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Medford, OR, United States

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Past articles by Greg:

Downtown blooms early this year

The annual Art in Bloom event is a week away from painting over downtown Medford, but the downtown has already been decked out with more than 70 flower → Read More

Construction, retail spur local job growth

Road building, infrastructure for housing and commercial developments have kept construction workers busy through the winter. Now with the spring temperatures arriving, construction projects are picking up the pace. “There is a lot of demand out there, with more stuff in the pipeline, looking at the first couple of months of permit data,” said Guy Tauer, a regional economist for the Oregon… → Read More

Outlier Construction owners are chasing their dream

Robb Mayers and Ryan Beugli cut their building teeth working for Adroit Construction. They grew up playing sports together in Ashland, were roommates at Oregon State University and worked a decade together at Adroit Construction before taking off in their own direction. Last August, they opened Outlier Construction Co., on Barnett Road in Medford. There wasn’t a particular reason for the duo to… → Read More

Jackson County housing prices continue steady climb

The median sales price for existing single-family residences in Jackson County rose 9.2 percent year-over-year to $265,000 during the winter months.With → Read More

Company aims to change how energy is delivered

ASHLAND — In a bunker-like laboratory on East Main Street, Apparent Energy is revolutionizing the way energy is delivered.From eliminating copper wiring from transformers to advancing Nikola Tesla's technology, the research and development firm has created patented instruments that extend the life of golf carts and rickshaw batteries. Even more intriguing are the possibilities for automobiles… → Read More


When Paul Cosca answers the telephone, you might think you're talking to a network radio news anchor.When he belts out lyrics from the musical "Hamilton" your recognize serious talent.Cosca, a member of theatrical companies in Chicago and Portland, has opened Rogue Valley Vocal Studio on the fourth floor of the Woolworth building in downtown Medford.Over the past 18 years Cosca has performed… → Read More

JCPenney bets on beauty to draw customers

Stung by the rise of online competition and decline of profits, bricks-and-mortar retailers have grappled to respond. In JCPenney's case, enhanced beauty → Read More

Hummingbird Estate being transformed into B&B and more

Peering east through an expansive picture window, past a refinished stone patio overlooking the Rogue Valley and beyond, Susan Walk gazes into the future. → Read More

Former roller rink will become furniture store

It didn't take long for upstart Home of the Future Appliance & Furniture to outgrow its quarters at Bear Creek Plaza.The ensuing search for a suitable → Read More

Thomason expands his food influence and business

Dave Thomason has an eye for food and beverage franchises. Be it a hamburger spot, coffee stop or roadside eatery, Thomason has developed a knack for growing and fine-tuning food franchises.After starting with Carl's Jr. more than three decades ago, Thomason Hospitality Group LLC now operates Elmer's, Human Bean and Pita Pit franchises, along with Tap Rock Northwest Grill, with more than 600… → Read More

New owners have big plans for Troon Vineyard

Surrounded by vines dating to 1972, a substantial winery and a tasting room that opened a dozen years ago, the new owners of Troon Vineyard are hardly → Read More

Recession scars are healing, economist says

Here and elsewhere, the economy is showing more signs of vigor.University of Oregon economist Tim Duy said the current expansion that began in 2009 is → Read More

Founders strike deal with Shark

Guzzle Buddy founders Randy Rothfus and Jennifer Sullivan showed they could swim with the sharks.An episode of the ABC television network's reality investment show Shark Tank aired Sunday night — five months after it was recorded.The Medford in-laws struck a $400,000 deal with co-star Daymond John, who bought a 25 percent share in the company.Rothfus and Sullivan asked for $400,000 buy-in for a… → Read More

Guzzling in the 'Shark Tank'

Guzzle Buddy burst out of the gate in 2016, selling 62,000 units and grossing $1.5 million.Appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres and Kelly Ripa television → Read More

High-skill, high-wage jobs goal of RCC training center

WHITE CITY — Long-awaited elbow room is just around the corner at Rogue Community College's Table Rock Campus.Adroit Construction is poised to revamp an adjacent manufacturing building next door into a $4.2 million Technical Training Center. The 11,200-square-foot building on Pacific Avenue was acquired in December 2015 for $725,000 from Ted and Mary Warrick.Once the makeover is complete this… → Read More

Busy December boosted Medford airport numbers

December emphatically capped a record year at the Medford airport.Commercial passenger activity jumped 9.6 percent in 2017, topping the 900,000 plateau. → Read More

15 local dining spots make A-List for their wine selections

Fifteen Southern Oregon dining spots have been added to the 2018 A-List Award by the Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Wine Press, announced Wednesday.The restaurants offer wine lists with a hefty presence of Oregon vintages, often representing a variety of styles and producers."We're leaning more and more to an Oregon-dominated wine list," said Porters Restaurant and Bar co-owner Brian Porter, whose… → Read More

Medford airport streaks toward 900K passengers

In rounded numbers, November was a stunning success for commercial aviation at the Medford airport.With United Airlines surpassing Alaska Air as the market leader, 80,403 travelers passed through the turnstiles, topping the year-old record of 65,974 by nearly 22 percent. The monumental month pushed the 2017 total to 824,154, 8.7 percent ahead of the 2016 pace when the airport saw a record… → Read More

Pet store closing doors

Pet Country has billed itself as the place pet owners find everything they need "Under One Woof."That's about to change.Grange Co-op's specialty store, which competes with the likes of national retailers Petco and PetSmart, among others, is closing its 2833 N. Pacific Hwy., retail store at the end of business Saturday.Pet Country employees and merchandise will be dispersed to Grange Co-ops other… → Read More

Medford residents are going it alone in their vehicles

Seven out of 10 people driving to work in Medford either go it alone for work-related reasons or by preference.The figure jumps to 92 percent when respondents to a community survey find there are no reasonable alternatives.The city of Medford is looking for ways to lower those numbers.In the latest Transportation System Plan draft for 2018 through 2038, submitted by city Planning Director Matt… → Read More