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Bill’s Guests for: Friday, May 12, 2017:

6:35: Dan Gainor, The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and VP of Business & Culture for the Media Research Center talks with Bill. Dan has published an article on MRC Newsbusters about how the Huffington Post is calling for the nationwide harassment of trump supporters.

Read the article: “Alt-Left Insanity: HuffPost Calls for Nationwide Harassment of Trump Backers.” And, as always check out the MRC.

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

7:20: Kevin Keating, a local high school teacher, and candidate for R.V.T.D. board, Position 7.

8:10: Mr. Roger Allen, an old friend of Bill’s comes into the studio. Mr. Allen deals with chronic pain, and uses opioids for said pain, though there is a so-called, “opioid epidemic,” going on in America. He’s starting a Facebook page called: “Honesty About Opioids,” to tell the stories of how opioids are actually saving people.


SHE’S “WORKING” (Not) for OREGON – Attorney General Rosenblum has joined 20 other state AG’s and calls for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election. This is the same A.G. who has little or nothing to say about the grifting of John Kitzhaber and Sylvia Hayes…Yep, working for Oregon, that one.

Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, May 11, 2017:

6:35: Debi Benedict, a mother connected with a group of Christian homeschoolers, talks with Bill about the fight against a pot grow, that’s within 100 feet of a Murphy school.

7:35: State Senator Alan DeBoer from District 3, Ashland calls to give you a senatorial update from Salem.

8:10: Mr. X, crack researcher and expert on all things Gang Green Commie, sustainability, policy consensus, Kumbayah shenanigans, leaves the safety of his hidden Southern Oregon bunker and joins Bill, live in studio.

Today, Bill and X talk about how state and local governments actually collaborate with federal intrusions in local control, instead of protecting you from these intrusions.

Here are some Documents to review:

Achieving Oregon’s Vision for Federal Forestlands – READ IT

Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolutions – READ IT


Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

6:15: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill, about the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump.

Be sure to check out more at: GetLiberty.org.

6:35: Stacy Washington, a black, pro-2nd Amendment columnist, who was suspended from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for writing a column defending gun ownership talks with Bill.

Read a press release from the National Center for Public Policy Research about Stacy’s predicament.

7:35: Lt. Justin Ivens of the Medford Police Department, joins Bill, live in studio for the Crimestoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Terry Rapoza, a proponent of the State of Jefferson movement talks with Bill. Several Northern Californians have filed lawsuits against the State of California over the lack of true representation. You can help the cause at: SOJ51.org.

Learn more at StateOfJefferson.com.


Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, May 9, 2017:

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist, libertarian thinker and owner of EricPetersAutos.com, talks with Bill. Well, it’s time for the latest Renewable Fuels Conference, and Eric has an article all about it: “The Renewable Fuels Con.”

7:35: State Representative Sal Esquivel calls in from Salem, to give a legislative update. Will the 2 billion dollar sales tax gain traction in the legislature? Sal will talk about it.

8:10: Jeff Stier, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research talks with Bill. So, will President Trump be able to reign in the EPA’s excess, leftover from Obama?

Read: “New EPA methane rules spell disaster for the American economy,” from Jeff on TheHIll.com, to learn more. And, follow Jeff on Twitter: @JeffaStier.

8:35: Phillip Yates from ACCESS joins Bill, live in studio. This coming Saturday is “Stamp Out Hunger Day,” where you can leave food donations in your mailbox, and the Postal Service will pick it up, and deliver it to ACCESS to help out local hungry people.

8:50: Sage Taylor from Wamba Juice & Deli stops by the studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” Stop by Wamba Juice today at: 207 W. 8th St. in Medford. Look for the yellow awning. And, Wamba Juice delivers! Call them up at 541-779-2215.



Interesting Read:Premiums and Tax Credits Under The Affordable Care Act V.S. The American Health Care Act: Interactive Maps.”


Bill’s Guests for: Monday, May 8, 2017:

6:35: State Senator Dennis Linthicum, of District 28, Klamath Falls, calls the show, to give you an update from Salem, tax hikes and other issues in the state senate.

7:10: The Water World Boat & Powersport Outdoor Report with Mr. Outdoors himself, Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com.

