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Local News

Volunteers can write letters to help hospitalized children

Volunteers can help Santa out by writing “Letters from Santa’s Elves” at the event Saturday, Dec. 3. Mikayla Staebler, the mother of a child who was hospitalized last Christmas, is organizing ...

 
Hello, Santa!

Despite rainy weather, crowds turned out Friday to welcome Santa during McMinnvllle's annual holiday parade. Children and adults alike followed the floats and walkers to City Park afterwards for the lighting ...

Mac Greeters event changes location

McMinnville Chamber of Commerce has changed the location for this week’s Greeters gathering. The 8 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, event will be at Encore Home Furnishings, 2730 N.E. Bunn Rd., just off 99W ...

Crisis in hospitalized babies prompts call for action

As a crisis in pediatric hospital beds worsens, Oregon health officials are asking people to wear masks, keep their children home when sick, and to stay home themselves when sick. Due to concerns about ...

Grants will help local manufacturing

Wine bottles, fiber, animal feed and fertilizer will be produced in the county

Only challenged ballots remain

Today is the last day for voters to resolve ballot challenges from the Nov. 8 general election. Other than those potential votes, the counting is finished, according to Yamhill County Clerk Keri Hinton. The ...

Wheatland Ferry closes for a brief time Dec. 6

The Wheatland Ferry will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Marion County public works, which operates the ferry, did not specify a reason for the closure. The ferry’s weekday hours ...

 
Thinking of art

Jason Berrier finds joy in family, conversation and creativity

 
Giving thanks

Provoking Hope guests, volunteers find plenty of positive

Women's choir to sing

The McMinnville Women’s Choir and Jubilate!, the Women’s Choir of Corvallis, will perform a joint concert Saturday, Dec. 10, in McMinnville. Called “Alleluia!”, the concert will ...

 
Cinderella to debut at Mac High

McMinnville High School students will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” a musical version of the fairytale, Dec. 2 through 10. Shows will start at 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays ...

Feels like home for Municipal Court Judge Arnold Poole

“I totally get what both of you are saying and I want to be fair, but I want to be fair to both sides,” McMinnville Municipal Court Judge Arnold Poole told the prosecutor and defendant in a ...

Carjacking suspect indicted

Brian Nevels allegedly first tried to carjack an adult male in a parking lot of a medical facility on Northeast May Lane in McMinnville on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 16, according to court records. ...

County moves to clean up contaminated properties

Yamhill County is taking advantage of its temporary ownership of two contaminated properties to clean up, before they are put up for sale. A long-defunct gas station and automotive shop in Yamhill and ...

Willamina man found guilty of assaulting female

A jury trial has found Anthony Tafolla of Willamina guilty of two counts of fourth-degree domestic assault for striking a female he was living with multiple times in the face with an iPhone, with sufficient ...

Investigation continues into shots fired incident

Video surveillance of the multiple shots fired the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the area of McMinnville High School has been “extremely helpful” to the McMinnville Police Investigation, ...

Hagan Hamilton will work with OMI customers to find new ins

Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions, a broker for numerous companies, has about 1,400 customers insured through Oregon Mutual Insurance, many from the McMinnville area. Company representatives plan to contact ...

 
OMI no longer offering personal insurance

Oregon Mutual Insurance no longer will offer personal lines of insurance, including for homes, autos and vacation dwellings. The iconic McMinnville company, founded here in 1894 and now serving customers ...

Former jail nurses allege unpaid time, safety issues

A group of former Yamhill County jail nurses has filed complaints with the state against a medical contractor hired by Yamhill County over claims of unkept promises, including a substantial pay increase. The ...

Girl, 7, takes help to the homeless

Paislee Newcomb led her first donation drive at age 4

State & Region

Governor declares emergency over pediatric RSV hospitalizations

After RSV hospitalizations of children younger than 5 tripled in early November, Governor Kate Brown declared a public health emergency this week, issuing a directive to provide support and flexibility ...

