Willamina student, linked to fentanyl, will finish school

The on-campus school experience is over for one Willamina High School senior. The student, according to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, burned counterfeit M30 pills, containing fentanyl, on ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Olivia Cho helps Anika Laido create a traditional Lunar New
Year dragon during the McMinnville celebration Saturday.
More than 700 people attended the first Lunar New Year
celebration here in more than a century.

Lion Dance for a crowd

The New Year’s Lion had plenty of people to shake his head at Saturday as crowds turned out for McMinnville’s first Lunar New Year event in modern times. The line of people waiting to buy ...

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##T.J. Lake practices his part in a song for the Swingin’ on
a Star fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28. Lake, a
McMinnville High School senior, plans to pursue a career in
musical theater.

Stopping by Singing their own tunes

Singing is past, present and future for T.J. Lake and Lezly Olmedo, both seniors at McMinnville High School. Both started entertaining themselves and others by vocalizing when they were children. Both ...

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Lisa Patterson, principal architect for SRG Partnership, talks about the wide hallways where Graf Hall connects to the newly-built Keck Science
Center. The halls will provide a variety of seating areas where students can study or meet in pairs or small groups to discuss science concepts.

Space for science Linfield on verge of opening new complex

In just a few weeks, associate chemistry Professor Megan Bestwick and her students at Linfield University will be back to studying mitochondrial DNA. This semester they will have new space to collaborate ...

Commissioners complain administrator failed to produce

Yamhill County commissioners last week again convened a last-minute discussion of SEDCOR, without representatives from the company, to continue discussion of whether to terminate its contract. The county ...

News-Register file photo##Gallery Theater s production of the ABBA song-filled  Mamma Mia  won numerous awards, including one for being the best overall production.

Gallery honors 2022 season

“Mamma Mia!” was honored as the best “Total Production” of Gallery Theater’s 2022 season at the community theater’s annual awards night this month. Kelly Janssen directed ...

city leaders propose keeping taxing authority

City of McMinnville leadership is proposing to keep its $1.50 taxing authority in the event voters approve a new fire district in May. What they’ll do with it and when remains up in the air, after ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##District 24 Rep. Lucetta Elmer prepares for the opening House session from her office, alongside Legislative Assistant Jillian Studer

Lucetta Elmer goes to work in Salem

The 2023 Oregon legislative session opened Tuesday, and for District 24 Rep. Lucetta Elmer and 20 other newcomers in the House of Representatives, it was the first opportunity to experience life as a lawmaker. A ...

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Aliza Stromme, lower right, encourages novice dumpling makers as they fill and fold the traditional Lunar New Year food. Also pictured, clockwise from lower center, are Ginna Wenz, Glenna Green, Jean Thompson (standing), Susie Alin, Does Mitchell (also standing) Lana Brown, Barbara Scheel, Megan Sorvus, Denise Murphy and, next to Stromme, Connie Kuyoth. Shirley Kishiyama is not pictured.

Dumplings: Art, culture, friendship

Dumplings will help celebrate Lunar New Year

Along the Street: Melt Down restaurant list announced for February fundraiser

About 41 local restaurants and other businesses will offer grilled cheese specials throughout February in the annual Melt Down fundraiser for the YCAP food bank. Businesses contribute $2 for each sandwich ...

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T-shirts, candles and artwork made by local crafters are on display at Magick Attic, along with many one-of-a-kind vintage items.

Magick Attic filled with unique finds

Melissa Welsh describes herself as “a forest person” who loves all things magical, supernatural and other worldly. So it’s no surprise she opened a business she calls “The Magick ...

Hotel developers urge look at big picture

As McMinnville’s Historic Landmarks Committee appears poised to deny applications needed to move forward on a $60 million boutique hotel on Third Street, developers backing the project say the city ...

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During a McMinnville Historic Preservation Speaker Series presentation last August, Tiffany
Henness points to the Chinese inscription on a wooden basket believed to be used in
harvesting crops.

Lunar New Year celebration open to all

The Lunar New Year will mark more than just the turning of a new calendar page this year in McMinnville, at least. A Lunar New Year celebration will be the first event hosted by the area’s new Asian ...

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Senator Ron Wyden chats with McMinnville residents Jay
and Becky Pearson during a social session after his town
hall Friday, attended by about 100 people.

Wyden hosts McMinnville town hall

U.S. Senator also discusses infrastructure funding for local projects

Letter to readers: Gus Gus finds a home

Celebrate with me the fact that Gus Gus, a kitten I featured in a story in December (“Cuddling Kittens”, Dec. 23), has found a home. Kiely McDaniel recently lost her beloved Leo, “the ...