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Alleged downtown shooter faces 15-count indictment

A Lake Oswego man, who told McMinnville police he fired multiple rounds from his 9mm handgun into the ground in the area of N.E. Third and Ford streets on a Friday evening last August, is facing a 15-count ...

Federal judge dismisses motion to throw out bankruptcy

A federal judge in Utah has dismissed a motion by the U.S. Trustee Laurie Cayton to dismiss the bankruptcy petition of the Falls Event Center. Cayton had argued that Brooks Pickering, the company manager ...

 
Along the Street: Evenstads honored for distinguished service

Grace and Ken Evenstad, founding owners of Domaine Serene Winery and owners of Château de la Crée in Burgundy, are the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award announced annually ...

Mac officers locate stolen vehicle, make arrests

 

 
Second home invasion suspect taken into custody

McMinnville police made a second arrest early Thursday morning in connection with an Oct. 3 home invasion robbery. Judas Rocha, 19, of Newberg, was previously indicted by a Yamhill County Grand Jury on ...

County commissioners impose bridge weight limit, discuss transit

County commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to impose a weight limit on the Laughlin Road bridge, restricting it to five tons, effective immediately. County engineer Bill Gille said  a neighbor  ...

Kulla and Primozich discuss approaches to county government

County commission candidates Casey Kulla and Stan Primozich, facing off Thursday in a forum before the McMinnville Kiwanis Club, answered questions ranging from water issues to whether the county should ...

 
Duniway opens 'makerspace'

Students gather to create in Duniway Middle School’s new “makerspace,” a time and place for tinkering with tools, taking things apart and trying new ways to put things together. “It’s ...

 
Debate heated between two of three council candidates

City council candidates raised the temperature at the McMinnville Public Library Oct. 16 during what turned into a heated debate. Sal Peralta, the incumbent councilor in Southwest McMinnville’s ...

Chenoweth runs on conservative platform

Chris Chenoweth is running for the McMinnville City Council on a conservative platform that includes limiting the size and scope of government and taking a hard line on crime and homelessness. Regardless, ...

 
Rake, Ingham vie for mayor's seat

CARLTON — Two residents who say they love their city are vying for the mayor’s seat. Brian Rake and Jody Ingham are running to replace longtime mayor Kathie Oriet, who had served on the council ...

Gautney presents herself as steady hand

By TOM HENDERSON<br/>Of the News-Register Leanna Gautney said her business experience gives her unique abilities to serve Southwest McMinnville in Ward 1 of the city council. She is running against ...

Peralta touts his statewide connections

Sal Peralta joined the McMinnville City Council Jan. 23 to represent Ward 1 after being appointed to fill the unexpired term of departing Councilor Kevin Jeffries. He now hopes voters elect him to a full ...

Transit bus involved in multi-vehicle crash

No serious injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon following a three-vehicle crash on North Highway 99W in front of the Big 5 Sporting Goods store. McMinnville police gave this account: About 12:30 ...

Willamina schools secure Nike grant

WILLAMINA — “Swish it, don’t dis it.” The Willamina School District is promoting that message related to a $20,000 Nike Community Impact Fund grant it has received. Nike awarded ...

Sex abuser goes to prison

Judge Ladd Wiles didn’t believe anything George Higareda said at his plea hearing last Friday in Yamhill County Circuit Court. The 39-year-old was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of first-degree ...

Lafayette Avenue partly blocked by crash

A crash is blocking the southbound lane of Lafayette Avenue near 10th Street in McMinnville. Medics and police are on the scene of a rear-end crash that happened about 3:50 p.m. Watch out for emergency ...

 
Second home invasion suspect taken into custody

McMinnville police made a second arrest early Thursday morning in connection with an Oct. 3 home invasion robbery. Judas Rocha, 19, of Newberg, was previously indicted by a Yamhill County Grand Jury on ...

Pedestrian struck by auto

A McMinnville man was struck by an automobile Thursday morning at the intersection of North Highway 99W and Northeast McDonald Lane, according to police. Officers and fire department personnel responded ...

 
Transit bus involved in three-vehicle crash

No serious injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon as the result of a three-vehicle crash on North Highway 99W in front of the Big 5 Sporting Goods store. McMinnville police gave this account: About ...

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Mac officers locate stolen vehicle, make arrests

 

Federal judge dismisses motion to throw out bankruptcy

A federal judge in Utah has dismissed a motion by the U.S. Trustee Laurie Cayton to dismiss the bankruptcy petition of the Falls Event Center. Cayton had argued that Brooks Pickering, the company manager ...

