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Liz Writes Life 6-20-17

Liz Writes Life

June 20, 3017

Liz Writes Life

Last week was wonderful for gardening – warm, but not too hot! I’ve been harvesting spinach, but need to move a little faster as this first batch is starting to seed-out. Young lettuces are ready and I can’t believe how fast the radishes grow!

The carrots are coming up and will need to be thinned in a few weeks. Bugs must have eaten one of the watermelons and a major big leaf of the other. It doesn’t seem to be growing, so I planted more watermelon seeds. The five cantaloupes were only an inch high, so I decided to Miracle Gro nearly everything including the impatiens, vinca, zinnia, Sweet William, ice plant and the cosmos. Wow, the ice plants really like it here and are already putting out flowers. The vinca not so much as two plants have died. Ugh!

Pulled about 40 garlic bulbs and placed them under the pine tree to dry. About half are quite large. I did give them a shot of Miracle Gro in April and should have given them another in May.

The snow peas are producing well, but we don’t care for this variety as they are not very sweet and are stringy at medium-size. I usually plant the Oregon Sugar Snap Peas and didn’t this year. I can’t find the package, so I don’t know what variety these are, but I am definitely going back to the Oregon Sugar Snaps.

The corn really liked the Miracle Gro and seemed to shoot up overnight. They are about eight inches high. I better get the second crop in the ground.

More POW

Here is a bit more on the June 1, 2017 Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting. Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, told us the Shasta Valley Buske Ranch that was purchased by The Nature Conservancy may now be sold to CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Apparently, TNC claimed it was trying to raise cattle, but had sold its water rights to DFW for fish in the Shasta River. Ray said that cattle don’t do well without water for pasture. Yep, that is true. So, now TNC ranch is likely to sell at a greatly reduced price, because of the loss of property value of no water rights. Was this planned?

The situation is not good for Siskiyou County as there will be less county taxes from the sale and DFW has not paid taxes on its land holdings for at least 12 years. Several years ago, the state legislature did provide (in the budget) for the state DFW to pay taxes to counties, but Gov. Brown seized the monies for another project.

There are significant properties held by the State of California in Siskiyou County that include several large wildlife areas that used to be ranches, two fish hatcheries – Iron Gate and Mt. Shasta – and I can’t recall what else.

Erin Ryan, from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, said they have been working to help farmer John Duarte, who is facing a $2.8 million fine. Duarte purchased 450 acres to plant wheat. He knew some areas were seasonal wetlands and had it mapped out. He planted the grain, but in Feb. 2013 the Army Corps of Engineers and the California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued orders to stop work claiming Duarte had violated the Clean Water Act by not obtaining a permit to discharge dredge or fill material into seasonal wetlands that are considered “waters” of the United States.

Duarte then sued Army Corps and the state alleging they violated his right to due process and did not allow him to a hearing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office counter-sued and the U.S. district judge agreed with Army Corps, which is asking for the $2.8 million in civil penalties. Don’t know how they came up with that number?

An attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation is fighting for Duarte and says that this is the first time a farmer has needed a permit to plow fields. If this situation stands and Army Corp and the CA. regional water agency are able to flex their muscles, farming in California will be greatly affected. Permits are costly.

Erin said that Congressman LaMalfa is adamant Army Corp cannot regulate farming practices. Farming has exemptions from the Army Corp regulations and plowing a field is one of them.

Next POW meeting is June 29 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.

Timber lands

Late last week, Ray Haupt told me that much of the rest of the Timbervest properties did sell. Escrow is closed and Ecotrust Forest Management has purchased lands ranging from Sugar Creek at the south end of Scott Valley, around behind Etna, below the Marble Mt. Wilderness and to Fort Jones. He has spoken to EFM and learned they do manage timber and have allowed grazing allotments in some of their other properties.

I looked up on the internet and this is how EFM described itself: Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) is a forestland investment management and advisory services company. We manage land on behalf of investors and forestland owners to enhance forest health and productivity, and to produce a diverse array of forest products and services including timber, biomass, carbon, and improved habitat and water quality.

