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Swingin' on a Star raises funds for music programs

McMinnville High School singers and instrumentalists were joined by adult musicians and students from Patton and Duniway middle schools Saturday night for Swingin' On a Star. The annual event -- back ...

Mac Fire hires new marshal

Ty Darby is familiar with Mac after his time in Newberg with TVFR

Band of Brothers meets Thursday

Tyson Weinert, president and CEO of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museums, will speak Thursday, Feb. 2, at a meeting of the McMinnville Band of Brothers veterans’ organization. The group meets ...

Gwendolyn project denied by HLC

Gwendolyn developers told restoration remains reasonable option; appeal could come March 2

Candidates can file for local school boards

Starting Feb. 4, candidates can file for election to school board positions in Yamhill County districts. Candidates need to file at the Yamhill County Clerk’s Office, 414 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, ...

Driver convicted of manslaughter

A Portland man will spend 80 months — six years and six months — in prison after pleading guilty in Yamhill County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree manslaughter in connection with ...

 
Stopping by Three decades of volunteering at the hospital

Jere Boundy and other volunteers raise funds for scholarships in the WVMC gift shop

Restaurants fire up grills for Melt Down

Cheese starting to melt   Although the ground may stay frozen, cheese will be melting all over Yamhill County starting Wednesday as the annual Melt Down fundraiser for YCAP gets underway. Forty-one ...

 
Friendly feline

Millie May knew, somehow, that her neighbor needed a friend. So the big black-and-white paid her a visit. She called at the door, and, once admitted, climbed onto Darrell “Dee” Evans’ ...

 
Carlton city services move to temporary quarters

Carlton City Hall has moved to temporary quarters adjacent to Wennerberg Park and the North Yamhill River while the city moves forward with constructing a new civic building. The new building will hold ...

 
Honors for OMI employee

Representatives of the Willamette Cancer Foundation surprised Mindy Menke of Oregon Mutual Insurance Thursday in appreciation of the hundreds of hours she has devoted to helping cancer patients and their ...

 
Fire damages McMinnville home

A fire caused an undetermined amount of damage to a McMinnville home in the 1400 block of Northeast Johnson Street early Friday morning. No cause has been determined, according to McMinnville Fire Department ...

County accepts grant for fairgrounds work

The Delashmutt Arena at the Yamhill County fairgrounds will receive a new roof this year, thanks to a $277,777 grant from the Oregon Business Development Department. Fairgrounds Manager Gary Wertz told ...

County terminates SEDCOR contract

County commissioners, who have been talking about terminating the county’s contract with the Strategic Economic Development Corporation since last April, made it official on Thursday, voting unanimously ...

City Day at the Capitol

A large contingent of McMinnville leadership was on hand for City Day at the Capitol Wednesday, an annual event that gives city leaders a chance to discuss legislation and funding with lawmakers. Community ...

City leaders agree to suspend taxing authority

The city of McMinnville will pause exercising its $1.50 taxing authority for at least a year if consolidation of the city and rural fire districts is approved by voters in May. Members of the budget committee ...

Staff responds to reported COVID outbreak at jail

Wife of incarcerated man says jail was lax in care, precautions

 
Rescue training: Students learn to peel open car to help victim

Sofia Fornof hefted a spreading tool and pushed its jaws into the gap between the driver’s door and the frame of a wrecked sedan. She braced her feet and turned on the battery. After a moment, the ...

Yamhill grass seed company, owner guilty of fraud

Gregory McCarthy, owner of Ground Zero Seeds, a Yamhill grass seed production and wholesale company, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jan. 24, in federal court in Portland to one count of misprision of felony related ...

 
Newberg man dies in DOC custody

Thomas James Kjersten of Newberg, sentenced in 2018 to 12 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty in Yamhill County Circuit Court to four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, died Monday, ...

State & Region

State Supreme Court orders non-unanimous convictions to be re-examined

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled last week that people convicted of felony crimes by non-unanimous juries are entitled to petition for relief. That means years or decades-old convictions could be overturned, ...

Governor declares emergency over pediatric RSV hospitalizations

After RSV hospitalizations of children younger than 5 tripled in early November, Governor Kate Brown declared a public health emergency this week, issuing a directive to provide support and flexibility ...

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: ...