By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Release set for new MDA alien wine

The McMinnville Downtown Association will hold an Eva Noir Release Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Anthony Dell Cellars, 250 N.E. Third St., as the official kick-off for a UFO season culminating in a UFO Festival set for May 17-18.

It will feature wine and food samples, along with bottles of Eva Noir Pinot Noir for sale, as a fundraiser for the MDA.

“Eva herself will make an appearance to remind you it’s time to think about window decorations, costumes, parade entries and all the fun and festivities that accompany this wonderful event,” said MDA Manager Cassie Sollars.

McMenamins Hotel Oregon, the event’s chief sponsor, has lined up Nick Pope, former administrator and investigator of the British Government’s Ministry of Defense, as keynote speaker. It has also assembled other speakers for a program detailed at

The festival commemorates the famous 1950 sighting by Paul and Evelyn Trent of McMinnville, which appeared on the front page of the Telephone-Register, predecessor to the News-Register. For more information, call 503-472-3605.



PayneWest Insurance, previously known as Western States Insurance, has been named to the 20th annual “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” list by Oregon Business magazine.

The company, which has an office in McMinnville, was ranked eighth in the medium-size category. It was honored, along with its co-winners, at an awards dinner held Feb. 28 in Portland.

The list is based on a survey of Oregon employees and company benefit reports. It features separate categories for large, medium and small companies.

Ranking are based on management, communications, work environment, trust, decisionmaking, career development, learning opportunities, benefits and compensation.

“Being a great place to work is even more important during rough economic times,” said Linda Baker, editor of Oregon Business. “The magazine is proud to showcase the companies that do it well.”

PayneWest is an independent, full-service agency with 40 offices in four states, including nine in Oregon.



The McMinnville Economic Development Partnership was among 13 members of the Oregon Economic Development Association participating in the Natural Products Expo West, held March 7-10 in Anaheim, Calif. They were joined by specialists from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Business Oregon.

The hope is to attract food processing companies that may consider relocating from California or expanding to another state from a California base. Participating organizations contributed $1,000 each to the effort and paid their own expenses.



Emeritus Senior Living, which operates Hillside Retirement Community and Osprey Court in McMinnville, will deliver 10,000 meals in 60 days to seniors in need as part of National Nutrition Month.

Emeritus is asking for the public’s help in locating local seniors for this program. In addition to delivering nutritious meals, Emeritus staff will visit with the seniors to ensure they are able to get the proper nutrition daily.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly one in 10 seniors in America suffers from poor nutrition. To suggest someone who might fit that profile, contact Osprey Court at 503-472-3509 or Hillside at 503-472-9534, ext. 515, and ask for Nikki Phillips.



Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is encouraging Oregonians who’ve been victimized by a debt collector engaging in unlawful practices to file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week.

In the last 12 months, the Department of Justice has brought or resolved cases against several operations allegedly using deceptive or abusive tactics to intimidate consumers.

Oregonians have specific protections under both federal and state laws. Debt collectors must follow certain procedures or face sanctions.

They are prohibited from misrepresenting who they are or who they work for, falsely implying the amount of debt, falsely portraying any legal action that might be taken, contacting individuals outside the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., continually calling the same people to harass them, failing to identify themselves, threatening violence to individuals or their families, using profane language, contacting individuals at work unless they’ve been unable to reach them at home, calling more than one time a week at work or failing to cease work calls on request.

Those who think they’ve been victimized are asked to contact the Department of Justice at or 1-877-877-9392 toll-free.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a Business After Hours scheduled for 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Vineyard Heights, 345 S.W. Hill Road.

The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, contact the chamber at 503-472-6196.



The McMinnville chamber also has a greeters slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at First American Title, 775 N.E. Evans St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber has one scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the cultural center, 415 E. Sheridan St., for Brian Doyle Engineering and Gail Watson Printing.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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