Liz Writes Life 1-16-18

Jan. 16, 2018

Liz Writes Life

Farce exposed

Some of the Nevada Bundys are free! For those that do not know, the federal Judge Gloria Navarro chastised the federal prosecutors in court on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 stating the prosecution’s conduct was “grossly shocking” and “flagrant.” Yep, information in the 3,300 pages of documents that the prosecutors finally released to the Bundy defense team was damning. Judge Navarro dismissed the trial against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and Ryan Payne “with prejudice,” which means the feds can’t retry these four for the same crimes. Hooray!

In her hour-long explanation, Judge Navarro touched on BLM Special Agent Larry Wooten, who has become a hero. In December, an email was leaked to Matt Shea, who is a state assembly representative in Washington, where Wooten listed issues regarding the Bundy investigation. Wooten was an investigator on the Bundy case and was complaining of unethical actions, cover-ups and malfeasance. In February of 2017, the prosecuting attorneys had enough and Wooten was reassigned — taken off the Bundy investigations.

His email explained that former BLM Special Agent-in-Charge (Dan) Love specifically and purposely ignored U.S. Attorney’s Office and BLM civilian management direction and intent, as well as Nevada State Official recommendations, in order to command the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale, and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible. Wooten added that the BLM used excessive force, civil rights and policy violations.

I don’t know how much of the Wooten info Judge Navarro has read, but the Bundy Defense Team has hammered her with significant flagrant violations, lies and cover-ups. Cliven was in his blue prison jumpsuit with shackles on his ankles, when the judge ordered him released. He tried to leave, but was not allowed nor were cameras permitted in the courtroom to record the situation. When Cliven did leave the court house, he was dressed in his cowboy suit and hat.

More than 100 supporters and family were at the court house, including his wife, Carol. I watched one of his first interviews and was impressed with his knowledge of the situation. He said something that surprised me and I want to share it. He is speaking about the Dec. 20, 2017 trial, where she originally dismissed the trial: The Judge Navarro, she did the government a very big favor if we would have gone on for just a few more hours, even, there would have been a lot of discovery made, there would have been entrapment brought forth, there would have been Lombardo’s lies brought forth, there were a lot of things she covered up and protected from coming out to the media and the people. If we go back to court, it will all come out.

So, to me this means that Cliven, Ryan and Ammon were willing to continue the trial, where the jurors would have heard many specifics. It sounds like the Bundys were getting way too close to exposing many truths.

Now our thoughts turn to the rest of the 19 arrested for the Bunkerville stand-off. Two more of Cliven’s sons are still in prison awaiting trial. Yes, we are in hopes the truth will set these men free and soon.

And I wonder, just as Cliven does: Why are we allowing the federal government, these bureaucracies, to have armies?


Monday was a busy day. I was able to go in to Bob’s Ranch House and meet Duane Ehmer for breakfast, along with his girl friend, Cindy, and Maureen Peltier, who is documenting his ride on facebook. Duane told me he was shoeing a horse, when he heard on the local PBS radio station that terrorists had taken over the Malheur Refuge in Eastern Oregon early January 2016. As a Desert Storm U.S. Army veteran, he decided to show up and see what was going on. He didn’t want foreign terrorists doing anything in his USA.

When he arrived, there were no foreign terrorists only folks like him. And, unexpectedly, the federal government labeled Duane a terrorist. Being just a cowboy, he naturally took his good horse Hellboy with him. After some days, the FBI made a deal with Duane. If would help talk the Bundys out of the refuge, they would not arrest him. He went back and forth and participated in those talks. When the Bundys and other supporters finally walked out, Duane was treated as one of the terrorists. The FBI lied. Duane and others were arrested, stripped naked and stood for over an hour in the below freezing temperatures.

He was taken to jail in Portland and held for over a month. When Duane was released, he was naked! His clothes only showed up last month. Duane was able to continue his cowboy ranch hand job under house arrest with an ankle bracelet that bloodied his leg from rubbing on the saddle.

Last February 2017, his trial lasted a month and he was allowed very few witnesses or defense by the judge. (I didn’t even know the trial was being held.) The jury found him guilty of one federal felony. You see, Duane was surrounded by federal snipers and decided to use a piece of equipment to dig himself a fox hole. It wasn’t very big. But, he was given a sentence of one year and one day for defacing federal property. Seems like a pretty steep sentence. I’ve heard that Greenies get away with defacing federal property quite often. Hypocrisy.

Originally, Duane was to serve his sentence in Oregon, but that was changed to the federal prison in Lompoc, CA. To raise awareness of the atrocity, Duane is riding Hellboy south to Lompoc and must be there by Jan. 24, 2018. Support rallies are being held along the way. Hellboy is a tall horse and covers ground quickly. Duane said he is Polish/Arab.

Randy Risner has a saddle shop in Montague. He came over with a new saddle pad, lead rope and leggings for Hellboy, which he and several friends donated. They were appreciated. It was raining, when Duane threw on his yellow slicker and headed on down Highway 3. The Bundys and several supporters were acquitted in their two trials last year for the refuge stand-off. Sure is a shame to see the injustice of Duane’s situation.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Lynne Bryan will be there to explain how the “Citizens for Orderly Growth” created the Scott Valley Area Plan in the 1970s. Pretty interesting! Hope you can make it at 7 p.m.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 1-9-17

Jan. 9, 2018

Liz Writes Life

Hopefully, things will get back to normal. Ha, ha. No, I haven’t stopped writing my column even though two weeks ago, I just didn’t get it done (blame Christmas) and then last week, my column was accidently left out of the Tuesday edition. It did run on page 2 on Wed., Jan. 3, 2018. A big “thanks” to those of you who wondered what was up. I do appreciate that you read me. Yep, I do!

