Time to Take Action

Archive 109 - June 2011
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 Establishment of the White House Rural Council, Executive Order 13575 of President Obama, posted to KBC 6/16/11.


EPA & Army Corps Seek to Expand Clean Water Act, Comments extended to July 31  "...proposed draft Guidance that would expand the Agencies' Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory authority over more land. In addition, the Agencies are seeking to implement this Guidance without formal input from farmers and ranchers, and other impacted groups." CFBF posted to KBC 6/25/11
Western Business Roundtable on Clean Water Act comment deadline July 1. (
extended to July 31)


Community supported agriculture has put down roots in the Klamath Basin, H&N 6/30/11. 

Congressman Tom McClintock update 6/29/11

Senator Gaines thanks Governor Brown, cheers gold mining victory 6/30/11

The Oregon Legislature adjourned Sine Die Thursday afternoon, Senator Doug Whitsett 6/30/11

Dam removal ‘a major step forward,’ but water agreement habitat restoration goals may not be achievable, H&N 6/28/11

***Klamath River Expert Panel Final Report; Scientific Assessment of Two Dam Removal Alternatives on Chinook Salmon, posted 6/26/22. Document date 6/13/11.
* PCFFA rep Glen Spain assures panel that the KBRA downsizes Upper Klamath Basin ag significantly more than the Biological Opinions, and that ESA trumps KBRA, whichever takes most water from irrigators.
* Yurok Tribe:
"removing the dams and the hatchery is the only “experiment” that can be conducted that will resolve this uncertainty. It seems prudent to recommend resolving this uncertainty by moving forward with the “experiment” of the Proposed Action, while acknowledging the potential for unintended consequences...”
* Yurok: The KBRA will also control use of groundwater, "even on the California side."
* KWUA does not like the study of KENO Dam, which their KBRA friends promised not to take out. That would end irrigation on 100,000 acres of Klamath Project land. They didn't like the scientists "
general disdain for irrigated agriculture." 

Purported benefits of ESA deserve 'the rest of the story,' Capital Press by Tom Mallams, president of Klamath Off-Project Water Users Association, posted to KBC 6/26/11. "Yes, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report estimated dam removal cost -- structures only -- to be $79.9 million in 2006 numbers...In the same report ... it states that the added cost of dam removal because of the sediment issues could be between $1.4 billion to $4.4 billion. I don't know about you, but I have never seen a government estimate come in at the low number."

Toby Freeman, Pacific Power's Community Manager, speaks about being forced by settlement groups to take out Klamath Dams, YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibZUMJ96ywA 

Groups side with DFG in water lawsuit, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/26/11. "The Karuk Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) and Klamath Riverkeeper filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a Siskiyou County court case challenging the authority of the California Department of Fish and Game to regulate water diversions for farmland irrigation...Earthjustice is representing the tribal, fishing and environmental groups in the Siskiyou County case." (KBC NOTE: first, the KBRA was advertised in the media by the enviro groups as ending lawsuits against farmers. Glen Spain, Eugene attorney and at the KBRA table as stakeholder for PCFFA, created IFR "to funnel the money through." Craig Tucker, trained environmental activist by Greencorp, former outreach director of dam removal group Friends of the River, was hired as Karuk Tribe Spokesman, and at the table of the dam removal KBRA. He was on the steering committee of Klamath Riverkeeper before it spun off from umbrella group Klamath Forest Alliance, and he’s presently on the board. So essentially, Glen Spain and Craig Tucker are litigating against the Scott and Shasta Valley irrigators. George Soros contributes to pay the KBRA enviro groups' and PCFFA's attorney bills through Earthjustice.)

Meeting June 29th addressing new extortion letter to Scott Valley irrigators, posted 6/26/11

Environmental Quality Commission Approves Revised Water Quality Standards for Oregon, ODEQ, posted to KBC 6/26/11

More rules stoke worry, Editorial, Capital Press, posted to KBC  6/26/11. "rumor says the DOT wants to require all farmers to get commercial driver's licenses to legally operate their equipment on their own property."

Wrong and un-American, by Bob Lopes for Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 6/26/11. "I hope that all fair-minded citizens of Siskiyou County see that he (Craig Tucker) never addresses the damage done to king and coho salmon by the indiscriminate take of thousands and thousands of fish by the gill nets that are strung across the river by the commercial fishing operation."

To KBC from Frank Tallerico: From the Living Bible (Paraphrased) Mathew 19: 23-26
23. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "It is almost impossible for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
24. I say it again it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God!"
25. This remark confounded the disciples. "Then who in the world can be saved?"
26. Jesus looked at then intently and said, "Humanly speaking no one. But with God, everything is possible."

