Liz Writes Life 12-5-17

Dec. 5, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Some good things are starting to come from the educational Water Tour that our Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors held for high, state-level heads of California water agencies in October. Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, spoke at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last Thursday night and explained a recent discussion with several agencies regarding another situation on Moffett Creek near Fort Jones. Those agency employees, including CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and Army Corp of Engineers, were quite considerate and helpful. What a nice change. That is really all “we the people” expect – respect on both sides.

Apparently, Chuck Bonham, the CA. Director of Fish and Wildlife, was unhappy with the “tone” of the Water Tour that he did not attend, although he was sent an invitation with plenty of notice. Bonham said the CA. DFW has spent over $32 million in Siskiyou County. But when, Ray looked into those funds, he learned that $27 million had been spent on Conservation Easements – which the state then has control over. Oops! Those are not dollars helping agriculture help Endangered Species Act-listed coho salmon.

On the next issue, Ray told us he was extremely disappointed the CA. Public Utilities Commission is choosing to defend the Klamath River Renewal Corp. instead of the rate-payers — which is us, the customers. Remember, the Public Utilities Commission was established to protect the customers of power companies from all kinds of bad practices. They are not meeting their obligation.

The county sent a “good fight” argument to the CPUC alleging the KRRC should not be receiving public trust funds for demolishing four Klamath hydro-electric dams. Several years ago, the CPUC permitted Pacific Power to put a surcharge on our bills for Klamath dam removal. The irony is that no federal agency or legislative decision has been made to allow the dams to be destroyed. But, CPUC has concluded Pacific Power can collect those funds and they can be given to KRRC to aid in fictional dam removal. Yeah, it just doesn’t make sense. Kinda feels like we are in a zombie zone!

Ray said the county supervisors will discuss their next challenge to the Klamath dam fiasco at their meeting today.

Smart meters

I found out that we should send our letter to opt-out of the RF meter program, to PacifiCorp, by “certified” mail. It is much cheaper than “registered” mail, which costs $23! Certified mail is a little over $6 and you will still receive the post card proving PacifiCorp received your letter.

Bundy ranch

There is really good news on the Bundy saga. Last month, the latest trial began for Cliven, Ammon, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne in a U.S. federal court in Las Vegas. Surprisingly, Ryan Bundy was released from prison to a half-way house on Nov. 13, 2017, so he could better study for his defense. He is defending himself. The federal prosecutors have been hiding information, which is called “discovery” from the defense, which the judge finally had to admit was a huge problem.

This is just the beginning of the prosecution’s deceit; and it is so blatant that even U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro can’t ignore it.

In previous trials, the judges have shut-down the Bundy defense team not allowing clarification in many instances. But recently, the defense has been able to disprove major aspects of the federal prosecution’s case. Looks like prayers for truth are working!

First is the fact that one of the BLM witnesses admitted the agency was doing surveillance on Cliven Bundy’s ranch house with up to four video cameras – several days before the April 2014 stand-off. The prosecution defended themselves saying BLM did not watch the live-feed on their huge flat-screen TV at the Command Center. Ha, yeah right! There is more, but you get the situation.

Yes, BLM was doing plenty of intimidation that we did not know about — before the Bunkerville stand-off.

For nearly two years, the BLM prosecution and federal judges have claimed the Bundys and their counterparts were too dangerous to be allowed out of detention prison. But that was before the FBI’s original “Threat Assessment” report was finally brought into court that stated Bundys were not a threat! The feds have worked hard to keep that report hidden.

 So, on Nov. 30, 2017 Ammon and Cliven Bundy were issued release orders by Judge Navarro. Ryan Payne was also granted release, which was interesting as he was still in prison in Portland, Oregon and a second federal judge had to agree. Payne was released Dec. 1, 2017 after posting bond. He was arrested on Jan. 26, 2016, when federal agents killed Lavoy Finicum in the illegal roadblock in Eastern Oregon.

Last Thursday, Ammon was released to shouts of joy from his wife, children, family and friends from the Las Vegas federal courthouse.

Cliven, the steadfast patriarch, was not released. Cliven is standing on principle. According to Shari Dovale, who writes for Redoubt News.com, Cliven believes the remaining men from the 19 arrested regarding the Bunkerville stand-off must also be released when he walks out the doors – without half-way house conditions. He says that under the U.S. Constitution they are not guilty until proven so in court. Also, he will not walk out and leave those who went to Bunkerville to stand with him against hundreds of out-of-control federal employees and SWAT teams in April 2014.

Another expose: An FBI agent admitted, on the stand, that 1,000 FBI and other feds were assigned to spy on the Bundy family and closest supporters on social media. Wow, how much has this tyrannical attack cost the U.S. taxpayer?

It has also been exposed BLM undercover agent Robyn Kirkham (Alex Branson) was working to incite the Bundys to react violently before the Bunkerville stand-off.

There is so much more that proves the feds have certainly over-stepped their authorities. Trampled is a better description. Also, Cliven only owed $8,815 in grazing fees. BLM tacked on $292,601 in administrative fees, but that is still much less than the $1.1 million BLM told the media. Lies and more lies by government employees.

