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American Lands Council, Constitution, Federal gov & land grabs, Forestry & USFS, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Sheriff Jon Lopey, Sheriffs

News with Views.com


By Sarah Foster
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
November 23, 2011
© 2011 NewsWithViews.com

Josephine County, Ore. — Two months ago Gil Gilbertson, the sheriff of this rural county in southern Oregon, drafted a 10-page report exploring the origins and extent of federal power within a state and emailed his findings to various parties, asking for comment.

Since the report was in rough-draft form he was somewhat surprised that it went viral, but it shows there are a lot of people hungry for information about how much power (particularly law-enforcement power) the federal government actually wields within a state, where that power comes from, and the limits to that power.

Gilbertson continued his research and recently completed a 13-page revised and updated version, retitled: Unraveling Federal Jurisdiction within a State. It is highly footnoted with references to statutes and court decisions.

This a “must read” for anyone concerned about infringements against the 10th Amendment and federal encroachments in general – like road closures, Wild Lands and Monument designations, mining and other resource uses. In other words, this is for anyone and everybody with an interest – no matter how casual — in accessing the public lands, either as a “resource user” (a rancher or miner) or simply a casual vacationer who enjoys weekend camping.

“If you’d told me two years ago that I would be writing such a document, I would have probably walked away from you shaking my head,” the sheriff notes in the introduction.

“This paper is a result of a clash with the federal [U.S. Forest Service] law enforcement in this county, from citizens complaining of what can only be described as harassment and violations of their rights,” he explains. “The first time I approached the USFS the door closed regarding any discussion. The USFS advised me to file a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. “

Eventually Gilbertson was able to discuss the issue with the Forest Service. “Most of my questions were answered except for one: Where does the USFS’s authority come from? (bold-face in original). The answer(s) were surprising.”

Finding the answer is one of five tasks he set himself, which he lists as follows:

1. Identify true jurisdictional authority of the Federal Government
2. Examine and expose how the reserved powers of the States are usurped by federal agencies writing and enforcing their self-imposed codes and regulations
3. Examine how the health, safety, and welfare of the Citizens within the State are undermined
4. Provide a positive and equitable solution
5. Coordinate with like-minded Sheriffs to take a formal stance on these issues.

Mission Creep

To sum up his conclusions regarding federal authority in a very small nutshell: the original idea was for the federal government to hold public lands within a state in trust, with the intention being for eventual disposal. Gilbertson writes:

“The public lands (out West) were considered by many as the ‘problem lands.’ However, the approved procedure, since the passage of the Resolutions of October 1780, was that the central government held the lands in trust. Upon a state being admitted to the Union, the federal government had the trust authority and obligation to dispose of the lands for expansion, exploration, occupancy, and production by setters.

“Slowly, over the years many of these ‘public lands’ held in trust seemingly became more desirable to retain, rather than for disposal. Newly formed federal regulatory agencies worked their way into existence, each taking an increasingly expanding role (enter ‘mission creep’). By 1976 complete and total disregard for the trust obligation to dispose of public land was made clear in the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), which states: ‘…that it is the policy of the United States that the public lands be retained in Federal ownership.’”

Sheriff Gilbertson talked with NWV about his report, expanding on his views about the division of power between federal and state governments.

[Book predicts the safest place in America to ride out the coming apocalypse is Josephine County, Oregon]

He strongly questions the legality and constitutionality of executive orders and various regulations, as well as laws like FLPMA, observing that Congress has the sole authority to make law, not the president, not the agencies. Not surprisingly he takes sharp issue with President Obama who has declared he’ll “circumvent the Constitution” through the use of executive orders.

“The Constitution is clear on who has police and legislative powers. Those executive orders are not law,” said Gilbertson.

And while FLPMA is a congressionally passed statute, it delegates undue powers to the agencies. “Congress cannot give an agency the ability to write rules and regulations and enforce them as if they were law,” he said. “Congress has to do that. These agencies write their own rules and regulations as they go along and enforce these as law.”

“The big issue, as I see it,” he continued, “is that all these things combine. You have DEQ, EPA, all these federal entities. And as all these federal agencies evolved over the years, there’s been mission creep. They decided, well, we need to fix this; this gives us more powers, and so forth, so we’ll just write down more rules and regulations. They were allowed to get away with it for whatever reason, and now they enforce those as laws. But it’s clearly stated that that can’t be done — I spelled that out in my document,” he said.

