WILLAMINA — Mariah Woodward thanked Superintendent Gus Forster for his commitment to her class at Willamina High School’s 102nd commencement, held Saturday afternoon at Glen Larkins field, ...


 

 

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Submitted image by Ross Bernards##Photographer Ross Bernards asked a friend to climb atop the mysterious Utah monument for this spectacular shot on Nov. 27, a few minutes before the structure was dismantled by a group wanting to keep the desert location pristine.

 
Mac man was there when monument was destroyed

McMinnville native Ross Bernards was one of the last people on earth to see the mysterious monolith discovered in November in a remote Utah desert. Officers from the Utah Bureau of Public Safety spotted ...

Maria Bobrova/Unsplash##Street art in Rome, Italy.

 
As people stay home, Earth turns wilder and cleaner

An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth.

Hospitals fear shortage of ventilators for virus patients

U.S. hospitals bracing for a possible onslaught of coronavirus patients with pneumonia and other breathing difficulties could face a critical shortage of mechanical ventilators and health care workers to operate them.

Tensions rise as U.S. death toll from coronavirus reaches 9

SEATTLE — Tensions over how to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus escalated Tuesday in the United States as the death toll climbed to nine and lawmakers expressed doubts about the government's ability to ramp up testing fast enough to deal with the crisis.


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Soroptimists present awards

Soroptimist International of McMinnville is recognizing three local women who are “bettering their lives and the lives of their families” through education and training. The club presented ...

Motorcycle crash victim in critical condition

The operator of a motorcycle that crashed last Sunday night on Southeast Baker Street near Cowls Street remains in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, according ...

 
Man allegedly slashed victim

A Willamina transient allegedly slashed his victim with a fillet knife, cutting him on the hands, shoulder and stomach while threatening residents of a Northeast Sherman Street home in Sheridan. Joshua ...

Registration open for gardening webinars

Yamhill County Master Gardeners and the Oregon State University Extension Service will host “Spring into Gardening” classes on Zoom in April. Four webinars are planned from 10 to 11:15 ...

Hearings set on building, planning fee increases

The McMinnville City Council will hold public hearings and a vote on proposed building and planning fee increases on Tuesday, March 9. The increases are necessary to fully recover the cost of services, ...

Pharmacies offer vaccines

Pharmacies are increasingly receiving shipments of vaccines for local residents. As of Thursday afternoon, vaccine appointments at McMinnville Walgreens were full for the next three days. People ...

Linfield expands master's programs

Linfield University will add three new graduate programs this fall. Master’s degrees in business and sports science/analytics will be offered both online and on the McMinnville campus, as will a ...

 
Along the street: Found Objects moving from longtime spot

McMinnville gift shop Found Objects will soon be moving out of its location at 512 N.E. Third St., next to the Mack Theater. Owner Hollyann Finch said the store will be open daily until mid-March ...

Recruitment begins for new Newberg-Dundee police chief

The city of Newberg is seeking input from residents of Newberg and Dundee on the qualities they believe should be exemplified by the next police chief. Brian Casey retired in April 2020 after ...

School board narrows field to three; finalist names won't be made public

McMinnville School Board members plan to interview three finalists for the superintendent position next week in the effort to find a replacement for Superintendent Maryalice Russell, who will retire ...

Amity mayor quits after brief tenure

Amity Mayor Joshua Clark, who ran unopposed in last November’s general election and took office Jan. 1, resigned before the start of Wednesday night’s regular city council meeting. He ...

Redistricting process faces challenges in Legislature

The Legislature will hear testimony on redistricting for congressional and state-level legislative districts beginning next week. Hearings on Oregon’s 1st Congressional District, which includes ...

County apologizes for wrong hospital numbers

Yamhill County Health and Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin apologized this week for an error that, for several days, indicated extremely high hospitalization rates for county COVID-19 patients. Information ...

Deluge of letters about gun sanctuary swamp county

County Administrator Ken Huffer told commissioners Thursday his staff is struggling to keep up with all the letters submitted regarding a proposed Second Amendment sanctuary ordinance, many of ...

YC board negotiating with superintendent pick

The Yamhill Carlton School Board is negotiating with its top pick for the superintendent job. Board members hope to have negotiations finished by Thursday so they can vote on hiring the candidate. They ...

In panel, Local judges discuss racial justice in courtroom

As a heavily tattooed person entered the courtroom, Yamhill County Circuit Judge John Collins thought, “He’s a little scary,” Collins shared in an anecdote before a virtual group. “That’s ...

County ends emergency declaration

Commissioners ended the county’s pandemic emergency declaration on Thursday, saying they don’t believe the situation can still be considered an emergency since the county has had a year to ...

High hospitalization rate in county due to data error

Update:  Yamhill County Health and Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin apologized today for an error that, for several days, indicated extremely high hospitalization rates for county COVID-19 ...