Even though truth is beginning to prevail, this isn’t over. Please continue praying for the truth to set Bundy’s and their supporters free from this tyranny.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County. Check out her LizBowen.com site or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 11-29-17

Nov. 28, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Sure do hope your Thanksgiving Day was full of thankfulness! Studies show it helps our attitude to always look for the good; and to truly count our blessings. So, let’s do more counting!

Garden

My flat-head cabbages made it through those cold, frosty mornings several weeks ago. I decided to make stir-fry, so I cut-off one and sliced about a third of it up. It is a bit peppery to me, but was crisp and quite good. There are several large ones left, so I will report how well they are doing in a month or so.

Greenhouse

Last week, I stopped by to see Tim and Lynn Grenvik’s new small greenhouse. Their goal is to grow a few vegetables through the winter. After some freezing mornings, Tim found cracks that needed to be sealed up. He did a good job as it was over 110 degrees in the greenhouse at mid-day last Tuesday. Wow! It was an extra warm 66-degree day, but that is hot.

He had moved the five-inch tall cucumber outside to cool-off along with inch-high radishes and tiny green onions. Tim and Lynn had started several tomato plants in their house from seed and transplanted them into giant pots out in the greenhouse, but some sort of bug was giving Tim fits as it had eaten several of the four-inch tall plants. Anyone have any idea what it would be this time of year?

Tim used rain gutters to plant the radishes and onions back on Nov. 11th. I think he also has lettuce planted in another new rain gutter. Neat idea! I’ll keep track of Grenviks’ greenhouse gardening for you.

Water Tour

With continuing problems from several state agencies, our Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors decided to hold a Water Tour, in October, to showcase the work and innovation of Siskiyou farmers and ranchers. Elizabeth Nielsen, our Siskiyou Co. Natural Resource Specialist, went to work inviting elected-officials as well as high-ranking agency leaders and organizing the tour stops. Surprisingly, state agency people responded including a State Water Board member, another from the Dept. of Water Resources and a member from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Unfortunately, Chuck Bonham, the director of CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, said he could not attend.

Board Chairman Michael Kobseff and Vice-Chair Ray Haupt served as tour guides. Ray told us at the last Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting that our supervisors are fed-up with delays on state permits that farmers need to do enhancement projects.

As I explain the tour, I will be adding my own observations. No one told me this, but it looks to me like the CDFW is the biggest culprit in stalling and not providing timely permits for legitimate projects. It is terrible that this state agency continues to act so anti-agriculture. Remember, coho salmon is the only fish listed with the CA. Endangered Species Act and as such are the only ones with regulation policies.

The first stop was at the fish-screen and headgate of the Farmers Ditch in Scott Valley. Farmers have had multiple complaints with CDFW policy and faulty engineering projects. A 2016 “fix” of the headgates blew-out in last February’s high-water; and currently, the newest project demanded by CDFW has created a fish-passage barrier in the Scott River. Oops, that is against ESA policy – the state’s own regulations!

Also, several years ago, CDFW demanded a coho rearing-pond be built next to the headgates, but there was not enough tree shade to cool the pond so the water temperature was too warm. And then, a winter high-water took the pond out. Another oops and unneeded cost of funds. The Farmers Ditch inflow needs to be fixed and CDFW continues to thwart the process.

Then they went the Bryan-Morris Ranch on Eastside Road, where an early-spring irrigation recharge project was showing a positive effect on Scott River. But, last spring, CDFW received a complaint from a Greenie and would not give the permit for the project. Ray said the state agency folks were shocked the project was stopped.

The group also saw where Brandon Fawaz had tried and was initially not given a permit to fix the swiftly-eroding Moffett Creek bank last February. Then with the help from the county, Brandon received a verbal “OK” from CDFW Regional Supervisor Neil Manji, in Redding, to do the work, yet continued to be intimidated by local game wardens. CDFW knows there are no coho in Moffett Creek, so what’s the big deal?

The group did see several ranches with positive projects and little agency harassment.

Lastly, The Nature Conservancy (Buske Ranch) was viewed in Shasta Valley. Through demands by CDFW, more than 800 acres of wetlands have been dried-up as the water used for irrigation no longer creates wetland habitat, but instead flows into the Shasta River for coho salmon. The county is concerned TNC and CDFW have not obtained the legal permits to dry-up the wetlands; and two more reservoirs. The county has not been notified that TNC and CDFW have completed CEQA, California Environmental Quality Act process. Also, the county has not received proof of the needed permits from the Army Corp of Engineers.

Ray said the state-level officials were impressed with the innovative projects and science that landowners are “voluntarily” utilizing. Unfortunately, those officials have been fed blatant misinformation about agriculture in Siskiyou Co. In other words, what they have been told about Siskiyou ranchers and farmers is not what they saw on the ground. The Water Tour was a great success!

