Archive 112 - September 2011
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Mining Districts: a concept Reborn, by Jim Foley, Yreka, Prospecting and Mining Journal 9/30/11
Klamath River Basin Crops: over 100,000 marijuana plants seized, Siskiyou Daily News 9/29/11. "...total street value of the plants seized is estimated at $93,105 000."
< Klamath Falls, Oregon - "Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) opponent's sign is destroyed outside Chiloquin, Oregon community center during KBRA's Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) public informational meeting on Monday. The battle to save 4 hydroelectric and agriculture dams on the Klamath River takes a step towards violence by the environmentalists," from Mike King.
Obama Interior Department Rife with zealots, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/27/11.
Sunday prayer page sent from Frank Tallerico 9/25/11
Can we really say jobs are being created? H&N letter by Mark Slezak 9/25/11. "Oh great. We are going to “create” 4,600 jobs by tearing out the dams on Klamath River. First, I don’t believe the number, but more importantly, let’s expand the logic..."
Central Valley - Judge throws out parts of salmon, steelhead plan, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 9/25/11
Columbia Basin Bulletin, posted to KBC 9/25/11
It isn't job creation, it's economic distribution, by Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum 9/24/11. (Klamath Dam destruction)
9/24/11 - Awhile back we were asked to find a couple videos..one of Toby Freeman with PacifiCorp saying how the enviros with a dam destruction agenda would make it too expensive to relicense: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibZUMJ96ywA&list=FLOOqZ_h8cIa2lzcNPuydrLQ&index=17
We were also asked where Toby said that Oregon ratepayers do not get a refund. It is in the video where the Dept. of interior facilitator wrenched the mic out of Bob Kings hand, after the first interruption, stated by Toby : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_4M_0nTI3Q&feature=youtu.be
We made a 4-hour dvd of Whitsett/Garrard/Gilman public input meeting in 2009, where there were 4 hours of mostly solutions, and comments. Following is the 12 minute edited version of this event. KWUA, Klamath Project irrigation districts, UKWUA, and Family Farm Alliance director all boycotted that meeting and held their own “strategy” meeting with the tribes at the same time.
Angry federal judge (Wanger) rips 'false testimony' of federal scientists, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/24/11
Outcomes of last summer’s public employee labor negotiations, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 9/24/11
* Whitsett files for third term Oregon Senate District 28, 9/22/11. "Doug Whitsett has officially filed with the Oregon Secretary of State's office for re-election to the Oregon Senate, District 28 (all of Klamath, Lake, Crook, and parts of Deschutes and Jackson Counties)." HERE for KBC's Senator Whitsett Page
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Public Hearings for Klamath Facilities Removal, 9/22/11 Oct 18, 2011, 4:30-8 p.m Klamath Falls Public Hearing KBRA
Klamath dams: Real estate repercussions (of dam destruction)? Siskiyou Daily News 9/22/11. (KBC Note: Siskiyou County is home of 3 of the 4 Klamath River dams targeted for destruction, opposed by about 80% of Siskiyou voters.) "
AGENDA 21 Workshop - How our private land is being stolen away Sept 22, Thursday, Klamath Falls. Speakers: Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of private property rights, free enterprise, and American sovereignty and independence.
DOI Press Release: Salazar announces release of Klamath dam removal studies 9/21/11. "flood risks...impacts of juvenile fish populations...loss in recreation opportunities...decrease in property values...loss in hydroelectric power generation (for) 70,000 homes..."
***Draft Dam Removal Studies EIS/EIR 9/21/11
Delta smelt decision 9/21/11. "...The Court finds agency bad faith here. There simply is no explanation. There is no justification..."
Judge: Salmon protections too costly to water users, Contra Costa Times 9/21/11.
Remarks To The Major Donors Of Hillsdale College, Constitution Week, September 2011, by Igor Birman, Congressman McClintock's Chief of Staff. "I remember vividly the week before my parents, my brother, my grandmother and I left Moscow for the United States. As we went to say good-bye to my uncle in St. Petersburg, Russian authorities ransacked our little apartment..."
