Liz Writes Life 9-29-15

Sept. 29, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

Unfortunately, low ticket sales have caused the Scott Valley Theater Company to cancel the Dixieland Band show that was planned for Oct. 4th at the Avery Memorial Theater in Etna. The group is refunding the ticket monies, but there is a mystery woman who called Che’usa and then went to a business in Yreka and purchased ? number of tickets. She had learned about the Dixieland Band concert through my column. So, we are hoping this lady will read this and return to that business and provide the number of tickets she purchased, so the Theater Company can provide a refund.

Water meeting

An attorney with experience in water rights and dams will be in Yreka this week to discuss the impacts of regulations, Tribes and dam removal. Larry Kogan is the attorney who was recently involved with the transfer of dams in Montana to several federally-recognized Tribes. The Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. is sponsoring this meeting. It will be held at the Greenhorn Grange at 6 p.m. This is a potluck, so please bring a hot and cold dish to share.
Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users, said Attorney Kogan just finished a symposium on dams and water issues in Montana and his information is relative to saving the Klamath dams from federal destruction. The meeting is free.

Presidential debate

Nationally, polls are being held to see who is favored to win the Republican Candidate nomination for U.S. President. Two weeks ago, the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee and friends sat down together and watched the three-hour debate of the top 11 GOP candidates. A straw poll was taken before the debate showing a huge favoritism for Ben Carson, Ph.D. After the debate, the Siskiyou Republicans apparently appreciated Carly Fiorina for her gutsy comments giving her the edge to win the debate.
Of course there is a long battle ahead as states will not be holding their Primary Elections until several months into 2016. But it was a fun exercise for an election that is truly up-in-the-air.

Sour dough

I think the Jefferson State Flixx Fest must have been a great success. At least it was in Callahan. Mt. Bolivar Grange Master Jeffy Davis thought that more than 60 might be showing up for the Grange-sponsored dinner before the two films were to be shown last Friday night, so I made eight dozen rolls. It was a tasty dinner with Jimmy Sutter cooking tri-tip to medium-rare perfection; Shirley Gilmore’s famous beans and just-right green salad. And, yep, they ran out of food. Johnny Callahan and his band played music outside in the parking lot to the gathering crowd as the sun set. It was a fine night in Callahan.
To be sure I would have enough sour dough, I started on Monday night with two cups of my sour dough starter adding three cups of flour, milk and a quarter cup of sugar. I stirred it up, put a kitchen towel over it and the next morning it was sour dough, bubbling and thick. I took out two cups of sour dough as starter for the next batch and put it in the quart jar and in the refrig. I kept adding flour, milk and sugar for several days and ended up with about a gallon-and-a-half of sour dough. This was divided into three batches, adding baking powder, baking soda and salt to each batch and more flour – then all mixed by hand. After cutting each roll, it is dipped in melted butter and placed in the pan for several hours of rising. The Grange’s gas ovens did a great job baking them.
Because this sour dough came to my mom from local Callahan native Judd Sullivan in 1941, I put together a bit of history on the Sullivan family that settled the upper Wildcat Creek Ranch in the 1870s. That info, plus more about the Sullivans, can be found on my website.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water President Mike Adams shared the newest info on suction dredge mining to the POW supporters last Thursday night. Apparently, the gold miners will now need to obtain additional permits from the Regional and State Water Quality Control Boards to use their little suction machines and in doing so must prove they will cause no harm.
It has been proven that salmon prefer to lay their eggs where the miners have cleaned the gravels. The salmon seem to know that the oxygen-inhibiting sediment has been cleaned out from the gravels. So the miners believe that it should be on the government to prove harm not the miners.
There was additional information on the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (Game) 1600 permit, legislative bills, Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, State of Jefferson and a significant report from the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee. I will discuss those next week.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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James A. Sullivan and Margaret M. Samon family

First, let’s start with a basic listing of the family.

James A. Sullivan was born in Ireland around 1847. By the 1870 U.S. Federal census, James and a Daniel Sullivan are found living near the Callahan Ranch Post Office in an area called “South” Siskiyou County, California. Daniel was born in Ireland around 1830. (I don’t know if he was James’ father or older brother or an uncle.)