POW

Remember the meeting day has been changed, this month, for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. It is Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a holiday dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Letter to send to PacifiCorp to opt-out of RF smart meters

This is part of the process to stop RF smart meters being installed on your home by our power companies. Be sure to send this “registered” mail and keep your receipt in a special spot. Also obtain or make your own — an official notice signed and dated by you and place on your current analog meter stating you do not want the RF meter installed. Laminate it to withstand the weather. — Liz Bowen

Date

Stephan Bird, CEO Pacific Power                                                                                                                                                                                                 825 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

NOTICE OF NON-CONSENT TO INSTALL A MICROWAVE TRANSMITTER, (SMART METER) ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, NOTICE OF LIABILITY

Dear Mr. Bird, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:

The installation of any RF meter that transmits or emits microwave radiation on the residential property located at (your residence address) is hereby refused and prohibited.   On Feb. 9, 2012 the California Public Utility Commission ruled that the utility companies will have to honor the request of those who wanted to “opt out” of having a RF meter installed on their property.

While my reasons include health and privacy, I would expect my request to be honored without a stated reason.

If you refuse my request and place a RF meter on at my residence, I will have no choice but to promptly remove the meter myself and restore the analog meter.

Thank you for respecting my request.

Your signature and address, including you residence.

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Liz Writes Life 11-21-17

November 21, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Last week, I failed to mention that the parsley had grown back and was still green, even though there had been several frosts. I have never harvested parsley in November, but decided it should be saved for cooking. After cutting it, I realized it wasn’t going to dry very well in a paper bag. The extra bedroom is cold this time of year, not hot like in the summer.

So, I turned on the oven to 225 degrees, put the parsley on a cookie sheet and placed it in the oven and turned the oven off. I have learned you don’t want to over-heat it. I left it there for several hours and then did it again. It came out a nice green, crunchy dry and filled a quart jar about two-thirds full.

Preparedness

My 72-hour bag was where I thought it was, but there were not as many items in it as I thought. Guess it has been ransacked a few times! Even the small peanut butter jar was missing, but there was a towel, two hand-towels and a wash cloth that I forgot about. Also, I found the shake-for-two-minutes flashlight for light!

Tip: In looking for solar powered camping lights on the internet, I found one that can be either a stand-up lantern or folds into a flashlight. In fact, I was shocked at how much cheaper solar powered emergency lights and cell phone battery chargers are now. Three years ago, I purchased a one-bulb-hanging-light powered by a tiny bank of solar panels for $50. Now, you can get one for $12 to $20. I guess I’ll keep the shake flashlight, but will be looking for a solar one very soon. I checked the one I purchased three years ago and the light still worked and I haven’t charged it once. Wow, that is impressive!

I would like to get a solar battery charger for my cell phone and put it in my car’s glove compartment. Sometimes, I leave home without my phone fully charged. Guess you could plug in your cell phone and put the solar charger in the back window – well if it is daylight and not too dingy of winter weather – and it could save the day, without it being a real emergency. They run under $20.

Smart meters

Apparently it has already started in Mt. Shasta area. Pacific Power is moving forward with its program to replace our analog meters with a Radio Frequency (RF) meter. These meters are wireless, digital and contain a RF chip that allows the power company to read and control your energy use – remotely. Yep, very scary.

These new meters can record and store data of how much you use your new micro-chipped washing machine, hair dryers, TV, etc.; and are devices violating federal and state wiretapping laws. Wow!

Of course smart meters are controversial. Groups have compiled information showing health problems from this radio frequency. Another negative is the fact that when monitoring your usage, Pacific Power will then be able to charge you more for using more energy during high-peak time periods. Yep, that is my major complaint.

According to the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, utilities had to “offer” the new RF meters “upon customer’s request,” but now Pacific Power has mandated the new meters be installed. I claim this is over-stepping their authority.

Unfortunately, Pacific Power, like other utilities, is demanding a “fee” to opt-out, although the above mentioned Policy Act states customers can opt-out I would think for free. Currently, my spies tell me the fee is $75 and then a $20 or $10 a month cost. This looks like extortion to me. But it may still be cheaper than your rates increasing, because this Big Brother is watching.

You can say NO, but there is a process. First you must have an official notice signed and dated by you on your old meter. Laminate it to withstand the weather. You can get one of these for $1 at the next Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Wed., Nov. 29, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Or stop in at Siskiyou Laser, on Broadway in Yreka.

Then a letter for “Opting Out” must be sent to Pacific Power. Be sure to send it “registered” through your local post office, so that Pacific Power will have to acknowledge you sent it. Also make a copy for your files.

Here is a template letter, it is also on LizBowen.com:

Date

Stephan Bird, CEO Pacific Power                                                                                                                                                                                                 825 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

NOTICE OF NON-CONSENT TO INSTALL A MICROWAVE TRANSMITTER, (SMART METER) ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, NOTICE OF LIABILITY

Dear Mr. Bird, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:

The installation of any RF meter that transmits or emits microwave radiation on the residential property located at (your residence address) is hereby refused and prohibited.   On Feb. 9, 2012 the California Public Utility Commission ruled that the utility companies will have to honor the request of those who wanted to “opt out” of having a RF meter installed on their property.

While my reasons include health and privacy, I would expect my request to be honored without a stated reason.

If you refuse my request and place a RF meter on at my residence, I will have no choice but to promptly remove the meter myself and restore the analog meter.

Thank you for respecting my request.

Your signature and address, including you residence.

Remember, if you do nothing these RF meters will be installed on your home, business or other buildings like your pump houses. I assume pump usage for your well water will then be scrutinized and rates possibly increased by Pacific Power.

