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Council paves way for airport improvements

The McMinnville City Council approved a $253,048 grant Aug. 14 from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the tarmac at the McMinnville Municipal Airport. Engineering Services Manager Rich Spofford ...

Jeb Bladine: A growing threat to our democracy

Hundreds of American newspapers, including the News-Register, have joined The Boston Globe this week in a national rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s continuous attack on the American media. Here’s ...

Beyond Backpacks to distribute supplies Saturday

Beyond Backpacks will host its annual distribution event this Saturday morning at Sue Buel Elementary. The 925 registered kids will be able to pick out their favorite backpacks along with needed school ...

Some sex abuse charges dismissed against McMinnville man

Two counts of first-degree sexual abuse filed against Vaughn Monagon, a former McMinnville mortgage broker and active member of the Nazarene Church on the Hill, have been dismissed by the Yamhill County ...

 
ODOT updating curb ramps to maintain ADA standards

As a result of a settlement between a disability advocacy group and the state of Oregon, the state is updating 25,000 curb ramps to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The pilot projects, ...

 
Humlies earn judges' praise, America's vote

We Three, the Humlie sibling band from McMinnville, won the hearts of “America’s Got Talent” viewers Tuesday and advanced to the next round of the television talent competition. The ...

Military air training planned

Military jets will fly over Yamhill County at times during the next week as the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing hosts another air combat training session. A similar training event ...

 
Bike lover has big dreams

Juan Loredo has dreams to own a bike shop and help the world. But as a 27-year-old who never learned to read, he faces hurdles others don’t. His grandma attributes his reading setbacks to epileptic ...

Samaritan or scofflaw?

Rural resident faces conflict over RVs on her property

Loans approved for Gateway District projects

The McMinnville City Council, which also acts as the Urban Renewal Board, approved loans for two projects in the Northeast Gateway District this week — the renovation of the former Huberd Shoe Grease ...

McMinnville School Board plans to meet

McMinnville School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the district office, 800 N.E. Lafayette Avenue. Board members will consider goals for the school year and policies. They will hear reports ...

 
Smoke in our eyes

The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for the Portland Metro area and Willamette Valley on Tuesday, initially set to end Wednesday. But as smoke continued to spread ...

More patrols scheduled for Cruising McMinnville event

The Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team will conduct enhanced traffic safety enforcement patrols the afternoon and evening hours of Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25. These dates coincide with ...

Willamina Council appoints parks board member

WILLAMINA — The newly-formed Willamina Parks Advisory Board was expanded by one member at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Councilors unanimously approved the appointment of Samantha ...

McMinnville man has been missing four years

The McMinnville police continue to investigate the September 2014 disappearance of Louis “Paul” Geary. A family member requested a welfare check on him on Sept. 4 of that year after not hearing ...

Neuman leaving Y-C High principal job

YAMHILL — Greg Neuman is leaving Yamhill-Carlton High School in order to become principal of the much larger West Linn High School. “This was an opportunity I could not pass up,” Neuman ...

Along the Street: Whiskey ready

It seems like forever when Steven Day first dipped his toe into Oregon’s growing craft spirits scene, buying property for his Dayton-area distillery in 2013 — the beginning of President Obama’s ...

Air quality alert extended through Friday Morning

An air quality alert for the Portland Metro area and Willamette Valley issued by the Portland office of the National Weather Service has been extended through Friday morning. The alert was first posted ...

 
Yamhill drug dealer draws prison term

Sheryl Sublet, who was known to receive heroin and methamphetamine from Southern California through the mail, has been sentenced to six years in prison. The 61-year-old Sublet, a rural Yamhill resident, ...

 
Crowds dwindle at prison, but voices still raised in protest

Gurpreet K. Singh of Beaverton visits the federal penitentiary in Sheridan every month for what has become a combination worship service and protest for 123 refugees imprisoned there. Her prayers are ...

State & Region

Mac grad among women suing Nike

PORTLAND — A McMinnville High grad and three other women who once worked for Nike filed a federal lawsuit alleging the company violated state and U.S. equal-pay laws and fostered a work environment ...

Officials report steady progress on rape kit backlog

SALEM — A backlog of rape kits in Oregon is a year away from being eliminated following the passage of a state law mandating quicker testing, officials say.

