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YREKA, CA – The USDA Forest Service announced plans for upcoming prescribed burns. Prescribed fire is an important tool to reduce hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems, and help protect communities within the wildland urban interface.
Throughout the winter and early spring, fire personnel on the Klamath National Forest have been engaged in pile burning of forest vegetation removed as a result of understory thinning. In the spring, when the snow melts but fire danger remains low, fuel reduction work transitions from pile burning to spring underburns. Underburns use low to moderate intensity fire through vegetation and woody debris on the forest floor. In addition to reducing the severity of future wildfires and protecting local communities, the burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest and improve habitat for wildlife.
Eight general areas have been identified for spring prescribed burns, across all the ranger districts of the Klamath National Forest. Whether or not the burns occur this spring will depend on local conditions, such as fuel moisture, weather forecast, and the availability of resources.
The Goosenest Ranger District is planning three understory burns. These include 1,019 acres near Tennant, 673 acres near Lookout Butte, and 293 acres near First Creek and Little Deer Mountain.
One prescribed underburn is planned on the Scott River Ranger District. Firefighters hope to burn up to 240 acres at Scott Bar Mountain, between Jones Beach and Bridge Flat Campground.
Three prescribed burns are planned on the Salmon River Ranger District. Up to 1,700 acres may be burned north of Sawyers Bar on the south face of Tanner’s Peak. The nearby Salmon Salvage Prescribed Fire project includes another 339 acres in Kelly Gulch and 67 acres near Specimen Creek.
One small controlled burn is planned on the Happy Camp Ranger District. Up to three acres may be underburned at West Branch Campground. An objective of this project is to promote habitat for bear grass.
On the Oak Knoll District the Forest Service is planning 180 acres of pile burning near the community of Hamburg. Another 10 acres of piles may be burned as part of the Dutch Dog project, near the community of Klamath River.
All prescribed fire projects will be conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel, and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.
Visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. Some spur roads near the burn areas may be inaccessible during operations. As a result of the burns, some residents and visitors may see or smell smoke. They may also witness glowing from the fires at night. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.
Specific dates for these prescribed burns will be announced when weather conditions appears favorable, usually within one week of ignition. Current information will be posted on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page and on Twitter. A map showing all the planned burns is available on the Klamath National Forest web page.
For additional information, please contact Josh Schmalenberger on the Scott River Ranger District at 530-468-5351, Ron McEwen on the Salmon River Ranger District at 530-468-1270, Matt Watson on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger Districts at 530-465-1520, and Brandon Dethlefs on the Goosenest Ranger District at 530-398-5727.
On Friday, April 29, 2016, at about 6:25 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) units received a report of a train derailment one mile north of the Shasta Retreat. The location is west of Hedge Creek Falls and about a mile north of Simpson Avenue in the North Dunsmuir area. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The preliminary reports indicate a Union Pacific train derailed west of the Sacramento River in the North Dunsmuir area. Reports indicate there are eight empty train cars involved in the mishap and there are no reported injuries, no reported release of hazardous materials, and no reported impact to the nearby Sacramento River.”
SCSO, Union Pacific, Dunsmuir Fire Department, and other first responders are on-scene assessing the situation. All non-responder citizens are asked to stay out of the area while response crews conduct business to clear the scene at the earliest possible opportunity. Reports related to the incident may be directed to the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center phone number of (530) 841-2900.
Billings, Mont. – In response to R-CALF USA’s January request, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week requested the Comptroller General of the United States to use his agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to initiate an investigation into the 2015 cattle price collapse.
In a letter signed by the chairman and ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), respectively, along with the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), respectively, the GAO is asked to investigate the cause of the sudden 15.1 percent drop in fed cattle prices that occurred during the latter half of 2015.
“We are pleased the Judiciary Committee agrees that the evidence we provided regarding the dysfunctionality of our fed cattle market warrants a careful investigation into the current structure of our industry and our industry’s susceptibility to anticompetitive practices,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.
The Judiciary Committee’s letter specifically requested the GAO to conduct “a review of the structure of the market and of any possible anticompetitive conduct.”