I don’t want to sound like Chicken Little, so please look into RF smart meters yourself.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 11-14-17

Nov. 14, 2017

Li z Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Finally, I planted 50 garlic cloves last Saturday. The soil was moist and made for easy digging.

Saturday afternoon was so nice that I also decided to transplant iris. I had previously dug holes and watered them last week, before shutting-off the outside water. Unfortunately, several iris tubers needed to be divided and so I ended-up digging a few more holes and planted about 12.

It was starting to get dark, when I realized that I had purchased hyacinth bulbs over a month ago. Oops, now I need to decide where to put them! And get them planted before Thanksgiving. I’ve been told bulbs need to go in the ground before the end of November.

The garden looks nice after Jack cleaned it up. I do need to clean-up more morning glory vines from the fence; and several flower beds of dead amaranth, cosmos and four o’clocks then add some manure to improve the soil. The pretty sunny-yellow mum that my daughter-in-law gave me is still blooming and a huge patch of short, white alyssum has made it through the frosts.

The eight green flat-head cabbages are doing well. Four have some very large heads growing, so we will see how long they make it before I harvest them or it gets really cold.

Parade

Last week, I wrote up the Etna Veterans Parade with appreciation for all who participated or helped make it a success. I want to add a big “thank you” to Duane Eastlick for bringing a port-a-potty to the Etna High School for participants that staged up there. Also Heather Ford and Tim Grenvik provided great help and support. And lastly – Thank you to all U.S. military veterans and soldiers for your service!

Film Festival

This Friday night, The REC in Fort Jones is hosting “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival”. This is a collection of 22 short films from 12 different countries designed to engage, provoke and inspire. The screenings will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the director Michael Harrington. Tickets are $7 per person and are available in advance or at the door. Refreshments will be available. The Film Festival starts at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17th.

POW

This month, the day for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting has been changed from Thursday to Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. It will still be held at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.

Prepare

September was preparedness month and I didn’t mention it once. So, today I will try to inspire you (and me) to do more than “think” about being prepared for short or long disasters. Water is the # 1 basic item you need. Figure one gallon per person per day for at least a week. Yep! Four more gallons per day if you want to flush your toilet twice!

Believe it or not, I have a 72-hour backpack survival kit. I even know where it is. But, I haven’t checked its contents in at least three or four years. My bad! I am sure the peanut butter needs to be replaced with a new jar, along with granola bars, trail mix, dried fruit and several cans of baked beans and or jerky. (I don’t even remember what all is in there.) A gallon of fresh water should be beside it or at least two linters of plastic soda bottles filled with water. Tie a piece of baling twine around the neck of each and you can carry them hanging off your shoulders around the back of your neck.

Non-melting candy and gum, a can of juice and a freeze-dried dinner pouch would also be nice.

It is easy for this backpack to get full quickly, but flashlights should have fresh batteries, there should be change of clothing, some kind of blanket, plastic garbage bags and or plastic sheet. Also water-proof matches, pocket knife, can opener, duct tape and some rope.

Each family member should have their own backpack, even little children ages three or four can carry a small bag of their own things. A pack of cards, book, pen and paper, a special small toy would also help pass the tedious time, depending on the type of evacuation.

An additional bag should have First Aid supplies, toiletries (roll of toilet paper – remove the center tube to easily flatten — and put into a zip-lock bag), cleaning supplies of soap or mini hand sanitizer, medications and prescription meds.

A water-proof container should be ready with legal documents, insurance policies, vaccination papers, cash, credit card, pre-paid phone cards and emergency numbers to call.

I hope to shelter in place – ha, ha – famous last words. But, it is important to have canned soup, canned beans, macaroni, spaghetti, beans, rice, canned or frozen meats, potatoes, dried milk and other dried or freeze-dried dinners on your shelves. Figure at least a month’s worth, if not three months. Be sure to rotate your food storage. And store food that you like to eat. Again, have 20 gallons of water or more.

Your car needs to have a 72-hour kit with several flashlights with extra batteries, 12-hour light sticks, blankets, water purification tablets and water bottles (remember they may freeze so pour a bit out). Also, car chains, a shovel, extra coats and gloves.

There truly is a need to talk with your family about an emergency plan. Decide an out-of-town emergency contact of a specific relative or family friend. Have phone numbers on a hard copy note pad as well as in your cell phone. Remember cell phones can stop working, so have some landline phone numbers. Choose a meeting place for several different types of disasters – one local and one out-of-town.

There’s lots of info on emergency preparedness on the internet. Read up on it, but more importantly – do something! Good luck!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 11-7-17

Nov. 7, 2017

Liz Writes Life

 Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It was fairly early, when the clouds parted and the sun began to shine providing a wonderful day for a parade honoring our U.S. veterans. Last Saturday, more than 30 entries gathered at the Etna High School and a big thank you goes to the Rotary Club of Scott Valley for lining them up and spacing them down town. There are lots more “thank yous” to those who participated and that helped make the 17th Annual Etna Veterans Parade a success. So here goes.

Etna Police Dept. provided the P.A. system and blocked off streets. We still had one man, who decided he had to drive down Main Street during the parade, but luckily didn’t hit anyone. Scott Murphy served as announcer and Debbie from Paystreak Brewery, across the street, loaned us a much-needed podium.

