Liz Writes Life 3-29-16

March 29, 2016

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

 The Fort Jones Community Center was packed with over 100 Siskiyou residents as CA. Dist. 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa spoke during the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last week. He covered a myriad of topics from the craziness in Washington D.C. to the hypocrisy of issues surrounding the threat of Klamath dam destruction and praised our Siskiyou leaders for their dedication.

The congressman said that too much water is flowing into the ocean and more water must be stored in California. Shasta Dam reservoir looks great and is nearly to the top, but it is the only one in the state as other dams are not nearly as full. There have been complaints that those dams are releasing too much water.

When referring to the secret meetings of the newly-created Klamath dam destruction group, LaMalfa was disgusted at the private meetings being held. “Government people are involved and they are doing it on government time,” he said, and has demanded government officials stop their involvement.

He is upset that California Governor Jerry Brown is pushing for a 24 cent tax per gallon on gasoline and diesel; then to make matters worse, the state’s newest scheme is to place a vehicle mileage tax on all drivers.

“This will hurt rural folks the most,” said LaMalfa, adding that it’s not enough to have wolves expand into the county, “your dams ripped out and they take your water. You are the tip of the spear, once again,” he said. “We are always thinking about you.”

LaMalfa has been working closely with Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Ray Haupt on forestry and Westside Fire Recovery Project and is disgusted that the Westside Plan has taken so long to be implemented.

“Everyone knows the forests are constantly growing board feet out there – we can heart it! We should be utilizing this huge increase of timber,” he said. And to the recovery of burned trees, LaMalfa lamented, “What’s new about salvage on a fire?”

He is frustrated that it took over a year and a half for the Westside Fire Recovery to be completed and will be questioning U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about the slow process during hearings this week in D.C.

Speaking of hearings, LaMalfa asked pointed questions to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel and her Deputy Secretary Mike Connor last month during WA. D.C. hearings — about the secret Klamath dams meetings. Sounded like he was able to put them on the hot seat! He also added that it is illegal to have a bi-state agreement, such as this new shell entity without the approval of congress. LaMalfa also believes that the City of Yreka needs to be attending the secret meetings, because its water supply from Fall Creek is part of the Klamath River system and will be affected.

One question to LaMalfa was about U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Would he vote for him? LaMalfa said his first two candidate choices have been knocked out of the game, but he will vote the party line. LaMalfa said he believes Trump, who is currently the leading candidate, would have to work with congress; and congressional people will educate him regarding these pressing issues. He added that Republicans need to be elected to the U.S. Senate and the House to strengthen the conservative vote.

It takes 60 senators to get most bills passed, LaMalfa explained, and there are only 54 Republicans right now. Getting six Democrats to cross the line for a bi-partisan vote is difficult.

The congressman was asked if congress was looking into the FBI and the killing of rancher LaVoy Finicum in Eastern Oregon in January. He responded, “It sure looks like an execution.”

LaMalfa has talked with Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz about the situation, who is quite critical of BLM law enforcement. Chaffetz and three other Utah Congressmen recently introduced a bill that would strip BLM and USFS of their power to police federal lands. That police power would be turned over to county sheriffs. Chaffetz claims the growth of police powers has distracted the agencies from their main mission, which is the managing of federal lands. Because of tyrannical attitudes of many of these federal law enforcement agents, they are no longer trusted by many citizens. Yep, that’s a pretty gutsy bill.

Toward the end of the meeting, LaMalfa said he has a deep love for what is right and what is good. That is what he works to achieve. He worries about the coarseness of language and rough protests creating a degradation of our society. He gives a significant amount of short speeches during the Thursday morning open mic on the House Floor working to educate his fellow law makers on the issues plaguing rural Californians.

Next week, I’ll share info from the rest of the Protect Our Water meeting.

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

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Liz Writes Life 3-22-16

March 22, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Hooray to the Siskiyou County Veterans Leadership Council for sponsoring the “Welcome Home” Vietnam Veterans event last Saturday in Yreka! Tim Grenvik, recently retired Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer, reported that more than 200 barbecue lunches were served to the participants and families. This was the third year for the event with speeches and presentations. A big “thank you” to our Vietnam vets for attending and allowing us honor you for your service.

Protect Our Water

For those that want to know what is going on in Washington D.C. and the “secret” group trying to take out the Klamath dams, please attend the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday, March 24, 2016. It is held at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Congressman Doug LaMalfa is our featured speaker, along with Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt and Mark Baird, State of Jefferson spokesman. Should be lots of good info.

