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Voices of the
Klamath River Basin
Resource Users -
Farmers, Ranchers, Miners
Loggers, Indians and  Fishermen

Wildlife and Farmland
"There are (489) species of wildlife here in the Klamath Basin. The biological opinion deals with three." Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology.
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
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Ca. U.S Congressman
Doug LaMalfa
Oregon Senator Whitsett
Ore. Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Klamath County Commissioner
Oregon Congressional Candidate Dennis Linthicum
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
Ask Elaine - Tribal  info.
Bills and Laws,  Litigation
Court Decisions
Biofuel, ethanol,
   energy, hydropower,
Bureau of Reclamation
Climate Engineering / Chemtrails
Chiloquin Dam, suckers
Columbia and Snake Rivers
Conservation and wetlands
Crops, products and livestock
Dam Destructioon
Klamath Dams
Discussion Forum
Easements and trusts
Environmentalists & groups (The Nature Conservancy)
Energy, Renewable,
ethanol and biofuel
ESA Endangered Species Act
Farm Bill
Farm Labor - Immigrants
Farmer Fisherman Alliance
Fish Die-offs
Fishermen & Fish
Frankenfish Monsanto
Forests and Logging
FAQs and facts
Food Imported
Global Warming
Groundwater and Waterbank
Homesteaders / Settlers
KBRA / Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
Klamath Hearings
   and Speeches
Klamath River Compact
Klamath Summit
Klamath River & tributaries
Lake levels & river flows
Medicine Lake
National Monuments
Negotiations: Indians, farmers
   and KBRT
Population, ownership and
Photo Stories
Power, dams, energy
Prayer Page
Property & Water Rights
Public Land
Refuges in Klamath Basin
Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
Water Storage: Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
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


"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

Definition of Tyranny

Isaiah 44:6-8  "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts; I am the First and I am the Last, besides Me there is no other God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people, and the things that are coming and shall come, let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one." Sent from Frank Tallerico 11/23/14.

* Tell U.S. Rep. Greg Walden how you feel on the issue of the controversial KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, because presently Democrat "Senator Ron Wyden is trying to move a long-stalled bill through the lame duck session of Congress that would implement agreements to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River..."
http://walden.house.gov/contact-greg . Contact information for his Washington, D.C. office, is: 2182 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; phone, 202-225-6730, Fax: 202-225-5774.

* Comment period for fee hike at Crater Lake now open until December 22, H&N 11/22/14. "Under the proposal, single vehicle entrance fees would increase from $10 to $25..."
* Comments Due November 28: changes in stream designations for salmon habitat will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Japanese quest for Tulelake 1000-acre monument - KBC News Page
     New Tule Lake Unit fence is more than just a fence, H&N 11/23/14. "...the fence being replaced is not part of the Tulelake Airport, where Modoc County wants to build a new fence to prevent wildlife from entering the runways. Japanese American groups have protested that fence, which they say will reduce public access to a portion of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center."
Internment camp bill's message: Don't forget, Fresno Bee Sept. 18, 2005: "Tule Lake in 1943 became the site where difficult detainees were sent." (After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and declared war on America, these detainees would not) "sign loyalty oaths."

More than 60 people packed into the 11/21/14 Klamath County Commissioners public meeting to discuss sending a joint letter with Siskiyou County Commissioners to Congress in opposition to the Klamath settlement agreements. Many opposing the Commissioners' letter criticized the elected officials for opposing the agreements that they were elected to oppose. Several speakers supported the Commissioners. The Klamath Tribes threatened to shut off water to irrigators again if the KBRA did not materialize. After public comment, when it became apparent the Commissioners were going to mail their letter regardless of the criticism and insults, most of the opponents stomped out while the Commissioners were explaining their stance and possible alternative solutions that seemed valid to the Klamath and Siskiyou elected officials and the constituents who elected them.

The room was packed

until Commissioners upheld their
plan to send a letter in opposition

Many left, grumbling and laughing by the doorway

Herald and News articles concerning Klamath County Commissioners meeting to send joint letter with Siskiyou County elected officials to oppose the controversial KBRA dam removal agreement. H&N 11/22-23/2014.

Water pact receives backlash, Stakeholders decry county letter on dam removal, H&N, posted to KBC 11/23/14. KBC NOTE: Liskey wants the elected Klamath County Commissioners to not oppose the KBRA. In May 2013, Gail Whitsett, KBRA opponent, won the election as Oregon State Representative District 56. Tracy Liskey, proponent of the KBRA, lost the election. On November 4th, 2014, Whitsett ran unopposed and won the endorsement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents with 97.36% of the votes cast. Liskey is an editorial advisor to the Herald and News. See extended KBC NOTE in the above article link.

Chamber backs water agreement. Members ask Walden to support bill as well, H&N, posted to KBC 11/23/14. KBC NOTE: KBRA supporter Chamber Executive Director Chip Massie is an advisor to the editorial board of the Herald and News.

Can Congress help the Klamath Basin restore itself? It must, according to the Oregonian editors, posted to KBC 11/23/14 KBC Note: perhaps we should continue growing food in the Klamath Basin for a hungry world and our urban editorial boards can restore their own cities to prehuman existence.

Feinstein shuts off California water talks until 2015, Fresno Bee, posted to KBC 11/23/14

November 19, 2014 -
The Klamath County Board of Commissioners will have a Special Meeting on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Government Center 305 Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR - 2nd floor, hearing room 219.
Objectives for this meeting will include discussion on their opposition to SB 2379, the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act.

What’s wrong in Siskiyou County? by Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM, My Outdoor Buddy 11/20/14.

Groundwater study group meets Nov. 18

KWAPA Agenda-Special Board Meeting 11/17/14

Hebrews 13:20-21 "Now may the God of peace, who brought up or Lord Jesus from the Dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen."

