Liz Writes Life 7-15-14

 

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
July 15, 2014

I should have harvested the garlic sooner as the stalks had dried up and were not strong enough for pulling. So, I grabbed the shovel and found all 18 garlic that had grown. The shovel only sliced through the sides of two of them, so I didn’t ruin too many. I put the garlic on the porch to dry and the Friday morning short rain got them wet. But, they quickly dried and it was great to have a bit of rain. I put them in a paper bag and wrote in black permanent ink: Garlic July 2014.
The heavy rainstorm last Tuesday missed Callahan, except for 6 drops. So, when driving through the valley (and seeing Mel Fechter’s emailed photos), I was really happy for the Greenview and Fort Jones folks to have received so much rain. Mel said he had 1.4 inches up North Kidder Creek.
Made my first zucchini casserole last week from some zucchini that Candy Slette gave me. And then, we noticed zucchini growing already on our half-grown plants. Green tomatoes are growing, but I don’t expect a ripe one until August. I better stop by the Farmer’s Markets on Tuesday in Fort Jones and Thursday in Etna to get some ripe tomatoes.
I spread bark mulch on the peppers, parsley, onions, cantaloupe, watermelon, zucchini and cucumbers last week. The green beans have grown so fast that they are sorta mulching themselves with their big shady leaves.

Old Time Rodeo

The annual summer version of Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeos will be held on Sat. July 26th. The rodeo starts at 4 p.m. with the fun kids events of Mutton Bustin’, Kids Calf Riding and Jr. Steer Riding. Then the Grand Entry of cowboys and cowgirls kick’s off around 5 p.m. followed by Bareback Bronc Riding, timed roping events, Bull Riding and the popular Saddle Cow Riding. I think admission is $10 for adults.
Hopefully, our heat streak will have cooled off a bit. I remember serving as secretary of the Old Time Rodeo back in the 1980s, when Caroline Luis wasn’t able to do it. The setting sun beat into the announcer’s stand until we were all dripping with sweat. But as soon as the sun goes down, typically the temperature drops immediately.
Scott Murphy has been doing the announcing for the Pleasure Park Rodeos for five or six years now and he does it for free. Thanks Scott, you really help out the organization. Don’t know if he has been stung by yellow jackets or wasps as the rodeo board tries to keep several cans of bug killer around to spray nests. Darned if they don’t build nests in odd places. One time about 25 years ago, Mike Bryan was our announcer and we forgot to check for nests in the announcer’s stand and he was hammered with a bunch of stings. But, like a typical hard-as-nails rancher, Mike just shrugged it off and announced anyway. Thanks Mike!
Once I was in a hurry to get some photos and ran through some left-over garbage that had gotten dumped and a bunch of yellow jackets went up my pant legs. I got stung pretty good, before I could get them out. When I was younger, I was pretty allergic to bee stings, so I thought it best to go over and sit by the ambulance crew. I didn’t have any bad reactions and had a nice visit with those good folks. It is always a good rodeo, when the ambulance crew gets to watch the entire event without having to take an injured participant to the hospital.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thursday, July 31st at the Fort Jones Community Center. There will be lots to talk about.

July 19

Remember the “Blues on the Green” music concert from noon to 8 p.m. at the Etna City Park and the Siskiyou Republican Women’s BBQ at the Miner’s Inn in Yreka from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

JH Ranch

Sorry, but I must complain about the lack of things-getting-fixed by the county and JH Guest Ranch up French Creek. The Friends of French Creek have brought legitimate grievances and it looks like nothing has been done as far as demanding enforcement of JH guest population. The business has a permit for 250 guests and the amount of cars and convoys going up French Creek to JH looks to still be bursting that number. Just cuz many vehicles are traveling in the dark of night doesn’t make them invisible.
I thought that the Siskiyou Co. Planning Commission was going to begin discussion at their July 16 meeting, but I have since learned that any discussion of JH is postponed until possibly October. Gee whiz, folks, the summer guest season will be over and, once again, JH will not have been made to comply with their permits.
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 7-8-14

