Liz Writes Life 10-14-14

Oct. 14, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA

Coordination among local, state and federal agencies is working well providing quick response to aid victims of the Boles Fire in the City of Weed. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Small Business Administration held a Town Hall meeting at College of the Siskiyous letting residents, business and city officials know that small business loans are available for businesses and home owners hurt by the Boles Fire on Sept. 15.
Then, the U.S. Small Business Administration opened a local office on October 1st at College of the Siskiyous – just 15 days after the Boles Fire destroyed 135 homes, 41 major businesses and 4 non-profit businesses. Susheel Kumar, an official with the Small Business Administration, said Deborah Busch and Betty Daggert are manning the Weed office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kumar said it is imperative Weed residents and businesses apply as soon as possible for loans that can be used by business owners and home owners. Kumar was pleased the federal Small Business Administration was able to move quickly in officially declaring the disaster from Boles Fire, so the loans could be offered.
Residents and business owners now have 60 days from October 1st to apply for loans to rebuild with interest rates for homeowners and renters as low as 2.063 percent; less than 3 percent interest for private nonprofit organizations; and 4 percent interest rate for businesses. Terms for repayment are flexible and up to 30 years.
“Yes, we are from the government and we are here to help,” Kumar told me with firm conviction and a smile. He stressed that the 60-day deadline is crucial to apply for a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration Service. So please remember the deadline is Dec. 1, 2014.
To the frustration of many Siskiyou County residents and the California Cattlemen’s Association, the gray wolf was listed to the California Endangered Species Act by the California Fish and Game Commission last week. This occurred despite the fact that wolves are not endangered and there are over 60,000 in Canada alone.
The ESA was established in 1973 to protect species that literally were losing the ability to repopulate. The facts prove that wherever the wolves have been re-introduced or hunting has been reduced, their pack numbers increase rapidly.
Also the Fish and Game Commission said it could do nothing about the new law that will not allow lead ammunition to be used for hunting starting in 2016. I don’t know the specifics of the bill, but this is another travesty placed on rural citizens.
Gun control
Gov. Jerry Brown signed another aggressive gun control bill that has potential of greatly affecting individual rights. This Assembly Bill 1014 will take the “effect” of a Temporary Restraining Order to a new high as it will circumvent the court system and will allow police to confiscate firearms without the court-processed Restraining Order.
Second Amendment advocates deride the new law saying it destroys the Constitutional right of “due process,” which is what the court system was set up to do. The new law allows accusations from immediate family members, law enforcement or licensed mental health professionals to abuse the Second Amendment. Under the new California law, whoever provides the accusation against a gun owner, must sign an affidavit under oath. Then police are able to go and confiscate a gun or guns.The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.
But, there is a little good news for Second Amendment Rights as Governor Brown did veto the Senate Bill 808, which would have required all firearms to have a permanent serial number issued by the State Department of Justice – and would have banned the sale or transfer of all home-built firearms.
The California Association of Federal Firearm Licensees praised the governor’s veto of the ghost gun bill explaining that the law would have created a nightmare for law enforcement and law-abiding gun owners. Even Governor Brown said that he couldn’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety.
So far, we are still able to use our guns for shooting at targets. Tehama County Jefferson Declaration Committee believes in exercising 2nd Amendment Right and is hosting a 1st Annual State of Jefferson Sporting Clay Tournament down in Corning on Nov. 15th. Sign up is at 8 a.m. and shooting starts at 9 a.m. at the Clear Creek Sports Club just off of I-5.
A lunch and awards with buckles and trophies will be at 1 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Casino. Cost is $100 per shooter and $20 for non-shooter and lunch. Call Karin Knorr to RSVP and for more info at 530-824-4035. Sure do hope that some of our good shots here in Siskiyou are able to go down and represent us.
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 10-7-14

