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Bill’s Guests: Friday, February 14, 2020 – Valentine’s Day

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government joins Bill on the phone for this week’s Swamp Update from Mordor on The Potomac. Today, we talk with Rick about AG Barr, Roger Stone and more!

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7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from, calls in to bring to you the Friday Outdoor Report.

7:20: Mike McCarter of the Greater Idaho movement talks with Bill this morning. Should Southern and Eastern Oregon join Idaho, instead of trying to form a State of Jefferson? We’ll talk about it.

Check this out, to see how it just might work.

And, you can get all of the information you need, over at the movement’s Facebook Page.

7:35: Cliff Bentz, former Oregon State Senator and current candidate for U.S. Congress joins Bill in studio this morning. Cliff will tell you his ideas as he vies to take the seat, when current Representative Greg Walden finishes his term.

See more of Cliff’s ideas over at:

8:10: Stephen Moore, former Trump economic advisor and Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation talks with Bill.

Perhaps you’ve seen this item by former Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore in USA Today: “It’s not the president’s budget. It’s the spending, stupid!

It’s not the president’s budget. It’s the spending, stupid!

8:25: State Senator Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) chats with Bill. Herman will give you an update on what’s going on in the State Legislature.

8:45: Mike G from the Britt Festival joins Bill in studio. Mike’s got a sneak peek announcement regarding acts just added to the schedule.

Bill’s Guests: Thursday, February 13, 2020

6:35: Melissa Henson, Program Director for the Parents Television Council chats with Bill today.

The movie “The Hunt” was pulled from release last year. But, since Universal Pictures wants to re-release the film, the Parents Television Council has questions about the film, which depicts a group of rich elites, hunting other humans for sport.

READ: PTC: Hollywood Must Be Held to Account for Impact of The Hunt

View the trailer to decide for yourself here.

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7:10: Eli Dimitru, a local concerned citizen chats with Bill.

Eli joins us today to tell you about the latest goings-on with, who will be holding a meeting this SUNDAY from 1-3pm at the Jackson County Library regarding potential dangers from RF Radiation.

8:10: Peter J. Hasson, reporter and author of the brand new book: The Manipulators: Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Big Tech’s War on Conservatives, chats with Bill.

Americans have given Big Tech enormous power to select the information they read, share, and discuss with their neighbors and friends. But what happens when that power is weaponized for political ends?

Intrepid reporter Peter Hasson blows the lid off of Big Tech’s desire to silence conservatives, push leftist garbage, and dictate how you think, act, and speak in this must-read explosive new book!

To get your copy, click HERE.

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist over at chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Transportation News Segment.

Today, we’re talking self-driving cars, and Eric’s latest article over at about how insurance actually impoverishes people, instead of helping them.

How Insurance Impoverishes

Read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at:

7:35: Judge Joe Charter from Justice Court is in studio today. Judge Joe, a 15 year veteran of Justice Court, is challenging Circuit Court Judge Lisa Greif for Position 8. He’s here to talk about it with you today.

See more over at his website:

8:35: James Hirsen, attorney, musician and social critic chats with Bill today.

Today, we talk with James about impeachment. Can President Trump’s record be wiped clean? James explains in the following article:

How Trump’s Impeachment Record Can Be Wiped Clean

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Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

6:35: Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst with the Independent Women’s Forum chats with Bill.

Today we talk about an article over at, that talks about how Democrats seemingly want to push the American worker back into a, sort of, universal 9 to 5 job, thereby ending “flexible work schedules.”

Here’s a few bullet points:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a bill that would produce disastrous results for workers. Proponents of the PRO Act lament that a shrinking share of workers are unionized. To try to rectify this, the bill would tilt the rules in the favor of unionization, eliminating all state right-to-work laws, requiring all workers (even those who don’t want to) to pay union dues, and forcing employers to turn over employees’ private contact information, opening them up to the potential for harassment.
  • Moreover, American Action Forum estimates that the PRO Act would cost employers more than $47 billion each year. But the biggest costs of this bill won’t be borne by employers and businesses. It will be the workers who have less freedom and flexibility to decide how they want to earn a living.
  • Today is a very different era than when Dolly Parton’s hit “9 to 5” described life as a drudge worker with no ability to control her schedule. America’s workforce of 160 million people have very different preferences for employment, and thankfully, they have a growing number of working paradigms that allow them to find the arrangement that makes sense for them. We should celebrate this diversity of work life, not roll the clock back to an era of greater standardization.

Read the entire article for yourself: Democrat Bill Would End Flexible Work, Force Every American Into The Same Old 9-5

And of course, check out more great content and ideas, over at:

8:10: Brad Bennington from the Builder’s Association of Southern Oregon joins Bill live in studio.

Today, we talk about the upcoming Home Show at the Jackson County Expo this weekend, and what can be done to attract more young men and women into the construction trades.

Visit the Builder’s Association of Southern Oregon online for more information on today’s chat. Click this.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, February 10, 2020

6:35: Ms. Louisa Greve, Director of Global Advocacy for the Uyghur Human Rights Project chats with Bill.

Today, we talk with Louisa about what she really believes about the Corona Virus in China.

Wuhan coronavirus crematoriums ‘working 24/7′ burning ‘100 bodies a day’ insider claims

YouTube: ‘This amounts to cultural and religious genocide’; Louisa Greve on holding China accountable

Louisa on Facebook

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report.

7:35: State Senator Kim Thatcher, calls the show. Senator Thatcher is running for Oregon Secretary of State, and she’s here to pitch her ideas for you this morning.

See more from Kim over at her campaign website:

Also, you can text “Kim” to 541-241-7192 if you’d like to help out.

Kim Thatcher Announces Campaign to Become
Oregon’s Next Secretary of State

State Senator unveils plans for republican primary race before large Timber Unity rally at State Capitol

(Salem) February 6, 2020 — “I believe every Oregonian deserves a state government that is a good steward of your tax dollars and that every elected official in Oregon must be accountable, transparent, and honest with taxpayers.” That was one of the key messages State Senator Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) delivered to a crowd of hundreds of people in Salem Thursday as she launched her campaign to become Oregon’s next Secretary of State.

The 55-year old Thatcher was a featured speaker at the huge []Timber Unity convoy and rally held on the steps of the State Capitol Thursday. Senator Thatcher told the audience her campaign will be very similar to her track record in the Oregon Legislature. “I have fought hard in the legislature for government accountability, transparency, and integrity.”

“Making her announcement to run for this statewide race means a lot to the Oregonians at the rally because they came from every corner of the state to be a part of this amazing experience,” said Angelita Sanchez from Sweet Home, one of the founding members of Timber Unity.

The rally was held to protest the Cap and Trade legislation. Senator Thatcher feels the legislature should refer the measure to the ballot. “Some lawmakers think you all aren’t smart enough to decide for yourselves on whether a Cap and Trade tax like Senate Bill 1530 is a good idea or not, so they don’t think you should have a right to vote on it. So why are they trying to quickly shove it through a rushed, and rigged short session?!”

The three main divisions of the Secretary of State’s Office include audits, elections, and corporations. Thatcher pointed out a billion dollar court judgment and other problems at the Oregon Forestry Department make the agency ripe for an audit, “Counties needlessly lost revenue, people needlessly lost jobs and our rural economy was hurt” said Thatcher to the rally participants.

“We appreciate Kim’s concern for rural Oregon’s natural resource economy and the people who depend on it for their livelihood and to raise their families,” added Sanchez. Thatcher was elected to the House of Representatives in 2005 and was re-elected five times. In 2015 voters sent her to the Senate and was she was re-elected in 2018. The Senator started her own small road-construction related businesses over 25 years ago.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian, joins Bill in studio for this week’s edition of:

Visiting Past & Present

The Grange Co-Op

by Dennis Powers

During the depths of the Great Depression, 99 farmers in the Valley invested $10 each in 1934 to form a cooperative. By joining together, they could pool their produce for better prices, secure a lower price for livestock feed, and purchase needed equipment and supplies at bulk prices. The cooperative has grown since into a multi-million dollar business with numerous services to meet this region’s agricultural and individual needs.

Local farmers and ranchers can now obtain sacked or bulk feeds, certified organic and produced locally. The feeds are available for animals ranging from sheep, goats, cattle, and horses to rabbits, hogs, poultry, and llamas. When the bulk fertilizer plant was built next to the feed mill in the 1960s, the Grange Co-op provided farmers with both conventional and organic fertilizersblended at the plant to requirements. Crop protection products such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides are available, plus renting different spreaders.

Rising 135 feet above Central Point, the Co-op’s grain elevator is an imposing landmark. It is the tallest manmade structure in Southern Oregon; an area monument since its 1947 construction, a 1961 fire destroyed it. Rebuilt one year later at the same location and to nearly the same specifications, the structure is still the only major feed plant in Southern Oregon.

The facility holds 35 commodity bins that hold up to 2,000 tons of wheat, corn, barley, oats, soybean meal, and beet pulp. This flexibility allows the Grange to meet nearly all of a farmer’s or rancher’s livestock needs. Purchasing wheat, barley, or oat grains from regional farmers (the great bulk from the Mid-West), the shipments are unloaded from trucks and railcars that pull up to its Central Point facilities. A mechanical bucket system fills the bins, as elevator employees check the levels. The feed is then mixed and shipped.

While other agricultural cooperatives have had difficult times, this Co-op has done quite well despite the Valley’s shift from strictly rural/agricultural to being more urbanized. Its success stems from a decision made in the mid-1960s to expand its retail offerings to target homeowners and weekend gardeners. The Co-op has grown over the years to seven retail stores in Ashland, Central Point, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls (expanded), South Medford, White City, and Yuba City in California.

The Co-op still runs its feed and fertilizer plants in Central Point with field-crop analysts serving customers from the coast to the Klamath Basin, and from Douglas County into Northern California. It still delivers bulk gas, diesel, and heating oil, as started by its founders. The retail sales at its outlets (including online) make the difference, however, with a wide array of products that include: farm and ranch, lawn and garden (including rental equipment), pet food and supplies, wild bird food and supplies, unique gift items, holiday-themed gifts, patio furniture, barbecues and supplies, clothing and footwear for the whole family, as well as hardware selection.

The Grange pays dividends to “Ag members” (full- and part-time farmers and ranchers) and to “dividend patrons” (non-Ag members) who spend at least $500 annually. Typically, 20 percent of dividends are paid in cash and 80 percent in equity credits to dividend patrons. Ag members typically receive 30 percent of the dividend in cash and 70 percent in equity credits. These average in total over $1.5 million annually.

The Co-op continues to meet the needs of this region, whether it’s helping 4-H and FFA members, supporting the area’s agriculture, or working to meet the needs of gardeners and pet owners. With 200-plus employees and total annual sales of over $50 million, it has greatly expanded from its earlier Depression beginnings–and another regional success story.

Sources: See “Grange Co-op: About Grange Co-op,” at History (With Image); Sarah Lemon, “The High Point,” Mail Tribune, April 17, 2011, at The Elevator and More; Mail Tribune, “Business news: Grange Co-op distribution,” April 18, 2017, at  Grange Co-op Distributions.

8:45: Titan Heating & Air is today’s business guest for “Whose Business Is It Anyway”

Titan Heating & Air

Address: 5598 Table Rock Rd. Central Point

PHONE: 1-541-664-2698 


2-3 to 2-7-2020: Bill Meyer’s Blog

2-3 to 2-7-2020
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Bill’s Guests: Friday, February 7, 2020

6:35: Rick Manning, President of American’s for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update with Rick Manning! Check out more from Rick, all over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from calls in to bring to you the Friday Outdoor Report! 8:10: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform calls in today. Today, we’ll be talking with Dave about President Trump’s bombshell about “Merit Based Immigration,” during the State of The Union Address.

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian thinker talks with Bill today. It’s the Wednesday Transportation Update. So… could the Green Mafia be setting its sights on the internal combustion engine? Maybe so, as it seems even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has capitulated in telling the British public that plans are in the works to mode out all cars with internal combustion engines. READ: The End Has a Date Find out more, all over at: 7:10 Jack Armstrong with Timber Unity talks with Bill. We’ve got more talk, and information on the big Trucker and Logger rally/protest in Salem tomorrow. 7:25: Kevin Keating, Chair of the Jackson County Republican Party talks with Bill, live in studio. The Annual Lincoln Day Dinner is coming! And you can get your tickets now. Head over to the office in Medford at 311 E. Main Street. Or you can call: 541-770-5277. 7:35: Mr. X, community activist, research guru and all around nice guy joins Bill in studio. So, the Greenies are trying to tell us now, that the smoke that hampered the Rogue Valley for most of the summer of 2017 and 18 was the result of “climate caused Canadian wildfires.” You know, instead of the ones burning just miles away from towns and cities here? Well, we’ll chat about that more with Mr X! Would you like to read more from Mr. X’s vast reams of paper? You can! Just head over to his website: “The Truth Will Set You Free!” 8:35: Randall Lee from Advanced Air and Hal Jones with the Medford 549C School District join Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” 8:50: Kim Andresen with Special Olympics along with athlete Nick Hiti, and Knights of Columbus member Joe Schaecher join Bill in studio. We’ll be talking about the upcoming Polar Plunge event, which goes to benefit Special Olympics.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

6:35: Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism chats with Bill. Dr. Bostom has released a new edition of his book ,which he and Bill will talk about today.

A Muslim “Holocaust remembrance” travesty Andrew Bostom

Check out more from Dr. Bostom at his website: 7:10: Jimmy Crumpacker, Congressional candidate for Oregon’s 2nd District joins Bill in studio. Get more information at: 7:35: Angelita Sanchez, Co-Founder of Timber Unity chats with Bill. The big protest against all things climate change, vaccines and anti-Second Amendment is coming on Thursday. Bill will actually be broadcasting live from the State Capitol that morning. #LetsRollConvoy 8:10: Tyler Flaming, President of the Grants Pass City Council chats with Bill today. Tyler will update you today on all of the issues facing the city right now. 8:25: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls in from Salem to tell us what’s going on in the short Legislative session. 8:50: Darcy Mann-Self and Toni Arnspiger from The Pear Blossom Festival Committee join Bill live in studio to tell you about this year’s event.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, February 3, 2020

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from chats with Bill. It’s the Monday Outdoor Report! 7:35: Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center talks with Bill. Today, we talk about the new trade deal signed by President Trump. USMCA. Is it actually WORSE than NAFTA? READ: The House-passed USMCA Agreement is NOT the same that President Trump negotiated!! 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian joins Bill, live in studio today. It’s this week’s edition of: “Visiting Past & Present.”