Good news

Recently, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue launched an Interagency Task Force with representatives from 22 federal agencies. This is in keeping with President Donald Trump’s executive order to make “rural” America great again. The task force must find ways to increase jobs, housing and education opportunities in rural communities, but even more importantly remove burdensome regulations. Well-known names like Ben Carson, Sec. of Housing and Urban Development, and Rick Perry, Sec. of Energy were in attendance voicing their commitment to the task at hand.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her websites: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Burglaries at two Happy Camp area churches

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Happy Camp Area Church Burglaries

 

***June 26, 2017***

 

            The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office received a call Thursday, June 22nd at 09:00 a.m., reporting a possible burglary at the Horse Creek Community Church. The Community Church reported damage to an entry door and the theft of several items including several electronics such as a TV and speakers.  This case remains under investigation.

            On Saturday, June 24th, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office responded to All Saints Catholic Church in Happy Camp for a burglary report. According to the report, the front door of the church had been damaged and several items were reportedly taken.

            The victim reported the donations from the donation box and a brass vessel also known as a ciborium were among the items taken.  The ciborium is described as a brass cylindrical container approximately 3 inches high with a lid displaying a ¾ inch cross on top.

            At this time it is unclear if these incidents are related. They are being investigated independently. Anyone with information regarding either incident are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 842-8316 (Anonymous Tip Line) or the 24 – hr. Dispatch line at (530) 841-2900.

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Siskiyou: Burglary at Happy Camp Church

Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT

 

***June 26, 2017***

 

            On Saturday, June 24th, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office responded to All Saints Catholic Church in Happy Camp for a burglary report. According to the report, the front door of the church had been damaged and several items were reportedly taken.

            The victim reported the donations from the donation box and a brass vessel also known as a ciborium were among the items taken.  The ciborium is described as a brass cylindrical container approximately 3 inches high with a lid displaying a ¾ inch cross on top.

            Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 842-8316 (Anonymous Tip Line) or the 24 – hr. Dispatch line at (530) 841-2900.

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Why California gun owners may be breaking the law on July 1

2nd Amendment rights

Sac Bee.com

June 26, 2017

Sweeping new gun laws passed last year by California voters and legislators require those with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition to get rid of them by July 1.

The question is: how many of California’s 6 million-plus gun owners are actually going to comply, even though violators face potential jail time if they’re caught?

Talk to gun owners, retailers and pro-gun sheriffs across California and you’ll get something akin to an eye roll when they’re asked if gun owners are going to voluntarily part with their property because Democratic politicians and voters who favor gun control outnumber them and changed the law.

In conservative, pro-gun Redding this week, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko joked that gun owners were lining the block to hand their magazines in to the sheriff’s office (In reality, no one has turned one in). He said his deputies won’t be aggressively hunting for large-capacity magazines starting next month.

“We’re not going to be knocking on anybody’s door looking for them,” Bosenko said. “We’re essentially making law-abiding citizens into criminals with this new law.”

California banned the sale of high-capacity detachable magazines in 2000, but it remained legal to possess them, except in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and Sunnyvale that enacted local bans. That changed this fall when voters and lawmakers passed overlapping gun laws that require Californians, with limited exceptions, to give up any magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Sometimes incorrectly called “clips,” magazines are the part inserted into a gun that holds ammunition and can be quickly popped in and out for rapid reloading.

Gun-control advocates say getting rid of magazines that make shooters capable of firing a rapid volley of bullets in a matter of seconds will reduce threats to police and make it harder for gunmen to kill as many people in mass shootings.

“There’s just a lot of data that shows that large-capacity magazines are particularly attractive to mass shooters and to individuals committing crimes against law enforcement,” said Ari Freilich, staff attorney for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, one the backers of Proposition 63, the gun-control initiative that California voters passed last fall. “They do not have legitimate self-defense value.”

In a pending lawsuit challenging the ban, Chuck Michel, a prominent gun-rights attorney in Long Beach, disagreed.

