MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL AFTER A FIGHT BROKE OUT IN DOWNTOWN MEDFORD THIS WEEKEND.
MEDFORD POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ON WEST MAIN NEAR HOLLY STREET SATURDAY NIGHT.
THEY SAY SEVERAL PEOPLE CAME OUT OF A NEARBY BAR AND STARTED EXCHANGING PUNCHES.
OFFICERS HAD TO USE PEPPER SPRAY TO BREAK THE FIGHT UP...
FIVE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL.
KEITH AVANT, THE VETERAN WHO FALSELY REPORTED HIS STOLEN "ACTION TRACK" WHEELCHAIR SAYS HE DIDN'T INTEND TO FILE A FALSE POLICE REPORT.
AVANT SAYS IT WAS ALL A BIG MISUNDERSTANDING AND THAT HE SUFFERS MEMORY LOSS FROM BRAIN INJURIES.
HE ALSO HAD A *GO FUND ME ACCOUNT* THAT WAS STARTED BY SOMEONE ELSE...
HE SAYS HE NEVER TOOK A DIME AND IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE CAN GIVE IT BACK
OR DONATE IT IT TO LOCAL VETS WHO NEED IT.
OREGON DRIVERS HAVEN'T PUMPED THEIR OWN GAS SINCE 1951.
NOW MOTORISTS ON RURAL ROADS IN OREGON ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO PUMPING GAS AGAIN.
UNDER A BILL PASSED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE HOUSE...
GAS STATION OPERATORS IN REMOTE SECTIONS OF THE STATE COULD CHOOSE TO KEEP THEIR STATIONS OPEN WHEN NO OWNER, OPERATOR OR EMPLOYEE IS AROUND TO PUMP GAS FOR CUSTOMERS.
SUPPORTERS SAID THIS WOULD ALLOW DRIVERS TO STILL GET FUEL, EVEN WHEN THERE'S NO ONE AROUND.
THE LAW WOULD BE LIMITED TO COUNTIES WHERE THERE ARE LESS THAN 40,000 RESIDENTS.
THE BILL NOW HEADS TO THE SENATE.
MEDFORD POLICE SAY THE ACTION TRACK WHEELCHAIR REPORTED STOLEN TUESDAY BY A DISABLED VETERAN WAS A *FALSE* REPORT.
KEITH AVANT REPORTED THE WHEELCHAIR AS STOLEN FROM HIS DRIVEWAY ON THE 25-HUNDRED BLOCK OF CRATER LAKE AVENUE...
MEDFORD POLICE SAY AFTER INVESTIGATING THEY FOUND AVANT HAD ACTUALLY TRADED THE WHEELCHAIR.
AFTER THAT TRADE, AVANT REPORTED THE WHEELCHAIR STOLEN.
AVANT WAS CITED AND RELEASED FOR INITIATING A FALSE REPORT.
AVIANT HAD STARTED A GO FUND ME ACCOUNT.
MEDFORD POLICE HAVE TOLD US THEY ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET ANY DONATIONS MADE ON THE GO FUND ME ACCOUNT RETURNED.
A JOSEPHINE COUNTY MAN WILL SPEND MORE THAN A DECADE BEHIND BARS FOR RAPING A TEENAGE GIRL.
24 YEAR OLD AXEL VAUGHAN RIES TOOK A PLEA DEAL FROM PROSECUTORS ON RAPE CHARGES.
THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OCCURRED BACK IN 2013 WHEN THE VICTIM WAS ONLY 15 YEARS OLD.
THE VICTIM, WHO TESTIFIED AGAINST REIS, TELLS NBC5 NEWS ITS BEEN TOUGH FOR HER BUT SHE HOPES HER BRAVERY CAN BE AN EXAMPLE TO OTHER YOUNG GIRLS THAT GO THROUGH SOMETHING SIMILAR
REIS WILL SERVE 11 AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO 8 COUNTS OF USING A CHILD AS A SEX DISPLAY ALONG WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF SEX ABUSE AND SODOMY IN THE THIRD DEGREE.
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SB941 GUN BILL PASSES (more here from Oregon Firearms Federation)
SB 941 has passed the Oregon House. That was the last stop before it goes to the Governor who will sign it.
Today's debate was very long. The House Republicans gave it all they had. We are indebted to them, but, in spite of mountains of evidence that this bill will do nothing but hurt the law abiding, the House Democrats just continued to parrot the same tired lies they have been telling since the bill was introduced. Oregon will soon have one of the worst background check requirements in the country.
The carrier of the bill willfully mislead the chamber about what the bill did, but it really didn't matter. The minds were made up.
Three Democrats joined all the Republicans voting no. They were Jeff Barker, Brad Witt and Caddy McKeown. We appreciate their support.
Two Democrats we thought we could count on folded. They were Debbie Boone and Brian Clem.
AFTER THAT HORRID VOTE, SOME COMIC RELIEF
Texas Councilman leaves his microphone on while he goes to the bathroom, here's what happened next:
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-04-2015
6:35 Investigative reporter M.D. Kittle of Watchdog.org - Over a year and a half ago, Watchdog.org reporter M.D. Kittle launched a now 197-part series about Wisconsin’s John Doe scandal entitled “Wisconsin’s Secret War.” The Milwaukee District Attorney’s office, led by a Democrat, launched a so-called “John Doe” investigative probe targeting conservative groups in Wisconsin, who were unable to defend themselves against leaks from investigators due to “strict penalties” for violating the terms of the secret proceedings. Essentially, the state prosecutorial team was launching a “tax-payer funded opposition-research campaign.”
