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Shasta Co. resident Frank Galusha weighs-in on State of Jefferson

Frank Galusha, State of Jefferson

Dear friends in Siskiyou County…(I can only assume you are in Siskiyou County.)

See: http://www.redding.com/news/2013/sep/16/tom-elias-siskiyou-secession-going-nowhere/.

I disagree. Here are my thoughts…

The Colonists heard much the same from those loyal to King George. It would depend on just how much control over the county could be wrested from the Federal Government and onerous laws such as the ESA/EPA; i.e., just how much real freedom came with the new state.

Liberty and freedom are magnets. They always have been; they always will be. What folks like Elias and Joe Matthews are afraid of or are unwilling to see is this: A new state or territory with more independence and freedom would be very attractive to citizens around the country who are tired of living under the rules set by heavily populated metropolitan areas.

Many would head for Siskiyou/Jefferson to escape the crime, poor schools, crowding and heavy taxes they now endure elsewhere. It would not be utopia but these newcomers would bring new talent, energy, money, creativity and hope to the region. They would be willing to work the land if they could own it. They would create more than they could consume; i.e. which is what WEALTH is.

If the State could actually gain control over its natural resources so forests, wildlife, land and water could be managed more wisely by private owners and a free market Siskiyou could attract more industry, business and prosperity. The region might change significantly but it might also become a place where more people would want to live, work and educate their kids.

Issues such as the shortage of water would have to be solved but as I recall necessity is the Mother of Invention – and those wanting Jefferson’s water should be paying a fair market price – what it really is worth; ditto power. The people would find a way if government and various NGO’s didn’t make it so difficult to use what Siskiyou (and the surrounding counties) have to offer.

Remember, people left the original 13 Colonies and the East to settle some pretty challenging places in the Midwest and West such as N. Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and even Alaska. (Conversely, few headed for Mexico, Canada or back to the Old World for the opposite reasons.) If such a movement could be managed wisely Jefferson could become one of the most desirable places to live in the Country, especially to the young who have no place to go to make sure their children have a better chance to survive and prosper than they did.

There is still a remnant who would take this step. This would be Flag under which more counties might unify and fight hard to have Jefferson become a reality as Free State. (If you want an excellent read on what can happen when men are free to innovate, try this:

http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2009-summer/original-alternative-energy-market.asp.)

No one knows what could happen in a new free state – if individual property rights and the freedom to innovate are nurtured and protected. Those are my thoughts. Could something like this happen in Jefferson? What potential lies unexplored? Would the present residents be opposed? I’d be interested in your comments.

Thanks, Frank

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Frank Galusha’s op-ed on Redding Record Searchlight’s article on Klamath dam removal

Frank Galusha, KBRA or KHSA, Klamath River & Dams

Hi Bruce (editor of Redding.com) … every time I try to respond to one of your editorials your system kicks me out and fails to recognize my email address, so I’m just going to take this approach to this morning’s editorial about the “Klamath Dams are going to go…”

 From Frank Galusha

This is a case of junk in and junk out.

