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THURSDAY/Fri 04-17-18-2014

Apr 17, 2014 -- 3:15pm

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MUST WATCH - HOW YOU GET RAILROADED IN THE PUBLIC MEETING "PROCESS"

Remember the Eastside zoning meeting? What about the BLM "RFP" meeting. You get to choose and comment only on Gang Green's pre-selected "Choices".


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-18-2014

7:10 Tom Monson DrugWars.com, looks for funding to do documentary on synthetic marijuana infesting the Rogue Valley.

8:35 Jason Conger, U.S. Senate Candidate, talks the issues.

 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-17-2014

8:10 Dennis Linthicum, GOP primary candidate for Congress. We talk the issues, your calls, and his endorsement by rocker Ted Nugent.

7:35 Ed, Mr. X,  with more discussion of the Oregon Solutions,. Policy Consensus, the state university system as a state agency. How it connects to the BLM and Bundy, even how GMO is official "state policy" as "Sustainable"! The following are various document links.

The following are basically a journey through the Bundy Ranch story and show the process:
 


 




 


These are related to the path we are on :
 

 


 

TUESDAY 04-15-2014

Apr 15, 2014 -- 3:21pm

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"GETTING RIGHT"

On his show Monday, Beck decries the taunting which BLM employees took at the Bundy Ranch siege from the protestors. They (BLM) were just "doing their job".

However, history has not been kind to mindless robots just "following orders" from a corrupt central authority. If Beck is going to hang with a "Getting Right With God" stance regarding the standoff protests, then "Getting Right With Who You Take a Paycheck From" should also be part of the plan.

Cliven Bundy is no saint. However, his "sin" of not paying the grazing fees is far outweighed by the greater federal government sin of the coveting, hoarding, and tyrannical control over massive tracts of public lands, lands which should have been disposed of and returned to the states decades ago.

For the record, I have a lot of respect for Glenn Beck and how he's helped us be more informed. I just have a serious difference of opinion regarding the Bundy Ranch situation.


COMMON CORE VIDEO - WELL WORTH THE WATCH


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-14-2014

7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel talks Bundy and other issues.

7:35 Corey Falls, candidate for Jackson County Sheriff, Deputy Chief at Ashland PD.

8:10 Dale Matthews, BadCounty.com, on the vote in Cave Junction punting on medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

MONDAY 04-14-2014

Apr 12, 2014 -- 4:26pm

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"GETTING RIGHT"

On his show today, Beck decries the taunting which BLM employees took at the Bundy Ranch siege from the protestors. They (BLM) were just "doing their job".

However, history has not been kind to mindless robots just "following orders" from a corrupt central authority. If Beck is going to hang with a "Getting Right With God" stance regarding the standoff protests, then "Getting Right With Who You Take a Paycheck From" should also be part of the plan.

Cliven Bundy is no saint. However, his "sin" of not paying the grazing fees is far outweighed by the greater federal government sin of the coveting, hoarding, and tyrannical control over massive tracts of public lands, lands which should have been disposed of and returned to the states decades ago.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-14-2014

6:20 Rich Edson, Fox Business Network, with last minute tax tips.

7:10 Councilman Chris Corcoran, today's talk on the MURA projects still awaiting wrap ups, Hawthorne Park rebuild.

8:45 BUSINESS SEGMENT with Tina Drake of Mikes Alignment and Brakes in W. Medford. They're putting on a BASIC PISTOL CLASS this Saturday from 9-4:30 at the Josephine County Sports Park, Merlin Exit off I-5. It's classroom time with a LOT of range time, and it's the opportunity to shoot many different types of pistols, and find the ones right for you. $50, Call 541-702-2152 to register or find out more.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present".

Josephine County’s Hop Fields

By Dennis Powers

Used as a flavoring and stabilizing agent in the brewing of beer, hops were first grown on the East Coast and brought into the Mid-West and then Pacific Northwest as farmers migrated westward in their search for a new life. The female flowers of the hops are used, and these help to prevent spoilage by retarding the growth of bacteria, along with imparting a taste depending on the type of hop vine.

The Rogue River Valley between the Cascades and Coast Range was found to be fertile with mild temperatures and just right for growing hops. The industry in this region centered in Josephine County, dating back to 1875 when hops were first grown six miles west of Grants Pass on the J.Z. Ranzau farm. Other farmers followed to where in 1905 a total of 365 acres of hops were under cultivation, and then nearly 600 acres by the early 1930s were being grown in Josephine County.      

The hop plants were planted (taking at least two years to mature), and the vines worked upwards onto wires strung between poles, sometimes ten feet high, like a rose that grows over a trellis. One to two inches long, the conical fruit were light as a feather and turned into a yellowish-green color when ripe. Pruning of the vines began in January, followed by repairing the trellises. The vines were cultivated, twined, and the fruit picked when ripe during the short summer season. The hops were then dried and processed.

Picking hops was hard work, and workers had to get used to the tedious work of “dust and sweat, scratchy vines, and sand in your shoes; dirty hands and the bitter taste that remains, even after washing one’s hands; filthy outhouses and community drinking cups.” Locals mainly worked in the hop yards, stripping the pungent flowers off the vines into a hamper, a heavy canvas bag hung on a round metal frame. It was estimated in the 1930s that an average picker made $1 per day, based on the number of pounds picked.       

Weighers worked through the field to hang sacks onto a scale and record the weight on a ticket. The sacks were then thrown onto a trailing truck, which transported the hops to kilns for drying; air blasts of 140- to 180-degrees Fahrenheit with a sulfurous acid gas fumigation followed that killed the plant lice, pests, and blue mold. The dried hops were then cooled, compressed into large bales, and stored in a cool, dry place for future shipment to the brewery.

Since pickers were not paid by the hour, laborers could choose when to work, such as in cooler hours and stop to eat or take a “potty” break when they wanted to. Thus, kids on summer vacation could pick hops to earn money for themselves or to help the family out.

In the 1950s at their peak, nearly 5,000 acres of hops were being cultivated in this region. Most of the hops were being grown in the states of Oregon, Washington, California, and New York, with the Willamette Valley being a competitor to Josephine County. The hop industry in Southern Oregon, however, dramatically decreased over time by the eighties, due to the mechanization of farms in other locations, overproduction with low hop prices, and the changing tastes of beer drinkers into preferring light beers that didn’t use the hops grown here.

The 250-acre Sunny Brook Hop Yards by Grants Pass was the last, large hop grower outside of the Willamette Valley. In the late 1980s, it announced that it was stopping production; the property was sold in 1989 to the Naumes family’s Wild River Orchards, who planted the site with pear trees. The City of Grants Pass purchased the former Sunny Brook Hop Yards in early 2006 for a future park, and this place is now called the River Road Reserve.        

Hops are now trained on low trellises, and technology has replaced the hand pickers with hop machines. As every agricultural product has cycles of low and high prices, hop costs tripled in a short time during the late 2000s. Oregon with its Willamette Valley was still the second-highest commercial producer of hops in the country behind Washington State, and this price increase caused different farms to consider going back into the business.

For example, the Pierce family decided to start a producing hops farm. Once growing hay and raising cattle in the Valley, they launched a commercial hop yard with different varieties to meet the different producer requirements. In April 2009, they planted 1800 hop plants of a particular variety; in 2012, they added another acre of two other varieties. Located across I-5 from Ashland on Butler Creek Road, their “Alpha Beta Hops” is currently supplying hops to local micro-breweries such as Standing Stone, Caldera, and Wild River, among other users.

There is a cycle for everything and this region is no different.  

Sources: Michael Oaks, “Hops: A One-Time Thriving Industry in Josephine County, Grants Pass, Oregon,” Josephine County Historical Society: June 2002/January 2013, at Hops Industry (With Images); Harriet Smith Guardino, “Of Hops and Men”, Josephine County Historical Society, June 2002, at In Same Article; “Grants Pass: History of River Road Reserve,” at Sunny Brook Hops Farm; Jim Hays, “Is a hops resurgence brewing in Southern Oregon?,” The Oregonian, May 25, 2008, at More on Hops; “Alpha Beta Hops: Hops in Southern Oregon?” at Hops Today.


(Saturday) FEDS SCALE BACK TYRANNY AT BUNDY RANCH...NOW WHAT?

The armed militia made the difference Saturday in the Bundy Ranch standoff. Feds back down, and won't enforce the court order against Cliven Bundy. (for now) Savor the win, but understand, this is the first skirmish in a much larger war for control of the West's lands and resources.  

While it's "romantic" to strap on the gear and head out of town to support the "last rancher standing", it's important to remember our own Oregon/Northern California backyard.

We're battling with "Gang Green" B.S. right HERE in the Rogue Valley. From the wild sage grouse, to the marbled murrelett, and other Agenda 21 biocentrism stalking horses, all intended by the "stakeholders" to strip the West of any ability for HUMANS to live here.

There are the proposed closing of Table Rocks, the buying out of cattle allotments, monument proposals, and massive compromise being pushed in order to cut a relative miniscule amount of timber on O&C lands. Miners shut out, shut down, and sent to jail, all in order to fufill Green's goal to have Oregon a little-inhabited eco theme park.

