175 MEMBERS OF THE OREGON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ARE BACK HOME THIS MORNING.
SOLDIERS OF THE 1ST SQUADRON, 82ND CAVALRY, 41ST INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM ARRIVED IN REDMOND, OREGON WEDNESDAY.
THE CAVALRY SQUADRON SPENT NEARLY A YEAR IN AFGHANISTAN.
THE SQUADRON IS HEADQUARTERED IN BEND, WITH COMPANIES ALSO LOCATED IN KLAMATH FALLS, LEBANON AND REDMOND.
THE KLAMATH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR 26 YEAR OLD CORBIN SHAKELY.
THE DEPARTMENT SAYS SHAKELY ABANDONED A VEHICLE FOLLOWED BY POLICE ON HIGHWAY 97 AND RAN AWAY... AUTHORITIES WERE UNABLE TO CATCH HIM.
SHAKELY HAS A WARRANT OUT FOR PROBATION VIOLATION AND A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE.
SHAKELY IS 5 FOOT 9, 180 POUNDS. IT IS UNKNOWN IF HE WAS ARMED.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU ARE URGED TO CALL THE POLICE.
MEDFORD POLICE NEED YOUR HELP FINDING THREE RUNAWAY TEENS ALONGSIDE THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THOSE TEENS.
POLICE BELIEVE THAT 16 YEAR OLD DYLAN BATTE BAT, 15 YEAR OLD KAITLIN NUTTING AND 16 YEAR OLD VINCENT EDDIE CRUMP RAN AWAY TOGETHER, POSSIBLY HEADED FOR CALIFORNIA.
DYLAN BATTE'S MOTHER SAYS SHE WOKE UP TO FIND HER SON MISSING FROM HIS ROOM, HIS BELONGINGS OUT OF PLACE AND HER CAR GONE.
THE TEENS ARE DRIVING A BLUE 2000-ONE SUBARU FORESTER, WITH OREGON PLATE 9-8-1-G-L-M.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THEIR WHEREABOUTS CALL MEDFORD POLICE.
A LOCAL DOCTOR IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR POSSIBLY EXPOSING PATIENTS TO HEPATITIS AND EVEN H-I-V.
DR. ALLEN THOMASHEFSKY IS AT THE CENTER OF THE INVESTIGATION... HE HAS PRACTICES IN ASHLAND AND SANTA BARBARA.
LAST MONTH... THOMASHEFSKY'S FACILITY IN SANTA BARBARA WAS SHUT DOWN FOR HAVING UNSAFE INJECTION STANDARDS.
PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS IN *OREGON* SAY AN ON-SITE INSPECTION AT THE *ASHLAND* FACILITY REVEALED SOME BREACHES.
ITS POSSIBLE HEPATITIS C WAS CONTRACTED AT THOMASHEFSKY'S SANTA BARBARA OFFICE.
TENSION IS BUILDING IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY... BETWEEN A GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND A CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP.
MEMBERS OF THE OATH KEEPERS ARE GATHERING IN MERLIN... GUNS IN HAND.
THE GROUP SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED BY MINERS FROM SUGAR PINE MINE IN GUH-LEASE GALICE TO HELP THEM DEFEND THE LAND THEY SAY IS BEING THREATENED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.
THE OATH KEEPERS SAY THE SUGAR PINE MINING AREA IS PROTECTED BY A CLAIM THAT GOES BACK TO THE 1800'S.
BUT B-L-M SAYS THE LAND IS NOT IN COMPLIANCE.
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Dogs for the Deaf
By Dennis Powers
Roy Kabat worked with exotic and domestic animals in Hollywood for the movies and television. He trained the animals, for example, in “Dr. Doolittle,” “Swiss Family Robinson,” Elsa the lioness in “Born Free,” and the cougar for the Mercury automobile commercials. He also produced syndicated children's TV shows as “Chucko the Clown” and “Circus.” In 1971, Roy retired from the entertainment industry.
After moving to the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon, the American Humane Association (“AHA”) in Denver contacted him for his help. A Minnesota deaf woman had had a dog that had trained itself to let her know what was happening around her. As she lost more hearing, the dog alerted her to more events. After her dog died, the woman realized how much she depended on the dog for help and needed someone to train a new one. The AHA wanted Roy's advice. After spending two weeks in Denver, Roy returned to Oregon and started “Dogs for the Deaf.”
