Liz Writes Life 8-19-14

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

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

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Liz Writes Life 8-12-14

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

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

 

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

Where there’s smoke there’s fire and we are getting an eyeful of smoke from fires that started last week due to the thunderstorms. Yep, pretty scary situations in areas of Siskiyou. Over here in Scott Valley, Quartz Valley is under an “advisory” evacuation notice, which means they do not have to leave, but should organize and prepare.
Jerry McGowan is the Incident Commander of the July Complex Fire that includes the Log Fire in Shackleford and Mill Creek threatening Quartz Valley; the White Fire over at the bottom of Salmon Mt.; and the Leef Fire, near Cecilville Mt. between Callahan and Cecilville summit. The Leef Fire is contained and there has been mop up. I saw it take off on July 28 with a huge plumb of smoke. Uggh.
McGowan, other officials and Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey have been holding community meetings answering questions regarding evacuations and how the fires are being addressed. I was about to say how the fires were being “managed,” but McGowan and other fire fighters say they have never seen the radically erratic fire behavior that we are experiencing. So “managing” these fires may be like herding cats!
We all know it is because of the drought and the loss of the ability to manage, thin and log out trees in the over-grown forests. But I will stay off my political soap box for now. It just breaks my heart to see the catastrophic hot fires killing the wild animals that can’t possibly escape from these horrific situations.
On Sat. night, McGowan spoke to about 100 folks at the Etna High School. It was his 2nd day on the job and the July Complex Fire Camp just started setting up at Charlie Peckham’s ranch on Horn Lane the day before. It was a good meeting. He is working to call in more fire crews, but available personnel and equipment (called resources) are limited, because of fires nationwide. As of Aug. 3, there were 549 personnel on the July Complex, 19 crews, 25 engines, 6 dozers and 4 helicopters. Over 5,000 acres have burned on the three fires.
Sheriff Lopey said to plan think about necessities of important documents, etc. if you have to evacuate. Ron Quigley, his Emergency Services Officers, explained about the shelter areas and that the Siskiyou Sheriff’s Posse will help with moving horses and other livestock. If you can help with providing a place for refuge horses and livestock, please let the Sheriff’s Dept. know. Call 842-8300.
Sheriff Lopey was asked if he would be issuing arrests to those folks that may decide not to evacuate, if the level is raised to “mandatory” and Sheriff said he won’t likely be doing that as he doesn’t have enough officers or resources; but and that is a big “but”, he will take the names of all those who choose to stay and then obtain addresses of relatives or friends to contact incase of death. So it will be your choice and certainly some homes and properties are more defensible than others.
On Sunday, I did hear and see on facebook that some folks had decided to start moving things out from their homes in Quartz Valley; and a few others said they were not leaving! The Scott Valley Jr. High has been set up as a the shelter area for those fleeing from Quartz Valley.
Ray Haupt attended the Log Fire community meeting at the Quartz Valley School on Sunday night and told me there were about 200 folks that showed up. He said they are building two fire lines using bulldozers and the fire crews to try and protect Quartz Valley. The first is mid-slope, but a second one closer to the bottom by the valley floor is being busted-in for extra protection.
Ray told us on Thursday night at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting that fire behavior could be outrageously bad because of the extreme dry conditions and he is right. But he also said the inversion of air that pushes the smoke down low is actually a firefighter’s friend as it suppresses the fire. So, yes, we complain more because the smoke is down at our level, but it slows the fire and it did just that on Sunday with the Log Fire.
The biggest concern at the Etna Saturday night meeting and at the Quartz Valley meeting is the next batch of thunderstorms that are expected to throw down lightning for several days and could start another batch of fires.
Also, I learned that Cal-Fire has set up a large emergency command center at Yreka High School.
So, things could get dicey. Ray told us at the POW meeting and Sheriff Lopey is stating that we should all do some major planning. What would you take on short notice – what could you do with a little more notice to help you and your family if evacuation is needed?
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 7-29-14

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

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

 

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

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

 

