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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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KBC NEWS

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

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

Former Klamath County Commissioner Tom MallamsLocal rancher, Tom Mallams, challenging well shutdown, H&N, posted to KBC 7/26/17. "...Mallams has petitioned Marion County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hart to overturn OWRD’s order because it’s “not supported by substantial evidence” as required by Oregon law..." KBC NOTE: Tom Mallams told KBC News he has not been interviewed by Herald and News or Capital Press regarding this matter within the past two years.

BOR acting commissioner tours Basin; New biological opinion, future of water agreements considered, H&N, posted to KBC 7/26/17

Interior Secretary Zinke to meet with local (Klamath Falls) officials Saturday, (regarding Obama's monument expansion, OC&E land act, and water negotiations,) 7/14/17

Ranchers fume as ‘Rainbow Family’ set to camp on federal land in Oregon, H&N, posted to KBC 7/14/17. "He said the “takeover of federal ground” is no different than the Bundy group’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters...."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/14/17, Bills: Cap and Trade, Commodities, Labor ( requires employers to demand search warrants or subpoenas for ICE enforcement and to notify the Labor Commissioner and employees and their representatives about ICE enforcement and its results), Natural Resources ( would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as were in place on January 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent), ( would make several changes to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) ), Transportation, Water (more requirements and demands).

POSTED TO KBC 7/11/17
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Chrysten Lambert: Klamath River Compact Commission, former Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust director, and current Trout Unlimited Water Project Director
* Chrysten Lambert, Obama Appointee for Federal Representative, Klamath River Compact Commission 2/5/15
Lambert, Jim Root's daughter, was former director of KBRT / Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust. KBRT merged with Trout Unlimited, so now Lambert is director of TU Water Project
* NOTE: Jim Root biography: President KBRT / Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, Board of Directors National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, owner international company Sobroso Company, international consultant, chairman of the Crater Lake National Park Trust, secretary treasurer for Klamath dam-removal group Klamath River Renewal (along with attorney Richard Collins-Roos and others)
* Klamath Basin Rangeland trust: Water savings less than hoped in payment effort, H&N 2/22/04
* Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust and Trout Unlimited announce merger, award of $7.6M from NRCS to support partnerships with agriculture in upper Klamath Basin, Trout Unlimited 2/18/16. "Chrysten Lambert, formerly of KBRT and now Director of TU (Trout Unlimited) Oregon Water Project"
* Articles regarding former KBRT closed door meetings in the Klamath Basin
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Trout Unlimited Run by Wall Street Banks & Energy Giants, and Klamath Basin Crisis: Farmers Know Trout Unlimited All Too Well, by Toni Thayer April 29, 2014, Watching-the-Watchers.com. "One day you're farming, minding your own business, and life's good. The next day, and for the following nine years, you're fighting thieves who want your property and your livelihood. Using junk science and lots of propaganda, the thieves band together in meetings to hammer out the details of stealing your property and divvying it up amongst themselves. And you, the lawful property owner, are only one against the massive den of thieves."
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Trout Unlimited was a "stakeholder" in the Klamath dam-removal water agreements: http://klamathbasincrisis.org/settlement/stakeholders/list010810.htm

Bills moving through Congress: House Natural Resource Meeting 6/27 for Mark Up of Bills - Important! posted to KBC 6/26/17. Proposed Federal Land acquisitions, etc.

Action Alert! SB 252 Hampers Progress of SGMA / Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, 6/26/17, California Farm Bureau Federation  6/26/17

Why California gun owners may be breaking the law on July 1, Sac Bee 6/26/17.

Democrats vs Republicans in Salem's Senate; "Salem's priorities are twisted", Sen. Alan Olsen 6/26/17.

Dems kill Republicans' effort to safeguard academic faculty from being exploited by thuggish Unions, Senator Dennis Linthicum 6/26/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/23/17, posted to KBC 6/26/17. California Beef Commission assessment, rodent control, 'Call Before You Dig,' employers to provide 1q2 weeks parental leave to bond with baby, vineyard assessment, exemption for Cal/OSHA regulations from regulatory assessment, water diversions, irrigation ponds, mandate for new water well permit applicants.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/16/17, posted to KBC 6/26/17:
a record high $183.2 billion state budget, BOE reforms that eliminate checks and balances, oversight, and accountablilty, dam safety, new well permit requirements.

"Brown AWOL on veterans issues" by Oregon State Senator Kim Thatcher 6/12/17

Water adjudication: Wogan hears exceptions to state's decree, H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17.

Water discord: Upper Basin ranchers seek solution with Tribes, and A long family history on the homestead H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17

Permanent ban on suction dredging passes Oregon House, H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17.

Reclamation cancels water surges on Klamath River, H&N, posted to KBC 6/12/17.

Letters opposing the National Park Service (NPS)-preferred  Alternative Plan C to develop the WWII Japanese Relocation Camp. With the current lawsuit by the Japanese Tule Lake Committee against our Tulelake Airport, Modoc County, and City of Tulelake, NPS encouraging tours to be conducted on the airport throughout the day, efforts to buy more land for their monument, etc, our community opposes the NPS multimillion $ plan to develop 1400 acres already acquired for their monument.
*Letter from U.S. Congressman LaMalfa to National Park Service regarding Alternatives for developing WWII Japanese Relocation Camp, Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (GMP/EA) posted 5/29/17.
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Letter from Modoc County to NPS regarding Alternatives for WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA, posted 5/29/17
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Letter from Siskiyou County to National Park Service regarding Alternatives for developing WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA posted 5/29/17
* Letter from Macys Flying Service, Tulelake, to their community regarding NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp
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Letter from Tulelake Growers Association to National Park Service regarding Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (GMP/EA) posted 5/29/17.
* Letter from Tulelake Irrigation District to National Park Service regarding Alternatives for developing WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA posted 5/29/17
* Letter from City of Tulelake to NPS regarding Alternatives for WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA, posted 5/29/17
* HERE for KBC News Japanese relocation camp/Tulelake airport page

*Tule Lake Committee website, where our community of WWI and WWII veterans and their families are called "white supremists." 

