Time to Take Action

Archive 104 - January 2011
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Kill the Land  song written by Brian Burns in 2001, 10 years ago, when government agencies shut off water to the Klamath Project irrigators. It was the first time in recorded history that this land went dry


10:30 a.m. 1/31/11: Oregon U.S. Congressman Walden in Medford regarding Obama creating Siskiyou Crest Monument without vote of Senate or Congress. Come and support Walden!

KHSA Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement, by Dr Richard Gierak 1/30/11

Biological Opinion versus Applied Science  By Gail Hildreth Whitsett, written 10 years ago, in 2001. "As a scientist with advanced degrees in geology, biostratigraphy (paleoecology), and additional research at Princeton University’s Yellowstone Bighorn Research station, I am continually amazed at the inaccurate statements being represented as “science” by our governmental agencies...."

Super size Walmart, by Dr. Richard Gierak, Yreka 1/30/11. "Walmart, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), created Acres for America, a 10-year, $35 million commitment to purchase and preserve one acre of wildlife habitat in the U.S. for every acre of land developed by the company. Shasta Big Spring Ranch, Calif.: The Nature Conservancy will use this $750,000 grant to acquire more than 4,000 acres in the Shasta Big Spring Ranch in Northern California. The property includes six miles of Klamath River tributaries." (KBC NOTE: George Soros funds Nature Conservancy and NFWF litigants)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of Bills and Laws, posted to KBC 1/30/11: This issue covers the “The Reasonable Use Doctrine and Agricultural Water Use Efficiency”, “The Secure Immigration Enforcement Act” and a clarification from our last edition on General Fund support for the Department of Food and Agriculture

Europe Pulling The Plug On Green Energy Subsidies, CC Net 1/30/11
HERE for KBC Global Warming Page, and "Climate Change" mandates in the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement

Environmental groups want Klamath River salmon listed as Endangered Species, KCRV, posted to KBC 1/28/11.

New biological opinion will change. New requirements aren’t clear, feasible, H&N 1/27/11

The following is on our ecoterrorist page, but today it belongs right here:
"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse?
Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about?"

Maurice Strong, Head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro

"We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists, and their projects... We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers, and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land." David Foreman, EarthFirst! member

Siskiyou letter requests McClintock’s help on Klamath issues, Siskiyou Daily News 1/26/11

Bowen Liz forweb.jpgPOW: Do not sign 2011 permits, Siskiyou Daily News by Liz Bowen, posted 1/26/11-Scott Valley

Chairman Hastings Announces Natural Resources Subcommittee Assignments, U.S. House Natural Resources, posted to KBC 1/26/11

Oregonians for Food and Shelter 1/26/11
DEQ Proposes Revisions for Water Quality Standards to Help Reduce Toxic Pollutants in State’s Waterways; Comment deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 23rd
* ODA offers three new publications
* Enviro's file another suit - this one effects the entire nation, not just the Northwest.
* Timber group sues FWS over 'secret meetings' on spotted owl

Farmers assess implications of Klamath water quality plan, California Farm Bureau Federation, posted to KBC 1/26/11

Foreign and domestic train wreck in the making - more of the ESA, Budd Falen Law, posted to KBC 1/26/11

Columbia Basin Bulletin Fish and Wildlife News, posted to KBC 1/26/11. "NOAA Won’t Ask For Rehearing On Ninth Circuit’s Sea Lion Removal Ruling"

Warren Buffett to step down from Washington Post Co. board, January 20, 2011, "Warren E. Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, said Thursday he would step down from the board of The Washington Post Co. this May. Berkshire Hathaway is the largest common shareholder in The Post. Buffett, 80, is chairman of the finance committee of the board and has long advised Post Co. Chairman Donald Graham on the financial stewardship of the company."