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July 15, 2014

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

Old Time Rodeo

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

POW

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

July 19

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

JH Ranch

Sorry, but I must complain about the lack of things-getting-fixed by the county and JH Guest Ranch up French Creek. The Friends of French Creek have brought legitimate grievances and it looks like nothing has been done as far as demanding enforcement of JH guest population. The business has a permit for 250 guests and the amount of cars and convoys going up French Creek to JH looks to still be bursting that number. Just cuz many vehicles are traveling in the dark of night doesn’t make them invisible.
I thought that the Siskiyou Co. Planning Commission was going to begin discussion at their July 16 meeting, but I have since learned that any discussion of JH is postponed until possibly October. Gee whiz, folks, the summer guest season will be over and, once again, JH will not have been made to comply with their permits.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 7-8-14

July 8, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Lettuce and peas are about done in the garden. Last week, I fried up some new red potatoes and I am sure russets are ready to eat. The garlic should be ready to pull up this month. Onions, peppers, cucs, watermelon, cantaloupe, green beans and tomato plants really took off last week. They love this heat. I don’t. Ugh.
Last week, I decided to start drying parsley. The one plant that volunteered needed to be harvested and the six I planted are ready too. Found the dehydrator and darned if I didn’t forget to remove the parsley that I had dried in October. I thought I had dried some late in the season and wanted to give it to my daughters-in-law. But when I went to package it in November, I couldn’t find it. Guess I need to remember to always check the dehydrator!
After sitting all winter in the tub with the dog and cat food, I decided not to keep that batch of parsley. Going to have lots this year and hopefully I’ll remember where I put it. Basil seeds finally came up and there will be plenty of basil to dry too. The lemon balm, oregano and mint need to be harvested. So I better get to it, before they bloom.
I want to move oregano inside the fence, so I can remember to irrigate it better. With it being so dry this year, it didn’t get water in the spring and it isn’t nearly as tall; just got to make a place for it.
Been babying the cosmos and four o’clocks that volunteered along with a few amaranthus that will be the giant maroon ones. A dahlia is blooming along with the bright pink lambs ears, yellow yarrow, two rose bushes and the ever-dependable orange day lilies. Giant Shasta daisies are just now starting to bloom. Oh, the glads are growing too.
July 19
It will be a busy day on Sat. July 19th. In Scott Valley the Scott Valley Blues Club is sponsoring a “Blues on the Green” event at the Etna City Park. Four bands will play from noon to 8 p.m. They are: Uncle Staxx, with Johnny Zappola, Casey Kelley; Ron Lovelace Blues Band; Mike & The Meteorites; and Li’l Stogie Guitars & The Doghouse Blues Band. Admission is $15 at the gate. Looks like the Etna Lions and Dalmations will have food concessions that will benefit the scholarship fund for the Etna High School and the Scott Valley Fire Protection District.
This is Scott Valley’s version of entertainment that will replace the Blue Grass Festival, which has been moved to the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds Aug. 25-31.
In Yreka, at the Miner’s Inn lawn, the Siskiyou County Republican Women Federated will hold a “Sons and Daughters of Liberty Country BBQ” with Dave and Kathy Tyler cooking up baby back ribs, chicken, beans and all the fixin’s. It starts at 11 a.m. with the BBQ at noon. Cost is $20 per person if you purchase before the event. Congressman Doug LaMalfa will be the keynote speaker.
The ladies are so excited about their big “opportunity drawing” item. It is a FMK 9 mm handgun with the Bill of Rights etched on the barrel. Lots of other great prizes as well. Call Candace Slette at 468-2601 for tickets.
Girl Scouts
Dora Shelden called to let me know that the Girls Scouts in Fort Jones has been rejuvenated. There are three girls in Troop 70050 in 4th and 5th grades. They are Cassidy Burgan, Danielle Saran and Ava Alford-Wells. They are now working on a special project to help them earn their Bronze Award. The girls have made posters that encourage folks to shop locally. They will be putting up the posters this summer. Dora said the girls are excited about the “Shop local” project and will speak to groups. For more info, call Dora at 459-5449.
Callahan P.O.
Well, the federal Postal Service is at it again. After reducing the hours to a dozen Post Offices in Siskiyou County, the feds are trying to remove our Post Master from the Callahan Post Office and reduce our office hours to just four per day. We fought it several years ago. I received the info and a Customer Survey `sheet in the mail to fill out. Frustrating thing is that the survey only has four choices and none are the one I want. I want our Post Master to remain and the hours to be kept at eight per day, which is guaranteed under the Constitution.
Postal Service reps will be holding a town meeting that is part of their review process, on Tuesday, July 29th at the Callahan Community Church. Time is 7 p.m. Let’s hope they operate the meeting correctly this time. They didn’t three years ago. Please attend this meeting.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 7-1-14

