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Debbie Bacigalupi is hosting a new internet radio show every Wednesday morning

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Listeners of RADIO ACTIVE WEDNESDAY(s),

10 a.m.

This week’s RAW Radio guests:  JEANETTE FINICUM (widow of FBI-murdered LaVoy Finicum (Arizona rancher)) and DANIEL JOHNSON (founder of People Against the National Defense Authorization Act, Tax Revolution Institute, and We Do Better)

Last week (10/11/17), we kicked off our first LIVE RAW radio show with Technocracy.News founder, Patrick Wood – author, speaker, and leading researcher on Technocracy.  We set the stage for all RADIO ACTIVE WEDNESDAY (RAW) shows: BIG agendas are afoot to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” where “no one will be left behind.”  According to Executive Order 12852 (the President’s Council on Sustainable Development) a “major shift” in the 21st century will require “a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced” demanding “that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.”  Said another way: We are living in a collectivist, Technocratic state – a scientific dictatorship where dominating and controlling all of earth’s resources is the global elitists’ goal and mob-rule is energetically chipping away at individual freedom, liberty, private property rights, and natural law.

Join us Wednesday (10/18, 8-10AM PST) as guests JEANETTE FINICUM and DANIEL JOHNSON expose more information about this “fundamental transformation.”  Along our Wednesday journey, we will find out why Jeanette’s ranching husband (LaVoy) was murdered, why Jeanette was secretly followed by Federal agents who branded her as “the wife of a sovereign citizen terrorist,” and the ongoing investigation about LaVoy’s unjust death.  With Daniel Johnson’s expertise of the Patriot Act, we will reveal the government’s intention for branding US Citizens (like LaVoy) as terrorists.  We will see how events turn into government propaganda tools to chip away our freedoms.  In the second hour, Daniel will discuss what’s going on with tax reform and how WE THE PEOPLE don’t need government for SOLUTIONS…WE ARE THE SOLUTION!

Note:  Wednesday’s RAW program will build upon the Connect The Dots with Dan Happel show (Tuesday, 10/17, 8-10AM PST), which will discuss the Patriot Act as a result of 9-11.

About the 10/18 RAW guests:

JEANETTE FINICUM is the brave widow of FBI-murdered LaVoy Finicum – a Northern Arizona Rancher who loved nothing more in life than God, family, and freedom.  In January, 2016, he traveled to the Malheur Refuge in Oregon to take a stand with the Bundys over the Federal Government’s land acquisitions and ongoing aggressive actions pertaining to public and private land, water, and the Endangered Species Act.  Before Jeanette’s husband was murdered in cold blood on January 26, 2016 (the day before his 55th birthday) he dealt with years of ongoing aggression from the Bureau of Land Management.  LaVoy’s wrongful murder is left unresolved and Jeanette wants answers and justice for her husband and family.  Her message: this can happen to anyone…even a faith-loving husband, father to 11 children, 19 grandchildren, who never even got a speeding ticket.  The Finicum Family website: https://www.onecowboystandforfreedom.com

DANIEL JOHNSON is a brilliant, young, home-schooled activist who at age 18 founded the largest grassroots organization to expose and create legislation against the National Defense Authorization Act.  Dan is the founder of We Do Better, a brand new, solutions-oriented organization that “promotes freedom and well-being of all Americans by maximizing the quality and accessibility of public services and accountability in their provision.”  Prior to founding We Do Better, Dan founded the Tax Revolution Institute and People Against the NDAA (PANDA), which he grew into one of the largest civil liberties movements in America, and served as President of the Solutions Institute, an activist training center. He has written for over a dozen news outlets, including the Huffington Post, frequently speaks at major events around the country, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows.


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About the RAW host:

Debbie Bacigalupi (the daughter of 5th generation Californian cattle ranchers) is an in-demand educational speaker and radio show guest throughout the west.  Because of her love for animals, wildlife, the great outdoors, ranch life and freedom, Debbie’s areas of focus are exposing the impacts of UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, H.Con.Res 353 (Pelosi), Executive Order 12853 (The Presidents Council on Sustainable Development), the 2030 Agenda, Cap and Trade, property rights and water rights, dam destruction, “conservation”, the Endangered Species Act, and other related issues.  She also teaches a government class to college students and Ag in the Classroom to elementary students.

