AN EXPLOSION SHOOK HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN CENTRAL POINT WHEN A FIRE STARTED IN AN ASPHALT SILO AT THE KNIFE RIVER PLANT.
THE FIRE BROKE OUT AROUND 2 O'CLOCK AT THE KNIFE RIVER FACILITY OFF OF BLACKWELL ROAD.
FIRE CREWS FROM JACKSON COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT THREE AND MEDFORD FIRE, AND DEPUTIES FROM THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE RESPONDED. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE EXPLOSION, BUT IT DID SHAKE UP NEIGHBORS.
IT IS STILL UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE TO START.
KNIFE RIVER WILL DETERMINE HOW THEY WILL HANDLE THE INVESTIGATION.
A BOTCHED ROBBERY OF THE PURPLE PARROT ON HIGHLAND DRIVE HAS MEDFORD POLICE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT.
M-P-D SAYS A MAN IN A SKI MASK, GLOVES AND DARK CLOTHING, WALKED INTO THE PURPLE PARROT ON HIGHLAND DRIVE WEDNESDAY.
HE LOOKED AROUND, SAW CUSTOMERS AND THEN FLED.
POLICE SAY HE JUMPED INTO AN OLDER BLACK SEDAN WITH CHIPPED PAINT, SIMILAR TO A TOYOTA COROLLA.
MEDFORD POLICE BELIEVE IT WAS A FAILED ROBBERY ATTEMPT AND ASK THAT YOU CONTACT THEM IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.
OREGONIANS HAVE JUST TWO MORE WEEKS TO ENROLL IN HEALTH COVERAGE FOR 20-15.
THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR HEALTH INSURANCE ENDS ON FEBRUARY 15TH AND WILL BE THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY FOR OREGONIANS TO GET HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE YEAR OR CHANGE THEIR HEALTH PLANS.
GO TO HEALTHCARE.GOV IF YOU STILL DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.
YOU CAN ALSO LOG ON TO COVER OREGON DOT COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.
THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS STILL LOOKING FOR A MAN THEY SAY TRIED TO KIDNAP A 12-YEAR OLD BOY.
THE BOY SAYS HE WAS WALKING HOME ALONE AFTER TAKING HIS BROTHER TO THE BUS STOP WEDNESDAY MORNING. THAT'S WHEN HE SAYS A MAN APPROACHED HIM AND GRABBED HIS ARM.
THE BOY SAYS HE FOUGHT HIS WAY FREE FROM THE ATTACKER AND RAN BACK HOME.
THIS MORNING POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECT DESCRIBED AS A HISPANIC MALE IN HIS MID 30'S TO MID 40'S WITH A GOATEE. HE WAS SEEN WEARING A 49ER'S CAP AND AN ORANGE LONG SLEEVE SHIRT AND BLACK PANTS. GET IN TOUCH WITH THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.
ANOTHER MIS-TRIAL IS DECLARED IN THE JOSE VALENCIA MURDER CASE.
VALENCIA IS THE MEDFORD MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING AND KILLING HIS EX-GIRL FRIEND MARIA RODRIGUEZ IN 2013. THE TRIAL CAME TO A HALT WHEN A WITNESS USED THE WORD 'DEFENDANT' TO DESCRIBE VALENCIA...THE MURDER SUSPECT. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS CASE HAS LED TO A MIS-TRIAL... BACK IN JUNE JURORS GOT AHOLD OF A LIST OF NAMES AND ADDRESS OF WITNESSES. THE NEW PRE-TRIAL DATE IS SET FOR FEBRUARY 9TH.
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Bill's Guests for 1-30-15
6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com, and we discuss the video below.
Don't Laugh... (H/T to Dale Matthews)
7:10 Larry Pratt, Gunowners of America - Loretta Lynch another gun grabber?
8:10 Dr. William Forschten, author of "Day of Wrath". How would ISIS pull off a real attack on U.S. soft targets? This book explains it all.
I love the Bud Ad for Superbowl, such heart...
BUT I LAUGHED OUT LOUD AT THIS "PULLED" AD FOR GO DADDY!
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 01-29-2015
7:35 Kevin Lamson from "Hearts With a Mission", and their Homeless to Hopeful Benefit run you can join in on Valentine's Day at Harry and David field.
8:10 State Senator Doug Whitsett discusses the big tax increases proposed at next week's session.
FILED UNDER: "AND THESE PEOPLE GET TO VOTE!"
Greg Stiles at the Trib says Medford's Darigold plant closes next month, yes (you know it's coming) environmental regs - wastewater handling, employee and food safety. Perhaps these 29 workers can go to work for Gang Green's most-favored recreation industry? Yeah, rent the kayaks out on the Rogue...fair trade, right? So, is the old plant truly a danger, or does it not meet the ever-increasing requirements of the progressive fascist regulatory state? This means all harms are to be reduced to the point where no one stays in business, and only the biggest, baddest, most politically-connected firms can make a plant "pencil"
BILL'S GUESTS 1-28
6:35 John Biver, political editor and columnist at BarbWire.com, and his latest piece really nails it: American Conservatives' French-Bashing Is Mostly Psychological Projection.
7:10 Mr. X. talks of the BLM road closures
7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau
8:10 Former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum, read his new blog The Dirt Road Economist, and we discuss school choice week, and why it's so important for our freedom and republic (the restoring of it, that is)
8:35 Bill Macy from Avamere Health and Fitness Center promotes a new aquatics safety progrm they're offering in partnership with the Easter Seals Society to help autistic children learn water safety.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 1/27/2015
6:35 Michael D. Farkas, CEO of the Farkas Group, and his site is CarCharging.com, we talk about whether 2 dollar gas means the death of the electric car. He thinks NOT!
