Liz Writes Life 12-6-16

Dec. 6, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

There was good discussion at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last Thursday night. Erin Ryan from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Redding office told us that the Veterans Administration has put a moratorium on internal bonuses and no Christmas bonuses will be going out for employees. During the past two years of investigation, LaMalfa learned that bonuses have been given without the employees doing the work to deserve them. In one instance, employees were caught shredding hundreds of veterans’ applications and then claiming they processed those applications. In most instances, the money was designated for veterans, which they did not receive and instead went to employee bonuses. She said it looks like the election of Donald Trump has the higher-ups worried at the V.A. Good. They should be as the V.A. has been running a shoddy corrupt ship for quite some time.

One of the bills Congressman LaMalfa has sponsored is HR 900, which will demand Congressional approval for monuments to be established, instead of the U.S. President signing them into law through Executive Order. This is good news for those of us that believe too much land has been removed from public use and this practice will continue if not halted.

Erin said it is significant that the Republicans increased the majority of the House and still have a majority, although it is slight, in the U.S. Senate. There seems to be a strong movement away from the liberal progressives as there were also more Republican candidates that won governorships in the recent election than Democrats.

Erin gave us the proof of this: There are 3141 counties in the 50 United States. Hillary Clinton only won 57 of those counties! That is surprising. Yep, we rural folks also know that those 57 counties are urban areas packed with millions of people. But, still, that is an amazing stat on the division of our country and shows how many counties voted for Donald Trump.

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, said he was surprised the California recreational marijuana use law passed in Siskiyou County. It was just over 50 percent in Siskiyou, but it passed on a much higher percentage at the state level making it law for the entire state. Some of the fall-out that marijuana prescription holders may not know is the law actually changes how many plants an individual can grow. Currently, the Siskiyou County marijuana ordinance allows for 12 plants to be legally grown by an individual. The new state law reduces that to only six plants. So the Siskiyou supervisors will need to revise the current ordinance from 12 to 6. Some growers will likely loudly oppose this revision, but it is the new recreational marijuana state law that will mandate the change. The ban on outdoor grows is still in place, so those six plants must be grown indoors.

Regarding the use of marijuana and driving: There will now be a five-year study of THC levels, before the state will make rules on how “high” a person can be while driving and not get arrested. Boy, that seems a little long to me. There is no tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol. Shouldn’t it be the same for impaired driving while smoking pot?

Good news for Sheriff Lopey as one of the lawsuits against him – voter intimidation – was found to not have standing and was dropped.

More good news regarding ground water as the recharge in Scott Valley is a month ahead of the past several years. We did have quite a rainy October and certainly helped.

Ray said that county is quickly moving forward holding workshops with local water districts, Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee, and other groups in the three major areas of the county. Elizabeth Nielsen, Natural Resource Policy Specialist, is gathering information to meet the mandates of the newest 2014 California law affecting groundwater management. The new California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, dubbed SGMA, requires formation of new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies to manage groundwater basins throughout California.

Ray said that the County of Siskiyou is adamant about retaining management of groundwater and not allowing the state to take control. To do that, Siskiyou must create local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies by June of 2017.

Two informational meetings were held last week in Shasta Valley and Butte Valley. This next Thurs. Dec. 8, 2016, a meeting will be held at The REC at 11236 Hwy 3 in Fort Jones for the Scott Valley informational meeting. Anyone interested in groundwater is invited to attend.

The next discussion was about a proposed plan for a designated route that would create a mixed-use of county roads and off-road vehicle trails for off-road vehicles. Ray has received phone calls from ranchers and land owners about the proposed map that shows the extensive routes converge on private property. Oops, that affects landowners for a number of reasons, environmental and liability problems being at the top. Ray said the environmental studies and administrative processes have not been done and the agenda item on the supervisors’ meeting today at 1:30 p.m. will be a discussion item. Looks like it will be a lively conversation.

Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., said that FERC, the Federal Energy Resource Commission, was asked by PacifiCorp to hold-off processing the four hydro-electric Klamath dams licensing to the new non-profit Klamath entity. Rich said there is continuing concern about the poor science and lack of FERC following the legal processes. Both Siskiyou County and the Siskiyou Water Users have submitted documents opposing the relicensing by FERC.


Remember to attend the Fort Jones Christmas Parade this Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. The fireman’s pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and the craft fair will be held at the Scott Valley Jr. High gym starting at 9 a.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 11-29-16

Nov. 29, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. President Andrew Hurlimann will discuss the fall-out from the gun laws that were enacted through the Nov. 8th election. Erin Ryan will be attending for our re-elected Congressman Doug LaMalfa. Certainly, she will have some fun tidbits about the election results and President-elect Donald Trump’s on-going cabinet and post picks. There is concern about the new Calexit push and Mark Baird will share insight on how the Jefferson movement is responding.

