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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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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

Psalm 19:1-4 "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world." Sent by Frank Tallerico 8/23/14

Prayer and potatoes - Family puts faith in God to bring back damaged crop, H&N, posted to KBC 8/24/14. "About 15 people, family and friends, came to pray Saturday. “We gathered together we sang a song to praise the Lord first, then we all went around to pray for the fields and the farmers around the fields,” said Pastor Clay Bynum, with Life Recovery Network. “What God would bring out of that besides potatoes, this is a bigger thing than just raising potatoes.”

City OKs hire to consult on groundwater. Hydrogeologist will examine wells and geothermal aquifer, H&N, posted to KBC 8/24/14. "The consultants will help determine if city wells interfere with groundwater resources, as well as how the geothermal aquifer operates, Willrett explained.  The need for the consulting work stems from the Oregon Department of Water Resources order that the city cease the use of the Fremont and Wocus wells due to insufficient stream flow into Upper Klamath Lake and its tributaries..."

Timber harvest growth needs to be extended to federal land, The Albany-Democrat Herald 8/19/14

Additional water releases for Klamath River, H&N 8/23/14
    
Hoopa fear salmon die-off; Jewell meets with tribe over water shortages, Redding Record Searchlight 8/13/14

Tulelake Airport lawsuit (by Japanese) handed to Modoc County, H&N 8/22/14. "...Modoc County officials say the fence is not intended to prevent access but is needed to prevent wildlife from being on airport runways."

ODOF "Every Acre County" -- where the feds fail, Oregon excels, by Senator Doug Whitsett 8/21/14. "The Oregon Department of Forestry was at best ineffective in asserting their fire management goals and direct attack techniques. That wildfire burned more than 90,000 acres. It burned out of control for eleven days, destroying more than 30,000 acres of privately owned forestland. Backfires and burn-outs were employed so frequently that tens of thousands of acres of forests were needlessly destroyed...more than one of the backfires threatened the lives of landowners fighting to save their own property..."

Karuk Tribe gets casino green light, H&N 8/21/14.

Dam distraction delays real water solutions; Klamath County has rescinded its 2010 approval, by Siskiyou County Supervisors, H&N 8/17/14.

The Spirit of Klamath
A RODEO GIFT: Custom chaps for soldier  Auction: Buyer gives prize to mom’s son in Afghanistan, H&N 8/17/14

Council may hire water attorney, H&N 8/17/14. "Members of City Council Monday night will consider an agreement with a hydrogeologist ... to help determine if city wells interfere with groundwater resources, as well as how the geothermal aquifer operates, as stated by the Oregon Water Resources Department."

< Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett and Rep. Gail Whitsett  Science of shutoffs, well water monitoring law aims to clarify ownership, H&N 2/7/14. “We fully support the OWRD authority to regulate wells that are materially interfering with senior water rights. However, we believe the state should be required to prove that the use of irrigation wells is materially and measurably harming a water right holder with a superior priority date,” Gail Whitsett said."

Hebrews 7:26-28  "For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for He did once and for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever." Sent from Frank Tallerico for the week of August 17, 2014.
 
LaMalfa in Siskiyou County Monday, H&N 8/16/14. Rep. "Doug LaMalfa, whose First Congressional District include Modoc, Siskiyou and nine other far Northern California counties, will host a Town Hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Constituents are invited to join LaMalfa and his staff to discuss his work in Congress, federal legislation and other issues affecting the north state at the meeting. For more information call LaMalfa’s Oroville office at 530-534-7100."

KLAMATH COUNTY New drought water ruling proposed by officials, H&N 8/16/14. "The public comment period ends at 5 p.m. Sept. 19...A new rule that would allow water for human consumption and stock watering during drought in Klamath County has been proposed by the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)."

Groups sue to stop logging from 2013 fire, H&N, posted to KBC 8/9/14. "A dry lightning storm on July 26 (2013)...eventually burned across more than 75 square miles of private and federal timberlands in southern Douglas and northern Josephine counties...environmental groups have gone to court to block the plans, alleging 24 northern spotted owls are at risk."

Agency reconsidering water for Klamath salmon, H&N 8/16/14. "Tribal members were going to Sacramento on Tuesday to hold a vigil outside Bureau offices, she said. Since the 1960s, some water from the Trinity has been pumped over the mountains to the Central Valley of California for irrigation. Sierztutowski said some of those irrigation districts have been denied water this year due to the drought."

Groundwater aquifers under stress. Families drilling deeper to reach precious water supply.
BOR, PacifiCorp reach agreement on reservoir releases  H&N, posted to KBC 8/16/14. "
According to KWAPA Executive Director Hollie Cannon, the combination of consecutive drought years and new rules in place to protect endangered fish in the Klamath watershed means irrigators are given less surface water, forcing them to turn to groundwater..."

