Liz Writes Life
An old-fashioned dance is planned by the Salmon River Snipers on Sat. July 7 in Sawyers Bar. This band is led by Hank and Earlene McBroom, who have been playing for dances “on the river” and elsewhere for more than 50 years. Hank plays the fiddle and Earlene tinkles out honky-tonk-style chords and melody on piano. A second McBroom generation of Dean, Clint and Mitzi have played since they were teens and now grandson Hunter McBroom joins them as well. Many times a few other local musicians add to the Sniper’s sound.
The Snipers will play from 8 p.m. to midnight with hardly a break at the Sawyers Bar Community Center. Tina Bennett said the Salmon River Search and Rescue will hold a fund raiser selling hamburgers and more starting “at the usual time,” which around 6:30 p.m.
Congratulations to Brandon Criss, who won the election for Siskiyou County District 1 Supervisor last week. Because he won with more than 51 percent of the votes, there will be no run-off between Criss and the now lame-duck Supervisor Jim Cook. Criss received a whopping 63 percent of the votes. As the news came in to his campaign headquarters, Criss praised his election committee for its tremendous support.
He said, “I didn’t run the race alone and I can’t be the supervisor alone.” Meaning, he plans on staying “in touch” with the citizens of his district. And I believe he will.
To set the record straight: Many of us are disgusted Jim Cook is claiming that he instigated the legal Coordination process in Siskiyou County. He did not. Yes, he and Marcia Armstrong attended workshops on Coordination with attorney Fred Kelly Grant as far back as 2007, but neither went forward with the process. Well, not until 2011, when Scott Valley Protect Our Water brought Fred Grant here for another series of meetings. Then the Siskiyou County Water Users began demanding the Supervisors use Coordination on the Klamath dam removal issue.
It is difficult to explain all the different nuances that have occurred in trying to get Coordination going correctly. Frustrating, especially when Cook and Armstrong claim they knew about Coordination, but we can prove they have failed miserably to do the process correctly. “Correctly” is the key word.
Other government entities, in the county, are doing it correctly. So it makes one wonder if the supervisors have another game plan?
Speaking of the county supervisors: Leo Bergeron is alleging they violated the law, when they failed to confirm the Republican Central Committee. You see, committee members are elected by Republicans in Siskiyou County. Literally, the supervisors have no say in who is on the committee. When there are not enough Republican candidates to be placed on the ballot, State Election Code leaves it to the county supervisors to acknowledge the political party organization. By law, the supervisors must confirm who the Republicans or Democrats have elected through their county party committees.
Jim Cook complained last week at the supervisor’s meeting about couples serving on the Republican Central Committee and didn’t want to approve them. Ultimately, the board did not confirm the committee tabling the agenda item. Cook specifically cited Brandon and Kerry Criss, who are married.
But this is an about-face for Cook, because on June 8, 2010, Cook moved for the confirmation of party Central Committee members. And he did not complain about Brandon and Kerry Criss serving on the Republican Central Committee then. It also looks like there was a married couple or related individuals on the Democratic Central Committee named Neil Posson and Stephane Posson, who were also unanimously confirmed by the board of supervisors in 2010.
So why the change from 2010? Yes, last Tuesday was Election Day and Cook hadn’t even lost – yet.
Sure was happy it cooled off last week. I was busy with the Tehama County Sheriffs Event that I didn’t even go into the garden for a few days. I did lose two tomato plants from using too much manure, when I planted them. Purchased two small plants and will make a better mixture including potting soil this time.
Over half the potatoes are already sending leaves up. All, but one, strawberry plant made it through the transplanting. One cucumber is up and the cabbages look quite happy. Couldn’t believe the morning glories came up in about 5 days. I had nicked and soaked them ahead of time.
Did have a few frosty mornings in the cooler weather. One night I did cover the plants, but they all seem to be fine.
Need to soak the green beans and get them planted now; and the carrots.
Liz Bowen lives in Callahan, CA. and writes biographies. Check out her websites at: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com