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"There are (489) species of wildlife here in the Klamath Basin. The biological opinion deals with three." Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology.
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Here in the Pacific Flyway, "...Klamath Basin is the most important waterfowl area in North America. Waterfowl eat 70 million pounds of food here, and more than half comes from the farms.       

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George Soros and the KBRA
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Water Storage: Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
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SONG-KILL THE LAND
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TID Crops report
Tulelake Irrigation District
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Tour Klamath Project: transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
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Upper Klamath webpage
Whose Who
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KBC NEWS

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Christian Pastor executed by Nazi Germany 1945

* KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement

Definition of Tyranny

KWAPA July 7 AGENDA - groundwater pumping, domestic well mitigation, federal power, more...

6/30/15 Titus 2:11-14: "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people zealous for good works." Sent by Frank Tallerico

Water shutoffs along Sprague coming. Some 40 upper Basin wells may be regulated, too, H&N, posted to KBC 6/30/15

KLAMATH TRIBES Horse trek: Tribal members make case at capitol; ride to Salem illustrates dissatisfaction with water pact, H&N, posted to KBC 6/30/15. "After riding horses on and off for about 250 miles from Chiloquin to the state capitol, tribal members and allies demanded their voices be heard on Wednesday. Protesters said they are speaking out against the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreements (KBRA), Senate Bill 133..."

Oregon hatcheries releasing fish early due to drought, H&N, posted to KBC 6/30/15. (KBC Note: The controversial proposed KBRA would eliminate hatcheries from the Klamath River which produce millions of salmon. Klamath and Siskiyou Counties, home of the dams, oppose the KBRA agreements along with opponents within the regional tribes.

Too little logging has risks, as well, H&N 6/30/15

Tulelake Irrigation District well data 6/26/15

Psalm 117 - "Praise the Lord all you Gentiles!  Laud Him all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!" Sent by Frank Tallerico 6/24/15

Klamath Tribes members to protest (Klamath Agreements) at the state capitol. Group of four rides 250 miles on horseback to visit Gov. Brown, H&N 6/24/15. “I decided to take this ride to put a lot of the (Klamath) tribal politics in the spotlight,” Bettles said, explaining that he does not believe the Klamath Tribes’ tribal council is accurately representing what members want in the Klamath water settlement package."

New BOR manager trades one complex post for another, H&N, posted to KBC 6/24/15. "Before coming to Klamath Falls, O’Rourke Bradford (was) Regulatory Branch Chief for the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers...(worked for) U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy..."

$700M spent on habitat restoration - Efforts focus on projects in the Columbia River Basin, H&N, posted to KBC 6/24/15. " ...I’m not going to say it’s a qualified success, because not every project has a qualified benefit,” said Chris Jordan, a NOAA research scientist who oversees the largest research and monitoring project under the plan...So even if you put a lot of money into restoring an aspect of habitat, you sometimes don’t see any fish response"

Tule Lake Unit part of Park Service grant, H&N, posted to KBC 6/24/15. "National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis Tuesday announced 20 grants totaling more than $2.8 million for the sites."

Appeals court tosses Oregon logging ruling, H&N, posted to KBC 6/24/15

Bureau makes call for water, shutoffs anticipated, H&N 6/17/15

Philippians 2:1-4 "Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection, and mercy. Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of the mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each stem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." sent by Frank Tallerico

Newell facing severe water shortage ‘We’re losing water fast,’ H&N, posted to KBC 6/15/15.

New wolf tracked to Klamath ranch, H&N, posted to KBC 6/15/15

COMMENTS DUE JUNE 20 - Bull trout recovery plan needs local input, H&N, posted to KBC 6/10/15. “To achieve recovery, we seek to add seven additional local populations distributed among each of the three core areas (two in the Upper Klamath Lake core area, three in the Sycan core area, and two in the Upper Sprague core area)...”

John 16:25-28 - "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father." Sent by Frank Tallerico.

'We the People Radio': "Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement/KBRA" with Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams. Audio June 7, 2015. Mallams details: some of the closed, back-door meeting threats and blackmail; information about John Bezdek, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Klamath Basin Matters and former Deputy Director of the Secretary's Indian Water Rights Office where he was responsible for managing 19 Indian Water Rights Negotiating Teams; the KBRA's lack of the initial goal of: water guarantee, affordable power and relief from the ESA / Endangered  Species Act; lack of science and benefits plus detrimental results of destroying 4 hydro dams serving 70,000 families; the conversations and goals of the environmental groups and tribes to remove the Keno Dam which provides water for Lake Ewauna, Klamath Project and the refuges.

* Klamath Tribal Chairman letter and map of proposed 99,745 acre land gift of the Winema National Forest, June 3, 2015. KBC NOTE: This is former reservation land that the tribes sold, and voted to sell. Posted to KBC 6/10/15

Site of proposed (Klamath) tribal land announced; Parcel a bargained-for benefit of KBRA, KHSA, H&N, posted to KBC 6/10/15

Tribal members speak out against settlement; Some opposition says land deal is too small, H&N, posted to KBC 6/10/15

Tracking suckers in drought proves to be a tricky task. Spawning data hard to come by in low water, H&N, posted to KBC 6/10/15. "75 Clear Lake suckers received telemetry tags, more than 10,000 have been fitted with another type of tag..."  KBC NOTE: Clear Lake was historically a meadow. When Reclamation rerouted water to create farmland, they put water in the meadow to evaporate. Our government has made it into a bird refuge with a mandate of how many suckers must exist, thus restricting stored water use for farms.

New EPA rule muddies the water. With a pen stroke, it pushes aside ‘navigable water’ limitations, by Oregon U.S. Rep Greg Walden, posted to KBC 6/10/15.

