MADGE, THE MEDFORD AREA DRUG AND GANG ENFORCEMENT TEAM CHALKED UP A WIN THURSDAY MORNING, ARRESTING 7 DURING A DRUG BUST AT A RESIDENCE IN THE 6100 BLOCK OF TOLO ROAD OUTSIDE OF CENTRAL POINT. INVESTIGATORS CLAIM THEY FOUND GUNS, SCALES, PACKAGING EQUIPMENT AND TRACES OF METH AND HEROIN.
MEANWHILE RADE, OR THE ROGUE AREA DRUG ENFORCEMENT TEAM, ALONG WITH OREGON STATE POLICE, ARRESTED A MAN, WEDNESDAY ON NARCOTICS, CHILD NEGLECT AND MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY.
ASHLAND CITY COUNCILOR PAM MARSH ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY, HER CANDIDACY FOR THE OREGON STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAT CURRENTLY HELD BY PETER BUCKLEY. BUCKLEY RECENTLY ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. 61 YEAR OLD MARSH, IS ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE GREEN SPRINGS INN & CABINS, AND HAS BEEN ON THE COUNCIL FOR 3 ½ YEARS.
JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF COREY FALLS HAS SAID THAT EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS FOR HIS DEPARTMENT HAVE DROPPED SINCE RECREATIONAL POT BECAME LEGAL LAST YEAR. SHERIFF FALLS SAID THAT THE NUMBER HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE JULY FIRST. HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER HAS CONTACTED OTHER EMPLOYERS WHO REQUIRE DRUG TESTING IN WASHINGTON AND COLORADO TO SEE IF THEIR NUMBERS HAVE DROPPED AS WELL.
THE OREGON STATE LEGISLATURE HAS APPROVED A MEASURE THAT WILL RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE, INCREMENTALLY, OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS. URBAN AREAS WOULD RECEIVE A 50 CENT RAISE, AND RURAL COUNTIES WOULD RECEIVE 25 CENTS THROUGH 2022.
JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES ARE FINALLY LAUNCHING A WIC, WHICH STANDS FOR WOMEN, INTANTS AND CHILDREN, DEBIT CARD PROGRAM. THE NEW SYSTEM IS SAID TO BE STREAMLINED TO MAKE SHOPPING EASIER AND MORE EFFICIENT.
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TIME TO CHANGE THE COUNTY CHARTER - NO MORE SECRET AGREEMENTS
(put all the agreements on the website...all of them)
Last week I made a public records request for details surrounding former County Assessor Josh Gibson's departure. As you may know, he resigned effective the end of 2015. Now we know that Jackson County paid Gibson more than $28,000 in severance pay. READ THE TERMINATION AGREEMENT
This agreement was conditioned on him resigning. More than $28,000 paid to the former assessor after having resigned effective the end of last year. This termination agreement raises more questions than answers.
1) Why did Jackson County agree to pay more money for work not performed by an elected official who resigned?
2) Why the "gag" order? If Gibson did something wrong, be transparent about it. (And I don't think it had anything to do with the "Golf Course Urination" non-event last summer. )
3) If Gibson DIDN't do anything wrong, why did the county appear to push him out of office?
4) If he was pushed out of office, who's doing the pushing, and why?
How convenient that the only people who can answer these questions, Josh Gibson, Danny Jordan, and Jackson County government officials, wrote up an agreement, offered YOUR tax dollars, and agreed to be bound to not say anything about it.
And THIS is "transparency"?
The public elected Josh Gibson, the public deserves to know the whole story about why he resigned.
MAKE A COMMENT OPPOSING THE ROGUE RIVER RESERVE
Mr. X and I discussed this on Monday, recapping last week's Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board meeting, spearhead by the Southern Oregon Land Conservncy. Their plan is to go for a 1.5 million dollar state grant which will be used to purchase private property and place it in a conservation easement. Problem is, these easements usually go on for a few years, then the Greens donate the land to the BLM. Read the attached documents, and note how the goal is to eventually knit all these protected properties together. This will eventually be used to eliminate private property owners on the Rogue River. Fewer private property owners means no resistance to the Green plan to push a WILD AND SCENIC DESIGNATION for all of the Rogue River.
DOWNLOAD AND READ THESE DOCUMENTS - then make a comment on why you oppose this grant - Mail it to the OWEB address on the first page. THANKS!
Bill's Guests 2-12-16
6:50 Daniel Ribacoff, author of I, Spy , How to be your own private invvestigator.
7:15 Glenn Archambault - looking for legal help due to problems in Phoenix with the ODOT interchange rebuild
7:35 Dennis Linthicum, blogging at Dirt Road Economist, and we talk the Malheur issues.
8:10 Mark Johnson from Grants Pass...gets a visit from the FBI, asking questions about Malheur, other societal "stresses".
IS THE ZIKA VIRUS REALLY THE DANGER? - Great piece from Dr. Jane Orient
The Zika Virus Disease Outbreak: What Should We Do?
The latest public health panic is over a disease most Americans (even doctors) have never heard of. Zika virus disease (ZVD) is carried by the same mosquito, Aedes aegypti, as other Third World diseases, including dengue and chikungunya.
ZVD is asymptomatic in about 80 percent of infected individuals. In about 20 percent, it causes a mild, self-limited disease with fever, rash, joint pains, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
Some 4,000 babies in Brazil have reportedly been born with severe birth defects, including microcephaly (small head), and officials suspect ZVD is the cause.
Mild disease, rash, birth defects: reminds one of rubella (German measles). Viruses can cause birth defects.
