In the past 54 years, the city of McMinnville has had only three public works/community development directors, each with a tenure of about 20 years.  “I think that’s reflective ...


 

 

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Adult bicyclist struck and killed in McMinnville

An adult male bicyclist was struck and killed by a commercial motor vehicle shortly before 6 a.m. Friday in the area of Northeast Baker and Fifth streets in McMinnville. The 24-year-old victim ...

County will replace all planned J&J vaccine doses with Moderna

Health officials across Oregon and the country are making hasty plans to replace all Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses with Moderna or Pfizer, after learning Tuesday that the Centers for Disease ...

Hot, dry weather leads to burn ban

With hot, dry weather in the forecast, fire danger is expected to be especially high through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service and area fire departments. Outdoor burning is banned ...

Cause determined in West Valley ambulance fire

A catastrophic failure of the transmission that blew oil over engine parts, and ignited a fire was the cause of a late February blaze that destroyed a West Valley Fire District ambulance. The Sheridan/Southwestern ...

Sheridan council to meet in school gym

The Sheridan City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Sheridan High School gymnasium. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held in the cafeteria. There will be a public hearing ...

 
Grand Ronde powwows canceled for second year

The Marcellus Norwest Memorial Veterans Powwow, traditionally held in July, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Contest Powwow, an August fixture on the tribal grounds, have been canceled for ...

 
Mike Bisset retiring after 21 years as Mac's community development director

In the past 54 years, the city of McMinnville has had only three public works/community development directors, each with a tenure of about 20 years.  “I think that’s reflective ...

 
Farm Fest goes virtual, but live events planned later this year

The gigantic draft horses didn’t care about COVID; they were just there to lend their muscles to pull plows at the 2021 Farm Fest, a Yamhill County Historical Society event that went virtual this ...

 
Dine Out(side) will return to Third

Downtown street will close to cars on weekends starting at end of May Diners will be able to enjoy al fresco meals and wine tastings this summer as McMinnville’s Dine Out(side) program returns for ...

Secondary students to start hybrid classes

McMinnville middle and high school students will return to in-person classes Monday, April 19, 13 months after schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Students will be in classrooms ...

After bout with COVID, nursery worker encourages everyone to get vaccinated

For about two months in the summer, Maria I. Mota Garcia didn’t leave her Dayton home. Mota-Garcia, 53, along with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, all caught COVID-19.  When ...

 
Dispensing hope: Virginia Garcia clinics plan to vaccinate 30,000 by mid-July

  Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center’s 17 clinics across Yamhill and Washington counties have vaccinated nearly 15,000 people against COVID-19 so far, staff told Congresswoman Suzanne ...

 
Linfield professor alleges antisemitism; Board of Rabbis calls for resignations

The Oregon Board of Rabbis called Thursday for the resignation of Linfield University President Miles Davis and Board of Trustees chair David Baca, matching calls from students and other university ...

 
Veteran journalist joins N-R as managing editor

Longtime journalist Kirby Neumann-Rea has joined the News-Register newsroom as managing editor, coming from the Columbia Gorge News. He served as editor of the Hood River News for more than 20 years. Neumann-Rea ...

County: 25 new cases of COVID over weekend

Yamhill County announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 for the three days from Saturday to Monday, bringing the county to a total to date of 4,040. There have been 74 deaths in the county. The Oregon Health ...

 
Wanted suspect eludes Newberg-Dundee police

A suspect wanted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office eluded Newberg-Dundee Police on the evening of Tuesday, April 6. The sheriff’s office gave this account: About 8:30 p.m., deputies ...

Lane leaving Mac senior center

After her freshman year of college, Anne Lane was home for the summer and worked as a parks maintenance employee for the city of McMinnville, pruning trees, tending to irrigation and cleaning bathrooms.  Lane, ...

Local agency fights rural Dallas fire

The Sheridan/Southwestern Polk/West Valley fire districts responded Saturday morning to a structure fire on Laura Lane, just outside the city of Dallas. A two-car garage with converted living ...

Yamhill council to discuss police fee

Yamhill City Council members will discuss a proposed $5 a month police service fee when they meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. The public meeting will be held via Zoom. A link is available on the city ...

 
Carlton's new city manager adapts dispute resolution background to work and life

Shannon Beaucaire had been attending Carlton City Council meetings for several months before she started her job as city manager on Monday, April 5. Moving into city hall in town in person confirmed what ...

State & Region

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.

 

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 ...

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