10/16/20, 2:24 PM
“YOU JUST KEEP IT UP, YOU WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS”
Ranch Matters has reported in earlier stories that various Ranch Officials have telegraphed their intentions to shut us up/down. They have used government entities, including the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) as part of their on-going pattern to silence Ranch Matters.
At the January 20, 2020, CRR/BOD Meeting, Ranch VP, Bill Burt publicly accused Ranch Matters-Stevens and Stangland of “HATE SPEECH” and indicated a report had been filed with law enforcement. Immediately after the meeting, Burt aggressively approached Ranch Matters-Brenda Stevens and stated, “YOU JUST KEEP IT, YOU WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.”
At the next CRR/BOD Meeting on February 3, 2020, the Ranch Directors adjourned to Executive Session. Interestingly, former Ranch President, Dave Palmer was “invited” to attend..
Palmer is no longer a Director or Officer of the Association, but was nevertheless allowed to attend? According to the Meeting Minutes: “President Carl Harbour noted the purpose of the Executive Session was to discuss the 2016 Election Lawsuit.” “No action was taken.”
18 DAYS LATER
18 days later, on February 20, 2020, Dave Palmer submitted a COMPLAINT against John Stevens’ private investigators license with DPSST.
DPSST Investigator, Karen R. Evans stated: “AS YOU MAY KNOW, THIS INVESTIGATION IS RELATED TO YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH CROOKED RIVER RANCH ASSOCIATION.”
Ms. Evans later confirmed there was a second COMPLAINT dated March 12, 2020 and on April 20, 2020, DPSST received an addendum to the second COMPLAINT.
On April 20, 2020, while covering a reported act of vandalism at the Ranch Golf Course, we were aggressively confronted and harassed by Richard Jensen, the Golf Course Superintendent.
Jensen called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to have Stevens and Stangland arrested for criminal trespass.
The trespass matter along with the DPSST COMPLAINTS and the conduct of CRR Leadership, triggered the involvement of the national Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP).
The ATTACHED LETTER dated October 13, 2020, was sent to Ranch President Carl Harbour.