Get involved with these public meetings, be the rabble, demand you be a stakeholder. It's getting late, folks. Think about how Bundy has been fighting this battle for more than 20 years. Where were all the protestors and militia while the BLM and Harry Reid were buying out all the other cowboys with taxpayer money for their agendas and cronyism?

We've got our work cut out for us. Don't wait until we're the "last one's standing". 

FRIDAY 04-11-2014

Apr 11, 2014 -- 9:18pm

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FREE SPEECH THIS!

One of the most obnoxious developments of late is the BLM sets up "Free Speech Zone" at the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada. Not even considering the amazing offensiveness of Free Speech being "zoned", I'd like to set up my own zone there: "Fed-Free Zone". (The audacity of these bureaucrats!)

Unfortunately, the "Free Speech Zone" is not a recent development. A number of years ago, when I was reporting news on KMED, recall that President Bush came to the valley to speak. I was stuck with the protestors and "rabble" out by the enterance to the Expo, where the now-famous "Free Speech Zone" was set up. Naturally, it was set up to make sure that protestors who weren't fond of Generalissimo Presidente's policies, weren't heard. The whole experience made me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit.

The First Amendment isn't a  PLACE, it's a PRINCIPLE. Keep fighting the bastards for it.

Another thought regarding Bundy's Battle: I've often thought that court jurisdiction should be flipped on its head. Bundy has a beef with the Feds, so why should he have to go to a Federal court for "justice". It's the equivalent of being a mouse injured by a cat, and he has to go to a cat den to hope for resolution.

In my world, complaints against the federal government go to state court for primary jurisdiction. Complaints against state government go to the feds. Better yet, how about a private court with jurisdiction to take all complaints against government, and government officials? Justice is too important to be left to the criminal government gangs.


IT'S NEW TENT DAY AT KMED!

We just got our new tent just in time for Pear Blossom. See you Saturday at the "Pear A Fare" event. Fine food, wine, beer, fun. I'll be broadcasting at 6th and Bartlett starting around 11. I'll be taking signups to win tickets to see Bob Newhart Friday at Seven Feathers Casino, too.


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-14-2014

7:10 John LeBouttilier, of Fox News Channel's POLITICAL INSIDERS. Great show, btw, it's Sunday's at 4:30. John and I talked about GOP "rebranding". Watch a "New Look for the GOP"

7:35 Ed, "Mr. X", connecting more Gang Green dots both here, and in Nevada.  Good read here 2013 Oregon Forest Collaboratives. More Oregon Solutions, state university system one-size-fits all green agenda, everywhere you look.

 

THURSDAY 04-10-2014

Apr 10, 2014 -- 5:38am

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DRIVERS 1, JCSO 0 - OKAY TO FLASH YOUR HEADLIGHTS (in Jackson County, At Least)

Judge Joe Charter finds Christopher Hill NOT GUILTY for flashing his headlights to warn drivers of law enforcement actions. Hill was westbound on Highway 140 on September 6, 2013 near East Antelope Road and Kershaw Roads in White City. One deputy told another deputy that he saw Hill flashing his headlights to warn traffic of the cop presence. Christopher Hill assert that he had a first amendment right to communicate with other drivers on the road regarding the presence of law enforcement, and Judge Joe Charter agreed. READ THE DECISION.


"But it's Not A Police State" - Protestors at the Cliven Bundy Ranch in Nevade

(Warning, some language)

Once again...this could be coming here with the BLM's talk of "Closing the Table Rocks".


BILL'S GUESTS on 04-10-2014

7:35 Dan Bluhm discusses self-defense when dealing with knife fights. Appropriate, given the number of stabbings in the Rogue Valley Recently, and the school stabbings in Pennsylvania. His self-defense clinic at Quantum Martial Arts is Saturday, 4/19, 6-8pm at his dojo at 151 West Linn Road (C-3), in Eagle Point. Call 541-821-4538 to sign up or get more info.

8:35 Otilla (Oti) Krapff, executive director of the Constitution Party of Nevada. Topic includes the Bundy Ranchi incident (Above) and why they've split from the national Constitution Party.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 04-09-2014

Apr 09, 2014 -- 12:44pm

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DRIVERS 1, JCSO 0 - OKAY TO FLASH YOUR HEADLIGHTS

Judge Joe Charter finds Christopher Hill NOT GUILTY for flashing his headlights to warn drivers of law enforcement actions. Hill was westbound on Highway 140 on September 6, 2013 near East Antelope Road and Kershaw Roads in White City. One deputy told another deputy that he saw Hill flashing his headlights to warn traffic of the cop presence. Christopher Hill assert that he had a first amendment right to communicate with other drivers on the road regarding the presence of law enforcement, and Judge Joe Charter agreed. READ THE DECISION.


BILL'S GUEST FOR 4-09-2014

6:35 Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at Institute for Policy Innovation, and today's topic is the role reversal with Dems and Repubs with Obamacare. Read his latest. How Obama Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Free Market Health Insurance Principles

7:10 Dale Matthews, Bad County.com...cut the deputies to goose the levy? Watch!

8:10 Dennis Richardson, Gubernatorial candidate, talks the Eagle Point school arming of teachers issue, new poll shows him in striking distance of Kitzhaber, other campaign news. Dennis Richardson Dot Com


TUESDAY 04-08-14

Apr 08, 2014 -- 5:16pm

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DALE MATTHEWS' SMOKING GUN IN JO COUNTY

And we wonder why folks vote down the levies? The people don't trust the elected officials to tell 'em the truth! Dale comes on the show tomorrow, 7:10 to talk more about this.


BILL'S GUEST FOR 4-08-2014

7:10 Congressman Greg Walden, discussing internet freedom isues which he's working on. (Protecting our control of ICANN) and we talk about the campaign, and some of the issues and votes.

7:35 Dennis Linthicum, congressional candidate, and primary challenger for Congressman Greg Walden. We discuss his priorities and campaign issues, some reaction to Congressman Walden's segment.

8:10 Will Reishman, Strategic Financial in Medford, and the topic is how the Fed is the root of big government, and how it relates to the International Monetary Fund. (The real economic hitmen)

 

MONDAY 04-07-14

Apr 07, 2014 -- 5:34pm

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REV. AL SPIED FOR "THE MAN?" - Smoking Gun has Rev. Al Sharpton pegged as an FBI informant back in the day. Can't say we should be surprised. I figure a ton of our "luminaries" are plugged into the surveillance state. It's how you rise through the political and media ranks. "He/She is 'one of us'."

Yeah, it's just a coincidence that a CIA director (H.W. Bush) gets elected president. And his son gets elected. And that family is friendly with their other political dynasty "opponents", the Clintons. And the globalist government-controlled media just happens to be busy promoting 2016 presidential candidates named "Bush" and "Clinton". Yep, it's all just a coincidence...


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-07-14

7:10 John Charles, Cascade Policy Institute - trains pushed in Portland, less energy-efficient than taking the car!

7:35 Gordon Challstrom, GOP candidate for governor.

8:35 Mark Hutto, J.Austin and Company Gold and Silver Buyers and we talk where this precious metal market is headed.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present", where today's profile is Angus Bowmer.

Angus Bowmer and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

By Dennis Powers

After accepting a position in the English Department at Southern Oregon Normal School (now Southern Oregon University), 27-year-old Angus Bowmer came to Ashland in 1931 during the dark days of the Great Depression. While gazing at the old Chautauqua ruins in Ashland’s Lithia Park, Bowmer had an inspiration. The Chautauqua for years had been a summer series that presented programs in art, politics, music, and other subjects for several days in the mid-summer--but by now was closed down. The building had been torn down, leaving only its curving lower walls. “It gave me the impression of a 16th-century sketch of the Globe Theater (where Shakespeare’s plays were held),” he said later. “I began to do some research and got excited about the possibility of producing a Shakespearean work there.”

Owing to Governor Julius Meier’s interest in supporting the arts and Bowmer’s talents, Angus received the commission to write, produce, and direct the historical pageant for Oregon’s 1934 Diamond Jubilee. By 1935, Bowmer’s idea caught on with other residents and he asked the city to start its Fourth of July celebrations again, but by producing plays at the Chautauqua site. Pageant volunteers agreed to help, the city granted up to $400 as seed money, and the State Emergency Relief Administration chipped in, allowing a stage to be built within the old concrete Chautauqua shell.

The festival began as a two-play production on July 2, 1935, performing William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “The Merchant of Venice.” Ashland’s grant was with the stipulation, however, that afternoon boxing matches would also be held to help cover costs. The festival succeeded so well that the theatre ticket revenues covered the losses from the boxing matches. In 1937, the Oregon Shakespearean Festival was incorporated as a nonprofit, membership organization.

Although operations ceased from 1941 to 1946 owing to World War II, performances started up again in 1947 with four productions and a new stage. The first Green Show was performed in the 1950s; these free shows are put on before the evening plays, first being musicians playing Elizabethan-era music, and then changing over time to mixes of dance, music, and rhyme. Bowmer continued teaching as he built OSF, and a greatly expanded Elizabethan stage opened in 1959.

