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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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Science
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man Tom McClintock
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Doug LaMalfa
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Ore. Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Klamath County Commissioner
Oregon Congressional Candidate Dennis Linthicum
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Agenda 21, The Big Picture
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Ask Elaine - Tribal  info.
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ethanol and biofuel
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Farm Bill
Farm Labor - Immigrants
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Fish Die-offs
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Food Imported
Freedom
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Global Warming
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Groundwater and Waterbank
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History
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Japanese demand for Tulelake land
Jefferson
KBRA / Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
Klamath Hearings
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Klamath River Compact
Klamath Summit
KWAPA
Klamath River & tributaries
Lake levels & river flows
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Medicine Lake
Military
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Negotiations: Indians, farmers
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2003-2007
NEPA
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Obama
Oregon
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PCFFA
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Prayer Page
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Refuges in Klamath Basin
Regulations
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Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
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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
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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

Definition of Tyranny

Proverbs 2:20-22 "So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the path of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it."  Sent by Frank Tallerico Jan. 25, 2015.
Psalm 123:2 "Unto you I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us." sent by Frank Tallerico for week of Jan 18, 2015

‘In God We Trust’ would be a helpful reminder, by Charymane Beskow, letter to the editor of H&N 1/16/15. KBC Note: in H&N poll it is 66% pro and 34% opposed to displaying "in God We Trust" in the commissioners room.

Water agreement hinges on dam removal issue, H&N letter to editor by Howard Paine, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 1/18/15. "The Herald and News “Water Line” report in Sunday’s paper failed to address the primary issue — dam removal. Obviously, the writers failed to read: “Dam Removal, The Swindle of the Century” at  http://pienpolitics.com/?p=1989  Siskiyou County put a Measure on the ballot in November 2010 which said: “Should the Klamath River Dams (Iron Gate, Copco 1 and Copco 2) and associated hydroelectric facilities be removed?” The result: 79.04 percent voted no. If a similar vote had occurred in Klamath County, the result would be the same."
 
Comment period for Basin groundwater rules extended (until March 2). An additional rulemaking hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 18, H&N 1/17/15

Pacific Power sues (Klamath Falls) city. Eminent domain, public utility district at heart of lawsuit, H&N 1/17/15.

Sen. Wyden leads town hall at OIT’s College Union; Water agreements and veteran care among topics, H&N 1/18/15. "...Wyden, his number one priority going into the next legislative session will be the passage of the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act (SB 2379) (KBRA hydro-dam removal) “I’m going to pull out all the stops to make sure this happens in this Congress...”

A River Between Us,’ upcoming movie by former Oregon Senator Atkinson and Jeff Martin, H&N article 1/17/15. "Atkinson is a longtime supporter of the 2010 Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the related Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement..."  Some of the pro-KBRA stars in the trailer are KBRA supporters: Klamath Water Users Association / KWUA Executive Director Greg Addington,  Becky Hyde from off Project, former KWUA president Steve Kandra, Kurt Thomas from KBRT/Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, and others. "A River Between Us” is a “call to action on behalf of the largest restoration project in American history.” " 'We don’t draw the conclusion for anybody,' Atkinson said."  KBC's Negotiation Page identifies involvement of  KBRT and KWUA, The Nature Conservancy, Off Project Becky Hyde, and Klamath Tribes when this group was trying to give 690,000 acres of the Winema/Fremont National Forest to the Klamath Tribe. Here is an example of a meeting in 2003 Negotiation.  After thousands of petitions against that deal, in 2010 closed-door meetings (with more tribes and environmental groups) gave birth to the KBRA/Klamath Hydrodam-removal deal and gift of 92,000 acres of private forest land to the tribes plus millions of $.

Two groundwater rules meetings open to the public, H&N 1/15/15
       * Today’s open house at Oregon Tech begins at 4 p.m., and the hearing starts at 6 p.m.

       * Residents can learn about and comment on proposed groundwater rules at two meetings this week.
    
  * Tomorrow’s meetings run from 8 to 11 a.m. (Friday January 16, 2015

* Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, townhall meeting at 3:30 Saturday Jan. 17th in the College Union at Oregon Institute of Technology

< (Tulelake) Pelican Pointe resident turns 108:  ‘I just take things as they come,’ says Nelle Takacs, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15  HERE for our People Page

Commission backs Clear Lake water storage study.  Cost, feasibility, other questions raised as major roadblocks, H&N 1/15/15.


