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Bill’s Guests for: Friday, May 11, 2018:

6:35: Matt Whitworth, Director of the documentary series, “The Swamp,” chats with Bill. “The Swamp,” follows around 4 members of the House Freedom Caucus. Episode 2 will be released this week for free on Facebook.com/TheSwamp.

Check out a sneak peek of the series RIGHT HERE.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.

7:15: Jim Rafferty, Director of We’re For A Constitutional Government, and critic of the Grants Pass School District 7 bond measure, talks with Bill.

Check out more about Jim and learn his positions at W4ACG.org.

8:10: Doug Phillips, from Jacksonville Citizens for Public Safety Funding chats with Bill today. Doug and his group wish to pass a 5% meals tax within the city to pay for added public safety services.

8:45: Mike G, from the Britt Festival drops by the studio. Today Britt Fest tickets go on sale!

Get yours today at: BrittFest.org.

 Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, May 10, 2018:

6:35: Dr. Merrill Matthews, Resident Scholar for the Institute for Policy Innovation talks with Bill. Dr. Matthews is here to talk this morning about his new article at: IPI.org:

The Best Job Training Is On-The-Job Training.”

You can read more from Dr. Matthews at: IPI.org.

7:35: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation talks with Bill. The question today is: “Where can you carry?” We talk with Kevin about “2nd Amendment Protection/Sanctuary County” proposals.

Learn more at: OregonFirearms.org.

8:10: Brigitte Gabriel, President of ACT! For America and author of “They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It,” talks with Bill. We’ll be talking with Brigitte about her latest op-ed on Fox News:

CIA Nominee Gina Haspel does not deserve to be a target in the Left’s ‘war on women’.”

ACT! For America is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating millions of uniformed citizens about the threat of radical Islam to world peace and national security. Ms. Gabriel’s expertise on the subject is sought after by world leaders and organizations and is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller: “Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America.” A MUST-READ for every American.

8:45: Philip Yates, Nutrition Program Director of ACCESS, and Richard Strom from the National Association of Letter Carriers, join Bill in studio to talk about the 2018 Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger event.

You can find out more information at: AccessHelps.org.

 Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, May 9, 2018:

6:40: Steve Hyden, author of “Twilight of The Gods: A Journey To The End of Classic Rock,” calls the show.

The author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had, and what its loss would mean to an industry, a culture, and a way of life.

Since the late 1960s, a legendary cadre of artists-including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and the Who-has revolutionized popular culture and the sounds of our lives. While their songs still get airtime and some of these bands continue to tour, its idols are leaving the stage permanently. Can classic rock remain relevant as these legends die off, or will this major musical subculture fade away as many have before, Steven Hyden asks.

Twilight of The Gods book

Get your copy today by clicking HERE.

7:10: Mark Roberts, Independent candidate for Congress joins Bill, live in studio. Mark is challenging incumbent Congressman Greg Walden in the upcoming election. He’s here to pitch his position.

Learn more about Mark and his positions at: ShakeAMillionHands.com.

7:35: Lt. Justin Ivens from the Medford Police Department stops by the studio for the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Gary Lake, a former Karuk Tribal Council Member and member of the Shasta Nation talks with Bill. Gary is in Washington D.C. and had an interesting conversation with Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1) about H.R. 3535, which is meant to re-establish Federal recognition of the Ruffey Rancheria in the State of California.

Read more about the issue at: UnitedShasta.com.

 Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, May 8, 2018:

6:35: Natalia Castro, Public Outreach Coordinator for Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill today. Natalia’s dad, a police officer, taught her the importance of the 2nd Amendment, and she’s here today to talk about how the “Stand for The 2nd,” events went.

Read Natalia’s article: “Students for the Second Amendment are taking back the narrative on guns in the United States.”