Providence Medford Medical Center

by Dennis Powers
Providence Medford Medical Center (“PMMC”) is part of a very large hospital network that includes hospitals in Hood River, Milwaukie, Newberg, Portland, Seaside, Oregon City, and other Oregon localities. A young widow, Emilie Gamelin, was instrumental in 1843 in establishing a religious community of Catholic women in Montreal, Quebec. Soon called the Sisters of Providence (for their trust in divine providence), the nuns dedicated their lives to caring for the sick and oppressed, the elderly, and orphans. In 1856, they came to Vancouver in the Washington Territory; two years later, they had opened St. Joseph Hospital, the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest. In Portland, the sisters opened the state’s first permanent hospitalProvidence St. Vincentin 1875. Over time to the present, their operations evolved into an extensive non-profit network of 50-plus hospitals, 29 long-term care facilities, over 1000 clinics, health plans, thousands of physicians, and affiliated services throughout Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington with total revenues approaching $19 billion. In Medford, PMMC today is a 168-bed acute and outpatient care facility, offering numerous services: from stroke care, rehabilitation, maternity, cancer, and home care to emergency, cardiac, spine health, and numerous other services. During the early 1910s, trained (or untrained) nursessupervised by some 30 doctors in “houses for the sick”were the hospitals at that time. Medford’s population then was 11,500 and with “fine wide street and concrete pavements.” Wanting a modern medical operation, local physicians petitioned Portland’s Archbishop and the Sisters of Charity of Providence to bring one about in the city. Some 50 years after establishing the Northwest’s first hospitals and schools, three of the Providence Sisters arrived in Medford on May 26, 1911 (during the Orchard Boom), and the first entry recorded in the “Chroniques de l’Hôpital du Sacré Coeur”the original leather-bound, handwritten journals kept by the nuns in their native French for the first decadewas entered that day. They utilized a small, yellow house at South Central Avenue and 11th Street for their first hospital. Tending to 14 patients the day after arriving, they set up a place to worship, noting that “the house is poor and very disorderly.” The nuns quickly instituted plans to construct a hospital on Nob Hill in Siskiyou Heights. Despite the doctors’ chilly reception, residents agreed to raise money for the hospital. Seven months after arriving, the sisters with their patients moved on January 2nd, 1912, into the new red-bricked Sacred Heart Hospital (built for $150,000). Despite their modern facility and equipment, the Sisters were not “assured of any money for our daily bread,” and listed gifts of winter hay that year for their two cows, along with peas, apples, eggs, tomatoes, and other produce donated by local supporters. Sacred Heart at the end of its first year had served 350 meals to the poor. Providence today still designates one day per year when everyone can eat bread and soup in its cafeteria, regardless of the ability to pay. It accepts donations for St. Vincent de Paul Society’s soup kitchen from those who so can afford. In its first fundraising event in 1913, Sacred Heart featured “fancy objects,” such as “embroidery, laces, paintings, and a doll wearing a complete winter wardrobe.” And its fundraising efforts have continued to the present. The Sisters helped hundreds of patients without charge over the first decade, gave free hospital care to many, and donated medicine to the needy. They visited the sick in their homes, as well as cared for the ill and needy in Sacred Heart Hospital. Growing each year and over the decades, the hospital (with the shortened name of “Providence”) moved in 1966 to its larger, current location on Crater Lake Avenue. Over time, the order provided its Medford hospital administrators until 1970, when Sister Carmelina stepped down and Jack Stormberg became Providence’s first lay employee in that position. For over twenty years afterwards, however, Sister Carmelina folded sheets in the laundry room and made hospital rounds. The Sisters gradually reduced their hospital operations, as their numbers decreased. In 2010, the order relinquished governance of its five-state Providence Health & Services to a secular board of directors. Providence provides in excess of $30 million in charity care each year for uninsured patients. In addition to locations in Central Point and Phoenix, as well as its own insurance plan coverage, this 168-bed, major area hospital continues to increase its presence. In 2015 (among previous moves), it purchased the Medford Medical Clinic (a multi-specialty patient clinic); in 2018, it completed construction of an L-shaped, three-story, 64,000-square-foot medical office as a primary, specialty, and urgent care center (including the Medford Medical Clinic) on the southwest corner of Highway 99 and Steward Avenue. Sources: Sarah Lemon, “A century of divine providence,” Mail Tribune, May 22, 2011, at Providence Medford Medical Center; Providence Health & Services (Oregon and SW Washington) at Providence History; “ Providence Medford Medical Center,” at Providence Medical Center (Medford); Greg Stiles, “Medical plaza opens at Stewart Meadows,” Mail Tribune, January 4, 2018, at Medical Plaza Opening 2018; see Providence St. Joseph Health overall at Overall Operations.

1-27 to 1-31-2020: Bill Meyer’s Blog

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Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 31, 2020

6:35 – Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government – and the “Swamp News Update”. 7:10 Greg Roberts at Rogue Weather with the Outdoor report 7:20 Garth and Rosemary Harrington discuss Rose’s recent experience with the opioid addiction issue. 7:35 Royal DeLand Jr. updates his fight with the city of Grants Pass over the “Foundry Village” tiny house proposal. 8:10 Kevin Darr, lead pastor at U-Turn For Christ Kevin explains how their faith-based program for homeless men helps bring many back from a life of alcoholism and addictions.

Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 30, 2020

7:10: Ed, also known as the enigmatic “Mr. X,” community activist, research guru, expert on Green Mafia shenanigans and all around nice guy, joins Bill in studio. Today, we talk with X about proposed changes with City of Medford planning. The issue is to make it easier and more affordable to develop apartment units, but could it help eliminate the ability of communities to have true public say on the character of their existing neighborhoods? Here’s a look at what the city may be planning Would you like to read more from Mr. X’s vast reams of paper? You can. Head over to his website: 8:10: Laura Loomer, Conservative Activist, journalist and Congressional candidate talks with Bill today. Today we get Laura’s point of view on the state of things, her Congressional run and her status as being “one of the most banned, most censored women in the world.” Check out Laura’s You Tube Channel to see the videos of her confronting high powered political figures. You can read about her FEC complaint against Twitter and more here:

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, the automotive journalist behind chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Transportation News Segment. Your Range Will Vary Read more great articles and see Eric’s reviews of the latest, and hottest, cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at: 7:35: Andi Buerger, Founder of Beulah’s Place and author of: A Fragile Thread of Hope, chats with Bill this morning. “I am living and leaving a positive legacy that can be adapted on any scale for the purpose of saving the future of our country, and that future is our youth.” -Andi Bueger Andi Buerger understands the young people she and her husband rescue. The co-founder of the national 501c3 nonprofit Beaulah’s Place was a victim of severe child abuse, and has since dedicated her life leading homeless teens away from sexual exploitation by criminals and predators. Her extraordinary work takes teens off the streets and into a stable schedule with a roof over their heads and viable employment. Buerger and her husband, Ed, started the nonprofit in 2008 in their hometown of Redmond, Oregon. “When we allow our children to be sold, to be used as a commodity, to be violated, persecuted, neglected, discarded and preyed upon by criminal influences, we deteriorate as a civilized community,” Andi Buerger said. “There is nothing civilized about using the weak, the innocent, the vulnerable for selfish gain. I am living and leaving a positive legacy that can be adapted on any scale for the purpose of saving the future of our country, and that future is our youth.” 8:10: Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons talks with Bill.

The Corona Virus – 1918 All Over Again?

by Dr. Jane Orient, M.D.

Clusters of a dozen or so deaths may get nonstop “if-it-bleeds-it-leads” press coverage. But the lack of preparedness for the really, really big threats may be met with virtual radio silence—until panic breaks out. The worst, possibly existential, threat is the stealthy, invisible one that multiplies exponentially—in the accurate sense of the term: 400 cases today, 800 tomorrow, then 1600, 3200, 6400, 128000, 256000, 512000, and 1.024 million after only eight doubling times. Biological threats proliferate—until they run out of susceptible victims. In 1918, the great influenza pandemic killed as many people in 11 months as the medieval Black Death did in 4 years. Ultimately, at least 50 million may have perished. Young healthy people, especially young soldiers headed off to the front in World War I, succumbed quickly. To avoid interfering with the war effort, the U.S. government denied and covered up the threat, preventing the implementation of public health measures. Since then, the world has gotten smaller. A virus that jumps the species barrier from animals to humans in a meat market in China can cross the Pacific in hours. And despite the expenditure of $80 billion on a National Biologic Defense, the U.S. is arguably no better prepared than it was in 1918, state Steven Hatfill, M.D., and coauthors in their new book Three Seconds until Midnight. As in1918, we lack a vaccine or wonder drugs, but must rely on non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI), and on public health authorities to track and try to contain the spread of infection. Accurate information is critical. Can we trust governmental authorities to tell the truth? Travel restrictions, quarantine, closing businesses, and cancelling public events have a huge economic and potential political cost. There can also be incentives to exaggerate the threat, in order to sell poorly tested vaccines or drugs. The 1976 swine flu epidemic was almost a non-event; more people were probably injured or even died from adverse effects of the heavily promoted vaccine. The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far declined to declare the corona virus outbreak a global emergency, although cases have been reported in more than a dozen or so countries. China reported only hundreds of “confirmed” cases—while countless additional cases were not tested because of lack of diagnostic test kits. The New England Journal of Medicine writes, “Another Decade, Another Coronavirus.” This 2019-nCoV virus is the third zoonotic (animal) coronavirus to infect humans in two decades. The SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) were contained. Other coronaviruses cause mild cold-like syndromes. This virus has occasioned the quarantine of entire cities, for the first time since medieval times. This could not be done other than in authoritarian China, states virologist Steven Hatfill, but even there is unlikely to be effective—especially if 5 million people had left before the order was implemented. The People’s Liberation Army has sent 450 medical personnel to Wuhan to help out at local hospitals, which are crammed with patients lying in packed corridors. Construction workers are reportedly trying to build a 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan in five days. The U.S. and other nations are evacuating their citizens from Wuhan. A report of 41 hospitalized patients in Wuhan, published in The Lancet, showed that patients were relatively young (median age 49) and fewer than half had an underlying illness. Only 66% had been exposed to the Huanan seafood market, the apparent source of the infection. One patient (2%) had no fever; all had pneumonia; 29% had severe respiratory distress syndrome; and 12% had acute cardiac injury. Most cases may be very mild, facilitating more rapid spread. The corona virus is transmitted by droplets coming into contact with mucous membranes, including the eye. It can persist on surfaces for days. People without fever or symptoms can transmit the illness during the incubation period, which might be as long as two weeks. At present, definitive diagnostic testing is available only from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a severe outbreak, people whose job is not critical may need to stay home. Those who do not have a supply of food, essential medications, or other needed supplies would likely end up in a frantic crowd. Personal protective gear, for people who need to be in contact with the public or care for a sick family member, is already out of stock in medical supply houses. This includes gloves, wrap-around eye protection, and N-95 protective masks—regular surgical masks are probably of little help. Panic is never helpful; staying calm is always good advice. But failure to heed previous warnings of the need for robust disaster planning, and complacency about medical technology and governmental resources, has set the stage for potential unprecedented disaster. Individuals need to recognize that they themselves, and not 911 or the emergency room or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, may hold the key to their family’s and their community’s survival. Local authorities need to know that they may be on their own. For now, stock up on supplies; cover those coughs and sneezes; wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds; avoid crowds; and stay aware, as the situation could change rapidly. 8:45: Kim Andresen with Special Olympics Oregon and Officer Marc Slagle with the Eagle Point Police Department chat with Bill in studio. The Polar Plunge, to benefit Oregon Special Olympics event is coming up on February 15th! Kim and Officer Slagle are here to tell you all about it. WHEN: Saturday, February 15th. Registration is at 8AM, the Plunge begins at 11. WHERE: Rogue Valley Country Club @ 2660 Hillcrest Road in Medford. $50 per plunge. If you’d like, you can volunteer, donate or participate in the event. You can find out more information, over at:  Or you can see more at:

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6:35: Prof. Wilfred Reilly chats with Bill this morning. The Professor has a new book out today, in which he discusses, what you are really not supposed to talk about in society today. In Taboo: 10 Facts You Can’t Talk About, Professor Reilly (author of Hate Crime Hoax) fearlessly presents 10 of these truths here and investigates why the mainstream is so afraid to acknowledge that they’re true. Among these taboo truths: * Men and women are different, although equal. * There is no epidemic of police murdering Black people. The year Black Lives Matter began, cops shot under 1,200 people, and only 258 of them were Black. * Crime rates vary among ethnic groups. The Black violent crime rate is about 2.4 times the white rate. * There are almost no “pay gaps” between big groups, when variables other than race and sex are adjusted for. The book is out today, and you can get your copy right HERE. 8:10: Jim Ludwick with Oregonians for Immigration Reform chats with Bill this morning. Today, we talk with Jim about our “Real ID,” problems and how it is due to the State bowing to open-borders policies. OFIR has fought long and hard against issuing driver licenses to illegal aliens and in favor of Oregon becoming compliant with the Real ID Act. “The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.  The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.” – Department of Homeland Security. Now, 15 years after the Act was passed, the deadline looms, on Oct. 1, for states to comply, or its citizens lose convenient access to air travel. Not so surprisingly, the Oregon legislature and our governor have blocked efforts to pass the necessary Real ID measures. In essence, they have been and still are, putting the interests of illegal aliens above the safety and well-being of citizens.   Now citizens face an impossible rush to get Real ID compliant i.d.   Take a moment to read the article that appeared in Sunday’s Oregonian. Editorial: Oregonians Pay The Price For Legislators’ Real ID Protest 8:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls the show to bring you an update of what’s going in Salem.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, January 27, 2020