2 Timothy 2:13-17  But evil men and imposers will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped in every good work. From Frank Tallerico for week of August 10.

Oregon's expansion of regulations of surface and groundwater use, by Senator Doug Whitsett 8/13/14. "The rules propose to create a preference for the use of surface and ground water for stock and human consumption, regardless of the date of priority of the water right."

1 Peter 1:22-25  "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives forever. Because "All flesh is as grass, and all glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever."

(Japanese) Lawsuit aims to halt (Tulelake) airport (safety) fencing. Historical value of site should be considered, group claims, COMMENTS DUE this week regarding the Japanese jail restoration. H&N 8/6/14. " 'We’re sensitive and we understand the situation,' Steve Jacques, Modoc County deputy road commissioner, said of plans to build a fence. 'At the end of the day it’s an airport.' Jacques said the planned new fence would replace an existing barbed wire fence. The purpose of the fence, he explained, is to prevent wildlife from going onto the airport runway... The airport is used by Macy’s Flying Service and private individuals." KBC NOTE: After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and declared war on the United States, Tulelake relocation camp housed Japanese who would not pledge their allegiance to the United States. The Japanese are trying to acquire 1000 acres of land in the Tulelake area to proclaim this injustice.

(Klamath) Basin water allocation tightens, reservoirs drawn to their limits, H&N 8/6/14

Rainstorm helps fight wildfires. H&N 8/6/14

Calif. water agency wins damage suit against feds. Judges conclude that the government owes additional damages for failed water deliveries, H&N 8/5/14. "Judges concluded that the government owes additional damages for the Bureau of Reclamation’s failure to deliver enough water to the Stockton-based Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District."
Psalm 42:9-11:  I will say to God my rock, why have you forgotten me:  "Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?"  As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"  "Why are you cast down, O my soul?"  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. Sent by Frank Tallerico

* 7/21/14 comments due Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act
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EPA set to explain water rule that has U.S. farmers riled. The American Farm Bureau Federation has come out against the proposed rule, H&N, posted to KBC 7/16/14

Proposed Rule Issued April 21, 2014  US Navigable Waters by Elaine Willman 7/17/14  Elaine Willman bio

From Fish and Wildlife on wolf at Medicine Lake 7/17/14

 7/18 Comments due of spotted frog critical habitat.

KBC NEWS: A property owner at Medicine Lake reported to KBC that he spotted the Or 7 wolf (from a pack known to kill livestock, that wandered into California) in the Medicine Lake headquarters campground June 18th. Howls were heard in that location July 13th. There have been NO warnings from Forest Service to alert campers or residents.

Medicine Lake Campground to close for tribal gathering (July 18-21), H&N, posted to KB 7/16/14. KBC NOTE: In 2003 was the first annual traditional gathering of Indians on a large scale. The H&N article does not explain that there are 4 other campgrounds open to the public that weekend. HERE for Medicine Lake page

SPRAGUE RIVER - No time to spare. Fast-moving fire outruns Moccasin Hill residents, H&N 7/16/14. "Six homes and 14 other structures were destroyed on Sunday alone..."

Ongoing California drought wreaks significant economic damage. Crop, job losses take heavy toll on state, H&N 7/16/14.

Dorris - Running from drought, dry conditions force wild horses onto private land, H&N, posted to KBC 7/16/14

Oregon Caves bill goes to U.S. House. U.S. Senate passes measure unanimously on Wednesday, H&N, posted to KBC 7/16/14. "The Congress is again considering legislation to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument nearly tenfold....Logging and other operations allowed on Forest Service lands are banned on Park Service holding..."

State reaps most timber since 2006. Logging harvest intake tops 4 billion board feet, H&N 7/16/14.  "Oregon’s timber harvest was 9.74 billion board feet in 1972... Volume plunged in the 1990s as environmental issues led to cutbacks in logging on federal lands."

6/24+25 meetings Klamath On Project plan. Comments due July 15

Plan stalls: PacifiCorp fee halts talks. Power transition for local irrigators at standstill, H&N, posted to KBC 7/3/14.
* "
I think you guys are taking a windfall off the irrigators’ backs,” said board member Gary Wright."
* "
The fee could mean a 2- to 3-cent per kilowatt increase for Basin farmers, according to Dean Brockbank, vice president and general counsel of PacifiCorp." "
* "
Cannon (KWAPA director) said he estimates that for every penny the power rate goes up, PacifiCorp collects an additional $1.3 million. Since 2006, PacifiCorp has taken an extra $13 million per year out of the Basin, he said."
* " 'It’s a giant crapshoot. I think a lot more of this information should have been brought forward in good faith a long, long time ago,' (Matt) Walter (Upper Klamath Water Users Association leader)said."
* "The federal power program is part of the 2010 Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Basin Hydroelectric Settlement. The agreements seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, help the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Tree Farm and remove four dams on the Klamath River."