Natalia Castro is also a Senior at George Mason University, working on a degree in Government and International Politics

Read more from Natalia at: DailyTorch.com, and follow her on Twitter: @LiaCastro62

7:10: Michael Campbell, a member of the Medford 549C School Board, Russ Batzer of Batzer Construction and John Underwood from Timber Products all join Bill in studio. Today we’ll be talking more about the 25 million dollar Medford School bond, designed to go toward Career and Technical training.

8:10: Sal Esquivel, Oregon State Representative calls the show. We’ll be chatting about the Special session of the Legislature, called by Governor Brown for the 21st of May. Is it REALLY necessary? Sal will tell you if it is, or not.

8:45: Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge will be studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?”

Bill’s Guests for: Monday, May 7, 2018:

6:35: Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA talks with Bill. Today, we’ll be talking about how the Boy Scouts of America has changed their name to “Scouts BSA,” and is now admitting girls.

Trail Life USA is a faith-based alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, and you can learn more at: TrailLIfeUSA.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.

7:35: Jessica Gomez, GOP primary candidate for Oregon State Senate, District 3 seat joins Bill, live in studio to pitch her campaign.

Go to JessicaForOregon.com to learn more about Jessica and her ideas.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers drops by the studio for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.”

Scienceworks: One of the Best Science Museums


Dennis Powers

Sharon and John Javna moved to Ashland from Berkeley, so their son, Jesse, could be in a good public school system and start kindergarten in 1995. John was a successful writer and publisher: His self-published book, “50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth,” had sold 5 million copies, was printed in 23 languages, and number one on different 1990 national best-seller lists. Sharon Javna had been a public defender in Oakland, who quit her job to stay at home when Jesse was born, joined three years later by their daughter, Sophie.

They loved being in the Valley and Ashland, but missed taking their children to the interactive museums found in the Bay area. Although lacking in experience, they started a small science museum (700 square feet) at Ashland Middle School, so that children could have hands-on experiences such as dissecting fish. They built the exhibits, a lab for experiments, and even showed a giant python. The tiny museumnamed the Ashland Middle School Science Institutewas a success.

Sharon later was looking at the old natural history museum building, the once Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History, above East Main and Walker in Ashland. Although it was empty, she thought that this would make a perfect museum, even if it was 26,000 square feet. The couple visited large science museums throughout the country, talking to administrators and understanding the operations.

Afterwards they met with joint founders, Marge and Dave Bernard, known for community activities and his connection with Ashland-based Darex Corporation (the family-owned, industrial sharpening firm with its Drill Doctor handyman tool). They also met with a good friend, Dan Kranzler, in Seattle who was president of his family’s Kirlin Charitable Foundation.

In 2001, a cooperative arrangement with Kirlin (that purchased the building) and SOU (that leased back the underlying land), ScienceWorks leased the structure. Sharon’s legal background came in handy in taking over the administrative duties; John had been a toymaker before becoming an author and managed the exhibits. In the following year, a small museum staff with over 100 volunteers retrofitted the structure and built the exhibits. With such volunteering, opening the facilities cost $300,000, far below the $3-million price tag that consultants had predicted.

It opened in December 2002. Called one of the country’s best small science museums, it has some 100 interactive exhibits. From its highly popular “Bubble-ology Room”where people blow bubbles and learn about bubble-surface tensionto “Pedal Power” (a stationary bicycle that powers an electric train) and a “Noise!” exhibit (including “dancing sands”–from sound vibrations), adults and children alike learn while being entertained. Hands-on exhibits range from “Da Vinci’s Garage” and “Discovery Island” to the outside “Black Bear Garden.”

In late April 2018, it opened its pterosaurs exhibit (the first flying vertebrates–animals with backbones—and also called pterodactyls or “flying dinosaurs), which includes interactive areas as one where you mimic a pterodactyl as it eats prey or becomes one. Different exhibits and modifications are added every year.

One of the largest tourist destinations outside of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Lithia Park, it also conducts on-site school programs and an outreach program for teacher development. ScienceWorks relies on admission charges, contributions, and membership fees to operate. Currently utilizing 17,000 square feet for its exhibits, future expansion is thereand all for the benefit of this region and beyond. See its website for the latest and a description of all its exhibits.