Remember to call for your tickets to hear Lord Christopher Walter Monckton speak at a barbecue pork dinner held at the Yreka Miners Inn Convention Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6th. Call Kathy Bergeron at 530-905-2492 or Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443 to make your reservations.


Recently, I visited with Elizabeth Nielsen, who is the new Natural Resource Policy Specialist for Siskiyou County. She was hired several months ago filling the position Ric Costales held for years. And boy has she been busy!

Elizabeth put together the informational Power Point used by the county Nov. 17, 2016 meeting on the expansion of the Cascade/Siskiyou Monument and drafted the letter of opposition by the county to DOI Secretary Sally Jewell.

She is also the lead for Groundwater Sustainable Water Management and is networking with irrigation districts, agencies and groups like the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee to develop a management plan as mandated by the state. Since we are mandated by the state to have a management plan, it is certainly better to have local studies, input and control instead of the state giving us one-size-fits-all demands.

And Siskiyou County is ahead of many counties, because the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee has been monitoring several dozen wells for a decade, which has provided important information of ground water levels and proves there is a positive recharge each autumn – whether there is a drought or not. The Advisory Committee began working with Dr. Thomas Harter on the groundwater issue back in 2006, when the Scott River Watershed Council decided that the study of local groundwater was best done by local landowners. I was on the committee, when we made the tough decision to do the studies ourselves and work with a third-party, who is prominent in the study of hydrology. Dr. Harter has been politically-unbiased to work with and that is refreshing.

In a nutshell, Elizabeth works for and with the county supervisors analyzing issues proposed by state or federal agencies and advises on policy, action and writing the documents or response letters that are needed.

She has revamped the county’s Natural Resources website and it is worth checking out. You can find policy and documents written by the county on issues like the monument, Klamath dams, wolves, mining and public land use. The best way to get to the site is to do a search for “County of Siskiyou Natural Resources”. It is a practical site with the issues right up front. I really liked it.

I asked Elizabeth’s background and she is a natural for the job. She grew up in Cottonwood, just south of us. Her parents are General Engineering Contractors. Summers were spent working with them and eventually operating equipment. Elizabeth graduated from California State University Chico with a B.S. degree in Agriculture Business. Her goal was to return to the rural agricultural field and asked Congressman LaMalfa to help her with an internship in the field of water resources, which he did.

Surprisingly enough, Elizabeth’s first job was with the Bureau of Reclamation in Klamath Falls, where she was immediately up to her neck in water issues, but she found them intriguing. She later worked for the Klamath National Forest as the Environmental Planner writing the Westside Fire Recovery Project on the 2014 wildfires.

Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, said Elizabeth is a really good fit for the county Natural Resources Policy Specialist position as she comes to Siskiyou County with a deep understanding of the issues plaguing our area. Ray told me that only a few counties have a policy specialist for Natural Resources and that is surprising. In this day and age, he said, it is so important to be pro-active rather than reactive. There are a magnitude of issues that need to be thoroughly investigated. Policy on these issues is highly-technical and complex, so the information gathered is significant for the supervisors as they make life-affecting decisions on land use and do push back on bureaucracies, threatening greenie non-profits and Tribes.

Elizabeth added the county supervisors are very concerned about the die-off of conifers in the Sierras, where tens of millions of trees are dying and understands the problem is moving north. So she will be working with the supervisors to create a Tree Mortality Task Force, which will include the USFS, Cal-Fire and private land owners.

There is also sufficient science to prove the benefit of grazing and expects the county Grazing Board to be more pro-active in the future. Wow, I didn’t know we even had a Grazing Board!

And then she does have a home life. She and husband, Tim Nielsen, operate a cattle ranch near Gazelle and their son, Theodore, is a joy at just seven months of age. Good thing she is young with lots of energy. Thank you, Elizabeth for your work on our behalf.

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 11-22-16

Nov. 22, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA


We are pecking away at the carrots. I made a beef soup this weekend and used a lot of carrots. With the warm temps, this fall, at least one carrot decided it was time to grow and has sent up a tall seed stem. Uh, oh that one will go likely bad.

Several weeks ago, my husband decided to do a light plow-up of the garden using the old-fashioned three-pronged push-plow and found a nice-sized good-enough-to-eat purple onion. Several more are out there too. I haven’t planted onions in over a year, so I am not quite sure how they survived. It was a nice find.

