Liz Writes Life 8-25-15

Aug. 25, 2015
Liz Writes Life
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its regular meeting this Thursday, Aug. 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center in Fort Jones. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

President Mike Adams will bring us up-to-date on several Scott Valley water issues. Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt will be there to explain about the regulations that will affect private property and Conservation Easements now that there is a wolf pack in Siskiyou County. He was interviewed by the Sacramento Bee recently about the new “Shasta” wolf pack telling the reporter that it is “irresponsible” of the state to allow Canadian wolves in Siskiyou County. He is certainly up-to-speed on the subject.

Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s staff, is also planning on attending and sharing the newest information. There should be quite the discussion on the final decision regarding USFS Westside Recovery Project from the deadly fires last summer in Siskiyou County. It looks like the recovery project won’t recover a darned thing!


On Friday night, Aug. 28th, two live bands will rock “The REC” in Fort Jones. Doors open at 5 p.m. with pizza and beer available. At 8 p.m. “B Side” will open for “Stonewash” and folks can dance until 11 p.m. Cost is $10 each.

Flixx Fest

Remember that Scott Valley’s first film festival will be Sept. 24 – 27. It kicks-off at The REC with short films from 1 to 5 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. “The Great Alone” will be shown with Alaskan Sleddog Iditerod Race Winner Lance Mackey appearing in person. Wow, pretty cool stuff. Check out the webpage for more info at:


We froze eight more packages of corn last week. I recalled Sam Thackeray saying they cook their corn in an ice chest. No one answered the phone at their house, when I called for exact info – so, I asked “the web” and found instructions. We filled up our ice chest with the husked corn and poured in about two gallons of boiling water. Closed the lid and waited 30 minutes. Yep it was done! What a slick way to do that hot job. Picked more broccoli to blanch and freeze and the cucumbers have not slowed down, so been giving them away as fast as I can. The tomatoes are ripening faster and may start canning them this week.


The Associated Press reported the drought in California will cost the state agriculture economy over $1.84 billion in this year alone. This is information by researchers from U.C. Davis. There are several very sad portions in this report. One is the loss or fallowing of over 542,000 acres of farm land due to lack of water. It is just ridiculous to not have more water stored for droughts. Going nearly 50 years without improvement and an increase in reservoirs and water storage is plain stupid. And “yes” I am pointing to our confused Guv. Brown, who has fought water storage in all his years as governor. The second is the drought is hitting farm owners and farm workers costing more than 10,100 jobs to seasonal farm jobs.


In Northern Washington a wolf pack attacked and injured a sheep guard dog, recently. Don’t know how many sheep the pack killed. And in Oregon, the Mt. Emily wolf pack has been caught wounding two dogs and killing 13 sheep during the past two years. We can now look forward to problems with wolves like other states where the non-native Canadian wolf has been allowed to expand.
Among all the killing and attacks, the enviros have resurrected an old “dismissed” lawsuit to challenge USDA’s possible killing of predators that attack livestock and guard dogs. That is not good.


The comment period is now open on a proposed rule reevaluating the designation of “critical habitat” for the marbled murrelet by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The bird was listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1992 and the designation of critical habitat has added to loss of timber harvests in California, Oregon and Washington. Currently, over $3.6 million acres have been set aside for specific marbled murrelet habitat within the three states. Yep, all for a little bird — curtailing any timber harvests.

Apparently, the new comment period is in response to litigation against the USFWS. I’ll be writing to say there is way too much acreage set aside for the bird and that the forests need to be thinned to provide healthier habitat for all wildlife – and not burn up!

The comment period begins today and runs for 60 days. You can mail your comments to:

Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R1–ES–2015–0070; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. You can call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 8-18-15

