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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.

An Interview with David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.    Rogue Valley Messenger: The Waste Prevention Strategy was adopted in 2007. Can you talk about how this plays out in southern Oregon?  David Allaway: The 2007 Strategy was an early document, and has since been

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