Liz Writes Life 4-14-15

April 14, 2015

Liz Writes Life

Good testimony was shared with CA. Dist 1. Congressman Doug LaMalfa last week, when he held meetings in Happy Camp and Fort Jones. The congressman gets it. He understands that trees in the public lands are dangerously thick and national policies for forest management and fire fighting are detrimental.
I believe the issues and suggestions discussed will be carried back to the House Committees, where LaMalfa sits. One statistic provided is the huge volume of trees that grow every year and less than four percent are removed by harvesting. So, yes, after 20 years of literally no harvest management, the number of trees is grossly taxing to the environment.
Another thing discussed was the 1994 NorthWest Forest Plan signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Immediately after being signed into law, a major reduction in timber harvesting began. There have even been lawsuits showing harvesting targets in the NorthWest Forest Plan were never met. (The lawsuit brought by Pacific Legal Foundation won and still harvesting has not been allowed.)
What is the biggest reason for the loss of timber harvests? Litigation. Yes, lawsuits by Greenie groups that stymie and the process of developing a Timber Harvest Plan. Because of the agreed reduction of harvesting in the NorthWest Forest Plan, lawsuits were expected to be reduced. But instead the Greenies sue over every Harvest Plan increasing USFS expenditures and employee time.
One theme in the Fort Jones meeting that I attended was the lack of local control and the utilizing of local knowledge. I know several leaders of the national fire teams did pay attention and appreciate input from several local foresters during the fires last summer, but in some instances that wasn’t the case. Gary Rainey, a landowner down on the Klamath River, testified that he tried to share information regarding roads and the lay of the mountains and was ignored.
Siskiyou Co. Dist. 4 Supervisor, Grace Bennett, also provided testimony on the poorly-managed Forest Service lands and agreed with the need for more local input in national fire fighting policies. She invited the Congressman to the Grand Opening of the Yreka Fruit Growers timber mill, when the date is announced.
Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor District 5, led the meetings and added information about why fire is catastrophic when the forests are over-grown with unhealthy trees. Thank you Ray and Frank Tallerico, retired Siskiyou Co. Superintendent of Schools, for inviting Congressman LaMalfa to hold these forums on the heels of the 2014 fires burning 220,000 acres in Western Siskiyou County.

Fuel breaks

In a month, Richard Hartshorn is holding a Forest Tour and is inviting the public to attend to view the clean fuel breaks and healthy trees on his property on Horse Creek. Richard and his son, Nephi, began cleaning their forest 30 years ago and it is spectacular. Trees are healthy and the threat of fire is almost none. Richard has invited Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey and Ray Haupt, who said they will be there. This Tour is a perfect time to understand the challenges that face the Forest Service, because of the detrimental National Forest policies and yet explicitly shows the overgrown mess created by lack of management.
Richard’s Forest Tour is Thurs. May 7, 2015. Meet at the Horse Creek mail boxes on the Klamath River Highway at 10 a.m. by the old suspension bridge. For more information, call Richard at 496-3602.

Constitution

Northern Siskiyou Co. Republican Women Federated are sponsoring two essay contests for students in North Siskiyou schools with cash prizes of $200 for the high school winners and $100 for the eighth grade winners. Topics are: What does the American phrase “We the people” mean?” and “What does the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States mean to you?”
Essays must be typed, double spaced and no more than two pages. Deadline is May 20, 2015. Call Kathy Bergeron at 842-3652 for more information.

Water meeting

Remember, the Siskiyou Water Users are holding a general meeting this Friday, April 17 at the Greenhorn Grange. Time is 6 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share. The meeting will provide more information regarding saving the Klamath dams and other immediate water issues.

Fire Tax

The Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Assoc. recently reported that its lawsuit against the State of California’s Fire Tax dubbed “Fire Prevention Fee” is moving forward, but it is slow. A setback in the state legislature occurred last week, when Senate Bill 520 to repeal the fire tax was not allowed to be heard in the Senate Committee, which is the first step to getting a bill passed. We will see what CA. Senator Tom Berryhill does next with his proposed SB 520.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will be holding its next meeting on Thurs. April 30 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 4-7-15

April 7, 2015
Liz Writes Life

It was nice to see real snowflakes falling from the skies on Sunday. The rain and snow dampened some Easter Egg Hunts and BBQs, but it was great to know that April could still provide a variety of weather. The foot-tall Oriental Poppies are bending low with heavy white frost this April 6th morning as the temperature was down to 24 degrees on our front porch.
Luckily, around 10 p.m. Sunday night I remembered the young onions were still outside on the porch. The soil was almost frozen solid. I believe the onions would survive if they were planted in the ground, but two inches of soil isn’t much protection. They are about seven inches tall now and need to be planted. I didn’t cover the inch-and-a-half tall lettuces, but they are fine along with the parsley plants that really didn’t die back this winter. Oh, and the lilacs are blooming, ahhh.

