IT’S BEEN CONFIRMED THAT STATE REPRESENTATIVE PETER BUCKLEY IS IN INFORMAL TALKS WITH SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERISTY TRUSTEES, ABOUT POSSIBLY BECOMING SOU PRESIDENT WHEN THE POSITION OPENS ON JULY 1ST. THOUGH BUCKLEY ADMITS HE IS NOT AN ACADEMIC, HE CITES HIS EXPERIENCE WITH HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGETS AND FINANCES, AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE LEGISLATURE’S WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THAT WOULD MAKE HIM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION.
A SERIES OF AUTO CRASHES IN DOUGLAS COUNTY NEAR MILEPOST 108, WERE CAUSED BY FREEZING RAIN. RYAN PFEIL FROM THE MAIL TRIBUNE WRITES THAT PARTS OF I-5 WERE TURNED INTO A “ICE SKATING RINK.” OSP REPORTED SEVERAL CRASHES, INCLUDING A JACKNIFED BIG RIG NEAR MILEPOST 129 NORTH OF ROSEBURG, WHICH BLOCKED BOTH SOUTHBOUND LANES. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS ADVISING CAUTION IF DRIVING IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTY.
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY IS TIGHTENING RULES ON TRANSFER STUDENTS. STEVE CLARK, VICE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY RELATIONS, SAYS THAT STUDENTS WHO WERE KICKED OUT OF OTHER SCHOOLS FOR CONDUCT VIOLATIONS WON'T BE ACCEPTED AT OSU. VIOLATIONS INCLUDE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE. THIS FOLLOWS BRENDA TRACEY PUSHING FOR CHANGE AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING RAPED BY FOUR MEMBERS OF THE OSU FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE LATE 1990S.
TENSIONS ARE ON THE RISE IN THE JACKSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AS COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN DOUG BREIDENTHAL TAKES AIM AT AN ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST HIM BY THE COUNTY. NEW QUESTIONS HAVE COME ABOUT, REGARDING HIS ACTIVITIES AS COMMISSIONER. THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER REMOVING BREIDENTHAL AS COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN.
POLICE HAVE IN CUSTODY, 2 SUSPECTS IN A STABBING ATTACK IN MEDFORD ON MONDAY. THE MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE REPORTS THAT POLICE RAIDED A DUPLEX ON MURRAY STREET AFTER A, MORE THAN, THREE HOUR STANDOFF. A 43 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND A 48 YEAR OLD MAN WERE SUBDUED WITH STUN GUNS AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. NOBODY WAS INJURED DURING THE RAID, AND POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE MOTIVE.
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LATEST COMMISSION NEWS (12-01)
Jackson County Commission votes unanimously to remove Commissioner Doug Breidenthal as Board Chair, Rick Dyer is the new chair, Colleen Roberts is Vice Chair. Vote was unanimous, and this happened due to the ongoing ethics probe.
What hasn't been answered to my satisfaction is whether the the campaign donations exposed the county to the appearance of an undue influence. It may be legal, but is the current practice good?
I'm glad it's getting an airing out. We'll know in mid-January whether or not the Oregon Government Ethics Committee thinks there's merit to the ethics complaint. Commissioner Breidenthal's actions may be found perfectly legal. No matter the outcome, I imagine at the very least that these Association of Oregon County contributions will probably be made more transparent in the future. Current state political contributions are easily viewed on OreStar. These non-state election expense funds are not that easy to find.
BILL'S GUESTS for 12-01-15
6:35 Dr. Matt Briggs, Climatologist, and we discuss the UN global warming conference. Read his latest: There's Big Money in Global Warming Alarmism.
7:10 Sheriff Corey Falls, talking law enforcement, jail reduction, taking calls on the isssues.
8:10 Mark Johnson, on a sterring committee for the State of Jefferson group, which is putting on a meeting at the Redwood Grange, 1830 Redwood Avenue in Grants Pass, this Saturday noon to three.
JAC Co ETHICS ISSUE...
I believe is FAR from over. I spoke with Commissioner Dyer after my ethics issues talk with Comm. Breidenthal this morning (7am podcast for today). Dyer takes issue with Breidenthals' assertion that he (Breidenthal) made it clear in conversation that the $1000 donation to Dyer's campaign through "Friends of Doug Breidenthal" was from the Association of Oregon Counties, and NOT a "Personal" donation, as was indicated on the state's OreStar account, which is used to track political donations.
