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"There are (489) species of wildlife here in the Klamath Basin. The biological opinion deals with three." Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology.
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Here in the Pacific Flyway, "...Klamath Basin is the most important waterfowl area in North America. Waterfowl eat 70 million pounds of food here, and more than half comes from the farms.       

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$20,000 reward - Jerry McKoen
SCIENCE
Oregon St. Senate elect  Dennis Linthicum
Oregon State Rep elect  Werner Reschke
Ca. U.S Congressman
Doug LaMalfa
Oregon Senator Whitsett
Ore. Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Klamath County
  Commissioner
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Adjudication
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
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Agriculture
Ask Elaine Willman-Tribal  info,
  Tribal corruption, CERA,
  spreading tribalism
Bills and Laws,  Litigation
  Court Decisions
Bi-State Alliance
Biofuel, ethanol,
   energy, hydropower,
   renewable
Bureau of Reclamation
California
CDFG
Climate Engineering/Chemtrails
Chiloquin Dam, suckers
Columbia and Snake Rivers
Connections
Conservation and wetlands
Crops, products and livestock
Dam Destruction
Klamath Dams
Discussion Forum
Easements, trusts, land acquisitions
Economics
Environmentalists & groups
  (The Nature Conservancy
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Energy, Renewable,
ethanol and biofuel
EPA
ESA Endangered Species Act
Farm Bill
Farm Labor - Immigrants
Farmer Fisherman Alliance
Fish Die-offs
Fishermen & Fish
Frankenfish Monsanto
Floods
Forests and Logging
FAQs and facts
Food Imported
Freedom
Galleries
Global Warming
Grazing
Groundwater and Waterbank
Guns
History
Homesteaders / Settlers
Indians
Japanese demand
   for Tulelake land
Jefferson
KBRA / Klamath Basin
   Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
KID Klamath Irrigation District
Klamath Hearings
   and Speeches
Klamath River Compact
Klamath Summit
KWAPA
KWUA partners with tribes
Klamath River & tributaries
Lake levels & river flows
Links
Medicine Lake
Military
Miners
National Monuments
Negotiations: Indians, farmers
   and KBRT
2003-2007
NEPA
Population, ownership and
   development
Obama
Oregon
People
PCFFA
Photo Stories
Poetry
Power, dams, energy
Prayer Page
Property & Water Rights
Public Land
Refuges in Klamath Basin
Regulations
Science
Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
Solutions
Students
Water Storage: Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
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SONG-KILL THE LAND
Stats
TID Crops report
Tulelake Irrigation District
    and TID well reports
Tour Klamath Project transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
United Nations & Agenda 21
Upper Klamath webpage
Whose Who
Wildlife and farms, 2001 audio
Water bank & Groundwater
Water Quality
Water Management
Weather / Floods
Wilderness / Wildlands
   on land and sea
Wolves and other predators
 
 

KBC NEWS

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Christian Pastor executed by Nazi Germany 1945

KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and related settlement agreements, articles, letters, videos, press releases, documents, and Who's Who

* BOR draft EIS Klamath Salmon Hearing 110916, CommentsDue 12/5/16  We discovered the website for public comments is not working, so the draft EIS document is found here: *** https://cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-II/public/action/eis/details?eisId=219169

Doug Whitsett

Expand Cascades Siskiyou Monument? No — Obama legacy quest to be at Klamath's expense, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 12/4/16. "(Obama's) intent is to create three Oregon National Monuments...The federal government already owns nearly 53 percent of Oregon. His proposed monuments would lock up an area equivalent to two-thirds of the entire land mass of Klamath County...His latest effort is a 53,000-acre expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Jackson and Klamath counties...Monument designation will eliminate about five million board feet of annual timber harvest from those O&C lands just in Klamath County. It will also prohibit livestock grazing on 83 square miles of multiple use public land...support amounts to advocating for the exclusion of forest harvest, forest management, wildfire control, livestock grazing and public access, all at the expense of our rural economies..." Contact Senators Merkley and Wyden.

Tom Mallams

Dam removal across the West a growing concern, H&N plus Mallam's correction 12/4/16. "Local commissioners are drafting a letter in opposition to the potential removal of dams within the Columbia River Basin following their own frustrations with Klamath River dam removal...within the KBRA closed door meetings, the dam removal conversations did not focus only on the 4 lower dams on the Klamath River. The conversations widened periodically to include the need for the Keno Dam to be removed, and then expand dam removal even farther to include the Columbia and Snake River Dams.

Klamath Voters speak against dam removal, H&N letter to editor by James Finses, Copco Lake, posted to KBC 12/3/16

Meetings:
Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan discussion by Siskiyou County Admin Office Elizabeth Nielsen, Natural Resource Policy Specialist, phone 530 842 8012
* Dorris Community Center Dec 5 & Jan. 4 at 5:30:
* Scott Valley in Ft. Jones, 11236 Hwy 3, Dec 8th and Jan 12, 5:30
* Montague Community Hall Jan 10, 5:30

* Meeting on wolves in Siskiyou County presentation by Santa Barbara Defenders of Wildlife, Tuesday Dec 6, 10:15 a.m. Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka
* Meeting regarding Off Highway Vehicles at Tuesday Dec 6 at 1:30, Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka.
     
*LIZ BOWEN/PieNPolitics: Siskiyou County: Off road vehicle discussion at the Board of Supervisors 12-6-16
  
 *Siskiyou Co. Dist. 1 Supervisor Brandon Criss responds to ORV concerns, posted to PieNPolitics 12/3/16

Resist the Tyranny of Censorship, Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter, posted to KBC 12/3/16

Bringing Accountablilty and Transparency to Salem, Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter, posted to KBC 12/3/16

! Water call made on the Williamson, H&N, posted to KBC 11/27/16. "Water users in the upper Klamath Basin have received shutoff notices for surface water use after the Klamath Tribes called on their water rights earlier this month....Water users along the Williamson and its tributaries, as well as the Klamath Marsh, received notices directing them to cease stock and domestic use of surface water until February...this should only affect those diverting water from streams and rivers and said wells, which depend on ground water, are not affected."

! MEETING MONDAY NOV. 28 - TULELAKE, Nov. 29 Klamath - Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific National Monument (National Park for Japanese Americans who were relocated here during WWII).
* General Management Plan and Environmental Summary fall 2016 (16 pages)
* ENTIRE GMP and EA fall 2016. IF you have time to read the 277 pages, it is well worth it.
* Tule Lake meetings begin next week; Comments, input sought at Tulelake and Klamath Falls meetings, H&N, posted to KBC 11/27/16
! Comments Due Feb 10
KBC NOTE:
Klamath Basin Crisis is at the table with 3 other local organizations plus Udall Foundation facilitators, Japanese Americans, Oklahoma Modoc Tribe and Klamath Tribe, and several government agencies. KBC represents you, the local citizens. As most of you know, a Japanese American group is suing Macy's Flying Service because they oppose constructing a safety fence around the airport (although there is a stay on the lawsuit during the stakeholder meetings). Most all airports have a fence to keep out stray dogs, horses, cows, deer, cars, people, to save lives. Those suing want the airport gone so they can include the land in their National Monument, which already includes more than 1300 acres of their 'sacred ground', where the Japanese lived, farmed, and walked for four year. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and declared war on the U.S., our government sent the West Coast Japanese to relocation camps during WWII, one being in Tule Lake. Our airport, built in the 1950's, services 200x200 miles for mostly emergency services, agriculture, and firefighting planes, and has existed over 60 years. Our community consists of WWI and WWII veterans who survived the WWI and WWII and their families; they won homesteads after their service in the wars.
   The General Management Plan/GMP long version, tells how this monument can help tell the story about how our country betrayed the Japanese Americans. The plan does not support eminent domain, however it projects how willing sellers might agree to sell to increase the size of the monument in the future. The Lava Beds preferred alternative would hire year round employees, rebuild some of the existing historic buildings, and would cost nearly $12 million initially, and over $1 million annually (pages 80-84). Planned is $92,000 for a 'vault toilet', Park Film $400,000, etc. It includes climate action plan, soundscapes management plan (airports are noisy), lots of management plans, studies, maps, surveys, dark night sky inventories, and dozens more.
   The Tribes oppose removing our airport; they lived here for thousands of years and were killed or displaced, and resent this being called 'sacred ground' of people living here 4 years. The community, farmers dependent on our airport and keeping our agriculture intact, resents being sued, and now it is a crime for us to even walk on our formerly-public land, the Peninsula, which is already part of the Japanese monument. We are fine with their 35 acres of land to tell their story, but it is apparent that is not enough. Check out on FaceBook 'Stop the Fence at Tulelake.'
   Please, read what you can of the Plan, come to the meeting, and send comments.

