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.

CALLAHAN

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.

POW

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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Liz Writes Life 3-10-15

March 10, 2015

Today should be quite interesting as the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors are holding a meeting for comments regarding the new marijuana ordinance that is fresh out of the Siskiyou Co. Planning Commission and Department. That is the correct process, to start with the Planning Commission in writing this ordinance, because this is a land-use issue. Because the growing of marijuana is such a controversial issue, the supervisors moved the meeting to the Miner’s Inn Convention Center and left the afternoon open so all who wish to comment will be given the opportunity. The meeting starts at 1 p.m.
The marijuana issue has taken many twists and turns. It was back in 1996, when 55 percent of California voters approved Prop. 215 allowing the use of medical marijuana – with a prescription. By the way, the majority of Siskiyou Co. voters did not approve Prop 215, but it still became law.
Then in 2010, Prop. 19 made it on the November California General Election Ballot, which would have legalized various marijuana-related activities allowing local governments to regulate those activities. There was even a clause to permit local government to impose and collect fees or taxes. It also authorized criminal and civil penalties. It failed with 53 percent voting “no”.
Since then Colorado, Washington and Oregon states have approved such a state ballot measure and are now learning to deal with additional issues.
Remember that at the federal level, marijuana is still illegal.
At the California level, it has come down to cities or counties needing to establish some sort of consistency in how much is allowed to be grown by individuals with prescriptions and then the really out-of-control third-party growers. Some of these growers claim they are growing for holders of prescriptions that are not able to grow it themselves.
With all the inconsistencies, it is difficult for law enforcement and county planning departments to do enforcement. An ordinance will provide basic boundaries. Yes, the issue is a hot topic. The growing of marijuana used to be kept fairly-well hidden, especially in the deep forests of the Klamath National Forest. But now some growers are flaunting it with an in-your-face attitude — and in abundance in Siskiyou County.
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey has been concerned about the high intensity of drug trafficking up and down the I-5 freeway corridor, which includes a lot of marijuana. Last week, he sent out a press release with the official federal report that identifies public health and safety concerns after two years of decriminalization of marijuana in Colorado. No, decriminalization has not reduced problems regarding pot. From what I read, it has added more complications.
In the press release, Sheriff Lopey stated: The marijuana ordinance is a land use zoning measure that calls for warnings and potential administrative sanctions instead of criminal penalties, and is designed to curtail illegal marijuana cultivation, but at the same time protect the rights of legitimate marijuana recommendation holders operating in compliance with the law.
You can find the ordinance and Sheriff Lopey’s entire press release on my website: Pie N Politics.com. There is no way around it marijuana is a sticky, complicated issue.
Dance
Master of the Mt. Bolivar Grange in Callahan, Jeffy Marx, invites everyone to a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Jeffy said the Siskiyou County Homewreckers will play (live music) from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is just $8.
Garden
The lettuces are up and it has been so warm that they needed a shot of water – so did the garlic. I need to take the plastic tubs off the lettuces during the day, because it is likely getting much too warm.
It is time to plant peas and those plants that can survive the morning frosts like onions, broccoli and cabbage.
Veterans
Congressman Doug LaMalfa and some of his staff are still going after the Veterans Administration at the Oakland Office for getting caught (by whistleblowers) with piles of applicant forms for benefits that were not processed timely or correctly. There is a count of over 13,000 of these initial applications from at least 15 years; and now the high-up officials have given a third story (lie) about why those applications did not receive attention.
I love the congressman’s recent statement: “The VA just can’t keep its story straight, and these dog-ate-my-homework answers don’t give me any confidence that these veterans ever received their benefits,” said LaMalfa. “First we were told the claims had been processed, then that they were lost, and now that they never needed processing. These three very different, mutually exclusive assertions about what happened at the Oakland office raise more questions than they answer.”
Keep up the good work congressman!
Remember, Scott Valley Protect Our Water is holding its next meeting on Thurs. March 26th 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 3-3-15

