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News from Yreka Tea Party Patriots 5-31-16

TEA Party

Yreka Tea Party Patriots

Meeting for Tuesday, May 31st.

6:30 PM at the Covenant Chapel Church

200 Greenhorn Rd.   Yreka 

Speaker:  Andrew Hurlimann

Update on the Farmer’s Ditch

And

How bills become laws….video

 

Free….Contact Louise for more information at 530-842-5443

If you missed last week’s meeting…here is the you tube we showed on the dying trees in our forest….a must see!! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5KXjG4bcwQ&feature=youtu.be

From Supervisor Ray Haupt….Folks this is a must see video of what is transpiring in the Sierra Nevada Forests. The bug area covers a lot of the forested area south of Hwy 50. What remained alive after the Rim Fire is now threatened by this bug epidemic. The video is short and discloses the impact of drought on overstocked unmanaged stands of pine after the recent drought. 

Locally the beetles are abundant and their populations are building since the fires of 2014. Will we follow what is happening in the Sierra, I do not know but I am paying attention to the pine kill in overstocked stands on Forest Mountain along Hwy 3 with an eye to the larger landscape around us with higher rainfalls. I served on a panel of experts recently for CSAC who answered questions and gave presentations to a large group of County Supervisors who are wrestling this issue. I am one of your local BOS appointees to CSAC, who as a group, represent rural county issues and legislation before our state government with a unified voice. 

The Sierra has not faced a fire threat in recorded history that is now playing out across the landscape. The scale of the threat to human life from the combination of unmanaged forests and drought is insurmountable. I hope that same situation does not develop here but it is time to get off this extreme green panacea and face our environmental challenges as an educated adult.

 

See results of Straw poll taken at last week’s meeting on the June election candidates and issues:

24  had attended the meeting…here is how they voted

President:  Trump…22   Bernie…1  Hillary..0  Austin Peterson..1

CA Senate:  Steven Baird..23   Rob Rowen..1

CA Assembly:  Dahle..0   No One..5   Donn Coenen (write in) 15

Yes on T: 21  No on T: 3

Yes on U: 19  No on U: 3

Yes on S:  12  No on S:  8

Yes on R: 21  No on R: 5

Prop. 50 yes..1  No..12

Supervisor for Dist. 4   Lisa Nixon..21  David Simmen..1

some folks did not vote on some items

I did not poll the group on the CA US Senate as there were too many to list.   I forgot to put the Dist. 1 Congressional contest on the poll.  Will do that our next meeting. 

There will not be a tea party meeting on June 7th…due to the elections

 

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Liz Writes Life 5-24-16

Liz Writes Life

May 24, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Garden

OK, OK, I know that some of you thought we were crazy to plant our garden the first week of May. Yes, it froze Friday morning – May 20th. I was up at 2-ish and checked the temps and it was 31 degrees, so it was a long five-hour freeze. We had covered all the plants and, guess what, they made it! Shock! Even the cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon and corn made it. The cucs were two-inches tall and the corn was three-inches. Only four watermelons were just coming up. I really was surprised that the seeds germinated in just a week after we planted. Guess the soil was plenty warm. The potatoes are six to 10 inches high (didn’t get covered) and made it as well. So I feel pretty lucky!

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water supporters meet this Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after the meeting.

Preston Harris from the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee will share the ground water levels from 30 wells throughout the valley. This is a program initiated by the Scott River Watershed Council and the Resource Conservation District 10 years ago. Wells are monitored for static ground water levels every month providing factual information about how the groundwater works in the interconnected Scott River system.

Also speaking at the Scott Valley POW meeting will be Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. and Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Ray Haupt, from Dist. 5, will bring us up-to-date on water and fire issues.

Dance

The REC in Fort Jones is sponsoring its monthly dance this Friday night, May 27th at 8 p.m. $10 admission at the door. Pizza and beer are available starting at 5 p.m. Live music is by “The ‘B’ Side”, a local band.

