Mail Tribune

The Mail Tribune is a seven-day daily newspaper based in Medford, Oregon, United States that serves Jackson County, Oregon, and adjacent areas of northern California.

Its coverage area centers on Medford and Ashland and includes many small communities in Jackson County. The newspaper also covers Central Point, Talent, Eagle Point and Phoenix, as well as Jacksonville and other cities in the Rogue Valley.

Mail Tribune
Mail Tribune front page
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Rosebud Media LLC
PublisherSteven Saslow[1]
EditorCathy Noah
FoundedApril 2, 1907
Headquarters111 North Fir Street, Medford, Oregon 97501 United States
Circulation17,138 weekday, 20,505 Sunday


George Putnam bought the Medford Tribune and two smaller weekly newspapers on April 2, 1907. In 1910, he purchased the Medford Mail and combined it with the Tribune to create the MailTribune.[2] He later sold the paper in order to purchase the Salem Capital Journal.[2]

The Mail Tribune was awarded the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Service, because of its coverage of corrupt politicians.[3]

The predecessor of Local Media Group purchased the Medford paper in 1973, and also owned the nearby Ashland Daily Tidings.[4][5] On September 4, 2013, News Corp announced that it would sell the Dow Jones Local Media Group to Newcastle Investment Corp., an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group, for $87 million. The newspapers will be operated by GateHouse Media, a newspaper group owned by Fortress. News Corp. CEO and former Wall Street Journal editor Robert James Thomson indicated that the newspapers were "not strategically consistent with the emerging portfolio" of the company.[6] GateHouse in turn filed prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 27, 2013, to restructure its debt obligations in order to accommodate the acquisition.[7] The Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings were sold to Rosebud Media in 2017.[8][9]

Daily format

A daily edition of the Mail Tribune always has at least two sections and 16 pages. The size and configuration of the paper varies day to day, based on how many advertisements have been sold.


The A section of the Mail Tribune is typically 8-10 pages and contains most of the big local, state, national and international news of the day. On Fridays and Sundays, local news is presented in a separate B section.


The sports section runs in the B section, except on Fridays and Saturdays, and features a selection of the day's top local sports stories. The sports section includes a scoreboard of national, international and local sports scores and data.

Other standing pages

The daily Mail Tribune publishes a business news page somewhere in the paper.

Special sections

The Mail Tribune's has four special feature sections that run regularly each week. Sunday's edition contains a Your Life section, with general lifestyle content. Wednesday contains the A La Carte section, which features food articles. Friday is the Oregon Outdoors section, containing local and regional outdoors stories. Friday's edition also contains Tempo, a tabloid insert about local arts and entertainment.


The Mail Tribune's North Fir Street newsroom consists of reporters, assigning editors and multimedia staff, as well as a separate sports department. Copy editing and page design is handled at GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.


  1. ^ Stiles, Greg (June 6, 2017). "Mail Tribune is back in local hands". Mail Tribune. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "George Putnam (1872-1961)". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Kay Atwood and Dennis J. Gray (2003; revised and updated 2014). Boom and Bust: Political Turmoil in the 1930s. The Oregon History Project. Oregon Historical Society.
  4. ^ "Changes at the helms" (editorial). The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon). July 13, 1973, p. 4.
  5. ^ Rafter, Michelle V. (January 31, 2009). "Good news for small papers". Oregon Business.
  6. ^ "News Corp. sells 33 papers to New York investors". New York Business Journal. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  7. ^ "GateHouse Files for Bankruptcy as Part of Fortress Plan". Bloomberg.
  8. ^ Stiles, Greg. "Updated: Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings sold to Rosebud Media". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  9. ^ "New Media Completes the Acquisition of the Ohio Publishing Division of Wooster Republican Printing Company for $21.2 Million and Announces the Sale of the Medford, Oregon Mail Tribune for $15.0 Million" (Press release). January 31, 2017.

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Ashland, Oregon

Ashland is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It lies along Interstate 5 approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of the California border and near the south end of the Rogue Valley. The city's population was 20,078 at the 2010 census and was estimated to be 21,117 as of 2017.The city is the home of Southern Oregon University (SOU) and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). These are important to Ashland's economy, which also depends on restaurants, galleries, and retail stores that cater to tourists. Lithia Park along Ashland Creek, historic buildings, and a paved intercity bike trail provide additional visitor attractions.

Ashland, originally called "Ashland Mills", was named after Ashland County, Ohio, the original home of founder Abel Helman, and secondarily for Ashland, Kentucky, where other founders had family connections. Ashland has a mayor-council government assisted by citizen committees. Historically, its liberal politics have differed, often sharply, with much of the rest of southwest Oregon.

Ashland Daily Tidings

The Ashland Daily Tidings is a morning newspaper serving the city of Ashland, Oregon, United States. Like its sister publication, the Medford-based Mail Tribune, it is owned by Rosebud Media.

