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Dayton resident charged with Newberg man's murder

The Skamania County (Washington) Sheriff's Office has charged Damian Bradley Belander of Dayton with one count each of second-degree intentional murder and felony murder in connection with the death of ...

McMinnville motorcyclist killed

A McMinnville motorcyclist was killed shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in a crash west of McMinnville on Masonville Road near Muddy Valley Road. Capt. Chris Ray of the Yamhill County ...

 
Speakers urge Latino teens to go to college, become leaders

About 450 Latino high school boys spent the day at Linfield College Friday at the third-annual MENTE Summit. The event is the only gender- and culture-specific conference to address inequities in the ...

Sheridan teachers plan to join statewide Day of Action

SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Education Association has voted to participate in the statewide Day of Action walkout scheduled Wednesday, May 8, Superintendent Steve Sugg told the school board at this month's ...

Health educator to present 'last lecture'

Dawn Graff-Haight, professor of health education at Linfield College, will give her final public lecture on Wednesday, April 24. The free program will start at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall ...

Y-C chooses new high school principal

YAMHILL — Clint Raever has been named principal of Yamhill-Carlton High School, Superintendent Charan Cline announced Monday afternoon. Raever was one of three finalists interviewed by administrators, ...

Miller Woods to mark Earth Day

Miller Woods, an educational wilderness site northwest of McMinnville, will host its annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. A variety of activities and hikes are planned. ...

Critics says proposed development threatens wetlands

City says neighbors of proposed development are overstating scope of issue

County budget hearings begin April 29

The Yamhill County Budget Committee will begin hearing presentations on the county’s proposed $148 million budget for the next fiscal year on Monday, April 29, at 9 a.m. in room 32 of the Yamhill ...

Commissioners to hear hardship appeal

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday will hold a public hearing to consider neighbors’ objections to a hardship permit granted to a Newberg woman. Planning Director Ken Friday approved the permit ...

Noble takes child-welfare problem to the floor

Two siblings — a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old sibling — went through more than a dozen Oregon foster homes in a single month. Both had medical conditions that required regular medication. ...

Judge dismisses trail lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the county challenging its ownership of a railroad corridor that passes through farmer Christofer Mattson’s land in Yamhill. Mattson filed the lawsuit in ...

Lafayette target of raw sewage suit

Lafayette residents Jose and Hortencia Morales claim that “thousands of gallons of raw sewage” flowed into their Jackson Street home in 2014 and again in August 2018. The family has filed ...

Mac High speakers win at state

McMinnville High School’s speech team placed third at the state forensics meet over the weekend. Individual speakers and Coach Courtney Walsh received honors, as well. “I am proud of every ...

 
Children race for Easter eggs

The Easter Bunny was extra generous this year, sprinkling parks across Yamhill County with colorful eggs Saturday morning. Children made quick work of the Easter egg hunts scheduled in Sheridan, Amity, ...

Noble says his legislative glass remains half full

State Rep. Ron Noble is the very definition of a glass-is-half-full kind of person. The Republican who represents House District 24 put his name to 20 bills as a sponsor or co-sponsor this legislative ...

Wheatland Ferry closed

WHEATLAND - The Wheatland ferry is closed due to interference of rock deposits left by high river levels, according to the Marion County Public Works Department. It's unknown when the ferry will resume ...

Industry SWAC members draw landfill opponents' ire

Two people complained Thursday to the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners that the Solid Waste Advisory Committee is dominated by members of Waste Management and Recology Western Oregon, who ...

Along the Street: McMinnville orthodontic clinic changes hands

Ortho Country Orthodontics in McMinnville is now Henson Orthodontics. Executives at World Class Technology, the owners of Ortho Country, decided to sell the clinic to Scott Henson, an orthodontist practicing ...

Mac to study regional fire district

Study to look at fire district consolidation -- Mac chief says the move is ‘becoming a fact of life’

State & Region

Affordable housing bills lurch through Legislature

Affordable housing bills — including one that would create a pilot project in McMinnville -- passed a critical crossroads this week and continue to make their way through the Oregon Legislature. April ...

