Liz Writes Life 5-19-15

May 19, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, California

Drama! There’s been plenty of it at our house lately trying to decide if we should cover the tomato, pepper and zucchini plants. The one night we did cover, there was a pretty good frost in the morning. Whew, good decision. The next night was warmer, so we didn’t cover and at 5:30 a.m. I woke feeling like that might have been a bad decision. I looked out the window to check the roof of the little pump house and half of it had a skiff of frost. So there was the dilemma: Do I put on my jeans and coat and go out and cover? Nope, I didn’t do it and … nothing was burned. Not even the foot-tall potato plants were frost-burned. Wow. Nice.
Last week, we planted the cherry and six Ace tomato plants. They had to get tough fast, cuz we haven’t covered them at all. So what is the drama you ask? Well, it is questions like: Is it really going to rain tonight, cuz if it doesn’t and it clears off to bright stars – after a rain – it is likely to freeze or at least frost hard. Guess the smart thing to do would be to cover every night, but the plants have really enjoyed these last few days and nights of rain and drizzles. Thank you to all who have prayed for rain. It worked!
High School students in the North Siskiyou schools are invited to compete for $200 prize in an essay contest sponsored by the Siskiyou Co. Republican Women Federated. The theme is: What does the American phrase “We the people” mean? Oops, the deadline is Wed. May 20, 2015 — tomorrow. Hurry and give Kathy Bergeron a call at 842-3652 for the correct info and mailing address. Some of the best writing is written in the “last minute” crunch.
The Republican Women are also offering a $100 prize to 8th graders in the North Siskiyou schools. This topic is: What does the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States mean to you? If you know an 8th grader let them know they could win $100. Deadline is also May 20, 2015.
Forest Tour
Richard Hartshorn welcomed 30 folks to a tour of his property on May 7th. Richard and his neighbors are trying to save their Horse Creek watershed on the Klamath River from burning-up and have proposed to start at Hartshorn’s cleaned-up forest land and then build a fire-line with a 400 to 500-wide shaded fuel-break for five miles through the Klamath National Forest to the privately-owned lands of Fruit Growers.
It is like day and night to view the Hartshorn’s clean, literally, no brush with a variety of ages of trees, beautiful forest and then look across the property boundary-line to the unmanaged, Manzanita brush-filled, tree-chocked mountainside in the KNF. Hartshorn said the over-grown USFS lands are a huge threat and wants to stop potential fire-caused destruction – by pre-putting in the fire line with shaded fuel breaks.
I talked with Horse Creek resident Rudy Murieen, who believes the only way to save the watershed from fire is to build the fire lines and wide fuel-breaks along the ridge tops. Rudy also believes they must be built now, before lightning hits. Once a fire starts in the dry, brushy trees, it moves extremely fast — too fast to get ahead of the fire, he said.
Rudy is a timber faller, who has also dozed-in miles of logging roads, skid roads, fire lines and water bars and believes that the “ridge-top shaded fuel breaks” should be built throughout the KNF. He said they can also be built in such a way to greatly minimize erosion.
Another neighbor, Gary Rainy, agrees that building ridge-top fire-lines and fuel-breaks in the rugged KNF is the solution to saving Horse Creek. His nearby ranch barely escaped the 2014 Beaver Fire and he credits KNF dozer operator, Lance Tupman, for building fire-line at the right spot at the right time, which was in the middle of the night.
Gary is concerned about the effect that the environmental organizations with their lawsuits have had on the U.S. Forest Service. The agency’s hands have been tied creating the lack of real forest management. The result is thick, brushy, dry forests that will “burn to a crisp.” Gary stated, “The environmental community has protected the forest to death.”
I totally agree with Gary’s observation and the need for logical and practical, preventive fire management. It would be much better to see fire lines and shaded-fuel-breaks on the ridge tops than black tree stubs and barren, parched soils ruining swaths of forest.
Be Fire Safe
A Fire Safe meeting will be this Friday, May 22 at The Rec, also known as The Resource Center in Fort Jones. Time is 5 p.m. for a free barbecue. Speakers with info on fire danger and how to fire safe your rural home and area begin at 5:30 p.m.
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Liz Writes Life 5-12-15

