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Sara Jane Wiltermood

Sara Jane Wiltermood

Sara has been involved with the Rogue Valley Messenger from its inception, innocently responding to a craigslist ad asking for writers back in 2012, because she figured, why not? She had received her B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, in 2007 and was itching to put it to good use back where she was born and raised, in Grants Pass. Little did she know that the then online paper would end up in print, or that she would find herself in the esteemed position of Associate Editor two short years later. She and her husband and daughter, Seth and Lavender, have a small farm outside Grants Pass, where they primarily raise goats and rabbits and sell their products at their farm stand, L-Mae Essentials. They aspire to add produce to their repertoire in coming years. In her spare time, she also works as a Surgery Assistant/Implant Coordinator at Associates for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Grants Pass and Medford.

RVM: What inspired you to run for this position? CC: I have long been interested in municipal governance. I have spent much of the summers of my youth here and decided to move here in 1986. The area has been good to me. Much of my personal successes were a

RVM: What inspired you to run for this position?  JK: I have a desire to give back to my community and believe everyone should add value, whether in the private or public sector, to each others’ lives. RVM: What unique skill are you bringing to this position?  JK: I am

RVM: What inspired you to run for this position? DD: In 2012, Josephine County hit a fiscal cliff.  I was working for the Grants Pass Police Department at the time and the impact on law enforcement’s ability to do our jobs was significant.  It was at that time I had

RVM: What inspired you to run for this position? JK: As a resident of Josephine County, I am disappointed in the services we are currently receiving and the constant request for additional funds, I feel I can resolve those issues. I have a passion for service and a unique law

These days, modern-day porch entertainment most likely consists of a Bluetooth speaker and streamed playlists; often a private party, albeit on public display. But part rock-n-roll and part Norman Rockwell, Porchfest Grants Pass is a public party playing out on private porches. “It is a reason for people to get

News flash: not all drama is the same. Camelot Theatre in Talent is embracing the drama of dialogue—complete with music and sound effects—in their audio drama series. The next installment is War of the Worlds, running July 23 – 25. And, while the whole series will be aired on Jefferson

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