Liz Writes Life 10-18-16

Oct. 18, 2016

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Liz Writes Life

Veterans Parade

The Veterans Parade in Etna is a go! Please consider entering in the parade or showing your patriotism by attending. This is the 16th annual parade held in Etna since 2001. It will be held Sat. Nov. 5, 2016. Time is 11 a.m.

Thankfully, there are lots of volunteers offering to help. Scott Valley Rotary members will, once again, organize the parade participants at the Etna High School at 10 a.m. Jim Sutter will barbecue hotdogs downtown and the Native Daughters of the Golden West Museum will open and will show videos of interviews from our local veterans. There will also be cookies and hot beverages available.

Karen Wresch has been the Veterans Parade organizer for many years and is under the weather from a fall. I offered to help. She loaned me her files and they are immaculate! There is an easy-to-follow list of what is needed. Karen deserves a huge “thank you” for all of her work. Her husband is a Vietnam veteran, who was injured while serving. Both Karen and Michael are active members of our local American Legion Perry Harris Post #260. The American Legion is the lead group for this parade.

Tim Grenvik, recently retired Siskiyou Veterans’ Service Officer, is helping me with the parade. What is really needed now? Participants. Veterans of all wars, conflicts and times of peace, are invited to participate. Drive in a car or get a group together in the back of a pickup or trailer. We truly want to pay tribute to you and your service to our country.

Non-military folks: You are needed as well. The Jackson Street Marching Band is planning on participating – again. Sure do appreciate their support. So now we have a band! It is easy to enter – just call me at 530-467-3515.


Sure did appreciate the rain we received. Luckily, we didn’t get the huge windstorms that hit some areas in the Pacific Northwest. Jack picked a couple more small bell peppers and some tomatoes are still turning red. Two cabbages have made it. One is bigger than the other and should be picked. Now that the other vegetables have slowed down or are gone, I would likely use up this cabbage if it was picked. The other cabbage is pretty small, so we will see how well it does before the December cold hits.


Thank you to Siskiyou Co. Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Grace Bennett, and Siskiyou Co. Natural Resource Specialist, Elizabeth Neilsen, for attending the meeting in Ashland last Friday and standing up for our county. Congressman Doug LaMalfa is always up-to-speed on the possible expansion of the Cascade/Siskiyou National Monument and has filed the proper opposition to Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and to President Obama. It will ultimately be the president who does any designation, which is accomplished through the 1906 Antiquities Act first used by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Don’t know why the Oregon senators held a meeting where public input, at this point, isn’t part of the process. So, I believe the dog and pony show was held to provide yet another platform for Greenies to be vocal in locking up more land. And it is an election year for Senator Wyden, a Democrat.

PILT payments

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, told me the county is extremely disappointed that the Payment In Lieu of Taxes will not be distributed to rural counties – again this year. The State of California (Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) owns a significant amount of land in our county. Under a commitment made to rural counties back in 1949, the state is to pay taxes on that land. But, Governor Jerry Brown keeps reneging on paying. Last year, in 2015, California did pay $30,000 to Siskiyou County.

But it was “a bone the governor through our way,” Ray Haupt believes. Ray is our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor. You see, for the previous 10 years and then again this year, the state has not paid Siskiyou Co. The bill is up to $680,000 owed to Siskiyou. Even this year, the legislature put the $8 million PILT owed to all the rural counties in the budget. But the governor changed the distribution in the budget.

Ray told me that residents have complained saying the county should sue the state. In doing his research, Ray explains that the 1949 law that created PILT used the words “may make payments” instead of the legally binding “shall make payments”. That takes away any leverage for a lawsuit to be positive towards the county. Anyway, the supervisors are working any legal avenue they can find to put pressure on Gov. Brown to distribute the PILT funds.

Bundy Trial

Trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and others, who occupied the Mahleur National Refuge in January of this year, has revealed significant information. Reports show that federal Judge Anna Brown is extremely biased against the occupiers. Well, that’s not surprising. And two of 15 government “Confidential Informants” have been exposed. Yep, there’s a lot of underhandedness going on by the feds. Do a “Bundy” search on Google or Pie N for more.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet Thursday. Oct. 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.

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Liz Writes Life 10-11-16

Oct. 11, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Sure was surprised the frost only tinged the tomato plants last Thursday morning. But, the cucumbers, zucchini and bell peppers took a hit. With the warm temps this past weekend, Jack was able to pick three more ripe tomatoes. Sure do hope we get a good rain out of the storm headed our way.


During the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Sept. 29th, Lisa Nixon, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor-elect for Dist. 4, provided the reasons she is against the groundwater amendment Measure H that will be on the Nov. 8th ballot. Lisa has done her research and found that our county does indeed have a groundwater management ordinance that manages the export of water. She then discussed the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act signed into law in Sept. 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. It applies to basins that are high priority, because groundwater levels are being affected from use. Siskiyou basins are not listed as high priority.

From what I learned, the biggest problem with this Measure H is that it is a one-size-fits all approach to the potential export of water. Back in the 1990s, the county supervisors addressed the commercial bottling business and set up provisions to encourage businesses to locate and build in Siskiyou Co. to aid the local economy and provide jobs for county residents. That ordinance and provisions are still in place.

