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After occupation, Oregon’s Malheur wildlife refuge is returning to ‘a new normal’

Agriculture, Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, cattle, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs

PNP comment: This article begins in a very biased vein. Also, the cost by the feds on the occupation is extremely high. I don’t believe it! How about writing about how the occupiers are being kept in solitary lockup in jails from Oregon to Nevada and not allowed bail or even attorneys they would like to have represent them? — Editor Liz Bowen

L.A. Times

You can count coots again. Sandhill cranes, too.

You can drive the main refuge road without worrying that somebody with a gun — either an anti-federal militant or an FBI agent — will stop you. You can even walk into the Harney County Courthouse without having to go through a metal detector.

Less than three months after the end of the 41-day armed occupation that made this remote part of eastern Oregon a symbol of tension between the rural West and the federal government, a very welcome spring has arrived. The occupiers are mostly in jail, the Malheur wildlife refuge is mostly open, and the birds — and birders — are back.

“Maybe I’ll see a tundra swan,” said a bashful man with binoculars walking on a golden evening alongside the refuge’s Benson Pond. “But any birds will do.”

Yet as good as it all feels to many people, virtually no one says they expect things to return to the normal they used to know.

“We will not go back to exactly the way it was before,” said Chad Karges, the longtime manager of the refuge. “It will be a new normal.”

For refuge employees, that means ongoing repairs and repainting for the headquarters and visitors center, which are expected to open in late July or early August, although roads are now open in the refuge. It means an even greater emphasis on building relationships with ranchers and other residents who have often been frustrated by the government’s expanding presence in the region. It means making a point to acknowledge the tension and speaking carefully because a criminal investigation is underway that could last for years.

For the nearby town of Burns, it could mean political upheaval.

A recall petition is being circulated to remove the county’s top elected official, Judge Steve Grasty. It is being led by a local man who has accused Grasty of muffling public speech about issues raised during the occupation. Grasty, who refused to allow the occupation leaders use county buildings to hold meetings, had announced his retirement before the militants took over the wildlife compound and demanded it and other federal land be transferred to county control. But his term lasts through this year.

In addition to the recall effort, on May 17, the same day Oregon holds its presidential primary, Harney County will hold a primary to fill Grasty’s seat and others on the county commission. Several candidates were motivated to run by the occupation, which they say raised important issues about the control of public land.

Candidates who have expressed support of the occupiers in some form are running for offices in other Oregon counties and at the state level. Signs supporting Bruce Cuff, who is running for governor with the slogan “Oregon is a sovereign state!” are sprinkled through Harney County.

“Control of federal lands needs to be given to the state of Oregon so the counties to which that land belongs can manage it for the benefit of their citizens,” the Republican says on his website.

Tom Schaefer, who is running for Grasty’s seat, said in an interview last week that he saw the impact of increasing federal regulation while working as a ranch hand across the West for many years and in the fencing business he now runs in Harney County. He acknowledged that he has contracts with the government but said he would be doing better if farmers and ranchers could operate with fewer restrictions.

“The story remains the same wherever you go: The federal government is pushing people off the land; the jobs are just going away,” Schaefer said. “I’m not in any way advocating a takeover of some building or something, but we need to have some push-back instead of just total cooperation. That’s not working.”

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http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sej-oregon-occupation-hangover-20160501-story.html

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Venezuela introduces two-day week to save energy

CORRUPTION

The Telegraph

Venezuela’s socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit South American country.

President Nicolas Maduro had already given most of Venezuela’s 2.8 million state employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption.

“From tomorrow, for at least two weeks, we are going to have Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as non-working days for the public sector,” Mr Maduro said on his weekly television program.

Drought has reduced water levels at Venezuela’s main dam and hydroelectric plant in Guri to near-critical levels. The dam provides for about two-thirds of the nation’s energy needs.

Water shortages and electricity cuts have added to the hardships of Venezuela’s 30 million people, already enduring a brutal recession, shortages of basics from milk to medicines, soaring prices, and long lines at shops.

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Ex-CalPERS chief Buenrostro jailed in Sacrmaento on battery of former girlfriend

JEFFERSON DECLARATION, State gov

Ex-CalPERS chief Buenrostro jailed in Sacramento on battery of former girlfriend

Buenrostro already facing up to 5 years in bribery case

Second battery arrest this year for former CEO

Magistrate previously issued warning, ordered anger management program

Former CalPERS Chief Executive Officer Fred Buenrostro testifies at the Legislature in 2005 on pension issues. John Decker Sacramento Bee file photo.

