Consumer Reports: Gift Cards

WHY GIFT CARDS MAKE BAD GIFTS If the thought of braving holiday crowds at the mall is driving you to go for gift cards, you’re not alone. Spending on gift cards is expected to hit a record high this year. The funds on gift cards won’t expire within five years as they used to thanks … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Highway 140

LAKEVIEW, Ore.–For 50 years, the primary road between Klamath Falls and Medford has been state highway 140. When it opened a half century ago, it largely replaced the 40 year old Greensprings highway. But that was only a portion of the highway that had been on the wish list for Oregon and Nevada officials for … Continue reading »

A Heart for Fostering: The Children

GRANTS PASS, Ore., — Hundreds of children in Josephine County are currently in foster care.  According to the Department of Human Services 1 in 55 children in the county are in the foster care system. DHS says it has an urgent need for more foster parents. “Many families want young children and there is no … Continue reading »

The Story of Mr. Raider Football

Stan Smith is known to the Southern Oregon University football team as Mr. Raider Football and he tries to come to every game. Once a football star himself for the only undefeated team in school history, he and his family say football is in their blood. Although there’s an uncertainty if he will get to … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Highway 140

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — From the time the first settlers arrived in Oregon, travel and transportation was a real difficulty. By the early 1920’s Oregon led the nation in getting highways built north and south, from border to border, but the east-west connections came later, and continue to challenge officials and shippers. For fifty years, … Continue reading »

Music Raises Money for Grief Counseling

  ASHLAND, Ore., — It was the toughest loss of her life which opened Cilette Swann’s heart to WinterSpring, a Rogue Valley based grief counseling organization. Cilette and her husband Roman Morykit are the creative forces behind the band Gypsy Soul. Cilette’s father Noel died suddenly 12 years ago. He was the bands biggest supporter … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Credit Score Problems

That critical number-your credit score-is based on your credit reports, yet a Consumer Reports’ survey finds close to half of Americans never check to make sure their credit reports are accurate and errors are surprisingly common. A Consumer Reports survey of 3,000 Americans found 20 percent found mistakes that could lower their credit scores. Mistakes … Continue reading »

Out & About: December Celebrations

Gypsy Soul Concert for Winterspring While this time of year is supposed to merry and bright, for some people the holiday season is tough because of the grief they struggle with. That’s why, The Utilitarian Church in Ashland will host the band Gypsy Soul to raise money and awareness by rocking out. There are performances … Continue reading »

Hockey Team Tailored to Special Needs

  MEDFORD Ore., — In hopes of giving his son and other kids a team of their own Shad Bowers spent the past several months organizing, fundraising, and creating the Spartan Junior Special Hockey Team. Bowers’ son Tanner is on the Autism spectrum and had a hard time finding a sport and team which would … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Tire Warning

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — Tires are expensive! Consumer Reports’ top-rated all-season SUV tire, the Michelin Latitude Tour, costs $168. Tires from China can cost far less than better-known brands. Consumer Reports included several in recent tests: the $114 Geostar, the $95 Pegasus Advanta SUV, and the $85 Sunny SN-3606. All of the tires go through the … Continue reading »

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