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Liz Writes Life 3-21-17

Liz Writes Life

March 21, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

At age 57, Alaska’s Mitch Seavey ran the race of his life winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 14, 2017. Mitch shattered the previous time record to steal the title of the fastest Iditarod musher from his son, Dallas Seavey, who won the 2016 Iditarod Race at age 29.

“Old guys rule,” Mitch claimed, as he recounted the 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes race after arriving in Nome. This is his third win and he is the race’s oldest champion as well as the speediest. His win is certainly impressive as the mushers started the 1,000 mile race in 40 to 50 degree-below temperatures in Fairbanks. Ugh! When Mitch pulled into to Nome, it was a warmer minus 4 degrees. Ha.

Mitch beat his son’s 2016 winning time by eight hours and said he was surprised by his dogs, who acted like they wanted to move out. He said they seemed frustrated to go slow and he was concerned because he had never traveled that fast that far, but he “let them roll!” The team averaged around 10 mph! And Mitch took all of his mandated rests.

I am fascinated by the Iditarod race, which is now run as a modern-day challenge, I believe, to keep alive past traditions and importance of sled dogs, but also preserve the best of mankind – that of serving and sacrificing to save others.

In January of 1925, children in Nome were dying. The village was infected with diphtheria and the only physician, Dr. Curtis Welch, feared an epidemic would certainly put Nome’s population of 1,400 at risk. There was an antitoxin serum that could save lives, but it was 1,000 miles away in Anchorage. Ice choked Nome’s harbor making sea travel impossible and even the most current airplanes were open-cockpit and couldn’t fly in the subzero temps. The nearest train station was 700 miles away leaving sled dogs the fastest means of transportation.

Mushers and sled dogs were intricate to everyday life, including delivering mail and supplies, so there were significant trails between villages and towns. News of Nome’s dilemma reached Alaska Territorial Governor, Scott C. Bone, who quickly recruited the best mushers and dog teams. It was decided that a round-the-clock relay to transport the serum from Nenana to Nome would be the best way to achieve the goal. In the dark of January 27, 1915, a train arrived in Nenana with the precious package of 20-pounds of serum wrapped in protective fur. Musher Wild Bill Shannon tied the parcel to his sled, gave the signal and his nine Malamutes took off in what is called the “Great Race of Mercy”.

It was 60 degrees below zero and Shannon developed frostbite in the first leg of the relay of 52 miles, before he handed off the serum. Most mushers tallied 30 miles. One of Alaska’s most famous musher was Norwegian-born Leonhard Seppala, who departed Shaktoolic on January 31st on an epic 91-mile leg. He had already rushed 170 miles from Nome to intercept the relay. Gale-whipped winds sent temps to 85 degrees below zero, but Seppala’s lead Siberian Husky “Togo” fiercely led the 19-dog team through the Norton Sound where ice threatened to break apart.

Seppala handed off the serum to Charlie Olson, who after 25 miles met Gunnary Kaasen for the second-to-last leg of the relay. Kaasen set off into a pelting blizzard, but he trusted his lead dog, Balto. At one point, a huge gust of wind flipped the sled throwing the precious serum into a snow bank. A panicked Kaasen dug into the snow and was able to find the serum. He arrived in Port Safety early on Feb. 2nd, but the next team was not ready to leave, so Kaasen pushed on to Nome covering the last 53 miles arriving on Feb. 3, 1925.

It seemed fitting on this fine spring morning to share this harsh, freezing cold story of skill, determination and ultimate kindness. Happy spring!

Hammonds

Recently, I talked with Helen Lewis, who is a first cousin to Dwight Hammond, age 76, who is serving a second trumped-up sentence in prison. It was the situation of Dwight and his son, Steven, who were charged with starting a fire that burned from their property on to BLM-managed lands in Eastern Oregon (which was a cooperative burn with the federal agency) that brought Ammon and Ryan Bundy to the Malheur National Park Refuge in Jan. 2016. There, the Bundy’s occupied the refuge in protest of the atrocities levied on the Hammonds.

After the second unjustified trial, where Hammonds were found guilty of a terrorist activity, they were released and then were expected to report to San Pablo Prison in L.A. area. Their incarceration started in early Jan. 2016 and is for five years. They had already completed their previous prison sentences and then the “terrorist” charge was brought against them.

Several months ago, Helen and her husband, Alvin, and other family members were able to visit Dwight in an open family-type room in prison. Helen said he looks good, sounds good and is doing well under the circumstances. The judge did mandate that father and son were to room together in one cell and that is luckily the case.

Dwight grew up in Siskiyou Co. in Edgewood. When he and his wife, Susie, married they then moved to Gazelle. Then they purchased their ranch in Eastern Oregon and during the last 20 years had continual problems with federal agencies.

Finicum

A fundraiser for Jeanette Finicum will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. Jeanette is the featured speaker. She and her family are raising funds to bring a civil lawsuit against the wrongful death of her husband, LaVoy Finicum, who was shot and killed by FBI agents and snipers on Jan. 26, 2016 on a rural highway in Eastern Oregon. Tickets are $25. Call Grace Leeman at 530-598-1908 to get your tickets.

POW

Elizabeth Nielsen, Natural Resources Specialist for Siskiyou Co., will explain the CA. Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday, March 23rd along with our usual presenters. Time is 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center.

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

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Liz Writes Life 3-14-17

Liz Writes Life

March 14, 2017

Liz Writes Life

During the last two weeks, I have mentioned that Western Rivers Conservancy is considering purchasing the Timbervest properties on the west and south edges of Scott Valley. I learned from Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, and then Peter Colby, who is the spokesman for the conservancy, that the only properties the conservancy is interested in are at the south end of Scott Valley. They are specifically the Bouvier property located in the South Fork of the Scott River–Cecilville Road area and an eastern piece on Scott Mountain.