Oct. 7, 2014

I am finished with canning from the garden. Did several more batches of green tomato sweet relish and the seven tomato plants have really slowed down after that great rain two weeks ago. The zucchini are still pumping away with a few every few days, but the green beans and cucumbers are done. We pulled up the vines and piled them for compost.
The volunteer squash was an acorn and it didn’t produce as many as I usually get. I think there are about five. We gathered up potatoes that were near the top of the ground and got about 50 pounds. Will dig more next month and mulch what is left. They need nearly eight inches of mulch to protect from the hard cold we may get in Dec. or Jan., but they can survive in the ground if well mulched.
I sure would like to have a root cellar, but since I don’t a deep mulch is the best that can be done.
The lettuce I planted the first of Sept. came up really well and is three-inches high. With this warm October, they may really produce. I was expecting some frosts by now that would have slowed them down. I am hoping for homegrown lettuce for green salad at Thanksgiving.
Nov. 4th is the next election. Here is my take on those running for office. Unfortunately, I don’t like either incumbent Governor Jerry Brown or his challenger chosen during the June Primary of Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate. So I am not giving a recommendation for governor.
For Lt. Governor, I really like Ron Nehring, who visited Siskiyou County last July. He learned it is really a long trip from San Diego to Yreka. He seems to be a solid conservative, so I will be voting for him. For Sec. of State, I support Pete Peterson; Ashley Swearengin for Controller; and Greg Conlon as Treasurer.
I sure wish we could get rid of Kamala Harris as Attorney General, so I am voting for Ronald Gold. Our Dist. 1 Senator Ted Gaines is running for Insurance Commissioner and insurance was his business career before politics, so I will be voting for Gaines.
George Runner is a fabulous conservative, who goes to bat for “the people” and I will vote for him as Dist. 1 Member of the State Board of Equalization. Brian Dahle has recently sponsored several good bills and is the best candidate for our State Assembly Dist.1.
Both of the candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction are liberal and I am not voting for either one.
I know Irma Vorbeck, who is running for Siskiyou Joint Community College Trustee for Area 2, and hope she is elected. Irma is a very gracious woman and a strong conservative with some great ideas. She spoke at our Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting, last month, and was impressive.
Doug LaMalfa is just amazing. He comes to Siskiyou County so often; he visited right after the Boles Fire and toured the Happy Camp and Beaver Creek Fires. I highly support LaMalfa to a second term as our Congressman.
There are six Propositions on the ballot and I am voting “no” on all of them. Prop. 1 is nothing but $5 billion in “pork” projects and may still provide millions for Klamath Dam removal. It is a huge waste of tax dollars.
The other Propositions will either cost too much money or give too much power, especially Prop. 48, which will allow Tribal Casinos to be built anywhere and will actually cost California millions of dollars. Under Indian Gaming regulations, casinos can only be established on Tribal Reservation lands.
So, you guessed it, I am also opposed to Siskiyou County Measure M. The Karuk Tribal leaders have shown themselves to be against the people of Siskiyou County with lawsuits that aided the lack of water for Montague City residents and over 200 landowners in Shasta Valley. Their proposed casino is illegal as Yreka is Shasta Nation land and not Karuk Reservation land. There are two Shasta Tribal village burial grounds in Yreka. Come on folks, vote this down. It is wrong.
I haven’t learned enough about the Judicial offices and hope to share info on that next week. I actually figure that the majority of them are likely too liberal for me. It is hard to find information on them on the internet, so I don’t know how much I can find out.
Protect Our Water
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its monthly meeting on Thurs. Oct. 30th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 9-30-14