* Comments Due November 28: Essential salmon habitat maps discussed at public meeting; changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Fish die-off averted; Salmon run going strong. About 2,300 chinook have entered the Trinity River Hatchery, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14. "The Shasta River chinook salmon run is already the second largest since 2001...current estimate for the entire run exceeds all but three years since 1978."

(Klamath County) Commission opposes Klamath water pact; House must approve bill before it reaches Obama, H&N 11/16/14. "commissioner Dennis Linthicum: “...our counties don’t support Senate Bill 2379..."

"No dice, no dam removal bill to be crammed through the House in the lame duck session." response by U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa (on his Face Book page) to the "lame duck" plan by Senator Ron Wyden in the article below.

Klamath bills pass Senate. Water pact, forestry act take a step forward, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14. "Sen. Ron Wyden is trying to move a long-stalled bill through the lame duck session of Congress that would implement agreements to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River to help salmon."  Oregon Wyden's forestry bill would "create 87,000 acres of new wilderness and 252 miles of new wild and scenic rivers."  It is "...expected to..." more than double current timber harvests (KBC NOTE: which are a fraction of historic harvests.)
Regarding Wyden's claim that the KBRA that destroying 4 hydroelectric dams (that provide flood control, power for 70,000 households, and millions of hatchery salmon) will "help salmon", a speech by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett offers some perspective:
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."

Klamath pact supporters press bill’s passage, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/16/14.

Modoc Rancher of the Year Ray Ackley owns, manages Dry Lake Ranch near Tulelake, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14.

Rep. Gail Whitsett has several bills planned. Whitsett also plans to submit an updated version of the groundwater bill HB 4044, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14

Groundwater study group meets Nov. 18. Residents can find out more about groundwater rules, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14. KBC Note: The KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement mandates Klamath Basin irrigators to have a groundwater management plan which will control how much groundwater an irrigator may use on their own property, mandating 'no adverse impacts'. What constitute an "adverse impact" will be decided by tribes, environmental groups, government agencies and a few farmers. Tulelake Irrigation District has already installed this mandate of the KBRA. However, they did tell their constituents that their plan "is not a requirement of...the KBRA..." and "will not regulate groundwater within the Plan area."

Power deliveries yet to be finalized. Group will explore innovative avenues for cheaper power, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14

More water security for Basin irrigators, new corporation aims to solidify terms of the settlement pact, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14

Questions about Basin water issues continue, H&N letter by Karen Walther, posted to KBC 11/16/14. "I suggest you Google Agenda 21. See how far it has progressed in our Basin. Do you really want this to happen? If you do, then continue fighting for the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the like."

Chamber asks EPA to withdraw water proposal. Klamath County: Federal rule-making process needs review and local input, H&N 11/16/14

Public Comment Period Open for Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule - Comments due 11/14/14

Comments due 11/14/14 on salvage logging of the Westside Fires

Bucket Brigade activist dies. Grant Gerber helped establish the tax-free relief fund during the 2001 Klamath Basin Water Crisis, posted to KBC 11/16/14

Klamath Water and Power Agency / KWAPA Agenda-Special Board Meeting Nov. 17, 2014

Provisions in the controversial KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement for giving land to the Klamath Tribes could hamper completion of improvements on the dangerous Highway 97; ODOT (and the public) was not included in the negotiations, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett's Newsletter 11/12/14

The New 49ers Newsletter November 2014 Issue by Dave McCracken, November 2014. "We have come into written correspondence from the District Attorney of Siskiyou County which is rejecting to prosecute suction dredgers for not having a permit as a result of the recent Third Appellate published Decision." KBC Note - Notice that many of those protesting suction dredge mining are many of the "stakeholders" in the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement that promises to downsize agriculture and private property and water rights.

TID public meeting on water quality permits 11/6/14

John 3:34-36: "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.  He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides in him." Sent by Frank Tallerico 10/27/14.

Longtime Elko GOP activist Gerber dead at 72, Washington Times 10/27/14, followed by Grant's recent letter regarding the Grass March - Cowboy Express, article, and letter to KBC News in 2002 when Grant was helping organize the Klamath Relief Fund and Convoys coming to help Klamath Farmers and ranchers whose water was shut off by the federal government in 2001.

California - Water Bond Proposition 1
* Water Bond Drowning in Pork Spending, YouTube 5 minutes by David Spady,  Americans for Prosperity California, October 2014
Prop 1 Water Storage Bond Facts by Rex Cozzalio October 26, 2014
* Prop 1 Stop the Pork by Rex Cozzalio
Klamath Basin Dams Resolution by the Siskiyou County and South Siskiyou County California Federated Republican Women 3/15/09
*Urgent Bulletin and Groups opposing Prop 1 by Richard Marshall, Jerry Bacagalupi, and Loise Gliotto Oct. 2014

Relation between rivers, groundwater under scrutiny. New committee to draft upper Basin groundwater regulations,  followed by Open house aims to answer public’s questions on water H&N, posted to KBC 10/27/14 "The draft rules are being prepared to reinforce groundwater regulation guidelines outlined in the recently signed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA)."

Salmon habitat rules on the table, and PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, H&N, posted to KBC 10/26/14. "Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Ore., said he is concerned about restrictions being placed on the diversion canal connecting Lost River to the Klamath River. He said the diversion is at the “heart of the Klamath Project.”

Video, and transcribed quotes from Klamath In the Balance, Forum to discuss dam removal process on Klamath River. The stated purpose was to bring all the conflicting Indian Tribes and environmental groups together with the common goal of destroying the Klamath River Dams.
Green Corps trained activist, a founder of Klamath Riverkeeper, and negotiator for the Karuk Tribe as voting stakeholder on the KBRA, Craig Tucker: "we worked with the Klamath Project irrigators, the enemies of the tribes since those guys showed up; we did work out a water sharing agreement. ...We did not solve all the problems in the Klamath Basin with these agreements. We did not get rid of all the farmers,
we did not rebuild all the wetlands, but we do pull off the biggest dam removal in the history of the world...and if we're still gonna deal with water quality issues at Keno, at the end of the day, I can guarantee the Karuk Tribe and Craig Tucker will be in the front seat dealing with that next." (KBC NOTE: that refers to destroying the Keno Dam, which provides water to the Klamath Project irrigators). KBC NEWS reminder: In the KBRA: hydro dam destruction is permanent. Destruction of fish hatcheries is permanent. $45 million plus land gift to the Klamath Tribes is permanent. Downsizing agriculture is permanent. Mandate of no water storage may be used by irrigators is permanent. However any benefits to the farmers in the KBRA end in 50 years, but, as detailed in this video, any benefits are superseded by the ESA, Clean Water Act and Biological Opinions.

