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Archive 80 - January 2009
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Around 1900, Link River, between Upper Klamath Lake and Lake Ewauna, occasionally went dry before the Klamath Project was built. There was no hydropower, no hatcheries, occasionally no fish (fish need water), no artificially-raised river flows or lake levels.  HERE for more

PRESS RELEASE: Oregon High Court agrees to decide Klamath water suit issues. Marzulla Law Firm, posted to KBC 1/30/09. "On January 29, 2009, the Supreme Court of Oregon agreed to decide three issues of State law which will likely determine whether Klamath farmers can recover compensation from the United States for refusing to release water to them in 2001."  

***URGENT! ELECTRIC RATEPAYERS! ALL citizens are urged to attend and/or provide written testimony regarding their feelings on Klamath Dam removal. Tuesday Feb 3, Salem. "According to FERC, the high estimate of removal and disposal of 9000 acre feet of sediment from behind the dams is $4.5 billion, to be divided among 548,000 electric ratepayers, 90% who are in Oregon."

Court to hear water case; Oregon Supreme Court to consider issues involving Klamath irrigators, 1/30/09 H&N.   

More questions than answers; Agency hearing on Klamath River dams draws about 100 in Yreka, H&N 1/30/09.  

FERC hosts Klamath Dam meetings, Siskiyou Daily News 1/30/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 1/30/09. Proposed septic regulations update and budget update:  "*Inspect septic tanks ($325 estimated cost) every five years, *Sample & analyze groundwater of onsite domestic wells every five years, *Retrofit tanks if found to be causing pollution ($45,000 estimated cost)"    

Excerpt from Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong's opinion column on Yreka FERC meeting regarding dam removal Agreement In Principle, 1/30/09  

Judge Denies Stay Request To Halt Lethal Sea Lion Removal Below Bonneville Dam, CB Bulletin 1/30/09

Senator Whitsett Newsletter 1/30/09 Senate Bill #76. "The bill is alleged to create the funding resources to enable the removal of the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The mechanism would be to create a 2 percent surcharge payable by all Oregon PacifiCorp ratepayers on their monthly bill for the next ten years.  

FERC sent us their power point presentation from the Jan. 29th meeting regarding the Agreement In Principal, the dam removal document. The commission is trying to figure out what their participation would be with the AIP and possibility of dam removal.

2009 Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference March 5-6

Obama to focus on family farms, Capital Press 1/29/09

1/29/08: *PacifiCorp public meeting in Yreka on Klamath dam relicensing.  *Supplimental notification   *Letter of clarification from FERC

HERE is the Director of DFG's denial of the Karuk Petition for Emergency Regulations. "...the Department must deny the petition because there is no substantial evidence to support a finding of emergency under the APA, including the need to immediately adopt the petition's proposed restrictions on suction dredge mining." HERE is comment by Dave McCracken, General Manager New 49'ers, posted to KBC 1/27/09

Response to Guest Opinion on suction dredge mining, Tom Quintal letter to Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 1/27/09

Calif farmers idle crops, veggie prices may rise, Breitbart.com, posted to KBC 1/27/09   

***Senate Bill 76 - Klamath Dam Removal 75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2009 Regular Session. (KBC Note: The cost to Oregonians-we've heard from millions up to 4 $billion)

Senator Whitsett Newsletter 1/26/09, Oregon's "Stimulus Package." "(The state economist) is predicting that state government income may be more than $750 million less than he predicted for this budget cycle ending June 30, and as much as two billion dollars less than predicted for the next two year budget cycle...Last Friday, the majority of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means voted to borrow about $177 million to create an economic stimulus package for Oregonians..."

Good News: "DFG is denying the petition (by the Karuk Tribe and environmental groups) to shut down gold mining in the Klamath).  The news comes from Senator Sam Aanestad who met with DFG.  Thanks to everyone for your help." See MINING Page for info on petitions.

For the critters, letter to KBC by Rudy Hiley, 1/27/09

Supervisors vote to support dredge mining, Siskiyou Daily News 1/26/09

Klamath Lake Levels and River Flows, 1/18-1/25/09

From 'settlements' other places: San Joaquin River Settlement must be changed, Capital Press letter, posted to KBC 1/26/09.

Senator hears economic worries; Financial bailout, water agreement among concerns at town hall meeting, H&N 1/25/09. "Steve Rapalyea of the Klamath Basin Alliance and Klamath Falls City Council Member Bill Adams said they had issues with the restoration agreement. Rapalyea said he gave petitions with 1,800 signatures against the agreement to Wyden’s staff, while Adams said the public needs more opportunity to weigh in on it."

Proposed Salmon-Tagging Study Seeks Better Info On Lower River Sea Lion Predation, CBBulletin, posted 1/25/09. "The preliminary cost estimate for the pilot study is $225,000." (KBC note: Sea lions kill thousands of endangered salmon per year,  yet they are still studying whether to control the predators)

Siskiyou Crop Disaster Program deadline is Feb. 27, H&N 1/22/09

USDA Program sends assistance directly to ag producers; proposals due by March 2. Capital Press, posted to KBC 1/23/09

Bureau of Reclamation will begin study; Bids being solicited for groundwater substitution options, storage programs. H&N 1/22/09

SacBee Editorial: Time for new rules on suction mining, Response Dave McCracken, President of The New 49'ers Prospecting Association, posted to KBC 1/22/09. "The (Karuk) Tribe could not and cannot prove that so much as a single fish has ever been killed by suction gold mining under the present regulations, and presumably did not want to highlight its own continued killing of salmon at Ishi-Pishi Falls, notwithstanding its claims of a fisheries emergency."