The Patrick Samon family is also listed in the 1870 U.S. census as living near the Callahan Ranch Post Office. Patrick gives his birth place as Ireland. His family included:

Patrick Samon – father age 41, born abt 1829
Ellen Samon – mother age 40, born abt 1830
Maggy (Margaret) Samon – age 16, born abt 1855
Michael Samon – age 10, born abt 1960
Mary Samon – age 8, born abt 1862
Katy Samon – age 6, born abt 1960

Note: In the 1870 census the family’s name is spelled “Salmon”, but on their headstones in the Callahan Catholic Cemetery, and in other census, it is spelled without the “L” as Samon.


Soon after 1870, James A. Sullivan and Margaret M. Samon married and were living at upper Wildcat Creek property. According to the census records, all the children were born at the Wildcat ranch.

Children born to James and Margaret:

Cornelius (Con) F. Sullivan, born 1874, inherited the Wildcat Ranch or purchased it from his family. He lived in the two-story Victorian home built on the ranch, below the sloping huge meadow, until his death in 1954. Electricity was not brought up to the Sullivan house until the late 1970s. Con is buried in the Callahan Catholic Cemetery.

Francis (Frank) D. Sullivan, born 1877, later owned one or two ranches down on Sugar Creek and across the Scott River on the Eastside. In the 1940 U.S. Census, Frank said his occupation was “miner” and his “industry” was gold mine. Frank died at St. Joseph Hospital in Stockton, CA., but is buried at the Callahan Catholic Cemetery.

Jerome J. Sullivan was born 26 July 1879. He died in 10 May 1914. He is buried in the Callahan Catholic Cemetery.

Ella K. Sullivan was born 15 July 1883. She tragically died three days after the birth of her second child, Homer W. Schneider, on 20 May 1905. She is buried at the Callahan Catholic Cemetery.

Robert (Bob) P. Sullivan was born 1 Aug. 1885, owned a large ranch between Sugar Creek and Wildcat Creek. He married Mary Edith Webster on 1 Aug. 1916 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yreka, CA. Bob died in 1971 and is buried at the Callahan Catholic Cemetery.

James (Judd) B. Sullivan was born 29 June 1890. He was a gold miner and expert with dynamite. Judd enjoyed using a sour dough and gave Jeanne Fowler a start, when she married Hearst Dillman 1 June 1941. Judd is not buried in the Callahan Cemetery. Judd died 8 July 1975 in Yuba, CA., according to the Social Security Death Index.

Both parents, James A. Sullivan and Margaret Samon Sullivan Davis are buried in the Callahan Catholic Cemetery.

Stories and info

Wildcat Creek and the South Fork of Scott River became thick with gold miners in the late 1800s starting the 1850s. James Sullivan either purchased his ranch up Wildcat Creek in Siskiyou County, California, or homesteaded it. (That is my next search.)
In one historical account about mining in the Wildcat area, A.H. Denny fenced in a gulch above the Sullivan Ranch on Wildcat Creek. He bought milk cows and sold the milk to miners during winter. During summer, the cows were driven to the Denny Farm over the Scott Mt. divide, on Coffee Creek and milk was sold there.

As the Sullivan children became of age, they attended school over at Frenchmen’s Flats on the South Fork of the Scott River. Steve Farrington recalls that he was told the oldest child or children led a horse or mule loaded with several younger children over several hills and gulches to the school. The Callahan School would have actually been a further ride down stream by several miles.

Around 1897, there was another gold rush in Idaho. The gold rush in the Boise Basin began in 1862, but over 30 years later, James Sullivan decided to go to Idaho to seek for gold. Unfortunately, he died there in 1897. There is a grave marker for James A. Sullivan in the Callahan Catholic Cemetery. He left his wife, Margaret, and six children.
Margaret Sullivan married Henry L. Davis before the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, which shows most of Margaret’s children living with them. There were Frank, age 22; Jerome, age 20; Ella, age 17; Robert, age 14; and James (Judd) age 9.
That 1900 Census actually shows the eldest, Con, living with his Uncle Michael J. Samon and his family. This family also lived in or near Callahan, CA.

To finish up on Daniel Sullivan, born 1830 in Ireland, he is also found in the Callahan Catholic Cemetery with a death date of 20 May 1877.

There is still more that is known of these families. I will write it up soon and post it, particularly the story of Ella K. Sullivan.