Dance

Time to dance to live music of The ‘B’ Side this Friday, March 25, 2016 from 8 to 11 p.m. at The REC in Fort Jones. Start socializing early with beer and pizza at 5 p.m. $10 at the door.

Drought

The Yreka Tea Party Patriots will hold an interesting meeting tonight as there will be a video on why rain won’t fix California’s water crisis. I’ve seen quite a few headlines from newspapers south of us stating the drought is a government-made drought – because California won’t build more reservoirs to store rain and snow melt. Time is 6:30 p.m. at the Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd. in Yreka.

Garden

Rain and warm weather are working magic – the peas are popping up. February was so warm that we decided to plant peas a month early. I think it was around Feb. 18th  that we planted sugar snap and snow peas. The lettuce I planted and covered with a plastic tub are not doing as well. The last time I checked, there were weeds growing and no sign of lettuces. I’ve had good luck planting them this way in past years. Don’t know what’s wrong as the ground was plenty damp. Guess I’ll have to plant another batch.

Decided to get some cabbage plants and start acclimating them. Accidently left the six-pack outside Saturday night, but the rain was probably really good for them and it didn’t freeze.

Secret meeting

Leaders from Siskiyou County attended and spoke at the amended Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement meeting last Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Sacramento. This is the group that was meeting in secret, until Congressman LaMalfa and his staff exposed the pro-Klamath dam removal organization. I want to thank our county supervisors Grace Bennett and Ray Haupt for attending and speaking, in support of our dams, and our other grassroots leaders. I received several reports from the meeting and the discussions afterwards. This pro-dam removal group of about 45 people (many are lawyers) include “officials” in federal and state agencies. The lead attorney for PacifiCorp is more than willing to sell the four Klamath dams to a “shell” entity.

The same arguments for and against dam removal continue. But, here are two questions? What is the real reason for demolishing the dams? Yes, water allocations need to be decided, but these four dams really do not affect ranchers in the Upper Klamath Basin or the 1,200 farmers in the federal Klamath Project. Helping salmon populations is a ruse. Who will benefit the most if the dams come out?

Bundy

Last week, a U.S. Magistrate Judge denied bail to Cliven Bundy, 69, who was arrested at a Portland airport in late January. Bundy’s charges of federal conspiracy and (alleged) assault stem from his armed standoff against BLM and other federal agents in April of 2014 at his Nevada ranch.

It is odd that the feds failed to arrest Cliven during the following two years. Why wait until now? He had flown to Portland soon after his sons were arrested in Eastern Oregon and his friend, LaVoy Finicum, was shot and killed by federal or United Nations law enforcement.

Cliven declined to enter a plea to the 2014 charges, so the judge entered a not-guilty plea for the defendant. Cliven’s defense lawyer says that Cliven is being held illegally for challenging authority and is a political prisoner in the United States. A court date was set for May 2nd, but is likely to be pushed back due to complications with other indictments of individuals involved with the April 2014 and January 2016 Bundy situations.

There are at least two dozen other co-defendants that have been arrested in Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and New Hampshire by the federal government, who are allegedly involved with Bundy and other BLM situations. Looks like the right to a speedy trial is off the table.

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

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Liz Writes Life 3-15-16

March 15, 2016

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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Congressman Doug LaMalfa will be in Scott Valley next week, March 24, 2016 for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. The congressman comes to Siskiyou County quite often, but hasn’t been over the hill to Scott Valley for awhile. He will have updated info on the “secret” (what I call illegal) group, including state and federal agencies, that is working at a frenzied pace to create a “shell” company to purchase the four hydro-electric Klamath dams from PacifiCorp. This group’s goal is to destroy the dams, even though the County of Siskiyou and 80 percent of the voters want them to remain and to continue producing power.
After LaMalfa and his staff exposed this new “amended” Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement group and claimed it was meeting in secret, facilitator Ed Sheets announced a public meeting would be held — finally. But guess where? Sacramento. Yep, three of the four dams they want out are located in Siskiyou County. Congressman LaMalfa was furious they would hold the meetings six hours away. Apparently, they don’t want many Siskiyou-ites showing up! The meeting will be in the federal EPA building at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, March 16. “Thank you,” congressman for working so hard to save our dams.
Even though the notice was short, two Siskiyou Co. Supervisors said they will attend and will be speaking against dam removal. They are Chairman Grace Bennett and Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt. Also, leaders of our Siskiyou grass roots groups will also be carpooling.
Mark your calendars to attend the Protect Our Water meeting.

