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 »

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 »

Oregon Trails: Telephone in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Telephone rings have changed a lot in the last hundred years, and so has telephone service. The first phones came to southern Oregon in the mid-1890s, about 20 years after Alexander Graham bell was granted a patent for the telephone. The Jacksonville Times in July of 1894 reported that “arrangements have been … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: City Lights

MEDFORD, Ore. — A former Medford City Councilman says the city of Medford pays almost a million dollars a year to light city streets – that’s a long way from the 1880’s when a few coal oil lamps were considered sufficient to light the streets at night. For the romantic in many of us, there’s … Continue reading »

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