Aug. 18, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

My husband had just stated: It seems like we wait forever for the garden to start to produce and then … it is here. Yep, I felt a bit overwhelmed as I looked around my kitchen. There was an old Tupperware cake tub full of bell peppers and tomatoes on the table. Onions sat on the counter along with a giant bowl of cucumbers, 10 pounds of red potatoes, recently-dried garlic and a small bowl of cherry tomatoes that were not getting eaten.
Freshly-washed zucchini was stacked on the sideboard. Broccoli was in another Tupperware tub soaking in water and five quarts and one pint of recently juiced wine grapes were sitting on the washer – not yet labeled or put away. I had purchased figs from Juan’s Fruit Stand in Yreka and hadn’t eaten all of them, so they were cooking in a pot on the stove making into jam. About that time, Jack said the green beans needed picking.
Both varieties of watermelon came ripe earlier than I expected, so the yellow was cut up first, because I was curious about its flavor and a bigger Crimson Sweet was waiting its turn on the counter. Thank you to Harriet and Ed Quigley for giving us the seeds. It was sweet and very yellow!
The green beans were picked Friday morning and I made a huge batch that we are still eating on. I blanched, cut-off and froze a pint of corn – because I picked too many ears for dinner. Darn if the corn isn’t ripe all at once too, so tomorrow is corn-freezing day. And the green beans need to be picked again in the morning.
I’ve never had broccoli produce this much in August and have now blanched and froze eight pints. Guess we will have lots of Cream Broccoli Soup or Broccoli Quiche this winter.
I had some chicken left over and decided to make an Alfredo sauce for it and some noodles. I actually followed the directions and learned that Alfredo sauce doesn’t use onions, but a significant amount of garlic. It went great with the corn on the cob; green beans; and tomato, cucumber and onion salad. Gee whiz, I feel like Grandpa Jones on the old “Hee Haw” television show, when he used to share the dishes of a good ol’ Southern supper.
Anyway, I am grateful for the abundance from the garden. Just hope that I can keep up!
Oh, I checked the canning book and learned that figs do not have much acid in them and the jam needed to be water bathed for 90 minutes! You have got to be kidding me? I decided that I really didn’t want to heat up the kitchen that much, so I put the jam in a small jars, labeled and put them in the freezer. It was my first time making fig jam.
The wine grapes were given to me by Candy and Mike Slette and they are last year’s crop and were/are frozen in giant plastic bags. They said that wine grapes are extremely sweet and they are right! Wow, so very good. And “no” I won’t be trying to make wine. I’ll use them to sweeten homemade Concord grape juice or to make jelly.
Our own Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, Ray Haupt, was on Erin Ryan’s “We the People” radio show on Sunday – for two hours talking about the hand-tying federal regulations and politics that are adding fuel to the terrible fires we are experiencing.
You can find the show archived on Erin’s website: We the People
Previous to the radio show, Ray sent in answers to specific questions regarding forest health and the downward spiral of ecological dysfunction. They are posted on her website. Ray is retired from the U.S. Forest Service having served as a Forest Ranger and award-winning work on forestry and ecosystem management at the Regional level.
In his retirement, he has dedicated much of his time to writing legislation for Congressman Doug LaMalfa to fix the detrimental policies. He is also Science Chairman for the Wildfire Institute Board of Directors working to eliminate catastrophic wildfire in California, Oregon and Washington. Yep, a pretty big undertaking. Check out the radio show, it is a good one. The show also airs on the East Coast of all things.
Remember to get your tickets to the Siskiyou Republican Women’s Fundraiser “Evening with the Stars and Stripes” from Kathy Bergeron at 842-4400 for $25 each. It will be held this Sat. Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. at the Yreka Miner’s Inn Convention Center. There are some great donation opportunity drawings including a legal AR-15 rifle. Yep, these ladies fully support the 2nd Amendment! Also the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting will be Aug. 27 at the Fort Jones Community Center 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 8-11-15

