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GET YOUR PUBLIC WILDFIRE COMMENT IN
Representative Pam Marsh’s Announcement – https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/2c0302f
Public information on the Wildfire Recovery Public Hearings for this Wedbesday 2/17 from 5:30 to 8:30PM: Here’s a Pamphlet with Information on the Meeting – Wildfire Recovery Public Hearings Flyer Here is how you submit testimony at these state meetings. How to Testify at the Oregon Legislature
Additionally information you want to see – Governor Browns Wildfire Recovery Report – Go to the Conclusions on Page 29, and you’ll find it interesting how so much of this is based on “systemic racism”. You might consider calling the conclusions “out” on your comment, and insist that any recovery be done via EQUAL TREATMENT, not through EQUITY, which is about race-based responses. OR Governor Wildfire Report FINAL
NEWS STORY about the Meeting:
(Some key excerpts) “It’s not a short committee. Just hearing what’s going on in Paradise, California – they’re a few years out now, and still, 90% of the folks aren’t back. I think 1000 structures are built out of 20 some thousand. It’s like a ten-year recovery process for that community,” said Rep. Brian Clem, who chairs the committee.”
“Those recommendations include $25 million already committed to the Housing Authority of Jackson County for use in building affordable and mixed-income housing. Other recommendations include $30 million for Project Turnkey, an initiative to convert hotels and motels into transitional housing also moving forward in Jackson County. The committee will meet once a week and is preparing to stick around for the long haul.”
Bill’s Guest Information for Monday, 2/15/21
6:35 Andi Buerger JD is Co-Founder of Beulah’s Place in Oregon. She’s Founder of Voices Against Trafficking. She’s author of A Fragile Thread of Hope: One Survivor’s Quest to Rescue. We talk about her Profile in The Stream – Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor Shares How She Healed
Andi’s journey is from victim to survivor, to rescuer, mentor and sought-after international speaker, all while coming to terms with her own wounds and trauma. Andi heals while she works with others who also must heal.
Andi has rescued hundreds of young people who have been victims of predators and human trafficking. Because of her early experiences, she has a special close bond with many of these young people.
7:10 Greg Roberts from Rogue Weather Dot Com with today’s Outdoor Report
7:35 Mr. X, Community Activist – We dig into what’s needed to craft a public comment on this week’s Wildfire Recovery Committee public hearing this Wednesday. (All the information at the top of this blog)
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of Business Law and it’s our “Where Past Meets Present” history segment:
Frank C. Clark: The Architect Who Styled our Cities
By Dennis Powers
Born in 1872 in New York state, Frank Chamberlain Clark learned his drafting trade in New York City. After working for city architects, in 1895 Clark joined the firm of McKim, Mead, and White where he practiced drafting, with his evenings spent studying architecture and engineering at The Cooper Union, a private, full-scholarship college. While there, he taught architecture, art, and engineering; however, he became interested in Beaux-Arts that instructors at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris advocated by preserving classical form in design.
After practicing architecture in Los Angeles and Arizona, the 30-year-old Clark was awarded the contract to design two new buildings in 1902 for the Ashland Academy (now SOU). He moved to Ashland and for decades was the major architect in Jackson and Josephine counties.
His long career took off in the Orchard Boom of the early 1900s. During these years, the Valley boomed as wealthy easterners moved here to plant orchards and wanted elegant orchard houses—which he designed. While in Ashland, he turned out plans for the Elk’s Temple, Granite City Community Hospital, and the Enders Building. In 1910, he was well positioned and moved to fast-growing Medford. Clark designed stylish orchard homes, colonial-style residences, and major buildings such as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Sparta Building (American Renaissance style), Medford Elk’s Temple (Period Classical), Medford Airport/Newell Barber Field, the Swedenburg House (at the entrance to SOU), and many others.
Clark’s second intense period of work emerged after World War I. From 1920 when irrigation boosted the fruit industry to even when the Great Depression dramatically curtailed work, this architect’s career still thrived. During these years, prominent Medford residents commissioned houses (Craftsman, Period Colonial, and English Tudor), while city leaders commissioned structures as Medford Senior High School and Washington School (Period Classical), the Holly Theatre (Spanish Colonial), and Hillcrest Orchard buildings (Period Colonial). Clark in 1931 designed his large “dream” house on East Main in Medford; neighborhoods at East Main Street and Oakdale Avenue showed off numbers of his designs.
