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BILL’S Guest Information for Tuesday 2/2/21
7:10 Bryan, “Mr. OCD”, an Eagle Point resident, who is taking big notice of a huge increase in roadside/forest trash the last few months.
8:10 Bob Robertson, local attorney, we discuss Home Rule Charter, and why he believes Jackson County Commission can do more to reopen our shutdown businesses.
8:35 Jo County Commissioner Herman Baertschigger, The latest on state/county issues, what about shutdowns and other matters of county concern.
PETER NAVARRO ELECTION REPORTS
Here are the three Peter Navarro reports detailing the various election questions of November 2020 which you can download. Read, and decide for yourself if concerns were “baseless”, or not.
Bill’s Guest Information for Monday 2-01-21
6:35 Brad Bennington – Executive Officer of the Builders Association of Southern Oregon – www.BuildSO.com
Today we discuss the legislative agenda that many urban planners ask of the legislators. Our city planners are not elected, not accountable to the people, yet have an insane amount of power through the planning process.
7:10 Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from Rogue Weather Dot Com
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, www.DennisPowersBooks.com with today’s “Where Past Meets Present” history and news segment.
Jim Wright, Southern Oregon, and Knife River
By Dennis Powers
With quarry operations off North River Road from Gold Hill and on Kirkland Road by Central Point–Costco, people wonder just how did Knife River come to be in Southern Oregon. Jim Wright in a recent interview gave insights as to how this came about.
His grandfather on his mother’s side was M.C. Lininger, who was an entrepreneur and came to Ashland in 1911 as a telegrapher for the railroad. After being involved in a cannery and then a hardware business, he noticed that nobody was providing plasterers with materials. He found a location by Jackson Hot Springs and began making plaster sand to where family members would head out after high school classes to screen sand and then deliver it. By the late 1930s, they were in the sand and gravel business.
Opening up M.C. Lininger and Sons in Central Point, they delivered materials when Camp White was under construction. Jim Wright worked there summers from the time he was twelve and after graduating from Ashland High School in 1958 and then SOSC, he sold ready mix and worked in the field “for years.” His brother and four cousins were all involved in the business.
In the early 1980s, Jim became president of the company as it expanded its operations. Owing to a progressive eye disease (retinitis pigmentosa), he completely lost his vision. Having had to quit driving in 1987, Jim was fortunate that LTM (Lininger True Mix) found a way that they could hire a driver to keep him involved. His driver did other work for the company when he wasn’t driving Jim Wright, who had enough eyesight to do “most aspects of his job”.
True Mix (which produced different construction materials in the area) then merged with Lininger’s operations to form LTM in 1988; LTM next sold to Knife River in 1990, as Jim Wright was involved in the company through all of these stages. LTM and Knife River helped him adapt with screen reading programs for his computer. Along the way, he joined People’s Bank board in 1993 and became connected with Asante and the Asante Foundation in the mid-1990s.
Knife River is a family of companies, a fully integrated independently managed and operated construction materials and mining company that is headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. It has one billion tons of aggregate reserves, 5,600 employees, operates in 15 states, and with total revenues in excess of $2 billion provides construction materials and related services. A Top 10 aggregate producer in the U.S., it is one of only three companies on that list to be American-owned and operated. (Note: The Knife River in North Dakota is a tributary of the Missouri River, where “Knife” is an English translation of the Native American name.)
Sources: Steve Boyarsky, “Jim Wright lost his sight but still has Vision,” Mail Tribune, October 4, 2020 at From M.C. Lininger and Sons to Knife River; Knife River Timeline at Knife River Information.