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CONTENTS July 2023 | VOLUME 26 | ISSUE 6

LEADERSHIP MATTERS 4 A Letter from the President CHAMBER UPDATES 8 The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County Serves, Supports & Represents Local Businesses REPRESENTING BUSINESS ISSUES 10 Innovation Technology in Southern Oregon 12 City Concludes First Series of Town Halls to Address Homelessness PROVIDING NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES 16 A Fiscal Year Update and Discussion of Upcoming County Projects at the June Chamber of Medford & Jackson County Forum 20 City Officials Discuss Plans to Help Medford Grow and Thrive




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PROMOTING THE COMMUNITY 24 Top 5 Outdoor Adventures Near Medford 32 Finding Balance: 32 The Key to Optimal Health & Vitality OREGON UPDATES



36 Oregon OSHA Invites Nonprofits, Employers, Labor Groups to Apply for Grants to Create Innovative Workplace Safety or Health Training or Education Projects

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT 40 Southern Oregon Humane


Society Receives 2023 Grant from MuttNation Foundation and Tractor Supply Company

42 22 A Day is 22 Too Many -

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Promote. Promoting the community. Create. Creating a strong local economy. Connect. Providing networking opportunities. Represent. Representing business issues. Our Strategic Objectives

Meet the Editorial Staff

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As we enter our new fiscal year, I am honored and thrilled share our visions for the future. In May, our Board of Directors engaged in an intensive planning session to chart the course for the Chamber’s efforts in the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The discussions during this session were both invigorating and insightful, resulting in the identification of four key Chamber goals: 1. Comprehensive Facility Development: We recognize that a modern and well-equipped facility is essential to create a dynamic and conducive environment for fostering business connections and driving economic progress in our region. 2. Homelessness: Our community is grappling with homelessness, and we believe that as an influential and compassionate organization, we must play an active role in finding sustainable solutions to this pressing issue. 3. Refreshing Chamber Forum: Our Chamber Forum has been a cornerstone of knowledge- sharing and collaboration. To remain relevant and engaging, we aim to revitalize this platform with fresh perspectives, interactive discussions, and valuable content. 4. Increasing Regional Collaboration: The challenges and opportunities we face today transcend traditional boundaries. By forging strategic partnerships and promoting regional collaboration, we can magnify our collective impact and enhance the prosperity of our members and the broader community. As we move forward, one critical aspect that emerged from our planning session is the need to shift our mindset. Embracing a growth-oriented and innovative mindset is pivotal to achieving new and extraordinary results. It involves looking beyond conventional approaches, being open to change, and daring to take calculated risks. When we embrace this transformative mindset, we position ourselves to adapt swiftly to challenges and seize emerging opportunities. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and embracing new ideas, we can cultivate resilience and inspire creativity. A shift in mindset empowers us to explore uncharted territories, which often lead to the discovery of groundbreaking solutions. As an organization, we are committed to promoting this shift and will be launching various training programs and resources to Help Business Succeed. In closing, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and commitment to the Chamber’s mission. Together, we can foster a better business climate and create a thriving and successful community. Our collective efforts are instrumental in shaping the future of Medford and Jackson County, and I am confident that by working hand in hand, we will achieve greatness. Let us embark on this new fiscal year with enthusiasm, unity, and determination. Together, we can overcome any obstacle and usher in an era of unparalleled growth and prosperity for our region. Thank you once again for being an integral part of our Chamber family.


Eli Matthews, IOM President & CEO Chamber of Medford and Jackson County


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The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County Serves, Supports & Represents Local Businesses At The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County, we serve over 1,200 small and large companies. It is our goal to inspire and develop growth in our region by supporting local businesses.

“Chamber of Commerce Week” was held in September — a time when we recognize the work of Chambers across the nation and how they help businesses of all sizes. Here in Jackson County, The Chamber serves the local business community by adhering to four strategic objectives: By living locally and helping businesses succeed, we strengthen our community and work together to build a more prosperous future.

Who The Chamber Serves The Chamber is a Catalyst, Convener and Champion for all businesses. We help businesses


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of all sizes — from solopreneurs to major employers with hundreds of employees.

The Chamber works with a variety of industries. Industries as varied as healthcare and construction, travel and tourism, and education. We support all our community businesses as the economic driver of our region. Benefits of Chamber Membership Everyone at The Chamber is motivated by our desire to help business thrive. If you are a member, you enjoy numerous benefits. With a Chamber membership, you may promote your business through our social platforms and receive referrals from fellow members; attend a variety of networking events; become more active in the business community; represent businesses through political action; and stay informed about what is happening in the community. As a Chamber member, there are plenty of ways to participate in Chamber activities.

