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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
.
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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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Rep Gail Whitsett
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man Tom McClintock
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Japanese vs Tulelake controversy
Jefferson
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   Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
KID Klamath Irrigation District
Klamath Hearings
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Klamath River Compact
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SONG-KILL THE LAND
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TID Crops report
Trump
Tulelake Irrigation District
    and TID well reports
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

Klamath Basin Settlement Page including current settlement efforts and failed KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration "Agreement" and related Klamath Dam Removal settlement agreements, articles, letters, videos, press releases, documents, and Who's Who
KBC's KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page  

The 23rd Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...

***Public Comments Due Feb 26 on Klamath Dam Draft Environmental Impact Report

*** Remember the Herald and News Poll: Will you benefit from Klamath dam Destruction? As of 2/16/19:
51 voted "Yes, a direct benefit,"
39 voted "Yes, but indirectly,"
35 voted "No, I will not benefit," 
159 voted "I see no benefit at all,"
13 voted, "No opinion"

Tom MallamsDraft groundwater rules: Great news or just another Trojan Horse? Guest opinion by Tom Mallams, Beatty irrigator and former Klamath County Commissioner. COMMENTS DUE 3/4/19, hearings Feb 21 & 26. "Oregon Water Resources Department, (OWRD), admitted that this wording means the entire Klamath Basin, not just the Upper Klamath Basin. This wording will put all wells in the entire Klamath Basin at risk (of being shut off) as well as other areas in Oregon."
Public hearings set on Upper Basin well regulation, posted to KBC 2/16/19

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review posted to KBC 2/16/19. Governor Newsom's intentions, budget and appointments, truck emission mandates, rural crime, utilities, $51.3million for safe drinking water, wildfire bills.

Oregon rivers, lands would gain protection under bill passed by U.S. Senate, H&N, posted to KBC 2/16/19. "...according to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, the measure would provide protection for about 250 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon. That would give the state more wild and scenic designations than any other state besides Alaska..."
Wilderness-Wildlands Page

President Donald Trump's Border Security FACT SHEET, and Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States posted 2/16/19.

Oregon lawmakers debate multiple gun bills, H&N, posted to KBC 2/16/19. "It would limit ammunition purchases to 20 rounds in a 30-day period and prohibit firearm magazines that can hold more than five rounds....."

LaMalfa PRESS RELEASE: LaMalfa Announces FEMA Grant Funding for Paradise, posted to KBC 2/16/19

Global warming myth debunked: humans have minimal impact on atmosphere's carbon dioxide and climate, posted to KBC 2/16/19. 

Psalms 139:13-14 - "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

ACTION ALERT - Please help to restore our Mining rights, News from Dave McCracken, The New 49ers 2/10/19

PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users: Hearing scheduled for DC Circuit Court on Writ of Mandamus regarding Klamath Dams, KRRC and Klamath Compact, SCWUA, posted to KBC 2/10/19

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorImage may contain: one or more people, people standing, shoes and outdoor< Siskiyou County residents showed up to protest Klamath Dam removal before the meeting held by the CA State Water Resource board in Yreka on Tuesday Feb. 5th. Submitted photos by Louise Gliatto
Both sides represented at Klamath Dams removal meeting in Yreka, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 2/10/19. KBC NOTE: An attendee called to inform us that most dam removal supporters were tribes from downriver from where another water board meeting will be held. Also, no meetings will be held in Klamath Basin.

Interior's Bernhardt keeps Mikkelsen Trump to nominate former lobbyist Bernhardt for Interior secretary, Washington Post, posted to KBC 2/10/19

California adds protections for Klamath spring salmon; Klamath spring chinook a candidate for CESA listing, H&N, posted to KBC 2/9/19. "The decision was in response to a petition filed last year by the Karuk Tribe and the Salmon River Restoration Council." KBC Note: The Karuk Tribe has stated that Klamath irrigators are "the enemy," they want to get "rid of all the farmers," and after the dams come out they will target "Keno Dam."

