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Archive 142 - March 2014
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(UN) Agenda 21 Takeover in the Klamath Basin, by Barbara H. Peterson 3/26/14 Farm Wars.

BLM...seeks public comment (by March 31st)  The document includes four proposed alternatives that discuss such issues as timber management, forest reserves for northern spotted owls and marbled murrelet critical habit, protection for older forests and riparian reserves. The alternatives offer options that would focus on providing the most acres, for example, to species protection as opposed to timber harvests.

Matthew 4:8-11: Again the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all of the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, "All of these things I will give to You if You will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan.  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve." Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him." Sent by Frank Tallerico posted 3/30/14

Growers of thirsty pot are under fire in drought-struck California, H&N, posted to KBC  3/31/14. "...authorities have found widespread damage, including miles of irrigation lines, propane tanks, and rat poison and other toxic chemicals that end up in streams..."
Rat poison left outside illegal pot plantations threatens spotted owls: "The (Hoopa) tribe has received a $200,000 grant from Fish and Wildlife ... to cleaning up as many as five pot plantations identified on the reservation" H&N 5/29/13
For more illegal Klamath River Basin pot crops, go to KBC News CROP page.

Irrigators have payment options for water supply, H&N, posted to KBC 3/31/14. "The 2014 Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) on-project Water User Mitigation Plan (WUMP) will pay irrigators the cost of electricity to pump irrigation water plus $20 per acre-foot..."
California's Water Market 2012: p 34 -
"Because the bulk of the environmental market requires funding, an important question is: Where does the money come from? Roughly $547 million (2011 dollars) were spent on the 4.5 maf acquired between 1982 and 2011—costing an average of $122 per acre-foot. When these purchases have been made in the short-term market (as with the EWA prior to the Yuba Accord), the average prices paid have been higher than in the longer-term agreements, such as WAP purchases for instream flows."

Klamath Upper Basin Proposed Settlement, by Erika Bentsen, March 20, 2014, Western Ag Reporter. "On March 4, 2014, the Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement was finally revealed to the public after six months of closed door meetings with the settlement negotiators kept under strict gag orders...the wording is such that NOTHING promised to the ranchers is concrete...45 million dollars will go to the Klamath tribes to help them be "self-sufficient."...There are provisions included for taxpayers (who were not included in these private meetings) to purchase timberland for the tribes to replace the reservation they sold. In addition, there is a jobs program (Section 2.6) exclusively for the tribes "related to implementing this Agreement in the Off-Project Area," which can be interpreted to read that tribal members might be paid to monitor or enforce regulation on the privately owned land in the valley...If the landowner is found at fault, he must pay their expenses, and there is specific wording allowing the tribes to go after the landowner themselves... Ranchers feel they are being punished for doing nothing more than buying the land when the tribes sold it and continuing to irrigate it like the tribes were doing when they owned it. Unfortunately, since the state and federal government have openly aligned themselves with a sovereign nation against its citizenship, the ranchers have no place to appeal regarding this injustice..."  KBC NOTE: KBC News was told by several Upper Klamath irrigators that they were told, in closed meetings denying any media or tape recorders, that they would be prohibited from using their personal irrigation wells if they refused to sigh this "voluntary agreement."

< Robert L. “Bob” Boring, 74, passed away March 21, 2014, at his home in Klamath Falls after a short but fierce battle with cancer.

Calif. drought has migrating salmon hitching truck rides, H&N 3/26/14. "California began hauling 30 million young Chinook salmon hundreds of miles toward the Pacific Ocean in tanker trucks to save the fishing industry after a record drought left rivers too low for migration... The hatchery fish that typically migrate through the Sacramento River Delta to the sea are key to the state’s $1.5 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry, according to the Nature Conservancy" KBC NOTE: In Klamath, the Dept of Interior wants the Klamath hydroelectric dams destroyed which provide water for 70,000 homes, water storage, and fish hatcheries. They refuse to haul the fish. Here for their KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The DOI fired the Bureau of Reclamation's top ethics scientist Dr. Houser because he was a whistleblower, stating that the science does not support dam and hatchery destruction

Jobless rates stagnate in Northern California, H&N 3/26/14. "In Modoc County, the rate for February was 13.2 percent while in Siskiyou County the rate was 15.3 percent. The California average for the month was 8.5 percent while the national rate was 7 percent."

