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The News-Register Publishing Co. is a closely held corporation owned by members of the Bladine Family of McMinnville, OR. We are a semi-weekly community newspaper serving McMinnville and the surrounding Yamhill Valley. The newspaper operates from offices at 611 Third Street in downtown McMinnville.

The News-Register Publishing Co. is a closely held corporation owned by members of the Bladine Family of McMinnville, OR. We are a semi-weekly community newspaper serving McMinnville and the surrounding Yamhill Valley. The newspaper operates from offices at 611 Third Street in downtown McMinnville.

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Bryan Blank gets ready in the on-deck circle during Wednesday’s Hyder Dental baseball game against Lakeridge. The Grizzl...
07/16/2021

Bryan Blank gets ready in the on-deck circle during Wednesday’s Hyder Dental baseball game against Lakeridge. The Grizzlies won the summer league matchup, 9-4. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #summer #sun #baseball #summerbaseball #highschool @mcminschools @mhsgrizzlies

Bryan Blank gets ready in the on-deck circle during Wednesday’s Hyder Dental baseball game against Lakeridge. The Grizzlies won the summer league matchup, 9-4. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #summer #sun #baseball #summerbaseball #highschool @mcminschools @mhsgrizzlies

Keep the masks/No more masks. Those are the conflicting points of view heard equally last week by county residents speak...
07/16/2021
As rules ease elsewhere, debate over masks in schools rages on

Keep the masks/No more masks. Those are the conflicting points of view heard equally last week by county residents speaking to McMinnville School Board as the district mulls what, if any, mask requirement to adopt this fall. Look for a decision later this summer.

Comments on both sides heard in first meeting for new Mac superintendent Seven speakers asked the McMinnville School Board Monday to follow the science when ...

Carlton Observatory, Linfield University and Evergreen Space Museum are cooperating in revival of the dismantled telesco...
07/16/2021
Back on sky watch

Carlton Observatory, Linfield University and Evergreen Space Museum are cooperating in revival of the dismantled telescope that’s been kept in storage at Linfield for more than 40 years.

More than 40 years ago, Linfield University, then college, dismantled the telescope from its tiny observatory and placed it, in pieces, into storage. Subsequent ...

A grove of tall posts grows this week along Three Mile Lane Bridge near the Highway 18 junction, the foundation for Oreg...
07/16/2021

A grove of tall posts grows this week along Three Mile Lane Bridge near the Highway 18 junction, the foundation for Oregon Department of Transportation’s temporary diversion bridge across the South Yamhill River, west of the current bridge. Completion of the support pilings is expected by September, with the temporary bridge open to traffic by spring 2022. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #bridge #construction

A grove of tall posts grows this week along Three Mile Lane Bridge near the Highway 18 junction, the foundation for Oregon Department of Transportation’s temporary diversion bridge across the South Yamhill River, west of the current bridge. Completion of the support pilings is expected by September, with the temporary bridge open to traffic by spring 2022. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #bridge #construction

Retired Linfield professor Bill Mackie (left) and Carlton Observatory at Evergreen co-founder Forrest  Babcock wrestle w...
07/12/2021

Retired Linfield professor Bill Mackie (left) and Carlton Observatory at Evergreen co-founder Forrest Babcock wrestle with adjustments to a 19th century telescope in preparation for situating the six-inch barrel of the mechanism on its base. Rusty Rae/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #telescope #observatory #evergreenaviationmuseum

Retired Linfield professor Bill Mackie (left) and Carlton Observatory at Evergreen co-founder Forrest Babcock wrestle with adjustments to a 19th century telescope in preparation for situating the six-inch barrel of the mechanism on its base. Rusty Rae/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #telescope #observatory #evergreenaviationmuseum

McMinnville Auto Detail owner Chris Lee uses an orbital polisher to remove light scratches and swirls from the paint on ...
07/09/2021

