September is National Preparedness Month

(Information in this section is from a publication by Emergency Essentials and more info, food, and crisis gear can be found at www.BePrepared.com or call 800-999-1863.)

Why Prepare?

Things to think about.

Major services will be shut-down if there is a disaster in your area. Are you prepared to go two weeks with a Bank closed? With Grocery Stores empty? No electricity? No water? And no gas stations?

Some things you may not be able to do much about, but thinking about them may help you fare better in a crisis.

Where to Start?

Make a Plan: How and where will your family meet if there is a natural disaster? Is there a way that you can figure out how to communicate if cell phones, regular phones and electricity do not work and you can’t obtain more gasoline?

What kind of kit do you need?

A 72-hour individual kit for each family member.

Items for 2 weeks in the home:

You can buy pre-packaged or canned foods, even Meals Ready to Eat.

Here are some suggestions for those who are into cooking.

Flour

Sugar

Baking powder

Baking soda

Salt

Yeast

Honey

Wheat

Rice

Oatmeal

Noodles

Macaroni

Beans, dried or canned

Mixes

Canned Tuna

Canned Chicken

Canned soups

Canned fruit

Dried milk

Peanut butter

Crackers

Jelly

Granola bars

Spices

Catsup

Mustard

Mayonnaise

Oil

Shortening

Butter

Juice

Dehydrated foods

Freeze-dried foods

Necessary medicines

First Aid Kit

Extra blankets

Extra clothes

Toilet paper

Handiwipes

First Aid kit

Light, heat.

Cash and important papers.

Special medication.

Sanitation.

How much water storage should you have?

What should water be stored in?

What kind of filters should you have?

Do you have a food storage supply that is easy to use? Short term? Longer term?

What kind of crucial gear do you really need?

Flashlight, cranking flashlight, matches, rain gear, communication radio, base camp pots and pans, tents, sleeping bags, fire starter, heat for cooking.

Think of some of the disasters that may strike in our area and plan accordingly.

What about pets and livestock? Do you have food for them? Leashes or halter and ropes? Kennels or movable crates. They will also need water.

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Good site on Water Storage

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ss439

How much to store per person.  — About 2 gallons per day.

What to store water in.  Bathtub, 5 gallon plastic buckets, blue heavy-duty barrels, gallon jugs

When to disinfect water for drinking.

These questions answered and more at the above site.

Plan ahead for whatever

We never know what is going to happen, whether it may be a natural disaster, international riots and war; or as basic as losing an income. Having a few months worth of essential items and food stored will increase the feeling of basic security.

 So let’s get started.

 The following is information from websites and businesses. I give them all the accolades and credit for providing food storage and emergency items. I am just sharing their information and suggestions. Please check out these websites.

www.EmergencyEssentials.com

www.beprepared.com/downloads

www.ready.gov

www.preparedness.com

http://preparednesspantry.blogspot.com

http://www.emergencypreparednessdepot.net

http://www.shelfreliance.com

http://www.backwoodshome.com

http://personalliberty.com/2012/09/24/the-12-most-important-food-items-to-stockpile/

Helping families with food security and emergency preparedness by offering a wide selection of ready-to-eat freeze dried foods: Individually packaged entrees, meats, vegetables, fruits, and much more..

 Stock up –We have survival gear too.

http://www.thereadystore.com/?aid=4b5e43160feb5

Whether you have extra cash to begin this process or not, you can get started with just an item at a time and learning more about “HOW” so you will stay enthused.

Let’s try a basic 2 week supply.

WATER

Is the most important item you need in immediate crisis. At a bare minimum, each person in your family needs one gallon per day.

So 2 weeks supply of water per person is 14 gallons. For more on how to store water, check out the above websites. Or get started the next time you go to the store, buy a gallon of water.

Think of having water treatments available. Boiling will work for personal hygiene.

         Bleach be used to disinfect water?

Yes. When boiling off water for 1 minute is not possible in an emergency situation, you can disinfect your drinking water with Clorox® Regular-Bleach as follows:

1. Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to the bottom.

2. Pour off clear water into a clean container.

3. Add 8 drops of Clorox® Regular-Bleach (not scented or Clorox® Plus® bleaches) to one gallon of water (2 drops to 1 quart). For cloudy water, use 16 drops per gallon of water (4 drops to 1 quart).

4. Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat and wait another 15 minutes. The treated water can then be made palatable by pouring it between clean containers several times.

STORAGE

This is very important, but the perfect storage space may not be available. So get started by cleaning out a spot in the garage. No garage? Find a closet or part of a closet. The most important aspect of storage is AVAILABLITY. You need to have easy access and you need to incorporate much of your food into your weekly diet.

