Liz Writes Life 1-9-17

Jan. 9, 2018

Liz Writes Life

Hopefully, things will get back to normal. Ha, ha. No, I haven’t stopped writing my column even though two weeks ago, I just didn’t get it done (blame Christmas) and then last week, my column was accidently left out of the Tuesday edition. It did run on page 2 on Wed., Jan. 3, 2018. A big “thanks” to those of you who wondered what was up. I do appreciate that you read me. Yep, I do!

But, today’s column was almost as iffy, because my computer is acting like it has a bug. Guess I will need to hit it with anti-virus programs, etc. Also, I am not sure what to write about. The federal judge will make her decision tomorrow, Jan. 8, 2018 regarding the mistrial of three Bundys and Ryan Payne, so I don’t have any news there – except to say that Fox News did run an article on the fact that the federal prosecutors want another chance for another trial against the ranchers. Sure would be great to see it declared a mistrial “with prejudice,” so they can’t be indicted again.

Then I learned that Duane Ehmer will be at Bob’s Ranch House in Etna tomorrow, Monday, morning. He is riding his horse “Hellboy” from Oregon down to Lompoc, where he will report for his prison sentence. I haven’t paid close attention to this story, but he was involved with the January 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge/Bundy situation. He was found guilty of several counts and has been on home detention in Irrigon, Oregon until now, when he has to report to prison. I hope to get in and meet him.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will begin holding 2018 meetings on Thursday, Jan. 25th  at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. All the monthly meetings have been scheduled for the year and will be on the last Thursday of each month (sometimes that is a 5th Thursday), except for December. We typically don’t meet in December, because of so many other holiday activities.

Our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, Ray Haupt, was elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors. I know that Ray will be working hard on the many issues facing our county. He will be at the next POW meeting to discuss the New Year. Sure appreciate his transparency and desire to inform the public. Erin Ryan, staff for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will also bring us up-to-date on happenings in WA. D.C.

No, I don’t have my Pie N website back up. It is frozen to the point that I can’t even get into the wordpress program that I used. So, to stay up-to-date on the Bundy and Duane Ehmer situations, I recommend that you go to the Redoubt website or Freedom


An acquaintance has been researching into the Hammond situation in Eastern Oregon looking into the powers-that-be. It looks like Hammonds do have uranium under their land. This has been alluded to for several years. Apparently, Uranium One owns or owned the Aurora Project Mine that is located about 30 miles away from the Hammonds private property there in Oregon. There is significant uranium throughout that area.

Remember, the federal persecution against the Hammonds ramped-up during the time that Obama was U.S. President and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. It is alleged that Hillary sold or colluded with the Russians selling them uranium located in the United States. This is where the U.S. Dept. of Justice and FBI should be doing their investigations. Apparently, a new investigation has been opened, but who knows if these bureaucrats are part of the good ol’ boy group entrenched from Obama years or actually willing to truly find the truth.

Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven Hammond, have now served two years of their re-prosecuted case, where the judge sentenced them to an additional five years in prison. This sentence is after, serving their sentences from the first trial and verdicts. I truly believe greed for uranium is reason for the Hammond atrocities and trumped-up charges.


Speaking of mining, I opened the 1957 “The Siskiyou Pioneer” book and read about gold mining near Callahan and the South Fork of the Scott River. Karl V. Denny wrote about the Haydens, Asa White, Masterson, Lyttle and Parker brothers to name a few families. Here are a few fun tid-bits from his historical writings. I looked Karl up in the census and also found his CA. Death Index that said he was born in 1876 and died in 1961. He was a son of Siskiyou pioneers A.H. and Eliza R. Denny.

It looks like miners came to the area as early as 1849 finding gold in the South Fork of the Scott River and up most of the creeks. It is hard to imagine, but hundreds of gold miners were working at the same time and it was reported that up to 800 Chinese were also hunting gold at one point here.

Karl said that as you went up the South Fork, one had to travel through Springtown, where many Chinese lived. Past Springtown was Fox Creek, which during the 1860 time-period was the most prosperous. Fox Creek is about six miles up from Callahan. He said the Enos Young’s butcher wagon bumped its way to Fox Creek twice a week from Etna – to feed the miners. On up the South Fork was Grizzly Creek and a town by the name of Gasburg had been settled at the mouth. It is gone.

With the new Denny Bar Company opening in Etna, I would image a significant amount of history has been gathered and, maybe, will be published into a book?

I so appreciate “The Siskiyou Pioneer” books that the Siskiyou County Historical Society has put together — for decades. I believe I read where their newest edition will soon be available.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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