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News from Klamath Basin Crisis.org

Klamath Basin Crisis.org

KBC News

“Brown AWOL on veterans issues” by Oregon State Senator Kim Thatcher 6/12/17

Water adjudication: Wogan hears exceptions to state’s decree, H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17.

Water discord: Upper Basin ranchers seek solution with Tribes, and A long family history on the homestead H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17

Permanent ban on suction dredging passes Oregon House, H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17.

Reclamation cancels water surges on Klamath River, H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17.


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Blow up California tax board, lawmakers say

State gov

Sac Bee.com

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Bundy: Liberty Roundtable Interview With Shawna Cox

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

Redoubt News.com

June 8, 2017

Cox said it was clear from the video that Ryan never had physical contact with the guard.

“Although Shawnna and Mack have different viewpoints, we clearly agree that the Bundy’s and their supporters should be treated with dignity and respect and certainly should not be in Prison!
We look forward to working together to make a valiant stand in defense of  our sacred rights of Due Process and speedy trials. In unity we recognize There Is No Liberty With Innocents in Prison!
Please support our efforts at http://www.TheFreedomCoalition.com
~ Sam Bushman, Liberty Roundtable, to Redoubt News

by Loren Edward Pearce

On June 1, 2017, Sam Bushman, of Liberty Roundtable podcast show, invited Shawna Cox to give her side of the story to what she observed in watching 6 videos of the circumstances surrounding the shirt incident with Ammon and Ryan Bundy, eventually leading to both of them being condemned to a 3 foot by 3 foot shower stall and then culminating in being placed back into “the hole” or solitary confinement.

Listen to The Interview Here: Liberty Roundtable

I reported on Bushman’s earlier interview with Richard Mack and objected to how they made assumptions, comparisons and conclusions about Ammon Bundy’s behavior and integrity. With the Shawna Cox interview, I am pleased to report that Bushman was very fair with her, giving her all the time she needed to report things as she recalled and interpreted them.


In Bushman’s interview with Cox, she noted at the 14:50 mark that there was a follow up, post incident interview with the security guard who had seized the shirt who claimed that Ryan had brushed his arm while trying to get the shirt back but that it was no big deal, he was not going to press charges. Cox said it was clear from the video that Ryan never had physical contact with the guard. He attempted to get the shirt, but it was out of reach and no contact was made. Cox said that the video shows the guard calmly walking away and throwing the shirt into a hamper and Ryan and Ammon returning to their bunks. It appeared that the incident was over and done with.

Some time goes by and the video shows 5 guards reappearing at the door of the pod. The first video ends and is replaced by a hand held video. What happens next has already been reported but what I would like to emphasize is that:

  1. The first video confirms that neither Ryan nor Ammon ever had physical contact with the guard and,

  2. That the guard himself acknowledged that it was not a big deal and was not thinking of pressing charges.

However, there appears to be an element of discrimination against Ammon for doing something that was commonly done for months. Why the sudden crackdown? Why was something that was a common practice, the hanging of shirts, now escalated to something requiring 13 hours (originally planned for 72 hours) of torture in a 3 foot by 3 foot shower stall? Did prison staff decide to teach Ammon and Ryan a lesson? Were they looking for a way to marginalize and weaken them by putting them back into solitary, thereby making their defense in trial that much more difficult?


After spending 41 days in solitary, Ammon had been released to the general population and was resting on his bed minding his own business. Following the example of many other prisoners, he had placed a shirt to block the bright light so he could get some sleep in the night only to be rudely awakened by a guard objecting to his shirt. That incident quickly escalated to something that could have ultimately taken his life, had they completed the planned 72 hours of confinement in the 3 foot by 3 foot space.




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Marine and Bundy bodyguard: The Demonization of Schuyler Barbeau

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

Redoubt News.com

by Gary Hunt
December 23, 2015

Schuyler Pyatte Barbeau is accused of failing to pay a tax and register a firearm with the federal government and that required that the tax be paid. However, the “firearm” was not a “firearm”, but separate parts, when the government received it, as explained in “The Arrest of Schuyler Barbeau“. There were two barrels, a receiver, optical devices, and other items, in a case that was delivered to a Confidential Human Source (CHS), identified as Oliver Murphy.

