Chris Spika Browne hadn’t heard of McMinnville in 1978 when she applied for the job of Chamber of Commerce director. Forty-three years later, it’s hard for her to imagine not being part of ...

 

 

 

 

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book review The Dutch House

Danny Conroy’s father is a self-made man who parlayed an eye for rentable property into a fortune. Unfortunately, his discriminating eye failed him when he purchased a home for his wife ...

 
Book: The Little Paris Bookshop

“The Little Paris Bookshop” begins with a mystery: Monsieur Perdu (“lost” in French) shoves aside a bookcase and opens the door to a room he hasn’t used in 21 years. Stepping ...

 
Book: Beautiful Ruins

This is a delightful, laugh-out-loud, maybe cry-a-little novel that sweeps through time and around the globe — from World War II to the present day, from Beaverton to Hollywood to the Italian ...

Book: Button Holed

The protagonists of cozy mysteries usually have interesting professions or hobbies they pursue while solving crimes on the side. Hannah Swenson bakes cookies while helping the police in Joanne ...

 
Book: The Camera Never Lies

Australian author David Rawlings gives readers an intriguing premise in “The Camera Never Lies”: What if photographs revealed the whole truth, emotional as well as physical, rather ...

 
Book: The Revisioners

Ava has moved in with her paternal grandmother in the opening paragraphs of “The Revisioners,” Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s novel about women’s relationships and one family’s ...

Book: The Country Guesthouse

Hannah Russell has a miserable time at a work retreat: Her phone and computer are locked away, and her coworkers envision the long weekend as a time to drink and play, rather than bond and improve ...

 
Book: Word to the Wise

Librarian Lindsey Norris enjoys a great life as director of the Briar Creek library as Jenn McKinlay’s “Word to the Wise” begins. She has a great dog and an even better fiance, ...

 
Book: Out of the Past

Carmona Leigh is a plain young woman with a modest trust fund. Her neighbor, Alan Field, is a striking young man with a love of money, but no cash of his own. As “Out of the Past” ...

 
Book: Due for Discard

In “Due for Discard,” author Sharon St. George gives us a likeable mystery that will make readers think twice about social problems — and solutions, such as a restaurant that ...

Features

Rohse: Stirrup memories: Lore about the Pony Express continues riding on

The Pony Express was in operation only about 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861. But it played a celebrated important role in American history and was of great financial importance ...

 
Nichols: Deja flu - Lessons of the 1918 pandemic

Over the past two years, historians and analysts have compared the coronavirus to the 1918 flu pandemic. Many of the mitigation practices used to combat the spread of the coronavirus, especially before the development of the vaccines, have been the same as those used in 1918 and 1919 — masks and hygiene, social distancing, ventilation, limits on gatherings, quarantines, mandates, closure policies and more.

 

 
Stopping by: Teacher and traveler

Nancy Schick has indulged her love for travel by visiting out-of-the-way places, as well as popular locations, all around the world. “You need to get out there to broaden your horizons,” the ...

Rohse: World needs special powers of music

When Turkish cattle breeder Mehmet Akgul reported increasing his milk yield by 5% by playing classic music for his cows, it was big news. Said Akgul, “If this music produces relaxation in humans, ...

Burns Supper honors poet with haggis and bagpipes

A few tickets are still available for the 2022 Burns Supper, hosted by the Celtic Heritage Alliance in McMinnville. The evening, a celebration of the poetry of Robert Burns, will include haggis and other ...

 
Stopping by: A play of light

At first glance, you might think James Violette works with only with wood, metal, wire and cloth. But he also works with less tangible media: illumination. The McMinnville artist usually uses a computer ...

 
Send in the claw: Owner says specialized truck makes lifting easy

Removing a fallen tree or setting a decorative boulder in place might require several laborers and a forklift or other piece of heavy equipment. But Mark Pauletto of Carlton said his special ...

Rohse: Never forget the travails of the historic Oregon Trail

What a loss it would be if Oregonians were to forget one of our state’s most important events because of mercurial history eroding it away. That event was the Oregon Trail. Much is being done to ...

Linfield students offer hula lessons

Linfield University’s Hui O Lökahi Club is hosting hula lessons throughout the month of January to raise funds for its annual Lu’au & Ho’ike later this year. Classes are slated ...

 
Stopping By: Beauty by turns

Dan Heins shapes wood, restores vintage furniture and creates new items using talent that he says is not his own. Rather, he said, it’s God who’s responsible for his ability to cut and build ...

 
CASA moving forward, needs more advocates for children

Court-Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, speak for children involved in court cases. In fact, they are the only unpaid people who specifically advocate for the children’s best interests, said ...

Rohse: A people of few words

One shortage that does not affect our world is “words”... and what a joy that is for our country: all the wonderful books, newspapers, magazines, movies, music, resulting from these words. ...

 
Holiday Traditions: Deolinda and Dave Coelho of Amity honor their Portuguese roots

When Dave and Deolinda Coelho were growing up, the Christmas season meant batting at piñatas, dining on delicious Portuguese food, going to Mass and enjoying huge family get-togethers — all activities they still enjoy as part of their heritage.

 

 
‘Nutcracker’ is back for 50th anniversary of a local holiday tradition

Clara, her sister Marie, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum queen and fairies and other characters will come to life on stage in Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” staged by Marchant Dance Corp. and ...

Rohse: Health, happiness rest in purging old habits and forming new ones

Habits are important. First we make habits. Next, our habits make us, the English writer John Dryden, tells us. And, adds Dryden, “All habits gather by unusual degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers ...

‘Flirting with the Devil’ to debut

“Flirting with the Devil,” the new film about a McMinnville woman’s encounter with serial killer Ted Bundy, will premiere Thursday, Dec. 16, at McMinnville Cinema 10. The showing starts ...

 
Former Mac police chief remembered

Former McMinnville Police Chief Rod Brown, whom fellow law enforcement officers and friends called “a visionary” and “a good man,” died Friday, Dec. 10, in McMinnville following ...

 
‘Snug Club’ aims to spark creativity, community

A new McMinnville business aims to spark people’s creativity and bring them together through craft-making and socializing. The Snug Club is based on owner Fiona Gwozdz Mancill’s experiences ...

 
Columbus fifth-grader’s art chosen for state ag calendar

A field of tulips drawn by a McMinnville fifth-grader is one of 13 winners in a statewide calendar art contest sponsored by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC). Gabriela Leikam of Columbus Elementary ...

 
Clip-clopping in a winter wonderland

Don Price offers carriage rides downtown during the Christmas season to help people celebrate the holidays and to give Frankie, his horse, something fun to do. “He enjoys the work and the attention,” ...


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