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Bringing peace of mind to you and your family A family-owned business, SOS Alarm is the only local, full-service alarm company based in Southern Oregon. Having served the region for over 40 years, they invest in the community and in their employees who live here. Unlike other alarm firms, SOS Alarm has their monitoring station, service, installation, accounting and sales departments right here in Medford. SOS Alarm offers a large variety of services, including custom designed burglar alarms, fire alarms, video surveillance and medical alert systems. With the only UL Certified central monitoring station in Southern Oregon, SOS Alarm’s central station is fully-staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained Oregon- certified alarm dispatchers. You can call anytime, day or night, and speak to a real person. All SOS Alarm sales consultants, technicians and installers are employed 4

by SOS Alarm. To ensure quality, trouble free systems, sub-contractors are never used for installations. For over 40 years, SOS Alarm has earned the trust and respect of their customers and the emergency agencies they

work with on a daily basis. Whatever your needs are, their fully trained staff is ready, experienced and qualified to do the work.

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The Rogue Valley is a wonderful place to live. Sadly enough though, crime runs through every community and you need to be prepared. Every recession since the late 1950s has been associated with an increase in crime, particulary, property crime and robbery. Statistically, there is a strong relationship between crime, falling wages and higher unemployment rates. Now more than ever, it’s time to use your alarm system every time you leave your home or business. If you don’t have an alarm system, now is the time to protect yourself. With the new security technology that is available, it has never been more affordable to protect the ones you care about. Keep in mind, burglars purposely avoid homes which are set up with security systems. Find out how easy it is to protect your home or business by calling SOS Alarm at 541-773-3900.


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Medford Mattress was first established in 1989, and its success is primarily based on friendly family sales & service. The original owners, retired in 2003. Rod and Peg purchased the business and continued the same friendly service that Medford Mattress was known for.

ate. As this valley has grown over the years, we have faced corporate companies moving in with ‘best prices and service’ claims. These declarations are something we often hear disputed by our returning customers, unfortunately for them this is easily backed up with just a little research.

Our goal at Medford Mattress and Mattress Experts is to provide the best prices and service in the valley. Our “old school” style of doing business is something that our customers truly appreci-

Our company has grown through the years and we have had to add to our family of staff in order to continue meeting the needs of our customers. Hiring like-minded employees was a real challenge, but we

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have been successful there as well. Medford Mattress began with one employee in 2003 and we now have sixteen. Our people live right here and have families that have grown up in the Rogue Valley. Thanks to our strong continued relationships, we have grown from one store to three. As the owners of Medford Mattress, and now Mattress Experts, we are pleased to have each of these people working with us. We are confident that you will find the best prices and service at our stores, often saving hundreds of dollars in most cases.


Draperies ‘N’ Things - Hunter Douglas Gallery As you walk though the doors at Draperies and Things you immediately enter a professionally decorated showroom. To be more precise, what you are experiencing is a Hunter Douglas Gallery, just one of six showrooms located in Oregon. The selection of window coverings, styles and colors can be overwhelming to many of us, at least until you talk with owners, Craig & Merry Reeves. Established in 1981, Draperies and Things is a full service Hunter Douglas Design and Service Center. The choice to partner with Hunter Douglas was an easy one for Craig and Merry. Not only is Hunter Douglas the oldest manufacture of window coverings (founded in 1919, Window Coverings since 1947), they also have a selection and a limited lifetime warranty which can not be matched. They even have a program called the “Right Choice Promise”. This is where you have 21 days to experience their products in your home or business, and, if for any reason you are unhappy, they will replace them and start over! For those of us who are not sure what will look best, free design consulting is available to all their customers. You will not feel pressured or uncomfortable working with Craig and Merry. “We work on our clients time frame,” says Craig. “We come to their home or office, consider what they want to ac8

complish, find out what their likes and dislikes are when it comes to design. We then make recommendations and give them plenty of time to consider which way to go. As an authorized Hunter Douglas Gallery, Craig and Merry can repair any damaged Hunter Douglas blinds

or other name brands regardless of how old they are or where they were originally purchased. They also provide maintenance for your blinds which can include removal, cleaning, adjusting and reinstallation. Blinds and window coverings play many important roles in a living or office setting. First, they can provide beauty, continuity and style. Secondly, but just as important, is the control of the environment and how it interacts with the outside weather. Almost 50% of a home’s energy is lost through its

