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Yamhill County News Update

What we've been talking about

  • 988, a suicide prevention hotline, opened this weekend. It is available by text or phone call and in both English and Spanish. The county will likely see a sharp increase in mental health calls, which means greater demand for counselors. Last week, Yamhill County Commissioners Mary Starrett and Lindsay Berschauer voted to pull $3.5M in proposed funding for recruitment and retention of county counselors. Read reporting about the hotline from the News-Register and the Newberg Graphic.
  • The gun control ballot measure sponsored by Lift Every Voice Oregon (Initiative Petition 17) has qualified for the November ballot, after petitioners summited nearly 20,000 more signatures than necessary by the July 8 deadline. "IP 17 would require a permit to buy a gun, which includes safety training and a completed background check. It would also ban magazines which hold more than 10 rounds." Read KOIN's reporting here.
  • Petitions are being circulated in Newberg for a ballot initiative to ban temporary housing near schools and mandate a public vote whenever the city plans to spend more than $25,000 on addressing homelessness. North Valley Friends Church in Newberg, which plans to create a tiny home village on its property, held a town hall meeting on Tuesday night. Read reporting from the Newberg Graphic here.
  • The Newberg School Board appointed two new members - Shelley Kolb and Ron Rilee - to fill vacant seats left by Rebecca Piros and Brandy Penner. Read the Newberg Graphic's reporting here.
  • The City of Willamina swore in a new City Councilor, Vickie Hernandez, last week. Read the News-Register's reporting here.
  • Yamhill County judge threw out the county's Second Amendment Sanctuary ordinance. Read the News-Register's reporting here or the Newberg Graphic's reporting here. For more context, read the Newberg Graphic's reporting from April 2021 when the ordinance was adopted. The News-Register's letters to the editor also covered the topic.
  • The Astorian published an article calling out Yamhill County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer's co-opting of the Timber Unity movement for political and monetary gain. Read the story here.
  • Keri Hinton, the interim Yamhill County Clerk, has filed to run in the fall for the County Clerk position.
  • A Newberg student is suing the Newberg School Board and Board members Dave Brown, Brian Shannon, Renee Powell and Trevor DeHart, as well as another student and that student's mother. Read the News-Register's reporting here.
  • "Yamhill County Commissioners are debating whether to send a measure to the November ballot to impose a temporary moratorium on service centers for psilocybin mushroom users." Commissioners are also deciding whether to ask county voters if they want to ban the centers outright. Read reporting from the News-Register here.
Opportunities to get involved
  • Volunteer with Saturday Morning Breakfast in Mac. This is a great way to serve the community and our community members that are hungry or food insecure. Learn more here.
  • Share your story with GaraDatos, the Journal of Community Experience & Analysis. The publication began as a grassroots effort in a community under siege by radicalized conservatism, cronyism, and regressive ideals. Foundational to GaraDatos is active discourse among neighbors, students, educators, community leaders, politicians, organizers and business leaders with a shared goal in growth and intellectual curiosity. Learn more, Sign-up to contribute your essays, poetry, visual art, and audiovisual media, and subscribe to upcoming issues here.
  • Add your name to the list of supporters calling for removal of the Consent Decree limiting the ability of Tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to hunt and fish on their ancestral lands. Click here. Read Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy's opinion piece in the Oregonian here.
  • Sign the petition to rename Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville. Click here.
  • The Chehalem Cultural Center wants your input on how to make the Center more inclusive for all. Complete the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) survey here.
  • Want to help people in Yamhill County experiencing homelessness? Volunteer at the Newberg Emergency Shelter. Sign-up here. You can also donate by purchasing items from the shelter's Amazon wishlist here. Read the shelter's newsletter here. Encompass Yamhill Valley also provides support to this population. Learn more about them here.
  • Volunteer with McMinnville's low-barrier shelter on Fridays. Volunteers are needed for 4 shifts between 8pm-8am, including two meal shifts. Sign-up here.

Opportunities to donate and give back
  • Reminder: the Food Bank at the First Baptist Church in Dayton (300 Flower Ln.) is open every other Tuesday from 4-6pm and is accepting donations.
  • Donate to Patton Middle School's Backpack Drive here. The Patton Boutique, a resource room designed to help students with unmet needs, is collecting backpacks for students in need.
  • Donate to the McMinnville High School Resource Room here. They are looking for: tampons, pens, water bottles, cup of noodles/ramen (single serving cups), and other individual snacks and microwavable food items. The Resource Room is for any MHS student who is having trouble getting their basic needs met. The MHS Resource Room has clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and non-perishable family meals. Email or if you'd like to volunteer.
  • Want to provide assistance to people affected by the war in Ukraine? Donate here.
Scholarship, Internship, and other Sponsorship Opportunities
  • The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have opened sponsorship applications for reimbursement in the following areas: Emergency Preparedness and Energy Generation, Health and Fitness, Healthy Foods, and Technology. Learn more here.
Calling all chili fans: Join the Yamhill County Democrats for their 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off! This Sunday, July 24, starting at 4pm. Try delicious chili, meet local and state candidates, and help the Party raise money ahead of the general election.

Make Your Voice Heard

Contact the Board of Commissioners:

When sending emails to the Board of Commissioners, cc the News Register at  

Write a letter to the editor:
Newberg Graphic
News Register

City Council or School Board: 

Amity City Council  | School Board
Carlton City Council | School Board
Dayton City Council | School Board
Dundee City Council | School Board
Lafayette City Council | School Board
McMinnville City Council | School Board
Newberg City Council | School Board
Sheridan City Council | School Board
Willamina City Council | School Board
Yamhill City Council | School Board
Volunteer Opportunities with our Neighbors at YCD
The Yamhill County Democrats really need help staffing the booth at upcoming fairs and festivals. Sign-up for a shift here.

The YCD office is moving in July to a new and improved location on Adams Street in Mac. You can donate to the effort here.

The office is open:
Tuesdays from 3-7pm
Saturdays from 10am-5pm

Sign-up for an office shift here!

If you have any questions feel free to email or call the office at 503-883-8653.

You can also get involved by joining a YCD Committee:

Exec - 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:30pm, Contact Chair
Budget - Contact Chair
Communications - Second Fridays, 12pm, Contact Chair
Fundraising - Last Wednesday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Office - First Friday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Outreach - First Thursday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Political Action - Contact Chair

Want to help turn out voters for the general election? Sign-up to be a neighborhood leader. Learn more here. Email to get involved.

Upcoming Events

Progressive Yamhill maintains a community calendar of progressive events - sign up to 'follow' it on Google!

Do you want to volunteer to help get this newsletter out regularly? 
Know of an upcoming event we should share?  Email the details to
Fundraisers & Events

Meaningful Movies
Every second Thursday of the Month
McMinnville Cooperative Ministries

Democratic Think Tank
Wednesday, July 20, 12pm
Zoom link

YCD New Office Grand Opening
Thursday, July 21, 4pm
807 NW Adams St, McMinnville

YCD's 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, July 24, 4pm
Guerrero Farms, Amity

Uncover McMinnville History: through the eyes of a Chinese laundryman
Tuesday, July 26, 5:30pm
Old Elks Lodge, 516 NE 3rd, Mcminnville

Campaign Party: Victoria Ernst for HD 24
Sunday, August 7, 3pm
Carlton, OR

Event with CD6 Candidate Andrea Salinas
Saturday, August 17, 5:30pm
Carlton, OR

Grand Ronde Education Summit
Wednesday, August 24, 9am
Spirit Mountain Casino
Register here
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