Report the news; don’t be the news, H&N editor Pat Bushey, followed by A worse future beckons without water settlement (a biased H&N view supporting KBRA water 'agreement' " 10/26/14

Tulelake Irrigation District public meeting November 6, 6 p.m., Firehall, regarding mandatory water quality permits. Also to be discussed will be redistricting and voting for TID board members based on how many acres you farm.

Reasons for voting NO on Prop. 1 Water Bond on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot, sent by manager of pienpolitics.com Liz Bowen. "The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (AB1471), the Water Bond, is on the ballot this November for voter approval. Proponents want us to believe that it will ‘save’ water by building dams and reservoirs. It won’t. It is designed to remove dams, not create them. It supports wetlands restoration, not water storage."
NRDC: Prop 1 is not earmarked for new dams, libusters 10/23/14
Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose Prop 1

VIDEO - Mark Baird from Siskiyou County, representing several Northern California counties, explains why this region needs to become the 51st state. He speaks of the Constitution, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, defending the freedom our parents and ancestors fought for, and having a state government that represents the people rather than dictates to the people. A well-spent 13 minutes filmed and edited by Robert Exter. Posted to KBC 10/23/14.

Potato Festival Oct 16-18

KWAPA / Klamath Water and Power Agency public monthly meeting agenda for 10/7/14 Water demand management, groundwater and wells, federal power, WUMP / water users management plan.

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat, KATU 9/30/14. Go HERE for numerous articles on huge pot plantations near the Klamath River, on the Hoopa Indian reservation, in our locked-up forests.

Proverbs 2:6-9 "For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path." Sent from Frank Tallerico 9/28/14
Getting to ‘yes’ in the Klamath Basin. Water issues prove divisive, both locally and on a national level, Congressman Greg Walden for H&N 9/28/14. "The public — the hardworking families of the Klamath Basin — is too often left out of this debate, hampering progress towards the goal...Any effort to build public support must recognize that removing all four dams is a non-starter. Most people in the Basin oppose such a plan, as do key folks in Congress..."

Media may need permit to film nature; Forest Service considers setting fees for wilderness photography, movie-making, (comment period through Dec 3). H&N, posted to KBC 9/28/14. "(USFS) said it would consider the nature of a proposed project before approving a special-use permit and charge fees of up to $1,500 for commercial filming and photography in federally designated wilderness areas.  Press advocates have criticized the rules as a violation of the First Amendment, saying it raises concerns about press freedom...The agency, which manages nearly 190 million acres of public lands in national forests and grasslands, including 439 wilderness areas...permit applications would be evaluated based on several criteria, including whether it spreads information about the enjoyment or use of wilderness or its ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic or historical values; helps preserve the wilderness character...'It is also very troubling that journalists could be held to different standards at the discretion of the issuing officer depending on the content of their stories and its relevance to wilderness activity,” U.S. Rep. Greg Walden' "

Planning under way for Merrill Potato Festival Oct 16-18, H&N 9/28/14

Bucket holds strong symbolism for the (Klamath) Basin, by Jim Ottoman, H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14.

Bucket symbolizes key struggle in community by Rudy Hiley, Tulelake for H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14

California woman helps neighbors during drought; 72-year-old transports fresh water jugs to those in need, H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14.
While CAl Fish and Game WCB spends $30,000,000 in land acquisition.

Footing the bill for legislative loan is too heavy a burden for Oregonians;  taxpayers should vote ‘no’ on Measure 86, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett for H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14. "...the principle and interest on state debt exceeds the entire budget for the Oregon Department of Corrections..."

Going for launch with the salmon cannon, H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14. "Salmon may soon have a faster way to make it around dams. There’s a new technology that’s helping to transport hatchery fish in Washington. It’s called the salmon cannon.."

State adopts drought rule; drinking, stock water given preference by commission, H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14. Related article: County, state tussle over water regulations; public works director to sit on water advisory, H&N, posted to KBC 9/20/14.

Energy independence is possible...it all starts at the ballot box, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter in H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14.

Proverbs 2:1-5 "My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;  Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding,  If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God." Thank you Frank Tallerico for sending weekly messages from God's Word. 9/21/14

County, state tussle over water regulations; public works director to sit on water advisory, H&N, posted to KBC 9/20/14.
< Klamath Falls City Councilman Bill Adams speaks about his frustrations with a proposed Oregon Water Resources Department rule on Thursday during a question and answer session at Oregon Tech.  
"Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, also an irrigator, spoke in opposition to the proposed rule change. 'This is what I feel is nothing more than trying to put pressure on everybody trying to agree to a settlement that’s very iffy, lacks a lot of support...There is some support … because they have been pushed into a corner, and a gun to their head, as far as I’m concerned, by Oregon Water Resources and our federal government. Water resources in the past has been the champion for irrigated agriculture...I feel they’re one of our worst enemies, and that’s very disheartening.' Mallams also read a statement from State Rep. Gail Whitsett on her behalf: 'We find no viable reason or justification for this permanent rule to apply only to the Klamath River Watershed in Klamath County,' read the statement."