Clark continued on with an associate, Robert Keeney, in 1931 who was a recent architecture graduate from the University of Oregon. Six years later, the firm became known as Clark and Keeney. During World War II, he built wartime housing for the troops at Camp White. After World War II and with Kenney returning from service, he at age 73 turned over the bulk of the design work to his partner. Continuing with his designs, Clark’s career spanned over 60 years as he worked past his 80th birthday. He died in 1957 at age 84.
Frank C. Clark arrived in Ashland well over a century ago, and he was responsible for designing and creating several hundred structures of which numerous ones are still standing. He employed a variety of styles for residences, schools, commercial buildings, and institutional structures: “Graceful period colonial homes, opulent Beaux Arts, Queen Anne, Craftsman, Tudor, Prairie Style, Art Deco (Varsity Theatre, Ashland, and the 1937 “Harry and David” Packing House), and modern that included stucco and poured concrete,” according to John Darling, “Many of his signature buildings remain as a testament to his artistry.”
Sources: Kay Atwood, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Frank Clark (1872-1957)” at Frank Clark; See, among others, Mail Tribune, “Clark built a lasting reputation as architect,” February 18, 2009 at More Background; John Darling, “A Master of Style,” Mail Tribune, ”Our Valley,” Pp. 58-59, April 26, 2020.
Bill’s Guest Information Friday 2/12/21
6:35 Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government – We do a deep “vibe” dive on the impeachment proceedings. Take ACTION here – It Is Free Speech That Is on Trial In The Senate. not former President Trump
7:35 State Representative for HD3 Lily Morgan – We discuss a lot of the bills that are starting to move (gun ones are especially bad) but also there is a BIG public hearing this Wednesday 2/17 from 5:30 to 8:30 of the Wildfire Recovery Committee, of which Morgan is a member. They’re looking for your input.
Here’s a Pamphlet with Information on the Meeting – Wildfire Recovery Public Hearings Flyer
Here is how you submit testimony at these state meetings. How to Testify at the Oregon Legislature
Bill’s Guest Information Thursday 2/11/21
6:35 Dr Dana Cheng, Senior Editor for China News at The Epoch Times – WHO made its report this week on what it found when it gained access to the Wuhan lab in its investigation to see whether coronavirus could have leaked there. WHO says it’s “extremely unlikely” Covid-19 could have come from the lab. Dr Dana Cheng, has been reporting on Covid 19 and its links to China for the past year, and she has sources deep inside China, as well as access to Chinese documents that are leaked from time to time.
7:10 Eric Mitton, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Medford discusses how the Medford City Council might look into an ordinance banning homeless camping on the Greenway during fire season.
7:35 Justice of the Peace and attorney Damion Idiart – The following from his recent newsletter:
8:10 Rob Schlapfer, who has conducted many community conversations in southern Oregon. His next is Saturday 2/27 at 3pm. Sign up at http://SaveAmerica.Live
The topic is EQUITY and EQUALITY and how the word Equity, as used in the Social Justice world, is a real poison against civic discourse…very divisive. Another project Rob is working on is http://CrossingPartyLines.com
8:45 Kathleen Wilson, Executive Director of the Magdalene Home – The Magdalene Home is having a virtual fund raiser this year in lieu of the usual Angel Banquet due to Covid restrictions.
20th Anniversary Celebration & Online Fundraiser
Saturday, February 13th, 2021, 6:30 pm*
Enjoy inspiring stories, take a virtual tour of the home, and hear reflections on our 20th Anniversary by Bishop Liam Cary, founding Board President. We will also have a special musical performance and live raffle drawings throughout the program. (*Program will be broadcast here on their website). www.MagdaleneHome.org
Bill’s Guest Information Wednesday 2/10/21
6:35 Eric Peters, Automotive Journalist with www.EpAutos.com
Top articles we discuss:
The New Gas Tax By Another Name – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/02/09/the-new-gas-tax-by-another-name/
Cancelling Aging Air Bags – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/02/07/cancelling-aging-air-bags/
The Fiat 500X – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/02/06/2021-fiat-500x/
7:35 Marc Hutto of J. Austin and Company Gold and Silver Buyers – The “Big Short” in the silver market, and how available is physical silver?
8:10 Capt. William E. Simpson- Naturalist and founder of the Wild Horse Fire Brigade. Wildfire season is almost here, will the new administration allow the use of wild horses to munch down the excess fuel load (where appropriate?) Read more at https://www.pr.com/press-release/830561
Bill’s Guest Information for Tuesday 2/09/21
6:35 Geologist Gregory Wrightstone, a member of the CO2 Coalition, and the author of “Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know.”