March 3, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., CA

Daffodils started blooming in February this year. Yep, that is early, but they are beautiful. Checked the Bib lettuce seeds under the clear plastic tubs to see if they have sprouted and they haven’t. So far, the plastic is keeping the moisture in with droplets forming on the top like a terrarium. But the garlic will have to be irrigated, very soon, as they are turning yellow and the soil is dry at least three inches down, which was surprising, because those rains we had a month ago really drenched the soil. The garlic is about eight inches tall and looking wimpy.
Might as well get the peas planted, but if it doesn’t rain much this spring, we will have to drag hoses from the pump house to do the irrigating. It was nice to see snow in the mountains from that last batch of rain, but Monday morning didn’t even hit 32 degrees. The East Coast is still getting hammered with record-breaking amount of snow and cold; and here we sit with very little snow and warm temps. I sure am praying for a “Miracle March” of rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains.
FFA
I wanted to also mention that Etna FFA members supported the Native Daughters of the Golden West’s Scholarship Tea by eloquently serving the ladies tea, sandwiches and desserts. FFA is a great organization providing opportunities for high school students to learn and grow in the agriculture industry.
Last week was National FFA Week, which provided high school chapters throughout the USA to share about their activities. National FFA Week started in 1948 and centers around the birthday of George Washington, who was not only the first president of the United States, but an avid agriculturist, farmer and is honored by the FFA.
I believe that the Etna FFA Chapter was up and running in 1948. Years ago, when I held the office of “reporter” for the Etna chapter, I found a newspaper clipping with a photo of my Dad, Hearst Dillman, who had hosted a workshop on dipping cattle for worms. I think the article was dated 1947 or 1948.
Starting in February, FFA members can be ambitiously busy as Field Days are sponsored and held by high school chapters and ag departments at state universities and colleges. Students work in teams learning and competing in judging contests. A few weeks ago, I ran into Jim Isbell and although he is now retired from Etna High School teaching and principal positions, he said he was back to training the soil judging team.
Competing on judging teams, especially parliamentary procedure for running meetings, and raising livestock provided significant skills that have benefited me in my 41 years since graduating from Etna High School in 1973. (Yep, I am getting old.) I am grateful that back in 1928, 33 students from 18 states gathered in Kansas City, Missouri to form the Future Farmers of America. Since then, generations of agriculture, science, veterinarian and business leaders can trace their roots to knowledge and fun activities learned in FFA.
Republican Women
Next Tuesday, March 10, the Siskiyou County Republican Women have invited an interesting speaker. His name is Loren Spivack, who calls himself “The Free Market Warrior” and has written several books. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, then spent much of his adult life in New York City before becoming active in politics. Time of the meeting is 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:30 and then Loren will be speaking. The Republican Women meet at the Elk’s Lodge on Miner’s Street in Yreka.
Jefferson
Jefferson Declaration Spokesman Mark Baird reported that last week, the Lassen County Supervisors voted 3-1 for the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. The supervisors then asked for the decision to be tabled as they will work with their county counsel to strengthen some of the wording in their Declaration. Mark said over 100 supporters attended the meeting and spoke in favor of the split from California; and there was no opposition.
Last Saturday, Mark Baird and Tom Pease drove to Placerville in El Dorado County to a Town Hall that was filled to overflowing with folks interested in learning how the State of Jefferson can and would be financially viable. Some of these southern counties have enthusiastic supporters.
Water
Ray Haupt, Siskiyou County Dist. 5 Supervisor, will be the lead speaker at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thurs. March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Ray gave extremely informative info at the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee meeting last month. He answered a slew questions and we ran out of time. So, plan on attending and get caught up on our important local issues.
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 2-24-15

