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Facilities have Willamina board's attention

GRAND RONDE —Superintendent Carrie Zimbrick presented her proposed list of long-range facility plan projects to the school board at this month’s meeting. The initial list includes: the upgraded ...

Audience complains about county's lackluster drill

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Yamhill County Commissioners interrupted their weekly public meeting to participate in the annual Great Oregon Shakeout, by leisurely leaving the room. Several audience members complained ...

 
Child predator sting nabs two local men

HILLSBORO — McMinnville and Newberg residents were among nine men arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office related to a child predator sting. Investigators posed on a variety of ...

Primozich files for treasurer

Former County Commissioner Stan Primozich of McMinnville has filed to run for county treasurer in the primary election next May. He will run against local activist Kris Bledsoe of Grand Island, who filed ...

Clerk to test ballot tally system

The Yamhill County Clerk will test the ballot tally system to be used in the Nov. 5, 2019, Special Election for logic and accuracy. The public certification is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10 ...

CrossFit business OK'd by commission

The McMinnville Planning Commission last Thursday approved a proposal by Melissa and Faustino Alonzo of Newberg to bring their fitness business, Gunner Crossfit, to an industrial building at 1445 N.W. ...

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban

PORTLAND — Oregon’s Court of Appeals last week put a halt to the state’s ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian reports the temporary stay issued ...

 
New public works director settling in

Yamhill County’s new Public Works director, Mark Lago, said he’s delighted with everything about his new job, including its location in wine country and proximity to the Oregon Coast, the spacious ...

 
Construction stalled on MV Advancements building

MV Advancements working to raise money for construction project

Sheridan residents injured in Highway 18 crash

GRAND RONDE — Two Sheridan residents were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon west of Grand Ronde on Highway 18 at the eastern edge of the Van Duzer Corridor in Polk County. The ...

 
Middle schoolers enjoy giving back to community

Duniway Middle School students raked leaves, cleaned horse stalls, transplanted seedlings, read to grade school students and performed other needed work during their annual Service Days last week. The ...

 
Weather dampens Grizzy Grape Stomp

The second-annual — and likely final — Grizzly Grape Stomp fell short of breaking the world record for the number of people simultaneously crushing grapes. Only 248 people, about one-fourth ...

Chemeketa offers truck driving program

SALEM — Chemeketa Community College is starting a program to train truck drivers. The new four-week course covers the knowledge and skills students will need in order to earn their Commercial Driver ...

Mac school construction nearly complete

Three years of construction is nearing conclusion in the McMinnville School District, with a few small projects still being completed, district officials told the school board this month. McMinnville ...

 
Grizzlies win homecoming game

Preston Ginter rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns, leading the McMinnville football team to a 30-7 homecoming victory over Glencoe Friday night at Wortman Stadium. Ginter, a junior running back, ...

Amity School District network system hacked; ransom was not paid

AMITY - Superintendent Jeff Clark reported to the Amity School Board at this month’s regular meeting the district was infected with a ransomware attack the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Ransom ...

Mac High kids to ask council for climate action

Seven McMinnville High students plan to act as “climate ambassadors” at the 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, city council meeting, as they urge councilors to a pass a resolution to deal with climate ...

Council decides land-use process works just fine

McMinnville councilors discussed Wednesday the possibility of automatically hearing testimony on land-use issues that have passed through the planning commission, but ultimately rejected the idea. They ...

Police use less lethal round to apprehend suspect

McMinnville police removed a suspect from his vehicle by breaking out the back window with a less lethal 40 mm round during a high-risk traffic stop Monday afternoon on the Linfield College campus. He ...

County drops expansion referral

County won’t refer board expansion to May ballot

State & Region

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban

PORTLAND — Oregon’s Court of Appeals last week put a halt to the state’s ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian reports the temporary stay issued ...

Oregon's public university workers vote to authorize strike

PORTLAND — Workers at seven public universities in Oregon have voted to authorize a strike if a new contract deal isn't reached, their union said Wednesday.