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Liz Writes Life 9-2-14

Sept. 2, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

After my rant last week about the antiquated, fashionable “save” everything philosophy that is destroying the environment and murdering wild animals, I might as well jump into my next politically-incorrect discussion – logging. Oh, my yes. Logging has gotten a bad rap that is so off the mark, it is difficult to know where to start.
But let’s try this: The Forest Service was once known as a great fire fighting machine that put out fires. And now it isn’t. Do you know what has changed? Yep, logging or rather the huge lack of logging.
When the timber harvest business was robust, loggers built a network of roads providing access for removing the logs; and these roads were in good shape, so heavy firefighting equipment could be quickly moved in to build fire line.
Loggers were the initial attackers of fire as stated in any Timber Harvest Plan. The goal was to jump on the fire and get it out, ‘cuz the loggers wanted to get back to work of thinning forests.
Logging is the good guy that has been pushed out of the equation. Logging saves our environment. A variety of timber harvests creates open spaces and a diversity of tree growths – all which served to limit rapid spread of wildfire in older-growth trees. And it also provided an economy for communities.
If anyone thinks we can over-log our Pacific Northwest area, they are out-of-their-minds. One vital aspect of timber harvest plans, whether on private land or on the public’s lands, is replanting. Thousands of trees are planted in timber harvest areas and then, because the Greenies continue to sue and stop logging, those trees are not logged creating thicker, unhealthy forests. Yep, been going on for 30 years that’s a major reason why our forests are so over-populated and unhealthy.
Now to address the economics of fire fighting. Because logging has been reduced by over 90 percent on the public’s lands managed by USFS, we have changed from a “positive” economy created by logging to a “negative” economy of costly fire fighting.
I appreciate our fire fighting personnel, but the bottom line is they are paid by us – the tax payers. Fire fighting also provides a short-term business to local grocery stores and restaurants, but this does not sustain a local economy. Logging does, or rather did.
Logging is a positive economy, because there are jobs available for an assortment of skills; and then there’s the domino effect of families and companies providing business to local stores and restaurants. Money trades hands, creating more money, which is not subsidized by millions from the tax payer.
To simplify it: Logging industry makes money for communities and governments. Fire fighting industry is paid for by our tax dollars – a negative economy. Doesn’t make sense does it? Wow, active timber harvesting — logging — really is better for both the environment and our economy.
For those who think that logging doesn’t look pretty, just take a gander at the smoking ashes of trees and starving wildlife that has lost a healthy environment – if they survived the inferno. And the dastardly smoke we are breathing is not healthy. It is a pretty sad state of hypocrisy in which we are living.
The Greenies have tied the hands of our courts, federal, state and county governments with the destructive “save” philosophy. Sanity must come back into the equation. And tomorrow won’t be too soon.
Over $71 million – that’s the cost, to date, of just the July Complex Fires and Happy Camp Complex in Western Siskiyou County with over 100,000 acres burned. And this doesn’t include the Beaver Fire on the KIamath River where timber harvest plans were set over 10 years ago, but stopped by Greenies with lawsuits. Guess the Environmentalists would rather destroy the environment, wildlife and a positive economy.
Garden
My few cosmos, four o’clocks, amaranth, anemones and purple morning glories are blooming. Cucs have slowed down, but we picked another good batch of green beans that I blanched and froze in quart bags. Picked another watermelon and harvested more basil for drying. Thinned the carrots and ended up with 10 pounds, so will make juice this week. Tomatoes are plugging along ripening a few at a time.
Declaration
Mark Baird, leader of the Jefferson Declaration Committee, and Dist. 1 Siskiyou County Supervisor, Brandon Criss, submitted Siskiyou and Modoc County’s Declaration and Petitions to withdraw from the State of California last Thursday. It was a great day starting on the West steps of the Capitol in Sacramento with 200 State of Jefferson supporters waving banners and flags.
The Declarations were submitted to the Secretary of State and both houses of California legislature.
Mark spoke about the complete lack of equal representation for rural counties and said, “We are never ever, ever going to go away until we receive representation.”
There have been a number of news articles on television, radio and newspaper. You can find some of them at the website: Jefferson Declaration.net.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 8-24-14

