Patricia Arroyo Marquez had been struggling to breathe for months. She also experienced body aches, splitting headaches and pain behind the eyes. The symptoms never occurred simultaneously, and she was ...


 

 

Local News

Chemeketa, ferry closed; schools will continue distance learning

Head Start of Yamhill County will be closed Wednesday because of snowy weather. ------ School districts, including Yamhill Carlton and McMinnville, have announced that distance learning will continue ...

 
Stopping by: Pecking order

Edges are the best places to view birds — where the edge of a city meets the edge of a forest or where the water meets the land, according to master birdwatcher Harry Fuller. Edges contain a buffet ...

Vaccinations to begin for educators

Teachers are expected to start getting COVID-19 vaccines late this week, according to Maryalice Russell, superintendent of the McMinnville School District. She said her district and Newberg will host ...

 
Dozens voice opinions as county considers future of Yamhelas Trail

Yamhill County commissioners, who plan to consider the future of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail this week, have been flooded by letters from constituents. As of Monday afternoon, 35 people in support of ...

 
Driver sentenced as a result of fatal crash

Sherri Gotcher Rains, sobbing as she spoke, told Christophere Davidson “you robbed the world of a kind soul” last September when he drove impaired and crashed his Jeep Cherokee in rural Yamhill ...

District says no snow days during distant learning

McMinnville students will not have snow days this winter, even if the area receives more than a dusting of snow. Since students are attending classes online, rather than in-person, there’s no need ...

Chamber asks council support in reopening of gyms, restaurants

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce is urging the state to re-open fitness centers and restaurants for in-person services, and is seeking a letter of support from its city council, which it will discuss ...

 
Vaccine clinics running well, but allotments still short

Yamhill County has the capacity — thanks in part to an abundance of volunteers — to provide 4,000 to 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine a week, according to Health and Human Services Director ...

 
Yamhill fire claims life of 13-year-old

A 13-year-old Yamhill boy died in a three-alarm fire Sunday night in the 17800 block of N.E. Stillers Mill Road. Several other residents escaped.

 

 
Native plant enthusiasts spruce up library garden

Members of the Oregon Native Plant Society spent some of their Saturday sprucing up the gardens around the McMinnville Public Library. The group planted native flora and made sure plants were labeled ...

7-Eleven disturbance results in jail sentence

A Sheridan man was sentenced to 30 days in the Yamhill County Jail for causing a disturbance in late November inside the downtown McMinnville 7-Eleven and fighting with police officers outside that resulted ...

Woman's remains found at Stuart Grenfell Park

 

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 ...

County reports two more COVID deaths

Yamhill County reported another death from COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 26 new cases. On Thursday, the county reported another death, and another 26 new cases, bringing the county to 48 deaths to ...

 
Along the Street: Hagan Hamilton named a Top 100 employer - again

Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions has been named one of the Top 100 Employers in the state by Oregon Business Magazine for the 12th time in a row. The McMinnville company also received the award several ...

Willamina City Hall burglarized

A Grand Ronde man allegedly broke into Willamina City Hall early Tuesday morning, smashed windows, ransacked City Manager Kenna West’s office and other areas in the two-story building and lit paperwork ...

Former Mac soccer coach, prison Warden dies of COVID

Longtime McMinnville resident Joe Crabtree, who moved to Yamhill County to become warden of the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution and later coached a Grizzly soccer team to a state championship, ...

 
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 ...

 
Sip! canceled again; wine competition still on

Sip!, the McMinnville Food & Wine Classic popular with locals and visitors alike since 1994, has been canceled again because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jon Johnson, head of the volunteer ...

 
Latino communities hit hard by COVID

Patricia Arroyo Marquez had been struggling to breathe for months. She also experienced body aches, splitting headaches and pain behind the eyes. The symptoms never occurred simultaneously, and she was ...

State & Region

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.

 

Oregon announces new COVID metrics for school reopening

SALEM — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom.

However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students will still not be eligible for in-person learning, state officials said.

State sees highest one-week jump in new cases

Oregon recorded its highest-yet weekly jump in new cases of COVID-19 the week of October 19-25, the Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly report this week; a 14% jump that added 2,642 new ...

 
Controlled burns to reduce Forest Fuels now underway throughout Oregon

By the Oregon Dept. of Forestry

SALEM – Oregonians in forested areas may see smoke from a number of controlled burns – known as prescribed burns – this fall and winter. Forest landowners use the burns to eliminate woody fuels that build up on their land from forest thinning and after timber harvests.

Authorities look for killer of Oregon wolf; reward offered

SALEM — Someone shot a wolf in Oregon, leaving its pack without a breeding male, wildlife officials said on Friday as they announced a $6,150 reward for the shooter.

“I hope this reward will inspire some citizen to come forward with information leading to the killer,” said Wally Sykes with Northeast Oregon Ecosystems.

Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

BLAINE, Wash. — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The state Agriculture Department ...

Oregon mask requirements expanded as COVID cases rise

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the total number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon nears 40,000 people, health officials announced Monday that face-covering requirements ...

Oregon reports 418 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths as cases spike at 'alarming rate'

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The transmission rate of COVID-19 continues to increase as Oregon health officials announced an additional 418 new confirmed ...

 
Shaw criticized for voters' pamphlet error in run for Oregon HD24

While at the University of Minnesota, she studied public health, biology, and women's studies. Just to clarify from your email, she did not receive that degree and that's the issue. Below is a statement Lynnette put out last week with a more in-depth explanation of what happened:

Democratic two-thirds majority in Oregon not out of reach

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Senate President Peter Courtney stood at the dais in March. He was exhausted, furious and disheartened as he looked ...

Oregon records largest one-day COVID-19 case count

UPDATE, Sept. 28: OHA on Saturday reported an additional 277 COVID-19 cases and 4 more deaths, and on Sunday reported 242 more cases and one death.By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, ...

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