The Chamber hosts a variety of programs and events throughout the year, which include but are not limited to Greeters, Forum, Young Professionals Network, and the Leadership Program.

Members could also join one of our action teams and become an advocate for other businesses in the community. Businesses are the foundation of a strong community. Because no matter the size of the business, these companies are owned by our friends, family and neighbors. When we help businesses grow and succeed, we all succeed.


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Innovation Technology in Southern Oregon Southern OR | July 2023 H ello Friends! Dave Tribbett here, founder and ED of Southern Oregon Research and Innovation Network or SORIN for short. If you have not

All of this grows the tax base with no new taxes allowing us to care for those that are most in need in addition to investment in competitive educational offerings as well as investment in local companies and startups. “These investments help fund education, and the funded startups provide great jobs with good pay, benefits etc.”

heard about us, here is a little bit about what we are doing and what SORIN’s purpose is. SORIN is a 501C3 focused on improvements to STEAM education, workforce development and support for local tech startups. We do this by partnering with other local organizations and filling in the gaps in services. This is done in alignment with the SORIN mission. An example of this is the coding camps that we started in 2022. The program consisted of 7 months of Python and Python for Data Science. In 2023 we are doing a 4-month Python program and a summer program that is 4 months of JavaScript. In 2024 we plan to launch “Intro to AI” so stay tuned!

The way to make all of this move faster and be more viable is to de-silo education, employment pathways and to showcase the awesome companies we have in the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon. One of the things we will be doing is writing stories

If you know me or have talked with me, you know that I have been thinking about and talking a lot about the benefits of having an exciting, vibrant, and innovative community. If you

about some of the companies and organizations located in the Rogue Valley. We will also be putting together a very special event where we can showcase the exciting things we have going on and the great opportunities that are here in our own community! We hope that you, the reader, will join us on this mission! To learn more about the work we are doing and to support us check out and email us at contact@ sorin.chairty to learn more! We need your help to make the SORIN mission a reality so that our community is better positioned to take part in the quickly growing tech driven economy! n

don’t know me then you may ask why is this important Dave? It is simple really… when I was young growing up in Southern California, I remember how my young friends would have an idea of what they wanted to do when they got out into the workforce and would live on their own. They were excited about the opportunity that innovation brought to an area that created a vibrant energy. This definitely drives education, investment, and startups! Consequently, these investments help fund education, and the funded startups provide great jobs with good pay, benefits etc. We need clear paths from education to a job/ career or starting our own business. An important key is training and retraining a highly skilled workforce to adjust to the changing needs of a tech driven economy. A highly skilled workforce makes it possible to start and scale a tech-based company and recruit companies to our area.


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City Concludes First Series of Town Halls to Address Homelessness Medford, OR | June 26, 2023 | Press Release

T he City recently concluded its first series of town hall meetings to talk about the organization’s efforts to address homelessness and highlight related challenges our community is facing. This fourth event was hosted by Ward 3 Councilors Kevin Stine and Chad Miller. Nearly 130 community members attended the event, and the panel answered around 80 questions from the audience during the Q&A session. Some of the questions asked were, “Why was the McAndrews site selected for the new Urban Campground?” and “Has the City communicated with the Medford School District and Santo Community Center about the new Urban Campground location?” When City staff went out and looked for the new Urban Campground site, there were certain parameters that had to be followed, including that it had to be near a bus line and service providers needed to be close by. The City identified a few potential sites, but most of them were sold. The owner of the McAndrews site was willing to sell the property to the City, and the site was a good match for the Urban Campground. The City has communicated with the school district and Santo about the new Urban Campground location and didn’t receive any concerns from the district or facility. Click here for an overview of how the City is addressing homelessness, the current challenges the organization is facing, the work that’s being done by the Livability Team and how the City is investing in services.

