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Art Harvest Studio Tour

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 3-12, 10am-6pm

The 22nd annual Art Harvest Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-12, within Yamhill County. Cost is $7 for ages older than 18, to be paid at one of the more than 40 studios on this self-guided tour. For more information, visit





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Protecting the Shield – from itself

Recent issues perhaps a precursor to shift in NFL's popularity

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(Rockne Roll/News-Register)  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in a variety of different kinds of hot water, some of which have a higher profile than others. There’s the obvious issue which floats over his office at the moment, the public backlash at his office’s handling of Ray Rice’s assault on his wife in an Atlantic City elevator. The incident was bad enough, even before we learned the full truth of what happened, but the league’s reaction was particularly unbearable for the public.

The short initial suspension was a bad enough PR blunder, but the revelation of the “second tape,” along with Goodell’s later disputed assertion that the league hadn’t seen the second tape and the question of how the NFL, which claimed to be investigating the incident, couldn’t find the second tape, all worked together to transform the issue. Goodell and the league not only have a serious issue with how the league treats women; they now have a credibility issue.

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New look, old traditions

Linfield unveils revamped football uniforms

(Robert Husseman/News-Register)  Purple and white suits Linfield College just fine.

The Linfield athletic department released a new home football uniform design Tuesday that the Wildcats will wear in their home opener on Oct. 11 against George Fox.

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Heavy rain on the way as fall's arrival brings first storm

Special weather statement issued for year's first storm; warns that roads are likely to be slick.

(News-Register Staff)  Update: A special weather statement from the National Weather Service was updated at 2:34 p.m. Tuesday. It now says that rainfall totals by the end of the day Wednesday are expected to be between a half-inch and one and a half inches, but removes reference to possible flooding and landslides.

However, it continues to warn that roads are likely be slick due to residual oil and grease.


The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, warning that the first storm of fall is on the way, with heavy rain expected overnight.

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A Model service

Mac High fair highlights school clubs that fit every interest

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(Marcus Larson/News-Register)  Model United Nations club member Samuel Swenson serves to newly joined Ping Pong Club member Cooper Rich during a friendly game at the Mac High Club Fair on Thursday. The event was held to introduce freshman and other newcomers to all Mac High has to offer.


Oregon election news roundup

Polling shows Democratic incumbents in the lead

(Rockne Roll/News-Register)  With less then six weeks to go until the General Election, the races are heating up across Oregon, particularly at the top of the ballot. Here's a look at the week's headlines from Oregon politics.

A piece from the popular online media outlet Buzzfeed accuses Dr. Monica Wheby, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley, plagiarized large parts of her health care proposal. Buzzfeed staffer Andrew Kaczynski posted examples of language from Wheby’s proposal alongside snippets from a survey conducted by Crossroads USA, which is backed by former Bush administration senior adviser Karl Rove, in 2013. The Wheby campaign flatly denied the accusation.

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Air quality deemed unhealthy

Smoke from large wildfire rode winds, settled into the valley

Over the weekend, smoke from a large wildfire burning near Estacada rode east and northeast winds into the valley. It sent local pollution indexes soaring to unsafe levels Monday.

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Cyclists' ride pays off for local businesses

Colorado-based tour company targets Yamhill Valley as a must-see destination


(Dan Shryock/News-Register) Leaping Lizards! Did anyone see that van and trailer in downtown McMinnville today?

 Lizard Head Cycling Guides, a Colorado-based bicycle touring company, was in town for its second Oregon bike tour this year. They rode into town from Forest Grove and Gaston on Sunday and headed down West Second Street today on their way through Amity and on to Silverton. So far, 24 Lizard riders have visited the Yamhill Valley this month.

See what they left behind.


Working on the short game

Annual benefit festival attracts more than just beer drinkers

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(Marcus Larson/News-Register)  Mike Myers plays miniature golf with a friend's daughter, Olivia Spencer, during the Oregon Brews & BBQs. The festival, a benefit for GhanaHope and St. James School, featured a children's area and music entertainment as well as barbecue vendors and beer from 31 regional craft breweries.

Organizers said the seventh go-around was the most succesful yet.


Search renewed for missing Mac man

Psychic provided family of Sean Kosky with information leading to Wednesday's search

(News-Register staff)  Friends and family of Sean Kosky refuse to give up the search for their lost loved one. 

A search is being conducted today around an area northeast of High Heaven Road, off Willis Road, about five to six miles north of Miller Woods, where Kosky went missing Sept. 30, 2012. The location of today's search was chosen after the family contacted a psychic. 

The sheriff's office is using seven dog teams to search an area identified by the psychic.

The search was scheduled for morning hours in part because it's easier for a cadaver dog to pick up a scent that time of day. Capt. Tim Svenson said the sheriff's office was using the search as a training opportunity for the dog teams in addition to an effort to solve Kosky's disappearance.

"When we receive information and tips like this, we wouldn't be doing our due diligence if we didn't follow up on them," he said.

A year ago, a group gathered at Miller Woods to remember Kosky.


Arrest made in blow dart assault

Mac High student charged with Class C felony

(News-Register staff)  The McMinnville Police Department has arrested a 16-year-old McMinnville High School student in connection with a blow dart assault that occurred last week at Joe Dancer Park.

Capt. Matt Scales said the juvenile was cited on charges of assault IV and reckless endangering, both Class A misdemeanors, and unlawful use of a weapon, a Class C felony. 

According to police, a teenager was running in the park on Tuesday, Aug. 21 when a blow dart struck him in the back as a small, older pickup passed by. The vehicle was described as light blue with horizontal lines running along the side panels, behind the doors.

The News-Register does not normally print the names of juvenile offenders unless they face Class A or B felony charges — the most serious under Oregon law.

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