7:10 Ed, "Mr. X", USFS "Listening Session" 5:30 to 7:30 today at the BLM building on Biddle. They're presenting timber "alternatives". It's about learning from your enemies, and demanding YOUR representation, rather than Gang Green Commies such as 1000 Friends of Oregon CLAIMING to be your representative.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers Visiting Past and Present
Drought and Southern Oregon
By Dennis M. Powers
Oregon's worsening drought triggered the SBA's federal disaster loan program in 13 Oregon counties, including Jackson and Josephine, with low-interest loans available for small, nonfarm businesses. Farmers are eligible for emergency aid under existing U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. California also recently declared a 25% cutback on all water usage, but exempted agriculture although this sector uses 80% of the water, contributes less than 5% to the economy, and is not restricted.
While Jackson County's precipitation total is slightly above normal for the water year, warm temperatures mean little rain has been stored in the form of snow. Mt. Ashland continued its infrequent openings this season after being closed during last year's drought. Disaster zones nationwide shows California, Nevada, and Arizona also are completely engulfed in drought.
As the fourth straight hot, dry summer is underway, Oregonians need to prepare for more acres on fire, less salmon, and more smoke-filled days. Environmental groups argue that this is due to climate change, compliant media writing: “From 1895 to 2011, average temperatures in the Northwest increased 1.3 degrees. Temperatures are predicted to climb 3.3 to 9.7 degrees (increase) by 2070 to 2099, as compared to 1970 to 1999, according to a 2014 National Climate Assessment produced by hundreds of experts guided by a federal advisory committee. 'The average temperature goes up and down, but the trend over the last 100 years has been up. We are in global warming,' states a Medford-based National Weather Service meteorologist. 'Ocean levels are rising and ice is melting. Globally, there are signs warming is occurring.'"
Okay, but is this due to Mother Nature or as environmentalists claim: fracking (ban it), industry (need more rules), fossil fuels (the country must quickly switch to electric cars and solar electricity), and private enterprise (which needs more governmental overview). As to agriculture, businesses and individuals will bear the brunt; for example, farmers should not be able to sell their rights to water in a drought, nor should reservoirs be constructed. The Snail Darter must be preserved.
As to Oregon and here, our state has had milder winters than normal apparently due to an unusually persistent ridge of high pressure that causes air to flow around us to the north, where it cools off and then pummels the Midwest and East Coast with cold temperatures and snow. Normally high pressure ridges dissipate after a few weeks. No one knows exactly why this one has stuck around for so long, according to meteorologists.
Experts do maintain that the region's two years of back-to-back low snow years can't be specifically blamed on climate change. This has also been the warmest on record in most of the western United States, where climate change models are predicting that our region should have more rainfall and less snowfall. Thus, our water races to the ocean and not on the snowpacks of Mt. Ashland, Mt. McLaughlin, or other peaks.
Rainfalls have been heavy: Ashland this year recorded 4 inches of rainfall over 48 hours--its third-highest two-day total since 1892. Similar deluges in 1964 and 1996 triggered historic floods when rain fell on snow, causing rapid melting. The lack of a heavy snowpack kept the early February storm from producing another major flood.
Ashland's low snowpack forced the city to connect to Medford's water by completing the Talent-Ashland-Phoenix water line. Medford's water is from the Big Butte Springs system of Mt. McLaughlin, whereas Ashland relies on Mt. Ashland’s snowmelt flowing into Ashland Creek and collecting in Reeder Reservoir.
Meanwhile, we read: “If temperatures rise by 2.2 degrees (within 75 years), the Rogue Valley and mountains straddling the Oregon and California border will see a 300 to 400 percent increase in areas burned by wildfire, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment. The Cascade Mountains to the east will see a 400 to 500 percent increase in acreage burned, the assessment predicts.” In the Pacific Northwest, this is to result in warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers. However, if you want this administration's funding, you better not go against this “collective wisdom”. And forget that we've had devastating forest fires before, such as the 2002 Biscuit fire.
We've had years of Mother Nature's climate fluctuations, dating back to the ice age. Our area sustained record breaking heat in 1923--way before there were multitudes of cars and industries. The coldest year ever in Oregon was in 1916; the coldest temperature ever was at Seneca, Oregon (-54, on 2-10-1933), and the next day, it was nearly 100 degrees higher (when the arctic air flowed out of Oregon).
Although Oregon's rainfall has been at 30-year averages this winter, the warm air kept snowpack averages far below the 30-year norm, as the precipitation did not become snow. The rain raced to the Pacific Ocean or seeped into the ground, gone before we need it most--now. Hydropower generates 45 percent of Oregon's electricity, so if the rainfall decreases now, this could become another issue.
Notwithstanding the environmentalist mantra, Southern Oregon and this state has to manage its water differently. Rather than capturing snowmelt in the summer, we need to capture more rain in the winter and reserve it for the summer. Banning fracking, for example, only keeps us dependent on the oil-flows of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Russia. Wasting more money on government-sponsored “drought preparedness plans” (we already are in one) leaves one shaking their head. Will Oregon make the right decisions--or keep special interest groups in control, as our water flows less and right into the ocean, when we most need it?
Sources: Associated Press, Jackson among counties in drought program, March 23, 2015, Mail Tribune, at Drought Programs; Vickie Aldous, “The new normal under climate change?” Mail Tribune, March 1, 2015, at Climate Change?; Kelly House, “Oregon waits — and hopes — for more precipitation; Forecasters say we're likely in for third year of high fire danger, The Oregonian, March 28, 2015, at More on Drought.
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Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
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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
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