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report. 7:35: State Senator Dennis Linthicum chats with Bill today. We’ll find out the latest goings-on in the State Legislature, and we’ll talks with Dennis about the possibility of Oregon adding a 6th Congressional District. See Dennis’ latest newsletter, below:

Dispensing Favors, Wielding Power

Big problems are on the horizon with the Democrat super majority’s Short Session Swindle, otherwise known as the Cap and Trade Bill (LC19). The most troubling is the unrelenting control and absolute authority that will be handed over to non-elected bureaucrats over the 30-year life-cycle of the program. Bureaucracies are most irksome and troubling when agency and department heads pursue agendas that vary from the goals of those elected to office. Elected officers can be held accountable whereas bureaucrats are free to reign. Administrative agencies become another branch of government. They exercise vast amounts of power and authority. They write rules, compliance obligations, sanctions, penalties and the methods for adjudicating discrepancies. These issues will explode with exponential fury when the statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) agenda is set for the next three decades by people who will be long-since gone. The alphabet soup of agencies chartered to control Oregon’s productive economy may outlive as many as 7 future governorships. These agencies will saddle businesses with untold complex, capricious and unachievable goals while dispensing favors and wielding power. The bill’s effectiveness will not be judged by the stated emission targets but by the underlying controls handed to the bureaucracies and the dizzying tax revenues. Cap and Trade schemes are attractive to governments because of a contemptible contrivance that generates revenue through bureaucratically set goals, taxes and penalties. These arrangements become “pay to pollute” virtue signaling efforts. Oregon will make money regardless of GHG emissions compliance. In essence, companies are free to pollute as long as they pay the state’s ransom. LC19 states, “it is the goal of this state to achieve a reduction in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions levels in Oregon: (a) To at least 45 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2035; and (b) To at least 80 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. … to prepare for the effects of [global warming] climate change.” [strike-out in original text] Global cooling went out in the 80’s. The global warming ‘hockey-stick’ was a disgrace. Now climate change is the new toxically undefined term that is being used to scare our children. Additionally, what scientific evidence proves that an 80% emission level below 1990 levels is the right target for a date 30 years into the future? Why was 1990 chosen? The date arises from AGENDA 21, a worldview which captured the minds of the statists in Oregon leading up to United Nations Conference on Environment & Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The AGENDA 21 preamble states, “Its successful implementation is first and foremost the responsibility of Governments. National strategies, plans, policies and processes are crucial in achieving [its goals].” Disguised under the global banner of foremost government responsibility, we can see the easily abused keywords: “plans”, “processes”, “strategies”, and “policies.” All of which combine to mean that you and I, as individuals, no longer count. It is the bureaucracies and their goals that matter. If the term “statism” designates concentration of power in the state at the expense of individual liberty or business, then LC19 is a perfect storm of statism. It does not represent a new approach to government. It is not consensus government. It is merely a continuation of political absolutism where those with power keep their power and the rest pay their dues. It is no different than the absolute governments, monarchies, or random tyrannies that have plagued most of human history. Our Founders, the Declaration and our constitutionally federated Republic argue for the individual, with Jefferson noting, “the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride.” But the super majority sees things differently–they believe it is not up to you to decide whether vaping, vaccines, plastic grocery bags, straws or firearms are appropriate tools for your life and happiness–the government should make that decision for you. Am I being over-zealous and bombastic? Here are some recorded statements of AGENDA 21 policy promoters:
  • “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” – Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the U.N. Earth Summit, 1992.
  • “Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single-family homes, paved and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment are not sustainable.” – U.N. Biodiversity Assessment Report.
  • “We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers, and return to wilderness millions of acres of settled land.” – Dave Foreman, Earth First.
Do you wonder why the four dams on the Klamath River have been slated for removal; why the Pelican Butte Ski Resort was never approved; why your farm and water rights are under constant attack; why your electric rates are climbing higher; or, why there are new bike-lanes instead of new auto-lanes? The current mindset has been in the global-socialist kettle for more than 70 years and has been percolating within Oregon for the past three or four decades. Governor Goldschmidt (D) created the Oregon Task Force on Global Warming in late 1988. The task force was composed of 12 state agencies charged to review current scientific knowledge and assess how global warming could affect the state. In 2004, an advisory group created by Governor Kulongoski (D), chose the global warming target date, 1990, based on recommendations from another United Nations organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The advisory group notes, “This target is based on limiting CO2 to double the level that existed prior to 1750.” Doubling the colonial population would get us to a US population of 8 million. This is far below today’s population where 320M people produce nearly $20T in GDP and export food, goods and services to the world. Despite the hype, there are no renewable technological solutions that can get Oregon’s economy to a carbon neutral, carbon free, or fossil free state. Without high net-energy fuel sources, which solar and wind sources are not, our capabilities will quickly regress toward the past, perhaps, circa 1750. In their mad rush for money, Governor Brown (D) and the super majority appear unwilling to acknowledge the technological constraints facing top-down bureaucracies. A free-market approach, where men and women can exercise their entrepreneurial spirit and sequester innovative breakthroughs, is the best hope, along with carbon sequestration through good forest management. Good stewardship comes from private resources combined with clear and well-structured property rights. Mobs and crowds are not good stewards, individual are. Therefore, Oregon should preserve capital accumulation for businesses and families so that our collective prosperity can lead to better stewardship for Oregon and our planet. Otherwise, you and I, our businesses, our jobs, our families and our communities will no longer be welcome in Oregon. Stand with me and other steadfast Republicans in stopping this bill or be prepared for the “the re-wilding of our communities.” If we don’t stand for rural-Oregon values and common sense…  No one will? Dennis Linthicum Oregon State Senate 28 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1728 Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-305, Salem, Oregon 97301 Email: Website: 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian joins Bill in studio for this week’s edition of: Visiting Past & Present. See more from Dr. Powers at his website, or check out local publisher,

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

by Dennis Powers

Faced with a growing need for hospital facilities, the Medford community in the late 1950s raised $1.9 million in grants and donations to build a new hospital (a total cost of $2.8 million); on May 1, 1958, the Rogue Valley Memorial Hospital (“RMVC”) opened its doors with 80 beds and a 75,000 square-foot facility. Located “out in the boondocks” of East Medford on Barnett, the facilities were later renamed the Rogue Valley Medical Center. Government grants under the Hill-Burton Act (1946) supported the initial construction, as well as an East Wing in the 1960s that brought the total number of beds to 160. The same act allowed a new diagnostic/treatment center, child dental clinic, intensive care, coronary, and cancer care unit to be added during that decade. Radiation and oncology facilities, linear accelerator, EMI or CAT scans, suture machines, cryo-surgery for early skin cancer detection, and laser treatments didn’t exist then. Nurses performed anesthesia, and physician malpractice insurance was $250 a year (now, this can be $100,000 per year plus). Doctors took turns in the emergency room, and every physician was deemed able to care for whatever medical requirements came in. Nobody received hip or knee replacements, and with no hurry to push patients in or out, short-stay units didn’t exist. The cost of uninsured patients was spread among those who paid or carried insuranceand patients weren’t turned away. Physicians didn’t carry beepers, nor were unnecessary tests or practicing defensive medicine needed. A board of doctors examined claims, and the Rogue Valley Physicians Service, a doctor-owned insurance company, handled claim resolutions. Competition between RVMC and Providence wasn’t what it would become, and doctors served on the board of both hospitals. Nowadays, one hospital’s physicians usually don’t associate with those at the other. With the growth of patient-directed care, physicians over time lost authority from what they had then. With present managed-care requirements, critics argue that the present concept is: hospitals can make more money by doing less. With state and federal legal changes, hospitals must work so that patients don’t return needing additional treatment for or arising from the same condition. In the 1970s, services and facilities at RVMC were added for pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, mental health, cardiovascular, and open-heart surgery. In the 1980s, home health and hospice services were started. In the 1990s, a new addition on the north side was completed, a library constructed, and Three-Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass (then 125 licensed beds) was acquired. By 1998, the Medford hospital had grown to some 500,000 square feet of facilities. In 2005, a major renovation and expansion was completed to bring a 210,000 square-foot, four-story parking garage with expanded emergency, surgical, and diagnostic centers. A 100,000 square-foot, six-story impatient bed tower was also built. And RVMC has over 375 licensed beds, nearly five times as much as in the beginning. A board of directors of community members (local residents and physicians) governs its non-profit operations. In mid-2012, the board decided on the new name and logo of “Asante”, of which the word derives from the French expression “To your health.” Community owned, the tax-exempt organization (with more departments not previously mentioned) covers the nine-county area of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Asante owns RVMC, the Three-Rivers center, Ashland Community Hospital (acquired in late 2012), Physician Partners, and additional healthcare partnerships throughout the region. It continues to increase its medical presence with improvements. For example (among previous ones), as part of a $20 million medical equipment upgrade program in 2016, Asante purchased 416 new beds for all three of its hospitals in Southern Oregon; RVMC (257 beds), Ashland (32), and Three Rivers (127). Asante has been named one of the 15 Top Health System in the Nation seven years in a row (as of 2019) in the small category ($900 million in annual revenues). Asante is one of just two health systems to achieve seven-time status–the other is the Mayo Clinic. With more than 5,700 employees and 30-plus locations, it is one of the largest, private full-time employer in both Jackson County and Southern Oregon–a far cry from its beginning, but still very community and now regionally oriented. Sources: See Asante website at; Damian Mann, “$20 million to upgrade 3 facilities,” Mail Tribune, April 15, 2016, at Asante Improvements; Chris Conrad, “Healthy Environment,” Mail Tribune, April 14, 2013; Bill Varble, “Doctoring differed in RVMC’s early days,” Mail Tribune, May 3, 1998. 8:50: Lisa McClease Kelly of Kelly Automotive Service in Grants Pass, joins Bill in studio. Today, Lisa is here to promote this year’s Peanut Butter Drive to “Wipe Out Hunger.”

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Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 24, 2020

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government joins the show, to bring you the Weekly Swamp Update. We’ll touch upon the latest news with Rick, on the Impeachment Trial, and other things happening in Mordor on The Potomac.

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7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself, calls in to bring you the Friday Outdoor Report. Check out more from Greg on what’s going on in the outdoors, and an in-depth look at what to expect from the Southern Oregon weather, all over at:

8:10: Former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) chats with Bill this morning. Tom is now an Advisory Board Member for Build The Wall, and he’s here to talk today about “Birth Tourism.”

The Trump administration is days away from announcing a plan to limit the automatic provision of U.S. citizenship to people born in the United States whose parents are non-citizens visiting the country, a senior administration official told the Washington Examiner on Monday.

The move is meant to go after “birth tourism,” which refers to an underground market in which pregnant women travel to the U.S. to have a baby that will immediately be a citizen. The 14th Amendment states any child born on U.S. soil is a citizen, no matter the status of the parents.

The State Department took the lead on the initiative, though visa protocols are administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security, according to Axios, which reported the news on Sunday. The administration has not decided how to go about blocking citizenship to this class of newborns, but it has looked at giving the State Department the ability to deny visitor visas to people on short-term business, as well as tourism visas to women it believes may be trying to give birth in the U.S.

READ: Trump Administration will move to block ‘birth tourism’

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Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 23, 2020

6:35: Scott Shepard, Program Coordinator for the National Center’s for Public Policy Research’s, Free Enterprise Project chats with Bill.

Today, we talk with Scott about “Woke” Costco. Check out the article below to learn more.

Costco Shareholders Counseled to Vote for Shareholder Proposal Seeking Ideological Balance on Board of Directors

The Free Enterprise Project is the Conservative movement’s only full-service, shareholder activism and education program.

7:10: Mark Seligman, Josephine County community activist and now, candidate for the County Board of Commissioners chats with Bill.

Mark is here today to discuss last week’s Board action to pay the 6% “PERS Pickup.”

8:10: Rizwan Virk, author of the book: The Simulation Hypothesis chats with Bill. So, could humanity be living in a vast computer simulation, such as depicted in the popular film series The Matrix?

MIT Computer Scientist and Silicon Valley video game designer Rizwan Virk talks about it in his new book:

Drawing from research and concepts from computer science, artificial intelligence, video games, quantum physics, and referencing both speculative fiction and ancient eastern spiritual texts, Virk shows how all of these traditions come together to point to the idea that we may be inside a simulated reality like the Matrix.

Grab your copy right here.

8:35: Mike G from the Britt Festival makes his triumphant return to the studio, to make an announcement about this year’s season.

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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and the culture warrior car guy chats with Bill. Today we talk slow drivers, and how GM is looking to become more PC.


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8:10 Mr. X, community activist, research Jedi, expert on Green Mafia shenanigans and all around nice guy joins Bill in studio. Today, we’ll talk with X about how the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the “Kids Climate Change” lawsuit.

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8:35: Jason Dudash, Oregon State Director for the Freedom Foundation chats with Bill.

BOMBSHELL: Oregon SEIU 503 taking in $2 million LESS in dues from 2018, and political spending drops by more than 60% since the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, recognizing public sector employees’ rights not to be compelled to pay a union as a job requirement.

SEIU 503’s 2019 LM-2 report here.

In its 2017 report the hyper-partisan union spent more than $4.1 million member dues dollars on political activities and lobbying in Oregon.

In 2018, SEIU’s political spending dropped sharply to $2.2 million.

The 2019 report shows the political spending dropped to just $1.6 million.

Since the 2018 Supreme Court decision, the Freedom Foundation has executed a comprehensive educational outreach and litigation campaign on behalf of public sector employees who want to leave their government union and stop having dues deducted from their paychecks.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

7:10: Greg Roberts, the man behind calls in to bring to you the Tuesday, Outdoor and Weather Report.

