Liz Writes Life 2-9-16

Feb. 9, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The crowd grew to well over 120 during the prayer vigil held at the corner of Main Street and Oberlin in Yreka, CA. on Feb. 5, 2016 for Robert LaVoy Finicum, a rancher shot by federal and Oregon state law enforcement in Eastern Oregon on Jan. 26, 2016.
After Pastor Andy Grossman provided a eulogy and prayer, Mark Baird, Louise Gliatto and Debbie Bacigalupi each spoke briefly. Then the group raised their signs and their hands and walked to the sidewalk to let passersby know that we believe LaVoy was ambushed as he drove to a meeting with Oregon’s Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.
Many drivers honked in support and one man stopped to say “thank you” as he said he lives in Burns, Oregon and totally agrees the BLM is way out-of-line with tyrannical regulations.
Thank you to Cotton and Kari Tidwell for saddling up their sturdy Quarter horses and sharing in the vigil with the group.
It was reported in national and London news that more than 1,000 people attended LaVoy’s funeral in Kanab, Utah. Afterwards, a significant number of cowboys and cowgirls on horseback accompanied LaVoy’s hearse in the funeral procession.
Yes, it is a sad day in America when anyone would say that LaVoy deserved to be gunned down by the state and feds, which is what has been said. Where is the equality? Occupiers can take over businesses, streets and Wall Street. Black protestors can loot and damage 100s of businesses in Missouri and Baltimore. But, these ranchers chose to hold-up in a freezing, desolate building in rural Eastern Oregon demanding two men should be freed from wrongful prison sentences. And one is killed with at least 10 others arrested? No guns were fired by LaVoy, the Bundys or any of these occupiers. It certainly looks like rural folks are at the bottom of the totem pole of justice and figuring out what to do about it is difficult and complicated. The U.S. Constitution should be our first line of defense, but government agencies are trampling it into the ground. I thought our pledge was “liberty and justice for all.”
Klamath Dams
Well, it looks like some people at the state level of Oregon and California have made an agreement with the Dept. of Interior and PacifiCorp to demolish our dams. But, nearly a billion dollars must be found to do the job and congress has declined to fund that bill, hence the demise of the KBRA.
PacifiCorp has two surcharges on our bills specifically for dam removal, so we the customers are already paying for the proposed destruction – at least PacifiCorp’s portion. And this is the reason that many of us in Siskiyou County campaigned against the 2014 California Water Bond measure that passed, because millions of “environmental” funds were included that can be used for the demolition of the Klamath dams.
This latest development does sound worrisome and I don’t know how valid this agreement is or who had the authority to make such a deal. There are environmental processes like NEPA, National Environmental Policy Act, to assess the effects of dam removal that must be followed and those processes were not brought to conclusion in the KBRA fiasco. So I question where the authority and money will come from on this newest claim.
At the January Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting, Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users, reported that Ca. Gov. Jerry Brown announced at his signing of the state budget the Klamath dams were coming out. But I haven’t learned of any document that Gov. Brown has signed giving him this kind of authority.
POW meet
Past president Mark Baird explained the situation that three Scott Valley ranchers are in as the CDFW has brought charges and the Siskiyou Co. District Attorney’s Office filed complaints against them for obtaining their legal water last June after the CDFW delayed — for months — to provide them with an emergency permit to move some gravel in Scott River.
Dan Bailey, a retired paralegal from Butte County, attended the meeting and shared information that will be helpful.
Ray Haupt, our Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, said the Howard Jarvis Tax Assoc. recently won in court and the class action lawsuit against the State of CA. regarding the “illegal” fire tax will move forward. The county is part of that lawsuit and will be actively participating.
Ray also shared his disgust with the Westside Fire Recovery Plan that continues to be delayed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service. They are long overdue in meeting their biological opinion obligations. Frustration! He also told us that CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife still owes Siskiyou Co. $685,000 in back taxes. Ugh!
Next POW meeting is Feb. 25, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 2-2-16