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Judd Sullivan Sour Dough

Comment: Last night, for the Mt. Bolivar Grange dinner in Callahan, I made 8 dozen sour dough rolls. We fed over 80 folks that came in for the Jefferson State Flixx Fest two showings of films. Jim Sutter barbecued fabulous beef tri-tip, Shirly Gilmore made her famous beans and the Grange Master Jeffy Marx put together an awesome salad. Hard worker, Brenda Hurlimann kept the food coming — packing it up and down the stairs to the above hall. Johnny Callahan and his band played music outside on the stage making a festive event. Below is the flier of info that I put together for the diners to learn more about this Callahan area sour dough that is at least 80 years old. My next post will share more history on the Sullivan family — one of many that settled this area of Siskiyou County, California in the late 1800s. — Liz Bowen

Judd Sullivan Sour Dough

Sour dough is known as a main-stay for gold miners and ranchers. The rolls served with your dinner tonight are from a sour dough that has been used continuously for over 80 years in Scott Valley. Liz Bowen was given the sour dough start, soon after she married 41 years ago and her mother, Jeanne Dillman, was given the start by Callahan native gold miner Judd Sullivan, when she married in 1941. Regular fare includes rolls, bread and pancakes.
Around 1890, James (Judd) Barnard Sullivan was born at his parents’ Wild Cat Creek Ranch two miles from Callahan. His family, along with many other miners, found gold in Wild Cat Creek and the South Fork of the Scott River in the late 1800s.
Judd’s father, James A. Sullivan, emigrated from Ireland and was counted in the 1870 U.S. Census living near Callahan Ranch Post Office. Soon after the census, James married Margaret Samon. Their first child, Cornelius was born in 1874 and the family grew to five boys and a daughter, Ella.
Although rather quiet about their gold mining and abilities, Judd became adept with dynamite. He was known to be so efficient that he could use just enough of the power to gently roll a tree stump out of the ground, instead of blowing it to smithereens.
Two brothers, Bob and Frank, purchased several more ranches near Callahan raising cattle and farming in the early 1900s.
How Judd obtained this sour dough is a mystery. It is rather unusual, because it is made with milk instead of water. To expand the sour dough from its starter, whole milk, flour and a bit of sugar are added and then set to sour for 12 hours. Happy Eating!

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Sullivan family article coming on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

I have been researching and learning more about the Sullivan family that bought the upper Wild Cat Creek Ranch in the 1870s and will share it with you tomorrow, Sept. 26th, so please stop back by.

Right now I got to get 98 sour dough rolls to the Mt. Bolivar Grange in Callahan to be baked for the Jefferson State Flixx Festival dinner tonight.

– Liz Bowen

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Liz Writes Life 9-22-15

Sept. 22, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published by Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

We picked four more giant boxes of ripe tomatoes this past week then I picked a bucket full of green tomatoes and 14 giant green bell peppers and made 24 pints of Green Tomato Sweet Relish. I did the cutting and cooking and Jack did the grinding with the hand-grinder.
Jack decided to transplant more than 50 onions that grew from seed I planted in July. They are about seven inches tall and look like they transplanted well. I will give them a shot of fertilizer this week to help their roots grow. One cabbage is setting on a head, but the other has been eaten up by bugs. Bummer.
We picked the rest of the cantaloupes and are trying to get them eaten up. Guess we will now start wondering when our first hard frost will hit?
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this week on Thursday, Sept. 24th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Remember to bring a dessert to share, if you can, as we eat before, during and after.
President Mike Adams will share some new info on the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (called Fish and Game for years) and their drive for more monies. A spokesman from the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee will give us an update on the water levels. Erin Ryan, rep. for Congressman Doug LaMalfa will let us know what is going on in WA. D.C. and Mark Baird will have the newest on the counties now part of the “State of Jefferson” project.
Film Festival
It’s here! The Jefferson State Flixx Fest starts Thursday and goes through Sunday night with an awards dinner at Scott River Ranch at 7 p.m. I sure appreciate the flexibility that you can get a ticket to just one film for $7 or purchase the entire weekend for $60. Thursday night kicks-off with “The Great Alone” featuring Lance Mackey, Iditarod Sleddog Race Champion, who will be here in person with one of his dogs. Most of the films will be shown at The REC in Fort Jones, but Friday night two films will be shown in Callahan.
You can call 598-6080 or check out the website “” for information on the 32 productions that will be shown. This is quite exciting inviting film producers and film critics to showcase their creations in the heart of “The State of Jefferson.”

Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a special dinner (with reservations) at 6:30 p.m. before the films are shown and I was asked to make sour dough rolls for the 60 diners. Since the weekend is about story-telling, I decided share a bit about my sour dough.

First there are all kinds of sour dough and it has been made throughout the world. Basically, sour dough is water, sugar and flour that is set to ferment and becomes a type of yeast for making breads. You always keep a “starter” (1 to 2 cups) that is used to produce another batch of sour dough. My sour dough is a little different in that it uses milk instead of water. Having had extra milk (when we were first married Jack milked a cow) I easily understand how milk was utilized instead of water.

My sour dough has been in existence for over 80 years, at the least. Yep, that’s right. Judd Sullivan, born near Callahan around 1890, gave a start to my mom, Jeanne Fowler Dillman, when she married my dad, Hearst Dillman, in 1941. I grew up with mom making the best rolls and pancakes from this sour dough. When I married, she gave me a start — well several starts as mine went bad from lack of use several times. My last start came from Betty Morrison, whom mom gave a start when she and Bill moved to Scott Valley in the early 1960s. Although round-about, my sour dough is authentic Judd Sullivan.

How Judd obtained the sour dough is the mystery. Maybe he started it or maybe his mom started it.

I assume his father, James A. Sullivan, left Ireland to search for gold in California. In the 1870 U.S. Census James is living near Callahan. And I assume that he must have found sufficient gold as he settled the upper Wild Cat Ranch. James married Margaret Samon and their first child, Cornelius, was born in 1874. Several more sons and a daughter, Ellen, also joined the family. Judd became a master with dynamite. My brother, Steve Dillman, remembers him better than I do and said that he could use just enough of the powder to roll a tree stump out of the ground instead of blowing it up. Efficient. For sure, Judd worked gold mines in the Callahan area, so I think we can safely say that his sour dough is Siskiyou-gold-miner authentic!

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 9-15-14

Sept. 15, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

We are new grandparents! My son and his wife, Branden and Deana, are the proud parents of a new baby boy. He was born last week at the Fairchild Hospital in Yreka. His name is Jack Wayne Bowen. He is very cute and joins his siblings: Kylie, Bryce, Colton and Lexie. Fun times!
Whew, the only thing getting me through those very hot days last week was the thought that is was the end-of-summer heat wave. I also put great trust in the weatherman, who kept saying that it will cool off (a lot) this week. Ugg it was hot!
Of course, the heat didn’t hurt the tomatoes that were starting to turn red. We traded a lug to Steve and Sharon Farrington for more sawdust that will be used for mulch. Good trade. The bell pepper plants are full again and so I will start making batches of “Green Tomato Sweet Relish” made with green tomatoes, bell peppers and onions.
The cucumbers have really slowed, but they are producing enough for salads. We harvested broccoli last week – twice.
We have been eating cantaloupe and the last two yellow watermelons were too ripe. Bummer. The new onions are six-inches tall and need to be transplanted, but I didn’t want to do it in the heat wave. I did get a bed ready. This week of cooler temps and maybe rain will be perfect for transplanting. The 18 or so onions that made it through transplanting a month ago (from the Yreka Community Garden) are growing well.
My husband recently complained that the zucchini was the first to produce and will likely be the last, which means we are tired of eating zucchini. And, yep, just a few months ago we could hardly wait for the zucchini. A friend gave me some apples and, oh my, they are really good. I think they are red delicious, so fall is certainly coming. Our concord grapes are also ripe. Pretty early as they usually need some frosts.
There is quite the controversy in California over Senate Bill 277 that demands vaccinations for all children. While I understand that my generation has grown up with life-saving vaccinations, I will state that I no longer trust our government or pharmaceutical companies to always do the right thing. I believe that SB 277 takes away parental and, ultimately, individual rights guaranteed us in the Bill of Rights.
I realize there is always a threat of an epidemic, but I hope those in favor of SB 277 will grant that most people — starting with the Baby Boomers (my generation) and succeeding generations — have received vaccinations. Yet, it is now being learned that many vaccinations have trace amounts of elements that are not needed and could or are causing other problems in babies and children.
For those who are curious, a special documentary will be held this week starting tonight. It is called “Trace Amount” and exposes mercury and other elements hidden in some vaccines and the resulting effects on some children. “Trace Amounts” is credited for persuading lawmakers in Oregon to scrap a bill similar to California’s SB 277, which would have eliminated person vaccine exemptions. That is all we are asking for – the right for personal/parental exemptions. Government mandates on individual rights are a slippery slope.
The first showing is tonight, Tues. Sept. 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenhorn Grange in Yreka.
The second part of the documentary will be shown Thurs. Sept. 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum on Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta.
Petitions will be available to sign for a referendum to overturn SB 277, which has already been passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown. For more info, call Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443.
The Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a steak tri-tip barbecue with home-cooked beans, salad and bread for just $15 on Friday, Sept. 25th. It starts at 6:30 p.m. This is part of the Flixx Film Festival starting in Fort Jones on Sept. 24th and goes all weekend. Callahan isn’t typically the type of setting where reservations are needed, but because the Jefferson State Flixx Film Festival is expecting a crowd from both in-the-valley and out-of-the-valley, please call 530-598-0645 to get a seat. After the dinner, several films will be shown at the Callahan venue. Sounds like a great time.
The Flixx Film Festival kicks-off on Thurs. Sept. 24 at noon at The REC in Fort Jones and will show 22 movies throughout the weekend. Prices vary from the entire four days to admission to just one movie. Great flexibility! For more info, check out the webite: Flixx
Scott Valley Protect Our Water meets on Thurs Sept. 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center.
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 9-8-15

