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Archive 107 - April 2011
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Just pay the tribes the value of the fish on the Klamath River, H&N Letter to editor by Bill Staunton 4/14/11

Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, 4/29/11 newsletter on constitutional right to bear arms; "Three important handgun bills were passed by the Oregon House of Representatives with wide bipartisan support..."

Request for FY 2012 Tribal Wildlife Grant Proposals, FWS 4/29/11. Nevada, California and Klamath Basin included. "The Fiscal Year 2012 President’s Budget proposes to fund the Tribal Wildlife Grant program at $8,000,000, a $1,000,000 increase from the FY2011 President’s budget request."

Scott River attacked by George Soros, Glen Spain, Craig Tucker, James Wheaton
Scott River Public Trust appeal attracts more parties to the suit, Siskiyou Daily News 4/28/11.
In Environmental Law Foundation, ELF and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations have alleged that Siskiyou County and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) have authority under the Public Trust Doctrine to manage groundwater in the Scott River basin. "Natural Resources Defense Council asked to be allowed to join the argument on behalf of ELF and the SWRCB."
George Soros funds NRDC  "One of the most influential environmentalist lobbying groups in the United States, the Council claims a membership of one million people."  They support Riverkeepers groups and others like Waerkeeper, Greenpeace, and Earth First. 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. 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.
NRDC is in the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition along with PCFFA (Glen Spain on the KBRA voting group), IFR (Glen Spain on the KBRA voting board), and Earthjustice. Soros helps fund Earthjustice. Earthjustice pays PCFFA and Klamath Riverkeeper
legal bills. Goal of SAVE Our Wild Salmon Coalition is to destroy the Salmon and Columbia River dams. Klamath dams destruction will set the precedent as largest dam destruction accomplishment in the world.

Officials back environmental reform, Klamath Commissioners vote to support changes to Endangered Species Act, H&N 4/27/11

KHSA premise unfounded by Dr. Richard Gierak, Siskiyou Daily News, Letter to the Editor April 27, 2011, "Historically, until the dams and reservoirs were built there was no fall run of salmon as the river would turn into marshes and swamps in a dry year. The entire premise of removing hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River has no scientific validity and the KHSA was based on faulty assumptions which have been scientifically dismissed."

Representative Denham Responds To EPA “Guidance” To Expand Clean Water Act Jurisdiction, 4/27/11. HERE for entire letter from Congressmen to EPA and Army Corp of Engineers: "170 House Republicans and Democrats recently wrote to EPA and the Corps of Engineers to express their concerns that the agencies are circumventing the proper regulatory process in order to push through this expansion of federal jurisdiction."Federal agencies await budget news, cuts expected by many offices, H&N 4/27/11.

Review is good for potentially costly standards for Klamath River, H&N 4/27/11

< Is Removing dams good for us ?????

Marzulla Law, LLC newsletter, Casitas water takings case 4/26/11

Judge issues final ruling on Scott, Shasta river valleys, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/26/11

Help support requests to extend comment deadline for US Forest Service planning rule, posted to KBC 4/26/11

He's Alive sung by Dolly Parton.

Easter Message from Frank Tallerico:
"I am asking KBC readers to ... read Luke 24:1-12.  The Resurrection.  For we Christians these verses assure us that our life after death is to be eternally with the lord. You can also read Mathew 28-18, Mark 16:1-8, John:1-10." 4/24/11

Sediment regulations rankle Scott Valley landowners, Capital Press 4/22/11

Oregon - Ag water quality bill moves to House floor, Capital Press 4/22/11

Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Fish & Wildlife Service’s  Announcement to Re-Open Draft Spotted Owl Plan, “I’m glad FWS agrees parts of this flawed plan need more public comment, but much more comprehensive revisions will be required” 4/21/11

* May 23: Spotted Owl public comment deadline

4/21/11, H&N Klamath water report

Groundwater meeting draws in many, Siskiyou Daily 4/21/11

Potato operation going green to reduce its power bills, H&N 4/21/11

Public employee compensation, Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter 4/21/11

After 2 Years of Obama, Here's Your Change, 4/23/11

4/22/11 - PLEASE READ YOUR NEW KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement DROUGHT PLAN, 33 pages:
KBRA "Drought Plan" - Klamath proposal spreads out pain, Plan: Oregon Water Resource Department to declare droughts, Capital Press 4/21/11. "The council was taking written comments on the plan through April 18..."  
Draft Drought Plan:  "
This Draft Drought Plan has been developed by the Drought Plan Lead Entity identified in the Restoration Agreement. The Lead Entity is comprised of: Klamath Tribes, Karuk Tribe, Yurok Tribe, Upper Klamath Water Users Association, the Klamath Water and Power Agency, the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges, Oregon Water Resources Department, California Department of Fish and Game, and Trout Unlimited, as the representative of the conservation and non-tribal fishing Parties to the Restoration Agreement."