Siskiyou Board wants stronger letters on national forest travel plans, Siskiyou County is attempting to join with a number of other counties in a dispute with the United States Forest Service over Travel Management Plans in the Shasta-Trinity and Klamath national forests, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/26/11

Wilderness protection executive order 3310  by Secretary of the Interior Salazar, posted 12/26/10

BLM Charm Offensive Backfires, Critics Fume Over 'Wild Lands' Policy, Greenwire, posted to KBC 1/26/11

Court of Appeal Holds That Lead Agencies Cannot Use Predicted Future Conditions As Baseline in Environmental Impact Reports, Somach, Simmons and Dunn 1/25/11

Ninth Circuit Eliminates Prohibition on Intervention of Right in NEPA Cases, Somach, Simmons and Dunn 1/25/11

Mallams’, Whitsett’s opinions beat Scronce’s , H&N letter 1/23/11

Understanding Sustainable Development - Agenda 21, "for the people and their public officials." posted 1/23/11. More on Big Picture page.

Thomas Jefferson, his life and quotes 1/23/11

Biomass emission tests should be complete, H&N letter by Greg Beckman Sr, posted to KBC 1/23/11

Klamath biomass plant site a threat to air quality, proposed location would also increase Basin’s air pollution, H&N, posted to KBC 2/6/11

Senator Wyden has town hall meeting (in Klamath Falls), posted to KBC 1/23/11. "Tom Mallams, president of the Klamath Off-Project Water Users Association, asked Wyden if it is right to move forward on the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement while roughly half of the Klamath Basin population opposes it."

1/23/11 - Sunday's Bible Verses sent from Frank Tallerico: 
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 New King James Version
3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of comfort,
4. Who comforts us in all of our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those  who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

No board decision yet on Siskiyou water users’ $40,000 request, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/23/11

A timber revival for Oregon? U.S. lawmakers pledge to open more forestland for wood production,  Agencies wait for policy revision, and, Endangered Species Act seen as obstacle, 1/22/11

Our Government Spending Crisis, from Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 1/21/11

Ninth Circuit Abandons the Rule Categorically Denying Intervention in NEPA Cases, Groups applaud ruling on environmental lawsuits, posted to KBC 1/19/11

Siskiyou water users want county support in Klamath suit  (involving Klamath Dam removal agreements), Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 1/19/11

EPA Grants Itself More Powers, Revokes Permit, ATR, posted to KBC 1/19/11

Focus should be on a full lake by April 1, Letter to the editor, H&N by  Klamath Basin Improvement District directors, 1/18/11.

Irrigation districts file Klamath agreement validation request, by David Smith, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/19/11

***Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement / KBRA and Klamath Hydro Agreement Circuit Court petition by Klamath Irrigation District, Malin Irrigation District, and Shasta View Irrigation District. YOU MUST file a legal response to the petition before 10 days after Jan 23rd to contest the legality of your boards of directors executing the settlement agreements. 1/16/11

Nelle Takacs at 104: ‘Holy cow! I’m getting old!’ H&N, posted to KBC 1/16/11. "‘For me it’s a great world. I have enjoyed my family. I have enjoyed my friends. That’s the most important thing, life. Life and living it." (Nelle came to Klamath Basin by covered wagon when she was 3)

U.S Senator Ron Wyden annual Klamath County town hall meeting Jan 18, 10:00 a.m. at College Union auditorium at OIT.

2010: Klamath Man-Made Drought:  In an article 8/3/10, Drought debate goes on, and other articles, rancher Tom Mallams was singled out to be the one stating that 2010 drought was a man-made political drought, which shut off water to 50% of Project irrigators. However 1/13/11, Reduced (Klamath) river flows to stick despite protest, H&N, states that the drought was due to man-made rules: "The reduction is in contrast to what occurred last winter. A court order required flows to be maintained at a high level for fish and contributed to Upper Klamath Lake’s surface elevation being low at the start of the irrigation season...Irma Lagomarsino, Northern California office supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service, said a new biological opinion issued last spring allows greater flexibility in determining flows and for water to be stored in Upper Klamath Lake for release in the spring to benefit fish and farmers."

Report forecasts good water supply by summer H&N, posted to KBC 1/16/11

51st annual Czech dinner set for Feb. 20, H&N 1/16/11. "The lodge was founded after 66 Czech adults moved to and settled Malin in 1909."

