MEDFORD POLICE SAY THEY HAVE IN CUSTODY, THE SUSPECT IN A SHOOTING, THAT TOOK PLACE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, ON IOWA STREET. ONE PERSON WAS KILLED DURING THE ALTERCATION, WHO HAS BEEN IDENTIFED AS 34 YEAR OLD LUKE BARMES. THE SUSPECT, WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED WAS FOUND SUNDAY MORNING IN ASHLAND, WHERE POLICE CLAIM, HE TRIED TO FLEE, BUT WAS STOPPED BY A CANINE UNIT. THE SUSPECT HAS BEEN LODGED IN JACKSON COUNTY JAIL, ON AN UNRELATED WARRANT.
COUNTRY LEGEND KENNY ROGERS WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE JACKSON COUNTY EXPO, TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE SOUTHERN OREGON VETERANS BENEFIT, VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL. JULY 7TH IS THE DAY, AND THE TIME: 8PM. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE.
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BY THE END OF THE EVENT SATURDAY, THE SECOND ANNUAL MEDFORD COMIC-CON BROUGHT IN MORE THAN 4000 PEOPLE. THE ORGANIZERS OF THE CON ARE ALREADY BRAINSTORMING WAYS TO EXPAND THE EVENT AFTER SUCH A HUGE TURNOUT. ONE IDEA THEY HAVE IS TO PERHAPS, USE OTHER LOCAL VENUES, TO SPREAD THE CON ALL OVER THE CITY.
THE FIRST RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA PRODUCING LICENSES WERE APPROVED BY THE OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION FRIDAY. LATELY, RECREATIONAL USERS HAVE HAD TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS FROM MEDICAL DISPENSARIES, BUT NOW, THE RECREATIONAL SIDE CAN GROW IT’S OWN. EIGHT SITES WERE APPROVED, WITH ONE JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES EACH GETTING A SITE APPROVED.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HANDED OVER THEIR OLD PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND CORRESPONDING DOCUMENTS TO MEDFORD POLICE, AT AN EVENT HELD BY THE DEPARTEMENT. THEY SAY THAT IN THE FIRST HOUR, VOLUNTEERS TOOK IN MORE THAN 200 POUNDS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THE PURPOSE IS TO KEEP THE DRUGS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO WOULD ABUSE THEM. THE NEXT STOP FOR THE DRUGS WILL BE SALEM, TO BE DESTROYED.
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R. POWERS FOR 5/2/16 VISITING PAST AND PRESENT
The Ashland Independent Film Festival
By Dennis Powers
Starting in October 2001 at Ashland’s Varsity Theatre, the Ashland Independent Film Festival (“AIFF”) has steadily grown to become one of the standout independent, non-studio film exhibits of the 1,500 that take place throughout the country. A small cadre of locals during the late 1990s believed that an independent film festival in the small town would complement Southern Oregon’s established cultural and artistic endeavors. With strong support from volunteers and others, the husband and wife team of Steven and D.W. Wood led the way to the non-profit AIFF’s start.
The enterprise needed the strong support of John Schweiger, the owner of the Varsity Theatre and founder/owner of Coming Attractions, Inc., that owns and operates numerous theatres on the West Coast, including the Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinema. Credited as the AIFF’s Founding Advisor and Benefactor, Schweiger from the very start made the Varsity Theatre and office space available for the festival. The historic theatre with its Art Deco façade and lobby was perfectly suited for this.
The first AIFF sold 3,000 tickets and over four days showed 73 films with 22 world premiers, chosen from 157 entries. Despite the critical acclaim, however, the festival did not take place the next year, indicating the need for financial support. The AIFF returned in March 2003, adding advance ticket sales (3,500 tickets sold) with a five-day period; 67 films were presented, 43 being first-time theatrical showings, or world premieres. Quality films were shown as two selections of the 2005 AIFF made the final list to qualify for the Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.
The festival presents shorts and features in numerous ways, including drama, comedy, documentary, and animation. Although drawing throughout the U.S. and overseas, the AIFF is a prime place for Oregonians to present films from and about this state. The audiences are predominately from a 50-miles radius of Ashland, but it also has drawn well-known film personalities, as Bruce Campbell, Les Blank, Ed Hardy, Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Elvis Mitchell, and Will Vinton, among others. The filmmakers interact with the audience at the AIFF’s opening night party, after each screening, and at the awards.
Nine juried and audience awards are presented with film clips of the top five in each category, including Best Feature. Judges review entries in categories of narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, and student-produced films. Among the audience voted awards is the Gerald Hirschfeld A.S.C. Award for Cinematography that honors the Ashland resident whose films include “Fail-Safe” and “Young Frankenstein.”
The annual event now includes showings at the Ashland Armory, and ticket sales have reached 16,000. Grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, National Endowment for the Arts, Carpenter Foundation, Collins Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Oregon Arts Commission, individual contributions, and memberships have stabilized its finances.
Each year nearly 18,000 tickets are distributed with 7 – 8,000 attendees and some 90 documentaries, features, and short films being exhibited. More than half of the some 150 screenings are shown to capacity audiences and 80 percent of the seats are typically filled at the five-day, April event.
From volunteers in 2001, the AIFF has now an Executive Director, staff of four, and 300-plus volunteers. Coming Attraction Theatres and the Film Festival also produce annually the “Varsity World Film Week” in early October that showcases 10 – 12 foreign films from countries ranging from Brazil, Norway, and India to France, Mexico, and Indonesia.
MovieMaker magazine has several times named the Ashland Independent Film Festival as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World.” It is a showcase for this area, and before was just a dream by a few.
Sources: See generally, “Ashland Independent Film Festival” at Film Festival; Darrel Pearce & Joanne Feinberg, “Ashland Independent Film Festival Grows from Humble Beginnings to Include Academy Award Nominations,” at AIFF Background; Edwin Battistella, “Oregon Encyclopedia: Ashland Independent Film Festival,” at More on AIFF; July 14, 2015, “New Director of Programming Selected,” at AIFF News Release
MR. X DOCUMENT DUMP FOR THE 4/21/2016 INTERVIEW - READ ABOUT THE SMART GRID'S PLANS FOR YOU
1) Smart Grid info from the NW POWER AND CONSERVATION COUNCIL site, a good read, and details all that policy consensus directing Oregon to do all of this BEFORE anyone else...because of our Gang Green policy consensus style of governance.
2) Here's the CA ISO site, which is the power broker for all that future currently non-existent 24/7 green power.
2) Here's a comment from the CA ISO site, one of the generators remarking that this is a "Pandora's box that should only be opened reluctantly".
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Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
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Jul 29, 2011 10:19am
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Jul 29, 2011 10:47am
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