Groups pushing for Crater Lake wilderness area, Oregonian via H&N, posted to KBC 11/27/16. "Conservation groups are stepping up the pressure on Oregon’s congressional delegation to designate more than 500,000 acres of public land, including Crater Lake National Park, as a federal wilderness area... Representatives from Oregon Wild and Environment Oregon on Monday delivered a petition with 37,000 signatures in support of the proposal to Sen. Ron Wyden’s office...Oregon has 50 protected wilderness areas spanning more than 2.9 million acres...The more than 500,000-acre coverage area also includes the headwaters of the Rogue and Umpqua rivers...(Rep. Greg Walden has met with constituents and elected officials in the affected area who are concerned about 'restricting the public’s access to the land, as well as the impact on forest and fire management in the area.' "

KBC STATS for Oct. 2016:  11,060 visits, 6699 unique visitors, 37,283 page views, 58,483 hits

(72% Klamath County) Citizens oppose dam removal in advisory vote, H&N, posted to KBC 11/10/16. "An advisory vote on whether the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River should be removed came in with 72 percent opposed to the removal and 27 percent in favor in early returns. That translates to 18,838 opposed and 7,051 in favor in the initial 25,889 votes released from the Klamath County Clerk’s office..."  “Even they (FERC) have referred to dam removal as the great experiment. That’s a heck of an experiment when you have 21 million cubic yards of sediment flowing downstream.”

(Klamath County)  Commissioners join opposition to monument expansion, H&N, posted to KBC 11/10/16. "(Klamath County) Commissioners have (unanimously) voted to oppose expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument after local residents showed overwhelming resistance to the proposal...The proposal, put forward by Sen. Jeff Merkley, would add 66,500 acres to the 66,000-acre monument, including 19,000 acres in Klamath County.
Comments on expansion due Nov. 20: comments on the potential Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion can submit comments online to www.merkley.senate.gov/contact , or by mail to Sen. Jeff Merkley, 10 S. Bartlett St., Suite 201, Medford, OR 97501.

Congratulations Dennis Linthicum and Werner Reschke - winners for state legislature race!
Republican Linthicum, candidate for Oregon District 28 senator, defeated Democrat Todd Kepple 60 percent to 39 percent.
Republican Werner Reschke, candidate for Oregon District 56 Representative, defeated Democrat Al Switzer, 48% to 40% and unaffiliated candidate Jonah Hakanson, 10%.

Congratulations Donald Trump for America's 45th President! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

USA Today: Dow hits record high, 11/10/16

KID's Knoll survives recall vote, H&N, posted to KBC 11/10/16. "Knoll wrote: 'The person mounting the recall attempt has baseless accusations that are completely false and have no merit. He lost an election against me by 90 percent...' "

*Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Long-Term Plan to Protect Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River; Open House/Public Hearing Scheduled in Redding Nov. 9. COMMENTS DUE Dec. 5
The Draft EIS is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22021. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. Please email comments by close of business Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, to BOR-SLO-sha-ltpeis-public-comments@usbr.gov or mail comments to Julia Long, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019.

* Workshops on wolves, livestock and people offered Nov 11-16

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument proposed expansion hearingCascade-Siskiyou monument expansion (Klamath Falls) hearing draws many voices, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/16. "The crowd overflowed from the commissioners’ meeting room into the government center hallways...(7) elected officials and candidates for elective office...opposed, noted reduction in timber harvests, grazing allotments, improper land management resulting in increased fire risk, federal government overreach and closures preventing public access to lands as cause to halt further expansion of the monument. Additionally several letters and emails were summarized by Commissioner Tom Mallams, the majority of those received opposed to the expansion...It is under these same executive branch powers that Merkley, along with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and other supporters, hope will result in a recommendation by Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to President Barack Obama to expand the monument’s size to further protect forests, biodiversity and watersheds..."

Klamath tribes protest swan lake pumped storage (Klamath) Tribes protest Swan Lake pumped storage Hydroelectric project, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/16. "The Swan Lake North project, located on the Jespersen Ranch, would take five years to build and create about 170 local construction jobs, proponents say. As many as 3,000 direct and related jobs could be created under the plan...When operational, 11 workers will run the site, with 24 support jobs...use of explosives during construction could panic wildlife, the protest letter said." KBC NOTE: If the tribes oppose this hydroelectric project because it could panic wildlife during construction, what do they think happens to wildlife in the massive wilderness areas they support, with mandates to allow hundreds of thousands of acres to burn up bambies, spotted owls, eagles, bunnies, rare frogs, old growth trees, butterflies , scenic areas...?

Scientists call for breaching (Snake River) dams to save Puget Sound orcas, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/16
Feds asking public to weigh in on breaching Snake River dams, found on This West is Our West from Spokesman Review, posted to KBC 10/30/16.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion proposal TOWNHALL Nov 1, 6 p.m. in Klamath County Commissioners boardroom

CORRECTION!! Monument expansion COMMENTS DUE to Senator Merkley and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell by Sunday, November 20, 2016!  November 20 is Sunday, so be safe and get them to your Klamath Commissioners by November 17, Thursday, so they can send them to Oregon Senator Merkley and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others before the weekend.
SEND
COMMENTS
 to: Klamath County Board of Commissioners, 305 Main St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603, or email: BOCC@klamathcounty.org

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion letter by Rex Cozzalio to Klamath County Commissioners , posted to KBC 10/31/16

Monument expansion sets local hearing; Opinions sought on proposal to double size of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, H&N, posted to KBC 10/31/16.

(Siskiyou County) Supervisors: Seek more solutions than removing dams, Guest Commentary for H&N, posted to KBC 10/31/16. "...the 20-30 million cubic yards of sediment that has collected behind the dams, and would be released down the Klamath River after dam removal, has not been adequately evaluated to address the adverse local and environmental impacts. Nor has the possibility of catastrophic floods, either during dam removal activities, or thereafter, been fully analyzed..."

John 17:3 - Jesus prayed, "...And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent..."

Herald and News POLL - Should the four Klamath River hydroelectric dams be removed? So far, 598 'no', and 181 'yes'.

Commissioners set town hall on monument expansion, H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/16 (6 p.m. Nov. 1 in the commissioners’ boardroom), followed by Monument expansion sets local hearing; Opinions sought on proposal to double size of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  “ 'I want everyone to have the opportunity to speak their mind,' said Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams. 'We were left out in Klamath County, we want to make sure all interested parties have a chance to speak'....Mallams cited concerns such as forest management practices ceasing that will add to potential fire fuels, elimination or reduction of grazing allotments, water rights issues and timber harvest reductions that could all have negative impacts on local economies."
To KBC News from Dr. John Menke regarding the BLM and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument proposal 10/30/16. (BLM Range expert) said monitoring was being done by an enviro group not himself—the only real range conservationist person trained and on the BLM staff in Medford.  Boy is that a loaded cannon for stopping livestock grazing.  A strong monitoring program is what keeps livestock on the public land..." Dr. John Menke biography, retired professor and range ecologist, rancher, involved in the Klamath Basin Watershed.

