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Sara Jane Wiltermood

Sara Jane Wiltermood

Sara has been involved with the Rogue Valley Messenger from its inception, innocently responding to a craigslist ad asking for writers back in 2012, because she figured, why not? She had received her B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, in 2007 and was itching to put it to good use back where she was born and raised, in Grants Pass. Little did she know that the then online paper would end up in print, or that she would find herself in the esteemed position of Associate Editor two short years later. She and her husband and daughter, Seth and Lavender, have a small farm outside Grants Pass, where they primarily raise goats and rabbits and sell their products at their farm stand, L-Mae Essentials. They aspire to add produce to their repertoire in coming years. In her spare time, she also works as a Surgery Assistant/Implant Coordinator at Associates for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Grants Pass and Medford.

  Europe has all the luck. Rome with her Colosseum. Paris her Notre Dame. Countrysides littered with ancient castles and stone walls that have been around for centuries. Yes, the Rogue Valley has her trees, mountains, Table Rock too, but when it comes to man-made architecture, the Costco Warehouse just

In the movies, boxing looks sweaty with a swollen face. With the speed punching bag at the gym, it looks like a hyperactive feline with a catnip toy. The real world of boxing is about the toughness, the quickness and the strength, and none know this better than Rogue Valley

  Financial aid for college can be a tricky proposition: Loans can help pay for school, but also can dig a financial hole that takes years to get out of. It is a tricky, billion-dollar question that is limiting access to college for tens of thousands of students nationwide, and

Though it sounds like a pitch for a pyramid scheme, viewing this eclipse on August 21 is really the opportunity of a lifetime. It will be hundreds of years before something of its kind can be viewed here, and we will all be gone by then, no matter what the

Many of us have enjoyed barreling down the slopes of Mt. Ashland on skis, especially this past season with the superb snowfall. But how about going up those same steep grades? And on a bike, to boot. For the biker’s summer that needs a serious, hardcore kick, the Mt. Ashland

  Eugene Bennett is best known for his luminescent paintings, mid-century modern watercolors that build on the legacies of Monet and Seurat. But his legacy also is helping build another generation of southern Oregon artists. Born in Central Point, Bennett joined the U.S. Navy during the final years of World

Ah, Christmas in July. Tis the season to hit the river for rafting, fishing, kayaking, or just downright lounging. But how does the river feel about all this? We enlisted our local river expert, Director of Rogue Riverkeeper Robyn Janssen, to weigh in on what threatens our beloved Rogue River

When I first saw The Lion King Broadway show in my 20s, I was transported back to third grade when I first saw the original animated Disney version in the movie theater. The talking safari animals were mesmerizing, the music was catchy, and all my friends were there watching it

As OSF’s opening weekend approaches, curtains are going up all over the region, revealing shows that just cannot be overlooked. With so many talented individuals and groups, it is impossible to mention them all, but attending at least these five will provide a starting line for the marathon of great

I don’t usually care much for penis jokes. However, when they are well-placed and timed, with a sense of amusement from all parties, they can be jolly good fun. (That’s what she said.) Ahem. At any rate, naughty jokes and more are found in Barnstormers Theatre’s Self-Help, playing through November