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  • 7-27-15 EVACUATION AT SHERIFFS OFFICE

    Our NBC5 partner reports a suspicious package leads to evacuation of the Jackson County Sheriffs Office this afternoon. FBI on scene, hazmat crews disposing of the package on site. Meanwhile, a similar package discovered at the Grant County Correctional Facility. The Blue Mountain Eagle reports that Sheriff Glenn Palmer opened an envelope addressed to him containing a white substance, and he had a reaction to the substance. Hazmat crews cordoned off and are decontaminating the area.

  • 07-27-15 MAN IMPERSONATING OFFICER IN WHIT...

    THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS WARNING PEOPLE OF A MAN IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER.  A WOMAN REPORTED BEING PULLED OVER BY A MAN DRIVING A DARK COLORED VEHICLE WITH LIGHTS, AND CLAIMED TO BE AN OFFICER.  THE MAN ASKED THE WOMAN TO STEP OUT OF HER CAR, BUT LEFT WHEN SHE BECAME SUSPICIOUS AND CONFRONTED HIM.  HE'S DESCRIBED AS 40-45 YEARS OLD, WITH AN AVERAGE BUILD, AND THINNING HAIR.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE.

  • 07-27-15 LIGHTNING CAUSES FIRE IN JOSEPHIN...

    LOCALIZED LIGHTNING IS RESPONSIBLE FOR STARTING AT LEAST ONE FIRE NEAR THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY SAYS A RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT  PATROLLED THE AREA LATE SUNDAY NIGHT FOR ANY ADDITIONAL FIRES.  
    MEANWHILE, FIRE INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF A GRASSFIRE IN CAVE JUNCTION.  THE FIRE BROKE OUT SATURDAY IN THE 5-HUNDRED BLOCK OF GLENDON ROAD.  FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE ILLINOIS VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT AND ODF QUICKLY CONTAINED THE BLAZE.
        

  • 07-24-15 ONE PERSON RECOVERING FROM BURNS ...

          ONE PERSON IS RECOVERING THIS MORNING, HOSPITALIZED AFTER AFTER BEING BURNED BY A FIRE IN MEDFORD.


       CREWS SAY THEY STRUGGLED TO PUT OUT FLAMES  LOCKED IN THE ATTIC OF A MOBILE HOME ON THE 700-BLOCK OF NITA LYNNE IN WEST MEDFORD.
         NEIGHBORS SAY IT WAS COLUMNS OF SMOKE THAT FIRST ALERTED THEM TO THE FIRE.
     WHILE FIREFIGHTERS SAY NO ONE WAS INSIDE BUT THE HOME OWNER'S SON DID RECEIVE BURN WOUNDS
          EMT CREWS ALLEGEDLY SAID THE FIRE STARTED IN THE BACK YARD
        THANKFULLY EVERYONE LIVING THERE SURVIVED, INCLUDING THE FAMILY'S PETS.

  • 07-24-15 SIX NEW TRAFFIC CAMERAS NOW OPERA...

    SIX NEW TRAFFIC CAMERAS ARE NOW OPERATING THIS MORNING IN SOUTHERN OREGON
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          O-DOT RECENTLY COMPLETED THE INSTALLATION OF THE CAMERAS... WHICH HELP MONITOR ROAD CONDITIONS.
           THREE OF THE NEW CAMERAS ARE ON I-5... AT EAST PINE IN CENTRAL POINT... CANYON MOUNTAIN... AND RICE HILL.
          THE OTHER THREE ARE ON U-S 101 AT BULLARDS BRIDGE IN BANDON... OREGON 38 AT WELLS CREEK.. AND OREGON 62 AT UNION CREEK.

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    IT'S FINISHED!!

    BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

     


     


     

     

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    Interesting video from Bad County dot com where Dale Matthews interviews GP chief Landis extolling the virtues of their new surveillance cameras. It's correctly noted that we have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public places. However, are we now supposed to to take this lack of expectation and force taxpayers to fund (at the barrel of the government gun) a system which GUARANTEES that there is never privacy anywhere?

    Certainly we see the value of high crime areas and high tech. However, I fear that over time a continuously watched and databased "free" people will behave more like caged and cowed inmates, rather than engaged citizenry.


    BILL'S GUEST INFO 7-29-15

    6:35 Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly - They moved with their children to war-torn Liberia in the fall of 2013 to provide medical care for people in great need—to help replace hopelessness with hope. When, less than a year later, Kent contracted the deadly Ebola virus, hope became what he and Amber needed too. Their book - Called for Life tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away.

    7:10 Dr. John Zmirak of the Stream, his latest - The Third Planned Parenthood Video, Outrage is Insufficient.

    7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau

    8:10 Sara King Cole from Brittfest - Classical fest starts Friday.

    8:45 Business interview with Meaghan Walkup from the Springs at Anna Maria on Golf View Drive in Medford. They now have 3 apartments open at this all-inclusive senior living facility.


    BILL'S GUEST INFO FOR 7-27-2015

    6:35 Linda Royall, investigative reporter for the Stream - Big Business and Bad Government: Washington has Known about the Abortion Aftermarket for 15 Years, but has Failed to Fix it.

