Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Dunk built a miniature 1920s-era casket maker’s office, which he plans to use in the town he’s creating to surround his outdoor model railroad.

Stopping by: Scaling down

On a certain scale, Jim Dunk is a land baron. His McMinnville yard is large enough to hold the equivalent of miles of railroad track, a mining operation and many associated buildings. There’s ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Jim Phillips joined the Yamhill Fire Department in the late 1970s, when almost all its calls were for chimney or field fires. He switched to the fire board in 1988 to continue his community service work

Stopping by: Answering the call

YAMHILL — Jim Phillips and his wife, Cathy Laughlin Phillips, were having dinner one evening in 1978 when a fire truck pulled up outside. It wasn’t the first time Yamhill firefighters ...

Community spirit burns bright

YAMHILL — Firefighters are part of community life in Yamhill. “Almost every family in town has had at least one volunteer over the years,” said Jim Phillips, who’s been ...

Entertainment slated for county fair

The popular ‘50s group Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts will join “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery as musical entertainers at the 2019 Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo. The ...

Film festival hires director

The McMinnville Short Film Festival has hired its first executive director. Justin Zimmerman is a writer, filmmaker and professor who holds a master’s degree in film. His narrative and documentary ...

'Yuri's Night' space party planned

‘Yuri’s Night’ space party set at museum The Evergreen Space Museum will host “Yuri’s Night, a World Space Party” Friday, April 12. The space-themed event for ...

Savvy Senior: Safe ways to dispose of expired medicine

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, ...

Rohse: Scanning the seas from a widow’s walk

Many Yamhill County residents — and even some who live along the Oregon coast — do not know what a widow’s walk is. On the East Coast, that would probably not be the case. Some residents ...

Carlson: Is Pooch aggressive, or simply ‘reactive’?

One of the benefits of having to come up with a topic for this column every other Tuesday is that it motivates me to get out of the house and learn about things I might not have gotten around to otherwise. Happy ...

Image: Oregon Historical Society ## This portrait of Laura Starcher was taken when her husband was mayor of Umatilla; in December 1916, she defeated him at the polls and took his job.

Offbeat Oregon: In 1916, Umatilla’s mayor got an election day surprise

It was around 2 p.m. on Election Day, in December of 1916, that Umatilla’s mayor, E.E. Starcher, first discovered that he was not running unopposed for re-election. Offbeat Oregon Finn ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## McMinnville High School senior Keelie Grasley, pictured here with her painting, “Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.”

Stopping by: With realism and humor

Keelie Grasley worked carefully to make the face on her painting, "Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution," look exactly like that of the famed scientist. In fact, the McMinnville High School senior ...

Marcus Larson
News-Register ## Iris Armenta’s grapevine sculpture won first place in the welding art category at the state SkillsUSA competition, qualifying her for nationals. The Mac High senior was judged on her presentation, as well as the workmanship and artistry of her entry.

Grapevine sculpture earns welder a win

Several other Mac High students place at SkillsUSA McMinnville High School welders and other career-path students did well in the annual SkillsUSA Oregon State Leadership and Skills Conference, ...

Wikimedia Commons ## Sharp-shinned hawk.

Mathewson: Bird hawks are agile, aggressive hunters

At our house, we have several bird feeders that we keep filled during the winter months. A lot of birds take advantage of this. Two of our favorites are on the back deck, very close to a dining ...

Gigglefest returns to Third Street

Gigglefest returns to Third Street Actors Ty Boice and Cassandra Schwanke present Gigglefest 2, a series of sketch comedy shows in McMinnville beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Mac Mead Hall, ...

Poets to read April 2 at Linfield

The News-Register staff Poets to read April 2 at Linfield Poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown will read from their newest collections Tuesday, April 2, at Linfield College. The free program will ...

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