At the crux of the situation is Crystal Geyser in Mt. Shasta. The opponents to the water bottling company wrote this measure in such a way that it could easily affect our micro-breweries and even agriculture. Yep, in many instances groundwater is used to grow the hay and cattle that typically are exported out of the county. These one-size-fits-all expensive permits would then apply to anyone who uses a well, even if it is a legal water right. Well reports, metering and flow taxes could be next. No, this not a good idea. It is very costly.

Lisa, who is an attorney, is worried this Measure H will bring a long tedious list of lawsuits that will cost the county significant funds and time. She added that, if passed, Measure H will make Siskiyou Co. the first in the state to establish such heavy regulation on groundwater use. “It is a business killer,” Lisa said.

Also the environmental studies show that Crystal Geyser will not deplete the groundwater, but in a business sense, why would a business establish itself, obtain and pay for the expensive permits just to deplete its source? That doesn’t make sense.

Personally, it is frustrating to me that we continue to fear a robust economy. There are huge amounts of laws and regulations within our county, and the state, to protect our environment and water. Let’s not add to our burdens. And maybe, let’s try not to be so opinionated and hypocritical of our neighbor and our neighbors’ needs to make a living.

Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Supervisor, said the biggest thing to happen, recently, was the county board’s approval of the Shasta Tribe Territorial map. All four Shasta heritage families came together and agreed on the Shasta boundaries based on documented Shasta villages, congressional testimony, Tribal Treaties and information from Dr. Brian Daniels, who has received prestigious awards for his research on the Shasta Indians of Northern California.

Ray was also pleased that 14 search warrants were being served down in Happy Camp. He had just received a report that there were hundreds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana growing right in town and deputies were also finding heroin and meth. One bust, the previous week, found over 700 pounds of dried illegal marijuana bud. That’s a lot of pot!

The next POW meeting is Oct. 27 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.


Dance at The REC, in Fort Jones, this Friday, Oct 14 with “The ‘B’ Side” band playing from 8 to 11 p.m. Pizza and beer is available starting at 5 p.m. $10 admission.

Homemade Tacos

The Callahan Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a Taco Feed fundraiser to pay for its insurance this Sat. Oct. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. It is $10 per person or $20 per family. Live music by Kenny Holmes and the Blues Daddies will follow at the Callahan Emporium next door.


A great organization “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities” has alerted us that there is a potential for expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument as the lock-up-the-land activists are proposing to expand the Monument by 55,000 acres or more.

Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley invited U.S. Dept. of Interior officials to hold a meeting in Ashland on Friday, Oct. 14. This may be our only chance to voice our concern and frustration at the locking-up of more land.

The meeting will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at Stevenson Union-Rogue River Room at the Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland.

Much of the land within the expansion boundary has been classified as moderate- to high-risk of catastrophic wildfire. Federally-managed lands should be actively managed for a healthy environment and remain accessible to all Americans with multiple-use as the standard.

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 10-4-16

Oct. 4, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

There is bad news and some good news. The Veto gun petition referendums did not receive enough signatures, but boy we put in a good try. Thanks so much to the businesses that had signing stations and to over 1,000 of you who took the time to go in and sign.

 In Siskiyou County we obtained up to 1,041 signatures on the confusing seven petitions. I have never been involved in a referendum drive that had seven petitions. It took some understanding that each petition represented a different gun bill signed in July by Gov. Brown.

We needed 340,000 legitimate signatures statewide. The count looks to be in the 186,000 range. Bummer.

I learned that doing petitions is a complicated project. Signers must be from the county they are registered in, because it is our county clerk and staff that check to see if the signatures are the same as on the voter registration. Also, if the signature and address boxes are not filled out correctly, the signature is not valid.

Each petition has to be signed by the signature-gathering witness.

After gathering up the petitions, I realized I needed help as the organizing of petitions is quite detailed. A huge thanks goes to my good Republican friends, who said they would help me and did. We spent hours and hours getting them in correct order to submit to the county clerk and I still don’t know if I did everything right.

Also, a big thank you goes to my co-chairman, Brett Lucido, who is great to work with, distributed petitions to Yreka businesses and organized a third of the petitions on his days off from work.

For the good news: All 58 counties mobilized in this petition drive with volunteer county hub chairs and committees. That, I have been told, is very unusual. Because of the great mobilization, Veto is morphing into Raise Your and will use the momentum to do a state ballot initiative for a Constitutional Amendment to protect 2nd Amendment rights. This will likely be done in 2017.

You see, the state legislature and governor waited until the very last time limit to pass and sign these bills and that gave the opposition (we the people) much less time to organize and obtain the needed signatures to put these seven new gun laws into a referendum. The time limit for signature gathering was an extremely short six weeks.

But with this Constitutional Amendment, the organizers – who are called proponents – will have six months, yet we need to gather one million signatures. I feel the best reason for trying for the Constitutional Amendment is because an awareness and resulting momentum has been created.

So, Brett and I are in for the long haul. When this project gets started next year, we will be outreaching and networking with any and all groups throughout the county to help save our 2nd Amendment rights.