Response to the KRRC (Klamath Dam removal corp) commentary's 'corrections' by Rex Cozzalio, followed by KRRC's 'corrections.'  H&N, posted to KBC 2/10/19. "At a recent meeting when questioned what they would do if the KRRC had insufficient money, an annoyed Mr. Bransom stated ‘no matter what else happens, KRRC will blow the dams’." ..."Any claims of ‘eventual’ benefit come with no historically supported assurance, particularly true coming from a shell corporation dissolving after acknowledged irreversible regional devastation.  Holding themselves harmless...FERC...(called) just last week for the KRRC to produce proof of as yet non-existent insurance coverage..."
"Send your comments to FERC." 
KBC's KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page


Cal Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review, 2/8/19. More taxes, more 'restoration' 'conservation' and 'management' of rural farmland, water, forestry...

***Public Comments Due Feb 26 on Klamath Dam Draft Environmental Impact Report
PUBLIC MEETING FEB 5

SCWUA - Water Board evaluates the Klamath Dam removal without a final plan by FERC, by SCWUA President Richard Marshall, posted to KBC 1/27/19

Klamath Dam Destruction EIR, Siskiyou Daily News, Liz Writes Life Column, posted to KBC 2/3/19. Liz, column writer for Siskiyou Daily News, addresses State Water Resources Control Board regarding corrections and draft Environmental Impact Report concerning potential Klamath Dam destruction.

Herald and News Poll: Will you benefit from Klamath dam Destruction?

Local rules governing control of well use in the Upper Klamath Basin: OWRD / Oregon Water Resource Dept. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, filed 1/29/19
OWRD Hearings: 2/21/19 in Salem, 2/26/29 Klamath Falls
COMMENTS DUE 3/4/19,
4 business days after the Klamath Falls hearing.
OWRD webpage:
https://www.oregon.gov/OWRD/programs/policylawandrules/OARS/Pages/
ProposedRulemaking.aspx

Kiewit positions for Klamath dam pillage, by Rex Cozzalio, member of SCWUA / Siskiyou County Water Users Association, 1/18/19, posted to KBC 2/3/19

Water talks resume Feb. 12 in Medford, H&N 2/3/19. “ 'We have an imbalance in the Basin of needs and resources,' Mikkelsen said." KBC Note: this repeats government 2001 water shutoff rhetoric, which screamed to the farmers that the 'best available science' says there's 'not enough water to go around.' After the shutoff, bankruptcies, suicides, heart attacks, and auctions, the National Academy of Science stated the shutoff was "unjustified." Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where our farms are now.
It was a navigable lake. That's why on our deeds, signed by our US President, we were allotted 2+ acre feet of water for our crops, and the vast amount of runoff we pump uphill at our expense, out of our closed basin and into the Klamath River.

< The river often went dry in the fall before the Project was built.
 


CFBF Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 2/3/19: biotechnology, Governer Newsom's proposed 2019 spending, bill to eliminate the cannabis cultivation tax and reduce the excise tax rate on commercial cannabis, proposed indoor heat illness prevention standard, land use.

Klamath groundwater meeting< Scaled-back Klamath groundwater regulation debated, H&N, posted to KBC 2/3/19. "Tom Mallams, who represented the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association on the committee, said the agency’s statement about the connection between ground and surface waters was unproven and “erroneous.”

Siskiyou County Water Users comments on "Gene research upends Klamath-Trinity Chinook history; ‘Run time gene’ rewrites narrative of spring vs fall runs", by Philip Santos, Eureka Times Standard, posted to KBC 2/3/19. Comments follow by SCWUA President Richard Marshall and member Rex Cozzalio.

Zinke renewed grazing permit for Hammond Ranches, Oregonian, posted to KBC 2/3/19

Hoopa Valley Tribe wins lawsuit against feds.The victory may expedite Klamath dam removal, Eureka Times-Standard, posted to KBC 2/3/19.
Hoopa Tribe Went 10 Times Over Trinity River Salmon Catch Limit, WONews.com KBC 3/23/18

When wolves come to town by Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/3/19. "Wolves are coming to town, but Colville isn’t Seattle. Anyone who loses their cats or dogs will be expected to accept it the way the ranchers are expected to accept it as part of the price of living in wolf habitat."

Gunsmoke and Mirrors, Oregon Senator Dennis Linthicum Newsletter, posted to KBC 2/3/19.

