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Archive 121 - June 2012
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Rain helps irrigation, water year outlook, H&N 6/8/12  "As of Wednesday,
year-to-date precipitation was 95 percent of historical average."

* California Farm Bureau Federation governmental and legislative update 6/29/12. Status of bills: demanding farmers to provide cool water every 10' and shade every 200', demanding overtime for farm workers after 8 hours, ending hunting certain predators with dogs, acquiring prime farmland for green energy production, giving Cal Dept. Fish and Game authority to fine people $20,000 if CDFG "believes" someone violated a code or regulation, limiting use of certain traps, .....

California Coyote Tale, International Liberty, posted to KBC 6/29/12. "The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor...." "And that, my friends, is why California is broke and Texas is not."

(Klamath dam) Decision-makers must understand Klamath uncertainties, by Dr. PAUL R. HOUSER for the Capital Press June 29, 2012. "After I questioned the accuracy of science reporting and summary documents related to the Klamath Secretarial Decision, I faced systematic reprisal and my job as the Bureau of Reclamation's science adviser was terminated..."
Here for Dr. Houser Page, including his biography.

Liz writes life, posted to KBC 6/29/12: Sheriff's' panel, Klamath dam whistleblower, garden, Karuk's "study", ...

Pacific Legal Foundation statement on Supreme Court’s Health Care ruling, PLF 6/28/12

AB 2179 Fish and Game, Enforcement and Penalties, posted to KBC 6/28/12
HERE for Call to Action:

Hastings Holds Hearing on Federal Regulations and Costs Impacting Hydropower Development, PRESS RELEASE 6/27/12

USDA Ordered to Justify Claim that it Satisfied the Injunction Awarded to R-CALF USA, Consumer Groups, Other Cattle Groups and Individual Ranchers, R-CALF 6/27/12. "It's a sad state of affairs when food producers and food consumers have to fight their own government to protect the safety of our nation's food supply, but that's exactly where we find ourselves with the Obama Administration today," concluded Bullard."

Paul R. Houser: Dam removal holds risks, uncertainties, Redding Record Searchlight, posted to KBC June 26, 2012
HERE for Klamath Science Misconduct page and federal whistleblower on Klamath dam science

Gold Ray Dam Removal: Chromium-6 testing continues, Mail Tribune, Ashland 6/26/12: "Environmental Protection Agency draft on chromium-6 effects on human health proposed classifying it as a likely cause of cancer in people when ingested over a lifetime."

Draft of (Oregon) state water plan posted, Capital Press 6/26/12

Proverbs 3:3-6 NKJ sent by Frank Tallerico 6/23/12
3. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,
4. And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man,
5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Federal cuts trim Gold Ray aftermath studies, Mail Tribune 6/23/12. Opinion by Rich: "Unfortunately it doesn’t mean they won’t try to put the money in to remove and it further supports that they just want to push this blindly and aren’t really interested in the consequences. If we were dealing with reasonable people they would spend the time and money to check on the consequences of dam removal on the Elhwa and Condit as well as the Gold Ray before taking any other action."

Tombstone appeals to repair water supply, AZ Central, posted to KBC 6/23/12. "... since March 1, 2012, defendants have refused to allow Tombstone to use anything other than hand tools to restore any part of its water system,"

KWAPA / Klamath Water and Power Agency public meeting agenda for 7/5/12

DOI Survey and Klamath Dam destruction, by Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 6/23/12

U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, Providing certainty to Oregon's ranchers, predatory sea lions: 6/22/12

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/22/12: Water, Land, Transportation
CFBF Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/15/12: farm labor overtime, minimum wage, heat illness, farm labor contractors

Bible Verse from Frank Tallerico 6/17/12, Psalm 34:4-67NKJ:  I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all of my fears. 5. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.  6. This poor man cried out, and the Lord head him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them.

Senate bill brings some big changes to farm policy, Capital Press 6/22/12. "The Senate is expected to show bipartisan support for the $500 billion bill that sets farm safety net and conservation policies and funds the food stamp program over the next five years...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky opened Thursday's session by praising the Senate's recent successes in getting bills passed...Food stamps continue to command the great majority of farm bill dollars. Spurred by the bad economy, there are now 46 million people getting food stamps, at a cost of about $80 billion a year. That's 80 percent of the entire farm bill budget."

An answer for farmers, finally, H&N by Cordy Starr, posted to KBC 6/22/12. "...in an article written about Hollie Cannon, an employee of the Klamath Water and Power agency, said if the KBRA is implemented and “If we are successful with the on project plan, there will be hardly any change for the on-project farmer. Under the KBRA, less water will be allocated to the project, compared to the wettest years now but the irrigators will have the choice to participate in programs that pay them to conserve water and use ground wells.”