McMinnville Auto Detail owner Chris Lee uses an orbital polisher to remove light scratches and swirls from the paint on a customer’s truck. Lee will get to help with the preservation of Air Force One and other historic planes, which are on display in the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #auto #autodetailing #airforce1

McMinnville Auto Detail owner Chris Lee uses an orbital polisher to remove light scratches and swirls from the paint on a customer’s truck. Lee will get to help with the preservation of Air Force One and other historic planes, which are on display in the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #auto #autodetailing #airforce1

While shopping at the Discount Fireworks Superstore, located near Walnut City Lanes in McMinnville, young Sharon Osborne...
07/02/2021

While shopping at the Discount Fireworks Superstore, located near Walnut City Lanes in McMinnville, young Sharon Osborne reaches up to pick out a Climbing Panda firework for her and her family to enjoy this Fourth of July. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #fireworks #firework #panda #fireworksstand #fourthofjuly #shopping

While shopping at the Discount Fireworks Superstore, located near Walnut City Lanes in McMinnville, young Sharon Osborne reaches up to pick out a Climbing Panda firework for her and her family to enjoy this Fourth of July. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #fireworks #firework #panda #fireworksstand #fourthofjuly #shopping

The heat goes on: most events and activities scheduled for the weekend continued despite temperatures reaching 110 degre...
07/01/2021
Chillin' at the local cooling centers

The heat goes on: most events and activities scheduled for the weekend continued despite temperatures reaching 110 degrees; community members rallied to create cooling centers for those in need throughout Yamhill County. [🔑]

The temperature soared well above 100 degrees by mid-afternoon Sunday. Robert, who is homeless and was enjoying the comfort of a cooling center in the basement of McMinnville’s ...

”Because of Shanny,” residents of Carlton, Yamhill County, and beyond braved Saturday’s heat for the annual fun run in m...
07/01/2021
Carlton fun run, because of Shanny

”Because of Shanny,” residents of Carlton, Yamhill County, and beyond braved Saturday’s heat for the annual fun run in memory of Shanny Fugere. [🔑]

Because of Shantel Louise “Shanny” Fugere, 25 people raced through the streets of Carlton Saturday morning, jogging or walking in honor of the Carlton resident ...

Proud to be friends: Wine Country Pride celebrations over the weekend included a “Fast Friending” event at MacMarket. Me...
06/30/2021
Fast Friending brings people together

Proud to be friends: Wine Country Pride celebrations over the weekend included a “Fast Friending” event at MacMarket. Meanwhile, many businesses continue to display Pride flags. [🔑]

An X marked the spot for the beginning of new friendships Friday as the Wine Country Pride weekend kicked off with “Fast Friending.” Pairs and trios of strangers ...

State Champs! The Yamhill-Carlton boys basketball team triumphs at Class 3A tournament and McMinnville’s Jacob Barnes ac...
06/30/2021
TRIUMPHANT TIGERS: Yamhill-Carlton claims 1st state championship since ‘92 season

State Champs! The Yamhill-Carlton boys basketball team triumphs at Class 3A tournament and McMinnville’s Jacob Barnes achieves his state title goal, winning the 6A heavyweight contest. [🔑]

COOS BAY – Throughout the 2021 boys basketball season, players and coaches for the Yamhill-Carlton team showed no fear when voicing their expectations for ...

COVID-19 restrictions are lifted: Gov. Kate Brown made it official, that as of June 30 mask wearing is not required and ...
06/30/2021
State to lift COVID restrictions

COVID-19 restrictions are lifted: Gov. Kate Brown made it official, that as of June 30 mask wearing is not required and most restrictions on numbers of people in gathering places are suspended.

Despite worries by some experts, Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that Oregon will end its COVID-19 health and safety restrictions June 30, whether or not the state ...

