Purple Hands Bear helps commemorate Hands & Words Week
(Starla Pointer/News-Register) McMinnville School Board members and staff, parents and students in the audience recited the Hands & Words pledge, "I will not use my hands or my words for hurting myself or others," at last week's school board meeting.
Students across the McMinnville district recite the anti-violence pledge on a regular basis. It has been used in the district for eight years as part of efforts to decrease all kinds of violence and abuse and increase respect and healthy relationships.
Farmers invited to Cultivating Effective Communication Skills Conference
(The Oregon Farm Bureau) All farmers and ranchers are invited to attend the Cultivating Effective Communication Skills conference on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach (near Lincoln City). The event is presented by the Oregon Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and is open to both Farm Bureau members and non-members.
“The conference will cover all aspects of communication relevant to farms and ranches,” said Kathy Hadley, event coordinator and chair of the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. “We’ll have experts sharing their strategies for effective communication on the farm or ranch, with lawmakers, and with the general public as we share our story as agriculture producers.”
While Dana Libonatai battles rare form of cancer, district staff rallying to sustain quality program
(Starla Pointer / News-Register) During Dana Libonati's absence, due to a bout with an extremely rare form of cancer, McMinnville High School's jazz choir is being covered by other teachers, particularly Robin Pederson, who teaches symphonic choir.
Principal Kris Olsen said he is looking for a long-term substitute with jazz choir experience. He would like to find someone who also can take over Libonati's music theory course.
He said a retired Salem-Keizer jazz choir teacher may be able to lend a hand later in the year.
As for the students, Olsen said, "The kids are probably managing better than the adults." He said the Twilighters and Sterling Jazz groups each have their own leadership structure, and students have stepped up to help with rehearsals.
Superintendent Maryalice Russell said the district wants to make sure it sustains a quality program during Libonati's absence. "The whole music staff across the district is rallying, supporting kids and maintaining a great program," she said.
Mac High also is looking for a new band teacher.
The previous teacher resigned on the first day of school to take a new job. Retired band teacher Pat Lay came on board to fill the job first semester, but isn't prepared to stick around indefinitely.
Exercise will take less than half an hour
At 10:16 a.m. Oct. 16, participants will crouch under the nearest desk or table and hang on, pretending the land is rocking violently due to a subduction zone earthquake. At the same time, drill organizers urge them to look around and think about what might happen in a real earthquake, in order to identify any risks they might be able to mitigate.
Second of a tetrad of eclipses shines over night sky
(Marcus Larson/News-Register) A lunar eclipse, making the moon appear dark red, illuminated the night sky early Wednesday morning. The eclipse is the second of four eclipses to happen over the next year. A group of four red moons, a tetrad, is an uncommon occurrence.
Recent issues perhaps a precursor to shift in NFL's popularity
(Rockne Roll/News-Register) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in a variety of different kinds of hot water, some of which have a higher profile than others. There’s the obvious issue which floats over his office at the moment, the public backlash at his office’s handling of Ray Rice’s assault on his wife in an Atlantic City elevator. The incident was bad enough, even before we learned the full truth of what happened, but the league’s reaction was particularly unbearable for the public.
The short initial suspension was a bad enough PR blunder, but the revelation of the “second tape,” along with Goodell’s later disputed assertion that the league hadn’t seen the second tape and the question of how the NFL, which claimed to be investigating the incident, couldn’t find the second tape, all worked together to transform the issue. Goodell and the league not only have a serious issue with how the league treats women; they now have a credibility issue.
Linfield unveils revamped football uniforms
(Robert Husseman/News-Register) Purple and white suits Linfield College just fine.
The Linfield athletic department released a new home football uniform design Tuesday that the Wildcats will wear in their home opener on Oct. 11 against George Fox.
Special weather statement issued for year's first storm; warns that roads are likely to be slick.
(News-Register Staff) Update: A special weather statement from the National Weather Service was updated at 2:34 p.m. Tuesday. It now says that rainfall totals by the end of the day Wednesday are expected to be between a half-inch and one and a half inches, but removes reference to possible flooding and landslides.
However, it continues to warn that roads are likely be slick due to residual oil and grease.
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, warning that the first storm of fall is on the way, with heavy rain expected overnight.
Mac High fair highlights school clubs that fit every interest
(Marcus Larson/News-Register) Model United Nations club member Samuel Swenson serves to newly joined Ping Pong Club member Cooper Rich during a friendly game at the Mac High Club Fair on Thursday. The event was held to introduce freshman and other newcomers to all Mac High has to offer.
Polling shows Democratic incumbents in the lead
(Rockne Roll/News-Register) With less then six weeks to go until the General Election, the races are heating up across Oregon, particularly at the top of the ballot. Here's a look at the week's headlines from Oregon politics.
A piece from the popular online media outlet Buzzfeed accuses Dr. Monica Wheby, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley, plagiarized large parts of her health care proposal. Buzzfeed staffer Andrew Kaczynski posted examples of language from Wheby’s proposal alongside snippets from a survey conducted by Crossroads USA, which is backed by former Bush administration senior adviser Karl Rove, in 2013. The Wheby campaign flatly denied the accusation.