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Caitlin Fowlkes

Caitlin Fowlkes

It seems a bit paradoxical, but sometimes you need to drive to walk. Three favorite hikes that are worth the gas money. Castle Crags: About an hour and a half drive from Ashland, this California state park is worth it for a beautiful day of climbing or a summer camping

“A micro-dose is generally considered to be one-20th to one-10th of a recreational dose,” according to an article published by The Cut titled “Microdosing’s Micromovement.” “If someone’s seeing things, he or she has taken too much. Most people micro-dose mushrooms or LSD, but other drugs have also become popular of

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

Have you ever seen a retro trailer on the highway and wondered (or envied) where they were going? Chances are they may have been on their way to a rally, or into the woods to glamp (camping in style, and/or with amenities). The second annual Rally on the Rogue will

Over the past several years, Medford Beer Week has ballooned to more than one hundred beer-related events. (And, actually the “week” is 10 days, June 7-16, but perhaps they are seeing double on some of those days.) From collaborations between some of the best breweries in the state, beer release

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

The annual Boatnik Celebration may be turning 60 this year, but it is nowhere near considering retirement. Hosted by the Grants Pass Active Club every Memorial Day weekend—May 24 to 28 this year—draws over 10,000 people to the parade alone, and nearly the entire population of Grants Pass in all.

Sixteen hot-air balloons and more than 50 large-scale kites—including the largest kite in the world which just happens to be an American flag—will fly over Grants Pass the first weekend in June at the second annual Balloon and Kite Festival. The sky will explode with color at the balloon launch

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

Spring is the perfect time to hike Eight-Dollar Mountain as the snow has melted, the weather is a refreshing temperature, and the wildflowers are abundant. The mountain is owned by the Siskiyou National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management, meaning it’s open to the public year-round. This area is