“The reason for the popularity of these magazines is straightforward: In a confrontation with a violent attacker, having enough ammunition can be the difference between life and death,” he wrote. “Banning magazines over ten rounds is no more likely to reduce criminal abuse of guns than banning high horsepower engines is likely to reduce criminal abuse of automobiles.”

Magazines sales were never tracked and owners weren’t required to register them, so it’s not clear how many remain in circulation. Gun rights advocates say there could be potentially hundreds of thousands of them in California gun owners’ homes.

Many types of handguns sold in California prior to 2000 came with detachable magazines that held more than 10 rounds. Large-capacity magazines also were widely collected and used by owners of semiautomatic rifles. These include the controversial – but hugely popular – AR-style rifles. Similar magazines also have long been popular with owners of Ruger’s 10/22, a ubiquitous .22 caliber rifle used by target shooters and small-game hunters nationwide.

The law provides no state funds to compensate owners for their magazines, and there’s no way to track whether gun owners give them up.

The law does give California gun owners several options to get rid of their magazines, including moving them out of state, turning them into law enforcement, selling them to a licensed dealer or destroying them by July 1. Some gun shops also are offering to permanently modify magazines to make them legal.

Even the staunchest pro-gun sheriffs, including Bosenko, the Shasta County sheriff, say they’ll be more than happy to tack a magazine-possession charge on to a drug dealer’s or a gang member’s rap sheet should deputies catch them with a high-capacity magazine.

“This is one more thing we can add to their charges, absolutely,” said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, an opponent of the law.

Voluntary compliance among otherwise law-abiding gun owners is another matter.

California cities with local ordinances haven’t had very many gun owners hand magazines in to police, though officers have removed some from circulation during the course of their investigations. The Los Angeles Police Department, for instance, seized nearly 9,000 magazines since it enacted a ban in 2015. Almost of all those magazines came from a cache police found inside a home of a gun collector who died in 2015. The department said it doesn’t track how many citizens voluntarily turned theirs in.

As of late last year, the City of Sunnyvale had six cases in which people handed in their magazines since the city enacted its ordinance in 2013, said Capt. Shawn Ahearn.

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Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

Wildlife

Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from.

Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.

It’s not as unusual as people might think. About 20 other states also allow people to take meat from animals killed by vehicles. Aficionados say roadkill can be high-quality, grass-fed grub.

“Eating roadkill is healthier for the consumer than meat laden with antibiotics, hormones and growth stimulants, as most meat is today,” noted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.

Washington state began allowing the salvaging of deer and elk carcasses a year ago. Pennsylvania might top the country in road kills, with Oregon wildlife officials telling lawmakers that the eastern state had over 126,000 vehicle-wildlife accidents in 2015.

“We are at or near the top of the list. We have a lot of roads and a lot of deer,” said Travis Lau, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, though he added the total number was uncertain.

Pennsylvanians can take deer or turkeys that are killed on the road if they report the incidents to the commission within 24 hours, Lau said in a telephone interview.

Gov. Kate Brown signed Oregon’s bill last week after the Senate and House passed it without a single “nay” vote.

But a few Oregonians voiced opposition.

Vivian Kirkpatrick-Pilger, a Republican Party official in mountainous, forested Josephine County, told legislators that people have been salvaging roadkill meat in Oregon for years — since vehicles and animals have been colliding — and they’ve never needed a law or permit to do it.

Actually, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said that before last week, the only people allowed to keep roadkill were licensed furtakers, and no one — not even licensed hunters — could keep game animals found as roadkill.

The rules were aimed at discouraging people from hitting a game animal with their vehicle to take the meat or antlers. “It’s not a legal method of hunting,” the department’s website says.

Les Helgeson, of the community of Beaver, near the northwest coast, told legislators that roadkill “would not be palatable, much less pass any sense of health standards for human consumption.”

But those who have sampled it say otherwise.

Todd Toven of Castle Rock, Colorado, posted a video on YouTube showing himself carving up a deer that had been hit by a vehicle on a highway and finished off by a deputy sheriff’s bullet. Toven made it into venison sausage.

“A lot of who people don’t hunt hear the word ‘roadkill’ and they get turned off,” Toven said. “We’re talking perfectly clean, cold meat.”