I had forgotten that Timbervest is willing to sell parcels of land. Apparently, it isn’t an all-in-one-lump land sale. I believe a few properties have been purchased in the northern end of the valley — not by a conservancy. Ray said that no bidders were successful in the first go-round in the area below Big Meadows. I am sorry for any confusion.

Garden

Last week, we decided to pull-up the five onions and found they were bunching onions. These must have grown from seed that I planted last year. They made it through the cold winter without having extra mulch put on them for protection. So that is good to know. Jack decided to dig up the last three feet of carrots. About half of them were in good shape, so he washed them up and brought them in the house. Some were too large and pithy, so he chopped those up with the shovel and left them for mulch.

The daffys are starting to bloom and actually needed a sip of water yesterday, because of our warm weather. I also gave some water to the violets and blue and pink lungwort that is starting to bloom.

Still didn’t get the lettuces or spinach planted. Maybe this week!

Snow survey

The U.S. Forest Service employees conducted the March 1st snowpack survey and found the snow was well above average in the mountains to the south and west of Scott Valley. More good news is that the snowpack is even denser than it was Feb. 1st.

I’ll mention the highest ones: Middle Boulder 3, established in 1948 at the 6,200 foot elevation, saw 84.5 inches of snow with an average of 60 inches making an historic average of 141 percent.

Boasting the highest percentage at 148 of historic average was Scott Mt. at 75.5 inches, where the average is 51.1 inches at the 5,900 foot elevation.

Swampy John, above Etna on Salmon Mt., is holding well at 126 percent of historical average with 89.5 inches over the average of 71 inches.

At the state level, California snow surveyors in the Sierra Nevada say the snowpack is close to setting records. Snow measured extremely high at 185 percent of the historical average. Hum, hopefully Gov. Jerry Brown will declare the five-year drought is over!

Forestry

Ray Haupt, and Lisa Nixon, Dist. 1 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, recently attended a meeting with a number of other rural county supervisors as part of the Sustainable Forest Action Coalition. The coalition is impressive as it is focusing on social-economic problems (and solutions) caused by the loss of our major rural resource industry – timber harvest. The website is worth checking out: sfacoaliton.com.

I know Ray is a huge supporter of active forest management to improve forest health, so I asked Lisa what she thought of the meeting. She said the group is currently assembling data relating to the socio-economic effects of forest management plans and projects; and vigorously advocating the development and implementation of forest management work.

Lisa said the data on forest-dependent communities is staggering. Rural livelihoods that relied on timber harvest were demolished. She also mentioned that recreation and eco-tourism has not even begun to fill the economic void. I agree as I heard this mantra throughout the 1990s and it never materialized. I also agree with Lisa that “humankind is, after all, part of the food chain, and I believe we are at the top. We deserve at least some consideration.” Way to go, Lisa!

Sounds like involvement in this coalition is a really good thing. Thank you Lisa and Ray for advocating for socio-economic justice for rural communities.

POW

Elizabeth Nielsen, Siskiyou Co. Natural Resources Specialist, will be speaking at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thurs., March 23, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Elizabeth is up-to-her-neck in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, called SGMA, that was signed into CA. law in 2014. It requires groundwater resources to be managed by local agencies throughout California. The local agencies are to develop and implement Groundwater Sustainability Plans by 2022, but the first deadline for a study plan is June of this year. Yep, Elizabeth is hustling.

She told me there are four groundwater basins in Siskiyou County that are subject to SGMA, the Shasta, Scott and Butte Valley Basins, and the Tule Lake Subbasin. The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors and Flood Control District have taken active roles to meet the requirements of SGMA and ensure that these four groundwater basins are managed on a local level with input and support from the citizens of Siskiyou County, who depend on this vital resource.

To really get a good understanding of SGMA and how it will affect you, please attend the Protect Our Water meeting. Ray will be there to answer SGMA questions and will also discuss the Scott Valley Plan pertaining to JH Guest Ranch expansion and the Timbervest and (possible) conservancy purchase.

Finicum

Guess what? Five FBI agents are being investigated for lying and covering-up about the LaVoy Finicum shooting. There were additional bullets fired that were not included in the original reported count. Oops! The saga continues.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is underway. Check it out at: Alaska Dispatch News.com or Pie N Politics.com

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

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Liz Writes Life 3-7-17

Liz Writes Life

March 7, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Snow covered the blooming purple violas this weekend, several times, and something has eaten, at least one of the primroses. We decided to plant snow peas last week, before this round of storms hit, and I also made a good-sized 4 x 4 foot seedbed for lettuces and spinach. Spinach will take up the bulk of the space as just a quarter of that will grow lots of lettuce for May and June.

Wolf kill

The threat from wolves is getting closer as the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife confirmed the death of a calf on private property in neighboring Jackson County. On Feb. 25, 2017, ODFW confirmed the attack was from a wolf as the internal organs and entrails were ripped out and bite puncture wounds creating deep tissue damage were found at the armpit of the calf. This is follows the typical attack from a wolf. Plus there were wolf tracks around the dead calf and no other predator animal tracks.

It just breaks my heart to think of our livestock being threatened and killed by yet another predator. There are already enough bears, mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats in California. Actually, back in the late 1990s, game wardens in the CA. Dept. of Fish and Game (it was Game back then) told me they were not pushing for the introduction of wolves into California simply because California had too many predators.

Timbervest property

I thought there would be more info on the Western Rivers Conservancy purchasing the vast amount of Timbervest property on the west to south sides of Scott Valley. I haven’t learned much more, except Peter Colby is continuing to pressure the county and other groups to support its bid. If the conservancy purchases the property, water right holders will need to pay close attention to the possibility of losing some availability of their water allotment.

JH Ranch

The saga does continue for the Friends of French Creek, who will be asking the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors to hold strong in enforcing the current permit that JH Ranch Mountain Resort is operating under. JH Ranch has been trying to expand its operation with a new permit application, which would increase the number of clients they can house at one time. Friends of French Creek believe the current level of 387 clients is taxing the environment and invading neighbors privacy. They have been actively opposing JH’s expansion plans.

