Liz Writes Life 2-20-18

Feb. 20, 2018

Liz Writes Life

POW

The Scott Valley Land Plan and how it was created will be front and center at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this coming Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (George Washington’s real birthday!) Lynne Bryan served as secretary to the Citizens for Orderly Growth, which organized to protect agriculture and open space throughout the valley. This was back in the late-1960s, before land planning was an issue. Lynne was not able to attend January’s POW meeting, so was asked to try again for the February one. An interesting aspect of this grass roots group is that it was instigated with no experience in land planning, county government or public relations. This was also a decade long process.

For those of you who may have showed up at the Fort Jones Community Center for the POW meeting either last Thursday or Saturday, I deeply apologize. I don’t know where communication broke down, but I received phone calls about publicity regarding the meeting being held on both those nights. Ugh! Just to let you know, the POW meetings have been set on the 2018 Fort Jones Community Hall calendar and they will always be the last Thursday of each month; except for December 2018, when we will not have a meeting.

New York

There are lots of fundraisers going on and our communities and businesses are always so supportive, but I want to let you know that the Yreka High School Vocal Ensemble has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City and need our help. Talk about an honor! I have heard this group sing at Siskiyou Co. Republican Women Federated luncheons. It is fabulous. They sing a cappella.

Eric Seiler is the director and it was during his first year of teaching, in 2013, that the vocal group performed a song by the King’s Singers “And so it goes” and posted it on-line. Quite by accident, the actual King’s Singers found Yreka High School’s version and decided to invite the ensemble to sing during their 50th Anniversary celebration planned for April 2018 at Carnegie Hall.

As you can appreciate, the cost of getting 26 teens to New York, New York is expensive. Their goal is $40,000. So far, they have raised $26,000. The $40,000 is needed by the end of this month – oh, so close!

So, Dave and Kathy Tyler will be putting on one of their great barbecue dinners with smoked pulled-pork this Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the Yreka High School Vocal Ensemble will be entertaining with a variety of songs, including “And so it goes.”

Friends of the Fair will have a no-host bar. There will be Live, Silent and Dessert Auctions, along with Door Prizes and raffles, including a gun raffle. Tickets are $20 and you can get them at Scott Valley Banks, Nature’s Kitchen and Yreka Chamber of Commerce. For more info or to donate, call Director Eric at 530-249-1148. Let’s get these singers to Carnegie Hall!

Snow

Sure wish that skiff of snow on Sunday had been a foot deep. Geez, can’t believe how dry it is. The USFS Snow Survey from Feb. 1, 2018 showed snow mountain depths were at 32 percent of historic averages. Even worse, the historic average of water equivalent was 20 percent! Actually, I was surprised the percentage was that high. We gotta think and pray for more snow for the mountains.

Gun laws

Sam Paredes spoke, in Yreka, on Saturday giving updates on California gun laws. He is the executive director of Gun Owners of California and watchdogs the state legislature. Sam was born in Los Angeles, in 1956, to immigrant parents. He attended Pepperdine University on scholarship and graduated with a degree in political science in 1978.

GOC is a non-profit lobbying organization, whose goal is to preserve our Second Amendment rights in California. Sam is a registered lobbyist and has testified in hundreds of legislative committee hearings advocating on behalf of the gun community.

GOC files lawsuits against laws made by the California legislature that are deemed an infringement of the Second Amendment. Lawsuits cost up to $150,000 just to file. One recent success was over-turning the law that said we couldn’t use a magazine carrying 10 rounds.

Yes, the recent killing of 17 students at a Florida High School was on everyone’s minds. What a horrible tragedy. It is truly heart-breaking. Sam echoed what Second Amendment rights advocates believe and that is Gun Free Zones are dangerous. He said the football coach likely could have stopped the slaughter, if he had been legally carrying a concealed weapon. Shootings have been stopped because someone had a gun and used it to stop the killer.

I realize the gun issue is a hot political potato and I will not debate it in my column. I do stand with Pres. Donald Trump. I heard his condolence speech after the recent tragedy and agree that a culture of violence and disregard for life are major culprits for the situation our society is now facing. Sam encouraged us to know the laws, so we will be legal.

Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey sent Lt. Bear Tharsing to the meeting to answer any local questions. The Lt. shared afterwards that Sheriff Lopey has issued over 800 CA. Concealed Carry permits in the county. I have heard Sheriff Lopey encourage citizens, especially women, to protect themselves by obtaining their CCW.

Republican Women

I attended the Siskiyou Republican Women meeting last week. Three Siskiyou Co. Supervisors spoke. Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Supervisor and board chairman, explained the actual status of the Klamath dams issue and debunked attacks against the county. Lisa Nixon, Dist. 4 Supervisor, and Brandon Criss, Dist. 1 Supervisor, discussed committees they are serving. Lisa talked about the extensive survey that has been done on homelessness and Brandon told how volunteer fire fighters are in short supply. He was only one of two people that showed up to fight a house fire in Macdoel the previous week. That is not good.

I want to give you more info on Lisa’s report on the homeless as it was eye-opening. But I am out of space, so will try to get to it next week.

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

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Liz Writes Life 2-13-18

Feb. 13, 2018

Liz Writes Life

There was frustration last week, when I received several shocking emails alleging our county supervisors were not holding strong on saving the Klamath dams. I didn’t believe it. Unfortunately, the rumor mill was moving fast. So, I did what any sensible citizen would do (yep, sometimes I am sensible – ha, ha) and called Ray Haupt. He is our Dist. 5 elected-supervisor and is serving as board chairman of the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors’ this year.

Yep, Ray had received these same emails and was disgusted by accusations that could have been easily addressed — through a bit of inquiry. The major fire storm was over the county hiring SWCA Environmental Consultants. No they are not greenie radical environmentalists, but credible scientists that hold degrees in fields of Natural Resources. Apparently, the rub came when the hiring letter referred to the “assistance with Klamath River Dam Decommissioning Project” and a couple uninformed folks assumed the county was joining with our adversaries on dam removal.

The project name, referenced by SWCA, was created by the non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp., whose sole-purpose is to seize the license for four hydro-electric dams from PacifiCorp and demolish them. SWCA’s letter to the county referenced KRRC project’s name and was not some wild commitment by the county for dam decommissioning!