I talked with County Clerk Colleen Setzer and she really needs volunteers to work precincts throughout the county on Election Day Nov. 8. Poll workers receive a stipend for working. Mandatory training classes of three hours will be held in Yreka on Oct. 12 and Weed on Oct 13. Half-day shifts are available and may be the way to go for some folks as it is a long day from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Growing up, I remember my mom always worked the precinct poll in Etna. It is an important job. Please join me in helping to make our election process successful. I have already signed up.

Please call Beckie at the county clerk’s office at 842-8084 immediately.

Taco Feed

The Callahan Mt. Bolivar Grange is hosting a Taco Feed on Sat. Oct. 15, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be barbecue tri-tip or pulled pork with all the fixin’s, rice and beans. Cost is $10 per person and $20 per family. Live music by Kenny Homes and the Blues Daddies will begin playing next door at the Callahan Emporium at 9 p.m.


Finally, the weather has turned to fall and cooled off. That bit of rain was nice, but not enough!

The cucumbers slowed down this week, I mean really slowed down. The last picking only produced two cucs and they were small. Found a nice medium sized zucchini I want to make into a casserole that calls for bread dressing, mushroom soup and sour cream. Yep, it feels like fall and I am getting hungry for casseroles!

On Friday, we made two batches of Green Tomato Sweet Relish. Jack did the grinding with the old-fashioned food grinder. I am disgusted that I ran out of onions and actually have had to buy some. Guess that means that we need to plant green onion starts every spring, cuz I just can’t depend on over-winter onions making it to fall. We ended up with 24 pints.

Because I thought it might freeze Sunday night, we picked several boxes of red tomatoes and two tubs of green tomatoes; oh, and the bell peppers. Yep, we do need to make several more batches of relish as it makes a great giveaway gift.


We had a super informative meeting last week and I will report on it next week.

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Liz Writes Life 9-27-16

Sept. 27, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Yreka Tea Party Patriots will have an interesting meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Covenant Chapel Church on Greenhorn Road in Yreka. Brian Bowles, Yreka Police Chief and Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt will be speaking on Measure G that will be on our Nov. 8, 2016 General Election ballot. They will explain how the quarter of a cent tax will pay for the short-fall on the new county jail. I’ve been told that Chief Bowles is quite supportive of Measure G as is Supervisor Haupt, who has explained at previous Scott Valley Protect Our Water meetings the jail is over-crowded and unsafe for prisoners as well as guards and staff. This will be an informative meeting and is well-worth attending.


The cucumber plants pumped out over 20 pounds of cucs this past week, so most of them were giveaways! The last cantaloupe ended up over ripe and three cabbages were half eaten by some varmint – likely a raccoon. The cabbages were splitting and needed to be harvested, but I didn’t get it done in time. There is another cabbage that is starting to split, so I better get it tomorrow. Four more cabbages are nice sized, don’t seem to be splitting and haven’t been eaten yet. These are cabbages that I started from seed last May. I hope to leave several to see how long they last once it starts freezing, but my experiment won’t work if varmints eat them!


Lisa Nixon, Dist. 4 Siskiyou County Supervisor-elect, spoke at the Yreka Tea Party Patriot’s meeting last week about the Groundwater Measure H. I heard she was quite thorough and informative. She has graciously agreed to speak at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday night, Sept. 29. Time is 7 p.m. It is held at the Fort Jones Community Center.

This measure will be on our Nov. 8, 2016 General Election ballot, but like Measure G will only affect Siskiyou County. Our current county supervisors voted to oppose this measure. Lisa agrees and will provide important info, so please attend the Protect Our Water meeting to hear the reasoning and ask questions.

Ray Haupt will also speak at the meeting. One hot topic is the recent news that a new non-profit group has petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the licenses of four hydro-electric Klamath dams from PacifiCorp and includes an application to decommission and destroy the dams.

The news was delivered to the Siskiyou Supervisors during their board meeting last Tuesday by Vice President of Communications from PacifiCorp’s Portland office. Ray questioned the liability of the newly-created non-profit dam removal entity, its financial solvency and the apparent violations of several federal laws, but did not receive an answer.

For a bit of background clarification: It was back in 2000, when PacifiCorp needed to relicense the Klamath hydro-electric dams through FERC. The process has been stalled by Greenies and government agencies that, apparently, planned to destroy the dams. I believe PacifiCorp has only been allowed to obtain the needed licenses to operate the dams one year at a time. Previously, it had received licenses that covered a 50 year time period.

Then in 2010, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement was signed by Oregon and California governors, gov. agencies, Greenie groups and Tribes. The problem was that the County of Siskiyou was not allowed a seat at the table. The KBRA decided the only way to “restore” the basin was to take four hydro-electric dams out. Three are located in Siskiyou Co. and one in Oregon’s Klamath Co. The deadline for the KBRA was Dec. 31, 2014, but when the needed funding for destroying the dams didn’t come through congress (thank you Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock for your opposition in the Natural Resources Committee) KBRA extended its deadline to Dec. 31, 2015. Still no federal funding or agreement came from congress, so the KBRA was dissolved.

But that wasn’t the end. The newest strategy occurred earlier this year with agencies, Greenies and Tribes holding secret meetings (but were sniffed out by Congressman LaMalfa and Siskiyou Co. staff) to create a non-profit Dam Removal Entity that is now called Klamath River Renewal Corporation. It is this group that is now petitioning FERC to transfer the hydro-electric licenses from PacifiCorp to itself with the sole purpose of removing the dams.