Aug. 11, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The Siskiyou Republican Women are holding a fundraiser on Aug. 22nd at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. The gals have planned a fun variety of raffles and games along with a “saucy cynic” political speaker Katy Grimes. Social hour is at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. cooked by Dave Tyler. Yep, a great dinner of smoked tri-tip, his great beans and all the fixin’s. Call President Kathy Bergeron to get your tickets. They are $25 each.
Film Festival
The Scott Valley Film Coalition is sponsoring the first “Jefferson State Flixx Fest” Sept. 24-27, where nearly 30 films will be screened at two locations – The REC in Fort Jones by the Chevron Station and the Callahan Emporium in Callahan.
The Coalition is looking for local “ambassadors” to work with visiting filmmakers; and volunteers to help out at the film showings and other social events. In building its staff, the Festival will hold a volunteer orientation meeting on Sept. 15th at The REC. Time is 6 p.m. Cheerful, dependable people over 18 years of age are invited to participate. Call The REC for more information at 530-598-6080 or go to the website at: Flixx
I forgot how yucky this thick smoke is. Gov. Jerry Brown stated this past week that fires and smoke are the “new norm” in California. What! This environmental mess can be fixed, but it means “thinning” the forests to provide healthy trees, rather than allowing lightning-started fires to char the unnatural thickness of our forests. This insanity of thinking that old-growth timber is natural has got to stop. A healthy forest has space between the trees and a variety of sizes and ages of trees, especially in the dry landscape of California.
At this point, wide swaths of shaded fuel-breaks should be established to stop the massive fires. I would much rather see clear-cuts and wide fire-lines on the mountains to provide fire and fuel breaks, instead of the charred, black stumps.
A new wolf was spotted in Siskiyou County making national headlines. Canadian wolves are numerous, especially in Canada, Alaska, Europe and Russia. Wolves are predators and they kill. They grow abundantly producing litters of pups and kill wildlife, livestock, pets and even people. These are facts. Siskiyou has plenty of other predators. Including wolves is not a good reality.
An African Nigerian native, wrote a “Letter to the editor” that New York Times actually published last week. Shock! He was responding to the shooting of “Cecil” the lion by a trophy hunter. People have jumped on the social media band wagon slamming the hunter. They act like this lion was the loveable “Simba” from the cartoon movie “Lion King.” What a giant leap from reality.
The young African Native explained that lions kill people in Nigeria. Life in his village includes constant vigilance against lions. His uncle was mauled by a lion like Cecil. Our letter-writer lost a leg to a snake bite. Ultimately, he stated: The American people must care more about African lions more than they care about the African people. How sad!
I echo this realistic African Nigerian native, but instead ask: Why do city dwellers care more about abundant wolves than the lives and livestock of rural Americans?
Must say we got ahead of ourselves and ate several ears of corn. I like it young, but this was too young. Hopefully, this week, the corn silk will be dried up enough that the kernels will be just right. Getting more red tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers and doing giveaways. Canned 13 jars of peaches from Juan’s Fruit Stand and made a cobbler. Yum.
At the Protect Our Water meeting two weeks ago, Ray Haupt our Dist. 5 County Supervisor, explained his frustration with the Westside Fire Recover Plan that has taken over a year to get to the public comment period for the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement), which was released this week. Ray said the federal laws and regulations are so cumbersome that they must be changed, so the process of harvesting from fires can be accomplished quickly.
Although it is a process, California regulations do move much more quickly. Within three weeks, which was last September, private land owners like Fruit Growers were able to meet regulations and still obtain an Emergency Permit from Cal-Fire to start harvesting their trees from last year’s Siskiyou fires. Trucks with the 2014 logs are still going past my house to the Weaverville mill. Yay!
Ray was also pleased to finally get a special election set, for this November, for the Hornbrook Fire Department to reestablish its volunteer department. Because of disagreeing factions, Hornbrook has been without a fire dept. for over two years. Thanks Ray for working through that quagmire.
The next Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting will be Aug. 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center.
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 8-4-15

Aug. 4, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

We have been picking lots of cucumbers – must be a good year for cucs. I now have 13 quarts of dill pickles canned.
The onions that I planted from seed last month did come up, unfortunately along with a thick bed of weeds. The onions are barely two-inches high and still trying to send down their roots, but I decided to get the weeds out of the patch so the onions wouldn’t get chocked out. It was a tedious not- fun job, but this patch is only about two feet by two and a half feet large. It did take about an hour. I did accidentally pullout some onions, but there are about 50 left standing that I tried to pack the soil around. These will be thinned and transplanted as they get bigger. Hot temps, last week, were a bit hard on them, so I tried to remember to irrigate them several evenings and I think that most will make it. So we should have winter even spring onions.
The rhubarb had re-grown and I picked it down to just a few small stems, then soaked the plant good. Decided the rhubarb, young basils, flathead cabbages, newly-transplanted onions and newly-weeded baby onions needed some Miracle Gro, so I got that accomplished.
Jack has been picking more red tomatoes, so either the varmint that ate the earlier ones is tired of tomatoes or the varmint can’t keep up! We are grateful that our water is holding out and Jack is able to hand-water every day.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water held its monthly meeting last Thursday. President Mike Adams reported that California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be called Fish and Game) is having a difficult time finding Wardens to live and work in Butte Valley and Weed area, but the agency is adding more Wardens to harass and cite suction dredgers down on the Klamath River.

I will once again reiterate that suction dredging does much more good than the alleged harm to the environment. It has been proven that salmon prefer to lay their eggs where dredging has occurred, because it cleans out the silt from the gravel. DFW needs to leave suction dredgers alone and go after real criminals, like poachers and marijuana growers.
Mike said that he turned in two complaints to Siskiyou Co. Planning Dept. regarding marijuana grows that are outside of the new Marijuana Ordinance. He was told by a county employee that there is only one code enforcement person and the department has received so many complaints they are overwhelmed.
Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt added that there are approximately 200 marijuana grows that are much larger than the new ordinance allows and the county is working on enforcement, but the problem is enormous keeping the county and Sheriff Jon Lopey and his department extremely busy. At this point, I think we can safely claim that the big pot growers are quite arrogant and blatant.
Andrew Hurlimann reported that the “Emergency Action” taken by several ranchers on the Farmer’s Ditch in early June to obtain more water for irrigation is still up in the air. A Game Warden did threaten to cite one of the ranchers and a letter was sent by the Regional Supervisor Neil Manji, but so far no citations have been written by DFW. As a side note, the ranchers did not receive their full legal allotment of water even after taking “Emergency Action.” And sufficient water was left in the Scott River for fish.
Brian Foster, Mayor pro-tem on the Yreka City Council, spoke about the dilemma the City is facing regarding water. In a nutshell, the problem lies with CA. mandates by the legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, to restrict water usage in cities by about one-third, because of the drought. At a meeting of the CA. Water Board, Brian learned that the city could be fined $10,000 per day if it does not reach that goal.
So, the city implemented restrictions on its residents and actually met the goal in June. Yay! Unfortunately, in July that reduction was not met. The reason may be because more people are using Yreka’s filling station (water) as a larger number of trucks seem to be filling up.
Remember that Yreka is a hub for Shasta Valley and many wells, especially in Hawkinsville and outlying areas have gone dry. These people need water and have it delivered by water trucks that legally obtain and pay for the water from the Yreka filling station.
Brian also explained that the city’s water supply from Fall Creek is holding up well, so the State’s mandate looks to be erroneous for Yreka. One-size-fits-all legislation is frustrating to say the least.
Next week, I’ll report on the rest of the POW meeting.
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 7-28-15