Now, it is necessary to understand that all of the objects that were in that case were legally purchased. There is no crime in the possession of the objects. However, it is rather ironic that if the shorter barrel (10.5 inches long) is affixed to a rifle receiver, it becomes illegal, presumably, because the rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches (the “criminal” element), can be easily concealed because of the short length. The 10.5 inch barrel reduces both muzzle velocity and accuracy, when fired, so it is really less of a rifle. On the other hand, if you were to affix the 10.5 inch barrel to a pistol, or handgun receiver, it is legal. In contrast, the rifle receiver, which by description, must have a stock, while the pistol receiver does not. This makes the pistol with the 10.5 inch barrel considerably shorter, and more concealable, than the rifle version. So, it begs the question, is there any sense, at all, in this law that taxes the one (rifle) and not the other (pistol)?

So, now we have illustrated the extent of the charges against Barbeau. Clearly, this is about his demonization by the federal government, in an attempt to influence public opinion against Barbeau, because the law does not allow “fishing expeditions” to try to find a crime, nor did the Framers intend for the government to have such power.

The demonization begins with the information provided by the paid CHS. This is detailed in “Search Warrant Affidavit or Fishing License“. There are unsubstantiated claims that Barbeau claimed to have stolen “blasting caps and detonation cord” from his Army National Guard unit, though there is no indication that the well inventoried and secured items were ever stolen, nor were they found during the warranted search.

To understand the security involved in cataloging these items on a military installation, here is what Maureen Peltier, a disabled 15 year veteran that worked in supply, says about the control of such inventory:

I must add information for those not privy to our supply handling of certain equipment.
Soldiers, we all know Ammo, blasting caps, det cord are not just laying around in our Armories. We all have to go to ASP (Ammo Supply Point) to receive and only those authorized with specific Ammo handlers certification can sign out for such items for scheduled training. Transportation to and from Armory than to training site is all pre-determined. Much coordination is involved and I personally have overseen such coordination as I have in my logistics positions, coordinated from pre-planning to execution to return. Such items are handled under guard and with great caution. Storage points at Armories, just prior to live training execution, would be under weapons vault controlled by unit Supply Sergeants. Security alarm systems and a vault room inside larger weapons vault room is the proper authorized site until final movement to a designated training site.

If items such as that went ‘missing’, they would not only shut down and lock down all of the surrounding area or entire base, Soldiers would all be confined to unit AO or training site, until all missing items are recovered or an all clear by base Commanders have been issued. This would not go unnoticed. ~SSG Moe

However, when the FBI visited the National Guard unit, the only thing they had to say was that Barbeau had served eight honorable years in both the Marines and Army National Guard. There was no evidence to support the loss of the named items.

This, however, did not bar the FBI from “invading” the Aenk Ranch, some 280 miles from where Barbeau was arrested. This raid was a quasi-military operation, conducted by 25 goons, each using the same type of firearm that Barbeau is accused of possessing, and numerous other federal agents, as shown in video footage of the raid in “Domestic Terrorism“.

This raid was based on the very vague charges in violation of Title 18 (Criminal) US Code. Charges of possession of stolen federal property and possession of a machine gun. Neither of these charges have any substance, as explained above, except for the word of the paid CHS informant. So, again, it begs the question, were the “allegations” made by the paid informant simply an imaginary and contrived scenario to please those who were going to cut him a check for $3,500, or just bravado talk between friends?

Later, news channel, King 5, on December 17, did a field interview with Allen Aenk, where the damages caused by the December 6 raid on the Aenk Ranch can be seen. The segment also shows a portion of a document that had been recently unsealed at the Federal Eastern District Court, in Spokane, though not tied to the arrest and current charges against Schuyler Barbeau.

The referred to document, the affidavit supporting the search warrant that was executed on the Ranch of December 6, brings forward the additional unsubstantiated charges of violation of the criminal code.

It is important to note, since there is no proof of stolen property, it is reasonable to question, how can it be justification for such an overwhelming show of force when the nearly platoon sized army of federal agents stormed the ranch, knowing that, with the exception of Carrie Aenk who was alone at home, the other two inhabitants of the property were in federal hands, 280 miles away?

The raid, based upon such meager justification, surely cost the taxpayers many thousands of dollars, which makes us ponder whether the intent of the law is, as suggested, a tax or revenue law, or is it an expansion of federal authority, outside of the constraints of the Constitution, in trying to circumvent the Second Amendment?