Monday, 25 April 2016

By Dale Kasler /

dkasler@sacbee.com

The former chief executive of CalPERS, already facing a prison term in the pension fund’s corruption scandal, was arrested in Sacramento over the weekend on charges of committing battery against a former girlfriend.

Fred Buenrostro, due to be sentenced May 18 after pleading guilty to accepting bribes, was being held at the Sacramento County main jail without bail after his arrest by Sacramento police late Saturday on misdemeanor battery and domestic violence charges, according to jail records.

It was the second time this year that Buenrostro, once the CEO of America’s largest public pension fund, was charged with battery. After pleading no contest, he was sentenced in March to complete a treatment program and spend 60 days wearing an electronic ankle bracelet; he was also placed on probation, defense lawyer William Portanova said.

Because he has now violated terms of his probation, Buenrostro will have to serve the rest of the 60-day sentence behind bars, Portanova said. It wasn’t clear how many days are left on that sentence. Nor was it clear whether Buenrostro will be able to appear for sentencing next month in the bribery case in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the lawyer said.

In the federal case, Buenrostro, 66, has been free on bond since he pleaded guilty in 2014 to accepting more than $250,000 in bribes from investment banker Alfred Villalobos, who was seeking investment deals on behalf of his clients.

Buenrostro is expected to receive up to five years in prison in the bribery case. In a separate civil case connected to the scandal, Buenrostro agreed in February to pay the state $250,000 in five annual installments after his release from prison.

In February, following his first battery arrest, a federal magistrate in San Francisco warned Buenrostro that his bail in the bribery matter could be revoked and he could be put behind bars immediately. He was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and anger management classes, according to court records.

“It’s just very unfortunate, and it’s very wrong. It’s just a tragedy,” Portanova said Monday, referring to Buenrostro’s latest legal troubles. “When these things happen, they have to be dealt with head on. There has to be recognition, and there has to be punishment. There has to be modification of future behavior.”

Brad Pacheco, spokesman for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, said the pension fund had no comment on Buenrostro’s arrest.

The battery arrest represents the latest twist in a scandal that’s become increasingly sordid.

Buenrostro, who ran CalPERS from 2002 to 2008, admitted taking sackfuls of cash and other bribes from Villalobos in a scheme to steer several billion dollars in pension investments to Villalobos’ clients in the private equity industry.

Besides the cash, Villalobos took Buenrostro and former CalPERS board member Charles Valdes on an around-the-world junket in 2006 that included stops in Dubai, Hong Kong and Macau, according to a lawsuit filed by state officials. Valdes died in September 2014, a week after he was beaten by his housemate and domestic partner. The partner was charged with battery and elder abuse; authorities ruled that Valdes died of unrelated health issues. Valdes was never charged in the CalPERS case and said he had done nothing wrong.

In January 2015, police said Villalobos shot himself to death at a gun range in Reno, just weeks before he was scheduled to go on trial in San Francisco. Villalobos, who was in poor health, had pleaded not guilty in the bribery scandal.

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Yreka Tea Party Patriots meet 5-3-16

Ray Haupt, Sheriff Jon Lopey, TEA Party

Yreka Tea Party Patriots

Meeting for Tuesday, May 3rd

6:30 PM at the Covenant Chapel Church

200 Greenhorn Rd.   Yreka 

Speaker:

Sheriff Jon Lopey

June Siskiyou County Ballot

Measure S..

1/2 cent sales tax for a new jail

and

Measures T and U

Marijuana Ordinance: cultivation and enforcement.

Free….Contact Louise for more information at 530-842-5443

Supervisor Ray Haupt was our speaker last Tuesday on the County’s Marijuana ordinance which was adopted in December of 2015.  This ordinance is being challenged by Measures T and U.  If you want this ordinance to remain in place then vote Yes on T and U. 

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Spring prescribed burns planned in KNF

Forestry & USFS

Klamath National Forest

April 29, 2016

YREKA, CA – The USDA Forest Service announced plans for upcoming prescribed burns.  Prescribed fire is an important tool to reduce hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems, and help protect communities within the wildland urban interface.

Throughout the winter and early spring, fire personnel on the Klamath National Forest have been engaged in pile burning of forest vegetation removed as a result of understory thinning. In the spring, when the snow melts but fire danger remains low, fuel reduction work transitions from pile burning to spring underburns. Underburns use low to moderate intensity fire through vegetation and woody debris on the forest floor. In addition to reducing the severity of future wildfires and protecting local communities, the burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest and improve habitat for wildlife.

Eight general areas have been identified for spring prescribed burns, across all the ranger districts of the Klamath National Forest. Whether or not the burns occur this spring will depend on local conditions, such as fuel moisture, weather forecast, and the availability of resources.

