Wayne Hage, harassed by the government and driven from his land, died
today June 5, 2006. He fought the good
fight for you, and for me.
Photo Wayne and Helen Hage, 1999
(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..."
Historic Supreme Court ruling allows the Sacketts to fight EPA takeover of their land, Pacific Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 4/8/12. "The Court ruled in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, who were told by EPA - and by the Ninth Circuit - that they could not get direct court review of EPA's claim that their two-thirds of an acre parcel is "wetlands" and that they must obey a detailed and intrusive EPA "compliance" order, or be hit with fines of up to $75,000 per day."
Supremes: EPA actions 'Outrageous.' Argument comes in dispute over agency threats to Idaho family Sacketts, WND 1/9/12. "..the penalties that the federal agency could apply to the family, if officials chose, would be $75,000 per day. That would be $37,500 per day for violating the Clean Water Act, even though that hasn’t been adjudicated, and another $37,500 daily for violating the mandatory “order.” Given the four years that have passed since the dispute erupted, the total penalties at this point would be in the range somewhere above $110 million."
Western water rights come under new attack, H&N guest commentary by Pacific Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 11/29/10. "Siskiyou County rancher Tom Menne predicts that the public trust crusade could “devastate” his ranch’s profitability, throwing its 25 employees out of work. All three of these threats to water rights — from the Bureau of Reclamation, the State of California, and overzealous environmentalists — are being challenged in court."
Fairgrounds overflows with water rights activists,
Siskyou Daily, posted to KBC 9/3/10. "More
than 500 people filled Winema Hall...to show support
for Protect Our Water – Scott Valley’s efforts to
combat what its membership believes to be an
unconstitutional attempt to control water in the
valley, use of which has traditionally been a
legally adjudicated right of property owners."
Wayne and Jean Hage vs US, Final Award
to Hage Estates, 8/2/10. "For
those of you who have been following the
progress of Hage v. U.S., filed
Hage saga shows government at worst, Capital Press 12/3/09
Hage estate wins again, Capital Press 11/21/09
California water rights fact sheet, BLM, posted to KBC
(Klamath Basin land-use) task force met with resistance, H&N, posted to KBC 9/30/08
Hage vs U.S. final decision, posted 6/10/08
Eminent Domain, government stealing family farm, News with Views, posted 6/9/08
(Eminent Domain) - Important issues ahead in California’s primary by Geri Byrne, Modoc County Republican Party chair, H&N 5 28/08. "(Proposition 98 protects our farmlands and our businesses that Proposition 99 does not. Proposition 99 was put on the ballot by the municipalities that want to be able to take our land and use it for economic development. It includes a poison pill that will negate Proposition 98 if Proposition 99 gets more votes. It is important to vote yes on 98 and no on 99."
Eminent domain abuse described by Annual Meeting speaker, California Farm Bureau AgAlert, posted to KBC 2/17/08
Stuck between Measures 37 and 49, Sandy family dumps money into claim but finds project in limbo, Clackamas County Review, posted to KBC 1/4/08. More on 37 and 49, go HERE.
OREGON - No development yet for the 'property rights' poster girl; new law disturbs face of Measure 37, Oregonian, posted to KBC 12/26/07
Oregon Farm Bureau losing members over Measure 49, H&N 12/17/07