Avid cycling fans Matt Roth and Eric Ledouceur are excited to be the new co-owners of Tommy’s Bicycle Shop, a fixture in McMinnville for decades. The longtime friends purchased the shop ...

 

 

 

 

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Blood supply at crisis level; several local drives planned

Several local blood drives are planned in the next few weeks as the American Red Cross tries to restock its supplies during what it calls “a national blood crisis.” McMinnville, Amity and ...

Dayton schools take a break; some Sheridan classes online

Some Yamhill County school districts are closing buildings or switching to online learning temporarily, with many staff members as well as students absent because of COVID or in quarantine related ...

Kristof granted his day in court

As May election preparations loom, the Supreme Court has signaled that a legal avenue is open for Nick Kristof and his plans to run for governor. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum gave the green light ...

Organizers end effort to recall West Valley Fire board member

With the West Valley Fire District no longer performing its own services and a chief some members disliked gone from the district, organizers of a recall effort against West Valley Fire Board President ...

Republican, conservative money targets recall vote

By NICOLE MONTESANO Of the News-Register Right-wing politicians and organizations have been pouring money into the Newberg School Board recall election, with fliers attempting to link it to everything ...

 
Classified worker turned sub enjoys teaching duties

Danielle Vironen is planning to become a teacher when she finishes her master’s degree in 2023. She’s had a chance to get started early, though, substituting for absent teachers in the school ...

County health director: If you have symptoms, assume COVID

COVID-19 is surging in Yamhill County, dwarfing the highest numbers seen during last summer’s Delta variant surge, County Health and Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin told a group of elected ...

What to do if you get sick with COVID-19

The Oregon Health Authority and Yamhill County are posting guidelines for people sick at home with COVID-19. The state has set up a call line, 866-917-881, for people with questions, either about health ...

Grand Ronde woman killed in Highway 22 crash

A Grand Ronde woman was killed early Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 22 in Polk County, about nine miles east of the Highway 18/22 interchange. She was identified as Elisabeth Robin, ...

Dayton cancels high school, junior high classes due to staff shortages

Dayton School District's high school and junior high will be closed Thursday, Jan. 13, due to staff shortages. The elementary school is open as usual today, but both schools will be closed Friday. Dayton ...

Commissioners push for changes to COVID website

County Commissioners Mary Starrett and Lindsay Berschauer sought on Thursday to add to the information provided by the county’s Public Health website about COVID-19, and include unproven home treatment ...

Board backs restoring tribe’s hunting rights

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday decided to postpone resuming in-person meetings for three weeks, given the massive surge of COVID-19 cases in the state, and agreed to support a bill in the U.S. ...

Man arrested in West Valley burglaries

A Willamina man was arraigned last Thursday in Yamhill County Circuit Court on charges that allege he burglarized multiple West Valley properties. Stephen Darrell Price, 34, was arrested at a rural Willamina ...

Police find wanted subject dead

McMinnville Police, who attempted to establish contact with a wanted subject at his residence in the southwest part of the city Friday afternoon, found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The ...

 
Missing tattoo artist found dead in Tigard

The body of Jesse Michael McFerran, a Lafayette resident who owns the Fancy Rabbit Art Collective tattoo business, 413 N.E. Third St., in McMinnville, was found Saturday in what Tigard Police described ...

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 ...

‘Very difficult decision’: Mac Parks & Rec facilities closed

McMinnville’s aquatic center, community center and senior center are closed as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The city made the “very difficult decision to pause” its programs ...

Air show will return to Mac

The Oregon Air Show has announced dates for its third event in McMinnville, as well as a performance in Hillsboro this year. Both will feature stunt and aerobatic shows, unusual aircraft and military ...

 
New MEDP director says local economic development is a marathon, not a sprint

McMinnville has a lot going for it: a great location, a good airport, quality health care and education, the blossoming wine industry, work on the bypass and a history of forward-thinking leaders, said ...

 
Send in the claw: Owner says specialized truck makes lifting easy

Removing a fallen tree or setting a decorative boulder in place might require several laborers and a forklift or other piece of heavy equipment. But Mark Pauletto of Carlton said his special ...

State & Region

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: ...

Forest accord hailed as ‘Oregon Way’

After dueling ballot measures last year threatened to make a battleground out of Oregon forestry yet again, Governor Kate Brown asked environmentalists and timber owners to negotiate a compromise ...

 
Boundary challenge denied, new districts affirmed

By JULIA SHUMWAYOf the Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon’s new legislative boundaries are set for the next 10 years after the Oregon Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two challenges to the maps ...

COVID 19: Nurses tell Merkeley they need help

Nurses from across Oregon told Senator Jeff Merkley last week they desperately need help, and that the nation needs to invest far more in training new nurses. Critical Care Nurse Misty Richards appeared ...

 
Noble confirms plan to run for Congress in new district

State Rep. Ron Noble confirmed this week that he plans to run for Congress next year in Oregon’s new 6th District, which encompasses the territory he represents in the Legislature. Noble said he’s ...

 
Judge Collins to retire at year’s end

Judge John Collins, who served as district attorney before being appointed to the Yamhill County Circuit Court bench in 1992, plans to retire effective Friday, Dec. 31. Collins has served as a pro tem ...

 
Kristof running for top state job

Yamhill’s Nicholas Kristof will run for governor. Kristof, 62, confirmed Wednesday what the 1977 Yamhill-Carlton High School graduate had been considering for weeks. He formalized his candidacy ...

 
‘I’m not sure I want to be a politician’: 1974 N-R profiled the future candidate

Nicholas Kristof’s announcement Wednesday gives prescience to a 47-year-old News-Register article. “Nicholas gets in politics early,” reads the May 18, 1974, newspaper’s Neighbor ...

Nicholas Kristof forms candidate committee, resigns from NY Times

Nicholas Kristof of Yamhill, who since June has been mulling a Democratic bid for Oregon governor, has formed the candidate committee Nick For Oregon. The filing was completed Oct. 12 with the Oregon Secretary ...

 
Demo begins on former Blue Heron Paper Mill site

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde leaders gathered in ceremony Sept. 21 to mark the beginning of on-site demolition work at the former Blue Heron Paper Mill in Oregon City. The event marked the first ...

 
New political lines drawn; same divide may remain

Voters in the cities of Newberg, Dundee, Amity, Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde will have new representation in the Oregon House and in a Senate District 12 that now includes nearly all of Yamhill ...

 
Mike Nearman pleads guilty to official misconduct

Former Oregon  State Representative Michael Nearman pled guilty July 27 to the crime of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, and was sentenced by Judge Cheryl Pellegrini in Marion County ...

State lawmakers extend grace period for past-due rent

Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that gives tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently, tenants have until July, but under ...

Rep. Nearman charged in breach at state Capitol

By ANDREW SELSKYOf The Associated Press SALEM — Prosecutors leveled two criminal charges Friday against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into ...

Noble: ‘We have a crisis’

HB 2006 advances; lawmaker says bill offers comprehensive approach