"Klamath Drought Fund (Fund), to be administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)...As contemplated by the Restoration Agreement, money deposited in the Fund will remain available until expended... NFWF will approve or disapprove an expenditure plan..." "...after NFWF becomes a party to the Restoration Agreement..."
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...
"OWRD is the entity responsible for declaring and revoking a declaration of Drought and Extreme Drought..."
p. 24: "Following the effectiveness of the limitations on diversion...In order for this further limitation to be effective, the Restoration Agreement Fish Managers must determine by majority vote whether there will be a reduction, and how much the reduction will be..."the Restoration Agreement Fish Managers are: the Klamath Tribes, the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, the California Department of Fish and Game, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service."
"Recommendations from the TAT will account for outside factors including but not limited to climate change."

April 18, California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and Laws.

Environmentalism on taxpayers' dime, Victorville Daily Press Opinion April 18, 2011. "... the Center is one of four environmental groups seeking to protect the “spring run” of the Upper Klamath chinook salmon under the Endangered Species Act by submitting a petition seeking to designate the fish as a “distinct species....between 2000 and 2009, eight environmental groups — led by the Center for Biological Diversity — filed at least 1,596 federal court cases against the federal government....These same environmental groups are receiving billions of tax dollars in attorney fees for settling or ‘winning’ cases against the federal government.”

3.25 minutes: short video on our national debt.

Ap 19-21: Senator LaMalfa townhalls

April 21 Scott Valley protest

How Alton Jones Foundation (known now as Blue Moon Fund) Switched from Art and Culture to Radical Green, posted 4/20/11. KBC NOTE: Many of the grantees, like Earthjustice, are the same recipients funded by George Soros and federal dollars, that fund lawsuits against Klamath Irrigators, miners, loggers, ...... (KBC reader who contacted us: thanks for the alert to fix bad links in Alton Jones page!)

Lewis and Clark Professor Jim Huffman presented a Constitutional workshop Saturday April 16 in Klamath Falls, hosted by Klamath County Tea Party Patriots. Included subjects were the Supreme Court and principles of the Constitution, ESA reform, property rights, 2nd amendment and arms ban proposal, and federal and state authority and illegal immigration., DVDs will be available of the presentation. Presently available are DVDs of the Oct. 24, 2010 presentation by Huffman on the Constitution, and Tea Party Patriot founders in Klamath Falls Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin presentations.

LaMalfa Announces Town Hall Dates for April 19-21.

Residents Stress Need for Congressional Action to Address California's Man-Made Drought, Natural Resources Committee, posted 4/17/11.  "The deliberate diversions by the federal government of over 200 billion gallons of water away from the breadbasket of America cost tens of thousands of farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment rates in the region, fallowed more than 150,000 acres of the most fertile farmland in our nation, and forced up the price of groceries across the country," said Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04).

Bible verses for Sunday April 17, 2011, from Frank Tallerico, "as we continue to study Hebrews 11 which focuses on Faith.  The way the world, and especially the USA is going today, our Faith is our Rock and keeps us going in a world that has gone amuck! Hebrews:8-12. NKJ: Faithful Abraham
 8.  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.  And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
 9.  By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
 10. for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 
 11. By faith, Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
 12. Therefore, from one man and him as good as dead, were born as as the stars of the sky in multitude----innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

Come to our protest April 21st!
Regional Water Board makes oppressive demands
, 4/16/11. by POW president Liz Bower, Scott Valley POW."The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board is demanding a NEWLY-developed waiver for WASTE DISCHARGE that will impact agriculture in Siskiyou County.OUR POINT:  Siskiyou agriculture does not make WASTE  to  DISCHARGE. Irrigation water is NOT waste. We are not guilty." 

Water and Power Subcommittee Examines Federal Regulations that Cost Jobs and Raise Energy Prices, Natural resource Committee Chair Doc Hastings, posted to KBC 4/16/11. "“For many years, the central objective of our water and power policy was to create abundance – to make the desert bloom as the Bureau of Reclamation’s founders put it.  But this original mission seems to have been lost to a radical and retrograde ideology that seeks to create, maintain and ration government-induced shortages,” said Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04).  “We need to return to  abundance as the central objective of our water and power policy – by providing abundant water, clean and cheap hydroelectricity, new recreational centers, desperately needed flood protection, burgeoning fisheries and re-invigorated farms.” 

