Love at Deer Meadow

(Rockne Roll/News-Register) Jesse Perez and Lucy Sepeda, who met last year, celebrated their wedding recently at Sheridan's Deer Meadow Assisted Living, where they now live together. For more on their meeting and romance, check out the full story in Starla Pointer's Stopping By column.

Mayor's Ball Decorations

(Rockne Roll/News-Register) Students in Newby Elementary School's K.O.B. after-school program produced a mass of paper stars to decorate this year's Mayor's Ball, a fundraiser for the program. The students' decorations for the event are an annual tradition.

Brooker's game-winner lifts Grizzlies

(Robert Husseman/News-Register) McMinnville senior Kyle Brooker's 15-foot buzzer beating jumper was just what the Grizzlies needed to win in style. The shot, made with 1.1 seconds left, secured a 49-47 win over West Albany at the Furnace on Friday night. See the shot and hear Brooker's take. Full story in Tuesday's News-Register.

MHS Bubble Wrap

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. 

Dayton Innovation Academy

(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. 

Declaring 'Je Suis Charlie' takes a stand against fear

(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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CoOp Prayer Vigil

(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.

CPR Training at Patton Middle School

(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.

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

(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.

Invasive noxious weeds impact Oregon economy

(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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Toast to the 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.

Moore's math teacher remembers

(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

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Snow in November rare in these parts

(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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OSAA leaves Amity football in the cold

(Robert Husseman/News-Register Sports Editor) Amity High School's football team had a successful season this year but the Oregon State Activities Association left the Warriors off the state playoff list despite the team's lofty ranking. A worthy school is left off the list most every year but perhaps there's a better way to make post-season selections.

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Winter is on its way south

(News-Register staff)  After an exceptionally warm early autumn, the weather is about to turn icy, thanks to a blast of freezing air blowing down out of the Canadian Rockies.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for northwestern Oregon, warning of temperatures dropping into the 30s tonight, and the 20s tomorrow night, with freezing rain expected Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Temperatures are predicted to be in the low 30s Wednesday night. Conditions are expected to be windy Tuesday and Wednesday, as well.

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