Auburn dam back in play as McClintock takes over House panel, Sacramento Bee 1/16/11. "McClintock said he'll conduct oversight hearings, suggesting that San Joaquin River and Klamath River restoration projects might be ripe targets."

Secretary Salazar, Assistant Secretary Echo Hawk Submit Draft Consultation Policy to Tribal Leaders; Framework Provides Greater Role for Tribes in Federal Decisions Affecting Indian Country, DOI 1/14/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 1/14/11.
* "
California’s state government is still awash in red-ink, approximately $25.4 billion worth. The governor is proposing $12.5 billion in spending cuts..."
AB 78 "... the federal government should create "a pathway to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants..."
* AB 10 "...increase the minimum wage for California workers from $8.00 per hour to $8.50 per hour..."

Expert panel assesses Klamath dam removal impacts on salmon, steelhead, Siskiyou Daily 1/14/11

Bureau of Reclamation builds water reserves for Klamath Basin irrigators, KDRV News, posted to KBC 1/12/11

PacifiCorp initiates KHSA dispute resolution, Siskiyou Daily 1/13/11. “The flow reduction recommended by Reclamation, NMFS and a technical workgroup was developed without the involvement of or participation by PacifiCorp,” the notice reads. “Implementation of reduced flows as directed by Reclamation will materially impact PacifiCorp’s generation at the Project in a manner that conflicts with the KHSA.”

Reduced river flows to stick despite protest, H&N 1/13/11

PacifiCorp warns dam removal could be delayed, Bloomberg, posted to KBC 1/13/11

Siskiyou County responds to ELF, water resources board briefs, Siskiyou Daily 1/13/11. "...Guarino also questions the water resources board’s alignment with the petitioning parties on a number of issues in the case...The case is Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Board, in which the Environmental Law Foundation and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Institute for Fisheries Resources have asked the courts to declare that groundwater in the Scott River basin can be managed under the Public Trust Doctrine." Past President of Friends of the River http://www.envirolaw.org/staff.html James Wheaton, is President and Legal Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, and past President of Friends of the River. He is also a board member of the River Network, http://www.rivernetwork.org/board-of-directors , along with Wyatt Rockefeller, who served on Obama's EPA and Obama's campaign.Natural Resources Defense Council: One of the most influential environmentalist lobbying groups in the United States, the Council claims a membership of one million people. They are supported by George Soros Open Society Institute. They support Riverkeepers groups. They support Waterkeeper, Greenpeace, and Earth First, among others. Craig Tucker, presently spokesperson for the Karuk Tribe, at the KBRA table, is founder and board member of Klamath Riverkeeper, and was past spokesman for Friends of the River.

Balance of politics shifts on agriculture, Walden, Herger should be motivated to follow lead of Hastings, McClintock, by Tom Mallams for H&N 1/9/11. "A united conservative block of Northwest congressman would certainly be a powerful, influential force in Washington, D.C., not only in defeating the KBRA and KHSA, but influencing other issues relevant to the survival of irrigated agriculture in our Basin."

Siskiyou County swims upstream on dam removal; opposes demolition, by Dylan Darling,  Record Searchlight, posted to KBC 1/9/11

Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee, column by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor, posted to KBC 1/9/11

Sunday's verses from Frank Tallerico 1/9/11:
Proverbs 3:5-8: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your path. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

Costly Unfulfilled Government Promises, Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 1/8/11. "Sixteen years of green energy promotion has netted less than two percent green jobs, has drained billions of dollars and innumerable family wage jobs out of our private sector economy, has insured exponentially higher utility rates into the future, and has created the pathway for the destruction of the hydropower infrastructure that is the economic engine of the Northwest." "The direct result is the current effort to destroy the PacifiCorp hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River as well as the impending assault on the Lower Snake River Dams. The Bonneville Power Administration is currently charging its utility ratepayers more than $975 million each year for salmon mitigation. The total amount of environmental charges on your BPA utility bill exceeds 40%."

