SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN AND FOR A FOURTH TIME JOSEPHINE COUNTY VOTERS MANAGED TO GIVE A PUBLIC SAFETY TAX LEVY THE "THUMBS DOWN" THIS TIME BY A CLOSE VOTE OF 54 TO 46 PERCENT.
THE MONEY WOULD'VE HELPED PAY FOR SERVICES IN THE COUNTY, INCLUDING JAIL BEDS AND MORE DEPUTIES.
SOME PEOPLE JOINED AT THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE WHEN INITIAL RESULTS WERE RELEASED.
AND *MOST* WERE HAPPY WITH THE INITIAL RESULTS SHOWING THE LEVY FAILED, OTHERS WERE SAD ABOUT THE NEWS.
THE MEASURE WAS STARTED BY JOSEPHINE COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO FORMED THE GROUP CALLED 'COMMUNITY UNITED FOR SAFETY'.
IT WOULD HAVE RAISED PROPERTY RATES BY APPROXIMATELY 3 PERCENT TO FUND THE ADDITIONAL SERVICES IN THE COUNTY.
ONE WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER A FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS AND A SEMI TRUCK JUST OUTSIDE OF ROGUE RIVER YESTERDAY.
THE HEAD ON COLLISION HAPPENED JUST AFTER 9 TUESDAY MORNING ON THE 52-HUNDRED BLOCK OF NORTH RIVER ROAD JUST OUTSIDE OF ROGUE RIVER
THE FEMALE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, TERALYN MORGAN, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE ACCORDING TO ROGUE RIVER P.D.
AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES... A CRASH SITE RECONSTRUCTION TEAM IS WORKING THE SCENE TO DETERMINE WHAT WENT WRONG.
THE DRIVER OF THE SEMI TRUCK WAS FROM MURPHYS PLYWOOD MILL... LOCATED JUST A FEW HUNDRED FEET FROM THE ACCIDENT.
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THEY WANT IT ALL
Salem and your money is akin to the NSA and your information...THEY WANT IT ALL. Case in point: Rep. Tobias Read introduces bill to eliminate the kicker, put it in a rainy day fund. He should title it a "Bail Out PERS and our Union Cronies, PLEASE". You can guarantee with Dems running the show, we're going to have a lot of financial rainy days these coming years. Rep. Mike McLane, House Republican Leader has some choice words:
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 05-21-2015
6:35 Curtis Ellis is a political communications consultant and writer for WND, his website (where the anti-fast track petition is located) is OBAMATRADE.COM.
7:10 L.A. goes for a 15 buck minimum wage, Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of ADDO Worldwide and author of the book 8 Essential Exchanges says this is a boneheaded idea.
7:35 Professor Joel Marks, tonight wraps his "Restoring America" event at the Medford Library starting at 6:30 tonight. Read his notes on this website.
Here's an example of what Joel's been doing. Thanks to KevStir
8:10 Joseph Rice of the Jo Co Chapter of the Oathkeepers - BLM stands down, what's next?
BILL'S GUESTS 05-20-2015
6:35 Bad County's Dale Matthews and Mike Jones - Public Safety Levy goes down...AGAIN.
6:48 Jan Gaye, Widow of Marvin Gaye, AFTER THE DANCE: MY LIFE WITH MARVIN GAYE, A riveting cautionary tale about being in love with a legend, AFTER THE DANCE: My Life With Marvin Gaye is a searing memoir of love, drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the widow of soul and sex icon Marvin Gaye.
7:10 Devora Zack author of Singletasking: Get More Done — One Thing at a Time.
7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau
ONCE AGAIN, THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM???
Much hand wringing comes from Governor Kate Brown, who wishes to attack the "housing crisis" in Oregon. What is the crisis? The fact that you need $16.61 an hour job to rent a typical 2-bedroom apartment. Her solution is to have you taxpayers borrow $100 million dollars to build "affordable housing" and raise the minimum wage to $15.
Note how centralized state land use planning, which restricts available land, and Gang Green's enviro policy, which destroyed natural resource wealth, aren't mentioned as contributing to a lack of housing and economic vitality.
How does the governor figure that by her command, a clerk handing out Wetzel's Pretzels (for example) is automatically worth $20 an hour in wages and benefits? Well, it's NOT worth it, so if the Grand Poohba gets her way, expect an Oregon with even FEWER opportunities for gainful employment.
THIS JUST IN: Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights. (Yes, I'm Serious) What's next, all scouts have to pee sitting down???
LEGAL WEED leads to SHORT MEN?
Yep, that's what a study seems to indicate. The basics: Early pot smoking prior to puberty stresses the body, which leads to early puberty, which leads to stunting a boy's ultimate height up to 4 inches. So, is the Oregon future one of short boys shaving in 4th grade, but feeling "okay" with it?
