Liz Writes Life 4-24-12

April 24, 2012

Published in Siskiyou Daily News

Oh my, just two days of extra hot temps and fresh green leaves were bursting open.  Hit around 84 degrees Sunday. This is a bit early for the cottonwoods to leaf out and, what seems really unusual is that the night temps are high as well.  So, yes, blue-sky-warm weather brings out gardener’s fever. Yep, even I finally feel the need to grab the grubbing hoe and start getting at those weeds in the garden. The tulips just started blooming and the peach trees are very brave. A few peas popped up and also tiny lettuces. These need irrigation and it will be hot again today, so I must do that this morning, Mon. April 23.

Modoc Sheriffs’ Event

Seven counties were represented at the Support Rural Sheriffs’ Event held in Alturas on April 21. Been awhile since I had been to Alturas and instead of being greeted by an April snowstorm, it was hot! Over 200 people showed up to support these Sheriffs who spoke of the problems that dying local economies are creating for social structure, health and safety. Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt wasn’t able to attend, but his Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston showed up and discussed Agenda 21. Johnston said he hadn’t known much about it until he started checking it out on the Internet and was shocked that it certainly targets rural areas with the goal of removing people. Sure fits the over-regulations by many government agencies that are making rural life difficult. He even quoted from the recent statement made by the National Republican Party, which exposes the mission and goals of Agenda 21.

Modoc Sheriff Mike Poindexter hosted the event leading the panel’s discussion. His county is over 80 percent federally managed lands. In truth, they are the “public’s land,” and these sheriffs believe that these lands must be locally controlled for all the public’s use. Local control means that local Forest Rangers and Forest Supervisors must have authority to work with the local citizens. Since Bill Clinton was U.S. President, this local authority has been usurped by Washington D.C.

Oh, a side note, Sheriff Poindexter and I were interviewed on John Clark’s “America Betrayed” radio last week. So we were able to “plug” the Modoc Event on over 140 AM radio stations.

Other sheriffs who attended were: Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey, Del Norte Sheriff Dean Wilson, Plumas Greg Hagwood, Trinity Bruce Haney and Oregon Grant Co. Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer.

Special guest Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen was a hit as she spoke on property rights.

During the next week, I will be posting comments, articles, photos and, eventually, youtube videos from this Event on Pie N Lyn Scott of Trinity took some great photos. Organizer Doug Knox, Jacqui Krizo and I took video.

The next Sheriffs’ Event is in Trinity Co. at Weaverville, hosted by Bruce Haney.

On June 23, Tehama Sheriff Dave Hencratt will host an event in Red Bluff. And Del Norte Sheriff Dean Wilson set a date for July 14 in Crescent City. All are welcome to attend and support our local sheriffs. For more info, go to: Support Rural

Other meetings

Scott Valley POW will hold its regular meeting on April 26 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. with Pie n Politics first, so please bring a dessert to share.

Remember the important meeting with federal whistleblower scientist Paul R. Houser Ph.D. who will be in Siskiyou for a meeting on Mon. May 7 at the fairgrounds in Yreka. Time is 6:30 p.m.

Scott Valley Rodeo Queen Contest date was changed to April 25 at the Etna rodeo grounds at 6 p.m.

The Siskiyou Co. Genealogical Society invited me to speak this Sat. April 28 at its monthly meeting held on 912 Main Street by the Museum. Time is 1 p.m. I’ll be discussing the family history book I wrote on my dad’s side of the family. Although I added life stories of several other ancestors, this really focuses on the time period from 1928 through the 1950s in Scott Valley. The meeting is free and I’ve been told that everyone is welcome.

New casino

I was shocked to learn that the Karuks are again on the “fast track” to a casino in Yreka. The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) gave them a land determination that could allow for such a travesty. Karuks are not native to the Yreka area. Maps, 1852 Congressional testimony, Treaty R and burial grounds prove Yreka was and is in Shasta Nation land. Shasta heroine “Indian” Peggy is buried near Fairlane Road. All proves this is not Karuk territory.

So I will go out on a limb here and state that I allege corruption within the NIGC and Bureau of Indian Affairs has risen its ugly head. Oh and just for the record, both agencies are under the Dept. of Interior, which is working to destroy our local Klamath dams.

Liz Bowen writes biographies and freelances. Check out websites: Pie N and Liz

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