Jacob Williams Winery chose McMinnville for its first tasting room outside of the home winery and vineyard in the Columbia Gorge in Washington. “We put a lot of thought into where to put ...

 

 

 

 

Local News

Sheridan chooses new city manager

Donald City Manager Heidi Bell will be the next Sheridan City Manager, providing a contract can be successfully negotiated. The Sheridan Council unanimously chose Bell at its Monday night regular ...

Fire crews respond to West Valley wildland fire

The Sheridan/Southwest Polk/West Valley fire districts responded to a two-alarm wildland fire in the 7000 block of Ridgeway Road, off Highway 22 in Polk County, about 3 p.m. Tuesday. It was reported ...

Air show back in McMinnville

Oregon International Air Show featuring the USAF Thunderbirds and Raptor aircraft returns July 30 through Aug. 1 to McMinnville Airport. New tickets must be purchased for what is billed as a “drive-up ...

 
Washington wines, McMinnville tasting

Jacob Williams Winery chose McMinnville for its first tasting room outside of the home winery and vineyard in the Columbia Gorge in Washington. “We put a lot of thought into where to put ...

Along the Street: Event will showcase BIPOC-owned businesses

Event will showcase BIPOC-owned businesses The second annual BIPOC Block Party will be Saturday, July 24, at Mac Market, 1140 N.E. Alpine St. in McMinnville. The 2 to 8 p.m. event will ...

Pancakes hit the griddles in Amity

Plenty to eat in the park Sunday, though no official car show What do you get when you combine 220 pounds of pancake mix, 200 pounds of ham, 2,500 eggs, 15 cases of orange juice and enough coffee ...

Deadline approaches for county fair entries

It’s time to gather up your jars of jam, bake a pie or a cake, and pick your prettiest zucchini: Entries soon will be due for the Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo. Saturday, July 31, is the ...

State COVID-19 cases rise 54%

New cases of COVID-19 rose 54% in Oregon last week, a significant jump from the 11% increase the state saw in the previous week. It mirrors increases across the United States. Hospitalizations ...

 
Nursery embezzler gets seven years

Jeanna Buxton stole $3.5 million from employer Oregon Pride   Even Jeanna Buxton’s defense attorney, Michael Hughes of Bend, expressed astonishment related to the amount of money his client ...

Vehicles stolen, broken into in Mac overnight

Two vehicles were stolen and numerous vehicle thefts were reported overnight and in the early morning hours Wednesday, July 21, according to McMinnville police. One stolen vehicle was abandoned ...

Newberg school board to consider BLM, Pride flag ban

Vote on rescinding student inclusion policy planned for Aug. 10 In a contentious meeting earlier this month, the Newberg School Board agreed to consider banning Black Lives Matter and Pride flags ...

 
Nicholas Kristof exploring run for Oregon governor

Prize-winning journalist grew up on Yamhill farm   Author and farmer Nicholas Kristof might become the second McMinnville-area resident to join the race for Oregon governor. Kristof confirmed ...

Riverbend to county: If you want the money, help us get expansion

Landfill seeking reduced fees; commissioners ask county staff to negotiate Riverbend Landfill, owned by Waste Management, the country’s largest garbage company, is asking the county to amend ...

Music in Dayton: Bands on the Run, ‘Friday Nights’ back this summer

Dayton will celebrate summer with “Bands on the Run 2,” a moving music festival, on Saturday, July 24. From 5 to 8 p.m., five bands will perform in five locations. Listeners can stay ...

Gas leak disrupts operations at Providence Newberg hospital

The News-Register staffA gas leak disrupted operations at Providence Newberg Medical Center and closed Highway 99W in the area of the hospital for about two hours Thursday. The leak was repaired by about ...

Volunteers needed at Oregon State Fair

Roxanne Beltz of Monmouth is looking for help at the Oregon State Fair.  Beltz spoke recently at a McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, with an invitation: Get into the State Fair, Aug. 27 to ...

Cancer Foundation holds fundraiser

Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation hosts its first “reverse raffle” fundraiser in conjunction with next month’s Annual Summer Sip and Savor Dinner. The prize is $2,500 cash. Up ...

Wolfe trial won’t happen this year

The Michael Wolfe double-murder trial, originally scheduled to start Monday, Dec. 6 and potentially last seven weeks, has been canceled, over questions about whether Wolfe could face the death ...