May 12, 2015
Liz Writes Life

This Sunday, May 17, the Scott Valley Film Coalition will present the award-winning film set in Southern Oregon called “The Redwood Highway.” Admission is free at The Rec in Fort Jones next door to the gas station. It starts at 3 p.m. Producer Anne Lundgren and Director Gary Lundgren will be in attendance for a Q & A after the showing. Well-known actors Shirley Knight and Tom Skerrit are lead characters in the film.
Fire Season
A wildfire-preparedness meeting will be held on Friday night, May 22 at The Rec in Fort Jones. Larry Alexander said there is a free barbecue at 5 p.m. with speakers sharing information starting at 5:30 p.m.
This meeting is sponsored by the USFS Klamath National Forest Scott River Ranger District, Cal-Fire, Scott Valley Coalition of Fire Safe Councils, Scott Valley Fire Protection District, Fort Jones Volunteer Fire Dept. Etna Volunteer Fire Dept., National Institution of Elimination of Catastrophic Wildfire and Northern California Resource Center. Whew!
Larry added there will be an update on legislation relating to wildfire and a short discussion on lessons learned from the Weed Boles Fire last September. This will be a very informative meeting with a Q & A afterwards.
Please remember to attend the 7th Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 16 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. Veterans will be honored with a free breakfast and lunch starting at 8 a.m. Food is also available for us “civilians” at a nominal fee. Historical military vehicles will be on display, along with resource and informational booths.
Ceremonies begin at noon. Tim Grenvik, Siskiyou Veterans Affairs Officer, told me that a Blackhawk helicopter will fly-in a “higher-up” to present the Purple Heart Award to a local soldier, who was injured in 2008. This is a great time to say “thank you” to all our veterans and currently-active soldiers.
Three zucchinis have popped up, but there is nothing from the second planting of peas. Darn. Two of the parsley plants that made it through the winter don’t look good at all, yet a third one is a foot-tall and really happy. Go figure? Lettuces planted in March are ready for the dinner table and the latest planted lettuces are looking great at nearly two-inches high.
We did plant the six Early Girl tomatoes and a Sun Gold Cherry. I purchased one six-pack each of Ace tomatoes and bell peppers at Terry’s Nursery and also picked up the latest “Range” magazine.
The oregano that I transplanted to inside the fence looks like it will make it. Sure hope we get more than a few sprinkles from these clouds.
POW meeting
I promised more info from the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting held April 30, so here goes.
Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt reminded us that the county is still fighting the lawsuit brought by ELF, Environmental Law Foundation, back in 2010. Unfortunately, ELF is basing its info regarding ground water in the Scott River on old information as Dr. Thomas Harter’s multi-year ground water study has not been included.
This lawsuit is about the “public trust doctrine” and claims that State Dept. of Water Resources and County of Siskiyou do not manage groundwater extractions in the Scott River — in the manner that the Greenies want. If ELF prevails, the ruling will affect the rest of the state and may actually take drinking water away so it can provide for recreational uses such as kayaking. Huh? Yep, not good.
Mike Adams discussed the lawsuit decision that was in favor of the suction dredge miners. The CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Game) people have said they will still cite suction dredgers, but local dredgers are bravely getting back to work. There has been some harassment by Wildlife Wardens and I believe there is even a case in the Siskiyou Court this week. I’ll try to find out more about that case. The miners may be hiring a lawyer to do a restraining order against DFW wardens.
Dan Deppen and Michael Stapleton shared why the Friends of French Creek are opposing the expansion of the JH Guest Ranch, explaining that the business has been out of compliance of its permitted 387 individuals that are allowed. For years, JH has ignored its permits and doubled its guest number without addressing the environmental and safety regulations. Guests being trapped by wildfire is a major concern, said Stapleton.
Rich Marshall, president of Siskiyou Water Users, explained why the Klamath Compact treaty, which was signed by President Eisenhower, should prevail over the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which demands the destruction of four well-maintained hydro-electric dams in the Klamath River. Good info.
Next POW meeting is May 28th 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 5-5-15

