Marcus Larson/News-Register##Benita Cole and Xena enjoy living in McMinnville, where a sunny bedroom serves as the artist’s studio.

Stopping By: With an artist's eye

Busy with her technology job, artist Benita Cole didn’t paint much for a few years. Then, when she tried again, her paintings didn’t meet her expectations. “I thought I couldn’t ...

Submitted photo##Marc Price will perform his stand-up act Saturday in McMinnville.

Forever Skippy: ‘Family Ties’ actor brings his comedy act to Mac

Long before he portrayed nerdy neighbor Skippy Handelman on “Family Ties” — in fact, before he could talk — actor and comedian Marc Price was in show business. He was a ...

Rohse: The stories cemeteries can tell

On Memorial Day, when you take flowers to the cemetery and remember your loved ones, take time also to listen to the stories told to you by that cemetery. Oh, the stories these cemeteries tell. And what ...

Happy Tails: Many dog owners, one dog park and pet peeves galore

Emotions ran high during an April meeting in McMinnville to discuss “issues” at the Riverside Dog Park, as this newspaper has already reported in somewhat painful detail. Kudos to the Parks ...

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 ...

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