There is no science that supports dam removal. The Hardy Flow Studies upon which the KBRA was based used a very wet period as the model, a period far removed from anything like we’ve had for about 75 years. That study was not even questioned. The reporter who digs out the facts on that one part of this fiasco will deserve a Pulitzer. Two very distinguished professors, Moyle and Mount of UC Davis told us just before the KBRA was announced there was no proof whatsoever dam removal would help the salmon or the steelhead. I have their letter – which was totally suppressed by the USFWS. There is no proof salmon ever made it beyond Keno Dam and a good deal of evidence they didn’t; no wonder the Klamath Indians revered the sucker fish. The Klamath has always been upside down, hot at the top and cold at the bottom. Even if salmon could make it to Upper Klamath Lake they would be so beat up and the water so hot they could not survive. UKL is a swamp; it is not hundreds of miles of great habitat, another lie you help spread. The algae is the result of naturally occurring phosphorous in that volcanic region. The algae feed on it, which is why the first explorers found the Upper Klamath to be pea-soup green and shallow enough to walk across and even non-existent at times during dry periods in late summer prior to building the dams. We also know TMDL data was jiggered by our own Water Quality Control Board so PacifiCorp had no choice but to sign the KHSA. We also know the river and the lake are totally unsuited for Coho Salmon, a coastal species that cannot survive in a Mediterranean-like climate such as we have in the Upper River, Scott/Shasta and the Klamath Basin – they never did and they never will – they are only there now because we started planting them as mitigation for putting in the dams in the late 1960’s and they have been falsely listed under the ESA – a bad law that needs fixing. Old-timers have told me repeatedly they never caught a Coho prior to the late 60’s or early 70’s in the Upper Klamath. We also know we had a record Chinook run in the Klamath last year, despite having the dams, which proves our salmon population fluctuations are due to conditions primarily beyond our control; namely, ocean conditions where Chinook spend about 5/6th of their lives. Even if we destroyed the dams, which could destroy the Chinook run totally, we would at best only be giving the fish a few more miles of habitat, not even as much than we are giving the Sac Run in South Battle Creek – a sensible solution that everyone backs. Bruce, what we have had in the Upper Klamath for years has been a full employment act for the tribes, the environmentalists and other assorted special interest groups especially lawyers, who are thriving on government/taxpayer money or funds donated by naïve do-gooders to whom you have fed lies for years. If you want to save the fish, start advocating for no gillnetting by the tribes or the use of science to clean up the water behind the dams. Hell, Bruce, if we can make sewage water potable surely we can reduce the toxic algae build up behind the dams and find a way to eliminate the deadly fish diseases in the Upper Klamath that will only be worsened by dam removal. I’ll bet we could do it for a fraction of the money spent so far promoting lies about the dams, including the lie that blue green algae are harmful to humans. In all of this you are complicit. That’s right! You do nothing but spread big lies, something which is absolutely unforgiveable in a journalist. Paul Houser revealed the lies being told and he was railroaded and you went along with the purge. An entire team of KB scientists were let go because they dared to tell the truth – and you backed the inquisition. And you continue to support the lying DOI and other agencies and organizations that have everything to gain and nothing to lose if dams are removed. Losing green hydropower means nothing to you but it is killing agriculture and ranching just a few hour’s drive from your easy chair. I’m ashamed of you and my daily paper.  Frank

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2012 Salmon fish kill on the drawing boards?

Dr. Richard Gierak, Frank Galusha

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By Dr. Richard Gierak 07/16/12 —

According to Alaska, Oregon and California Fish & Game the prediction is that there will be a large run of salmon in the Klamath this year. It is of interest that the Yurok and Hoopa tribes are calling for a major pulse release of water for a ceremony which could again cause a large fish kill in the Klamath. Should this be allowed to happen it will again raise the argument that “toxic algae in the reservoirs” will be the cause and a hue and cry for dam removal will again be raised.

Salmon Fish-Kill Phenomenon — We are all aware that in 2002 there were over 30,000 salmon killed in the lower Klamath River. Multiple scenarios have been brought forward as to the cause of this kill and they are listed below.

1. Hoopa tribe called for a pulse of water to perform their ritualistic water boat dance ceremony which enticed salmon in the estuary to move upriver into the Klamath. They then reduced the flow leaving thousands of fish stranded in shallow water.

2. Normally cold water from the Trinity is fed downriver and with the diversion in place there was never to exceed more than 50% of the available flow to go to Southern California. However, at the time of the fish kill 73% of the waters in the Trinity were being sent South resulting in the shallow water when the surge was discontinued and that precipitated the fish kill.

3. According to the Del Norte Sheriff’s Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and Larry Hand of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), a CCC crew run by John Buttons discovered several large glass flasks used for cooking methamphetamine on Ohpah Creek, a tributary of the Klamath River just 21 miles from the mouth of the river. Their determination was that the fish kill was caused by toxic chemicals. Interesting that Fish & Game did not sample the waters until a week after the kill and found them to be non-toxic.

4. Although the prior three possible causes of the fish kill are more than likely a fourth proposal made by environmental groups was that “toxic algae” from the reservoirs behind the dams was the cause of the fish kill. This is their primary argument for removing the hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River which is ludicrous. In 2009 the CDC conducted tests on the waters behind the dams and deemed them to be non-toxic.