 

 
Official wants independence for new Oregon transparency role

SALEM — An Oregon official who is resigning her job aimed at making government more transparent is urging her successors to defend the independence of the new office in the face of attempted influence by the governor's office.

 

Gas pipeline supporters claim high support from landowners

Supporters of a proposed natural gas export project on Oregon's southern coast are claiming they've made major headway addressing one of regulators’ biggest concerns as federal regulators take public ...

Oregon senators face $500 fines for fleeing, threaten to sue

SALEM — Republican senators in Oregon engaged in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers and prepared to remain absent from the Capitol for a second day to block a vote on a landmark climate plan that would be the second of its kind nationwide.

 

Truckers, loggers push back on Oregon's climate proposals

By SARAH ZIMMERMAN Of The Associated Press SALEM — Dozens of industrial trucks drove laps around the state Capitol Wednesday, blaring their horns and releasing plumes of diesel into the ...

Lawmakers move to create an equity office to curb harassment

  SALEM — Lawmakers in the House have agreed to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol's workplace ...

Watchdog: Neglect and abuse unreported in nursing facilities

WASHINGTON — Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires such reporting, says a watchdog report due out Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.

 

Lawmakers debate vaccines, business tax

As a bill to require childhood vaccines was hotly debated on the floor of the Oregon Senate May 6, state Rep. Ron Noble of McMinnville already staked out on his position on the bill when it was in the ...

Homeless camping bill stirs debate in Salem

Custodians sweep an elementary school in Mike Vial’s St. Johns neighborhood in Portland every afternoon for discarded heroin needles. Vial told members of the Senate Housing Committee April 29 he ...

Affordable housing bills lurch through Legislature

Affordable housing bills — including one that would create a pilot project in McMinnville -- passed a critical crossroads this week and continue to make their way through the Oregon Legislature. April ...

Might Oregon kill ‘kicker tax’ rebate to help education?

PORTLAND — Momentum is building to end the only-in-Oregon approach of issuing tax rebates in order to build reserves for schools. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that if Oregon economists’ ...

Democrats face hurdles in Oregon despite supermajority

By ANDREW SELSKY Of The Associated Press SALEM — The election gave Democrats a three-fifths supermajority in Oregon’s Legislature with greater power to impose taxes, but the Senate president ...

Yamhill County votes Buehler, but Oregon re-elects Brown for governor

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was re-elected Tuesday, saying she won her first full term as leader of the Pacific Northwest state in a “slam-dunk.”
In Yamhill County, Republican challenger Knute Buehler was favored, earning 23,705 votes, or 53.48 percent, to Brown’s 17,274 votes, or 38.97 percent, after initial results released by the county clerk’s office.

Boquist worries some mailed votes may arrive late

SALEM — Voters in Oregon mail in their ballots or leave them in official boxes, but a Republican state lawmaker said Friday more mailed votes may arrive past deadline because of U.S. Postal Service cutbacks that have slowed mail delivery in rural — and primarily Republican — areas.

 

Democrats aim to win supermajority in Oregon Legislature

SALEM — Democrats have a chance to win one more seat each in the state Senate and House in Tuesday's election.

 

Phishing attempts on Oregon election officials increase

SALEM — Oregon’s paper-ballot voting system in the state has never been more accurate or secure, though the number of phishing attempts targeting election officials has increased, the state’s elections director said.

 

Voters in 10 Oregon counties to vote on gun rights ordinance

PORTLAND — Voters in 10 Oregon counties will decide on Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances this Election Day. The ordinances state that county residents have the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, and the right to own firearms without any registration requirement.

 

Local News

Chemeketa offers truck driving program

SALEM — Chemeketa Community College is starting a program to train truck drivers. The new four-week course covers the knowledge and skills students will need in order to earn their Commercial Driver ...

