Liz Writes Life 1-20-15

Jan. 20, 2015

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA in Siskikyou County

Scams

Recently, I learned that folks from here in Siskiyou, along with relatives in Idaho, have received phone calls that are a scam. In these calls, the person insinuated he was a grandson and needed money put on credit cards and sent to him to get out of jail. Grandparents want to help and can easily lose their bank accounts to these sharks.
One scammer in Idaho told a grandfather “this is your favorite grandson,” but did not include his name. The grandfather was befuddled, but finally said the name of one of his grown grandsons and, of course, the caller answered in the affirmative.
Here are a couple of things to do after such a phone call or one claiming you have won a cash prize.
First, immediately call the number back. A local friend said she did just that and the call went to Jamaica!!! Yes, it was a scam.
Second, call whoever it is that supposedly needs help. If it is a grandson that said he needs help or is in jail, call his cell phone. He may likely answer. If he doesn’t answer, call a family member or friend. It is better to find out they are truly in jail than to lose your hard-earned cash to swindlers.
Third, call the local police and report it. They will let you know what has been occurring in your area and they also need to know your situation.
Let’s not fall for any scams. There are so many kind and trusting people, especially grandparent-types, but please make at least three phone calls first.
Also, do not give out your social security number, credit card or bank account numbers to any person or business on the phone – even to the IRS. Even the IRS doesn’t work that way.
Do not put any cash on a purchasable credit card and mail it to anyone claiming to need help through these phone scams.

Speaking of beef

The Siskiyou County CattleWomen are again sponsoring the 2015 Beef Ambassador Competition, which is a speech contest based on knowledge and desire to educate consumers regarding beef nutrition along with the environmental and positive stewardship practices of ranchers and the beef industry. The contest is open to students ages 12-20. The Siskiyou contest will be held in February and is the first level of competition. The junior and senior winners will go on to compete at the state level. Winners from states compete at the national level in Sept. 2015. Scholarship money will be awarded the top five national level winners.
Locally, the Siskiyou CattleWomen encourage and help their Siskiyou winners to share their speeches and knowledge with school groups, civic clubs and industry professionals as “Beef Ambassadors”. Interested students should call Gail Jenner at 468-5331 or Barbara Cowley at 459-5506.

Garden

Gee whiz, it has been so warm that I feel like I need to plant some lettuce seeds. The rain has been great. We just need cooler temps to pile the snow in the mountains. The garden soil is soft and even some leftover onions are popping up.

POW

Erin Ryan, our area staff person working for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, said she will to attend the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. She has been responding to the Congressman’s somewhat unpopular vote for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. There are several reasons why he voted for Boehner and the major one was that the real vote occurred soon after the November 2014 election. This was so it could be learned if anyone was planning on running against him. That is when any opposition should have been voiced and there was none. A few congress folks decided to make a last minute fuss and boy did the media have a heyday.
The last few years, I have learned that it is truly important to step back from a media frenzy and wonder just what might be going on behind the scenes.
I stand by Congressman LaMalfa 100 percent.
He and Congressman Tom McClintock have staunchly supported Siskiyou County in working to save the four Klamath River dams. LaMalfa toured the Weed Boles Fire a few days after the tragedy and then toured the forest fire devastation along the Scott and Klamath Rivers with Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 County Supervisor. Congressman LaMalfa has been to many of our events and meetings dealing with our issues up here. I believe he truly cares about us. He stands with us on our agriculture, water and property rights issues. Come to the POW meeting and learn more from Erin Ryan.

Blues Bash

Remember, the Scott Valley Film Coalition and the Scott Valley Blues Society will present a Blues Bash this Friday, Jan. 23rd at “The REC” located at 11236 N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Time is 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.
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