Stories of Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon Digital Archive

Dr. Jim Shames has been a frequent guest of The Exchange, since he's Jackson County's chief medical officer.  But we did not realize what a backstory he has! 

Jim first arrived in Southern Oregon to deal with an outbreak of hepatitis at a commune in Takilma, in the Illinois Valley. 

Southern Oregon Digital Archive

The voice may sound familiar: Diana Coogle delivered audio essays on JPR News for years. 

Now she's back to talk about her own life story, as it involves a commune, Houkola, in the Colestin Valley by the state line. 

That story is the focus of this month's Stories of Southern Oregon, compiled and curated by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 

Oregon State University Press

It was the late 1960s... and Malcolm Terence did what a lot of people did in that time: looked for a different way to live. 

He'd been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and he was ready for a change.  Managing a rock band was fun, but also not the answer. 

So Malcolm found his way to the Black Bear Ranch, a commune nestled in the mountains by the Oregon-California state line.  That's where things got interesting, and Malcolm built himself a life. 

He tells the story in his first book, Beginner's Luck: Dispatches From the Klamath Mountains

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Poetry Inspired By Vietnam

Jun 11, 2018

The mountains are fun to look at and the ocean's cool. 

But it's the people who really make our region what it is.  We meet some truly colorful characters through Stories of Southern Oregon, compiled for the Southern Oregon Digital Archive by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 

Maureen returns with Paul Tipton, a Vietnam veteran who talks about writing poetry inspired by his experiences in that war.