Liz Writes Life 7-11-17

July 11, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA


Surprise! Surprise! Quite a few of the flathead cabbages did germinate and are surviving this heat wave. Some are a half-inch tall. I don’t want to transplant them in this heat. So I checked Mt. Shasta accu weather forecast and it said July 21st (of this year!) it should cool down to high 80s or maybe a few low 90-days for several weeks. Can hardly wait! These nights are just too warm and don’t cool down the house. So hopefully, the cabbages will not grow their roots into too much of a tangle.

Knowing that I shouldn’t transplant the rhubarb in this heat, I decided to do it anyway last week. This is the one I cut-off from the mother plant back in April. I had planted it too close to the mother plant and it needed more space. Using the shovel to dig around it, I took it out of the ground with a big shovelful of wet soil. It was a six-inch wad of roots. For several days, I soaked it morning and night and although it was really sad at first, it is looking better and should survive. It was only about eight-inches high with three or four stalks. But, lots of water saved the day.

I pulled and used the bok choy, old spinach and weeds – where the carrots and beets didn’t grow — for mulch on the green beans, sunflowers, zucchini and cantaloupe. Most of you likely already have zucchini, but ours should produce this week.

I thinned the second crop of corn that is 10-inches tall and used Miracle Gro on it and nearly everything in the garden last week, except the older onions. They seem to be making nice bulbs, so I figure they are doing OK.

The tall Shasta daisies are in full bloom along with bright magenta lambs ears, orange day lilies, red bee balm, pale pink anemones and a fever few. But, the gorgeous blooms on both rose bushes are curling up at the ends of the petals and withering. It may be the heat or could be the fact that I actually gave them a good shot of fertilizer two weeks ago. Oops.

More POW

Richard Marshall, President of the Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc., spoke at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on June 29. He said the group has filed a Freedom of Information Act on the CA. Dept. of Natural Resources regarding the use of Liane Randolph, who is a member of the CA. Public Utilities Commission, because of her apparent bias towards removal of the four hydro-electric Klamath dams. Randolph has been appointed as the oversight person on the Klamath dams on the CPUC. Members of CPUC are expected to be unbiased.

Water Users also filed a response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in opposition to PacifiCorp and the new non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp. Apparently, KRRC has requested FERC approve the transfer of dam ownership from PacifiCorp to the KRRC with the not-so-secret goal of destroying the dams.

This makes one wonder what the purchase price is? And where the funds are coming from? Congress did not approve dam removal or the funding of dam removal under the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which greatly irritated the pro-dam removal people, Tribes and agencies.

Another opposition by the Water Users is to the federal Dept. of Interior’s environmental reports, which were written in 2012 under the Klamath Hydro-Electric Settlement Agreement and the now defunct Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The state of California wants to adopt this deficient document to be used as a response for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Water Users allege the environmental reports are not adequate referring to the economic analysis section that was not done regarding environmental damages and impacts that will occur below Iron Gate Dam if the dams are demolished. Richard said these issues were not addressed in the 2012 DOI report.

The controversial TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load of possible pollutants in California rivers raised its ugly head recently as a meeting was held in Siskiyou County by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board staff. Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5., said that every 10 years the agency must analyze the rules and or make new rules. This is the review year for both Shasta and Scott Rivers. Interestingly enough, the state agency has acknowledged there has been improvement in the state-claimed impairments of sediment and water temperature in the Scott River. Shasta River is not so lucky, but I am not sure what the situation is. I will look into it.

Ray said the county will hire another code enforcement officer specifically to address property that is being abused, affecting neighbors’ as a health and safety hazard and or creating a public nuisance.

The state put a monkey-wrench in the ordinance the county was writing regarding cannabis as the state recently changed its regulations stating there is no difference between recreational or medicinal use of cannabis. So the county had to go back and rewrite its ordinance.

Today at 2:10 p.m. the county supervisors will discuss and provide direction regarding the local cannabis regulation and potential for a Commercial Medical Cannabis Cultivation pilot program. That meeting is at the county courthouse, second floor, in the supervisors’ board room.

Ray did mention that in the latter-half of June, 17 search warrants were issued on illegal pot grows and the sheriff’s dept. led the raid that found 16 gallons of honey oil, which is processed marijuana bud made into a concentrated syrup. State law enforcement was brought in, because the honey oil lab was the largest ever busted in the state. Yep, a lot of pot is being grown illegally in the county.

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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