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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MacPAC presents final report on recreation center to city council

Two open fields and plenty of open questions stand before McMinnville City Council. Two sites remain under consideration for the city’s combined recreation center and aquatics facility, after two ...

 
‘Tragedy of the pandemic’: Hope for safe return turns to anguish

McMinnville tattoo artist Jesse McFerran went missing Oct. 23, and for 77 days, family members and so many others who knew him searched throughout the Willamette Valley and beyond for the husband and father. They ...

 
Crash sentence ‘insulting,’ says victim’s mother

Karie Mathis, the mother of double-fatal motor vehicle crash victim Kennyth (KC) Holsclaw, told defendant Matthew Mayes that he was “getting off easy” with a 74-month — six years ...

 
Kulla ends run for governor; files for state labor commissioner

Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla has ended his run for governor, he announced this week. Instead, he has filed to run for the office of state Labor Commissioner. Kulla said he is withdrawing from ...

Parks and Rec facilities to reopen

McMinnville Parks and Recreation facilities will reopen Monday, Jan. 24, after a two-week COVID-related closure. The aquatic center and senior center will open at 9 a.m. Monday. The community center, ...

 
Author Jason Reynolds encourages young writers at Yamhill Carlton schools

Maddox Mason was looking forward to hearing what Young Adult author Jason Reynolds had to say when he visited Yamhill Carlton schools in December. "He writes books that have to do with important topic, ...

 
Rescue effort: When fire district merger falls apart, tribe steps in

The West Valley Fire District Board of Directors reached out to its citizenry in a jarring way with a letter crafted in early December. “As many of you are aware, the West Valley Fire District ...

 
Northwest McMinnville gets utility upgrades

The busy work zone on Northwest Baker Creek Road near Hill Road extended last week into grassy, tree-lined Roma Sitton Memorial Park. New homes are quickly filling the North Baker subdivision, and the ...

 
ODOT bridge project brings Three Mile Lane disruption

The ramped-up Northeast Three Mile Lane construction project at South Yamhill River bridge involves temporary, but long-term, changes to vehicle traffic as well as relocating a section of sewer main. Scheduled ...

Independence man sentenced to prison for Mac shooting

Estevan Pacheco, who posted a message on his Facebook page expressing intentions to harm and/or kill various people was sentenced to 180 months — 15 years —in prison by Judge Ladd Wiles. Pacheco, ...

City of Willamina to assist fire district

Willamina City Manager Kenna West said the city council is extremely supportive of the West Valley Fire District and the city is dedicated to helping the agency rebuild. The district and city have drafted ...

Commissioners decline to change how marijuana applications are processed

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday considered, but rejected, requiring all marijuana processing plant applications to go through what is known as a Type B planning process. The discussion was continued ...

Newberg voters rejecting school board recall in early returns

Controversial Newberg School Board members Brian Shannon and Dave Brown appear to have held onto their seats following Tuesday's recall election, although more ballots are still expected to arrive this week.

 

 
Blood supply at crisis level; several local drives planned

Several local blood drives are planned in the next few weeks as the American Red Cross tries to restock its supplies during what it calls “a national blood crisis.” McMinnville, Amity and ...

Dayton schools take a break; some Sheridan classes online

Some Yamhill County school districts are closing buildings or switching to online learning temporarily, with many staff members as well as students absent because of COVID or in quarantine related ...

Kristof granted his day in court

As May election preparations loom, the Supreme Court has signaled that a legal avenue is open for Nick Kristof and his plans to run for governor. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum gave the green light ...

Organizers end effort to recall West Valley Fire board member

With the West Valley Fire District no longer performing its own services and a chief some members disliked gone from the district, organizers of a recall effort against West Valley Fire Board President ...

Republican, conservative money targets recall vote

By NICOLE MONTESANO Of the News-Register Right-wing politicians and organizations have been pouring money into the Newberg School Board recall election, with fliers attempting to link it to everything ...

 
Classified worker turned sub enjoys teaching duties

Danielle Vironen is planning to become a teacher when she finishes her master’s degree in 2023. She’s had a chance to get started early, though, substituting for absent teachers in the school ...

County health director: If you have symptoms, assume COVID

COVID-19 is surging in Yamhill County, dwarfing the highest numbers seen during last summer’s Delta variant surge, County Health and Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin told a group of elected ...