As the OSF added non-Shakespearean plays to its schedule, additional venues became vital. With Duke Ellington’s orchestra as the kick-off for fundraising for an indoor theatre, the contributions mounted as residents and non-residents joined together. The Angus Bowmer Theatre opened in 1970, and the following year Angus retired from being the OSF’s artistic director.

Over time, the OSF received numerous awards and achieved national status. OSF and Angus Bowmer were the recipients of the Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts in 1977; six years later, a National Governor’s Association Award for “distinguished service to the arts” was received, along with winning the Tony Award for Regional Theatre; and since 1977, four others with OSF have received the Oregon Governor’s Award. Angus Bowmer passed away in 1979, but he had seen the wondrous development from what years ago had only been an idea.

In 1984, the OSF instituted a play-reading service, expanded into Portland for six seasons, and increased the size of the company and its coverage. It added a pavilion to the Elizabethan theatre, reconfigured seating, and improved the acoustics. In 1995, the OSF began fundraising for the moneys to replace the Black Swan Theatre (which opened in 1977) with the modern New Theatre (opened in 2002).

The three OSF stages are: the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion (1,190 seat capacity), the August Bowmer Theatre (601 seats) and the New Theatre (up to 360). It presents in a typical season 11 different plays (4 of Shakespeare and 7 in the classics or modern works) with over 700 performances to an attendance of some 400,000. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival performed all of Shakespeare’s 37 works during the 1958, 1978, and 1997 seasons.

Well-known actors and actresses perform each year: Tony-nominated Anthony Heald, George Peppard (e.g., “Breakfast at Tiffany”), Joel David Moore (e.g., “Avatar”), Gretchen Corbett, Harry Anderson (e.g., TV’s “Night Court”), Dick Cavett, Jean Smart (e.g., “Designing Women” and “Fraser”), and many more. William Hurt with Emmy-winner Jean Smart, for example, was in the 1975 production of “Long Day’s Journey into Night”; he won an Oscar for his role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” among nominations for other films. Stacy Keach was in the title role in “Henry V” in 1963; later he had the lead in the 1990s TV series, “Mike Hammer; Private Eye,” and various other roles on Broadway, the movies, and television--as other OSF performers.

This region is so enhanced with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, its continuing excellence, and the vision of Angus Bowmer that became a reality. 

Sources: Kathleen F. Leary, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” at OSF (With Images); see “About OSF,” at OSF Website (With Images); “Travel Tips: USA Today,” “About the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland,” at More OSF Background; Bill Varble, “OSF attendance shows a gain, as change in wings,” Mail Tribune, November 10, 2012, at Attendance; “Our Legacy in Brief: Angus Bowmer,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013, at Angus Bowmer; John Darling, “Seeing Stars,” Mail Tribune, April 17, 2011, at Famous Performers.

 

FRIDAY 04-04-2014

Apr 04, 2014 -- 5:21pm

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LT. SERGI UNDER INVESTIGATION

Interesting...Mail Tribune reports that Lt. Bob Sergi, Jackson County Sheriff candidate, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday due to a Department of Justice investigation concerning possible election irregularities. Sure, it's an accusation, and everything could be fine. However, I interviewed the Lt. on Thursday's show. It's reasonable to believe his status could've been worth a mention? My first question to a candidate is not usually "Are you employed in good status with the Sheriffs Department".


MEANWHILE...IN GMO-FREE LAND

The latest fundraising numbers are in. Measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically modified crops in Jackson County, is turning into a real David versus Goliath story. The supporters of going GMO-free have raised around $107,000. The groups fighting GMO-Free, Monsanto, Syngenta, and variious ag, biotech, and chemical companies, are throwing $900,000 at the battle. I wonder if the sheer amount of out of state dollars could trigger a reverse psychology voter reaction, and turn more voters to "Yes"? Jackson County voters are a pretty cantankerous bunch, and may not appreciate out of state money working the peeps over. We'll see...


AND NOW...A FOX "FLASH" ALERT

So Megyn single-handedly brings back the "Barberella look"?


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-04-2014

7:10 Russ McBride, Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit and Vince Domenzain from Centennial Golf Club. May 24th it's the Southern Oregon Military Appreciation Golf Tournament. Call Centennial to sponsor a tee sign, or sign up at (541) 773-4653.

7:35 Senator Alan Bates on the Cover Oregon continued troubles.

8:10 Andy Mateja, author of “The Rise and Fall of the First Popeil Gadget Dynasty”is the story of the two greatest gadget telemarketers of the 1970’s and early 1980’s –Popeil Brothers and Ronco –through Andy's personal recollections of having the unique distinction of having worked for BOTH companies during that period.

One of their top products...Remember this?

 

THURSDAY 04-03-2014

Apr 03, 2014 -- 5:29am

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IT HAPPENS AGAIN!

I wonder how long our brave soldiers will continue to take being disarmed and forced to "cower in place". Time to END the Clinton Gun Ban on military bases!


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-03-2014

6:35 Dan Isett, Parents Television Council - Cable Mergers, time to change ratings systems?

7:10 Dan Backer, lead attorney in the McCutcheon V. Federal Elections Commission case, which he won the other day. On Facebook - What's Up With Campaign Finance.

8:10 Lt. Bob Sergi, candidate for Jackson County Sheriff

8:45 Bryce and Darin Thornton - update on Bryce's full-ride scholarship, care packages for soldiers, other news.

 

WEDNESDAY 04-02-2014

Apr 02, 2014 -- 2:13pm

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - SHERIFFS CANDIDATE FORUM FROM LAST WEEK


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-02-2014

6:50 Charles Cross, NY Times Best-Selling author of "Here We Are Now",

7:10 Dale Matthews, BadCounty.Com, and it's about the strange ways we determine salaries of elected officials. In fact, JoCo's committee assigned to choose salaries there QUIT! Here's the videotape -

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

8:10 Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson.
 

 

TUESDAY 04-01-2014

Apr 01, 2014 -- 4:15pm

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - SHERIFFS CANDIDATE FORUM FROM LAST WEEK


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 04-01-2014

6:35 Liz Peek, solumnist for The Fiscal Times Dot Com and Fox News Dot Com - NSA incompetent with spying? More with Liz's column "Spies Like Us"..

7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel

7:35 Will Hayden, from Discover Channel's Sons With Guns, read more on his latest book "Sons With Guns".

8:10 Dan Kish, Institute for Energy Research, re the U.N. Climate change report just released.

8:45 BUSINESS SEGMENT with Richard Rogers at American Hearing Aid Systems, 3512 Excel Dr., Ste 111, Medford. 541-772-4365. Free exams, and we talk about a really cool new hearing aid which works through your I-Phone.

 

MONDAY 03-31-2014

Mar 29, 2014 -- 6:28pm

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THANKS FOR THE TURN OUT WITH LIBERTY ASHLAND/OREGON FIREARMS "OPEN CARRY DAY IN ASHLAND"


OPEN LETTER TO ODOT - FLUSH THE "ROAD DIET" DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE!

The recent tragic accident investigation on I-5 clearly exposes the stupidity of moving forward with a Hwy 99 "Road Diet".

These proposals (which I've criticized repeatedly) are straight from the "Agenda 21/sustainable development" playbook. As you may know, the plan is to have several sections of 99 between Ashland and Medford go from 2 lanes of travel in each direction, down to 1 lane in each direction with a center turn lane, with bike lanes and sidewalks occupying the remaining lane space.

Anyone with half a brain understands that Hwy 99 is not only a key north/south corridor, but is also the "SHTF" backup for I-5. When the southbound lanes were closed for hours last week, it was traffic pandemonium on 99, which was the only effective alternate route. (And this was with four lanes available)

Picture that same situation, or an earthquake-damaged I-5, combined with 99's "Road Diet" of one traffic lane in each direction. Now you understand the idiocy of the sustainable planning agenda.

Don't be fooled by these planners. Your common sense knows better. Make sure your elected leaders understand that these gang-green-inspired policies are not worth the plans and grants offered. The "Road Diet" needs flushed down the ODOT "Memory Hole" STAT!


BILL'S GUEST 03-31-2014

7:10 Elise Higley, Our Family Farms Coalition, and we discuss Measure 15-119, the GMO-Free Jackson County Ordanance, and how it would be enforced.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present" - Today, it's "Yreka"

Yreka: Pioneer Mining Town

By Dennis Powers

 

The early-1851 discovery of gold 30 miles south of present-day Yreka on the Scott River attracted miners from all directions. In March of that year, a mule-train packer from Oregon by the name of Abraham Thompson was leading six men across the Siskiyou Trail to that find. Owing to a heavy rainstorm, he decided to camp that night on the “flats,” a quarter-mile from what is now downtown Yreka.

Although prospectors before had found some gold there, the amounts were insubstantial and they would soon leave for other parts. This time, the heavy rains had deeply soaked the ground. While watching his pack mules the next morning pull out the branch grass by their roots to eat, he was surprised to see flecks of gold on the roots. The group decided to stay there and dig for the precious metal.

The gold was there in large quantities, and the word soon went out that this discovery was “the richest square mile on earth.” There were 2000 miners in tent camps, shanties, and a few rough cabins on the flats by May, everyone searching for the gold at “Thompson’s Dry Diggings.” By August 1851, 5000 people--primarily miners but with dry-good merchants and some families--were camped at Shasta Butte City, Yreka’s present location, to be closer to the nearest water supply at Yreka Creek. They believed that this area was the “second mother lode.” 

