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Rogue Valley Messenger:  Is there a specific story or incident that has most surprised you to learn about the history of southern Oregon? Kira Lesley: The influence of the Rogue River Indian Wars and the Modoc Wars in regional historic memory is larger than I realized. I was born and

Rogue Valley Messenger: Do you remember your first pet? Karen Evans: My first pet was a Collie named Lassie. My parents got her for me when I was very young. She quickly became my best friend. We were inseparable. I believe she is the reason for my lifelong love of

Re-elected by a slight majority, pulling in 51% of the vote over two challengers, Stephen Jensen is returning to Ashland City Council this January. Rogue Valley Messenger: Why did you return to city council? Unfinished business? Stephen Jensen: I was appointed for six months to fill out a term and

Although the recent confirmation hearings for Supreme Court placed bipartisan pressures on the judiciary, it is not common that judge elections are highly political events. Often judges for circuit courts run unopposed, as is the case with five of the seven elections for judges represented on the upcoming Jackson County

Nathan Rowling has been performing as Natasha Blackwell for the past five years, and will emcee the Pride events on the big day (11 am – 3 pm, October 13, Lithia Park, Ashland). “With this event we will be able to spread love farther and make pride bigger and better

Rogue Valley Messenger: What is a common reaction from kids on their first visit to the farm?  Melina Barker: Rogue Valley Farm to School got it’s start on one local farm offering opportunities for students to come and immerse themselves in a true field to table experience, tending the fields,

With the loss of federal funding, Josephine County Sheriff’s Department has faced constrictive budgets, the type of funding when staff might consider collecting and returning empty cans for the extra dimes. There have been massive reductions of patrol hours, big staff cutbacks and a policy of catch-and-release for non-violent offenders

Rogue Valley Messenger: Last December, you founded and now serve as the Chair of Keeping Ashland Women Safe Task Force, K.A.W.S. How did this organization come about? Alaya Ketani: As an Ashland resident for years, career social worker and hypnotherapist, I am aware of a lot that goes on that

Rogue Valley Messenger: The goal is for 20,000 acres to be set aside by 2020. You are halfway there. What needs to happen to reach that goal? Della Merrill: Vision 20/20 is an aspirational goal for 20,000 acres conserved. Even though we conserve more acres each year, protecting an additional 10,000

Rogue Valley Messenger: What do you do with the organization?  Dan Mata: Previously I was a CASA Volunteer for a year and I was appointed as an advocate to speak about the best interest of our children involved with DHS/CW.  Currently I am the Lead Case Supervisor for CASA of