Sources: Paul Fattig, “Happy birthday, ScienceWorks,” Ashland Daily Tidings, December 1, 2012, at  ScienceWorks History; Science Works: “History” and latest exhibits at its ScienceWorks Website; Sanne Specht, “The Power of Community,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013, at More Information (With Images).

8:35: Mark Hutto, from J. Austin & Co. Gold, Silver & Bitcoin Exchange joins Bill in studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” segment.

Find out more at: JaustinBrokers.com

 Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, May 3, 2018:

6:35: Kevin Stine, Medford City Councilor for Ward 3, and Democratic candidate for Oregon State Senate, District 3 joins Bill in studio. Check out more about Kevin at: KevinStine.com.

7:10: William Froehlich, candidate for Jackson County Sheriff comes into the studio. Learn more about Mr. Froehlich at: ElectBillSheriff.com.

8:10: Hilarie Gamm, tech expert, and author of: “Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and The Road Map to Change,” talks with Bill.

Is Technology Helping or Hurting This Generation?

With an eye-opening and entertaining look at how children, teens and young adults born in 1995 and later – are vastly different than their Millenial predecessors. From Billions Lost:

Technology has impacted almost every aspect of life today, and education is no exception. Will American students ever open an encyclopedia and learn how to conduct book-based research? Probably not. The biggest benefit of the internet and its search engines is the ability to research anything in seconds. Do American children really need to know how to add, subtract and divide? Calculate a mortgage? Balance a checkbook? Not likely. There are applications on any hand held device which enable mathematical calculations to be completed in seconds.”

The advancements of high tech equate to the decline of the human mind, the ability to think, and the destruction of an entire generation’s ability to focus. The mere presence of a smartphone, whether on or off, impairs a human being’s ability to think, act and communicate. The results of numerous studies can be summarized to show that even when not using our phones, our thoughts are affected. The more dependent we are on the technology, the more our intellect weakens. Evidence shows that even hearing the ringtone or vibration noise from a smartphone makes it harder to concentrate, impedes reasoning and performance, and results in sloppier work. Furthermore, the smartphone has also been shown to affect people’s health. People who heard their phone ring, but were unable to answer it presented with blood pressure spikes and faster pulse rates. Smartphone usage can diminish our abilities for learning, logical reasoning, abstract thought, problem solving and creativity. This applies even when we’re not using the phone, because the temptation to check it is so strong. There have been numerous studies of this sort. Students, whose phones were not brought into the classroom, scored a full-letter grade higher than peers that kept their phones within sight, or reach.”

If technology is allowed to master the human race, rather than the decision to educate the human race so it can master technology, our future, not only as Americans, but as high-functioning beings, will be at risk.

Check out more at BillionsLostBook.com.

8:35: Nikki Johnson, Veteran’s Coordinator with Veteran’s Services at Rogue Community College comes into the studio. Today, we’ll be talking about:

  1. Services for Vets and the RCC Team.
  2. The new Veterans Services Center at the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass.
  3. How RCC is a “Military Friendly” school.
  4. A recent $100,000 grant to Veteran’s Services to be a “Green Zone.”
  5. Who are Vets? What do they bring to the school? What are their needs a college students?
  6. How can people in the community help Veterans at RCC?

RCC has over 850 Veteran students and over 400 are currently attending RCC on the G.I. Bill. The G.I. Bill provides over $5 million dollars for Veterans every year.


Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, May 2, 2018:

7:10: Curt Ankerburg, local CPA and candidate for Oregon State Senate District 3 comes into the studio to talk with Bill. We’ll be talking about an unsigned hit-piece against Curt, that arrived in the mail.

7:35: Sgt. Julie Denney of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office comes into the studio for today’s Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.

8:10: Kevin Husted, former Medford 549C Budget Committee Chairman talks with Bill this morning on his criticism of the upcoming CTE bond measure.

Any questions you may have for Kevin can be posted at his Facebook page: Kevin Husted, Medford Schools.