The following testimonials were received from community members following the town hall event: “These meetings were very well organized. I really appreciated the format and learned a lot from you all on the panel! It makes me want to get more involved and encourage other people to do the same.” “I want to thank you for conducting the city town hall meetings addressing the homeless issue. They were well done and obviously appreciated by your constituents.” “Thank you for taking the time to conduct these meetings. They are an excellent venue to explain to the public at large the problems and challenges the city faces in dealing with this issue. They were educational and informative.” The City plans to host more town hall meetings in the future and will provide information on our website when those details become available. n


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A Fiscal Year Update and Discussion of Upcoming County Projects at the June Chamber of Medford & Jackson County Forum Speaker: Danny Jordan, Jackson County Administrator Sponsored by: Jackson County T his month’s Forum updated attendees on the state of the 2023-2024 fiscal year, and plans for a multi- use pandemic response center. Danny Jordan, centrally located, accessible from the I-5 and near public

Jackson County Administrator, started the presentation by discussing the budget and what lies ahead for the next fiscal year. As in prior years, Jackson County was audited by Moss Adams and received another clean report. “Jackson County remains in a strong financial position,” said Jordan. According to the report from Moss Adams, the county continues to receive money in the form of grants and contributions. Much of that came from pandemic relief money and ARPA funding. The total overall revenue has grown over the past few years, with a slight dip in 2020. Revenue currently stands at $214 million in 2022. County-wide expenses have remained flat for a few years, which is partly because of leftover reserve funding. Jordan continued by detailing the four types of revenue the county has: 1) Operating revenue, which is constant and predictable. 2) Non-operating, which includes fund balances, windfalls and reserves. 3) Dedicated funds used for a specific purpose. 4) Non-dedicated funds which have discretionary uses. “Dedicated non-operating funds are the largest part of the budget, with dedicated operating just behind it,” he added. He explained that the general fund reserves are approximately $119 million in the fiscal year 2023-2024 adopted budget. The current fiscal year of 2022-2023 was projected at about $107 million. Jordan then switched the focus of the presentation to describe the plans for a multi-use pandemic response center, which would be located in Central Point at the Jackson County Expo. This site was chosen because it’s

transportation routes. “The response center would be a partnership between Jackson County, the Jackson County Fair Board and the City of Central Point,” he said. It would be funded using a combination

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of money from ARPA, Jackson County and Central Point. Once

complete, the response center would be about 23,000 square feet. According to Jordan, the primary purpose for the new project would be as a centralized response center. “During the pandemic,” he said, “we saw this type of infrastructure is critical for our region.” At the time, Jackson County lacked an indoor facility of sufficient size for a vaccination clinic or to conduct walk- in tests. Additionally, the drive-in clinic failed to serve all segments of the community, including the elderly and economically disadvantaged. However, the resource center would offer a variety of community services when not being utilized during a pandemic or emergency. It would be a gym space for local sports, facility for sports tournaments, a place for conventions and training events, and somewhere to host Expo and fairgrounds events. The project is currently in the design phase and Jackson County will take bids in the first quarter of 2024. With construction starting shortly after a bid is accepted, the goal is to have the resource center completed in the first quarter of 2026. n


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There’s nothing like exploring the world in your RV. But sooner or later, wanderlust needs a place to park when you’re back in the real world. Here in the Rogue Valley, that place is Oakleaf RV Storage. This brand-new facility provides 24-hour video security and password-gated access. Each spot includes a 30 amp plugin, and there’s an easy-to-use on site service station providing water, air, and waste dump. And you can access your home-away-from-home 24/7. When the journey is over, we’ll be here.


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City Officials Discuss Plans to Help Medford Grow and Thrive at the Chamber of Medford & Jackson County Forum Speaker: Randy Sparacino, Mayor; Brian Sjothun, City Manager; Eric Stark, Council President and Ward 4 Representative; Tim D’Alessandro, Council Vice President and Ward 2 Representative Sponsored by: City of Medford T he final Forum of the 2022-2023 season was one of

at Forum. After a short video, Sparacino opened the floor to questions from the audience. One attendee wanted to know more about the repaving and restriping of Main Street in downtown Medford, which has been a hot topic of discussion among residents. The goal of the project is to make downtown more accessible. Work on Main Street will start this summer and take the road from three lanes down to two, with a two- way bike lane. The changes will add more access for cyclists and pedestrians, without impacting traffic too much. “Medford is expanding its public safety sector by adding more police officers and firefighters to address community issues.”