The Goosenest Ranger District is planning three understory burns.  These include 1,019 acres near Tennant, 673 acres near Lookout Butte, and 293 acres near First Creek and Little Deer Mountain.

One prescribed underburn is planned on the Scott River Ranger District.  Firefighters hope to burn up to 240 acres at Scott Bar Mountain, between Jones Beach and Bridge Flat Campground.

Three prescribed burns are planned on the Salmon River Ranger District.  Up to 1,700 acres may be burned north of Sawyers Bar on the south face of Tanner’s Peak.  The nearby Salmon Salvage Prescribed Fire project includes another 339 acres in Kelly Gulch and 67 acres near Specimen Creek.

One small controlled burn is planned on the Happy Camp Ranger District.  Up to three acres may be underburned at West Branch Campground.  An objective of this project is to promote habitat for bear grass.

On the Oak Knoll District the Forest Service is planning 180 acres of pile burning near the community of Hamburg.  Another 10 acres of piles may be burned as part of the Dutch Dog project, near the community of Klamath River.

All prescribed fire projects will be conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel, and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.

Visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. Some spur roads near the burn areas may be inaccessible during operations. As a result of the burns, some residents and visitors may see or smell smoke. They may also witness glowing from the fires at night. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.

Specific dates for these prescribed burns will be announced when weather conditions appears favorable, usually within one week of ignition.  Current information will be posted on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page and on Twitter.  A map showing all the planned burns is available on the Klamath National Forest web page.

For additional information, please contact Josh Schmalenberger on the Scott River Ranger District at 530-468-5351, Ron McEwen on the Salmon River Ranger District at 530-468-1270, Matt Watson on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger Districts at 530-465-1520, and Brandon Dethlefs on the Goosenest Ranger District at 530-398-5727.

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SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO TRAIN MISHAP

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

April 29, 2016

            On Friday, April 29, 2016, at about 6:25 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) units received a report of a train derailment one mile north of the Shasta Retreat.  The location is west of Hedge Creek Falls and about a mile north of Simpson Avenue in the  North Dunsmuir area.  According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The preliminary reports indicate a Union Pacific train derailed west of the Sacramento River in the North Dunsmuir area.  Reports indicate there are eight empty train cars involved in the mishap and there are no reported injuries, no reported release of hazardous materials, and no reported impact to the nearby Sacramento River.”

           SCSO, Union Pacific, Dunsmuir Fire Department, and other first responders are on-scene assessing the situation.  All non-responder citizens are asked to stay out of the area while response crews conduct business to clear the scene at the earliest possible opportunity.  Reports related to the incident may be directed to the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center phone number of (530) 841-2900.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves R-CALF USA’s Request to Investigate Cattle Price Collapse

cattle, Congress - Senate

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves R-CALF USA’s Request to Investigate Cattle Price Collapse

Posted by R-Calf USA on

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 @ 4:33PM

Billings, Mont. – In response to R-CALF USA’s January request, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week requested the Comptroller General of the United States to use his agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to initiate an investigation into the 2015 cattle price collapse.

In a letter signed by the chairman and ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), respectively, along with the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), respectively, the GAO is asked to investigate the cause of the sudden 15.1 percent drop in fed cattle prices that occurred during the latter half of 2015.

“We are pleased the Judiciary Committee agrees that the evidence we provided regarding the dysfunctionality of our fed cattle market warrants a careful investigation into the current structure of our industry and our industry’s susceptibility to anticompetitive practices,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.

The Judiciary Committee’s letter specifically requested the GAO to conduct “a review of the structure of the market and of any possible anticompetitive conduct.”

According to the agency’s Website, the GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency often called the ‘government watchdog’ because it investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The Comptroller General of the United States, who heads the GAO, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

“This is our last best chance to stop the chickenization of our cattle industry,” said Bullard, referring to the vertically integrated structure of the U.S. chicken industry that is under the complete control of large, corporate meatpackers.

“We don’t want our cattle industry to follow the chicken industry’s path and the only way to reverse our present trajectory towards it is to defend and protect competition in our cattle markets,” he added.

In 2010 the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice held joint hearings across the country during which both agencies indicated they would begin protecting competition in livestock markets by enforcing antitrust laws and the Packers and Stockyards Act, which prohibits anticompetitive conduct. However, no such actions have been initiated by either agency.