July 28, 2015
Liz Writes Life

There may be a whole new way to look at water and obtaining it – from deep inside the earth. An unusual discussion will be held tonight at the Yreka Tea Party Patriots meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and is held at Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd. in Yreka. It is free.
The speaker is a local resident, Pal Pauer, who is an authority on what is called “primary water” and how to obtain it. Pauer is an expert hydrologist and geologist and has dowsed, found and helped drill for primary water from the Yreka area to Kenya in Africa. He has been involved in drilling 100s of wells that are providing significant amount of water.
Pauer speculates that the incredible new flow of water in creeks in Solano County, CA. after the Sept. 26, 2014 earthquake resulted from shifts in the earth’s geology that now allows a deeper groundwater to make it to the surface. Pauer’s information should be very enlightening.
More Water
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after. Siskiyou County Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt will be speaking on a number of county issues. Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. is also planning on speaking.
Last month, Klamath Co. Commissioner and Chairman of the Board, Tom Mallams, told POW about the 44 agricultural wells in the Upper Klamath that the State of Oregon had ordered to be shut-down. This order included Mallam’s well. There should be an update on this situation.
There will be food, drink and “Rockin’ the Rec” fun on Friday, July 31 from 8 to 11 p.m. Live bands “River Rock” and “The ‘B’ Side” will be playing, so bring your dancing shoes. Doors open at 5 p.m. with pizza and drinks at 11236 N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Admission is $10 at the door.
I keep forgetting to mention that the watermelons are past softball size and cantaloupe have set on. Yay! We have finally eaten a few ripe tomatoes with great expectation of lots more.
After I complained last week about my cabbage seeds that did not germinate, Peggy Heide from the Yreka Community Garden called and said she had some younger cabbage plants that I could plant. So I stopped by the Yreka Community Garden and was truly impressed with all the garden blocks that local residents are utilizing; and the perennials that are in pots and will be sold during the fall sale.
Peggy sent me home with flathead cabbages, broccoli, kale and several varieties of onions. I also purchased a tall, blooming black-eyed Susan plant. I put them under the pine tree planning on transplanting, but ended-up busy for several days. Then one afternoon I went out to turn on an irrigation timer and a doe was lying under the pine tree. Ugh. I got her out, without her tearing up the fence, but quickly learned that she enjoyed several cabbages, the broccoli and kale along with my blooming lavender phlox and some amaranthus leaves. Gee whiz, I felt stupid, but the deer haven’t been around much lately, so I let my guard down. I’ve also been told that a mountain lion has been spotted running across the road by our house – once at 3:45 in the a.m. and just last week at 9:30 a.m.
Anyway, I was able to save and transplant several cabbages and I planted the onions on Saturday. Also gave Peggy a call and told her the sad news.
I was a bit surprised that the Yurok Tribal leadership recently encouraged a raid of over 55,000 large marijuana plants claiming it is illegal to grow marijuana on the Yurok Reservation and the irrigation water is needed in the Klamath River for salmon.
Here is their press release: “This year’s “Operation Yurok” resulted in the eradication of approximately 55,000 marijuana plants. Large-scale cannabis cultivation, on and near the Yurok Reservation, is responsible for robbing millions of gallons of cold water from several tributaries that feed the Klamath River. The main purpose of the two-week, collaborative operation was to return as much water as possible to the Klamath and the Tribe’s community water systems, which are located downstream of many of the illegal pot plantations. Large quantities of chemical fertilizers, as well as illegal grading and trash dumping, were a common visage at the environmentally destructive grow sites.”
“Currently, the Klamath River is suffering from salmon-stressing, warm temperatures and low flows. Earlier this week, the Yurok Fisheries Program found adult Chinook salmon infected with Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich), the same deadly disease responsible for the 2002 fish kill. The pathogen thrives in warm, slow flowing water.”
Yep, kinda leaves you hanging alluding to other possibilities …
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 7-21-15