Aug. 26, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

We still have a bunch of fire personnel and equipment driving by our house as they change shifts each morning and evening on the White’s Fire. Just saw a Forest Service lowboy go by with an excavator, then several engines and two buses of firefighters. Sure will be happy, when the fires are out.
The last few mornings have been nice to wake up with a bit of clear skies. The thick smoky days are extremely exhausting. “Thank you” signs have gone up letting those fighting the fire know they are appreciated.
But, now is the time when people start complaining about how the fire is fought, tactics and cost. I am not going to go there, but will go back 30 years to what became fashionable “save the spotted owl” and “save the trees” philosophies.
It is this “save” everything idea that is destroying the environment. Experiments designating endangered species habitat have failed both the animals and the environment and must be stopped. Forests are so over-thick that they are not natural. Through lawsuits, Greenies have stopped timber harvests in the Beaver Fire and other areas and now thousands of acres are burning and the nasty carbon and smoke polluting the skies is worse than anything from vehicle engines – that the State of California are now over-regulating.
The real problem lies in society believing the Greenies. For over 40 years, the Greenies have preached “save the environment.” This created a lack of practical management, which has led to this utter senseless destruction. Whether you like the look of logging or not, cutting down trees and removing them with equipment doesn’t cause this kind of destruction and death to wild animals. I learned that a herd of elk was burned over and Cal-Wild had to go in and kill the ones that survived the inferno, but were suffering. The “save” everything regulations are murdering wild animals.
Logging opens up the forest and allows for the brush that deer and elk thrive on and those open spaces actually help stop wildfire. And we have learned that logging certainly doesn’t affect spotted owl populations.
The Forest Service and other federal and state agencies should not allow themselves to be influenced by thousands of postcards sent by Greenie worshipers regarding our local lands. Fraudulent science is believed by people, who are led by their fashionable nose to save everything. Yes, there is a disconnect, when you do not really live on the land. Rural folks must be able to make the decisions locally. The time has come for sanity. The time has come for the 51st State of Jefferson, which would be a very prosperous state as it actively manages forests and resources instead of destroying them.
POW
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will not hold a meeting this month. Instead supporters are invited to participate in the presentation and submission of Siskiyou and Modoc Counties Declaration and Petition to withdraw from the State of California this Thurs. Aug. 28, 2014. We are meeting on the West steps of the Capitol in Sacramento at 2 p.m. Call me if you would like to join the car pooling group at 530-467-3515.
We do mean business. Burning up our forests is not acceptable. Governing must be brought back to the local communities and counties.
POW held a splatter board donation drawing for a Hellgate Jet boat trip and Pat Ellis of Fort Jones won. Congratulations.
Republican BBQ
The Siskiyou County Republican Women held a drawing for a BBQ at the Republican booth at the fair and I forgot to announce that Michelle Rush of Greenview won that nice prize. Congrats Michelle.
No to SB 53
A dangerous Senate Bill for gun owners has passed both the California Assembly and the Senate, so it is headed for Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signing. Senate Bill 53 by Senator Kevin de Leon a Democrat from Los Angeles will require Californians to obtain permission and then purchase a permit from the Department of Justice before buying ammunition for their firearms. This is a huge infringement on Second Amendment rights.
If signed into law by Governor Brown, SB 53 will demand that all ammo purchased must be with a dealer face-to-face. Each purchase will be recorded, including a fingerprint and address. These records will also be open to public scrutiny. The bill also states that California residents will not be allowed to purchase ammo over the internet and authorized ammunition vendors in other states will likely not risk selling to anyone from California.
There is a chance that Governor Brown will NOT sign SB 53.
To protect your right to purchase ammunition call Governor Brown immediately and ask for a veto on SB 53. Call 916-445-2841 or fax 916- 558-3160.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 8-19-14

Aug. 19, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Declaration
It was one year ago, when the Scott Valley Protect Our Water voted to support Mark Baird’s idea to go to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors asking for a “resolution” to withdraw from the State of California. It was a discussion item on their Aug. 13th supervisors meeting and Supervisor Marcia Armstrong suggested making it a declaration, so it could be turned into the state legislature. She and other supervisors agreed that our grievances of over-regulations and lack of equal representation are devastating and tyrannical.
More than 120 people showed up to the Aug. 13th meeting. Folks we didn’t know, who were also feeling the dire need of relief from oppression.
So we returned with a “declaration” and on Sept. 3, 2013, the Siskiyou County Supervisors approved the “Declaration to withdraw from the State of California” with a 4-1 vote. Yahoo!
Then, Mark was able to contact a Modoc County Supervisor, Geri Byrne, and she decided to put it on their agenda. So on Sept. 24, 2013, the Modoc Supervisors approved its declaration with a 3-1 vote.
Now, the time has come for the Declarations from Siskiyou and Modoc to be submitted to the state legislature. A rally is planned for Aug. 28, 2014 on the West Capitol Steps. We even have a “permit,” so speakers can tout this momentous day. Supporters of the Jefferson Declaration — to create the 51st State of Jefferson — are invited to attend.
For those who are confused, this is not the Measure C Jefferson Republic Territory initiative that was voted down by Siskiyou County voters in the June 3, 2014 election. Measure C only affected the area within Siskiyou County boundaries. This is a very different project. We now have six Northern California counties that have approved the declaration to split from California. We are also using the U.S. Constitution Article 4 Section 3, which explains how a new state can be created from another state.
Scott Valley POW
The Protect Our Water meeting planned for Aug. 28th has been canceled and Scott Valley POW President, Andrew Hurlimann, encourages supporters to participate in the Rally at the California Capitol. Many of us will be car pooling. Check out our website: “Jefferson Declaration.net” for more info or call me at 467-3515 or Louise Gliatto at 842-5443.
Fires
What a show Sunday night! Lightning above the smoke! I could see lightning strikes hitting the ground, but the sky lit up a smoky pink almost constantly for nearly an hour and thunder sounded like jets were continually taking off. Bet there are new fire starts. Darn. Power went out around 9:30 p.m. for several hours. Luckily, several flashlights worked and they were even in the cupboard where they were supposed to be.
Casino
Boy, do I take exception to State Senator Lou Correa, who was quoted saying, “There is no known opposition” to the Karuk’s casino in Yreka.
First, I am against the casino. Under National Indian Gaming regulations, it is illegal for the Karuks to have a casino in another Tribe’s territory and Yreka is Shasta Territory. Karuks are welcome to have a casino in their territory, which is Orleans. Remember, it is the Karuk’s lawsuit that aided the drought for over 200 residents in Shasta Valley and City of Montague. Karuk Tribal leadership has shown what poor neighbors they are by constant attacks on water and the economies of Siskiyou.
Second, Senator Correa must have ignored the letter that I sent — by carrier. I sent letters of opposition to every state senator last week and I know a good bunch of other folks did too. Many of us also made phone calls. Thank you to Senator Ted Gaines, who represents Siskiyou County, for also opposing and voting “no” on Correa’s SB 1224 bill. So there was opposition.
Second: What is a senator from Santa Ana doing writing a legislative bill to help a Karuk casino in another senator’s district? I suspect a rat or two in the works, including Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Indian Gaming Commission and Governor Jerry Brown, along with state senators.
I am deeply disgusted by Senator Correa’s statement that there is no opposition. That is a flat out lie!
Garden
The eight cucumber plants are really producing, so I finally got all my stuff together and made three quarts of dill pickles using my own dill and garlic. I didn’t make the vinegar, but my dad used to make cider vinegar. Still have enough water to irrigate everything, so we feel very grateful. I think a watermelon is ready to pick. Yum.
Defense Class
Dr. Michael Hess is hosting a “Surviving a Knife Attack” workshop on Aug. 24th at the Old Homestead Mercantile on Main Street in Fort Jones. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m. Cost is $80 if you pay by Aug. 19. It is limited to 30 participants. Call 468-2743 for more info.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 8-12-14

