When he worked on trains, Jerome handled bags for everyone from Buffalo Bill Cody to shadowy underworld crime figures. One of those crime figures might have been Irene’s mobster boyfriend. He was ...

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Bread & Butter / Michelle Wildgen

Book Review: "Bread & Butter," by Michelle Wildgen, Random House, 2014 Brothers Leo and Britt are successful restaurateurs who run popular, upscale Winesap, named for the apple trees in the backyard ...

2001: A Space Odyssey

DVD Review: A beautiful, eerie satire of technology and rumination on the origin of man, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest and most confounding films of all time. Last weekend, ...

Book Review: A Treacherous Paradise / Henning Mankel

Henning Mankell is one of my favorite authors, both for his series of mysteries featuring troubled police detective Kurt Wallander and for general novels such as “Italian Shoes.” His writing is spare, but evocative; dark, but enlightening.

Book Review: China Dolls / Lisa See

Review by Starla Pointer Grace Lee runs away from her home in Plain City, Iowa, in 1938, arriving in San Francisco on the eve of the World's Fair. She thinks she'll use her considerable dancing talents ...

DVD Review: Trading Places

Review by Don Iler Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Akroyd) is a highly successful commodities trader in Philadelphia. He leads a life of luxury and privilege, waited upon by his butler. His employers, the Duke ...

Book: Another time, another life

“Another Time, Another Life” is a far-reaching novel that takes off from a real event, the April 1975 occupation of the West Germany Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Six terrorists from the Red ...

DVD: Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a young composer new to Vienna, the capital of the Hapsburg Empire and center of the musical world. He has a hard time breaking into the scene, unable to obtain influential commissions ...

DVD: Breakfast at Tiffany's

I had a streak there for a few years as nearly woman I was interested in had a poster of Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” hanging in her apartment or house. For a while I ...

Book: Gentlemen and Players

What a well-crafted book “Gentlemen and Players” is, carefully plotted to have the maximum impact not only at the end, but all the way through. It’s no wonder the sections are labeled ...

Book: Lost Lake

Full disclosure: I interviewed Phillip Margolin in the early 1980s, a few years after his first novel was published. It was “Heartstone,” based on a murder that happened in Portland in 1960, ...

Features

Offbeat Oregon: 'Sand Pounders' kept Oregon coast secure

During the summer of 1942, our sleepy and obscure West Coast state suddenly realized that if Imperial Japan should make any military moves against the continental states, it would be in the very front ...

Historic Dayton on the rebound

Of all the cities in the Yamhill Valley, none has preserved its pioneer roots more completely and conscientiously than Dayton. Dayton’s current identity as a community is of foremost concern to ...

'We're all stories in the end'

When he worked on trains, Jerome handled bags for everyone from Buffalo Bill Cody to shadowy underworld crime figures. One of those crime figures might have been Irene’s mobster boyfriend. He was ...

Stopping By: All Smiles

Retiring dentist says improving patients' lives has made for a rewarding career

Greens & Beans: Nutritious foods, free for the taking

Lately, I’ve been reading a number of heartbreaking stories about people finding themselves unable to afford vegetables or other nutritious food, and fearing their health is suffering in consequence. Times ...

One-act festival offers four plays

Gallery Theater will bring four other community theaters to McMinnville on Saturday, March 28, for the American Association of Community Theatre Region IX One-Act Fest. The performances will be open to ...

Rohse: Tripped up by dance etiquette

Emily Post, America’s etiquette guru, should have been dethroned because of the etiquette she devised for ballroom and public dances: The etiquette of gals submissively following male partners as ...

Miller Woods offers spring break activities

Kids can spend part of their spring break learning about nature, survival and camouflage by signing up for Spring Explorations at Miller Woods. The Greater Yamhill Watershed Council is sponsoring the ...

Ember Eastman loves the stage

She sings, dances and acts in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" at the Gallery Theater

Harkema retires from job, but not cause

Soup kitchen manager Howie Harkema will remain an advocate for the homeless.

Speaking up for kids

While attorneys, judges and social workers debate and argue about the adults involved in court cases, a special set of volunteers looks out for the best interests of the children. “It’s very ...

Amity will be all about daffodils this weekend

Festival features flower show, presentations, plant sale

Terroir registration coming

Registration is open for Terroir, the popular creative writing festival that will take place all day Saturday, April 18, at Chemeketa Community College’s Yamhill Valley campus in McMinnville. The ...

Plant seeds of bright new days

Every 24 hours, we wake up to a bright new day. Will we, then, just sit down, receive this day — and bask in its bright newness until it passes? Or will we give a bit of thought as to why this day ...

Ruling is a leap for non-mankind

I was trudging along on a Sunday morning not long ago, walking one of my dogs, when I heard the familiar voice of NPR’s Linda Wertheimer telling me about the fate of an orangutan named Sandra. It ...

CASA seeks volunteers

The Yamhill County Court-Appointed Special Advocate program is part of a nationwide system of volunteers who help protect the interests of young people whose cases are in the courts and child welfare systems. Compared ...

Linfield to present lost play starting March 17

“Temporal Powers,” a play about the conflict between man, wife, poverty and the need to do what is right, will play March 17 to 20 at Linfield College. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the ...

The Cork: Don't be mis-lead by crystal wine glasses

Minimizing the health risks of those gorgeous glasses

Offbeat Oregon: Ill-fated mining venture paid off for 'Tarzan' fans

In 1903, in a little mining town on the Snake River just across the border from Idaho, native Chicagoans Edgar and Emma Burroughs were stepping off the freight wagon that had brought them to their new ...

Out & About: Amiable Amity

When you live in a community whose very name signifies friendship and cooperation, you have a lot to live up to. But Amity’s dedicated and enthusiastic citizen volunteers have always been up to the ...


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