May 5, 2015
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Yep, it feels like spring, so I purchased some bell peppers and Early Girl tomatoes in six-packs. They look great having been in the greenhouse at Scott Valley Feed. Now I want to get them used to direct sunlight during the day and toughened-up from cooler nights, so they are outside. Will be checking the predicted temps each night and will cover them several mornings this week – just in case it frosts. Will likely plant them next weekend. I also purchased broccoli and cabbage, which should have been planted a month ago and didn’t get to it. But they are in the ground now.
On Saturday, my husband noticed a watermelon volunteer about an inch high, so he made a foot-wide circle around it and watered it. And then on Sunday morning, it was snap – presto – poof — gone. Stems and all. Don’t have the faintest idea what got it. Maybe this is why the watermelon and cantaloupe didn’t come up well last year. We have a watermelon plant snatcher! Guess, I’ll have to make a plan “B” for planting watermelon, especially since Ed and Harriet Quigley stopped by and gave me some “Early Yellow Moonbeam” watermelon seeds. Yum, I am drooling already.
Forest Tour
Remember the public is invited to view a healthy forest on private property this Thurs. May 7th. Richard and MaryAnn Hartshorn are hosting the Forest Tour. Meet at the mailboxes at Horse Creek on the Klamath River Highway 96. It starts at 10 a.m. For more info, call Richard at 496-3602.
Sawyers Bar
Retro the 1950s and 1960s as the Salmon River Snipers (mostly McBroom family) will play live music at the Sawyers Bar Community Center the evening of Saturday, May 9th. This is a fundraiser for the Salmon River Fire and Rescue with a barbecue starting around 6 p.m. Earlene will be at the piano and Chet on the fiddle! It will be worth the trip.
Earlier on Sat. May 9th, The REC in Fort Jones will be showing a movie matinee for kids and their parents “Penguins from Madagascar” at 10 a.m. Kids are $7 each and parents are free. Admittance includes free popcorn, snack tray and drink. The REC is next door to the gas station on Hwy 3.
The 7th Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day Event will be held on Saturday, May 16th at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a free breakfast for veterans and their families. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and is also free to veterans and their families. There will be resource booths, historical military vehicles and entertainment throughout the morning.
At noon, a ceremony to honor all soldiers and veterans will be held with special acknowledgement of our WWII Veterans. Naval Officer LCDR Jim Gibson, of Redding, is the guest speaker and a Purple Heart presentation is planned for an OIF Veteran, who never officially received his award.
POW meet
My goodness the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting, last week, was packed with information. Larry Alexander explained the importance of clearing weeds, brush and trees from around your home. It was a good reminder for wildfire protection. It is now after May 1 and permits from Cal-Fire are needed for any burning, but Larry suggested “not burning” because it is already so very dry as the drought in the West continues.
Tom Menne, chairman of the Scott Valley Ground Water Advisory Committee, said that Dr. Thomas Harter reported his multi-year ground water study results at their recent meeting. One item that I thought was significant is Harter’s comprehensive report shows a direct link between flood irrigation in early spring does bring up the September flows in Scott River — because flood irrigation aids the ground water supply. Over the years, I have been in many meetings and heard generational ranchers make this statement. Guess the old farmers knew their practices really were beneficial.
Tom was asked about the ever-present concern of the state possibly demanding meters be placed on wells. He said that so far meters are not being discussed and that many agencies do attend their monthly meetings. Many other states have meters on wells, but that practice has not yet been mandated in California.
Tom did let folks know that it is important to report to the Dept. of Water Resources, if you received a letter of curtailment of your second priority water right. There is a fine if you do not report. Tom doesn’t like the paperwork, but said that doing it does provide protection.
Sorry, I didn’t get everything reported from the meeting, so I will finish up next week. Andrew Hurlimann smiled at the end of the meeting and said he put in his year as president and asked for presidential nominations. Mike Adams was unanimously elected. Thank you Andrew, you were a wonderful president.
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 4-28-15

Liz Writes Life

April 28, 2015

Chet McBroom told me to let you all know that the Salmon River Snipers (mostly McBroom family) will play live music at the Sawyers Bar Community Center the evening of Saturday, May 9th. This is a fundraiser for the Salmon River Fire and Rescue with a barbecue. I am not sure on the time, so just plan on having a good time in Sawyers Bar the evening of May 9th.

Protect Our Water

It should be an informative evening this Thursday, April 30th at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting at the Fort Jones Community Center. Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. will bring us up-to-date on the Klamath Compact that was signed as a treaty among the states of Oregon and California and the United States in 1957. U.S. President Eisenhower even signed it.

The Siskiyou Water Users say the Klamath Compact protects the Klamath dams from destruction as the Compact was put in place to protect water rights of both states during construction of the dams. Article 3 of the Compact clearly states that the first priority of water is for domestic use. The second priority is irrigation and the third priority is for fish and wildlife. Hum, looks like this should settle the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement’s argument for destroying four of the Klamath dams.

Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt will speak on a number of issues and Fort Jones Mayor Tom McCulley will provide us with the info he gave Congressman Doug LaMalfa on the USFS trying to claim priority over the City of Fort Jones water right last year. POW President Andrew Hurlimann will share the situation on the Farmer’s Ditch after the high water knocked out the ditch’s diversion last January. Time is 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.


Happy and courageous suction dredgers are planning to work on their mining claims this year after the San Bernardino Superior Court ruled that the State of California’s gold dredge moratorium on permitting is unconstitutional. This makes the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s recent regulatory scheme unenforceable. I have heard that the CA. Fish and Wildlife is not accepting the court’s ruling and is threatening to issue citations, but so far, no active dredgers in the Klamath River have been cited and miners are already in the water and working. Hopefully, we will have more information at the Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday.


Planted zucchini last week and then it frosted pretty good the next morning. I haven’t covered the row with plastic and may use two plastic tubs if the temps turn cold. But, the weather predictors are saying it should be plenty warm this week, so I will just need to pay attention each night to decide if the zucchini should be covered.

Only planted two red potatoes after I cut one of my growing potatoes in half. Both the Russets and red potatoes had up to eight inch shoots growing – they were under the bed in the spare bedroom. Biggest reason I didn’t plant any more is because over 20 potato plants are poking up in the garden. Guess we didn’t get them dug very well last fall and winter!

Sure didn’t get many raindrops from the predicted storm last weekend. Darn it.


