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Fire extinguished at Eola Hills Charter School

AMITY - Multiple agencies responded about 10 a.m. Tuesday to a reported two-alarm fire at the Eola Hills Charter School, 9015 Community Club Road. Less than a half hour later, a "good knockdown" on the ...

Care centers agree to ballot title

Opponents of a McMinnville law that fines care centers for unnecessary 911 calls have claimed a small victory in their attempt to overturn the statute. Care center operators, represented through the Oregon ...

Council approves $100K for new park toilet facility

McMinnville is about get a $100,000 toilet. City councilors approved the money March 12 so the new Jay Pearson Neighborhood Park can have a two-seat unisex toilet facility with its own plumbing. Parks ...

County joins local resident in opposing timber bills

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday joined a local resident in opposing state bills that would change how forest lands are managed and taxed. House Bill 2656 addresses forest land that supplies drinking ...

Council grapples with diversity issues

The face of economic vitality in McMinnville has a noticeably light complexion and looks very familiar, local resident Doug Johnson noted at the March 12 city council meeting. Councilors were creating ...

Belt strikes deemed unreasonable punishment

DAYTON — Twenty-five strikes of a belt was determined unreasonable punishment by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office deputy Andrew McMahon, who charged Dayton resident Robert Miller with one count ...

Affordable housing bill stirs local discussion

Proposed lodging tax legislation stirs discussion

Yamhill looking for past firefighters for celebration

YAMHILL — The Yamhill Fire Protection District will rededicate its fire station and recognize volunteer firefighters and board members on Saturday, April 6. The district is seeking former volunteers ...

 
Math with a slice of pi

If 160 students gather in McMinnville to solve math problems using pi, and pizzas have eight slices each, how many pizza pies are needed to feed the crowd? St. James School students know how to find the ...

Hillside schedules 'Adventures in Learning' series

Hillside Retirement Community will host a series of talks in April, the “Adventures in Learning” series. Programs, which are open to the public of all ages, are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays ...

 
Finance director announces retirement

Marcia Baragary announced last week she is retiring as McMinnville’s finance director after 10 years, leaving behind not just a career but a calling. Baragary worked in the private sector ...

Planning commission mulls bed and breakfast

The McMinnville Planning Commission will hold a hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, on a request to operate a bed and breakfast at a home at 806 S.E. Davis St. The property is currently approved ...

Dental van offers free appointments

Medical Teams Northwest provides free dental care from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, at McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. For more information, call Lynn Crowell at 503-472-8196.

Local inmate dies in DOC custody

UMATILLA — Eugene Sweigart, 75, of Amity, who was sentenced to 470 months - nearly 40 years - in prison in September 2002 in Yamhill County Circuit Court, died Friday, March 15 at an Eastern Oregon ...

Dayton board discusses moving forward

 

Fluke could return as principal if things go well in coming year

 
West Valley shows off its talent

SHERIDAN — Matteo Bucknell and Teddy Nortness, entered in the Student Division, took the stage at the West Valley’s Got Talent fundraiser Saturday night at the Monroe Event Center. They finished ...

Thursday is deadline to file for school board positions

Positions on every school board in Yamhill County will be filled in the May 21 election. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, to file to run. They must fill out paperwork and turn it in to ...

Linfield announces new internship program

Linfield College has announced a new four-year internship program named in honor of several recent college presidents. Five freshmen have been chosen for the initial Presidential IMPACT Internships. They ...

 
Helicopter crashes in rural Newberg; no one injured

NEWBERG - No injuries were reported when a helicopter crashed in a field on the southwest corner of Highway 219 and Northeast Bell Road shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. The pilot was identified as ...

Along the Street: Program links recent graduates to jobs

The McMinnville Economic Development Partnership unveiled this week a new program offering career opportunities to recent high school graduates not planning to attend college. A pilot project for the ...

State & Region

Might Oregon kill ‘kicker tax’ rebate to help education?

PORTLAND — Momentum is building to end the only-in-Oregon approach of issuing tax rebates in order to build reserves for schools. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that if Oregon economists’ ...

Democrats face hurdles in Oregon despite supermajority

By ANDREW SELSKY Of The Associated Press SALEM — The election gave Democrats a three-fifths supermajority in Oregon’s Legislature with greater power to impose taxes, but the Senate president ...

Yamhill County votes Buehler, but Oregon re-elects Brown for governor

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was re-elected Tuesday, saying she won her first full term as leader of the Pacific Northwest state in a “slam-dunk.”
In Yamhill County, Republican challenger Knute Buehler was favored, earning 23,705 votes, or 53.48 percent, to Brown’s 17,274 votes, or 38.97 percent, after initial results released by the county clerk’s office.

