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Josh Gross

Josh Gross

Ace reporter. Produced playwright. Internationally recognized rock and roll superstar and burrito connoisseur.

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

  As an early holiday gift to late-night comedians, Donald Trump just launched his “I’m totally serious you guys,” campaign for president. Before he spoke a single word of his announcement speech, he had already stepped in it, because the song he chose to enter to was Neil Young’s “Rocking

The Rogue Valley Messenger hasn’t yet been around long enough to make it onto all the industry mailing lists, burying us in a deluge of review-copies of albums by new side projects from the former bassists of the bands that sprung from the ashes of highly-influential underground acts you’ve never

Benjamin Tyler grew up in the southwest, studying jazz in Tempe, Arizona. Despite jazz’s propaganda as an outlet for musical freedom, he felt boxed-in. “I had a lot to get off my chest, and I just felt a little stifled in school,” he says. “And no one really wanted to

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

Thrive has been working on the cause of local food and economies for more than a decade, trying to connect growers to grocers and when necessary, assist growers in scaling their operations up to the needs of grocers. “A lot of it is building those relationships,” says Executive Director Wendy

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

Bricktown Brewing Medford’s neighborhood microbrewery and gastropub, with classed-up pub food that pairs perfectly with the brew. 44 S. Central, Medford 541-973-2377, bricktownebeer.com, Mon-Sat, 11:30am-10pm, Sun noon-6pm. Caldera Brewery Gargantuan brewery responsible for Caldera’s many beers, and dishing up top-notch gastropub food. Patio has a lovely view of the mountains

It’s a growing maxim in the world of economics: “Water is the new oil.” And the continuing realities of the current drought are bringing all its uses into question, everything from lawns to outdoor recreation to agriculture. Even, gasp, beer. While being nowhere near as big a waterhog as meat