Are The Good Times Over?

Wow, 22 degrees this morning 74 this afternoon. Looks like this pattern will stick around for awhile with no precip in sight. We’ve been in a historical wet period for the last 500 years and it looks like the good times may be over. We are so screwed.





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!

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Merry Christmas


Chalk Fire Update

Taken from Pit 5 Dam by Mrs. D

Taken at the Pit 5 Dam.

Taken at the Pit 5 Dam

Taken at the Pit 5 Dam

To give some perspective as to the size of the fire, in the smoke on the left side of the bottom picture, that little speck about a third of the way up is a double blade ‘copter with a bucket.

Fire officials relied on bulldozers, air tankers and helicopters at the Chalk Fire on Friday to prevent the 6,923-acre blaze from breaching containment lines and closing in on 11 structures.

Lori Mathiesen, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the Burney-area fire grew about 100 acres from Thursday to Friday and mandatory evacuations remained in effect for 10 residences along Skunk Ridge Road near Big Bend.

River Road remained closed at Pit 5 Dam.

Crews so far have kept the fire within their lines and, if weather permits, more firing operations would be under way this weekend, she said. Windy conditions Thursday and Friday blew embers that created spot fires, but none fell outside the contingency lines, she said.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Pit 4 powerhouse along the Pit River also was threatened by the fire, officials said.

As of Friday evening, the Chalk Fire had settled at 6,923 acres. The fire is one of 40 started by an Aug. 1 lightning storm.

Fire officials on Friday began releasing some engines and crews for fire duty elsewhere in the state, Cal Fire spokesman Brent Saulsbury said.

The SHU Lightning Complex of fires has burned 17,623 acres, and crews continued their efforts on the Chalk, Cassel (6,097 acres) and Goose (3,949 acres) fires.

The whole complex of fires was 70 percent contained Friday evening with mop-up operations continuing where containment lines have held.

Full containment was expected Sunday.

Nineteen minor injuries have been reported on the fire complex with suppression costs amounting to $26.8 million.

Some 1,580 people are working on the fires, of which 1,332 are Cal Fire personnel.

The 9,356-acre Sugarloaf Fire, part of the Hat Creek Complex to the southeast near Old Station, was reportedly fully contained by Friday morning, and mop-up efforts continued there throughout the day.

Lightning-sparked fires in the Trinity River Management Unit Complex have all been extinguished, but crews continue to monitor hot spots, said Rita Vollmer, a U.S. Forest service spokeswoman.

She said all the TRMU fires were less than 40 acres.


Do You Really Need To Be Told?

Hat Creek/Pit River Fire June 2008

Hat Creek/Pit River Fire June 2008

How much money do we, the taxpayers, have to spend on dumb people? If you can’t figure out it’s smokey outside when the whole forest around you is burning, maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to live unsupervised.

And just how much is this costing me to move in equipment to tell me the obvious?

A pair of air sensors are now monitoring the air in Eastern Shasta County near ongoing wildfires.

Information from the air monitors is available at the Shasta County Air Quality Management’s Web site at

Scroll the map to Burney and Fall River Mills to see readings from the temporary monitors.

After a story in the Record Searchlight and on Thursday, the state Air Resources Board hauled the monitors to the Intermountain Area to augment the county’s permanent monitor in Anderson, which wasn’t monitoring pollutants from the fires because they were too far away. That monitor is the only one of the three maintained by the county that gauges particulate pollution, such as ash put off by wildfires.

This afternoon the Burney monitor showed good air quality and the Fall River Mills monitor indicated unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups. Source

I am so sick of this Nanny State bullshit I can’t even put it in words. If there’s miles of forest burning in your immediate area, do you really have to be told the air quality might be bad?

Li’l Smokey is awake and on the move

hey li'l buddy, let me sow ya the ropes

hey li'l buddy, let me show ya the ropes

An American black bear who was returned into the wild in early February after being rescued last summer from a smoldering north state forest, Li’l Smokey has awakened from his hibernation slumber.

Officials with Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and the Anderson forester who rescued the injured bear cub in July said Thursday that officials at the state Department of Fish and Game informed them that they had picked up a live signal from the bear’s electronic transmitter.

The signal, which was received last Friday as DFG officials flew over the area, shows that Li’l Smokey was about 4.59 miles from where he was placed in a cozy den in the Klamath National Forest in Siskiyou County.

“This is a great indicator that he is alive and well,” said Tom Millham, secretary-treasurer of nonprofit Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care center, where Li’l Smokey was treated for his burn injuries. “Things look good.”

Adam Deem, the 33-year-old California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection forester, said Thursday that he learned Wednesday of Li’l Smokey’s electronic sighting.

“This is fantastic news,” Deem said.

It was Deem who spotted and rescued the injured and badly dehydrated Li’l Smokey as he was scouting the western flank of the Moon Fire near the border of Trinity and Shasta counties.

The forester admitted he has worried about Li’l Smokey’s safety since the bear was tranquilized and left on his own in the bear den.

“Every time a storm comes in, I wonder if he’s hunkered down in his den,” he said.