BOR reduces Iron Gate Dam flows, H&N 7/3/14

Wolves worry ranchers. Wolf population increases by one third statewide, H&N 7/3/14. "If you see a wolf kill your livestock you can’t take any lethal means against it.”

CFBF Friday Legislative Review 7/3/14. "Efforts by the Assembly Leadership to put forward a measure modifying provisions of the $11.14 billion Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act currently scheduled to go before California voters this November have again stalled."

In dry California, water fetching record prices, Capital Press 7/2/14. "...growers would ultimately pay $775 to $980 an acre-foot.."

KWAPA public board meeting Agenda July 1, 2014. Discussion with PacifiCorp, Groundwater, well monitoring, On Project Plan, .....

Letter from disillusioned Upper Klamath Water Users Association leader and KBRA/KHSA proponent regarding PacifiCorp and KBRA, posted to KBC 7/1/14. "I do not believe PC has bargained in good faith as implied in the KHSA. We have been working on the federal power delivery concept (Interconnect Study) for more then 4 years. We have spent 1000's of man hours and 100k"s of tax payer dollars to get to where we are today. The conclusion of 3/4 to 1 cent benefit which in the words of the consultant "is in the margin of error" is a poor result for all the work...."

PacifiCorp responds to KWAPA/Klamath Water and Power questions regarding KBRA-promised power rates, transitioning to federal power, consequences if people leave PacifiCorp, posted to KBC 7/1/14. "...Responses to specific KWAPA questions: 1. What is the cost for an irrigator to leave PAC energy? Answer: PacifiCorp does not intend to propose an exit fee for an irrigator to leave PAC energy.  However, the OPUC and other customers will be concerned about shifting costs to other Oregon customers as a result of irrigators moving to federal power.  As discussed above, the OPUC may impose a transition charge on irrigator loads switching to federal power.  This transition charge could be as high as 6-8 cents/kwh...."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/27/14. Proposed bills: unlimited tax increases, renewable resources, GM labels, private property tree harvest regulations, funds to clean up illegal pot farm pollution, billions$ for climate change, river "protection," & "sustainable...", groundwater management, minimum wages, paid sick leave mandates...

CA added just 5 dams Since 1959, CALWATCH.COM, POSTED TO kbc 6/27/14

Isaiah 30:27-29:  "Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel; My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by God. Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength." Sent by Frank Tallerico 6/22/14

On Project Plan meetings June 24 and 25th, Comments Due. Project irrigators seek input on water usage plan; Creators of the plan hope it will move irrigators away from inconsistent water deliveries, H&N, posted to KBC 6/23/14. "The 2010 KBRA settlement and the related Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, help the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Tree Farm and remove four dams on the Klamath River"

"Watch over the legitimacy, and the truthfulness, of what we call science," by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 6/23/14.
* "Upper Klamath Lake TMDL is based on the false assumption that development of the Upper Basin by European man has resulted in significant increases in the phosphorous concentration that helps to cause poor water quality in Upper Klamath Lake.
* We are asked to assume that the alleged decline of the endangered suckers is the result of declining water quality
* We are asked to assume that Coho Salmon are threatened in the Klamath River due to water storage for the Klamath Project
* We are asked to assume that the Northern Spotted Owl is endangered due to man-caused loss of habitat
* We are being asked to assume that the declining numbers of sage grouse are the result of loss of habitat due to cattle grazing.
* we are being asked to cooperate with the regulation of groundwater by the Oregon Water Resources Department based on a regional computer model that can only be described as fraudulent"

Water is a precious resource in the Basin, H&N letter to editor by Harvey Houston, Klamath Falls, posted to KBC 6/19/14. "In Southern California, the river waters were so low, they had to build dams to keep out the ocean water. Officials are thinking of building more dams on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Our Oregon officials want to remove the dams on the Klamath River."

Water shutoffs effects felt on (Klamath) area’s farms and ranches; cattle, hay come at steep premium, H&N, posted to KBC 6/20/14. "Crume said he might have enough water to get by until his first cutting of hay, but if the water to his field is shutoff, it’s likely his remaining 75 cows will have to go."

Council mulls options for drought response; possible well shutoff draws varied reactions, H&N, posted to KBC 6/20/14. " Kyle Gorman, the OWRD  South Central Region manager, said the two city wells and 10 private wells that received shutoff notices were deemed to have “timely and effective” impacts on surface water."

SPOTTED FROG COMMENTS DUE - 300 acres added in Klamath County; Comments sought on land for endangered amphibian, H&N, posted to KBC 6/20/14. "...officials may designate 68,500 acres and 24 stream miles throughout Washington and Oregon as critical habitat for the disappearing amphibian. The proposed critical habitat 30-day public comment period opens today and closes July 18."


