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Some Benton County
"farmers" are going to have
to go through another hoop to collect pubic welfare subsidies. 'The
government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some
people who receive farm subsidies but don’t do any of the work would receive
less government cash. Congress charged the Agriculture Department last year
with creating a new definition for what it means to be “actively engaged” in
farming, the criteria to receive some subsidies. ...
Farms must document
that their managers put in 500 hours of substantial management work annually
or 25 percent of the time necessary for the success of the farming operation
to qualify...Congress exempted family owned entities, which make up some of
the country’s largest farms' and the source of much of the abuse. These
"family farms" are in the same category of Wal-mart being a "family owned"
'USDA said as many as 1,400 operations could lose
eligibility under the rules, saving around $50 million over a three-year
The rules are in response to concerns that some people were abusing
the idea of “actively engaged” to qualify for subsidies. A report by the
Government Accountability Office in 2013 looked at some farms that received
hundreds of thousands of subsidies a year and claimed that 11 or more people
were actively engaged in the operation. For some operations, unlimited
numbers of so-called managers can now receive payments.
Under the new rules,
up to three managers per operation could receive subsidies. Farmers receive
roughly $5 billion a year under the actively engaged requirements. The
definition up until now has been broad, allowing people to claim vague
“active personal management” to receive subsidies. People who don’t even
visit a farm can receive money, and USDA employees often have a difficult
time verifying how engaged an individual is...
The proposed rule still would allow people to claim
“active personal management” but defines that as the 500 hours of work or 25
percent of time. To receive payments, managers would have to document that
they were directly involved in farm finances, labor management, planting,
marketing or other activities directly contributing to the success of the
The rule is focused on farm businesses that are organized
as general partnerships, in which multiple members share management, and
non-family joint ventures, which are short-term business associations among
individuals or entities...
Farm bills passed by both the House and the
Senate proposed stricter rules for which farmers could qualify, and would
not have allowed anyone to have qualified under the vague classification of
“active personal management.” Farmers would have had to contribute labor,
capital, equipment or land to qualify for money.
Instead, the final bill that emerged from House-Senate
negotiations directed USDA to better define what that management is and
specified that family farms could not be part of the rule. Craig Cox of the
Environmental Working Group, which has fought farm subsidies for the
wealthy, called the rule “a tiny step forward.”
U.S. House today passed a Medicare bill that includes renewal of a program
that pays subsidies to timber counties, especially in Oregon. The
House voted 392-37 to pass the bill that permanently blocks physician
Medicare cuts. It now goes to the Senate. Attached to the bill is a two-year
renewal of the Secure Rural Schools Program, which expired last year amid
partisan disagreements. That program pays subsidies to rural, timbered
counties around the country to make up for declining federal timber revenues
from logging. Timber harvests have been reduced to protect fish, wildlife
and clean water.' Counties which had counted on the public subsidies so they
could reduce property taxes to pay for essential services began cutting
schools and services like law enforcement in the wake of losing the
'Last year Oregon got about $100 million of the $500 million paid
Oregon legislature has cut a deal which will lower Comcast's tax bill
as well as those of corporate megaliths Google, Apple and others and
which will strip $15-20 million from local governments like Corvallis, money
which Jody Wiser, a corporate tax monitor, says will accrue almost entirely
to Comcast." It's really just somebody stomping their feet and saying:
We want a tax break",says Wiser. As importantly, the bill includes
the usual corporate gift of prohibiting local governments like Corvallis
from imposing steeper taxes on our own initiative.
The tax breaks for Google are designed to encourage fiber optics
and those for the Prineville data centers are designed to produce bigger
call centers with more jobs, although the cost to the public of each of
those hypothetical jobs was never calculated. More Welfare for Central
Oregon Republicans and corporations.
Oregon governor Kate Brown has always been a front woman for Comcast, and is
expected to sign the bill.
|Voltaire and Benton County's Pertussis Epidemic
After 37 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) since October in the
public schools of Benton County, the responsibility for the outbreak is
clearly falling on the "anti-vax" crowd. The affected children are not
infants (generally too young to immunize anyway, and pertussis thus is
mortal treat for them), but middle school and high school students.
These are not children who are young and are going to "turn autistic" at
such an age, as those afraid of vaccines have predicted.
Of their parents, a majority are, by general agreement,
parents who are too lazy to take their children to a physician and can avoid
doing so by simply signing a non-medical exemption form. It's a matter of
convenience for them.
An Oregon legislator who tried to make it more difficult to secure a
non-medical exemption than to see a physician with the child was
shouted down in the legislature.
A second segment of the anti-vaxers fall back on the same arguments
as the religious zealots who allow their children to die before seeing a
physician. They claim the right of parents to make medical decisions for
their children supersedes the rights of the children and of the community
which is impacted. It's a variation of the "Me First" argument of a 6 year
The 3rd segment of the anti-vax crowd is born of an understandable
general distrust of Big Pharma and the medical corporations. But there are
times when distrust needs to be accepted and balanced by a view of the
risks. There is little difference between these people and those in Pakistan
who fear polio vaccines are an American plot to sterilize the population.
Understandable, but one fraught with consequences for children in the event
the theory is wrong.
