Liz Writes Life 5-2-17

May 2, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Remember to get your tickets for the fundraiser for Jeanette Finicum, who is speaking this Friday night, May 5th at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Cowboy Barbecue by Dave Tyler is at 6:30 p.m. Call Grace Leeman at 530-598-1908 to get your tickets.

Parade

It is the final countdown to the Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo that will be held this Sunday, May 7th. The California High School Rodeo Dist. 1 Finals will be held Friday night and Saturday at the Etna rodeo grounds.

Jim Hendricks will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Rodeo Parade. Jim has supported the rodeo through years’ of donations to the Rodeo Queen Contest and buckles. But, his biggest donation is the use of his property next to the rodeo grounds as he has allowed parking for decades. It is so handy to be able to use a neighbor’s property for the twice-a-year parking.

Thank you Jim! Look for Jim this Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

Drew Travis, Chairman of the Rodeo Parade, will take late entries this week — if you call right at away. His number is 530-468-2410.

POW meeting

Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, brought some good news to the Scott Valley Protect Our Water last Thursday night. Earlier that day, our congressman was able to meet and discuss issues in his district with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. LaMalfa’s office had quickly written up a letter explaining the basic reasons the four hydro-electric Klamath dams should not be destroyed and he handed to him during the three hour visit. LaMalfa included the fact that previous Sec. of Interior Sally Jewel’s agreement to take out the dams was faulty and should be rescinded.

Speaking of Sec. Zinke, he is already re-evaluating the recent expansion of National Monuments after President Trump signed an executive order “to end an egregious abuse of executive power and give that power back to the states and the people where it belongs,” said Trump, adding, “The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power.” Wow and yea!

Our recent Siskiyou/Cascade expansion by previous President Obama may get looked at. It was an expansion of a little less than 100,000 acres, which is the threshold number. But the controversial Bear’s Ears in Utah is certainly in the bulls’ eye as Utah legislators have fought that expansion tooth and nail.

Also on Sec. Zinke, he is taking another look an 11-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska that Sally Jewel denied. Residents of King Cove have asked – for years – for the short road to be allowed so they can better utilize a World War II-era airport for health, safety and economic reasons. My goodness, thousands of acres are off-limits in Alaska. I sure don’t see how an 11-mile road could damage the environment, especially at the expense of a local village.

Erin also told us that LaMalfa and Congressman John Garamendi, a Democrat, have introduced legislation that would lift a de facto prohibition on construction and repair of agricultural barns in areas designated by FEMA as flood risks, which would be a huge benefit to costs incurred by farmers during floods.

There was sad and disturbing news, though. Erin said the town hall meetings have been difficult. Even his staffers have felt threatened. I think it was the Oroville meeting, where she was holding the microphone for questions from the audience members and the people around her were yelling and near to rioting. It was very scary, she said.

The Redding Town Hall turned out to be a bit safer as the county sheriff or Redding Police Chief asked for backup from the CHP. She reminded us that Gov. Jerry Brown had stopped the use of CHP by the congress folks at these town halls, but through the local law enforcement they were able to get their help. Isn’t that outrageous for our governor to do that? Talk about leaving things to get out-of-hand!

Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, shared a variety of items. First, he said, the jail situation may have some new life. Like many other counties, Gov. Brown had designated $27 million for a new jail. But, when Siskiyou Co. couldn’t come up with the additional needed funds, it had to return the $27 million to the state. Well guess what? The other rural counties ended up doing the same thing, so Gov. Brown has changed his tune and Siskiyou supervisors have been told he will give the $27 million back. So the county is looking at other lower-cost options.

The application for the county to serve as the Groundwater Management Agency for Siskiyou County has been submitted to the state of California. Of course, the Karuk Tribe is contesting it, but our supervisors will oppose them, Ray said. The deadline for the application regarding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is due in June. I have read several news articles where other counties are scrambling to get in its application, so Siskiyou is certainly ahead of schedule.

Ray also explained more on the Conservation Easements and why they are problematic for the county. Some groups are purchasing land to turn into C.E.s and then sell the water rights to the state agencies. This drops the land value, tremendously, for the next purchaser and provides less tax receipts for the county.

Then some non-profits, like The Nature Conservancy, which owns a large ranch in Shasta Valley has now decided to sell the entire ranch to CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. It previously sold its water right to the DFW. But, the problem with DFW is that it is supposed to pay taxes to the county on its lands. It has been more than 12 years, since the state has done that!

More next week –

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

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