According to the agency’s Website, the GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency often called the ‘government watchdog’ because it investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The Comptroller General of the United States, who heads the GAO, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010.
“This is our last best chance to stop the chickenization of our cattle industry,” said Bullard, referring to the vertically integrated structure of the U.S. chicken industry that is under the complete control of large, corporate meatpackers.
“We don’t want our cattle industry to follow the chicken industry’s path and the only way to reverse our present trajectory towards it is to defend and protect competition in our cattle markets,” he added.
In 2010 the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice held joint hearings across the country during which both agencies indicated they would begin protecting competition in livestock markets by enforcing antitrust laws and the Packers and Stockyards Act, which prohibits anticompetitive conduct. However, no such actions have been initiated by either agency.
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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the United States. It is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-25
SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IDENTIFIES DECEASED MAN
April 27, 2016
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at about 2:26 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to the scene of a reported dead body, which was located near a rural hillside trail in vicinity of East Fork Road (USFS Road 18N13) in the area of nearby Indian Creek Road (6800 block) in the Happy Camp area. Responding SCSO and California Highway Patrol (CHP) units located a deceased male adult at the location. SCSO field and detective units initiated an investigation, which is still underway. The cause and manner of death are still pending the outcome of the SCSO Major Crimes Unit investigation and an autopsy will be conducted on May 2, 2016. The deceased male adult has been identified by the SCSO’s Chief Deputy Coroner as Mr. Adam Michael Abbey, 30, of Cave Junction Oregon. Mr. Abbey was discovered on the trail by nearby residents while they reportedly were in the area checking a water line.
On Monday, April 11, 2016, the CHP recovered a stolen vehicle in the nearby area. The investigating CHP officer previously observed the vehicle being operated on a nearby roadway and shortly afterwards located the vehicle abandoned on East Fork Road. It was occupied by at least two persons when first observed. The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of Grants Pass, Oregon. SCSO detectives are working with the CHP and Grants Pass, Oregon police authorities to determine if the stolen vehicle and CHP incident are linked to the deceased man, Mr. Abbey.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This case is still under investigation. There is no evidence of foul play in this case but the cause and manner of death have not been determined, pending the completion of our investigation and we must analyze the results of the autopsy, which has not been completed. We extend our condolences and prayers to the family of Mr. Abbey. Anyone with information about Mr. Abbey’s activities in the days and weeks prior to the recovery of his body is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”CPCHP
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey will be the key speaker at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday, April 28, 2016. Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, Mark Baird and Erin Ryan, from Congressman LaMalfa’s office, will also share important issues. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.
Topics include the marijuana initiative that is on the June 7 Primary Election Ballot; the new attorney Larry Kogan, who is working on the Klamath water issues; and CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 1602 Permit.
The REC in Fort Jones is holding its monthly live band dance with “The ‘B’ Side” on Friday, April 29th from 8 to 11 p.m. Pizza and beer is available for social hour at 5 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.
Remember the Mt. Bolivar Grange is holding a Taco dinner Friday, April 29 in Callahan from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s a fundraiser for the Grange!
Ramblin Jack Elliot, a two-time Grammy winner, will be playing at the Yreka Community Theater on Friday, April 29th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Carl Schwindeman and Bill Lachennayer will open for Jack.
Rodeo weekend in Etna kicks-off with the California High School Rodeo Finals for Northern California on April 29-30 at the Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo grounds on Island Road. Admission is free to the High School Championship Rodeo starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
A Rodeo Round-Up Barbecue will be held at 6 p.m. at Dotty’s with live music and dancing. Get your tickets at Dotty’s. The Etna Rodeo Parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and Cowboy Church with Pastor Drew Travis at 11-ish at the softball field.
At 1 p.m., kids events of Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Riding starts the 68th Annual Pleasure Park Rodeo. There will be a new format for the popular Wild Saddle Cow Riding with a “show down” for the fastest times to compete for champion buckles and a chance to compete at the 2016 Siskiyou Golden Fair Championship in August.