7:35: Capt. Bill Simpson, retired U.S. Merchant Marine officer, and emergency preparedness expert talks with Bill. So what is China’s role in the North Korea debacle? Capt. Bill seems to think that China may be positioning itself to benefit economically from the conflict. Read: Capt. Bill’s article on Western Journalism’s website.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers comes into the studio for this week’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.”

This week:

The Gold-Bearing Sidewheeler: the S.S. Brother Jonathan

By Dennis Powers

Built in 1851, the 220-foot long, 36-foot wide ship with three-story high paddlewheels was first used during the California Gold Rush. Her initial route was from New York to Panama, and on her first journey set a record for the then-fastest round-trip of 31 days. Miners and other passengers crossed the Isthmus of Panama to make their way north to California by another ship. Cornelius Vanderbilt bought the vessel the next year, refurbished it to hold up to 1000 people, and had it sailed around Cape Horn to use on the route’s Pacific side. Later sold to others, the ship was used to ferry people, goods, and supplies from California to British Columbia.

Named after Brother Jonathan–a character personifying the U.S. before the creation of Uncle Sam–the vessel was placed on the northward route from San Francisco to Vancouver via Portland, allowing prospectors to work the Salmon River Gold Rush. Over the next several years, the Brother Jonathan gained a reputation as being one of the finest steamers on the Pacific Coast–and the fastest ship to make the run, sixty-nine hours each way.

The ship also played a role in Oregon’s history. After President James Buchanan signed the bill admitting Oregon to the Union on February 14, 1859, the news was wired to St. Louis, carried by stagecoach to San Francisco, and placed on the ship. Five days later on March 15, the vessel docked in Portland, delivering the official notification to the people.

Caught in tumultuous seas off Crescent City in 1865, the S.S. Brother Jonathan skidded down the face of a massive wave into an uncharted reef. Her nine-story mast crashed through its bottom and within 45 minutes, she went under with 225 souls and multi-millions of dollars’ worth of newly minted gold bars and coins. Only 19 people in a battered lifeboat made it to shore, and over the next several weeks, bodies and pieces of the ship washed up along a 125-mile stretch of the coast.

The tragedy–some 4.5 miles from Pt. St. George–forced a change in steamship safety laws and prompted the construction of St. George Reef Lighthouse, the most expensive and remote lighthouse in U.S. history. For over 125 years, the ship’s treasure remained one of the Pacific’s great secrets. Countless expeditions searched unsuccessfully for the ship and treasure. In 1942, following a monstrous storm, whiskey kegs from the ship washed ashore, yet her final resting placed remained a mystery–until 1993.

Although limited by a shoestring budget, Deep Sea Research (“DSR”) that year finally discovered the ship by using different assumptions. Don Knight–who was born in Medford and lived there until his late teens–led the group. The expedition’s mini-sub came upon the sunken vessel two miles from where most people had thought; the southeast underwater currents and trapped air had carried her far from the reef before sliding onto the bottom.

In 1996, divers discovered the first gold coins and brought to the surface 875 $20 Double Eagle gold coins in near-mint condition. Successive dives brought the recovery to 1,206 valuable gold coins. Over time, divers retrieved numerous historic artifacts–from plates and wine bottles to crates of merchandise and steamer trunks–from the depth of 275 feet. 

They also brought up a lot of trouble, as descendants of the passengers, shippers, the State of California, and the salvors themselves vied for legal ownership of the treasure. Another battle broke out over the authenticity of historic gold bars secretly recovered in the 1930s–a battle that still resounds among collectors and gold experts. The bitter legal dispute between DSR and the State of California ended in 1999, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided unanimously in favor of DSR. When California threatened to continue its legal actions, however, DSR was forced to settle and handed over 200 gold coins that still remain in an unnamed Sacramento bank vault. 

That same year, DSR’s gold coins were auctioned off to pay its bills, fetching $5.3 million, or an average of $5,250 per coin. A later search found a few more coins and artifacts, but not the hoped-for safe and strongboxes of gold. Although California by its regulations hamstrings any further legal searches for the $50 million ($200 million in today’s dollars) of bullion and gold believed still there, divers still search surreptiously.