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Young, ambitious, and focused, Medford City Councilman Kevin Stine takes a moment to sit down with the Rogue Valley Messenger and tell us why he’s not your average local politician—and also to provide his perspectives on the past year and what to expect from Medford City Council in 2016.  

RVM: What sets Food Angels apart from other food rescue programs? PJ: What sets it apart from several other programs is that from the beginning I focused on live food. Fruits, vegetables, things that people eat naturally as opposed to cans and boxes. When I started around 1995, the food

A year ago, residents in the small town of Gold Hill tried to recall two-thirds of city council. The political dust-up was the result from a vote by council to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to open its doors downtown, and simultaneously rolling back a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana

Interestingly, the proposed ban had been discussed at Medford City Council for the past few months—and until last Thursday, November 19, not a single person had showed up to formally opposed the idea to ban indoor and outdoor marijuana grows within the Medford city limits. In early November, with little

RVM: What was your first experience with radio? MM: My very first experience with radio was community radio in Portland at KBOO, and that was probably around the spring of 1994. By the fall, they hired me as their pledge drive coordinator. Every community radio has a couple big on-air

RVM: What is the main goal of the Center for Sustainability? NS: Initially, the idea was to get a farm going, and then we’ll think about what kind of educational efforts we’ll do around the farm. I think the idea was really to inspire students to think about eating sustainably,

Amount spent by Jackson County on March special election to implement a 25 percent tax on marijuana sales, a measure the county commission is expected to negate: $105,614.22 Amount in marijuana sales necessary in Jackson County to re-generate those funds spent on a special election, if the county receives an

On any given night in Ashland, there are an estimated 300 homeless men, women and children. It is a high number—especially so when considered what a hefty percentage of the general population that represents, and that compared as a ratio of the general population to other cities, like say, Portland

In an ongoing series, the Rogue Valley Messenger catches up with public officials in the region, and asks for their insights into local issues—and solutions. The subject of this installment is Larry Masterman, the city of Medford’s first full-time Emergency Management Coordinator. With Halloween and zombies on the horizon, who better

From the perspective of many business-owners in Grants Pass, the idea for a sales tax—in Oregon?—came like on an unwelcome, fast-moving thunderstorm. There had been rumblings some three years ago, when the city apparently conducted a phone survey to judge interest. But then, the idea seemed to go quiet again.