I remember back in January, the SWCA Environmental Consultants and the Family Farm Alliance gave presentations to the supervisors. Both were vying for the job of providing true scientific research for the county to use to save the dams. Siskiyou Daily News reported on both the presentations and did not raise any red flag that the supervisors had changed course on saving the dams.

So, it was odd language and a lack of understanding-the-situation that brought out the claws, unless there were more nefarious plans underway.

Ray told me the county has been working many angles and the supervisors are completely dedicated to saving the dams and lessening any impacts to our county financially and the environment.

My observations concur with this. During the past several years, the supervisors have worked extremely hard in the political arena forming political alliances at the state and federal levels.

“That has been successful,” said Ray. “We have defeated legislation, antagonistic officials have been replaced and, with the help of Congressman Doug LaMalfa, dam removal funds to the tune of $450 million were cut off.”

Ray said the county has been posturing for the impending legal battle, which is now much closer.

“We have been waiting for eight years for the federal agencies to complete the National Environmental Policy Act processes with the decision to remove the dams,” Ray told me. That is the key – NEPA’s “decision to remove the dams.”

He explained NEPA has not been completed and no Record of Decision has ever been published for the 2010 or 2012 analysis! No legal governmental decision has ever been made! The new KRRC has not completed any new NEPA and even the previous disgraceful Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement process did not complete a legal NEPA for removal, even though they made noises they had.

Because NEPA has not been finalized most of the yapping and demands for Klamath dams removal is just grandstanding. As yet, there has been no legally-defined “harm” and because no one, including the county, has been harmed there is no legal “standing” for a lawsuit.

For those who think the county should have sued over the threat of the loss of the dams, guess what, it has just been rhetoric. Scary rhetoric, I agree, but empty threats just the same. And, it is a waste of time and money to sue, when you have yet to be harmed and there is no standing. Yes, they do want to sue before the dams are destroyed. But, there is a process to follow — if you want to win your case.

Last year, the county did all it could do legally. It filed legal objections, twice, to CA. Public Utilities Commission that is allowing Pacific Power to distribute the funds it has been collecting from its customers to KRRC. This is infuriating! As you know, most of us are paying two additional costs listed on our bills that specifically state the money will go towards dam removal. The county questions why CPUC is now allowing the distribution of those funds, when a NEPA dam-removal decision has not been made.

Also in 2017, the county filed as an intervener to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to refute the process of FERC allowing the transfer of the hydro-electric dams license to KRRC from PacifiCorp. This is a big deal; and will provide standing for a lawsuit.

“Every public meeting I have attended over the years, our citizens have demanded the analysis of 2010 and 2012 be refuted as incomplete, narrowed and tainted. This is why we hired SWCA to refute what Dr. Paul Houser termed Fraudulent Scientific Analysis now being used for license transfer by FERC,” Ray explained.

From my understanding, this is the next step to be able to file a credible lawsuit that has standing. And, yes, the cost is $100,000 for hiring the SWCA firm. Ray believes strongly that credentialed scientists will provide the needed “irrefutable facts.”

I have had plenty of people tell me that the county should sue. But, it has to be the right time, with standing and with the irrefutable scientific facts.

Another thing Ray mentioned is when you have a question or see something odd, please call your county supervisor. Rash assumptions can be really damaging. Thanks Ray for your availability and answers.

Gun laws

Remember, the update on gun and ammo laws luncheon will be next Sat. Feb. 17, 2018. Dave and Kathy Tyler are smoking pork ribs for the barbecue.  It will be held at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. Doors open at noon. Call me for your RSVP at my number below. Also, tickets will be available at the door. They are $20.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thurs. Feb. 22, 2018 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.

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

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Liz Writes Life 2-6-18

Feb. 6, 2018

Liz Writes Life

We are just a handful of days into February and it is downright warm, warm, warm! T-shirt weather for sure. I was shocked to see my daffodils are up and not just peeking-up, but they are over six-inches tall and building buds. So I checked the garlic, but they still think it is winter and haven’t sent up any shoots.

We typically get a two-week warm spell in February, but that is after a good cold (and snowy) January — that we didn’t get. The USFS snow-depth survey crew was likely out on Feb. 1, 2018 doing its first measurements in the mountains around Scott Valley and it doesn’t look like they had much to measure. Darn. Hopefully, I’ll have those numbers for you next week; although it won’t be anything to look forward to. Ugh! Think snow! Pray for snow, we need a Miracle February and March.

Oh, I needed some potatoes last week and so Jack dug our last couple of hills. Surprisingly, there were lots more red potatoes with just a few Russets, but they were firm and cold. Five or six were frost-damaged from not being deep enough, even with the sawdust mulch, but we ended up with about 10 pounds of potatoes. The 2017 garden is now officially done!

Also, I didn’t get the six hyacinth bulbs planted in November. I did think to put them in the refrig in December to make them think they had sorta been through a cold-spell. Then in mid-January, I decided to see if they would grow in the house. I put them in two bowls with small rocks around them and poured in an inch of water. Wow, have they grown especially in the last warm week! They have huge root systems and the greenery is two-inches high. I try to remember to add water every few days. I’ll let you know how long it takes for them to bloom. Years ago, I forced bulbs, but I usually put them in the water/rocks in December and they were blooming about now.

Gun laws dinner

Sam Parades, Executive Director of Gun Owners of California, will explain the new 2018 gun and ammunition laws at a fund raiser barbecue on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. This is a luncheon sponsored by the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee. Doors open at noon with Dave and Kathy Tyler serving their famous smoked baby back ribs, chili beans, coleslaw and cornbread muffins at 12:30 p.m. There will be a Dessert Auction. Cost is $20 per person. Please reserve your seat by calling me at 530-467-3515, Annie Ohlund at 530-842-2350 or Kathy Tyler at 530-905-2492.

Thanks to those who have called in their RSVP. Last Friday, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 1 Supervisor, Brandon Criss, called me asking for reservations for him and his wife. I asked Brandon what he has been working on, as supervisor. He mentioned several committees that he serves on; and is pleased to announce contracts will soon be made with the ambulance and volunteer fire depts. in Butte Valley. That is certainly a good thing. Brandon serves as a volunteer firefighter.

