ICY ROADS AND EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES HAVE PROMPTED A NUMBER OF SCHOOL DELAYS AND CANCELATIONS THIS MORNING.THE FOLLOWING DISTRICTS HAVE CANCELED ALL CLASSES TODAY: MEDFORD, ASHLAND, CENTRAL POINT, PHOENIX-TALENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS.. THE ROGUE RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT, JACKSON COUNTY DISTRICT 9 IN EAGLE POINT, GRANTS PASS SCHOOL DISTRICT 7, THREE RIVERS SCHOOL DISTRICT, BUTTE FALLS, SUTHERLIN, AND SOUTH UMPQUA SCHOOL DISTRICT. AGAIN ALL OF THOSE DISTRICTS HAVE CANCELED CLASSES FOR MONDAY.
A NUMBER OF OTHER SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY AS WELL: THOSE INCLUDE ST. MARY'S, SACRED HEART, GRACE CHRISTIAN, CASCADE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL... NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, ST. ANNE CATHOLIC SCHOOL, ST. JOHNS LUTHERAN SCHOOL... VIBES PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL, LOGOS CHARTER SCHOOL, MADRONE CHARTER SCHOOL, SUNNY WOLF CHARTER SCHOOL... VINEYARD CHARTER SCHOOL, WOODLAND CHARTER SCHOOL, BLOSSOM HILLS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN MEDFORD... D-E-S-D CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES-- THE MEDFORD, WHITE CITY & PHOENIX LOCATIONS... FAMILY NURTURING CENTER, JOSEPHINE COUNTY EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES PROGRAM, ROOTS & WINGS COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL, SMALL STEPS CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOL, THE LEARNING LADDER IN EAGLE POINT... TREE OF LIFE CHRISTIAN CHILD CARE, SOUTHERN OREGON EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT... ADBILL CAREER COLLEGE, PHAGANS GRANTS PASS COLLEGE OF BEAUTY, AND UMQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AGAIN, THOSE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY.
OTHER SCHOOLS ARE FACING DELAYS THIS MORNING: PROSPECT CHARTER SCHOOL WILL START ON A 2 HOUR DELAY. ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL BE OPENING ALL OF THEIR CAMPUS AT NOON. SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES IN BOTH ASHLAND AND MEDFORD WILL OPEN AT 10:30. ONLY ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES SHOULD REPORT *BEFORE* THEN. STUDENTS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO CONTACT INSTRUCTORS IF YOU HAVE CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED BEFORE THEN.
ESTIMATES FOR THE NEW MEDFORD POLICE HEADQUARTERS ARE OUT, AND AT 21 MILLION, ARE NEARLY TRIPLE THE COST OF A DESIGN SUBMITTED IN 2004, RAISING QUESTIONS FROM THE PREVIOUS ARCHITECT. GENE ABELL OF THE ABELL ARCHITECTURAL GROUP QUESTIONED THE NEED FOR A 6 MILLION DOLLAR PARKING STRUCTURE, ACCOUNTING FOR PART OF THE COST INCREASE IN THE CURRENT PROJECT. CITY COUNCILOR DANIEL BUNN SAYS THE CITY CONDUCTED AN EXTENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND COMPARISON WITH OTHER CITIES, AND COULD HAVE JUSTIFIED AN EVEN LARGER BUILDING, BUT STRUCK THE RIGHT BALANCE COST AND THE FUTURE NEEDS OF THE MPD.
