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TODAY IS THE DAY!
Josephine County Republican Party putting on a Governor’s Candidate Forum, (I moderate) 830 NE 9th Street in Grants Pass, at Grants Pass High School. Doors open at 5, and we get it started at 6pm. You’ll want to get there early. It will also be live streamed at https://youtu.be/XC69QcVsS0c and is available to watch at the same link after the event finishes.
Candidates attending are Marc Thielman, Bridget Barton, Bob Tiernan, Bud Pierce, Jessica Gomez, Bill Sizemore, Court Boice
Friday 4-29-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
7:10 Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors at www.RogueWeather.com
7:35 Bridget Barton – Gubernatorial Candidate https://bridgetbartonfororegon.com/
8:10 Glenn Archambault, elected Farm Services Agency for southern Oregon – We talk about food security, recent burning down of food processing plants, Water’s importance, even what is the biggest bang for your gardening buck.
8:50 – Mike G. From Britt Festival. Tickets go on sale for the general public today! www.BrittFest.org
Thursday 4-28-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
7:10 Randy Sparacino, City of Medford Mayor, and GOP primary candidate for State Senate District 3, and learn more about Randy at https://www.randysparacino.com/
7:35 Naomi Wolf, author of The Bodies of Others: The New Authoritarians, Covid-19 and the War Against the Human. Wolf is co-founder and CEO of DailyClout.io, a successful civic tech company. Get the book at www.allseasonspress.com or www.DailyClout.io
The Bodies of Others is about how we came to the harrowing civilizational crossroads at which we find ourselves – engaged in a war against vast impersonal forces with limitless power over our lives and which threaten the freedoms we have always taken for granted.
In her most provocative book yet, Dr. Naomi Wolf shows how these forces — from Big Tech and Big Pharma to the CCP and our oligarchical elites — seized upon two years of COVID-19 panic in sinister new ways, to not only undermine our Republic but to fundamentally reorient human relations.
Their target is humanity itself. Their end goal is to ensure that our pre-March 2020 world is gone forever. Irretrievable. To be replaced with a world in which all human endeavor-all human joy, all human fellowship, all human advancement, all human culture, all human song, all human drama, all worship, all surprise, all flirtation, all celebration-is behind a digital paywall. A world in which we will all have to ask technology’s permission to be human.
But we, the people of the world, did not vote to abandon our old systems and destroy our old ways so absolutely they could never be recovered. And Wolf shows how, against overwhelming odds, we still might win.
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8:10 Vance Day, running for Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 3 – Amazing, guy, and we discuss the court’s ruling yesterday against the counties re timber. Learn more about Vance at https://teamvanceday.org/
Wednesday 4-27-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 “Wheels Up Wednesday” with Eric Peters, automotive journalist with www.EpAutos.com
Just some of the fantastic articles we discuss –
The Electrocution of the Corvette – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2022/04/27/the-electrocution-of-corvette/
2022 Kia Stinger Review – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2022/04/26/2022-kia-stinger/
And What Did YOU Do in the War, Grandpa? – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2022/04/25/and-what-did-you-do-in-the-war-grandpa/
7:35 Cynthia Oliver, Jackson County Resident concerned about a mining operation near Trail which is appealing a land use plan rejection.
8:10 Christopher Bedford is a senior editor at The Federalist, the chief communications officer at RightForge, vice chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, a board member at the National Journalism Center, and the author of The Art of the Donald.
Here’s How Elon Musk’s Free Speech Gambit Can Succeed – https://thefederalist.com/2022/04/26/heres-how-elon-musks-free-speech-gambit-can-succeed/
Tuesday 4-26-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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, The Western Journal, and Townhall.com.
Michael Busler is confirmed for tomorrow Tuesday at 9:35am ET/6:35am PT
7:10 Kevin Starret – Oregon Firearms Federation www.OregonFirearms.org we talk about his “debate” with Rep. David Brock Smith. Funny how the GOP folks love Kevin…until he starts calling them out for their crazy votes!
7:35 Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger, ORP state chair. We talk about the importance of reps keeping their votes in line with the ORP platform, also the latest on the Shooting Range Controversy.
8:45 Open for Business – Jamie Batte, Broker with TruHome – Jamie is the sponsor of our “Real Estate Spotlight”, a discussion of Real Estate Opportunities and Info in the Rogue Valley. How’s the market looking right now? We’ll discuss that and the opportunity to make money by investing money in multifamily housing.
Email Jamie for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 4-25-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Nathan Lewis—co-author of INFLATION: What It Is, Why It’s Bad, and How to Fix It—(www.EncounterBooks.com
What is behind the worst inflationary storm in more than forty years—one that is dominating the headlines and shaking Americans by their pocketbooks? The cost-of-living explosion since the COVID pandemic has raised alarms about a possible return of a 1970s-style “Great Inflation.” Some observers even fear a descent into the kind of raging hyperinflation that has torn apart so many nations. Is this true? If so, how should we prepare for the future?
INFLATION answers these and other questions in an engaging discussion that draws on the singular expertise of Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, acclaimed for his insights on money and the economy; Nathan Lewis, internationally renowned expert on money and taxation; and author and journalist Elizabeth Ames. INFLATION ultimately contends that despite what the experts routinely say, “no nation has ever gotten rich by eroding the value of its money.” And it explains why stable money and pro-market policies, including lower taxes, would stop inflation and reignite American prosperity.