LaMalfa

Remember that Congressman Doug LaMalfa is holding a Forum tomorrow, April 8th, to gather information regarding management of the National Forests and fighting fires. The public is invited to attend and share information. The first meeting is at 12:30 p.m. at the Grange in Happy Camp and the second is in Fort Jones at the Scott Valley Jr. High at 5:30 p.m.

Water

The Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc. is holding a general meeting on Friday, April 17 at the Greenhorn Grange at 300 Ranch Lane in Yreka. There will be a meet and greet at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share.
It will be interesting to hear from Chrysten Lambert, who is the chairperson of the Klamath Basin Compact and president of the Klamath Basin Land Trust. Speakers also include Bob Rice, scientific consultant to the Siskiyou Water Users; Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor; and Siskiyou Water Users President Richard Marshall.
A major goal of the Siskiyou Water Users is to save the Klamath dams from destruction. Forms to join the Water Users will be available and donations will be greatly appreciated.

April 24

The Resource and Event Center in Fort Jones will present “Rockin’ the Rec” on April 24, 2015 with the River Rock Band and Larry B and The “B” Hive playing live music from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Earlier, at 5 p.m., an Open House will be held at The Rec located at 11236 N. Hwy 3. Oh and Larry Alexander said to “bring your dancing shoes”.

State lands

The Nevada Bundy Ranch family and several 100 supporters visited the Nevada State Legislature in Carson City last week supporting a bill seeking to reclaim land held by the federal government. Nevada Assembly Bill 408 would require the federal government to obtain permission to use land within the state’s borders. It also strips the feds of state water rights and allows county commissioners (like our supervisors) to parcel out state land for commercial use. Yep, I like it.

This bill is part of a growing movement in and by Western States that did not receive millions of acres of land held by the federal government, when the state treaties were signed. Under the U.S. Constitution, the federal government is expected to “dispose” – which means to provide – the lands held by the feds to the states at statehood. Even before the Civil War, the federal government started getting greedy and states like Illinois and Florida had to argue long and hard to get their lands from the feds.
Nevada is 85 percent federal land. California is 49 percent federal land. Siskiyou County is about 68 percent federal lands. These lands should be locally governed.
Like Bundy’s, I contend that in the federal government’s greediness, it has choked the states and counties from being able to provide for their own existence.

It has been one year, since the BLM, Bureau of Land Management, surrounded the Bundy Ranch with 200 (known) gunmen on this very issue. The media reported that it was over cattle grazing fees that were not paid, but it was truly this much deeper issue that brought the wrath of the feds. I am a purist in this sense and wanted to travel, as many other citizens did, to stand with the Bundy family. I did not want to see a gun battle and those that showed up to support the Bundy family saved the day, I believe, from another “Waco”; although the feds should never have shot cattle and destroyed Bundy’s legal water right infrastructures, which also provide water to wildlife.
The Bundy family is appreciative to their many supporters and are hosting a Liberty Celebration on April 10-12 at their ranch with the purpose “to gather in celebration of our liberties, agency and stand with God, for our U.S. Constitution, State sovereignty, property rights and to enjoy access to our lands.” Sounds like a grand event.
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 3-31-15

 

