Rockne Roll/News-Register##Jessie Grace works on a deer head in his workshop outside Carlton on Wednesday. Grace and his father, Dan,  started Foothills Taxidermy together in 1998; Dan is now mostly retired from the business.

Preserved in a state of Grace

Taxidermist Jesse Grace masters the art of bringing dead animals back to some semblance of life

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Teresa Brandon, pictured in the lower portion of her yard in McMinnville.

Yard of the Month: A family tradition

In what is proving somewhat of a family tradition, Teresa Brandon’s tract at 3179 N.E. Becky Court has earned the McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month honors for June.  “I’m ...

Offbeat Oregon: Oregon Gov. Geer is state’s “patron saint of bike commuters”

In recent years, bicycle commuting has had something of a resurgence in Oregon, especially true in urban areas, where you’ll see these hard-bodied, Lycra-clad road warriors in all kinds of crazy ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##John Castle and Dewdrop in one of Castle’s small greenhouses. He enjoys propogating plants here. Dewdrop likes watching the chickens in the adjacent coop.

Stopping By: Tending the Castle garden

The “grandfather tree,” a venerable Douglas fir so large it would take at least half a dozen children to link their hands around it, stands watch over the Castle place. So do an array of native ...

News-Register file photo##Four-year-old Norah Guardiola of Willamina awaits her prize after winning a carnival game during last year’s Sheridan Days celebration.

Sheridan Days brings big fun to small town

SHERIDAN — There will be a distinct Sheridan School District flavor to Sheridan Days 2017. The 19th annual celebration will be held Thursday, June 15, through Sunday, June 18. “Small ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##McMinnville Farmers Market.

Greens & Beans: Fresh flavors abound this time of year

Garlic scapes are in season now, along with green garlic, providing some lovely opportunities to enjoy this pungent herb in milder forms. Minced in an omelet or a salad or over a casserole, or sauteed ...

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Rohse: Prunes were once a treasure of local ag

When we have no gold fields to prospect, we look elsewhere for gold. For a time, Yamhill County farmers counted on prunes for that wealth. It is true that the prune was well known for its laxative effect, ...

Museum marks Father’s Day

A World War II B-17 bomber will be featured along with other aircraft at the annual Father’s Day event at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday ...

Coastal Hills tour issues call to artists

WILLAMINA — The call to artists for this year’s 26th annual Willamina Coastal Hills Art Tour will continue through Monday, July 31. The tour is scheduled Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A former cook on Navy submarines, Donn Wetmore is trying his hand on land. He serves whiskey-marinated bratwurst and double-smoked sausage from his hot dog cart in downtown Newberg.

Taking it to the streets

Yamhill County prides itself on premium wining and dining experiences, but one of its four-star chefs is tucked away in an unexpected niche. He’s serving hot dogs out of a street cart in downtown ...

Submitted photo##“Tangleboxes” containing rubber stamps and guest books will be hidden in 11 county, city and state parks this summer. Clue-filled passports cost $5.

Tangleboxing treasure hunt opens in area parks

Yamhill County residents can search for hidden treasure in area parks this summer, the 12th year of the popular Tangleboxing program. In Tangleboxing, participants follow clues to find hidden “treasure” ...

Image: findagrave.com##“Soapy” Smith at the bar in his saloon, “Jeff. Smiths Parlor,” in Skagway in 1898. Note the light bulbs; electric light was a luxury in the 1890s, especially in Alaska.

Offbeat Oregon: Famous swindler got soapy start in Oregon

Aug. 1, 1882. On a sunny streetcorner in the middle of the rough-hewn, stump-strewn frontier town of Portland, a fresh-faced, wholesome-looking 22-year-old fellow named Jefferson Smith, nattily attired, ...

Mathewson: Birder gets serious about 'life list'

My interest in birds began at a very early age. My mother and I lived in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1944 and 1945, while my father was in the Army Air Corps. She told me that from the time I could crawl ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kaylee Williams, right, shows classmate Ashley Dickens her media alert bracelet during recess at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School. Kaylee was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

Stopping By: A canine for Kaylee

YAMHILL — Shortly after Kaylee Williams was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she and her family visited some friends whose daughter also suffers from the disease.  The older girl’s service ...

Happy Tails: Fill your calendar with the dog days of summer

It’s going to be a busy summer for us dogsters. I just checked out the calendar in my summer issue of Animal Wellness magazine, and it makes me pant just to look at it. Here are just a few notable ...

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