Hearing What We Want to Hear, by Jim Beers, posted to KBC 6/20/14. Beers comments on Herald and News report by Lacey Jarrell regarding his wolf presentation in Dorris, Calif. Jarrell's article was "Worries about wolves; Wolf opponents list multiple reasons against reintroduction"   Beers is a retired wildlife biologist and refuge manager, government whistleblower, and wolf expert.

1 Peter 1:22-23 "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, (and) having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but uncorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.." sent from Frank Tallerico 6/15/14.

Well shutdowns: Impacts too early to tell. Two municipal, 10 privately owned wells ordered to limit or curtail use, H&N 6/14/14. "(Klamath Falls City Manager) Cherpeski acknowledged that city and county officials need to begin developing policies to mitigate impacts of water shortages. 'It’s more about the future of the Basin. We should think about the community and reducing water simply because we live in the desert,' he said."
KBC CORRECTION on above H&N article: Klamath Basin was a lake up to 30' deep before we diverted much of our water INTO the Klamath River, and INTO a meadow east of Tule Lake to evaporate so WWI and WWII war veterans could grow food for a hungry nation. Does Klamath Falls city manager not know the history of our basin he calls a "desert" ?

City of Klamath told to shut off wells. Tribes, Project make call on water; Sky Lakes, OIT may be affected, H&N 6/13/14. "A comment period is open for a grant to evaluate Crater Lake National Park’s options to mitigate potential water shutoffs and keep the park open during extreme drought...Written comments can be submitted until 5 p.m., June 27"

Water shutoffs begin in the Basin; Klamath Tribes expected to make its ‘call’ this week, H&N 6/10/14

<  Niilo Hyytinen 2/23/1926 - 6/4/2014 former Tulelake businessman and WWII veteran

The Senate Hearing is on June 3rd at 2:30 Eastern time:
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Letter signed by Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing Klamath Dam Removal Agreements to U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock, 5/30/14
* Letter signed by Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors opposing Klamath Dam Removal Agreements, to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, 5/30/14

VIDEO: Wolves and the Environmental Species Act - Jim Beers, in Dorris, California May 2014, filmed by Robert Exter.

Video, and transcribed quotes from Klamath In the Balance, Forum to discuss dam removal process on Klamath River. The stated purpose was to bring all the conflicting Indian Tribes and environmental groups together with the common goal of destroying the Klamath River Dams.
Green Corps trained activist, a founder of Klamath Riverkeeper, and negotiator for the Karuk Tribe as voting stakeholder on the KBRA, Craig Tucker: "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). KBC NEWS reminder: In the KBRA: hydro dam destruction is permanent. Destruction of fish hatcheries is permanent. $45 million plus land gift to the Klamath Tribes is permanent. Downsizing agriculture is permanent. Mandate of no water storage may be used by irrigators is permanent. However any benefits to the farmers in the KBRA end in 50 years, but, as detailed in this video, any benefits are superseded by the ESA, Clean Water Act and Biological Opinions.

Isaiah 11:4-5:  "But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist."  sent from Frank Tallerico 5/25/14.

THANK YOU VETERANS!
Below are links to letters to Congress from the WWII veterans or their widows who homesteaded in the Tulelake Basin, found on our HOMESTEADER Page. They were written in 2001 after our U.S. government denied irrigation water to these of The Greatest Generation, after promising irrigation water to them and their heirs. Within a year, the National Academy of Science deemed the shutoff "Unjustified."
Written in 2001
Gerald Johnson
Manuel Silva 
John Masterson 
Carl Voorhees 
John Terry  
Paul Christy 
Fred Robison

Paul Rogers 
Francis Webb

Marion Palmer
Jack Newkirk
Woody Chambers

Jess Prosser
Clyde Todd

5/25/14 - WOLVES in Siskiyou County - Jim Beers, retired USFWS biologist, wetlands biologist, refuge manager, and Congressional Fellow, and wolf expert spoke in Dorris, CA last week. More than 100 busy ranchers, farmers and fellow citizens, concerned about introduction of wolves, came to hear his presentation. He told about human deaths, dozens of wolf-carrying diseases, predation on livestock and pets. Author Holly Swanson spoke about how the green movement is destroying our environment, economy and education, and the agenda behind it.

Written speech about wolves given in Dorris, California at a Town Forum on 18 May 2014, by Jim Beers, posted to KBC 5/25/14.

