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"There are (489) species of wildlife here in the Klamath Basin. The biological opinion deals with three." Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology.
Here in the Pacific Flyway, "...Klamath Basin is the most important waterfowl area in North America. Waterfowl eat 70 million pounds of food here, and more than half comes from the farms.       

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$20,000 reward - Jerry McKoen
Oregon Senator Linthicum
Oregon Rep Reschke
Ca. U.S Congressman
Doug LaMalfa
Former Oregon
Senator Whitsett
Former Oregon
Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Klamath County
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
Ask Elaine Willman-Tribal  info,
  Tribal corruption, CERA,
  spreading tribalism
Bills and Laws,  Litigation
  Court Decisions
Bi-State Alliance
Biofuel, ethanol,
   energy, hydropower,
Bureau of Reclamation
Climate Engineering/Chemtrails
Chiloquin Dam, suckers
Columbia and Snake Rivers
Conservation and wetlands
Crops, products and livestock
Dam Destruction
Klamath Dams
Discussion Forum
Easements, trusts, land acquisitions
Environmentalists & groups
  (The Nature Conservancy
Energy, Renewable,
ethanol and biofuel
ESA Endangered Species Act
Farm Bill
Farm Labor - Immigrants
Farmer Fisherman Alliance
Fish Die-offs
Fishermen & Fish
Frankenfish Monsanto
Forests and Logging
FAQs and facts
Food Imported
Global Warming
Groundwater and Waterbank
Homesteaders / Settlers
Japanese vs Tulelake controversy
KBRA / Klamath Basin
   Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
KID Klamath Irrigation District
Klamath Hearings
   and Speeches
Klamath River Compact
Klamath Summit
KWUA partners with tribes
Klamath River & tributaries
Lake levels & river flows
Medicine Lake
Military / Veterans
National Monuments
Negotiations: Indians, farmers
   and KBRT
Population, ownership and
Photo Stories
Power, dams, energy
Prayer Page
Property & Water Rights
Public Land
Refuges in Klamath Basin
Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
Water Storage: Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
TID Crops report
Tulelake Irrigation District
    and TID well reports
Tour Klamath Project transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
United Nations & Agenda 21
Upper Klamath webpage
Whose Who
Wildlife and farms, 2001 audio
Water bank & Groundwater
Water Quality
Water Management
Weather / Floods
Wilderness / Wildlands
   on land and sea
Wolves and other predators


"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Christian Pastor executed by Nazi Germany 1945

KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and related Klamath Dam Removal settlement agreements, articles, letters, videos, press releases, documents, and Who's Who

March 2017 KBC News: 19,319 visits, 14,802 unique visitors, 40,916 pages, 54,302 hits

Klamath Tribes make call on Upper Klamath water, Water Resources Department, Klamath Falls April 14, posted to KBC 4/17/17. "Klamath Tribes have notified OWRD of a call (request) for water on the Sprague, Williamson, and Wood Rivers and tributaries, and the Klamath Marsh..."
    FROM MARCH 2017: Flows from Upper Klamath increase amid flood mitigation, Sprague River remains high, H&N, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "... the local snowpack is 113 percent of normal...No evacuations have yet been ordered as high waters along the Sprague River flow downstream, posing minor flood threats to properties in the Chiloquin and Sprague River areas." Flooding possible along Sprague River, H&N posted to KBC 3/25/17

Klamath Basin water year looks promising, H&N, posted to KBC 4/17/17. "...It’s looking like there will be full deliveries of water to the Klamath Basin water users...As of April 1, the snowpack was 122 percent of average and the total precipitation was 139 percent of average, the bureau said... 'Collaboration has been a successful model for solving problems in the Klamath Basin and biological opinion consultation should not be an exception to that.' ...

