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Securing Our Safety is a non-profit, citizen-led organization dedicated to the mission of providing for a secure, stable, and sustainable future for Josephine County, Oregon.

Since 2012, Josephine County has had minimal funding for criminal justice operations, due to the loss of federal subsidies for former timber-producing counties and the failure to pass a local property tax levy to replace this revenue.  SOS was formed by local business owners, community leaders, parents, retirees, and other concerned citizens to explore any and all ideas that might help address the County’s long-term needs. The initial focus has been primarily focused on finding sustainable sources of funding and/or cost savings to restore criminal justice services. More broadly, SOS has explored a broad range of potential solutions to make Josephine County a safer, more stable, more sustainable community, to build the alliances across disparate community groups, and to seek to restore trust and communication between local citizens and their elected officials and other public servants.

If you would like to join SOS, have questions or concerns, or would simply like more information about our organization and the local issues we are working to address, please feel free to contact us.

We’re always looking for volunteers to help in many ways – please leave us a suggestion HERE if you are interested in joining SOS meetings or participating on any of the SOS teams.

Even as we speak, there are children and adults out there in our County, our World, our Home, who are being offended. Children who are being forced to do unspeakable things without any end in sight. Elderly who no longer have the mental capacities to realize the abuse upon them… They seek the light of Justice for protection, yet ours burns faint. Thank you for making that light burn brighter. Thank you for giving them hope. Every act, every cent you have given, every moment of your time you have sacrificed away from your family, has not been in vain. It falls into a collective pool of HOPE which grows stronger each and every day.


Want to join the SOS email list?  Send an email to:   SecuringOurSafety@gmail.com

Please also visit THIS PAGE for more information about becoming a member or making  online donations to SOS.

Our calendar of events and meetings can be found HERE.


SOS Meeting Notes – August 26, 2014


RUN/Walk for THE LAW - Bill West

  • The first meeting for our run will be on September 15, 2014 at the AFSCME office on Williams Highway at 5:00 PM
  • Come be a part of this awareness event by helping design the course and the event itself! Last year’s event was fantastic with almost 500 people in attendance. Please help make this event even greater! YOUR opinion and ideas count! Help shape our run!
  • Club Northwest has committed $1,000 in Prize monies
  • A deposit of $100 has already been made to the timing chip company Eclectic Edge securing our run/walk date: February 5, 2015


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SOS Meeting Notes – August 19, 2014

Good Morning SOS!

Our next meeting tomorrow shall be:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm

Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass.


Meeting Notes:


Josephine County Fair

How did it go? (August 13-16, 2014) The Fair Board records report an attendance of 78,000 this year. That should be good news for the future of the fair. Our booth was attended by Cliff Thomason, Mark Gatlin, Phil Killian, Nancy Yonally, Amber Garza, Cheri Adkins, Mary Bowers, Jennifer Essick, Darryl Scott, Kristine Crewse, Gordon Edstrom, Kay Smith, Felita Short, Mike Schneyder, Steve Marshak, Rycke Brown and Archie Lidey.

Special thanks to Mark Gatlin for setting up and tearing down the booth! Navigating through the fair took some effort and that did not go unnoticed. Mark was also able to secure us a nice spot inside next to a large fan. Thanks again Mark!

The cost of the FAIR Booth was $350 paid for by SOS.

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Who do Opiate Addicts Effect?

pillsAn opiate addict is never alone in their struggle with their addiction. They bring everyone they know into the center of the hell that they are experiencing. They are part of someone else’s life and whether we like it or not we too must take the heart ache with them.

It is a real heart ache when you see her doing things that just are beyond your control. The addict tries to convince you that they are not really involved in the battle of the drug war. You can see the changes that she is going through and when you question them, She tries to laugh it off and say things like, are you kidding me, I would never do that. You want so bad to believe her. It hurts so much as you see her struggling within herself. And the trouble has just begun.
She begins to be undependable and less than honest with you. She will make up stories about things that do not even make sense. They most often start to steal from those around them to support the habit that they are so deeply involved in. The lies come so easily to them because they need to convince you that they are in control of their destiny. The need for the drug is so great, that they do not even give it a second thought as the next chapter is opening up. Their habit is costing so much more than just money, it is now threatening their life. The addict now can no longer work or function as a responsible person. The need for the drugs causes more deception and leads to unlawful activities. She seems to be at a place where maybe you can talk her into getting help.

It is now time to confront her again and this time you convince her to seek help at any cost. During the struggle to get clean she will sometimes lead you to believe she is on the right track when in fact she has fallen again. You pick up the pieces and try again.

