Monthly Archives: April 2010

KSKQ Announces Full Power Campaign

A press conference to announce the Rogue Valley community radio’s full power campaign was held on April 28,2010 at noon in the Kids Unlimited building in Medford and many KSKQ volunteers and supporters were there to talk about what it will take to go full power in the fall and why community radio matters.  A fund raising kickoff will start May Day with a multi-cultural event to help KSKQ’s goal of going full power.

Vanessa Houk wrote up a great article for The Examiner:

Carson Bench, the programming director for KSKQ LPFM (low power fm) said,”The station will become an ice breaker between different cultural groups in the Rogue Valley.” In describing KSKQ, Bench admitted that KSKQ is largely seen as a progressive station, but he wanted it to be clear that “we have a mission statement, but we do not have an agenda.” He hopes that residents of the Rogue Valley will see that KSKQ will be what the community (and the volunteers who step up from our community) want it to be. In an age when musical access seems to be fueled by Ipods and computers he thinks that “KSKQ will create a radio revival.”

“Community Radio epitomizes the community seeking to he heard not in a commercial fashion, but in a cultural fashion which is key to a strong community,” said Jackson County Commissioner C.W Smith who shared that he has a background in radio which began when he served in the Armed Forces in Vietnam.

Ashland’s mayor, John Stromberg noted that community radio will strengthen the whole community. He listed several reasons why he thought community radio was important. “I love community radio because so often it is the thing that captures attention is the authenticity. You get to hear people say things from the heart and hear true voices of the community.”

Juan Salles spoke of his first impressions of KSKQ LPFM and how he valued the station for reaching out to the Hispanic community. “Radio is a bridge between the cultures,” he said.

On Saturday May 1, 2010 you are invited to celebrate community radio for the Rogue Valley. Visit Kids Unlimited Vibes Main 1 for an exciting evening of live music, delicious food, soft drinks beer and wine. This all ages event will begin at 8 pm and go until 2 am, so you’ll want to have your dancing shoes ready! The lineup includes Salsa Brava, Kandela Show and Banda Nevada and intermingled among the live music you can look forward to performances by Ballet Folklorico, GJC Break Dancers, the Jefferson State Rollers and DJ EH2010.

Tickets are $20 and children 11 and under are admitted free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

May 1st Caravan for Immigration Reform!!

Unete invites you to join us, along with Oregon Action and Jobs with Justice for our May 1st Caravan for Immigration Reform!!

Meet us at 1:00pm in the Bi-Mart parking lot in Ashland, (2nd Ashland exit on I5 and to the right)
We’ll travel through Talent, Phoenix, pass by large local companies that employ high numbers of immigrants, orchards, and finish the caravan in Medford. After the caravan join us for hotdogs in Hawthorne Park!!  (In front of Sears in Medford)

Yes, that all american food was brought here by immigrants!!

After the passage of anti-immigrant bill 1070 in Arizona that legalizes racial profiling, we, as a community must say NO to these tactics and move our senators and representatives to say YES to Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW!!!

Decorate your car with PRO Immigration Reform Messages!!!

Look for the red white and blue balloons!!  Please, no flags from other countries.

Participants are expected to obey all traffic laws and show courtesy to drivers not participating in the event.  The success and safety of this caravan depends on YOU!!

On March 21 we had nearly 200 cars. Let’s double that this time!!!

For more information please contact Unete at  541-840-9669  or 541-245-1625

SI Se puede SI se puede SI se puede SI se puede SI se puede

Southern Oregon positioned for biodiesel

As reported in Medford Tribune, Southern Oregon is well positioned to be a regional producer of biodiesel.  The Oregon biodiesel industry produces less than 1 percent of diesel consumed in Oregon.  The Oregon Legislature has mandated 18 million gallons, or 2 percent, of the diesel pumped in Oregon must be of the bio variety.   That means the vast majority of biodiesel is shipped in from other states.

“Oregon uses 720 million gallons of diesel (annually), and we’re capable of producing 5 million.”says Tyson Keever, founder of SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel, which manufactures the fuel in Salem.