 

Water department on track to overspend litigation budget

SALEM — Oregon's water regulators are rapidly spending the $835,000 they have available for litigation and may go nearly $1.3 million over budget in the 2017-2019 biennium. The Capital Press reports ...

Cougar euthanized after several sightings in Oregon town

SILVERTON — Oregon wildlife officials say they were forced to trap and euthanize a cougar after several reported sightings of the animals in and around the town of Silverton. “The cougar ...

Oregon effort to declare health care a right falters

SALEM — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits.

 

Man who killed Oregon truck weighmaster gets life sentence

PORTLAND — A 44-year-old man who admitted to killing an assistant truck weighmaster in Oregon has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years served before he's eligible for ...

Oregon pollution plan moves forward

SALEM — A plan intended to address Oregon air standards following the discovery of airborne pollutants in Portland neighborhoods advanced Tuesday in the Legislature.

 

Oregon senator wants making threats against schools a felony

SALEM — Amid a spate of threats of attacks at schools following a Feb. 14 massacre in a Florida high school, a lawmaker in Oregon has introduced an amendment making it a felony to make such a threat ...

Oregon legislature sends homeless removal bill to Governor

SALEM — Oregon legislators have sent a proposal to Governor Kate Brown that would allow the state's largest city to coordinate with the Department of Transportation to remove homeless encampments.

 

Gift to Oregon Senate GOP leader created ethical quandary

SALEM — Ted Ferrioli, the Senate Republican leader in Oregon until he stepped down in January, was presented with a beautiful wool blanket by leaders of Indian tribes as a parting gift, throwing him into an ethical quandary.

 

Oregon moves toward state net neutrality law

SALEM — In response to moves by federal regulators ending net neutrality, and citing a looming deadline, Oregon legislators advanced a proposal aimed at forcing internet service providers in the state to treat all types of content equally.

 

Oregon child molester sentenced to 12 years

PORTLAND — A judge sentenced a convicted child molester to 12 ½ years in prison despite a 17-year-old Portland girl recanting her story of sexual abuse. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Leslie ...

Oregon governor cites Florida shooting in local gun control

SALEM — Oregon's governor, backing gun-control legislation on Tuesday before a panel of state senators, said anguished voices in the wake of the school shooting in Florida must be heard.

 

Portland affordable housing measure may impact building

PORTLAND — Portland's apartment-building binge appears to be ending. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that applications for new housing developments have slowed in the past year. Contributing to ...

US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

BOISE — The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have a $100,000 bounty on their “heads.”

The U.S. government is offering the six-figure prize for the best suggestion on how to stop their relentless and destructive spread because scientists say they are stumped.

 

Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

HOOD RIVER — A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting an explosive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday ...

Oregon lawmakers seek expanded gun purchase ban for abusers

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers want to expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms by people with domestic violence records or restraining orders.

 

Oregon reports increase in deaths related to meth use

SALEM — Deaths connected to the use of methamphetamine have reached higher rates than previously recorded in Oregon, surpassing the death rates from heroin and nearly matching the rates from opioids, ...

Judicial nominee resigns from bar diversity committee

PORTLAND — A federal prosecutor nominated to be a federal judge has resigned as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association's equity, diversity and inclusion committee after opinion pieces he wrote critical ...

Bill to amend Oregon Constitution lands in health committee

SALEM — The president of Oregon's Senate on Wednesday told a committee headed by a retired nurse who's bullish on public health care to consider a bill that asks voters to amend the state Constitution to make health care a fundamental right.

 

Local News

Beyond Backpacks to distribute supplies Saturday

Beyond Backpacks will host its annual distribution event this Saturday morning at Sue Buel Elementary. The 925 registered kids will be able to pick out their favorite backpacks along with needed school ...

 
ODOT updating curb ramps to maintain ADA standards

As a result of a settlement between a disability advocacy group and the state of Oregon, the state is updating 25,000 curb ramps to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The pilot projects, ...

 
Bike lover has big dreams

Juan Loredo has dreams to own a bike shop and help the world. But as a 27-year-old who never learned to read, he faces hurdles others don’t. His grandma attributes his reading setbacks to epileptic ...

