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Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

6:35: Niels Andersen, President and CEO of MedCV chats with Bill. The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on medical doctors and other healthcare workers. MedCV is an outfit that works with retired doctors and other healthcare workers to get them re-licensed and working back in the field.

Andersen has found that many former military doctors and nurses are rushing in to be re-licensed and sent into some of the worst hot-spots. As America fights the coronavirus pandemic it could soon face a shortage of doctors and other health care workers. In Boston, more than 150 workers at a hospital tested positive for the coronavirus. Fresno, California is reporting a shortage of doctors to combat the pandemic. New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak has been unable to report the exact number of health care workers who have become infected. 

Do you happen to be a retired physician or other healthcare worker, and would like to help out during this time of crisis? You can head over to Niels’ website and sign up:


7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls the show with a Legislative update.

8:10: Mighty John the Record Guy calls the show. Finally, we have a bit of non-coronavirus news, as we tell you how you might be able to turn your old vinyl records in to some cold, hard cash! Make your own stimulus! 

If you have a record you’d like to ask John about, either call EARLY, during the show, or you can head over to his website: MoneyMusic.com

Bill’s Guests: Monday, March 30, 2020

6:35: Gregory Wrightstone, geologist and author of Inconvenient Facts: The Science that Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know, chats with Bill today.

Today, we talk about the Antarctic ozone hole, which appears to be shrinking. Here’s an article below where you can read more:

“There’s some indication in the data that the pause is leaning toward a small reversal of the 20th-century trends. This suggests that the ozone recovery is currently a stronger influence on the Southern Hemisphere’s atmosphere than greenhouse gas emissions, said Alexey Karpechko, a scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, in a published comment on the new research.”–Scientific American

Shrinking Ozone Hole, Climate Change Are Causing Atmospheric “Tug of War”

Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist with more than 35 years of studying the Earth’s processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University and a master’s from West Virginia University, both in the field of geology. He has presented the results of his research around the world, including India, Ireland and China.

Head over to Gregory’s website: InconvenientFacts.xyz for more great content, where you can also get yourself a copy of his book too.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors calls in to bring to you, the Monday Outdoor Report. Find out more, all over at:


7:35: Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum talks with Bill today.

Are Governor Brown’s executive orders potentially destroying Oregon’s rural hospitals? We’ll discuss it.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired SOU Professor of Business Law, author of several books and local historian joins Bill by phone today, for today’s edition of: What Made Southern Oregon Great!

Palmerton Park


Dennis Powers

Orin Palmerton was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, who came to the city of Rogue River in the 1920s and purchased five acres of land from the Skevington family. Located off West Evans Creek Road and a five-minute drive from the city’s downtown, Evans Creek runs through the property before emptying into the Rogue River, west of the Depot Street Bridge.

Palmerton conducted a plant and tree nursery at the property for years; during this time he also planted many domestic and exotic trees from around the world. Orin sold the pristine acreage to Jackson County in 1960, and the City of Rogue River in 1994 acquired it from the county. It is part of the city’s park system, which maintains the park and continues to expand the diversity of the different trees and shrubs.

Palmerton Park is an arboretumdefined as a place for the study and exhibit of treeswith 96 distinct tree specimens found around the world, including pines from Japan, cedars from the Mediterranean, and large coastal redwoods native to the Pacific Northwest. Numerous trees in Ashland’s Lithia Park are also represented here: from different maples, monkey puzzle, and sassafras to the ginkgo, tulip tree, and mimosa.

A large black locust tree jutting into the parking lot greets visitors. The most impressive gathering is just beyond the rest rooms: arborvitae, Arizona cypress, weeping hemlock and deodar cedar. Exhibiting also azaleas, rhododendrons, and other plants and shrubs, the park has meandering paths throughout, a duck pond, playground, and picnic area. The paths are paved with looping walkways that lead to all of the trees, as well as to picnic tables, grills, and playground equipment.

Linking the arboretum to the Anna Classick Bicentennial Park, the bridge over Evans Creek washed away in the New Year’s Day flood of 1997. In its place, an impressive suspension foot-bridge (like a miniature Golden Gate Bridge in one sense) was constructed in its place.

Born in 1924 on the property before Orin Palmerton’s purchase, Dick Skevington not only designed the original crossing over Evans Creek in the late 1980s, he nailed in the last plank into the replacement bridge in 2001. Skevington had built bridges for the National Parks Service for 28 years, before returning to Rogue River at retirement and being elected to the city council and later as its mayor.

Palmerton Park and Arboretum is one of these jewels that tie us into the past with a presence todayand it is a beautiful setting. The little-known park is on five-acres and an easy drive for the experience.

Sources: Dennis M. Powers, “Orin Palmerton Sells His Arboretum to Preserve,” Jefferson Public Radio, October 24, 2004, at Orin Palmerton; John Darling, “Shhh! One of the county’s best-kept secrets,” Mail Tribune, November 20, 2005; Sanne Specht, “Rogue River Mayor Dick Skevington dies at 84,” Mail Tribune, September 20, 2008; see also “YouTube: Palmerton Park at Rogue River, Oregon” at Video of Park.    


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