Aug. 12, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Lots of fire engines, crew trucks and buses, supply vehicles, low boys with equipment, dump trucks and water tenders going by our place this morning, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. They are likely headed to fight the south end of the White’s Fire and are going in from the Cecilville summit side. The White’s Fire blew up pretty good over the weekend and is also spreading north as it jumped the Sawyers Bar Road at the bottom of Salmon Mt., so Sawyers Bar Road is closed. And the real scare is that it is heading east down into the head of French Creek on the Scott Valley side. I saw the flames way in the distance on Sunday night when I was coming home from the Siskiyou Golden Fair in the dark.
Then the (Shackleford) Log Fire threatening Quartz Valley also livened up.
Ray Haupt, our county supervisor-elect for Dist. 5, is attending the 6 a.m. briefings at the July Complex Camp outside of Etna on Horn Lane and is keeping folks updated. He said the fire line should hold on the north end of Log and they are about to finish a strong fire line on the east, but the fire climbing out of Mill drainage is threatening to burn over the top into the Kidder drainage, which is not good. Sunday night, the red smoke above what looked like the Kidder/Mill ridge was impressive in a bad way. Pretty scary.
I sure appreciate the way Ray has jumped in and created communication. As a retired Forest Ranger and fire fighter, he knows sharing info immediately is paramount for folks. He had just told us at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on July 31st that he has never seen things this dry and that fire behavior could be very unusual and erratic. Ray was right. He said the Team that is running the July Complex, with Jerry McGowan at the helm, is a very good practical team and is working hard to contain the fire.
Every night, I am posting updated info from Ray and the Fire Complexes on Pie N Politics.com, so check it out. Last week was sure busy including the activities involved with the fair, but correct information is important. Thanks Ray, sure appreciate all your help.
There have been huge air attacks with helicopters, air bombers and a DC 10 giant air tanker was even brought in. It can actually disperse over a half mile of retardant in one drop. The pilot is from Calistoga, where Mel Fechter, our “Greenview Herald” photojournalist, grew up. When Mel discovered the pilot was from “home,” he took a few more photos of the tanker that are really impressive. Mel shares his photos with email friends and on his facebook page. They are well worth checking out. Oh, the “Greenview Herald” is a spoof. A friend of Mel’s made him a special “Press Pass” using the fictitious newspaper name “Greenview Herald”, so Mel could “officially” move through the red tape around the fires. Thanks Mel.
For those that don’t know, an “advisory” evacuation notice is to let residents understand that things could get bad and to prepare for the worst. The Forest Service, Cal Fire and Sheriff’s Dept. has been sending out press releases and posting lists of things to take and help you prioritize. A “mandatory” evacuation notice is just that – you need to get out now.
When there is an evacuation notice, Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey and his crew go house-to-house to talk to folks about the situation. Sheriff has been participating in the community fire meetings and even made time to get to the fair. I want to thank him and his staff, including the Search and Rescue and Sheriff’s Posse that are helping with the Emergency Red Cross shelters and finding places to take domestic animals and livestock. There’s a great network of help. I could start naming names and would forget folks, but Ron Quigley of Emergency Services and Matt Rokes, president of Sheriff’s Posse are doing outstanding jobs.
Gotta say, I looked around my house and felt overwhelmed at how to prioritize if I had to move. Ugh! What really is important and what isn’t? That is the question.
Garden
Don’t know if the tomato plants like smoky skies, but last week we had our first ripe tomatoes. Can’t keep up with the cucumbers and bell peppers and will be picking green beans this week. And we are really tired of zucchini!
Defense Class
Dr. Michael Hess is hosting a “Surviving a Knife Attack” workshop on Aug. 24th at the Old Homestead Mercantile on Main Street in Fort Jones. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m. Cost is $80 if you pay before Aug. 19. It is limited to 30 participants. Call 468-2743 for more info.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 8-5-14

