Daniel Newberry

Jefferson Journal Contributor

Daniel Newberry has written features for Jefferson Journal since 2006 and has been a regular freelance contributor to the Mail Tribune since 2008.  Given the choice, he'll try out and write about anything that happens outdoors.  Well, almost anything.  In his day job he is the Executive Director of the Siskiyou Field Institute. His master’s degree and professional background are in hydrology and watershed management.  In his distant past, he was the music director and a DJ at his college radio station, so he lives vicariously through JPR.  He and his wife, Caroline, have lived in the Applegate Valley since 2001.

George Rubaloff

The artisan chocolate industry in Southern Oregon has found its sweet spot.

Ten years ago about the only local chocolate you could buy was made by Harry & David, Endangered Species, or Dagoba. The Oregon Chocolate Festival, which celebrates its 10th year from March 7-9, has helped nurture a local artisan chocolate industry and granted new shelf space to many new startups.

Christopher Briscoe Photography

Violin cases and coats lay scattered on dozens of empty seats in the recital hall at Southern Oregon University.  Under the bright stage lights, dozens of musicians laugh and greet friends they haven't seen in months. 

The first rehearsal of the Rogue Valley Symphony's 2013-2014 season is about to begin.