July 21, 2015
Liz Writes Life

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Apparently someone supporting the expansion of the JH Guest Ranch has been taking “Stop JH Expansion” signs. More than 25 signs have been taken off of private property during the past several weeks. This is alarming to a number of local folks.
Michael Stapleton from the Friends of French Creek, which opposes the expansion of JH, reported to the Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors that the signs were removed without any property owners’ agreement. He spoke with Sheriff Jon Lopey, who considers this “misdemeanor theft.” Michael said the sheriff would like to catch the thieves and is looking into the matter.
It is not a code violation to have the “Stop JH Expansion” signs on private property in Siskiyou County as the signs are actually protected under “freedom of speech.” The only private signs under any regulations are election campaign signs, which can only be up for a few months before an election.
Actually, it looks like the thieves have created a huge backlash as Michael told me the property owners want new signs put up and more local folks have called him wanting signs.
Once again, the problem is not with the original permit of 387 guests utilizing the JH camping program nor the type of business it is.
The problem lies with JH expanding their programs and number of guests, for years, (violating their permit) and now trying to obtain a permit for twice the 387 amount of people. This violates the 1980-designed Scott Valley Plan.
The county has not compromised and an expanded permit has not been granted to JH, which is contrary to what has been said by officials of JH.
Michael told me that if JH stayed within their 387 people permit there wouldn’t be a problem.
One major concern is the huge expansion of private cars caravanning down Scott Valley roads, (40 to 50 at a time) instead of the buses that were used originally to bring in the teenaged campers.
A look on the JH website shows their program has changed and the teen guests are now the minority and couple or adult programs now comprise about 70 percent of the guests; and it looks like most drive cars to JH camping destinations, which also includes the Scott River Lodge down in the Scott River canyon. This increased traffic does create an impact on roads, neighbors and affect safety issues.
The Old Time Rodeo will be this Saturday night, July 25th at the Pleasure Park Rodeo grounds outside of Etna. Kids events of Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Riding kick-off the rodeo at 4 p.m. Dance-in-the-dirt follows at the concession stand area.
Mt. Bolivar Grange is also holding a dance Saturday night in Callahan. So there is plenty to do, but please do not drink and drive as the local law enforcement officers will be out in force.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thurs. July 30th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.
Like many other folks I am hearing from, the zucchini is producing full-bore and is now a pest. Our corn is tall and putting on tassels; and Jack staked up the green beans. Heard from my friends, Clint and Sophie McBroom, and they are picking and eating fresh green beans already — and ripe tomatoes. Sophie planted “Early Girl” this year. So did I, but after the varmint ate our first ripe tomato two weeks ago, we haven’t had any more ripen. Guess their top-of-the-hill garden has just the right temps.
The cucumbers plants put on a lot of blooms and by Thursday I decided to see how many smaller cucs there were for dill pickles. Gee whiz, I ended up making seven quarts! And I think it was the first time I totally guessed right as all the cucs fit into seven jars. I pealed a bunch of my garlic putting two cloves in each jar and picked just the right amount of fresh dill from the garden. I didn’t even have much more than a half-cup of the vinegar-water brine left over. It was really nice to have it all match up.
On Saturday, I picked seven more eatable cucs.
The baby parsley and basils that I planted last week are still alive and I gave them a shot of Miracle Grow. Candy Cook-Slette told me that she used fish emulsion fertilizer on her basils and they have grown into bushes! I’ve heard that plants really like the fish emulsion.
I can’t find any of the onions growing that I planted from seed two weeks ago, but there are lots of tiny weeds. Guess I will have to be patient. Hopefully, the seeds will germinate.
The gladiolus started blooming with the deep burgundy first and now the lavender and apricot. Lavender phlox, bright yellow yarrow, cone flower and purple bull thistles are also adding color. My tall Shasta daisies are still going strong.
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 7-14-15