Dinner

Remember, the Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner this Friday night, March 19th of corn beef, cabbage, potatoes, salad and homemade dessert in Callahan. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. I’ll be making our family’s favorite chocolate cake — from scratch. Time is 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Film Festival
The REC, in Fort Jones, is holding an international film event called the “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival” this Saturday night. It showcases nine short films with questions and answers afterwards. Cost is $7. Call 468-2888 for more info. Time is 7 p.m.

Rodeo

The Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo board has announced it will be holding the 69th Annual Rodeo on Sunday, May 1st. Entries for the Kids’ Calf Riding and Mutton Bustin’ are call-in only. Call April 14th or 15th between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to secretary Jaclyn Boyce at 340-5527.
Entry call-ins for all other rodeo events will be the same above times and dates. Events are Ranch Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Open Team Roping and Mix Team Roping with two goes each, Calf Roping, Girls Barrel Racing, Girls Breakaway and Wild Saddle Cow.
Get your Etna Rodeo Parade entry forms at Scott Valley Bank, Etna and Fort Jones Hardware or call Chairman Drew Travis at 468-2410. The parade is at 10:30 a.m. on May 1st.
A Rodeo Barbecue and Dance will be held at Dotty’s on Sat. April 30th at 6 p.m.

Bundy

Cliven and Ammon Bundy, along with 24 other individuals, remain in jail in Portland, OR. Currently, they are not allowed bail and are still in isolation. They have all been arraigned – several times – and more charges have been added. Last time, when Ammon was in court, he asked his lawyer to have the judge read him is rights. The judge told him that he was previously read his rights in another hearing and she would not do so again. To that Ammon said: I know I have no rights, so thank you.
LaVoy Finicum’s wife, Jeanette, spoke out last week about the killing of her husband by the police. She accused federal investigators of bringing forth “selective evidence” and stated her husband is innocent: That he was shot with his hands up and brought them down to his hip when he was shot, because of the shock and pain, and then put them back up again, then down when he was shot again. The autopsy released by LaVoy’s family said he was shot nine times. The feds released their autopsy report recently, which said he was only shot three times, but does admit he was shot in the back.
On the other side of the issue several FBI agents at the January shooting in Eastern Oregon are now under investigation, because they did not disclose they had shot several rounds. So the plot thickens. Oh, even the reporter Pete Santilli still remains in jail. He was not an occupier, just a reporter.
There is some good news — we have had a good batch of rain!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 3-8-16

March 8, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Congressman Doug LaMalfa caught federal bureaucrats red-handed last week, when his staff “crashed” the second of two known “secret” meetings being held to create a “shell” company that will take over the Klamath dams and destroy them. Sounds pretty dramatic, but this is what is happening. Luckily, our congressman and his staff learned about the meetings and are investigating thoroughly. As a result, last Tuesday, LaMalfa was able to question Deputy Sec. of Interior, Mike Connor, about the administration’s role in the “shell” company during a congressional hearing in WA. D.C. At first Connor claimed the Interior Dept. had no involvement with the non-federal entity (shell company), but later admitted that federal employees were indeed working on the project. He was under oath.
In fact, Interior Sec. Sally Jewell even signed on to this newest “agreement.” LaMalfa wanted to know where the Dept. of Interior derived its authority to engage in the removal of the Klamath dams, because congress has not given any authority on the newest endeavor.
While the usual players are involved, including Karuk Tribe spokesman Craig Tucker, it looks like PacifiCorp is salivating to be paid for the dams expecting the newest agreement to be a huge benefit. Remember, as customers of PacifiCorp, we are already paying two surcharges for the cost of dam removal – when there is no legal way for the dams to be removed, as of yet.
LaMalfa said, “it is entirely inappropriate for public employees to participate in secret meetings,” without congressional approval.
Oh, and LaMalfa is scheduled to speak at the next Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on March 24, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend and hear the congressman.

St. Pat’s Dinner

The Mt. Bolivar Grange is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Friday, March 18th between 5 and 7:30 p.m. in Callahan. Grange Master Jeffy Marx said the dinner will also include salad, potatoes and homemade desserts. I am not sure on the cost, but it will be under $10.