Matthew 4:5-7: "Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, 'If  You are the son of God, throw yourself down.  For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,'  and, 'In their  hands they bear you up, lest you dash Your foot against a stone.' Jesus said to him, 'It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the Lord Your God.' " sent from Frank Tallerico 3/22/14.

Oregon Congressional Candidate Dennis Linthicum

Ranchers grudgingly accept Klamath water-sharing pact, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/18/14.

3/16/14 - Matthew 4:1-4, "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted for forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, 'If  you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.' But He answered and said, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' " Sent by Frank Tallerico

As tax base shrinks, Oregon must turn from federal funds. Reduce rates, but increase taxable population for economic growth, by Bill Kennedy, guest writer for H&N, posted to KBC 3/16/14

Tribe seeks protection for refuges; Modoc Nation members want to halt water removal, H&N, posted to KBC 3/16/14. “The Modoc Nation respectfully requests the U.S. Congress, Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife stop all pumping and irrigating off the sacred water in this refuge complex"  KBC NOTE: The Modoc Tribe, recently branched off from the Klamath Tribe in 2010. The Klamath Tribe in the KBRA agreed with the Congressional right of irrigators to farm the FWS refuge leases. The Modoc Tribe requests all water to be used for their sacred endangered suckers. FWS has built two islands in these refuges which are successfully attracting fish parasites, Caspian Terns, which eat baby fish and keep the species endangered.

FYI: Klamath Tribe's Constitution: "...B. It shall be the policy of the Klamath Tribes to seek the return, to the Klamath Tribes, of all lands, natural and cultural resources, including minerals and water rights that become available and which were historically a part of the Klamath Tribes heritage C. All waters which originate in or flow through the Klamath Tribes jurisdiction, or which are stored within the Klamath Tribes jurisdiction, whether found on the surface or underground, are a valuable Tribal resource of the Klamath Tribes, and are to be protected for the present and future use of the Klamath Tribes..."

TOTAL LOSS: $210,000. County pegs 2013 tax loss from dry land, refunds impact special districts, H&N, posted to KBC 3/16/14

BLM...seeks public comment (by March 31st), H&N, posted to KBC 3/16/14. "The document includes four proposed alternatives that discuss such issues as timber management, forest reserves for northern spotted owls and marbled murrelet critical habit, protection for older forests and riparian reserves. The alternatives offer options that would focus on providing the most acres, for example, to species protection as opposed to timber harvests...."

California Coastal National Monument grows; House GOP member criticizes Obama’s action, H&N 3/12/14

Details of (Klamath) water pact discussed; water, well restrictions with, without a settlement outlined, H&N, posted to KBC 3/12/14

3/6/14 - * Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement
* Upper Klamath Basin Agreement and Exhibits
* Upper Klamath Webpage
* Water Task Force webpage
* Klamath Tribe document of intensions -  putting land into tax-exempt trust, ...intends to "buy back private lands....and secure funding for purchasing retired water rights, conservation easements...assert tribes senior water rights...expand gaming...exchange for federal lands..."

Historic water pact; Tribes, irrigators settle divisive issues. $40 million will be given to the Klamath Tribes to create jobs, H&N 3/6/14. Includes schedule of meetings. "The Klamath Tribes will be allotted $40 million to establish an economic development plan and revitalize regional industry, including taking ownership of the 92,000-acre Mazama Forest as a condition of the KBRA. The Tribe also will receive $1 million annually from the Department of the Interior for a five-year period...Once a landowner has agreed to permanently retire rights, the government will have discretion whether to purchase the right or not....Tribal members will vote whether or not to accept the agreement...no general vote will be held to approve the pact (for non-tribal members)."

Bureau of Reclamation Press Release includes $18 million in Klamath Project 3/4/14

Ranchers, tribes reach deal on Klamath Water, Redding Record Searchlight 3/5/14. "Ranchers face an even tougher year this year, because with drought continuing and another irrigation shut-off likely, many no longer have any cattle to sell, added rancher Andrea Rabe"

Water Forecast Improves; projections not enough to relieve Basin irrigators yet, H&N 3/5/14. "...reserves in Upper Klamath Lake have increased 10,000 acre-feet in the last month."

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