July 14, 2015
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Oh, this cooler weather and rain has been wonderful. Sure do hope the lightning strikes are followed by downpours to put out fires. I’ve been receiving updates from the Klamath National Forest and it sounds like they are trying to jump on any smoke that is found. They did report several dozen smokes and even some left-overs from last year’s fires. Yep, we are praying we don’t have fires like last year. And thank you to everyone who has been praying for rain and cooler temps. It worked!
My husband, Jack, didn’t have to irrigate the garden for several days, because of several mornings of drizzle. It is always a bit disconcerting when you get off your schedule of watering as it is easy to get behind, which I did a bit in watering my flowers. One dahlia is blooming and the volunteer four o’ clocks are taller than the zinnias. The red rose bloomed a second time and the yarrow is bright yellow.
With the weather being so cool, I decided it was the perfect time to plant the one-inch tall basils and the one parsley that did sprout in peat pots. None of the cabbage seeds came up in them and no cabbage grew, where I planted them outside. Guess I need to do some research on growing cabbage from seeds. The basil is planted where the cabbage didn’t come up and I pulled up the last cauliflower plant. There is enough room there to plant some lettuce seeds later this month. I decided to plant the “Sweet Spanish onion Utah strain” seeds where I pulled the garlic. Sure do hope that a significant amount come up for fall and winter onions.
Lost several small cherry (almost ripe) tomatoes to the varmint that ate our first ripe tomato. Hum, we are trying to figure out what to do, yet hoping it will just get tired of ripe tomatoes!
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thurs. July 30 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.
Last month, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Ray Haupt told us the county is five years into fighting a lawsuit brought by Environmental Law Foundation regarding groundwater. ELF claims the county has “failed” to manage groundwater in Scott Valley, but California water law does not dictate that counties regulate groundwater. Siskiyou County doesn’t want to control what property owners do with their well water, because it will bring in environmental regulations and permit costs to drill a well.
Ray also told us that ELF wants to put all water under the label of “public trust”, which will truly affect and change our current California Water Law putting the State of California in a much more powerful position to control all water throughout the state.
ELF wants to demand that in order for property owners to drill a well, they must first obtain and pass the California Environmental Quality Act. Maybe sounds harmless, but the cost of doing a CEQA is over $20,000 – mostly for fees and environmental studies. So, the cost to drill a well for a home would go up by at least $20,000 for the CEQA.
I talked with Siskiyou County Counsel, Brian Morris, and he said the county just filed a “petition for a writ of mandate” last week in the 3rd Dist. Court of Appeals. Both Ray and Brian have said Siskiyou must prevail against ELF in their lawsuit, because a loss will affect all the other counties in the state. “The battle continues,” said Brian.
Ray Haupt has been working with the House (congress) Natural Resources Committee in writing regulation to improve management of the federally-managed forests. He also participates on a wildfire committee that is trying to thin the forests to reduce the hot fires that are destroying the environment. So he was pleased when the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, called H.R. 2647, passed the House with 243 votes from Republicans and 19 from Democrats. Now the bill goes to the U.S. Senate for vote and that is worry-some, but at least the House agreed on a bill to improve the forests.
Several of the important parts in this bill include: Repeal of the ban on harvesting trees over 21-inches under the Eastside screens; Repeal of the “Survey and Manage” provisions of the North West Forest Plan; and Direction to BLM to develop a new alternative for their Western Oregon management plans to meet the O & C Act (Oregon and California Railroad Revested Lands Act) requirements for sustained yield forestry.
The 1994 Northwest Forest Plan provided for a certain amount to trees to be harvested and that requirement has never been met, so our national forests are now terribly overgrown in need of thinning and an active healthy management style.
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 7-7-15

July 7, 2015

Liz Writes Life

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Etna Party

The Scott Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Jamming on Main Street” this Saturday, July 11th, from 6 to 10 p.m. in Etna. Yes, Main Street will be closed off for music; and vendors of crafts and food will set up.
There is even a theme – Pacific Crest Trail Reunion. Davie Martin said this encompasses hikers coming-in, those coming back to finish and those that liked it here and just wanted to come back and say “Hi”. Davie added this is a great excuse for a party and the city is willing to close off the Main business block.

At 6 p.m., the Siskiyou County Homewreckers will kick off the fun with live music. The local belly dancers will show-off their stuff at 7:15 p.m. and I-Dance group will perform at 7:30ish. A watermelon eating contest will follow and then another set of music from the Homewreckers. The Pyro dancers may close out the evening. Sounds like a great time.

I remember back in the 50s, when the “Teen Center” held dances on Saturday nights up in the dance hall above City Hall. Sometimes, the teens talked (our grandfather) Etna Town Marshal, George “Dad” Dillman (and city council) into letting them throw hay bales out on Main Street, close it off, and dance or sock-hop the night away. At least that is what I recall as a real little kid! I was (as my brother put it) “too little and couldn’t go,” but my older sister was one of the organizers. So I remember it being a “big deal” and loads of fun. I asked her if they had live bands and she doesn’t think they did, so they probably danced to 78 records – maybe 45s, we don’t remember when the 45s came along. Do any of you?

Thank you to the Scott Valley Chamber for reviving an old-fashioned good time.

My sister and her husband, Lorena and David Norris, are returning next weekend for the Etna High School Reunion. Lorena graduated in 1960 and David in 1955, so they will actually be going to separate parties on Friday night. Saturday is a day of eating and socializing at City Park and all EHS grads are invited. Guess, I better stop in during the afternoon for a visit. Jess Bigham just emailed that he and his wife are driving down from Idaho!