Oregon’s new law calls for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules for the issuance of permits for the purpose of salvaging meat for human consumption from deer or elk that have been accidentally killed in a vehicle collision.

The first permits are to be issued no later than Jan. 1, 2019. The antlers must be handed over to the state’s wildlife agency.

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WOLF: Oregon Cattlemen elect to sue feds

Agriculture, Lawsuits, Wolves

Western Livestock Journal

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Oregon Cattlemen elect to sue feds

At a mid-year meeting held in Pendleton on June 2, members of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) voted to move forward with a plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over their continued failure to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in portions of the state. While originally intended as a joint effort across all three West Coast states, Oregon is the only state currently moving forward with the suit.

Specifically, the planned lawsuit targets a 2013 proposed rule change by USFWS, in which they recommended removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list nationwide. While USFWS did find that wolves had recovered sufficiently in the U.S. to warrant delisting, the proposal quickly became mired in environmental lawsuits over wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

Except for Wyoming, where wolves were delisted earlier this year, wolves remain under protected status in much of the U.S., including portions of Oregon, Washington and all of California, despite the 2013 recommendation. In Oregon, wolves remain under federal protection west of Highway 395, roughly two-thirds of the state.

According to OCA Executive Director Jerome Rosa, OCA members felt that this limbo has continued for far too long. “Nobody wants to sue,” says Rosa. “Unfortunately, that’s what you have to do to get action. Our members have been living patiently with wolves for a long time. They have tried hard and abided by the law, and we felt like this was the responsible thing to do at this time.”

According to Johanna Talcott, a lawyer with the Pacific Legal Fund (PLF), which intends to represent OCA, the case, from a legal standpoint, is clear. “Under the ESA, when the service issues a proposal, they have 12 months to publish a final rule,” she explains. “To me, this is not a very complicated issue.”

For neighboring states, however, the issue is considerably less clear cut. According to Rosa, the plan to sue was originally conceived last year, through the combined efforts of members of the OCA as well as the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA). However, while WCA members were present at the Oregon meeting, that group has indicated that they would rather not take part in the suit. Similarly, members of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), also in attendance in Oregon, have indicated that they do not intend to take part in the suit at this time.

“At this time, we are not contemplating joining the suit,” says CCA director of government affairs Kirk Wilbur. While strongly in favor of delisting wolves, Wilbur indicates that CCA prefers to give the fledgling Trump administration a chance to address the issue on their own.

“We know that we have a sympathetic administration,” he says. “We want to give them time to act to delist the wolf in accordance with the proposed rulemaking that began in 2013. If they ultimately fail to move forward on that, then maybe down the line, litigation is an option. But I don’t think that right now is the appropriate time to employ that strategy.”

Additionally, says Wilbur, his organization is already involved in a similar lawsuit to delist wolves at the state level, as a hedge against the expected federal delisting. “We suspect that, ultimately, the gray wolf will be delisted federally,” he says. “The issue then is that wolves are still completely protected within California. We’re focusing our efforts there.”

Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council, has also expressed concerns regarding the timing of the suit. “We like what we’ve heard from (USFWS) on their path forward for delisting so far,” Lane says of the PLC. “Given the fact that there is not a new director or any senior staff in place yet, we’re inclined to let that play out before we go to the legal system.”

“However, we always want to be careful to respect the decision of any of our state affiliates to choose the path that is best for them,” he adds.

Citing the recent delisting of wolves in Wyoming as an encouraging sign, Lane indicates that much is resting on the pending court decision in the upper Great Lakes, where wolves were returned to the ESA list following a court order in 2014.

“The court case that is pending there is really the lynchpin of the whole issue,” says Lane. “I think that everyone is waiting with baited breath for the appeals court to rule on that.”

WCA president Tyler Cox also does not think that USFWS is likely to move prior to the great lakes decision, pointing out further cause for his state to question the timing of the suit.

“Once that 60 day notice is filed, that tool is done,” he says. “To me, that’s using up one of our major pieces of ammunition before we’re in range of anything.”

Ironically, a potentially favorable administration is also a major factor in OCA’s decision to go ahead with the lawsuit.