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Acted as a bodyguard to Cliven Bundy in April 2014: Schuyler Barbeau Changes Plea To Guilty

2nd Amendment, Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs

PNP comment: Government informants have been rampant in the Bundy situations. Makes one wonder about entrapment. — Editor Liz Bowen

Redoubt News.com

June 6, 2017

by Shari Dovale and Jenn Cannon

The trial for Schuyler Barbeau ended abruptly today when the defendant changed his pleas to guilty.

A small group of supporters were in the courtroom watching Barbeau as he became emotional when his best friend – turned Confidential Informant, Oliver Murphy, testified on the witness stand. With Murphy’s assistance, Barbeau was arrested on November 22, 2015 and has been incarcerated since.

It was stated in open court that Murphy received $13,500 for his participation in the sting that resulted in the arrest of Barbeau on Federal firearms charges.

The prosecutions case was nearing the end at the morning break for court. It was an unusually long break, then when court reconvened without the jury, it was unexpectedly announced that Barbeau intended to change his plea on both charges to Guilty.

Judge Robert Jones instructed the Stand By attorney for Barbeau, Robert Gombiner, to fully instruct the defendant in what it would mean to change his plea. When court resumed for the afternoon session, the change of plea was entered into the record.

Barbeau became emotional when he addressed the court, saying, “I realize that I have done things the statutes prohibit.”

Barbeau plead guilty to two counts, including possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a machine gun. Each count can carry up to a maximum of 10 years in Prison plus hefty fines.

Additionally, there is a forfeiture clause that Barbeau agreed to, with the exception of a “scope” that he would like the court to return to him. Future hearings on these items will be scheduled at a later date.

It is now up to the court, after reading recommendations to be submitted by the government, the defense, and the probation department to determine what punishment Barbeau will receive.

Judge Jones made a statement concerning the sentencing guidelines, saying they are only advisory for him and are not mandatory. He stated that these guidelines used to be mandatory, but now he need only refer to them but he is not bound by them.

Several issues will be considered before sentencing on September 1, 2017.



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How environmentalist litigation is sending our national forests up in smoke

Endangered Species Act, FIRES, Forestry & USFS, Lawsuits

PNP comment: Unfortunately, this has been happening for 30 years! — Editor Liz Bowen

Free Range Report

June 10, 2017

“Our national forests are dying from neglect. Rather than channeling dollars to active forest management to reduce the risk of wildfire, the Federal government must spend its funds defending sound management practices from this perpetual environmental litigation machine.” ~Rep. Tom McClintock

House Committee on Natural Resources Press Release

Policy Overview

♦The U.S. Forest Service is entrusted with managing 193 million acres1 of mostly forested areas in 43 states and Puerto Rico.

♦Currently, Fifty-eight million acres of national forest are at high or very high risk of severe wildfire3 due in large part to a lack of active management of the landscape.

♦When District Rangers, Forest Supervisors and their staffs attempt to advance forest thinning and other active management projects, their efforts can be significantly delayed or derailed due in large part to ever increasing environmental analysis requirements resulting in longer, more costly planning timelines and significantly increased regulatory complexity.

♦Ever-increasing analyses are a direct result of attempts by the Forest Service to make environmental analysis documents “bullet-proof” in an increasingly litigious landscape.

♦As reported in the Helena Independent Record, “the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Forest Management Act (NFMA) are most often cited as the basis for litigation.”

♦Vegetative management activities account for more than 40 percent of all lawsuits brought against the Forest Service.

♦According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) analysis of data provided by the National Association of Environmental Professionals, the Forest Service produced 572 Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) between 2008 and 2012, nearly 25 percent of all draft and final EIS produced during that time period.

Panel Examines Negative Impacts of Excessive Litigation on Forest Health 

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2017 –

Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing to examine how litigation and increasingly excessive environmental analysis facing the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has exacerbated the ongoing forest health crisis.

♦“We are bankrupting the future,” witness Lyle Laverty, Certified Forester and President of the Laverty Group, said. “America’s green infrastructure is on life support, perhaps even on the brink of ecological collapse.”

