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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.

The typical police chief, at least by Hollywood’s definition, is blustery, stern, no-nonsense, always threatening to take away a badge and a gun. Or, there is the other side of the spectrum, the portrayal of a portly police chief as innocuously kind as Santa Claus. Tim George, the police chief

thurs 1 Breaking Pattern ART—Pattern, optical and perceptual abstract painting give a person the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of life, along with a trusty glass of wine in hand. Crater Lake Cellars will be pouring for the opening reception of Breaking Pattern, a display of paintings by seven multi-generational

  Like so many young people, Matt Hopper had that one magic summer. Except for him, it wasn’t the time that he first drank a beer, saw a boob, and got one-up on a high school bully through an elaborate scheme involving a stolen monkey from the zoo. It was

In a new series, the Rogue Valley Messenger catches up with public officials in the region, and asks for their insights into local issues—and solutions. Retired banker Henry “Hank” Williams is the Mayor of Central Point and has won six consecutive elections; he also serves on the Rogue Valley Area

“The good news is they didn’t go up,” says Angus Duncan, speaking about greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon over the past decade. But, he adds, “the bad news is they didn’t go down.” For the past eight years, Duncan has chaired the Oregon Global Warming Commission, a group that makes

In a new series, the Rogue Valley Messenger catches up with public officials in the region, and asks for their insights into local issues—and solutions. Pam Marsh is a member of the Ashland City Council and the liaison to the Housing & Human Services Commission as well as the executive

Under sunny skies on Labor Day weekend, some of the “hikers” arrived in Shady Cove by raft, pushing across the Rogue River at a point where a proposed gas pipeline would cross the river—that is, if the activists don’t stop it first. About 200 people were there to greet them.

What lessons does rural Colorado hold for Southern Oregon and legal pot growing? Mark Morley looks out over 30 acres he owns east of Pueblo, Colorado, and imagines the future. On this blustery summer afternoon in early summer, there’s little more than mud and puddles here, bordered by highway and

For roughly 30 years the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals. QUANTICO, Va.—More than 30 years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a revolutionary computer system in a bomb shelter two floors beneath the cafeteria of its national