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Uber driver Mark Warner poses with his work vehicle. He prefers the night shift on Portland streets; that’s when he hears the best stories, he said.

Stopping by: Fares to remember

Mark Warner is someone people talk to. Maybe it’s because he listens, or because he’s a stranger, or because the former preacher has had an array of experiences, which gives him empathy. ...

Rohse: Is census participation important? Count on it

No one is going to come knocking at my door. I’ve done it — filled it in — dropped it in the mail slot. I won’t have to do it for another 10 years: I’ve submitted my 2020 ...

Image: Oregon Historical Society ## California Street in Jacksonville as it appeared in the mid-1880s. The town probably looked not much different in 1868 when Sam Simpson and Ted Harper came through on the trail of the Wilson brothers’ stash of gold.

Offbeat Oregon: Wildest lost-cabin gold mine story may be true … or not

The “lost cabin gold mine” is a certifiable Western trope. If every ounce of legendary gold buried in an old log cabin became real and hit the banks at the same time, it would probably crash ...

Savvy Senior: Pneumonia vaccines don’t offer coronavirus protection

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy Senior, P.O. ...

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Columbus special education teacher Jerod Harney in the school’s courtyard garden, which he and his students maintain throughout the year.

Stopping By: Helping students bloom and grow

  Teaching is Jerod Harney’s second career, or his third, if you count being a stay-at-home dad. After studying mass communications at Grand View University in his home state of Iowa, ...

Paper Gardens entrants can read work online

  Writers who entered the Paper Gardens Yamhill County literary contest, as well as other writers and artists, can share their work Friday, May 15, at the Chehalem Cultural Center’s ...

Rohse: In the younger years of Yamhill County

In the early 1840s, settlers began heading out on the Oregon Trail for the Land of the Setting Sun, in numbers reminiscent of a Saturday sale. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine ...

Carlson: Dogs are a planet’s best friends, too

I’m writing this on Earth Day. It is raining with an absolutely biblical kind of vengeance out there, but I can deal with that — this is Oregon, after all. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson ...

Savvy Senior: Act offers help for retirement savers

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, ...

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Pastor Dax Garlinghouse says a prayer while standing in the Bethel Community Church courtyard, a site where he frequently holds prayer meetings. He advises believers to “talk to God as if he’s sitting right there like a person” and discuss anything on their minds.

Stopping By: Ministers on prayer: It’s a conversation, a ‘critical connection’

Speaking directly to God — praying — is a key component of the Christian faith. Local pastors say the practice builds and strengthens the relationship. No wonder they are encouraging ...

Christians to observe National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer will be marked on Thursday, May 7, as it is on the first Thursday in May every year. This year, in the age of social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Rohse: Our ranch animals had minds of their own

­­Animals provided much of our fun on the ranch in Eastern Oregon. I had a dog as a pet before we moved to the ranch, but with ranch life we added cattle, horses, chickens, turkeys, pigs, ...

Image: Oregon Historical Society ## T. Edgenton Hogg as he appeared in 1862, sporting his Confederate Navy uniform.

Offbeat Oregon: ‘Colonel’ Hogg’s war record? Robbery on the high seas

Corvallis/Toledo railroad tycoon T. Edgenton Hogg (pronounced “Hoag”) was always somewhat reticent about his past. Especially the Civil War part. To some extent, that was understandable. “Colonel” ...

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Pam Johnson, who joined the Dayton School District in 1995, plans to retire from her job as food service director at the end of the school year. She enjoys making sure youngsters have nutritious meals

Stopping by: Feeding the need

  Food service director makes sure Dayton kids have nutritious meals Pam Johnson has eaten lunch at school every day for the past 25 years. The meals are good, she said, and she's not just ...

Rohse: Seeking a few new signs of the times

In these days of coronavirus, we are not smiling enough. We are laughing less. Now we are advised that we may be subject to quarantine fatigue. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...

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