But, today’s column was almost as iffy, because my computer is acting like it has a bug. Guess I will need to hit it with anti-virus programs, etc. Also, I am not sure what to write about. The federal judge will make her decision tomorrow, Jan. 8, 2018 regarding the mistrial of three Bundys and Ryan Payne, so I don’t have any news there – except to say that Fox News did run an article on the fact that the federal prosecutors want another chance for another trial against the ranchers. Sure would be great to see it declared a mistrial “with prejudice,” so they can’t be indicted again.

Then I learned that Duane Ehmer will be at Bob’s Ranch House in Etna tomorrow, Monday, morning. He is riding his horse “Hellboy” from Oregon down to Lompoc, where he will report for his prison sentence. I haven’t paid close attention to this story, but he was involved with the January 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge/Bundy situation. He was found guilty of several counts and has been on home detention in Irrigon, Oregon until now, when he has to report to prison. I hope to get in and meet him.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will begin holding 2018 meetings on Thursday, Jan. 25th  at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. All the monthly meetings have been scheduled for the year and will be on the last Thursday of each month (sometimes that is a 5th Thursday), except for December. We typically don’t meet in December, because of so many other holiday activities.

Our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, Ray Haupt, was elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors. I know that Ray will be working hard on the many issues facing our county. He will be at the next POW meeting to discuss the New Year. Sure appreciate his transparency and desire to inform the public. Erin Ryan, staff for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will also bring us up-to-date on happenings in WA. D.C.

No, I don’t have my Pie N website back up. It is frozen to the point that I can’t even get into the wordpress program that I used. So, to stay up-to-date on the Bundy and Duane Ehmer situations, I recommend that you go to the Redoubt website or Freedom


An acquaintance has been researching into the Hammond situation in Eastern Oregon looking into the powers-that-be. It looks like Hammonds do have uranium under their land. This has been alluded to for several years. Apparently, Uranium One owns or owned the Aurora Project Mine that is located about 30 miles away from the Hammonds private property there in Oregon. There is significant uranium throughout that area.

Remember, the federal persecution against the Hammonds ramped-up during the time that Obama was U.S. President and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. It is alleged that Hillary sold or colluded with the Russians selling them uranium located in the United States. This is where the U.S. Dept. of Justice and FBI should be doing their investigations. Apparently, a new investigation has been opened, but who knows if these bureaucrats are part of the good ol’ boy group entrenched from Obama years or actually willing to truly find the truth.

Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven Hammond, have now served two years of their re-prosecuted case, where the judge sentenced them to an additional five years in prison. This sentence is after, serving their sentences from the first trial and verdicts. I truly believe greed for uranium is reason for the Hammond atrocities and trumped-up charges.


Speaking of mining, I opened the 1957 “The Siskiyou Pioneer” book and read about gold mining near Callahan and the South Fork of the Scott River. Karl V. Denny wrote about the Haydens, Asa White, Masterson, Lyttle and Parker brothers to name a few families. Here are a few fun tid-bits from his historical writings. I looked Karl up in the census and also found his CA. Death Index that said he was born in 1876 and died in 1961. He was a son of Siskiyou pioneers A.H. and Eliza R. Denny.

It looks like miners came to the area as early as 1849 finding gold in the South Fork of the Scott River and up most of the creeks. It is hard to imagine, but hundreds of gold miners were working at the same time and it was reported that up to 800 Chinese were also hunting gold at one point here.

Karl said that as you went up the South Fork, one had to travel through Springtown, where many Chinese lived. Past Springtown was Fox Creek, which during the 1860 time-period was the most prosperous. Fox Creek is about six miles up from Callahan. He said the Enos Young’s butcher wagon bumped its way to Fox Creek twice a week from Etna – to feed the miners. On up the South Fork was Grizzly Creek and a town by the name of Gasburg had been settled at the mouth. It is gone.

With the new Denny Bar Company opening in Etna, I would image a significant amount of history has been gathered and, maybe, will be published into a book?

I so appreciate “The Siskiyou Pioneer” books that the Siskiyou County Historical Society has put together — for decades. I believe I read where their newest edition will soon be available.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 1-2-18

January 2, 2018

Liz Writes Life

It will likely take me several weeks to type or write the correct 2018 date as old habits are hard to break! But I like the idea of a New Year — to enjoy a new beginning or a fresh start with 2018! May the New Year be happy and prosperous to you all!

Several weeks before Christmas, I was standing in the toy section of WalMart, when I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Father Lawrence, who was quite pleased with himself that he recognized me – from the back. Ugh! He is a native of Yreka and served the Catholic Parish in Fort Jones for many years. Then, he went down to Redding and served a parish there, but I believe Father Lawrence retired last year and is now living back in Yreka. He introduced me to his mother, who did not look her age. It was wonderful to see him again and he told me that he expected the encounter to be related in my column. So “Happy New Year” to you Father Lawrence! And to your beautiful mother!


I apologize for not writing a column last week, but between a frustrating sinus cold and trying to get Christmas accomplished, I ran out of time and energy. This week’s column brings some positive news regarding the Cliven Bundy situation. Many people have been praying the truth will set the Bundys free. It looks like those prayers are working.

