Oct. 14, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA
Coordination among local, state and federal agencies is working well providing quick response to aid victims of the Boles Fire in the City of Weed. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Small Business Administration held a Town Hall meeting at College of the Siskiyous letting residents, business and city officials know that small business loans are available for businesses and home owners hurt by the Boles Fire on Sept. 15.
Then, the U.S. Small Business Administration opened a local office on October 1st at College of the Siskiyous – just 15 days after the Boles Fire destroyed 135 homes, 41 major businesses and 4 non-profit businesses. Susheel Kumar, an official with the Small Business Administration, said Deborah Busch and Betty Daggert are manning the Weed office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kumar said it is imperative Weed residents and businesses apply as soon as possible for loans that can be used by business owners and home owners. Kumar was pleased the federal Small Business Administration was able to move quickly in officially declaring the disaster from Boles Fire, so the loans could be offered.
Residents and business owners now have 60 days from October 1st to apply for loans to rebuild with interest rates for homeowners and renters as low as 2.063 percent; less than 3 percent interest for private nonprofit organizations; and 4 percent interest rate for businesses. Terms for repayment are flexible and up to 30 years.
“Yes, we are from the government and we are here to help,” Kumar told me with firm conviction and a smile. He stressed that the 60-day deadline is crucial to apply for a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration Service. So please remember the deadline is Dec. 1, 2014.
To the frustration of many Siskiyou County residents and the California Cattlemen’s Association, the gray wolf was listed to the California Endangered Species Act by the California Fish and Game Commission last week. This occurred despite the fact that wolves are not endangered and there are over 60,000 in Canada alone.
The ESA was established in 1973 to protect species that literally were losing the ability to repopulate. The facts prove that wherever the wolves have been re-introduced or hunting has been reduced, their pack numbers increase rapidly.
Also the Fish and Game Commission said it could do nothing about the new law that will not allow lead ammunition to be used for hunting starting in 2016. I don’t know the specifics of the bill, but this is another travesty placed on rural citizens.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed another aggressive gun control bill that has potential of greatly affecting individual rights. This Assembly Bill 1014 will take the “effect” of a Temporary Restraining Order to a new high as it will circumvent the court system and will allow police to confiscate firearms without the court-processed Restraining Order.
Second Amendment advocates deride the new law saying it destroys the Constitutional right of “due process,” which is what the court system was set up to do. The new law allows accusations from immediate family members, law enforcement or licensed mental health professionals to abuse the Second Amendment. Under the new California law, whoever provides the accusation against a gun owner, must sign an affidavit under oath. Then police are able to go and confiscate a gun or guns.The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.
But, there is a little good news for Second Amendment Rights as Governor Brown did veto the Senate Bill 808, which would have required all firearms to have a permanent serial number issued by the State Department of Justice – and would have banned the sale or transfer of all home-built firearms.
The California Association of Federal Firearm Licensees praised the governor’s veto of the ghost gun bill explaining that the law would have created a nightmare for law enforcement and law-abiding gun owners. Even Governor Brown said that he couldn’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety.
So far, we are still able to use our guns for shooting at targets. Tehama County Jefferson Declaration Committee believes in exercising 2nd Amendment Right and is hosting a 1st Annual State of Jefferson Sporting Clay Tournament down in Corning on Nov. 15th. Sign up is at 8 a.m. and shooting starts at 9 a.m. at the Clear Creek Sports Club just off of I-5.
A lunch and awards with buckles and trophies will be at 1 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Casino. Cost is $100 per shooter and $20 for non-shooter and lunch. Call Karin Knorr to RSVP and for more info at 530-824-4035. Sure do hope that some of our good shots here in Siskiyou are able to go down and represent us.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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