* Land for Klamath Tribes identified. Klamath Tribes, Forest Service agree on parcel to replace loss of forest, H&N 5/30/15.
*Reliable water the reason Klamath Project was built by Dan Keppen, former KWUA director, H&N 12/15/03. "The community should be assured that any sort of proposed settlement can never be implemented without congressional action, which will require a great degree of local and regional support. There is simply no chance of a "secret deal" being cut on this matter."
*Negotiations regarding Tribes, Klamath Water Users, Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, and DOI:
2003-2007, closed-door meetings where the Klamath Tribes want 690,000 acres of the Winema/Fremont National Forest returned to them again.
*FOREST TOUR HOSTED BY THE KLAMATH TRIBES This is a complete transcript taken from videotape. This day-long tour was conducted October 17, 2003 for the purpose of showing to local farmers, ranchers, businessmen, and the Klamath County Commissioners, tribal biology and the proposed forest land acquisition. Some of the topics include sucker habitat, tribal traditions, thinning brush, deer-take practices, power plants, gentlemen farmers, and termination. Some of the topics include sucker habitat, tribal traditions, thinning brush, deer-take practices, power plants, gentlemen farmers, and termination.

5/31/15 - 1st John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life - the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which with the Father, and was manifested to us - that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. - Sent from Frank Tallerico

?A SUCKER SOLUTION for Klamath Basin?
*Hundreds of cormorants shot to protect Columbia salmon, H&N 5/29/15
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Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 6/13/13 Newsletter: Thousands of fish-eating Cormorants eating baby suckers? "What is NOT commonly known is that the second largest nesting colony of Double Crested Cormorants in the Western United States and Canada is located on Upper Klamath Lake. There may be as many as six thousand breeding pairs of these birds reproducing in the Upper Klamath Basin...When will the biologists look to see if the immense population of Double Crested Cormorants living in the Upper Klamath Basin may be simply eating the young endangered suckers?"

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review of Bills and Laws, CFBF 5/29/15. Some bills include minimum wage to $11 next year, adjudication of ground water, fire fee, farm tax credit for donations, State Water Resources Control Board has a Budget Change Proposal (BCP) in the budget that would establish 16 new permanent positions at a cost of $7.8 million annually.

California farm economy surprisingly resilient amid drought, SacBee, posted to KBC 5/31/15. "An estimated 800,000-plus acres will sit idle this year"

Senator Whitsett's help to Klamath Basin irrigators Senate Bill 206-A, posted to KBC 5/31/15

Preservation plan unveiled for sage grouse. Proposal could affect 10 states, oil and natural gas development, H&N 5/29/15 followed by Interior proposes land controls to preserve Nevada sage grouse, Las Vegas Review Journal. “The economic impact of sage-grouse restrictions on just the oil and natural gas industry will be between 9,170 and 18,250 jobs and $2.4 billion to $4.8 billion of annual economic impact across Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming,”..."Department of Interior is updating management plans covering 165 million acres — an area the size of Texas — in consideration of the sage grouse"

 5/17/15 1st Corinthians 7:20-24 "Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. Were you called while a slave?  Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather us it. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ's slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called." Sent by Frank Tallerico

Public Comment due 5/28/15 on non-Project water conveyance

California waterboard curtailment notices

WATER MANAGEMENT AND MISMANAGEMENT
In Central California
- Calif. salmon get truck rides and more during drought; Fish taxi service in place to make sure young salmon survive the trip to the ocean, H&N 5/17/15.
In Klamath Basin - Water deliveries devastated.
Allocations slashed to less than half of average annual use, H&N, posted to KBC 5/17/15. "...
11 out of 15 Project irrigation districts that take water from the Klamath system are already shut down and unable to receive water...National Marine Fisheries Service has overspent their environmental water account, which is affecting the Klamath Project irrigators in a negative way,” Addington said. “There’s no consequence for them not managing the water properly.”
In Stanislaus River -
"Last week, per order of your federal government, the California Bureau of Reclamation ordered the release of 15,000 acre-feet of water into the Stanislaus River. That comes to 4.8 billion gallons, enough water to supply 178,301 Californians for a year...Six fish needed saving. Not six species of fish; a total of six fish..."

"Modeling program on wells done by OWRD (Oregon Water Resource Department) is majorly flawed," Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams 5/17/15. "This is the same model that "claims" all the upper basin wells are also connected to surface water...At the March 23rd Senate Hearing in Salem, on Senate Bill 206 & 264, OWRD and Richard Whitman, Policy Director for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s Natural Resources Office, admitted under questioning from Senator Doug Whitsett that they "hoped" their accuracy rate on this modeling program could be 50%..." KBC NOTE: Whitman is a major player of supporting the Klamath Dam Removal Agreements.
Geosyntec consultants City of Klamath Falls review of OWRD model for Frement and Wocus wells, and the Congor well field 5/4/15
Geosyntec Executive Summary 4/6/2015. "OWRD requested shutoff of two city wells...The OWRD model is flawed for municipal use for several reasons..."

NEWS RELEASE - Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Excess Capacity Contracts for Conveyance of Non-Klamath Project Water 5/14/15
* PUBLIC COMMENT due 5/28/15
LINK Reclamation proposes to enter into contracts with the Klamath Irrigation District, Tulelake Irrigation District, and Langell Valley Irrigation for the use of excess capacity in Klamath Project facilities for storage and conveyance of “Non-Project” water acquired or obtained for private use during the spring-summer irrigation season for a five-year period, from 2015 through 2019.
* Draft FONSI/Finding of No Significant Impact EPA report - KBC
* Draft Enviornmental Assessment of 5 year contract of water storage and conveyance of non-Project water in Klamath Project for 2015-2019


* Klamath County Commissioners RESOLUTION TO DELIST GRAY WOLVES UNDER THE OREGON ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, posted to KBC 5/17/15
* Klamath officials - Delist gray wolf in Oregon: Commissioner Tom Mallams taking endorsement to Salem, H&N, posted to KBC 5/17/15. "The Oregon Wolf Conservation Management Plan requires a minimum of four breeding pairs of wolves for three consecutive years in Eastern Oregon for the animals to be considered for state delisting.   In 2014 there were eight breeding pairs in nine packs, and 77 known wolves in Oregon"
* New lone wolf tracked into Oregon, H&N, posted to KBC 5/17/15. "He was the first wolf known in that part of the U.S. for many decades. A mate somehow turned up for OR-7 in southern Oregon, and they now have three pups from last year."

