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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

Hosted by Ashland Independent Film Festival and Coming Attractions, Varsity World Film Week showcases films spanning not only the world, but genres as well. Opening the festival Friday, October 5 is Moving Stories, a film by Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten, Wendy Sax, and Rob Fruchtman through Wilderness Films. The documentary

Comprised of five galleries and a sculpture garden in one space, Ashland Art Works is a tranquil and evocative place to enjoy and view art. Member and secretary Claudia Law was drawn to the galleries years ago as a visitor—and then she decided to become part of the community.  “It

In diaries, blogs, or on napkins in a restaurant, many people use writing as therapy. For author Georgia Cockerham this is no exception, and she will be sharing her work at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland on Thursday, September 27. “In 2003, I experienced the greatest tragedy of my life when

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