Sept. 8, 2015
Liz Writes Life

At last month’s Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Dist. 5 Ray Haupt said he is working with county Planning Director Greg Plucker to find a way to remove a nuisance in Happy Camp. It isn’t a simple fix. Ray has received complaints about a home that burned, but hasn’t been cleaned up. It is located across the street from the Happy Camp High School and, Ray agrees, is a nuisance. The problem is that the owner of the property doesn’t have the funds for the clean-up and Happy Camp is not an incorporated city. It is a utilities district as it was once a mill town. So finding the monies for the removal is the problem. And, believe it or not, whoever does the removal will need to obtain a permit from the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (Game), because the burned building sits on the bank of Indian Creek.
Ray told us that there are over 200 major illegal marijuana grows in Siskiyou County and that of the 25 most egregious cases are now going through the removal process. He said that Hmong are the growers and Siskiyou County is being threatened by certified letters of a lawsuit. Basically, Siskiyou County is being considered “racist” for going after the poor downtrodden Hmong. Really? Ridiculous!
Also the group opposing Crystal Geyser in Mount Shasta is continuing to fight against the county. Ray said he is not anti-business and would love to give a workshop on hydrology and the tremendous amount of natural water-works in the Mt. Shasta area.
The Environmental Law Foundation, based in Oakland, continues to fight against Siskiyou County over ground water wells. The county has lost in the State Supreme Court over the ELF lawsuit, but is now filing its own lawsuit because the county has updated ground water studies on Scott Valley through the newly-completed Dr. Harter groundwater project. Ray said Siskiyou Co. must win this lawsuit as it will affect all well drilling in California. ELF wants the county to lose, so the State will have control over all water including ground water.
Yep, Siskiyou Co. seems to be under fire from all sides.
Erin Ryan
The first thing that Erin, who is Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s representative aid for our area, brought up was the new wolf pack recently discovered in Siskiyou. She has received many phone calls from extremely concerned citizens over the wolves with many individuals alleging the wolves were planted by either government agencies or pro-wolf groups. So Erin asked the 50 individuals at the POW meeting if they believed the new
“Shasta” pack was planted and she received an overwhelming “yes”. Erin said the Congressman is interested in any evidence that could prove it.
Congressman LaMalfa is not voting for Obama’s Iran deal and is actually working on several side deals that the public doesn’t see. Erin said that they were contacted by Iranian American groups, who do not want the deal and she interviewed them on her private “We the People” radio show.
Our congressman is continuing to receive pressure to support Klamath dam removal and is still standing with Siskiyou against it. He likes to tell the pro-dam stakeholders that the people and County of Siskiyou is against destroying the dams and that three of the four dams are in Siskiyou County.
My cousin, Alan Hovenden and his wife, Geri, came to visit bringing five grown daughters, husbands, and their children. There were about 40 of them! Talk about a fun time. Alan’s great grandfather settled a major ranch in the middle of Scott Valley in the 1850s, so Alan grew up working on the ranch. The ranch is now owned by Sweezey’s and is known as Rancho Del Sol. Alan sends a big “thank you” to Paul and Lauren for letting his family visit the ranch.
The visit was somewhat of a pilgrimage and his grandchildren were suitably impressed.
I took them up to where Alan’s and my grandparents, George and Rose Ann Dillman, lived in 1928 outside of Callahan and to the Callahan School, where his mother, Rose Mae Dillman, walked two miles every day. (She and her siblings really did!) And, also, looked at the Callahan Hotel, where Rose Mae worked as a teen. They saw the carriage at the Fort Jones Museum that Alan’s grandfather Walter Hovenden donated and then we likely woke up a bunch of ancestors resting in Fort Jones and Etna cemeteries. Like I said, it was a great time and they are a wonderful family. Sure wish they lived closer than upper Washington State.
Dixie fun
“Bathtub Gin” a Dixieland Band will perform on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Avery Memorial Theater in Etna. Time is 3 p.m. Get your tickets at local businesses and banks in Scott Valley or call 467-5815. Pre-sold tickets are just $10.
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 9-1-15

