Liz Writes Life 3-25-14

March 25, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, A

Scott Valley Protect Our Water moved its meeting night to Friday, for this month. So the meeting is March 28th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share and we eat first!

Several important issues will be discussed. One will be from Rich Marshall about the ELF (Environmental Legal Foundation) and its lawsuit against the County of Siskiyou regarding groundwater and well drilling. The ELF brought this lawsuit in 2011 and it is now hitting the courts.

POW President Mark Baird will update the group on the counties that are considering approving the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California to create the 51st State of Jefferson.

And it is movie night. A young producer interviewed Siskiyou County folks over a year ago and four of them play prominently in this film called “Blue”. I am not giving away the reason it is called “Blue”, but I have watched the film and it is really good. Featured in the film are Mark Baird, Ray Haupt, Louise Gliatto and Debbie Bacigalupi. The movie and POW meeting are free. Hope to see you there.

Veterans

We are able to pay tribute to our Vietnam veterans this week as the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall will be in Yreka at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds March 27-30th. It is free and open to the public 24 hours each day. Schedule of events includes an opening ceremony on Thursday at 1 p.m.; formal ceremony on Saturday at 2 p.m.; and closing ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. will be activities for participating schools. Lunch and dinner will be available on Friday and Saturday. Taps will be played at sunset each evening by local volunteers.

Pauline Cramer and I will be manning the gate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, so I hope to see a lot of you as you come in to attend the formal ceremony and reading of the names at 2 p.m. This is a special time to thank our Vietnam veterans. Please help us have a big showing of respect.

Locally, the event is sponsored by the Siskiyou County Veterans Leadership Council and many supporters, volunteers and donors. For more info call Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer Tim Grenvik at 530-842-8010530-842-8010 or Robert Ballesteros at 530-643-2851530-643-2851.

JH Ranch      

 A few clarifications: Yes, I am for property rights. And neighbors also have property rights under land zoning laws. I am not against the JH Ranch being in business. I am also not against the 10 local folks that are employed by JH. Our economy is so poor, it is difficult to find work. I am happy they have a job.

My complaint with JH and the proposal for expansion of the vacation, recreation and guide business, in the little French Creek meadow area, is that the owners continue to ignore the rules in their current permits. I allege the business has consistently abused its permit with the county and their guide permits on Forest Service managed lands. Reports of this are numerous and significant. This goes back for at least 10 years, but really was exposed in 2007 and 2008 by the Siskiyou County Planning Director and the Siskiyou Grand Jury as both cited an over-capacity by JH.

If JH complied with its regulations under its current permits, I believe the neighbors wouldn’t have much to complain about.

For more info and to ask questions, attend the meeting of Friends of French Creek on Wed. March 26 at the Methodist Church in Etna. Time is 7 p.m.

2nd Amendment

The federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agency caused quite a stir on March 16th, when officers raided a gun parts store in Oceanside, CA. down by San Diego. What has folks so upset is that over 5,000 names and addresses of customers were also confiscated by ATF.

Ares Armor was being threatened by the ATF over a specific “receiver” gun part it was selling, but ATF demanded the names of its customers. Because it is a huge privacy issue, Ares Armor would not release its customer data base. So Ares Armor obtained a restraining order from a federal judge. But ATF applied pressure, along with the Department of Justice, and the judge reversed the restraining order decision. As a result, heavily armed ATF agents, in full tactical gear raided three stores filled with men, women and children during that Sunday raid. Most of one raid was caught on video.

Adding to the confusion is that the ATF is now considering the “receiver” gun part a firearm. Previously, a “receiver” was considered a gun part.

So it isn’t just the State of California that is over-stepping the 2nd Amendment, it is also the federal ATF. We will keep our eye on this situation that’s for sure.

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

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