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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the United States. It is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-25

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Man found dead near Happy Camp is identified

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IDENTIFIES DECEASED MAN

 April 27, 2016

 On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at about 2:26 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to the scene of a reported dead body, which was located near a rural hillside trail in vicinity of East Fork Road (USFS Road 18N13) in the area of nearby Indian Creek Road (6800 block) in the Happy Camp area.  Responding SCSO and California Highway Patrol (CHP) units located a deceased male adult at the location.  SCSO field and detective units initiated an investigation, which is still underway.  The cause and manner of death are still pending the outcome of the SCSO Major Crimes Unit investigation and an autopsy will be conducted on May 2, 2016.   The deceased male adult has been identified by the SCSO’s Chief Deputy Coroner as Mr. Adam Michael Abbey, 30, of Cave Junction Oregon.  Mr. Abbey was discovered on the trail by nearby residents while they reportedly were in the area checking a water line.

On Monday, April 11, 2016, the CHP recovered a stolen vehicle in the nearby area.  The investigating CHP officer previously observed the vehicle being operated on a nearby roadway and shortly afterwards located the vehicle abandoned on East Fork Road.  It was occupied by at least two persons when first observed.  The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of Grants Pass, Oregon.   SCSO detectives are working with the CHP and Grants Pass, Oregon police authorities to determine if the stolen vehicle and CHP incident are linked to the deceased man, Mr. Abbey.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This case is still under investigation.  There is no evidence of foul play in this case but the cause and manner of death have not been determined, pending the completion of our investigation and we must analyze the results of the autopsy, which has not been completed.  We extend our condolences and prayers to the family of Mr. Abbey.  Anyone with information about Mr. Abbey’s activities in the days and weeks prior to the recovery of his body is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”CPCHP

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Liz Writes Life 4-26-16

Liz Writes Life

April 26, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Lots going on this week.

POW meeting

Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey will be the key speaker at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday, April 28, 2016. Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, Mark Baird and Erin Ryan, from Congressman LaMalfa’s office, will also share important issues. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

Topics include the marijuana initiative that is on the June 7 Primary Election Ballot; the new attorney Larry Kogan, who is working on the Klamath water issues; and CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 1602 Permit.

Dance

The REC in Fort Jones is holding its monthly live band dance with “The ‘B’ Side” on Friday, April 29th from 8 to 11 p.m. Pizza and beer is available for social hour at 5 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.

Taco Feed

Remember the Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a Taco dinner Friday, April 29 in Callahan from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s a fundraiser for the Grange!

Country music

Ramblin Jack Elliot, a two-time Grammy winner, will be playing at the Yreka Community Theater on Friday, April 29th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Carl Schwindeman and Bill Lachennayer will open for Jack.

Rodeo

Rodeo weekend in Etna kicks-off with the California High School Rodeo Finals for Northern California on April 29-30 at the Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo grounds on Island Road. Admission is free to the High School Championship Rodeo starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

A Rodeo Round-Up Barbecue will be held at 6 p.m. at Dotty’s with live music and dancing. Get your tickets at Dotty’s. The Etna Rodeo Parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and Cowboy Church with Pastor Drew Travis at 11-ish at the softball field.

At 1 p.m., kids events of Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Riding starts the 68th Annual Pleasure Park Rodeo. There will be a new format for the popular Wild Saddle Cow Riding with a “show down” for the fastest times to compete for champion buckles and a chance to compete at the 2016 Siskiyou Golden Fair Championship in August.

Garden

Sure was embarrassed on Saturday morning, when we woke to white frost and 30 degrees. Earlier in the week, Jack planted two Armenian cucumber plants that friends gave us. They were nearly two feet long and the temps were so warm, we decided to plant them. They transplanted well, but we didn’t cover them Friday night after those rains. Well, the good news is that the frost must not have been long enough, because they made it. One leaf is burned. That’s all. Whew! That’s the problem with trying to get gardens started in April and May in Scott Valley. You never know when freezing temps will hit.

Attorney

A newly-hired attorney is bringing a passionate level of ability to the Klamath water issue. Larry Kogan was hired by the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) over in the Klamath Falls-Tulelake area of the Klamath Project. KID needs to replace the worn-out flume, which supports the C-Canal that provides water to over 53,000 acres of farmland. KID farmers are under the Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Project and needed to sign a contract with the BOR Director Therese O’Rourke Bradford regarding the costly project. Unfortunately, the BOR director was driving a hard-bargain with demands that couldn’t be met by the farmers; then threatening to shut-off all of their irrigation water. Bradford would not negotiate. So KID hired Kogan to remedy the situation. This all happened in the past two months.

Luckily, California Congressman Doug LaMalfa also became involved to support farmers in his district. Water from KID irrigates fields in Tulelake area. His field rep Erin Ryan attended several meetings with Kogan and is up-to-speed on the situation. Last Thursday, Erin and Mark Spanagle, who also works for the congressman, attended a BOR meeting in Sacramento with Kogan. Erin reports that the meeting was more than interesting and is quite impressed with Kogan, who also met with the BOR Pacific Regional Director explaining Klamath BOR’s demands were unacceptable.

