Apr 25, 2013
DUNSMUIR — Just two days after Nick Mitchell and Chris Raine quit the City Council, it remains unclear how the council can proceed, if at all, in the face of their resignations.
The city is still trying to figure out how it can fill out the council dais but at least one municipal law expert said options are limited for the two-member council
Mitchell and Raine resigned Monday, leaving only two others on the normally five-person council. A fifth seat, surrendered in January after former Councilwoman Diane Dolf moved out of Dunsmuir, is being held vacant until an election in November.
Apr 9, 2013
SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DAILY REPORT
April 9, 2013
On April 3, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was notified of a missing 67 year old Mt Shasta resident, Frank Rivera. Mr. Rivera reportedly went missing from his home off of North Old Stage Road. Siskiyou County Search and Rescue and Siskiyou County Patrol Deputies deployed search teams in the area of North Old Stage Road. The attempts to locate Mr. Rivera were unsuccessful.
On April 8, 2013 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Mr. Rivera was found by a citizen. Mr. Rivera deceased in a wooded area off of North Shore Road at Lake Siskiyou. The on scene investigation did not reveal any criminal activity. An autopsy has been scheduled to be performed to determine cause of death.
On behalf of Sheriff Lopey, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Rivera.
Mar 22, 2013
Posted March 21, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Bank of America will close
its Mount Shasta branch, where it’s been since 1967.
Spokeswoman Colleen Haggerty said the branch will close June 28, calling the decision a difficult one.
It “was driven by a decline in transactions, as customers increasingly rely on other channels such as mobile and online banking,” Haggerty said in an email Thursday.
Mar 18, 2013
Comment from Marcia Armstrong:
The following is an item on Tuesday’s agenda after 10:10 a.m. Siskiyou County applied for water bond money to close the septage receiving facility at the County airport. The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has given the County a closure order which we have postponed complying with until next fall. The DWR is requiring that, as a condition of the grant, we agree to sign on to the new North Coast IRWM plan, which has not even beem written yet. The state is requiring several climate change, sustainability, adoption of model General Plan elements be included in that plan.
I will not vote to agree to it.
I don’t know about the other Sups. (We will have to come up with several hundreds of thousands of septage closure money out of the General Fund if we don’t accept this.)
Ridin’ Point by Marcia Armstrong
North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM): Supervisor Grace Bennett and myself represented Siskiyou County on the Policy Review Panel (PRP) for the North Coast IRWM. Marilyn Seward of Etna and Richard Tinsman, who works for Siskiyou County Planning, currently serve on the companion technical panel, which reviews and ranks the proposed projects for PRP selection and submission. http://www.northcoastirwmp.net/ Only the Klamath River drainage is included in the North Coast IRWM. There is a separate IRWM for the Upper Sacramento/McCloud area.
This seven county regional group was first established in order to apply for “water bond” money, which the voters approved under Chapter 8 of Proposition 50 in 2002. A requirement of the grant process was the creation of an integrated regional plan with accompanying regional grant application for projects within the plan. http://www.water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/index.cfm The projects included both infrastructure (water and sewer) and the environment. At that time, Siskiyou County contributed the CA Coho recovery plan for the Shasta and Scott to the IRWM planning process to cover its area. Under Proposition 50, work on the City of Etna’s water supply, removal of Araujo dam and Shasta Water Assoc. dam restoration were accomplished.
The IRWM process continued with the voter-approved Proposition 84 in 2006. There were new grant requirements including 27 new resource management strategies, an emphasis on climate change and tribal representatives were added to the PRP. http://www.water.ca.gov/climatechange/CCHandbook.cfm.
During round one of the grants, water and sewer projects in Happy Camp were funded. Currently, The IRWM is in the process of submitting a grant application for round two funding. Siskiyou County submitted a $389,775 project for closure of the County septage ponds at the County airport. (Closure has been requested by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.) The project was ranked by the technical panel and PRP as first in the region.
The major concerns I have about CA IRWMs are the strings being attached to the round two grants, a new million dollar planning grant which has been awarded to the North Coast IRWM, along with another million dollar grant from the Strategic Growth Council. The new state requirements for IRWMs include adherence to the Ahwahnee Water Principles which embrace tenets of sustainable development and SMART growth – compact community design, mixed use, walkable and transit-oriented, preservation of open lands. http://www.lgc.org/ahwahnee/h2o_principles.html They also require a grant recipient to adopt the IRWM plan by Board resolution.