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windows. Hunter Douglas’ innovative, energy-efficient window covering products can significantly reduce this energy loss, save on heating and cooling costs and contribute to protecting the environment. And when it comes to privacy, you choose from styles which can completely block out light to other styles which can diminish harmful sun rays while still being able to see through them. On the safety side of things, do you still have smaller children in your home or do they visit? With Hunter Douglas, you don’t need to worry. From cordless manual and motorized operating systems, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls, they offer a wide array of innovative lifting system options for enhanced child and pet safety as well as especially easy operation. Craig and Merry Reeves have spent the last 31 years serving Jackson County area residents. Their work can be seen in thousands of homes and offices not just in our immediate area, but throughout the entire Northwest. Before you make up your mind where to purchase your next window coverings, you owe it to yourself to see just what your options are. Draperies and Things offer a full variety of products which can match many different budgets. Draperies N Things is conveniently located right off the I-5 Freeway Exit 24 in Phoenix. Open M-F 10 to 5:30, Sat 10-2. Call 541-535-2790.


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Texting kills! These days it seems everybody is pitted against each other; politicians, religions, businesses. But I think there is one thing we can all agree on: texting and driving kills! Over five thousand people die each year from accidents caused by distracted driving. A new poll says sixty-three percent of young people admit they use a handheld phone while driving. A 2009 Car and Driver study found that texting is even more dangerous than drunk driving. It was based on a very limited sample, but comparisons to DUI aside, other studies have conclusively shown that texting while driving decreases reaction time and increases the risk of an accident. Although Verizon and AT&T are often bitter rivals they have come together in a campaign of awareness and education in regards to the dangers of texting and driving! AT&T has a Don’t Text While Driving video documentary on YouTube with heart wrench-

ing firsthand accounts of lives destroyed in seconds, both that of the texter and the often innocent victims in the other vehicles. “Verizon Wireless was the first carrier to underscore the importance of responsible driving while using wireless devices,” said Mark

Frazier, president–Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. “With more states outlawing texting while driving, we are reminded that when behind

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the wheel, safe driving is our number one priority. Verizon wants you to get home safely, so please don’t text and drive.” It is also pertinent to point out that using a cell phone in any way while driving for people under the age of 18 in Oregon is illegal. If you are over 18 and you need to use your phone in the car, it is Oregon law to use a hands free device. Whether you are AT&T Wireless, US Cellular, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or some other carrier, you can simply go to their perspective websites and find the Don’t Text and Drive Pledge and take it! It is also good advice to put your phone out of site and/or turn off the ringer and notifications while driving. I tell my teenager to put it in her glove compartment! The temptation is just too strong for those of us addicted to constant stimuli provided this technological world has created. In the words of the AT&T Wireless campaign “It can wait!”


Central Point Family Dentistry For Beautiful, Healthy Smiles!

Our facility in Central Point is brand new with state-of-the-art technology and advances to make your visits as rapid and painless as possible. In fact, Dr. Sanford prides himself on reducing the number of trips you have to make to the dentist for any given procedure. Dr. Ross Sanford’s award-winning dental career began in a rather unique way. Following in his father’s footsteps as a second-generation dentist, Dr. Sanford completed his

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requirements and qualified as a licensed practitioner before his final year of dental school was complete, leaving his classmates in awe.

He has since gone on to practice in three states as a member of half a dozen dental groups and societies. After serving as a member of many regional and state-wide boards in Nevada, as well as a member of the International advisory committee for the Academy of LDS Dentists,

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he was nominated for special honors to the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Dental Honor Organization in 2001, where he has remained as an advisory member since. Dr. Sanford learned to speak Spanish fluently as a young man when he lived in Spain for 2 years. He uses that to his advantage each year as he travels to Central and South America to serve the less fortunate. His favorite activities have been to teach in Dental Schools in Honduras and Peru. To date he has made 10 trips to provide dentistry in several countries. In addition, he serves here in the Rogue Valley with several local charities including St. Vincent’s when the mobile van is in town. He is very pleased to call the Rogue Valley home now and looks forward to welcoming you to his practice. Call today for a free dental consultation: 541-644-8300.


