Liz Writes Life 2-3-2015

Feb. 3, 2015

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA Siskiyou County

Certainly didn’t expect a real rain (OK it was a heavy sprinkle in Callahan) out of this last bit of weather. But we are appreciative for what we can get. Unfortunately, folks in the Mid-West to the East Coast are still getting a good portion of our snow and our February temps are way too warm. Sure wish I would have planted onion starts last fall. A few onions that didn’t get dug are growing and the garlic is six-inches tall. My storage of onions is almost gone as there are only three white onions left. Fresh green onions would have been nice to use in February.
A nice staple to add to your food storage is rice and it can be drastically cheaper when you purchase it in bulk. I like Jasmine rice – white and brown. Remember, eating brown rice will fill you up sooner than white. Also white rice can store well for several years. Brown rice is much more prone to going rancid and needs to be stored in oxygen-free cans. I have had good luck storing it in the freezer, but I just found a clear-plastic bag of Jasmine brown rice on my storage shelf and it says 2011. Uh, oh. So I will cook some this week and report to you next week, if it was rancid.
Go ahead and cook up a big batch of rice of 3-6 cups depending on your family size and keep it in the refig to eat all week. Use it as regular rice the first meal, then stir fry it with an egg or two along with onions, mushrooms, carrots and celery and some Teriyaki sauce for an Oriental flavor. It is great in soup or as a base for chicken or beef casseroles. If there is enough left over at the end of the week, old-fashioned rice pudding is a tasty treat.
Growing up, my older brother liked cooked white rice as a snack with milk and sugar. It really is a good addition to our regular diet and meals.

Callahan fun
The Callahan Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a Wine Tasting & Hors d’ oeuvres on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be wonderful music presented by Sarah Knox and Raquel Schenone and wines from Alpine Cellars, Carini Winery and Burnsini Vineyards. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at Callahan Emporium or at the South Fork Bakery in Etna. This is a fundraiser for the Grange. Last year, the Grange decided to try something different and found folks really enjoyed the afternoon of classy wine tasting with a strong influence of “Callahan!” So they are giving it a go again this year. For more info call 467-3093.
Fire recovery
I attended the Westside Fire Recovery Open House held by the Klamath National Forest on Saturday in Fort Jones. They have four alternatives addressing the salvage and recovery from the fires in Western Siskiyou County last summer. As part of the NEPA process, KNF is expected to share this info with the public. Once again, I told the KNF employee that the Forests must be thinned using logging and that extensive salvage needs to be done.
It is good, in this instance, that the State of California is much better at removing burned trees for salvage logging. With such little snow this winter, loggers have been able to get the equipment and trucks in to remove the trees on non-Forest Service managed ground. It is good to see loaded logging trucks going by my house with the blackened logs.
The Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting was well attended. We will support the Jenner Ranch in its stand against NOAA Fisheries. Although, the Jenners have the needed permits and met California regulations, the feds still brought a lawsuit against the family ranch claiming ESA-listed coho salmon may have been affected. This is an important issue as we believe the feds are trying to diminish our property rights and that over-regulations are destroying the right to do business.
A number of folks plan to drive to Redding, where the case will be heard in the Federal District Court – not the Shasta County Superior Court. So far, we have not heard when the court date is, but it is expected to be sometime this month.
Erin Ryan, field representative from Congressman LaMalfa’s office, shared recent info about the Omnibus Bill, where some good bills did get through. She said the Army Corp of Engineers didn’t get funds to sue farmers over the ponds and water issue and the Sage grouse was not listed to the ESA because of the lack of monies. One of the biggest cuts in funding was to the EPA, the dreaded Environmental Protection Agency – for the 5th year in a row. Hooray!
I am out-of-space for this week, so will get to more from the POW meeting in next week’s column.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 1-27-15

Jan. 27, 2015
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Published in Siskiyou Daily news, Yreka, CA in Siskiyou County