As I mentioned a month ago, two heads of cabbage are still in the garden. One has split and is likely not worth eating, but the other should be a nice five or six pound cabbage. It will get harvested soon as I am finally hungry for cabbage again, so it won’t make it for the winter experiment – to see how well it survives the really cold temps of Dec. and Jan.

We have some small tomatoes that turned red several weeks ago. They seem to be holding pretty well and are covered in the dark, cool bedroom. I did toss several that were starting to rot. So, I feel pretty good that we have had ripe red tomatoes up to Thanksgiving. I heard that some folks didn’t pull their tomato plants out until recently as they did not freeze back with the few frosts in October and were still producing. It has been a strange fall that’s for sure.

Idaho has had the same type of warm weather. Scott Valley native, Jess Bigham, who now lives in Idaho, recently sent some photos of his wife’s favorite roses that are blooming, neighboring green alfalfa fields and a beet that had to weigh five pounds or more. He said it was 17 inches-long and 17 inches around. Wow! Now, I realize why Idaho ranks so high in production of sugarbeets – 2nd in the nation. I Googled “Idaho sugarbeets” and learned that in 2011 growers planted 176,000 acres of sugarbeets and the average yield was over 34 tons per acre. Sorry, I digressed. Blame it on my attention deficit disorder, but I do enjoy trivia tid-bits.

Jess added that they haven’t had much rain and he is still irrigating the beets and carrots.


Uggh, I forgot to thank Duane Eastlick for bringing in porta-potties for the staging of the Nov. 5th Veterans Parade at the Etna High School. He does it as a service to our community and it is truly appreciated, especially by those who are waiting around before the parade starts. Thank you Duane!


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will not meet this Thursday evening as it is Thanksgiving night and we will be too full of turkey to attend.

The meeting has been moved to the next week, Thurs. Dec. 1, 2016. It will be held at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share.

Town Hall

Internationally known speaker, Lord Christopher Walter Monckton will be in Yreka on Dec. 6, 2016 and will share information about Brexit, the fraud surrounding climate change and the attack on rural America. Lord Monckton was a policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher, when she was Prime Minister of the UK. He voiced approval for Britain to exit the European Union, which it did in June of this year through a vote by the people.

A dinner with barbecued pulled pork by grill master Dave Tyler will kick-off the evening. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Lord Monckton is the keynote speaker for the evening. Reservations are needed, so please call Kathy Bergeron at 530-905-2492 or Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443 ASAP. Admission is just $15. This event will be held at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka.

Lord Monckton shares the views of Myron Ebell, who was appointed — back in September 2016 — by Donald Trump to lead his transition team regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Apparently, President-elect Trump has been setting up his transition team for quite some time. Hum, looks like Main Stream Media calls of chaos are highly-overrated!

Just for kicks, I looked “Myron Ebell” up on the internet and found that he was born in Baker, Oregon and grew up on a 2,000 acre cattle ranch. My, that is refreshing! Ebell is the director of Global Warming and Environmental Policy at a libertarian advocacy enterprise institute based in WA. D.C. He has been exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis on the Global Warming issue – for years.

Of course, when looking up Ebell, it shows that Greenies and liberals have been screaming obscenities at him for years, as well. I think Ebell is my kind of guy. The EPA has created environmental havoc and economic crisis throughout our nation and needs to be reined-in with a stiff bit! I hope Ebell will continue to be involved or even lead the EPA. Yep, I digressed again, but it was worth learning about Ebell and that Trump is trying to find the best people for his administration.

The dinner with Lord Monckton should be quite enlightening!

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 11-15-16

Nov. 15, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The elections are over!

I am sorry the disenfranchised are protesting. I do believe our county is pretty evenly cut in half over our politics, so no matter who is elected president about half of the country is going to be disenfranchised. During the last eight years, I sure have been! But protesting, beating people and destroying other people’s property — is immature, selfish and just plain mean. What a mess! Good thing President-elect Donald Trump appreciates a challenge, cuz he has got several.

My hope is that we have a positive improvement in the bureaucrats who run our federal agencies like the Veterans Admin, Dept. of Interior, USFS, Environmental Protection Agency and the ESA. Liberation from the insidious over-regulations will stimulate our communities and economies. It is a fact that many government agencies and regulations are now destroying the environment. I do believe our country has deteriorated and I want it to become economically healthy again.

