The Weed 9
Roxanne Crystal Geyser bottling plant
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
Water for the Citizens of Weed
Mount ShastaMt. Shasta looms over Roseburg Forest Products, the primary employer in Weed, California. RFP purchased the mill from International Paper in 1982. According to RFP, rights to Beaughan Springs emanates from their agreement with International Paper. Those rights are now in dispute.
The Weed 9The “Weed 9” - from left, top - Mary Jackson, Bob Hall, Jim Taylor, Dave Pearce, Monica Zinda, Bruce Shoemaker, Jim Gubetta, Ray Strack, and Michael Yates.
Forestry toolsWood axes on display at the Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum.
ProselytizerA McCloud, CA resident proselytizes outside his home. Water from Mt. Shasta, in the background, supplies water to the entire area.
TouristsA family takes a self-portrait at the Bunny Flat Trailhead at Mt. Shasta, CA. The mountain provides recreational activities as well as water for the entire region.
MusicianWeed, California resident and musician Jimmy Limo relies on the water from Mt. Shasta as do the other approximately 2,600 residents for cooking, drinking, and recreation.
Cross-country skiersCross-country skiers prepare to head down a trail at the Bunny Flat Trailhead at Mt. Shasta, CA. The mountain provides recreational activities as well as water for the entire region.
WaterfallMcCloud Falls flows with discharge from snowpack on Mt. Shasta.
PilgrimsModern-day pilgrims pose for a portrait after spending the night on Mt. Shasta under a full moon. The mountain is a spiritual new-age "power-center" as well as a water source and recreational area for the region.
Lumber processingWater is sprayed on logs at Roseburg Forest Products. Some residents allege the water used for this purpose is from Beaughan Springs.
Water bottleA bottle of water, provided free by Roxanne Crystal Geyser, is passed to a Weed High School basketball player during a game in December, 2017. The boxes the bottles are delivered in have Japanese script on them, leading some residents to believe that their water is bottled, shipped to Japan, then shipped back to Weed, eventually ending up as free bottled water for the local residents.
LumberyardRoseburg Forest Products
JunkyardA junkyard sits across the highway from Mt. Shasta. Besides Roseburg Forest Products, there are not many economic opportunities in the area.
Roxanne Crystal Geyser bottling plantThe Roxanne Crystal Geyser bottling plant. Roseburg Forest Products sells water from Beaughan Springs to the plant for profit. Until a lease recently expired, the town of Weed was able to acquire 2cfs for $1.00 a year. After the lease expired, Roseburg agreed to a ten-year lease, increased the charge to the city of Weed to $97,500 a year, and stipulated that city must find a new water source.
Declaration of Independence and the ConstitutionA copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are displayed in the Weed, California post office. The members of the Weed 9 were dismissed of charges against them based on their constitutional right to address grievances through government representatives.
Warning signA sign warns of ice on A10, the road that brings travelers to trailheads surrounding Mt. Shasta, December 2017.
Martin Spencer-DaviesMartin Spencer-Davies stands inside a pump house he is building on his property in Weed, CA to supply water to his home. Beaughan Springs, the water source in dispute, runs through his property.
Water for the Citizens of WeedBruce Shoemaker, left, and Bob Hall of the "Weed 9", share a laugh during a meeting of Water for the Citizens of Weed one day before their appearance in Superior Court to defend themselves against "quiet title" charges brought by Roseburg Forest Products.
FundraisingBob Hall, left, and Ray Strack, of the "Weed 9" attempt to raise money for their organization at the College of the Siskiyous.
Descending attorneys Attorneys for Roseburg Forest Products leave the Siskiyou Superior Court after their suit against the Weed 9 was dismissed on constitutional grounds.
Dismissed chargesSupporters celebrate in the hall of the Siskiyou Superior Court after charges against the Weed 9 are dismissed Dec. 7, 2017 in Yreka, CA.
CelebrationJim Gubetta of the "Weed 9" celebrates the dismissal of a suit brought against him and eight others, as well as the city of Weed, California by Roseburg Forest Products.
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