This time it looks like she may make it and everyone is so hopeful. Things go along nice for a few months. The addict goes through some horrible sick times and withdraws from everyone for a short time, but does come out of it and it seems the road to recovery is within reach. We are all so happy to see her come out of it. But this is not the end of this situation.

Struggling to keep her on track is becoming easier as she seems to be relating to those around her. On a daily basis getting her back and forth to the clinic that is almost 40 miles one way from her home is a real challenge, but with everyone pulling together it is happening.
We are all so happy and Christmas is upon us now and we are looking forward to having a wonderful Christmas with the family and her being part of all of it. She makes a trip to California to see her lawyer and some friends. She is due home on Christmas eve.

It is 10:30 pm on Christmas eve and I get the call. My beautiful grand daughter is brain dead from an overdose. Her father and I go to her bed side. The doctors have run all the tests and confirm that she is only being kept alive on life support. After all her friends (They had so many young people in the waiting room, we had to limit the visits to 5 minutes to get them all in.) and family have said their good byes and we send her off with prayers and so many, many tears. On the 28th of December, The doctor comes in and pulls the plug, I stand there and watch her take her last breath. The emotional heartache was too much to bear. I will never get past this and my son lost his only child. He will never be the same.

We are all so very involved when our loved ones become addicts. I pray God will help others help so they need not face the ending that we have had to go through.

A very sad grandmother


Cave Junction, OR—Jubilee Park Grand Skate Park Opening!  (August 16, 2014) SOS Members Cheri Adkins, Shane Simon, Mark Gatlin, Amber Garza and Shai Garza  attended this event. Mark Gatlin, a.k.a. the Snow  Cone King, handed out over 400 snow cones. Jump House and Dunk Tank (manned by Shai Garza and her friend Allison) were a smashing success! Shai is still a bit water-logged. Under the leadership of Cheri Adkins, who kept Shane Simons on his toes, setting up and taking down all of our displays, to include a “bounce house” for the kids, SOS reached out to hundreds of people in the CJ area. We raffled off the skateboard and helmet, which a lucky person from the IV won!!!  Great JOB!

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SOS Meeting Notes – August 12, 2014

Here are the meeting notes:


Booth at the JoCo Fair:
o       We coordinated activities for the fair booth and passed out supplies
o        We have a bunch of SOS flyers to pass out after printing them last week!
o       We also have flyers for the MAT-C and our Lottery committees
o       Our OUTREACH Booth will have the following Logs:
1.       Business Log, for Josephine County businesses who want to become partners
2.      Idea Log for people to write down their suggestions as to how we can solve our criminal justice system dilemma funding
3.       E-Mail Log for people who want to get onto our email list
4.       Victim’s Log, for people who want to share their victimization as a result of our decimated criminal justice system

If you would like to join this committee, email archielidey@gmail.com

Trust and Transparency Committee
Commented on work and articles in process.
Jay Suggestion – make sure there is a “call to action” in each article
Been through the budget looking for questions to answer. Committee can make list of what you can do.

o  Op ed piece has been written.

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SOS Meeting Notes – August 5, 2014



  • First EVENT GP Saturday Market
  • Pat Fahey, Phil Killian and Archie Lidey (Saturday, August 2, 2014)
  • How did it GO? It went well. Many people look down at the ground and barrel through the area on the southwest corner of the Saturday Market, where traditionally, political tables are set up and people entering the market are accosted. SOS is promoting a united community which is safe and there really shouldn’t be any selling.
  • Many of you know my motivation comes from my desire to be the light for the children of our county who have no light—no hope to run to for protection against the dark. I encourage all of you to Google the story of Jeanette Maples who at the precious age of 15, died Dec. 9, 2009, of abuse in Lane County, Oregon.
  • We reviewed our general SOS Flyer, which was well received by our public
  • We also have flyers for the MAT-C and our Lottery committees
  • Our OUTREACH Booth will have the following Logs:
    1. Business Log, for Josephine County businesses who want to become partners
    2. Idea Log for people to write down their suggestions as to how we can solve our criminal justice system dilemma funding
    3. E-Mail Log for people who want to get onto our email list
    4. Victim’s Log, for people who want to share their victimization as a result of our decimated criminal justice system
  • Poll—Linda Scott spoke briefly about the upcoming decision by our Community Research Committee to begin developing a scientific poll or if we should we continue with additional focus groups and how that decision will be made this Monday (August 11, 2014)
  • OUTREACH Calendar (Gordon Edstrom will be putting our OUTREACH event calendar up on our website; thus far, we have the GP Saturday Market and the JO CO Fair)
  • We agreed to participate in the Josephine County Fair which runs from August 13-16 and will cost us $350; I will be sending out an e-mail asking for you to participate at our booth; regretfully, you will be responsible to pay your own way in and also for parking; the fair is on desperate times and cannot afford not to charge, so we shall support it! THANK YOU in advance!!!
  • Fair Sign-UP Schedule (will follow this e-mail)
  • if you would like to join this committee, email archielidey@gmail.com


