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Point Reyes National Seashore suit ends with settlement

Federal gov & land grabs, Lawsuits, Liberty

Western Livestock Journal

wlj, 07-24-2017 » Page 1

PRNS suit ends with settlement

— Ranching can continue — for now

A settlement agreement was announced July 12 in a dispute about the future of ranching at the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) near San Francisco, CA. The agreement gives beef and dairy producers at least a temporary reprieve and the ability to continue operating their mostly organic businesses.

The suit was filed in February 2016 by environmental special interest groups against the National Park Service (NPS) as it was moving forward with a Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (RCMP) for the six dairies and 18 beef ranches that ranch on the peninsula.

The plaintiffs, which include the Resource Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project, challenged the RCMP alleging that NPS was moving forward without conducting adequate environmental studies. They also claimed lack of public input and that ranchers were being given special treatment.

Joining the NPS and PRNS Superintendent Cicely Muldoon as intervenors in the case were members of the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association (PRSRA). In a statement, PRSRA said its members signed onto the case as individuals rather than an association.

Terms of the case require the NPS to proceed with a General Management Plan (GMP) amendment rather than one focused specifically on ranching. Terms of the settlement stipulate that an environmental impact study (EIS) be completed and a new plan issued within four years of the date the agreement is accepted by the U.S. District Court. The process requires public comment on the proposed policies and priorities of the park.

Melanie Gunn, PRNS outreach coordinator, told WLJ that the GMP amendment will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and a public planning process that will involve park ranchers.” She added that although the NPS will terminate the RCMP process, some of the information developed through that process can and will be adapted for use in the GMP amendment.

Details about the lawsuit and planning process are available online at http://tinyurl.com/PRNS-Plan.

The EIS must consider action alternatives including; a no ranching alternative; no dairy ranching; and a reduced ranching alternative. The NPS may also consider other action alternatives. Those actions could include agricultural diversification, increased operational flexibility, the promotion of sustainable operational practices and succession planning.

Acting PRNS Superintendent Steve Meitz said of the settlement, “We are pleased that park ranchers, local government, environmental groups, and the park were able to come together and agree to move forward on this important topic. This approach initiates a comprehensive, robust, and durable planning process to define future uses of these lands managed by the park while providing interim stability and authorizations for park ranchers during the new planning process.”

An area of particular concern for the livestock and dairy producers was the length of leases. Historically, producers held fiveyear leases, however during the RCMP process those leases were reduced to one-year renewals; the settlement will allow interim five-year lease renewals during the review period. Ranchers had sought 20-year lease renewals in an attempt to provide more certainty and long-term planning for their operations.

David Evans, a fourth generation organic and grass-fed beef rancher in the PRNS and CEO of Marin Sun Farms, said, “I am encouraged that the ranchers, the plaintiffs, and the National Park Service have come together on a settlement that sets the stage for much needed long-term planning in the Point Reyes National Seashore.”

He continued, “Today, my ranch provides habitat for several threatened California native species including the California red-legged frog, is home to several native grasses, and provides pastoral habitat for an extremely diverse ecosystem.

Issuing five-year leases, while still too short-term to truly secure the viability of small scale ranching, is a step in the right direction towards long-term security for the families who, for generations, have made their livelihood growing food for our community and maintaining habitat for wild species here in the Seashore.”

Evans said he is also pleased that the agreement requires a GMP. “We look forward to the support of the general public through the review period of the planning process, and to securing at least 20-year leases after this planning phase, thereby confirming the critical role that ranching plays in maintaining our thriving and beautiful working landscape.”

Tule elk

The settlement also addresses management of tule elk. The elk herd is often in conflict with ranchers by eating forage and destroying fences. The settlement says NPS will “preserve and manage tule elk at the Seashore under its lawful authority, and shall endeavor to use non-lethal management techniques to manage the population of the Drakes Beach herd.”

The Drakes Beach herd is a free-ranging group, considered a subherd of the Limantour Beach herd which was established after elk from the Tomales Elk Preserve were released in 1998.

The preserve is a 2,600-acre fenced enclosure where the species, which was thought to be extinct, was reestablished in the 1970s.

Historical overview

The PRNS was created in 1962 with the intent of preserving the livestock operations that had inhabited that area of the seashore for several generations, and to help prevent urban encroachment from nearby San Francisco.

The agreement at that time provided that the NPS would purchase the land from existing farmers and ranchers and lease it back to the original owner for 25 years or the lifetime of the owner. Since that time a few lifetime leases are still in place with the others replaced with short-term leases that are renewed every five to 10 years.

