Feb. 11, 2014
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
Here is an update on Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey’s Constitutional Day Feb. 22nd . The times have been changed again, but I believe they are now set in stone!
Constitutional Scholar Michael Badnarik typically gives an eight hour workshop. We had him down to just three. So we have now scheduled two sessions. The first begins at 9 a.m. and goes until noon. And the second begins at 2 p.m. and goes until 5 p.m. The information will not be repeated, so the second session is continuous. You are welcome to attend one, but encourage you to attend both.
Sheriff Lopey’s Town Hall will be at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You will be on your own for lunch at the break from noon to 2 p.m. and the short break between 5 and 6 p.m.
Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. on Sat. Feb. 22 at the Yreka Community Center at the north end of town.
Please call Louise Gliatto to reserve your place in Michael’s Constitutional workshop at 530-842-5443. We are asking a $10 donation to help pay for Michael’s plane travel. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our Constitution and how to use it.
Oh, the rain the rain. So nice to finally get some. I needed some carrots for soup, so went out and dug some up. They needed more mulch on top as some of them had about an inch on top that was mushy from being frozen. But the other part of those carrots was still good. All the carrots are crisp and very sweet. I dug enough for several batches of carrot juice and there is still six feet of carrots left to be dug.
Hopefully, we will get more rain; and snow in the mountains to keep things cool. If it warms up too much the carrots will start to grow and then are not nearly as tasty. I am still praying for more rain and snow as this drought is pretty scary.
More than 180 people showed up to the meeting with PacifiCorp officials last week. Rich Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., did a good job moderating and summing up questions and answers. Two of the officials were from PacifiCorp’s office in Portland and the other was from a Medford office.
There were two major discussions. One was the removal of 4 hydro-electric dams in the Klamath River. PacifiCorp said they negotiated and fought for 8 years for the re-licensing of the dams. The 50-year contract was signed in 1956 and so the contract ended in 2006. This is what opened the door for the Greenies and government agencies to make demands on PacifiCorp. One of the officials said that PacifiCorp did not want the dams to be removed, but after signing the KHSA, called Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement, they are stuck with the decision.
You can take that for what it is worth, but members from the audience certainly voiced disapproval of the KHSA decision.
But the most interest aspect of the meeting was the frustration over huge jumps in electrical bills. Some people brought their bills and showed the increase of $100 to $300 dollars in just the past month’s bill. And the PacifiCorp officials did not provide an answer. Rich Marshall suggests anyone frustrated over their bill should send a copy of the bill and a letter of complaint, along with a phone call, to the Medford PacifiCorp office.
And we learned last week that there is another 10 percent increase in our rates. So we really do need to make phone calls and write letters of complaint to PacifiCorp. I don’t have the phone number, but there should be one on your bill.
Two meetings were held last week by Jefferson Declaration Committees in Del Norte, Yuba and Sutter Counties. They were well attended with over 300 attending the Del Norte Crescent City meeting and around 500 at the Yuba/Sutter on Sunday night.
Members of boards of supervisors attended and made a point to talk with spokesman Mark Baird afterwards. So things are moving along with other counties coming on board with Siskiyou, Modoc and Glenn to create the 51st State of the USA.
Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time will be 7 p.m. with the sharing of desserts first.
In my readings this week, it looks like California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham, is not going to recommend that the Canadian gray wolf be listed with the California Endangered Species Act. But Bonham will still suggest strict regulations that will not allow for the killing of a wolf, which is still not good for livestock owners, rural folks and recreationists.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.