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Plant sale

Thursday, February 5

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its 24th annual native plant sale of bare root and container plants Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 5-7. Pre-ordering is recommended. Hours for pickup and other sales are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information and order forms, e-mail orders@yamhillswcd.org or call 503-472-6403.

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26th annual Mayor’s Charity Ball

Saturday, February 7

The 26th annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, a fundraiser for the Kids on the Block, will be held from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St. The Stars of the Show evening includes music and dancing, hearty appetizers, no-host bar and opportunities to support the after-school program. Tickets cost $40. For tickets or more information, visit www.mayorsball.com or call 503-434-7369.

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23
Jan

MHS Bubble Wrap

Students government provides finals stress relief

McMinnville High's student government helped relieve some of the stress of exams by rolling out hundreds of square feet of bubble wrap for students to pop Thursday morning. 

18
Jan

Dayton Innovation Academy

"Every single kid said this is something they love working with, but none of them knew how to program."

(Rockne Roll/News-Register) Students in Kathleen Hirons's classes are working on a mobile app to replace their heavy notebooks, thanks in part to the Oregon Innovation Academy. Read the full story here. 

16
Jan

(Tom Henderson/News-Register)  Je suis Charlie! Sort of.

Declaring “I am Charlie” in solidarity with victims of the Jan. 7 massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris does not come easy.

I find much of what the satirical magazine publishes to be obscene and hateful. Yet no form of expression should be punishable by death.

Would I be willing to say “Je suis Penthouse” or “Je suis Fox News” if the attacks were directed elsewhere? I honestly don’t know. Yet I am Charlie.

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26
Dec

CoOp Prayer Vigil

'This is not a protest ... The time may come for those things, but right now, it's time for us to come together in prayer'

(Rockne Roll/News-Register)   Faced with an impending battle with city government over its programs for homeless people, McMinnville Cooperative Ministries held a candlelight prayer vigil outside the church Monday evening. Read the full story here.

19
Dec

CPR Training at Patton Middle School

“I want them to feel ready in an emergency"

(Rockne Roll/News-Register)  Students at Patton Middle School are learning "hands-only CPR" thanks to a grant from the American Red Cross and Ross Dress For Less. As teacher Anna Gradek explains, "Any CPR is better then no CPR." Click here to read the full story.

15
Dec

Video: Y-C's Michael Mitchell hits buzzer-beater to force OT

Yamhill-Carlton boys goes on to win in double overtime over Junction City

(Robert Husseman/News-Register)  YAMHILL - With 2.7 seconds left in Yamhill-Carlton's boys' basketball game against Junction City and Y-C trailing 59-56, junior guard Michael Mitchell takes a long inbounds pass from senior forward Zach Rhodes and hits a three-pointer at the buzzer to force what would be the first of two overtimes. Tanner Myrick eventually hit a game-winning three with 16 seconds left in double overtime to give Y-C a 76-75 win.

10
Dec

Invasive noxious weeds impact Oregon economy

New study shows annual loss of more than $83 million due to 25 noxious weeds

(Oregon Department of Agriculture)  A newly released economic impact study shows that 25 of Oregon’s most significant invasive noxious weeds cause an estimated annual loss of about $83.5 million to the state’s economy, a figure that could be well over a billion dollars without current control efforts by state, county, and federal weed programs.

“This study is key to showing that noxious weeds not only have a critical environmental impact to native plants, water quality, and threatened and endangered fish and wildlife species, but these invasive weeds have a major impact on Oregon’s economy,” says Tim Butler, manager of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Week Control Program.

The study, Economic Impact From Selected Noxious Weeds in Oregon, was prepared by The Research Group, LLC of Corvallis for ODA, and updates a similar study conducted in 2000. In its executive summary, the final report says “this current study provides an opportunity for ODA to look at the impacts of two widespread invasive weeds, and address the value of potential impact of up and coming noxious weeds. The study reveals the benefits of having safeguards such as prevention, early detection rapid response (EDDR), biological, and other control programs in place to minimize impacts.”

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24
Nov

Toast to the roasters

Indulge video features local coffee roasters

"Us coffee roasters get this unroasted seed that is about half the size of the roasted coffee (bean)," Says Pete Miller, owner of Caravan Coffee in Newberg. "Our job is to bring out the best flavor of that seed by the way we roast the coffee."

Videoed here is an overview of artisan coffee roasting in the Yamhill Valley. For more on locally roasted coffee, check out the most recent issue of Indulge magazine.

19
Nov

(News-Register staff) Parker Moore's 9th grade math teacher wrote a touching remembrance on his blog about the Linfield student who died Saturday night.

Ryan Adams, who besides teaching math is also a Linfield alumnus, remembers the Moore as a "good looking, athletic, popular and charismatic kid that girls had crushes on, and all athletes looked up to."

Moore also helped inspire Adams as a teacher too:

"Do you ever have students that when they walk into your class, they inherently care about the learning of every other student in the room?

"For the first five or six years of my career I would have easily answered that question with a loud and emphatic, No!  Students may come in and are willing to help other students, are willing to work in groups, are willing speak to and disagree respectfully with every other student in the room.  But care about their learning, no.  That is until I had Parker Archie Moore in my 9th grade Alg 1 class."

To read Adams's full blog post click here

14
Nov

Snow in November rare in these parts

Early blast of winter conjures memories of 1996

(Starla Pointer/News-Register)  As I watched snowflakes drifting down at 3 a.m. Thursday, I realized this was the earliest snowfall I’d ever seen here.

The Yamhill Valley doesn’t get a lot of snow, for which I am grateful. And by the time it does, the calendar has usually turned to December or January.

We’ve had snow in February, too. We’ve even had dustings in March. And I remember driving through a snow-covered landscape to get to a Battle of the Books state final one April.

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