A bi-state alliance was established in 2013 by Siskiyou County, in California, and Klamath County, in Oregon, opposing the KBRA or any group whose purpose was to destroy the dams. Siskiyou County and other entities like the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. have continued to actively oppose dam removal.

The hypocrisy of the KBRA and new KRRC has been exposed with science and facts showing removal of the dams will destroy the environment and river. Restoration is a flat-out lie that will damage Klamath River water quality and destroy returning salmon runs for years.

Dam removal will greatly affect our already damaged local economies. In my opinion, the whole thing is a farce.

Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will also speak at the POW meeting to bring us up-to-date on issues that our Dist. 1 congressman is working on. There may be some more good news for veterans.

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Liz Writes Life 9-20-16

Sept. 20, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

What a rush on signatures for the Veto Gunmageddon petitions last week! The sign-it Wednesday was a great success. Thank you to all the supporters of the 2nd Amendment that stopped by the businesses that had the gun petitions and signed. You kept us busy dropping off more petitions to Yreka and South County locations. For those that haven’t signed, and would like to, you have the rest of this week to get ‘er done. The petitions will be picked up on Sept. 26-27. We need to organize them and then turn them into our Siskiyou Co. Clerk’s office by Sept. 29th, so the signatures can be verified as registered voters in Siskiyou County.


The garden is winding down. Jack has pulled all the corn stalks and chopped them up using a hatchet. Then he pulled up the green beans and chopped them up as well, so we have a pretty good pile of compost. There were more green beans on the bushes than he thought, so he pulled them off and I cooked one last batch.

I dug some carrots to go with a beef roast and Jack dug some red potatoes.

Except for those four or five hot days and nights, it sure is feeling like fall. According to the weather reports, there may be one night this week that may come close to a frost, but other than that it doesn’t look like it will freeze anytime soon, so maybe we’ll have tomato and cucumber salad for a while yet! We do need to get to making and canning more green tomato sweet relish.

My blue morning glories are in full glory right now and I will hate to see the frost take them out. The four o’clocks are getting old and seed pods are setting on, but there are still some trumpet blooms of white, yellow, fuchsia and a white and pink blotched one.

Oh, we picked a few concord grapes and they were really sweet. There are enough to do some juicing with the steamer, so that needs to go on the “to do” list.


The Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting will be on Sept. 29th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Several agenda items will include an update on the Klamath dams and California Public Utilities Commission situation, where PacifiCorp wants to add another surcharge to our bills to off-set its cost of taking the Klamath dams out – which is not a done deal.

Another item of interest will be discussion on the Siskiyou Co. Measure H that will be on our ballot in the General Election Nov. 8, 2016. It looks like we will lose control of our water rights if this passes. Come to the meeting and ask questions.

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, will share about the importance of the new resolution adopting the traditional homelands of the Shasta People. I am so excited the county supervisors approved this resolution with a 5-0 vote. This map includes most of Siskiyou County, including the Western portion, and uses documents dating as far back as the 1851 Treaty between the U.S. and the Shasta People that became congressional testimony.

Encroachments have been made by surrounding tribes into the Shasta Homelands and this resolution really should settle any arguments. If a tribe disagrees with these boundaries, it will have to show proof of their boundary lines using accepted Tribal historical documents.


There is more bad news on the small suction dredge mining situation as the California Supreme Court unanimously overruled the California’s Third Appellate Court’s unanimous ruling in the Rinehart case. Last week, the New 49er’s in Happy Camp released a statement on the decision. This is a group that owns a number of claims in the Klamath and Scott River areas. Most of its members do the small engine dredge mining as a hobby.

The crux of the ruling is that the Court has declared that a State agency has the authority to ban certain types of mining if it determines that the method is harmful to the State’s waterways. First suction dredging actually cleans the environment, but a big question is regarding the ambiguous determination that motorized mining within 100 yards of a waterway is harmful. That issue was not even part of the Rinehart case, yet the court added this ruling. Shocking!

Gold suction dredging uses a small engine to power a vacuum-type hose that cleans sediment from the gravels in the river. Brandon Rinehart is this type of miner. How a ruling regarding dry land mining can be incorporated into an issue that is clearly — in the river — is amazingly wrong to me.

So now, it looks like any prospector using a motor to remove or process streambed material within 100 yards of an active waterway without a permit can be successfully prosecuted. To rub more salt into the wound, apparently the State is not even making a permit available.

The attorney for the New 49er’s believes the ruling is extremely flawed and is working on an appeal.

What is additionally interesting is in a previous ruling, the San Bernardino Court stated the State was operating an unreasonable “scheme” to eliminate suction dredging. So, it certainly looks like the CA Supreme Court is the fox watching the hen house.

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Liz Writes Life 9-13-16

Sept. 13, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Volunteers for the Veto Gunmageddon project are working throughout California gathering signatures for seven petitions. The goal is to put the seven newest freedom-infringing gun bills on hold until the 2018 General Election.

As part of the statewide project, organizers in Siskiyou County are holding a special event this Wed. Sept. 14th to encourage 2nd Amendment supporters to stop by a signing location and add their signature. “Sign it Wednesday” is the last big push to obtain over 360,000 registered voter signatures before the petition deadline of Sept. 26th.