Kulla and Primozich discuss approaches to county government

County commission candidates Casey Kulla and Stan Primozich, facing off Thursday in a forum before the McMinnville Kiwanis Club, answered questions ranging from water issues to whether the county should ...

County commissioners impose bridge weight limit, discuss transit

County commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to impose a weight limit on the Laughlin Road bridge, restricting it to five tons, effective immediately. County engineer Bill Gille said  a neighbor  ...

Chenoweth runs on conservative platform

Chris Chenoweth is running for the McMinnville City Council on a conservative platform that includes limiting the size and scope of government and taking a hard line on crime and homelessness. Regardless, ...

Gautney presents herself as steady hand

By TOM HENDERSON<br/>Of the News-Register Leanna Gautney said her business experience gives her unique abilities to serve Southwest McMinnville in Ward 1 of the city council. She is running against ...

Peralta touts his statewide connections

Sal Peralta joined the McMinnville City Council Jan. 23 to represent Ward 1 after being appointed to fill the unexpired term of departing Councilor Kevin Jeffries. He now hopes voters elect him to a full ...

 
Debate heated between two of three council candidates

City council candidates raised the temperature at the McMinnville Public Library Oct. 16 during what turned into a heated debate. Sal Peralta, the incumbent councilor in Southwest McMinnville’s ...

 
Second home invasion suspect taken into custody

McMinnville police made a second arrest early Thursday morning in connection with an Oct. 3 home invasion robbery. Judas Rocha, 19, of Newberg, was previously indicted by a Yamhill County Grand Jury on ...

Alleged downtown shooter faces 15-count indictment

A Lake Oswego man, who told McMinnville police he fired multiple rounds from his 9mm handgun into the ground in the area of N.E. Third and Ford streets on a Friday evening last August, is facing a 15-count ...

 
Duniway opens 'makerspace'

Students gather to create in Duniway Middle School’s new “makerspace,” a time and place for tinkering with tools, taking things apart and trying new ways to put things together. “It’s ...

 
Rake, Ingham vie for mayor's seat

CARLTON — Two residents who say they love their city are vying for the mayor’s seat. Brian Rake and Jody Ingham are running to replace longtime mayor Kathie Oriet, who had served on the council ...

 
Along the Street: Evenstads honored for distinguished service

Grace and Ken Evenstad, founding owners of Domaine Serene Winery and owners of Château de la Crée in Burgundy, are the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award announced annually ...

Transit bus involved in multi-vehicle crash

No serious injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon following a three-vehicle crash on North Highway 99W in front of the Big 5 Sporting Goods store. McMinnville police gave this account: About 12:30 ...

Willamina schools secure Nike grant

WILLAMINA — “Swish it, don’t dis it.” The Willamina School District is promoting that message related to a $20,000 Nike Community Impact Fund grant it has received. Nike awarded ...

Sex abuser goes to prison

Judge Ladd Wiles didn’t believe anything George Higareda said at his plea hearing last Friday in Yamhill County Circuit Court. The 39-year-old was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of first-degree ...

 
Second home invasion suspect taken into custody

McMinnville police made a second arrest early Thursday morning in connection with an Oct. 3 home invasion robbery. Judas Rocha, 19, of Newberg, was previously indicted by a Yamhill County Grand Jury on ...

 
Transit bus involved in three-vehicle crash

No serious injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon as the result of a three-vehicle crash on North Highway 99W in front of the Big 5 Sporting Goods store. McMinnville police gave this account: About ...

Grape stomping event still has openings

There’s still time to sign up for the Guinness Book of World Records grape stomping event that will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, in McMinnville. McMinnville High School Grad Night organizers are hosting ...

Linfield choirs to perform

Linfield College student choirs will perform music from hit Broadway musicals and well-known composers Sunday, Oct. 21. The "Resistance, Revolution and Renewal” concert will start at 4 p.m. in the ...

Sports

 
Warriors hold off Clatskanie, Mac falls to Newberg; Friday night football recap

AMITY – West Streeter rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns, Tyler Parr threw for three scores and ran for another and the Amity Warriors defeated Clatskanie tonight in a shootout, 40-32. The ...

 
DISTRICT CHAMPS

YAMHILL – The ascendance of Yamhill-Carlton’s girls’ soccer program has opened eyes. Monday, Y-C’s soccer progress culminated in a 5-1 home win against Dayton. The victory ...

