MEDFORD POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT IN A LATE 80'S TOYOTA 4-RUNNER THIS MORNING... AFTER POLICE SAY THE VEHICLE AND DRIVER WERE INVOLVED IN A HIT-AND-RUN
THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AT THE NORTH MEDFORD FRED MEYER CLOSE TO 8 P-M... AND THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY HIT A 19-YEAR-OLD FEMALE. THE VICTIM IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT THE ROGUE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. THE MEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CONTACT MPD
TWO PEOPLE INVOLVED IN A PURSUIT AND OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING WILL LIKELY FACE CHARGES IN JACKSON COUNTY BEFORE BEING EXTRADITED BACK TO IDAHO WHERE THEY ARE FELONS. WAYNE PEARSON IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND BOOKED INTO THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL FOR A WARRANT OUT OF IDAHO... SHAVON WILLARD IS STILL HOSPITALIZED... IN STABLE CONDITION. MEDFORD POLICE SAY THE PAIR LED THEM ON A CHASE LAST THURSDAY... AND THAT OFFICERS STARTED SHOOTING AFTER THE SUSPECTS RAMMED AN UNDERCOVER POLICE CAR. IDAHO HAS 21 DAYS TO EXTRADITE PEARSON... BUT THE JACKSON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS LOCAL CHARGES WILL LIKELY BE FILED BEFORE THAT HAPPENS.
IT WAS A SCARY SITUATION FOR SOME STUDENTS AT THE RCC HIGHER EDUCATION BUILDING MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A LARGE PIECE OF GLASS FALLS AND SHATTERS IN THE COMMONS AREA - SENDING ONE STUDENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS THEY AREN'T SURE HOW THE LARGE PIECE OF GLASS CAME LOOSE BUT SAY IT WAS ATTACHED TO A WALL ON THE THIRD STORY AND CRASHED ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM FLOOR... ONE STUDENT WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH WHAT IS THOUGHT TO BE NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.THE COLLEGE DID CLOSE THE PORTION OF THE BUILDING TO INVESTIGATE. THAT BUILDING IS SIX YEARS OLD.
IT'S A DONE DEAL. THE MEDFORD SCHOOL BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES A CONTRACT FOR ITS TEACHERS.
(ENDING A TUMULTUOUS YEAR OF NEGOTIATIONS.. AND A SIXTEEN DAY STRIKE IN EARLY FEBRUARY.)
TEACHERS AGREED TO A THREE YEAR CONTRACT... WITH A SEVEN POINT SIX PERCENT COST-OF-LIVING RAISE BY YEAR THREE. LAST NIGHT'S SCHOOL BOARD VOTE ALSO ENDS A DISTRICT STATE-OF-EMERGENCY IN EFFECT SINCE THE END OF JANUARY.
2 WEEKS AFTER COMING TO A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT.... MEDFORD TEACHERS OFFICIALLY APPROVE THEIR NEW CONTRACT.
THE VOTES WERE HANDED IN FRIDAY NIGHT.. AFTER GOING ON STRIKE FOR 16 DAYS AND *NUMEROUS NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT...TEACHERS SAY THEY AGREED ON A 3 YEAR CONTRACT. WHICH THE MEDFORD SCHOOL BOARD ALSO HAS TO APPROVE AND THAT'S EXPECTED TO HAPPEN TONIGHT.
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6:35 Tom Partin, (President of the American Forest Resources Council) discusses the Rough and Ready mill re-opening, Southern Oregon timber supplies and where things stand with O&C legislation.
7:10 Daniel Bunn, John Michaels, Medford City Councilmen, and we talk the pot dispensaries moratorium, dangerous dogs, other issues.
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The Carpenter Foundation
By Dennis Powers
The allure of the early 1900’s Orchard Boom drew numbers of well-educated Easterners and Midwesterners to the Valley. Included in these newcomers were the Harvard-educated brothers, Leonard and Alfred Carpenter. After college, Leonard had been an electrical engineer and Alfred in the real estate and banking business. Although neither knew much about agriculture, the Carpenter brothers planted a pear orchard in 1909 with a draft-horse team. The two men established their Veritas Orchard and took turns in managing the business.
