Liz Writes Life 10-10-17

October 10, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Dam meeting

For those who know the importance of saving the four hydro-electric Klamath River dams, please attend a special meeting tonight, Oct. 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Winema Hall at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds. Sorry, it is short notice.

But, our Siskiyou Co. Supervisors have been trying to schedule a meeting with major players regarding the Klamath dams issue. It finally happened — with a short window of opportunity.

This is a Siskiyou Co. Supervisors special board meeting.

After secret meetings were held, last year, in Sacramento and Portland by the 2016 newly-formed non-profit group that continues to work to destroy the Klamath River dams, our supervisors told Klamath River Renewal Corp – no more shenanigans or secret meetings! Even Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his staff were left in the dark as the new non-profit KRRC did not communicate well with either the congressman or Siskiyou County.

KRRC’s Executive Director and Vice President have committed to attend this meeting. Also attending is Alan Mikkelsen, who is the new Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation.

Elizabeth Nielsen, Siskiyou Co. Natural Resources Specialist, sent out an announcement explaining the purpose of the workshop is for KRRC to update the public regarding their September 2016 requests to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take ownership and then remove four dams on the Klamath River.

KRRC should also discuss their past work and permits with state and federal agencies, other stakeholders, as well as past meetings with Siskiyou County and their (lack of) outreach throughout the county.

It is good that Deputy Commissioner Mikkelsen has agreed to attend and discuss the Dept. of Interior’s role in the Klamath dams destruction process and his outreach efforts to Siskiyou County. Mikkelsen is a close advisor to Dept. of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. It is imperative we let him know about the disastrous environmental and water pollution that demolition of the four dams will cause.

Our Siskiyou Supervisors still have major concerns and have made requests for information and permit verifications, which have not been sufficiently answered or addressed. There will be time set aside for the public to provide input and comment. Please do.

Fundraiser

Remember to get your tickets to support saving the Klamath dams. The fundraiser prime rib dinner hosted by the Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc. will be held this Sat. evening. Doors open with a no-host bar at 5 p.m. and the dinner is at 6 p.m. Grill master is Dave Tyler. Tickets are $30 per person. Call Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443 ASAP.

We must retain our hydroelectric facilities. The dams improve flows in the Klamath River in the summer and fall, provide vital flood protection in the winter and produce fish at Iron Gate Hatchery.

Veterans Parade

Please consider participating in the 17th Annual Veterans’ Parade in Etna on Sat. Nov. 4, 2017.

Veterans: Please let “we the people” honor you for your service. You can drive your own vehicle or get several buddies to join you.

Organizations and individuals: You are invited to participate as a way to pay tribute to our U.S. military service members.

It is so easy to enter: Just call me at 530-467-3515. The parade will stage at the Etna High School at 10 a.m. and it starts at 11 p.m.

POW meeting

Andrew Hurlimann, president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water, brought its monthly meeting to order on Sept. 28, 2017. He announced that California Concealed Weapons classes are being held in Scott Valley. Call Andrew at 467-3146 for more info.

Erin Ryan, staff for Congressman LaMalfa, brought up the tax reform issue that was a hot button in Sept. She said, “It isn’t done yet!” and explained several of the proposals in the framework.

Erin said the Siskiyou/Cascade National Monument did end up on the “short list” for possible reduction of acreage. Of course, the Greenies are fit to be tied, but removing hundreds of thousands of additional acreage that will not be managed for forest and environmental health and safety is ridiculous.

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, discussed the local fires. He was able to get a meeting at the Incident Command Center fire camp near Etna for Congressman LaMalfa. Ray said that the new owners of the forest around the Scott Valley floor is now owned by EcoTrust Forest Management and the business actually wants to place mobile sawmills facilities in the valley to process their trees – some of which were burned in the menacing Wallow Fire. That would be fabulous!

A San Francisco PBS station did an interview with Ray regarding the massive fires we have each year. He mentioned the very unhealthy smoke we had to breathe for over 6 weeks and asked the listeners to stop funding environmental projects as they actually stop the healthy thinning and management of forests resulting in catastrophic fires and smoke. Ray added that eight out of the 12 communities in his district were under some sort of evacuation notice this summer. No, not good!

Ray orchestrated getting Senator Ted Gaines up to Siskiyou County, who was then able to take a helicopter flight with Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey and Siskiyou Co. Supervisors’ Board Chairman, Michael Kobseff. The senator was shocked when he actually witnessed the massive numbers of illegal cannabis grows. There is a huge new concentration of over 4,000 people in the Shasta Vista area specifically involved in cultivating cannabis resulting in a great deal of ground water contamination and raw sewage.

Senator Gaines supported our Siskiyou Supervisors when they approved a “Declaration of Emergency,” regarding the grows, and asked for help from CA. Governor Jerry Brown for eradication.

Last Friday, Gov. Brown sent a letter that basically says “no”. What? Does he like pot? I am speechless!

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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