PUC considers surcharge increase, Siskiyou Daily News, posted 6/22/12. "Under the dam removal agreement, PacifiCorp’s customers will cover the first $200 million of dam removal costs. Any costs over $200 million would be covered by the state of California, up to an additional $250 million.

Dr. Paul R. HouserDennis Lynch, lead Klamath Dam removal scientist, blasts Houser in the media, and former top scientist in Bureau of Reclamation and science integrity officer, Dr. Houser, responds. 6/16/12.

(Modoc) County aims to take tough stand against wolf, Modoc Record June 2012

2012 Farm Bill Page (includes correction and clarification)

Klamath dam survey inspires bill amendment, Siskiyou Daily News 6/12/12.

Hay hopes are high for first cuttings, H&N 6/14/12

How Obama Banks on Warren Buffett—for Campaign Cash, Mother Jones, posted to KBC 6/12/12. HERE for Buffett Page. Buffett owns the Klamath hydroelectric dams, and intends for them to be destroyed at ratepayer's and taxpayer's expense.

Commission sets 2012 coastal coho, fall chinook salmon seasons, ODFW, posted to KBC 6/9/12. "...coastal coho were listed as threatened in 1998...Today we’re seeing the results of record returns in recent years..."

Wolf study probes effects on cattle, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/9/12. "...the rancher was able to show only an 80 percent yield on calves... (he) estimated he lost between 65 to 70 animals out of 800 head, but he was able to confirm the loss of just 17."

Leaked Interior Department emails point to political motives in mining ban, WLJ posted to KBC 6/9/12. "In what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Department of Interior (DOI), a clutch of recently leaked emails suggest that the department may have had little to no scientific evidence supporting its January decision to withdraw over 1 million acres in northern Arizona from new uranium mining claims due to concerns about ground water contamination."
HERE for Klamath Science Misconduct page and federal whistleblower on Klamath dam science

Columbia Basin Bulletin 6/8/12. Mining, salmon runs, salmon reintroduction, Tribes balancing platform fishing With gill-netting

Rain helps irrigation, water year outlook, H&N 6/8/12. " 'If the irrigators are just a little bit careful, I think there’s going to be enough water.' As of Wednesday, year-to-date precipitation was 95 percent of historical average."

Fighting drought is Hollie Cannon’s No. 1 goal, H&N 6/8/12. "The KBRA and a related water settlement aim to remove four Klamath River dams, provide reliable water supplies and affordable power for irrigators, restore fish habitat, and acquire a 92,000-acre tree farm for the Klamath Tribes." KBC Editor: When asked recently about the KBRA, KWAPA director Cannon said, "What you're giving up is water to get affordable power...I'd say 20-25%."  When asked if the affordable power rate was guaranteed in the KBRA, Cannon replied, ""We can't guarantee it." ALSO, at another KWAPA meeting, MBK engineer stated that 'water certainty,' or a "reliable" water supply means that every spring the farmer will be told on a certain date how much water they will be allowed to use.

Soros Spends Over $48 Million Funding Media Organizations, followed by, Soros Spends $400 Million On 'Open Society' Education, 'Social Action,' Colleges And Universities, CNS 6/8/12.
HERE for Soros Page, and links to Soros and the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and what "stakeholders" Soros funds.

Forest Service grants Tombstone work permit, SV Herald 6/8/12.
Judge Denies Tombstone Water, Townhall, posted to KBC 5/22/12.

Federal judge halts eastern Idaho logging project, Capital Press 6/8/12. "A federal judge has halted a 7,000-acre eastern Idaho logging project in potential lynx habitat near Yellowstone...U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale's decision Wednesday following a lawsuit by environmental groups over the Split Creek timber harvest also affects about 390,000 additional acres in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review - legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 6/8/12: heat illness legislation, discrimination, metering, coho permits, more power to CDFG, marijuana on public lands, predator hunting restrictions, regulations and limits for trappers.

Siskiyou County 6/5/12 primary election results, posted to KBC 6/6/12.

North Coast Marine Protected Areas Adopted in Final Coastal Ocean Region, CDFG 6/6/12. "The north coast regulations include a provision for federally recognized tribal members to continue harvesting and gathering fish, kelp and shellfish as they have for countless generations."

