Community Gems

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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Community Gems: Rogue River Rooster Crow

By Codi Spodnik | June 19, 2019

If you’ve ever wanted to be judged for how well you can crow like a rooster, this is your time to shine. Rogue River is one of Southern Oregon’s smaller cities, but this idyllic “Mayberry” town contains a wide-variety of hidden gems—figurative jewels tucked along the banks of the Rogue River. The town’s annual Rooster […]

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Community Gems: Hiking in Jacksonville, Discovering Britt Festivals

By Codi Spodnik | June 5, 2019

Did you know that Jacksonville has over forty-five miles of hiking trails—all kept up by volunteers? Or did you realize that when the Britt Festival began, it only featured classical music? Jacksonville is one of the most historic cities in Southern Oregon, and today, tourists visit from all across the country to delight in high-quality […]

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Community Gems: Festival on the Rogue 2019

By Codi Spodnik | May 22, 2019

Do you know what a Pacific Lamprey is? Have you ever had your picture taken with Smokey the Bear? If you answered ‘no’ to either of those questions, you clearly need to mark your calendar for the Festival on the Rogue 2019. Shady Cove will come to life on Saturday, June 8, as the summer-time […]

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Community Gems: Boatnik

By Codi Spodnik | May 8, 2019

  Every year, the residents of Josephine and Jackson Counties look forward to one of Grants Pass’s most famous community events: Boatnik. 2019 marks the sixtieth year of this famous Memorial Day Weekend event, and with no entrance admission, thousands of locals and visitors from across the country will migrate to the city of Grant […]

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Community Gems: Butte Falls – Elevated Living at 2400′

By Codi Spodnik | April 24, 2019

Many Southern Oregon residents might not realize that Butte Falls is actually the name of a waterfall—which extended its name to the smallest incorporated town in Jackson County. Boasting a population of 435, and cattle guards at the town’s entrances, Butte Falls is clearly a place devoid of city hustle and traffic jams (unless, of […]

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Community Gems: The Sasquatch Festival

By Codi Spodnik | April 10, 2019

You’ve heard of sitting on Santa’s lap, but what about Sasquatch’s? After famous Bigfoot sightings in the early 2000s, Cave Junction made national news and is to this day listed as one of the top places to conduct Bigfoot searches around the nation. Recently the 2,000-some person city, recognized as the ‘Gateway to the Oregon […]

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Rogue River: One Gem in the Crown of Southern Oregon

By Codi Spodnik | March 27, 2019

When you think of the town of  Rogue River, what immediately comes to mind as one of the city’s hidden gems?  This was the rather ambiguous question posed to city administrator, Mark Reagles, as well as former mayor, Pam Van Arsdale, and current mayor, Ryan Hess. For anyone who doesn’t know, Rogue River is a […]

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