July 8, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Lettuce and peas are about done in the garden. Last week, I fried up some new red potatoes and I am sure russets are ready to eat. The garlic should be ready to pull up this month. Onions, peppers, cucs, watermelon, cantaloupe, green beans and tomato plants really took off last week. They love this heat. I don’t. Ugh.
Last week, I decided to start drying parsley. The one plant that volunteered needed to be harvested and the six I planted are ready too. Found the dehydrator and darned if I didn’t forget to remove the parsley that I had dried in October. I thought I had dried some late in the season and wanted to give it to my daughters-in-law. But when I went to package it in November, I couldn’t find it. Guess I need to remember to always check the dehydrator!
After sitting all winter in the tub with the dog and cat food, I decided not to keep that batch of parsley. Going to have lots this year and hopefully I’ll remember where I put it. Basil seeds finally came up and there will be plenty of basil to dry too. The lemon balm, oregano and mint need to be harvested. So I better get to it, before they bloom.
I want to move oregano inside the fence, so I can remember to irrigate it better. With it being so dry this year, it didn’t get water in the spring and it isn’t nearly as tall; just got to make a place for it.
Been babying the cosmos and four o’clocks that volunteered along with a few amaranthus that will be the giant maroon ones. A dahlia is blooming along with the bright pink lambs ears, yellow yarrow, two rose bushes and the ever-dependable orange day lilies. Giant Shasta daisies are just now starting to bloom. Oh, the glads are growing too.
July 19
It will be a busy day on Sat. July 19th. In Scott Valley the Scott Valley Blues Club is sponsoring a “Blues on the Green” event at the Etna City Park. Four bands will play from noon to 8 p.m. They are: Uncle Staxx, with Johnny Zappola, Casey Kelley; Ron Lovelace Blues Band; Mike & The Meteorites; and Li’l Stogie Guitars & The Doghouse Blues Band. Admission is $15 at the gate. Looks like the Etna Lions and Dalmations will have food concessions that will benefit the scholarship fund for the Etna High School and the Scott Valley Fire Protection District.
This is Scott Valley’s version of entertainment that will replace the Blue Grass Festival, which has been moved to the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds Aug. 25-31.
In Yreka, at the Miner’s Inn lawn, the Siskiyou County Republican Women Federated will hold a “Sons and Daughters of Liberty Country BBQ” with Dave and Kathy Tyler cooking up baby back ribs, chicken, beans and all the fixin’s. It starts at 11 a.m. with the BBQ at noon. Cost is $20 per person if you purchase before the event. Congressman Doug LaMalfa will be the keynote speaker.
The ladies are so excited about their big “opportunity drawing” item. It is a FMK 9 mm handgun with the Bill of Rights etched on the barrel. Lots of other great prizes as well. Call Candace Slette at 468-2601 for tickets.
Girl Scouts
Dora Shelden called to let me know that the Girls Scouts in Fort Jones has been rejuvenated. There are three girls in Troop 70050 in 4th and 5th grades. They are Cassidy Burgan, Danielle Saran and Ava Alford-Wells. They are now working on a special project to help them earn their Bronze Award. The girls have made posters that encourage folks to shop locally. They will be putting up the posters this summer. Dora said the girls are excited about the “Shop local” project and will speak to groups. For more info, call Dora at 459-5449.
Callahan P.O.
Well, the federal Postal Service is at it again. After reducing the hours to a dozen Post Offices in Siskiyou County, the feds are trying to remove our Post Master from the Callahan Post Office and reduce our office hours to just four per day. We fought it several years ago. I received the info and a Customer Survey `sheet in the mail to fill out. Frustrating thing is that the survey only has four choices and none are the one I want. I want our Post Master to remain and the hours to be kept at eight per day, which is guaranteed under the Constitution.
Postal Service reps will be holding a town meeting that is part of their review process, on Tuesday, July 29th at the Callahan Community Church. Time is 7 p.m. Let’s hope they operate the meeting correctly this time. They didn’t three years ago. Please attend this 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 7-1-14

July 1, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Master Gardener Roy Hammer let me know the Farmer’s Market in Fort Jones will be starting next Tuesday, July 8th with an earlier “start” time of 5 p.m. They meet at the Big Ball Field on Highway 3 and you better get there on-time, cuz the good stuff sells out within a half hour.
Roy also said he is eating ripe tomatoes that he planted from seed on March 9th. You got to be kidding me! But I do believe him, I really do. Roy says the key to good plant growth is warm soil. And I do see a light on in his green house during the evenings in early spring. I think he has several tricks up his sleeve.
I thinned the zucchini to just two plants and in two days they tripled in size. The basil finally came up and I’ll transplant some of them. I didn’t get out the Miracle Gro last week, so that needs to be done.
Remember on Thursday nights, in Etna, there is a Farmer’s Market at Dotty’s on the corner on Highway 3. It starts at 4:30 p.m.