With the continued mining and commercial activity, residents began building wooden structures on Main Street, now named Miner Street. About one year after the gold discovery, the California legislature created Siskiyou County. Adjacent to the Oregon border, it would be the fifth largest California county by area, and include towns such as Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud, and Tulelake, as well as Butte Valley, Scott Valley, Shasta Valley, and the Klamath River Corridor. 

Since another town was also called Shasta in the area, the city changed its name to Yreka, which was the local Indian name for Mt. Shasta that meant “North Mountain.” The famous “Poet of the West,” Joaquin Miller, described Yreka during 1853-54 as a lively place with “a tide of people up and down and across other streets, as strong as if in New York.”

In a few years, Yreka changed from another boisterous gold-rush town into a permanent city with laws and governance. Stage lines from and to Oregon used it as a primary stage stop. With a courthouse built, along with the first hospital, church, and school, Yreka was selected to be the county seat for Siskiyou County.

The legendary Lotta Crabtree, who began her career in these Northern California gold-rush towns, performed in the Yreka area during the mid-1850s, frequently at the Arcade Saloon on Miner Street. According to these stories, the lonely miners threw “thousands of dollars” worth of gold nuggets onto the stage after a performance. With a sense of permanence, the town incorporated in April 1857.

As typical with other mining towns, however, when the gold played out, many of the miners, merchants, and their families left. In twenty years, the population was only 1,100 hardy folks. On July 4th, 1871, the bad times continued when a fire consumed most of the business district in its fiery destruction of thirteen blocks, including many stores, a hotel, theatre, all of the livery stables, the Catholic Church, a schoolhouse, and numerous residences. Despite this huge setback, the town people came together and rebuilt; this also brought about the numerous brick buildings that today line Miner and other Yreka streets. A short-line railroad in 1889 then connected the city with the Southern Pacific’s West Coast line.

As farming, timbering, and ranching replaced mining, the city began to grow again. In 1941, Yreka came to national prominence as the temporary state capital for the State of Jefferson. With neighboring counties in Oregon and California feeling disenfranchised from their state governments, the succession movement began there. Outside of Yreka, armed men erected roadblocks every Thursday on Highway 99 and handed out their “Proclamation of Independence” before letting drivers continue on. When in a matter of weeks the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the movement came to a quick end.

The downtown along West Miner Street is now listed as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and as a California Historical Landmark. Over seventy, pre-1900 homes (with numerous stately Victorians) still stand, all within a few blocks of the downtown. With tourism and recreational interests joining Yreka’s economic base, it has 7,750 residents today and is the most populated city in Siskiyou County.

Starting from a group of six grizzled men, Yreka has grown over time to become much more than a stagecoach stop.

Sources: “Yreka Chamber of Commerce: A History of Early Yreka, California,” at History (With Images); City of Yreka: History,” at Further History; “City of Yreka: Fast Facts,” at Fast Facts.

 

FRIDAY 03-28-2014

Mar 28, 2014 -- 3:52pm

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO "PROTECT AND SERVE" ON POLICE CARS?

Listener asked me that question this morning...I don't know, why, actually. But Wayne passes this along, and says it's a motto from an Asian Cop Car. Think it's legit? Maybe a language translation issue?


EVENTS GOING ON TODAY AND TOMORROW -

TONIGHT, FRIDAY - 6:30pm SHERIFFS CANDIDATE FORUM in the Library Main Meeting Room, FREE, and put on by "Campaign For Liberty".

SATURDAY  at Lithia Park 10 am to 2 pm ASHLAND OPEN (CARRY) DAY

Participants are invited to:
 
1. Wear Red – help make a visual statement too, Red is LIBERTY! Ashland's color of choice.
 
2. Visit with locals in Lithia Park for a Brunch BBQ between 10 am and 12 noon to,
a) Sign our counter petition, and
b) Make a donation of canned and/or dried food that we can donate to the Ashland Food Bank in the name of lawful gun carrying residents, and

c) Enjoy a free bite to eat (if you're Open Carrying!)

SATURDAY 4pm, Colleen Roberts, County Commission candidate, Position 3 fundraiser get-together at Medford's Alba Park.


BILL'S GUESTS 03-28-2014

6:35 Dale Matthews BadCounty.com on the Cave Junction vote re pot moratorium.

7:35 State Senator Alan Bates talks the medical pot moratoriums.

8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation, Ashland open carry day is tomorrow. (Info above)

8:35 Colleen Roberts, position 3 GOP candidate for County Commission. (Her event also above)

 

THURSDAY 03-27-2014

Mar 27, 2014 -- 1:14pm

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BLM IMPOSES NEW RESTRICTIONS...AND CONSIDERS CLOSING THE TABLE ROCKS!

(But there's NO Gang Green Agenda locking the peeps out of public land)

"The temporary restrictions are necessary to protect cultural, historical, wildlife, and botanical resources on newly acquired and existing public lands within the Table Rocks Management Area until they can be inventoried and until the BLM can consider a permanent closure through the land use plan amendment process.

READ THE DOCUMENT AND RESTRICTIONS

Hmmm, my spidey-sense indicates a coming battle on this gang green assault. People have had ENOUGH!


GUEST INFORMATION 03-27-2014

6:50 Deana Martin, daughter of the late "King of Cool" Dean Martin. We talked about her memories of Dad, her performance career today, and of her latest album "Destination Moon", in which she performs a duet with her dad, "True Love".

 

7:10 Dale Matthews, BadCounty.com, we talk of the latest BLM restriction (see above)

7:35 Jackson County position 3 county commission candidate Joel Ockunzzi. More on his website

8:10 Entrepeneur J. Smith, talking of the need to embrace the technology of PRIVATE (not corporate or government) drone technology.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 03-26-2014

Mar 26, 2014 -- 5:51am

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ALBERQUERQUE POLICE SHOOTING WE TALKED ABOUT THIS MORNING

Looking like a "field execution", imo...People outraged, calling for big investigation.


One Could forgive incumbent Congressman Walden were he a bit nervous, given this voting record web piece from GOP challenger Dennis Linthicum.


SEE YOU THERE SATURDAY! - (H/T to Liberty Ashland and Oregon Firearms Federation)

At the request of City of Ashland Council members who wish to see just what the response to
an unwarranted and unnecessary infringement of The People's natural right to bear arms
would look like, LIBERTY! Ashland and Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) declare:
 
SATURDAY MARCH 29th 2014
10 am to 2 pm
ASHLAND OPEN (CARRY) DAY
 
Participants are invited to:
 
1. Wear Red – help make a visual statement too, Red is LIBERTY! Ashland's color of choice.
 
2. Visit with locals in Lithia Park for a Brunch BBQ between 10 am and 12 noon to,
a) Sign our counter petition, and
b) Make a donation of canned and/or dried food that we can donate to the Ashland Food Bank in the name of lawful gun carrying residents, and
c) Enjoy a free bite to eat (if you're Open Carrying!), and
 
3.Be polite and courteous with all you meet, and be prepared to explain why this matters to
you in a way that even the most fearful hoplophobe can hear and understand! This is a
chance to win friends and allies not make enemies or alienate our friends and neighbors, and
 
4. Expect the APD to treat them respectfully, something they have a good reputation for
amongst the Open Carry community. And to treat them with the same level of courtesy you
expect from them if they make contact with you.
 
5. Be safe.
 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-26-2014

8:10 Dennis Richardson, gubernatorial GOP candidate, on the campaign and issues.

8:45 Kevin Mannix, Common Sense For Oregon, which is pushing a couple of initiatives, including the "Castle Doctrine" (full no-duty to retreat, if a dirtbag breaks in your home, plus an initiative which would split lottery money with the counties. I like both!


"FREEDOM IS THE ANSWER, WHAT's THE QUESTION?"

JORDAN PAIGE FROM LAST WEEK'S JEFFERSON REPUBLIC "LIBERTY CONCERT" in Yereka.

It's just a rough clip, but Gary Lake will have more, soon.


 

TUESDAY 03-25-2014

Mar 25, 2014 -- 1:12pm

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SEE YOU THERE SATURDAY! - (H/T to Liberty Ashland and Oregon Firearms Federation)

At the request of City of Ashland Council members who wish to see just what the response to
an unwarranted and unnecessary infringement of The People's natural right to bear arms
would look like, LIBERTY! Ashland and Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) declare:
 
SATURDAY MARCH 29th 2014
10 am to 2 pm
ASHLAND OPEN (CARRY) DAY
 
All peaceful and law abiding citizens and residents (from near and far) who are concerned
with the trend of (all levels of) Government attempting to solve non-existent problems with
ordinances and laws that are divisive and intolerant, and a clear infringement of liberty, may
wish to join local residents Openly Carrying firearms and exercising their rights!
 