I recently investigated the new ammunition law and it looks like this: If you purchase ammo online, you cannot have it shipped to your house. It must be shipped to a licensed vendor in California. Then you must pick it up at that business and show identification for them to let you out the door with your ammo.

Anyone who sells ammunition must purchase a special license from California. I don’t know how much this new license will cost, but it will add to the cost of doing business for sure.

Also, we are not to purchase ammo out-of-state and bring it into California. There is an exemption if you are a hunter, you can bring in 50 rounds. Guess this is incentive to become a better shot. But, typically we need to practice to become a better shot. Hum?

I made one trip to Medford last month. The man at the CA. border bug station did not ask if I had any ammo. (For your information, I did not buy any.) He did threaten to confiscate my apple turnovers sitting on the seat next to me. I told him they had been baked and surely no subversive bugs had survived and then I offered him one —  really I wasn’t trying to bribe him, just willing to share! He was a nice guy and said he had his own mini-apple turnovers. So there!

Anyway, so far the agriculture people do not seem to be the enforcement for the ammo law, so how will California enforce this ridiculous law?

Please remember to call-in your reservations for the barbecue.

Duane Ehmer

Duane, made it to Lompoc Federal Correctional Institution, on time, to begin his one year and one day sentence for digging a fox hole during his time at the Oregon Malheur Refuge in Jan. 2016 with the Bundy brothers. I wrote about Duane in January, when he rode his horse, Hellboy, through Scott Valley on his way from Northeast Oregon to Lompoc.

Recently, I learned that Lompoc is a low-security federal prison for male inmates. There are two divisions: one is higher-security for younger inmates; and a lower-security one for low-level risk inmates, which is where Duane is likely placed. This institution has work programs with some that permit inmates to work in the community. Hopefully, this correctional facility will be less abusive than the detention centers, where Ammon and Ryan Bundy were held without trial for nearly two years.

LaVoy

More information has been released regarding the Deadman’s roadblock that was set up Jan. 26, 2016 north of Burns, OR. to stop two vehicles, whose occupants included Ammon and Ryan Bundy. Ryan was shot in the arm and LaVoy Finicum was shot three times in the back — killed by government law enforcement officers either FBI or Oregon State Police. Documents say it was the Oregon State Police that did the deadly deed not FBI.

This new information shows that the FBI specifically requested Oregon State Police not, I repeat not, wear their standard body cameras. Why? Did the FBI set up the OSP? Anyway, this is the reason that no images of the shooting from police body cameras have been shown. Sure does add to our distrust of these agencies.

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 1-30-18

January 30, 2018

Liz Writes Life

Itis official. At the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting, last week, Ray Haupt announced he is running for re-election for Siskiyou Co. Supervisor of Dist. 5. There was applause. Yay, Ray is appreciated for how hard he is working for “we the people! Then Ray began discussing his priorities, while serving as chairman of the county board of supervisors, this year. Number #1 priority is to bring accountability to county departments and budgets; and he has already met with county department heads on that topic.

Discussion quickly went to the meetings Ray and Dist. 3 Supervisor Michael Kobseff attended in Sacramento earlier this month. They were invited by Tom Gibson, undersecretary to John Laird in the CA. Natural Resources agency and also by Chuck Bonham, director of CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to meet with them — separately. Gibson attended the Siskiyou Water Tour that the supervisors held last October, where ranches and water environmental projects were discussed.

Last week, I wrote about these two meetings and how the state-level government officials were impressed with the work that has been accomplished. Ray reported there is already better communication that is occurring with Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Recently, another landowner on Moffett Creek needed to do a restoration project and found much improved cooperation with the local employees in obtaining the needed permits. Super!

Dorene D’Adamo sits on the CA. Water Quality Control Board. She also attended the October Water Tour and was impressed with a groundwater recharge project. Ray said that D’Adamo called him, recently, and wants to work with the county on a permitting project, which is impressive.

Earlier this month, it was learned that Dave Meurer is now the second paid employee for Klamath River Renewal Corporation “ the non-profit that is trying to purchase four Klamath hydro-electric dams from PacifiCorp and destroy them. Meurer is well-known in Siskiyou County as he served as staff to Congressman Wally Herger and then worked for CA. Senator Ted Gaines. Meurer’s new position with KRRC is community liaison. The new role for Meurer was met with shock and frustration by those who do not want the dams destroyed. Recently, it has been rumored that KRRC was close to finding liability insurance for the environmental damage the dam removals will create. Siskiyou Co. Natural Resources Specialist, Elizabeth Nielsen, asked Meurer if this was true. There was some evasion, but finally Meurer admitted — not yet. So that is good news. Great job, Elizabeth, for ferreting out that answer.

Gossip and myths abound, when it comes to the Klamath dams issue and the KRRC. Recently, FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) held meetings on the dams’ removal with some local Tribes. Elizabeth attended the meetings held with the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation, Karuk and Yurok Tribes. FERC must agree to the purchase of the dams from PacifiCorp to KRRC. FERC should be held liable for unforeseen consequences of dam destruction. Elizabeth reported that the meetings were mostly conversation and discussed official recovery work.

I asked Ray the significance of the meetings. He said he wasn’t sure, because the way the meetings were held they did not correctly follow either NEPA or CEQA processes. NEPA is the National Environmental Policy Act and CEQA is the California Environmental Quality Act. Both must be strictly followed for dam removal to take place. So were these FERC meetings a smoke screen?

The problem that continues to occur, as it did with the previous Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, is that fraudulent science is being used, data is not being used correctly, Endangered Species Act is not being adhered to and neither NEPA nor CEQA were followed or signed-off correctly in the past. Ray said Siskiyou County is boldly working to make the agencies and KRRC follow government rules, especially NEPA and CEQA processes.

Another fun phone call, to Ray, came from Sydney Lewis, who is a staff assistant to U.S. CA. Senator Kamala Harris. Yep! And she wanted to talk about forestry, reducing the catastrophic wildfires and proposing forest legislation. This is a big wow! Ray has written forest legislation and was happy to meet her in Mount Shasta to discuss the current environmental mess. Several other county supervisors also met with her. I believe they were Lisa Nixon, Dist. 4, and Ed Valenzuela from Dist. 2.