58 million acres of national forests are at high or very high risk of severe wildfire. Despite deteriorating forest health and the increasing potential for catastrophic wildfire, USFS employees spend more than 40 percent of their time conducting planning and analysis instead of managing our federal forests and rangelands.

♦“[O]ur national forests are dying from neglect,” Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA) said. “[R]ather than channeling dollars to active forest management to reduce the risk of wildfire, the Federal government must spend its funds defending sound management practices from this perpetual environmental litigation machine.”

Environmental laws originally intended to protect the environment, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, are now working against the USFS, significantly hindering active management.

♦”This has contributed to the decline of the very resources the laws are intended to protect,” Laverty stated. “Unnatural fuel accumulations lead to the uncharacteristic wildfires that can and will ultimately harm listed species and water quality.”

The panel outlined how excessive lawsuits and vague statutory authorities force the USFS to make environmental analysis documents “bullet-proof,” in fear of litigation.

In this litigation-prone climate, Laverty argued the federal focus “has been mostly prevention of harm from action. The potential for harm from inaction has largely been ignored.”

Another witness, Lawson Fite, General Counsel for the American Forest Resource Council, argued that a large percentage of lawsuits aren’t targeted as specific legal violations, but are instead used by self-proclaimed environmental groups to halt or prevent restoration activities.

♦“They force the agencies into years-long paperwork exercises that result in no project changes or conservation benefit,” Fite said.

♦“They have succeeded...  It might be making environmental attorneys rich, but it is  killing our forests,” McClintock added.

♦Fite, however, offered hope, describing forestry as “an area of bipartisan progress” noting: “There are a number of measures with support from Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and industry, which can streamline environmental compliance while preserving a right of review and protecting resources such as watersheds and wildlife. The time for action is now.”

♦”Healthy forests are a win-win-win situation,” Rep. Westerman (R-AR) stated“We should all be able to work together to manage our forests in a healthy, sustainable manner for everyone’s benefit.”


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California: Funding for damaged levee repairs denied

California Rivers, California water, Dams other than Klamath

Funding for damaged levee repairs denied


Governor Jerry Brown and democratic lawmakers are getting closer to a finalized budget, with a deadline next Thursday. One thing missing from the budget is a proposal from Northstate lawmakers to add $100 million to repair levees damaged this winter. which includes the Oroville Dam spillway.

Instead, Democratic lawmakers decided to include $111 million for flood control projects and $6 million for dam safety. However, none of that money is for repair work.

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Salmon: rice fields and 2017 high water flows

California Rivers, California water, Salmon and fish, Water, Resources & Quality

Flooded rice fields offer good place to grow native salmon

Woodland Daily Democrat

A new study offers a beacon of hope for a cease-fire in the Golden State’s persistent water wars. “Floodplain Farm Fields Provide Novel Rearing Habitat for Chinook Salmon,” published in the journal PLOS-ONE, is based on the work by scientists from nonprofit group California Trout, UC Davis, and the California Department of Water Resources.

The study reaffirms what has been a growing body of evidence that Central Valley farm fields that remain in active agricultural production can have environmental benefits for the state’s salmon populations.


Fishing for answers on what high flows of 2017 do for salmon on Modesto-area rivers

Modesto Bee

This year has brought the mighty river flows that environmental and fishing groups say are vital to salmon. A farmer or city water user might disagree: Yes, the fish need high water at times, but not at the 2017 volume. And we should be adding reservoir space to carry over the excess for dry years ahead.

The Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers have near-record runoff from their mountain watersheds after five years of drought. It started in fall, when above-average storms provided more water for salmon returning to spawn after a few years in the Pacific Ocean. The skies truly let loose in January and February, forcing reservoir operators to ramp up releases to prepare for the spring snowmelt.

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Liz Writes Life 6-6-17

Liz Writes Life

June 6, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Thank you to all the folks that went out of their way to stop by our yard sale on Saturday. We were surprised about the amount of Trinity and Shasta Valley yard salers that drove over Scott Mt. or Gazelle Mt. and started their treasure-finding trek at the south-end of the valley.

The day was a very pleasant experience. Folks were considerate, talkative and showed up with smaller cash denominations. It was fun to visit with old friends like Mary Rose Periera and her husband. I don’t remember their last name – we’re talking Etna High School time period — and made friends with new neighbors down the road.