Lion

A friend called to let us know a mountain lion is in our neighborhood. He was spotted on Sugar Creek Road in broad daylight and didn’t have any fear. Also, one dog was attacked and taken to the veterinarian with major injuries. So be careful in the Callahan area.

Initiatives

Recently, Town Hall meetings have been held by county supervisors Grace Bennett and Brandon Criss, along with Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey, regarding Initiatives T, U, S and R that are up for a vote in the Primary Election June 7th.

The county leaders explained the initiatives and are asking for a “yes” vote.

Sheriff Lopey said Initiative T provides for stronger enforcement of the county marijuana ordinance. He related the county has been inundated with a new criminal element purchasing land and blatantly growing marijuana for commercial purposes. Last year, the sheriff’s dept. estimated there were over 300 of these kind of illegal grows and, although the county passed the marijuana ordinance to stop huge outdoor grows, sheriff said his detectives now estimate over 1,000 commercial plantations are being planted! The commercial criminal element is certainly out-of-hand and is affecting neighbors in these areas.

Initiative U is about keeping the growing of smaller numbers of legal medical marijuana plants (Proposition 215) indoors or in small greenhouses.

For Initiative S, Sheriff Lopey is asking for help on the $9 million short-fall for the cost of building the new jail. The county has received a one-time grant from the state of $27 million and the land has already been purchased and developed on the East side of Yreka. Sheriff Lopey believes this jail will meet the needs of the county for many years and is asking for a half-cent in local sales tax. Actually, in January of 2017 a quarter-of-a-cent sales tax will be removed (as it has met its goal), so it will only be a quarter-penny sales tax increase from what we now pay. The $9 million is expected to be obtained within the next five to six years and would then be removed from county sales taxes.

Initiative R is for North County voters only. It is asking for $5 tax on each land parcel, with a habitable house, to go towards purchasing much-needed search and rescue equipment for volunteer fire departments and emergency vehicles. The South County already has such a tax in place.

Westside

Luckily, the legal injunction brought by the Karuk Tribe, EPIC and KS Wild was not granted last week, which means the harvesting of burned trees and the Westside Fire Recovery Project will continue. Yay! Siskiyou Supervisor Ray Haupt said the county has worked diligently and collaboratively to see the recovery project move forward. He praised a citizens’ panel the board of supervisors put in place early in 2015, which worked closely with KNF Supervisor Patty Grantham; along with tremendous support from American Forest Resource Council and Congressman Doug LaMalfa.

Yes, there has been opposition to the recovery of the 2014 Westside fires, but thanks to the continued support by Siskiyou County, USFS and these groups there has been success.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 5-17-16

Liz Writes Life

May 17, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Garden

Wouldn’t you know it! As soon as I suggested planting the garden, we had a frost. But, we went ahead a planted much of it including tomato and bell pepper plants. They will be covered later this week as the NOAA weather shows it getting down to 36 or 37 and that is just too close to 32 degrees for me. We also planted seeds of cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, corn, zucchini, spinach, lettuce and a bit of parsley and basil. We did decide to put-off planting the green beans for a week or two. No matter when they are planted, it seems they always start to produce during fair week in August.

Volunteer cosmos and four o’clocks (flowers) were looking pretty thrifty at an inch tall, so I transplanted them in three different flower beds and bought a six-pack of inpatients and celosia to put in the front part of the beds. Also, been busy trying to get the crabgrass out of several spots to transplant lemon balm. I really enjoyed it as a tea last winter and didn’t dry enough, so I want to remedy that situation.

Now, I just need to get the soaker hoses laid out as I had to hand-water much of my wild garden. Oh, the iris are beautiful and an orange poppy popped out. I see they have been blooming in the rest of the valley for several weeks.

Shirley Gilmore treated me to a tour of her rocky hillside and it is fabulous with so many flowers blooming, both wild and domestic, and her patches of iris are gorgeous.

