Photo by Emily Garrick-Steenson/Lutheran Community Services##As a permanent legal resident of the United States, Auxilio Maldonado no longer fears separation from his wife Britnee, 4-year-old son Gino and 8-year-old son Gordon. He’ll tell his story tomorrow during Lutheran Community Services’ Fiesta en la Plaza event.

Becoming an American

Auxilio Maldonado was terrified. As an undocumented immigrant, he knew walking into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office on Northwest Overton Street in Portland could mean losing his wife ...

Image: Northern Illinois University Libraries##A drawing of Deadwood Dick Sr. from the Beadle’s Half-Dime Library catalogue.

Offbeat Oregon: Deadwood Dick's far-fetched adventures

Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the 20th Century, the most popular form of fictional entertainment in America was dime novels. Dime novels were cheap paperback novelettes printed ...

Montessori group publishes cookbook

Parents and supporters of the McMinnville Montessori School have published a cookbook that features about 100 recipes from local restaurants and food producers, as well as from individuals. “Potluck,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Aaron VanEpps and Shaun Strong, pastor of The Oak Grove Community Church, sing during a session of Thrive, a ministry for developmentally disabled adults.

Stopping By: Joyful noise

The 98th Psalm tells Christians to be loud and proud in declaring their faith. "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth," verse 4 says. "Break forth into joyous song and sing praises!" The men ...

© Can Stock Photo##Red-winged blackbirds nest in marsh vegetation, such as cattails and rushes.

Matthewson: No end to the aggravation from charming blackbirds

Spring is a good time of year to be out and about. Among the standouts to be seen is the courting display of the male red-winged blackbird. He goes all out to impress his lady. The main way he does this ...

Rohse: Time to weed out some bad habits

It’s spring. Time to groom flower beds. Time to weed vegetable gardens. Time, too, to “weed” ourselves. It may surprise you that humans do indeed need weeding, as do gardens. Rohse ...

Savvy Senior: Don’t rush into a reverse mortgage

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What can you tell me about reverse mortgages for retirees? My wife and I are contemplating getting one but want to make sure we know what we’re getting into. Running Short Savvy ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Doug Hurl likes to stay involved, currently serving as president of McMinnville Industrial Promotions. Why? “This is as good a community as it gets.”

Man of the Year: Quiet about his accomplishments

Doug Hurl, McMinnville’s Man of the Year, is not one to blow his own horn. Oh, he’s happy to talk about his family, the family business, friends in the community or, given the slightest ...

Image: UO Libraries##Portraits of three of Alfred Belding’s victims, published in the Sunday Oregonian on July 13, 1902: his wife, Sylvia Maude McCroskey Belding; his mother-in-law, Deborah McCroskey; and his father-in-law, Lemuel McCroskey. No portrait of George “Gyp” Woodward was published.

Offbeat Oregon: 'Unwritten Law' couldn't help man when he murdered his in-laws, too

Alfred Lester Belding may have intended to try to claim the protection of the “Unwritten Law” when he made his plans for revenge. But, reviewing the historical record, it seems more likely ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##McMinnville High School leadership student Evan Ewing and teacher Susanne Sayles go over ideas for a class project. Sayles, who was in leadership when she was a Mac High student, said it’s her favorite class to teach.

Stopping By: Learning and leading

Susanne Sayles was a student leader when she was attending McMinnville High School. Now in her fifth year at as a teacher at Mac High, she works with current student leaders, who in turn help other students ...

Savvy Senior: New shingles vaccine offers better protection

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? Suspicious Susan Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate ...

Rohse: Team names, from ordinary to offbeat

Those who make a living in professional sports often argue that nothing is more important to a team than its name. They say that that name is not just a label but defines the identity of the team. It ...

Carlson: Method is about more than clicking

When we left off last time, I was going off to find my clicker. I have become an enthusiastic convert to the school of clicker training, which is so much more than just using a clicker to train your dog. Even ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Debbie Harmon Ferry on a rare day when she’s not wearing purple, one of Linfield’s school colors. She serves as the college’s director of alumni services.

Stopping By: A champion for her alma mater, hometown

By STARLA POINTER Of the News-Register When Debbie Harmon Ferry leaves her office in Linfield College's Melrose Hall, she throws her purple coat over her purple dress and grabs her purple umbrella. It's ...

Image: UO Libraries##Defendant William Dalton as he appeared in court, along with some of the witnesses who helped convict him, drawn by the Morning Oregonian’s courtroom sketch artist for the Dec. 10, 1901, issue.

Offbeat Oregon: Murderers mess with wrong woman

It was after 10 p.m. on a Thursday night, and Multnomah County District Attorney George Chamberlain was dressing for bed when the telephone rang. He seized the receiver. “Who’s there?” ...

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