Cal Fire also has to approve JH’s expansion permit because of fire and emergency access requirements. In a nutshell, French Creek or Miner Creek Roads are not wide enough for fire engines to pass each other on certain narrow areas of the road; and that would put everyone in the French Creek area in grave jeopardy if there was a forest fire. It would be extremely difficult to safely evacuate 387 occupants at JH, plus the surrounding neighbors. As a result, last year, Cal Fire did not approve the expansion of JH’s permit.

So, it appears JH does not like Cal Fire’s objection and is now suing Cal Fire. Cal Fire has held firm saying JH must abide by the same fire and emergency requirements as everyone else.

At the same time, JH has continued to obtain more housing permits for 15 single family residences, 12 dormitories and nine tents providing beds for 172 employees. Wow! Previously, JH obtained an Employee Housing permit for seven units allowing for seven beds in 2015. So, it looks like JH is dead-set on continuing its expansion no matter what.

Hage saga

Attention ranchers and property rights supporters: The Wayne Hage battle received a blow last week, when a federal judge ordered Wayne N. Hage to pay $587,000 and remove his livestock from federally-managed Nevada lands. Hage was given 30 days to pay penalties, fines and grazing fees racked up from Nov. 2004 to June 2011. His deadline is March 31, 2017.

More than 25 years ago, federal agencies and courts began doing battle against Hage’s father, Wayne Hage, who butted heads with the U.S. Forest Service over his water rights for his Nevada ranch. The original Wayne Hage died in 2006. Soon after, the Hage family finally won his case in court. But that didn’t last. Eventually, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Hage family.

The younger Hage is working on an appeal against this recent decision, where Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro, in Las Vegas, ruled the federal grazing permits held by Wayne Hage did not transfer to his estate or to his son — an extremely detrimental decision for ranch owners. The federal judge also banned the Hage family from grazing livestock on any public land administered by USFS or BLM. Hage said he does not have any cattle on public lands.

This does not bode well for ranchers that have water rights or grazing permits on public lands. Sorry for the bad news.

Bundy

March 2nd, wrapped up the second week of testimony of government witnesses in the first Bundy Ranch stand-off trial being held in Las Vegas. The surprise for me is that the federal agents were told to stand-down on April 11, 2014 – the day before the tension-filled stand-off occurred on April 12, 2014. Three government agents testified they maintained their position, throughout the night, fully anticipating a bloody gunfight the next day.

None of the three officers, on the stand explained, why they were ordered to engage the protestors after being told at least twice to stand down, abandon their efforts to round up private cattle on federal land and leave.

April 12th was the climax where several hundred armed federal agents came face-to-face with over 100 Bundy Ranch armed supporters. This should be good for the defense as the government certainly escalated the situation. Check out Pie N Politics.com for more.

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 2-28-17

Liz Writes Life

Feb. 28, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Two days after I reported, in last week’s column, that the local Timbervest properties were not going to be purchased by a non-profit group, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, received an email saying the non-profit was indeed going ahead with purchasing the properties – without the support of the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors. Ray told me that Peter Colby, the spokesman for the Western Rivers Conservancy, told him the non-profit would aggressively pursue the properties that range from Fort Jones on the west side of Scott Valley around and into the Callahan area.

Ray was not happy with the news and said Western Rivers Conservancy “is in for a fight” from Siskiyou County as Colby has bluntly told the county supervisors its intention is to take the water rights allotments and shepherd that water down the Scott River just for fish. Under California Water Law, when a water right user does not use his water (usually for irrigation), it can then be utilized by the water right holders below.  Hum, this does not sound very neighborly!

Colby’s is not the first non-profit to challenge state water law in this manner. The Nature Conservancy is doing the same thing in Shasta Valley. It actually gave or sold the water rights, to a ranch it purchased, to CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Yes, DFW is trying to shepherd the water the same way. Guess these non-profits think they can color the water – maybe red – to keep it from being utilized by other water right owners!

But, the saga doesn’t stop there. Earlier last Thursday, Shirley Gilmore called me to tell me that a man called her last fall about the Callahan Water District’s water rights. Callahan residents’ only water source is from East Boulder Creek. The man talking to Shirley said he was representing a group that was planning on buying the Timbervest properties and would then take the water rights away from the Callahan Water District. Talk about threatening!

After communicating with Shirley, Ray said he and Michael Kobseff, who is chairman of the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors Board, were already talking to our county CAO and counsel about the situation.

Stay tuned, I think there will be more on this saga next week!

Native Daughters

A wonderful Tea Party was held by the Native Daughters of the Golden West last Saturday at the Etna High School multi-purpose room. It was filled with beautifully decorated tea sets, scrumptious sandwiches, cookies and 100 smiling women. Three Etna FFA young ladies worked as servers.

The theme for this year’s event was one-room school houses in Scott Valley. Believe it or not, more than a dozen raised their hands when asked who had attended a one-room school house.

Historical pictures, and several ladies, shared stories of attending one-room school houses. Melanie Fowle and Carol Maplesden attended a school house at the south end of the valley — about 15 years apart. Both rode a horse to school and tucked their dresses inside their jeans during the ride or changed at school into the mandatory dress.

Of course, our last operating one-room, turned into a two-room, school was Quartz Valley, which closed just a few years ago.

Mike Adams

Remember, a memorial will be held this Sunday, March 5, 2017 for Mike Adams at the Fort Jones Community Center at 2 p.m. Mike died unexpectedly last October and was serving as president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water and on the Yreka Tea Party Patriots steering committee. Please bring a dessert to share.

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thur. March 23, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Andrew Hurlimann is now the president.

