Marcus Larson/News-Register##Luis Vidart, who lives near Yamhill, built a traditional Basque herders’ wagon using 90 percent recycled wood. Pulled by horses, the wagon features a sleeping platform, storage area and stove for heating and cooking — especially favorites such as lamb stew, he said. Vidart came to the U.S. from Spain at 18 to work as a sheepherder, then moved to Oregon as a logger.

Stopping By: Basque to basics

Luis Vidart was born in a pretty stone house in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains. White with green trim, the 300-year-old house featured 3-foot-thick stone walls and high windows, designed to take ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Young Tom (David Bates) and his mother Amanda (Holly Spencer) discuss the expected arrival of a “gentleman caller” in a memory scene that’s part of Gallery Theater’s production of “The Glass Menagerie.”

'Glass Menagerie' returns to Gallery stage

“The Glass Menagerie,” the first of Tennessee Williams’ plays to be produced, will open Friday, Jan. 19, at Gallery Theater. The family drama will play at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and ...

Rohse: How to build a better bathtub

I haven’t taken a bath for years — and, in case that conveys the wrong impression, it is because I do not like bathtubs. I am a shower person. For the most part, modernization has skipped ...

Savvy Senior: Social Security options for divorced spouses

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works. Happily Divorced Savvy ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Tom Alfsen on bass and Mike Santone on the bongos provide the background rhythm while Bob Zahniser recites a poem in the style of the Beat Generation.

And the beat goes on

Mike Santone beats the bongo drums. Tom Alfsen strums the bass violin. While they provide the gentle background rhythm, Bob Zahniser advises the crowd what to do when their robots want to kill them. “It ...

Image: Herb Neufeld##The interior of a Ford Trimotor as seen from the viewpoint of a passenger. This particular aircraft, a model 5-AT-B (serial number 8), was built in 1928 was once displayed at the Evergreen Air and Space Museum.

Offbeat Oregon: Fatal crashes made 1933 a rough year in Oregon aviation

Commercial air travel has become so safe and so banal — especially for the poor fish packed into “coach” seating — that it’s sometimes easy to forget what a new experience ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Fred Hisaw, now 90, sat for this portrait when he was 7 years old. The artist’s father read “Huckleberry Finn” aloud to the boy so he’d sit still.

Stopping By: Successful by degrees

Before he retired from teaching at Oregon State University, biology professor Frederick Hisaw often joked with his students.  Here he was, teaching them college courses, he would say, and ...

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Savvy Senior: Financial tips for retiring abroad

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that’s cheaper ...

Rohse: Grant County was home at the right time

Although I’ve always thought Eastern Oregon was the best place in the world for a kid to grow up, I have since suspected that might have been because we were living there at the right time — ...

Carlson: How to avoid puppy mills and backyard breeders

We had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving with some friends at Seaside at a cottage about half a block from the beach. Yes, it was windy, cold and rainy much of the time, but really, there’s no ...

Ken Potter/wreckchasinginoregon.blogspot.com##The remote wooded slope south of Welches is still littered with debris where West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashed.

Offbeat Oregon: State’s worst plane crash also its most mysterious

When a commercial airliner crashes, it’s very rare to have absolutely no idea what happened. Even if the cockpit voice recorder is destroyed, usually there are enough clues left at the scene to piece ...

Alex Schomburg, below, the artist behind dozens of World War II-era comic book covers, lived in Newberg from 1962 untill his death in 1998. In his later years, he was a frequent guest lecturer at George Fox University.

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Newberg was home to one of the grandfathers of modern comic book superheroes

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Fascinated by planes since boyhood,  McMinnville’s Bill Lawrence, here with wife Bonnie, still yearns to make a solo flight. The 92-year-old is considering flying lessons.

Stopping By: Upwardly mobile

Bill Lawrence has always been fascinated with machines that ascend. Planes, mostly. He saw his first as a boy in Buffalo, New York. The biplane came to town for a skydiving show. As young Bill ...

News-Register file photo##In Gallery Theater’s 2008 production of “Sordid Lives,” Noleta (Anna Okrasinski) checks out a bottle of pills that Sissy (Meridith Symons) has just given her to help dull the pain of a recent breakup.

Gallery Theater begins golden season

It's been half a century and 381 productions since several McMinnville residents got together and said, "Let's put on a show!" "Absence of a Cello," to be exact. Arts patron Lea New, Linfield ...

Wikimedia/Marlin Harms##Acorn woodpecker.

Mathewson: Acorn woodpecker a treat to see

While certainly a lot of birds visit our two feeders on the back deck, within view from our dining room table, there aren’t many different species. The most common is the dark eyed junco. Then the ...

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