MULTIPLE POLICE AGENCES HAVE SWARMED THE REDWOOD CAMPUS AT ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN GRANTS PASS AFTER A BOMB THREAT THIS MORNING. ALL RCC CAMPUSES HAVE BEEN EVACUATED AFTER COLLEGE OFFICIALS POSTED THE EVACUATION WARNING ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. INITIAL REPORTS STATED THAT OFFICIALS GOT WORD OF A BOMB, AND ARMED PEOPLE ON CAMPUS AROUND 10:20 THIS MORNING. WE'LL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
GOIN POSTAL IN ROSEBURG HAS BEGUN MAKING DECALS, TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY AT UCC LAST WEEK. THE DECALS READ, “UCC STRONG,” WITH THE COLLEGE’S LOGO. HOWEVER, THE DECALS ARE SELLING OUT FASTER THAN THEY CAN MAKE THEM.
IS THE WEATHER SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS YOU? THEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS LOOKING TO RECRUIT LOCAL PEOPLE TO BE A PART OF ITS SEVERE WEATHER SPOTTER REPORTING NETWORK. THE AGENCY WILL HOLD A FREE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WOULD-BE WEATHER SPOTTERS, FROM 6 TO 8 PM, ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, AT THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY, AT 413 WEST MAIN STREET IN MEDFORD. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHOW UP, NO SIGN UP IS REQUIRED.
IN THE WAKE OF THE HORRIBLE MASS SHOOTING AT UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, INCLUDING DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF JOHN HANLIN, ARE LOATHE TO MENTION THE NAMES OF THE PERPETRATORS OF THESE HORRIBLE CRIMES. SHERIFF HANLIN WANTS TO NOT GIVE THE SHOOTER, THE NOTERIETY, THAT THE SHOOTER WAS PROBABLY LOOKING FOR. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOW REFUSING TO NAME THESE INDIVIDUALS IN HOPES OF REDUCING THE CHANCE FOR COPYCATS, AND TO KEEP THEM FROM INSPIRING OTHERS.
FROM THE MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE, THE ROGUE POWERPACK PROGRAM, HELPED OUT AT LEAST 50 WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS, WHO WERE IDENTIFIED BY THEIR TEACHERS AS “CHRONICALLY HUNGRY.” ALMOST 95% OF THE SCHOOL’S 450 STUDENTS, ARE LIVING BELOW THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE. THE PROGRAM PROVIDED THE KIDS WITH BACKPACKS, STUFFED WITH ENOUGH FOOD TO HOLD THEM OVER UNTIL MONDAY. THE JACKSON COUNTY JUNIOR LEAGUE HELPS OUT STUDENTS AT PHOENIX ELEMENTARY, TALENT ELEMENTARY AND NOW WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY.
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YEAH, THEY WANT THE GUNS
Ron Wyden speaking in Roseburg (late Friday morning) says it's time "For Compromise". Adding "Gun Owners Have rights, but also responsibilities".
I'd ask what "compromise" will Senator Wyden propose regarding a constitutional right, not a privilege? The murderer purchased arms legally over a number of years, had never been violent until now. You and I follow the law and are peaceful, and are not the problem.
What magical rule or law could these tyrants propose that works? Especially important, knowing that the liberal's favorite siren song is the failed policy of "Gun Free Zones", which really translates as "Criminal Free-Fire Zones".
I'll bet you they don't have an answer, because all that matters is their political anti-second amendment agenda. Wyden, DeFazio, Gov. Brown, and Merkley obviously operate from the concept that you are "too free". Don't fall for the lie...Set them straight, as you know their only "reasonable gun law" is confiscation and disarming the people.
By the way, all four lefties (Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio and Gov. Brotn) spoke the "code words calling for gun control.
SOMETIMES YOU CAN SAY A LOT...BY SAYING NOTHING
UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SHOOTING
Tragic day at UCC with 10 dead and 7 hurting in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.
26-year old Chris Harper-Mercer is identified as the shooter. One woman whose grandma was in a writing class there tells the NY Post "The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset."
Now the distortions and lies begin. President Obama naturally calls for more gun control. (Didn't wait for the bodies to cool) Meanwhile, I've noted that UCC's policy was gun free "without written authorization". Here's a copy of what was on their website:
“Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, water pistols, and paint guns) ammunition, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or any other objects as weapons on college property, except as expressly authorized by law or college regulations, is prohibited.
Possession of knives with a blade longer than 4” is prohibited.
Brandishing weapons is prohibited.