Feb. 24, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., CA

Purple violets have been blooming all month and I forgot to mention it last week. Boy do they need some water and our outside water is turned-off because of possible freezing from our morning frosts.
Friends are busy pruning fruit trees with reports of blossoms about to burst on peach and even apricot trees. Yep, it is just too warm, even for the typical warm spell we get in February. I will reiterate that this is quite frustrating for gardeners here in Siskiyou, because we can have hard frosts into June. So who knows if we will get fruit on any of our trees this year?
My husband has been digging up the garden and I did get a little patch of Bib lettuce planted.
I dug up some carrots expecting them to be sprouting roots and going soft and found they are crisp and beautiful. I scrubbed and pealed to make a big batch of juice. Had a few apples left that McBrooms gave me last fall and threw them in with the carrots. Boy, that juice was good. There are still lots of carrots, so I better get to digging!
Native Daughters
Native Daughters of the Golden West held their annual education-scholarship fundraiser Tea at the Etna High School on Saturday. It looked like about 100 women were there enjoying the festivities. Cheryl Hayden showed up in one of her grandmother’s hats and in historical time-period clothes adding to the fun. Four young girls, Gracie and Lily Thompson along with Mae and Jane Thackeray, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sang “love” songs and Sophia McBroom accompanied them on the piano. They were very brave girls.
President Linda Beverlin was pleased with the event and the 23 tea tables that were decorated by Native Daughters’ members. Very nice event!
Yreka Tea Party
Last week, leaders from both the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee and Siskiyou Co. Democrat Central Committee explained their organizations. Most folks, (at least I sure didn’t) don’t realize that these political parties are legal entities and its voting members are elected through the county election-ballot process. Confused, yep it took me a while. I have learned that many rural counties suffer from a lack of participation and typically there are not enough people running for the member-position, in their district to have a ballot run-off election. So these names don’t end up on the ballot.
When I ran for one of the five voting seats available in District 5 for the Siskiyou Republican Central Committee, no one else was running so my name did not appear on the ballot for voters in to get to choose – so by default, I was elected.
I did have to go to the county clerk’s office and get “candidate” papers and find at least 20 registered-to-vote Republicans willing to sign the petition that then made me an official candidate. We now have three people in District 5 that are on the Siskiyou Committee. They are Rich Marshall, Candy Cook-Slette and myself. There is room for two more members. If you are interested in participating, give me a call.
Water
Finally, got a date for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. It will be held on Thurs. March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.
I learned a bit about NOAA Fisheries six coho salmon traveling meetings. The actual review for the federal Recovery Coho Plan is not for another 18 months, so the need for these meetings are a bit of a mystery to me. Apparently, NOAA has some grant monies for landowners to develop more coho recovery projects, like side-channels, but I bet any info they receive at these meetings will be utilized in the future revised recovery plan – if it fits their agenda, which is to keep the fish listed to the Endangered Species Act.
Jefferson
Last week, the Lake County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 for the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. The room was packed, including a contingent that opposed the Declaration. But, this now gives the movement seven counties that have approved the Declaration.
Jefferson Spokesman Mark Baird gave a presentation to a Redding Town Hall on Sunday afternoon with about 400 people in attendance.
On Saturday, Shasta County Jefferson Committee participated with several other county committees on “Operation Overpass,” where Jefferson supporters waved flags on freeway overpasses and significant stoplight street corners. In Redding, they gave out brochures about the reasons for creating a new state and at least a third of the crowd on Sunday raised their hands that they were new to the Jefferson project. Good news indeed.
Today, Mark gave a presentation to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, which could have led to a possible vote. Check out website Jefferson Declaration.net to see how they voted.
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 2-17-15

