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The Rogue Valley Messenger publishes RogueValleyMessenger.com, Southern Oregon's daily alternative for community news and arts & entertainment. Covering Merlin to Mt. Ashland and Crater Lake to Cave Junction, RogueValleyMessenger.com delivers high-quality and engaging information to the public while providing local businesses with innovative and cost-effective marketing solutions including advertising, social media promotions, press services, and editorial search engine marketing. The Rogue Valley Messenger also offers a wide array of media services, including graphic design, start-up assistance, business strategy, branding, band bookings and press, event production, email marketing, SEO, SEM and many others.

Best Doggie Day Care/Groomer R & R Pet Resort, Phoenix Honorable Mention: Land of Paws, Ashland   Best Place to Get Groomed for Humans Blade & Bourbon Barbershop, Medford Honorable Mention: Rogue Barbers, Grants Pass Best Car Mechanic Luke Anderson Honorable Mention: Hurley’s Auto Kelly’s McClure’s   Best Bike Mechanic

Best Record Store Music Coop, Ashland Honorable Mentions: Biscuits & Vinyl, Talent Musichead, Medford   Best Place to Buy Groceries Shop n’ Kart, Ashland Honorable Mentions: Food 4 Less, Medford Fred Meyers   Best Outdoor Store Black Bird Shopping Center, Medford Honorable Mentions: REI, Medford Dick’s Sporting Goods, Medford  

Best non-OSF Theater Company Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Ashland) Honorable Mentions: Puppeteers for Fear Craterian Camelot Best Local Actor (film or stage): Andrew Tevis Honorable Mention: Eric Solis   Best Local Author: Josh Gross Best Karaoke Spot: Lucky’s, Gold Hill Honorable Mentions: Smithfields Pubs & Pies, Ashland Gypsy Blues Bar, Medford

Best Physician/Medical Practitioner Dr. Brigid Crowe, Wild Fern Natural Health, Ashland Honorable Mentions: Dr. Nathan Funk, Southern Oregon Cardiology, Medford Dr. Tim Roberts, Grants Pass Clinic, Grants Pass Dr. Cory Tichaur, Bear Creek Naturopathic, Medford   Best Yoga Instructor/Studio Natalie Stawsky, Ashland Yoga Center Honorable Mention: Wise Roots Yoga, Grants

Best Local Athlete/Sports team Southern Oregon Spartans Hockey Honorable Mentions: Sis-Q Rollerz SOU (particularly softball and volleyball) Table Rock Best Hiking Trail Table Rock Honorable Mentions: Alice Wonderland (Ashland) Grizzly Peak Upper Table Rock Best Mountain Biking Trail Jacksonville   Honorable Mention: Jabeerwooky (Mt. Ashland)     Best Swimming Hole

Best New Restaurant: Masala Bistro & Bar, Ashland Honorable Mentions: Over Easy Brunch, Medford MOD Pizza, Grants Pass Ostras! Tapas and Bottle Shop, Ashland Favorite comment: “I’m not hip with the times.” Best Restaurant or Bar with Outdoor Seating: Walkabout Brewing Co., Medford Honorable Mentions: The Point Pub & Grill,

Sarah Kreisman is Executive Director for Rogue Valley Mentoring. In this edition’s Public Profile, she talks about the impact from positive mentoring.

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

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

What a TALENTED group over at Benson Elvis! This edition brings us their AMG, a wonderful cross of Amnesia Haze and Biker Kush. A subtle gassy lemon greets you as you break up the bud to get a closer look. The flavor stays true to the smell and the effect