***Klamath Dam removal contractor holds Q&A January 29th, H&N, posted to KBC 1/27/19

SCWUA - Water Board evaluates the Klamath Dam removal without a final plan by FERC, by SCWUA President Richard Marshall, posted to KBC 1/27/19

KLAMATH - Groundwater rule undergoes two-year testing, letter to editor by Larry Sees, Beatty, for H&N 1/27/19

Wildfire carbon emissions primary cause of possible climate doomsday scenario by Oregon Senator Dennis Linthicum, posted to KBC 1/27/19.
"
...four California wildfires...between 1992 and 2007, released carbon dioxide at levels 19 times greater than previously accepted scientific estimates.
...each acre of burned forest emitted greenhouse gases equal to the annual exhaust from 48 cars.
...combustion emissions could have been reduced from 46.2 tons per acre to 12 tons per acre if the density of trees had been reduced from 273 per acre to the more natural density of 60 per acre."
Trump order expands logging on public land, H&N by Washington Post, posted to KBC 1/27/19.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 1/27/19: CLIMATE CHANGE - California Air Resources Board adopted plan for San Joaquin Valley farmers: retiring tractors, reduce emissions by conservation, replace ag pumps with electrical pumps, create inspection and maintenance program.

BOR names new Mid-Pacific Region director
, Conant to oversee Klamath along with California and Nevada projects, H&N, posted to KBC 1/27/19.

Walden Townhall, H&N 1/20/19

Rep E. Werner Reschke announces Legislative Agenda, goals for 2019, posted to KBC 1/20/19

Once again, it's time to fix the ESA, Capital Press, posted to KBC 1/20/19

from 2018 - TULELAKE:

from 2018: Hoopa Valley Tribe warns of lawsuit over salmon fishing rules, focus on Klamath and Rogue fishery, Eureka Times Standard, posted to KBC 1/20/19: "The tribe argues that had the council used its original calculation method and allowed for 11 percent of Chinook salmon to be harvested, the number of coho salmon that would killed would be “in excess” of what’s allowed."
Hoopa Tribe Went 10 Times Over Trinity River Salmon Catch Limit, WONews.com KBC 3/23/18. Hoopa's catch was "...1,660 fall salmon last year when its quota was only 163 fish, the Hoopa Tribe admitted it knowingly went over its limits and allowed tribal members to continue fishing, even though the fall salmon season for sport anglers was completely shut down last fall in the Klamath and Trinity rivers, and ocean seasons were severely curtailed as well to protect Klamath Basin salmon." 

Walden to host Klamath Falls town hall Friday, January 18. H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/19

H-2A minimum wage hearing set for Jan. 28, Capital Press, posted to KBC 1/15/19. "...It has increased from $14.12 to $15.03 in Washington and Oregon, the highest in the nation..."

AB 178 - To exempt California disaster victims from $15,000+ new residential home solar mandate, California Assemblyman Brian Dahle, posted to KBC 1/15/19

TID regular public board meeting agenda 1/15/19.

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review, posted to KBC 1/15/19. Governor Newsoms' appointments, State Budget Proposal of $209 billion, Cap and Trade, Departments: Food and Ag, F&W, Cal Fire, State Water Resources Control Board, Transportation, ...Ag Ed, Cannabis, Commodities, Hemp, Land Use, Pest Management, Water

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative Review, posted to KBC 1/15/19. Bans neonicotinoids, aerial pesticide prohibition, forest practice bans, dairy size prohibitions and regulations, Articles: Carbon Cap, Wolf talks, Klamath Refuge Management Attacks, Walden townhalls.

PRESS RELEASE - Oregon legislature takes aim at 2nd Amendment – again! Oregon State Legislature, posted to KBC 1/15/19

Klamath Water Users in transition: 'Nasty' water year takes toll on former director, KID's watermaster resigns, and Pay-out coming for drought relief applicants, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/19

KID taps Henley High grad as manager, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/19

< A Merry Christmas card, December 25, 1944, to a soldier's parents in California. He was 18, WWII, in Paris, later to win a Tulelake, Klamath Project, homestead with water rights forever, for his service in the war. He was lonesome and homesick, trying to be optimistic and give his family hope, but not knowing if he'd survive to return home. Veterans, we appreciate your service!

