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Winchester Bay man receives Army Commendation Medal

By David Jaques

Winston, Or-For Sergeant William “Bill” Johnson his third deployment back in 2009-2010 with 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, would be one that would change his life forever. With just ten days remaining in his last deployment, his second to Iraq,  Sgt. Johnson, an 11C Mortarman, was on an escort convoy riding in the back of an MRAP when and IED exploded alongside the vehicle sending a violent shockwave through the rig.

The vehicle was still operable so they continued to the nearest city to the North about a half hour drive away. Johnson was racked with pain having suffered a traumatic brain injury and a compressed spinal fracture. He said it was pretty much just adrenaline that kept him going to finish their convoy mission.

When he got back to home base the next day he went on sick call and was given pain meds which he said enabled him to finish his tour before shipping home.

The next several years were pure hell fighting to get medical attention and get qualified for disability. Sgt. Johnson said that Fort Lewis doesn’t think much of the Guard, “it was a real fight” trying to get help.

He was shipped out to Madigan Army Hospital where the doctor there told him he just needed to go home and sleep on a soft bed.  Upon his return to Roseburg, the local VA hospital ran tests determining that he had “some real problems”. They went to bat and got him into the Wounded Warrior Program, and his Guard Unit got him back to active duty status so he could get the medical help he needed.

This Memorial Day Weekend, Williams was presented the Army Commendation Medal, awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States other than General Officers who, while serving in any capacity with the Army after 6 December 1941, distinguishes himself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service.

The award was presented at the ceremonial gardens at Wintergreen Nursery in Winston, Oregon  by Lt. Col. Verl Miller of the Oregon National Guard. Johnson was also qualified to receive the Purple Heart, but declined the medal in part because he said “You have to bleed for that one. To me the Purple Heart is for someone who paid a much bigger price than I did.”

Mike Winters said “the recognition was long overdue for this great man.” Johnson had been employed at Wintergreen Landscaping; “he was my go to guy for about ten years” said Winters.  


Oregon RNC member scheming to change convention rules-undermining delegates

by David Jaques   

Oregon’s Republican National Committeeman, Solomon Yue, has come under fire for his attempt to change the rules at the upcoming Republican National Convention, which many believe will open up the convention to the party establishment, and thwart the elected delegates.

Yue was recently re-elected to his position as National Committeeman in spite of growing opposition in the state, and an ethics investigation which ended in a call for his resignation.  In the recent Oregon Republican Party’s state convention, Yue held onto his post by a vote of 61 to 46, against former Oregon Republican Chair and Christian broadcaster, Perry Atkinson.

During Yue’s tenure, Oregon has not elected a republican majority in the Oregon House or Senate since 2004, has never elected a republican to a statewide office, and never elected a new republican to congress.

Former Oregon Republican Chair, Art Robinson, said that Solomon has told him on numerous occasions; “Politics is warfare, and I am expert in Maoist tactics.” Yue then goes on to explain that in Maoist language you must “dry the grass” which he says is accomplished by starting a whisper campaign to undermine and destroy your opponent. The next step is “waiting for the wind” which Yue explains is waiting for a crisis or a scandal to brew, and then you light the fire.

Yue is on the RNC Rules Committee where he has introduced a rule change as to how the 2016 convention will be conducted. Rather than the standard procedure which is operation under U.S. House of Representative Rules, Yue favors changing to Roberts Rules of Order. His claim to delegates is this will increase transparency. But many see it as the exact opposite.

On Fox News with Shepard Smith and John Roberts, broadcast April 19, 2016, Roberts said the danger in Yue’s proposal is that “Under Roberts Rules it is possible for delegates to hold up the convention to the point where some members of the RNC are concerned that they could run out the clock until there could not be a nominee decided, which means they’d have to hold another convention where every delegate would be unbound. That is the true nightmare scenario. It happened in 1860 for the democrats.”

Morton Blackwell, Republican National Committeeman from Virginia said that Roberts Rules was never intended to run something on the scale of a national convention. “They weren’t designed for a group this large, but for a maximum of 100-150 people”.  Blackwell, who has been to every Republican Convention since Barry Goldwater, said “this is not the time to change our rules.”

According to Oregon’s Republican National Committeewoman elect Marylin Shannon, Solomon told Oregon delegates that switching to Roberts Rules would make this convention more transparent; he failed to mention the use of  stalling tactics that are available under Roberts Rules. Shannon says this would only help the establishment’s candidate. She called the proposed rule change more like a “bait and switch” maneuver. 