Sure was embarrassed on Saturday morning, when we woke to white frost and 30 degrees. Earlier in the week, Jack planted two Armenian cucumber plants that friends gave us. They were nearly two feet long and the temps were so warm, we decided to plant them. They transplanted well, but we didn’t cover them Friday night after those rains. Well, the good news is that the frost must not have been long enough, because they made it. One leaf is burned. That’s all. Whew! That’s the problem with trying to get gardens started in April and May in Scott Valley. You never know when freezing temps will hit.
A newly-hired attorney is bringing a passionate level of ability to the Klamath water issue. Larry Kogan was hired by the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) over in the Klamath Falls-Tulelake area of the Klamath Project. KID needs to replace the worn-out flume, which supports the C-Canal that provides water to over 53,000 acres of farmland. KID farmers are under the Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Project and needed to sign a contract with the BOR Director Therese O’Rourke Bradford regarding the costly project. Unfortunately, the BOR director was driving a hard-bargain with demands that couldn’t be met by the farmers; then threatening to shut-off all of their irrigation water. Bradford would not negotiate. So KID hired Kogan to remedy the situation. This all happened in the past two months.
Luckily, California Congressman Doug LaMalfa also became involved to support farmers in his district. Water from KID irrigates fields in Tulelake area. His field rep Erin Ryan attended several meetings with Kogan and is up-to-speed on the situation. Last Thursday, Erin and Mark Spanagle, who also works for the congressman, attended a BOR meeting in Sacramento with Kogan. Erin reports that the meeting was more than interesting and is quite impressed with Kogan, who also met with the BOR Pacific Regional Director explaining Klamath BOR’s demands were unacceptable.
Shockingly, on Friday, the Klamath BOR office announced that its Director Therese O’Rourke Bradford was leaving her post! Wow, I guess Kogan and the congressman’s staff were able to show the Pacific Regional Director the error of Bradford’s ways. I have never seen a federal agency make a move so fast.
Erin said she is pleased over the situation, because KID should now be able to negotiate a contract that will be in line with the 1956 and 1983 contracts. More is going on behind the scenes and Erin will explain at the Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday.
Remember, BOR established the Klamath Project specifically to grow food to feed America. For the first 80 years of the project, BOR was a friend to the up to 1,400 farmers in the 225,000 acre land reclamation. Now, as a federal agency, its new goal seems to be to destroy agriculture. Go figure!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
It certainly was exciting for so many dam supporters to show up to the rally last Tuesday. We had close to 200 people standing on the Siskiyou Co. Courthouse steps for the photo-op, including county supervisors Grace Bennett and Ray Haupt. Those in the front row held the banner that stated: We the People of the State of Jefferson hereby declare the premise and signing of the Klamath Hydro Settlement Agreement to be invalid. We dispute the authority of the signers, the integrity of the science and the promised benefits of dam removal. In the creation of the KHSA, public input was prevented, congress and county supervisors were circumvented and the true stakeholders were ultimately silenced. Let it be known on this 12th day of April 2016 that common sense has been restored. We the undersigned declare that the Klamath Dams will not be removed!!!
Yep, it was a spoof. We mocked California and Oregon governors that signed the newest agreement. But we believe that our “agreement” holds as much water as the dignitaries’ does. A big “thank you” goes to Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, for coming up with the idea. She did so with the congressman’s blessing. Hooray for our congressman and his great staff who are working so hard to help save the Klamath dams!
On Friday, April 29th the Mt. Bolivar Grange, in Callahan, will hold a taco dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 individual or $20 a family. This is in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Callahan Emporium under new ownership. I’ve heard there will be a band or two playing at the saloon on Friday night. So, there will be lots of excitement in Callahan.
Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey is the key speaker for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center.
The April 1st report of the snowpack in Western Siskiyou County and Eastern Shasta Valley were not as bad as I thought it would be. The mountain areas surrounding Scott Valley averaged around 90 percent of the average with a very high water content of 97 percent average.
To the East, the Goosenest Ranger District boasted a bit above average with 51.7 inches measured, when the average was 49 inches. It also had a high water content of 130 percent of average! Last year, this same spot that is measured in Goosenest did not have any snow. It was dry as a bone.