Ms. Bacigalupi attends many conferences to gain first-hand knowledge on environmental agendas including the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, COP21 (the 2015 UN Paris Climate Change Conference), Navigating the American Carbon World on Cap and Trade, the Western Governors Association Crucial Habitat Conferences, and many Fish and Wildlife meetings and hearings on the Endangered Species Act.

Debbie co-produced Blue and inspired timely documentaries like No Water No Farmer No Food and Wolves in Government Clothing – all focusing on how aggressive environmental policy is harming rural America.  Additionally, she co-produced the first Red Pill Expo with G. Edward Griffin (researcher, educator, speaker, filmmaker, and author of Creature from Jekyll Island and a World Without Cancer).

Discouraged by the erosion of rural America, she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.  Ms. Bacigalupi holds a BS degree in Business and a Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Meeting Professional and Sommelier.

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RADIO ACTIVE WEDNESDAY is a weekly 2-hour LIVE, call-in program from 8am-10amPST.  With exciting, expert guests who all have a passion for truth, we explore and expose Agendas that lead to a disturbing BIG PICTURE in the 21st Century … a future that will impact every aspect of our lives (from health to wealth and everything in between) with “no one left behind.”  It’s an already-planned future with MACRO effects worthy of the attention of ALL people.  ALL!

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Joe McNeil, the Founder and Operations Manager of the Micro Effect Radio Network, has spent the past decade+ building a network of over 1,000 low power FM affiliates around America with great potential for expansion of listenership around the world to challenge spotty, questionable, fabricated, cover-up news of the mainstream and cable behemoths.   The Micro Effect is an internet radio network dedicated to bringing you information that is typically hidden or avoided on lame-stream media over a free internet radio stream. We broadcast live Monday-Saturday and provide internet radio free of charge for our listeners.


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This Alaska teen’s biggest catch was a 57-foot whale. Animal-rights activists didn’t like it. He’s not backing down.



Author: Lisa Demer

He sat on stage, the governor on one side, the lieutenant governor on the other, his parents at the end, and he told a story bigger than the conference room, a story of a life on the wild lands and in the rough seas.

Chris Apassingok of Gambell on Monday told how he helped catch a massive bowhead whale in April when he was 16, and how radical animal-rights activists went after him and his family. The whale changed their world. But the critics won’t change how he lives, he told the First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference, a precursor to the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

Agragiighuunga,” he said at the start of his conference keynote speech, speaking in St. Lawrence Island Yupik, then in English. He started with his Yupik name. “I am Agragiiq. Chris Apassingok.”

He told how he started hunting seals at age 7, where his favorite nengki or seal blind is, how climate change is affecting hunts in the Bering Sea.

He wore a ceremonial hat of polar bear fur and seal that an auntie gave him and a new qaspeq with an appliqued bowhead that his mother special-ordered from a seamstress in Nome. As he read his speech, elders, youths and chaperones at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center interrupted with applause time and again.

Apassingok is 17 now, a high school junior in Gambell.

“The great land and ocean provide us with whales, walrus, a few kinds of seals, all kinds of birds, reindeer that has been on our island for over 100 years,” Apassingok said. He spoke of greens and roots, berries and wash-ashore seafoods, small invertebrates they call tepaq.

He started going out with hunters when he was just 3.

When he was very small, the men hunted whales from boats made of walrus skin and outfitted with sails.

In the quiet of a Bering Sea sailboat, hunters could sneak up on bowheads.
“We used to easily catch whales,” he said. They never had to travel far, not more than 10 miles from shore.

Then the climate started to change. Ice moved away from shore. A layer of thin ice would form over open water leads, damaging skin boats. And when the ice moved all the way out, seas were too rough for sailing. The last time men went whaling in skin boats was seven and a half years ago, he said.

“There is no more thick ice that comes around,” he said, no more shore ice called tuvaq.

Now hunters go out in aluminum boats with noisy high-powered motors. Men must go far to find whales and walruses too. This spring, walrus hunters boated in their 18-foot open skiffs 134 miles from Gambell.

“It is becoming windier. There aren’t as much calm days anymore. Storms are becoming more intense,” he said. “I am hoping things will be better.”