Locally, I gave a huge sigh of relief when groundwater Measure H failed. Siskiyou County addressed the use and selling of private property groundwater early-on and has sufficient regulations in place. This drastic expansion of regulations and costly permits was not needed. Gee whiz, why has our society become so anti-everything? It is time for common sense to prevail. It is time to support your neighbor, if he wants to do business in Siskiyou County. Hopefully, it is time for enough freedom that we can pursue prosperity and happiness.


Speaking of water, a renewed threat has emerged that will affect farmers, ranchers and other irrigators. Listen up! Several Siskiyou Co. Supervisors believe it is time for property owners in both Shasta and Scott Valleys to understand that the pro-Klamath dam removal stakeholders will soon demand a cap on the amount of water that irrigators can use. Yep, this is true.

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, heard a leader of the new Klamath River Restoration Corp. say during one of the secret meetings last summer that irrigators in Siskiyou County must reduce the amount of water they use.

Remember, “they” are talking about your water right. “They” are talking about making you reduce using something that is legally yours! Also, remember, this reduction of water use will not help the ESA-listed coho salmon, especially if the Klamath dams are destroyed.

Ray said it is time to stop the commandeering of our water. We must be proactive to ensure water and agriculture security for Siskiyou County. So, the county is holding a special meeting on Nov. 18, 2016 at the County Administrative Office at 1312 Fairlane Rd. in Yreka. Time is 3 p.m. Farmers, ranchers and land owners are encouraged to attend.

Klamath dams

Over in Klamath County, Oregon, the electorate voted the Klamath dams should be left in – by 72 percent! The advisory initiative was brought by Klamath Co. Commissioner Tom Mallams, who said it was time for the citizens to reveal how they felt instead of media and Greenies making drastic claims.

Commissioner Mallams said he wanted a fair and unbiased vote and no one campaigned for the “no” dams removal vote.

Mallams hopes that FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, takes into account that the people in his county do not want the dams removed. Right now, FERC is considering the newly-fashioned non-profit Klamath River Restoration Corp’s license application to have the dams put into their ownership from PacifiCorp.

Back in the Nov. 2, 2010 General Election, Siskiyou Co. voters were given the same opportunity on an advisory measure. It was called Measure G and 79 percent voted against the removal of the Klamath dams. Looks like the folks in both counties are over three-quarters against dam removal!

Our Siskiyou Co. Supervisors have been vigilant on the Klamath dams issue. Last Thursday, Nov. 10th, the county filed a challenge to FERC claiming the recent re-licensing application to KRRC is deficient, fails to meet regulations and in general does not comply with licensing procedures. Wow, those are serious problems.

Today, the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors hosted a presentation at the beginning of their meeting to allow its law firm to explain strategy and issues that should halt the re-licensing of the Klamath dams from PacifiCorp to the new non-profit KRRC. I so hope that the Klamath River can be saved by stopping this new KRRC in its tracks.


It’s a busy week for our Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors and Siskiyou citizens as the county is holding another public meeting. This one is Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016 at the Miner’s Inn for public comment on the expansion of the Cascade/Siskiyou National Monument. This is another issue greatly opposed by our county supervisors and various groups – me included! This latest proposal was put forward by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and would add 64,000 acres to the existing 66,000 acres. Come on, enough is enough. Monuments take the multiple-use out of what should be land available to the public. Time for this meeting is 4 to 7 p.m.

Once again, the Klamath County Commissioners are on the same page with Siskiyou Supervisors as they have joined in opposition to the expansion of the monument after holding a Town Hall Nov. 1, 2016, where the public overwhelmingly voiced opposition to the expansion. Back in 2000, President Bill Clinton used the Antiquities Act to establish the Cascade/Siskiyou Monument.

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 11-8-16

Nov. 8, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Ca


It was a great turnout for the Veterans’ Parade, in Etna, last Saturday morning. The fog lifted showing bright blue skies and warm temps from Mr. Sun. An enthusiastic crowd show up to enjoy socializing on Main Street.

There are many people that made the parade a success, like: Tim Grenvik and Heather Ford, Josh Short and Tony Stacher with the Etna Police Dept. for closing off the streets and providing the P.A. system and the Scott Valley Rotary for getting everyone lined-up at the Etna High School. Also, Jim Smith and Karen Wresch made sure the banner for the grand marshal was there.

Please know that a BIG “thank you” goes out to all of you, including announcer Scott Murphy and the, ever-important, parade participants!

Leading the parade was the American Legion Color Guard with Melanie Mendenhall carrying our American flag, flanked by Al Buchter and Bruce Hurlbut. They were followed by Yreka’s Jackson Street Marching Band, who played a very nice rendition of our National Anthem.

