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The 1996 Telecommunication Act may sound like a somewhat dated and bureaucratic piece of legislation; but, it is really more like a seed planted two decades ago that has grown deep and gnarled roots into American culture. Consider, at the time, the 10,000 or so radio stations in America were

Best non-OSF theater company Bestie: Puppeteers for Fears Hon. Mention: Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Ashland) Hon. Mention: Randall Theatre Company (Medford)   Best local actor (film or stage) Bestie: Bruce Campbell Hon. Mention: Eric Solis Hon. Mention: Galloway Stevens   Best local author Bestie: Josh Gross Hon. Mention: Robert Arellano Hon.

Best physician/medical practitioner Bestie: Dr. Brigid Crowe (Wild Fern Natural Health, Ashland) Hon. Mention: Dr. Jason Miller (Jade Mountain Medicine, Ashland)   Best yoga instructor/studio Bestie: Rasa Center for Yoga and Wellness (Medford) Hon. Mention: Beth Sparks (Ashland Hot Yoga) Hon. Mention: Sheryl Grunde (Ashland)   Best energy worker/intuitive healer

Best Doggie Day Care/Groomer Bestie (tie): Land of Paws Bestie (tie): Groomery   Best place to get groomed for humans (i.e., manicurists, hair stylists, etc.) Bestie: Rogue Barbers (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention: Hair City (Ashland) Hon. Mention: Nest Salon (Medford) Best car mechanic Bestie: Luke Anderson Automotive (Medford) Hon. Mention:

Best record store Bestie: Music Co-Op (Ashland) Hon. Mention: Biscuits and Vinyl (Talent) Hon. Mention: Musichead (Medford)         Best place to buy groceries Bestie: WinCo Hon. Mention: Food 4 Less Hon. Mention: Shop n Kart   Best outdoor store Bestie: REI Hon. Mention: Dicks Hon. Mention: Black

Best local athlete/sports team Bestie: Sis-Q Rollers Hon. Mention: Southern Oregon Spartans (hockey) Hon. Mention: SOU Raiders     Best hiking trail Bestie: Table Rock Hon. Mention: Grizzly Peak   Best mountain biking trail Bestie: Jabberwocky Hon. Mention: Cathedral Hills   Best swimming hole Bestie: Illinois River Hon. Mention: Applegate

Best new restaurant Bestie: Common Block Hon. Mention: Ram Hon. Mention: Pump House         Best restaurant or bar with outdoor seating Bestie: Walkabout Hon. Mention: Porters Hon. Mention: Bella Union   Best CSA or farm stand Bestie: Fry Family Farm Hon. Mention: Whistling Duck Hon. Mention: Barking

According to the Oregon Employment Department, workers in the leisure and hospitality field of Jackson and Josephine County make up 14.5 and 13.7 percent of the workforce, respectively, edging out the national average, which was only 12.8 percent in 2015. Meaning, folks come here to be entertained, and we are

“Tourism is the front door to Ashland’s economy,” explains Katharine Cato, Director for Travel Ashland Director. She goes on to explain that Ashland welcomes over 350,000 visitors annually, and within that are more than 100 restaurants, an impressive per capita number for a small town. Sure, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

It has been a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the president—and it has been a constant drum beat of insults, Twitter fights and sudden reversals of policy. The news cycle has been dominated by the reality TV show broadcast from the White House, and in homes and cafes