Time to Take Action

Archive 134 - July 2013
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* KLAMATH WATER RALLY July 1, 2013  Short YouTube slide show

* Rural Cleansing by Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal 7/26/01.


TULELAKE - (Japanese) Opposition: Airport fence desecrates Tule Lake, H&N 7/28/13.  "During World War II, an estimated 130,000 Japanese-Americans, two-thirds of them American citizens, were sent to 10 detention centers following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. 44 acres of the original 7,400 acres, is designated as the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The fence, however, is not within the park boundaries." KBC NOTE: There is one small plaque in Tulelake honoring the WWII veterans. The Japanese (those held in Tulelake would not pledge allegiance to our country during the war) are protesting what we can do on private property because the airport security fence will make them feel "assaulted with the reminder of rejection, exclusion and emotional pain.” Airport owner said, “We have never denied access. We’ve always welcomed them to come to the airport...”

Next time you eat, think of the farmer, letter to editor by Adena Huhmann, H&N 7/7/13

Klamath Basin task force to meet Aug 1 in Klamath Falls, H&N, posted to KBC 7/22/13. KBC NOTE: Tulelake Irrigation Manager and an assistant have not been informed of the Klamath Basin task force meeting Aug 1 and said they are not involved, so we have no confirmed details. We heard rumor that this is at OIT Thursday Aug. 1, and open to the public.

Deut: 8:18-20 "And you shall remember the Lord your God..."  sent by Frank Tallerico 7/27/13.

http://klamathadjudication.com/current-water-flow is a new page displaying the current stream flows compared to the tribal claims in Upper Klamath Basin where thousands of acres of irrigation water have been shut off by Klamath Tribes and Klamath Project leaders. 

'Yes' vote on this amendment 100 would have stopped spying on Americans. See who voted to stop spying, and who voted to endorse spying, and who did not vote. posted to KBC 7/27/13.

TID well report: groundwater pumped 7/25/13.
TID well water levels 7/25/13.

Feds to start shooting barred owls, The Westerner 7/24/13. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a final environmental review of an experiment to see if killing barred owls will allow northern spotted owls to reclaim territory they’ve been driven out of over the past half-century."

Modoc Point Irrigation District: Trading a dam for a pump station, H&N, posted  7/22/13. “We felt like we had an agreement with the Tribes,” Long said. “We didn’t think they would call on our water. But we were wrong.”  (KBC NOTE: Klamath Tribes shut off water to Modoc Point Irrigation District despite the fact it is not producing more water for the 10's of thousands of "endangered" suckers, and despite the fact they made a deal when Modoc ID supported Chiloquin dam removal to help suckers recover "90%."
HERE for Chiloquin Dam Page 
(Chiloquin) Dam will die; irrigators won’t, Capital Press, 12/7/07.

2013-07-01 10.25.53 copy< Klamath Water Crisis, by Dani Nichols, posted to KBC 7/22/13. "...Here are the basics: the Klamath Tribes and the environmental activists have teamed up to starve farmers and ranchers out of the Klamath Basin, because of the lives of the supposedly endangered sucker fish in Upper Klamath Lake, and the Coho Salmon of the Klamath River. Because the tribes have been in the Klamath Basin since “time immemorial”, a judge recently ruled that their water rights supersede those of the Klamath County Agriculturalists. What are the tribes doing with these newfound rights? Turning off water to agriculture, the main industry of Klamath County (plus a threat to refuse multi-use water to Crater Lake National Park, the only National Park in Oregon and a revenue generator of more than $30 million for Klamath county and the surrounding area last year) and letting thousands of gallons of economic and cultural force drain to the ocean instead..."

Kitzhaber signs 'last resort' wolf-killing bill, San Francisco Chronicle, posted to KBC 7/22/13. "Ranchers will get new rights to shoot wolves that they see attacking their herd, but only if the attacks have become chronic and the ranchers can show they've taken nonlethal steps to try and stop them." KBC NOTE: Oregonians may not shoot a wolf killing their calves, ponies, puppies, chickens, lambs, unless they have completed a multitude of documentation and deeds.

July 20 & 21: “Rally To Learn, Rally To Win” Property rights rallies planned; Topics will include wolves and ranching during programs in Dorris, Yreka

Deuteronomy 8:11-17: "Be aware that you do not forget the Lord your God..."

