Lynda Demsher

As It Was Contributor

Lynda Demsher has been editor of a small-town weekly newspaper, a radio reporter, a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for the Redding Record Searchlight, Redding California. During the 1990s and early 2000s she taught high school English in Redding. She lived in Alturas, California for 15 years where she ran the Adult Education program for the Modoc Joint Union High School District until her retirement. She has been an occasional contributor to the Modoc Record, and a volunteer for Modoc's High Plateau Humane Society and the Friends of the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, among other non-profit organizations in that small community needing someone to do public relations, ads, marketing, grant writing and photography. She moved to Grants Pass in early 2015 to be closer to family and the coast, where she and her husband keep a fishing boat ready for the salmon run.

In July 1913 Winston Churchill visited Grants Pass.   This was not the Churchill who led the British during World War II, however.  This was an American Winston Churchill, a famous early 1900’s novelist and a New Hampshire state legislator.

Blackberries are to Southern Oregon as the suffocating kudzu is to America’s South.  Introduced as a crop in the late 1800’s, the invasive plant spread out and took over native habitat.  Whereas Kudzu doesn’t have much use other than animal feed, blackberries have been part of Oregon’s lucrative fruit production since the late 19th century.