Author: Leif Birdsall

Headlines & Highlights for July 10, 2024

JULY 12, 1984 Wimer residents put on a parade, bike poker run, melodrama, food, and music extravaganza for the town’s annual Bang celebration. Black Bart and the Desperados entertained with a shoot-’em-up western show, and two local bands filled the air with country and rock music. The Evans Valley Rural[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights for July 3, 2024

JULY 5, 1984 Little Chicken Little of Gold Hill belted out 83 big ones to take the 1984 National Rooster Crow title. Bob Weaver owned Chicken Little, taking a trophy and $150 purse home. Saturday was Wimer’s big day of the year when everyone came to town for the Big[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights for June 26, 2024

JUNE 28, 2023 On a warm day that seemed to wilt most of the competition among the 24-field in the National Rooster Crowing Championship, a rooster with the unassuming name Buffy, raised by a thoughtful youth from Wimer, earned his place in history. Buffy, a year-old Buff Orpington rooster, crowed[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights for June 19, 2024

JUNE 21, 1984 About 60 men, women, and children walked through Rogue River Monday morning from Ashland to Grants Pass for a silent vigil before Litton Industries. Litton assembles electronic guidance systems components for military aircraft and missiles. Sunday night, the Southern Oregon Walk for Peace, which included people from[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights for June 12, 2024

JUNE 14, 2023 An incident on the Rogue River yards away from the Depot Street Bridge that drew the attention of six area law enforcement agencies and the attention of several citizens with cell phones captured the arrest by boat of a parole violator from Josephine County on June 8.[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights for June 5, 2024

JUNE 7, 2023 In relaying the news that the Class of 2023 at South Valley Academy, the hybrid online/brick-and-mortar school in the Rogue River School District, had 18 graduates, Morgan Cottle, the school’s principal from its beginning in 2018, quipped that “There was a time not long ago we didn’t[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights for May 29, 2024

MAY 31, 1984 What advice do you have for all the teenagers graduating from high school next week? Elly Gilmore, Rogue River: “Well, I’d pat them on the back and tell them what they’re supposed to do, but they won’t do it anyway. Did you ever take anyone’s advice at[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights for May 22, 2024

MAY 24, 2023 Haag said go to State-Sam Haag is one of the best athletes in his class at Rogue River Jr/Sr High, with a skill set that should have allowed him to compete at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field each of his four years in high school. Injuries[Read More…]

Headlines & Highlights For May 15, 2024

MAY 17, 1984 What do you think about the Russian boycott of the 1984 Olympics? Kathy Wadhams (daughter Tracy), Gold Hill: “It gives us more of a break, and if they want to pout about it, let them.” Karen Myrmen, Gold Hill: “It’s not surprising.” Jerry Wilson, East Evans Creek:[Read More…]