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Klamath River Basin
Resource Users -
Farmers, Ranchers, Miners
Loggers, Indians and  Fishermen

Wildlife and Farmland
"There are (489) species of wildlife here in the Klamath Basin. The biological opinion deals with three." Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology.
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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$20,000 reward -Jerry McKoen
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Ca. U.S Congressman
Doug LaMalfa
Oregon Senator Whitsett
Ore. Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Klamath County Commissioner
Oregon Congressional Candidate Dennis Linthicum
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
Ask Elaine - Tribal  info.
Bills and Laws,  Litigation
Court Decisions
Bi-State Alliance
Biofuel, ethanol,
   energy, hydropower,
Bureau of Reclamation
Climate Engineering / Chemtrails
Chiloquin Dam, suckers
Columbia and Snake Rivers
Conservation and wetlands
Crops, products and livestock
Dam Destruction
Klamath Dams
Discussion Forum
Easements and trusts
Environmentalists & groups (The Nature Conservancy)
Energy, Renewable,
ethanol and biofuel
ESA Endangered Species Act
Farm Bill
Farm Labor - Immigrants
Farmer Fisherman Alliance
Fish Die-offs
Fishermen & Fish
Frankenfish Monsanto
Forests and Logging
FAQs and facts
Food Imported
Global Warming
Groundwater and Waterbank
Homesteaders / Settlers
Japanese demand for Tulelake land
KBRA / Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
Klamath Hearings
   and Speeches
Klamath River Compact
Klamath Summit
Klamath River & tributaries
Lake levels & river flows
Medicine Lake
National Monuments
Negotiations: Indians, farmers and KBRT 2003-2007
Population, ownership and
Photo Stories
Power, dams, energy
Prayer Page
Property & Water Rights
Public Land
Refuges in Klamath Basin
Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
Water Storage: Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
TID Crops report
Tulelake Irrigation District
    and TID well reports
Tour Klamath Project: transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
United Nations & Agenda 21
Upper Klamath webpage
Whose Who
Wildlife and farms, 2001 audio
Water bank & Groundwater
Water Quality
Water Management
Weather / Floods
Wilderness / Wildlands
   on land and sea
Wolves and other predators


"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

I Corinthians 55-58: "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." Sent by Frank Tallerico, posted 11/18/15.

KID / Klamath Irrigation District leaves (Klamath) water users group, H&N posted to KBC 11/18/15. "Board member Brent Cheyne said KID irrigators pay Water Users about $238,000 per year...“It seems to me that some of the political goals of the Water Users contradicts what we are trying to do,” Bair said...."the money being paid to Water Users should instead be dedicated to paying for the multi-million dollar C Canal flume replacement. The flume delivers irrigation water to roughly 22,000 cropland acres in the Klamath Project."

Environmentalists Cry “Wolf” Over Oregon ESA Delisting, Newsletter by Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett November 16, 2015

* Oregon wolves removed from state endangered species list, Oregonian
followed by
* Wolf depredation: No lethal action planned for calf attacks. Wolf OR-25 believed to be perpetrator
, H&N, posted to KBC 11/11/15. "Currently, the maximum penalty for (killing a wolf) is up to a year in jail and a $6,250 fine..."
* Wolf attacks three calves in Klamath County, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/9/15
* KBC News Wolf Page

Comments by KWUA/Klamath Water Users Association to Bureau of Reclamation regarding Environmental Impact Statement for the Draft Long-Term Plan for Protecting Late Summer Adult Salmon in Lower Klamath River, posted to KBC 11/11/15

Comments by Werner Hoyt, PE were sent to KBC News in response to the Draft EIS for Long Term Plan to protect adult salmon in the Lower Klamath River, posted to KBC 11/11/15

Philippians 1:9-11 "And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God," sent by Frank Tallerico

Oregon Legislative Committees set to meet in November, Rep Gail Whitsett, posted to KBC 11/10/15.