Suspicion of vaccination is not a new development, In Voltaire's
day, small pox vaccination had come to Europe via the Moslem countries, and
the Islamaphobes seized on the non-Christian origin to cast doubt. Only the
English adopted the practice widely, and the vaccine was made available to
the Hudson Bay fur traders of Oregon. Elsewhere, Europeans generally did not
follow suit, and Voltaire himself stepped into the fray:
"It is inadvertently affirm'd in the Christian Countries of
Europe, that the English are Fools and Madmen. Fools, because they give
their Children the Small-Pox to prevent their catching it; and Mad-men,
because they wantonly communicate a certain and dreadful Distemper to their
Children, merely to prevent an uncertain Evil. The English, on the other
Side, call the rest of the Europeans cowardly and unnatural. Cowardly,
because they are afraid of putting their Children to a little Pain;
unnatural, because they expose them to die on Time or other of the
Small-Pox. But that the Reader may be able to judge, whether the English or
those who differ from the in opinion, are in the right, here follows the
History of the fam'd Inoculation, which is mention'd with so much Dread in
In order therefore to preserve the Life and Beauty of their
Children, the only Thing remaining was, to give them the Small-Pox in their
infant Years. This they did, by inoculating in the Body of a Child, a Pustle
taken from the most regular, and at the same Time the most favourable Sort
of Small-Pox that could be procur'd. The Experiment cou'd not possibly fail.
The Turks, who are People of good Sense, soon adopted this Custom, insomuch
that at this Time there is not a Bassa in Constantinople, but communicates
the Small-Pox to his Children of the Sexes, immediately upon their being
Some pretend, that the Circassians borrow'd this Custom anciently
from the Arabians; but we shall leave the clearing up of this Point of
History to some learned Benedictine, who will not fail to compile a great
many Folio's on this Subject, with the several Proofs or Authorities. All I
have to say upon it, is that in the beginning of the Reign of King George
the First, the Lady Wortley Mountague, a Woman of as fine a Genius, and
endu'd with as great a Strength of Mind, as any of her Sex in the British
Kingdoms, being with her Husband who was Ambassador at the Port, made no
scruple to communicate the Small-Pox to an Infant of which she was deliver'd
in Constantinople. The Chaplain represented to his Lady, but to no purpose,
that this was an unchristian Operation, and therefore that it cou'd succeed
with none but Infidels. However, it had the most happy Effect upon the Son
of the Lady Wortley Mountague, who, at her Return to England, communicated
the Experiment to the Princess of Wales, now Queen of Enland. It must be
confess'd that this Pricess, abstracted from her Crown and Title, was born
to encourage the whole Circle of Arts, and to do good to Mankind. She
appears as an amiable Philosopher on the Throne, having never let slip one
Opportunity of improving the great talents she receiv'd from Nature, nor of
exerting her Beneficence. 'tis she who protects the learned Father Courayer.
'tis she who condescended to attempt a Reconciliation between Dr. Clark and
Mr. Leibnitz. The Moment this Princess heard of Inoculation, she caus'd an
Experiment of it to be made on four Criminals sentenc'd to die, and by that
means preserv'd their Lives doubly; for she not only sav'd them from the
Gallows, but by means of this artificial Small-Pox, prevented their ever
having that Distemper in a natural Way, with which they would very probably
have been attack'd one Time or other, and might have died of in a more
The Princess being assur'd of the Usefulness of this Operation,
caus'd her own Children to be inoculated. A great Part oft he Kingdom
follow'd her Example, and since that Time ten thousand Children, at least,
of Persons of Condition owe in this Manner their Lives to her Majesty, and
to the Lady Wortley Mountague; and as many of the Fair Sex are oblig'd to
them for their Beauty.
Upon a general Calculation, threescore Persons in every hundred
have the Small-Pox. Of these threescore, twenty die of it in the most
favourable Season of Life, and as many more wear the disagreeable Remains of
it in their Faces so long as they live. Thus, a fifth Part of Mankind either
die, or are disfigur'd by this Distemper. But it does not prove fatal to so
much as one, among those who are inoculated in Turkey or in England, unless
the Patient be infirm, or would have died had not the Experiment been made
upon him. Besides, no one is disfigur'd, no one has the Small-Pox a second
Time, if the Inoculation was perfect. 'Tis therefore certain, that had the
Lady of some French Ambassador brought this Secret from Constantinople to
Paris, the Nation would have been for ever oblig'd to her. Then the Duke de
Villequier, Father to the Duke d'Aumont, who enjoys the most vigorous
Constitution, and is the healthiest Man in France, would not have been cut
off in the Flower of his Age.
The Prince of Soubise, happy in the finest Flush of Health, would
not have been snatch'd away at five and twenty; nor the Dauphin, Grandfather
to Lewis the Fifteenth, have been laid in his grave in his fiftieth Year.
Twenty thousand Persons who the Small-Pox swept away at Paris in 1723, would
have been alive at this Time. But are not the French fond of Life, and is
beauty so inconsiderable an Advantage as to be disregarded by the Ladies! It
must be confess'd that we are an odd kind of People. Perhaps our Nation will
imitate, ten Years hence, this Practice of the English, if the Clergy and
the Physicians will but give them Leave to do it: Or possibly our Country
Men may introduce Inoculation three Months hence in France out of mere whim,
in case the English should discontinue it thro' Fickleness.
I am inform'd that the Chiness have practis'd Inoculation these
hundred Years, a Circumstance that argues very much in its Favour, since
they are thought to be the wisest and best govern'd People in the World. The
Chinese indeed don't communicate this Distemper by Inoculation, but at the
Nose, in the fame Manner as we take Snuff. This is a more agreeable way, but
then it produces the life Effects; and proves at the same time, that had
Inoculation been practis'd in France, 'twould have sav'd the Lives of
consecutive years of bad wildfire seasons in Oregon, the state may not get
its unique fire insurance to help cover costs next year. Similar to
car insurance, Oregon pays a premium for fire insurance every year. The
state then must pay the deductible, which last year was $20 million, before
the insurance policy pays for up to $25 million. '
The state has saved more than $40 million through the fire
insurance, but now as sent the state forester to London to convince the
insurer not to cancel the insurance in the face of another record-low
snowpack. Last year's premium was $2 million. If Lloyd's does not cancel the
policy, they will certainly raise the premium.
'The state received about $77 million of help through the insurance
plan that it has paid about $55.3 million for since 1973 through the 2013
season. The state is still tallying some of the costs from the 2014 season,
but it expects the season cost about $76 million.'