Warm temps should make for a great weekend of fun for the Dist. 1 High School Rodeo Finals and May 3rd Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo at the Etna arena. The high school cowboys and cowgirls start competition on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and continue on Saturday morning. The awards ceremony is Saturday afternoon.

Later on Saturday evening, the Pleasure Park Board is sponsoring a barbecue at Dotty’s. The Rodeo Parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in Etna and the kids events of Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Riding kick-off the 68th Annual Pleasure Park Rodeo at noon on Sunday.

The Pleasure Park Rodeo provides traditional as well as events with local flavor. The Saddle Cow Riding has been popular since the 1950s, but will have a different twist this year as all teams must dress in “costume.” An added enticement is a $100 cash prize for the best team costume. I have a feeling that family members may be working overtime to come up with fabulous costumes.
I heard that the Mutton Bustin’ for kids ages seven and under has filled up, but there were a few more openings for calf riders between the ages 8 and 12. Be sure to enjoy a long-held family tradition of Scott Valley custom and culture and attend the Pleasure Park Rodeo this Sunday.

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 4-21-15

April 21, 2015
Liz Writes Life

OK, I have never planted zucchini in April before, but I am about to give it a try. I do believe we will have some frosts through May, so I plan on covering the plants at night — if they come up. It would be fun to get fresh zucchini a month earlier than normal. We’ll see if the soil temps are warm enough for germination of zucchini seeds.
The strawberry plants were looking sad and so I broke them apart and transplanted the younger plants. Got the green onions planted next to the foot-tall garlic and planted another two-foot section of lettuce seeds. The peas are coming up; and so are the potatoes that I thought had been dug! So, I now wonder how many volunteer Russet potatoes there will be — again? I need to get some red ones planted.
I also gave everything a good shot of Miracle Grow. The inch-tall lettuce and strawberries look better already. And “no” I have never fertilized in April before! It is always an adventure when gardening in Siskiyou County.
I received several calls last week about a flyer that was placed on residents’ porches in Etna, Fort Jones and Klamath River with information about “Agenda 21” on one side and then comments about the Siskiyou County Code Ordinance Amendment hearing at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on April 14, 2015.
I believe there was misinformation in the side regarding the county, which alarmed some folks. Several attended the supervisors’ meeting and that was a good thing for them to do. This ordinance has a lengthy process of compliance for infractions. Agricultural practices are protected by other county codes and “Right to Farm” ordinances. I appreciated County Community Development Director Greg Plucker explaining the compliance process and clearly answering questions at the board meeting.
What this Code Enforcement Ordinance will do is give an “end time-line” for blatant non-compliance issues, such as the new marijuana ordinance, which allows for no more than 25 plants to be growing on a piece of property per co-op. This should greatly affect illegal commercial growers.
Now back to the anonymous flyers. Whoever delivered several 100 of them didn’t have the guts to put their name on it. That is pretty cowardly, if you ask me. Yes, the website for “Democrats Against UN Agenda 21” was on the bottom of it, but I don’t believe it was the group who delivered the flyers. I have met Rosa Koire, leader of Democrats Against Agenda 21, and she lives in San Francisco area.
So, who would spend that kind of time, effort and money to distribute these anonymous flyers? I speculate and allege that it may be the commercial marijuana business behind it. I have been surprised that the “big growers” didn’t mount a campaign against the marijuana and enforcement ordinances, even though some of the growers have attended the county supervisor meetings, typically, without giving comment. Most of the speakers I heard said they were CA. State Law 215 users.
Anyway, to explain the process a bit, both ordinances began in the county Planning Dept. and are approved by the Planning Commission, before being brought to the supervisors for a vote. I encourage citizens who want to know more about the ordinances to contact their planning commissioner and or county district supervisor. Commissioners serve as volunteers from the public-at-large and are appointed to terms by our elected county supervisors. It is the commissioners’ job to see that the county complies with state codes and laws on land use. Siskiyou County Commissioners are: Blair Hart Dist. 1, Tony Melo Dist. 2, Mike McMahon Dist. 3, Dusty Veale Dist. 4 and Jeff Fowle Dist. 5.
Siskiyou Co. Community Development Director Plucker is also available and willing to discuss these ordinances.
Tomorrow, April 22, 2015, the Fort Jones Library will hold its Open House and award winners of the writing contest “Wildfire Summer”. Time is 5 p.m.
On Friday, April 24, The Resource and Event Center in Fort Jones will present “Rockin’ the Rec” with live bands “River Rock Band” and “Larry B and the ‘B’ Hive” from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. An Open House begins at 5 p.m. at The Rec located at 11236 N. Hwy 3.
For ranchers, a presentation by Dr. Stott, a professor of the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, and Billy Gatlin, of the California Cattlemen’s Association, will be given on the new vaccine for Foothill abortion in cattle. This will be held at the Fort Jones Community Center April 30, 2015 at noon. A BBQ lunch will be available for purchase from Dotty’s catering and dessert is provided by Scott River Watershed Council.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet at the Fort Jones Community Center on Thurs. April 30 at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share.
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 4-14-15