Yes, I am involved in this project. I don’t like any of our rights being trampled. To those that have already signed, we send a BIG “thank you” and ask that you help get the word out.

This Wed. Don’s Sporting Goods on Miner’s St. in Yreka will have Dave Sumerlin gathering signatures and answering questions. Another new signing location is Dunsmuir Hardware. And petitions are also headed to Happy Camp.

Or, please stop these locations and sign: Yreka – Parson’s Gun Shop  on Main St;  A-1 Auto at 300 Oberlin Rd; and Jefferson State Ammo, also on Oberlin Rd.

In Fort Jones:  Valley Tire and Tackle.

Weed:  Cedar Bowling Lanes at 137 Main St.

Mt. Shasta:  Solano’s Hardware

Petitions will be available for signing starting Sept. 15, 2016 at the Republican Campaign Headquarters on Miner’s St. in Yreka. I do not know the hours they will be open, but assume weekday afternoons.

If you would like to look up these draconian legislative bills they are: AB 1511; AB 1135; AB 1695; AB 857; SB 1446; SB 1235; and SB 880.

More POW

During the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting held in August, Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, discussed the Klamath dam situation. Last May, PacifiCorp filed to set aside the licensing of the Klamath hydro-electric dams in what looks like a stalling technique. The county responded on May 11, 2016 with a letter asking for injunctive relief. My interpretation is the county wanted to stop PacifiCorp’s bad behavior. Also in the letter for injunctive relief, the county supervisors stated that their county residents are rate payers to Pacific Power and as such are stakeholders and must be given standing by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in any future decisions and court actions.

In another closely-related issue, the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. has raised concern that PacifiCorp is asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for another surcharge on its customers for Klamath dam removal. This would be a third surcharge as we are already paying for two surcharges that are designated for PacifiCorp’s portion of demolishing the dams. In a recent letter to CA. Assemblyman Brian Dahle, the Siskiyou Water Users explains that the CPUC, which is supposed to protect the ratepayers (we the customers) is going to ignore its watchdog job and allow PacifiCorp to do whatever it wants and asks for the Assemblyman’s help.

Richard Marshall, president of Siskiyou Water Users, said this is like to giving a “blank check” from the CPUC to PacifiCorp. Water Users have also sent a complaint letter to CPUC for its inaction.

On Sept. 9, 2016, Siskiyou County addressed this costly issue and sent a formal letter to the CPUC strongly requesting the “Commission should hold public hearings on the matter” or deny PacifiCorp’s petition for modification.

Both the Water Users and Siskiyou Supervisors are staying on top of the shenanigans by PacifiCorp, the CPUC and other entities working to destroy the four hydro-electric Klamath dams. Thank you!

At the August POW meeting, Ray told the group that the county supervisors voted 5-0 to oppose the groundwater measure that will be on the November ballot and will affect property rights in Siskiyou County. Ray said that Measure H is painted as a way to stop bottling plants from exporting water, but will also put permits (resulting in fees) on using your own water rights, including springs and riparian water. This is more than an agricultural issue, Ray said, as it will control all water use regardless of intended use. It is a re-description of state water law — and that is opening a huge can of worms. Sounds pretty scary to me!

The next Scott Valley Protect Our Water is Thurs. Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. I will give you the agenda next week.


One last item: Luckily, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is watchdogging the National Park Service. He recently charged that Yosemite National Park violated federal law by adding 400 acres of land without clearing it through congress. Oops! He said that agency is over-reaching its authority and will require them to account for their actions. Yosemite let the cat-out-of-the-bag by announcing that the group called Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit conservation group, bought the land from a private owner for $2.3 million and then donated it to the park.

Bishop is a strong supporter of “less government” and property rights. He is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee of which our CA. Dist. 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa also sits. It is this committee that supports Siskiyou County and saving the Klamath dams and has not approved any Klamath dam removal funds to the chagrin of federal agencies, non-profit Greenie groups and Tribes.

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Liz Writes Life 9-6-16

Sept. 6, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

Another “secret” meeting of the new Klamath River dam removal group was held last week, this time in Yreka. But guess what? The group forgot to invite Siskiyou County or Congressman Doug LaMalfa.  Yet, members of the “secret” group, once again, were adamant the meeting was not secret. Confused? Yep, I wonder what they are hiding?

Just by chance on the evening before the meeting, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Ray Haupt learned that the meeting was going to take place at the Karuk Housing in Yreka at 9 a.m. He quickly notified Grace Bennett, Chairman of the Siskiyou Board of Supervisors, and Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman LaMalfa. They all cleared their schedules and attended.

Erin Ryan told the group Congressman LaMalfa was “furious” that his office was not notified. You may wonder why the congressman should be so upset? Well, there were several federal agency bureaucrats in attendance and it looked like a handful likely flew in just special for the meeting from WA D.C., so these federal people are using federal funds to attend a meeting that is not notified or mentioned to the congressman? Hum, pretty fishy to me.

Erin told me that she could tell the planned agenda was quickly scuttled, but there was talk about using the Hoopa’s and Upper Klamath Tribes water rights to take control of the Klamath River flows. The tribes are demanding more water for salmon even though the non-ESA-listed Chinook salmon are doing well with returning numbers.

