Aug 4, 2012
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.
Been working on the timers and soaker hoses in the garden this week. One hose cracked so much that I decided Gorilla glue just wasn’t going to fix it a second time, so I replaced it with a hose I purchased last year. This was on the green beans and I was able to get the new hose in place before they grew too much and the process may have damaged the plants. Whew.
Received information from friends about my zucchini with weepy leaves on the inner stems and stunted four-inch long zucchinis. Kathy sent me to a blog that suggested it may be an insect, but I sure couldn’t find any. Nan said she has had problems with the zucchini rotting from the blossom end. I found one that was rotting and several other zucchini had not grown in a week and were still only four-inches. So I took the plunge and cut it off at the ground. Two more plants are growing on the same hill and about to produce, so will see if they are any better. This is the first time I have a problem with zucchini.
I did get some flowers, herbs and a jam entered into the Siskiyou fair. Now, I must find the very best blossoms at the right time. What pressure!
This Thurs. Aug. 2, staff from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will be at the Fort Jones Community Center to hold a public workshop on proposed changes to the Scott River TMDL Waiver for Waste Discharge requirements. Time is 9:30 a.m. to noon. Scott Valley Protect Our Water claims our irrigation water is not a waste. It is fresh snow-melted water and is purified as it seeps through the ground back into the Scott River aquifer.
Eventually, the state agency will be demanding a permit with huge fees and fines for your “waste discharge.” The Permit to Farm will soon follow.
The best way to deal with this permit is to not sign up. If you admit you need a permit, you will then be treated as a” new” project. As a new project, you will need to meet requirements of the really costly environmental CEQA — California Environmental Quality Act. Cost for all the biological studies is well over $20,000.
This state agency is using fear to trap you into paying fees and fines. Tell them “no way.”
Then Thurs. Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District is holding its monthly meeting. Bryan McFadin from the Regional Water Quality Control Board will be there offering “grant money” to the RCD to help “willing” farmers or ranchers write up a “Ranch Plan.” Yep, you guessed it, this Ranch Plan will be the basis for the “permit” you will then need in order to operate your ranch.
Permits and over-regulations are destroying industry, business and ranching. These over-regulations destroy livelihoods and also destroy the environment.
I see the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation folks took a float on July 2nd down the Scott River from Horn Lane to Eller Lane. It was beautiful, according to an article in the Siskiyou Daily. Guess what? In August, I bet they will try to float the same reach of the river, only the water flow will be too low.
But, I predict QVIR and other Greenies will then claim it is the “industrialized” farmers and ranchers fault for irrigating their crops. Guess what? There are no industrialized farmers in Scott Valley. All the farmers and ranchers are family-owned small businesses.
And yep, the snow has melted in the mountains resulting in a much reduced flow, if any, in creeks and the Scott River; also making little available water for irrigating. Livestock must be moved from pastures, because the creeks and ditches have dried up. Please, do not get caught up in this crazy scheme. Look at the mountains. The snowpack is gone, because of summer heat.
Elk and wolves
Last week, Butte Valley ranchers met with Sheriff Jon Lopey, staff from Senator Doug LaMalfa’s office and leaders of Scott Valley POW trying to find solutions to their elk problem. Some years ago, CA. Dept. of Fish and Game planted elk in their area and now herds are up to 300 head. The elk are eating the ranchers’ alfalfa fields with no compensation from DFG. Their livelihoods as hay farmers are being destroyed. But the latest fear is that DFG will now decide there is enough prey to introduce Canadian wolves into the area. This weekend a calf was attacked by wolves in Oregon. I will state again that wolf litters increase packs too fast causing devastation to wildlife and livestock. Leave the Canadian wolves in Canada.
Liz Bowen writes biographies, radio and freelances. Check out blogs: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com
Aug 4, 2012
From Klamath National Forest headquarters
Aug. 3, 2012
Yreka, C A- This afternoon several fires were ignited alongside California Highway 96 south of Happy Camp, California. At last report there were 23 separate fires, spread over a 20 mile stretch of highway, for an approximate total of 145 acres.
Highway 96 is closed from the Humboldt/Siskiyou county line to Dillon Creek. The two largest fires are in the Dillon Creek drainage. Dillon Creek Campground has been evacuated. There are structures threatened. No other evacuations have been ordered at this time.
A Type 2 Incident Command team has been ordered and is expected to meet with Forest leadership this evening.
The Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests have implemented Fire Restrictions beginning Monday August 6. Initiating fire use restrictions will help minimize the potential of wildland fire starts.
Time/Date Started: August 3, 2012, around noon
Location: Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests, south of Happy Camp in the Dillon Creek area
Cause: Under investigation
Fuels: Timber, brush
Size: 125 acres
Resources Committed: 2 Type 1 crews, 2 Type 2 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 air tankers, 2 air attack planes
Predicted Weather: Lightning activity is predicted this weekend.
Evacuations: The Dillon Creek Campground has been evacuated
Cooperators: Klamath National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Cal Fire, California Highway Highway Patrol
Community Development and Outreach Specialist
Klamath National Forest
1711 S. Main Street
(530) 841-4484 office