Moreover, “Forest reserves were not federal enclaves subject to the doctrine of exclusive legislative jurisdiction of the United States. Local peace officers were to exercise civil and criminal process over these lands. Forest Service rangers were not law enforcement officers unless designated as such by state authority.”

The federal government sees it otherwise, so in addition to expanding claims for general regulatory power agencies like the Forest Service are attempting to extend the reach of law enforcement authority – a matter that adds to Gilbertson’s concerns.

“The U.S. Forest Service and BLM are really stepping outside their authority in that the Constitution does not give them that,” he observed. “The Tenth Amendment clearly reserves police rights to the states.”

Law Enforcement Power Grab

Sheriffs in other counties have taken note of this development. In his report Gilbertson refers to a one-page position paper by the Western States Sheriffs’ Association that concurs with his observations, and in fact grew from his earlier one. He writes, quoting from the WSSA statement:

“The USFS recently sent out a communication dated July 15, 2011, titled Federal Register publication of Final Proposed Rules [Title 36] 262, 261, and 212 purportedly to clarify and expand their authority.

On Sept. 21, the Western States Sheriffs Association responded with a position paper to this USFS publication by writing: “The membership of the Western States Sheriffs Association has reviewed the proposed rule changes and believes they exhibit the following: (1) an absolute disregard for the sovereignty of the individual States, (2) a disregard for the authority of the Office of Sheriff, and (3) A continued inability of the Forest Service to understand the mission and function of its Law Enforcement component.”

Additionally, “This effort is viewed as an unnecessary and unauthorized expansion of federal police powers. The ultimate legal and constitutional authority for the protection of the public and the land within an individual county is vested in the Office of Sheriff. The Roles and responsibilities for the Office of Sheriff are well enumerated within the laws of each State, and the Sheriff possesses the authority to extend enforcement powers as appropriate.

“It is the position of this committee that the membership of the Western States Sheriffs’ Association utilizes all appropriate methods and resources to oppose this effort.”

Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations deals with the U.S. Forest Service. Section 212 is about Travel Management within the national forests.

NWV contacted Dave Brown, Sheriff of Skamania County, Wash., for additional information. Sheriff Brown is the chair of the Public Lands Committee of the WSSA that drafted the Position Paper. He said he hoped to have it adopted by the association at its annual meeting.

“It has not been adopted, but my hope is that it will be at our spring conference next March when it’s presented to the entire membership,” Brown said.

Brown said his committee relied for background on the first report Gilbertson sent out in mid-September. His further observations to NWV were particularly chilling.

“Essentially they are nationalizing their ability to do law enforcement. Right now the ability for them to enforce is based on … rules that are made at the district ranger’s office or the forest supervisor’s office,” he said. “They want to take that authority away from local rangers and forest supervisors and basically put it into their back pocket to do consistent enforcement nationally.”

A National Police Force in the Making

And this is about more than simply the road closures which are going on in all the national forests. As Brown sees it, these new provisions spell the way to a national police force. The new rules will give the federal law enforcement the authority to enforce state laws on county roads across national forest land and on roads outside the national forests.

Asked if they’d be enforcing all laws and ordinances on land outside the national forests, Brown said, “no – They would essentially be enforcing those state traffic laws that we would currently enforce and some drug enforcement laws, abandoned property issues, things like that.” “Most people don’t follow this or pay attention to it, but if we don’t [the federal government] will have everything they want to basically create a national police force,” he said.

Which is why the proposal has created a “firestorm” among western sheriffs. “We recognize it as them kicking us in the face and saying, ‘We don’t really care about you being the sheriff: we are going to give ourselves this authority,’” Brown said.

Corralling Runaway Government

The question for concerned Americans is how to stop the train, something easier said than done, though not necessarily impossible. “The real solution is to encourage Congress to comply with, and enforce the Constitution with the intent and guidance as written,” Gilbertson writes. “The PEOPLE vested the authority in Congress to accomplish this task. Put law enforcement aback where it belongs, within the several states. “It is my hope this letter [report] will serve as an awakening to the public and for elected officials to exercise the proper conduct to stop this runaway government. It is also my hope that Sheriffs throughout the United States will join to bring our Republic form of government back to the people.”

NOTE: Josephine County is on the California-Oregon state line across from Siskiyou County, a county that ranchers, farmers, miners and their allies are calling “ground zero” in the intensifying battle over land use and access to public lands. Siskiyou County is where the federal government, in lockstep with local environmentalists, seeks to remove three clean hydro-power dams on the Klamath River – an action that will wipe out what’s left of the once vibrant ranching and farming communities. A fourth dam, in Klamath County, Ore., is also slated for demolition.