CCA support

The California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), although not directly involved in the lawsuit has been following the case and was pleased with the settlement agreement. Although most of the ranchers that would be impacted by the decision are members of the PRSRA, many are also members of CCA.

Kirk Wilbur, CCA director of government affairs, told WLJ that PRNS is expected to begin the GMP amendment process this fall. As that process moves forward CCA will be involved with the scoping process and in talks with the acting park superintendent, and subsequently, the superintendent, when named. Wilbur said, CCA wants to have input to “make sure that ranching remains an active part of the environment at Point Reyes National Seashore.” — Rae Price, WLJ editor

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OREGON LIBERTY COALITION

Freedoms - Individual, Liberty

            
             4th RALLY AROUND THE FLAG


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Aug 5, 2017                                    

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10 am to 4 pm
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 Booths – Speakers – Networking!       

      Natural Resources / Jurisdiction is the Solution


            “Property must be secured or Liberty cannot exist” – John Adams
                    VFW Post 3473 Cottage Grove will present the colors
                       INVOCATION: Aaron Auer – R.O.A.R Ministries
MC: David Darnell, Past President Willamette Valley Mining Assoc.

10:30 AM                 Loma Wharton, Liberators 2004    

HOW A COUNTY CAN AND MUST ASSERT THEIR JURISDICTION  TO LEGALLY AND EFFECTIVELY MANAGE THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES

12:00 PM                 Steve McLaughlin

            Liberty Watch of Washington and American Lands Council

                                  Jack Adkins

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2:00 PM      Oregon Land Issues panel

Moderator: Mark Anderson, I Spy Radio

TOPIC:  The solution to the “Overreach of Federal Regulations” on Ranchers, Mining, Timber, Sportsmen, and the mismanagement of the Forests in our State, being essential to preserving our Constitutional Rights.

  • Rob Taylor, Coos County Watchdog

  • David Hunnicutt, Oregonians in Action

  • Loma Wharton, Liberators 2004

  • Steve McLaughlin, Liberty Watch 

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National Park settlement leaves concerns over future

Federal gov & land grabs

Point Reyes Light

By Anna Guth

07/27/2017

Two weeks after a settlement agreement was announced by the National Park Service and three nonprofit environmental groups over the future of ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the fate of the historic landscape remains uncertain. Though both sides characterized the agreement as a victory, concerns continue to swirl for ranchers and their supporters, including Congressman Jared Huffman.

“The biggest national environmental groups were conspicuous by their absence in this litigation, yet the small minority of the environmental community that are not comfortable with continued ranching in the pastoral zone are probably enough to create a cloud of uncertainty for years to come,” Congressman Huffman said.

Under the settlement agreement, the park service has four years to prepare an amendment to its general management plan that will determine the future use of lands leased for ranching in Point Reyes and in the north district of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Per the terms of the settlement, the park must evaluate a no-action alternative, a no-ranching alternative, a reduced-action alternative and a no-dairy ranching alternative, though it could also evaluate others.

During this process, which will include public scoping meetings held as early as this fall, the dairies and ranches will operate on five-year leases. The park will also continue to manage the tule elk—which have threatened the viability of some ranches in recent years—in accordance with its current practices. According to the settlement, it must prioritize non-lethal management techniques to manage the Drakes Beach herd specifically.

“There are other parts of the country where environmentalists and agriculturists can’t ever come together, but it has always been different here,” David Evans, a fourth-generation rancher in the seashore and a member of the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association, an intervener in the lawsuit, said. “The park service has been supporting ranching since [the seashore’s] inception, and I expect it will continue to do so. I think it was right to settle on this.”

But, Mr. Evans said, “now that the general management plan is coming, let’s sit down and talk about it, let’s get excited about it. This is no time to go hide.”

When the suit was brought last February by the three groups—the Center for Biological Diversity, the Resource Renewal Institute and the Western Watershed Project—the park was working on a ranch comprehensive management plan. That document, and a related environmental impact statement, were considering the impacts of 20-year leases, diversified production and the best strategy for managing tule elk in the pastoral zone, among other things.

In 2012, then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar directed the seashore to start issuing 20-year leases. The order was part of a memorandum announcing that the park would not grant a special use permit for Drakes Bay Oyster Company, but that it would give explicit support for continued ranching.

But the lawsuit stopped the ranch plan in its tracks, leaving families in the seashore in a lurch. They had been making due with one-year letters of authorization from the park as a temporary solution ever since the agency started working on the ranch plan in 2015. (The seashore has issued ranch leases and permits since at least the ‘90s, when the original reservations of use started to expire.)