< "Talk about irrefutable first-class evidence that the Dams (Iron Gate & Copco) are absolutely critical to the local area and to the Public (as well as to public safety)... look at this!" by Captain William E. Simpson II - USMM

Klamath salmon in danger; additional flows intended to prevent fish die-off, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/14. "The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) began releasing additional flows from Trinity Reservoir via the Lewiston Dam Tuesday....We must, however, take all reasonable measures to prevent a recurrence of the fish losses experienced in 2002"  KBC NOTE: Water was shut off to Klamath Basin family farms the summer of 2001. After irrigation was restored to irrigators in later, tribes, U.S. Dept of Fish and Game, and environmental groups focused on obliterating farming in the Klamath Basin, blamed Klamath Farmers for fish dying in 2002, 170 miles downstream. Fish Scientist David Vogel (see #'s 19, 22, 23 and 29) explained why sending high flows of warm water from Iron Gate dam was lethal for salmon in the already warm river. According to a Scientist conference in Klamath Falls in 2004, effects of the 2002, 500,000-acre Biscuit Fire smoke were never studied in relation to fish dying that fall. Neither were considered effects of drainoff from drug labs on the Klamath River.

Fuel standards opposed by Rep. Gail Whitsett; Representative said the standards will profoundly affect rural Oregonians, H&N, posted to KBC 9/18/14. "if the new standards go into effect, nearly 30,000 jobs will be lost, and Oregonians could pay more than $1 per gallon in additional gas taxes...a bill or executive decision by Gov. John Kitzhaber to ban lead bullets may be in the state’s future. Whitsett said lead is already banned from use in waterfowl hunting...if a bill to ban lead bullets is introduced in the 2015 legislative session, she plans to introduce a bill protecting citizens’ rights to use them."

California: CCM urges Governor to veto ‘ambiguous’ groundwater legislation, Fresh Fruit Portal 9/17/14. "KBC NOTE: California Governor Jerry Brown signed this controversial groundwater legislation 9/16/14)

2 Peter 3:10-13 The day of the Lord. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you be in holy conduct and godliness,  looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for the new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells."

COMMENTS DUE by Sept 19 on new drought water ruling

Tulelake Irrigation District special meeting Tuesday, Sept 16, 10 a.m. Firehall. To be discussed is fall irrigation (presently TID allows some A ground to be irrigated and some can not depending on what is or is not planted), water pricing and measurement (we need to measure our water and pay for permits to irrigate our deeded water. California dredge miners were forced to get permits and then they were denied those permits and were not allowed to mine), and board and voting eligibility (TID board is planning to change rules so you do not have to live in the area you want to represent on the board, and large landowners will get more votes than small landowners depending on acreage.) If you are a farmer and not on a tractor or harvester during harvest, do come.

(Klamath) Project irrigators in limbo over power costs, H&N 8/7/14. "Gary Derry, who is a member of the KWAPA and Shasta View Irrigation District boards, pointed out Shasta View’s power budget has increased from $36,000 in 2005 to $532,080 in 2014. This year’s figure is more than a half a million dollars despite at least $500,000 in energy improvements that have been made within the last five years, he said.... 'It’s absolutely outrageous.' Derry told the KWAPA board he has always believed the federal energy deliveries would be secured through political action. But from a KWAPA standpoint, Derry said, he thinks the board has hit a brick wall."

Titus 2:11-14 - "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and world lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous to good works." sent by Frank Tallerico 8/31/14

***California U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa Townhall Sept. 4th, 4 pm near the sheep barns at the Tulelake Butte Valley Fair. COME! Make comments and ask questions. He is our voice in congress: wolves, spotted frogs, spotted owls, logging, mining, Calif. plan to control groundwater use, water for farms, controversial KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

VOTE - What should be done with the Klamath Bucket Brigade Bucket? VOTE The Bucket was to be temporarily moved from the Klamath Courthouse because a movie is taking place. However environmental activists who do not support farming in the Klamath Basin are advocating sticking it on the museum property or at the fair. In 2001 when water was shut off to 1400 family farms, the bucket was donated to Klamath Basin irrigators as a centerpiece in their war to keep the farming and ranching community intact. Although over 100,000 acres have been deprived of water these past 2 years, there are those who want the farmers and farm community to be history, as well as the Bucket. Go HERE for Klamath Bucket Brigade history

* The Klamath County Commissioners are also taking an email vote on where you want the Bucket, back at the downtown government building or elsewhere: bocc@klamathcounty.org
* Herald and News would also like your comments: gobrien@heraldandnews.com

Where does the Bucket belong, followed by Where is the Bucket? H&N, posted to KBC 9/1/14..

RESCUE in the REFUGE, Botulism outbreak: 100 birds a day found ill or dead, and KBC NEWS commentary, Herald and News 8/31/14. "According to Greg Addington, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, in the KBRA, a block of water is allocated for the Klamath Project and for the Klamath refuge complex...All the problems we’re seeing in the community related to water can be resolved with the Klamath Settlement Agreements...” Part of Commentary: "Take, for example, the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge. The complex has been perpetually short on water in recent years and a jump in power costs in 2004 has made pumping water to replenish wetlands prohibitively expensive....(Manager Ron Cole) estimates that in 2001 it cost 33 cents to pump an acre-foot of water onto the refuge. The cost to do the same to day is $9.20.
Psalm 19:1-4 "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world." Sent by Frank Tallerico 8/23/14

Prayer and potatoes - Family puts faith in God to bring back damaged crop, H&N, posted to KBC 8/24/14. "About 15 people, family and friends, came to pray Saturday. “We gathered together we sang a song to praise the Lord first, then we all went around to pray for the fields and the farmers around the fields,” said Pastor Clay Bynum, with Life Recovery Network. “What God would bring out of that besides potatoes, this is a bigger thing than just raising potatoes.”

City OKs hire to consult on groundwater. Hydrogeologist will examine wells and geothermal aquifer, H&N, posted to KBC 8/24/14. "The consultants will help determine if city wells interfere with groundwater resources, as well as how the geothermal aquifer operates, Willrett explained.  The need for the consulting work stems from the Oregon Department of Water Resources order that the city cease the use of the Fremont and Wocus wells due to insufficient stream flow into Upper Klamath Lake and its tributaries..."

