Community Gems

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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Community Gems: Josephine County Parks

By Codi Spodnik | October 23, 2019

When most people think of Josephine County, usually outdoor recreation is one of the first subjects mentioned. After all, the county is home to nineteen parks, eight of them with camping accommodations. “We’re often the bedroom community for the more industrial places out in Jackson County. We pride ourselves on having things for people to […]

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Community Gems: The Shady Radio

By Codi Spodnik | October 9, 2019

How many small cities have their own radio station? The answer is not many, but as of 2007, Shady Cove has been one of them. This 3,105-person city along Highway 62 proudly advertises their radio station on the sign-posts marking the city’s entrances and exits. According to city administrator, Tom Corrigan, Shady Cove’s radio is […]

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Community Gem: Talent – A Maker City

By Codi Spodnik | September 25, 2019

Talent, Oregon: a growing city of 6,500 people that retains its small-town feel. When was the last time you took a walk through downtown Talent? Even longtime Southern Oregon residents may not have noticed the peaceful ambiance on Talent’s main street, especially during warm evenings when the trees are in bloom and the sidewalks are […]

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Community Gems: Bear Creek & the Greenway

By Codi Spodnik | September 18, 2019

Bear Creek, which starts at the merging of Emigrant and Neil Creeks, and ends at the base of the Lower Table Rock, runs through the center of the Rogue Valley and was first known by Native American Tribes as Si-ku-pat, meaning ‘dirty water.’ The creek received its English name in 1851 after a group of […]

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Community Gems: Vines, Vortex & Ziplines

By Codi Spodnik | August 28, 2019

Set along I-5, with a population of less than 1,500, Gold Hill, Oregon, definitely classifies as a hidden gem. Some people may know that the town was an important destination for Gold Rush settlers, but not everyone realizes that there are still exciting events and opportunities in Gold Hill today. Whether zipping above the trees, […]

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Community Gems: An Underground Adventure

By Codi Spodnik | August 13, 2019

An Underground Adventure Have you ever wanted to explore a mysterious cavern? The Oregon Caves are one of the most popular attractions in Josephine County, and are one of four national monuments in the state. Of these monuments, which include the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument, the John Day Fossil Beds Monument, and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, […]

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Community Gems: Books, Buildings and More in Phoenix!

By Codi Spodnik | July 16, 2019

Along I-5 sits a small Southern Oregon city that deserves recognition. Named after a Connecticut Insurance Company in the 1850s, this city now has roughly 4,600 residents. If you think I’m talking about Phoenix, Oregon…you are correct!  The city of Phoenix may not be as busy as some cities, but it maintains small-town community spirit—as […]

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Community Gems: Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly

By Codi Spodnik | July 3, 2019

If you have ever driven past Eagle Point on Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, you will notice one thing in particular—Eagle Point does patriotism like few other cities in Southern Oregon. Flags line the streets and townspeople gather for celebrations of our great nation. In fact, the town has an entire ‘Avenue of […]

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