The surveys are conducted by employees of the Klamath National Forest the first of Feb., March, April and May on specific sites that have been monitored for years. The oldest is Middle Boulder 1 southwest of Mt. Bolivar, which dates back to 1946 and is 6,600 feet in elevation. The average snowpack is 71.4 inches for April 1. This year it measured 68.4 inches. Last year, it measured 1.3 inches of snow.
This year, Box Camp in the Marbles showed the most snow at 107 inches with an average of 87.2 inches at the 6,440 foot elevation. Box Camp has been measured since 1978. Last year it measured 1.2 inches of snow!
Swampy John above Etna on Salmon Mt. boasted 88 percent of average at the 5,500 foot elevation with 70.3 inches compared to an 80-inch average. Last year, no snow was measured at Swampy John. At least, there is a decent amount of snow at our higher levels this year. Whew!
Boy, it did warm up on Sunday. On Saturday, I planted two kinds of lettuce and spinach, so I expect a good germination! The asparagus is growing and Jack brought in a handful. I ate half of them raw. We did break out the barbecue to cook some chicken and he threw the rest of the asparagus on the grill. I put a dab of olive oil on them and it was pretty darned good.
Sure do wish I had insight on how many frosts we will get in May. Most of us are probably itching to plant stuff that could get hammered with a late May or June frost. Oh, the challenges of gardening in Scott Valley!
We have been learning that the Bundys and those that were arrested with them in February have not been treated well in jail. Ammon told the judge during a hearing last week that he was handcuffed for 23 hours and not fed when he was first incarcerated. Several weeks ago, the wife of one of the other protesters reported her husband was handcuffed, beaten and left in a cell for two days. From what I can learn, it looks like the Bundys and compatriots are still being kept in isolation, although most have been taken from Portland, Oregon to detention centers in Nevada.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
Today at 1 p.m. in front of the Siskiyou Co. Courthouse, a rally will be held to show support for saving the Klamath dams from destruction. An “agreement” to save the dams will be available for all “stakeholders” to sign. Anyone who shows up and cares about saving the dams is a stakeholder.
This rally is real, but we (dam savers) are doing it to spoof the signing of the newest Klamath Hydro-electric Agreement by Oregon and California Governors Brown, Dept. of Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, a few Tribes and PacifiCorp last week.
On the surface, the signing by important people looks ominous and legit. But, they have not followed the legal process. The County of Siskiyou has been ignored and congress cannot be ignored. I say their photo-op that has hit national and international newspapers is a farce. It uses the process of: If we say it loud enough and long enough, everyone will believe it.
The reality is that there are “powers-that-be” that want the dams out. But, the truth is that this is NOT a done deal. Our Siskiyou Supervisors immediately sent a letter to the Governor Browns letting them know a lawsuit is on its way. So, the fight to save the Klamath dams is not over. And we can also play the game of being loud and repetitive. Let’s all repeat: “Save the dams!” Join us at 1 p.m. today. Let’s have some fun with this.
Last week, I wrote about Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, discussing the Westside Fire Recovery Plan at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. He was disgusted that the process to complete the plan had taken so long – nearly a year and a half. I became confused about the different agencies that were involved. It is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that he said dithered and delayed the process. The agency didn’t meet its own deadline on the biological assessment regarding the spotted owl. That deadline was 90 days. Then NOAA Fisheries decided to delay its biological assessment on the coho salmon. Both agencies held up the process. The Klamath National Forest is the lead agency and needed the cooperation of these other federal agencies.
Interesting thing: Even after the dithering, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is still the target of the Karuk Tribe, which has filed a lawsuit to try and stop the recovery by the Westside Fire Plan.
The Siskiyou Co. Republican Central Committee is holding a caucus to elect members for each county district, who will then serve on the county central committee. This is the first time a caucus will be used for the election process in Siskiyou (that we know of). All registered Republicans in Siskiyou County are eligible to run for these positions. The term for the position is four years.
The caucus will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center at 1 p.m.