PRESS RELEASE:
Rep. LaMalfa Helps Halt Collections Notices to California National Guard

PRESS RELEASE: LaMalfa Expresses Opposition to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion Proposal, posted to KBC 10/30/16. “Any expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would not only negatively impact private property rights, public access and forest management, but would occur over the objections of local residents..." 

Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter: How Did South Korea Combat Corruption? posted to KBC 10/30/16

The Bundy Gang is Found Not Guilty, Willamette Week, posted to KBC 10/30/16.
VIDEO
- Ammon Bundy's attorney Marcus Mumfort tells about what led to his being thrown to the ground and tazed after the trial was over, posted to KBC 10/30/16.

Bundys and Hammonds and LeVoy Finicum table of contents through February 2016.
PieNPolitics website updates regarding the trial of Bundys - the imprisoned ranchers

Feds asking public to weigh in on breaching Snake River dams, found on This West is Our West from Spokesman Review, posted to KBC 10/30/16.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she doesn't feel that destroying the Klamath River hydroelectric dams, that supply power for 70,000 households, will set a precedent. however... Jewell letter to FERC supporting destroying 4 hydrodams on the Klamath River

PRESS RELEASE - Rep. LaMalfa Responds to Forced Repayment of Veteran Bonuses, posted to KBC 10/30/16

Voters at last have voice on dam removal, Tom Mallams, Klamath County Commissioner Letter to the editor of H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/16. "I still find it extremely troubling that a few dam removal supporters and PacifiCorp went to such great lengths in their attempt to prevent voters from having their voices heard..."

Dam removal won't help salmon return, letter to the editor by Richard Marshall, President Siskiyou County Water Users, Yreka, for H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/16. "
Please remember to vote no on the Klamath County advisory ballot regarding removal of Klamath dams. The removal of the dams — the largest dam removal project in history — would result in catastrophic damage to this wonderful river and do nothing to advance the cause of salmon.The salmon were never in the upper basin because the water is too shallow and warm for salmon propagation. If the proponents actually believe the salmon will survive then why don’t they accept the challenge to prove it by using trucks and haul them for the next few years to see if the salmon actually survive..."

Support those who oppose dam removal, by Troy Lukens, Bonanza, letter to the editor of H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/16

Klamath leaves five-year drought designation behind, H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/16.

(Kepple) needs to give us accurate definitions, H&N letter to editor by George Warner, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/30/16. "(Kepple) calls some people “ideologues...who are bent on pursuit of a far right so-called 'Constitutional brand of conservatism' who will go nowhere in Salem.” KBC NOTE: Democrat Todd Kepple is running for Oregon Senate seat against Constitutional conservative candidate Republican Dennis Linthicum.

Jackson County to host Cascade-Siskiyou Monument meeting THURSDAY, H&N posted to KBC 10/25/16. "...(Oregon Democrat) Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have proposed expanding the 16-year-old monument...The 90,328 acres proposed for expansion within Oregon includes 56,245 acres of Bureau of Land Management land, including Hyatt Lake and land surrounding Howard Prairie Lake, as well as chunks of the upper watersheds of Jenny Creek tributaries whose lower reaches are now part of the monument..."Here is a link to the Monument expansion: http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldandnews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/57/757374df-cb64-53c4-b1f7-04467660792b/580563c180e30.pdf.pdf 

BREAKING NEWS - REIMBURSEMENT OF A-CANAL HEAD GATES AND FISH SCREENS ON THE KLAMATH PROJECT, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Dept of the Interior, Michael P. Colombo(Western Regional Manager for Audits, Inspections, and Evaluations, sent to David Murillo Mid-Pacific Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation on 9/27/16,  posted to KBC 10/25/16.  "... From limited documentation that was available to us, however, it appears the design and construction costs alone represent between $16 million and $20 million of costs that should be recovered from KID..."   Board members at the time of the agreement were  David Cacka, Ed Bair, Greg Carlton, Ross Fleming and Jason Chapman. Paying patrons of irrigation districts were allowed no vote on whether they supported the KBRA.

New Website: "This West Is OUR West" - www.thiswestisourwest.com. From a founder: "a recently launched website intended to offer a space where each of our Western States can post our issues and information, so that we can watch trends federalizing our states, watch for patterns of federal overreaching on water, land, dams, forests...just about all of our major resources within our states.  Particularly, we are watching the spread of tribal jurisdiction over non-tribal persons and lands, the confiscation of waters, and the planned takeover of our national forests."

Vote no on removing Klamath River dams, H&N letter to editor by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, posted to KBC 10/25/16. "Ballots are in the mail, and now is the time for each and every voter to cast their individual vote...This advisory ballot finally allows the citizens of Klamath County to have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed removal of the four Klamath River dams. If you are a voter, you should exercise your right to vote no to dam removal...Some want you to believe this is nothing more than a private property issue. If this is really about private property rights, and Warren Buffet actually wants the dams to come out, then let him pay for it. Why should the rate-payers and taxpayers pay that bill?..."

Dept of Interior Press Release: Secretary Jewell Issues Secretarial Order to Encourage Tribal Role in Managing Interior Lands with Native American Connections, posted to KBC 10/25/16

Please vote against Klamath dams removals by Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook, CA 10/25/16

Flawed arguments on supposed benefits of Klamath River dams removal, John Menke, Ft. Jones 10/25/16

Werner Reschke will put our liberty first, H^N letter to the editor by Grant Knoll, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/25/16.

Things the pro Kepple letter didn't mention, letter to editor of H&N by Diana Cornelius, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/25/16.

Wolf committee compensates ranchers for depredation, H&N 10/25/16. "...The compensation does not include veterinary bills or other costs...During discussion, Nicholson emphasized the payments do not consider weight losses caused by stress among cattle when they are threatened by wolves..."

Bundys and Hammonds and LeVoy Finicum table of contents through February 2016.

PieNPolitics website updates regarding the trial of Bundys - the imprisoned ranchers

Install fish ladders, no on dam removal, by Howard Paine, Klamath Falls, letter to the editor of Herald and News, posted to KBC 10/24/16. "When the president of Pacific Power visited Klamath Falls in 2008, he bragged about the clean power these dams produce. He said, “The dams produce enough emission-free energy to offset the emissions of 102,000 cars or burning 1.23 million barrels of oil a year"...Removing the Iron Gate Dam would remove the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery which produces 5 million salmon smolts each year — 17,000 of which return annually as full-grown adults to spawn."

We need Linthicum as our state senator, letter to the editor of H&N 10/24/16 by Lisa Johnson, Klamath Falls.

Kepple registered Republican in March, H&N, posted to KBC 10/24/16. "Regarding Dan Keppen's recent letter supporting Democrat candidate Todd Kepple: Keppen accurately observes the Republican and Democrat candidates for Senate District 28 couldn't be more different. Linthicum is a lifelong Republican endorsed be the Klamath County and Oregon Republican Party. Kepple is running for election on the Democrat ticket. According to the Secretary of State's Election Division, Kepple was registered as a Democrat in 2008. He only registered Republican in March of 2016, well after the primary elections candidate filing deadline. Even had Kepple timely filed, he was ineligible to run as a Republican in the spring primary..."

Luke 10:27 - "He answered, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind," and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "

Wolf prints_Fort Klamath

< Wolf prints found in early October on the Nicholson Ranch at Fort Klamath. Four steers have been attacked by wolves and died. Ranchers and wildlife officials concerned with the killings...