Sept. 30, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA

My goodness, the Marlahan Mustard Mystery was fun. Writers Madeleine Ayres, Dee Jones and Annie Kramer brought-in as many quirky aspects of Scott Valley as could be utilized in a melodrama that had to be over by 9 p.m., so the audience could head home – as mentioned in the play. I loved JoAnne Eastlick’s regal depiction of a “Queen wave” and didn’t even recognize Alan Kramer as the dastardly Baron Von Naste with his French accent. Kyle Peterson was a great sidekick to “our” villain, and was lucky enough to bring his trusted steed “Molly, the mule” on stage with him. The orphans were a great touch finding the “lost” gold and, of course, true love prevailed as heroine “Contessa Dijon Poupon” and Reverend Elijah Lovejoy exterminated and saved Beaver Valley’s woad (mustard plant).
When asking for scholarship donations, during the intermission, Annie Kramer entertained with a lively tap-dance accompanied by Jim Ayres’ on the banjo. Thanks for the good time at Etna’s Avery Memorial Theater.
Attorney Kris Ann Hall is a powerhouse speaker on the Constitution and we are fortunate she is touring the North State sharing her knowledge. She will be giving workshops tonight, Tues. Sept. 30 and Wed. Oct. 1. Time is 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both nights. Meetings are at the Greenhorn Grange in Yreka. The workshops are not the same as different information will be shared each night. Oh, they are free. So the price is right!
Thank you to all who prayed for rain. God blessed us with a good batch. It seems like it has been a long time since we had a significant rain in September around the beginning of buck hunting season. But it is strange that it hasn’t frosted. Typically this time of year, after a rain, the garden is done-for, because the temperatures drop below 32 degrees at night or early morning.
So, I will be picking more green tomatoes today and getting another batch of green tomato sweet relish made. There are lots of bell peppers to use. I put the dried onions in the garage and harvested another parsley plant drying the leaves in the food dehydrator. There are 5 more to do.
The potato plants have all died back. I dug a few for a cream soup last week. Need to get the ones close to the top of the ground gathered; and put several inches of mulch on the rest to protect from the cold. There should be at least 200 pounds of potatoes from those 20-30 plants.
I hope you are able to check my Pie N website as there have been some fun stories to put up. A 22-year old woman in Homer, Alaska decided to go moose hunting. Her husband was off working on a fishing boat and she didn’t know if he would get back before hunting season ended. She wanted a freezer full of meat for the winter, so she took her rifle and went hunting. Ashley Switzer bagged her young moose, then called her dad to help her get it home. She was over 8 months pregnant!
To find this story, type in “moose” in the search space and it comes right up with a photo.
The Incident Command posts for the wildfires have left and the Klamath National Forest is now in charge of the rehab work on the fires that are nearly out. We need another rain to finish the job. Yes, pray for more rain – and snow. We need lots of snow this winter.
Two weeks ago, CA. Dist. 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa spoke on the House Floor in the nation’s capitol demanding urgency in addressing the threat of catastrophic wildfires by implementing common sense policies. He told them of the terrible Boles Fire, in Weed, destroying over 100 homes and businesses, along with the 200,000 acres of wildfire taking out our forests.
Then last week, LaMalfa and his staff drove up to Siskiyou County to witness the destruction by the Boles Fire talking with residents, business owners and members of the city council.
His trip then took him to Scott Valley, where he stopped at his favorite burger place, Dave’s, in Fort Jones and then was briefed at the Fire Camp in Tyler Gulch.
Siskiyou County Supervisor-elect for District 5, Ray Haupt, then took LaMalfa and his staff to view the fires’ destruction from Scott River Road and Highway 96. They stopped at Seiad Valley store, where LaMalfa, who was wearing his “State of Jefferson” double-X baseball cap, met with approval by local residents. Then they ventured down to Happy Camp for an impromptu discussion with concerned citizens at The Pizza House. The Congressman kept the trip low-key, saying he wanted to hear reports and concerns from residents and he spent the day and night doing just that.
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 9-23-14

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA

Sept. 23, 2014

The Siskiyou Survival School in Fort Jones is hosting another tactical survival class on Oct. 5-6, Sunday and Monday, at the Old Homestead Mercantile. The classes begin at 9 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. and are taught by Jared Wihongi, an internationally acclaimed trainer of SWAT and Special Forces teams.
Curriculum includes tactical baton, blade and impact weapons. There is also a “handgun retention and disarms” evening session. Students need to have a California Concealed Weapons certificate or able to pass a background check. Call 530-468-2743 to sign up. Cost is between $100 and $250 depending on how many workshops you take.
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey will be joining four other North State Sheriffs this Sat. Sept. 27th in Crescent City at the Veterans Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. as Del Norte County Dean Wilson hosts a discussion on issues affecting rural sheriffs, including problems with the U.S. Forest Service. The event is free. Humboldt, Glenn and Modoc County Sheriffs will also participate.

Yesterday, Congressman Doug LaMalfa traveled to Siskiyou to receive first-hand reports on the tragic Boles Fire that destroyed over 100 homes in Weed on Sept. 15; and the devastating forest fires in Western Siskiyou. Our Congressman was in Washington D.C. last week when the Boles Fire took out much of the City of Weed and he used that tragedy to demand urgency. LaMalfa spoke on the House Floor addressing the catastrophic wildfires demanding balanced forest policies and local involvement in wildfire prevention.
Congressman LaMalfa cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 1526, which passed with bipartisan support to improve forest health and prevent wildfires by removing red tape from timber and fire prevention in National forests. He also cosponsored H.R. 3992 that is designed to end diversion of forest management funding to firefighting by treating fires like other disasters. Thank you Congressman for your gigantic concern for Siskiyou citizens and the need to create healthy forests, instead of the over-grown mess we are now dealing with.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, Sept. 25th at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Lots to discuss besides the fires and terrible management of forests – even the regulations on private property in the State of California are destructive to healthy forests.
We will be discussing the ground water bills that passed the state legislature and the “No” campaign going forward against the $7.5 billion water bond Proposition 1 that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Well, I missed the Marlahan Mustard Mystery melodrama last weekend. I planned to attend on Sat. night in Etna, but after canning 32 jars of green tomato sweet relish and tomatoes, I was worn out. I don’t know if I have ever canned that many jars in one day. I had picked nearly a lug of our red tomatoes and then neighbor, Sophie McBroom, told to she was done canning and had both red and green tomatoes. They had picked a huge lug of small Roma-type of tomatoes. Jack spent several hours cutting up the Romas, which was a great help. I ended up with 22 pints and quarts of stewed tomatoes and 10 pints of green tomato sweet relish. Had plenty of our home grown onions and bell peppers to add to the relish.
So, I am really happy that the Marlahan Mustard Mystery melodrama is a two-week playbill. This Fri. and Sat. Sept. 26-27, the troupe will perform at 7 p.m. at the Avery Memorial Theater in Etna. Then a matinee showing will be on Sun. Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Avery. I certainly should be able to make one of those showings. See you there!
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 9-16-14