March 31, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

News alert! On Wed. April 8th, Congressman Doug LaMalfa is holding a Forum regarding the 2014 forest fires in Siskiyou County. Two meetings are planned with the first in Happy Camp at the Grange Hall at 12:30 p.m. Later that day a Town Hall will be held in Fort Jones at the Scott Valley Jr. High. Time is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please attend one of these meetings.
Siskiyou County Supervisors Ray Haupt and Michael Kobseff have been tenacious in working with Congressman LaMalfa to get this Forum set. Several weeks ago, they met with the congressman in his Redding office hammering out the specifics. The blackened trees must be harvested for forest health. Thank you to our county supervisors for working with the congressman on this important issue.
Garden
My goodness, it is so warm and dry that we had to break out the hoses and irrigate the rhubarb, garlic, peas, parsley and lettuce. Can’t believe the Fowler lilac bush is about to bloom and needed a soaking along with the blue and pink blooming lungwort plants, daffodils, pink phlox and tulips. All kinds of perennials are growing and the iris will likely bloom early too. Still, we have had frosts this past week, which will put-off planting our annual garden vegetables.
KBRA
The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement is getting an extra push in a variety of places. No, Congressman Doug LaMalfa has not changed his stand and is still against taking the Klamath dams out. But, some folks have downright lied about him claiming he did change sides. His field rep, Erin Ryan, reiterated at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last week that the congressman stands behind Siskiyou County.
Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett and his wife, Oregon Assemblywoman Gail Whitsett, along with Oregon Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams continue to be slammed by pro-KBRA advocates. Apparently, at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, gossip claims the KBRA is a done deal and everyone is pro-destruction of the Klamath dams. What bunk!
So it was a bit of fun to squash those rumors, last week, when nine of us from Siskiyou County drove to Salem and testified at the Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing on bills 206 and 264; both of which assume the KBRA and Klamath dam removal are done deals.
Those attending were: Siskiyou Water User’s President Rich Marshall and board members Rex Cozzalio and Jim Burney; Scott Valley Protect Our Water board members Mark Baird, Tom Pease and myself; retired and disenfranchised U.S. Dept. of Interior employee George Webb; citizen-at-large Andrea Carson; and Siskiyou Co. Dist. 1 Supervisor Brandon Criss, who did a great job summing up our opposition telling the senate committee that Siskiyou County is 80 percent against the KBRA.
Our anti-KBRA contingent was a bit of a surprise for the senate committee and pro-KBRA supporters.
The bills could put a lottery in place to pay for instream water transfers in the Upper Klamath. I have been told by ranchers in the Upper Klamath they were blackmailed into signing an agreement regarding use of their legal ground water; other ranchers would not sign, because they believe the government will not uphold its side. Several Klamath County ranchers attended the senate hearing and stated they were against the KBRA.
Assemblywoman Whitsett told the committee there is great conflict regarding the KBRA and as such the KBRA is not a happily-agreed upon program.
Scott Valley POW
At the Protect Our Water meeting on March 26th, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt told us that a high-level U.S. Dept. of Interior employee visited Siskiyou County several weeks ago with the purpose of convincing Siskiyou to get on board with the KBRA and dam removal. He met with Ray and Dist. 4 Supervisor Grace Bennett; and later met with Supervisors Kobseff, Dist. 3, and Criss. Apparently, all four supervisors gave him a piece of Siskiyou’s mind.
For those that don’t know, Siskiyou County has written many opposition letters regarding the KBRA and dam removal and even created a Bi-State Alliance with KIamath County Commissioners in submitting letters of opposition to state and federal agencies. Hooray for our county supervisors!
Also at the POW meeting, Joe Watkins from Klamath Co. Soil and Conservation District said the KBRA issue is extremely contentious in the Upper Klamath. Joe testified at the March 23rd Oregon Senate Hearing providing new facts on the sucker fish in the Upper Klamath.
Two species of suckers are listed to the ESA and as such are government protected. Accordingly, government agencies have claimed that the suckers need more water in the Upper Klamath Lake, yet in reality, Joe said, the higher water level is killing the suckers. It has long been known that suckers prefer shallow water habitat and now the data is proving that fact.
Hum, federal agencies are reducing the sucker population due to fraudulent science. Shock! Yes, it is disgusting.
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 3-24-15

March 24, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Bushes of yellow forsythia and bright pink-orange quince blossoms have been fabulous along with all the pink flowering plum trees. Spring is certainly here as the valley is greening up every day. It was so very good to have some rain, but ure wish nature would dump a bunch of snow in our mountains!
We finally got the Oregon Sugar Pod II peas planted in a row about 12 feet long. I decided to plant them where the soil was deeper and better next to where the potatoes will be planted. So, we didn’t have to dig the ground much as it was already soft with worms and compost from small woodchips that we mulched over the potatoes the past several years.
Last year, I planted peas — twice — and they either didn’t germinate or grow well. Where I planted them may have been a factor as I haven’t replenished the soil there with mulch very well. So, this year, I plan on purchasing a good woodchip mulch to dig into the soil, when I plant all seeds. Then mulch again, when the plants are a foot tall.
Some lettuces are about an inch tall. One batch didn’t germinate very well. They are planted in the area that needs more mulch dug into the soil and I think I didn’t keep them wet enough under the plastic tubs. Usually, I noticed condensation hanging under the tubs, but we have had so many hot days that I think it just got too warm. That is the problem with green houses in the spring. They work fabulous unless we forget to open the door and let out the hot air, when our temps are warm.
I purchased some three-inch tall green onions and will let them grow another week or two, before planting them. I like to put them outside during the day for a week and then start leaving them outside as well, so they adapt well. I think we will cut back on how many potatoes we grow and may plant the onions in some of the soil where we potatoes. These had been mulched with wood chips and pulled green weeds, so the soil is pretty soft and healthy.
Decided to get some more carrots dug and did about three feet. I was surprised they are still crisp and sweet. A few were pethy, three were starting to go soft on top and the giant ones had tiny strings of white roots growing. But, we still ended up with over 20 pounds. Our grandkids have been wanting to juice some, so we washed and pealed a whole bunch and juiced them with several Gala apples. My, it was good.
Turkey Shoot
Remember the Klamath River Old Time Turkey Shoot is this Sunday, March 29th at the Klamath River Community Hall on Hwy 96. It starts at 9 a.m. Bring all your guns to compete in a variety of shoots. The range has new targets and covered shooting benches, compliments of the NRA. This is a family activity with non-shooting events as well. Prizes are turkeys, hams, bacon, cheese and salami. Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call JoAnne Benson at 465-2029.
Water
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share, ‘cuz we eat before, during and after. There are several water issues to discuss, including the behind-the-scenes power-play going on by the federal Dept. of Interior, Tribes, and non-profit groups that want the Klamath dams out. Looks like flat-out lies are being told about who agrees to Klamath dam removal. So before you believe any capitulations, please check with those elected officials, who will give you the straight scoop.
Speakers are Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt, Jefferson State Spokesman Mark Baird, Siskiyou Water Users President Rich Marshall and Erin Ryan from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office. POW President Andrew Hurlimann will open with information on Scott Valley water issues.
Fire tax
Cal-Fire recently announced they will be sending its next round of yearly fire tax bills for the “Fire Prevention Fee”. It may be a few months before we receive our bills in Siskiyou County, because the state starts at the top of the alphabet.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is in the middle of its class action lawsuit against Cal Fire, but says it is imperative to file a protest again. Howard Jarvis said we must file a protest every time we pay the fire tax to maximize our chances of receiving a refund, if the lawsuit is successful. These can be found online at “Fire Tax Protest.org”. Please remind everyone to send in their protest form, when they pay the tax.
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 3-17-15

