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In December of last year, financial blog Nerd Wallet published a report on the 10 best cities for renters in Oregon. Topping the list was Ashland. Number 5 was Medford. The perennially oblivious analysts at Nerd Wallet ranked Ashland so highly because it’s cheaper to rent there than to buy.

While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security The positive consequences of climate change may not be so positive. Although plants in the colder regions are expected to thrive as average global temperatures rise, even this benefit

Two Thousand Signatures Down, Only 120,000 Left to Go On July 17, the campaign to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 an hour delivered 2,000 signatures to Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins. That’s enough to get the proposal a title and move the campaign one step closer to being on

Breathing Room The Kalmiopsis wilderness. Hard to find. Harder to pronounce. And even harder to protect. The rugged and resource rich patch of wilderness home to the Smith, Illinois and Rogue rivers has been a prime target for resource extraction companies for a long time, especially nickel mines, three of

Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures   by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR The neighborhood of Campeche sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a

by Ace Montana, Certified  Professional Hellion Nowadays, you ain’t Rogue Valley unless you strap on your banjo and walk your goat down to the homebrew supply store to talk robust porter. But back in the ’90s, “before it was cool,” I was a goat-walking banjo-plucking teen ruffian with a taste

by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): “To look at a thing hard and straight and seriously — to fix it.” Aries author Henry James said he wanted to do that on a regular basis. He didn’t want to be “arbitrary” or “mechanical” in his efforts. I invite you to

It’s a growing maxim in the world of economics: “Water is the new oil.” And the continuing realities of the current drought are bringing all its uses into question, everything from lawns to outdoor recreation to agriculture. Even, gasp, beer. While being nowhere near as big a waterhog as meat

There are consumer trends in flavors of beer, just like anything else. Some are past their prime and others ready for their primacy. The Messenger staff voted to find four beers that we need a whole lot more of, and four that it’s time to send to the woodshed. Cheers

Listen up mateys. Medford Beer Week is so full of grog and treasure that it’s hard to take it all in. That’s why the crew here at The Messenger dug through the loot and found the pearls. Here’s the not-to-miss events for Medford Beer Week. Fri., June 12 Medford Beer