Boquist worries some mailed votes may arrive late

SALEM — Voters in Oregon mail in their ballots or leave them in official boxes, but a Republican state lawmaker said Friday more mailed votes may arrive past deadline because of U.S. Postal Service cutbacks that have slowed mail delivery in rural — and primarily Republican — areas.

 

Democrats aim to win supermajority in Oregon Legislature

SALEM — Democrats have a chance to win one more seat each in the state Senate and House in Tuesday's election.

 

Phishing attempts on Oregon election officials increase

SALEM — Oregon’s paper-ballot voting system in the state has never been more accurate or secure, though the number of phishing attempts targeting election officials has increased, the state’s elections director said.

 

Voters in 10 Oregon counties to vote on gun rights ordinance

PORTLAND — Voters in 10 Oregon counties will decide on Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances this Election Day. The ordinances state that county residents have the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, and the right to own firearms without any registration requirement.

 

Local News

Yamhill looking for past firefighters for celebration

YAMHILL — The Yamhill Fire Protection District will rededicate its fire station and recognize volunteer firefighters and board members on Saturday, April 6. The district is seeking former volunteers ...

Hillside schedules 'Adventures in Learning' series

Hillside Retirement Community will host a series of talks in April, the “Adventures in Learning” series. Programs, which are open to the public of all ages, are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays ...

Care centers agree to ballot title

Opponents of a McMinnville law that fines care centers for unnecessary 911 calls have claimed a small victory in their attempt to overturn the statute. Care center operators, represented through the Oregon ...

 
Finance director announces retirement

Marcia Baragary announced last week she is retiring as McMinnville’s finance director after 10 years, leaving behind not just a career but a calling. Baragary worked in the private sector ...

Council approves $100K for new park toilet facility

McMinnville is about get a $100,000 toilet. City councilors approved the money March 12 so the new Jay Pearson Neighborhood Park can have a two-seat unisex toilet facility with its own plumbing. Parks ...

Affordable housing bill stirs local discussion

Proposed lodging tax legislation stirs discussion

Council grapples with diversity issues

The face of economic vitality in McMinnville has a noticeably light complexion and looks very familiar, local resident Doug Johnson noted at the March 12 city council meeting. Councilors were creating ...

Planning commission mulls bed and breakfast

The McMinnville Planning Commission will hold a hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, on a request to operate a bed and breakfast at a home at 806 S.E. Davis St. The property is currently approved ...

Dental van offers free appointments

Medical Teams Northwest provides free dental care from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, at McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. For more information, call Lynn Crowell at 503-472-8196.

County joins local resident in opposing timber bills

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday joined a local resident in opposing state bills that would change how forest lands are managed and taxed. House Bill 2656 addresses forest land that supplies drinking ...

Local inmate dies in DOC custody

UMATILLA — Eugene Sweigart, 75, of Amity, who was sentenced to 470 months - nearly 40 years - in prison in September 2002 in Yamhill County Circuit Court, died Friday, March 15 at an Eastern Oregon ...

Dayton board discusses moving forward

 

Fluke could return as principal if things go well in coming year

Belt strikes deemed unreasonable punishment

DAYTON — Twenty-five strikes of a belt was determined unreasonable punishment by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office deputy Andrew McMahon, who charged Dayton resident Robert Miller with one count ...

 
West Valley shows off its talent

SHERIDAN — Matteo Bucknell and Teddy Nortness, entered in the Student Division, took the stage at the West Valley’s Got Talent fundraiser Saturday night at the Monroe Event Center. They finished ...

 
Math with a slice of pi

If 160 students gather in McMinnville to solve math problems using pi, and pizzas have eight slices each, how many pizza pies are needed to feed the crowd? St. James School students know how to find the ...

Thursday is deadline to file for school board positions

Positions on every school board in Yamhill County will be filled in the May 21 election. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, to file to run. They must fill out paperwork and turn it in to ...

Linfield announces new internship program

Linfield College has announced a new four-year internship program named in honor of several recent college presidents. Five freshmen have been chosen for the initial Presidential IMPACT Internships. They ...

Mac board adopts calendar

McMinnville schools will hold their fall conferences in October, rather than November, under the 2019-20 calendar approved by the school board Monday night. Fall conferences will be held the evening of ...

Amity purchases high school boiler, bus

AMITY — The Amity School Board approved spending $199,400 on a new high school boiler at Wednesday night’s meeting. A $47,900 expenditure was approved for a used mini bus. There were four ...

