Walden Fails to Support an Oregonian Veteran, Hero, and All Around Beautiful Person – He Supports Timber Instead

A friend from Medford sent me this letter because he knows how much I believe Walden puts his campaign donors ahead of all the people of Oregon, and this was just another example of that behavior. The letter was sent to the Medford Mail Tribune, who printed it as a “guest opinion”. Walden have you no shame.

As Americans we honor our veterans. It’s what we do. Our veterans and their families make huge sacrifices for the rest of us. And when they come home, many veterans turn to nature to help them transition to civilian life and to soothe the wounds, both physical and psychic, that often come back with them. From my decades of experience as a fishing guide, I know that wild steelhead rivers and the opportunity to fish them are vitally important for many veterans. In fact, a few vets have dedicated virtually their entire civilian lives to conserving our wild steelhead streams here in the Pacific Northwest. Of these, the most renowned is Frank Moore of Idleyld Park. Born and raised in Oregon, Frank Moore is one of the “greatest generation,” and served honorably in the European theater in World War II. When he returned home after the war, he settled in with his wife, Jeanne, to a cabin on his beloved North Umpqua River, where he proceeded to turn his passion for steelhead fishing into a profession and eventually founded the legendary Steamboat Inn. This locale has been a mainstay of the steelhead fishing experience on the North Umpqua since the early 1950s. Few Oregonians have had a more profound, positive influence on so many of their fellows in the Beaver State than Frank and Jeanne, now married 75 years. This remarkable couple have been a role model to hundreds if not thousands of people over their decades of effort to protect Oregon outdoor treasures like the North Umpqua River. Rarely is there a time when they don’t have guests visiting — often from other states or Europe. Sharing conversation, meals, time on the water with a rod in hand. Looking for wildflowers in the woods. Casting lessons in Frank’s pond. Numerous Veteran’s Day parades. Frank and Jeanne are the centerpiece of all these activities, and more. Their influence on their friends, community, and state have been well documented. Frank and Jeanne have been featured in numerous movies, television specials, magazine articles, news stories and films produced by conservation organizations. They have received awards from civic organizations as well as from every level of government. Even foreign countries have paid tribute. France and Italy both sent representatives to Oregon to honor Frank for his contributions as an American G.I. in World War II. In recent years, conservation and sportsmen’s groups, local businesses, tribes and elected officials have come together to create a fitting way to honor Frank and Jeanne Moore and, at the same time, protect the iconic fish that brought Frank and Jeanne back to the North Umpqua river: establish a special designation for some 100,000 acres of national forest lands along Steamboat Creek as the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary. This designation would ensure that these public lands are managed primarily to conserve habitat for the North Umpqua’s summer run of wild steelhead. This designation requires action by Congress.

Currently, thanks to Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter Defazio, there are bills in both the Senate and the House to establish the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary. The House version needs a co-sponsor. Sportsmen have urged Rep. Greg Walden to join DeFazio in honoring the Moores by creating the North Umpqua wild steelhead sanctuary. Two hundred veterans recently signed and submitted a letter to Walden asking him to do just that. It’s not clear why he has, thus far, not stepped up to co-sponsor this legislation. It’s hard to imagine a more non-controversial, bipartisan cause than permanently honoring Frank and Jeanne Moore and their efforts to conserve wild steelhead in the North Umpqua. Not often do we get the chance to honor one of our “greatest generation” veterans like Frank Moore and his beloved bride, Jeanne, like we can now. Frank Moore celebrated his 95th birthday on Jan. 30. Please join me in urging Congress to act now, to honor two of our greatest Oregonians and to better protect the North Umpqua’s legendary summer run of wild native steelhead. — Dean Finnerty is wild steelhead initiative manager for Trout Unlimited

National Parks – To Be Saved NOT Exploited


National Parks At Risk

Why is it when some people see a picture like this they think, oh how beautiful, we should keep this just like it is forever. And then there are some who think, wow I bet there is oil under that lake and uranium ore in those rocks. Damn namby pamby environmentalist. We need to get rid of them and their stupid regulations.

Well they got one step closer to that wish today with the resignation of 10 of the 12 chartered board members of the National Park Service Advisory Board. And why did these 12 people resign. Their explanation was their position and authority had been marginalized under the Trump administration. You know, the one Greg Walden supports every step of the way, then comes home to Oregon to tell the voters in the 2nd district how he is fighting to protect and maintain public lands. In their resignation letter, board Chairman Tony Knowles, former Alaskan governor, wrote he and the other members have stood waiting for the chance to meet and continue the partnership, as prescribed by law. Our request to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team (Ryan Zinke) are not part of his agenda. There are over 200 boards in the U.S. that must, by law, have their charters reviewed, many are frozen because the Interior Department has yet to approve their updated charters as is legally required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Rocky Mountain Committee has been unable to meet for over a year. So on one hand Zinke tells people local input is important for BLM to consider. Then on the other hand he does not approve their charters so they can legally meet. In two other instances, Zinke disbanded committees. The Hunting Heritage Conservation Council was replaced by the Hunting and Shooting Sports Council, who emphasizes using our parks for sport shooting and promoting hunting. Yes, that’s right. Create a safe environment for the animals in a park setting, then shoot them. Another council, the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science, was simply disbanded. No great surprise there. Wait. I went to Walden’s town hall in Bend where he specifically said he was concerned about climate change. In a pigs eye he is.

The National Park System Advisory Board was established in 1935 and has held elected officials from both parties. It used to be both Republicans and Democrats shared concern for the posterity of our natural land. What is really fascinating is the initiative for our park service began with Republican Teddy Roosevelt, 26th president from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. As a leader of the Progressive movement, he championed his “Square Deal” domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs. Making conservation a top priority, he established many new national parks, forests, and monuments intended to preserve the nation’s natural resources. Yes folks. Once upon a time Republicans were progressive. What the hell happened???

The utter disrespect and contempt for those people selected to protect and maintain our national parks gets even nastier. One of Zinke’s top deputies is taking advantage of the board resigning by taking over their office space in DC. A guy by the name of Domenech, assistant secretary for insular areas (whatever the hell that is) is moving into the National Park Service offices, which they have occupied for over 50 years. A spokesperson for Zinke said they will be relocated elsewhere in the building. I’m betting in the basement next to the boiler room.

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, made up of current and former retired Park Service Staff, sharply criticized Zinke’s treatment of the long-standing board stating: “This discourteous and disrespectful treatment of the board is inexcusable and unfortunately, consistent with a decidedly anti-park pattern demonstrated by Zinke’s department. Zinke claims he is pro-park and has a pro-park agenda. We are now convinced we are waiting for that agenda in vain.”

A Journey Begins With A Step. Make Walden’s Next Step a Defeat in November

Tim White

A Fighter for the 2nd District of Oregon

Clean Energy Jobs For Oregon

Oregon is pushing to become the 11th state to pass cap and trade legislation to combat climate change. It is called the Clean Energy Jobs Bill and is one we should all get behind. Expected to generate $700 million annually which will be used to create renewable energy and thousands of corresponding jobs in our state. It will also help end our 35% remaining dependence on fossil fuel generated electricity and keep the clean Oregon environment we all know and love. I was privileged to speak at this event here in Bend on November 4 and firmly believe in this initiative. A large part of my platform is campaigning for solar farms across our district to plan for the next generations well being in our state. Lets all get behind the Clean Energy Jobs Bill.

Tim White
One Tough Democrat for the 2nd District