the most interactive presentations yet, with most of the event being a Q&A session between the audience and the speakers. Medford Mayor Randy Sparacino hosted the July Forum, and began by discussing how city officials are planning for the future to ensure Medford maintains a safe and family-friendly atmosphere, along with a thriving and engaged community. Sparacino stated that in contrast to some other cities, Medford is expanding its public safety sector by adding more police officers and firefighters to address community issues. He also reviewed some of the city’s most notable accomplishments during the first half of the year, including construction of the new Rogue X facility and several successful town halls. “We held a town hall in each of the four wards,” Sparacino said, “which mostly focused on homelessness.” The community showed up en masse at every town hall, averaging almost 200 people at each one. The success of these events was the inspiration to do something similar


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The next question revolved around volunteering and how local businesses could get involved in city beautification projects. While there are several projects and clean-ups happening at any given time, businesses were advised to contact the Parks & Recreation Department for information about current volunteer opportunities. Similarly, another attendee wanted to know what was being done to clean up downtown. To combat those issues, the City Council expanded the Livability Team, which will create a group who focuses specifically on issues in downtown. Additionally, the city is working with Rogue Retreat to bring back the Clean Sweep program, which had a positive impact on downtown when it was running. Another topic on many people’s minds was how to address drug use in and around Medford. Unfortunately, because of the impact of Measure 110, the guest speakers stated it has become more difficult to deal with illegal drugs in Oregon. Until changes are made on a state level, it will be an uphill battle. However, Sparacino said that we are fortunate to have a strong and capable local law enforcement presence in our community. As the final Forum of the season came to a close, it was encouraging to see community members, businesses, City Council representatives and public safety professionals

Randy Sparacino, Mayor of Medford

come together to have a fruitful and honest discussion. To feel safe and speak openly about successes and hardships sets a good standard for the city moving forward. n


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Hellgate Jetboat Excursions

Guests from all over the world come to experience the wild and scenic Rogue River on board a Hellgate Jetboat Excursion. Each adventure offers the best of the Pacific Northwest with their famous 360 spins, the sights and sounds of native wildlife and the grandeur of the historic Hellgate Canyon. Plus, visit the exclusive Hellgate River Lodge with an open-air dining experience like no other. 966 SW 6th Street, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526 (541) 479-7204 Open Monday - Sunday 8AM to 9PM To schedule an excursion click here . To learn more click here to visit their website.


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TOP 5 OUTDOOR ADVENTURES NEAR MEDFORD Written by Danielle Silver, Travel Medford

I f you are road tripping on I-5, inevitably you will pass through the town of Medford, Oregon. You will likely stop here for gas or grab a bite to eat on the way to your destination. What if I told you that if you just pass through Medford, you are missing out on a ton of unique outdoor adventures, great wineries, delicious restaurants and more? Medford, also known as the Heart of the Rogue™, should be a destination , not a place you simply pass through. In this blog, we are going to show this town off, highlighting the top 5 outdoor adventures in Medford, Oregon and share tips on where to stay, eat, and more!


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A hiker explores Table Rock at sunset. Photo courtesy of @thetravelingdans


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WHERE TO STAY We stayed at The Compass Hotel – Margaritaville and loved it! It is centrally located and is about 20 minutes from all the outdoor activities and restaurants. This hotel is dog-friendly, your pooch is even allowed to join you by the pool if you would like! Our favorite things about this hotel include the pool, the “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” poolside bar, outdoor lawn games like cornhole, and free breakfast every morning.

WHERE TO EAT Medford has a little something for

everyone. If you are in the mood for a beer and burger, Common Block Brewery is a must visit. For a nicer sit-down meal, Porters is a classic American restaurant serving high end steaks, seafood, and more. If you are in the mood for some brunch, Tartine or Over Easy are highly recommended. There are also a lot of fast food stops like Pita Pit, In and Out, and others if you are looking to grab a quick bite in between adventures.

Above: Tartine Brunch Club. Right: Common Block Brewery. Both located in downtown Medford.


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1. DOS MARIPOSAS VINEYARD AND LAVENDER FARM The Rogue Valley has over 150 wineries so it can be hard to choose which ones to visit. One that stood out to us above the rest was Dos Mariposas Vineyard. This winery offers a wide variety of wine to taste alongside a unique food menu, including our favorite option, the butter board made with the lavender they grow on the property. This winery is dog and kid friendly – they even built a designated play area for children including a sand pit, toys, and more so families can come enjoy the winery together. The lavender field is what really makes this winery stand out from others in the area. Rows upon rows of blooming lavender sit near the winery with Table Rock and the Rogue Valley in the background. For just $6, you can pick a bundle of fresh lavender!