A lot has happened. The federal judge in Las Vegas declared a mistrial on Dec. 20, 2017. She had to finally admit that the federal prosecutors were withholding evidence that defended the Bundys. Yep, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, BLM and FBI have generated lies and cover-ups.

What is even better is that the abuse is so bad that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered an investigation into the case, so hopefully the atrocities will be fully exposed.

But, let’s go back to Dec. 20, 2017, when U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro was presiding over the trial of USA v Cliven Bundy. Bundy defense attorneys had moved for dismissal of the trial claiming the federal prosecutors committed Brady violations and misconduct – which are quite dire. She spent two hours detailing the violations made by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Schiess and Nadia Ahmed. She said the evidence withheld was “material” to the case for the defense and that they were “willful” violations resulting in due process violations. She declared a mistrial, said at this point a fair trial was impossible, thanked the jurors for their time and sent them home.

The Bundy defense team hopes the judge will dismiss the case “with prejudice,” so all charges will be dropped and the Bundys can not be taken to court again.

But, already U.S. Attorney Myhre is asking the judge to let him have another chance at prosecuting the Bundys and the supporters that were arrested. What arrogance! The next court date to complete the dismissal is Jan. 8, 2018, when the judge will make these decisions.

Several things were brought to light through cross-examining federal witnesses. Bundy defense attorneys had continually asked for reports, documents, audio and videos from the prosecution – which is the way court cases work. Both sides get to know what information the other has. In this case, the feds would not release their information to the tune of over 3,300 pages of documentation in this last go around! It was finally released in mid-December.

One violation was regarding the surveillance cameras that were placed around the Bundy home ranch. The defense asked for the videos and audio and BLM denied the existence of the cameras, until a U.S. Park Service Chief Investigator testified to their existence. Oops!

The defense also asked for the FBI reports on snipers that the Bundy’s claimed were surrounding the home ranch. The FBI denied there was snipers and suppressed those records. But, when they came to light, it was shown there were at least 197 paramilitary personnel from SWAT and FBI teams on high ground surrounding the home ranch! Those documents also showed the BLM had contracted cowboys to roundup Bundy’s cattle. Another oops!

The before-April-2014 “Threat Assessment” BLM report was finally made public that claimed the Bundy family was not a threat. But, because the FBI would not make this report available to the defense, it allowed the feds to hold the Bundys and arrested supporters in prison detention for nearly two years.

Another BLM assessment was also finally released that stated cattle grazing had not harmed the desert tortoise. My goodness! That shows the government lied when it claimed the roundup was to protect the tortoise.

Yet another BLM witness was found to be lying, when she said the BLM was not concerned with the Bundy’s water right. Then a document was released that proved the BLM witness, who was a District Ranger, had actively tried to get the water right away from Bundy. Boy, this stuff is outrageous.

After the mistrial, jurors waited outside the federal courthouse and the defendants visited with them. Most were quite friendly with several telling Ammon Bundy they had seen through the federal prosecutors and believed they were “not guilty”. Jurors were also impressed with Ryan Bundy’s representation of himself and opening statement.

But wait, there’s more! There are new allegations about misconduct by the federal prosecutors. These have been made by Washington State Representative Matt Shea on Dec. 14, 2017.

A BLM Agent, Larry Wooten, was a former lead investigator of the Bundy case and he has become a whistleblower. Wooten claims his supervisor and federal prosecutor Myhre cooperated to withhold evidence in the case. It looks like Myhre and his staff suppressed Wooten’s report documenting BLM and FBI gross misconduct and Wooten was even relieved of his investigation position. Wooten disclosed that BLM and FBI had put the Bundys on a “kill list,” mocked their religion and bragged about trying to harm them.

Many eyes will be watching Judge Navarro at the Jan. 8, 2018 court date.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 12-19-17

Dec. 19, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The flu bug finally got me and I am not feeling well, so I decided to use Ryan Bundy’s opening statement from his Nevada trial on Nov. 15, 2017. It was quite long and it wasn’t easy to reduce down to 1,000 words, so it is worth checking out Redoubt and doing a search for Ryan Bundy to read the entire statement. Ryan said some very powerful things regarding rights, freedoms and government. Here it is – and Merry Christmas!

Thanks to the jurors for being here. I told you a little about myself at voir dire, but I’d like to introduce myself a little more, and tell you about my heritage and how that affects my case.

This is my ID! (Shows a photo of him with his family.) Not my driver’s license. This is who I am, a man with a family and I’ll do whatever it takes to provide for them.

My family has been on that land 141 years, my pioneer ancestors settled there in 1877 – there was nothing there. They carved out a living … they brought a horse and wagon and some provisions … this case, the government mentioned is “not about rights”, but it is – those rights do mean something – rights are created through beneficial use.

When my ancestors arrived, undoubtedly the horse would need a drink, so they led him to the water and that is beneficial use. The horse and perhaps a cow that had been led behind the wagon need to eat some brush in the hills, that is beneficial use. That established rights. The water rights are real! So real, the State of Nevada has a water rights registry including livestock watering rights. A law was created to protect those rights. The water rights that my father owns were first registered in 1891 by the State of Nevada – the State of Nevada is important, a sovereign state, its own unit, which entered the union in 1864. It entered equal to the original states, it is its own entity and state laws are important.

My family and I are charged with some grievous things and they are not true and evidence will show they are not; force, manipulation, extortion, violent—my family is not a violent family and I am not a violent man. For 20+ years we turned to local law enforcement. Rights are real property. The fact is that we create government to protect rights.

