Liz Writes Life 5-23-17

May 23, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Support Memorial Day by attending one of the honor guard services by the local American Legion Perry Harris Post #260 next Monday. The Callahan Cemetery service is at 10 a.m., Etna Cemetery at 11 a.m. and Fort Jones Cemetery at noon. And remember to thank our veterans!

Garden

Well, I feel really dumb as much of our garden has yet to be planted. With this heat, the seeds would certainly germinate quickly. But, alas we are waiting on the rotor-tiller to get fixed. Meanwhile, I spent a couple days irrigating iris and other perennials that I had ignored. The orange Oriental poppies are starting to bloom with a few purple iris and the California poppies are beautiful with the flowering lavender lupine.

The six red cabbages and six broccoli plants that we planted several weeks ago are doing well, but something is eating the top of some onions, darn it.

Forestry

I need to mention that Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, attended an American Forest Resource Council Conference in Washington last month. He was asked to be on a three-member panel with two county commissioners from Idaho and Montana. He told the April Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting, that 200 industry leaders in the timber business were in attendance. The three-member panel explained how rural counties and communities have been hard-hit because of the loss of a local timber economy.

Mills have moved to metropolitan areas and the forestry industry leaders do not always see the economic fall-out from the gigantic loss of the timber industry on public lands in rural areas. Ray and the other panel members explained this has caused a social mess. With the loss of jobs, rural counties experience more social abuses of drugs, alcohol, elderly, domestic and an increase in crime.

“My goal is to replace the spotted owl (poster) with one of abused children,” said Ray at the Protect Our Water meeting. He also said the panel’s goal was to reconnect counties with the timber industry and educate lobbyists who work in WA. D.C.

There are several lawsuits over local timber harvest sales, including the Westside Fire Recovery Plan, that Ray encouraged Siskiyou Co. to support with amicus briefs, which are a friend of the court. Since Ray has been in office, these lawsuits that our county has supported have been successful providing a ray of hope for more active forest management.

The next Protect Our Water meeting will be Thurs., June 1, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. I will have the agenda for you next week.

Trials

Last week, I discussed the inhumane treatment that Ammon Bundy, and possibly other inmates, received in the privately-contracted federal Southern Nevada Detention Facility in Pahrump. And that a protest rally dubbed “Liberty Camp” had set up across the highway from the facility. Although the campers are only staying 14 days, so they would not need a permit, the local sheriff visited the camp and informed them they must get a permit or leave.

When the word got out, a neighboring landowner told the campers they could moved to his property, which is in back of the prison. It is actually a better situation, but hot Nevada winds are not making life easy. Food and supplies have been donated to the campers and the residents of Pahrump seem to be supportive of the group trying to expose inhumane and torturous treatment inside the facility.

But to keep things interesting, detention facility guards have filed multiple false reports claiming the protesters are violating prison space by stepping across boundary lines onto prison property or that protestors slapped a moving prison bus. The protesters are videoing their every move and can prove these reports are not true.

The camp participants are making daily treks around the compound in their “Jericho March” and continue to raise money. Guess that would be a bit intimidating to the prison guards. In one video, I saw Jeanette Finicum on LaVoy’s horse, joining the march. To send support letters or care packages or funds, the address is: Camp Liberty, 1776 East Mesquite Ave., Pahrump, NV 89048.

Camp Liberty has raised over $25,000 for the defense of Ammon Bundy.

Camp leaders are also encouraging supporters to call elected officials and the detention facility administrator saying they have heard of inhumane treatment of inmates in the facility. Nicely ask them to look into the situation.

Janice Killian, facility administrator, 775-751-4500 or fax 775-751-8763.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval: 775- 684-5670.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions: 202-514-2001.

U.S. Nevada Senator Dean Heller: 702-388-6605

U.S. President Donald J. Trump: For comments call 202-456-1111 or switchboard is 202-456-1414.

Here is an update on the trials or re-trails. Prosecutors said they will not re-file charges on Todd Engel or Greg Burleson again on the trial where the jury was deadlocked this spring. Both were found guilty on lesser charges and will be sentenced in July. But, additional “terrorism” enhancements will be asked for Engel, who was found guilty of two charges. A possible 30 years in prison could come from these enhancements.

Burleson was found guilty of 8 of 10 charges and faces a possible 57 years in prison. He was a government informant, so it looks like he has been left high and dry. The other four defendants in the hung jury trial will be re-tried the end of June.

The second group of defendants include Cliven Bundy. But this trial will not begin until after this re-trial of the first group, so it may be October until Cliven’s trial starts.

Then there is a third tier of the Nevada Bunkerville defendants, who most likely will not see their trial until spring of 2018. Talk about a lack to a speedy trial, along with all the other atrocities that have occurred!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County. Check out her websites: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 5-16-17

May 16, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Apparently, I have a lot to learn about growing plants in a cold frame. Quickly, we found that the lid must be up during most days in April and May, because it easily gets too hot. And, except for the few dramatic hot nights we had two weeks ago, it must be closed at night. Jack built the cold frame in mid-April and we planted an Early Girl tomato plant and cucumber seeds. Only one cucumber seed came up. I also planted parsley seeds, but none have appeared.

