INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO THE CAUSE OF A FIRE IN WHITE CITY THAT COULD BE SEEN MILES AWAY.
THE GRASS FIRE BROKE OUT JUST BEFORE 5 MONDAY NEAR KERSHAW AND HIGHWAY 140 NEAR THE JACKSON COUNTY SPORTS PARK.
FIRE DISTRICT 3 AND THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY BATTLED THE BLAZE.
IT BURNED NEARLY 4 ACRES, AND CREWS TELL US THEY MONITORED THE AREA THROUGH THE NIGHT AS WELL.
MEDFORD POLICE NEED YOUR HELP IDENTIFYING TWO ASSAULT SUSPECTS.
YOU CAN VIEW THE MEDFORD POLICE FACEBOOK PAGE TO WATCH A SHORT CLIP OF THE SUSPECTS FROM A SECURITY CAM.
THEY ARE DESCRIBED AS LATINO MALES IN THEIR 20'S.
POLICE SAY THE MEN ATTACKED THE VICTIM WHILE HE WAS TENDING TO A COMMUNITY GARDEN.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION...PLEASE CALL POLICE.
TWO SUSPECTS IN A MULTI STATE CRIME SPREE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN GRANTS PASS.
THE SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTED 25 YEAR OLD ANTHONY PARSONS AND AN UNDERAGE GIRL, MONDAY.
DEPUTIES SAY THE TWO WERE WANTED FOR AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A MINI MART LAST FRIDAY.
PARSONS IS FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES INCLUDING THEFT, BURGLARY, AND ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.
THE GIRL HAS BEEN TAKEN TO A JUVENILE YOUTH CORRECTION CENTER .
THE OWNER OF THE DOG WAS FOUND INSIDE AND FACES HEFTY FINES, INCLUDING A CHARGE OF ANIMAL NEGLECT
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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-24-15
6:15 Dr. Jay Richards, Stream.org - We kick around Pope Francis and the global warming rant.
7:10 State Rep. Duane Stark
7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-23-15
6:40 Journalist Jim Marrs, author of Population Control.
7:1o State Rep. Sal Esquivel
7:35 Dale Matthews and Mike Jones from BadCounty.com
8:10 Will Reishman from Strategic Financial - 541-773-7774
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 6-22-15
7:10 Captain Dan Penland with Jackson County Sheriffs - Topic is the jail!!
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, Visiting Past and Present - Wild and Scenic River history - post is below.
8:35 Ann Coulter, author of "Adios, America, The Left's Plan To Turn Our Country Into A Third World Hellhole". Autographed copies available at AnnCoulter.com, and you can send a copy to your CONGRESSMAN, too!
The Wild and Scenic Rogue River
By Dennis Powers
Our nationally-known Rogue River has three distinct regions: the Upper Rogue, Middle Rogue, and Lower Rogue. Originating from the Cascade’s snowmelt and springs (including Crater Lake’s Mt. Mazama), the Upper Rogue flows to Prospect with the lake’s main tourist route winding with it. The Middle Rogue sweeps from Prospect to past Grants Pass. Located northeast of Grants Pass, tiny Merlin is close to the Lower Rogue that’s designated as the Wild and Scenic.
One of the original eight rivers included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, the Lower Rogue’s protected boundaries start at the Applegate River mouth (7 miles west of Grants Pass) as the east boundary and Lobster Creek (11 mile east of Gold Beach) as the west boundary, a total of 84 miles. This congressional act protected the designated sections by prohibiting development and leaving them unchanged for future generations. As a designated Wild and Scenic river, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) jointly manage it.
There are distinct sections within this boundary: the Hellgate (Applegate River to Grave Creek, 27 miles), the Wild Section (Grave Creek to Watson Creek, 33 miles), Recreation Section (Watson Creek to Blue Jay Creek, 10 miles), Scenic Section (Blue Jay to Slide Creek, 7 miles), and another Recreation Section (Slide Creek to Lobster Creek, 7 miles), all with different regulations.