Feb. 17, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News 2-17-15

After the rain and high water from Scott River, the temperatures this past week certainly makes it feel like spring. Yep, it is early. I saw a beautiful patch of bulbs blooming in Barbara Coatney’s yard, in Etna, I think they are called snowbells. Well, they didn’t have to push up through any snow this year. Hum, I wonder if they have a fragrance? My favorite bulb fragrance is from the hyacinth and I will get down on my hands and knees to enjoy their luxurious scent. Unfortunately, mine don’t come up any more. But, the daffodils have pushed up through the thick rye grasses under the pine tree and will soon be blooming. Yep, it isn’t even close to Easter and daffies are about to bloom.
I haven’t worked in the garden at all, but really should get out there and do some digging and get some lettuce planted. No, I didn’t plant any in January like I wanted to. It is hard to get back in the garden. Sorta enjoy ignoring the outside right now. Oops, did I say that?
Happy Camp
Daniel Effman, president of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce, emailed me about their next meeting on March 3 at 6 p.m. He said the Chamber needs a revival — a rejuvenation — and is asking for enthusiastic, compassionate Happy Campers to join up. The Chamber covers the mid-Klamath River and Happy Camp area. “New blood” and ideas will be welcomed. Call Dennis Day for more info at 209-768-4589.
Writing Contest
The Fort Jones and Etna Libraries are holding an annual writing contest with an Open House scheduled for National Library Week around April 22, 2015. This year the theme is “Wildfire Summer” and with the 220,000 acres burned in our Western Siskiyou County last summer, folks should have some things to write about.
Children are encouraged to get involved and even preschoolers can dictate their story to an older person. Stories, poems or a play can be up to three pages long, so this is not a huge project. There will be winners for school grades through adult and you can read your submission during the Open House. Deadline for submitting your creative writing project is March 17th.
Actually, this is a good time to put in a plug for Family History. Even if you don’t think you are much of a writer, last summer’s wildfires did affect us in many ways. This is a good time to write about the fires for your posterity. Aw, you think that no one will care; maybe not right now, but in a few years, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will likely really appreciate knowing about the local wildfire threat. Maybe even follow it up with the warm rains we had in February, when on the Northeast Coast of the U.S., folks were getting hit with record-breaking five feet of snow in one month and days of below zero temps. People are always interested in the weather of the past.
OK, so now that I gave you this spiel, guess what? I didn’t even think about writing-up the craziness of our recent past year for my posterity. Oops. And, yep, I don’t think that anyone will care either. But, I do know that I really appreciate the information I have about my parents, grandparents, ancestors and their friends. The only way we can learn about them is if someone writes something down. Have I guilted you enough? Come on, you can do it!
Wine tasting
Remember the Callahan Mt. Bolivar Grange Wine Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres fundraiser is this next Sunday, Feb. 22nd from 2 to 6 p.m. Sarah Knox and Raquel Schenone will provide music and the wines are from Alpine Cellars, Carini Winery and Burnsini Vineyards. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Callahan Emporium or South Fork Bakery in Etna. Call 467-3093 for more info.
Water
Sorry, a date hasn’t been set for the next Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. The Fort Jones Community Center was already booked by another group for our regular meeting night. Will let you know next week.
I just learned from the Medford, Oregon newspaper that NOAA Fisheries is holding six “traveling meetings” on what it called a “Coho salmon road trip.” Yeah, great.
The next meeting is tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Jackson Co. Roads and Parks Dept. at 7520 Table Rock Road in Central Point from 6 to 8 p.m.
I believe that every five years, under the Endangered Species Act rules, the agency in charge of management of an ESA-listed species is mandated to review and update its “recovery plan.” I don’t know if this is part of that process, so I will look into the situation and, hopefully, report to you next week.
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 2-10-15

