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.  


9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ashland Golfer Surprises Fans at Northern Trust Open

Episode 2385

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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8:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ashland Author Writes and Illustrates Children's Books

Episode 2377
 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

Episode 2354
 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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2:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Cross-Country Skier Wins Gold Medal at Age 74

Episode 2340
 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

Episode 2327
 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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10:55 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kids Unlimited Offers Access to Quality After-School Programs

Episode 2325
 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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9:47 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Gold Hill Celebrates Gold dust Days in June

Episode 2318

The Gold Dust Days celebration in Gold Hill, Ore., has changed considerably over the years.  It dates back decades to the Salmon Festival, which later became the Community Carnival.

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10:30 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Waitress Takes Engineer's Order from Smoking Train

Episode 2286
For many years, people and products depended on trains to travel from town to town.  Medford folks could journey to Ashland, or Grants Pass, conduct business, and return the same day. The train engineer was important and town folks knew him, especially during the 1910s.
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10:05 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Medford Families Win Powerball Jackpot

Episode 2283
In October 2005, Bob Chaney was retired and living with his wife, Francis, in Jacksonville. The Chaney’s daughter, Carolyn, and their son-in-law, Medford landscaper Steve West, were living in a modest Medford home.
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