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House expels Representative Nearman

For the first time in state history, the Oregon House voted to expel one of its members on Thursday, removing State Rep. Mike Nearman from office, after a video surfaced that showed him explaining ...

 
Road rage incident leads to Washington teen's arrest

A Vancouver, Washington resident was booked into the Yamhill County Jail Thursday night on charges related to an alleged road rage incident earlier in the evening. Elcio Antonio Depadua, 19, was ...

Fire at Cascade Steel mill causes extensive damage

An early morning fire on Saturday, May 22, caused extensive damage at McMinnville’s Cascade Steel Rolling Mills plant, 3200 N. Highway 99W. The fire was reported at 4:30 a.m., and went to ...

Japanese School may stay open

Board meets June 14; landlord forgives next two years’ rent 

Along the Street: Thistle bistro and bar returns to business

Thistle, an American bistro and cocktail bar in downtown McMinnville, reopened this week after being closed since November. “We’ve been absolutely looking forward to it,” owner ...

Not just water: Hydroponics shop opens

A new shop, Ohana Gardening & Hydroponics, is offering gardening and hydroponics supplies and information, as well. The store at 2147 N.E. Cumulus Drive, McMinnville, carries a variety of ...

School board to meet

Board to discuss language curriculum

Antique fair planned

The Antique, Vintage and Flea Extravaganza returns June 11-13 to Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo, 2070 NE Lafayette Ave. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 ...

Location changed for Flag Day event

A Flag Day celebration will be held Monday evening, June 14, in a different location than origially announced. The free program will start at 7 p.m. at the Mac Music Academy,, located in the old ...

 
History’s doors reopen

Yamhill County’s two historical museums — the varied collections in the Miller Museum Research Center in Lafayette and the agriculture-focused Yamhill Valley Heritage Center in McMinnville ...

Mac shooter said to have threatened victim, others

Estevan Pacheco posted a message on his Facebook page last week, expressing his intentions to harm and/or kill various people, and named eventual victim David Blewett by first and last name, according ...

Firefighter, Dundee reach an agreement

City close to moving on new fire chief hir

 
SIX GRADUATIONS, ONE GREAT CLASS

Dressed in red robes and colorful cords and banners denoting their achievements, McMinnville High School’s graduating seniors marched into Wortman Stadium and onto the football field this week. Six ...

County now in moderate risk category

After weeks in the COVID-19 high risk category under state guidelines, Yamhill County is moving to the moderate risk category, beginning June 11. The Oregon Health Authority reported 107 new cases in ...

 
SCAMMING SENIORS: She stood up to the lawyer who stole from her

Financial exploitation victim Bonita Pursel sat in a Yamhill County Circuit Courtroom in August 2019, anxiously waiting for Judge John Collins to return a verdict against now-disbarred attorney ...

 
Arrest made in McMinnville shooting incident; victim in stable condition

McMinnville police have located the suspect involved in a Saturday afternoon shooting. The alleged gunman was taken into custody at a residence 28 miles away, in Independence, early Sunday morning. Estevan ...

Newberg woman injured in DUII crash

A Newberg woman was injured Thursday, June 3, in a single-vehicle crash south of Dundee on Highway 99W. She was identified as Sabrina Brugger, 32, according to the Oregon State Police. She rolled ...

Highway work impacts traffic

Excavation is scheduled to start June 14 in Lafayette as the Oregon Department of Transportation work continues on Highway 99W. Work is primarily grading, drainage, and paving the roadway from ...

Prison COVID-19 outbreak leads to jump in cases

An outbreak of COVID-19 at the Sheridan federal prison has led to a spike in new cases reported by Yamhill County. Between Saturday and Monday, the county reported 50 new cases, bringing the county ...

Graffiti triggers public outrage

A photograph of a boat, vandalized with the words "I hate" and a swastika symbol spray-painted on one side, was posted to Facebook page last week, and the image created public outrage. Christine ...

State & Region

State lawmakers extend grace period for past-due rent

Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that gives tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently, tenants have until July, but under ...

Rep. Nearman charged in breach at state Capitol

By ANDREW SELSKYOf The Associated Press SALEM — Prosecutors leveled two criminal charges Friday against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into ...

Noble: ‘We have a crisis’

HB 2006 advances; lawmaker says bill offers comprehensive approach 

 

Berry will review allegations against Multnomah County DA

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry will review allegations as part of a complaint filed against Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt. Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling first reported the news ...

Redistricting process faces challenges in Legislature

The Legislature will hear testimony on redistricting for congressional and state-level legislative districts beginning next week. Hearings on Oregon’s 1st Congressional District, which includes ...

State representative suing Noble, others, resigns

State Rep. Diego Hernandez announced Sunday he had resigned. He was facing the possibility of being the first person expelled from the Oregon Legislature. His lawsuit against the Legislature, which sought ...

 
McMinnville begins work on missing middle housing requirements

The city of McMinnville is in the process of ensuring its zoning code complies with the recently approved rules for HB 2001, the “missing middle housing bill” passed in 2019 eliminating exclusive ...

Nearman attacks Democrat agenda in presentation

Rep. Mike Nearman spent much of his presentation to the Yamhill County Republican Women last Thursday listing what he considers flawed Democratic policies and ideologies; alleging Democats have “abortion-ified” ...

State first to decriminalize possession of hard drugs

By ANDREW SELSKYOf The Associated Press SALEM — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs as a ...

GOP legislators disavow Republican Party resolution on U.S. Capitol riot

Oregon state representatives Ron Noble of McMinnville and Mike Nearman of Independence – both representing portions of Yamhill County – joined all 23 Oregon Republican state representatives ...

Former Sunwest CEO's sentence commuted

Jon Herder, former owner of Salem-based Sunwest Management, which once owned six retirement and assisted living facilities in Yamhill County, including Hillside Retirement Community, had his 15 year sentence ...

 
Boquist leaves GOP for IPO

State Sen. Brian Boquist has left the Republican Party and registered as a member of the Independent Party, Secretary of State records show. The news was first reported in a Jan. 15 tweet by Oregon Public ...

Nearman stripped of duties after opening capitol door; resignation sought

UPDATED: Tuesday, Jan. 12: Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Monday stripped a Republican state representative of his responsibilities and called for his resignation after he let rioters into the state ...

Brown condemns 'irresponsible elected officials' urging defiance

Governor Kate Brown has condemned elected officials encouraging their constituents to defy her public safety mandates to control the COVID-19 pandemic, warning Oregonians that local officials have no power ...

Unidentified remains of young girl found in woods

PORTLAND — The remains of a young girl have been discovered along the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor in rural Lincoln County, Oregon State Police said Tuesday. Detectives are seeking ...

Five Oregon counties moved from 'Extreme' to 'High' risk

PORTLAND — Five Oregon counties will be upgraded from Extreme Risk to High Risk levels, based on the area's current COVID-19 data, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday.

 

First COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Oregon

PORTLAND — Oregon hospitals administered the first coronavirus vaccines in the state Wednesday to nurses, respiratory therapists, housekeeping workers and other health care employees in high-risk jobs, marking the beginning of a broad vaccination campaign in a state that's seen more than 1,200 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

 
Mac man was there when monument was destroyed

McMinnville native Ross Bernards was one of the last people on earth to see the mysterious monolith discovered in November in a remote Utah desert. Officers from the Utah Bureau of Public Safety spotted ...

 
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.