In his village, children practice hunting with mice and small birds, then move up to squirrels and shorebirds and on up until they are able to hunt the biggest animals, polar bears, or nanuq, and bowhead, or aghveq. It’s like being in preschool and eventually graduating high school. Five years ago, he got his first polar bear.

He’s been in tight spots. That time the clamps came off the boat motor, and his uncle held onto it by the steering shaft. That time the boat motor failed in the middle of hundreds of walruses and an uncle arrived with a backup. That time the motor scraped rocks on the bottom and he and his cousin had to camp out for two nights until search and rescue brought a motor from Savoonga.

His elders taught him that hardships happen, and never to be discouraged.
On April 17, he was with his father boating. They got a bearded seal and were butchering it when someone spotted a spouting bowhead.

“Not long after the chase, I struck the whale,” said Apassingok, who has been a striker throwing the bomb-rigged harpoon since age 15. That time his harpoon didn’t stick — “it mekguut,” the word for when a harpoon falls out. Another young whaler harpooned the whale. And in five minutes, he said, the whale was finished.

It took two hours to tow it to shore, four days to butcher it. The animal was massive, 57 feet, 11 inches, he said. Some said it could have been 200 years old.
An anti-whaling activist, Paul Watson, saw a story on the hunt and went after Apassingok on Facebook. Hundreds joined in, threatening Apassingok and sending him personal messages on Facebook.



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Administrator Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA “Sue & Settle”

Clean Water ACT - EPA

“The days of regulation through litigation are over,” – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.


Contact Information: 

EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov )

WASHINGTON (October 16, 2017) – In fulfilling his promise to end the practice of regulation through litigation that has harmed the American public, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an Agency-wide directive today designed to end “sue and settle” practices within the Agency, providing an unprecedented level of public participation and transparency in EPA consent decrees and settlement agreements.

“The days of regulation through litigation are over,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.  “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.”

Over the years, outside the regulatory process, special interest groups have used lawsuits that seek to force federal agencies – especially EPA – to issue regulations that advance their interests and priorities, on their specified timeframe.  EPA gets sued by an outside party that is asking the court to compel the Agency to take certain steps, either through change in a statutory duty or enforcing timelines set by the law, and then EPA will acquiesce through a consent decree or settlement agreement, affecting the Agency’s obligations under the statute.

More specifically, EPA either commits to taking an action that is not a mandatory requirement under its governing statutes or agrees to a specific, unreasonable timeline to act.  Oftentimes, these agreements are reached with little to no public input or transparency. That is regulation through litigation, and it is inconsistent with the authority that Congress has granted and the responsibility to operate in an open and fair manner.

“Sue and settle” cases establish Agency obligations without participation by states and/or the regulated community; foreclose meaningful public participation in rulemaking; effectively force the Agency to reach certain regulatory outcomes; and, cost the American taxpayer millions of dollars.

With today’s directive, Administrator Pruitt is ensuring the Agency increase transparency, improve public engagement, and provide accountability to the American public when considering a settlement agreement or consent decree by:

  1. Publishing any notices of intent to sue the Agency within 15 days of receiving the notice;

  2. Publishing any complaints or petitions for review in regard to an environmental law, regulation, or rule in which the Agency is a defendant or respondent in federal court within 15 days of receipt;

  3. Reaching out to and including any states and/or regulated entities affected by potential settlements or consent decrees;

  4. Publishing a list of consent decrees and settlement agreements that govern Agency actions within 30 days, along with any attorney fees paid, and update it within 15 days of any new consent decree or settlement agreement;

  5. Expressly forbidding the practice of entering into any consent decrees that exceed the authority of the courts;

  6. Excluding attorney’s fees and litigation costs when settling with those suing the Agency;

  7. Providing sufficient time to issue or modify proposed and final rules, take and consider public comment; and

  8. Publishing any proposed or modified consent decrees and settlements for 30-day public comment, and providing a public hearing on a proposed consent decree or settlement when requested.

The full directive and memo can be read here.

The video of the signing can be found here. A downloadable b-roll version can be found

Administrator Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA "Sue & Settle"EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signs an Agency-wide directive to end “sue and settle” practices within the Agency.