Informing the ‘misinformed’ about wolves; reintroduction, recovery goals are backed by questionable motivations, M. David Allen guest writer, H&N 5/25/14

John 5:24-25: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live." sent from Frank Tallerico

* Wyden, Merkley Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Klamath Basin Legislation, posted to KBC 5/23/14.
* Meeting of Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou County Supervisors, all eight elected officials oppose the Klamath water agreements, commentary on KFLS 14.50 radio station by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 5/23/14.
* LETTER TO: "Congressman McClintock: You have been most helpful and steadfast if helping the ranchers and farmers in the Klamath River Basin in our on going battle to save the hydro-electric facilities and water allocations to ranchers and farmers in Siskiyou, Modoc and Klamath counties. Attached  are two documents that a joint unofficial task force, known as the Cal-Ore Bi-State Alliance have put together and presented at a joint meeting of the Siskiyou County Supervisors and the Klamath County, Ore. Commissioners.  These alternatives to dam removal suggestions are far less expensive, and more doable than taking out the dams, destroying the hydro-electric facilities and allocating limited water resources. As in the past, your continued support for maintaining these facilities, that were developed on sound science and common sense, is sincerely appreciated. Respectfully, Frank Tallerico (board member of Siskiyou County Water Users Association and participant in the Bi-State Alliance). Subject: Bi-State Alliance Handouts at the 5/5/14 Klamath Co./Siskiyou Co. mtg."
* 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

* Jim Beers in Dorris 5/18/14 regarding Wolves, property rights, Agenda 21.  Jim Beers biography

The Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 5/16/14: "Many farm and ranch owners... were advised that most who refused to sign would no longer be allowed to use either their surface or groundwater rights in most years. Many of those water rights date to 1864 priority. They were further advised that those who refused to participate would likely be subject to severe restrictions on the use of their land due to the “potential listing” of new endangered species....The transfers to in-stream flow will require the permanent dewatering of as much as 30 square miles of currently irrigated productive pasture and farm land...required management practices are enforceable by a third party. In this Agreement, the third party is ultimately controlled by the Tribes...In total, when combined with other provisions of the KBRA, the Tribes would receive more than $147 million in direct funding. The money is mainly dedicated for the purchase of land, ecosystem habitat enhancement, water quality improvement and economic development for the Tribes...the Ninth Circuit Court determined that the Tribes are entitled to no more, or no less water than they were currently using for a moderate standard of living at the time of the Court decision. Further, the Court stated that the amount of water the Tribes are entitled to cannot be interpreted to be the amount they were using at the time of the 1864 Treaty. The Court had no intention of returning the land to a wilderness servitude. The Oregon Water Resources Department appeared to ignore the latter part of the Court ruling in their March 2013 Final Order of Determination...others are rightfully concerned that the Agreement infringes on their First Amendment right to free speech because the document prohibits signatories from speaking or writing in opposition to any of the agreements. Others believe the Agreement infringes on their Fifth Amendment rights to own and enjoy the benefits of private property, including their irrigation water rights..."

Threats (by Klamath tribal members) delay tribal meeting, H&N 5/16/14. "...some Klamath Tribes members have been campaigning to organize a hostile takeover of the meeting. Threats included chaining and padlocking doors to force the Tribal Council and meeting attendees to remove Gentry from the council and to overturn the results of a recent referendum vote. The referendum vote under attack was certified by the Klamath Tribes election board as in-favor of a water settlement, known as the Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, between the Tribes and upper Basin irrigators." KBC NOTE: Upper Basin irrigators were not allowed a vote; they were only blackmailed as explained in Senator Doug Whitsett's newsletter.

Klamath Tribes of Oregon PRESS RELEASE: Threats against Klamath Tribal Council by Klamath Tribal membership,  5/16/14 (regarding Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/16/14. Proposed bills for billions of $ for groundwater and water management and control, bill to label genetically modified food products, disclosure of extreme fuel costs from California's carbon taxes, more...

Oregon Congressional Candidate Dennis Linthicum, 5/16/14, current article "The truth will set you free" responding to Congressman Walden's comments.

California's Cap and Trade, Kitzhaber headed that direction, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 4/30/14

Oregon's welfare growth highest in nation, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 5/6/14. "The welfare to work program was designed to provide temporary assistance during the time required to teach families to become accountable for their own welfare and financial security...The audit found that Oregon ranked dead last in the nation for TANF clients participating in work, or work related activities..."
Senator Doug Whitsett KBC News webpage HERE

Zechariah 9:10 - "I will cut off the chariot from Efrim and the horse from Jeruslem; The battle bow shall be cut off.  He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth." Sent from Frank Tallerico 5/10/14.

Congressman Walden: (Klamath) Water legislation may be altered in House, H&N 5/10/14

*** On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule – Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act – that would amend the definition of “waters of the U.S.” and expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.

Senator Roberts and Western Caucus urge EPA to halt Waters of the US rule, 5/8/14

Wolves, gun control topics for Dorris Forum Meeting, H&N 5/9/14.

Why Willamette Valley farmers should watch Klamath Falls' water rights fight, Statesman Journal, posted to KBC 5/10/14. "The agency identified 130 wells (including Mallams) that could interfere with surface water sources, meaning he and other farmers could lose both sources of water this summer. 'You virtually cannot prove there isn’t interference because of the way they did the modeling,' Mallams said. 'I am considered guilty unless I prove myself innocent and I cannot prove myself innocent.' For Whitsett, that means the OWRD can do the same thing to any watershed in Oregon."