“We are obviously concerned that, following the 2018 elections, the political atmosphere may change,” says Rosa. “It takes a while for this process to move forward. To take advantage of the current favorable atmosphere, we felt like we should go ahead and move at this time.”

In order to start the process, a 60-day notice of intent to sue must be filed with the federal government, a step that Talcott says will occur sometime this week. According to Talcott, PLF feels that USFWS is unlikely to move soon without some pressure. “We have to initiate these lawsuits to get them to move,” she says. “They don’t act without a little bit of prodding.”

“There’s several different strategies in place here,” says Rosa. “Different folks have different thoughts and ideas on what the best time is. We felt like the pros outweighed the cons, and that’s why we decided to move forward at this time.” — Jason Campbell, WLJ correspondent

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NRA — California: Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Committee on Tuesday, June 27.

2nd Amendment rights

On Tuesday June 27, the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees will be hearing anti-gun bills SB 464, SB 497 and AB 424. Please use our TAKE ACTION button below to email members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 464 and SB 497 and the Senate Public Safety Committee to OPPOSE AB 424. 

In the Assembly Public Safety Committee:

Senate Bill 464, sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill (D-13) would further increase the mandatory storage and security requirements for licensed firearms dealers. California already has some of the strictest laws in the country regarding how dealers must store and secure firearms.  This bill simply places more costs and mandates on law-abiding business owners.

Senate Bill 497, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), would extend California’s one-handgun-a-month limitation to all guns.  It is obvious this legislation is another attempt to place more barriers on those exercising their rights and does nothing to address the criminal misuse of firearms or firearm trafficking. Criminals who generally acquire their firearms through illicit means will continue to ignore California’s stringent laws including limitations on the number of firearms that can be acquired within a 30 day time period.

The following Assembly Public Safety Committee Members need to hear from you! 

AssemblyMember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (Chair) – (916) 319-2059

AssemblyMember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher – (916) 319-2080

AssemblyMember Bill Quirk – (916) 319-2020

AssemblyMember Blanca Rubio – (916) 319-2048

AssemblyMember Miguel Santiago – (916) 319-2053

In the Senate Public Safety Committee:

Assembly Bill 424, sponsored by Kevin McCarty (D-7), would remove the authority of a school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority to provide written permission for a person to possess a firearm within a school zone, absent very limited exceptions.

The following Senate Public Safety Committee Members need to hear from you! 

Senator Nancy Skinner (Chair) – (916) 651-4009
Senator Steven Bradford – (916) 651-4035
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson – (916) 651-4019
Senator Holly J. Mitchell – (916) 651-4030
Senator Scott D. Wiener – (916) 651-4011

Please continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight webpage for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.

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LaMalfa’s Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act Passes House

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

June 21, 2017

 

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, introduced by Rep. LaMalfa and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). The bipartisan legislation provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous trees or other vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure – such as power lines – on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service lands, reducing the risk of forest fires and electrical grid blackouts. The bill passed the House by a margin of 300-118.

LaMalfa said: “It’s just common sense to remove a tree that is dangerously close to a power line, but current bureaucratic restrictions and red tape make that process much more difficult to do the work than it should be. As a result, delayed removal of hazardous trees can lead to electrical blackouts and forest fires. This is a lose-lose situation for forest health, air quality, habitat and energy reliability, while also leading to higher energy costs for consumers. Our bill solves this problem by streamlining the process for utility companies to remove dead or dying trees that are in danger of falling on a power line and others in need of trimming, while holding the Forest Service accountable for timely approval. I’m pleased this bill passed the House with bipartisan support and I hope the Senate will soon follow.”

Rep. LaMalfa testifies at a House Rules Committee hearing in support of H.R. 1873. [YouTube]

Under current law it can take months for utilities to receive Forest Service or BLM approval to remove hazardous trees from transmission lines right of ways, even if trees are already in contact with electric transmission lines. In 2012, 232 wildfires were caused by trees falling on power lines. The following year in 2013, 113 wildfires were caused by fallen trees.

