THE SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS APPROVED A $3,000,000 INCREASE FOR THE MCNEAL PAVILION REHABILITATION PROJECT. THE ADJUSTMENT WILL GO INTO THE RELOCATION OF THE UNIVERSITH FITNESS CENTER FROM UNDER RAIDER STADIUM, TO A NEW STUDENT RECREATION CENTER, WHICH WILL BE BUILT NEXT TO MCNEAL PAVILION. THE CENTER WILL BE PAID FOR BY STUDENT FEES.
MEDFORD POLICE ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A SUSPECT WHO WAS CAUGHT ON VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AFTER BREAKING INTO A MEDFORD, BI MART, AND RANSACKING THE STORE’S PHARMACY. POLICE RESPONDED TO THE ALARM AT ABOUT 4 AM, AT THE BI MART ON WEST MAIN ST, BUT THE SUSPECT HAD ALREADY LEFT THE SCENE. THE MAN CAN BE SEEN USING A PRY BAR TO BREAK OPEN THE STORE’S FRONT DOORS. AFTER WHICH HE PROCEEDED TO THE PHARMACY WHERE HE PRIED OPEN A SECURITY WINDOW. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION, OR WHO MAY KNOW THE MAN’S IDENTITY ARE URGED TO CALL MEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 541-770-4784
MEDFORD CITY COUNCILORS WILL DISCUSS OPTIONS ON THURSDAY DURING NOON AND EVENING MEETINGS, ON A SUM OF $5,000,000 TOWARD A NEW MEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS AN ADDITIONAL $900,000 FOR A PARKING GARAGE FAÇADE. BIDDING ON THE POLICE STATION, AS WELL AS THREE NEW FIRE STATIONS BEGAN IN 2013, AND WAS SET TO HOLD DOWN COSTS, AND BRING ABOUT A “GUARANTEED MAXIMIM PRICE” FOR THE BUILDINGS. WHAT HAPPENED INSTEAD, WAS A $6,0000,000 COST OVERRUN, WHICH MAY FORCE THE CITY TO BORROW MONEY, PUT A HOLD ON THE PROJECTS OR SCALE THEM BACK.
THE GOLD HILL COUPLE CONVICTED ON MULTIPLE COUNTS OF ABUSING THEIR 11 YEAR OLD SON, HAVE BOTH BEEN SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERMS. THE BOY’S STEPMOTHER, ANGELA MILLARD, 35, RECEIVED 17 YEARS IN PRISON, WHILE THE BOY’S FATHER, LAWRENCE JAMES MILLARD, 38, RECEIVED 10 YEARS FOR HIS ROLE IN THE CRIMES. THE BOY, HIS SISTER AND A BABY, ARE IN THE CARE OF A THERAPUTIC FOSTER MOTHER.
MEDFORD POLICE CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR TWO TEENAGE GIRLS, IN CONNECTION WITH TAGGING SEVERAL CARS IN A WEST MEDFORD NEIGHBORHOOD WITH OFFENSIVE AND RACIAL GRAFFITTI. GRAFFITI ON THE CARS WERE QUITE HEINOUS. WORDS LIKE, “WHORE,” AND ALSO A PICTURE OF A NAZI SWASTIKA WERE SPRAY PAINTED WITH BLACK PAINT. POLICE ARE NOT CONVINCED THAT THE GRAFFITI IS IN ANY WAY GANG RELATED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS URGED TO CALL MEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT.
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YOUR MISSION - CONTACT YOUR MEDFORD CITY COUNCILLOR (OPINION)
Get in touch with your Medford City Council Reps and insist that the 3 new fire houses and police department be brought in at or under budget as promised. If you let them get away with borrowing more money to make up for the 6 million dollar shortfall, or let them cut the number of fire houses built (as Chris Corcoran mentioned as a possible option today) you're permitting incompetence at best, or corruption at worst, to prevail.
It's baloney that prevailing wage labor costs from the subs is the problem, BOLI locked that rate in months ago, and the labor costs were known. Material costs are indeed higher...that's a DESIGN problem, and you redesign and bring it in on budget. If this can't be accomplished with the existing crew, fire the architect, fire the contractor, and start again. The council might not "like" having incomplete iron sticking up at the PD site, but the taxpayers won't "like" increased fees to pay for incompetence. Get on it!
While you're at it, push the council to withdraw from the Sustainable Cities Initiative, stop having architects and journalist students from UO helping design and promote Gang Green's agenda, and start building public projects that function, and are safe, at a reasonable, "sustainable" cost for the taxpayer. You're insane to be on the hook for $340 per square foot fire palaces. BRING IT IN ON BUDGET.
BILL'S GUESTS 9-01-15
6:20 Kathy Garver, "Cissy" on Family Affair. Memoirs are really interesting - "Surviving Cissy".My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood.
6:35 Shereem Herndon-Brown CEO of Strategic Admissions Advice, - a company that works with parents and students on the college admissions process.