Participants are invited to:
 
1. Wear Red – help make a visual statement too, Red is LIBERTY! Ashland's color of choice.
 
2. Visit with locals in Lithia Park for a Brunch BBQ between 10 am and 12 noon to,
a) Sign our counter petition, and
b) Make a donation of canned and/or dried food that we can donate to the Ashland Food Bank in the name of lawful gun carrying residents, and
c) Enjoy a free bite to eat (if you're Open Carrying!), and
 
3.Be polite and courteous with all you meet, and be prepared to explain why this matters to
you in a way that even the most fearful hoplophobe can hear and understand! This is a
chance to win friends and allies not make enemies or alienate our friends and neighbors, and
 
4. Expect the APD to treat them respectfully, something they have a good reputation for
amongst the Open Carry community. And to treat them with the same level of courtesy you
expect from them if they make contact with you.
 
5. Be safe.
 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-25-2014

6:35 Dr. Paul Ruggier, author of "Confessions of a Surgeon". As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon he pushes open the doors of the OR and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes, lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and the camaraderie that make it exciting.

8:10 Ed "Mr. X". "Down the rabbit hole again", tying the gang green agenda to the Oregon Solutions section of the Oregon University system. Most importantly is your need to comment to the BLM to stop the RMP (Resource Management Plan) in its tracks. You must "Question the process" where they come to "consensus", which really isn't a consensus at all. Ed suggests using verbiage from the following. (Put in your own words as you see fit)

"Where the requirements of practicability is the burden of the agency, to show no other alternatives could meet the requirements of the O&C  act, the alternatives of conservation are inconsistent with the law, and could not meet the burden.

Therefore the purpose (outcome) is unlawfule, the alternatives presented are irrelevant, and the public meeting input content is rendered meaningless.

Moreover, the purpose being outcome-based, the bureau admits it never intended a meaningful process, it never intended to meet the law, and never intended to respect the public it serves.

It is not consistent in law to provide sustained yield. We were here to make a lawful contribution to this plan, which must meet the requirements of sustained yield at capacity. The collection and acceptance of contributions from the public for conservation purposes is irrelevant as a lawful contribution to a lawful management plan.

Such comments are a waste of time. The continued allowance of which by the bureau (agency) doesn't give the public notic of their valuable contribution required by law."

 

 


Here are some links from articles we talked about.

What is Collaborative Regional Problem Solving

RVCOG's Charter

Interesting Legal Opinion - RVGOG'S power?

But more importantly, is you need to get comments

 

MONDAY 03-24-2014

Mar 24, 2014 -- 3:02pm

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AND HE BARELY TAKES A BREATH!


BILL'S GUESTS for 03-24-2014

6:35 Dr. Erica Kosal, Resilience Expert, Doctor of Biology, Founder of “Bounce to Resilience”, and Author of Miracles for Daddy: A Family’s Inspirational Fight against a Modern Medical Goliath”.

Newsweek poll indicates 84% of Americans say they believe God performs miracles; 48% of people claim to have experienced or witnessed one.
Dr. Erica Kosal is one of those people.

After Erica's husband, Jim, received a fatal health diagnosis, Erica and Jim realized that something was not quite right.

That “6 months to live” declaration was years and several small miracles ago.
Dr. Erica Kosal's book, “Miracles for Daddy” chronicles her family's fortitude and resilience and reminds you of life’s precious miracles.

7:35 U.S. Congressional Candidate Dennis Linthicum (challenging Cong. Walden in the GOP primary)

8:45 BUSINESS SEGMENT - Cherise from NO WIRES MEDIA, 1560 Biddle Rd, Ste B. In Medford. Her business saves you big money on your TV, Phone, Internet Services. Mention the Bill Meyer show, and you can save up to $100 on your new services. 541-680-5875

8:10 Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present", today, the 50th anniversary of the big tsunami:

The 1964 Good Friday/Crescent City Tsunami

By Dennis Powers

The March 27, 1964, Alaskan (Good Friday) earthquake with an 8.7 Richter-scale (9.2 on the moment magnitude scale) spawned a major tsunami that traveled the entire Pacific Ocean basin. After causing multiples of death and destruction at Alaskan coastal towns, the oceangoing tsunami left for the U.S. coast, slamming with their worst effects into Crescent City. Located 15 miles south of the Oregon border, this small coastal town of 3,000 people suffered losses that exceeded the combined effects of all previous tsunamis on the Continental U.S.

The four main surges at Crescent City threw many people late at night into life-risking jeopardy. In the space of two hours, 11 people died, 15 others were missing, 60 injured, 30 city blocks devastated, 289 businesses and homes destroyed or damaged, as well as 21 large fishing boats capsized or destroyed (plus numerous smaller ones) with incredible destruction wrought under a full moon late at night.

When people thought that the second flooding was the last, sightseers and residents alike headed down to see for themselves. Two more waves caught them unaware, the last one 21-feet high when it steamed onto land. The surges leveled an entire downtown, and the fatalities would have been much worse had this occurred during the summer-tourist season.  

The destruction included ripped-out telephone, sewer, water, and gas lines with the bodies of dead animals scattered over land and sea. The bay was littered at its bottom and near solid in places with destroyed cars, boats, appliances, logs, and lumber, as cars and trucks bobbed up and down with the capsized vessels. Tens of thousands of logs from log farms up to Washington covered the beaches for miles in both directions.   

Owing to downed electrical wires sparking oil-ruptured tanks, a bulk tank farm with five, 50,000 gallon tanks and two adjacent oil and gas stations were ablaze. No food, clothing, pharmacies, banking, gas stations, or any amenities were available. Trees were uprooted, asphalt streets ripped out, and 3 million board feet of lumber strewn over land and sea, along with 1,000 wrecked cars, numerous shattered buildings, and countless fish.     

The tsunami then steamed past California to Mexico and coursed around the world two times before finally expending its energy. After the destruction, the city and coast had to rebuild, starting that next morning when 200 men and women just showed up with their crowbars, tractors, and raw hands to start cleaning up--although no official call had gone out. As the undermanned fire department fought to put out fires, the Red Cross set up facilities that cared for over 500 people.

City and county work-crews, state and federal forest workers, and state-conservation-camp prisoners arrived to help with the cleanup. Across the U.S., individuals donated money; the Salvation Army, Red Cross, and others sent in disaster relief; the military was called in; and President Johnson declared this a disaster area.

The stories of ordinary people who rose to extraordinary heights came out. The ocean surged over two fishermen at the Klamath River mouth, pummeling them 1-1/2 miles up the river; the U.S. Air Force later awarded posthumously the Airman’s Medal, its highest award for bravery under peacetime condition, for the acts of one Sergeant.   

The national media lionized others, including Gary Clawson, who swam through the tsunami to find a rowboat and save two drowning people, then rescued six others--including his father, mother, fiancée, and three friends--only to unbelievably be the only one who survived when the raging ocean swept the boat and its group through a 200-foot culvert underneath Highway 101, an iron grate plugged with debris at its end.

The sea rose over unsuspecting people just going about their lives. One nationally followed tragedy involved a family camping by the sea in Oregon (Beverly Beach State Park, one-third down the Oregon coast from the Washington border). Four small children drowned, while their grief-stricken parents survived.

Food, clothing, electrical generators, potable water, and portable sanitation facilities were trucked in. From banks and supermarkets to newspapers and gas stations, employees and citizens alike joined together to restart these normal but essential services. The S.B.A. soon established an office for flood loans and disaster relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arranged for private contractors to demolish buildings and rebuilt public facilities. Aided by federal disaster relief and urban development funds, new dock, breakwater, and boating facilities were built, along with a new downtown center named “Tsunami Landing.”   

In response, the U.S. Government later constructed its West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska with monitoring devices along the U.S. Pacific Coast. However, experts believe that an offshore earthquake underneath the nearby Cascadia Subduction Zone, or another Alaskan tsunami, could create a disaster of incalculable proportions. Not to mention that tsunamis have hit Crescent City a total of 34 times since 1934.

Although the 1964 disaster was by far the worst, this area is always a target for even the smallest ones. The March 2011, Japanese tsunami--for example--crossed the Pacific Ocean to sink 11 boats in the harbor, damage 47 others, destroy 2/3rds of the docks, and kill one sightseer. Who knows what the future will bring?   

Sources: Willie Drye, “National Geographic News: California Tsunami Victims Recall 1964's Killer Waves,” January 21, 2005, at 1964 Tidal Wave; “CBS News: Tsunami sweeps 5 to sea, rips out Calif. docks,” March 11, 2011, at Japanese Tsunami Effects; Richard Gonzales, “National Public Radio: California Town Still Scarred By 1964 Tsunami,” at The 1964 Crescent City Tsunami; See generally “West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center,” at Warning Center. Also, Dennis M. Powers, The Raging Sea: The Powerful Account of the Worst Tsunami in U.S. History, New York: Citadel Press (Kensington Publishing Co.), 2005.     

WEDNESDAY 03-19-2014

Mar 18, 2014 -- 5:24pm

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This "We Shall Not Comply" attitude among east coast firearms owners is spreading...now to New Jersey!


PROGRAMMING NOTE - Bill's on spring vacation for a couple of days, back live on the morning show Monday, 3/24! It's a great opportunity to call Glenn Beck live.


BILL'S GUESTS 03-19-2014

7:10 Jefferson Republic promoter Gary Lake and musician Jordan Paige - Saturday is is the liberty concert at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds. Read all about it.