Let’s see, some of the players in attendance included: John Bezedek, attorney with the Dept. of Interior (feds), reps from the Yurok, Hoopa, Karuk and Klamath Tribes, Conrad Fisher from the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, lawyer Glen Spain from the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen Assoc. and Curtis Knight with Mt. Shasta CalTrout. Richard Whitman, an assistant to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was there and Chuck Bonham, Director of CA. Fish and Wildlife attended via conference phone call. Over 50 people from past KBRA meetings were in attendance. It looked like Bezdek and S. Craig Tucker, from the Karuk Tribe, were the main speakers.

Ray told me he was truly disappointed the group was arrogant enough to hold a meeting like that in the county seat and not notify the county, especially after he and others have asked for notification in previous “secret” meetings. He asked about permitting processes and was met with argument and disdain.

Grace Bennett demanded more information on the new non-profit Dam Removal Entity that is now called the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC). Isn’t that a hoot! The group is no longer the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, because the KBRA did not accomplish its goal of destroying the four hydro-electric dams in the Klamath River by its extended deadline of Dec. 31, 2015.

Grace wanted the names of the board of directors of the KRRC, but they were not provided.

After the meeting, it was learned that the planned agenda included Craig Tucker explaining how to get control of the flows in the Scott and Shasta Rivers. This can only be accomplished if the legal water rights are changed. During the meeting, Tucker discredited our local Resource Conservation Districts complaining they failed in the juvenile fish rescues. No one from the RCDs had been invited to the meeting, either.

Erin was surprised that the attorney from PacifiCorp was conspicuously absent. Hum, I wonder if PacifiCorp is finally recognizing that the millions of dollars promised to come from the states of Oregon and California and the $450 million needed from congress to pay for dam removal is not available and not in the dam removal entity KRRC?

The date for the next KRRC (secret) meeting was not announced, although one is planned in mid-October.

Again, I want to thank our county supervisors and Erin and Congressman LaMalfa for their vigilance in opposing and thwarting the destructive Klamath dam removal by these agencies, tribes and groups.


Lots of tomatoes are turning red, but I picked a gallon of green ones and we made our first batch of the green tomato sweet relish.

I pulled up all the year-old onions and ended up with 10 good ones, losing about 20. Many had totally dried up and a few that were in the volunteer cucumbers rotted. Guess they didn’t like being irrigated after they had dried. The onions are one-fourth of the recipe. I hot-water bathed 10 pints.

Gun petitions

The seven petitions against the draconian new gun laws recently passed by the California State legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown are still available. Petitions can be signed at local gun stores in Fort Jones, Yreka, Mt. Shasta and A-1 Auto in Yreka and Cedar Lanes in Weed. Supporters of 2nd Amendment: Your signatures are needed!

Flixx Fest

Tickets are now on sale for the film festival. It will be held Sept. 21-25. Most film showings will be at The REC in Fort Jones, but children’s films will kick-off the event at 5 p.m. on Wed. Sept. 21 at Dotty’s in Etna. More than 50 films will be shown. Get your tickets by calling The REC at 468-2888.


Sorry, I felt the need to share about the “secret” meeting this week, so will try to write more from the Protect Our Water meeting in next week’s column.

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Liz Writes Life 8-30-16

Aug. 30, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Gap Fire

Tragically, on Sunday night, five homes and numerous outbuildings burned in the Horse Creek area as a fire that started Saturday, near Seiad, jumped the Klamath River and Highway 96 at Horse Creek. Even the wooden bridge at Horse Creek was on fire.

Ray Haupt, who is the Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, which includes the Klamath River area, was being informed of the fire situation from the fire command center in Yreka. He told me on Monday morning that Cal-Fire, the USFS, Siskiyou OES and county fire districts had called out all crews, dozers, engines and air support that could be obtained and by Sunday morning the mobilization was in full force.

Ray said all the agencies were working really well together and is grateful they had jumped on the situation. At 9 p.m. on Sunday night, the fire grew four miles in less than a half-an-hour! Ray has extensive 40 years of experience fighting fire and is worried about the extreme fire behavior this Gap Fire has exhibited.

“Do not play with evacuation orders,” he said, because the threat of this fast-moving fire is real.

I hope this fire can be extinguished immediately. The fire in Hawkinsville last week also consumed five homes. I am so sorry for these loses. Fire is so devastating!


Not much news on the garden front. Most of the corn has been eaten up. Some folks may have planted a second crop about three weeks after the first and they are likely to be eating that second batch. We are eating green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, chives and over-the-winter onions.  Sure do hope the temps decrease by 10 degrees like the weather forecasts claim.

My favorite blue morning glories finally started blooming, so I am a happy with the late summer color.


Yreka Tea Party Patriots will meet tonight, Aug. 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd. in Yreka. The first speaker is from South County and will speak in favor of Measure H that will be on the Nov. 2016 General Election Ballot:

Angelina Cook is the first speaker, who will explain why she is in favor for Measure H that will be on the Nov. 2016 General Election Ballot. She is the Stewardship Coordinator at the Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. Measure H is seeking to amend the Groundwater Management Siskiyou County Code.

Andy Fusso will also speak. He is treasurer at the Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, and is against “Measure G” — The Siskiyou County General Retail Sales Tax Measure to raise needed funds for the new jail.

