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Pahokee documents the final year for high school seniors at Pahokee Junior/Senior High School in Florida, as it is experienced through four of the students; each with different paths, but similar hopes of leaving their hometown and circumstances to better themselves. In a town locally nicknamed “the muck” for its

Rusty is a marvelous individual with incredible talent, charisma and warmth, and yet one decision in his life dictates how the world sees him. His story is like many that have come out about their sexuality; many friends left him, and his family struggles to accept him. Rusty displays an

They’ve got the Lowe’s. They’ve got the fancy off-ramps and an overpass—construction of which slowed traffic on I-5 for what seemed like eons last year. For Rogue Valley residents, we don’t often give Phoenix too much thought as we whiz past on our way to Ashland or Medford. But, the

  Sometimes, being labeled a rebel is a compliment, and when the Ashland Independent Film Festival pins the title, it is definitely something to be proud of. This year’s winners are Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra, a filmmaking duo that shares a passion for the history, story, and especially the

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 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 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 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,