Feb. 2, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It happened. Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed by Oregon State Police, but the FBI was a major player in the assault in Eastern Oregon. After the occupiers received no help from Oregon’s Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, neighboring Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer visited Burns, Oregon and the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge 30 miles away from town. Sheriff Palmer is a nationally-known Constitutional Sheriff honored in 2011 by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers’ Association.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, Ammon Bundy and several other occupiers began traveling in two vehicles to John Day, Oregon where a public meeting was planned with Sheriff Palmer. One report said that more than 400 people were at that meeting. Bundy and Finicum never did arrive as a road block was set up in the snowy mountain highway. Finicum drove around the road block of law enforcement vehicles and became stuck in the snow. Surprisingly, FBI released a video taken from the air of the situation. It shows Finicum leaving the driver’s side of the SUV with his hands in the air. He loses his balance trying to walk in the deep snow and his hands do flop to his chest several times. I cannot tell when the visible law enforcement officers begin shooting. FBI claims he had a pistol in his coat pocket. Finicum did not have a gun in his hand and did not return fire. No one in the SUV returned fire. Oh, and law enforcement had snipers in the trees. It was certainly a planned assault.

A young woman in Finicum’s SUV gave her version of the situation and it follows what the aerial footage shows, but then she told how the Oregon State Police and or FBI (and the footage does show it) shot many times into the SUV shooting out the glass windows. Amazingly, she and the others were not killed. They did huddle near the floorboards and I believe that is when Ryan Bundy was shot in the arm. Intimidation for sure!

I have not found reports of how Ammon Bundy and his vehicle were stopped, I just know that Ammon, Ryan and eight others were arrested and are in jail with no bail allowed. Two of those arrested were journalists – amazingly Pete Santilli, a radio reporter, was arrested when he walked into an FBI operations office asking about the shooting incident. Where are the rights to free speech or to ask questions?

I reiterate: At no time did Finicum or the Bundy group return fire before or during the shooting by law enforcement. FBI’s aerial video does little to aid their cause and I believe law enforcement was itching for a showdown.
Two weeks ago, KrisAnn Hall, a constitutional speaker, was invited to speak in Eastern Oregon. On the Joe Miller radio show, she said that Burns residents were more fearful of the ominous presence of the FBI, who used cement barricades to surround the sheriff’s office and were constantly driving lots of black SUVs and blockading roads. She added that Oath Keepers and militia groups were very peaceful eating with residents in the local cafes and staying in motels, so KrisAnn firmly places the fear-factor on the huge numbers of FBI, OSP and over-bearing law enforcement.

Tea Party

Debbie Bacigalupi will be speaking at the Yreka Tea Party tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Covenant Chapel at 200 Greenhorn Road with more “behind the scenes” info on the Bundy occupation and killing of LaVoy Finicum.

More marijuana

The Yreka City Council will be voting on a marijuana ordinance this Thursday night, Feb. 4, 2016. Time is 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. There is controversy over stopping all outdoor grows or allowing a 10-by-10 foot plot for marijuana plants with the city possibly demanding a fine of up to 50 percent of the crop. This is a sticky-wicket for sure, so be sure to attend the meeting to find out what is actually being proposed in this ordinance.

U.S. Senator

George Yang is running for Barbara Boxer’s seat and is visiting Siskiyou County tomorrow, Feb. 3, 2016 and will be at the Black Bear Diner at 2 p.m. He is a conservative Republican and is interested in learning about the problems facing Siskiyou County. Stop in and meet him.

Then next week on Feb. 9th, Steven Baird will speak at the Republican Women’s luncheon in Yreka. Time is 11:30 a.m. Steven will also speak at the Yreka Tea Party at 6:30 p.m. Steven is running against current CA. Senator Ted Gaines and decided to run for office after crunching the financial numbers that show the proposed State of Jefferson will be viable. For more info, call Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443.

Sorry, I didn’t get to a report on the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. Will do that next week. It was a great meeting.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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4 different types of emergencies to prepare for

Main types of emergencies to consider and always remember WATER in each of these situations. How will you have enough and obtain more water?

1. Make a Plan. Review, Rotate, Replace. Make adjustments for family size, age and local community needs. Consider evacuation, communication and staying put.

