Dmitri Shockey

As It Was Contributor

Dmitri Shockey is a high school junior attending Logos Public Charter School. He has spent the past 14 years living in the Applegate valley and regularly listening to JPR, particularly enjoying As It Was stories.  Dmitri also attends Rogue Community College part time and after high school hopes to start a career as a foreign correspondent. With both of his parents already contributing to As It Was on a regular basis he started writing in the summer of 2013. Volunteering with As It Was has also given Dmitri a unique opportunity to glimpse what a career in journalism will be like. 

11:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Portlanders Find Perfect Spot for Outdoor Music Festival

Episode 2486

In the early 1960s two men decided that Oregon was in need of an outdoor music festival. 

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3:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Jackson County Pays Predator Bounties

Episode 2480

 Jackson County, Ore., began paying bounties to predator hunters in April 1910, responding to complaints from farmers that the “varmints” were eating their livestock.

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10:57 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Road to Oregon Caves Expands Southern Oregon Tourism

Episode 2474
 In 1916, Josephine County received federal money to build an automobile highway between Grants Pass and the Josephine County Caves, known today as the Oregon Caves.

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11:32 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Camas Plant Plays Tribal Food and Cultural Role

Episode 2463
 The native Pacific Northwest camas plant has long been associated with Indian tribes from Northern California to British Columbia, with its most diverse and abundant concentration in Southern Oregon.

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10:50 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miluck Indians Live Off Bounty of South Slough Estuary

Episode 2434
 About 1,500 years before the South Slough near Charleston, Ore., became the country’s first national estuarine sanctuary in 1974, Miluk Indians began living in seasonal villages alongside the slough. 

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11:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Runaway Boys Cause a Stir in the Rogue Valley in 1937

Episode 2440

Two Rogue Valley brothers ran away from their Phoenix area home in 1937, attracting nationwide attention after local newspapers dubbed them the “Tarzan Boys.”  

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9:40 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Savage Becomes Southern Oregon Educator and Botanist

Episode 2406


Graduating at the top of his class of 23 in 1896 at the Southern Oregon State Normal School in Ashland, Abraham Lincoln Savage would become over the next 54 years one of the most prominent citizens of Josephine County.


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9:44 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Railroad Baron Throws Axe at Medford Mayor

Episode 2391
 By 1908 W.S. Barnum, president of the Rogue River Valley Railroad, had made a fortune providing public transportation in the valley.  
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8:50 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Popular Priest Shares Whiskey with Waldo, Ore., Miners

Episode 2383

 French-Canadian Priest X.F. Blanchard, may have been about the only man of God that the hard-drinking miners of Waldo were happy to see. 

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9:31 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Medford Turns All Out for Baseball between the "Fats" and the "Leans"

Episode 2363
  In June of 1911, the city of Medford held a comically named and well advertised baseball game. For weeks the Medford Sun and Medford Mail Tribune promoted the game between the “Fats” and the “Leans.”  One newspaper declared, “If you're fat you'll get lean and if you're lean you'll get your money's worth.”

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2:12 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Kenneth Ford Founds Roseburg Lumber Company in 1936

Episode 2346
 Founded in 1936 by Kenneth Ford, with old equipment and 25 men, the Roseburg Lumber Company was poised for rapid expansion when the demand for lumber exploded during the post-World War II housing boom. Since then it has grown into the largest family-held forest products company in the country. 

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2:45 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Rogue Theater Brightens Grants Pass, Ore., During Great Depression

Episode 2334
 At a time when Grants Pass and the country as a whole was gripped by the Great Depression, the Grants Pass Entertainment Co. cheered up Grants Pass by commissioning the Rogue Theatre.
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10:21 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Roseburg Politician Avoids Conviction in Oregon Land Frauds Scandal

Episode 2294
 Roseburg, Ore., attorney Binger Hermann emigrated in 1850 from Baltimore to Oregon, where he became a state senator, tax collector, judge advocate in the Oregon militia, and by 1884, Oregon’s sole representative in the U.S. Congress.
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10:49 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Schooner Runs Aground Seeking Rogue River

Episode 2289
Lester Hulin came West during the spring of 1847 dreaming of the riches to be found in Southern Oregon and California. The first record of his being in Oregon was a job in Corvallis, and he participated in the Cayuse Indian War that resulted from the massacre at the Whitman mission near present-day Walla Walla, Wash.
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2:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Captain Jumps When Steamboat Hits Rocks

As It Was Episode 2238
The S.S. South Portland  had a varied career as a west Indian trader and smuggling ship before running into the rocks and sinking off the coast of Cape Blanco, Ore. 

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1:55 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Aging Steam-Schooner Disappears Off Cape Blanco

As It Was Episode 2236
  In September 1930, a ship bound from Crescent City, Calif., to Coos Bay, Ore., vanished before reaching its destination. 

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