Marcus Larson/News-Register##Amber Hayes, left, performs near the corner of Third and Cowls streets in McMinnville with Dusty Daleo and Yusuf Kilgore, fellow members of the Speakeasy Jazz Cats. Hayes said she hopes to earn enough money through street performing to return to New Orleans.

The cool shades of Amber

A powerful voice emanates from Amber Hayes’ petite frame. It’s a voice that can shake the rafters. That’s because Hayes embodies the spirit of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah ...

Image: UO Libraries##This illustration accompanied a 1915 article about the beeswax shipwreck in the Portland Sunday Oregonian.

Offbeat Oregon: Is beeswax just the beginning?

Buried somewhere in the sands off Nehalem Spit is Oregon’s oldest known shipwreck — and it’s a wreck that may be a genuine treasure ship. The wreck has become known as the “Beeswax ...

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Ingo Nehls, a native of Germany, came to the U.S. to learn to fly helicopters, then started an aerial tour business. He runs Konect Aviation with his wife, Holly.

Holiday Traditions: Toy planes from the 'Christmas Man'

If Santa wanted to scope out the rooftops and chimneys of Yamhill County, he’d do well to call helicopter pilot Ingo Nehls. Nehls, who owns Konect Aviation with his wife, Holly, specializes in leading ...

United States Forest Service image##The General Patch Bridge was built during the Oregon Maneuver.

Rohse: When 'war' came to the High Desert

More than 70 years ago, east of the Cascades in Oregon’s High Desert — sagebrush and juniper country — something strange was afoot. Something very strange. Cattle ranchers sensed it. ...

Carlson: The evolution of dog training

Has been a slow news season in the dog reporting business, and this particular columnist is desperately scrambling for something to write about (any ideas you have about an aspect of pet care I haven’t ...

Savvy Senior: Creating a safe home for aging in place

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help ...

Linfield students to perform 'Fantasticks'

The Linfield Music Department will present the classic 1960s musical “The Fantasticks” on Sunday, Dec. 11. The free performance will start at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Connie Foster sews a garland for her outdoor Christmas tree, which will be on display during the Soroptimists’ annual holiday home tour. She also made a tablecloth and quilts for the event.

In the spirit of Christmas, friendship

Connie Foster’s McMinnville home is filled with spirit this season. The spirit of giving. The spirit of friendship. The spirit of Christmas. “Every room reminds me of new friends,” ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##In Gallery Theater’s “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie (Connor Frost) fantasizes about how sorry his family (John Hamilton, Will Sandburg and Cathy Willoughby) would be if he went blind from soap poisoning.

Review: 'Christmas Story' aims for the heart

You’ll get a warm, nostalgic feeling from “A Christmas Story,” Gallery Theater’s live version of the film that’s become a must-see holiday classic. Fans of the film will ...

Image: F.J.D. John##Ward’s Butte as seen from the main intersection in Plainview, looking southward on Manning Road. Dave West’s farm was near the foot of the butte.

Offbeat Oregon: Prohibition liquor raid went horribly wrong

On a broad flat stretch of the Willamette Valley floor, just across the freeway from the town of Shedd, lies a little cluster of buildings and a Mennonite church — all that remains of the little ...

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Greens & Beans: Fixing up all of fall's edible cliches

National Eat Pie for Breakfast Day was duly celebrated in our house Nov. 25, with cold, creamy pumpkin pie and steaming hot bowls of cream of wheat. These foods go together better than you may have suspected. ...

Savvy Senior: How much you'll pay for Medicare in 2017

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our ...

Several Linfield groups to perform in concert

The Linfield College Department of Music will host a fall chamber music concert at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. A woodwind quintet, brass quartet, cello ensemble and pianists will play during the free program ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kim and Nick Walton of Flag & Wire Coffee, pictured at their shop in the Granary District in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Running a good race

Coffee is more than a beverage to Nick and Kim Walton, proprietors of Flag & Wire Coffee house, roastery and distributorship in McMinnville’s Granary District.  It’s a way to bring ...

Rohse: How we suffered with the sinners in confession mags

Confession magazines were the favorite reading for us high school gals in Monument when I was then going to school — and never was one of those copies thrown away. That was during the Depression ...

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