7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau.

8:10 Dave Dotterer, candidate for State Senate, talks the recent session, drawing a distinction between his POV, and State Senator Bates. .

8:35 Martina Newell-McGloughlin directs the Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program (UCBREP) for the UC system which covers all ten campuses and the three national Laboratories (Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence Berkeley and Los Alamos). Dr. Newell-McGloughlin is a pro-GMO speaker at tomorrow's American's For Prosperty event. It's Thursday 3/20/14

"GMO'S/GENETIC ENGINEERING:
WE REPORT YOU DECIDE"
THURSDAY - MARCH 20
MEDFORD LIBRARY,
LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM - 6:30 pm
 
Brian Comnes of GMO-Free Jackson County will speak in support of the proposed ban.

MISSED TUESDAY'S U.S. GOP SENATE CANDIDATE FORUM - HERE'S ALL FIVE CANDIDATES. (Hat Tip to Eric Dubin from Citizens For Transparent Government)

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 03-18-2014

Mar 18, 2014 -- 5:45am

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Are we going to start seeing more of THIS? - 2nd Amendment supporters in New York into civil disobedience, burning gun registration cards.

 

NEWS10 ABC: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports


MANY EVENTS GOING ON TONIGHT: U.S. Senate GOP candidates forum  tonight, 6-8:30 at the Medford Library big meeting room. Ashland City Council with another hearing on the proposal to ban open loaded carry. (7:30p) and 6-8pm Jackson County Sheriffs and partners present DRUGS: The High Risk Lifestyle. They'll discuss how the community and law enforcement are gathering together to fight the epidemic.


BILL'S GUEST FOR 03-18-2014

7:10 Jo Rae Perkins, Candidate for U.S. Senate

7:35 Jason Conger, Candidate for U.S. Senate

8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation, tonight another hearing on the Ashland drive to ban open loaded carry.

8:35 Dr. Monica Wehby, Candidate for U.S. Senate

8:50 Gene Pelham from Rogue Credit Union. They're giving away money to groups via their Rogue Credit Union Foundation. See more and help out here.

MONDAY 03-17-2014

Mar 17, 2014 -- 3:47pm

 

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past And Present" history segment:

Dorland Robinson: The Talented, Young Artist

By Dennis Powers

Born in 1891 in Jacksonville, Oregon, Regina Dorland Robinson was the daughter of a physician and drugstore owner, Dr. James Robinson, and Sarah “Tillie” Robinson. The family was wealthy, her father was an amateur painter himself, and her parents became dedicated to her artistic growth. Having lost their first two children to diphtheria the year before her birth, Dorland’s parents focused their attention on her and developing her talents.      

Exhibiting a very early talent for drawing and painting, she began taking art lessons at age five. The well-known artist, horticulturist, and photographer, Peter Britt, gave painting lessons to her for one year when she was twelve. She studied art over the next thirteen years in Portland, Oregon, and in Northern California (Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco), as well as in Philadelphia. Robinson learned various applications in the use of watercolors, charcoal, pastels, gouache (opaque watercolor painting with the pigment suspended in water), and oils.

When fifteen and sixteen, she had formal training in both California and Portland; while at the Oregon School of Art, her striking work in charcoal was considered to be some of her best work. In 1907, the Oregon Sunday Journal newspaper stated that the sixteen-year-old was a “prodigy”, and her first exhibition was held that September in Grants Pass. When she was twenty-years old, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for seven months, after which she produced extraordinary, delicate floral watercolors.

She and her mother moved in 1911 to Oakland, California, where she became part of the Bay Area art community. Joining the prestigious Sketch Club in San Francisco, she met influential, “avant-garde” artists such as Anne Bremer, Arthur and Lucia Mathews, and Xavier Martinez. Dorland showed more of her art at the San Francisco Art Association in 1912 and 1913; by then, she was a practicing and showing artist. Returning to Jacksonville in early 1916, she exhibited thirty-five of her works in Medford; she also showed that year at the Portland Art Museum.

The French school of impressionism significantly influenced her artistry. This 1800s art movement emphasized short brush strokes, an emphasis on the interface of light, and the use of vibrant colors. Robinson painted and sketched Southern Oregon landscapes, portraits, self-portraits, and numerous still lifes (inanimate objects, such as flowers or fruit), receiving numerous praise for her works.

Her career was on the brink of escalating into prominence, when her life dissolved in 1916-1917. Earlier in 1916, she had met a traveling salesman living in San Francisco by the name of Charles H. Pearson, who was twelve years older. They married in October in Portland, traveled within the country, but then filed for divorce less than two months later. She had a nervous breakdown in December, never fully recovered, and committed suicide in a boarding house in San Mateo, California, on April 7, 1917.

Her mother discovered her body, a gunshot wound to her head with a revolver near her body that she would have dropped. A coroner’s jury determined that she had shot herself “by her own hand while temporarily deranged, suicidal.” An obituary stated that her unhappy domestic experience contributed to the self-destruction, stating that: “Miss Robinson was of an unusually sensitive and intense disposition and could not throw off disappointments as readily as a less temperamental person.”

Her paintings were then being shown in Burlingame on the San Francisco Peninsula; another exhibition of her paintings had been planned in Medford. In the ten short years before her death at age twenty-five, Dorland Robinson had created an impressive body of work in charcoal, oils, pastels, and watercolors; at least one hundred and fifty pieces are known to exist in private collections or at the Southern Oregon Historical Society which owns some two-thirds.

Buried in Jacksonville Cemetery with her two older siblings, Dorland Robinson was talented enough to become a nationally recognized artist, had she lived long enough--but a prodigy who accomplished so much in a very short life, all as if she knew.

Sources: Dawna Curler, “Oregon Encyclopedia: Robinson, Regina Dorland (1891-1917),” at Dorland Robinson; Paul Fattig, “Historians publish Dorland Robinson book,” Mail Tribune, November 29, 2007, at SOHS and Detailed Background; Cain Allen, “Oregon History Project: Obituary for Regina Dorland Robinson,” Oregon Historical Society, 2003, at Further Background. See also Dawna Curler, A Lasting Impression: The Art and Life of Regina Dorland Robinson, Medford, Oregon: Southern Oregon Historical Society, 2007; for images of her works, Google the phrase, “Dorland Robinson artist images.” 

FRIDAY 03-14-2014

Mar 14, 2014 -- 7:29pm

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HEADS UP ON MONDAY'S SHOW - Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal, and County Administrator Danny Jordan are on the show at 7:10. We'll be talking the GMO-free initiative study which Jordan presented to the BoC.


An Inspirational, 2-minute history course...Enjoy!


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-14-2014

6:40 - Allison Teals, co-star of Discover Channel's "Naked and Afraid" Episode 4 (The Island from Hell) She's quite the adventurer!

Discover's new season of Naked and Afraid starts this Sunday at 9p.

7:35 State Senator Bates talks pot dispensary moratorium.

8:10 John Charles, Cascade Policy Institute - State could make a lot more for the school fund selling off the Elliot State Forest.

 

 

 

THURSDAY 03-13-2014

Mar 13, 2014 -- 2:43pm

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Thanks to Mike Kincaid for this tip...Congress Critter sings rather than answer uncomfortable question on Obamacare.


TROUBLE FOR CONGRESSMAN WALDEN? - Bend Bulletin reports Congressman Walden comes under fire from a political watchdog group claiming that the National Republican Congressional Committee, which Walden chairs, used misleading websites designed to appeal to Democrats, but actually donated money to the NRCC. The NRCC spokesperson calls the charge a "publicity stunt". (Who knows if there's anything to it, we'll see.)


BILL'S GUESTS FOR 03-13-2014

6:45 Lindsey Burk from the Heritage Foundation, and we discuss restoring accountability to government schools. Read her joint op-ed on National Review.

7:10 Judge Adam Peterson, Candidate for Jackson County Circuit Court, talks of the campaign and issues. More on his website

7:35 John Whitehead, constitutional attorney for the Rutherford Institute. Supreme Court refuses to hear case in which lawful gun ownership lead to a no-knock raid.

8:45 BUSINESS SEGMENT - Kellie Hill Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Author, talk show host, and owner of "The Right Plan"

Kelly appears in person for a book signing and talk  Noon to Three this Saturday, 3/15, at the Medford Food Co-Op. She'll be discussing her latest book  “Cleanse and Detoxify Your Body”

The book focuses on using nutrient-dense whole foods to allow removal of the harmful foods and most common allergens while introducing more healing foods.

Experience ultimate choice with over 60 recipes to find foods you will enjoy.
- Increase energy, vitality, and mental clarity
- Improve digestive and gastrointestinal problems
- Decrease food sensitivities and cravings
- Minimize aches, pains and allergies

During the book signing Kellie will be sampling Teeccino, America's #1 herbal coffee alternative during the book signing

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 03-12-2014

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BEST VIEW IN THE VALLEY TODAY - At Roxy Ann Peak!

 

BILL'S GUESTS FOR 3-12-2014

6:50 Senator Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, author of Falling in Love with America Again.

7:10 Steve Croucher, president of Motorcycle Rider's Assn, his experience with BLM testimony

7:20 Ed, "Mr. X", on how to most effectively testify at the meeting tonight.