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review, posted to KBC 5/29/17. Welcome to California! " would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as were in place on January 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent...", "...requires employers to demand search warrants for ICE enforcement and to notify the Labor Commissioner and employees and their representatives about ICE enforcement and its results. Penalties for violations would range from $10,000 to $25,000 per violation," "... restricts employers’ efforts to ascertain a job applicant’s past criminal history and elect to not hire the applicant due to that history,"  "requires an employer with 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to provide 12 weeks of protected parental leave to bond with a new child after that child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement," " would create a state-operated single-payer universal health insurance program intended to provide health care to all California residents," "would expand the extraordinary values, such as scenic, recreational, fishery, wildlife, historical, cultural, geological, ecological, hydrological, botanical, or other similar values to preserve rivers in their free-flowing state designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act."

Tulelake Irrigation District well water levels, posted to KBC 5/28/17

Titus 3 1-7

160K acres covered in Klamath 'Takings' class action, H&N, posted to KBC 5/28/17.

Upper Basin water: Talk or litigate? Which? Let's talk, by Randall Kizer for H&N, posted to KBC 5/28/17. "The Wood River’s bank are full of water and, yet, the valley’s irrigators are shut off due to a call of (Klamath) tribal instream water rights...We agreed to just about everything the Tribes demanded...upper basin landowners have agreed to retire thousands of acres of irrigated land and built thousands of feet of fencing along streams, rivers and creeks...The Tribes are angry. They were promised funds for economic development, land in the Mazama Forest and dam removal in the KBRA..."

(Klamath) Tribes call for agreement termination, H&N, posted to KBC 5/28/17. "At a minimum, Gentry said any framework for a settlement proposal must adequately address treaty resource reintroduction, restoration and protection resulting in sustainable and harvestable treaty resources that will support the meaningful exercise of treaty rights. 'This must include return of homelands and co-management of land and resources that affect treaty resources...' "
* Klamath Tribes Negative Notice sent to Department of Interior to end Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, UKBCA
* Upper Klamath irrigators response to Klamath Tribes Negative Notice sent to DOI to end UKBCA 4/28/17.

Increased flows from lake expected for Klamath River, H&N, posted to KBC 5/28/17. "Karuk Tribe and Oregon State University researchers take samples from four different sites along the Klamath River on a weekly basis to determine the number of parasites per liter, according to Bottcher..."

Water deliveries begin at Crater Lake, H&N, posted to KBC 5/28/17.
Crater Lake National ParkChiloquin to sell water to Crater Lake, 2.5 million gallons, H&N, posted to KBC 5/12/17.  Crater Lake water is shut off "...by a call on water made by the Klamath Tribes...the city council agreed to sell water to the park for $0.015 per gallon, an estimated total cost of $37,500 during May and June...6,000-gallon trucks would make the trip to and from the park an estimated eight to 10 times per day...The city reserved the discretion to extended water sales through July and August as needed."

Crater Lake to ship water starting next week, "...$400,000 to haul water.." "...Rim Drive may not open until mid-June due to higher-than-average snow levels..." H&N 5/12/17
Crater Lake to haul water for visitors, Delivery costs top $400,000 for May, June, H&N, posted to KBC 5/7/17. "..Under the Treaty of 1864, the Klamath Tribes have the right to hunt, fish, trap and gather on former reservation land. The Klamath Tribes have legally determined claims that provide for in-stream flows sufficient for the protection of riparian habitat during spring runoff months."
KBC NOTE: The Klamath Tribes sold their reservation. This year was above average snow, and the rivers flooded.

Wolf opponents, proponents face off in Portland, H&N, posted to KBC 5/28/17.

From Frank Tallerico: Paul's letter to the Philippians 4:8-9: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." Happy Mother's Day

A recurring theme was the fear the Japanese-American group opposing fencing of the Tulelake Airport might try to incorporate expansion of the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument with legislation re-designating Lava Beds...The committee recently refiled a lawsuit against Modoc County for plans to develop a fence around the Tule Lake Airport."  "Mickey Gimmel, Pit River Tribe chairman, mostly focused his sometimes angry comments on concerns about the Medicine Lake Highlands, which border the park and have been considered for geothermal development. “You better take us seriously and talk to us,” he barked. “We can be in opposition or we could be with you.”

'In the judge's hands now,' Attorneys deliver closing arguments in (Klamath 2001 Water) 'Takings' case, H&N, posted to KBC 5/12/17.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/12/17. Millions of $ to State Water Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Cal Fire,  "Governor is proposing a significant increase in funds to cover the cost of Proposition 64 (recreational cannabis legalization) implementation." $94.6 Million, $3M to promote California Grown, minimum salary overtime increase, "significant new mandates on agricultural water suppliers, costing districts hundreds of millions of dollars..." well permit mandates.....

Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

An old injustice won't justify a newer one, H&N letter to editor by David Porter Misso, posted to KBC 5/7/17. "Great news for lawyer fees, thanks to the (Japanese) Tule Lake Committee / TLC and its new and improved lawsuit to shut down our Tulelake Airport and close the largest non-governmental business in this part of Modoc County...The TLC must start working to improve their anti-rural prejudice and help build a top notch educational visitor center..."

Fish over farms — again? We have get back to the table, On April 13, the Klamath Tribes, who have senior instream rights, notified OWRD of a call on the Wood, Sprague and Williamson Rivers and tributaries, including Upper Klamath Marsh...Riparian areas are thriving and current flows are off the charts, making any talk of drought or shortage simply ridiculous... If the tribes call water during one of the highest water years on record, one can safely wonder if their goal is fishing, hunting or other heritage practices?..."

