Liz Writes Life 1-12-16

Jan. 12, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

OK, the holidays are over. A new year is upon us and hot political issues are staring us in the face – and I am not talking about the 2016 presidential election. There are local issues and programs that should not be political, but certainly are colored with that brush.
I’ll start with the wolf issue. Recently, the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (Fish and Game) announced that another Canadian gray wolf from Oregon has crossed into Siskiyou County. This also includes the new Shasta Pack visually witnessed by ranchers in the Eastern area of Siskiyou. But wait! This is not all.
I have been told by several different individuals about wolves that have been seen in Scott Valley. These people reporting know what coyotes look like and these are not wolves. One incident was near Callahan. The witness said two wolves were chasing a deer up the hillside.
Then this week, two separate individuals said they saw wolves in the upper reaches of Moffett Creek, which is just over the eastside hills from Callahan.
The first reason I am bringing up the expansion of wolves is to warn residents that wolves are here and that they are predators. Please be careful when you are out in ranch and timberlands. Wolves do kill wildlife, livestock, pets and people, so please be watchful over your children.
For those who believe that Canadian wolves should not be the top dog of the already over populated predatory animals of mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats and bears in California, you should attend a meeting on Jan. 21 at the Miner’s Inn in the Yreka from 5 to 8 p.m. The CDFW has released its draft “Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California” and is soliciting input. Hum, I wonder what the difference between input and comments are? The draft wolf plan can be found on the CDFW website.
Klamath dams
Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., announced the final demise of the KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement). This is a win by Siskiyou County and others who have worked to save the Klamath dams from demolition, which was a demand under the KBRA.
Unfortunately, federal agencies, Greenie groups, and several Tribes still want control of Klamath basin water. The next big push will be to affect the operating plans of the hydro-electric dams under the Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) and the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA). These agreements are still in effect, but also require federal legislation authorization. I am not sure how much these agreements hinge on Klamath dam destruction, but that will likely be the major demand.
The Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity is holding a fundraiser to support a building project in the Weed Boles Fire area. It will be held this Sat. Jan. 16, 2016 at the Montague Community Hall from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be a live band, dancing, food, raffles and desert auction. Tickets are $20. Call 530-938-2612 to get your ticket.
U.S. Senator
A man, who is fairly unknown in Siskiyou County, has thrown his hat in the ring to run for California Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat. Last year, Senator Boxer announced she was retiring after serving since 1992.
Duf Sundheim will be at the Black Bear Diner, in Yreka, on Mon., Jan. 18th from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for a meet and greet. Mr. Sundheim is not a newcomer to the political arena as he climbed the Republican ladder and served as chairman of the California Republican Party from 2003 to 2007. This is a great opportunity to meet a real contender for the position.
Scott Valley Protect our Water will hold its next meeting on Thurs., Jan. 28, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.
Calm has prevailed at the Oregon federal refuge building occupation by the Ammon Bundy group. And this is surprising, because splinter groups did show up to the rally supporting the Hammond family on Jan. 2, 2016 – some with specific non-peaceful objectives. Things have sorted out a bit and the III Percenters and Oath Keepers returned to Burns, Oregon last Saturday and specifically asked the FBI to investigate alleged corruption and fraud by BLM regarding the Hammond men and the second trial that found them guilty of “terrorism” and sent them back to prison.
There is much going on behind the scenes in this situation as several witnesses have stated they saw BLM employees start the grass fire that Bundy was found guilty of starting. The other news is that documents have come to light claiming Harney Co. Sheriff David Ward was once a local BLM employee and testified against the Hammonds in one of the trials. He makes no bones about supporting the BLM.
The Conservative Tree on the web seems to have the most accurate and up-to-date info.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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