Even so, the industry’s future will rely on crop production. “If you recycled all of the cooking oil in Oregon and captured every gallon, that would be about 3.5 million gallons,” Keever says.

That means Oregon producers are going to rely on the region’s farmers to make up the difference. “

George Mann & Mark Ross at The Caldera Taphouse

George Mann is a New York City-based labor activist and organizer who has toured for many years and produced the “Hail To The Thief!” anti-Bush CD compilation series.  His newest release is the veterans compilation “Until You Come Home” songs for veterans and their kin.

George Mann

George will be joined by Mark Ross, America’s most famous unknown folksinger, storyteller, caronteur and multi-instrumentalist.

Mark Ross

Learning to play about a dozen instruments; guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, autoharp, jews’ harp, bass, dulcimer, tenor guitar, & 12-string guitar(it really is a different instrument), all with varying degrees of proficiency, Mark has sung all across the continental U.S. in bar rooms, ball rooms, coffeehouses, union halls, hobo jungles, kitchens & living rooms, bedrooms, grade schools, colleges & universities (guest lecturing on American folk music, railroad songs, labor songs and the History of American Labor and radical politics), folk festivals, concert halls, street corners, railroad stations, and bus depots.

Thursday, April 15 at 8 PM in Ashland, OR — The Caldera Taphouse, 31 Water Street (541-482-HOPS); George in Concert with Mark Ross. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice and Southern Oregon Labor Council.
Suggested donation $5 – $10, all welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Mount Ashland Ski Expansion Comment Workshop

Empowering citizens to protect the Ashland Watershed

Proposed Mt. Ashland Expansion

Proposed Mt. Ashland Expansion

Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Bellview Grange – 1050 Tolman Creek Rd

Sunday, April 18 at 1 to 4 pm
Gresham Room – Ashland Public Library

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will accept public comment on its new draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) for expansion of the Mount Ashland Ski Area until Monday, May 10.

This workshop is designed to empower citizens with information and resources needed to write effective comments on the DSEIS and set up their own appeal of the Forest Service’s inevitable decision to approve the same expansion plan that it approved in 2004. Participants will learn specific ways the agency is attempting to short-cut environmental laws and how to fight back.

The ski area expansion would clear-cut old-growth forests, intrude into a wild roadless area, impact endangered animals, and threaten the purity of the City of Ashland’s water supply.

There is widespread concern in local communities, and sustainable alternatives exist.

Even though a federal appeals court ruled that expansion violates environmental laws of the United States, the proponents keep pushing forward.

It is also an opportunity to connect with neighbors and friends in the community to discuss the issues and organize grassroots action to defeat this misguided development atop the Ashland Creek watershed.

DSEIS:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/projects/mtashlandski/dseis.pdf

For more information contact: Tracy Harding at 541-488-7884 or tracydharding@gmail.com

Mount Ashland Ski Expansion Comment Workshop

Empowering citizens to protect the Ashland Watershed

Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Bellview Grange

1050 Tolman Creek Rd

Sunday, April 18 at 1 to 4 pm

Gresham Room

Ashland Public Library

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will accept public comment on
its new draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) for
expansion of the Mount Ashland Ski Area until Monday, May 10.  

This workshop
is designed to
empower citizens with information and resources needed to write
effective comments on the DSEIS and set up their own appeal of the
Forest Service's inevitable decision to approve the same expansion plan
that it approved in 2004.  Participants
will
learn specific ways the agency is attempting to short-cut
environmental laws and how to fight back.

The ski area expansion would clear-cut old-growth forests, intrude
into a wild roadless area, impact endangered animals, and threaten the
purity of the City of Ashland's water supply.

There
is
widespread concern in local communities, and sustainable
alternatives exist.
Even though a federal appeals court ruled that expansion violates
environmental laws of the United States, the proponents keep pushing
forward. 

It is also an opportunity to
connect with neighbors and friends in the community to discuss the
issues and organize grassroots action to defeat this misguided
development atop the Ashland Creek watershed. 

DSEIS:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/projects/mtashlandski/dseis.pdf

For more information contact: Tracy Harding at 541-488-7884 or
tracydharding@gmail.com