Northern California and Southern Oregon—Support The State of Jefferson, Sign The Support Statement

Northern California and Southern Oregon residents (this is for you too) please show your support for The State of Jefferson.

The State of California is ungovernable in its present size. (* Southern Oregon residents – Please feel free to sign this support statement so we can gauge support for those counties as well.)

Northern California’s Identity Problem

Here is Northern California’s identity problem. There’s pretty big fire in Northern California.…/la-me-ln-homes-destroyed-wildfire-…

Here’s where the fire really is.…
Nowhere near NorCal!!!

More than three dozen homes and buildings were destroyed Saturday by a wildfire in Northern California that has forced the evacuations of two towns and burned…|By Los Angeles Times

Explore The Great State of Jefferson

I just came across this nifty little publication. It has monthly news pdf’s going back 3 years. I only skimmed one of them before deciding to post this for anyone interested in my neck of the woods. Jefferson Backroads

Jefferson Backroads is a happy little publication overflowing with interesting stories telling the amazing history of the charming small towns in our Rural American region as well as current stories about upcoming events and many amazing Mom & Pop businesses operating here today. You can find our paper publications each month in many quality locations throughout Siskiyou County and also in many happy spots to the north – south – east & west.

Click on the links below to catch up on our monthly publications ONLINE 24/7/365. It does take a few moments for them to download but I promise it is WELL worth the Wait! You will see LOTS of our local businesses, upcoming events and a lot of interesting local history! Lots of FUN INFO! We hope you enjoy reading our Jefferson Backroads Publications!

Jefferson Backroads

Also visit their Facebook page HERE

Merry Christmas


Shasta Lake Rises 10 ft. in One Day

This is some great news for our area from Dr. Roy Spencer.

The latest in a series of Pacific storms hit California yesterday with high winds and over 6 inches of rain at Shasta Dam. A number of mountain stations that feed the reservoirs in N. California, which are at very low levels from the continuing drought, have registered over 10 inches of rain in the last week.

With yesterday’s heavy rains, Lake Shasta rose a spectacular 10.6 feet in one day, which added over 130,000 acre feet of water volume to California’s largest reservoir. That’s enough water to fill 65,000 Olympic size swimming pools.

The following graph shows that there is still a long way to go to reach even normal water levels on Lake Shasta:
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Nevertheless, it also shows how the reservoir can recover in only one year, as it did from the 1976-77 dry period to the 1977-78 wet period, the result of rains from weak El Nino conditions.

The current El Nino conditions in the Pacific are contributing to the current wet and stormy period, which will need to continue before we can even begin to talk about the drought being over.

Trying to Get Back on Track

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I’m going to try to get back to a bit of blogging here as the past couple of years have been a bit crazy. Not to mention that Facebook has made a lot of people, including me, just too lazy to even move around the internet. So, early New Years resolution here….at least one post a week to start. I’ve forgotten most of the tricks and gimmicks to posting, but like Nuke did when he handed me the keys to his place several years ago and said go play with it and figure it out, I will explore it again. So I’m just kickin it in the great State of Jefferson.

Tragedy At The Rat Farm !Update!

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!Update! The men were identified by the Shasta County Coroner’s office as Noel Smith, 38, of Burney, and Nathan Smith, 32, of Citrus Heights.

Two men have died after falling through the ice Saturday evening trying to rescue a dog at the Big Lake boat launch in McArthur.

Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the two men, who had been submerged for several minutes under the icy water as firefighters and volunteers searched for them in a duck hunter’s boat.

Video footage posted on the Intermountain News Web site shows firefighters feeling around in the slush-covered, inky, black water with poles in the hopes of bumping into one of the men in the current.

Their identities haven’t been released by the Shasta County Coroner’s Office.

“I’ve had a lot of firemen call me up today before going to church wondering how to pray,” McArthur Volunteer Fire Department Chief Pat Oilar said today.

One of the men in the party apparently survived and swam to shore but he had severe hypothermia, Oilar said.

The other two men apparently had been submerged under the ice — one for about 20 to 25 minutes and the other for about 50 minutes, Oilar said.

Rescuers performed CPR on the two men before ambulances took them to the hospital.

The three men — all believed to be in their 30s and brothers — wound up in the water and ice after trying to get a dog that went through the ice first. “That was my understanding,” Oilar said. It’s also the chief’s understanding that the dog survived.

Oilar credited Jeff Stackhouse of McArthur for assisting in retrieving the two men.

“He was key in the rescue,” Oilar said.

Stackhouse had been hunting in the area, but unloaded his boat from a trailer to take several McArthur fire department volunteers on the lake to find the two men.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection received a call at 5:22 p.m. that three men had fallen into the ice at the Rat Farm boat launch, said Cal Fire Capt. Ed Almeda.

This time of year, the Rat Farm launch area is a popular duck hunting boat ramp as the Big Lake area remains one of the few marshy waterways not completely frozen over after cold spells.

But, Oilar said, he didn’t know whether the three men were part of a hunting party. At least one witness said the men may have been fishing.

Oilar said it was strange that the two men appeared to have stripped down to their T-shirts before going after the dog.

The ice was 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches thick, Oilar said.

Assisting at the scene were firefighters from Cal Fire, the McArthur and Fall River volunteer fire departments, and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

Sources: Record Searchlight and Intermountain News

My prayers go out to all involved.

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