Sunday, Sept. 8, was not a typical day at work for 2003 Mac High graduate Nathan Newberg. But it turned out to be very rewarding. Newberg was part of the U.S. Coast Guard crew that rescued all 24 people ...

Local News

Willamina resident, a BLM employee, killed in crash

BEAVER - A Bureau of Land Management employee and resident of Willamina was killed Thursday when the tractor he was operating rolled down a steep embankment off the Nestucca River Road about ...

 
Students see, hear, feel air show performances

As McMinnville fifth-graders arrived at the Oregon Air Show to watch a dress rehearsal Friday morning, teachers were already planning follow-up lessons about flight, math and science and related topics. A ...

Commissioners issue diaper need awareness proclamation

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday issued a “diaper need awareness proclamation” on behalf of A Family Place, which is working to collect diapers for local families in need. The proclamation ...

Water & Light to get extra efficiency funds; increases water rates

McMinnville Water & Light on Tuesday authorized a transfer of $75,000 in energy efficiency funds from the Wells Rural Electric Company to the local utility. The funds are issued by the Bonneville ...

 
All systems go: Huge crowds expected for air show

The population of McMinnville is projected to increase significantly this weekend. And they’re all going to need places to park. Herb Gillen, a spokesman for the Oregon International Air Show, ...

Visit McMinnville promotes its role before council

The average tourist visiting McMinnville makes $140,000 per year, Atticus Hotel owner and Visit McMinnville board chair Erin Stephenson told the city council Sept. 18. Such a wealthy tourism trade underwrites ...

Along the Street: Sign-ups open for downtown scarecrow contest

The deadline for entering the McMinnville Downtown Association’s annual Scarecrow on a Lamp Post contest is Friday, Oct. 11. Participating businesses or organizations will be assigned a lamp post ...

Military to name street in honor of McMinnville vet

The late Sgt. Leonard DeWitt will be remembered Saturday when the Oregon Military Department renames a roadway at Camp Withycombe in his honor. The McMinnville man is a Medal of Honor nominee who is depicted ...

 
Ringing bells for the Constitution

Benjamin Franklin played an active role in writing and winning approval of the U.S. Constitution, signed on Sept. 17, 1787. This Sept. 17, “The First American” sat quietly in downtown McMinnville, ...

School survey, meetings planned

McMinnville School District will hold a series of community meetings and surveys to gather information about needs and successes as part of the statewide School Success Act. Oregon legislators created ...

Spaghetti fundraiser Sept. 30

A spaghetti dinner will raise funds for a van to transport veterans to events. The fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the American Legion Post 21, 126 N.E. Atlantic St., McMinnville. ...

 
Mac grad part of rescue from overturned cargo ship

Sunday, Sept. 8, was not a typical day at work for 2003 Mac High graduate Nathan Newberg. But it turned out to be very rewarding. Newberg was part of the U.S. Coast Guard crew that rescued all 24 people ...

Council may amend care center law

McMinnville city councilors will consider changes to the local care center law at their meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. The law requires care center operators to obtain specialty business licenses. ...

 
Third-graders, teachers share breakfast

Most elementary students in the McMinnville School District eat breakfast in their classrooms at the start of the school day. Third-graders at Columbus School make it a social event. Youngsters from several ...

Dayton firefighters find nothing after report of possible downed helicopter

UPDATE: DAYTON -- Medics and firefighters searched for more than 30 minutes, but found nothing, after being dispatched to an 'aircraft incident' about 12:40 p.m. near Breyman Orchards Road. A caller reported ...

Bells will mark Constitution Day

Members of Yamhill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will ring bells at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 17, to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Bell ringing will take ...

Planning commission considers proposed care center

Developers of a proposed 44-bed care center for people suffering from dementia will address the McMinnville Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The care center would be located at 235 ...

Council to discuss lodging tax

Representatives from Visit McMinnville will talk with city councilors during a 5:30 p.m. work session Wednesday, Sept. 18, about how local lodging taxes help fund the tourism organization. Under state ...

 
Air Show ready to fly over Mac

General admission tickets available for all three days

Judge delays hearing in Event Center bankruptcy

Director tells local group sale is pending

State & Region

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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