The natural beauty of the Lower Rogue predominates: Sheer canyon cliffs meld with towering spires; Class IV rapids with huge boulders and boiling whitewater stretches; old growth firs and pines mix with oaks and maples; old miner cabins and remote ranches are seen; wildlife predominates. Elk, black bears, deer, and cougars are spotted on the hillsides, as eagles, blue herons, wood ducks, osprey, geese, and hawks fly overhead. Chinook salmon, steelhead, native cutthroat, and trout flourish underwater. Meanwhile, popular activities—but depending on the section--include fishing, scenic driving, picnicking, hiking, whitewater rafting, and even jet boat tours.
Featuring 33 miles of rapids, one of the most popular whitewater runs in the country is the Wild Section of the Lower Rogue. Most boaters take 3 to 4 days to float this part that from Grave Creek to Foster Bar, the take-out. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest manages the Wild Section, and due to its popularity, floating this requires a prior, special-use permit during the high period from May 15th to October 15th.
The usage is regulated to protect the river corridor from overuse and provide a wild river experience. Approximately 120 daily visitors are permitted to enter the wild section. During the non-regulated season from October 16th through May 14th, boaters need to fill-out an “off-season” permit to be on the Wild Rogue. Nearly 13,000 people on average float this section during its five-month summer permit season.
The sights are unique and spectacular. After the Grave Creek put in, the first difficult rapids met is at Rainee Falls. At later Whisky Creek, a cabin built by placer miners around 1880 still stands. The Black Bar Lodge was named after a gold miner, William Black, and this site was actively mined until the early 1930s; built in1932, Zane Grey entertained his guests here. Continuing onto Foster Bar, his cabin is near Winkler Bar, midway through the Wild section.
Built by the Billings family before the turn of the century, the historic Anderson Ranch is at Mule Creek and operated by the BLM as a museum. Passing through various rapids, including Coffee Pot and Blossom Bar, different lodges as Paradise and Half Moon Bar are present. After more rapids and sights, there’s the Foster Bar takeout with Gold Beach some 35 miles away.
The early pioneers named Blossom Bar due to the many azaleas that grew on the river’s north side. It has a deserved reputation as being the riskiest Class IV rapid over this section. While the great majority navigate this huge-boulder-strewn part, seven people have died since 2007--and all were wearing life jackets. Given the numbers of people who run the Rogue’s wild section, those with limited experience, and the potentially serious result from a mistake, one thanks the “river gods” that this number is not higher.
This part was impassable until the historic guide, Glen Wooldridge, began blasting away the boulders starting in the mid-1930s and for “many years” throughout the Rogue’s rapids, so that boaters could even pass through. As to Blossom Bar, Wooldridge first worked on the lower boulders, then onto the upper ones, by exploding large bundles of dynamite. With a friend to light the fuse, he rowed his boat up to a targeted rock, some as “large as a house.” The bowman then reached over and tossed the bundle above the boulder, where the current was slow and pushed against the rock. With the dynamite against it and underwater, Glen quickly rowed “the hell” away. To create a large hole in Blossom’s middle, he used a 50-pound box of powder to eliminate three.
Glen Wooldridge, of course, couldn’t do that now, and the currents sweep different rocks into the rapids in an ever-continuing remake. Even with the reasons to respect Blossom Bar, however, all of the rapids in this section--from Rainee Falls and Coffee Pot to past Blossom Bar--need to be navigated carefully. For that matter, one has to respect and be careful with the entire Rogue River to have a long life in enjoying its use.
Sources: “U.S. Forest Service: Lower Rogue River,” at Lower Rogue; “Bureau of Land Management: Rogue River Wild Section,” at Wild Section; Marta Yamamoto, “Rafting down Oregon’s Rogue River: Still wild,” Mercury News, July 11, 2013, at Lower Rogue (With Numerous Images); See “YouTube: Floating through Blossom Bar,” atBlossom Bar;Mark Freeman, “Another reminder of river’s dangers,” Mail Tribune, July 19, 2013, at 2013 Fatalities.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
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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.