Fort Klamath: WOLVES - Wildlife biologists concerned about cattle killings, H&N 10/22/16. "John Stephenson, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist, (said) "What we're trying to do is stop it with non-lethal measures. When you have a flurry of incidents you don't jump to lethal measures."  "All three biologists said wolves pose no threat to humans."
Wolves Kill Teacher, Alaska Department of Fish and Game 12/7/11. "The investigators concluded that Ms. Berner was attacked and killed by wolves."
Student's death confirmed as continent's first fatal wolf attack, Chris Purdy, CanWest News Service November 02, 2007


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Also in H&N article above"(Fish and Wildlife biologist Collum) expressed surprise the number of wolves has increased so quickly, admitting, 'If you had told me five years ago we would be dealing with these kinds of situations, I would have told you you're nuts.'  KBC NOTE: Ranchers have been opposing wolf expansion for years, foreseeing the deadly consequences. See below:
< KBC News photo 5
/25/14 - WOLVES in Siskiyou County - Jim Beers, retired USFWS biologist, wetlands biologist, refuge manager, and Congressional Fellow, and wolf expert spoke in Dorris, CA last week. More than 100 busy ranchers, farmers and fellow citizens, concerned about introduction of wolves, came to hear his presentation. He told about human deaths, dozens of wolf-carrying diseases, predation on livestock and pets. Author Holly Swanson spoke about how the green movement is destroying our environment, economy and education, and the agenda behind it.
KBC NOTE: See photo above: See our
KBC News Wolf Page with articles of predators, warnings by experts, and photos of mutilated lambs, horses, dogs, killed by wolves, and the devastation to the rural way of life. If you see wolves killing your dog, horse, cattle, you will be imprisoned if you kill it.

Wolf kill
Wolf attacks frustrate Fort Klamath rancher (Bill Nicholson); Four steer deaths confirmed by Fish and Wildlife, H&N 10/21/16. “This valley, with so many cattle, is going to be like a smorgasbord for the wolves. They’ll take the animals that put up the least resistance,” worries Bill Nicholson, third-generation owner of the Nicholson Ranch, where the deaths, verified by state Fish and Game biologists as wolf kills, took place...During the spring and summer, upward of 35,000 head of cattle are trucked to the Wood River Valley to graze on the nutrient-rich grasslands...“It’s death by a thousand bites,”...Wampler expects more attacks on livestock. “They will come back, that’s just a given.”

Linthicum stands for important principles, H&N letter to the editor by Jackson county Commissioner colleen  Roberts, property owner in District 28 10/22/16

Oregon in dark days in its political direction, H&N letter to the editor by Bill Brown, former Klamath County Commissioner who served with Al Switzer, posted to KBC 10/22/16.

Look at their past, then cast your vote, H&N letter to the editor by Bernice House, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/22/16

Linthicum will sustain fight for rural areas, H&N letter to the editor by Virginia Topham, Sprague River 10/22/16. "Dennis Linthicum is opposed to the plan to destroy the Klamath River dams..."

Tom MallamsKlamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams responds to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell’s letter to FERC that supports Klamath Hydroelectric Dam destruction, received by KBC 10/20/16

KBC News Note: The Klamath Dam Removal agreements are opposed by our local elected officials: Klamath County Commissioners, Siskiyou County Supervisors, Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, Oregon State Legislator Gail Whitsett, California U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, more than 80% of Siskiyou County residents (3 hydro dams targeted by Interior for destruction are in Siskiyou County), more than 80% of Tulelake, California residents (which is within the Klamath Reclamation Project), and more than 50% of Klamath County residents (1 hydro dam targeted by Interior for destruction is in Klamath County).

Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell letter to FERC supporting destroying 4 hydrodams on the Klamath River that supply power to 70,000 families, posted to KBC 10/20/16

Decommissioning Dams on the Klamath River to Restore Resilience and Long-term River, Community Health, by Dept. of Interior John Bezdek, posted to KBC 10/20/16. "

The John Bezdek Files, We The People Radio, posted to KBC 10/20/16. "John Bezdek is currently the Assistant Solicitor for Water and Power which is the senior career position within SOL on Reclamation law. Mr. Bezdek supervises a staff of 7 attorneys and is responsible for advising the Commissioner, Assistant Secretary, and Secretary on matters pertaining to the operations and administration of the Reclamation program...Mr. Bezdek was Deputy Director of the Secretary's Indian Water Rights Office where he was responsible for managing 19 Indian Water Rights Negotiating Teams..."

Memorandum: Federal Authorities to Implement the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, by John Bezdek, Department of the Interior, to the Klamath Basin Task Force 11/20/13.

Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams letter to Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley opposing Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion, posted to KBC 10/20/16. "...The 2.1 million acres Owyhee Canyonlands, the 500,000 Crater Lake Wilderness Area, and now the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument expansion are just some of the recent attempts to expand this gigantic overreach in our area. If this proposal moves forward, the economic impact will be devastating for Klamath County and our neighbors Jackson and Siskiyou Counties..."

Mallams calls for hearing on monument expansion, COMMENTS DUE, H&N, posted to KBC 10/20/16. "The expansion proposed by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, would double the size of the monument — which includes land in Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon and Siskiyou County in California — to more than 100,000 acres and would incorporate 56,245 acres of forestland administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)..."

1 Corinthians 15: 58: "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."

Klamath Basin subject of dispute within federal government, H&N, posted to KBC 10/16/16. "The inspector general’s office said parts of the program paid irrigators for idling land and for deepening and drilling wells, and that it largely benefited the irrigators instead of fish and wildlife, the intended benefactors"..."The reduction in surface water demand through land idling and wells, the department argued, increased 'the water available in Upper Klamath Lake and Clear Lake Reservoir to meet requirements for the endangered short-nose and Lost River suckers and in the Klamath River for the endangered coho salmon.' "

Wolf killed by poacher in Oregon has ties to California, Sac Bee, posted to KB 10/16/16. "...OR28’s pack is confirmed to have attacked a calf in the area in late September...the Rogue pack also has been linked to livestock killings in southern Oregon in recent weeks...The Center for Biological Diversity on Friday added $10,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing OR28..."

Three wolf attacks confirmed near Fort Klamath, H&N, posted to KBC 10/16/16. "the first attack occurred Oct. 2 against an 800-pound calf, who was found dead the next day by a ranch hand who said he saw three wolves feeding on the carcass. The second attack was on Oct. 4 and resulted in the death of a 600-pound calf. The third attack took place Wednesday night against a 300-pound calf..."

Reschke: I will seek cuts in government's size, scope, H&N posted to KBC 10/16/16. "I am the Republican nominee for State Representative District 56.I am a local businessman who has owned my own company for 16 years. I am a Christian...I am a working citizen, not a career politician..."

Linthicum: 'I will support' state’s natural resources Federal mismanagement and ceaseless litigation have destroyed giant swaths of public and private lands. The results have been lost jobs, public land closures, arid watersheds and spoiled wilderness. I will strive to protect you and your land from government overreach and re-store local control to rural Oregon....I will support Oregon’s natural resources, agriculture and energy infrastructure. I am opposed to the plan to destroy the Klamath River dams because it is an agenda-driven initiative which destroys viable infrastructure without re-addressing their original purposes including low-cost power generation, recreation, and river flow control."

Switzer’s background says vote for Reschke, letter to editor of H&N by David Warren, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/16/16

They (Kepple and Switzer) could have filed if they had wanted to H&N by Ruth Gibbs, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/16/16.  