Remember Scott Valley Protect Our Water is holding its first meeting of the year this Thursday, Jan. 29th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after the meeting!
There is lots of information to share and our speakers include President Andrew Hurlimann, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Water Users President Rich Marshall, Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Field Rep. Erin Ryan; and Mark Baird with an update on the State of Jefferson project. Ray said he will address the new suction dredge mining decision by Judge Ochoa. I know that Ray had some agenda-item dealings with the CA. Fish and Wildlife (DFG), so it will be interesting to hear how his first month in office went!
The KBRA, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, failed a Dec. 31st deadline, but is still hanging-on with an Oregon Senator trying to find monies to take out the Klamath dams. Rich Marshall and Ray will also bring us up-to-speed on that situation.
Last week, Mark Baird gave a presentation on why and how to split from the State of California to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors in Quincy. They are interested. And another Jefferson leader from Placer County, Steve Baird (no direct relation to Mark) presented the financials to the Colusa City Council in Colusa County. Steve has a website up with the financial information along with lots of other facts about why to create the State of Jefferson. It can be found at:
Food storage
Every-so-often I like to talk about preparedness. Even though the price of our gas has gone down, food and other product prices are still high. For those on a budget or trying to put a budget together, using bulk foods can really be a savings. Beans, rice, flour and sugar are some easy bulk foods to get used to using. And that is the key – anything that comes in a pre-single-use package will be more costly. Many folks also claim nutrition has been lost in pre-packaged foods as well, but I am just going to explore lowering the cost of meals by adding bulk foods.
First, many bulk foods have not been in our diets and our digestive systems will need to get used to them. So introducing oatmeal, beans and brown rice should be done a bit at a time. Personally, I love whole oats and cook them for breakfast, but when making granola, cookies or adding them to pancakes, meatloaf and other items, I use quick oats.
You can purchase 25 pounds of quick oats for about $17 and they will go a lot farther than the single-pouch micro-wave breakfasts. Add your own brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon, peanut butter, jelly or fruit — but not all at one time!
Yes, this takes more time and Mom, Dad or one of the children will need to take charge of the project. Guess that is part of our problem, we have gotten used to the “fast-food” mentality and no longer want to take the time to cook.
So, second, realize that cooking with bulk foods will take more time. But many children love to cook and like to learn, so teach an older child how to boil water and cook up a batch of oatmeal. Praise him or her for their efforts.
I really like granola, but have found it is hard on my teeth. Some of my biggest tooth breaks have been from crunching down on hard granola. I have modified several recipes learning not to bake it so long. Also be sure to add raisins or fruit after it is baked.
An easy recipe for quick oatmeal cookies starts with 2 cups oatmeal, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (I love cinnamon), ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ cup butter melted, ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup raisins. Mix and possibly add 3-4 tablespoons of water. Drop teaspoons of the dough on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart and bake for 10 minutes.
My last batch was a bit crumbly and so I turned it into granola by breaking them apart and baking for a few more minutes. I have used this recipe and added ½ cup of peanut butter – you might need to reduce the amount of water on this one. I love chocolate, so you can add several tablespoons of powdered cocoa (I get it in bulk too) to the beginning flour and oatmeal mixture and then throw-in ¾ cup of chocolate chips.
So, my third suggestion is to realize that you will need to experiment and practice. It is OK, if things don’t turn out as planned. It will likely still be eatable – even if it ends up going to the dog!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 1-20-15

Jan. 20, 2015

Liz Writes Life

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


Recently, I learned that folks from here in Siskiyou, along with relatives in Idaho, have received phone calls that are a scam. In these calls, the person insinuated he was a grandson and needed money put on credit cards and sent to him to get out of jail. Grandparents want to help and can easily lose their bank accounts to these sharks.
One scammer in Idaho told a grandfather “this is your favorite grandson,” but did not include his name. The grandfather was befuddled, but finally said the name of one of his grown grandsons and, of course, the caller answered in the affirmative.
Here are a couple of things to do after such a phone call or one claiming you have won a cash prize.
First, immediately call the number back. A local friend said she did just that and the call went to Jamaica!!! Yes, it was a scam.
Second, call whoever it is that supposedly needs help. If it is a grandson that said he needs help or is in jail, call his cell phone. He may likely answer. If he doesn’t answer, call a family member or friend. It is better to find out they are truly in jail than to lose your hard-earned cash to swindlers.
Third, call the local police and report it. They will let you know what has been occurring in your area and they also need to know your situation.
Let’s not fall for any scams. There are so many kind and trusting people, especially grandparent-types, but please make at least three phone calls first.
Also, do not give out your social security number, credit card or bank account numbers to any person or business on the phone – even to the IRS. Even the IRS doesn’t work that way.
Do not put any cash on a purchasable credit card and mail it to anyone claiming to need help through these phone scams.