Sept. 16, 2014
Published by Siskiyou Daily News, Siskiyou County, CA

Great fun will be had in Fort Jones this Friday night, Sept. 19th as the Scott Valley Rotary Club sponsors a locally-written melodrama aptly titled: The Marlahan Mustard Mystery … or .. Woad is me!”
Folks involved in the Scott Valley Theater have written the play, which features Corrigan’s Bar and other local sites. Considered a bane to farmers and landowners, Marlahan mustard is a weed that grows prolifically throughout Scott Valley with one bright spot of yellow blooms in May. Writers Madeline Ayres, Dee Jones and Anne Kramer are sure to have caught the many jokes and frustrations with Marlahan Mustard in this mysterious melodrama.
Adding to the fun to the show at Fort Jones Community Center will be the inclusion of wine, drinks and an abundance of appetizers (hors d’ouevres). Pre-sale tickets at $12 can be found by calling Davie Martin at 467-5369. At the door, the tickets will be $15. Children six and under are free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.
Proceeds earned from the melodrama will go to establish bike racks in Scott Valley – one of the Rotary Club’s local projects.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water is holding a meeting on Sept. 25th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share and remember we enjoy the goodies before, during and after the meeting.
The group will certainly discuss the new California Water Bond that the state legislature approved and will be on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot as Prop. 1.
I am against it, because it really does not specify enough funding for the building of dams and reservoirs that are needed to protect California during droughts.
Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. that is working to save the Klamath hydro-electric dams from destruction, explains the $7.5 billion Water Bond will actually cost taxpayers over $14 billion adding to California’s already huge debt of over $424 billion. Rich said that significant monies are designated for environmental and conservation projects, which means much of the funding will “go primarily to pay off numerous conservation organizations and provide a bankroll for California Department of Fish and Wildlife” — previously known as Dept. of Fish and Game.
The earlier 2011 version of the Water Bond specifically mentioned the removal of the four Klamath dams. This bill does not, yet there is still $475 million designated for environmental projects such as dam destruction. California’s share, according to the KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement), is $250 million as its cost for Klamath dam removal. Remember Gov. Arnold signed the KBRA sucking us into that monstrosity. The feds are expected to pay $250 million as its portion of Klamath dam destruction, but it has not been allocated through Congress frustrating the Greenies.
California lawmakers continue to cow-tow to the environmental movement. For 40 years, California lawmakers have been negligent in their duty to provide water storage for the growing state population and have not established the needed reservoirs. Prop. 1 will not change this beastly attitude and will only waste monies on “pork” programs.
Independence from tyrannical central governments is becoming a theme throughout the world and on September 18th, the citizens of Scotland will choose if they should separate from Great Britain. Over 300 years ago, the English subdued the Scots through a long bloody war, but if it passes, this referendum will provide for a bloodless split.
Voters in Scotland will face one simple “Yes” or “No” question of: Should Scotland be an independent country? A simple majority is all that is needed to secure a victory.
The issue is a hotly debated one in Scotland and the electoral commission is expecting a high turnout of 80 percent, which is about 3.5 million people — to show up to vote.
Celebrities have weighed-in on the issue and previous James Bond actor, Sean Connery publicly stated he is for the secession saying, “The Yes campaign has centered on a positive vision for Scotland. It is rooted in inclusiveness, equality and … that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future.”
Mark Baird, leader of the Jefferson State Declaration movement couldn’t agree more. Recently, Mark was contacted by the British Broadcasting Company from London and was asked about the historical submission to the state legislature of Siskiyou and Modoc Counties Declaration and Petition to withdraw from California. Mark told BBC that it makes sense for the Scots to want their own country, adding that his ancestors are Scotsmen and there is an innate love of liberty that shines in the hearts of a freedom-loving people. Mark said that counties in Northern California have the same ideals as the Scotsmen, who are tired of being governed by a far away government that has little concern for those citizens relegated to the bottom of the pile.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 9-9-14

