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Bill’s Guests for: Friday, March 24, 2017:

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government joins the show, by phone. We’ll get the latest on the Healthcare vote, and what is going on behind the scenes. You can check out more at:


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

7:35: Captain Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, emergency preparedness expert and columnist at MyOutdoorBuddy.com talks with Bill. So, are ODFW agents actually trespassing onto private property in Northern California to count deer? Captain Simpson will tell us all about it.

Read Captain Simpson’s articles and learn a bit about being prepared at: MyOutdoorBuddy.com.


Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, March 23, 2017:

6:35: Greg Crist, Executive Vice President for the American Medical Technology Association joins Bill on the phone. Greg will talk about how they’re fighting to repeal an Obamacare tax on medical equipment and devices that is used by people every day.

Learn more about the tax, and what AdvaMed is trying to do about it at: Advamed.org.

7:10: Mischa Popoff, former USDA contract organic inspector, and author of the book: “Is It Organic? The Inside Story of The Organic Industry,” talks with Bill. So, how did former president Obama’s Deputy Administrator of the USDA’s National Organic Program, Miles McEvoy manage to triple his budget and staffing level? Mischa will tell us all about it. Mischa is also a Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute.

USDA/AMS National Organic Program (NOP) funding
Year $million #staff Source
2002 1.6 6 NOP presentation, 2010
2003 1.0 6 NOP presentation, 2010
2004 1.6 5 NOP presentation, 2010
2005 1.5 6 NOP presentation, 2010
2006 1.5 7 NOP presentation, 2010
2007 1.5 8 NOP presentation, 2010
2008 2.7 14 NOP presentation, 2010
2009 3.9 16 NOP presentation, 2010
2010 6.8 28 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/19ams2013notes.pdf
2011 6.6 35 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/19ams2013notes.pdf
2012 6.9 33 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/21ams2015notes.pdf
2013 6.5 33 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/21ams2016notes.pdf
2014 9.0 35 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/21ams2017notes.pdf
2015 9.0 43 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/21ams2017notes.pdf
2016Enacted 9.0 43 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/21ams2017notes.pdf
2017Req 9.1 43 http://www.obpa.usda.gov/21ams2017notes.pdf

Be sure to pick up Mischa’s book right here at Amazon.com. And, don’t’ forget to check out The Heartland Institute as well.

8:10: John Whitehead, a Constitutional attorney and founder of The Rutherford Institute, joins the show, to kick around the Neil Gorsuch nomination for SCOTUS, and why we still do civil forfeiture in the United States.

Take a look at The Rutherford Institute for more information.


Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

6:35: Megan Barth, creator and proprietor of ReganBabe.com, talks with Bill this morning about how the FBI seems to be using its resources to investigate right-wing websites such as Breitbart and Infowars.com, for any connections with Russian agents, working to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign run. Here are some articles You can read on the subject:

USA Today Editor: FBI Investigation Into Breitbart ‘A Dangerous Move For Press Freedom’.”

FBI-led Russian Influence Probe, Includes a look at Breitbart and Infowars News sites.”

Don’t forget to check out Megan’s website: ReaganBabe.com for more great content.

7:35: Lt. Kerry Curtis from the Medford Police Department stops by the studio for today’s Crimestoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Kathy Fettke, CEO and co-founder of Real Wealth Network, based in Walnut Creek California joins Bill, by phone. The Federal Reserve raising interest rates could burst bubbles according to an article on RealWealthNetwork.com:

“BE PREPARED! Fed Rate Hike Could Burst Bubbles.”

See more at: RealWealthNetwork.com


Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, March 21, 2017:

6:35: Eric Scheiner, Director of MRCTV.org joins the show. Today, we’re talking about The Silent Partner Marketing firm CEO Kyle S. Reyes and his giving potential new employees what is called, “The Snowflake Test.”

Read: “CEO Develops ‘Snowflake Test’ For Job Applicants.” Learn more about Eric, and read more articles at: MRCTV.org.

7:10: Dennis Linthicum, Oregon State Senator from Klamath Falls, talks with Bill about a new set of bills in the legislature, that would give the state more control over rural water resources. There are three in particular that should be looked at, and you can check them out here:




Senator Linthicum invites water rights holders to email, write or call each member of the House Energy & Environment Committee to share your thoughts and ideas.

Chair:                    Ken Helm                      (D-Washington County)

Vice Chair:           Mark Johnson              (R-Hood River)

Vice Chair:           Karin A. Power             (D-Milwaukie)

Member:               Phil Barhart                  (D-Central Lane & Linn)

Member:               Cliff Bentz                      (R-Ontario)

Member:               Deborah Boone             (D-Cannon Beach)

Member:               Paul Holvey                  (D-Eugene)

Member:               E. Werner Reschke      (R-Klamath Falls)

Member:               David Brock Smith       (R-Port Orford)

But, the best way to make an impact is to attend this meeting in person:

Where: Salem Capital Building, Hearing Room D. 900 Court St NE, Salem.

When: Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 3PM.

7:35: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation joins Bill, on the phone. So, just how fast are the anti-gun bills going through the legislature, and should our good governor lose her security detail? We’ll talk about it with Kevin Starrett.

For more information, and to get the latest edition of “Oregon’s Gun Laws,” go to OregonFirearms.org.

