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Green Springs Inn – A Tale of Two Women

A Tale of Two Women 

by Diarmuid McGuire

This is the story of two women who don’t know each other but probably should. One is an icon for those who know her. The other is our governor, perhaps a towering figure someday but currently a work in progress.

The icon is former Ashland gas station owner Ana Delfosse. As a teenager, Ana walked across the Andes from her home in Chile to Argentina, seeking an alternative to sheep ranching. She found a job working as a mechanic in an auto repair shop owned by a bandy-legged young athlete named Juan Fangio.

Fangio went on to become the world’s leading racecar driver, dominating the Formula I circuit in the late ‘40s and ‘50s. Ana went with him as a mechanic on his racing team and part-time driver. They piloted for Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati. Juan won five world championships in ten years.

Governor Kate Brown grew up in Minnesota, earned a law degree at Lewis & Clark, practiced family law, was appointed to Oregon’s legislature in 1991, rose to the position of Senate Majority Leader, was elected Secretary of State in 2008, and ascended to the governor’s office this year following the meltdown of John Kitzhaber. Not exactly walking across the Andes, but not chopped liver either.

Today Ana Delfosse holds her head high, as one would expect of a racecar driver, but she faces new challenges. A few years after her beloved husband, Curt, died in 1998, a corporate fuel supplier repossessed Ana’s 76 gas station in Ashland. Today she is fighting to pay her home mortgage and control a chronic disease, scleroderma. (An autoimmune condition, Ana’s scleroderma is probably related to years of exposure to automotive chemicals and solvents.)

Meanwhile Kate is trying to figure out how to govern Oregon. In part, this will involve environmental protection and fossil fuels. Specifically, she needs to deal with the Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector project in Southern Oregon, which will inflict serious damage on our natural resources and, as part of a huge North American fracking/export boom, will contribute to global climate destabilization.

Currently Kate favors Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector because it will create a few new jobs in Coos Bay.  You can support these two remarkable women and help make the world a better place. Here is how:

Mark your calendar and plan to attend a benefit art auction and reception for Ana Delfosse at Green Springs Inn on Sunday, April 19. (See ad for details.)

Then find a post card and write something like this to Kate: “Nix Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector. It’s bad for Oregon, bad for the planet. If you don’t believe me, read”

Mail it to:

Kate Brown, Office of the Governor

160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street

Salem, OR, 97301-4047


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Diarmuid McGuire

Less than an 30 minute drive from Ashland, the Green Springs is a world apart from the hustle, bustle and endless asphalt of modern life. Here, near the crest of the Southern Cascades, Green Springs Inn is creating a sustainable getaway opportunity by protecting and nurturing a long-abused forest, using dead and dying trees to build cabins, harvesting solar energy and more. The lodge at Green Springs Inn offers comfortable high country accommodations at affordable prices. Six of our eight rooms include Jacuzzi tubs and two have private decks. The Inn also offers nine deluxe vacation cabins on an adjoining 150 acre parcel. Each cabin offers privacy, a unique view, a single bedroom with a king size bed, a loft and a sofa bed for additional guests, a deep jetted tub, a wood burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with tiled shower. Dogs are welcome at Green Springs Inn. We use organic, fragrance-free cleaning products and restrict pets from designated accommodations for visitors who are highly sensitive to allergens. Our Forest Room group facility provides a perfect setting for a retreat, a meeting, a family gathering or a small event.

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