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Cannabis has been legal in Oregon for a few years now, but there is still a lot to learn about America’s favorite plant when it comes to shopping for a cannabis gift. It’s not as easy as picking up somebody’s favorite bottle of wine, especially when selecting strains of flower

Valentine’s Day is known for romance, love, and more than a few stolen kisses. After all, almost 51% of people plan to celebrate the holiday of love this year in a number of different ways, but local Oregon haunted house venue, Murder Manor, is hoping to fuel the day with

When Toni Randall arrived in the Rogue Valley seven years ago, she knew it was a needlepoint no-man’s land, but her desire to share what she loves to do is changing that. “Needlepoint is like breathing to me. It is part of life,” she states matter-of-factly. She was seven years

  by Jordan Marie McCaw   In a quaint, ornate frame is an embroidered bouquet of flowers. In another is an embroidered human heart with flowers blossoming forth. The artwork is detailed, vulnerable, and created by local artist Chloe Lindgren. Lindgren recently launched an online store where people can view

  Rogue Valley Messenger: Where does one start when talking about Southern Oregon Jobs With Justice? The organization works on many fronts. How about, what is the biggest threat right now to job security for many of the people you work with? Jason Houk: We organize our marginalized communities, labor

Sean Vice, owner of Vice Brewing Company in Grants Pass, Oregon, looks like the kind of guy you want brewing beer. Plaid shirt, A large smile, friendly eyes, and impressive beard. He moves with a steady purpose, and knows a lot about his main product. The brewery smelled wonderfully of

  When a restaurant claims to serve authentic cultural food, most of us don’t question the claim. Taking a look at Blue Toba, the owners are happy to share what the word authentic means to them. Blue Toba in Ashland started out in a food truck in 2013. Eventually Owner

Rogue Valley Messenger: These are “based on true life,” correct? I mean, this isn’t open mic, just allowing people on stage, but you’ve scripted the stories?  Josh Gross: No, it’s not an open mic. That would be insufferably navel-gazing. The Lithia Water Diaries is a scripted play; thirteen interlinked monologues, each a fictional

Tumbling down the rabbit hole with Alice or observing our nation’s fascinating train history, tunnels have an undeniable intriguing allure. Whether seeking a special Valentines hike or simply a new trail to try, these hikes that include tunnels will not disappoint. Of course, use caution around tunnels, as trains are

Does this title sound like a familiar topic to you?  Do you feel like your quality of life is always teetering around the question of “what can I eat” or “will there be a bathroom”? Is gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation a recurring theme in your life? If you can

    What do you do with bored kids during summer break while on an island? Swipe up some ping pong paddles, a plastic wiffle ball, hit the tennis court and invent one of the hottest growing racket sports in the nation today—Pickleball! It was in 1965, on Bainbridge Island,

Global, environmental and critical. Words best describing the tipping point between saving the planet’s precious life sources and becoming the means to our own end. Two feature films—one concerning the escalating “mega-fires” destroying millions of acres of forests, the other commending and recognizing the people and action steps behind the

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In search of rare records and tips for keeping even albums pristine, we head out to visit the region’s vintage record shops.

Justin Gordon is a singer/songwriter currently based out of Ashland. He learned to play and write songs by listening to old classics from the early 1900’s, moving on to find inspiration from more contemporary bands such as Songs: Ohia and Palace Brothers. He has released seven albums filled with his

Our new Rogue Sound columnist Josh Stirm reviews local rockers Shaky Harlots new EP. They’ve made a name for themselves in the Rogue Valley over the past year as one of the premier live rock bands, and that bring that fever to this album.
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