2. SUNSET HIKE AT TABLE ROCK The Table Rocks are a must visit if you are a hiker, specifically at sunset. These unique formations were created by lava flow 7 million years ago! Upper Table Rock is the trail we hiked at 1.3 miles long with 700 feet of elevation gain. Once you are at the top of the plateau you can walk along the many winding paths that take you to the cliffs edge overlooking various areas of the Rogue Valley. There are no fees to park or hike and there are facilities at the trailheads. No dogs are allowed on this trail to protect the fragile vegetation at the top. Additionally, the lava rock found along the trail can be rough on paws making them susceptible to cuts and possible infection.

views of a tree-filled canyon below and mountains like Mount McLoughlin in the distance. Our guides, Dalton and Jonah made the experience a blast! This adventure is even more unique for the fact that it is ADA-friendly and accessible to most (the guides always suggest calling prior to booking to discuss your abilities). The guides themselves do all the braking of the zipline so the rider gets to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the view!

3. ROGUE VALLEY ZIPLINE ADVENTURE There is nothing quite like flying above the Rogue Valley on a 1,000 foot zipline! Rogue Valley Zipline Adventure offers a few different tours – a 3-hour zipline adventure, a sunset zipline adventure, and a 9-hour Sip-Dip-Zip adventure. We chose the 3-hour zipline tour which takes you along five ziplines that increase in length as you move through the course. The final zipline is over 1,000 feet in length with


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4. ROGUE JET BOAT ADVENTURES This experience was quite possibly one of our favorite adventures we have ever done! Rogue Jet Boat Adventures offer a few different experiences including a 3-hour jet boat ride up the Rogue. We opted for the Discovery Park Experience which includes about 25 minutes of jet boating and at minimum, 3 hours on an island only accessible by boat. Discovery Park is essentially an adult playground while also being very family friendly! It has a large shipping container converted into a bar that has beers on tap and many canned drinks along with

great food options. The park sits between the Rogue River and a private lake that is equipped with paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes anyone can use. The lake itself has multiple floating obstacle courses, bars, sitting areas, and docks you can hop between on your watercraft. If you don’t feel like hitting the water, you can enjoy cornhole, volleyball, or simply sit in one of the many adirondack chairs spread out on the grass or docks. We truly could have spent the whole weekend here enjoying the sun and the multiple activities the park offers.


We were inspired by the accessibility of the zipline adventure we wanted to find one more accessible outdoor adventure in Medford. The Ti’lomikh Falls trail is a paved trail that can be used by bikers and hikers but also, has no more than a 5% grade, making it wheelchair friendly. This trail follows the Rogue River and the cascading white water rapids known as the Ti’lomikh Falls. This is a very popular spot for kayakers and was considered for an Olympic Whitewater Center!


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OTHER OUTDOOR ADVENTURE OPTIONS Since there is SO much to see, we wanted to mention a few other options depending on what you are interested in. Oregon Caves National Monument is about an hour from Medford. You must book a ticket in advance and if you can score one, you can tour the “Marble Halls of Oregon.” Crater Lake National Park is about 2 hours from Medford and is the only National Park in Oregon. Crater Lake is a must-visit as you can only grasp the vastness of it in person. In the summer, visitors can hike down the Cleetwood Cove Trail to swim in the crystal blue water.

FINAL THOUGHTS Southern Oregon, specifically Medford, is HIGHLY underrated. With so much to do, in Medford and the surrounding area, this town deserves to be on the top of everyone’s destination list. We loved how there are outdoor activities for families, those traveling with pets, and those who require ADA or accessible ways to enjoy the outdoors. Medford is a place we want to revisit again and again to continue to experience the magic of the Heart of the Rogue™.


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Finding Balance: The Key to Optimal Health & Vitality

Nisha Jackson, Ph.D., MS, NP, HHP T he human body is a delicate network of processes working to support comfortable daily life. As we age, this network grows susceptible to degradation, most easily identified by the development of fine lines and wrinkles, aches and pains, increasing exhaustion, and brain fog. Because the generations before us fell victim to these same ailments, many have not thought to question why they happen and what we can do to prevent them. It has become all too common to lean - with increasing dependency - on pain medications and stimulants to combat the symptoms without addressing the root cause of this decline. Not surprisingly, there is an explanation for the degenerative nature of aging and that is hormonal imbalance. Let’s imagine hormones are a telephone company. Some networks provide excellent coverage. Regardless of location or environment, all communications are received quickly and with excellent clarity. Other networks are unable to provide the same dependability. The calls are choppy, emails are delayed, and text messages are never