Bad Bargaining by the Beholden, by Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett 11/10/15

PRESS RELEASE - Tulelake Airport Stakeholder Meetings 11/10/15: "...In particular, some stakeholder groups have expressed concern that construction of an airport fence to control access to the aircraft operations area could adversely affect historic resources and limit public access to areas of historical interest..." KBC TRANSLATION: Japanese do not want the Tulelake airport to have a safety fence to keep animals or anything unsafe off the airstrip because they were relocated to this area during WWII after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The Japanese Americans relocated here would not pledge allegiance to the USA. See Japanese demand for 1000-acre monument page

Further Ethics Reform Still Needed in Salem by Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 11/10/15. "Former Governor John Kitzhaber remains the subject of occasional headlines reminding Oregonians of the aftermath of his brief fourth term in office. Nearly eight months after his resignation, news reports make clear state taxpayers are not finished paying for the mistakes of his troubled administration..."

Wolf attacks three calves in Klamath County, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/9/15

Galatians 6:6-8, "Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life," sent by Frank Tallerico 10/20/15

! Important Notice ! Attend hearing at the Siskiyou County courthouse on November 5th at 8:30 AM in Dept.4 for Derek Eimer and Dyton Guilliland, being prosecuted for illegal suction dredging. The Court issued a lengthy Ruling that the State does not have the authority to first pass a law that requires small-scale miners to obtain a State permit, and then pass a second law that forbids the issuance of such permits.

The wrong person (Dennis Lynch) is declared the (dam) 'expert,' by Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook, CA letter to editor of H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/15. "Mr. Lynch receives no negative consequence for failure of any of his assurances, but tens of thousands of vested residents unrepresented in the KBRA/KHSA who know the unaccountable environmental promises are lies have been and will be those subject to the greatest confiscation and uncompensated loss of environment, lives, and futures."

Reg LeQuieuMallams' use of water didn't short anyone; Project irrigators got the water they were told they would get, H&N commentary by Reg LeQuieu, Klamath County and retired Klamath County Assessor, posted to KBC 10/30/15. "Mallams’ well is over a half mile from the Sycan River and over two miles from the Sprague River...there is no evidence that using his well somehow reduces the flow of the rivers..."

Tom MallamsMallams files for 2016 election, H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/15. Here for Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallam's KBC News webpage

Everyone not part of KBRA process, by Marvin Cantrell, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 10/30/15. "Mrs. Hill stated in her letter that "we" negotiated the settlement agreement because "we" realized it was best for "our farms and our communities." What about the rest of the communities? What about the Upper Klamath Basin? What about Sprague River, Chiloquin, Beatty, BIy and Bonanza? How about the rest of the ranchers and farmers trying to make a living?"

'Game' was rigged to limit participants, H&N letter to the editor by Werner Reschke, Malin 10/25/15, "the game has been rigged by the “stakeholders” (tribes, environmentalists, fishermen, some in agriculture) so they become the winners. The rest of us are the losers: more national debt passed to our children and increased power rates from the destruction of four hydropower dams — the cheapest power source in Pacific Power’s portfolio..."

1 Corinthians 1:18-19, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to not the understanding of the prudent," sent by Frank Tallerico 10/25/15.

It's really about taking private property through administrative fiat, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, District 28, 10/22/15 Newsletter. "Regardless of media accusations and name calling, it appears that (Klamath County Commissioner) Tom Mallams has remained within his statutory rights..."
NOTE by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, "The other additional piece of this puzzle is the relationship between the administrative rule that ties ground water and surface together, and the settlement agreements. The administrative rule is by it's own definition, 'consistent with the settlement agreements.' Also, with lack of legislation moving the settlement agreements forward, this very administrative rule, by its own language goes away. In other words, OWRD is turning well water off under authority of an administrative rule which is dependent on legislation that has not happened, and likely never will. Another government example of "THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE!"