Alfred decided to travel around the world in 1920, as Leonard with his wife of three years, Winifred, watched over the orchard. While on the cruise, Alfred met and fell in love with Helen Bundy and they married in 1922 in Cairo. Helen’s father, Harlow Bundy, and his brother had started a business in New York state three decades before that later owned the important patents for punch clocks. Named the Bundy Time Machine Company, the operation expanded, merged with others, and in 1924 with others formed International Business Machines (“IBM”). Helen and her two siblings were the owners of very valuable stock.
Living for a few years in Pasadena, Alfred and Helen then returned to the Medford area in 1926. They bought land near Jacksonville on Old Stage Road, planted a small orchard, and built a “large and inviting” home that they named “Topsides.” This became the center for their parties and social events, often for the benefit of nonprofits. Alfred managed their orchard and later became a board member of COPCO (which over time became part of the mega-utility, Pacific Power) and the Medford Irrigation District.
With the trials and tribulations of World War II, the Carpenters used their private funds to form the Jackson County Recreation Committee, which provided entertainment and activities for the military personnel at nearby Camp White. This was a large undertaking with the number of troops at one time being as high as 40,000. Their committee purchased the building originally built and used by the Pacific Telephone Company for use as the entertainment facility. (Alfred and Helen transferred the building’s ownership in 1958 to the University Club.)
Although there was no further need to entertain the troops when the war ended, Alfred and Helen continued their charitable support: Scholarships were granted so that “worthy” students could attend college; and major donations were made to Medford’s Community Hospital (now Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center), the Red Cross in Medford, and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Many of these personal contributions were made anonymously.
The Jackson County Recreation Committee fund reorganized in 1958 and became the Carpenter Foundation with a board of trustees; its aim was to “add opportunity, choice, inclusiveness, enrichment, and a climate for change for those living in the Rogue Valley.” The Foundation’s first grants included the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (“OSF”) and Rogue Valley Medical Center (“RVMC”), and this has continued over the years.
Alfred not only served on the RVMC board for nearly 40 years, but he also served as its president for 11 years, and would make a weekly visit to talk with the employees and physicians; he additionally served for a time as the chairman of OSF’s fund-raising committee. The major assistance given to the Valley's arts and music is noteworthy. This included substantial grants that supported major projects and/or the development of the Angus Bowmer Theatre and Carpenter Hall at OSF, the Britt Music Festival, and the Craterian Performing Arts in Medford.
Helen Bundy Carpenter died in 1961, and Alfred later remarried Helene Salade Donker. Following into the foundation was Alfred’s nephew, Dunbar Carpenter, whose father Dunbar (Alfred’s older brother) had come to Medford during the Orchard Boom, but returned later to Boston. Dunbar was born in Medford in 1915, graduated also from Harvard, married, and during World War II flew the large Pan American Clippers for civilian contractors working with the military.
After World War II, Leonard and Winifred--then in their sixties--asked Dunbar and his wife, Jane, if they would be interested in taking over their orchard. They did and moved to Medford. When Alfred died in 1974, Dunbar (1915-2008) and Jane Carpenter (1915-2007) continued the foundation as a major charitable organization in this area. Jane was instrumental in starting a community action program that created Rogue Valley’s first Head Start and Planned Parenthood programs. Their adult children, Emily Mostue and Karen Allan, now manage the foundation.
The Carpenter Foundation in the fifty years since its inception has awarded nearly $19 million in grants, $3 million in college scholarships, and over 2,800 grants to Southern Oregon nonprofit organizations. It provides grants in the areas of human services, education, scholarships, the arts, and public interest. In an average year, it will make over 100 different grants.
Alfred and Helen Carpenter created a foundation that truly stands out. With their successors, its operation has brought about a very positive climate of change--for all of us in this region.
Sources: See generally, “Carpenter Foundation,” at History, People, Grants Made, and Financials, including downloading the Carpenter Foundation Booklet, “Fifty Years of Growing Community”; George Kramer, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Carpenter Foundation and Alfred (1881-1974) & Helen Bundy (1886-1961),” at Synopsis
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