Be an informed voter, plan to attend. The meeting is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more info, contact Louise at 530-842-5443.

Louise highly recommends that you read the measures before you come to the meeting so that you can ask informed questions. Here is a very short description of the ballot measures that will be discussed at this meeting.

Measure H

Groundwater Management Initiative Seeking to Amend Siskiyou County Code:

Shall the County of Siskiyou amend Articles 1 through 3 of Chapter 13 of Title 3 of the Siskiyou County Code to extend the requirement to obtain a groundwater extraction permit to all other groundwater sources in the County not currently defined as a groundwater basin when groundwater is extracted for use outside the County, and to remove the permitting exemption for commercial water bottling enterprises?

Measure G

This is a .25% general sales tax for the County which can be used to pay on a loan for a new jail.  The tax will end when the loan is paid off.

For instructions on where to find the ballot measures on the internet, go to the Siskiyou County Clerk’s website.

Click on Elections, Registrar of Voters  (first paragraph on the page) scroll down the page to find G and H.

POW meeting

Scott Valley Protect Our Water President Mike Adams told the group at the meeting last week that the recent court decision over the People v Reinhart shows that environmental law trumps everything – even the 1872 mining law. Brandon Reinhart was charged with a misdemeanor in 2012 for suction dredging and found guilty of mining without a permit then sentenced to three years probation. Reinhart filed the lawsuit to protect mining laws, but has lost. I think the next appeal would be to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rich Marshall, President of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. said it looks like the powers-that-be in the Klamath dam removal scandal are realizing there are not enough funds available to pay for destroying the dams. Earlier this year, leaders for dam removal made noises that sounded like they had enough money in the newly-created non-profit Dam Removal Entity. Now PacifiCorp is asking CA. Public Utilities Commission for another surcharge on customers’ bills if PacifiCorp hasn’t raised enough funds from the two surcharges that are presently on our bills — for its portion of the cost. (Hope that makes sense.) So far, it looks like PacifiCorp may be the only player in the dam removal game that has actually raised a portion of the funds needed for dam removal. Congress has not designated any funds to it.

More on the POW meeting next week –

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Liz Writes Life 8-23-16

Aug. 23, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

This week, it is back to the present 2016 and the seemingly hot, slow dog days of summer.


Jack has been picking cantaloupe, they are small, but tasty. After eating corn on the cob for a week, we decided we better get it in the freezer. Jack shucked enough corn to fit into our medium-sized ice chest. I boiled two-and-a-half gallons of water, poured it in and put the lid down tight. After 30 minutes, we opened the lid and began cutting the cooked kernels off the cobs. Pretty handy way to cook a bunch of corn. We ended up with 10 pounds and I packed three cups in quart zip lock-type bags earning 11 bags. The last one was extra large. And they are labeled with a date!

We are still picking lots of cucumbers and green beans; and Jack went down to a shady spot in the black berry patch and came home with a gallon. They don’t get real big here, but these are bigger than most.

I didn’t have room last week to mention that the doe got in my flower garden. It was my fault as I didn’t put the chicken-wire deterrent up over the gate, when we went to the fair. The next morning I was hand-watering and noticed that purple morning glory leaves had been nipped, a four o-clock had been munched, and then I saw the three-foot tall amaranth had been pruned! So I checked the phlox and the three lavender bunch of blooms were gone! She did leave the Alberta Skillen tiger lilies, though.

Yreka Patriots

There will be good information shared tonight at the Yreka Tea Party Patriots meeting at the Covenant Chapel Church at 200 Greenhorn Rd. Time is 6:30 p.m. The speakers will discuss Measure C that is on the ballot in November and proposes a half-cent business sales tax within Yreka boundaries. Matthew Bray, Director of Public Works for the City of Yreka, and Steve Baker, the City Manager, will share “stories from the streets.”

Become an informed voter and attend.

There will also be Veto Gunmageddon referendum petitions available to sign. The goal is to obtain over 400,000 registered voter signatures statewide to put the laws on the November ballot for “the people” to vote on. The deadline for the November ballot is the end of August, so to those who would like to sign the petitions — time is short!

These seven newest gun and ammo bills were passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in July. They are highly invasive on individual rights to protect themselves and make it difficult to purchase ammo. Local gun stores in Yreka, Mt. Shasta and Fort Jones also have the petitions available.

There are actually nine petitions  — the seven against the new gun laws – one petition is an initiative to allow digital signatures on petitions in the future; and the other is to allow for a jury trial to decide child custody cases.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water is meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after. The nine referendum petitions will also be available to sign.

The speakers will bring us up-to-date on local issues. President Mike Adams will share about the invasive specifics of the seven newest gun bills. There will also be Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor; Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Rich Marshall, president of Siskiyou Co. Water Users.


Just as I suspected, the Bundy’s are not being treated well in jail. The most recent incidents happened this month. You see Ryan Bundy has one of the several not-accounted-for FBI bullets in his arm from the LaVoy Finicum shooting back in January. The feds want the bullet. Ryan will only allow surgery, if the bullet is then given to him. That agreement has not occurred, but several federal hearings have occurred threatening surgery. On Aug. 9th, Ryan was awakened early by guards and told he had an appointment. Ryan did not refuse to go with them, but did ask where they were taking him. According to his family that related this incident, Ryan was not given an answer, but was manhandled by Sgt. Curtin E. Sanders and accused of refusing to do what was asked.