Speaking of beef

The Siskiyou County CattleWomen are again sponsoring the 2015 Beef Ambassador Competition, which is a speech contest based on knowledge and desire to educate consumers regarding beef nutrition along with the environmental and positive stewardship practices of ranchers and the beef industry. The contest is open to students ages 12-20. The Siskiyou contest will be held in February and is the first level of competition. The junior and senior winners will go on to compete at the state level. Winners from states compete at the national level in Sept. 2015. Scholarship money will be awarded the top five national level winners.
Locally, the Siskiyou CattleWomen encourage and help their Siskiyou winners to share their speeches and knowledge with school groups, civic clubs and industry professionals as “Beef Ambassadors”. Interested students should call Gail Jenner at 468-5331 or Barbara Cowley at 459-5506.


Gee whiz, it has been so warm that I feel like I need to plant some lettuce seeds. The rain has been great. We just need cooler temps to pile the snow in the mountains. The garden soil is soft and even some leftover onions are popping up.


Erin Ryan, our area staff person working for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, said she will to attend the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. She has been responding to the Congressman’s somewhat unpopular vote for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. There are several reasons why he voted for Boehner and the major one was that the real vote occurred soon after the November 2014 election. This was so it could be learned if anyone was planning on running against him. That is when any opposition should have been voiced and there was none. A few congress folks decided to make a last minute fuss and boy did the media have a heyday.
The last few years, I have learned that it is truly important to step back from a media frenzy and wonder just what might be going on behind the scenes.
I stand by Congressman LaMalfa 100 percent.
He and Congressman Tom McClintock have staunchly supported Siskiyou County in working to save the four Klamath River dams. LaMalfa toured the Weed Boles Fire a few days after the tragedy and then toured the forest fire devastation along the Scott and Klamath Rivers with Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 County Supervisor. Congressman LaMalfa has been to many of our events and meetings dealing with our issues up here. I believe he truly cares about us. He stands with us on our agriculture, water and property rights issues. Come to the POW meeting and learn more from Erin Ryan.

Blues Bash

Remember, the Scott Valley Film Coalition and the Scott Valley Blues Society will present a Blues Bash this Friday, Jan. 23rd at “The REC” located at 11236 N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Time is 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.
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Liz Writes Life 1-13-15

Jan. 13, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA in Siskiyou Co. California

The Scott Valley Film Coalition and the Scott Valley Blues Society will present a Blues Bash on Friday, Jan. 23rd at “The REC” located at 11236 N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Time is 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. The Blues Bash will feature “Larry ‘B’ and the B Hive” along with special guest “The Ron Lovelace Blues Band.” Larry Alexander told me that it isn’t a concert, just bands playing music for fun and dancing. I think there will be some drinks available for purchase. Sounds like lots a good time.
Scott Valley Protect our Water will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Fort Jones Community Center. It has been several months since we held a meeting, so this one should be packed with good info.
Ray Haupt will have one month of his role as District 5 Siskiyou Supervisor under his belt and will stop by to share some of the issues he has addressed. One includes a discussion with the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Game) over the ESA. I think this past week, the agenda items regarding re-introduction of salmon to the Dunsmuir and McCloud area rivers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposed listing of the fisher – just in our area.
On Jan. 5, 2015, I attended the swearing-in of our newly and re-elected officials at the Yreka Theater. The next day, Ray Haupt started his new job and I am excited that his knowledge of the Endangered Species Act, CEQA, which is California Environmental Quality Act, and NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, will be beneficial to Siskiyou County. Ray knows and understands the details of each and that provides specifics to address how state and federal bureaucratic agencies are trying to twist the law to a non-resource-use objective. Go Ray!
The KBRA, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, expired on Dec. 31st, 2014. But, do not despair – it still isn’t dead. (That was sarcasm folks.) I would think that if the “agreement” has not been re-signed that it should be dead, but the powers-that-be are ignoring the fact of the deadline. In a nutshell, it is the KBRA that is demanding the destruction/removal of four hydro-electric dams in order for PacifiCorp to obtain a true 20 to 50 year renewal from FERC for producing hydro-electricity from the Klamath Dams. FERC is the federal agency that governs licenses and power.
Remember that three of the Klamath River dams in question are located in Siskiyou County. And yet, our county was not allowed to be a stakeholder. This then begs the question of: What or who gets to be a stakeholder? One would think that our county should have been a major player in the creation of the KBRA. Oh, yeah, our county was against Klamath dam removal. OK, so the Greenie groups and government agencies decided that Siskiyou just didn’t belong in the decision-making process.
Klamath dam removal isn’t dead, but it should be. Hopefully, we will have additional info for the POW meeting.
Mark Baird said he will give an update on the State of Jefferson project. This Thursday, the Jefferson Declaration Committee will present two more Declarations to the State. Glenn and Yuba County Boards of Supervisors approved the split from the State of California in 2014. A rally for supporters of the State of Jefferson will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West steps of the Capitol. All supporters are invited!
There are now 20 grassroots Jefferson Declaration Committees in 20 counties throughout Northern California. This next Tuesday will be busy as Mark Baird will give a presentation to the Plumas County Supervisors and another leader, Steve Baird, will speak to the Colusa County Supervisors. Steve and Mark are not directly related, but do admit to some stubborn, independence-minded Scottish heritage. Steve and his wife, Dianna, are leaders of the Placer County Jefferson Committee and Steve has worked-out the financials proving a new state could not just survive, but thrive. For more go to his website: and also check out: Jefferson
Last weekend, many Jefferson supporters manned a booth at the Sportsman Expo at the Cal-Expo fairgrounds in Sacramento. Mark told me that they handed out 1,000s of informational brochures and that most folks were genuinely concerned about the direction California is going in creating burdensome laws and taxes.
One remedy proposed by Mark and the Jefferson leadership is that under the State of Jefferson Constitution, each county will elect a state senator providing representation – a voice – for all areas of the state. This is what was changed in our U.S. Constitution, when the Reynolds v Sims case won in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. It is this case that took away the election of a state senator from each county and created the lack of representation for rural, less populated areas.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 1-6-15

