Geraldi’s: The Italian Eating Place was honored as the city’s Business of the Year at the McMinnville Downtown Association’s annual awards dinner. Joseph David reopened his family’s ...

Local News

Along the Street: Annual Oregon Vintage Report will be released

The 2019 Oregon Vintage Report, which provides a detailed look at winegrowing trends from the perspective of the most recent vintage, will be released at a March conference at Linfield College. Speakers ...

 
Geraldi's honored as business of the year

Geraldi’s: The Italian Eating Place was honored as the city’s Business of the Year at the McMinnville Downtown Association’s annual awards dinner. Joseph David reopened his family’s ...

 
Downtown association gets new executive director

McMinnville Downtown Association position has been vacant for a year

City may be asked to expand UGB

City officials may soon be asked to let out McMinnville’s geographic waistband. Growth in McMinnville, as in all cities, is strapped in by its urban growth boundary. Houses, businesses and other ...

Commissioners send letter opposing cap and trade legislation

Yamhill County will send a letter to the Oregon State Legislature opposing cap-and-trade legislation that would curb allowable carbon emissions and tax companies for going over the limit. After listening ...

ODOT plans community meeting in Carlton

Oregon Department of Transportation officials will speak to Carlton residents Wednesday, Feb. 26, about reconstruction of West Main Street in the downtown area and other planned road repairs. ODOT also ...

Sheridan prepares camping ordinance

The Sheridan City Council expects to approve an anti-camping ordinance at its April meeting. The law would apply to all forms of camping -- tarps, tents and sleeping bags as well as RVs and other vehicles. “Campsites ...

 
Roadside vegetation program a seedling with big dreams

After three summers of work, Yamhill County has completed an inventory of its county roadsides, detailing where populations of native plants need protecting, and where populations of invasive weeds need ...

Jail medical provider denies wrongdoing

Newberg woman died in cell of acute intoxication in 2018

Sheriff's office makes cyber sex abuse arrest

A Silverton man was arrested on child sex abuse-related charges after Google forwarded a tip to the Oregon Department of Justice regarding a video and images being uploaded to a Yamhill home that showed ...

Dollar General takes step toward opening Amity store

Amid controversy, planning commission approves site plan

Willamina council adopts 2020 goals

The Willamina City Council adopted 2020 goals at this month’s regular meeting, agreeing to focus on issues such as livability, economic development, infrastructure, recreation and youth opportunities. Councilors ...

Sparks hearing rescheduled for March

The state Department of Corrections failed to note a hearing scheduled for convicted murderer Jeffery Sparks, now facing a re-sentencing trial, the court learned when attorneys and family members showed ...

 
Willamina library writing its next chapter

Since she was a little girl, Sarah Frost knew that the shelves at the Willamina Public Library contained stories. One particular story, however, surprised even Frost, the library manager. As she and ...

Meeting about school safety planned

McMinnville School District will host a “Student Safety Summit” next week to inform parents and other community members about what’s being done to keep students safe, signs of trouble ...

McMinnville author charged with domestic violence

McMinnville author Peter Malae faces domestic violence-related charges that allegedly spanned different timeframes after he was indicted by a Yamhill County Grand Jury and arraigned this week. Malae is ...

Homelessness by the numbers

Volunteers and staff members of Yamhill Community Action Partnership tallied 1,433 homeless people in Yamhill County in a January 2019 count. A new count from Jan. 29 this year has not yet been released. Here ...

Former finance teacher files for treasurer

Paulette Alexandria, a former college instructor and investment adviser from Carlton, has announced she is joining the race for county treasurer. She will run against local activist Kris Bledsoe of Grand ...

Linfield offers funds to Concordia transfers

Linfield College, soon to be Linfield University, is offering free applications and financial aid awards of at least $16,500 to students from Concordia University, which is closing at the end of the semester. Linfield ...

Zwickelmania celebrates craft brewing

More than 100 breweries across the state open their doors for tours, tastings, meet-the-brewer sessions and free samples during Zwickelmania, a celebration of craft beer in the Willamette Valley. Area ...

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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