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Notes from SOS Public Meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Here are the notes from last week’s meeting:

·     T-Shirts at the Book Lore Gordon Edstrom (Update on ordering process) Book Lore 122 SE H Street, Grants Pass, OR (541) 471-4945; will begin after first of the year


·     County Update Keith Heck spoke regarding the Justice of the Peace Court as a long term funding source, but that we are right in taking immediate steps that need to be completed; Justice of the Peace Court Committee Captain Dave Corsi needs to present legislative proposal ASAP!


·     Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee   – Pat Fahey


GOAL is 2,100

Who composes this committee? Cheri Adkins, Connie Roach, Dennis Ward, and John McCafferty; Pat spoke of strategies for signature gathering, which included meetings with Women’s Crisis, Library, Kiwanis, Rotary, Pastor’s Association, Chamber of Commerce, Zonta, Masons, Realtor Associations, etc.; if you are a member of one of said groups or of a different group, please let us know so we can begin getting these petitions signed!; Pat also spoke about the editorial he was writing to address some of the concerns people were having with this concept; we also addressed getting large simple signs made and advertising for locations where people can go to sign up!; Pat’s committee is meeting every Monday Night at his Southern Oregon Sanitation (SOS) Office on Redwood Avenue every Monday @ 5:00 PM; if you would like to join this committee, e-mail Pat:


·     The Hardrock Mining Committee—What’s the Next Step? Michael Cope/Jay Meredith Michael spoke about the LAB and TMR further; it is very clear that this conversation needs to continue over and over!; ; “TMR provides market intelligence, commentary and analysis on the rare earths, graphite and other critical and strategic materials. We help companies, governments, agencies and individuals do their homework and due diligence, on the challenges and opportunities associated with these materials.”; in short TMR wants to know more about Josephine County; more to follow!


·      POKER NIGHT Fund Raiser at the Wild River Brew Pub 


SOS Texas Hold’em Fundraiser

Help Us Achieve, “A Citizen-Voiced Plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?                                                                                                                       
1st Prize $500 gift card

Top 20 Finishers receive Prizes!

WHEN:    Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

WHERE: Wild River Brew Pub, 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass

COST: $50 includes stone–oven baked Pizza, salad, and dessert along with your buy-in to the tournament!  

ONLY 100 Tickets will be sold!

Here is the online announcement:

Anyone interested in a ticket should contact Jay at or by calling Jay at 541-218-1227.




·     Fund-Raising Art Show February 6, 2014 Joanne Alvarez, Cheri Adkins and Kay Smith; Kay spoke about where we were at and why this event was necessary and important; Next Meeting @ 6:30 PM, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (location is JoAnne’s home)


·      Medically-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) Committee Toni Webb/Frank Morin

We reviewed the STATS again:

“The percentage increase is huge, and might be the best way to present the numbers.  I added the percentage increase to his (DA Campbell’s) numbers below in RED.

Please find below the stats we were able to pull from our data system.  Case type means that we had criminal charges not necessarily drug charges (but including them) where we knew based upon the defendant or the police reports that heroin had some influence on the case.  We try to code as many of those cases as we can in our system. Sometimes we miss them. Sometimes heroin is playing a role and we simply don’t have that information. Put simply, the stats are if anything – low.

The stats where the charge included “heroin” includes all charges where we found the drug and either it was being possessed, delivered, or manufactured.

CASE TYPE = Heroin

11/26/12 to 11/25/13 = 119 cases  385% increase over last year

(That’s 2 1/2 Heroin cases PER WEEK)

11/26/11 to 11/25/12 = 31 cases   61% increase over the previous year

11/26/10 to 11/25/11 = 19 cases

CHARGE includes the word Heroin

11/26/12 to 11/25/13 = 67 cases  830% increase over last year

11/26/11 to 11/25/12 = 8 cases

11/26/10 to 11/25/11 = 7 cases

This does not include all of the opiates (prescription medications), just heroin!

While we may never be able to articulate a dollar value impact of the positive effect a Medically Assisted Treatment Center (MAT-C) would have on our community, the numbers above as well as the numbers received from the Women’s Health Center in Grants Pass, where in 2012, 126 babies were born with Opiate withdrawal symptoms in Josephine County; as well as the fact that we have over 150 Josephine County residents commuting daily to Jackson County for their dosage of methadone; is evidentiary that a MAT-C could be impactful; this committee is in the planning stage of the MAT-C—“If we build it, they will come”; next meeting is at 5:30 PM at the Women’s Health Center on December 4, 2013; e-mail Toni if you would like to join this committee:

·      Mark Seligman’s house burnt down in Selma

An account has been set up in Seligman’s name at Washington Federal, for any help to pay medical bills for his girlfriend or any other costs associated with the fire; The bank has branches at 110 N.W. Fourth St. and 290 Union Ave. in Grants Pass, at 5080 Monument Drive in Merlin, and at 135 S. Redwood Highway in Cave Junction.

·      The Immediate Change Committee   Jody Nigh

1.   Skateboard RaffleCheri Adkins

2.   Jubilee Park Vigil : Shane Simon

Dec 8th @ 4 p.m.

Shane @ 541-218-8278.

“An opportunity is upon us to effect change for the betterment of our community and you are invited to be a part of it.”

+++Apparently there is a City Fee of $45 that we are trying to have waived for this event+++++++++++++++++++++++


3.    Christmas Parade Grants Pass Jody Nighe (WE have a 1957 SOS Garbage Truck Compliments of Pat Fahey that needs to be filled! When: Saturday, December 7TH Where: Parking Lot of Logan Design @ 6:30 PM for the 7:00 PM parade, which will be leaving the Bank of America Parking Lot at 7:00 PM; if you want to participate, please e-mail Jody 

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” Unknown

You really ARE making a difference!


MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

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