Garden

Early in February we were out of potatoes, so Jack was able to locate where a plant had been. He scraped off the several inches of mulch and dug up six pounds of really big Russet potatoes. Only one had a sorta-soft spot from freezing. About a week later, during one of those really warm days – when it wasn’t raining – he used the push-plow and worked-up half of the garden to discourage weeds.

A week ago, we went out and raked up a bunch of pine needles and I found a whole bunch of my Jessie Hammond daffodils along side of the house. They are about eight-inches tall and will likely be blooming by mid-March. This year, Easter is late on April 16. I hope they will still have flowers. It was so warm that we worked in our t-shirts, but only for that one day. Jack also pruned back the two hardy rose bushes.

The rhubarb is just starting to peek through the soil and Jack dug some carrots last week. They are still pretty good although several were tangled and pithy and got tossed in the compost pile.

Last month, the three-inch tall garlic stems had some yellow on them. I guess from the snow and cold, but now they are about seven-inches tall and green. And I see the red-flowered bee balm that my brother and his wife gave us is coming back.

A spring fling hit me, when I stopped by the feed store — I bought three blooming primroses. Took nearly a week to get them planted and they have already been snowed on twice. That got me in the mood for more flowers, so I grabbed my favorite grubbing hoe and started digging out the bunch grass and weeds under the pine tree. Only about three-quarters got dug up and my good intentions have not mustered enough gumption to get the other six-feet worked up. I must say the soil was perfect for grubbing – not too wet and not too hard. My goal is to plant more four o’clocks, cosmos and transplant coreopsis into that flower bed.

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 2-21-17

Liz Writes Life

Feb. 21, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

The U.S. Forest Service held its first snow survey on Feb. 1st in the mountains surrounding the Scott Valley. Guess what? Yep, measurements were over 130 percent higher than historic averages. Unfortunately, last week’s warm temps and rain have likely lowered that percentage, but here is a quick rundown of the first 2017 results.

Middle Boulder #1 had 61.5 inches of snow — average of 50 inches. Middle Boulder #3 was at 69 inches — average of 49.2 inches. Both of those stations are over 6,000 feet in elevation. Dynamite Meadow at 5,700 elevation feet measured 47.5 inches — average of 38.3 inches. Swampy John above Etna was 80 inches — average of 57.4 inches (5,500 feet elevation) and Scott Mt. at 5,900 feet elevation was 67.5 inches — average of 41 inches.

Once again, we have witnessed the flooding waters creating Scott Valley Lake near Fort Jones as Kidder Creek and Scott River overflowed their banks. Sure do hope the Oroville dam overflow spillway holds. Flooding is causing problems throughout the rest of the state. It is frustrating that our weather can’t even itself out instead of famine-or-feast in the rain/snow department.

There really should be many more dams and reservoirs catching this rain. Yep, the State of California has really messed up in a variety of ways, including not reinforcing the spillway at Oroville dam with rebar. Ugh!

Tea Party

The Yreka Tea Party will hold its next meeting in Fort Jones at the Community Center on Feb. 28, 2017. Time is 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. James Roseman, executive director of the Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center will speak on “Erin’s Law.” There will be a short video titled: “Ending the Nightmare.” It is about child abuse, specifically exposing and working to end child sexual abuse in the U.S. The statistics are daunting with one in four girls and one in six boys being sexually assaulted before the age of 18. And it is usually by someone they trust in their family, friends, neighbors or coaches. Erin’s Law teaches children how to protect themselves. For more information, call Louise Giatto at 530-842-5443.

Memorial

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 for Mike Adams, who passed away last October. It will be held at the Fort Jones Community Center at 2 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share.

When he died, unexpectedly of heart problems, Mike was serving as president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water and was on the steering committee for the Yreka Tea Party Patriots.

POW

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor of Dist 5, and Preston Harris, who is project coordinator for Siskiyou RCD, spoke at the last meeting about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that was passed into law in 2014. Preston said 11 years of local studies show Scott River is not the primary source of the aquifer – it is supplemental. That is good news for agricultural irrigation. He added, “We are a snowmelt driven system. We are not a groundwater dependent system.”

The Scott River Groundwater Advisory Committee measures 35 wells each month as part of its groundwater study. Preston said the aquifer had recharged significantly, even before all this winter snow and rain. He added the work with Dr. Thomas Harter and U.C. Davis is a landowner-driven process and ties-in well with the California’s SGMA.

Ray said the county is on-track to meet the first step demanded by the state’s new groundwater management act, which is in June. The actual management plan must be written by 2020. The state wants to know how much water comes in and how much goes out in the sub-basin.

The next step is to form sub-basin subcommittees of landowners that will participate in developing the plan. This is huge folks. We do not want state agency bureaucrats telling us how we can use our groundwater. This process undertaken by the Siskiyou Co. Natural Resources Dept. will keep groundwater management under local control.

Ray also shared that the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife spoke to the county supervisors regarding the dreaded 1602 Permit that is needed to move gravel to obtain legal water right allotments. “Vague” describes the presentation. Several farmers asked for clarification on quickness for when emergency permits should be issued. With the high waters this year, excess gravel and debris will be a problem at headgates.

It was suggested for DFW to hold several Town Hall-type of meetings, so they could specifically answer questions from irrigators, which was taken under advisement. We shall see.

The Marijuana Ordinance is back in the news. Because California’s complicated new law was passed in the November election, the county will now need to modify its ordinance to agree with state law. Crazy as it sounds, the county allowed 12 plants to be grown by those who had prescriptions. The new state law reduces that number to just six plants — if you do not have a commercial license. Oh, and the California commercial license is not yet available.

About 25 marijuana growers attended the supervisors’ meeting and complained that they can’t get by with growing just six plants.

Forest sale

Good news! The sale of Timbervest forest properties surrounding Scott Valley from Fort Jones to Callahan did not go through. The non-profit group expected the county supervisors to support the purchase. Ray said the supervisors did not support the non-profit, because it was planning to strip the water rights and give them to California DFW, which would herd that water for fish – away from agriculture.