Factual data regarding Coho Salmon from NMFS; Pacific Northwest Salmon Landings Data: Specifically referring to Coho Salmon, in 1970 27% of all Coho were caught in Alaskan waters and in 2009 the percentage caught in Alaskan waters was 82% definitively confirming that the increase in temperature of the Pacific Ocean has driven Coho Salmon North into Alaskan waters. See Commercial Landings Data

Coho Salmon NMFS Data 1960 – 2010: The total number of metric tons of Coho Salmon landed in the Pacific Northwest in 1960 was 6,200 metric tons. In 2010 the total was 15,079 based on NMFS landing data. There is no doubt that Coho Salmon population along the Pacific Coast has increased by 243% since 1960 and any listing of Coho Salmon in SONCC ESU is unlawful, capricious and arbitrary and is not based on scientific data.

The 1993 NMFS Oceanic Report states that the “El Nino of 1983-1985 was responsible for devastating the Coho Salmon population off the coast of California by driving Coho Salmon North into Alaskan waters.”

Dr. John Palmisano formerly a Marine mammal biologist for NMFS in Juneau, Alaska, teaching fisheries and biology at U of Washington, an environmental scientist for a consulting firm in Bellevue, WA. “Coastal waters from Mexico all the way to Alaska have gradually warmed since the climate shift of the 1970s and the subsequent, periodic affects of El Nino.” “It is estimated that 40 – 80 percent of estuarine habitat along the Pacific Northwest has been diminished or destroyed”. “It is clearly not the perceived mismanagement of inland streams and rivers that has caused the recent degradation of the salmonid population.”

If you wish to help stop this possible impending fish-kill in 2012 I suggest that you write Kevin Moore, (541 880-2557) U. S. Bureau of Reclamation 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603, Shane Hunt (202-513-0669) of Bureau of Reclamation at 1849 C Street NW Washington DC 20240-0001, Erin Williams Field Supervisor (530) 841-3112 at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 829 S. Oregon Street Yreka, California 96097, or Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Attn: Rosalie del Rosario, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213 and demand this travesty be averted. It might also be of value to call your State representatives, Senators and Governor.

Dr. Richard A. Gierak holds a Bachelors Degrees in Biology & Chemistry, Doctorate in the Healing Arts, Director of Interactive Citizens United, Director of New Frontiers Institute, Inc. Prior Participant of FERC and FPAT (Fish passage advisory team ) and HET (Hatchery evaluation team) Prior Vice President of Greenhorn Action Grange, Prior California State Grange Spokesman for the Water Committee, Prior National Whip of the Property Rights Congress of America, Representative of the Grange States of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho regarding EFH regulations and presently is Science Consultant to the Siskiyou County Water Users Association. Dr. Gierak is a resident of Yreka.

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Frank Galusha’s end-of-year opinion

Frank Galusha

North State Outdoor News
December 28, 2011
By Frank Galusha, EasyWriter©

A country boy can survive!

It was hard to confine my thinking to the continual loss of our fishing, hunting and local property rights as the year 2011 came to a close. Compared to what else is at stake today, these rights, along with our rights to access our lands, forests and waters are miniscule compared to the tragic loss of freedom we face if we don’t reverse course.

In the sad tune “The World Turned Upside Down”, supposedly played when Lord Cornwallis surrendered at the Siege of Yorktown, the last line of each stanza was, “Yet let’s be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn’d upside down.”

We’re not in the same position as the British General was in 1781 but the situation is strikingly similar. But if we are content to lament, as those lyrics suggest, the sun is surely going to set on one of the greatest places on earth – and I’m not referring just to our Constitutional Republic or even just the State of California.

We must take action if we are to preserve our rights and our identities. Greater political minds may mock this idea, but the country boy in me says the place to start is at the ballot box, but not necessarily in November and not only to choose a new congress or a new California State legislature.