Next up was Troop 99 of the Boy Scouts of America. Grand Marshal Banner carriers were Aileen Hildebrand, Kathy Hawkins and Marjean Facey, who are daughters of the 2016 Grand Marshal Albert Facey, who served in Korea in 1953. With him on the Etna Fire Dept. 1934 Dodge hose truck was his grandson, James Facey, who served in Iraq. Albert’s brother, World War II veteran Ariel Facey also joined the celebration. Thank you to Larry Hicks for maintenance and driving the spiffy-looking “old” fire truck. Albert’s nephew, Sam Facey, who earned a Purple Heart in Viet Nam, filled out the Facey family entry.

Musket shots announced the Siskiyou Mountain Men and then retired U.S. Marine Bill Howe drove his Jefferson Border Patrol car providing security for the fledging state of Jefferson.

Retired U.S. Marine Fred Scott brought his 2016 Silverado. It was filled with: Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor; Norm Malmberg in his Naval finery; Paul D’Alterio retired from the Air Force; Jeff McAllister, who served in both the Army and the Navy; Mercedes Garcia, a past Grand Marshal (Army, I think); and Urb Travis, whose family worked as missionaries in the 1940s in Viet Nam and were taken prisoner by the Japanese. It was the U.S. Army that brokered the family’s release from a concentration camp. Hooray for the USA!

The Veterans Administration was represented with the Northern California V.A. vehicle, Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer Robert Ballesteros, who also represented the U.S. Marine Corp League and the Siskiyou Veterans Leadership Council; and the Siskiyou V.A. Health Care van.

Past Grand Marshal Ed Quigley and his wife, Harriet, were driven by Mary Burton, who is newly returned to Scott Valley. Mary’s grandson, Eddie Burton, drummed cadence as his friend, Steve Rooklindge, performed on the bagpipes. They drove up from Redding to participate. Wow, they were good!

Then the Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee and Siskiyou Co. Republican Women made their presence known showing appreciation to all veterans for the liberties they have preserved. Elections are as American as apple pie, even in contentious years. They were followed by the Dodge Brothers Car Club, where rust is apparently a badge of honor!

The Etna 4-H Club had a float and USFS Smokey Bear showed up in a Humvee. The Etna FFA members showed off their agriculture abilities by leading a beautiful black goat.

Chip Port and Rick Butler drove a military transport with an impressive FMC armored infantry fighting vehicle that was built in the 1970s. To me, it looked like a pretty cool tank! Rick was a Naval Reservist and flight engineer, who flew missions into Viet Nam.

Bill Beckwith, was a Naval aviator and carrier pilot, who flew 38 combat and support missions over Viet Nam. He drove his family in a shiny 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoner. Then there was Viet Nam helicopter pilot Jack Tillman, the Etna High School Interact Club and the Back Country Horsemen on gorgeous horses and mules.

The Etna Lions club float was driven by retired U.S. Marine Dan Renner and then the fancy-looking Sis Q A’s drove their flashy early-day Fords. Retired Army Dave Bradford proudly flew a U.S. flag that was flown during a U.S. mission in Iraq.

A bunch from the Christian Motorcycle Assoc. rode their motor cycles. What a fun group! Many are veterans. And our important emergency organizations brought up the tail-end of the parade with their sirens: Fort Jones Fire Dept., Scott Valley Fire Protection Dist., CAL-FIRE, Etna Ambulance and Etna Fire Dept.

Jimmy Sutter and Kip Whipple cooked and handed out over 100 hotdogs donated by CHI Construction, Whipple Electric and Farrington Family. Chili beans sold by Scott Valley Rotary were also available. The Museum was open with displays of our local women who served in the military. The displays were beautifully done by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, sponsor of the Museum.

It was a positive up-lifting day to honor our soldiers and U.S. veterans. Photos can be found at Liz

Remember to attend the American Legion Perry Harris Post #260’s Honor Guard ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 11th. Be at the Callahan Cemetery at 10 a.m., Etna Cemetery at 11 a.m. or Fort Jones Cemetery at noon.

Open House

The St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary, in Etna, is holding an Open House for the community on Saturday, Nov. 12th. Time is 1 p.m. The building has been renovated and is now a school with classrooms, library, auditorium, cafeteria and dormitory rooms. It is a wonderful opportunity to see this beautiful building.

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

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Having problems putting up Veterans Parade photos — Uggh!

So sorry, I used to post a lot of photos, but can’t seem to get the figuration figured out.

I will keep trying, but if you have access to facebook, try looking into Mel Fechter’s page as he took photos of the parade.

This is pretty frustrating!