Bundy

Biggest news is in regards to BLM Supervisor Daniel P. Love, who is being investigated for deletion of 100s of documents before a congressional investigative committee issued a subpoena, obstruction of a congressional investigation and witness tampering. This should bode well for Bundy defense.

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

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BOR is a bad player — Liz Writes Life 2-14-17

Liz Writes Life

Feb. 14, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.

A devastating flood disaster along the Klamath River was avoided last weekend — and it was because Siskiyou Co. Supervisors, officials and employees instantly jumped into high-gear.

Siskiyou Co. Natural Resources Specialist Elizabeth Nielsen quickly relayed a Press Release that she found on the county’s Office of Emergency Services website last Friday morning. It was from the Bureau of Reclamation and stated that BOR had lost a lawsuit and was immediately releasing a gigantic pulse of water into the Klamath River. What?

The pulse was to be released at noon on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 with an increase from the 4,000 cfs to 9,600 cfs over a four day period. This would be on top of an already flooding Klamath River that had closed Hwy 96 above Happy Camp. There was over a foot-and-a-half of water over the highway at Granite Point on Friday morning.

Elizabeth immediately contacted our five county supervisors and CAO, who then started burning up the cell phone lines. Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Supervisor, admitted to me that he was pretty upset. His constituents were in the direct line of this potential disaster. He contacted PacifiCorp to see if they would actually allow the huge water increase on top of a flood stage. He was told it was out of their hands as BOR decrees the flows. Ray’s next phone call was to Erin Ryan, office staff for Congressman Doug LaMalfa. Erin immediately contacted LaMalfa’s Washington D.C. staff, who went to work calling federal officials with the BOR.

Ray told me that Michael Kopseff, Chairman of the Siskiyou Supervisors, first calls were to Assemblyman Brian Dahle and State Senator Ted Gaines offices for help. Terry Barber, Siskiyou Co. CAO, began alerting county departments and started the legal process to shut-down BOR’s pulse flow.

Ray kicked his fire knowledge into gear knowing that fire-type folks are year-round emergency personnel. Tom Mopas, Seiad Valley Fire Chief, provided Ray with on-the-ground info of the raging Klamath River and let him know that high waters were within six-inches of flooding homes on Walker Creek. Ray was able to relay that our congressman and his staff were at a dead run contacting the decision-making BOR officials.

According to the BOR officials in Klamath Falls, the pulse of water had already been released from Upper Klamath Lake. But, Ray believed it could be slowed through the use of the dams between Klamath Falls and Iron Gate dam near Hornbrook. The phone calls continued. Ray talked with his contacts in Cal-Fire. Cal-Trans booted-up even more and CHP officers were part of the emergency alerting process to river residents.

Ray finally received a response from California State Regional BOR Director late in the afternoon. He was told that BOR would not increase the river flow above flood stage with their pulses. Nature also helped out. Rain had stopped, freezing temps slowed the runoff Friday night and sunshine brightened Saturday’s morning. Catastrophic disaster was averted.

Ray said it is “unconscionable” the county was not notified by BOR — through the county CAO’s office. Neither was Humboldt County notified, well other than Ray, who asked the Siskiyou Cal-Fire chief to contact the Humboldt Cal-Fire chief.

Ray has found the lawsuit and read where the judge’s order gave complete discretion of pulse release timing to BOR!

So, who in their right mind would order a doubling of the release of water from the Klamath dams on top of a flood event? Who wouldn’t follow a basic protocol to contact officials in Siskiyou and Humboldt Counties? It is not just unconscionable, it is outrageous!

What is more outrageous is that after writing the above information on Sunday night, I learned of a news article in the Herald and News in Klamath Falls dated Feb. 9, 2017 – one day before Friday. It reported that BOR would be ramping-up the water release on Feb. 10, 2017, because the judge issued the lawsuit order on Feb. 8, 2017. And this was to “take advantage” of the increased flow event of rain-on-snow conditions.

The article also stated: “United States District Judge William H. Orrick ordered Reclamation to implement “winter-spring flushing flows designed to dislodge and flush out polychaete worms that host C. Shasta”. The increased flow event was planned in coordination with the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Yurok, Karuk, Hoopa Valley and Klamath Tribes, Klamath Project water users, state and other fisheries experts, and PacifiCorp.”

I would think that at least one person in these groups would be smart enough to suggest the pulse could wait a few weeks, so homes and highways would not be flooded and damaged. This lapse of judgment boggles the mind.

The positive note from this situation is the teamwork and instant hustle of our county governing officials, CAO and county staff. It is truly comforting to know this group of people really does have a high-level of concern for the welfare of its citizens. Thank you to Ray and supervisors, county department heads, fire fighters, law enforcement and all emergency services. Thank you!

For those of you who think I am laying it on a little thick – it wasn’t very many years ago that I didn’t believe there was enough concern or teamwork or hustle or connections to federal and state officials to have stopped this catastrophic disaster. (Doug LaMalfa played a major roll with his influence on BOR.) There has been a good change in much of our county’s governing and attitude and I truly appreciate it.

The Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting was well attended last week. I’ve run out of room to discuss it in this week’s column. Let’s just say the groundwater levels are doing well and the water studies will certainly aid local control of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan. I will share the good news next week.

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

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Liz Writes Life 2-7-17

Liz Writes Life

Feb. 7, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Find out what’s going on with California’s Sustainability Groundwater Management Act at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday night. Siskiyou County is in a major push to make sure local landowners and the county is in control of the issue and not California bureaucrats. Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Supervisor, and Preston Harris, who is with the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee will share information at this meeting.

Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Richard Marshall, president of Siskiyou Water Users and Mark Baird with State of Jefferson updates will also be there. Time is 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center. Please bring a dessert to share. Yes, this is not the regular meeting date, which was canceled on Jan. 26 due to the California Water Control Board’s meeting held Jan. 26th in Yreka. The following meeting will be March 23rd.