2nd Amendment
The Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee held a gun shoot at the Dunsmuir Gun Club on Saturday. We had a great BBQ tri-tip dinner cooked by Dave and Kathy Tyler. Boy Scouts helped set up and take down and the Scout Master along with others organized the shooting. No contests, just a chance to go practice.
I hit a bull’s eye, just barely on the side of the red color. So it wasn’t in the middle, but I did hit the bulls’ eye and I was standing 25 feet away. Hadn’t even practiced with my .38 Ruger revolver pistol, so I think it was a lucky shot.
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey was asked to do a “shoot off” with the winner of a drawing. Several folks could hardly wait hoping to compete against our Sheriff. It was Republican Women’s Past President Donna Bacigalupi’s name that was drawn and then they were shocked, when it wasn’t a gun they would be using. Instead they were given sling shots with BBs as the ammo. Took a few tries to get some practice in. BBs are very small and difficult to manipulate into the leather pocket of the sling shot. Finally the BBs were gone, but the targets were still up, so Sheriff quickly found a nice pebble and shot it. And he knocked down a target first. Both were good sports, especially when Sheriff Lopey had been getting in some extra practice with his guns earlier in the day. Great fun.
Dan Dorsey organized the event and Russ Porterfield, along with his “cowboy” group, gave a demonstration shooting rifles and Colt .45 pistols. Pretty neat. Congressman Doug LaMalfa was able to attend and he even got into the action shooting with the pistol. Hit the metal targets too. Oh, there was also an interesting black powder gun demonstration.
After dinner, Congressman LaMalfa talked a bit about his time in Washington D.C. calling it a “fascinating ride.” What a positive way to describe the mess that is going on back there. Once again, LaMalfa is very cognizant of Siskiyou County and the myriad of issues facing us. “You are the tip of the spear,” he told us, “It’s like they are practicing on you.”
He said to never give up and to always turn out to vote. Call your U.S. Senators, he said, and let them know your concerns especially regarding the water storage issues. More water supply is good for everybody.
Congressman LaMalfa is seated on two significant committees, the Natural Resources and Agriculture. And, yes, he is pretty disgusted with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) expanding its jurisdiction over rain water. He also believes tree salvage should be occurring on the 2013 Rim Fire. “Why not salvage it, while it still has value?” he said. Leaving it to rot is “nonsense.”
LaMalfa said there is a lot of negotiating over legislation, but finished saying that he is fighting back. “It is a tremendous honor to walk those halls for you.”

POW meeting
President Andrew Hurlimann discussed the letter he received from the State Dept. of Water Resources, which stated that junior water rights were shut off. He also explained the “surplus” of water that was expected to be turned back into the Scott River. But, because of the drought, both issues are moot as Scott River water flow has dropped significantly and the river went underground up near Callahan two months early – in June. Right now, the Scott’s flow can be compared to September. There is not enough water to even flow into the Farmers’ Ditch or the Scott Valley Irrigation District ditch.
We talked about other issues, but I’ve run out of space. If you would like to take a CCW (Concealed Weapons) class, call Andrew as he is in contact with an instructor. Andrew’s number is 467-3146.
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 6-24-14

June 24, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News

Scott Valley POW
Protect Our Water will hold its regular meeting this Friday, June 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share and know that we eat dessert first. President Andrew Hurlimann has a full slate on the agenda. Water issues are high on the list. Mark Baird will discuss the potential Water Bond that will likely be on the November ballot. He will also give an update on the counties that are joining the State of Jefferson.
Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman LaMalfa plans on driving up from Redding and updating us on the battle with the corruption and bureaucrats at the Veterans Administration in Oakland. Should be fun!
We will also have info on the Fire Prevention Fee and encourage folks to fill out the “Petition for Redetermination” for a refund – if the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc. prevails in their lawsuit. If you need a petition to fill out, it can be found on Cal-Fire’s website: fire prevention fee.org (no spaces). Find the name “Petition for Redetermination” on the right side column, click on it and the pdf document comes up for printing.
Time has gotten away from me and I apologize for not getting any of these petition forms copied and to the local Hardware stores. If you are desperate, give me a call and I will try to help you.
Anyway we have lots to talk about at the POW meeting, especially since we haven’t met for several months due to other meetings.

Statehood
Earlier this month, I went to Grants Pass to listen to Utah Representative Ken Ivory speak about statehood and that the Western states should demand the federal government relinquish public lands to states. Believe it or not, under the U.S. Constitution, this should have been accomplished at statehood; and is the major reason why Western States do not have control of public lands.
In 2012, Representative Ivory sponsored Utah legislation H.B. 148, titled, “The Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act” which asserts that the federal government must grant its federal lands to the State of Utah. The legislation passed the Senate and was signed into law by the governor. The feds have until December 31, 2014 to transfer the lands that should have been granted to Utah upon statehood back in 1896.
This process of transferring public lands occurred for states East of the Rockies, but not in the Western states. Ninety percent of Illinois was managed by the feds, until the state fought for the public lands. Ivory said each state is a sacred sovereign and that “States do not have to yield to the federal government.” Wow, what a novel idea! I love it.
For 200 years, Congress recognized its duty to dispose of the public lands at statehood. It wasn’t until 1976 that Congress passed the Federal Land Policy Management Act, called FLPMA, declaring it was their new “policy to retain these lands in federal ownership.”
However, in 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that Congress doesn’t have the authority to change ‘the uniquely sovereign character’ of a state’s admission into the Union, particularly “where virtually all of a state’s public lands are a stake.” “This has been done before,” Rep. Ivory told us and the Western States financially and environmentally need to have this control.
Garden
Keep forgetting to brag a bit on the potatoes. They made it through the frosts and are over two feet high and blooming. I think I need to check, cuz there are likely new potatoes we can start eating. The carrots are coming up and I better get them thinned and weeded. Finally, gave away the last of the first crop of lettuce. Have one more two-foot patch to pick.
Zucchini is starting to take off and I better Miracle Gro the tomatoes, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe and watermelon this week.
Alternative 8
For more than a year, local woodcutters and recreationists have locked horns with the U.S. Forest Service and its huge reduction in the availability of roads for public use. In the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest, more than 90 percent of the road system has been taken away from public use.
As a result, local concerned citizens recently put forth “The People’s Plan” and dubbed it Alternative 8. There is specific language that would fix the problems created by the Forest Service especially about obtaining firewood. Possession of a valid firewood permit would allow the holder to travel cross-country for the purpose of cutting and loading. Also this Alt.8 demands an accurate map of the open and closed roads in KNF and that closed routes will be obliterated, barred and posted to alleviate any confusion.
I really like this Alt. 8. It is available to read on my Liz Bowen.com site. Next week, I’ll talk about the next strategy.
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 6-17-14