Republicans in eastern and southern Oregon spent years sending
climate-change-denyingsock puppets for the notorious Koch brothers to Salem,
but now even they are willing to admit global climate change is responsible
for the increasing fire damage. Now, they are saying they expect the
insurance to be either cancelled or prohibitively expensive and are talking
about the public raising $100 million for fire fighting.
Nuh uh. They were warned every year for nearly 20 years that global
climate change was here, and they chose to deny it for the sake of ALEC and
the Koch brothers. THEY can raise the $100 million. Here, we BELIEVE in
OSU coach Wayne Tinkle is still being lashed for his decision to honor 4
walk ons in the Civil War game, since the usual seniors honored are lacking
from the team. Tinkle had scheduled tryouts for walkons Occt. 4, and
those who made the cut played their hearts out for their OSU peers through
the seasons. They had aalways been mismatched with other teams and yet
produced an astonishing record at home.
Tinkle decided to honor them by starting them the first
3 possessions, and it may have cost OSU the game, critics say, which the
Beavers lost 65-62. "Some people might call me crazy, and maybe I am, but it
was something our guys deserved, said Tinkle. "Knowing what I now know, I'd
do it all again. One of my proudest moments as a coach". Good for him, and
for us. It matters less whether you win or lose than how you play the game.
If Doing the Right Thing costs you a game, who really cares? It may keep a
few amoral sports junkies or the Athletic Director awake at night, but here
in Corvallis, the rest of us sleep better knowing we have such people
at the wheel of OSU teams.
One of the deals worked out by the depraved Republican to last be elected
governor of Oregon, Vic Atiyeh, is unraveling after 30 years. The
prohibition on rent control by local municipalities, worked out by Atiyeh
with "the Oregon Multifamily Housing Council, the Oregon State Homebuilders
Association, the Oregon Association of Realtors, the Oregon Mobilehome Park
Association, the Affiliated Rental Housing Association and the Oregon League
of Financial Institutions" - all major landlord groups - is coming under
major fire in Portland, where rents have risen twice the national average.
|Oregon Senate Gives Priority to Corporate Tax
It’s a disconcerting time in Salem. Surely all five
members* of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee talked about funding
schools and closing corporate loopholes when they ran for office. But that’s
not what they’ve spent the first four weeks of session devoted to.
Nope, reducing property taxes for Comcast, Yahoo, Google,
CenturyLink, etc., that’s what they’ve devoted their effort instead to, for
14 days running. Finally on Thursday they voted their fourth version of a
“what to do” out of committee and to the Senate floor recommending their
colleagues vote “aye” for SB 611-A.
On their last day of working on the bill, Hass allowed businesses
to bargain yet again for better deals. But he didn’t allow the lobbyist for
the League of Oregon Cities to speak. After all, she would have objected to
the committee’s plan to take revenue from local jurisdictions. While
representatives of Oregon’s counties and cities tried hard to protect their
resources, the education and human services lobby was absent or silent
throughout the hearings and work sessions, despite the revenue losses that
will hit them.
The final Senate deal? Property tax breaks of over $15 million a
year—benefitting corporations that didn’t even threaten to leave Oregon.
Last minute amendments to exempt various property from taxation for cable,
Internet, satellite and high tech companies nearly doubled earlier revenue
impacts statements. The Senate did a rush though vote on Monday!
It’s a good thing there are two sides of the building!
Hopefully the House will remember that we’re revenue constrained
and not think giving corporations tax breaks should be on the menu this
But it’s hard to be hopeful. Eight of the nine members of the House
Revenue Committee received donations from Comcast—donations of $500 to
$5500!* The next step in the process is the House Revenue Committee.
*Of the two revenue committees, only one senator and one representative
didn’t receive a Comcast donation.
To contact the House Revenue Committee. The members are Reps. Barnhard, Vega
Pederson, Bentz, Davis, Johnson, Lininger, Read, Smith Warner and Whitsett.
Your email will be entered as testimony to the House Revenue Committee ONLY
IF you say SB611 in your subject line, or the first line of your text. -
|Icecapade Devastates Parts of Vineyard Mountain
A reader who is a forestry worker tells us that, above the
frost line, parts of Vineyard Mountain are looking like a bomb-ravaged
landscape, with trees downed everywhere, of all diameters, due to the weight
of the ice. He is spending his day sawing and clearing the fallen trees.
'Oregon has about the lowest business taxes in the nation.
|Jody Hiser: More Corporate Welfare in Store
Nonetheless, Senator Hass’ Finance and Revenue Committee has had a
set of bills on their agenda to give even more take breaks to business.
Every day for seven days now, the argument seems to be about how big the
property tax break will be—someplace between $10 and $35 million a year. The
cost depends on the version of the bills that might finally move forward. SB
611, 570 and 571 and their amendments will sharply reduce local property
taxes for numerous businesses, by millions of dollar a year.
Tax Fairness Oregon is fighting like crazy—to stop the back room
action, negotiated behind closed doors, on these bills. We need your help.
After all, lower property tax receipts are not in the public interest! As we
have seen before, the outcome may not be guided by good public policy—but by
huge political donations.
Comcast, one of the biggest proponents of lowering their own taxes,
gave $222,000 to Oregon election campaigns, and has its lobbyists working
the capitol every day. Other business lobbyists are swarming.
How can you help? Ask your legislators to say “NO” to a
property tax break involving “intangible assets”* for Comcast and other
Write to the five members of the Senate Finance and Revenue
Committee, Senators Hass, Baertschiger, Boquist, Edwards and Riley at
Paul Cauthorn, who moved to submit the proposed parking
permit system near campus to voters, who overwhelmingly defeated it in all
wards, has responded to the latest attempt by council member Roen Hogg to
salvage the plan:
At the 2/17/2015 council meeting you continued to advocate for increasing
neighborhood parking restrictions. I would like to remind you that the
voters in your ward (and the whole city) did not support increasing parking
restrictions. In your ward alone, 999 people voted against the parking
From your statements at the recent council meeting, it
appears that you are ignoring the will of the electorate. I feel that your
personal agenda is overriding your ability to represent the citizens of your
ward and this community. Pushing for a parking district and incorporating
elements from the failed ordinance into the existing ordinance, as you
suggested, demonstrates your disrespect for the voters.