Our ranch – children are always welcome – it is a place to play, play in the river, the pond, chase or hunt rabbits, burn your toes in the hot sand in summer—always free. Never before did we feel like someone was always watching. In early spring of 2014 we felt like someone was always watching… the dogs were watching the hills, when you are always with a dog you get to know what they are saying with their bark… you can tell by their bark what they are seeing… surveillance cameras on one hill, but the dog looking at another and growling… (tearfully) This is not what America is supposed to be.

They say this issue is over grazing fees … it’s terrible, terrible, he must be a freeloader – it’s only rhetoric – I’ll tell you why – You don’t pay rent when you own your home! We own those rights! Not the land, I know we don’t own the land, but access…you and others have rights on that land. We own water and grazing rights. We don’t pay rent for something we own.

The BLM was formed in 1960. Our rights were established in 1877, long before BLM.

Also, in Clark County, there were 53 ranchers who owned rights. There is only a single one still out on the range. The BLM is not gaining revenue, it’s not important to them.

The American public saw this and came not to impede or do harm. They came because they felt the spirit of the Lord, spirit of freedom and felt “we the people are not going to put up with that behavior”. It was not pointed out there were snipers on the hill, I witnessed that through binoculars and the evidence will show this.

You saw the video of them hip chucking my Aunt Margaret, 50+ years of and just finished with cancer treatments, the mother of 11 children. They call these BLM guys law enforcement, but they are just BLM employees.

Every incident they are charging us with happened on property that belonged to the State of Nevada. Even if BLM had authority to close public land, they have no authority to close State of Nevada public land.

Until we are willing to do whatever it takes, liberty will be, is being lost.

Extortion, violence, pointing guns – everything we are charged with, they were doing and thousands of people came running – the world knew about this – China, Ireland (they sent us a flag), New Zealand and other countries – why? Because America stood for freedom and has for years and the world is interested in seeing how America (emotional) will deal with freedom. The world wants to know. The American people said, “yes, we will stand for freedom. Government, you’ve gone too far and we will put a stop to it.”

Evidence will show my father and my brothers are innocent men. We need you to put on that paper that we are not guilty. You are the twelve to represent us, peers, equals, people…we the People.

Guns…lots of guns…scary…camo…freedom of speech…also, the right to bear arms, the second amendment…a militia was necessary. What is a militia? It is defined in the law. U.S. Code defines militia: “all able-bodied men 17-45 years of age”.

No one was harmed except Davey, Ammon and Aunt Margaret. You will not see in evidence that we ever harmed anyone! They attack and we turned the other cheek. We were peaceful—insistent? Yes! And, Yes! Demanding.

I had a sniper pointing at me, 200 armed men surrounding my home, my family (tearfully) Ryan Payne has been portrayed as a bad man. Evidence will show otherwise. He saved my life. He saved my life. Others came.

I invite you to our ranch. I recognize your right to use the land. We want you to come and enjoy it. I thank you for this time. Please find me not guilty and these other men not guilty. Stand up for freedom.

Thank you.  Ryan Bundy

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.



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Liz Writes Life 12-12-17

Dec. 12, 2017

Liz Writes Life


Thomas Jackson, the Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer, sent out a notice last week. His office is compiling a list of veterans that could use a Christmas dinner. So, if you know of a veteran who is in need of some love, concern and dinner please call his office ASAP at 530-842-8010.


The cabbages are gone. Jack is re-doing the stairs to our porch and took down a small part of the garden fence. (We don’t have lawn. Instead, we have a garden and it is right next to the porch on two sides of the house.) It didn’t take long for the now-tame deer to find the hole, get in the garden and start eating on the cabbages. I saw the doe out there late at night. No, I didn’t shoot her!

One small cabbage and the giant leaves on the other cabbages were eaten, so I got the hatchet and cut off the last four cabbages. Three were fairly small like a flattened volley ball, but the other one is the size of a sorta-flattened basket ball. But remember, this flat-head type of cabbage is not tight, so there isn’t as much cabbage.

The three small ones are in the refrig and the big one is outside in the garage covered in old curtains and canvas. I checked on it last Saturday and the outside is starting to get a bit frosted from these cold nights, so I better cut it in half a give it away.

We were low on potatoes and so we dug a little over 10 pounds of Russets. Potatoes that were close to the top of the ground were frozen and we tossed them. But the others were great. Super white! I cut them up for fried taters and Jack barbecued several thick pork shoulder steaks. I rinsed off the rest of the potatoes and put them in a paper sack in the bottom of the refrig, cuz I don’t think they will do well at room temperature after being nearly frozen.

We kept putting off getting some mulch on top of the three or four hills left, so Jack wheel-barrowed sawdust and put on them. Sure was nice to know that the 20-degree temps hadn’t hurt the potatoes that were down several inches.

Now, on a warmer-type day, I need to drag several bags of manure to dump on top of the two rhubarb plants. Last year, when I was visiting Sam Thackeray in Utah, he told me that my Uncle Charlie Hovenden said to put manure on rhubarb every fall and it will do really well the next spring. Yep, there are only a few more days of “autumn”, so I better get it done.

Grenvik Greenhouse

Tim thinks the culprit eating his four-inch tall tomato plants was a mouse or two. He is plugging holes, setting traps and using moth balls to deter any more coming in. Recently, a friend emailed me that she believed it was a mouse that ravaged his tomatoes, because she has raged war with mice in her greenhouse. So, I think Tim has found that it wasn’t insects doing this dastardly deed.


