Eagle Point FFA Floriculture

By Myra Rademacher for the Independent On April 3rd, the Eagle Point FFA Floriculture advanced team took nine students to the Elkton Invitational contest to compete. The contest featured nine different practicums: a general knowledge test, plant identification, problem solving, tool identification, pest and disease identification, media selling, centerpiece arranging, product display, and asexual propagation….

Organic produce

Organic produce has become increasingly popular in recent years, as consumers have grown more health conscious and environmentally aware.   Many stores and supermarkets now have large sections devoted to organic fruits and vegetables.   WHAT MAKES PRODUCE “ORGANIC”?   Contrary to what most people believe, “organic” does not automatically mean “pesticide-free” or “chemical-free”. In fact,…

Please quit calling us middle class

Please quit calling us middle class. By F. C. Blake For the Independent Hopefully, the last of the mud-slinging has subsided for another election season. Now, I wish our dear officials and candidates would reconsider an ingrained habit I find annoying.

Shady Cove puts out the welcome

flags in shady cove

Shady Cove puts out the welcome Beverly McKechnie for the Independent One of the most welcoming sites to visitors as they enter Shady Cove is the colorful flags that decorate the bridge and virtually all of the businesses. Approximately every two months a different flag announces the change of season or commemoration of a holiday….

Jack Walker memorialized at Air Tanker Base


Jack Walker memorialized at Air Tanker Base. By F. C. Blake For the Independent. Rogue Valley Airport Director Bern Case proved once again his skill at rising to unexpected contingencies. On September 24, he saw to it that strategically-placed signage would aid the hapless in locating the setting for now-departed Commissioner Jack Walker’s special tribute….

Jackson County Commissioner candidates for 2014

tonia moro

The question lingering on the minds of a number of voters in Jackson County is how we began the year with a primary election and a total of four candidates, and now we’re entering the general election with a total of six candidates for the two positions. It has definitely been an unusual year. In…

Three candidates vying for BF mayor

By Gaynell Krambeal For the Independent Butte Falls will see three candidates running for mayor in 2014. All candidates say they will do a good job for the citizens of the town and offer the following for voter consideration. Jana Goodman: (1) This candidate feels that the choice of the people is most important to…

Ring of fire

Ring of fire By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent Everyone knew it was going to be a bad year for wildfires in the north and west, and it has. Last week I went through a list of the fires to determine just how much of our beautiful country is burning up. The list is both…

Students learn about Forest Service mules

Students learn about Forest Service mules By Gaynell Krambeal For the Independent Students at Butte Falls Elementary School were honored with an unusual field trip on Sept 3. They walked four blocks from school to the Butte Falls Ranger Station where they were met by Mitchel Wilkerson of the Forest Service.

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Jackson County Board of Commissioner Coverage

Jackson County Board of Commissioner Coverage By Colleen Roberts For Independent Commissioners Rachor and Skundrick unanimously approved the only two items on the agenda for consideration at their Wednesday Board of Commissioner’s public meeting.