MONDAY 04-15-2013

Apr 15, 2013 -- 1:43pm

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BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - What we know at this point...Fox News reports 2 explosions just before Noon Pacific this afternoon near the finish lines. Two are confirmed dead, 2 dozen hurting, many with amputated limbs. One suspect in the bombing is reportedly under guard, and i2 additional explosive devices are being disarmed. There was also an explosion at the JFK library. It's unknown if this is or isn't  connected to the Boston bombings.There is also 1 "person of interest" under guard in this case.


Stay with AM-1440 KMED and for the latest updates on this story at the top and bottom of the hour - and pray for the victims.

GARY HARRINGTON SENTENCED - I was at the courtroom this morning as Judge Mejia sentenced Gary Harrington (Eagle Point water "criminal", rain water gatherer) to an addition 90 days in Jackson County Jail for probation violations connected with his illegal rainwater ponds in Eagle Point. Harrington essentially threw himself on the mercy of the court. Mejia seemed most concerned with what he called Harrington's "willful disobedience" to the court order to open the gates and drain the ponds. I'll have more on this story tomorrow on my show.


8:10 Dr. Dennis Power - "Visiting Past and Present", plus we talk business and gold today. Here's his post:

Ben Hur Lampman: A Man for the Ages

By Dennis Powers

Following his brother, Rex, to Gold Hill in 1912, Ben Hur Lampman became over time a nationally acclaimed poet, writer, and author. Following his father’s passion for owning and operating newspapers from Wisconsin to North Dakota, the self-educated Lampman also pursed this profession.

His wife, a young high-school teacher by the name of Lena Sheldon, lost a child in infancy and had health problems. As his father and brother then were living in the Rogue Valley due to its better climate, it was natural for the family to relocate here. Brother Rex was also the editor of the Gold Hill News, although his parents had retired from publishing newspapers to try farming.

Ben Hur sold his North Dakota newspaper and headed to the Rogue Valley and discovered that the climate was indeed better. When his brother sold the Gold Hill News to him and moved to Portland, Ben Hur became the Gold Hill newspaper’s new owner and editor. He loved the town, its famed fishing, and the people he served.

Four years later, he moved north to join the staff of the Portland Oregonian. Over time he became a renowned editor, essayist, short story writer, and poet; Ben Hur won an

O’ Henry award, authored six books, had a movie made about his life, was published in national magazines from the New York Times to the Atlantic Monthly and Saturday Evening Post, and was honored as Oregon’s Poet Laureate.

Year after year, he would return to Gold Hill to continue his passion for fishing on the Rogue and keeping up with old friends. In recognition of its “native son” who returned so often, Gold Hill held Ben Hur Lampman Day in his honor on June 21, 1947. Governors, ex-governors, and even Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, and David Niven--who had been fishing on the Rogue--joined an estimated 2,500 people who were there. A long parade (with fire engines, trucks, bands, marchers, and floats), baseball game, horseback stunts, horse race, and a barbecued salmon feast were part of the festivities. A tract of land three-quarters of a mile long opposite Gold Hill was dedicated as Ben Hur Lampman Park—which is still in use—and alongside the road named for him.

He died on January 24, 1954, and is buried in Portland. But his works live on. One of his best-known articles was a reader’s inquiry on where was the best place to bury a dog. He wrote a long article which ended: 


“....There is one best place to bury a dog.

If you bury him in this spot, he will

come to you when you call – come to you

over the grim, dim frontier of death,

and down the well-remembered path,

and to your side again.


“And though you call a dozen living

dogs to heel, they shall not growl at

him, nor resent his coming.


“People may scoff at you, who see

no lightest blade of grass bent by his

footfall, who hear no whimper, people

who may never really have had a dog.

Smile at them, for you shall know

something that is hidden from them,

and which is well worth the knowing.


“The one best place to bury a good

dog is in the heart of his master.”


Powers, Dennis M. Gold Hill: Images of America, Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, South Carolina, 2010, pp. 121-122; Gold Hill Historical Society: Nuggets of News, September 1992, pp. 1-5. For the complete article, see (for example): Where to Bury a Dog.  


6:35 Demian Brady - National Taxpayers Union - The president's budget and spending plans on TAX day.

7:10 Jeff Wolf and Salvadore Corona, discussing the Jo County Crime problem, promoting property tax levy Measure 17-49.

7:35 Leslie Graves, president of the Lucy Burns Institute, the growth of citizen initiative measures. She has written “Local Ballot Initiatives-How citizens change laws with clipboards, conversations, and campaigns”. Go to for more information on this and how you can get a copy of the book.

8:35 Sam Nichols - Citizens against Crime. He's part of the "posse" in Josephine County patrolling their neighborhood in O'Brien.

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