H.R. 1873 provides utilities with the ability to rapidly remove hazardous trees by receiving pre-approval from the Forest Service to manage transmission line right of way zones and remove trees that are or could become hazards. Furthermore, if a utility requests authorization to remove a tree and is denied by the Forest Service, the Forest Service is responsible for any liability of firefighting costs that result from the failure to remove the tree.

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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Alaska: Black bear kills teen runner during trail race near Anchorage

Wildlife

ADN.com

 June 18, 2017

A 16-year-old runner in a Bird Ridge mountain race was killed by a black bear he apparently encountered while descending the trail Sunday, Alaska State Troopers and the race director said.

A Chugach State Park ranger shot the bear in the face, but it ran away. Rangers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were still looking for the animal Sunday night on the slopeduring overlooking Turnagain Arm southeast of Anchorage.

The teenager, who has not been identified, was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb, said race director Brad Precosky. The close-knit Alaska mountain running community is in shock at the fatal mauling, he said.

“This is the worst thing that could happen,” he said.

The popular mountain race is in its 29th year. The steep course takes adult runners up Bird Ridge, a familiar mountain that looms over the Seward Highway at about Mile 100.

Racers descend at their leisure. Juniors race to the halfway point, about 1.5 miles from the start, before heading down.

The runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround and was on his way down when he used his phone to text a family member at 12:37 p.m. that he was being chased by a bear, Precosky said. The family member approached Precosky, who was then in the middle of handing out awards.

“I went off and talked to him about it, trying to get a straight story,” Precosky said. “He was very shaken and had received this communication.”

A search was launched immediately, Precosky said. The family member had GPS coordinates from the missing runner’s phone that helped guide searchers to the area where his phone was. But the searchers, including runners that were part of the race, couldn’t get closer.

“The bear was remaining in the area where the young man was laying,” said Tom Crockett, a park ranger with Chugach State Park.

Related: 3 hikers injured by brown bear with cubs near Eagle River Campground

The runner was found about a mile from the trailhead about 500 yards off the trail in steep, heavily wooded terrain at about a 30-degree slope, Crockett said. It was not clear how the runner got off the trail, or if he had been chased by the bear to the spot.

A park ranger shot the bear in the face, Crockett said.

“It did definitely take a slug strike to the face when the ranger fired on it,” Crockett said. “We know he struck it.”

The black bear, estimated to be about 250 pounds, was alone, Crockett said. Rangers don’t know why it attacked the runner. They are trying to locate and kill the wounded animal.

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Zinke moves to drain the swamp at Interior Department

CORRUPTION, Dept. of INTERIOR

Free Range Report

June 19, 2017

Zinke’s departmental shake up is not just your typical, run-of-the-mill reorganization that happens each time a new administration takes power. Zinke took over a department that has been dogged by controversy, corruption, and a reputation that prompts fear and loathing in the West.

posted by Marjorie Haun

Trump’s Interior Department Secretary, Montana rancher and former Navy Seal Ryan Zinke, is proving to be more than just a dramatic contrast to Obama’s Interior chief, liberal Democrat recreation industry exec., Sally Jewell. Zinke’s getting to work unraveling her legacy–and that of previous progressive predecessors–in short order. Beyond the Obama monument land grabs, which are currently under review as ordered by President Trump, with significant reductions and reversals in the works, Zinke is breaking up the bureaucratic status quo in his department’s upper echelons. On June 16, Greenwire reported:

Dozens of Senior Executive Service employees — career officials within the federal government — received letters yesterday informing them that they may be reassigned as early as June 28, the newspaper said.

“Personnel moves are being conducted to better serve the taxpayer and the Department’s operations through matching Senior Executive skill sets with mission and operational requirements,” said Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift in an email. She noted that Zinke mentioned the “Department-wide, front lines-focused reorganization on his first day address to all employees.”

It is not unusual for new cabinet members, who wield considerable power in reworking their respective departments, to shake things up, but Zinke is using his clout to shift manpower and influence out of Washington D.C. beltway bureaucracy into the ‘field,’ or those areas where federal policies have real-world consequences for states and localities. The Greenwire article says:

Last week, Zinke outlined his plans for reorganizing the agency under a “joint system” that would shift federal employees from Washington to the field.