Shockingly, on Friday, the Klamath BOR office announced that its Director Therese O’Rourke Bradford was leaving her post! Wow, I guess Kogan and the congressman’s staff were able to show the Pacific Regional Director the error of Bradford’s ways. I have never seen a federal agency make a move so fast.

Erin said she is pleased over the situation, because KID should now be able to negotiate a contract that will be in line with the 1956 and 1983 contracts. More is going on behind the scenes and Erin will explain at the Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday.

Remember, BOR established the Klamath Project specifically to grow food to feed America. For the first 80 years of the project, BOR was a friend to the up to 1,400 farmers in the 225,000 acre land reclamation. Now, as a federal agency, its new goal seems to be to destroy agriculture. Go figure!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 4-19-16

Liz Writes Life

April 19, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Dam rally

It certainly was exciting for so many dam supporters to show up to the rally last Tuesday. We had close to 200 people standing on the Siskiyou Co. Courthouse steps for the photo-op, including county supervisors Grace Bennett and Ray Haupt. Those in the front row held the banner that stated: We the People of the State of Jefferson hereby declare the premise and signing of the Klamath Hydro Settlement Agreement to be invalid. We dispute the authority of the signers, the integrity of the science and the promised benefits of dam removal. In the creation of the KHSA, public input was prevented, congress and county supervisors were circumvented and the true stakeholders were ultimately silenced. Let it be known on this 12th day of April 2016 that common sense has been restored. We the undersigned declare that the Klamath Dams will not be removed!!!

Yep, it was a spoof. We mocked California and Oregon governors that signed the newest agreement. But we believe that our “agreement” holds as much water as the dignitaries’ does. A big “thank you” goes to Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, for coming up with the idea. She did so with the congressman’s blessing. Hooray for our congressman and his great staff who are working so hard to help save the Klamath dams!

Taco Feed

On Friday, April 29th the Mt. Bolivar Grange, in Callahan, will hold a taco dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 individual or $20 a family. This is in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Callahan Emporium under new ownership. I’ve heard there will be a band or two playing at the saloon on Friday night. So, there will be lots of excitement in Callahan.

POW meeting

Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey is the key speaker for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center.

Snowpack report

The April 1st report of the snowpack in Western Siskiyou County and Eastern Shasta Valley were not as bad as I thought it would be. The mountain areas surrounding Scott Valley averaged around 90 percent of the average with a very high water content of 97 percent average.

To the East, the Goosenest Ranger District boasted a bit above average with 51.7 inches measured, when the average was 49 inches. It also had a high water content of 130 percent of average! Last year, this same spot that is measured in Goosenest did not have any snow. It was dry as a bone.

The surveys are conducted by employees of the Klamath National Forest the first of Feb., March, April and May on specific sites that have been monitored for years. The oldest is Middle Boulder 1 southwest of Mt. Bolivar, which dates back to 1946 and is 6,600 feet in elevation. The average snowpack is 71.4 inches for April 1. This year it measured 68.4 inches. Last year, it measured 1.3 inches of snow.

This year, Box Camp in the Marbles showed the most snow at 107 inches with an average of 87.2 inches at the 6,440 foot elevation. Box Camp has been measured since 1978. Last year it measured 1.2 inches of snow!

Swampy John above Etna on Salmon Mt. boasted 88 percent of average at the 5,500 foot elevation with 70.3 inches compared to an 80-inch average. Last year, no snow was measured at Swampy John. At least, there is a decent amount of snow at our higher levels this year. Whew!

Garden

Boy, it did warm up on Sunday. On Saturday, I planted two kinds of lettuce and spinach, so I expect a good germination! The asparagus is growing and Jack brought in a handful. I ate half of them raw. We did break out the barbecue to cook some chicken and he threw the rest of the asparagus on the grill. I put a dab of olive oil on them and it was pretty darned good.

Sure do wish I had insight on how many frosts we will get in May. Most of us are probably itching to plant stuff that could get hammered with a late May or June frost. Oh, the challenges of gardening in Scott Valley!

Bundy

We have been learning that the Bundys and those that were arrested with them in February have not been treated well in jail. Ammon told the judge during a hearing last week that he was handcuffed for 23 hours and not fed when he was first incarcerated. Several weeks ago, the wife of one of the other protesters reported her husband was handcuffed, beaten and left in a cell for two days. From what I can learn, it looks like the Bundys and compatriots are still being kept in isolation, although most have been taken from Portland, Oregon to detention centers in Nevada.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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