2. Gather Grab and Go Supplies. 72 hour kits, MREs, food bars, water pouches, water purification, first-aid, storage.

3. Gather Shelter in Place Supplies. Radios, flashlights, first-aid, sanitation, hygiene, warmth, shelter, storage.

4. Clean Water. Water storage, barrels, filters, storage.

5. Shelf Stable Food. Items in pantry, short term and long term food storage items.

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Liz Writes Life 1-26-16

Jan. 26, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Scott Valley Protect Our Water has a fantastic meeting planned for this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Ray Haupt will be able to attend and speak after all. He and Supervisor Brandon Criss were headed to WA. D.C. this week to ferret out the continuing rumors about Klamath dam removal, but canceled due to the blizzard that hit the East Coast. Wise decision!
Rich Marshall will tell us about the Town Hall meeting planned for Feb. 1st, Erin Ryan from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office and Mark Baird will also speak. A special speaker, retired paralegal Dan Bailey, is also scheduled to share info on dealing with the CA. Fish and Wildlife citations and legal processes.
Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.
Speaking of CA. DWF, the wolf meeting was well attended with about 300 people showing up. The super majority who spoke were not in support of Canadian gray wolves expanding into Siskiyou County. And it was Dave Meurer from CA. State Senator Ted Gaines office, who laid the issue bare saying that the CA. DFW staff (employees) had given facts during the listing process that proved the animals are certainly not threatened with extinction. Senator Gaines placed the fraudulent listing of the Canadian gray wolf to the California Endangered Species Act firmly on the politics of the California Fish and Game Commission. It is this commission that makes policy, directs the DFW and approved the ESA listing and wolf protections last year.
Fish and Game
Adding insult to injury, it was recently announced State Fish and Game Commissioner Jim Kellogg decided to retire last month in frustration over the continuing biased politics at the state commission level. He was the last commissioner supporting hunting and fishing and said he was “tired of being the only one fighting the fight for the hunters and fishers.”
Recently, there have been several other resignations of commissioners and this leaves the door open for Governor Jerry Brown to appoint even more liberal-leaning individuals to the commission positions. Not a good sign as this may complete the transformation of CA. Fish and Wildlife from hunting and fishing to preservation mentality and protecting predators from management.
Town Hall
A Town Hall meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at the Greenhorn Grange, in Yreka, focusing on the continued over-reach of federal and state agencies. Time is 6:30 p.m. The goal of the meeting is to vote on a resolution by “the people” for the preservation of Klamath Basin and the hydro-electric facilities – saving the Klamath dams.
Keynote speaker is Larry Kogan, ESQ, a specialist in Constitutional law. Other speakers will be Siskiyou Co. Supervisors Ray Haupt and Brandon Criss, Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey, Shasta Tribal spokeswoman Betty Hall, Mark Baird, Frank Tallerico and Joe Watkins from the Klamath Irrigation District.
Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., Greenhorn Grange, Scott Valley Protect Our Water and COPCO Community Organization are sponsoring the Town Hall.
For more info call 842-4400. Coffee and tea will be provided. Desserts will be shared, so please bring one if you can.
Klamath dams
Threats to the Klamath dams continue and the newest on the block is the California State Water Resources Control Board. It is holding a meeting in Yreka, tonight, Jan. 26 to gather input on its intent to consider water quality certification for the Klamath Hydroelectric Project. Although the KBRA, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, has collapsed, PacifiCorp must still go through a process for re-licensing with FERC – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Translated this means the Water Resources Control Board is a member of the groups that are continuing to demand destruction of the Klamath hydro-electric dams. This is interesting in that the Water Board waived its regulatory rights during the KBRA movement fully expecting the KBRA to be implemented (but failed); and now wants to reinstate itself for the re-licensing process to continue to push for dam removal. Hum, sounds fishy to me.
This public meeting will be held at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Time is 5 to 7 p.m.
There has been a media black-out on the Ammon Bundy occupation at the Malheur National Refuge in Oregon. Some sound-bites by Harney Co. judge/commissioner and sheriff are downright not true (it looks like both of these officials are quite corrupt). Peacekeeping “we the people” groups have reported a huge build-up of federal agents in the town of Burns and the airport. According to social media, much more of the community supports Bundy and his two simple demands than has been reported.
Remember you can dance your worries away at The REC in Fort Jones this Friday night tripping out to live music starting at 8 p.m. and enjoying beer and pizza starting at 5 p.m. Gotta have some fun sometimes!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 1-19-16

