This Is the Place to Be!

Last May during our annual preference poll we asked you, “What are the three best things about living in our region?” Nearly every respondent mentioned the scenic and natural beauty of southern Oregon and northern California. No surprise there because this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Congratulations to all on our collective good judgment!
Roughly half of those who participated also mentioned the region’s wide variety of cultural amenities. Again, no surprise. Many specifically mentioned the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Britt Festival, the Craterian, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the growing number of community theaters.
I’m pleased to note many of you recognize how well-served southern Oregon and northern California are by the public broadcasting services of JPR and SOPTV. Both were cited as important services that deliver arts, culture, news, and information.
Other often mentioned attributes of our region included the generally mild and terrific weather, the small town feeling of local communities, and the friendliness of the people who live here.
Overall, poll participants enjoy living here. On a scale of 1 to 5, over 80% rated their community a “4” or a “5” as a place to live.
Next month, I’ll wrap up our report about the poll with your comments about the biggest challenges the region faces.

The End of an Era…
and the Beginning of the PBS NewsHour Weekend

September marks the end of The Lawrence Welk Show on SOPTV. Lawrence and the Musical Family enjoyed one of the longest runs in television history when the series was broadcast on ABC for 27 years (1955–1982). In the mid-’80s many public television stations, including SOPTV, began carrying repackaged versions of the original series. In this time slot we are now bringing you the brand-new PBS NewsHour Weekend from 5:30–6:00 p.m. followed by special programs on Saturday.

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