Liz Writes Life 8-15-17

Aug. 15, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Two Early Girl tomato plants, outside of the cold frame, made a liar out of me as they have each produced more than a handful of ripe tomatoes this week. They are fairly small, but tasty. It is so nice to enjoy ripe tomatoes in early August!

The sumpter cucs slowed down and I didn’t make any dill pickles. I blame the previous week of over 100-degree heat. So, when I made a closer check this weekend, I found lots – about 10 pounds worth. I took them to church for giveaways and still came home with six.

Ate our first corn on Friday. Yum!

Ran into Denny Fleck at the fair, who bragged on his Medford tomatoes that have been putting out ripe ones for a few weeks. Medfords used to be quite popular here, but now the variety is hard to find, which is why he saves the seed for planting. They are an early 80-day heirloom variety developed at Oregon State University.

Denny said he had a terrible earwig problem. They were devouring young vegetable plants. He solved it by putting out empty tuna cans with vegetable cooking oil and soy sauce. Earwigs like the soy sauce, but the oil makes their body slippery and they can’t climb out of the can. Yep, they die in there. Now that is tricky.

I appreciate learning about your successes. Sure wish someone would come up with a cure-all for aphids!

It was a nice Siskiyou Golden Fair. Congrats to Lynne Bryan for her Best of Show flower display. We do need to keep entering our agriculture, vegetables, crafts, flowers, cooking, quilts and sewing projects as it gives the fair a local flavor.

Gotta brag a bit and say “thank you!” My grandson, Bryce Bowen, won Grand Champion Market Turkey. The tom weighed 43 pounds. Bryce walked it and practiced showing for weeks before the fair. His trophy was a belt buckle. Oh, he is proud of it and put it on his belt to wear. Thank you to those who decided that a gorgeous belt buckle was a great prize.

It seemed a little odd when he sold his turkey at the Jr. Livestock Auction as his turkey sold the lowest of all the turkeys at $20 a pound. (That is quite a lot for a turkey, don’t get me wrong.) But, when it was noticed that the grand champion sold so low, a good fair supporter decided Bryce should get at least as much as the Reserve Champion Turkey — and added another whopping $20 per pound! What a kind thing to do. Wow! I would like to thank his two buyers and all of the supporters of the many junior market animals. It is appreciated! These are good life lessons for our kids: some are good and some not-so-good just like life.


A group of concerned citizens, from outside city limits, attended the Etna City Council meeting last week. The council discussed the cannabis ordinance that must be updated by Dec. 31, 2017 or the city will have to abide by the new state cannabis laws. Mayor Erik Ryberg did not start out in a happy mood. Recently, he had been yelled at by Etna residents who think he may be pushing for commercial grows and for dispensaries. He said he is not and was trying to be neutral.

In my opening comment, I offered to send the council members the extensive researched report that the county Planning Dept. did on the subject. The county supervisors voted 5-0 not to allow commercial growing or dispensaries in county areas. I teased the council asking if they had a Planning Dept. They were “it” was their answer. I didn’t want them to have to re-invent the wheel doing research.

Mayor Erik Ryberg permitted a lot of discussion from the audience. No one yelled. Two council members are against commercial grows and dispensaries. One is possibly for it, because of taxes and one I don’t know. But the mayor told the audience commercial grows or dispensaries will probably not be allowed.

The situation, then, comes down to how to meet the state’s new decree that allows six plants to be grown — in a residence or outside? A significant number who spoke said the smell of maturing plants from their neighbors’ properties, even with a tall fence, is over-powering. So the decision for the Etna Council will be if the six plants should be grown indoors or allowed outside.


Herve Leconte finished up his 510 mile run on Wed. Aug. 9, 2017 in Yreka. He began his trek 12 days earlier down in El Dorado County and ran through 15 counties finishing in Siskiyou, because we were the first county to begin this latest push for the State of Jefferson. Herve’s wife, Julie, drove his pilot car.

I got to talk to Herve several times and found him, and his wife, to be great fun. Oh, did I mention that Herve is 57 years old? Yep. This was to raise awareness and fundraise for the lawsuit Citizens for Fair Representation have brought against the State of California. It claims rural counties do not have enough elected officials to give them fair representation in the state legislature.

Herve ran 35 to 45 miles per day in that terrible heat. It was quite the adventure and many people did stop to ask about his State of Jefferson flag, which he was happy to explain.


It was great to see our California Senator Ted Gaines visited Siskiyou County. He met with several county supervisors over the Klamath dams issue, then cattlemen and farmers about difficulties from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife over water rights and permits. Thank you Senator Gaines for listening and helping us.

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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