Water call should send message Basin needs a real answer, Area needs congressional help for a long-term plan, H&N View, posted to KBC 5/7/17. "...The local community should accept the fact that an overall settlement isn’t going to happen without a land settlement with the Tribes. Yes, land for water. Accept it and move on..." KBC ANALYSIS: H&N got it right...it's not about fish, it's "land for water". Tribes sold reservation. Tribes will call on irrigation water (like happening in this flood year) until they can get their land given back to them again, and the Klamath hydroelectric dams destroyed. Some call it 'blackmail.'

CALIFORNIA - CFBF Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 5/7/17: restricts an employer’s ability to consider an applicant’s criminal or conviction history in making employment decisions, water measurement, streambed clarification, expand values to preserve rivers in their free-flowing state designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, imposes significant new mandates on agricultural water suppliers, costing districts hundreds of millions of dollars, well permit mandates, drinking water fund...

"Matthew 5:7 - "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

Tribal chairman defends water call, H&N posted to KBC  5/1/17. "Ranchers in the upper basin have criticized the call, claiming they will have a short window to irrigate and water their cattle this spring, and they have no water available the rest of the summer. Some believe this call could put them out of business....“We're just asking for justice,” Gentry said. “We're just trying to hang onto what has been reserved by treaty despite what has happened to us..."

KBC NOTE: The Klamath Tribal members voted to terminate their tribe. $220,647,000 was paid to the Klamath Tribes. Regarding their votes, "There were return receipts signed by each and every member of the Klamath tribe(Unconquered, Uncontrolled, by Carrol Howe). "One Klamath Indian, Edison Chiloquin...refused to accept the payment and demanded land instead..."  

Regulation headed for Wood River, H&N, posted to KBC 5/1/17. “Everybody above the Lower Williamson system, all the way up to Sprague and Sycan and on up into the Williamson itself are effectively regulated..." "snowpack ...ranges anywhere from 130 to 146 percent (in some areas) of average for the water year..."

Tribes Issue Water Claim, Ranchers Fear the Worst, H&N, posted to KBC  5/1/17. "In April 2014, ranchers and the Tribes signed the Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The ranchers agreed to retire 18,000 acres of land or 30,000 acre feet of water and do riparian repair work on the rivers in exchange for an allotment of water each year…At the end of February, the Tribes indicated to the ranchers they wanted to terminate the agreement..."

EXECUTIVE ORDER: REVIEW OF DESIGNATIONS UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES ACT by President Donald Trump 4/27/17. "The review of monuments to reverse goes back 10 years and designations must have been over 100,000 acres.  Congressman LaMalfa will be meeting with Secretary Zinke April 26,"  LaMalfa rep Erin Ryan.
President Obama's expansion of National Monuments in Oregon and California January 2017

Naked and Poor, April 2017 Newsletter by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum - District 28. "Our real problem is that government growth has outpaced revenue growth by the $1.8B shortfall."

List of 15 regulations to be repealed; 11 alone will save $10 billion, Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader, posted to KBC  5/1/17.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 5/1/17. WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA! "...would create individual facility GHG emissions caps and empower the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish “no-trade zones” and facility declining caps; forbids an employer from granting federal immigration enforcement authorities access to their place of business without a search warrant or providing employee-related records to federal immigration enforcement authorities without a subpoena. It requires an employer to provide notice to employees of known future enforcement action by a federal immigration agency;  would create a state-operated single-payer universal health insurance program intended to provide health care to all California residents. SB 562 includes no mechanism to pay for this program. SB 562 passed the Senate Health Committee on a 5-2 vote;  would have imposed a state inheritance tax if the federal inheritance tax law is repealed;  would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies that were in place on January 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent; new mandates on agricultural water suppliers, costing districts hundreds of millions of dollars


EPA Disregard for "WOTUS" Prior Converted Cropland Exclusion Kills Ag Jobs and Contributes to National Security Risk, Canada Free Press by Laurence Kogan, posted to KBC 5/1/17

Wolf foes, friends have their say, Citizens speak out about wolf management at ODFW hearing, H&N posted to KBC 5/1/17. SEND COMMENTS

Matthew 4:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."

OWRD responds to Tribes' call on (Klamath) water, H&N, posted to KBC 4/23/17. "I’m very disappointed that this call has been initiated by the Klamath Tribes and validated by the Oregon Water Resources Department at a time when our rivers are literally running over their banks,” (State Rep. E. Werner) Reschke said in a statement. “This decision negatively impacts farmers and ranchers up and down the basin and defies conventional logic. Oregonians lose when we allow one group to exercise exorbitant control over the rights of others..."

(Klamath) Tribal water call: 'Devastating.' Ranchers in the upper basin react to water call, H&N, posted to KBC 4/23/17.

Oregon wolf management plan, Finding balance with a new apex predator, H&N posted to KBC 4/23/17. "...The state documented 64 wolves at the end of 2013, and a minimum of 112 by the end of 2016, including 11 packs and eight breeding pairs..." "The draft plan requires three confirmed depredations or one confirmed and four “probable” attacks within a 12 month period. The previous standard was two confirmed depredations or one confirmed and three attempted attacks, with no time period set...The groups also believe ODFW should continue collaring wolves, and should set a population cap for wolves in Oregon. Without a benchmark, 1we will not be able to tell when wolves have reached their natural carrying capacity' in the state, the Farm Bureau said... ranchers’ views aren’t reflected in the draft plan...' "

US Food Security and Farmers’ Livelihoods at Stake in “Waters of the US” Rule Rewrite, WLF by Lawrence A. Kogan, posted to KBC 4/23/17.