The snow-line dropped to 4,500 feet on Saturday morning, May 6th. The plants did fine in the cold frame, but Sunday morning the freezing cold must have been several hours long as both the tomato and cucumber were burned a bit. The cuc was only 2 leaves big. Yep, pretty tiny. So, we are now covering the tomato and cuc in the cold frame with buckets, when it may freeze and the double covering is working.

During those hot days and nights, I put the three red solo cups of two-inch tall cucumbers under the pine tree to get acclimated. But on May 5th, I thought they would need more protection and put them in the cold frame, instead of bringing them in the house. (They gotta get tough, you know!) Well, the cold on Sunday morning burned those cucs pretty good. I brought them in the house to perk them up, but they are not going to make it.

The rhubarb was huge, so I harvested it last week. There was about 25 pounds of rhubarb and, yes, to Jack’s relief I gave most of it away. I did make some jam using strawberry Jello, but I cooked the rhubarb sauce down too far, before adding the Jello. It is really gooey. Tastes great, but it is very thick and sticky! So, I’ll make sure it is a bit juicy next time. Ugh!

Jefferson

A rallying cry will be held by the Citizens for Fair Representation at the California Capitol in Sacramento on Wed., May 31, 2017. State of Jefferson supporters are planning the rally that will be held at 11 a.m. A bus has been chartered that will leave Yreka Wal-Mart at 5:45 a.m. on May 31st the cost is $35 per person. To ride the air conditioned bus and join the rally, call Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443 or Pauline Cramer at 530-468-2680. The group needs 55 riders to secure the bus, and, unfortunately, the deadline is very short – tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17th. So call immediately for your seat on the bus.

The Citizens for Fair Representation submitted a lawsuit complaint to the CA. Secretary of State Alex Padilla last Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The rally is to show support for fair representation in our legislative elections.

POW

Because of the Memorial Day holiday, Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Lisa Nixon, Siskiyou Co.  Supervisor for Dist. 4, will be there to speak about the ad-hoc Cannabis Committee she is serving on. There will be discussion and possible action on the report from the ad-hoc Cannabis Committee today at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting. So by June 1, there should be even more info for Lisa to share.

Bundy

Two weeks ago, we learned that rancher Ammon Bundy was tortured in the Pahrump (Nevada) Federal Detention Center – prison. He was shackled around his ankles and handcuffed holding his arms behind his back, then placed in a three-foot by three-foot shower stall and left for 13 hours. No food or water or bathroom breaks. When he was released by several swat team members that were dressed in full tactical gear, he was stripped naked put on the floor, inspected and told to raise his arms above his head. He was not able to do it, so they did it for him! His legs were bleeding from the shackles and he could barely walk.

Then he was put in a tiny solitary confinement cell – naked — again. Guards finally stuffed his undergarments through the food slot. Through a phone call, Ammon was able to relate this latest inhumane treatment. He was told by the guards they intended to leave him in the stall for 72 hours and, if still alive, to be taken to a medical room where an I.V. would have been inserted to keep him from dying from dehydration. In the phone call, he certainly sounds disoriented from pain, abuse and possibly hypothermia.

I don’t understand this type of dreadful treatment, especially when civilians are afforded protections from inhumane treatment and attack through the international Geneva Convention.

Ammon has been acquitted of felonies in the Portland, Oregon trial; and the first trial for the April 2014 Bundy ranch stand-off against the BLM was a mistrial, this year, in Las Vegas. Ammon has been incarcerated for more than 400 days, denied bail and, certainly, the right to speedy trials.

Shari Dovale, writer for Redoubt News.com, wrote an article and released the phone call through a video that has now had more than 92,000 views. As a result, a call-to-action has gone out to rally in Pahrump and protest Ammon’s torture. The federal government responded by locking down the prison and refusing all inmates any visitors over that weekend.

Also, something that is curious is the Facility Leader (new title for prison superintendent) was removed, during the past two weeks, and a new woman is now at the helm

I don’t know who is leading the protest, but it looks to be grass roots driven. Campers can stay for 14 days, without a BLM permit. So the organizers hope more people will show up. It is a peaceful protest across the highway from the prison and local businesses have donated porta-potties and water.

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 5-9-17

May 9, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Blue skies provided the perfect spring day for the Pleasure Park Rodeo last Sunday, May 7, 2017. The 70th Annual rodeo was supported by the California High School Rodeo contestants and also saw the return of local cowboys and cowgirls that have been competing for a decade or two. It was great to see Daryl Lara and J.D. Rose out there.

Thank you to the many people who organized and did the volunteer-work that made the rodeo a success!

Garden

One cucumber has popped up in the cold frame and the tomato plant is doing really well. The peas are about eight-inches tall. Spinach leaves are about two-inches and the lettuce is popping up. The bee balm and Oriental poppies really took off. Cabbages and broccoli transplanted last week are looking good. Asparagus is still lacking in spikes, but the rhubarb is huge. Potatoes are also poking up.

Snowpack

The May 1st snowpack is super duper. Local USFS employees slushed through significant snow to measure the snow depth of the measuring stations. The highest area was Scott Mt. at 5,900 feet showing 45-inches giving it 173 percent of average. Next was Middle Boulder #3 at 6,200 feet located near Mt. Bolivar at the south end of Scott Valley. It had 61-inches with the historic average at 40.3 inches giving it 151 percent of average.

