Dennis M. Powers

As It Was Contributor

Dennis M. Powers was a business law attorney with different real estate and business ventures before teaching as a full professor and later professor emeritus at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado (b.a.), the University of Denver Law School (j.d.), and Harvard Business School (m.b.a.). He loves researching history.  Powers is the author of 18 books, including five about the sea, a long-time interest.  The Raging Sea (2005) is about the crushing 1964 Crescent City tsunami; Treasure Ship (2006): the discovery of a gold-bearing, 1865 paddle-wheeler that sank off Northern California; Sentinel Of The Seas (2007): the most remote, dangerous, and expensive lighthouse in the country; Taking The Sea (2009): the tales of the old ship salvagers; and Tales Of The Seven Seas (2010): the stories of a charismatic, adventurous sea captain. Powers resides in Ashland, Oregon.  

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History
2:23 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Medford Conservationist Inspires Camp White Wildlife Area

  Camp White spread across 77 square miles in the Agate Desert north of Medford, Ore., during the Second World War.  Torn down after the war, most of the buildings were sold and hauled away, except for those that became the White City Department of Veterans Affairs Domiciliary.

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History
10:46 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Ashland, Ore., Forensics Lab Director Writes Crime Novels

The man who heads the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensic Laboratory in Ashland, Ore, wears two hats. 

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History
7:52 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Boat Builder Chooses Aluminum over Wood

As a fishing guide on the Rogue River, Willie Illingworth knew firsthand that a 20-foot, heavy cedar or plywood boat was tortuous to row and handle and required constant maintenance.  He figured an aluminum driftboat would make more sense.

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History
11:45 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Grants Pass Boatnik Festival Raises Money for Community Programs

 Since 1959, the Grants Pass Active Club has held its annual, five-day Boatnik festival along the Rogue River on Memorial Day weekend. 

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History
10:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Eden Valley Orachards Offers Wine and Jazz

 Early orchardist Joseph H. Stewart paid pioneer photographer-horticulturalist Peter Britt $5,400 in 1885 for a house and acreage in southwest Medford, Ore. It was a tidy sum at the time.

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History
11:17 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Forensic Scientists Leads Authorities to the D'Autremont Brothers

 The botched train robbery at Tunnel 13 in the Siskiyou Mountains on Oct. 11, 1923, left four people dead and mangled car remains.  To authorities, it was maddening that the crime couldn’t be solved.

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History
10:51 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Star Athlete Supports Southern Oregon Nonprofits

  A star football player at Ashland High School, where he graduated in 1991, Chad Cota went on to play 43 consecutive games at the University of Oregon.  He provided defense in the backfield for four years as the U of O’s strong safety, and received the Bill Hayward Award as the state’s top amateur male athlete.

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History
8:49 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Doug and Becky Neuman Restore Southern Oregon Hotels

 Built in 1925, the once elegant, nine-story Ashland Springs Hotel had fallen into disrepair and bankruptcy when Doug and Becky Neuman purchased it in 1998.  They spent millions of dollars in restoration and reopened it with a new restaurant and spa.  

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History
10:24 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Lithia Motors Sells 14 Cars the Year It Opens in 1946

 The first year after Walt DeBoer started Lithia Motors in Ashland, Ore., in 1946, he sold 14 cars. Today’s sales are measured in billions of dollars.

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History
9:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Author Con Sellers Raise Horses, Teaches in Grants Pass


 

Born in 1922 in rural Mississippi, Con Sellers enlisted after high school in the Army, where for 16 years he edited Army newspapers and also served as a combat correspondent during the Korean War.

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History
8:39 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Medford Bowler Becomes One of the 50 Greatest of All Time

Marshall Holman’s first bowling score was a 71. He was only 12 and he considered it “mediocre.”  Attending high school in Medford, he began studying the top local players and adopting their best styles. Seeking stronger competition at age 17, he began driving on weekends in the early 1970s to Portland or Seattle.  Despite his father’s protests that Holman was wasting time, he persevered and started winning.

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History
10:23 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Trail Leads to Mysterious Stone Woman of Crater Lake

 Reports of a sculptured stone woman began filtering into Crater Lake National Park headquarters during the winter and spring of 1917. Workers located the figure on the lake’s rim, about a mile and a half from the lodge.  The nearly full relief of a nude figure was chiseled out of a lava boulder, its legs bent and one arm over its head as if shielding against danger. The news media reported the discovery with headlines such as “Mummy Woman found in woods” and “Ancient figure of woman discovered.”   
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History
9:29 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Dam Removal Creates New Gold Rush

Researchers predicted benefits from removing the 106-year-old Gold Ray Dam in 2010.  Among them were more salmon and steelhead swimming upriver to spawn and more rafters enjoying the scenery along 57 miles of newly opened water. But who anticipated gold fever!

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History
9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ashland Golfer Surprises Fans at Northern Trust Open

An Ashland High School graduate who was the 1996 Oregon High School golf champion, Jason Allred, went on to play on the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour.  Before that, he competed in collegiate golf at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where he graduated in 2002. 

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History
8:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ashland Author Writes and Illustrates Children's Books

 The author P.K. Hallinan stayed awake one night questioning what he wanted to do with his life.  Hallinan, who lives near the Siskiyou Pass in the mountains outside of Ashland, Ore., decided to be a novelist.  He said he wrote two terrible novels that he threw away.
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1:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

First-Time Coach Takes Girls to State Championship

 When he started an after-school program for disadvantaged youths in 1998, Tom Cole of Kids Unlimited never envisioned that one day he would become a successful high school basketball coach. However, he did create boys and girls basketball programs at Kids Unlimited.
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1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Californian Creates Wildlife Refuge for Injured Animals

Growing up in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley in the 1940s, David Siddon had easy access to the wilderness before the region’s housing sprawl began.  He enjoyed his career as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker, traveling the world filming wild and domestic animals for TV productions.

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History
2:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Cross-Country Skier Wins Gold Medal at Age 74

 In the 1950s, Medford rancher and real estate developer John Stewart Day speed-climbed four Oregon peaks in a day and climbed six towering Washington mountains in nine days. An all-around outdoorsman, Day was a record-setting, big-game hunter and holder of several national age-group bicycle racing records.

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11:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Charles Ray's Light House Glows through the Night

 The co-founder of the power company that electrified much of Southern Oregon, Dr. Charles Ray, constructed a home at the corner of West Main and Quince streets in Medford, Ore., in 1918. 
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History
10:55 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kids Unlimited Offers Access to Quality After-School Programs

 After working with disadvantaged youth as part of his studies at Missouri State University, Tom Cole worked for Boys & Girls Clubs in Missouri before moving to Medford, Ore. He opened the city’s first Boys & Girls Club in a Quonset hut.
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