KID chairman Brent Cheyne recalled; (Ken) Smith survives recall, H&N 10/12/16

False Statements in Recall Petitions of Klamath Irrigation District Recall Campaign  https://nebula.wsimg.com/8863cc9a49b55f88e836370db9b36b09?AccessKeyId=39A2DC689E4CA87C906D&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 " reposted 10/12/16

ITSSD Ethics Violations Complaint Against Ed Bair, David Cacka, Greg Carleton, Jason Chapman and Ross Fleming  10/11/16

James 4:8 - "Come near to God, and He will come near to you."

Much 'information' about Whitsetts false, H&N letter by Bob Moore, posted to KBC 10/9/16. "...Both Whitsetts received the highest conservative American Conservative Union awards in 2015 and 2016. I take exception to the attempt by the progressive liberals to character assassinate two people of the highest integrity. Those candidates who say they were forced to run as Democrats raises a question as to their honesty; any qualified person can file, within the legal filing period, if they truly sought an office..."

Second wolf attack being investigated, H&N, posted to KBC 10/9/16. "...ODFW confirmed they are looking into a fatal attack on livestock in the Fort Klamath area...."

Wolf attack confirmed in Lake County, H&N, posted to KBC 10/9/16

Find out KID facts, then decide on recall by Ken Schell, Klamath Falls, H&N letter to editor 10/8/16. "Go to KID office and ask if anything was changed on the C flume and R&G Excavating contracts. The recall petitioners are so set on a recall they are, and have been, making a lot of things up to discredit the three board members under recall..."

AUDIO-KID / Klamath Irrigation District emergency meeting 6/24/16, called while the 3 newest elected board members were absent. Those wanting to recall the newest elected members also want KID to rejoin as a member of Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA), and they support the controversial Klamath dam removal agreements. These are both moves that the new elected board members oppose.
    A few of the Pro-dam removal agreement attendees were State Representative Candidate Al Switzer (D), Family Farm Alliance executive director and former KWAPA engineer, KWUA executive director and former Bureau of Reclamation employee Dan Keppen, former KID board member Ed Bair, former Klamath Fish and Wildlife field supervisor Curt Mullis, Basin Fertilizer owner Bob Gasser, and dozens more.
(Click HERE for sign-in list of attendees) While listening listen for openness, courtesy and respect. Why are these features absent from those who desire the recall "for the good of the members?"

2 KID recall election complaints filed, H&N, posted to KBC 10/8/16.
Comments: Lawrence Kogan - "Since this article does not correctly link to the ITSSD complaint to the Elections Division, we have provided a working link to the ITSSD complaint and all 26 exhibits supporting it: False Statements in Recall Petitions of Klamath Irrigation District Recall Campaign  https://nebula.wsimg.com/8863cc9a49b55f88e836370db9b36b09?AccessKeyId=39A2DC689E4CA87C906D&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 "

Vote 'no' on recall of KID directors, H&N letter by Marcy  Anderson, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/8/16. "Don’t let the scare tactics of Bair, Fleming and Chapman keep you from casting your vote at the Klamath Irrigation District office Oct. 12..."

KID board members don't deserve recall, H&N letter by Pat Lunde, posted to KBC 10/8/16. "I question the real reasons this board is under recall. Do you think it has anything to do with Cheyne, Smith and Knoll opposing dam removal and withdrawing KID from Klamath Water Users?..."

Vote 'no', put the sour grapes behind, H&N letter to editor by David Oxley, Poe Valley, posted to KBC 10/8/16. "The three chief petitioners have circulated prospective petitions around with false statements and lies. These are being investigated at this time. It should also be known that the three chief petitioners for the recall are the three ex-board members that were voted out of office in the recent elections."

Fulfilling the Promise of The Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 Volume I, An Analysis by the Intertribal Timber Council in Collaboration with USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs, Intertribal Timber Counsel April 2013.  NOTE: When you agree to give land to tribes that they previously sold, once they have a land base, they can control adjacent land, "Under the TFPA, the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior are authorized to enter into agreements or contracts, pursuant to tribal proposals to address hazardous conditions on Forest Service (FS) or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered lands that border on or are adjacent to tribal trust lands or resources."
Tribal Forest Protection Act Success Stories July 2012
 
* Candidates Night for Oregon State Legislature Tuesday October 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Oregon Institute of Technology student union building and residents are welcome to sit in on the forum. Live video will be broadcast at www.heraldandnews.com andwww.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww1DULzAcr4. Candidates for District 28 Senator are Dennis Linthicum – Republican/Independent, Todd Kepple - Democrat, District 56 Representative are Werner Reschke - Republican, Al Switzer - Democrat/Independent, and Jonah Hakanson - unaffiliated.

BETC / Business Energy Tax Credit Audit Raises Serious Questions, News from Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 10/4/16.  "...it did find circumstantial evidence inferring suspicious activity on at least 75 BETC transactions totaling nearly $350 million..."

Ad has cleared up many KID questions, H&N letter to editor by Jolene Smith, posted to KBC 10/4/16

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 10/4/16: includes ag vehicles, fire prevention timber harvest, heat illness indoor mandates, drone restrictions, and more...

Vote for someone with solid principles, H&N letter to the editor by Laura and Loren Little, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 10/4/16

Dennis Linthicum is a consensus builder, H&N letter to editor by Virginia Topham, Sprague River, posted to KBC 10/4/16

Our Federal and State Governments reject the voices of the Klamath River Basin people:
*
POLL - Should the four Klamath River hydroelectric dams be removed? Herald and News Poll, 9/24/16 results:
NO - 581 votes   YES  180 votes   No Opinion  8 votes.  Should the four Klamath River hydroelectric dams be removed?
* November 2010 election: 80% of Siskiyou County, home of 3 Klamath River Hydroelectric Dams targeted for destruction, oppose the
KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement that mandates 4 Klamath Dams be removed. Nearly 50% of Klamath County oppose their current County Commissioners' being at the table in support of the KBRA They voted out Klamath County Commissioner John Elliott who supports the KBRA, and voted in a newcomer, Dennis Linthicum, who opposes it. They voted to keep a state representative Bill Garrard who opposes the KBRA, and voted against Karl Scronce, a supporter. 77% of Tulelake voters opposed the KBRA/Dam removal.
* VIDEO 2011: Toby Freeman, Pacific Power's Community Manager, speaks about being "forced" "into an agreement that would result in dam removal," YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibZUMJ96ywA,  6:14 minute video
* KBC News KBRA and dam removal videos, polls and petitions
* 12/29/08 - Karuk Tribe petition against dam removal. 250 signed petition
* Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors (elected officials) voted against supporting the Klamath dam removal agreements.

Utility, renewal corporation file to remove 4 hydro-dams, H&N 9/23/16. "There is also opposition to dam removal, both in Klamath and Siskiyou counties. Both county commissions are on record opposing the removal." "It will be the largest dam removal project in U.S. history."

