News & Features

Dam appeal decision delayed; appellant questions public process rather than proposal

The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners heard an appeal of a proposed dam on Stoller Vineyards property outside Newberg Thursday, but delayed a ruling at the request of the appellant. Appellant Karyn ...

 
Stopping By: Roots in Yamhill

Former flyer, driver, sailor Wayne Fryer has always felt grounded to his hometown

 
Sprinkler system delays opening of Navigation Center

Another completion deadline has come and gone for McMinnville’s Navigation Center, as issues with the sprinkler system led to further delays. “The June 30 substantial completion was not met,” ...

Third Street committee curbs its enthusiasm

McMinnville’s Third Street development committee wants to go back to move forward, instructing consultants to revisit design plans to make the future street more “flexible.” “This ...

Sheridan woman sentenced in fatal crash

After pleading guilty in April to criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants in April, Kaleia Rose Collins, 29, of Sheridan, received a sentence of 56 months in ...

Newberg-Dundee Police make arrests in alleged prostitution case

Newberg-Dundee Police arrested three people July 17 following an investigation involving potential human trafficking at two businesses where sexual acts allegedly were being exchanged for money. The three ...

 
Mac native Joey McKenzie returns to town with his band The Western Flyers

Joey McKenzie is a long-time Texan who moved to the Lone Star state at the age of 21, but Oregon still shines for him. McKenzie was in the Willamette Valley last week with his Western swing band The Western ...

 
N-R publisher inducted into the Oregon Journalism Hall of Fame

News-Register publisher Jeb Bladine was inducted into the Oregon Journalism Hall of Fame Thursday night at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention. “He’s one of the finest ...

 
Bigfoot meets family of bears in massive front yard cedar carving

Mary Everett would have loved to see the black bear family frolicking on her front lawn. “She loved bears. People called her ‘Mama Bear,’” said her husband, Jesse Everett, who ...

Suspect in 2016 murder case extradited from Mexico

Nearly eight years after he allegedly murdered his girlfriend, Victor Melcher-Villalba, 45, was brought into Yamhill County custody this week after being extradited from Mexico. Lilia Cosco-Ortiz, 37, ...

Nick’s Italian Café reopens this weekend

Nick’s Italian Café is back, nearly a year after its closure. The iconic Third Street restaurant opens for dinner Friday, July 19, and on Saturday and Sunday, co-owner and chef Thomas Ghinazzi ...

Rural Amity man dies in car crash

Richard Howard, 55, of rural Amity, died at the scene of a single-vehicle accident around 2 a.m. on Monday, July 15, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office reported.The 2007 Hyundai SUV was found in ...

Stoller dam appealed by neighbor

A planned dam at Stoller Vineyards is being appealed by a neighbor, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday’s Yamhill County Board of Commissioners meeting. Red Hills Farm LLC (owned by Stoller) applied ...

Duo nabbed in suspected ATM skimming scam

Two out-of-state men are suspected of targeting local ATMs with skimming devices. Adrian Levi, 48, and Luis Miguel Gonzalez Pena, 32, were arrested just after midnight on Saturday, July 13, after Newberg-Dundee ...

Evans Street closed for roadwork

A city of McMinnville paving project has closed Evans Street from Northeast Eighth Street to 12th until 5 p.m. today. The work will continue Wednesday and Evans will be closed between 12th and15th streets ...

Water & Light considers increasing water rates

The McMinnville Water & Light commission will decide how much to raise water rates at its regular meeting Tuesday. The board will review a water cost analysis completed by consultant Utility Financial ...

 
Calendar of Quirk: Placidly through the noise and haste, special notes from around town

From a peacock figure to streetside “Desiderata,” this week provides a particularly unusual combination of Quirk: July 17 Homeowners on Brooks Street near Macy Street have a sign with the ...

Plaintiffs in Newberg School Board case seeking $370,000 in legal fees

Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday heard oral arguments Monday morning regarding the question of awarding attorney fees to plaintiffs in a recent civil case against former Newberg School District board ...

 
Photos: A Turkey Rama tradition returns

The McMinnville Fire Department and McMinnville City Club organized the dance and dinner, with plans to offer more Turkey Rama activities in 2025. “The community really showed up and the nostalgic ...

 
Derby Days will feature parade, races

Longtime Derby Days supporters and volunteers Barbara and John Tinsman will be honored as grand marshals in the festival’s grand parade Saturday morning. Derby Days, which opens Friday evening and ...