Nelle Takacs 1907-2015, Tulelake. Nelle came to the Klamath Basin by covered wagon in 2010 when she was 3. She speaks in 'Homesteading in a Promised Land' DVD. Posted to KBC 5/17/15

Congress tries to rein in EPA ‘waters’ proposal, CFBF, posted to KBC  5/6/15. "The Senate version also directs agencies to issue a revised rule that does not include features such as isolated ponds, ditches, agricultural water, stormwater, groundwater, floodwater, municipal water supply systems, wastewater management systems, and streams without enough flow to carry pollutants to navigable waters...the Obama administration reinforced its support for the proposed rule."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 5/17/15. $Millions and $billions more spending: water, groundwater, $380 million to low income workers, Undocumented healthcare would be funded at $67 million, to grow to 200$ million in 2016-17...more

Governor signs bill expanding gun background checks; Oregon law requires background checks for firearm transfers between private parties, H&N, posted to KBC 5/17/15. Related article and video: Oregon Representative Gail Whitsett short video on the proposed background checks for guns..what could land you in prison for decades, with hundreds of thousands $'s fines, posted to KBC 5/7/15
OREGON - Legislature passes expanded background checks for guns. Measure heads to Gov. Brown for final approval, H&N, posted to KBC 5/7/15.

Colossians 2:1-5 - "For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ in which are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.  For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and steadfastness of faith in Christ."

Irrigators asked to scale back usage. Shutoffs could start on June 1 if water draws continue, H&N, posted to KBC 5/7/15

Representative Gail WhitsettOregon Representative Gail Whitsett short video on the proposed background checks for guns..what could land you in prison for decades, with hundreds of thousands $'s fines, posted to KBC 5/7/15
OREGON - Legislature passes expanded background checks for guns. Measure heads to Gov. Brown for final approval, H&N, posted to KBC 5/7/15. "... the bill would trample Second Amendment rights or would make criminals of gun owners who choose not to get a background check every time they hand over a gun to a friend or neighbor. The seller of a gun would face a misdemeanor for a first offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $6,250 fine. A second offense would be a felony, with a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine" 

5/7/15***18 minute VIDEO - Tribal law expert Elaine Willman on water compact: Federal Agencies Have Gone Rogue  Here for her biography Of Cherokee descent, she traveled to many reservations then wrote a book about tribalism, The Dismantling of the United States of America. She has been involved in many bills and Supreme Court decisions that have proved many water compacts and agreements to be illegal. "...the priority is to grab illegally off reservation in stream flows and control all the waters...using the hoax of aboriginal rights and time immemorial grabbing off-reservation waters, and they will be the primary purpose of the compact. ...uping the in stream flows, reducing the irrigation waters and playing holy hell with stock water for cattlemen. That's the theme. ..It breaks my heart that legislators would legitimize what is not legitimate, and that is aboriginal rights and time immemorial. "1981 - Montana vs U.S. Supreme Court ruling, ruled that a tribal government may not govern a non tribal person or a nontribal parcel..."

Klamath Tribes quest for Winema Fremont National Forest that they previously sold; they voted to sell their land, and voted for termination. Here are the payments in actual dollars and more recent dollars they were paid.
(Klamath) Tribes look at forest land transfer. Returning tribal land could help move water pact forward, H&N, posted to KBC 5/7/15.
So what's the deal according to the Tribes?, by KBC editor 12/15/03. KBC Note: in 2003 the Klamath Tribes, KWUA/Klamath Water Users Association, KBRT/Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, and Department of Interior were negotiating a land for water deal with the Klamath Tribes who wanted the Winema Fremont National Forest.
Dan Keppen was former KWUA director during the 2003 negotiations. He is presently Family Farm Alliance Executive Director and works for KWUA.
Chrysten Lambert, Appointee for Federal Representative, Klamath River Compact Commission, is the Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust’s (KBRT) Director of Water Transactions, and was former Executive Director from 2001-2003.. Lambert was Director of Procurement and Planning from 2007 to 2010 and the Global Sourcing Manager for the Sabroso Company.  She served as a Geomorphologist with the Pacific Groundwater Group.
Department of the Interior is still involved and supportive of the controversial
KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Interior fired Dr. Paul Houser, hydrometeorologist, and expert scientist on "Scientific Integrity." He was the highest level scientist in the Bureau of Reclamation, and the only scientist in the D.C. office. Houser was fired for exposing the Secretary of Interior's "intentional falsification," "bias," and  "predetermined intention" to destroy the Klamath dams.
   What stopped the closed-door negotiation deal of land return to the tribes in 2003? Thousands of local citizens sent letters and petitions to their reps opposing giving the Klamath Tribes land they previously sold. Their elected officials listened.
Go to Negotiations Page and scroll down to read dozens of letters and articles regarding the former attempt to convince the community and reps that trading land for claimed water was a bad deal.
Constitution of the Klamath Tribes
FOREST TOUR HOSTED BY THE KLAMATH TRIBES This is a complete transcript taken from videotape. This day-long tour was conducted October 17, 2003 for the purpose of showing to local farmers, ranchers, businessmen, and the Klamath County Commissioners, tribal biology and the proposed forest land acquisition.
Klamath Tribe document of intensions -  putting land into tax-exempt trust, ...intends to "buy back private lands....and secure funding for purchasing retired water rights, conservation easements...assert tribes senior water rights...expand gaming...exchange for federal lands..." as presented in the early closed-door planning meetings of the KBRA.

70th anniversary of Bly (Oregon) bombing recalled. Picnic outing turns deadly when Japanese bomb discovered, followed by Ceremony marks 70th anniversary of WWII deaths, H&N 5/6/15. "The killings were caused by a Japanese balloon bomb. About 9,000 hydrogen-filled balloons carrying 30,000 bombs were launched from Honshu, Japan, during a five-month period that ended in April 1945."
HERE for
2015 Japanese demand for Tulelake land page.

Washington ranchers wary of (sage) grouse agreement, Capital Press 5/5/15. "Creston, Wash., rancher Dawn Nelson says she would have to reduce her herd of more than 120 by roughly half if she were to sign up...They say it’s voluntary to sign up, but if you don’t sign up and you happen to have a bird die on your place or an accidental take, they can come back and sue you,' Nelson said."