They're liars, Pioneer Press 1/22/08. "...my neighbor last week was invited down to Hoopa to catch Salmon and bring them back to Scott Valley to sell. So much for them (Karuks) not having a enough fish to feed their families and for ceremonies."

They (Karuks) can't have it both ways, Pioneer Press January 22, 2009, Letter To the Editor by John Robinson, Seiad Valley. " 'The reality is that there have not been many extensive studies on the effects of mining,' admitted Karuk spokesperson Craig Tucker. 'What is available concludes that dredging is harmful to fish and that is certainly the conclusion of our biologists.' These statements are out-and-out lies. There have been numerous studies on dredging that have all come to the same conclusion: Dredging does not harm the environment."

Monumental end to grazing near Soda Mountain, Federal legislation sets stage for buyout of ranchers’ permits, Capital Press 1/22/09

Farmers protest permitting program, Capital Press 1/22/09.

Scientists, Data Challenge New Antarctic ‘Warming’ Study, posted to KBC 1/22/09.

Suction dredge mining - Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors Meeting, by Klamath River miner Jim Foley, posted 1-21-2009. "Karuk Tribe allied with other special interest groups constantly attacking suction dredge mining for the last four years....it was hypocritical for special interests to say that fish need protection from 3,000 suction dredge miners who they allege are killing fish, while at the same time they admit that there are 2.4 million fishermen whose sole reason for fishing is to kill fish....All of this without a single shred of proof that a suction dredge has ever killed a fish." Mining Page

Oregon unemployment rate shoots up to 9%, The Oregonian 1/21/09. HERE for why

Dredge (Klamath) lake to gain water storage space, by letter to the editor by Harvey Houston, Klamath Falls, posted 1/21/09. More SOLUTIONS

Changing course along the water, Medford OR, Mail Tribune 1/21/09. "I'm just against grabbing our land,"

Calif. Senator Sam Aanestad Dist. 4 Update 1/21/09

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address, Capital Press 1/20/09

Obama's agenda, how He and Biden will save our country and the world. 1/20/09

Letter of clarification from FERC regarding January 29th PacifiCorp public meeting in Yreka on Klamath dam relicensing, 1/20/09

USDA announces fiscal year 2009 sign-up for $20 million in conservation innovation grants, posted to KBC 1/20/09. Sign up by March 2

Official Animal Identification Numbering Systems (proposed amendments), posted 1/20/09, Comments due by March 16, 2009

Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors meeting 1/20/09. 12. 2:00 P.M. - DEPARTMENT MISCELLANEOUS A. COUNTY COUNSEL –
1. Approve the first reading of a draft Ordinance adding Chapter 13 to Title 10 of the Siskiyou County Code, Demolition, Deconstruction, Removal and Reclamation Ordinance, and set a public hearing for the second reading.
2. Discussion and possible action regarding continued participation in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

Senator Doug Whitsett Newsletter, posted to KBC 1/18/09. Includes: Democrats' 2-billion taxes and fees, school choice, and Citizen Participation in Government. "The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, the Agreement in Principle to remove the four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River, as well as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s imposition of draconian air quality standards on the greater Klamath Falls area, are direct examples of decisions that were completed by the political and environmental elite, before the public had an opportunity to be heard.

Letter by Karuk Tribal Member James Waddell to the Calif. St. Water Quality Control Board regarding Klamath Dam removal, 1/18/09.

NAIS....The latest attempt to steal your land, posted 1/18/09

Rerun - Big (Klamath) Dam Fight, Willamette Week, posted 12/6/08. "The Legislature may end a long-festering dispute affecting one billionaire, a half-million Oregonians and more fish than you can count."

Calif. Delta - Water battle will move to the courts, SAS February Issue 2009.

Columbia - NPCC Heads To Finish Line In Approving New Regional Fish & Wildlife Program, CBB posted 1/18/09. "The Bonneville Power Administration, which funds the program, provided up to $143 million in expense and $36 million for capital projects annually during the past three fiscal years and expects spending to increase to $200 million this year, $230 million in 2010 and $235 million in 2011."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 1/16/09. More bills and laws HERE

1/15/09 Public Klamath Water and Power Agency board meeting

60 laid off at local lumber mill, H&N 1/15/09. For more on Oregon go HERE.

Public lands bills gain steam, H&N, posted to KBC  1/15/09,  followed by Whitsett pleased with boost for OSP

On Suction Dredge Mining, by James Foley, Klamath River, Pioneer Press, posted 1/15/09

Tribe seeks to halt suction dredging on parts of the Klamath River, Redding Searchlight , posted 1/15/09

Klamath Lake Levels and River Flows 1/4/09-1/11/09

Feds distribute timber payments for rural counties, Capital Press 1/15/09

 Waxman sets Memorial Day deadline to move emissions, energy bill, E&E 1/15/09

Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement/KBRA; New off-Project group forms. Organizers seek to represent irrigators in water settlement talks. "...the Resource Conservancy, was denied access to settlement talks despite representing a large number of off-Project irrigators with water adjudication claims. “It’s not fair to have everyone rehash everything for just one group,” Addington said. “It’s like letting the defense into the huddle.”
KBC EDITOR RESPONDS: "Since Hyde's property is in an easement with the Tribes and Sustainable NW, she already sold out having total control of her land. And her partners, the environmental groups, agencies and tribes at the settlement table, are eager for her help to sell out the remainder of Off-Project irrigators."
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