McMinnville’s most influential artist never saw his work displayed in a local gallery, but his style is indelibly etched on the American consciousness. You know it when you see it. His characters, ...

 

 

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Book: A Certain Justice

In “A Certain Justice,” P.D. James gives readers richly drawn characters and a look at the internal workings (and complications) of the British legal system. She’s a master of the murder ...

 
Book: Job of the Wasp

Did I like “The Job of the Wasp,” Colin Winnette’s ghost story of a novel about a remote school for orphaned boys? Did I dislike it? More than a week after finishing the short book (191 ...

 
Book: The Leisure Seeker

With varying degrees of force, everyone tries to stop Ella and John Robina from taking one final cross-country vacation in their Leisure Seeker camper, the title character in Michael Zadoorian’s ...

 
Book: The Edge

What a pleasure it was to reread “The Edge,” one of my favorite novels by one of my favorite authors, the late Dick Francis. Francis generally sets his novels in the world of English horse ...

 
Book: The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

What’s the most frightening thing that can happen to a traveler, aside from a medical catastrophe or natural disaster? Likely, it’s losing your passport, identification and money, especially ...

 
Book: An Aegean April

Powerful entrepreneurs — you could call them “criminals” — have figured out a way to make loads of money off the refugees fleeing Syria and other countries via the Mediterranean ...

 
The Gunners / Rebecca Kauffman

I liked Rebecca Kauffman’s “The Gunners,” a story about lifelong friends who get together after several years to attend the funeral of one of their group. I really did. Not as much, ...

 
Book: Educated

In one of her first college classes, Tara Westover came upon a word she didn’t recognize in the description of a painting being projected onto a screen by her humanities professor. She raised her ...

 
Book: The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter

When she and her husband were having their house built, Ingrid told the contractor to omit the shower stall listed on the bathroom plans. A tub would suffice, she figured, and there would be plenty of ...

 
Donut King / Ted Ngoy

Don’t expect recipes when you pick up Ted Ngoy’s memoir, “The Donut King.” And don’t assume a light-hearted romp, either. Ngoy, who fled his native Cambodia because of the ...

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An illustrated history

McMinnville’s most influential artist never saw his work displayed in a local gallery, but his style is indelibly etched on the American consciousness. You know it when you see it. His characters, ...

 
Stopping By: See for yourself

Artist Adam Rupniewski finds creative stimulation in places and things, in music and prose, in reality and in dreams. The latter sparked much of the work he’s currently showing at the McMinnville ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Scientists, historians solve mystery of 17th century ‘Beeswax Wreck’

Since the beginning of European settlement along the Oregon Coast, people have wondered about the source of the mysterious chunks of beeswax that were continually turning up there. It seemed there was ...

Valley View to host air show, cars, music

A bomber will fly over the Valley View Concerts, Car & Air Show on Saturday, Aug. 11, and drop its payload on the crowd. But don’t worry — this radio-controlled bomber will be dropping ...

Rohse: Famous Champoeg was later forgotten

History did not play fairly in its dealings with Champoeg. Champoeg in the 1800s was an important settlement on the Willamette River, south of Newberg, on the north end of French Prairie. Most of the ...

Savvy Senior: Retirement planning for single women

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What retirement planning tips can you recommend to single women? I’m 54 and divorced with a teenage daughter and very little saved for retirement. — Financially Behind It’s ...

 
Playing it for laughs

Cassandra Schwanke may have to improvise a bit when she takes the stage in McMinnville for Gigglefest, a four-week series of sketch comedy shows premiering this week. The actor and writer is pregnant. ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Fierce debate over McMinnville UFO sighting continues today

Evelyn and Paul Trent lived on a farm between Sheridan and McMinnville in the years just after the Second World War. They were, by all accounts, just-plain-folks — good neighbors, solid citizens ...

Gallery offers three shows in 'Kaleidoscope'

Gallery Theater’s seventh-annual “Kaleidoscope” readers’ theater festival will open tonight with an original play by local playwright Norm Tognazzini. After performances ...

Castlemen Quartet offers concerts

Young chamber music artists and international faculty of the Castleman Quartet Program will present four free programs during their summer-in-residence at Linfield College. Each performance will start ...

 
Yamhill County Fair promises Blue Ribbon Dreams

With big-name entertainers, a rodeo, demolition derby, a wide range of vendors, carnival rides and all sorts of animals, vegetables and creative displays, this year’s Yamhill County Fair promises ...

 
Stopping By: Friend of the fair

As a youngster in La Grande, Alice Howell loved entering the county fair.  Her family had a large garden, and she and her two brothers marked off smaller squares for their 4-H plots. At fair time, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Flying saucer stories got start in Pendleton

If you were getting ready to take a UFO-themed road trip around the western U.S., there are several places that would naturally be at the top of the list. There’s Roswell, New Mexico, of course. ...

Rohse: Do you have a 'Philosophy of Life"?

Always, I have been interested in philosophy and wanted to learn more about it. My four years at Monument High did not add any learning in that regard. At college, I hoped to at least take Philosophy ...

Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers diabetes treatment

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, How well does Medicare cover diabetes? I’m 66 years old and was recently told by my doctor that I have pre-diabetes. If it progresses to full-fledged diabetes what can I expect ...

 
'The story of our people'

Long before he began working at the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center, Travis Stewart was a student atttending Grand Ronde Elementary School. His fifth-grade self would have been amazed that ...

 
Friends collaborate on dystopian novel

As Maliha Khan and Kathryn Sinor hang out on their days off, laughing together or posing for silly photos, they seem like a typical pair of best friends entering adulthood. No one would suspect ...

 
Stopping By: Sewing circle

Picture the center circle of a basketball court. Now picture it made of cloth and covered with Oregon highlights: lighthouses along the coast, Multnomah Falls, Native American symbols, Crater Lake, the ...

Carlson: Bringing service dogs within reach

After writing this column for many years, I occasionally reflect on the adjectives readers may use to describe it, should the subject ever come up. Amusing, hopefully. Informative, now and again. And perhaps, ...

Rohse: Many diseases left blessedly in the past

Do you know how lucky you are to live in this century, in Yamhill County, in the state of Oregon, in the United States of America? Imagine living in the Middle Ages during the time of the Black Death ...


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