Liz Writes Life 11-7-17

Nov. 7, 2017

Liz Writes Life

 Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It was fairly early, when the clouds parted and the sun began to shine providing a wonderful day for a parade honoring our U.S. veterans. Last Saturday, more than 30 entries gathered at the Etna High School and a big thank you goes to the Rotary Club of Scott Valley for lining them up and spacing them down town. There are lots more “thank yous” to those who participated and that helped make the 17th Annual Etna Veterans Parade a success. So here goes.

Etna Police Dept. provided the P.A. system and blocked off streets. We still had one man, who decided he had to drive down Main Street during the parade, but luckily didn’t hit anyone. Scott Murphy served as announcer and Debbie from Paystreak Brewery, across the street, loaned us a much-needed podium.

 Jimmy Sutter, with help from Kip Whipple and Farrington family, barbecued free hotdogs by the Museum. The EHS Interact Club also provided chili made by the EHS Culinary Team, who also made cinnamon rolls, cookies, cocoa and coffee that were available at the high school staging as well as on Main Street. The Native Daughters of the Golden West opened the Museum with yummy cookies available.

Kip Casson, New York City children’s book author and illustrator, was down by the library signing and selling his newest book that includes Scott Valley’s Cheeseville Mayor Eb Whipple as a blue bear. Tasty homemade caramel corn was made on the scene.

We had a last minute loss of flag carriers and, luckily, David and Theodora Johnson stepped-up and carried the United States and California flags at the front of the parade. They looked regal on horseback! Riley Kutzer sang our National Anthem beautifully and then Grand Marshal Banner carriers, Lisa Theofanidas and Dee Jones, preceded our 2017 Grand Marshal Steve Farrington. Randy Steinbeck was kind enough to drive his 1918 Dodge Bros. restored car for Steve.

Next Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey drove a Humvee and there was the DARE Camaro along with search and rescue equipment. The Etna Lions Club boasted veterans, which was followed by Michael Stapleton, who is retired Air Force, pulling a trailer of veterans. It included the Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer Tom Jackson. Then, retired Marine Fred Scott was offered the microphone, who thanked the crowd for showing up to pay tribute to the veterans.

World War II veteran Ariel Facey, his brother, Albert, who fought in Korea, along with grandson, James Facey, — Army Iraq — were next. Another World War II veteran, Ed Quigley, and his wife, Harriet, were driven by Mary Burton. The EHS Interact Club was in a horse and buggy entry driven by Cliff Lantz. Then Chip Port made a big entrance with his huge 1991 five-ton BMY military truck and trailer with an FMC armored infantry camouflage fighting vehicle built in the 1970s. As a non-military-type person, I just refer to it as a tank!

Navy veteran, Dan Morgan, drove a restored 1964 Galaxy 500 with our Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, in the passenger seat. Army veteran, Gary Koopman, drove his restored 1941 military Dodge WC 17 half-ton carry-all and invited 23-year Marine veteran Gary Fleck to ride shotgun. Retired Army aviation mechanic, Ryck Kramer, drove his favorite tractor flanked by two good-looking children waving American flags. Siskiyou Model A Club members drove two vehicles and the Northern CA. Veterans Health Care van, which shuttles veterans to medical appointments, was next. Susan Mayfield drove family ancestor, Emma Wagner Hertzog’s, 1932 Chevy coup with sister-in-law Francyne Jenner at her side.

Etna FFA was represented and then several cars from the local Dodge Bros. Car Club braved the cool morning. Those are the really old rusty cars that still run – and are proudly owned for their “antiqueness”. Siskiyou Mountain Men, women and grandchildren livened the festivities on Main Street with gun powder rifles going off. Smokey Bear was up top of a fully restored very old truck. (Sorry, I don’t have the specifics, but it was beautiful.) Two Etna ambulances were driven by Heather and Clint Whitchurch and the Marines showed up with a giant truck with a variety of veterans in the back, including Robert Ballesteros coordinator for Siskiyou Co. Veterans Leadership Council.

Then the fire engines and water tankers started blowing their sirens. Etna Fire Dept. showed off their 1934 Dodge hose truck and modern engines; other entrants were Cal Fire, Fort Jones Volunteer Fire Dept and Scott Valley Fire Protection District. And that was the end of a fine parade!

Afterwards, I wanted to check out the new Evening Star Masonic Lodge meeting room. It was built upstairs in the Dance Hall above Etna City Hall and it is beautiful. Charles Lincoln was the contractor for the job. Sure brought back lots of memories climbing those stairs. As a kid I took ballet and tap classes up there, then there were rodeo and square dances; and many other events. Times have changed, I am happy the Masons are able to use it.

Also the Scott Valley Lions were holding an indoor yard sale, at the Methodist Church, to benefit the Etna Library. I saw several folks leaving with home-baked pies!

Klamath dams

On Friday, the County of Siskiyou submitted its motion to intervene “in opposition” to the license transfer by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from PacifiCorp to KRRC. Earlier in the week, the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. also filed a motion to intervene “in opposition” through their attorney James Buchal.

I had a few phone calls regarding the writing of letters by “we the people” of Siskiyou against the hydro-electric license transfer. Must say the FERC website for e-comments wasn’t the easiest to navigate. But I did get my “no” license transfer comment in on time. Thanks to all who did this.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515

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Pastor: Our church had a deadly shooting, too. Here’s how we have made it safe

Comment: I felt this is an important opinion piece considering the shooting and killings, yesterday, in Texas at a small-town Baptist Church. We live in difficult times and must learn to be better prepared for evil. — Liz Bowen

Fox News.com

November 6, 2017

By Brady Boyd | Fox News

Ten years ago, the church where I pastor, New Life Church, suffered through its darkest day when a gunman came on our property, opened fire with an assault rifle, killing two of our teenage girls, injuring others, before taking his life in the hallway. This Sunday, I was taking a special guest to our memorial site to tell her the miracle story of our healing, when the news broke that another church in South Texas had just experienced the same horror.