Veterans

A tribute to our U.S. veterans will be held this Saturday, May 21st at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. This is the 8th annual Siskiyou Co. Armed Forces Day and is sponsored by the Siskiyou Co. Veterans’ Leadership Council and Siskiyou Co. Veterans Services Office.

All veterans and their families are invited to attend. There will be a free breakfast for veterans starting at 8 a.m. and a ceremony honoring veterans of all eras will begin at 11 a.m. This year the keynote speaker will be the Adjutant General of the California National Guard, Major General David Baldwin.

The public is also invited to the event to show support for veterans. Lunch will also be available, which will also be free to veterans.

Bundy

Ranchers Cliven, Ammon, Ryan Bundy and 20 others are still in jail wading through the very slow federal court system. It looks like they are still in isolation as well. But last week, Cliven’s attorney announced in open court in Las Vegas, he is suing the federal judge handling his criminal case. The judge is Gloria Navarro. The case involves Cliven’s stand-off with the federal agents that were stealing and killing his cattle in April of 2014 at his Clark County, Nevada ranch.

Cliven and his attorney believe that Judge Navarro’s position is in conflict with her previous job working as a prosecutor for Clark Co. District Attorney’s Office, which had dealings with rancher Bundy previous to April 2014.

Cliven’s legal complaint accuses President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and one of Reid’s sons of plotting to steal Bundy’s property. It was Harry Reid, when he was U.S. Senate Majority Leader, who recommended Navarro for the U.S. Federal Judge position and Obama who nominated her. She was confirmed by the Senate in May 2010.

Cliven and 18 other defendants have pleaded “not guilty” to the charges brought by the federal government. Those charges stem from the April 2014 incident and include conspiracy, obstruction, weapon, threats and assault charges that could bring the equivalent of life in prison.

What adds intrigue to the situation is that Harry Reid owns property near the Bundy ranch. Cliven’s attorney stated that Reid was working with Chinese interests to build a solar power plant and it is Reid’s son, attorney Rory Reid, who was negotiating the deal.

Cliven’s attorney also argued during the open court detention hearing that Cliven’s constitutional rights are being violated and all charges should be dismissed. Apparently, that argument was ignored by Judge Navarro. The judge did set a date of May 25, 2016 to rule whether she will step aside.

LaVoy Finicum

There was some interesting news out of Arizona last week as 13 state legislators signed a letter urging the Oregon Governor Kate Brown to live up to her statements questioning FBI involvement in the murder of rancher, LaVoy Finicum, during the alleged “traffic stop’ of the Eastern Oregon Bundy situation in January 2016.

The letter signed by Arizona State Rep Bob Thorpe demanded Gov. Brown ensure a “full, complete and transparent investigation’ that examines treatment of Americans exercising their protected rights of free speech and peaceable assembly.” Good for them.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet May 26, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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Liz Writes Life 5-10-16

Liz Writes Life

May 10, 2016

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Snowpack

Those warm temps throughout April diminished the good snowpack in our mountains. The May 1st snow survey by the Klamath National Forest employees shows a total average of 19 percent of the historical average. The water content is at 21 percent of the historical average. This is way down from last month’s April 1st snow survey of 90 percent of historical average snowpack and 97 percent in water content.

 Middle Boulder #1 at 6,600 feet elevation measured 20.6 inches of snow and the average is 52.9 inches giving it a 39 percent of average. Dynamite Meadow at 5,700 feet elevation was absent of snow and the average for May 1st is 22.1 inches giving it a big fat zero percent. Also lacking any snow was Scott Mt. at 5,900 feet, while it has a historical average of 26 inches.

The good news for the City of Etna is that Swampy John on Salmon Mt. still had 22.2 inches at the 5,500 feet elevation giving it a 42 percent of the historical average of 53 inches.

At least, we received a significant amount of snow that has melted into the valley groundwater. And the good rains we enjoyed this past week certainly came at the right time.