I just learned that the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area outside of Montague is now closed to most of the public. Yep, that’s right. I consider this an affront to the citizens of California, because it is their tax dollars that paid for what was once a cattle ranch with several large reservoirs. But, California is in debt to the tune of over $389,244,295, 433 – that is $389 billion with the estimated debt per citizen at $9,906.  The state government bureaucracies are over-the-top in spending, but those people think it is ok, cuz they will just find more ways to make the citizens pay.

There are now signs at the Wildlife Area that explain as of November 1, 2017, individual’s are required to possess a daily or annual “lands pass,” unless you carry a valid California hunting or fishing license. The pass fee is $4.32 per day or $24.33 per year. Apparently, the wildlife area is closed this time of year, except to those with the proper licenses or permits. Oh, those aged 15 and under do get to enter free of charge.

Lands passes may be purchased on-line or by phone at 800-565-1458 or in-person at locations where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Lands passes cannot be substituted for Wildlife Area Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B areas.

School and organized youth groups, including accompanying adults, are exempt from the lands pass requirement, but need to contact the area to schedule a field trip.


Four more men were ordered released from prison detention last week. Dave Bundy and Jason Woods walked out of the Las Vegas federal courthouse last Monday and then Mel Bundy as night fell. Joe O’Shaugnessy’s release is contingent on an agreement from the Oregon Standoff judge in Portland.

Patriarch Cliven Bundy is still locked-up. He is waiting for all the men who supported him, and then arrested, are released.

Redoubt and other sources reported on the third week of the trial saying that the federal judge is having her eyes opened, whether she likes it or not, about the prosecution. You see, the prosecution witnesses are inadvertently exposing new evidence. This is extremely important, because the prosecution has failed time and time again to provide this information to the defense attorney.

The prosecution is getting caught red-handed in lies. One being that Cliven was worried about the build-up of surveillance by the feds of his home, including a significant number of snipers stationed on the hills around his ranch. He felt an attack was imminent by government agents. This began several weeks before the April 12, 2014 standoff.

A significant aspect of the trial is the fact that the Bundys believed they needed to use the 2nd Amendment to protect themselves from the feds. Both federal women judges have shown their disbelief that the Bundys truly were threatened. But, the truth is coming out in the trial, including the many trumped-up charges.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her site or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 12-5-17

Dec. 5, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Some good things are starting to come from the educational Water Tour that our Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors held for high, state-level heads of California water agencies in October. Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, spoke at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last Thursday night and explained a recent discussion with several agencies regarding another situation on Moffett Creek near Fort Jones. Those agency employees, including CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and Army Corp of Engineers, were quite considerate and helpful. What a nice change. That is really all “we the people” expect – respect on both sides.

Apparently, Chuck Bonham, the CA. Director of Fish and Wildlife, was unhappy with the “tone” of the Water Tour that he did not attend, although he was sent an invitation with plenty of notice. Bonham said the CA. DFW has spent over $32 million in Siskiyou County. But when, Ray looked into those funds, he learned that $27 million had been spent on Conservation Easements – which the state then has control over. Oops! Those are not dollars helping agriculture help Endangered Species Act-listed coho salmon.

On the next issue, Ray told us he was extremely disappointed the CA. Public Utilities Commission is choosing to defend the Klamath River Renewal Corp. instead of the rate-payers — which is us, the customers. Remember, the Public Utilities Commission was established to protect the customers of power companies from all kinds of bad practices. They are not meeting their obligation.

The county sent a “good fight” argument to the CPUC alleging the KRRC should not be receiving public trust funds for demolishing four Klamath hydro-electric dams. Several years ago, the CPUC permitted Pacific Power to put a surcharge on our bills for Klamath dam removal. The irony is that no federal agency or legislative decision has been made to allow the dams to be destroyed. But, CPUC has concluded Pacific Power can collect those funds and they can be given to KRRC to aid in fictional dam removal. Yeah, it just doesn’t make sense. Kinda feels like we are in a zombie zone!

Ray said the county supervisors will discuss their next challenge to the Klamath dam fiasco at their meeting today.

Smart meters

I found out that we should send our letter to opt-out of the RF meter program, to PacifiCorp, by “certified” mail. It is much cheaper than “registered” mail, which costs $23! Certified mail is a little over $6 and you will still receive the post card proving PacifiCorp received your letter.

Bundy ranch

There is really good news on the Bundy saga. Last month, the latest trial began for Cliven, Ammon, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne in a U.S. federal court in Las Vegas. Surprisingly, Ryan Bundy was released from prison to a half-way house on Nov. 13, 2017, so he could better study for his defense. He is defending himself. The federal prosecutors have been hiding information, which is called “discovery” from the defense, which the judge finally had to admit was a huge problem.

This is just the beginning of the prosecution’s deceit; and it is so blatant that even U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro can’t ignore it.

In previous trials, the judges have shut-down the Bundy defense team not allowing clarification in many instances. But recently, the defense has been able to disprove major aspects of the federal prosecution’s case. Looks like prayers for truth are working!

First is the fact that one of the BLM witnesses admitted the agency was doing surveillance on Cliven Bundy’s ranch house with up to four video cameras – several days before the April 2014 stand-off. The prosecution defended themselves saying BLM did not watch the live-feed on their huge flat-screen TV at the Command Center. Ha, yeah right! There is more, but you get the situation.

Yes, BLM was doing plenty of intimidation that we did not know about — before the Bunkerville stand-off.

