News-Register file photo##Visitors from Earth and beyond are gathering in downtown McMinnville this weekend for the annual UFO Festival.

Space yourself; it's a big day

An alien king and queen will reign over the UFO Parade, one of the highlights of the annual UFO Festival, which will draw thousands of alien lovers and ufologists to downtown McMinnville this weekend. McMinnville ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##From left, Ana Domiaguez, Laura Landeros, Litzy Mendoza, and Jennifer Gonzales perform a traditional folk dance during last weekend’s Fiesta en la Plaza.

Dancing to their cultural rhythms

Cecilia Casillas-Runtsch danced a lot when she was growing up in Mexico. She liked dancing, but said she would have joined in regardless, even if she had hated it. “Dancing is a big part of life ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Fiesta en la Plaza attendees bid on wine and other items in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. The annual event is a fundraiser for Lutheran Community Services.

Fiesta fights back against climate of fear

Few people in McMinnville know what it’s like to live in constant fear that government forces will pluck them from their families and lock them up in preparation for deportation. However, McMinnville ...

Mathewson: Are ag changes to blame for bobwhites' disappearance?

On the opening day of pheasant season in 1956, my father and I flushed a covey of bobwhite quail near Silverton. Having moved from Virginia that same year, we were heartened to find a bird so beloved back ...

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The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming!

The aliens are coming, and so are the alien-lovers, both those who find unidentified flying objects whimsical and fascinating and those who make a serious scientific study of otherworldly phenomena. McMinnville’s ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Nadya King, left, and Terra Stein paint in a section of Sepha Nisbet s Witness Tree in the Currents Back Door Studio in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Nurturing creativity

Everyone can be creative, according to Sepha Nisbet, artist, teacher and catalyst for others’ creativity. “I want to spark fire in people,” said Nisbet, who refers to herself as a creative. ...

Greens & Beans: Sandwiches in many forms

Over the many years Americans have been enjoying sandwiches, certain classic combinations have come to almost define the subject. That’s fine and good, but it does make it easy to forget that a ...

Rohse: Giveaway makes for a wonderful day

I recently had a perfectly wonderful day — thanks to Friends of McMinnville Library. I went to their Giant Giveaway where 2,100 books were offered free. Take home as many as you want. Yours to keep. ...

Savvy Senior: Seeking help with the rigors of travel

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Do you know of any services that help seniors with the rigors of traveling? My youngest daughter is getting married in a few months and would love to have my 82-year old mother attend, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Patti Bobonich displays a wool and silk scarf at Currents Gallery. She sells a selection of her work at the downtown McMinnville shop.

Fiber rich

Knitting teacher Patti Bobonich was ready with plenty of pearls — or purls — of wisdom to share with students in a class this month at the McMinnville Senior Center. However, not enough people ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Mark Cooley’s low-maintenance landscape of trees, flowers and native plants was awarded the McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month honors for May. Cooley says the garden is still a work in progress.

Yard of Month: Easygoing approach to gardening pays off

Mark Cooley was surprised to learn he’d earned McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month honors for May, because he’s still very much in the construction phase. “We are ...

Image: Library of Congress##Forest Service fire lookout stations like this one were used by Aircraft Warning Service volunteers during the war. This one is on Suntop Mountain in Pierce County, Washington.

Offbeat Oregon: Eyes on the sky

One day, if you’re lucky, you might stumble across an interesting little item in the toy section while browsing through a thrift shop: a small hard-rubber toy airplane. This airplane will have no ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Ted and Lynne Desel both attended Linfield College. They returned to McMinnville when Ted became theater director at Linfield. Lynne opened the Linfield Preschool and served as its director.

Stopping By: A full, happy life

Ted and Lynne Desel had demanding schedules when they were working, he as a professor of speech and drama, she as director of the Linfield Preschool. They thought they were busy then. Now that they’re ...

Oregon State University##The YInMn pigment developed at OSU.

OSU hue inspires new crayon

By STEVE LUNDBERGOregon State University CORVALLIS — A blue pigment discovered at Oregon State University has inspired a new Crayola crayon color. The Pennsylvania company announced today that ...

Happy Tails: Eugene's downtown dog ban raises hackles

I may have mentioned in one of my recent columns that Happy Tails should not be viewed as a political forum. Please forget I said that. Although this week’s column has nothing to do with Democrats ...

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