Just below at Dynamite Meadow, at 5,700 feet, was the lowest snowpack at 19.5 inches of historic average of 22.1 inches with 88 percent. Now isn’t that interesting. Maybe there is more sunshine melting the snow? I’ve been told these are in the same area. Swampy John above Etna at 5,500 feet still has 60-inches of snow making 113 percent of average.

Finicum

There were several successful fundraisers last weekend. We have such caring people here in our Siskiyou County communities.

I attended the event for Jeanette Finicum on Friday night at the Miner’s Inn in Yreka. Debbie Bacigalupi met Jeanette, in January, when she attended the one-year anniversary of Jeanette’s husband, LaVoy Finicum’s, death in Eastern Oregon. Thank you, Debbie for bringing Jeanette and her daughter, Thara Tenny, here to raise funds for their wrongful death civil suit.

The 250-ticket fundraiser was sold out and the auction items sold well. I don’t remember how much it was, but Jay Dancer was the winning bid on the airplane flight donated by pilot Mark Johnson. The barbecue beef ribs and dinner by Dave and Kathy Tyler was fabulous. Luckily, I was able to bring home a doggy bag of ribs!

First, Joe (who didn’t give his last name) presented Jeanette with the Purple Heart award he received for life-threatening wounds while fighting in Iraq. May 5th was the anniversary of the day he was medivaced to a U.S. hospital in Germany. Joe said Jeanette deserved the recognition, because of all she has suffered at the hands of the U.S. government. She was clearly touched.

Truths were revealed by both Thara and Jeanette. They learned quite a bit of information through the first Oregon Trial, where the two Bundy brothers and five others were acquitted by the jury — yet have been not released from prison cells.

Thara spoke first – encouraging us to understand the U.S. Constitution and our branches of government. She said her father, LaVoy, had a right to due process and instead he was shot in the back three times by government agents. She added that the agents were fed false rhetoric.

Jeanette said that more than 100 ranchers have lost their land, in their area, due to bullying and regulations of the BLM. Since his death, the BLM refuses to issue LaVoy’s grazing permit to Jeanette. They do not recognize her as his wife — yet and this is a really big yet — since his death they have been placing fines on her from LaVoy’s cattle grazing over a year ago after his death. Those fines are now up to $12,000. The BLM has forced her to move her cattle off of her land. She has been in litigation with them since. Remember, the federal government has deep pockets.

Then Jeanette explained how the media has demonized LaVoy and ranchers. “The press and environmental groups were partners in every way,” she said, adding that the press has redefined words like rancher, patriot even Tea Party to a very demeaning label.

The previous issues Jeanette discussed were not new to many of those in the audience, but the third subject was quite disconcerting. Jeanette said that intimidation by the FBI has been overwhelming. In most of the meetings, where she has spoken, there have been undercover FBI agents and certainly FBI investigating each event.

The FBI has gone so far as to contact city mayors and county leaders with threats for allowing her to speak. She found it hard to believe, but she learned that the FBI nearly raided one event.

Jeanette said her husband was a kind man and an excellent husband, father and neighbor. He believed in responsible government and loved teaching about the Constitution. Through it all, she and her family will continue to remain steadfast. “I will not be intimidated by the FBI or anyone else,” she finished.

At a dinner the previous night at Richard and Susan Marshall’s, I asked Jeanette if an arrest warrant for LaVoy had been issued? She responded, “A warrant was issued the day after they murdered my husband.”

Oh, such very shameful acts by the Oregon and federal governments and agents.

The funds raised for Jeanette Finicum are going to an exemplary cause. This cause must be won, if we are to maintain our freedoms and liberties from ever-encroaching domineering state and federal agencies. These are incredible and courageous women. My hat is off to them.

Check out Redoubt News.com for more on the LaVoy and Bundy situations.

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 5-2-17

May 2, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Remember to get your tickets for the fundraiser for Jeanette Finicum, who is speaking this Friday night, May 5th at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Cowboy Barbecue by Dave Tyler is at 6:30 p.m. Call Grace Leeman at 530-598-1908 to get your tickets.

Parade

It is the final countdown to the Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo that will be held this Sunday, May 7th. The California High School Rodeo Dist. 1 Finals will be held Friday night and Saturday at the Etna rodeo grounds.

Jim Hendricks will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Rodeo Parade. Jim has supported the rodeo through years’ of donations to the Rodeo Queen Contest and buckles. But, his biggest donation is the use of his property next to the rodeo grounds as he has allowed parking for decades. It is so handy to be able to use a neighbor’s property for the twice-a-year parking.

Thank you Jim! Look for Jim this Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

Drew Travis, Chairman of the Rodeo Parade, will take late entries this week — if you call right at away. His number is 530-468-2410.

POW meeting

Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, brought some good news to the Scott Valley Protect Our Water last Thursday night. Earlier that day, our congressman was able to meet and discuss issues in his district with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. LaMalfa’s office had quickly written up a letter explaining the basic reasons the four hydro-electric Klamath dams should not be destroyed and he handed to him during the three hour visit. LaMalfa included the fact that previous Sec. of Interior Sally Jewel’s agreement to take out the dams was faulty and should be rescinded.