Although Zinke is constrained by a 120 day grace period, it appears that he has had this plan on the ready for some time. Greenwire goes on:

According to the Post, the letters sent to as many 50 SES employees provided a 15-day notice of their looming job changes, as required by law. Zinke and all political appointees must wait at least 120 days following their confirmations to relocate any SES members. The Senate confirmed Zinke on March 1.

The newspaper reported that Interior Office of Policy Analysis Director Joel Clement, the top climate policy official, was among those to receive the notice and that he will be transferred to the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.

In addition, the Post said, several Fish and Wildlife Service officials received the notices, including Assistant Director for International Affairs Bryan Arroyo, Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle, Southeast Regional Director Cindy Dohner and Office of Law Enforcement Chief Bill Woody, who will move to the Bureau of Land Management.

Tuggle and Dohner have both been involved in high-profile fights over how to recover gray wolf subspecies in their regions. Arroyo, who has been leading Fish and Wildlife’s fight against wildlife trafficking, last year was found by Interior’s inspector general to have potentially violated federal regulations by pressuring his staff into awarding a noncompetitive contract worth more than $256,000.

Zinke’s departmental shake up is not just your typical, run-of-the-mill reorganization that happens each time a new administration takes power. Zinke took over a department that has been dogged by controversy, corruption, and a reputation that prompts fear and loathing in the West. The Interior Department and its biggest agencies; the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, have overstepped and over-regulated for decades. Beyond a mere managerial overhaul, this move may signal Zinke’s philosophical re-calibration of Interior and its branches. Streiff, a reporter at  RedState, wrote about the changes this way:

Shifting 50 general-officer-equivalents is not a small undertaking. It represents an intention to totally demolish the existing power structure. By separating these long serving SES officials from the organizations they have run for perhaps decades means that there will be a lot less resistance to reorganization. Many of these people will resign rather than accept the reassignment. That is a feature, not a bug. By making this move before he has his own appointees in place, Zinke is signaling to the agency and to Senate Democrats that he will not be deterred by intransigence.

The RedState article acknowledges the little-discussed bog at the Bureau of Indian Affairs; one of the most inefficient and wasteful agencies of them all, which has escaped broader scrutiny only because it’s considered politically incorrect to discuss anything related to Native American policies in a negative light. RedState’s Streiff goes on:

The transfers that struck me were the Bureau of Indian Affairs positions. If there is a more corrupt, inept, and apathetic federal agency than BIA I really wish someone would point it out to me. BIA has resisted change of all types for decades, failing to serve either the Indians or the nation but doing quite well for themselves. Taking two of the top people out of there certainly clears the decks for action.

Zinke will, of course, still have to deal with these people after they are transferred but they will have been stripped of power and hubris and might be more willing to cooperate.

If there were to exist a top-ten list of federal agents, bureaucrats, or appointees guilty of hubris and unchecked abuse of power, at least half of them would probably come out of the Department of Interior, which for decades has grown more oppressive and less accountable in its tasks of managing vast amounts of American land and resources.

Although we don’t have  specific information on who will be sacked as a result of Zinke’s reorganization, we hope that the worst of the bad players will be held to account. The first power-mad fiend that should go is Dan Love, the BLM special agent who has wreaked havoc and left a trail of destruction everywhere he’s worked in the West. And there are many others who should be jettisoned out of the government and back into civilian life.

We’ve reported here at Free Range Report about those agents and bureaucrats with environmentalist entanglements and extremist ideologies that are incompatible with the proper role of the Interior Department; which is to facilitate game management, livestock production, and responsible resource development on public lands. President Trump’s election was based in large part on his promise to drain the federal swamp. Zinke may be initiating that process at the Department of Interior, and the sooner the better, because that is an unbelievably fetid, murky swamp to be drained.

Contact Secretary Zinke at the Interior Department and encourage him to drain the swamp with haste, starting with Dan Love.

Zinke moves to drain the swamp at Interior Department

 

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