A military trained man with an assault rifle with the intent to kill unarmed people is almost impossible to stop. No amount of training could have prepared that tiny church in Texas for this evil. We’re now living in a violent society where even small-town America and small rural churches are not safe.

Church security was something I never heard discussed while growing up in North Louisiana. Guns were plentiful, but there seemed to be no threats to our safety in the sanctuaries of my youth. Today, the world has changed, and violence is seemingly always at our doorsteps.

We are not fearful, but we are wise. We are not downcast, but we are watchful.

The sad reality is that every church should have a strategy to protect its members when they gather. We had a great plan on December 9, 2007 that saved scores of lives and today, we are even more prepared. In fact, our church may be the safest public gathering place in our city. We take it seriously.

We have learned some valuable lessons. First, every church should hire at least one uniformed police officer to be visible in the main lobby and parking lot. Every Sunday, there is a police car parked in front of our church. These off-duty officers are paid by us to be present. They are now our friends and we see them as part of our vital team each weekend. Most crime studies show that criminals can be deterred by the physical presence of the police on property. If local police are not available, hire a very visible security guard.

When we first employed uniformed police, people were concerned that church would feel unsafe, but the opposite has happened. So many people have personally thanked me for having the officers present, because it is so reassuring. That is a huge testimony to our local police and sheriff’s department, who both have stellar reputations in our community.

Because we live in a military town, we’re able to recruit and train dozens of men and women to serve our church as volunteers. They spend all week protecting our nation and they love serving their church the same way. They dress in plain clothes, but walk the property during our worship services, serving our people.

We live in a state that allows most people to carry concealed weapons and to carry openly if they choose. We discourage our members from bringing guns into the church. In fact, if we know someone has a weapon, we escort them out to their car and watch them put it away. We have plenty of trained and qualified people who are appropriately armed, so extra weapons are not necessary and can actually cause more harm should there be a violent episode.

We train our team to be watchful and diligent, but not obtrusive or aggressive. In fact, most of the 10,000 or so people who attend our church are not even aware of the security team, other than noticing a police car out front.  We are a church, not a sports stadium, so we do not have metal detectors, and we are not checking handbags as people enter.

Most of the violence that happens in a church is a spillover of some sort of domestic issue. Families target one another at church because they know they can be found at a certain time and place each week. Our pastors are sensitive to families going through divorce or some type of custody dispute with their children. If there’s a problem at home that could affect our church, we alert the police officer on duty. Many times, that officer has diffused conflict before it ever turns ugly and violent.

With all this attention to violence and securing our worship space, we have made sure that we have not lost our innocence along the way. We are not fearful, but we are wise. We are not downcast, but we are watchful. We gather every week, to pray our songs, to sing our prayers and to learn the Scriptures. We have chosen to forgive those who wish us harm and to bless those that speak evil against us.

Church is a holy gathering of imperfect people. People wrestling with mental health and those struggling with relationships come through our doors every day. Our security team makes it possible for them to find hope and healing in a very safe environment.

Brady Boyd is the pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO, and author of Speak Life: Restoring Healthy Communication in How You Think, Talk, and Pray.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/06/pastor-our-church-had-deadly-shooting-too-heres-how-have-made-it-safe.html

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Reasons Klamath dam removal is NOT at “done deal.”

Thank you to Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor of District 5, for sending this info.

The link to email your comment to FERC regarding its process and re-licensing the dams to the non-profit entity Klamath River Renewal Corp — specifically for destruction of the 4 hydro-electric Klamath dams in the following post.

Please make your comment before Nov. 5, 2017!

– Liz Bowen

FERC Document Summary below:

The second document, directs PacifiCorp and the KRRC to begin the formation of an independent Board of Consultants (BOC) to address issues of significant magnitude related to the proposed dam removals.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) identified the issues to be addresses as follows:

1)      Adequacy of available funding and reasonableness of updated cost estimates for the most probable cost and maximum cost for the full removal alternative, and the assumptions made to calculate those estimates;

2)      Adequacy of amounts and types of insurance coverage and bonding arrangements for dam removal;

3)      Plans for river diversion and care of water during removal activities;

4)      Project documents including the Potential Failure Mode Analyses, Part 12D Independent Consultant Inspection Reports and the Supporting Technical Information Documents, to understand project specific aspects that could be significant to the dam removal process;

5)      Dam removal schedules, plans and specifications, staging sequence, and supporting engineering studies, including geotechnical, hydrologic/hydraulic, and structural;

6)      Project operations before during and after dam removals;

7)      Current operating condition of project water retaining features and any potential complications during staged removal process;

8)      Sequencing of dam removals to maintain project safety;

9)      Ability during all phases of dam removal for the project to safely pass flood flows;

10)   The safety of any portions of the water retaining structures or portions of other appurtenant features that may remain in place following dam removal;

11)   Monthly construction reports, provided to the BOC and FERC for review by the 10th day of the following month, during the dam removal process when any work is ongoing; and

12)    Any additional information or analysis requested by the BOC.