8:35: Congressman Greg Walden, (R-Hood River), drops by the studio to chat with Bill.

Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, May 1, 2018:

6:35: Peter J. Ferrara, Senior Fellow at the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research talks with Bill. Today, we’re talking about a study he conducted at the Goodman Institute, which indicates that most families, working full time, at minimum wage, can’t be poor, and why work eliminates poverty.

“The main reason people are poor is because they aren’t working,” Ferrara said. “The welfare state deserves a lot of blame for that.”

In 1960, two-thirds of poor families were headed by someone in the labor force. Three decades later that figure was down to one-third, with only 11% working full time, according to the study.

Ironically, the reason why work eliminates poverty is because of two tax measures, championed by Republicans. The Earned income tax credit was signed into law by Gerald Ford and enthusiastically expanded under Ronald Reagan. The child tax credit (increased from $1,000 to $2,000 by recent tax reform legislation) originally appeared in the 1994 House Republican “Contract with America.”

Without these tax measures, a mother with two children earning the minimum wage could not escape poverty unless she worked 55 hours a week. With the two tax measures, she can escape poverty by working only 30 hours a week.

Read Peter’s study for yourself: Click here.

7:35: Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation chats with Bill today. Today, we’ll talk about the gubernatorial candidates and how they’re rated by the OFF. We’ll also touch on how to fight IP-43.

Get more information at: OregonFirearms.org.

8:35: Bill Hunker a resident of Josephine County chats with Bill. We’ll be talking about the latest in the “controversial” Merlin Sidewalks Saga. Bill will also tell you what happened in a meeting he had with Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare on the issue.

8:45: Brent Homan & Randal Lee, the men from Advanced Air join Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” See more great deals at: AdvancedAir.com.

Bill’s Guests for: Monday, April 30, 2018:

6:35: Richard Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill this morning. It’s time for your Monday Swamp Update, compliments of Americans For Limited Government!!!

You can see more at: GetLiberty.org, and DailyTorch.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport Outdoor Report.

7:35: Capt. Greg Wooldridge, GOP Oregon Gubernatorial Canididate joins the show today to tell you why you should vote for him in the May Primary.

See more at: WooldridgeforOregon.com. For questions and other information: Phone: 503-956-0357 Email: info@wooldridgefororegon.com

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers drops by the studio for this week’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.”

Chris Briscoe: Notable Photographer and More

Chris Briscoe was a Santa Barbara, California native who came to Ashland in 1971 after graduating from Santa Barbara High School. He headed into then Southern Oregon State College (“SOSC”) for his education and graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree. On a bike trip through the United States that next year, he decided that he wanted to teach–and went back to earn a teaching certificate from SOSC.

He next taught third-grade at Walker Elementary School in Ashland while pursing photography as a hobby. With his obvious talent, his works were noticed and Chris began freelancing for the Ashland Daily Tidings in 1980. He left teaching after four years and began working full-time as a photographer, establishing his photo studio in 1985 at 4th and “A” Street in Ashland.

Since establishing his studio, Chris’s work has been featured from Los Angeles to New York, from London to Tokyo. His photographs are featured in major publications across America, including USA Today, Travel & Leisure, Money Magazine, Woman’s Day, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, and more.

Chris is an adventurer, a believer in living life. He once sailed a boat to Tahiti, where he lived for one year. He has cycled across the United States four times, the last time being last year for three months with his son. In 2008, he simply boarded a jet to Bangkok, Thailand, not having any idea where this journey would take him. Briscoe traveled by moped and bus around Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to take photographic portraits of the common—even very poor—people. Printed immediately on his battery-powered Hewlett-Packard photo printer, he gave them their first portraits of themselves.

Just as the photos were a high point in their lives, the people of Southeast Asia were a peak in Briscoe’s life — even though some of his most poignant pictures were taken in a garbage dump, where refugees from the violence in Myanmar eked out a living. This journey led to a touching, privately printed book called “Common Ground,” which has found its way into the U.S. State Department.

