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Joe Zavala

‘We gave everything we had’

They fought within a 360-degree orange glow, because they were surrounded by fire most of the day and night; breathing soot that couldn’t be spat up or blown ou...

Grants available for foster youth

Like many people, Phoenix Ramirez had a rough 2020 and a not-much-better 2021. The 21-year-old Southern Oregon University senior lost his main source of income ...

A school that feels more like camp

TALENT — Long ago, bogged down by the emptiness of severe boredom, the goddess of food looked down upon Japan from Mount Olympus and spied a man sitting alone i...

‘E’ is for enrichment

CENTRAL POINT — The laser printer came all the way up to their shoulders, so the six girls and one boy had to crowd in close to watch through a protective glass...

Getting their wings

Rob Merriman has always viewed airplanes – what they do and how they do it – as a little bit magical. The public relations officer and chief flight instructor f...

Mettle tested, blind racer takes medal

Wendy Werthaiser was just starting to get serious about bike racing about four years ago when she realized she couldn’t do it anymore. The degenerative disease...

NMHS enjoys SkillsUSA haul

Piper Messer wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence after completing her architectural drafting challenge for the SkillsUSA National competition, so when she r...

AHS grad lands Obama endorsement

Less than four weeks after his debut novel, “The Sweetness of Water,” became an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Ashland High graduate Nathan Harris received anothe...

Champion gets a raise

The Medford School Board has praised Superintendent Bret Champion’s leadership throughout the pandemic, and now it has awarded him another stamp of approval in ...

The ExoHand man can

Growing up in a family that couldn’t afford to hire a mechanic every time their car broke down, Cesar Navarrete learned from an early age how to fix things. Now...

Kids Unlimited to go year round

Kids Unlimited Academy is about to become a trailblazer of sorts and a lab rat, too, in the world of Oregon education as the Medford-based charter school is pre...

The crusade to ban the box

Kristy Laschober was an undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University in the spring of 2019 when a professor advised her, in the form of an assignment, to...

Ashland cancels fireworks show

Count the Ashland fireworks show as another heat wave casualty as the Ashland Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that the annual event has been canceled beca...

SOU taps micro-credential market

It’s a tough world out there for postsecondary schools like Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College, whose reliance on state funding and tuition ...

MSD to break ground on new middle school

The Medford School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to celebrate the beginning of an estimated $30 million renovation of its Oakdale proper...

Homecoming

The first day off after the school year is always welcome for school administrators, and the pandemic only added another layer of relief this year. But for Sher...

Oprah power

The way Nathan Harris puts it, growing up in Ashland he was one of those kids who just wasn’t good at much. Science was a mystery, math broke his brain. But he ...

MSD considers grading change

Everybody’s least favorite passing grade may soon be returning to a report card near you. More than 10 years after its unceremonious exile from Medford high sch...