News-Register file photo##Colorfully costumed dancers perform during the Linfield Hawaiian Club’s lu’au.

Annual lu'au brings island culture to McMinnville

Linfield College students will present traditional island dances and an authentic Hawaiian meal at their 43rd annual Linfield College Lu’au Saturday, May 2. General admission tickets for “Home ...

Project Gutenberg##An illustration from “Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains,” Frances Fuller Victor’s biography of mountain man Joe Meek. This scene depicts Umentecken, Meek’s Indian wife, holding a bullying trapper named O’Fallen at gunpoint. After learning
that O’Fallen, blaming her for the escape of his two slaves, intended to whip her, Umentecken armed
herself with a pistol and turned the tables on him.
At right, Victor in 1878.

Offbeat Oregon: Pioneering historian earned respect but little money

Back in 1867, Elwood Evans, a young lawyer, politician and historian in Washington Territory, started writing a book on the history of Washington’s neighbor to the south — the eight-year-old ...

Greens & Beans: Spring is in the air, on the table

Working fruits and vegetables into breakfast can seem like a challenge, but there are many delicious ways to overcome it, from blueberry pancakes to omelets to smoothies. And there are all sorts of delicious ...

Rohse: Think you know how to breathe?

Apparently, there’s a wrong way What with all the flu, colds and other viruses making the rounds, you should perhaps also be on the alert for another affliction — one apparently almost as ...

Kart racing a family sport

Children, teens and adults drive go-karts around the track at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds as part of competition sponsored by the Portland Karting Association. The group is based in McMinnville, since ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Bryce, 6, Mason, 9, and Eliza, 5, share the Smark family passion for go-kart racing. Mason is one of the fastest drivers in regional series; Bryce began racing this year and Eliza will start soon.

Stopping By: Kart Kids

When he was 9 years old, Paul Smark rode BMX bikes around his neighborhood in Portland. In Canby, his future wife, Jennifer, was riding and showing horses. Their 9-year-old son, Mason, went in a different ...

Terroir writing fest this weekend

Writers, hoping-to-be-published authors and other word lovers will gather Saturday, April 18, for the sixth-annual Terroir creative writing festival. Workshops, readings and presentations will run from ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##McMinnville homeowners Linda and Craig Saunders enjoy creating a bright, colorful landscape at their home at 545 N.W. 10th St. The couple’s efforts earned them April Yard of the Month honors from the McMinnville Garden Club.

Yard of the Month: A Floral Transformation

Gardening is a joint endeavor for Craig and Linda Saunders, who won the McMinnville Garden Club’s April Yard of the Month award. Craig says Linda comes up with the plans and he implements them. Both ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Knudsen Vineyards managing director Page Knudsen-Cowles discusses the just-released
2013 Dundee Hills chardonnay during a luncheon at the Knudsen Cabin.

The Cork: Knudsen releases its first chardonnay

After more than four decades of involvement in the wine industry, I am always delighted to spend time with younger wine professionals who are representing the industry well. If there’s any field ...

Finetooth photo/Wikipedia##John Day River at Clarno. The water is high from spring rains and snow-melt. Clarno is about 109 miles (175 km) by water from the river mouth.

Rohse: No swimming hole ever measured up to John Day River

As with covered bridges, those wonderful old swimming holes are fast disappearing. As a kid, I was lucky. At Monument, we had the John Day River. Ever since, I have looked for a swimming hole of its ...

Starla Pointer/News-Register##Longtime front desk volunteer Ed Kaleta chats with Ann Lane, director of the McMinnville Senior Center. “I have the gift of gab,” Kaleta said.

Stopping By : A friendly reception

If you’ve ever visited the McMinnville Senior Center on a Monday or Tuesday morning, Ed Kaleta already knows your name. If you are making your first visit, he’ll welcome you warmly and file ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Anne Frank (Anna Johnson) writes in her diary, ignoring the squabbles among other residents of the secret annex. Her father found the diary after World War II.

Innocence in a time of evil

Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager, spent two years hiding in secret rooms with her family and other refugees who hoped to avoid capture by the Nazis during World War II. An intelligent girl and avid writer, ...

Shutterstock.com##Scotch broom is among the four weed varieties targeted by the Yamhill County Soil & Water Conservation District this year.

District renews noxious weed outreach

The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District is planning to renew its efforts to inform the public about invasive weeds classified as noxious. “It’s something everyone should recognize,” ...

Linfield offers wine workshops

Linfield College will offer the public two wine workshops geared for beginning wine enthusiasts. The workshops, limited to 25 participants each, will meet from 1:30 to 5 p.m.on Saturdays in 201 Riley ...

2014 vintage biggest yet, but how big is big?

Total annual Oregon wine production is the starting point from which wine professionals gauge trends influencing the industry over the previous year. In 1981, Oregon State University began chronicling ...

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