Local News

BALLOTS DUE TODAY: Voters to decide school board seats, McMinnville fire district merger

Updated 5/16/23 Ballots for the May election are due by 8 p.m. today, May 16. If mailed, they must be postmarked by today's date, and must arrive at the Yamhill County Elections Division within seven ...

Carlton man killed in 47 crash

 

 

Along the Street July 1

What’s going upn Work continues on the new branch of First Federal bank at Highway 99W and McDaniel Lane in McMinnville. The branch will open later this year, replacing one on Baker Creek Road.The ...

Proposal for hotel in Carlton withdrawn

The company, based in the Carlton area, said Tuesday that its decision came following a public meeting last month in which dozens of people commented on the proposed project, both in favor and against.

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Carlton sewer lagoons full because of recent rains

Because recent rains have filled up Carlton’s sewer lagoons, the city is pumping partially treated effluent into the adjacent swale and North Yamhill River, Public Works Director Bryan Burnham said. The ...

 
Gift shop closed for fire-related remodeling

NW Food & Gifts, 445 N.E. Third St., will be closed through Jan. 21 to finish up remodeling made necessary by last May’s fire in the Third Street Pizza building next door. Owner James Tate said ...

Deputy involved in four-vehicle crash

A Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a four-vehicle crash the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 9, according to the Oregon State Police. The crash was reported shortly before 8 a.m. on ...

Some schools later, others closed, as ice melts slowly

Updated 2:30 Thursday There is a chance of freezing rain in the early morning hours on Friday, between 4 and 7. The temperature is expected to drop to 32 degrees, which may lead to icy conditions on already ...

Weather forecast means shelters are open

The McMinnville Fire District has posted a list of overnight and day shelters planning to be open this week in light of freezing temperatures. Overnight shelters McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 ...

 
City council 'safe school zones' was hot topic Tuesday

Frustration was evident at Tuesday’s McMinnville City Council meeting, both from residents over the dangers of homeless camps near schools and from the dais over the inability to change the situation. Prior ...

Following Monday storm, temps to drop into the 20s – or lower

High winds and heavy rains Monday night left some 20,000 people without power by morning, according to Portland General Electric spokeswoman Allison Dobscha. There were at least six outages in Yamhill ...

County to decide whether Rvs should be allowed as housing

Coming up later this month, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners will decide whether to allow residential recreational vehicles in rural residential zones. County Planning Director Ken Friday said ...

Mac applies for early literacy money

The McMinnville School District will apply for $800,000 from the state over two years to improve early learning programs. The school board Monday night approved a plan for spending the funds. Grants ...

Amity School Board will now meet Jan. 17

The Amity School board will meet Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m., in the district office, and not a scheduled earlier date. The board will discuss and, in all likelihood, vote on a 2024-25 student calendar ...

 
Fox Ridge plan nears adoption

The McMinnville Planning Commission last week recommended adoption of the Fox Ridge area plan, but there is confusion among residents over what the plan entails. Area plans are part of a multi-step city ...

YC board to meet Thursday

The Yamhill Carlton School District board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the district office, 120 N. Larch Place, Yamhill. The meeting will be available by Zoom, as well as in person; call the ...

 
Calendar of Quirk: From ‘elfin’ to stolen

Calendar of Quirk began Jan. 3 and continues with a couple of beacons shining red and orange, in McMinnville and Amity: Jan. 8. -- Vintage on Third, 228 N.E. Third, removed the awning from its storefront ...

Sewer main breaks in Carlton

Carlton Public Works staff are working to stop the flow of sewage from a main line that broke Thursday, Dec. 7, on East Main Street near the 600 block. The break has allowed sewage to spill. The city ...

Killgore out as Linfield A.D.

Linfield Athletic Director Garry Killgore has been reassigned to an administrative role following three months leave, the university announced Friday. Since August, Senior Associate Athletic Director ...

Sports

Wes Gabrielsen returns from Australia with medals, friends

Former McMinnville and Linfield tennis coach and pickleball Hall of Famer Wes Gabrielsen has returned from southern hemisphere excursion. In Oceania, Gabrielsen played for Major League Pickleball ...

Sports Memory Lane 06/28/24

10 years ago -Two races will take place Saturday along the trails around Miller Woods: a 1-mile kids’ race, and a 4-mile all-comers race. The event is cast as a fundraiser for Miller Woods and the ...