Garden

I checked the May forecast and even the June weather. Neither month shows any major drops in temperatures. The few nights that it may freeze, we should be able to protect our plants by covering them. At least that is what I am thinking. So, we have decided to plant our summer garden this week. The spring peas are looking great at nearly two feet high, the cabbages are doing well and the spinach is outgrowing the lettuce. The onions that wintered-over are growing tall and putting on seed pods. I am not sure if they are going to create a bulb or not. Maybe we’ll cut out the stalk with the seed pod in hopes that will push the growth back into the bulb. Guess this is an experiment. Will let you know the outcome.

POW

Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5, reported at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting held April 28, 2016 about the county board’s meeting with Neil Manji, Regional Manager for the CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (used to be Dept. of Fish and Game). Manji had sent a letter to the county regarding the 1602 Streambed Alteration Permit. The county supervisors demanded clarification on the definition of “substantial” as this is the crux of the Farm Bureau litigation.

To understand how to comply with current state law an irrigator must know what a “substantial” diversion of water really is. Ray said an acceptable answer was not given, rather the DFW consistently referred to the interpretation in their letter. The DFW believes that any irrigator using water from a stream or a river is subject to making a notification to the agency, so DFW can make a determination of what is “substantial” for any required permits, while allowing the diversion to continue under the 1602 regulations until DFW makes a determination.

Ray believes DFW should honor the court-ordered decree schedules as the legal amount a rancher is authorized to use. The decree also ensures minimum fish flows for any given year and that compared to the amount diverted must be the test of substantial. Any other seasonal interpretation alters the court’s mandated water use. Ray added that he thoroughly understands the DFW’s desire to regulate the ESA requirements, season-to-season, but to date the two bodies of law are not being equally applied by the multiple agencies involved.

Manji did say that he does not wish to stop the irrigation process, but DFW does expect a phone call from all diverters before headgates are opened.

Ray told us the local DFW Wardens want to communicate more with farmers and ranchers, so trust may be rebuilt locally. Sure do hope that can be accomplished.

The Siskiyou Supervisors responded to DFW with more questions, including asking for clarification on the three Supreme Court cases that DFW cited giving the agency control over streambed alterations that were specific to actually moving gravels with heavy equipment and not just the continued use of a permitted structure like headgates or flash boards.

The DFW claims that opening a headgate is altering the streambed. The county and most farmers and ranchers disagree.

Recently, CA. Senator Jim Nielsen presented a legislative bill that would have protected the 55,000 small agricultural water diverters throughout the state from the 1602 Permit, but it was voted down in committee. Bummer — because for now the term “substantial” remains elusive.

Ray said that if anyone has interactions with DFW Wardens on this subject to let him know, so he can continue to be an advocate and press DFW for practical solutions that support our agricultural operations.

This 1602 Permit situation is still sticky and continues to be a moving target.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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IJ Forums probes the future of cattle ranching in Point Reyes National Seashore

Agriculture, cattle, Federal gov & land grabs, Greenies & grant $

Marinij.com

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Cattle ranching and dairy farms have been part of West Marin’s culture and economy for generations, but how much longer will that continue in the Point Reyes National Seashore?

The question takes center stage in the newest session of IJ Forums, which puts the spotlight on a lawsuit filed against the National Park Service by three environmental groups. They contend cattle are causing erosion, polluting waterways, producing greenhouse gases, harming endangered species and blocking public access.

They seek a National Park Service examination of the impact of ranching and other activities in the national park as part of a general management plan, which they say the park service has abandoned in favor of a plan focused on how — and not whether — to manage ranching over the next 20 years.

Guests on the half-hour show, hosted by IJ columnist Dick Spotswood, are Sam Dolcini, a West Marin resident and president of the Marin County Farm Bureau, and Jeffrey Chanin, a Tiburon resident and attorney who represents the three plaintiffs in the case: the Resource Renewal Institute of Mill Valley, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project, based in Idaho.

