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Teachable Moment: Have you checked your backup power preps? It was surreal driving into Grants Pass at 4:40a Friday and seeing NOTHING lit in the entire city. I turned around at Exit 58, returned to Medford, did my talk show where we had good power. Around 75,000 customers without juice at the peak trouble, and there’s more wind on the way.

Electricity powers civilization, and it got me thinking about all the ways power could be out besides this storm…yes, including earthquakes. Just the other week I pulled out my emergency generator, poured fresh gas in it, and the carb leaked like a sieve. It’s 18 years old, only a few hours on it, runs great, but the rubber seals had hardened & I hadn’t checked it for more than 2 years. It’s fixed now, and won’t make that mistake again.

Check all your storage regularly, water filters, medical, food, fuel, too. Heck, what’s the point of having a generator if your gas is varnish? Stay preppy my friends. 🙂

Bill’s Guests for: Friday, April 7, 2017:

7:10: The Friday Outdoor Report with Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com.

7:15: Julie Thomas, co-owner of Consierge Home & Business Watch talks with Bill about she and her husband Jeff’s security business. Many in Jo County use the service to backstop law enforcement.

Consierge Home & Business Watch.

7:35: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation joins Bill for an update on bills in the legislature, pertaining to gun rights.

You can learn more at OregonFirearms.org.


Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, April 6, 2017: Day 4, Live from the studios of FM 99.3 KCMD in Grants Pass:

6:35: Megan Barth of ReaganBabe.com joins Bill, by phone to discuss what happens in the wake of President Trump dismissing White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council. Read the articles that sparked the discussion:

Trump Removes Bannon From National Security Council.”

WH: Internal Bannon Think-Tank Never Actually Existed.”

See more at: ReaganBabe.com, and follow Megan on Facebook, and Twitter: @Reagan_Baby

7:10: Trista Sparlin of The Rogue Protection Group joins Bill, in studio. What will happen if the Josephine County public safety levy, does not pass, and the sheriff’s department is forced to downsize? The Rogue Protection Group can help you to better protect yourself when law enforcement can’t. Check them out at: RoguePG.com.

7:40: Mr. X, crack researcher, expert and foe of all things Green Mafia, policy consensus nonsense calls Bill, to address some questions that the Josephine County Commission had, and the fight to keep university involvement out of government.

8:10: Bill Hunker, Josephine County resident and opponent of the new Josephine County public safety levy.

8:45: Lisa Kelly, of Kelly’s Automotive in Grants Pass and Medford talks with Bill, for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway,” segment.

See more at: KellysAutomotive.com


Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Day 3, live from the studios of FM 99.3 KCMD in Grants Pass:

6:35 Dan Perkins, an Islamic Terror analyst and author of “The Brotherhood of The Red Nile,” trilogy talks with Bill.

In the wake of a suspected sarin gas attack on a rebel stronghold by Syrian president Bashir Assad, will President Donald Trump respond, and should he? Should Assad be treated as a war criminal? And, what about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un?

Click here to get Dan’s books: “The Brotherhood of The Red Nile: A Terrorist Perspective.” And, check out Dan’s website: DanPerkinsatsanibel.com. And, follow Dan on Twitter: @dansbeak.

7:10: Joseph Rice of Liberty Watch of Josephine County joins Bill in studio. Is it time for a Josephine County Castle Doctrine? Joseph and Bill will talk it over.

7:35: Medford Police Department’s Lt. Justin Ivers comes into the studio for this week’s Crimestoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Mr. X, leaves the safety of his hidden Southern Oregon bunker, and travels to Grants Pass to join Bill live in studio. What happened at the Travel Oregon meeting at SOU, and is more Gang Green tourism sensible? Bill and X discuss.

8:45: Andrea Hupp, Project Manager from Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction joins Bill, live in studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” segment. Check them out at: TaylorSausage.com.



Just my take, but sorry, can’t get excited over who did or didn’t leak the Trump surveillance. What’s getting lost in all the drama about boiled rice, Flynn, Trump, et al, is you are living in the BIGGEST surveillance state ever created, and they’re taking it ALL.

Beria, the late Soviet Minister of Security, could have only dreamed of such creations as the NSA. (BTW, can you find constitutional support for these alphabet soup abominations?) Of course the warring branches of the deep state will use this info against their political enemies, and it’s folly to believe the existence of such organs is fine as long as they “follow proper procedures”.

If you give the government power it’s not a matter of if, but WHEN the power will be misused.

Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Day 2 live from 99.3 FM KCMD in Grants Pass:

6:35: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform calls the show. So, what will be the result of a “claw back,” of federal grant money to so-called “sanctuary cities?” Dave Ray will give you his take. You can check out more from FAIR at: FairUS.org.