Bobby Walker takes over as Amity football boss

There will be a new face at the helm of Amity football in the autumn of 2024. Bobby Walker replaces outgoing coach Baltazar Campuzano after serving as an assistant coach the previous two years. ...

Valley Panthers strong spring finish to season bodes well for fall season

The Valley Panthers girls rugby club had a strong finish to their season, beating Canby 49-12 on May 18 at Western Oregon University to finish third in the state. Waverly Phillips scored the Panthers’ ...

Timbers to host community event in Newberg

The Portland Timbers will host the community event “Rose City Road Trip’ presented by Providence in Newberg, on Aug. 2. Rose City Road Trip returns for its 10th annual edition and will include ...

Sports Memory Lane 07/05/24

A look back at Yamhill County sports 10 years ago - Dante Rosario did not choose the latest stop in his peripatetic football career. Nevertheless, the former Dayton High School football star and ...

Ron Kam, longtime swim coach, aquatics director dies at 81

Ron Kam, the longtime leader of “McSwimville,” died June 25 at the age of 81. “Look at the pool that was built there. And the programs he built. The families that he touched. It goes ...

Hyder Dental baseball's success streak snapped

The McMinnville-based squad Hyder Dental baseball squad easily dispatched Sunset on Monday at Patton Middle School, 10-0. Through the majority of the month of June, Hyder Dental had been strong, ...

Four YC baseballers make all-state

Yamhill Carlton baseball made a push towards the end of the regular season to secure a spot in the 3A playoffs, and made the most of its chance. After winning its league playoff game against Amity ...

Sports Memory Lane 06/14/24

Sheridan’s Joni Huntley bettered her own American indoor record for women in the high jump Saturday, registering 6-0 ¾ at the Hayward Field Restoration meet in Eugene. The effort was ...

Summer camp briefs

McMinnville Soccer Camp The Grizzlies will host a co-ed soccer camp from August 5-8 for girls and boys of all skill levels, from kindergarten up through the eighth grade. The camp will be at Baker Field. The ...

 
AOY: Eli Rolfe's game buoyed by teammates and coaches

McMinnville baseball’s Eli Rolfe has accolades that speak for themselves. The graduating senior has been a part of three Pacific Conference championship squads, and as a freshman was a part ...

 
Coaching moves: Shell takes over Willamina volleyball

When the fall sports season rolls around, Willamina volleyball will have a new head coach atop the program. Catrina Shell will be the new boss, taking over for the exiting Heather Hughes. Shell, ...

Linfield softball's title run ends in Texas

Linfield’s softball team made the long trek down to Marshall, Texas and played a quartet of games, earning wins against Tufts and Wisconsin-Oshkosh. But the journey ended after the Wildcats ...

Yamhill Carlton's Maddy Tuning wins Pitcher of the Year

Yamhill Carlton and Dayton tied with one another in the 3A Special District 2 standings at 9-3, while Scio went 12-0 in league and reached the 3A state championship game. At the time of the rankings ...

Yamhill County brings in PacWest baseball honors

It was tough going for many of Yamhill County’s 3A baseball squads, but the 3A Special District 2 coaches still recognized the play of several of Yamhill Carlton, Amity, Dayton and Sheridan ...

Athlete of the Year: Amity junior Kiyan Vrell and his javelin among best in state

Amity junior Kiyan Vrell is among the elite of Oregon’s high school athletes. The javelin thrower took first place in the 3A state championships with a throw of 182 feet even (182’), ...

Mac softball brings in all-conference nods

McMinnville softball’s season was cut short in the playoffs by McNary, but the regular season was one of collective perseverance. The Grizzlies overcame a skid midway through Pacific Conference ...

Sports Memory Lane - May 31

A look back at Yamhill County sports 10 years ago -Sisters Cassi and Kylee Hill each went 3-for-4, driving in a combined five runs, as No. 2 Dayton softball overwhelmed No. 15 Clatskanie, 11-0, in six ...

 
Yamhill Carlton, Willamina softball fall in state semifinals

Yamhill Carlton’s season came to a close on Tuesday, May 28 at South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek. The Tigers fell 6-3, unable to maintain a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ...

Features

 
Easter egg hunts planned Saturday

Get out your Easter baskets — and waterproof shoes — for Easter egg hunts in most Yamhill County cities this Saturday, April 8. Fire departments, service clubs and civic groups plan to hide ...

