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Chainsaw attacker convicted

A Salem man, who used a chainsaw to cut into the driver’s side of a vehicle with two people inside in a March 2022 incident, was found guilty by a Yamhill County jury of one count each of ...

School board awards construction contract

The Willamina School Board awarded the middle school construction contract to Scholten Construction Inc. of Willamina on a unanimous vote at this month’s meeting. The project will add six ...

Operation Generation holds fundraiser dinner

Operation Generation, a housing complex for families and senior residents, holds a kickoff fundraiser 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at Praise Church, 8930 N.E. Third St. Tickets for the dinner ...

 
Other-worldly imaginations regale large parade crowd

A huge, round otherworldly shape hovered over McMinnville Saturday afternoon as locals and visitors gathered for the return of the UFO Festival’s Alien Parade. Powered by nuclear fusion, ...

News-Register issues email scam warning

Scam emails – known as “phishing attacks” — are being received throughout the community and beyond, perhaps connected to the illegal breach of a mailbox account in the News-Register’s ...

County approves UGB land swap in Dayton

On the outskirts of the city of Dayton, Ash Street runs along quiet fields bordered by trees, homes and small orchards, to connect with Highway 18. Ferry Street, turning into the Amity-Dayton ...

Remains positively identified as missing man

UPDATE, May 17: The remains found in the car in the Willamette River off Rogers Landing have been positively identified as those of Ralph Brown. according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. ...

 
STRANGE DAYS

UFO Festival events swirled like moons around the weekend’s main event, the parade on Third Street. From Alien Abduction Dash 5K in the morning — the best-attended run yet — ...

 
Last day to turn in ballots

County turnout for primary at 18.8% so far   Today is the last day to turn in ballots for the May primary election, and as of Friday, just 18.8% of the county’s electorate had done ...

Rate hike OK’d for Waste Management

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved rate increases for Waste Management’s garbage collection and transfer station in Newberg, and agreed to hold a public hearing on May ...

Council continues Three Mile Lane Plan hearing

Planning director to discuss transportation funding May 19 with Parkway Committee

McMinnville bicyclist hit by vehicle on Highway 18

A McMinnville bicyclist was struck by a vehicle early Monday night on Highway 18 in the area of Booth Bend Road, the Oregon State Police reported. The bicyclist, identified as Leroy Louis Crum, 51, was ...

 
Salem woman killed in two-vehicle crash

A Salem woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in the area of the Amity-Dayton Highway and Stringtown Road, according to the Oregon State Police. The incident was reported about 2:30 ...

 
Willamina city manager resigns

West takes Independence job; library director Frost named interim manager

 
Mural takes wing

Giant butterflies rise above the railroad tracks just north of Third Street in McMinnville. The insects aren’t interfering with the freight trains that roll through town several times a day; rather, ...

 
Along the Street: Youngsters can sign up for Lemonade Day

Lemons turn into life lessons Local youngsters can turn lemons into lemonade – and earn money and learn business skills – by signing up for the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce’s ...

UFO Fest brings three running events

This weekend’s UFO Festival brings three running events, including the new “Race to Space.” Linfield University’s Economics of Running Class will present “Race to Space” ...

 
Camas Festival blossoms at Linfield

The first Camas Festival started with a song, “Travels With Our Ancestors,” before moving on to the observance of the historic cultural and culinary importance of a flowering plant and its ...

 
UFO Festival: This weekend, we are not alone

You never know who you’ll see at McMinnville’s UFO Festival. A local resident costumed as if they’ve been grabbed by an alien in preparation for a space flight. A pug dressed as Frank ...

State & Region

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: ...

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 ...