For nearly two years, the BLM prosecution and federal judges have claimed the Bundys and their counterparts were too dangerous to be allowed out of detention prison. But that was before the FBI’s original “Threat Assessment” report was finally brought into court that stated Bundys were not a threat! The feds have worked hard to keep that report hidden.

 So, on Nov. 30, 2017 Ammon and Cliven Bundy were issued release orders by Judge Navarro. Ryan Payne was also granted release, which was interesting as he was still in prison in Portland, Oregon and a second federal judge had to agree. Payne was released Dec. 1, 2017 after posting bond. He was arrested on Jan. 26, 2016, when federal agents killed Lavoy Finicum in the illegal roadblock in Eastern Oregon.

Last Thursday, Ammon was released to shouts of joy from his wife, children, family and friends from the Las Vegas federal courthouse.

Cliven, the steadfast patriarch, was not released. Cliven is standing on principle. According to Shari Dovale, who writes for Redoubt, Cliven believes the remaining men from the 19 arrested regarding the Bunkerville stand-off must also be released when he walks out the doors – without half-way house conditions. He says that under the U.S. Constitution they are not guilty until proven so in court. Also, he will not walk out and leave those who went to Bunkerville to stand with him against hundreds of out-of-control federal employees and SWAT teams in April 2014.

Another expose: An FBI agent admitted, on the stand, that 1,000 FBI and other feds were assigned to spy on the Bundy family and closest supporters on social media. Wow, how much has this tyrannical attack cost the U.S. taxpayer?

It has also been exposed BLM undercover agent Robyn Kirkham (Alex Branson) was working to incite the Bundys to react violently before the Bunkerville stand-off.

There is so much more that proves the feds have certainly over-stepped their authorities. Trampled is a better description. Also, Cliven only owed $8,815 in grazing fees. BLM tacked on $292,601 in administrative fees, but that is still much less than the $1.1 million BLM told the media. Lies and more lies by government employees.

Even though truth is beginning to prevail, this isn’t over. Please continue praying for the truth to set Bundy’s and their supporters free from this tyranny.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County. Check out her site or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 11-29-17

Nov. 28, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Sure do hope your Thanksgiving Day was full of thankfulness! Studies show it helps our attitude to always look for the good; and to truly count our blessings. So, let’s do more counting!


My flat-head cabbages made it through those cold, frosty mornings several weeks ago. I decided to make stir-fry, so I cut-off one and sliced about a third of it up. It is a bit peppery to me, but was crisp and quite good. There are several large ones left, so I will report how well they are doing in a month or so.


Last week, I stopped by to see Tim and Lynn Grenvik’s new small greenhouse. Their goal is to grow a few vegetables through the winter. After some freezing mornings, Tim found cracks that needed to be sealed up. He did a good job as it was over 110 degrees in the greenhouse at mid-day last Tuesday. Wow! It was an extra warm 66-degree day, but that is hot.

He had moved the five-inch tall cucumber outside to cool-off along with inch-high radishes and tiny green onions. Tim and Lynn had started several tomato plants in their house from seed and transplanted them into giant pots out in the greenhouse, but some sort of bug was giving Tim fits as it had eaten several of the four-inch tall plants. Anyone have any idea what it would be this time of year?

Tim used rain gutters to plant the radishes and onions back on Nov. 11th. I think he also has lettuce planted in another new rain gutter. Neat idea! I’ll keep track of Grenviks’ greenhouse gardening for you.

Water Tour

With continuing problems from several state agencies, our Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors decided to hold a Water Tour, in October, to showcase the work and innovation of Siskiyou farmers and ranchers. Elizabeth Nielsen, our Siskiyou Co. Natural Resource Specialist, went to work inviting elected-officials as well as high-ranking agency leaders and organizing the tour stops. Surprisingly, state agency people responded including a State Water Board member, another from the Dept. of Water Resources and a member from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Unfortunately, Chuck Bonham, the director of CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, said he could not attend.

Board Chairman Michael Kobseff and Vice-Chair Ray Haupt served as tour guides. Ray told us at the last Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting that our supervisors are fed-up with delays on state permits that farmers need to do enhancement projects.

As I explain the tour, I will be adding my own observations. No one told me this, but it looks to me like the CDFW is the biggest culprit in stalling and not providing timely permits for legitimate projects. It is terrible that this state agency continues to act so anti-agriculture. Remember, coho salmon is the only fish listed with the CA. Endangered Species Act and as such are the only ones with regulation policies.

The first stop was at the fish-screen and headgate of the Farmers Ditch in Scott Valley. Farmers have had multiple complaints with CDFW policy and faulty engineering projects. A 2016 “fix” of the headgates blew-out in last February’s high-water; and currently, the newest project demanded by CDFW has created a fish-passage barrier in the Scott River. Oops, that is against ESA policy – the state’s own regulations!

Also, several years ago, CDFW demanded a coho rearing-pond be built next to the headgates, but there was not enough tree shade to cool the pond so the water temperature was too warm. And then, a winter high-water took the pond out. Another oops and unneeded cost of funds. The Farmers Ditch inflow needs to be fixed and CDFW continues to thwart the process.

Then they went the Bryan-Morris Ranch on Eastside Road, where an early-spring irrigation recharge project was showing a positive effect on Scott River. But, last spring, CDFW received a complaint from a Greenie and would not give the permit for the project. Ray said the state agency folks were shocked the project was stopped.

