A CENTRAL POINT FAMILY WHO LOST THEIR HOME TO A FIRE FRIDAY ... SAYS THEY'RE JUST THANKFUL EVERYONE MADE IT OUT ALIVE.
HARRY SEEMS HAS LIVED IN THE HOUSE ON TAMARACK LANE IN CENTRAL POINT FOR 20 YEARS...
HE SAYS THE FIRE STARTED AROUND 11 P.M. FRIDAY... AND WAS CAUSED BY A PILE OF ASHES THAT HAD BEEN CLEANED OUT OF THE OVEN DAYS BEFORE. SEEMS ALSO SAYS HIS GREAT GRANDSON AND HIS GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER WERE IN THE HOUSE SLEEPING WHEN THE FIRE BROKE OUT -- BUT THEY WOKE UP TO THE SMELL OF SMOKE AND MADE IT OUT OKAY AND EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THE FAMILY'S BELONGINGS ARE DESTROYED OR DAMAGED....SEEMS SAYS THAT'S NOT GOING TO CRUSH HIS SPIRIT THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON.
GRANTS PASS POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN FINDING A MAN INVOLVED IN A STABBING OUTSIDE A BAR EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
IT HAPPENED OUTSIDE THE "99 PROOF" BAR OFF-OF FRUITDALE DRIVE AROUND 12:30 A.M. POLICE SAY TWO MEN WERE INVOLVED IN A FIST FIGHT THAT SPILLED OUT INTO THE PARKING LOT AND ESCALATED THE VICTIM ... 23-YEAR-OLD LEVI JORDAN.. WAS TAKEN TO THREE RIVERS MEDICAL CENTER POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT RAN.. HE IS DESCRIBED AS A 30-YEAR-OLD HISPANIC MALE WITH A SHAVED HEAD. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CALL GRANTS PASS POLICE.
FOR THE SECOND TIME ON SIX MONTHS, LAVA LANES MANAGER, LOU TESTER SAYS SOMEONE HAS STOLE MONEY FROM ONE OF THEIR TOKEN MACHINES.
THE BOWLING ALLEY POSTED THE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE OF A PERSON THEY BELIVE STOLE MORE THAN $700 DOLLARS. THEY HOPE SOMEONE MIGHT RECOGNIZE THE MAN.
MEDFORD POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ASSAULT THAT TOOK PLACE SUNDAY EVENING.
IT HAPPENED AROUND 6:00 P-M ON THE 500 BLOCK OF HAMILTON ROAD IN WEST MEDFORD...NEAR UNION PARK. POLICE SAY A VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO AN AREA HOSPITAL AFTER RECEIVING AN INJURY TO THE HEAD.... THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
ENROLLMENT IS *UP* AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY. ACCORDING TO NEW NUMBERS.
ENROLLMENT CLIMBED TO MORE THAN 62-HUNDRED STUDENTS... THAT'S AN *INCREASE OF MORE THAN ONE-PERCENT SINCE LAST FALL. THIS DESPITE PROJECTIONS THAT ENROLLMENT AT S-O-U WOULD BE DOWN THIS FALL. TWO MAJOR FACTORS FOR THE HIGHER ENROLLMENT... AN 8-PERCENT INCREASE IN TRANSFER STUDENTS AND A 10-PERCENT INCREASE IN NEW FRESHMEN.
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FERGUSON, THE AFTERMATH 11/25
Usually you can never go wrong blaming incompetence for bad government actions, but announcing the Ferguson decision at 8pm tickles my "Spidey Sense" re motivations. Was it a plan to descend into chaos under cover of darkness? There's no better way to get sheep on the plantation bleating for more government involvement & control when the businesses, homes, and infrastructure are in flames. ("See, look what happens without US keeping you safe".)
UPDATE 1:15pm - WOW, right on cue, Missouri Governor Nixon just deployed 2200 National Guard to restore order, and protect life and property. Naturally this leads me to wonder why did we wait until AFTER the riots and burning, as it was pretty well known Ferguson was headed for big trouble.
Check out this video from Missouri's Lt. Governor Peter Kinder on Fox - Was there some kind of stand down?
BILL'S GUESTS 11/25/2014
6:35 Carl Pittman, Project 21, a black conservative police officer from Texas, we talk the Ferguson aftermath. Carl wrote a book earlier this year - The Personal Journey of a Black Common Sense Conservative.
7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel - back from the sportsman's caucus convention. What's coming in 2015's session?
8:45 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation. Let Prozanski's Lies Begin.
