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February 8, 2006, Vol. 33, No. 13, Page  A1, column 2


New leaders for SOSS


Howard and Laura Moody will serve as executive directors.


By Liz Bowen

Pioneer Press Assistant Editor, Fort Jones, California


SISKIYOU COUNTY – “He’s a real class act,” said Ernie Wilkinson, co-chairman of the Save Our Shasta and Scott Valleys coalition, referring to the newly appointed SOSS Executive Director, Howard Moody.

But the recently retired chief administrator of Siskiyou County won’t be working alone. Howard’s wife, Laura, has agreed to work for the coalition as well.

SOSS leaders say this development was a “real coup” for the grassroots group.


Meet and greet on Feb. 13


SOSS will be holding a social hour during the next monthly meeting in honor of the new executive directors. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, the public is encouraged to attend. It will be held at the Fort Jones Community Center.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Howard and Laura on board,” said Wilkinson.

Expanding outreach to the local citizens, other like-minded organizations, government agencies and legislators are the major goals.

“SOSS recognizes the continued need for involvement in water and ag issues,” Wilkinson said. “These issues are not going away, but seem to be multiplying.”

The organizational aspect of SOSS galvanized the leadership of Shasta Valley and Scott Valley in 2001, which then worked closely with the county. Dealing with the California State Endangered Species Act listing of the coho salmon was the first battle. Then increased watermaster fees threatened to hit those with legal water rights and now the state water quality board is banging at the door.

Howard was a major player, along with SOSS, on those issues. Besides being a military veteran and a veteran of Colorado water wars, Moody is now veteran of Siskiyou agricultural water wars. In fact, he is known in many realms of government for protecting farmers, ranchers and business in Siskiyou County.




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