Fred G. Cooper’s illustrations and cartoons were ubiquitous in the early 20th century. His influence on graphic design can still be seen today.

An illustrated history

McMinnville’s most influential artist never saw his work displayed in a local gallery, but his style is indelibly etched on the American consciousness. You know it when you see it. His characters, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Artist Adam Rupniewski discusses one of his favorite pieces, titled “Lofty Room.” It’s his jazzy interpretation of “A Man Seated Reading at a Table in a Lofty Room” created by one of Rembrandt’s pupils.

Stopping By: See for yourself

Artist Adam Rupniewski finds creative stimulation in places and things, in music and prose, in reality and in dreams. The latter sparked much of the work he’s currently showing at the McMinnville ...

Image: Ben Maxwell/Salem Public Library##An unidentified man poses with a chunk of beeswax he found on the beach in 1955.

Offbeat Oregon: Scientists, historians solve mystery of 17th century ‘Beeswax Wreck’

Since the beginning of European settlement along the Oregon Coast, people have wondered about the source of the mysterious chunks of beeswax that were continually turning up there. It seemed there was ...

Valley View to host air show, cars, music

A bomber will fly over the Valley View Concerts, Car & Air Show on Saturday, Aug. 11, and drop its payload on the crowd. But don’t worry — this radio-controlled bomber will be dropping ...

Rohse: Famous Champoeg was later forgotten

History did not play fairly in its dealings with Champoeg. Champoeg in the 1800s was an important settlement on the Willamette River, south of Newberg, on the north end of French Prairie. Most of the ...

Savvy Senior: Retirement planning for single women

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What retirement planning tips can you recommend to single women? I’m 54 and divorced with a teenage daughter and very little saved for retirement. — Financially Behind It’s ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Terri Weagant, Ty Boice and Cassandra Schwanke are launching Gigglefest this weekend. The sketch comedy series will run through the month in the space above Union Block Coffee.

Playing it for laughs

Cassandra Schwanke may have to improvise a bit when she takes the stage in McMinnville for Gigglefest, a four-week series of sketch comedy shows premiering this week. The actor and writer is pregnant. ...

Image: Debunker.com##One of two images taken by Paul Trent, showing what appears to be a flying saucer near his farm, located between McMinnville and Sheridan. The area around the UFO has been darkened to enhance its clarity.

Offbeat Oregon: Fierce debate over McMinnville UFO sighting continues today

Evelyn and Paul Trent lived on a farm between Sheridan and McMinnville in the years just after the Second World War. They were, by all accounts, just-plain-folks — good neighbors, solid citizens ...

Gallery offers three shows in 'Kaleidoscope'

Gallery Theater’s seventh-annual “Kaleidoscope” readers’ theater festival will open tonight with an original play by local playwright Norm Tognazzini. After performances ...

Castlemen Quartet offers concerts

Young chamber music artists and international faculty of the Castleman Quartet Program will present four free programs during their summer-in-residence at Linfield College. Each performance will start ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register file photo##Elsie Duin of Raiders 4-H Club tries to retrieve a ribbon from her goat, Lovebug, during last year’s Yamhill County Fair. This year’s event runs Aug. 1-4.

Yamhill County Fair promises Blue Ribbon Dreams

With big-name entertainers, a rodeo, demolition derby, a wide range of vendors, carnival rides and all sorts of animals, vegetables and creative displays, this year’s Yamhill County Fair promises ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The Yamhill County Fair’s open class superintendent, Alice Howell, says she never knows what items will be submitted for judging. “It’s always fun to see what comes in,” she said.

Stopping By: Friend of the fair

As a youngster in La Grande, Alice Howell loved entering the county fair.  Her family had a large garden, and she and her two brothers marked off smaller squares for their 4-H plots. At fair time, ...

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hollywoodplace##This image from an advertisement for America’s Independent Electric Light and Power Companies in the April 1957 issue of Newsweek Magazine shows how flying-saucer stories were being incorporated into people’s visions of the future.

Offbeat Oregon: Flying saucer stories got start in Pendleton

If you were getting ready to take a UFO-themed road trip around the western U.S., there are several places that would naturally be at the top of the list. There’s Roswell, New Mexico, of course. ...

Rohse: Do you have a 'Philosophy of Life"?

Always, I have been interested in philosophy and wanted to learn more about it. My four years at Monument High did not add any learning in that regard. At college, I hoped to at least take Philosophy ...

Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers diabetes treatment

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, How well does Medicare cover diabetes? I’m 66 years old and was recently told by my doctor that I have pre-diabetes. If it progresses to full-fledged diabetes what can I expect ...

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