Rockne Roll/News-Register##Idalis Nieves, on the steps of Linfield College’s Pioneer Hall, is hoping to revitalize her Harry Potter-themed club this year.

Harry Potter fan keeps the magic alive

Obsecro et gratias tibi! The key to casting a spell, as any good student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry understands, is knowing the magic words. While Linfield College doesn’t have ...

Image: UO Libraries##Early coverage of the Sidney and Barbara Smith murders in the Albany State Rights Democrat took Sidney’s brother Thomas at his word. By the following week’s issue, though, the story had changed.

Offbeat Oregon: Frontier murder case more complicated than it appeared

One year after the Civil War ended, a double murder happened in Linn County. And it was one of those stories that seems to peel away like an onion, layer by layer, or like one of those Russian nesting ...

Comedy competition set for Mac Club

Beginning and experienced comedians have until Sunday, Sept. 24, to apply for the Western Oregon Comedy Competition in McMinnville. The competition will be narrowed down to 12 comedians and will be held ...

Faculty recital features assistant professor

Johnandrew Slominski, assistant professor of music at Linfield College and internationally acclaimed pianist and recording artist, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in the Richard and Lucille Ice ...

Short plays open Linfield theater season

Linfield College will open its 98th theater season with “An Evening of Short Plays” by Lauren Gunderson Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 21-23. The quartet of plays will start at 7:30 p.m. ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Jessica Whiting, here with Annabelle the donkey, has loved animals since childhood and has taken in a variety of species on her farm near Carlton. She says being with them is like therapy.

Stopping By: A calling for caring

Since her aunt Greta and great-aunt Lillian were nurses, it was inevitable, perhaps, that people asked young Jessica Whiting if she planned to enter nursing. She didn’t. She considered nurses “strong ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A view of the Linfield Wellness Trail near the college’s library, where farm equipment plowed up some of the barkdust path. College officials said the trail will be smoothed and restored.

Wellness Trail to be repaired

The News-Register staff Wellness Trail to be repaired Walkers and joggers using the Linfield College Wellness Trail had a shock last week when they discovered sections of the loop had been torn up. The ...

'Treasures' to feature quilts and collectibles

  Whether they are carefully wrapped and stored or used daily, your special possessions can be evaluated at Treasures in the Attic, the Yamhill County Historical Society's annual celebration ...

Happy Tails: Project Pooch makes profound difference

It has been well over two decades since I brought home an adorable and, yes, mischievous basset hound puppy we named Menehune. She would become my first therapy dog, and she led me down a path, at a basset ...

Rohse: The many trials of the Oregon Trail

Luckily, I was not a pioneer wife who had to pack for the Oregon Trail, which from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City was about 2,000 miles, required about a year of preparation and planning, and might ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Newby Elementary School kindergartner Maddox Schmidt high-fives teacher Rachel Sundquist as the class wraps up breakfast on the first day of school Tuesday. Sharing a bite to eat served as a way to ease into the first day of school.

A day of firsts

Wearing still-white athletic shoes and new pants and dresses, or fashionably ripped jeans and cool sandals, students poured into schools Tuesday eager to start the 2017-18 academic year. They chatted about ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The grown up Scout, who goes by her full name, Jean Louise (Meridith Symons), narrates the story of her childhood in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The verdict is in: Gallery's 'Mockingbird' well worth seeing

A mockingbird goes about its business, singing a cheerful tune. That leads Atticus Finch to tell his children, “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” — in other words, to hurt ...

Image: Western Oregon University##State Treasurer Bob Straub looks out over Nestucca Spit as a construction worker in a tractor works on some preliminary road construction, circa 1966.

Offbeat Oregon: How Bob Straub kept Highway 101 off the beach

Tom McCall was a smart, articulate man, and not easy to swindle. But Glenn “Mr. Oregon” Jackson was, by all accounts, even smarter — and he had something he wanted from McCall. Which ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Curator Terry Juran, left, and volunteers Allen Herkamp and Kirk McFarland pore over photo albums that belonged to Arlene Johnsen, a flight attendant killed in the explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996.

THE STUFF OF HISTORY: The curator: Creating exhibits that educate and enthrall

When Curator Terry Juran looks across the floor of the Evergreen Aviation Museum, he sees much more than a collection of aircraft. He sees a collection of stories. Stories of the development of flight, ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Evergreen Aviation Museum Collection Manager Mickey Anderson pulls U.S. Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak’s mess dress uniform from a protective bag. The museum plans a McPeak exhibit.

THE STUFF OF HISTORY: The acquisitions department: Volunteers archive tens of thousands of objects; many more await

To find uniforms and photographs and documents to flesh out Evergreen Museum’s exhibits, curator Terry Juran doesn’t have to look far. Thousands of those items are already carefully documented ...

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