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California needs to improve, expand and build new dams for water storage

Agriculture - California, Water, Resources & Quality

Capturing Floodwaters in Wet Years Could Help California Survive Drought Years

Scientific American

Empty reservoirs and brown lawns created a subconscious drumbeat: scarcity, scarcity, scarcity. The fear was palpable: Can we continue to live here? Can we support new residents? Should we continue to grow food for the world? The deluges first brought relief, then growing unease. But California water managers, still traumatized by the years of want, saw opportunity. They wondered: Can we capture all this extra water and save it for the next drought?

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Key vote on Jerry Brown’s $17 BILLION Delta tunnels project is today in San Jose

Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality

Key vote on Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels project Tuesday in San Jose

San Jose Mercury News

In its most far-reaching decision in more than 50 years, Silicon Valley’s largest water provider will vote Tuesday on whether to embrace or reject Gov. Jerry Brown’ s $17 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District, based in San Jose, is considering contributing at least $620 million to the project — more than $1 billion when financing costs are included. The vote could shape whether the project is ever built or if it is reduced in size.

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Dahle Bill To Expand Rural Broadband Access Signed Into Law

Assembly - California districts

October 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle (Bieber) announced that his bill to expand high-speed internet access in rural California was signed into law. Assembly Bill 1665 will strengthen the California Advanced Services Fund, which supports modern communications infrastructure in underserved areas.

“For too long, rural Californians haven’t had the same internet options the rest of the state enjoys,” said Dahle. “This bill will help close that gap and connect more people to the internet’s healthcare, education, and employment resources.”

AB 1665 sets a goal of providing broadband access to 98 percent of California households. To reach that goal, the California Public Utilities Commission will work with internet providers and communities to fund cost-effective projects to expand high-speed internet options.

Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle serves the 1st district.


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Great prime rib dinner last night!

Klamath River & Dams, Rich Marshall, Siskiyou County, Siskiyou Water Users Assoc, Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality, Zinke - DOI Sec 2017

The fundraiser dinner sponsored by the Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc. was so good!  Grill Master Dave Tyler did an awesome job on the prime rib, Kathy Tyler and the ladies made three fabulous salads and the potato casserole was scrumptious! There was such a good turn out of about 200 people that they ran out of prime rib. Yep, bummer.

Richard Marshall, president of Siskiyou Water Users, kept the meeting rolling as MC.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his rep. Erin Ryan were there. Doug was ripping angry at Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Alan Mikkelsen, and he asked us to write letters — right there — to DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to support saving the four hydro-electric Klamath dams.

Mikkelsen was quoted in the Sacramento Bee last Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 that the BOR would not stand in the way of the non-profit groups and TRIBES that want the dams out. What???? His boss, Secretary Zinke, has been quoted saying that dams shouldn’t be destroyed — they should be built. So which is it?

Or has Mikkelsen made a deal with the Devil!!!

Congressman LaMalfa got us — the audience — on video proclaiming the dams must stay.

Then two different attorneys offered their suggestions on the situation. James Buchal and Larry Kogan have fought ESA and water battles for decades. Some ideas are a bit different.

The Silent Auction was a hit with lots to choose from.

Thank you to all who attended and support SAVING the KLAMATH DAMS !!!!

— Editor Liz Bowen

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Save the dams fundraiser is tonight! 10-14-17

Klamath River & Dams, Siskiyou Water Users Assoc

Save our Klamath dams

Prime Rib Dinner

by grill master Dave Tyler

Fund raiser

October 14, 2017

Winema Hall, fairgrounds

Yreka, CA

Doors open 5 p.m. dinner at 6 p.m.

$30 per person


James Buchal, author of “The Great Salmon Hoax”

Attorney Larry Kogan will discuss current situation

Get your tickets:  Call Louise Gliatto 530-842-5443


Hosted by Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc.

You can still buy tickets at the door or call Louise for “will call”

Hope to see you there

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine

Comment from Louise Gliatto:  I was so proud of our County Supervisor’s performance at the special Board  meeting held at the fair grounds on Tuesday evening.  They did an awesome job.

