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WE GOT SCREWED

2/7/18 4:03 PM

 On a 12/31/17, posted story titled, “INTERESTING PHONE CALL.” We reported on our telephone interview with Congressman Greg Walden’s Senior Policy Advisor, Nick Strader regarding the controversy surrounding the Emergency Exit Project/Process.

Our story focused on some serious underlying issues associated with the project along with the residents-voters, not being allowed to cast a vote. Mr. Strader clearly stated the Congressman would be in favor of allowing the residents the right to vote and we reported accordingly.

01/13/18, Early Saturday morning received a phone call from Mr. Strader regarding the above story. He stated in part, that he had heard from unnamed officials complaining about the story and further added we had put the Congressman “in a box.”
Mr. Strader did not ask for a correction or retraction, but wanted the story amended to include the Congressman supports the Emergency Exit Project. I asked Mr. Strader whether or not Congressman Walden knowing now, some of the underlying issues/concerns, still could endorse the project and he suggested we meet personally.

01/16/18, Some Ranch residents met with Mr. Strader at Congressman Walden’s Bend Office. The meeting was scheduled for 1:00 PM and Mr. Strader arrived at about 2:00 PM.

Senior Policy Advisor Nick Strader

Some TALKING POINTS:

Clarified purpose of meeting.

Stated we support an Emergency Exit Road-underlying issues the problem.

Project

“approved by our HOA BOD a couple of years ago.”

Acknowledged Bim Gander as the Chairman of the Road Committee, further naming Mitch Mitchener and Mike Folkestad as key Ranch contacts.

Congressman’s official sources: RANCH HOA, JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSION, JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF and CRR FIRE CHIEF.

Fire Danger.

No in-put from any CONSTITUENTS.

History and all serious concerns involving the PROCESS/Stake-Holders.

Questioned how the Congressman can support the Emergency Exit Road without all the facts.

There will be “no delays.”

Special Interest Issues.

“WE GOT SCREWED,” but not the Congressman’s concern-directed us to HOA/BOD and Stake-Holders.

Ranch Director Carol Orr’s 01/16/18, Statement discussed/glanced by Mr. Strader-Not Important to Mr. Strader.

Mr. Strader recommended: “BECOME ACTIVE,” “GO PUBLIC,” and “GET PEOPLE INVOLVED.”

“Middle-Ground” open for discussion with the Congressman.

Mr. Strader suggested some kind of informal “Mediation” between all parties and requested one week to coordinate the Mediation.

01/23/18, One Week Later. Follow-up phone call with Mr. Strader and learned the following: NO MEDIATION OR MEETINGS needed due to all of the “LEGAL ROAD BLOCKS” in place associated with the “RECORD OF DECISION.”

*Note: Mr. Strader only spoke with Mitch Mitchener.

Ranch Matters Staff

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