After placing the first place medal around his son Jacob's neck, John Barnes leans in to receive a congratulatory hug fr...
06/28/2021

After placing the first place medal around his son Jacob's neck, John Barnes leans in to receive a congratulatory hug from his son on the podium. Barnes won the 285 pound weight class title at this past weekend’s 6A State Wrestling Championships in Newberg. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #newberg #mcminnvilleoregon #newbergoregon #wrestling #statechampionship @mhsgrizzlies @mcminschools

After placing the first place medal around his son Jacob's neck, John Barnes leans in to receive a congratulatory hug from his son on the podium. Barnes won the 285 pound weight class title at this past weekend’s 6A State Wrestling Championships in Newberg. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #newberg #mcminnvilleoregon #newbergoregon #wrestling #statechampionship @mhsgrizzlies @mcminschools

Along the Street: in business news, read about the return of Turkey Rama, McMinnville’s annual summer festival, starting...
06/28/2021
Along the Street: Turkey Rama scavenger hunt starts July 1

Along the Street: in business news, read about the return of Turkey Rama, McMinnville’s annual summer festival, starting July 1 with a month-long scavenger hunt with a -- you guessed it -- turkey theme. [🔑]

McMinnville’s 2021 Turkey Rama celebration will get underway Thursday, July 1, with the start of a month-long scavenger hunt. The Great Turkey Hunt will ...

Summer reading program starts June 28 courtesy of McMinnville Library, with events at the library and parks and location...
06/28/2021
Library summer reading program begins

Summer reading program starts June 28 courtesy of McMinnville Library, with events at the library and parks and locations throughout town. See upcoming editions for full details on a long list of summer activities for families. [🔑]

The McMinnville Public Library is offering a summer reading program for all ages. Those who read for 10 hours between June 28 and Aug. 28 will be eligible for prizes. Sign ...

The community mourns the death of Gary George, former state representative serving Yamhill County. George died June 19 a...
06/26/2021
Gary George dies following lengthy illness

The community mourns the death of Gary George, former state representative serving Yamhill County. George died June 19 after a long illness, at age 77. [🔑]

Gary George, a member of the Oregon State Senate from 1997 to 2009, representing Districts 2 and 12, died Saturday at his rural Newberg home following a lengthy ...

Project Turnkey, a partnership involving Providence Health and Yamhill  Community Action Partnership will bring purchase...
06/26/2021
Grant will purchase motel as long-term transitional shelter

Project Turnkey, a partnership involving Providence Health and Yamhill Community Action Partnership will bring purchase of a McMinnville motel that is already being used as shelter for homeless. A $3.9 million grant will also help expand outreach services to those in need. [🔑]

Stability in very uncertain times.

County Commissioners order all workers who have done their jobs remotely for the past 16 months to return to their workp...
06/25/2021
Union demands to bargain over return to office board order

County Commissioners order all workers who have done their jobs remotely for the past 16 months to return to their workplaces by June 19, despite pleas from workers and union representatives that the requirement is a health or family hardship for some. [🔑]

The Yamhill County Employees Association has sent a bargaining demand to Yamhill County after the county Board of Commissioners issued an order last week that all employees ...

Find relief from 110-degree temperatures at cooling centers at local churches (First Baptist, Yamhill Gospel Mission), Y...
06/25/2021
It's gonna be hot, hot, hot

Find relief from 110-degree temperatures at cooling centers at local churches (First Baptist, Yamhill Gospel Mission), Yamhill Carlton High School and Palmer Creek Lodge in Dayton, and at water stations at Wortman, Joe Dancer and lower City Park in McMinnville.

Temperatures are expected to soar over the weekend, with highs of 104 up to 112 degrees predicted Saturday and Sunday. Today and Monday will be in the mid- to high-90s, ...