 

Aug. 5, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Where there’s smoke there’s fire and we are getting an eyeful of smoke from fires that started last week due to the thunderstorms. Yep, pretty scary situations in areas of Siskiyou. Over here in Scott Valley, Quartz Valley is under an “advisory” evacuation notice, which means they do not have to leave, but should organize and prepare.
Jerry McGowan is the Incident Commander of the July Complex Fire that includes the Log Fire in Shackleford and Mill Creek threatening Quartz Valley; the White Fire over at the bottom of Salmon Mt.; and the Leef Fire, near Cecilville Mt. between Callahan and Cecilville summit. The Leef Fire is contained and there has been mop up. I saw it take off on July 28 with a huge plumb of smoke. Uggh.
McGowan, other officials and Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey have been holding community meetings answering questions regarding evacuations and how the fires are being addressed. I was about to say how the fires were being “managed,” but McGowan and other fire fighters say they have never seen the radically erratic fire behavior that we are experiencing. So “managing” these fires may be like herding cats!
We all know it is because of the drought and the loss of the ability to manage, thin and log out trees in the over-grown forests. But I will stay off my political soap box for now. It just breaks my heart to see the catastrophic hot fires killing the wild animals that can’t possibly escape from these horrific situations.
On Sat. night, McGowan spoke to about 100 folks at the Etna High School. It was his 2nd day on the job and the July Complex Fire Camp just started setting up at Charlie Peckham’s ranch on Horn Lane the day before. It was a good meeting. He is working to call in more fire crews, but available personnel and equipment (called resources) are limited, because of fires nationwide. As of Aug. 3, there were 549 personnel on the July Complex, 19 crews, 25 engines, 6 dozers and 4 helicopters. Over 5,000 acres have burned on the three fires.
Sheriff Lopey said to plan think about necessities of important documents, etc. if you have to evacuate. Ron Quigley, his Emergency Services Officers, explained about the shelter areas and that the Siskiyou Sheriff’s Posse will help with moving horses and other livestock. If you can help with providing a place for refuge horses and livestock, please let the Sheriff’s Dept. know. Call 842-8300.
Sheriff Lopey was asked if he would be issuing arrests to those folks that may decide not to evacuate, if the level is raised to “mandatory” and Sheriff said he won’t likely be doing that as he doesn’t have enough officers or resources; but and that is a big “but”, he will take the names of all those who choose to stay and then obtain addresses of relatives or friends to contact incase of death. So it will be your choice and certainly some homes and properties are more defensible than others.
On Sunday, I did hear and see on facebook that some folks had decided to start moving things out from their homes in Quartz Valley; and a few others said they were not leaving! The Scott Valley Jr. High has been set up as a the shelter area for those fleeing from Quartz Valley.
Ray Haupt attended the Log Fire community meeting at the Quartz Valley School on Sunday night and told me there were about 200 folks that showed up. He said they are building two fire lines using bulldozers and the fire crews to try and protect Quartz Valley. The first is mid-slope, but a second one closer to the bottom by the valley floor is being busted-in for extra protection.
Ray told us on Thursday night at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting that fire behavior could be outrageously bad because of the extreme dry conditions and he is right. But he also said the inversion of air that pushes the smoke down low is actually a firefighter’s friend as it suppresses the fire. So, yes, we complain more because the smoke is down at our level, but it slows the fire and it did just that on Sunday with the Log Fire.
The biggest concern at the Etna Saturday night meeting and at the Quartz Valley meeting is the next batch of thunderstorms that are expected to throw down lightning for several days and could start another batch of fires.
Also, I learned that Cal-Fire has set up a large emergency command center at Yreka High School.
So, things could get dicey. Ray told us at the POW meeting and Sheriff Lopey is stating that we should all do some major planning. What would you take on short notice – what could you do with a little more notice to help you and your family if evacuation is needed?
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 7-29-14

