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Ryan J. Degan

Ryan J. Degan

Located in the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, Base Kamp Awesome has been a destination for Punk and Metal bands in the Rogue Valley since 2012. Set in the natural beauty of the Siskiyou woodlands, Base Kamp Awesome is an outdoor venue that provides camping and a place where bands can

An oasis of delicacy located in long streets of fast food joints, dive bars, and diners, Brava Italian Eatery is a casual friendly restaurant fit for families of all types. Located 1214 NW 6th St, Grants Pass, Brava Italian Eatery is a relatively new Southern Italian restaurant having opened in

Southern Oregon University’s Center for the Visual Arts Gallery student Gallery Director Hannah Bakken has a massive job. Rotating five or six exhibits in SOU’s gallery spaces every couple weeks, Bakken sorts through hundreds of pieces of art each month. For the Messenger’s Spring Arts Issue, we sat down with

Like a (benevolent) tornado passing through town, the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) has come and gone. But a film enthusiast’s work is never done. For this issue’s Public Profile, we sat down with AIFF Executive Director Cathy Dombi to talk about the inner workings of the festival and its

An area traditionally known for its delicious beer, natural beauty, and, of course, Shakespeare festival, the identity of the Rogue Valley is recently adding filmmaking to part of its identity, with scenes from the Academy-nominated Wild filmed in the region, not to mention other recent productions like Redwood Highway, Black

ASSOU President Torii Uyehara claims she has the best job on campus. Having been involved with on campus politics since 2012, Uyehara fell in love with “getting to engage with my peers (and) the sense of empowerment it gives you when you know your doing something for other people.” The

  Michelle Glass has been Lead Regional Organizer in Southern Oregon for the social justice organization, Oregon Action, since 2014. Oregon Action is a chapter of the Center of Intercultural Organization. Their mission is to build a unified intercultural movement for justice. Rogue Valley Messenger: Can you tell me about

In an ongoing series we at the Rogue Valley Messenger meet with public figures around the region. This issue, we sat down with Alan Bates to discuss Southern Oregon’s political landscape, the presidential race, and living in Ashland. Bates is a democratic Oregon State Senator representing the Southern Oregon 3rd

Oregon nature lovers may have a lot more pristine land to appreciate. The Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal, created by Oregon Wild, would declare 500,000 acres of land, in Crater Lake and the surrounding areas, a nationally protected wilderness corridor. This would preserve the wildlife and natural resources of the area,

Interview by Ryan Degan In an ongoing series the Rogue Valley Messenger meets with public officials throughout Southern Oregon. This week we sat down with Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara and discussed his new and progressive plans for APD’s future. Since joining APD in 2010, Chief O’Meara has served as Patrol Sergeant, Detective