The July 30 incident in McMinnville — in which a man fired 200 rounds from multiple weapons from inside a house, striking several neighboring homes — showed that Yamhill County is not immune ...

Editorials

OSU study lays out vision for 'rewilding' of American West

“Rewilding the American West,” a public lands management study led by faculty of Oregon State University’s Department of Forestry, is being widely heralded by environmental and conservation ...

Local efforts may not solve homelessness, but they help

The three candidates for Oregon governor last week kicked off the general election season with a debate hosted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. On the issue of homelessness, they hit all ...

No cause to lock public out at behest of timber company

In August 2001, the county commissioners serving at the time authorized Willamette Industries to gate off a 6.7-mile section of High Heaven Road, a public road providing access to public and private timberland ...

City on verge of decision on crucial element of its future

On Dec. 13, 2013, Evergreen International Aviation and several of its subsidiaries filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. Within months, Evergreen’s sprawling Highway 18 campus went on the market, ...

Court ruling makes it clear: Gun sanctuary a pipe dream

In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, which Donald Trump began branding as fraudulent months in advance, Trump forces filed 63 legal challenges in state and federal courts. Trump prevailed on ...

Snuffing fireworks violations requires citizens to sound of

Get much sleep the Monday night of July 4? No, neither did we. Many of you probably live in McMinnville. And it seems McMinnville has become a sanctuary city for open use of illegal fireworks, not to ...

Reform rooted in evidence, but that won't quell criticism

When Senate Bill 48 goes into effect today in Oregon, it will essentially take a bail reform model developed here in Yamhill County statewide. Our county was one of just a handful chosen more than a decade ...

Land of opportunity for all, not just the privileged few

Marginalizing fellow Earth dwellers on the basis of gender, religious heritage, skin pigment, facial characteristics, ethnic origins, racial identity, sexual orientation, economic privilege, social class ...

Free four specialized offices from the county term limits

Term limits debate has smoldered in Yamhill County for three decades now, and periodically burst into flame. In recent weeks, it has once again begun burning brightly. At issue are two sets of limits, ...

 
Downtown up for an overhaul demanding careful coordination

Fasten your seatbelts, folks. Downtown McMinnville seems poised for an explosive expansion over the next few years. Its historic Third Street core remains the point of principal focus, but development ...

Letters

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The News-Register welcomes written opinions about issues of public interest and about the content of this newspaper. Letters from non-local writers are accepted only if they focus on local issues. Letters ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 12, 2022

Law has changed This letter is in response to Sandra Ponto’s letter about bicyclists not stopping at stop signs. There has been a change to the rules for bicyclists. Starting Jan 1, 2020, bicyclists ...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 5, 2022

Officer goes missing For a couple of years, we have had a police officer with a radar gun patrolling our neighborhood. This was no ordinary officer, as he was made out of cardboard. He dutifully stood ...

Letters to the Editor: July 29, 2022

What’s the rush? If the Three Mile Lane Area Plan has taken years to create, and was just approved by the planning commission March 17, why, oh, why is public input being rushed so? The city has ...

Letters to the Editor: July 22, 2022

Unrestricted access I would like to respond to former sheriff Lee Vasquez’ letter of July 15: I absolutely respect the office of sheriff and the dedicated men and women who work there in any capacity. ...

Letters to the Editor: July 15, 2022

Remaining engaged I was surprised to learn in Friday’s Viewpoints article by Ellis Conklin that I have bid a “bitter farewell to foray into Oregon politics.” It’s true that I’m ...

Letters to the Editor: July 8, 2022

Shortsighted misdirection I just watched, on YouTube, McMinnville Planning Director Heather Richards’ presentation to the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce on the Three Mile Lane Area Plan. And ...

Letters to the Editor: July 1, 2022

Keep the trees! Thank you for publishing the excellent article regarding the trees lining McMinnville’s Third Street. Charles Hillestad makes a clear and compelling case for retaining our lovely ...

 
Letters to the Editor: June 24, 2022

Save the trees Part of the charm of McMinnville are the trees, especially down Third Street. Dear developer/urban planner: Do not gut the beauty of our downtown. You cannot build a new tree! Bob McNamee McMinnville   Where’s ...

 
Letters to the Editor: June 17, 2022

Doesn’t pay way I’m surprised a member of the city council would complain about  Measures 5 and 50 depleting the city’s financial reserves. If I recall correctly, the council was ...