 
Indefinable energy: Mac sweeps rival Newberg

When asked about his team’s remarkable turnaround, McMinnville head volleyball coach Ben Patterson paused a moment, before answering: “I told my team that we have something which is ...

Volleyball roundup: Y-C overcomes Scio; Amity sweeps Dayton series; Spartans conquer Santiam; ‘Dogs fall to Rainier

Volleyball roundup Yamhill-Carlton 3, Scio 2 YAMHILL –Yamhill-Carlton volleyball snapped a brief three-game skid with a five-set home victory over Scio Tuesday night. Before this week’s triumph, ...

Correction: Dates and times of Linfield volleyball departures

In Tuesday’s article, “Captain, six others leave Linfield volleyball team,” dates and times were incorrect. The article correctly listed Brianna Sanford’s resignation as Monday. ...

Senior golf scores

Cross Creek Golf Course, Dallas, Wednesday, October 10 KP No. 4: Jim Cox KP No. 7: Mark Vernon LP No. 2: Berely Mack LP No. 9: Lynn Foster Low Gross No. 1: John Fricia 40 LG No. 2: Bob Dalberg 41 LG ...

 
Tigers claw Cardinals, 38-6

YAMHILL – Yamhill-Carlton kept its hopes of a winning season alive with last Friday’s 38-6 home victory over Class 3A Special District 1 – East foe Corbett. The Tigers (3-4, 1-2 SD1-East) ...

 
Captain, six others leave Linfield volleyball team

Seven Linfield College volleyball players have left the program following allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and retaliation by first-year Wildcat head coach Josh Davis. The school’s administration ...

 
Linfield special teams shine in 43-26 win against Lewis & Clark

A huge day from Linfield’s special teams unit led to a 43-19 home victory over Lewis & Clark Saturday at Maxwell Field. Keegan Weiss returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown in the ...

Kepler’s three TDs, DuPuis’ near-perfect outing lead Grizzlies over Glencoe, 44-22

HILLSBORO – During a crucial stretch in the second quarter of last Thursday’s football game between McMinnville and Glencoe, Grizzly quarterback Sam DuPuis completed eight consecutive passes. ...

Football roundup: Spartans smack Gervais; ‘Dogs dominate Taft; Pirates, Warriors lose

Football roundup Sheridan 62, Gervais 0 GERVAIS – Sheridan scored on all five offensive plays in the first half of last Friday’s contest against Gervais, setting the stage for a 62-0 Spartan ...

Senior bowling scores

Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Senior Citizens League Oct 9 TEAM High game scratch: The No Names, 649. High series scratch: The No Names, 1931. MEN High game scratch: Bill Mitchell, 227; Mike Roberson, ...

 
Wildcats stomp Lewis & Clark, 43-26

A big day from Linfield’s special teams unit led to a 43-26 home victory over Lewis & Clark today at Maxwell Field. Keegan Weiss returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, ...

 
Unselfish Spartans adjusting on the fly, eye playoffs

SHERIDAN – Desperately bidding for a state postseason appearance and with Class 2A Tri-River Conference playoffs looming, the Sheridan volleyball team is adjusting on the fly. The Spartans, ...

 
McMinnville alums impacting ‘Cat football

Almost every year, the Linfield football team features a few standout players who graduated from McMinnville High School. Two years ago, elite running back Spencer Payne headlined the Wildcats’ ...

Senior golf scores

Cross Creek Golf Course, Dallas, Wednesday, October 3 KP No. 17: Gene Anderson LP No. 18: Bob Dalberg Low Gross No. 1: Sam Peterson 45 Low Net No. 1: Jim Lum 29 LN No. 2: Jim Meyers 32 Chehalem ...

 
Y-C flattens Corbett, 38-6; Mac drops Glencoe, 44-22; Thursday Night Football recap

YAMHILL – Yamhill-Carlton kept its hopes for a winning season alive with Thursday night's 38-6 home victory over Class 3A Special District 1 – East foe Corbett. The Tigers (3-4, 1-2 SD1-East) ...

 
Looking the part

When Linfield running back Artie Johnson was growing up in Hoquiam, Washington, he shunned the football field, partly because of his parents’ wishes. But one day, when Johnson was in the ...

 
Grizzlies overwhelmed by Sherwood, fall 38-27

Leading up to last Friday’s Class 6A Special District 3 opener against Sherwood, McMinnville football’s coaching staff and players acknowledged the dangerous aspects of the Bowmen. ...