Speaking of Sec. Zinke, he is already re-evaluating the recent expansion of National Monuments after President Trump signed an executive order “to end an egregious abuse of executive power and give that power back to the states and the people where it belongs,” said Trump, adding, “The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power.” Wow and yea!

Our recent Siskiyou/Cascade expansion by previous President Obama may get looked at. It was an expansion of a little less than 100,000 acres, which is the threshold number. But the controversial Bear’s Ears in Utah is certainly in the bulls’ eye as Utah legislators have fought that expansion tooth and nail.

Also on Sec. Zinke, he is taking another look an 11-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska that Sally Jewel denied. Residents of King Cove have asked – for years – for the short road to be allowed so they can better utilize a World War II-era airport for health, safety and economic reasons. My goodness, thousands of acres are off-limits in Alaska. I sure don’t see how an 11-mile road could damage the environment, especially at the expense of a local village.

Erin also told us that LaMalfa and Congressman John Garamendi, a Democrat, have introduced legislation that would lift a de facto prohibition on construction and repair of agricultural barns in areas designated by FEMA as flood risks, which would be a huge benefit to costs incurred by farmers during floods.

There was sad and disturbing news, though. Erin said the town hall meetings have been difficult. Even his staffers have felt threatened. I think it was the Oroville meeting, where she was holding the microphone for questions from the audience members and the people around her were yelling and near to rioting. It was very scary, she said.

The Redding Town Hall turned out to be a bit safer as the county sheriff or Redding Police Chief asked for backup from the CHP. She reminded us that Gov. Jerry Brown had stopped the use of CHP by the congress folks at these town halls, but through the local law enforcement they were able to get their help. Isn’t that outrageous for our governor to do that? Talk about leaving things to get out-of-hand!

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, shared a variety of items. First, he said, the jail situation may have some new life. Like many other counties, Gov. Brown had designated $27 million for a new jail. But, when Siskiyou Co. couldn’t come up with the additional needed funds, it had to return the $27 million to the state. Well guess what? The other rural counties ended up doing the same thing, so Gov. Brown has changed his tune and Siskiyou supervisors have been told he will give the $27 million back. So the county is looking at other lower-cost options.

The application for the county to serve as the Groundwater Management Agency for Siskiyou County has been submitted to the state of California. Of course, the Karuk Tribe is contesting it, but our supervisors will oppose them, Ray said. The deadline for the application regarding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is due in June. I have read several news articles where other counties are scrambling to get in its application, so Siskiyou is certainly ahead of schedule.

Ray also explained more on the Conservation Easements and why they are problematic for the county. Some groups are purchasing land to turn into C.E.s and then sell the water rights to the state agencies. This drops the land value, tremendously, for the next purchaser and provides less tax receipts for the county.

Then some non-profits, like The Nature Conservancy, which owns a large ranch in Shasta Valley has now decided to sell the entire ranch to CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. It previously sold its water right to the DFW. But, the problem with DFW is that it is supposed to pay taxes to the county on its lands. It has been more than 12 years, since the state has done that!

More 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 4-25-17

April 25, 2017

Liz Writes Life

A fundraiser will be held at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center on May 5th for Jeanette Finicum, who is the wife of rancher LaVoy Finicum, who was killed by FBI and Oregon State Police on Jan. 26, 2016 in Eastern Oregon. Jeanette and her daughter, Thara Tenny, will speak and answer questions on the situations surrounding LaVoy’s death. The Finicum family is raising funds to support a civil action lawsuit against the federal government for wrongful death of LaVoy.

Dave Tyler is cooking his famous baby back ribs for the Cowboy Barbecue that will include chili beans, coleslaw, potato salad and corn muffins. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a no-host bar. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. Call Grace Leeman at 530-598-1908 to get your tickets.

There will be a dessert auction, door prizes, raffle and other auction items. One  great live auction item is from Mark Johnson, of Scott Valley. He is donating an airplane ride for up to three people and will fly them on a scenic tour of Siskiyou County in his Cesna. What at treat that would be! Another donation is by Susan and Richard Marshall. It is a “bug-out-bag” full of the same type of items that LaVoy kept in his bug-out-bag.

For those who believe we need to take a stand against tyranny, this is a chance to support court action to rectify the situation.

I believe the BLM, Bureau of Land Management, was stills smarting from the stand-off by the Bundy Ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada in April 2014. LaVoy was one of the many cowboys that showed up to stop the killing and confiscation of Cliven Bundy’s cattle and destruction of legal water right infrastructure that provided life-giving water to livestock and wildlife in that desert area.

After being killed by snipers and law enforcement officers at the roadblock in Eastern Oregon during the 2016 Malheur Refuge stand-off, federal agents obtained warrants for the arrests of more than 20 individuals that stood against the feds back in 2014. Trials are underway. The first one, which was held last fall in Portland, OR, found the seven acquitted of their crimes. But, those non-guilty folks were not released from custody and were transported to Nevada to stand trial in Las Vegas.

The first tier of three more trials is now under jury deliberation. Several brave journalists have attended the trials and report extensively on them. The overriding theme is that the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, are not being followed by the judges in any of the trials.

Daniel P. Love, the lead BLM agent that did not stand down, when his superiors directed in the 2014 Bunkerville siege, was not permitted to participate in the trial – by order of the judge. The defense needed to show the many relevant issues involving agent Love like the recorded conversation where he stated none of Bundy’s cattle were being mistreated. Big lie! Defense also claims that Love supervised BLM’s destruction of water lines and water troughs that were legally part of Cliven Bundy’s water right.