July 1, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Master Gardener Roy Hammer let me know the Farmer’s Market in Fort Jones will be starting next Tuesday, July 8th with an earlier “start” time of 5 p.m. They meet at the Big Ball Field on Highway 3 and you better get there on-time, cuz the good stuff sells out within a half hour.
Roy also said he is eating ripe tomatoes that he planted from seed on March 9th. You got to be kidding me! But I do believe him, I really do. Roy says the key to good plant growth is warm soil. And I do see a light on in his green house during the evenings in early spring. I think he has several tricks up his sleeve.
I thinned the zucchini to just two plants and in two days they tripled in size. The basil finally came up and I’ll transplant some of them. I didn’t get out the Miracle Gro last week, so that needs to be done.
Remember on Thursday nights, in Etna, there is a Farmer’s Market at Dotty’s on the corner on Highway 3. It starts at 4:30 p.m.

2nd Amendment
The Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee held a gun shoot at the Dunsmuir Gun Club on Saturday. We had a great BBQ tri-tip dinner cooked by Dave and Kathy Tyler. Boy Scouts helped set up and take down and the Scout Master along with others organized the shooting. No contests, just a chance to go practice.
I hit a bull’s eye, just barely on the side of the red color. So it wasn’t in the middle, but I did hit the bulls’ eye and I was standing 25 feet away. Hadn’t even practiced with my .38 Ruger revolver pistol, so I think it was a lucky shot.
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey was asked to do a “shoot off” with the winner of a drawing. Several folks could hardly wait hoping to compete against our Sheriff. It was Republican Women’s Past President Donna Bacigalupi’s name that was drawn and then they were shocked, when it wasn’t a gun they would be using. Instead they were given sling shots with BBs as the ammo. Took a few tries to get some practice in. BBs are very small and difficult to manipulate into the leather pocket of the sling shot. Finally the BBs were gone, but the targets were still up, so Sheriff quickly found a nice pebble and shot it. And he knocked down a target first. Both were good sports, especially when Sheriff Lopey had been getting in some extra practice with his guns earlier in the day. Great fun.
Dan Dorsey organized the event and Russ Porterfield, along with his “cowboy” group, gave a demonstration shooting rifles and Colt .45 pistols. Pretty neat. Congressman Doug LaMalfa was able to attend and he even got into the action shooting with the pistol. Hit the metal targets too. Oh, there was also an interesting black powder gun demonstration.
After dinner, Congressman LaMalfa talked a bit about his time in Washington D.C. calling it a “fascinating ride.” What a positive way to describe the mess that is going on back there. Once again, LaMalfa is very cognizant of Siskiyou County and the myriad of issues facing us. “You are the tip of the spear,” he told us, “It’s like they are practicing on you.”
He said to never give up and to always turn out to vote. Call your U.S. Senators, he said, and let them know your concerns especially regarding the water storage issues. More water supply is good for everybody.
Congressman LaMalfa is seated on two significant committees, the Natural Resources and Agriculture. And, yes, he is pretty disgusted with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) expanding its jurisdiction over rain water. He also believes tree salvage should be occurring on the 2013 Rim Fire. “Why not salvage it, while it still has value?” he said. Leaving it to rot is “nonsense.”
LaMalfa said there is a lot of negotiating over legislation, but finished saying that he is fighting back. “It is a tremendous honor to walk those halls for you.”