 
Stopping By: A creative place

It’s always the season for planting and growing at Incahoots, a business that thrives on change

 
Nostalgic comedy ‘Harvey’ opens March 31 at Gallery

Will audiences see the title character in “Harvey,” the nostalgic comedy that opens Friday, March 31, at Gallery Theater? Director Steve Cox won’t say. But he is betting theatergoers ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Body-snatchers planned to hold ex-mayor’s corpse for ransom

The 19th century was a kind of golden age of body snatching. Digging up the freshly dead to cash the corpses in at the back door of a nearby medical school was — well, not common exactly, but far ...

 
Stopping By: A faith-filled life

A couple years ago, Eunice McAvoy bought an airline ticket for a trip to Texas so she could visit her daughter. The Lafayette resident filled out the paperwork with her birthdate and other details. When ...

 
Stopping By: Sue Nesbitt loves gardening and helping others learn

Sue Nesbitt, now one of the 90 Master Gardeners in Yamhill County, knew her thumb wasn’t as green as it could be back when she was gardening on the East Coast. She wanted to learn more about soil ...

Provoking Hope hosts annual fundraiser dinner Saturday

Provoking Hope, an addiction and recovery nonprofit in McMinnville, will host its annual fundraising dinner, "A Walk to Remember," Saturday, February 11, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. "If you donate or if you buy ...

 
Vintage News-Register: January 10, 2023

Chronicling life in the Yamhill Valley through the generations with the newspaper photo archives.        

 
There was company waiting at home for McMinnville’s first baby of ‘23

McMinnville’s first baby of 2023, Stanley Farmer, left the Willamette Valley Medical Center Monday afternoon, and soon afterward, was greeted by his very own cheering section at home. Brothers Noah, ...

 
2022 in review: A few of the people we won’t forget

Yamhill County lost many of its residents in 2022. Every single one will be missed. Here are a few of those we won’t forget. In January, retired Yamhill-Carlton School District teacher Don Cram ...

 
Stopping By: The Beckwiths' Call

Kathy Beckwith and her husband, Wayne, are looking forward to returning to India, where they started their marriage as Peace Corps volunteers and where they have spent time helping at a school on several ...

Offbeat Oregon: World’s clumsiest drug smugglers also its most audacious, Part 1

Nearly 50 years ago, the Good Friday Earthquake changed Alaska forever. It killed nine people and slammed the West Coast with tsunamis that killed 122 more, including four in Oregon.

It did something else, too, though: It heaved up the seafloor of the Inside Passage near the ghost town of Katalia by a good 12 feet. And in the process, it brought something up to the surface that was a very important piece of the history of Alaska … and, earlier, Oregon.

Rohse: Monument-al memories of Halloween celebration

My mom was all for Halloween fun, but that didn’t include making a big batch of fluffy purple slime. In our town of Monument, trick or treating wasn’t very popular. Monument had a population ...

Savvy Senior: How to find an old 401k

Dear Savvy Senior: How do I go about looking for an old former company 401(k) plan that I think I contributed money to many years ago, but forgot about until recently? Retired in Rochester If you think ...

Rohse: Better than a bouquet (from the archives)

I never knew of any Eastern Oregon rancher who brought his wife a dozen red roses. Monument’s nearest florist was about 60 miles away. I’m pretty sure my mother, at our ranch with wood-burning ...

Savvy Senior: How the Inflation Reduction Act will lower drug costs

Dear Savvy Senior: What kind of changes can Medicare beneficiaries expect to see in the Inflation Reduction Act that was recently signed into law? I’m enrolled in original Medicare and have a Part ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: The McLoughlin House’s unlikely journey to local historical treasure

To the average Oregon City resident, there wasn’t much to celebrate in the vacant, dilapidated old house by the foot of Willamette Falls. The house had, until a few years before, been known as the ...

 
Back, and Forth: Connectivity finds its most rustic roost

The last credits I earned for my Linfield degree in 1980 were from an internship at The Nation magazine in New York. It was a fine experience. I met amazing people and learned a great deal. Yet it was ...

Soroptimists offer grants to women

Soroptimist International of McMinnville is taking applications for its annual Live Your Dream Award, a cash grant available to women who are “working to better their lives through additional schooling ...

Rohse: Here in the digital age, finger foods all the rage

In this column, there is a gift for you. It’s not like a Christmas present with ribbons and bows. Rather, it is a gustatory gift made possible by the etiquette gurus — the masters of etiquette ...

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