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Kulla ends run for governor; files for state labor commissioner

Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla has ended his run for governor, he announced this week. Instead, he has filed to run for the office of state Labor Commissioner. Kulla said he is withdrawing from ...

Oregon hospitals may exceed Delta’s peak in matter of days

Oregon’s hospitals are struggling on the brink and, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surges, have less staff than at any previous point in the pandemic, Becky Hultberg, President and CEO ...

Kristof petitions court to let him continue candidacy

Nicholas Kristof, stymied by Oregon Secretary of State in his run for governor, has asked the state Supreme Court to intervene, via a document known as Writ of Mandamus, to ensure his name is on the May ...

 
Secretary of State says Kristof doesn't qualify

For author and apple farmer Nicholas Kristof, the goal of becoming governor might not bear fruit.

 

 
Elmer to run in House Dist. 24

Local businesswoman Lucetta Elmer has announced plans to run for Oregon House District 24, currently held by Rep. Ron Noble. Noble announced this fall that he plans to run for the newly-created Congressional ...

Oregon State Bar seeking comment on proposal to license paralegals

With the cost of an attorney well out of reach for most Americans, the Oregon State Bar is working on a new program: Licensing paralegals to handle some tasks in family law and landlord-tenant cases, ...

Secretary of state queries Nick Kristof over residency

Residency questions, this time from the office of Oregon Secretary of State, continue to shadow Nick Kristof’s run for Oregon governor. Kristof, a Democrat who lives near Yamhill, announced his ...

OSU offers online series on ‘Futures with Wildfires’

An Oregon State University remote lecture series starting in January will host speakers who will discuss what living with wildfire looks like in practice, both as individuals and as communities. “Lookout: ...

Forest accord hailed as ‘Oregon Way’

After dueling ballot measures last year threatened to make a battleground out of Oregon forestry yet again, Governor Kate Brown asked environmentalists and timber owners to negotiate a compromise ...

 
Boundary challenge denied, new districts affirmed

By JULIA SHUMWAYOf the Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon’s new legislative boundaries are set for the next 10 years after the Oregon Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two challenges to the maps ...

COVID 19: Nurses tell Merkeley they need help

Nurses from across Oregon told Senator Jeff Merkley last week they desperately need help, and that the nation needs to invest far more in training new nurses. Critical Care Nurse Misty Richards appeared ...

 
Noble confirms plan to run for Congress in new district

State Rep. Ron Noble confirmed this week that he plans to run for Congress next year in Oregon’s new 6th District, which encompasses the territory he represents in the Legislature. Noble said he’s ...

 
Judge Collins to retire at year’s end

Judge John Collins, who served as district attorney before being appointed to the Yamhill County Circuit Court bench in 1992, plans to retire effective Friday, Dec. 31. Collins has served as a pro tem ...

 
Kristof running for top state job

Yamhill’s Nicholas Kristof will run for governor. Kristof, 62, confirmed Wednesday what the 1977 Yamhill-Carlton High School graduate had been considering for weeks. He formalized his candidacy ...

 
‘I’m not sure I want to be a politician’: 1974 N-R profiled the future candidate

Nicholas Kristof’s announcement Wednesday gives prescience to a 47-year-old News-Register article. “Nicholas gets in politics early,” reads the May 18, 1974, newspaper’s Neighbor ...

Nicholas Kristof forms candidate committee, resigns from NY Times

Nicholas Kristof of Yamhill, who since June has been mulling a Democratic bid for Oregon governor, has formed the candidate committee Nick For Oregon. The filing was completed Oct. 12 with the Oregon Secretary ...

 
Demo begins on former Blue Heron Paper Mill site

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde leaders gathered in ceremony Sept. 21 to mark the beginning of on-site demolition work at the former Blue Heron Paper Mill in Oregon City. The event marked the first ...

 
New political lines drawn; same divide may remain

Voters in the cities of Newberg, Dundee, Amity, Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde will have new representation in the Oregon House and in a Senate District 12 that now includes nearly all of Yamhill ...

 
Mike Nearman pleads guilty to official misconduct

Former Oregon  State Representative Michael Nearman pled guilty July 27 to the crime of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, and was sentenced by Judge Cheryl Pellegrini in Marion County ...

State lawmakers extend grace period for past-due rent

Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that gives tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently, tenants have until July, but under ...

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