< This government license plate photo was sent to KBC by a KBRA opponent. We thought we'd share



Massive US Senate Document On National And Global Weather Modification, posted to KBC 10/23/15

Lithium and the Experiment over Oregon, by From the Trenches, posted to KBC 10/23/15. "For three years, up until July 2015 the small towns on the south coast of Oregon: Reedsport, Bandon, Brookings as well as the Klamath Basin and Rogue Valley’s small towns are being used to test lithium and psychoactive compounds on a regular schedule and have been used for such for the last three years. Soil samples are taken and social interviews carried out, and one can assume, medical records which are now computerized, are monitored." HERE for KBC Geoengineering page

Big Government seeks to replace Private Retirement Industry, by Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 10/20/15

10/16/15 KBC News question: Where is this lawsuit now? Milestone reached in 2001 (Klamath) water lawsuits. Cases could be decided before 2016, H&N 3/27/15

Walden to push Basin water pact; Congressman to sponsor new version of agreement, H&N 10/15/15. "It will likely include the removal of the four dams that sit on the Klamath River and have been a source of dispute among parties who have not signed on to the water agreement."
Here is an interesting website
> http://www.waldensrecord.com regarding Walden's recent votes.

The West's water rights system is working, by Family Farm Alliance Dan Keppen and Patrick O'Toole, Denver Post, and Klamath Herald and News, posted to KBC 10/15/15. Side by side is a small KBC News collection of efforts made by Dan Keppen, and also letter by Family Farm Alliance, supporting the controversial Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement / KBRA, which effects Klamath Basin water management, private water rights, downsizes agriculture and destroys infrastructure (hydro dams). The KBRA is opposed by our local elected representatives.

Both Whitsetts file for re-election, H&N, posted to KBC 10/15/15

Climate alarmists seek to squash dissent, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 10/15/15

Keep false hope out of the dam issue, H&N letter to editor by Don Maushardt, Klamath Falls, followed by Dam removal expert (Dennis Lynch): Do it in one year, posted to KBC 10/15/15.

Tom Mallams responds to charges, Klamathnews.net, posted to KBC 10/15/15. "Within the notices, we were allowed 60 days to file a Petition for Judicial Review, which by definition is an "instant stay". Their final notice, dated August 25th, which we received on the 28th, gave us until August 31st to comply...The truly sad part of this is that the H&N knew all these facts while they were claiming my wife & I were "stealing water"from our neighbors..."

(Klamath) Tribes receive development grants. Biomass, solar project studies would be funded, H&N, posted to KBC 10/15/15. "A proposal for an inventory and market assessment for a tribal timber and wood biomass resources was awarded $113,832. Another proposal for a pre-development study for two large solar installations was granted $118,500."
HERE for more articles on $ to Tribes

Doug Whitsett

Mallams is right in fight with state, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, guest writer for H&N, posted to KBC 10/11/15. "County Commissioner Tom Mallams should be congratulated for his leadership in opposing the Oregon Water Resources Department’s (OWRD) heavy-handed and arguably unauthorized regulation of irrigation wells, by administrative fiat."

Dennis LinthicumKBRA is one more example of a false promise, by Dennis Linthicum, guest writer for H&N, posted to KBC 10/11/15.
"...Dam removal costs alone are near $1 billion.
What are the future basin and river restoration costs? — Unknown
What is the cost for establishing affordable energy options? — Unknown
What are the total costs for financial assistance to property owners, lost jobs and tax revenues? — Unknown
What is the cost for dealing with the release of over 20 million cubic yards of toxic sediment into the Klamath River? — Unknown.."

Mallams: water use allowed during appeal, H&N, guest commentary by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, posted to KBC 10/5/15. "Recently, a certain reporter accused me of breaking the law and ignoring water shutoff notices. The law allows all water users, including myself, to challenge an incorrect regulation order and prove that my well does not interfere with earlier priority surface water uses. All regulation orders have been “stayed” while I seek judicial review, allowing water use while the court decides my case.I believe in obeying the laws of the land, and no, I am certainly not above the law. I also believe in the right to protest and challenge unjust laws and regulation including unjust administrative rules."

Mallams to run for second term, Commissioner subject of recall effort, H&N, posted to KBC 10/5/15. "Last week Ilo and Melissa Ferroggiaro (owners of Laughing Lotus Farms, a medical marijuana dispensary) filed a recall petition...Daugherty said recall petitions and petitions to overturn the ban on county marijuana sales will be available to sign...(Mallams) noted those needing medical marijuana will still have access to it at shops within the city of Klamath Falls."