Jordan Cove pipeline public hearing on Monday January 7, H&N 1/5/19. Public comments due February 3

COMMENTS DUE Feb. 26 - Public comment sought on Klamath dam report for draft EIS from Cal Water Resources Control Board, H&N, posted to KBC 1/5/19. "The license surrender is one step toward the proposed decommissioning and removal of four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River, three of which are in California."
MEETINGS:
***(Klamath Falls: ZERO meetings)
*Tuesday, Feb. 5, 5 to 8 p.m., Best Western Miner’s Inn, 122 E. Miner St., Yreka
* Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5 to 8 p.m., D Street Neighborhood Center, 1301 D St., Arcata, Calif.
* Thursday, Feb. 7, noon to 3 p.m., Karuk Tribe Council Chambers, 37960 Highway 96, Orleans, Calif.
* Friday, Feb. 15, 1 to 4 p.m., CalEPA Building, Sierra Hearing Room, 1001 I Street, Second Floor, Sacramento

Strategy to form the Dam Destruction/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement: Cal/EPA Environmental Justice Action Plan May 18, 2005. Lead Agency: State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

Rancher loses sixth animal to wolves, Medford Tribune 1/5/19. “I’ve done everything by the book between the state and the federal people and tried to be cooperative with everybody, and we’re just kind of starting to strike out,” Birdseye said. "OR-7 and his pack will not be subject to lethal removal by ODFW because they are in Western Oregon, where gray wolves are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act."
Rogue wolf pack kills seventh cow, Medford Mail Tribune 12/24/18.

Agency analyzes impacts of removing Klamath River dams, H&N, posted to KBC 1/5/19. "Plans to remove four hydroelectric dams on the lower Klamath River would benefit the region far more than keeping them in place, according to a draft environmental impact report by the California State Water Resources Control Board."

Reclamation finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment, BOR Press Release, posted to KBC 1/5/19
BOR releases Klamath Project Biological Assessment, H&N, posted to KBC 1/5/19. "It’s analyzing, assessing, the impacts of the Klamath Project operation on all these (endangered) species...The services are going to use this Biological Assessment that we did … to create the bi-Op...We’re allowing the public to view it but there’s no comment period..."
The 2018 assessment and its appendices are available at www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao
Reclamation's guiding water document, Biological Assessment, released, H&N 12/23/18

Swan Lake hydro’s future awaits FERC decision, H&N, posted to KBC 1/5/19. "...able to power approximately 600,000 homes (or 1,187 gigawatt-hours) annually for 45 years once operational..." “This project, of which we will receive no benefit, will bisect our farmlands and remove property from agricultural production. The development of roads and placement of power poles will increase costs of irrigation and farming, cause erosion, dust and weed control, and interfere with our quality of life and our property values...Other comments issued reaffirmed public concerns over location of power lines, adverse impacts to property values, impact to agricultural operations and groundwater availability, and the draft EIS’ lack of a no-action alternative..."

Water talks to continue in Medford, Redding. Mikkelsen to stay the course in wake of Zinke departure. H&N 12/19/18. “At some point we may be getting into a public meeting situation where we would have public meetings..."

THE GREAT EXPERIMENT
Contractors prepare for Klamath dam removal, H&N 12/16/18. “We work as a team with KRRC...It’s a really good way to deliver a complex project with this since there may be a lot of unknowns. It removes some of the risk and uncertainties to both sides.... If it works, more water could become available for irrigators."

Water issues group making some headway, H&N 12/14/18. "The meetings are by invitation only and the press is not permitted to attend."
Back in August Mikkelson said in article: Mikkelson continues (Klamath) water talks; details vague:“We believe that it will be a process that will be open and will lead to public discussion and involvement across the board,”

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor, H&N, posted to KBC 12/15/18. "the bill doesn’t include: tighter work requirements for food stamp recipients...the White House asked Congress to make changes to the forestry section in response to deadly wildfires in California, giving more authority to the Agriculture and Interior departments to clear forests and other public lands. The final text doesn’t significantly increase the agencies’ authority..."
New Farm Bill a Win for Conservation, The Nature Conservancy 12/11/18, "...increase the flexibility and direct resources going toward public-private partnerships and easements. It also extends the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program..."
5 reasons senate farm bill is a conservation powerhouse, Environmental Defense Fund June 2018
What you need to know about the new farm bill,  Sierra Club 12/14/18. "The new farm bill doesn’t make any significant changes to SNAP (food stamps, about $70Billion)...The House was forced to drop nearly all of its demands for increased logging of national forests...Overall funding for conservation programs remained almost even with prior levels, at around $60 billion...more funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program...Several new animal rights measures are in place...allowed family farms to add extended family members—like cousins, nephews, and nieces—in order to increase the size of their farm subsidies, even if those relatives do not do any physical labor..."