According to an article in Politico, April 19, 2016, Yue has even taken on RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who he claims pressured him to withdraw his proposed rule change. In that column Priebus is quoted as saying on CNN “I don’t think that it’s a good idea for us next week, I mean, before the convention to make serious rules changes or recommendations of changes right now.”

Shannon agrees. She said “this is the worst possible timing for a thing like this, when what we should be doing is unifying going into the convention.” 


Cruz clobbers Trump in Wisconsin

by Chelsea Schilling

America’s eyes were on Wisconsin Tuesday evening as both political parties held primaries in the state, and the two underdog candidates – Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders – celebrated victories over their parties’ front-runners.

“What an incredible victory tonight,” Cruz said after his win. “And thank you to your tremendous governor, Gov. Scott walker, for his principled, passionate leadership.”

He said Wisconsin is a “turning pint,” “a rallying cry,” and Americans “have a choice, a real choice.”

“Three weeks ago, the media said Wisconsin was a perfect state for Donald Trump,” Cruz said. “So just how significant is tonight? Well just today, our campaign has raised over $2 million. … We’ve had over 1.3 million contributions.

“In the last two weeks, and in the coming days when Colorado and Wyoming finish voting, we are likely to have gained over 100 delegates on Donald Trump. … I’m more and more convinced that our campaign is going to win the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. Either before Cleveland or at the convention in Cleveland, we will win a majority of the delegates. And together, we will beat Hillary Clinton in November.”

Cruz said, “Tonight was a bad night for Hillary Clinton. It was a bad night in the Democratic primary. And it was an even worse night for her in the Republican primary. We’re winning because we’re uniting the Republican Party.”

He continued, “Tonight, Wisconsin has lit a candle guiding the way forward. Tonight, we once again have hope for the future. Tonight is about unity. And tonight is about hope.”

Cruz promised to repeal Obamacare, stop federal regulations from killing small businesses, pass a flat tax, abolish the IRS, secure the U.S-Mexico border and end sanctuary cities. He also said Americans will “see a Supreme Court that protects their religious liberty” and Second Amendment rights.

He tweeted, “So Hillary, get ready – here we come!”

Wisconsin voters flocked to the polls, where workers reported long lines and larger-than-usual turnouts.

Cruz enjoyed a lead of about 15 points with 79 percent reporting.

His victory jeopardizes Trump’s path to 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention in July.

Trump didn’t offer a speech, but his campaign released the following concession statement, which directly accused the Cruz campaign of violating federal law:

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DEQ involved over Spilt Milk? 

Boardman, Ore- A milk transport truck overturned on I-84 on Monday, March 28, spilling 7,000 gallons of milk. At about 5:41AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 167 (just east of Boardman). 

Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered that a semi-truck towing double tanker trailers had rolled over onto its side on the shoulder. They found the driver, James W Crow, age 62, of Kennewick, WA, trapped in the wreckage. Fire personnel worked for two hours to extricate Crow from the wreckage. He was transported to Good Shepard Hospital in Hermiston for life threatening injuries. Crow was subsequently transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he later died.  

Preliminary information indicates Crow was operating a 2016 Freightliner towing two tankers westbound on Interstate 84. For unknown reasons, Crow drifted off onto the right shoulder and rolled the truck and trailers onto their side. Approximately 7,000 gallons of milk were spilled at the site where it entered a small drainage ditch. The milk flowed a short distance before entering the ODFW managed Coyote Springs Wildlife area. ODFW responded and assessed no immediate loss of fish or wildlife had been observed. ODFW contacted DEQ and spill cleanup crews are awaiting their recommendations for any needed site clean-up.


How the West was won: Trump takes Arizona, Cruz claims Utah 

GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz (Photo: Twitter)

Chelsea Schilling

It was another primary night for Republicans and Democrats, and GOP front-runner Donald Trump captured Arizona, Tuesday’s biggest prize with 58 delegates.

Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton won Arizona, and rival Bernie Sanders took Utah.

While Trump was victorious in the Grand Canyon State, the GOP kingpin got hammered in the Utah caucuses, where rival Ted Cruz was the favored Republican candidate.

The next set of primaries and caucuses comes on the same day ISIS claimed responsibility for multiple bombings in Brussels, Belgium, that left at least 34 dead and hundreds injured.

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