 
Smoke in our eyes

The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for the Portland Metro area and Willamette Valley on Tuesday, initially set to end Wednesday. But as smoke continued to spread ...

Council paves way for airport improvements

The McMinnville City Council approved a $253,048 grant Aug. 14 from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the tarmac at the McMinnville Municipal Airport. Engineering Services Manager Rich Spofford ...

Samaritan or scofflaw?

Rural resident faces conflict over RVs on her property

Loans approved for Gateway District projects

The McMinnville City Council, which also acts as the Urban Renewal Board, approved loans for two projects in the Northeast Gateway District this week — the renovation of the former Huberd Shoe Grease ...

Some sex abuse charges dismissed against McMinnville man

Two counts of first-degree sexual abuse filed against Vaughn Monagon, a former McMinnville mortgage broker and active member of the Nazarene Church on the Hill, have been dismissed by the Yamhill County ...

McMinnville School Board plans to meet

McMinnville School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the district office, 800 N.E. Lafayette Avenue. Board members will consider goals for the school year and policies. They will hear reports ...

More patrols scheduled for Cruising McMinnville event

The Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team will conduct enhanced traffic safety enforcement patrols the afternoon and evening hours of Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25. These dates coincide with ...

Willamina Council appoints parks board member

WILLAMINA — The newly-formed Willamina Parks Advisory Board was expanded by one member at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Councilors unanimously approved the appointment of Samantha ...

McMinnville man has been missing four years

The McMinnville police continue to investigate the September 2014 disappearance of Louis “Paul” Geary. A family member requested a welfare check on him on Sept. 4 of that year after not hearing ...

Neuman leaving Y-C High principal job

YAMHILL — Greg Neuman is leaving Yamhill-Carlton High School in order to become principal of the much larger West Linn High School. “This was an opportunity I could not pass up,” Neuman ...

Along the Street: Whiskey ready

It seems like forever when Steven Day first dipped his toe into Oregon’s growing craft spirits scene, buying property for his Dayton-area distillery in 2013 — the beginning of President Obama’s ...

Military air training planned

Military jets will fly over Yamhill County at times during the next week as the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing hosts another air combat training session. A similar training event ...

 
Humlies earn judges' praise, America's vote

We Three, the Humlie sibling band from McMinnville, won the hearts of “America’s Got Talent” viewers Tuesday and advanced to the next round of the television talent competition. The ...

Air quality alert extended through Friday Morning

An air quality alert for the Portland Metro area and Willamette Valley issued by the Portland office of the National Weather Service has been extended through Friday morning. The alert was first posted ...

 
Ribbon cutters: Model airplanes a big hit at Valley View show

Four miniature planes flew at other’s tails, each with a long string trailing behind. The goal? To sever the strings until just one remained. From the ground, McMinnville Aircraft Modelers (MAM) ...

 
West Valley program to aid traumatized kids

WILLAMINA — The classrooms at A Family Place relief nurseries are typical for youngsters between 1 and 5, with toys, stuffed animals and books scattered throughout. But look closer, and you’ll ...

 
Crowds dwindle at prison, but voices still raised in protest

Gurpreet K. Singh of Beaverton visits the federal penitentiary in Sheridan every month for what has become a combination worship service and protest for 123 refugees imprisoned there. Her prayers are ...

Sports

 
Fast Five

Call them the Fast Five. McMinnville’s boys’ cross country team boasts a quintet of veteran athletes led by state runner-up Zane Fodge. Marcus Graham, David Chupp, Kylar Johnson and ...

 
Guards White, Cool anchor Dayton’s district title hopes

DAYTON – Leadership remains an essential quality for any high school football team to succeed. Coaches cherish proven veterans, whom they trust to execute on-field adjustments and direct ...

 
Mac’s Cinnamon, Bliven fuel harriers in ‘burning The Grove’

“It’s time to burn The Grove.” Forest Grove, that is. McMinnville runner Emily Cinnamon believes the enduring rivalry with the Vikings fuels the Grizzlies’ cross country ...

 
All eyes on DuPuis

Only a few weeks from the start of his final season, McMinnville senior quarterback Sam DuPuis exudes confidence. Maintaining perspective, DuPuis appears ready to lead the Grizzlies against competitive ...

