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Bill’s Guests: Friday, February 1, 20196:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government joins Bill for today’s Weekly Swamp Update! Check out more over at: DailyTorch.com. 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report. 7:35: Mr X, research Jedi, expert on Green Mafia shenanigans and all around nice guy, leaves the safety of his hidden Southern Oregon bunker, and joins Bill live in studio. Mr. X, has dug up some more interesting documents on the “Let It Burn,” policy. Here are articles we discuss – first is the Kate Brown Visit from Wednesday: https://www.opb.org/news/article/wildfire-response-council-oregon/ Here is more on let it burn, and the finding that the smoke would have NO IMPACT on the people, especially look at the pages DN-2 and on: https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/79328_FSPLT2_051947.pdf https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/100092_FSPLT3_3077146.pdf pages 21-28 and page 35 are particularly good 8:35: Erling Kagge, adventurer, philosopher and author of “Silence In The Age of Noise,” calls in to talk with Bill. We’ll be talking with Erling today about his book that looks into why, in the noise we live with, tv news, entertainment and others, why silence is now more important than ever. About Silence What is silence? Where can it be found? Why is it now more important than ever? In this astonishing and transformative meditation, Erling Kagge, famed Norwegian explorer and the first person to reach the South Pole alone, explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to our sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. You can get your copy over at Amazon.com, or at PenguinRandomHouse.com. To learn more about Erling, click here.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 31, 20196:35: Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association talks with Bill this morning. Today we discuss her new op-ed at USA Today about the New York law that just passed: “Most Americans don’t want a standing ovation for abortions until birth. But Democrats do.” “I can only imagine then, that seeing Democrats vigorously applaud abortion for 7-pound babies makes most Americans queasy. The same goes for lighting up One World Trade Center pink.” Similar (horrific and disgusting) laws are being proposed in RI, VT and now VA. The shocking defense of infanticide is causing a stir on twitter as well: State VA legislator: https://twitter.com/vahousegop/status/1090346857925144576?s=21 VA governor: “If a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians & mother” https://twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1090657473218920448 Ashley adds: “Democrats have now made the tragic New York law allowing abortion up until birth a trend – with states such as Vermont, Rhode Island and now Virginia, following suit with similar proposed legislation. When compared to the vast majority of Americans attitudes toward abortion who would limit abortion to the first trimester at most, these laws are extreme. And they are cruel and barbaric in their own right. Every lawmaker, Democrat and Republican alike, should condemn them.” Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association Learn more at: TheCatholicAssociation.org. 7:10: Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum calls the show today. Today, we dig into the PERS issue, and its effect on state finance, and our ability to provide needed services – Here’s his latest newsletter detailing the challenge: “Economic Tsunami” 8:10: Julie Niles-Fry, Former Rogue River School Board Member, currently works with Logos Public Charter School. Today, we’ll talk with Julie about why it seems to be so difficult to reform public school systems, possible solutions.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 30, 20196:35: Tom Mallams, former Klamath County Commissioner chats with Bill today. We’ll be discussing the state of the Klamath Dams, and municipal and agricultural water issues. 7:10: Aaron Withe, Oregon State Director of the Freedom Foundation talks with Bill. Oregon’s largest union, SEIU 503, has lost more than 20 percent of its membership in just a few months. After the Supreme Court ruled last June that state and local government employees no longer had to be part of a union, the Freedom Foundation launched a massive campaign to educate and help these employees leave their unions and stop paying dues. Oregon unions have suffered such significant losses as a direct result of Freedom Foundation’s opt-out campaign, the state legislature is responding with a bill that creates a state-sponsored (taxpayer-funded) slush fund to help the unions recover their financial gap (our oped in Fox News). The bill is a direct workaround to the Supreme Court and aims to bolster union coffers at the expense of government employee paychecks. This short video explains how it works. Attached is a press release with more detailed numbers on the government agencies that have bled members in the past few months. Oregon is the only state pushing this bill – because Freedom Foundation has been the most effective group at helping union members opt-out. If this bill becomes law, Freedom Foundation is ready to file suit. 7:35: The Crime Stoppers Case of The Week with Sgt. Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police.
Bill Meyer Show: Guests: Monday, January 28, 2019
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself, calls in to bring to you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.
Keep up with Greg, and catch the latest weather, fire and road conditions. All over at: RogueWeather.com.
7:35: Kim Wallan, Oregon State Representative calls the show to bring you an update from her first round in the Oregon Legislature.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author of several books and local historian, drops by the studio for today’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great.” Check out more from Dr. Powers over at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com.
