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  Archive 47 - April 2006
also  see main archive page

Klamath Basin and Fishermen Views on current green media attacks
and fishing season closures, March 2006.


Bureau of Reclamation, Water Data Update – May 2, 2006.
Upper Klamath Lake: Above Average (this is the highest flow classification for the lake)
Klamath River: Wet (this is the highest flow classification for the river)
Snow pack=174% of average
Klamath River forecast 50% exceedence
Trinity River Basin – Extremely Wet Water Year (this is the highest flow classification)
(KBC comment: Whether it is a record drought year, or a record high water year, the Klamath irrigators are still forced to idle farmland or pump their aquifer, forgoing 1/4 of their irrigation water, 100,000 acre feet, to send down the recently-flooding river. This is downsizing agriculture in the basin by 1/4th regardless of floods and conservation efforts and historic river flows. The author of the science behind the biological opinions demanding Project water is Dr Hardy. This science was deemed flawed by the National Research Council (NRC). However the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dept of Congress, and Bureau of Reclamation are presently funding Hardy to do more studies which were not completed on schedule, so the NRC had to postpone their Klamath Tours today and the Undepleted Flow Study will be delayed. HERE for BIA/Hardy Page.)

NEWS RELEASE: Coalition for Idaho Water, Court Order Language Raises Concern For Idaho Water Sovereignty 428/06. "Endangered species actions resulted in the devastating Klamath Basin debacle of 2001.  In that situation, water was taken away from irrigators to support endangered species actions.  The result was a financial disaster for family farms in the Klamath Basin.  Coalition officials say they are concerned a similar situation now could be looming on the horizon for Idaho If the Upper Snake projects become part of the equation,  then Idaho will have lost control of its own water.  That means the state’s irrigation supplies are at genuine risk of being drained to try to meet downstream river flow targets that scientists have already said are impossible to meet,'  said Norm Semanko,  a Coalition spokesman".

Finally, a habitat even a frog can live with, Inside Bay Area 4/29/06 "At one point during a 10-year bureaucratic and legal battle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated more than 4.1 million acres as critical habitat for the frogs. That 2001 fabrication would have created a barrier to further development in almost all of the greater Bay Area. But this month, Fish and Wildlife decided to impose restrictions on 450,000 acres in 20 counties that biologists consider critical to the frogs' survival and recovery."

May 1 Lynx comment deadline!

PFUSA Ap29-30 eminent domain and easements

ESA reform letter NOW

Right to Ride Legislation

Klamath River Flows on April 29, 2006. Thank you Lewie Baker, Tulelake.

***The Canada Lynx Critical Habitat proposal deadline for comment is May 1.  You're in danger if you live in Oregon, Washington, Maine, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Michigan. 

Feds make salmon fishing rule final, Times Standard 4/29/06

PacifiCorp offers alternative salmon plan Klamath River - The utility proposes caution and trucking until runs are re-established, The Oregonian 4/29/06

PRESS RELEASE: Renewing America's Dedication to Domestic Energy Production, 4/29/06. (The Klamath River dams produce clean hydropower)

Pacific Power would rather truck fish than build (fish ladders), KGW 4/28/06

Klamath Water Users Association Update - April 28, 2006
KWUA Release: OPUC Rate Order
KWUA Release: CPUC Mitigation Order
KWUA Participates in ‘Environmental Forum’
Water Users Send Fishing Relief Support Letter
Lawmakers Introduce Fishing Aid Legislation

California Farm Bureau Association Friday Review 4/28/06

Cameras spotlight water issue, H&N 4/28/06."Addington said the Klamath Water Users Association could support dam removal if irrigators were promised three things in return"
HERE for more on Tribal and KWUA collaboration.

Huge power rate hike hits Klamath farms, Ag Alert CFBF, 4/27/06 " Driving up electric rates will not produce more water for the river; it will provide less."

TODAY Oregon and 9 other states sue federal government for global warming, blaming power plant pollution. At the same time, tribes and environmentalists are demonstrating to have Klamath dams removed, which would eliminate clean hydro power. KBC 4/27/06.

FIRE 'EM ALL  (about culling elk in Rocky Mt Nat. Park, and introducing wolves), by Jim Beers 4/27/06. "What is this about wolves being introduced to control elk? Doesn't the Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and increasingly state fish and wildlife agencies (those that look to the US Fish and Wildlife service for their future funding) protest that the wolves "don't cause" or "aren't responsible for" the collapse of elk herds in the Northern Rockies? Are these different wolves or perhaps different elk?  Our bureaucrats wouldn't lie to us, would they?  When convenient "wolves don't depress game animal populations" and when convenient "wolves will control game animal populations". HERE for wolf page.

