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With 100-plus employees, Darex is one of the monster companies in Southern Oregon. Nationally-recognized as a tool sharpening company, they soon as moving into the kitchen with a, well, cutting-edge knife-sharpener. The Messenger sat down with CEO and fourth generation owner of the family business, Matthew Bernard. Rogue Valley Messenger:

In our last issue, we pointed out three races that we considered “really, really, really” important—and made endorsements. Of those, two of out three went the opposite direction from our endorsements, which, even in baseball, isn’t a very good batting average. The first of those three is the biggest disappointment,

Typically, mid-term elections don’t have a lot of fanfare. Especially without a marquee prizefight like the presidential race, voters are less likely to vote. However, this ballot has several local races and measures whose outcomes promise big changes—in terms of public transportation, environmental protection and education, and each of these

Raymond Rosa: Director, Operation Rambo Rogue Valley Messenger: Can you talk about why vets have service dogs?  What is the need, and how many people are we talking about in the region?  Raymond Rosa: Many veterans have physical disabilities that limit and make day to day activities a burden, as

Midge Raymond’s Forgetting English Reviewed by Tuula Rebhahn   Ashland Creek Press is a publisher of books relating to the environment, and its co-founder Midge Raymond has written one that spans environments on every corner of the planet. Forgetting English is a world tour of lost souls, like getting on

  With a sense of deja-vu, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) is back for its third attempt at placing a pipeline that will run diagonally all the way from the California border near Klamath northwest to Coos Bay. Construction permits have been rejected twice before by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The middle of April is a mix of emotions—with Easter, Tax Day and the beginning of NBA playoffs—events that bring a basket full of joy, financial frustration and cheers and jeers. Last week also marked the mid-point for the Oregon legislative session, another event that brings a mix joy, financial

With fewer than half of the public schools in Josephine County offering arts program, a Grants Pass-based filmmaker Antonio Melendez saw a gap he could fill. Along with collaborator Abram Katz, in early April, they opened the Heartisan Youth Center, a space to offer media production and entrepreneurship classes. The

As annual as cherry blossoms and robins nesting, the Messenger’s annual Public Writing Contest! Stories are due to no later than Thursday, May 4 at 5 pm. This year we are asking our readers to submit short memoirs (no longer than 500 words) with the theme betrothed or betrayed.

By Phil Busse, with reporting from Jordon Lindsey The chanting last Thursday was contagious. About 150 protesters gathered at the Medford Public Library, there to shout down a proposed pipeline that would carry liquefied natural gas (LNG) some 220 miles across the southwestern corner of Oregon.   “Frack it up.