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

 
Speakers urge Latino teens to go to college, become leaders

About 450 Latino high school boys spent the day at Linfield College Friday at the third-annual MENTE Summit. The event is the only gender- and culture-specific conference to address inequities in the ...

Sheridan teachers plan to join statewide Day of Action

SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Education Association has voted to participate in the statewide Day of Action walkout scheduled Wednesday, May 8, Superintendent Steve Sugg told the school board at this month's ...

Health educator to present 'last lecture'

Dawn Graff-Haight, professor of health education at Linfield College, will give her final public lecture on Wednesday, April 24. The free program will start at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall ...

Y-C chooses new high school principal

YAMHILL — Clint Raever has been named principal of Yamhill-Carlton High School, Superintendent Charan Cline announced Monday afternoon. Raever was one of three finalists interviewed by administrators, ...

Miller Woods to mark Earth Day

Miller Woods, an educational wilderness site northwest of McMinnville, will host its annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. A variety of activities and hikes are planned. ...

Critics says proposed development threatens wetlands

City says neighbors of proposed development are overstating scope of issue

County budget hearings begin April 29

The Yamhill County Budget Committee will begin hearing presentations on the county’s proposed $148 million budget for the next fiscal year on Monday, April 29, at 9 a.m. in room 32 of the Yamhill ...

Commissioners to hear hardship appeal

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday will hold a public hearing to consider neighbors’ objections to a hardship permit granted to a Newberg woman. Planning Director Ken Friday approved the permit ...

Noble takes child-welfare problem to the floor

Two siblings — a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old sibling — went through more than a dozen Oregon foster homes in a single month. Both had medical conditions that required regular medication. ...

Judge dismisses trail lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the county challenging its ownership of a railroad corridor that passes through farmer Christofer Mattson’s land in Yamhill. Mattson filed the lawsuit in ...

Lafayette target of raw sewage suit

Lafayette residents Jose and Hortencia Morales claim that “thousands of gallons of raw sewage” flowed into their Jackson Street home in 2014 and again in August 2018. The family has filed ...

Mac High speakers win at state

McMinnville High School’s speech team placed third at the state forensics meet over the weekend. Individual speakers and Coach Courtney Walsh received honors, as well. “I am proud of every ...

 
Children race for Easter eggs

The Easter Bunny was extra generous this year, sprinkling parks across Yamhill County with colorful eggs Saturday morning. Children made quick work of the Easter egg hunts scheduled in Sheridan, Amity, ...

Noble says his legislative glass remains half full

State Rep. Ron Noble is the very definition of a glass-is-half-full kind of person. The Republican who represents House District 24 put his name to 20 bills as a sponsor or co-sponsor this legislative ...

Dayton plans May 6 school bond, board candidate forum

DAYTON — A town hall meeting about the Dayton School District bond measure, which would update and repair district buildings, will be held Monday, May 6, in the Dayton fire hall. School board candidates ...

Commissioners adopt winery conditions

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday adopted findings for a new winery on Eola Hills Road. The findings clarify the commissioners’ earlier vote to deny an appeal of the application, and spell ...

Industry SWAC members draw landfill opponents' ire

Two people complained Thursday to the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners that the Solid Waste Advisory Committee is dominated by members of Waste Management and Recology Western Oregon, who ...

Sheridan parks group lays out plans

SHERIDAN - Members from Friends of Sheridan Parks and Recreation updated the city council Monday night of upcoming events and plans to improve City Park. Liz Hodgins, Paul Pena and Kira Sandoval represented ...

 
Air Show hopes to relocate to McMinnville airport

City officials outline requirements

Council considers historic preservation plan

The McMinnville City Council will consider numerous amendments April 23 to the city’s comprehensive plan as it relates to cultural, historical and educational resources. The amendments reflect the ...

Sports

 
Welcome to the Invite

Rain or shine, the McMinnville Invitational remains a beacon for Yamhill County track and field. The Grizzly-hosted event welcomes schools from around Oregon, including local programs Amity, Dayton ...

 
Grizzly tennis notches conference victories

McMinnville’s boys’ tennis team split last week’s contests against Sherwood and La Salle, defeating the Bowmen 5-3, and dropping a 6-3 decision to the Falcons. The win over Sherwood ...

