SHERIDAN — The roughly 200 staff members at the Sheridan Federal Detention Center didn’t receive a paycheck last Friday. But that doesn’t mean they are not showing up for work. FCI ...

Local News

Attorney trial rescheduled

A local attorney charged with misappropriating some of a client’s funds has waived her right to a jury trial. Erin Cooper Walters, charged with five counts of misapplication of entrusted property, ...

Care center petitioner challenges ballot title

Some McMinnville care center operators favor a measure before local voters, but they don’t like the wording. The proposed measure would amend McMinnville’s city charter so care centers cannot ...

 
Kulla starts work on campaign agenda

Losing no time in his quest to improve the county, newest commissioner Casey Kulla has added several items to today’s meeting agenda: issuing a proclamation of inclusive community, discussing the ...

Planners to discuss 'floating zones'

McMinnville planners are floating a new concept from the traditional division city maps into zones. Geographic zones allow only specific kinds development (commercial, residential and so on) within their ...

Jail body scanner reveals smuggle attempt

The Yamhill County Jail body scanner is doing the job it was intended to do, Sheriff Tim Svenson said. Amberann Renee Lane can attest to that. Renee was lodged in jail last Thursday and subjected ...

 
DAR honors West Valley vet

Yamhill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, honored Steve Bobb last week for his contributions to the Grand Ronde and Willamina areas. DAR members presented their Excellence in Community Service ...

 
Human trafficking an all-too-common problem

Human trafficking remains a tragic problem in the Northwest, across the country and around the world, a speaker from Shared Hope International told Yamhill County Republican Women. Kelly McCaughey spoke ...

 
FCI guards feel shutdown's impact; Sheridan may be next

SHERIDAN — The roughly 200 staff members at the Sheridan Federal Detention Center didn’t receive a paycheck last Friday. But that doesn’t mean they are not showing up for work. FCI ...

Commissioners disagree about school choice proclamation

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday talked their way fairly amicably through the first clashes between newly-seated commissioner Casey Kulla and his colleagues, Rick Olson and Mary Starrett, and found ...

 
Commissioners decide to leave gate in place

Several residents of High Heaven Road attended a county hearing on Thursday to ask county commissioners to leave a gate blocking the road in place. Other county residents testified the gate impedes their ...

 
Runway-obstructing trees removed near airport

The trees obstructing pilots’ view at the McMinnville Municipal Airport should be gone this morning. Rich Spofford, the city’s engineering services manager who oversees airport operations, ...

Council says goodbye to Ruden as Geary sworn in

Alan Ruden marked the end of his eight years on the McMinnville City Council Tuesday as his successor, Zack Geary, was sworn in. In honor of the departing councilor, Mayor Scott Hill proclaimed Jan. 8 ...

Meeting looks at 'Great Neighborhoods'

There will be a joint meeting of the McMinnville City Council and the advisory committee on the city’s buildable lands inventory, housing needs analysis and housing strategy project at 5:30 p.m. ...

Park bid accepted, amidst cheerleading

Bids for public projects rarely generate much excitement at city council meetings, but an $800,000 bid from C&M Excavation had McMinnville councilors jubilant at their Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting. Acceptance ...

City adopts final draft of strategic plan

McMinnville leaders adjusted the vision statement for the city’s strategic plan, City Manager Jeff Towery told city councilors Jan. 8. The first draft apparently sounded too generic. “It sort ...

Along the Street: New Mexican restaurant opens

Mexican restaurant opens in old Baker Street deli’s spot Mezcal Sabores de Mexico opened for business this week at 1208 S.W. Baker St., the former location of Jake’s Deli & Restaurant. Jim ...

Council hears from West Valley Visioning Project

WILLAMINA — The Willamina City Council Tuesday night was introduced to the West Valley Visioning Project Surveys were distributed at the meeting. Two questions asked were: What do you love about ...

 
Deputies, firefighters back at Hendricks Road property as eviction deadline looms

CARLTON — Law enforcement officers and firefighters responded Tuesday to separate incidents at the troubled Hendricks Road property, on the east edge of Carlton.  Cleanup activities brought ...

Sheridan man dies in bypass crash

Andres Resendez wasn’t scheduled to work Monday, his nephew, Silvestre Resendez, said in a Facebook post. “He filled in for a guy that didn’t come back from vacation on time,” ...

 
After learning basics at school, shop students practice professional skills

Fabrication company helps students practice professional skills

State & Region

Might Oregon kill ‘kicker tax’ rebate to help education?

PORTLAND — Momentum is building to end the only-in-Oregon approach of issuing tax rebates in order to build reserves for schools. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that if Oregon economists’ ...

Democrats face hurdles in Oregon despite supermajority

By ANDREW SELSKY Of The Associated Press SALEM — The election gave Democrats a three-fifths supermajority in Oregon’s Legislature with greater power to impose taxes, but the Senate president ...

Yamhill County votes Buehler, but Oregon re-elects Brown for governor

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was re-elected Tuesday, saying she won her first full term as leader of the Pacific Northwest state in a “slam-dunk.”
In Yamhill County, Republican challenger Knute Buehler was favored, earning 23,705 votes, or 53.48 percent, to Brown’s 17,274 votes, or 38.97 percent, after initial results released by the county clerk’s office.

Boquist worries some mailed votes may arrive late

SALEM — Voters in Oregon mail in their ballots or leave them in official boxes, but a Republican state lawmaker said Friday more mailed votes may arrive past deadline because of U.S. Postal Service cutbacks that have slowed mail delivery in rural — and primarily Republican — areas.

 

Democrats aim to win supermajority in Oregon Legislature

SALEM — Democrats have a chance to win one more seat each in the state Senate and House in Tuesday's election.

 

Phishing attempts on Oregon election officials increase

SALEM — Oregon’s paper-ballot voting system in the state has never been more accurate or secure, though the number of phishing attempts targeting election officials has increased, the state’s elections director said.

 

Voters in 10 Oregon counties to vote on gun rights ordinance

PORTLAND — Voters in 10 Oregon counties will decide on Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances this Election Day. The ordinances state that county residents have the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, and the right to own firearms without any registration requirement.

 

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