Liz Writes Life 2-18-14

Feb. 18, 2014

Liz Writes Life

Thanks to those who have contacted Louise Gliatto to sign up for Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey’s Constitutional Workshop this Sat. Feb. 22nd. There is still space available, so please give Louise a call at 530-842-5443530-842-5443

The workshop by Constitutional scholar Michael Badnarik begins at 9 a.m. and goes until noon. You are on your own for a two-hour lunch break and then the workshop will resume at 2 p.m. and will go until 5 p.m. There will be only an hour break for an evening snack and at 6 p.m. Sheriff Lopey will hold a Town Hall meeting with Michael.

We are using the Yreka Community Center for this event. It is located at 810 N. Oregon Street. We are asking for $10 donation or more to help pay for Michael’s airfare. And we will pass the donation bucket at the Town Hall asking for a couple of dollars to help pay for rent.

From Sheriff Lopey

I asked Sheriff Lopey to give us information on why he wanted to hold this workshop and below is what he said.

“The Constitutional Workshop has been designed to give us all a comprehensive, but brief review of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and why these documents are so important to our heritage, freedoms, way of life, values, and why the constitution is just as relevant and important today as it was when our nation was conceived. 

“The constitution is the law of the land and is one of the greatest reasons that American has always been unique, strong, resolute, proud, and free and why the United States serves as such an inspiration for people and the oppressed from every corner of the world. 

“Michael Badnarik is a nationally-renown constitutional scholar.  I met him a couple of years ago at a sheriff’s convention and he has volunteered to visit Siskiyou County to conduct the two workshops and town hall later in the day and he has waived his customary presentation fee on our behalf.   

“We are indeed fortunate to have a constitutional scholar of his caliber visit Siskiyou County and I am sure all, both young and old, student and scholar, will enjoy either of the two presentations and his town hall in the evening. 

“I look forward to seeing you all at the event.  I’m sure it will be worth the minor investment in time required to attend one of the workshops and the town hall meeting.  Thank you in advance for your support!”


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its monthly meeting on Feb. 27th at the Fort Jones Community Center. We share potluck desserts first at 7 p.m. and start the meeting around 7:15 p.m.

This meeting will be a bit different. I have asked two of the women that are standing up to the Trinity County Board of Supervisors to share their dilemma . A non-organized group of women completed petitions for two initiatives to be on the June ballot and the supervisors didn’t like the initiatives. So, of all things, the supervisors filed papers and are suing the women!

This is so contrary to the Constitution, it boggles the mind. And, of course, the issue is quite complicated, so this will be an interesting presentation.


It was so nice to actually receive real rain last week along with the bit of snow in the mountains. But, we are still so far into a drought, it is very scary.

The U.S. Forest Service has released the results of the Snow Survey measurement taken in the mountains of Western Siskiyou County on February 1st. Five areas from Scott Mountain to Salmon Mountain were measured with little to no snow providing only a one percent of normal snow accumulation. Yep, that is one percent of the average amount of snow depth!

A location in Middle Boulder, behind Mount Bolivar, showed the most snow with a depth of a little over one inch and its average is typically over 50 inches in February.

Scott Mountain measuring station is bare. Zero snow. And Scott Mountain’s 53 year average is 42 inches of snow.

 Swampy John on Salmon Mountain measured just half an inch of snow compared with a historic February average of 58 inches measured since 1955. The City of Etna receives its water from Etna Creek and the lack of snow accumulation on Salmon Mountain may certainly affect the availability and water usage for Etna’s residents this coming summer.

The snow survey is conducted by employees of the Klamath National Forest in a cooperative program with the California Department of Water Resources, which aids state water managers in estimating annual runoff that will be available for hydroelectric generation, agriculture irrigation and municipal water use. This first snow survey of 2014 was conducted before this past week’s rain.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515530-467-3515 or email at lizbowen @

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