A big thank you to all who took time out from your busy lives and missed dinner to attend this meeting.  I was especially proud of the Siskiyou residents who were so articulate and passionate about keeping our dams

 It appeared that we were not heard by Alan Mikkelsen Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner who had his nose buried in his computer the whole time during public comment.  He didn’t even look up when he was called out to “pay attention” by several of the members of the public when they made their presentations.  Actually, his pompous attitude was a “gift from God” because he angered so many people who had been fence sitting up until that night.  I had so many phone calls from  folks who told me their eyes are now open and they are ready to get involved because of this bureaucrat’s condescending attitude and apparent lack of knowledge of the salmon and our dams.

We were all aware that  the Klamath River Renewal Corporation representatives were at this meeting because they are doing damage control.  It didn’t matter what we thought or said as the “fix” was in.  Take heart..your testimony did not fall on deaf ears.  Your testimonies helped educate the 200 or so people that were in attendance that night.  Let’s show that Pompous Ass from the department of Interior that Siskiyou county is not about to roll over and play dead!

The Siskiyou Water Users need your continued support as we cannot wage these battles alone.  You can show you support by attending this important fund raiser.  If you cannot  attend then consider becoming a member and/or send a donation.


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Record Number of Drug Raids Target Illicit Marijuana Operations

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report


 October 11, 2017

 The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) released the latest statistical data on illicit drug seizures made during 2017 and during last week.  Operating primarily on private property using search warrants, the Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team (SIMIT) conducted a record number of counter-drug operations during the week of October 8 – 14, 2017.  36 search warrants were served primarily in Mt. Shasta Vista and Mt. Shasta Forest, targeting large cannabis cultivations sites in those areas.  This raises the total number of search warrant operations initiated by SIMIT to 139 and more are planned this week.  During last week, SIMIT seized over 3700 illegal cannabis plants and a large quantity of processed marijuana.  SIMIT is serving search warrants as a team with additional assistance from the local, state, and sometimes federal level.  Last week, a record number of search warrants were served, largely due to the additional support.  One strategy that has proved successful is the team effort between SIMIT, Siskiyou County Public Works, and Code Enforcement Officers from the Planning Department.  Code Enforcement Officers are focusing their efforts on illegal structures, Porta-Potties, water treatment/septic problems, well issues, fencing, generators, and other ordinance related violations.  Public Works is providing exceptional support by providing dump trucks and a backhoe to help haul the large, mature cannabis plants being encountered by team members.

On highway seizures of illegal cannabis continue to be made with four large seizures made from vehicles traveling local highways in recent weeks.

During 2017, SIMIT has conducted counter-drug operation in various areas of Siskiyou County, mostly in Shasta Vista, Klamath River Country Estates (KRCE) in the Hornbrook area; Weed, Lake Shastina, Montague, Big Springs, Mt. Shasta Forest, Mt. Shasta, and Iron Gate (Copco Lake area), seizing approximately 25,166 illegal plants and 6,407 pounds of processed cannabis.  During those private property drug raids, 23 firearms were seized; two water trucks impounded, and a number of arrests made.  Seven additional search warrants were served by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in partnership with SCSO, SIMIT, the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team (SUMIT), and the North State Major Investigation Team (NSMIT).  During 2017, SIMIT has also seized three flammable and dangerous THC extraction or “BHO” labs (concentrated cannabis).  During the counter-drug operations, a number of greenhouses, growing nurseries, outdoor cultivation sites, and two indoor illicit cannabis grows were eradicated.   111 criminal cases are being prepared for submission to the Siskiyou County District Attorney.

The illicit cannabis plants seized by SIMIT (25,166) are worth an estimated $301,992,000.00 on the retail drug market with a three pound per plant yield.  The processed cannabis (6,407 pounds) is estimated to be worth at least $25,628,000.00 on the illegal retail drug market.  According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are still seeing large-scale illicit cannabis grow sites in many county areas and these recent operations prove there is still a large-scale effort by many illegal growers to violate the law and existing county guidelines, which do not permit more than 12 medical cannabis plants.  These 12 plants are required to be grown in an approved indoor structure.  There is also mounting evidence of large-scale, organized crime efforts to finance the numerous illicit grow sites that have been observed or eradicated. The number of plants have typically ranged from 99 illegal plants to a high of 2,985 plants on single parcels.

  The SCSO and the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office formed SIMIT during 2016 and the team has assumed the primary mission of enforcing drug-related laws and the county’s marijuana ordinance on private property.  The difference between this and last year is the fact the team is getting an early start on enforcing violations of cannabis cultivation laws and the corresponding county ordinance.

