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After years of challenges, McMinnville City Council to vote on expansion of urban growth boundary

After working on an urban growth boundary expansion plan for 26 years and navigating a series of legal challenges, the city of McMinnville is close to voting on a plan that would add 662.4 buildable ...

Mac prepares search for new superintendent

McMinnville School Board members listened to presentations by three superintendent search firms as they started the process of finding a new leader for the school district. Maryalice Russell, who has ...

 
Happy as a larch: A hillside smiles down on Highway 18 drivers

David Hampton said his late father, John, admonished him regarding the subject of clear-cuts and how to make them aesthetically pleasing. The elder Hampton had an idea that he proposed to his son. “Can’t ...

Along the Street: Wineries team up to help nonprofit

Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area has started a program to benefit Yamhill Carlton Together Cares, a nonprofit serving local children and families.YCAVA will sell mixed wine packs featuring Pinot ...

 
Parkway to ODOT: Keep the fishhook

The massive “fishhook” connection at the south end of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass was meant to be temporary. But the Yamhill County Parkway Committee wants to retain it if possible. The ...

Champion Team seeks help to keep doors open

Champion Team — a McMinnville nonprofit that provides services to people with mental health issues, homelessness and drug addiction — is asking the community for some help itself. And ...

 
Oregon releases new framework for counties following 'freeze'

SALEM — Bars and restaurants can reopen for limited outdoor service next week but many restrictions will remain in place until a vaccine against the coronavirus is widely available, Oregon ...

 
Fire crews respond to Willamette Valley Medical Center

McMinnville firefighters responded about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to the four-story Willamette Valley Medical Center. There was a report of a "light haze of smoke" on the third floor, according to Fire Chief ...

Carlton OKs garbage rate increase, plans for new

Carlton residents and businesses will see a 4% increase on their garbage collection bills starting Jan. 1. They also can expect another rate increase in mid-2021, as the city negotiates a new franchise ...

 
Stopping by: Delivering meals, smiles

John Davis, 80, has always loved driving. John Davis drove trucks and tractor-trailer rigs for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired after 41 years. He still enjoys driving, particularly ...

 
Thankful, even in 2020

Remember back in January, as many breathed a sigh of relief that 2019 was over and they could start anew? Little did we know. In 2020, we’ve fought over toilet paper and mask wearing, taken sides ...

Killing of elk in watershed under investigation

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person or persons responsible for the unlawful killing of a bull elk in the McMinnville Watershed ...

Meals on Wheels volunteers needed

NorthWest Senior and Disability Services is seeking Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers in the McMinnville area. The McMinnville site serves and delivers 100 meals daily. Seniors can receive up to seven ...

‘Willabucks’ being well spent

The Willamina Money Project, “Willabucks,” has proven an overwhelming success during the coronavirus pandemic. The project provided $100 in “Willabucks” on a first-come, first-served ...

New report ranks YCCO among top five in Oregon

Of the about 50 metrics evaluated in a new state report, the Yamhill Community Care Organization said the most notable ones are related to health services impacting families and children.  One measure, ...

 
County adds 112 new cases over three days

Yamhill County added 112 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday to Monday, breaking its previous records, as Oregon also experienced three consecutive one-day records. The county does not update its numbers ...

 
A dream lost in litigation: Pair’s plans for bakery, flour mill fall apart

Two entrepreneurs who hoped to open a local flour mill and bakery outside of Amity have neither the time, patience nor money to battle an opponent who appealed county approval of the plan to the state ...

 
Dallas woman arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run

A Dallas woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the Saturday, Nov. 7, hit-and-run crash that killed a Salem man.

Kari Lin Smith, 47, initially told investigators she hit a deer. She eventually turned herself in to deputies in Amity, telling detectives Will Lavish and Jacob Herr she was “90 percent” certain she had hit someone.

 
Local educator co-authors book

A new book features Kourtney Ferrua, former Wascher Elementary School principal and now director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the McMinnville School District. “Principaled: ...

McMinnville seeks applicants for new diversity committee

The City of McMinnville is seeking applicants for its new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) advisory committee. Applications are due by November 30, and the seven members will begin their work in January ...

State & Region

 
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 ...

Oregon 1st state to decriminalize drugs, legalize psilocybin

SALEM — Oregon became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin and methamphetamine and to legalize therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms on Tuesday, with two ballot measures passing by large margins.

 

Oregon announces new COVID metrics for school reopening

SALEM — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom.

However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students will still not be eligible for in-person learning, state officials said.

State sees highest one-week jump in new cases

Oregon recorded its highest-yet weekly jump in new cases of COVID-19 the week of October 19-25, the Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly report this week; a 14% jump that added 2,642 new ...

 
Controlled burns to reduce Forest Fuels now underway throughout Oregon

By the Oregon Dept. of Forestry

SALEM – Oregonians in forested areas may see smoke from a number of controlled burns – known as prescribed burns – this fall and winter. Forest landowners use the burns to eliminate woody fuels that build up on their land from forest thinning and after timber harvests.

Authorities look for killer of Oregon wolf; reward offered

SALEM — Someone shot a wolf in Oregon, leaving its pack without a breeding male, wildlife officials said on Friday as they announced a $6,150 reward for the shooter.

“I hope this reward will inspire some citizen to come forward with information leading to the killer,” said Wally Sykes with Northeast Oregon Ecosystems.

Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

BLAINE, Wash. — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The state Agriculture Department ...

Oregon mask requirements expanded as COVID cases rise

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the total number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon nears 40,000 people, health officials announced Monday that face-covering requirements ...

Oregon reports 418 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths as cases spike at 'alarming rate'

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The transmission rate of COVID-19 continues to increase as Oregon health officials announced an additional 418 new confirmed ...

 
Shaw criticized for voters' pamphlet error in run for Oregon HD24

While at the University of Minnesota, she studied public health, biology, and women's studies. Just to clarify from your email, she did not receive that degree and that's the issue. Below is a statement Lynnette put out last week with a more in-depth explanation of what happened:

Democratic two-thirds majority in Oregon not out of reach

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Senate President Peter Courtney stood at the dais in March. He was exhausted, furious and disheartened as he looked ...

Oregon records largest one-day COVID-19 case count

UPDATE, Sept. 28: OHA on Saturday reported an additional 277 COVID-19 cases and 4 more deaths, and on Sunday reported 242 more cases and one death.By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, ...

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How West Coast wildfires got so bad

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, ...

Oregon reduces number of confirmed wildfire fatalities

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon have reduced the confirmed number of fatalities from recent wildfires in the state from 10 to eight. The state’s Office of Emergency Management on ...

 
Seeping under doors, bad air from West's fires won't ease up

By SARA CLINE and GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through ...

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

By ANDREW SELSKY and ADAM BEAM Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states’ Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes ...

Wildfires intensify economic pain in the West

  By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer The fires consuming the forests of California and Oregon and darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland are also damaging a regional economy ...

Western fires raise fight over climate change before Trump's visit

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — With crews battling wildfires that have killed at least 35 people, destroyed neighborhoods and enveloped ...

Winds a worry as death toll reaches 33 from West Coast fires

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and SARA CLINE Associated Press BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — Nearly all the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, ...

Better weather aids battle against deadly Western wildfire

By ANDREW SELSKY and SARA CLINE Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Diminishing winds and rising humidity helped firefighters battling deadly blazes in Oregon and California, but with dozens of ...

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