House Votes to Prohibit Federal Government from Mailing Out Cash for Surveys, U.S House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Doc Hastings 6/6/12. "In 2011, the Department of the Interior (DOI) distributed a nationwide survey with the questionable purpose of measuring the societal, non-economic value of removing four privately owned dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California...an estimated 10,400 households were contacted about the survey...the survey in question cost over $850,000."

Well, it looks like the Karuk Tribe and Klamath River Keepers are at it again, PieNPolitics 6/5/12. "Late last week while the areas food producers were preparing for the 2012-farming season, the Karuk Tribe, in coordination with the Klamath River Keepers, went public with an extremely biased and highly controversial groundwater model of the Scott River aquifer."

California Primary results 6/5/12:
U.S. Congressman District 1: Doug La Malfa (GOP) 39.9%, Jim Reed (DEM)19.7%
Siskiyou County Supervisor District 1: Brandon Criss ousts Jim Cook

Farmers sued over drought funding; local agency (KWAPA): Walker Brothers farm didn’t qualify for $200,000, H&N 6/5/12. "Listed in the suit are William, John and Weston Walker and Tricia Hill doing business as Walker Brothers, a Merrill based potato and grain farming business."  KBC EDITOR: Tricia Hill, listed in the lawsuit, is a member of Klamath Water Users Association / board of directors. KWUA formed KWAPA. Please note that H&N wrote no statement from Walkers in their article.

6/5/12: deadline to apply for first land idling period.

VOTE today in California!

Battered Communities, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia H. Armstrong, 6/4/12. "The paper chronicles the relentless series of lawsuits by fishermen, environmentalists and tribes to reduce water available for irrigation in the upper Klamath Basin. It shows the use of the Clean Water Act Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to render agriculture a “permitted” activity controlled and curtailed by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. It shows the CA Dept of Fish and Game’s efforts to take water from pre-1914 water right holders through the 1602 streambed alteration agreement, coho incidental take permit and flow studies. Then there are the repeated attempts to create a “basinwide” governance structure, such as the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, where unelected bureaucrats, tribes and environmentalists will write restoration plans, reallocating water from farmers to the environment."

Alabama Adopts First Official State Ban on UN Agenda 21, New America 5/4/12. "the UN has enlisted a broad array of non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations in its effort to foist Agenda 21 on the world — most notably a Germany-based group called ICLEI, formerly known as the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives. But the new measure takes direct aim at that problem, too: “the State of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not enter into any agreement, expend any sum of money, or receive funds contracting services, or giving financial aid to or from” any such entities, as defined in Agenda 21 documents."

Second Annual Report from Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator March 2012. "The Statewide Coordinator position was established in Decision 0909-47, which was adopted in September 2009. It is funded by the investor owned utilities (IOU), but is embedded in and reports to ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the Institute for Local Government (ILG) and the Local Government Commission (LGC). The Statewide Coordinator is an employee of the Local Government Commission."
KBC Editor: The above 79-page report explains the ICLEI agenda for energy efficiency, including car size and efficiency, sprinkler types, every aspect of energy use. Local towns involved with, or members of ICLEI are Alturas and Mt. Shasta, Calif. and Ashland, Oregon.

6/3/12 - Psalms 121: 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Western Mining Alliance June 2012 Newsletter: Miners are fighting environmental groups backing bill to permanently eliminate suction dredge mining, "The environmental groups are good at eliminating paying jobs of the small businesspeople who used to be miners. What jobs have they actually created in the pursuit of environmental perfection - other than funding their own lawyers? In a state that is virtually bankrupt and has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country what assembly person would want to be associated with eliminating yet more jobs."

Karuk Tribe of California v. US Forest Service, including dissenting opinions: M. SMITH, Circuit Judge, with whom KOZINSKI, Chief Judge, joins, and with whom IKUTA and MURGUIA, Circuit Judges, join as to Parts I through VI, dissenting: "Most miners affected by this decision will have neither the resources nor the patience to pursue a consultation with the EPA; they will simply give up"

Court Orders Forest Service To Regulate Gold Mining in Salmon Streams, 6/1/12, OPB. "The 7-to-4 appeals court decision came in response to a suit filed by the Karuk Tribe of Northern California...Craig Tucker, the Karuk Tribe’s Klamath coordinator, hailed the ruling."  "In a strongly worded and illustrated dissent, Circuit Court Judge Milan D. Smith Jr argued that the majority’s decision ignored precedent and effectively shut down small scale suction dredge mining."
Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Endangered Species Over 1872 Mining Law - Strikes Down U.S. Forest Service Approvals of Mining Projects Across West, YubaNet 6/1/12. "To the Karuk people, salmon and free-flowing clean water are essential elements of our culture and heritage," said

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