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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:10: Charles Kochlacs, local attorney, and candidate for Jackson County Circuit Court Judge talks with Bill today.

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7:35: Sgt. Julie Denney from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office drops by the studio for today’s Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Darin Fowler, candidate for Josephine County Commissioner talks with Bill in studio.

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8:45: Steve Johnson with Premiere Jewlers in Medford joins Bill, in studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?”

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7:10: Ron Smith, candidate for Josephine County Commissioner joins Bill in studio. You can get more information at: VoteRonSmith.com.

7:35: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation talks with Bill today. We’ll discuss the two gubernatorial candidate’s stance on the 2nd Amendment, and get a better understanding of what’s at stake.

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8:10: Jessica Gomez, GOP candidate for State Senate District 3, joins Bill in studio today.

See more over at: JessicaForOregon.com.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, October 15, 2018

6:35: Diamond & Silk, conservative social media superstars and political commentators talk with Bill this morning. Soon, their documentary, called “Dummycrats,” will be showing, one night only, at Tinseltown and at theaters across the nation.

‘Dummycrats’ Starring Social Media Stars Diamond and Silk Will Debut in Movie Theaters Nationwide for a Special One-Night Event This Month.

The Documentary Screening Will Include a Q&A and Introduction from the Social Media Sensations.

Tonight, Fathom Events is bringing Diamond and Silk to the big screen for a one-night screening of their new documentary Dummycrats on October 15. The film chronicles the duo as they go on a journey for truth, confronting the political antics of the left to get answers the American people deserve – as only Diamond and Silk can.

Dummycrats documents Diamond and Silk’s journey across America to reveal the hypocrisy of big government-loving politicians on the left. With their boots on the ground, Diamond and Silk scour California in search of Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi. Unable to find the answers the American people need, the ladies travel to D.C. They send Kyle Olson of The American Mirror (often featured on Drudge) to El Paso to uncover the dangers that come with open borders to reveal how the Democrats put the interests of lawbreakers above those of American citizens.

See more from the ladies over at: DiamondandSilk.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself calls in to bring to you the Monday Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.

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8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and Southern Oregon historian joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of: “Visiting Past & Present.” Today:

Harold Hardesty: Racecar Driver & Collector

Born in Idaho in 1931, Harold Hardesty moved with his family to Washington and grew up there. He left school in the 8th grade, worked on highway construction, drove large machinery, came to Ashland in 1960 and bought property. He decided to stay and started Hardesty Excavation. He built roads, excavated lots, owned and operated four gravel pits, moved a tract of Ashland houses using huge equipment, and helped build Interstate 5.

His passion was cars, racing, and collecting old ones. In 1956, Harold drove in nine NASCAR Grand National (“GN”) races with six “Top 10” finishes, only once finishing worse than he qualified in Portland due to a bearing failure, the only race he was not still running in at the end. In 1957 he raced in four GN races but was plagued by car trouble and a crash.  In sixteen Grand National races he had eight “Top Ten” finishes (which included five in the “Top Five”).

In twenty two Pacific Coast/Winston West races from 1966 to 1973, he had sixteen “Top Ten” finishes (including seven “Top Five” finishes and two wins). A member of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Harold won hundreds of races around the country–a major factor in his being one of only a handful of west coast drivers elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He owned and operated the Medford Speedway track and traveled regularly to races all over Oregon, Washington, and California.

His ranch on Bear Creek on Ashland’s Oak Street was evidence of his passion: collecting antique cars and the photos and trophies from his stock-car driving career. The property included a 2-bedroom, 4-bath house, structures for equipment, and 20 acres of land.

Housed at one time in a separate building, his nine cars included a seemingly new 1934 Ford pickup, 1917 Model-T center-door Ford, 1926 two-passenger Ford “doctor’s coupe,” two Ford Thunderbirds (a 1957 white, two-seater and a fire-engine-red 1960 four-seater), 1946 Chevrolet pickup, a replica of a 1935 Bugatti, and a silver 1957 Oldsmobile 98. He provided his classic restored cars for Ashland’s annual Fourth of July parade.

His collecting included a completely restored 1940 gas station that he’d installed on his property. Motorists on Eagle Mill Road thought they had entered a time warp when they spotted the Gilmore gas station across Bear Creek. The former 1940 Union 76 station was once on North Main Street. Outside were the original refurbished gas pumps and tools spread about inside. The station was just beyond the white-fenced corrals where llamas grazed. (Gilmore was a popular gas brand in Western states during the 1930s with more than 3,500 dealers. It sponsored Indianapolis race cars and racing airplanes to market its products. The brand disappeared in the mid-1940s when Mobil Oil bought the company.)

Hardesty acquired the station decades ago by chance. He had loaned house-moving equipment to a friend, Chuck Kinney, who planned to move the station from the corner of Coolidge and North Main. After he loaded the station, Kinney suffered a stroke and told Harold he could have the structure if he moved it. Hardesty did.

His wish was to turn his collection and the gas station into a museum that could be enjoyed by others. “I love to show my cars. I love to tinker,” he once said. “And talk to people who happen to drop by.”

The 86-year-old Hardesty, however, walked off his property and disappeared in April 2017. Searchers and the Sheriff’s Office periodically canvased the area—even using helicopters, airplanes, and a drone–but their searches came up empty. The search was called off one year later; the Sheriff’s Office indicated he might have committed suicide, based on his declining health, efforts to acquire a firearm, and a video footage of him carrying one when he left his residence.

The Ashland City Council in May 2018 agreed to buy the property for $1.2 million, which is adjacent to its wastewater treatment plant, and will use this for different projects, including the construction of a wetlands for wastewater cooling before this enters Bear Creek. This wasn’t what Harold Hardesty had hoped for.

Sources: Tony Boom, “Fill ‘er up with nostalgia,” Ashland Daily Tidings, September 7, 2007, at Hardesty’s Gas Station; Tim Ayres, “Harold Hardesty,” Chronicles of the Acres: An Archive of Redwood Acres Raceway Nostalgia, June 29, 2014, at Racing Background; Mail Tribune, “Ashland senior hasn’t been found,” March 22, 2018 at Disappearance; Tran Nguyen, “Ashland buys Hardesty property for $1.2 million,” Mail tribune, May 16, 2018, at City Purchase.

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