(Columbia-Snake River) Irrigator group sues Bureau of Reclamation, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/7/15. "...the agency “arbitrarily delayed and blocked” a new water service contract for a privately funded $42 million pipeline to deliver surface water east from the East Low Canal to roughly 14,000 acres of farmland..."

Public input requested by TID on new voting and district board requirements

Psalm 24:1-6  "The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is His! He is the one who pushed the oceans back to let dry land appear.  Who may climb the mountain of the Lord and enter where He lives?  Who may stand before the Lord?   Only those with pure hands and hearts, who do not practice dishonesty and lying. They will receive God's own goodness as their blessing from Him, planted in their lives by God Himself, their Savior. These are the ones who are allowed to stand before the Lord and worship the God of Jacob."

< Klamath River, Keno April 24, 2015.

Tribes make call for water. Water shutoffs could begin as early as next week, H&N 4/24/15. "Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry said the calls were made to elevate water levels to instream flows agreed upon by stakeholders in the (UKBCA) Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement... " (KBC Note: UKBCA is the latest component of the controversial KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement which calls for destruction of 4 hydro-electric Klamath River dams providing power to 70,000 households, permanent retiring of private water rights and downsizing agriculture, land gift to the Klamath Tribes, planting endangered fish into the warm waters of Klamath Lake, etc.)   

Tribes discussing land base options for water pact. Private timber or acquiring national forest land an option, H&N 4/16/15

* Family Farm Alliance letter to KBC in 2012, said, "The Family Farm Alliance has never made, and does not intend to make, any statement supporting or opposing the KBRA."  Our organization has never taken any position on the KBRA, nor does it anticipate taking any such position.  The Family Farm Alliance advocates for Western irrigated agriculture on issues of general application, and does not typically address local or regional issues such as the KBRA."
* Family Farm Alliance letter to Congressman Walden supporting Klamath (dam removal) settlement agreements, posted to KBC 4/25/15, by unanimous vote of their board of directors
* Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to Congressman Walden regarding Family Farm Alliance letter supporting KBRA/Klamath Hydrodam Removal Agreement, posted 4/25/15

Bureau of Reclamation News Release: Therese O’Rourke Bradford Selected as the New Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon, 4/23/15. Resume: "Regulatory Branch Chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...U.S. Forest Service...Nature Conservancy...primary architect for the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.."
Related Articles:
Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan..."
Coachella Valley ... Conservation Plan: "
The CVMSHCP is a regional conservation plan comprising of close to 1.14 million acres...Project Advisory Group (PAG) was created employing a diverse range of contributors including the CVWD, University of California, Sierra Club, Building Industry Association, Nature Conservancy, and many others."
Additional reading: Lessons from area-wide, multi-agency habitat conservation plans in California
California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project

< Lower Klamath Refuge April 24, 2015
Ron Cole, (former) Klamath Basin Refuge Manager, alerts Audubon groups that there is not enough water on refuges because farmers can't afford the power bills to pump it into the refuges and river on Feb. 10, posted 3/29/12

(Klamath Project) Groundwater program is a go, H&N, 4/21/15 "  Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) has funds to help Klamath Project irrigators draw up to 40,000 acre-feet of groundwater this season... The groundwater program will reimburse irrigators for energy costs to pump groundwater, plus $20 per acre-foot...OWRD recommends irrigators only pump 15,000 acre feet this year...Project irrigators pumped roughly 84,000 acre-feet last year, causing the water table to fall up to 4 feet in some areas."
KWAPA is a "
governing body organized under the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement... Along with removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, it (the KBRA) seeks stabilized power rates and water supply for irrigators and the use of public funds to buy private land for the Klamath Tribes. "

Land idling program almost capped out. More than 600 applications filed for nearly 32,000 acres, H&N 4/17/15

Modoc County supports pact; Supervisors vote to support Klamath water agreements, H&N 4/17/15. (The Modoc County Supervisor's agenda was not on their website previous to their meeting regarding support of the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement) 

(Klamath) Basin water year looking dire, H&N 4/2/15. "As of Wednesday, Upper Klamath Lake was 94 percent full...Although the Basin has received above normal precipitation this winter, and much of the region will experience showers in the next week, the U.S. Drought Monitor categorizes the Basin as being in 'extreme drought.' "

John 15:5-8  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Milestone reached in 2001 (Klamath) water lawsuits. Cases could be decided before 2016, H&N, posted to KBC 4/13/15

Drought declared in Klamath, H&N, posted to KBC 4/13/15

‘Agreements’ are attack on Basin’s agricultural economy, letter to the editor Herald and News by Ken Smith, posted to KBC 11/13/15. "c
ertain vested interests, government bureaucrats and tribes have forced other parties (farmers and ranchers) to a negotiation table by threatening economic harm and then demanded terms unfavorable to the parties forced to the table. A better term for this is 'extortion' "

Matthew 28:1-8 "Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel said, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.  Behold, I have told you.' So they went quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word." Sent by Frank Tallerico 4/4/15

San Bernardino Superior Court Ruled on 12 January 2015 that both the Legislature's Moratorium against gold dredging, along with the Department of Fish & Wildlife's (DFW) recent adoption of dredge regulations in 2012, are illegal and not enforceable as a matter of law, by Dave Mack, President The New 49'er Gold Prospecting Association, posted to KBC 4/4/15. Court Documents included. 

KWAPA-Klamath Project Water bids due April 10th

KWAPA meeting April 7

Psalms 30: 11-12: "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent, O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!"

Refuges seeking contracts with farmers by April 3rd. Agreements are crop share and growers are responsible for all growing costs, H&N posted to KBC 3/29/15

KWAPA / Klamath Water And Power Agenda April 7, 2015 12:30 p.m.

