Rogue Valley Messenger: Is there a specific story or incident that has most surprised you to learn about the history of southern Oregon? Kira Lesley: The influence of the Rogue River Indian Wars and the Modoc Wars in regional historic memory is larger than I realized. I was born and
Rogue Valley Messenger: Do you remember your first pet? Karen Evans: My first pet was a Collie named Lassie. My parents got her for me when I was very young. She quickly became my best friend. We were inseparable. I believe she is the reason for my lifelong love of
Community is a word that is used often. And most often as a noun. Which it is. As a word to describe those around you, and a shared sense of belonging and, hopefully, responsibility. But “community” can also be a verb. As in, to be actively engaged. To support. The
This past weekend, a group called ORD2 Indivisible led a caravan of cars from Ashland to Hood River, through much of Oregon’s Second Congressional District territory. They were drawing attention to what they see as Rep. Greg Walden’s elitism and elusiveness. Since 1999, Greg Walden has served as the U.S.
Rogue Valley Messenger: The goal is for 20,000 acres to be set aside by 2020. You are halfway there. What needs to happen to reach that goal? Della Merrill: Vision 20/20 is an aspirational goal for 20,000 acres conserved. Even though we conserve more acres each year, protecting an additional 10,000
Voltron: Legendary Defender Cosplay Group RVM: Can you describe your workshop at Medford’s Comic Con? Such as what it will entail? Jennyfer Perkins: What my workshop will include in an in character Q&A session, a little bit of scripted conversations, and some fun games. The goal of this panel is
Best non-OSF theater company Bestie: Puppeteers for Fears Hon. Mention: Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Ashland) Hon. Mention: Randall Theatre Company (Medford) Best local actor (film or stage) Bestie: Bruce Campbell Hon. Mention: Eric Solis Hon. Mention: Galloway Stevens Best local author Bestie: Josh Gross Hon. Mention: Robert Arellano Hon.
Best physician/medical practitioner Bestie: Dr. Brigid Crowe (Wild Fern Natural Health, Ashland) Hon. Mention: Dr. Jason Miller (Jade Mountain Medicine, Ashland) Best yoga instructor/studio Bestie: Rasa Center for Yoga and Wellness (Medford) Hon. Mention: Beth Sparks (Ashland Hot Yoga) Hon. Mention: Sheryl Grunde (Ashland) Best energy worker/intuitive healer
Best Doggie Day Care/Groomer Bestie (tie): Land of Paws Bestie (tie): Groomery Best place to get groomed for humans (i.e., manicurists, hair stylists, etc.) Bestie: Rogue Barbers (Grants Pass) Hon. Mention: Hair City (Ashland) Hon. Mention: Nest Salon (Medford) Best car mechanic Bestie: Luke Anderson Automotive (Medford) Hon. Mention: