Rogue Valley Messenger: Do you and Suzi come from a farming background? Did your parents farm? Steve Fry: No, her parents ranched. Her mom was born on a cow ranch in Eastern Oregon, but her mom was a schoolteacher and my mom and dad they immigrated from Idaho to LA.
The Siskiyou Challenge is an amazing race, to borrow a term. A five-stage race—kayak, cycle, run, mountain bike and run—it is as fun as it is challenging and bruising. We are proudly sponsoring the race, and have a free team registration for you and/or you and four friends. How to
In a mountainous landscape, butterflies soar through the foreground, feeding on flowers and spreading their colorful wings. Dozens of different species occupy the canvas, representing Oregon in one of its truest forms. Deb Van Poolen’s butterfly project is one of education just as much as it is vibrant and peaceful.
Editor’s Note: We must have been high. We are very proud of the Best Of issue, but, well, we did screw up a few of the listings. First off, the Runner-Up for Best Rueben should have been R&D Sandwich Shop and Ruby’s. Also, Elijah Elliott from Breeze Botanicals was the
Best Sports Team Winner: Sis-Q Rollerz Honorable Mention: Spartans Hockey Honorable Mention: SOU Raiders Best Hiking Trail Winner: Table Rock Hon. Mention: Grizzly Peak Hon. Mention: RoxyAnn Peak Hon. Mention: Britt Trails Best Mountain Bike Trail Winner: Time Warp Hon. Mention: Toothpick Hon. Mention: Mountain of the Rogue
Best Brewery Winner: Caldera Honorable Mention: Walkabout Honorable Mention (tie): Standing Stone Honorable Mention (tie): Opposition Brewing Company Best Winery Winner: Del Rio Hon. Mention: Red Lily Hon. Mention: Roxy Ann Best Margarita Winner: Taqueria Picario Hon. Mention: Agave Hon. Mention: Habanero’s Best Bar Winner: Immortal Spirits Hon.
Best Band Winner: Slow Corpse Honorable Mention: King Roy Wing Honorable Mention: The Evening Shades Best Venue For Live Music Winner: Britt Festival Hon. Mention: Brickroom Hon. Mention: Howiee’s Best Music Festival Winner: Britt Festival Hon. Mention: Apple Jam Hon. Mention: Peace Village Festival Best Karaoke Winner:
Best Yoga Winner: Ashland Hot Yoga Winner: Natalie Stawsky at Ashland Hot Yoga Hon. Mention: Rasa Center for Yoga Hon. Mention: Soulshine Yoga Best Massage Therapist Winner: Micah Haines at Bear Creek Body Works Hon. Mention: Théresa Holliday at Rogue Health Hon. Mention: Micah Haines at Bear Creek Body Works
Best Politician Winner (tie): Kay Brooks (Medford City Council) Winner (tie): Jeff Merkley (U.S. Senator) Honorable Mention: Corey Falls (former Jackson County Sheriff) Honorable Mention: Carol Voisin (former Ashland City Council, 2004 – 2016) Honorable Mention: Clay Bearnson (Medford City Council) Best Facebook Group for Locals Winner: Ashland Peeps
Best Dispensary Winner: Breeze Botanicals Honorable Mention: Pharm 2 Table Honorable Mention: Fireside Best Budtender Winner: Eli Elliott at Breeze Bontanicals Hon. Mention: Megan at Talent Health Club Hon. Mention: Jesse Lee at Madrone Cannabis Club Best Cannabis Strain Winner: Mawi Wawi/Maui Waui Hon. Mention: Madrone OG Hon.