Wildfires amplify concerns over forest management, Capital Press 12/13/18. "There have been numerous multi-thousand acre wildfires in several western states in the past decade, the most recent being the Camp Fire in northern California that burned and destroyed the community of Paradise and killed 85 residents. 'People are taking this issue much more seriously now...They are looking in earnest at the recovery of forests after catastrophic fires and now are also talking about making forests more fire resilient.' ”

CFBF / California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 12/15/18. "The Commission formally accepted a petition to list Northern California summer steelhead under CESA and formally received the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (DFW) petition evaluation of a petition to list the 2 Klamath-Trinity river spring Chinook salmon under CESA. DFW determined that the request for listing may be warranted in its evaluation of the spring Chinook petition. This determination means there is little doubt that the Commission will vote to make that run of Chinook salmon a candidate in the near future."
CFBF Friday Legislative Review 11/30/18.

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon, H&N, posted to KBC 12/15/18. "...sea lions...dramatically increased from about 30,000 in the 1960s to about 300,000 following enactment of the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act."

DeFazio wolf comments uncalled for, H&N by Capital Press, posted to KBC 12/15/18. "...Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat who represents Oregon’s 4th District, in defense of keeping federal protections on wolves. He called the bill “a talking point for a few idiots..."
House wolf debate features OR-7, WSU, ‘idiots," Capital Press 11/20/18

Deputy Reclamation commissioner tours Klamath Basin, H&N, posted to KBC 12/15/18.

Press Release, Writ of Mandamus, Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc. (SCWUA) 11/27/18. SCWUA filing of Writ of Mandamus with the DC circuit to require FERC to respond to their petition

SCWUA / Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to FERC regarding KRRC plan to destroy the Klamath River hydroelectric dams, posted to KBC 11/26/18. "...The destruction to be done in accordance with an agreement which was entered into illegally, in our opinion, by the States of Oregon and California known as the Amended KHSA (Klamath Hydroelectric Service  Agreement). We feel this was ill advised at the least and illegal at most because the entering into this agreement was done without considering the Klamath Compact which governs the use of the Klamath River and supports the hydro facilities established there..."

Why California burns — its forests have too many trees, by Professor Thomas M. Bonnicksen, SF Chronicle, posted to KBC 11/26/18. "...greenhouse gas emissions from one acre of burned forest are about the same as the exhaust from 13 cars for one year...These gases stay in the atmosphere warming the climate for centuries..."
Climate Change, Forestry, and Wildfire by Dr. Thomas M. Bonnicksen, Professor Emeritu, posted to KBC 11/26/18
7 myths about forest fires by Dr. Thomas M. Bonnicksen, posted to KBC 11/16/18.

House wolf debate features OR-7, WSU, ‘idiots," Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/26/18.
* "
Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer said wolves balance ecosystems..."
"The House could have used the hour set aside for the debate on wolves to work on education policy, the budget or a farm bill, said DeFazio, D-Springfield. “But, no, we are here on a talking point for a few idiots...
We are not having catastrophic predation on cattle in southern Oregon. We could accommodate more wolves.”
< 5/24/14: "More than 100 busy ranchers, farmers and fellow citizens, concerned about introduction of wolves, came to hear Jim Beer's presentation (in Doris, California.) He told about human deaths, dozens of wolf-carrying diseases, predation on livestock and pets."
KBC News Wolf Page

How gun-free zones invite mass shootings, Chicago Tribune by John Lott Jr, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, posted to KBC 11/26/18

Delisting of Wolves passes the house, 11/16/18: H.R. 6784: Manage our Wolves Act: To provide for removal of the gray wolf in the contiguous 48 States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife published under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. H.R. 6784: Manage our Wolves Act Passed 196/180 Rep. LaMalfa [R-CA1]: Aye Trackers: Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1

CFBF Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 11/26/18. Climate, air quality, ag education, pesticides, Prop 65...

