Avid cycling fans Matt Roth and Eric Ledouceur are excited to be the new co-owners of Tommy’s Bicycle Shop, a fixture in McMinnville for decades. The longtime friends purchased the shop ...

 

 

 

 

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Families crowd downtown for first Christmas parade since 2019

Young and old alike said they were thrilled by the return of McMinnville's Santa Parade Friday afternoon -- and, of course, by the arrival of Santa on a fire truck at the end of the parade. Many people ...

Trial delayed in elderly mother’s assault

A McMinnville man who allegedly assaulted his 83-year-old mother and asked her if she wanted to die, and was indicted by a grand jury on charges that include second-degree attempted murder, will not go ...

Downtown Mac firearm incident leads to arrest

A McMinnville man who police said does not possess a concealed handgun license allegedly pointed a firearm at three individuals outside the downtown Blue Moon Lounge last Saturday night, according to court ...

State drops outdoor mask rule

The Oregon Health Authority announced this week that it is dropping the state’s outdoor mask mandate, effective immediately, although masks must still be worn indoors in public locations. OHA Director ...

 
WVMC receives an ‘A’ from Leapfrog

By NICOLE MONTESANO Of the News-Register Willamette Valley Medical Center has announced that it received an “A” grade for safety from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that provides ...

 
Five will be taken down, eight planted

Five downtown trees that are damaged or causing sidewalk breakage on or near Third Street are scheduled for removal next month under the city’s Downtown Tree Plan Public Works Supervisor David Renshaw ...

 
Memories reside in tiny playhouse

Genne Sherman was 6 when she first made a pot of tea in her new playhouse. She poured a cup for her favorite doll, whom she had named Katherine. “Would you like a cookie?” she surely ...

 
Chocolate dream

Joseph Vadnay has loved chocolate from the time his Hungarian grandmother regularly offered him candy from her apron. Growing up, he also devoured chocolate from Van Duyn Chocolates in the Lloyd Center ...

 
Phase II of bypass on track

Phase two of the Newberg-Dundee bypass has been divided into sections, and Project Manager Andrew Walker of the state Transportation Department told the Parkway Committee last week that part A is on schedule. “We’re ...

 
Hundreds of stolen items recovered by Mac PD

Two suspects, one from Albany and the other from Salem, have been linked to a burglary investigation spanning four months. An extensive amount of stolen property was recovered by by McMinnville Police ...

Area communities plan tree lightings, parades

Holiday activities are planned throughout Yamhill County. They include: * Amity’s annual Christmas event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3. Santa and the Amity Fire Department will lead a parade through ...

 
Santa set to arrive at Friday parade

Santa Claus is looking forward to cruising into McMinnville atop a fire truck Friday. “I’m elated and super excited for this year,” said Santa, whose phone interview was arranged by ...

‘Staycation’ prize offered in downtown promotion

Downtown businesses will add a special prize to its ‘Twere the Weeks Before Christmas promotion this weekend — the chance to win a “staycation.” Shoppers will receive “golden ...

County likely to have SEDCOR handle economic impact grants

Yamhill County will most likely hire SEDCOR to operate a grant program for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for a portion of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) ...

Free community Thanksgiving dinner offered

McMinnville organizations will host a free, community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday for those who need food or companionship, or who have no place to go on the holiday. The dinner will run from 11 a.m. ...

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 ...

Fun with fish

Ken Dollinger has a special passion for both fish and children, particularly students, to whom he can share his knowledge of a subject like the salmon life cycle. “Last year I was a certified angling ...

 
Amity students get salmon's life lesson

Ken Dollinger announced his arrival to the Amity Elementary School front office staff through the intercom system at the front doors. The McMinnville retiree carried a cooler containing 100 salmon eggs. ...

McMinnville Habitat gearing up for new build to mark 30th anniversary

Habitat for Humanity’s McMinnville Chapter will celebrate 30 years of helping people into affordable homes with a new construction project involving local businesses and community members. “We ...

 
Continuing her mother’s wreath-making tradition

For most of the year, Janet Zuelke’s eyes are on the stars, as she’s one of the founders of the Carlton Observatory at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. But in late fall, she focuses ...

State & Region

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 ...

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 ...