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Archive 135 - August 2013
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Update from Oregon Representative Gail Whitsett, District 56 (Klamath and Lake Counties) 8/30/13

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 9/1/13. Power marketing, incidental take for farmers regarding ESA, minimum wage to $10, limits on farmers checking to see if laborers are legal, Cal/OSHA enforcement, forest management, bobcat trapping bans, ...

(Klamath) Racism and Land Theft, Oregon-Style, by Erika Bentsen, posted to KBC 8/28/13. "What does this mean to the future of Klamath County? Are tribal members going to be the only ones allowed to own land? Now that irrigation is taken out of production, property values are plummeting. But only tribal members will be compensated; all others will be bankrupted. Who gets the land next? Will the tribes buy it for pennies on the dollar? Then what? Will the water in the rivers no longer be called, like it was before the tribes sold the reservation?"

Focus on who was not invited to water solutions, James Finses, posted to KBC 8/4/13. "On the invite list are the following special interest groups: California Trout, Waterwatch of Oregon, Oregon Wild, Sustainable Northwest, American Rivers, Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribes, Karuk Tribes, and Hoopa Valley Trial Council... voters like you and me are not invited. In both Klamath and Siskiyou counties, voters elect the county boards of commissioners or supervisors to represent the voters. Where are they on the list of invited stockholders?"

Science of (Klamath) fish mortality should be challenged, by Jerry Jones, Chiloquin H&N, posted to KBC 8/28/13. "Most of the summer is gone with no resumption of water deliveries to Upper Basin irrigators...The state and federal governments conspired with the tribes to create this problem and destroy the opposition to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement..."

Senator Doug Whitsett:
* Oregonís workforce and its consumers suffer each time that our governments impose new costs on private businesses. 8/27/13

* More than a dozen bills relating to firearms were introduced 8/14/13
The Oregon Water Resources Department is no longer a friend of agriculture. 8/1/13. "More than 250 water users holding Allottee and Walton water rights dating to 1864 are being forced to turn off their irrigation water...The Departmentís final determination gave the Tribes such a huge amount of water that virtually no additional water will be available for irrigation in a normal year..."
* The Assembly had two primary tasks; to balance the budgets and to take meaningful action to address an unsustainable Public Employment retirement System. We failed both tests. 7/13/13

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace, with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into the grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 8/25/13 sent by Frank Tallerico

TID wells groundwater pumped August 15-22, 2013.
TID groundwater levels 8/24/13

Bureau of Reclamation Press Release: Reclamation to Increase Releases from Lewiston Dam to the Trinity River for Tribal Ceremony and Lower Klamath Flow Augmentation, 8/23/13.

Klamath Salmon: big fall chinook return combined with drought sparks concerns about fish die-offs, 8/23/13 CBB. "...fisheries managers expect the second-largest run of chinook on record to begin arriving..."

Judge approves Trinity River releases (on August 22), H&N 8/23/13.

"Fall releases of Trinity R. water at levels greater than pre-Trinity Dam years, is too risky for a fish kill," letter from Don Meamber, restoration award winner from North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force, to Bureau of Reclamation Mr. Reck, posted to KBC 8/9/13.


Latest Klamath water crisis continues century of conflict, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/23/13. "Nathan Jackson, a Cow Creek Indian who manages his family's ranch near Bonanza in Klamath County... said...the Klamath Tribes have "asked for an unreasonable amount of water to support their hunting and fishing rights." He said the quantity of the tribes' water call is "decimating the entire industry in the Klamath Basin.' "

Klamath Courier series: Klamath Irrigators and Coastal Fishermen:
They did not restore the Klamath salmon in 20 years; And now they want more money to manage fish and farms, Klamath Courier 2/8/06
       "They misspent $20 million dollars", Coos County Commissioner weighs in on fisheries management and agriculture,  Klamath Courier, posted to KBC 2/6/06.
       Coastal Fishermen meet with Klamath Water Users What happened to Klamath River salmon?, Klamath Courier 1/25/06. "Coastal Fishermen told Klamath farmers that the government is breaking the law, destroying the fisheries, and blaming Klamath Project irrigators for results of the government's mismanagement."

Water task force slow to come to consensus; framework pushed back two weeks after meeting, H&N 8/23/13

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 8/23/13.

KWAPA / KWUA Combined Agenda September 3, 2013

1st. Peter 1:22-24 "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God who lives and abides forever, because, "all flesh is as grass, and all glory of man as the flower of the grass, the grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever." Sent from Frank Tallerico for week of August 18.

Chamber stance wrong on KBRA support, Virginia Topham for H&N posted to KBC 8/19/13.

Save our Klamath County Water website

Klamath Falls Mess: Judge denies livestock access to water, Western Montana Water Rights, and also Western Ag Reporter,  by Erika Bentsen, posted to KBC 8/13/13. "The tribes and government, hiding behind the skirts of the KBRA,  successfully divided the community by pitting farmer against rancher, and neighbor against neighbor.  The government and tribes learned from their original failure when only one group was attacked.  By dangling incentives to some, they splintered their opposition...If these tribal claims are validated by the court system, no river in the country is safe..."

Klamath Adjudication website

Siskiyou County fights for independence posted 8/13/13. ďIím before you to ask support and an affirmative vote on a resolution to withdraw Siskiyou County from the state of California,Ē Mark Baird stated, President of Scott Valley Protect Our Water. "

Klamath County Fair schedule

Bible Verses for the week of Aug. 11 from Frank Tallerico:  1 John 4:1-4:  "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the spirit of God. Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater that he who is in the world."

West-Valley Farmers Sue Feds Over Salmon Protection Plans (elevated Trinity River flows), Fresno Bee 8/8/13.

"Fall releases of Trinity R. water at levels greater than pre-Trinity Dam years, is too risky for a fish kill," letter from Don Meamber, restoration award winner from North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force, to Bureau of Reclamation Mr. Reck, posted to KBC 8/9/13.

Trinity water release planned,  BOR hopes to prevent fish kill by supplementing flows, H&N 8/8/13

"Our abundant and varied (Klamath) fisheries appear to contradict the need for massive aquatic restoration projects" by Senator Doug Whitsett 8/8/13.

Quality water: Waterways, anglers in Klamath among best in nation, H&N, posted to KBC 8/9/13.

BOR to award tribal members drought funds, Relief program offers those with 1864 water rights $250 per acre,
followed by
Reclamation says no to (Klamath) tribal drought relief, appropriated funds will not be paid out this year, H&N 8/8/13

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