Wow, there is so much going on I hardly know where to start. But here goes!

Doug LaMalfa

This is great news — Congressman LaMalfa was appointed chairman of the House committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. This is his first chairmanship and should bode well for the Shasta Tribe here in Siskiyou County.

Wolves

Finally, the California Cattlemen Assoc. and the California Farm Bureau Federation have brought a lawsuit against the State of California on the ESA-listing of the gray wolf. Pacific Legal Foundation is the lead. The major reason for the lawsuit is the fact that the gray wolf is not native to California. The state regulation for listing species under the California Endangered Species Act states that the animal must be a native to California. These wolves now migrating into California are Canadian gray wolves and are much bigger than the claimed California wolves.

Tea Party

The Yreka Tea Party Patriots have changed their meeting dates to twice a month – the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The meetings are held at the Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd in Yreka. Starting time is 6:30 p.m.

Supreme Court

Not only did U.S. President Donald Trump nominate a strong conservative, Neil Gorsuch, for the open seat in the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump, his two eldest sons, Vice President Mike Pence with his wife, Karen, Reince Priebus – Trump’s chief of staff – Justice Antonin Scalia’s widow, Maureen, and son, Fr. Paul Scalia, took time to pray publically with Gorsuch and his wife, Marie Louise. This is certainly a “wow” moment that should warm the hearts of Christians – our President Trump openly praying for our country! I hope that we will also continue to ask God’s blessing on our USA and its people.

Bundy

Several reporters for Redoubt News and Freedom Outpost continue to stay on top of the Bundy situation and I will share their info. The picking of a federal jury was expected to begin yesterday, Feb. 6, 2017, for the trial of seven men including Cliven Bundy and four of his adult sons that include Ryan and Ammon Bundy, who were acquitted in last fall’s Oregon Malheur Refuge trial. All the men were denied bail and have been in jail detention.

Through a local source, I learned that a release hearing was held for Ryan Bundy last week. Ryan defended himself, but is being aided by Dan Bailey who is a para-legal and spoke at a Protect Our Water meeting a year or so ago. The judge allowed Ryan to say a prayer at the beginning of the hearing and read from the U.S. Constitution – both have not been allowed in previous hearings or the Oregon Trial. Federal prosecutors pulled a fast one adding 10 legal actions for Ryan to address, but it looks like Ryan may get out of jail this week. Remember, he still has an unaccounted-for bullet in his arm from the government assault on LaVoy Finicum by Oregon State Police, FBI and Federal Marshals.

There is some more good news. It looks like the BLM’s Special Agent In Charge, Daniel P. Love is under scrutiny for misconduct. A scathing report recently released by the Office Of The Inspector General found Love committed ethical violations during the 2015 Burning Man event held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Love was also in charge of BLM’s situation with the Bundy ranch in April of 2014, where there are significant allegations against him.

During his pre-trial release hearing last week, Ryan Bundy explained that at least 200 federal gunmen were involved in the April 12th protest and that he and many of the Bundy supporters could hear the BLM and other agents laughing and choosing the protestors they wanted to kill, including horses and dogs. These federal gunmen were under the command of BLM agent Love.

Something that I didn’t realize is that the Clark County sheriff had negotiated a stand-down where the federal agents were to release Bundy’s cows and abandon the cattle roundup. But, the federal BLM agent gunmen didn’t follow through.

Then you just gotta appreciate former Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who participated at the Bundy Ranch April 2014 stand-off. Fiore’s opinion of Agent Love is pretty low, stating: “This guy actually disobeyed the direct order of our State Attorney General and beat people up and arrested them when he had no authority to do so. … I’m telling you all right now, Daniel P. Love disrespected the authority of our Nevada State Attorney General and Local Law Enforcement, and almost caused a terrible tragedy.  There was no damn conspiracy – We all went down into that wash to set cattle free because the Sheriff said the “operation” had ceased and the BLM was leaving – We were almost killed by that raging lunatic;  It’s just that simple.”

I certainly hope Michele gets called to the witness stand!

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 1-31-17

Liz Writes Life

Jan. 31, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

The State Water Resources Control Board meeting was well attended. Nearly 200 people showed up at the Miner’s Inn last Thursday night. Thank you to the many local folks who did indeed give comment on the clean water aspect of the Environmental Impact Report needed for the application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to relicense four hydro-electric Klamath dams from PacifiCorp to the new non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corporation. A super majority of the comments were heartfelt and truthful statements about the devestation that will occur to water quality and the environment from the huge amount of sediment that will pollute and impact the Klamath River if the dams are removed.

Right out the chute, the Shasta Tribe gave the Water Board an ultimatum invoking the state’s statutory obligation to address their concerns regarding any California Environmental Quality Act process – of which the relicensing of the dams will need. The Shasta Tribe was recognized by the Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors, last November, as the correct Native American Tribe indigenous to most of the Siskiyou County area including the Klamath River.

Michael Kobseff, chairman of the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors’ Board, read a four-page document citing significant violations by the Water Board, including the fact the state board staff did not contact the county about the new date of this meeting after the first meeting was canceled earlier in January. Oops, I wonder why the state agency would do that?

Also Michael brought up the procedural problems regarding the state using a bogus tax roll that was created for the economic analysis and ultimately claimed the removal of the dams wouldn’t economically affect the county. What a dastardly deed by the state!

Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Supervisor, challenged the Water Board staff claiming it is in violation of a Supreme Court Ruling, which identified the Army Corp of Engineers and the EPA as the agency of jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act on navigatable waters that affect two states. Oops, the state may be out of its jurisdiction?

Ray told me he was impressed so many people were well-prepared in their comments citing specific issues. He said it is important to get the specific issues of concern into the “record”; as that will make the agency have to address them in its resulting document. If the issues raised are not fully addressed — that is when a lawsuit is worth the time and effort.