KWUA / Klamath Water Users Association Executive Director Scott White Resigning, KWUA PRESS RELEASE, 11/19/18. "KWUA attorney Paul Simmons will serve as interim executive director, according to (KWUA president Brad) Kirby."

Saving the sucker species, Summit with Senator Merkley, H&N, posted to KBC 11/19/18. "There are about 50,000 Lost River sucker left in Upper Klamath Lake..."
Record number of suckers recovered. Biologists find 732 juvenile suckers near A Canal screen, H&N
12/18/15. "...biologists with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) found the largest number of juvenile Lost River and shortnose suckers since fish salvage operations began in the Klamath Project in the late 1990s."
Lower Klamath Refuge construction an effort to save salmon (on the Columbia River). Habitat restoration aimed at dispersing (baby-fish-eating) Caspian Tern populations, H&N 2/14/18. "...According to Beckstrand, the Caspian tern population along the Columbia River has been responsible for around 15 million to 20 million salmon smolts being eaten annually. The cormorant population growing on East Sand Island is estimated to be responsible for an additional 11 million young salmon each year..."
More articles on imported fish-eating Caspian Terns HERE

Suckers thrived in warm water with low lake levels, H&N, posted to KBC 11/19/18

Congressman Doug LaMalfa addresses Community Meeting in Oroville regarding Camp Fire 11/12/18 by KBC News. "An informational meeting was held in Oroville this evening with local and regional elected officials and firefighters speaking to a crowd of people, many who lost everything in the Camp Fire, and most did not know if their homes burnt down."

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

County of Siskiyou submittal to FERC regarding KRRC Definite Plan to obtain and destroy the four Klamath River Dams, 11/2/2018

Mikkelsen, water users respond to dropped lawsuit. BOR official tours Project next week, H&N 11/9/18.

Klamath Tribes drop ESA lawsuit against BOR. Merkley to hold PRIVATE Sucker Recovery Summit November 16 in Klamath Falls, H&N 11/9/18.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 11/9/18: "...regulatory requirement if the goal of retiring 12,000 tier 0, tier 1, and tier 2 tractors by 2024 is not met,'' hemp, fertilizers, purchase of ag conservation easements, habitat restoration, climate change briefings, pesticides, proposed regulations regarding Prop 65, ...
CFBF Friday Legislative Review 11/2/18: Climate change, hemp, OSHA regulations, pesticides, water, wildlife.

Mikkelsen forms 'coalition of the willing,' claims Tribes unwilling to 'engage,' H&N, posted to KBC 11/9/18

Fourth wolf kill found near Fort Klamath, H&N, posted to KBC 11/9/18

Wolves implicated in three cattle kills in Fort Klamath, H&N 10/26/18.

TrumpWalden lauds Trump’s signing of major water legislation, H&N, posted to KBC 10/27/18. "...It’s $10 million a year for the next four years as needed, and I think that’s a real important safety net as we work on longer term solutions in the Klamath Basin,”...

Farmers, ranchers are 'endangered species,' H&N letter to the editor by Bill Boyd, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 10/27/18

Water rights of non-Indian purchasers of Klamath Indian Reservation lands, To: Commissioner of Indian Affairs From Solicitor 3/14/58

Klamath Irrigation District celebrates 100th anniversary, H&N 10/21/18.
MERRILL — Klamath Irrigation District invites the public to attend its “100-years of Water and Infrastructure” event on Friday, Oct. 26, according to a news release. A light luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Merrill Civic Center. An RSVP is requested no later than 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 by contacting the KID office at 541-882-6661.