 
No. 1 Warriors slay fourth-ranked ‘Dogs, 50-14

AMITY – West Streeter rushed for 168 yards, eclipsing 1,000 yards for the season, and led the number-one ranked Amity Warriors to a 50-14 blowout of fourth-ranked Willamina last Friday on the Warriors’ ...

Features

 
Stopping By: Breathing through the pain

Amy Fleckenstein sat in her son Charlie’s first-grade classroom, leading a mindfulness meditation session for 6-year-olds. “How do we always start?” she asked. “Breathing!” ...

 
Halloween happenings

Old-fashioned Halloween Yamhill County Historical Society will take a look at Halloween past and present with “Night at the Museum” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Yamhill Valley ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Because of notorious murder case, jury verdicts need not be unanimous

It’s ironic that Norman Rockwell’s famous painting “The Holdout” appeared on the front cover of the Saturday Evening Post on, of all days, Feb. 14, 1959. That date was Oregon’s ...

Rohse: A tale of two local landmarks

On a sunny fall day, take a leisurely drive to see one of Yamhill County’s best kept secrets. It’s the burial site of Ewing Young (1810-1841), once one of the wealthiest men in Oregon. Shading ...

 
Author takes unflinching look at grim realities

Author Peter Nathaniel Malae lives in rural Yamhill County, some 642 miles from the brutal streets where he grew up in California. Malae often writes about brutality, about damaged and forgotten people ...

'God Game' offers food for thought

It’s become mandatory for political candidates to play the religion card when they run for office — publicly attending church services, claiming the Bible is their favorite book, quoting from ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Smugglers buddies staged audacious midnight jailbreak

Around 10 p.m. on the night of Saturday, March 19, 1932 — just a few months before Prohibition was ended — four vehicles rolled furtively into the little Coast Range town of Toledo. A ...

 
Whaddya mean, it's almost Halloween?

Numerous Halloween-related events are planned in Yamhill County this month. They include: History and Halloween: The Yamhill County Historical Society will host two free “Halloween and History” ...

Rohse: Possible catastrophes warrant consideration

The minute I saw the title of the book I knew I wanted to read it: “What Remains to Be Discovered?” by John Maddox. I wasn’t disappointed — though a bit alarmed. Straightaway, ...

Carlson: No-kill shelters strive to help animals thrive

I am a relatively new subscriber to Dogster magazine. I can’t even remember how I came across it, but I’ve come to look forward to my next issue. It’s light-hearted, always has a national ...

 
Stopping By: Doing his part to keep history alive

Gary Sohn loves people, talking and telling stories, especially those that delve deeper than well-known tales. “My wife complains that I would talk to a blank wall if I had to,” Sohn quipped. While ...

 
Check it out

Is there something strange in your neighborhood? Is there something weird, and it don’t look good? Who ya gonna call? The Newberg Public Library! Yes, among the library’s collection of literature, ...

 
Stopping By: Hard work, luck make a happy life

A lifelong McMinnville resident, Tom Miller can tell you who owned what, who did what, where and when it happened, and numerous other details of local life over the past 70-plus years. How cold was the ...

Linfield College event celebrates Hispanic heritage

Linfield College will celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture during its Hispanic Heritage Celebración on Saturday, Oct. 20. The free event will run from 1–5 p.m. in the Rutschman Field House ...

 
Truth, faith and politics

  Moderately conservative Sen. Tom Trevor is on the short list to become the running mate of a right-wing presidential candidate in “The God Game,” which opens Friday, Oct. 12, ...

 
Ships to Roam celebrates album release

The phrase “Boxing the Compass,” the newest album by local band Ships To Roam, is a nautical term for calling out all the points of a compass. Musically, says frontman Jerome Blankenship, ...

Rohse: Zip-lining is the thrill of a lifetime

If you are an adrenaline junkie, I have the perfect prescription for you: the Cloudscraper Zip Line. My son and I can attest to its effectiveness. It is the highest zip-line in America — more than ...

Savvy Senior: Resources to help with Medicare decisions

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m considering making changes in my Medicare coverage during the open-enrollment period. Can you recommend any free resources that can help with my choices? — Swapping ...

 
Dome improvement

At 99, Betty Younker rarely takes long trips away from her home at McMinnville’s Hillside Retirement Community. Last month, however, she visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Haystack ...

 
Now they're cooking

WILLAMINA — Lynne Shore positioned four bowls of whole bell peppers on a table for 11 fourth- and fifth-grade students to slice and dice in her “Let’s Cook!” class at Willamina ...

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