Ryan was hurt with his wrist and thumb dislocated or broken, knee and head injured. Supposedly, there is an internal investigation at the jail, but the guards have not been relieved of their duties.

That same day, Ryan was taken to the courthouse and made to sit for hours with no first aid. While he was at the courthouse, all of his belonging’s including his trial preparation documents were removed from his cell.

But it didn’t end there, as he was then given an internal “hearing” for bad behavior with the guards presenting the evidence of why they assaulted him. It was determined that Ryan was guilty of disruptive behavior and was sentenced to solitary confinement until Sept. 17, which is after his trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 7th. Looks like cruel and unusual punishment to me. Bundys are being denied rights of defense.

Just doesn’t sit well, does it?

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Liz Writes Life 8-16-16

Aug. 16, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Well I lied: There are ripe watermelons in our patch! When checking the watermelon last week, the long narrow leaf was turning brown – on the first vine cross-section just above the watermelon – and the curly-tendrils were turning brown, too. So I picked a small one and put it in the refrig to cool. When I cut into it, it split open to show a soft pink color. It was almost over-ripe and not quite as sweet as it should have been, although it was sure juicy. So it was a bit of a disappointment. There are at least five or six more that are much bigger and need to be picked. I sure do hope they are sweeter!


We enjoyed the Siskiyou Golden Fair last week. I heard that it was pretty hot on Friday and Saturday. I was with my two granddaughters late Thursday afternoon, when the juggler on the unicycle stopped to entertain us. He was really good with kids and made balloon animals. It is nice to see that some things never change.

Thank you to all the sponsors that support the fair and also to the buyers of the livestock at the Jr. Auction. Our two older grandchildren raised market lambs and received very nice prices. What a great way to save up for college.

More 1878 news

Last week, I shared some of the “Scott Valley News” published on Oct. 3, 1878 in Fort Jones, CA. This broadsheet of four pages was reprinted as a courtesy of Scott Valley Bank in 1976. I found it folded up in a 1958 “The Siskiyou Pioneer” history in “fact and folklore”. About half of the paper is taken up with ads that are printed right down the entire column. There are funny stories and news from editors in Yreka, Etna, Black Bear, Scott Bar, Callahan’s Ranch and Sawyer’s Bar. So I am going to read it over a bit more and share some tidbits from 140 years ago.

Scott Valley really was a bustling community 25 years after the gold rushes began in Siskiyou County. I am quite surprised at how fast it must have grown. Even though this newspaper was still in its first year of business, it was already boasting 500 in its weekly circulation. Wow!

Superior cooking and heating stoves are touted by many business owners. J.J. Pool, a carpenter and joiner, advertised his cabinet work, doors and made-to-order coffins. His shop was on Main Street in Fort Jones. Also on Main Street was David Horn’s Meat Market, and he was “prepared to furnish families, hotels, etc., with the best and freshest meats that the Valley affords.” These included beef, mutton, pork, veal, corned beef, pickled pork, bacon, hams and lard. He also claimed to pay the highest price for hides and pelts.

There were numerous wagon and blacksmith shops that also worked on mining equipment. Some of these owners were H.J. Diggles, Kunz & Dudley, Siskiyou Iron Works, in Yreka, and Banner Blacksmith Shop.

The Black Bear Quartz Mines were a huge enterprise with a hotel and general merchandise store. A side note on this one mine helps explain the boom in economic growth: The Black Bear Mine was owned by John Daggett from 1862 to 1885 and is said to have yielded over 200,000 ounces of gold. At one point, Daggett hired 300 Cornish miners to work the mine and later hired Chinese miners. So, I guess there would be a need for a hotel and general store at the mine in the rugged Salmon River country, as well as livery stables.

Back in Fort Jones, A.B. Carlock, a banker, was an agent for Wells, Fargo & Co. He claimed to pay the highest market rates for gold dust.

There were several stage lines. F.L. Tickner serviced Yreka, Fort Jones, Scott Bar and Happy Camp by way of McAdams Creek and Indian Creek leaving Yreka every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and returning every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Etna & Salmon River Express left Etna every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for Klamath Mills and Sawyers Bar and returned the following days. It also carried the U.S. mails.

There were businesses selling cheese, soap, flour, bakery goods, gloves, watches, furniture, pianos, cigars, tobacco, hay, grain and “horse” liniment. James Owens was a “practical boot maker” in Yreka and C.E. Cooley was a boot and shoe maker in Fort Jones. Carriages, buggies and harness shops were also vying for business and you could hire J. M. Chancey to break and train your horse.

Not to be left out were numerous Saloons and Billiard Halls. Charles Blockwell, a barber and hairdresser, had a shop in the rear of Bill’s Saloon in Fort Jones. There were also ads for six attorneys; physicians and surgeons were J. Newton, of Fort Jones, and W. Nutting, of Etna. J.A. Bowdoin, in Fort Jones, served as a dentist to clean, fill and extract teeth.

I was surprised to see several ads for photography. Yep, we had quite the cosmopolitan of communities in 1878.

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet Aug. 23, 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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