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Notes from the November 12th, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

We had another great Meeting Tuesday!  Bill Ertel led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Here are the notes:

·      Cliff Thomason unveiled a new SOS Wheel of Fortune (see Attached) this does not replace our Menorah, it enhances it! Great job Cliff!

·      Timber Committee Update Jim Frick; Jim reviewed recent timber sale contracts on county lands which netted us approximately $900,000, however, “reseeding” cost us $750,000; we asked Jim if the harvesting vs. “reseeding” was disproportionate and Jim said he would investigate that; Jim also indicated that we needed to begin to send letters to the Editor to put pressure on the BLM, who recently cut an approximate 300 feet swath of timber on the Highway, so that we can harvest and sell that cut timber, which is apparently, just sitting at a location decaying; Jim will be sending me a sample letter, which shall be posted on the SOS website Timber Committee webpage for all to get an idea as to what is needed; Josephine County Commissioner Keith Heck wanted the group to acknowledge the hard work of Vic Harris for the aforementioned timber sales!


·      Citizen-Voiced Plan Jay Meredith discussed how our plan to achieve our Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”  is slowly but surely coming together; Jay unveiled a Summary of all of our efforts which was quite impressive; that document shall be posted on our website this weekend!


·      Josephine County resident, musician and recent Victim Phil Newton, who won a Blues Tournament Competition recently in Eugene and the rights to compete Nationally in Memphis, Tennessee; he stopped by the meeting and reported how he had recently discovered his musical instruments were stolen out of his truck; at first, Phil thought they had been stolen in Grants Pass; he contacted the Grants Pass Police and filed a report, hoping to somehow retrieve them, perhaps in a pawn shop; Phil then realized the instruments had actually been stolen in a burglary at his residence in rural Josephine County, and as such, was directed to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office for follow-up; The Sheriff’s Office, with little to no resources was unable to investigate any further; Phil subsequently found his instruments in a Central Point Pawn Shop but they needed a police report verifying the instruments were Phil’s, etc.; No investigation was going to be done and so Phil is in a quandary and his instruments are kind of in pawn-shop-limbo; efforts are being made as we speak to at least get the instruments back; a suspect has been developed


·       City and County Government Working Together Keith Heck spoke of the importance of both local Governments to work together, using Phil’s story as a case in point; briefly, we reviewed the recent Levy victory:

                      17-57  City of Grants Pass Police & Fire 

                              (WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)

                              Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     5,471   61.91

                              No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,366   38.09

                                              Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     8,837

                             Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         5

                              Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        45


·      POKER NIGHT Fund Raiser at the Pub Jay Meredith spoke about the upcoming Fundraiser:


SOS Texas Hold’em Fundraiser

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


1stPrize $500 gift card

   Top 15 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.

You can also RSVP for a ticket on our Facebook event page:

If you would like to sponsor a prize for our fundraiser, please call Jay! (541-218-1227)


Warriors coming thus far include: Jesse Wallace, Jim Goodwin, Jay Meredith, Dave Daniel, Archie Lidey, Holly Lidey, Pat Fahey, Jamie Williams, Mark Bost, John Nicklason, Toni Webb, Craig Simpson, Gary Berlant, Chris Mecca and 

Who else?


·       The Hardrock Mining Committee—What’s the Next Step? Michael Cope gave this summary of the Mineral Meeting:

The mineral meeting featuring DOGAMI was held on Tuesday, November 12th at 1:30pm and was a well-attended meeting and a very informative meeting.  About 50-60 people attended this meeting including two County Commissioners.  This was a presentation about the Mineral Wealth of Southern Oregon from Tom Wiley and Andree Pollock from the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).  They made an excellent presentation and stressed the mineral riches that are in Josephine and Baker Counties.  

They also credited Michael Cope (SOS Hard Rock Mining committee chair) with research about Tellurium in Josephine County and confirmed that Tellurium in Josephine County needs to be researched.  This is the semiconductor material that is used in Solar panels and could be another source of major economic development in our County if it is feasible to mine – we already know the County has an abundance of precious metals such as gold.  The presenters also confirmed the need for a local assay research lab.  There is also a summary of the meeting in the Wednesday Daily Courier!

We are in agreement of the importance of a LAB and to make the upcoming SUMMIT a Home Run! More to follow!


·      The Immediate Change Committee’s First Project  

Jubilee Park, Cave Junction

Jody Nigh/Shane Simon/Cheri Adkins UPDATE

Our Goal is: $1,000 Cheri spoke about Skateboard Raffle Ticket sales—we are only at about 10% of our GOAL!

Also, Shane Simon is making the following proposition:

“A group of citizens from Cave Junction fighting for an end to violence has created a group to stand against crime and violence in the city. This group will be holding a vigil for an end to violence on December 6, 2013 at 5 p.m. and has asked SOS to join their efforts.”

“The goal of this event is to create unity within the community, mourn the loss of individuals lost recently to violence, and to remind everyone this community is dominated by good people that want a better tomorrow.” 



·      Justice of Peace Committee Update Dave Corsi the next meeting for this committee is November 20, 2013 at the Tap Rock Restaurant @ 5:30 PM/Dave shall update the progress of this Committee next week

If you would like to join this committee, please e-mail Dave at


·      Medically-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) Committee Toni Webb Awareness Campaign Brochure; planning of the MAT Center—“If we build it, they will come”; next meeting is at 5:30 PM at the Women’s Health Center on November 21, 2013; e-mail Toni if you would like to join this committee: ; Toni will update the progress of this Committee next week


·      Fund-Raising Art Show February 7, 2014 this date is set; Cheri AdkinsJoanne Alvarez, Kay Smith and Amber Garza had their first meeting and they are moving along! These women know how to get things done!!! They already have three local artists committed to the event, which will have music and horderves; If you would like to join this committee, please e-mail Joanne at

Who else?


·      Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee Update 

Pat Fahey updated us:

1.    The language for the Levy Petition was completed and passed about the group; this will be posted on the website this weekend!  Signature gathering campaign for this

Signature GOAL: 2,300 has begun. Please follow the instructions on the Measure Signature Sheet to a T! Otherwise it won’t count. Pat estimated the count thus far at about 200!  

2.    Again, Citizens for Securing Our Safety (CSOS) has been formed as the heart and soul of this petition/levy

3.    Sign-up sheets will be at the Saturday Market this week again—Cheri Adkins and Tom Dorman Neal Appleton and Archie Lidey will be manning the table this Saturday!

4.    The focus point of this movement to be the emphasis that the jail and juvenile justice center is the core of our criminal justice system

5.    Please e-mail your detailed questions to me at regarding the levy

6.    The above questions shall be posted on a FAQ site on this committee’s website and then go to this committee’s webpage

Thanks for saving our community!

“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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