Lopez-Garcia hits walk-off, Mac baseball wins 13th consecutive

Martin Lopez-Garcia may be unable to pitch this season, but the McMinnville first baseman’s offensive and defensive skills remain undeniably crucial to the Grizzlies’ success. Despite ...

Hudson tosses no-hitter, Grizzly softball blows out Barlow, 7-0

GRESHAM – When Payton Hudson focuses in the pitching circle, there aren’t many high school hitters capable of drawing solid contact against the McMinnville senior. In Saturday’s ...

Jacks’ grand slam leads Dayton to win over Amity

DAYTON – Catie Jacks slammed a first-inning grand slam and collected five RBIs overall, leading the Dayton softball team to a 10-7 rivalry win over Amity during Friday’s conference ...

Grizzly golfers compete at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

NORTH PLAINS – McMinnville’s varsity boys’ and girls’ golf teams competed at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club last Monday and Tuesday in a Pacific Conference matchup. The Grizzly ...

Senior golf scores

Chehalem Glenn Golf Course, Newberg, Wednesday, April 17 KP No. 4: George Cabrera KP No. 7: Lynn Foster LP No. 5: Larry Peterson LP No. 6: Blake Williams Low Gross No. 1: John Fricia 40 LG No. 2: ...

Sports briefs

Mac senior golfers welcome new members The McMinnville Senior Men’s Golf Club are inviting new members to join their ranks for the upcoming club season, which runs from mid-April to October. The ...

 
Stedman powers ‘Cats to first place

Unorthodox as it may be, Darian Stedman’s swing is simply one of the most dangerous in college softball. Linfield’s starting right fielder currently leads the Division III Northwest ...

 
Passing the torch: Horne breaks coach’s record in shot put

YAMHILL – One torch has passed – will another follow? Yamhill-Carlton’s Sadie Horne broke the school record in the girls’ shot put with a final throw of 40 feet during ...

Mac baseball shuts out Vikings

FOREST GROVE – Four McMinnville pitchers combined for 14 scoreless innings, and the Grizzlies shut out Forest Grove in the first two games of their three-game series, 10-0 and 5-0. Caden ...

Griz softball tops Forest Grove, 5-3

FOREST GROVE – McMinnville softball collected 13 hits, led by Kayden Sullivan’s three-for-three performance, and notched a 5-3 road victory over Forest Grove during Wednesday’s ...

 
MENTAL FORTITUDE

Nalen Stephens doesn’t easily rattle. He won’t feel unnerved in the face of adversity. In fact, he’s quickly developing a mature patience on the tennis courts, leading to increasingly ...

 
Panthers win fourth straight, 45-10

Allyson Martino joined the Valley Panthers girls’ rugby squad for the opportunity to “get down and dirty.” The Valley newcomer is one of eleven rookie Panthers helping lead the ...

 
Young Rams fall to Barbarians, 32-12

With both teams seemingly in a rebuilding year, the Valley Rams optimistically eyed Saturday’s matchup against the rival Beaverton Barbarians as an opportunity to achieve their initial win ...

Grizzlies tally 11 hits in 5-1 win over Glencoe

A season-high ten wins in a row. A season-best number-seven ranking in the 6A classification. Five consecutive starts allowing one run or less. The McMinnville baseball team is simply on a roll. ...

Bates, Powell homer in Mac softball’s 13-4 victory against Liberty

HILLSBORO – Adrianna Powell and Kassidee Bates both homered, and the McMinnville softball team scored nine runs in a critical eight-inning explosion to capture a 13-4 road victory over Liberty ...

Beyer shoots career-low at Chehalem Glenn, Grizzly girls finish third

NEWBERG – Freshman golfer Molly Beyer carded a career-low 102 during last Tuesday’s tournament at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg. The Grizzlies’ rookie athlete tied for ...

Richardson named PoY for Pios

SALEM – Western Christian’s Payton Richardson, who also plays football for Amity, was named Boys’ Basketball Co-Player of the Year for the 2A classification after helping lead ...