Also statements like, "We have a parking problem in the
neighborhoods, but there is nothing OSU can do to fix that," is
counterproductive to dealing with the root of the problem. Apparently from
statements you made, you believe that more availability of parking on campus
will not reduce the impact to the neighborhoods. That's a ridiculous
assertion. When OSU eliminated free parking lots, increased cost for
permits, and eliminated conveniently located parking lots, of course, this
impacted neighborhood parking densities.
You also made a repeated statement that you do not personally
have adequate off-street parking at your house. Let's be honest about this
situation once and for all.
Your lack of off-street parking is not the fault of your
neighbors, it is not the fault of the commuters, and it is not the fault of
the voters. It was a choice Doug made to reduce parking on your property and
cover what was historically adequate off-street parking with a deck and
landscaping. You are receiving a benefit of a larger backyard as a result of
the choice of removing off-street parking. It is not the community's problem
that you only have one off-street parking place -- it was a choice that was
made and choice that continues to be made.
Moving forward, you have an opportunity to support your other
councilors in holding OSU responsible for the impacts on our neighborhoods.
The voters are supportive of the council taking actions in that direction.
The voters will become outraged, if you continue to ignore the tested and
quantified will of the people.
There are many issues to deal with, other than just parking. It is
time to move forward.
Cylvia Hayes has impressed us with the depth of vision she has of herself.
Leaked emails show us the books she planned to publish over the net 4 years
- on about herself, one about John Kitzhaber, and one about herself and
Republicans in the legislature are doing their usual foot-dragging routine
on anything that benefits Oregon workers, claiming sick leave will ruin
business. It's ironic they'd be doing so the day an exposé in the Oregonian
ran, showing a $700,000 corporate subsidy for a single corporate job in
|Mater: "The Real Issue...is not Coal, it’s Fraud"
As the federal grand jury probes deeper into
the actions and transactions of Cylvia Hayes and her bf,Governor Kitzhaber,
old decisions are being dug up and re-examined in light of recent
developments. Among them are the axing of Corvallis resident Catherine Mater
in the wake of a vote to turn down a coal export port,
a firing once portrayed as a sop to a vindictive Republican legislator.
In her most explicit explanation yet, Mater insists that the issue was not
coal, but fraud.
Writing the past week in the Astorian, she says "since Connect
Oregon passage into Oregon law, projects forwarded to the OTC have been
summarily approved ... until last year when a berth improvement project at
the Port of St. Helens was denied funding.
The project proposed to assist coal company Ambre Energy in the
transport of coal through Oregon to foreign energy markets via the Port.
The project was rejected on the basis of not complying with
ConnectOregon legal requirements, but the criticisms — and accolades —
pouring in from the public following the OTC decision squarely focused on
the debate over Oregon’s role in coal.
The real issue surrounding the story is not coal, it’s fraud:
the submittal of fraudulent information to a public entity for the purpose
of securing public funds. The Port of St. Helens submitted a request for $2
million in ConnectOregon lottery funds to pair with a $3 million match the
Port said Ambre Energy had committed for the project. All ConnectOregon
projects are required to have a funding match in order to be eligible for
The problem? Coal issue aside — the Port never had a commitment
from Ambre Energy to do the project in the first place — a fact that was
discovered at the commission level after months of project review by Oregon
Department of Transportation staff.
Further, when asked, the Port could not show they had the funds in
their own coffers to guarantee the required match in absence of Ambre
Energy’s funding. To compound the problem, the Port claimed their project
was ‘construction ready,’ but failed to disclose they have a serious
operating permit problem with the Division of State Lands that will negate
construction start up to a year (a fact that would disqualify the project
from being ‘construction ready’ as is required by law).
It seems that no construction at the Port will occur without the
Port securing a new proprietary lease from DSL, a process that requires
months of review and a full public hearing. This, too, was discovered at
To exhibit such a reckless disregard for the truth, one can only
conclude that the Port either felt they were above the law, should be
awarded special treatment, or both.
Consequently, the Port project was denied, but another project was
approved at the same time. A Corvallis-to-Albany bike trail project
submitted by Benton County proposed a bike trail to be constructed on
railroad right-of-way between the two cities. Shortly after ConnectOregon
project submittal to ODOT, the county discovered the railroad would deny use
of their right-of-way for the project, placing the county back at square one
for getting the project construction ready.
In response, the county sought private property acquisition for the
project by use of eminent domain and the project is now being contested by
100 percent of the farmland owners whose property will be affected. The
county failed to disclose the railroad easement denial to the commission at
the time of their August decision. As a consequence the project was
unanimously approved for $2 million in public funds — based on
misrepresentation of project status.
Both projects are up for reconsideration at the February OTC
meeting: the former by heavy political pressure to reverse the August OTC
decision to deny project approval at the Port; the latter by citizen demand
to revoke project approval from Benton County.
Both are clear examples of an alarming fact: the Oregon Department
of Transportation lacks oversight on projects submitted for ConnectOregon
funding to ensure against project misrepresentation or project fraud. And,
if OTC oversight is exercised, it is ignored or “removed.”
It is times like this we all need to be reminded that no one is
above the law; no governor; no senator; no government agency; no port."
UPDATE: Jody Wiser of Tax Fairness Oregon adds:
"We have an opportunity coming up to get some good news about state
government in Oregon.
