Jan. 31, 2012
Published Siskiyou Daily News
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey is in Las Vegas today, Jan. 31st, attending the last of a three-day convention sponsored by Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. The speakers today included Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, Sheriff Bradley D. Rodgers and retired Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack.
Little did we know during the last election that supporting the U.S. and California Constitutions would become such a controversial issue. But it has and I am so impressed with Sheriff Lopey and his knowledge of our Constitutions as the law of the land. He has said many times that he “serves the people.” Wow what a concept. He believes he is responsible to his constituents. And yes, he is already taking flack for his statements and his stand. Those of us who care about our liberties need to show support for our sheriff.
Sheriff Lopey believes in the Bill of Rights. More than 100 sheriffs attended the convention this weekend, including several county sheriffs who attended the Defend Rural America event last October in Yreka.
Guess what? We are taking the sheriff panels on the road! Sheriff Lopey and other organizers of the Defend Rural America want to defend the Constitution and network with other like-minded folks. Tea Parties are especially supportive.
So, mark your calendars for Feb. 25, 2012 as Sheriff Lopey will host another sheriffs’ panel at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds. It is a Saturday and this event will be held at 2 p.m.
But this is just the beginning. We are planning monthly panels of sheriffs in various counties. These will be touted as Support Rural America Sheriffs events. The next scheduled event is in Alturas on April 21, 2012 with the Modoc Independent Tea Party and Sheriff Mike Poindexter hosting. On May 19, 2012, Trinity Tea Party Patriots and Sheriff Bruce Haney will host a Support Rural America Sheriffs event.
As more county events are scheduled, I will share the dates and places with you. But Erin Ryan confirmed that Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko and Redding Tea Party Patriots will host a day-long event in October in Redding.
There are two websites that we will keep up-to-date as events are added. One is Support Rural America.com and the other is Pie N Politics.com. Yes, Scott Valley Protect Our Water is one of the event organizers. Please attend as many of these events as you can. We need to stand tall as the opposition is getting louder!
Speaking of Sheriff Lopey, he has organized a county-wide Team to support him in coordination issues with state and federal agencies. This Team grew from a handful of people last June to about 30 individuals and will aid in other projects as well.
Then the sheriff and members of this Team are also part of a Bi-State Alliance. The mission of this Alliance is to stop removal of the Klamath Dams and save our local economies. Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter and Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson are also in the Alliance with a Team of citizens. Klamath County and Jackson County have Teams and are also participating in this Alliance. As more folks decide it is time to “stand up” for our liberties, freedom, culture, economies and livelihoods, we will be a strong brave force.
A notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announces the availability for public review of the draft NMFS Recovery Plan for the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit. NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Plan. Deadline is March 5, 2012.
Also just 20 days after comment period closed, a DRAFT Klamath Dam Removal Overview Report of the Secretary of Interior’s assessment of science and technical info was released on Jan. 23, 2012. Kinda fishy. More than 2,700 comments were received by the feds and they have a 312 page report already released? And I believe the comment on this report is extremely short.
The Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc. sent an extremely detailed letter to Dept. of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, which refutes statements made by both NMFS and the Klamath Dam Removal Overview Report. You can read it on Pie N Politics.com. Find it by checking out the right hand column of “categories” and look under Klamath River & Dams or Siskiyou Water Users and click.
After the rains and some warm days, I was shocked to find a bunch of lettuce growing from windblown seeds. They are about one inch-tall, quite tough, because they are surviving the cold nights we a having again. I put a clear plastic tub over part of them and hopefully in a month or so, I’ll have fresh lettuce. Guess we will see.
Liz Bowen lives near Callahan, CA., writes biographies and free lances. She can be contacted at Liz Bowen.com or call 530-467-3515.