies motion by McMinnville private school and others to reopen in-person

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge denied a proposal by three Christian schools in Oregon that wanted to reopen for in-person learning this fall, finding Gov. Kate Brown's regulations on schools ...

COVID-19 outbreaks flare at McMinnville care centers

Additional care centers in McMinnville have reported outbreaks of COVID-19 among residents and staff, as the disease continues its spread in Yamhill County. Life Care Center of McMinnville, a skilled ...

 
Private schools seek permission to open for in-person instruction

While public schools throughout the county are working on strategies to teach children online, some private schools are fighting against the state’s distance-learning mandate. Yamhill County Commissioner ...

Assisted living center sees virus outbreak

Two people have died and 26 have tested positive in a COVID-19 outbreak reported at an assisted living center in McMinnville as the coronavirus continues to surge in Yamhill County. As of Thursday, there ...

 
School days will be more structured in McMinnville in the fall

Since schools cannot open for in-person classes because of continuing high rates of coronavirus, educators plan to use what the state Department of Education calls “comprehensive distance learning.” It ...

Yamhill County records 13th death from COVID-19

A 93-year-old Yamhill County woman died last week of COVID-19, raising the county’s death toll to 13. The Oregon Health Authority said the woman tested positive July 28 and died Aug. 6. Where she ...

Cuts, reserve funds help lawmakers balance Oregon budget

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America Oregon lawmakers cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state agencies and tapped emergency reserves to help plug a $1 billion budget deficit due to ...

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