Marcus Larson/News-Register##Zach Hixson, pictured  in the workspace at his McMinnville home, is planning to open a new studio on Fourth Street next week.

Skyscape painter: His business is looking up

The rooms of McMinnville’s newest hotel will feature original paintings by local artist Zach Hixson, which is more than Hixson can say about the rooms in his own home. Although Hixson makes ...

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Offbeat Oregon: Was Joe Drake a murderer, or just an innocent patsy?

On April 1, 1884, an event occurred that probably should have tipped 25-year-old woodcutter Joseph Drake off that bad things were coming his way: His neighbor, David Swartz, filed for divorce ...

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Mathewson: Not everyone's impressed by Steller's

If you walk out our back door and over about an acre of field, you will come to the treeline bordering Salt Creek. Then walk through the woods to the edge of the creek. If it is summer, there are places ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Willamette Valley Medical Center’s lead chaplain, Hailey O’Keif, in the hospital’s chapel. She said she offers comfort to people of all faiths and those who aren’t religious; the chapel is open to everyone, as well.

Called to offer comfort

Just around the corner from Chaplain Hailey O'Keif's office is Willamette Valley Medical Center's chapel, an intimate room designed to be a sanctuary for those who want to pray, as well as those ...

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PHOTOS: Celebrating a local delicacy

As part of the annual Oregon Truffle Festival, Newberg’s Ruddick/Wood hosted a rustic four-course truffle-themed meal Friday night. The weekend-long festival also included dinners at Joel Palmer ...

Rohse: Today's history lesson: Pike, Oregon

It’s time for today’s history lesson. The subject is Pike. Some of today’s residents may neither have visited Pike nor ever heard of it. It is located near the confluence of the North ...

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Carlson: Good food that won't break the bank

Ah, February — the month of valentines, presidents and Whole Dog Journal’s review of the gazillion different dried dog foods available on the market. I have discussed this topic many times ...

Savvy Senior: Getting started with online dating sites

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers? I’m 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new friend to spend time with. Lonely Linda Savvy Senior Jim ...

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A line of Tillamook Guerilla Rifle Club members practice taking up a battle position behind a berm in March 1942, in this photo by an Oregon Journal photographer.

Offbeat Oregon: If Japan had invaded, the Tillamook Guerillas were ready

Early 1942 was a really nerve-racking time to be an Oregonian — especially if you lived on the coast. The United States had just gone to war against a country that was already famous for being able ...

Rockne Roll / News-Register##Lucy Huffine works three days a week to maintain the county’s law library.

The letter of the law

Librarian keeps an often solitary watch over county’s legal books

Rohse: Animal intelligence is most impressive

Whoever thought up the phrase “dumb animals” should be ashamed. He did not know whereof he spoke. Anyone who has had a pet, lived on a farm or ranch, or has hunted or fished, knows of the ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Gail Lee, pictured here in her McMinnville home with some of the many awards she’s won as an agronomist, extension agent and educator.

Stopping By: Journey of rediscovery

For some, the trip of a lifetime might involve tropical beaches and palm trees. For others, it might be a cruise down the Danube, a climb up the Great Wall or an expedition into the Amazon jungle. For ...

Savvy Senior: Addressing depression in retirement

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I’m concerned that he’s depressed, even though he may not admit it. Where can ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Parent volunteer Jacque Lambert enjoys playtime with student Elliot Seaton at the McMinnville Cooperative Playschool, housed in the community center. In keeping with the day’s paleontology theme, tools sized for small hands were provided so children could excavate plastic dinosaurs and other objects from the sand.

The power of play

A group of intrepid paleontologists sifts for bones in the sand to get a clearer understanding of Earth's ancient past. The work requires an intense concentration that can be hard to ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lance Morrison paints in a freestanding studio near his Yamhill home. Above, he’s seen with some of his atmospheric paintings of hummingbirds.

Stopping By: In the details

YAMHILL — When his daughter, Haley, turned 16, Lance Morrison decided to capture her essence in a painting. He’s a professional artist, after all, so it’s what he does best. Almost ...

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