INFLATION outlines the dangers we face: “Almost daily, people are shocked by media reports of double-digit increases in the price of food, gas, automobiles, and other essentials. Adding to public anxiety is an ever-mounting level of government spending, causing federal debt to now exceed the size of the entire US economy.” Rising prices, however, are only the symptoms and not the cause of the problem. INFLATION explains that, while “transitory” market forces may help push up prices, the fundamental cause of severe, long-term inflation is always a decline in the value of money—which most often occurs when governments and central banks pump too much into the economy.
The answer to inflation, say the authors, is discarding long-held misperceptions that helped bring on the current crisis. They include the notion that central banks can create prosperity by producing money out of thin air, and that economic “stability” requires “a little inflation.” For decades these ideas have been
Holy Writ in Washington. INFLATION shows why they’re misguided, and also why the heedless money-printing being pushed today by left-wing advocates of “Modern Monetary Theory” would lead us down the road to disaster.
INFLATION argues that “The best way to end inflation, and to spur economic growth, is through a return to a sound dollar anchored by gold. A gold standard simply links the greenback to gold, in much the same way that dozens of countries today link their currencies to the dollar or euro. The US relied on a sound dollar for nearly two centuries and it became the wealthiest country in the history of the world.”
7:10 Mr. Outdoors, Greg Roberts at www.RogueWeather.com
7:35 Holli Morton, chair of the Josephine County Republican Party. This Friday is the Governor’s Candidate Forum, starts at 6pm at the Performing Arts Center in Grants Pass at GP High School. More info – https://fb.watch/cCWxfb6DVy/
8:15 Dr. Dennis Powers with today’s Where Past Meets Present. More about Dennis at www.DennisPowersBooks.com
Talent Irrigation District
By Dennis Powers
Residents long ago realized the value of water for this Valley and its economy. Jacob Wagner in the early summer of 1852 diverted some of the creek water (which now bears his name) that ran through his property, thus introducing irrigation. It wasn’t until 1916 that the Talent Irrigation District (“TIG”) was formed as a Quasi-Municipal Corporation and under contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (“Reclamation”). A board of three elected directors governs the district, has the ability to issue bonds, and is the largest irrigation district in Southern Oregon.
In March 1920, the first organized area, named the McDonald Unit, was completed at a cost of $250,000. The construction built a needed diversion dam and canal. This comprised 1,600 irrigable acres, with the water supplied from McDonald creek, a tributary of the Little Applegate River, and from Wagner Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek. Shortly thereafter a portion of the Talent Lateral to bring the water was constructed, this water supply coming from Bear Creek.
The land for Hyatt Reservoir was acquired by 1923. The capacity of Hyatt Dam is 16,000 acre feet of storage, impounds Keene Creek, and is at the southern end of its created Hyatt Lake. Additionally, construction of different siphons (large steel pipe), a water tunnel, and lateral canals to bring this water to the first area (and later Emigrant Lake) began.
The TID in 1920 began purchasing the necessary land for Emigrant Reservoir, located just south of Ashland, but the work was not started until 1929. Bids were awarded for a dam with a capacity of 8,500 acre feet, draining approximately 58 square miles and flooding a maximum area of 230 acres—thus creating the easily accessible Emigrant Lake for boating, swimming, and fishing.
Owing to the Great Depression (causing the TID to be reorganized owing to the bankruptcies of farmers and irrigators) and World War II, it basically maintained these improvements. In 1956, a new reservoir at Howard Prairie was constructed with a normal surface area of 2,000 acres, being 4 miles long and 1/2- to 1-mile wide.
A much larger earthen dam by Reclamation, nearly doubled to 204 feet high, greatly expanded Emigrant Lake in 1960–with continued construction of laterals to bring water to where needed. Water from Hyatt Reservoir, Little Hyatt Reservoir–further downstream on Keene Creek–and Howard Prairie Lake, the larger reservoir 3 miles to the east, is carried by the Ashland Lateral Canal to Emigrant Lake, the storage reservoir near Ashland.
At this time, the project area includes land in and around the cities of Medford, Phoenix, Talent, and Ashland. The TID has 3,530 accounts with 3,000 land owners, both commercial and residential, that provides irrigation water to 16,300 acres of land in its district.
With its water supply coming from a number of creeks that empty into storage in the three lake reservoirs, TID’s system consists of 230 miles of siphons, canals, and lateral distributions, all of which need to be maintained year-round. Although a normal irrigation season begins in mid-April to early October, the irrigation season under drought conditions starts later and ends earlier.
In 2021, TID cut the water supply off in mid-July. Even if water is not delivered, customers must still pay, as their water usage is not metered: Users pay for the maintenance of this complex irrigation system in delivering needed water, for “whatever water Mother Nature decides” to bring to its reservoirs. (Note: The City of Talent purchases all of its water from the Medford Water Commission by a 24-inch water main; this currently provides water to the cities of Talent, Ashland, and Phoenix.)
Unfortunately, the water supply situation did not improve in 2022. According to Mike Winters, president of TID’s board of directors, although “Water deliveries are ‘more than likely’ for patrons of TID this season, there’s the potential for an historically shorter period, if it happens at all.” The reservoirs now are extremely low: Hyatt Lake (14% of capacity), Howard Prairie Lake (11%), and Emigrant Lake (12%) respectively, in April. (Note: Even with the latest rains, the TID Board in May will wait to make a decision on when water deliveries will begin.)
Notwithstanding this, what life would have been like without the TID is not measureable.
Sources: Patrick Lynch, “Research Paper on History of Talent Irrigation District,” March 1959 at History of TID; Talent Irrigation District Website at TID Website; Holly Dillemuth, “TID Water ‘more than likely’ to turn on for Limited Time,” Ashland.News, April 6, 2022 at 2022 Water Conditions.