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Recall Kate Brown!

Independent Recall locations with Both Petitions

Regular locations:

The Recall Effort to remove Governor Kate Brown from office. You can help. The Oregon GOP needs just over 280,050 signatures to force a special election in either late November, or early December. The deadline to get your petitions in is October 14th. There are three other ways to get your petition to sign:

1: Go to: Stoptheabuse-recallkatebrown.org/petition.pdf

2: Email: petition@oregon.gop

3: Call: 1-503-595-8881

There is ANOTHER petition – sign them both! The other is FlushDownKateBrown.com


Bill’s Guests: Friday, August 16, 2019

6:35 Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill. Its the Weekly Swamp Update!

Get more great information, all over at: DailyTorch.com

7:10 Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring you the Friday Outdoor Report.

7:35 Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council chats with Bill today. We got more talk on the controversial Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” which appears to blatantly glorify teen suicide.

Before Season 3 of Netflix’s teen-targeted suicide drama, 13 Reasons Why, is released on August 23, the Parents Television Council has appealed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to end the series and cease its continued distribution. PTC President Tim Winter wrote to Hastings, attaching the signatures of more than a thousand parents, grandparents, and other concerned citizens “who think Netflix was too slow to react to concerns about the messages and imagery in 13 Reasons Why and who still believe the show should be pulled entirely.”

You can learn more about this, and other issues that the Parents Television Council is taking on, all over at: ParentsTV.org


Bill’s Guests: Thursday, August 15, 2019

6:35 Ashken Kazaryan, First Amendment expert and Director of Civil Liberties with TechFreedom chats with Bill today. So, should the Feds step in to address social media bias? It appears that President Trump is mulling over the idea of signing an executive order to do so. We’ll talk with Ashken today on this idea.

Her thoughts on the President’s Executive Order:

  1. The proposed executive order would transform the FCC and FTC from consumer protection agencies into regulators of online speech.
  2. The same people screaming about ‘censorship’ by private companies would empower regulators to decide what kinds of online speech should and shouldn’t be taken down.
  3. White House EO would profoundly politicize how social media sites work. Second-guessing how broadcasters filled scarce airtime created a bland orthodoxy that excluded conservative views. Online, the problem isn’t what views fill scarce airtime, but the opposite: how to deal with an endless explosion of content and tendency of the loudest, nastiest views to dominate online forums.

Learn more about this, and about Ashken over at: TechFreedom.org

7:35 Brian Bouteller from the Gospel Rescue Mission calls us today. Today we discuss the homeless issues in southern Oregon, and the lawsuit filed against the City of Grants Pass.

8:10 Kevin Starrett with Oregon Firearms Federation chats with Bill today. We’ll talk with Kevin on red flag laws, other gun issues, and the danger of cannabis and firearms…(the legal side of things)

Find out more over at: OregonFirearms.org


Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

6:35 Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian thinker joins the show for today’s transportation segment!

Well, cars seem to be getting bigger. That’s what Americans want. But, even though cars are getting bigger, well, engines appear to be getting smaller. Why is that? We’ll talk with Eric about it.

Read: Turbocharging Hits the Wall

You can check out more, like Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at: EPAutos.com

7:10 Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform gives us a call from the U.S./Mexico border for a live update.

Read: Public Change 101

8:20 Mike Gantenbein, aka “Mike G,” Marketing Director for the Britt Festival joins Bill in studio to tell you about the latest acts and performances coming to the Britt stage.

Get tickets and show information, all over at: BrittFest.org

8:35 Sophia from The Hemp University  comes into the studio. Next event Sunday September 8th.

Get more information at: TheHempUniversity.com


Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

6:35 Stephen Coonts, National Bestselling author talks with Bill this morning about his newest political thriller!

Stephen Coonts, is at it again with his newest political thriller ripped straight from today’s headlines.

In The Russia Account Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton return for their ninth debut together and unravel an international financial conspiracy that ties directly to Vladmir Putin and Russia. As the narrative unfolds the characters discover that money is being funneled all over the world with a bulk of it ending up in American accounts (many of which are registered to political campaigns). Sound a little too familiar?

7:10 Denise Harle, attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom chats with Bill today.

Following Selina Soule, a Connecticut high school track athlete, speaking out about being forced to compete against transgender athletes, she and others claimed that the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference retaliated against her and other complainants for speaking out. Now the U.S. Department of Education has officially opened an investigation in the Conference for their handling of the case.

Alliance Defending Freedom asserts that by allowing biological males to compete with females, the state of Connecticut is systemically putting female athletes at a disadvantage and is rolling back the strides female athletes have achieved over the past several decades.