Jan. 6, 2015
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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co., CA.
It is the New Year and time to change a habit – instead of writing 2014, we must now remember to write 2015. Some years I grasp this quickly and other years, I’ll find it is June and I am still struggling.
I took a few weeks off from the political beat, but with the New Year I’ve got to express my aghast at the 930 laws that the state legislature passed and then our sometimes very confused Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law. He did veto 143 bills passed by the State legislature. Come on folks, it is hard to believe that 80 state assembly members and 40 state senators could even think up this many things to fix. With so many new laws, I will likely break one and not even know it.
For those who were upset over the single-use plastic bag law that will stop stores gathering up all of our purchases and sending us out-the-door with – well that one is up-in-the-air. Guv. Brown signed the new law that prohibits stores using the single-use plastic bags. It was set to go into effect on July 1, 2015. But, a network of pro-single-use plastic bag users began a campaign to overturn this law using the “we the people” process to put it on an up-coming election ballot measure. Signatures are being gathered from registered voters.
It actually looks like the proponents may have gathered sufficient signatures (likely about a million was needed and I did sign it), so this law will be on hold until the Nov. 2016 general election. So if you see our local stores continuing to use the plastic bags — that’s the reason why.
Personally, I re-purpose (and I don’t normally use that description) plastic bags so much that I can’t imagine not having a drawer full.
So that you don’t think I am overly negative about all the new laws, I do agree with the one that allows state and local officials to create a new veterans’ cemetery at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine. Of course, that is a So. Cal thing, but this is good for veterans and their families. As for Nor-Cal, I am still really impressed by those that were able to get the Veterans Cemetery at Igo out Gas Point Road from Cottonwood.
Another law that I actually agree with is the one regarding drones and privacy. Prosecution for invasion of privacy will be permitted when aerial drones are used to photograph or record another person in a private setting. Good.
Although I also agree that victims of “revenge porn” should be able to seek court orders to have their posted sexually explicit photos (posted by others) removed from the internet, my first thought is that maybe the victim shouldn’t allow naked photos to be taken! How you express yourself has become a curious business in the 21st century.
Well on to a few incredibly ridiculous new 2015 laws. Let’s see, how about the one regarding the ability to obtain professional licenses. This one offers professional licenses to people that are in our country illegally. They will no longer need a USA Social Security number to obtain state licenses to work as doctors, dentists, nurses, barbers, security guards or lawyers. I am not against illegals working in these professions I just think they should become legal citizens to do it in the U.S. If they have put that much effort into these professions, taking the test to become a U.S. citizen should be a cinch and they are certainly welcome.
Another interesting one is regarding voter registration. Eligible Californians cannot be disqualified from registering to vote on the grounds that they sign the required affidavit with a mark, cross or signature stamp. I thought we had stamped out illiteracy. For someone who is truly disabled, I can understand, but this law is open enough to allow illegals to vote.
More on voting: Formerly, those who voted by absentee ballot had to make sure their ballot arrived by Election Day. Now, if the ballot is mailed on Election Day and arrives within three days, it can be counted. Yep, that’s a little late.
Manufacturers of toy weapons must now color them brightly, so that law enforcement officers don’t confuse children that are using toy guns with real firearms. Hum, what I see happening already are pink real guns being purchased by adults. I do hope the law prevents any child from being suspected of wrong-doing, but eventually brightly-colored weapons will likely become the norm for adults. Men may enjoy a nice sky blue.
I do hope that we all are able to obtain a list of these 930 new laws so that we can be law-abiding citizens. The last thing I want to be is an outlaw!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 12-30-14