8:35: Brad Niva, a local business owner joins the show. Brad was just hired as Travel Southern Oregon’s, new Executive Director. So, what does the future of tourism in Southern Oregon look like? We’ll talk with Brad about it.












Former NFL star Burgess Owens and me at Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner at the Country Club. Great speaker…btw, I gave him the Superbowl ring back…wasn’t about to Pull a Putin 😉 Get a copy of Burgess’s EXCELLENT “Liberalism – Or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies, and Wimps”


Bill’s Guests for: Monday, March 20, 2017:

6:35: Dr. Dathan Paterno, Clinical Psychologist and leading author of the book : “Desperately Seeking Parents,” comes on the show. There is a war being waged against the American male, and masculinity in America, especially on college campuses. Read about the madness in these great articles:

University of Minnesota does away with Homecoming King and Queen, Will Only Crown ‘Gender Neutral’ Royals.”

Male College Students To Undergo ‘Critical Self-Reflection’ of Masculinity.”

REVEALED: Millenials lack basic survival skills compared to older generations

Survey: Sleeping together before a first date is A-OK, but cracked phones are a put off.”

Wall Street Millennials Living Fast and Hard.”

Check out Dr. Paterno’s website: PRPsych.com, and follow him on Twitter: @DrDathanPaterno.

7:35: Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State talks with Bill about trip to Washington DC, and his high-level meetings with members of the Oregon Congressional Delegation, and the audit of ODOT.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of business law, joins Bill, live in studio for today’s “Visiting Past and Present,”

Interstate-Five (I-5)
By Dennis Powers

We take Interstate-Five (“I-5”) for granted, but this speedy, vital connection between the California-Oregon border and all points north and south took time, money, and politics. This transportation network connected the small towns in Southern Oregon–from Ashland to Grants Pass and on–with the same advantages as the much larger cities of Portland and San Francisco.
The interstate is 308 miles long from the California state line to the Columbia River, was established by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 (“FAHA”) under Dwight D. Eisenhower, and its 730-miles of freeway and highways was part of the overall 41,000 mile network built throughout the country under this program. When completed through Oregon in 1966, this state became the first one west of the Mississippi to finish its interstate connection.
Like many other rural states, pre I-5 highways were usually two lanes with roadside businesses, stoplights, crossroads, and twisting curves over mountain passes. Under the interstate design criteria, on- and off-ramps determined how drivers came on or left, businesses were located away from the freeway, and cross streets placed over or under it.
Oregon by 1953 had started on its limited-access and grade-separated (cross streets that didn’t directly intersect) highways. These avoided existing roads and included the Portland-Salem Expressway (later named the Baldock Freeway) and Banfield Freeway (east of Portland). Underneath the FAHA’s provisions, the federal government subsidized 90% of expenses of the to-be-built interstate network.
The Oregon Highway Department decided that the freeway construction would be in sections that allowed different portions to be started and finished at different times. Delayed completions of politically-charged sections (as with the viaduct over Medford) and the difficult ones (the Siskiyou Pass and Summit), therefore, wouldn’t delay other less-complicated segments.
In Medford, businesspeople did not want the proposed I-5 to bypass it in favor of an alternate route along Hillcrest Road. These commercial interests strongly believed that if the thoroughfare headed over routes east or west of the town–and not following the downtown route of Bear Creek–that Medford would lose significant business.
They made their case to Glenn Jackson, the powerful Oregon Highway Commission head, and Earl Miller, the mayor of Medford, who agreed with their arguments. Although the central route brought the important traffic closer, it would cut the town in half, had no place for on-ramps, and was expensive. Although the decision was controversial, Jackson had the power to say where the freeway went and how. He decided to put I-5 over Medford, and the I-5 Central Point to Barnett Road off-ramp opened in 1962; the Barnett-to-Ashland section was completed in late July 1963.
The Siskiyou Summit is not only the highest of any I-5 pass (at 4,310 feet), but it’s the heaviest used and has the steepest grade. Its course over the Siskiyou Mountains came from political pressure by those who wanted the new freeway to run parallel to U.S. Highway 99 through the Rogue Valley, not parallel to U.S. 97 through central Oregon.
As with all of the freeway construction, homes and businesses in the right-of-way had to relocate. Callahan’s Siskiyou Lodge was no different. The owners used the condemnation money to buy a larger piece of land a short distance up Old Highway 99, below the Siskiyou summit and just off Exit 6 from I-5. When this portion was completed in 1964, Callahan’s reopened in July 1965 where it’s now located. Old Highway 99 was deactivated upon the freeway’s completion; despite that this four-lane, modern freeway over the summit is better designed than the previous two-lane, twisting course, winter storms still close it down for a day or two.
The California-Oregon border at the Siskiyou Summit does not have an exit and is designated the “0” mileage point. Heading north towards Ashland and eventually Portland, approximately one mile away is Exit 1 at the Siskiyou Summit. Each exit number from there is the number of rounded miles that have been traveled from the border. Accordingly, Exit 19 is 19 miles away at the Valley View turnoff; and one has driven 30 miles once at Medford’s Exit 30 for Highway 62 and Crater Lake.
When the last link through Oregon was completed in October 1966, I-5 was ready for the public’s transit through this state. It still is as valuable now as it was then.