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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

The last time that the union for non-faculty workers at Southern Oregon University went on strike was in 1995, but they are concerned about what they see as inequalities in wage increases—and, are at the brink of a strike. To understand how, why and if the strike will occur, the Rogue

  When e-cigarettes and vaping first hit the market, it was a shock to the cigarette industry. Not only could smokers get their nicotine fix, but they could do so without the noxious smell, the toxic fumes, and the exorbitant cost of buying cigarettes. For those who haven’t managed to

Undoubtedly, the national parks of the United States of America are one of the greatest destinations for adventure-seeking crowds. But heading over there requires a certain amount of preparation if you want to enjoy your trip to these unforgettable areas.We have gathered a few prime suggestions for you to keep

After sinking under a sea of debt with $2.1 million in negative assets just 11 months ago, Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) is resurfacing to once again sail on the seas of financial solvency. Thus beginning a “new era of Special Olympics Oregon,” according to Britt Carlson Oase, who was hired

For the past three years, the Messenger has gathered songs from local musicians and presented them as a compilation. It is part of our mission to try and build “community.” This year, we are including 22 different tracks from 22 different musicians. It is a collection as varied as southern

In the era of climate change, not all industries are making the changes they need to. While construction methods and materials now exist to make homes and other buildings more energy efficient than ever before, legislation and regulations often struggle to keep up, resulting in many people avoiding green construction.

It’s May, the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health has long been, and still partially remains, a stigmatized part of human health. The days of old when mental health issues were either ignored or simply had their existence denied aren’t far in the past and remnants of them

Oregon legislators are currently considering legislation that would make obtaining a driver’s license a possibility for any resident of Oregon, regardless of their immigration status. Of course, anyone looking to get a driver’s license will still need to pass a driver’s test and meet the other DMV requirements. For the

With spring weather finally here, people are itching to get outside and enjoy it. But if you find yourself doing the same outdoor activities every spring, you may be looking for something new to do. So here are a few simple ways to enjoy the outdoors this spring. Go on