7:10 Mr. X - it's all about the cost overruns at Medford City Hall.
8:35 BUSINESS INTERVIEW - Advanced Air and Metal, and we kick around the amazing advances in technology in the new HVAC systems.
BILL'S GUESTS 8-31-15
6:40 Anthony Melchiorri, host of Hotel Impossible, premiering tomorrow night, 9pm on the Travel Channel.
7:15 Kirsten Tynan, Executive Director of the Fully Informed Jury Association. Yes, you have the power to vote to acquit on a jury if you seriously disagree with the law, although judges, D.A.'s and the legal profession deny that this power exists.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers Visiting Past and Present
The Evolution of InfoStructure
By Dennis Powers
Reflecting the technological revolution and change in the Rogue Valley, InfoStructure began in 1994 as an Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) in Ashland. It was the Valley’s first ISP giving access to the Internet and by 2000 had grown to servicing 3,000 subscribers.
In that year, Internet Ventures Inc. of Los Angeles (“IVLA”) purchased InfoStructure from its owners. IVLA had some twelve ISP systems from Spokane, Washington, to Ventura, California. A relative new company, it intended to build a network of ISP providers in markets of less than 500,000 residents. Its technical expertise was in cable and wireless modems, and IVLA was contracting with cable and wireless providers to use in accessing the Internet.
When IVLA focused on its Southern California market, it decided in 2003 to sell InfoStructure. At that time, Scott Hansen, Jeff Rhoden and Chad Cota entered the picture. All three then were in their late-twenties, had lived in this area for all of their lives, grew up in Ashland, and had been friends since pre-school. They established a company called Prime Time Ventures, LLC, where Jeff and Scott were the operating partners and Chad Cota was the limited or silent partner.
Chad Cota had played football at Ashland High School, the University of Oregon, and then in the NFL for eight years with the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, and St. Louis Rams. Jeff Rhoden and Scott Hansen already had over 15 years of telecommunications work together. Founded in 1995, they owned and operated GCW Communications Consultants, an entity that provided managed services in long-distance communications, cellular, and operator services.
InfoStructure was then strictly an Internet provider, but the new owners decided to emphasize commercial accounts, and to evolve from only ISP services to being a competitive local exchange carrier--in short, a telephone company over the Internet. Over time, the business transformed into a competitive one by providing a wide range of telecommunications services to thousands of businesses and homes throughout Oregon, but primarily in Southern Oregon.
It sold its residential-fiber Internet customer base in Ashland to cable TV provider Ashland Home Net, the largest ISP in Ashland owned by Jim Teece and his wife. Having expanded its regional service reach by a carrier partner network, InfoStructure focused on business VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol, a technology for making telephone calls over the Internet) and data solutions. The transfer of its Ashland Internet residential base allowed it to concentrate on its client base of small to medium-sized businesses.
From a local ISP serving only residents in a small college town, InfoStructure changed with the times to serve 5,000 customers, primarily commercially oriented, in telecommunications, and throughout Southern Oregon. Still considered a small business, the company has definitely kept pace through the economic and technological turmoil of the times.
VIRGINIA SHOOTING - IN CONTEXT
Yes, it's tragic how 2 members of the exalted media class were murdered by their racist, disgruntled former colleague. Now that same sainted media class and political sycophants wish to incessantly drum "More Gun Control" in your brain, for it's "All About Them", and you will be forced to care.
Meanwhile, said murdering racist dirtbag passed numerous background checks. There's the rub: Future violence can only be predicted by past violent behavior, so what they want is "Minority Report" pre-crime tyranny on the 74,999,999 American gun owners who DIDN'T murder anyone yesterday.
For the purpose of illustration, remember how I said on the morning show that if you had every American gun owner stand shoulder to shoulder, the line would stretch 42,000 miles, almost TWICE around the earth. Were the large numbers of firearms and owners truly a problem you'd think we would be drowning in blood, but we're not. The truth is firearms deaths are at historic lows, 3.6 per 100,000 Americans, which includes cops shooting perps. (Look it up at the CDC)
Meanwhile, deaths by motor vehicle are around 16 per 100,000, almost 5 times the firearms death rate, and your motor vehicle isn't a constitutional right. Yes, the TV shooting is sad, but the lib media and political tyrants want to "play" your emotions, and strip everyone's liberty for their benefit. You're smarter than that - Put it in context, and don't buy the spin. It's NOT as bad as they want you to think. Liberty lives only if you defend it.
EMAIL OF THE DAY - PATRICK COWDREY
It seems to me that this tiff between Trump and Ramos shows the
immigration problem in profile.
Here we have Ramos cutting to the head of the line with an attitude of
Trump demonstrated his view of immigration policy under his
administration by deporting him, but letting him back in later.
Albeit at the end of the line.
I think it is very interesting when put into that perspective, how the
lame-stream media is spinning this event.
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 11:00.
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.