 
Switching off the mic

DAYTON – Football games this season at Dayton High School’s Gubser Field will sound much different. Longtime announcers Jim Connelly and Wayne Herring, voices of the Pirates for over ...

Sports briefs August 14

Linfield hosts Kids’ Football Day Linfield College’s Wildcat Kids Day is scheduled for August 21 at Maxwell Field. The Wildcats open their doors to local athletes in grades one through eight ...

Senior golf scores

Bayou Golf Course, McMinnville, Friday, August 10 KP No. 3: Mike Michelini KP No. 7: Dave Owen LP No. 9: Dean Reeder LD No. 8: Duane Qualey LD No. 8: Jack Miller Low Gross No. 1: Charles Nagely 41 LG ...

Senior bowling scores

Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Thursday Summer Seniors Aug 9 TEAM SCORES High game scratch: Joker’s Wild, 584. High series scratch: Joker’s Wild, 1628. MEN High game scratch: Larry Malay, ...

Final Yamhill Co. Rodeo results

Final Yamhill County Fair results are as follows – Name Home Town Stock Score Money Won Bareback Riding Cole Snider 804 Fine Wine 84 $1,641.60 Barrel Racing Kaycie Teague Ellensburg 17.736 $622.22 Cindy ...

 
Bigger, stronger, faster

AMITY – For the Amity Warriors’ football program, continuity remains crucial. Here’s a brief rundown of the various statistical leaders returning to the Amity gridiron this season: ...

 
Y-C football excited for ‘level playing field’

YAMHILL – “I’m excited to compete on a level playing field.” So said Yamhill-Carlton head coach Brennon Mossholder when asked about the upcoming Class 3A football season, ...

Senior bowling scores

Thursday Summer Seniors Aug 2 TEAM SCORES High game scratch: Joker’s Wild, 606. High series scratch: Joker’s Wild, 1643. MEN High game scratch: Joe Aspromonte, 224; Larry Malay, 222; Paul ...

 
Scraping metal: Will Tester conquers Demo Derby

Will Tester waited two decades for his first Demolition Derby victory. Fittingly, it finally arrived Saturday evening in his McMinnville hometown at the Yamhill County Fair. “It feels freaking ...

 
Sheridan football team increases expectations, looks for 2A success

SHERIDAN – Forget about the Spartans’ 2017 football success. Erase the memory of last season’s winning record. Ignore the personal accomplishments of elite running back Josh Rogers ...

 
Finding my Way: New day, new job, same goal

Sometimes it’s still hard to fathom. When I joined the News-Register, I never imagined rising to the sports editor role in roughly two years. For me, covering sports in Yamhill County was simply ...

Stubberfield tournament set Aug. 25

Michelbook Country Club’s seventh annual Perry Stubberfield Memorial Golf Tournament tees off Saturday, August 25 at 9 a.m. Registration is now open for interested participants, please contact Ross ...

Senior bowling scores

Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Thursday Summer Seniors July 26 TEAM SCORES High game scratch: Joker’s Wild, 552. High series scratch: Joker’s Wild, 1563. MEN High game scratch: Don Olesen, ...

Senior golf scores

Cross Creek Golf Course, Dallas, Wednesday, August 1 KP No. 4: Dean Reeder KP No. 7: Jack Harris LP No. 2: Joe Petrovich LP No. 9: Bruce Stewart Low Gross No. 1: Les Miller 37 LG No. 2: Frank Warren ...

 
Eight seconds: Hubba Hagerty triumphs at Bullmania

Hubba Hagerty lives eight seconds at a time. The 20-year-old bull rider from Spokane Valley delighted local rodeo fans Wednesday evening at the Yamhill County Fair. Competing in Bullmania, Hagerty ...

 
Dayton’s Aiden Huber earns Sports Hall of Fame scholarship, invitation

Recent Dayton High School graduate and varsity track and field and football star Aiden Huber was recently recognized as one of six student athletes for this year’s Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Huber, ...

Features

 
Yard of the Month: For joy and health

A sign on Teleda and Mark Rodman’s home at 1925 N.W. Cedar St. reads, “Rose Cottage.” It’s a fitting name. The couple’s fragrant, flower-filled yard has earned them ...