Dyer tells me (to the best of his recollection) that neither he, nor anyone on his campaign staff ever discussed the sources of funding (Btw, he'll discuss more on tomorrow's show, 8:10a) Update - Dyer had to back out, the DOJ ethics probe lead to that change.
Whether these donations violate the state's $50 gift limit, or this is much to do about nothing is still an open question only the government ethics board will answer. I'm still troubled by the appearance of soliciting campaign funds from groups having direct business before the county. Will this get to the point of forcing new looks at recent board actions, such as votes on the Casino ads in the airport, or land use involving Avista, or Pac Power, GMO issues? More questions...more questions
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 11-30-15
6:35 BadCounty.com's Dale Matthews - Arsenic and Josephine County in the news.
7:10 Jackson County Commissoner Doug Breidenthal - discussion topic is late October's ethics compllaint.
8:45 BUSINESS INTERVIEW SEGMENT - Adrienne Weiss from CostLessTarps.com -
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
By Dennis Powers
Located at the former fairgrounds on Medford’s south end and bought for use by the U.S. Forest Service, the City of Medford and Jackson County in 1922 purchased the Medford field known as Newell Barber field. This was the first field in Oregon bought to be used as a municipal airport, and its gravel runway was 1500-ft. long and 25-ft. wide. Pacific Air Transport Company was granted an initial 4-year lease for one dollar and built its hangars and administration building; Standard Oil Company received the exclusive contract to sell gasoline and oil.
Granted a U.S. Post Office air-mail contract in 1926 to carry mail from Los Angeles to Seattle, Medford was the only stop between San Francisco and Portland on the first airmail route over the Pacific Coast. This contract meant financial stability for a new venture such as Pacific Air, but it also meant regular deliveries through all weather, good or bad.
A passenger waiting list was in use since the open-cockpit airplanes only had room for the pilot and one passenger, who sat on the mailbag in the front seat while wearing goggles and a helmet. As these planes didn’t have radios, all flying was done visually. The airport radio operator kept track as the planes landed or took off and relayed these times along with the weather conditions.
But Barber Field was so small that aviation officials threatened to close it if the adjoining fairgrounds continued running its auto racetrack. Passenger service was in the planning stage, and a larger field at least one mile long with a rotating beacon for night-time flying was needed. In the largest bond issue at the time, residents passed a $120,000 measure to buy 288 acres of land three miles north of the town’s center on Biddle Road and construct runways, a terminal, and hanger building. Located on the present site and opened in late 1929, it featured a 2.5-million candlepower beacon, new radio station, weather bureau, pilot quarters, a restaurant, and the headquarters of the Rogue Valley Gun Club.
Charles Lindbergh visited Medford as part of his cross-country tour the year after his famous solo flight to Paris; photos show him examining his plane and then leaving Medford Airport on August 29, 1928. In 1931, Pacific Air Transport merged with three other pioneer airlines to form United Airlines. And over time, nearly every major or smaller airline served Medford.
The City of Medford approved bond issues and accepted grants that increased the acreage, landing field, and improvements so that by 1940 the runway was 6,700 feet long and 75 feet wide. During World War II, the War Department took control of the airport and its acreage increased to 550-plus acres. In August 1944, Medford fruit, flowers, and fish flew on a United Air Lines cargo-liner to New York City, the first full cargo of perishables flown coast to coast.
In January 1971, the voters approved transferring ownership of the airport from the City of Medford to Jackson County, which accepted all bond issues and liabilities, relieving the city from these obligations. As the years passed, the airport added more acreage and facilities to reach its present 925 acre size. In January 1995, the U.S. Department of Commerce designated Jackson County as foreign-trade zone. This allowed it to be a legally secured area outside the United States for customs entry procedures, duties, and quotas--thus becoming an international airport.
A new passenger terminal and air traffic control tower were constructed during 2009 and the runway extended to allow larger jets. Serving the Rogue Valley and seven counties, it is now the third largest commercial airport in Oregon. The grooved asphalt runway is now 8,800 ft. long and 150 ft. wide with nearly 60 flights which arrive and depart daily--a far cry from Barber Field all those years ago.
See: Hattie B. Becker, The History of Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Gandee Printing Company: Medford, Oregon, 1995 at Airport History. Bert and Margie Webber, The Lure of Medford: An Oregon Documentary, Oregon: Webb Research Group Publishers, 1996; Truwe, Ben. “Jackson County Looking Back: The Early Years--1800s through 1939.” Canada: Pediment Publishing, 2011, pg. 26-27.
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