ROGUE RIVER S.D. HAS CANCELLED SCHOOL FOR TODAY IN ALL SCHOOLS (ALL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ALSO CANCELLED TODAY) 12/6/13
MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT 549C CANCELLED TODAY 12/6/13
PHOENIX/TALENT SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
CENTRAL POINT SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
GRANTS PASS SCHOOL DISTRICT #7 CANCELLED 12/6/13
DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT CANCELLED 12/6/13
SUTHERLIN SCHOOL DISTRICT CLASSES CANCELLED 12/6/13 (STAFF TO REPORT AT 9AM)
ST. ANNE CATHOLIC SCHOOL CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
VIBES PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
GRACE PRE-SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN (G.P.) & 1ST GRADE CANCELLED 12/6/13
BLOSSSOM HILLS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
GRACE AND CASCADE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
SOUTH UMPQUA SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
MEDFORD MONTESSORI SCHOOL CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
THREE RIVERS SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
(THIS INCLUDES ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND PARENT CONFERENCES)
ASHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL (E.P.) CLOSED TODAY 12/6/13
ARMADILLO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL (PHOENIX) CLOSED 12/6/13
LOGOS CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSED 12/6/13
NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN IN GRANTS PASS CLOSED 12/6/13
2 HOUR DELAY:
A WINTER STORM WARNING IS STILL IN EFFECT FOR JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES BEGINNING AT 7 O CLOCK THIS MORNING THROUGH 4AM TOMORROW. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS MOST SNOW ACUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN 9 AND 11 AM TODAY. THEY SAY 3-6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE 1,000 FEET. WITH 8-10 INCHES POSSIBLE ABOVE 3000 FEET. THE ELEVATION AT THE MEDFORD AIRPORT IS 1,335 FEET.
THE JACKSON COUNTY ROADS DEPARTMENT IS READY TO GO. THE FIRST SNOW PLOW SHIFT BEGAN AT FOUR THIS MORNING. IT'S A DAY THE COUNTY ROADS DIRECTOR SAYS THEY'VE BEEN PREPPING FOR-- FOR MONTHS. IF YOU'RE HITTING THE ROAD TODAY. WE HAVE A FEW TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOU GET TO YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY. THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS AS OF YET, BUT BE PREPARED WITH CHAINS IN YOUR VEHICLE. YOU SHOULD ALSO KEEP BLANKETS, WATER AND SOME FOOD IN YOUR CAR, IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES. GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA ROOM BETWEEN THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU... AND GIVE *YOURSELF* EXTRA TIME TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION.
MEDFORD POLICE ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY A SUSPECT THAT CALLED IN A BOMB THREAT AT THE MEDFORD CITY HALL. THE CALL CAME IN AROUND 1:25 FROM A PERSON STATING THAT THERE WAS A BOMB IN THE COURT ROOM SET TO DETONATE AT 2PM. AFTER AN EVACUATION, AND A SWEEP OF THE BUILDING, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THERE WAS NO DEVICE FOUND, AND EMPLOYEES WERE ALLOWED BACK INSIDE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE MEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT.
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GUEST INFORMATION 12-09-2013
6:35 Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com, and why it's important for fans of government transparency to not adopt the tactics of their opponents.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present", and today we talk railroads!
The Story and History of the Railroads
By Dennis Powers
The railroad’s path made hamlets into cities and caused others to wither or die along the way. Owing to the heavy capital requirements needed to build the tracks, bridges, stations, and infrastructure, individuals and their rail companies went out of business, reorganized, or were bought out. Backroom politics was the norm.
The Oregon story begins in 1861 when Joseph Gaston of Jacksonville incorporated a company to raise the funds for a preliminary survey to build a railroad from the Rogue Valley to the Columbia River. Passionate about constructing an Oregon railroad that would connect with a northern one coming from California, he then was practicing law and the editor of Jacksonville’s Oregon Sentinel.
With funding and capital requirements being a continuing problem, the U.S. Congress passed legislation in 1866 that made large grants of public land to the railroad company that built the railroad between Portland, Oregon, and Marysville, California. The Oregon Legislature would decide who was to build the railway through the state, and the incentive of acquiring large parcels of land galvanized forces into action.
Two years later, Joseph Gaston was in Salem to lobby the legislature for his company. His main rival, powerful shipping mogul Ben Holladay (who owned a stagecoach empire throughout the west including the Pony Express), however, received the legislature’s blessing. Gaston accused Holladay’s award as due to his having caused “judges, legislatures, and attorneys to betray their clients.” As the California railroad began to build north from Marysville, Holladay took over Gaston’s company and sold $10.5 million in bonds to German investors to finance the southern route.
