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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Check out the NEW Parks and Recreation Winter Brochure!



The new Parks and Recreation Winter Brochure highlights a variety of activities and programs for all ages! From swim lessons and aqua fitness classes to the new Healthyways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program, the Aquatic Center has fun for the whole family. The Community Center is focused on providing great meeting rooms and rental spaces as well as hosting a variety of fitness, educational, and fun classes. The Senior Center staff challenges you to choose a new experience from their long list of Adult and Senior Programs. If you have an idea for a program or would like to teach a class, contact the Parks and Recreation department!

Welcome the newest member of the MPD, K9 Tucker!

Master Officer Jason Carruth is currently partnered with Narcotics Detection K9 Tucker. K9 Tucker is Ofcr. Carruth’s 3rd K9 partner, following the retirements of K9 Flash in 2007 and K9 Kodi in 2015. K9 Tucker is a 1 1/2 year old German Shepherd from the USA, bred in West Virginia from champion German Shepherd bloodlines. K9 Tucker was selected after an intensive selection process from Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana. Vohne Liche Kennels is a premier nationally recognized K9 training facility that provides K9s of various disciplines to over 5000 law enforcement and government agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA), Pentagon, U.S. State Department, Armed Forces, as well as local police agencies.

K9 Tucker was initially imprinted as a dual purpose Patrol/Narcotics K9. Ofcr. Carruth and K9 Tucker recently completed initial training as a Narcotics Detection team after attending training conducted by Beaverton Police Department K9 training Ofcr. Tony Bastinelli. Ofcr. Bastinelli is a Patrol/Narcotics trainer with the Oregon Police Canine Association (OPCA), the certifying body for police service dogs in the state.

When not working, K9 Tucker enjoys long walks on the beach, playing with now retired K9 Kodi, and laying in his swimming pool.


Check out the latest from the Library! MacReads - MacThinks- MacLearns

MacReads ~ MacThinks ~ MacLearns


In an effort to encompass more methods for lifelong learning, after 10 years MacReads has morphed into MacThinks. Like MacReads, MacThinks is co-sponsored by Friends of the McMinnville Public Library, Linfield College Library, and Third Street Books. MacThinks invites creators to the McMinnville community. And MacThinks provides an opportunity for community members to engage in conversation about what they read. However, instead of our community reading a single book from one author each year, we now have the opportunity to meet and learn from many authors, artists, chefs, and thinkers. In the last year of MacThinks programs, we wrestled with the question of legalizing marijuana while hearing from Roger Roffman, author of Marijuana Nation and we learned how to make sauerkraut and other fermented delicacies with Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, chefs and authors of Fermented Vegetables.

This fall, MacThinks will provide us with many opportunities to gain creative inspiration and insight:



Thriller writer Chelsea Cain will entertain us with her gory, page-turning writing style. Chelsea Cain will read at Linfield’s Nicholson Library at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 5. Cain is a New York Times’ best-selling author of Portland-based horror novels that turn the genre on its ear. Stephen King included two of her books in his top ten favorite books of the year and NPR named her book Heartsick as one of the best 100 thrillers ever written. Her newest book is One Kick.

MPD Welcomes New Hires
The McMinnville Police Department recently hired four lateral police officers who are now soloed and working in the Patrol Division.  The officers came to MPD with several years of service at their previous agencies, and have adjusted quickly to working for the City.  The newest members of MPD are Officer Chris Powell (previously with Newberg-Dundee PD), Officer Patrick Vaughan (previously with Juneau, Alaska PD), Officer Brett Rudolph (previously with Lincoln City PD), and Officer Brandon Gould (previously with Lincoln City PD).
Transportation Bond Program


In November, 2014, McMinnville voters passed a $24 million General Obligation Bond measure for street improvements throughout the City. The proposed improvements include a mix of several needed street corridor capital projects; pavement overlay and preservation work on the City’s “worst condition” streets; and sidewalk and safety improvements. The projects address existing safety and congestion concerns of importance to the City’s citizens and businesses along several busy street corridors.


The program consists of seven projects throughout the City:

  • Five Capital Improvement Projects to address traffic congestion and improve safety along several street corridors.

  • Street Repair and Repaving Projects on portions of 84 City streets.

  • Sidewalk and Pedestrian Safety Projects near schools, parks, other public facilities and in the downtown area.


A dedicated website has been created for the bond program, where you will find detailed information about all aspects of the initiative.

Check it out here: