There are a few times — not many, but a few — when Joy Laudahl would like to club certain horse owners over the head and ship them off to the glue factory. Inevitably, the better angels of ...

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Book: Something Blue

Judy, the narrator of “Something Blue,” is one of those characters readers will simply love. She’s a strong woman who deals gracefully with some pretty awful situations — but in ...

DVD: Selma

Maybe you were there, or watched it on TV while it was happening. Or you may have learned about it in history class. There is no doubt denying the dramatic and inspirational power of the story ...

Book: Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham?

  Who’s afraid of Virginia ham? Certainly not Chas Wheatley, food critic at the Washington Examiner, who’s open to eating all parts of the pig prepared every which way. But country ...

DVD: Lonesome Dove

Not content to while away their last days on their isolated ranch in sleepy Lonesome Dove, former Texas rangers Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) decide to move their cattle ...

BOOK: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Here's the perfect read for the beginning of the hot-weather holiday season — not just because it's called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," but also because it's quick, it's easy to put down and ...

DVD: Chinatown

Private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by a woman he believes to be the wife of Hollis Mulwray, chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, to catch Mulwray in an affair. ...

DVD: Boyhood

“Boyhood” is a three-hour epic charting the evolution of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from young boy to young man in Texas. The movie’s conceit is that its filming stretched more than 10 years, ...

Book: Live Flesh

No one is better at the psychological thriller than British author Ruth Rendell. “Live Flesh” — the term refers to an involuntary movement, such as a facial tic — does ...

Book: Piece of Work

I'm still not all that sure I like the protagonist in "Piece of Work." Julia is so, so self-absorbed and so, so clueless about that. But I like that the novel provides an intimate look at several worlds ...

Book: That Old Ace in the Hole

Annie Proulx's writing is more about characters than plot. She describes people and places so well -- and, even better, so differently, drawing comparisons that are so unique. In "That Old Ace in the Hole," ...

Features

Stopping By: Good pointe

At age 12, Mia Audova left everything familiar — her home in Lafayette, her classroom at Patton Middle School, her family — in order to pursue her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Only ...

All creatures great and small

There are a few times — not many, but a few — when Joy Laudahl would like to club certain horse owners over the head and ship them off to the glue factory. Inevitably, the better angels of ...

Offbeat Oregon: Sandy police chief was executed for murder

Back in 1948, the small Oregon town of Sandy had a problem. Its police chief, W.C. Stoneman, had resigned due to illness. And after a search, the city administrators had started to realize Stoneman had ...

Hardy: Feelings and other freaky things

Eight years ago, I spent two days in a stuffy room full of other pregnant mamas and their birthing partners, learning the ins and outs of, well, getting the baby in my belly out into the world.  That ...

Fun days for the kids in Carlton

CARLTON — Children squealed with glee as they rushed to pick up candy on the sidewalks of Carlton. It was thrown from floats, trucks and hot rods by some of their elders. The Newberg Old Fashioned ...

It promises to be a bang-up Fourth in Willamina

WILLAMINA — There promises to be plenty of snap, crackle and pop in the air during Willamina’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, and July 3 will bring some sizzle, too. Starting at ...

Lafayette to mark Fourth with parade, activities

LAFAYETTE — A children’s parade and other activities are planned Saturday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day. The annual festival will start at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast ...

Rohse: Snails’ slow march to garden conquest

In my yard, there is no evidence of a war — no tanks, no bomb craters, no armed militia. Nonetheless, it is a battlefield. The common garden snail and I are at war. I fear I am losing. Every morning, ...

Wine exhibit on view at Linfield

“Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine,” a traveling exhibition on display at Linfield College, celebrates Oregon wine and the people who make it. The exhibit is curated by the Oregon Historical ...

Fireworks will light Mac skies

For the first time in five years, fireworks will light the skies over McMinnville on the Fourth of July. The free sky show will begin at dusk in the area of the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Booths ...

It promises to be a bang-up Fourth in Willamina

WILLAMINA — There promises to be plenty of snap, crackle and pop in the air during Willamina’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, and July 3 will bring some sizzle, too. Starting at ...

Greens & Beans: Fruit, spices add zip to summer sipping

When temperatures sizzle, cold drinks become welcome, and it’s nice to have a variety to select from. On the other hand, I don’t really want to suddenly add an overload of sugar to my diet, ...

Lafayette to mark Fourth with parade, activities

LAFAYETTE — A children’s parade and other activities are planned Saturday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day. The annual festival will start at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast ...

Drums of Fire: a musical crusade comes to town

Thursday night’s “Drums of Fire” event would probably be the hottest ticket in town even if it weren’t happening during the first heat wave of summer. The Oregon Crusaders, a Portland-based ...

More than a diagnosis

Project ABLE clients face mental health challenges with a little help from their friends

Happy Tails: Dogs in workplace bring employment benefits

You can thank Modern Dog magazine for reminding me that today is Take Your Dog to Work Day all across this glorious continent. I find it somewhat ironic that Take Your Dog to Work Day was the brainchild ...

Seniors socialize, exercise

Senior exercise leader Hilda Farris spends every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the McMinnville Community Center. Her free, drop-in class for the 50-and-up set runs 9:30 to 11 a.m. But she arrives a ...

Stopping By: Dance leader retiring anew

Partway through a recent senior exercise class, the recorded music switches to a sensual Latin beat. Seniors tap their feet to “The Macarena,” a popular dance tune that tells the story of ...

Fun planned in Carlton on June 26-27

CARLTON — While Carlton residents surely think every day is fun, they’ll go all-out to celebrate Fun Days on June 26 and 27. The city’s annual festival draws locals, people who happen ...

Tickets available for Sunday's garden tour

Five private gardens will be on display Sunday, June 28, during the McMinnville Garden Club’s annual tour. Visitors can tour the gardens at their leisure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 ...


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