Sept. 1, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
Liz Writes Life

Sharon Farrington called last week asking if we had small pickling cucs, so her husband Steve came over the next morning and we found a few, but unfortunately for Sharon they finally slowed down. Steve later brought us over a giant box of sawdust from his mill. Great trade for us as we need mulch to add to the soil.
Picked two gallons of green bell peppers. Jack decided they needed to get in the freezer, so we cored, seeded and quartered them. I filled two gallon freezer bags. These will be used when I make the Green Tomato Sweet Relish in a few weeks.
It took great faith to believe the Weatherman that a rain was coming Friday night, but I decided to gather up the white onions that have been drying under the pine tree. There’s 25 of them and some are huge. I put them in a card board box in the garage and will also use them for the Green Tomato Sweet Relish.
Yep, after that nice 3 a.m. rain it feels like September is setting in.
Also finally got Romaine and year-round Bibb lettuce planted in a two-by three foot spot. Hopefully, we’ll have lettuce by October.
Seven ears of corn needed to be eaten, so I made a raw corn salad using a recipe Annie Ohlund gave me. Boy was it good. She said it should sit overnight in the refrig and she is right. Two days later it was even better. Here is the recipe. I added a bit more sugar and didn’t have any celery or green or red onions, but it was still great.
CORN SALAD from Annie Ohlund serves 6 or 4 piggies! Four medium ears fresh sweet corn or smaller frozen bag not the big one; 1 Tbs. parsley flakes; 1 med. red bell pepper fine chop; 1 med. red onion fine chop; 3 ribs celery fine chop; 2-3 green onions chop. Wash corn. Cut off kernels. Mix all ingredients except green onions as they are for topping.
Mix salad dressing and pour over salad, toss and refrigerate overnight or let set for at least 4 hours. You can add a can of rinsed and drained black beans if you want.
CHILI SALAD DRESSING: 1 cup red wine; 1 ½ Tbs. sugar; 1–2 Tbs. chili powder; 3 cloves pressed garlic; 1 tsp. oregano; ¾ cup salad oil; garlic salt & pepper to taste.
At the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last week, Frank Tallerico introduced Lisa Nixon, who recently announced she is running for Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Dist 4 position. Current Supervisor Grace Bennett has announced that she is retiring and will not be running. The election is next Nov. 2016, but can also be won in the 2016 June Primary election. Lisa is descended from pioneer Yreka families and graduated from Yreka High School. She told us that she attended our meeting to learn about the issues facing private property owners and water rights; and vowed to make decisions based on logic. I was impressed that she wanted to learn first-hand about the government intrusions on local land owners and ranchers by attending the POW meeting.
Mark Baird said that CA. Fish and Wildlife (Game) is going forward with citations against the three farmers who obtained some of their legal water, when the Fish and Wildlife drug their feet on issuing a permit to fix their legal water diversion site. The diversion point for the Farmers’ Ditch on Eastside of Scott Valley blew out in January 2015 high water and the farmers had been asking for a permit to fix the situation. You would think that within five months the California agency could get their act together and issue the permit. I think this is a new tactic by many government agencies – to drag their feet leaving folks high and dry, literally.
Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., told us that time is running out for the federal Dept. of Interior to get the Klamath Dams removed and they are desperate to get it done. The Water Users sent a letter to DOI Secretary Sally Jewel complaining about its attorney John Bezdek, who is pressuring local supervisors, Oregon commissioners and groups into signing on to Klamath dam removal. But, Rich hasn’t heard back from Sec. Jewel. (She may likely approve of Bezdek’s outrageous behavior.) I allege that DOI has pulled about every lie and trick in the book to get the dams destroyed.
Rich said the Siskiyou Water Users is still working on getting the surcharges on our Pacific Power bills removed as there is no contract for removal of the Klamath dams, which he believes makes the surcharges for Klamath dams removal illegal.
Next week, I’ll share info from Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Supervisor, and Erin Ryan from Congressman LaMalfa’s office.
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 8-25-15

