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Mac pool reopening, reservations required

The McMinnville Aquatic Center will reopen Monday, July 6, for lap swimming and water walking. Reservations are required, as the number of swimmers will be limited. “We’ve missed being able ...

Another Yamhill County attorney files claim against county

A Yamill County prosecutor has filed a claim against the county accusing several employees in the district attorney’s office of discrimination and retaliation after she reported mismanagement, financial ...

Willamina proposes reduced school week

Willamina students would take Mondays off and split the rest of their school time between classrooms and distance learning, Superintendent Carrie Zimbrick told the school board Monday night in outlining ...

 
Little girls take on big project in McMinnville

Sisters Lilly, Harley and Delaney Riha took on a big project this spring: Making ear protectors to help people who need to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. So far, the McMinnville girls have ...

 
Dundee man recovers from COVID-19

It was early April, Gov. Kate Brown had recently ordered Oregonians to stay home “to the maximum extent possible” to stop the advance of the novel coronavirus and Jonathan Kurtz of Dundee didn’t ...

 
Inmate sues Sheridan prison warden; seeks release over virus threat

A federal lawsuit has been filed seeking the release of an inmate at the federal prison in Sheridan, arguing his continued incarceration provides insufficient protection from the deadly coronavirus. The ...

County commissioners reject staff request for employee mask policy

Gov. Kate Brown made face coverings mandatory and extended her emergency declaration to Sept. 1 this week as the state set two more daily records for new cases of COVID-19, including an increase of 375 ...

Officials: Oregon could reach 900 new COVID-19 cases a day

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon had a record 281 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, but officials predict that the increase may become much steeper ...

Oregon Gov. extends coronavirus emergency proclamation

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has extended the COVID-19 state of emergency for 60 days. She said as of Tuesday there have been over 8,600 coronavirus cases in the state, with over a ...

Governor extends mask mandate statewide starting Wednesday

Face coverings will be required statewide in indoor public spaces, including many businesses, as of Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday.The new regulation is an effort to prevent Fourth of July ...

Brown: Second special session in July or August

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said she would call a second special legislative session this summer to fix a state budget wrecked by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis and wants to ...

Yamhill County sees biggest one day COVID increase to date

Yamhill County recorded its largest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases Thursday. The seven new cases brought the county’s total to 109. County Commissioners extended the county’s emergency ...

 
In McMinnville, students can play, practice while keeping apart

Students may be practicing football or soccer, taking part in cheerleading or engaging in other activities on McMinnville school campuses starting in July.  There won’t be any tackling, though, ...

YCAP program houses dozens of families with COVID-19 prevention funds

Joe had been camping between Newberg and Lafayette for several weeks. He was without a home and staying in the woods, trying to avoid contact with people amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On a day he went into ...

 
Third Street dining moves into the street on July 3

Most of McMinnville’s Historic Third Street restaurants and bars will extend into the street for al fresco dining starting Friday, July 3, exchanging cars for canopies each weekend through Labor ...

 
Yamhill County manufacturing takes a hit

Marcus Straw, CEO of Applied Physics Technologies in McMinnville, knew the coronavirus pandemic would change his company both financially and organizationally. Fortunately, his group of employees, which ...

Oregon lawmakers plow through COVID, police bills

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Capitol doors may be closed to the public during Oregon's special legislative session, but there was no shortage of public comment — via phone and computer — about ...

Audit: Disabled students in Oregon lack enough funding

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An audit by the Oregon Secretary of State found that disabled students aren’t receiving adequate support because of limited funding and rising caseloads. The audit of the ...

Police brutality, coronavirus on agenda for Oregon lawmakers as special session begins today

[Updated 11:15 a.m. with session starting] By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers, most wearing masks and trying to maintain social distance, began a special session ...

Record numbers of Yamhill County residents struggling to pay for basics

The COVID-19 pandemic struck as a record number of working families in Yamhill County already were struggling to afford housing, child care and other basics, according to a new study by the United ...

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