June 17, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Green beans are popping up better than normal and there will be a pretty good batch that make it through the cutworms and other bugs chomping on them just below the ground. It looks like about 10 percent of the seeds that I planted made it, which is much more than usual.
Only nine cucumbers are up. I don’t need to make a lot of dill pickles, so will decide if I need to plant a few more. The zucchini came up great and I have too many. Yes, seven zucchini are too many! Will dig up and give several to neighbor Pat Swanson. Only one cantaloupe is up and no watermelon. So I will replant those.
The carrots are poking up and the volunteer parsley needs to be harvested.

Fire Tax
Two weeks ago, folks in the rural areas of Siskiyou County began receiving their latest bill from the State of California for the bogus Fire Prevention Fee. The state Board of Equalization is in charge of mailing the bills. Homeowners receiving the bill have until July 2, 2014 to pay the $150 dollars – then a penalty will be assessed, according to the Board of Equalization.
The Fire Prevention fee has been quite controversial and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association jumped in the battle filing a class-action lawsuit, last year, claiming the state legislature did not correctly vote on AB X1 29 and it is in reality an illegal tax.
Also, we rural home owners claim we are already paying for fire prevention to the State Cal-Fire agency and our local Fire Protection Districts. And the most disgusting atrocity is that these new funds do not go for fire prevention, but to the state general fund.
This is the third bill in less than two years, because the state legislature demanded a retro to 2011 billing. So this bill is for year 2013 to 2014.
What to do? Once again, Howard Jarvis recommends that the bill is paid, but under protest. Write “Paid Under Protest” on your check and be sure to fill out the “Petition for Redetermination” and mail it in with your bill and check. Petition for Redetermination is the government’s wordy description for — a REFUND. If the class-action lawsuit by Howard Jarvis wins, the Petition for Redetermination should see that you do receive a refund. But, because California bureaucrats are not always honest, be sure to keep copies of each of your checks and Petition for Redetermination so you can prove you have opposed the Fire Prevention Fee.
It is also recommended that you make copies of your check and send them to all three of the addresses for the “redetermination” refund.
Also, last year I received a “late” notice, which said I owed an additional penalty. I paid the bill a week before the deadline, but later learned the Board of Equalization was behind on opening envelopes that then made my check late! Remember, we are dealing with a bureaucracy and bureaucrats that don’t care – not a government that serves the people.
So I will be mailing all my bills and reterminations by certified mail. It will be well worth the cost, just to prove when I mailed the bill.

SB 53
The assault against the Second Amendment continues as legislation making its way through state legislature will demand a permit — just to purchase ammunition. Senate Bill 53 passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a five to two vote and will now go to the Assembly floor, where it can be considered at any time.
This bill passed the State Senate Committee and Senate last year, so stopping this bill in the Assembly is critical.
Language in the bill will require purchasers of ammunition to register with the state Department of Justice to obtain a permit to purchase ANY ammunition. Registration will require submission of fingerprints, a background check and costly fees. The new law will require the collection and reporting of personal information and will also ban online and mail-order sales of all ammunition by residents of California.
The costly permit is also proposed to be renewed every two years.
So, it is critical that you contact Assemblyman Brian Dahle immediately to urge him to oppose this outrageous legislation. Assemblyman Dahle’s phone number is 916-319-2001.
Senate Bill 53 will be a huge infringement on the Second Amendment. This bill will not dissuade or stop criminals from purchasing ammunition on the black market or elsewhere. It will actually create a bigger underground black market.
You can also discuss this legislation with Assemblyman Dahle during a town hall meeting on, Thursday, June 19th at the Weed City Hall located on Main Street in Weed. Time is 7 to 8 p.m.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

 

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“The People” propose Alternative 8 for USFS road travel in KNF

To Klamath National Forest

MOTOR VEHICLE USE PLAN

             ALTERNATIVE 8

        “THE PEOPLES PLAN”

 

For an extensive period of time the issue of USDA Forest Service (USFS) management of public lands and roadways has been hotly debated in the public eye.  There has been a slight amount of give and take in respect to access to firewood cutting areas.  There has also been extensive written and verbal protest to the methodology of route determination and implementation of a biased plan.