Short video: No water, no farmer, no food; government mismanagement causes water crisis, AFPC 5/9/14.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/9/14: school districts to impose unlimited tax on property owners, honeybee access, registering stockponds for livestock and irrigation, $18 billion for water projects and conservation, immigration laws, labor laws...

Weather Warfare: Beware the US Military’s Experiments with Climatic Warfare; ‘Climatic warfare’ has been excluded from the agenda on climate change, Global Research by Professor Michel Chossudovsky, posted to KBC 5/9/14. This was on the History Channel May 8, 2014

 

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Joint county groups decry water pact; Mallams calls it ‘blackmail,’ H&N  5/7/14. "Collectively, the supervisors and commissioners agreed to send letters to federal and state legislators opposing planned legislation by Wyden to fund the newly signed agreement. At last month’s ceremonies, Wyden said he will introduce legislation this month to make the agreement law. The (Siskiyou County) supervisors/(Klamath County) commissioners draft letter says the agreement’s “fatal flaw” is its tie to the KBRA and KHSA. According to the letter, “this irrational stubbornness cannot outweigh the exorbitant costs, environmental risks and losses of water supply, flood control, and clean energy that would accompany dam removal... the KBRA and KHSA have been strongly opposed by voters in both Siskiyou and Klamath counties.”

Upper and lower basin representatives continued their cooperative efforts Monday in Dorris as Klamath County commissioners met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to discuss agreements on the Klamath River, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 5/7/14

Here for Klamath River Science Misconduct page

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in Yreka, Klamath River Basin in 2011: communities (farmers, ranchers, miners, loggers)coming together opposing their federal government using suckers, frogs, owls, and faulty science to strip resource users of their property and resources.

 KWAPA agrees to fund project. Data from agencies monitoring Klamath Project groundwater wells put into one online database, H&N 5/7/14. "Cannon explained that implementing a groundwater monitoring system to ensure sustainable use also is a condition of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. 'If the KBRA were to be approved today, we would be behind schedule because we need this information in place,' he said."  
KBC NOTE: From the 2012 Tulelake Irrigation District groundwater management plan fact sheet, "The Plan is not a requirement of, and is not being developed for, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) or the "on-Project Plan" of the KBRA...this groundwater management plan will not regulate groundwater within the plan area..."

1st Thessalonians 5:16-22, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit, Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil," sent from Frank Tallerico for week of May 4, 2014

* Joint Meeting of Klamath County Commissioners and Siskiyou Board of Supervisors Monday May 5, 1 pm at Doris Community Center

* Jim Beers in Dorris 5/18/14: Wolves Beers is a retired Fish and Wildlife biologist, refuge manager, wetlands and wolf expert.... Jim Beers biography 

Klamath County Proposed Charter Problems posted to KBC 5/4/14
Oregon Counties Charter financial stats, posted to KBC 5/4/14
Total costs under Proposed Klamath County Charter posted to KBC 5/4/14

California drought may prompt policy changes, Western Livestock Journal, posted to KBC 5/4/14. "When asked about a recent “agreement” signed on the Upper Klamath Basin on the California-Oregon border, forcing water reductions for hundreds of ranchers in the name of “protecting the fish,” (California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) President Paul) Wenger was incredulous about plans to remove four dams. 'Those dams could be being used to help salmonid survival, but instead [proponents of dam removal] are showing their true colors. It’s about control, not restoring salmon runs,' he said."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/2/14: Sunset date on Williamson Act, regulatory requirements on fuel, cutting tree without permit on your own property, funds for marijuana farm cleanup, animal antibiotics, GMO labeling, employers to provide paid sick leave, employees to wage lien on employers property if they claim (without proof) they weren't fully paid, billions$ for Clean Water Act desires, groundwater management plan agencies, registration of animal stockponds,

Klamath Project irrigation: Basin water outlook grim, Snowpack called ‘worst in the state,’ H&N 5/1/14

USDA Announces New Landmark Conservation Initiatives, USDA press release 5/1/14. "...According to the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, annual U.S. conservation spending totals $38.8 billion...Through the 2014 Farm Bill's new conservation programs, USDA is making available up to $366 million for conservation easements under ACEP to state and local governments, Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations and private landowners."

Sage grouse protection - Feds spend $236M to help landowners protect grouse, H&N 5/1/14.  
 

KBC STATS for April 2014: 18,110 visits, 7191 unique visitors, 51,873 pageviews, 78,591 hits

Klamath water-sharing agreement gets funding, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 5/3/14.

Obama Issues Executive Order Allowing Him To Grab Your Land, MR Conservative, posted to KBC 5/3/14.