Film showings

A Scott Valley Film event will be held at The REC in Fort Jones, on Sat. March 19th. This is an international Film Festival called the “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival.” It showcases nine short films with questions and answers afterwards. Cost is $7. Call 468-2888 for more info. Time is 7 p.m.

POW

Ray Haupt, our Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, also spoke at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last month. He is adamant that active healthy forest management must be applied to our Klamath National Forest, especially to stop the devastating wildfires from occurring. In February, he spoke on a panel at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference held in Anderson. His topic was “forest management and water yield” and how too many trees affect water supply in California. His solution? Be proactive in forest management and that will increase water yield and ground water supply.
He was also invited to speak in Sacramento on a panel as part of a national program on improving fire suppression. Ray and five other Cal Fire and USFS fire individuals from Siskiyou County spoke on how the lack of fire management resulted in this over-crowded, unhealthy situation. They then expanded their testimony to include the huge impact the lack of fire management has affected rural communities and economies. The fire experience of these six men combined is over 200 years worth. They felt their practical knowledge was significant.
Getting the Westside Fire Recovery Project signed and the dead trees removed has been a priority for Ray. He was disgusted that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries delayed their Biological Opinions on endangered species by 14 months past their deadline. But it was finally signed by Klamath National Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham on Feb. 29.
It only took Greenie groups and the Karuk Tribe a week before filing a lawsuit against it or rather against NOAA Fisheries. Ray explains this radical position is not in the public’s best interest on such a benign project. He told me that the black trees need to be cleaned up to protect the health and safety of the forest and our communities. If the trees are left to rot, when another fire happens, it will be nearly impossible for fire crews to fight the fire.
Pretty sad situation to see the Karuk leadership continuing to take this roll against Siskiyou County.

Snow levels

The warm February temperatures diminished our snowpack in the western mountains of Scott Valley to 83 percent of normal, according to the March 1 snow survey conducted by employees of USFS. This is a huge drop from the 140 percent of average measured on Feb. 1. So, it was really good to see that snow line after the rain this weekend.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 3-1-16

March 1, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The first bright yellow daffodil is blooming against the west foundation of our house. Yay! Jessie Hammond gave me these bulbs about 10 years ago. Purple violets are perky after the rain, proving early spring is here. It was 30 degrees at our place on Monday morning.
We were able to get the peas planted last week and I found an out-of-the-way spot on the edge of the garden to plant chives that a friend had given me. We dug out the St. John’s Wort (considered by our county as a noxious weed) out of a flower bed and I planted a hollyhock, there, that I pulled up.
Sportsman Expo
The Siskiyou Republican Women’s Federated will be selling tri-tip sandwiches at the Sportsman Expo on March 12 – 23. The ladies have an “in” with Dave Tyler, who will be barbecuing his famous tri-tip roasts. (Dave’s wife, Kathy, is one of their officers!) So stop by the fairgrounds in Yreka and enjoy a great barbecue sandwich — during the off-season!

Bundy

Last week, Ammon Bundy and 15 other defendants from the Eastern Oregon occupation situation were arraigned in federal court. They all pleaded “not guilty” to the charge of federal conspiracy and other charges. Several of the accused did speak up expressing doubt that they enjoy the presumption of innocence in the federal court. I believe the father, Cliven Bundy, was not included in this arraignment as he was arrested separately by a SWAT Team at the Portland airport.
Bundy Ranch, on its facebook page, mentioned the defendants are being treated OK. I was concerned about mistreatment.
The federal judge set an April 29 trial date, but that will be unlikely as the prosecution has not even shared its information, FBI reports and evidentiary material with the defense. To the federal judge’s credit, she chided the prosecution saying the defendants have a right to a speedy trial – not one in 2017. Ugh. She gave a deadline of March 4th to the prosecutors to begin sharing its documents. I doubt if that happens as the federal government is really good at the “delay” tactic.
Remember that Ammon Bundy and the occupiers had two demands: Free ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond from prison and relinquish federally-managed lands to the state of Oregon. Hammonds remain in prison and the Dept. of Interior has been mum on the idea of following the Constitution and relinquishing its lands.