Summit Exposes Violations of Indiansâ?? Rights, Fringe Left Freaks< Elaine Willman. Summit Exposes Violations of Indians’ Rights, Fringe Left Freaks, The New American 10/18/18. "(Cherokee Elaine) Willman highlighted some of the work done by the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), where she sits on the board, to help Indians having problems with their tribal governments. “Many of my friends are tribal families,” Willman said, noting that she spent decades living on Indian reservations. “We provide whatever resources we can to tribal persons at odds with their tribal government. Within those tribal governments, members do not have the First Amendment, they do not even have parental rights.” In some cases, she said, tribal governments deprive parents of their parental rights and take their children away as a result of disagreements with tribal officials...Fringe left-wing groups and their “fake news” allies went wild in the days before the conference, but the summit nevertheless succeeded in educating citizens, policymakers, and lawmakers from across the region."
KBC NOTE: Flashback to 10 years ago, Letter by Becky Hyde who blasts Klamath Basin Alliance, Elaine Willman of Cherokee descent/author/film maker/past National Chairman of Citizens for Equal Rights, Philip Brendale and attorney James Buchal.
Response by a KBC editor, May 20, 2008. Even 10 years ago Cherokee Willman and her mentor Cowlitz/Hawaiian Brendale were considered by our Klamath Basin "fringe left" to be anti-Indian and a threat, and using "scare tactics."

DEUTERONOMY 8:10 "When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you."

CORRECTION: In the article below, Capital Press edited out 1/2 of Mallam's sentence. The sentence should read: "Modeling experts have also examined OWRD's modeling and their analysis actually includes the word 'fraudulent.' " Capital Press left out of the sentence: "...and their analysis actually includes the word 'fraudulent.' "

Tom Mallams...KLAMATH BASIN: Oregon state agencies out of control, by Tom Mallams for Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/22/18. "Their computer model claims wells interfere with surface water, if the well is within one mile of any waterway. This year’s shutoffs include 2 wells for the city of Klamath Falls, all of Bly and all of Chiloquin. Also shut off are many wells used for irrigating crops, watering livestock and some homes that use spring water. Additionally, wells used for major businesses including Jeld-Wen, Running Y Ranch Resort and Harbor Links golf course were issued shutoff notices. Each year, the number of wells being shut off grows...Problem is, OWRD, when pressured, actually admitted that the one mile number could be expanded...you are automatically deemed guilty unless you prove your innocence. Not exactly what the Constitution says. The way OWRD modeling is framed, it is literally impossible to prove your innocence. OWRD even admitted that this is indeed the case...Thousands of Oregon businesses and citizens will be denied their ability to survive in this openly hostile state governmental environment..."

LaMalfa PRESS RELEASE - House Republicans Welcome Executive Action on Western Water. U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, California's First District, posted to KBC 10/22/18. "...Communities across California have also been devastated as senseless government regulations have mandated that billions of gallons of water be flushed out to the ocean and wasted..."

Trump orders cut to red tape on (four) water projects in West, including Klamath Irrigation and Columbia River,
followed by Interior News Release: Secretary Zinke Applauds President Trump’s Memorandum on Western Water KTVZ.com, posted to KBC 10/22/18.

E. Werner Reschke
Rep. Reschke lays out his platform for re-election, by E Werner Reschke, H&N, posted to KBC 10/22/18. "...
I am pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-Second Amendment, pro-small business, pro-hydropower and pro-agriculture. I have been nominated to represent the Republican Party of Oregon, the Independent Party of Oregon and the Oregon Libertarian Party for the general election in November..."

Klamath City Councilman Adams details his conservative bent, H&N, posted to KBC 10/14/18. "Why is Todd back in our community and now working for Pacific Power?...Pacific Power is responsible for the four dams being taken out on the Klamath River. It seems like when we had the advisory vote a few years ago that about 3/4ths of the voters were opposed to dam removal...Look at your power bill and see who is paying for that dam removal. What about the loss of tax revenue, recreation, and property values?..."

Aerial tour of Klamath River dams adds environmental perspective, H&N, posted to KBC 10/14/18

Critical Klamath Project relief money passes Congress, and comment, H&N, posted to KBC 10/14/18

Clear Skies with more fires around the corner, by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum, September Newsletter 2018. "Today, we invest more time, energy, and resources fighting fires than we do proactively reducing wildfire severity and fostering forest resiliency..."

Rogue Wolf Pack kills guard dog, Medford Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 10/14/18. "

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 10/14/18. Pot, commodities, federal milk marketing order, air pollution monitoring, food safety rules and packaging mandates, land use bill, increased penalties regarding livestock, specialty crop grants, pest control, $3 million for monarch butterfly habitat.