Aug. 25, 2015
Liz Writes Life
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its regular meeting this Thursday, Aug. 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center in Fort Jones. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

President Mike Adams will bring us up-to-date on several Scott Valley water issues. Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt will be there to explain about the regulations that will affect private property and Conservation Easements now that there is a wolf pack in Siskiyou County. He was interviewed by the Sacramento Bee recently about the new “Shasta” wolf pack telling the reporter that it is “irresponsible” of the state to allow Canadian wolves in Siskiyou County. He is certainly up-to-speed on the subject.

Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s staff, is also planning on attending and sharing the newest information. There should be quite the discussion on the final decision regarding USFS Westside Recovery Project from the deadly fires last summer in Siskiyou County. It looks like the recovery project won’t recover a darned thing!


On Friday night, Aug. 28th, two live bands will rock “The REC” in Fort Jones. Doors open at 5 p.m. with pizza and beer available. At 8 p.m. “B Side” will open for “Stonewash” and folks can dance until 11 p.m. Cost is $10 each.

Flixx Fest

Remember that Scott Valley’s first film festival will be Sept. 24 – 27. It kicks-off at The REC with short films from 1 to 5 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. “The Great Alone” will be shown with Alaskan Sleddog Iditerod Race Winner Lance Mackey appearing in person. Wow, pretty cool stuff. Check out the webpage for more info at:


We froze eight more packages of corn last week. I recalled Sam Thackeray saying they cook their corn in an ice chest. No one answered the phone at their house, when I called for exact info – so, I asked “the web” and found instructions. We filled up our ice chest with the husked corn and poured in about two gallons of boiling water. Closed the lid and waited 30 minutes. Yep it was done! What a slick way to do that hot job. Picked more broccoli to blanch and freeze and the cucumbers have not slowed down, so been giving them away as fast as I can. The tomatoes are ripening faster and may start canning them this week.


The Associated Press reported the drought in California will cost the state agriculture economy over $1.84 billion in this year alone. This is information by researchers from U.C. Davis. There are several very sad portions in this report. One is the loss or fallowing of over 542,000 acres of farm land due to lack of water. It is just ridiculous to not have more water stored for droughts. Going nearly 50 years without improvement and an increase in reservoirs and water storage is plain stupid. And “yes” I am pointing to our confused Guv. Brown, who has fought water storage in all his years as governor. The second is the drought is hitting farm owners and farm workers costing more than 10,100 jobs to seasonal farm jobs.


In Northern Washington a wolf pack attacked and injured a sheep guard dog, recently. Don’t know how many sheep the pack killed. And in Oregon, the Mt. Emily wolf pack has been caught wounding two dogs and killing 13 sheep during the past two years. We can now look forward to problems with wolves like other states where the non-native Canadian wolf has been allowed to expand.
Among all the killing and attacks, the enviros have resurrected an old “dismissed” lawsuit to challenge USDA’s possible killing of predators that attack livestock and guard dogs. That is not good.


The comment period is now open on a proposed rule reevaluating the designation of “critical habitat” for the marbled murrelet by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The bird was listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1992 and the designation of critical habitat has added to loss of timber harvests in California, Oregon and Washington. Currently, over $3.6 million acres have been set aside for specific marbled murrelet habitat within the three states. Yep, all for a little bird — curtailing any timber harvests.