Jan. 19, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Wolf meeting
Concern over the introduction of Canadian wolves into Siskiyou County is growing and the public will have a chance to share those frustrations this week. On Thurs., Jan. 21, the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Game) staff is holding a public meeting regarding its draft Wolf Management Plan. Time is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka.
Apparently, we are not to discuss the fraud that allowed the Canadian gray wolf to be listed to the California Endangered Species Act. We are to only provide comments about the management of the wolves that are already here and the natural increase in wolf packs that will occur. Please attend and learn what DFW has planned for us here in Siskiyou County.
Erin Ryan from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Redding office will be speaking at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thurs. Jan. 28th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. She told me lots has happened in the past two months and will bring us up-to-speed. Also Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., will let us know about the immediate fall-out from the demise of the KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement). We can be sure that government agencies and the Greenies are searching for new ways to destroy our Klamath hydro-electric dams.
The REC in Fort Jones is holding its monthly live band and dance night on Friday, Jan. 29th. Pizza and beer is available starting at 5 p.m. and dancing is from 8 to 11 p.m. The ‘B’ Side band will be playing with Dorje Café the opening act. The REC folks are encouraging us to “resolve to dance more this year!” At the least, we can go and socialize.
The stand-off outside of Burns, Oregon continues and it has gotten a bit more wacky. There is a lot of info coming out of Harney County and the Ammon Bundy occupiers situation; and it takes a lot of reading-between-the-lines to filter through it. First, the info I shared last week about Harney Co. Sheriff Dave Ward having previously worked for BLM may not be correct. I read documents on the internet, but now there is a question if the two Daves are the same man. It is frustrating that I haven’t been able to verify either statement.
But there are now several new reports that can verify. The Harney Co. Fire Marshal has resigned his job. He held a news conference where he shared his distrust and disgust towards Harney Co. Sheriff Dave Ward and other officials for their poor handling of the situation. It seems the fire marshal was led to believe that the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers, called protesters, were following county officials home in a threatening manner. This was even reported on national HLN news. I saw the report and wondered what was really happening. Well, after investigating the vehicle license plates and confronting the stalkers it was learned that they were FBI agents, who looked to be posing as members of splinter radical groups. Oops, they got caught. I wonder what they were really trying to prove or do?
Then this last weekend, radical Greenie groups showed up to protest the Ammon Bundy occupiers and have become cozy with the Harney Co. Sheriff and officials that the fire marshal is now opposing. Oh, and the fire marshal is openly supporting Ammon Bundy and the occupiers. One leader of the Greenies is Kieran Suckling the executive director of Center for Biological Diversity. Yep, he makes no bones about his agenda to destroy agriculture and resource-based businesses and he has been doing it nationally for decades. Hum, maybe there is a lot more to Ammon Bundy’s stand.
Also, yesterday and today, KrisAnn Hall was scheduled to give workshops on the U.S. Constitution in Burns. She is an expert on the Constitution and even gave a presentation a year or so ago in Yreka.
Wow, I am grateful that the State of New Mexico is not letting the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, off the hook. It has now filed an intent to sue the EPA for unleashing over three million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King Mine into Animas River, a tributary to the San Juan River. A huge orange plume of water contaminated the river greatly affecting the Navajo Nation and New Mexico last August. Officials from Colorado have also called out the EPA for allegedly lying in its account of the Colorado State’s role in opening the Gold King Mine.
This is just a long list of grievances against the EPA and other federal government agencies for their hypocrisy and tyrannical regulations.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 1-12-16

