By News-Register staff • 

Along the Street: Construction begins on new urgent care clinic in Mac

An urgent care medical center is under construction in south McMinnville.

McMinnville Urgent Care Clinic is being built at 1755 S.W. Baker St., between the Walnut City Lanes bowling alley and Baker Street Animal Hospital.

Eight Nova OR McMinnville LLC took out building permits for the project in late January. According to the City of McMinnville, the permit values were for $65,000 for mechanical work and $550,000 for the main structure.

Samantha Coponen, a manager with EIG14T Development and National Urgent Care Development LLC, based in Troy, Michigan, submitted various planning applications with the city, on behalf of property owner Michael A Wilson Trust.

An care center operator has not been made public. However, in 2019, EIG14T announced a partnership with Eugene-based Nova Health (formally Eugene Urgent Care, PrimeCare Partners and Atlas Physical therapy), which has several locations throughout Oregon and Montana. Nova’s website lists a clinic in Dallas as coming soon in spring 2021. 

A completion date for the McMinnville clinic is not yet known.


Brewery project

Bierly Brewing’s move to Third Street took another step forward when the City of McMinnville approved permits for remodeling of the brewery’s new home at 624 N.E. Third Street.

The permit value was listed at $125,000 for remodeling, with Branch Geary Inc. listed as the company doing the work.

The building, owned by Patrick Vala, previously held Tommy’s Bicycle Shop. Vala moved the bike shop to 103 S.E. Baker Street last April.

J.P. and Amelia Bierly own Bierly Brewing, now located at 241 N.E. 11th St., McMinnville. A dedicated gluten-free brewery and eatery, it offers gluten-free beer and gluten-free food, including gluten- and dairy-free donuts that draw raves on social media.

For Valentine’s Weekend, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 13-14, Bierly will offer a special of beignets with chocolate and strawberry dipping sauces for $6 per basket.

Bierly tasting room is open for pickup from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The outdoor patio also is open from 2 to 6 p.m. weekends

For more information about the brewery, go to the website,


Currents artists

Currents Gallery’s February show will feature work by several of the gallery’s associate artists.

The show will include multi-media wall art by Deanna White, papercutting by Cindy Stinson-Chennell, multi-media collages and cards by Koka Filipovic, pen & ink and colored pencil drawings by Deborah Denno, fiber art by Maria Winner and jewelry by Shawn Rothman.

The show will run Feb. 17 to March 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and some Sundays. Private viewings are available by sending email to


Stoller in Bend

Stoller Wine Group has opened a wine bar in Bend.

The Stoller Wine Bar has its grand opening today, Feb. 12, at the Box Factory, 550 S.W. Industrial Way, Bend. It will serve wine flights and wines by the glass or bottle, as well as selling bottles to go.

“A Bend location has been a dream of ours,” said Gary Mortensen, president of the Stoller Wine Group. He noted the area’s food scene, numerous activities for locals and tourists and “rich culture of innovation.”

Steven Benson is the Stoller Wine Bar’s director of consumer sales. 

He will oversee sales of more than 40 wines from Stoller’s family of brands, including those from Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, Chemistry, Canned Oregon. The wine bar also will offer beer, cider, non-alcoholic beverages, cheese and charcuterie, with plans to expand its food menu.

Beverages from Riff Cold Brew, which previously occupied the space, also will be available.

The wine bar will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.


Cemetery funding

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for projects that preserve historic cemeteries.

Groups and individuals can apply for awards of $1,000 to $8,000 or more.

The annual grant program previously has funded projects such as marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements and records management. They have gone to groups in Yamhill County and other counties around the state.

“Our goal is to preserve Oregon’s historic cemeteries.” said Kuri Gill, historic cemeteries program coordinator.

A free, online workshop about using the online grant application system will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. March 4.

Registration is required; it can be completed at or by contacting or 503-986-0685.

Recorded trainings and tips also are available online.


H-Bomb reopens

H-Bomb Fitness, 455 W. Main St., Carlton, has reopened.