Klamath County judge denies water requests; shutoffs to continue, H&N 7/16/13. KBC Note: for over 150 years farmers and ranchers have been producing livestock.There are 10s of thousands of "endangered" suckers in Klamath Lake. The state water adjudication was just completed, Klamath Tribes were awarded senior water rights, so they chose to shut off irrigation to 100,000 acres of off Project irrigators. They claim it's to restore their sucker fisheries. The blackmail is, if the irrigators agree to sign a KBRA settlement "agreement" gifting land to the tribes (as they previously sold their reservation land), downsize agriculture, rip out 4 hydroelectric dams serving 70,000 households, and plant endangered fish in the upper basin and ensure they survive, then sign they support the ESA and Biological Opinions, CORRECTION > they would be allowed at the negotiation table to get the water turned back on - with no promise it will ever be turned back on. Meanwhile government agencies have built 2 manmade islands in our refuges to attract fish predators, caspian terns, which were eating millions of baby salmon on the Columbia River.  Now they are thriving and eating our Klamath fish.
* Floating Islands Enhance Salmonid Recovery by Creating Alternative Nesting Habitat for Caspian Terns
*Restoring refuges - Wildlife refuges benefit from stimulus funds
*Stimulus funds bring Caspian tern project to Siskiyou County,
*Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 6/13/13 Newsletter: Thousands of fish-eating Cormorants eating baby suckers?

Medicine Lake campground closed for (10th annual "traditional") tribal ceremony July 18 - 21. Here for Medicine Lake Page

Crater Lake to have adequate water, H&N posted to KBC 7/16/13. "Although there were concerns that shortages stemming from Klamath Basin water rights adjudication might create a need for water to be trucked in to the park, Ackerman said a July 1 decision by the Oregon Water Resources Commission that provides water for human consumption means the park will have water for cooking, drinking and sanitation.."

Oregon senators should be replaced, H&N letter by Donato M. Giambersio 7/16/13. "To U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden...I am not writing you to thank you for voting for the United Nations Small Arms Bill, that would have, in reality, taken away our 2nd Amendment rights..."

Tule Lake meetings continue; Public input sought on management of the National Monument Unit / Japaneese Relocation Camp from WWII, H&N 7/16/13. We were told there will be no more public input meetings in the Tulelake area regarding this 1400+ acre land acquisition.

! July 20 & 21: “Rally To Learn, Rally To Win” Property rights rallies planned; Topics will include wolves and ranching during programs in Dorris, Yreka, H&N 7/14/13.  "Speakers will include Ramona Hage Morrison, Casey Anderson and Danny Martinez. Martinez, who lives in New   Mexico and has ranches in Arizona and Nevada, assisted the Hage family during its 22 years of controversial legal battles with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management on water and property rights. Martinez is also involved in challenging the Forest Service on its road management plans.Anderson, an Idaho rancher, will discuss the impact of wolves on ranchers, communities and wildlife."

Session wrapup: Partisanship overwhelming process; Republican efforts at Legislature routinely ignored, says Sen. Doug Whitsett, H&N 7/14/13.  "The recently concluded Legislative Assembly was the most partisan and rancorous that I have experienced during my nine years of service in the Oregon Senate..." HERE for Senator Whitsett Page


Access to Modoc County meetings sorely needed, H&N letter by Ron Rutledge, Alturas, posted to KBC  7/14/13.

Meth bill falls victim to politics; Final days of the legislative session marked by intense intra-party bickering, H&N 7/14/13. "I was a sponsor on more than 50 bills, many of which were bipartisan, that dealt with..." HERE for Rep. Gail Whitsett page.

Oregon  - Meth home protection bill fails to become law, H&N, posted to KBC 7/10/13



1973 - Gold mining claims, H&N, posted to KBC 7/14/13. "Under the Mining Law of 1872, a citizen may locate any number of mining claims on public lands..."  HERE for Mining Page

Ore. panel OKs ‘last resort’ wolf killing rule;  Current rules require proof that ranchers took nonlethal steps first, H&N, posted to KBC 7/14/13. 

Commissioner Recall Petition;  Mallams, Bellet not surprised by action; County leaders say they do not regret any decisions, H&N, posted to KBC 7/14/13. KBC Note: All three Klamath County Commissioners were elected partly because of their opposition to the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. 

Psalm 62:5-8  My soul waits silently for God alone.  For my expectation is from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory, the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people, pour out your heart before Him, God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 119:33-37  Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed I shall observe it with my whole heart.  Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.  Both Psalms sent by Frank Tallerico.

Upper Basin water shut-off newsletter by Brandan Topham, posted to KBC 7/12/13. "The day after the rally we were in district court in front of Judge Wogan, asking for a stay so that we can resume irrigating while this is fought in court. It was a bit demoralizing when a person goes into the courtroom and there are 3 lawyers trying to help agriculture and there are 16 lawyers from the tribes and government fighting very hard to keep the water turned off. .."

* House OKs scaled-down farm bill minus food stamps, Capital Press 7/11/13.
* PRESS RELEASE: LaMalfa Comments on Passage of Farm Bill Reforms 7/11/13. "Traditional farm policy is cut by almost $23 billion – a record 36 percent reduction."

TID well water pumped July 4-11
TID well water levels 7/11/13

H&N POLL 7/10/13 - Water shutoffs: What should Circuit Court Judge Cameron Wogan do?

Lack of forest logging to blame for fires, H&N letter to editor, posted to KBC 7/9/13. "I’m still waiting for just one environmentalist, one environmental group, or anyone else who played an active or sedentary role in stopping logging to save the spotted owl, to come forward and publicly protest the illegal marijuana grows in our national forests, national parks, and Native American Indian reservations, after it’s been proven the pesticides used on these grows are killing spotted owls and fishers."