Lava Beds deserves to be a national park, H&N, posted to KBC 4/23/17. "...The National Park Service is also adding another historical aspect to the local area with development of the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which is being administered by personnel at the Lava Beds. It will include remnants of the Tule Lake Segregation Center and Camp Tulelake, in which Japanese Americans were forcibly interned after World War II began...."

!! Lava Beds tour May 10, 2 pm regarding National Monument designation change

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Klamath Tribes make call on Upper Klamath water, Water Resources Department, Klamath Falls April 14, posted to KBC 4/17/17. "Klamath Tribes have notified OWRD of a call (request) for water on the Sprague, Williamson, and Wood Rivers and tributaries, and the Klamath Marsh..."
    FROM MARCH 2017: Flows from Upper Klamath increase amid flood mitigation, Sprague River remains high, H&N, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "... the local snowpack is 113 percent of normal...No evacuations have yet been ordered as high waters along the Sprague River flow downstream, posing minor flood threats to properties in the Chiloquin and Sprague River areas." Flooding possible along Sprague River, H&N posted to KBC 3/25/17

Klamath Basin water year looks promising, H&N, posted to KBC 4/17/17. "...It’s looking like there will be full deliveries of water to the Klamath Basin water users...As of April 1, the snowpack was 122 percent of average and the total precipitation was 139 percent of average, the bureau said... 'Collaboration has been a successful model for solving problems in the Klamath Basin and biological opinion consultation should not be an exception to that.' ...

The Klamath Project’s 2017 Operations Plan is available at https://on.doi.gov/2pqXcgn  If you encounter problems accessing the document, call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov

***Wolf report review slated for ODFW meeting April 21, followed by: Wolf numbers continue to rise in Klamath County, PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ABOUT MANAGEMENT PLANH&N, posted to KBC 4/17/17. "Information about the meeting agenda, wolf survey results and the revised draft wolf management plan are available at http://bit.ly/2p57Zxv "

Signs of change: Congressional aides visit Lava Beds, H&N, posted to KBC 4/17/17: "...ongoing efforts to rally Congressional support for having Lava Beds redesignated as a national park...a second meeting is planned for 2 p.m., May 10, again beginning at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds office in Tulelake, with a longer tour of Lava Beds, possibly including a cave visit..."

Irrigators file lawsuit over Klamath refuge restrictions, H&N from Capital Press 4/13/17. "The Tulelake Irrigation District, Klamath Water Users Association, Tulelake Growers Association and three private farms have now filed a complaint against the agency, arguing that plans for the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath refuges violate federal laws."

Tule Lake Committee re-files airport fencing lawsuit, H&N 4/13/17. KBC brief overview: Indians dwelled in this region, including where our Tulelake Airport is, for hundreds or more years. It was farmed since the turn of the century. For four years, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were relocated to Newell, within the Tulelake Basin. Later those who refused to pledge their allegiance to the USA were confined here with their families until the end of WWII, while our local veterans were either fighting in the foreign war or in Japanese POW camps. As with other relocation camps, after the war the camp was removed. In the 1950's the Tulelake Airport was built to service 200x200 / 40,000 square miles of agriculture, along with emergency airlifts, Forest Service wildfire airplane refueling, emergency landings, and to be a regular airport for our basin. In the past several years, the Japanese have acquired over 1400 acres of land to tell their story. They feel over 6000 acres, wherever they walked, is their sacred land. The Japanese Americans and their partners CAIR,  Council on American-Islamic Relations, are encouraging the lawsuit against our county, city and family-run airport, so they can acquire our airport to add to their monument. Our local National Park Service is encouraging their getting onto the airport. The Indians and local communities support our airport and oppose the Japanese expansion of more land. The NPS General Management plan option C, many millions of dollars, was opposed by our communities after the NPS encouraged the Japanese to get onto the airport. Opposition was from the City of Tulelake, Modoc County, Siskiyou County, Tulelake Irrigation District, Tulelake Growers Association, Congressman LaMalfa, and KBC News constituents. The Tule Lake Committee website blasts our White veterans who homesteaded here and us "white supremacist", https://www.tulelake.org . Our community initially looked forward to working together and telling our whole community's history; their lawsuits don't appear to make good neighbors. Japanese vs Tulelake Controversy page

Siskiyou County Supervisors meeting agenda for April 11 , Yreka 3:15. Discussion will continue regarding proposed Siskiyou County Counsel Brad Sullivan.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/11/17. " $52 billion in additional fuel and vehicles taxes, the state’s largest fuel tax in history..." $.20/gallon diesel tax, .12/gal. gas, additional diesel taxes, minimum salary increase, parental leave requirement, ESA changes, expands wild and scenic protections to 1/4 mile on each side of river, streambed and drinking water issues, ......

Tomorrow, April 4th, is vote on proposed Siskiyou County Counsel Brad Sullivan, member of Sierra Nevada Alliance, 4/3/17. Call your Siskiyou County Supervisor, or, attend meeting. Sierra Nevada Alliance is anti-dams, anti-mining.

Top 10 Stupidest New Laws in California for 2017, by Former California State Assemblyman, posted to KBC 4/3/17. Backpacks for cow farts, felons voting, early release for rape and sex trafficking of minors, legalize child prostitution, ...

Miners Group Urges Reversal of California Mining Ruling by William Perry Pendley, Mountain States Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 4/3/17.

Oregon Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/3/17: pesticide labeling, foresters against HB 3226, EPA Pruitt denies pesticide ban petition, Gov. Brown fires DEQ commissioners, hemp bill, doubling Cascade-Siskiyou Monument, regulation of COW FARTS: "...in addition to smelling bad and causing global warming, cow farts can irritate your eyes, cause memory loss, and even death.

