In This Issue

Picture this, you’re sitting on a terrace overlooking vineyards eating Dunbar Farms field greens. As you finish your last bite, a server arrives to take your plate away and pour you a glass of 2015 Septette Pinot Noir. While you wait for your next course, braised duck leg, a ballerina

Our annual literature issue meets springtime lust? A marriage, we thought, made in hog heaven. We asked readers to submit stories and poems about betrothed or betrayed. A few selections that our family-friendly newspaper could run:   Prom Nerd Revenge by Polly Greist Modern proms can be brilliant experiences, reflecting evolving attitudes

Typically, mid-term elections don’t have a lot of fanfare. Especially without a marquee prizefight like the presidential race, voters are less likely to vote. However, this ballot has several local races and measures whose outcomes promise big changes—in terms of public transportation, environmental protection and education, and each of these

If Gustavo Pardo were a coffee drink, he would be a glass of iced espresso with a twisty straw. Tall, roguish and unashamedly energetic, the owner/chef of Central Point Perk has fashioned what he calls an “Adult Disneyland” in the sleepy little town just north of Medford. No, not that

Raymond Rosa: Director, Operation Rambo Rogue Valley Messenger: Can you talk about why vets have service dogs?  What is the need, and how many people are we talking about in the region?  Raymond Rosa: Many veterans have physical disabilities that limit and make day to day activities a burden, as

Midge Raymond’s Forgetting English Reviewed by Tuula Rebhahn   Ashland Creek Press is a publisher of books relating to the environment, and its co-founder Midge Raymond has written one that spans environments on every corner of the planet. Forgetting English is a world tour of lost souls, like getting on

Gary Thompson has a well-used dart board in his distillery. If you have ever played, you know that you have to throw the same three darts at the same spots but that you never quite hit the exact same ones. Making whiskey, you also follow the same steps, repeatedly. Yet,

Head-to-toe, colorful costumes. A carefully designed stage. World class performers. Stunning sound and visual effects. A limited run in an iconic Rogue Valley venue. All part of a live, improvisational drama with an unpredictable conclusion. Bethink thee not of ye olde Oregon Shakespeare Festival, tho’ thou art tempted. Dude! “It’s

Looking to do a 9,000 ft. mountain but find McLaughlin (9,495’) and Thielsen (9,182’) too technical, then 9,025’ Mt. Eddy is for you. Often overlooked in the shadow of neighboring Mount Shasta, Mount Eddy is a trifecta for me—a triple divide peak, uncrowded, the tallest mountain in the Klamath Mountains

Photographers, painters, jewelers, and horticulturists display their hard work under the warming sun in downtown Medford, proving that spring is in the air. May 13 and 14, Art in Bloom will celebrate its 17th year with over 95 local artisans showcasing their talents and work and making themselves available to

Humans, however removed from the natural world we may find ourselves, seem to always uncover an intrinsic attraction to the forests we used to roam through. Whether an urbanite is filing their taxes or a rural farmer is busy laboring away, mortals become so preoccupied in mundane monetary endeavors that


The magical thing about psychedelic rock is that it can take you places you’ve never been before, whether you were expecting to make the journey or not. The stage is the launching point and the performance can go in a million different directions, depending on the vibe of the venue

This reporter is a repeat offender when it comes to dad jokes. One of them is that we journalists report on recent developments, because it’s called the “news.” If we wanted to write about stuff that’s been around forever, we’d call it the “olds.” No one ever laughs. But I

Nature abhors a vacuum, and being part of nature, music scenes abhor an empty performance space. Give bands access to one and you may soon find yourself shocked at just how many bands there are. For example: CAYA Fest. The annual Grants Pass music festival went from nothing to a