The Klamath Project’s 2017 Operations Plan is available at https://on.doi.gov/2pqXcgn  If you encounter problems accessing the document, call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov

***Wolf report review slated for ODFW meeting April 21, followed by: Wolf numbers continue to rise in Klamath County, PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ABOUT MANAGEMENT PLANH&N, posted to KBC 4/17/17. "Information about the meeting agenda, wolf survey results and the revised draft wolf management plan are available at http://bit.ly/2p57Zxv "

Signs of change: Congressional aides visit Lava Beds, H&N, posted to KBC 4/17/17: "...ongoing efforts to rally Congressional support for having Lava Beds redesignated as a national park..."

Irrigators file lawsuit over Klamath refuge restrictions, H&N from Capital Press 4/13/17. "The Tulelake Irrigation District, Klamath Water Users Association, Tulelake Growers Association and three private farms have now filed a complaint against the agency, arguing that plans for the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath refuges violate federal laws."

Tule Lake Committee re-files airport fencing lawsuit, H&N 4/13/17. KBC brief overview: Indians dwelled in this region, including where our Tulelake Airport is, for hundreds or more years. It was farmed since the turn of the century. For four years, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were relocated to Newell, within the Tulelake Basin. Later those who refused to pledge their allegiance to the USA were confined here with their families until the end of WWII, while our local veterans were either fighting in the foreign war or in Japanese POW camps. As with other relocation camps, after the war the camp was removed. In the 1950's the Tulelake Airport was built to service 200x200 / 40,000 square miles of agriculture, along with emergency airlifts, Forest Service wildfire airplane refueling, emergency landings, and to be a regular airport for our basin. In the past several years, the Japanese have acquired over 1400 acres of land to tell their story. They feel over 6000 acres, wherever they walked, is their sacred land. The Japanese Americans and their partners CAIR,  Council on American-Islamic Relations, are encouraging the lawsuit against our county, city and family-run airport, so they can acquire our airport to add to their monument. Our local National Park Service is encouraging their getting onto the airport. The Indians and local communities support our airport and oppose the Japanese expansion of more land. The NPS General Management plan option C, many millions of dollars, was opposed by our communities after the NPS encouraged the Japanese to get onto the airport. Opposition was from the City of Tulelake, Modoc County, Siskiyou County, Tulelake Irrigation District, Tulelake Growers Association, Congressman LaMalfa, and KBC News constituents. The Tule Lake Committee website blasts our White veterans who homesteaded here and us "white supremacist", https://www.tulelake.org . Our community initially looked forward to working together and telling our whole community's history; their lawsuits don't appear to make good neighbors. Japanese vs Tulelake Controversy page

Siskiyou County Supervisors meeting agenda for April 11 , Yreka 3:15. Discussion will continue regarding proposed Siskiyou County Counsel Brad Sullivan.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/11/17. " $52 billion in additional fuel and vehicles taxes, the state’s largest fuel tax in history..." $.20/gallon diesel tax, .12/gal. gas, additional diesel taxes, minimum salary increase, parental leave requirement, ESA changes, expands wild and scenic protections to 1/4 mile on each side of river, streambed and drinking water issues, ......

Tomorrow, April 4th, is vote on proposed Siskiyou County Counsel Brad Sullivan, member of Sierra Nevada Alliance, 4/3/17. Call your Siskiyou County Supervisor, or, attend meeting. Sierra Nevada Alliance is anti-dams, anti-mining.

Top 10 Stupidest New Laws in California for 2017, by Former California State Assemblyman, posted to KBC 4/3/17. Backpacks for cow farts, felons voting, early release for rape and sex trafficking of minors, legalize child prostitution, ...

Miners Group Urges Reversal of California Mining Ruling by William Perry Pendley, Mountain States Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 4/3/17.

Oregon Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/3/17: pesticide labeling, foresters against HB 3226, EPA Pruitt denies pesticide ban petition, Gov. Brown fires DEQ commissioners, hemp bill, doubling Cascade-Siskiyou Monument, regulation of COW FARTS: "...in addition to smelling bad and causing global warming, cow farts can irritate your eyes, cause memory loss, and even death.