 Jimmy Sutter, with help from Kip Whipple and Farrington family, barbecued free hotdogs by the Museum. The EHS Interact Club also provided chili made by the EHS Culinary Team, who also made cinnamon rolls, cookies, cocoa and coffee that were available at the high school staging as well as on Main Street. The Native Daughters of the Golden West opened the Museum with yummy cookies available.

Kip Casson, New York City children’s book author and illustrator, was down by the library signing and selling his newest book that includes Scott Valley’s Cheeseville Mayor Eb Whipple as a blue bear. Tasty homemade caramel corn was made on the scene.

We had a last minute loss of flag carriers and, luckily, David and Theodora Johnson stepped-up and carried the United States and California flags at the front of the parade. They looked regal on horseback! Riley Kutzer sang our National Anthem beautifully and then Grand Marshal Banner carriers, Lisa Theofanidas and Dee Jones, preceded our 2017 Grand Marshal Steve Farrington. Randy Steinbeck was kind enough to drive his 1918 Dodge Bros. restored car for Steve.

Next Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey drove a Humvee and there was the DARE Camaro along with search and rescue equipment. The Etna Lions Club boasted veterans, which was followed by Michael Stapleton, who is retired Air Force, pulling a trailer of veterans. It included the Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer Tom Jackson. Then, retired Marine Fred Scott was offered the microphone, who thanked the crowd for showing up to pay tribute to the veterans.

World War II veteran Ariel Facey, his brother, Albert, who fought in Korea, along with grandson, James Facey, — Army Iraq — were next. Another World War II veteran, Ed Quigley, and his wife, Harriet, were driven by Mary Burton. The EHS Interact Club was in a horse and buggy entry driven by Cliff Lantz. Then Chip Port made a big entrance with his huge 1991 five-ton BMY military truck and trailer with an FMC armored infantry camouflage fighting vehicle built in the 1970s. As a non-military-type person, I just refer to it as a tank!

Navy veteran, Dan Morgan, drove a restored 1964 Galaxy 500 with our Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, in the passenger seat. Army veteran, Gary Koopman, drove his restored 1941 military Dodge WC 17 half-ton carry-all and invited 23-year Marine veteran Gary Fleck to ride shotgun. Retired Army aviation mechanic, Ryck Kramer, drove his favorite tractor flanked by two good-looking children waving American flags. Siskiyou Model A Club members drove two vehicles and the Northern CA. Veterans Health Care van, which shuttles veterans to medical appointments, was next. Susan Mayfield drove family ancestor, Emma Wagner Hertzog’s, 1932 Chevy coup with sister-in-law Francyne Jenner at her side.

Etna FFA was represented and then several cars from the local Dodge Bros. Car Club braved the cool morning. Those are the really old rusty cars that still run – and are proudly owned for their “antiqueness”. Siskiyou Mountain Men, women and grandchildren livened the festivities on Main Street with gun powder rifles going off. Smokey Bear was up top of a fully restored very old truck. (Sorry, I don’t have the specifics, but it was beautiful.) Two Etna ambulances were driven by Heather and Clint Whitchurch and the Marines showed up with a giant truck with a variety of veterans in the back, including Robert Ballesteros coordinator for Siskiyou Co. Veterans Leadership Council.

Then the fire engines and water tankers started blowing their sirens. Etna Fire Dept. showed off their 1934 Dodge hose truck and modern engines; other entrants were Cal Fire, Fort Jones Volunteer Fire Dept and Scott Valley Fire Protection District. And that was the end of a fine parade!

Afterwards, I wanted to check out the new Evening Star Masonic Lodge meeting room. It was built upstairs in the Dance Hall above Etna City Hall and it is beautiful. Charles Lincoln was the contractor for the job. Sure brought back lots of memories climbing those stairs. As a kid I took ballet and tap classes up there, then there were rodeo and square dances; and many other events. Times have changed, I am happy the Masons are able to use it.

Also the Scott Valley Lions were holding an indoor yard sale, at the Methodist Church, to benefit the Etna Library. I saw several folks leaving with home-baked pies!

Klamath dams

On Friday, the County of Siskiyou submitted its motion to intervene “in opposition” to the license transfer by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from PacifiCorp to KRRC. Earlier in the week, the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. also filed a motion to intervene “in opposition” through their attorney James Buchal.

I had a few phone calls regarding the writing of letters by “we the people” of Siskiyou against the hydro-electric license transfer. Must say the FERC website for e-comments wasn’t the easiest to navigate. But I did get my “no” license transfer comment in on time. Thanks to all who did this.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515

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Pastor: Our church had a deadly shooting, too. Here’s how we have made it safe

Comment: I felt this is an important opinion piece considering the shooting and killings, yesterday, in Texas at a small-town Baptist Church. We live in difficult times and must learn to be better prepared for evil. — Liz Bowen

Fox News.com

November 6, 2017

By Brady Boyd | Fox News

Ten years ago, the church where I pastor, New Life Church, suffered through its darkest day when a gunman came on our property, opened fire with an assault rifle, killing two of our teenage girls, injuring others, before taking his life in the hallway. This Sunday, I was taking a special guest to our memorial site to tell her the miracle story of our healing, when the news broke that another church in South Texas had just experienced the same horror.