FERC states that the BOC must be a fully independent third party and sets forth guidelines for the nomination of potential members.  Specific criteria for BOC members include:

1.       At least 3 members with experience that covers the following engineering disciplines: civil engineering (with specialized experience in dam construction and removal of both concrete and embankment dams), civil engineering (with specialized experience in hydrology, hydraulics, and stream diversion), and geotechnical engineering.

2.       At least one member with experience in aquatic and terrestrial biology.

3.       A Heavy Civil Construction cost estimator with experience in dam removal and restoration activities.

4.       At least two members with experience as an insurance broker or consultant with experience advising clients concerning the scope and quantity of insurance coverage and bonding for large and complex civil construction projects.

FERC also indicates that BOC meetings will be attended by members of the BOC, PacifiCorp, KRRC, the Renewal Corporation’s consultants, and FERC.  It does not state whether any other entities would have standing to attend such meetings, and this is an issue that we will seek to clarify.  While the establishment of the BOC and the process it will facilitate anticipate dam removal, FERC states clearly that the it has not yet approved license transfer, license surrender, or dam removal requests.  FERC justifies the creation of the BOC as necessary to address the significant issues associated with the requested actions which have a January 1, 2020 <x-apple-data-detectors://3> target date for commencement of deconstruction actions.

Ray A. Haupt

(530) 925-0444

CA RPF #2938

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Submit comment to FERC to save Klamath dams at this link:

This is the link:

https://ferconline.ferc.gov/quickcomment.aspx

 

Hi Everyone,

FERC (Federal Energy Regulation Commission) is accepting comments from the public on the 4 Klamath Dams.  There has been many comments sent by people from all over the US to take out the dams. We need to have everyone send in a comment to KEEP the DAMS.  We have a NOV.5th deadline...The supporters of dam destruction  would like you to believe it is a DONE DEAL..it is NOT!!!  Will you help?

See this face book posting by a resident of Copco…with instructions on how to submit a comment…

Loy Beardsmore  on face book…

If you’re a Copco Lake Fan, Residents around the lake, or Siskiyou Residents wanting to save the dams, NOW is the time to ACT!! I have read over 60 comments submitted to FERC in the last few days. ONLY ONE of the 60 was in favor of keeping the dams and it didn’t directly state that fact. All the entities wanting the dams out are mounting a HUGE drive to get everyone to make comments to FERC. Of the over 60 comments I read, ONLY about 10 are in the counties in the Klamath River watershed that would be true stakeholders in this process!!! Some of the commenters live in San Francisco, the Bay area, Southern California in LA, NYC, TX, ID, and other areas that are NOT directly impacted by dam removal. I know the way Washington, DC operates is that your comment will be seen as a tally mark Pro or Con on an issue. Here’s what you need to do IMMEDIATELY!! Have every member of your family submit separate comments, your friends, anyone who might have a stake in seeing the dams stay in place.

How to submit your comment:
1. Go to https://ferconline.ferc.gov/quickcomment.aspx
(If you’d like to submit by mail, use address below. Include docket number P-2082-062 in letter.)
2. Enter your information including e-mail. Open automatic e-mail from FERC, follow link from there to submit comment.
3. In the docket field, enter number P-2082-062 to specify the project.
4. If you need help writing a letter, let me know and I will try to post something, but clearing stating that you are Against dam removal and a brief reason why is all that is needed. If you’re a Copco resident I would state that you are a DIRECT STAKEHOLDER and IF you want you could also state that you would like FERC to hold the KRRC responsible for offering a settlement for lost property values if the dams are to be removed. Also please be VERY CLEAR that you are AGAINST the removal of the dams!!

FERC requires comments be submitted by November 5th. Thank you for your help!

FERC Mailing Address:
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

www.ferconline.ferc.gov

FERCONLINE.FERC.GOV

 See Richard Marshall’s sample comment and additional instructions on how to comment.

Response to FERC re Dams

Go to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission website

Select e comment and file

IMPORTANT – READ BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

After you submit an e Comment request, you will receive an email from ferc.gov with a link to the comment system. Your system must not block emails from ferc.gov. Please create your comments in a Word or Text file (up to 6,000 characters) before you begin, then copy/paste them in the e Comment Text Box to avoid time-out limits. If you are not filing as an individual or if you are filing a motion to intervene, you must have an e Registration account and use the Commission’s e filing system.

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Sample letter:

Secretary Kimberly Bose

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

888 First Street, NE

Washington D.C. 20426

Re: Docket    P-2082-062

 

Dear Secretary Bose,

 This letter is written to support retention of the Four Klamath River Hydro Electric facilities, JC Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2 and Iron Gate Dam.  I support keeping the dams in place and reissuing the license for the dams to continue being used to develop clean and efficient hydropower.

 The argument from some that the removal of the dams will somehow create more fish is bogus.  The science and the eye witness reports from the 1800’s indicate that the Salmon never used the Klamath River beyond Moonshine Falls.   Further the damage which will occur to the aquatic life in the Klamath River will be inestimable and irreplaceable; there is no provision being made to repair and replace the marine life which will be wiped out by the dam removal process.   The ancient Shasta burial grounds will be uncovered and desecrated by this process.

 The plan to turn over the dams to KRRC for demolition is an affront to the citizens who support the efforts to keep and upgrade the hydro facilities.  In both Siskiyou County, California and Klamath County, in Oregon the voters have clearly indicated by nearly 80% of those voting that the dams should stay in place.  KRRC is a hastily formed Company with no prior experience who is being put into place without adequate vetting.  The only funds they have come from the ratepayers and taxpayers of the impacted Counties and from public funds that the California voters were hoodwinked into believing were to be used to create more water storage NOT for tearing down dams that supplied water and clean power and recreation.

