Marcus Larson/News-Register##In the studio at his McMinnville home, Ralph Kraft uses a soldering iron to fuse together colored glass sections of a pig. Once the solder cools, the portrait is like one piece, he said.

Stopping By: Breaking into art

Piece by tiny piece, Ralph Kraft builds pigs and peacocks, roses and roosters, dancers and dragsters. He creates pictures of people and places as well, all rendered realistically and intricately in colored ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Wascher Elementary School first-grader Henry Spencer practices writing numbers as he shows his work during math class. The school has adopted the theme “Love of Learning” for the first quarter of the year.

At Wascher, students share love of learning

LAFAYETTE — While she loves learning in general, Jasmin Rain especially loves learning math. “It makes my brain get bigger,” said the Wascher School second-grader, who’s excited ...

##A hand-tinted postcard image of a fish wheel on the upper Columbia River with Beacon Rock in the background, circa 1920.

Offbeat Oregon: Fish wheels a legacy of a river once teeming with salmon

If you get out on the Columbia River in the more inland reaches — past the Beacon Rock area — you’ll often notice there are lines of rotting, weatherbeaten posts leading out into the ...

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An ex-smoker herself, Janice Primozich is passionate about helping others quit the habit. She taught smoking cessation programs for Kaiser Permanente for many years and now volunteers to teach classes for the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation.

Quitter. Winner.

Health educator Janice Primozich has a great deal of empathy for the students in her smoking cessation classes, as she knows how much suffering can accompany trying to quit. But she also knows how wonderful ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##The McMinnville City Hall building originally was the private residence of the Courtemanche family. L.A. Courtemanche was a prominent local businessman. Later, the home was used as a parsonage for the First Baptist Church before the city purchased it in the mid-1960s.

Rohse: City hall building worthy of admiration

I walk up the red brick pathway, in downtown McMinnville at Second and Cowls, and here I am at the door of McMinnville City Hall. I love our city hall. Every time I pass this imposing building, I admire ...

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Greens & Beans: Enjoying late summer's delicious bounty

Corn chowder with fried mushrooms and buttered toast is on the menu for supper tonight at our house, while a friend has plans for a hearty Italian soup featuring sausage, kale, cream, crushed red pepper ...

News-Register file photo##Monica Setziol-Phillips in her studio.

Sheridan artist to speak about 'creative spirit'

Sheridan artist Monica Setziol-Phillips will discuss “The Importance of Nurturing the Creative Spirit” in a lecture Sunday, Oct. 2, at the McMinnville First Presbyterian Church. The free program ...

Willamina hosts Harvest Festival

WILLAMINA — The third annual Harvest Festival, which promotes local artists, merchants, farmers, musicians and nonprofits, is slated to run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on the West Valley ...

Savvy Senior: Health advice for travelers

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: My husband and I are recently retired and would like to do some traveling both in the United States and abroad, but worry about health issues, such as insurance, finding a good hospital ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The Rev. Connie Crawford Lain in the Willamina Free Methodist Church kitchen. She is proud of the church’s commitment to feed the hungry.

Fighting the inferno

Pastors usually have many Bible verses ready when someone in their flock fears death. They might offer something from 2 Corinthians 5:8. “We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##David and Linda Johnson were incredulous when they won September Yard of the Month honors from the McMinnville Garden Club.

Yard of the Month: Couple's yard is a winner — no joke

Couple build up property with 10 truckloads of rocks “I thought it was a joke or something when I was told we won Yard of the Month,” David Johnson said, exclaiming, “I have weeds!” There ...

Image: Binford & Mort Publishers##This map of the Columbia River entrance, drawn by Harold C. Smith, appears in James Gibb’s book; each number corresponds to a shipwreck. The map shows the bar as it appeared after the jetties had been built and its shoalwater channels had been “tamed.”

Offbeat Oregon: 'Graveyard of the Pacific' was not easily tamed

On the morning of Sept. 18, 1853, the American bark Oriole was heavily laden with building materials and waiting for a favorable breeze to kick up so she could cross the Columbia River bar. Around noon ...

Linfield theater students perform one-acts

Linfield College will open its 97th theater schedule with “The Season Opening One-Acts,” three one-act performances, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 22-24. The collection of shows will start ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dan Hilbert designed his necktie and his furniture, as well as many unique clocks. This one, featuring various shades of orange, won a blue ribbon at Sheridan Days one year. It’s called “Clockwork Orange.”

Stopping By: Making time

Dan Hilbert deals in hands and faces, bevelled edges and beading, pendulums and precision movements. He makes time. Or, at least, designs devices that help us keep track of it.  “I want to ...

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Happy Tails: Walking the dog without tension

I happened to see a dog wearing a prong collar the other day, which isn’t exactly a notable thing except that I haven’t actually seen anyone use a prong collar in ages. With Gentle Leaders ...

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