A military trained man with an assault rifle with the intent to kill unarmed people is almost impossible to stop. No amount of training could have prepared that tiny church in Texas for this evil. We’re now living in a violent society where even small-town America and small rural churches are not safe.

Church security was something I never heard discussed while growing up in North Louisiana. Guns were plentiful, but there seemed to be no threats to our safety in the sanctuaries of my youth. Today, the world has changed, and violence is seemingly always at our doorsteps.

We are not fearful, but we are wise. We are not downcast, but we are watchful.

The sad reality is that every church should have a strategy to protect its members when they gather. We had a great plan on December 9, 2007 that saved scores of lives and today, we are even more prepared. In fact, our church may be the safest public gathering place in our city. We take it seriously.

We have learned some valuable lessons. First, every church should hire at least one uniformed police officer to be visible in the main lobby and parking lot. Every Sunday, there is a police car parked in front of our church. These off-duty officers are paid by us to be present. They are now our friends and we see them as part of our vital team each weekend. Most crime studies show that criminals can be deterred by the physical presence of the police on property. If local police are not available, hire a very visible security guard.

When we first employed uniformed police, people were concerned that church would feel unsafe, but the opposite has happened. So many people have personally thanked me for having the officers present, because it is so reassuring. That is a huge testimony to our local police and sheriff’s department, who both have stellar reputations in our community.

Because we live in a military town, we’re able to recruit and train dozens of men and women to serve our church as volunteers. They spend all week protecting our nation and they love serving their church the same way. They dress in plain clothes, but walk the property during our worship services, serving our people.

We live in a state that allows most people to carry concealed weapons and to carry openly if they choose. We discourage our members from bringing guns into the church. In fact, if we know someone has a weapon, we escort them out to their car and watch them put it away. We have plenty of trained and qualified people who are appropriately armed, so extra weapons are not necessary and can actually cause more harm should there be a violent episode.

We train our team to be watchful and diligent, but not obtrusive or aggressive. In fact, most of the 10,000 or so people who attend our church are not even aware of the security team, other than noticing a police car out front.  We are a church, not a sports stadium, so we do not have metal detectors, and we are not checking handbags as people enter.

Most of the violence that happens in a church is a spillover of some sort of domestic issue. Families target one another at church because they know they can be found at a certain time and place each week. Our pastors are sensitive to families going through divorce or some type of custody dispute with their children. If there’s a problem at home that could affect our church, we alert the police officer on duty. Many times, that officer has diffused conflict before it ever turns ugly and violent.

With all this attention to violence and securing our worship space, we have made sure that we have not lost our innocence along the way. We are not fearful, but we are wise. We are not downcast, but we are watchful. We gather every week, to pray our songs, to sing our prayers and to learn the Scriptures. We have chosen to forgive those who wish us harm and to bless those that speak evil against us.

Church is a holy gathering of imperfect people. People wrestling with mental health and those struggling with relationships come through our doors every day. Our security team makes it possible for them to find hope and healing in a very safe environment.

Brady Boyd is the pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO, and author of Speak Life: Restoring Healthy Communication in How You Think, Talk, and Pray.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/06/pastor-our-church-had-deadly-shooting-too-heres-how-have-made-it-safe.html

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Reasons Klamath dam removal is NOT at “done deal.”

Thank you to Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor of District 5, for sending this info.

The link to email your comment to FERC regarding its process and re-licensing the dams to the non-profit entity Klamath River Renewal Corp — specifically for destruction of the 4 hydro-electric Klamath dams in the following post.

Please make your comment before Nov. 5, 2017!

– Liz Bowen

FERC Document Summary below:

The second document, directs PacifiCorp and the KRRC to begin the formation of an independent Board of Consultants (BOC) to address issues of significant magnitude related to the proposed dam removals.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) identified the issues to be addresses as follows:

1)      Adequacy of available funding and reasonableness of updated cost estimates for the most probable cost and maximum cost for the full removal alternative, and the assumptions made to calculate those estimates;

2)      Adequacy of amounts and types of insurance coverage and bonding arrangements for dam removal;

3)      Plans for river diversion and care of water during removal activities;

4)      Project documents including the Potential Failure Mode Analyses, Part 12D Independent Consultant Inspection Reports and the Supporting Technical Information Documents, to understand project specific aspects that could be significant to the dam removal process;

5)      Dam removal schedules, plans and specifications, staging sequence, and supporting engineering studies, including geotechnical, hydrologic/hydraulic, and structural;

6)      Project operations before during and after dam removals;

7)      Current operating condition of project water retaining features and any potential complications during staged removal process;

8)      Sequencing of dam removals to maintain project safety;

9)      Ability during all phases of dam removal for the project to safely pass flood flows;

10)   The safety of any portions of the water retaining structures or portions of other appurtenant features that may remain in place following dam removal;

11)   Monthly construction reports, provided to the BOC and FERC for review by the 10th day of the following month, during the dam removal process when any work is ongoing; and

12)    Any additional information or analysis requested by the BOC.

