HUNDREDS ATTENDED A RALLY AND MEETING AT NORTH MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL THURSDAY NIGHT TO HEAR FROM THE DEQ AND THIER ROLE IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROJECT THAT *COULD IMPACT OREGON RIVERS AND WATER SUPPLY.
THE JORDAN COVE PACIFIC CONNECTOR LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS (OR L-N-G) PIPELINE. THE PROPOSED PIPELINE WOULD STRETCH 230 MILES FROM COOS BAY TO MALIN AND CROSS 400 DIFFERENT WATERWAYS INCLUDING TRIBUTARIES TO THE ROGUE RIVER. PROPONENTS OF THE PROJECT SAY NATURAL GAS IS THE CLEANEST FOSSIL FUEL... THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE PROJECT SAY IT COULD POTENTIALLY BE DEVASTATING TO THE ECO-SYSTEM.
2 PEOPLE WANTED FOR MURDER ON THE EAST COAST MAY BE HEADED TO MEDFORD.
NBC AFFILIATE WNCN IN NORTH CAROLINA SAYS HOKE COUNTY SHERIFFS ARE SEARCHING FOR TYLER MARK PIERCE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND SAMANTHA SHILTS FOR STRANGLING A MAN AT A MOTEL. SHILTS IS FROM MEDFORD. POLICE STOPPED SHILTS AND PIERCE IN OHIO. THE TWO WERE DRIVING THE MURDERED MAN'S CAR. THE COUPLE TOLD OFFICERS THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO OREGON. DEPUTIES HAVE WARRANTS OUT FOR PIERCE AND SHILTS ON POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE, ROBBERY, AND FIRST DEGREE MURDER.
A MEDFORD MAN ARRESTED LAST YEAR FOR DRUG AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES IS FACING NEW ACCUSATIONS THIS MORNING.
38 YEAR OLD ERNEST LUTHER TAYLOR HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED WITH A SECOND COUNT OF ATTEMPTING TO USE A CHILD IN A DISPLAY OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONDUCT. INVESTIGATORS WITH THE SOUTHERN OREGON HIGH TECH CRIMES TASK FORCE SAY THEY FOUND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON TAYLOR'S COMPUTER BACK IN AUGUST. THAT FIRST CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE INVOLVED A GIRL UNDER THE AGE OF 12.
A CALIFORNIA WOMAN IS BEHIND BARS THIS MORNING AFTER POLICE SAY SHE MOLESTED SEVERAL BOYS IN TALENT BETWEEN 2005 AND 2009.
24 YEAR-OLD SHAWNA MARIE NERBY IS CHARGED WITH RAPE AND SODOMY. TALENT POLICE SAY NERBY COMMITTED SEXUAL ACTS RANGING FROM MOLESTATION TO INTERCOURSE WITH AT LEAST 4 BOYS UNDER 18. SOME OF THEM PRE-TEENS. SHE'S IN JACKSON COUNTY JAIL ON HALF A MILLION DOLLARS BAIL. TALENT POLICE SAY THE CRIMES OCCURRED AT THE TALENT MOBILE ESTATES ON ARNOS ROAD WHERE NERBY USED TO LIVE.TALENT POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR POTENTIAL VICTIMS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONTACT POLICE.
A TWO MONTH-LONG INVESTIGATION BY MEDFORD AREA DRUG AND GANG ENFORCEMENT NETS CASH, THREE ARRESTS AND DRUGS.
MONDAY MORNING, MADGE ALONG WITH CENTRAL POINT P-D, EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT IN THE 900 BLOCK OF CHERRY STREET.
CLOSE TO AN OUNCE OF HEROIN, A SMALL AMOUNT OF METH, SCALES, PACKAGING AND MORE THAN A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH WERE SEIZED.
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HERE'S THE ROUGH CUT VIDEO OF "GRAY STATE"
(from the video description) This was the documentary David Crowley was working on when he supposedly killed his wife, 5 year old child and himself. Friends, family and co-workers have said they do not believe it. That he was a great person, with a promising career and an extremely happy homelife. They believe he was murdered.