July 29, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The “Save Historic Callahan Bridge” committee is hosting a celebration on Saturday, Aug. 2nd at the bridge near Wildcat Creek. You know, the old dump road. This is a “thank you” to all who donated and helped save the bridge, when it needed new wooden beam spanners last year. Refreshments will be provided. Please enter the bridge from the Eastside Road entrance, so we will not be parking on Highway 3. All friends and supporters are invited.
Because Siskiyou County is strapped for money, the road department considered closing the bridge, last year, when Cal-Trans deemed the underneath main wooden beam spanners were rotting and needed replacing. But, a dozen folks in Callahan didn’t want to lose the use of the bridge, so they started raising funds to pay for the wooden beams.
Scott Waite, who is in charge of the county road department, and the county supervisors were willing to complete the work, so the grassroots Save Callahan Historic Bridge Committee agreed to obtain the $8,940 in funds that was needed to purchase the wooden beam spanners. Within two months, the community and friends donated the needed monies, so the county road and bridge crews did indeed refurbish the bridge. Thank you to Gerald Carver, supervisor of the western area of the county roads department for your help.
I can’t recall the exact date right now, but the bridge was built around 1910 and is a special landmark for generations that have swam in pools under the bridge or picked blackberries or hauled their garbage to the dump, when it was located there. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort. It was a truly wonderful cooperative project working with the county.
But wait that’s not all! After the celebration, the Mt. Bolivar Grange is hosting a Lasagna Dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Callahan. It is $7 a plate there will be a Dessert Auction.
And then, at 8 p.m. there will be a dance upstairs in the old Dance Hall. Mike and the Meteorites is playing live music until 11 p.m. Cost is $5 and children 10 and under are free; or $20 for a family. Yep, Saturday night Aug. 2, in Callahan is a family affair.
Callahan P.O.
Tonight is the meeting with the Sacramento regional U.S. Post Office employees that will be explaining the process for removing our Post Master and reducing the Callahan Post Office hours to just four a day. Please attend. If you are like me, you are not happy with losing our Post Master and the reduction in hours. The USPS really won’t be saving the dollars they claim, so I am pretty disgusted.
I wrote a letter to Congressman Doug LaMalfa with my complaints and even hand-delivered it to him on July 19th at the Siskiyou Co. Republican Women’s BBQ fundraiser. He was concerned and asked questions.
POW meets
This Thurs. July 31, the Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share and we eat first – ‘cuz life is uncertain, you know. Actually, it works out great, ‘cuz folks are ready to eat seconds after a two hour meeting.
President Andrew Hurlimann said there’s much to talk about. There are several water issues, both locally and at the state Water Bond level. The California Legislature doesn’t come back into session until Aug. 4th, so no Water Bond has yet to be approved. We do not want the Water Bond to include $250 million or $500 million for taking out the Klamath dams. The Water Bond should be utilized for creating more water storage and reservoirs not taking out perfectly good dams.
Protest
I talked with Muggs Nichols after the peaceful protest of the salmon count that was planned to take place last week on the Salmon River. State and federal agencies along with the Karuk Tribe, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation and Enviro groups, typically dive in pools along 90 miles of the river to count the salmon. In a good year, the salmon count in questioned by many old-time locals, but this year the Salmon River flow is extremely low due to the drought. There was no snowpack this winter, which melts each summer creating significant flows.
Muggs and the other protestors fear that the harassment of the salmon by the divers will chase the salmon out of the colder pools where they have congregated. And, yes, the water is warmer this year, because the flows are so low; and the warm water is typically not healthy for salmon.
Thank you Muggs for bringing this to our attention. This will be discussed at the POW meeting, because we believe harassment of the salmon is not productive.
Also remember that the Klamath dams have absolutely no affect on the Salmon River, which is a good 80 miles toward the ocean from the dams. Salmon that swim up the Klamath River and turn right at the Salmon River are wild salmon.
Liz Bowen is a Siskiyou County native and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 7-22-14

 

