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Stop giving away our public wealth!

Stop giving away our public wealth!

Our county commissioners, behind our backs, give our minerals and lands to foreign companies and sovereign nations for a pittance. Think Oregon Resource Corporation, where the commissioners are not only contracting away our wealth for a pittance but have also eliminated most of their taxes, and with our tax dollars are helping to rebuild a road for them.

BOC makes it hard for public to attend committee meetings

BOC makes it hard for public to attend committee meetings

If the commissioners truly want more citizen involvement why don’t they schedule meetings at times and in locations that give more citizens the opportunity to attend, something that Mr. Parry said at the time of his appointment to the board was a priority for him, she also asked that the new committees meetings be scheduled at times and in locations that would allow more citizen attendance

The Elkhorn Ranch Timber Sale… Did We Get A Fair Price?

The Elkhorn Ranch Timber Sale… Did We Get A Fair Price?

A major weakness with State Forest timber sales is that they are routinely purchased by the same large corporations. Comparatively low award prices reflect a lack of competition which fosters collusion and price fixing. Scott Timber (Roseburg Forest Products) and Swanson, two of the largest public timber sale purchasers, were the only “qualified bidders” listed for Elkhorn. Scott bought the sale for $273.52 per MBF for the Doug-fir, the bid species, and Swanson was second at $272.88. How conveniently close!

Stop log exports and create more Oregon jobs

Stop log exports and create more Oregon jobs

In spite of this enormous volume of potentially available timber and soft domestic lumber market, industry is collaborating with well-paid scientists and token environmental groups to lobby for increased federal logging under the guise of “restoring forests and jobs.” The reality is that global timber corporations are exploiting the forest and people of the Northwest like a Third World resource center.

World’s most expensive logs and wood chips and corruption to boot?

World’s most expensive logs and wood chips and corruption to boot?

Am I convinced that fraud and corruption are rampant in Coos County, absolutely. Is the governor and his staff involved, absolutely. Will the rest of the state pay for their plans, absolutely.