CANCELED until further notice: May 2, 2006 NAS Committee Meeting – Yreka. Here for canceled agenda. (The cancellation was due to Dr. Hardy not finishing the Hardy report in time because he decided to use a different model).
HERE for Hardy/BIA Page.

How many suckers does it take? H&N, posted to KBC 4/26/06
DAVID VOGEL, fisheries scientist with 29 years experience, 14 yrs working for Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding sucker numbers: "In 1986, the US Fish and Wildlife staff responsible for whether or not to pursue these (ESA) listings, believed there were only 12,000 Lost River suckers in Upper Klamath Lake...they didn't believe they were endangered...A couple years later, we now know for a fact that that number's exceeded by tens of thousands of lost river suckers. Now they flip-flop and say they are endangered. What constitutes endangered?"(His full testimony is given to the 2004 Congressional hearing on Klamath ESA DVD)

Oregon Department Of Agriculture Makes Plans To Help Coastal Salmon Fishing Industry, Medford News, posted to KBC 4/26/06

Removing dams a bad idea, 4/26/06 Herald and News

(Endangered Species) Act has not performed its mission, by Congressman Pombo, Rollcall, 4/26/06

PRESS RELEASE: Pombo, Frank hold hearing on Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization, posted 4/26/06.

Klamath solutions unveiled, Times Standard, 4/25/06.
KBC COMMENTARY: Most of the Oregon fishermen are not blaming the Bush administration for a low count of natural spawning (not endangered) Chinook salmon in the Klamath. They are not blaming Klamath irrigation which uses 3% of the water and returns much of it to the river. Congressman Thompson before the 2001 water shut-off to farmers and several times since, has promoted the 'willing seller' concept to buy out the farmers, leaving our fertile farmland fallow and decimating the local wildlife, or making it wetlands, evaporating 2ce the amount of water used by efficient irrigation sprinklers. Klamath Farmers support Coastal Fishermen. Thompson supports decimating farmers. 
HERE for fishermen's and farmers' and County Commissioners' comments on the shut-down of the coastal fishing harvest and media attacks.

PRESS RELEASE: Energy and Common Sense: Both in High Demand, But in Short Supply, Resources Committee to start hearings on supply from federal lands...again 4/25/06 "Time and time again, Republicans have warned that America would end up at the mercy of OPEC if we didn't put Americans to work producing more of our own energy," Pombo said. "We were right, as the price at the pump illustrates, again." (The price of gasoline in Klamath Falls yesterday was $2.99. Our power cost raised dramatically. We use few, if any, pesticides on our crops; many of our fields are grown organically. Where do you want your food to come from?  KBC)

‘Farms and Fish' kicks off public affairs series, 4/24/06 H&N,  "An irrigation spokesman and a tribal official will discuss water issues affecting farms and fish this week in a program broadcast on public access television."

You don’t have to hate sea lions to realize some control must be exercised, Daily Astorian, posted to KBC 4/24/06 "There should always be room for them in the ocean and river, but it’s foolish to permit them to have an openended, no-limit season on salmon. This is particularly true of wild-run upriver Chinook, so endangered that the loss of a small number of fish can close fishing seasons to avoid impacting the survivors. The time is long past when humans could sit back and allow nature to take its course in finding a balance between sea lions and salmon. We have a responsibility to manage all species in ways that ensure their survival, while providing enough salmon so the local economy can survive as well. "

USGS Klamath Flow Graphs, April 22-24, 2006, KBB. Weekly graphs go HERE.

Rich farmers? by Larry Gabriel, posted to KBC 4/24/06 "The small operations (85% of farms) get only about 20% of commodity payments."

Pacific Legal Foundation Announces 2006’s “Top Five Earth Day Lies” -- Myths Pollute Policy Debate, posted to KBC 4/24/06

Your Earth Day Resource, House Committee on Resources, posted to KBC 4/24/06

Hi Zeke, letter to PCFFA Zeke Grader regarding PCFFA attorney and advocate Glen Spain, from Scott Cook, Oregon troller, posted to KBC 4/24/06
Letter from Don Stevens, advisor to the Oregon Salmon Commission, to Glen Spain and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, regarding Spain's untruths and mis-quotes the Register Guard article (following).

