Image: Oregon Historical Society##
A line of Tillamook Guerilla Rifle Club members practice taking up a battle position behind a berm in March 1942, in this photo by an Oregon Journal photographer.

Offbeat Oregon: If Japan had invaded, the Tillamook Guerillas were ready

Early 1942 was a really nerve-racking time to be an Oregonian — especially if you lived on the coast. The United States had just gone to war against a country that was already famous for being able ...

Rockne Roll / News-Register##Lucy Huffine works three days a week to maintain the county’s law library.

The letter of the law

Librarian keeps an often solitary watch over county’s legal books

Rohse: Animal intelligence is most impressive

Whoever thought up the phrase “dumb animals” should be ashamed. He did not know whereof he spoke. Anyone who has had a pet, lived on a farm or ranch, or has hunted or fished, knows of the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Gail Lee, pictured here in her McMinnville home with some of the many awards she’s won as an agronomist, extension agent and educator.

Stopping By: Journey of rediscovery

For some, the trip of a lifetime might involve tropical beaches and palm trees. For others, it might be a cruise down the Danube, a climb up the Great Wall or an expedition into the Amazon jungle. For ...

Savvy Senior: Addressing depression in retirement

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I’m concerned that he’s depressed, even though he may not admit it. Where can ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Parent volunteer Jacque Lambert enjoys playtime with student Elliot Seaton at the McMinnville Cooperative Playschool, housed in the community center. In keeping with the day’s paleontology theme, tools sized for small hands were provided so children could excavate plastic dinosaurs and other objects from the sand.

The power of play

A group of intrepid paleontologists sifts for bones in the sand to get a clearer understanding of Earth's ancient past. The work requires an intense concentration that can be hard to ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lance Morrison paints in a freestanding studio near his Yamhill home. Above, he’s seen with some of his atmospheric paintings of hummingbirds.

Stopping By: In the details

YAMHILL — When his daughter, Haley, turned 16, Lance Morrison decided to capture her essence in a painting. He’s a professional artist, after all, so it’s what he does best. Almost ...

Image: Port of Portland##A pilot’s-eye view of the Troutdale Airport as it appears today.

Offbeat Oregon: Massive passenger jet landed at tiny airfield by mistake

It was about 4 a.m. on August 12, 1962, and United Air Lines Flight 861, a red-eye flight from Chicago to Portland, had just landed. The 81 passengers were unbuckling their seatbelts and peering ...

Rohse: Handkerchiefs are nothing to sneeze at

A 10-inch square of fragile fabric — the handkerchief — has left its footprints on the world, but mankind has done little to express its thanks. And soon it may be too late. As with endangered ...

Carlson: Therapy work a treat for dog and handler

I like being retired. I mean, I loved my job as a school counselor. It was very fulfilling and no two days were ever the same. But it was also hard work, and I don’t miss the pressures and demands, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Doug Root, right, and distiller Kyle LeClerc, under the oak tree marking early settler Ewing Young’s burial site. Along with Root’s wife, Bev, they are establishing the Ewing Young Distillery and tasting room on the property.

History, distilled: Spirits producer plans facility near spot where Oregon got its start

Imagine if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson teamed up against Benjamin Franklin because Franklin wanted to open a gin mill. That clash of the titans played itself out, on a smaller scale, among ...

Image: NY Historical Society##This woodcut image from the 1837 edition of the Davy Crockett Almanac probably depicts the story of the time Davy and a panther found themselves on the same tree branch together, which is mentioned in the comments about the joint occupancy of Oregon with Great Britain.

Offbeat Oregon: Davy Crockett in Oregon territory? Yes, in song and legend

Nearly everyone knows the story of David Crockett — the Tennessee mountain man and future politician turned folk hero who died at the Alamo in 1836. Most of us just remember the details from ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Ed Doughty taste tests a serving of gyudon, which he just prepared at his food cart. He loves cooking and enjoys working for himself.

Stopping By: Driven by flavor and faith

Ed Doughty said he likes to serve God by serving others — in particular, by making sure they are fed. That's the main reason he opened his own food cart a few months ago. "Sharing God's love is ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup — the Melt Down special from 2017, which has become a permanent part of The Diner’s menu. The restaurant continues to contribute a portion of the sales, as well.

Comfort on a plate

On a snowy day in Kansas, nothing tasted better to young Kyle Chriestenson than a grilled cheese sandwich. Especially the way his grandmother made it: White bread, sliced orange cheese, plenty ...

Cheesy goodness: Restaurants serve up grilled sandwiches for a worthy cause

Twenty restaurants in several Yamhill County cities will grill up deluxe cheesy sandwiches for the second-annual Melt Down, February’s filling fundraiser for the YCAP food bank. The first Melt Down, ...

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