Scientists find holes in Klamath River dam removal plan,  $1.4-billion project — dismantling four hydroelectric dams to restore Chinook salmon runs in the upper Klamath River — amounts to an experiment with no guarantee of success, independent report says. L. A Times 6/25/11.

Choice for interior official too controversial to stand,"Wodder's 16 years as CEO of American Rivers makes her an especially poor choice." posted to KBC 6/24/11. "Most troubling, Ms. Wodder's continued pursuit of dam removal and statements that extinction is imminent show she has missed or purposefully ignored the massive effort made to protect and recover salmon species and the amazing success in increasing the returns of listed stocks...As the Department of the Interior's lead conservationist, Wodder would supervise the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and all Interior programs related to conservation."
Earthjustice funds American Rivers litigation free of charge as well as other "stakeholders" in the KBRA; George Soros helps fund Earthjustice.

PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users Association had submitted a second Coho delisting petition to delist Coho Salmon in the Klamath Basin, posted to KBC 6/25/11

Soros and liberal groups seeking top election posts in battleground states, Washington Times, posted to KBC 6/25/11
George Soros page, and his contributions to the Klamath Basin.

Craig Tucker, Myth Buster or Myth Maker? by Mark Baird, rancher, Vice President of Scott Valley Protect Our Water / POW, posted to KBC  6/25/11, followed by Tucker letter. Craig Tucker is an environmental activist trained by Green Corp, worked in dam removal campaigns as Outreach Director of Friends of the River, and is on the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement as a voting member presently representing the Karuk Tribe. Tucker was on the steering committee of Klamath Riverkeeper before it spun off from umbrella group Klamath Forest Alliance, and he’s presently on the board.

California water rules rile farmers - Would mean radical changes for industry, Monterey County Herald, posted to KBC 6/25/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/24/11, posted to KBC 7/6/11

Taps were played for future of Oregon's natural resource based economy, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 6/19/11. "Thursday in Pendleton, TAPS were played for the future of Oregon’s natural resources based economy, and the private sector jobs they sustain. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) adopted, by Administrative Rule, new Oregon water quality standards for human toxics that are ten times more stringent than anywhere else in the United States...Compliance ...will be virtually impossible. In many situations the new standards exceed the normal background levels..."

EQC adopts Administrative Rules for Water Quality Standards in Oregon, OFS by attorney Elisabeth E Howard for Dunn Carney, posted 6/19/11

To the Dads: Happy Fathers Day! May your faith in our creator stay strong! He will guide you and keep you and keep His promises.

Sunday 6/19/11 Nehemiah 1 1-4 sent to KBC by Frank Tallerico.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/17/11

The Feds come to Orleans: focus shifts to Keno Dam and Reservoir, by Felice Pace, Klamath Blog 6/17/11. (KBC NOTE: Now that the Klamath Basin farm leaders have made a deal with the environmental groups and feds to rip out 4 Klamath River Dams with no transparency and no vote from their constituents, does it come as a surprise that those within the environmental coalitions bent on removal of dams, mining, logging and farming, are now targeting the Keno Dam which allows Klamath Basin irrigators to irrigate?)

Taking Liberty explains the agenda of "taking liberty" from U.S citizensWhere have all the jobs gone:
Karuk Tribe, conservation groups win suit against US Forest Service, Indybay 6/17/11. (KBC NOTE: Same groups, same agenda, same folks are KBRA voting members with our farm leaders.)
Oregon adopts strictest standard for toxic water pollution in the nation, The Oregonian 6/17/11 (KBC NOTE: Oregon is one of highest states of unemployment in nation)
Why were new jobs bills killed? by Oregon Senator Whitsett, posted to KBC 6/16/11
Foreclosures up 236 percent in (Oregon) state, H&N, posted to KBC 6/16/11

Judge hears water agreement arguments, KBRA validation decision delayed, H&N 6/16/11

Adjusting the ESA, Groups back species act reformation, H&N 6/16/11

Review period opens for Basin suckers, H&N 6/16/11

Fish listing affects (Klamath) Basin irrigators, H&N 6/16/11

Another smuggler corridor wildfire and the anger is flaring up, TucsonCitizen, followed by Climate Change Link to Fires Ignites Senate Committee, ClimateWire, posted to KBC 6/16/11

Weekly water report, H&N 6/16/11

Is the Soros-Sponsored ‘Agenda 21’ a Hidden Plan for World Government? (Yes, Only it Is Not Hidden), compiled by Mike Opelka, theblaze.com 6/14/11.
HERE > for Soros funding in the Klamath Basin and the KBRA

(Klamath) Dam removal will do more harm than good, by John W. Menke, Record Searchlight June 13, 2011. Dr. John W. Menke, an ecologist, lives in Scott Valley.

