Oregon Trails: State of Jefferson

YREKA, Calif. — Many Americans are celebrating the birth and independence of our nation. So this week, we’re taking a look at one of the most bizarre political movements ever on the West Coast. It wasn’t a new idea in 1941, but it came closest to happening then, on the eve of World War II. … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Digging for Gold

NEAR CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — When the first miners began pouring into Southern Oregon in the early 1850’s, they flocked to the creeks and rivers of the Rogue, Illinois and Applegate Valleys armed with little more than dreams and energy and for several years, they grubbed out their fortunes or not in the stream bottoms … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Memorial Day

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — By many accounts the first well known observance of a Memorial Day type observance was in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1st of 1865. On May 5th of 1868, a call was made for an annual and nationwide observance on May 30th, because it did not fall on the anniversary of … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Rough & Ready Mill

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — By the end of this month, the last production sawmill in Josephine County will be shut down. The closure of Rough and Ready Sawmill a few weeks ago caught many people by surprise, but mill owners say it’s been coming for several years under federal timber sale policies. Lumber trucks are … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Lake of the Woods

LAKE OF THE WOODS, Ore. — Now that May is here, many people‚Äôs thoughts of outdoor recreation turn to camping and outdoor activities at mountain lakes in our area. One of the most popular mountain lake resorts in Southern Oregon is also one of the oldest. Fresh in a coat of new red paint, chairs … Continue reading »

Surveyor Works to Rescue Maps

MEDFORD, Ore. — A former Jackson County Surveyor is working to rescue thousands of maps that lay out the early development of Jackson County. Roger Roberts faces a daunting job. He has fallen heir to more than three thousand maps, some of them hand drawn locators for the earliest land claims, roads, mines and other … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Hero Sheriff

TALENT, Ore. — Monday marks the one hundredth anniversary of one of the darkest days for law enforcement in Southern Oregon; it also marks the day a legend was created. Diane Walker is one of 28 grandchildren of former Jackson County Sheriff August Singler. Singler has the dubious honor of the being the first lawman … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Egan Remembered

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Masters Golf Tournament is underway at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia this weekend and as the days get longer and warmer, more and more golfers are heading out onto the courses around our area as well. Spring in the rogue valley and the golfers are flocking to … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: First NCAA Champs

PORTLAND, Ore. — In a little over a week, we should know who will be the king of college basketball for another year, with the NCAA champion crowned. The Oregon Ducks won’t be it, but they did make a good run in the tournament after years of little playoff experience. 74 years ago, it was … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Airplanes

MEDFORD, Ore. — These days e-mail, texting and twitter are common ways to get someone a message, but not too long ago the ultimate message medium was air-mail. Airmail revolutionized communication and opened the door to the vast air transportation system we have today. A United Air express jet taking off from the airport is … Continue reading »

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