California Farm  Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/3/17. CARB regulations against diesel trucks, " 500% increase in the sales tax collected for diesel," seed and plant labeling requirement, "AB 450 (David Chiu, D-San Francisco) was substantially amended on March 23 to add language forbidding an employer from granting federal immigration enforcement authorities access to their place of business without a search warrant or providing employee-related records to federal immigration enforcement authorities without a subpoena... $10,000 to $25,000 per violation," Cal ESA changes, "...expand the extraordinary values for 1,362 miles of rivers designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It would also expand current protections to include the river and adjacent lands within one-quarter mile on each side of the river," new regulations for new groundwater well permit,...)

James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Installation of measuring devices on streams can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Daily maintenance can add up to thousands of dollars in additional labor costs. The annual reporting, and more often if the Oregon Water Resources Department requests, of 'water amount, rate, and duty' will add thousands of more dollars, annually, in time and additional out-of-pocket expense. 'The inclusion of a $500 civil penalty for each day of violation of the act...' "

Top-notch Deception by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum - District 28, News Ticker Opinion, Wallowa Valley Online, posted to KBC 3/25/17. Linthicum represents Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Deschutes and Crook counties. "If a Democrat House member gets his way, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) will load stiff economic, land and water management problems right into the lap of Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, cattle and dairymen..."

Flows from Upper Klamath increase amid flood mitigation, Sprague River remains high, H&N, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "... the local snowpack is 113 percent of normal...No evacuations have yet been ordered as high waters along the Sprague River flow downstream, posing minor flood threats to properties in the Chiloquin and Sprague River areas."

Sprague River flooding

Flooding possible along Sprague River, H&N posted to KBC 3/25/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "AB 975 would expand the extraordinary values for 1,362 miles of rivers designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, as well as expand current protections to include the river and adjacent lands within one-quarter mile on each side of the river...Farm Bureau opposes as written."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted to KBC 3/25/17. "SB 49 would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as they were on January 1, 2016, or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent..."

Federal agencies work to create water shortages Commentary by Dennis Wyatt, CFBF Ag Alert, posted to KBC 3/25/17. "...As the Army Corps of Engineers was busy trying to juggle releases from Don Pedro not to have a repeat of the 1997 flooding south of Manteca, and 200,000 people were fleeing for their lives when it looked like Oroville Dam might be overwhelmed, the fine bureaucrats at the National Marine Fisheries Service were busy working on the next water shortage..."

Ranchers oppose cuts to wolf compensation, predator control, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/21/17.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against grazing on eight Oregon allotments, Oregonian, posted to KBC 3/21/17. "A federal judge has rejected environmentalist arguments that cattle grazing has unlawfully harmed endangered sucker fish in Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest." 

Worst Klamath chinook run on record forecast, management option could close vast swath of fishery, Oregonian, posted to KBC 3/21/17.

Rethink (dam) Removal, The Malibu Times letter to the editor, posted to KBC 3/21/17. "The rationale for spending $160 million or so over eight years to bring down the dam and cart off the silt behind it: To allow Steelhead trout to swim another 10 miles upstream in Malibu Creek. (That is about $1.6 million per fish, I figure.)"

Judge rules groups can intervene in Cascade-Siskiyou lawsuit, H&N, posted to KBC 3/21/17

Thousands of irrigators could be eligible to join 'takings' suit. Forms must be submitted for compensation, posted to KBC 3/14/17

KID rejoins KWUA after a year's absence, H&N, posted to KBC 3/3/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/3/17. SB 50 would prohibit the filing or recording of a deed for property sold by the federal government unless the State Lands Commission is provided the right of first refusal to purchase the land or the right to arrange for the transfer of property to another entity. Over $3billion for trails and land acquisitions etc. Mandate for Calif. to enforce Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and ESA. Permanent taxes and fees to raise $5.5billion. Gas, diesel and vehicle registration tax,