March 17, 2015

Liz Writes Life

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

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which has been Americanized into another party day. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy celebrations and happiness, – and appreciating my Irish ancestors — but I do believe important aspects have been forgotten.
Did you know St. Patrick was a great missionary? Yes, Patrick is credited with teaching the Irish people about Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and resurrection, as our Savior.
Patrick was born in Scotland (so he isn’t Irish) around the year 400 A.D. and at age 16 was taken as a slave by marauding pagan Irish.
For six years, he served as a shepherd and that is when he turned to the Christian God and prayed fervently. His father was a deacon in the local Christian church, so he had been taught about Jesus. I am not sure when the Catholic Church began using the name Catholic, but this church was connected with what we know of as the Roman Catholic Church.
Patrick longed to return home and in a dream or vision, he was given information on how to escape, which he did and then dedicated his life to Christ. He became a Catholic Priest and said he had dreams of the Irish people crying out for him to return and teach them about Christ. Patrick was eventually ordained a Bishop and was sent or allowed to travel back to Ireland.
Patrick was said to have performed many miracles and loved the people very much. He made a promise to God that the people of Ireland would keep their faith until the end of time and day they did not keep their faith would be the day of doom. Those of us with Catholic friends have seen their great faith in Jesus Christ and many good works. I am thankful for a forgiving man, who was brave and faithful in wanting to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Years later, the Roman Catholic Pope believed that Patrick was certainly in Heaven and he was canonized as a “Saint”.

Amid all the fun today, may we also say a prayer of gratitude for St. Patrick.

CALLAHAN

Remember this Saturday, March 21st, is the St. Patrick’s Dance at the Mt. Bolivar Grange in Callahan from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be live music by Siskiyou County Homewreckers. Cost is $8.

Turkey Shoot

The Klamath River Community is holding its spring Old Time Turkey Shoot Sunday, March 29 at the Klamath River Community Hall at 19716 Hwy 96. It starts at 9 a.m. Bring all your guns to compete in a variety of shoots: Black Powder; Pistol; 50 and 100 yard Target or Hunter shoots (Benchrest/Freestyle/Standing); Offhand; Running Deer; Rim Fire and Special Youth Shoots for 16 and under. Prizes include turkeys, hams, bacon, cheese and salami.

This is a family event with events for non-shooters: dice, splatter boards, 50/50 raffle and horseshoes. Breakfast is from 8 to 10:30 am. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. For more info, call JoAnne Benson at 465-2029.

JH Ranch

Betsy Stapleton, one of the leaders of the Friends of French Creek, reported recently about the status of the proposed expansion permit by the JH Guest Ranch up French Creek. There has been considerable opposition to the prospect of 1,600 people – twice the size of the City of Etna – living up in that little meadow among the thick trees.

Betsy talked with the Siskiyou County Community Planning Dept. Director Greg Plucker. Apparently, JH Ranch withdrew its request to Cal-Fire for an exemption from Cal Fire’s 4290 fire road safety standards. The narrow dirt French Creek Road is not wide enough for safety vehicles like fire engines to pass, which would likely happen if there was an emergency, especially a forest fire.