These meetings bode well for Siskiyou County to have civil and respectful communications with those in charge at a higher levels is a huge step in the right direction.

Scott Valley Plan

Unfortunately, Lynne Bryan was not able to attend the Protect Our Water meeting last week. She has been invited to reschedule and speak at the Feb. 22, 2018 meeting on the Citizens for Orderly Growth creating the Scott Valley Land Plan back in the 1970s.

LaVoy and Cliven

Widow Jeanette Finicum, 12 Finicum children and the Finicum Estate have filed a wrongful death civil suit for the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum on Jan. 26, 2016 in Eastern Oregon. They are asking for $5 million in damages for each petitioner.

There are a host of defendants named for allegedly being part of LaVoy’s death. Some of them include the United States of America, FBI, BLM, fired BLM Supervisor Daniel P. Love, former U.S. Senator Harry Reid, FBI Special Agent W. Joseph Astarita (who has been indicted for cover-up and lying about shooting at least two bullets during the ambush), State of Oregon, Gov. Katherine Brown, Senator Ron Wyden, Harney County, David M. Ward (Harney County Sheriff at the time) Steven F. Grasty (county judge), The Center of Biological Diversity and 100 John Does.

Now why in the world would Kieran Suckling, the leader of the Greenie Center be so outspoken against the Finicums and siding with the feds? Yep, read between the lines folks!

Also, Cliven Bundy has filed a lawsuit in Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court against the state of Nevada and Clark County. He is seeking a judicial ruling that federal land in Nevada belongs to the state of Nevada and the people of Clark Co. not the federal government. It would be huge if this situation could be settled and it would affect all the Western states that did not receive their allotted lands that were held back by the federal government, when they became states. Under the U.S. Constitution, when a Territory becomes a state the lands that had been held for governance by the fed are to be turned over to the new state.

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

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Liz Writes Life 1-23-18

Jan. 23, 2018

Liz Writes Life

POW

It will be a great Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Ray Haupt, chairman of the Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors, has several positive developments to discuss and Erin Ryan, staff to Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will bring us up-to-date on Washington issues including the federal government shut-down.

Also, Lynne Bryan will be there to explain how the “Citizens for Orderly Growth” accomplished an amazing land-planning feat, which started in the 1960s. The current Scott Valley Land Plan is the result and it was approved by the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors in 1980 after a decade of wrangling. Lynne served as secretary to the group and kept copious notes. This is an eye-opening discussion. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share if you can as we temper politics with eating goodies before, during and after!

Gun laws

Do you have any idea what the new California gun laws are? I don’t, but I know they are overly intrusive. I am very confused about the ammunition law and when I can carry ammo in my car.

To answer our questions, the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee has invited Sam Parades, who is Executive Director of Gun Owners of California, to speak at a fund raiser barbecue on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Doors open at noon and the barbecue, highlighting smoked baby back ribs, by grill master Dave Tyler will be at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Call your RSVP into me at 530-467-3515, Kathy Tyler at 530-905-2492 or Annie Ohlund at 530-842-2350.

I talked with Sheriff Jon Lopey, last week, and invited him to attend and participate in the Question and Answer section, so we will have specifics for Siskiyou County gun owners. He is checking his calendar and, hopefully, can attend.

Sam Parades will speak around 1:15 p.m. He also serves on the board of directors of Gun Owners of America, so he is well-versed on our state and national issues. I looked up the Gun Owners of California and learned it is the oldest pro-gun political action committee in the USA. I did not realize that back in 1975, the California Legislature sought to ban all handguns in California. Boy, the fight for the 2nd Amendment has been going on for a long time. It was CA Senator H. L. Richardson who began mobilizing angry citizens and the Gun Owners of California was established. The group unleashed a direct mail rally on the legislature and that bill was defeated.

Tickets are not being printed for the Sam Parades event, so it is important to RSVP as soon as possible. There are about 150 seats. Hope to see you there!

Water

Our county supervisors Ray Haupt and Michael Kobseff had interesting meetings two weeks ago in Sacramento. Remember the Water Tour that was held in October? They invited state-level officials from the Natural Resources Dept., Dept. of Water Resources and State Water Resources Board to show on-the-ground positive impacts agriculturists and land owners are making. It worked as those officials were impressed.

One such official is Tom Gibson, who serves as undersecretary to Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird. Gibson reported to Ray and Michael that his eyes were opened and what he learned in Scott and Shasta Valleys was not the information he had been receiving from the field.

So to our benefit, Tom contacted Siskiyou Co. Natural Resource Specialist Elizabeth Nielsen and asked if Ray and Michael would meet with him – in January. Soon after the appointment was scheduled, Chuck Bonham, director of the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, asked for a meeting with Ray and Michael. Undersecretary Gibson is Director Bonham’s superior. Gibson oversees all environmental reviews and CEQA – California Environmental Quality Act – issues.

Both meetings were held on Jan. 10, 2018 and both improved understanding and communication between our county and the state. This is huge folks!

Klamath dams were the big discussion item with Gibson and Ray’s big question was how the state will address public safety. If the dams are removed there will, at some point, be flooding that will cover and affect State Route 96 leaving many folks and Happy Camp stranded. Oops. Ray said the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, along with the previous Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, never addressed the liability of public safety and its impacts. Ray was firm in explaining the state must not side-step this issue.

Ray continued to ask for transparency, which he explained has not occurred because the county has repeatedly asked for the Water Balance Assessment that was done over a year ago – and has not been given to the county or even acknowledged. With Ray’s hydrology background, he told Gibson there will not be enough water in the Klamath River (during summer and autumn months) that will meet biological opinions for Coho. Because the Coho are protected under the CA. ESA, those Coho must have adequate water. If the Water Balance Assessment was done without political bias, Ray believes it will prove this.

Continuing on the Coho theme, Ray told Gibson there is a myth that more habitat, especially spawning habitat is needed. “Our habitat for spawners is unoccupied – not being utilized,” Ray said, and the biggest reason is because “we don’t have sufficient spawners returning.” And that situation points to the ocean and fishing.

The CA. Fish and Game Commissioners, stopped the commercial and tribal fishing, last year, I think because the returning salmon numbers were low. Also, because of the four years of drought before 2017 winter, another low return was expected.