POW meeting

President Mike Adams shared a long list of new gun bills that are before the California legislature to be voted upon. He said that folks who believe in the 2nd Amendment should be contacting their assemblyman and state senator with their concerns that the 2nd Amendment is being eroded.
Erin Ryan, staff representative for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, told the group that 45 of the 58 California county sheriffs have signed a statement against many of the newest gun legislations. Hum, interesting that even sheriffs are finding these laws are not helpful.
Rich Marshall, President of the Siskiyou Water Users, said there are groups trying to resurrect the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement – both were not finalized by Dec. 31, 2015 and are now defunct. But, there are bureaucrats in high-levels of government agencies, along with Greenie non-profit groups that are adamant the Klamath dams must come out. These people are working secretly to find a way to do the deed, even though both houses of the U.S. Congress will not fund or pass a bill that would provide millions of dollars to pay for the demolition.
Erin told of a “secret” meeting she and another of the Congressman’s staff attended just that week. High-up officials of the Dept. of Interior like John Bezdek, other government agencies, FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), Tribes, Greenie leaders, including Forks of Salmon’s Petey Brucker, were there. Petey even played his guitar and sang. The meeting was held in Sacramento and the group was demanding everyone in attendance sign a disclosure agreement of secrecy. Erin said the group was not thrilled that she was there representing the congressman and demanded she and the other staff person sign this disclosure. Both would not and meeting took on a decidedly different tone. All of a sudden the slide show of information wouldn’t work right and then the leader claimed everything had been accomplished during the morning part of the meeting and the afternoon session was cancelled.
Erin said she stayed in the parking lot and watched as most of the other participants came back at the previously appointed time for the afternoon session. Looks like the group really didn’t want the congressman to know their plans. This is outrageous. If federal agencies are involved, surely a U.S. Congressman should be able to know what is being planned!
Next week, I’ll share more on the POW meeting.

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 2-23-16

Liz Writes Life
Feb. 23, 2016

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
Winter isn’t over yet. Our thermometer said it was 24 degrees Sunday morning, which was a little colder than expected. The weather predictions claim our night temps will be a bit above 32 degrees this week, but I bet there are more frosts than not.
I did get a 2 x 2 foot square of soil planted with year-round bib lettuce seeds. I wanted to add some better soil for the lettuce and scooped some off the top of where the potatoes grew last year and we have been adding bark mulch in the fall for protection. But guess what? I sliced through three nice sized potatoes and there were two unscathed. I thought we did a thorough job digging out the potatoes last year. Oops. Guess we will need to start digging the 25-foot long area of potatoes every week to get rid of the potatoes. I don’t want to use the volunteers this year as they really didn’t seem to produce as well last year. And most of the potato plants were from volunteers last year.
With all this rain, it was easy shoveling. Oh so nice! I also planted some older bunching onion seed in a 2 x 2 foot square just to see if they germinate. They can always be used for green onions. Then I checked the hardy-looking onions that were planted from seed the end of last summer. They haven’t even started making a bulb. They just looked like giant green onions.
Speaking of bulbs, friends have reported crocuses are blooming. Daffodils are up about six-inches at our house and the Oriental poppies are growing, so early spring is right on track.
Burpee sent a catalog and I took a gander. Boy, the prices of seeds have really increased. Then I decided to look through my shoe boxes of seeds. That was when I started drooling. And this is when my eyes are bigger or more hopeful than I have energy to grow. I would like to grow some 4 o’clocks in a spot that crab grass has overtaken, so I better get to doing some digging while the soil is soft and use black plastic or black mulch fabric to help stamp out the grass. I missed the big blue morning glories last year, so I hope to get some planted this May.
POW
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thursday, Feb. 25th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. We will have updates on local and regional issues, including the State of Jefferson. Please bring a dessert, if you can. Political issues are tough, so we eat before, during and after!
Dance
Remember, The REC in Fort Jones will hold its monthly live band music and dance gig on Friday, Feb. 26th. Pizza and beer is available starting at 5 p.m. and The “B” Side will begin playing at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 each.
Scams
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey sent out a press release about the increase in scams and fraud. Many of these target older folks, who tend to be more trusting — especially through phone calls. There is a multi-agency group known as SA6 that is working to combat elder abuse and related crimes. Sheriff Lopey said it is important to report alleged scams as soon as possible. The phone number for Adult Protective Services is 841-4200 or call the sheriff’s dept. at 841-2900.
There are a variety of scams that involve unsolicited phone calls. One is from someone claiming to be with Microsoft or Windows tech support, who often claim there is a virus detected on your computer. Yes, they offer to fix it, but when given a credit card number to pay for the fix, and password, the scammers actually infect your computer with a virus, then put $100s on your credit card.
One really bad one claims it is the IRS calling. It states you owe back taxes and threatens immediate legal action or arrest. The caller makes it sound real as he offers his name and (fake) badge number.
What do you do?
Do not give them any information. No social security number. No bank account numbers. Do not return a message if left on your machine. The real IRS communicates with a taxpayer through the U.S. Postal Service. If in doubt, call IRS directly at 800-829-FREE.
Because of these type of scams, when I receive a telemarketer-type of call, I just hang up. I give no comment, just hang up. Don’t listen to any spiel from anybody. You are better off finding a local computer expert than to do something over the phone.
If you want to donate to a good cause, find a group that is local. There are many groups that do fabulous things here in Siskiyou County. Keep your donations local!
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 2-16-16-

