In This Issue

Public lands are a great societal equalizer, available to everyone regardless of one’s class, creed, or color. Yet this shared heritage, so unique to our country, is being attacked from fringe interests that seek to seize ownership, or worse, sell-off our public lands to the highest bidder for financial gain

Oregon is known as being a leader in environmental responsibility, whether that means protecting public lands or turning garbage into items that can be used again. But peek under the lid of that comingled recycling cart, and some of these practices are not as neat and clean as they first

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk brings in the spring and also new, stunning art. It’s a day to explore artwork that’s new or old, as well as support local galleries. The Art Walk on Friday, April 7, welcomed a new art gallery with old and new pieces, called American Trails.

A couple acres of land can either be daunting or exciting. Foraging the land, planting new crops, building a barn––the possibilities are endless. Saturday, April 22, Living on Your Land–Tree School Rogue will educate and answer all the questions about what one can do with his land. From “Revegetation with

America has now been at war for decades, and in various degrees of conflict with other nations in the rare moments our boots remain off the ground. But for most Americans, living in a giant country bordered by oceans instead of countries with generations-long blood-feuds, war is an abstraction, something

The term “softball” may have some unfortunate connotations to your average layman, as the sport is anything but fluffy and delicate. Southern Oregon University’s current roster is proving this supposition to be correct with their vigor and stamina, propelling them to second place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC). Head

Cinema is a cultural phenomenon which at one point oozed of profundity and grace, or at least one would like to think so. In this hedonistic age of red carpet Hollywood and ephemeral viral videos, this accessibility to visual stimuli has crippled the popularity of profound and forward-thinking art, in

Few dance companies are able to host a resident choreographer. Sure, Oregon Ballet has one, but they also have a massive budget and dozens of dancers. Most other dance companies hire out performance to performance, or borrow blueprints from already performed dances. But NW Dance is not like many dance

At Curbside King in Medford, $9-10 earns patrons a box of lunch large enough to double as a dumbbell. The food, cooked by Rogue Valley native William Snyder, is protein, veggie, and whole grain-centric (i.e. healthy). Some healthy food—ok most—is not exactly the taste bud-stimulating food that encourages the kind

“There’s a difference between fear—that unpleasant emotion associated with the belief that someone or something is a threat—and being scared,” Susan Conrad writes in her book Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage. Conrad is having a number of book signings in the Rogue Valley in promotion of her

Imagine what it is to sense the world around you as if you had the body of a butterfly. Sensing various degrees of light and color, UV rays and heat with your eyes, and your blood changing with the air temperature. When the sun has risen far enough in the

With fewer than half of the public schools in Josephine County offering arts program, a Grants Pass-based filmmaker Antonio Melendez saw a gap he could fill. Along with collaborator Abram Katz, in early April, they opened the Heartisan Youth Center, a space to offer media production and entrepreneurship classes. The

(Editor’s Note: Assertions of winery numbers in the Rogue Valley vary from 40 to 150. The Drink Local Research Department plans periodic, anonymous visits to random wineries to discover the truth about wine in Southern Oregon. This article marks the first in Drink Local’s “De Vino Veritas” series.) Making wine

As I naturopathic practitioner, I treat my patients holistically. This implies that my cures not only involve treating the whole body but also helping patients reconnect with the natural world. To that effect, I will devote this article to persuading my audience to spend time outdoors. I would like to

As annual as cherry blossoms and robins nesting, the Messenger’s annual Public Writing Contest! Stories are due to no later than Thursday, May 4 at 5 pm. This year we are asking our readers to submit short memoirs (no longer than 500 words) with the theme betrothed or betrayed.


Banjo-slinger Pete Seeger is frequently held up as the solid gold example of a musician that stands for something in their art with songs like, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and “If I Had a Hammer.” However, exactly what the case of the missing flowers, and his economic study

It’s been a long winter. Most of us are ready to put away our muck boots, slip on some sandals, and welcome in the spring. And for the music festival loving folks of the Rogue Valley, a “holiday” is approaching where they will do just that, rain or shine. 4/20,

You may not know Will Oldham, aka, Bonnie Prince Billy. But he’s one of those musicians who is likely the hero of everyone you do follow. He’s collaborated with everyone from Bjork to Kanye West, to Johnny Knoxville, and been covered by artists as legendary as Marianne Faithfull and Johnny