Apparently, the new comment period is in response to litigation against the USFWS. I’ll be writing to say there is way too much acreage set aside for the bird and that the forests need to be thinned to provide healthier habitat for all wildlife – and not burn up!

The comment period begins today and runs for 60 days. You can mail your comments to:

Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R1–ES–2015–0070; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. You can call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 8-18-15

Aug. 18, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

My husband had just stated: It seems like we wait forever for the garden to start to produce and then … it is here. Yep, I felt a bit overwhelmed as I looked around my kitchen. There was an old Tupperware cake tub full of bell peppers and tomatoes on the table. Onions sat on the counter along with a giant bowl of cucumbers, 10 pounds of red potatoes, recently-dried garlic and a small bowl of cherry tomatoes that were not getting eaten.
Freshly-washed zucchini was stacked on the sideboard. Broccoli was in another Tupperware tub soaking in water and five quarts and one pint of recently juiced wine grapes were sitting on the washer – not yet labeled or put away. I had purchased figs from Juan’s Fruit Stand in Yreka and hadn’t eaten all of them, so they were cooking in a pot on the stove making into jam. About that time, Jack said the green beans needed picking.
Both varieties of watermelon came ripe earlier than I expected, so the yellow was cut up first, because I was curious about its flavor and a bigger Crimson Sweet was waiting its turn on the counter. Thank you to Harriet and Ed Quigley for giving us the seeds. It was sweet and very yellow!
The green beans were picked Friday morning and I made a huge batch that we are still eating on. I blanched, cut-off and froze a pint of corn – because I picked too many ears for dinner. Darn if the corn isn’t ripe all at once too, so tomorrow is corn-freezing day. And the green beans need to be picked again in the morning.
I’ve never had broccoli produce this much in August and have now blanched and froze eight pints. Guess we will have lots of Cream Broccoli Soup or Broccoli Quiche this winter.
I had some chicken left over and decided to make an Alfredo sauce for it and some noodles. I actually followed the directions and learned that Alfredo sauce doesn’t use onions, but a significant amount of garlic. It went great with the corn on the cob; green beans; and tomato, cucumber and onion salad. Gee whiz, I feel like Grandpa Jones on the old “Hee Haw” television show, when he used to share the dishes of a good ol’ Southern supper.
Anyway, I am grateful for the abundance from the garden. Just hope that I can keep up!
Oh, I checked the canning book and learned that figs do not have much acid in them and the jam needed to be water bathed for 90 minutes! You have got to be kidding me? I decided that I really didn’t want to heat up the kitchen that much, so I put the jam in a small jars, labeled and put them in the freezer. It was my first time making fig jam.
The wine grapes were given to me by Candy and Mike Slette and they are last year’s crop and were/are frozen in giant plastic bags. They said that wine grapes are extremely sweet and they are right! Wow, so very good. And “no” I won’t be trying to make wine. I’ll use them to sweeten homemade Concord grape juice or to make jelly.
Our own Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, Ray Haupt, was on Erin Ryan’s “We the People” radio show on Sunday – for two hours talking about the hand-tying federal regulations and politics that are adding fuel to the terrible fires we are experiencing.
You can find the show archived on Erin’s website: We the People
Previous to the radio show, Ray sent in answers to specific questions regarding forest health and the downward spiral of ecological dysfunction. They are posted on her website. Ray is retired from the U.S. Forest Service having served as a Forest Ranger and award-winning work on forestry and ecosystem management at the Regional level.
In his retirement, he has dedicated much of his time to writing legislation for Congressman Doug LaMalfa to fix the detrimental policies. He is also Science Chairman for the Wildfire Institute Board of Directors working to eliminate catastrophic wildfire in California, Oregon and Washington. Yep, a pretty big undertaking. Check out the radio show, it is a good one. The show also airs on the East Coast of all things.
Remember to get your tickets to the Siskiyou Republican Women’s Fundraiser “Evening with the Stars and Stripes” from Kathy Bergeron at 842-4400 for $25 each. It will be held this Sat. Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. at the Yreka Miner’s Inn Convention Center. There are some great donation opportunity drawings including a legal AR-15 rifle. Yep, these ladies fully support the 2nd Amendment! Also the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting will be Aug. 27 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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