One thing that is particularly disturbing is the attempt to align local water and land use planning with the regional plan. There is a push to standardize and “synchronize” General Plan elements among all Counties in the region through the development of templates, policies and model processes in alignment with statewide criteria and goals. There are also requirements for regional assessments of climate change vulnerabilities and the use of the IRWM plan to implement CA climate change laws.
The Strategic Growth Council grant includes carbon offset assessments, model policies and planning modules to implement Climate Change laws AB 32 and SB 375. This will also include transportation, wastewater, communications infrastructure, water resources and land use planning.
I just can’t help but think about that old story that describes how one man caught wild pigs: “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn.
“When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.
“They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.
“The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again.
You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.
Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”
The North Coast IRWM will meet April 19 in Yreka to discuss the new IRWM plan. (See page 12 Attachment B http://www.northcoastirwmp.net/docManager/1000008889/January%2017%202013%20PRP%20Meeting%20Ukiah_mtg_materials.pdf ) In 2014 another water bond will be on the ballot. (This one will include funding for California’s portion of dam removal costs on the Kla
Mar 17, 2013
Posted March 15, 2013 at 10 p.m
DUNSMUIR — Possibly realizing they wouldn’t agree on whom to appoint to an empty seat on the dais, four City Council members on Thursday voted to send the question to voters.
City Manager Brenda Bains said the council unanimously approved an election over appointing someone to the seat.
Thursday marked the second time the council had met to consider appointing a replacement for Diane Dolf, who resigned in January because she moved to
Mount Shasta, making her ineligible for a council seat. Council members last month were split two-two on a selection to fill the vacancy.
Feb 14, 2013
PNP comment: More than 60 people showed up to the Board of Sups meeting on Tues, Feb. 12 with 7 people speaking in favor of supporting the right for protection through the 2nd Amendment. Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey also spoke in favor of the 2nd Amendment.
Mike Adams, from Klamath River, asked for additional statements, but only one was accepted. We can only hope this has some bite in standing up against the State. — Editor Liz Bowen
RESOLUTION NO. OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF SISKIYOU IN SUPPORT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
February 12, 2013
WHEREAS, the American people have retained to themselves the right to “keep and bear arms” – a right not subject to infringement by Congress as is memorialized in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as part of United States Bill of Rights, ratified on December 15, 1791; and,
WHEREAS, Cooper v. Aaron held that since the Supremacy Clause of Article VI made the U.S. Constitution the supreme law of the land and Marbury v. Madison gave the Supreme Court the power of judicial review, the precedent set forth in Brown v. Board of Education is the supreme law of the land and is therefore binding on all the states, regardless of any state laws contradicting it; and,
WHEREAS, a landmark decisions issued by the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller established that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm from federal infringement unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that Arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as, but not limited to, self-defense within the home; and,
WHEREAS, the Court in McDonald v. City of Chicago established that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution extended protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms to the several States under due process provisions of that Amendment; and,
WHEREAS, the strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government; and,
WHEREAS, the government of California has repeatedly released violent criminals back into its’ lawfull society; and,
WHEREAS, according to Merriam Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, the word “infringement” means “an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege” – in other words a violation or constraint upon a right; and,
WHEREAS, sadly, recent high profile events within our country have sparked discussions of gun-control at the local, state and federal levels, which have advanced proposed legislation which professes to address gun violence, while, in fact, infringes upon Second Amendment rights – (this has included numerous gun and ammunition control proposals, outright gun bans as well as registration schemes that would convert the right into a revocable privilege); and,
WHEREAS, the County of Siskiyou’s economy is supported by family ranching, farming and natural resource businesses, and that the right to keep and bear Arms is fundamental to our right to protect our families, our property, our livestock, and our livelihood; and,
WHEREAS, as a “frontier county,” hunting for food is a practice among many residents and, as a sport, hunting makes an important contribution to the local economy; and,
WHEREAS, the residents of this County respect the rights protected by the Second Amendment through the recognition and support of responsible firearm ownership, training and awareness; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Siskiyou supports all discussions seeking new ideas to protect our citizens from violence but cannot abide by any order, provision, law or agency initiative that violates the protections of the Second Amendment.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Siskiyou County at a regular meeting of said Board, held the 12th day of February, 2013, by the following vote of said Board:
Ayes: Armstrong, Kobseff, Bennett, Criss, Valenzuela