Landen Distler and Jeremiah Distler, Bruce Distler’s twin grandchildren, and Jack Eubanks fit the retired Yamhill County...
06/25/2021

Landen Distler and Jeremiah Distler, Bruce Distler’s twin grandchildren, and Jack Eubanks fit the retired Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy with a Quilt of Valor Thursday, June 24 at Amity City Park. He was honored for his military and law enforcement service. Marcus Larson/News-Register #amity #oregon #amityoregon #quiltofvalor #quilt #honor #ceremony

Landen Distler and Jeremiah Distler, Bruce Distler’s twin grandchildren, and Jack Eubanks fit the retired Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy with a Quilt of Valor Thursday, June 24 at Amity City Park. He was honored for his military and law enforcement service. Marcus Larson/News-Register #amity #oregon #amityoregon #quiltofvalor #quilt #honor #ceremony

In Sports: Spartans overcome Trojans in Tri-River tilt. Yamhill County high school boys and girls basketball teams are i...
06/22/2021
Spartans overcome Trojans in Tri-River tilt

In Sports: Spartans overcome Trojans in Tri-River tilt. Yamhill County high school boys and girls basketball teams are in the thick of hoops competition, with playoff spots on the line. (Yes, due to the pandemic, June is high school basketball season.) [🔑]

SHERIDAN – Sheridan’s Braden Mendenhall played every minute of Monday’s gritty 69-61 win over Kennedy. Throughout the night, he battled post ...

In Viewpoints, legal aspects of the looming western states’ water crisis gets a look from University of Arizona professo...
06/21/2021
PARCHED: Warming climate fueling water wars in the west

In Viewpoints, legal aspects of the looming western states’ water crisis gets a look from University of Arizona professor Robert Glennon. [🔑]

  Interstate water disputes are as American as apple pie. States often think a neighboring state is using more than its fair share from a river, lake or ...

A fishing derby helped jump start Sheridan’s Hometown Days early Saturday morning, with adults and children staking out ...
06/21/2021

A fishing derby helped jump start Sheridan’s Hometown Days early Saturday morning, with adults and children staking out their spots on the bank of the city’s pond. Briar Thompson, 5, who was joined by her older brother, Denton, and father, Ryan, eventually became distracted by a pill bug crawling on her arm, after a long wait with no fish biting. Marcus Larson/News-Register #sheridan #oregon #sheridanoregon #fish #fishing #fishingderby #summer #festival

A fishing derby helped jump start Sheridan’s Hometown Days early Saturday morning, with adults and children staking out their spots on the bank of the city’s pond. Briar Thompson, 5, who was joined by her older brother, Denton, and father, Ryan, eventually became distracted by a pill bug crawling on her arm, after a long wait with no fish biting. Marcus Larson/News-Register #sheridan #oregon #sheridanoregon #fish #fishing #fishingderby #summer #festival

ForeLand Brewery is named Best New Brewery, and Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery and Heater Allen Brewery also earned r...
06/21/2021
BARREL ROLL: Honors pour in for local brewers

ForeLand Brewery is named Best New Brewery, and Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery and Heater Allen Brewery also earned recent honors; it’s all in a new, occasional column on local fermenting, called Barrel Roll. [🔑]

Between awards and new releases, the Yamhill County beer community has plenty to report. Wine Enthusiast magazine last month announced that one of its first ...

“Lofty Goals”: learning gets a launch as the Yamhill-Carlton High School rocketry team travels to a regional competition...
06/21/2021
LOFTY GOALS

“Lofty Goals”: learning gets a launch as the Yamhill-Carlton High School rocketry team travels to a regional competition in Pasco, Washington, and shows what they have learned, and continue to learn. [🔑]

Team gets lift from rocketry challenge   Members of the Yamhill Carlton rocketry team held their breath as they watched the vehicle they designed shoot ...

In a disturbing incident in Newberg, a father is arrested after being accused of shooting his son, age 3, in the head wi...
06/19/2021
Father accused of shooting son with pellet rifle

In a disturbing incident in Newberg, a father is arrested after being accused of shooting his son, age 3, in the head with a pellet gun, driving him to the Newberg hospital and leaving him there before being apprehended. [🔑]

A 3-year-old Newberg boy was reported in serious condition Wednesday at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Hospital in Portland after being shot in the head Tuesday ...