Comments due Feb 28 NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp

Comments due Feb 27, Monday, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Water Code 10720, regarding should City of Tulelake, Siskiyou County, Modoc County, and TID each become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). We have been given no previous information on the pros and cons, however comments are due tomorrow at the informational meeting or to be received tomorrow by mail.
Meetings: Tulelake 10am Feb 27 at firehall, 1 PM Tulelake Airport.
Link to California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014: recommendations for preventing and resolving groundwater conflicts, such as groundwater adjudication, management fees, legal and policy issues, "property rights reform", tiered pricing vs pumping tax, pros and cons. One interesting quote p 28: "State board needs to provide real and concrete threat of state takeover and criteria that will cause it." Another link for information--mentions possible tribal control of management.  http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/pdfs/Proposed_GSP_Regs_2016_05_10.pdf  

Letter from Macys Flying Service, Tulelake, to their community regarding
NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp Includes where to send comments.

Increased flows begin at Link River Dam, H&N, posted to KBC 2/26/17
See how full area reservoirs are:   www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/klamath/teacup.html

Tule Lake Unit, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument comments by Rudy Hiley February 26, 2017

Transcribed VIDEO - Klamath County Board of Commissioners Meeting 2/14/17, Reaffirmation that the Klamath County Board of Commissioners opposes Klamath Dam Removal, posted to KBC 2/25/17.

George Takei sets phaser to ‘American Spring,’ calls for revolution against Trump, Washington Times 2/27/17.
George Takei, filmmaker/actor, 'Stop the Fence Tulelake', opposes erecting a security fence around our airport in Tulelake which services from Chiloquin, Oregon to Susanville, CA, 40,000 square miles for rural agriculture land. Takei just released films in 400 cities (NOT the Klamath Basin) on life in the relocation camp in Tulelake after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Presently there is a lawsuit to stop the fence, and the Japanese want our airport gone so they can eventually develop the camp where they lived for four years.

Stop Scaring People George Takei 11/21/16 Breitbart. "Star Trek icon George Takei recently sent me — and perhaps thousands of other people — an email on behalf of the Democratic Party, under the subject “Japanese internment. The purpose of the spam is to scare liberals into donating to the Democrats, on the theory that President-elect Donald Trump is planning to round up Muslims in the same way..."

What is being proposed is a “Taking” pure and simple. NPS encroaching onto the Tule Lake airport and the advocation group involved are an overreach on the part of NPS, letter to KBC News by Werner Hoyt, posted to KBC 2/25/17

BRING ON OVER 4000 NEW CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS/MANDATES! California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 2/24/17. "The tally for this year is a total of 2,495 bills introduced with the Senate producing 808 bills and the Assembly with 1,687 bills..." Climate change policies, mandate where prisons and schools buy food, OSHA, prohibits employers to enquire about job applicant's criminal history (murder?, rape?, child molestation?, robbery?) paid 12-16 weeks parental leave, safe harbor, water storage, ...

Klamath 'Takings' trial adjourns, H&N 2/15/17. "The two-week trial started on Jan. 30 at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, within walking distance of the White House. More than 20 irrigators or those representing the interests of irrigators testified during the trial of their losses in 2001 when water was shutoff to benefit endangered fish downstream."

Water decisions are not making any sense, by former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, H&N, posted to KBC 2/20/17. "The irony of this is so obvious. The rivers are at flood stage or very near it, and OWRD finally lifts the tribal call on the water...This applies to all uses on the listed water right, including stock water, and domestic...surface water, (rivers, creeks and springs), and ground water, (wells). Most all of the rights list irrigation as a listed use." "...A single judge and our federal government send extra water down the Klamath River for fish in the middle of a flood. You would certainly think a flood event would contain enough water for any fish needs, including flush or pulse flows. It is absolutely necessary that logic and true science drive the decisions critical to the survival of our local economies..."

Counties sue to overturn monument expansion, followed by Two lumber companies sue over monument expansion H&N, posted to KBC 2/20/19. "Filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., the suit claims former President Barack Obama did not have the authority to include roughly 48,000 acres of designated timberland in the expansion, which affected land in Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou County in California."

