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We live in Dorris, California. It’s wildfire season here. If you’ve heard of the Tennant fire, that one is very close to us. The photo attached to this post was taken about 15 miles from our home. Hopefully we won’t need to evacuate. But, if we do, you might now hear from me for a while. I just wanted to let you all know that if I go silent for some time, it’s not because I’ve forgotten about you guys, or this blog.




A couple of months ago I talked a little here about the State of Jefferson, and why my wife and I are so in favor of it happening. Well, here we are, barely into May. And we’re under water restrictions. If anyone reading this is in a political position to help the State of Jefferson come into being as a reality, please do so.

Scott Harper

“Finding Bigfoot” Update


“Finding Bigfoot” returns with new episodes, kicked off with a 2-hour episode – on its new night beginning Thursday, March 31. This episode focuses on the Mount Shasta area, which is about 75 miles south of us here. From what we’ve heard, the episode that Desirée Lee and I should appear in – as live audience members – was the episode shot directly before the upcoming Mount Shasta episode. The show’s cast and crew filmed in Chiloquin, Oregon, and then headed south for Mount Shasta, California. The upcoming Mount Shasta episode probably isn’t the one we’ll appear in. We can’t say 100% for sure, though, given the close locals of what we expect would be two separate episodes. If this upcoming episode isn’t the one we’ll be seen in, “our” episode ought to air very shortly thereafter.

Scott Harper

State of Jefferson



Usually, I don’t touch politics on this blog/website. That’s because 1) it’s a touchy subject with a lot of people, and 2) it isn’t the point of this blog. However, given that this is a major election year, and that it’s raining here this morning – and the rain is to continue tonight, and tomorrow – I’ve been thinking about this subject. So, consider this another of the “About Me” posts that I get requests from fans for on a regular basis.

As you know, Desirée Lee and I live in the extreme northern part of California. We’re three miles from the state border with Oregon. Northern California, and southern Oregon may well break off into a 51st state someday – the State of Jefferson. A lot of people in this area truly, desperately, want to see that happen. Desirée Lee and I are among those who want to see Jefferson become a true reality, rather than simply existing in the minds of many people, and unofficial in any legal way.

One major reason for this – and why the rain we’re getting right now has made me start thinking of this again – is the water issue. This part of California gets a lot more rain than the southern parts of the state. California is a huge state. When people think of it, they typically think of Hollywood, the wine country, “Baywatch”-style beaches, surfing, and such. That’s mostly southern California. We’re in the fabled Pacific Northwest – sasquatch country. We have mountains, rolling hills, dense forests, lakes, rivers, agriculture – especially strawberry fields –  and other similar terrain. However, despite the rain, lakes, and rivers here, we are often in a water shortage. Why? That makes no sense, right? Thank you, California state government for that! A huge part of our clean, fresh water gets piped south so that the richer, higher populated, better-known areas of the state, which receive far less rain, will have plenty of water.

Should the State of Jefferson ever come to pass, this area will no longer be part of California. If California still wants our water, then they’ll have to buy if from Jefferson. Southern California dreads that idea, and doesn’t want Jefferson to ever come to be in large part due to that. A lot of us here in what might, one day, become Jefferson, want the 51st state to happen, in large part, due to that very issue of water. Jefferson has come fairly close to happening a few times, but has never gone through on a majority vote. Hopefully it will one day – the sooner the better, as far as a lot of us are concerned!

Want to learn more about the State of Jefferson? Check out the official site for the proposed 51st state right here.

By the way, the photo on this post is of Mount Shasta. That’s the peak. The flatter plateau next to is is Shastina. This is a view of those from the south. We live north of Shasta, so for us here the positioning of those are reversed. We’re about 75 miles away from Shasta. Run-off from snow melt there provides a lot of the water for this area. And, also, Shasta is an active volcano. Seeing a good snow-pack there to help keep it cooler is a very good thing!

Scott Harper

“Finding Bigfoot”


Luckily, the weather cooperated yesterday. We had a little snow, but not nearly enough to keep us from the “Finding Bigfoot” town hall meeting up in Chiloquin, Oregon.

Although the entire process took longer than expected, making for a lengthy day, Desirée Lee and I had a blast. The tribal drumming and singing to welcome the “Finding Bigfoot” cast/researchers was stunning. There were some really great accountings of local sasquatch activity recounted by several of the people there. Anyone even passingly familiar with the television series “Finding Bigfoot” knows what a part of each show the town hall meetings, and the stories recounted at them, play.

Desirée and I have had one possible sighting right here in Dorris, California – yes, within the city limits. Just barely, but still within the city limits. And you all probably know of my accounts from Ohio years ago. We had hoped to talk about our probable sighting here in Dorris at the filming of the show yesterday. However, the episode is being slanted toward sightings/encounters by local native peoples. So, they were given first chance to tell about their own encounters with sasquatch. There were enough of those to fill the time. As a result, no non-natives got to speak. However, we did get the chance to tell each of the four cast members/researchers of the sighting afterward.

Getting to meet each of them – Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, Renae Holland, and James “Bobo” Fay – was a true pleasure. If you four are reading this: Matt, the surprise parking lot meeting caught me off-guard, but was truly awesome, and epic for me. Thank you most sincerely. Renee, thank you for the added helpful information, and we really do want to read the new book. Cliff, I meant what I said about not being at all sorry that you – via the show – taught our two-year-old daughter how to do sasquatch howls. And, once again, our heart-felt thanks to each of you for the autographs.