POW

Because it canceled its meeting in January, Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Water will be a main discussion item as Supervisor Haupt will be there to explain about the FERC relicensing of the four Klamath hydro-electric dams issue.

Also, Preston Harris will talk about the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee, levels of groundwater in 2016 and becoming complaint with the California Stainable Groundwater Management Act. Ray will explain the situation at the county level.

Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will also be in attendance. She told me some good news. Our congressman met with Ryan Zinke, a congressman from Montana, who has been tapped by President Donald Trump for Secretary of the Interior. He has yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, but the good news is that Zinke said, “We don’t tear down dams, we build dams.” That is a huge change from the previous destroy-the-environment attitudes of Sally Jewell and many Interior bureaucrats.

Erin will likely have more great info from Congressman LaMalfa, so get your New Year started right by attending the Feb. 9, 2017 meeting.

Finicum

The meeting with LaVoy Finicum that never happened went off without a hitch in John Day Oregon Saturday night. Shari Dovale reported, on Redoubt News.com, about 900 patriots from throughout the West showed up to the Grant Co. Fairgrounds. LaVoy, a rancher from Nevada, was shot and killed in an ambush roadblock by FBI and Federal Marshals on Jan. 26, 2016, when he was driving to a meeting in Grant Co. Oregon.

During the Jan. 28, 2017 meeting, LaVoy’s wife, Jeanette, attended to discuss the wrongful death civil lawsuit the family is putting forward. Several of LaVoy’s grown children, grandchildren, his parents and siblings were also in attendance.

Kate Dalley, a radio personality, spoke on Truth in Media. This topic was appropriate as the Bundy and LaVoy situations have literally been blackballed from national news. Last January, I heard Lou Dobbs on Fox News strongly question the federal agencies on the LaVoy and Bundy situation. He commented on two days and then the following week there was nothing. I believe Lou was told to hush it up.

I was surprised to learn that Malheur Refuge defendants Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler were present sharing information and asking for prayers for the next round of defendants preparing for trial in Nevada. I thought they had remained in custody even though they were found non-guilty in the Oregon trial, this past fall, along with Ryan and Ammon Bundy, who continue to be incarcerated — now in Nevada.

 The Keynote speaker was KrisAnn Hall, a Constitutional Attorney and teacher. She spoke here in Siskiyou County several years ago.

One fundraiser held during the evening tugged at my heartstrings. It is to raise money for 7th and 8th grade students from John Day to travel to Washington D.C. and present President Donald Trump with a letter requesting the pardon of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. I sure hope this occurs. What a great way to bring attention to the travesty dealt the Hammonds, especially when they had already served an outrageous original sentence.

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 1-24-17

Liz Writes Life

Jan. 24, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Canceled

The meeting for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water this Thursday has been canceled. Instead, POW leaders are encouraging supporters to attend the State Water Board meeting on the Environmental Impact Report on the Klamath dams that will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. Time is 5 to 7 p.m. The meeting is specifically for public comment on the clean water aspect of relicensing the Klamath hydro-dams, so please attend the meeting and share your comments.

LaVoy

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 is also the first anniversary of the death of LaVoy Finicum, when the FBI, U.S. Marshals and other police officers set up a roadblock and put snipers in the trees on the highway in Eastern Oregon, where LaVoy was shot and killed.

LaVoy’s wife, Jeanette Finicum, is holding a meeting in John Day, Oregon called –the meeting with LaVoy Finicum that never happened. Last week, I said I would try to find a phone number to call to buy your $15 ticket, but I haven’t been successful. The only way I can find to purchase tickets is to Google the title of the meeting on the web and it comes up on Oathkeepers.org and you order them through Eventbrite.

Bundy trial

In trying to find info on the upcoming trial of the five Bundy men and 14 supporters, who are sitting in a federal jail facility, I couldn’t find a start date. It had been set for this month, but hasn’t happened. I did learn that the Review Journal newspaper in Las Vegas, just asked a federal appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s ruling that is blocking public access to evidence.

The Review Journal contends it is effectively locked out of reporting on the case. Lawyers for the Review Journal said the public’s right to inspect certain criminal court records is protected by the First Amendment.

The federal government and courts continue to be stinkers as Ammon Bundy’s attorney had a frustrating day in court this month. Marcus Mumford was one of Ammon’s defense lawyers in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Oregon trial that prevailed in favor of the Bundys. Ammon, his brother Ryan, and five others were found not guilty by the jury last Oct. 27, 2016.

Mumford demanded the release of Ammon and was then met with physical force by deputy U.S. marshals. He was tackled to the floor by at least six deputies, stunned with a Taser and handcuffed. Three misdemeanor charges have been brought against Mumford. This was an unprecedented move by deputies to restrain and stop a trial lawyer from defending his client.

Mumford’s attorney is vigorously challenging the misdemeanor charges and has filed a motion requesting the personnel files of all the marshals involved in the incident. The next hearing on the case is set for Feb. 15, 2017.

Lead ammo

Just before leaving office, Obama ordered a new ammunition ban for certain federal lands. The ban eliminates the use of lead-based ammo in national parks, wildlife refuges and any other lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I guess this does not include USFS lands.

Gun rights groups are outraged as the ban will have major impacts on hunting. California has also banned lead ammo. I don’t know if it will do any good, but the National Shooting Sports Foundation immediately called for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s new director to rescind the order.

I also don’t know what the consequences of being caught with lead ammo will be. Surely, the federal bureaucracy knows that hunters’ closets are full of lead ammo. Hum, I wonder if we can still target practice with it as part of the claimed reasoning behind the lead ban is to protect the environment. Oh, doesn’t lead come from the environment?

Also on the eve of his departure, Obama also had the 3-way light bulb banned by the Energy Dept. Gee whiz!