New wolf activity confirmed west of Klamath Falls; animal sighted in the Keno Unit, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15. HERE for KBC Wolf Page

< Batkid documentary to show Jan. 24. Story of Miles Scott’s wish reaches far beyond his Tulelake home, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15  HERE for our People Page

Work on Basin’s water policy results in division, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15

Basin snowpack at 37 percent of normal; No predictions for irrigation season, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15
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The current storage is 283,000 acre-feet. Average storage is 275,000 acre-feet."

Dams prove sticking point in water accord by Harvey Houston, H&N letter to the editor, posted to KBC 1/15/15

Isaiah 48:12-16: Listen to Me, O Jacob, and Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, and I am also the Last. Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has stretched out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand together. All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear!  Who among them has declared these things?  The Lord loves him; He shall do His pleasure on Babylon and His arm shall be against the Chaldeans.  I, even I, have spoken; Yes I have called him, I have brought him, and his way will prosper.  Come near to Me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there.  And now the Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me." sent from Frank Tallerico  1/11/15

Herald and News, pro-KBRA newspaper, today published a 6-page promotion of the Klamath "Agreements" which destroy four Klamath River hydro dams, plant endangered fish in the warm Klamath Lake, permanently retire prime farmland, give Klamath Tribes land that they previously sold plus millions of dollars, control surface and groundwater, and assure farmers that they will have 'predictable' water. The definition of predictable is, the rulers on a certain spring day will let the farmers know if, and how much, water they will allow them to use of their own deeded water every spring so they can plan accordingly:
* WATER LINE - Klamath Basin Agreements 1/11/15

KBC NOTE: Several of our readers have asked us if the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement  has been extended past the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline. Changes in the 2012 KBRA Amendment allows for extensions: Amendment to the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Page 3, 7.6.1. Cure for Potential Termination Event, it previously read that the KBRA would terminate, which was replaced by the words "be terminable."

Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement/KBRA: Water accord bill reintroduced to Senate. Bill has been renamed as SB 133, H&N 1/10/15. HERE for KBRA page: documents, articles, videos, Who's Who, letters

(Japanese) Writ of mandamus against City of Tulelake is unjust, by Rudy Hiley, letter to the editor of Herald and News 1/10/15(see KBC webpage: Japanese demand for Tulelake 1000-acre monument)

Matthew 1:18-23  "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.  But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  'And she will bring fourth a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus (meaning Savior), for He will save His people from their sins." So all of this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Behold  the virgin shall be with child and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God is with us."

* COMMENT BY Dec 31 - Fee increases proposed at Lava Beds National Monument. Public feedback will play major role in decision-making process, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14

Psalm 20:7-9  "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord God. They have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stand upright. SAVE,  LORD!  May the king answer us when we call." sent from Frank Tallerico

Tulelake Irrigation District special meeting 12/19/14 at TID office 10 a.m: vote by acreage rather than one vote per person, change director's eligibility, water measurement, and change district boundaries.

*Comments due Crater Lake fee hike by 12/22/14

Irrigation water block is no guarantee for Basin by Tom Mallams Klamath County Commissioner for Herald and News 12/16/14. "In the Dec. 13 Herald and News, I was incorrectly quoted as saying there is a “guaranteed” block of water for Project irrigators in the proposed water agreements. I have never said this. I have consistently said they only “claim” or “attempt” to have a guaranteed block of water for Project irrigators..."

Water pact failure results from history of bad choices, by Maudie Smith, Klamath Falls, letter to H&N 12/14/14. "I believe we’ve gotten to this point because of a long-term effort to secure tribal funding at the expense of agriculture..."

Sen. Doug Whitsett receives award for geothermal advocacy, H&N 12/14/15

Letter from Klamath Falls City Councilman Bill Adams to Congressman Walden, Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden, posted to KBC 12/16/14. "...While their is mixed support by members of our agricultural community, I believe it is only because they have their backs against the wall.  The majority of this community does not support this bill because it requires Dam Removal.  This was shown by the election of all three County Commissioners who have opposed the KBRA and recently sent you a letter opposing SB2379..."

Psalm 20:1-6 "May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. May He grant you according to your heart's desire; We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up banners! Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand." sent from Frank Tallerico 12/7/14

Pearl Harbor



12/7/14 - On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (article by oathkeepers.org. 

KBC News Page of Japanese demand for Tulelake land


 

 

Velma Robison tells how they felt the day
their irrigation water was shut off in 2001, comparing
it to Pearl Harbor Day.


Velma and Fred Robison, 1947, when they won their
homestead.

photo by Anders Tomlinson, of Fred and Velma Robison in
2001.  Velma holds Reclamation ERA magazine of 1947.

* COMMENT BY Dec 31 - Fee increases proposed at Lava Beds National Monument. Public feedback will play major role in decision-making process, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14

* Calif. State water Board comment period Dec. 21, 2014 of proposed amendment to water quality control policy for Clean Water Act.