So it was with a surprise, when the counts showed a decent return this winter. The DFW Shasta River station reported 9,935 Chinook and 38 Coho through Jan. 9, 2018; Bogus Creek station reports 2,218 Chinook and 68 Coho; and Scott River had 2,279 Chinook and a whopping 382 Coho.

I need to check and see if the redds were counted this year on the Scott and Shasta Rivers. These are the nesting sites of Chinook as they return earlier than Coho and can be spotted in Sept. and Oct., before typical (but not this year) fall rains raise the river and creek levels. Because of winter weather and higher water levels, Coho redds are difficult to find.

I’ll share more from these important meetings next week.

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

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Liz Writes Life 1-16-18

Jan. 16, 2018

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Farce exposed

Some of the Nevada Bundys are free! For those that do not know, the federal Judge Gloria Navarro chastised the federal prosecutors in court on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 stating the prosecution’s conduct was “grossly shocking” and “flagrant.” Yep, information in the 3,300 pages of documents that the prosecutors finally released to the Bundy defense team was damning. Judge Navarro dismissed the trial against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and Ryan Payne “with prejudice,” which means the feds can’t retry these four for the same crimes. Hooray!

In her hour-long explanation, Judge Navarro touched on BLM Special Agent Larry Wooten, who has become a hero. In December, an email was leaked to Matt Shea, who is a state assembly representative in Washington, where Wooten listed issues regarding the Bundy investigation. Wooten was an investigator on the Bundy case and was complaining of unethical actions, cover-ups and malfeasance. In February of 2017, the prosecuting attorneys had enough and Wooten was reassigned — taken off the Bundy investigations.

His email explained that former BLM Special Agent-in-Charge (Dan) Love specifically and purposely ignored U.S. Attorney’s Office and BLM civilian management direction and intent, as well as Nevada State Official recommendations, in order to command the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale, and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible. Wooten added that the BLM used excessive force, civil rights and policy violations.

I don’t know how much of the Wooten info Judge Navarro has read, but the Bundy Defense Team has hammered her with significant flagrant violations, lies and cover-ups. Cliven was in his blue prison jumpsuit with shackles on his ankles, when the judge ordered him released. He tried to leave, but was not allowed nor were cameras permitted in the courtroom to record the situation. When Cliven did leave the court house, he was dressed in his cowboy suit and hat.

More than 100 supporters and family were at the court house, including his wife, Carol. I watched one of his first interviews and was impressed with his knowledge of the situation. He said something that surprised me and I want to share it. He is speaking about the Dec. 20, 2017 trial, where she originally dismissed the trial: The Judge Navarro, she did the government a very big favor if we would have gone on for just a few more hours, even, there would have been a lot of discovery made, there would have been entrapment brought forth, there would have been Lombardo’s lies brought forth, there were a lot of things she covered up and protected from coming out to the media and the people. If we go back to court, it will all come out.

So, to me this means that Cliven, Ryan and Ammon were willing to continue the trial, where the jurors would have heard many specifics. It sounds like the Bundys were getting way too close to exposing many truths.

Now our thoughts turn to the rest of the 19 arrested for the Bunkerville stand-off. Two more of Cliven’s sons are still in prison awaiting trial. Yes, we are in hopes the truth will set these men free and soon.

And I wonder, just as Cliven does: Why are we allowing the federal government, these bureaucracies, to have armies?

Cowboy

Monday was a busy day. I was able to go in to Bob’s Ranch House and meet Duane Ehmer for breakfast, along with his girl friend, Cindy, and Maureen Peltier, who is documenting his ride on facebook. Duane told me he was shoeing a horse, when he heard on the local PBS radio station that terrorists had taken over the Malheur Refuge in Eastern Oregon early January 2016. As a Desert Storm U.S. Army veteran, he decided to show up and see what was going on. He didn’t want foreign terrorists doing anything in his USA.

When he arrived, there were no foreign terrorists only folks like him. And, unexpectedly, the federal government labeled Duane a terrorist. Being just a cowboy, he naturally took his good horse Hellboy with him. After some days, the FBI made a deal with Duane. If would help talk the Bundys out of the refuge, they would not arrest him. He went back and forth and participated in those talks. When the Bundys and other supporters finally walked out, Duane was treated as one of the terrorists. The FBI lied. Duane and others were arrested, stripped naked and stood for over an hour in the below freezing temperatures.

He was taken to jail in Portland and held for over a month. When Duane was released, he was naked! His clothes only showed up last month. Duane was able to continue his cowboy ranch hand job under house arrest with an ankle bracelet that bloodied his leg from rubbing on the saddle.

Last February 2017, his trial lasted a month and he was allowed very few witnesses or defense by the judge. (I didn’t even know the trial was being held.) The jury found him guilty of one federal felony. You see, Duane was surrounded by federal snipers and decided to use a piece of equipment to dig himself a fox hole. It wasn’t very big. But, he was given a sentence of one year and one day for defacing federal property. Seems like a pretty steep sentence. I’ve heard that Greenies get away with defacing federal property quite often. Hypocrisy.

Originally, Duane was to serve his sentence in Oregon, but that was changed to the federal prison in Lompoc, CA. To raise awareness of the atrocity, Duane is riding Hellboy south to Lompoc and must be there by Jan. 24, 2018. Support rallies are being held along the way. Hellboy is a tall horse and covers ground quickly. Duane said he is Polish/Arab.

Randy Risner has a saddle shop in Montague. He came over with a new saddle pad, lead rope and leggings for Hellboy, which he and several friends donated. They were appreciated. It was raining, when Duane threw on his yellow slicker and headed on down Highway 3. The Bundys and several supporters were acquitted in their two trials last year for the refuge stand-off. Sure is a shame to see the injustice of Duane’s situation.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Lynne Bryan will be there to explain how the “Citizens for Orderly Growth” created the Scott Valley Area Plan in the 1970s. Pretty interesting! Hope you can make it at 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 1-9-17

Jan. 9, 2018

Liz Writes Life

Hopefully, things will get back to normal. Ha, ha. No, I haven’t stopped writing my column even though two weeks ago, I just didn’t get it done (blame Christmas) and then last week, my column was accidently left out of the Tuesday edition. It did run on page 2 on Wed., Jan. 3, 2018. A big “thanks” to those of you who wondered what was up. I do appreciate that you read me. Yep, I do!