On Feb 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the same category as Ebola. American health authorities issued a travel advisory for pregnant women planning to visit Brazil or many other countries in Latin America or the Caribbean
A case of apparent sexual transmission in Dallas led to a warning that men who had been exposed to Zika should abstain from sex with a partner who might be pregnant.
Zika is by no means new. It was first identified in humans in 1947 in Uganda’s Zika Forest. What is new, and “scary,” according to CDC director Thomas Frieden, is the association with microcephaly and other fetal harm.
There is, however, still no definitive proof that microcephaly and associated defects are caused by ZVD. Some interesting facts:
The complex symphony of human development can be thrown off by many things—even a little alcohol. Some birth defects might be related to ZVD. But all environmental exposures need to be scrutinized, including drugs, agricultural chemicals, contaminated water, and vaccines. Remember thalidomide?
The unfortunate babies are being used to promote political causes: legalization of abortion in Latin America, or the fight against “climate change.”
With warmer temperatures, mosquitoes might be able to move further north, it is claimed. But Aedes aegypti arrived in North America around 1980 in a shipment of used tires, not waiting for a temperature increase. And mosquito-transmitted malaria was prevalent in Minnesota during the Little Ice Age. Climate change or not, mosquitoes will not be inconvenienced if we bankrupt our coal industry or ban SUVs.
Travel restrictions would greatly harm the economy of Latin American countries, especially as Brazil is preparing to host the Olympics. Of course there is no screening at all of illegal entrants to the U.S. The key public health measure is mosquito control. Mosquito-borne diseases, after a time when it was thought that even malaria might be wiped out, began increasing worldwide when the U.S. banned the most effective public health weapon of all time: DDT. If Zika causes rethinking of this disastrous decision, even though other deadly threats like malaria have not, it will save millions of lives—and even help us win the war on bed bugs.
The damaged babies are a terrible tragedy. How can we prevent more? Instead of waiting for some future vaccine against a virus that may prove innocent, we could stop transmission now with effective mosquito control in affected areas. We could also immediately stop deliberately exposing women who might be pregnant to medicines or vaccines without thorough safety testing.
Bill's Guests 2-08-16
6:35 Bad County.com's Dale Matthews
7:35 Medford City Councilman Kevin Stine
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers - Visiting Past and Present
8:40 Brad Fay from Southern Oregon Public TV, along with Daniel Egbert and Doc King, two veterans who put together a documentary PROJECT 22 which details how 22 veterans a day die from suicide.
By Dennis Powers
Two mule packers--John R. Poole and James Cluggage--were hauling supplies in January 1852 from the Willamette Valley to Sacramento. They camped by a foothill and began digging a hole to find water for their mules. As they dug, they noticed a gold color in the hole; they had accidentally discovered a rich gold deposit. The two men quickly filed claims on the land on Daisy Creek and named it, “Rich Gulch.” The two also filed claims along Jackson Creek, where large quantities of course placer gold were discovered. Once the news shot out, hundreds of men flocked there to find their share of the precious gold. Cluggage and Poole filed donation land claims, named their town “Table Rock City,” and which was soon renamed as “Jacksonville.”
Oregon was still a territory, Indian conflicts were commonplace, food was scarce, and all of the supplies came by mule train from faraway Crescent City. The gold-driven town grew by the winter of 1852, however, from a mining camp to one with over 2000 people in the area, complete with a bank, shops, businesses, saloons, and gambling halls. A few months later in January 1853, it became the county seat for the newly created, Jackson County. That same year, a destructive fire destroyed most of the wood-framed structures, but these were quickly rebuilt, mainly in brick.
Jacksonville’s fortunes seemed assured, but by the late 1870s much of the easy ore deposits had been taken. The railroad in 1884 then decided not to connect with Jacksonville, but to head directly to Medford. The expense of building the track did not justify sweeping down to it, but to angle on a straight line through Bear Creek Valley. Once this happened, Jacksonville began to lose residents and businesses.
Agriculture supplanted mining in the 1890s, and a privately-owned railroad spur connected Jacksonville with the main line. In 1927, however, the county seat moved to Medford with its airport, previous building expansion from the orchard boom, and location. Jacksonville’s economic decline continued into the 1960s.
In 1962, the proposal to re-route a new four-lane Highway 238 directly through the town’s middle brought its residents together to fight the project. Robby Collins had moved that year into Jacksonville and led the successful opposition against the highway project. This movement galvanized these groups to begin efforts to preserve the historic, remarkable 19th century buildings and residences.
Their efforts met with success when the town’s core in 1966 was designated a National Historic Landmark, the first time a town was so honored by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Approximately 326 acres in size and including nearly 890 structures, the Landmark District is large, but not the same size as the city limits. More than 100 individual buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1977, the National Landmark Advisory Board adopted a larger formal boundary, which included the supporting residential neighborhoods.
Located some five miles from Medford, residents and tourists alike flock now to Jacksonville and have given it a real vitality. Its historic vintage is now its gold, not to mention the Britt Festival and other attractions.
Sources: “Mining Artifacts: Oregon Mines,” at Gold Discovered in Jacksonville; “Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce: History of Jacksonville,” at History; “National Park Service: Jacksonville National History District,” at National Historic District; Sanne Specht, “Beekmans re-creation comes alive,” Mail Tribune, March 2, 2003, at Robby Collins; “National Park Service: Nomination, Jacksonville Historic District,” at Jacksonville Historic District Nomination.
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 11:00.
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.