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Don’t Shoot the Messenger

A few days before Halloween, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, with the autumn leaves blazing red and orange, the Messenger’s Board of Directors gathered for its first strategic meeting. (In case we haven’t hit you over the head with it, the Messenger became a nonprofit this summer.) The strategic meeting

A year ago, according to most pundits and predications, Hilary Clinton was skating on her way to becoming president. There are many alternate realities that would have evolved from that result. Instead, it has been a challenging 12 months for many Americans, and one defined by strife and strident tweets.

This Halloween the scariest monster in southern Oregon is the LNG pipeline. Like a zombie that won’t die, the proposed pipeline continues to come back again and again, even though the townspeople vanquished it repeatedly. The proposal is to place pipeline that will run diagonally all the way from the California

The 2017 Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report concludes: “Oregon is warming and the consequences are, and will be, notable.” No shit.   This summer, nearly two dozen forest fires are still burning in Oregon, and some 400,000 acres in the state, from the Columbia Gorge to the California border, have

Last week, Southern Oregon University announced that the new athletic pavilion will be named after the DeBoer family—as in, the family that founded and owns Lithia Motors. In 1946, in the years before car culture really expanded throughout the United States, Walt DeBoer founded the company. They only sold 14

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