But, today’s column was almost as iffy, because my computer is acting like it has a bug. Guess I will need to hit it with anti-virus programs, etc. Also, I am not sure what to write about. The federal judge will make her decision tomorrow, Jan. 8, 2018 regarding the mistrial of three Bundys and Ryan Payne, so I don’t have any news there – except to say that Fox News did run an article on the fact that the federal prosecutors want another chance for another trial against the ranchers. Sure would be great to see it declared a mistrial “with prejudice,” so they can’t be indicted again.

Then I learned that Duane Ehmer will be at Bob’s Ranch House in Etna tomorrow, Monday, morning. He is riding his horse “Hellboy” from Oregon down to Lompoc, where he will report for his prison sentence. I haven’t paid close attention to this story, but he was involved with the January 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge/Bundy situation. He was found guilty of several counts and has been on home detention in Irrigon, Oregon until now, when he has to report to prison. I hope to get in and meet him.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will begin holding 2018 meetings on Thursday, Jan. 25th  at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. All the monthly meetings have been scheduled for the year and will be on the last Thursday of each month (sometimes that is a 5th Thursday), except for December. We typically don’t meet in December, because of so many other holiday activities.

Our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, Ray Haupt, was elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors. I know that Ray will be working hard on the many issues facing our county. He will be at the next POW meeting to discuss the New Year. Sure appreciate his transparency and desire to inform the public. Erin Ryan, staff for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will also bring us up-to-date on happenings in WA. D.C.

No, I don’t have my Pie N Politics.com website back up. It is frozen to the point that I can’t even get into the wordpress program that I used. So, to stay up-to-date on the Bundy and Duane Ehmer situations, I recommend that you go to the Redoubt News.com website or Freedom Outpost.com.

Hammonds

An acquaintance has been researching into the Hammond situation in Eastern Oregon looking into the powers-that-be. It looks like Hammonds do have uranium under their land. This has been alluded to for several years. Apparently, Uranium One owns or owned the Aurora Project Mine that is located about 30 miles away from the Hammonds private property there in Oregon. There is significant uranium throughout that area.

Remember, the federal persecution against the Hammonds ramped-up during the time that Obama was U.S. President and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. It is alleged that Hillary sold or colluded with the Russians selling them uranium located in the United States. This is where the U.S. Dept. of Justice and FBI should be doing their investigations. Apparently, a new investigation has been opened, but who knows if these bureaucrats are part of the good ol’ boy group entrenched from Obama years or actually willing to truly find the truth.

Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven Hammond, have now served two years of their re-prosecuted case, where the judge sentenced them to an additional five years in prison. This sentence is after, serving their sentences from the first trial and verdicts. I truly believe greed for uranium is reason for the Hammond atrocities and trumped-up charges.

Gold

Speaking of mining, I opened the 1957 “The Siskiyou Pioneer” book and read about gold mining near Callahan and the South Fork of the Scott River. Karl V. Denny wrote about the Haydens, Asa White, Masterson, Lyttle and Parker brothers to name a few families. Here are a few fun tid-bits from his historical writings. I looked Karl up in the Ancestry.com census and also found his CA. Death Index that said he was born in 1876 and died in 1961. He was a son of Siskiyou pioneers A.H. and Eliza R. Denny.

It looks like miners came to the area as early as 1849 finding gold in the South Fork of the Scott River and up most of the creeks. It is hard to imagine, but hundreds of gold miners were working at the same time and it was reported that up to 800 Chinese were also hunting gold at one point here.

Karl said that as you went up the South Fork, one had to travel through Springtown, where many Chinese lived. Past Springtown was Fox Creek, which during the 1860 time-period was the most prosperous. Fox Creek is about six miles up from Callahan. He said the Enos Young’s butcher wagon bumped its way to Fox Creek twice a week from Etna – to feed the miners. On up the South Fork was Grizzly Creek and a town by the name of Gasburg had been settled at the mouth. It is gone.

With the new Denny Bar Company opening in Etna, I would image a significant amount of history has been gathered and, maybe, will be published into a book?

I so appreciate “The Siskiyou Pioneer” books that the Siskiyou County Historical Society has put together — for decades. I believe I read where their newest edition will soon be available.

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 1-2-18

January 2, 2018

Liz Writes Life

It will likely take me several weeks to type or write the correct 2018 date as old habits are hard to break! But I like the idea of a New Year — to enjoy a new beginning or a fresh start with 2018! May the New Year be happy and prosperous to you all!

Several weeks before Christmas, I was standing in the toy section of WalMart, when I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Father Lawrence, who was quite pleased with himself that he recognized me – from the back. Ugh! He is a native of Yreka and served the Catholic Parish in Fort Jones for many years. Then, he went down to Redding and served a parish there, but I believe Father Lawrence retired last year and is now living back in Yreka. He introduced me to his mother, who did not look her age. It was wonderful to see him again and he told me that he expected the encounter to be related in my column. So “Happy New Year” to you Father Lawrence! And to your beautiful mother!

Bundy

I apologize for not writing a column last week, but between a frustrating sinus cold and trying to get Christmas accomplished, I ran out of time and energy. This week’s column brings some positive news regarding the Cliven Bundy situation. Many people have been praying the truth will set the Bundys free. It looks like those prayers are working.

A lot has happened. The federal judge in Las Vegas declared a mistrial on Dec. 20, 2017. She had to finally admit that the federal prosecutors were withholding evidence that defended the Bundys. Yep, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, BLM and FBI have generated lies and cover-ups.

What is even better is that the abuse is so bad that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered an investigation into the case, so hopefully the atrocities will be fully exposed.

But, let’s go back to Dec. 20, 2017, when U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro was presiding over the trial of USA v Cliven Bundy. Bundy defense attorneys had moved for dismissal of the trial claiming the federal prosecutors committed Brady violations and misconduct – which are quite dire. She spent two hours detailing the violations made by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Schiess and Nadia Ahmed. She said the evidence withheld was “material” to the case for the defense and that they were “willful” violations resulting in due process violations. She declared a mistrial, said at this point a fair trial was impossible, thanked the jurors for their time and sent them home.