 
Homeless man arrested on weapon charge; supporters question process

Christopher Bean told Presiding Judge Cynthia Easterday he’s been clean and sober for more than six months. “I’m doing everything I can to do the right thing,” he said ...

Local editorial earns Golden Dozen honors

Steve Bagwell, editorial page editor at the News-Register, was honored Saturday by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors with a Golden Dozen award for editorial writing. He has ...

State & Region

State lawmakers extend grace period for past-due rent

Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that gives tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently, tenants have until July, but under ...

Rep. Nearman charged in breach at state Capitol

By ANDREW SELSKYOf The Associated Press SALEM — Prosecutors leveled two criminal charges Friday against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into ...

Noble: ‘We have a crisis’

HB 2006 advances; lawmaker says bill offers comprehensive approach 

 

Berry will review allegations against Multnomah County DA

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry will review allegations as part of a complaint filed against Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt. Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling first reported the news ...

Redistricting process faces challenges in Legislature

The Legislature will hear testimony on redistricting for congressional and state-level legislative districts beginning next week. Hearings on Oregon’s 1st Congressional District, which includes ...

State representative suing Noble, others, resigns

State Rep. Diego Hernandez announced Sunday he had resigned. He was facing the possibility of being the first person expelled from the Oregon Legislature. His lawsuit against the Legislature, which sought ...

 
McMinnville begins work on missing middle housing requirements

The city of McMinnville is in the process of ensuring its zoning code complies with the recently approved rules for HB 2001, the “missing middle housing bill” passed in 2019 eliminating exclusive ...

Nearman attacks Democrat agenda in presentation

Rep. Mike Nearman spent much of his presentation to the Yamhill County Republican Women last Thursday listing what he considers flawed Democratic policies and ideologies; alleging Democats have “abortion-ified” ...

State first to decriminalize possession of hard drugs

By ANDREW SELSKYOf The Associated Press SALEM — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs as a ...

GOP legislators disavow Republican Party resolution on U.S. Capitol riot

Oregon state representatives Ron Noble of McMinnville and Mike Nearman of Independence – both representing portions of Yamhill County – joined all 23 Oregon Republican state representatives ...

Former Sunwest CEO's sentence commuted

Jon Herder, former owner of Salem-based Sunwest Management, which once owned six retirement and assisted living facilities in Yamhill County, including Hillside Retirement Community, had his 15 year sentence ...

 
Boquist leaves GOP for IPO

State Sen. Brian Boquist has left the Republican Party and registered as a member of the Independent Party, Secretary of State records show. The news was first reported in a Jan. 15 tweet by Oregon Public ...

Nearman stripped of duties after opening capitol door; resignation sought

UPDATED: Tuesday, Jan. 12: Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Monday stripped a Republican state representative of his responsibilities and called for his resignation after he let rioters into the state ...

Brown condemns 'irresponsible elected officials' urging defiance

Governor Kate Brown has condemned elected officials encouraging their constituents to defy her public safety mandates to control the COVID-19 pandemic, warning Oregonians that local officials have no power ...

Unidentified remains of young girl found in woods

PORTLAND — The remains of a young girl have been discovered along the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor in rural Lincoln County, Oregon State Police said Tuesday. Detectives are seeking ...

Five Oregon counties moved from 'Extreme' to 'High' risk

PORTLAND — Five Oregon counties will be upgraded from Extreme Risk to High Risk levels, based on the area's current COVID-19 data, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday.

 

First COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Oregon

PORTLAND — Oregon hospitals administered the first coronavirus vaccines in the state Wednesday to nurses, respiratory therapists, housekeeping workers and other health care employees in high-risk jobs, marking the beginning of a broad vaccination campaign in a state that's seen more than 1,200 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

 
Mac man was there when monument was destroyed

McMinnville native Ross Bernards was one of the last people on earth to see the mysterious monolith discovered in November in a remote Utah desert. Officers from the Utah Bureau of Public Safety spotted ...

 
Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley wins US Senate reelection

By SARA CLINE Of the Associated Press/Report for America SALEM — Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has won the Oregon seat that he was first elected to in 2008. Merkley defeated Republican ...

Oregon 1st state to decriminalize drugs, legalize psilocybin

SALEM — Oregon became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin and methamphetamine and to legalize therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms on Tuesday, with two ballot measures passing by large margins.