April 14, 2015

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Good testimony was shared with CA. Dist 1. Congressman Doug LaMalfa last week, when he held meetings in Happy Camp and Fort Jones. The congressman gets it. He understands that trees in the public lands are dangerously thick and national policies for forest management and fire fighting are detrimental.
I believe the issues and suggestions discussed will be carried back to the House Committees, where LaMalfa sits. One statistic provided is the huge volume of trees that grow every year and less than four percent are removed by harvesting. So, yes, after 20 years of literally no harvest management, the number of trees is grossly taxing to the environment.
Another thing discussed was the 1994 NorthWest Forest Plan signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Immediately after being signed into law, a major reduction in timber harvesting began. There have even been lawsuits showing harvesting targets in the NorthWest Forest Plan were never met. (The lawsuit brought by Pacific Legal Foundation won and still harvesting has not been allowed.)
What is the biggest reason for the loss of timber harvests? Litigation. Yes, lawsuits by Greenie groups that stymie and the process of developing a Timber Harvest Plan. Because of the agreed reduction of harvesting in the NorthWest Forest Plan, lawsuits were expected to be reduced. But instead the Greenies sue over every Harvest Plan increasing USFS expenditures and employee time.
One theme in the Fort Jones meeting that I attended was the lack of local control and the utilizing of local knowledge. I know several leaders of the national fire teams did pay attention and appreciate input from several local foresters during the fires last summer, but in some instances that wasn’t the case. Gary Rainey, a landowner down on the Klamath River, testified that he tried to share information regarding roads and the lay of the mountains and was ignored.
Siskiyou Co. Dist. 4 Supervisor, Grace Bennett, also provided testimony on the poorly-managed Forest Service lands and agreed with the need for more local input in national fire fighting policies. She invited the Congressman to the Grand Opening of the Yreka Fruit Growers timber mill, when the date is announced.
Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor District 5, led the meetings and added information about why fire is catastrophic when the forests are over-grown with unhealthy trees. Thank you Ray and Frank Tallerico, retired Siskiyou Co. Superintendent of Schools, for inviting Congressman LaMalfa to hold these forums on the heels of the 2014 fires burning 220,000 acres in Western Siskiyou County.

Fuel breaks

In a month, Richard Hartshorn is holding a Forest Tour and is inviting the public to attend to view the clean fuel breaks and healthy trees on his property on Horse Creek. Richard and his son, Nephi, began cleaning their forest 30 years ago and it is spectacular. Trees are healthy and the threat of fire is almost none. Richard has invited Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey and Ray Haupt, who said they will be there. This Tour is a perfect time to understand the challenges that face the Forest Service, because of the detrimental National Forest policies and yet explicitly shows the overgrown mess created by lack of management.
Richard’s Forest Tour is Thurs. May 7, 2015. Meet at the Horse Creek mail boxes on the Klamath River Highway at 10 a.m. by the old suspension bridge. For more information, call Richard at 496-3602.


Northern Siskiyou Co. Republican Women Federated are sponsoring two essay contests for students in North Siskiyou schools with cash prizes of $200 for the high school winners and $100 for the eighth grade winners. Topics are: What does the American phrase “We the people” mean?” and “What does the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States mean to you?”
Essays must be typed, double spaced and no more than two pages. Deadline is May 20, 2015. Call Kathy Bergeron at 842-3652 for more information.

Water meeting

Remember, the Siskiyou Water Users are holding a general meeting this Friday, April 17 at the Greenhorn Grange. Time is 6 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share. The meeting will provide more information regarding saving the Klamath dams and other immediate water issues.

Fire Tax

The Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Assoc. recently reported that its lawsuit against the State of California’s Fire Tax dubbed “Fire Prevention Fee” is moving forward, but it is slow. A setback in the state legislature occurred last week, when Senate Bill 520 to repeal the fire tax was not allowed to be heard in the Senate Committee, which is the first step to getting a bill passed. We will see what CA. Senator Tom Berryhill does next with his proposed SB 520.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will be holding its next meeting on Thurs. April 30 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 4-7-15

April 7, 2015
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It was nice to see real snowflakes falling from the skies on Sunday. The rain and snow dampened some Easter Egg Hunts and BBQs, but it was great to know that April could still provide a variety of weather. The foot-tall Oriental Poppies are bending low with heavy white frost this April 6th morning as the temperature was down to 24 degrees on our front porch.
Luckily, around 10 p.m. Sunday night I remembered the young onions were still outside on the porch. The soil was almost frozen solid. I believe the onions would survive if they were planted in the ground, but two inches of soil isn’t much protection. They are about seven inches tall now and need to be planted. I didn’t cover the inch-and-a-half tall lettuces, but they are fine along with the parsley plants that really didn’t die back this winter. Oh, and the lilacs are blooming, ahhh.