Softball roundup: Pirates defeat Cavs; Tigers edge Pios; Spartans rout Delphian

Softball roundup Dayton 5, Blanchet Catholic 3 DAYTON – Anna Mullins homered twice, Maddie Fluke tossed a complete game and the Dayton Pirates earned a 5-3 PacWest Conference win over Blanchet ...

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: Center stage and behind the scenes

Mac High senior finds purpose in performing arts Molly Janssen loves putting on a show, whether that means singing on stage at Gallery Theater or directing the action for the Mission Mac High ...

 
Trucking in the food

If people want to sample Hawaiian cuisine, Cyra Kloninger suggests they hurry over to Hawaii Five-O-Three during the upcoming Mac Food Truck Fest. “We’ll prepare a lot more food, and ...

New festival highlights ‘trash to treasure’ art

The News-Register staff New festival highlights ‘trash to treasure’ art Event sponsored by Zero Waste A new festival will celebrate all things recycled and recyclable. The McMinnville Recycle ...

Rohse: Two more sites of great natural beauty

Nature’s creations are incredible. We’ve peered into the Grand Canyon in disbelief. In awe, we’ve walked the frozen waterfalls in Turkey. We’ve gaped at Crater Lake’s intense ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Old-time millworkers and loggers were a hardy lot

Nearly everyone whose family has been in Western Oregon for more than one or two generations has an older male relative who’s missing some parts — one or more fingers perhaps, or part ...

Candlelight vigil honors Earth Day

The News-Register staff A Candlelight Vigil for Climate Justice will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Labyrinth at Parkview (the McMinnville Cooperative Ministries’ park & ...

 
Stopping By: Grandma wants every bride to be her best

Perched in her rocking chair, Juanita Layton waited for customers to visit her shop, which is filled with clouds of tulle, silk and satin. “Wedding dresses! I love ‘em,” said ...

 
Well versed

For a long time, Jose Angel Araguz resisted writing poems about his childhood. A Latino poet writing about the immigrant family experience seemed predictable. “It was clear to me that what ...

 
Director: ‘Peter Pan’ prequel is the ‘funniest of comedies’

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ opens Friday at Gallery Gallery Theater’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a comedic prequel to “Peter Pan,” will ...

Tickets on sale for Distinguished Service Awards

McMinnville’s man and woman of the year, junior citizen, outstanding educator and outstanding farmers will be honored Monday, May 6, at the 64th annual Distinguished Service Awards banquet. The ...

Gotta get hopping

The Easter Bunny is busy this week hiding eggs and candy for numerous Easter events that will take place this weekend. Most will take place Saturday, April 20, and most will start at 10 a.m. — ...

Rohse: Keep your eyes peeled for dragons

Are dragons real? Apparently not, but who knows? They have been told of for centuries, so perhaps they are. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: ‘Beautiful pelt’ would have been best admired from afar

One of the most appealing aspects of life in rural Western Oregon, around the middle of the last century, was the wildlife. Loggers and mill workers in places like Valsetz and Wendling might not ...

 
Stopping By: Rhythm of music, rhythm of words

Lafayette writer Bethany Lee’s poetry is influenced by rhythms and sound. The rhythm of music. The rhythm of the waves and the sound of the wind. The sound of feedback from her first readers ...

 
‘Write, and keep writing’

Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford told students to “write, and keep writing” when he visited Patton Middle School Thursday morning. “There is something in my mind to write,” ...

 
Celebration honors children’s author

Beverly Cleary, turning 103, spent first six years in Yamhill YAMHILL — Residents will honor one of their favorite daughters Friday and Saturday with a celebration of children’s author Beverly ...

Poet will read at Linfield

Author, poet, professor and playwright Amber West will read a selection of her writings on Tuesday, April 16, in the Linfield College Nicholson Library. The free program will start at 7 p.m. West’s ...

Rohse: Turkish bath? Been there, done that

Several years ago, when we booked a tour of Turkey, a Turkish bath was not on my list of things to do or to see. I wanted to walk the frozen waterfalls. I wanted to see the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: ‘Prepaid shanghaiing’ went badly amiss when victim died

Most of the time, the shanghaiing of sailors in old Astoria and Portland was a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. It was resorted to when a ship captain needed a crew for an imminent departure, ...

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