Jan. 12, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

OK, the holidays are over. A new year is upon us and hot political issues are staring us in the face – and I am not talking about the 2016 presidential election. There are local issues and programs that should not be political, but certainly are colored with that brush.
I’ll start with the wolf issue. Recently, the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (Fish and Game) announced that another Canadian gray wolf from Oregon has crossed into Siskiyou County. This also includes the new Shasta Pack visually witnessed by ranchers in the Eastern area of Siskiyou. But wait! This is not all.
I have been told by several different individuals about wolves that have been seen in Scott Valley. These people reporting know what coyotes look like and these are not wolves. One incident was near Callahan. The witness said two wolves were chasing a deer up the hillside.
Then this week, two separate individuals said they saw wolves in the upper reaches of Moffett Creek, which is just over the eastside hills from Callahan.
The first reason I am bringing up the expansion of wolves is to warn residents that wolves are here and that they are predators. Please be careful when you are out in ranch and timberlands. Wolves do kill wildlife, livestock, pets and people, so please be watchful over your children.
For those who believe that Canadian wolves should not be the top dog of the already over populated predatory animals of mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats and bears in California, you should attend a meeting on Jan. 21 at the Miner’s Inn in the Yreka from 5 to 8 p.m. The CDFW has released its draft “Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California” and is soliciting input. Hum, I wonder what the difference between input and comments are? The draft wolf plan can be found on the CDFW website.
Klamath dams
Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., announced the final demise of the KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement). This is a win by Siskiyou County and others who have worked to save the Klamath dams from demolition, which was a demand under the KBRA.
Unfortunately, federal agencies, Greenie groups, and several Tribes still want control of Klamath basin water. The next big push will be to affect the operating plans of the hydro-electric dams under the Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) and the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA). These agreements are still in effect, but also require federal legislation authorization. I am not sure how much these agreements hinge on Klamath dam destruction, but that will likely be the major demand.
The Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity is holding a fundraiser to support a building project in the Weed Boles Fire area. It will be held this Sat. Jan. 16, 2016 at the Montague Community Hall from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be a live band, dancing, food, raffles and desert auction. Tickets are $20. Call 530-938-2612 to get your ticket.
U.S. Senator
A man, who is fairly unknown in Siskiyou County, has thrown his hat in the ring to run for California Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat. Last year, Senator Boxer announced she was retiring after serving since 1992.
Duf Sundheim will be at the Black Bear Diner, in Yreka, on Mon., Jan. 18th from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for a meet and greet. Mr. Sundheim is not a newcomer to the political arena as he climbed the Republican ladder and served as chairman of the California Republican Party from 2003 to 2007. This is a great opportunity to meet a real contender for the position.
Scott Valley Protect our Water will hold its next meeting on Thurs., Jan. 28, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.
Calm has prevailed at the Oregon federal refuge building occupation by the Ammon Bundy group. And this is surprising, because splinter groups did show up to the rally supporting the Hammond family on Jan. 2, 2016 – some with specific non-peaceful objectives. Things have sorted out a bit and the III Percenters and Oath Keepers returned to Burns, Oregon last Saturday and specifically asked the FBI to investigate alleged corruption and fraud by BLM regarding the Hammond men and the second trial that found them guilty of “terrorism” and sent them back to prison.
There is much going on behind the scenes in this situation as several witnesses have stated they saw BLM employees start the grass fire that Bundy was found guilty of starting. The other news is that documents have come to light claiming Harney Co. Sheriff David Ward was once a local BLM employee and testified against the Hammonds in one of the trials. He makes no bones about supporting the BLM.
The Conservative Tree on the web seems to have the most accurate and up-to-date info.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Go to Pie n

For more information on the intrusion and attacks on private property and water rights, go to:

Also get up-to-date info on the rally at the California Capitol in Sacrament on Jan. 6, 2016 State of Jefferson movement at Pie n

or go to:

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Liz Writes Life 1-5-16

Jan. 5, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It is with much sadness that I respond to the situation in Eastern Oregon making national news. I am writing this on Monday morning and the situation may have changed by the time you are reading this on Tuesday evening, so my comments will be about the event as a whole.

