Aug 31, 2012
SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
**8/31/2012 1030 **
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the Mandatory Evacuation Notice that was issued to residents of Seiad Valley that live on Seiad Creek Road, Seiad Oaks Road and some portions of the west side of Highway 96 due to the threat of the Goff Fire. Residents are now able to return to their homes. Some roads have been reopened. Reopened areas include from the intersection of Highway 96 to Seiad Creek Road and to the intersection of Seiad Creek Road and Seiad Oaks Road. From the intersection of Seiad Oaks Road to Low Gap Road the closure remains in effect until 8:00pm tonight.
For additional information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900, or the Goff Fire Information Center at (530)493-1514, or on the internet at <inciweb.org/incident/3117/> Select Fort Complex, then select the “Closures” tab or “News” tab, the Sheriff’s Department will also have current information and evacuation plans available via the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department Facebook page.
Aug 30, 2012
Bipartisan Group of Senate Legislators Defeats AB 2179
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 2179 was defeated on the Senate Floor after a robust debate. AB 2179 would authorize the Department of Fish and Game (Department) to impose administrative penalties of up to $15,000 for violations of the Fish and Game Code. The Department now has the ability to self-determine violations, the level of the fine, and the appeals process.
“This is especially disturbing given the ravenous appetite of this state for taxpayer dollars,” commented LaMalfa. “AB 2179 would empower the Department to become the judge, jury and executioner on Fish and Game violations and in a time when farmers and ranchers are struggling, the Legislature is attempting to make it more difficult to operate,”
“Farmers and ranchers in the North State have bent over backwards to accommodate the environmental concerns of the Department,” commented LaMalfa. “Unfortunately, the goal posts are moved at every turn and my constituents are unable to comply.”
Although AB 2179 was defeated with only 11 votes supporting and 23 votes opposing, it is eligible for reconsideration in the Senate tomorrow.
“With the legislative session ending at midnight tomorrow, my hope is that Legislators will continue to realize the long-term consequences of this bill on California and defeat it one final time,” said LaMalfa.
Senator Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing the fourth Senate District including Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Sutter, Del Norte, Placer, Trinity, Yuba and Nevada counties.
Aug 30, 2012
This is Thursday morning about 11 o’clock and things have changed considerably. Our power has been out for about a day and a half and just came on about four o’clock this morning. Everything in the freezer was just about thawed and going to be turning. Now we have puddles of ice cream that had melted and re-froze. Wonder if it will still taste the same? It sure does give pause to what we think is important and not and those things we take for granted, like power. I’m going to have to do something about making our own power here.
The fire has done a horseshoe turn and is now headed back toward us. The forest service came by yesterday afternoon to take our information on how many people live here, how we can be contacted, where the propane tanks are and what needs to be done to protect the structures. So sometime after tomorrow the fire should be reaching us again, it may be a little slower but it’s march toward our location seems to be inevitable. We still have lots of things stored in our travel trailer and ready to leave on any given notice. We went up to Seiad last night. Traffic was held up because of fire coming down onto the road, burning logs rolling onto the road and lots of fire crews standing around waiting to put them out. The site was truly spectacular and very scary, the heat was intense. Flames reaching hundreds of feet into the night sky and feeling the heat a half-mile away. Many people have evacuated from Seiad and moved their livestock and animals to the Fairgrounds in Yreka. There is a volunteer posse rounding up cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and even pigs. It looks like sheer pandemonium, although in an organized way. Sharon, of course, is a nervous wreck. If I could possibly do all the things she wants me to do, I would need to be Superman. There is ash falling everywhere and coating everything. I was reading a book on my front porch yesterday and I had to get up every half hour or so to brush all the ash off. Most of it is not hot but some of it just might be and fires are spotting where the hot ash comes down, I took some nice pictures but I don’t know if they will come out or not. Looking at the pictures on the camera, all I see is blur spots. I think it’s going to have to take a better camera and somebody who knows how to take night pictures of the fire.
Mining activity has stopped again. We seem to be at about 6 feet from where we left off last year. The overburden is being take off a few inches at a time with our old cat. Yesterday morning the poor old thing broke one of its tracks and now we’re going to have to hunt down parts for it. Not only that, but my smaller red backhoe is down until I get a new battery for it. So any mining has come to a halt. Christopher and Sandra are still on the fires, working their butts off. Sandra doesn’t think that she will have another meltdown now that she knows what to expect. They are all changing locations because fires never stay in one place for long. Then she has to take her truck back into the burned out areas where the firefighters were defending and pick up all the equipment left behind. This is going to take a while. Sharon’s father would say, “there be hard times in Americkee, don’t know what’s happened in Africkee.” One thing for sure, never a dull moment. When I get some pictures downloaded I’ll send them on, if they are legible.
Aug 29, 2012
7 p.m. for Pie N Politics of sharing desserts and socializing
7:15 p.m. meeting will start
Catholic Parish Hall
Fort Jones, corner of Main and Carlock across from the Catholic Church
Lots to discuss
For more info contact President Tom Pease at 468-2414
Aug 28, 2012
I just saw a great bumper sticker. It read:
End the Bush Era — Vote Obama Out!
Critics be darned. I truly enjoyed the RNC tonight, especially speeches by Ann Romney and Governor Christi.
— Editor Liz Bowen