* Defend Rural America October 22nd in Yreka, California with Kirk MacKenzie to form a unified effort to stop Big Government from winning this battle, and all subsequent battles across our nation. Posted 9/20/11
Report: Dam removal will create jobs, H&N 9/20/11. "The tone of (Salazar’s) speech seems to me to dismiss concerns of a broad majority that maintain well-founded reservation regarding dam removal,” said state Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls. "Whitsett said he would reserve specific comments until he read the full draft environmental impact study, but said, “Dams and sediment can’t be removed for $290 million.” KBC NOTE: According to the KBRA On Project plan there are "conservation easements, forbearance agreements, conjunctive use programs, efficiency measures, land acquisitions, water acquisitions..." with the KBRA dam-removal scheme. How do these create hundreds of "agricultural" jobs according to Secretary Salazar?
Tribes awarded $500,000 grant, H&N 9/20/11. “We’ve got a preliminary construction estimate of $1.2 million,” Sexton said. “We’ll raise the rest of the money through grants.”
Tribes: Trimmed budget hits benefits, H&N 9/20/11. "What we want are the dams out,” Tucker said. “The water quality is horrible, our fishery is suffering. … Everything we cut out was important, but nothing is more important than getting the dams out.” HERE for Tucker bio and articles. Trained by GreenCorp, and outreach director of Friends of the River, his stated goal is, "removal of four dams on the Klamath River which would represent the largest dam removal project in history." His activist training was invaluable to pull off the KBRA "agreement" with farmers. See article Learning from the (dam removal activist) Pros
Judge: Salmon protections too costly to water users, Contra Costa Times 9/21/11.
U.S. District Court: 2009 salmonid biop found to be unlawful, Central Calif district court decision 9/20/11
Resolution proposed in Tulelake Irrigation District case (regarding KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement), Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 9/18/11
The case of the missing steakholder, by Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum, posted to KBC 9/18/11. "What is a stakeholder? Shouldn't it be the guy with the biggest 'stake'?...Who is coughing up the $1.5 billion?"
Dam removal in Washington part of growing movement, Banger Daily News, posted to KBC 9/18/11. "What once seemed radical is now mainstream,” said American Rivers President Bob Irvin, whose group has advocated dam removal for environmental reasons. “All of these are experiments in how nature can restore itself, and the Elwha is the biggest example of that.” The pace of removal has quickened, with 241 dams demolished between 2006 and 2010, a more than 40 percent increase over the previous five years...A drumbeat of litigation by tribes and environmental groups has pushed federal officials to dismantle some dams that otherwise would have remained in place. (KBC NOTE: American Rivers is an exclusive KBRA stakeholder voting member. George Soros helps fund Earthjustice, who pays for American Rivers attorney fees. Earthjustice also pays the bills for other environmental groups on the KBRA "stakeholder" voting members, and also those opposed, yet all in the same coalitions: PCFFA, Klamath Wildlands, Karuk Tribe, Oregon Wild, ....." Some are still in litigation against Klamath Basin irrigators. American Rivers and many KBRA voting "stakeholders" and opposing groups are in the coalition to destroy the Snake and Colombia River dams.
Dam removal movement gathers steam, Washington Post, posted to KBC 9/18/11. Slideshow of dam destruction.
Hoopa Tribe Gets $4.1 Million for a Healthy Facelift, Two Rivers, posted to KBC 9/18/11
Thompson announces $3.3 million for Yurok Tribe veteran cemetery, Times-Standard posted 9/18/11
Sunday message sent by Frank Tallerico 9/18/11
Oregon Forest Mismanagement, Senator Doug Whitsett
"...left is an area of nearly 600 square miles mostly
dominated by standing, gray, dead snags...no effort has
been made to salvage this timber for any use. The Forest
Service has allowed wood cutting on a few hundred acres,
but the infestation is spreading much faster than that
meager harvest...The potential for catastrophic wildfire
is enormous...Those private forest landowners were able
to slow the spread, and reduce the damage on some of
their forests, by proactively and selectively logging
their timber out in front of the epidemic.. The Forest
Service rewarded those efforts by charging the
landowners tens of thousands of dollars to haul their
logs over Forest Service roads. We were told that the
Forest Service “road toll” was as much as $500 to $700
Oregon Forest Mismanagement, Senator Doug Whitsett 9/16/11. "...left is an area of nearly 600 square miles mostly dominated by standing, gray, dead snags...no effort has been made to salvage this timber for any use. The Forest Service has allowed wood cutting on a few hundred acres, but the infestation is spreading much faster than that meager harvest...The potential for catastrophic wildfire is enormous...Those private forest landowners were able to slow the spread, and reduce the damage on some of their forests, by proactively and selectively logging their timber out in front of the epidemic.. The Forest Service rewarded those efforts by charging the landowners tens of thousands of dollars to haul their logs over Forest Service roads. We were told that the Forest Service “road toll” was as much as $500 to $700 per load!"