 I urge the FERC to deny the license transfer and retain the dams which offer water storage, power generation, flood control and instream flow to protect the Salmon.

Sincerely   _____________________

Be sure to put your address ie  Siskiyou County etc.

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Liz Writes Life 10-31-17

Oct. 31, 2017

Liz Writes Life

 Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Stop the presses! Stop the presses! Klamath dam removal is not a “done deal” even though the new non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp. claims the dams are coming out. Here are the truths in the matter.

It now looks like the 2016-created non-profit KRRC is trying to use old environmental assessments made during the days of the now defunct Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement group. But, because the defunct KBRA did not survive and did not complete its task of getting the Klamath dams destroyed, the new KRRC must engage in the regulatory processes and re-do the environmental assessments. Information and data made by KBRA is stale, old and in many instances flawed. Significant aspects of the science KBRA was using is downright fraudulent.

Huge is the fact that our Congressman Doug LaMalfa was able to stop the funding of $450 million in mitigation monies needed by KBRA to “fix” (ha, ha) the resulting muddy environment and loss of salmon runs. This effectively dissolved the KBRA. Our congressman and other conservatives on the congressional Natural Resources Committee stopped that funding, which had to be appropriated by the House. Yay!

Help us

Several things are happening regarding the dams and your help to save them is still needed.

First: Immediately write comments in support of saving the Klamath dams to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Deadline is Nov. 5, 2017. These comments can be short and sent by email. You can find the e-address and a sample comment at my Liz Bowen.com website. If you want to handwrite a letter the address is: Kimberly Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426.

You see, it is FERC that will decide if the four hydro-electric Klamath dams of Irongate, Copco 1 and 2 and JC Boyle should be relicensed from PacifiCorp to the KRRC. This is the last week for public comment. Let FERC know that Siskiyou residents are the real stakeholders and we need the dams.

Because the KBRA is no longer in existence and because the new KRRC is not a government agency, FERC is the federal agency now charged with a number of legal regulatory processes that must be accomplished before decisions can be made to relicense the dams to KRRC or agree the dams should be removed at all.

One of those processes is NEPA, the National Environmental Protection Act. Believe it or not, the old KBRA did two NEPA processes in 2010 and 2012, but neither were published with a decision; so they were tainted and led to a “no” decision. So even the KBRA spokespeople were lying when they claimed the dams were coming out!

NEPA must be done – with a decision made – before FERC can relicense the dams to anyone. Please include this little-known issue in your comment to FERC. A suggestion for your comment is: “Please be sure to finalize NEPA before making a relicensing decision.”

In fact, there is a list of legal processes that must be accomplished by FERC before the dams can be demolished. Some include the civil construction cost estimation in dam removal and restoration; and a number of answers regarding insurance coverage and bonding for the large demolition projects.

I’d like to thank our local advocacy groups like Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., Scott Valley Protect Our Water and Yreka Tea Party Patriots that have kept this Klamath dams situation alive and in the forefront. This is extremely important, because it can be easy to lose passion on these issues as government tends to drag these types of issue out for years.

But, the newest “good news” is that the legal battle can now begin. Folks have suggested for several years that groups and the county needs to sue. Guess what, you must have “standing” to sue and because the regulatory process had not been accomplished or done correctly, there literally was nothing that could stand up in court for lawsuits. See, once again, it has been a smoke screen of loud voices claiming the “done deal,” when it truly wasn’t finalized. It was a lie!

As part of this good news, on Oct. 17, 2017, the Siskiyou County Supervisors voted 5-0 to enter as an intervener with FERC. This gives the county that all-important “standing” allowing the county to engage in a legal process directly related to FERC’s analysis of license surrender. There is now a process occurring, where the courts can be petitioned.

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, told me, “This is only the beginning of the legal fight for our dams.” I believe him. Michael Kobseff is the chairman of our supervisors’ board and along with Ray affirmed at the Siskiyou Co. Cattlemen’s dinner, last Saturday night, the Klamath dam removal is not a done deal. Great news indeed!

Veterans Parade

We will have a parade this Saturday, Nov. 4th in Etna!

There are over 25 entries signed-up. Now we need our more military veterans to show up and participate. Michael Stapleton will have an 18-foot trailer with straw bales for our veterans to ride. Paul D’Alterio is a retired Air Force Major, who said he had a great time last year and he will participate again. Norm Malmberg, retired Navy Capt. who worked at the Pentagon, has also committed as have several previous Grand Marshals Ed Quigley, Ariel and Albert Facey. Any group that wants to show support of our soldiers can also enter, just call me at 530-467-3515.

Remember, we are influenced by military die-hards and the parade will be held even if it drizzles or rains.

Sad note: It looks like my Pie N Politics.com website has been hacked. It is down and I have yet to be able to fix it. So for now, I will be posting important info to my Liz Bowen.com website.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 10-24-17

October 24, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

That bit of rain was nice and helped turn the cottonwood and oak leaves yellow and orange. The maples have about lost all their leaves as they seem to change color earlier in late Sept.

I am having a difficult time remembering to water the nine flat-head cabbages, but they have grown to good size and several are making heads. The first week of October, I picked the last purple cabbage. It was probably six pounds. I put it in a crate, surrounded it with wadded-up newspaper and covered it with a wool blanket. It should be ok, until the temps get down to the low 20s with freezing days. Just hope I remember it around Thanksgiving! I did the same thing with some onions that were given to me.