Dec. 30, 2014
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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou Co, CA.

Because the temps finally dropped below freezing at night, I decided to check the onions and potatoes that are in shallow boxes on the gravel floor of our metal garage. They were covered with several layers of canvas and the potatoes seemed OK, but it was good that I checked as the warm, wet weather in November and December affected the onions. They were growing at both ends with some getting soft. One had roots almost two inches long. Gee whiz.
So I brought them in – probably about 25 of them – and stared cleaning them up. There was mold on a few and at least a half dozen were too soft to save. I pealed back the soft layers on five, cut off the roots and put them in a plastic bag in the refrig. I hate to throw anything away, if I can save it, and will use them to cook with during the next few weeks.
I was surprised that the Walla Wallas were the worst for starting to grow and being soft. The white onions, which I can’t remember the variety, have stayed the hardest and will likely last several more months in the house. Some are in the kitchen and some in a brown paper bag in the cold bedroom.
The warm fall and early winter also affected the garlic that I planted the first week of November as about a third of it has sprouted up to four inches tall. But, it is winter and I want to ignore the garden for a while. Oh, that’s right, I can’t — the carrots are mulched and should be pulled, eaten or juiced. After all the rich food we have eaten this month, carrot juice would be a healthy project.
More history
Last week, I shared a bit from the old Siskiyou Daily News that’s been floating around my cluttered office. It is dated “Monday, Dec. 5, 1968,” so here goes with more memory dredging this week.
The Green Bay packers and Dallas Cowboys were expected to play for the NFL championship in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1969 and the real first “Super Bowl” was slated for Jan. 14, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The article mentioned that each of the winners of the NFL championship team would receive $8,000 and another $15,000 for the Super Bowl win. Gosh, I like and watch football, but I don’t have the faintest idea what winning the Super Bowl pays now – just know about the coveted ring. Guess I will do a “search” on the internet.
It was mentioned that Baltimore QB Johnny Unitas had a sore arm, but showed why he was considered the greatest passer in the NFL with a 33-yard TD pass to Ray Berry in the last 39 seconds of the game with Cleveland for the win.
More from the front page: “U.S. Planes Bomb Railroad, Saigon Hit By Guerrillas” said that American bombers battled their way through flights of Communist MIG fighters, shooting down one and possibly a second. Yep, USSR backed North Viet Nam in that horrible war.
Members of the Siskiyou County Planning Commission, Adair “Butch” Wilson and Carl Johnson, discussed the purposes and plans of the commission at the Mt. Shasta Chapter of the Society of American Foresters recent meeting.
U.S. President LBJ continued to recuperate in Texas after surgery on his throat and abdominal hernia. Johnson was said to be “buoyed up” after his recent trip across the Mexican border for a get-together with Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz and a joint inspection of the gigantic Amistad Dam the two countries were currently constructing across the Rio Grande.
Advertisers (that I even remember) were Tyrer’s Stationery at 210 S. Broadway and Silverhart’s selling carpet for kitchen, bath, rec-room and patio for $5.50 a square yard at 423 S. Broadway – both in Yreka. Bray’s Appliance & TV on W. Miner advertised a G-E Mobile Maid dishwaster with a lift top rack for $199. McNeil’s Drive ‘N Save Market on Oberlin Road and Old Highway 99 had a special for Skippy dog food at eight cents a can.
At the Broadway Theater, “Born Free” was playing. I recall seeing it, so we must have driven over-the-hill from Etna between Thanksgiving and Dec. 5th probably on Saturday night. My mom really wanted to see it, I think mostly because she liked Andy Williams who sang the theme song.
In the classifieds, Yreka Office Equipment was selling Smith-Corona & Royal portable typewriters. Yep, we had a manual Smith-Corona that my mom had purchased several years before. I used it all through high school. At Yreka Studio and Camera Shop you could get your black and white film developed in one day; and Ed and May Gleeson had a Ranch Realty in Scott Valley. My dad was friends with “Gleeson” as he called him.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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Liz Writes Life 12-23-14

(Family photos are below this article.)