The Bundy defense team hopes the judge will dismiss the case “with prejudice,” so all charges will be dropped and the Bundys can not be taken to court again.

But, already U.S. Attorney Myhre is asking the judge to let him have another chance at prosecuting the Bundys and the supporters that were arrested. What arrogance! The next court date to complete the dismissal is Jan. 8, 2018, when the judge will make these decisions.

Several things were brought to light through cross-examining federal witnesses. Bundy defense attorneys had continually asked for reports, documents, audio and videos from the prosecution – which is the way court cases work. Both sides get to know what information the other has. In this case, the feds would not release their information to the tune of over 3,300 pages of documentation in this last go around! It was finally released in mid-December.

One violation was regarding the surveillance cameras that were placed around the Bundy home ranch. The defense asked for the videos and audio and BLM denied the existence of the cameras, until a U.S. Park Service Chief Investigator testified to their existence. Oops!

The defense also asked for the FBI reports on snipers that the Bundy’s claimed were surrounding the home ranch. The FBI denied there was snipers and suppressed those records. But, when they came to light, it was shown there were at least 197 paramilitary personnel from SWAT and FBI teams on high ground surrounding the home ranch! Those documents also showed the BLM had contracted cowboys to roundup Bundy’s cattle. Another oops!

The before-April-2014 “Threat Assessment” BLM report was finally made public that claimed the Bundy family was not a threat. But, because the FBI would not make this report available to the defense, it allowed the feds to hold the Bundys and arrested supporters in prison detention for nearly two years.

Another BLM assessment was also finally released that stated cattle grazing had not harmed the desert tortoise. My goodness! That shows the government lied when it claimed the roundup was to protect the tortoise.

Yet another BLM witness was found to be lying, when she said the BLM was not concerned with the Bundy’s water right. Then a document was released that proved the BLM witness, who was a District Ranger, had actively tried to get the water right away from Bundy. Boy, this stuff is outrageous.

After the mistrial, jurors waited outside the federal courthouse and the defendants visited with them. Most were quite friendly with several telling Ammon Bundy they had seen through the federal prosecutors and believed they were “not guilty”. Jurors were also impressed with Ryan Bundy’s representation of himself and opening statement.

But wait, there’s more! There are new allegations about misconduct by the federal prosecutors. These have been made by Washington State Representative Matt Shea on Dec. 14, 2017.

A BLM Agent, Larry Wooten, was a former lead investigator of the Bundy case and he has become a whistleblower. Wooten claims his supervisor and federal prosecutor Myhre cooperated to withhold evidence in the case. It looks like Myhre and his staff suppressed Wooten’s report documenting BLM and FBI gross misconduct and Wooten was even relieved of his investigation position. Wooten disclosed that BLM and FBI had put the Bundys on a “kill list,” mocked their religion and bragged about trying to harm them.

Many eyes will be watching Judge Navarro at the Jan. 8, 2018 court date.

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 12-19-17

Dec. 19, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The flu bug finally got me and I am not feeling well, so I decided to use Ryan Bundy’s opening statement from his Nevada trial on Nov. 15, 2017. It was quite long and it wasn’t easy to reduce down to 1,000 words, so it is worth checking out Redoubt News.com and doing a search for Ryan Bundy to read the entire statement. Ryan said some very powerful things regarding rights, freedoms and government. Here it is – and Merry Christmas!

Thanks to the jurors for being here. I told you a little about myself at voir dire, but I’d like to introduce myself a little more, and tell you about my heritage and how that affects my case.

This is my ID! (Shows a photo of him with his family.) Not my driver’s license. This is who I am, a man with a family and I’ll do whatever it takes to provide for them.

My family has been on that land 141 years, my pioneer ancestors settled there in 1877 – there was nothing there. They carved out a living … they brought a horse and wagon and some provisions … this case, the government mentioned is “not about rights”, but it is – those rights do mean something – rights are created through beneficial use.

When my ancestors arrived, undoubtedly the horse would need a drink, so they led him to the water and that is beneficial use. The horse and perhaps a cow that had been led behind the wagon need to eat some brush in the hills, that is beneficial use. That established rights. The water rights are real! So real, the State of Nevada has a water rights registry including livestock watering rights. A law was created to protect those rights. The water rights that my father owns were first registered in 1891 by the State of Nevada – the State of Nevada is important, a sovereign state, its own unit, which entered the union in 1864. It entered equal to the original states, it is its own entity and state laws are important.

My family and I are charged with some grievous things and they are not true and evidence will show they are not; force, manipulation, extortion, violent—my family is not a violent family and I am not a violent man. For 20+ years we turned to local law enforcement. Rights are real property. The fact is that we create government to protect rights.

Our ranch – children are always welcome – it is a place to play, play in the river, the pond, chase or hunt rabbits, burn your toes in the hot sand in summer—always free. Never before did we feel like someone was always watching. In early spring of 2014 we felt like someone was always watching… the dogs were watching the hills, when you are always with a dog you get to know what they are saying with their bark… you can tell by their bark what they are seeing… surveillance cameras on one hill, but the dog looking at another and growling… (tearfully) This is not what America is supposed to be.

They say this issue is over grazing fees … it’s terrible, terrible, he must be a freeloader – it’s only rhetoric – I’ll tell you why – You don’t pay rent when you own your home! We own those rights! Not the land, I know we don’t own the land, but access…you and others have rights on that land. We own water and grazing rights. We don’t pay rent for something we own.

The BLM was formed in 1960. Our rights were established in 1877, long before BLM.

Also, in Clark County, there were 53 ranchers who owned rights. There is only a single one still out on the range. The BLM is not gaining revenue, it’s not important to them.

The American public saw this and came not to impede or do harm. They came because they felt the spirit of the Lord, spirit of freedom and felt “we the people are not going to put up with that behavior”. It was not pointed out there were snipers on the hill, I witnessed that through binoculars and the evidence will show this.

You saw the video of them hip chucking my Aunt Margaret, 50+ years of and just finished with cancer treatments, the mother of 11 children. They call these BLM guys law enforcement, but they are just BLM employees.

Every incident they are charging us with happened on property that belonged to the State of Nevada. Even if BLM had authority to close public land, they have no authority to close State of Nevada public land.