Timber harvest growth needs to be extended to federal land, The Albany-Democrat Herald 8/19/14

Additional water releases for Klamath River, H&N 8/23/14
Hoopa fear salmon die-off; Jewell meets with tribe over water shortages, Redding Record Searchlight 8/13/14

Tulelake Airport lawsuit (by Japanese) handed to Modoc County, H&N 8/22/14. "...Modoc County officials say the fence is not intended to prevent access but is needed to prevent wildlife from being on airport runways."

ODOF "Every Acre County" -- where the feds fail, Oregon excels, by Senator Doug Whitsett 8/21/14. "The Oregon Department of Forestry was at best ineffective in asserting their fire management goals and direct attack techniques. That wildfire burned more than 90,000 acres. It burned out of control for eleven days, destroying more than 30,000 acres of privately owned forestland. Backfires and burn-outs were employed so frequently that tens of thousands of acres of forests were needlessly destroyed...more than one of the backfires threatened the lives of landowners fighting to save their own property..."

Karuk Tribe gets casino green light, H&N 8/21/14.

Dam distraction delays real water solutions; Klamath County has rescinded its 2010 approval, by Siskiyou County Supervisors, H&N 8/17/14.

The Spirit of Klamath
A RODEO GIFT: Custom chaps for soldier  Auction: Buyer gives prize to mom’s son in Afghanistan, H&N 8/17/14

Council may hire water attorney, H&N 8/17/14. "Members of City Council Monday night will consider an agreement with a hydrogeologist ... to help determine if city wells interfere with groundwater resources, as well as how the geothermal aquifer operates, as stated by the Oregon Water Resources Department."

< Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett and Rep. Gail Whitsett  Science of shutoffs, well water monitoring law aims to clarify ownership, H&N 2/7/14. “We fully support the OWRD authority to regulate wells that are materially interfering with senior water rights. However, we believe the state should be required to prove that the use of irrigation wells is materially and measurably harming a water right holder with a superior priority date,” Gail Whitsett said."

Hebrews 7:26-28  "For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for He did once and for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever." Sent from Frank Tallerico for the week of August 17, 2014.
LaMalfa in Siskiyou County Monday, H&N 8/16/14. Rep. "Doug LaMalfa, whose First Congressional District include Modoc, Siskiyou and nine other far Northern California counties, will host a Town Hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Constituents are invited to join LaMalfa and his staff to discuss his work in Congress, federal legislation and other issues affecting the north state at the meeting. For more information call LaMalfa’s Oroville office at 530-534-7100."

KLAMATH COUNTY New drought water ruling proposed by officials, H&N 8/16/14. "The public comment period ends at 5 p.m. Sept. 19...A new rule that would allow water for human consumption and stock watering during drought in Klamath County has been proposed by the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)."

Groups sue to stop logging from 2013 fire, H&N, posted to KBC 8/9/14. "A dry lightning storm on July 26 (2013)...eventually burned across more than 75 square miles of private and federal timberlands in southern Douglas and northern Josephine counties...environmental groups have gone to court to block the plans, alleging 24 northern spotted owls are at risk."

Agency reconsidering water for Klamath salmon, H&N 8/16/14. "Tribal members were going to Sacramento on Tuesday to hold a vigil outside Bureau offices, she said. Since the 1960s, some water from the Trinity has been pumped over the mountains to the Central Valley of California for irrigation. Sierztutowski said some of those irrigation districts have been denied water this year due to the drought."

Groundwater aquifers under stress. Families drilling deeper to reach precious water supply.
BOR, PacifiCorp reach agreement on reservoir releases  H&N, posted to KBC 8/16/14. "
According to KWAPA Executive Director Hollie Cannon, the combination of consecutive drought years and new rules in place to protect endangered fish in the Klamath watershed means irrigators are given less surface water, forcing them to turn to groundwater..."

2 Timothy 2:13-17  But evil men and imposers will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped in every good work. From Frank Tallerico for week of August 10.

Oregon's expansion of regulations of surface and groundwater use, by Senator Doug Whitsett 8/13/14. "The rules propose to create a preference for the use of surface and ground water for stock and human consumption, regardless of the date of priority of the water right."

1 Peter 1:22-25  "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives forever. Because "All flesh is as grass, and all glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever."

(Japanese) Lawsuit aims to halt (Tulelake) airport (safety) fencing. Historical value of site should be considered, group claims, COMMENTS DUE this week regarding the Japanese jail restoration. H&N 8/6/14. " 'We’re sensitive and we understand the situation,' Steve Jacques, Modoc County deputy road commissioner, said of plans to build a fence. 'At the end of the day it’s an airport.' Jacques said the planned new fence would replace an existing barbed wire fence. The purpose of the fence, he explained, is to prevent wildlife from going onto the airport runway... The airport is used by Macy’s Flying Service and private individuals." KBC NOTE: After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and declared war on the United States, Tulelake relocation camp housed Japanese who would not pledge their allegiance to the United States. The Japanese are trying to acquire 1000 acres of land in the Tulelake area to proclaim this injustice.

(Klamath) Basin water allocation tightens, reservoirs drawn to their limits, H&N 8/6/14

Rainstorm helps fight wildfires. H&N 8/6/14

Calif. water agency wins damage suit against feds. Judges conclude that the government owes additional damages for failed water deliveries, H&N 8/5/14. "Judges concluded that the government owes additional damages for the Bureau of Reclamation’s failure to deliver enough water to the Stockton-based Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District."
Psalm 42:9-11:  I will say to God my rock, why have you forgotten me:  "Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?"  As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"  "Why are you cast down, O my soul?"  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. Sent by Frank Tallerico

* 7/21/14 comments due Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act
EPA set to explain water rule that has U.S. farmers riled. The American Farm Bureau Federation has come out against the proposed rule, H&N, posted to KBC 7/16/14

Proposed Rule Issued April 21, 2014  US Navigable Waters by Elaine Willman 7/17/14  Elaine Willman bio

From Fish and Wildlife on wolf at Medicine Lake 7/17/14

 7/18 Comments due of spotted frog critical habitat.