Sens. Wyden and Merkley, Rep. Walden, and Gov. Kitzhaber Form Klamath River Basin Task Force, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, posted to KBC 7/9/13.  Included are the list of 23 invited 'stakeholders.'
Klamath Task Force Invitation Letter, posted 7/9/13 

4th of July 2013. Today we remember our roots, the fight for freedom, the blessings of that freedom. 3 days ago, many of those who fought in foreign wars for that freedom, then spent the rest of their lives growing food for a hungry world, stood on the steps of the Klamath County Courthouse pleading for the freedom to continue to farm and ranch as our government took away their irrigation water. This short short video helps tell their story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpBwZuxfukI - * KLAMATH WATER RALLY July 1, 2013  Short YouTube slide show

* Tule Lake was a navigable lake up to 30' deep in a closed basin. There was no outlet for this water. To farm the land, and provide water for affordable regulated hydropower for the West, at the farmers' expense, we rerouted that water and blasted a tunnel through Sheepy Ridge so 20-30 acre feet of that water would go into FWS Lower Klamath /Wildlife Refuge, where it could never go before, then into the Klamath River. Tulelake Irrigation District pays for 100% of the Operations and Maintenance of D Plant (the electric pumps pumping that water uphill through the tunnel) and Lease Land farmers pay for 98% of that cost. HERE is a Power Usage & Cost comparison. Our power costs have increased 2729% in 7 years.

Nine Wildlife Organizations Urge Wyden to Act on Klamath Refuges, Oregon Wild Press Release, posted to KBC 7/3/13. KBC NOTE: Tulelake Refuges have an abundance of water presently. Cole explains below why irrigators can't pay to pump into LKNWR.

Klamath Basin Fish and Wildlife / FWS refuge manager Ron Cole's letter rallying Audubon Society to petition Obama administration to obtain a water right. He did say the REASON for the low flows: "Mandated ESA flows in the Klamath River and water levels in Upper Klamath Lake have reduced water allocations to the Project. Escalating power costs mean these limited supplies of water are too expensive for irrigators to pay pumping costs, causing them to reuse water many more times, rather than send return flow to LKNWR. From 1981- 2009, LKNWR averaged about 74K ac.ft. of return flow delivered through D-Plant. From 2009-2011, return flow has averaged about 15K ac.ft., a reduction of about 80%."

Solution: Fish and Wildlife Service could pay the power cost and have full water deliveries.
Cole details a solution:
Geothermal energy plant planned for Klamath wildlife refuge, SBO, posted to KBC 3/29/12. "Take, for example, the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge. The complex has been perpetually short on water in recent years and a jump in power costs in 2004 has made pumping water to replenish wetlands prohibitively expensive....(Manager Ron Cole) estimates that in 2001 it cost 33 cents to pump an acre-foot of water onto the refuge. The cost to do the same to day is $9.20.

Oregon Senate passes bill to limit gold dredges, H&N 7/3/13. "With deference to the 150 or 200 years of mining this state has had, you would think they would try to figure out if the dredges are actually hurting something before they outlaw them," he said. "If they are really worried about the salmon, they could say, `Let's stop fishing for a few years,' and see if that affects salmon."

KWAPA public meeting agenda 7/9/13. adjudication, groundwater, impact on refuges...followed by KWAPA meeting with KWUA agenda.

KBC News 7/3/13 - On Monday nearly 1000 farmers, ranchers, and concerned citizens came together to plead for water for 114,000 acres of land supporting cattle, pasture and alfalfa. The original order prohibited farmers and ranchers to use water for human consumption and livestock watering. Some ranches have been in the families since the mid 1800's. The blackmail was, if the off Project irrigators would sign an agreement, The KBRA, further downsizing irrigated agriculture and gifting land to the Klamath Tribes, then the Tribes would not shut off their water which they claim will produce more suckers. The vast majority of the communities oppose this "agreement" in which they were allowed no input. 100,000 acres of Off- Project Ag land have already been taken out of production.


Water rights secured for livestock and human use in Klamath County; Oregon Water Resource Commission adopts temporary rules granting water rights preference to livestock watering and human consumption in Klamath Basin. Oregon Cattlemen's Association 7/1/13. However, they are still prohibited from keeping their crops and pastures watered.

Klamath area ranchers cope with lack of water, followed by Watermaster, rights determine haves, have nots, Capital Press 7/2/13.

Ranchers rally for water, Protesters say their livelihood could be ruined by shutoffs, H&N 7/1/13. "They drove through Klamath Falls in a long convoy of trucks, semis, hay trailers, cattle trailers, tractors and nearly every other type of farm vehicle. At the courthouse, about 500 people waited with signs..."

7/1/13 Deuteronomy 32:1-4  "Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and hear O earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew.  As raindrops on the tender herbs, and as showers on the grass. For I proclaim the name of the Lord.  Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect.  For all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He."

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