Liz Writes Life 2-4-14

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

Feb. 4, 2014


First, I apologize for the typo on Sheriff Lopey’s Town Hall and Constitutional Workshop last week. Gee whiz, I hate it when I do that. To those who drove to it early Sunday morning, I truly am so very sorry. Louise and I did receive a few phone calls, which alerted me to the problem. Usually, I try to give several weeks notice on these type of big events, so you were right to question my sanity on this one. And I did put a notice up on Pie N with the correct day, which I hope helped some of you.

The correct date for Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey’s Constitutional Workshop and Town Hall in Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. This is George Washington’s real birthday for those of us that remember celebrating his birthday with a day off of school.

We have moved the time to start from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. so the doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the Constitutional Workshop. It will be held at the Yreka Community Center on N. Oregon Street. This workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

Lunch on Sat. Feb. 22, will be on-your-own.

We need to get a possible number of folks that will commit to attending the Constitutional Workshop, so please call Louise Gliatto at 842-5443 to reserve your seat. Constitutional scholar Michael Badnarik’s lives back East and we are paying for his travel costs, so we are asking for a $10 donation per person.

Sheriff Lopey said Michael is intrigued with the many issues facing us here in Siskiyou County as state and federal government agencies force more and more regulations upon us. So Michael is not charging his usual speaking fee, which makes this an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Constitution at a minimal cost.

You can find more on Michael Badnarik on his website at Constitution

At 2 p.m. Sheriff Lopey will hold a Town Hall meeting, which will include Michael Badnarik. Sheriff has lots to talk about. And we will pass the donation bucket to help pay for the rental of the Community Center.

Last week, Sheriff did not receive notification of a Wolf Management Stakeholder’s meeting until Monday afternoon and the meeting was on Wednesday in Redding. He quickly cleared his calendar and drove down for the day-long meeting held by the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Game). When he and others asked why the notice was so short, Karen Kovaks said they just don’t have the funds to notify everyone. Hum, I wonder where the “hit” button is on the computer to send out mass emails. Fish and Wildlife has been gathering names, phone numbers and email addresses on this issue and they can’t email a notice?

Siskiyou Co.  Ag. Commissioner, Patrick Griffin, also quickly cleared his schedule and attended the meeting.

Erin Ryan, Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s aid, attended and asked the hard question: Where is the funding for these Wolf Management Stakeholder meetings coming from? Kovaks was reluctant, but finally admitted that the federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is funding $300,000 to the program and the CA. Dept. Fish and Wildlife is putting in $100,000.

Sheriff is concerned about public health and safety as facts and statistics show that wolves quickly increase in numbers and packs and do kill wildlife, livestock, pets and threaten humans. In New Mexico, rural kids waiting for school buses sit in cages to protect them from wolves. Yep, outrageous! There are just too many wolves and the government must reduce, not grow, their numbers.

PacifiCorp meeting

Upset at your rising power bills? Please attend a meeting Wed. Feb. 5 at the Yreka Community Center on North Oregon Street. Time is 5:30 p.m. Bring your power bills and ask questions. We need to pack the room with frustrated PacifiCorp customers.

Three PacifiCorp officials will sit as a panel to answer questions.

I would like to thank Richard Marshall for his unrelenting concern over the rate increases and the surcharges that have been levied, especially the ones specific for removal of the Klamath Dams. Rich is president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., which is fighting the destruction of the Klamath dams.

Grange fundraiser

Remember the Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a fundraiser this Sunday, Feb. 9th in Callahan. This is a wine tasting by Alpen Cellars and the cost is $15 per person. Ticketsavailable at Callahan Emporium and South Fork Baking Company in Etna.

State of Jefferson

Jefferson Declaration Town Hall meetings will be held on Feb. 4 in Del Norte and then Yuba County on Feb. 11 with spokesman Mark Baird speaking on why and how to separate from California to establish a 51st State of Jefferson. Go to: Jefferson for more info.

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

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