So, now the next job is to clean up the garden, pull out the annual flowers and put manure on the rhubarb, perennials and the garden. Hum, we need another good rain to help with that project. Guess it can wait a little while … well I really do want to get it cleaned up before next spring. I hope to anyway. Do I sound like I am dawdling? Yep.

Museum

A few weeks ago, the Siskiyou County Museum played host to a Jefferson activity. A high school teacher from a Christian school in Lodi contacted me. He was planning a trip to Ashland and the Shakespeare plays; and wanted to include the State of Jefferson. I suggested the Siskiyou Museum, in Yreka, as it has the original 1941 gold pan with the Double X painted on it. The pan along with the Double X flag is displayed in the foyer as you walk in. Yep, it is!

He was interested in the newest movement as well. I wanted to give them the basics of “how” a grass roots group gets started. Mark Baird suggested in July 2013, when we started this latest movement, that we take a “Declaration of Withdrawal from the State of California” to our county supervisors for their approval. On Sept. 3, 2013 in a room overflowing with supporters our supervisors approved the declaration 4-1. Expansion to other counties was the next step. And Modoc Supervisors voted on Sept. 24, 2013 to approve the declaration to withdraw with a 3-1 vote.

Because the county supervisors are the first level of representatives elected by voters I invited my Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, Ray Haupt, to speak. He explained how a county operates and why we are now the second poorest county in the state. When nearly all of the people are able to work at good jobs, the entire area is productive. He said back in the 1960s -1970s, Siskiyou Co. was affluent with jobs in mining and timber and was one of the richest counties in the state. Disenchantment with government really boils down to the state of the economy, which Siskiyou is sorely lacking.

The teens enjoyed the outdoor museum and toured the two levels of the indoor museum. Lisa Gioia is the museum director, who accommodated the activity. She was great and is working on more displays and activities for the museum located at 910 South Main St. in Yreka. Check out Siskiyou Co. Museum’s facebook and its site on the county’s website. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price is just $3 per person and includes the Outdoor Museum (weather permitting). For more info, call 530-842-3836.

Walk Through

So then, I received information from Friends of the Siskiyou Co. Museum. They are holding “A Walk Through History” this Sat., Oct. 28th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Outdoor Museum. There will be live music, basket weaving and carving, mule packing, authentic acorn soup and a food booth, including a pie baking contest. This is billed as “fun for the whole family” with contests and door prizes. Though it won’t be an Antique’s Road Show, for $10 you can have an evaluation on up to two antique items that you bring in. The neighboring Siskiyou Co. Genealogy Society will also be open. Sounds like a great time!

Jefferson Town Hall

The Siskiyou Jefferson Committee is holding a Town Hall this Sat. evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Montague Community Center. Many folks are interested in creating the State of Jefferson, but wonder at the financial feasibility? Well, this meeting is for you as “Financing the State of Jefferson” is front and center. Speakers are Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson movement, and Win Carpenter, a leader in the Shasta Co. Jefferson Committee. There will be a significant amount of time for questions and answers.

The Siskiyou Republican Women Federated is providing free homemade pie and coffee.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share. Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, has been busy attending meetings up here in Siskiyou and I know that our congressman has been here at least twice in the past month.

Ray Haupt has also been attending lots of meetings. We will learn about a special Water Tour, where the county was able to bring in several state-level officials to educate them on our advocacy work here; as well as the Klamath dam meetings and newest situation.

Parade

The Etna Veterans’ Parade is inviting all veterans and current soldiers (home on leave) to participate in the parade on Nov. 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. It stages at the Etna High School at 10 a.m. Michael Stapleton will be towing an 18-foot trailer with straw bales specifically for our veterans. Just show up and jump on! All groups and individuals are invited to participate as well. Call me at 530-467-3515 to enter.

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

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Liz Writes Life 10-17-17

Oct. 17, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Frost

Most of the garden is either black or crispy from the recent frosts. Over a week ago, I thought I better pick tomatoes again and it was a good decision as it froze hard the next morning.

Before the vines were totally dead, I picked 10 pumpkins. Several were still green, but they turned orange in just a few days.

Veterans

The Etna Veterans Parade set for Sat. Nov. 4th is getting organized. Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey said he will have several vehicles entered, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, said he will participate and Steve Farrington, of Callahan, has agreed to serve as Grand Marshal.

The parade starts are 11 a.m. To enter, call me at 530-467-3515.

Mikkelsen

On Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, Alan Mikkelsen, who is the Acting Deputy Commissioner for the federal Bureau of Reclamation, was quoted in the Sacramento Bee supporting Klamath dam removal. Or to be more exact, would not stand in the way of the non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp. and the Tribes that want the four hydro-electric Klamath River dams out. Let’s just say this did not sit well for those of us working to save our Klamath dams.

On Tuesday night, Oct. 10, 2017, our Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors held a public meeting with Mikkelsen along with Executive Director and Vice President of KRRC in Winema Hall at the fairgrounds in Yreka. Board Chairman, Michael Kobseff, first allowed KRRC leaders and Mikkelsen to speak.

KRRC Vice President Lester Snow was blunt. He said the decision to take down the dams is not pending, but had been made. (Hum, not by Siskiyou or Klamath Counties.) The goal of KRRC is to take ownership of the four dams from PacifiCorp, who will surrender the license through FERC, which is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Snow continued saying they are looking for alternative water supply for the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery and possibly even for the City of Yreka. Uh oh, they now acknowledge dam removal could affect Yreka’s city water supply? On flooding, he said their consultants have looked at the issues and long-term liability if KRRC disappears. So, KRRC is looking for liability insurance. Yep, they are! Scary!

