Jul 17, 2012
PNP comment: I live a half mile from Sugar Creek. The trees are so thick, you cannot see the small creek water being sucked up by the trees. Beaver have ponds about 100 yards up from Hwy 3. Any mining done 10 miles up on the dry hillside causes absolutely no problems to wildlife and fish. Coho salmon spawn in Sugar Creek. Restoration moneys spent by the USFS to try to “fix” something that is in GREAT shape is a travesty. This Greenie group is based in Ashland and is always spreading FEAR and lies. I’ll take some photos tomorrow an post them to prove it!
Also, more than 4,600 chinook and 10 times the number of coho salmon, that were expected, returned to the Scott River last fall proving it is a healthy fabulous river. But things are never good enough for eco-Greenies, who do not live here! — Editor Liz Bowen
This is on KS Wild website and is BUNK!
Scott River Salmon need your Help
The Forest Service is proposing to restore the Sugar Creek headwater tributary to the Scott River by stabilizing and rehabilitating some old logging roads and decommissioning others. Let the Forest Service know you support their efforts.
Safe public access to the forest will be improved through road maintenance and old logging roads to nowhere will be put to bed – this is great for water quality and salmon.
Unfortunately some Siskiyou County Tea Party politicians oppose this needed watershed restoration plan and want to turn the project into yet another timber sale. Please let the Forest Service know that you stand with them in their effort to reduce sediment pollution in the Scott River.
The Scott River tributary to the Klamath River has had a tough go of it. For decades water withdrawals, mining, logging, grazing and irresponsible road building have degraded the river’s water quality and salmon habitat. Sediment pollution from crumbling logging roads has been a chronic problem and contributed to the Scott being listed under the Clean Water Act as in need of cleanup.
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PNP comment: Sorry, can’t help myself. I have lived in the Scott River tributary area over 50 years. The above statements are out and out lies. The water in Scott River is pure and almost too clear. The logging roads have been cleaned up. There is NOTHING left to improve. Man and weather are part of Scott Valley. Spending money on RESTORATION that is NOT needed is such a HUGE WASTE !!!!! Oh and the comment period was closed July 7, 2012. Or so, we neighboring landowners were told? — Editor Liz Bowen
Jul 17, 2012
To Siskiyou Daily News
July 17, 2012
Mr. Bowman & Mr. Dowse,
With respect to your article in the Siskiyou Daily News parroting the Huffington Post & condemning Sheriff John Lopey by your accusations that he is above the law, you show your own ignorance. I do not subscribe to your paper & have not for several years for such shallow reporting. But I have been aware before of the ignorance of some citizens who think that they know the law.
Sheriff Lopey & I both took the same oath of office. It was 56 years ago that I held up my right hand and repeated the words (“I swear”) to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, both foreign and domestic,, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same, so help me God. Do you understand those words, “both foreign and domestic”? Yes, that means enemies, both here and abroad, who would undermine our ideals & distort our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
And even though I retired from the U. S. Navy 22 years ago after 34 years service, as a Captain, USN (Ret.) (my permanent rank equivalent to Sheriff Lopey’s rank as a Colonel, USAR), I consider that i am still subject to that oath of office, as he is. And, as a public servant, I have never, in 56 years, forgotten whom I serve & to whom I answer (the people).
You will notice that the oath is to the Constitution of the United States of America, “the Supreme Law of the Land”, not to the Constitution of the State of California or the County of Siskiyou. And Sheriff Lopey has likewise again resworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, to be subject to the Constitution, not to be above the law. And it is his duty to ensure that our rights guaranteed by the Supreme Law of the Land are protected from encroachment by anyone with ulterior motives, be they private, State or Federal agents. And as our senior law enforcement officer in Siskiyou County, that is what he doing. He is exercising leadership to focus attention together with other North State sheriffs on their duties subject to the Constitution. And I see it as a refreshing change in attitudes from others.
If you have accused him of being above the law, then you obviously do not understand the law or know what you are saying. And i suggest that you get it straight before you put it in print. Now when you have served your Country for over 30 years under that oath of office & can understand, I may discuss it with you. Meanwhile, I think that you owe Sheriff Lopey a formal apology. And let him do his job without your verbal abuses.
Norman R. Malmberg
Captain, USN (Ret.)
Jul 17, 2012
To Siskiyou Daily News
July 17, 2012
We are writing in response to the article written by John Bowman on Sheriff Lopey in the Monday, July 16, SDN. The irony in the attacks against Sheriff Lopey by the Huffington Post and other far-left media is that he is the one who has stood up to the incredible overstep by STATE and federal agencies, agencies that have increased their vitriolic and bitter assault on rural businesses in the last 4 years.