Well, you get the picture of the dire situation. Please attend and support the Finicum family and property owners. I hope to see you there!

Sheriff Lopey

Siskiyou County made national headlines last week with the capture of the Tennessee school teacher, who allegedly abducted his 15 year-old female student in March. Yep, who could have thought they would end up in Cecilville, after trying to get into the Black Bear commune?

I want to give a big “thank you” to Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey and his many officers for their professional handling of the situation and bringing it to a safe and calm close. The planning had to be accomplished extremely quickly – literally over night. Looks like their dutiful training served them well. Great job!

Garden

Jack put up wire fencing for peas to climb, this week, and then decided to dig the potatoes. Some needed to be thrown away, but we ended up with about 10 pounds of firm ones. And we used the potatoes with the sprouts growing to plant eight hills. I also planted two kinds of lettuce.

Then, he decided to build a six-foot-long cold frame. Yep, it is almost too warm during the day, so I have been propping the lid up each morning and putting it down late in the day. I planted an Early Girl tomato along with several cucumber and basil seeds. It is a great protection against the light frosts we have had. The tomato plant is very happy.

This year, I decided to purchase red cabbage to grow for summer eating. Also got some broccoli plants and a hardy-looking snapdragon caught my eye. It is not blooming, which is what I prefer.

POW meeting

Several water issues will be on the agenda this week at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting April 27th. Ray Haupt has recently met with both the Regional Water Quality Control Board staff and employees of the CA. Fish and Wildlife. Last week, he spoke at a forestry-type of conference in Washington state, so he will have lots to tell us. I believe our county supervisors are trying to get the CA. Fish and Wildlife to streamline their 1600 permits.

Also, the Klamath Tribe has already “called” for control of all of its water right in the Upper Klamath region, which is a really bad deal. First there is plenty of water this year — so there is plenty of water for the fish — and second it will stop the irrigation ability of ranchers throughout the area. Looks like there will be another lawsuit fired-up.

The POW meeting will be at the Fort Jones Community Center this Thursday at 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

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 4-18-17

April 18, 2017

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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Garden

The peas are three-inches tall. This is the best germination we have had. Usually we have to replant them. This year, they are actually too close and need to be thinned. Something did chew on three of them eating off the leaves. Hum, don’t know what.

The spinach came up pretty good, but the lettuces didn’t do so well. Need to replant them. I finally decided to plant the onion starts that I purchased over a week ago. There were 90 to 100 of them, so we will need to remember to eat green onions next month to thin them down a bit.

There are a few potato hills still in the ground. We better get them out and use a few to plant as seed potatoes. The garlic is a foot-tall and the three groups of bunching onions are just as high and bunching.

Several folks reported their asparagus is doing well. Ours is way behind and is barely poking up. None are peeking up on the older group. And the rhubarb – last year at this time, I had harvested a big batch. It does look healthy and some stalks are thick, but it is only about 18-inches tall. So, I will give it a few more weeks. The Fowler lilac is budding-up. Sure do hope the couple of frosts that we had didn’t take them out. A few friends are worried they lost their apricot and other fruit crops. Siskiyou spring is always a wait-and-see?

Water

We are now into irrigation season. Most decrees state April 1st is the starting date for obtaining legal water rights, but some are for April 15th. Some decrees also allow for year-round use of water rights for domestic and or stock water. Believe it or not, there are fields where the ditch conveying water is the only available water for livestock, so those water rights are important.

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Dist. 5, learned that the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (previously called DFG) began flying the Scott River last week. It was mentioned they may be looking for flood and high-water damage along with checking out diversions, but who knows. Ray said the county asked if Elizabeth Nielsen, the Natural Resource Specialist, could fly along with them and the request was denied. Oh! Why?

In the past there have been some not-so-nice situations as the CA. DFW has flown below the 500-foot level violating airspace laws and spooking livestock — sometimes looking like harassment. So Ray wants to know if any planes or helicopters are violating the 500-foot airspace regulation or intimidating livestock. Try to obtain a tail number. Ray’s phone number is 530-925-0444.

Land sales

It’s a done deal. Timbervest sold two pieces of property in the south-end of Scott Valley. They were purchased by Western Rivers Conservation group. Spokesman for the group, Peter Colby, told me that escrow closed on April 3, 2017. The group obtained a three-year loan to purchase the properties and Peter said they are actively looking for someone or group to sell the properties to. Now that is interesting – a conservancy flipping land for profit?

One of the properties is the Bouvier ranch located off the Cecilville Road outside of Callahan. The ranch includes 1,600 acres of timber and cattle grazing pasture that is irrigated through water right allotments. There is a domestic and livestock water right for year-round use on the lower ditch.

Peter said he has contacted the Scott River Water Trust asking if it is interested in purchasing the ranch. There is talk of stopping the use of the water right allotments on July 15th. I told Peter that wouldn’t work, because the rancher who has been leasing the grazing area will need to irrigate through the heat of July and August to keep the pasture growing for his cattle. But, apparently the conservancy believes fish will need the water in Scott River. It is likely to turn into a heated discussion, although Peter told me the conservancy wants to find a “good balance” for water use. Because of the high snow pack in the mountains, surface water should be plentiful this year. Yet, already “they” are trying to curtail agriculture use. Frustrating.