Ephesians 5:15-21 - "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is, do not be drunk with wine, which is dissipation, but filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to on another in the fear of the Lord." Sent from Frank Tallerico 10/5/15

* Valley Forge and Western Montana…by Elaine Willman, Western Ag Reporter, posted to KBC 10/3/15, "I became convinced that the CSKT Compact is a template for federalizing all state waters, implementing communalism and socialism consistent with Agenda 21, and intentionally aligned to spread tribalism as a governing system while eliminating State authority and duty to protect its citizenry."(KBC NOTE: Willman believes Klamath Basin is headed for the same demise as Montana citizens as she has closely watched the federal takeover.)

* VIDEO - Elaine Willman, former director of Tribal Affairs for Hobart, Wisconsin, explains how their tribe chose to turn their reservation into individual allotments, then later the government decided to reestablish their reservation boundaries. She was instrumental in saving the town from tax exempt tribal land acquisitions: Land Jurisdiction in the Village of Hobart, YouTube 6/16/15. Well worth watching if you live in the Klamath Basin.

Romans 5:1-5 - "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have access by faith into the grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Sent by Frank Tallerico

9/27/15 - KBC NOTE: Presently is a huge push by Klamath River Tribal leaders, environmental groups wanting to "rewild" Klamath River Basin, blackmailed farm leaders, and Herald and News newspaper to write their 2 lead U.S. Congressmen to support the controversial Klamath dam-removal "agreements" which promise to downsize agriculture, give land to the Klamath Tribes which they sold when they voted to terminate, 'hope' for a better power rate, and keep the Tribes from completely shutting down Klamath Project irrigation. 

It is most important to write to your representatives NOW:

* Doug LaMalfa
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone 202 225 3076
email rep Erin Ryan:

* Greg Walden
U.S. House of Representatives
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
phone: 202 225 6730

For letters, opinions, whose who, articles, petitions, polls, documents on the Klamath "agreements", go HERE

Water settlements urgently need champions, H&N, posted to KBC 9/27/15, is one of the media ploys praising the controversial Klamath "agreements'. According to H&N editor Pat Bushey in a later editorial, in addition to the two farmer guest writers was Curt Mullis was a lead employee of US Fish and Wildlife service for the Klamath Basin involved with endangered suckers. In his bio story praising him is Phil Detrich, who "led the development of state and federal regulations and management for Northern spotted owls....Detrich was the Fish and Wildlife representative in the years-long multi-party settlement talks that led to the two-part Klamath Basin deal...that aims to remove four dams on the Klamath River, restore the fishery...Detrich calls the deal a success only on paper, for now. The future will determine if it saves salmon."

Our Public Lands Must Not Go Up in Smoke, by Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter posted to kbc 9/27/15. "The scope of the mismanagement of our more than 300 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands was once again made evident by the smoke-filled August skies...According to the National Interagency Fire Center, over eight million acres had burned as of the beginning of September... Annual greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires dwarfs our nation’s emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels..."

Will Oregon go to Pot? by Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 9/27/15. "Marijuana-related traffic deaths doubled in Colorado, from 47 to 94 per year, between 2009 and 2014. Colorado’s marijuana-related Emergency Room calls have increased since 2009 by more than 10,000 per year..."

From the Archives: Suckers show sign of recovery, H&N, posted to KBC 8/1/07. "(Tribal Chairman Joe Kirk) was disappointed the decision came while the Tribes and other Klamath Basin stakeholders are working to resolve Klamath River issues, including the future of four hydroelectric dams, coastal fisheries and irrigation and tribal needs. 'To have something of this importance dropped on us without consultation while we are trying to settle Basin resource issues is a disservice to everyone,' Kirk said." (KBC Question?? Since irrigators have done numerous conservation and habitat projects to make more suckers for the Tribes who want to restore their sucker fisheries and sucker diet, why aren't they rejoicing? Are there things in the secret settlement that would be affected by thriving suckers?)

