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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Volunteers can write letters to help hospitalized children

Volunteers can help Santa out by writing “Letters from Santa’s Elves” at the event Saturday, Dec. 3. Mikayla Staebler, the mother of a child who was hospitalized last Christmas, is organizing ...

County moves fire consolidation forward

The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary order approving the formation of a new district at its meeting Thursday, moving the process of consolidating the rural and McMinnville fire ...

Svenson said he won't pursue gun regulation violations

Sheriff Tim Svenson told county commissioners on Thursday he doesn’t plan to pursue violations of Ballot Measure 114, a recent voter initiative that creates new regulations on firearms. It requires ...

 
Community Plate announces closure

Community Plate, a popular Third Street restaurant for nearly a dozen years, will close as of Dec. 18. Proprietors Scott and Courtney Cunningham announced their plans to close on their website and Facebook ...

Snow arrives, rain persists

Oh, the weather outside is … frightful? Beautiful? Rainy? Snowy? All of the above. Yamhill County temperatures remain cold, with alternating dustings of snow, patches of blue and plain ol’ ...

Newberg man goes to prison on weapon conviction

Presiding Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles made it clear to Joseph Haney that the plea agreement crafted by the District Attorney’s Office and his attorney, Annemarie Sgarlata of McMinnville, ...

 
Vintage posters highlight history

The city of McMinnville’s Historic Landmark poster series — an effort to highlight 30 structures and landmarks significant to the city’s history — has been a hit with businesses ...

 
Mack Theater/Hotel Yamhill owners moving forward

Group feels it can meet challenges of restoring former Hotel Yamhill

 
Fire guts Lafayette manufactured home

Betsey and Casey Ranger and their two children were home in Lafayette’s Pioneer Park Mobile Estates about 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. “We heard a pop,” Betsey said. “And then some ...

 
Former gas station owner sues county

The former owner of a defunct gas station in Yamhill is suing the county for not selling the property back to her. Carol Glover lost her property to the county in a property tax foreclosure in 2018. A ...

Handmade, metal gift shows planned at Heritage Center

The Yamhill Valley Heritage Center will host two Christmas gift shows this month — the annual Handmade Holiday Bazaar Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, and the new Metal Arts Gift Show Saturday, ...

Grant will help Ready for Kindergarten

McMinnville School District has received a $20,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for its Ready for Kindergarten program. Ready for Kindergarten, which started more than a decade ago, is an ...

Along the Street: ARQ to remodel old shoe grease building

The old Huberd Shoe Grease building on Lafayette Avenue will be extensively remodeled — but not by Diana Riggs and Todd Severson, owners of Mac Market, located in a revamped structure directly behind ...

Saturday breakfast return to indoor dining

After more than two years of serving takeout, Saturday Morning Breakfast crews will welcome people inside their dining room again starting Dec. 3. Diners will be seated, choose from a menu, and served ...

Cities plan tree lightings, parades

Yamhill County cities are planning tree lightings, Christmas parades and other holiday events. Amity, Lafayette, Sheridan and Yamhill have events scheduled tonight. Amity’s Christmas parade will ...

 
New mural stretches along Alpine

Train travel in McMinnville is part of history, but on Alpine Avenue you can almost feel it, thanks to a newly-completed mural. “Rounding the Bend,” rounds out a year that has been one of ...

 
Evidence techs visit Mac High

Collecting and preserving evidence is a vital part of investigating crimes, evidence technicians from McMinnville and Newberg told McMinnville High School students last week. They take in all kinds of ...

Rise in mpox cases calls for vigilance, state says

New cases of mpox, formerly called monkeypox or hMPXV, have increased over the past two weeks, the Oregon Health Authority said in a press release this week. The virus, which gained heightened attention ...

 
Richard joins Gallery as manager

Gallery Theater has hired a new manager, Jared Richard, to replace Seth Renne, who is moving on to other work. Richard lives in McMinnville. Since moving here from Salem in July, he has become involved ...

 
Hello, Santa!

Despite rainy weather, crowds turned out Friday to welcome Santa during McMinnvllle's annual holiday parade. Children and adults alike followed the floats and walkers to City Park afterwards for the lighting ...

State & Region

Governor declares emergency over pediatric RSV hospitalizations

After RSV hospitalizations of children younger than 5 tripled in early November, Governor Kate Brown declared a public health emergency this week, issuing a directive to provide support and flexibility ...

May 17 primary election draws more candidates

The May 17 Primary Election ballot for Yamhill County is set, with two more candidates filing for county office on March 8, the last day to do so. Bob Luoto of McMinnville, owner of Cross and Crown logging ...

Dundee mayor plans run for House Dist. 6

Dundee Mayor David Russ said family and friends have been telling him for years that he should run for Congress, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. But in 2020, he said, “I got inspiration ...

 
Kaufman Noble appointed to Yamhill County Circuit Court bench

McMinnville Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Kaufman Noble has been appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to fill a vacancy on the Yamhill County Circuit Court bench created by John Collins’ retirement.

 

Mask mandate to end by March 31

Another Oregon child has died of COVID-19. A 12-year-old girl from Marion County tested positive on Jan. 18, and died at her home on Jan. 25. Like many people who die from COVID-19, she had pre-existing ...

WHO warns against abandoning efforts to limit COVID transmission

The World Health Organization warned last week that nations should not stop fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Since Omicron was first identified just 10 weeks ago, almost 90 million cases ...

Commissioners oppose state’s new permanent rule on masking

Yamhill County Commissioners will send a letter to the state opposing the newly-adopted permanent rule on mask wearing. The commissioners on Thursday passed a resolution to send a letter written by Chair ...

Governor hasn’t shied away from granting commutations

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center describes itself as a nonprofit organization that examines criminal case and record-related issues. It explores judicial decisions and new legislation nationwide. A ...

 
Family objects to Dale Rost murderer’s petition for early prison release

When Dale Rost was due to be somewhere, he was there and on time, his daughter, Sarah Olson, remembers. It was a Wednesday, two days before Christmas, 2005. “He was supposed to be at my grandma’s ...

Supreme Court starts review of Kristof case

The briefs are in and the Oregon Supreme Court began considering the Nick Kristof ballot eligibility arguments on Jan. 27. A decision by the Supreme Court is expected within two weeks, but the court has ...

Oregon high court hears Kristof case this week

Nick Kristof's bid to become governor reaches a critical point this week as the Oregon Supreme Court considers his argument that he is a legal resident of Oregon, and Secretary of State Shemia Fagan's ...

 
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 ...

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