Until recently, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) of the Department
of Transportation (DOT) was Chaired by Catherine M. Mater, president of
Mater Engineering in Corvallis and a senior fellow at the Pinchot Institute
for Conservation. A distinguished Oregonian, Mater was appointed to the
unpaid position by Governor John Kitzhaber. Until, that is, he suddenly
fired her in January.
What happened? Mater stated that she discovered a fraudulent application for
a grant under the ConnectOregon program of the DOT and she voted, along with
two other members of the five-member Commission, to disqualify it. She has
now updated her experience in detail in the Daily Astorian.
As Mater explains, the application requested a berth improvement project at
the Port of St. Helens which would assist the Australian Amber Energy
company in the transportation of coal by train through Oregon to Asian
Specifically, the request was for $2 million to pair with a $3 million match
that the Port said Ambre Energy had committed. But the Port never had a
commitment from Ambre Energy, and did not have the $3 million on its own.
“To compound the problem,” Mater adds, “the Port claimed their project was
‘construction ready,’ but failed to disclose they have a serious operating
permit problem with the Division of State Lands that will negate
construction start up to a year (a fact that would disqualify the project
from being ‘construction ready’ as is required by law).”
Therefore the project was rejected, she concludes, “on the basis of not
complying with ConnectOregon legal requirements, but the criticisms—and
accolades—pouring in from the public following the OTC decision squarely
focused on the debate over Oregon’s role in coal.”
The OTC will meet to make a final decision on this and other grant
applications on Thursday, Feb. 19th, in Salem. There is hope that, even in
Mater’s absence, Commission members will respect her integrity and that of
the two members who voted with her—which Governor Kitzhaber did not
respect—and reject a fraudulent $2 million grant request so that the money
can go to legitimate, much-needed transportation improvements.
Many Oregonians have already added that OTC transportation improvements
should not include more coal trains! After all, air pollution in Asia blows
right back in our face and increases “baseline levels of ozone in the
Western U.S.” (“Pollution in West put partly on Asia,” Oregonian, Sunday,
Feb. 8, A15)
It you’d like to register your opinion to the Commission by Feb. 19th, go to
the ODOT Citizens’ Representative Office:
Or call 1-888-275-6368.
Let’s hope there’s a happy ending in this for Oregon!"
Governor Kitzhaber did Oregon Romantics a good turn by
resigning on "Friday the 13th" rather than on a day later, on Valentine's
Day. He couldn't possibly have lowered the image of the Thirteenth any, but
Valentine's Day - even in the wake of a really BAD love affair - well, some
things remain sacred.
|Corvallis's Pete De Fazio - to the Defense of
Corvallis Congressman Peter De Fazio was set off by a Budweiser ad during
the recent Superbowl and is still on the rampage. "They know that the
craft beer industry is eating their lunch,” the animated founder of the
Small Brewers Caucus yelled. “More and more Americans are developing a taste
for beer that isn’t insipid and has real taste, and so they’re now starting
to buy them up.”
DeFazio’s anger is partly due to recently watching 10 Barrel
Brewing Co. of Bend, Ore. become another local operation added to the binder
full of craft breweries acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev – a Belgium-based
company that looks to be picking off the most successful American craft
breweries one by one.
The conglomerate boasts being the largest brewer in the world and
claims to now control 25% of global beer sales. They couldn’t have reached a
quarter of international beer sales without scooping up craft breweries in
the U.S. though, which DeFazio said starkly contrasts with their Super Bowl
"So it kind of contradicts their ad. I mean, they’re trying to say,
‘Oh, come on back and buy the schlock,’ yet on the other hand, they’re out
buying up the good beer,” DeFazio said, before he added a warning. “They
better not change the formula’s cause people will just stop buying it and
someone else will replace them.”
In related news,
6 brewers have taken on the challenge of turning purified Oregon sewage into
craft beer. Says brewer Jeremie Landers, 'the water we'll be using
is cleaner than tap water you'd ever find anywhere. The purity level is
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Ms Courtney has been charged for
the 16th time in Corvallis with failing to appear on a meth charge and mail theft. She seems to be
a contrast with the usual meth addict, and instead appears to be a simply
incorrigible thief who uses meth. She is, like most in the category, another
Linn County gift.
|Megan Katherine Courtney
In other Linn County news,
35 year old Evan Anderson was charged after what passes as a
romantic evening in Linn County - kicking in his ex-girlfriend's door and
firing shots in her direction.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
price gouging by Big Pharma sent drug prices soaring 14% in the past year,
alarming those consumers who depend upon specialty drugs, such as Harvoni,
for the Hepatitis C of 3 million in the US, at $1,125 per tablet. One parent
with 2 children who are hemophiliacs pay $10,000 per month, says state
legislator Mitch Greenlick of the hostage taking.
|Colin Gene Behee
||Robert Otto Lawrence Berno
Both Mr. Behee and Mr. Berno have been indicted, and are
listed in the jail roster as having been arrested by "other agency". Mr.
Behee is charged in Benton County with 8 counts of encouraging child sex
abuse and 1 weapons count of a felon with a restricted weapon. Mr, Berno is
from Texas and is charged with using a child in a display of sexual conduct.
Mr,. Behee seems to be re-creating a 2012 conviction and sentencing
five-year, eight-month prison sentence Wednesday to a Corvallis man
convicted on felony child pornography charges. A 12-person jury last
week convicted Colin G. Behee, 29, on eight counts of encouraging child sex
abuse and one misdemeanor weapons charge. Corvallis detectives served a
search warrant on Behee’s residence on May 9, 2011, under suspicion that he
was using an online file-sharing program to download and share sexually
explicit photos or videos of children. Investigators seized Behee’s computer
and a pair of metal knuckles in the search. As a convicted felon, Behee was
prohibited from owning a weapon."
Mr. Berno is very active in game circles and appears to be a Brony.
Those people are weird anyway.