7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger from Grants Pass calls in to give you the latest from the State legislature.

8:10: State Representative Kim Wallan and State Representative E. Werner Reschke join Bill, live in studio for more goings-on in the State Legislature.

The Bill Meyer Show: January 20, 2020

Bill is taking today off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He’ll return tomorrow, January 21, 2020 for more great and insightful talk on the latest news and issues that affect you.

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Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 17, 2020

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update. Today, as the Senate Impeachment Trial draws near, Rick will give you an idea of what to expect. Unjust Flynn sentencing is the last straw See more great content, all over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors joins the show to give a look at what you can do over this weekend in the outdoors. And, that’s not all, Greg will give you an idea of what to expect from the weather too. See more over at: 7:35: Dr. Wilfred Riley, social scientist and author of the book: Hate Crime Hoax chats with Bill. Just days after ending cash bail, stories of suspects being set free and committing new crimes—including that of a woman accused of an anti-Semitic attack in NYC—are on the rise. African American social scientist and celebrated author of Hate Crime Hoax, Dr. Wilfred Reilly Tweets the following about bailout reform: “RISKY Reilly Prediction: cities like New York, which are mandating the release of people charged with the 85-90% majority of crimes from jail without making them pay bail, will see a large uptick in crime.” Dr. Reilly will be releasing his latest book TABOO: 10 Facts You Can’t Talk About (Regnery) on January 28, 2020. TODAY CBS NEWS REPORTED THE FOLLOWING: “D.C. fire department recruits might be making “white power” hand gesture in photo.” Leave it to the mainstream media to insist that average Joe fire fighters are racist and that this the picture the article they are referring to is newsworthy. African American social scientist Dr. Wilfred Reilly, and author of forthcoming TABOO: 10 Facts You Can’t Talk About (Regnery; January 28, 2020; $28.99), fearlessly debunks the lie told by the left and msm: America has never been more racist and sexist as it is today.

Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 16, 2020

7:10: Josephine County Lily Morgan talks with Bill this morning. Today, we’ll be discussing, with Commissioner Morgan, this idea of a big pay boost for county employees.

Board of Josephine County Commissioners approves policy change to help recruit, retain staff

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — To increase Josephine County’s ability to recruit and retain top talent, the Board of County Commissioners voted today to pick up the required 6% Public Employee Retirement System employee contribution to the Individual Account Program for non-union employees, effective immediately. This change was made in lieu of the traditional cost-of-living annual adjustment for those same positions. Order No. 2020-002, In the Matter of Administrative Policies and Procedures for Josephine County for the Purpose of Conducting Business on a Daily Basis: Personnel Policy Manual Revision, passed 2-0 at the 9 a.m. Weekly Business Session. Commissioner Lily Morgan, a PERS participant, abstained. “Josephine County is on the rise, and we need to be able to attract and keep talented staff members so that we can continue serving the needs of our citizens as best we can,” Dan DeYoung, Josephine County commissioner, said. “This policy change puts us on par with other Oregon counties, the majority of which also pick up the IAP contribution.” The change will affect more than 90 current employees as well as several prominent positions the county has struggled to fill, particularly in the District Attorney’s Office. “Several potential job applicants, especially in the DA’s Office, have told us specifically that they did not take a position with Josephine County because we didn’t pick up the 6% IAP contribution,” said JJ Scofield, county human resources director. “In most jurisdictions in Oregon, the employer covers that contribution.” Of the 36 counties in Oregon, only five Eastern Oregon counties do not cover the 6% IAP contribution for non-union employees. “Of paramount importance, all of the local governments around us pick it up, which had put us at a strategic disadvantage when it comes to recruitment,” Scofield said. “We need to be competitive in the marketplace to provide the best service to our citizens, and this policy change will go a long way in making sure that happens.” The cost of the change will be paid by the relevant departments, as well as $50,000 from the general fund. 7:50: Chef Robert Irvine of Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” chats with Bill. You take a failing restaurant, take two days and 10,000 dollars, and whip it back into shape? Sounds impossible, but Chef Robert Irvine is ready to take on that challenge every week on Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible. A new episode is tonight 7 o’clock on the Food Network.  And we’ll talk to the Chef about the show, and the challenges in running a restaurant. Check out more at: 8:10: Paul Romero, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate from Roseburg talks with Bill. Paul is running to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, and he’s here to make his pitch to you today. Find out more over at: 8:45: Ron Cole with Southern Oregon Veteran’s Benefit joins Bill in studio this morning. Ron is here to talk with Bill about the delivery of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall, and about a raffle that they’re holding with the prize being a pretty awesome, 1965 Ford Fairlane. They’re doing it to raise funds for veterans.

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist, Libertarian and all around nice guy joins Bill today for the Weekly Transportation News Segment. See more from Eric over at: This week, it seems that with all of the automation being installed in vehicles today, your car is getting harder to work on, forcing you to take it in for, waaaaay overpriced repairs at a dealership or automotive shop. The same is true for farmers, the people who feed America, and their tractors. Tractors are becoming more and more computerized. Some farmers are actually going back to buying old-school tractors that have NO computerized parts in them. The Tractor Backlash And that’s not all. What if your future car, could actually monitor your mood? What do you think of that? Minding Your Mood 7:10: Greg Reeser, owner of Diner 62 chats with Bill. So, what would happen if Talent’s “Zero Waste” team’s policies, that are being crafted in the name of “fighting climate change” do to restaurants if they gain traction? 7:35: State Representative Duane Stark calls the show. We’ll talk with Duane about the upcoming, short Legislative session, and what to expect. 8:10: Kevin Starrett with the Oregon Firearms Federation chats with Bill. We’ll talk with Kevin about the Gun Lock Down bill that’s being looked at, as well as other anti-gun rights legislation in the session. 8:45: Michael Kraan Chairperson of the Oregon Chapter of the Federation of College Republicans talks with Bill. Michael will give you an update on the AR-15 fundraising raffle that they’re holding.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

6:35: Dr. Samuel Mitcham, military historian and author of It Wasn’t About Slavery: Exposing The Great Lie of The Civil War chats with Bill. Dr. Mitcham says that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery. If you think the Civil war was fought to end slavery, you’ve been duped. Bestselling military historian Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. makes the case in his provocative new book, It Wasn’t About Slavery: Exposing the Great Lie of the Civil War and his argument will change the way you think about Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the legacy of America’s momentous Civil War. Grab your copy by clicking this link! 7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger of Grants Pass calls the show. We’ll go over the details of the latest carbon cap and trade, just released that The Green Mafia wants to force you to like and obey. 8:10 Stephen Willeford, the “Good Guy with A Gun” talks with Bill. Stephen is the “Good Guy with a Gun” who drew the attention of, and shot the attacker at a Texas church in 2017 that left 26 dead and 20 more injured. Willeford’s actions led to the change in Texas law allowing the carrying of firearms into church. Arguably, this helped save lives in another recent shotgun attack at another Texas church, the one where Jack Wilson took a “head shot” to kill the assailant.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, January 13, 2020

6:50: Dr. Robert Marks, Director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Discovery Institute chats with Bill. We’re here to talk with Dr. Marks about his new book: In The Case for Killer Robots: Why America’s Military Needs to Continue Development of Lethal AI

A Moral Argument for Killer Robots: Why America’s Military Needs to Continue Development of Lethal AI

Doomsday headlines warn that the age of “killer robots” is upon us and that new military technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to the annihilation of the human race. In his new book, The Case for Killer Robots: Why America’s Military Needs to Continue Development of Lethal AI, artificial intelligence expert Robert J. Marks investigates the potential military use of lethal AI and examines the practical and ethical challenges. In The Case for Killer Robots, these questions are answered:
  • Were AI weapons used in the U.S. conflict with Iran?
  • Is the use of autonomous AI weapons new?
  • How could AI have been used by Iran to disrupt the U.S. operations against Iran?
  • The UN Secretary General proposed a ban on autonomous AI weapons. Will this help?
  • Is it easy to make killer robots?
  • Will computers ever take over? Is Skynet from the “Terminator” movies possible with future AI?
  • How do high tech weapons win, shorten and prevent war?
  • What do we learn from history about the role of high technology like AI in warfare?
  • What is the history of opposition to high tech weapons? What is the reasoning here and why is it wrong?
  • What’s the biggest danger from AI weapons?
  • What is the difference between autonomous and semi-autonomous weapons? Can we get by without using totally autonomous weapons?
“Marks makes a lucid and compelling case that we have a moral obligation to develop lethal AI,” said Jay Richards, philosopher and author, The Human Ad-vantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines. “He also reminds us that moral questions apply, not to the tools that we use to protect ourselves, but to how we use them when war becomes a necessity.” Marks provocatively argues that the development of lethal AI is not only appropriate in today’s society; it is unavoidable if America wants to survive and thrive into the future. “I am an outlier in the sense I believe that AI will never be creative nor have understanding,” said Marks. “Like fire and electricity, AI is neither good nor bad. Those writing AI code and using AI systems are solely responsible for the morality and the ethics of use.” About the author: Dr. Marks directs the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Discovery Institute, and he is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University. Marks also heads up the Center’s daily news website, Mind Matters News and hosts the Mind Matters Podcast. 7:10 Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report. Check out more from Greg, over at: 7:35: Alex Poythress, Medford City Council Member from Ward 1 joins Bill in studio. We’ll be talking with Alex on numerous things the face the City of Medford, including a proposed, $60 million dollar aquatic center proposal. 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian chats with Bill, in studio. It’s this week’s editon of Visiting Past & Present.

Rogue Creamery

by Dennis Powers
Gaetano “Tom” Vella arrived in Sonoma, California, in the early 1920s, and worked various jobs with the Sonoma Mission Creamery; his brother, Joseph, held “considerable” stock in the creamery. In 1931, local dairymen called on Tom and asked if he would start his own cheese factory, if they guaranteed him all of the quality bulk milk needed. Tom agreed. Once he started the Vella Cheese Company in Sonoma, Tom realized that another larger market existed further north. When he visited this area in the mid-1930s, the Rogue Valley was then quite different: It was a sea of small but diversified farms, pear orchards, and lumber mills, but in the grasp of the Great Depression. Despite this, he chose Central Point, halfway between San Francisco and Portland, for a new rural cheese factory and creamery. With Kraft’s assistance, he helped local farmers acquire cows and in 1935 began using their milk to make cheddars, jack cheese, cottage cheese, and butter. He kept his Sonoma dairy business, although on a reduced scale. His son, Ignazio (“Ig”) Vella, was learning the trade, starting in Sonoma when he delivered dairy products in his dad’s Model-A truck. Tom’s Rogue River Creamery grew slowly but surely until the U.S. entered World War II. With troops around the world needing food, his operations ramped up. For four consecutive years, it produced one million pounds of cheddar cheese shipped to troops in many countries. With the ending of the war, the civilian market accelerated and his creamery became the first major supplier of cottage cheese in Oregon. Tom traveled in the 1950s to Roquefort, France, where he toured its famous blue cheese operations, from the farms and cheese factories to the curing limestone caves at Cambalou. He left with plans for a Roquefort-type cheese factory, and construction began in Central Point. Envisioning caves similar to Cambalou, he designed a building to duplicate its atmosphere: Two Quonset-shaped, half-circled rooms of cement were poured, one over the other, with space in between for insulation. The result was a true cave-like atmosphere. The Rogue Creamery began its production as the first blue cheese produced in caves west of the Missouri River. Its dairies along the Rogue River produced the whole milk used for their gourmet blue cheeses. During this time, son Ig graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University and eventually headed the operations of the Vella Cheese Company in Sonoma. When Tom died in 1998 at age 100, the businesses were inherited by Tom’s wife, Zolita, and his four children: Ignazio, Carmela, Moris, and Zolita. Ig soon took over the operations of the Rogue Creamery. The CEO of both operations, Ig believed strongly in artisan dairy products. As the American consumer grew tired of the blander, mass-produced cheeses, they returned to his handmade specialty “artisan” cheeses. For 30 years, Ig trained cheesemakers and instituted a union-recognized apprentice cheesemaker program. For three years after his dad’s death, Ig split his time between Sonoma and Central Point. Sales were suffering in the Rogue Creamery after his father died, however, as he shuttled back and forth. He also had strong Sonoma ties: Ig was a Sonoma County supervisor for three consecutive term (four years each), manager of the Sonoma County Fair, and even President of the Association of Bay Area Governments. In 2002, Cary Bryant and David Gremmels acquired Rogue River Valley Creamery from Ig under the condition that he stay on as the master cheesemaker and teach them all that he knew. Buying the business on a handshake on the porch at the facilities, Ig traveled from Sonoma to Central Point one week each month for a time, happy to hand over his family’s local legacy to the two men. The name was changed to its present one of the Rogue Creamery. It won the award for the World’s Best Blue Cheese at the 2003 World Cheese Awards in London, a first for a U.S. creamery. Their long award list includes four trophies and thirty medals and awards, including the coveted Best New Product Award as the world’s first smokey-blue at the national trade show in 2005 and Best in Show at the 2009 American Cheese Society show, among others. The third and fourth generations of Tom Vella manage the Vella Cheese operations in Sonoma; it produces jack and monterey jack, habañero dry jack, cheddar cheeses, and even salami. The separate Rogue Creamery’s specialties are blue cheeses, cheddars (different varieties), and TouVelle in numerous ways, both companies being in basically different markets. A large French cheese-making company, Savencia SA, purchased Rogue Creamery in 2018, allowing David Gremmels to work more in the handcrafting of the cheeses (Cary Bryant had earlier sold his interest.) Savencia has operations in 29 countries, employing more than 19,000 people, and is a $5.7 billion enterprise. Its Rogue River Blue was declared the world’s best cheese at the World Cheese Awards in Italy in October 2019. The organic blue cheese beat out a record 3,803 other cheeses in the competition. Made with cow’s milk from its organic dairy, each cheese wheel has been cave-aged for 9 to 11 months and hand-wrapped in organic Syrah grape leaves that have soaked in pear liqueur. Incredible (and a local entity)! Sources: Sanne Specht, “Cheesemaker Vella dies at 83,” Mail Tribune, June 14, 2011, at Rogue Creamery Founders; “Rogue Creamery: An Historical Overview,” at Rogue Creamery History; “Vella Cheese Company: The History of Vella Cheese,” at Vella Cheese Company; Greg Stiles, “Rogue Creamery has new owner,” Mail Tribune, May 22, 2018, at Company’s Sale; Ryan Pheil, “Singing the Rogue River blues at the World Cheese Awards,” Mail Tribune, October 20, 2019, at Best in the World Award.

Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 10, 2020

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update from Mordor on The Potomac. See more from Rick, all over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors becomes Mr. Snow today. Greg is here to bring to you the Friday Outdoor Report. You can check out more from Greg over at his website: 8:10: State Senator Dennis Linthicum talks with Bill today. Today we talk with Dennis about his latest constituent newsletter, that decries the upcoming, short legislative session, where there is fear that state Democrats will try to ram through Cap and Trade legislation.

Short Session Swindle

A recent Wall Street Journal book-review, When the Earth Had Two Moons, by Erik Asphaug, starts with, “If you visited the surface of the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, you wouldn’t recognize it. The newly formed planet was still cooling from its recent coagulation. There was a hot rocky surface (probably; we don’t know for sure), volcanoes (again, probably) and a steamy atmosphere (maybe). It seems unlikely that even the smallest thing resembling life was yet present, though, really, we don’t know. … We can be forgiven for not knowing what the surface of the Earth was like before this moment, as nothing survived that day intact.” The reviewer’s thoughts are remarkable because, 1) there is a frank admission of uncertainty and 2) there is a profound recognition that our planet is always changing. This WSJ book-review affirms my argument that the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) crowd and the tax and spend proposals we see cascading through various legislatures have put too much weight into stasis. The environmental balance that we witness today will not be the balance of tomorrow. The T. Rex and Mastodon are proof of that. It is one thing to recognize that the barred owl is a more successful survivor than the spotted owl but does this warrant shot-gunning the former to preserve the latter? This policy is not rational or scientific, it is a moral argument that demands an appropriate moral response. Scientists have extensive knowledge of the Earth’s most recent 4,000-year period of glacial expansion and retreat. Historical references to the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warming Period, are quite robust. Documentation particularly notes the improvement in mortality rates, farming, horticulture, livestock management, population growth and cultural achievements across most known cultures during the warmer periods of human history. If this is fact, then why the political clamor? Why does the public at large expect the state, or federal government, to control or dictate the best type of energy that should be available? All our choices – nuclear, ethanol, diesel, low-octane rotaries, natural gas, fuel oil, solar, wind – all have drawbacks and benefits. Why not let the market decide? Government mandates are blunt force instruments that shrewdly coerce compliance through costly fines, penalties and taxes without having the bandwidth to assess alternative technologies and innovative approaches that might solve our problems. Unlike the private sector, government is not an ingenious inventor. Economic data suggests that government is too costly, too inefficient and bureaucratic while being prone to corruption, misdirection and fraud. The results seen on the street rarely match the political hype. Missed targets and cost overruns abound while with every election cycle the public gets promised newer, bigger, grander and longer-term, yet, more costly and unsustainable programs. I would prefer an approach which more closely resembles the paradox witnessed throughout world history. A situation where free people enjoy the rewards of their hard work and where disseminated freedom leads to increased human well-being, societal growth and creative problem solving. Free people are creative people. So, why the relentless drive to force Oregonians into a new proposal for a look-alike HB2020 Cap and Trade Carbon Management scheme? I am convinced it is nothing more than scare-mongering in order to tax Oregonians. It is nothing more than a cleverly worded grab and run, tax and spend, swindle. The proposed legislation will grow the state, empower the political elites, raise taxes and redistribute the wealth of the most productive without even slightly impacting worldwide carbon emissions. If you think I’m out on limb, look at this map with regard to existing, planned and currently under construction, coal-fired electrical production facilities and ask yourself, “Given the world’s population demographics, will taxing Oregon families and businesses impact the behavior of the heaviest carbon polluters?” Can Oregon’s population make up for emissions from expansive fires in California, Russia, or Australia, or, volcanic activity through-out the world? Clearly, no. The Democrat super majority should have asked this same question when they outlawed plastic straws and single-use plastic bags, “will it make a difference or is it just a costly hassle?” People and their personal choices can make big differences. Personal responsibility and stewardship are the appropriate tools for each of us to use in our personal and public lives. I’m not making the claim that everything is peachy, and people aren’t wasteful or thoughtless when it comes to environmental concerns. Instead, I’m making the claim that government mandates never represent a balanced, efficient or rational choice due to the conflicting interests that guide public policy. For example, I can remember when paper bags were outlawed to “save the trees.” The legislated solution was a floppy, thin, shapeless, “single-use” bag that never had any groceries in it by the time you got home because they were strewn about the car. These constantly changing perspectives on right, wrong and which bag is the correct bag, shows that government policy can be irrational. Politicians make decisions based on limited knowledge with biased information. Paper bags were banned because legislators believed the environmentalist rhetoric about diminishing forests. Now there is a new emergency because people have been so diligent in following the law and not using paper. Yet, the real solution would have been to allow free choice in the marketplace. Some folks would have used paper, others plastic, some would tend toward variations on recycled products while clever stewards would have developed the inexpensive reusable bag two decades sooner. Was it helpful to force people to use nothing but plastic only to berate them and force a nickel charge for buying the next version of the correct bag? Yet, reality does not appear to inform the super majority. Free market solutions are lost to AGW fanaticism, as though state power is the only goal. Thus, we see the ‘politicizing’ all areas of our lives and society. Success hinges on being able to implement all-encompassing and ever-more complex social experiments where results become difficult to recognize and evaluate. Additionally, the true societal costs are never properly accounted for as profound economic and community distortions, dislocations, and malinvestments pile onto the balance sheets of families and businesses. The Climate Policy office holders will not be the people’s representatives as they will be appointed by the Governor and represent the statists’ interests, instead. They will have near universal control over Oregon businesses through rulemaking, unlimited taxing authority, penalty assessments, discretionary enforcement and other extensive economic burdens that will never make headlines. Oregonians know better, as we’ve seen unfettered giveaways and compliance incentives before, like the $1.2 billion Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) scandal. The super majority continually reaches for near-tyrannical mandates that are wasteful and extremely expensive to Oregonians without ever accomplishing any measurable goals. Therefore, I will do everything in my power to stop any HB2020 look-alike  which will subvert our individual liberty and bankrupt businesses, whether small or large, in the metro area, or in the rural heartland of Oregon. Remember, if we don’t stand for rural Oregon values and common-sense, no one will! 8:45: Tom Lowell with JC Concerts joins Bill in studio today. Sunday at North Medford High School it’s another incredible concert with pianist Alexander Tutonov. Get tickets and showtimes, all over at:

Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 9, 2020

6:10: Mr. X, calls in to give you his take on the plastic bag ban, and a pretty unbelievable observation he made when shopping for coffee creamer this morning. 6:35: Tim Winter, President of the Parents Television Council chats with Bill this morning. Well it appears that Hollywood is unleashing the trebuchet in their latest salvo in the culture war. Hollywood is directly marketing its most explicit content to kids, PTC president warns Last year, we’ve witnessed a near-total transformation of the TV industry as we knew it. Digital technology has dramatically changed how families access entertainment. Streaming services have upended the TV industry, and they provide immediate access to the most-vile content that Hollywood markets to younger viewers. PTC President Tim Winter is sounding the alarm, indicating that Hollywood is directly marketing its most explicit content to children. Find out more, all over at: 7:10: Royal DeLand, and Laura Guymon, two concerned Grants Pass residents join Bill in studio this morning. Royal and Laura are residents that live in the same neighborhood, who are vehemently opposed to Foundry Village, a project that aims to bring a tiny house village, similar to Medford’s Hope Village to Grants Pass. 8:10: Will Reishman joins Bill in studio. Will and Bill will chill and spill on the foreign policy issues in the aftermath of the Iran ordeal.

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist over at chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Transportation News Segment. Today, once again, we talk Tesla. And it seems that the car company has been declared the most valuable car company in the world EVER! If that’s true, then why is the federal government writing hot taxpayer checks for subsidizing the purchase of Tesla? Oh wait, the President stopped that: Orange Man Lobs One at Tesla Check out more over at: 8:35: Randall Lee from Advanced Air drops by the studio to tell you all about the new deals they can offer you. PHONE: 541-772 6866

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

6:20: Dr. Roger D. Klein Ph D. JD, with the Regulatory Transparency Project’s FDA and Health Working Group chats with Bill. Roger writes quite a bit on the “vaping scare,” that’s going on lately, and he’ll talk with us today about it. The FDA announced that they will ban the sale and distribution of fruit and mint flavored cartridges for e-cigarettes as part of an effort to curb youth vaping. However, they will still allow flavors for use in vaping “mods” sold in vape shops. Roger D. Klein, MD, JD (@RogerDKlein), is an expert with the Regulatory Transparency Project’s FDA and Health Working Group and has now written extensively on vaping. He is the former Medical Director of Molecular Oncology at the  Cleveland Clinic, a former adviser to the FDA, CDC, CMS and HHS. He is available to discuss with you the intricacies of this “flavor ban” and its likely impact on vapers and smokers. You can read more about his take on vaping regulation in his recent Washington Times op-ed explores this complex issue. 6:40: Jon Wiederhorn, author of the book: Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, chats with Bill for a little change in the show. John has written a new book: From the author of the celebrated classic Louder Than Hell comes an oral history of the badass Heavy Metal lifestyle―the debauchery, demolition, and headbanging dedication―featuring metalhead musicians from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot to Disturbed, Megadeth, Throwdown and more. In his song “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” Ozzy Osbourne sings, “Rock and roll is my religion and my law.” This is the mantra of the metal legends who populate Raising Hell―artists from Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slipknot, Slayer, and Lamb of God to Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Disturbed, Megadeth, and many more! It’s also the guiding principle for underground voices like Misery Index, Gorgoroth, Municipal Waste, and Throwdown. Through the decades, the metal scene has been populated by colorful individuals who have thwarted convention and lived by their own rules. For many, vice has been virtue, and the opportunity to record albums and tour has been an invitation to push boundaries and blow the lid off a Pandora’s box of riotous experiences: thievery, vandalism, hedonism, the occult, stage mishaps, mosh pit atrocities, and general insanity. To the figures in this book, metal is a means of banding together to stick a big middle finger to a society that had already decided they didn’t belong. Whether they were oddballs who didn’t fit in or angry kids from troubled backgrounds, metal gave them a sense of identity. Drawing from 150-plus first-hand interviews with vocalists, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and drummers, music journalist Jon Wiederhorn offers this collection of wild shenanigans from metal’s heaviest and most iconic acts―the parties, the tours, the mosh pits, the rage, the joy, the sex, the drugs . . . the heavy metal life! Horns up! ABOUT JON WIEDERHORN Jon Wiederhorn is the author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (with Katherine Turman) and the co-author of My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen) and I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax (with Scott Ian). He has written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, MTV, Guitar World, and Revolver, among others. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey. 7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls in for the weekly update from the State Legislature. 8:35: Michelle Blinker, candidate for State House District #3 talks with Bill. We’ll talk about the write-in campaign she’s conducting.

Southern Oregon Legislative Candidate Launches Unique Write-In Campaign

Cave Junction—January 6, 2020 —“I am prepared to step into the political arena and do whatever it takes to win this primary as a write-in candidate because I care deeply about the people of Josephine county,” said Michelle Binker (R-Cave Junction). Binker announced her candidacy in November for District 3 which includes Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Merlin, Williams, Wilderville, and the “heart” of rural Josephine county. State law (ORS 249.046) requires candidates to be a member of a major political party for six months prior to the deadline for filing to run for office. That allows candidates to have their names on the May Primary Election ballot. The cut-off to make the six-month deadline would have been September 12th. “When I changed my registration to Republican last fall, I did so because it was the right thing for me and my conservative values. Although I hadn’t originally intended to pursue the House District 3 seat, I was encouraged by numerous community leaders to become their candidate,” noted Binker. However, Binker, a former Libertarian, changed party affiliation party on September 25, 2019 and missed the deadline by 13 days. In order to win the Republican party’s nomination in May 2020, she is asking supporters to write her name on the ballot. Binker has been working hard building her campaign and generating support in the community. “Michelle has spent six-plus years of her life and career serving the constituents of House District 3 as Chief of Staff to two legislators,” said former republican State Representative Wally Hicks. “She isn’t shy about holding bureaucrats accountable to the people.” Hicks served two terms in the house as the representative for District 3. Hicks is now the Josephine County Legal Counsel. Representative Carl Wilson (R-Grants Pass) was elected to District 3 after Hicks and served as the House Republican Leader last legislative session. Wilson is not running for another term. “For over 20 years, Michelle Binker has had her pulse on the needs of Josephine County,” said Josephine County Commissioner Lily Morgan. “She knows how to navigate the state system but has not lost the rural connections of her home. Michelle Binker is the best candidate for House District #3.” Morgan went on to explain, “Michelle has served our community well volunteering with private school boards, service organizations, and local advisory committees.  She has been an essential partner working with state agencies addressing local needs related to land use, natural resources, and other regulatory issues.” Binker has been working as Chief of Staff for Representative Carl Wilson the past five years and prior to Wilson, she served in the same position for former representative Hicks. “Working alongside true statesmen like Reps Wilson and Hicks taught me many valuable lessons about leadership,” said Binker. “One of them is that sometimes you need to stand up for what you believe in; I believe in this district and I believe this race is winnable.”

Binker continued, “In the words of a great Republican President, Teddy Roosevelt, nearly 110 years ago, it’s important to dare greatly”:

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Citizenship in a Republic Speech, Paris, April 23, 1910.

