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May 23**Volunteers needed to help place memorial flags on grave sites at Laurel Cemetary for Memorial Day. 9:00 a.m.** Explore Dark Skies at Oregon Caves National Monument and PreserveExploring Your Universe – Friday, June 7, 2024 from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.Evening Hike on Cliff Nature Trail – Saturday, June 22[Read More…]


Gary Lane Sauer, 70 of Salem died May 8, 2024. Born Aug. 31, 1958 in Grants Pass, Or. to parents Jack and Mary Lou Sauer.He attended the old Kerby grade school and later Illinois Valley High. After school he joined the USMC where he was honorably discharged.He leaves a son[Read More…]

Life in the Valley of Riches

by Dan Mancuso,publisher Well as I write this, I have no idea how the election will go. Thank you to all who supported me and if not me, I thank those who voted at all. I have my fingers crossed. I don’t think I will make the top two, but[Read More…]

IVHS Cougars head to second round

John MichaelsIVN Contributing Writer With a 2A State Baseball Tournament berth already in hand, the Illinois Valley baseball team completed a sweep of District 6 rival Bonanza with a 29-12 shellacking of the Antlers Friday in Bonanza. The Cougars are now 14-4 on the year and finished in second place[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Short-horned click beetle

Short-horned click beetle (Danosoma brevicorne) This week’s crawly is positively clicktastic! Meet the short-horned click beetle (Danosoma brevicorne).Not only are brevicornes decked out in sparkly Halloween colors year-round, but they are big! Well, big as click beetles go. Most click beetles top out at just over one-quarter of an inch;[Read More…]

City approves Burgundy – Syrah subdivision project

The Cave Junction City Council met May 13 at City Hall for their first meeting of the month. While the meeting was short, several important updates were heard, and two ordinances were signed by the council that will impact city residents in different ways over time.Mayor Meadow Martell was present[Read More…]

Tales from the Rural Patrol

(Editor’s note: Factual information for ‘Tales’ is provided by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.) May 8*According to an officer who witnessed a man who was almost hit by 2 cars, he[Read More…]