Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ashley Allen leads her Memorial Elementary School class in a math exercise. She and other McMinnville educators say developing relationships with students is the key to good teaching.

Stopping By: For noted teachers, caring is the key

When it comes to education, there's something more important than math books or field trips or the number of minutes spent in P.E. class; more important than breakfast in the classroom, up-to-date technology ...

Rohse: Bullfighting a long, bloody tradition

During World War II, Homer was stationed at several different air bases in New Mexico, where the weather facilitated the practice of bombing missions. Several of the small Mexican border towns nearby ...

Savvy Senior: How to choose an estate sale company

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Can you provide some tips on how to choose a good estate sale company who can sell all the leftover items in my mother’s house? Inquiring Daughter Savvy Senior Jim ...

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##Fred Graff loves the deep, resonant sound of the baritone saxophone. He also plays tenor, alto and soprano sax.

Stopping By: All that jazz

CARLTON — Fred Graff plays all sorts of instruments, from harmonica and accordion to low brass and reeds. But saxophones are closest to his heart — and his voice. He plays all four ...

News-Register file photo##The UFO Parade attracts crowds of humans and other beings each year.

UFO Festival: The greening of McMinnville

Aliens, and a whole lot of human visitors, will be landing in McMinnville Thursday through Sunday for the 19th annual UFO Festival. The event offers something for everyone and everything, whether you're ...

George Knapp

UFO Festival: A life immersed in the paranormal

George Knapp, investigative journalist and weekend host of Coast to Coast A.M., doesn’t do a lot of speaking engagements anymore. But he said he couldn’t resist accepting another invitation ...

Rohse: This rider wants a saddle, please

I love to ride horseback — but, please, please, may I have a saddle? I’ll ride double, if I must, but I surely don’t enjoy it as much as if I have my own saddle. And bareback riding ...

Happy Tails: Pudgy pooch? Try counting calories

Not too long ago, I was bemoaning the fact that there were getting to be a few pounds too many of my darling Corgi, Fiddlesticks. I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I am going to assume that ...

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 ...

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