The other piece of property is 640 acres (square section) and was Timbervest’s most eastern track on Scott Mt. It is filled with timber and goes up to the Trinity Divide. Peter said the conservancy hopes to sell this to a timber company.

I asked Peter about the Callahan Water District and their water right from East Boulder Creek that does cross the Bouvier ranch property. He said they have no desire to interfere with the district’s water right. Good news.

The other group Peter has talked to about purchasing the Bouvier ranch property is the Siskiyou Land Trust, which is based in Mount Shasta. Several land owners in Scott Valley are working with the Siskiyou Land Trust and have put land into its conservancy. This is another divisive topic. Ray Haupt was recently interviewed on the topic of Conservation Easements by Daniel Webster. That 13-minute youtube can be found on my Liz Bowen.com site.

But we are not done yet!

Ray told me that two blocks of Timbervest are now in escrow and may be purchased by the Eco Trust Forest Management group. This track of land starts at Wildcat Creek and takes in the forested lands north to Etna and Quartz Valley under Big Meadows. Ray actually met with a spokesman of the purchasers last week and explained the need for good neighborly relations regarding range grazing allotments and actively managing the trees. This group may also be looking into resale or doing Conservation Easements.

POW

Learn more at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting April 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 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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Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, explains problems with Conservation Easements

Daniel Webster, with Facebook Scott Valley News, interviewed Ray Haupt on the Conservation Easements and the problems of incumberance to property into the future and loss of tax base to support the county tax base.

Great info!!!

Worth the watch!

 https://www.facebook.com/ScottValleyNews/videos/861717600627066/

 

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Liz Writes Life 4-11-17

April 11, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Etna Rodeo

The Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017. From my research into the history of the rodeo, (I served on and off the rodeo board for 25 years) several rodeos had been held previously to the one on Sunday, May 4, 1947. But, for some reason, using the first Sunday in May as the annual date stuck. It was in 1948 that a handful of men and one woman decided to form the Pleasure Park Association and actually went so far as to obtain a 501 c 7 non-profit status with the state.

Ranchers had been playing horse polo since the early-1930s in Scott Valley and in 1945 George Dillman, his son Hearst Dillman, and local druggist Gleason Balfrey purchased 12 acres from Kenneth Depew down by Etna Creek to flatten-out for polo games. It was rocky and sandy from previous floods. At times, temporary bucking chutes had been built to buck out horses – just for fun.

In 1947, three local teens asked the polo players if they could put on a rodeo. Jim Johnson, Jasper Landi and Tom Webster were those enthusiastic teens. Several sturdy bucking chutes were made and gossip flew. Local folks decided to show up and watch the teens try their hand at bucking-out horses between polo matches. The rodeo events were quick-paced compared to the polo games and, through popular opinion, it was decided to hold another rodeo the next year.

The board of directors listed on the 1948 Articles of Incorporation were: W.D. “Pinky” Mathews, Fred P. Browne, Ruth Gepford, George R. Dillman, Roy Mason, Robert A. Dillman and Frank Bryan – all of Etna. Records point to George Dillman as the president, who was quoted by the weekly “Western Sentinel” newspaper for all residents to enjoy using the Pleasure Park grounds.

An arena was built inside the huge polo field, which was still huge and horse races were run between rodeo events on the resulting track. In the early days, folks drove their cars and parked around the arena to watch. Jerry Reynolds remembers helping his grandfather build huge rough-cut lumber grandstands. The lumber certainly created a lot of splinters as it usually took my mom hours – it seemed like – to remove them from my hands, arms and legs after playing at the rodeo grounds, when I was a kid.

Those grandstands, corrals and fences were destroyed during the 1964 flood. After deliberation, the directors in 1965 decided to hold a “benefit” rodeo at the Yreka Fairgrounds. Gene Selby was the president. The next year’s board decided to take the plunge and purchase land from Jess McNames and rebuild the rodeo grounds. I recall practicing with our horse drill team in spring of 1966, while people from our community worked on building the present arena and grandstands. Loggers with big equipment helped out the ranchers and friends with the huge job.

Over the past 70 years, many folks have worked and donated their talents to making the Pleasure Park Rodeos and activities successful. What a great family tradition it has become — for all walks of life.

Entries

Secretary Jaclyn Boyce will be taking rodeo event entries from contestants on April 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call her at 530-340-5527. To get your kids in the Calf Riding and Mutton Bustin’, you need to call on those dates as well.

This is truly a rodeo-weekend, as the California High School Rodeo Association District #1 Finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6 at the Pleasure Park grounds.

Rain and snow

I see where Gov. Jerry Brown has declared the “drought” is over, but is still keeping water restrictions and conservation measures in place. It was sure convenient for state agencies to take control of water use, but one-size-fits-all was the not the realistic way to deal with the drought throughout the state.

The Sierra Nevada Mts. have certainly taken on historic amounts of snow, which provide municipal and agricultural water for most of the state. As of last Saturday, the Dept. of Water Resources reported the year-to-date average sits at 205 percent above normal for the water year. Yea!

