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Scott Law, in his office at the Amity Fire Station, says he’s “very, very happy” to have the chance to serve the district in a professional capacity.

Stopping by: A burning desire to serve

Longtime volunteer firefighter and EMT is now a division chief One of Scott Law’s earliest memories involves a Christmas morning fire at the Flying M Ranch west of Yamhill. Law, now division ...

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Aurora MacDonald, dressed as a fairy, enjoys a carousel ride at last year’s Yamhill County Fair. This year’s event gets underway Wednesday.

Yamhill County Fair promises a wheelin’, squealin’ fun time

With animals, music, carnival rides, a rodeo and a demolition derby, the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo promises a “Wheelin’, Squealin’ Good Time” this week. The fair ...

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Christopher Trapp, Emily Hembree and Izzy Tillotson pose at the rodeo arena. They’re serving as this year’s Yamhill County Fair ambassadors, tasked with promoting the event throughout the community. All three are seasoned fair participants.

Ambassadors will welcome visitors to the fair

  Three teen ambassadors will welcome visitors to the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo, which kicks off with a free preview tonight and runs Wednesday through Saturday on the fairgrounds in ...

Amity station at a glance

The Amity station, which also covers Perrydale as well as the surrounding rural area, answers about 35 calls a month. On average, about two-thirds of them are for help with injuries or other health emergencies. In ...

Rohse: The pleasures of an E. Oregon summer

Although our little town of Monument in Eastern Oregon had no library, no cinema, no soda fountain, no McDonald’s, we high-schoolers had wonderful, fun-filled summer vacations. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

Image: M.O. Stevens ## Maxwell Point towers over the beach at Oceanside. The “Lee Film Corporation” actually contracted with an Oceanside construction firm to build a prop lighthouse on it.

Offbeat Oregon: Bootlegger trap was huge – but expensive – success

“Lobster trap for bootleggers” was a huge but wildly expensive success  Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes about unusual and little-known aspects ...

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Gregg and Rachel Spiegelman bought their farm near Yamhill and Carlton, in part so that their two sons, Drew and Jake, could grow up with animals. Farm life allows them more family time, too. “We want a nicer, less stressful lifestyle,” Rachel said.

Stopping by: Making way for ducklings

  June 12 was a most exciting day at Drake Farms near Yamhill. The babies arrived. Gregg and Rachel Spiegelman had been preparing for ages, almost as if they were about to add a third ...

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Kathleen McKinney enjoys growing unusual varieties. The Camperdown elm shown here is lush with leaves in the summer; in the winter, its zig-zag shaped branches create visual interest.

Yard of the month: Out of the ordinary

  Kathleen McKinney’s McMinnville yard at 2160 N.E. Village Court is filled with a stunning variety of trees and plants — a Camperdown elm, begonias, milkweed, clematis and 24 ...

Summer festivals

On Sunday, pancakes aplenty in Amity AMITY — Flapjacks will fly off the griddles during the annual Amity Pancake Breakfast to be held from 6 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 28, at City Park. Ham and ...

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Benjamin (John Davis Jr.) has a somewhat uncomfortable chat with his parents’ friend, Mrs. Robinson (Holly Spencer), during his graduation party.

An affair to remember

“The Graduate,” a dark comedy set in 1964, will open Friday, July 26, on the Gallery Theater stage. “It’s very dry; a lot of the comedy comes from awkward, painful situations,” ...

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The top of the Cascade rapids as they appeared in 1929, shot from an airplane flying around 2,000 feet. The mountainous toe jutting out from the right is the Bonneville Landslide; the broad expanse of river in the foreground is what remains of the impoundment the landslide formed.

Offbeat Oregon: Was legend of the Bridge of the Gods true? Probably

In the opening scene of “The Warlord of Mars,” Edgar Rice Burroughs’ third “John Carter of Mars” book, the hero is paddling up the great River Iss as it flows out ...

Rohse: You might have a phobia, I’m afraid

I’m sorry to bring you this news, but you may have a phobia. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing - and spends much time sating that ...

Carlson: Focus on the basics; ignore the ‘foodie’ fads

Last time, I started but did not finish my report to you on Whole Dog Journal’s most recent list of approved dry dog foods. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring interest in the bond ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Sheridan herbalist Devon Young prepares a pot of Forest Chai, a tea blend featuring Douglas-fir needles and spices. The recipe is included in her book, “The Backyard Herbal Apothecary.”

Food as medicine: Herbalist focuses on everyday holistic living

A tasty cup of spiced tea with resin-scented Douglas-fir needles on a cool day. Elderberry lollipops to help soothe an irritated throat. An arnica salve for bumps and bruises. Herbalist Devon ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Emmy, Leah and Cody Wilson think they’ll score a bull’s eye with their new business, West Coast Axe, located on First Street in McMinnville. Throwing axes offers “stress-relief, competition and, most of all, fun,” Leah says.

Stopping By: Opening axe

Watching her daughter, Emmy, aim tomahawks during Boy Scout camp gave Leah Wilson the idea for a new cutting-edge business: West Coast Axe. “For stress-relief, competition and, most of all, fun,” ...

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