During the early 1870’s, different railroad companies came and went, as reorganizations became the norm. Although Holladay was able to cause his railroad to reach Salem, Eugene, and then Roseburg from Portland, he ran out of money in 1872, some 145 miles from Ashland. If he had followed his planned route, the railroad would have run through Eagle Point--not Medford--and that city would never have existed. The venture stopped at Roseburg, and one year later Holladay couldn’t meet the required interest payments on his bonds. The company went bankrupt.
Henry Villard represented the German investors and took control four years later of Holladay’s Oregon and California Railroad Company (“O&C”). Joseph Gaston did have the last laugh when his competitor became bankrupt and lost control. It took years to reorganize the company with new debt, and the work to extend the railroad to the California border couldn't begin again until mid-1883, due to a bad economy, the high costs, and politics being difficult obstacles.
Having restarted construction, Villard’s O&C track was extended from Roseburg through Josephine and Jackson County, finally stopping at Ashland on May 4, 1884, a total of 310 miles from Portland. Villard’s company, however, couldn’t meet its debt obligations either, and further building to meet California’s track coming from the south then ended.
In 1887, the once-again, reorganized O&C was now under control of the Southern Pacific Holding Company, and it began to connect the two states. As part of the agreement, the control and stock of the O&C passed to Southern Pacific. The completion of the railroad over the Siskiyou Summit was then completed from both sides. On December 17, 1887, Charles Crocker, the vice president of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, drove in the golden spike in Ashland that formally connected the two tracks.
The passage of the railroad through Josephine and Jackson County created new towns and left others in the wind. Towns such as Grants Pass, Rogue River, Gold Hill, Central Point, Medford, and Ashland were made. When Thomas Chavner offered concessions to the railroad, he ended up platting and creating in 1884 the town of Gold Hill with its train station and stop. A few miles down the Rogue River, neighboring Rock Point and its stage stop was by-passed and it withered away. Landowners in the Central Point area made a right-of-way deal with the railroad to build its tracks over their land. In return, they relocated Central Point to the rail-line and that township flourished with its stop.
The story of Jacksonville took another turn. Its leaders assumed that the railroad would come through there, especially since the first surveyors came from the town. Despite its rich history and the assumptions, the cost of building one mile of track was estimated at $30,000 per mile, and a detour from the straight line through Bear Creek Valley would have been too expensive. The railway continued from Gold Hill through Tolo on the river with its nearby Gold Ray Dam and direct to eventually reach Ashland.
Four property owners in Jackson County, including Cornelius Beekman, had donated 260 acres to the railroad in late 1883, and this land was platted for a new town named Medford. As the railroad came there, dozens of businesses were created, including two hotels, saloons, and the railroad depot. The depot building was replaced in 1900, and in 1910, the brick station was constructed where Porters Restaurant and Bar on North Front Street now is in operation. Jacksonville shriveled away until Robbie Collins and others with their vision brought about its designation in the 1960s as the first National Historic Landmark Town in the country. With the railroad, property values substantially increased and new county seats were born at Grants Pass and Medford. The fast movement of crops, freight, and goods--compared to the days and weeks taken by wagon train--brought the two counties and Southern Oregon into a new prosperity.
Sources: Mail Tribune, “Oregon rails to California--a Timeline,” December 23, 2012, at Oregon Railroad Timeline; Paul Fattig, “A visionary is derailed,” Mail Tribune, December 23, 2012, at Joseph Gaston's Dream; Bill Miller, “Betrayal? Railroad misses Jacksonville,” Mail Tribune, December 25, 2012, Jacksonville Missed; Paul Fattig, “The Birth of Medford,” Mail Tribune, December 25, 2012, at Medford’s Fortunes; Bill Miller, “New way to ship goods or travel eases isolation in Rogue Valley,” Mail Tribune, December 27, 2012, at Overview.
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Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
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Minding Your Money
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
Join local realtors Pete Belcastro and Joe Brett Saturday morning at 10:00 for the Rogue Valley's only radio show dedicated to buying or selling your home along with local guest experts on title, mortgage, and home renovations.