Liz Writes Life 1-26-16

Jan. 26, 2016
Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Scott Valley Protect Our Water has a fantastic meeting planned for this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Ray Haupt will be able to attend and speak after all. He and Supervisor Brandon Criss were headed to WA. D.C. this week to ferret out the continuing rumors about Klamath dam removal, but canceled due to the blizzard that hit the East Coast. Wise decision!
Rich Marshall will tell us about the Town Hall meeting planned for Feb. 1st, Erin Ryan from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office and Mark Baird will also speak. A special speaker, retired paralegal Dan Bailey, is also scheduled to share info on dealing with the CA. Fish and Wildlife citations and legal processes.
Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.
Speaking of CA. DWF, the wolf meeting was well attended with about 300 people showing up. The super majority who spoke were not in support of Canadian gray wolves expanding into Siskiyou County. And it was Dave Meurer from CA. State Senator Ted Gaines office, who laid the issue bare saying that the CA. DFW staff (employees) had given facts during the listing process that proved the animals are certainly not threatened with extinction. Senator Gaines placed the fraudulent listing of the Canadian gray wolf to the California Endangered Species Act firmly on the politics of the California Fish and Game Commission. It is this commission that makes policy, directs the DFW and approved the ESA listing and wolf protections last year.
Fish and Game
Adding insult to injury, it was recently announced State Fish and Game Commissioner Jim Kellogg decided to retire last month in frustration over the continuing biased politics at the state commission level. He was the last commissioner supporting hunting and fishing and said he was “tired of being the only one fighting the fight for the hunters and fishers.”
Recently, there have been several other resignations of commissioners and this leaves the door open for Governor Jerry Brown to appoint even more liberal-leaning individuals to the commission positions. Not a good sign as this may complete the transformation of CA. Fish and Wildlife from hunting and fishing to preservation mentality and protecting predators from management.
Town Hall
A Town Hall meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at the Greenhorn Grange, in Yreka, focusing on the continued over-reach of federal and state agencies. Time is 6:30 p.m. The goal of the meeting is to vote on a resolution by “the people” for the preservation of Klamath Basin and the hydro-electric facilities – saving the Klamath dams.
Keynote speaker is Larry Kogan, ESQ, a specialist in Constitutional law. Other speakers will be Siskiyou Co. Supervisors Ray Haupt and Brandon Criss, Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey, Shasta Tribal spokeswoman Betty Hall, Mark Baird, Frank Tallerico and Joe Watkins from the Klamath Irrigation District.
Siskiyou Water Users Assoc., Greenhorn Grange, Scott Valley Protect Our Water and COPCO Community Organization are sponsoring the Town Hall.
For more info call 842-4400. Coffee and tea will be provided. Desserts will be shared, so please bring one if you can.
Klamath dams
Threats to the Klamath dams continue and the newest on the block is the California State Water Resources Control Board. It is holding a meeting in Yreka, tonight, Jan. 26 to gather input on its intent to consider water quality certification for the Klamath Hydroelectric Project. Although the KBRA, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, has collapsed, PacifiCorp must still go through a process for re-licensing with FERC – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Translated this means the Water Resources Control Board is a member of the groups that are continuing to demand destruction of the Klamath hydro-electric dams. This is interesting in that the Water Board waived its regulatory rights during the KBRA movement fully expecting the KBRA to be implemented (but failed); and now wants to reinstate itself for the re-licensing process to continue to push for dam removal. Hum, sounds fishy to me.
This public meeting will be held at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Time is 5 to 7 p.m.
There has been a media black-out on the Ammon Bundy occupation at the Malheur National Refuge in Oregon. Some sound-bites by Harney Co. judge/commissioner and sheriff are downright not true (it looks like both of these officials are quite corrupt). Peacekeeping “we the people” groups have reported a huge build-up of federal agents in the town of Burns and the airport. According to social media, much more of the community supports Bundy and his two simple demands than has been reported.
Remember you can dance your worries away at The REC in Fort Jones this Friday night tripping out to live music starting at 8 p.m. and enjoying beer and pizza starting at 5 p.m. Gotta have some fun sometimes!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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