On Oct. 22, eight brave sheriffs – seven from northern California and one from central Oregon — put their careers in law enforcement on the line by addressing an audience of nearly 1,000 people at a rally in Yreka, the county seat of Siskiyou County. The event was sponsored by Support Rural America and other groups; the panel was introduced and chaired by Jon Lopey, Sheriff of Siskiyou County.

“By their testimony these fine sheriffs’ verbally documented the assault on sovereignty and the abridgement of individual rights … that they have personally witnessed,” says retired Sheriff Jim R. Schwiesow in a recent NewsWithViews column.

Sheriff Gilbertson was not among the eight panelists. He and his wife had made vacation plans and reservations over a year ago and it was not possible to change these. But although not able to attend in person, his report on federal jurisdiction speaks eloquently for him.

The event was videotaped and posted at ConstitutionalSheriffs.com.

Contact Sheriff Gil Gilbertson

Earlier Story

1 – Sarah Foster: Oregon Sheriff Stands Up Against the U.S. Forest Service: July 2, 2011

Archive of articles by Sheriff Gilbertson

1 – Unraveling Federal Jurisdiction within a State, Nov. 8, 2011
2 – Federal Jurisdiction Within a State: Posted by US-Observer, Oct. 8, 2011 (10 pages)
3 – Sheriff Wants Holders of Concealed Weapon Permits to Remain Private: 11-28-08
4 – Sheriff Seeking Stable Funding for His Office: 7-22-08
5 – Introducing Sheriff Gil Gilbertson 10-30-07

For More Information

1 – Public Lands Committee, WSSA: Position Paper: Re. Proposed Rules Changes by the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement: Sept. 21, 2011

© 2011 NWV – All Rights Reserved


In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

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Armed posse patrols timber land in sheriff’s place

2nd Amendment rights, CA & OR, Gun rights & hunting, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson

PNP comment: Josephine County in neighboring Oregon has made the big time. This article was on Yahoo news page 10-17-12. — Editor Liz Bowen

By JEFF BARNARD | Associated Press – 14 hrs ago

In this Oct. 12, 2012, photo, Sam Nichols, left, and Glenn Woodbury pose in front of Woodbury's pickup in O'Brien, Ore. The two men are part of a newly-formed neighborhood watch that does armed patrols around the rural area to deter crime since budget cutbacks have left the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with just three patrol deputies and limited jail space. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

O’BRIEN, Ore. (AP) — There’s no room in the county jail for burglars and thieves. And the sheriff’s department in a vast, rural corner of southwest Oregon has been reduced by budget cuts to three deputies on patrol eight hours a day, five days a week.

But people in this traditionally self-reliant section of timber country aren’t about to raise taxes to put more officers on the road. Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are taking matters into their own hands — mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. Others have put together a virtual neighborhood watch, using Facebook to share tips and information.

“I believe in standing up for myself rather than waiting for the government to do something for me,” said Sam Nichols, a retired marina manager.

Nichols has organized a posse of about a dozen fed-up residents who have started patrolling the small community of O’Brien, which has about 750 residents.

“We call ourselves the CAC Patrol, Citizens Against Crime,” he said.

Separately, a retired sheriff’s deputy in a community about 10 miles away has started a Facebook page called “To Catch a Thief,” an open group that has nearly 1,200 members who post reports of crimes that aren’t priorities for the county sheriff’s office.

“In a rural community like this, we all know each other, and we’re all related,” said Carol Dickson, who started the group about three months ago and posts regularly.

“People know who’s doing this,” she said of the property crimes around Cave Junction, a town of nearly 2,000 people about 30 miles from the county seat of Grants Pass.

“They are getting tired of it,” Dickson said. “They are speaking up, and they are saying, ‘Enough.'”

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says he’s glad for the help but warns that law enforcement is dangerous work.

“They need to really understand there are consequences that can be very costly, physically as well as legally,” he said, explaining that volunteers could get sued or shot if they pull a gun on someone or make a false arrest.

“Most of them haven’t had what I feel is an adequate level of training to do that they do,” he said. “But if they serve as eyes and ears and only report what they see to law enforcement, I think they can keep themselves at a safe level.”

Policing expert Dennis Kenney, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, says neighborhood watch efforts can be positive but turn into problems when volunteers “decide that instead of supplementing law enforcement, they are going to replace law enforcement. Then you cross potentially into vigilantism.”

