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.”
Two large colonies relocated from McMinnville middle school
(Marcus Larson/News-Register) Beekeeper Khalen Dunn removes a colony of bees from the wall of the Patton Middle School gym in McMinnville. Bees had been entering the gym this spring, said Vicki Williams, director of facilities for the school district. In an attempt to find the source, workers removed the covering from the top of the exterior wall and discovered two huge colonies. The district called in Dunn to relocate the hives.
Event literally offers something for everyone
(Starla Pointer/News-Register) If you're a good showman, you can show anything.
No one knows that more than Owen TenBrook, a 13-year-old middle schooler from Newberg. He wowed the judge and the audience at the cat and small pet show Wednesday afternoon and took home the top prize in his category, which I'm guess you'd have to call "other."
Owen showed a rock.
More precisely, Owen showed a pet rock named "Rocky 'The Destroctor' Jefferson." He tied a bandana around Rocky's head, a la Keith Richards, and plopped him down behind a drum kit built from cardboard tools.
Time is ripe for preserving local fruits, vegetables
(Starla Pointer/News-Register) What's the most welcome sound of summer?
For many of us, it's the "ping!" that marks the sealing of a canning jar just lifted from its hot water bath. The ping rewards you for doing everything right and means your jam, tomatoes, applesauce or other product will keep safely through the winter.
Yamhill County has such wonderful produce. It's delicious fresh, of course -- can anything beat a salad of tender young greens topped with homegrown tomatoes, or freshly picked corn on the cob, or blueberries, peaches or other fruits you've picked yourself?
Enjoy it now. But also take some time saving some of the bounty for later by canning, pickling, freezing or drying that beautiful harvest.
High temperatures expected through the week
(News-Register staff) As the hot weather continues, there are several places in McMinnville where people can enjoy a cool environment. Hours vary, with some extending their opening times on particularly hot days.
In McMinnville, the Yamhill Community Action Partnership has a resource room and conference training room offering air conditioning, restrooms and water; the McMinnville Public Library offers a place to escape from the heat; Champion Team has their drop-in center for those who identify as having had challenges with addictions, mental illnesses or other disabilities; McMinnville Cooperative Ministries has two spaces available – one not air conditioned and the other, a hallway with restrooms and a drinking fountain that is maintained about 78 degrees.
In Newberg, the Youth Outreach offers a cooling center for those ages 11-21; in addition, there is Newberg Public Library, Zion Lutheran Church; and the Chehalem Senior Center which offer cooling space.