Locally, the Klamath National Forest April 1 snow surveys showed an above average snow pack in the south and west mountains bordering Scott Valley. Scott Mt. reported the highest percentage with 121 percent of average snow. Middle Boulder 3 near Mt. Bolivar at 6,200 feet elevation boasted 110 percent with 63.7 inches and Swampy John above on Salmon Mt. at 5,500 feet elevation was at 100 percent of its 66 year average of surveys.

GSA

I was not able to attend the Siskiyou Board of Supervisors meeting last week, but was happy to learn the supervisors approved the agenda item to send in an application to become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, instead of the State of California mandating our Siskiyou groundwater.

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Supervisor, told me that he explained to the packed room of concerned constituents that he actually didn’t like going down this path. He wants property owners to have control over their groundwater. But with the state threatening to take control of groundwater basins and his constituents asking for protection from the state, he voted for the Siskiyou Co. Flood Control and Conservation District to take the lead in working with the four subbasin groups in the county.

Finicum

Tickets are still available for the Jeanette Finicum dinner fundraiser on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Jeanette will be speaking and the funds will go to help her bring a civil lawsuit for the wrongful death of her husband, Lavoy, when he was killed by FBI agents in Eastern Oregon on Jan. 26, 2016. Tickets are $25. Call Grace Leeman at 530-598-1908.

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

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Liz Writes Life 4-4-17

April 4, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News

Senate Bill 54 is causing a stir throughout the state. On March 29, 2017, it received its third amendment vote in the state senate committee and is headed to the senate floor for a vote. To become law, it will need to also pass the assembly and then signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Proponents want the bill to pass, which will make California a “sanctuary” state creating a showdown that will be in direct opposition to federal and state law.

Basically, existing California law says that when arresting someone who may not be a citizen of the United States, the arresting agency shall notify the appropriate agency of the United States to take charge of any deportation matters. SB 54 will repeal this and create a lack of communication among law enforcement agencies.

Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey told me the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors were “courageous” on Feb. 21, 2017, when they voted 4-1 to uphold the U.S. and California Constitutions and continue to comply with federal immigration laws. In other words, our county supervisors did not designate Siskiyou a “sanctuary” jurisdiction.

Sheriff Jon agrees. He said he has taken an oath to uphold both the U.S. and California Constitutions and is worried how county law enforcement will be able to interact with federal agencies regarding arrests of illegal aliens if SB 54 becomes law.

“When we encounter illegal aliens we are to assess that crime and we need to have that discretion – often times there are gray areas like drug trafficking or burglars or thieves that may not be considered violent, but we should be free to cooperate with federal authorities and enforce the law,” Sheriff Jon said. He is not happy that state legislators are interfering and affecting the abilities of county sheriffs.

“Currently, we have to enforce the federal, state and local laws and a sheriff should be free to make those decisions as they are public health and safety issues. We need to do the right thing and protect our citizens,” he explained.

The California State Sheriffs’ Association is also frustrated and voted to oppose SB 54. Just last week, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell voiced specific opposition, because it would limit involvement by law enforcement agencies in any federal immigration enforcement action. This creates a real problem when the county jails are housing inmates, who might be subject to deportation, according to Sheriff McDonnell.

The problem isn’t only in California as recently, Sheriff Jon attended a Western State Sheriffs’ Association meeting, where a high-priority on-going discussion is figuring out how to effectively deal with criminal illegal aliens.

And, it isn’t just sheriffs who are raising an alarm.

Last week, a group of elected officials and mayors in San Diego County announced they will organize opposition to SB 54.

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells called a press conference on March 29, 2017 and announced a new group called “Mayors for Safe Cities.” He explained that SB 54 will not prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from doing deportation raids, but that ICE would not have the help of local or state police. ICE agents will also be banned from entering county jails to interview inmates suspected of living in the U.S. illegally. Mayor Wells added that this will likely allow more violent illegal felons back onto the streets than protect non-violent and innocent immigrants.

State Senator Kevin De Leon authored SB 54 and represents Senate District 24, which encompasses downtown and East Los Angeles. De Leon wields power as the State Senate leader Pro Tem. SB 54 will most likely pass the senate and the question is: Will the assembly be willing to stop the bill?

Sediment

One of the biggest complaints by our county, the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., other groups and individuals — regarding the proposed removal of the four hydro-electric Klamath dams — is the tremendous amount of sediment that will be released from behind the dams. The millions of cubic feet of sediment will affect water quality, kill fish and salmon runs and do incredible damage to the environment.

For verification of these accusations, we only need to look north to the state of Washington where two large dams were removed in 2012 and 2014 – the Elwha dam that was only five miles up the Elwha River and the Glines Canyon Dam that was 13 miles up the Elwha River. The Dept. of Interior is the lead agency, but it is the National Park Service that is being unresponsive to resulting affects by excess sediment.

The city of Port Angeles with a harbor on the Strait of Juan de Fuca is having problems with its water intake and treatment facility from too much sediment that is still flowing from the removal of both dams.

An article published in the Peninsula Daily News, last week, explains the city council has tried to obtain information about the contract with a Freedom of Information Act and during the past nine months, the Park Service has not responded. So Port Angeles is now threatening a lawsuit.