Edd Ellsworth Rountree was the owner and publisher from 1960 to 1970, and was known for his left-leaning column "Friday Fish Fry." The Tidings was one of three daily newspapers to win the Charles Sprague Award of General Excellence from the Oregon Newspapers Publishing Association in 1981.The Daily Tidings is distributed Monday through Saturday mornings (Saturday afternoon publication was changed under Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger in 2004; Circulation Director Ed Rose changed the Daily Tidings from afternoon production to morning in December, 2010). It is one of Oregon's smallest-circulation dailies, along with the Baker City Herald in the state's northeast region. In 2006 the Daily Tidings was awarded the "General Excellence" prize by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

The Daily Tidings was owned, along with the Medford Mail Tribune and a number of other newspapers around the United States, by the Local Media Group, a subsidiary of international company News Corp. On September 4, 2013, News Corp announced that it would sell Local Media Group to Newcastle Investment Corp., an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group, for $87 million. The newspapers were to be operated by GateHouse Media, a newspaper group owned by Fortress. News Corp. CEO and former Wall Street Journal editor Robert James Thomson indicated that the newspapers were "not strategically consistent with the emerging portfolio" of the company. GateHouse in turn filed prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 27, 2013, to restructure its debt obligations in order to accommodate the acquisition.In 2017, the Tidings and the Mail Tribune were sold by GateHouse to Rosebud Media.

Denman Wildlife Area

The Denman Wildlife Area (originally the Rogue Valley Game Management Area) is a wildlife management area near Eagle Point, Oregon, in the United States. It was named in honor of Kenneth Denman, an attorney from nearby Medford, Oregon, who lobbied for the creation of the area in 1954.The area is adjacent to TouVelle State Recreation Site and the Upper and Lower Table Rock lava formations.

Medford, Oregon

Medford is a city in, and the county seat of, Jackson County, Oregon, in the United States. As of July 1, 2017, the city had a total population of 81,780 and a metropolitan area population of 217,479, making the Medford MSA the fourth largest metro area in Oregon. The city was named in 1883 by David Loring, civil engineer and right-of-way agent for the Oregon and California Railroad, after Medford, Massachusetts, which was near Loring’s home town of Concord, Massachusetts. Medford is near the middle ford of Bear Creek.

Occupy Ashland

Occupy Ashland included a peaceful protest and demonstration against economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of corporations and lobbyists on government which has taken place in Ashland, Oregon, United States since 6 October 2011. The protests began in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. The protests included an occupation of the downtown Plaza and a daily picket outside the JPMorgan Chase branch in Ashland.

Roxy Ann Peak

Roxy Ann Peak is a 3,576-foot-tall (1,090 m) mountain in the Western Cascade Range at the eastern edge of Medford, Oregon. Composed of several geologic layers, the majority of the peak is of volcanic origin and dates to the early Oligocene epoch. It is primarily covered by oak savanna and open grassland on its lower slopes, and mixed coniferous forest on its upper slopes and summit, although not all the way. Despite the peak's relatively small topographic prominence of 753 feet (230 m), it rises 2,200 feet (670 m) above Medford and is visible from most of the Rogue Valley. The mountain is Medford's most important viewshed, open space reserve, and recreational resource.

The area was originally inhabited beginning 8,000 to 10,000 years ago by ancestral Native Americans. The Latgawa Native American tribe was present in the early 1850s when the sudden influx of non-indigenous settlers resulted in the Rogue River Wars. After the wars, the Latgawa were forced away from the region onto reservations. The peak was named in the late 1850s after one of its first landowners, Roxy Ann Bowen.

In 1883, the city of Medford was established to the west of the mountain, and became incorporated two years later. After acquiring a large amount of land from the Lions Club and the federal government between 1930 and 1933, the city created the 1,740-acre (700 ha) Prescott Park in 1937. The park protects much of the upper slopes and summit of the peak and remains largely undeveloped. The peak's southern foothills have some quickly expanding single-family residential subdivisions.

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Upper and Lower Table Rock

Upper Table Rock and Lower Table Rock are two prominent volcanic plateaus located just north of the Rogue River in Jackson County, Oregon, U.S. Created by an andesitic lava flow approximately seven million years ago and shaped by erosion, they now stand about 800 feet (240 m) above the surrounding Rogue Valley. The Table Rocks are jointly owned; The Nature Conservancy is responsible for 3,591 acres (1,453 ha), while the Bureau of Land Management is responsible for 1,280 acres (520 ha).

Native Americans have inhabited the Table Rocks area for at least 15,000 years before European-American settlement. Starting in the mid-19th century during a gold rush, the settlers forced the Takelma tribe away from the Table Rocks and into reservations. The surrounding area was quickly developed. The Table Rock post office was established in 1872, an airstrip was built atop Lower Table Rock in 1948, and a very high frequency omni-directional range (VOR) aviation tower was constructed on Upper Table Rock in the 1960s. The Table Rocks were not protected until the 1970s.

The rocks are home to over 70 species of animals and 340 species of plants, which includes over 200 species of wildflowers. Vernal pools atop the plateaus fill during the rainy season in winter and spring because the andesite is impermeable. The dwarf woolly meadowfoam, a species of wildflower, grows around these pools, and is endemic to the rocks. The pools are also one of only a few places where the federally threatened species of fairy shrimp, Branchinecta lynchi, can be found. To protect these and other threatened species, the Bureau of Land Management has listed the rocks as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern since 1984.

The Table Rocks are one of the most popular hiking locations in the Rogue Valley, with over 45,000 visitors annually. Two trails, Lower Table Rock Trail and Upper Table Rock Trail, were cut across the plateaus' slopes in the early 1980s by the Youth Conservation Corps, Boy Scouts, and the Oregon Department of Forestry. This effort was coordinated by John Ifft, a forester for the Medford Office of the BLM.

The plateaus are named for their relatively flat tops. Upper and Lower refer to their location along the Rogue River, not their height. Upper Table Rock, 2,091 feet (637 m) above sea level at its highest point, is located upstream, while Lower Table Rock is farther downstream, with an elevation of 2,049 feet (625 m).

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