Rockne Roll/News-Register##Lafayette photographer Jerry Sodorff, seen here in Wortman Park, is showing a selection of his work through June at the McMinnville Senior Center.

A life in focus

Jerry Sodorff still has the Canon camera he bought when he was an architecture student at the University of Oregon in 1970. “It was something I could get for myself and say it was for school,” ...

Image: Library of Congress##An 1898 Photochrom print of Mount Hood.

Offbeat Oregon: A quietly active volcano

Climbing Mount Hood is a big achievement. It’s no Everest, but at 11,244 feet, Oregon’s highest is not an insignificant mountain either. But modern climbers making the final assault on the ...

Library names essay contest winners

The McMinnville Public Library has announced the results of its recent essay contest, which asked students, “What does ‘Build a better world’ mean to you?”Here are the winners, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Benita Cole and Xena enjoy living in McMinnville, where a sunny bedroom serves as the artist’s studio.

Stopping By: With an artist's eye

Busy with her technology job, artist Benita Cole didn’t paint much for a few years. Then, when she tried again, her paintings didn’t meet her expectations. “I thought I couldn’t ...

Submitted photo##Marc Price will perform his stand-up act Saturday in McMinnville.

Forever Skippy: ‘Family Ties’ actor brings his comedy act to Mac

Long before he portrayed nerdy neighbor Skippy Handelman on “Family Ties” — in fact, before he could talk — actor and comedian Marc Price was in show business. He was a ...

Rohse: The stories cemeteries can tell

On Memorial Day, when you take flowers to the cemetery and remember your loved ones, take time also to listen to the stories told to you by that cemetery. Oh, the stories these cemeteries tell. And what ...

Happy Tails: Many dog owners, one dog park and pet peeves galore

Emotions ran high during an April meeting in McMinnville to discuss “issues” at the Riverside Dog Park, as this newspaper has already reported in somewhat painful detail. Kudos to the Parks ...

News-Register file photo##Visitors from Earth and beyond are gathering in downtown McMinnville this weekend for the annual UFO Festival.

Space yourself; it's a big day

An alien king and queen will reign over the UFO Parade, one of the highlights of the annual UFO Festival, which will draw thousands of alien lovers and ufologists to downtown McMinnville this weekend. McMinnville ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##From left, Ana Domiaguez, Laura Landeros, Litzy Mendoza, and Jennifer Gonzales perform a traditional folk dance during last weekend’s Fiesta en la Plaza.

Dancing to their cultural rhythms

Cecilia Casillas-Runtsch danced a lot when she was growing up in Mexico. She liked dancing, but said she would have joined in regardless, even if she had hated it. “Dancing is a big part of life ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Fiesta en la Plaza attendees bid on wine and other items in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. The annual event is a fundraiser for Lutheran Community Services.

Fiesta fights back against climate of fear

Few people in McMinnville know what it’s like to live in constant fear that government forces will pluck them from their families and lock them up in preparation for deportation. However, McMinnville ...

Mathewson: Are ag changes to blame for bobwhites' disappearance?

On the opening day of pheasant season in 1956, my father and I flushed a covey of bobwhite quail near Silverton. Having moved from Virginia that same year, we were heartened to find a bird so beloved back ...

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The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming!

The aliens are coming, and so are the alien-lovers, both those who find unidentified flying objects whimsical and fascinating and those who make a serious scientific study of otherworldly phenomena. McMinnville’s ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Nadya King, left, and Terra Stein paint in a section of Sepha Nisbet s Witness Tree in the Currents Back Door Studio in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Nurturing creativity

Everyone can be creative, according to Sepha Nisbet, artist, teacher and catalyst for others’ creativity. “I want to spark fire in people,” said Nisbet, who refers to herself as a creative. ...

Greens & Beans: Sandwiches in many forms

Over the many years Americans have been enjoying sandwiches, certain classic combinations have come to almost define the subject. That’s fine and good, but it does make it easy to forget that a ...

Rohse: Giveaway makes for a wonderful day

I recently had a perfectly wonderful day — thanks to Friends of McMinnville Library. I went to their Giant Giveaway where 2,100 books were offered free. Take home as many as you want. Yours to keep. ...

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