Mr. Behee may have picked the wrong time in Oregon to be a life-long sex
The Oregon Supreme Court will hear the case of William Althouse, who was
sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for exposing
himself in Salem. 'his life sentence was meant to reflect a long and
concerning history of sex offenses. His sex crime convictions include sexual
abuse in 1982 and kidnapping, sodomy and sexual abuse in 1993...Althouse,
who was living in Salem, was arrested in his last case after a female jogger
reported seeing him exposing his genitals -- the prosecution contended
masturbating -- along a walking path next to the Salem Parkway in October
2011. After a jury found him guilty in 2012, Marion County Circuit Judge
Lindsay Partridge sentenced Althouse to the life term under an Oregon law
meant to get tough on sex offenders after their third felony sex
conviction... In 2012, after a Marion County jury found him guilty of that
conduct again, a judge sentenced him to life without any hope of being
Similarly, a judge handed out an 18 year sentence to a man in
Sherwood convicted of exposing himself 8 times at drive through windows.
||Michael Gary Simmer
Mr. Simmer started
serving his 60 day sentence for a parole violation on a weapons
charge. He has a long history of arrests related to selling or possessing
|Aaron Travis Bradbury
Mr. Bradbury has
been charged with menacing, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon.
In related news,
Oregon Democrats introduced a bill Thursday to require background
checks on private firearm sales.
|Areany Ann Jamieson
Ernest Lee Burgos
||Miranda Emanuelle Edwards
Ms amieson showed up to start a 49 day sentence for
a parole violation. She has been charged
11 times in a little more than 2 years in Benton County. Mr. Burgos
has started serving his 60 day sentence for violation of parole/probation.
He has been charged 12 times in 4 years. Ms Edwards has stared serving her
3 day sentence for heroin possession.
14-year-old Stayton High School student was arrested Wednesday, on
charges of disorderly conduct after she allegedly made threats on social
media against Cascade High School.'
have been looking for a man who has exposed himself at least 14 times
-- 11 times in Clackamas County and three times in Multnomah. At least four
of the incidents occurred in the Boring/Eagle Creek area. Deputies arrested
Michael Gordon Dick, 53, of Gresham, Wednesday night on three counts of
public indecency. Those charges stem from cases that have happened within
the past week. Dick is a registered sex offender, which means he faces
'a Northern California woman and her boyfriend concocted her reported
abduction that spurred a two-day search, police said late Wednesday.
The revelation came just hours after she had reappeared 400 miles away in
Southern California to the emotional relief of her family. Denise Huskins
and Aaron Quinn have now become the target of the investigation as police
probe whether they did anything illegal in their report of a random, violent
abduction and a ransom request of $8,500.'
'US. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in an unnamed country had
alleged “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by local drug cartels
over several years, according to a report published on Thursday by the
Justice Department’s internal watchdog.'
is what’s known so far about the Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot accused of
murdering 149 people.
His name is Andreas Lubitz, age 28, from Montabaur, near Frankfurt.
Lubitz got his pilot’s license as a teenager, according to members of his
local flying club. In 2008, he was accepted into Lufthansa’s pilot-training
program. Lubitz interrupted his training for 11 months for unknown reasons
but then was readmitted after passing several tests, including a
psychological assessment, said Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr. During that
time, Lubitz trained at a Lufthansa center in Goodyear, Arizona. Since
graduating in 2013, Lubitz logged 630 hours of flight time.
“He was happy he had the job with Germanwings and he was doing well,” club
member Peter Ruecker told the AP. “He was very happy. He gave off a good
A mother of Lubitz’s classmate told a different story to
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Apparently, he had a burnout, depression,”
the woman said, adding that Lubitz confided in her daughter before
|Francisco Antonio Eschavarria
Mr. Eschavarria has shown up to serve his 10 days on
charges of cocaine and strangulation, etc. He is identified on the web as
being from Multnomah County, and was apparently one of 2 men
identified by Eugene police as "out-of-town alleged drug suppliers...
Officers said they were investigating a known drug house near West 10th
Alley and Van Buren Street about 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 when the Interagency
Narcotics Enforcement Team received information that a delivery to a drug
dealer would be taking place.
When the two suppliers showed up, officer attempted to contact
them. Ponce-Mendoza and Echavarria fled the scene, according to police.
Echavarria was captured quickly."
|Jesse Lee Moore
||Trisha Rose Perry
Mr. Moore has been charged with failing to show for a
theft charge. He was charged in August of last year for the same. Ms Perry
was charged with failing to appear on a theft charge as well. This is her
9th time to be charged in Benton County.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
a Woodburn woman who had claimed to have been sexually assaulted by 4
Hispanic teens while delivering newspapers has admitted to police
that she made the story up.
Elsewhere in the US,
an Ohio Christian radio talk show host was sentenced to 60 days already
served for gunning down his wife in an argument, after she demanded
he leave the house.
A Mormon music family has been identified as being the protagonists
in a brawl that led to a shoot out with police at an Idaho Walmart.
|Jackie Shane Carter
Mr. Carter is charged with DUII, meth, reckless
endangerment, etc. If his photo
suggests Linn County to you, of an aging meth addict from Albany,
you'd be right. He was charged a very few years ago with strangling and
assaulting his girlfriend in front of a child. These Linn County portraits
are becoming yawners, as they are so frequent in Benton County jail.
|Micah Jeffrey Brown
Mr. Brown is charged again with not showing for a menacing
and disorderly conduct arrest. It is
his 6th time in the recent past to be charged.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
a property dispute between 2 neighbors escalated into a burglary report
and then to a police killing of a man waving a knife at 2 officers.
