SHERIDAN — A seven-hour standoff ended peacefully with an armed suspect taken into custody after barricading himself in his father’s house Monday morning. Kenneth Lee Sundrud, 47, was taken ...

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Families that invade together parade together

The Men in Black formed after a group of Baltian refugees landed on March 2, 1961, just outside New York City to establish Earth as an apolitical neutral zone. That’s what they want you to believe ...

 
Hours long standoff in Sheridan ends peacefully

SHERIDAN — A seven-hour standoff ended peacefully with an armed suspect taken into custody after barricading himself in his father’s house Monday morning. Kenneth Lee Sundrud, 47, was taken ...

After buyouts and enrollment increase, Linfield says no lay

Linfield College officials said Monday that no layoffs are planned this spring. “There will still be some restructuring,” a college spokesman said. “But this is positive.” At ...

Planner approve controversial Oak Ridge development

It was the night of dueling hydrologists May 16 at the McMinnville Planning Commssion meeting, but commissioners ignored the conflict and voted in favor of developers. The Friends of Baker Creek presented ...

Local voices speak out on homelessness

Susan Smith, an elderly woman who has lived in McMinnville most of her life, said she has never seen so many people living on the city’s streets. It’s past time for the police to tell them ...

False rumors spread on alleged homeless camp

The McMinnville City Council informally discussed the possibility April 14 of eventually giving people living in RVs along Northeast Dustin Court and Marsh Lane a place to park on public property. However, ...

Training helps people treat homelessness with compassion

A training session designed to help people respond compassionately to issues surrounding homelessness will be held from 1:30 to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. ...

Commissioners to discuss continuum of care program

Yamhill, Marion and Polk counties are considering whether to form a regional Continuum of Care to address homelessness. Yamhill County commissioners will discuss the matter today at 1 p.m. during a work ...

Committee forwards school budget proposal

McMinnville’s School Budget Committee last week adopted a spending plan for 2019-20 that now will go to the school board for final consideration. The board will hold a public hearing in June before ...

Defendant says he feared for his life before firing gun

Believing he was being attacked by Jamie Rollins the night of Nov. 24, 2017, and also thinking that Zippy’s Pizza employee Lacey Everett was under attack from Rollins, Richard Mershon testified during ...

Willamina graduates number 70

WILLAMINA — Seventy Willamina High School seniors will graduate at 1 p.m. Saturday during a ceremony on the football field. Hannah Hughes and Jordan Reyes are the valedictorians and Taryn Hunt the ...

Jury finds Mershon guilty of all 12 charges

UPDATE, Tuesday, 10 a.m.: The Richard Mershon sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 24. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 21. Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge ...

Linfield to graduate 610 Sunday

Linfield College will graduate 610 members of the Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 26. The graduates from the main campus, the Portland nursing program and the Office of Continuing Education will be honored ...

Ballots due today

Voters must return ballots by 8 p.m. in order for them to be counted in today’s election. Ballots can be dropped off at the Yamhill County Clerk’s Office, Fourth and Evans streets in McMinnville. ...

Commissioners deny Woodland Heights appeal

After neighbors strongly criticized their proposal to divide four parcels on Woodland Heights Road below the five-acre minimum allowed in the zone, applicants Richard and Sybylle Beck and their developer, ...

 
Standoff ends in Sheridan; suspect taken into custody

SHERIDAN - A Sheridan man was taken into custody about 12:15 this afternoon following the peaceful end to a seven-hour standoff in which he barricaded himself in his father's house. Kenneth Lee Sundrud, ...

Carlton approves zone change for housing project

CARLTON — City council members last week approved a zone change to allows an affordable housing nonprofit to apply for a 12-unit subdivision. The mayor and four council members voted yes to change ...

Along the Street: Cornerstone Coffee spot up for lease

The former Cornerstone Coffee Roasters location at 216 N.E. Third St. is up for lease. Steve Down, founder of the bankrupt Falls Event Center, announced in 2016 he planned to open a sandwich shop called ...

Committee passes budget with reduced reserve

The McMinnville Budget Committee approved the city’s 2019-2020 budget May 15, but was distressed by dwindling reserves in the city’s general fund. The 2018-2019 budget year ended with a 20-percent ...

Grant workshop offered May 28

The Oregon Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is a major funder of grants across the state, will offer a grant workshop Tuesday, May 28, in Amity. Open to anyone from Yamhill County, ...

State & Region

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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