Thus far during 2017 and during the previous year, SIMIT investigators have encountered environmental damage inflicted by growers, including downed trees, garbage, raw sewage, illegal water diversions, chemicals and fertilizers used in cultivation sites, and other adverse impacts.  Illegal campfires on land parcels have been detected along with a number of fire hazards associated with debris piles, fuels, and hazardous substances.  CAL FIRE law enforcement officers have cited many fire hazard-related violations during several counter-drug operations.  According to Sheriff Lopey, “Last week we encountered some conditions during our search warrant operations that reinforce the fact that environmental damage and fire hazards are particularly common in many of these illicit grow sites.”

According to Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, “Major impacts of these illegal marijuana cultivation sites also include but are not limited to open camp fires, improper grading, human waste, run-off sentiment, nutrients and fertilizers leaching into the soil and watershed; improper site development, illegal road construction, run-off into streams, rivers, and lakes, illegal stream bed alternations, water thefts, and other public health and environmental concerns that adversely impact water quality and natural habitats, potentially harmful to birds, fish, other animals.”

It is important to note that it is estimated these illegal, outdoor marijuana sites, on private property alone, are expending up to 3 million gallons of water a day.  According to Sheriff Lopey, “I would also like to remind my fellow citizens that we are not seeking enforcement against legitimate medical marijuana users or recreational growers in compliance with recently-passed Proposition 64, as long as those citizens comply with the law.  Under Prop 64 or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, recreational adult users of cannabis may possess up to six plants and 28.5 grams of processed marijuana.”

Another task force, the California Department of Justice-led North State Major Investigation Team (NSMIT), a regional team working with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and other federal, state, and local agencies, is tasked with curtailing illegal marijuana grow sites on public lands.  NSMIT, including a detective sergeant from SCSO, is investigating illicit cannabis cultivation sites on public land (mostly USFS) areas of Siskiyou County and additional counter-drug enforcement operations are planned in the near future.  NSMIT has also detected hazardous chemicals that threaten the environment in public land grows during their productive 2016 enforcement season.  NSMIT worked with the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), a federal, state, and local team that conducted a series of drug raids in public land areas within the last month and most recently, remote areas of the Klamath National Forest.  To date, about 106,061 illegal cannabis plants have been eradicated and several arrests made. The plants seized, based on a three pound yield, could have resulted in about $1,272,732,000.00 ($1.3 billion) in illicit retail drug proceeds on the streets.  NSMIT has seized 5,650 pounds of processed cannabis and 10 suspects have been arrested.  The 5,650 in processed cannabis prepared for sale can garner about $22.5 million on the retail drug market.

Sergeant LaRue added, “Anyone with information about an illegal marijuana cultivation site is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.  Citizens may also contact the Siskiyou County Planning Department (Community Development) to report suspected ordinance violations related to non-permitted structures, septic tanks, well issues, trash, fencing, and similar ordinance violations at (530) 841-2100.  Citizens with information about illicit drug activities that are non-cannabis related such as methamphetamine, heroin or other illicit drugs are urged to contact SUMIT at (530) 842-8374, or the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center.  Sheriff Lopey is also offering to conduct town hall meetings on request to further educate the public about marijuana-related laws or issues involving other illicit drugs.  In partnership with the Siskiyou County’s Department of Health and Human Services, a youth anti-drug and safety program (DARE) will resume this fall in targeted schools to further educate our children about the dangers associated with illicit drug, tobacco, and alcohol use.  The program also discusses other topics such as bullying and how to fight back against the exploitation and abuse of children and how to identify and report such inappropriate behaviors to the proper authorities.”

Recently, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a proclamation declaring a “local state of emergency” in Siskiyou County due to the overwhelming number of illegal cannabis cultivation sites in the county on public and private properties, which present significant public health, safety, and environmental dangers to the county and its citizens.

