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Applegater Summer 2022
Join A Greater Applegate at a
community-wide vision session
BY SETH KAPLAN
Over the last 18 months and 20
listening sessions, hundreds of Applegate
Valley residents and business owners have
shared thousands of comments with A
Greater Applegate (AGA) about why
they love our valley and what they would
like to see change. In recent months,
AGA staff have been compiling all these
brilliant thoughts into 25 categories as an
Applegate Valley Vision Framework:
Inclusive & Engaged
• Rural Representation
• Community Building & Neighborhood
• Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
• Nonprofit Network
• Local History & Cultural Heritage
Steward & Sustain
• Forest & Fire
• Local Food & Agriculture
• Outdoor Recreation
• Climate Resiliency
Prosperous & Vital
• Innovative Economy
• Destination Applegate
• Business Network
• Artist Network
• Healthy Workforce
Resilient & Connected
• Emergency Preparedness
• Public Safety
Vibrant & Livable
• Health & Wellness
• Waste Management
AGA will present the Framework to
the Applegate Valley community in greater
detail from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Tuesday, June
7, at Applegate Valley Fire Station #9 in
Ruch and from 3 to 5 pm Sunday, June
12, at Pacifica in Williams. Both programs
will be identical, and food and childcare
will be provided.
At each of the 20 listening sessions—
in neighborhoods, with business and
nonprofit networks, and for subsets of
our area like Latinx residents, artists, and
the food and farm sector—AGA promised
to share our progress to all those who
participated for maximum transparency.
Initially we did this by posting notes from
each meeting on our website.
In recent months we have invited
community members and content experts
to work together in Working Groups to
provide context and details for parts of the
plan. These subject-driven meetings have
covered artists, cannabis, education, food
and farm, forest and fire, history, health
and human services, outdoor recreation,
and short-term rental properties. We also
have received technical guidance on rural
internet accessibility and our rural village
As a next step, we invite all those
who have participated at any of our
community gatherings, as well as
anyone newly interested in this process,
to join us for a presentation of the
plan in its current state and share your
thoughts about it before a final draft and
publication. In addition, we will have
pop-up Working Groups at both sessions
to provide insights on some of the key
areas of the plan.
For 18 months we have been thrilled
with the community’s engagement in the
Applegate Valley Vision Plan. It only gets
more exciting as we get closer! If you are
interested in the future of the Applegate
Valley, if you want to hear what your
neighbors think, or if you want to be part
of your community working together
to make the Applegate better, please
join us at an Applegate Valley Vision
Convening near you!
Who are you going to call? 911!
BY MIKE MCLAUGHLIN
It may be obvious to you to call 911
when you have an emergency, whether it
be a fire, a medical crisis, or a child stuck
up in a tree. However, we get a lot of calls
to our direct line at the fire station that
should really have been 911 calls.
This is a reminder to everyone: When
there is an emergency and you can’t wait
a few hours or possibly a day for help to
arrive, you must call 911. You may ask,
why is this? Let me explain.
At the fire station, our phones are not
always manned. We could be out on a
fire, in the midst of training, at a meeting,
doing a presentation in the community, or
having lunch. These are the normal things
that go on in every office setting no matter
what your profession.
The 911 system paid for by your tax
dollars connects all county residents
with the appropriate services for their
emergencies. The 911 center has
knowledgeable personnel who can guide
you through steps that may be life-saving
while first responders are coming your way.
The first responders carry radios and alert
systems so the 911 personnel can reach
them when a call for help comes in.
Here are the top 20 reasons to call 911.
This is not an exhaustive list. If you believe
you have a life-threatening emergency,
don’t hesitate to call 911.
Fire: Call even if it is small.
Smoke sighting: Better to
report than not.
Illegal burns: Call 911 when you think
a burn might be illegal. They check out
those that are not permitted.
He a r t a t t a c k : E a r l y w a r n i n g
signs include pale skin, a cold sweat,
exhaustion, tightening of the back and
chest, indigestion, light-headedness, the
inability to catch one’s breath, and pain
that radiates to the arms, shoulders,
AGA will present the Applegate Valley Vision Framework from 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 7, at Applegate Valley Fire Station #9 in Ruch and from
3-5 pm Sunday, June 12, at Pacifica in Williams. Graphic: AGA.
Applegate Valley businesses
Business Oregon, the state’s economic
development agency, awarded grants to
33 organizations that provide technical
assistance to historically underserved
and under-resourced small businesses
across the state of Oregon. A Greater
Applegate was awarded $150,000 over an
18-month period to support rural small
businesses through the Applegate Valley
Funding enables AGA to support
local businesses with marketing support,
website design, financial management,
permitting and land-use consulting, and
other assistance. In addition, working in
partnership with our Business Oregon
Rural Opportunity Initiative grant, this
funding can be used to provide direct
support to local businesses in the food
and farm sector. New entrepreneurs
needing help moving a business idea to
reality can join the Co-Starter cohort to
build a great foundation before receiving
additional assistance. Business start-up
assistance will be provided in English
and Spanish. Finally, a partnership with
the Jackson County Small Business
Development Center offers a broad range
of online business classes to Applegate
AGA is requiring everyone participating
in this technical assistance program to join
the Applegate Valley Business Network
to help us better track outcomes. Annual
membership is $50, but startups are free,
and no one will be denied services for
lack of funds. If you are a small business
owner, have a business startup idea, or are
interested in more information about the
technical assistance program, reach out
Seth Kaplan, Executive Director
A Greater Applegate
Choking: Call regardless of outcome.
Even if the airway has been cleared, rescue
efforts could cause injuries.
Severe bleeding: Call when bleeding
is profuse and can’t be stopped.
Amputation: Call 911 immediately,
attempt a tourniquet, and pack the limb
in ice while waiting for help.
Miscarriage: Call when a pregnant
woman is in early term and is experiencing
extreme cramping and bleeding. She is
likely having a miscarriage.
Diabetic coma: If you are unable
to wake a diabetic person, it is likely an
Seizure: Call in case of any seizure
( s u d d e n , u n c o n t ro l l e d e l e c t r i c a l
disturbance in the brain).
Car accident: Even in minor accidents,
whiplash could occur. Don’t remove
victims from the car unless there is another
threat to their health, such as fire.
Home invasion: If an intruder has
entered the home or is still present,
attempt to get to safety and call 911.
Tree or powerline that has fallen
on or near the home: If there is risk to
household members, call immediately.
Drowning: Call instantly in the event
someone is getting into difficulty in
Severe headache: A sudden, severe
headache is not normal. Vomiting and
changes in vision accompanying such a
headache could be signs of an aneurysm
Stroke symptoms: Call when a person
suddenly cannot speak sensibly, feels
weakness on one side of the body, or
experiences a drooping on one side
of the face.
Severe pain: Call when a sudden,
extreme pain occurs with no known cause.
Coughing or vomiting blood:
Call immediately, as the cause could be
Severe burns: When a burn isn’t minor,
it needs prompt treatment.
Allergic reaction: Severe rash, swelling,
and the inability to breathe require
Applegate Valley Fire District #9
In an emergency, call 911, not the fire department. The
person answering your 911 call will get you the quickest response.