Liz Writes Life 10-24-17

October 24, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

That bit of rain was nice and helped turn the cottonwood and oak leaves yellow and orange. The maples have about lost all their leaves as they seem to change color earlier in late Sept.

I am having a difficult time remembering to water the nine flat-head cabbages, but they have grown to good size and several are making heads. The first week of October, I picked the last purple cabbage. It was probably six pounds. I put it in a crate, surrounded it with wadded-up newspaper and covered it with a wool blanket. It should be ok, until the temps get down to the low 20s with freezing days. Just hope I remember it around Thanksgiving! I did the same thing with some onions that were given to me.

So, now the next job is to clean up the garden, pull out the annual flowers and put manure on the rhubarb, perennials and the garden. Hum, we need another good rain to help with that project. Guess it can wait a little while … well I really do want to get it cleaned up before next spring. I hope to anyway. Do I sound like I am dawdling? Yep.


A few weeks ago, the Siskiyou County Museum played host to a Jefferson activity. A high school teacher from a Christian school in Lodi contacted me. He was planning a trip to Ashland and the Shakespeare plays; and wanted to include the State of Jefferson. I suggested the Siskiyou Museum, in Yreka, as it has the original 1941 gold pan with the Double X painted on it. The pan along with the Double X flag is displayed in the foyer as you walk in. Yep, it is!

He was interested in the newest movement as well. I wanted to give them the basics of “how” a grass roots group gets started. Mark Baird suggested in July 2013, when we started this latest movement, that we take a “Declaration of Withdrawal from the State of California” to our county supervisors for their approval. On Sept. 3, 2013 in a room overflowing with supporters our supervisors approved the declaration 4-1. Expansion to other counties was the next step. And Modoc Supervisors voted on Sept. 24, 2013 to approve the declaration to withdraw with a 3-1 vote.

Because the county supervisors are the first level of representatives elected by voters I invited my Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, Ray Haupt, to speak. He explained how a county operates and why we are now the second poorest county in the state. When nearly all of the people are able to work at good jobs, the entire area is productive. He said back in the 1960s -1970s, Siskiyou Co. was affluent with jobs in mining and timber and was one of the richest counties in the state. Disenchantment with government really boils down to the state of the economy, which Siskiyou is sorely lacking.

The teens enjoyed the outdoor museum and toured the two levels of the indoor museum. Lisa Gioia is the museum director, who accommodated the activity. She was great and is working on more displays and activities for the museum located at 910 South Main St. in Yreka. Check out Siskiyou Co. Museum’s facebook and its site on the county’s website. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price is just $3 per person and includes the Outdoor Museum (weather permitting). For more info, call 530-842-3836.

Walk Through

So then, I received information from Friends of the Siskiyou Co. Museum. They are holding “A Walk Through History” this Sat., Oct. 28th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Outdoor Museum. There will be live music, basket weaving and carving, mule packing, authentic acorn soup and a food booth, including a pie baking contest. This is billed as “fun for the whole family” with contests and door prizes. Though it won’t be an Antique’s Road Show, for $10 you can have an evaluation on up to two antique items that you bring in. The neighboring Siskiyou Co. Genealogy Society will also be open. Sounds like a great time!

Jefferson Town Hall

The Siskiyou Jefferson Committee is holding a Town Hall this Sat. evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Montague Community Center. Many folks are interested in creating the State of Jefferson, but wonder at the financial feasibility? Well, this meeting is for you as “Financing the State of Jefferson” is front and center. Speakers are Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson movement, and Win Carpenter, a leader in the Shasta Co. Jefferson Committee. There will be a significant amount of time for questions and answers.

The Siskiyou Republican Women Federated is providing free homemade pie and coffee.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share. Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, has been busy attending meetings up here in Siskiyou and I know that our congressman has been here at least twice in the past month.

Ray Haupt has also been attending lots of meetings. We will learn about a special Water Tour, where the county was able to bring in several state-level officials to educate them on our advocacy work here; as well as the Klamath dam meetings and newest situation.


The Etna Veterans’ Parade is inviting all veterans and current soldiers (home on leave) to participate in the parade on Nov. 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. It stages at the Etna High School at 10 a.m. Michael Stapleton will be towing an 18-foot trailer with straw bales specifically for our veterans. Just show up and jump on! All groups and individuals are invited to participate as well. Call me at 530-467-3515 to enter.

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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