FERC Order denying rehearing, posted to KBC 4/24/06

Bucket a patriotic symbol, and Keep it where it is, H&N, posted to KBC 4/24/06

Water users describe efficiency of complex Klamath system, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/24/06

Irrigators reel under power rate increases, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/24/06. "One of the TID’s largest pump stations has averaged electric bills of $30,000 to $40,000 annually. 'If it goes to tariff rate, it’ll be over a million dollars,' manager Earl Danosky said." (The irrigators must pay the bill to pump recycled irrigation water into the refuges which ends up in the Klamath River with no financial help from the USFWS or PacifiCorp which benefits. KBC)

California Farm Bureau Friday Review, posted to KBC 4/24/06

Earth Day Today, April 22, 2006. "It is the birthday of Lenin, the icon of Communism who led the Bolshevik revolution that brought the Soviet Union into being. In 1955, the then Soviet Premier, Nikita Krushchev ordered that April 22nd be designated a day to celebrate Communism" by Alan Caruba.

You can't have it both ways, by Pat Ratliff, Klamath Courier, "People, many of who live downstream from the dams, asking for dam removal with loads of history showing they will suffer death, destruction and economic loss, it just doesn't make sense." 4/20/06

Bureau of Reclamation Water Data Update – April 20, 2006 "Water Year Type: Upper Klamath Lake: Above Average (this is the highest classification), Klamath River: Wet (this is the highest classification)...Klamath River Flow Forecast: 793,000 acre-feet @ 70% exceedance"

Klamath Lake Levels and River Flows, and percent of average 4/20/06. For past reports go HERE.

Common Sense on the Klamath Becoming More Common by Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance Executive Director 4/20/06

Salmon Regulation Hearing 4/21/06

ODFW budget review Klamath 4/17/06

4/18/06: Prayer Request, see Prayer Page.

U.S. Cattle Producers Debunk (EPA) Proposed Fugitive Dust Regulations NCBA submits extensive comments to EPA, 4/18/06 "Because cattle and other agriculture operations control coarse PM through a variety of technology and management requirements, and rural areas are dusty by nature, little more can be done to comply other than scale back or shut down operations all together."

From Three Years Ago, April 2003: New Findings Cast Doubt on CDFG Fish Die-Off Assessment, posted to KBC 4/17/06

Salmon advocates to sue over Oregon Coastal coho, Oregonian 4/17/06, "Groups listed on the notice to sue include the Oregon Natural Resources Council, Pacific Rivers Council, Trout Unlimited, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, the Native Fish Society, Umpqua Watersheds, the Coast Range Association, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources."

Bureau of Reclamation 2006 Operations Plan, April 2006

Oregon Public Utilities Commission order regarding transitional power rates for Klamath Irrigators, April 2006, pdf file.

California Public Utilities Commission Proceeding A0511022, posted to KBC 4/17/06

KBB: 4/17/06  "The USGS Flow Gauge graphs showing today's water flow out of the Upper Klamath Basin at Keno is sitting at 6,050 cfs and Iron Gate Dam is releasing 7,560 cfs.  Both flows are more than triple the historical median daily discharge is for this time of year.  All the graphs show higher than historical flows - the Klamath River at the mouth is flowing at 43,200 cfs with its historic average at only 25,000 cfs."  For weekly USGS flow graphs go to KBB website.

Timber firms still seeking Biscuit fire logs, H&N, posted to KBC 4/17/06 "The Biscuit was the nation's largest fire in 2002. It spread over an area covering some 500,000 acres. It burned in a mosaic pattern, leaving roughly 100,000 acres largely unburned. The agency decided to salvage 370 million board feet, but less than 60 million has been cut."

Easter Sunday Prayer Page

It was a remarkable day, Jim Ottoman H&N 4/16/06

Power rates are part of a big picture, H&N 4/16/06

PRESS RELEASE: Walden Launches New Congressional Website at www.walden.house.gov, posted to KBC 4/16/06

***Deja Moo - The same BS all over again "This problem isn't the result of a huge series of innocent actions, but the result of years of mismanagement and downright fraud," (by Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA) by Pat Ratliff, Klamath Courier, posted to KBC 4/15/06

Salmon regulations hearing scheduled April 21, Eureka Reporter 4/15/06

California irrigators to see rate hike; Tulelake district to be hit hardest, H&N 4/15/06. "...the Klamath River has more water than before the Project existed. Water from Lost River used to go into Tule Lake and evaporate, but now the Project pumps it back to the Klamath River..."

Klamath hydro players put cards on table, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/15/06 "California’s Siskiyou County, where most of the hydro project is located, told FERC it does not support dam removal....We do not believe it is either prudent environmental or energy policy to eliminate low-cost, renewable electrical power generation...”