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When Your Feet Feel Good, You Feel Good! Foot and Ankle Care for the Entire Family Welcome to Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle, L.L.C. Dr. Merrill and staff are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We want our patients to be informed decision makers and fully understand their health issues. From your first visit to Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle L.L.C. it will establish a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, and give you time to get to know your doctor. To Click here with your smart phone to enter our website

understand what to expect for your first visit to our practice, you can enter our website at www.sofootankle.com, there you can read through our “New Patients” page. You’ll find all

the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, practice hours, payment policies and more. There’s also background information about our committed staff and our first visit procedures. You can even save

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some time at your first visit by printing out and completing the patient forms in advance of your appointment. One other area available on our website is our “Patient Education” section. We believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Our mission at Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle, L.L.C., is to provide you with the best care of your feet here in Southern Oregon. When your feet feel good, you feel good. You can contact Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle, L.L.C by calling 541-776-3338


Locally owned and operated, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries opened in September 2007 along I-5 just off the Phoenix exit. After having introduced their franchise to Bend, Oregon, Allen Pfeifer and family decided to bring their brand to the beautiful Rogue Valley. The Pfeifers originally chose the La-Z-Boy line because of this company’s long history and fine tradition of building high quality, long-lasting recliners & furniture.

Born in the USA In 1927, two young cousins from Monroe, Michigan – Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoe-

maker – created a wood-slat chair with a reclining back that allowed hardworking families to relax after a long day – and the world’s first recliner was born! The La-Z-Boy recliner was a big hit in Monroe and soon, the nation. Steadily over the last 85 years, La-Z-Boy has expanded beyond recliners and now has comfortable furniture in all shapes and sizes. With factories and employees across the nation and world, this homegrown family business has come a long way from its humble roots in a Michigan cornfield.

In-Home Design Assistance Dream it., Create it, Love it. Free design assistance in your home or in-store. If you ask us, picking out new furniture should be fun. And, when you work with us, it is. We make the process as easy as possible by helping you envision what your furniture and your entire room will look like.

Committed to America! Today, La-Z-Boy is hard at work building an all-American invention right here on American soil. With the headquarters still based in Monroe, Mich., five U.S. manufacturing plants, four distribution centers and nearly 350 furniture galleries, La-Z-Boy and it’s franchise owners employ more than 5,000 people nationwide in the pursuit of comfortable, long lasting furniture. Every day, they proudly produce recliners, sofas, chairs and more by hardworking, dedicated employees. These fine people are driven by the same determination and commitment to quality and comfort that set them on the road to success 85 years ago.

Visit us today to create a single sofa or an entire room. We’ll help you bring it all together. Quickly & easily bring your dream rooms to life in absolutely amazing 3-D visual reality. Customize furniture styles and fabrics, change the room shape, add windows and doors… In fact, anything you can do in a real room, you can do on the La-ZBoy 3D Room Planner!

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We Are Big on Comfort! So often, small details make a big difference. Like customizable lumbar firmness. One-touch reclining. Extra long footrests. An ergonomic handle. Cushions “zoned” for optimal firmness and lasting comfort & so much more.


Window Restoration & Replacement Specialists Glass makes up a significant portion of every home - inside and out. The Glass Guru provides a full line of products from leading manufacturers and fabricators to provide residential and commercial buyers, contractors, designers and builders

Wayne McKenzie, Owner

the best possible options and pricing for any situation. Free In-Home Estimate We offer free estimates as well as complimentary whole-home window inspections to help you fully evaluate your needs. We will measure the glass, show you how we can repair or replace it, and then give you the best price possible. Typically, it will take a week or less from when we take your order to receive the newly fabricated unit. As soon as the new glass is delivered, we inspect it for qualtiy and then contact you to schedule the installation. If the replacement glass is a product that we have in stock, installation can be scheduled much sooner.

Single Pane & Double Glazed Window Repair Windows in your home that have broken glass usually can be repaired without having to replace the entire window. Most window sashes come apart or have glazing stops that can be removed to allow for the damaged glass to be taken out and replaced or reglazed. Our estimators and installers are glass replacement experts and are familiar with all types and brands. Whether you need glass repaired at your home or at your business, no one can repair glass like The Glass Guru. Insulated Glass Insulated Glass Units (IGUs), better known as dual-panes, doubleglazing or thermopanes, consist of two or more lites of glass separated by a desiccated spacer and hermetically sealed. IGUs are manufactured on a made-to-order basis on factory production lines. As volume purchasers, we get great pricing from our suppliers and pass those savings on to our customers. Most double-glazed units come with a manufacturer's warranty on top of our one year workmanship warranty that we offer on all of our window repairs. Tinted Glass, Coated and Low Efficiency Glass Clear glass was the primary glazing material used in the glass industry for decades. During the past

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two decades, glazing technology has changed greatly. Research and development into different types of glazing has created a new generation of glazing materials. Special tints and coatings have greatly increased energy efficiency in windows and