received. All these issues can result in miscommunications that impact our productivity and functionality. Like the cellphone network, hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, delivering instructions to our organs and tissues on how to carry out their duties. When our hormones are functioning optimally, the body moves like a well-oiled machine but as soon as one process fails to perform, slowly, other processes befall the same fate, resulting in hormone imbalance. Some of the more mainstream symptoms include: ■ Unexplained weight gain or weight loss. ■ Migraines, ■ Constipation, ■ Irregular periods, ■ Erectile dysfunction (ED), ■ Anxiety/depression, ■ Lack of sex drive, and ■ Dysregulation of the sleep-wake cycle.


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These prodromes are easy to associate with our hormones but some of the more complicated symptoms make the cause more difficult to identify. When left untreated we may notice: ■ Memory loss, ■ Cognitive decline, ■ Muscle cramps, ■ Joint inflammation, ■ A “hump” of fat accumulating at the shoulder blades, ■ Numbness and tingling in extremities, and ■ Even changes in blood pressure. The slow onset of symptoms and age-old stereotypes allows for the ability to dismiss early warning signs as a part of “normal aging” when, in fact, they are anything but. essential in the pursuit of maintaining optimal health and vitality.” “The importance of hormonal balance is

Our skin is another area of note. While decreasing collagen production and excessive sun exposure play a part in the development of fine lines and wrinkles, low estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA might be stealing the show. When we suffer an imbalance of these three hormones, our skin elasticity suffers. The tissue becomes thinner and more prone to wrinkling due to increased dryness and reduced blood flow. All of these “normal age-related changes” add up. One day, crows feet appear, the next, we have blood pressure issues, no physical stamina, and a bad back. The importance of hormonal balance is essential in the pursuit of maintaining optimal health and vitality. Functional medicine practices have come a long way in their ability to diagnose and treat the root cause of these symptoms. Individualized treatment plans are created through simple blood and urine tests. Often, when caught early enough, subtle shifts in routine, diet, and environment can be all it takes to rectify the minor symptoms. For the larger, more concerning issues, working with a provider trained in hormone replacement therapy can be all it takes to get you back to feeling like yourself again. There is no universe in which feeling anything less than your best is “normal.” Advocate for yourself to find comfort and safety in the skin you’re in. n

Nisha Jackson, Ph.D., MS, NP, HHP is a nationally recognized hormone expert and gynecology health specialist renowned as a lecturer, motivation speaker, radio host, columnist, and author. She is owner and founder of OnePeak Medical specializing in functional medicine, hormone balance, age management, and disease prevention for both men and women.


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Oregon OSHA Invites Nonprofits, Employers, Labor Groups to Apply for Grants to Create Innovative Workplace Safety or Health Training or Education Projects Salem, OR | July 13, 2023 | Press Release

safety and health training or education to a new level. Materials produced by grant recipients cannot be sold for profit, and all grant materials become public domain. Depending on the type of project, some of the materials will be housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center, while some materials will be available online. Some examples of past grant projects include: ■ A virtual reality training for health care providers to help identify hazards related to infection control and prevention in hospitals ■ Creation of safe-design guidelines for anchoring systems used as part of logging operations ■ An educational program for nurses to prevent ergonomic-related injuries ■ Videos and related training aids describing the most prevalent health hazards in construction: silica, lead, noise, and asbestos ■ Spanish-language flip charts designed to help prevent heat-related illness among forest workers The Oregon Legislature launched the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA’s Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, a group with members from business, labor, and government. n

I f you have a brilliant idea for a workplace safety or health training or education project, but you’re not sure where to go for funding to help make it a reality, consider Oregon OSHA’s grant program. We are ready to hear your pitch. The division is now accepting grant applications for the creation of innovative on-the-job safety or health training or education projects. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2. Oregon OSHA prioritizes unique projects that engage workers on essential workplace safety or health topics. Such projects may include an immersive training video or an eye-catching safety publication or a package of helpful safety and health guidelines and checklists. Click here to learn about how to apply or contact Matt Kaiser, 971-599-9638, The grant program focuses on high-hazard Oregon industries, such as forestry, construction, or agriculture, or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any labor or employer association, educational institution that is affiliated with a labor association or employer association, or any nonprofit entity may apply. Grants may not be used to pay for projects that are purely research in nature or for regular ongoing activities or those specifically required by law. Only new or substantially expanded activities will be considered for funding. The goal is not to reinvent the wheel or solve a problem that has already been solved. Instead, the goal is to take workplace