Dec. 23, 2014
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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA
Christmas is almost here and I can’t believe how warm it has been. We surely needed the rain, but desperately need snow in the mountains. Mt. Ashland and Mt. Shasta Ski Resorts opened a week or so ago, but the recent high-elevation rain may have closed them again. Scott River and Sugar Creek are sure up. Lots of water is roaring to the ocean.
Amazing how different our weather is from year to year. Last year at this time, the cold temps had broken water pipes in many homes and businesses making life frustrating. We survived that one by letting the kitchen faucet drizzle at night and putting a heater, with a thermostat, in the pump house making us grateful for electricity.
Tim and Lynn Grenvik reminded me about the 2013 cold December in their Christmas newsletter. I sure enjoy hearing from friends and family and appreciate family Christmas letters. I really did get Christmas cards out this year with a short-for-me letter. Didn’t realize that 2007 was the last time that I conquered the job. Yep, a little long between communications I’d say. The card prompted my cousin Alan Hovenden to give me a call and my brother to email a photo (no note) of their new home up in Oregon. Good stuff.
Thank you to Michael Stapleton for emailing a fun youtube video of their recent hog butchering project. Oh, yeah, the modern-day non-offensive terminology is “hog processing”! The project was held at Dan Deppen’s. They made good use of a little front-loader tractor in moving the pig and set a 55-gallon drum full of water over a campfire for scalding the entire pig. Michael said they butchered turkeys at Randy Eastlick’s at Thanksgiving. It is nice to know that some Scott Valleyites are keeping the age-old practices alive, even if the tools have been modernized.
When I was a kid, my Uncle Charlie Hovenden (Alan’s dad) hosted hog butchering events inviting his brothers-in-law and friends to help. The Hovenden’s had been using the old wooden-board shop for years. It was pretty run-down looking from the outside. But inside there was a scalding bin, a burner to heat the water, and lots of counter space made of wooden planks for cutting up the meat. There was also a grinder and much of the meat was ground, mixed with spices and made into sausage. I remember dad bringing home a wash tub full of the coiled sausage. My mom cut it into six-inch long pieces and canned it in quart jars. Good stuff.
I was never allowed in to help or watch and really wasn’t told why, but guessed it wasn’t real safe to have kids in there. And, it was considered a “man’s” job. No women. But, now that I think about it, there may have been a bottle of whiskey tucked in a cupboard to help move the project along.
Since I began reminiscing here, I thought I’d add some information from the “Siskiyou Daily News” from Monday, Dec. 5, 1968. Don’t know where the newspaper came from, but it has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I love old newspapers, especially our local ones. The “broad-sheet” newspaper was wider than it is now and it ran eight columns of tiny print.
Weather was making news on the front page, where there were 18 different headlines in three sizes on a wide variety of issues. They must have been receiving they same type of weather as we did earlier this month as the temps hung around 32 degrees at night with 40 degrees on Dec. 3, 1968 with heavy rains causing flooding (which we missed this year, when the storm hit south of us).
Happy Camp registered 5.12 inches of rain over the weekend as the Klamath River reached within four feet of flood stage. Yreka reported 2.34 inches of rain for the weekend and even Callahan reported 1.96 inches. The log bridge on the Salmon River in the Wooley Creek area was destroyed Dec. 2, 1968, because of heavy rains cutting-off traffic between Forks of Salmon and Somes Bar. The bridge at Orleans was considered endangered and the Salmon River road, from Etna, was closed as Salmon River has reached its crest. The total rain fall for 1968 in Yreka to the Dec. 5 date was 15.65 inches. The average rainfall for Yreka is 19 inches, so it was likely drier earlier in the year. I remember the big snow that came during Christmas vacation, which made for great sledding.
One of the advertisers was Black’s Appliances, which is still in business in 2014 in Yreka. Black’s was holding a closeout sale for a 1966 heavy duty tumble-action washer for $195. Hum, a great deal indeed!
Merry Christmas! May we celebrate the real reason for the season – the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Liz Bowen is a Siskiyou County native and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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2014 Photos of Justin Bowen’s family

3Cassidy 5-13-14Cassidy in Daddy Justin’s arms after he delivered her at home – May 2014.

