Feb 10, 2017
Feb. 7, 2017
Liz Writes Life
Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
Find out what’s going on with California’s Sustainability Groundwater Management Act at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting this Thursday night. Siskiyou County is in a major push to make sure local landowners and the county is in control of the issue and not California bureaucrats. Ray Haupt, Dist. 5 Siskiyou Supervisor, and Preston Harris, who is with the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee will share information at this meeting.
Erin Ryan, field rep for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Richard Marshall, president of Siskiyou Water Users and Mark Baird with State of Jefferson updates will also be there. Time is 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center. Please bring a dessert to share. Yes, this is not the regular meeting date, which was canceled on Jan. 26 due to the California Water Control Board’s meeting held Jan. 26th in Yreka. The following meeting will be March 23rd.
Wow, there is so much going on I hardly know where to start. But here goes!
This is great news — Congressman LaMalfa was appointed chairman of the House committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. This is his first chairmanship and should bode well for the Shasta Tribe here in Siskiyou County.
Finally, the California Cattlemen Assoc. and the California Farm Bureau Federation have brought a lawsuit against the State of California on the ESA-listing of the gray wolf. Pacific Legal Foundation is the lead. The major reason for the lawsuit is the fact that the gray wolf is not native to California. The state regulation for listing species under the California Endangered Species Act states that the animal must be a native to California. These wolves now migrating into California are Canadian gray wolves and are much bigger than the claimed California wolves.
The Yreka Tea Party Patriots have changed their meeting dates to twice a month – the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The meetings are held at the Covenant Chapel Church, 200 Greenhorn Rd in Yreka. Starting time is 6:30 p.m.
Not only did U.S. President Donald Trump nominate a strong conservative, Neil Gorsuch, for the open seat in the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump, his two eldest sons, Vice President Mike Pence with his wife, Karen, Reince Priebus – Trump’s chief of staff – Justice Antonin Scalia’s widow, Maureen, and son, Fr. Paul Scalia, took time to pray publically with Gorsuch and his wife, Marie Louise. This is certainly a “wow” moment that should warm the hearts of Christians – our President Trump openly praying for our country! I hope that we will also continue to ask God’s blessing on our USA and its people.
Several reporters for Redoubt News and Freedom Outpost continue to stay on top of the Bundy situation and I will share their info. The picking of a federal jury was expected to begin yesterday, Feb. 6, 2017, for the trial of seven men including Cliven Bundy and four of his adult sons that include Ryan and Ammon Bundy, who were acquitted in last fall’s Oregon Malheur Refuge trial. All the men were denied bail and have been in jail detention.
Through a local source, I learned that a release hearing was held for Ryan Bundy last week. Ryan defended himself, but is being aided by Dan Bailey who is a para-legal and spoke at a Protect Our Water meeting a year or so ago. The judge allowed Ryan to say a prayer at the beginning of the hearing and read from the U.S. Constitution – both have not been allowed in previous hearings or the Oregon Trial. Federal prosecutors pulled a fast one adding 10 legal actions for Ryan to address, but it looks like Ryan may get out of jail this week. Remember, he still has an unaccounted-for bullet in his arm from the government assault on LaVoy Finicum by Oregon State Police, FBI and Federal Marshals.
There is some more good news. It looks like the BLM’s Special Agent In Charge, Daniel P. Love is under scrutiny for misconduct. A scathing report recently released by the Office Of The Inspector General found Love committed ethical violations during the 2015 Burning Man event held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Love was also in charge of BLM’s situation with the Bundy ranch in April of 2014, where there are significant allegations against him.
During his pre-trial release hearing last week, Ryan Bundy explained that at least 200 federal gunmen were involved in the April 12th protest and that he and many of the Bundy supporters could hear the BLM and other agents laughing and choosing the protestors they wanted to kill, including horses and dogs. These federal gunmen were under the command of BLM agent Love.
Something that I didn’t realize is that the Clark County sheriff had negotiated a stand-down where the federal agents were to release Bundy’s cows and abandon the cattle roundup. But, the federal BLM agent gunmen didn’t follow through.
Then you just gotta appreciate former Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who participated at the Bundy Ranch April 2014 stand-off. Fiore’s opinion of Agent Love is pretty low, stating: “This guy actually disobeyed the direct order of our State Attorney General and beat people up and arrested them when he had no authority to do so. … I’m telling you all right now, Daniel P. Love disrespected the authority of our Nevada State Attorney General and Local Law Enforcement, and almost caused a terrible tragedy. There was no damn conspiracy – We all went down into that wash to set cattle free because the Sheriff said the “operation” had ceased and the BLM was leaving – We were almost killed by that raging lunatic; It’s just that simple.”
I certainly hope Michele gets called to the witness stand!
Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.
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