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

Gotta set the record straight. I am not complaining about how the Forest Service and Cal-Fire is fighting these fires. The Incident Command Centers have extremely capable people creating the maps from night-time infrared flights, strategies being put together according to the geography and ever-changing winds and weather, and calling for and organizing of 100s of people and equipment. There are 79 fire crews with 22 people each on the Happy Camp Fire Complex alone. Wow, the planning and strategy must be intense. And the crews, especially Hot Shots, have been jumping on spot fires containing them and quickly moving to the next job. They work hard and, like many of you, I truly appreciate them.
No, last week I wasn’t complaining about the Forest Service’s fire fighting ability. For those that didn’t get it, I was complaining about the severe lack of logging, which 20 years ago was in important, significant component of the Forest Service’s ability to initially attack newly started wildfires.
Under a timber harvest contract, loggers were expected to become fire fighters; and, along with Forest Service personnel, were the initial attack.
Because society has gone along with the Environmentalists’ “save everything” philosophy, there has been a huge drop of timber harvests in the Pacific Northwest and the West. For several decades there were loggers thinning the forests – and they needed to be thinned. Those loggers were out there in the forests. Roads were built creating the ability to remove the timber, which provide access for fire fighters. Loggers are experts in the geography of the steep mountains and loggers have equipment – immediate resources.
I have seen news articles complaining that the Forest Service didn’t attack some fires quick enough. My response is: The loggers were not out there as a significant initial fire fighting force.
So, when I claim that the Forest Service is not as good at “initial attack” as it used to be, I am pointing to the fact that a huge firefighting group of “the loggers” is no longer available for immediate attack. Yes, local Forest Service firefighting personnel jump on the fire immediately, but if the situation is bad and more personnel and equipment are needed than is available the initial attack is hampered.
By now we are all hearing stories of poor decisions and judgments. When you have 3,000 people working a project, not all personalities and egos are going to do the right thing. But the huge majority of the individuals I have met that work in fighting fire are dedicated to getting the fires stopped.
Once again, I will reiterate my stand: The “save everything” fashionable philosophy is destroying the environment, creating moonscapes of forests, killing wildlife and destroying communities and their economies. The forests, whether on public lands like Klamath National Forest or private property, must be actively managed. We need the trees thinned and we need the economic industry that logging will create. Logging will save the forests, the wild animals, schools, communities, families and Siskiyou County.
The second watermelon I picked sure was sweet. There’s several more long narrow watermelon that should ripen before a frost. The cucs and green beans have slowed down and we stopped watering the potatoes and onions. I decided to harvest the onions and ended up with about 80 yellow and white ones. Some were huge. I put the onions to dry in the dry grass under the pine tree, so they will be shaded from the afternoon sun that may burn them.
It is almost past time to plant some hardy lettuce seeds. If you get them in right away, the 45 day lettuce will be ready by the end of October. You only need a few feet of them and they can be covered by a simple big clear plastic tub at night to protect them and you may end up with fresh, homegrown lettuce for your Thanksgiving table.
We were lucky that the state assembly voted in a stalemate 35 “yes” to 35 “no” votes on the SB 53 bill that would have demanded a Permit to purchase ammo. Whew, it was defeated. But there are five other gun bills and also three over-reaching ground water bills that made it to the governor’s desk. Check out Pie N for these bills and please call Gov. Brown and ask for a veto.
September is “Preparedness” month. Between the threats of fires and the uncertainty throughout the world that could affect our banks and economies, we need to have a plan. So I will preach again about getting extra food on your shelves. There are other things to think of like lighting, sanitation, medicines, First Aid Kit, important records, heat and tools. Water storage is important – 2 gallons per person per day. Make a plan for 2 weeks. For more info, check out Liz
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 467-3515.
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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 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.



Baking powder

Baking soda









Beans, dried or canned


Canned Tuna

Canned Chicken

Canned soups

Canned fruit

Dried milk

Peanut butter



Granola bars









Dehydrated foods

Freeze-dried foods

Necessary medicines

First Aid Kit

Extra blankets

Extra clothes

Toilet paper


First Aid kit

Light, heat.

Cash and important papers.

Special medication.


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

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.
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.
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
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.
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

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” for more info or call me at 467-3515 or Louise Gliatto at 842-5443.
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.
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!
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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