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The Rogue Valley Messenger publishes RogueValleyMessenger.com, Southern Oregon's daily alternative for community news and arts & entertainment. Covering Merlin to Mt. Ashland and Crater Lake to Cave Junction, RogueValleyMessenger.com delivers high-quality and engaging information to the public while providing local businesses with innovative and cost-effective marketing solutions including advertising, social media promotions, press services, and editorial search engine marketing. The Rogue Valley Messenger also offers a wide array of media services, including graphic design, start-up assistance, business strategy, branding, band bookings and press, event production, email marketing, SEO, SEM and many others.

Best Brewery The most popular category in all of the voting showed a virtually tie, with the Medford-based Walkabout Brewing Co. edging out the relatively new Weekend Beer Co. by just six votes for “Bestie” brewery.  Bestie: Walkabout Brewing Co. (Medford)  Hon. Mention: Weekend Beer Co. (Grants Pass)   Best

Best New Restaurant Bestie: Tap & Vine (Medford)  Hon. Mention: Bird & Rye (Ashland)    Best Chef Bestie: Neil Clooney (Bird & Rye) Best Outdoor Seating Bestie: Walkabout Brewing Co.  Hon. Mention: Weekend Beer Co. (Grants Pass)   Best CSA or farm stand Bestie: Fry Family Farm  Hon. Mention: Barking

Traveling can be one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can have. Exploring new lands, learning about different cultures, and meeting interesting people are only a few of the positive things we can run into when traveling, but people often forget that traveling can also be hard work. Not everything may

For the past five years, the Messenger has published an annual Give Guide, a listing of local nonprofits, each which is doing important work to make our communities safer, smarter, more interesting and, overall, helping make the world of southern Oregon a better place.  Let’s not mince words: For this

An Interview with David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.    Rogue Valley Messenger: The Waste Prevention Strategy was adopted in 2007. Can you talk about how this plays out in southern Oregon?  David Allaway: The 2007 Strategy was an early document, and has since been

Best Doggie Day Care/Groomer R & R Pet Resort, Phoenix Honorable Mention: Land of Paws, Ashland   Best Place to Get Groomed for Humans Blade & Bourbon Barbershop, Medford Honorable Mention: Rogue Barbers, Grants Pass Best Car Mechanic Luke Anderson Honorable Mention: Hurley’s Auto Kelly’s McClure’s   Best Bike Mechanic

Best non-OSF Theater Company Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Ashland) Honorable Mentions: Puppeteers for Fear Craterian Camelot Best Local Actor (film or stage): Andrew Tevis Honorable Mention: Eric Solis   Best Local Author: Josh Gross Best Karaoke Spot: Lucky’s, Gold Hill Honorable Mentions: Smithfields Pubs & Pies, Ashland Gypsy Blues Bar, Medford

Best Record Store Music Coop, Ashland Honorable Mentions: Biscuits & Vinyl, Talent Musichead, Medford   Best Place to Buy Groceries Shop n’ Kart, Ashland Honorable Mentions: Food 4 Less, Medford Fred Meyers   Best Outdoor Store Black Bird Shopping Center, Medford Honorable Mentions: REI, Medford Dick’s Sporting Goods, Medford  

Best Physician/Medical Practitioner Dr. Brigid Crowe, Wild Fern Natural Health, Ashland Honorable Mentions: Dr. Nathan Funk, Southern Oregon Cardiology, Medford Dr. Tim Roberts, Grants Pass Clinic, Grants Pass Dr. Cory Tichaur, Bear Creek Naturopathic, Medford   Best Yoga Instructor/Studio Natalie Stawsky, Ashland Yoga Center Honorable Mention: Wise Roots Yoga, Grants

Best Local Athlete/Sports team Southern Oregon Spartans Hockey Honorable Mentions: Sis-Q Rollerz SOU (particularly softball and volleyball) Table Rock Best Hiking Trail Table Rock Honorable Mentions: Alice Wonderland (Ashland) Grizzly Peak Upper Table Rock Best Mountain Biking Trail Jacksonville   Honorable Mention: Jabeerwooky (Mt. Ashland)     Best Swimming Hole