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  • TAXICAB CONFESSIONS: 'You name it, we’ve seen it'

    TAXICAB CONFESSIONS: 'You name it, we’ve seen it'

    What is it about riding in a taxi that brings out the crazy in people?

    “You name it, we’ve seen it,” says Jimmy, who has driven a taxi for three years for a Medford company. “You see everything, even people naked in the back of their car taking care of...

  • RESCUE 911: Help on the way

    RESCUE 911: Help on the way

    Her eyes flit between eight computer monitors and smaller screens within the screens. Her hands hardly pause between keyboard, mouse and the switch for answering a 911 call, as she cues the microphone with a pedal at her feet.

    “I start typing as soon as they talk,” says...

  • ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Southern Oregon Antiques & Collectibles Club

    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Southern Oregon Antiques & Collectibles Club

    Antiques assembled at the Medford Armory each spring and fall evoke the set of a beloved public-television series for thousands of visitors.

    The popularity of “Antiques Roadshow” has produced larger crowds at the Southern Oregon Antiques & Collectibles Club semiannual...

  • WILDERNESS SURVIVORS: Injured in the Cascades; Lost in the Red Buttes

    WILDERNESS SURVIVORS: Injured in the Cascades; Lost in the Red Buttes

    A broken leg couldn’t keep elk hunter Wally Perkins from crawling a half-mile through the wilderness to await help.

    “He played a part in his own rescue,” says Jackson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shawn Richards.

    “This was somebody who did everything...

  • HOT SHOTS: Wildland firefighters cast wary eye to 2015

    HOT SHOTS: Wildland firefighters cast wary eye to 2015

    When weighing risk factors for wildfire, Derick Price knows the numbers: accumulated snowpack, projected rainfall and other climate data.

    But there’s no substitute, says Price, for a firefighter’s own feeling for danger. Simply stepping outside on some summer mornings puts...

  • Southern Oregon roller derby members unleash their aggression, all in good fun

    Southern Oregon roller derby members unleash their aggression, all in good fun

    It’s all fun and games until Kristina Severns, Paulie Ziemann, Tiffany Maude and Sarah Beauvais hit the flat track.

    That’s where their underlying aggression surfaces, their brute strength is tested and their alter egos — Carmen Unglued, Paulie Wanna Smack-HER,...

  • Live and Unscripted: Setting the Scene

    It's 4:30 a.m. and Holly Henry is already sweating. The 43-year-old mother of three is halfway through her early-morning cardio regimen, which includes 50 minutes of high-intensity work at Aspire Fitness Club in Medford. Henry is grunting in the pre-dawn darkness because she has a dream, and to...

  • NAILED IT: Medford nail technician Jessica Gold

    NAILED IT: Medford nail technician Jessica Gold

    Game for the latest trend in nail care, Ashli Wheaton sported Ducks and Beavers on her fingers for Oregon’s annual Civil War.

    Candy canes and Christmas lights twined up from Wheaton’s cuticles a month later. Although hearts are obvious in February, Wheaton decided that three...

  • HEROES: Lifesavers are all around us

    HEROES: Lifesavers are all around us

    There’s nothing quite like someone telling you she still has her husband because of you. Medford police patrolman Arturo Vega knows the feeling. It happened at the airport, a cardiac arrest — and Vega sprang into action, doing the CPR he was trained to do.

    The man’s...

  • PROJECT RUNWAY: Mariah Strongin, 22, and Dylan Hall, 12

    PROJECT RUNWAY: Mariah Strongin, 22, and Dylan Hall, 12

    Television shows abound regarding models, actors and even designers hoping to get their big break in the fashion and showbiz industry.

    Though people often picture models enjoying lavish parties and high-stakes assignments after being "discovered," their pathway to success is more often a...


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