Learn more about Denise and her cases, all over at: ADFLegal.org

8:10 Mark Johnson of Grants Pass talks with Bill. Today, we’re discussing a personal example of law enforcement “gun control” without the need for red flag laws being promoted as a national fix to mass shootings.

8:45 Jacob Colmenero of The Asante Foundation and Ashley Cates of Travel Medford and Cates Consulting join Bill live in studio to talk about the Oregon Wine Experience.


Bill’s Guests: Monday, August 12, 2019

6:35 Dr. Sean Flynn, healthcare issues expert and author of “A Cure That Works: How to Have the World’s Best Healthcare – at a Quarter of the Price talks with Bill. Sean says both Bernie and Elizabeth Warren are dead wrong about healthcare costs.We’ll discuss it.

Flynn’s book, A Cure That Works: How to Have the World’s Best Healthcare — at a Quarter of the Price provides an interesting solution to the current healthcare crisis in America. Flynn details that if we remember the forgotten American ideas on healthcare then we can achieve goals that both Republicans and Democrats are striving for: Universal Coverage, Quality, Low Cost, Price Transparency, all while being market friendly.

7:10 Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com, calls in with today’s outdoor report, sponsored by Oregon Truck and Auto Authority, driven by Line-X, on Airway Drive in Medford.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers in studio for this week’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great”

Check out more from Dr. Powers over at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com, and check out his latest work: “Where Past Meets Present” at the local publisher www.hellgatepress.com

This Week:

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions

By Dennis Powers

In 1980, Robert Hamlyn and his wife traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest in their motor home. After spending several days in Grants Pass, they sold their Southern California home and moved there. First owning and operating an equipment rental business in Grants Pass, they sold it when Robert was managing Rogue Jet Boat Excursions. In 1988, he purchased Hellgate Jetboat Excursions and merged the two operations together. The business has prospered over the years to where it now employs over 100 staff members during its peak season and is the Pacific Northwest’s #1 River Trip.

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions dates back to 1959 with Grant Garcia; two years later, he began using a flat-bottomed, 32-passenger wooden boat on the 35-mile round-trip from the Bridge Motel in Grants Pass to the Hellgate Recreational Area. His boat could operate in as little as six inches of water due to its water-jet propulsion system. The ticket price then was $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12 on three-times-a-day trips. The Hellgate is a narrow, deep canyon with sheer rock walls that rise over 250 feet above the river and its boiling rapids.

Thirteen years later, Gary and Julie Woolsey bought the business and greatly expanded its operations. In the ten years to 1987, they built seven boats (from smaller ones with a 16-passenger capacity to ones that carried 82 people), all being propeller-less with a hydro-jet system. The Grants Pass departure point moved from the Riverside Inn to Riverside Park, and they introduced brunch and dinner stops on different trips. The Woolseys brought in the OK Corral as the dining facility and added a 5-1/2 hour, 75-mile round-trip to Grave Creek with a lunch stop at Galice.

In 1985, the owners of the Riverside Inn started Rogue Whitewater Excursions, a competitor to Hellgate. One year later, they hired Hamlyn to manage its problematic operations, and he soon changed the rival’s name to Rogue Jetboat Excursions. Robert Hamlyn then bought both and merged the competing operations into the present company and its name.

Hellgate designs and manufactures its jet boats in Grants Pass through its Katanacraft operations. It has added numerous new vessels since then with improvements on each one: a windshield with wipers, so pilots could see the river more clearly; more efficient pumps to improve fuel efficiency; and internal speakers so passengers could always hear the pilot. Moreover, Katanacraft creates aluminum vessels for deep and shallow depths, along with small craft boats and floating docks.

The OK Corral was renovated in 2005, and the 12,000 square-foot, open-air facility by the Rogue Riverwhere osprey, bald eagle, and deer sightings are commonis reserved exclusively for Hellgate guests. Located 18 miles west of Grants Pass, up to 350 people can dine at a time after traveling past rocky beaches and sheer cliffs.

Its Shop River Rock gift store is located within the reservation facilities, open year-round, and is more than 6,000 square feet. The season is from May to mid-September, depending on the trip, and over one million passengers (over 85,000 per season) have overall enjoyed these trips.

Sources: Hellgate Jetboat Excursions (generally) at Hellgate Website; Stumbo, Stacy. “OK Corral an open-air dining experience close to nature.” Daily Courier, February 21, 2013, at OK Corral.