Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Hallie Simmons, Kenady McCloskey, Amaya Williams and Allie Hargis enjoy a quick — and exciting — ride on the Extreme Scream attraction last year at the Turkey Rama carnival.

Chamber serves up a leaner Turkey Rama festival

Last week’s relatively cool Fourth of July may be followed by significantly higher temps this weekend for McMinnville’s annual summer bash, Turkey Rama, which kicks off Thursday, July 12, and ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Jerome Blankenship concentrates on repainting one of the city of McMinnville signs carved by his father, the late Gerry Blankenship.

Stopping By: Signs of respect

Jerome Blankenship grew up watching his father, Gerry Blankenship, learn to design and carve signs, then post his creations at the entrances to cities, wineries and other sites all over Yamhill County ...

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Lavendar Festival will flower in Newberg

NEWBERG — The scent of lavender will fill the air Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, during the annual Willamete Valley Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 6 ...

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Happy Tails: Think you understand your dog's language? Think again

My husband often finds interesting stuff for me to cogitate on out there in Internet land. This morning, I awoke to find an e-mail with a link from him in my inbox. It opened to a website called “The ...

Rohse: Humans feel the need for speed

Speed could, perhaps, be called our Public Enemy No. 1. All of us battle that enemy. We’re driving down the highway, already late for a meeting, already exceeding the speed limit, but we press down ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Volunteer Rachael Krebs checks Shelia Fisher’s blood pressure. Until her visit to the McMinnville Free Clinic, Fisher hadn’t seen a doctor in 20 years.

McMinnville Free Clinic: There to care

Mimi Devlin was laid off from her job in Washington state in November. She could have continued her health insurance through COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, which requires ...

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife##Western gray squirrel.

Mathewson: 'Silver gray' a standout squirrel among Oregon's native species

Oregon has four species of native tree squirrels: the Douglas or chickaree (not to be confused with the Douglas ground squirrel, commonly called a gray digger); the Western gray, often called a silver ...

Image: Horner/Gazette-Times##Abigail Scott Duniway as she appeared in the late 1800s.

Offbeat Oregon: Abigail Scott Duniway thought she'd be remembered for novels

Abigail Scott Duniway is a name that’s very familiar to most Oregon history buffs. She was a pioneer, a journalist, a newspaper editor, and a tireless advocate for women’s suffrage. All of ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Participants in this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser walk around the Patton Middle School track as the sun sets. This year’s event ran from noon to midnight Saturday, June 23.

Walking with purpose

Bailie Maxwell was 7 years old in 1996 when she was playing soccer at Joe Dancer Park and suddenly felt a sharp pain in her side. “I just thought I was drinking water too fast,” she said. Her ...

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Museum hosts Mac’s Fourth of July festivities

Fireworks will light the skies over McMinnville Wednesday night in celebration of Independence Day. The Fourth of July event, centered at the Evergreen museums, also will include family activities, food ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Three-year-old Mia Brown enjoys a ride on Blizzard the pony during Baby Animal Day at Buchanan Cellers in May. Palanuk Enterprises near Grand Ronde is taking its ponies to several regional events this summer, including next week’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration in Willamina.

Giddy-up: Ponies a popular Willamina Fourth attraction

WILLAMINA — Kathleen Palanuk will return to the Willamina Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration this year. She’ll bring some close friends with her as she’s done in the past. There ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Youngberg Hill owner Wayne Bailey inspects vines in the Jordan Block of his vineyard.

Stopping By: Nature and nurture

Wayne Bailey is a farmer, first and foremost. He learned to love and respect the land while growing up in Iowa, where he helped his father run a 450-acre farm. They grew corn, oats, soybeans and ...

Submitted photo##The Pearls from Vancouver, Washing-ton, will perform Western swing and Americana July 17 as part of the outdoor Summer Concert Series held at Linfield.

Plenty of live music to be enjoyed this summer

The music industry has undergone a full evolution from product-based to experience-based. CD album sales and MTV have taken a back seat to streaming services and YouTube. Independent artists receive ...

Rohse: Baskett Slough is a peaceful refuge

Several years ago, when we often took Sunday afternoon drives, one of our favorites was to Baskett Slough, a wildlife refuge 10 miles west of Salem. The refuge was named for George J. Baskett who in October, ...

Happy Tails: Cute to a fault

I heard a very disturbing story in the news recently; you probably did, too. A French Bulldog puppy died in flight after the attendant insisted that the owner put the dog in the overhead compartment. The ...

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