KBC NEWS: A property owner at Medicine Lake reported to KBC that he spotted the Or 7 wolf (from a pack known to kill livestock, that wandered into California) in the Medicine Lake headquarters campground June 18th. Howls were heard in that location July 13th. There have been NO warnings from Forest Service to alert campers or residents.

Medicine Lake Campground to close for tribal gathering (July 18-21), H&N, posted to KB 7/16/14. KBC NOTE: In 2003 was the first annual traditional gathering of Indians on a large scale. The H&N article does not explain that there are 4 other campgrounds open to the public that weekend. HERE for Medicine Lake page

SPRAGUE RIVER - No time to spare. Fast-moving fire outruns Moccasin Hill residents, H&N 7/16/14. "Six homes and 14 other structures were destroyed on Sunday alone..."

Ongoing California drought wreaks significant economic damage. Crop, job losses take heavy toll on state, H&N 7/16/14.

Dorris - Running from drought, dry conditions force wild horses onto private land, H&N, posted to KBC 7/16/14

Oregon Caves bill goes to U.S. House. U.S. Senate passes measure unanimously on Wednesday, H&N, posted to KBC 7/16/14. "The Congress is again considering legislation to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument nearly tenfold....Logging and other operations allowed on Forest Service lands are banned on Park Service holding..."

State reaps most timber since 2006. Logging harvest intake tops 4 billion board feet, H&N 7/16/14.  "Oregon’s timber harvest was 9.74 billion board feet in 1972... Volume plunged in the 1990s as environmental issues led to cutbacks in logging on federal lands."

6/24+25 meetings Klamath On Project plan. Comments due July 15

Plan stalls: PacifiCorp fee halts talks. Power transition for local irrigators at standstill, H&N, posted to KBC 7/3/14.
* "
I think you guys are taking a windfall off the irrigators’ backs,” said board member Gary Wright."
* "
The fee could mean a 2- to 3-cent per kilowatt increase for Basin farmers, according to Dean Brockbank, vice president and general counsel of PacifiCorp." "
* "
Cannon (KWAPA director) said he estimates that for every penny the power rate goes up, PacifiCorp collects an additional $1.3 million. Since 2006, PacifiCorp has taken an extra $13 million per year out of the Basin, he said."
* " 'It’s a giant crapshoot. I think a lot more of this information should have been brought forward in good faith a long, long time ago,' (Matt) Walter (Upper Klamath Water Users Association leader)said."
* "The federal power program is part of the 2010 Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Basin Hydroelectric Settlement. The agreements seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, help the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Tree Farm and remove four dams on the Klamath River."

BOR reduces Iron Gate Dam flows, H&N 7/3/14

Wolves worry ranchers. Wolf population increases by one third statewide, H&N 7/3/14. "If you see a wolf kill your livestock you can’t take any lethal means against it.”

CFBF Friday Legislative Review 7/3/14. "Efforts by the Assembly Leadership to put forward a measure modifying provisions of the $11.14 billion Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act currently scheduled to go before California voters this November have again stalled."

In dry California, water fetching record prices, Capital Press 7/2/14. "...growers would ultimately pay $775 to $980 an acre-foot.."

KWAPA public board meeting Agenda July 1, 2014. Discussion with PacifiCorp, Groundwater, well monitoring, On Project Plan, .....

Letter from disillusioned Upper Klamath Water Users Association leader and KBRA/KHSA proponent regarding PacifiCorp and KBRA, posted to KBC 7/1/14. "I do not believe PC has bargained in good faith as implied in the KHSA. We have been working on the federal power delivery concept (Interconnect Study) for more then 4 years. We have spent 1000's of man hours and 100k"s of tax payer dollars to get to where we are today. The conclusion of 3/4 to 1 cent benefit which in the words of the consultant "is in the margin of error" is a poor result for all the work...."

PacifiCorp responds to KWAPA/Klamath Water and Power questions regarding KBRA-promised power rates, transitioning to federal power, consequences if people leave PacifiCorp, posted to KBC 7/1/14. "...Responses to specific KWAPA questions: 1. What is the cost for an irrigator to leave PAC energy? Answer: PacifiCorp does not intend to propose an exit fee for an irrigator to leave PAC energy.  However, the OPUC and other customers will be concerned about shifting costs to other Oregon customers as a result of irrigators moving to federal power.  As discussed above, the OPUC may impose a transition charge on irrigator loads switching to federal power.  This transition charge could be as high as 6-8 cents/kwh...."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/27/14. Proposed bills: unlimited tax increases, renewable resources, GM labels, private property tree harvest regulations, funds to clean up illegal pot farm pollution, billions$ for climate change, river "protection," & "sustainable...", groundwater management, minimum wages, paid sick leave mandates...

CA added just 5 dams Since 1959, CALWATCH.COM, POSTED TO kbc 6/27/14

Isaiah 30:27-29:  "Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel; My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by God. Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength." Sent by Frank Tallerico 6/22/14

On Project Plan meetings June 24 and 25th, Comments Due. Project irrigators seek input on water usage plan; Creators of the plan hope it will move irrigators away from inconsistent water deliveries, H&N, posted to KBC 6/23/14. "The 2010 KBRA settlement and the related Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, help the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Tree Farm and remove four dams on the Klamath River"

"Watch over the legitimacy, and the truthfulness, of what we call science," by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 6/23/14.
* "Upper Klamath Lake TMDL is based on the false assumption that development of the Upper Basin by European man has resulted in significant increases in the phosphorous concentration that helps to cause poor water quality in Upper Klamath Lake.
* We are asked to assume that the alleged decline of the endangered suckers is the result of declining water quality
* We are asked to assume that Coho Salmon are threatened in the Klamath River due to water storage for the Klamath Project
* We are asked to assume that the Northern Spotted Owl is endangered due to man-caused loss of habitat
* We are being asked to assume that the declining numbers of sage grouse are the result of loss of habitat due to cattle grazing.
* we are being asked to cooperate with the regulation of groundwater by the Oregon Water Resources Department based on a regional computer model that can only be described as fraudulent"

Water is a precious resource in the Basin, H&N letter to editor by Harvey Houston, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 6/19/14. "In Southern California, the river waters were so low, they had to build dams to keep out the ocean water. Officials are thinking of building more dams on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Our Oregon officials want to remove the dams on the Klamath River."

