Liz Writes Life 1-19-16

Jan. 19, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Wolf meeting
Concern over the introduction of Canadian wolves into Siskiyou County is growing and the public will have a chance to share those frustrations this week. On Thurs., Jan. 21, the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Game) staff is holding a public meeting regarding its draft Wolf Management Plan. Time is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka.
Apparently, we are not to discuss the fraud that allowed the Canadian gray wolf to be listed to the California Endangered Species Act. We are to only provide comments about the management of the wolves that are already here and the natural increase in wolf packs that will occur. Please attend and learn what DFW has planned for us here in Siskiyou County.
Erin Ryan from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Redding office will be speaking at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thurs. Jan. 28th at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. She told me lots has happened in the past two months and will bring us up-to-speed. Also Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., will let us know about the immediate fall-out from the demise of the KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement). We can be sure that government agencies and the Greenies are searching for new ways to destroy our Klamath hydro-electric dams.
The REC in Fort Jones is holding its monthly live band and dance night on Friday, Jan. 29th. Pizza and beer is available starting at 5 p.m. and dancing is from 8 to 11 p.m. The ‘B’ Side band will be playing with Dorje Café the opening act. The REC folks are encouraging us to “resolve to dance more this year!” At the least, we can go and socialize.
The stand-off outside of Burns, Oregon continues and it has gotten a bit more wacky. There is a lot of info coming out of Harney County and the Ammon Bundy occupiers situation; and it takes a lot of reading-between-the-lines to filter through it. First, the info I shared last week about Harney Co. Sheriff Dave Ward having previously worked for BLM may not be correct. I read documents on the internet, but now there is a question if the two Daves are the same man. It is frustrating that I haven’t been able to verify either statement.
But there are now several new reports that can verify. The Harney Co. Fire Marshal has resigned his job. He held a news conference where he shared his distrust and disgust towards Harney Co. Sheriff Dave Ward and other officials for their poor handling of the situation. It seems the fire marshal was led to believe that the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers, called protesters, were following county officials home in a threatening manner. This was even reported on national HLN news. I saw the report and wondered what was really happening. Well, after investigating the vehicle license plates and confronting the stalkers it was learned that they were FBI agents, who looked to be posing as members of splinter radical groups. Oops, they got caught. I wonder what they were really trying to prove or do?
Then this last weekend, radical Greenie groups showed up to protest the Ammon Bundy occupiers and have become cozy with the Harney Co. Sheriff and officials that the fire marshal is now opposing. Oh, and the fire marshal is openly supporting Ammon Bundy and the occupiers. One leader of the Greenies is Kieran Suckling the executive director of Center for Biological Diversity. Yep, he makes no bones about his agenda to destroy agriculture and resource-based businesses and he has been doing it nationally for decades. Hum, maybe there is a lot more to Ammon Bundy’s stand.
Also, yesterday and today, KrisAnn Hall was scheduled to give workshops on the U.S. Constitution in Burns. She is an expert on the Constitution and even gave a presentation a year or so ago in Yreka.
Wow, I am grateful that the State of New Mexico is not letting the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, off the hook. It has now filed an intent to sue the EPA for unleashing over three million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King Mine into Animas River, a tributary to the San Juan River. A huge orange plume of water contaminated the river greatly affecting the Navajo Nation and New Mexico last August. Officials from Colorado have also called out the EPA for allegedly lying in its account of the Colorado State’s role in opening the Gold King Mine.
This is just a long list of grievances against the EPA and other federal government agencies for their hypocrisy and tyrannical regulations.

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