A fire table to warm customers in outdoor dining facilities is the latest creation of Vesuvian Forge, an environmentally friendly concrete products company started in McMinnville in 2019. Founder John ...


 

 

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Dayton council to meet Monday

Dayton City Council will meet by Zoom Monday night to consider a liquor license renewal and citywide goals for 2021-22. The public session will start at 6:30 p.m. A link is available from the city website, ...

 
Along the Street: Company unveils table for warmth, ambiance

A fire table to warm customers in outdoor dining facilities is the latest creation of Vesuvian Forge, an environmentally friendly concrete products company started in McMinnville in 2019. Founder John ...

'Back to Classroom' rally Saturday

Parents and community members who want to see school buildings reopen are planning a “Back to the Classroom” rally on Saturday, Feb. 27. The event will run from 1 to 2 p.m. in front of the ...

 
For McMinnville science teacher, extra training worthwhile

Science teacher Laura Syring is one of several McMinnville High School educators to have taken additional training to teach the rigorous, college-level courses in the Advance Placement and dual credit ...

Yamhill to bring in superintendent finalists

Yamhill Carlton School District residents will have a chance to meet finalists for the superintendent job — Brad Berzinski, John Koch and YC High Principal Clint Raever— at a community ...

 
City council offers support to affordable housing project

The council approved a letter of support for a potential affordable housing development and listened to a presentation detailing how cities can navigate the impacts of climate change at its Tuesday meeting. The ...

Sheridan zeros in on manager recruiting firm

The Sheridan City Council voted to follow Carlton’s lead in selecting Jensen Strategies, LLC of Portland to oversee its search for the next city manager. The deal is pending successful negotiation ...

Mac board to interview superintendent candidates

McMinnville School Board members will interview several candidates Saturday as the search for a new superintendent continues. They hope to hire someone this spring to replace Maryalice Russell, who is ...

Pool, community center programs set to resume

McMinnville Parks and Recreation facilities will begin reopening Monday, although they aren’t yet returning to full operations and the senior center won’t open at all. “It’s a ...

County reports two deaths from COVID-19 this week

According to the Oregon Health Authority, an 88-year-old woman in Yamhill County, who had underlying conditions, died on Jan. 7 at her residence, and a 91-year-old woman who tested positive on ...

Bill could bring $1.5 million for shelter, services

The affordable housing committee, which the city council codified from a task force into a committee earlier this week, is monitoring two Oregon House bills that if passed would provide $1.5 million to ...

 
Challenges, career programs encourage students to continue

Cancellation of activities and in-person classes at McMinnville High School last year led to a decrease in students continuing to college after their socially-distanced graduation. Educators don’t ...

 
Sheridan Japanese School will close after 26 years

The Sheridan Japanese School, which opened its doors in 1994, will close when the current school year ends. “This school existed in some form for 26 years,” Executive Director Jennifer Schulze ...

 
Struggling restaurants, other establishments reopen their doors to the public

Rogelio Gutierrez Martinez has witnessed many changes in the 13 years he’s owned Los Molcajetes, a Mexican restaurant on Third Street in downtown McMinnville, but nothing like the past year. Sales ...

County debates ordinance on gun sanctuary

County commissioners Thursday discussed, but did not vote on, a proposed ordinance that would declare the county a “sanctuary” from all state and federal laws on gun regulation, including registration ...

PGE finally reports: 'No more power outages'

UPDATE: Saturday, Portland General Electric reported "No Outages" in the utility's 7-county service area of northwest Oregon. An unexpected weather front on Friday caused new power outages, but those and ...

 
McMinnville grad named to NYT's White House team

McMinnville native Jim Tankersley has been named to The New York Times’ seven-member White House team, the newspaper announced Monday.  Tankersley, who joined The Times in 2017 as an economic ...

Amity water system operating normally

The city of Amity lifted water restrictions Friday afternoon; three reservoirs (tanks) were full and the water system was operating normally, according to City Administrator Michael Thomas. The Valentine’s ...

Sex charges lodged against former McMinnville resident

A Salem resident, who formerly lived in McMinnville, was arraigned last Friday in Marion County Circuit Court on felony child sex abuse charges. Luis Fernando Del Rio Jr., 35, is charged with six counts ...

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 ...

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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 ...

 
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 ...

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