Frank Grant, Owner

doors. Low-emission glass (Low-E) is a clear glass with a microscopically-thin coating of metal oxide. This allows the sun's heat and light to pass through the glass into the building. At the same time it blocks the heat from leaving the room, reducing heat loss considerably. Whether you call us to fix your windows or supply you with glass products, we strive to do it right the first time. If something ever goes wrong, we will be there to address it quickly. We want to earn your business and become the glass company and glass repair shop you rely on for all your glass repair and replacement glass needs. Give us a call today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

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Ron Hansen

Gold&Gems Fine Jewelry

Welcome to Southern Oregon... Let me share with you three reasons why you’ll want to visit us! Are you new to the area? One of the most frustrating things to overcome in a new environment is realizing you are temporarily out of your comfort zone. You need to establish new relationships with everyone from your Dentist to where you do your shopping. When it comes to purchasing fine jewelry, most of us would obtain a referral from a friend or relative. This “word of mouth” referral base is how we built Gold & Gems over the past three decades. Just recently, we expanded from our Ashland store to a second location in Medford. The greeting we received in Medford has been wonderful. This is a family-owned company headed by Richard & Ron Hansen. We employ a friendly, highly trained team of jewelry professionals. Our team consists of Gemologists, Designers, Model makers, Goldsmiths, Platinumsmiths, Stonesetters and Customer Service Representatives all devoted to delivering top quality jewelry treasures to our valued customers. Consistently voted #1 jeweler and “favorite business ” in our local community, we have built this business on honesty, a high code of ethics, and of course ex-

ceptional jewelry and service. Now for those three reason you need to visit us at Gold&Gems:

ity of its gems. We have built our reputation on selling only the finest jewelry. Whether you come into our store or shop with us online, you are a Gold And Gems customer, and you can expect only the best in design, quality and service each and every time.

Reason #1: Pricing Policy: It is widely known that jewelry pieces are inflated, then discounted in order to “appear” like a low price. Our clients have become believers in the value that we offer. We have recognized successes by setting our everyday prices lower than the industries standard, and then we back up the purchases with support, free sizing, polishing and all of the service oriented issues that are so important with fine jewelry.

Reason #3: Trust: We are the longest running jeweler in Southern Oregon. Many others have opened and closed their doors during our 31 years of service. We have earned the trust of the local community, and that is something that we are most proud of. We look forward to serving you with our award winning custom creations, our fabulous inventories, or even something as simple as a battery for your watch. Come in, mention this article, and we will welcome you to Southern Oregon I encourage you to call us, or email us using our convenient online form if you have questions regarding fine jewelry, gemstones or just any issue.

Reason #2: Quality Assurance: Every piece of jewelry that you will find here has been hand-selected by Gold And Gems for its outstanding workmanship and the superior qual-

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and the telephone number is 541-245-1585 (Medford) or 541-488-2753 (Ashland). The company’s website is: www.goldandgems.com.

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Orthodontic Treatment Worth Smiling About Creating beautiful smiles is our goal, and the success of that has a lot to do with the wonderful patients we have in our Medford Orthodontic office. Dr Gary May has helped Medford OR residents attain the beautiful smiles they deserve with the latest innovations with orthodontic care. Our office uses Invisalign and the Damon System braces to create new smiles that will last a lifetime. We know that successful orthodontic treatment can only occur when patient, parents or spouse, the orthodontist and staff all work together. We are dedicated to this “team effort” approach, which requires the patients and their family to be as informed as possible in the many facets of treatment. With this goal in mind, we urge you to explore our website to learn more about us (www.mayortho.com), our commitment to you and your orthodontic needs. We recognize that every pa-

tient has different goals and desires, and we pride ourselves on individualizing every treatment plan to exceed your expectations. Whether you’re an adult, teen or child, our knowledgeable doctor and staff are

committed to helping you achieve your goals for your teeth and face as well as providing balance and harmony for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles. Your individual treatment depends upon a close professional working relationship, and Dr. Gary

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May will make every effort to discuss and explain the specifics of your treatment in detail. Please feel free to inquire about any aspect of your treatment at any time since your understanding and cooperation are absolutely essential for the results we all seek. We are proud to serve the residents of Medford, Oregon and the surrounding Rogue Valley. We utilize the latest advances in the orthodontic industry, such as the new Damon Q and CLEAR braces and Invisalign. Our doctor invests hundreds of hours every year to stay at the forefront of the profession to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible to meet your individual needs. For Invisalign, Damon Braces and more, call your Medford, Oregon, orthodontist, Dr. Gary May for a Free Initial Consultation. Office at 1625 E. McAndrews Rd., Medford Suite B, 541.779.3003