If you wish to run for a Central Committee position, please submit a letter with a short bio, your address, district you live in and phone number prior to 5 p.m. April 27. Send to SCRCC, P.O. Box 744, Yreka, CA. 96097. During the election process all registered Republicans who attend this caucus will be eligible to vote, which will be by secret ballot.
If you are not registered or registered as a Republican and would like to run for a position on the central committee, there is still time to stop by the Siskiyou Co. Clerk’s Office and register. You are welcome to call me for more info.
Entries for the Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeo will be April 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Rodeo events are: Ranch Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Open Team Roping, Mix Team Roping, Calf Roping, Girls Barrel Race, Girls Breakaway and Wild Saddle Cow. Please call in your entries, including Youth Mutton Bustin’ and Kid’s Calf Riding, to Secretary Jaclyn Boyce at 530-340-5527 on April 14 and 15.
The 68th Annual May Rodeo will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 starting at 1 p.m. with kids events. The Etna Rodeo Parade is at 10:30 a.m. Call Drew Travis to enter the parade at 530-468-2410.
About a month ago, I purchased a six-pack of cabbages and got them planted two weeks later. I decided to give them a shot of Miracle Gro this weekend. One packet of peas came up pretty well, but only four made it from the snow peas. They are about four inches tall. Jack transplanted them into one spot and they are doing well. The garlic and over-winter onions look great and some asparagus really started shooting up last week. Boy, the rhubarb is happy at almost two feet tall.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
First, I will report on the rest of the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting held March 26th in Fort Jones. Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, said that the Karuk Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trying to stop the Westside Fire Recovery Project. The county supervisors voted 5-0 to join as interveners to stop this lawsuit. One sale has been sold since the Klamath National Forest finalized the project.
Ray explained to the group that the Westside Recovery Project is only four percent, let me repeat that, it is only four percent of the entire area that burned several 100,000 acres in western Siskiyou County in 2014. This project only involves infra-structure protection for roads and homes. The Klamath National Forest dithered for nearly 18 months in delaying the decision to recover the burned-over area. As a result, a significant 40 percent of the trees are not merchantable. Ray believes this will be an economic blow to the county for the next 50 years.
Ray and Siskiyou Co. Board Chairman Grace Bennett attended the public meeting by the “secret” group that is continuing to work to destroy the Klamath dams. Grace read a statement from the county against dam removal and Ray backed her up by saying the county will not participate in the group’s illegal process. He did add that this most recent endeavor to establish a “shell” entity, with a non-profit number, to purchase the dams from PacifiCorp is the most dangerous he has seen. Unfortunately, right now the White House administration will not hold federal agencies to their own rules and will look the other way. Yep, this is a major part of the problem.
Ray also explained that the Karuk Tribe is lobbying the state legislature for aboriginal hunting rights on four herds of elk in the Marble Mt. Wilderness Area. But, the area has been proven, under the 1851 Treaties, to be Shasta Nation territory not Karuk. Uh, ooh.
Also conflicting is that Karuk leadership engaged Assemblyman Jim Wood, a Democrat for CA. Assembly Dist. 2 to introduce the bill. Wood is not the assemblyman for Siskiyou County. Brian Dahle is Siskiyou’s assemblyman. The bill is AB 1792 and if passed, will change Section 332 of the Fish and Game Code relating to hunting giving the Karuk exclusive hunting rights to the local elk herds for subsistence, cultural or religious ceremonies.
Since this was expressed as a cultural need, Ray questions if the Karuk Tribal members will be hunting with traditional weapons or utilizing modern technical weapons of cross-bows or guns?
He also is concerned about the welfare of the program that has successfully re-established elk in Western Siskiyou County. It was a cooperative program with the U.S. Klamath National Forest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Rocky Mountain Elk, timber companies and other groups. Should one non-native tribe be the only group to reap what a cooperative environmental program created?
There is also concern that the recent introduction of non-native Canadian wolves into Siskiyou County will negatively affect the elk herds – also jeopardizing the cooperative re-introduction elk program.
Mark Baird attended the dam removal meeting held in Sacramento as well. He told the “secret” group that new Klamath Hydro-electric Settlement Agreement does not extinguish water rights and that the area where the Klamath dams are located is Shasta land not Karuk.
