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Jordan Marie McCaw

Jordan Marie McCaw

Since graduating from Eastern Nazarene College in the Boston area with a B.A. in Journalism and Writing, Jordan Martinez has been writing and copy editing for a few different publications, including the Rogue Valley Messenger. She loved living on the other side of the country for three brief years, but Southern Oregon is truly where she belongs. She also writes for BayArea.com, Showcase Magazine, and is the Copy Editor for Southern Oregon Magazine and Las Vegas Golf & Leisure Magazine. When she isn't writing articles, she's either working on her next book, reading, drawing, watching “There Will Be Blood,” or pulling shots at GoodBean in Jacksonville. You can check out her artwork at hitrecord.org, where she's been featured and loves using the site as a creative outlet: https://www.hitrecord.org/users/J.M.%20Black/records

With large corporations taking up most space in grocery stores, it’s easy to forget the array of local farms in the Rogue Valley—and that local farms are more than beautiful wedding venues. They provide some of the most wholesome products people can buy, as opposed to the mass amount of

Regardless of the long tours or the constant weekend shows, success is determined by the goals set out by the performers and their happiness in the process. That’s how the Brothers Reed and Slow Corpse define success. Both bands play in completely different genres, and yet they’ve both found success

When we see a logo of a local or nation-wide business, we don’t often think about the thought that went into designing it. Sometimes the logo is as simple as the business’s name in a timeless font, yet someone still spent time creating it. Since 2009 Laurel Briggs of Creative

Where the Rogue Valley is abundant in wonderful wineries, it is also full of wine bars in trendy downtown locations. The wine bars listed below are perfect if you don’t feel like driving into the country for great wine.   The Rogue Grape: Medford’s newest wine bar opened mid-August on

The Table Rocks in Central Point inspire hiking, environmental conservation, and, for David Nienow, film. “For me the Table Rocks are an iconic image and symbol of the Rogue Valley,” says the local filmmaker. “I feel that they are next to Crater Lake and the Oregon Caves as one of

Coloring is a big part of children’s lives, whether parents are encouraging their kids to color in the lines or color on every inch of the paper. But Sarah F. Burns’ mom didn’t give her coloring books, even though she was encouraging her artistic skills. “I have been serious about

On a sunny, albeit smoky day, kayakers, rafters, and paddle boarders work hard, though they’re not all staying dry. Spectators gather to watch them flip over into the whitewater, soar through rapids, and work as a team. In its sixth year, the King of the Rogue whitewater rafting competition will

For Jenay Elder, choosing art as her life’s focus wasn’t simply because she was growing up and needed to make a decision. Her life experiences, as well as her artistic talents, brought her to the path of artistry. “I decided to pick up oil painting, and art as my life

While summer means lounging by the pool for some, for others it means just the opposite: Getting out there and going with kayaking. The first and perhaps the most obvious choice is the Rogue River. With several places to rent a kayak or raft in the surrounding area, the 35

Meticulously selected, practiced, and performed, this season for Britt Orchestra has been masterfully thematic, though not without a few challenges along the way (um, the smoke monster!). The last two performances for the orchestra are Aug. 10 and 11. In commemoration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, several of the symphonies