Both Deem and Millham said that Li’l Smokey is staying well within his release site.

“They (bears) have about a 10-mile range as their home,” Millham said.

Staying within that 10-mile range indicates to them that Li’l Smokey is finding sufficient forage.

Li’l Smokey was returned to the wild two months ago, but the exact location of the release site, which is considered to be excellent bear habitat, is being kept secret by DFG officials.

One of the bear’s ears was tagged with an electronic transmitter, which will allow the wildlife experts to monitor him for about a year.

But because of state budget cutbacks, it’s not known how often DFG officials will be checking on him.

Deem and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, which still carries a Li’l Smokey blog, have won worldwide praise for their work to save the bear.

Deem is publishing an illustrated children’s book about his favorite bear, which he hopes will be finished and on sale in June.

In the meantime, Deem and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care representatives will be staffing a booth at the upcoming Kool April Nites car show in Redding. That booth will offer information about the wildlife care nonprofit group, as well as Li’l Smokey items for sale.

Kool April Nites is from Wednesday to April 19 at the Redding Convention Center and this year’s event pays special recognition to firefighters.

Its annual poster and program even include a drawing of Li’l Smokey.

Save The Planet! Just NIMBY

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

A power company’s plans to amplify snowstorms in the north state have sparked a debate about cloud seeding.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has installed seven propane-burning cloud seed “generators” – collections of equipment that propel silver iodide particles into the air – atop ridges in Siskiyou and Shasta counties.

The generators are set to go into use by the end of winter and should enhance storms over the Pit and McCloud river watersheds, said Byron Marler, a supervising meteorologist for the San Francisco-based company.

“It’s like having a whole new Burney Falls added to those rivers,” he said.

The cloud seeding, which will be done 40 to 50 times a winter, should more than match the amount the water that flows over the north state’s signature waterfall, said Paul Moreno, company spokesman.

He said it will produce 130,000 acre feet of water per year, enough to flood 130,000 acres a foot deep in water, or 1.2 times as much as flows each year over the falls near Burney.

Now that sounds like a great idea. More snow in a water and snow recreation area, more water for clean and green hydro-electric power, more water in our drought stricken lakes, more water for the farmers, and yes, even more water for those SoCal city dwellers. What could be wrong with that? Well…..

But the company’s plans also have caused a flood of concern, especially from people in Siskiyou County, where much of the snow would fall.

Already involved with the McCloud Watershed Council, Angelina Cook of Mount Shasta said she’s starting to organize a group of people with questions about cloud seeding.

Most people first heard of the PG&E project in October through newspaper notifications, and Cook said she now has an e-mail list of 50 people who are actively involved.
“And that’s just a fraction of the people who are concerned about it,” Cook said.

This is the same person who has effectively shut down the new water bottling plant planned for McCloud using the excuse there’s not enough water. Now she will try to shut down a project that will make more water. I know she said people have questions and concerns. That’s code for, Not In My Backyard. They will try to shut it down, mark my words.

Key concerns are cloud seeding’s effect on overall climate, impacts to systems set to handle only the current amount of precipitation and introduction of silver iodide particles to the environment.

Among the concerned is Rene Henery of Mount Shasta, who is directing climate research at nearby Castle Lake for the University of Nevada at Reno.

He said he’s worried that PG&E’s cloud seeding could skew the data at the heart of his work and is concerned that there don’t appear to be any regulations on seeding.

Set to handle only the current amount of precipitation? We’re in a DROUGHT!

How would it skew his data? Facts are facts. Does he mean it would make it harder to promote the Global Warming Lie? Wouldn’t more snow slow that dreaded Global Warming?

Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Resources Control Board, as well as with both Siskiyou and Shasta counties, said they don’t regulate cloud seeding if it is done on private property.

PG&E’s generators are on private land, mostly owned by Anderson-based timber giant Sierra Pacific Industries, Marler said.

Although PG&E did not have to obtain permits or complete environmental documents about the cloud seeding operation, Marler said it’s working with Siskiyou County officials so they understand what will be happening in the skies.

Lifted aloft in the exhaust of burned propane, the silver iodide particles – which he said are harmless to plants and animals – trigger the development of ice crystals within clouds, Marler said. Those ice crystals fall as snow rather than blowing away as moisture in the wind, he said, increasing snow production by 5 percent to 10 percent.
“It doesn’t create snowfall where there wasn’t snowfall,” Moreno said. “It just enhances snowfall.”

Moreno said cloud seeding is used throughout the state, and PG&E has had an operation to boost the snowfall around Lake Almanor for more than 50 years.

Along with providing heavier water flows at the company’s hydroelectric dams along the McCloud and Pit rivers, Marler said the cloud seeding also will provide more water for drought-stricken grazing land and forests.

“We are not the only ones who are going to benefit from this,” Marler said.

These are all good things from PG&E.

NIMBYs and Gloworms, there is just no pleasing these people.

And on a personal note, I do live in the effected area, right on the banks of the Pit River. More snow? Bring it on!


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