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Alexis Wilkinson, mustang horse trainer and riding instructor,  pauses during a teaching session at the barn where she trains west of Yamhill. Wilkinson gentled her first wild yearling at age 13, through the Teens & Mustangs program.

Stopping by: Making a difference for horses

Carlton woman has a passion for helping Oregon mustangs   Horses have been at the center of Alexis Wilkinson’s life since she was a baby. As a child, before she’d mastered reading herself, ...

Rohse: Homesick for huckleberry season

Every year in late August, I get homesick for huckleberry picking trips. Eastern Oregonians anticipated those trips as much as they did Christmas. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine ...

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Stopping By: Writers shaped by McMinnville

McMinnville is a character in new books by two people who grew up in Yamhill County — New York Times reporter and longtime journalist Jim Tankersley, and attorney Mark Cushing, whose practice specializes ...

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The Taylors’ North Kutch building started as a barn, then was made into a machine shop in 1940 by Wilbur Loban, who also built the attached office building. Steve Taylor bought it in 1994 to use for his American Packaging business and an art gallery. It’s been used for winery storage and sales since 2009.

Stopping By: Past, present intersect at historic Carlton address

Young girls’ fingerprints are still visible on the bricks that form the interior walls of Troon Winery tasting room in Carlton. The prints are a clue to the history of this building, and ...

Gallery continues outdoor theater

After three successful, live outdoor performances, Gallery Theater plans two more: “Tea for Three,” a play about first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford, on Thursday, ...

Rohse: When inanimate objects conspire

I am absolutely certain many of my inanimate objects have minds of their own — objects such as eyeglasses, car keys, computer, the hot water tap in my shower, even a favorite recipe. Rohse Colored ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Addilyn and Savanna Haney join their mom, Darci, at the family piano in the living room of Westerlook. Darci, who owned MD Haney home décor store in McMinnville, is in the process of decorating the space.

Stopping By: Labor of love

Darci Haney’s dream home came with a huge oven, big enough to bake eight pies at a time. “It’s an amazing thing,” she said of the appliance that’s perfect for an ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Goularte shows off a vintage postcard he found online.

Stopping by: Lafayette's history buff delves into area's past

Greg Goularte lives in a house once occupied by Josephine Wascher, a beloved Lafayette educator who was principal of the city’s old school and namesake of the new one. “When we moved in, we ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## David Spalding examines a rare pink diamond for sale in his store, Timmreck & McNicol Jewelers in McMinnville. He finds unusual and beautiful stones on his semi-annual buying trips to world diamond markets.

Stopping by: Diamonds forever

  A dapper fellow walks into one of the multi-story buildings in the diamond district in Antwerp, Belgium. After handing over his passport to assure dealers he is a legitimate buyer, he runs ...

Rohse: In Eastern Oregon, danger came with the territory

No one in my hometown of Monument had white-coat syndrome. The reason being: we didn’t go to doctors except when it was vitally important. And the reason for that was Monument had no doctors. Rohse ...

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Melissa McLaughlin and her son and business partner, Aaron, walk through their inventory of flowering baskets, pointing out the large variety of types and colors. Country Garden Nursery’s baskets are on display all over McMinnville and in cities up and down the West Coast.

Stopping by: 'Message of caring'

Flowers bloom throughout the country thanks to a nursery on the banks of the North Yamhill River. County Garden Nursery, between McMinnville and Carlton, is a family business best known for hanging ...

Carlson: Thinking of adding a second dog?

I have to admit, especially when my patience is wearing thin, that bringing a 55-pound basset puppy home to a 2-year-old, 85-pound greyhound, and then trying to manage the ensuing chaos, was perhaps not ...

Rohse: In search of the elusive utopian community

For centuries mankind has attempted to establish a utopia, defined as an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities. Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), a scholar ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Artist Marilyn Affolter paints a sea shell, one in a series in which perfects her techniques.

Stopping by: 'The power of beauty'

Photographer, painter and gallery owner Marilyn Affolter can understand why some people consider art “fluff’ — especially when the coronavirus pandemic has people worried about staying ...

Carlson: Tips for dog owners heading back to work

I started this column in early June, when it seemed like the path toward our new normal seemed somewhat straightforward. Then on June 12, I heard there was another spike in coronavirus cases and Gov. ...

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