Liz Writes Life 4-25-17

April 25, 2017

Liz Writes Life

A fundraiser will be held at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center on May 5th for Jeanette Finicum, who is the wife of rancher LaVoy Finicum, who was killed by FBI and Oregon State Police on Jan. 26, 2016 in Eastern Oregon. Jeanette and her daughter, Thara Tenny, will speak and answer questions on the situations surrounding LaVoy’s death. The Finicum family is raising funds to support a civil action lawsuit against the federal government for wrongful death of LaVoy.

Dave Tyler is cooking his famous baby back ribs for the Cowboy Barbecue that will include chili beans, coleslaw, potato salad and corn muffins. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a no-host bar. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. Call Grace Leeman at 530-598-1908 to get your tickets.

There will be a dessert auction, door prizes, raffle and other auction items. One  great live auction item is from Mark Johnson, of Scott Valley. He is donating an airplane ride for up to three people and will fly them on a scenic tour of Siskiyou County in his Cesna. What at treat that would be! Another donation is by Susan and Richard Marshall. It is a “bug-out-bag” full of the same type of items that LaVoy kept in his bug-out-bag.

For those who believe we need to take a stand against tyranny, this is a chance to support court action to rectify the situation.

I believe the BLM, Bureau of Land Management, was stills smarting from the stand-off by the Bundy Ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada in April 2014. LaVoy was one of the many cowboys that showed up to stop the killing and confiscation of Cliven Bundy’s cattle and destruction of legal water right infrastructure that provided life-giving water to livestock and wildlife in that desert area.

After being killed by snipers and law enforcement officers at the roadblock in Eastern Oregon during the 2016 Malheur Refuge stand-off, federal agents obtained warrants for the arrests of more than 20 individuals that stood against the feds back in 2014. Trials are underway. The first one, which was held last fall in Portland, OR, found the seven acquitted of their crimes. But, those non-guilty folks were not released from custody and were transported to Nevada to stand trial in Las Vegas.

The first tier of three more trials is now under jury deliberation. Several brave journalists have attended the trials and report extensively on them. The overriding theme is that the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, are not being followed by the judges in any of the trials.

Daniel P. Love, the lead BLM agent that did not stand down, when his superiors directed in the 2014 Bunkerville siege, was not permitted to participate in the trial – by order of the judge. The defense needed to show the many relevant issues involving agent Love like the recorded conversation where he stated none of Bundy’s cattle were being mistreated. Big lie! Defense also claims that Love supervised BLM’s destruction of water lines and water troughs that were legally part of Cliven Bundy’s water right.

Well, you get the picture of the dire situation. Please attend and support the Finicum family and property owners. I hope to see you there!

Sheriff Lopey

Siskiyou County made national headlines last week with the capture of the Tennessee school teacher, who allegedly abducted his 15 year-old female student in March. Yep, who could have thought they would end up in Cecilville, after trying to get into the Black Bear commune?

I want to give a big “thank you” to Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey and his many officers for their professional handling of the situation and bringing it to a safe and calm close. The planning had to be accomplished extremely quickly – literally over night. Looks like their dutiful training served them well. Great job!


Jack put up wire fencing for peas to climb, this week, and then decided to dig the potatoes. Some needed to be thrown away, but we ended up with about 10 pounds of firm ones. And we used the potatoes with the sprouts growing to plant eight hills. I also planted two kinds of lettuce.

Then, he decided to build a six-foot-long cold frame. Yep, it is almost too warm during the day, so I have been propping the lid up each morning and putting it down late in the day. I planted an Early Girl tomato along with several cucumber and basil seeds. It is a great protection against the light frosts we have had. The tomato plant is very happy.

This year, I decided to purchase red cabbage to grow for summer eating. Also got some broccoli plants and a hardy-looking snapdragon caught my eye. It is not blooming, which is what I prefer.

POW meeting

Several water issues will be on the agenda this week at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting April 27th. Ray Haupt has recently met with both the Regional Water Quality Control Board staff and employees of the CA. Fish and Wildlife. Last week, he spoke at a forestry-type of conference in Washington state, so he will have lots to tell us. I believe our county supervisors are trying to get the CA. Fish and Wildlife to streamline their 1600 permits.

Also, the Klamath Tribe has already “called” for control of all of its water right in the Upper Klamath region, which is a really bad deal. First there is plenty of water this year — so there is plenty of water for the fish — and second it will stop the irrigation ability of ranchers throughout the area. Looks like there will be another lawsuit fired-up.

The POW meeting will be at the Fort Jones Community Center this Thursday at 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

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

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