California Farm  Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/3/17. CARB regulations against diesel trucks, " 500% increase in the sales tax collected for diesel," seed and plant labeling requirement, "AB 450 (David Chiu, D-San Francisco) was substantially amended on March 23 to add language forbidding an employer from granting federal immigration enforcement authorities access to their place of business without a search warrant or providing employee-related records to federal immigration enforcement authorities without a subpoena... $10,000 to $25,000 per violation," Cal ESA changes, "...expand the extraordinary values for 1,362 miles of rivers designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It would also expand current protections to include the river and adjacent lands within one-quarter mile on each side of the river," new regulations for new groundwater well permit,...)

James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Installation of measuring devices on streams can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Daily maintenance can add up to thousands of dollars in additional labor costs. The annual reporting, and more often if the Oregon Water Resources Department requests, of 'water amount, rate, and duty' will add thousands of more dollars, annually, in time and additional out-of-pocket expense. 'The inclusion of a $500 civil penalty for each day of violation of the act...' "

Top-notch Deception by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum - District 28, News Ticker Opinion, Wallowa Valley Online, posted to KBC 3/25/17. Linthicum represents Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Deschutes and Crook counties. "If a Democrat House member gets his way, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) will load stiff economic, land and water management problems right into the lap of Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, cattle and dairymen..."

Flows from Upper Klamath increase amid flood mitigation, Sprague River remains high, H&N, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "... the local snowpack is 113 percent of normal...No evacuations have yet been ordered as high waters along the Sprague River flow downstream, posing minor flood threats to properties in the Chiloquin and Sprague River areas."

Sprague River flooding

Flooding possible along Sprague River, H&N posted to KBC 3/25/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "AB 975 would expand the extraordinary values for 1,362 miles of rivers designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, as well as expand current protections to include the river and adjacent lands within one-quarter mile on each side of the river...Farm Bureau opposes as written."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted to KBC 3/25/17. "SB 49 would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as they were on January 1, 2016, or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent..."

Federal agencies work to create water shortages Commentary by Dennis Wyatt, CFBF Ag Alert, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "...As the Army Corps of Engineers was busy trying to juggle releases from Don Pedro not to have a repeat of the 1997 flooding south of Manteca, and 200,000 people were fleeing for their lives when it looked like Oroville Dam might be overwhelmed, the fine bureaucrats at the National Marine Fisheries Service were busy working on the next water shortage..."

Ranchers oppose cuts to wolf compensation, predator control, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/21/17.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against grazing on eight Oregon allotments, Oregonian, posted to KBC 3/21/17. "A federal judge has rejected environmentalist arguments that cattle grazing has unlawfully harmed endangered sucker fish in Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest." 

Worst Klamath chinook run on record forecast, management option could close vast swath of fishery, Oregonian, posted to KBC 3/21/17.

Rethink (dam) Removal, The Malibu Times letter to the editor, posted to KBC 3/21/17. "The rationale for spending $160 million or so over eight years to bring down the dam and cart off the silt behind it: To allow Steelhead trout to swim another 10 miles upstream in Malibu Creek. (That is about $1.6 million per fish, I figure.)"

Judge rules groups can intervene in Cascade-Siskiyou lawsuit, H&N, posted to KBC 3/21/17

Thousands of irrigators could be eligible to join 'takings' suit. Forms must be submitted for compensation, posted to KBC 3/14/17

KID rejoins KWUA after a year's absence, H&N, posted to KBC 3/3/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/3/17. SB 50 would prohibit the filing or recording of a deed for property sold by the federal government unless the State Lands Commission is provided the right of first refusal to purchase the land or the right to arrange for the transfer of property to another entity. Over $3billion for trails and land acquisitions etc. Mandate for Calif. to enforce Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and ESA. Permanent taxes and fees to raise $5.5billion. Gas, diesel and vehicle registration tax,

Comments due Feb 28 NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp

Comments due Feb 27, Monday, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Water Code 10720, regarding should City of Tulelake, Siskiyou County, Modoc County, and TID each become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). We have been given no previous information on the pros and cons, however comments are due tomorrow at the informational meeting or to be received tomorrow by mail.
Meetings: Tulelake 10am Feb 27 at firehall, 1 PM Tulelake Airport.
Link to California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014: recommendations for preventing and resolving groundwater conflicts, such as groundwater adjudication, management fees, legal and policy issues, "property rights reform", tiered pricing vs pumping tax, pros and cons. One interesting quote p 28: "State board needs to provide real and concrete threat of state takeover and criteria that will cause it." Another link for information--mentions possible tribal control of management.  http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/pdfs/Proposed_GSP_Regs_2016_05_10.pdf  

Letter from Macys Flying Service, Tulelake, to their community regarding
NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp Includes where to send comments.

Increased flows begin at Link River Dam, H&N, posted to KBC 2/26/17
See how full area reservoirs are:   www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/klamath/teacup.html

Tule Lake Unit, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument comments by Rudy Hiley February 26, 2017

Transcribed VIDEO - Klamath County Board of Commissioners Meeting 2/14/17, Reaffirmation that the Klamath County Board of Commissioners opposes Klamath Dam Removal, posted to KBC 2/25/17.

George Takei sets phaser to ‘American Spring,’ calls for revolution against Trump, Washington Times 2/27/17.
George Takei, filmmaker/actor, 'Stop the Fence Tulelake', opposes erecting a security fence around our airport in Tulelake which services from Chiloquin, Oregon to Susanville, CA, 40,000 square miles for rural agriculture land. Takei just released films in 400 cities (NOT the Klamath Basin) on life in the relocation camp in Tulelake after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Presently there is a lawsuit to stop the fence, and the Japanese want our airport gone so they can eventually develop the camp where they lived for four years.

Stop Scaring People George Takei 11/21/16 Breitbart. "Star Trek icon George Takei recently sent me — and perhaps thousands of other people — an email on behalf of the Democratic Party, under the subject “Japanese internment. The purpose of the spam is to scare liberals into donating to the Democrats, on the theory that President-elect Donald Trump is planning to round up Muslims in the same way..."

