Image: Library of Congress##Forest Service fire lookout stations like this one were used by Aircraft Warning Service volunteers during the war. This one is on Suntop Mountain in Pierce County, Washington.

Offbeat Oregon: Eyes on the sky

One day, if you’re lucky, you might stumble across an interesting little item in the toy section while browsing through a thrift shop: a small hard-rubber toy airplane. This airplane will have no ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Ted and Lynne Desel both attended Linfield College. They returned to McMinnville when Ted became theater director at Linfield. Lynne opened the Linfield Preschool and served as its director.

Stopping By: A full, happy life

Ted and Lynne Desel had demanding schedules when they were working, he as a professor of speech and drama, she as director of the Linfield Preschool. They thought they were busy then. Now that they’re ...

Oregon State University##The YInMn pigment developed at OSU.

OSU hue inspires new crayon

By STEVE LUNDBERGOregon State University CORVALLIS — A blue pigment discovered at Oregon State University has inspired a new Crayola crayon color. The Pennsylvania company announced today that ...

Happy Tails: Eugene's downtown dog ban raises hackles

I may have mentioned in one of my recent columns that Happy Tails should not be viewed as a political forum. Please forget I said that. Although this week’s column has nothing to do with Democrats ...

Rohse: Some Oregon names creative, others less so

Oregon, if you can believe it, has 85 streams named “Rock Creek,” according to Lewis A. McArthur’s “Oregon Geographic Names.” Additionally, a community in Malheur County ...

Band, dancers to perform

McMinnville High School’s Jazz Band and the Marchant Ballet dancers will perform together Friday, May 12. The program, a fundraiser for both groups, is slated for 7 p.m. in the high school ...

Students to perform recital

Linfield College music students will display their talents in an honors recital on Tuesday, May 16. The free program will start at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on campus. Performers ...

Savvy Senior: How to choose the best assisted living facility

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What tips can you offer for choosing a quality assisted living facility for my mom? Her health and mental abilities have declined to the point that she can’t live alone anymore ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Sheri King of Lafayette turned her passion for local history into a small book about Abigail Scott Duniway, the pioneering women’s rights leader, who was a commanding figure in the first wave of the national feminist movement and helped women statewide and nationally secure the right to vote.

Walking with Abigail

Sheri King didn’t start out to be a writer. Then again, neither did Abigail Scott Duniway, the 19th-century social crusader chronicled in King’s new book. Duniway took up the pen because of ...

Submitted photo##Peter Ho Davies’ novel, “The Fortunes,” explores his mother’s Chinese culture. Like his earlier first novel, “The Welsh Girl,” it’s an “effort to understand different parts of my heritage.”

Author explores heritage in new book

Writer Peter Ho Davies’ first novel, “The Welsh Girl,” explored his father’s culture — the Welsh heritage and World War II-scarred British landscape with which Davies grew ...

Submitted photo##Linfield theater professor Ty Marshall will speak May 10.

Theater prof to discuss design

Linfield College theater professor Ty Marshall will discuss “Scenographic Illusions II: Designing for the Theater” on Wednesday, May 10. The free talk will start at 7 p.m. in the Marshall ...

## A postcard image showing a bird’s-eye view of Cottage Grove in 1903.

Offbeat Oregon: Cottage Grove's revenge

Anyone who’s spent any time in the town of Cottage Grove, at the southernmost tip of the Willamette Valley, knows the town has a somewhat checkered relationship with the city of Eugene. Everything ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Mary Martin, Woman of the Year, has been a book store owner and Realtor. Now she’s focusing on helping her community and all its residents.

Stopping By: ‘Bridge across a divide’

Mary Martin will tell you she’s no angel, no goody two-shoes. She’ll say, in her very straightforward manner, that the positive things she’s done in McMinnville aren’t that special. ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Marshall “Rocky” Wade, Man of the Year, said he’s enjoyed spending his life in McMinnville. He appreciates the size and beauty of his hometown, and loves its people.

Stopping By: Banking on community

Although he officially retired more than two years ago, former First Federal CEO Rocky Wade remains busy with meetings, mostly associated with boards and organizations. He doesn’t usually wear a ...

Image: Library of Congress##Members of the Bonus Expeditionary Force protest at the Capitol Building in 1932.

Offbeat Oregon: 'Bonus Army' populist uprising started in Portland

The state of Oregon had a remarkably outsized impact on the life and career of President Herbert Hoover. It gave him his start, from age 9 until he went away to college at Stanford; and, 40 years later, ...

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