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Jack King spins his two rods, L-shaped and about two feet long, made out of coat hangers, around in his hands around his head like lassos as he steps across the property line. He asks questions about where other wells in the area are located and how deep they are.

Years ago, the farm was often the spoke of the community. People relied on knowing their farmer because he or she was in charge of growing their food. These days, though, it is often easier to grab a box of cereal at the grocery store than pick up a box

Legal cannabis business in Oregon is literally blooming, everywhere. And at the root of this boom is growers, the farmer who spends the seasons preparing for planting, preparing for growing, and preparing for the harvest. And then starting all over again. While there are many Oregonians who excitedly planted their

Nearly 18 months ago, voters in Jackson and Josephine County voted to ban genetically modified crops—or, GMOs, as they are better known. It was David versus Goliath politics. “We won that imitative on $20,000 because a group of citizens came together – liberal, conservative, someone from every stereotype,” says Mary

Salmon fishing ended more than a month ago, and there are conservation reasons to let the spawning fish be. But there is also the practical reason not to fish salmon right now; that is, salmon who are spawning simply do not eat. Oh sure, points out “Pritch,” who identified himself

The cyclocross races hosted by the Southern Oregon Outlaws are rarely quiet. At a recent event, a few people line a muddy course; they whistle and hoot, and bang on cow bells. Riders swing around a hairpin turn, and, without slowing any forward momentum, swing a leg off their bikes,

With traditional curriculum failing some students, a new wilderness program grows in the woods Lorenzo Mussell did not have an orthodox childhood. He grew up in Kenya. He talks about walking around barefoot, squatting around an open fire, eating food with his hands, and making toys out of bits and

Entering his second year, Superintendent Brian Shumate counts his victories and stares down challenges   In early February 2014, teachers from the Medford School District went on strike. For months prior, teachers had expressed concerns about middling salaries and what they complained were poor working conditions. In a press statement

By former Messenger intern and current SOU “senior” Eli Stillman Looking to get more from this whole “college experience” everyone keeps talking about? Well, fortunately, I’ve discovered that this town is pretty student-friendly, and there are some great ways to do more than just survive. No need to be an

Local Snack-makers pack a school lunch you won’t want to trade Southern Oregon is known for agriculture. Our farmers markets put the “pro” in produce (seriously, I just said that), and with our newly-christened GMO-free status, we can be even more comfortable with shopping locally. While local, organic carrots are