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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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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McMinnville, Amity, YC schools delayed until Tuesday; Newberg until Sept. 21


     
   

 
American Legion remembers 9/11

American Legion members remembered those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and honored current first responders on Friday in ceremonies at the Carlton Memorial Post 73. Nearly 50 people gathered for the event, ...

 
Fire in the sky: High winds blow in smoke, blow down trees

If you were Dorothy Gale, you would have run for the storm cellar Monday evening as strong winds blew in smoke from regional wildfires and turned the sky an eerie yellowish-gray. It wasn’t a cyclone, ...

 
Carlton native Tom Jernstedt, known as the ‘Father of Final Four’, dies at 75

Tom Jernstedt, Carlton’s “Father of the Final Four,” died on Saturday. He was 75. A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and pioneer of the NCAA Division I men’s ...

 
Larger ballot boxes going in around Yamhill County

Voting by mail and drop box won’t be anything new for Oregonians this November, but Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen is modifying the formula slightly anyway. As history shows Yamhill ...

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 ...

 
In-person sale canceled, but MacHub will still benefit from big sale

UPDATE: The community market scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been CANCELED. Our earlier story: MacHub, which resells community donations to support job training programs, will hold a large community ...

 
Burglar draws jail term

A judge sentenced a 40-year-old McMinnville man to 30 days in the Yamhill County Jail for his role in a crime spree in which churches and other businesses, including an auto dealership, were burglarized ...

Red flag warning issued through Wednesday

Unusually strong, hot dry winds are creating critical fire danger for much of northwestern Oregon, the Portland office of the National Weather Service warned. It issued a red flag warning that went into ...

 
Students go online for summer school

As the summer school class began, students’ photos popped onto the Zoom screen, joining teacher Chandler Harrison. “Good morning, Mila! Good morning, Nicholas!” Harrison called out, ...

Man killed in crash near Gaston

 

 
Showing up, standing up: An anti-racism movement awakens in Yamhill County

In 2015, Jessica Haney bought her first home in Newberg. The therapist and her three children were cleaning before moving in when a new neighbor stopped by. Instead of welcoming her, the woman said, “You ...

Excessive heat watch issued for weekend

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening with a heat wave expected to raise temperatures into the triple digits over the weekend. The ...

Amity extends state of emergency

The Amity City Council has extended its COVID-19 state of emergency declaration through mid-February 2021. City staff had recommended the council extend only through the Wednesday, Sept. 2 meeting, which ...

Council approves zoning change for affordable housing project

McMinnville City Councilors approved amendments to property zoning near Three Mile Lane that would help pave the way for the Housing Authority of Yamhill County to develop an affordable housing project. The ...

Mac school board OKs anti-racism resolution

McMinnville School Board members unanimously approved an anti-racism resolution Monday during their first meeting since a group of parents and other citizens requested they take a stand. STAND UP Yamhill ...

Willamina residents spend ‘Willabucks’

“Willabucks,” the $100 scrips created to spur commerce and help families during the coronavirus pandemic, are being spent as intended, city officials say.City Manager Kenna West, who introduced ...

 
Carlton will wait for ODOT to consider Westside truck bypass

Carlton City Council members on Tuesday briefly considered asking voters to state their preferences for the path Highway 47 takes through town — along Main Street downtown, as the state ...

 
Along the Street: Soap business opens retail shop in Carlton

Rough Cut Soaps and Sundries has moved to a more visible location in downtown Carlton — West Main Street. Owner Tanya Braukman started making soap at her home in Carlton and selling it online and ...

 
Linfield hires deans for schools

Jennifer Madden Linfield University has hired deans for its new School of Business and College of Arts and Science. Formerly Linfield College, the university also has a School of Nursing in Portland, ...

State & Region

Oregon's records largest one-day COVID-19 case count

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 457 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the state's largest daily total since the the ...

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How West Coast wildfires got so bad

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, ...

Oregon reduces number of confirmed wildfire fatalities

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon have reduced the confirmed number of fatalities from recent wildfires in the state from 10 to eight. The state’s Office of Emergency Management on ...

 
Seeping under doors, bad air from West's fires won't ease up

By SARA CLINE and GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through ...

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

By ANDREW SELSKY and ADAM BEAM Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states’ Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes ...

Wildfires intensify economic pain in the West

  By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer The fires consuming the forests of California and Oregon and darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland are also damaging a regional economy ...

Western fires raise fight over climate change before Trump's visit

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — With crews battling wildfires that have killed at least 35 people, destroyed neighborhoods and enveloped ...

Winds a worry as death toll reaches 33 from West Coast fires

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and SARA CLINE Associated Press BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — Nearly all the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, ...

Better weather aids battle against deadly Western wildfire

By ANDREW SELSKY and SARA CLINE Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Diminishing winds and rising humidity helped firefighters battling deadly blazes in Oregon and California, but with dozens of ...

 
Fires without precedent rage in usually cool, wet Northwest

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press PHOENIX, Ore. (AP) — Numerous wildfires burned in Oregon's forested valleys and along the coast, destroying hundreds of homes and causing mass ...

Pacific Northwest fires approach Portland

[Updated at 3 p.m. with additional details, governor's remarks] By GILLIAN FLACCUS and SARA CLINE Associated Press ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) — Windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest ...

 
Heat, winds fuel destructive Northwest wildfires

By ANDREW SELSKY and NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Strong winds and high temperatures continued to fuel catastrophic fires in many parts of Oregon on Wednesday, forcing ...

 
Winds kick up Northwest wildfires, Oregon Gov declares emergency conflagration

High winds kicked up wildfires across the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, burning hundreds of thousands of acres, mostly destroying the small town of Malden in eastern Washington state and forcing evacuations ...

Lawmakers talk police reform, other bills at special session

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers discussed unemployment benefits and police reform bills Monday as they returned to the Capitol for a special ...

Portland protesters cause mayhem again, police officer hurt

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of about 200 people, some wielding homemade shields, clashed with police early Friday in Portland, Oregon for the third consecutive ...

Special session: Oregon lawmakers return on Monday to big deficit, police questions

The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the ...

Portland police, protesters clash for second consecutive night

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police and protesters in Portland, Oregon, have clashed for the second night in a row and the city’s police chief says the ongoing ...

Portland, Oregon, protests relatively calm after US drawdown

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Leaders in Portland, Oregon, caught their breath and moved forward with cautious optimism Friday after the first nightly ...

Oregon reports decline in weekly COVID-19 cases for first time since May

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials reported on Thursday the state's first decline in weekly coronavirus cases since early May. During the week ...

Portland prepares for US agents to step back from protests

[Updated at 6 p.m. with additional detail] By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon police prepared Thursday to take over protecting a federal courthouse in Portland that’s ...

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