What is being proposed is a “Taking” pure and simple. NPS encroaching onto the Tule Lake airport and the advocation group involved are an overreach on the part of NPS, letter to KBC News by Werner Hoyt, posted to KBC 2/25/17

BRING ON OVER 4000 NEW CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS/MANDATES! California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 2/24/17. "The tally for this year is a total of 2,495 bills introduced with the Senate producing 808 bills and the Assembly with 1,687 bills..." Climate change policies, mandate where prisons and schools buy food, OSHA, prohibits employers to enquire about job applicant's criminal history (murder?, rape?, child molestation?, robbery?) paid 12-16 weeks parental leave, safe harbor, water storage, ...

Klamath 'Takings' trial adjourns, H&N 2/15/17. "The two-week trial started on Jan. 30 at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, within walking distance of the White House. More than 20 irrigators or those representing the interests of irrigators testified during the trial of their losses in 2001 when water was shutoff to benefit endangered fish downstream."

Water decisions are not making any sense, by former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, H&N, posted to KBC 2/20/17. "The irony of this is so obvious. The rivers are at flood stage or very near it, and OWRD finally lifts the tribal call on the water...This applies to all uses on the listed water right, including stock water, and domestic...surface water, (rivers, creeks and springs), and ground water, (wells). Most all of the rights list irrigation as a listed use." "...A single judge and our federal government send extra water down the Klamath River for fish in the middle of a flood. You would certainly think a flood event would contain enough water for any fish needs, including flush or pulse flows. It is absolutely necessary that logic and true science drive the decisions critical to the survival of our local economies..."

Counties sue to overturn monument expansion, followed by Two lumber companies sue over monument expansion H&N, posted to KBC 2/20/19. "Filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., the suit claims former President Barack Obama did not have the authority to include roughly 48,000 acres of designated timberland in the expansion, which affected land in Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou County in California."

California - Minimum wage, truck exemption among new laws, CFBF, posted to KBC 2/20/17.

Groups seek changes in how national monuments begin, CFBF AgAlert, posted to KBC 2/20/17.

Judge mandates more irrigation water down Klamath River during flood, Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News, posted 2/20/17

Klamath River floods as Jerry Brown set to tear down dams, Breitbart, posted to KBC 2/18/17. "The un-noticed Klamath River, even with its dam system still in place, is expected to flood and potentially cause serious damage to the North Coast when the rains hit. If four of the seven dams were already torn down, the flood and destruction from the Klamath River would likely have been be epic."

Pulse flow curbed in wake of downstream concerns, H&N, posted to KBC 2/18/17. KBC note: Tribes and environmental groups sought court order to take 100,000 acre feet of water from Klamath Irrigator storage to wash a parasite out of the river on an already high water year.  Tribes saw their homes might get wet. "In the Happy Camp area, where river water levels were reaching the highway, residents were getting nervous...Due to the danger looming downstream and terribly high water levels just from the run-off from the river and side hills, we decided to scale back."

No major losses reported due to Sprague flooding, H&N, posted to KBC 2/18/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/17/17. Includes rodent control, Calif. farm product buyer mandates, funding of the Open Space Subvention program,  more than a dozen water measures, Cal State Water Resources Control Board mandates, regulations for stockponds, and MORE.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/10/17. Blackbird regulations, Spotted Owl issues, water rights fees, groundwater management, well permits, access to affordable water....

Matthew 10:8 - "Freely you have received; freely give."

Reclamation pulls back on water releases, H&N 2/11/17.

Bureau to release Klamath water pulse Friday, H&N 2/10/17.

PRESS RELEASE: 2/9/17 - Statement From Representative Werner Reschke On Federal Court Decision Related To Klamath River.

Court orders extra water to protect salmon, H&N 2/9/17. "...The Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), Klamath Riverkeeper and the Hoopa Valley Tribe sought a court order to compel the Bureau of Reclamation to manage river flows to protect juvenile Coho salmon. The case was heard last week. “Mismanagement of Klamath River flows below four major dams led to an outbreak of disease from a parasite called C. shasta in more than 90 percent of sampled juvenile salmon in 2015 and nearly that many in 2014,” according to a press release from EarthJustice.org... According to court documents, the defendants claim the proposed flows will require withholding more than 100,000 acre-feet of water from the irrigation districts that rely on water for agriculture in the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Water Users and the Klamath Irrigation District, and others on the project, filed as interveners on behalf of the federal agencies in the case. Scott White, director for the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA), said he had not seen the order yet, but bemoaned the fact that the issue was not resolved at the negotiating table..."

KBC NOTE: Earthjustice is funded by George Soros.  "...Earthjustice was founded as the "Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund" in 1971.This group seeks to place severe restrictions on how U.S. land and waterways may be used. It opposes most mining and logging initiatives, commercial fishing businesses, and the use of motorized vehicles in undeveloped areas....Earthjustice has provided free legal representation to more than 600 client organizations."
  
Former Earthjustice clients: PCFFA, Klamath Riverkeeper (board members are Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribal Spokesman and Leaf Hillman, Karuk Counsel President, Yurok Tribal member Frankie Meyers and Klamath Tribal member David Taylor), PCFFA founded IFR. The Yurok Tribe, PCFFA, IFR, and Karuk Tribe were "friends" / "stakeholders" of KWUA, and claimed to support Klamath farmers in the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Yet in a 2011 video Tucker called the Klamath farmers "enemies", and pledged to work to destroy Keno Dam after the other Klamath River hydro dams are destroyed.

PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation to Release Water Below Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns in Klamath River, Bureau of Reclamation 2/9/17

(Klamath) Irrigators testify to their losses, Trial results could be wide-ranging, H&N 2/5/17. " 'I refer personally to it as Black Friday,' Horsley said."

Prayer in the Whitehouse, posted 2/4/17.

