Liz Writes Life 5-1-12

May 1, 2012

Next week Dr. Paul R. Houser will be here speaking in Klamath Falls and Siskiyou County. Dr. Houser is a renowned scientist hired in early 2011 to check the “integrity” of the environmental assessments by federal government agencies on the Klamath dam removal. He cited significant concerns and even alleged fraud in some instances.

As a result, Dr. Houser was fired. He reluctantly filed a “whistleblower” complaint with the federal government and then wrote a letter asking for support to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors.

To show appreciation of Dr. Houser, the Cal-Ore Bi-State Alliance contacted Dr. Houser and invited him to Siskiyou County. When I interviewed Dr. Houser, he said that he didn’t know of the turmoil here regarding dam destruction. He didn’t know the Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc. has been working diligently to expose the fraud and to offer sensible alternatives to aid salmon.

Please show support for “integrity” and attend one of the meetings with Dr. Houser. Admission is free, but we will be passing the donation can to pay for the rent of the buildings.

In Klamath Falls, Dr. Houser will speak on Sunday, May 6th at 5 p .m. at the Triad School.

In Siskiyou, Dr. Houser will speak on Monday, May 7 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairground’s Flower Building at 6: 30 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, May 8, Dr. Houser will address the Siskiyou Board of Supervisors. Check with the county clerk for the time, or Pie N under “Red Hot Issues” page tab. On Tuesday night, May 8, Dr. Houser will speak at the Yreka Tea Party at 6:30 p.m.

Debbie Bacigalupi spear-headed making a youtube video called “Fish or Foul on the Klamath” and an interview with Dr. Houser is included. You can find it at Pie N Look at the top of the site for the page tab named “youtube.”

Just under that video is an amazingly accurate 4 minute video called “If I wanted America to fail …” and it is worth watching as well. I hope you check them both out.


The Modoc Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event was super. Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey participated on the Sheriffs Panel after speaking the day before at the California Eagle Forum in Sacramento. Modoc Sheriff Mike Poindexter hosted the event and led the panel discussion after Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen spoke on private property rights. I will try to get photos and articles on this event up on Liz and Pie N this week. A big thanks for organizing the event goes to Doug Knox and the Modoc Independent Tea Party.

The next SRA Sheriff’s Event will be in Trinity County on May 19 in Weaverville.

65th Annual Rodeo

This Sunday, May 6, the 65th Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo will be held at the Etna arena. It will be quite a weekend as the California High School Rodeo District 1 Finals will be held at the Etna rodeo grounds on Fri., May 4 at 5 p.m. and Sat. May 5 in the morning. Then in the afternoon, a Jackpot Team Roping will be held. These events are free to the public.

On Sunday morning, Bernard Dowling will lead the Etna Rodeo Parade as Grand Marshal. Yep, it was time for Bernard to be so honored. And he complained, just like others, that he “wasn’t old enough” to be Grand Marshal. But let’s see, I looked it up and his dad, Ken Dowling, was Grand Marshal in 1981. I’ll bet his dad was younger then, than Bern is now. But it is hard for our generation to admit that we are now — the older generation!

Kelly Carter was crowned 2012 Pleasure Park Rodeo Queen by 2011 Queen Cricket Postma last week after the contest. Congratulations Kelly, she really put some time and work in preparing her horse. Check out Liz as I have posted two lists: One of all the Parade Grand Marshals and one of the SVPP Rodeo Queens over the years.

For more info on the rodeo, call Laurie Tippet at 530-598-6359.


Finally got weeds pulled and hoed in about half of the garden last week and spent two days irrigating. The peas did not germinate well. So I will soak some peas and replant that row. The garlic perked right up after watering and I hope the hard frost on April 27th didn’t kill the peach blossoms.

An old friend and Klamath River gold miner Stan Meager emailed me several of his stories that were published in mining magazines. I posted them on a special page on my Liz website. They are quite fun and I really like his western poem. Check out the page tab on top “Stan Meager’s gold.”

Next week, I’ll talk about why I am voting for Rick Bosetti for Dist. 1 Assembly.

Liz Bowen writes biographies, blogs and freelances. Contact her at 530-467-3515.

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