Trout Unlimited Run by Wall Street Banks & Energy Giants, and Klamath Basin Crisis: Farmers Know Trout Unlimited All Too Well, byToni Thayer April 29, 2014, Watching-the-Watchers.com. "One day you're farming, minding your own business, and life's good. The next day, and for the following nine years, you're fighting thieves who want your property and your livelihood. Using junk science and lots of propaganda, the thieves band together in meetings to hammer out the details of stealing your property and divvying it up amongst themselves. And you, the lawful property owner, are only one against the massive den of thieves."

Key parties offer their opinions on County Home Rule Charter 18-93 to appear on the May 20 ballot, H&N 4/27/14
followed by:
Is an administrator the right choice for Klamath County? Area voters must decide
(KBC Note: go to www.heraldandnews.com to vote on their unofficial poll. All 3 elected Klamath County Commissioners and conservatives who elected them oppose the charter (vote no on poll). The liberals "progressives" vote yes on poll. )

Klamath Falls visit, Walden hears of ‘over-reaching’ government , H&N 4/27/14. "On the topic of the water agreement signed by the Klamath Tribes and the Upper Basin irrigators, Walden said he’ll support the bill in Congress, but “I still have great reservations for removing all four dams (on the Klamath River). “It is good that the Upper Basin folks came together and I supported that. But the issue is that the agreement was reached with parties themselves, but not the public. The public still matters in this debate. The public has not yet supported some element to this plan.” To that end, Walden suggested that a Senate bill may not make it through the House as one single piece of legislation — as has been proposed — but divided into sections that may pass."
KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement
Upper Klamath Webpage

Water Task Force webpage
 
Psalm 19:13-14  Let them not have dominion over me, Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Sent from Frank Tallerico 4/27/14

Farming tradition ends, Boyd family says goodbye after 74 years, H&N 4/24/14.

Klamath Basin - Lack of bird refuges plan spurs lawsuit, H&N 4/25/14.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review Proposed bills: 4/25/14 Pesticide application regulations, GMO food labeling, budget increases for Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources Board, over $4 million to Department of Education, $19 million plus $2 annually to pay FWS overdue tax bills (FWS has $ to buy private land, then they don't pay their decade-overdue taxes), employees could file lean on their employeer's property if they claim they weren't paid, $8.5 billion for clean water, protect rivers, climate change, Delta Sustainability and water storage, Groundwater management, more.

Siskiyou, Modoc jobless figures worse than state’s. Counties’ unemployment rates improve, but still lag behind California averages, H&N 4/22/14. "...the unemployment rate in Siskiyou County dropped from 15.5 percent in February to 14.9 percent, while the drop in Modoc County was from 13.5 to 12.9 percent. In comparison, the California unemployment rate dropped during the same period from 8.5 to 8.4 percent, while the national average shifted from 7.0 to 6.8 percent."

County taxpayers deserve more input in irrigation agreements, H&N letter by David Hurst, posted to KBC 4/25/14. "The upper Basin ranchers and farmers are not given a lot of choices in any of the agreements. The tribe had to vote on the agreement: Why doesn’t the taxpayer have the same choice?"

Klamath Falls - Oregon Tech's renewable energy by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 4/25/14
National Unemployment Newsletter by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 4/9/14
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries by Senator Doug Whitsett, 3/26/14
Forest Practices Act Newsletter by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 3/20/14
Short Legislative Sessions by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 3/11/14
Support Oregon's Rule of Law by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 2/27/14
HERE for Senator Doug Whitsett webpage

Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss' Newsletter, posted to KBC 4/22/14. "...a list of the broad sector of support for saving the Klamath River Dams, including county and local governments, non-profits, agricultural organizations, and the nearly 80% vote of the people of Siskiyou County.  It was important to...counter the other side’s false rhetoric that the Klamath Basin supports dam removal."

NASA Expert Warns of Rogue Geoengineers and Chemtrail Consequences; ," dprogram 4/22/14. KBC NOTE: Watch the 12 minute video. Watch the skies. Why would anyone want to modify the weather in Klamath Basin to cause a drought? Look up. The above article was sent to us by a retired EPA scientist.
More info on Geoengineering Watch

Matthew 28:1-7 The Empty Tomb: "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 lighting, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, "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 and see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.  Behold, I have told you."  Sent from Frank Tallerico 4/20/14

A step forward - State and local dignitaries come together Friday at Collier Memorial State Park to sign the much-debated Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, H&N 4/19/14.  KBC NOTE: This "agreement" is part of the controversial KBRA, which destroys 4 Klamath River hydro dams providing power to 70,000 households, gives $45 million to the Klamath Tribes plus land, permanently downsizes agriculture, controls groundwater, plants endangered species in the Klamath Basin........
* HERE for
KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement page including videos, articles, letters, petitions, litigation, documents, votes, stakeholders, Whose Who
* Water Task Force webpage
* Upper Klamath Webpage

Protesters interrupt ceremony, Not all in agreement with new water pact, and Two groups weigh in against accord, H&N 4/19/14. KBC NOTE: Siskiyou County supervisors, home of 3 hydro dams planned for destruction, oppose the KBRA/dam removal agreements, Siskiyou citizens voted against the agreements, and Klamath County voted in 3 county commissioners, the state senator and state representative who all oppose the agreements.