Though Desirée and I didn’t get to tell of our local sighting on camera, given where we were sitting during the meeting it’s almost a certainty that we will appear on TV when that episode of “Finding Bigfoot” airs. From what we were told yesterday, the air date for the currently-filming episode will be sometime during this coming March. I’ll let you all know, via this website/blog, when we know a more exact air date. The episode is centered on the Pacific Northwest, so please keep watch for it in your TV listings!

The above photo was taken yesterday by a friend of ours who was also in attendance. We didn’t know about the photo until today. It’s of Desirée and I standing with Matt Moneymaker after the filming. Had we known he was taking this photo, we’d have posed for it!

Scott Harper



I talked in a post last week about the upcoming town hall meeting in Chiloquin, Oregon for the hit Animal Planet TV show “Finding Bigfoot”. That’s about 45 miles or so from us here where we live in northern California. We’re now under a severe weather advisory for this weekend – heavy winds, rain, and snow. Hopefully we can still make it up to Chiloguin for that meeting on Monday! Please keep watching for updates.

Scott Harper

Town Hall Meeting


Yesterday, Desirée Lee found out that the cast and crew of the hit Animal Planet series “Finding Bigfoot” will be filming not too terribly far from where we live in a couple of weeks. Anyone familiar with the show knows of the town hall meetings. Well, on the 16th of this month, one such meeting will be held up in Chiloquin, Oregon. See the article about it here. We’re making plans to attend. With us there, there’s a chance we’ll end up on-screen in the episode when it airs. Keep watching this blog/website for updates as this progresses.

As you all know, Desirée and I have a book in edits right now called “Hidden Tribe“. That book is a work of fiction, but it’s inspired in large part by real-life events surrounding at least one sasquatch I encountered while growing up in central Ohio. For those of you who aren’t familiar with those accounts, you can see a post here that went on-line several years ago listing them.

We are also members of a local sasquatch research group called State of Jefferson Sasquatch Research. If anyone has any sasquatch accounts, especially ones taking place in northern California or southern Oregon, please get in touch with me regarding those.

Scott Harper

Still Affected


By now, you’re probably all aware of my past sightings, and other experiences involving at least one sasquatch while growing up in central Ohio. If not, or if you just want a refresher, here is a telling of those events that went on-line several years ago.

A lot of people, after having a sighting of a sasquatch, will say something along the lines of “You’re never the same afterward.” This is very true. Seeing a sasquatch changes you. The sightings and other encounters I had happened over 1,000 miles away from where I now live, and over 20 years ago. I’m still affected by them to this day. I still wake up from sasquatch-inspired dreams, even full-blown nightmares. In fact, a good chunk of last night was spent wide awake after one.

Desirée Lee and I had both hoped that working on “Hidden Tribe” would help with such things. It hasn’t seemed to have done so. After so long, I really don’t know if anything will stop the dreams/nightmares. The sasquatch I encountered in Ohio wasn’t/weren’t (I assume it was one of them, but on one occasion, there had to have been at least two of them present) overly aggressive. There’s no reason that I can determine as to why I should still be so strongly affected by them so long afterward. Yet I am.

Part of me wants to see another sasquatch. Part of me hopes I never do. Desirée Lee has never seen one. Part of me hopes that she does. Part of me hopes that she doesn’t. While it would be great to share such a thing with her, as she’s my wife, and best friend, I don’t want her to deal with the lifelong lingering effects that such a sighting inflicts on a person. We live in northern California, just shy of the state border with Oregon. We’re in prime sasquatch country. I can’t be outside without looking at the wooded mountains around us, and knowing that there are probably sasquatch nearby. I’m always keeping my eyes open for them.

“Hidden Tribe” was inspired, in large part, by my own experiences with sasquatch in Ohio, though the book takes place in the Pacific Northwest, where we live, and is a work of fiction. Currently, the book is in edits. Working on it as a form of therapy hasn’t seemed to work for me. But it’s still been a pleasure to team up with Desirée Lee on this project. We both sincerely hope that our fans and readers enjoy the book upon its release.

Scott Harper



Desirée Lee and I were very happy to be able to attend the festivities at the Butte Valley Library‘s 100th birthday celebration this past Saturday. Given the scheduling, and everything else we have going on, we don’t make it in to the library nearly often enough. We hope to be able to change that. We had a great time. We look forward to our next visit. And here’s to the next 100 years!

Scott Harper

Weed, CA

You might well have already heard – by way of family or friends who might live in the area, or via the news – of the fires burning in Weed, CA. As of the writing of this blog post, only 20 percent of the fire is contained. Well over 1,000 structures are threatened. I don’t know how many have already burned; we keep hearing conflicting reports on that number. Over 1,000 firefighters are on the scene fighting this blaze. There is a $10,000 reward out for information leading to the cause of this fire.

Desirée Lee and I live about fifty miles North of Weed. We had family living down there, attending college. Luckily, they made it out okay. They evacuated just ahead of the fires reaching the town.

Due to the unusually warm, dry winter we had last year, this wildfire season has been very bad. We’re in a valley here. Smoke from the fires keeps coming in, but can’t really get back out. As a result, the smoke just drifts around the valley, pushed here and there, over and again by the wind. It’ll stay here until rain or snow knocks it out of the air.

On the day of this writing, it’s also very, very, very windy. Part of me is curious to know what this high wind is doing to the wildfires – in Weed, and in other places around. Part of me is afraid to know. It can’t be anything good, I don’t imagine.

Please, regardless of where you live, regardless of whether or not you have anyone in Weed, CA, or other areas that are currently being threatened – or destroyed – by wildfires, keep the victims of these fires in your thoughts. They need all of the good energy they can get at the moment.

Thank you.

Scott Harper

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