The best article I have read provides a time-line and it was written for “The Conservative Tree House,” a blog on the internet. Bottom-line is that I have always felt that the federal government, aka BLM, has had designs on the Hammond ranch property and the agency bureaucrats have been persecuting them for decades in hopes of getting them to sell.

The Hammonds did not burn BLM lands on purpose. The 127 acres of BLM land accidently burned in 2001 was fought and put-out by the Hammonds as they pushed their property-prescribed burn back onto their ranch lands. Steven Hammond immediately reported the fire slop-over to the local fire department and BLM.

The Hammonds are ranchers. They have never acted in a “terrorist” manner and were are caught up in a second trial that found them “guilty” as “terrorists” and sentenced to additional five years of prison.
Now the Nevada Bundy ranching family — with a successful stand-off against the BLM back in April of 2014 — has expanded the situation currently playing-out in Eastern Oregon. Oath Keepers and militia, many who are retired U.S. military, have joined with Bundy’s.

Dwight and Steven Hammond said they will surrender Jan. 4, 2016, yesterday, to serve their most recent verdict of five years each. Meanwhile, several Bundy brothers and militia have taken control of the building housing the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in the wildlife reserve claiming the property belongs to “we the people,” because under the U.S. Constitution the federal government is only allowed to own post offices and ports. Yep, the federal government is way out of compliance. The federal lands should have been relinquished to states under the Constitution and statehood treaties; and that was not done for Western States.

Hypocrisy is blatant.

I believe the national media and government will use this new anti-BLM situation to create an even larger bias against ranchers, rural citizens and guns. The truth is that the government created most of this problem through its own greed, but I don’t see justice and right prevailing on this one. This situation will be tried in federal courts and, there too, the fox is guarding the hen house.

Correct info on State of Jefferson movement

Tomorrow, Jan. 6, 2016 will be an historic day for the State of Jefferson movement as 15 more county declarations will be presented to the California Secretary of State and the California Legislature. The Town of Fort Jones declaration will also be submitted by Mayor Tom McCulley. Two of the declarations are by the Boards of Supervisors of Sutter and Lassen Counties. The other 13 declarations are by “We the People” from the counties of Amador, Plumas, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Placer, Colusa, Sierra, Shasta, Trinity, El Dorado, Mendocino, Nevada and Butte.

Jefferson Committees were formed in these counties and volunteers gathered significant amounts of support signatures from county residents, who believe California is simply too large to govern and splitting California into two or more states is necessary at this time. The declarations cite the U.S. Constitution Article 4, Sec. 3, which provides the legal process to create a state.
“Lack of representation” is the theme. There are 80 senators elected throughout California, but they are elected according to population density. Rural Northern California is able to elect only 3-4 of these senators. The Jefferson movement believes that each county should elect a state senator to provide for equal representation.

A rally will be held at 10 a.m. on the West Steps of the California Capitol on Jan. 6th with Siskiyou County’s Mark Baird serving as key-note speaker. All supporters of the Jefferson movement are invited to participate in this historic event.

Previously, six county declarations were submitted to the State of California. Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors was the first to pass the declaration for withdrawal from California on Sept. 3, 2013. Modoc Supervisors quickly joined the movement on Sept. 24, 2013. On Jan. 21, 2014, Glenn County Supervisors unanimously showed their disgust and approved the declaration. In April 2014, Yuba Supervisors approved the declaration and in June 2014, the citizens of Tehama County approved a ballot initiative to withdraw from California. Lake County’s Declaration was submitted in 2015.

Extensive research has gone into proving the financial viability of the new state. Information on these financials, along with informative videos and maps can be found at:

Managing natural resources in a healthy, positive manner – by local government — will provide the vitality for this 51st state. It can be done. And someone can likely figure out how to fit a 51st star on the American flag!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Oregon: Hammond, Bundy, militia situation — a great article

Here is a great article with a long time-line on the Hammond ranch and now Bundy/militia situation in Eastern Oregon.

From “The Conservative Tree”

Full Story on What’s Going on In Oregon – Militia Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge In Protest to Hammond Family Persecution…

ALSO be sure to check out:  Pie N — Scott Valley’s take on the persecution of property and water rights.