Until we are willing to do whatever it takes, liberty will be, is being lost.

Extortion, violence, pointing guns – everything we are charged with, they were doing and thousands of people came running – the world knew about this – China, Ireland (they sent us a flag), New Zealand and other countries – why? Because America stood for freedom and has for years and the world is interested in seeing how America (emotional) will deal with freedom. The world wants to know. The American people said, “yes, we will stand for freedom. Government, you’ve gone too far and we will put a stop to it.”

Evidence will show my father and my brothers are innocent men. We need you to put on that paper that we are not guilty. You are the twelve to represent us, peers, equals, people…we the People.

Guns…lots of guns…scary…camo…freedom of speech…also, the right to bear arms, the second amendment…a militia was necessary. What is a militia? It is defined in the law. U.S. Code defines militia: “all able-bodied men 17-45 years of age”.

No one was harmed except Davey, Ammon and Aunt Margaret. You will not see in evidence that we ever harmed anyone! They attack and we turned the other cheek. We were peaceful—insistent? Yes! And, Yes! Demanding.

I had a sniper pointing at me, 200 armed men surrounding my home, my family (tearfully) Ryan Payne has been portrayed as a bad man. Evidence will show otherwise. He saved my life. He saved my life. Others came.

I invite you to our ranch. I recognize your right to use the land. We want you to come and enjoy it. I thank you for this time. Please find me not guilty and these other men not guilty. Stand up for freedom.

Thank you.  Ryan Bundy

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 12-12-17

Dec. 12, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Veterans

Thomas Jackson, the Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer, sent out a notice last week. His office is compiling a list of veterans that could use a Christmas dinner. So, if you know of a veteran who is in need of some love, concern and dinner please call his office ASAP at 530-842-8010.

Garden

The cabbages are gone. Jack is re-doing the stairs to our porch and took down a small part of the garden fence. (We don’t have lawn. Instead, we have a garden and it is right next to the porch on two sides of the house.) It didn’t take long for the now-tame deer to find the hole, get in the garden and start eating on the cabbages. I saw the doe out there late at night. No, I didn’t shoot her!

One small cabbage and the giant leaves on the other cabbages were eaten, so I got the hatchet and cut off the last four cabbages. Three were fairly small like a flattened volley ball, but the other one is the size of a sorta-flattened basket ball. But remember, this flat-head type of cabbage is not tight, so there isn’t as much cabbage.

The three small ones are in the refrig and the big one is outside in the garage covered in old curtains and canvas. I checked on it last Saturday and the outside is starting to get a bit frosted from these cold nights, so I better cut it in half a give it away.

We were low on potatoes and so we dug a little over 10 pounds of Russets. Potatoes that were close to the top of the ground were frozen and we tossed them. But the others were great. Super white! I cut them up for fried taters and Jack barbecued several thick pork shoulder steaks. I rinsed off the rest of the potatoes and put them in a paper sack in the bottom of the refrig, cuz I don’t think they will do well at room temperature after being nearly frozen.

We kept putting off getting some mulch on top of the three or four hills left, so Jack wheel-barrowed sawdust and put on them. Sure was nice to know that the 20-degree temps hadn’t hurt the potatoes that were down several inches.

Now, on a warmer-type day, I need to drag several bags of manure to dump on top of the two rhubarb plants. Last year, when I was visiting Sam Thackeray in Utah, he told me that my Uncle Charlie Hovenden said to put manure on rhubarb every fall and it will do really well the next spring. Yep, there are only a few more days of “autumn”, so I better get it done.

Grenvik Greenhouse

Tim thinks the culprit eating his four-inch tall tomato plants was a mouse or two. He is plugging holes, setting traps and using moth balls to deter any more coming in. Recently, a friend emailed me that she believed it was a mouse that ravaged his tomatoes, because she has raged war with mice in her greenhouse. So, I think Tim has found that it wasn’t insects doing this dastardly deed.

California

I just learned that the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area outside of Montague is now closed to most of the public. Yep, that’s right. I consider this an affront to the citizens of California, because it is their tax dollars that paid for what was once a cattle ranch with several large reservoirs. But, California is in debt to the tune of over $389,244,295, 433 – that is $389 billion with the estimated debt per citizen at $9,906.  The state government bureaucracies are over-the-top in spending, but those people think it is ok, cuz they will just find more ways to make the citizens pay.

There are now signs at the Wildlife Area that explain as of November 1, 2017, individual’s are required to possess a daily or annual “lands pass,” unless you carry a valid California hunting or fishing license. The pass fee is $4.32 per day or $24.33 per year. Apparently, the wildlife area is closed this time of year, except to those with the proper licenses or permits. Oh, those aged 15 and under do get to enter free of charge.

Lands passes may be purchased on-line or by phone at 800-565-1458 or in-person at locations where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Lands passes cannot be substituted for Wildlife Area Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B areas.

School and organized youth groups, including accompanying adults, are exempt from the lands pass requirement, but need to contact the area to schedule a field trip.

Bundy

Four more men were ordered released from prison detention last week. Dave Bundy and Jason Woods walked out of the Las Vegas federal courthouse last Monday and then Mel Bundy as night fell. Joe O’Shaugnessy’s release is contingent on an agreement from the Oregon Standoff judge in Portland.

Patriarch Cliven Bundy is still locked-up. He is waiting for all the men who supported him, and then arrested, are released.

Redoubt News.com and other sources reported on the third week of the trial saying that the federal judge is having her eyes opened, whether she likes it or not, about the prosecution. You see, the prosecution witnesses are inadvertently exposing new evidence. This is extremely important, because the prosecution has failed time and time again to provide this information to the defense attorney.

The prosecution is getting caught red-handed in lies. One being that Cliven was worried about the build-up of surveillance by the feds of his home, including a significant number of snipers stationed on the hills around his ranch. He felt an attack was imminent by government agents. This began several weeks before the April 12, 2014 standoff.

A significant aspect of the trial is the fact that the Bundys believed they needed to use the 2nd Amendment to protect themselves from the feds. Both federal women judges have shown their disbelief that the Bundys truly were threatened. But, the truth is coming out in the trial, including the many trumped-up charges.

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

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