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Southern Oregon Humane Society Receives 2023 Grant from MuttNation Foundation and Tractor Supply Company Medford, OR | July 13, 2023 | Press Release T he Southern Oregon Humane Society was recently surprised with a generous $5,000 grant from Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation and Tractor Supply Company. The grant is part of the MuttNation’s Mutts Across America program that

provides a quarter-million dollars in grants annually to shelters and animal nonprofits that promote animal welfare. Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Country

superstar Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation and Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, teamed up for the third consecutive year to donate more than $250,000 to 52 animal shelters across the nation. Through MuttNation’s Mutts Across America program, one outstanding shelter or foster-based rescue in every state – plus Washington, D.C. and a “Wildcard” pick – are being honored with a $5,000 grant. Since the initiative’s origin nine years ago, Mutts Across America has supported more than 450 shelters with over $1.75 million in grants. SoHumane was chosen as the grant recipient for the state of Oregon in 2023. Organizations are carefully vetted based on criteria such as adoption rate, volunteerism, fiscal responsibility, advocacy, community presence, website and social media presence. This year outstanding shelters that help seniors, special needs dogs, large dogs and pit mixes; the “Love Harder” dogs that are easy to love

SoHumane receives $5,000 grant from Mutts Across America.

but hardest to get adopted are being recognized. There is no application process for Mutts Across America, and the recipients are given no advance notice before receiving the award. “We are deeply honored to have been selected by MuttNation to receive this incredible gift,” stated Karen Evans, SoHumane Executive Director. “As we celebrate 95 years of operation, these much needed funds will enable us provide even more care to the homeless animals in our community.” SoHumane’s Mission Statement is “To improve the lives of pets and people through sustainable programs of education, adoptions and spay/neutering.” n


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22 A Day is 22 Too Many - Remembering Corporal Michael Lou Depew Golf Tournament

Dear Potential Sponsor, The 22 A Day is 22 Too Many Golf Tournament –

Community sponsors are the primary source of funding for this event and will help ensure its success. You can provide support in the following ways: ■ Be a Sponsor through a monetary donation. Sponsorships range in monetary value and promotion of your company on promotional materials and at the event. ■ Sponsor a team ■ Donate raffle and prizes ■ Donate swag ■ Volunteer at the event. ■ Educate the community about 22 A Day, veteran suicide, prevention, and ways to stop veteran suicide. Beyond your sponsorship, we welcome you to join us by participating in 22 A Day is 22 Too Many Golf Tournament – Remembering CPL Michael Lou Depew. The tax ID for the NCOA Rogue Chapter is 93-0874428. We look forward to hearing from you. For more information about this event, please contact: Tabitha Carlson via phone at 541-841-2090 or email at To sign up as a sponsor click here. On behalf of 22 A Day is 22 Too Many Golf Tournament – Remembering CPL Michael Lou Depew, we thank you for your support.

Remembering CPL Michael Lou Depew is a golf tournament to raise awareness about the 22 veterans a day who we lose to suicide, supporting local veteran organizations and remembering the life of Corporal Michael Lou Depew. There is debate in veteran community about the number of veteran suicides a day. Some studies state 22 a day, others double that number at 44 a day but one thing everyone agrees on is veteran suicide is tragic and a big problem that needs to stop. We need to provide easier access to resources for our veterans and stop veteran suicide. Corporal Michael Lou Depew of Fox Company 2/5 Blackhearts life was lost to suicide on April 2nd, 2023. Michael was a charismatic, funny and loving man of high integrity and old school values who loved the game of golf. This event honors and remembers Michael’s life. All proceeds from this event will go to the Non-Commissioned Officers Association Rogue Chapter #1260, tax id: 93- 0874428, Mighty Oaks and Operation Rambo. I am writing this letter to invite you to be a Sponsor of this event! As a leader in the community, your involvement is an opportunity for your organization to receive exposure and join us in educating others on veteran suicide, promote prevention efforts, and create and strengthen community partnerships. Help us recognize 22 A Day, support veteran mental health, and support ways for veterans to lead healthier, happier lives. The 22 A Day is 22 Too Many Golf Tournament – Remembering CPL Michael Lou Depew is on Friday September 22, 2023 at Stone Ridge Golf Course .

Sincerely, Tabitha Carlson


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