When asked for their visions of the Point Reyes National Seashore in 25 years, Dolcini and Chanin offered revealing takes.

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Democratic National Convention Schedule 2016 — a spoof!

Enjoy

Democrat Convention Schedule

Monday, July 25, 2016

11:15 AM

Free lunch, medical marijuana, and bus ride to the Convention

Forms distributed for Food Stamp enrollment.

1:30 PM

Group Voter Registration for Illegal Immigrants.

3:15 PM

Address on “Being the Real You”

Rachel Dolezal, former Head of the Seattle NAACP and

Caitlyn Jenner

4:30 PM

“How to Bank $200 Million as a

Public Servant and claim to be broke”

Hillary Clinton

4:45 PM

How to have a successful career

Without ever having a job, and

Still avoid paying taxes!

A Seminar Moderated by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson

5:00 PM

Medals of Freedom presentation to

Army deserter Bo Bergdahl

For serving with Honor and Distinction

National Security Adviser Susan Rice

5:30 PM

Invitation-only Autograph Session

Souvenir photographs of Hillary and

Chelsea dodging Sniper Fire in Bosnia

6:30 PM

General vote on praising Baltimore rioters,

And on using the terminology

“Alternative Shoppers” instead of “Looters”

7:30 PM

Breakout session with Bill Clinton

For women on avoiding the upcoming draft

8:30 PM

The White House “Semantics Committee” Meeting

General vote on re-branding “Muslim Terrorism” as

“Random Acts of Islamic Over-Exuberance”

9:00 PM

“Liberal Bias in Media“ How we can make it work for you!

Tutorial sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS,

The Washington Post and the New York Times

With Guest Speaker, Brian Williams

9:15 PM

Tribute Film to the Brave Freedom Fighters

Still incarcerated at GITMO

Michael Moore

9:45 PM

Personal Finance Seminar –

“Businesses Don’t Create Jobs”

Hillary Clinton

11:00 PM

Short film, “Setting Up Your Own Illegal

Email Server While Serving in A

Cabinet Post and How to Pretend

It’s No Big Deal”

Hosted by Hillary Clinton

11:30 PM

Official Nomination of Hillary

Bill Maher and Chris Matthews

SOMEBODY SPENT A LOT OF PREMIUM TIME

PUTTING THIS AGENDA TOGETHER.

DON’T LET IT GO TO WASTE!

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Siskiyou Co: Taylor Creek Bridge near Cecilville to be repaired

Forestry & USFS

May 27, 2016

CECILVILLE, CA. – The US Forest Service announced plans to repair the Salmon-Taylor Bridge over Taylor Creek, near the community of Cecilville.  The bridge is on Taylor Creek Road, 0.1 mile from Cecilville Road (Forest Route 93), within the Klamath National Forest. Bridge repair will begin Monday, June 20, and is expected to last five days. No vehicle traffic over the bridge will be possible until the repair is complete. A pedestrian bridge will be available at the site. Taylor Creek Road provides access to the Poison Trailhead into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Please contact Public Affairs Officer Ian Shackleford with any questions or concerns at 530-841-4485.

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House Passes Legislation Including LaMalfa Water Supply Provisions

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA
PNP comment: Wow, this is great news. Way to go Congressman LaMalfa! — Editor Liz Bowen

 

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) supported an amendment to include the entirety of the House’s California drought relief bill (HR 2898) in a Senate bill, forcing any House-Senate conference committee on the Senate measure to consider the drought bill. The amendment, which passed on a 241-178 vote and sends the bill back to the Senate, includes both short- and long-term reforms to protect and enhance North State water rights, fast-track Sites Reservoir, and improve water management during winter storms to retain as much water as possible.

“This measure contains the strongest possible protections for Northern California’s water rights, accelerates storage projects like Sites Reservoir, and ensures that more water is stored during winter storms, when flows are highest,” said LaMalfa. “Passing this today ensures that it is considered in a conference committee and that our Senators can no longer refuse to take action on a crisis that threatens our state’s economy.”