On the national scale, I doubt, as some have suggested recently, that our Marxist president is going to resign as he should. He and the majority of like-minded senators and representatives will have to be evicted. If they aren’t they will only solidify the absolute power that has corrupted them. What’s worse based on the miserable performance of the Republication candidates thus far I seriously doubt change can be effected at the national level even if every Tea-Partier and right-leaning moderate turns out.

Of course, the problem we face is not confined to the Beltway. Sacramento and Salem are equally entrenched and corrupted. In combination these centers have used the power of the big city vote to completely nullify the votes and voices of those who live in the country.

These words from the Declaration of Independence may hold the answer…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Yes, I’m a Rebel, but while secession from our great Union is unthinkable, secession from our respective states is not.

Back in 1941 representatives from the border counties of both states met in Yreka to make plans to become the 49th state in the union.

The citizens of this area believed that Salem and Sacramento were ignoring their needs. On December 4th, 1941, secession was agreed upon and the residents actually elected a governor.

Unfortunately, three days later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the formal movement came to an end and the secessionists rolled up their sleeves and went to work to aid the war effort.

The memory of this effort remains very strong and the name “Jefferson” is used commonly to describe the region, which some say included 12 Northern California Counties and seven Southern Oregon Counties.

The State of Jefferson still exists in the minds of many residents, which is testament to the independent mindset of the people who still feel cut off from their respective capitals.

A Siskiyou Daily News Editorial dated Nov. 27, 1941, reported the supporters of the State of Jefferson “‘have the free spirit of America in their souls; people who want another frontier to develop; people who are willing to work and sacrifice to that end as their forefathers did; people who are wearied of governmental pap, demagoguery, waste and excessive taxation’. In short, people who want to be Americans again”

I say it’s time to stop imagining there is a State of Jefferson and make it a reality. A perfect national anthem has already been written and it’s one of my favorite tunes: The original a “Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams, Jr. Read the great lyrics http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/williams-hank-jr/country-boy-can-survive-10123.html and see if you don’t agree. To paraphrase Hank, “I’d love to spit some beechnut in their eyes.” Wouldn’t you?

Illustration:  State of Jefferson, courtesy of Jefferson.com

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A country boy can survive!

Frank Galusha, State of Jefferson

North State Outdoor News
December 28, 2011
By Frank Galusha, EasyWriter©

A country boy can survive!

It was hard to confine my thinking to the continual loss of our fishing, hunting and local property rights as the year 2011 came to a close. Compared to what else is at stake today, these rights, along with our rights to access our lands, forests and waters are miniscule compared to the tragic loss of freedom we face if we don’t reverse course.

In the sad tune “The World Turned Upside Down”, supposedly played when Lord Cornwallis surrendered at the Siege of Yorktown, the last line of each stanza was, “Yet let’s be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn’d upside down.”

We’re not in the same position as the British General was in 1781 but the situation is strikingly similar. But if we are content to lament, as those lyrics suggest, the sun is surely going to set on one of the greatest places on earth – and I’m not referring just to our Constitutional Republic or even just the State of California.

We must take action if we are to preserve our rights and our identities. Greater political minds may mock this idea, but the country boy in me says the place to start is at the ballot box, but not necessarily in November and not only to choose a new congress or a new California State legislature.

On the national scale, I doubt, as some have suggested recently, that our Marxist president is going to resign as he should. He and the majority of like-minded senators and representatives will have to be evicted. If they aren’t they will only solidify the absolute power that has corrupted them. What’s worse based on the miserable performance of the Republication candidates thus far I seriously doubt change can be effected at the national level even if every Tea-Partier and right-leaning moderate turns out.

Of course, the problem we face is not confined to the Beltway. Sacramento and Salem are equally entrenched and corrupted. In combination these centers have used the power of the big city vote to completely nullify the votes and voices of those who live in the country.

These words from the Declaration of Independence may hold the answer…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Yes, I’m a Rebel, but while secession from our great Union is unthinkable, secession from our respective states is not.

Back in 1941 representatives from the border counties of both states met in Yreka to make plans to become the 49th state in the union.

The citizens of this area believed that Salem and Sacramento were ignoring their needs. On December 4th, 1941, secession was agreed upon and the residents actually elected a governor.