POW meeting
President Andrew Hurlimann discussed the letter he received from the State Dept. of Water Resources, which stated that junior water rights were shut off. He also explained the “surplus” of water that was expected to be turned back into the Scott River. But, because of the drought, both issues are moot as Scott River water flow has dropped significantly and the river went underground up near Callahan two months early – in June. Right now, the Scott’s flow can be compared to September. There is not enough water to even flow into the Farmers’ Ditch or the Scott Valley Irrigation District ditch.
We talked about other issues, but I’ve run out of space. If you would like to take a CCW (Concealed Weapons) class, call Andrew as he is in contact with an instructor. Andrew’s number is 467-3146.
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 6-24-14

June 24, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News

Scott Valley POW
Protect Our Water will hold its regular meeting this Friday, June 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share and know that we eat dessert first. President Andrew Hurlimann has a full slate on the agenda. Water issues are high on the list. Mark Baird will discuss the potential Water Bond that will likely be on the November ballot. He will also give an update on the counties that are joining the State of Jefferson.
Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman LaMalfa plans on driving up from Redding and updating us on the battle with the corruption and bureaucrats at the Veterans Administration in Oakland. Should be fun!
We will also have info on the Fire Prevention Fee and encourage folks to fill out the “Petition for Redetermination” for a refund – if the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc. prevails in their lawsuit. If you need a petition to fill out, it can be found on Cal-Fire’s website: fire prevention fee.org (no spaces). Find the name “Petition for Redetermination” on the right side column, click on it and the pdf document comes up for printing.
Time has gotten away from me and I apologize for not getting any of these petition forms copied and to the local Hardware stores. If you are desperate, give me a call and I will try to help you.
Anyway we have lots to talk about at the POW meeting, especially since we haven’t met for several months due to other meetings.

Statehood
Earlier this month, I went to Grants Pass to listen to Utah Representative Ken Ivory speak about statehood and that the Western states should demand the federal government relinquish public lands to states. Believe it or not, under the U.S. Constitution, this should have been accomplished at statehood; and is the major reason why Western States do not have control of public lands.
In 2012, Representative Ivory sponsored Utah legislation H.B. 148, titled, “The Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act” which asserts that the federal government must grant its federal lands to the State of Utah. The legislation passed the Senate and was signed into law by the governor. The feds have until December 31, 2014 to transfer the lands that should have been granted to Utah upon statehood back in 1896.
This process of transferring public lands occurred for states East of the Rockies, but not in the Western states. Ninety percent of Illinois was managed by the feds, until the state fought for the public lands. Ivory said each state is a sacred sovereign and that “States do not have to yield to the federal government.” Wow, what a novel idea! I love it.
For 200 years, Congress recognized its duty to dispose of the public lands at statehood. It wasn’t until 1976 that Congress passed the Federal Land Policy Management Act, called FLPMA, declaring it was their new “policy to retain these lands in federal ownership.”
However, in 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that Congress doesn’t have the authority to change ‘the uniquely sovereign character’ of a state’s admission into the Union, particularly “where virtually all of a state’s public lands are a stake.” “This has been done before,” Rep. Ivory told us and the Western States financially and environmentally need to have this control.
Garden
Keep forgetting to brag a bit on the potatoes. They made it through the frosts and are over two feet high and blooming. I think I need to check, cuz there are likely new potatoes we can start eating. The carrots are coming up and I better get them thinned and weeded. Finally, gave away the last of the first crop of lettuce. Have one more two-foot patch to pick.
Zucchini is starting to take off and I better Miracle Gro the tomatoes, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe and watermelon this week.
Alternative 8
For more than a year, local woodcutters and recreationists have locked horns with the U.S. Forest Service and its huge reduction in the availability of roads for public use. In the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest, more than 90 percent of the road system has been taken away from public use.
As a result, local concerned citizens recently put forth “The People’s Plan” and dubbed it Alternative 8. There is specific language that would fix the problems created by the Forest Service especially about obtaining firewood. Possession of a valid firewood permit would allow the holder to travel cross-country for the purpose of cutting and loading. Also this Alt.8 demands an accurate map of the open and closed roads in KNF and that closed routes will be obliterated, barred and posted to alleviate any confusion.
I really like this Alt. 8. It is available to read on my Liz Bowen.com site. Next week, I’ll talk about the next strategy.
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 6-17-14

