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Liz Writes Life
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
October 20, 2015
The bit of rain over the weekend was welcome indeed. El Nino is expected to give Southern California a good batch of rain this winter, but the jury is still out on how far north it will reach. Weathermen are claiming it won’t be a very cold winter here in the West, which won’t help snow pack in our mountains. So, I will be praying for more rain and snow hoping God will provide!
Brandon Criss, Dist 1. Siskiyou County Supervisor, is holding a Town Hall on Wed. Oct. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Little Shasta. Carol Crebbin has graciously opened her home for the meeting and is located at 6438 Lower Little Shasta Road. Supervisor Criss will discuss the Marijuana Ordinance, water issues and the status of Klamath dam removal and invites anyone interested to attend.
Mark Baird will speak tonight at the Yreka Tea Party Patriots meeting bringing the group up-to-date on the Jefferson Statehood movement and the situation on the Farmer’s Ditch in Scott Valley.
The CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife continues to delay an emergency permit for the group of farmers to fix their point of diversion on their ditch, so their livestock can have water to drink which is their legal water right.
Time for the meeting is 6:30 p.m. It is held at Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd, in Yreka.
The REC in Fort Jones is holding a Halloween Party for older type folks on Fri., Oct. 30 with music, dancing and a $50 prize for best costume. Doors open at 5 p.m. with pizza and beer available for purchase. At 8 p.m. “B Side” and “Stonewash” bands will play live music until 11 p.m. The REC is located next door to the gas station. Cost is $10 each. For more info, call 468-2888.
The Jenner Ranch is headed for an administrative trial brought by NOAA Fisheries. NOAA alleges that the ranch harmed Endangered Species Act listed coho salmon, but do not have any dead or harmed fish to prove it. The Jenner operation complies with CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife regulations, but the federal Oceanic Administration has made additional demands.
The trial is not by jury, but an administrative judge within NOAA will hold court and hear the case. The trial will be held at the Jackson County Courthouse up in Medford, Oregon. It is expected to start Nov. 2 and is scheduled to last for two weeks.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water is encouraging supporters to attend any part of the trial they can find time for. So far, the times of the trial have not been released by the federal government agency.
More info will be shared at the Protect Our Water meeting Thurs. Oct. 29 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.
Politics at its filthiest degree have been playing out regarding the Klamath dams. Just last week, an Oregon newspaper interviewed Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, who said he is in the process of drafting a new bill to get the Klamath dams removed.
I believe this is grandstanding on Walden’s part, because the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, called KBRA, is about to collapse. The KBRA has missed two deadlines for final completion during the past two years, Congress has not appropriated the monies for dam removal and now several Tribes are threatening to withdraw. Remember that the County of Siskiyou was not allowed to be a “stakeholder” and had no say in the KBRA, which demands that four well-maintained, functional hydro-electric dams be destroyed. Three of those dams are located within Siskiyou County. It is incredulous that Greenie groups, Tribes, the California Farm Bureau and government agencies are making decisions that will greatly affect Siskiyou County and its economy.
Here is the main point to remember, before reacting to the lies and threats by those who are against Siskiyou County and its people.
This draft bill is so “draft” that it has not yet been submitted to the Natural Resources Committee, of which it must first be approved and the monies designated, before it can be submitted to the entire House and then U.S. Senate to approve. This takes a lot of time.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa, CA. Dist. 1, and another CA. Congressman, Tom McClintock, sit on the Natural Resources Committee and have reiterated many times they will not be persuaded to vote for the destruction of the Klamath dams. Other members of the Natural Resources Committee also state they oppose any dam removal knowing it will start a domino-effect of removing other huge hydro-electric dams throughout the nation.
There is a possibility that Walden could tag a bill onto another unrelated bill – politics at its highest subterfuge – and there are people closely watching for this type of action.
Ultimately, Walden’s recent announcement looks like smoke and mirrors.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Oct. 13, 2015
Liz Writes Life
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
The garden is winding down although I can’t blame it on a frost. The cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon and bean plants just wore out, so Jack pulled them up and piled them in the garden. We are hoping to get decomposed mulch next spring out of them. The tomatoes are still plugging away and along with the bell peppers and broccoli.
A friend loaned us her “Squeezo” for the ripe tomatoes. It is like a hand-grinder and takes out the seeds and the peel. Jack squeezed a lot of uncooked tomatoes. I made two pots into soup with celery, onion, garlic and spices. Ended up feeling it needed to be pressure canned and luckily my canner lid worked correctly, so I canned seven quarts. I hadn’t used it for over 10 years, but the rubber ring and pressure plugs were still in good shape. Some soup was left over, so I put two quarts in two zip-lock bags. The third pot had more plain tomato sauce than I realized and I was able to hot-water-bath 10 pints.
Rockin’ the REC
Sat. Oct. 17, 2015, the Three Larry’s will play a “Blue’s Harp Review” at The REC in Fort Jones starting at 7 p.m. This “Larry” night will feature Larry B and the “B” side; Larry Eaton with Jim Roy; and Larry Marks and the Ron Lovelace Band.
Then on Friday, Oct. 30th, The REC will host a Halloween Party. Put on your dancin’ shoes and join the fun starting at 5 p.m. with beer and pizza and then “The B Side” and “Stonewash” will play live music starting at 8 p.m. There will be a $50 prize for the best Halloween costume. Cost is $10 at the door. Call 468-2888 for more info.
Andrew Hurlimann said to remind those who would like to take a California Concealed Weapon gun class that the last one for the year will be held Sat. Oct. 24 at the Etna City Hall. It starts at 9 a.m. Instructor Rick Deruyer does a good job covering all the rules. Call him at 530-524-7594 to get signed up.
