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RVM: What is the main goal of the Center for Sustainability? NS: Initially, the idea was to get a farm going, and then we’ll think about what kind of educational efforts we’ll do around the farm. I think the idea was really to inspire students to think about eating sustainably,

Amount spent by Jackson County on March special election to implement a 25 percent tax on marijuana sales, a measure the county commission is expected to negate: $105,614.22 Amount in marijuana sales necessary in Jackson County to re-generate those funds spent on a special election, if the county receives an

On any given night in Ashland, there are an estimated 300 homeless men, women and children. It is a high number—especially so when considered what a hefty percentage of the general population that represents, and that compared as a ratio of the general population to other cities, like say, Portland

In an ongoing series, the Rogue Valley Messenger catches up with public officials in the region, and asks for their insights into local issues—and solutions. The subject of this installment is Larry Masterman, the city of Medford’s first full-time Emergency Management Coordinator. With Halloween and zombies on the horizon, who better

From the perspective of many business-owners in Grants Pass, the idea for a sales tax—in Oregon?—came like on an unwelcome, fast-moving thunderstorm. There had been rumblings some three years ago, when the city apparently conducted a phone survey to judge interest. But then, the idea seemed to go quiet again.

The typical police chief, at least by Hollywood’s definition, is blustery, stern, no-nonsense, always threatening to take away a badge and a gun. Or, there is the other side of the spectrum, the portrayal of a portly police chief as innocuously kind as Santa Claus. Tim George, the police chief

thurs 1 Breaking Pattern ART—Pattern, optical and perceptual abstract painting give a person the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of life, along with a trusty glass of wine in hand. Crater Lake Cellars will be pouring for the opening reception of Breaking Pattern, a display of paintings by seven multi-generational

  Like so many young people, Matt Hopper had that one magic summer. Except for him, it wasn’t the time that he first drank a beer, saw a boob, and got one-up on a high school bully through an elaborate scheme involving a stolen monkey from the zoo. It was

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