Don McCoy on Real Estate In Jackson County Broker Founder of the Oregon Green Expo Host of the Green Economy TV Show on KOBI Channel 5

In Medford, there were 4250+ homes sold in 2012*... What did these buyers and sellers know? Have you ever wondered why some people can buy and sell homes while others will struggle for months and even years? With interest rates being the lowest in history, there are many great opportunities out there to invest in... but where are they and how do I find them? These questions and many more are answered daily between Don McCoy and his clients. With home values actually going up across the nation (our area is up over 13%), this is an excellent time to keep your eye on the market. Don offers you a free Multiple Listing Service on his website which will allow you to put in the criteria you are looking for. Don has been piloting key marketing and networking opportunities in Southern Oregon for nearly 25 years. Some of his projects include producing the New Products Show and the Senior Show for 6 years, and The Oregon Green Expo since 2009. Don was the founder of SOTA, the Southern Oregon Trade Association, a flourishing trade group which hosted over 3,000 business members and thrived in our local

community for over 10 years, becoming one of the top 20 largest trade associations in the U.S. He originated and ran the Jacksonville Gold Mine Tour, which featured the Oregon Belle Mine. Also, Don was a radio talk show host (“The Real McCoy”) for 5 years on KCMX Super News Talk Radio. Don has been a full spectrum Realtor for the past 13 years, was the top producing agent in his office at Exit Realty Group for 3 years running, and was in the top

ing has led to his special expertise in helping communities focus on developing sustainable design and living on local and regional levels as well. Don has gone on to receive additional training in building science, energy, and environmental issues directly related to various real estate transactions, in both the residential and the commercial areas of the marketplace. He completed numerous educational opportunities through USGBC LEED for Homes, Energy Star presentations for Contractors & Architects, and a State of Oregon Building Code class including the High Performance Homes presentation. Don is an Energy Trust Trade Ally of Oregon, EcoBroker Certified® and Earth Advantage S.T.A.R. In recent years, Don has developed a television documentary series on “The Green Economy and *Source: Trulia.com Green Building in 2% of agents in the Rogue Valley Southern Oregon,” and it is with for many years. excitement and enthusiasm that he As the areas first EcoBroker helps promote, consult and eduand Earth Advantage trained real cate the language of Green through estate agent, his passion for quality his TV shows, power point, speakhigh-performance homes in both ing, writing, panel discussions and new construction and in remodeltrade shows.

Home Values In Jackson County Up 13.4%

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Orley’s Keeps You Comfortable Year-Round with the Best in Stoves, Spas, Swim Spas, Gazebos, Above-Ground Pools and Pellet BBQ’s. Perhaps best known for stoves, Orley’s has some 200 in stock, including wood, pellet and gas stoves. Their most efficient (92%) seller is the Blaze King wood stove that can burn 40+ hours on one load of wood, and can be the sole heating source for homes up to 3,500 square feet. One of the largest wood stove dealers in Oregon, Orley’s also carries Avalon, Hearthstone. Lopi and other quality brands, with prices ranging from $900 to $4,000+. Wood stoves can save you from 40 to 70 percent on heating costs, and right now the government is offering a 10 percent up to $300 tax credit. Owned by Larry Milligan, Sr., Orley’s is a family owned business established in the 1950’s by Larry’s father and uncle, originally located off North Pacific Highway in Medford. In 1984 Larry Sr. bought the business and moved it to its current location. Larry’s wife, Patricia serves as office manager and Larry Jr. serves as sales manager. For year-round comfort, therapy and exercise, our Catalina spas are a welcome addition to any home. The largest volume Catalina dealer in Oregon, Orley’s features only the high-

est quality spas made today. Catalina spas, for example, are known to require much less servicing than other makes. The Catalina is considered the most therapeutic spa on the market, with strategically positioned jets to accurately massage your body’s pressure points. Be sure to come into

the Medford store to see our line of swim-exercise spas. Is this the upcoming summer you’ll invest in a swimming pool? If so, consider the Sea Breeze aboveground pool—one of the popular Splash-A-Round pools on display at Orley’s Stove & Spa. The Sea Breeze features complete portability—easy to assemble and disassemble quickly with no