A ranching family in Eastern Oregon is being terrorized by the federal government. This is a harsh statement, but the hypocrisy and lies of the Bureau of Land Management can be compared to a vicious pack of wolves.
For decades, the Hammond ranching family had worked cooperatively on prescribed burns to burn back invasive species. In 2001, Hammonds called the local BLM District Office to let them know they would be doing a burn that day on their private property. The fire did get away and is estimated to have burned into 139 acres of BLM managed land. A few years later, the Hammonds were back-burning on their cattle range to keep lightning-caused fires raging on BLM land from burning into their land – and burned one acre of BLM land.
It was years later in 2011, that the administrative branch of the federal government pressed charges for the fires, citing endangerment of human lives and damage to federal property. Dwight Hammond, then age 72 and his son, Steven Hammond, 43, were found guilty of “terrorism” and sentenced to fines and federal prison of five years each.
In 2012, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled the mandatory five-year minimum sentence imposed by the Anti-terrorism Act was excessive for the type of crime committed. Combined, the two Hammonds have spent one year and three months in federal prison.
But, the feds were not satisfied and, once again, revisited the trial. Last week both Hammonds were given five-year sentences in federal prison and a $400,000 fine. Oh, and BLM has not allowed any grazing by the Hammond cattle for two years.
Excessive and dastardly fit the description of the persecution by the federal government, its agencies and courts against the Hammonds. Ranching is certainly under siege and it looks like an ulterior motive may be to drive the Hammonds out-of-business, so the government can acquire the Hammond’s huge ranch. That is my opinion.
Yes, this Hammond family is related to the Siskiyou County Hammonds. Theo (Dowling) Johnson wrote an in-depth article on the situation for the recent “Western Livestock Journal” and is well-worth reading.
Now to bring this alarming situation closer to home: Another federal agency, NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) is bringing charges and demanding a trial against Scott Valley ranching family – the Jenners. NOAA claims the ranchers killed a few baby coho salmon, but have no proof. There are no fish bodies. The Jenners have complied with state regulations, including building fish screens to protect juvenile fish.
The farce of a trial starts Nov. 2 in Medford, Oregon at the Jackson County Courthouse. The Jenners need our support at this trial. I will share more info next week.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thurs., Oct. 29 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.
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Liz Writes Life
Oct. 6, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
A rant will kick off my column today. Question: Why don’t people slow down when they see a man waving wildly in their lane, a car off the side of the road and a logging truck stopped? Is it the mad desire to “own” the road that makes a driver think he is above slowing down?
I was driving to town last week and saw several head of yearling cattle running outside a fence. I stopped to open a gate that I figured was to the field they had escaped, just as Clint and Heather Whitchurch saw the situation and were stopping as well. Two of the critters went back in the field easily then we saw the wild-eyed one. I went after it in my car to head it off at the pass – so to speak. At that moment, no other cars were coming, so I did a “Y” turn to follow the yearling back towards the gate. All of a sudden there were more vehicles on this fairly quiet stretch of Highway 3. The logging truck driver came to a stop. I pulled off on the wrong side of the road hoping to direct the yearling to the gate and looked up to see a white SUV barreling at high speed. Clint was in the middle of the lane, waving his hands trying to caution the driver to let him know there was a problem ahead. He did not slow down! He almost ran over Clint. I am not kidding. Then instead of pointing his SUV between me and the slightly-distant logging truck, he was heading straight at me. Don’t know if it was a dozen guardian angels that finally stopped him, but he did slow down and missed me.
To the drivers who fit this scenario: Gee whiz, it just makes sense to slow down to asses a situation. Maybe you don’t care if you kill a person or a cow, but I would think you wouldn’t want the messy aftermath to deal with.
Ranchers work hard to keep their cattle fenced-in. They really don’t want to have any killed. But once or twice a year, I will spot a cow out while driving through the valley. So to do the neighborly thing, I stop to try to put it back in and or make a cell phone call to the cattle owner. (I carry a Siskiyou Telephone book in my car to look up numbers.) Come on please try to give some consideration to our local lifestyle. Oh, and I do want to praise truck drivers. They were the best ones to slow down and even stopped, when they saw there was a potential situation.
This is not the first time, I have seen this attitude by drivers and this lack of consideration is alarming. When I was a kid, we drove cattle from the East side of the valley down Horn Lane on up to Callahan – on horseback. It was an all day project. Back then, nearly all vehicle drivers were patient and even helpful. As an adult, I have helped drive cattle on the roads – and things became difficult as drivers became more impatient and arrogant. Now, ranchers rarely drive cattle on the highway, because many drivers are rude, angry and don’t seem to care if they hit a cow. Yep, I am still disgusted at this societal defect. Ranching, farming, gravel and logging are our custom and culture. If you move here, give us some respect on the roads. It just might save your life.
Tom Menne and Preston Harris, from the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee gave an update on the September groundwater levels at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Sept. 24th. The monthly data shows that the 2015 groundwater levels were higher than the 2014 levels. Surprise! Apparently, the February high water and later thunderstorms added needed water into the Scott Valley groundwater even without the winter snowpack.
A myth or hypothesis has tried to tie irrigation from groundwater wells to the loss of water in the Scott River. This year, nearly all farming irrigation stopped Sept. 1, but the river water did not rise. Hum. Preston specifically questioned: When pumps are turned off, why doesn’t the river shoot back up – if there is indeed a direct connection between farmers’ irrigation and river levels?
Yes, there are different levels of water flows underground and some wells did go dry this year, but this seven-year study of 30 wells located throughout the valley, show the groundwater is not in overdraft and does refill itself better than some have surmised.
Sat. Oct. 17, 2015, three Larry’s will play a “Blue’s Harp Review” at The REC in Fort Jones starting at 7 p.m. For more info, call 468-2888.
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