Countywide, more than 300 cases involve children Sixty-seven new cases of COVID-19 associated with the ongoing outbreak at the federal prison in Sheridan pushed Yamhill County’s report of ...

 

 

 

 

Local News

 
Cruising event showcased the legendary X-51 hot rod

Back in 1954, Ron Courtney of McMinnville, known then as a top body repair specialist in Oregon, turned his 1951 Ford coupe into a hot rod perhaps never equaled. Nearly 50 years ago the dazzling ...

 
Carlton again mulls new city hall

Design options include a nod to the old ‘Log Cabin’ restaurant Carlton City Council members recently reviewed several potential designs for a new city hall and police buildings, and ...

Mac woman charged with assaulting grandmother, 90

A McMinnville woman, who allegedly assaulted her 90-year-old grandmother, later spit on two McMinnville police officers while being taken into custody. Melissa Sue Wagoner, 38, was booked into ...

Arrest made in shooting

Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported shooting at a residence in the 400 block of North Jackson Street in Lafayette shortly after 11 p.m. Friday. A 35-year-old unidentified ...

Willamina SDCs are due for an increase

A massive increase in Willamina’s system development charges, which have remained stagnant for more than 20 years, is on the horizon, City Manager Kenna West reported at the Tuesday, Sept. ...

Survey shows trail support

Decommissioning of partially built bridge to be considered As the Chehalem Parks and Recreation District is touting the results of a recent survey showing strong support for the Yamhelas Westsider ...

Controversies continuing over county public records

Save Yamhill County’s Shaw decries Berschauer’s ‘target’ comment Public records and record requests made to Yamhill County continued to generate controversy this week. County ...

UFO Fest returns to Earth

The signs are everywhere: the McMinnville UFO Festival will soon land again. No Vogon standup comedy allowed, and if you want drama, consider the title of one presentation: “High Strangeness ...

Gunman holds up Sheridan Pharmacy for RX painkillers

The Sheridan Pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon of prescription medication, according to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office. A pharmacy employee said she could not comment ...

Fired union employee files tort claim notice

  A former county employee fired for activities related to her position with the union, has filed a tort claim notice against the county. A tort claim preserves a person’s right to ...

COVID cases surge at prison

Countywide, more than 300 cases involve children Sixty-seven new cases of COVID-19 associated with the ongoing outbreak at the federal prison in Sheridan pushed Yamhill County’s report of ...

Driver sentenced for endangering highway workers

The lives of highway workers were endangered by a Portland teen who drove through a construction zone in Dundee at more than 60 mph shortly before midnight on a weekday in mid-July. Angel Clarence ...

County Transit reduces service due to COVID

Saying, "the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on YCT staffing resources," Yamhill County Transit director Cynthia Thompson announced service cutbacks on Sept. 8. Staffing levels are ...

County reports two COVID deaths

Yamhill County reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths on Wednesday, while the Oregon Health Authority’s weekly report said hospitalizations and deaths statewide had dropped for ...

Willamina’s return to in-person school called ‘beyond energizing’

It must be the start of a new year in the Willamina School District. Maintenance Supervisor Craig Johnson has the grounds on the elementary/middle/high school campus in pristine condition. The ...

McMinnville adds slots for out-of-district students

McMinnville School Board voted 6-1 to add about 40 more slots for students transferring from other districts. Janis Braich, Carson Benner, Larry Vollmer, Gerardo Partida, Paul Haddeland and Jason ...

McMinnville homeless encampment evicted

An encampment of homeless people has been evicted from their S.E. Davis Street camp after police briefly postponed the eviction in response to concerns about whether members of the group had COVID-19. ...

Author to give Linfield reading

J.T. Bushnell, a 2002 Linfield graduate, will read from his book “The Step Back” on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Linfield’s Jereld R. Nicholson Library. The program is open to the community ...

Marijuana grows busted

Three arrested, nearly 15,000 plants seized Two Sheridan men were among arrestees in suspected illegal marijuana grows in the past three weeks. Polk County Sheriff’s Office executed two ...

Along the Street: Blazer star buys vineyard land near Carlton

Carlton property owners have confirmed one of the county’s highest-profile property transactions of recent years. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and his wife, Elise, are adding ...

State & Region

 
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 ...

Rep. Nearman charged in breach at state Capitol

By ANDREW SELSKYOf The Associated Press SALEM — Prosecutors leveled two criminal charges Friday against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into ...

Noble: ‘We have a crisis’

HB 2006 advances; lawmaker says bill offers comprehensive approach 

 

Berry will review allegations against Multnomah County DA

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry will review allegations as part of a complaint filed against Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt. Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling first reported the news ...

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 ...