“I’m against this.” When Newberg City Councilor Mike McBride protested the adoption of a proclamation supporting Pride W...
06/18/2021
Newberg councilor called out for objecting to Pride proclamation

“I’m against this.” When Newberg City Councilor Mike McBride protested the adoption of a proclamation supporting Pride Week, and Mayor Rick Rogers and local citizens offered rebukes, with one critic called bullying. Coming June 22: the full list of Pride Week events in Yamhill County. [🔑]

An ordinarily low-key city council moment, when Newberg Mayor Rick Rogers read aloud a proclamation declaring June Pride Month, took a tense turn last week, when ...

Community members cheer for McMinnville High School's Class of 2021 during commencement parades June 11. Here, graduate ...
06/18/2021

Community members cheer for McMinnville High School's Class of 2021 during commencement parades June 11. Here, graduate Rachelle Silis waves to her ecstatic aunt, Maria Lemus, front, and the rest of her cheering family and friends as she rides down Davis Street on her way to Sue Buel Elementary. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #graduation #graduationparade #celebrate

Community members cheer for McMinnville High School's Class of 2021 during commencement parades June 11. Here, graduate Rachelle Silis waves to her ecstatic aunt, Maria Lemus, front, and the rest of her cheering family and friends as she rides down Davis Street on her way to Sue Buel Elementary. Marcus Larson/News-Register #mcminnville #oregon #mcminnvilleoregon #graduation #graduationparade #celebrate

This past weekend Amity and Sheridan high school held their graduations.  Above: Amity Class of 2021 members show expres...
06/17/2021

This past weekend Amity and Sheridan high school held their graduations. Above: Amity Class of 2021 members show expressions ranging from pensive to joyful as they prepare to march under the balloon archway Saturday. Below: Sheridan Principal Dean Rech presents his daughter, Emily, with the Vern Lochner Scholarship Award. He will remain in the district but is leaving the principal’s office next year after 13 years. Rusty Rae/News-Register #amity #sheridan #oregon #amityoregon #sheridanoregon #graduation #ceremony #congratulations

This past weekend Amity and Sheridan high school held their graduations. Above: Amity Class of 2021 members show expressions ranging from pensive to joyful as they prepare to march under the balloon archway Saturday. Below: Sheridan Principal Dean Rech presents his daughter, Emily, with the Vern Lochner Scholarship Award. He will remain in the district but is leaving the principal’s office next year after 13 years. Rusty Rae/News-Register #amity #sheridan #oregon #amityoregon #sheridanoregon #graduation #ceremony #congratulations

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My cousin died, and I can't 'even post condolences on his obituary? Is New Register so "BACKWARD" it won't allow such?: Roger A. Smith 1953 - 2021
The number printed in Sat June 12th paper for Arlene Zeeck's memorial picnic is wrong. The number should be text RSVPs to 971-237-4262.
Our very own Leftist rag..just like a mini Willamette Week..
Breaking News!!! Petition circulating to designate jojos as the official state vegetable of Oregon!
Is it true that your paper holds property that doesn't belong to you? Stolen negatives of that old UFO story? Wow...that's low. Really low. No wonder journalists have a bad name. What's the RIGHT thing to do? RETURN THE NEGATIVES TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS.
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When will we be getting voting materials in the mail??
Why doesn't a teach get a grant from the Museum for teaching and helping those who are less fortunate, a grant from ITT or the Indian Res. they give grants, IBM..........
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hoff family and our community. Sadly Adam Hoff and his dad passed in a tragic house fire this morning in Sheridan, Oregon. RIP 🙏🙏🙏
I have heard there is a protest happening in McMinnville tonight. Could anyone confirm for me?
Please someone tell me what this really loud and annoying helicopter like noise is out Pike Bridge area. For almost a week now I would say there has been this very loud what sounds like a hovering helicopter that starts at around 10ish every night and doesn’t stall till morning . Does anybody know what this damn noise is?