June 13 NMFS accepting public comment of possible endangered listing of Klamath chinook salmon

California Budget $1.8M Error Will Kill Gold Mining Industry, Says Gold Pan California, Former Attorney General Jerry Brown: Program Pays For Itself, Sacramento Bee/Gold Pan California, posted to KBC 6/12/11

Biomass plants likely to keep people away, H&N 6/12/11, letter by Annette Belz, Klamath Falls.

For Sunday June 12, 2011, sent by Frank Tallerico, Yreka
Joshua 24:13-15 NKJ "13. I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. 14. Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt,. Serve the LORD. 15. And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Deerplay double gather for American-bred Fleece, Farmers Guardian, posted to KBC 6/11/11. "DEREK Scrimgeour won the Deerplay Double Gather Championship with his prick-eared tri-coloured smooth-coated bitch Fleece, which was bred in the US by Geri Byrne, and imported as a youngster. Trained here, she won one of the most prestigious trials in England, after winning the Deerplay Open last year.) KBC NOTE: Geri Byrne from Tulelake, Calif, breeds, trains, and participates in national and international sheepdog trials, and also has planned the National Finals 3 times in the Klamath Basin. Congratulations Geri!

California Democrats may benefit from redistricting, H&N 6/11/11. "California's new voting districts could put Democrats within reach of as many as five more seats in Congress and enough in the state Legislature for the two-thirds majority..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 6/11/11

Second biomass plant endangers air quality, H&N letter to editor by Paul Fouch, President Save Our Rural Oregon, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 6/11/11

Air quality and biomass receive a failing grade, H&N letter by Fred Charles, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 6/11/11. "A while back Klamath County received another “F” grade for air quality from the American Lung Association."

California: Brown proposes prison reduction plan: "Corrections chief Matthew Cate said the state must immediately begin overhauling the prison system to meet a November deadline to lower its head count by more than 10,000 inmates."

Re-district lines are a sham, by Liz Bowen, president Scott Valley POW/Protect Our Water 6/10/11.

Is Mark Baird a DFG target, 6/9/11 from Pienpolitics.com, by John Martinez on Rural Vanguard. "Mark Baird may find that his outspoken leadership against DFG’s unconstitutional actions in Siskiyou County puts him squarely in the cross hairs and creates a potentially lethal action against him."

Senator Whitsett Newsletter: "This week the Ways and Means General Government Subcommittee restored funding to two programs sponsored by the Department of Revenue that provide rent payment assistance to low income elderly Oregonians. Both programs had previously been eliminated in Governor Kitzhaber’s Recommended Budget." 6/10/11

Marijuana grow shutdown in Siskiyou County 5/9/11. see Crop Page for more articles on Pot in our public forest land, land that the enviroterrorists lobby to shut down access to the public.

Don't relax on wildlands, on PieNPolitics 6/9/11

Taxpayer-funded job security, letter by Family Farm Alliance executive director Dan Keppen, Siskiyou Daily News and Tuscon Citizen, posted to KBC 6/9/11

Fact vs flat out lies regarding Klamath dams and salmon: What a crock! Don’t give in, by Mark Baird, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 6/9/11. Mark Baird of Scott Valley is vice president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water and the new owner of KSYC Radio.

Good ideas exist; we just have to find them by Dennis Jefcoat, response regarding giving Mazama Tree Farm to Klamath Tribes with public money by Steve Kandra, and corrections in Kandra's letter by timber manager Mark Slezak, H&N 6/10/11. "Steve should remember that not everyone supports his position or the negotiations that have lead to the Mazama Tree Farm's use in spending public money."

EDITORIAL: A Smart Budget Trim Will Help Water Quality, Sacramento Bee by retired EPA scientist Joe Greene, posted to KBC 6/8/11. KBC NOTE: this letter by Mr. Greene was censored. "As a retired USEPA research biologist with 25+ years experience and someone that has studied the published scientific literature on the subject of small-scale gold suction dredging I can state unequivocally that there are no unmitigated impacts from small-scale gold suction dredging..."

McClintock: Water Actually ‘Abundant’, California Political News, posted to KBC 6/8/11

For Sunday June 5, 2011 from Frank Tallerico: Bible verse is taken from, I Promise You Published by Joyce Meyers Ministries. Faith and Hope, page 23. Romans 12:13: "May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of your faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope."

One billion one hundred million dollars! by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 6/3/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/3/11. "This Friday brings us to another deadline for the State Legislature; June 3rd being the last day for each house to pass bills introduced in that house. This week’s issue reflects on those bills of interest to Farm Bureau that passed through the appropriate houses"

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