July 22, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

I won! I won! I won! Yep, I won the FMK 9 mm handgun etched with the Bill of Rights at the Siskiyou Co. Republican Women’s BBQ fundraiser. It was a special donation-drawing item and I hadn’t donated toward any tickets before the event although Donna Bacigalupi was pushing them pretty good the past several months. But on the way to the event on Saturday, I decided I was going to splurge and get $20 worth. They were $10 for one ticket or three for $20.
After the dessert and silent-type auction winners were announced, Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey was asked to pull the winning name out of the basket. I was walking up to take a photo of the winner and teasingly said that Sheriff now had lots of new best friends. I didn’t believe him, when he said my name, but it was real. Thanks Sheriff Lopey and “thank you” to the Siskiyou Republican Women’s Federated. Great event gals!
The women purchased the gun through Virgil Hardy, in Yreka, and he sat me down to fill out the paperwork immediately. Luckily, I have my gun safety certificate and it was even in my purse.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa was the keynote speaker. I missed the first part as I was checking on the beef ribs and chicken cooking in Dave and Kathy Tyler’s giant BBQ. The Congressman was talking about the special trip he was able to make for an over-nighter on a U.S. Aircraft Carrier and even flew in on a plane, not a helicopter. Quite the experience being almost catapulted off the deck, when leaving. He said the Naval personnel are from all types of life, yet work as an amazing team for long hours. “We need to be committed to keeping our military strong,” said LaMalfa.
The Congressman talked about the dangerous times we are living in and the truth about Israel that is not being reported. “They have a right to exist,” he said, and explained how they do “surgical strikes with their rockets.” Last year, LaMalfa said he was able to meet the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was impressed learning about their situation and strategies from the horse’s mouth.
Closer to home, LaMalfa said the House has over 200 bills that have been passed and need to go to the Senate and Majority Leader Harry Reed will not bring them up for passage. Over 40 of them are to improve the job market, so getting more Republicans elected to the Senate is important, since the majority Democrats are stalling those bills.
Once again, LaMalfa recognized that Siskiyou County is the “tip of the spear” as far as attacks by government agencies against water and property rights. He mentioned his fight against the EPA and the new translation of “navigable waters” that now includes regulating rain before it hits your property and even the mud puddles. Yes, LaMalfa said “they want to regulate mud puddles.”
He encouraged folks to go to his LaMalfa.House.gov website and sign up for his email news and then send it to friends. I really like the informative site. He admitted that times are tough, but that he will “fight ‘til my dying breath” for the Constitution and freedom.
CA. Lt. Governor
Ron Nehring made it into the November election for the office of Lt. Governor and he drove from San Diego to speak during the Republican Women’s BBQ July 19th. He was forthright on our problems, but believes that “we cannot give up on California.”
Nehring’s big desire is to keep businesses in California and has a plan. One is to take California tax code, save Prop 13, and throw the rest out. He received hardy applause. Second is to stop the frivolous law suits that are destroying small business in California; and he had a third, but I missed it. I liked the guy. When I had a chance I shook his hand and told him that I did vote for him in June, cuz after reading about all the candidates, he seemed the best. So it was fun to get to hear him speak.
Oh, and then he had those that were willing to go up front for a group photo holding his signs. His campaign chairman tweeted it. We had 70 or more folks that participated. He said it was the largest group he has tweeted out so far. Wow, little ol’ Siskiyou! I will put a photo up on Pie N Politics.com.
Please join me in voting for Nehring and Congressman LaMalfa in November.
Garden
I was the first customer to show up last Tuesday at the Fort Jones Farmer’s Market. So I was first in line to purchase ripe tomatoes from Roy Hammer. I waited ‘til I got home to eat one. Oh, it was good — my first tomato of the season. It was juicy, tangy and sweet. Yum. Are you drooling?
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Find her blog at Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 7-15-14

 

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
July 15, 2014

I should have harvested the garlic sooner as the stalks had dried up and were not strong enough for pulling. So, I grabbed the shovel and found all 18 garlic that had grown. The shovel only sliced through the sides of two of them, so I didn’t ruin too many. I put the garlic on the porch to dry and the Friday morning short rain got them wet. But, they quickly dried and it was great to have a bit of rain. I put them in a paper bag and wrote in black permanent ink: Garlic July 2014.
The heavy rainstorm last Tuesday missed Callahan, except for 6 drops. So, when driving through the valley (and seeing Mel Fechter’s emailed photos), I was really happy for the Greenview and Fort Jones folks to have received so much rain. Mel said he had 1.4 inches up North Kidder Creek.
Made my first zucchini casserole last week from some zucchini that Candy Slette gave me. And then, we noticed zucchini growing already on our half-grown plants. Green tomatoes are growing, but I don’t expect a ripe one until August. I better stop by the Farmer’s Markets on Tuesday in Fort Jones and Thursday in Etna to get some ripe tomatoes.
I spread bark mulch on the peppers, parsley, onions, cantaloupe, watermelon, zucchini and cucumbers last week. The green beans have grown so fast that they are sorta mulching themselves with their big shady leaves.

Old Time Rodeo

The annual summer version of Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeos will be held on Sat. July 26th. The rodeo starts at 4 p.m. with the fun kids events of Mutton Bustin’, Kids Calf Riding and Jr. Steer Riding. Then the Grand Entry of cowboys and cowgirls kick’s off around 5 p.m. followed by Bareback Bronc Riding, timed roping events, Bull Riding and the popular Saddle Cow Riding. I think admission is $10 for adults.
Hopefully, our heat streak will have cooled off a bit. I remember serving as secretary of the Old Time Rodeo back in the 1980s, when Caroline Luis wasn’t able to do it. The setting sun beat into the announcer’s stand until we were all dripping with sweat. But as soon as the sun goes down, typically the temperature drops immediately.
Scott Murphy has been doing the announcing for the Pleasure Park Rodeos for five or six years now and he does it for free. Thanks Scott, you really help out the organization. Don’t know if he has been stung by yellow jackets or wasps as the rodeo board tries to keep several cans of bug killer around to spray nests. Darned if they don’t build nests in odd places. One time about 25 years ago, Mike Bryan was our announcer and we forgot to check for nests in the announcer’s stand and he was hammered with a bunch of stings. But, like a typical hard-as-nails rancher, Mike just shrugged it off and announced anyway. Thanks Mike!
Once I was in a hurry to get some photos and ran through some left-over garbage that had gotten dumped and a bunch of yellow jackets went up my pant legs. I got stung pretty good, before I could get them out. When I was younger, I was pretty allergic to bee stings, so I thought it best to go over and sit by the ambulance crew. I didn’t have any bad reactions and had a nice visit with those good folks. It is always a good rodeo, when the ambulance crew gets to watch the entire event without having to take an injured participant to the hospital.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thursday, July 31st at the Fort Jones Community Center. There will be lots to talk about.

