Liz Writes Life 10-11-11


Siskiyou Daily News

For gardeners fall is an odd time. At least for me, because I am trying to save, cover or pick as much as possible before that “hard” frost hits. I expected it earlier in the week, but it didn’t arrive until Thursday morning. And when it finally did arrive, it was almost with a breath of relief. Summer is really over and my anxiety of “mothering” my plants is done.

I worked several evenings getting the garden picked. Ended up with four boxes of tomatoes ranging from green to pink to red and the red ones were really ripe. Then covered, with canvas and plastic, the Roma tomatoes that I didn’t get plucked. Picked 21 more cantaloupes and when I checked the green beans Wednesday night found there were a lot of good beans hidden, so I picked them in a hurry as it was getting dark.

The basil grew again, so I picked it and put it in the dryer. Even after the frost, I picked eight more cucumbers that were good and I found the tomatoes that I didn’t cover really didn’t get singed. That surprised me. Found a huge tomato worm, which is unusual for October, as I usually go out on early August mornings to nab them when they are on the top of the plants.

Thank you to the friends that let me share my harvest last week, because my kitchen floor was covered with boxes of veggies and fruit and I was overwhelmed.

America Betrayed Radio

I enjoyed talking with John Clark and Rattlesnake Ray from Arizona on Tuesday night on John’s radio show. Ray and I were totally on the same page with frustrations of over-regulation by state and federal agencies regarding private property and water rights. A man from Virginia shared that he is growing as much food as possible on his nine acres. So I also shared about picking my garden and canning.

Defend Rural America

Visited with Mike Luiz at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds about using the Commercial building for the Oct. 22, event at 6:30 p.m. We will have enough seating using chairs and benches for 1,000. Groups from as far as San Diego and Eugene, Oregon and Wyoming have committed to attend. Admittance is free, but we will sure appreciate donations to help pay for the fairground expanses.

Check out the website, Defend Rural for a youtube where Kirk MacKenzie explains why he is doing this documentary on Siskiyou County.

Keith Darrah

In the Judicial Procedure against Mt. Shasta businessman Keith Darrah, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors denied Keith Darrah the right to subpoena resulting in his inability to call eight of his 16 witnesses. So the hearing closed a day early last Thursday – it began last April!

The county Supervisors allotted themselves $233,150 to pay for the private attorneys representing the Planning Department to act as prosecutor; and additional monies to pay for the attorney acting as advisor in this first-time Judicial Procedure.

Darrah appealed the supervisor’s decision, which closed his business three years ago. Darrah was doing construction work, when paving his parking lot at the Truck Village and was accused of surface gravel mining by County Planning Director Terry Barber.

At Thursday’s hearing it was learned that three neighbors, with mining and business violations of their own, were the leaders in complaining about Darrah’s surface gravel mine business at the base of Black Butte. Hypocrisy reigns unchecked.

When cross-examined by Darrah’s Attorney, Darrin Mercier, neighbor Dave Webb, admitted to operating a metal fabrication business, called Alpine Industries out of his shop – without a Permit from the county. He is also operating his business illegally, since his home and shop are not zoned properly. Uh oh, a zoning violation?

Continuing with a practice of selective enforcement, Webb’s indiscretions have been ignored by County Planning Director Terry Barber, who makes a whopping $133,000 a year, but has little background in “planning”. The previous Planning Director’s salary was $72,000.

Yes, the argument will be made that Barber is doing two jobs as she is also the head of Public Health. Well, she admitted in the July hearing that within her first year as head of Planning, she was behind on the paper work for half of the mines in the county.

Does she not like mining? Or doesn’t know how to do the job? I think it is both.

The other two neighbors have operated a surface gravel mine and made a huge pit, which should have been “permitted”. But it wasn’t. Nor have they received any violations. It is just too fishy.

Plus in 2009, Barber encouraged the board to increase the fee for a surface gravel mine Permit from $300 to $2,000. The county department heads and supervisors should be pro-business not anti-business.

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