Drought

Up to a few weeks ago, California state agencies were still not willing to admit the drought had ended. In my way of thinking, the bureaucrats did not want to give up any power over water that they had obtained through the drought. Anyway, major newspapers are finally using the word “flooding” in their headlines and most everyone has to admit the drought is over.

Reservoirs are filling up and levees in the Sacramento Delta are stressed. This month can now claim fourth in the highest amount of rainfall in the Sacramento area.

Snowfall has been significant. The Boreal Mountain Ski Resort in the Sierras is reporting nearly 20 feet. Here in Siskiyou Co., I think our Mt. Shasta City residents are feeling pretty trapped by the white stuff. It sounds like there is four feet or more that has fallen in the city.

Deaths

This winter, we have certainly had our fill of the passing-on of family and neighbors. It is certainly sad to see our loved ones go. I didn’t want to leave anyone out and had not planned on mentioning names, but a prime example is the recent death of George Thackeray. He was a good man, who served Siskiyou County as our Dist. 5 Supervisor in the 1980s and 1990s. His goal was to serve the people. One example that I recall was when the State of California mandated the closing of the garbage dumps and to do environmental analysis on future sites. George was extremely frustrated the state gave a mandate with no funding for the county to do the state’s bidding. It was a change most of us didn’t like – we liked our open dumps. Great treasures were sometimes found there! Now, continued mandates by state agencies are the normal – without funding to do the job! George, and others like him, will be missed.

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 10-17-17

Liz Writes Life

Jan. 17, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Yep, the weather was just too darned iffy, so the State Water Resources Control Board postponed the meeting last week. This is the meeting where public comment will be taken on the Clean Water aspect of the Environmental Impact Report regarding relicensing of the hydro-electric Klamath dams from PacifiCorp to the newly-created non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp. Wow, that is a mouthful.

In last week’s column, I discussed this meeting at length. The new date for this public comment meeting is Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center. Time is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water had announced its meeting for that date, but President Andrew Hurlimann said it has been changed. The new meeting date will be Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.

Calexit

Don’t be duped by the Calexit petition that will be out for voters to sign. Calexit wants to secede from the United States and have California become its own country or at least a separate self-governing entity from the U.S. Recently, I learned the official “Yes, California #Calexit” campaign achieved its first financial hurdle of getting the legal petition forms printed – correctly. Literally, thousands of printed petitions will now be circulated and the campaign group is calling for volunteers to gather signatures. Most likely, though, there will be a significant amount of paid signature gathers.

Their goal is to obtain 600,000 registered voter signatures and they have six months to do it. The signature gathering will begin Jan. 25, 2017 and, yes, there will likely be signature gatherers, at some point, in Yreka.

Because I don’t believe California should secede from the USA, I will not be signing it. Please be careful, when it comes to signing petitions. We should truly understand what is being proposed on the petition statement.

If this campaign gathers the needed signatures, then the county clerks and California Secretary of State employees will spend many hours and days verifying that the signatures are indeed registered voters. If the signatures are verified, Yes, California will then be able to place the petition on the ballot in 2018.

In doing research about Calexit and the Yes, California, I have found several very rich Silicon Valley elites are behind it. Even more interesting is that the leader of Yes, California is Louis J. Marinelli, who is a New Yorker that lives in Russia. Yep, Russia — and there is proof that the Russian government is providing assistance to promote his efforts. And on Dec. 18, 2016, Marinelli announced that Yes, California campaign had opened an embassy in Moscow.

So the entire project is very suspect to say the least. My goodness!

The State of Jefferson is not part of this group and the leaders are adamant to explain the Jefferson movement opposes Calexit. Jefferson supporters believe in the U.S. Constitution and want to add a star to the United States flag as a new state.

Unfortunately, in some news articles the State of Jefferson has not been correctly explained and reporters insinuate the Jefferson movement is much like Calexit. That suggestion is blasphemy to Jefferson leaders. And as spokesman Mark Baird has explained, if the Calexit campaign should happen to be successful, many citizens in the Northern California counties will be clamoring and demanding their legislative leaders to use Article 4 Sec. 3 of the U.S. Constitution to break away from California and create a new state – just like West Virginia did during the Civil War.

Bundy

Several of the Bundy ranchers and their supporters from two different stand-offs with the federal U.S. government, will be going to trial in Nevada soon. I am not sure just when the trial starts, but there are more than two dozen people being held as political prisoners while this travesty plays out.

LaVoy

The first anniversary of the murder of LaVoy Finicum is later this month. I believe it was Jan. 26th. LaVoy’s wife, Jeanette, and their grown children will be holding the meeting that LaVoy was driving to attend, when the feds road-blocked his vehicle and snipers in trees and on the ground shot and killed LaVoy.

The meeting is dubbed: The meeting with LaVoy Finicum that never happened in Oregon.

An Associated Press article, this weekend, admitted that there were at least two shots fired into the vehicle LaVoy was driving and that the FBI shooters did not disclose the correct number of bullets they used. It is one of those bullets that is still lodged in Ryan Bundy’s arm. Oops! The federal agencies still claim – one year later – the situation is still under investigation. Wow, one would think they should have the situation figured out by now. So what are they hiding?

Anyway, Jeanette Finicum told the media this will be a peaceful meeting slated to talk about the U.S. Constitution, property rights and other issues. She believes as her husband did: That the people living in counties and states should be in control of what is deemed “government managed” land not the feds. Remember, under the Constitution the land that was held by the federal government before a territory became a state is to be handed over to the new state for management. That was not done after the Civil War in the Western States.

So literally, what LaVoy and Bundys and now Jeanette were and continue to advocate is that the Constitution be upheld by all levels of government. I agree.

The meeting will be held at the Grant Co. Fairgrounds in John Day, Oregon on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017. Time is 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Next week, I hope to let you know who to contact to obtain the $15 tickets. Or give me a call.

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

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