July 19

Remember the “Blues on the Green” music concert from noon to 8 p.m. at the Etna City Park and the Siskiyou Republican Women’s BBQ at the Miner’s Inn in Yreka from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

JH Ranch

Sorry, but I must complain about the lack of things-getting-fixed by the county and JH Guest Ranch up French Creek. The Friends of French Creek have brought legitimate grievances and it looks like nothing has been done as far as demanding enforcement of JH guest population. The business has a permit for 250 guests and the amount of cars and convoys going up French Creek to JH looks to still be bursting that number. Just cuz many vehicles are traveling in the dark of night doesn’t make them invisible.
I thought that the Siskiyou Co. Planning Commission was going to begin discussion at their July 16 meeting, but I have since learned that any discussion of JH is postponed until possibly October. Gee whiz, folks, the summer guest season will be over and, once again, JH will not have been made to comply with their permits.
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 7-8-14

July 8, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Lettuce and peas are about done in the garden. Last week, I fried up some new red potatoes and I am sure russets are ready to eat. The garlic should be ready to pull up this month. Onions, peppers, cucs, watermelon, cantaloupe, green beans and tomato plants really took off last week. They love this heat. I don’t. Ugh.
Last week, I decided to start drying parsley. The one plant that volunteered needed to be harvested and the six I planted are ready too. Found the dehydrator and darned if I didn’t forget to remove the parsley that I had dried in October. I thought I had dried some late in the season and wanted to give it to my daughters-in-law. But when I went to package it in November, I couldn’t find it. Guess I need to remember to always check the dehydrator!
After sitting all winter in the tub with the dog and cat food, I decided not to keep that batch of parsley. Going to have lots this year and hopefully I’ll remember where I put it. Basil seeds finally came up and there will be plenty of basil to dry too. The lemon balm, oregano and mint need to be harvested. So I better get to it, before they bloom.
I want to move oregano inside the fence, so I can remember to irrigate it better. With it being so dry this year, it didn’t get water in the spring and it isn’t nearly as tall; just got to make a place for it.
Been babying the cosmos and four o’clocks that volunteered along with a few amaranthus that will be the giant maroon ones. A dahlia is blooming along with the bright pink lambs ears, yellow yarrow, two rose bushes and the ever-dependable orange day lilies. Giant Shasta daisies are just now starting to bloom. Oh, the glads are growing too.
July 19
It will be a busy day on Sat. July 19th. In Scott Valley the Scott Valley Blues Club is sponsoring a “Blues on the Green” event at the Etna City Park. Four bands will play from noon to 8 p.m. They are: Uncle Staxx, with Johnny Zappola, Casey Kelley; Ron Lovelace Blues Band; Mike & The Meteorites; and Li’l Stogie Guitars & The Doghouse Blues Band. Admission is $15 at the gate. Looks like the Etna Lions and Dalmations will have food concessions that will benefit the scholarship fund for the Etna High School and the Scott Valley Fire Protection District.
This is Scott Valley’s version of entertainment that will replace the Blue Grass Festival, which has been moved to the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds Aug. 25-31.
In Yreka, at the Miner’s Inn lawn, the Siskiyou County Republican Women Federated will hold a “Sons and Daughters of Liberty Country BBQ” with Dave and Kathy Tyler cooking up baby back ribs, chicken, beans and all the fixin’s. It starts at 11 a.m. with the BBQ at noon. Cost is $20 per person if you purchase before the event. Congressman Doug LaMalfa will be the keynote speaker.
The ladies are so excited about their big “opportunity drawing” item. It is a FMK 9 mm handgun with the Bill of Rights etched on the barrel. Lots of other great prizes as well. Call Candace Slette at 468-2601 for tickets.
Girl Scouts
Dora Shelden called to let me know that the Girls Scouts in Fort Jones has been rejuvenated. There are three girls in Troop 70050 in 4th and 5th grades. They are Cassidy Burgan, Danielle Saran and Ava Alford-Wells. They are now working on a special project to help them earn their Bronze Award. The girls have made posters that encourage folks to shop locally. They will be putting up the posters this summer. Dora said the girls are excited about the “Shop local” project and will speak to groups. For more info, call Dora at 459-5449.
Callahan P.O.
Well, the federal Postal Service is at it again. After reducing the hours to a dozen Post Offices in Siskiyou County, the feds are trying to remove our Post Master from the Callahan Post Office and reduce our office hours to just four per day. We fought it several years ago. I received the info and a Customer Survey `sheet in the mail to fill out. Frustrating thing is that the survey only has four choices and none are the one I want. I want our Post Master to remain and the hours to be kept at eight per day, which is guaranteed under the Constitution.
Postal Service reps will be holding a town meeting that is part of their review process, on Tuesday, July 29th at the Callahan Community Church. Time is 7 p.m. Let’s hope they operate the meeting correctly this time. They didn’t three years ago. Please attend this meeting.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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