2015 Regional CERA Conference Announcement & Registration form Sept 26, 2015, sent by Elaine Willman. "Sessions include Western State River watershed policies, Flawed Fundamentals of Federal Indian Policy, CSKT Water Compact, Federalism, U.S. Supreme Court and other recent rulings update, EPA Treatment Similar to States, Fee-to-Trust Land - Litigation & Regulations, Spreading tribalism across the US, Rogue Federal Agencies: EPA, BIA, USFW, BLM, DOI & Others"

California Congressman Doug LaMalfa expresses concerns with KBRA at townhall in Tulelake, by KBC News 9/19/15. "How can I support something that's morally wrong?" asked LaMalfa."

Revealing the Puppetmasters of Oregon's Environmental Policy, Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 9/19/15.

KBRA has always been a fraud,  Pie N Politics by Liz Bowen, posted to KBC 9/19/15

Yurok Tribe pulls out of Klamath River agreement, The Triplicate, posted to KBC 9/19/15. KBC NOTE: Environmental activist/current Karuk Tribe spokesman, has stated to a meeting of all the tribes and environmental groups in this video, "we worked with the Klamath Project irrigators, the enemies of the tribes since those guys showed up; we did work out a water sharing agreement. ...We did not solve all the problems in the Klamath Basin with these agreements. We did not get rid of all the farmers, we did not rebuild all the wetlands, but we do pull off the biggest dam removal in the history of the world...and if we're still gonna deal with water quality issues at Keno, at the end of the day, I can guarantee the Karuk Tribe and Craig Tucker will be in the front seat dealing with that next." (KBC NOTE: that refers to destroying the Keno Dam, which provides water to the Klamath Project irrigators).

Federal court strikes down some D.C. gun laws as unconstitutional, Fox News, posted to KBC 9/19/15

Pioneer Day at the Tulelake Honker Sept 12, fairtime by the high school 10 a.m. until after the parade. Tulelake pioneers, friends and neighbors are welcome!

Klamath Water Users executive director resigns; Greg Addington's last day will be Dec. 15, H&N, posted to KBC 9/12/15. "KWUA deputy director Matt Vickery is also resigning." "Addington and a coalition of KBRA stakeholders are in Washington, D.C., this week to pitch to federal officials the stability they believe a settlement could bring to the Basin farming and tribal communities. Stakeholders are banking on the settlements winning congressional approval before the new year."

Tulelake Monument Honors Homesteaders, H&N 9/11/15.

COMMENTS DUE September 4! Draft (Groundwater) Basin Boundary Regulations Released by Department of Water Resources, posted to KBC 8/21/15.

KWAPA public meeting 9/1/15

Klamath Water issues by Erika Bentson, resident Klamath County, Western Ag Reporter:
* Klamath Agreement in Principle: A Redistribution of wealth, rights, & water 1/9/14
* Klamath Basin Water . . . Situation Update 3/17/14
* Klamath Upper Basin Proposed Settlement 3/20/14
* Klamath Basin Water . . . Time for soul searching
, 3/27/14.
Klamath Water: Tribes approve Agreement in close vote 4/17/1
* Klamath Water: Drought wells denied part 1 and 2, 4/10/14 and 4/17/14
Upper Klamath Basin Agreement signed, despite tribal protest, 4/24/14
Klamath Water:  Fish vs. Frogs 5/15/14
* Klamath Water:  Project farms to call upper basin water 5/29/14

Klamath Water:  Some ranchers backing out of Agreement 7/3/14
* Klamath Water: City under siege 8/7/14

CERA presents Gov't Overreach Conference in Riverton, WY 6/5/14 "CERA makes very clear distinctions between respect for all cultures . . . .  We address government decisions that impact tribal and local non-tribal residents when such federal, state, local or tribal decisions extend tribal government jurisdiction beyond their limited authority to self-govern their enrolled members and Indian trust lands."

For August 2015 chronological news, see Archive 159
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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