Upper Klamath Basin Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Management Program Plan; Klamath Tribal Water Quality Consortium, Aug 16, 2016, Comments WERE due Sept 18, 2016. Who knew about this plan to eradicate agriculture and all the dams in the Klamath River Basin? received and posted to KBC 9/20/16. KBC NOTE: Participants are 6 tribes (including Karuk and Hoopa), many federal and state agencies, Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, California Coastal Conservancy, ODEQ, State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and dozens more; most of the agencies, tribes and environmental groups are "stakeholders" in the Klamath Basin dam-removal agreements.  "Given the large volumes of water in the Klamath Basin, very large wetlands (on the order of thousands of acres or tens of thousands of acres) would be necessary to have basin-scale effect...", they want to get rid of "... water rights, water availability, and landowner willingness issues...", " TNC recently acquired approximately 4,000 acres adjacent to Agency Lake Ranch and Barnes Ranch which it is in the process of restoring back to wetlands", Wetlands, by the way, evaporates nearly 2ce the amount of water used by irrigated agriculture, "The Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement...calls for inflows to Upper Klamath Lake to be increased by 30,000 acre-feet per year to be achieved by reducing the net consumptive use of water for irrigated agriculture," Roads that are no longer necessary would be considered for ... removal,"..."The Consortium supports reduced irrigation and improved grazing management as a method to reduce irrigation demand," "Once plans are developed for how to remove the dams and appropriate permits are obtained, the dams should be removed. The KHSA targets 2020 as the year in which dam removal would occur."
Comments on the Klamath Tribal Water Quality Consortium by Siskiyou County Water Users Association Rex Cozzalio, received by KBC News 9/20/16

Jerry LeQieu parade marshal_ Main< Tulelake Parade Marshal; A grand time for Jerry LeQuieu, H&N, posted to KBC 9/20/16. "

Resist the bad liberal ideas in Legislature, H&N letter to the editor by E. Werner Reschke, Republican for State Representative, posted to KBC 9/20/16

The case against removing the (Klamath) dams, H&N letter to the editor by Dr Richard  Gierak, Yreka, posted to KBC 9/20/16

Fixing the VA, letter from Congressman Doug LaMalfa, California's 1st District 9/18/16

*** Energy Bill’s Hidden Provisions Undermine Western and Rural U.S. Property Owners, Western States Constitutional Rights LLC, posted 9/18/16. "Senate Bill S. 2012 (Murkowski, AK) has secretly swallowed up S. 3085 (Roberts,KS) - a Forestry Management Bill that transfers management of any national forest within 100 miles of a tribal reservation, or to any tribe with ancestral or cultural ties to a national forest.  This will give tribal governments: 1) control of all water (snowpack mountain run-off); and 2) let tribal governments determine appropriate uses of the national forests regarding hunting, fishing, trail-hiking, recreating by non-tribal citizens. When strong opposition emerged opposing numerous forestry management bills in the Senate and House that were transferring forestry management to tribal governments, Senators and Congressmen played "hide the ball" quickly last week by tucking this egregious Tribal Forestry Management provision into an Energy Bill that is close to a vote - perhaps this week or next. Call your Senators and Congressmen and raise holy hell.  This could easily transfer national forestry management to tribes for every national forest in the Western States." Elaine Willman

PRESS RELEASE - Jeffrey Nettleton Selected as the New Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon, BOR, posted to KBC 9/18/16

(Klamath) Irrigators intervene against Hoopa Tribe lawsuit, H&N, posted to KBC 9/18/16

Dam removal advisory vote remains on ballot, H&N, posted to KBC 9/18/16. "PacifiCorp will not own any of the land..." if the Klamath River dams come out. Presently, "....overall, the utility pays about $1.6 million annually in county taxes..."

California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State Authority over Mining! – September 2016, The New 49ers. "Now that the California Supreme Court has ruled, my best guess is that any prospector using a motor to remove or process streambed material within 100 yards of an active waterway without a permit (which is not being made available), if caught, is likely to be successfully prosecuted." Link includes link to memo by miner's attorney James Buchal

Oregon Legislative Review, and Whitsetts' highest conservative rating in Oregon, 9/13/16

White House as Originator and Promoter of Klamath Basin Agreements, Canada Free Press by Laurence Kogan, posted to KBC 9/13/16.

California governor signed climate change mandates and farm labor overtime after 8 hours, CFBF Friday Legislative Review 9/13/16

The Myths, Lies and Deceptions Behind the Klamath Basin Agreements by attorney Lawrence A. Kogan (Submitted to the Capital Press but never published), posted to KBC 8/29/16

PRESS RELEASE: ITSSD seeks added public transparency and accountability: files revised Bureau of Reclamation FOIAs and Oregon State Government public records requests, posted to KBC 8/29/16. These FOIAs and public records requests, BELOW, are regarding the Klamath Settlement "Agreements" which effect water rights, support destroying Klamath River hydroelectric dams, .... There are names listed: Dan Keppen, KWAPA, Greg Addington, Becky Hyde, to name a few, included in the requests for information.

* ITSSD (Institute for Trade, Standards, and Sustainable Development) FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) "requesting that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation release in paper or digital form the following agency records: ..."
* ITSSD "Second Revised FOIA Request is hereby filed requesting that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Office release in paper or digital form the following agency records:..."
* ITSSD - "Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law ORS 192.440, it is hereby requested that the Office of the Governor of Oregon release in paper or digital form the following agency public records:..."
* ITSSD - Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law ORS 192.440, it is hereby requested that the Oregon Department of Energy (“ODE”) release in paper or digital form the following agency public records:..."
* ITSSD - "Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law ORS 192.440, it is hereby requested that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (“ODEQ”) release in paper or digital form the following agency public records:..."
* ITSSD - "Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law ORS 192.440, it is hereby requested that the Oregon Water Resources Department (“OWRD”) release in paper or digital form the following agency public records:..."
* ITSSD - "Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law ORS 192.440, it is hereby requested that the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (“ODFW”) release in paper or digital form the following agency public records:..."

Parties Keep Up Pressure As (Klamath River) Dam Removal Proceeds, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/29/16.

Protest filed over Klamath River dam removal vote, H&N 8/27/16

Klamath County Commissioners finally voted, after 6 years, to allow the public to vote on whether they support the dam removal. This would be an advisory vote to direct the commissioners. "Are you in favor of removing the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River?"

8/25/16 - Petition for different ballot title: Tracy and Susan Liskey, Ed Bair, Greg Carleton (Klamath Agreement proponents) VS Klamath County Commissioners. The petition includes complaints of the Pro-KBRA/dam removal Klamath County irrigators, and at the bottom the wording of the Klamath County Commissioners' dam removal vote. Again, dam removal proponents oppose allowing the citizens an advisory vote, much less a real vote.

Klamath Agreements mandate destroying the 4 Klamath River hydro dams. KWUA/Klamath Water Users Association, some Klamath River tribes, many environmental groups and government agencies negotiated a closed-door deal with no vote of the citizens. KWUA wanted water certainty and affordable power rate (which the KBRA does not mandate) and the environmental groups wanted to destroy the hydroelectric dams. 3 of the 4 dams are in Siskiyou County, yet Siskiyou County is not allowed at the negotiating table because Dept. of Interior wants the dams out, and dam destruction would further decimate the economy of Siskiyou County. Siskiyou County held an advisory vote several years ago, and the public voted more than 80% against destroying the hydro dams that serve 70,000 families. The public's voices ARE NOT WELCOMED.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted 8/27/16: climate change mandates with no oversight, bills that regulate cow farts and chase dairies out of California, overtime bills that would end up reducing hours that farm laborers would work, wool, stolen bee hives, water control board stuff and more...

Sediment washed down from Tibble Fork could devastate popular trout fishery, The Salt Lake Tribune 8/22/16 by Brian Maffly. "The fine-grained sediments turned water black below Tibble Fork Dam, leaving a trail of dead trout and potentially degrading habitat for all sorts of aquatic life, according to observers."It would be a surprise if anything could live through this. It is suffocating the fish it is so thick," said Brian Wimmer, president of a Utah County chapter of Trout Unlimited. "There is 4 inches of this disgusting mud 3 feet above the high water mark..."
Senator Doug Whitsett speech regarding the KBRA and Klamath dam destruction at Yreka's public listening session put on by Department of Interior on 10/20/11. "The Draft Environmental Impact Statement does not appear to mitigate that 20 million cubic yards of sediment. The Department apparently proposes to simply blow the dams and let nature take its course, washing all that sediment downriver. They appear to consider this option as a “grand experiment” to see what actually happens. That amount of sediment is equivalent to about 2 million ten yard dump truck loads of silt, sediment and organic muck. To put that amount into perspective, lined up head to tail, 2 million dump truck loads of river muck would stretch about 12,500 miles…..about half way around the planet." 
KBC's
Science Misconduct page includes details by renown scientists of the mass destruction that would occur if Dept of Interior proceeds with it's Klamath Dam destruction agenda.  

