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From The Drivers Seat

For those wondering about what it is like to put up hay on our ranch, I have tried to put together some short videos to give a sense of what takes place.

Swathing / Cutting

We wait until the dew has burned off the hay before cutting. It is important that the water has been turned off and that the ground moisture has dropped to a point so moisture does not transfer from the ground to the hay, preventing proper drying.

Raking

We rake in the early morning, while there is still dew on the windrow with alfalfa, so the leaves stay on the stem and the stems do not break. Grass hay is raked in the afternoon, with out dew, so it does not get trapped and cause mildew.

Baling

We bale grass and grass-alfalfa hay in the early evening and early afternoon, so it is soft, but not damp. Dew is not our friend when baling grass as it will cause the hay to mildew and mold. With alfalfa, it makes the best hay when baled in the morning as the dew is coming off, but we also bale in the late night/early morning as the dew is coming on when our windows for morning baling are short. We want the dew with the alfalfa, so we do not lose leaves off the stem and the stems do not shatter.

Silencing A Vote… Despicable!

The We Draw The Lines Commission has released the 1st draft of the proposed map for redistricting the California Assembly, Senate and Congressional lines. This proposal is based on the November 2010 elections and census.  For Scott Valley the proposal spells DISASTER!

Senator Doug LaMalfa and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen have been outstanding supporters of water and property rights in Siskiyou County and Scott Valley. Additionally, Congressman Wally Herger has also served us well at the Federal level, particularly with National Forest and endangered species issues. With the newly proposed lines, they will no longer be our representatives.

The Scott Valley watershed has been cut away from the rest of Siskiyou County to become part of the North Coast. This is wrong and irresponsible of the commission. Currently, residents only have to drive an hour and a half to reach their elected representatives offices. Under the new proposal, we are looking at a four and half hour drive in the summer and more than a six-hour drive in the winter. We will essentially be cut off from representation.

I urge you all to contact the commission and let them know of the error they are making and REQUEST that a hearing be held in Yreka to discuss the issue.

Speak up and make your voice heard or you all shall be silenced in the near future. We must remain in Assembly District 2, Senate District 4 and Congressional District 2. Call 866-356-5217 AND submit online comments to the We Draw The Lines Commission at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/contact.html.

A friend of mine on twitter sent me a link to a site that provides some good advice on what to include when you are providing input to the commission. http://redistrictinggroup.org/participate/developing-information-about-your-community/.

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