California - Minimum wage, truck exemption among new laws, CFBF, posted to KBC 2/20/17.

Groups seek changes in how national monuments begin, CFBF AgAlert, posted to KBC 2/20/17.

Judge mandates more irrigation water down Klamath River during flood, Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News, posted 2/20/17

Klamath River floods as Jerry Brown set to tear down dams, Breitbart, posted to KBC 2/18/17. "The un-noticed Klamath River, even with its dam system still in place, is expected to flood and potentially cause serious damage to the North Coast when the rains hit. If four of the seven dams were already torn down, the flood and destruction from the Klamath River would likely have been be epic."

Pulse flow curbed in wake of downstream concerns, H&N, posted to KBC 2/18/17. KBC note: Tribes and environmental groups sought court order to take 100,000 acre feet of water from Klamath Irrigator storage to wash a parasite out of the river on an already high water year.  Tribes saw their homes might get wet. "In the Happy Camp area, where river water levels were reaching the highway, residents were getting nervous...Due to the danger looming downstream and terribly high water levels just from the run-off from the river and side hills, we decided to scale back."

No major losses reported due to Sprague flooding, H&N, posted to KBC 2/18/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/17/17. Includes rodent control, Calif. farm product buyer mandates, funding of the Open Space Subvention program,  more than a dozen water measures, Cal State Water Resources Control Board mandates, regulations for stockponds, and MORE.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/10/17. Blackbird regulations, Spotted Owl issues, water rights fees, groundwater management, well permits, access to affordable water....

Matthew 10:8 - "Freely you have received; freely give."

Reclamation pulls back on water releases, H&N 2/11/17.

Bureau to release Klamath water pulse Friday, H&N 2/10/17.

PRESS RELEASE: 2/9/17 - Statement From Representative Werner Reschke On Federal Court Decision Related To Klamath River.

Court orders extra water to protect salmon, H&N 2/9/17. "...The Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), Klamath Riverkeeper and the Hoopa Valley Tribe sought a court order to compel the Bureau of Reclamation to manage river flows to protect juvenile Coho salmon. The case was heard last week. “Mismanagement of Klamath River flows below four major dams led to an outbreak of disease from a parasite called C. shasta in more than 90 percent of sampled juvenile salmon in 2015 and nearly that many in 2014,” according to a press release from EarthJustice.org... According to court documents, the defendants claim the proposed flows will require withholding more than 100,000 acre-feet of water from the irrigation districts that rely on water for agriculture in the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Water Users and the Klamath Irrigation District, and others on the project, filed as interveners on behalf of the federal agencies in the case. Scott White, director for the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA), said he had not seen the order yet, but bemoaned the fact that the issue was not resolved at the negotiating table..."

KBC NOTE: Earthjustice is funded by George Soros.  "...Earthjustice was founded as the "Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund" in 1971.This group seeks to place severe restrictions on how U.S. land and waterways may be used. It opposes most mining and logging initiatives, commercial fishing businesses, and the use of motorized vehicles in undeveloped areas....Earthjustice has provided free legal representation to more than 600 client organizations."
Former Earthjustice clients: PCFFA, Klamath Riverkeeper (board members are Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribal Spokesman and Leaf Hillman, Karuk Counsel President, Yurok Tribal member Frankie Meyers and Klamath Tribal member David Taylor), PCFFA founded IFR. The Yurok Tribe, PCFFA, IFR, and Karuk Tribe were "friends" / "stakeholders" of KWUA, and claimed to support Klamath farmers in the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Yet in a 2011 video Tucker called the Klamath farmers "enemies", and pledged to work to destroy Keno Dam after the other Klamath River hydro dams are destroyed.

PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation to Release Water Below Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns in Klamath River, Bureau of Reclamation 2/9/17

(Klamath) Irrigators testify to their losses, Trial results could be wide-ranging, H&N 2/5/17. " 'I refer personally to it as Black Friday,' Horsley said."

Prayer in the Whitehouse, posted 2/4/17.