Jaime Tinoco, 'teen who abducted and raped a woman near Autzen Stadium
last fall will spend more than 14 years in prison for his crime...The attack
happened in September 2014 while Tinoco was visiting Eugene for an Oregon
Ducks football game with 12 other juveniles and 4 adults as part of a
Washington County Juvenile Department program. Tinoco was on probation for
burglary, theft and possession of meth.' Tinoco had grinned during the
victim's impact statement, a factor in the tiff sentence.
former NFL star Darren Sharper will serve only 8 years for drugging and
raping women in 4 states. 'Sharper's legal team seems to have worked
a miracle. He could have gotten 2 life sentences in Nevada alone. On top of
that, people convicted of rape typically do 85% or more of their sentence,
and he's doing only 50%.'
|Christopher J. Becker
Mr. Becker may be able to use a few tips from his friends.
charged yesterday with disorderly conduct and then again with
improperly dialing 911.
A few years ago, "Christopher J. Becker, 20, of Corvallis,
reportedly left his bicycle in the middle of the road and then started
screaming at a man who moved the bike, threatening to burn his house down
and kill him."
Elsewhere in Oregon, Lebanon High School seems to have returned to normal
last week's lockdown following an online threat.
A member of a UN special tribunal on torture which has been denied access to
has found a way to visit a California prison as an "expert witness"
to investigate conditions there. The UN "issued a report stating that 22 or
23 hours a day alone in a prison cell for more than 15 days at a time can
cause permanent, lasting psychological damage and can constitute torture.
This problem, he emphasized, is particularly severe in the U.S., where
prisoners are routinely held under such conditions for months, years and
even decades at a time. Many have never committed a violent crime." Oregon
widely uses isolation for lengthy periods.
||Blaine K. Nipp
Above: Much if the day's crime news was devoted to kiddie
Blaine Nipp, 'a Vancouver man who's been on the sex-offender registry for
nearly two decades was sentenced Friday to 23 years in prison for
taking sexually explicit pictures of a 10-year-old girl while she was
knocked out on painkillers..
the former Clark College student reached out to the family of a 10-year-old
girl with a broken leg. He had spent time at the Vancouver home and
volunteered to stay with the girl - who was in a cast and unable to walk -
while her parents were at work.
The girl was taking prescription painkillers and had been "out of
it" for days, according to the sentencing memorandum. While they were alone,
Nipp used a small camera to produce several "videos of himself engaging in
sexually explicit conduct" as she slept.
Authorities recovered nine videos of Nipp exploiting the child as
well as four cell phone images of the sleeping girl, nude from the waist
down, court documents show. Though the victim's face is not visible in the
pictures, her clothing, bedding and a stuffed animal are clearly visible,
authorities said. A tip to Homeland Security Investigations, the
investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, sparked an inquiry
that linked Nipp to an overseas photo-sharing website that trades child
Rosen, a senior State Department official arrested last month for soliciting
sex online with a minor, was reportedly arrested again Sunday night
in Washington, D.C., and charged with an earlier crime of voyeurism after
police searched his cellphone. And he is only the latest in a long string of
government employees to have been accused of crimes against children'.
There was some good news on the front amid reports that hundreds are
abandoning the fundamentalist Mormon sect of convicted pedophile
day in court today for accused murderer and Death Row Records founder Suge
Knight, who collapsed and hit his head on a chair after a judge set
his bail at $25 million. An unconscious Knight was treated by paramedics and
taken to a nearby hospital. '
|Ronald Wesley Vaughan
have charged Mr. Vaughan with rape and 9 counts of burglary. A
reported he "entered her residence while she was in the shower. The
victim told police the suspect disrobed, and got into the shower with her.
During this time, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim before dressing
and leaving the scene." He dropped his cell phone at te scene of the crime,
police say, and they were able to locate him and link him to several
burglaries the same evening.
Mr. Logan had the misfortune of
being familiar to
police officers who viewed a video of him robbing the adult store of
merchandise and money at knifepoint, they say. He was arrested at
his mom's. He was on parole already at the time. He is charged with robbery,
menacing, theft, etc.
|Donald Martell Logan
||The Damning Video of Logan in the "Uniform"
of his Trade, Police Say
|Carl Dwayne Claphan
Mr. Claphan is charged with violating a restraining order,
which may seem like a minor thing until ne is informed that
he is listed as a Kansas sex offender who was
charged with kidnapping.
|Dalton James Davis Williamson
||James Ryan Nunn
Mr. Davis Williamson has been charged for the 5th time in
the last couple of years, for a probation violation on a theft charge. His
previous arrests have been theft or meth related.
Ms Monson has been charged for the 5th time in recent years, this
time for a violation of parole/probation. Her previous arrests have all been
pot-related. When July arrives and pot is legalized, what it going to happen
to people like her? Will the slate be wiped clean of past pot convictions?
One would hope that Mr. Nunn is smarter than he appears to be in
his mugshot photo on a probation violation. Sadly, that doesn't appear to be
the case. This the 21st time for him to be charged in the recent past, on a
wide variety of charges from meth to weapons and auto theft. If there were a
separate charge of "felony stupid", Mr. Nunn might be Corvallis's poster
If anyone was in the adult shop last night before it was reportedly
robbed or knows someone who was,
the police would like to know.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
3 inmates overdosed in Portland when a woman being held in a million dollar
opoid operation produced fentanyl from a body cavity and gave it to
A 15 year old Sprague, Washington youth has been charged with trying to
kidnap a toddler from his stroller while the infant's brother and
sister chased him.
In Los Angeles,
14 Venice high school students have been arrested in the sex assault
of 2 girls.
In the southland, 'Robert
Durst, the subject of HBO true-crime series "The Jinx" about his
suspected involvement in three murders, has been arrested in New Orleans on
an extradition warrant out of Los Angeles.'