In their suit, the plaintiffs said the ranch management plan was taking precedence over an update to the park’s general management plan, which was certified in 1980. Under park service policy, general plans should be updated every 10 to 15 years, and they argued that the park was unlawfully prioritizing ranching over other uses in the seashore. The unreasonable delay in revising the general management plan was a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, the suit stated.

“When the park service started on the ranch management plan, that was the final straw,” Jeff Miller, a spokesman for the Center for Biological Diversity, said. “There was a predetermined outcome there: the plan wasn’t going to address any of the negative impacts of cattle grazing and actually defined tule elk as a problem. It was all backwards: commercial activities should not trump the protection of natural resources.”

The center, which has challenged grazing nationally, previously threatened to sue the seashore in the early 2000s. As a result, the park prepared a biological assessment that analyzed the impacts of grazing on a handful of specific flora and fauna, and the lawsuit was not filed.

The environmental groups also allege that the park violated federal environmental law by failing to examine environmental impacts when renewing ranch leases or issuing short-term allowances like the current letters of authorization in the six years it has been working on the ranch plan. The suit claimed this violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the National Park Service Act and Point Reyes National Seashore’s enabling legislation.

The suit stated that cattle grazing is “generally known to impair water quality, alter stream channels and hydrology, compact riparian soils, reduce riparian and upland vegetation and native biodiversity, and increase runoff, erosion, and sediment loads into water bodies.” It continued, “Such impacts are detrimental to riparian areas, impair or eliminate important fish habitat components, and adversely affect salmonids and other fish species.”

The settlement agreement states that all the claims that concerned the potential inadequacy of the leases were dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning they cannot be filed again at least until the park fulfills its mandate in the next four years. Though the claim that concerns the general management plan was also dismissed, it was done so “without prejudice” and was therefore the subject of the compromise reached in the agreement.

Though the plaintiffs had called for an update to the entire general management plan, the settlement only directs the park to produce an amendment and environmental impact statement that deal with ranching specifically.

In other words, the park will now embark on a process similar to that of creating the ranch comprehensive management plan—which included extensive public meetings to gather input from the community—but this time in the form of an amendment to the general plan. Importantly, the E.I.S. will include an established range of alternatives agreed upon in the settlement—from no change to the current status of ranching to its complete elimination.

This part of the settlement is particularly troubling to Laura Watt, an environmental historian and author of “The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore.”

“Generally, for an environmental assessment, public scoping meetings take place before the range of alternatives is determined,” she said. “There may be a bias in the planning process as determined by the settlement—a presumption that ranching is detrimental to the landscape. How will the park allow for, say, expanded ranching, given these alternatives?”

The park service started the process of updating its general management plan back in 1997, but a final draft was never released.

Park spokeswoman Melanie Gunn declined to offer a reason why that update stalled, but said the upcoming amendment will terminate the former process.

“Some of the information developed through the ranch comprehensive management plan process can and will be adapted for use in the general management plan amendment,” she added.

MORE

https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/park-settlement-leaves-concerns-over-future

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Interior Head To Stop In The Bundy Family’s Nevada Hometown

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Federal gov & land grabs, Zinke - DOI Sec 2017

OPB.org

by Ken Ritter and Scott Sonner AP

| July 30, 2017 1:49 p.m. | Las Vegas

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was expected to make a stop Sunday in the hometown of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher accused of organizing an armed standoff three years ago that forced federal agents to end a roundup of his cattle.

Zinke’s planned stop in Bunkerville, Nevada — about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas — is part of his tour of national monuments being scrutinized by the Trump administration.

Trump announced the review of 27 monuments in May, saying the designations imposed by previous presidents amounted to a massive federal land grab. Monument designations protect federal land from energy development and other activities.

Zinke plans the stop in Bunkerville ahead of visits Monday to the nearby Gold Butte and Basin and Range national monuments, which cover a combined 1,500 square miles — more than twice the size of Delaware.

RELATED COVERAGE

Retrial Set For Defendants In Bundy Standoff Case In Nevada

Gold Butte is the grazing area at the center of the cattle round-up and armed standoff in April 2014 involving Bundy and federal land management agents.

The monument is home to pioneer-era and Native American artifacts, and rare and threatened wildlife, including the Mojave desert tortoise and desert bighorn sheep.

A recent study by the Bureau of Land Management documented nearly 400 ancient rock art panels and more than 3,500 individual petroglyphs scattered throughout the Gold Butte area

President Obama designated the Gold Butte National Monument in 2016 under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

Bundy argues that the federal government has no jurisdiction in such vast rangelands of the West.

He and four of his sons are in jail awaiting federal trial on felony charges that they organized an armed insurrection to turn away Bureau of Land Management agents and contract cowboys and to release cattle collected from the Gold Butte range.