Commentary

 
Editorial Cartoons

Selected editorial cartoon from the News-Register Viewpoints section.

 
Bader: Gun safety isn't just about laws

The July 30 incident in McMinnville — in which a man fired 200 rounds from multiple weapons from inside a house, striking several neighboring homes — showed that Yamhill County is not immune ...

Jeb Bladine: Jack Crabtree followed clear moral compass

Jack Crabtree, 62, died far too young. Graveside services Friday (today) will celebrate his memory and promise a new life – services I regrettably will miss. Were that different, I would be telling ...

 
Back, and Forth: ‘No Boundaries’ can be found in quieter corners of the fair

My best memories of the 2022 Yamhill County Fair include a tutu. Truly appreciating the fair, any fair, is somewhat of a ballet — turns and jumps that lead to new discoveries. As a journalist, ...

Bjork-James: Social media sites fueling surge in white nationalism

By SOPHIE BJORK-JAMES Of Vanderbilt University White nationalists keep showing up in the hearings of the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection of 2021. Evidence is mounting that ...

 
White: Take a step on the wild side and adopt a Mustang

Wild horses and burros are America’s Western icon, and they are currently filling federal holding corrals by the thousands. These holding corrals have been operated and maintained by the federal ...

Jeb Bladine: Too many jobs for too few candidates

America’s nationwide workforce crisis has triggered a mass waiting game. Businesses and institutions are challenged by the inability to find qualified employees to fill key positions. As a result, ...

Finley: Death penalty a barbaric practice lacking any meaningful purpose

By LAURA FINLEY Of Barry University There is no doubt about Nikolas Cruz’s culpability for the mass murder of 17 people and the injury of 17 others at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas ...

Davis: Not even Supreme Court can save Big Coal's eclipse in U.S.

By REBECCA DAVIS Of Stephen F. Austin State University The U.S. coal industry chalked up a rare win this summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling limiting the government’s ability ...

 
Anderson: A proactive approach to aging's challenges

Challenges bring out the best in most people, and aging is one of the most onerous challenges we face. We are all aging each day. Add enough days together and we will see our 80s, 90s or even 100s. A ...

Jeb Bladine: Law change allows working pensions

It’s Day 26 of 39 “Dog Days of Summer,” and America is sweltering from coast to coast. The sizzling heat wave finally moderated in the East but not in the Southwest; locally, people are ...

Martin: Boris Johnson's messy legacy of lies, scandals and Brexit

By GARRET MARTIN Of American University Boris Johnson, the now outgoing prime minister of the United Kingdom, had wanted to follow in the footsteps of his idol Winston Churchill. He wanted ...

 
Back, and Forth: Reciting the joys of the multi-purpose first name

The other night in conversation, I referred to something from the early 1900s as “after the turn of the century,” to which my 26-year-old son dryly asked me if I meant 2021 or 1921. At ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Vanport residents built nearly half of US WWII aircraft carriers

During the first year of the Second World War, the conflict in the Pacific was all about aircraft carriers. With a carrier, one could take the fight to the enemy. Without one, one could only huddle on ...

 
Back, and Forth: You don't need a mullet wig to enjoy the quirk around us

I’ve been thinking a lot about the strange and unusual around us — what you might call “quirk.” Quirk is both quicksilver and quotidian. It can pass in an instant or stand everyday ...

Jeb Bladine: TML talks focus on commercial, traffic

Editorial commentary today summarizes a topic — Three Mile Lane development — that spans a half century of public planning and private development, and has generated an encyclopedia-size body ...

Wesner: Big tech is steamrolling America's newspapers

By BRETT WESNER Of the National Newspaper Association Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society — especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played ...

Myers: Webb a perfect example of selfless collaboration

By WINSLOW MYERS Of the War Preventive Initiative On Tuesday, July 12, as the horrors of war in Ukraine ground on, chewing up soldiers and civilians alike in its indifferent maw, the Jan. 6 Committee ...

 
Chenoweth: Envisioning a place to nurture new ideas

Mac has timely opportunity for industrial jobs incubator

Lowery: Could Ron DeSantis rain on Trump presidential parade?

By RICH LOWERY Of The National Review It was only a matter of time before Ron DeSantis’ rising star ran into the unmovable object of Donald Trump’s will to continue to dominate the GOP. A ...

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