Water shutoffs effects felt on (Klamath) area’s farms and ranches; cattle, hay come at steep premium, H&N, posted to KBC 6/20/14. "Crume said he might have enough water to get by until his first cutting of hay, but if the water to his field is shutoff, it’s likely his remaining 75 cows will have to go."

Council mulls options for drought response; possible well shutoff draws varied reactions, H&N, posted to KBC 6/20/14. " Kyle Gorman, the OWRD  South Central Region manager, said the two city wells and 10 private wells that received shutoff notices were deemed to have “timely and effective” impacts on surface water."

SPOTTED FROG COMMENTS DUE - 300 acres added in Klamath County; Comments sought on land for endangered amphibian, H&N, posted to KBC 6/20/14. "...officials may designate 68,500 acres and 24 stream miles throughout Washington and Oregon as critical habitat for the disappearing amphibian. The proposed critical habitat 30-day public comment period opens today and closes July 18."

Hearing What We Want to Hear, by Jim Beers, posted to KBC 6/20/14. Beers comments on Herald and News report by Lacey Jarrell regarding his wolf presentation in Dorris, Calif. Jarrell's article was "Worries about wolves; Wolf opponents list multiple reasons against reintroduction"   Beers is a retired wildlife biologist and refuge manager, government whistleblower, and wolf expert.

1 Peter 1:22-23 "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, (and) having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but uncorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.." sent from Frank Tallerico 6/15/14.

Well shutdowns: Impacts too early to tell. Two municipal, 10 privately owned wells ordered to limit or curtail use, H&N 6/14/14. "(Klamath Falls City Manager) Cherpeski acknowledged that city and county officials need to begin developing policies to mitigate impacts of water shortages. 'It’s more about the future of the Basin. We should think about the community and reducing water simply because we live in the desert,' he said."
KBC CORRECTION on above H&N article: Klamath Basin was a lake up to 30' deep before we diverted much of our water INTO the Klamath River, and INTO a meadow east of Tule Lake to evaporate so WWI and WWII war veterans could grow food for a hungry nation. Does Klamath Falls city manager not know the history of our basin he calls a "desert" ?

City of Klamath told to shut off wells. Tribes, Project make call on water; Sky Lakes, OIT may be affected, H&N 6/13/14. "A comment period is open for a grant to evaluate Crater Lake National Park’s options to mitigate potential water shutoffs and keep the park open during extreme drought...Written comments can be submitted until 5 p.m., June 27"

Water shutoffs begin in the Basin; Klamath Tribes expected to make its ‘call’ this week, H&N 6/10/14

<  Niilo Hyytinen 2/23/1926 - 6/4/2014 former Tulelake businessman and WWII veteran

The Senate Hearing is on June 3rd at 2:30 Eastern time:
Letter signed by Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing Klamath Dam Removal Agreements to U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock, 5/30/14
* Letter signed by Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing Klamath Dam Removal Agreements, to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, 5/30/14

VIDEO: Wolves and the Environmental Species Act - Jim Beers, in Dorris, California May 2014, filmed by Robert Exter.

Video, and transcribed quotes from Klamath In the Balance, Forum to discuss dam removal process on Klamath River. The stated purpose was to bring all the conflicting Indian Tribes and environmental groups together with the common goal of destroying the Klamath River Dams.
Green Corps trained activist, a founder of Klamath Riverkeeper, and negotiator for the Karuk Tribe as voting stakeholder on the KBRA, Craig Tucker: "we worked with the Klamath Project irrigators, the enemies of the tribes since those guys showed up; we did work out a water sharing agreement. ...We did not solve all the problems in the Klamath Basin with these agreements. We did not get rid of all the farmers,
we did not rebuild all the wetlands, but we do pull off the biggest dam removal in the history of the world...and if we're still gonna deal with water quality issues at Keno, at the end of the day, I can guarantee the Karuk Tribe and Craig Tucker will be in the front seat dealing with that next." (KBC NOTE: that refers to destroying the Keno Dam, which provides water to the Klamath Project irrigators). KBC NEWS reminder: In the KBRA: hydro dam destruction is permanent. Destruction of fish hatcheries is permanent. $45 million plus land gift to the Klamath Tribes is permanent. Downsizing agriculture is permanent. Mandate of no water storage may be used by irrigators is permanent. However any benefits to the farmers in the KBRA end in 50 years, but, as detailed in this video, any benefits are superseded by the ESA, Clean Water Act and Biological Opinions.

Isaiah 11:4-5:  "But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist."  sent from Frank Tallerico 5/25/14.

Below are links to letters to Congress from the WWII veterans or their widows who homesteaded in the Tulelake Basin, found on our HOMESTEADER Page. They were written in 2001 after our U.S. government denied irrigation water to these of The Greatest Generation, after promising irrigation water to them and their heirs. Within a year, the National Academy of Science deemed the shutoff "Unjustified."
Written in 2001
Gerald Johnson
Manuel Silva 
John Masterson 
Carl Voorhees 
John Terry  
Paul Christy 
Fred Robison

Paul Rogers 
Francis Webb

Marion Palmer
Jack Newkirk
Woody Chambers

Jess Prosser
Clyde Todd

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.

Written speech about wolves given in Dorris, California at a Town Forum on 18 May 2014, by Jim Beers, posted to KBC 5/25/14.