FULL COVERAGE

An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Ongoing coverage of the federal case against the people involved in the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and how life has changed in Harney County, Oregon.

Federal officials say the bureau, an agency within the Interior Department, was trying to enforce court orders issued for Bundy’s years-long failure to pay federal grazing fees.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Nevada Democrat, recently made a two-minute videotape and Rep. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat running for Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s seat in 2018, sent a letter to Zinke urging him to keep his hands off Nevada’s natural treasures.

In addition to preserving cultural history, native wildlife and scenic beauty, Gold Butte and Basin and Range generate more than $150 million annually for Nevada’s economy, they said.

MORE

http://www.opb.org/news/series/burns-oregon-standoff-bundy-militia-news-updates/bundy-family-nevada-standoff-bunkerville-ryan-zinke/

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New articles on the Nevada Bundy trials

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, Hypocrisy, LAWS or law, Liberty

Redoubt.com news has a flurry of new articles regarding sentencing of defendants how Nevada’s Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro is handling the court room. 

Go to:  https://redoubtnews.com/

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News from Klamath Basin Crisis.org 7-27-17

Klamath Basin Crisis.org

KBC  News

Former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, challenging well shutdown, H&N, posted to KBC 7/26/17. “…Mallams has petitioned Marion County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hart to overturn OWRD’s order because it’s “not supported by substantial evidence” as required by Oregon law…” KBC NOTE: Tom Mallams told KBC News he has not been interviewed by Herald and News or Capital Press regarding this matter within the past two years.

BOR acting commissioner tours Basin; New biological opinion, future of water agreements considered, H&N, posted to KBC 7/26/17

www.klamathbasincrisis.org

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Scott Valley Protect Our Water meets 7-27-17

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water

meets

Thursday, July s27, 2017

7 p.m.

Fort Jones Community Center

Fort Jones, CA

Please bring a dessert to share

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Liz Writes Life 7-25-17

Liz Writes Life

July 25, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Dialy New, Yreka, CA.

She was sitting on the highest wire of the new deer-fence extension that Jack built. Knowing she might be skittish, I began talking in a soft voice asking how life was treating a hummingbird in our dry area. She had been sipping from the red bee balm flitting from one to another. Now she was checking me out. Instead of wearing my typical turquoise t-shirt, I had chosen a pink-patterned one this morning.

When I finally stopped talking, she took up the chatter. Chirp chirp gurgle gurgle chirp. It was a very long response. When she stopped, I asked more questions: How are your babies doing? Where is your nest? Again, she responded with a pretty long story. We conversed like that for several minutes. Honest, we did! Then she took flight and flew towards me hovering about two feet away and then decided I was not a giant flower. Sure wish I could have understood her. Two days later, we had another, though, shorter visit. Life is sweet in unexpected ways.

Jack picked our first small ripe tomato. It was getting bottom-rot, so he cut off the bottom and divided the top in half. Just enough for us each a nice bite and it was delicious, but too-short lived!

On Friday, I irrigated twice as long as we have been and the plants sure needed it. I spent time making new furrows in the corn and re-hoeing the irrigation-bowls for the cantaloupe, watermelon, zucchini and sunflowers. The giant bottom leaves on the cabbage were interfering with their watering, so I broke those off and re-did their irrigation bowls too. While I gave the potatoes extra water, I saw the tops of red ones, so I hand-dug a handful. This week we will have fried-red potatoes. Yum!

One evening, I transplanted the one to two inch-tall flat-head cabbages, pre-soaking the soil really well. They looked good the next morning and should be ok.

Oh, something ate another whole big onion and chewed on another. Maybe it is the possum that started coming at night eating the cat’s left-over food. I make sure there is no food left-over now. Anyway, I decided to pull the onions as most were quite large — got about 30. I left 19 smaller ones in the ground. Had planned to lay them out under the pine tree to dry, like I did the garlic last month, but I figured some would likely get eaten. So I put them in two plastic tubs in the garage up about five-feet high.

PCT

I’ve talked with the nicest folks and foreigners that are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, when they come down to Etna. Last week, I chatted with a man from the Netherlands and this week one from Scotland. Yes, he started at the bottom of California and is pretty much on schedule, but the still-deep snow in the Sierras slowed him down. He figured the snow was 12 to 15 meters high and the tops of trees stuck-up looking like short Christmas trees!

I looked it up and a meter is 3.2 feet. So, even at his lowest estimate, the snow is 36 feet deep. Amazing!