Kenney said vigilantes tend to get “out of control — especially when people are armed.”

He added that “people drawn to this sort of thing are the kinds of personalities more likely to take it too far.”

Nichols says what his group is doing is “not vigilantism at all.

“If it was, we would have taken care of a couple of problems a long time ago,” he added. “Because we knew who they were, and where they lived.”

Another CAC Patrol member, Glenn Woodbury, an electrical supplies distributor, wears a .45-caliber automatic pistol in a shoulder holster when he goes out. He says he carries the weapon only for protection and that members of the patrol consider it their primary responsibility to gather information, such as a license plate number, that would allow deputies to make an arrest.

Since the patrols started a few months ago, group members have reported a wildfire being set and someone trying to break into an SUV. The police log in the Grants Pass Daily Courier shows five thefts or burglaries in O’Brien from January through July, but none since August.

“These people know they no longer own the night,” Woodbury said of potential criminals.

“They can’t back a pickup up to somebody’s home when you’ve got patrols watching,” he added.

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What Would Jefferson Do has posted 9-22-12 SRA Sheriffs’ Event video !!!

Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Sheriff Jon Lopey, Sheriffs, State of Jefferson, Support Rural America

Here’s the video link from yesterday’s Constitutional Sheriffs event in Grant Pass: http://vimeo.com/50012579

Attached is a petition that folks can sign in support of Sheriff Lopey then mailed to him at his office:  http://www.co.sisqjustice.ca.us/contact.htm

Also, the “Solemn Compacts ~ Statehood and Sovereignty” event will take place in Reno October 7th thru 9th…If interested in attending, contact Rae soon:

Special kudos for setting up this excellent event, which propelled informed patriots toward further activism, together, for both constitutions – esp. relating to our constitutional county sheriffs who need our continuous support for standing against administrative tyranny each and every day!

For freedom,


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Josephine Co. Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event on 9-22-12 in Grants Pass, OR

Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Sheriff Jon Lopey, Sheriffs, Support Rural America

County Sheriffs speak out on critical issues

 By Liz Bowen

GRANTS PASS, OREGON – Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson is hosting the 7th Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event on Sept. 22nd at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

 Using a speakers’ panel, county sheriffs have shared concerns and critical issues with citizens in Northern California during the past year. Now, Oregon Sheriff Gil Gilbertson is bringing the old-fashioned Town Hall type of meeting to his county.

The event will be held at the Pavilion at the fairgrounds in Grants Pass. Time is 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted to help pay for the cost of the building.

As sheriffs of rural counties, these law enforcement officers find a common theme is affecting economies and livelihoods of their constituents with devastating results: An increase in health, safety and welfare problems.

All 12 of the sheriffs involved in Support Rural America Events believe the Constitution is the law of the land. They are pro-government, but are finding abuses by specific agencies or bureaucrats are causing economic and safety problems.

For Sheriff Gilbertson road closures in the Public lands without coordination, with him, is a major issue. For several years, local gold miners have complained of harassment by federal agents filing complaints, with the Regional Office of the U.S. Forest Service, to no avail.

“Road access is critical to our publics’ health and safety,” said Sheriff Gilbertson. “I assert my lawful authority to use any road I deem essential.”

A case in point was when the sheriff tried to use keys from both the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to open a gate in the heat of a search and rescue operation. The keys did not open the gate. When contacted, the Forest Service refused to open the gate.

“It’s a cold, callous disregard for the health and safety of this community,” explains a still frustrated sheriff.

“I am simply asking the federal agencies to follow their own rules and regulations,” said Sheriff Gilbertson.

Other sheriffs have spoken during the last six Support Rural America Events with the same type of frustrations. Northern California sheriffs shared instances where the Forest Service is also drastically reducing the availability of use in the Public’s land, especially in the reduction of roads through the new Travel Management Plans.

Yet, all of these sheriffs cite that illegal marijuana-growing cartels are actively using the Public lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Sheriff Gilbertson said the sheriffs are responsible for law enforcement operations, including crime response, fire suppression, emergency medical response and even assistance to federal agents.

“I am willing to work with both the USFS and the BLM in the preservation of our natural resources, but will not abrogate the Sheriffs’ authority or responsibilities.”

Five additional sheriffs will participate on Sept. 22nd including Oregon’s Grant County Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer. From California, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, Trinity County Bruce Haney, Del Norte County Dean Wilson and Modoc County Mike Poindexter will address their issues.