Facilities have Willamina board's attention

GRAND RONDE —Superintendent Carrie Zimbrick presented her proposed list of long-range facility plan projects to the school board at this month’s meeting. The initial list includes: the upgraded ...

Mac school construction nearly complete

Three years of construction is nearing conclusion in the McMinnville School District, with a few small projects still being completed, district officials told the school board this month. McMinnville ...

Clerk to test ballot tally system

The Yamhill County Clerk will test the ballot tally system to be used in the Nov. 5, 2019, Special Election for logic and accuracy. The public certification is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10 ...

 
New public works director settling in

Yamhill County’s new Public Works director, Mark Lago, said he’s delighted with everything about his new job, including its location in wine country and proximity to the Oregon Coast, the spacious ...

CrossFit business OK'd by commission

The McMinnville Planning Commission last Thursday approved a proposal by Melissa and Faustino Alonzo of Newberg to bring their fitness business, Gunner Crossfit, to an industrial building at 1445 N.W. ...

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban

PORTLAND — Oregon’s Court of Appeals last week put a halt to the state’s ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian reports the temporary stay issued ...

Primozich files for treasurer

Former County Commissioner Stan Primozich of McMinnville has filed to run for county treasurer in the primary election next May. He will run against local activist Kris Bledsoe of Grand Island, who filed ...

Audience complains about county's lackluster drill

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Yamhill County Commissioners interrupted their weekly public meeting to participate in the annual Great Oregon Shakeout, by leisurely leaving the room. Several audience members complained ...

Sheridan residents injured in Highway 18 crash

GRAND RONDE — Two Sheridan residents were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon west of Grand Ronde on Highway 18 at the eastern edge of the Van Duzer Corridor in Polk County. The ...

 
Construction stalled on MV Advancements building

MV Advancements working to raise money for construction project

 
Middle schoolers enjoy giving back to community

Duniway Middle School students raked leaves, cleaned horse stalls, transplanted seedlings, read to grade school students and performed other needed work during their annual Service Days last week. The ...

 
Weather dampens Grizzy Grape Stomp

The second-annual — and likely final — Grizzly Grape Stomp fell short of breaking the world record for the number of people simultaneously crushing grapes. Only 248 people, about one-fourth ...

 
Child predator sting nabs two local men

HILLSBORO — McMinnville and Newberg residents were among nine men arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office related to a child predator sting. Investigators posed on a variety of ...

Trees OK'd behind department store

McMinnville Landscape Review Committee approved a proposal Oct. 16 by owners of the new Marshalls department store at McMinnville Plaza to install new trees and grass behind the shopping center Store ...

Family play day offered

Yamhill Community Care will offer a “family play day” Saturday, Oct. 19, at Sue Buel Elementary School in McMinnville. The free program for families with children 5 years old and younger will ...

Police use less lethal round to apprehend suspect

McMinnville police removed a suspect from his vehicle by breaking out the back window with a less lethal 40 mm round during a high-risk traffic stop Monday afternoon on the Linfield College campus. He ...

Public can give input on schools

Community members can discuss what they like about the McMinnville School District and what it could do with additional revenue at a public meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Duniway ...

Amity School District network system hacked; ransom was not paid

AMITY - Superintendent Jeff Clark reported to the Amity School Board at this month’s regular meeting the district was infected with a ransomware attack the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Ransom ...

Commissioners approve hardship dwelling

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a hardship dwelling for a rural Sheridan property where Janine and Paul Vandonzel hope to build their home. The couple have approval to build ...

Sports

 
Grizzly ground game gashes Glencoe in 30-7 victory

Following his team’s 30-7 homecoming victory over Glencoe, McMinnville head football coach Ryan McIrvin couldn’t help flashing a wide smile when discussing the progress of his young ...

 
Linfield football shuts out Willamette, 77-0

Identity in football remains a tricky proposition. Sometimes the personality of a team is characterized by several select players, or by its coaches, or even, by its die-hard fans. Linfield’s ...