8:10 State Rep. Dennis Richardson talks the campaign, issues. More on DennisRichardson.com



TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT FOR TESTIMONY

 Medford District Office of the BLM

3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504
Telephone: 541-618-2200

Public Comment Period on Resources and Policiy

BLM wants to closed all roads and trail in Western Oregon to recreational activity, using the Sage Grouse protection as a platform.

 



JACK SWIFT OPEN LETTER TO BLM - IDEA STARTER FOR TONIGHT'S MEETING

Dear BLM:

I would like to make comment on the Report on Community Listening Sessions and the issues with which the BLM must contend in connection with developing new RMPs for the Oregon and California Railroad Lands in western Oregon.

I speak from a vested personal interest in these particular lands which derives from a lifetime of free public utilization of them. This is an experience that dates back to the early 1960s.

During that same period I have had experience with other federal lands (and their management) both in Oregon and all the way to the continental divide. I speak from prejudice because I have found the management of the O&C lands to have been historically the most user-friendly for the general public.

Context:

It occurs to me that the O&C lands are unique in the federal inventory. Of the 24.5 million acres of federal forests subservient to the Northwest Forest Management Plan, these unique lands compromise, at most, 2.4 million acres of forest – something less than 10%

I see them as unique because they and their management are subject to a unique and very specific act of Congress – the Oregon and California Railroad Lands Act of 1937. While that specificity may not serve to exempt them from the jurisdiction of more general management statutes such as the Forest Lands Management Plan Act, it does establish that in the event of a conflict of the relevant laws and objectives of management, the more specific 1937 Act must prevail so far as these specific lands are concerned.

Nor does it seem at all unreasonable that something less than 10% of the available inventory be allocated to a specific mandated purpose. In western Oregon some 1.4 million acres have been set aside by Congress for conservation purposes: National Monuments, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, etc.

Mandated Management:

The 1937 O&C Act consists of a number of specific mandates regarding the management of these lands.

The Act (43 U.S.C. Section 1181a) provides that such of the revested Oregon and California Railroad grant lands classified as timberlands, and power-site lands valuable for timber, “shall be managed . . . for permanent forest production, and the timber thereon shall be sold, cut, and removed in conformity with the principal (sic) of sustained yield . . “

The Act states that the purposes of this mandate are to provide a permanent source of timber supply, protect watersheds, regulate stream flow, contribute to the economic stability of local communities, and provide recreation facilities. These purposes are not iterated as additional mandates, they are stated as results flowing from the mandated activity.

A second specific mandate goes to annual timber production. “Timber from such lands in an amount not less than one-half billion board feet measure, or not less than the annual sustained yield capacity . . . . shall be sold annually, or so much thereof as can be sold at reasonable prices on a normal market.”

It should be clear that, without equivocation, Congress has designated these lands for the production of timber and has mandated that such production be accomplished annually on a sustained yield basis.

Litigation Context:

Management of the O&C lands was fairly straightforward until the Northwest Forest Management Plan undertook to assume management control of these lands. That management scheme led to drastically curtailed timber production. Upon default of the BLM as to its production obligations, litigation was undertaken in Association of O&C Counties and Douglas County vs. Babbitt and Dombeck, Civ. No. 94-1044 (U.S.D.C., D.C. 1944) and American Forest Resource Council et al. vs. Clarke, Civ. No. 94-1031 (U.S.D.C., D.C. 1994). Those cases were settled by way of a settlement agreement in 2003 wherein the BLM promised to revise the management plans in a manner that complied with the law. In their attempt to do so, five years later they produced the WOPR, in 2008. When a new administration in Washington decided to scrap the WOPR, the BLM was left in violation of its part of the settlement agreement. That failure coupled with BLM’s continued failure to comply with the law led to additional litigation in 2010. Douglas Timber Operators, Inc., et al vs Salazar, et al, 1:9 cv-01704, (U.S.D.C., D.C. 2009) and Swanson Group Mfg., LLC, et al vs Jewell, et al, 1:10-cv-01843 (U.S.D.C., D.C. 2010). Those cases went to judgment and the BLM was ordered to re-instate the cancelled WOPR.

Within both contexts, the BLM is now engaging in conversation with the public on a variety of issues with an eye to creating a new WOPR.

Issues Presented:

The BLM seeks opinion on a variety of issues potentially arising from its forced compliance with the 1937 Act. Although it is the legislated authority regarding sustained yield, it seeks input regarding “sustainable” timber. It also seeks opinions regarding clean water and healthy fish, habitat for owls, and “old growth forests.” In the course of the listening sessions conducted, it has also requested public input regarding recreation on the O&C lands.

Sustained Yield:

The previous commentaries have introduced a great deal of ambiguity regarding the terms “sustainability” and “sustainable forests.” While interesting in terms of evolving concepts, the commentary is really irrelevant. The statutory mandate speaks to sustained yield timber production. And, of course, the concepts of timber production and a “sustained forest” are mutually exclusive. One clearly cannot sustain a forest stand and cut its timber.

Moreover, the statute speaks to the sustained yield capacity as the minimum annual cut. “[N]ot less than the annual sustained yield capacity . . . . shall be sold annually.”

Again, the statute speaks to the sustained yield “capacity.” Obviously, anything short of that capacity would qualify as a sustainable yield. Thus, Frankin and Johnson have pointed out that for a period of years, say 12 – 20, the BLM could satisfy the requirement by selectively thinning. The built in fallacy there is that such compliance would not be sustainable.

The BLM developed the sustained yield capacity for the Medford District years ago. See josephine timber management environmental statement, March 3, 1978. Accordingly, the BLM must satisfy that mandate or be out of compliance with the law.

There has been commentary regarding the supposed “un-sustainable” harvesting of the 1980s. According to data published by the Association of O&C Counties, these lands had an inventory of 44 billion board feet of merchantable timber in the late 1930s when the law was enacted. During the roughly sixty years intervening between the Act and the adoption of the Northwest Forest Management Plan, more than 45 billion board feet were harvested. At that point, thanks to managed regeneration, the lands supported a standing inventory of some 60 billion board feet. That experience established that the 2.1 million acres could and would sustain harvests at a level of 1.2 billion board feet per year in perpetuity.

This data tracks exactly the BLM’s own reports. Their WOPR “Plan Revision News” Newsletter #9 indicated a standing inventory in 1950 of 50 billion board feet, a harvest over the ensuing 50 years of 45 billion board feet, and a resultant standing inventory in 2000 of 70 billion board feet.

Sustained yield necessarily entails the process of regeneration. Any scheme of management addressing sustained yield harvesting without regeneration would necessarily require a longer replacement period, thereby reducing artificially the maximum harvest in any one year. At the same time, such regeneration will usually require a clear-cut approach to harvesting – depending on the particular site. This is because regeneration seedlings are shade sensitive and their development will again be artificially retarded and delayed in a shade context. Any such artificial retardation will be management away from the intended goal of maximizing harvesting to the level of sustained yield.

The statute does not speak to sustaining forests. It speaks to sustaining and maximizing timber production. The intent is that these peculiar and specific lands be dedicated to timber production at a rate in conformity with its capacity under the concept of sustained yield. That necessarily calls for tree plantations.

Clean Water and Healthy Fish:

There is perhaps no government entity better positioned to offer learned opinion regarding the issue of clean water and healthy fish than the Medford District BLM. The area they manage encompasses the Rogue watershed which is the historic home for an extensive population of valuable salmonids. The history of the area involves the most rampant of mining activities alleged to be detrimental to these not-so-fragile fish populations. It currently encompasses four major mining districts.

Placer mining was the activity that initially drew populations to southern Oregon. The entire watershed has a history of placer mining which included hydraulic mining with the use of high capacity monitors. The Rogue Wild and Scenic Corridor includes the old Flannigan Mine which was one of the most extensive of hydraulic mining operations. The Wild and Scenic Rogue includes the Almeda Mine which was a hard-rock operation adjacent to the Rogue River itself. The area is not a pristine and untrammeled natural forest. It has a one hundred and fifty year history of perhaps the most aggressive of mining operations anywhere in the state. During that same period, it also sustained an extensive commercial fishing industry for the same salmonids. History alone puts the lie to the allegation that industrial activities involving the waters of the area are detrimental to the fish populations. The miners come and go. The fish have remained.

In a learned study published in 2000, Robert Lackey of OSU concluded that the overall decline in salmonids in Oregon likely has more to do with climatic change and increases in human population than any specific activities. Thus, the farther north one goes, (the colder it remains) the less the decline noted in current versus historic fish runs. Lackey, Robert T.  Restoring Wild Salmon to the Pacific Northwest: Chasing an Illusion?

The issue of turbidity in the waters being detrimental to salmonids was the topic of litigation and laboratory study back in the 1930s. At the peak of hydraulic mining along the Rogue River, the turbidity introduced became so dense that Curry County, who had a healthy fishing industry on the lower Rogue, undertook to sue Josephine County over the alleged degradation of the water and its supposed negative impact on the fishery. The matter became the subject of extensive laboratory investigation by a consultant to the State Dept. Of Geology and Mining Industries. His findings are recorded in the Ward Report: Placer Mining on the Rogue River, Oregon, in its Relation to the Fish and Fishing in that Stream, 1938. Laboratory testing demonstrated conclusively that turbidity in the water used by salmonids did not affect the fish.