The group also saw where Brandon Fawaz had tried and was initially not given a permit to fix the swiftly-eroding Moffett Creek bank last February. Then with the help from the county, Brandon received a verbal “OK” from CDFW Regional Supervisor Neil Manji, in Redding, to do the work, yet continued to be intimidated by local game wardens. CDFW knows there are no coho in Moffett Creek, so what’s the big deal?

The group did see several ranches with positive projects and little agency harassment.

Lastly, The Nature Conservancy (Buske Ranch) was viewed in Shasta Valley. Through demands by CDFW, more than 800 acres of wetlands have been dried-up as the water used for irrigation no longer creates wetland habitat, but instead flows into the Shasta River for coho salmon. The county is concerned TNC and CDFW have not obtained the legal permits to dry-up the wetlands; and two more reservoirs. The county has not been notified that TNC and CDFW have completed CEQA, California Environmental Quality Act process. Also, the county has not received proof of the needed permits from the Army Corp of Engineers.

Ray said the state-level officials were impressed with the innovative projects and science that landowners are “voluntarily” utilizing. Unfortunately, those officials have been fed blatant misinformation about agriculture in Siskiyou Co. In other words, what they have been told about Siskiyou ranchers and farmers is not what they saw on the ground. The Water Tour was a great success!


Remember the meeting day has been changed, this month, for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. It is Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a holiday dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Letter to send to PacifiCorp to opt-out of RF smart meters

This is part of the process to stop RF smart meters being installed on your home by our power companies. Be sure to send this “registered” mail and keep your receipt in a special spot. Also obtain or make your own — an official notice signed and dated by you and place on your current analog meter stating you do not want the RF meter installed. Laminate it to withstand the weather. — Liz Bowen


Stephan Bird, CEO Pacific Power                                                                                                                                                                                                 825 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232


Dear Mr. Bird, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:

The installation of any RF meter that transmits or emits microwave radiation on the residential property located at (your residence address) is hereby refused and prohibited.   On Feb. 9, 2012 the California Public Utility Commission ruled that the utility companies will have to honor the request of those who wanted to “opt out” of having a RF meter installed on their property.

While my reasons include health and privacy, I would expect my request to be honored without a stated reason.

If you refuse my request and place a RF meter on at my residence, I will have no choice but to promptly remove the meter myself and restore the analog meter.

Thank you for respecting my request.

Your signature and address, including you residence.

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Liz Writes Life 11-21-17

November 21, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Last week, I failed to mention that the parsley had grown back and was still green, even though there had been several frosts. I have never harvested parsley in November, but decided it should be saved for cooking. After cutting it, I realized it wasn’t going to dry very well in a paper bag. The extra bedroom is cold this time of year, not hot like in the summer.

So, I turned on the oven to 225 degrees, put the parsley on a cookie sheet and placed it in the oven and turned the oven off. I have learned you don’t want to over-heat it. I left it there for several hours and then did it again. It came out a nice green, crunchy dry and filled a quart jar about two-thirds full.


My 72-hour bag was where I thought it was, but there were not as many items in it as I thought. Guess it has been ransacked a few times! Even the small peanut butter jar was missing, but there was a towel, two hand-towels and a wash cloth that I forgot about. Also, I found the shake-for-two-minutes flashlight for light!

Tip: In looking for solar powered camping lights on the internet, I found one that can be either a stand-up lantern or folds into a flashlight. In fact, I was shocked at how much cheaper solar powered emergency lights and cell phone battery chargers are now. Three years ago, I purchased a one-bulb-hanging-light powered by a tiny bank of solar panels for $50. Now, you can get one for $12 to $20. I guess I’ll keep the shake flashlight, but will be looking for a solar one very soon. I checked the one I purchased three years ago and the light still worked and I haven’t charged it once. Wow, that is impressive!

I would like to get a solar battery charger for my cell phone and put it in my car’s glove compartment. Sometimes, I leave home without my phone fully charged. Guess you could plug in your cell phone and put the solar charger in the back window – well if it is daylight and not too dingy of winter weather – and it could save the day, without it being a real emergency. They run under $20.

Smart meters

Apparently it has already started in Mt. Shasta area. Pacific Power is moving forward with its program to replace our analog meters with a Radio Frequency (RF) meter. These meters are wireless, digital and contain a RF chip that allows the power company to read and control your energy use – remotely. Yep, very scary.

These new meters can record and store data of how much you use your new micro-chipped washing machine, hair dryers, TV, etc.; and are devices violating federal and state wiretapping laws. Wow!

Of course smart meters are controversial. Groups have compiled information showing health problems from this radio frequency. Another negative is the fact that when monitoring your usage, Pacific Power will then be able to charge you more for using more energy during high-peak time periods. Yep, that is my major complaint.

According to the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, utilities had to “offer” the new RF meters “upon customer’s request,” but now Pacific Power has mandated the new meters be installed. I claim this is over-stepping their authority.

Unfortunately, Pacific Power, like other utilities, is demanding a “fee” to opt-out, although the above mentioned Policy Act states customers can opt-out I would think for free. Currently, my spies tell me the fee is $75 and then a $20 or $10 a month cost. This looks like extortion to me. But it may still be cheaper than your rates increasing, because this Big Brother is watching.

You can say NO, but there is a process. First you must have an official notice signed and dated by you on your old meter. Laminate it to withstand the weather. You can get one of these for $1 at the next Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Wed., Nov. 29, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Or stop in at Siskiyou Laser, on Broadway in Yreka.

Then a letter for “Opting Out” must be sent to Pacific Power. Be sure to send it “registered” through your local post office, so that Pacific Power will have to acknowledge you sent it. Also make a copy for your files.

