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Interview by Ryan Degan In an ongoing series the Rogue Valley Messenger meets with public officials throughout Southern Oregon. This week we sat down with Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara and discussed his new and progressive plans for APD’s future. Since joining APD in 2010, Chief O’Meara has served as Patrol Sergeant, Detective

Pushing for $15 an Hour is the Most Dominant Legislative Discussion As the state legislature began to gather for its session, Governor Kate Brown announced a six-year plan to steadily raise minimum wage in Oregon—and, in doing so, struck the dominant chord for upcoming conversations about law-making in the state.

RVM: When did you first get involved in politics? Clay Bearnson: I first got involved in politics in the spring of 2012. One of the council members was stepping down due to health issues, so I went for the appointment. After I didn’t get the appointment they told me it

In early January—a few days before President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address—City of Ashland Mayor John Stromberg gave his State of the City address. “Nationally, 2015 was a tipping point year,” he began, “by which I mean that on multiple issues a significant number of people

In 2016, we continue our popular Public Profile series with a Q&A with Alfredo Flores, Editor for Revista Caminos, a publication that caters to Spanish speakers. RVM: When was Caminos Founded? AF: Caminos was founded in 2009. It took us about seven to eight months to actually publish our first

Young, ambitious, and focused, Medford City Councilman Kevin Stine takes a moment to sit down with the Rogue Valley Messenger and tell us why he’s not your average local politician—and also to provide his perspectives on the past year and what to expect from Medford City Council in 2016.  

RVM: What sets Food Angels apart from other food rescue programs? PJ: What sets it apart from several other programs is that from the beginning I focused on live food. Fruits, vegetables, things that people eat naturally as opposed to cans and boxes. When I started around 1995, the food

A year ago, residents in the small town of Gold Hill tried to recall two-thirds of city council. The political dust-up was the result from a vote by council to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to open its doors downtown, and simultaneously rolling back a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana

Interestingly, the proposed ban had been discussed at Medford City Council for the past few months—and until last Thursday, November 19, not a single person had showed up to formally opposed the idea to ban indoor and outdoor marijuana grows within the Medford city limits. In early November, with little

RVM: What was your first experience with radio? MM: My very first experience with radio was community radio in Portland at KBOO, and that was probably around the spring of 1994. By the fall, they hired me as their pledge drive coordinator. Every community radio has a couple big on-air