BETCs, Biofuels and Booddoogles, by Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 8/25/16. "
I have observed little, if any, improvement in either the level or quality of services provided to our residents during my three terms serving in the Oregon Senate. What I have observed instead is rampant crony capitalism, where favored industries and constituencies receive huge chunks of public money with little or no accountability for what that money buys."

A Tribute to Senator Allan Bates,  by Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 8/25/16.

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Klamath Basin leaseland farming on the refuges with hundreds of new proposed regulations that would shut down leaseland farming. COMMENT PERIOD is extended to August 4th. Follow this link for FWS documents > https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=commentDueDate&po=0&dct=SR&D=FWS-R8-NWRS-2016-0063
*** This link for sending comments > https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-R8-NWRS-2016-0063-0374

***Dozens of Sprague River wells shut down by Klamath Tribal call on irrigation water, Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 7/31/16.

Stateline Compost Comments Due Aug. 2

Compost project gets airing: pushback, some support, H&N 7/30/16. KBC NOTE: This article twists the facts a bit. It says "The DEQ has also evaluated the site for risks to ground water, surface water and odors, finding low to potential risks for the site." The DEQ webpage,  http://www.oregon.gov/deq/pub/061016stateline.pdf, says, ""...Type 3 feedstocks include dead animals, meat and source-separated mixed food waste and industrially produced non-vegetative food waste. They also include other materials the department determines pose a low level of risk from hazardous substances and a higher level of risk from physical contaminants and human pathogens compared to type 1 and 2 feedstocks. Surface water risk screening - poses potential risk: ...the proximity of this site to irrigation drainage waters and the potential for this water to reach the property, or for any uncontaminated runoff from this property to reach drainage waters elevates the potential risk level for surface water. ...Odor risk screening- poses potential risk...". KBC NOTE continued: There were nearly 40 attendees and less than a handful supported the site at this location.
* Date for public hearing on Stateline Compost set July 28, Comment Period Extended, H&N 6/25/16. "Stateline Compost anticipates processing 30,000 tons of feedstock from agricultural, municipal and industrial sources..." (on Lower Klamath)
*Past info regarding compost site on Lower Klamath:  Proposed Solid Waste Permit for Stateline Compost.
It was also in Herald and News June 9
   * “It is anticipated that up to 30,000 tons per year of feedstock will be processed at the facility. This total includes the combined volume of type 1, 2 and 3 feedstocks.
   * Surface water risk screening (poses potential risk)
   * Groundwater screening (low risk)
   * Odor risk screening (poses potential risk)"
Facility would be 1/4 mile from California border by highway 97.
This is within 4 or 5 miles of Strait's Drain, where water goes toward the Klamath River.

Klamath Riverkeeper history & accomplishments, 7/31/16. "Our successful lawsuits, nonstop policy advocacy, and targeted grassroots pressure forced PacifiCorp to sign a stakeholder agreement to un-dam and restore the Klamath River in 2010...we continue to partner with the Karuk Tribe in their ongoing and highly successful battle to end harmful suction dredge gold mining on California rivers..."

KID lawyer claims bias by newspaper by former Klamath Irrigation District attorney Lawrence Kogan, letter to the editor of Herald and News, posted to KBC 7/31/16

Second KID attorney responds to ethics complaints, H&N, posted to KBC 7/31/16

Recall launched against three KID board members, H&N, posted to KBC 7/31/16

PRESS RELEASE: ITSSD Seeks added public transparency & accountability: files revised Bureau of Reclamation FOIAs and Oregon state government public records requests, 7/28/16. "Today, in furtherance of its effort to bring government public transparency and accountability to the Klamath Basin, the nonprofit Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (“ITSSD”) filed Revised Freedom of Information Act Requests", posted to KBC 7/31/16

Klamath River Stakeholders may sue federal agencies, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/16. "The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) (Glen Spain), Institute for Fisheries Resources (Glen Spain), and Klamath Riverkeeper (Craig Tucker), released the 60-day notice to let two federal agencies know they could be sued under the federal Endangered Species Act if they fail to improve water management in the Klamath River." KBC NOTE: These 2 men were in the stakeholders group of the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, and KHSA, Klamath Dam Removal "agreements", posing as 'friends' of Klamath Irrigators. Now that the feds and states, tribes and NGO's managed to get the states to approve of destroying the Klamath River hydro dams with no supposed benefits to irrigators, their coalition is suing for more water, even though this is a high water year. Siskiyou County and Klamath County elected officials oppose the agreements and dam destruction. FYI: George Soros helps fund Earthjustice, the litigators for the Klamath River tribes and environmental groups 

Tule Lake land grab needs to end, H&N letter to the editor by David Misso, Tulelake, posted to KBC 7/25/16

Pollution Protest - (Tribal) Teens march for better water quality, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/15. "Nearly two dozen teens, who are attending a weeklong Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp near Ashland, marched in front of the Klamath County government building shouting a call-and-response chant, “When the river is under attack, what do we do? Stand up and fight back!”.."

Sheriff: Land proposal could spark standoff, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/16. "Sparks flew Monday during a hearing attended by ranchers and environmentalists in the state Capitol on a proposal to turn 2.5 million acres of canyonlands and desert in southeastern Oregon into a federally protected monument...Elias Eiguren, a rancher whose Basque great-grandfather came to the Canyonlands to raise sheep, predicted that grazing rights for ranchers would wind up being litigated if the land became a monument, affecting up to 30,000 head of cattle of Malheur County’s total of 70,000."

Oregon refuge occupier pleads guilty; Bundys stay in jail, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/16

* TULELAKE IRRIGATION DISTRICT SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
TULELAKE IRRIGATION DISTRICT OFFICE
AGENDA
Tuesday July 5, 2016 9:00 a.m.
1. Call to Order and Roll Call.
2. Public Comment Period.
3. Approve Resolution #2016-1  Requesting District Election.
4. KID Issues - Recall and C-Flume

California's tough gun laws are getting stricter, Leader Telegram 7/1/16. "The Democratic governor signed six bills Friday requiring gun owners to give up magazines holding more than 10 rounds and to undergo a background check before they can purchase ammunition, among other measures...."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/1/16. Proposed bills on climate change mandates, regulations on livestock methane emissions that would "drive dairies out of California", put solar power projects on "not less than 100,000 acres" permanently retired farmland, pay overtime to farm workers for over 8 hours work, expand forest thinning for fire protection, stockponds, water transfers, ground water wells, more...

Elaine WillmanKlamath water issues distressingly similar to those in other areas Elaine Willman Biography. KBC News's Willman Page. "I have been following Klamath water and dam issues since 2003 and have recently noticed commonalities simultaneously occurring in the southwestern Oregon and Northern California area, and on the Flathead Indian Reservation where I live in Western Montana...I have a 30-year career in government, and have researched federal Indian policy for 25 years. I have conducted workshops and keynote addresses across the country, authored two books, and work with numerous expert legal counsels in multiple states. Montana and Oregon landowners are most fortunate to have located and obtained Mr. Kogan’s services. Among strong legal champions, he stands at the top of the list...Landowners here have been unable to find a single Montana attorney willing to protect their property/water rights, their constitutional and civil rights. Landowners were able to locate Lawrence Kogan, a New York City attorney to represent them in litigation just now initializing. Mr. Kogan also represents Siskiyou County and the Klamath Irrigation District... Supporters of this egregious CSKT Water Compact called Mr. Kogan “that New York City attorney,” too... Landowners were able to locate Lawrence Kogan, a New York City attorney to represent them in litigation just now initializing. Supporters of the compact did everything they could to trash him in Montana newspapers and everywhere possible. His clients did not fall for such baloney; his work is fact-based, law-cited and prolific. He’s a legal “street fighter” that knows his way around federal courts, Congress, water law and Indian law. But for Mr. Kogan’s courage and perseverance, and clients who so believe in him, 35,000 people in Montana will have forever lost their water rights, access to water, State and federal constitutional protections, and authority over non-tribal lands on the Flathead Reservation."


