The state Department of Environmental Quality intends to have Riverbend Landfill closed in eight years, officials told the public Wednesday evening, during a hearing conducted by Zoom. However, the monitoring ...

 

 

 

 

Local News

Commissioners just say no to mushroom ballot measure

Rural Yamhill County voters won’t see a ballot measure on psilocybin mushrooms this November, although residents of several cities in the county will. Commissioners agreed unanimously on Thursday ...

 
Yamhill Fire Board fires longtime chief

The Yamhill Fire District Board voted unanimously Monday night to oust Brian Jensen as its chief after 18 years leading the district. The agency immediately named assistant chief Trampas Bergstrom ...

Shots fired in Southeast McMinnville

McMinnville Police responded about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, to a shots fired call in the area of Southeast Davis and Debbie streets. A residence in the 400 block of Debbie and a vehicle parked ...

 
Carlton residents call for safety on rerouted 47

Highway 47 will be rerouted, moving trucks and other traffic around downtown Carlton, rather than through the downtown business district, ODOT officials confirmed Tuesday night during a presentation ...

 
Kristof creates PAC to direct job-training funding

Yamhill farmer and former Oregon gubernatorial candidate Nick Kristof reports that his apples and grapes weathered the spring cold, and the crop looks good. Meanwhile, he is plowing former campaign ...

Willamina hosts city-wide garage sale

The Willamina Economic Improvement District and the city will host a community garage sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. About 30 participants are expected. Willamina Christian ...

Graphic novelist to speak

Graphic novelist Jonathan Case will present his new work, “Little Monarchs,” at the McMinnville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting on Sunday, Aug. 14. The meeting will start ...

 
Along the Street: Business changes

Susan Goodwin, who creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, has moved her showroom to a new location, 222 N.E. Evans St., downtown McMinnville. “My display changes continuously, since every piece is ...

 
Blue Moon over century mark

!00th birthday party Saturday

 
SMART dedicates new mural at Mac library

If McMinnville’s newest complete mural were a book, it would be an anthology. A wide selection of themes spans the McMinnville Library wall on Northwest Adams Street. Mural artists Allison McClay ...

Speaker explains history of Chinese in Mac in the 19th cen

A group of about 50 people glimpsed a little-known part of Yamhill County history — the life and times of 19th and 20th century Chinese immigrants — in a talk in the historic ballroom ...

Rock of Ages to host Fun Festival Saturday

usic and activities for all ages are planned at the Rock of Ages Fun Festival starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Valley View Retirement Village west of McMinnville, 15600 S.W. Rock of ...

Mt. Mazama Street shooting officers identified

Cpl. Brett Rudolph and Det. Evan Burt have been identified as the two McMinnville Police officers who returned fire Saturday, July 30, as Dillan Cashman allegedly fired about 200 rounds from multiple weapons ...

Dayton to host city/county dinner

The Dayton City Council will host the August Yamhill County/City Dinner Thursday, Aug. 18, at Stoller Family Estate, 16161 N.E. McDougall Road, Dayton. A social hour will start at 6:30, followed by dinner ...

Ombudsman sought to help elderly

The office of the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman is looking for volunteers in Yamhill County, as well as across the state. Volunteer ombudsmen help protect the rights of seniors and others who are living ...

Cashman indicted; judge sets bail at $1 million

Grand jury charges against Dillan Cashman include attempted murder

Dayton to create time, place and manner restrictions

While several cities in the county are asking voters if they want to place a two-year moratorium on psilocybin service centers, the city of Dayton has decided to treat them like marijuana dispensaries. Voters ...

Newberg initiative petition fails first round of signature

Backers seek to propose measure banning temporary housing near schools

 
Young exhibitors love the fair

Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo week was the best part of the year for many area young people, who spent the days — and nights, in many cases — on the fairgrounds with their animals, ...

 
Fair draws biggest crowd ever, manager says

Drawn by the carnival, the rodeo and numerous concerts, as well as animal exhibits, about 41,000 people crowded the Yamhill County Fairgrounds Aug. 3-6. Fair manager Gary Wertz said he expected ...

State & Region

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 ...

 
Boundary challenge denied, new districts affirmed

By JULIA SHUMWAYOf the Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon’s new legislative boundaries are set for the next 10 years after the Oregon Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two challenges to the maps ...