Informing the ‘misinformed’ about wolves; reintroduction, recovery goals are backed by questionable motivations, M. David Allen guest writer, H&N 5/25/14

John 5:24-25: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live." sent from Frank Tallerico

* Wyden, Merkley Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Klamath Basin Legislation, posted to KBC 5/23/14.
* Meeting of Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors, all eight elected officials oppose the Klamath water agreements, commentary on KFLS 14.50 radio station by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 5/23/14.
* LETTER TO: "Congressman McClintock: You have been most helpful and steadfast if helping the ranchers and farmers in the Klamath River Basin in our on going battle to save the hydro-electric facilities and water allocations to ranchers and farmers in Siskiyou, Modoc and Klamath counties. Attached  are two documents that a joint unofficial task force, known as the Cal-Ore Bi-State Alliance have put together and presented at a joint meeting of the Siskiyou County Supervisors and the Klamath County, Ore. Commissioners.  These alternatives to dam removal suggestions are far less expensive, and more doable than taking out the dams, destroying the hydro-electric facilities and allocating limited water resources. As in the past, your continued support for maintaining these facilities, that were developed on sound science and common sense, is sincerely appreciated. Respectfully, Frank Tallerico (board member of Siskiyou County Water Users Association and participant in the Bi-State Alliance). Subject: Bi-State Alliance Handouts at the 5/5/14 Klamath Co./Siskiyou Co. mtg."
* Cal-OR Bi-State Alliance ALTERNATIVES to the KBRA and KHSA (Klamath dam-removal agreements), May 2014. (Both agreements mandate Klamath River Hydro-electric Dam removals)
* Saving the Klamath River Dams, the best alternative for Siskiyou and Klamath Counties, May 2014, Cal-Or Bi-State Alliance

* Jim Beers in Dorris 5/18/14 regarding Wolves, property rights, Agenda 21.  Jim Beers biography

The Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 5/16/14: "Many farm and ranch owners... were advised that most who refused to sign would no longer be allowed to use either their surface or groundwater rights in most years. Many of those water rights date to 1864 priority. They were further advised that those who refused to participate would likely be subject to severe restrictions on the use of their land due to the “potential listing” of new endangered species....The transfers to in-stream flow will require the permanent dewatering of as much as 30 square miles of currently irrigated productive pasture and farm land...required management practices are enforceable by a third party. In this Agreement, the third party is ultimately controlled by the Tribes...In total, when combined with other provisions of the KBRA, the Tribes would receive more than $147 million in direct funding. The money is mainly dedicated for the purchase of land, ecosystem habitat enhancement, water quality improvement and economic development for the Tribes...the Ninth Circuit Court determined that the Tribes are entitled to no more, or no less water than they were currently using for a moderate standard of living at the time of the Court decision. Further, the Court stated that the amount of water the Tribes are entitled to cannot be interpreted to be the amount they were using at the time of the 1864 Treaty. The Court had no intention of returning the land to a wilderness servitude. The Oregon Water Resources Department appeared to ignore the latter part of the Court ruling in their March 2013 Final Order of Determination...others are rightfully concerned that the Agreement infringes on their First Amendment right to free speech because the document prohibits signatories from speaking or writing in opposition to any of the agreements. Others believe the Agreement infringes on their Fifth Amendment rights to own and enjoy the benefits of private property, including their irrigation water rights..."

Threats (by Klamath tribal members) delay tribal meeting, H&N 5/16/14. "...some Klamath Tribes members have been campaigning to organize a hostile takeover of the meeting. Threats included chaining and padlocking doors to force the Tribal Council and meeting attendees to remove Gentry from the council and to overturn the results of a recent referendum vote. The referendum vote under attack was certified by the Klamath Tribes election board as in-favor of a water settlement, known as the Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, between the Tribes and upper Basin irrigators." KBC NOTE: Upper Basin irrigators were not allowed a vote; they were only blackmailed as explained in Senator Doug Whitsett's newsletter.

Klamath Tribes of Oregon PRESS RELEASE: Threats against Klamath Tribal Council by Klamath Tribal membership,  5/16/14 (regarding Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/16/14. Proposed bills for billions of $ for groundwater and water management and control, bill to label genetically modified food products, disclosure of extreme fuel costs from California's carbon taxes, more...

Oregon Congressional Candidate Dennis Linthicum, 5/16/14, current article "The truth will set you free" responding to Congressman Walden's comments.

California's Cap and Trade, Kitzhaber headed that direction, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 4/30/14

Oregon's welfare growth highest in nation, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 5/6/14. "The welfare to work program was designed to provide temporary assistance during the time required to teach families to become accountable for their own welfare and financial security...The audit found that Oregon ranked dead last in the nation for TANF clients participating in work, or work related activities..."
Senator Doug Whitsett KBC News webpage HERE

Zechariah 9:10 - "I will cut off the chariot from Efrim and the horse from Jeruslem; The battle bow shall be cut off.  He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth." Sent from Frank Tallerico 5/10/14.

Congressman Walden: (Klamath) Water legislation may be altered in House, H&N 5/10/14

*** On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule – Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act – that would amend the definition of “waters of the U.S.” and expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.

Senator Roberts and Western Caucus urge EPA to halt Waters of the US rule, 5/8/14

Wolves, gun control topics for Dorris Forum Meeting, H&N 5/9/14.

Why Willamette Valley farmers should watch Klamath Falls' water rights fight, Statesman Journal, posted to KBC 5/10/14. "The agency identified 130 wells (including Mallams) that could interfere with surface water sources, meaning he and other farmers could lose both sources of water this summer. 'You virtually cannot prove there isn’t interference because of the way they did the modeling,' Mallams said. 'I am considered guilty unless I prove myself innocent and I cannot prove myself innocent.' For Whitsett, that means the OWRD can do the same thing to any watershed in Oregon."

For May 2014 chronological news, see Archive 144
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