Marcia Baragary announced last week she is retiring as McMinnville’s finance director after 10 years, leaving behind not just a career but a calling. Baragary worked in the private sector ...

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Emergency services respond to future growth

McMinnville Police Chief Matt Scales understands growth represents a burgeoning tax base, a positive thing for the health of any city. Scales also strives to maintain the health of the department he manages, ...

 
District may alter boundaries, but no new schools needed yet

McMinnville School District owns three pieces of land that someday may become the sites of new elementary, middle and high schools. While one is near Grandhaven Elementary School, the others are along ...

 
A bumpy road to development

McMinnville proved irresistible for developers at Stafford Land Company, said Gordon Root, the founder of the Lake Oswego firm. But McMinnville wasn’t quite as eager to allow Stafford to develop ...

Mac school board appoints budget member

McMinnville School Board appointed Jeff Knapp to the district budget committee Monday night. Knapp is head of the Visit McMinnville organization. He and six other laypeople join the seven school board ...

 
Merkley speaks to supportive crowd

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, told a supportive crowd about his visits to and beyond the southern border, his efforts and frustrations in the Senate, and some of his hopes, as well, when he visited ...

Author will speak Tuesday

Cara Meredith,  author of “The Color of Life,” will speak Tuesday at McMinnville First Baptist Church. The free program will start at 7 p.m. in the church, at 125 S.E. Cowls St. Meredith ...

Budget committee applications due at 5 today

Yamhill County commissioners had planned to appoint a new member of the county budget committee meeting on Thursday. However, after hearing objections from a county resident who believes it is wrong for ...

Crowd urges county to rebel on gun laws

Yamhill County commissioners heard three hours of testimony on Thursday from a massive crowd on whether to declare the county a “sanctuary” from following or enforcing state laws on gun restrictions. Although ...

 
Bonamici discusses housing issues with local officials

John Larsen told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici March 18 that the Yamhill Community Action Partnership’s budget is a delicate balancing act. Larsen, YCAP’s interim director, said his organization ...

Council to hear assessment of city buildings

The McMinnville City Council will receive the first report from an assessment of 57 city-owned buildings during its 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, meeting. In August, councilors approved the assessment, which ...

City looks to bolster care center 911 law

McMinnville City Attorney David Koch told city councilors Wednesday he has heard elderly residents face eviction from their care centers for calling 911. “When I started hearing the stories about ...

Personnel cuts looming in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — Leading up to the first Sheridan School District Budget Committee Meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the district office, Superintendent Steve Sugg provided a budget preview ...

Barricaded subject on drugs arrested in Newberg

NEWBERG — A Salem man allegedly high on ecstacy and methamphetamine barricaded himself in a Newberg residence for more than an hour before being taken into custody Tuesday night. German Alberto ...

Fire quickly contained at Eola Hills Charter School

BALLSTON — Chase Emerson, principal and special education director of the Eola Hills Charter School, experienced a flashback to October 2013 when he saw smoke coming from a vent Tuesday morning. A ...

Newberg resident $1 million lottery winner

SALEM - Steve and Shirley Seaquist of Newberg showed up at Oregon Lottery headquarters to claim their wining $1 million St. Patrick’s Day Raffle prize. After taxes, the couple took home the lump ...

Yamhill looking for past firefighters for celebration

YAMHILL — The Yamhill Fire Protection District will rededicate its fire station and recognize volunteer firefighters and board members on Saturday, April 6. The district is seeking former volunteers ...

Hillside schedules 'Adventures in Learning' series

Hillside Retirement Community will host a series of talks in April, the “Adventures in Learning” series. Programs, which are open to the public of all ages, are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays ...

Care centers agree to ballot title

Opponents of a McMinnville law that fines care centers for unnecessary 911 calls have claimed a small victory in their attempt to overturn the statute. Care center operators, represented through the Oregon ...

 
Finance director announces retirement

Marcia Baragary announced last week she is retiring as McMinnville’s finance director after 10 years, leaving behind not just a career but a calling. Baragary worked in the private sector ...

Council approves $100K for new park toilet facility

McMinnville is about get a $100,000 toilet. City councilors approved the money March 12 so the new Jay Pearson Neighborhood Park can have a unisex toilet facility with its own plumbing. Parks and Recreation ...

State & Region

Might Oregon kill ‘kicker tax’ rebate to help education?

PORTLAND — Momentum is building to end the only-in-Oregon approach of issuing tax rebates in order to build reserves for schools. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that if Oregon economists’ ...

Democrats face hurdles in Oregon despite supermajority

By ANDREW SELSKY Of The Associated Press SALEM — The election gave Democrats a three-fifths supermajority in Oregon’s Legislature with greater power to impose taxes, but the Senate president ...

Yamhill County votes Buehler, but Oregon re-elects Brown for governor

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was re-elected Tuesday, saying she won her first full term as leader of the Pacific Northwest state in a “slam-dunk.”
In Yamhill County, Republican challenger Knute Buehler was favored, earning 23,705 votes, or 53.48 percent, to Brown’s 17,274 votes, or 38.97 percent, after initial results released by the county clerk’s office.

Boquist worries some mailed votes may arrive late

SALEM — Voters in Oregon mail in their ballots or leave them in official boxes, but a Republican state lawmaker said Friday more mailed votes may arrive past deadline because of U.S. Postal Service cutbacks that have slowed mail delivery in rural — and primarily Republican — areas.

 

Democrats aim to win supermajority in Oregon Legislature

SALEM — Democrats have a chance to win one more seat each in the state Senate and House in Tuesday's election.

 

Phishing attempts on Oregon election officials increase

SALEM — Oregon’s paper-ballot voting system in the state has never been more accurate or secure, though the number of phishing attempts targeting election officials has increased, the state’s elections director said.

 

Voters in 10 Oregon counties to vote on gun rights ordinance

PORTLAND — Voters in 10 Oregon counties will decide on Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances this Election Day. The ordinances state that county residents have the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, and the right to own firearms without any registration requirement.

 

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