Pilots should be able to once again refuel their planes at the McMinnville Municipal Airport within a week or so. A new tank for Avgas, the fuel used in non-jet aircraft with spark-ignited internal-combustion ...

Local News

Southwest Hill Road to close next week

A section of Southwest Hill Road just outside McMinnville, between Alexandria and Fellows streets, will be closed for about three weeks beginning Monday, July 29, while the county makes repairs to the ...

FEMA funds available to help provide food and shelter

Yamhill County has been recently awarded $46,753 in federal funds, and a local board and is looking for agencies who can use the money to provide people with emergency food and shelter. The application ...

Floating zone concept passes planning commission

Marcie Rosenzweig didn’t think the McMinnville Planning Commission went far enough when it voted to allow affordable housing projects in the city’s industrial park July 18. Rosenzweig, a member ...

Subdivision OK'd over neighbors' concerns

Leonard Johnson wants to build a 17-lot subdivision on three acres on Northeast Newby Street between Northeast Grandhaven and Northeast 27th streets. Some people who live nearby are not happy about the ...

Downtown apartment project back before committee

Developer Jonathan Rouse returns to the McMinnville Historic Landmarks Committee at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, with his plan to replace the Coach Manor mobile home park with a 16-unit apartment complex ...

Proposal made to replace downtown building

Plan going before Historic Landmarks Committee

 
Friendly competition, family traditions

YAMHILL -- First-time soap box derby racer Jordan Webber, has wanted to participate in the Yamhill Derby Days featured event ever since he saw his brother, Josh, race. “He’s eight this year, ...

Y-C Board to meet in retreat

YAMHILL — Yamhill-Carlton School Board members will meet Thursday for an all-morning work session followed by a business meeting. The work session retreat will run from 8 a.m. to noon in the district ...

N-R honored in ONPA contest

The News-Register picked up 15 awards, including six first places, in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers’ Association Better Newspaper Contest for 2019. The McMinnville paper finished second for multi-weeklies ...

Water & Light receives legislative review

Cooler, wetter weather in July has kept the fire season classification in the McMinnville watershed at a level one, forester Brent Keller told Water & Light commissioners on Tuesday, but the district ...

Home building steady in county

Home building in the county is continuing at a steady pace, down only slightly from last year. Permits for new single family homes have varied from about six to 17 permits per month, throughout 2018 and ...

June completes banner building year in Mac

McMinnville building officials in June issued permits for projects valued at $11 million, taking the fiscal year total to near-record levels for July 2018 through June 2019. The 2017-18 record of $92.6 ...

Former insurance agent's Lincoln County case dismissed

NEWPORT — Charges of attempted first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sexual abuse filed against former Yamhill County insurance agent Benjamin Jaquith of Newberg in Lincoln County Circuit Court ...

Kittens were discarded to 'set them free' by the suspect

When Yamhill County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Whitlow made it clear to Samuel Banks he had discarded four male kittens along Peavine Road without food and water, the McMinnville resident said his intention ...

Sheridan Board will examine AllPrep contract status

SHERIDAN - With the Sheridan School District’s five-year sponsorship contract with Sheridan AllPrep Academy expiring June 30, 2020, the district will use the upcoming school year to decide its future ...

Willamina Council approves vacation time payout

WILLAMINA - Employees will no longer accrue large amounts of vacation time after the Willamina City Council authorized a one-time payout policy at Tuesday night’s meeting. Employees currently must ...

Sheridan authorizes engineering spending

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Council approved spending $143,100 for engineering services for the Southeast Harney Street improvement project at Monday night’s meeting. City Manager Frank Sheridan ...

Olson out on medical leave

County commissioner Rick Olson is out on medical leave for the next month. County Administrator Ken Huffer said he was not authorized to share the details, but that the absence was planned, and that Olson ...

State renews YCCO contract, places on remediation plan

The Oregon Health Authority announced recently it is awarding 15 contracts to organizations to administer the Oregon Health Plan within their local regions. The Yamhill County CCO was one of the groups ...

Sparks back in Yamhill County court

A man convicted in 1999 of murdering a 12-year-old Lafayette girl is back in Yamhill County Court to be resentenced. Lacey Renee Robancho disappeared after her bicycle broke down as she was riding home; ...

State & Region

Gas pipeline supporters claim high support from landowners

Supporters of a proposed natural gas export project on Oregon's southern coast are claiming they've made major headway addressing one of regulators’ biggest concerns as federal regulators take public ...

Oregon senators face $500 fines for fleeing, threaten to sue

SALEM — Republican senators in Oregon engaged in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers and prepared to remain absent from the Capitol for a second day to block a vote on a landmark climate plan that would be the second of its kind nationwide.

 

Truckers, loggers push back on Oregon's climate proposals

By SARAH ZIMMERMAN Of The Associated Press SALEM — Dozens of industrial trucks drove laps around the state Capitol Wednesday, blaring their horns and releasing plumes of diesel into the ...

Lawmakers move to create an equity office to curb harassment

  SALEM — Lawmakers in the House have agreed to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol's workplace ...

Watchdog: Neglect and abuse unreported in nursing facilities

WASHINGTON — Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires such reporting, says a watchdog report due out Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.

 

Lawmakers debate vaccines, business tax

As a bill to require childhood vaccines was hotly debated on the floor of the Oregon Senate May 6, state Rep. Ron Noble of McMinnville already staked out on his position on the bill when it was in the ...

Homeless camping bill stirs debate in Salem

Custodians sweep an elementary school in Mike Vial’s St. Johns neighborhood in Portland every afternoon for discarded heroin needles. Vial told members of the Senate Housing Committee April 29 he ...

Affordable housing bills lurch through Legislature

Affordable housing bills — including one that would create a pilot project in McMinnville -- passed a critical crossroads this week and continue to make their way through the Oregon Legislature. April ...

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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