June 18, 1989 |
Jack Rosebush frets on the porch of his rustic house, leafing through legal documents and swatting mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are a minor annoyance. Nearby, a small hydroelectric plant sits behind locked gates on Ward Creek, which flows through a forest, down a mountain and through the meadows of Genesee Valley, a remote northeastern California community of about 50 rancher and retiree families. Many feel violated by what Five Bears Hydro, Inc., has done to their valley. It's too big to swat away, and it isn't hard to find.