    7:10 Julia Schopick, author of HONEST MEDICINE -Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases

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

     

    The Vintners and their Wine

    By Dennis Powers

    Oregon has consistently ranked within the top four wine-producing states behind California, Washington, and New York. Although Southern Oregon has the warmest growing condition in our state, it receives considerably less rainfall than the northern wine-growing regions (i.e., 40 % less than the Willamette Valley). The different climates in our valleys, however, allow both cool- and warm-weather varietals to be grown.

    The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms designates regions as American Viticultural Areas (“AVA”), which allows defined geographic areas to label their wines as produced from that region. As the southern-most of Oregon’s sixteen approved AVAs, the Rogue Valley AVA (created in 1991) includes the Applegate Valley AVA (established in 2001) with four main growing areas: the Bear Creek Valley, Valley of the Rogue, Applegate Valley, and the Illinois Valley.

    The region has approximately 150 vineyards growing over 40 different varieties on roughly 2500 acres and producing annually over 7000 tons of grapes. The production is roughly 65-70% red varieties and 30-35% white. These three valleys differ in territory and climate; for example, Bear Creek Valley to the east (running parallel to the I-5 corridor) is warmer and dryer. Its climate is deemed similar to the Bordeaux region of France with varieties including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, malbec and syrah.

    The Applegate Valley (south of Grants Pass) follows the Applegate River, but is not as warm and dry as the Bear Creek Valley—its vineyards are planted as at Bear Creek Valley but includes more zinfandel. Being generally wetter and cooler than the others, the Illinois Valley (following its river) with its coastal mountains produces different varieties as pinot noir, gewürztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris (along with chardonnay and pinot blanc).

    Coming to the Rogue Valley in 1852, pioneer photographer Peter Britt two years later planted the first vineyard in the Rogue Valley with Mission grapes from California that were purchased from an Italian peddler. Britt began experimenting with different grapes and fruit trees. He developed a 20-acre orchard and expansive grape vineyards on a ranch one mile outside of Jacksonville.

    Having named his business the “Valley View Winery,” he had experimented by the 1870s with over 200 varietals to determine grape growing suitability. Conducted first in his basement, his winery is believed to be the first established in Oregon. By the 1880s, Britt had planted numerous varietals, from cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel to riesling, sauvignon blanc, and merlot. More than a dozen grape growers were reported in 1890 in the Jacksonville area (including Ashland and Phoenix) with over 100 acres planted. Upon the death of Peter Britt in 1905, his winery ceased production.

    Pioneers in the different valleys planted a variety of grapes, but the advent of pears, apples, and peaches (and early 1900’s Orchard Boom) overshadowed everything. Prohibition shut the industry down entirely. Although the 21st Amendment in 1933 ended national prohibition, the depression, World War II, and other industries as timber and farming put a crimp on any further development of vineyards and wineries.

    The planting of vineyards finally started up again in the 1970s as people looked at earning a living by selling the grapes to wineries outside the area. Valley View Winery (in the Applegate Valley) and Siskiyou Winery (the Illinois Valley) in 1978 became the first wineries to operate and sell wine again to the public. Wineries and vineyards began to sprout up throughout Southern Oregon during the next 15 years.

    The industry experienced fine growth from 1995 to 2008, as grape acreage greatly increased in Jackson County (300 acres to 1400) and Josephine (300 to 600 acres), and the number of Rogue Valley wineries jumped from 9 to then 42. Due to the effects of the great recession, the increases for the next few years weren’t substantial—that is, until 2012 - 2013. As of the last report, the total wineries in Southern Oregon is 108 (75 in the Rogue Valley; the number of vineyards in the Rogue Valley is now 140, up from 126 in the previous year.

    In 2013 the Rogue Valley saw grape production grow by 45% over 2012, and for the entire region, harvested acreage climbed 48% year-over-year. By comparison, the statewide growth was 20 percent or less. Our area produced 450 tons of cabernet sauvignon (43% of the state’s total), 540 tons of merlot ((50% of the total), 815 tons of syrah (60% of the total), with significant acreage planting since then.

    Regardless of the valley or place, the interest in converting rural acreage or farmland into vineyards strongly continues. Very much like the Orchard Boom of the past, real estate agents look to sell undeveloped land to “gentleman farmers” and especially those from California, due to Oregon’s state tax breaks and lower acreage cost. Vineyards and wineries now dot the region--a far cry from when Peter Britt created the first vineyards and winery well over 150 years ago. 

    Sources: Carolyn Kingsnorth, “Father of Southern Oregon’s Orchard, Wine& Horticulture Industries,” Jacksonville Review, July 2014, at Peter Britt; “Wines Northwest: Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley,” at The Three Valleys; Greg Stiles, “Southern Oregon Wines Barrel Ahead,” Mail Tribune, December 13, 2012, at Recent Production; Janet Eastman, “Californians find vineyards intoxicating,” Mail Tribune, July 8, 2013, at Increasing Vineyard Interest; Greg Stiles, “Southern Oregon wine industry had a robust 2013,” Mail Tribune, December 1, 2014, at Wine Industry: Dec. 2014 Report.   


    IT'S FINISHED!!

    BILL'S VANAGON UPDATE - WOW, JUST WOW! The camper is all reassembled, looking sharp, and BETTER than when I first got it in 1982. Check out the pics!- THANKS TO THE CREW AT LITHIA BODY AND PAINT  FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK!

     

     


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