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Liz Writes Life 2-28-17

Liz Writes Life

Feb. 28, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Two days after I reported, in last week’s column, that the local Timbervest properties were not going to be purchased by a non-profit group, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, received an email saying the non-profit was indeed going ahead with purchasing the properties – without the support of the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors. Ray told me that Peter Colby, the spokesman for the Western Rivers Conservancy, told him the non-profit would aggressively pursue the properties that range from Fort Jones on the west side of Scott Valley around and into the Callahan area.

Ray was not happy with the news and said Western Rivers Conservancy “is in for a fight” from Siskiyou County as Colby has bluntly told the county supervisors its intention is to take the water rights allotments and shepherd that water down the Scott River just for fish. Under California Water Law, when a water right user does not use his water (usually for irrigation), it can then be utilized by the water right holders below.  Hum, this does not sound very neighborly!

Colby’s is not the first non-profit to challenge state water law in this manner. The Nature Conservancy is doing the same thing in Shasta Valley. It actually gave or sold the water rights, to a ranch it purchased, to CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Yes, DFW is trying to shepherd the water the same way. Guess these non-profits think they can color the water – maybe red – to keep it from being utilized by other water right owners!

But, the saga doesn’t stop there. Earlier last Thursday, Shirley Gilmore called me to tell me that a man called her last fall about the Callahan Water District’s water rights. Callahan residents’ only water source is from East Boulder Creek. The man talking to Shirley said he was representing a group that was planning on buying the Timbervest properties and would then take the water rights away from the Callahan Water District. Talk about threatening!

After communicating with Shirley, Ray said he and Michael Kobseff, who is chairman of the Siskiyou Co. Supervisors Board, were already talking to our county CAO and counsel about the situation.

Stay tuned, I think there will be more on this saga next week!

Native Daughters

A wonderful Tea Party was held by the Native Daughters of the Golden West last Saturday at the Etna High School multi-purpose room. It was filled with beautifully decorated tea sets, scrumptious sandwiches, cookies and 100 smiling women. Three Etna FFA young ladies worked as servers.

The theme for this year’s event was one-room school houses in Scott Valley. Believe it or not, more than a dozen raised their hands when asked who had attended a one-room school house.

Historical pictures, and several ladies, shared stories of attending one-room school houses. Melanie Fowle and Carol Maplesden attended a school house at the south end of the valley — about 15 years apart. Both rode a horse to school and tucked their dresses inside their jeans during the ride or changed at school into the mandatory dress.

Of course, our last operating one-room, turned into a two-room, school was Quartz Valley, which closed just a few years ago.

Mike Adams

Remember, a memorial will be held this Sunday, March 5, 2017 for Mike Adams at the Fort Jones Community Center at 2 p.m. Mike died unexpectedly last October and was serving as president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water and on the Yreka Tea Party Patriots steering committee. Please bring a dessert to share.

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its next meeting on Thur. March 23, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Andrew Hurlimann is now the president.

Garden

Early in February we were out of potatoes, so Jack was able to locate where a plant had been. He scraped off the several inches of mulch and dug up six pounds of really big Russet potatoes. Only one had a sorta-soft spot from freezing. About a week later, during one of those really warm days – when it wasn’t raining – he used the push-plow and worked-up half of the garden to discourage weeds.

A week ago, we went out and raked up a bunch of pine needles and I found a whole bunch of my Jessie Hammond daffodils along side of the house. They are about eight-inches tall and will likely be blooming by mid-March. This year, Easter is late on April 16. I hope they will still have flowers. It was so warm that we worked in our t-shirts, but only for that one day. Jack also pruned back the two hardy rose bushes.

The rhubarb is just starting to peek through the soil and Jack dug some carrots last week. They are still pretty good although several were tangled and pithy and got tossed in the compost pile.

Last month, the three-inch tall garlic stems had some yellow on them. I guess from the snow and cold, but now they are about seven-inches tall and green. And I see the red-flowered bee balm that my brother and his wife gave us is coming back.

A spring fling hit me, when I stopped by the feed store — I bought three blooming primroses. Took nearly a week to get them planted and they have already been snowed on twice. That got me in the mood for more flowers, so I grabbed my favorite grubbing hoe and started digging out the bunch grass and weeds under the pine tree. Only about three-quarters got dug up and my good intentions have not mustered enough gumption to get the other six-feet worked up. I must say the soil was perfect for grubbing – not too wet and not too hard. My goal is to plant more four o’clocks, cosmos and transplant coreopsis into that flower bed.

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

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