Public Comments Right Away - AB 386 as Amended, a bill to change TID’s Board Director qualifications and voting eligibility/process of TID elections. Vote would be by acreage, not one vote per landowner, and directors must own or represent owned land, but not necessarily live within district they would represent. Introduced by Assemblyman Dahle. TID would like input on the new plan. Sent comments to Tulelake Irrigation District, PO Box, Tulelake, CA 96134

Tribes in 13 States Receive $4.2 Million From Service for Conservation Work, FWS 3/27/15. California and Southern Oregon Tribes Awarded Grants. "Tribal lands encompass millions of acres of important habitat for hundreds of wildlife species across the nation...Since its inception in 2003, the competitive Tribal Wildlife Grants program has awarded more than $68 million to Native American tribes, providing support for more than 400 conservation projects...Yurok Tribe ($176,771)...This project will support specific goals of the California Condor Recovery Plan. The Klamath Tribes ($200,000) The Re-introducing Extinct Populations of Endangered Suckers in the Upper Klamath Basin grant will assess and restore spawning habitat for endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers in Upper Klamath Lake Oregon."

Jobless rates in N. California counties remain high. Statewide, Modoc had the 47th highest unemployment rate, H&N, posted to KBC 3/25/15 KBC NOTE regarding federal management of our counties: KBRA permanently would downsize agriculture, OWRD is tying surface water to groundwater and has shut off water even to private Oregon irrigation wells, timber harvest is still curtailed, decimating schools, communities and economies in the region, further decimated by severe wildfires burning forests, communities and wildlife.

Interview with Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams on the Bill Meyer Show 3/25/15, 7:12 a.m., 1440 KMED AM Medford Oregon. Mallams explains three Oregon Senate Bills presented in Salem regarding the controversial Klamath Basin dam removal "agreements". He said 2/3s of those at the hearing and in the Klamath Basin oppose these agreements that downsize agriculture, remove three Klamath River hydroelectric dams, and control well water use.

Ocean salmon look plentiful off the Southern Oregon coast this year, but next year's a different story, Medford Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 3/29/15. "Preseason estimates of chinook and fin-clipped coho salmon in the ocean are high enough that salmon anglers are on the cusp of seeing a summer saltwater salmon season nearly identical to 2014, when Brookings regained its spot as the top chinook port after a one-year hiatus...'The season, of course, depends upon how the ocean sets up," says Richard Heap, a Brookings angler who represents Oregon anglers in federal salmon-season discussions...' "

BOR study to tackle climate change threats. Crop modification and river restoration among options, H&N, posted to KBC 3/19/15. "Greg Addington, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, said any study will be incomplete unless it includes water needs for fish and wildlife...He pointed out that the Tribes should be part of any long-term water storage discussion." " Implementing strategies could improve delivery efficiency, reduce demand, reduce losses, and support water acquisition and transfers, and restoration projects, McGinnis said....Strategy examples include modifying crop use and acreage, increasing water storage, increasing streamflow, river restoration and implementing the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative and Governmental Update, CFBF 3/27/15

1st Thessalonians 5:5-10 - "You are all sons of light and sons of day.  We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him." sent by Frank Tallerico 

Water settlement comes into question. Tribes remain hopeful that Congress will approve legislation, H&N, posted to KBC 3/9/15. "Three Basin tribes have begun a mediation process that could end in termination of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA)...Family Farm Alliance, a non-profit..., has thrown its support behind Senate Bill 133..."

(Klamath Project) Water bids are out, set fees are in, East Side payments still undecided, H&N, posted to KBC 4/9/15

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 3/6/15: Bills - groundwater, climate change, land use and taxation, labor, employment, immigration, paid sick leave mandate, transportation and education, new clean energy standards, misc.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review for 2/20/15 - groundwater, water storage, adjudicating water rights, fire protection, ACL/OSHA regarding heat illness.

Groundwater Rules Comment period extended to March 2

1 Peter 1:3-5 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefined, that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to revealed in the last time."

(Klamath) Tribes upset with timber land purchase. Singapore-based company buys land, including Mazama Forest, H&N 2/20/15. A Singapore-based company purchased 197,000 acres of land in Klamath and Deschutes counties this week, including the 90,000-acre Mazama Forest, which was promised to the Klamath Tribes in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement...Earlier attempts to reacquire Reservation lands that had been converted to national forest land met with intense opposition...” 

BOR accused of misusing water funds. Whistleblower claim lodged against BOR and Basin irrigators, H&N 2/20/15.

Water program gives (Klamath) irrigators more options. Changes include more land and better water control, H&N, posted to KBC 2/21/15. "This year, “C” irrigators — those who hold annual water rental agreements — can also apply for WUMP. According to KWAPA Executive Director Hollie Cannon, any land that is covered by the adjudication final order of determination map, or an exception to the final order map, is eligible for WUMP."

One fix for Basin water issues may not exist. Multiple smaller ideas could prove to be a better long-term solution by Tom Mallams for H&N, posted to KBC 2/20/15. "After reading the article “Fatally Flawed,” and the extremely negative letter penned by Dan Keppen mentioned in it, speaking as one Klamath County commissioner, I feel a response is in order."
Letter sent from Dan Keppen explaining why Clear Lake reservoir should not be considered for water storage for the Klamath Project. 1/28/15. Keppen previously worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, was director of Klamath Water Users Association, presently works for Klamath Water and Power Agency as a media consultant and engineer, and is executive director of Family Farm Alliance.
Commission backs Clear Lake water storage study.  Cost, feasibility, other questions raised as major roadblocks, H&N 1/15/15.

Wildfire compensation, lead bullets targeted by (Rep Gail) Whitsett, H&N, posted to KBC 2/21/15. "HB 2503 grants only the state Legislature with the authority to restrict lead use in ammunition and fishing sinkers"

SB 324 is about to cause your gas prices to skyrocket! Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, Klamath Falls District 28 February Newsletter 2015. "Most Oregonians won’t even realize that they are paying an extra $2 to $20 to fill up their gas tanks."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 2/20/15: water storage, groundwater rights, Cal/OHSA, ...

Oakland VA office botched benefits, forgot about claims, SFGate, posted to KBC 2/21/19. "(Calif. U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa) had requested the inspector general’s review after a group of whistle-blowers came forward with information about the hidden claims... LaMalfa said he was pleased the claims in the cart were being processed, but concerned about the 12,647 other informal claims supposedly found in the cabinet, and whether or not the veterans who filed those claims got the help they needed. Who is looking out for the veterans?...”"