***2/4/17 - Comments are due Feb 28, 2017 for development of the WWII Japanese relocation camp near Tulelake, the NPS / National Park Service’s  GMP / General Management Plan.  Approximately 67 concerned citizens and government employees attended the Jan. 18 meeting in Tulelake, by far the largest turnout of all the recent meetings Lava Beds National Monument Superintendent Larry Whalon has held from Washington to LA. This plan will affect every person and business in the Tulelake basin. Most all those who spoke opposed expansion of the already-acquired 1300 acres of land..."
   Included are notes from Tulelake public meeting and comments,
       and links to:
* Whalon's meeting video in San Jose with Japanese Americans
* Macy's Flying Service's letter to support Plan A
articles and documents with Tule Lake Committee board of director members and their affiliations, and their partnerships with CAIR / Council on American-Islamic Relations

Who's Who in Japanese-American Tule Lake committee, and documentation of Japanese American ties to Muslim “terrorist group” CAIR,  2/4/17. A few of the articles include:
* Muslims and Japanese Americans Take 11th Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar WWII Detention Camp
* Larry Whalon, superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, asks Manzanar committee (CAIR partner) for comments on Tule Lake Management Plan
* John Kerry tried to remove CAIR from terror list
* The importance of a multifaith movement for Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans today.

National Park Service staff step up campaign against Trump, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/17. "The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly interned in camps and parks during World War II..."

Rejection of Nomination of Cong. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary, Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC, letter to Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, posted to KBC 2/4/17.  Many TOPICS INCLUDE: national forests and parks could be transferred into trust for tribes, tribes could exercise water rights based on aboriginal priority date to claim use over all waters flowing through "flowing through deemed 'Indian Forest Lands' at the expense of downstream farmers and ranchers (as is happening in Upper Klamath Basin)," Yurok Tribe lawsuit which would severely curtail Klamath Project and Off-Project irrigators exercise of their water rights, "Zinke has failed to guard America’s back-door against infiltration by lethal terrorists...unguarded 3,987-mile U.S.-Canada border that spans “sovereign” Indian reservations," "the Islamic Government of Turkey also sponsored eight additional tribes with reservations located within 100 miles of a nuclear power plant, a registered nuclear fuel facility or a registered uranium mine or deposit and also a water source,"  "...Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) located..." in same areas as many tribes.
Comments on Western States Constitutional Rights letter to Sen Murkowski by editors
Karla Davenport from iSpyRadio.com, and Captain William E. Simpson, MyOutdoorBuddy.com 2/4/17. Cpt. Simpson also addresses: "...This, in the face of Obama's Islamic resettlement agenda into America, where his team, in strategic cooperation with CAIR, have targeted American cities that have historically been the stronghold cities of American patriots. Cities such as Irvin Texas, Boise Idaho, Twin Falls Idaho and the former iron-belt states, where Islamists have now have garnered significant political control as a result of their population foothold in these, and other cities and states across America..."

Klamath irrigators testify on water shutoff compensation, H&N 2/2/17
Klamath irrigators detail hardships during water shutoff, H&N 2/1/17
Walden talks about 'takings' case, H&N 2/1/17
Testimony opens in 'takings' trial in D.C. Irrigators lay out their case, H&N 1/31/17."...Klamath Irrigation District et al v. the United States and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association / PCFFA and John Anderson Farms, Inc. et al v. United States..." KBC NOTE: And who is PCFFA? They sued: against irrigators being compensated in this takings case, to shut down Calif. suction dredge mining, to force water quality regulations on Klamath irrigators to make naturally mineral laden Klamath Lake and River prestine, petitioned against irrigators keeping their affordable power rate.... Press Release from George Soros-funded Earthjustice and PCFFA in 2005 in takings case.    
     Klamath Water Users Association are now 'friends' of PCFFA in Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, agreeing to destroy Klamath River dams and downsize agriculture. 70-80% of Siskiyou and Klamath County citizens oppose the 'deal.'

