"Balloonmeister" Bob Raper checks things out inside his partly inflated hot air balloon during a crew training session on Saturday at Parkside Elementary School. He's scheduled to help train more volunteers this coming weekend in order to prepare for the Balloon & Kite Festival, set to begin June 1. More volunteers are desperately needed for a variety of festival jobs.
By Shaun Hall of the Daily Courier
An enthusiastic group of volunteer balloon crew members were trained over the weekend in anticipation of the second annual Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival, even though the show might not go on if enough volunteers don't come forward.
"Balloonmeister" Bob Raper and a few adventurous souls floated upward in a hot air balloon from a field outside Parkside Elementary School at about 8 a.m. Read More »
North Valley Kaylee Touey unleashes a school record with a throw of 129 feet 5 inches Friday at the Class 4A state track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. The throw gave Touey a second-place finish and broke the previous school record by nearly two feet.
By Ben Maki of the Daily Courier
EUGENE — Kaylee Touey knew she had the ability to break the North Valley girls' school record in the javelin.
What better time to do that than in at the Class 4A state track and field championships in the final year at Hayward Field in the current configuration?
On her first attempt of the girls' javelin final, Touey launched a throw 129 feet, 5 inches, besting her own personal-best mark by 7 feet. Read More »
Adam Lipsky with Fancy Pants Products was proud to show off "Smokes", a product made of hemp at the first-ever What the Hemp! show Saturday at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. "It looks like a cigarette, smokes like a cigarette but it's not a cigarette," he said.
By Jason McMillen of the Daily Courier
There's hemp program guides, hemp business cards, hemp shirts, hemp shorts, hemp shoes, hemp yarn, hemp pipes, hemp canes, hemp lotions, hemp tinctures, hemp cigarettes — all were present at What the Hemp!
A first-ever industry trade show held at the Josephine County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, What the Hemp! attracted hundreds of people interested in learning more about the past, present and future of hemp, marijuana's tamer cousin. Read More »
The Wiseman Gallery at Rogue Community College is showing the Annual RCC student exhibitions, which includes Experation 2009, a ceramic by Stacie Roach-Rice, foreground.
By Kathleen Alaks of the Daily Courier
The culmination of a year of intense and inventive effort by student artists in both Josephine and Jackson counties is now on display in Grants Pass and Medford.
The annual Rogue Community College student exhibitions opened on Wednesday and will be on display through June 8.
"I would just say, that like always, it's like Christmas for the art department faculty; our favorite time of the year," says Karl Brake, chair of RCC's art department and director of RCC's art galleries. Read More »
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The mountains circling Grants Pass can feel like old friends that we see every day. But how much do you know about them? Ever wonder what those mountains are called, and why? The Daily Courier has compiled names and their origins, along with other information, for most of them within sight in an interactive project.
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