Dam Removal, Channel 5 News, Video, including audio by Calif. Congressman Tom McClintock, posted to KBC 1/8/10. Congressmen McClintock and Hastings are against dam removal, and Siskiyou County voted against it 4-1.

Congress must sink 'wild' grab, Capital Press, posted to KBC 1/8/11

EPA to impose stricter water quality standards for lower Klamath River, KDRV, posted to KBC 1/8/11

Interior visit expected on Klamath issues, by David Smith, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/8/11

U.S Congressman Wally Herger: Department of Interior’s “Christmas Present” to the American Public: Lockup More Federal Land, posted to KBC 1/7/11. "...as the Obama Administration continues to claim that it has no plans to designate national monuments in response to a leaked memo describing potential monument sites (including two within our Northern California Congressional District), this latest action further undermines their credibility.  Instead, these statements simply reinforce the Administration’s “lock it up” agenda with respect to multiple-use of federal lands."

OREGON CONNECTION, from U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, Oregon, posted to KBC 1/7/11

EPA approves Klamath River TMDLs, Siskiyou Daily 1/5/11

Water regulations may affect irrigation, H&N 1/5/11, followed by EPA approves water quality plan for Klamath River  KBC links to KBRA "friends" (Including PCFFA Glen Spain and Klamath Riverkeeper/Craig Tucker) who sued State water boards to force unattainable mandates on Klamath irrigators. This is the same water board that is the lead agency with Klamath River Tribes strategizing how to increase flows and downsize agriculture. 

EPA PRESS RELEASE: EPA Approves Historic Salmon Restoration Plan for Klamath River, with additional media PCFFA and Calif State Water Control Board 1/5/11

Klamath River pollution limits approved; New rules for Oregon, California likely would be costly for city, agriculture, H&N 1/5/11, followed by Pollution plan under review 

D.C. Court of Appeals will not hear Hoopa trout suit, Siskiyou Daily 1/5/11

1/2/11, Two Years Ago Today: Karuk Tribe sues U.S. government to acquire village and portion of Siskiyou County 

Yurok Tribe pursuing acquisition of Redwood National Park land, NY Times and Crescent City Triplicate, posted to KBC 1/2/11

Salmonids in the Pacific NorthWest, by Dr. Richard Gierak, Yreka 1/4/11

Klamath Water and Power Agency meeting 1/4/11

April (Fools Day) set for target release date of Klamath environmental review documents, "...exactly one year after the the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors took a majority vote to not sign either agreement...", Siskiyou Daily, posted 1/2/11.

< A Look Ahead by Senator Doug Whitsett, H&N, posted to KBC 1/2/11

Hastings Announces Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairs, establishes new Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee, posted 1/2/11

Understanding Sustainable Development, United Nation's Agenda 21, posted 1/2/11. This pamphlet explains what it is doing in coordination with the Wildlands Project, redistribution of wealth and population, and what we can do about it.

John Spencer: Klamath River has rich history, Redding Record Searchlight, posted to KBC 1/2/11. "What am I hearing about all of this? What is all this dam removal going to cost and who will pay for it? What about lake bottom silt? How about flood control? Will there be radical environmental changes? Will all the fantastic yellow perch fishing disappear? Will removing the dams actually destroy environments and aquatic insects? What will removal do to the basin farmers? How will it affect whitewater rafting and fishing? The list goes on.  Surely, there are alternatives...If one was to multiply this type of hoarding roe with hundreds of boats that fish the salmon runs each year, I would assume that in itself is a serious threat to the salmon populations."

BLM may post grazing lease, permittee addresses, Current-Argus, posted to KBC 1/2/10

May God bless you in 2011!

We at KBC will continue to search for the truth, and share it with you. "You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32. This is your website; we need your input, and your help sharing the truth to set your families, neighbors, and country free.  Our government and "leaders" are big, but God is bigger. "With God all things are possible"  Matthew 19:26.

Psalm 77, sent by Frank Tallerico 1/1/11. "Psalm 77 chronicles the lament of a person in distress who felt as if God no longer cared"

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