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Klamath County Commissioner Jim Bellet found himself in hot water over the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, when a citizen accused him of a “breach of ethics” during the commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday.

Matt Walter, of Chiloquin, said Bellet expressed anti-KBRA opinions during a Crescent Lake Community Action Team meeting on Feb. 13.

Walter read an email he had received from the community action team, which gave a summary of Bellet’s statements at the meeting. Walter bristled at what he read.

“This is a very biased report. As far as I’m concerned it’s a breach of ethics in your office,” he said. “You should not be giving a biased report. If you’re not going to put all the facts down and everything forward, then you should make no comment.”

Bellet said he had come to the community action team meeting with the intention of getting opinions from north county residents on the KBRA. When he broached the subject, those at the meeting asked Bellet questions about the KBRA. Bellet said he had about 10 minutes to convey the big issues involved with the KBRA and dam removal, and he said he did his best, though he also said some things that may have been “messed up in the translation.”

“I tried to be very unbiased, tried to explain exactly what was on the record,” Bellet said.

He said he was just trying to get their thoughts on the KBRA.

“They have just as much right as anybody else,” Bellet said. “I represent the citizens of north county, just as I represent people here in Klamath Falls, or in Bly, or in Keno, or anywhere else.”

stipler@heraldandnews.com  ; @TiplerHN




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