Aug. 9, 2011
Published in Siskiyou Daily News
“The True Endangered Species” is the theme for the fair booth sponsored by Scott Valley Protect our Water and Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc. It will be in the Commercial building starting Aug. 10 at 3 p.m., when the Siskiyou Golden Fair officially opens. Stop by and visit with us and pickup information and POWs newsletter.
Calif. Dept of Fish and Game sent out a letter last week to surface irrigators in Scott Valley calling for a meeting on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center. Fish and Game is asking water users to voluntarily leave water in the streams for juvenile coho salmon. The letter is a nicer-read that than the threatening letters of 2010, but the main problem is that the snow has melted and the creeks dry up — naturally.
State agencies and radical Tribes and Greenies blame agriculture for the reduction of water flow. The plain fact is that the streams dry up. That is why true science can prove that coho salmon are not native to Scott Valley. For thousands of years, the inland streams have dried up in the summer, whether farmers irrigate or not. Coho do not do well this far inland and were transplanted here starting 100 years ago the 1890s. Scott Valley POW advocates the Fish and Game are over-stepping their bounds once again.
Met with Senator Doug LaMalfa on Saturday with other constituents. Doug is taking his vacation, with his family, touring the North State. He is very disappointed that Trinity, Del Norte, Siskiyou and Shasta Counties have been taken out of his District in the last map released by the Redistricting Commission.
Doug is also concerned about several state agencies levying fees: CalFire has tagged on a “triple taxation” $150 fee that Doug believes will be sued upon. He wants to “beat this thing back,” because it’s the principle that is wrong.”
Several of us complained about the Dept. of Water Resources increasing fees for Water Master Service by eight times, which is hitting ranchers and farmers with a huge increase for the use of their water.
Sheriff Jon Lopey stopped by. Doug asked him about how the “War on Terror” is affecting our economy. Sheriff responded that the lack of border security is one of the biggest military and economic challenges facing California counties, because of the drug cartels growing marijuana on our lands and using I-5 corridor for illegal distribution.