Check out more about Michelle and her campaign over at her website:

Bill’s Guests: Monday, January 6, 2020

6:35: Dr. Devin Fergus, Distinguished Professor of History, Black Studies and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri chats with Bill this morning. Dr. Fergus has penned a new book: Dr. Fergus writes in his new book that collectively middle-class consumers in the U.S. pay roughly $1.46 trillion each year in fees – subprime mortgages, payday lending student loans, auto insurance, etc.  That sum is greater than the revenue budget of the United Kingdom. LAND OF THE FEE: Hidden Costs and The Decline of The American Middle Class, traces the system of fees in American consumer financial institutions from their origins in the late 1970s to present day. Through extensive research and conversations with financial regulators over the last 15 years, Fergus identifies mismanagement by many consumer financial institutions and a lack of regulatory leadership to curb predation which has resulted in financial fees seriously impacting equality in America. Dr. Fergus is the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History, Black Studies, and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He is co-editor of the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism, a leading book series by Columbia University Press, and the first historian named to the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative. 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from, calls in to bring to you, the Monday Outdoor Report. 7:35: “Mr. X” community activist, research Jedi, expert on Green Mafia shenanigans and all around nice guy, joins Bill in studio after a long time away. Today, we discuss the attack on fire and smoke policy, and the need to get involved in the public comment process regarding numerous issues…the jail, the proposed public aquatic center, and the response to Governor Brown’s Wildfire Council. See more from Mr. X’s vast reams of paper, all over at his website: 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian joins Bill in studio for the latest edition of “Visiting Past & Present.”

The Oregon Community Foundation

by Dennis Powers

The Oregon Community Foundation (“OCF”) dates back to when logging and wood products were the backbone of Oregon’s economy. Bill Swindells Sr. earned a civil engineering degree from Lehigh in 1926, married his sweetheart Irene Gerlinger, and later worked with her father’s lumber company (formed in 1906), then bought into the ownership of the company, Willamette Valley Lumber Co. When George Gerlinger died in 1948, Swindells became the president of the family’s company interests, consisting of extensive timberlands and different wood-product mills. Bill built these operations up as its CEO and leader from 1948-1976 into a large, integrated forest products company with 51 plants in 10 states, manufacturing lumber, plywood, particleboard, pulp, corrugated containers, paper bags and business forms, employing 7,300 workers while earning $42 million on sales of some $550 million in his last year. His son, Bill Swindells Jr., took over as its CEO and further increased the operations. In 2001, Weyerhaeuser initiated a hostile buyout attempt, but was forced to increase its offers. In January 2002, Willamette Industries agreed to be bought by Weyerhaeuser for $55.50 per share, or a total cash equity value of $6.08 billion. Willamette then was the seventh largest forest products company in the world with over 90 facilities across the United States; foreign operations in Mexico, Ireland, and France; and the company had $4.6 billion in annual revenues. With a grant of an initial $63,000 in 1974, Bill Swindells Sr. formed the Oregon Community Foundation, which was headquartered in Portland. At the same time, he asked friends from around the state to join him with donations and work as volunteers. Community leader Otto Frohnmayer of Medford was an early board member. From its early days and initial gift, OCF grew in 45 years to more than $2 billion under management through 2,800 charitable funds. The Swindells were important forces in the development of OCF, both serving long terms on its board, and OCF was the recipient of $75 million endowment from the Ann & Bill Swindells (the son) Charitable Trust, bequeathed as part of his estate. Other Swindells family members are involved with the OCF as donors, advisors and volunteers. In a community foundation, donor funds are pooled under shared management to maximize benefits and growth. Unless requested to be used for a specific purpose, the OCF Board–a diverse group of 14 volunteers–govern distributions. Through these funds, OCF in 2018 awarded more than $109 million in grants and scholarships. OCF is the 9th largest community foundation in the U.S., but our population is only the 27th largest. OCF’s offices are located in Portland, Bend, Eugene, Medford and Salem. Although this varies from year to year, OCF grants and scholarships in Southern Oregon totaled $11.1 million of the $109 million awarded statewide (2018). The size of this region’s grants makes OCF one of the largest foundations in size for our region. The current chair of OCF’s statewide board currently is Sue Naumes of Medford. The Reed and Carolee Walker Fund (which supports children in poverty in Jackson County) is OCF’s third largest discretionary fund statewide and the largest fund in Southern Oregon. When the Walker fund was created in 2003, it was the largest single gift OCF had ever received (this has since been eclipsed) and was the largest single gift to charity in Oregon. The fund started with $29 million, has now awarded more than $29.4 million in grants, and the corpus has grown to $45 million. The minimum individual grant recommended is $500 ($1,000 or more is strongly preferred). The minimum donation to set up a donor advised fund is $5,000, and $25,000 is needed to start awarding grants. One can make a donation to a fund at any time–and to any qualified nonprofit within the U.S. Over the lifetime of the fund, at least 50 percent of ones giving should go to Oregon nonprofits. International grants can be made when the organization has nonprofit status in this country. This is a standout charitable organization—for donors and potential recipients alike—with a strong presence here. Sources: The Oregon Community Foundation at OCF; Wikipedia: Willamette Industries at Willamette_Industries; World Forestry Center: William Swindells Sr., 1905-1985 at Bill Swindells Sr.; University of Oregon: “UO mourns following the passing of William Swindells, Jr.” at Bill Swindells Jr.; Email from Amy Cuddy, OCF Regional Director, Southern Oregon, to author, December 10, 2019.

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Bill’s Guests: Friday, January 3, 2020

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update from Washington D.C. Today, we’ll be delving into issues such as the storming of American Embassies in Iraq, and the possibility of war with Iran? Find out more great content over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself calls with today’s Outdoor Report. Greg will give you the low-down on what you can do in the outdoors this weekend as well as a look at the weather on the way to our area. Find out more from Greg at 7:20: Ron Bolstead with the Old Time Fiddler’s Association District 4, talks with Bill. Tomorrow, the fiddlers are having an Old Time Fiddler’s show for FREE. WHERE: The Fruitdale Grange in Grants Pass. 1440 Parkdale Drive off of Highway 99 near Morrison Centennial Park. WHEN: Tomorrow! Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1 to 3pm. Admission is Free! Check out: 8:10: Dan Skudstad with the Grants Pass Daily Courier joins Bill live in studio. We’ll be talking with Dan about a recent “Hope for Addiction” insert that the paper printed and distributed.

Bill’s Guests: Thursday, January 2, 2019

6:35: Ilya Feoktistov, Executive Director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, a Boston-based national security non-profit organization that investigates and confronts threats to civil society in America, chats with Bill. Ilya has penned a new book, which we’ll be talking about with him today. TERROR in the Cradle of Liberty documents the rise since the 1960s of Islamist networks within New England’s historically moderate and century-old Muslim community. It contains a detailed and personal account of the efforts by concerned Massachusetts citizens since 2002 to expose and counter the influence of Islamist networks in New England – even as establishment Jewish, political, and law enforcement leaders in the Bay State have decided to embrace these networks as interfaith and community allies. 7:35: Ryan Dobson, Founder of the Church-based “Home Safe” Training Program talks with Bill. Today, we talk with Ryan about what churches and parents can do to fight back, in the event of an active shooter situation. Home Safe™ is designed to teach parents how to confront threats such as active shooters, online predators, and church / synagogue safety.For more information and to register for a Home Safe™ Seminar near you, go to 8:35: Mark Seligman, candidate for Josephine County Commissioner and activist talks with Bill. We’ll talk with Mark about the recent “rent burden,” and homeless situation in the county.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – Happy New Year!

6:35: Eric Peters, the automotive journalist from chats with Bill about all things transportation and politics. So, will 2020 be the last year that you can buy an American vehicle? We’ll discuss it with Eric. READ: The End of The American Car And, don’t forget to check out more from Eric, including his reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUV’s and bikes, all over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you a special Tuesday Outdoor Report. 7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls in to talk to Bill. We’ll wrap up 2019 with a Legislative update from the Senator. 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill in studio. It’s the final “Visiting Past & Present,” of 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions – For 2020

by Dennis Powers
New Year’s resolutions are about self-improvement. These are promises made to start doing something good or not do something bad–starting on New Year’s Day. It can be to improve yourself physically, whether losing weight, drinking less booze, quitting smoking, or exercising more. Thinking positive, enjoying life more, or reducing stress is more mind-oriented. Resolutions can be activities: taking an overseas trip, reading more books, or even changing jobs. They can be to make new friends, discard negative ones, spend more time with family, or spend less. Yes, New Year’s resolutions are about hopefulness. And it’s been that way since recorded times. The celebration of a new year is the oldest of holidays and dates back to ancient Babylon some 4000 years ago. Around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of their new year on what is now March 23, although they didn’t have a written calendar. Late March was a logical choice, as this was when spring began and crops were planted. Their celebration lasted for 11 days, and the Babylonians made promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay back debts. The Romans continued observing the New Year on March 25th, but later emperors changed the calendar so many times that it was not in sync with the sun. To set the calendar right, the Roman senate in 153 BC declared January 1rst to be the beginning of the New Year. It placed their mythical king of early Rome, Janus, at the head of the calendar. The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and guardian of entrances. Always shown with two faces–one on the front of his head and a second at the back–Janus at the same time could look backwards and forwards. At midnight on December 31rst, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new. He was the ancient symbol for resolutions, as Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies. Different emperors again changed the dates. Finally, in 46 BC Julius Caesar decreed what is known as the Julian calendar. He re-established January 1rst as the start of the New Year. To synchronize the calendar with the sun, however, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days. The Romans started a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Eve by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune. Later, nuts or coins imprinted with the god Janus became more common gifts. In Medieval days, the knights took a “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry; they were required to place their hands on a peacock and vow to always live up to this pledge. Over centuries, the practice of resolutions and commitment on this eve continued, and it’s interesting to see what has happened in more modern times. At the end of the Great Depression, about 1/4th of adults formed New Year’s resolutions. By 2018, some 2/3rds did. Their nature has also changed to reflect the times. At the end of the 19th century, a typical teenage girl’s resolution was on “good approaches”: She resolved to be less self-centered, more helpful, a more diligent worker, and improve her character. Body image, health, diet, and getting new “things” were rarely mentioned. By the end of the 20th century, the typical teenage girl was focused on good looks: to improve her body, hairstyle, makeup, and “up-faddish” clothing. Conducted for 2018, Statista came up with these: make more money (53%); lose weight or get in shape (45%); have more sex (25%); travel more (24%); read more books (23%); learn a new skill or hobby (22%); buy a house (21%); quit smoking (16%); and find love (15%). According to a recent YouGov poll, the most common U.S aspirations for the coming year are to eat healthier, get more exercise, and to save more money. Almost one third, perhaps more realistically, said that they wouldn’t bother with making resolutions. As to success rates, a study of 3,000 people indicated that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when setting small quantitative goals (i.e., losing one pound a week, instead of promising “to lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public with support from friends. Setting a specific goal can be a winner. Monitoring progress, not being too ambitious, recording what you do, and giving time for success are important. Overcoming bad habits, such as drinking too much alcohol, smoking, or overeating, can be tough ones to beat because they’re so easy to return to when stressed out–especially during the New Year. And this can start with your celebrations. So let’s start talking about what our New Year’s resolution will—or perhaps won’t be–and celebrate the upcoming 2020 New Year. Sources: “Wikipedia: New Year’s Resolution,” at New Year’s Resolutions; Dove, Laurie L., “Why do people make New Year’s resolutions?”; “How Stuff Works?” at Why Make Them?; Blair, Gary R., “The History of New Year’s Resolutions, at More on Resolutions; Statista, “What are your 2018 Resolutions?” at Survey; Statista, “YouGov Poll” at YouGov Poll.

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Hello everyone. We here at The Bill Meyer Show hope that you had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends, and that your 2020 will be an even better year for you and yours. Bill is taking a few, well deserved, days off for a little R ‘N’ R. The Bill Meyer Show will return on Tuesday, December 31st, for more great talk on the latest news and issues that affect you. Thank you for listening.

12-16 to 12-20-2019: Bill Meyer’s Blog

12-6 to 12-20-2019
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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

6:35: Eric Peters, the automotive journalist over at chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Wednesday Transportation Update. We’ll talk with Eric about all things automotive. Here’s a couple of his latest articles over at: The New Performance Here’s his latest review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata As always, you can see more over at: 7:35: Dave Workman with the Second Amendment Foundation talks with Bill today. Is a Civil War brewing over the 2nd Amendment? We’ll talk with Dave about it. Read his article: Will Virginia be ‘Ground Zero’ in ‘Second Civil War?’ Dave Workman is an award-winning career journalist and senior editor of (formerly Gun Week). He also writes for Liberty Park Press, Conservative Firing Line and several firearms periodicals. He is also the communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. He has authored Op-Ed pieces in several major newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also co-authored seven books with Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Workman’s beat is firearms, from politics to the outdoors. He is widely considered an authority on firearms, concealed carry and gun politics. 8:10: Will Reishman joins Bill in studio this morning. We’ll talk foreign policy and financial issues that you need to know.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

6:35: Keisha Russell, an attorney with the First Liberty Institute chats with Bill this morning. The true meaning of Christmas has been under attack for decades by the secular Left. Now, First Liberty has taken a case in New York, involving a student who is being blocked from forming a Christian Club at her school. Ketcham High School student Daniela Barca has repeatedly requested to form a religious club at her school, but has been rejected each time. First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious liberty for all Americans, sent a demand letter to the school yesterday. Read the story for yourself right here: High school blocks student from forming club deemed too Christian, not ‘generic’ enough 7:10: Professor Eric Fruits, Vice President of Research at the Cascade Policy Institute chats with Bill. Today, we’re digging into 2 topics in our segment, one is: Can cap and trade legislation be “tweaked?” Why Cap-and-Trade Can’t be “Tweaked” The second one is the homeless court action:

Supreme Court lets stand ruling that protects homeless who sleep on sidewalk

7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger checks in with Bill. We’ll be chatting with the Senator on the Cap-and-Trade issue.

