THE MT ASHLAND SKI AREA WILL REMAIN CLOSED WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE RAIN THIS WEEK.
THE SKI AREA OPENED FRIDAY MORNING AFTER 20 MONTHS WITHOUT A SEASON.
THE RESORT CLOSED SUNDAY IN AN EFFORT TO PRESERVE THE SNOWPACK.
INSTEAD OF SNOW, THE MOUNTAIN SAW RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND.
AGAIN THEY WILL BE CLOSED TODAY, AND LIKELY TUESDAY AS WELL.
NO WORD ON WHEN THEY WILL REOPEN.
HUNDREDS OF FANS LINED THE STREETS OF ASHLAND SUNDAY TO WELCOME HOME THE SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY RAIDER FOOTBALL TEAM AFTER THEIR BIG WIN FRIDAY.
THEY DEFEATED MARIAN UNIVERSITY 55-31 FOR THE N-A-I-A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE. THE TEAM THAT WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY... AS THE FIRST N-A-I-A NATIONAL CHAMPS THE SCHOOL HAS SEEN AND A PERFECT WAY TO END THE YEAR.
THE RAIDERS RISE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP HAS ALSO BEEN GREAT FOR LOCAL BUSINESS.
MANAGERS AT THE S-O-U BOOKSTORE, WHICH SELLS RAIDER GEAR ON CAMPUS, SAY THEY'VE SEEN AN INCREASE IN BUSINESS EVER SINCE THE FOOTBALL TEAM STARTED THEIR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUN. THE BIGGEST BUMP COMING FROM ALUMNI AND FANS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR A THIRD SUSPECT WHO LED POLICE ON A CHASE FRIDAY NIGHT.
OREGON STATE POLICE SAY JUST AFTER SEVEN FRIDAY TROOPERS TRIED MAKING A TRAFFIC STOP ON HIGHWAY 66 NEAR KLAMATH FALLS WHEN THE DRIVER SPED AWAY TOWARD ASHLAND.
WHEN THE CAR DID STOP THREE PEOPLE JUMPED OUT AND RAN. POLICE SAY ONE SUSPECT THREW AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE AT A TROOPER... POLICE ARRESTED 25 YEAR-OLD LEVI CORTEZ SHORTLY AFTER THE PURSUIT STARTED. 24 YEAR-OLD WILLIAM NOBLE.. TURNED HIMSELF IN SATURDAY MORNING.
POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR ANOTHER POSSIBLE SUSPECT, CHRISTOPHER SELLARS.
A NEW REQUIREMENT *NOT RECEIVED WELL. PAWN SHOPS WILL NOW NEED TO TAKE PHOTOS OF EVERY ITEM THAT PASSES THROUGH THEIR HANDS.
THAT BURDENS SOME PAWN OWNERS WHO SAY THAT THE PROCESS OF TAKING AND UPLOADING PHOTOGRAPHS TO A SPECIALIZED WEBSITE CALLED "LEADS ONLINE" WOULD BE MORE WORK. SOME OF THE OTHER CHANGES APPROVED THURSDAY NIGHT INCLUDE REQUIRING PAWNBROKERS TO HOLD ON TO ITEMS FOR AT LEAST FIFTEEN DAYS, AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT FIVE DAYS, WHICH PAWN SHOP OWNERS SAY THEY SUPPORT.
THE MEDFORD CITY COUNCIL APPROVES A PROPOSED MAKE-OVER FOR THE CORNER OF 10TH AND RIVERSIDE. THE CURRENT LOT, AT 223 SOUTH RIVERSIDE, AND ACROSS FROM THE MEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL BE A NEW CITY PARKING LOT. THE CITY APPROVED THE CONTRACT UNANIMOUSLY. THE PROJECT WILL COST 368-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
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BILL'S GUESTS FOR 12-19-2014
7:35 Dan Gainor, Business and Culture at Media Research Center - forget War on Christmas, it's more like a War on Christians.