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SOS Meeting Notes – July 29, 2014



  • August 2, 2014, We kick off OPERATION OUTREACH!!! Visit Pat Fahey, Phil Killian and Archie Lidey at the GP Saturday Market between 0800 AM-1200 Noon!
  • We set up our OUTREACH Booth
  • Julian Silva is providing us with a table
  • Pat Fahey is providing us with a canopy
  • Linda Scott and Phil Killian completed our SOS general flyer and graciously took input from so many of you, to include: Ernie Coffman, JoAnne Alvarez, Dave Corsi, Lorrie Smith-McKeen, Bill West, Pat Fahey, Darryl Scott, Nancy Yonally, Marilane Jorgenson, Felicia Cohen, Michael Cope, Dale Matthews, Bill Landis, Kristine Crewse, Craig Simpson, Kirk Brust, Holly Lidey, Cherryl Walker, Connie Roach, Grant Medley, Mary Bowen, Jennifer Essick, Jack Swift, Cliff Thomason, Ken Smith, Jim Frick, Cheri Adkins, Jay Meredith, Gil Gilbertson, and Bill Ertel (I just picked them up from the Press! Stop by the GP Saturday Market to see your work!)
  • We shall have flyers from the MAT-C, Lottery and SOS available
  • We will have Logs for: a Business Log, for Josephine County businesses who want to become sponsors; an Idea Log for people to write down their suggestions as to how we can solve our criminal justice system dilemma funding; an E-Mail Log for people who want to get onto our email list; and a Victim’s Log, for people who want to share their victimization as a result of our decimated criminal justice system
  • in the very near future, we hope to also have a poll available, for people who like to participate and “sound off” with respect to what they want and expect out of our criminal justice system
  • we will also have a calendar for people to write in upcoming events that SOS can participate in with our OUTREACH
  • if you would like to join this committee, email archielidey@gmail.com

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SOS Meeting Notes – July 22, 2014

Here are our notes from Tuesday’s Meeting (July 22, 2014):


SOS General Brochure (Linda Scott/Phil Killian) was revealed!

Overall, well received! We will be sending out an edited version for your approval this weekend.

Here are some of the comments received of the current version:

    • Really great…the group is doing a lot.
    •  Phil Killian: It’s great…I especially like the captains’ names and e-mails being included.
    • Too wordy
      1. Connie Roach: Could take the text & make it bullet points
      2. Jack Swift: The more white space you have, the easier it is to read
      3. Bill West: agreed
    • Under Hard Rock Mining, “captain” is misspelled.
    • Put the website URL in blue
    • Last page…Order of needs should be re-organized to indicate importance, as indicated by focus groups…
    • We will reach out via e-mail to the entire group for their input
    • Comment: people’s opinions about the order of importance depends on where they live, city or county…

We discussed the possibility of, through our outreach; we have a separate one-page handout that asks people to rate the importance of issues we present—What SAY YOU?

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SOS Meeting Notes – July 15, 2014

Our next meeting shall be: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass.

Notes from Last Meeting (Tuesday 7-15-14):

Website Webmaster Gordon Edstrom has begun his weekly maintenance of all of our committee SOS website webpages. If you are a Committee Captain, Gordon shall be contacting you on weekly basis to ensure that our website reflects our ACTIVE efforts, serving as a living document of SOS. We realize how busy everyone is and appreciate your tenacity as we help make Josephine County a safer place to live.

Trust and Transparency Grant Medley

  • Grant indicated that members of his committee were all engaged in research
  • The simple question of, “Where does my .58 per assessed $1,000 property tax money go?” is being researched by Dr. Steve Marshak, who met last week with the County Finance Department and who is currently authoring a simplified report addressing said question
  • Join this committee @ grantmedley@charter.net

Lottery Committee Cliff Thomason

  • UPDATE-Cliff got word that our signatures were counted and we fell short 35. He said not to worry, as Cheri Adkins and Mark Gatlin were going to Coos Bay this weekend and would collect them there. Cliff said that we should have 100 new signatures by this coming Monday, which should satisfy the signature requirements.
  • What’s the next step? The next step is to again wait for the ballot title, which has already been written and approved, to be approved again for the 2016 election. Cliff anticipates 30 days from Monday—so, he estimated, August 20, 2014 or so, all should be approved and the next big step, campaign funding and signatures, shall begin.
  • This is going to happen in the 2016 ELECTION!


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