Liz Writes Life 1-1-14

Jan. 14, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thurs. Jan. 23rd at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share and we eat dessert first.

President Mark Baird will bring us up-to-date on the lawsuits brought by Klamath River Keepers, Karuk Tribe and even state water agencies. The list of threats to property owners and businesses in the county are substantial and hard to keep up with.

Mark will also talk about the four Town Hall meetings held this month on the movement for a 51st State of Jefferson.

For those who are confused, the Jefferson Declaration State movement is NOT the “Jefferson Republic Territory” project, as the Territory project will only affect the area of Siskiyou and has absolutely nothing to do with creating a 51st State. If you have been told otherwise, you have been sold a bill of goods!

Ray Haupt, landscape fire expert and Natural Resources instructor at College of the Siskiyous, will discuss Forest legislation he and a forestry committee has submitted and his concerns about the third year of this drought‘s affect on forests throughout California.

Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., gave a speech at the Regional Republican officers meeting on Jan. 11th, and will share that info about our local PacifCorp adding yet another rate increase on “we the customers”. Yep, this is a third rate increase within the last year. Attending the POW meeting will be well worth your time.

Jefferson State

Three well-attended meetings were held this past weekend in Chico, Orland and Willows by the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. Mark Baird served as keynote speaker. In Chico, former Assemblyman Stan Statham spoke about the need to split the state. Over-regulation and invasive taxes are the result of a huge lack of equal representation for the rural areas.

Robert Smith from Shasta County shared a huge grievance against the State of California on its air quality control regulations. (You know, the newest smoke-and-mirrors called “cap and trade”.) He works for a trucking company in Redding. There will be a cost of $200,000 to update 20 refrigerated units in just the first year and there are 40 more units that need the costly updates.

The company expects a loss of 15 company tractors. This will then domino into a loss of direct 15 jobs and a loss of revenue this year of $250,000 per tractor. Robert has line-itemed much more and I will be putting it up on Jefferson Declaration.net website this week. But trucking companies, as well as agriculture, will be hard-hit financially and those that don’t go out of business or move to another state will be passing those costs on to the consumer. So expect anything you purchase in California to increase significantly, in price, because of a regulation that will not affect our air quality and is a political sham.

This Sat. Jan. 18, Mark, Robert, Kayla Brown and Terry Rapoza will be speaking at a Town Hall meeting at the Anderson VFW Hall in Shasta County. Time is 6 p.m.

Yreka Tea Party

Erin Ryan, aid to Congressman Doug La Malfa, will be speaking at the Yreka Tea Party Patriots’ meeting tonight, Jan. 14th, about legislation and the resolution against the National Defense Authorization act. Questions and discussion will follow. Time is 6:30 p.m. at the Decision Life Church, corner of Oberlin and Main Streets.

State borders

In an interesting article on several internet websites, it looks like the federal EPA, (you know the all-empowered Environmental Protection Agency,) changed the borders of Wyoming creating a non-state Wind Rivers Tribal Reservation. The change in the state boundary was a surprise to the state legislature, which did not vote on any legislation. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead was not happy with the surprise saying, “This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”

Creating a state is allowed in the U.S. Constitution Article 4 section 3, but both houses of the state must approve the split and then both houses of Congress must approve the split. In the case of creating the State of Jefferson, California governor and the President of the U.S. do not get to vote. Nor do the citizens vote on any ballot for it. Creating the state is only a legislative process.

So how and why did the EPA, along with Dept. of Interior and the U.S. Dept. of Justice change Wyoming’s boundary in December? The Wind River Reservation is not a state, but land in Wyoming, including the town of Riverton, is no longer part of Wyoming. Strange indeed. Check out Pie N Politics.com for more.

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

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