FERC states that the BOC must be a fully independent third party and sets forth guidelines for the nomination of potential members.  Specific criteria for BOC members include:

1.       At least 3 members with experience that covers the following engineering disciplines: civil engineering (with specialized experience in dam construction and removal of both concrete and embankment dams), civil engineering (with specialized experience in hydrology, hydraulics, and stream diversion), and geotechnical engineering.

2.       At least one member with experience in aquatic and terrestrial biology.

3.       A Heavy Civil Construction cost estimator with experience in dam removal and restoration activities.

4.       At least two members with experience as an insurance broker or consultant with experience advising clients concerning the scope and quantity of insurance coverage and bonding for large and complex civil construction projects.

FERC also indicates that BOC meetings will be attended by members of the BOC, PacifiCorp, KRRC, the Renewal Corporation’s consultants, and FERC.  It does not state whether any other entities would have standing to attend such meetings, and this is an issue that we will seek to clarify.  While the establishment of the BOC and the process it will facilitate anticipate dam removal, FERC states clearly that the it has not yet approved license transfer, license surrender, or dam removal requests.  FERC justifies the creation of the BOC as necessary to address the significant issues associated with the requested actions which have a January 1, 2020 <x-apple-data-detectors://3> target date for commencement of deconstruction actions.

Ray A. Haupt

(530) 925-0444

CA RPF #2938

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Submit comment to FERC to save Klamath dams at this link:

This is the link:

https://ferconline.ferc.gov/quickcomment.aspx

 

Hi Everyone,

FERC (Federal Energy Regulation Commission) is accepting comments from the public on the 4 Klamath Dams.  There has been many comments sent by people from all over the US to take out the dams. We need to have everyone send in a comment to KEEP the DAMS.  We have a NOV.5th deadline...The supporters of dam destruction  would like you to believe it is a DONE DEAL..it is NOT!!!  Will you help?

See this face book posting by a resident of Copco…with instructions on how to submit a comment…

Loy Beardsmore  on face book…

If you’re a Copco Lake Fan, Residents around the lake, or Siskiyou Residents wanting to save the dams, NOW is the time to ACT!! I have read over 60 comments submitted to FERC in the last few days. ONLY ONE of the 60 was in favor of keeping the dams and it didn’t directly state that fact. All the entities wanting the dams out are mounting a HUGE drive to get everyone to make comments to FERC. Of the over 60 comments I read, ONLY about 10 are in the counties in the Klamath River watershed that would be true stakeholders in this process!!! Some of the commenters live in San Francisco, the Bay area, Southern California in LA, NYC, TX, ID, and other areas that are NOT directly impacted by dam removal. I know the way Washington, DC operates is that your comment will be seen as a tally mark Pro or Con on an issue. Here’s what you need to do IMMEDIATELY!! Have every member of your family submit separate comments, your friends, anyone who might have a stake in seeing the dams stay in place.

How to submit your comment:
1. Go to https://ferconline.ferc.gov/quickcomment.aspx
(If you’d like to submit by mail, use address below. Include docket number P-2082-062 in letter.)
2. Enter your information including e-mail. Open automatic e-mail from FERC, follow link from there to submit comment.
3. In the docket field, enter number P-2082-062 to specify the project.
4. If you need help writing a letter, let me know and I will try to post something, but clearing stating that you are Against dam removal and a brief reason why is all that is needed. If you’re a Copco resident I would state that you are a DIRECT STAKEHOLDER and IF you want you could also state that you would like FERC to hold the KRRC responsible for offering a settlement for lost property values if the dams are to be removed. Also please be VERY CLEAR that you are AGAINST the removal of the dams!!

FERC requires comments be submitted by November 5th. Thank you for your help!

FERC Mailing Address:
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

www.ferconline.ferc.gov

FERCONLINE.FERC.GOV

 See Richard Marshall’s sample comment and additional instructions on how to comment.

Response to FERC re Dams

Go to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission website

Select e comment and file

IMPORTANT – READ BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

After you submit an e Comment request, you will receive an email from ferc.gov with a link to the comment system. Your system must not block emails from ferc.gov. Please create your comments in a Word or Text file (up to 6,000 characters) before you begin, then copy/paste them in the e Comment Text Box to avoid time-out limits. If you are not filing as an individual or if you are filing a motion to intervene, you must have an e Registration account and use the Commission’s e filing system.

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Sample letter:

Secretary Kimberly Bose

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

888 First Street, NE

Washington D.C. 20426

Re: Docket    P-2082-062

 

Dear Secretary Bose,

 This letter is written to support retention of the Four Klamath River Hydro Electric facilities, JC Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2 and Iron Gate Dam.  I support keeping the dams in place and reissuing the license for the dams to continue being used to develop clean and efficient hydropower.

 The argument from some that the removal of the dams will somehow create more fish is bogus.  The science and the eye witness reports from the 1800’s indicate that the Salmon never used the Klamath River beyond Moonshine Falls.   Further the damage which will occur to the aquatic life in the Klamath River will be inestimable and irreplaceable; there is no provision being made to repair and replace the marine life which will be wiped out by the dam removal process.   The ancient Shasta burial grounds will be uncovered and desecrated by this process.