 
Amity edges Columbians in district showdown, 24-20

Amity 24, Rainier 20 AMITY – “It was a total team effort.” Anytime a pair of Class 3A heavyweight football programs clash, it takes a herculean effort from one side to achieve victory. ...

 
Representing Mac

McMinnville High School alum and current Whitman cross country athlete Whitney Rich recently wonthe Lewis & Clark Invite October 19. The college junior posted a time of 21 minutes, 33.3 seconds tosecure ...

Mac volleyball sweeps Glencoe

Winners of seven of their last eight volleyball matches, the McMinnville Grizzlies continued their late-season roll with an impressive sweep of Glencoe last Thursday. The Grizzlies, who fell to ...

Grizzlies run at Warner Pacific

PORTLAND – McMinnville cross country sent 22 athletes to Warner Pacific College’s XC Classic meet Saturday in Portland. The Grizzly boys’ claimed an eighth-place finish in the ...

Linfield wins third straight, shuts out Willamette, 77-0

Linfield's defense posted its first shutout of the season, Wyatt Smith accounted for seven touchdowns and the Wildcats scored 77 points for the second consecutive week in defeating Willamette 77-0 today ...

 
Friday night recap: Mac wins homecoming, 30-7; Amity beats Rainier

Preston Ginter rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns, leading the McMinnville football team to a 30-7 homecoming victory over Glencoe Friday night at Wortman Stadium. Ginter, a junior running back, ...

 
Grizzlies seize 1st place, rout Newberg 6-0

After a difficult non-conference campaign left the McMinnville girls’ soccer team with only two wins, the squad set its sights on making waves in the Class 6A Pacific Conference. If the ...

 
Dayton continues late-season run with 2-0 win over Amity

DAYTON – During Senior Night, the Dayton girls’ soccer team not only locked up a 2-0 league win over rival Amity, it also prolonged a three-match unbeaten streak with districts playoffs ...

Linfield football looks to establish rushing attack against Willamette

Linfield’s football team (3-1, 2-0) proved three things this past weekend: First, stating the obvious, they’ll be a force to be reckoned in conference play, dispatching University of Puget ...

Linfield alum, World Series champion Brosius named Team USA manager

DURHAM, N.C. – Former Linfield baseball player and head coach Scott Brosius replaced Joe Girardi as the manager of Team USA baseball, the program announced Wednesday. Brosius coached ...

Volleyball roundup: Amity defeats Scio; Bulldogs battle Warrenton in five sets; Pirates, Spartans, Tigers fall

Volleyball roundup Amity 3, Scio 0 AMITY – Amity avenged its prior loss to Scio with a dominant 25-13, 25-7, 25-19 home victory over the Loggers Tuesday night in a PacWest Conference matchup. Warrior ...

Brethower claims another top-10 finish for Tigers’ cross country

TUALATIN – Cristin Brethower isn’t simply dominating Class 3A competition. No, the junior girls’ cross country runner from Yamhill-Carlton is gutting out career bests against the best ...

Sports briefs

Young Cats Club Boys and girls ages 17 and under are invited to take part in this week’s Young Cats Club at the Linfield men’s soccer match Saturday. United Capital is partnering with Linfield ...

Senior golf scores

Bayou Golf Course, McMinnville, Friday, October 11 LP No. 9: John Fricia Low Gross No. 1: Doug Hasebo 40 LG No. 2: Lynn Foster 41 LG No. 3: Duane Qualey 45 LG No. 4: Bud Calish 46 Low Net No. 1: ...

Senior bowling scores

Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Senior Citizens League OCT 8 TEAM High game scratch: The No Names, 645. High series scratch: The No Names, 1871. MEN High game scratch: Bill Mitchell, 253; Gene Langue, ...

 
Making history

Wyatt Smith stands alone atop the Linfield football single-game passing touchdowns list. The McMinnville High School alum passed for a school-record eight TDs during Saturday’s 77-22 rout ...

