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Still standing tall

A new gallery of historical photographs commemorates the Ashland Springs Hotel's 95th birthday. And a summer open house to unveil the hotel's mezzanine-level "h...

Hospital growth is off the charts

The health care sector is Southern Oregon's largest employer, and both Providence Medford Medical Center and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center are poised for...

A place to see and be seen

In 1922, the Jackson County Fairgrounds moved to a new location where the Gateway retail area now sits in south Medford. The location was popular, credited as a...

Holly Theatre has had its starts and stops

At a time when the world had plunged into the Great Depression and Jackson County was rocked by a wild political scandal, the Holly Theatre came to life. Constr...

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When was the last time you bought a pear, waited a few days for it to ripen, then, drooling with anticipation of its amazing flavor, let yourself bite into it, ...

Canals of commerce

Without "the ditch," as many call it, the Rogue Valley would not have had the irrigation water fed by manmade lakes in the mountains to slake the thirst of hund...

Opium hasn't really ever gone away

With tens of thousands of Americans overdosing each year and pharmaceutical companies paying massive settlements, opioids are in today's headlines. But 100 year...

'A mountain spring in every home'

In the second half of the Roaring '20s, city expansion hit Medford. Between 1925 and 1929, 14 new additions to town were platted, although none had occurred in ...

Census is a moving target

The census count as it unfolds in 2020 is far from an one-agency show. The U. S. Census Bureau recruits local partners in communities across the nation to incre...

Ginger Rogers helped save 'The Crate'

In 1926, 14-year-old Virginia Katherine McMath Rogers wowed the Craterian audience. A new dance was all the rage, and impresario George A. Hunt booked the newly...

KMED brought the news to Southern Oregon

The advent of radio in the 1920s brought news of the world to Southern Oregon, and brought news of Southern Oregon to the world. KMED's first broadcast, Dec. 28...

Old Highway 99

While much of the West was mired in mud, a road construction and paving boom in the 1920s allowed residents of the Rogue Valley to hurtle along in their newfang...

Tunnel 13

The wooden witnesses to the West's last great train robbery - in a train tunnel south of Ashland nearly a century ago - still resonate today in, of all places, ...

Infectious disease roared here in the 1920s

1927 was a very, very bad year for the health of Southern Oregon citizens. A typhoid epidemic threatened the community, dozens of children were crippled from in...

1995: He'd rather be fishing

During more than 30 years of advocating on behalf of the Rogue River and its wild salmon, lawyer Bob Hunter was very much the accidental activist.

2002: It's the climate

The 2002 edition of Our Valley was titled "The Nature of Our Valley" and sought to outline its natural history, from the Rogue Valley's geologic origins million...

1981: Technology invades our schools

In 1981, Our Valley explored four seemingly ordinary but often heroic aspects of life here - working, coping, learning and playing. Thirty-eight years later, mu...

1992: Sex and singles revisited

Only a couple of decades have passed since the height of the AIDS epidemic, but nowadays many young people assume it won't affect them - if they even think abou...

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In Our Valley exactly a decade ago, we examined how the internet was changing the way we live, work and play. Readers were swooning over the new social media to...