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August 1 marked the beginning of a new era for Southern Oregon University as Linda Schott took office as the school’s 13th president. The former president of University of Maine at Presque Isle, Schott holds a Doctorate in history and humanities and a Master’s in history from Stanford University, as

The numbers are still not good. For the past decade, public schools in Oregon have been measured as some of the worst—if not the very worst—in the country. While statewide test scores for reading and math hover just below national averages, graduation rates scrap the very bottom of the barrel.

From The Earth Soda lives up to its name—all organic ingredients, fresh from the farm and keg. A new vendor at local farmer’s markets, From The Earth also has expanded to Immortal Spirits, Buttercloud, Bricktowne Brewing Co, and Café 116. And, in the process, this Ashland company is setting a

It takes about 30 minutes for OSF’s production of The Wiz to fully warm up. Up until then, the theatrical production—a retelling of the familiar “Wizard of Oz”—has been pleasant and easy-going with some moments of good humor and gospel energy. But half-an-hour in, when Dorothy, played cheerfully by Britney

While this backpack is more about camping than campus, we thought that this new backpack company, ME-2 Packs, was the right person to track down for our Back-to-School Mind Your Business column. Currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign, Candace Spears is hoping to introduce her strap-free backpack to the region. A
03.17.NEWS.MeetYourCandidateJohn Stromberg.PHOTO

Over the next two months, the Messenger is providing Q&A with candidates for local positions. We start with the incumbent Mayor of Ashland. Answers were provided by email (hence, the emoticons). Rogue Valley Messenger: After eight years as mayor, what do you feel is your biggest achievement so far? John

Phoenix-Talent School District spans three cities with five schools—Phoenix High School, Talent Middle School, Orchard Hill Elementary in Medford, and elementary schools in Phoenix and Talent. That’s 2700 students. Superintendent Teresa Sayre is retiring next year after 30 years in education; 18 at this particular district. Sayre is known in

I was taking an evening walk along the bike path in Ashland a few weeks ago when I heard a strange noise. Shuffling, squeaking, grunting and an occasional “thock!” like a plastic mallet hitting a chunk of rubber. Drawn to the sodium lights of a nearby tennis court, I witnessed
Dr. Deborah Gordon.WELLNESS

Hard to believe summer has flown by and we’re already thinking about the annual ritual of preparing for the school year—from new clothes to new learning. One of the most important factors for anyone who wants to have the best possible brain function is to get enough sleep. Sleep must

by Jeanine Moy, Outreach Director, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center Traveling with a canine companion can make for a wild, pack-like experience. There are plenty of places to take the pooch, but some are more appropriate than others. For the dogs’ sake, know about their limits of safety and prepare well for

Oregon Shakespeare Festival is filled to the brim with talent both in the spotlight and behind the scene. Among that strong list, Artistic Associate Dawn Monique Williams has been awarded the Princess Grace Award. The Princess Grace Foundation’s goal is to financially support promising artists in film, dance, and theatre.



The independent music scene has produced an abundance of crossover genres and odd polysyllabic descriptors. But even with all these newfound labels some bands still don’t fit into a neat little package, like Fortune’s Folly. The Eugene band’s sound compacts all the riffy goodness expected from a traditional jam band

Real talk: this reporter has been waiting for this review for awhile. Not to write it necessarily, but to have the album to write it about. Impulse Control first crossed almost two years ago. I loved their live sets, but their existing recordings were thin, and sad-sounding. But on Thursday,

  Whether signed onto a label or pursuing music independently, the life of a touring musician requires an incredible amount of hard work—not to mention talent. But solo artist Whetherman almost makes the independent musician’s life look easy. “I think the largest struggle I have been dealing with is time