 

The vote was only the latest in California Republican efforts to address California’s water supply issues. While California Republicans in the House have repeatedly sent legislation to the Senate, California’s Senators have refused to consider the proposals and failed to pass their own. Including the language in a measure the Senate strongly supports ensures that California’s senators are forced to consider it.

 

Video of LaMalfa’s comments on the amendment may be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/rCY8H1WweJo

 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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VA has declared thousands of living vets dead, stripped benefits in last five years

Veterans & soldiers

The Department of Veterans Affairs has mistakenly declared thousands of veterans to be deceased and canceled their benefits over the past five years, a new snafu to emerge at the embattled department.

The VA has made the error more than 4,000 times over a half-decade because of employee mistakes or erroneous cross-checking of data by the department’s computers, among other reasons, according to correspondence between the VA and the office of U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R., Fla.) reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The VA changed its procedures to address the issue, but it isn’t yet clear whether the new system is effective.

“Although these types of cases represent a small number of beneficiaries in comparison to the millions of transactions completed each year in our administration of benefits, we sincerely regret the inconvenience caused by such errors and work to restore benefits as quickly as possible after any such error is brought to our attention,” a VA spokesman said in a statement.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the latest data represented an increase in the error rate or what prompted the VA to tackle the problem.

Every year, about 400,000 veterans or others receiving VA benefits die and their awards are canceled, according to department statistics. Of the roughly two million veterans declared deceased in the past five years, 4,201 cases involved incorrect declarations that the VA eventually corrected before resuming payments to the still-living beneficiary.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/26/va-has-declared-thousands-living-vets-dead-stripped-benefits-in-last-five-years.html?intcmp=hplnws

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Ammon Bundy Considering Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Multnomah County

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs

OPB.com

by OPB |

May 24, 2016 5:26 p.m.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy are actively considering whether they should pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office for conditions at the county detention center.

In court documents released Tuesday, the leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation give a list of conditions at the jail they said are violating their constitutional rights.

Among the complaints, the Bundys and several other occupiers — including Kenneth Medenbach, Pete Santilli, Jason Patrick, Blaine Cooper and Ryan Payne — said they should have more access to the jail’s law library, discovery materials, office supplies and religious underwear.

Sheriff’s office officials rejected many of those requests.

“Given that there is no viable agreement between the jail and defendants in this case, Ammon and Ryan Bundy are contemplating whether to seek relief in state court for civil rights violations or through [federal] Court via express modification of the pretrial detention provisions,” wrote Mike Arnold, lead counsel for Ammon Bundy.

Ammon Bundy, Feb. 24, 2016

Ammon Bundy, Feb. 24, 2016

Courtesy of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

Arnold stated that the Malheur defendants are not being given an adequate chance to defend themselves because of the violations, and the harm is becoming “enhanced” as a Sept. 7 trial date approaches.

The Bundys and their co-defendants face a series of felonies for taking over the refuge near Burns, Oregon, for 41 days, including conspiracy to impede federal workers, weapons charges and damage of government property.

In Tuesday’s filing, Multnomah County did agree to give the defendants more than the standard six hours access to the law library on days when other inmates cancel their visits. According to Arnold, one inmate in particular — Medenbach — had been denied access to the library because of a miscommunication. Arnold said that issue has since been resolved.

Jail officials said they would also consider giving Santilli and the other inmates access to “a laptop, iPad or similar device to review audio and video recordings.”

“MCSO is willing to consider permitting inmates to have a solid-state device like an iPad, loaded with discovery including video, legal materials and a word-processing program to be made available to the person only in his cell,” jail officials responded to the request.

They noted there is a precedent for some inmates to have access to computers while being detained. In 2010, The Washington Times reported that the suspected conspirators behind the 9/11 attacks had access to laptops while being detained at Guantanamo Bay.

The Bundys also asked that the jail accommodate their religious practices.

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