With that being said, the concerned citizens of Siskiyou County submit another alternative for management consideration.  We, as a group not only concerned with access but also conservation of the public lands, set forth to rectify a 90% loss of public access on the Klamath National Forest (KNF).  A percentage attested to by a Forest Service Public Information Officer (PIO).

There have been many misleading and outright false statements made during sometimes heated conversations with USFS representatives. As prudent individuals we have strived to discover the facts and ignore the false.  However, it is too easy to pull the wool over some of the public’s eyes with repetition and diversion. This alternative is a clear path to consolidation and cooperation between all shareholders with emphasis on access and coordination. 

Item 1) The definition of cross-country shall be reduced to a layman terminology. At any point a vehicle leaves a visible roadway to travel into unimproved locations or to a second roadway, it shall be considered cross-country. A vast majority of the public mistakenly understood cross-country to mean off road use, not off of USFS recognized road use.  There were no initial protests since under that understanding there were to be no historical roadways closed to public access.  The USFS was disingenuous in describing the actual impacts by simply reiterating they were opening more roads, not closing them.  For the purposes of this document a road is a road is a road.  If it looks like a road, then it is one, period.

Item 2) Any established road be it a main ingress/egress, loop or spur shall be considered a driveable road for the purposes of this document. An established road is one that has been given a management number at some point in time, regardless of intent or application to the USFS system.  

Item 3) All recognized and numbered roads shall be rated according to the standard engineering protocols.  Ratings will dictate what class of vehicle would be allowed according to safety considerations.

Item 4) For the purpose of big game retrieval access is allowed solely for the purpose of retrieving downed game cross-country.  Legal hunting firearms would not be permitted on any vehicle utilized for the retrieval. A walking assistant could carry a legal firearm during the process. No more than two OHV classed vehicles may be utilized for a single retrieval. Under extreme circumstances consideration may be given for a hot weather retrieval with other than an OHV on a case by case basis.

Item 5) Established campsites shall be noted and accessible for vehicle use. All shareholders will cooperate in the process of campsite documentation. Campsites could be decommissioned on a case by case basis with strong justification given for the lack of access. Wild and scenic campsites could be established with the same justification provided and shareholder agreement.

Item 6) The USFS management personnel shall provide a detailed list of suggested roads to be closed to all shareholders.  Shareholders shall meet in a mutually agreed upon location to discuss the validity of the closures.  Closures shall be based on impacts to cultural, botanical, water and land resources. 

Item 7) Persons with documented disabilities regardless of the analysis protocol shall have approved access to all roadways, regardless of vehicle type utilized.  Any placard, license, or plate shall suffice for the purposes of disability documentation.

Item 8) Firewood retrieval shall be recognized as an integral part of public lands utilization.  Possession of a valid firewood permit shall allow the holder to travel cross-country for the purpose of cutting and loading.  Travel shall be limited to firewood purposes only and not any other purpose.

Item 9) A map shall be assembled to serve not only as a guide but as a navigational aide to the forest user.  General landmarks shall be identified for ease of use. Closed routes shall be obliterated, barred, barricaded or posted to alleviate any confusion.  

Item 10) Areas of biologic, cultural or environmental sensitivity shall be clearly identified.  Access to such areas will be determined by the shareholders with the best interest of the area key to determination.

Item 11) Shareholders will be chosen by each identified party to attend and consult for closure determination. Shareholders shall consist of two representatives from any group wishing to be represented regardless of the recognition process utilized.  Decisions shall be made without prejudice to allow fair and balanced access to public lands.  Areas shall be recognized according to existing protocols and managed as those protocols dictate.  Exempt lands such as wildlife strongholds and wilderness areas shall be maintained as non-motorized but lands without those designations must be mutually agreed upon for limited or no access.

Item 12) Listing of any road due to a maintenance issue will not be considered.  Roads have not been regularly maintained by the USFS for better than 20 years. If a roadway puts itself to bed naturally, then so be it. 

Item 13) Safety of a roadway shall be the lead determining factor for limitation or closure.  If the roadway is not safe, it shall be closed by whatever means necessary.  All shareholders must agree that safety is compromised and the roadway must be abandoned.

       

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Liz Writes Life 6-17-14

June 17, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Green beans are popping up better than normal and there will be a pretty good batch that make it through the cutworms and other bugs chomping on them just below the ground. It looks like about 10 percent of the seeds that I planted made it, which is much more than usual.

Only nine cucumbers are up. I don’t need to make a lot of dill pickles, so will decide if I need to plant a few more. The zucchini came up great and I have too many. Yes, seven zucchini are too many! Will dig up and give several to neighbor Pat Swanson. Only one cantaloupe is up and no watermelon. So I will replant those.

The carrots are poking up and the volunteer parsley needs to be harvested.

Fire Tax

Two weeks ago, folks in the rural areas of Siskiyou County began receiving their latest bill from the State of California for the bogus Fire Prevention Fee. The state Board of Equalization is in charge of mailing the bills. Homeowners receiving the bill have until July 2, 2014 to pay the $150 dollars – then a penalty will be assessed, according to the Board of Equalization.