– Editor Liz Bowen


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Genealogy: 150 questions to ask family members about their lives

Well-crafted, open-ended questions can yield fruitful results when you interview family for purposes of family history. The following is a list of questions compiled on the Lucier Family webpage you may want to consider. Take time to tailor the questions to the person you are interviewing.

When you are ready to conduct an interview, have the questions in front of you to make sure you are getting the information you desire. Conversations about family can go many directions. When possible, record the interview on audio or video.

  1. What is your full name and why were you named that? (Include maiden name for women.)

  2. Were you named after someone else?

  3. Did you have a nickname when you were growing up? If so, what was it and why were called that?

  4. Have you had any other nicknames as an adult?

  5. What do your family members call you now?

  6. When and where were you born?

  7. When were you baptized, and what was your religion?

  8. What was the religion of your parents and your grandparents?

  9. What church, if any, do you attend now?

  10. What church do your parents and your grandparents attend?

  11. Where was your first home?

  12. In what other homes/places have you lived?

  13. What were your earliest memories of your home?

FIND MUCH MORE of this article on our GENEALOGY page in the Home banner on top of this site –

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Liz Writes Life 11-1-16

Nov. 1, 2016

Liz Writes Life


Albert Facey, of Etna, was selected as grand marshal of the Veterans’ Parade happening this Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in Etna. Time is 11 a.m. Albert was drafted into the Army and served as a private in the 7th Field Artillery in Korea in 1953. Come out and enjoy the parade rain or shine! Veterans are encouraged to just show up at 10 a.m. at Etna High School and the Scott Valley Rotary will put you in the line-up.

Jimmy Sutter is cooking free hot dogs donated by CHI Construction, Whipple Electric and Farrington family. So show up early. Jimmy will be located in front of the old Main Street Garage next door to the Native Daughters of the Golden West Museum, which will be open featuring military uniforms and video interviews of local veterans.


Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding its annual Buck Hunters’ Ball with music by The Brothers Reed this Sat., Nov. 5th. There will be a Venison Stew Contest at 5 p.m. Dinner will commence at 5:30 p.m. with the venison stew or chili, cornbread and apple desserts. Cost is $10 for dinner, $10 for the dance and $10 to enter the Venison Stew Contest. Sign-up to enter the stew contest at the Emporium, Etna Hardware, Scott Valley Feed or Fort Jones Lumber. The dance starts at 7 p.m.


Siskiyou Co. Clerk Colleen Setzer has enough volunteers to man the polls for the Nov. 8th election, but now the need is for election observers. I’ve been told this is not an all-day expectation as just a few hours of observing is sufficient as long as the 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. day is covered with other observers.

Quite a number of poll watchers are needed at each polling place for a General Election. These include one for each party, one for each independent candidate, one for each slate of presidential electors, one for each ballot question side and additional poll watchers are allowed if “adequate space” permits. Wow that is a lot of observers!

Per election codes, electioneering or politicking for or against candidates or initiatives is not allowed within 100 feet of a polling place. That means no hats, T-shirts, signs, etc. can be worn or used.

Clerk Setzer is adamant about running a clean election. Fred Scott, who is a poll precinct worker explained to the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last Thursday night how the ballot machines and counting the ballots takes place. He said it is very straight forward and appreciates the care that Setzer and the clerk’s office initiates.

If you can help out as an election watcher, please give Colleen Setzer at call at 842-8084.


Great news! Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five other defendants were acquitted last Thursday of all the charges against them for the Malheur Refuge occupation.

Tumult ensued right after the verdicts were read as Ammon’s attorney repeatedly demanded that Ammon be released from custody. At that point up to eight U.S. Marshals surrounded attorney Marcus Mumford and tackled him to the floor, tasered him — several times – then handcuffed and arrested him. Mumford was released later that evening and held a news conference. Ammon is still in custody for alleged 2014 Nevada offenses.

It is normal for an attorney to demand his client to be released after acquittal. What isn’t normal is for the feds to do what they did, especially after the judge told them to stand down! Hum, sounds like major frustration at losing the trial came out in vindictiveness against Mumford. Oh, all the federal agencies involved have issued dissatisfied statements on the jury’s verdict.

Another interesting aspect happened on the fourth day into deliberations. The jury sent questions regarding the 13 counts leveled against the Malheur seven defendants to the judge. Juror #4 added a note that questioned the (extreme) bias that juror #11 was exhibiting. Apparently juror #11’s first statement during the first day was that he had previously worked for the BLM and admitted he was quite biased. This did not seem to affect Judge Brown, who ignored the note and concern. It wasn’t known which way he leaned.

Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense knew about the note and Ammon’s defense attorneys quickly wrote their own message to the judge stating that the juror must be immediately dismissed or the proceedings would end up in a mistrial. After sleeping on the situation, Judge Brown decided to dismiss the juror, brought in an alternate and instructed the jury they must start over in their deliberations.

Amazingly, it took the new jury only five hours to agree to the acquittal of all charges. Guess we know which way the retired BLM employee leaned!

Juror #4 is remaining anonymous, but has released a statement saying the outcome may have been different if the charges brought by the feds were misdemeanors instead of felonies. The jury did not feel the prosecution met the level needed for guilty verdicts of felonies. Do a search on Pie N for more info.

The tyranny by the feds in this entire case, including questionable imprisonment and the killing of Lavoy Finicum, has been over-the-top. The unanswered question is: Why?

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 10-25-16

Oct. 25, 2016

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Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Certainly was impressed with the outpouring of support and caring during the two processions for Modoc Co. Sheriff Deputy Jack Hopkins, who was killed last week during the line of duty. What a tragedy! I heard that over 60 law enforcement-type, fire, emergency and safety vehicles accompanied Deputy Hopkins’ body from Redding to Yreka Girdner’s Funeral Chapel last Saturday morning. Also that CHP air support (and likely others) guarded the way. It was wonderful for the streets in Redding and Yreka to be lined with flag-waving mourners. Others, along with fire engines and emergency vehicles, showed their support by waiting on I-5 overpasses and the Weed Rest Stop.

The Honor Guard procession through Yreka and at the Yreka High School, where Deputy Hopkins graduated, was also a sight with bagpipers and Siskiyou Co. Sheriff’s Posse on horseback joining in. This tribute was gratifying, healing and so very honorable.

We, here in the northern counties, do appreciate our law enforcement, fire and emergency responders. With much sadness, I send my condolences to Deputy Hopkins family, friends and his brothers and sisters in the policing, fire and emergency community.

My only wish is that more state and national news media would have picked up this story for what it truly is — one of wide community concern for the loss of a good man, a dedicated sheriff’s deputy.


Several good frosts have hit us this week, but the tomatoes still haven’t really died back. This is probably, because we don’t much care anymore. It is the end of October after all! I checked on the green tomatoes I put in the dark, cold bedroom and they have already turned red. Gee whiz! I hear stories from friends that have had green tomatoes store well into January before ripening. Well, not for us this year.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday night at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, has lots of info to share and Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will give us the newest on veterans. In a positive move, for a change, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs recently announced it will extend benefits for illnesses linked to the toxic warfighting conditions of the Gulf War. Good.


Things are moving along for the Veterans Parade that will be held in Etna on Sat. Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. We are receiving entries from the good ol’ standbys like Back Country Horsemen, Sis ‘Q’ A’s, Christian Motorcycle Assoc., Etna FFA, Siskiyou Mt. Men and Less Hoagland. Please call me with your entry at 530-467-3515. Remember we also need a great supportive crowd!

Film showing

This Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, The REC in Fort Jones will host the “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival.” It is from 7 to 9 p.m. A discussion with festival director Michael Harrington will follow the screening. Cost is $7.

Live band

Then on Sat., Oct 29, 2016, The REC will host live music. The Three Larry’s will play for the 5th Annual Blues Harp Revue starting at 7 p.m. A fourth “Larry” from The “B” Side will also play. Cost is $10.


I believe I steered you wrong last week, when I suggested you Google “Bundy Trial” to find articles. Most of those articles are typically anti-Bundy. There is so much information that has been covered up and Judge Anna Brown has squashed significant info presented by the defense. I have read those articles, but get most of my news from Redoubt Reporter Shari Dovale has been attending the trial since it started and, yes, she leans pro-bundy, but someone has to have the guts to report the antics of Judge Anna Brown and the prosecution.

Last week, I mentioned there were at least 15 “confidential informants” sent in by the FBI or other federal agencies to infiltrate. One was Mark McConnell, who became a confidant to Ammon Bundy and was driving the vehicle Ammon was in, when LaVoy Finnicum was stopped and then shot and killed by federal agents. Another was Fabio Monoggio, known to the Bundy’s as John Killman. He went in and within a day took over the shooting range and firearms training. This informant did testify that he was reimbursed for expenses, including ballistic vest, car repairs and gasoline while at the refuge and he taught occupiers hand-to-hand combat. His videos of this gun training were submitted by the prosecution to show how dangerous the occupiers were. Hum, what would you call that? Creating the threat?

There were 129 reports sent to the FBI by these informants, but only three names are known and when the defense demanded copies of the reports all the words were redacted – blacked out! What did those reports say?

