Military and historic airplanes are shining for Christmas during “Holidays at the Hangar” at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Nearly three dozen planes are outlined in lights of red, green and ...

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Stabbing suspect arrested; male victim 'serious but stable'

 

 

Board says it welcomes public comments

McMinnville School Board on Monday approved languages changes to several policies, as it does each month. Changes generally update the policies to reflect current practices or changes in state law, or ...

 
Homeless for Christmas?

Veteran and friend sell mistletoe on the street while he waits for a place to live

Sparks status hearing held

The court held a status hearing on the progress of a case to reconvene a sentencing hearing against convicted murderer Jeffery Dana Sparks this week, but did not schedule further proceedings other than ...

County settles with Metro West

Yamhill County commissioners on Thursday approved a settlement with the ambulance company Metro West, but first they took time to honor employees celebrating anniversaries with the county, in five-year ...

City attorney 'out of the office'

McMinnville City Attorney David Koch is “out of the office,” City Manager Jeff Towery told the News-Register. Towery wouldn’t disclose any other information about Koch’s absence ...

Local farmer Barbara Boyer files to run for commissioner

McMinnville farmer Barbara Boyer, who has chaired the Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of commissioners since 2012, has joined the race for Yamhill County commissioner. She was elected ...

Council opts for hearing on Baker Creek development

City councilors decided this week to hold a public hearing at their Tuesday, Jan. 28, meeting on the proposed 280-home Baker Creek North subdivision. The McMinnville Planning Commission approved requests ...

State law supersedes local bag ban

The 2017 local law has been superseded by the passage of House Bill 2509 by Oregon lawmakers this year. The new state law prohibits the use of single-use checkout bags except in certain cases. It also ...

City, Visit McMinnville to redraw contract

McMinnville city councilors on Tuesday green-lighted a new round of contract negotiations with tourism agency Visit McMinnville, targeting a new agreement to take effect July 2021.  City Manager ...

Fire chief outlines potential new fees

While McMinnville voters amended the city charter Nov. 5 to prohibit fines and fees against local care centers, Fire Chief Rich Leipfert told city councilors Dec. 10 his department still has costs to recover. He ...

Along the Street: Annual Holiday Stroll planned Saturday downtown

The McMinnville Downtown Association will hold its annual Holiday Stroll Saturday, Dec. 14, along Third Street. Carriage rides run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at the Hotel Oregon at Third and Evans ...

Student accuses Linfield trustee of sexual assault

A Linfield College student has filed a lawsuit alleging a college trustee — who subsequently left the board — sexually assaulted her in McMinnville in February. AnnaMarie Motis stated that ...

 
Lighted planes shine at 'Holidays at the Hangar'

Military and historic airplanes are shining for Christmas during “Holidays at the Hangar” at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Nearly three dozen planes are outlined in lights of red, green and ...

Choirs to perform Dec. 18

McMinnville High School choirs will sing seasonal music when they perform Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Concert Choir, Advanced Women’s Ensemble and Symphonic Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. and repeat ...

 
Lighting the season

Lighted trees are everywhere this month. Each community in Yamhill County has a tree lighting ceremony. Residents flock to community centers and parks to see the event, sing carols and warm up with hot ...

Massive opposition fails to derail pot processing

The mother of a disabled Yamhill County man is threatening to sue after the county planning commission signed off on a site design review Thursday for a marijuana and hemp processing plant on Jaquith Road ...

Judge finds Monagon guilty on two counts, acquits on third

Judge John Collins on Friday found 42-year-old Vaughn Monagon guilty of two counts of first-degree sex abuse involving a friend of one of his daughters, who was 10 or 11 at the time. He found Monagon ...

Santa Hat run/walk Saturday

NEWBERG — Relay for Life of Yamhill County will host a “Santa Hat Run/Walk” on Saturday. The 3-mile event will start at 10 a.m. at Social Goods, 500 E. First St., Newberg. Registration ...

280-lot addition wins preliminary approval

The McMinnville Planning Commission has cleared the way for Stafford Land Company to develop the 280-lot Baker Creek North subdivision on McMinnville’s fast-growing west side. The city council has ...

State & Region

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban

PORTLAND — Oregon’s Court of Appeals last week put a halt to the state’s ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian reports the temporary stay issued ...

Oregon's public university workers vote to authorize strike

PORTLAND — Workers at seven public universities in Oregon have voted to authorize a strike if a new contract deal isn't reached, their union said Wednesday.

 

 
Official wants independence for new Oregon transparency role

SALEM — An Oregon official who is resigning her job aimed at making government more transparent is urging her successors to defend the independence of the new office in the face of attempted influence by the governor's office.

 

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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