YCAP photo##Participating diners in The Melt Down can earn prizes by filling out the fundraiser event’s official passport.

Melt Down forecast for February: gooey, cheesy, crispy

Neither rain nor snow nor the coronavirus pandemic will stop The Melt Down, the popular grilled cheese sandwich festival that raises money for YCAP’s Yamhill County food bank. What a comfort! — ...

Rohse: Oregon's highs and lows remembered

As you may know, Oregon’s birthday is February 14. Our State will be 162 on Valentine’s Day. If you are newcomers to Oregon you’ve missed many of Oregon’s happenings, but most of ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Harry Fuller peers through a spotting scope for a closer look at a large group of birds resting at Baskett Slough. He suggests new birdwatchers use binoculars with at least 8x40 power.

Stopping by: Pecking order

Edges are the best places to view birds — where the edge of a city meets the edge of a forest or where the water meets the land, according to master birdwatcher Harry Fuller. Edges contain a buffet ...

Newberg celebrates MLK Day

Dr. Carol Parker Walsh began her address with a simple request, directed at white people: “Raise your hand if you would be happy to be treated as this society in general treats people of color, marginalized ...

News-Register file photo##Gallery Theater s 2019 production of  Beauty and the Beast   was named best  Production of a Musical of the Decade  in the Broadway World Regional 2020 Awards.

Gallery, LaCroute awarded'decade' honors

Gallery Theater and avid arts supporter Ronni LaCroute are among honorees in the Broadway World Regional 2020 Awards. Gallery was named “Community Theater of the Decade” and its December 2019 ...

News-Register file photo##Rose Marie Caughran, a strong supporter of public art in McMinnville, was interviewed in 2015 for the OPB program  Oregon Art Beat.

Rose Marie Caughran, 'force of nature' in Mac, dies at 92

Everybody, it seems, has memories of Rose Marie Caughran, McMinnville’s former library director and longtime city volunteer who cared for trees and kept the downtown area tidy almost until her death. Caughran ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register## Merica Ribali of McMinnville, a student at Western Oregon University, joins an evening prayer session at Church on the Hill.

Stopping by: Prioritizing prayer

Standing in a pew near the front of the Nazarene Church on the Hill’s sanctuary, Tina Chase lifted her hands high in the air as she began to pray. Raising her hands to God is “kind of a surrender,” ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Retail customers and those seeking loans from First Federal will have a new building to enter later this year. Employees expect to move into the bank s new headquarters in June and construction will be wrapped up in august.

First Federal six months from moving into new headquarters

Work is continuing on the new First Federal headquarters, a nearly 32,000 square foot building at Third and Baker streets on the west end of downtown McMinnville. The three-story building will ...

Rohse: Romans prized cleanliness, opulence

The fall of the great Roman Empire has by some historians been attributed to the overindulgences of the populace — its fondness for the good life and opulence. Rich Romans could afford massages, ...

Carlton considering finalists

CARLTON — Carlton city councilors are meeting in executive session today to decide which of four finalists will be the best fit as Carlton’s next city manager. Councilors, city staffers ...

City-owned house slated for demolition in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — A house owned by the city of Sheridan will be demolished after suffering extensive damage in a July fire, the city council determined at this month’s work session. “It’s ...

Signs to help beautify Willamina's downtown

A beautification and signage project on Willamina’s Main Street is moving forward, the city council learned Tuesday night. The project was approved in August. The city, a member of the Oregon ...

Carlson: Great and small ways to help creatures in need

Around the holidays, every time I checked my mailbox at least half of its contents were requests for donations to charitable nonprofits and worthy causes, and I suspect this probably happened to you, too. ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Memorial Elementary School teacher Ashley Allen gives a thumbs-up to her first grade students while teaching remotely from her classroom. She said she s looking forward to seeing their faces in person, even if they have to wear masks.

Stopping by: Passing on the joy of learning

Although she has plenty of experience as a full-time teacher, Ashley Bellwood Allen, like all her colleagues, faced unfamiliar challenges when the pandemic changed school, work and life in general in March ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Leland Payne would rather spend time on his land among the trees, birds and wildlife, than he would sitting down for a newspaper interview.

Stopping by: For Yamhill tree farmer LeLand Payne, nature has always been the best teacher

LeLand Payne remembers walking over the hills and through the woods northwest of Yamhill as a boy in the late 1930s and ‘40s. He enjoyed every step — and he still does as he ...

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