Fishery council calls for removal of dams, Action proposed to restore Klamath River salmon runs, posted to KBC 4/15/06

Show restraint, (potato)growers urged, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/15/06

(Oregon PUC) Commission Sets Rates for Klamath Falls Irrigators, posted to KBC 4/13/06

KWUA News Release: Oregon Public Utilities Commission Order, April 13, 2006

KWUA News Release: California Public Utilities Commission Order, April 13, 2006

Irrigators to pay more for power, H&N 4/13/06

A chat with the folks on the coast, The Klamath Courier has conversations with the coastal community, Klamath Courier by Pat Ratliff, posted to KBC 4/13/06 "The hatchery at Iron Gate appears to be running at 25-30 percent of capacity.  Running at 100 percent of capacity would have almost certainly ensured a full fishing season this year, as the only justification for the cut-off this year is 6000 fish short of the 35,000 minimum."

"Hello (KBC), my name is J  and I am a student at Case Western Reserve University.  I am currently performing a research project analyzing how "place" helps determines one's identity and views on the restoration of wolves within the Northwest United States...."

Northwest Property Rights Conference - April 29, 2006, Early Registration Expires April 15th 4/13/06

PRESS RELEASE: Congressman Walden in Klamath, 4/13/06

Potato market looking promising, H&N 4/13/06

Wet conditions hinder planting, H&N 04/13/06

 Klamath County agricultural sales for 2004 - 2005, 4/13/06 H&N. More crop reports go HERE.

Oregon cougar comments by April 12

Oregon Salmon - Media Pushes To Save Our Sacred Salmon, Shaft Our Farmers And Ranchers, by Dennis M. Becklin, publisher Oregon News Online 4/10/06

***Livestock Men of the Year awards announced, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/10/06. Congratulations Mike Byrne, Tulelake. "Byrne is a fourth generation cattle rancher who manages a family commercial cow-calf operation in the Klamath Basin of Northern California and Southern Oregon on the same lands the family has grazed for over 175 years. He has been recognized for his significant communication, outreach and leadership effort to conserving the basin area. He lobbies in Washington D.C. and on state and local levels on issues that he feels are critical to the livestock industry and western lifestyle. For his work in resolving water and endangered species issues in the Klamath Basin, Byrne received the “2004 Excellence in Conservation Award” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service."

Weather report and flows and letter from Christine Karas, Acting Manager of the Klamath Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation, 4/10/06. Thank you Barb Hall, KBB.

Letter from a Commercial Coastal Fisherman's wife to KBC regarding salmon season limit  4/9/06 by Cheri Moore

" N A I S " The National Animal Identification System, A New Threat to Rural Freedom, The End of Small Local Farmers in America, eco.freedom.org 4/9/06

Spring, "On the ranch, it is calving time. The early morning ride to check the cattle is the best part of each day, best because all the world is soaked in peace and life." by Larry Gabriel 4/9/06

Klamath water still hot topic, Redding Record Searchlight 4/9/06 "People recognize what happened in 2001 was a landmark issue, it changed how a lot of things were done in the Klamath basin,"

Alturas Casino in Yreka: Rules needed for reservation shopping -- Indian Gaming in the spotlight again, by Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 4/9/06

Sunday PRAYER PAGE, 4/9/06

Klamath Chapter Hunters fundraiser Ap 8

Fish board acts to limit time, range of season, Oregonian 4/7/06

Tulelake Irrigation District well water level report, 4/7/06. For past TID well reports go HERE.

HRC PRESS RELEASE: GAO Report Shows Agencies Fail to Plan Adequately for Species Recovery; Lack of planning has led to the ESA's failure to recover species 4/7/06

Congressional Requesters: Subject: Endangered Species: Time and Costs Required to Recover Species Are Largely Unknown, GAO-06-463R Endangered Species Recovery, Government Accountability Office, posted to KBC April 7, 2006 pdf file.

Fish passage for license renewal, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/7/06

Bucket important reminder, H&N 4/7/06

APRIL 7, 2006  California Farm Bureau Friday Review

Klamath agriculture sales up and down in 2005, H&N 4/7/06

Agriculture survey released, H&N 4/7/06

Scott Bar Salamander petitioned for protection under CA ESA, posted to KBC 4/7/06

April 6, 2001
5 years ago, water was shut off to 1400 family farms and ranches in the Klamath Basin.  Wildlife died. Fields and crops died.

The community was wounded beyond full recovery. There were auctions, suicides, and a mass exodus of farm workers who had lived here many decades. Settlers were betrayed, holding their patents with "water rights appurtenant to the land".
We will never forget the death of our towns and refuges and way of life in 2001. HERE
for archives 2001, HERE for Homesteader   stories.
The National Research Council peer review found the water shutoff  "unjustified".