2nd Amendment

The Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee is sponsoring a 2nd Amendment Saturday Fun Shoot on Sat. July 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at the Dunsmuir Rod and Gun Club over by the Dunsmuir airport by I-5. Rifle, handgun and youth ranges will be open for shooting.

Dave and Kathy Tyler are roasting two pigs for the barbecue at 2 p.m.
Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey and other law enforcement agencies will share expertise, including a SWAT Team. President of the California Gun Owners Assoc. Sam Paredes will be there and give an update on the state of the 2nd Amendment in California.

This is a fundraiser, so call Dan Dorsey at 926-2528 or Kathy Bergeron at 842-4400 for tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for ages 10-13 and free for 9 and under.


The Old-Time Rodeo sponsored by the Pleasure Park will be held on Sat. July 25 with kids events of Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Riding starting at 4 p.m. and the Rodeo at 5 p.m. To enter events, call Jaclyn Boyce this Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12 between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 530-340-5527.


Last week’s heat got the lettuce and it became tough and bitter, so it is getting turned into mulch, in that spot, and I plan on planting carrots there for a fall crop. My husband just announced that something ate our first tomato that was almost ripe. There is a tiny bit left on the ground. Ugh! Can’t find any deer tracks. Maybe it was a raccoon, but it would have had to scale the fence and go through the white baling twine strands on top. Actually that is not much of a deterrent for a raccoon. Anyway, bummer!

Thank you to Vonita Bishop, who gave me several ripe tomatoes and a pint of fresh-picked raspberries last week. Yum! Oh, the giant Shasta daisies are blooming. Yay.


At the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last month, Siskiyou Water Users’ President Richard Marshall asked if we had all received the newest notice from Pacific Power stating we will likely receive another surcharge increase. We are already paying one for the potential removal of the Klamath dams that many of us are working to save. This surcharge is to cover the Red Butte Transmission Project. You would think they should have enough profits to pay for their own improvements, instead of adding the cost to us customers. Frustrating.

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 6-30-15

June 30, 3015
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Congressman Doug LaMalfa is holding a Town Hall meeting tomorrow evening in Weed at 6 p.m. It will be held at the City Hall at 500 Main Street. He toured the terrible Boles Fire last September and likely hopes to see the rebuilding that is going on and address the fire and other issues plaguing the North State. Congressman LaMalfa works hard to stay in contact with the many constituents and communities in his district. Please attend, if possible.
I pulled the rest of the garlic and laid it under the pine tree to dry with the first batch. The oregano was ready to harvest and I did so in three different batches putting each batch of fresh oregano on stems in a pillow case, which was then put to dry in the back seat of my car and even rolled down the windows part way to let some of the heat out. They dried in about three days.
My husband picked the nice cauliflower and boy was it tasty, especially after smothering it with a mayo-mustard cheddar cheese sauce! The lettuce is getting tough, but is still surviving this heat. And the corn, well the old-timers said that corn should be knee-high by the Fourth of July, and ours is past my rear-end – no short-people comments! Yep, this warm spring and now very hot summer is making the garden grow.
Two friends bragged about having ripe tomatoes for nearly a month. Roy Hammer uses a green house and Vonita Bishop said she put her tomatoes in at least a month sooner than normal and uses the wall-o-waters to protect them from cold nights. I have not had good luck with the wall-o-waters, but really should try using them again.
Roy mentioned that the Fort Jones Farmer’s Market will open on July 7th at the Babe Ruth Baseball Field. Be there on time at 5:30 p.m. to get first pick.
The Etna Farmer’s Market was in full-swing at Dotty’s last Thursday night, when I drove by on my way to the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. Yep, it was hot, but there were checking it out.
We had a good turnout at our POW meeting including field reps from Assemblyman Brian Dahle’s office, Bruce Ross; and Erin Ryan from Congressman LaMalfa. Our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Ray Haupt also spoke and the Chairman of the Klamath County Commissioners, Tom Mallams, even drove over three hours to attend and speak about the drastic water issues affecting farmers in the Klamath Project and the Upper Klamath ranchers.
President Mike Adams said the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (also known as DFG) appealed San Bernardino Judge Ochoa’s decision that allowed suction dredge miners back into the river and won. So DFG is not backing down and has actually cited a number of the small dredge miners here in Siskiyou County.
Mark Baird explained the June 10th support (and situation) that helped several Scott Valley ranchers move some river gravel to protect their legal property right of water flowing into the Farmer’s Ditch. The diversion point on Scott River was destroyed in the January high-water and the ranchers had been trying for months to obtain a 1600 permit that would have allowed them to get in the river and fix their ditch and diversion point. The CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) has drug its feet and not issued the permit within its own allotted time schedule. This is what many state and federal agencies are doing. Remember that justice delayed is justice denied.
Currently, meetings are being held on the situation. Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey told me that he went out last week to actually see the small amount of work was done to obtain the legal water. I sure hope this can be settled in an affable manner.
Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams said the water issues in the Klamath Project and Upper Klamath area are extremely contentious and have divided communities and friends. There has been significant amount of threats leading to the equivalent of blackmail to get ranchers and farmers to agree to the KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement) and two other agreements — with the promise of water. Now those promises are being broken as more and more water curtailments are occurring. Mallams said that notices just went out from the State of Oregon demanding 44 agricultural wells in the Upper Klamath be shut off by the property owners. One of those notices is for his well and he said that he will not comply. I know Tom, personally, and will keep you all updated on this situation.
This POW meeting went for three hours, our longest yet, so I will share more info from it in next week’s column. Stay tuned.
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 6-25-15