A maximum of six members can work out in the gym at any one time. Masks and social distancing are required.

Staff will monitor members’ temperatures and ask them to fill out a form about COVID-19.

Hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information, call the gym, at 503-354-4396.


Museum money

The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants of $2,000 to $10,000 to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism and education and interpretation projects.

Projects include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation, marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, training for museum staff and education and interpretation. COVID-19 challenges may be included in appropriate projects.

For more information, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.


Gas bill credits

NW Natural has announced that its Oregon customers can expect credits on their February bills.

The company is issuing $9.1 million in bill credits for services provided at its underground natural gas storage facility at Mist, as well as from efficient pipeline capacity management.

The average residential customer in Oregon will see a credit of about $9, which equals a savings of 16% compared to average monthly bills. The average small commercial customer in Oregon will see a credit of about $39.

David H. Anderson, NW Natural president and CEO, said NW Natural has issued nearly $170 million in bill credits to Oregon customers in the last 17 years.


Greenhouse for CCC

Northwest Farm Credit Services provided $200,000 to Chemeketa Community College to help fund a greenhouse for the new Agricultural Hub on the Salem campus.

The hub will offer indoor and outdoor areas to serve the local agricultural community and industry with classroom and community meeting space, garden/farm demonstration fields, a woody ornamental lab and beneficial insect study space.

It will be used by Chemeketa’s Agriculture and Horticulture programs, commodity groups, and local high school and FFA programs.

A greenhouse was in the original plans for the Agricultural Hub, but construction costs prohibited the college from including it. When Northwest Farm Credit Services heard of the college’s decision to cut the greenhouse from the plans, they surprised college officials with their gift.

“Northwest FCS makes long-term investments in education and research, as part of our ongoing commitment to improve lives in the industries and communities we serve,” said Brent Fetch, Oregon president.

He said his organization believes Chemeketa’s program “will yield the next generation of Oregon’s agricultural talent, which is vital to the industry’s long-term success.”

NFCS announced the gift during a virtual meeting with college administrators. Holly Nelson, dean of regional education and academic development, said the donation shows the organization’s “true commitment in supporting the local community and creating a vibrant agricultural industry in the Mid-Willamette valley.”

Chemeketa President Jessica Howard added, “we look forward to serving the agricultural industry with greater workforce training opportunities, a gathering place for the agricultural community, and robust opportunities for students for years to come.”


Preservation grants

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering matching-fund grants of up to $20,000 for archaeology projects and work on historic properties.

Available for preservation of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the grants fund work such as window repair, roof work, foundation projects, plumbing and electrical improvement.

The grants can also fund archeology projects for work contributing to identifying, preserving and/or interpreting archaeological sites.

Another type of grant, called Diamonds in the Rough, helps restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. The work must return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation.

For more information, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.


Greeters sessions

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 19 Greeters program will feature Brooks Winery. A link for the 8 to 9 a.m. Zoom program is available through the Chamber website,

McMinnville’s Feb. 26 program will feature Juliette’s House.

The Chehelem Valley Chamber of Commerce in Newberg will host a virtual Greeters session featuring Workshare Oregon from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 19.

Upcoming Newberg programs Feb. 26, Al Bannan from U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s office; March 5, Juliette’s House, the Yamhill County child abuse assessment center.

A Zoom link for each Friday is available through the website,


Roses and rosé

Tiger Vines, the student-run vineyard and winery at Yamhill Carlton High School, is offering gifts for the Valentine’s Day holiday.

“Rosé and Roses” includes a bottle of 2019 rosé produced from the vineyard plus a bouquet of red roses created by FFA members. Cost is $40.

The gifts can be pre-ordered by email to by Saturday, Feb. 6.

A limited number will be available for pickup from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Carlton Vet Hospital, 230 S. Pine St., Carlton.

For more information, go to the website,


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Regarding Bierly Brewing---it is JP and Amelia (not Amanda).
Looking forward to visiting them when they open their new shop on Third Street.