KRRC promised a series of property owner meetings in the Copco area this week and admitted it is still trying to gain knowledge about the amount of sediment that will be released during dam destruction and how they will remove it as it pollutes the river. Oh, gosh the sediment pollution is real!

Mikkelsen tried to gain trust by saying he was a rancher in Montana. It didn’t go over well. He said the Trump administration is not anti-dam, but claimed the situation is a business decision by PacifiCorp. (You and I know PacifiCorp has been coerced!)

Chairman Kobseff was the first of the supervisors to question the three outsiders. He asked if KRRC will be able to pre-empt state and local permits, such as one that should be needed from the county for demolition? The way I heard it, Snow said “yes.” What!

 Kobseff asked if the state and federal Environmental studies, CEQA and NEPA are being accomplished. The answer is that the state water board is doing CEQA (it is pro dam removal) and FERC is doing NEPA. More foxes watching the hen house, I would say.

All four supervisors asked pointed questions and provided a united front against this atrocity. Many of the answers were vague – after all the largest dam removal project in the United States is an experiment.

A vast majority of the public comments were against destruction of the dams echoing comments from our supervisors, concerns about fraud, the increase cost in our power and environmental destruction. Mikkelsen kept his head buried in his lap top. When he was accused of lack of eye contact with the public, he said he was writing the comments down. Sure.

It looks to me like Mikkelsen made a deal with the Devil and has promised monies to our local Tribes that are always litigating or complaining about Siskiyou County. During public comment, I told this to Mikkelsen. No wonder he wouldn’t look us in the eye.

Fundraiser

So it was déjà vu, when on Sat. night, Oct. 14, 2017 more than 200 people again filled Winema Hall to raise funds to save the Klamath dams. Dave Tyler did a super job on the prime rib and the ladies provided fine salads and potato casseroles. Seems like many of us have been going to meetings and fundraisers to save our dams, our water and property rights and fight the ridiculous spotted owl and coho salmon ESA listings for over 25 years. Yep, déjà vu!!!

Richard Marshall, president of Siskiyou Water Users, served as M.C. Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his rep. Erin Ryan were there. Doug was ripping angry at bureaucrat  Mikkelsen and asked us to write letters — right there — to DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to save the four hydro-electric Klamath dams. He also recorded us on his cell phone doing a shout to save the dams. He will be meeting with officials this week in WA. D.C. sharing the many letters and video.

Then two different attorneys offered their suggestions on the situation. James Buchal and Larry Kogan have fought the Endangered Species Act listings and water battles for decades. Their ideas are a bit different and they didn’t always agree, but both recognized the situation is dire as the powers-that-be are not following their own rules – belligerently plowing ahead with the so very costly dam destruction.

The Silent Auction was a hit with lots to choose from.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring a desert to share, if you can.

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

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Liz Writes Life 10-10-17

October 10, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Dam meeting

For those who know the importance of saving the four hydro-electric Klamath River dams, please attend a special meeting tonight, Oct. 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Winema Hall at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds. Sorry, it is short notice.

But, our Siskiyou Co. Supervisors have been trying to schedule a meeting with major players regarding the Klamath dams issue. It finally happened — with a short window of opportunity.

This is a Siskiyou Co. Supervisors special board meeting.

After secret meetings were held, last year, in Sacramento and Portland by the 2016 newly-formed non-profit group that continues to work to destroy the Klamath River dams, our supervisors told Klamath River Renewal Corp – no more shenanigans or secret meetings! Even Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his staff were left in the dark as the new non-profit KRRC did not communicate well with either the congressman or Siskiyou County.

KRRC’s Executive Director and Vice President have committed to attend this meeting. Also attending is Alan Mikkelsen, who is the new Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation.

Elizabeth Nielsen, Siskiyou Co. Natural Resources Specialist, sent out an announcement explaining the purpose of the workshop is for KRRC to update the public regarding their September 2016 requests to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take ownership and then remove four dams on the Klamath River.

KRRC should also discuss their past work and permits with state and federal agencies, other stakeholders, as well as past meetings with Siskiyou County and their (lack of) outreach throughout the county.

It is good that Deputy Commissioner Mikkelsen has agreed to attend and discuss the Dept. of Interior’s role in the Klamath dams destruction process and his outreach efforts to Siskiyou County. Mikkelsen is a close advisor to Dept. of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. It is imperative we let him know about the disastrous environmental and water pollution that demolition of the four dams will cause.

Our Siskiyou Supervisors still have major concerns and have made requests for information and permit verifications, which have not been sufficiently answered or addressed. There will be time set aside for the public to provide input and comment. Please do.

Fundraiser

Remember to get your tickets to support saving the Klamath dams. The fundraiser prime rib dinner hosted by the Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc. will be held this Sat. evening. Doors open with a no-host bar at 5 p.m. and the dinner is at 6 p.m. Grill master is Dave Tyler. Tickets are $30 per person. Call Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443 ASAP.

We must retain our hydroelectric facilities. The dams improve flows in the Klamath River in the summer and fall, provide vital flood protection in the winter and produce fish at Iron Gate Hatchery.

Veterans Parade

Please consider participating in the 17th Annual Veterans’ Parade in Etna on Sat. Nov. 4, 2017.

Veterans: Please let “we the people” honor you for your service. You can drive your own vehicle or get several buddies to join you.

Organizations and individuals: You are invited to participate as a way to pay tribute to our U.S. military service members.

It is so easy to enter: Just call me at 530-467-3515. The parade will stage at the Etna High School at 10 a.m. and it starts at 11 p.m.