Feb. 10, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., California

Lots of rain and flooding are major concerns as the rain we have prayed for is arriving – in bucket loads. Our Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt sent me information on a slide down near the Sarah Totten Campground on the Klamath River Hwy 96 near Hamburg. And then he sent photos taken in Gazelle of 12 houses being flooded from fast moving water. That is sad. What a mess to clean up. Ray said he is being updated by county folks and residents regarding flooding.
We had some unusual flooding at the south end of Scott Valley as the Scott River broke through the dredger tailings and began running into the northern part of Moore’s Gravel. Piles of ground-up rock are still standing, but it is a shame that it broke through and affected the operation. At the end of the dredger tailings, the next long field was flooded and around the bend it continued to flood most of Rick Barnes’ fields.
On Saturday morning, I saw one herd of cows surrounded by water. They were gathered up on a slight rise with an old-time-built barn. By that night, he had been able to get them moved to a safer place. Whew! That was scary. And the little house that sits on the flat next to Rick’s ranch was flooded with water flowing at a pretty good rush on both sides.
Between Barnes’ and Moore’s, the power poles were still holding strong against the current on Sunday afternoon, but this is on the West side and rarely gets the flooding. I have seen quite a few Pacific Power trucks over the weekend. One was even pulling a lowboy with a huge power pole. So the power company employees are keeping watch. With the wind being so strong, I expected the power to go out on Thursday night. But, we only had a few blinks. I heard that it was out for several hours in the Yreka area.
We certainly are thankful for the rain, but a lot of us are sure praying for colder temps – especially in the mountains!
Doug LaMalfa
It was fun to see that our CA. Dist. 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa was spotlighted this weekend by a Republican group in the House for his comments on the House Floor regarding the continued problem with the corruption in the Veterans Administration bureaucracy. Many other Republicans took to the Floor to share their frustration as well. LaMalfa highlighted solutions the House Republicans have already accomplished with bills passed for veterans. He also outlined plans to fix the Veterans Administration.
The following is a statement our Congressman made on the House Floor: “Fixing the VA is difficult, but not impossible. We are here to provide solutions, but we need our leader to be ready to work with us – so we can finally give our veterans a system that works for them, not against them, in a timely fashion.”
Jenner Ranch
Gail Jenner sent me an email saying their federal court date has been postponed again by NOAA Fisheries and the trial won’t be held until April. Pretty frustrating I’d say as April is, once again, into irrigation season and the ranch has all the correct state permits for their ranch operation to obtain their legal water right allotment.
POW
During our January Protect Our Water meeting, Rich Marshall, who is president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., brought us up-to-date on the Klamath dam removal issue. He said the change in Congress with more Republicans in the Senate is significant in saving the dams. The KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement) was unable to extend its mutual agreement past Dec. 31, 2014 and did not meet its own timeline agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission. Currently, the CPUC has allowed PacifiCorp to place not one, but two, surcharges on our Siskiyou area utility bills. Rich said the CPUC has a new not-so-anti-Siskiyou County chairman this year, and the Water Users will be asking the CPUC to roll back the surcharges and invalidate the agreement that became the KBRA.
Congressmen Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock and Doc Hastings, who sit on the Natural Resources Committee of the House (where the dam removal funding must be approved – and the funding is critical) have vowed there will be no millions in funding for Klamath dam destruction. Hooray for sensible Congressmen, who listen to “the people”.
There is another wrinkle as the Hoopa Tribe recently filed a lawsuit with the FERC, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to open the issue of relicensing the Klamath dams. In doing so, Rich said this will expose a major rift in the various groups that have pushed so hard for the Klamath dams removal. Aw, does this mean that non-profit organizations like Klamath River Keepers and Tribes, like Karuk, pushing for dam destruction are not getting along very well? More good news for saving the dams.
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 2-3-2015

Feb. 3, 2015

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA Siskiyou County

Certainly didn’t expect a real rain (OK it was a heavy sprinkle in Callahan) out of this last bit of weather. But we are appreciative for what we can get. Unfortunately, folks in the Mid-West to the East Coast are still getting a good portion of our snow and our February temps are way too warm. Sure wish I would have planted onion starts last fall. A few onions that didn’t get dug are growing and the garlic is six-inches tall. My storage of onions is almost gone as there are only three white onions left. Fresh green onions would have been nice to use in February.
Rice
A nice staple to add to your food storage is rice and it can be drastically cheaper when you purchase it in bulk. I like Jasmine rice – white and brown. Remember, eating brown rice will fill you up sooner than white. Also white rice can store well for several years. Brown rice is much more prone to going rancid and needs to be stored in oxygen-free cans. I have had good luck storing it in the freezer, but I just found a clear-plastic bag of Jasmine brown rice on my storage shelf and it says 2011. Uh, oh. So I will cook some this week and report to you next week, if it was rancid.
Go ahead and cook up a big batch of rice of 3-6 cups depending on your family size and keep it in the refig to eat all week. Use it as regular rice the first meal, then stir fry it with an egg or two along with onions, mushrooms, carrots and celery and some Teriyaki sauce for an Oriental flavor. It is great in soup or as a base for chicken or beef casseroles. If there is enough left over at the end of the week, old-fashioned rice pudding is a tasty treat.
Growing up, my older brother liked cooked white rice as a snack with milk and sugar. It really is a good addition to our regular diet and meals.

