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In a new series, the Rogue Valley Messenger catches up with public officials in the region, and asks for their insights into local issues—and solutions. Retired banker Henry “Hank” Williams is the Mayor of Central Point and has won six consecutive elections; he also serves on the Rogue Valley Area

“The good news is they didn’t go up,” says Angus Duncan, speaking about greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon over the past decade. But, he adds, “the bad news is they didn’t go down.” For the past eight years, Duncan has chaired the Oregon Global Warming Commission, a group that makes

In a new series, the Rogue Valley Messenger catches up with public officials in the region, and asks for their insights into local issues—and solutions. Pam Marsh is a member of the Ashland City Council and the liaison to the Housing & Human Services Commission as well as the executive

Under sunny skies on Labor Day weekend, some of the “hikers” arrived in Shady Cove by raft, pushing across the Rogue River at a point where a proposed gas pipeline would cross the river—that is, if the activists don’t stop it first. About 200 people were there to greet them.

What lessons does rural Colorado hold for Southern Oregon and legal pot growing? Mark Morley looks out over 30 acres he owns east of Pueblo, Colorado, and imagines the future. On this blustery summer afternoon in early summer, there’s little more than mud and puddles here, bordered by highway and

For roughly 30 years the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals. QUANTICO, Va.—More than 30 years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a revolutionary computer system in a bomb shelter two floors beneath the cafeteria of its national

Federal Government Weighs in on Lawsuit Challenging Anti-Homeless Measures Boise, Idaho is currently facing a lawsuit from the ACLU over a municipal camping ban. It is similar to the camping bans in both Ashland and Medford, all of which are targeted at the homeless. But on August 6, in a

The Food and Drug Administration announced it is investigating the risk of brain deposits for patients who are given repeated MRIs using imaging drugs that contain a heavy metal. The FDA did not announce any label changes for the nine medicines that contain the metal, gadolinium, saying there was a “need

Unable to Find Rental Vacancies, SOU Students are Exiting Ashland En Masse The article “Seller’s Market,” in the 7/23 issue of The Rogue Valley Messenger looked into the staggering shortage of rental homes in Southern Oregon, where the vacancy rate is currently around 1.5 percent, the tightest market in decades.

Bike Share Program Launches in Rogue Valley The Rogue Valley just got five new bike racks. One in Ashland, two in Medford and two more in White City. All are typical looking bike racks armed with a fleet of yellow bicycles, all identical cruisers that appear similar to any other