Melody Frederic spends a lot of time around plants — to the point of turning just a little green sometimes. It’s all part of her job as a National Park Service biologist. She admits to feeling ...

 

 

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Book: Grocery

“Grocery” is many things besides being, as readers will expect, an examination of the way supermarkets work and their history. It’s also a well-reported look at our food system as a ...

 
Book: Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” is a laugh-out-loud-funny novel that’s also both touching and deeply serious. It makes me want to seek out Australian author Liane Moriarty’s other books — ...

 
Book: Broadchurch

The novel “Broadchurch” is a bit of an oddity. It started as a beloved British TV series of the same name, then was twisted into book form by excellent mystery writer Erin Kelly. The TV version ...

 
Book: The Welsh Girl

Peter Ho Davies provides insight into a culture that’s little known to Americans in “The Welsh Girl,” a novel of historical fiction set during World War II. Many of us look at the map ...

 
Book: Universal Harvester

Novelist John Darnielle has given us a strange and spooky book in “Universal Harvester.” Readers may never know quite what the characters are doing in this story, which stretches over a decade ...

 
Book: He Said/She Said

As you read “He Said/She Said,” you may start to expect Laura and Kit and their twins to show up in McMinnville this August. They travel regularly, after all, following solar eclipses. Kit ...

 
Review: Boy Erased

Garrard Conley, author of this disturbing and enlightening memoir, grew up in the Missionary Baptist Church, a sect that takes the Bible literally. The church is a central part of his extremely conservative ...

 
Book: Darling, I'm Going to Charlie

Small, but with great impact, this 127-page memoir takes its title from the words artist Georges Wolinski calls out to his wife, writer Maryse Wolinski, as he leaves their Paris apartment Wednesday, Jan. ...

 
Book: Cat With a Clue

Consider that as I try to type this, my Grady is standing between me and my computer screen, demanding a toll of some Whiskas Temptations. Consider that I'm reaching into the shelves below the desk to ...

 
Book: The Boy is Back

A decade ago, Reed Stewart fled the scene of an accident. He and his girlfriend, Becky Flowers, took a tipsy prom night joyride in a golf cart and ended up in the country club pool. Reed’s father, ...

Features

 
Offbeat Oregon: Cape Foulweather Lighthouse was built on the wrong headland

Sometime in the late 1860s, a sailing ship hove to just off the Oregon coast, near the mouth of Yaquina Bay. This ship was full of building materials. Its mission was to land those materials on Cape Foulweather ...

 
Biologist puts science in sci-fi

Melody Frederic spends a lot of time around plants — to the point of turning just a little green sometimes. It’s all part of her job as a National Park Service biologist. She admits to feeling ...

 
Blue mood? Fun Days can cure

CARLTON — The theme of this year’s Fun Days celebration may be “Carlton’s Got the Blues,” but that’s simply a reference to the music. Festival-goers’ moods will ...

 
Happy Tails: Pup will be happier at home when the heat rises

This is the time of year when I stop complaining about how wet and cold it’s been and start complaining about how dry and hot it is. I’ll grant you that while I write this it is an absolutely ...

 
Rohse: Tale of witch trials remains fascinating

The Witchcraft Trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, represented a grim chapter in American history. More than 200 were accused of practicing witchcraft; 20 were executed by hanging or other unbelievably ...

Garden Tour tickets available

Five local gardens will be featured in the McMinnville Garden Club’s 17th annual tour on Sunday, June 25. Participants will be able to visit five private gardens to see plants, landscaping and other ...

 
Stopping By: One of a kin

A very special scarecrow greets visitors to Rhonda Robins’ McMinnville garden. Tall and smiling, the scarecrow resembles her late father, Milt, who joined her mother, Ruth, in starting the garden. ...

Breakfast, helicopter contest Sunday

Whether you drive your modern car or vintage ride, or arrive by plane, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal at Sunday’s annual McMinnville Lions Drive-in, Fly-in Breakfast. The fundraising event ...

 
Preserved in a state of Grace

Taxidermist Jesse Grace masters the art of bringing dead animals back to some semblance of life

 
Yard of the Month: A family tradition

In what is proving somewhat of a family tradition, Teresa Brandon’s tract at 3179 N.E. Becky Court has earned the McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month honors for June.  “I’m ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Oregon Gov. Geer is state’s “patron saint of bike commuters”

In recent years, bicycle commuting has had something of a resurgence in Oregon, especially true in urban areas, where you’ll see these hard-bodied, Lycra-clad road warriors in all kinds of crazy ...

 
Stopping By: Tending the Castle garden

The “grandfather tree,” a venerable Douglas fir so large it would take at least half a dozen children to link their hands around it, stands watch over the Castle place. So do an array of native ...

 
Sheridan Days brings big fun to small town

SHERIDAN — There will be a distinct Sheridan School District flavor to Sheridan Days 2017. The 19th annual celebration will be held Thursday, June 15, through Sunday, June 18. “Small ...

 
Greens & Beans: Fresh flavors abound this time of year

Garlic scapes are in season now, along with green garlic, providing some lovely opportunities to enjoy this pungent herb in milder forms. Minced in an omelet or a salad or over a casserole, or sauteed ...

 
Rohse: Prunes were once a treasure of local ag

When we have no gold fields to prospect, we look elsewhere for gold. For a time, Yamhill County farmers counted on prunes for that wealth. It is true that the prune was well known for its laxative effect, ...

Museum marks Father’s Day

A World War II B-17 bomber will be featured along with other aircraft at the annual Father’s Day event at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday ...

Coastal Hills tour issues call to artists

WILLAMINA — The call to artists for this year’s 26th annual Willamina Coastal Hills Art Tour will continue through Monday, July 31. The tour is scheduled Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and ...

 
Taking it to the streets

Yamhill County prides itself on premium wining and dining experiences, but one of its four-star chefs is tucked away in an unexpected niche. He’s serving hot dogs out of a street cart in downtown ...

 
Tangleboxing treasure hunt opens in area parks

Yamhill County residents can search for hidden treasure in area parks this summer, the 12th year of the popular Tangleboxing program. In Tangleboxing, participants follow clues to find hidden “treasure” ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Famous swindler got soapy start in Oregon

Aug. 1, 1882. On a sunny streetcorner in the middle of the rough-hewn, stump-strewn frontier town of Portland, a fresh-faced, wholesome-looking 22-year-old fellow named Jefferson Smith, nattily attired, ...


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