J-H update

Friends of French Creek continue their concern of alleged unpermitted activities at the J-H Guest Ranch. Apparently, the new bigger-top tent also has a new and improved sound system affecting neighbors throughout the day and into the night. Friends said that when J-H is confronted with the fact they are doing unpermitted construction, like the recent new neighboring houses, the leaders claim they are working on a solution – yet they just keep on.

A major concern by those opposed to the proposed expansion of J-H Guests is the very real threat of fire and the campers being trapped. The recent Fay Fire on S. Hwy 3 forced an evacuation notice for French and Miners Creek Roads, including J-H Ranch. Cal-Fire stated the narrow dirt road into J-H on French Creek cannot accommodate fire engines that would be needed to fight fire and opposes any expansion from the 387 guests. J-H has sued the state agency over the issue.

Friends of French Creek also said an Etna business owner was recently harassed for having a “Stop J-H Expansion” sign and was told they would no longer patronize the store if the sign was up. It was taken down. Several other signs have gone missing and a game camera actually caught one thief on video.

The Friends will attend the Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. to update the board of these concerns and more. I am for businesses in our valley, but the expansion of J-H guests from 387 persons does not fit the Scott Valley Zoning Plan, is unsafe for various reasons and adds tremendous traffic and noise for those living on French Creek Road. For more info on the Friends concerns, attend the board meeting.

Water meeting

The Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. will hold its annual meeting on Monday, July 31 at the Guild (was Greenhorn Grange) at 300 Ranch Lane in Yreka. Time is 6 p.m. Board members will be elected and there will be updates on the Klamath dam destruction issue. Bring a dessert to share. President Richard Marshal and board members Rex Cozzalio and Bob Rice addressed the Siskiyou Supervisors at the July 11, 2017 meeting regarding the California Water Quality Control Board and its Water Quality Certification process and bias for Klamath dams removal. More will be discussed at the meeting.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt will provide info on a variety of issues.

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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Yreka Tea Party Patriots meet tonight – 7-25-17

TEA Party

Yreka Tea Party Patriots
Meeting for Tuesday, July 25
Smart Meters are back!!
and
Updates on “Citizens for Fair Representation” lawsuit
And
The City’s and County’s Marijuana Ordinance


6:30 PM at the Covenant Chapel Church
200 Greenhorn Rd. Yreka


Free….no membership. Doors open at 6PM, come early to socialize with likeminded people.

Contact Louise @ 530-842-5443

 

 

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Siskiyou: SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS ESCAPEE-FUGITIVE

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS UPDATE

 July 24, 2017

 

           On Monday, July 24, 2017, at 9:21 a.m., Deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested the man accused of escaping from a Siskiyou County Superior Courtroom on Friday, which resulted in a three-day manhunt for the escaped felon.  Deputies Stewart and Gusaas arrested Mr. David Wayne Caldwell, Jr., 33, of Yreka, without incident after he was found hiding in a trailer at a park on the R-Ranch in the Hornbrook area.  Caldwell is facing unrelated felony charges associated with his original court appearance.  He was was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for a felony arrest warrant for escape, with a posted with a bail of $150,000.00.

           On Friday, July 21, 2017, at about 8:55 a.m., Mr. Caldwell was remanded to custody by the presiding judge during an appearance in the Siskiyou County Superior Court in Yreka when he bolted from the courtroom prior to being restrained by a court bailiff.  Mr. Caldwell managed to escape from the courthouse, which prompted an extensive search of the area by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and the Yreka Police Department (YPD).  A “Code Red” was broadcast to local residents but leads failed to result in Caldwell’s apprehension.

           While still on the lookout for the suspect at about 11:17 a.m., YPD units received reports of a man matching Caldwell’s description walking behind businesses located on Main Street north of Raymond Street near downtown Yreka.  The suspect appeared to be evading contact and apprehension, and ran towards the Interstate 5 freeway perimeter fence.  Two SCSO units located the subject walking along the freeway side of the perimeter fence in a southbound direction.  The suspect then began running along the fence line and when confronted by law enforcement he refused to stop as directed and vaulted the perimeter fence.  The fleeing suspect was not the escapee but was identified as Mr. Michael Robert Thompson, 39, of Yreka.  Mr. Thompson had a valid felony arrest warrant and he was arrested for the outstanding warrant and for a misdemeanor charge of resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer.

           According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a good piece of police work on the part of Deputies Stewart and Gusaas because they arrested Mr. Caldwell without anyone getting hurt. Arrests like this are always potentially dangerous because it was obvious Mr. Caldwell was facing felony charges, previously evaded arrest and he was intent on not returning to jail.  Anyone with information about Mr. Caldwell’s activities during the three days within which he was a fugitive at-large is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

 

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