May 17, 2012
WILD OLYMPICS over 300 million are deprived the full use and enjoyment of the public land
EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN ( over 300 million) IS DEPRIVED IN EVERY WILD NATIONAL PARK
AND ON EVERY WILD AND SCENIC RIVER.
WILD OLYMPICS vs OVER 300 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS DEPRIVED
OF THE FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT OF OVER ONE MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND
IN JUST THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
POPULATION OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Source: U.S. Census Bureau
311,591,917 Three hundred eleven million, five hundred ninty one thousand, nine hundred and seventeen
What was the intent of Congress with regard to the full use and enjoyment of the public land, in the creation of Olympic National Park, by the American People that own that public land?
Due process of law when just a single citizen is deprived?
What happens when over 300 million American Citizens are deprived of the full use and enjoyment of every WILD National Park public land?
Pearl Rains Hewett
May 17, 2012
Published May 17, 2012
GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A failed levy vote in an Oregon county is taking a toll: government workers facing dismissal, a pending prisoner release, and crimes such as misdemeanor domestic assault and shoplifting likely to go unprosecuted.
A day after Josephine County voters resoundingly turned thumbs down on a levy to plug a $12 million budget gap, the sheriff and district attorney began handing out pink slips Wednesday, cutting staff to levels probably not seen since the region was settled during the 1850s Gold Rush.
“We’re going to wreck the train here and see how we can put it back in the future,” Stephen Campbell, district attorney for the Southern Oregon county, told The Associated Press.
The sizeable budget gap was left by the expiration of a federal safety net for timber-reliant counties such as Josephine.
As a result of the cutbacks, the routine areas of law enforcement — drunken drivers, domestic abuse, shoplifting and car wrecks — will likely be where people see the loss of sheriff’s patrols and prosecutors first.
Losing four of his nine prosecutors, Campbell is working out a list of which crimes he will be able to prosecute, and which he will not. Most misdemeanors will not be prosecuted. That includes minor assaults, such as from domestic disputes, and minor thefts. Domestic abuse rises to a felony if it is done in front of the kids. Resisting arrest will still be prosecuted, as will some drunken driving. But reckless driving, menacing, driving while suspended, probably not. Even some felonies won’t go to court.
“The list is pretty long,” Campbell said. “I have been telling the budget committee for years now that I can’t carry out my mandate as it is. There is a segment of cases that are declared violations, which we don’t prosecute, that are prosecuted in most counties of the state. That has already been happening. This is even worse.”
With a population of 83,000, Josephine County is in the heart of Oregon timber country. It grew up first on gold, then on timber, which reached a peak in the 1980s, then collapsed with logging cutbacks on national forests in the 1990s to protect the northern spotted owl and salmon from extinction. The logging cutbacks reduced revenues for Josephine and other timber counties in the West. Many still see a return to logging as their best hope.
In 2000, Congress enacted a law that set up a safety net for timber-reliant counties like Josephine. That law expired last year. A one-year extension has a chance to pass Congress, but even if it does, it will only provide $4 million to Josephine County, not enough to make up for the loss of the levy.
With its failed vote on Tuesday, Josephine County was the first to try to compensate for the loss of the federal timber subsidies by raising property taxes. Neighboring Curry County is considering asking voters to approve a sales tax in the fall.
Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson handed out pink slips Wednesday to 70 deputies and civilian personnel, leaving him with just 28 after June 1. That will require releasing about 90 inmates from the jail in the coming weeks, leaving 30 people behind bars. Those being held are considered the greatest risk to the community.
There will be no more detectives, no more road deputies, and just one dispatcher. Contract deputies will still patrol the city of Cave Junction, federal lands and the Rogue River during the day, because they are funded by outside revenues. Gilbertson will be the only county lawman on call around the clock. For backup, he can call on the contract deputies during business hours, but otherwise will have to wait for a state trooper, which could take more than a half hour.
The Illinois Valley Safehouse Alliance logs about five incidents a week where sheriff’s deputies are called to a domestic disturbance, and gets about 40 victims a month, said Grace Auzenne, a domestic violence advocate for the organization. With no one but the sheriff himself to call around the clock, no jail space to hold offenders, and no prosecution, the problem is sure to escalate, she said.
“All in all it’s not looking good for rural areas,” she said.
May 17, 2012
By John Bowman
Posted May 16, 2012 @ 09:00 AM
Yreka, Calif. —
Whether you are a U.S. armed forces veteran, have a loved one who is, or you just want to show your support for the nation’s military, the Fourth Annual Siskiyou County Armed Forces Day event at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds Saturday, May 19 will be an opportunity to do so.
On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days, according to the Department of Defense. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the unified Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.
Siskiyou County’s observance of Armed Forces Day – sponsored by the Siskiyou County Veterans Service Office and the Siskiyou County Human Services Agency and organized by a community effort – will take place in Winema Hall and the Floral Building within the fairgrounds. The event begins with a breakfast served from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 19.
This year’s event will also include the first annual Armed Forces Day Walk/Run sponsored by Siskiyou Striders. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m.
Siskiyou County Veterans Service officer Tim Grenvik said this is a day for everyone in Siskiyou County to come together to honor the service and sacrifice of all the Americans who have helped protect and preserve our country and all it stands for. He added that it is a great opportunity to honor the service of friends and family and for veterans to show their pride.
Also starting at 9 a.m., musical entertainment will be provided by the Jackson Street Elementary Band followed by a performance by Clarence Barger’s Big Band Fun.
Barger, a Vietnam era veteran, said he considers Big Band Fun to be a community resource and he is thrilled to provide entertainment for his fellow veterans and their loved ones.
Throughout the day, the fairgrounds’ floral building will be filled with booths offering information about available veterans’ services and resources. Grenvik said the booths will help veterans find out about services ranging from voter registration, to national cemetery services and community based services. He is also hoping the resource fair will aid efforts to get more younger veterans hooked up with services that could make their lives easier.