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Rogue Valley Messenger: You and Tom moved here with your son Oliver a few years ago. What brought you to southern Oregon from NYC? Stacy Van Voorhees: The journey began back in the “Old World,” pre 9/11, 2001. We were newly married and had been rag-tagging around NYC for 15

Rogue Valley Messenger: You won 85 percent of the vote. What was that experience like? Michelle Blum Atkinson: I was honored to win 85 percent of the vote in the contested primary; the support of my community means a lot to me. I think the people of Medford are ready

Rogue Valley Messenger: What kind of programs do the Ashland Public Schools have that normally wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for ASF? Susan Bacon: Through our Education Support grants, the Ashland Schools Foundation grants the school district over $150,000 annually for additional teachers and other educators to support a variety of programs and needs

Rogue Valley Messenger: Outside of your professional experience what sets you apart, at the personal level, from the other Jackson County Circuit Court Judge candidates? David Orr: My unique life experiences give me perspectives that very few judicial candidates are likely to have. I did not come from a privileged

  Rogue Valley Messenger: What do you do as chair of the arts commission?  ​Simone Stewart: I am the leader of the commission. I set the agenda for our meetings and conduct our meetings. I am the point of contact between the city of Medford and the Arts Commission. We

Rogue Valley Messenger: You are an English literature professor at SOU, correct? What is your favorite topic to teach and why? Alma Rosa Alvarez: I am currently an English literature professor at SOU. I have a wide range of favorite topics. I teach U.S. Literature. One of my favorite topics

Rogue Valley Messenger: What important issues are in front of City Council currently?  Clay Bearnson: In my opinion, the most pressing issues that we are starting to tackle are homelessness, the housing crisis, downtown revitalization, and repeat drug offenders that have no fear of any punishment due the turnstile door

Rogue Valley Messenger: What is the Rogue Farm Corps? Stuart O’Neill: Rogue Farm Corps trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs and the preservation of farmland. Many [first generation farmers] are aware of the looming crisis in agriculture, as the average age of

“The 2nd District is large, the size of Florida in fact,” explains Michael Byrne, a stone mason from the Hood River area who is hoping to become the new congressional representative for that district. In fact, the Second District of Oregon covers nearly two-thirds of the state, stretching north to

Rogue Valley Messenger: Just to be clear: You’re not operating the library, “just” raising money to help keep it operating? Amy Drake: Your property taxes cover the operating budget of the library, which is managed by the Jackson County Library District Board and the Jackson County Library staff. The Foundation