3Cassidy blessing 6-2014Cassidy Bowen in her “Blessing” dress in Aug. 2014.

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Cassidy Bowen in Oct. 2014 — above and below


Justin, Joni, Mason and Cassidy Bowen at the Ogden Temple Open House – 2014

3J Fam Ogden Temple 2014

Papa Jack helping mow the lawn in Oct. 2014.

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Justin reading to Mason.  Then Mason in his favorite toy and jumping on the tramp.

3Justin Mason 2014 3Mason in car 10-2014 3Mason tramp 2014

3Cabelas fish Mason 2014Mason throws the fish some food at our family reunion at Cabala’s in Lehi, Utah.

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2014 Photos of Branden Bowen’s family


3try-Jefferson kids 8-28-2014

Kylie and Bryce Bowen went with Nana Liz Bowen to the California State Capitol in Sacramento, CA. on Aug. 28, 2014 to submit to the Secretary of State, and both legislatures, petitions to withdraw from the State of California as declared by the Boards of Supervisors of Siskiyou and Modoc Counties. They are standing with Dist. 1 Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss — a supporter of the 51st State of Jefferson project. For more info go to:

3rd try Bryce bikeBryce Bowen’s birthday turning 9 years old! New bike.

2Colton 7-2014Colton Bowen – 4 years old.

2Kylie Branden2 3-2014Kylie Bowen with her dad, Branden, at Primary church girls Daddy Daughter Dinner Date in March 2014.

2Kylie posing 7-2014Kylie Bowen on birthday, July 14, 2014 turning 11.

2Lexie cropped 7-2014Lexie Bowen, 2, on Kylie’s birthday in July 2014.

2Lexie Deana 7-2014Mom Deana Bowen and Lexie Bowen.

3Bryce use  car 4-2014 Bryce’s birthday present from Nana Liz – a movie at the Mt. Shasta Theaters with Kylie. April 2014.  3Colton fair 8-2014

Colton Bowen during August 2014 Siskiyou Golden Fair, Yreka, CA.

3Kylie Amare 2-2014

Kylie Bowen with cousin, Amare Larrucea at Uncle Charlie and Aunt Jeanette Crowder’s home in Feb. 2014.

3Kylie pillow 2014

Kylie Bowen with the pillow that she made for a 4-H  project and was judged during the Siskiyou Golden Fair.3Kylie sheep 8-2014

Kylie Bowen with her market lamb at the Siskiyou Golden Fair in Aug. 2014.

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Lexie Bowen, 2, during the Siskiyou Golden Fair in Aug. 2014.

3Pirate wkids at fair 8-2013

A throw-back photo:  Kylie, Colton and Bryce Bowen with the Pirate of the Caribbean show at the Aug. 2013 Siskiyou Golden Fair.




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Family photos of Liz and Jack from 2014

3Crowder fam 2-2014Uncle Charlie and Aunt Jeanette Crowder’s home in Feb. 2014 with family. Sacramento, CA.

3Darlene, Creed, charlie jeanette 2-2014Darlene Carroll, with son, Creed Larrucea, with Uncle Charlie and Aunt Jeanette Crowder in Feb. 2014 in Sacramento, CA.

3Charlie Jack 2-2014Uncle Charlie Crowder and Jack Bowen. Feb. 2014

3Liz kids 8-28-14Liz Bowen with grandchildren, Bryce and Kylie Bowen, at California State Capitol Aug. 28, 2014 to submit “Declarations” to withdraw from the State of California by the Siskiyou and Modoc County Boards of Supervisors; along with a petition for equal representation and redress of grievances. Time has come for the 51st State of Jefferson!

3liz kids2 8-28-14Bryce, Liz and Kylie Bowen in front of California Capitol on Aug. 28, 2014.

3Oct 14 elk1Elk in Scott Valley in Oct. 2014.

3sibs jack dave all 2014Dave and Lorena Norris, Steve Dillman, Liz and Jack Bowen. Family reunion at Cabala’s in Lehi, Utah — Oct. 2014.

3Trudy -Justin fams 2014Joni and Justin Bowen with Cassidy in stroller with cousin Trudy and David Pearson.

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