Defense attorney Marcus Mumford brought up the fact that several FBI agents intimidated a Harney County rancher, Duane Schrock, who testified for the Bundys. Schrock said FBI Agent Ben Jones visited him and wanted him to testify about seeing lots of guns. On the witness stand, Schrock said he only saw one long gun during his many visits to the refuge.

Closing arguments were heard by the jurors last week and deliberation is underway.

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 10-18-16

Oct. 18, 2016

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Liz Writes Life

Veterans Parade

The Veterans Parade in Etna is a go! Please consider entering in the parade or showing your patriotism by attending. This is the 16th annual parade held in Etna since 2001. It will be held Sat. Nov. 5, 2016. Time is 11 a.m.

Thankfully, there are lots of volunteers offering to help. Scott Valley Rotary members will, once again, organize the parade participants at the Etna High School at 10 a.m. Jim Sutter will barbecue hotdogs downtown and the Native Daughters of the Golden West Museum will open and will show videos of interviews from our local veterans. There will also be cookies and hot beverages available.

Karen Wresch has been the Veterans Parade organizer for many years and is under the weather from a fall. I offered to help. She loaned me her files and they are immaculate! There is an easy-to-follow list of what is needed. Karen deserves a huge “thank you” for all of her work. Her husband is a Vietnam veteran, who was injured while serving. Both Karen and Michael are active members of our local American Legion Perry Harris Post #260. The American Legion is the lead group for this parade.

Tim Grenvik, recently retired Siskiyou Veterans’ Service Officer, is helping me with the parade. What is really needed now? Participants. Veterans of all wars, conflicts and times of peace, are invited to participate. Drive in a car or get a group together in the back of a pickup or trailer. We truly want to pay tribute to you and your service to our country.

Non-military folks: You are needed as well. The Jackson Street Marching Band is planning on participating – again. Sure do appreciate their support. So now we have a band! It is easy to enter – just call me at 530-467-3515.


Sure did appreciate the rain we received. Luckily, we didn’t get the huge windstorms that hit some areas in the Pacific Northwest. Jack picked a couple more small bell peppers and some tomatoes are still turning red. Two cabbages have made it. One is bigger than the other and should be picked. Now that the other vegetables have slowed down or are gone, I would likely use up this cabbage if it was picked. The other cabbage is pretty small, so we will see how well it does before the December cold hits.


Thank you to Siskiyou Co. Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Grace Bennett, and Siskiyou Co. Natural Resource Specialist, Elizabeth Neilsen, for attending the meeting in Ashland last Friday and standing up for our county. Congressman Doug LaMalfa is always up-to-speed on the possible expansion of the Cascade/Siskiyou National Monument and has filed the proper opposition to Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and to President Obama. It will ultimately be the president who does any designation, which is accomplished through the 1906 Antiquities Act first used by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Don’t know why the Oregon senators held a meeting where public input, at this point, isn’t part of the process. So, I believe the dog and pony show was held to provide yet another platform for Greenies to be vocal in locking up more land. And it is an election year for Senator Wyden, a Democrat.

PILT payments

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, told me the county is extremely disappointed that the Payment In Lieu of Taxes will not be distributed to rural counties – again this year. The State of California (Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) owns a significant amount of land in our county. Under a commitment made to rural counties back in 1949, the state is to pay taxes on that land. But, Governor Jerry Brown keeps reneging on paying. Last year, in 2015, California did pay $30,000 to Siskiyou County.

But it was “a bone the governor through our way,” Ray Haupt believes. Ray is our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor. You see, for the previous 10 years and then again this year, the state has not paid Siskiyou Co. The bill is up to $680,000 owed to Siskiyou. Even this year, the legislature put the $8 million PILT owed to all the rural counties in the budget. But the governor changed the distribution in the budget.

Ray told me that residents have complained saying the county should sue the state. In doing his research, Ray explains that the 1949 law that created PILT used the words “may make payments” instead of the legally binding “shall make payments”. That takes away any leverage for a lawsuit to be positive towards the county. Anyway, the supervisors are working any legal avenue they can find to put pressure on Gov. Brown to distribute the PILT funds.

Bundy Trial

Trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and others, who occupied the Mahleur National Refuge in January of this year, has revealed significant information. Reports show that federal Judge Anna Brown is extremely biased against the occupiers. Well, that’s not surprising. And two of 15 government “Confidential Informants” have been exposed. Yep, there’s a lot of underhandedness going on by the feds. Do a “Bundy” search on Google or Pie N for more.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet Thursday. Oct. 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.

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