Fire in the French Creek area is a certain possibility. JH’s 1993 and 1995 applications (permits) defines occupancy at 387 people; any more than that number of patrons during the summer camping season seems unreasonable for safety reasons alone.
Betsy added that Director Plucker said he is expecting a “revised application” from JH Ranch, but the County will consider an expansion only if environmental impacts, including the Cal Fire 4290 standards are addressed and a new proposal is sent to all agencies for review. Bottom line is it looks like JH must adhere to its 387 population this summer. I hope they obey and comply.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thurs. March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. There will be info about the behind-the-scenes rumblings of a big push to get the KBRA implemented and Klamath dams removed. If you have any knowledge of a survey being conducted asking about dam removal, please call me. Those that want the Klamath dams destroyed are strategizing and we must stay alert.

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 3-10-15

March 10, 2015

Today should be quite interesting as the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors are holding a meeting for comments regarding the new marijuana ordinance that is fresh out of the Siskiyou Co. Planning Commission and Department. That is the correct process, to start with the Planning Commission in writing this ordinance, because this is a land-use issue. Because the growing of marijuana is such a controversial issue, the supervisors moved the meeting to the Miner’s Inn Convention Center and left the afternoon open so all who wish to comment will be given the opportunity. The meeting starts at 1 p.m.
The marijuana issue has taken many twists and turns. It was back in 1996, when 55 percent of California voters approved Prop. 215 allowing the use of medical marijuana – with a prescription. By the way, the majority of Siskiyou Co. voters did not approve Prop 215, but it still became law.
Then in 2010, Prop. 19 made it on the November California General Election Ballot, which would have legalized various marijuana-related activities allowing local governments to regulate those activities. There was even a clause to permit local government to impose and collect fees or taxes. It also authorized criminal and civil penalties. It failed with 53 percent voting “no”.
Since then Colorado, Washington and Oregon states have approved such a state ballot measure and are now learning to deal with additional issues.
Remember that at the federal level, marijuana is still illegal.
At the California level, it has come down to cities or counties needing to establish some sort of consistency in how much is allowed to be grown by individuals with prescriptions and then the really out-of-control third-party growers. Some of these growers claim they are growing for holders of prescriptions that are not able to grow it themselves.
With all the inconsistencies, it is difficult for law enforcement and county planning departments to do enforcement. An ordinance will provide basic boundaries. Yes, the issue is a hot topic. The growing of marijuana used to be kept fairly-well hidden, especially in the deep forests of the Klamath National Forest. But now some growers are flaunting it with an in-your-face attitude — and in abundance in Siskiyou County.
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey has been concerned about the high intensity of drug trafficking up and down the I-5 freeway corridor, which includes a lot of marijuana. Last week, he sent out a press release with the official federal report that identifies public health and safety concerns after two years of decriminalization of marijuana in Colorado. No, decriminalization has not reduced problems regarding pot. From what I read, it has added more complications.
In the press release, Sheriff Lopey stated: The marijuana ordinance is a land use zoning measure that calls for warnings and potential administrative sanctions instead of criminal penalties, and is designed to curtail illegal marijuana cultivation, but at the same time protect the rights of legitimate marijuana recommendation holders operating in compliance with the law.
You can find the ordinance and Sheriff Lopey’s entire press release on my website: Pie N Politics.com. There is no way around it marijuana is a sticky, complicated issue.
Dance
Master of the Mt. Bolivar Grange in Callahan, Jeffy Marx, invites everyone to a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Jeffy said the Siskiyou County Homewreckers will play (live music) from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is just $8.
Garden
The lettuces are up and it has been so warm that they needed a shot of water – so did the garlic. I need to take the plastic tubs off the lettuces during the day, because it is likely getting much too warm.
It is time to plant peas and those plants that can survive the morning frosts like onions, broccoli and cabbage.
Veterans
Congressman Doug LaMalfa and some of his staff are still going after the Veterans Administration at the Oakland Office for getting caught (by whistleblowers) with piles of applicant forms for benefits that were not processed timely or correctly. There is a count of over 13,000 of these initial applications from at least 15 years; and now the high-up officials have given a third story (lie) about why those applications did not receive attention.
I love the congressman’s recent statement: “The VA just can’t keep its story straight, and these dog-ate-my-homework answers don’t give me any confidence that these veterans ever received their benefits,” said LaMalfa. “First we were told the claims had been processed, then that they were lost, and now that they never needed processing. These three very different, mutually exclusive assertions about what happened at the Oakland office raise more questions than they answer.”
Keep up the good work congressman!
Remember, Scott Valley Protect Our Water is holding its next meeting on Thurs. March 26th 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 3-3-15

