Liz Writes Life 6-25-15

June 23, 2015
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou, California

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. There will be updates on water issues, both local and statewide, according to President Mike Adams. Mark Baird will discuss senior and junior water rights. Siskiyou County Supervisor Ray Haupt will explain how the spotted owl listing to the Endangered Species Act (nearly 30 years ago) has devastated Siskiyou communities and economies. Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, will also share new information. Bring a dessert as we eat before, during and after.
The REC
On Friday night, June 26th, two bands will rock The REC from 8 to 11 p.m. The “B” Side will open for Stonewash and dancin’ will be expected. The REC is located at 11236 on N. Hwy 3 in Fort Jones. Admission is $10 per person and the doors open for socializing at 5 p.m.
Garden
Yep, my husband picked three zucchini Friday and I made a stovetop casserole. It needed fresh tomatoes and, of course, we didn’t have any. So I used a half-pint of Italian tomatoes that I canned in 2013. I fried chopped onion and sliced zucchini in organic canola oil added dried basil, parsley and oregano, then the herbed tomatoes and sliced Monterey Jack cheese on top. Put the lid on to let it melt together and served it with barbecue steak along with the last of my homemade sourdough bread that I toasted with butter and garlic salt.
The green beans are coming up. So I think I have found my problem – I’ve been planting them too deep. One plant did get the tops eaten off by something, but the others are strong and sturdy. At least four cantaloupes are up from the last planting, whew, the one plant that came up last month just won’t produce enough for us. Jack also picked a broccoli. The last cauliflower looks really good and will need to be picked soon too.
Pulled half the garlic and laid them out to dry under the pine tree. Some are nice size. I was hoping the 20 plants that I left in the ground would grow a bit more, but the tops are starting to turn yellow, so I think they are done growing and should pull them.
Two friends reported to me on their garden. Candy Cook-Slette grinned while telling me about the big cucumbers that she has been picking and Ann Ohlund touted eating a ripe Sweet 100 Cherry tomato — and I drooled. They admitted starting their plants in greenhouses several months ago, but it goes to show that we can produce fresh vegetables for a longer than just a Scott Valley summer season.
Got to say that my poor old mostly-ignored rose bushes are spouting gorgeous red and orange blooms. I’ve been irrigating my now wild and very natural flower garden and it is nice to have the color of orange day lilies, bright pink lamb’s ears, daisy-like fever few the early Shasta Daisies.
Saw mill
I am really excited about Fruit Growers Supply Company and the saw mill they are building on the outskirts of Yreka. This week, I was able to speak with John Ernst, the mill manager, and learned there are over 50 contractors helping to build the mill plus 24 employees hired through employment services or Fruit Growers.
John said they are gearing up for a slow and safe start of the mill in August and estimates there will be 44 full-time employees. The mill is a full-service operation with logs coming in and lumber going out.
John said that Fruit Growers recently did a study and found what is called “waste wood” could be utilized and processed into smaller-size lumber for pallets. This waste wood includes small diameter trees from their plantations, thinning from harvests and fire restoration; plus the tops of harvested trees. Fruit Growers believes there will be sufficient supply to keep the mill in operation using product from its own properties and product from adjacent properties — both public and private. Fruit Growers also owns an affiliated pallet manufacturing facility in Visalia, California that will utilize pallet-sized lumber produced at the Yreka saw mill.
Folks, this is really good news and will certainly help our local economy.
Terry Salvestro, timber lands manager for Fruit Growers in Hilt, told me that Fruit Growers is shipping close to half a million board feet per day off the 2014 Beaver Fire on the Klamath River. The company was able to obtain a Cal-Fire Emergency Notice that allows salvage of substantially damaged timber lands, while still meeting all the state regulations protecting the environment. They began harvesting the dead and damaged trees in September 2014 as soon as it was safely possible to do so. It is so great to see the logging trucks go by my house!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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