 
Tigers hold off Scio, 28-20, maintain perfect record

SCIO – Since 1971, no Yamhill-Carlton football team has enjoyed contender status. Those Tigers eventually finished runner-up in the 2A classification, falling to Gladstone in the state championship. Enter ...

 
Warriors race past Bulldogs, win 44-0

WILLAMINA – Joel Magill and Shane Hedrick, former coaches at Central High School, who currently oppose one another as respective head coaches at Amity and Willamina, faced each other Thursday ...

Features

 
Stopping by: Meditation in motion

  Lyne Breault loved working as a pharmaceutical research scientist in Boston. But she found herself stressed and uncomfortable by the traffic, noise and busyness of life in a big city. “I ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Battleship U.S.S. Oregon was lost in Pearl Harbor attack – sort of

Dec. 7, 1941, was a bad day for American battleships. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes about unusual and little-known aspects of Oregon history.

Rohse: Sweet Tooth once a friend, now a foe

A lot of us have a Sweet Tooth, and it is not really our fault. It is the fault of our society. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing - ...

Savvy Senior: Getting around when you’ve stopped driving

Getting Around When You No Longer Drive Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy ...

 
Stopping by: Learning from the past

A key moment in the civil rights movement. A trained, polished debater vs. a writer with a passion for justice for all. A missing recording and a missed opportunity. For Linfield College political ...

 
Romance gets surreal in Gallery Theater comedy

‘Swimming in the Shallows’ opens Friday Gallery Theater will open a show the director calls a surreal romantic comedy with dramatic aspects on Friday, Oct. 18. “Swimming in the ...

 
Fifth-grader wins national poem honor

McMinnville fifth-grader Eric Candela won a national prize for poetry in the Catholic Daughters' annual competition. He also placed first in his school, St. James of McMinnville, and his state ...

Rohse: My two cents on current currency

In the dim past, the United States had a slogan: “What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar.” Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books ...

Carlson: Making vet visits less frightening

This week, I am going to write about a problem with dogs that I’m blessed not to have. But if I did, I would be delighted to learn about a solution described in an article in the August edition of ...

Savvy Senior: How to help aging parents manage their medications

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Madam’s sidekicks proved very bad at corpse disposal

On the morning of Nov. 25, 1881, two men were walking to work along Portland’s North End waterfront when they saw something incongruous in the river, just off the foot of Everett Street. Offbeat ...

Artist to speak at opening of Linfield show

Artist Marianne Copene will speak Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the opening of her new exhibit in the Linfield College Gallery. A reception honoring Copene and the show, “A Reason to Lean into ...

 
Stopping by: A big world of tiny beads

Teresa Shelton is part of a worldwide community of artists who turn tiny beads into three-dimensional works of art. Shelton patiently strings seed beads using a technique called “contemporary ...

 
Grizzly Grape Stomp hopes to crush world record this time

A second attempt to set the world record for grape crushing will be made Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Grizzly Grape Stomp, a free event sponsored by the McMinnville High School Grad Night committee. Organizers ...

Rohse: Good towns come in small packages

A landmark UN report released in May noted that a million species of plants and animals are in danger of extinction in the coming decades. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is ...

Savvy Senior: How to find help with debt

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Portland bordello madam was real-life femme fatale

One of the most enduring and appealing tropes in popular fiction is the “femme fatale,” like Brigid O’Shaughnessy in Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” Offbeat ...

 
Stopping by: Driven to create

AMITY — Artist Cassie Van Domelen prefers painting with acrylics, which allow her to use deep, rich colors and create interesting effects. But if that medium isn’t available, she’ll ...

Rohse: Seaweed more prized than its name implies

Experts predict that if world population continues to grow and our tired — and finite — land becomes less productive, the world as a whole may experience a food shortage. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

 
Passage to Nerdvana

A Newberg nerd and bibliophile follows her bliss to Rose City Comic Con Greedo shot first. Unfortunately, for him, he wasn’t up against some two-bit smuggler or stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking ...

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