Callahan fun
The Callahan Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a Wine Tasting & Hors d’ oeuvres on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be wonderful music presented by Sarah Knox and Raquel Schenone and wines from Alpine Cellars, Carini Winery and Burnsini Vineyards. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at Callahan Emporium or at the South Fork Bakery in Etna. This is a fundraiser for the Grange. Last year, the Grange decided to try something different and found folks really enjoyed the afternoon of classy wine tasting with a strong influence of “Callahan!” So they are giving it a go again this year. For more info call 467-3093.
Fire recovery
I attended the Westside Fire Recovery Open House held by the Klamath National Forest on Saturday in Fort Jones. They have four alternatives addressing the salvage and recovery from the fires in Western Siskiyou County last summer. As part of the NEPA process, KNF is expected to share this info with the public. Once again, I told the KNF employee that the Forests must be thinned using logging and that extensive salvage needs to be done.
It is good, in this instance, that the State of California is much better at removing burned trees for salvage logging. With such little snow this winter, loggers have been able to get the equipment and trucks in to remove the trees on non-Forest Service managed ground. It is good to see loaded logging trucks going by my house with the blackened logs.
POW
The Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting was well attended. We will support the Jenner Ranch in its stand against NOAA Fisheries. Although, the Jenners have the needed permits and met California regulations, the feds still brought a lawsuit against the family ranch claiming ESA-listed coho salmon may have been affected. This is an important issue as we believe the feds are trying to diminish our property rights and that over-regulations are destroying the right to do business.
A number of folks plan to drive to Redding, where the case will be heard in the Federal District Court – not the Shasta County Superior Court. So far, we have not heard when the court date is, but it is expected to be sometime this month.
Erin Ryan, field representative from Congressman LaMalfa’s office, shared recent info about the Omnibus Bill, where some good bills did get through. She said the Army Corp of Engineers didn’t get funds to sue farmers over the ponds and water issue and the Sage grouse was not listed to the ESA because of the lack of monies. One of the biggest cuts in funding was to the EPA, the dreaded Environmental Protection Agency – for the 5th year in a row. Hooray!
I am out-of-space for this week, so will get to more from the POW meeting in next week’s column.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 1-27-15

Jan. 27, 2015
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Remember Scott Valley Protect Our Water is holding its first meeting of the year this Thursday, Jan. 29th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after the meeting!
There is lots of information to share and our speakers include President Andrew Hurlimann, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Water Users President Rich Marshall, Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Field Rep. Erin Ryan; and Mark Baird with an update on the State of Jefferson project. Ray said he will address the new suction dredge mining decision by Judge Ochoa. I know that Ray had some agenda-item dealings with the CA. Fish and Wildlife (DFG), so it will be interesting to hear how his first month in office went!
The KBRA, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, failed a Dec. 31st deadline, but is still hanging-on with an Oregon Senator trying to find monies to take out the Klamath dams. Rich Marshall and Ray will also bring us up-to-speed on that situation.
Last week, Mark Baird gave a presentation on why and how to split from the State of California to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors in Quincy. They are interested. And another Jefferson leader from Placer County, Steve Baird (no direct relation to Mark) presented the financials to the Colusa City Council in Colusa County. Steve has a website up with the financial information along with lots of other facts about why to create the State of Jefferson. It can be found at: SOJ51.net
Food storage
Every-so-often I like to talk about preparedness. Even though the price of our gas has gone down, food and other product prices are still high. For those on a budget or trying to put a budget together, using bulk foods can really be a savings. Beans, rice, flour and sugar are some easy bulk foods to get used to using. And that is the key – anything that comes in a pre-single-use package will be more costly. Many folks also claim nutrition has been lost in pre-packaged foods as well, but I am just going to explore lowering the cost of meals by adding bulk foods.
First, many bulk foods have not been in our diets and our digestive systems will need to get used to them. So introducing oatmeal, beans and brown rice should be done a bit at a time. Personally, I love whole oats and cook them for breakfast, but when making granola, cookies or adding them to pancakes, meatloaf and other items, I use quick oats.
You can purchase 25 pounds of quick oats for about $17 and they will go a lot farther than the single-pouch micro-wave breakfasts. Add your own brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon, peanut butter, jelly or fruit — but not all at one time!
Yes, this takes more time and Mom, Dad or one of the children will need to take charge of the project. Guess that is part of our problem, we have gotten used to the “fast-food” mentality and no longer want to take the time to cook.
So, second, realize that cooking with bulk foods will take more time. But many children love to cook and like to learn, so teach an older child how to boil water and cook up a batch of oatmeal. Praise him or her for their efforts.
I really like granola, but have found it is hard on my teeth. Some of my biggest tooth breaks have been from crunching down on hard granola. I have modified several recipes learning not to bake it so long. Also be sure to add raisins or fruit after it is baked.
An easy recipe for quick oatmeal cookies starts with 2 cups oatmeal, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (I love cinnamon), ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ cup butter melted, ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup raisins. Mix and possibly add 3-4 tablespoons of water. Drop teaspoons of the dough on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart and bake for 10 minutes.
My last batch was a bit crumbly and so I turned it into granola by breaking them apart and baking for a few more minutes. I have used this recipe and added ½ cup of peanut butter – you might need to reduce the amount of water on this one. I love chocolate, so you can add several tablespoons of powdered cocoa (I get it in bulk too) to the beginning flour and oatmeal mixture and then throw-in ¾ cup of chocolate chips.
So, my third suggestion is to realize that you will need to experiment and practice. It is OK, if things don’t turn out as planned. It will likely still be eatable – even if it ends up going to the dog!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 1-20-15

