Liz Writes Life 7-5-17

July 5, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.


Can’t believe how fast the garden is growing. With pride, I would like to announce our first crop of corn is well-past “knee-high-by-the-Fourth-of-July” even if I am short!

I did plant the flathead cabbage, but I keep forgetting to give them some water late in the afternoon. So with this heat, I am not giving enough care and I doubt if they make it. I should have tried putting the seeds in a pot of soil under the pine tree to see if the seeds and soil would stay more moist.

Bok choy: Well, I did pick some and ate several stalks raw. It is a bitter to me, so I didn’t stir-fry it; and the next day, it started sending up tall stems with yellow flowers. I don’t think it likes the heat and should have been planted in late April.

The red onions that were planted late are doing well. They are still small, but have perked up and are looking pretty hardy. Small green tomatoes have started on several plants – yay! I had to thin the basil plants this week and the peas are turning yellow. They need to be pulled.

Oh, I finally got oregano harvested. It was about to bud out, which I don’t like. The cut stems are in two paper bags in the extra bedroom drying. Now to harvest the lemon balm that is also about ready to bloom. Both rose bushes are blooming. I just love the deep red one with its fabulous fragrance. Yep, it smells like a rose!

Gun law

Luckily, I was wrong! Well, I reported correctly last week that a new gun law was going into effect on July 1st making it illegal to possess a high-capacity detachable magazine that holds more than 10 bullets.

But, on Thursday, a federal judge temporarily blocked that CA. law by issuing a preliminary injunction and stating the law was likely unconstitutional because it prevented people from using firearms that employed “whatever common magazine size he or she judges best suits the situation.”

There is a federal lawsuit Duncan v Becerra, supported by several gun associations, which challenges the package of CA. gun control laws passed last year — and became known as “gunmaggedon.” Remember the lengthy petitions that were available to sign!

Apparently, things are looking fairly good regarding this injunction as the judge explained the plaintiffs are likely to succeed because “public safety interest may not eviscerate the Second Amendment.” Wow!

So, those of you who did not want to become an outlaw and had planned on relinquishing your illegal magazines – don’t need to! (Cheshire smile!) This is good news.

POW meeting

Erin Ryan, representing Congressman Doug LaMalfa, said Doug was on the GOP baseball team for the charity event held in June. But, he was not at the early-morning practice, where the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and several others occurred. Doug was attending a breakfast meeting, but was part of the team that played the next day.

Erin told us threats and constant disruptions by anti-Republican and anti-President Trump activists are still a problem. The staff has to keep the office door locked and even the telephone lines are over-loaded at times. If you need to stop by the office, call Erin and make an appointment. You will be let in. The situation is frustrating for the congressman’s staff as aggressive people are making it difficult to get their work done.

Actually, Erin first reported about the federal judge’s injunction on the CA. magazine gun law. The congressman’s staff is also on the cutting-edge of issues and legislation occurring in California. Doug has voted on several significant bills that passed the House, now if only the Senate would get their act in gear and approve the bills, so President Trump could sign them into law.

Doug has been actively trying to improve the lazy bureaucracy and misconduct in the Veterans Administration and is pleased the V.A. Accountability Act of 2017 passed the House. He voted to streamline permitting for water infrastructure establishing the Bureau of Reclamation as the single lead agency; and for tort reform in the health care industry that would lower insurance costs for doctors by reducing the high-risk malpractice lawsuits.

Also, Doug introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat from Oregon, to streamline processes for removal of hazardous trees and vegetative overgrowth near power lines on BLM and USFS lands to reduce risk of forest fires and electrical grid blackouts.

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, shared “happy” news. He met with the EcoTrust Forest Management and found the group is looking to provide economic improvements in the county and to thin for forest health. This group purchased much of the Timbervest lands that reach from Sugar Creek in the south end of the valley and go north in back of Etna and continue on the west side below Marble Mt. Wilderness and into some of the area west of Fort Jones.

EcoTrust wants to create local jobs and are looking for small industrial sites to set up small mills with the goal of reducing fire hazard trees. The group even wants to work with Fruit Growers whose lands that are adjacent to EcoTrust properties.

Ray has received concerns that EcoTrust Forest group will sell its water rights, but Ray said there are no water rights on the properties that would be sellable and these are not diversions for irrigation.

It is the Western Rivers Conservancy that has purchased the Bouvier Ranch and another timber piece near Callahan that is trying to flip the properties and to sell the water rights. These do divert from the Scott River and will affect irrigators downstream. It is confusing, who now owns what properties.

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

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