WILLAMINA — Jack Scott says there are a lot of good people living in Willamina, and they have nothing but the best of intentions. “We have a strong business group, and a strong group ...

 

 

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Book: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

Rebecca Wells, known for her “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” continues her theme of strong women and the strong ties between them in “The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder.” Set ...

 
Book review This is How It Ends

When “This is How It Ends” begins, Bruno has a well-paying job in Lehman Brothers’ main office, high above the streets of Manhattan. When the start of the 2008 recession leaves him adrift, ...

 
Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher is a genius in math and science, but he can’t read other people’s facial expressions, understand figures of speech or control himself all the time -- at 15, though, he has learned ...

 
Book: Felix in the Underworld

Acclaimed novelist Felix Morsom, the protagonist created by “Felix in the Underworld” author John Mortimer, doesn’t really do much, physically. He hasn’t experienced much, either. He ...

 
Book: Consequences

“Consequences,” by Penelope Lively, Viking Adult books,  2007. “Consequences” spans about 70 years, from the mid-1930s to present day, and transports readers thousands of ...

 
Book: Derailed

Larry Widdoes teaches high school during the day and a writing class for prisoners at Attica in the evenings. One of his night class students drops off the surprising first chapters of a novel — ...

 
Book: Between You & Me

What a pleasure it is to read a book by someone who cares so much about language, she debated with herself over her copy-editing hiring test. Hyphen in? Hyphen out? That or which? One comma or two? Mary ...

 
Book: Bake Until Golden

Members of the Potluck Catering Club, a group of women who started out sharing recipes at church, return home to Colorado after a trip to New York to compete on a television cooking show. As “Bake ...

 
Book: Eureka

Otis Halstead has been a respectable, responsible citizen for 59 1/2 years. He’s served on community boards, raised a daughter, faithfully accompanied his wife to Sunday services, and guided the ...

 
Book: Buried in the Sky

When we think of mountain climbing, we usually think of Everest, the world’s highest peak. But many of the most serious climbers now consider Everest more of a tourist excursion than a real challenge ...

Features

 
Willamina to celebrate freedom, community

WILLAMINA — Jack Scott says there are a lot of good people living in Willamina, and they have nothing but the best of intentions. “We have a strong business group, and a strong group ...

 
Life on the cutting edge

Daniel Hurst once stood in total darkness as he wrapped 35 mm film onto metal spools before dousing it with chemicals pungent enough to curl his nose hairs. The McMinnville native made “contact ...

 
Mac High grads are St. Paul royalty

Before the broncs and bulls, the barrel racing and calf roping, St. Paul Rodeo’s royal court will lead the grand entry that begins each rodeo show. Queen Brianna Eby and Princess Tess Scott, both ...

Tuesday concerts start July 5

One of McMinnville’s most popular summer traditions will return Tuesday, July 5 — the free evening concerts on the lawn at Linfield College. The Tuesday events are sponsored by the ...

 
Stopping By: Building homeowners

Most people think McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity chapter only builds houses. Actually, the nonprofit does something even more important: It builds homeowners. “Our partners learn so much ...

 
Habitat made dreams come true

McMinnville Habitat for Humanity’s first set of homeowners reflected on the joys of having their own places in a News-Register story I wrote in December 1993. “Whatever we do in this house, ...

 
Mac will host fireworks spectacular

Peonies and chrysanthemums, waterfalls and fish, horsetails and spiders and other colorfully named fireworks will illuminate the skies over McMinnville on July 4th. The sky show will end an evening of ...

Willamina celebrates Fourth of July

The News-Register staff WILLAMINA — The annual Willamina Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is scheduled for the Sunday and Monday of July 3 and 4. It will be capped Monday evening with a ...

Lafayette to have picnic, parade on 4th

The News-Register staff LAFAYETTE — Pancakes, a parade and a picnic will mark Independence Day in Lafayette. The highlight will be the patriotic parade, featuring bikes, wagons and floats decked ...

Rohse: Pleasant travels in the 'crown jewel'

Americans don’t have to cross an ocean to have a French experience. We can instead visit Quebec, the Canadian city with the French heritage and the predominantly French-speaking population. My son ...

Greens & Beans: Creating your own house granola

There is produce showing up at the farmer’s market that I don’t usually expect to see in June; summer squash, tomatoes, basil, even peaches, even as the late spring vegetables — tender ...

 
Flowers for Lupe

The McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month honors for June go to Jose and Lupe Elias. It took the help of an interpreter for the Spanish-speaking McMinnville couple to share the details. ...

Lions drive-in, fly-in breakfast Sunday

The McMinnville Lions Club will host its 30th annual Fly-in, Drive-in or Ride-in pancake breakfast Sunday, June 26, at the McMinnville Airport. Planes and cars will be on display during the breakfast, ...

 
A summer for the books

Some of them had red dots, some of them blue dots. Only when they matched a red dot with a blue bag or a blue dot with a red bag could they gain access to the bookmobile. That procedure authorized them ...

 
Stopping By: Faces and vases

Faces — happy, worried, perplexed and curious by turn — peer out from many of Mya Clover-Owens’ works of art. A head inclines, curious or thoughtful, forming “Crazy Man.” ...

 
Carlton goes a little bit country this weekend

CARLTON — Country music and a marching band will be featured this weekend as “Carlton Goes Country” during the 2016 Fun Days festival. Carlton Fun Days will open Friday, June 24, and ...

Rohse: On ranch, matches' value came to light

At the outset, let me assure you that I am not a pyromaniac. That being said, I admit that matches have a fascination for me, but only sturdy, dependable wooden matches — the kind that were an integral ...

Happy Tails: Lessons from Dallas' dog problem

Did you ever have a story from the news get stuck in your head and not leave you in peace? That is exactly what’s happening to me at the moment, and I’m hoping that writing a column might stop ...

Savvy Senior: How Medicare handles second opinions

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you ...

Annual tour shows off local gardens

The McMinnville Garden Club hosts its annual Garden Tour and Faire between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the corner of Cowls and Third streets. The event features garden wares, crafts, gifts ...


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