His Fox Business News article – Electricity prices to skyrocket under Biden Administration
7:35 Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger – tax hikes, Fire District levy, Public Safety Levy…a lot going on.
8:10 Kevin Starrett of Oregon Firearms Federation – gun bills are moving, and Kevin and I dig into the legislative rot.
Bill’s Guest Information for Monday 2/08/21
6:35 Dr. Michael Busler, Ph.D., is a public policy analyst, economics expert and a professor of finance at Stockton University in New Jersey. He is a featured columnist at Newsmax, The Hill, and The Western Journal, Townhall.com. We discuss the push to forgive $50,000 in student debt for each outstanding college loan.
You can also search “Funding Democracy” on Facebook
7:35 Alek Skarlatos, Paris Train Terror Attack Hero, former Congressional Candidate (against Rep. Defazio) and he recently joined The Freedom Foundation
Alek Skarlatos Announces Freedom Foundation’s National Expansion
Last week, the Freedom Foundation announced that Alek Skarlatos — international hero, movie star, Dancing with the Stars contestant and former Oregon congressional candidate — had come aboard as its national director for development.
“To date, the Freedom Foundation has freed more than 85,000 people from union bondage, and that’s going to grow exponentially this year due to the Freedom Foundation growth nationally.”
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of business law – www.DennisPowersBooks.com , and today’s Visiting Past and Present!
Chuck Mills: National/SOU Coach and AD
By Dennis Powers
Chuck Mills was born in 1928 and grew up in Chicago; he graduated in 1950 from Illinois State University. Always wanting to coach football, Mills started his career as an assistant coach in 1951 at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. His first head coaching job was at Mendel Catholic High School (Chicago) the next year with different head high school coaching positions following until 1957 when he became an assistant head coach at Pomona (a small liberal arts college) in Claremont, California.
He served as the head coach at Pomona College (1957–1961), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1962–1963), the United States Merchant Marine Academy (1964), Utah State (1967–1972), Wake Forest (1973–1977), Southern Oregon University (1980–1988), and the United States Coast Guard Academy (1997). He had a 133-133-5 career record, and his lone conference title (save SOU) was at the Coast Guard Academy with a 9-2 record.
His well-traveled career included a stint as administrative assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I in 1966. (The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first-ever Super Bowl.) From 1978–1980, he was also the Executive Director of the Blue–Gray Football Classic.
Chuck Mills coached the Raiders from 1980-88 and was inducted into its Athletic Hall of
Fame in 2019. Upon taking over a floundering Southern Oregon program that had turned in four consecutive losing seasons, Mills’ influence in Ashland quickly turned into tangible results. Mills spearheaded the fundraising drive that remodeled Raider Stadium, and in 1983, the first year the Raiders played in front of the new grandstand, he led them to their first nine-win season (9-2), first top-10 national ranking, an NAIA District II championship, with Mills being named district coach of the year as a result.
Under his watch in 1987, the 15th-ranked Raiders captured their first NAIA Championship Series victory with a 21-14 upset of eighth-ranked Central Washington. Mills left SOU coaching with a 48-40-1 record and six winning seasons.
But his legacy at SOU outside of coaching and being its athletic director stands out. He connected with his players and was a father figure despite not having children. He was invested in their academic standing and held his players to a high standard on the field as well as off, whether they were star all-conference players or at the bottom of the depth chart. “If you didn’t go to class, he heard about it,” a former player said. “He knew all your classes, he knew all your teachers, he knew how you were doing.” He wanted to win as many games as possible, but he wanted his players to be better people no matter how much time they spent in the SOU football program.
In Japan, Mills is remembered as “one of the fathers of American football in Japan.” His 1971 Utah State University team was the first college team to play in Japan, competing against a collegiate all-star team in Tokyo. He returned three years later as the head coach of Wake Forest, and in 1985 took Southern Oregon to Kobe, Japan, to play against Kwansei Gakuin University. A year later, KGU became the first Japanese team to compete on American soil when it traveled to Ashland. Since 1974, the Chuck Mills Trophy has been awarded annually to the top college football player in Japan.
Mills, who has the fourth-highest win total among coaches in SOU history, passed away in January 2021 in Hawaii. He was 92 years old.
Source: Source: SOU Sports Information, “SOU coaching great Mills, 92, dies,” January 19, 2021 at Coaching Background; Danny Penza, “Former SOU football players remember Mills fondly,” Mail Tribune, January 20th 2021 at Player Remembrances; Wikipedia: Chuck Mills at Biography.
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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.
ALSO WORTH A READ – Angelo Codevilla – Clarity in Trump’s Wake_____________________________________
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.