Tracking Oregon wolves, H&N, posted to KBC 2/12/15. "...the collar was only expected to have a three-year lifespan...the 4-year-old collar’s signal strength is dropping..."

Romans 12-14-16  "Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion." Sent by Frank Tallerico 2/8/15

Tulelake Irrigation District public meeting 2/9/15, 8 a.m.

Citizens support ‘In God We Trust’, H&N posted to KBC 2/8/15.

Obama seeks $18 million for Klamath Project. BOR pursues government financial support for new office, H&N, posted to KBC 2/8/15.

Klamath Bull and Horse Sale Schedule for February 4-8

Romans 12:9-13 "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality." Sent by Frank Tallerico, posted 2/3/15.

2/3/15: A YEAR AGO TODAY - A joint meeting of the Idaho Legislature was held Feb. 3, 2014.  The title of the meeting is “Suction Dredge Mining”.  The first speaker is Joe Greene, US EPA scientist (Ret); the second speaker is Tom Kitchar, President of Waldo Mining District, SW Oregon; third speaker is Doug Giddings, Sheriff, Idaho County; public testimony taken; and last speaker is Jim Chmelik, Idaho County Commissioner. KBC NOTE: This hour video is well worth your time hearing how government agency/EPA agenda has overruled science, and first hand testimony on EPA tyranny.

Tribes to talk water accord, dispute notice; meetings allow members to voice opinions on Senate bill, posted to KBC 2/3/15

Water bill still needs improvement, dealings with dams, specifically, could be much better for the Basin, Danny Hull, guest commentary for H&N, posted to KBC 2/3/15.  My current vote with the President of the United States of America, the U.S. Congress, and Oregon and Klamath County Government personnel, is against the U.S. Senate Bill 133 Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act, and for both retaining the Klamath River hydroelectric dams, and improving those dams with fish passageway modification(s), where such improvement is most necessary..."

Responsibility, discipline & civility = higher graduation rates? Yes!, Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, District 28, posted to KBC 2/3/15, Senator Doug Whitsett, Oregon - for 2015: "For residents of the Klamath Basin, 2014 was a year of immense challenges. Intense drought conditions, coupled with various administrative actions, caused undue hardship for those who rely on water. I predict that 2015 will be spent fending off bad (legislative) proposals that could worsen the situation. My top priority for the year is to try to prevent it."

Robert “Bob” Charles Kirby was born July 4, 1955, and passed away Jan. 25, 2015, at his home in Tulelake, Calif., H&N 1/30/15

 

Pacific Power article lacks objective balance by Ed Silling, Klamath Falls, followed by Pacific Power states case for lawsuit against city, posted to KBC 1/30/15

Second wolf reported in Keno Unit, H&N, posted to KBC 2/3/15

Proverbs 2:20-22 "So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the path of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it."  Sent by Frank Tallerico Jan. 25, 2015.

God bless Tom Mallams for hearing room slogan, letter to the editor of Herald and News by Jack Faulkner, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 1/26/15.

Obama administration to propose new wilderness protections in Arctic refuge - Alaska Republicans declare war, Washington Post, posted to KBC 1/26/15. "Obama administration will propose setting aside the 1.4 million-acre coastal plain...as wilderness...The department will also put part of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling as part of a five-year leasing plan it will issue this week and is considering whether to impose additional limits on oil and gas production...federal officials would prohibit motorized access to the area as well as the construction of any roads. Even before this designation, Alaska boasts 58 million acres of wilderness, more than half of all the land enjoying that level of protection in the United States..."“It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory. … I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska."
KBC News Wilderness-Wildlands page

Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health. Malheur Lumber Co. rescued by shared goal of thinning, H&N, posted to KBC 1/26/15  See Forest and Logging page

Psalm 123:2 "Unto you I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us." sent by Frank Tallerico for week of Jan 18, 2015

‘In God We Trust’ would be a helpful reminder, by Charymane Beskow, letter to the editor of H&N 1/16/15. KBC Note: in H&N poll it is 66% pro and 34% opposed to displaying "in God We Trust" in the commissioners room.

Water agreement hinges on dam removal issue, H&N letter to editor by Howard Paine, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 1/18/15. "The Herald and News “Water Line” report in Sunday’s paper failed to address the primary issue — dam removal. Obviously, the writers failed to read: “Dam Removal, The Swindle of the Century” at  http://pienpolitics.com/?p=1989  Siskiyou County put a Measure on the ballot in November 2010 which said: “Should the Klamath River Dams (Iron Gate, Copco 1 and Copco 2) and associated hydroelectric facilities be removed?” The result: 79.04 percent voted no. If a similar vote had occurred in Klamath County, the result would be the same."
 
Comment period for Basin groundwater rules extended (until March 2). An additional rulemaking hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 18, H&N 1/17/15

Pacific Power sues (Klamath Falls) city. Eminent domain, public utility district at heart of lawsuit, H&N 1/17/15.

Sen. Wyden leads town hall at OIT’s College Union; Water agreements and veteran care among topics, H&N 1/18/15. "...Wyden, his number one priority going into the next legislative session will be the passage of the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act (SB 2379) (KBRA hydro-dam removal) “I’m going to pull out all the stops to make sure this happens in this Congress...”

A River Between Us,’ upcoming movie by former Oregon Senator Atkinson and Jeff Martin, H&N article 1/17/15. "Atkinson is a longtime supporter of the 2010 Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the related Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement..."  Some of the pro-KBRA stars in the trailer are KBRA supporters: Klamath Water Users Association / KWUA Executive Director Greg Addington,  Becky Hyde from off Project, former KWUA president Steve Kandra, Kurt Thomas from KBRT/Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, and others. "A River Between Us” is a “call to action on behalf of the largest restoration project in American history.” " 'We don’t draw the conclusion for anybody,' Atkinson said."  KBC's Negotiation Page identifies involvement of  KBRT and KWUA, The Nature Conservancy, Off Project Becky Hyde, and Klamath Tribes when this group was trying to give 690,000 acres of the Winema/Fremont National Forest to the Klamath Tribe. Here is an example of a meeting in 2003 Negotiation.  After thousands of petitions against that deal, in 2010 closed-door meetings (with more tribes and environmental groups) gave birth to the KBRA/Klamath Hydrodam-removal deal and gift of 92,000 acres of private forest land to the tribes plus millions of $.