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tools required. It offers the utmost in durability, made with galvanized steel framework and heavy gauge polyester material that lead the competition in puncture and tear resistance. It comes with a 30-year warranty and a pump system just like an in-ground pool. Choose the size you want at Orley’s. Aboveground pool prices range from about $2,000 to around $6,000. “During our many years in the business,” says Larry Sr., “we’ve learned to recognize and select products that are known for their superior quality. You may find cheaper pools, spas and stoves elsewhere, but here at Orley’s you’ll find only those that will ensure your long-term satisfaction. Featuring these quality products, and taking time to determine our customers’ specific needs, account for our success today.” Orley’s Stoves & Spas has continued to grow for over a half a century by always offering top quality products matched with personalized service and follow-through with each customer, new and established.This company is truly a good example of what the Rogue Valley offers to it’s locals, both new and established.

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541-779-1333 Welcome to beautiful Rogue Valley Oregon, we hope that your transition is going smoothly. If while during your move, you have a need for a safe and convenient place to store your belongings while getting settled into your new home, we hope that you will give us a call! When you store your possessions in our facility, you don’t have to worry. All of our units are protected by a security fence. At night, our facility is brightly lighted. Additionally, we have resident managers that are available, electronic gates, and a high-tech surveillance system. Offering Special Rates for Customers Making Annual Payments Conveniently Located Next To Highway 5

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Callahan’s Mountain Lodge From earliest times the major obstacle to travel between the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon and Shasta Valley of northern California has been the ridge of mountains called the “Siskiyous.” The name comes from the Indian word for “broom tailed horse.” Legend has it that the first white man the Indians met in this area was riding a horse with its tail cut off square like a broom. The white man asked the Indians for the name of the Mountains, but misunderstood their reply. He thought they were naming the mountains when actually they were talking about his horse’s tail. The name “Siskiyou” endured. The lowest and shortest passage over these mountains is a few miles west of a 1,000-foot tall rock pillar protruding above the mid point of the ridge. Known as “Pilot Rock,” this landmark aided Indians and immigrants, as well as today’s travelers, to locate the best place to cross the mountains. The discovery of gold in both Rogue and Shasta valleys in the 1840’s and 50’s brought more

people over this crossing and soon there was a community known as the village of “Siskiyou.” The peak growth of this village occurred during the construction of Railroad Line 3 over the mountains in 1887. A train tunnel, dug near the summit beginning at the southeast corner of the village, will be forever famous as the site of the last great train robbery. Three D’Atremont brothers jumped on the train as it was slowly ascending the steep grade north of the entrance to the tunnel. Four men were killed leading authorities to one of the most extensive manhunts in U.S. history. The brothers were ultimately captured, tried, and sentenced to life in prison. The Siskiyou population began to diminish and finally lost its post office status in 1920. As a young man growing up in the Rogue Valley, Don Callahan dreamed of owning a lodge in the Siskiyou Mountains. Managing a flock of sheep and owning little else, that dream seemed far away.

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In 1944 a piece of property midway up the mountain on Highway 99 became available. Don sold the sheep and bought the land. After service in World War II, with the help of friends, a pick and shovel, he chiseled out a building site from the solid rock of the hillside. In 1947 he built a wood and stone building which he named “Callahan’s Siskiyou Lodge.” The dining room, with eight stools and five tables, opened initially catering to local residents who enjoyed the rustic lodge and its alpine setting. Soon interstate travelers began to appreciate the lodge as well. Anyone who ever traveled “Old 99” can still recall that well known spot. Don married Nilde Cervellin, an immigrant from Italy, in 1951. She brought the great Italian dishes to Callahan’s which are still famous today. Soon guests were standing in line! In April 1964, the original Callahan site was condemned for the new Interstate 5 right of way. Not wanting to be out of business, Don bought a larger piece of land a short distance up the highway below the summit of the Siskiyous and reopened in July of 1965. The site is actually a part of the old village of Siskiyou. Callahan’s is known throughout the West as an exceptional place to stop for great food, good drinks and good company. It is now being patronized by the fourth generation of original customers. Few restaurants enjoy such extensive acclaim. Ron Bergquist, who had remodeled Nilde’s kitchen in 1960, and his wife, Donna, purchased Callahan’s on January 2, 1996. Ron brings to the enterprise his extensive experience in developing restaurants and hotels. He was raised in the Rogue Valley. Donna, a native of Texas, brings many years of experience in marketing, promotion and advertising. They believe their combined skills will assure the future success and development of the “Callahan„ tradition.

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