Smoke from large wildfire rode winds, settled into the valley
Over the weekend, smoke from a large wildfire burning near Estacada rode east and northeast winds into the valley. It sent local pollution indexes soaring to unsafe levels Monday.
Colorado-based tour company targets Yamhill Valley as a must-see destination
(Dan Shryock/News-Register) Leaping Lizards! Did anyone see that van and trailer in downtown McMinnville today?
Lizard Head Cycling Guides, a Colorado-based bicycle touring company, was in town for its second Oregon bike tour this year. They rode into town from Forest Grove and Gaston on Sunday and headed down West Second Street today on their way through Amity and on to Silverton. So far, 24 Lizard riders have visited the Yamhill Valley this month.
Annual benefit festival attracts more than just beer drinkers
(Marcus Larson/News-Register) Mike Myers plays miniature golf with a friend's daughter, Olivia Spencer, during the Oregon Brews & BBQs. The festival, a benefit for GhanaHope and St. James School, featured a children's area and music entertainment as well as barbecue vendors and beer from 31 regional craft breweries.
Psychic provided family of Sean Kosky with information leading to Wednesday's search
(News-Register staff) Friends and family of Sean Kosky refuse to give up the search for their lost loved one.
A search is being conducted today around an area northeast of High Heaven Road, off Willis Road, about five to six miles north of Miller Woods, where Kosky went missing Sept. 30, 2012. The location of today's search was chosen after the family contacted a psychic.
The sheriff's office is using seven dog teams to search an area identified by the psychic.
The search was scheduled for morning hours in part because it's easier for a cadaver dog to pick up a scent that time of day. Capt. Tim Svenson said the sheriff's office was using the search as a training opportunity for the dog teams in addition to an effort to solve Kosky's disappearance.
"When we receive information and tips like this, we wouldn't be doing our due diligence if we didn't follow up on them," he said.
A year ago, a group gathered at Miller Woods to remember Kosky.
Mac High student charged with Class C felony
(News-Register staff) The McMinnville Police Department has arrested a 16-year-old McMinnville High School student in connection with a blow dart assault that occurred last week at Joe Dancer Park.
Capt. Matt Scales said the juvenile was cited on charges of assault IV and reckless endangering, both Class A misdemeanors, and unlawful use of a weapon, a Class C felony.
According to police, a teenager was running in the park on Tuesday, Aug. 21 when a blow dart struck him in the back as a small, older pickup passed by. The vehicle was described as light blue with horizontal lines running along the side panels, behind the doors.
The News-Register does not normally print the names of juvenile offenders unless they face Class A or B felony charges — the most serious under Oregon law.
NAPA QUAKE REMINDS OREGONIANS ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF PREPAREDNESS
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management) Sunday's earthquake in Napa is a reminder that we need to be prepared for earthquakes in Oregon.
The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., just north of San Francisco on Sunday morning--collapsing older buildings, sparking fires and causing scores of injuries--fell along a series of cracks in the Earth tied to the famed and feared San Andreas Fault.
The threat is serious in Oregon where offshore earthquakes can be similar to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and onshore earthquakes like yesterday's Napa Valley quake vary in intensity, and can strike at any time.
Police seek help in locating Jerry Rosenstiel
UPDATE: Jerry Rosenstiel was taken into custody this afternoon by the Washington County Sheriff's deputies with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service.
McMinnville pollice said they appreciate the public's help in tracking down the suspect.
Calling him a "con-man," police said he may approach people asking for financial assistance and other resources under various pretenses. But they said he is not known to be armed or dangerous.
Dayton Football team among the many getting wet to support ALS research
(Robert Husseman/News-Register) Dayton head football coach Greg White (in sunglasses) and members of the Pirates team get soaked during an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday. Pirates assistant Jeremy Mcloud, a volunteer firefighter, worked the hose for the challenge. When McClure attempted to back the truck out of the grass, it got stuck. The team did its best to push the truck out of the wet grass, but ultimately another fire truck had to come save the day.
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Council to address housing
The McMinnville City Council will discuss a pair of Yamhill County Affordable Housing Corporation resolutions when it meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the McMinnville Civic Hall.
In addition, it is scheduled to address a vacancy on the Airport Commission.
The council also plans to meet in work session with the McMinnville Water & Light Commission at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a sewage plant upgrade project.
Mac board to consider contract
The McMinnville School Board is scheduled to consider a new contract with the district’s classified staff during a special meeting set for 7:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.
An executive session on labor negotiations is slated to precede the special session at 7. A work session will follow at 7:30.
During the work session, the board plans to hear subcommittee reports discuss purchasing issues. For more information, call the district office at 503-565-4000.
Ranchers warned to be extra vigilant this summer as cattle prices reach historic levels
(The Oregon Department of Agriculture) A factor of supply and demand has driven cattle prices to historic highs this summer. That’s both good news and bad news for Oregon ranchers. They can expect to make a bigger profit when they take their animals to market, but they also potentially face cattle theft from modern-day rustlers who now have a bigger economic incentive to commit a crime.
“Ranchers need to be more vigilant than ever this summer by taking steps to deter theft,” says Rodger Huffman, manager of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Animal Identification Program. “Cattle prices continue to grow which makes the concern grow because of the opportunities for someone to make a pretty large sum of money quickly by committing a crime.”