Abroad, in India - where gang rape has become a hobby under the rule of the
Hindu Bigot Party (BJP),
a 73 year old nun was raped by 7-8 men whom she tried to stop from
robbing a missionary school.
|Tabitha Rachelle Malcom
Ms Malcom has been indicted for theft and stealing an
auto. Her previous criminal history was in Multnomah County,
which is where she was arrested on the Benton County charges..
||Bill Wayne Gill
Mr. Gill has honorably shown up to serve his 15 days on a
Elsewhere in Oregon,
the U.S Attorney is reportedly being investigated after a subordinate tried
to break off a relationship, only to find her "driving by his home
and sending multiple texts, including several she sent telling him she knew
what he was doing at the time.", he says.
number one suspect in an investigation to determine who wrote a threatening
message about killing people at a Scappoose elementary school is a
In Newport, 'a
fugitive bookkeeper was arraigned Thursday on additional charges stemming
from a lengthy investigation into allegations of identity theft in the
region. Gerard Marcel Joseph Beaudoin II was advised of seven new
felony charges at an afternoon hearing in Lincoln County Circuit Court
before Judge Thomas Branford. '
Elsewhere, Republicans have fallen back on their usual tactic of
stealing from the poor to pad the income of the rich, in this case
freezing the number of food stamp recipients.
|Matthew Abram Rader
Mr. Rader has been charged on a probation/parole violation
for Rape III. 2 years ago,
Mr. Rader, now 32 years old,
was charged with tattooing his name at the entrance of a
15 year old's vagina. On other occasions, Mr. Rader
has been charged with crimes related to assault.
|Benjamin Arthur Palm
||Roy Eric Edwards
||William Donald Manley
Mr. Palm was charged with Burglary,
his 7th time to be charged in Corvallis. Mr. Edwards showed to begin
an 18 day sentence for ID Theft. Mr. Manley was charged with not showing
upon a charge of giving police a phony name, and has previously been charged
Above: Ms Tracy, who says she "was brutally gang-raped in
1998 by four football players, including two who played on the Oregon State
University football team",
has joined forces with 2 other tape victims to press the legislature
into extending the statute of limitations on rape cases beyond 5 years.
Democrats in the legislature have sponsored bills to extend the limitation
to 20 years.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
a man who secretly taped his best friend's daughter beginning when
she was 13, was sentenced to 2 years in prison.
judge freed suspected Portland art forger Lawrence H. Ulvi from jail
on Tuesday as he faces federal mail and wire fraud charges. Federal agents
arrested the 74-year-old artist on Monday afternoon, accusing him of selling
knockoffs of well-respected painters to art dealers in California and
A bipolar 22 year old man who declared he was of "a family of Sasquatches",
and went on a naked murderous rampage to kill hunters, was sentenced to 10
years in prison for attacking one of them.
|Jeremy Scott Beddingfield
Mr. Beddingfield has been arrested again. Last time the
charge was trespass and assault. This time it's trespass, domestic violence
assault and strangulation. The web identifies Me. Beddingfirld as being
||Heidi Allison Stocker
Ms Stocker was indicted, this time for meth and DUII. Ms
Stocker was arrested in Philomath.
|Troy Michael Lowery
Mr. Lowery has been charged again, for the 12th time in
recent years, for a probation violation, etc.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
a couple was arrested in Eugene for forcing a 19 year old Idaho
woman into prostitution.
|Dakota "Wayne" Bond
An Oregon tattooist, Mr. Bond is believed to be a fugitive
in Oregon after fleeing New York City in the wake of an incident which
police say resembled that of Linn County's Craig Lazon berserk kidnapping
and rape of his wife see below). They say Mr. Bond held hids girlfriend ofr
a mere 4-5 hours, during which he "beat her so badly she was bruised and
swollen beyond recognition"... He tied her arms and legs together with
chains and punched her until her 'skull felt mushy,' she remembers. He
removed one chain and started whipping her in the stomach with it. Then, she
says, he took out a loaded handgun and pressed it against his head,
threatening to pull the trigger."
||Bond's Victim, as She Posted her Photo
The victim has
posted photos of herself on Facebook with information.
||Jeffrey Wayne Jackson
Mr. Jackson has been charged for the 12th time in 3 years,
usually on meth-related charges but occasionally for heroin. Long time
readers will dismiss Mr. Jackson as an incorrigible junkie, but Mr. Jackson
represents a classic case of the line to be drawn for apparent drug
addicts who represent a public heath issue (especially with heroin overdoses
tripling in 3 years) rather than a criminal problem. There is not a
hint of larceny or physical violence in his arrest record.
Elsewhere in Oregon, the Republican Party has opened a campaign accusing the
Democrats of fostering "a culture of corruption" in the wake of the
governor's resignation (largely as a result of pressure from other
Democrats). They seem to want us to ignore that their last Congressman died
recently after being sent to prison for swindling investors of a fortune,
and that his replacement - Greg Walden - was the spin doctor for the
felonious Wes Cooley. It is largely because of such dishonesty, about
themselves and the issues , that Republicans in Oregon are marginalized. The
Party was reduced this week to electing the highest elected Republican
official in Oregon, other than Walden, as Party Leader - the mayor of Adair
Britain is being shocked by revelations that the side kick of Ronald Reagan,
Margaret Thatcher, protected a powerful international ring of
pedophiles called the Pedophile Information Exchange, including Thatcher's
Home secretary and her campaign manager, and used the Intelligence service
to threaten journalists given information on the network. 'The longtime
deputy director of MI6, and former High Commissioner in Canada, Peter Hayman
was himself allegedly a pedophile, and was ultimately named as such in
parliament by Geoffrey Dickens. Hayman had been caught with explicit
material in 1978 but no charge was brought. Secret files discovered at the
National Archives this year revealed that the attorney general at the time
believed it wasn’t in the public interest for Hayman to be prosecuted. Prime
Minister Thatcher ordered his depravity to be concealed from the public.'
Note: Everyone should be assumed innocent until convicted. There are
several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots, utilizing
photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by Portlander Kyle
Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from their sites.
This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a mugshot
removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead, put
your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.
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armored vehicles. When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were
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on corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their
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