Feb. 16, 2016
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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

While two weeks of warm weather in February is typical for Siskiyou County, last week’s 66 degrees may be almost too warm. Yep, we always worry if the trees will start budding too soon and wonder when the coldest late-spring frosts will hit?
Our onions made it through the darkest of the winter. They are about a foot tall. The tips are bent and pretty sad, but the bottom eight-inches of the onion stalks are green and hardy. Guess I should dig a few and see how large they are.
The garlic we planted in mid-November are up about three inches tall. All that rain and snow did the miracle work. I need to plant a small 2 x 2 foot square of lettuce. That is about the size of the clear plastic tub that I use as a mini-green house to protect them, if we get a typical cold rainy snowy sleeting windy March. It will be nice to have some fresh lettuce in late April and May.
My husband has had cabin fever, so he has been digging up the garden. It looks great. I hope to get cabbage and broccoli planted earlier this year. No, I didn’t start any from seed. That likely should have been done in early January.

Snow pack

Wow! All the rains and snows the past few months have paid off and the USFS reports a high percentage of snow pack in the main five areas that have been measured for decades. Sure hope these warm days don’t melt the icy-snow up high.
The Feb. 1st snow survey conducted by employees of the Salmon-Scott River Ranger District found an average depth of 132 percent and a high 151 water content compared to historical averages on the same date.
The oldest spot is Middle Boulder 1 at the south end of Scott Valley on the west side of Mt. Bolivar. It was established in 1946 and is at an elevation of 6,600 feet. This year, it measured 70.4 inches against the historic average of 50 inches. Yep, that is pretty darned good after our really bad drought years. Last year, I believe there may have been 2 or 3 inches reported. It was really sad.
Dynamite Meadow is at 5,700 feet and has been monitored since 1957. This Feb. 1st it measured 47.4 inches of snow with an historic average of 38.2 inches. Swampy John on Salmon Mt. behind Etna is at 5,500 elevation and was established in 1951. It had 72 inches this year with a historic average of 57 inches. Last year at this time, it was barren, so this is truly good news.

Dance

The REC in Fort Jones will hold its monthly live band music and dance gig on Friday, Feb. 26th. Pizza and beer is available starting at 5 p.m. and The “B” Side will begin playing at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 each.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thursday, Feb. 25th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. We will have updates on local and regional issues.

Bundy

After LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed by law enforcement in Eastern Oregon, Ammon Bundy and 15 others were arrested first in the blockade of the Oregon highway and now in Arizona and Utah. Ammon’s dad, Cliven Bundy, was arrested last week, when he flew from his Southern Nevada ranch to Portland. A SWAT team was waiting on the tarmac, when the airliner touched down. There are several charges brought against Cliven – one is conspiracy.
After Ammon’s and his group’s arrest, there were four remaining occupiers at the Malheur Refuge. Through his attorney, Ammon asked (from jail) the occupiers to leave, but they did not. By Wednesday night of last week, the FBI and whoever is working with them (there have been eye-witness reports of many unmarked black SUVs and unmarked official-looking men with no name or police tags) began with SWAT Teams-type of equipment closing in on the remaining occupiers. Through crackling-radio transmissions we learned they feared for their lives. Two Nevada State Assembly women and Pastor Franklin Graham became involved and provided the calm that eventually saw the last remaining protester walk out safely the next day. He was also arrested.
The most worrisome part of this situation is that more than 60 additional indictments have been brought by the feds against individuals that stood against the BLM or FBI in not only this situation, but the April 2014 Cliven Bundy situation in Nevada and the Sugar Pine Mine situation up in Josephine County near Grants Pass last year.
This is more than intimidation folks. I believe that Bundys and many more standing against the feds know facts about the BLM that is pretty damning. I am also concerned about the treatment of Bundys and others that are being held in jail.

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 2-9-16

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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