Remember that Congressman Doug LaMalfa is holding a Forum tomorrow, April 8th, to gather information regarding management of the National Forests and fighting fires. The public is invited to attend and share information. The first meeting is at 12:30 p.m. at the Grange in Happy Camp and the second is in Fort Jones at the Scott Valley Jr. High at 5:30 p.m.


The Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc. is holding a general meeting on Friday, April 17 at the Greenhorn Grange at 300 Ranch Lane in Yreka. There will be a meet and greet at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share.
It will be interesting to hear from Chrysten Lambert, who is the chairperson of the Klamath Basin Compact and president of the Klamath Basin Land Trust. Speakers also include Bob Rice, scientific consultant to the Siskiyou Water Users; Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor; and Siskiyou Water Users President Richard Marshall.
A major goal of the Siskiyou Water Users is to save the Klamath dams from destruction. Forms to join the Water Users will be available and donations will be greatly appreciated.

April 24

The Resource and Event Center in Fort Jones will present “Rockin’ the Rec” on April 24, 2015 with the River Rock Band and Larry B and The “B” Hive playing live music from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Earlier, at 5 p.m., an Open House will be held at The Rec located at 11236 N. Hwy 3. Oh and Larry Alexander said to “bring your dancing shoes”.

State lands

The Nevada Bundy Ranch family and several 100 supporters visited the Nevada State Legislature in Carson City last week supporting a bill seeking to reclaim land held by the federal government. Nevada Assembly Bill 408 would require the federal government to obtain permission to use land within the state’s borders. It also strips the feds of state water rights and allows county commissioners (like our supervisors) to parcel out state land for commercial use. Yep, I like it.

This bill is part of a growing movement in and by Western States that did not receive millions of acres of land held by the federal government, when the state treaties were signed. Under the U.S. Constitution, the federal government is expected to “dispose” – which means to provide – the lands held by the feds to the states at statehood. Even before the Civil War, the federal government started getting greedy and states like Illinois and Florida had to argue long and hard to get their lands from the feds.
Nevada is 85 percent federal land. California is 49 percent federal land. Siskiyou County is about 68 percent federal lands. These lands should be locally governed.
Like Bundy’s, I contend that in the federal government’s greediness, it has choked the states and counties from being able to provide for their own existence.

It has been one year, since the BLM, Bureau of Land Management, surrounded the Bundy Ranch with 200 (known) gunmen on this very issue. The media reported that it was over cattle grazing fees that were not paid, but it was truly this much deeper issue that brought the wrath of the feds. I am a purist in this sense and wanted to travel, as many other citizens did, to stand with the Bundy family. I did not want to see a gun battle and those that showed up to support the Bundy family saved the day, I believe, from another “Waco”; although the feds should never have shot cattle and destroyed Bundy’s legal water right infrastructures, which also provide water to wildlife.
The Bundy family is appreciative to their many supporters and are hosting a Liberty Celebration on April 10-12 at their ranch with the purpose “to gather in celebration of our liberties, agency and stand with God, for our U.S. Constitution, State sovereignty, property rights and to enjoy access to our lands.” Sounds like a grand event.
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 3-31-15