8:10 Ed, Mr. X is back with post-meeting analysis of the Southern Oregon Regional Pilot Program.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS STORIES, from a state trooper
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 12-18-2014
6:35 Dale Matthews with BadCounty.com, and a commissioner in Jo County accused of behaving badly. Here's the clip.
7:10 Patrick Hedger, Policy Director at American Encore - Cuba relaxation a good thing?
7:35 Kevin Starrett from Oregon Firearms Federation - November gun background check stats are out...More Salem B.S.
BILL'S GUESTS 12-17-2014
7:10 Joseph Colangelo, Executive Director of Consumer's Research, talks the Uber lawsuit in Portland.
7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau
8:10 Ed, "Mr. X"., why you need to be at the Oregon Solutions meeting tomorrow. Basically, it's a meeting of Gov. Kitzhaber's "Shadow Government".
Courthouse, Room 202
10 S. Oakdale
Medford, OR 97501
On May 10, 2012, Governor Kitzhaber signed Executive Order 12-07, which establishes a "Pilot Program for Regional Farm and Forest Land Conservation." The pilot program involves three counties—Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine—and authorizes them to enter into a regional process to enable these counties to develop a plan to allow "...appropriate additional regional variation in what lands must be planned and managed as farm and forest lands."
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners agreed to participate in the Southern Oregon Regional Pilot Program (SORPP) commemorated in a letter to the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) on July 17, 2102. Under the Executive Order, DLCD is the lead agency for the State, providing financial, administrative, and technical assistance to support the collaborative, regional approach envisioned for the project.
Depending on the eventual petition developed by the three counties after an extensive technical and public process, DLCD will determine whether the counties' proposals are likely to require amendments to statewide land use planning goals 3 (Agriculture) and 4 (Forestry). The proposed amendments, and any implementing rules associated with those amendments, must be approved by the Land Conservation and Development Commission. The SORPP funding expires June 30, 2013. Should the petition for rulemaking to be submitted to DLCD by the counties not be ready by that date, the participating counties will be required to submit a project summary of activities to date instead.
One of the pilot program tasks is the formation of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of persons with expertise in the following fields, including but not limited to, farming ranching, forestry, special districts, mining/aggregate, economic development, land use and city government. Ex-officio members are to include representatives from the following State of Oregon Departments: Agriculture, and Forestry, Transportation, Water Resources, Fish and Wildlife and the Land Conservation and Development Commission. The purpose of the TAC is to review data and information and provide comments and recommendations to the County and Regional Partners regarding the completeness and accuracy of data and other tasks as the Regional Partner County assigns.
CHARTER SCHOOL DONE RIGHT...
Today I took a tour of Logos Charter School. Really impressed with their education model, which is helping assist home schooled students, and doing a great job at it, from all accounts. In a world where so much public education is 1, 2, or 3 sizes fits all, Logos works hard at crafting curriculum to fit the student. (And isn't that the way it should be everywhere?)
BILL'S GUEST FOR 12-16-2014
7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel - Lead ban, carbon tax coming?
7:35 John Whitehead, constitutional attorney, founder of the Rutherford Institute - recent supreme court cases,, re-invigorationg the 4th amendment.
8:10 Attorney and media critic James Hirsen - great discussion on how the biblical movie Exodus misses its mark, plus the Hollywood hacking emails and more.
8:35 BUSINESS INTERVIEW - Steve Johnson from the Goldsmith's Diamonds and Design, 606 Crater Lake Avenue in Medford. Get your custom design orders in!
FROM THE "We Shall Not Comply Rally" in Olympia, WA Saturday
(H/T to "Laughing at Liberals")
It's important to pay attention to this anti-I-594 event, as you're quite likely going to see them come to Oregon next year.
Can we consider the Sydney terror attack another "Gun Control Success" story? Iranian-born bad guy and 2 hostages die. The bad guy was armed, and all the good people in Australia were disarmed by gun control.