Oregon Legislative Update by Rep. Gail Whitsett, House District 56 Jun 25, 2016  

Confused and Confusing: Kepple, Switzer run as Democrats, KlamathNews 6/26/16

Merkley PRESS RELEASE: Merkley and Wyden Announce Key Oregon Wins for Rural Oregon in Senate Appropriations Bill, 6/16/16

* Date for public hearing on Stateline Compost set July 28, Comment Period Extended, H&N 6/25/16. "Stateline Compost anticipates processing 30,000 tons of feedstock from agricultural, municipal and industrial sources..." (on Lower Klamath)

TID board meeting agenda for 6/13/16

Water shutoffs start in upper Basin, Klamath Tribes made the call, Wood River could be next, H&N, posted to KBC 6/11/16

Wind and Solar? It's time to look to expanding natural gas, Newsletter by Oregon State Senator  Doug Whitsett, District 28, H&N 5/26/16

Put aside conflict, move KID forward, H&N letter to the editor by Pat Lunde, Klamath Falls posted to KBC 6/11/16

KID new leadership is doing things right, Letter to the editor of H&N by Ken Schell, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC  May 25, 2016

KID board is doing what was requested, H&N letter to editor by Marvin Cantrell, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 6/11/16

Email Correspondence from D. Murillo, USBR mid-Pacific Director to L. Kogan, KID attorney Re: C Flume Contract Date, posted to KBC 6/10/16

Attorney Kogan Law Group, representing Klamath Irrigation District and Siskiyou County Water Users, letter to Kevin Eastman, Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, posted to KBC 6/10/16

CFBF Friday Legislative Review, 6/10/16: "A tentative 2016-2017 budget was reached and will be voted on by the full legislature by midnight on Wednesday, June 15th, the deadline to pass the budget bill. Some budget details are included in this week’s Friday Review."

YouTube video of Donald Trump from 1980-2015. from 1980-2015. Is his story consistent? posted to KBC 6/10/16

Trump Is Right to Question Judge's Motives, Newsmax by Patrick Buchanan 6/7/16

Proposed compost facility near state line under review, H&N 6/9/16, posted to KBC 6/10/16

COMMENTS DUE TODAY 6/10/16 by 5!
 Proposed Solid Waste Permit for Stateline Compost. It was only in Herald and News yesterday June 9
   * “It is anticipated that up to 30,000 tons per year of feedstock will be processed at the facility. This total includes the combined volume of type 1, 2 and 3 feedstocks.
   * Surface water risk screening (poses potential risk)
   * Groundwater screening (low risk)
   * Odor risk screening (poses potential risk)"
Facility would be 1/4 mile from California border by highway 97.
This is within 4 or 5 miles of Strait's Drain, where water goes toward the Klamath River.
 

Comments can be made on local (Klamath) dams,
I approve and vote for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conclusively rejecting — per Docket Number P-2082-027 — both destroying all Klamath River hydroelectric dams, and destroying each dam of any Klamath River hydroelectric dam(s).

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

*  COMMENTS DUE JUNE 20: Notice of Availability of Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Impact Statement on Lower Klamath, Clear Lake, Tule Lake, Upper Klamath, and Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuges, Klamath County, OR; Siskiyou and Modoc Counties, CA
* All Chapters and attachments, summary.
   Chapter 1, Intro and Background - Klamath Basin FWS Refuges
   Chapter 2,
Comprehensive Conservation Planning Process

Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon, Hoopa Valley Tribe PRESS RELEASE, posted to KBC 5/21/16

The authorSiskiyou voters should head off large illegal marijuana grows, H&N by Brandon Criss, Siskiyou County Supervisor, posted to KBC 5/21/16.  "...They have no wells, no approved livable structure and no septic whatsoever. They just camp on the property leaving behind trash and waste, bring in wild dogs and use illegal pesticides..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/20/16. "The proposal also would exempt marijuana cultivators from the need to obtain a streambed alteration agreement for their activities, so long as they are covered by the license they obtain allowing them to grow marijuana."

California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measures, Fox News 5/19/16

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Irrigators Win Adair Case, Panner Opinion Vacated, 7/23/03, Resource Conservancy. " ...limitation upon the Tribes’ claim upon the water only to the extent that its members currently depended upon natural products to sustain themselves by exercising the reserved rights to hunt, fish, gather, and trap..."
Adair Decision Reversed, by OWRC 7/21/03
Karuk Tribe does not have a federally-recognized or protected fishing right on the Klamath River, 5/4/2000
Top Government Scientist fired for telling the truth about Klamath dam destruction, YouTube, posted to KBC 11/14/13.

* Linthicum, Reschke win nomination ahead of write-ins, H&N 5/18/16. "(Oregon) State legislative candidates Dennis Linthicum and Werner Reschke have defeated their write-in opponents by wide margins to secure the Republican nomination for District 28 senator and District 56 representative, respectively. Initial district wide election results Tuesday night put Linthicum at 79.01 percent and Reschke at 72.62 percent of total votes, with updated counts expected in the coming days..."

Klamath Irrigation District response to BOR’s Explanation for Not Providing Klamath Project debt accounting since 2001, posted to KBC 5/18/16. "The BOR has had ample opportunity since 2001 to provide the SPCCRs on a timely basis as the Reclamation Manual requires, especially since multiple KID requests have been made for the agency’s production and delivery of such documents..."
Bureau of Reclamation excuse/response to KID / Klamath Irrigation District for not providing Klamath Project Debt figures to Project irrigators from 2001-2015, posted to KBC 5/18/16. (KBC NOTE - Project irrigators have been told since 2001 that they owe a huge debt, but if they just sign on to the
KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, their debt will go away. However they still refuse to tell the irrigators what that debt is.)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, CFBF, posted to KBC 5/14/16: organic registration, DFW 129% fee increase, penalty of up to $10 per gallon or pound of polluting material discharged into waterways (KBC NOTE - what about Klamath Dam removal pollution: "The initial Fish and Wildlife Service sediment study projected 20.4 million cubic yards with 84% washing down river...The initial sediment study volume would be equivalent to covering 190 miles of a 150’ wide river with 3.1 feet of sediment," quote by BOR ethics officer Dr Paul Houser. Will DOI pay $10/gallon?), water markets, groundwater management, more....

Tom Mallams term as Klamath County Commissioner will end later this year.
  Tom Mallams webpage

  Good examples of Mallams' leadership, by Carol LeQuieu, H&N letter posted to KBC 5/14/16.
  Mallams has integrity, courage, commitment, by Gus deVries, H&N letter posted to KBC 5/14/16
  Mallams deserves to be re-elected, by Martin and Shirley Kerns, H&N letter, posted 5/14/16.
  Tom Mallams: Focus on raising revenue, not taxes, H&N, posted to KBC 5/14/16

Rancher Cliven Bundy is suing the federal judge handling his criminal case stemming from an armed standoff with US agents, with a complaint that accuses President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and one of Reid's sons of plotting to steal his property, H&N, posted to KBC 5/14/16.

For April 2016 chronological news, see Archive 167
For Main Archive Page go HERE.

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* BOR draft EIS Klamath Salmon Hearing 110916, CommentsDue 12/5/16

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Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where my farm is now. It was a navigable lake.
    Why can't we have 2 feet of water for our crops, when all the rest we pump uphill out of our closed basin into the Klamath River? The river often
went dry in the fall before the Project was built.


 

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