BILL'E GUESTS FOR 1-23-2015
6:30 Actor Michael Raymond James, plays the part of Paul Revere in the 3-episode miniseries "Sons of Liberty", premiereing Sunday night at 9 on History Channel (Channel 49 on Charter Cable)
7:35 Terry Schofeld from Rogue River talks of the 2nd Amendment strengthening ordinance which he's submitted to Jackson County. He's working to apply political pressure in opposition to various gun grab bills that Democrats in the state legislature are planning on springing on we the people.
8:10 Todd Gaziano with Pacific Legal Foundation - Supreme Court digs into a Fair Housing case, discrimination issues.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 01-22-2015
7:10 John Whitehead, constitutional attorney and founder of the Rutherford Institute - Big win for government whistleblowers, and we talk more on the surveillance state, and your civil liberties
7:35 Dale Matthews, BadCounty.com, Commissioner Cheryl Walker blames Bad Co for Josephine County's lack of economic development...yes, really!
8:10 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation, he's headed to Yamhill County - ordinance 011415 there would set a tone of not enforcing any further gun restrictions from Salem.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 01-21-2014
6:15 Rick Manning, president of Americans For Limited Government - getliberty.org, SOTU reaction.
7:10 Dr. Merrill Mathews, Institute for Policy Innovation, more analysis on post SOTU.
7:35 Crimestoppers with Lt. Budreau
8:10 Cevin Soling, author of "The Student Resistance Handbook". Interesting POV, that the current government school system is tantamount to child abuse, and it needs dismantled.
Stagnant air advisory in the Rogue Valley through next Tuesday - here's proof.
TAKEN TODAY ON PHOENIX BALDY MOUNTAIN - Beautiful above, fog and bitter cold below.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 01-20-2014
6:35 Dan Gainor, T. Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow at the Media Research Center's Business and Media department. Dan wrote a great piece on Townhall detailing the media hypocrisy shown over Tom Steyer, the liberal uber-billionaire who wants to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer in California.
7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel, and we talk the upcoming session and the incredible 50 ways to tax the folks that the legislature will look at.
8:10 Ruth Broadman, president of the Jackson County Republican Women....Go to their website, and download the forest initiative we talked about, sign them, pass 'em around.
READ THIS STORY BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS DOWN Ye Olde "MEMORY HOLE".
This story in the UK Daily Mail details the CIA involvement in murdering a U.S. screenwriter on their payroll. According to the sources, this screenwriter, Gary Devore, was ready to blow the whistle on the REAL reason for George H.W. Bush invading Panama. It was all about Noriega's "honey pot" photos he had of numerous American officials in trysts with women (and men). Can't wait to hear the "crickets" from the American lickspittle media. You think Bill O'Reilly will be "looking out for the folks" and setting the record straight?
Where I would disagree with conclusions of the story is that it's more likely the invastion had more to do with covering up CIA drug running connections, pretty much a secret out-in-the-open these days.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 01-19-2015
6:35 Rev. Steven Louis Craft, a member of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network. Interesting man, and we discuss Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy.
7:10 Jac Co Commissioner Doug Breidenthal, timber, timber, and the progress on getting control of all that public land.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, Visiting Past and Present:
The World of Asante and Ashland Community Hospital
By Dennis Powers
On November 15, 2012, Ashland Community Hospital (“ACH”) and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (“Asante”) announced ACH’s agreement to “partner” with Asante. ACH’s first choice of Dignity Health--the San Francisco-based, fifth largest hospital system in the country--withdrew its offer when final closing conditions couldn’t be agreed and it ran into community “residual resistance.” Some residents were concerned that its ties to the Catholic Church would restrict women’s birth-control access and the requests of dying patients for lethal prescriptions under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.
With Providence and Asante in the final “pool,” Asante was the pick for cash-strapped ACH’s need for a financial rescuer. The Ashland City Council in February 2013 approved Asante’s letter of intent to “affiliate” with ACH and final approval was given in little over three months. (The City of Ashland owned the facilities that were under lease.)
Ashland transferred its ACH ownership and the real estate. In return, Asante contractually agreed to continue operating ACH as a general hospital for the next 15 years; invest $10 million in capital improvements over the next three years; and assume some $8 million in debt with $6 million in pension obligations. It agreed to “make every effort” to offer employment to present ACH employees, and the hospital is one of Ashland’s largest employers with 400 employees (behind city government’s number of workers) and pays the highest average wage.