March 31, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

News alert! On Wed. April 8th, Congressman Doug LaMalfa is holding a Forum regarding the 2014 forest fires in Siskiyou County. Two meetings are planned with the first in Happy Camp at the Grange Hall at 12:30 p.m. Later that day a Town Hall will be held in Fort Jones at the Scott Valley Jr. High. Time is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please attend one of these meetings.
Siskiyou County Supervisors Ray Haupt and Michael Kobseff have been tenacious in working with Congressman LaMalfa to get this Forum set. Several weeks ago, they met with the congressman in his Redding office hammering out the specifics. The blackened trees must be harvested for forest health. Thank you to our county supervisors for working with the congressman on this important issue.
My goodness, it is so warm and dry that we had to break out the hoses and irrigate the rhubarb, garlic, peas, parsley and lettuce. Can’t believe the Fowler lilac bush is about to bloom and needed a soaking along with the blue and pink blooming lungwort plants, daffodils, pink phlox and tulips. All kinds of perennials are growing and the iris will likely bloom early too. Still, we have had frosts this past week, which will put-off planting our annual garden vegetables.
The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement is getting an extra push in a variety of places. No, Congressman Doug LaMalfa has not changed his stand and is still against taking the Klamath dams out. But, some folks have downright lied about him claiming he did change sides. His field rep, Erin Ryan, reiterated at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last week that the congressman stands behind Siskiyou County.
Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett and his wife, Oregon Assemblywoman Gail Whitsett, along with Oregon Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams continue to be slammed by pro-KBRA advocates. Apparently, at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, gossip claims the KBRA is a done deal and everyone is pro-destruction of the Klamath dams. What bunk!
So it was a bit of fun to squash those rumors, last week, when nine of us from Siskiyou County drove to Salem and testified at the Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing on bills 206 and 264; both of which assume the KBRA and Klamath dam removal are done deals.
Those attending were: Siskiyou Water User’s President Rich Marshall and board members Rex Cozzalio and Jim Burney; Scott Valley Protect Our Water board members Mark Baird, Tom Pease and myself; retired and disenfranchised U.S. Dept. of Interior employee George Webb; citizen-at-large Andrea Carson; and Siskiyou Co. Dist. 1 Supervisor Brandon Criss, who did a great job summing up our opposition telling the senate committee that Siskiyou County is 80 percent against the KBRA.
Our anti-KBRA contingent was a bit of a surprise for the senate committee and pro-KBRA supporters.
The bills could put a lottery in place to pay for instream water transfers in the Upper Klamath. I have been told by ranchers in the Upper Klamath they were blackmailed into signing an agreement regarding use of their legal ground water; other ranchers would not sign, because they believe the government will not uphold its side. Several Klamath County ranchers attended the senate hearing and stated they were against the KBRA.
Assemblywoman Whitsett told the committee there is great conflict regarding the KBRA and as such the KBRA is not a happily-agreed upon program.
Scott Valley POW
At the Protect Our Water meeting on March 26th, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt told us that a high-level U.S. Dept. of Interior employee visited Siskiyou County several weeks ago with the purpose of convincing Siskiyou to get on board with the KBRA and dam removal. He met with Ray and Dist. 4 Supervisor Grace Bennett; and later met with Supervisors Kobseff, Dist. 3, and Criss. Apparently, all four supervisors gave him a piece of Siskiyou’s mind.
For those that don’t know, Siskiyou County has written many opposition letters regarding the KBRA and dam removal and even created a Bi-State Alliance with KIamath County Commissioners in submitting letters of opposition to state and federal agencies. Hooray for our county supervisors!
Also at the POW meeting, Joe Watkins from Klamath Co. Soil and Conservation District said the KBRA issue is extremely contentious in the Upper Klamath. Joe testified at the March 23rd Oregon Senate Hearing providing new facts on the sucker fish in the Upper Klamath.
Two species of suckers are listed to the ESA and as such are government protected. Accordingly, government agencies have claimed that the suckers need more water in the Upper Klamath Lake, yet in reality, Joe said, the higher water level is killing the suckers. It has long been known that suckers prefer shallow water habitat and now the data is proving that fact.
Hum, federal agencies are reducing the sucker population due to fraudulent science. Shock! Yes, it is disgusting.
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 3-24-15

March 24, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Bushes of yellow forsythia and bright pink-orange quince blossoms have been fabulous along with all the pink flowering plum trees. Spring is certainly here as the valley is greening up every day. It was so very good to have some rain, but ure wish nature would dump a bunch of snow in our mountains!
We finally got the Oregon Sugar Pod II peas planted in a row about 12 feet long. I decided to plant them where the soil was deeper and better next to where the potatoes will be planted. So, we didn’t have to dig the ground much as it was already soft with worms and compost from small woodchips that we mulched over the potatoes the past several years.
Last year, I planted peas — twice — and they either didn’t germinate or grow well. Where I planted them may have been a factor as I haven’t replenished the soil there with mulch very well. So, this year, I plan on purchasing a good woodchip mulch to dig into the soil, when I plant all seeds. Then mulch again, when the plants are a foot tall.
Some lettuces are about an inch tall. One batch didn’t germinate very well. They are planted in the area that needs more mulch dug into the soil and I think I didn’t keep them wet enough under the plastic tubs. Usually, I noticed condensation hanging under the tubs, but we have had so many hot days that I think it just got too warm. That is the problem with green houses in the spring. They work fabulous unless we forget to open the door and let out the hot air, when our temps are warm.
I purchased some three-inch tall green onions and will let them grow another week or two, before planting them. I like to put them outside during the day for a week and then start leaving them outside as well, so they adapt well. I think we will cut back on how many potatoes we grow and may plant the onions in some of the soil where we potatoes. These had been mulched with wood chips and pulled green weeds, so the soil is pretty soft and healthy.
Decided to get some more carrots dug and did about three feet. I was surprised they are still crisp and sweet. A few were pethy, three were starting to go soft on top and the giant ones had tiny strings of white roots growing. But, we still ended up with over 20 pounds. Our grandkids have been wanting to juice some, so we washed and pealed a whole bunch and juiced them with several Gala apples. My, it was good.
Turkey Shoot
Remember the Klamath River Old Time Turkey Shoot is this Sunday, March 29th at the Klamath River Community Hall on Hwy 96. It starts at 9 a.m. Bring all your guns to compete in a variety of shoots. The range has new targets and covered shooting benches, compliments of the NRA. This is a family activity with non-shooting events as well. Prizes are turkeys, hams, bacon, cheese and salami. Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call JoAnne Benson at 465-2029.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share, ‘cuz we eat before, during and after. There are several water issues to discuss, including the behind-the-scenes power-play going on by the federal Dept. of Interior, Tribes, and non-profit groups that want the Klamath dams out. Looks like flat-out lies are being told about who agrees to Klamath dam removal. So before you believe any capitulations, please check with those elected officials, who will give you the straight scoop.
Speakers are Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt, Jefferson State Spokesman Mark Baird, Siskiyou Water Users President Rich Marshall and Erin Ryan from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office. POW President Andrew Hurlimann will open with information on Scott Valley water issues.
Fire tax
Cal-Fire recently announced they will be sending its next round of yearly fire tax bills for the “Fire Prevention Fee”. It may be a few months before we receive our bills in Siskiyou County, because the state starts at the top of the alphabet.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is in the middle of its class action lawsuit against Cal Fire, but says it is imperative to file a protest again. Howard Jarvis said we must file a protest every time we pay the fire tax to maximize our chances of receiving a refund, if the lawsuit is successful. These can be found online at “Fire Tax”. Please remind everyone to send in their protest form, when they pay the tax.
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 3-17-15

