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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

State Route 87, the thin band of pavement that approaches the mostly shuttered town of Coolidge, Ariz., cuts through some of the least hospitable land in the country. The valley of red and brown sand is interrupted occasionally by rock and saguaro cactus. It’s not unusual for summer temperatures to

The Rogue Valley Commuter Bus Line launched as a grand experiment in September of last year, linking our sister counties, Jackson and Josephine through public transit. The round trip is made from Grants Pass to Medford, with stops in Rogue River and Gold Hill along the way, five times every

Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is getting ready to open its outdoor stage, The Elizabethan Theatre. But as you can tell from this picture, it looked pretty different back in the 1970s, when passersby on the sidewalk could catch a play just by standing on their toes. If you’ve got

Millions of Americans use GlaxoSmithKline’s purple inhaler. But whether Advair poses a higher risk of asthma-related death remains uncertain 15 years after regulators approved the drug. Advair is one of the biggest blockbusters in pharmaceutical history. The asthma drug has generated more than $80 billion in global revenues for its

By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Forests may be the green investment with the richest returns for humankind, according to new research. While one study outlines the ways in which forests provide food, fuel, shelter and a safety net for more than a billion humans, a separate one confirms that