April 6 2006, Coastal Fishing Season Destroyed

George Gibbs' Journal of Redick McKee's Expedition Through Northwestern California in 1851, documenting Indian Country day by day, posted to KBC 4/5/06. Thank you Barb Hall, Klamath Bucket Brigade, for typing this document.

Letter from the Coos County Board of Commissioners regarding the coastal fishery closure crisis, to: Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Gordon Smith, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Greg Walden, Secretary Gutierrez, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, April 5, 2005. "We therefore ask that the federal government, with your full support Governor Kulongoski, immediately take the declaratory and other actions necessary to have, from this point forward, full salmon fishing seasons in the Klamath River zone of the Pacific Ocean and the Indian fishery in the Klamath River."

Fishermen rally; salmon ruling due on Thursday, The World Link, 4/5/06. "Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said he empathizes with fishermen who could be affected by the closure and also urged the council to design seasons that will lessen the blow to sport and commercial fishermen....“I simply don't accept the assertions made that the federal government's management of water flows in the Klamath River is the primary reason for dwindling fall Chinook salmon numbers. It is inconceivable to me that family farmers and ranchers, who use less than 4 percent of Klamath River flows, are somehow responsible for the potential closure of this commercial salmon fishery .”

Governor begins relief efforts, Pat Ratliff, Klamath Courier 4/5/06 "People are going to die" - John Cook, Bandon salmon troller

Salmon closure set to decimate, Pat Ratliff, Klamath Courier 4/5/06 "COOS BAY - Once again, federal agencies, through mismanagement, lack of action, driven agendas and selective reasoning have set the stage to decimate yet another Pacific Northwest group of resource users, their families, businesses and futures."

 Fish Declines (and dam removal) - Defining the Real Problems, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, 4/5/06.

PRESS RELEASE: Walden Statement on House Agriculture Committee Passage of Forest Recovery Legislation, 4/5/06

Pacific Coast – NOAA and DOI Recommend Measures to Improve Fish Habitat Along the Klamath Fish News, NOAA Fisheries Service, posted to KBC 4/5/06 "The fishway prescriptions in this project area would restore 58 miles of habitat for Chinook, steelhead, and lamprey, including 46 miles of habitat for the threatened coho salmon, and would improve connectivity for resident trout. Fish passage would also create the opportunity for the development and implementation of a reintroduction plan to return salmon, steelhead and lamprey to more than 300 miles of historic habitat above the project."

Atkinson Wins Oregon Farm Bureau Endorsement (for governor) 4/5/06.

Basin should get credit for what it's done, H&N, posted to KBC 4/5/06

It's time to do something with Basin's surplus water, H&N posted to KBC 4/5/06

Federal officials say they cannot determine effectiveness of Endangered Species Act, San Diego Union Tribune posted to KBC 4/5/06

Letter from the Coos County Board of Commissioners regarding the coastal fishery closure crisis, April 3, 2006

Sunday verse on Prayer Page for April 2, 2006.

Is it time to stop special interest groups? Klamath River dam removal foolishness must be stopped, by James Foley. Foley is a suction dredge miner living in Happy Camp, California. He is a retired atmospheric research technician for UCLA and former business owner. Foley is President of National Land Rights League and a member of the New 49'ers prospecting organization. He created the New 40er message forum and Alaska Gold forum. April 2, 2006. Miner Page go HERE.

Siskiyou Co. Flood Insurance deadline 4/4/06

Klamath Miners respond to Karuk accusations, NLRL 4/2/06 "...we would like to address what we view as misinformation presented by Sandi Tripp, Natural Resources Director for the Karuk Tribe and Leaf Hillman, Vice-Chair of the Karuk Tribe."

Fishing Season Closure Misinformation, KFLS Radio, by Senator Doug Whitsett, Oregon District 28, posted to KBC 4/1/06 "Government agencies are poised to close 700 miles of the Pacific Coast to commercial salmon fishing and spurred on by the hysterical misinformation of certain so called environmental advocates many media outlets cannot wait to blame the Upper Klamath Basin irrigators. Both the frenzied propaganda and the news reports ignore certain facts:..."

Tribes seek Klamath dam removal, H&N 4/1/06 "Greg Addington, president of the Klamath Water Users Association, said his membership might go along with dam removal if they won certain concessions. 'Those include reliable and affordable electric power, certainty of water availability each year for irrigation, and a 'safe harbor' as far as fish passage is concerned.... We're a long way from getting that done,'  Addington said. 'But if the parties at the table can help us achieve those things, then we wouldn't say no to dam removal.' "




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