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Liz Writes Life 12-29-15

Dec. 29, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Back in September, I discussed the sour dough starter that I used to make eight dozen rolls for the Jefferson State Flixx Festival dinner. I have been meaning to discuss more of the history of this sour dough, or rather, the family that used it. The youngest brother, Judd Sullivan, gave my mom, Jeanne Fowler Dillman, the start when she married my Dad Hearst Dillman in 1941. It is from a true Siskiyou gold miner family – the Sullivans.

Most of the Sullivan family members are buried in the Catholic Callahan Cemetery. By accident, when doing other genealogy research, I found that Judd is buried in the Etna Cemetery along with his nephew Homer Schneider, whom my dad talked quite a bit about, but I never connected to the Sullivan family until this year and it was a surprise.

So let’s start from the beginning. James A. Sullivan was born in Ireland around 1847. In the 1870 U.S. Federal census, James and a Daniel Sullivan are found living near the Callahan Ranch Post Office.

In the same census, another Irish native Patrick Samon is listed living near the Callahan Ranch Post Office. He and his wife had four children. One was “Maggy” Margaret Samon age 16.

Soon after the 1870 census, James A Sullivan and Margaret M. Samon married and by the 1880 census were living at the upper Wildcat Creek property. It looks like all their children were born there. The first was Cornelius (Con) F. Sullivan born 1874 and it seems that he inherited the Wildcat Ranch or purchased it from his family as he was still living there in the 1940s and early 1950s according to my brother, Steve Dillman, who visited the old man quite often in the two-story Victorian home the family had built – no electricity even in the 1950s.
Francis (Frank) D. Sullivan was born in 1877 and later owned several ranches down on Sugar Creek and across the Scott River on the Eastside.
Jerome J. Sullivan was born 26 July 1879.

The mystery was Ella K. Sullivan, who was born in 1883. I never knew she existed and accidently found her through the 1900 U.S. census record. My parents were good friends with this second generation of Sullivans and they always talked about there being five or six sons, but never mentioned a daughter, whose children, inadvertently, played an important role in my life.
Robert (Bob) P. Sullivan was born in 1885 and later 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, according to their marriage certificate housed at the Siskiyou Co. Courthouse. (I paid for a copy. As a child, I knew Bob and Edith as acquaintances.)

James (Judd) B. Sullivan was born in 1890. This is our sour dough connoisseur, a gold miner and expert with dynamite. My brother recalled that Judd was so good with dynamite, he could use just enough to gently roll a stump out of the ground, instead of blowing it up. Yep, very efficient.

When I realized that Ella was a sibling to the brothers, I checked her death date. It was 20 May 1905. Before this time, I had learned in the 1910 census that her mother, Margaret, had married Henry L. Davis and several sons were living with her along with two young children named Homer and Margaret Schneider. Hum?
With local genealogist, Peggy Whipple, helping me, we were able to track down Ella Sullivan’s marriage to William Schneider in a Siskiyou County Marriage Registrar-type book housed by the Genealogical Society of Siskiyou Co. Wow! Then, through the census I found the dates when Ella’s two children were born. Margaret in 1903 and Homer on 17 May 1905. Ella tragically died just three days after Homer was born. So, I then assumed that her mother took in the two young children.

Through the census in 1910, I learned that William Schneider was remarried with a new family living near Callahan.

Somewhere along the way, I found that Grandmother Margaret Samon Sullivan’s first husband, James, had been killed in 1897 in Idaho. He had gone there during one of their gold strikes.

None of the Sullivan brothers had children, so the upper Wildcat Ranch was left to Homer and Margaret and they, eventually, sold it to my dad. He began leasing it in 1943. I grew up riding horses and working cattle on this beautiful ranch. I ate many lunches on hot summer afternoons in the coolness of the old Sullivan house kitchen, played in the vacant upstairs bedrooms and wondered about the rock fireplace. Little did I know, that 50 years later, I would piece three generations of the Sullivan family together – all because I wanted to know more about a sour dough starter that has been used continuously for at least 80 years.

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