Text Box: In memory of Mary Smith, Likely Mountain Lookout resident for three fire seasons. 1997-1999. Passed away of cancer early summer 2000.

           The Likely Mountain lookout & telecommunications site is part of the Modoc National Forest, and located about 35 miles southwest of the town of Alturas, California. I use the town of Alturas because that is where the head-quarters for the Modoc National Forest, is located and is the Federal office that shoulders most of the responsibility for the safety and health of the Public or welfare of all employees, be they federal or state, that venture onto the Federal Lands located within the Modoc Forest borders.

           There are numerous State and Federal health and safety laws, regulations, and concerning the use and transmission of telecommunications in the regards to the safety of employees and in regards to the safety of the Public, radiation exposure, fencing, signs, lockouts, training, allocation of personal safety gear including personal radiation monitors as are now used by all State employees going on site at Likely Mountain. Allegedly, not one of those laws, regulations or guidelines were followed at Likely Mountain when it was open to the Public and Federal, State and private employees were on site without benefit of any training or warning devices.  One look at the photos of Likely Mountain that we have posted on various pages on this web site and you will see no warning signs or fencing around the lookout tower area. There is fencing and signs posted today.

Excuse No. 1:  The explanation given by Mr. Richard Williams, Senior Telecommunications Engineer for the State of California Department of General Services, Telecommunications Division, was: “Before they fenced the area and put up signs and fencing, you could not be injured because there were no warnings in place. Now that there are warnings in place and a person can be aware of the dangers, you can be injured.”  [I know the man was aware that I had claimed to have suffered radiation brain injury at Likely Mountain while working as a lookout for the State of California, but apparently, he also believed me to be completely without a spark of intelligence. (Mary — May 2007).]

Excuse No. 2:  The United States Department of Agriculture, i.e., Modoc National Forest Service, had a different excuse. According to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, in Federal District Court, Sacramento, May 14, 2008, Forest Service personnel have what is known as the Discretionary Function Doctrine. In other words, whether they do their job or not, follow the law or not, cause injury and death to citizens, is a matter for their discretion. This Doctrine was new to us, but upon research on the internet into the Doctrine, we found the High Courts do tend to favor the Doctrine and not the injured victims or survivors.

Excuse No. 3: The State of California Department of Justice Deputy Attorney Catherine Woodbridge-Guess and Jeremy Thomas, attorney for the State of California Department of Transportation, had their own versions of why the State agencies doing business in telecommunications services at Likely Mountain, did not follow the law. In short they sated Federal statue including Code of Federal Regulation, Title 47, section 1.1307(b), which prohibits this type of radiation exposure to humans or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at Likely Mountain and summed up their argument with: “So 47 CFR 1.1307(b) does not create a mandatory duty upon the State Department of Transportation or upon any state department for that matter.” (Quote from Lassen County Superior Court Transcript, dated Monday August 7, 2006).


Excuse No. 4: The telephone companies that own two of the telecommunication towers at Likely Mountain, Citizens’ Telecommunications and U.S. Cellular, have stated to the Federal District Court in Sacramento, California, that Congress gave them preemption from having to obey common law safety standards in exchange for cell phone coverage and claims of health problems to children due to their telecommunication services are frivolous. (There are nine children that are known to have suffered radiation exposure and injury at Likely Mountain. These same phone companies along with Verizon Wireless threatened to pull all cell coverage out of California, if the Court did not dismiss our case. (The Defendants Opposition filed in Federal District Court, Sacramento, California.















Likely Mountain Lookout foreground—metal radio vault & State telecommunications tower in background.

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Radiation emissions from 1 antenna.













Photos of Likely Mountain lookout area.

Pursuant to Evaluating Compliance with FCC Guidelines or Human Exposure to Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Fields OET Bulleting 65, Edition 97-01, August 1997: We were not to be any closer than 180 to the microwave dishes on the lookout tower, and the U.S. cellular tower and more than 300 feet away from Citizens’ Telecommunications’ tower. We were as close as 2 feet on the lookout tower, 40 feet from the U.S. Cellular tower and 130 feet from the Citizens’ tower. There was no safe area for us lookouts or other visitors at the Likely Mountain lookout site.

[California Code of Regulations. section 8618. Microwave Transmission.

