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Board postpones KBRA decision

Herald and News by Samantha Tipler 2/20/13

Klamath County Commissioners postponed making any decisions on the board’s stance on the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement until at least next week.

The KBRA was on the agenda of the commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, but given the 600-some emails and letters the board received last week, the commissioners said they needed more time to review.

At last week’s regular meeting nearly 70 people spoke both for and against the KBRA and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, which seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, help the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Tree Farm and remove four dams on the Klamath River.
Commissioners Tom Mallams and Jim Bellet campaigned against the KBRA. Commission Chairman Dennis Linthicum voted against the two-year extension of the agreement last November, when then commissioners Cheryl Hukill and Al Switzer carried the vote to keep the board of commissioners involved as a party to the KBRA.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Linthicum and Bellet agreed to wait a week before deciding on or discussing the KBRA again. Mallams had to leave the meeting early to attend another meeting, another reason the commissioners wanted to postpone.



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