7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel
7:35 Local scholar, author and lecturer Steven Scholl, who co-authored Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam. Steven speaks on this topic Sunday, 12 noon at the United Church of Christ in Ashland. (Free)
8:10 Will Reishmans from Strategic Frinancial talking the dollar news, Greek elections, Swiss currency moves, and why it matters to us.
GET ABOARD THE GRANT TRAIN
Fed and State policies break our legs, then we're supposed to be grateful for them handing us a crutch? Medford City Council digs into a study it paid for detailing abject poverty in certain sections, low home ownership rates. The goal seems to be making things look bad enough to qualify for (wait for it, wait for it) FEDERAL GRANTS. You knew it was coming, didn't you?
This is what our local governments are reduced to...suckling pigs on rotting fed teats, and they never root for the root cause of the problems. Why are there such issues? How about the tens of thousands of pages of restrictions, land use, enviro lockups, licenses, permits, codes, wage laws, medical requirements, gang green push for "Recreaaaaaation jobs", AND a drugged out underclass. The governments will look ANYWHERE for a program, a grant, a subsidy, rather than doing what's needed: Reverse course and let up on the tyrannical boot.
If southern Oregon didn't exist, and people just showed up here, could they even build a southern Oregon today? I doubt it.
You'll be in ABSOLUTE AWE over what archer Lars Anderson can do...
Take THAT, Robin Hood. :)
BILL'S GUEST for 01-26-2015
6:35 Avi Davis, the editor of The Intermediate Zone and President of the American Freedom Alliance. His commentary on Israel and the Middle East has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and The American Thinker.
7:10 Outdoor Report with Greg Roberts
7:15 Gary Bray - local author of The Republic of Texas 2022 . This story is a look at a world as it could be if the producers were not only trusted but encouraged, and the welfare state was to be replaced by a more self-reliant society. This is the age old battle between government control and free market forces.
7:35 Ken Webber, brother in law of Samantha Shilts. She and boyfriend Mark Pierce are wanted in the strangulation death of a North Carolina man.
8:35 Sandy Ficca, and we're talking of the next event in his "Use Your Gift Foundation" .
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present".
Rogue Valley Manor
By Dennis Powers
In the early 1950s, senior facilities did not exist as they do now. When the Reverend Ross Knotts--then pastor of the Ashland Methodist Church--couldn’t find an acceptable facility for his retired father, he decided that one should be built on Barneburg Hill in southeast Medford. An ecumenical group of Methodists, Episcopalians, and Presbyterians came together with him on this plan, and “The Manor” was incorporated in 1955. Different civic, professional, and other religious leaders joined together to push the concept into reality.
On November 4, 1961, the Rogue Valley Manor (“RVM”) held its opening ceremony, and the famed announcer, Paul Harvey, broadcasted his show from Medford’s KMED that day about the new “Barneburg Hilton.” Constructed on the highest hill in Medford, the city’s tallest building at eleven stories--turquoise-colored with two twin, higher ends--looks down over the Valley and was built by people of faith.
The Manor expanded afterwards to where it now includes three more multi-story buildings, apartments, private care suites, a healthcare center, nine-hole golf course, and other amenities. The facilities cover all of the needs of its senor citizens: independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, private care, and even memory care for residents with Alzheimer’s. Among different awards received, Hospitality Design and Lodging magazine in 1999 awarded to RVM its Gold Key Award for excellence in senior living design.
However, the story doesn’t end here. To focus on reaching a broader community, the Manor’s Board of Directors in the 1980s decided to form a completely new corporation to oversee this outreach effort. Incorporated in 1990, the new organization was named, “Pacific Retirement Services (‘PRS’)” with RVM as a subsidiary. Today, PRS develops, operates, manages, and markets numerous retirement communities throughout the U.S.
It is the 13th largest nonprofit provider of senior living services and care in the nation, serving approximately 5,000 residents with 3,200 employees. The communities owned outright are: Capitol Lakes (Madison, Wisconsin), Cascade Manor (Eugene), Hollywood Park Plaza (Portland), Mirabella-Portland, Mirabella-Seattle; Rogue Valley Manor, Trinity Terrace (Fort Worth, Texas), and the University Retirement Community (Davis, California).
In 2010, the Manor completed a $65 million construction project that included the Manor Terrace to the south (a five-story, 120,000-square-foot building). In 2013, differences arose between the RMV and its corporate parent, PRS, resulting in a settlement with an independent board of directors, a cap on PRS management fees for three years, and a credit back of certain monthly fees to the residents. The initial 1961 building is now undergoing an $8 million project to replace windows, change the building’s color, and add new air conditioning and heating systems.
Sources: “Rogue Valley Manor: History, Values, and Mission” at RVM History; Pacific Retirement Services, generally, at PRS and PRS Communities; Damian Mann, “Building the ‘Barneburg Hilton’,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013, at RVM Start (with Images)
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
Your source for year-round gardening, tree, and landscaping advice! Stan Mapolski is The Rogue Gardener...and he takes your calls Saturday mornings from 9:00 'til 11:00.
Minding Your Money
Jul 29, 2011 10:19am
Solid advice and information during these unsettling times...Doug Stone from Seacrest Wealth Management will show you how to practically manage your finances and keep more of your hard-earned dollar! Saturday morning at 11:00 on KMED.
The Right Buy
Jul 29, 2011 10:47am
Join local realtors Pete Belcastro and Joe Brett Saturday morning at 10:00 for the Rogue Valley's only radio show dedicated to buying or selling your home along with local guest experts on title, mortgage, and home renovations.