June 23, 2015
Liz Writes Life

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Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. There will be updates on water issues, both local and statewide, according to President Mike Adams. Mark Baird will discuss senior and junior water rights. Siskiyou County Supervisor Ray Haupt will explain how the spotted owl listing to the Endangered Species Act (nearly 30 years ago) has devastated Siskiyou communities and economies. Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, will also share new information. Bring a dessert as we eat before, during and after.
On Friday night, June 26th, two bands will rock The REC from 8 to 11 p.m. The “B” Side will open for Stonewash and dancin’ will be expected. The REC is located at 11236 on N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Admission is $10 per person and the doors open for socializing at 5 p.m.
Yep, my husband picked three zucchini Friday and I made a stovetop casserole. It needed fresh tomatoes and, of course, we didn’t have any. So I used a half-pint of Italian tomatoes that I canned in 2013. I fried chopped onion and sliced zucchini in organic canola oil added dried basil, parsley and oregano, then the herbed tomatoes and sliced Monterey Jack cheese on top. Put the lid on to let it melt together and served it with barbecue steak along with the last of my homemade sourdough bread that I toasted with butter and garlic salt.
The green beans are coming up. So I think I have found my problem – I’ve been planting them too deep. One plant did get the tops eaten off by something, but the others are strong and sturdy. At least four cantaloupes are up from the last planting, whew, the one plant that came up last month just won’t produce enough for us. Jack also picked a broccoli. The last cauliflower looks really good and will need to be picked soon too.
Pulled half the garlic and laid them out to dry under the pine tree. Some are nice size. I was hoping the 20 plants that I left in the ground would grow a bit more, but the tops are starting to turn yellow, so I think they are done growing and should pull them.
Two friends reported to me on their garden. Candy Cook-Slette grinned while telling me about the big cucumbers that she has been picking and Ann Ohlund touted eating a ripe Sweet 100 Cherry tomato — and I drooled. They admitted starting their plants in greenhouses several months ago, but it goes to show that we can produce fresh vegetables for a longer than just a Scott Valley summer season.
Got to say that my poor old mostly-ignored rose bushes are spouting gorgeous red and orange blooms. I’ve been irrigating my now wild and very natural flower garden and it is nice to have the color of orange day lilies, bright pink lamb’s ears, daisy-like fever few the early Shasta Daisies.
Saw mill
I am really excited about Fruit Growers Supply Company and the saw mill they are building on the outskirts of Yreka. This week, I was able to speak with John Ernst, the mill manager, and learned there are over 50 contractors helping to build the mill plus 24 employees hired through employment services or Fruit Growers.
John said they are gearing up for a slow and safe start of the mill in August and estimates there will be 44 full-time employees. The mill is a full-service operation with logs coming in and lumber going out.
John said that Fruit Growers recently did a study and found what is called “waste wood” could be utilized and processed into smaller-size lumber for pallets. This waste wood includes small diameter trees from their plantations, thinning from harvests and fire restoration; plus the tops of harvested trees. Fruit Growers believes there will be sufficient supply to keep the mill in operation using product from its own properties and product from adjacent properties — both public and private. Fruit Growers also owns an affiliated pallet manufacturing facility in Visalia, California that will utilize pallet-sized lumber produced at the Yreka saw mill.
Folks, this is really good news and will certainly help our local economy.
Terry Salvestro, timber lands manager for Fruit Growers in Hilt, told me that Fruit Growers is shipping close to half a million board feet per day off the 2014 Beaver Fire on the Klamath River. The company was able to obtain a Cal-Fire Emergency Notice that allows salvage of substantially damaged timber lands, while still meeting all the state regulations protecting the environment. They began harvesting the dead and damaged trees in September 2014 as soon as it was safely possible to do so. It is so great to see the logging trucks go by my house!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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