March 17, 2015

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which has been Americanized into another party day. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy celebrations and happiness, – and appreciating my Irish ancestors — but I do believe important aspects have been forgotten.
Did you know St. Patrick was a great missionary? Yes, Patrick is credited with teaching the Irish people about Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and resurrection, as our Savior.
Patrick was born in Scotland (so he isn’t Irish) around the year 400 A.D. and at age 16 was taken as a slave by marauding pagan Irish.
For six years, he served as a shepherd and that is when he turned to the Christian God and prayed fervently. His father was a deacon in the local Christian church, so he had been taught about Jesus. I am not sure when the Catholic Church began using the name Catholic, but this church was connected with what we know of as the Roman Catholic Church.
Patrick longed to return home and in a dream or vision, he was given information on how to escape, which he did and then dedicated his life to Christ. He became a Catholic Priest and said he had dreams of the Irish people crying out for him to return and teach them about Christ. Patrick was eventually ordained a Bishop and was sent or allowed to travel back to Ireland.
Patrick was said to have performed many miracles and loved the people very much. He made a promise to God that the people of Ireland would keep their faith until the end of time and day they did not keep their faith would be the day of doom. Those of us with Catholic friends have seen their great faith in Jesus Christ and many good works. I am thankful for a forgiving man, who was brave and faithful in wanting to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Years later, the Roman Catholic Pope believed that Patrick was certainly in Heaven and he was canonized as a “Saint”.

Amid all the fun today, may we also say a prayer of gratitude for St. Patrick.


Remember this Saturday, March 21st, is the St. Patrick’s Dance at the Mt. Bolivar Grange in Callahan from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be live music by Siskiyou County Homewreckers. Cost is $8.

Turkey Shoot

The Klamath River Community is holding its spring Old Time Turkey Shoot Sunday, March 29 at the Klamath River Community Hall at 19716 Hwy 96. It starts at 9 a.m. Bring all your guns to compete in a variety of shoots: Black Powder; Pistol; 50 and 100 yard Target or Hunter shoots (Benchrest/Freestyle/Standing); Offhand; Running Deer; Rim Fire and Special Youth Shoots for 16 and under. Prizes include turkeys, hams, bacon, cheese and salami.

This is a family event with events for non-shooters: dice, splatter boards, 50/50 raffle and horseshoes. Breakfast is from 8 to 10:30 am. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. For more info, call JoAnne Benson at 465-2029.

JH Ranch

Betsy Stapleton, one of the leaders of the Friends of French Creek, reported recently about the status of the proposed expansion permit by the JH Guest Ranch up French Creek. There has been considerable opposition to the prospect of 1,600 people – twice the size of the City of Etna – living up in that little meadow among the thick trees.

Betsy talked with the Siskiyou County Community Planning Dept. Director Greg Plucker. Apparently, JH Ranch withdrew its request to Cal-Fire for an exemption from Cal Fire’s 4290 fire road safety standards. The narrow dirt French Creek Road is not wide enough for safety vehicles like fire engines to pass, which would likely happen if there was an emergency, especially a forest fire.

Fire in the French Creek area is a certain possibility. JH’s 1993 and 1995 applications (permits) defines occupancy at 387 people; any more than that number of patrons during the summer camping season seems unreasonable for safety reasons alone.
Betsy added that Director Plucker said he is expecting a “revised application” from JH Ranch, but the County will consider an expansion only if environmental impacts, including the Cal Fire 4290 standards are addressed and a new proposal is sent to all agencies for review. Bottom line is it looks like JH must adhere to its 387 population this summer. I hope they obey and comply.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thurs. March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. There will be info about the behind-the-scenes rumblings of a big push to get the KBRA implemented and Klamath dams removed. If you have any knowledge of a survey being conducted asking about dam removal, please call me. Those that want the Klamath dams destroyed are strategizing and we must stay alert.

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