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For the past few years, the Holly Theater in Medford has been raising funds, with the looming promise to restore a grand theater back to glory—and then some. Early last week, that promise seemed to continue to inch towards reality, with a Walk of Fame style event recognizing their major

Let’s start obvious. Tax money. Cannabis in Oregon is taxed on the absurdly heavy side (20 percent) and as other states legalize, it will be unsustainable. But hey, we’re trying to get our foot in the door and when we hear that 40 percent goes to the common school fund,

Horse Sense In the final race of the day on July 9 at Grants Pass Downs, the horse Storm on the River charged down the final stretch of the track and opened up several lengths of space for a come-from-behind win. It was an exciting race, but perhaps most curious,

Who’s To Blame? In last issue’s Publisher Note, we wrote about the recent con by which Southern Oregon University was scammed of $1.9 million when someone or persons apparently requested funds wired to a bank account as partial payment for construction of the school’s new gym. In the column, we

It is difficult to pinpoint the number of visitors to the “great outdoors” each year in America. The National Parks report some 300 million each year, which include people heading out to some 400 parks, the likes of Yosemite and Glacier. But National Parks are different from National Forests, which

It sucks to beg. But the Messenger needs your support. Will write record reviews for change? Spare a $5-a-month membership for news coverage? Why lie? We want your money so we can write beer reviews! For the past few issues, the Messenger has been promoting its membership program. Just like

Publisher’s Note: From time to time, we simply are tired of our own voice and open this page to a dutiful reader. In the spirit of democracy, this is a op-ed submitted about Measure 17.81 by Chris Hall. In the upcoming Josephine County Special Election, Measure 17.81 asks voters about

Earlier this month, the esteemed Pulitzer Prizes were handed out for excellence in journalism. Mixed in with the big dogs and usual suspects is a small newspaper, The Storm Lake Times, a twice-weekly newspaper in Iowa. The circulation for the newspaper is smaller than the Messenger. The editor won the

Starting the day after terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center in 2001, and as the American psyche reeled from the attacks, reporter Alex Tizon set out across America to gather individuals’ stories. Along with a photographer, Tizon collected stories and viewpoints—each adding an important puzzle piece to the

Last week, Medford City Council presented the proposal for an exclusionary zone in downtown. The idea is that certain persons should be booted—or excluded—from the center of town. Already, someone who violates local laws and ordinances—like sleeping in the park—can be kicked out of the city park for 180 days.