Asante’s takeover, however, is as important to its future as to the much smaller ACH’s survival. With both facing the rigorous complications of ObamaCare’s” legal requirements and changing Medicare/Medicaid regulations, Asante assured itself of one less Rogue Valley competitor and increased its patient base as the controversial “Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)” changed the ways the healthcare industry did business.
Owing to lower Medicare reimbursements, a high Medicare/Medicaid payor mix, less economies of scale, stringent regulations, and uncompensated care, ACH had declining revenues and reserves for previous years. For example, ACH lost $4.2 million dollars in fiscal 2012; profitable Asante produced $515 million in revenue during its fiscal 2012 from its Medford, Grants Pass, and ancillary healthcare operations.
Upheld by the Supreme Court in a controversial 5-4 decision, the laudable objective of the ACA was to expand health care coverage to some 30 million people by 2019. The provisions to force this greater good, unfortunately, is also debatable and complicated. Hospitals aren’t reimbursed per service provided, for example, but on changing regulations, such as the overall health of the population treated. Reimbursements can be withheld if a patient returns to the same provider for the same problem within a short time period--regardless of fault or severity of condition.
As hospitals absorb more of the financial risk of care, the size of an organization has become very important. A larger system adding on a smaller hospital should realize cost savings by reducing overhead (i.e., personnel and data systems that are combined). Leverage is gained when negotiating with suppliers and third-party payers. It’s believed that the debt Asante incurred from the acquisition can be erased over time by these economies of scale and reduced overhead; its acquisition is definitely a harbinger of the future. Becker’s Hospital Review detailed throughout the country more than 80 mergers and acquisitions of hospitals in one, three-month period alone.
Under ObamaCare, some one-half of its funding was intended to come from Medicare cuts over time, when practitioners and hospitals already are having cash flow problems from previous cuts and complex regulations. Doctors and hospitals must utilize very expensive databanks and software tools to provide the required quality of care--plus pay to maintain and update these expensive databanks. The large question: Will our system be able to adequately handle the large increase of patients, residents/citizens or not, who require medical care?--especially in a constantly changing political climate.
As to ACH, its operations continued under Asante to lose money but at a decreasing rate: $3.6 million in fiscal 2013 (ending September); $1.5 million in 2014; and a hoped-for break-even in fiscal 2015. Among the changes put in place since the merger: a computer system that uses correct insurance codes; use of nursing assistants to free up higher-paid nurses; as support staff leave jobs, each position is reviewed as to its need; discount buying power under Asante; elimination of duplicated functions in marketing, technology, and the like; and an increased use of the surgical center due to a greater patient base, among other factors.
As to Ashland’s once community hospital, the sign outside reads “Asante--Ashland” but now under new management with little Ashland City Council influence.
Sources: “Asante: Ashland Community Hospital to Partner with Asante,” at Asante.org, ACH and Asante; Greg Stiles, “Vital Signs: Asante examines big picture for smaller hospitals,” Mail Tribune, February 3, 2013, at Smaller Hospitals in Today’s Time; Sam Wheeler, “Ashland gives OK to Asante hospital merger,” Mail Tribune, June 5, 2013, at Merger Approved. Vickie Aldous, “Quick Recovery: Asante merger stanches Ashland hospital’s bleeding finances,” Mail Tribune, December 14, 2014, at After the Merger.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 01-16-2015
7:35 John Lenz (John from Jaspers) discussing the crushing minimum wage rules, mandatory sick leave, much more coming from the legislature. Asking for your help in fighting this in the legislature. If you could go to John's webpage, get the info, and touch in with Senator Bates and Peter Buckley to work on keeping this bottled up.
8:10 Becky Akers, Revolutionary historical novel author, blogger, fearless defender of liberty. Her last book, Halestorm (about Nathan Hale) was incredible, her latest is "Abducting Arnold", telling the truth about Benedict Arnold. To celebrate Arnold's birthday this week, Becky is offering both of her novels together at half price for a limited time. She's a FANTASTIC storyteller.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Jul 29, 2011 10:12am
Your source for year-round gardening, tree, and landscaping advice! Stan Mapolski is The Rogue Gardener...and he takes your calls Saturday mornings from 9:00 'til 10:00.
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.