Regarding the Jefferson Statehood situation, Mark said a campaign was launched in January where Jefferson supporters sent 1,000s of letters and phone calls to California legislators asking for legislation to create a new state. No response was received from any of the 120 state legislators, including Dist. 1 Assemblyman Brian Dahle or Dist. 1 Senator Ted Gaines.
As a result, the Jefferson Committee has hired attorneys, who are preparing to sue the State of California for lack of representation. Remember, of the 80 assembly people and 40 senators elected at the state level, only five are elected from Northern California counties proving there is a nearly non-existent voice for Northern rural counties in the state legislature.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey will be the keynote speaker at the next Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Time is 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center. He will be talking about the marijuana ballot initiative and the new jail funding.
Finally, there was some management of the wolf populations last week. Four wolves were actually shot and killed by wildlife officials in northeast Oregon after five attacks on livestock killed two sheep and four head of cattle. Sure didn’t take long for the invading Canadian gray wolf to increase in numbers. Yep, they just keep growing and growing and growing.
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen also declared the case complex and set a series of deadlines for pre-trial motions and an exchange of evidence between federal prosecutors and defense lawyers.
At a hearing Friday before Leen, Bundy and most of the defendants opposed continuing the trial until next year, arguing it would harm their constitutional rights to a speedy resolution of the case.
But in her 14-page decision, Leen sided with prosecutors and said the “ends of justice” would be served by moving the trial to February.
Prosecutors have until May 6 to turn over a large share of the evidence they have accumulated over the last two years during the investigation into the April 12, 2014, confrontation in Bunkerville.
Bundy and most of the other defendants are facing a series of felony charges, including conspiracy, obstruction, extortion and assault on law enforcement officers that could land them in prison for life if convicted. All of the defendants are in federal custody.
Leen on Tuesday also ordered defense lawyers and prosecutors to meet to see if they can agree on a protective order to keep key government evidence in the case secret.
Many of the defense lawyers are on record opposing the government’s proposed order, arguing it is too broad.
Las Vegas Review-Journal Editor Keith Moyer has said the newspaper will be “vigorously opposing” any attempt to withhold the evidence from the public.
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Thank you for signing our petition for a congressional investigation of the assassination of LaVoy Finicum.
Since LaVoy’s murder, we have worked diligently while suffering through great sorrow and chaos to get ourselves organized to continue his message of the proper role of government. We plan to launch our campaign in July, which is the 6th month anniversary of his murder.
Many have asked how they might help during this difficult time.
First and foremost, we invite everyone to read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We cannot pass the heritage of liberty and freedom to the next generation if the principles of the Constitution are not first burning in our hearts. If you do not have a personal copy of the Constitution, you can purchase one on our website for $1.00. Here is the link to our website: www.onecowboystandforfreedom.com
Next, anyone who might be looking for something more than this much needed daily study, we invite you to participate in our upcoming Rancher Memorial Event, scheduled for Memorial weekend.
This is a virtual event, which is awesome because it does not restrict the event to one location. Everyone can participate in their hometown. All proceeds help to support either the Bundy or Finicum families, depending on who you sponsor. For registering you receive a blue cowboy bandanna and custom belt buckle with either the Bundy brand or Finicum brand depending on who you sponsor. Pictures of the product can be found in the registration link. Rancher Memorial Event Link: https://www.raceentry.com/races/rancher-memorial-run/2016/register
Our hope is that people will use this Rancher Memorial Event to gather, rally, and educate others about this real story of lost freedoms. Please share the link with all your friends who might be interested in participating.
God help us all as we press forward.
The Finicum Family
“The fight for freedom is God’s fight. So when a man stands for freedom he stands with God…” Ezra Taft Benson.
Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are destroying their RIGHTS. This includes Water Rights, Property Rights and Individual Rights. We believe in the Constitutions of the United States and State of California that provide RIGHTS for its citizens. We also believe these RIGHTS are being systematically reduced, which is resulting in tyranny from our governments -- at all levels.
Under the U.S. Constitution, the government should serve the people!