The Fire Prevention fee has been quite controversial and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association jumped in the battle filing a class-action lawsuit, last year, claiming the state legislature did not correctly vote on AB X1 29 and it is in reality an illegal tax.

Also, we rural home owners claim we are already paying for fire prevention to the State Cal-Fire agency and our local Fire Protection Districts. And the most disgusting atrocity is that these new funds do not go for fire prevention, but to the state general fund.

This is the third bill in less than two years, because the state legislature demanded a retro to 2011 billing. So this bill is for year 2013 to 2014.

What to do? Once again, Howard Jarvis recommends that the bill is paid, but under protest. Write “Paid Under Protest” on your check and be sure to fill out the “Petition for Redetermination” and mail it in with your bill and check. Petition for Redetermination is the government’s wordy description for — a REFUND. If the class-action lawsuit by Howard Jarvis wins, the Petition for Redetermination should see that you do receive a refund. But, because California bureaucrats are not always honest, be sure to keep copies of each of your checks and Petition for Redetermination so you can prove you have opposed the Fire Prevention Fee.

It is also recommended that you make copies of your check and send them to all three of the addresses for the “redetermination” refund.

Also, last year I received a “late” notice, which said I owed an additional penalty. I paid the bill a week before the deadline, but later learned the Board of Equalization was behind on opening envelopes that then made my check late! Remember, we are dealing with a bureaucracy and bureaucrats that don’t care – not a government that serves the people.

So I will be mailing all my bills and reterminations by certified mail. It will be well worth the cost, just to prove when I mailed the bill.

        

SB 53

The assault against the Second Amendment continues as legislation making its way through state legislature will demand a permit — just to purchase ammunition.  Senate Bill 53 passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a five to two vote and will now go to the Assembly floor, where it can be considered at any time.

This bill passed the State Senate Committee and Senate last year, so stopping this bill in the Assembly is critical.

Language in the bill will require purchasers of ammunition to register with the state Department of Justice to obtain a permit to purchase ANY ammunition. Registration will require submission of fingerprints, a background check and costly fees. The new law will require the collection and reporting of personal information and will also ban online and mail-order sales of all ammunition by residents of California.

The costly permit is also proposed to be renewed every two years.

So, it is critical that you contact Assemblyman Brian Dahle immediately to urge him to oppose this outrageous legislation. Assemblyman Dahle’s phone number is 916-319-2001.

Senate Bill 53 will be a huge infringement on the Second Amendment. This bill will not dissuade or stop criminals from purchasing ammunition on the black market or elsewhere. It will actually create a bigger underground black market.

You can also discuss this legislation with Assemblyman Dahle during a town hall meeting on, Thursday, June 19th at the Weed City Hall located on Main Street in Weed. Time is 7 to 8 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 6-10-14

June 10, 2014

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

 

Second Amendment supporters are invited to get their guns sited-in for the gun contests and BBQ sponsored by the Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee on Sat. June 28th. This a fundraiser that will be held at the Dunsmuir Gun Club off of Mott Road from 2 to 5 p.m. for only $20. Dave and Kathy Tyler are cooking tri-tip beef, beans and salad. You can call Dan Dorsey for more info at 926-2528.

Chrome lost

Yep, I was pretty bummed when California Chrome didn’t win the Belmont Race. I saw one photo showing the bloodied back of a front hoof. It happened during the race. I’ve seen it happen in rodeo and cattle horses if they end up with a stride that over-reaches from a hind hoof. You will see rubber bell protections on some horses that tend to do that, so I think the injury certainly had something to do with his not having the steam he needed at the end.

Also, Don Meamber sent me an email bringing up an interesting question. I know that life isn’t fair, but we try to even the odds in sports – especially horse races. Don said it doesn’t seem right that a horse that didn’t compete in the previous two races should be allowed to enter the third-leg of the Triple Crown. But, that is part of the glory: Being able to withstand all challengers during the five weeks of the three big races. But, it is unfortunate the horses can be entered in any of the three races. Does seem horses running for Triple Crown should have had to run in all three races. Anyway, I still think highly of Chrome and hope that he goes on to win more races for his owners and trainer.

Elections

It was great to see Ray Haupt win by 78 percent in the District 5 Siskiyou Supervisor race. Ray told me that Anne Marsh called him and offered congratulations. They both ran a pleasant and clean campaign, which is a rarity. But it sure makes it easier to move forward, when there hasn’t been negative, mean and false statements thrown about. I like Jennie Ebejer and was happy that she prevailed as county auditor.

A lot of my conservative picks at the state-level didn’t win and I was especially disappointed that Assemblyman Tim Donnelly didn’t win over Neel Kashkari in the Republican race. And I can’t believe that so many rural counties still voted Kamala D. Harris for our State Attorney General. She practically aided and abetted the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Game) in the illegal permit program that they tried to make landowners obtain up here in Siskiyou in 2010. Under the water codes, the landowners utilize their legal Water Right during the irrigation season and they do not need a costly permit to open their headgate.