Cora Conner, 87, witness to history, dies. Played a role in Mitchell-Japanese bombing tragedy, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/17. "...At age 16, she was on duty at the Bly telephone office on May 5, 1945, when it was learned six people — a minister’s pregnant wife and five young teenagers — were killed when they accidentally detonated a Japanese balloon bomb..."

The New 49ers February Newsletter, 2/4/17. 

Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to State Water Resources Control Board 2/1/17. Comments are due today Feb 1 regarding Klamath River dam destruction and water quality. http://klamathbasincrisis.org/waterquality/waterboards/notices/klamathnop20161222_

Klamath Dam removal hearing at Yreka draws upset crowd, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "...All essentially spoke in favor of leaving the dams in place, with Ryan stating that LaMalfa had sent her with a message for Siskiyou citizens: “Zinke told me, ‘We don’t pull down dams, we put ‘em up,’” in reference to President Trump’s Interior Secretary pick, Ryan Zinke. The remark was met with cheers from the crowd..."
Water Board scoping meeting for Klamath River Dam destruction in Yreka.. Comments Due 2/1/17

Lon and Nancy Baley Takings caseKlamath irrigators press case this week, H&N, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "Lon and Nancy Baley of Merrill share a moment while discussing the 2001 water crisis on Thursday. Lon left for Washington, D.C. Saturday and will be testifying this week in the Takings case before Judge Marian Horn...'It took a full 10 years … before any high school graduates or college graduates even considered coming back to farm,' Lon said."

Klamath Irrigators to defend cause in 'takings' case, H&N, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "...more than 25 irrigators or those representing them will attend the trial for two consolidated cases, Klamath Irrigation District et al v. United States, and John Anderson Farms et al. v. United States..."

(Klamath) Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights, Daily Caller by California Water Alliance, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "...Judge Blank Horn’s decision establishes a precedent that the takings of Klamath River water from California and Oregon farmers in 2001 were physical acts, not regulatory ones, making them subject to the Fifth Amendment’s unreasonable seizure clause and encumbering the government with the responsibility to pay owners for their losses when they deprive them of their property..."

*** Jim Beers needs letters of recommendation for Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service NOW. Information HERE includes his resume and contact information. KBC Editor Note: I've met Jim Beers speaking in Joseph, Oregon, and also in Dorris, California giving presentations to ranchers on wolves. I believe this is a rare, great opportunity to have someone representing rural America, being a former FWS administrator, international negotiator, and knows the ropes and the corruption. (go here for Beers written speech about wolves given in Dorris, California at a Town Forum on 18 May 2014.) Here for KBC's wolf page with more Beer's articles.

Rescheduled! Water Board scoping meeting: Jan. 26, 5-7pm Yreka, Ca.
Water Board scoping meeting for Klamath River Dam destruction in Yreka.. NO meetings are planned in Klamath Falls area. Comments Due 2/1/17

Takings case moves to Washington, D.C., venue. Basin farmers seeking $30 million in damages, H&N, posted to KBC 1/24/17. “Under the Fifth Amendment, the United States can't take your property unless they pay you for it,” said local water attorney Bill Ganong. .. the Klamath Compact has language similar to the Fifth Amendment that says the United States cannot take the water unless they (compensate).”

Session will begin with a Budget Bang! - Part I. NEWSLETTER by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum Senate District 28, 1/24/17

Luke 10:27 - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself."

***The next meeting outlining the Tulelake Unit General Management Plan will be held on Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tulelake City Hall. This is the plan to develop the WWII Japanese Relocation Camp site for tourists. Presently the site is more than 1300 acres dedicated to their story. They are hoping for more "willing sellers" in and near the Tulelake airport; Tulelake airport and community members support plan A.