I heard it was “a zoo” in Etna and other areas. Sure hope everyone found that special treasure.


Soil temps must have been just right, because many of the seeds we planted on Sat. May 27th are up with two green leaves. There are two zucchini along with corn, some cucs, radish, bok choy and spinach. Picked several cups of snow peas and made a stir fry and the garlic looks about ready pull up to dry. The potatoes that the freeze knocked back, a month ago, are nearly 10 inches tall.

It took some doing, but I improved the soil and got my flowering plants in by the pine tree. I have also decided to bring in coneflower and coreopsis from outside the fence and, boy, has that been a job digging the rocky ground and adding some decent soil and a bit of manure. But, the coneflowers are in.

World War II

The tide truly turned for the Allies fighting the Nazi’s on Tuesday, June 6, 1944. I have written about D-Day before, but each year I am humbled by the incredible organization, coordination and execution it took for such an invasion. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the other leaders certainly knew there would be many casualties. I can’t imagine the courage it took for the military leaders down to the private soldiers to commit to the operation. But, wars are brutal and the battles must be fought; and this one had to be successful for freedom to win out over domination and evil.

Here are a few quick facts about D-Day: The invasion did not take place where Nazi’s expected, but on five beaches in Normandy, France. They were code named: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The original date for the attack was on June 5th, but bad weather in the English Channel forced the postponement. More than 13,000 aircraft began flying at midnight into occupied territory chalking up 14,674 sorties from the Allied forces by 8 a.m.

More than 5,000 ships supported the 160,000 troops across the channel. Minesweepers cleared the way for the crafts carrying men, vehicles and supplies. Allied casualties were estimated at 10,000 killed, wounded or missing in action: 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British and 946 Canadians.

Last week, we remembered our service men and women from all wars on Memorial Day. Let us stop a minute, today, and send a prayer of “thank you” for those who fought on D-Day and continued on for a year pushing the fascist Nazi’s back until the European victory was won in May 1945.


Lisa Nixon, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 4, reported on the ad-hoc county-wide cannabis committee at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting last Thursday. She said it has turned out to be an “incredible experience” working with the varied-interest group. Lisa said under California law, the county can ban all outdoor growing or can regulate commercial outdoor grows. California state agencies are not yet up-to-speed regarding licensing, but expects to have its commercial growing permits available Jan. 1, 2018.

The new recreational cannabis law was approved by California voters last November and commercial growers are demanding to know if the County of Siskiyou Co. will permit them to grow here.

At odds is the huge black market industry that is severely impacting our county. Lisa said the black market growers are violating nearly every land use regulation and causing tragic environmental abuses. She feels the black market industry must be eradicated — as many of us do.

Lisa said the individuals on the ad-hoc committee have been willing to negotiate and been quite respectful. The commercial growers, on the committee, say they want to undertake the process in steps and legally abide by the permits and regulations. Believe it or not, there are 20 different categories of permits that could be used by the county. A pilot program of a few types of commercial grows is being considered as a compromise for 2018.

Several members from the audience spoke up against Siskiyou Co. allowing commercial grows. Lisa responded by saying that is the crux of the problem and discussing the pros and cons of opening the door to commercial grows will be the basis for the all-important decision that must be made this year or California’s rules will run the show. Currently, it is legal for up to six plants to be grown indoors in Siskiyou Co.

Next week I’ll cover more from the POW meeting.


It has been brought to my attention that on the internet I have been referred to as a “Sovereign Citizen Journalist.” I don’t know what that is and have never labeled myself as such. This label is erroneous. I have been writing for newspapers since 1976 and have always considered myself a reporter or simply a journalist. I do not consider myself a Sovereign. I am a citizen of the United States, a resident and registered voter in the State of California and Siskiyou County. I felt that I should clarify the matter. I am truly grateful and proud to be an American.

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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Liz Writes Life 5-30-17

Liz Writes Life

May 30, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

For those who don’t know, today is the real Memorial Day. Yep, that’s right, at least for me. Originally, Memorial Day was May 30th, but not for long. I’ll get back to that in a minute.

Time for recollection — sometime in the 1960s, I remember my Dad picking a large bunch of fragrant, lavender lilac blossoms. It was a Saturday and I had gone with him up to the Sullivan ranch that he leased for his Hereford cattle herd. It is up Wildcat Creek near Callahan. The dry hillside yard in front of the old white vacant Victorian Sullivan house boasted huge lilac bushes in full bloom.