7:10: Dan DeYoung, Josephine County Commissioner joins Bill in studio, to discuss the latest issues facing Josephine County.

8:10: Captain Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, emergency preparedness expert and columnist on MyOutdoorBuddy.com talks with Bill. Are the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors about to hire a Gang Green volunteer of 10 years to be Siskiyou County Counsel? Captain Bill will give you his thoughts.

See more from Captain Bill on MyOutdoorBuddy.com.


Bill’s Guests for: Monday, April 03, 2017: Live from 99.3 FM KCMD in Grants Pass

7:10: The Outdoor Report with Mr. Outdoors himself, Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com.

7:25: Darin Fowler, Mayor of Grants Pass and Susan Seereiter, a business advocate for the City of Grants Pass joins Bill in studio to talk about issues facing the city, and the rest of Josephine County.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill in studio for this week’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.” This week, it’s all about Josephine County, and the story of Glenn Wooldridge. AKA “Mr. Dynamite.”

Glen Wooldridge: The Rogue’s Premier Guide

By Dennis Powers


Born in 1896 at his grandfather’s placer mine near Gold Hill along Foots Creek, Glen Wooldridge loved the Rogue River. He built a 20-foot-long boat of cedar two-by-fours, and in 1915 decided to run it from Grants Pass to Gold Beach with a friend, Cal Allen. The 19-year-old commercial gillnetter became the first person to do this, disregarding the fact that two men had drowned one year earlier in separate tries. Not knowing what was before him, this adventure took five days to conquer the dangerous rapids and canyons in the 120 miles to the Pacific Ocean, as they sold caught salmon to a cannery.


He became the first professional guide on the Rogue River two years later, now measured in the high hundreds, and popularized the river as a sport-fishing mecca. He also designed and built driftboats that were modified with a small stern transom and tilt upwards on the prow. Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable, Herbert Hoover, Zane Grey, and countless others selected him as their guide for their fishing and adventure trips.


Wooldridge figured out a way to make the wild Rogue passable at the most dangerous places: He dynamited them. He made Blossom Bar navigable this way, then a half-day portage. He maneuvered by a large rock, as his bowman dropped explosives in a gunnysack on the other side of the rock, and then rowed quickly away. He did this numerous times to make Blossom Bar as it is now, among changing many other barriers to navigating the river.


While he built up his Rogue Valley boat-building and guiding business, Glen was busy adventuring. He navigated Alaska’s Yukon River to California’s Klamath, including the dangerous Idaho rivers and those in British Columbia. In 1947 he made the first-ever trip up the Rogue River from the ocean to Grants Pass with a motorized boat. At age 79, he was the first to run the fearsome Hells Gate on British Columbia’s Fraser River. Wooldridge guided fishermen on the Rogue River into the 1970s.


Meanwhile, his boat building business expanded as he set the standards for the Rogue. Wooldridge Boats are no longer made from wood, however, as the material of choice is now all-welded aluminum with its strength and light weight; the products now include several type of deep-water prop and inboard jet boats. In 1970, his grandson moved the family’s boat business from the Rogue Valley to Seattle.


He died in 1986 and a Josephine County creek is named after him. His history and that of his outdoor businesses have been chronicled in different books, magazines, and films. A memorial was built in Grants Pass Riverside Park by the Rogue River that reads: “Glen Wooldridge (1896-1986): Glen was a man without peer, who challenged and conquered the infamous Rogue River. Near this spot at an early age he forged a bond that forever linked him to this river. In 1915, he fulfilled a dream and became the first to maneuver a drift boat from Grants Pass to the Pacific. In 1947, he made the first trip upstream using a 22-horsepower outboard motor, fitted with a “Jackass” lift he developed, on a 20-foot plank boat. Over the years a major industry, including excursion boating, river guiding, and drift fishing, has evolved from Glenn’s pioneering efforts on the Rogue River.”


Field and Stream writer Ted Trueblood wrote in the forward to Rogue: A River To Run, which in 1982 Wooldridge wrote with Florence Arman: “This is the story of a unique man. One of the definitions of unique in my dictionary is ‘being without a like or equal.’ That fits Glen Wooldridge to a “T”. He is a river man. There are none like him, and I contend he has no equal.”


Sources: “Wooldridge Boats: Our History” at Glen Wooldridge’s Life (with Images); Mark Freeman, “River Man”, Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013, at More Background. An interesting driftboat article is Bob Woodward’s, “The Oregon Drift Boat,” Oregon Magazine, October 1, 2010, at On Drift Boats (with Images).

8:45: Mark Hutto, part owner of J. Austen & Company joins Bill for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” Check out more at Jautstinbrokers.com.