Unfortunately, three days later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the formal movement came to an end and the secessionists rolled up their sleeves and went to work to aid the war effort.

The memory of this effort remains very strong and the name “Jefferson” is used commonly to describe the region, which some say included 12 Northern California Counties and seven Southern Oregon Counties.

The State of Jefferson still exists in the minds of many residents, which is testament to the independent mindset of the people who still feel cut off from their respective capitals.

A Siskiyou Daily News Editorial dated Nov. 27, 1941, reported the supporters of the State of Jefferson “‘have the free spirit of America in their souls; people who want another frontier to develop; people who are willing to work and sacrifice to that end as their forefathers did; people who are wearied of governmental pap, demagoguery, waste and excessive taxation’. In short, people who want to be Americans again”

I say it’s time to stop imagining there is a State of Jefferson and make it a reality. A perfect national anthem has already been written and it’s one of my favorite tunes: The original a “Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams, Jr. Read the great lyrics http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/williams-hank-jr/country-boy-can-survive-10123.html and see if you don’t agree. To paraphrase Hank, “I’d love to spit some beechnut in their eyes.” Wouldn’t you?

Illustration:  State of Jefferson, courtesy of Jefferson.com

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Frank’s letter to U.S. Dept. of Interior

Federal gov & land grabs, Frank Galusha, Klamath River & Dams, My Outdoor Buddy.com

Ms. Vasquez:

I urge you not to destroy the Klamath River Dams. It has not been proven it will help our fall run Chinook salmon; that cannot be proven but dam removal could destroy the run – you do not know…you cannot know…because there are too many unknowns. You have no science to back up this move: NONE! In fact, there are many scientists who said exactly that (see attached example as well as concerns of the National Research Council within the past decade).

If you do this it will be tantamount to a taking, an unlawful taking, an unconstitutional taking! You will destroy green hydropower, parts of entire communities and regions, the livelihood of countless citizens — the very people our own government urged to settle in the Klamath Basin and Siskiyou County.

The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) (upon which dam destruction is based) was and still is bogus – it was never open, never transparent and was arrived at behind closed doors by a cabal of special interests who had literally black-mailed the emotionally and financially exhausted agricultural units that signed on to it. They signed on only to gain respite from the lawsuits and lead normal lives in exchange for a “certainty of water” – three other promises you cannot possibly keep.

If you try this, you will be stopped in Congress, the Courts, by your own pocketbook or an outraged public. The Federal Government is already broke. So are the states. You cannot claim dam destruction will cost less than estimated? You cannot know this. When did a government estimate ever come in low? I’ll tell you when: NEVER! The jobs you say will be created will be temporary and in their wake you will live a wave of destruction including essential agriculture and ranching that is needed to feed people and maintain already fragile economies that have been brought to their knees by the also bogus spotted owl controversy that killed the regions primary industries: logging, lumber and forest products.

In this case we must put people before fish and get focused on positive steps that will help the salmon runs. Look at the runs up the river now in California. They are on the rebound because we got a wet year and good ocean conditions. These runs are cyclic.  The salmon will return, perhaps not to pre-1900 levels but if that’s what you want stop commercial fishing, stop recreational fishing, stop tribal gill-netting, stop river pollution and start improving the habitat we’ve got. The salmon spend 83% of their lives in the ocean – that’s the nursery and Mother Nature is in charge of it, not the USBR or the Department of the Interior.

I repeat: Do not try to destroy the dams, the power they generate, the flow control they provide and the thousands of hours of recreation provided by the lakes behind the dams and the Klamath River itself below Iron Gate Dam. You will waste more of our time and money – and ultimately we will all lose.

Frank Galusha

Editor/Publisher

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Frank Galusha writes about wolves and water

Frank Galusha, Op-ed

North State Outdoor News
November 04, 2011
By Frank Galusha, EasyWriter©

Wolf travels gives us pause.

The wolf pack of northeast Oregon has apparently lost one of its members to southwestern Oregon. You didn’t know there were wolves in northeast Oregon? Well there are and they’re heading our way! This item from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife may give you pause.

 “A collared wolf (OR-7) from the Imnaha Pack of Wallowa County has wandered about 250 miles southwest to become the first confirmed wolf in Douglas County since 1946.”