Danny Miles: Winning Coach in Basketball (and Life)
by Dennis Powers
Born in 1945 in Medford, Daniel “Danny” Miles went on to become one of the winningest coach in the history of men’s collegiate basketball, all at the Oregon Institute of Technology (“OIT”) in Klamath Falls. His father, Claude Miles, played semi-pro baseball in the early 1900s, and Miles Field was named after him due to his successful career in Medford.
When Claude and his wife had three boys, he built a baseball field with a grass infield, backstop, and dugouts in the cow pasture behind the family home. Playing sports was their pastime. Danny was an outstanding athlete in three sports—baseball, basketball, and football—at Medford High School and was honored in 1963 as the school’s outstanding athlete.
At the Southern Oregon College of Education (now Southern Oregon University, “SOU”), he earned All-American honors in football, All-Conference in basketball, and on the All-District baseball team. He was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Raiders, and set collegiate football’s all-time record for all divisions by completing 77.9% of his passes in his sophomore year; his career percentage was an outstanding 66%. Miles led the nation in passing percentage in 1964 and 1965, and then in total offense in 1965.
After graduating from college, Miles coached the three sports at Mazama High School in Klamath Falls. After one year as the head baseball coach at Bend High School, Danny returned to Klamath Falls in 1970 at age 24 as an assistant coach in the three sports at OIT: the results previously were in basketball (1-21), football (0-9), and baseball (3-23). One year later, he became OIT’s offensive coordinator for football and its head coach for basketball and baseball. He never left the school, nearly a record in itself, which in 2016 totaled 46 coaching years on his retirement.
Deciding to concentrate on basketball, he emphasized different aspects that most coaches. Although he credits his assistant coaches and fans, most center on his unique style of coaching. In evaluating players, he created the “Value Point System.” Rather than focusing on the usual points-per-game and rebounding, his system computed the entire value of a player’s team contribution by including missed shots, personal fouls, turnovers, recoveries, and assists. He freely substituted to give younger, developing players the chance to experience “game-on-the-line” times. He recruited from around the country, even the world.
Miles emphasized sportsmanship and community service. He sponsored Special Olympic events where his team played basketball against the special team for over 20 years—and his players lost by one point every time. The field house reserved sections for those with special needs and the elderly; and he, his coaches, and players generated the money that allowed at least two African children to attend school. From working at an all-faith OIT chapel to reading at children’s programs, his players shared this philosophy.
His approach resulted in near incredible results, all at OIT with its low budgets, enrollment of 4,000, a city of 21,000, and an economic region that endured hard times. He turned down numerous coaching positions with much more money at bigger schools and in large cities. Owing to tough financial times, OIT had to slash his budget so low that at times he almost quit; he had also been fired and rehired due to this.
His “Hustlin’ Owls” won three NAIA II national championships (2004, 2008, and 2012), along with one national runner-up, a national third-place, two elite eight’s, 14 district or conference titles, and ranked in the NAIA’s top-20 on 30 occasions. They won a school record of 65 straight wins at home, the longest at the time in the country from November 2009 to December 2011.
Miles led his basketball teams at OIT to an overall 1,040 – 437 (70.4% win record) with 14 trips to the national NAIA II tournament. He was named the NAIA National Basketball Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008, the overall National Coach of the Year (2012), and ten times as the Cascade Conference Coach of the Year. Danny led his Owl teams to numerous 20-win seasons (32 times), 25-win seasons (22 times), and 30 or more wins (10 times).
At the end of the 2015 – 2016 season, he retired. He had the fourth-most career wins of any collegiate coach (NCAA and NAIA)–including more than notables such as Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Bob Knight (Indiana and Texas Tech), and Dean Smith (North Carolina). On the all-time win list, he is only behind Harry Statham (Illinois’ McKendree University), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), and Herb Magee (Philadelphia University).
In 1966, he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Miles also is a member of SOU’s and Medford’s Halls of Fame. Southern Oregon University named him as its 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. OIT named the basketball court after him; and in 2018, he was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Miles joined the Cascade Christian High School athletic department as a part-time Assistant Athletic Director (“AD”) and mentor to coaches in 2016. He assumed the role of AD during the 2017-2018 school year, and then with a full-time AD appointed in June 2018, he went back to his athletics advisory position. “Better than retirement and staying at home watching TV,” he is quoted as saying.
Danny Miles came a long way after taking over a basketball team that had only won one game before. In addition to his winning ways, he has been a most successful coach–and in life.
Sources: “Oregon Tech: About Danny and Judie Miles,” at ; Greg Bishop, “For 41 Years, Town Cheers Danny’s Boys,” New York Times, February 22, 2012, at ; see Wikipedia, “List of College Men’s Basketball Coaches with 600 Wins,” at .
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