 
Grand Ronde man indicted in crash that killed two

A Grand Ronde man has been indicted on charges that include two counts of second-degree manslaughter in connection with a motor vehicle crash last June that killed a Willamina and Mount Angel resident. Matthew ...

 
Walking, cycling improvements planned along 99W in Mac

Public input is being sought for a project that could result in bike lanes on Highway 99W though McMinnville. The Oregon Department of Transportation will host a question-and-answer session Thursday about ...

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Redistricting process faces challenges in Legislature

The Legislature will hear testimony on redistricting for congressional and state-level legislative districts beginning next week. Hearings on Oregon’s 1st Congressional District, which includes ...

State representative suing Noble, others, resigns

State Rep. Diego Hernandez announced Sunday he had resigned. He was facing the possibility of being the first person expelled from the Oregon Legislature. His lawsuit against the Legislature, which sought ...

 
McMinnville begins work on missing middle housing requirements

The city of McMinnville is in the process of ensuring its zoning code complies with the recently approved rules for HB 2001, the “missing middle housing bill” passed in 2019 eliminating exclusive ...

Nearman attacks Democrat agenda in presentation

Rep. Mike Nearman spent much of his presentation to the Yamhill County Republican Women last Thursday listing what he considers flawed Democratic policies and ideologies; alleging Democats have “abortion-ified” ...

State first to decriminalize possession of hard drugs

By ANDREW SELSKYOf The Associated Press SALEM — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs as a ...

GOP legislators disavow Republican Party resolution on U.S. Capitol riot

Oregon state representatives Ron Noble of McMinnville and Mike Nearman of Independence – both representing portions of Yamhill County – joined all 23 Oregon Republican state representatives ...

Former Sunwest CEO's sentence commuted

Jon Herder, former owner of Salem-based Sunwest Management, which once owned six retirement and assisted living facilities in Yamhill County, including Hillside Retirement Community, had his 15 year sentence ...

 
Boquist leaves GOP for IPO

State Sen. Brian Boquist has left the Republican Party and registered as a member of the Independent Party, Secretary of State records show. The news was first reported in a Jan. 15 tweet by Oregon Public ...

Nearman stripped of duties after opening capitol door; resignation sought

UPDATED: Tuesday, Jan. 12: Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Monday stripped a Republican state representative of his responsibilities and called for his resignation after he let rioters into the state ...

Brown condemns 'irresponsible elected officials' urging defiance

Governor Kate Brown has condemned elected officials encouraging their constituents to defy her public safety mandates to control the COVID-19 pandemic, warning Oregonians that local officials have no power ...

Unidentified remains of young girl found in woods

PORTLAND — The remains of a young girl have been discovered along the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor in rural Lincoln County, Oregon State Police said Tuesday. Detectives are seeking ...

Five Oregon counties moved from 'Extreme' to 'High' risk

PORTLAND — Five Oregon counties will be upgraded from Extreme Risk to High Risk levels, based on the area's current COVID-19 data, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday.

 

First COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Oregon

PORTLAND — Oregon hospitals administered the first coronavirus vaccines in the state Wednesday to nurses, respiratory therapists, housekeeping workers and other health care employees in high-risk jobs, marking the beginning of a broad vaccination campaign in a state that's seen more than 1,200 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

 
Mac man was there when monument was destroyed

McMinnville native Ross Bernards was one of the last people on earth to see the mysterious monolith discovered in November in a remote Utah desert. Officers from the Utah Bureau of Public Safety spotted ...

 
Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley wins US Senate reelection

By SARA CLINE Of the Associated Press/Report for America SALEM — Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has won the Oregon seat that he was first elected to in 2008. Merkley defeated Republican ...

Oregon 1st state to decriminalize drugs, legalize psilocybin

SALEM — Oregon became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin and methamphetamine and to legalize therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms on Tuesday, with two ballot measures passing by large margins.

 

Oregon announces new COVID metrics for school reopening

SALEM — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom.

However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students will still not be eligible for in-person learning, state officials said.

State sees highest one-week jump in new cases

Oregon recorded its highest-yet weekly jump in new cases of COVID-19 the week of October 19-25, the Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly report this week; a 14% jump that added 2,642 new ...

 
Controlled burns to reduce Forest Fuels now underway throughout Oregon

By the Oregon Dept. of Forestry

SALEM – Oregonians in forested areas may see smoke from a number of controlled burns – known as prescribed burns – this fall and winter. Forest landowners use the burns to eliminate woody fuels that build up on their land from forest thinning and after timber harvests.

Authorities look for killer of Oregon wolf; reward offered

SALEM — Someone shot a wolf in Oregon, leaving its pack without a breeding male, wildlife officials said on Friday as they announced a $6,150 reward for the shooter.

“I hope this reward will inspire some citizen to come forward with information leading to the killer,” said Wally Sykes with Northeast Oregon Ecosystems.

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