News doesn’t travel much faster than this! GPS collar data shows OR-7 left the Imnaha pack territory on Sept. 10. Since then he has visited seven Oregon counties: Baker, Grant, Harney, Crook, Deschutes, Lake and now Douglas County. He crossed Highway 97 and the Cascade Crest and entered the Umpqua River drainage about two weeks ago. This guy is obviously following a “skirt!”

Not so, according to Russ Morgan ODFW wolf program coordinator. Morgan says it is common for wolves to set out alone but it is also possible that other non-collared wolves have made the same journey. Oregon already has four separate wolf packs. I’d say the seeds for a new litter are being planted as I write.

At MyOutdoorBuddy.com I have received at least one unconfirmed report of wolves being sighted as far south as Modoc County, and from folks I consider to be pretty darned good at identifying wildlife.

Ranchers and hunters fear these predators will re-establish themselves in these regions. If that happens they believe livestock, elk and deer herds, which are already facing a healthy population of mountain lions, bears, bobcats and coyotes, will be further threatened.

Wolves are protected in Oregon and animal rights activists think they should be allowed back in to take their rightful place between Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma’s house. Not to worry! If ODFW has to issue an Amber Alert for OR-7 he won’t be hard to find. His collar transmits his exact location every six hours.

Maybe we could use these collars to keep track of the thousands of sex offenders and child molesters who have migrated or been deported to “Jefferson.”

What I don’t like about wolves is they are so unfriendly. I’ve never seen one wag its tail, have you? Therefore, I will allow myself to jump to the conclusion that since I didn’t evolve from an ape, my Black Lab’s ancestors weren’t wolves! Let the animal rights activists and evolutionists chew on that bone for a week. Maybe we can get a little contention going again.


Don’t let the innocuous look fool you! The wolf’s powerful jaws are capable of generating 1,500 psi pressure! “My what big jaws you have Grandma!” Photo courtesy of ODFW

OR-3, another collared wolf, was also last located in central Oregon. OR-3 was born in northeast Oregon and radio collared on Feb. 12, 2010. He was discovered in Wheeler County in July and was later located in the Ochoco Mountains on Sept. 29. Since that time he has not been found. The USFWS and ODFW will continue to attempt to locate this wolf. I can help! There’s been a wolf at my door since Obama took office.

Wolves throughout Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act (ESA). West of Highways 395, 78 and 95, they are also protected by the federal ESA. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency for wolves west of this boundary.

I don’t think wolves know when they are east or west of a highway but when you have a lead management agency looking out for you on both sides, who cares?

I wish there was a provision for humans in the ESA. I wish our hunting license monies would spent in wiser ways as well. I wish, oh well, just forget it. It’s almost time to put a wild turkey on the Thanksgiving platter and wolf it down.

DFG wasting dollars in Siskiyou

My pal from Callahan, Liz Bowen who is president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water, reports our CA DFG is setting itself up to do yet another redundant water-flow study on the Scott and Shasta Rivers.

Locals believe it’s a set up to ensure that flow rates are set so high, the farmers and ranchers up that way won’t be able to take any water from these rivers. Yet, more water and habitat wouldn’t be available consistently if the people took none of it. At a public meeting with the DFG on November 1, Siskiyou supervisor Grace Bennett reported 312 studies have been performed on the Shasta and 116 on the Scott by the Resource Conservation Districts. I’d say that issue has been studied to death but since the DFG has been infiltrated by animal rights activists, marine life protectionists and other eco-nuts, they can’t stop studying or they’d lose their last remaining funding sources.

Worse yet, the DFG has placed a video weir (trap) on the Scott with an 8-inch passage, an opening so small several renowned fish biologists have expressed the view it is designed to obstruct and discourage passage by the very salmon the DFG says the new water flow study is needed to protect.

Just as at meetings held here in Shasta County to “Save Kilarc,” public outrage is being ignored by our single-species ESA-driven resource agencies. There’s a new war being waged for water in the west. Our government is intent on stealing all the rights to it as a means of controlling the people. That’s the really big bad wolf at our door!

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