Solutions are a major topic and several have been brought forth. One is “coordination and consistency.” This is a mandate for government agencies to contact and meet government-to-government with county commissioners, local districts and the elected sheriff. Unfortunately, federal agencies have ignored the coordination process and are dragging their feet. But Support Rural America sheriffs are demanding compliance.

An exciting additional solution will be discussed at the Sept. 22nd meeting in Grants Pass. Citizens are invited to attend. Questions will be taken at the end of the speakers’ panel. For more information, go to the website: Support Rural America.com or contact organizers Liz Bowen at 530-467-3515 or Erin Ryan at 530-515-7135.

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Oregon’s Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson to host Event

Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Sheriffs

Support Rural America

Sheriffs’ Event

Hosted by

Josephine County Sheriff

Gil Gilbertson

Sept. 22, 2012

Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Josephine Co. Fairgrounds

1451 Fairgrounds Road

Grants Pass, Oregon

Panel of Sheriffs will speak on the Constitution and critical issues affecting their counties from Washington to Northern California.

Admission is FREE

Donations will be accepted to pay for the rental of the building.

See you there !


Identify issues affective local citizens, local governments, local economies and sheriffs.

Coordinate support from citizens and sheriffs in neighboring counties.

Find practical solutions utilizing the Constitution as the law of the land.

It is time to stand up for our Sheriffs!

See you there !

For more info go to:


or call

Liz Bowen at 530-467-3515

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Nor-Cal sheriffs discuss problems with federal agencies

Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Sheriff Jon Lopey, Sheriffs, Support Rural America


Updated:   08/21/2012 12:07:53 AM PDT

Ukiah Daily Journal

Sheriffs from Northern California counties and one from Oregon met at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds Saturday to share their concerns about what they say is a shift toward centralized government and away from a nation run by its citizens.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman hosted the sixth in a series of six 2012 Support Rural America meetings designed to highlight issues faced by sheriffs in rural counties. The biggest issue of concern talked about Saturday was the lack of communication or efforts toward coordination with local sheriff’s offices on the part of the federal government, namely the U.S. Forest Service.

“We’re the watchkeepers of our county,” Allman said in his opening remarks. “We … have the ability to call a spade a spade without being fearful of losing our jobs or being thrown in jail.”

He added that while federal agencies have taken and continue to take steps that hurt local sheriffs and citizens, the goal of the summits is not to abolish federal government, but to establish a “better, transparent partnership.”

Allman continued, “We believe that there are some federal agencies that are being run by bureaucrats instead of elected representatives. That’s where … as sheriffs we can throw down the red flag and say, foul.'”

One sheriff asked all veterans in the audience of about 300 people to stand and be applauded, then after everyone rose for the Pledge of Allegiance, opened the meeting with a prayer.

Four sheriffs

took turns at the podium, talking about issues ranging from road closures they hadn’t been told about to regulations concerning the spotted owl and salmon that caused problems for local farmers.

Oregon’s Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson told attendees he would have no more “cooperative agreement” with the USFS, because, contrary to a sheriff’s constitutional authority over the geographic area of his county “which supersedes federal government,” the agreements essentially mean “they actually trump you.” Instead, he said, “coordination” is needed.

“Chief law enforcement official: the federal government is actually trying to take that authority away from sheriffs,” he said, adding that he got an e-mail from the White House about the “Strategic Implementation Plan.”

The plan, he said, would make the U.S. Attorney the chief law enforcement official “and everybody else is subordinate to that person.” His explanation was met with groans from the audience.

Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson said he was asked by a citizen to attend a local meeting and arrived to find a U.S. Forrest Service representative in one of a series of public meetings, he’d known nothing about, regarding a tribal management plan that included plans to eliminate and close roads in his county.

He told them they had no constitutional authority to do so, standing on the premise that the federal government must run plans, even in the idea stage, through local law enforcement agencies before implementing them in order to coordinate.

“Mismanagement” of the forest land the USFS maintains — namely by not thinning the trees — has caused wildfires to burn too hot to foster revegetation, Wilson said. He also touched on increasing water regulations aimed at monitoring rural wells to ensure they don’t damage streams and rivers.

“They want to control where we live by using water,” he said “Agriculture is necessary … it was born and bred on rivers.”

He and other sheriffs painted a picture of overregulation by the federal government that has cost, and continues to cost, their local economies.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey closed his remarks by reading from the Bible and urging the audience to “pray for our nation.”

The sheriffs took comments from the audience, and Sheriff Tom Allman said several people asked how they could align themselves with the controversial Joe Aripaio, whose stance on illegal immigration and treatment of inmates has drawn sharp criticism.

