Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Dennis Linthicum, Klamath County Commissioner Candidate, response to Herald and News "distorted 'factual' account", 10/23/10
KBC NOTE: Herald and News reported on Front Page headlines that Klamath County Commissioner candidate Dennis Linthicum supports participating in the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (below). Linthicum said (above), "It is shameful that the Herald & News presented this distorted 'factual' account without regard for the original intent of my answers."
Candidates: Stay in KBRA talks
Linthicum, Oakes say county should participate even if voters approve measure
By JOEL ASCHBRENNER, Herald and News 10/22/10
The two candidates for Klamath County commissioner said they would continue to participate in Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement talks even if voters indicate they want the county to stop.
Ballot Measure 18-80 asks voters if they think Klamath County should discontinue participation in the KBRA. The Nov. 2 vote is advisory, meaning it gauges public opinion, but it is not legally binding.
The KBRA advocates removal of four dams and aims to resolve water disputes and stabilize power rates for irrigators in the Klamath River Basin. It also provides funding for habitat restoration and would help the Klamath Tribes purchase 90,000 acres of timberland in northern Klamath County.
Democrat Kirk Oakes and Republican Dennis Linthicum both said during a roundtable discussion at the Herald and News last week that the county should continue to participate, regardless of the vote.
Linthicum, who said he opposes the KBRA as it is written but thinks some type of water settlement is needed, said he wished 18-80 asked if the county should discontinue “compliant participation.” He added he would stay involved in KBRA discussions because it will affect Klamath County residents even if the county does not participate.
“I think it is paramount that Klamath County stay involved,” he said.
Oakes said he would not have put Measure 18-80 on the ballot, as the current Board of Commissioners did in August, because the initiative was pushed on the commissioners by a “small group of people who were disgruntled and had a personal axe to grind.”
He said he would stay involved in the KBRA so he could represent his constituents in the discussions.
“(The measure’s) primary purpose, as it stands right now, is to prohibit the Klamath County commissioners from sitting at the head of the table and doing the representative work of the people they were elected to do, and that is asinine at its best,” said Oakes, who supports the KBRA.
Page Updated: Saturday October 23, 2010 01:29 PM Pacific
Copyright © klamathbasincrisis.org, 2010, All Rights Reserved