Wildlands Initiative" defunded in final CR, The Westerner, posted to KBC 4/16/11. “The ‘Wild Lands’ proposal issued by Secretary Salazar last December was another attempt by the Obama Administration to circumvent congressional authority in the Administration’s ‘War on Western Jobs.’ "

Oregon DEQ accepts water petitions (from Klamath), H&N, posted to KBC 4/16/11

Editorial: Chinook listing would be new blow to region, Redding Record Searchlight April 15, 2011
Spring chinook season on lower Columbia extended, DFW, posted 4/16/11

Oregonians for Food and Shelter, posted to KBC 4/16/11: Congressman Walden regarding Clean Water Act, plus Wolves, Pesticides, Klamath Chinook possible listing, pesticides, and anti-energy policy.

Yurok Tribe Doubles Land Base, North Coast Journal, posted to KBC 4/16/11

Constitutional Workshop by Constitution Professor Jim Huffman, to be in Klamath Falls tomorrow April 16. Free, at Triad School. 4/15/11. 9:30 a.m. -1 p.m. followed by potluck, sponsored by Klamath County Tea Party Patriots. 

DFG bullys and threatens Siskiyou irrigators: John McCamman and Neil Manji meetings in Yreka, 4/14/11. (John McCamman is the California state-wide Director of the Dept. of Fish and Game.  Neil Manji is the Regional Manager based in the Redding, California office of DFG.) "When asked if CDFG intended to play “Hardball” over flows,  McCamman responded, ”...Oh you people will know when we play hardball, because a lot of you will be in jail”.

Oregon school funding by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 4/15/11

    Herald and News: "David L. Carman, who was born on Nov. 2, 1918, died on April 8, 2011. He was a World War II combat infantry veteran and a 1948 Tulelake homesteader. He was a good husband, father, and grandfather, well read, a great conversationalist, and an outspoken rugged individualist all the way to the end of the line. A family memorial will be held in Chico, Calif., on Saturday, April 16."
HERE for Carman's testimony
on behalf of Klamath Basin Veteran Homesteaders for Field Hearing July 17, 2004 in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
HERE for the 4th of July - Memories, by David Carman
We will miss you Dave.  Did we ever thank you for your service to our country? And your friendship? Thank you! We hope to see you in God's Promised Land. 

April 22 public comment due on refuge draft plan

No salmon above Klamath River stateline, by James Waddell, Karuk People tribal member 4/14/11. From A. L. Kroeber’s “HANDBOOK OF THE INDIANS OF CALIFORNIA” “The salmon are said not to run into the Klamath Lake or above, and streams are much smaller and standing bodies of water infinitely more important than in the northwest.  …”
More letters and research by James Waddell HERE.

Chinook salmon could get endangered species protection, Petition passes; year-long review process begins, H&N, followed by Agency will examine Klamath Chinook listing, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/14/11. (KBC NOTE: each plaintiff, KLAMATH SISKIYOU WILDLANDS CENTER; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER; KLAMATH FOREST ALLIANCE; CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY" is supported by Earthjustice, supported by George Soros. They also oppose salvage logging trees burnt up in a fire. Same force and $ behind the NGO's in the KBRA.)

Just pay the tribes the value of the fish on the Klamath River, H&N Letter to editor by Bill Staunton 4/14/11

TID well water levels 4/14/11

DFG director visits Siskiyou County, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/14/11

Timber company wins $6.9M, Agency failed to say the contracts would likely be targeted, Capital Press 4/14/11

Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Draft Drought Plan response by Siskiyou County Commissioner Marcia Armstrong, Ridin Point, column in Siskyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/14/11

Faith 1, sent by Frank Tallerico for Sunday April 10, 2011, Hebrews 1, 1-7.

9th Circuit overruled Karuk's arguments of end all suction dredge mining, and summary by attorney James Buchal  4/8/11

Oregon, perennial national leader in unemployment, poverty, hunger, homelessness and despair by Senator Doug Whitsett 4/8/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 4/8/11: "carbon monoxide, Timber Harvest, SNAP Program, “spot bill” SB 618, and LOTS of water!"