(a) Hazardous Area. Accessible areas associated with microwave communication systems where the electromagnetic radiation level exceeds the radiation exposure limits given in Section 5085 of the General Industry Safety Orders shall be posted as described in that Section. The lower half of the warning symbol shall include the following: Radiation in this area may exceed hazard limitations and special precautions are required. Obtain specific instruction before entering.

(b) Protective Measures. When an employee works in an area where the electromagnetic radiation exceeds the radiation protection guide, the employer shall institute measures that ensure that the employee's exposure is not greater than that permitted by the radiation guide. Such measures shall include, but not be limited to, those of an administrative or engineering nature or those involving personal protective equipment.]


     [Note: Had the above regulation been followed at Likely Mountain, we would have been informed and asked questions. A thirty dollar sign was all it would have taken to prevent our injuries and the death and injuries of others that suffered radiation exposure at Likely Mountain.]

Note: When we were at Likely Mountain, there were a hundred or more antennas in operation and no warning signs.

The above photos are from FCC/OSHA Compliance Guidelines or RF Exposure

 Evaluation And Site Safety Management On Towers.  Dated   May 18, 2008

Don’t forget to write or email your State and Federal Legislators and local TV stations and Newspapers today! Tell them that  this type of radiation flying freely through the air and your bodies and your homes, is according to NASA, the same

type of radiation as radioactive radiation, just lower in intensity and needs to be investigated.  NOW not later! Also remind them that it needs to be

investigated by someone that cannot be influenced by the FCC or the

Industry, as both have a huge financial stake in WIFI services.


Radiation emissions from 5 antennas.














           It came to me the other day that no one has asked what happened to all the Government Experts, Scientists, Legislators, and Judges, who all claimed  for years that the various toxic substances listed below do not cause bodily harm and damage to humans?

Downwind Nuclear Radiation Fallout — Benzene — Asbestos — Agent Orange — Tobacco and DDT, among other toxic substances.

           Did those bureaucrats  have to apologize for causing several million deaths, millions more in disabilities or birth defects, or did they just take their taxpayer’s pensions and walk away without even a backward glance?

           I think it is about time that someone asked that question. Next time you have a chance to put your foot or mouth forward. ASK THE QUESTION!

Mary                                                                                             September 4, 2009



Is there anyone but me, that wonders what kind of  RF radiation fields are generated at a packed stadium which has several radio and TV satellite receivers and transmitters in operation and a thousands of  cell phone users. Count that all up and throw in the two humans standing by each other double the fields and the fact that RF radiation has a preference for water based human organs, I believe there could be some exposure problems. Of course, I am just an injured worker, not a paid government expert, making sure I continue to be employed.



A Short List of Laws that were not followed at Likely Mountain by the State of California, U.S. Forest Service and several major phone companies.

1) C.C.R. TITLE 8, subchap. 7. Group       

14. Art. 104;

2) C.C.R. TITLE 8, Sub. 21. Art. 1. §5085(a)(b)(c)(1)(2)(3);

3) C.C.R. TITLE 8 §5194(b)(1)(2);

4) C.L.C. §6302(i);      

5) C.L.C. §6370;

6) C.L.C. §6400;           

7) C.L.C. §6401;

8) C.L.C. §6402;

9) C.L.C. §6403;

10) C.L.C. §6404;

11) C.L.C. §6405; 

12) C.L.C. §6409;        

13) C.C.R. TITLE 8. Sub. 21. Art.1. §8603;                      

14) C.C.R. TITLE 8. Sub. 21. Art. 1.§8605;         

15) C.C.R. TITLE 8. Sub. 21. Art.1. §8618(a)(b);             

16) OSH Act: Title 29 §654; General Duty Clause Section §5(a);  

17) Title 18 U.S.C. §1864 (a)(3).

18) 29 U.S.C. Chap. 15 §65

19) C.F.R. 29. Part No. 1910 Sub. J. Std. 1910.147;

20) 29 C.F.R. §1910.268(c)(e)(p)(1)(2)(3);

21) 47 C.F.R. §1.1307(b);

22) 47 C.F.R. §1.1307(b)(1)(3)(4)(5);

23) 47 C.F.R. §1.1310;  

24) FCC Order 3RD Erratum. er97303e;