Jan. 20, 2015

Liz Writes Life

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Scams

Recently, I learned that folks from here in Siskiyou, along with relatives in Idaho, have received phone calls that are a scam. In these calls, the person insinuated he was a grandson and needed money put on credit cards and sent to him to get out of jail. Grandparents want to help and can easily lose their bank accounts to these sharks.
One scammer in Idaho told a grandfather “this is your favorite grandson,” but did not include his name. The grandfather was befuddled, but finally said the name of one of his grown grandsons and, of course, the caller answered in the affirmative.
Here are a couple of things to do after such a phone call or one claiming you have won a cash prize.
First, immediately call the number back. A local friend said she did just that and the call went to Jamaica!!! Yes, it was a scam.
Second, call whoever it is that supposedly needs help. If it is a grandson that said he needs help or is in jail, call his cell phone. He may likely answer. If he doesn’t answer, call a family member or friend. It is better to find out they are truly in jail than to lose your hard-earned cash to swindlers.
Third, call the local police and report it. They will let you know what has been occurring in your area and they also need to know your situation.
Let’s not fall for any scams. There are so many kind and trusting people, especially grandparent-types, but please make at least three phone calls first.
Also, do not give out your social security number, credit card or bank account numbers to any person or business on the phone – even to the IRS. Even the IRS doesn’t work that way.
Do not put any cash on a purchasable credit card and mail it to anyone claiming to need help through these phone scams.

Speaking of beef

The Siskiyou County CattleWomen are again sponsoring the 2015 Beef Ambassador Competition, which is a speech contest based on knowledge and desire to educate consumers regarding beef nutrition along with the environmental and positive stewardship practices of ranchers and the beef industry. The contest is open to students ages 12-20. The Siskiyou contest will be held in February and is the first level of competition. The junior and senior winners will go on to compete at the state level. Winners from states compete at the national level in Sept. 2015. Scholarship money will be awarded the top five national level winners.
Locally, the Siskiyou CattleWomen encourage and help their Siskiyou winners to share their speeches and knowledge with school groups, civic clubs and industry professionals as “Beef Ambassadors”. Interested students should call Gail Jenner at 468-5331 or Barbara Cowley at 459-5506.

Garden

Gee whiz, it has been so warm that I feel like I need to plant some lettuce seeds. The rain has been great. We just need cooler temps to pile the snow in the mountains. The garden soil is soft and even some leftover onions are popping up.

POW

Erin Ryan, our area staff person working for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, said she will to attend the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. She has been responding to the Congressman’s somewhat unpopular vote for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. There are several reasons why he voted for Boehner and the major one was that the real vote occurred soon after the November 2014 election. This was so it could be learned if anyone was planning on running against him. That is when any opposition should have been voiced and there was none. A few congress folks decided to make a last minute fuss and boy did the media have a heyday.
The last few years, I have learned that it is truly important to step back from a media frenzy and wonder just what might be going on behind the scenes.
I stand by Congressman LaMalfa 100 percent.
He and Congressman Tom McClintock have staunchly supported Siskiyou County in working to save the four Klamath River dams. LaMalfa toured the Weed Boles Fire a few days after the tragedy and then toured the forest fire devastation along the Scott and Klamath Rivers with Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 County Supervisor. Congressman LaMalfa has been to many of our events and meetings dealing with our issues up here. I believe he truly cares about us. He stands with us on our agriculture, water and property rights issues. Come to the POW meeting and learn more from Erin Ryan.