* North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board staff is looking for public comments for the Basin Plan by January 9, 2015 This plan will regulate and fee your water discharge.

Water bill stalls in Congress. House won’t sign off on the legislation, H&N 12/7/14

SENATE BILL 2379 - Adams, Kellstrom differ on reaction to water accord. (Klamath Falls) Councilman opposes dam removal, supports bill’s intent, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14.

Council votes to back water pact with letter. 3-2 vote will send document before congressional debate, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14.
KBC Note: In Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallam's presentation to City Council, he cautioned them not to support the SB2379 legislation for the KBRA since it not only would destroy four hydropower dams, but also being discussed by the KBRA stakeholders and Karuk spokesman Craig Tucker regards destroying Keno Dam, which would eliminate Lake Ewauna and much of the water used for Klamath Reclamation Project. Klamath Water Users Association director Greg Addington had also attended the KBRA stakeholders' meetings and denied there was discussion about Keno Dam destruction. Here is previously
circulated agenda of a KBRA secret PAIL meeting including mention of Keno and Link River Dams removal discussions, and "avoid advocating for science..." 1/28/09) {Keno Dam removal and avoiding science are marked by KBC with ** in link above}
HERE is Video with Karuk spokesman Craig Tucker speaking of Keno Dam destruction, and Klamath farmer's being the enemy. HERE for GreenCorp-trained Tucker biography.

More water needs to be allocated for agriculture, by Brandon Criss, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 1, posted to KBC 12/7/14. "Eighty percent of Siskiyou County and 77 percent of the Tulelake basin voted no on dam removal. When dams are a Klamath County campaign issue, pro-dam candidates have consistently won. With the dams in place, we are seeing record runs of Klamath River salmon. Tearing out existing hydropower dams that have proven benefits for fish,   Basin agriculture, and this past summer’s firefighting efforts is no solution."
 

Statistics show loss and gain of Oregon farmland varies by region. The amount of land in farms in Oregon fell slightly to 16,301,578 acres in 2012, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14. "Klamath County reported a whopping 21 percent decrease in number of farms..."

Task force: Tighten Oregon rules on dredging for gold, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14

* Agenda for Klamath City Council meeting 12/1/14, 4 p.m. at City Hall, 500 Klamath Ave. Senator Wyden's staff has asked the Klamath Falls City Council to pass a resolution supporting his legislation, Senate Bill 2379, on the KBRA. On P. 65 of agenda is SB2379
Page 91:
( 1) The On-Project Plan and Power for Water Management Fund, to be administered by the Bureau of Reclamation (2) The Water Use Retirement and Off-Project Reliance fund, to be administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, (3) The Klamath Drought Fund, to be administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. KBC Note: NFWF is funded by Heinz Family Foundation, HWBuckner Charitable Trust, Howard Heinz Endowment, Surdna Foundation, Bullitt Foundation. Please follow the links: they support Zero Population, Wildlands Project, Earthjustice (attorneys for the environmental groups in the KBRA), Tides, Nature Conservancy, Wilderness Society, Greenpeace, Climate Trust, Ecotrust, Endangered Species Coalition,  many dozens more...

* Klamath County Commissioners' Special Work Session
VIDEO from November 21:  http://www.viddler.com/v/27e3aca2  This meeting included public comment regarding the commissioners sending the following joint letter to the U.S. Senate regarding the Klamath Agreements, and the commissioners' responses.

Controversy means new water pact is necessary, Herald and News letter to the editor by Wilma Heiney, Tulelake, posted to KBC 11/30/14."

Commissioners make good on election vows. H&N letter to the editor by Loren and Laura Little, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 11/30/14

Bi-State Alliance page

Joint letter from Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing SB2379 - Klamath River Dam Removal and Klamath "Agreements", posted to KBC 11/30/14. "The Commissioners of Klamath County, Oregon, and the Supervisors of Siskiyou County, California -- the elected officials representing two thirds of the Klamath River Watershed -- strongly oppose Senate Bill 2379...."

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

RERUN - Why Willamette Valley farmers should watch Klamath Falls' water rights fight, Statesman Journal, reposted to KBC 11/29/14. “This is, in my opinion, a blueprint to shut down wells whenever and wherever they want ... This is not just a Klamath Basin issue. This is a state issue. This is a national issue.”

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 -
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, PRESS RELEASE / PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
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
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Prop 1 Water Storage Bond Facts by Rex Cozzalio October 26, 2014
* Prop 1 Stop the Pork by Rex Cozzalio
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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.”

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.

For September 2014 chronological news, see Archive 148
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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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