Among his clients have been Kirk Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Dennis Miller, Rob Lowe, Olivia Newton-John, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Regan, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, B.B. King, Dennis Miller, Bo Derek, and Ray Charles. Equally important are the exquisite faces of people from all walks of life that are included in his truly inspiring portfolio—and see his website for this sampling.

He is driven by “vision, passion, and courage.” On courage, he said, “We all struggle with courage… The trick is to constantly challenge yourself, let yourself take a risk, and live your life.” And this he is still doing.

Sources: John Darling, “A life-changing trip,” Mail Tribune, March 24, 2009, at Chris Briscoe Background; “In Constant Motion,” The Raider: News from Southern Oregon University, Fall 2017, Pg. 14 – 15; see Briscoe Website.

Bill’s Guests for: Friday, April 27, 2018:

6:35: Raheel Raza, Clarion Project Advisory Board member, Founding member of the Muslim Reformer Movement and international human rights activist talks with Bill.

The Clarion Project is launching a new campaign to prevent the spread of radical Islamic ideology and violence in American children and youth.

Raheel Raza: “The radicalization of youth is at a crisis level and in speaking with parents, youth, activists and legislators, there is a general agreement that there need to be programs put into place to help the youth. Essentially there is not safe space “between the Mosque and the Mall” for Muslim youth to express their concerns. The ones who are recruited are troubled youth with nowhere to turn, hence the mercenaries pounce on them—both Muslim and non-Muslim.”

The FBI is investigating radical Islamic terror plots in all 50 states, but many Americans are ignorant to this fact and wrongly believe “it won’t happen to me.” The U.S. has no national program to prevent and counter violent extremism—and most local programs intervene too late.

Raheel Raza contends that America’s youth are being radicalized, and that this crisis requires immediate action to prevent violent attacks in the United States and Western world.

“According to CIA estimates about 2000 Westerners have travelled to Iraq and Syria (many via Turkey) to join ISIS. It’s estimated that from these more than 100 came from the USA.”

Raheel Raza: “Clarion Project’s plan to educate youth before they are radicalized is a way of resolving the issue. Their films and educational material addresses the issues that many people do not want to address given the politically correct climate we live in. However hate taught at a young age is something we must address. As a mother and grandmother I am concerned about the next generation of Muslim youth and want to provide support before it’s too late.”

You can find out more, and read more at: ClarionProject.org.

7:10: Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.

7:45: Stephen Mayer of the Better Business Bureau joins the show once again. Today we’re talking about a new scam that the BBB has been tracking. This time the victims are job seekers. The BBB Northwest and Pacific are warning of the company called: Cube Survey. Four reports since April 3rd have come across the BBB’s radar about this company that claims to be hiring “Mystery Shoppers.” At least one person is said to have been bilked for nearly $7,800.

Here’s how the scam works according to the BBB:

Victims receive a message through LinkedIn, which appears to be from an acquaintance, suggesting they sign up for the mystery shopper job at Cube Survey which claims to be based in Hawaii. Once “hired,” they are sent a check to deposit in their personal bank account, and told to deduct their commission. They are then instructed to purchase Walmart gift cards, of varying amounts, so they may “evaluate” the store’s customer service. To prove they performed the task, they must send a picture of the code on the back of the gift cards to Cube Survey. This allows the scammers to drain the accounts on the gift cards. Soon, the victim discovers the check deposited in their account for payment has bounced, and they are left to cover the amount of the gift cards. The BBB has received reports from victims in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin.

8:05: Royal Standley, President and CEO of Oregon Pacific Financial Advisors calls in for your daily check of the Stock Market. He’ll also give you a report on stocks of local interest. For an appointment, you can get ahold of Royal at: OPFA.com, or give him a call at: 541-772-1116.

8:10: Kirk Kolb, Superintendent of Grants Pass School District 7 talks with Bill. We’ll be discussing the $135 million dollar bond measure the district hopes to pass, to fund 2 new middle schools.