Bill’s Guests: Monday, December 16, 2019

6:35: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform chats with Bill today. Today, we’ll get a report on their latest border visit, an update on wall construction, and this latest amnesty bill passed last week by the House.

Just When Border Begins to See Relief, House Passes Massive Amnesty Bill

Sending a clear message that violating U.S. immigration laws will not be automatically rewarded deters people from violating our laws. This truism is borne out by the steep decline in illegal border apprehensions over the past six months, as the Trump administration has acted to prevent people from abusing our asylum and detention policies. While illegal aliens may be getting the message, the House of Representatives is not. Last week the House, in a rare display of bipartisanship, approved the ironically named Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) that rewards the illegal aliens, their scofflaw employers, and actually impedes modernization of our agricultural industry. H.R. 5038, which was approved 260-165, gives amnesty to an estimated 1.5 million illegal alien farm workers (but not before having to serve a decade or more in indentured servitude to their employers). In addition, the bill expands an already massive guest worker program, and add thousands of green cards, while doing nothing to reform our broken immigration system, or deter still greater illegal immigration in the future. And, at a time when the future success of agriculture, like every other vital industry depends on adapting technology and mechanization, the “modernization” act enshrines low-wage manual labor as the backbone of this industry for years to come. If approved by the Senate and signed by the president, this mass amnesty would likely encourage more illegal immigration. The 1986 amnesty, which included a special provision for agricultural workers, triggered record levels of new illegal immigration. Moreover, the amnesty proposed in this bill, like its predecessor, will do nothing to ensure the agricultural industry a stable workforce so long as they resist improvements in wages and working conditions. H.R. 5038 ensures that the American agricultural industry remains mired in the 17th century, while also incentivizing illegal immigration at a time where border apprehensions are beginning to return to normal levels.

Foreign Tourists, Illegal Aliens Among Groups Contributing to Nearly 400K Births in U.S. Annually

There are roughly 372,000 births annually to illegal aliens, tourists, and temporary visa holders in the United States, according to a new study released by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). To put that figure in perspective, the number of children born each year to people who are either in the country illegally, here temporarily, or who entered under false pretenses, is roughly equivalent to the populations of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, or Cincinnati. Under the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment, all of these children are granted automatic U.S. citizenship, despite the fact that their parents have no allegiance to our country. Below are key findings from the analysis:
  • There are 39,000 births a year to foreign students, guest workers, and others on long-term temporary visas in the United States.
  • Tourists in the United States give birth to an estimated 33,000 children annually. Most of them entered the country for specific purpose of securing U.S. citizenship for their children.
  • Roughly 300,000 illegal aliens give birth to children in the United States annually.
  • At least 90 percent of the fathers born to children of non-immigrant (illegal or temporarily legal) women are not U.S. citizens.
The United States remains one of only 30 countries that grants automatic birthright citizenship. Many constitutional scholars, based on the wording of the amendment and the statements of its framers, question whether the birthright provision of the 14th Amendment applies to the offspring of illegal aliens and temporary visitors. The courts have never ruled on the matter. See more over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report. 7:35: Wild Salmon Steve calls in to talk with Bill about a serious report from the NW Power and Conservation Council that indicates electrical power shortages are coming to the northwest as soon as 2021, especially in the winter. This is due to the forced retirement of coal power plants. Why not read the report for yourself:

Pacific Northwest Power Supply Adequacy Assessment for 2024

8:35: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present” Check out more from Dr. Powers over at his website:, and local publisher: HellGate Press.

The Sams Valley Meteorite

by Dennis Powers

Meteorites are pieces of rock that fall to Earth from space, most coming from the break-up of small asteroids that never formed a planet. At more than 4.5 billion years old, they are the oldest rocks we possess. As seen in Hollywood movies such as the 1998 film, “Armageddon,” among others, the fictional ones could destroy planets. Large ones make craters, however, and if bigger, can cause catastrophes such as the one that exploded over the Russian Urals in 2013, shattered glass windows in buildings, and left some 1,000 people injured. Since Oregon became a state in 1859, there have been at least six meteorites found so far that have been verified. Discovered in 1902 near West Linn, the largest in Oregon and United States (and sixth largest found in the world) is the gigantic Willamette meteorite, weighing in at 15-1/2 tons and composed of iron-nickel. The meteorite first exploded into Montana or Southern Canada, and then over the millenniums was brought by a glacier that eventually came to what is now the Willamette Valley, all at the end of the Ice Age that ended 13,000 years ago. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City bought the meteorite in 1906 and it is currently on display. The oldest discovery in Oregon is the Sams Valley meteorite, which was found in 1894 and the first of several rock fragments. The 15-pound rock was cut up and sold to museums throughout the world. Countless tens of thousands of these incandescent rocks have streaked over and into Oregon over history, but the great majority burn up before hitting earth, not counting the ones that haven’t yet been found. (Note: A meteor is the flash of light seen when a small chunk of debris burns completely up in our atmosphere; if any part of the debris lands on Earth, then it is called a meteorite.) The question is whether a rock is part of a meteorite or just a hoax to part someone from their money. (More on the Sams Valley meteorite will be told later.) Scientists can determine this, but in Oregon, the greatest hoaxor maybe notis the Port Orford Meteorite. The Department of the Interior had hired John Evans in 1851 to examine the geology and collect rock samples in the Oregon Territory west of the Cascades. Five years later, the geologist traveled from Port Orford northeast through the mountains to continue his research. Evans sent his samples to the East Coast for analysis. In 1859, a researcher wrote him and queried whether Evans could find that meteorite sampleand as taggedonce more. Interestingly enough, Evans had never said anything before about the meteorite, but said that he knew its precise location near Port Orford. He said that the huge rock weighed 11 tons and was discovered in 1856 on a “bald” mountain some 40 miles east of what’s now Port Orford. He had chipped off a specimen and mailed it to Washington, D.C. Before an expedition could be made, however, Evans unfortunately died in 1861 and the meteorite was never found. Different institutions call this a fraud; others are non-committal. The main problem is only one person testified to its existence and that was over 150 years ago. George Lindley discovered (1894) the 15-pound space rock in Sams Valley in the drainage between the mouth of Sams Creek and the canyon. Lindley didn’t know what it was, so he used it as a doorstop. After verifying that it was a meteorite and George had died, his son sold it to a Philadelphia mineral company. The company sliced the meteorite up and sold pieces to different museums, including a 2-pound one to Harvard University and a 2.4-pound slice to the American Museum of Natural History in New York (who had the Willamette one). Different pieces were discovered later. In the 1920s, a second, smaller rock was found in a hydraulic gold-mining operation on a Sams Creek tributary. That piece has not surfaced since. Another miner (William Payne) in the 1930s, however, discovered three more pieces of the large meteorite while panning for gold on his Sams Valley property. Numerous “slices” were taken from them. In 1949, a 2-pound rockbelieved to be one of the three found by Mr. Paynewas discovered in a box of rocks in the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s (“SOHS”) museum in Jacksonville. The last report states that this is in SOHS storage. Other meteorite finds have been in Klamath Falls, Salem (debris that hit a Salem home in 1981), Morrow County, and Fitzwater Pass (about 25-miles southwest of Lakeview). The earliest Oregon discovery of a meteorite was in Sams Valley. Although more will be found over time, it is better to find them in the ground, than seeing one flash close-by. Sources: Hawaii Space Grant Consortium: Meteorites,” at What are Meteorites?; Paul Fattig, “Messengers from space,” Mail Tribune, January 15, 2012, at On Meteorites; Paul Fattig, “Oregon meteorites: the big, the small, the questionable; West Linn one is largest at 15.5 tons; earliest find is Sams Valley one in 1894,” Mail Tribune, January 15, 2012, at Meteorite (With Image); Bill Miller, “Is the sky falling?,” Mail Tribune, February 24, 2013.

12-9 to 12-13-2019: Bill Meyer’s Blog

12-9 to 12-13-2019
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Bill’s Guests: Friday, December 13, 2019

6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update! Find out more great content, all over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you the Friday Outdoor Report. 7:35: Major Jason Koenig, of The Salvation Army joins Bill, live in studio today. Major Koenig is looking for your help in taking care of the shortage in the year’s Christmas Drive. 8:35: Gretchen Smith, U.S. Air Force veteran with Code Of Vets, chats with Bill today.

Veterans Very Much In Need This Season

As we all clamor for the best Christmas gift deals, many of our Veterans will still be clamoring to make their rent, pay their electricity, feed their families and if lucky, have enough money to provide a Christmas for their children.  Not being able to provide this time of year is particularly devastating for our veterans with PTSD especially those suffering with depression and feeling like they  “aren’t good enough” because they can’t provide for their families.  There are so many ways to give this season, how about giving to a deserving Veteran family in need so they can provide Christmas for their family? Code of Vets receives multiple requests daily, for assistance with just the basics but when the holidays roll around “going without” is that much more difficult.  Take for example this single “mom-vet” who does her best but is in extra need during this Christmas season: You can help a family like this by visiting and see the Amazon wish lists these Veterans in need have complied for their children.  Code of Vets is a grassroots organization, run by a small core team, that tries every single day to alleviate some of the burdens that our Veterans are facing.  Veterans, or people concerned about them, reach out to us through our website, email or on Twitter.  They request our help with food, with emergency financial assistance for utilities or rent, with situations of homelessness, with PTSD related issues, or for advice concerning VA claims or medical matters, among many other things.  Each Veteran’s situation is different and the solutions can be as simple as a one-time payment of a phone bill so that they can look for a job, or it can be as complicated as finding them permanent housing or helping them navigate the maze of bureaucracy at the VA.  We take it one day at a time and help one Veteran at a time, hoping our efforts will get them on a path to wholeness and stability. We must also remember the number of vet suicides isn’t budging either, in some cases it’s worsening. The VA report released last month showed rate of suicide rose slightly, with rate still at about 20 deaths per day and veterans are 50% more likely to commit suicide than someone who hasn’t served. Last month we had multiple vets reach out to us for crisis intervention after not be able to get through on the VA suicide hotline.  We we there for them.  It is particularly worse during the holidays so funds provided to help with monetary needs gives us one more way to try to keep their spirits up. Since before Thanksgiving we have seen an uptick in suicidal thoughts in our brothers and sisters in arms.

Bill’s Guests: Thursday, December 12, 2019

6:20: Dylan Howard, author of the book: Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales, chats with Bill briefly this morning. We’ll talk with Dylan this morning on his new book, that delves into the life of the man, who’s life and death are shrouded in controversy. Click here to get your copy. 7:10: Tyler Flaming, Grants Pass City Council President chats with Bill. We’ll discuss the Council’s River Road Property decision, recent considerations regarding Transitional Housing code amendments, and the recurring issue of feral cats, which may spark a new ordinance placing limitations on the number of domestic animals people may keep. 8:10: Tracy Beanz, an investigative journalist talks with Bill today. Today, we’ll be talking with Tracy about the FBI’s IG Report and what it could mean for the President and other Washington D.C. mucky-mucks.

FBI IG Report Contains Explosive Information

Impact on FBI, Russian Hoax and Impeachment

Tracy Beanz, investigative reporter and editor of, has been following the case of FISA abuse within the FBI and the investigation of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.  She is here to breakdown the information in the report and discuss its impact on the Impeachment and its long term effect on how the FBI will operate moving forward. Listen to this podcast on the subject Learn more, all over at:

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

6:35: Eric Peters of chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Transportation News Segment with Eric Peters! Today, we’re talking with Eric about his article:

“Drivers” Who Aren’t . . . Who Gets the Bill?

Check out more, and read Eric’s reviews of the hottest cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at: 7:10: Elena Maria Lopez, a former political journalist and financial writer talks with Bill about an immigration loophole in the Violence against Women Act. Lopez is a former political journalist and financial writer. (She’s also a lifelong Democrat.) She was raised by a mother who ran all their regional domestic violence shelters in the pre-VAWA era. Lopez understands the issues and what’s important to people living through them. Little did she know, she would become a domestic violence victim, fighting to give Acts like VAWA real power to protect Americans as it should. You can find out more over at: 7:35: Mike Hogan, owner of Rosario’s Italian Restaurant chats with Bill. We’ve some new developments on a portly man from Florida, who has filed a number of ADA lawsuits against a few Southern Oregon restaurants, Rosario’s included. We’ll talk about the latest goings-on about it. 8:10: Vincent Bryan, CEO of WHOOSHH Innovation of Seattle talks with Bill today. Rather than tear out the Klamath Dams, could we keep them in and economically protect the migrating fish, while moving them over the dams? Today, we’ll discuss his company’s revolutionary fish mover system, which is about 1/5th the cost of a conventional fish ladder. Check it out for yourself:

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

6:35: Autry Pruitt, Co-Founder of MAGA Black, and New Journey PAC CEO calls the show today. The 2020 presidential campaign will be the oddest in living memory, for reasons good and not. One factor will be the percentage of African Americans who vote to reelect the president, and a growing number of polls suggest a seismic shift among this segment of the population. Enter Rush Limbaugh Senior Producer James “Bo Snerdly” Golden and Autry Pruitt, who have launched their new MAGA Black initiative to educate black Americans on the Trump record and the principles of conservatism. Here is a background piece from the Washington Times: Rush Limbaugh producer ‘Bo Snerdley’ founds new PAC for black conservatives See more from Autry at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you the Tuesday, Outdoor Report. 8:10: Brad Bennington with the Builder’s Association of Southern Oregon joins Bill, live in studio this hour. Today, we’ll talk with Brad about and expensive change to home building rules. As part of the 2020 Oregon Residential Specialty Code adoption, the division will be adopting the 2020 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Residential Code (OZERRC). The OZERRC is a zero ready residential standard and is anticipated to be effective Oct. 1, 2020. Using U.S. Department of Energy guidance, Oregon will achieve strong energy savings for one- and two-family dwellings through an expedited, contractor supported review process. This action continues Oregon’s leadership in energy efficient building codes well into the next decade. The division anticipates providing the Residential and Manufactured Structures Board with a preliminary draft of the 2020 OZERRC standards at the April 1, 2020 board meeting. The board will then take public feedback on the agencies proposal. Click here to find out more. 8:35: Michael Zarosinski, Medford City Council Member from Ward 4 joins Bill in studio today. Today, we’ll chat with Michael about various issues affecting the city.
Monday, December 9, 2019 Bill is taking a vacation day today. He’ll return tomorrow, Tuesday, December 10, for more talk on the latest news and issues that affect you. Thank you for continuing to listen to KMED and KCMD.