 The plan to turn over the dams to KRRC for demolition is an affront to the citizens who support the efforts to keep and upgrade the hydro facilities.  In both Siskiyou County, California and Klamath County, in Oregon the voters have clearly indicated by nearly 80% of those voting that the dams should stay in place.  KRRC is a hastily formed Company with no prior experience who is being put into place without adequate vetting.  The only funds they have come from the ratepayers and taxpayers of the impacted Counties and from public funds that the California voters were hoodwinked into believing were to be used to create more water storage NOT for tearing down dams that supplied water and clean power and recreation.

 I urge the FERC to deny the license transfer and retain the dams which offer water storage, power generation, flood control and instream flow to protect the Salmon.

Sincerely   _____________________

Be sure to put your address ie  Siskiyou County etc.

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Liz Writes Life 10-31-17

Oct. 31, 2017

Liz Writes Life

 Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Stop the presses! Stop the presses! Klamath dam removal is not a “done deal” even though the new non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp. claims the dams are coming out. Here are the truths in the matter.

It now looks like the 2016-created non-profit KRRC is trying to use old environmental assessments made during the days of the now defunct Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement group. But, because the defunct KBRA did not survive and did not complete its task of getting the Klamath dams destroyed, the new KRRC must engage in the regulatory processes and re-do the environmental assessments. Information and data made by KBRA is stale, old and in many instances flawed. Significant aspects of the science KBRA was using is downright fraudulent.

Huge is the fact that our Congressman Doug LaMalfa was able to stop the funding of $450 million in mitigation monies needed by KBRA to “fix” (ha, ha) the resulting muddy environment and loss of salmon runs. This effectively dissolved the KBRA. Our congressman and other conservatives on the congressional Natural Resources Committee stopped that funding, which had to be appropriated by the House. Yay!

Help us

Several things are happening regarding the dams and your help to save them is still needed.

First: Immediately write comments in support of saving the Klamath dams to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Deadline is Nov. 5, 2017. These comments can be short and sent by email. You can find the e-address and a sample comment at my Liz Bowen.com website. If you want to handwrite a letter the address is: Kimberly Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426.

You see, it is FERC that will decide if the four hydro-electric Klamath dams of Irongate, Copco 1 and 2 and JC Boyle should be relicensed from PacifiCorp to the KRRC. This is the last week for public comment. Let FERC know that Siskiyou residents are the real stakeholders and we need the dams.

Because the KBRA is no longer in existence and because the new KRRC is not a government agency, FERC is the federal agency now charged with a number of legal regulatory processes that must be accomplished before decisions can be made to relicense the dams to KRRC or agree the dams should be removed at all.

One of those processes is NEPA, the National Environmental Protection Act. Believe it or not, the old KBRA did two NEPA processes in 2010 and 2012, but neither were published with a decision; so they were tainted and led to a “no” decision. So even the KBRA spokespeople were lying when they claimed the dams were coming out!

NEPA must be done – with a decision made – before FERC can relicense the dams to anyone. Please include this little-known issue in your comment to FERC. A suggestion for your comment is: “Please be sure to finalize NEPA before making a relicensing decision.”

In fact, there is a list of legal processes that must be accomplished by FERC before the dams can be demolished. Some include the civil construction cost estimation in dam removal and restoration; and a number of answers regarding insurance coverage and bonding for the large demolition projects.

I’d like to thank our local advocacy groups like Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., Scott Valley Protect Our Water and Yreka Tea Party Patriots that have kept this Klamath dams situation alive and in the forefront. This is extremely important, because it can be easy to lose passion on these issues as government tends to drag these types of issue out for years.

But, the newest “good news” is that the legal battle can now begin. Folks have suggested for several years that groups and the county needs to sue. Guess what, you must have “standing” to sue and because the regulatory process had not been accomplished or done correctly, there literally was nothing that could stand up in court for lawsuits. See, once again, it has been a smoke screen of loud voices claiming the “done deal,” when it truly wasn’t finalized. It was a lie!

As part of this good news, on Oct. 17, 2017, the Siskiyou County Supervisors voted 5-0 to enter as an intervener with FERC. This gives the county that all-important “standing” allowing the county to engage in a legal process directly related to FERC’s analysis of license surrender. There is now a process occurring, where the courts can be petitioned.

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, told me, “This is only the beginning of the legal fight for our dams.” I believe him. Michael Kobseff is the chairman of our supervisors’ board and along with Ray affirmed at the Siskiyou Co. Cattlemen’s dinner, last Saturday night, the Klamath dam removal is not a done deal. Great news indeed!

Veterans Parade

We will have a parade this Saturday, Nov. 4th in Etna!

There are over 25 entries signed-up. Now we need our more military veterans to show up and participate. Michael Stapleton will have an 18-foot trailer with straw bales for our veterans to ride. Paul D’Alterio is a retired Air Force Major, who said he had a great time last year and he will participate again. Norm Malmberg, retired Navy Capt. who worked at the Pentagon, has also committed as have several previous Grand Marshals Ed Quigley, Ariel and Albert Facey. Any group that wants to show support of our soldiers can also enter, just call me at 530-467-3515.

Remember, we are influenced by military die-hards and the parade will be held even if it drizzles or rains.

Sad note: It looks like my Pie N Politics.com website has been hacked. It is down and I have yet to be able to fix it. So for now, I will be posting important info to my Liz Bowen.com website.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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