Liz Writes Life 8-29-17

Aug. 29, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

This just in: Talked to Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, yesterday morning before my deadline. He is in direct contact with the fire incident command at least twice a day. Ray said CalFire has now taken a major role and our local Siskiyou CalFire leaders, including Ron Bravo, are in leadership positions. This is great especially since the fire blew over into the Etna Mills drainage Sunday. Understanding our terrain is paramount to hitting the fire at the right places. Salmon River and Klamath River Hot Shots crews are working their butts-off up-high building fire line. Old logging roads have been opened up for access. Ray said they are aggressively hitting the fire as humanly possible.

We have gone from the dog days of summer to the — very thick and smoky — dog days of summer. Ugh. Fire camp is still growing at Horn Lane with 1,400 personnel. Mel Fechter has been sharing his fabulous photos of fire fighting; and Sunday evening he sent out photos of the big Sikorsky Skycrane sucking up over 3,000 gallons of retardant in 45 seconds. He said it was an amazing amount of wind power to withstand.

I do appreciate all those who are working to stop the fires. Thank you!

My comment: Sure do wish we were saving the forest by managing the trees through timber harvest, instead of seeing them burn up – including the wild animals – because they are too thick. An economy based on timber harvest is much more productive and beneficial to forests, wildlife and communities than this devastation from lightning-caused fires turning the green environment black.


Bummer! I thought a Crimson Red watermelon was ripe. The little long, narrow leaf at the first vine joint was dried-up as was the curly tendril. Usually, my watermelon and cantaloupe don’t get ripe until Sept., but I was hopeful. Nope. It was juicy, but not sweet enough and the flesh was a pale pink.

I gave you a pretty full report on the garden last week, but forgot a few things. The flat head cabbage is growing. Some are 10-inches high, so we will see if they start making a head before the shorter days and cooler nights of September hit. Harvested two red cabbages. One was hit by aphids in July and I sprayed it with the diluted vinegar/soapy water. It looked terrible, but after peeling away a few layers and washing it well – it looks good.

The second crop of corn is setting on ears; the purple morning glories are fabulous on two fences and solar-yellow cosmos are finally blooming with the four o’clocks.


State of Jefferson supporters were frustrated last week, when a court hearing was canceled – at the last minute or rather the day before, which was after many folks had made motel reservations in Sacramento. The hearing was scheduled for Aug. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. on the matter of Citizens for Fair Representation v Alex Padilla, the California Secretary of State.

The lawsuit brought by the CFR claims there are not enough elected state legislators in the rural counties compared to the high-density populations in the state. On Thursday, Aug. 24th, a minute order was issued by a court deputy for the District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. It stated: Upon consideration of the parties’ filings relating to the question of whether a three judge court need be convened to resolve defendant’s pending motion to dismiss and plaintiffs’ pending motion to amend, the court has determined that it is premature to request the convening of such a court prior to this court’s threshold determination of jurisdiction and justiciability.

Yep, that is a lot of court talk, but apparently the plaintiffs, who are CFR, want to amend its case and the defendant, which is the State of California, wants the court to dismiss the case altogether. Jefferson spokesman, Mark Baird, has asked supporters to write letters of complaint to Judge Mueller. Court cases are pretty darned frustrating and I don’t think the state or the court will be friendly to this lawsuit.


It was a nice surprise last week, when a federal jury acquitted two men involved in the 2014 Bundy ranch stand-off and delivered not-guilty findings on most charges against two others. This was the second trial for Ricky Lovelien, Steven Stewart, Scott Drexler and Eric Parker.

Carol Bundy, the Bundy ranch family matriarch, said: “They’ve been tried twice and found not guilty. We the people are not guilty.”

Those who have watched all three trials — of just a few of the 19 that were arrested because of participation in the April 2014 Bundy ranch stand-off with federal agencies led by BLM or the Malheur Refuge occupation in January 2016, — have been shocked. The federal judges in all three court cases have strictly limited what the defendants’ attorneys can present and prosecutors attorneys have ran roughshod.

Shari Dovale, who has watched the trials and reported on them, said the defendants were not allowed to call witnesses on their own behalf. They were not allowed to talk about why they went to Nevada. They were not allowed to mention the bad acts from the BLM or FBI agents.

In this latest case, the jury deliberated four days after 20 days of testimony and none of the defendants were found guilty of a key conspiracy charge alleging they plotted with the Bundy family.

Because they were allowed so little defense, all four defense attorneys declined to make closing arguments and stood mute. Apparently, the jury realized it was not getting all the information it needed to find guilty verdicts.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.

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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