Liz Writes Life 9-4-12

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

We learned on Friday that the dreaded AB 2179 may be dead. Late Thursday, the Senate voted 23 to 11 against it. Our Senator Doug LaMalfa fought to stop this bill and spoke to many Democrat Senators about how this will hurt the people of his district. Also, the State Sheriffs Association, agriculture and water coalitions lobbied against this bill that would give the Dept. of Fish and Game authority to cite, act as judge and jury to impose fines up to $15,000.

The legislature could re-vote on AB 2179 anytime on Aug. 31st until midnight, when this session of legislature is ended. But we are hopeful it is dead.

Scott Valley Protect Our Water believes this bill was instigated to create more authority over water usage of farmers and ranchers; and water districts and municipalities. It is not in DFG’s authority to take legal water or property away from landowners. It is unconstitutional. We must constantly stand up to these issues.

The bill that will destroy hound hunting for bear and bobcat SB 1221 did pass the legislature and is now on the governor’s desk. We ask everyone to call Gov. Brown and ask for a veto, explaining that there are a tremendous number of bear and bobcat, which will still need to be managed.

Did you know hypocrisy knows no bounds? There is language within the bill allowing Game Wardens to use hounds to hunt down bear and bobcat. But for the regular citizen — it will be illegal!

Gotta give Senator LaMalfa another kudo for his support of the North State. You see, those in agriculture feel the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and staff are out-of-control and looking to fee and fine their way into continued existence using over-regulations. Well LaMalfa instigated an audit to examine excessive environmental regulatory fines that are costing state agencies millions in taxpayer dollars.

The Bureau of State Audits will examine the nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards to determine whether the fines imposed are in compliance with state laws. LaMalfa alleged the Regional Water Quality Control Boards have imposed unnecessary and excessive fines against other state agencies such as CalTrans with the intent of generating revenue. The audit was sought after learning of a bridge project on Highway 101 in Humboldt County, where the Regional Water Quality Control Board retroactively imposed $2.9 million dollars in fines against CalTrans. The main issue was the fact that new rules were imposed by the Water Board after the completion of the bridge. Yep, some of these state agencies are out-of-line with their sister state agencies, as well as citizens and landowners.

Garden report

Gotta say I am surprised that a young rhubarb I transplanted in July made it. And I knew the heat of summer is not the best time to transplant. My two rhubarb plants are outside the garden fence and must be watered individually. So I decided to move at least one plant into the soaker hose system inside the fence. It was a very young plant with just a few stems with leaves. They died back and I thought it was a gonner, but there are now several new stems with nice sized leaves.

Three watermelon almost ready to pick, but I think the cantaloupe are at least another three weeks away from being ripe. Finally, there are some green tomatoes set on. Not many and they are weeks from being ripe. Three sugar snap pea plants are pumping out enough pods to add to stir-fry every-so-often; zucchini have slowed a bit; and the acorn squash are growing a good batch.

The red potato plants are starting to die back and have really produced; and the onions are dying back, naturally, cuz I took the soaker irrigation hose off so they will harden-up. Last year, I pulled them without stopping irrigation for several weeks first. After drying them, many had a side sink in. I am not sure, but it probably had something to do with moisture and they needed to dry-up more before I pulled them. Anyway we will see how they do this year.

The cabbage in the crock is now sauerkraut. A little salty, but I like it.

I have decided I really like zinnias. They are vibrant colors. They last a long time as a bouquet and the leaves do not dry-up and fall off making a mess. The giant variegated dahlia is blooming and the four o’clocks are finally blooming. But the morning glories are not. They have grown well and are covering the porch railing, but not a single big blue flower. Usually, they bloom by Aug. 15.

Liz Bowen writes biographies, freelances and blogs. There are new garden photos on Liz (honest). Also checkout Pie N


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