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  Like a giant Mavericks wave rising out of the ocean, podcast popularity is cresting. With over 750,000 shows and programs offered and advertising revenue expected to hit the billion dollar mark by 2021, this budding medium is fast becoming one of the hottest on-demand, content-bingeing platforms available.  In 2003,

An Interview with David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.    Rogue Valley Messenger: The Waste Prevention Strategy was adopted in 2007. Can you talk about how this plays out in southern Oregon?  David Allaway: The 2007 Strategy was an early document, and has since been

Going out for ice cream is printed in every American mind as a sentimental part of childhood, whether your family actually did it much or not. While most of us adults likely eat our ice cream out of a pint container while binge-streaming their current obsession, there is something to

I’ve never been very good at food pairings. I think this has less to do with an unrefined pallet (even though that is also the case) and more because I hate change. I’m someone that could be perfectly content drinking the same dark beer twelve months a year, with my

All wall space at Awake Tea & Espresso Café & Gallery in Ashland is put to good use—art covers them from floor to ceiling, featuring multiple mediums and subjects ranging from abstract multicolored gems to bright splashes of nature, seasoned with the delectable scent of coffee in the air. Owner

The tech and the entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon are leading the world in developing the cannabis industry (both high THC and hemp). The regional legal production of the actual cannabis itself is unrivaled anywhere else in Oregon and the beaver state holds its own even compared to California on sheer

Thyroid issues affect about 10 percent of the population in general and are a common health concern among my patients. Women are four times more likely than men to have thyroid problems and the majority have hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid is not producing enough hormones. Most conventional medical

The last time that the union for non-faculty workers at Southern Oregon University went on strike was in 1995, but they are concerned about what they see as inequalities in wage increases—and, are at the brink of a strike. To understand how, why and if the strike will occur, the Rogue

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  When you are off the grid, trying to hop back can be off-putting. Consider how my interview with Nazel Pickens (aka Robin Terranova Host of The Folk Show on Jefferson Public Radio) started out: “The phone lines are down,” he explained, “and I had to drive to a friend’s

Near the end of his acoustic guitar set at a mid-August show at The Sound Lounge, singer and performer Alcyon declared, “I have love for everyone.” He continued by announcing his love more specifically to his adopted state of Oregon. “I’m from Connecticut,” he said; adding: “Do you know how many

  Part cosmopolitan hipster, part grizzled hobo, and part wily storyteller, the band Blitzen Trapper has, as much as any Oregon band, captured the soul and sound for the state over the past decade. Their music is at times gritty and rocking, at other times easy-going folksy, and sometimes both

Beyond the Valley

Indie Pop from the UK.

From London comes this fun track about hanging on to the memories, and keeping the flow for just a bit longer. This easy groove from newcomer The Luxury of Being Human creates an atmosphere of wistful nostalgia, joining the uncomfortable feeling that time cannot be stopped with the beautiful notion
promo photo for single Turning the Shoulder.

19 year-old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, is quickly establishing himself as an authentic and original Americana artist with a story to tell. His raspy vocal might remind you of Paolo Nutini, but the slow cadence of his latest track Turning the
family acoustic trio Wildwood Kin

Following another busy summer of festivals, including an incredible performance at Glastonbury, family acoustic-rock trio Wildwood Kin share the intimate second single from their self-titled sophomore album which will be released on the 4th of October. Beauty in Your Brokenness is an acoustic lament on the difficulties of self-acceptance, which
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