Author: Laura Mancuso

‘Signs of Hope’ campaign in Cave Junction

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day.Angela Franklin is the suicide prevention coordinator and behavioral health specialist for older adults and adults living with physical disabilities. She works for Options for Southern Oregon and covers Josephine County.On Sept. 9, various organizations participated in[Read More…]

Burglars nab historic cemetery plats

The Illinois Valley Historic Laurel Cemetery was hit hard with a burglary Saturday, Sept. 17. Thieves broke two windows to the chapel and stole the security cameras mounted on the outside of the building after allegedly driving around the locked cable entrance through a wooded area with a tombstone.IVHLC board[Read More…]

Bridgeview Winery is back with a splash!

Bridgeview Winery is the perfect spot in the Valley to relax with a glass of wine while watching the beautiful swans swim on the pond. The “original” tasting room is open again with some exciting new additions.Due to the pandemic, Bridgeview had to close its doors for awhile but now[Read More…]

According to Chuck, Cave Junction is the place to be

Optimistic, humble and kind are a few words that describe this year’s Lions Club Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal Chuck Taylor, the founder of Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction.The Illinois Valley had a very lucky year in 1970 when the Taylor family came to Cave Junction. Chuck brought his family[Read More…]

Wholesome Foods

Here’s a fun recipe that I learned recently from my friend Connie – watermelon salsa. This recipe gives a refreshing spin on salsa during the hot days of summer and you can make it festive by serving it in a watermelon rind bowl.Sunday I made the salsa with as many[Read More…]

Her life in the Valley of Riches

Just wanted to remind our readers that the Illinois Valley News provides FREE content for our community.Many newspapers in the region charge for obituaries by the column inch, but we do it for free without a word limit. The only charge is $10 if you would like to publish a[Read More…]

How to protect yourself from Valley wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke drifted back into the Illinois Valley early Saturday morning from the McKinney Fire in Northern California.Since fire season is in full swing, you should know how to take precautions when there is hazardous air quality.Being prepared for fire season is especially important for the health of children, older[Read More…]

Energy Trust providing big savings for small businesses

Energy Trust is offering no-cost LED lighting upgrades to small businesses and industry in the Illinois Valley (which is almost all businesses in the Valley).Is this offer for you? Eligible sites must be less than 20,000 square feet or have fewer than 20 employees; and they must be a Pacific[Read More…]

IVHS Alumni & Friends need help now or scaling back

Each Fourth of July weekend Illinois Valley High School Alumni & Friends raises scholarship money by providing ReunionMania, but due to lack of helping hands, the nonprofit has to scale back its activities.Board President JoAnna Gavlik, Class of 1999, gave some history to the Illinois Valley News: “IVHS Alumni &[Read More…]