Rohse: Better than a bouquet (from the archives)

I never knew of any Eastern Oregon rancher who brought his wife a dozen red roses. Monument’s nearest florist was about 60 miles away. I’m pretty sure my mother, at our ranch with wood-burning ...

Savvy Senior: How the Inflation Reduction Act will lower drug costs

Dear Savvy Senior: What kind of changes can Medicare beneficiaries expect to see in the Inflation Reduction Act that was recently signed into law? I’m enrolled in original Medicare and have a Part ...

Image: Oregon Historical Quarterly##The McLoughlin House near the bottom of Singer Hill in 1909, during the moving process.

Offbeat Oregon: The McLoughlin House’s unlikely journey to local historical treasure

To the average Oregon City resident, there wasn’t much to celebrate in the vacant, dilapidated old house by the foot of Willamette Falls. The house had, until a few years before, been known as the ...

Kirby Neumann-Rea/News-Register##A modern Wi-Fi dish rests upon rustic, vegetation-crowded table in the Evergreen oak grove during the Walnut City Music Festival.

Back, and Forth: Connectivity finds its most rustic roost

The last credits I earned for my Linfield degree in 1980 were from an internship at The Nation magazine in New York. It was a fine experience. I met amazing people and learned a great deal. Yet it was ...

Soroptimists offer grants to women

Soroptimist International of McMinnville is taking applications for its annual Live Your Dream Award, a cash grant available to women who are “working to better their lives through additional schooling ...

Rohse: Here in the digital age, finger foods all the rage

In this column, there is a gift for you. It’s not like a Christmas present with ribbons and bows. Rather, it is a gustatory gift made possible by the etiquette gurus — the masters of etiquette ...

Rohse: Remember way back when?

Editor’s note: This column from the archives was originally published in 2010. I’ve been remembering things from yesterday — so many people, events and things to remember. Remember ...

Image: Polk County Historical Society##The Polk County Courthouse as it appeared in 1859. It was one of the second-story windows on this building that Enoch Smith leaped out of in a desperate attempt to escape from custody and avoid a death sentence.

Offbeat Oregon: After frontier murder, suspect was auctioned off as a temporary slave

In the first month of 1852, everyone in the frontier community of Cynthian was talking about the big crime wave. Well, it was big by frontier Oregon standards. Although it was (and still is) the seat ...

Rohse: Put down the weed killer and learn to love dandelions

To you it may be an unwanted weed. To be sure, that yellow flower that’s polka-dotting your velvety lawn is an eyesore to most home owners. But the dandelion is perhaps the most recognized plant ...

Savvy Senior: Paying for long-term care without insurance or savings

Dear Savvy Senior: What types of financial resources are available to help seniors pay for long-term care? My 86-year-old mother will need either an assisted living facility or nursing home care in the ...

Rohse: Trees just keep giving

A few days ago I glanced at the calendar and realized Thanksgiving and Christmas were going to be here before I knew it. For Thanksgiving, I like to get my thank yous lined up so I don’t forget ...

Rohse: Slow, yet surprising: Slugs both beneficial and harmful

On a lovely spring morning, gardeners all across the Yamhill Valley are eager to get outdoors to see how seedlings, planted the day before, fared through the night. Many of those gardeners are apt to ...

Image: Wolfram Burner##The Neskowin “Ghost Forest,” a series of stumps rising out of the beach sand and surf. The Ghost Forest was submerged when the land under it slumped in the last Cascadia Subduction Zone megathrust quake, in 1700.

Offbeat Oregon: 'Like the ocean had become vertical'

On the evening of March 23, 1964, Seaside resident Margaret Gammon hadn’t been asleep more than an hour or two when she was awakened by howling. It was the community fire siren, blaring at full ...

Rohse: For your health, read this column and anything else

I love books. I love to read. But sometimes I am annoyed at my addiction to reading. When my kitchen sink is piled high with dishes that should be in the dishwasher and cupboards need cleaning, I feel ...

Rohse: She got things done

I’m ashamed. We had been gone. When we walked in the front door, the first thing I saw on the little table in the entry was my ballot from the county clerk. I’d forgotten to mail it before ...