 
The zine scene

Retired teacher Linda James of Newberg likes the idea of young people expressing themselves through the written word. “Writing slows you down and makes you think out what you’re saying,” ...

Two outdoor movies set for Summerflix

The Sheridan Japanese School invites families to Summerflix at Granary Amphitheater. Two Disney movies will be shown at the stage at the Granary District, Seventh St. and Alpine Ave. “Coco” ...

 
Stopping By: 50 years on stage

Gallery Theater has taken McMinnville audiences to the South Pacific, Eastern Europe, Oklahoma, New Orleans, New York many times, Tuna, Texas, and even Neverland, Whoville and Oz. In its 50 years ...

 
Grand Ronde powwow features big prize money

GRAND RONDE — There will be more than $50,000 to be won by dancers and drummers at The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Contest Powwow. The Uyxat Powwow Grounds will host the annual event Friday ...

‘Music for Hope’ program supports cancer foundation

CARLTON — Five bands will perform Saturday, Aug. 18, at the third-annual Carlton Music for Hope. The free event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  in Carlton’s Upper Park. Donations ...

Carlson: Let sleeping dogs lie – in your room

Let me just come out and say this: My dogs sleep with me. Well, not all four of them, obviously. I do have standards, albeit low ones. But I seldom if ever go to sleep without a Basset Hound slumbering ...

Rohse: Housedresses fade into fashion history

Along with ghillies, snoods and poodle skirts, housedresses have all but disappeared from the women’s clothing scene. Before the era of women’s pants, the housedress was the homemakers’ ...

 
An illustrated history

McMinnville’s most influential artist never saw his work displayed in a local gallery, but his style is indelibly etched on the American consciousness. You know it when you see it. His characters, ...

 
Stopping By: See for yourself

Artist Adam Rupniewski finds creative stimulation in places and things, in music and prose, in reality and in dreams. The latter sparked much of the work he’s currently showing at the McMinnville ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Scientists, historians solve mystery of 17th century ‘Beeswax Wreck’

Since the beginning of European settlement along the Oregon Coast, people have wondered about the source of the mysterious chunks of beeswax that were continually turning up there. It seemed there was ...

Valley View to host air show, cars, music

A bomber will fly over the Valley View Concerts, Car & Air Show on Saturday, Aug. 11, and drop its payload on the crowd. But don’t worry — this radio-controlled bomber will be dropping ...

Rohse: Famous Champoeg was later forgotten

History did not play fairly in its dealings with Champoeg. Champoeg in the 1800s was an important settlement on the Willamette River, south of Newberg, on the north end of French Prairie. Most of the ...

Savvy Senior: Retirement planning for single women

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What retirement planning tips can you recommend to single women? I’m 54 and divorced with a teenage daughter and very little saved for retirement. — Financially Behind It’s ...

 
Playing it for laughs

Cassandra Schwanke may have to improvise a bit when she takes the stage in McMinnville for Gigglefest, a four-week series of sketch comedy shows premiering this week. The actor and writer is pregnant. ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Fierce debate over McMinnville UFO sighting continues today

Evelyn and Paul Trent lived on a farm between Sheridan and McMinnville in the years just after the Second World War. They were, by all accounts, just-plain-folks — good neighbors, solid citizens ...

Gallery offers three shows in 'Kaleidoscope'

Gallery Theater’s seventh-annual “Kaleidoscope” readers’ theater festival will open tonight with an original play by local playwright Norm Tognazzini. After performances ...

Castlemen Quartet offers concerts

Young chamber music artists and international faculty of the Castleman Quartet Program will present four free programs during their summer-in-residence at Linfield College. Each performance will start ...

 
Yamhill County Fair promises Blue Ribbon Dreams

With big-name entertainers, a rodeo, demolition derby, a wide range of vendors, carnival rides and all sorts of animals, vegetables and creative displays, this year’s Yamhill County Fair promises ...

 
Stopping By: Friend of the fair

As a youngster in La Grande, Alice Howell loved entering the county fair.  Her family had a large garden, and she and her two brothers marked off smaller squares for their 4-H plots. At fair time, ...

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