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New Hampshire Public Radio recently announced that the state is still struggling to control the conflict between humans and its native bear population. In the last year alone, conflicts between humans and bears have doubled with nearly 800 encounters reported. Though most conflicts are benign — a bear might go

In today’s society, people are spending more time indoors than ever. People don’t even have to leave their houses to go shopping anymore, especially with about 79% of consumers doing online shopping in 2017. Unfortunately, this means more and more kids and teens are spending most of their time indoors

Camping is certainly one of the most popular American pastimes, with nearly six out of 10 U.S. households reporting that at least one of the residents has gone camping. But if you thought that this beloved activity was limited to the summertime, think again. You can just as easily camp

Rogue Valley Messenger:  Is there a specific story or incident that has most surprised you to learn about the history of southern Oregon? Kira Lesley: The influence of the Rogue River Indian Wars and the Modoc Wars in regional historic memory is larger than I realized. I was born and

The health benefits of staying active and getting outdoors are undeniable. Exercise in any form keeps your cardiovascular system and muscles in good condition, and spending time with nature brings many a sense of peace and serenity. Perhaps also unsurprising, spending time with a pet brings individuals many mental health

‘Twas the day before my work Christmas party, And a present is needed STAT. How could I forget such an important thing as that? The lines are too long at Wal Mart; Amazon Prime’s two days out. It looks like my Secret Santa partner will have to pout. But, hark!

Holiday decorations seem to go up sooner every year, and Christmas tunes start playing right after Halloween. What gives? Do people enjoy the songs or just love to hate them because it is better to vent at the radio or a store PA system than their families? Wham’s “Last Christmas”

One of the fondest Christmas memories anyone can create is hunting for one’s own Christmas tree. For some families they find their tree within the first couple minutes and then spend the rest of the day sledding, having a spirited snowball fight, and drinking hot chocolate. For others, hunting for

Once through the holidays—which themselves can be comedic and horrific at times—the winter film season starts off with a balanced blend of the Killer Valley Comedy and Horror Film Festival on January 4 (comedy) and January 5 (horror) at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites. Killer Valley Horror Film Festival

Rogue Valley Messenger: Do you remember your first pet? Karen Evans: My first pet was a Collie named Lassie. My parents got her for me when I was very young. She quickly became my best friend. We were inseparable. I believe she is the reason for my lifelong love of

To get there, walk past the bronze man playing chess in the square, continue toward the red umbrellas and when you see the theater to your right, you have arrived at Misoya Bistro. It is a Bistro, in the sense that they have affordably-priced options, but portions are not small

The holiday season means a few things for those of us who participate: 1. We’ll be forced to spend time with family we haven’t seen for most of the year, 2. Stress shopping and 3. Enough Holiday music to drive someone mad. There is one thing that helps in living

Sound

It was 1982 when “Save It For Later” was playing across airwaves in the United States and abroad, straight from the Special Beat Service album by English Beat. But just as many Americans were being introduced to the fusion of rock, ska, punk and reggae that was easy to dance

Southwest Ireland in the 1950s was a region largely devoid of televisions, cars, or even telephones; an information island. Growing up during this time for Tomáseen Foley meant taking in the enchanting oral storytelling of anyone who could tell a tale. Sunday, December 23, Foley will perform “A Celtic Christmas,”

Do you remember the old Memorex ads? Is it live or Memorex? A man sits in an arm chair, his hair blown back by the sheer power of music—and by a song that has been recorded on tape, not the live power Marshall amps thumping out sound waves. Sure, some
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