March 3, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., CA

Daffodils started blooming in February this year. Yep, that is early, but they are beautiful. Checked the Bib lettuce seeds under the clear plastic tubs to see if they have sprouted and they haven’t. So far, the plastic is keeping the moisture in with droplets forming on the top like a terrarium. But the garlic will have to be irrigated, very soon, as they are turning yellow and the soil is dry at least three inches down, which was surprising, because those rains we had a month ago really drenched the soil. The garlic is about eight inches tall and looking wimpy.
Might as well get the peas planted, but if it doesn’t rain much this spring, we will have to drag hoses from the pump house to do the irrigating. It was nice to see snow in the mountains from that last batch of rain, but Monday morning didn’t even hit 32 degrees. The East Coast is still getting hammered with record-breaking amount of snow and cold; and here we sit with very little snow and warm temps. I sure am praying for a “Miracle March” of rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains.
FFA
I wanted to also mention that Etna FFA members supported the Native Daughters of the Golden West’s Scholarship Tea by eloquently serving the ladies tea, sandwiches and desserts. FFA is a great organization providing opportunities for high school students to learn and grow in the agriculture industry.
Last week was National FFA Week, which provided high school chapters throughout the USA to share about their activities. National FFA Week started in 1948 and centers around the birthday of George Washington, who was not only the first president of the United States, but an avid agriculturist, farmer and is honored by the FFA.
I believe that the Etna FFA Chapter was up and running in 1948. Years ago, when I held the office of “reporter” for the Etna chapter, I found a newspaper clipping with a photo of my Dad, Hearst Dillman, who had hosted a workshop on dipping cattle for worms. I think the article was dated 1947 or 1948.
Starting in February, FFA members can be ambitiously busy as Field Days are sponsored and held by high school chapters and ag departments at state universities and colleges. Students work in teams learning and competing in judging contests. A few weeks ago, I ran into Jim Isbell and although he is now retired from Etna High School teaching and principal positions, he said he was back to training the soil judging team.
Competing on judging teams, especially parliamentary procedure for running meetings, and raising livestock provided significant skills that have benefited me in my 41 years since graduating from Etna High School in 1973. (Yep, I am getting old.) I am grateful that back in 1928, 33 students from 18 states gathered in Kansas City, Missouri to form the Future Farmers of America. Since then, generations of agriculture, science, veterinarian and business leaders can trace their roots to knowledge and fun activities learned in FFA.
Republican Women
Next Tuesday, March 10, the Siskiyou County Republican Women have invited an interesting speaker. His name is Loren Spivack, who calls himself “The Free Market Warrior” and has written several books. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, then spent much of his adult life in New York City before becoming active in politics. Time of the meeting is 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:30 and then Loren will be speaking. The Republican Women meet at the Elk’s Lodge on Miner’s Street in Yreka.
Jefferson
Jefferson Declaration Spokesman Mark Baird reported that last week, the Lassen County Supervisors voted 3-1 for the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. The supervisors then asked for the decision to be tabled as they will work with their county counsel to strengthen some of the wording in their Declaration. Mark said over 100 supporters attended the meeting and spoke in favor of the split from California; and there was no opposition.
Last Saturday, Mark Baird and Tom Pease drove to Placerville in El Dorado County to a Town Hall that was filled to overflowing with folks interested in learning how the State of Jefferson can and would be financially viable. Some of these southern counties have enthusiastic supporters.
Water
Ray Haupt, Siskiyou County Dist. 5 Supervisor, will be the lead speaker at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thurs. March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Ray gave extremely informative info at the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee meeting last month. He answered a slew questions and we ran out of time. So, plan on attending and get caught up on our important local issues.
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 2-24-15