Measure C

People are still confused on the Jefferson Republic Territory. I voted against Measure C as it would not have created a State of Jefferson as many of the promoters claimed. It only pertained to the land mass within the boundaries of the County of Siskiyou in establishing a district type of entity, which could have then created another government along with another batch of taxes.

Our separate project, the Jefferson Declaration for withdrawal from the State of California, was placed on two ballots by the Del Norte and Tehama County Supervisors. It failed with only 41 percent in Del Norte after the SEIU and ALF-CIO spent $40,000 campaigning against it. The Jefferson Committee over there did one heck of a job on a little-to-no budget.

In Tehama County, the people approved the measure with 56 percent of the vote. We now have five counties that approve the Declaration to withdraw and create a new state: Siskiyou, Modoc, Glenn, Yuba and Tehama. For more info on our State of Jefferson Declaration project involving Northern California counties, go to: Jefferson Declaration.net on the web.

I was also happy that Congressman Doug LaMalfa garnered the most votes. He and his staff are continuing to expose the corruption in the Oakland regional office of the Veterans Administration. Recently, tremendous abuses have been exposed nationwide in V.A. offices and hospitals. Time for those greedy bureaucrats to lose their high-level positions.

Wolf

Yes, I find it outrageous that the CA. Fish and Game Commissioners voted to list the Canadian gray wolf through the CA. Endangered Species Act. They are violating California law, which states that an animal must be a “native species” with a reduced population to be listed. OR-7 or any other wolf is not native to California as the Dept. admits that the last of any California wolves were killed in the 1930s.

Question: Why can government officials and employees violate the law and get away with it?

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

 

 

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Liz Writes Life 6-3-14

June 3, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It’s election day for the California Primary. I sure hope that everyone voted and next week I’ll talk about the results.

Garden

Even though NOAA weather claimed it wasn’t going to freeze, luckily we covered the seven tomato plants, six peppers and I drug out a bunch of blankets and canvases to cover the 30 potato plants on Tuesday night, May 27th. I was coming home late from the movie “Blue” and noticed the car’s temperature gauge was registering 39 degrees. Oops, bad news. Jack had also thought it was getting cooler than expected and had covered the tomatoes, but I wanted to make sure everything else was covered and fortunately I had pulled out a bunch of canvas from the garage. I have a variety of sizes and weights of the old-fashioned canvas that my dad used when he went camping/hunting or to wrap a buck in after being shot and to cover the garden. Whenever I went camping on horseback to the mountains with my dad, we never used a tent – just the canvas to cover our sleeping bags. I didn’t know you were supposed to use a tent to camp in!

Saved the plants by covering again on Wed. night.

I did “Miracle Gro” the tomatoes, parsley, peppers, onions, garlic and strawberry plants two weeks ago, and the tomatoes are starting to take off. Need to give them another shot this week. It was a busy week, so I didn’t get any more seeds planted and that is on the list for this week.

Still trying to decide how much irrigating to cut back. I need to dry oregano, so it is getting water. The Oriental poppies, blue flax, purple and yellow iris are blooming right now. The comfrey is blooming pink bells and glads are up. Only a few columbine are blooming, because I didn’t pull the pine needles away and the mulch is too thick for them to grow through.

Bi-State Alliance

An unusual meeting was held on May 3, 2014 in Dorris, California as the Siskiyou County Supervisors and Klamath County Commissioners discussed the need to voice their joint opposition to Klamath dam removal and a U.S. Senate Task Force that is trying to push the issue and obtain over $250,000 million to destroy the dams.

First, let’s remember that the Senate does not appropriate monies. Under the Constitution, it is the appropriations committee in the House of Representatives that designate monies for projects. It is then that the Senate must also approve of monies being spent.

So far, the Natural Resources Committee in the House has not approved legislation to fund the Klamath Dam removal. Leading Congressmen in this committee are not in favor of the destruction of the Klamath dams. They include the Chairman Doc Hastings from Washington State along with Tom McClintock and Doug LaMalfa from California.

But the powers-that-be want those dams out, so they went to Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who submitted SB 2379 and is working to find the funds to make Klamath dam removal happen. That Senate Committee is meeting today, June 3rd to vote on the legislation.

But, Siskiyou Co. Supervisors and the Klamath Co. Commissioners decided they will provide active opposition to SB 2379 and jointly wrote a letter signed by all five Siskiyou Sups and the three Klamath Commissioners. Congressman McClintock and his staff were working on Monday to deliver the letter to all of the Senate Committee members.

Tom Mallams, vice-chair of the Klamath Commissioners, told me it is time to show constructive opposition. The counties have not been duly acknowledged in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the majority of the citizens of both counties have voiced their objection to the destruction of the Klamath dams. Mallams said there are much cheaper alternatives to the total cost of $500,000 million for removal of the dams and Siskiyou has been a proponent of those viable alternatives, which have fallen on deaf ears.