Willamina secures large water grant

WILLAMINA — Willamina officials and councilors Tuesday night celebrated the news that the city has received a $495,900 Community Development Block Grant through Business Oregon to complete the ...

Sports

 
BACK IN ACTION

Slaughter pitches first game since April ‘18, leads Griz to 2-1 win Caden Slaughter’s road to recovery ended in triumph. Last Friday, the McMinnville senior pitched his first baseball ...

 
Spring softball preview: PacWest stacked with contenders

Dayton, 2018 record 23-8, 9-1 WVL, Class 3A State Champions DAYTON – After graduating four key contributors from their OSAA Class 3A State Softball Championship run, the Dayton Pirates aim ...

 
Spring baseball preview: Opportunities abound in new leagues

Dayton, 2018 record, 11-13, 7-5 WVL DAYTON – The reloading of Dayton baseball continues as manager Dave deSmet leads an interesting mix of veterans and underclassmen into the 2019 season. ...

Amity basketball: McShane resigns after eight years, seven playoff appearances

AMITY – The Reg McShane era officially ended. Amity’s longtime girls’ basketball coach recently resigned his post of eight years. McShane cited a desire to spend more time with ...

Mac boys tennis fields 13 newcomers

Don’t discount the potential of McMinnville boys’ tennis’ many new faces. Though the Grizzlies team consists of 13 first-time varsity members, the program’s hard-working ...

Grizzly girls tennis loaded with athletes

This season’s McMinnville girls’ tennis program has been injected with a healthy dose of athleticism. Head coach Angelica Boehme feels the team’s first-time tennis players, 10 ...

Mac softball splits weekend games

PORTLAND – In a pair of weekend non-league games, the McMinnville softball team split against Westview, winning 4-2, while losing to Sunset on the road, 6-2. Against the Wildcats, Kassidee ...

Sports briefs

See Ya Later hosts Spring Break camp The See Ya Later Foundation is set to host a Spring Break Basketball Camp March 29 and 30 at Linfield College’s Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Sponsored by The Mac Rack, ...

Senior bowling scores

Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Senior Citizens League Mar 12 High game scratch: The No Names, 650. High series scratch: The No Names, 1884. High game scratch: Duane Qualey, 235; Joe Aspromonte, 214; ...

 
Competitive fire: Blake Larsen named Athlete of the Year

DAYTON – Blake Larsen will wrestle anyone, anywhere, anytime. This season, the Dayton junior grappler refused to deny his competitive nature. It paid off. Larsen dominated the 3A classification ...

 
First win: Grizzly head coach Staci Doucette begins career with 11-4 victory over Rams

Staci Doucette’s head coaching career began with resounding success. McMinnville’s new softball coach led her squad to an 11-4 home victory over Central Catholic Wednesday night. The ...

Softball roundup: Dayton wins first two, ‘Dogs beat Spartans, Amity loses to SC

Dayton 16, Cascade 11; Dayton 7, Kennedy 6 DAYTON – Jori Hill’s walk-off fielder’s choice and Maddie Fluke’s grand slam helped the Dayton softball team sweep its opening ...

Baseball roundup: Y-C beats Corbett, Sheridan beats Willamina, Warriors fall

Yamhill-Carlton 5, Catlin Gabel 5; Yamhill-Carlton 10, Corbett 0 YAMHILL – The Tigers wasted little time opening their account this season, tying Catlin Gabel at five Monday then recording their ...

Senior bowling scores

Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Senior Citizens League Mar 5 TEAM High game scratch: Bad News Misfits, 660. High series scratch: The No Names, 1927. MEN High game scratch: Bill Mitchell, ...

 
Versatility and strength: Kylee Arzner named Athlete of the Year

Kylee Arzner can do it all. Need someone to break a full-court press? Arzner slings 50-foot, one-handed passes to open teammates, dribbles around defenders or patiently surveys the floor for easy ...

 
Mac baseball preview: Griz aim for success in new league

McMinnville head baseball coach Todd Peterson returns 11 veteran members from last year’s 10-win squad. The core’s development entering their senior seasons has the fourth-year head ...

Todd Shirley assumes command of Dayton football program

DAYTON – “I am really excited about the opportunity to be the head football coach at Dayton.” Former Dayton athletic director and last year’s special teams coordinator ...

Sports briefs

Two Mac youth wrestlers compete at state McMinnville’s Vernon “Mickey” Johnson and Brooklyn Biamonte recently qualified for and wrestled at the Middle School State Championships Saturday ...