***2/4/17 - Comments are due Feb 28, 2017 for development of the WWII Japanese relocation camp near Tulelake, the NPS / National Park Service’s  GMP / General Management Plan.  Approximately 67 concerned citizens and government employees attended the Jan. 18 meeting in Tulelake, by far the largest turnout of all the recent meetings Lava Beds National Monument Superintendent Larry Whalon has held from Washington to LA. This plan will affect every person and business in the Tulelake basin. Most all those who spoke opposed expansion of the already-acquired 1300 acres of land..."
   Included are notes from Tulelake public meeting and comments,
       and links to:
* Whalon's meeting video in San Jose with Japanese Americans
* Macy's Flying Service's letter to support Plan A
*
articles and documents with Tule Lake Committee board of director members and their affiliations, and their partnerships with CAIR / Council on American-Islamic Relations

Who's Who in Japanese-American Tule Lake committee, and documentation of Japanese American ties to Muslim “terrorist group” CAIR,  2/4/17. A few of the articles include:
* Muslims and Japanese Americans Take 11th Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar WWII Detention Camp
* Larry Whalon, superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, asks Manzanar committee (CAIR partner) for comments on Tule Lake Management Plan
* John Kerry tried to remove CAIR from terror list
* The importance of a multifaith movement for Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans today.

National Park Service staff step up campaign against Trump, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/17. "The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly interned in camps and parks during World War II..."

Rejection of Nomination of Cong. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary, Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC, letter to Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, posted to KBC 2/4/17.  Many TOPICS INCLUDE: national forests and parks could be transferred into trust for tribes, tribes could exercise water rights based on aboriginal priority date to claim use over all waters flowing through "flowing through deemed 'Indian Forest Lands' at the expense of downstream farmers and ranchers (as is happening in Upper Klamath Basin)," Yurok Tribe lawsuit which would severely curtail Klamath Project and Off-Project irrigators exercise of their water rights, "Zinke has failed to guard America’s back-door against infiltration by lethal terrorists...unguarded 3,987-mile U.S.-Canada border that spans “sovereign” Indian reservations," "the Islamic Government of Turkey also sponsored eight additional tribes with reservations located within 100 miles of a nuclear power plant, a registered nuclear fuel facility or a registered uranium mine or deposit and also a water source,"  "...Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) located..." in same areas as many tribes.
   *
Comments on Western States Constitutional Rights letter to Sen Murkowski by editors
Karla Davenport from iSpyRadio.com, and Captain William E. Simpson, MyOutdoorBuddy.com 2/4/17. Cpt. Simpson also addresses: "...This, in the face of Obama's Islamic resettlement agenda into America, where his team, in strategic cooperation with CAIR, have targeted American cities that have historically been the stronghold cities of American patriots. Cities such as Irvin Texas, Boise Idaho, Twin Falls Idaho and the former iron-belt states, where Islamists have now have garnered significant political control as a result of their population foothold in these, and other cities and states across America..."

Klamath irrigators testify on water shutoff compensation, H&N 2/2/17
Klamath irrigators detail hardships during water shutoff, H&N 2/1/17
Walden talks about 'takings' case, H&N 2/1/17
Testimony opens in 'takings' trial in D.C. Irrigators lay out their case, H&N 1/31/17."...Klamath Irrigation District et al v. the United States and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association / PCFFA and John Anderson Farms, Inc. et al v. United States..." KBC NOTE: And who is PCFFA? They sued: against irrigators being compensated in this takings case, to shut down Calif. suction dredge mining, to force water quality regulations on Klamath irrigators to make naturally mineral laden Klamath Lake and River prestine, petitioned against irrigators keeping their affordable power rate.... Press Release from George Soros-funded Earthjustice and PCFFA in 2005 in takings case.    
     Klamath Water Users Association are now 'friends' of PCFFA in Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, agreeing to destroy Klamath River dams and downsize agriculture. 70-80% of Siskiyou and Klamath County citizens oppose the 'deal.'

Cora Conner, 87, witness to history, dies. Played a role in Mitchell-Japanese bombing tragedy, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/17. "...At age 16, she was on duty at the Bly telephone office on May 5, 1945, when it was learned six people — a minister’s pregnant wife and five young teenagers — were killed when they accidentally detonated a Japanese balloon bomb..."

The New 49ers February Newsletter, 2/4/17. 

Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to State Water Resources Control Board 2/1/17. Comments are due today Feb 1 regarding Klamath River dam destruction and water quality. http://klamathbasincrisis.org/waterquality/waterboards/notices/klamathnop20161222_
dammeetings.pdf

Klamath Dam removal hearing at Yreka draws upset crowd, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "...All essentially spoke in favor of leaving the dams in place, with Ryan stating that LaMalfa had sent her with a message for Siskiyou citizens: “Zinke told me, ‘We don’t pull down dams, we put ‘em up,’” in reference to President Trump’s Interior Secretary pick, Ryan Zinke. The remark was met with cheers from the crowd..."
Water Board scoping meeting for Klamath River Dam destruction in Yreka.. Comments Due 2/1/17

Lon and Nancy Baley Takings caseKlamath irrigators press case this week, H&N, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "Lon and Nancy Baley of Merrill share a moment while discussing the 2001 water crisis on Thursday. Lon left for Washington, D.C. Saturday and will be testifying this week in the Takings case before Judge Marian Horn...'It took a full 10 years … before any high school graduates or college graduates even considered coming back to farm,' Lon said."

Klamath Irrigators to defend cause in 'takings' case, H&N, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "...more than 25 irrigators or those representing them will attend the trial for two consolidated cases, Klamath Irrigation District et al v. United States, and John Anderson Farms et al. v. United States..."