Klamath Project 2011 Operations Plan Released, Bureau of Reclamation Press Release 4/6/11
Klamath Project 2001 Operations Plan 4/6/11

Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors and the Siskiyou Co. Flood Control District's response to the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Drought Plan, posted to KBC 4/6/11. "Please be advised that the County of Siskiyou, and the Siskiyou county Flood Control and Water Conservation District are, by this correspondence, placing you on notice that you are not to undertake or implement any drought plans or activities within their jurisdiction until such time as appropriate review, coordination, and consultation and necessary approvals have been obtained." (KBC NOTE: Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors opposes the KBRA/Klamath Dam Removal "agreement", and the county voted 79% opposed to removing Klamath Dams which are in Siskiyou county. However the gov't agencies, environmental groups, and Klamath Basin farm leaders (not constituents) deemed as KBRA "stakeholders" are forcing this "agreement" down their throats against their will.)

Eliminating Duplicate and Burdensome Regulation, Ag e-update by Calif. U.S. Congressman Wally Herger 4/6/11.

Siskiyou County Ag Census Trends 1992-2007, USDA

Reform the ESA dinner in Klamath Falls 4/9/11, by the Klamath County Republican Central Committee. Honored guests are Allen Alley, Chairman of the Oregon Republican Committee, Igor Berman, Calif. Congressman Tom McClintock's Chief of Staff, and Dave Schott, Executive Director of the Oregon Timber Industry Association
* HERE for Hosanna map   * HERE for donation receipt

Cattlemen pack wolf hearing, East Oregonian, posted to KBC 4/6/11

SUCKERS AND THE ESA / Endangered Species Act
Irrigation water released, canals fill;  Officials anticipate normal water year, H&N 4/5/11. "Last year at this time, the A Canal wasn’t flowing" (KBC NOTE: because of government lake level mandates for suckers.) "Wildlife refuges in Lower Klamath and Tule Lake didn’t get water last year either." (KBC NOTE: HERE for more pix of 2010 water on Tule Lake refuges)
< KBC Photo of Tule Lake refuge in 2010

Tag, you’re it Biologists tagging endangered suckers in Lake Ewauna, H&N 4/5/11. "The initial reason (for tagging) was to find out how many there are...”The estimated few thousand suckers are ... not large enough to potentially push the fish off the endangered species list."
Water, sucker science argued at conference, H&N 2/4/04, "(William Lewis, chair of the National Research Council committee) said ...the finding that water levels in Upper Klamath Lake aren't as important for suckers as previously thought, ...(the NRC) found that lake levels aren't a "master control" for larval suckers, Lewis said."
MORE on William Lewis and lakes levels for suckers at 2004 science conference.
David A Vogel, Fisheries Scientist written testimony about endangered suckers (KBC NOTE: Vogel says there were 10's of thousands more suckers than estimated when they were listed as endangered, however gov't agencies won't allow them to be delisted.) July 17, 2004.
HERE for 2004 Congressional Hearing on the ESA, and testimony
HERE for Klamath ESA DVD, sectioned film of the 2004 hearing and rally.

KWAPA meeting 4/5/11

For Sunday April 3 from Frank Tallerico: From the NKJ Hebrews 10:22-25
22. "let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and
     our bodies washed with pure water.
 23. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
 24. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
 25. not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,
     and so much the more as you see the DAY approaching."

Water Rally Protest vs DFG 4/1/11, POW. California Dept Of Fish and Game threatened to cite Mark Baird, Scott Valley, for using water on his own property. 150 people from Paradise, Calif. to Klamath Falls, Oregon came to the protest, including the Big Bucket from the Klamath Bucket Brigade.

Oregonians for Food and Shelter 4/1/11.
* H R 872 Passes the US House of Representatives
* The Other BiOp
* Organic Crops Alone Can't Feed the World
* Court reinstates the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) (
Judge sends Oregon timber plans back to Interior). KBC NOTE: Douglas Timber vs Dept of Interior and Pacific Rivers Council. HERE for court opinion. HERE for foundations funding Pacific Rivers Council (Tides and others are funded by George Soros. Salmon River is targeted for their future Legacy River. Many of the same funders also fund Sustainable NW, involved in the KBRA.

April 1 Scott Valley POW protest rally against DFG. "Join us as we all help turn-on the water in Scott Valley." (KBC NOTE: the Klamath Bucket and group of Klamath County citizens will be in Scott Valley in their war against DFG. Scott Valley came to Klamath in 2001 when the feds shut off our irrigation water. Later the news came out that the water shutoff was "not justified.")


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