Blues Bash

Remember, the Scott Valley Film Coalition and the Scott Valley Blues Society will present a Blues Bash this Friday, Jan. 23rd at “The REC” located at 11236 N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Time is 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.
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Jan. 13, 2015
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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA in Siskiyou Co. California

The Scott Valley Film Coalition and the Scott Valley Blues Society will present a Blues Bash on Friday, Jan. 23rd at “The REC” located at 11236 N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Time is 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. The Blues Bash will feature “Larry ‘B’ and the B Hive” along with special guest “The Ron Lovelace Blues Band.” Larry Alexander told me that it isn’t a concert, just bands playing music for fun and dancing. I think there will be some drinks available for purchase. Sounds like lots a good time.
POW
Scott Valley Protect our Water will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Fort Jones Community Center. It has been several months since we held a meeting, so this one should be packed with good info.
Ray Haupt will have one month of his role as District 5 Siskiyou Supervisor under his belt and will stop by to share some of the issues he has addressed. One includes a discussion with the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Game) over the ESA. I think this past week, the agenda items regarding re-introduction of salmon to the Dunsmuir and McCloud area rivers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposed listing of the fisher – just in our area.
On Jan. 5, 2015, I attended the swearing-in of our newly and re-elected officials at the Yreka Theater. The next day, Ray Haupt started his new job and I am excited that his knowledge of the Endangered Species Act, CEQA, which is California Environmental Quality Act, and NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, will be beneficial to Siskiyou County. Ray knows and understands the details of each and that provides specifics to address how state and federal bureaucratic agencies are trying to twist the law to a non-resource-use objective. Go Ray!
The KBRA, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, expired on Dec. 31st, 2014. But, do not despair – it still isn’t dead. (That was sarcasm folks.) I would think that if the “agreement” has not been re-signed that it should be dead, but the powers-that-be are ignoring the fact of the deadline. In a nutshell, it is the KBRA that is demanding the destruction/removal of four hydro-electric dams in order for PacifiCorp to obtain a true 20 to 50 year renewal from FERC for producing hydro-electricity from the Klamath Dams. FERC is the federal agency that governs licenses and power.
Remember that three of the Klamath River dams in question are located in Siskiyou County. And yet, our county was not allowed to be a stakeholder. This then begs the question of: What or who gets to be a stakeholder? One would think that our county should have been a major player in the creation of the KBRA. Oh, yeah, our county was against Klamath dam removal. OK, so the Greenie groups and government agencies decided that Siskiyou just didn’t belong in the decision-making process.
Klamath dam removal isn’t dead, but it should be. Hopefully, we will have additional info for the POW meeting.
Mark Baird said he will give an update on the State of Jefferson project. This Thursday, the Jefferson Declaration Committee will present two more Declarations to the State. Glenn and Yuba County Boards of Supervisors approved the split from the State of California in 2014. A rally for supporters of the State of Jefferson will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West steps of the Capitol. All supporters are invited!
There are now 20 grassroots Jefferson Declaration Committees in 20 counties throughout Northern California. This next Tuesday will be busy as Mark Baird will give a presentation to the Plumas County Supervisors and another leader, Steve Baird, will speak to the Colusa County Supervisors. Steve and Mark are not directly related, but do admit to some stubborn, independence-minded Scottish heritage. Steve and his wife, Dianna, are leaders of the Placer County Jefferson Committee and Steve has worked-out the financials proving a new state could not just survive, but thrive. For more go to his website: SOJ51.net and also check out: Jefferson Declaration.net.
Last weekend, many Jefferson supporters manned a booth at the Sportsman Expo at the Cal-Expo fairgrounds in Sacramento. Mark told me that they handed out 1,000s of informational brochures and that most folks were genuinely concerned about the direction California is going in creating burdensome laws and taxes.
One remedy proposed by Mark and the Jefferson leadership is that under the State of Jefferson Constitution, each county will elect a state senator providing representation – a voice – for all areas of the state. This is what was changed in our U.S. Constitution, when the Reynolds v Sims case won in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. It is this case that took away the election of a state senator from each county and created the lack of representation for rural, less populated areas.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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