(Klamath) Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights, Daily Caller by California Water Alliance, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "...Judge Blank Horn’s decision establishes a precedent that the takings of Klamath River water from California and Oregon farmers in 2001 were physical acts, not regulatory ones, making them subject to the Fifth Amendment’s unreasonable seizure clause and encumbering the government with the responsibility to pay owners for their losses when they deprive them of their property..."

*** Jim Beers needs letters of recommendation for Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service NOW. Information HERE includes his resume and contact information. KBC Editor Note: I've met Jim Beers speaking in Joseph, Oregon, and also in Dorris, California giving presentations to ranchers on wolves. I believe this is a rare, great opportunity to have someone representing rural America, being a former FWS administrator, international negotiator, and knows the ropes and the corruption. (go here for Beers written speech about wolves given in Dorris, California at a Town Forum on 18 May 2014.) Here for KBC's wolf page with more Beer's articles.

Rescheduled! Water Board scoping meeting: Jan. 26, 5-7pm Yreka, Ca.
Water Board scoping meeting for Klamath River Dam destruction in Yreka.. NO meetings are planned in Klamath Falls area. Comments Due 2/1/17

Takings case moves to Washington, D.C., venue. Basin farmers seeking $30 million in damages, H&N, posted to KBC 1/24/17. “Under the Fifth Amendment, the United States can't take your property unless they pay you for it,” said local water attorney Bill Ganong. .. the Klamath Compact has language similar to the Fifth Amendment that says the United States cannot take the water unless they (compensate).”

Session will begin with a Budget Bang! - Part I. NEWSLETTER by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum Senate District 28, 1/24/17

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

***The next meeting outlining the Tulelake Unit General Management Plan will be held on Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tulelake City Hall. This is the plan to develop the WWII Japanese Relocation Camp site for tourists. Presently the site is more than 1300 acres dedicated to their story. They are hoping for more "willing sellers" in and near the Tulelake airport; Tulelake airport and community members support plan A.

Monument expansion riles Klamath commission; The expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, announced by President Barack Obama Thursday, will also encompass all of Hyatt Lake, H&N 1/14/17.
See KBC News National Monument Page

DOI Press Release: Secretary Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of the National Monuments to Preserve Pivotal Civil Rights Sites and the First National Monument to Civil War Reconstruction; (Jewell) Also Praises President’s Expansion of Existing National Monuments Protecting Natural & Cultural Resources in California & Oregon (Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument) 1/12/17.  LINK includes Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion Fact Sheet:
*" these areas represent approximately 48,000 acres of public lands – 42,349 in Oregon, and 5,275 in California."
* "... is closed to new extractive uses such as mining and oil and gas development..."
* "...prohibits all motorized and mechanized vehicle use off road."
* "...if grazing is found incompatible with protecting the objects of biological interest, the Secretary of the Interior will retire the grazing allotments pursuant to the processes of applicable law. Finally, it provides that if grazing permits or leases are relinquished by existing holders, the Secretary will not reallocate the forage available under those permits or for grazing purposes..."
* "...prohibits the commercial harvest of timber, expect when part of an authorized science-based ecological restoration project..."


1/13/17: Federal Register - Bureau of Land Management: Public Land Order No. 7859; Withdrawal of National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management Public Lands in Southwestern Oregon; SUMMARY: This order withdraws, subject to valid existing rights, approximately 5,216.18 acres of public domain and Revested Oregon and California Railroad lands and 95,805.53 acres of National Forest System lands from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the public land laws; location and entry under the United States mining laws; and operation of the mineral and geothermal leasing laws for a period of 20 years while Congress considers legislation to permanently withdraw those areas and to protect the Southwestern Oregon watershed from possible adverse effects of mineral development.

* State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has rescheduled the January 10, 2017 public scoping meeting in Yreka, California to January 26, 2017.

CANCELLED and rescheduled for January 26*** Jan. 10, 5-7pm Yreka, Ca. Water Board scoping meeting for Klamath River Dam destruction. NO meetings are planned in Klamath Falls area. "The KRRC is proposing to remove sufficient portions of the LKP to create a free flowing Klamath River and provide for volitional fish passage through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license surrender process. The EIR will evaluate potential impacts of the LKP to water quality and other resources within California as compared to the environmental baseline, and will also evaluate a range of alternatives...."
State Water board email received by KBC 1/3/17 with links and info: "
the State Water Board released a Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meetings for an Environmental Impact Report for the Lower Klamath Project’s License Surrender (NOP).  State Water Board staff will hold scoping meetings to solicit comments from trustee agencies, responsible agencies, and other interested persons in January 2017.  The meetings dates and locations can be found in the NOP.  Comments in response to the NOP are due by 5:00 pm on February 1, 2017." 

Letter from Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams to California Water Board regarding Klamath hydroelectric dam removal 12/31/16.
* Klamath County Commissioners' letter to FERC regarding Klamath Dam Relicensing Project 3/23/16
* FERC - Relicensing of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project FEIS 11/16/07 highlighted
* CDM / Camp Dresser & McKee Report on Klamath Dam removal highlighted costs and liabilities - 2008
* Utility oks Klamath dam removal, NBC News 9/30/09. "The turning point came in May 2008, when an aide to former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorn summoned Brockbank to a meeting at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. They were locked down for a week with representatives of the Bush administration and the governors of Oregon and California, Brockbank said.They "made it very clear from a public policy point of view that they did not want these dams relicensed," Brockbank said. "Once that became abundantly clear, we shifted our framework from relicensing to a settlement involving a possible dam removal framework."
* Letter reaffirming Klamath County Board of Commissioners withdrawal from KBRA and KHSA 3/1/16
* Joint letter from Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing SB2379 - Klamath River Dam Removal and Klamath "Agreements" 11/21/14.
* Klamath  County Board of Commissioners letter of opposition to Snake, Colombia and Klamath River dam removals 11/30/16

For December 2016 chronological news, see Archive 175
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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.


 

..There's nothing down here,  you should be checking out the whole site. Ron