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Listen, I would love to yank Kate Brown’s sorry behind out of office, but be smart about it. Many send me emails/articles/videos of people claiming Kate Brown (and others) are violating the Oregon constitution by accepting large out of state & district contributions. Yes, Oregon voters passed Measure 6 in 1994, which became Article 2, Section 22 of the OR constitution. (look it up) Only 10% of your money under Measure 6 could have come from out of district. BUT it was declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL in U.S. District Court, Vannatta v. Keisling. Here’s a link to the case. https://law.justia.com/…/district-co…/FSupp/899/488/1670497/

The language is still in the constitution, but it is unenforceable. Certainly you can gather your law friends and file a lawsuit to try and overturn this, probably a higher bar to prevail after the Citizens United decision.

I’m putting this post up so that all will know the legal truths of the situation. People who read this case, and then continue to spread falsehoods, or vomit out the incomplete legal record because it fits their narrative, are “stuck on stupid”.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, July 15, 2019

7:10 Greg Roberts with RogueWeather.com, and the outdoor report, sponsored by Oregon Truck and Auto Authority, powered by LINE-X, on Airway Drive in Medford.

7:35 Former Josephine County Commissioner Sandy Cassinelli talks with Bill. Did the Jo Co Commission get “sloppy” with Fire Service District paperwork? We’ll get Sandy’s take on it.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers “What Made Southern Oregon Great”

Bob Mace: Watchable Wildlife and the Expo

By Dennis Powers

Bob Mace grew up on his family’s homesteaded ranch in Central Point. He graduated in 1942 from Oregon State University in fish and wildlife management. His wife, Phyllis, was a 1943 graduate of OSU’s College of Science. After a four year stint in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Oregon Game Commission in 1946.

In the early ’50s, he managed the re-introduction of California bighorn sheep in Oregon, devising the massive traps and arranging a deal with British Columbia that allowed Oregon to trap 26 bighorns there in 1954. Twenty survived their trip to Hart Mountain and formed the heart of Oregon’s bighorn sheep herd. That herd grew sufficiently to support upwards of 75 hunting tags per year.

He also instigated the re-introduction of mountain goats to Northeast Oregon and worked on several other game species through the ’60s. By the 1970s, he had risen to deputy director of the newly merged Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (ODFW). In 1973, the Oregon Legislature gave the department responsibility over non-game species.

In 1979, Mace coined the phrase “watchable wildlife” and permanently changed the way people think of small animals and birds, a more positive name for wildlife not sought after by hunters (then called “non-game”). “Watchable wildlife” became an almost universal phrase, employed by governmental agencies and university departments around the country. He retired in 1981 after 35 years in the ODFW. During his lifetime, he was an avid fishermen and waterfowl and elk hunter.

Starting in 1997, he and his wife made annual gifts to support a faculty position and scholarships at OSU in watchable wildlife. Their estate gift created an endowment for the Watchable Wildlife Chair and annual scholarships for students majoring in fish and wildlife.

Preceded in death by his wife, Bob Mace passed away in 2006. His will included the creation and funding of a nonprofit to enhance wildlife viewing in Southern Oregon. In the summer of 2009, the nearly $1 million, 6,000-square-foot Robert and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife Memorial Center at the Jackson County Exposition Park was completed; it is a general meeting/exhibition center, near the pond named for Phyllis Mace, his wife.

His Central Point 165-acre ranch, amid the gravel pits and cattle pastures, overlooks the Rogue River where the Agate Desert meets the river with a frontage nearly the length of six football fields. The property, including the gravel operation, went into a trust fund managed by the Oregon Community Foundation. The trustees sold the excavation rights to nearby Knife River Materials, with the royalties for the excavated gravel to go to the trust, estimated to grow “into the millions of dollars” as Knife River excavates as much as 130 acres over the decades.

Once abandoned, the quarry will fill with groundwater as others in the High Banks Road area have. Eventually it will create a roughly 125-acre lake with a maximum depth of 60 feet to be stocked with rainbow trout. The land eventually will be deeded to the ODFW and managed as an extension of the agency’s Denman Wildlife Area under a unique agreement that could take decades to play out. This is to become a day-use area for picnickers, birders, anglers and others, as the nearby Whetstone Creek is restored as a habitat anchor, all to provide uses not currently offered along the valley floor.

Sources: Mark Freeman, “A fitting legacy for ‘watchable wildlife’ advocate,” Mail Tribune, April 7, 2009, at “Watchable Wildlife”; Mark Freeman, “A place to escape,” Mail Tribune, May 26, 2015 at Mace Ranch;

8:45 Brian Johns, Sales manager of Appliance and Mower Center chats with Bill. It’s today’s Business Interview.

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Phone: 541-479-2691

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