Community Gems

Community Gems: Southern Oregon Air Academy (SOAA)

By Kim Young | March 2, 2020

At the Grants Pass Airport in Josephine County, a unique and educational opportunity like no other exists for the aviators of tomorrow. The Southern Oregon Air Academy, designed for students in both middle and high school, offers exposure to the flight industry, including mechanical and ground support roles in addition to piloting. “There’s a need for pilots,” […]

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Community Gems: Eagle Point Business & Development

By Kim Young | February 18, 2020

The Rogue Valley Expressway, which opened to traffic on May 1, 2019, is already impacting the speed of travel to and from Eagle Point, making commutes less stressful for everyone. In the future, the Oregon Department of Transportation has even discussed furthering this Expressway directly into the city of Eagle Point. But this isn’t the […]

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Community Gems: Gold Hill Development for 2028

By Codi Spodnik | February 5, 2020

Gold Hill may not be the central business hub of the Rogue Valley, but it is certainly growing and developing. As the population nears 1,500, the city has been “building momentum,” according to city manager, Rob Lowe. “With a new administration that is very committed to bringing the town toward progress, there’s almost a new […]

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Community Gems: Talent, Gateway to the Future

By Codi Spodnik | January 22, 2020

Contrary to my childhood assumption, the city of Talent is not named after some surprising skill someone once possessed (though that’s not to say the people of Talent don’t have talents galore—a trip to the new Makerspace will convince you otherwise). Talent, however, was actually named after A.P. Tallent, a settler who platted a site […]

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Community Gems: White City

By Codi Spodnik | January 8, 2020

Imagine that it’s year 1942, and you can hear the footsteps of hundreds of soldiers hiking up and down the hills and valleys of the rural Rogue Valley land. Camp White, which has concrete bunkers still standing today, is one of the historic parts of Jackson County belonging to a non-incorporated town—White City. Home to […]

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Community Gems: Butte Falls

By Codi Spodnik | December 24, 2019

We all see signs and ads for upcoming projects and productions day after day after day. But when’s the last time you heard about local news—the new and exciting “coming soon” announcements for small towns? Butte Falls, with a population of 435 and a thick forest separating it from the rest of its neighboring cities, […]

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Community Gems: Christmas & Dragons in Jacksonville

By Codi Spodnik | December 11, 2019

Jacksonville has many annual traditions: the Britt Festival, the city-wide yard-sale, the frequent trolley tours, and even the haunted walks leading up to Halloween. However, several spectacular winter events often get overlooked, such as the Victorian Christmas and the Chinese New Year celebrations. During the last weekend of November, Jacksonville puts on a Victorian Christmas […]

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Community Gems: Welcome to Medford!

By Codi Spodnik | November 20, 2019

If you take I-5 exits 27 or 30, you will find yourself in the seat of Jackson County, the largest town in the Rogue Valley and the fourth largest city in the state. This city, home to nearly 81,000 residents and filled with plenty of growing industries, is…you guessed it—Medford! Incorporated in 1885, and increasing […]

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Southern Oregon Favorite Named World’s Best Cheese!

By Codi Spodnik | November 6, 2019

The World’s Best Cheese? It’s Blue and Comes From Oregon Rogue Creamery, which took the top prize at the World Cheese Awards with its Rogue River Blue produced in Oregon, has seen sales and interest jump. Norway won last year. Britain won the year before that. But it was a blue cheese from the United […]

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Community Gems: Central Point, A City of Makers

By Codi Spodnik | November 6, 2019

Central Point is one of the larger cities in Jackson County, boasting over 19,000 residents. However, the majority of this population will tell you that Central Point is a small town—partially because the businesses in the area embrace the idea of being on a first-name basis with their patrons, and cherish the support they can […]

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