Now, my Dad wasn’t much on flowers, so I guess that’s one reason why I recall this day. It was also fairly warm and I think I was allowed to ride the entire trip to our home in Etna in the back of his pickup. Yep, a real treat with the wind blowing against my face, sitting with several dogs – their tongues hanging out! Oops, a no-no nowadays. But, you gotta understand that my Dad never drove very fast at that stage of his life even on Hwy 3.

Then, I remember being at my Grandma Dillman’s home on Wagner Way in Etna and I think a batch of giant red peonies were also picked. What is odd, as childhood memories go, I don’t recall going to the Etna Cemetery to place the flowers. My Grandpa George Dillman was buried there, along with my Dad’s siblings: Bob, Con and Clista Dillman. Hum, a bit of melancholy nostalgia with question marks.

For quite a few years, I have been putting fabric flowers on family and friends’ graves. Now, my Grandma Dillman, Dad, Mom, more of Dad’s siblings and a lot of Fowler relatives are resting there as well. I buy 25 flowers and try to make them stretch as my way to remember my family. This year, I chose the color red and also red, white and blue. They are stunning!

Our cemeteries are beautiful in Scott Valley. The American Legion Perry Harris Post #260 places hundreds of American flags on veterans’ graves. Thank you to all who take care of our cemeteries and those who remember to place flowers, whether they are fabric or real.

Because Memorial Day seems to have sort of lost its real significance, I decided to look it up on the Internet.

Apparently, placing flowers on graves of loved ones has been done since ancient times. But, it was the huge loss of over 600,000 soldiers in the American Civil War that affected nearly every family and community in the USA. It was first known as Decoration Days and specifically honored soldiers, who had died. In some rural mountain areas of American South, extended families still hold family reunions, religious services and or picnic dinners to honor their soldiers.

Following the assassination, in April 1865, of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, commemorating an honored loved one seemed to take on a new cultural significance. Women took the leadership role of establishing a formal practice of decorating graves; and many African Americans — those former slaves — gave huge significance to the observance of Decoration Day after the Civil War.

By 1882, the name had gradually changed to Memorial Day. But, believe it or not, Memorial Day was not declared the official name by federal law until 1967. A few years later, another congressional law took effect in 1971 changing the day from May 30th to the last Monday in May to create a three-day holiday.

Because of that Memorial Day in my early years, I still watch to see if the lilacs and red peonies will be blooming on May 30th. Once again, this year, the lilacs were way ahead of schedule and were about to pop open at my house, when that cold frost killed them on May 7th. My peonies actually started blooming in mid-May and the blooms on one bush are falling down. Nope, didn’t happen this year, but I have a nice memory.


It took all last week to finish planting the garden. We got the first crop of corn in, along with cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, sunflowers, pumpkins, spinach, radishes, bok choy and another Chinese-type cabbage. The green beans were planted two weeks ago. Oh, I ate several snow peas – raw — and pulled two bunching onions for a dinner, cuz I ran out of onions.

My eyes were bigger than my energy level, as I purchased more flower plants than I normally do. I planted a garden corner of alyssum, ice plants, zinnia, vinca, begonias and transplanted several cosmos for the back. The Shasta daisies are starting to bloom there. Hoping for a pretty spot!


Larry Alexander tells me there will be two huge sales during the Scott Valley-wide Yard Sale weekend. (We are having one too! Want an old cider press?) An auction of antiques and collectables will be at The REC in Fort Jones at 1 p.m. on Sat. June 3rd. On Sun. June 4th, a ranchers, farmers and construction equipment auction will be held at the old Marlahan Ranch, now called, Clary Rose Farm, at 1 p.m.

On Friday, June 9th a Community Fire Season Preparedness meeting will be held at The REC at 5 p.m. with a complimentary barbecue followed by speakers sharing vital fire info.


Speakers for the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on Thurs. June 1st will be Siskiyou Co. Supervisors Lisa Nixon, from Dist. 4, and Ray Haupt, Dist. 5, Erin Ryan from Congressman LaMalfa’s office and Richard Marshall, President of Siskiyou Water Users. It will be held at the Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share as we eat before, during and after.

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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