It should be apparent that, if the awesome turbidity introduced by hydraulic mining is not detrimental to the fishery, the comparatively minuscule sediment introduction associated with roads, logging, and even dredge mining will not be.

The BLM’s own studies on the matter – Wild Rogue North Watershed Analysis and Wild Rogue South Watershed Analysis – undertaken in the 1990s indicate that fish usage has less to do with material introduced by logging or mining operations than temperature of the waters. At this point, water temperatures are lower than historic patterns owing to the presence of Lost Creek and Applegate dams. These dams serve to maintain a lower temperature in the Rogue itself than in its lower elevation tributaries. As such, many tributaries to the Rogue are unsuitable to salmonids regardless of other activities.

So-called “clean water” in the sense of having low levels of turbidity and sedimentation has been shown to have little, if anything, to do with the healthy condition of fish and fisheries.

Habitat for Owls:

The entire topic of northern spotted owls as an endangered species is the subject of controversy, fraud and fallacy. Initially, there is question whether the spotted owl found in the northwest is a distinct species different than those found in California and Mexico simply because it is found in different habitat. If, as dna suggests, these birds are all the same species, then the concept that they are habitat- dependent is completely refuted by the distribution the birds enjoy. Likewise, the distribution of the barred owl which will interbreed with the spotted owl suggests a remarkable capacity on the part of owls to adapt to alternative habitats.

The FWS has been remarkably less than candid in its appraisals of the situation. When first listed, the FWS acknowledged that no one knew how many spotted owls there were – then or historically. They called for an inventory taking. When they did their 10 year report eighteen years later they again spoke to their lack of inventory and again called for a count. Their conclusion was that since forests continued to be destroyed by fire and logging, the owl population must be declining. This was simply a repeat of their initial argument that since old growth forests were declining, owls must be declining. This is an example of the logical fallacy known as non-sequitur. It is also an issue of fraud to the extent that lots of agencies maintain geographic inventories of owl locations and, if FWS really wanted an inventory, all they had to do was call and ask. Likewise, FWS themselves, in response to the recent Douglas Complex and Big Windy wildfires, produced site maps of the impacted areas disclosing all known owl sites. It is something more than disingenuous for FWS to claim they don’t know how many owls there are.

Then there is the issue of habitat itself. Old growth forests as described in the NWFMP may or may not be critical nesting habitat for the spotted owl. However, owls also need foraging habitat. Old growth forests do not provide the prey owls need in order to survive. Particularly, they need clearings and clear cuts where voles live. It is not an accident that Josephine County has a plethora of owls and a scarcity of old growth. Regardless, if 24.5 million acres are not enough, one has to wonder what difference 2 million more or less will make.

In a broader sense, it is a legitimate question today as to whether the concept of an endangered species is nothing more than an anachronism. In TVA v. Hill, 437 U.S. 153 (1978) the Supreme Court cited Congress’ concern for endangered species, calling them “irreplaceable” and of “incalculable” value. They were seen as genetic resources which might provide answers to questions we did not yet know to ask. Today, of course, thanks to modern science, no species can truly go extinct because we have the capacity to clone any living thing. We have gene banks for every known species of corn for use in replicating any one lost by happenstance. It simply is no longer possible for species to disappear unless we want them to. If one wants more owls, simply clone them.

Old Growth Forests:

The concept of an “old growth forest” has become an issue of deliberate obfuscation and controversy. The FSEIS for the NWFMP provided essentially two definitions. “A forest stand usually at least 180-220 years old with moderate to high canopy closure” and “a multi-layered, multispecies canopy dominated by large overstory trees; high incidence of large trees, some with broken tops and other indications of old and decaying wood with numerous large snags and heavy accumulations of wood, including large logs on the ground.“ An immediate difficulty, of course, is that the second definition works equally well as a definition of a ladder-fuel-laden forest stand.

It should be noted that in the Medford District, true old growth, defined as 180-220 year old and older, is fairly rare, accounting for only 13.6% of the BLM forests in Josephine County. By contrast, if “old growth” were re-defined as some suggest to all ages over 80, 74.6% of the forests would be old growth and, in very short order will include regeneration stands. The idea of re-defining old growth is ill-conceived.

Insofar as true old growth as defined by the NWFMP consists of dying trees which are generally lower quality timber, suffering decay and disease, its reservation from the harvest mandates should not significantly deter the BLM in its management responsibilities.

Recreation:

Recreation is a utilization of the O&C lands which is of economic significance to the local community and one of enjoyment for the general public. Depending on which of the Oregon and California Railroad counties one is discussing, tourism may be a significant contributor to the local economy. Josephine County in the Medford District is probably the most tourist dependent of all. It sits astride the Wild and Scenic Rogue River and is a hub for simple tourists and, of prime importance, fishermen. It must be observed that this industry is essentially maxed out. The BLM strictly limits the number of access permits to the lower Rogue and has an annual waiting list. Short of opening the river to more tourists, it is difficult to see what the BLM can do to expand this industry.

The alternative tourist-related recreational activity has historically been hunting and the Oregon DFW has estimations of the dollar value of that contribution. However, this use has been downgraded since the adoption of the NWFMP. Initially, there has been a marked decline in the populations of black tail deer. ODFW estimates this decline to be at a minimum 25%. They attribute the decline to the lack of clear cuts. Late successional stands may provide cover habitat for deer but they do not provide forage.

Secondary to the abandonment of the range by the deer is the issue of access. Traditionally hunters use roads – especially old logging roads – to access the area. There are no pack-in hunter services such as Montana, Idaho and other places offer. The BLM policy of expanding roadless areas with road closures and decommissionings is only aggravating this situation.

If the BLM would truly aid the tourism industry, it would manage the lands as it did prior to the NWFMP. In doing so, it provided excellent habitat for deer and the legacy roads engendered provided excellent access for hunters.

There was a great deal of conversation at the listening sessions about “walking” in the woods. Historically, the terrain difficulty with the O&C lands was their steep character. These lands are so steep that their only practical use is the growth of timber. They make for very difficult walking and it is hard to see how any significant tourism can be developed built around hiking. In any event, there are two wilderness areas, two national monuments, and a wild and scenic river designation in Josephine County alone. There has already been a great contribution to pristine walking opportunities.

For recreational exploitation by the general public, the issue is access. As noted, that means roads. For hunting, that means clear cuts and roads. The regeneration management of these lands prior to the NWFMP satisfied those needs ideally. The NWFMP has only served to destroy those opportunities.

There was conversation about shooting on BLM lands. As noted, I have been using these lands, using the roads, exploring, hunting and shooting since the 1960s. While I have encountered shooting, it has never been a problem. In Josephine County there are 259,123 acres of BLM administered O&C lands. If one is confronted with other people attempting to use the same bit of land at the same time – shooting or otherwise – one simply goes somewhere else. This is not a problem and shouldn’t be considered as one.

Finally, the agency has put forth a great deal of conversation about a desire to manage recreation. The agency is not Disney Studios. It has no expertise in the area. The traditional management might be summed up in the admonition: Do what you want but leave only your footprints when you go.

According to Justice Brandeis the greatest and most important right of the American people is the right to be left alone. I can imagine no area in which this right is more jealously guarded than in the pursuit of recreation. Historically, the Department and the Agency have done an excellent job of managing the O&C lands in a manner that satisfied the mandate of the law and provided free people with excellent recreational opportunity. Please do not get in the business of dictating recreation.

In sum, the problems encountered on the O&C lands have everything to do with the NWFMP. The Agency should simply declare these lands outside the purview of general forest management – ESA or otherwise – and get on with the business you did so well for so long.

Sincerely,

Jack H. Swift

Grants Pass, Oregon

TUESDAY 03-11-2014

Mar 11, 2014 -- 11:40am

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SAVE THE DATE - Tomorrow - March 12th 2014

 5:00pm – 8:30pm

 Medford District Office of the BLM

3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504
Telephone: 541-618-2200

Public Comment Period on Resources and Policie

BLM wants to closed all roads and trail in Western Oregon to recreational activity, using the Sage Grouse protection as a platform.

 

TOMORROW'S GUESTS TO TALK MORE ABOUT THIS: 7:10, Steve Croucher, President of the Motorcycle Riders Association, followed by Ed, "Mr. X", to discuss how best to construct your testimony to be effective. 



SPOTTED IN CENTRAL POINT - Can't wait to have THIS person over for dinner. Imagine the conversations we'll have. Conversations will be about ALL we could have, as they're be nothing to eat!  ;-)

 

 


BILL'S GUEST INFORMATION 03-11-2014

6:35 Dale Matthews from BadCounty.com, and even  more videos on JoCo government. Today we talk of Dale's take that if the government wants the voters to pass a tax levy, it would help if the commissoners didn't automatically skim 10% off the top, or at least be honest about the need for the skimming.

8:10 Will Reishman, Strategic Financial, 541-773-7774, and we talk of the geopolitical and financial implications of the drive to war with Putin.

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