Here is a template letter, it is also on


Stephan Bird, CEO Pacific Power                                                                                                                                                                                                 825 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232


Dear Mr. Bird, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:

The installation of any RF meter that transmits or emits microwave radiation on the residential property located at (your residence address) is hereby refused and prohibited.   On Feb. 9, 2012 the California Public Utility Commission ruled that the utility companies will have to honor the request of those who wanted to “opt out” of having a RF meter installed on their property.

While my reasons include health and privacy, I would expect my request to be honored without a stated reason.

If you refuse my request and place a RF meter on at my residence, I will have no choice but to promptly remove the meter myself and restore the analog meter.

Thank you for respecting my request.

Your signature and address, including you residence.

Remember, if you do nothing these RF meters will be installed on your home, business or other buildings like your pump houses. I assume pump usage for your well water will then be scrutinized and rates possibly increased by Pacific Power.

I don’t want to sound like Chicken Little, so please look into RF smart meters yourself.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 11-14-17

Nov. 14, 2017

Li z Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Finally, I planted 50 garlic cloves last Saturday. The soil was moist and made for easy digging.

Saturday afternoon was so nice that I also decided to transplant iris. I had previously dug holes and watered them last week, before shutting-off the outside water. Unfortunately, several iris tubers needed to be divided and so I ended-up digging a few more holes and planted about 12.

It was starting to get dark, when I realized that I had purchased hyacinth bulbs over a month ago. Oops, now I need to decide where to put them! And get them planted before Thanksgiving. I’ve been told bulbs need to go in the ground before the end of November.

The garden looks nice after Jack cleaned it up. I do need to clean-up more morning glory vines from the fence; and several flower beds of dead amaranth, cosmos and four o’clocks then add some manure to improve the soil. The pretty sunny-yellow mum that my daughter-in-law gave me is still blooming and a huge patch of short, white alyssum has made it through the frosts.

The eight green flat-head cabbages are doing well. Four have some very large heads growing, so we will see how long they make it before I harvest them or it gets really cold.


Last week, I wrote up the Etna Veterans Parade with appreciation for all who participated or helped make it a success. I want to add a big “thank you” to Duane Eastlick for bringing a port-a-potty to the Etna High School for participants that staged up there. Also Heather Ford and Tim Grenvik provided great help and support. And lastly – Thank you to all U.S. military veterans and soldiers for your service!

Film Festival

This Friday night, The REC in Fort Jones is hosting “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival”. This is a collection of 22 short films from 12 different countries designed to engage, provoke and inspire. The screenings will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the director Michael Harrington. Tickets are $7 per person and are available in advance or at the door. Refreshments will be available. The Film Festival starts at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17th.


This month, the day for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting has been changed from Thursday to Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. It will still be held at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.


September was preparedness month and I didn’t mention it once. So, today I will try to inspire you (and me) to do more than “think” about being prepared for short or long disasters. Water is the # 1 basic item you need. Figure one gallon per person per day for at least a week. Yep! Four more gallons per day if you want to flush your toilet twice!

Believe it or not, I have a 72-hour backpack survival kit. I even know where it is. But, I haven’t checked its contents in at least three or four years. My bad! I am sure the peanut butter needs to be replaced with a new jar, along with granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit and several cans of baked beans and or jerky. (I don’t even remember what all is in there.) A gallon of fresh water should be beside it or at least two linters of plastic soda bottles filled with water. Tie a piece of baling twine around the neck of each and you can carry them hanging off your shoulders around the back of your neck.

Non-melting candy and gum, a can of juice and a freeze-dried dinner pouch would also be nice.

It is easy for this backpack to get full quickly, but flashlights should have fresh batteries, there should be change of clothing, some kind of blanket, plastic garbage bags and or plastic sheet. Also water-proof matches, pocket knife, can opener, duct tape and some rope.

Each family member should have their own backpack, even little children ages three or four can carry a small bag of their own things. A pack of cards, book, pen and paper, a special small toy would also help pass the tedious time, depending on the type of evacuation.

An additional bag should have First Aid supplies, toiletries (roll of toilet paper – remove the center tube to easily flatten — and put into a zip-lock bag), cleaning supplies of soap or mini hand sanitizer, medications and prescription meds.

A water-proof container should be ready with legal documents, insurance policies, vaccination papers, cash, credit card, pre-paid phone cards and emergency numbers to call.

I hope to shelter in place – ha, ha – famous last words. But, it is important to have canned soup, canned beans, macaroni, spaghetti, beans, rice, canned or frozen meats, potatoes, dried milk and other dried or freeze-dried dinners on your shelves. Figure at least a month’s worth, if not three months. Be sure to rotate your food storage. And store food that you like to eat. Again, have 20 gallons of water or more.

Your car needs to have a 72-hour kit with several flashlights with extra batteries, 12-hour light sticks, blankets, water purification tablets and water bottles (remember they may freeze so pour a bit out). Also, car chains, a shovel, extra coats and gloves.

There truly is a need to talk with your family about an emergency plan. Decide an out-of-town emergency contact of a specific relative or family friend. Have phone numbers on a hard copy note pad as well as in your cell phone. Remember cell phones can stop working, so have some landline phone numbers. Choose a meeting place for several different types of disasters – one local and one out-of-town.

There’s lots of info on emergency preparedness on the internet. Read up on it, but more importantly – do something! Good luck!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz or call her at 530-467-3515.

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