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County sheriffs support Defend Rural America

By Liz Bowen 10/19/11

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YREKA – Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey will lead a broad panel of county sheriff’s during the Defend Rural America event on Oct. 22 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka, CA. Sheriff Lopey said many sheriffs have found they are facing the same problems of increased unemployment, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence. That trend must be reversed, according to the Sheriff Lopey.

“Regulatory over-site imposed on Siskiyou County residents, including our greatest industry of agriculture, threatens our economy, way of life, social issues and traditions,” explains Lopey. “Other sheriffs in Northern California and Oregon are having similar issues and we have a like-minded approach.”

Admittance to Defend Rural America is free and those who seek solutions to these threats against America’s national treasure of rural agricultural and open-space areas are encouraged to attend. Four groups are organizing Defend Rural America. They are: Siskiyou County Water Users Association, Scott Valley Protect Our Water, Yreka Tea Party and Redding Tea Party.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Commercial building at the fairgrounds with the premier showing of Kirk MacKenzie’s documentary DVD on Siskiyou County and its people. Seating is available for 1,000.

The film will show how the Klamath Basin is an integral part of Siskiyou’s issues, because of the proposal by both federal and state agencies to remove four hydro-electric dams from the Klamath River. A number of groups throughout the region are raising awareness of the potential destruction to fish, wildlife and humans – if the huge dams are demolished. More information can be found at www.defendruralamerica.com

Then the panel of Constitution sheriffs will take the stage expressing their concerns. The audience will then be involved in a Question and Answer period.

Sheriffs who will stand with Lopey are: Grant County, Oregon Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer; Del Norte, CA. Sheriff Dean Wilson; Trinity, CA. Sheriff Bruce Haney; Lassen Dean Growden; and Tehama, CA. Sheriff Dave Hencratt.

Also joining the sheriff panel will be noted property rights attorney Karen Budd-Falon from Wyoming. Karen represents private property owners, ranching and farming organizations, and assists local governments in asserting their rights in federal agency decisions. She has exposed radical environmental groups’ abuse of the legal system.

Constitutional rights are the theme running through Defend Rural America event, which will open its gates at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22nd. Vendors are setting up tables to share information until the Honor Guard brings in the American flag at 6:30 p.m. Donations to pay for the venue will be appreciated.


For more information contact Louise Gliatto at 530-842-5443; Liz Bowen at 530-467-3515 or Erin Ryan at 530-515-7135.

Groups supporting Defend Rural America are:

Alana Burke Show,

America Betrayed Radio,

California Watershed Posse,

Central Valley Tea Party – Sanger chapter

Cold Spring Ranch

Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association,

Democrats Against U.N. Agenda 21

Eagle Forum Long Beach,

East Bay Tea Party,

Freedom Advocates,

Friends of Independence Lake,

Fred Kelly Grant Ltd.

Greenhorn Grange,

High Heart Ranch, Animal Rescue


Liberty in America, Janis Turner



Marshall Ranch


NARLO Limited LLC,

National Association of Rural Landowners,

Operation Green Out

Pomona Grange,

Post Sustainability Institute

Radio Liberty,

Santa Rosa Neighborhood Coalition

Sheriff Richard Mack,

Shingletown Patriots,

Siskiyou Country Radio, KSYC 103.9 FM,

Siskiyou County CattleWomen,

Siskiyou County Republican Women Federated

Siskiyou Tea Party,

Solano Tea Party Patriots

South Placer County Tea Party Patriots,

South Siskiyou County Republican Women Federated

Stockton Tea Party Patriots,

Tea Party Boot Camp Radio, KYNO 904 AM,

The Liberators,


We The People KCNR 1460 AM.

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