He is the one putting his career and reputation on the line to speak up for average people. How more right can that be?
Right now rural California is under attack by a number of agencies who, having taken on the mantle of Big Brother, see themselves as a power unto themselves. They are not elected officials, but appointed
– people who have no invested interest in agriculture, timber, mining, or any other industry, but who can almost willy-nilly make decisions and implement “administrative laws” that affect them. These industries have historically been the ones that support all other “life” in rural counties. But the government has become so powerful that these agents can verbally and emotionally abuse individuals through the “weight” of their offices, demanding multiple permits at incredible cost, then deny them access to such permits or insert so many levels of red tape and bureaucracy that no one can move without bowing to their power over an dover. Check out the bible of regulations coming down in the next few years by Cal Trans, Fish and Wildlife, Dept. of Agriculture, and many other agencies, which are turning their focus to “environmental justice” and “progressivism” — words that carry incredible Power, concepts that will bend small producers, entrepreneurs and growers as well as large ones.
These self-important agencies can always justify their abuse on the grounds of “protecting the public interest.” What they are really trying to protect is their jobs. Moreover, they are so fearful of attack by the far left — which wields lawsuits (paid for through grant money awarded them by the government, by the way) and threats by special interest groups with plenty of clout and money — that they don’t speak the truth. Instead they push the average person around with their badges, their “power” and their layers of verbiage and insulation, protected by the separate, almost hidden, law enforcement arms of their agencies. Check out the national abuses by NOAA and what that “agency” has done to the entire fishing industry (particularly small fishermen) on the East coast. Even Barney Frank, for Pete’s sake, called for an investigation into their power-grabbing, fine- levying abuses, which equal the notorious GSA debacle this year. In truth, it shouldn’t matter on which side of the political aisle you sit, you should be aware of this insidious move to assert more and more control over the individual. It’s alarming. Our world has indeed become Orwellian — and the practiced, deliberate use of doublespeak by these agencies should give EVERYONE reason to pause.
Would that the average consumer/citizen dig beneath the surface and recognize where the push for more and more government intervention comes from; it is not out of care and concern for the environment, because we all care about the environment and significant changes have occurred in the last three decades. Ranchers, Loggers, and miners today are not stuck in the same mind set that existed 40 or 50 years ago (but that’s a myth the far left groups love to perpetuate)! In truth, the “environment” is merely the shield these agencies and special interest groups now use to hide behind. Their real goal is to take command of much, much more than meets the eye. Check out EPA and NMFS and even Fish & Game and see what new rules are coming down the pike….plus how many more people have been added to their payrolls to “insure” that these convoluted rules and regulations are met. What are these people PRODUCING? Paper? More bureaucracy? More red tape via permits, fines, fees, regulations? Regulations that require a Philadelphia lawyer to interpret?
Sheriff Lopey is the elected official of our county and has every right to investigate and protect the people of his county. What needs to happen is that locals need to take the time to check out what power these agents have assumed in this and other rural counties. And remember, when they retire and walk away from their jobs, with their pensions and entitlements in place, what they leave in the wake of their careers is the people still scrambling to eek out a living. I hope everyone who sees what Sheriff Lopey has done to protect us would speak up on his behalf. It’s time those who are too busy making a living and working hard to get by take time to thank him. He is a gift to Siskiyou County and he cares more about individuals than he does about inflating his career. Not so those agents itching to move up the government ladder of “success”.
Sadly, because the far left has the ear of the majority of media outlets, it’s hard for the average person to see the forest for the trees.
Doug and Gail Jenner
Jul 17, 2012
Redding, Calif. – In order to justify the frivolous spending in Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown qualified Proposition 30 for the November 2012 General Election. Redding Councilman Rick Bosetti has joined the “California for Reform and Jobs, Not Taxes” coalition to oppose the 50 billion dollar tax increase.
“The North State needs to stand up against this blank check that enables the liberals in the legislature to continue to overspend without restraints,” commented Councilmember Bosetti. “We cannot give Sacramento a blank check, we cannot give them our jobs and we cannot give them our vote.”
Negative highlights of Proposition 30:
Raises sales and income taxes on all Californians as much as 50 billion dollars over the next seven years
Destroys small businesses and kills jobs
Doesn’t provide ANY new funding for schools
Includes NO reform
Councilmember Bosetti has also sent our requests to many North State local leaders and small businesses to join the measure.
To join the coalition against Proposition 30 please visit www.RickBosetti.com.
In his campaign for Assembly, Councilmember Bosetti has taken a position against new taxes and has received support from California’s two largest anti-tax groups, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the National Taxpayers Protection Committee.