POW meeting

Andrew Hurlimann, president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water, brought its monthly meeting to order on Sept. 28, 2017. He announced that California Concealed Weapons classes are being held in Scott Valley. Call Andrew at 467-3146 for more info.

Erin Ryan, staff for Congressman LaMalfa, brought up the tax reform issue that was a hot button in Sept. She said, “It isn’t done yet!” and explained several of the proposals in the framework.

Erin said the Siskiyou/Cascade National Monument did end up on the “short list” for possible reduction of acreage. Of course, the Greenies are fit to be tied, but removing hundreds of thousands of additional acreage that will not be managed for forest and environmental health and safety is ridiculous.

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, discussed the local fires. He was able to get a meeting at the Incident Command Center fire camp near Etna for Congressman LaMalfa. Ray said that the new owners of the forest around the Scott Valley floor is now owned by EcoTrust Forest Management and the business actually wants to place mobile sawmills facilities in the valley to process their trees – some of which were burned in the menacing Wallow Fire. That would be fabulous!

A San Francisco PBS station did an interview with Ray regarding the massive fires we have each year. He mentioned the very unhealthy smoke we had to breathe for over 6 weeks and asked the listeners to stop funding environmental projects as they actually stop the healthy thinning and management of forests resulting in catastrophic fires and smoke. Ray added that eight out of the 12 communities in his district were under some sort of evacuation notice this summer. No, not good!

Ray orchestrated getting Senator Ted Gaines up to Siskiyou County, who was then able to take a helicopter flight with Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey and Siskiyou Co. Supervisors’ Board Chairman, Michael Kobseff. The senator was shocked when he actually witnessed the massive numbers of illegal cannabis grows. There is a huge new concentration of over 4,000 people in the Shasta Vista area specifically involved in cultivating cannabis resulting in a great deal of ground water contamination and raw sewage.

Senator Gaines supported our Siskiyou Supervisors when they approved a “Declaration of Emergency,” regarding the grows, and asked for help from CA. Governor Jerry Brown for eradication.

Last Friday, Gov. Brown sent a letter that basically says “no”. What? Does he like pot? I am speechless!

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

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Liz Writes Life 10-3-17

October 3, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

To wake Monday morning and hear of the horrific domestic attack in Las Vegas was shocking, so very sad and, as President Donald Trump said, gave way to much grief. I appreciate his sincere and caring statements as he addressed our nation and I echo his feelings, when he claimed the shooting during Jason Aldean’s country music concert “was an act of pure evil!” The president provided comfort for our nation, when he reminded us, “It is love that defines us.”

News reports said that many folks naturally began helping those who were wounded or frightened. What a great thing to know. There are so many good people in our country and their good works are much too often lost in the crowd of selfish voices we hear in the technical world.

President Trump said that he and the first lady pray for our nation – “to find unity and peace.” I agree and will do the same. This polarization has gone too far in too many ways. It is time to turn to God, remember the great sacrifice that true love is and fall on our knees in humble supplication for that unity and peace.

Good news

Now for some good news: During the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting, last Thursday night, Ray Haupt announced he will run for a second term as Siskiyou Co. Supervisor of Dist. 5. The crowd applauded and several individuals thanked Ray for his tenacity working to save the Klamath dams, pushing for more raids and arrests on illegal cannabis grows and helping local land owners fight to protect their water rights from intrusive state agencies. He also serves on several national forestry groups that are working to change policy and improve the management of national forests.

Yay, I totally support Ray and all the good work he has done for his constituents and the entire county.

Lawsuit

Richard Marshall explained about the Citizens for Fair Representation lawsuit that was in a Sacramento court earlier in the month. The State of California has asked the judge to dismiss the case and she did not do that. CFR attorneys consider that a win as they will be allowed to amend their case that demands more representation for rural counties in the state legislature.

More than 100 supporters of the State of Jefferson attended the hearing, but less than half were allowed in the courtroom as it was not large enough to handle the spectators. CFR asked, in advance of the hearing, if the judge would move the case to a larger room. That suggestion was ignored.

Fundraiser

Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc., announced a fundraiser dinner will be held on Sat. Oct. 14, 2017 at Winema Hall at the fairgrounds in Yreka. Doors open at 5 p.m. with prime rib dinner prepared by grill master Dave Tyler and his wife, Kathy Tyler. Price is $30 per person and Friends of the Fair will offer a no host bar.

Richard said the pro-dam-taker-outers have been quiet lately, but there is a deadline of Dec. 31, 2017 for the non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corporation to obtain or side-step several permits. He said activities are going-on behind the scenes and, as if on cue, several newspapers reported on Friday that Allan Mikkelsen, a high-level Dept. of Interior appointed official, just stated the DOI will not interfere with plans to remove four dams from the Klamath River. Yep, you heard right!

Ray Haupt and Congressman Doug LaMalfa have met with Mikkelsen, within the past month, explaining the devastation that will occur to the environment, water quality and killing of an Endangered Species Act listed species – the coho — if the dams are destroyed. So, far Mikkelsen has dug-in his heels, but Ray and our congressman have not given up.

So, the fundraiser is coming at the right time to raise funds to save the Klamath dams. Richard said that our power bills will increase substantially if the dams are removed.

“We will also lose the ability to control instream-flow in the river, lose vital flood protections and the fish hatchery at Iron Gate,” said Richard. Most importantly, Rich explains that without the dams the enviros will call on the water in the Scott and Shasta Rivers and that will take away most of the water rights allotments of farmers and ranchers. Agriculture can’t survive without water.

“This is a huge risk to our way of life,” said Richard.