A Tale of the Tortoise and the Sucker - a Water Rights Issue, Farm Wars 4/16/14. "Nevada and the Tortoise, Follow the Money, Oregon and the Sucker"

How George Soros Attacked Cliven Bundy – And Lost, The Ulsterman Report 4/14/14.

Historic pact to be signed Friday, H&N 4/17/14.  KBC NOTE: What a deal! Free transportation to and from the casino too! Lunch... 

Klamath Tribes approve water pact, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14. "A $40 million economic development package for the Tribes...the Tribes also would receive $1 million a year for five years from DOI to care for tribal transition needs this year."

Freedom of speech is key when talking irrigation, by Bruce Topham, Sprague River letter to H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14. "This is what is currently being demanded of those of us who are ranchers in the north half of Klamath County. A foreign sovereign government (aka the Klamath Tribes) is requiring that for any water settlement to be met for irrigation or drinking water for our livestock we must surrender our right as Americans to express any opinions contrary to those advocated by the Klamath Tribes..."
Upper Klamath Webpage
Water Task Force webpage

Protesting the vote; Klamath Tribal members demand a new vote, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14.

Zero acre-feet of water; East Side Klamath Project irrigators to see little or no water; idling funds also are in short supply, H&N 4/15/14. "Moxley said the newly designed pivots can reduce his irrigation water use up to 50 percent. But last week, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced that irrigators, who rely on water supplies from Clear Lake Reservoir, will get zero acre-feet for the 2014 irrigation season." KBC NOTE: When Klamath Reclamation Project was built, Clear Lake was a meadow. Suckers do not live in meadows. To create farmland, water was stored in Clear Lake (meadow) to so it could be used for irrigation if needed. The U.S. government made it into a bird refuge and decided to create habitat for suckers who historically did not live in this meadow, mandating lake levels and denying access in most of that area to the public.

Difficult season ahead, insufficient water for full Project deliveries. No water will be released from Clear Lake Reservoir, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14

Klamath Tribes approve water pact, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14. "A $40 million economic development package for the Tribes...the Tribes also would receive $1 million a year for five years from DOI to care for tribal transition needs this year."

County administrator will add to bureaucracy by Gus deVries, H&N letter to the editor, posted to KBC 4/15/14. "Klamath County is currently under attack by selfish extremists confiscating irrigation water and decimating the agricultural community and county revenue...."

Young farmer making his mark - Jason Flowers, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14.

Matthew 26:26-29 "And as the were eating. Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins, but I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.' " sent from Frank Tallerico 4/13/14

Press Release: Klamath Project 2014 Operations Plan Released, Bureau of Reclamation  4/8/14
2014 Klamath Project Operations Plan 4/8/14

AUDIO - Dr. Mike Newton and Senator Doug Whitsett, begin minute 30, I-Spy Radio 4/8/14, on Science of Upper Klamath Basin ranchers being denied surface and ground water with no proof of interference to stream water, yet studies support that groundwater use enhances stream flow. What is the government's excuse? KBC NOTE: If the Upper Basin irrigator does not agree with the Kitzhaber Task Force plan, they will be denied surface and groundwater to irrigate.

Matthew 25:31-34: "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will gather before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Sent from Frank Tallerico 4/6/14

Klamath 2014 Emergency-Use Drought Permits Denied, posted to KBC 4/7/14

VIDEO - Fox News reporting Enemies of the State: the Sagebrush Rebellion, Wayne Hage Jr. 4/5/14.
Enemies of the State: The Sagebrush Rebellion, Wayne Hage Jr. part 2, 4/5/14
"I just receive news from the FOX NEWS producer of “Enemies of the State” that a strong response from the public for this story give them a basis to do additional similar stories.  While working on the story we tried to emphasize to him our story was just the tip of the iceberg.  If you don’t mind getting the word out and sending comments to him that would be greatly appreciated.  He can be reached at
Jason.Kopp@FOXNEWS.COM"
You will find more articles on the Hages on our Grazing Page

Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/7/14 

AUDIO: Must Listen: 5 1/2 minute summary of Upper Basin's Klamath Settlement Agreement; audio by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, Local News with Paul Hanson on KFLS News/Talk Radio 1450, 4/1/13. "The nearly 100-page agreement has seven objectives..."

 

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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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