The Park Service pledged to maintain the amount and quality of water available to the city and its residents through the city’s municipal and industrial water rights under the 1992 Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act and again in the contract for dam removals. With the dramatic increase in sediment, the city has found problems with its treatment facility and an unresponsive Park Service.

The newer intake and treatment facilities were built to treat much of the estimated 3.4 million cubic yards of sediment released by dam removal, but has not been adequate.

My internet friend, Pearl Hewett, is a voice against the removals of those dams. She has seen first-hand several feet of mud-sediment flow into the National Park campgrounds and roads each winter. It doesn’t look like the environmental damage is stopping.

Yep, very interesting information indeed.

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 3-28-17

March 28, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Our peas are up about an inch high and it is time to get onion starts in the ground. Yep, after the dark snowy winter, gardening season will soon be upon us. Sure do love the bright color that spring bulbs and flowers bring.

Water

April 4, 2017 is an important day to support Siskiyou County in its application to the State of California as a Groundwater Sustainable Agency. The county needs to be in control of our groundwater and if the GSA application is not approved, the state will take over control of our groundwater — immediately. Ugh.

Elizabeth Nielsen, Siskiyou County Natural Resources Specialist, did a thorough job explaining the new state law regarding groundwater at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last week. This situation is a bit ominous. If the county does not create its own Groundwater Sustainable Agency and submit its application for that agency by June 30, 2017, the State Water Board will intervene to manage groundwater extraction activities in Siskiyou County. The State Water Board will have the power to assess fees for its involvement and will levy fees of $100 per well and in unmanaged areas the cost will be $10 per acre foot per year if the well is metered and $25 per year if not the well is not metered. Yep, this is scary and costly. Oh, and will start on July 1, 2017!

Our county supervisors are proposing that the Siskiyou Flood Control and Conservation District serve as the agency that will oversee the Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan. The plan must be operable by 2022 using information developed by local landowner committees in the four subbasins that are affected. Those subbasins are: Scott Valley, Shasta Valley, Butte Valley and the Tulelake area.

Actually, a sub-type of agency will be developed in each of these subbasins. The important key is that the agency members will be local landowners and groundwater users, including water districts and municipalities.

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, said the county hopes the citizens will support its application to the state. He wants to “seize this process” and keep control local over groundwater instead of the state’s one-size-fits-all demands. Ray said the county supervisors voiced vigorous opposition to the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. But it passed the state legislature and Gov. Brown signed it into law.

Elizabeth is asking individuals with groundwater wells to attend and express support at the April 4th hearing. She has been tasked with completing the county’s application. The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the supervisors’ chambers at the courthouse in Yreka. This is next week folks. Please attend or write-in comments of support.

For more on the GSA law and process, go to Elizabeth’s website for a power point presentation. The easiest way to find the site is to Google “Siskiyou County Natural Resources Department” and when you reach the site, scroll down and in the middle is a list with “Natural Resources – Groundwater” in it. Or give Elizabeth a call at 530-842-8012.

Scott Valley Plan

At the Protect Our Water meeting last week, Ray explained the basics of the Scott Valley Plan. It was hashed-out during the 1970s and in Nov. 1980, the county supervisors adopted the plan. Custom and culture was a major feature of the Scott Valley Plan. It is restrictive regarding zoning. The emphasis was on agriculture and open space for future land use decisions and development. The plan was developed by a self-appointed citizen’s committee that held 21 public meetings from 1978 to 1980 and also went through the dreaded CEQA process.

As a summary, Ray explained the plan’s major points: No high density development; development is only to occur near other developed areas; fire, ambulance and public services should not be over-burdened with any population increase; all uses of land should be compatible with neighboring lands; and intensive development is not to occur on the valley floor. The maximum population of Scott Valley should not be over 20,000. Control and style of growth was the major reason for placing the zoning restrictions.

I will add that the JH Guest Ranch is certainly outside the Scott Valley Plan. In my opinion, the gradual expansion of JH guests were ignored by the county back in the 1990s. Ray said the supervisors are working to see the ranch is reeled back and conforms to the zoning codes.

Wolf

Wolf-lovers are ecstatic. Young wolves from the Shasta Wolf Pack have been found across the state line in Nevada. The wolves were spotted west of Black Rock Desert in November.

This is the concern for those of us, who are not lovers of wolf population expansion. Without management of a hunting season, the wolf population will continue to grow affecting wildlife prey populations and attacks on livestock. The “plan” was to allow the Canadian Gray Wolf population to naturally expand from Idaho into Oregon and California through protection of the Endangered Species Act. Yep, it is working.

Erin’s Law

To learn more about helping children stand-up to sexual abuse, attend the Yreka Tea Party Patriots’ meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd. in Yreka. Siskiyou Co. Superintendent of Schools, Kermith Walters, will present the program that is being implemented in our schools.

Zinke

The Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc. sent a letter supporting Siskiyou County’s invitation to the newly appointed U.S. Sec. of Interior, Ryan Zinke, asking him to visit Siskiyou Co. and to oppose the destruction of the four hydro-electric dams in the Klamath River. President Richard Marshall cited the 2010 advisory vote by Siskiyou Co. where nearly 80 percent of the residents oppose dam removal and Klamath County’s vote last year where 75 percent opposed dam removal.

Wow, that would be wonderful for Sec. Zinke to visit Siskiyou and see first-hand the damage that dam removal would do to our environment.

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

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