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Because of the old gal’s 239th birthday on July 4, The Messenger decided to dedicate this issue to America, loading it up with DIY parade float ideas and apple pie, even if only because America could use a bit of encouragement to get through what has been, let’s say, a challenging

Are you ready everyone? Can you hear “A Whole New World,” running on repeat in your head? Because the NASA blastoff countdown has begun. This will be the last appearance of Don’t Smoke the Messenger published while pot is still illegal. As of July 1, growing, possession and consumption will

Re: Local Little League Still Striving for Gender Equity Equality is not an issue with boys and girls youth baseball/softball programs. It’s the lack of population and the interest in our local baseball/softball programs. More boys play baseball than girls. The girls Little League Softball program does have a season

I really wanted to use this week’s column to write about beer, about how it’s the fastest growing industry in the valley and how cool it is that punk rock home-chemistry experiments have turned something that tasted like Budweiser to something that tastes like magic. But instead I have to

A friend of mine works as a forester. He was recently on the job near Cave Junction when a man come out of the woods and demanded the crew vamoose or he’d get his gun. They didn’t leave and he made good on his threat, chasing the foresters off with

Re: Junk Science The last issue of The Rogue Valley Messenger contained an article by a quack calling himself a “naturopathic physician,” who absurdly advocates “[deciding] on two vegetables to consume—of two different colors“—what? WHY? This makes no logical sense. The quack continues to advocate “two handfuls of raw nuts”—wouldn’t

  Mary Poppins was onto something. And we don’t mean dancing with cartoon animals. That’s definitely a red flag of some sort. We mean the whole spoonful of sugar making the medicine go down. It’s something we think about a lot here in the newsroom at The Messenger as truth—what

  In yet another example of last-ditch desperation to avoid progress, the Grants Pass City Council is currently drafting a law that would ban outdoor marijuana growing. Considering the region’s continuing political slide into being a forested version of Mad Max, that would essentially make it the only law in

Re: Universal Background Checks I wanted to write and say good on Governor Kate Brown for signing universal background checks into law. But it’s a long-overdue, common sense move with strong popular support. Will that alone put an end to America’s epidemic of gun violence? Obviously not. But we should