Monument expansion riles Klamath commission; The expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, announced by President Barack Obama Thursday, will also encompass all of Hyatt Lake, H&N 1/14/17.
See KBC News National Monument Page

DOI Press Release: Secretary Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of the National Monuments to Preserve Pivotal Civil Rights Sites and the First National Monument to Civil War Reconstruction; (Jewell) Also Praises President’s Expansion of Existing National Monuments Protecting Natural & Cultural Resources in California & Oregon (Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument) 1/12/17.  LINK includes Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion Fact Sheet:
*" these areas represent approximately 48,000 acres of public lands – 42,349 in Oregon, and 5,275 in California."
* "... is closed to new extractive uses such as mining and oil and gas development..."
* "...prohibits all motorized and mechanized vehicle use off road."
* "...if grazing is found incompatible with protecting the objects of biological interest, the Secretary of the Interior will retire the grazing allotments pursuant to the processes of applicable law. Finally, it provides that if grazing permits or leases are relinquished by existing holders, the Secretary will not reallocate the forage available under those permits or for grazing purposes..."
* "...prohibits the commercial harvest of timber, expect when part of an authorized science-based ecological restoration project..."

1/13/17: Federal Register - Bureau of Land Management: Public Land Order No. 7859; Withdrawal of National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management Public Lands in Southwestern Oregon; SUMMARY: This order withdraws, subject to valid existing rights, approximately 5,216.18 acres of public domain and Revested Oregon and California Railroad lands and 95,805.53 acres of National Forest System lands from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the public land laws; location and entry under the United States mining laws; and operation of the mineral and geothermal leasing laws for a period of 20 years while Congress considers legislation to permanently withdraw those areas and to protect the Southwestern Oregon watershed from possible adverse effects of mineral development.

* State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has rescheduled the January 10, 2017 public scoping meeting in Yreka, California to January 26, 2017.

CANCELLED and rescheduled for January 26*** Jan. 10, 5-7pm Yreka, Ca. Water Board scoping meeting for Klamath River Dam destruction. NO meetings are planned in Klamath Falls area. "The KRRC is proposing to remove sufficient portions of the LKP to create a free flowing Klamath River and provide for volitional fish passage through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license surrender process. The EIR will evaluate potential impacts of the LKP to water quality and other resources within California as compared to the environmental baseline, and will also evaluate a range of alternatives...."
State Water board email received by KBC 1/3/17 with links and info: "
the State Water Board released a Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meetings for an Environmental Impact Report for the Lower Klamath Project’s License Surrender (NOP).  State Water Board staff will hold scoping meetings to solicit comments from trustee agencies, responsible agencies, and other interested persons in January 2017.  The meetings dates and locations can be found in the NOP.  Comments in response to the NOP are due by 5:00 pm on February 1, 2017." 

Letter from Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams to California Water Board regarding Klamath hydroelectric dam removal 12/31/16.
* Klamath County Commissioners' letter to FERC regarding Klamath Dam Relicensing Project 3/23/16
* FERC - Relicensing of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project FEIS 11/16/07 highlighted
* CDM / Camp Dresser & McKee Report on Klamath Dam removal highlighted costs and liabilities - 2008
* Utility oks Klamath dam removal, NBC News 9/30/09. "The turning point came in May 2008, when an aide to former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorn summoned Brockbank to a meeting at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. They were locked down for a week with representatives of the Bush administration and the governors of Oregon and California, Brockbank said.They "made it very clear from a public policy point of view that they did not want these dams relicensed," Brockbank said. "Once that became abundantly clear, we shifted our framework from relicensing to a settlement involving a possible dam removal framework."
* Letter reaffirming Klamath County Board of Commissioners withdrawal from KBRA and KHSA 3/1/16
* Joint letter from Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing SB2379 - Klamath River Dam Removal and Klamath "Agreements" 11/21/14.
* Klamath  County Board of Commissioners letter of opposition to Snake, Colombia and Klamath River dam removals 11/30/16

For December 2016 chronological news, see Archive 175
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Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where my farm is now. It was a navigable lake.
    Why can't we have 2 feet of water for our crops, when all the rest we pump uphill out of our closed basin into the Klamath River? The river often
went dry in the fall before the Project was built.


..There's nothing down here,  you should be checking out the whole site. Ron