May 17 primary election draws more candidates

The May 17 Primary Election ballot for Yamhill County is set, with two more candidates filing for county office on March 8, the last day to do so. Bob Luoto of McMinnville, owner of Cross and Crown logging ...

Dundee mayor plans run for House Dist. 6

Dundee Mayor David Russ said family and friends have been telling him for years that he should run for Congress, but the timing hasn’t been right until now. But in 2020, he said, “I got inspiration ...

 
Kaufman Noble appointed to Yamhill County Circuit Court bench

McMinnville Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Kaufman Noble has been appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to fill a vacancy on the Yamhill County Circuit Court bench created by John Collins’ retirement.

 

Mask mandate to end by March 31

Another Oregon child has died of COVID-19. A 12-year-old girl from Marion County tested positive on Jan. 18, and died at her home on Jan. 25. Like many people who die from COVID-19, she had pre-existing ...

WHO warns against abandoning efforts to limit COVID transmission

The World Health Organization warned last week that nations should not stop fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Since Omicron was first identified just 10 weeks ago, almost 90 million cases ...

Commissioners oppose state’s new permanent rule on masking

Yamhill County Commissioners will send a letter to the state opposing the newly-adopted permanent rule on mask wearing. The commissioners on Thursday passed a resolution to send a letter written by Chair ...

Governor hasn’t shied away from granting commutations

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center describes itself as a nonprofit organization that examines criminal case and record-related issues. It explores judicial decisions and new legislation nationwide. A ...

 
Family objects to Dale Rost murderer’s petition for early prison release

When Dale Rost was due to be somewhere, he was there and on time, his daughter, Sarah Olson, remembers. It was a Wednesday, two days before Christmas, 2005. “He was supposed to be at my grandma’s ...

Supreme Court starts review of Kristof case

The briefs are in and the Oregon Supreme Court began considering the Nick Kristof ballot eligibility arguments on Jan. 27. A decision by the Supreme Court is expected within two weeks, but the court has ...

Oregon high court hears Kristof case this week

Nick Kristof's bid to become governor reaches a critical point this week as the Oregon Supreme Court considers his argument that he is a legal resident of Oregon, and Secretary of State Shemia Fagan's ...

 
Kulla ends run for governor; files for state labor commissioner

Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla has ended his run for governor, he announced this week. Instead, he has filed to run for the office of state Labor Commissioner. Kulla said he is withdrawing from ...

Oregon hospitals may exceed Delta’s peak in matter of days

Oregon’s hospitals are struggling on the brink and, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surges, have less staff than at any previous point in the pandemic, Becky Hultberg, President and CEO ...

Kristof petitions court to let him continue candidacy

Nicholas Kristof, stymied by Oregon Secretary of State in his run for governor, has asked the state Supreme Court to intervene, via a document known as Writ of Mandamus, to ensure his name is on the May ...

 
Secretary of State says Kristof doesn't qualify

For author and apple farmer Nicholas Kristof, the goal of becoming governor might not bear fruit.

 

 
Elmer to run in House Dist. 24

Local businesswoman Lucetta Elmer has announced plans to run for Oregon House District 24, currently held by Rep. Ron Noble. Noble announced this fall that he plans to run for the newly-created Congressional ...

Oregon State Bar seeking comment on proposal to license paralegals

With the cost of an attorney well out of reach for most Americans, the Oregon State Bar is working on a new program: Licensing paralegals to handle some tasks in family law and landlord-tenant cases, ...

Secretary of state queries Nick Kristof over residency

Residency questions, this time from the office of Oregon Secretary of State, continue to shadow Nick Kristof’s run for Oregon governor. Kristof, a Democrat who lives near Yamhill, announced his ...

OSU offers online series on ‘Futures with Wildfires’

An Oregon State University remote lecture series starting in January will host speakers who will discuss what living with wildfire looks like in practice, both as individuals and as communities. “Lookout: ...

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 ...