June 17, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Green beans are popping up better than normal and there will be a pretty good batch that make it through the cutworms and other bugs chomping on them just below the ground. It looks like about 10 percent of the seeds that I planted made it, which is much more than usual.
Only nine cucumbers are up. I don’t need to make a lot of dill pickles, so will decide if I need to plant a few more. The zucchini came up great and I have too many. Yes, seven zucchini are too many! Will dig up and give several to neighbor Pat Swanson. Only one cantaloupe is up and no watermelon. So I will replant those.
The carrots are poking up and the volunteer parsley needs to be harvested.

Fire Tax
Two weeks ago, folks in the rural areas of Siskiyou County began receiving their latest bill from the State of California for the bogus Fire Prevention Fee. The state Board of Equalization is in charge of mailing the bills. Homeowners receiving the bill have until July 2, 2014 to pay the $150 dollars – then a penalty will be assessed, according to the Board of Equalization.
The Fire Prevention fee has been quite controversial and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association jumped in the battle filing a class-action lawsuit, last year, claiming the state legislature did not correctly vote on AB X1 29 and it is in reality an illegal tax.
Also, we rural home owners claim we are already paying for fire prevention to the State Cal-Fire agency and our local Fire Protection Districts. And the most disgusting atrocity is that these new funds do not go for fire prevention, but to the state general fund.
This is the third bill in less than two years, because the state legislature demanded a retro to 2011 billing. So this bill is for year 2013 to 2014.
What to do? Once again, Howard Jarvis recommends that the bill is paid, but under protest. Write “Paid Under Protest” on your check and be sure to fill out the “Petition for Redetermination” and mail it in with your bill and check. Petition for Redetermination is the government’s wordy description for — a REFUND. If the class-action lawsuit by Howard Jarvis wins, the Petition for Redetermination should see that you do receive a refund. But, because California bureaucrats are not always honest, be sure to keep copies of each of your checks and Petition for Redetermination so you can prove you have opposed the Fire Prevention Fee.
It is also recommended that you make copies of your check and send them to all three of the addresses for the “redetermination” refund.
Also, last year I received a “late” notice, which said I owed an additional penalty. I paid the bill a week before the deadline, but later learned the Board of Equalization was behind on opening envelopes that then made my check late! Remember, we are dealing with a bureaucracy and bureaucrats that don’t care – not a government that serves the people.
So I will be mailing all my bills and reterminations by certified mail. It will be well worth the cost, just to prove when I mailed the bill.

SB 53
The assault against the Second Amendment continues as legislation making its way through state legislature will demand a permit — just to purchase ammunition. Senate Bill 53 passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a five to two vote and will now go to the Assembly floor, where it can be considered at any time.
This bill passed the State Senate Committee and Senate last year, so stopping this bill in the Assembly is critical.
Language in the bill will require purchasers of ammunition to register with the state Department of Justice to obtain a permit to purchase ANY ammunition. Registration will require submission of fingerprints, a background check and costly fees. The new law will require the collection and reporting of personal information and will also ban online and mail-order sales of all ammunition by residents of California.
The costly permit is also proposed to be renewed every two years.
So, it is critical that you contact Assemblyman Brian Dahle immediately to urge him to oppose this outrageous legislation. Assemblyman Dahle’s phone number is 916-319-2001.
Senate Bill 53 will be a huge infringement on the Second Amendment. This bill will not dissuade or stop criminals from purchasing ammunition on the black market or elsewhere. It will actually create a bigger underground black market.
You can also discuss this legislation with Assemblyman Dahle during a town hall meeting on, Thursday, June 19th at the Weed City Hall located on Main Street in Weed. Time is 7 to 8 p.m.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

 

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