The Siskiyou/Klamath letter also explains that Klamath dam removal should be a dead issue because in 2011 the House of Representatives voted to deny funding for dam removal studies in 2011.

The most amazing part of this SB 2379 is that it states it will “improve natural resource management, support economic development and sustain agricultural production in the Klamath River Basin in the public interest”.

What a crock! Agriculture in the Siskiyou area will lose its water, because of the KBRA. We think the current natural drought is bad, this will be a drought made by government bureaucrats, Tribes and Greenies.

My hat is off to all of the Siskiyou Sups and Klamath Commissioners. Thank you for taking a stand for your citizens. You can find a link to the letter on Pie N Politics.com. Use the search words: Klamath dam destruction.

Horse race

Sure do hope that California Chrome wins the Triple Crown this weekend.

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 5-27-14

May 27, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

 

Be sure to attend the movie “Blue” tonight at 6:30 at the Yreka Community Center. Mark Baird is able to attend and will share about how he learned about Agenda 21. It was while he was flying many world-wide Agenda 21 Conference attendees to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 1992. Newspapers in Brazil were covering it fast and furious, but nary a word about it in USA. Mark will also give an update on the State of Jefferson.

Rodeo

It was fun to watch excerpts of the Redding Professional Rodeo on CBS Sports channel Sunday night. A lot of the national champion cowboys and cowgirls were there. The bulls beat out most of the bull riders, but Cody Campbell rode really well for 91 points. The rodeo was the previous weekend May 17-18.

Garden

The new lettuce is almost ready to eat and the first batch isn’t eaten up. Guess I’ll be giving more away! The zucchini didn’t come up, so I will plant more along with the cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, green beans, carrots and basil this week. The potatoes are growing well – some knee high and I picked lots and lots of rhubarb!

Veterans and LaMalfa

Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his staff have been busy during the past year investigating whistleblower statements of fraud, waste and abuses in the federal Oakland regional office of Veterans Administration and they have found the accusations to be true — and much more. Apparently, the fraud and abuse is a nation-wide epidemic as horror stories have been exposed in the media recently.

Last week, our “freshman” Congressman LaMalfa addressed the entire House asking for support from his fellow representatives for a bill that he co-sponsored H.R. 4435. It passed unanimously. The bill authorizes termination of Veterans Affairs officials who were complicit in abuses in the agency.

Many of us here in Siskiyou know Erin Ryan, LaMalfa’s field rep and lead investigator. Soon after being elected, Erin and other staff were contacted by frustrated veterans who said their benefit claims were stalled, sometimes for years. Those who know Erin, also know that she can be a bulldog. Though she hit many brick walls during the past year, she never stopped investigating. And the congressman has constantly supported her. My hat is off to the both of them for they have found the unethical conduct by Oakland VA management has been “deliberate and worthy of criminal prosecution,” according to LaMalfa. 

Ray Haupt

A candidates’ forum was held at the Grange Hall in Happy Camp on May 20th with two candidates running for Siskiyou County District 5 Supervisor answering questions from a group of 30 residents. Daniel Effman facilitated the meeting.

Anne Marsh, of Scott Valley, spoke first explaining that she was appointed as Supervisor of District 5 in 2002, by California Governor Gray Davis. Marsh said she is a land use advocate and tax preparer.

Ray Haupt, also of Scott Valley, said he started working in Siskiyou County in 1976. He became the US Forest Service Ranger of Scott River District in 1998 in Fort Jones, retired four years ago and is now a Certified Registered California Forester and instructor in Natural Resources at College of the Siskiyous in Weed.

Both candidates were asked about their stand on the proposed removal of the Klamath River Dams. Haupt said he doesn’t “trust the process” that has been utilized and is opposed to Klamath dam removal. Haupt added that he believes Klamath River water quality will be drastically affected by the 21 million cubic feet of sediment behind the dams that “will kill all aquatic life for at least two years” — if the dams come out.

Anne Marsh said she used to be for removing the dams, but is now opposed to Klamath dam removal because her husband is a bass fisherman.

Haupt and Marsh also fielded questions about the local economy. Marsh is worried big timber companies will cut down too many trees and did say that Siskiyou Economic Development is doing a better job.

Haupt said onerous heavy-handed regulations have negatively affected Siskiyou County and he will work hard for healthy forest management.

The California Primary election for Siskiyou, State and federal officials will be Tuesday, June 3rd. For my conservative take on the candidates, check out Liz Bowen.com on the web. I am voting for Ray Haupt and Congressman LaMalfa for sure. “No” on the 41 and 42 State Propositions and “No” on Siskiyou’s Measure C.

Solution Revolution

Ken Ivory, attorney and author of Utah’s new statehood bill, will be speaking in Grants Pass at the fairgrounds on Sat. June 7th starting at 10 a.m. Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson and “The Liberators” group are sponsoring this “Solution Revolution” rally. Ivory is also an elected Utah State Representative and has been pushing back on the federal agencies and its agents over-reach for years.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact me and I’ll give you more info.

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