Feb. 24, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., CA

Purple violets have been blooming all month and I forgot to mention it last week. Boy do they need some water and our outside water is turned-off because of possible freezing from our morning frosts.
Friends are busy pruning fruit trees with reports of blossoms about to burst on peach and even apricot trees. Yep, it is just too warm, even for the typical warm spell we get in February. I will reiterate that this is quite frustrating for gardeners here in Siskiyou, because we can have hard frosts into June. So who knows if we will get fruit on any of our trees this year?
My husband has been digging up the garden and I did get a little patch of Bib lettuce planted.
I dug up some carrots expecting them to be sprouting roots and going soft and found they are crisp and beautiful. I scrubbed and pealed to make a big batch of juice. Had a few apples left that McBrooms gave me last fall and threw them in with the carrots. Boy, that juice was good. There are still lots of carrots, so I better get to digging!
Native Daughters
Native Daughters of the Golden West held their annual education-scholarship fundraiser Tea at the Etna High School on Saturday. It looked like about 100 women were there enjoying the festivities. Cheryl Hayden showed up in one of her grandmother’s hats and in historical time-period clothes adding to the fun. Four young girls, Gracie and Lily Thompson along with Mae and Jane Thackeray, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sang “love” songs and Sophia McBroom accompanied them on the piano. They were very brave girls.
President Linda Beverlin was pleased with the event and the 23 tea tables that were decorated by Native Daughters’ members. Very nice event!
Yreka Tea Party
Last week, leaders from both the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee and Siskiyou Co. Democrat Central Committee explained their organizations. Most folks, (at least I sure didn’t) don’t realize that these political parties are legal entities and its voting members are elected through the county election-ballot process. Confused, yep it took me a while. I have learned that many rural counties suffer from a lack of participation and typically there are not enough people running for the member-position, in their district to have a ballot run-off election. So these names don’t end up on the ballot.
When I ran for one of the five voting seats available in District 5 for the Siskiyou Republican Central Committee, no one else was running so my name did not appear on the ballot for voters in to get to choose – so by default, I was elected.
I did have to go to the county clerk’s office and get “candidate” papers and find at least 20 registered-to-vote Republicans willing to sign the petition that then made me an official candidate. We now have three people in District 5 that are on the Siskiyou Committee. They are Rich Marshall, Candy Cook-Slette and myself. There is room for two more members. If you are interested in participating, give me a call.
Water
Finally, got a date for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. It will be held on Thurs. March 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m.
I learned a bit about NOAA Fisheries six coho salmon traveling meetings. The actual review for the federal Recovery Coho Plan is not for another 18 months, so the need for these meetings are a bit of a mystery to me. Apparently, NOAA has some grant monies for landowners to develop more coho recovery projects, like side-channels, but I bet any info they receive at these meetings will be utilized in the future revised recovery plan – if it fits their agenda, which is to keep the fish listed to the Endangered Species Act.
Jefferson
Last week, the Lake County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 for the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. The room was packed, including a contingent that opposed the Declaration. But, this now gives the movement seven counties that have approved the Declaration.
Jefferson Spokesman Mark Baird gave a presentation to a Redding Town Hall on Sunday afternoon with about 400 people in attendance.
On Saturday, Shasta County Jefferson Committee participated with several other county committees on “Operation Overpass,” where Jefferson supporters waved flags on freeway overpasses and significant stoplight street corners. In Redding, they gave out brochures about the reasons for creating a new state and at least a third of the crowd on Sunday raised their hands that they were new to the Jefferson project. Good news indeed.
Today, Mark gave a presentation to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, which could have led to a possible vote. Check out website Jefferson Declaration.net to see how they voted.
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 2-17-15

Feb. 17, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News 2-17-15

After the rain and high water from Scott River, the temperatures this past week certainly makes it feel like spring. Yep, it is early. I saw a beautiful patch of bulbs blooming in Barbara Coatney’s yard, in Etna, I think they are called snowbells. Well, they didn’t have to push up through any snow this year. Hum, I wonder if they have a fragrance? My favorite bulb fragrance is from the hyacinth and I will get down on my hands and knees to enjoy their luxurious scent. Unfortunately, mine don’t come up any more. But, the daffodils have pushed up through the thick rye grasses under the pine tree and will soon be blooming. Yep, it isn’t even close to Easter and daffies are about to bloom.
I haven’t worked in the garden at all, but really should get out there and do some digging and get some lettuce planted. No, I didn’t plant any in January like I wanted to. It is hard to get back in the garden. Sorta enjoy ignoring the outside right now. Oops, did I say that?
Happy Camp
Daniel Effman, president of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce, emailed me about their next meeting on March 3 at 6 p.m. He said the Chamber needs a revival — a rejuvenation — and is asking for enthusiastic, compassionate Happy Campers to join up. The Chamber covers the mid-Klamath River and Happy Camp area. “New blood” and ideas will be welcomed. Call Dennis Day for more info at 209-768-4589.
Writing Contest
The Fort Jones and Etna Libraries are holding an annual writing contest with an Open House scheduled for National Library Week around April 22, 2015. This year the theme is “Wildfire Summer” and with the 220,000 acres burned in our Western Siskiyou County last summer, folks should have some things to write about.
Children are encouraged to get involved and even preschoolers can dictate their story to an older person. Stories, poems or a play can be up to three pages long, so this is not a huge project. There will be winners for school grades through adult and you can read your submission during the Open House. Deadline for submitting your creative writing project is March 17th.
Actually, this is a good time to put in a plug for Family History. Even if you don’t think you are much of a writer, last summer’s wildfires did affect us in many ways. This is a good time to write about the fires for your posterity. Aw, you think that no one will care; maybe not right now, but in a few years, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will likely really appreciate knowing about the local wildfire threat. Maybe even follow it up with the warm rains we had in February, when on the Northeast Coast of the U.S., folks were getting hit with record-breaking five feet of snow in one month and days of below zero temps. People are always interested in the weather of the past.
OK, so now that I gave you this spiel, guess what? I didn’t even think about writing-up the craziness of our recent past year for my posterity. Oops. And, yep, I don’t think that anyone will care either. But, I do know that I really appreciate the information I have about my parents, grandparents, ancestors and their friends. The only way we can learn about them is if someone writes something down. Have I guilted you enough? Come on, you can do it!
Wine tasting
Remember the Callahan Mt. Bolivar Grange Wine Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres fundraiser is this next Sunday, Feb. 22nd from 2 to 6 p.m. Sarah Knox and Raquel Schenone will provide music and the wines are from Alpine Cellars, Carini Winery and Burnsini Vineyards. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Callahan Emporium or South Fork Bakery in Etna. Call 467-3093 for more info.
Water
Sorry, a date hasn’t been set for the next Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. The Fort Jones Community Center was already booked by another group for our regular meeting night. Will let you know next week.
I just learned from the Medford, Oregon newspaper that NOAA Fisheries is holding six “traveling meetings” on what it called a “Coho salmon road trip.” Yeah, great.
The next meeting is tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Jackson Co. Roads and Parks Dept. at 7520 Table Rock Road in Central Point from 6 to 8 p.m.
I believe that every five years, under the Endangered Species Act rules, the agency in charge of management of an ESA-listed species is mandated to review and update its “recovery plan.” I don’t know if this is part of that process, so I will look into the situation and, hopefully, report to you next week.
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 2-10-15

