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Community TV to debut pieces on Reclamation Project

Monday, June 21, 2004 4:37 PM PDT

Published June 20, 2004

Klamath Community Television will debut three video pieces about the Klamath Reclamation Project, including one that won a regional prize, during a two-hour program at 7 p.m. June 29. "I'm trying to add to the factual content of the discussion and dialog," said Don Haynes, executive producer of Klamath Community Television.

"One Headgate, Two Uses" won an award from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Alliance for Community Media, an association of community channels, Haynes said.

The video was shot during the construction of the headgates, a project completed last year.

"It's a very modest piece," Haynes said. "It seeks to explain why the thing works and how it works." It was shot and edited by Debra Thornton of Ashland.

The other pieces to be shown are "Archeology of the Williamson Delta," also done by Thornton and a third that is about the Klamath Reclamation Project and narrated by Dan Keppen, director of the Klamath Water Users Association.

The third video was shot by Josh Rendfleisch, newly arrived in Klamath Falls from Madison, Wis. It traces the story of an imaginary drop of water from the irrigation headgates through the Klamath Reclamation project until it is returned to the Klamath River.

"I am utterly astonished by what I have discovered about the Klamath Project and how it works," Haynes said.

Haynes said he hoped to have experts on the program to discuss the project.

The shows will air on Tuesday, June 29, on channel 7.

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