Interesting how U.K. media covered the Sydney hostage event, wasting no time labeling it "Islamic Terror". Meanwhile, CNN broke its back bending over to not mention Islam. One report I heard: "Officials don't know his motivation". This, of course, as he's forcing the hostages to wave Islamic flags in the coffee shop window. (Obama will probably term it "Latte Zone Violence")
BILL'S GUESTS 12-15-2014
6:35 Gregg Jackson, writer, speaker, born-again Christian, and he's put together a really great book for your children: "Forty Things To Teach Your Children Before You Die - The Simple American Truths about Life, Family, and Faith" - Read more on Gregg's website.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present" - Today we profile Coming Attractions Theater's founder:
John Schweiger and
Coming Attractions Theatres
By Dennis Powers
John Schweiger had been a senior executive with major corporations before settling in Ashland. In 1985, he developed a strong interest in the local movie theatre, the Varsity Theatre, with its history dating back to 1937. Once he had renovated and was operating this theatre, Schweiger decided to add more theatres in the film-exhibition business and developed a sound plan. He would center on smaller, even rural locations, to acquire or build more theatres in the Pacific Northwest with modern state-of-the-art facilities.
He formed Coming Attraction Theatres (“CAT”) and began venturing outside of Ashland in 1989, quietly searching for the best locations, making offers, closing the ones at the right price, and renovating them within his vision. Within 15 years, CAT had bought and fixed up theaters in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. It had more than 16 locations and had become one of the country’s 40 largest theatre operators. He developed the modern Ashland Street Cinema complex on Highway 66 (Ashland Street), along with acquiring in 2006, what was reputably the oldest continuously operating movie theater in the country, Northern California’s Arcata Minor that had been built in 1914.
As he proceeded to build his company, Steven and D.W. Wood in the late 1990s contacted him about a dream of theirs: They wanted to start an independent film festival in the small town that would complement Southern Oregon’s--and especially Ashland’s--artistic and cultural environment. John Schweiger’s strong support made this event possible by making the Varsity Theatre and office space available for the festival’s use. The Varsity with its Art Deco façade and lobby was perfect, and in October 2001, the inaugural Ashland Independent Film Festival (“AIFF”) was held. Since then, it has steadily grown to become one of the standout independent, non-studio film exhibits of the 1,500 that take place throughout the country. John Schweiger also earned the honor of being named as its Founding Advisor and Benefactor.
In 2010, Southern Oregon University (“SOU”) awarded its 2010 President’s Medal to him for his strong support of the community and SOU. Schweiger not only continued to support the AIFF, but also other nonprofits with donations from Coming Attractions Theatres of thousands of passes each year for use at their events. He was president of the Raider Club (raising moneys for SOU’s athletic teams) and had more than 75 movie screens running SOU’s student-recruitment trailers from Eureka, California, to Aberdeen, Washington.
Presently, his Coming Attractions Theatres has locations in Alaska (Wasilla), Washington (Aberdeen, Chehalas/Centralia), along the Oregon coast (Astoria, Seaside, Lincoln City, Newport Beach, North Bend), interior Oregon (McMinnville, Klamath Falls), California (Crescent City, Mt. Shasta); Humboldt County, California (Minor Theatre, Mill Creek Cinema, Broadway Cinema)--plus in Southern Oregon in Grants Pass (SouthGate Cinema) and the Varsity and Ashland Street Cinemas.
His 18 theatres present nearly 150 screens with an estimated annual attendance of over three million patrons. John Schweiger started with a vision and ended up with numerous theatres that allow him to do what he also does well: giving back to the community.
Sources: “Coming Attractions Theatres: About Us,” at Website;Greg Stiles, “Coming Attractions aims higher,” Mail Tribune, March 31, 2005, at Growth; Mail Tribune, “Ashland chain buys California theaters,” at Mail Tribune, April 8, 2006, Theatres Purchase; Mail Tribune, “Theater owner John Schweiger wins SOU President’s Medal,” May 14, 2010, at President’s Medal; “Coming Attraction Theatres: Locations,” at Locations; “Film Journal International: News,” October 26, 2011, at Technology.
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