There will be two dynamic speakers sharing the spotlight. Both are attorneys and both have fought battles for forestry, farmers and water rights. They are James Buchal, who wrote “The Great Salmon Hoax” and participated in the Klamath Bucket Brigade back in the 2001 water shut-off to the Klamath Project farmers.

Larry Kogan has also worked on issues surrounding the Klamath Dams and will discuss the Klamath Hydro Settlement Agreement, as amended, and the role of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

You can get your tickets by calling Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443 or Kathy Bergeron at 530-842-4400.

Veterans

This Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 is a special barbeque dinner supporting the Veterans Assistance Program, which provides emergency assistance to Siskiyou Co. veterans and widows. Getting fire wood to those in need is a major project for this group.

It will be held at the Siskiyou Golden Fair Beer Garden at 5 p .m. with raffles and an auction. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and over; $5 for ages 5 to 12; and younger children are free. Entertainment will be presented by the Yreka High School music program. For tickets call Jay Dancer at 530-598-6979 or Jennifer Bryan 530-917-9478.

Garden

The frost Monday morning likely took out what was left of our garden. Yahoo! Will miss the veggies, but not the work!

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

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Liz Writes Life 9-26-17

Sept. 26, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Sheriff

Last week, Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey updated the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors on his efforts to stop the illicit cannabis grows and will speak more about the situation tonight at the Yreka Tea Party Patriots meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd. in Yreka. The meeting is open to the public.

POW

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, will speak at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Erin Ryan, staff from CA. Dist. 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will also be on hand for updates.

I attended our congressman’s Town Hall meeting, in Yreka, on Sept. 18th along with 200 other folks. Like many other elected congressmen and women, some of his previous Town Hall meetings have been quite contentious. But, Siskiyou’s meeting was pretty well-mannered for the most part – there were some groans and also applause, but only a few people were rude.

Shasta Valley resident, Carol Crebbin, opened the meeting with a rousing prayer asking for blessings and peace. A few people turned their back to the prayer, but were silent. Our veterans were honored, by Fred Scott, after the Pledge of Allegiance.

LaMalfa had just returned from a tour of the Salmon-August Fire Complex that threatened the towns of Sawyers Bar, Etna and Scott Valley floor. Ray Haupt, organized the tour with Klamath National Forest Supervisor Patty Grantham, Ecotrust Forest Management Manager Steve Ziegler and other state and government agencies.

Four-wheelers were used to ride up to the head of Patterson Creek, where they saw much more damage and blackened trees than was expected. The inversion air layer had kept the smoke on the ground for weeks, making it difficult to know specifically how extensive the fires were.

So, once again at the beginning of the Town Hall, Congressman LaMalfa stressed the need to prevent the catastrophic fires by thinning our over-grown forests and doing a much better job of creating healthy forests. Attitudes at upper levels of government bureaucracies and policies must be changed to accomplish that feat!

He then took questions and comments from the audience. Much frustration centered on health care. A significant number of people were there with red and green 8×10 pieces of paper. When the congressman said something they agreed with, the green paper went up. When they were opposed, the red paper went up. This did seem to help reduce vocal outbursts of angst.

There was also discussion on marijuana, his business as a rice farmer and the U.N.

Garden

Morning frosts took its toll on some gardens in various areas of the valley. A friend from Quartz Valley said her garden is now black, but luckily she had picked it before the frost. Other friends reported a sneaky frost hit their garden in Greenview – when the forecast said it wouldn’t freeze.

Gotta tell ya that this time of year, I really don’t trust the forecasts. If the weather man says it will be 36 or below, I just expect a frost.

So, I got with it this year and picked all the red tomatoes and a lot of the green tomatoes for Green Tomato Sweet Relish. Got two boxes of each. Then picked a grocery paper bag full of bell peppers; and some cucumbers – but not nearly all of them.

My kitchen table and floor was full of those items, plus a red cabbage, zucchini, last of the onions, small batch of green beans, cantaloupe and even a decent batch of rhubarb. I wasn’t tall enough to get the three sunflowers down without losing seeds that were falling out. So, Jack offered to help (he is a foot taller than me). We decided to put a plastic garbage bag around each one and then he cut it off the stem. So, three bags of giant sunflowers are sitting on the floor in the kitchen too. I will admit that I was overwhelmed and didn’t do anything with any of it for a day.

I covered the big sprawling tomato plant that is in the cold frame with a double layer of heavy canvas and decided to try to protect the zinnias with a big blanket. But after two or three iffy mornings, there were only a few burned cucumber leaves and the taller red bee balms are crispy. Darn! I am actually ready for the garden to be done, but with this warm week we will continue to irrigate the pumpkins, some cucs, chives, the flathead cabbage and tomatoes.

I did make three batches of relish and will make one more batch this week. Then I will be done canning and will put all the pots and bowls away. Whew!

I like to add red bell peppers to the relish as it livens it up a bit and this year many of the our bell peppers turned red! This is unusual and a mystery as I don’t know what makes them decide to turn red. It isn’t the smoke, cuz we have had lots of smoke the last few summers and they stayed green until October.

Even though I am not canning tomatoes this year, I am cutting the firmer ones up, scattering them on a large metal pan lined with wax paper and freezing them. The next day, I take them out and break them up a bit and fill quart-sized plastic bags. I double-bag to try and prevent freezer burn.

I did this last year and we really enjoyed adding the frozen tomatoes to taco meat (just as it is done) and some other dishes. The frozen tomatoes do not hold their shape and get mushy, but their flavor is so much better than store bought tomatoes.

Have a happy week!

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

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