FERGUSON DECISION - 11/24
MORE ON FERGUSON (Opinion)
I can't believe...well, maybe I CAN believe, the pig-ignorant stupidity of reporter questions tonight at the #Ferguson decision. (which no-billed Officer Darren Wilson) "Why is there no law to protect what happened to Michael Brown"? (Uh, because charging/threatening another life, cop or no cop, allows lethal force, you dumbass.) "Some are saying you're passing the buck by just presenting the evidence to the grand jury and not taking a stand..." Uh, note to idiot reporter: THAT'S really the way the system is supposed to work - The prosecuting attorney is supposed to be seeking justice. Perhaps we're all WAAAAAY too used to most grand jury proceedings where the DA effectively can push the jury to indict the proverbial "ham sandwich". Or, you're watching too much "Law and Order", which isn't helpful in the least.
BILL'S GUESTS for 11/24/2014
6:35 Clara del Villar, CEO of the Hispanic Post, analysis on Friday's immigration exec orders.
7:10 John Casey, retired NASA scientist, and author of "Dark Winter, How the Sun is causing a 30-Year Cold Spell"
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers - Visiting Past and Present
Stagecoaches and their Drivers
By Dennis Powers
Before the railroads came to the State of Jefferson in the mid-1880s, stagecoaches and their drivers ruled--but this was a very hard way to travel. For example, Henry Williams and his family were traveling in 1873 from Portland, Oregon, to their San Francisco residence. They left Portland by train in the early morning and arrived in Roseburg that evening. Taking the stagecoach on the following day, they endured a “jolting, 23 hour ride” to the Rock Point station close to Gold Hill. The stop now is a wine-tasting, hospitality room for Del Rio Vineyards & Winery.
Williams penned into his diary: “Not having slept any...during the night we at once went to bed and got about four hours sleep. We breakfasted at 10:00 A.M. and had a very good meal. We have spent a very quiet day, and I found a number of San Francisco newspapers of much later date than any I had seen and was much interested in reading them. My wife and Miss Isabella slept most of the day. Late this afternoon we took a long walk in the edge of the woods near the banks of the [Rogue] river where we found a number of beautiful wild flowers.”
From 6 a.m. to midnight, the party spent the next three days on a stagecoach that only stopped to change horses and for meals. Once in Redding, they completed their journey to San Francisco by train. Their travels took one full week, whereas today we can speed up I-5 from San Francisco and make Portland in one to two days, depending on how hard we push.
More than likely, the stagecoach “whip” driver for the Williams family was Norton Eddings, a well-liked and respected driver then. Norton Eddings was born in 1852 and began running coaches regularly in the 1870s for the California & Oregon Stage Company. His run for numbers of years was from Rock Point across the valley, over the Siskiyous, and ending at Cole’s Station, just over the California border. He lived at the Rock Point Station until his marriage in 1879.
Two years later, Norton was returning from California when the stagecoach abruptly overturned. Although the driver and passengers only had bruises, Eddy suffered a bad broken leg. He couldn’t drive for months and had no earnings, as worker’s compensation didn’t exist then. His friends decided to put on a benefit with musicians during the next week to help his finances. When Norton finally healed and could “whip” again, he was the main driver again into California. When Eddings died in 1925, he was buried at the Rock Point Pioneer Cemetery, close to where his stagecoach station was.
Interestingly enough, Lytle and Jane White built the Rock Point Hotel as a stage coach stop in the late 1850s. The “very good meal” eaten by the Williams family would have been prepared by Jane White. She continued running the hotel and station after her husband died in 1877 and is credited with the longest record of stagecoach service by any woman between Portland and San Francisco. When the railroad by-passed tiny Rock Point for Gold Hill, Jane moved to Ashland with over 25 years of running that stagecoach stop and hotel.
Sources: Alice Mullaly, “Rock Point House Provides Stage Coach Break,” Jefferson Public Radio: As It Was, September 14, 2011, at Williams' Journey; Dennis Powers, “Norton Eddings Gains Recognition as Outstanding Stage Driver,” Jefferson Public Radio: As It Was, August 16, 2011, at Norton Eddings; Dennis Powers, “Pioneer Woman Runs Stagecoach Station after Husband’s Death,” Jefferson Public Radio: As It Was, August 22, 2011, at Jane White.
Hmm, Venison for Breakfast...or Powdered Donut??
Bhaber's new gun control efforts with the OSP? The Numbers are in, Another Embarrassment.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
Your source for year-round gardening, tree, and landscaping advice! Stan Mapolski is The Rogue Gardener...and he takes your calls Saturday mornings from 9:00 'til 10:00.
Minding Your Money
Jul 29, 2011 10:19am
Solid advice and information during these unsettling times...Doug Stone from Seacrest Wealth Management will show you how to practically manage your finances and keep more of your hard-earned dollar! Saturday morning at 11:00 on KMED.
The Right Buy
Jul 29, 2011 10:47am
Join local realtors Pete Belcastro and Joe Brett Saturday morning at 10:00 for the Rogue Valley's only radio show dedicated to buying or selling your home along with local guest experts on title, mortgage, and home renovations.