According to Sheriff Lopey, “This proclamation and support from state agencies has already resulted in increased interest in the illicit drug trade in Siskiyou County.  Since the proclamation, we have received increased and pivotal supported for the eradication of illicit cannabis plants on private property from the California Army National Guard’s (CARNG) counter drug unit, assistance has been received from the local and Northern Division offices of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and CAL FIRE law enforcement has provided some support.  Additionally assistance has been provided by the California Department of Justice through the SUMIT and NSMIT drug task forces.  DEA has also provided additional support.  There are also other state agencies assisting with our water truck and illegal drug trade organizations.  Recently, I was advised by state officials that our proclamation is still under consideration at the state level and Senator Gaines and Assemblyman Dahle have sent letters to Governor Brown, strongly supporting our request for additional support and proclamation of a ‘local state of emergency’.

I had a meeting with Assemblyman Dahle on October 12th and he reaffirmed his strong support of our counter illegal drug activities. We are fortunate that we have local and state political leaders that support our efforts 100% to in our efforts to mitigate the illegal drug trafficking that has plagued our county for too long.  We are attempting to stop lawlessness, preserve our environment, protect our most vulnerable populations such as children and teenagers, and we are honoring the countless calls for help from our citizens reporting numerous ‘quality of life’ issues impacting them in our county.”

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Update from Mountain States Legal Foundation on property rights

Property rights, Zinke - DOI Sec 2017

October 11, 2017


As a supporter of Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), you need to know the latest in MSLF’s battle against an unprecedented threat to property rights.

On September 25, National Review Online published my lengthy op-ed in response to news leaked by the Washington Post of Secretary Ryan Zinke’s report following President Trump’s order that he review all major national monument decrees over the last 21 years.  Sadly, Secretary Zinke failed to do what he was asked to do.  Worse yet, he recommended that President Trump do what Clinton and Obama did before him, that is, declare more illegal monuments.  Worst of all, Secretary Zinke recommended that President Trump designate a monument in his own backyard in Montana that holds an oil and gas lease issued during the administration of President Reagan, a lease owned by one of MSLF’s clients. 

On October 2, the Washington Examiner carried my op-ed discussing in detail that lease.  I described how the Obama administration, in violation of over one hundred years of federal oil and gas leasing, abruptly, arbitrarily, and illegally cancelled the lease.  MSLF is fighting back against this lawlessness.  How lawless is what Obama’s officials did?  Incredibly, they say they have the power to cancel the lease, not because Congress delegated that power to them, but because they somehow possess the power that the Constitution gives only to Congress.  We had grown used to the audacious manner in which Obama claimed power he did not possess; but the actions of the Secretary of the Interior in seizing our client’s lease absolutely takes one’s breath away!

Here is what the Chamber of Commerce of the United States wrote in its brief in support of MSLF’s challenge to the cancellation of its client’s lease:  “The Secretary’s unilateral and arbitrary cancellation of [the lease], more than 30 years after its issuance, violates well-established principles of contract law and property rights [and] create[s] considerable uncertainty surrounding the enforceability of government contracts.”

Then, last summer, at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one expert began his discussion of his subject by noting, “A Federal oil and gas lease is best viewed as both a contract and a real property interest [that] can even give rise to a takings claim.”  Given what happened to MSLF’s client, however, he concluded “the rights guaranteed under a federal oil and gas lease are not as certain as they once seemed and are often not what lessees bargained for.”  After discussing MSLF’s case, he concluded, “the [federal government’s] unilateral decision to cancel leases raises serious questions.  Is [it] free to reconsider its leasing decisions at any time?  Are there any limits on [its] post-leasing review?  The answer to these questions is unclear.”  Unclear indeed!

That is what makes Secretary Zinke’s demand for monument status for the site of MSLF’s client’s lease so devastating.  Now, because of Zinke’s personal interest in a parochial issue, the “Deep State’s” desire to expand the government’s power, and Zinke’s newfound deference to win-at-all-cost federal lawyers, the Trump administration will defend the lawless actions of the Obama administration and thus subvert the rule of law.

Regardless, MSLF intends to win its lawsuit challenging the illegal cancellation of its client’s lease.  Unless MSLF prevails in this lawsuit, which is likely to reach the Supreme Court of the United States, a federal oil and gas lease and any other contract between the federal government and private individuals will be worthless.

Please help us win this battle.  You may do so here.  Best, Perry

William Perry Pendley, Esq.
Mountain States Legal Foundation
2596 S. Lewis Way
Lakewood, CO 80227
303-292-2021; FAX 303-292-1980


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