 
Inspired by Larry Legend, Josh Wart dominates 3A hoops

AMITY – He wears number 33 for a reason. This season, Amity sophomore and Athlete of the Year Josh Wart took the 3A basketball scene by storm. Accepting a versatile role in the Warriors’ ...

Mac cheerleaders 5th at Nationals

Tracy Brandt started her cheerleading head coaching career 22 years ago. The longtime leader of the McMinnville cheer squad continues to devote her time and energy to the program for “the ...

Features

 
Vintage News-Register

Click scrolling arrows on side of pictures to pause slideshow.   Chronicling life in the Yamhill Valley through the generations with the newspaper archives. Vintage galleries are printed each Friday ...

 
Stopping by: One step at a time

If Ruth Mendes da Costa were to wear every medal she’s brought home from half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks, she wouldn’t be able to stand upright or take a step — the hardware would ...

 
Soroptimists honor four local women

Soroptimist International of McMinnville marked Women’s History Month by awarding scholarships to four local residents enrolled in studies that will help them improve their lives and the ...

Farm Fest, plowing contest return to heritage center

Farm Fest 2019 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, McMinnville. The festival features the largest plowing competition ...

Rohse: What happened to the unsung oxen?

History suggests that we Americans never thanked oxen for all they have done for our country. Those patient, plodding animals pulled wagons thousands of miles along the Oregon Trail — but what happened ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Shyster lawyer planned to steal man’s land by shanghaiing him

In the late 1880s, in the wilds of southwest Washington near the mouth of the Cedar River, a “stump rancher” named Peter Norris developed a more-than-professional interest in the wife ...

Carlson: The best breeds for senior dog lovers

When you turn 70, which I did last summer, you have to admit that not only are your youthful years in the rearview mirror, but they are receding so far, so fast, that they have become a distant memory. Happy ...

 
Stopping by: Scaling down

On a certain scale, Jim Dunk is a land baron. His McMinnville yard is large enough to hold the equivalent of miles of railroad track, a mining operation and many associated buildings. There’s ...

 
Patton play to raise money for Holocaust education

Patton Middle School students will present a play about the Holocaust, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” Thursday through Sunday, March 14 to 17. Shows ...

 
'She Kills Monsters' to open at Linfield

“She Kills Monsters,” a coming-of-age comedy/fantasy play by Qui Nguyen, will open Wednesday, March 13, at the Linfield College theater. The college theater is marking its 99th season ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Lives of old-time country doctors anything but boring

One of the most colorful and rewarding occupations in human history was that of a country doctor in the first half of the 20th century. By about 1900, breakthroughs in medical science had put ...

Amity Daffodil Festival returns

The News-Register staff Amity Daffodil Festival slated Saturday AMITY -- Daffodil blooms, plants, art and other flower-related items will be featured Saturday, March 16, at Amity's annual Daffodil Festival. The ...

Terroir accepts registration

The News-Register staff Terroir registration open Registration is open for Terroir, the Yamhill County creative writing festival. The day of presentations by writing professionals and workshops is scheduled ...

West Valley will show off talent

West Valley will show off talent SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Rotary Club will host a West Valley’s Got Talent production at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Monroe Event Center, 121 S.W. ...

Rohse: Opponents put the squeeze on corsets

One era of conflict in centuries past could well have been known as the War of the Corset. Certainly, many combatants were involved: religious groups, feminists, doctors, corset makers, wearers of corsets ...

 
Savvy Senior: How to stop robocalls

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Is there anything seniors can do to stop perpetual robocalls? It seems like I get five to 10 a day on my home and cell phone, and I’m sick of it! — Frustrated Frank Savvy ...

 
Stopping By: Running the show

McMinnville woman steps into lead role to preserve beloved rummage sale Donna Reynolds was 7 years old when McMinnville Presbyterian Church started its annual rummage sale, which draws hordes ...

 
Amity High to stage ‘The Little Dog Laughed’

AMITY — High school students will perform “The Little Dog Laughed,” a family-oriented comedy, March 7-9 and 14-15. The play, written in 1950, features a family welcoming their ...

 
SIP! Wine & Food Classic will draw thousands this weekend

The News-Register staff Thousands of wine and food lovers will visit McMinnville Friday through Sunday, March 8 to 10, for SIP!, a weekend of sipping, dining, listening to music, watching chef ...

Rohse: Re-imagining what’s been lost

McMinnville is an admirable place to live. I do not want to live anywhere else. But there are some things I feel our city lacks, or has lost. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...

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