12-2 to 12-6-2019: Bill Meyer’s Blog

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Bill’s Guests: Friday, December 5, 2019

6:35: Rick Manning, the President of Americans for Limited Government joins Bill for the Weekly Swamp Update from Washington D.C. Get more great content over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you, the Friday Outdoor Report for the weekend. 8:10: Sally C. Pipes, President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute chats with Bill today. Today, we’ll be talking with Sally about the differences between our healthcare system in the U.S. and Canada. See more over at: 8:45: Katie Hutchinson and Julie Denney from Providence, join Bill in studio to chat about the Safeway Providence Festival of Trees 2019. Click the link here to find out more

Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

6:35: Professor Damon Acemoglu, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chats with Bill. So, what does the future look like as we move more toward automation, where robots and AI could be used for some tasks in the workforce, that used to be done by living, breathing hu-mans? What does this mean for societal cohesion? We’ll discuss it. READ: The Revolution Need Not Be Automated 7:10: Eric Peters, automotive journalist over at chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Transportation News segment. Today, we discuss the latest in the push to force you out of your “so 1970’s” polluting, internal combustion engine vehicle and into a “woke,” sleek and clean-air, electric vehicle. READ: The Throughput – and Other – Problems Check out more great content, and read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUV’s and bikes, all over at: 8:10: State Senator Herman Baertschiger, calls in to bring you the latest on State politics and other goings-on. 8:10: The Men from Advanced Air join Bill in studio for today’s “Whose Business Is It Anyway?” segment. Advanced Air Address: 695 E Vilas Rd, Central Point, OR 97502 PHONE: (541) 772-6866 ONLINE:

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

6:35: Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk, on KMED and KCMD from 11 to 2pm chats with Bill today. We’ll talk with Tom about his impressions of Monday’s Supreme Court, New York gun case oral arguements. See more great content: 7:10: Steve Sable, Information Coordinator for the City of Grants Pass chats with Bill this hour. We’ll be catching up with Steve on the latest from the City Council. 8:10: Alek Skarlatos, former U.S. Army National Guardsman and one of the three men who took down an armed to the teeth terrorist on a French train in 2015, talks with Bill. Alek is tossing his hat into the political ring and taking on current Democrat Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon’s 4th Congressional District on the Republican ticket. See more over at:

Bill’s Guests: Monday, December 2, 2019

6:35: Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform chats with Bill this hour. TV pundits have been asking whether former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a bigger threat to the political fortunes of President Trump or the other Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination. But if you take Bloomberg at his word, it appears the people most threatened by him are… The poor. According to Bloomberg, raising taxes on the poor is a “good thing,” because, in his own words, it’s a question of, “Taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.” READ: Flashback: Bloomberg Says Raising Taxes on Poor People is a “Good Thing” Notice we haven’t seen this in the mainstream media either… 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report. 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.” Check out more from Dr. Powers at his website:

Bill Thorndike: Community and Business Leader

By Dennis Powers

Bill Thorndike, Jr. graduated in 1972 from Medford High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1976 from Lewis and Clark College. After college, he started working full-time for the family business, Medford Fabrication, in White City. After five years at the White City operation, he moved to the Medford main headquarters. Prospering under the guidance of his father, Bill Thorndike, Sr., Medford Fabrication is a custom steel fabrication company operating for over 75 years and offering a diverse range of fabrication, assembly, installation, and finishing services. Serving multi-national companies, it is the world-wide source for Komatsu tractor guarding packages. Its proprietary products include the Medford Log Forks, manufactured for 70 years. Regionally, it supplied the structural steel for the new St. Mary’s High School projects and is supplying the structural steel for the emergency room expansion of the Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. Despite the time needs of running this business as its Chairman, Bill Thorndike has been extremely active in meeting community and regional needs. He currently serves on the boards of Southern Oregon University, Oregon Business Council, Crater Lake National Park Trust, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, and the Northwest Health Foundation. He has served on a number of other boards and commissions, including the Port of Portland, Oregon Community Foundation, Asante Health System, Northwest Area Foundation, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, and the Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank (Director/Vice Chair). Plus, Bill is the local convener of the Governor’s Southern Regional Solutions Advisory Committee and has been involved from its founding. He is the co-convener of the Oregon Solution’s Butte Falls Community Forest Project: This aims to purchase from Weyerhaeuser and The Trust for Public Lands the forest land surrounding the town of Butte Falls, including Big Butte Creek falls, all for the town’s future. Thorndike has earned a variety of honors over the past decades, beginning with the Small Business Administration naming him Exporter of the Year in 1990. In 1996, he received the President’s Medal from SOU; then in 1997 by awards from the Northwest Business Committee for the Arts and the University of Oregon School of Education. He was named Person of the Decade in 2000 by the Jackson County Community Service Consortium. The Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs gave him the Rose Otte Award in 2005, then came the Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award from Willamette University. And others. A third-generation Rogue Valley resident, he served for three years as Chairman of SOU’s Board of Trustees from the board’s 2015 inception. Bill Thorndike stands out and is still making a difference. Sources: Greg Stiles, “Chamber honors Bill Thorndike Jr.,” Mail Tribune, September 14, 2007, at Background and Awards; Greg Stiles, “Medford Fabrication isn’t afraid to go big,” Mail Tribune, February 27, 2015, at Medford Fabrication; Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees (2019) at SOU; Email from Bill Thorndike, Jr., November 12, 2019; Medford Fabrication website at

11-25 to 11-29-2019: Bill Meyer’s Blog

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Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist from joins Bill for the Weekly Transportation News Segment. Today, we’ll be talking with Eric on more with Good ol’ Elon Musk and his crusade to bring electric cars to the mainstream. READ: And So They Drooled See more great content, and read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and bikes, all over at 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors, calls in to bring to you a special Outdoor Report before the Thanksgiving holiday. See more from Greg, over at 7:20: Anthony Silva, a local veteran, who served with Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL, whose rank and benefits were restored by President Trump, after being convicted of posing for a photo with a dead ISIS terrorist. 8:10: Nick Smith with Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities talks with Bill today. We’ll discuss how recent federal court decisions on O&C lands deliver major victories for rural Oregon Counties.

Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

7:35: Mark Johnson, a local beekeeper talks with Bill today about some interesting things he’s doing with breeding bees. 8:10: Dr. Laura Schlessinger talks with Bill this morning. Dr. Laura is the famed advice host of “Dr. Laura,” broadcast on Sirius XM (Channel 111). She holds a Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and received her postdoctoral certification in marriage, family, and child counseling from the University of Southern California. She was in private practice for 12 years. She’s also been on the faculty of the Department of Biology at the University of Southern California and is a member of faculty of the Graduate Psychology Department at Pepperdine University.


Tough-Love Advice on: Dating • Marriage • Child-Rearing • Values • Faith • Resilience

By Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Millions of people follow radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger as she offers no-nonsense, values-based advice that she says can solve our most serious interpersonal problems. In her newest sure to be a bestselling book, Love & Life, Dr. Laura dives into the controversial topics and thorny problems that face today’s men and women, parents and grandparents, husbands and wives, and everyone seeking love, fulfillment, and success in all their relationships. Dr. Laura says, “Don’t believe what pop psychologists are telling you. If it feels good, that doesn’t mean it is good. Love is not always smiling faces or intimacy.” Dr. Laura says all positive relationships need tough love PLUS time, freedom, honesty, and yes, a moral basis. See more great stuff over at:

Bill’s Guests: Monday, November 25, 2019

6:35: Dr. Jerome Corsi, author of Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America’s Borders, chats with Bill. In the book, Dr. Corsi says that he has a solution to America’s border crisis. The problem is, is he’s been working on it for 13 years. President Trump’s core campaign promise of 2016 was to build the wall on the southern border. Dr. Jerome Corsi has been working with HESCO, which is an established defense contractor that specializes in rapid-deployment perimeter defense systems for the U.S. military around the world. They have a product that is a very flexible wall system: Terrablock. This barrier they propose can’t be scaled – it’s designed with a spring mechanism that springs right back off. You can’t drive a truck through it. With the current wall, the steel bars are being cut through by smugglers who are able to take drugs in by cutting a few bars out. Terrablock has installations in military establishments all around the world. The advantage is it’s a “smart wall” – all of the sensors and electronics are built into it. You can tell if someone is penetrating it and respond immediately. This is a modern-day solution to the problem. The U.S. military understands that perimeter defense is not going to be achieved by big steel barriers. These walls appear formidable, but they’re pretty easily able to be gotten through. President Trump doesn’t need additional appropriations; he can do it with the amount of money he’s got available right now and the entire 1,200 miles can be completed by Election Day. Trump’s detractors in the MSM who are trying to say not much has been built and the campaign promise hasn’t been fulfilled will be proven wrong. If Terrablock can protect our troops in combat, they can protect the American people from drug criminals at the border. See more over at: 7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report. 7:35: Dr. Arthur Keiser, administrator at Keiser University chats with Bill today. American education is failing our kids. Our next generation of college graduates is so unprepared for real life, some colleges are now offering “Adulting 101” – classes that attempt to coach students with a complete lack of basic life skills. According to education “experts” – Millennials and Gen Z have “little time to learn life skills” as they prepare for college. Many U.S. employers complain how graduates lack the necessary soft skills to succeed in a professional workplace. In addition, recent studies reveal how employee rudeness and disrespect on the job create problems for employers, employees, and customers while costing businesses productivity and revenue. Many employers routinely complain how graduates cannot write basic emails or memos without embarrassing their company. America’s education system focuses primarily on academic learning and consequently, many colleges don’t reinforce practical “soft skills” – civility,  professionalism, proper communication, a strong work ethic, and how to be a professional in the workplace. Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor and CEO of Keiser University, or Mrs. Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Community Relations and Student Advancement for KU, can discuss how many college graduates are ill prepared for real life. Keiser University has 23 campuses in Florida offering career oriented education – degrees designed for specific jobs. KU places high priority on teaching “soft skills” in its curricula. 8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, joins Bill today for “Visiting Past & Present.”

Thanksgiving: Here and Around the World

By Dennis Powers
The Thanksgiving tradition in America dates to 1621 when the pilgrims gave thanks for their first bountiful harvest in Plymouth Rock. Arriving in November 1620, the settlers established the first permanent English settlement in the New England region. Celebrated for three days, they feasted with the natives on dried fruits, boiled pumpkin, turkey, venison, and more. This celebration wasn’t repeated until 1789 when George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. Still differing from state to state, presidents made different decisions: Thomas Jefferson later abolished the holiday, President Lincoln brought it back, and Roosevelt changed the date in 1939 to the next-to-last Thursday in November to stimulate the economy with a longer Christmas shopping period. The traditional American Thanksgiving meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, and pumpkin pie. This meal stems from that eaten by the pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving. Traditionally, this holiday celebrates the giving of thanks for the autumn harvest. In Canada, its Thanksgiving is believed to have been held in 1578. Drawing from similar European holidays, it adopted some traditions from the American holiday: Owing to the Revolutionary War, many American colonists loyal to the British Crown moved to Canada and brought some Thanksgiving traditions with them, including the symbolic turkey. The Canadian Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday in October and is not a public holiday in every province. The custom of giving thanks for the annual harvest is one of the world’s oldest celebrations and is traced back to the dawn of civilization. In China, the Chinese celebrate an annual holiday around the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar (late September or early October), when the moon is brightest. Known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, it expresses gratitude for the season’s changing and the fall harvest. Dating back more than 2,500 years, the favorite Chinese dessert is moon cake, a baked concoction filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds, and duck eggs—not pumpkin pie. The celebration in Germany is known as Erntedankfest (literally translated “thanks for the harvest festival“), a religious holiday, celebrated in the Catholic and Protestant churches, and usually held on the first Sunday in October. Not a family oriented holiday, Erntedankfest has less in common with the American tradition than in other countries. Its celebrations are marked by parades, fireworks, music, and dancing; Germans are more likely to celebrate the harvest with chickens, hens, roosters, or geese—but not turkeys. Erntedankfest is not the Oktoberfest that’s the two-week festival held each year in Munich during late September and early October. Some six million people attend this each year with numerous similar events around the world, many locations of which German immigrants or their descendants had founded. On November 23rd, people in Japan celebrate a national holiday similar to both American Thanksgiving and Labor Day. Known as Kinrō Kansha no Hi, or Labor Thanksgiving Day, it traces its origins back more than 2,000 years to a ritual offering giving thanks for the season’s first rice harvest. The widely celebrated modern manifestation is oriented around giving thanks for worker rights. Labor Thanksgiving Day officially became a holiday in 1948 and is celebrated in different ways throughout the country. South Koreans celebrate a holiday very similar to ours. Known as Chuseok Day, it is held in mid-to-late September; Koreans typically spend Chuseok Day with a family meal and give thanks to their ancestors in celebrating the autumn harvest. Celebrations are marked with traditional national customs, including ancestral memorial services, Korean wrestling, and Korean circle dances. As well, countries as Grenada, Liberia, Vietnam, Ghana, Nigeria, certain states in India, and others have similarly styled celebrations consistent with their history in celebrating the harvest. Sources:  Office “Thanksgiving in USA 2019” at America’s Thanksgiving; Yahoo Finance: “9 Other Countries that Celebrate Thanksgiving” at Other Countries; Megan Trimble, U.S. News: “5 Thanksgiving-Like Holidays From Around the World,” November 21, 2017, at And More.

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