Feb. 10, 2015
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., California

Lots of rain and flooding are major concerns as the rain we have prayed for is arriving – in bucket loads. Our Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt sent me information on a slide down near the Sarah Totten Campground on the Klamath River Hwy 96 near Hamburg. And then he sent photos taken in Gazelle of 12 houses being flooded from fast moving water. That is sad. What a mess to clean up. Ray said he is being updated by county folks and residents regarding flooding.
We had some unusual flooding at the south end of Scott Valley as the Scott River broke through the dredger tailings and began running into the northern part of Moore’s Gravel. Piles of ground-up rock are still standing, but it is a shame that it broke through and affected the operation. At the end of the dredger tailings, the next long field was flooded and around the bend it continued to flood most of Rick Barnes’ fields.
On Saturday morning, I saw one herd of cows surrounded by water. They were gathered up on a slight rise with an old-time-built barn. By that night, he had been able to get them moved to a safer place. Whew! That was scary. And the little house that sits on the flat next to Rick’s ranch was flooded with water flowing at a pretty good rush on both sides.
Between Barnes’ and Moore’s, the power poles were still holding strong against the current on Sunday afternoon, but this is on the West side and rarely gets the flooding. I have seen quite a few Pacific Power trucks over the weekend. One was even pulling a lowboy with a huge power pole. So the power company employees are keeping watch. With the wind being so strong, I expected the power to go out on Thursday night. But, we only had a few blinks. I heard that it was out for several hours in the Yreka area.
We certainly are thankful for the rain, but a lot of us are sure praying for colder temps – especially in the mountains!
Doug LaMalfa
It was fun to see that our CA. Dist. 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa was spotlighted this weekend by a Republican group in the House for his comments on the House Floor regarding the continued problem with the corruption in the Veterans Administration bureaucracy. Many other Republicans took to the Floor to share their frustration as well. LaMalfa highlighted solutions the House Republicans have already accomplished with bills passed for veterans. He also outlined plans to fix the Veterans Administration.
The following is a statement our Congressman made on the House Floor: “Fixing the VA is difficult, but not impossible. We are here to provide solutions, but we need our leader to be ready to work with us – so we can finally give our veterans a system that works for them, not against them, in a timely fashion.”
Jenner Ranch
Gail Jenner sent me an email saying their federal court date has been postponed again by NOAA Fisheries and the trial won’t be held until April. Pretty frustrating I’d say as April is, once again, into irrigation season and the ranch has all the correct state permits for their ranch operation to obtain their legal water right allotment.
POW
During our January Protect Our Water meeting, Rich Marshall, who is president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., brought us up-to-date on the Klamath dam removal issue. He said the change in Congress with more Republicans in the Senate is significant in saving the dams. The KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement) was unable to extend its mutual agreement past Dec. 31, 2014 and did not meet its own timeline agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission. Currently, the CPUC has allowed PacifiCorp to place not one, but two, surcharges on our Siskiyou area utility bills. Rich said the CPUC has a new not-so-anti-Siskiyou County chairman this year, and the Water Users will be asking the CPUC to roll back the surcharges and invalidate the agreement that became the KBRA.
Congressmen Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock and Doc Hastings, who sit on the Natural Resources Committee of the House (where the dam removal funding must be approved – and the funding is critical) have vowed there will be no millions in funding for Klamath dam destruction. Hooray for sensible Congressmen, who listen to “the people”.
There is another wrinkle as the Hoopa Tribe recently filed a lawsuit with the FERC, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to open the issue of relicensing the Klamath dams. In doing so, Rich said this will expose a major rift in the various groups that have pushed so hard for the Klamath dams removal. Aw, does this mean that non-profit organizations like Klamath River Keepers and Tribes, like Karuk, pushing for dam destruction are not getting along very well? More good news for saving the dams.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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