Columbia Basin Bulletin 9/16/11: Sea Lion removal, record salmon runs on Snake, strong Chinook and Coho, etc
NEW: Deadline Oct 7 - Klamath Basin Power Alliance / KBPA-Alliance begins seeking stable power rate, Number of participants will determine power load from Bonneville, H&N 9/15/11. Attend meetings from Sept. 19 - Oct. 3: what you must to to be allowed the cheaper power rate. "The affordable power program, administered by the nonprofit Klamath Basin Power Alliance, is part of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement’s effort to reduce — or at least stabilize — power rates for irrigators...The KBRA is a controversial agreement that aims to establish sustainable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitats, and help the Klamath Tribes acquire a 92,000-acre parcel of private timberland, the Mazama Tree Farm (KBC NOTE: and the KBRA requires 4 Klamath River hydroelectric dams serving 70,000 households to be destroyed.) Around the end of the year, the agency will name a rate and the alliance will have written restoration requirements"
9/15/11 - U.S. Congressman Wally Herger testimony: Monument Legislation Discussed at Hearing: "In the Northern California Congressional District I represent, the federal government owns a significant amount of the land, with it reaching as high as 75% in one county. Local communities collect no taxes from these lands, money that could go to schools and roads. The federal government is also unable to manage it properly. Now the Obama Administration is talking about increasing the number of presidentially-designated national monuments...."
Lawsuit asks court to kill new California Senate districts, Sacramento Bee 8/15/11
Stipulation for Judgement, Proposed Order Case No. SC CV CV 10-0463 Posted 9/15/11
Tulelake Irrigation District Agenda of 9/12/11 meeting: groundwater management plan, KBRA validation lawsuit stipulation, ....The board approved both of those issues. The public was not allowed to see the stipulation for Judgment Case.
Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes, Human Events, posted to KBC 9/14/11. "Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are sitting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres."
9/13/11 - BRYANT MOUNTAIN PUMPED STORAGE HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT, FERC PROJECT NO. 13680. Notification of Intent, Pre-application document. Listed are dozens of endangered species in the area, people who would lose their homes, farms, ranches and businesses (pg. 83), and many groups interested including Klamath Riverkeeper, The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Wild, American Whitewater, Klamath Audubon Society, plus some tribes and government agencies. The resource management plan. Also, pg. 53: "KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement). 2010. Klamath basin restoration agreement for the sustainability of public and trust resources and affected communities."
9/12/11: Klamath Basin residents just received notice that their farmland and homes would be destroyed with the creation of a new hydropower facility and reservoir. The following 2009 article is all we have found on the issue:
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted to KBC 9/12/11. This week’s Friday Review offers an end-of-session re-cap of several of the issues important to Farm Bureau and its Members.
Dam liars, crooks and killers, Morphcity, posted to KBC 9/11/11
Tulelake Butte Valley Fair Sept 8-11.
September 11, 2011, submitted by Frank Tallerico
Tulelake Pioneer Day 9/10/11, 10 a.m. Tulelake Honker, coffee and donuts, lunch, and watch fair Parade.
Tulelake Irrigation District hollared at those expressing concerns about the groundwater management plan at public meeting #1, by KBC, posted to KBC 9/3/11. KBC NOTE: The management plan is mandated in the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement On Project plan.
Conservative Policy Summit, 9/3/11 Newsletter by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett. "...The Summit provided those of us who represent the people of Southern Oregon the opportunity to listen to the concerns of the community and business leaders and to discuss the potential solutions that they suggested. The primary purpose of the Medford Summit was to identify governmental barriers to private sector job creation and to recommend appropriate ways to remove those obstacles..."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 9/2/11. This issue contains everything from water, labor, rural taxes..."The Department of Finance wants more money from rural California residents to fund the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; a lot more money..."
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