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 5-19-2015
6:35 Martin Yate, author of KNOCK 'EM DEAD 2015: The Ultimate Job Search Guide. This man knows his stuff about getting your resume' to the top of the heap.
7:10 Liz Peek, TheFiscalTimes.com and FoxNews.com columnist. Regulating Bitcoin Legitimizes a Treacherous Business.
7:35 Will the public safety levy pass in Jo County? We talk with Dale Matthews at BadCounty.com.
BILL'S GUESTS for 05-18-2015
6:35 - Dr. NZinga Harrison, psychiatrist and medical doctor, and we discuss whether the Amtrak engineer could have "faked" the memory loss before the crash.
8:40 Frank Scarlotta from the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club. Sunday is another 200-yard "Varmint Shoot" at the historic Camp White Rifle Range in White City, behind the drag strip. be there Sunday at 9:30 for orientation, shooting starts at 10am! BTW, this Wednesday, 5/20, 5pm, same location, is the practice shooting for Sunday's competititon.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present" - today it's the history of "spirits".
Ghosts, Spirits, and other Apparitions
By Dennis Powers
Ghost stories and spiritual adventures have been part of mankind dating back to the caves. This belief--or concept--is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from ones body with a continued existence after death. Haunted locations typically connect with a happening in the ghost’s past, often where one died or a former home. Aside from actual sightings, signs of their presence range from strange noises, lights, odors or breezes to objects that move, windows that slam, and doors that open.
The Roman author and statesman Pliny the Younger recorded in the first century A.D. one of the first notable ghost stories in his letters, which became famous for their vivid account of life during the height of the Roman Empire. Pliny wrote that an old man’s ghost with a long beard and rattling chains was haunting his Athens home. Southern Oregon is no different.
A few of the memorable ones--and you will have yours as well--start with the Plunkett Center in Ashland. Southern Oregon University acquired the old structure in 1966 and uses it for alumni and development functions. It is also known as the Swedenburg House for the doctor who lived there from 1919 until his death in 1937. Several believe that a ghost resides there, including a professor, a group of students, their teacher, and the head of campus security.
From the beginning, the campus security guard in the 1980s had a strong sense that he was being watched when inside and decided to announce himself before entering. Later driving by the house, he and another guard spotted a woman that the porch light illuminated. She was sitting beside a window in a first floor office, but the apparition suddenly vanished. The men searched for her inside but found nothing. The building was empty and all of its doors locked.
The Oregon Caves is the setting for another famous presence. Couples who have stayed in or beside the infamous Room 310 report being awakened at night by the sounds of someone walking in the hall--or from actually inside the room. The tale goes that a young couple in 1937 was spending their wedding night at the hotel. After the bride caught her husband in an embrace with a hotel employee, the bride (named Elizabeth) took her life. Employees tell of strange occurrences in room 310: the room’s furniture will be rearranged, or on rare occasions, even placed out in the hallway. Guests have reported unpacking--and on returning from dinner--find that their bags have been repacked. On occasion, the baby grand piano in the lobby plays by itself.
The Oregon Vortex is another site for continued paranormal investigations. John Lister arrived in the early 1900s to conduct mining surveys, only to discover the strange anomalies in the magnetic fields at this Sardine Creek location. Famous for its strange effects--for example, two people can change place, and then become taller or shorter simply by that--Lister became obsessed with the place. Brooms seem to stand upright at an angle and balls roll uphill inside an old assay shed. After Lister’s death in 1959, numerous visitors tell of seeing him standing at the top of the sloping floor of the House of Mystery, the assay shed that rests at weird angles. Tour guides report the same sightings, but no one is around.
Gold Hill’s Beeman-Martin house is another ghost center. The wealthy Josiah Beeman built this fine home in 1901, and it still is standing, now as the center of operations for the Gold Hill Historical Society. Volunteers insist that the sounds they hear in an upstairs attic, the cupboards that slam, or furniture that changes is owing to the apparition of a friendly ghost that they named “Willie”. The spirit is either that of Bill Hay, who spent time there, or a handyman of the same name who died in a room.
From the green mists of the nearby Rock Point Cemetery to old structures in Grants Pass and the mining ghost towns of the present, the stories are abundant.
Sources: “History.com: History of Ghost Stories” at Ghosts and History; Jeff Davis’s “Ghosts and Critters,” at Plunkett House and Oregon Vortex Stories; “Gary Swanson: Ghosts in Southern Oregon’s National Monument,” at Oregon Caves Ghost Story. See also: Dennis Powers, Images of America: Gold Hill, Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2010, pp. 42, 56.
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Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
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Jul 29, 2011 10:19am
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The Right Buy
Jul 29, 2011 10:47am
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