Two groundwater rules meetings open to the public, H&N 1/15/15
       * Today’s open house at Oregon Tech begins at 4 p.m., and the hearing starts at 6 p.m.

       * Residents can learn about and comment on proposed groundwater rules at two meetings this week.
    
  * Tomorrow’s meetings run from 8 to 11 a.m. (Friday January 16, 2015

* Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, townhall meeting at 3:30 Saturday Jan. 17th in the College Union at Oregon Institute of Technology

< (Tulelake) Pelican Pointe resident turns 108:  ‘I just take things as they come,’ says Nelle Takacs, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15  HERE for our People Page

Commission backs Clear Lake water storage study.  Cost, feasibility, other questions raised as major roadblocks, H&N 1/15/15.


New wolf activity confirmed west of Klamath Falls; animal sighted in the Keno Unit, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15. HERE for KBC Wolf Page

< Batkid documentary to show Jan. 24. Story of Miles Scott’s wish reaches far beyond his Tulelake home, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15  HERE for our People Page

Work on Basin’s water policy results in division, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15

Basin snowpack at 37 percent of normal; No predictions for irrigation season, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15
"
The current storage is 283,000 acre-feet. Average storage is 275,000 acre-feet."

Dams prove sticking point in water accord by Harvey Houston, H&N letter to the editor, posted to KBC 1/15/15

Isaiah 48:12-16: Listen to Me, O Jacob, and Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, and I am also the Last. Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has stretched out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand together. All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear!  Who among them has declared these things?  The Lord loves him; He shall do His pleasure on Babylon and His arm shall be against the Chaldeans.  I, even I, have spoken; Yes I have called him, I have brought him, and his way will prosper.  Come near to Me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there.  And now the Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me." sent from Frank Tallerico  1/11/15

Herald and News, pro-KBRA newspaper, today published a 6-page promotion of the Klamath "Agreements" which destroy four Klamath River hydro dams, plant endangered fish in the warm Klamath Lake, permanently retire prime farmland, give Klamath Tribes land that they previously sold plus millions of dollars, control surface and groundwater, and assure farmers that they will have 'predictable' water. The definition of predictable is, the rulers on a certain spring day will let the farmers know if, and how much, water they will allow them to use of their own deeded water every spring so they can plan accordingly:
* WATER LINE - Klamath Basin Agreements 1/11/15

KBC NOTE: Several of our readers have asked us if the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement  has been extended past the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline. Changes in the 2012 KBRA Amendment allows for extensions: Amendment to the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Page 3, 7.6.1. Cure for Potential Termination Event, it previously read that the KBRA would terminate, which was replaced by the words "be terminable."

Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement/KBRA: Water accord bill reintroduced to Senate. Bill has been renamed as SB 133, H&N 1/10/15. HERE for KBRA page: documents, articles, videos, Who's Who, letters

(Japanese) Writ of mandamus against City of Tulelake is unjust, by Rudy Hiley, letter to the editor of Herald and News 1/10/15(see KBC webpage: Japanese demand for Tulelake 1000-acre monument)

Matthew 1:18-23  "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.  But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  'And she will bring fourth a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus (meaning Savior), for He will save His people from their sins." So all of this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Behold  the virgin shall be with child and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God is with us."

* COMMENT BY Dec 31 - Fee increases proposed at Lava Beds National Monument. Public feedback will play major role in decision-making process, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14

Psalm 20:7-9  "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord God. They have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stand upright. SAVE,  LORD!  May the king answer us when we call." sent from Frank Tallerico

Tulelake Irrigation District special meeting 12/19/14 at TID office 10 a.m: vote by acreage rather than one vote per person, change director's eligibility, water measurement, and change district boundaries.

*Comments due Crater Lake fee hike by 12/22/14

Irrigation water block is no guarantee for Basin by Tom Mallams Klamath County Commissioner for Herald and News 12/16/14. "In the Dec. 13 Herald and News, I was incorrectly quoted as saying there is a “guaranteed” block of water for Project irrigators in the proposed water agreements. I have never said this. I have consistently said they only “claim” or “attempt” to have a guaranteed block of water for Project irrigators..."

Water pact failure results from history of bad choices, by Maudie Smith, Klamath Falls, letter to H&N 12/14/14. "I believe we’ve gotten to this point because of a long-term effort to secure tribal funding at the expense of agriculture..."

Sen. Doug Whitsett receives award for geothermal advocacy, H&N 12/14/15

Letter from Klamath Falls City Councilman Bill Adams to Congressman Walden, Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden, posted to KBC 12/16/14. "...While their is mixed support by members of our agricultural community, I believe it is only because they have their backs against the wall.  The majority of this community does not support this bill because it requires Dam Removal.  This was shown by the election of all three County Commissioners who have opposed the KBRA and recently sent you a letter opposing SB2379..."

Psalm 20:1-6 "May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. May He grant you according to your heart's desire; We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up banners! Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand." sent from Frank Tallerico 12/7/14

Pearl Harbor



12/7/14 - On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (article by oathkeepers.org. 

KBC News Page of Japanese demand for Tulelake land


 

 

Velma Robison tells how they felt the day
their irrigation water was shut off in 2001, comparing
it to Pearl Harbor Day.


Velma and Fred Robison, 1947, when they won their homestead.

photo by Anders Tomlinson, of Fred and Velma Robison in 2001.  Velma holds Reclamation ERA magazine of 1947.

* COMMENT BY Dec 31 - Fee increases proposed at Lava Beds National Monument. Public feedback will play major role in decision-making process, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14

* Calif. State water Board comment period Dec. 21, 2014 of proposed amendment to water quality control policy for Clean Water Act.

* North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board staff is looking for public comments for the Basin Plan by January 9, 2015 This plan will regulate and fee your water discharge.