Beginning initially outside of Jacksonville, Roy began training 20 or more dogs of all sizes and types at a time, most saved from nearby Humane Societies, saying, “They're the dogs that otherwise might be put to sleep.” He trained “Hearing Dogs at Home” to alert an owner to important household sounds: buzzing fire and smoke alarms, ringing telephones, oven timers, alarm clocks, doorbell/door knocks, and name calls (sometimes even a baby’s cry). Once placed with their deaf partner, the dogs learned to respond to other sounds--a microwave, tea kettle that boiled dry, or washer/dryer--and take their hearing-impaired owner to the problem. For a “Hearing Dog in Public,” additional training was given for specific sounds such as a siren or honking horn, and to react so that the dog’s deaf partner was aware of the danger.
Dogs in training initially are given food when they react properly to the noise of an alarm clock or telephone. But over the four to six months of training, they gradually are weaned from food to a kind word or pat on the head. By the 1980s, his nonprofit organization with the help of volunteers was delivering hearing dogs to deaf people throughout the United States. As the operation grew, Roy died in 1986 at age 65, but his daughter, Robin Dickson, succeeded him as its CEO/President.
In 1989, the facilities moved to its current 40-acre site at the base of lower Table Rock on Wheeler Road in Central Point. Placing hundreds of dogs over time free of charge to the hearing-impaired, the investment in just one is approximately $25,000. This includes the dog’s selection, initial veterinary care, training, placement, and follow ups for the team’s life. Dogs are also trained to watch out for autistic children, as well. “Career Change Dogs”--happy and healthy but not suited as a program dog--are adopted out as regular pets to area homes. Our region can be justifiably proud of his and this nonprofit’s accomplishments.
Sources: “Dogs for the Deaf” at History (With Images); “Animal Trainer Roy Kabat Dies,” Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1986, at Roy Kabat's Life; Pet Meds Blog: Interview with Vaughn Maurice, General Manager, Dogs for the Deaf,” October 17, 2012, at More On Programs.
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Chuck Butler and the Auto Dealerships
By Dennis Powers
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in business management, Chuck Butler was a partner or owned automobile franchises in Southern California. Deciding that the opportunities were even better with a centering family environment in Southern Oregon, Chuck, his wife Linda, and children moved to Ashland. In 1976, he acquired Pitchford Sales, a small Ford dealership in town on Siskiyou Boulevard (where the Stratford Inn is now). The business had a tiny Ford showroom, two lube bays, and thirteen employees.
From that time on, he showed an ability--which he had to in order to survive, then thrive--to determine where trends and customer taste were heading in the highly competitive Southern Oregon car and truck market. Within three years, he brought in Peugeot and Alpha Romeo lines and moved his headquarters to just outside the Ashland city limits on the complex now on Highway 99 North. He acquired an Acura franchise and in 1988 built its facilities next door.
Knowing that Medford was the center of the regional car market, his next step was to establish a used truck center in 1993; after different locations, he moved this facility in 2001 to Crater Lake Highway. By 2002, his operations in Ashland and Medford had 150 employees and were selling 250 cars a month, nearly twenty times over the 13 cars sold in his first month at Pitchford Sales.
Chuck decided that he needed to diversify his product lines to include lower-priced imports. The quality of the Korean Hyundai and Kia lines in the mid-1990s were so low with declining sales volumes that Lithia Motors later relinquished these local franchises to Butler. He decided to take the gamble that these products would be improved, feeling also that the repair business would be a solid safety net. He was right.
He opened new Kia and Hyundai dealerships, initially pairing Kia with his Acura Ashland operation and establishing Butler Hyundai in Medford. As sales grew, he relocated Kia to Crater Lake Avenue with Hyundai. Owing to positive quality and warranty changes, the sales of Kia and Hyundai outpaced those of Ford and Acura, as these import brands became equals in the import field.
The severe economic decline in 2008 affected everyone’s business--and especially car dealerships. Butler’s operations continued, however, and are again flourishing. At the same time he was working his business, he spent considerable time volunteering in the community. He has served on the boards of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Southern University Foundation, and others, not to mention the San Francisco Region and Seattle Region Ford Dealers Advertising Association. He also has been in real estate development, property management, and numerous other businesses.
To succeed and grow his once small business, Chuck Butler had to visualize markets before they occurred and then navigate with them, just as other successful entrepreneurs have done in our Valley. He has also given back to his community for years.
Sources: Greg Stiles, “Butler Expands Presence,” August 6, 2002, Mail Tribune, at Different Dealerships; Greg Stiles, “Kia, Hyundai make unlikely titans,” Mail Tribune, August 26, 2011, at Relocations and History; See “Butler Auto Group: About Us,” at Operations and “Butler Auto Group: About Us,” at Community Involvement.
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