Misuse of personal defensive weapons – e.g., pepper spray, etc. is prohibited. The owner is responsible and accountable for any misuse of these devices.”
This is being used by some lefty sites to claim that UCC "wasn't gun free", because state law bans college from banning concealed carry firearms. This is true, but deceptive. The Oregon University System policy is gun free. You're not thrown in jail or in LEGAL trouble if it's discovered that you're carrying on campus, but students have been hassled and threatened with suspension or expulsion, or if you're a teacher, you could be fired for violating "pollllllllllicyyyyyy". Kevin Starret joins me tomorrow at 7:10 as we break this down.
Meanwhile, say LOTS of prayers for the victims this evening
DR. DENNIS POWERS "VISITING PAST AND PRESENT" from Monday
The University Club
By Dennis Powers
The Medford Commercial Club--now the Chamber of Commerce--promoted a long advertising campaign in the early 1900s that heralded the great advantages of the area’s orchard industry. It was very successful. Out-of-towners in numbers arrived in Medford, and real estate agents met the trains to hawk the orchards. The newspapers reported that newcomers were jamming the hotels and even Southern Pacific Railroad needed to set up tents on its Medford station property to bed down up to 200 potential investors.
With this boom background, wealthy Easterners and Mid-Westerners flocked to the Valley. From bringing about the city’s main water supply and Sacred Heart Hospital (later Providence Medical Hospital) to building Medford’s historic downtown, the out-of-towners strongly contributed to the area. By 1909, numerous Medford buildings were under construction or in the planning stages. Buildings with the names of Sparta, the Carnegie library, Woolworth building, and four-story Liberty building were there or under development.
The newcomers discovered, however, that their social circles were limited. Leaving the educated professionals they knew back home for the rural Valley had limitations. Some came together and in 1909 began discussing the need to form a club. In mid-October 1910, the first Rogue River Valley University Club board meeting was held. Its charter explicitly set down that its purpose was to increase social contacts and boost community development.
The average age of the 47 charter members was 30, and the list of represented universities was impressive: twelve were from Yale, eight founding members from Harvard, and six from the University of Minnesota, as a start. Stanford had four members, while the University of Oregon, Williams College, Michigan, Cornell, and Columbia had three each. All were graduates, although the charter required just that a member had attended college.
Over time, the club met in different facilities before moving into a former telephone building after World War II, adjacent to the Holly Theatre at 218 West Sixth Street in downtown Medford. The owners of the building, Alfred and Helen Carpenter, transferred ownership in 1958 to the University Club. Until the early 1990s, the club had over 200 members, but presently some 100, reflecting the changing times.
The makeup of colleges represented is still mixed, although Oregon universities are now the majority. Professionals as doctors, lawyers, and business executives make up most of the current members. An applicant for membership must have two sponsors. With no objections (including the board of trustees), the new member is welcomed in. In 2010, it was noted that Jackson County’s leading citizens had been gathering at the University Club for a century, continuing their tradition of playing cards, discussing the topics if the day, and at times formulating local policy—plus granting scholarships to local Valley high school graduates.
Sources: Ben Truwe, “Southern Oregon History, Revised: The Orchard Boom,” at The Orchard Boom; Greg Stiles, “University Club turns 100,” October 30, 2010, Mail Tribune, at University Club History; see University Club website at Club Website.
TAKING THE VAN OUT FOR SOME FUN ON VACATION
Here's a shot of our now BEAUTIFUL Vanagon (Thanks to Lithia Body and Paint) as I hit the road late last week. I camped near Meridian Overlook way past Mt. Ashland. Whoa, it was SO cold. I woke up Friday morning to ice on the van's windows, and chattering teeth. I guess that's life at the 6500 foot elevation, huh? Hiked to the top of Red Mountain near Wrangle Cap off PCT, and there was so much cloud cover. You stood on the peak, and the clouds just surrounded you, really cold once again, but it was great to get in a late season camp. Next time I'll remember the propane heater. :-)
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
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Minding Your Money
Jul 29, 2011 10:19am
Solid advice and information during these unsettling times...Doug Stone from Seacrest Wealth Management will show you how to practically manage your finances and keep more of your hard-earned dollar! Saturday morning at 11:00 on KMED.
The Right Buy
Jul 29, 2011 10:47am
Join local realtors Pete Belcastro and Joe Brett Saturday morning at 10:00 for the Rogue Valley's only radio show dedicated to buying or selling your home along with local guest experts on title, mortgage, and home renovations.