Liz Writes Life 6-6-17

June 6, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Thank you to all the folks that went out of their way to stop by our yard sale on Saturday. We were surprised about the amount of Trinity and Shasta Valley yard salers that drove over Scott Mt. or Gazelle Mt. and started their treasure-finding trek at the south-end of the valley.

The day was a very pleasant experience. Folks were considerate, talkative and showed up with smaller cash denominations. It was fun to visit with old friends like Mary Rose Periera and her husband. I don’t remember their last name – we’re talking Etna High School time period — and made friends with new neighbors down the road.

I heard it was “a zoo” in Etna and other areas. Sure hope everyone found that special treasure.

Garden

Soil temps must have been just right, because many of the seeds we planted on Sat. May 27th are up with two green leaves. There are two zucchini along with corn, some cucs, radish, bok choy and spinach. Picked several cups of snow peas and made a stir fry and the garlic looks about ready pull up to dry. The potatoes that the freeze knocked back, a month ago, are nearly 10 inches tall.

It took some doing, but I improved the soil and got my flowering plants in by the pine tree. I have also decided to bring in coneflower and coreopsis from outside the fence and, boy, has that been a job digging the rocky ground and adding some decent soil and a bit of manure. But, the coneflowers are in.

World War II

The tide truly turned for the Allies fighting the Nazi’s on Tuesday, June 6, 1944. I have written about D-Day before, but each year I am humbled by the incredible organization, coordination and execution it took for such an invasion. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the other leaders certainly knew there would be many casualties. I can’t imagine the courage it took for the military leaders down to the private soldiers to commit to the operation. But, wars are brutal and the battles must be fought; and this one had to be successful for freedom to win out over domination and evil.

Here are a few quick facts about D-Day: The invasion did not take place where Nazi’s expected, but on five beaches in Normandy, France. They were code named: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The original date for the attack was on June 5th, but bad weather in the English Channel forced the postponement. More than 13,000 aircraft began flying at midnight into occupied territory chalking up 14,674 sorties from the Allied forces by 8 a.m.

More than 5,000 ships supported the 160,000 troops across the channel. Minesweepers cleared the way for the crafts carrying men, vehicles and supplies. Allied casualties were estimated at 10,000 killed, wounded or missing in action: 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British and 946 Canadians.

Last week, we remembered our service men and women from all wars on Memorial Day. Let us stop a minute, today, and send a prayer of “thank you” for those who fought on D-Day and continued on for a year pushing the fascist Nazi’s back until the European victory was won in May 1945.

POW

Lisa Nixon, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 4, reported on the ad-hoc county-wide cannabis committee at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last Thursday. She said it has turned out to be an “incredible experience” working with the varied-interest group. Lisa said under California law, the county can ban all outdoor growing or can regulate commercial outdoor grows. California state agencies are not yet up-to-speed regarding licensing, but expects to have its commercial growing permits available Jan. 1, 2018.

The new recreational cannabis law was approved by California voters last November and commercial growers are demanding to know if the County of Siskiyou Co. will permit them to grow here.

At odds is the huge black market industry that is severely impacting our county. Lisa said the black market growers are violating nearly every land use regulation and causing tragic environmental abuses. She feels the black market industry must be eradicated — as many of us do.

Lisa said the individuals on the ad-hoc committee have been willing to negotiate and been quite respectful. The commercial growers, on the committee, say they want to undertake the process in steps and legally abide by the permits and regulations. Believe it or not, there are 20 different categories of permits that could be used by the county. A pilot program of a few types of commercial grows is being considered as a compromise for 2018.

Several members from the audience spoke up against Siskiyou Co. allowing commercial grows. Lisa responded by saying that is the crux of the problem and discussing the pros and cons of opening the door to commercial grows will be the basis for the all-important decision that must be made this year or California’s rules will run the show. Currently, it is legal for up to six plants to be grown indoors in Siskiyou Co.

Next week I’ll cover more from the POW meeting.

Clarification

It has been brought to my attention that on the internet I have been referred to as a “Sovereign Citizen Journalist.” I don’t know what that is and have never labeled myself as such. This label is erroneous. I have been writing for newspapers since 1976 and have always considered myself a reporter or simply a journalist. I do not consider myself a Sovereign. I am a citizen of the United States, a resident and registered voter in the State of California and Siskiyou County. I felt that I should clarify the matter. I am truly grateful and proud to be an American.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her websites: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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