Water bill stalls in Congress. House won’t sign off on the legislation, H&N 12/7/14

SENATE BILL 2379 - Adams, Kellstrom differ on reaction to water accord. (Klamath Falls) Councilman opposes dam removal, supports bill’s intent, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14.

Council votes to back water pact with letter. 3-2 vote will send document before congressional debate, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14.
KBC Note: In Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallam's presentation to City Council, he cautioned them not to support the SB2379 legislation for the KBRA since it not only would destroy four hydropower dams, but also being discussed by the KBRA stakeholders and Karuk spokesman Craig Tucker regards destroying Keno Dam, which would eliminate Lake Ewauna and much of the water used for Klamath Reclamation Project. Klamath Water Users Association director Greg Addington had also attended the KBRA stakeholders' meetings and denied there was discussion about Keno Dam destruction. Here is previously
circulated agenda of a KBRA secret PAIL meeting including mention of Keno and Link River Dams removal discussions, and "avoid advocating for science..." 1/28/09) {Keno Dam removal and avoiding science are marked by KBC with ** in link above}
HERE is Video with Karuk spokesman Craig Tucker speaking of Keno Dam destruction, and Klamath farmer's being the enemy. HERE for GreenCorp-trained Tucker biography.

More water needs to be allocated for agriculture, by Brandon Criss, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 1, posted to KBC 12/7/14. "Eighty percent of Siskiyou County and 77 percent of the Tulelake basin voted no on dam removal. When dams are a Klamath County campaign issue, pro-dam candidates have consistently won. With the dams in place, we are seeing record runs of Klamath River salmon. Tearing out existing hydropower dams that have proven benefits for fish,   Basin agriculture, and this past summer’s firefighting efforts is no solution."
 

Statistics show loss and gain of Oregon farmland varies by region. The amount of land in farms in Oregon fell slightly to 16,301,578 acres in 2012, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14. "Klamath County reported a whopping 21 percent decrease in number of farms..."

Task force: Tighten Oregon rules on dredging for gold, H&N, posted to KBC 12/7/14

* Agenda for Klamath City Council meeting 12/1/14, 4 p.m. at City Hall, 500 Klamath Ave. Senator Wyden's staff has asked the Klamath Falls City Council to pass a resolution supporting his legislation, Senate Bill 2379, on the KBRA. On P. 65 of agenda is SB2379
Page 91:
( 1) The On-Project Plan and Power for Water Management Fund, to be administered by the Bureau of Reclamation (2) The Water Use Retirement and Off-Project Reliance fund, to be administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, (3) The Klamath Drought Fund, to be administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. KBC Note: NFWF is funded by Heinz Family Foundation, HWBuckner Charitable Trust, Howard Heinz Endowment, Surdna Foundation, Bullitt Foundation. Please follow the links: they support Zero Population, Wildlands Project, Earthjustice (attorneys for the environmental groups in the KBRA), Tides, Nature Conservancy, Wilderness Society, Greenpeace, Climate Trust, Ecotrust, Endangered Species Coalition,  many dozens more...

* Klamath County Commissioners' Special Work Session
VIDEO from November 21:  http://www.viddler.com/v/27e3aca2  This meeting included public comment regarding the commissioners sending the following joint letter to the U.S. Senate regarding the Klamath Agreements, and the commissioners' responses.

Controversy means new water pact is necessary, Herald and News letter to the editor by Wilma Heiney, Tulelake, posted to KBC 11/30/14."

Commissioners make good on election vows. H&N letter to the editor by Loren and Laura Little, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 11/30/14

Bi-State Alliance page

Joint letter from Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing SB2379 - Klamath River Dam Removal and Klamath "Agreements", posted to KBC 11/30/14. "The Commissioners of Klamath County, Oregon, and the Supervisors of Siskiyou County, California -- the elected officials representing two thirds of the Klamath River Watershed -- strongly oppose Senate Bill 2379...."

Cal-OR Bi-State Alliance ALTERNATIVES to the KBRA and KHSA (Klamath dam-removal agreements), May 2014. (Both agreements mandate Klamath River Hydro-electric Dam removals)

Saving the Klamath River Dams, the best alternative for Siskiyou and Klamath Counties, May 2014, Cal-Or Bi-State Alliance

RERUN - Why Willamette Valley farmers should watch Klamath Falls' water rights fight, Statesman Journal, reposted to KBC 11/29/14. “This is, in my opinion, a blueprint to shut down wells whenever and wherever they want ... This is not just a Klamath Basin issue. This is a state issue. This is a national issue.”

Isaiah 44:6-8  "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts; I am the First and I am the Last, besides Me there is no other God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people, and the things that are coming and shall come, let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one." Sent from Frank Tallerico 11/23/14.

* Tell U.S. Rep. Greg Walden how you feel on the issue of the controversial KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, because presently Democrat "Senator Ron Wyden is trying to move a long-stalled bill through the lame duck session of Congress that would implement agreements to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River..."
http://walden.house.gov/contact-greg . Contact information for his Washington, D.C. office, is: 2182 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; phone, 202-225-6730, Fax: 202-225-5774.

* Comment period for fee hike at Crater Lake now open until December 22, H&N 11/22/14. "Under the proposal, single vehicle entrance fees would increase from $10 to $25..."
* Comments Due November 28: changes in stream designations for salmon habitat will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Japanese quest for Tulelake 1000-acre monument - KBC News Page
     New Tule Lake Unit fence is more than just a fence, H&N 11/23/14. "...the fence being replaced is not part of the Tulelake Airport, where Modoc County wants to build a new fence to prevent wildlife from entering the runways. Japanese American groups have protested that fence, which they say will reduce public access to a portion of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center."
    
Internment camp bill's message: Don't forget, Fresno Bee Sept. 18, 2005: "Tule Lake in 1943 became the site where difficult detainees were sent." (After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and declared war on America, these detainees would not) "sign loyalty oaths."

For November 2014 chronological news, see Archive 150
For Main Archive Page go HERE.

 

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Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where my farm is now. It was a navigable lake.
   
Why can't we have 2 feet of water for our crops, when all the rest we pump uphill out of our closed basin into the Klamath River? The river often
went dry in the fall before the Project was built.


 

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