Allman said Monday that while he agrees with Arapaio’s assertion that the federal government should pay for the housing of illegal immigrants in local jails, “other than that, he and I don’t have much in common.”

“I don’t agree with his inmate treatment,” he said, noting that some of Aripaio’s practices were “inhumane” an made those released from jail more likely to reoffend.

Tiffany Revelle can be reached at udjtr@pacific.net, on Twitter @TiffanyRevelle or at 468-3523.


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Photos from Mendocino Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event in Ukiah, CA. on Aug. 18, 2012

Photos, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Sheriff Jon Lopey, Sheriffs, Support Rural America

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman welcomed the crowd of about 100 at 10 a.m. at the Redwoods Empire Fairgrounds.

A standing ovation occured many times throughout the three hours.

Oregon’s Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson.

Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt.

Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.

 Photos by Liz Bowen

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Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event coming Sept. 22 in Oregon

Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Support Rural America

From Ron Glynn in Wolf Creek, Oregon:

Dear fellow citizens of Josephine County:

I had the privilege to attend the Constitutional Sheriffs’ last event in Crescent City, California on July 14, 2012. It was extremely informative and encouraging to hear from 6 county sheriffs. I was extremely impressed by quality and character of these men. I highly encourage you to attend this upcoming event in Grants Pass next month.


Co-sponsored by:
National Constitutionals Sheriffs Association, LLC




Hosted By:

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson

Saturday, September 22, 2012

1 to 4 p.m. 

 Josephine County Fairgrounds

1451 Fairgrounds Rd., Grants Pass, Oregon

Admission is FREE…Donations accepted!

Panel of Constitutional Sheriffs discussing critical issues and solutions regarding property rights, water rights, mining, public land access and Federal and State Jurisdiction.
Q & A to follow…

For information contact: Liz Bowen 530-467-3515,
Erin Ryan 530-515-7135,

Rae Copitka or Loma Wharton 541-637-5366


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Schedule of Reduction of Sheriff’s Office Services

Oregon and Water, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson

PNP comment: Budget losses are hitting Josephine Co. in Oregon. If there is NO money, few services can be provided. — Editor Liz Bowen


Published on Friday, 25 May 2012 09:11

Starting today, May 25th, in anticipation of a looming $7.5 million dollar budget shortfall, many Sheriff’s Office divisions and services will be reducing or ceasing operations.

The drastic decrease in the fiscal year 2012-13 budget, and subsequent years’ budgets, is a result of the federal government’s decision to terminate federal timber payments, commonly known as Oregon & California (O&C) funds.



As of 4 p.m. today, the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit will cease operations. Current, open criminal cases have been referred to the District Attorney’s Office, but there will be no further investigative follow-up done by sheriff’s detectives.


The Records Division, which fields non-emergency phone calls and completes many state-required functions, will close. Non-emergency reports may be submitted by citizens online at www.jocosheriff.us/report, but the reports will simply be logged for information. There will not be any deputy follow-up or investigation.


As of May 29th, the Civil Division will be reducing its hours to Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.


Patrol services will decrease from 20 hours a day, 7 days a week to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. The total number of patrol personnel will decrease from 24.5 to 6. Of the remaining six, one is a sergeant and three are contracted by other entities.

Contract deputies’ primary responsibilities are to those entities that pay their salaries â€- namely, the City of Cave Junction, the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon State Marine Board. Therefore, their availability to respond to areas outside their contracts will be extremely limited.

Considering the quantity of high priority calls that this office receives, it is clear that patrol will only be able to respond to life threatening incidents.

Sheriff’s deputies will respond to life threatening calls only during patrol hours of operation, which are not being publicized for safety reasons. There are no funds available for call outs, so sheriff’s deputies will not be available to respond after hours.

If you call 911 after hours, and it is a life threatening situation, Oregon State Police will provide a limited response that involves eliminating the current threat.

Sheriff’s patrol deputies will be spread thin, and their response, even in life threatening situations, may be delayed.

As such, the Sheriff’s Office regretfully advises that, if you know you are in a potentially volatile situation (for example, you are a protected person in a restraining order that you believe the respondent may violate), you may want to consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.

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OREGON: Constitutional Sheriffs speak in Eugene

Constitution, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Sheriffs

Friday, May 25, 2012

7 p.m.

EWEB Training Room 500 E. 4th Ave.

Open to public. Admission is Free

Grant County Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson

will speak on issues plaguing rural county sheriffs.

Be sure to attend.


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