Klamath lake system and water quality, by Werner F. Hoyt, P.E., Lake Shastina, California, October 8, 2018.
Comments to the Klamath Facilities Removal, Public Draft, EIS/EIR by Werner F Hoyt, Mechanical/Marine Engineer, pdf 12/30/11. HERE for Word Document. . "...The basic premise of the removal is the requirement is to restore upper basin as salmon and steelhead habitat is a predetermination of the KRBA. Evidence not presented in the EIS/EIR is that there was not habitat above Keno due to the reef at Keno. In absence of the Keno Dam the natural reef would prevent any migration further into the Klamath basin. Coho were introduced in 1895 by DFG...."

Siskiyou County Water Users oppose dam removal, SCWUA guest opinion, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 10/8/18. "Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc. is compelled to respond to the recent opinion co- written by Chrysten Lambert and Brian J. Johnson. These two individuals cannot provide an impartial report on the issue of Dam Removal of the Klamath Dams, as they are long time proponents. Lambert is a former Obama appointee to the Klamath Compact. Her father is James Root, a Board Member of the KRRC. He is also a former board member of Trout Unlimited, so all groups benefiting from removal are intertwined..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 10/8/18. Hemp, labor, land use, pests, seed, transportation

Bids for Klamath dam removal out to contractors, H&N, posted to KBC 10/8/18.

10/8/18 - Herald and News has a poll regarding delisting wolves in Oregon. VOTE! and COMMENT https://www.heraldandnews.com/local_surveys/should-wolves-in-southwestern-oregon-be-removed-from-the-endangered/poll_acac4ecc-c360-11e8-a26f-03da1d4fb9f8.html

**Reclamation extends comment period on draft environmental document for Cold Creek Coho Passage and Screening Project to October 10, 2018, posted to KBC 10/1/18

9/23/18, letter to KBC News from Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook rancher, regarding  the Cold Creek Project to be carried out by Trout Unlimited

COMMENTS DUE September 25!
Press Release 9/18/18: Reclamation releases draft environmental document for Cold Creek Coho Passage and Screening Project.
43 page Draft Environmental Assessment Cold Creek Coho Salmon Passage and Screening Project. “The project would be funded in the amount $116,054.77 by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and administered through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to Trout Unlimited (TU) as part of the 2016 Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Grant Program (Grant Program).” More on TU and Klamath HERE

'Storms' underway in Klamath water talks; are they failing? Mikkelsen to return to Basin in November, H&N, posted to KBC 9/23/18.

PRESS RELEASE - CA Congressman LaMalfa Urges Strong Forest Management in Final Farm Bill Conference Report, posted to KBC 9/21/18

Project water relief funding advances, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/18.

$500,000 in water study funds cut, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/18. "...Klamath Tribes stated in a press release last week there is now no flexibility to even consider water allocation negotiations until significant progress is made on improving water quality in Upper Klamath Lake..." KBC Note: Klamath Tribes have been suing Klamath Water Users to shut down our deeded irrigation water all summer.  

FAA supports Tulelake airport sale (to Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma) as settlement hearing (with Tule Lake Committee) looms, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/18.

Klamath's JC Boyle Dam removal complies with water quality, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/18. 

Mikkelson continues (Klamath) water talks; details vague, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/18. “We believe that it will be a process that will be open and will lead to public discussion and involvement across the board,” ...Mikkelsen was vague on the details of an agreement in process but said he could say more on his next visit."

Tule Lake Committee seeks injunction to stop airport sale, H&N, posted to KBC 9/1/18. KBC NOTE: The H&N editor again did not collect comments from the agricultural community, which consists primarily of WWI and WWII veteran homesteaders and their families who are dependant on the Tulelake Airport for crop needs, emergency services, and the many services of an airport. It services a 200x200 mile area (40,000 square miles). The activist Tule Lake Committee has continuously sued our town, county and Macy's Flying Service for many years petitioning against an airport security fence to save lives of pilots and passengers. Their stated goal is to acquire our airport, along with the 1400 acres already acquired to tell their story of being relocated here for 4 years after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The city chose to sell the Tulelake Airport to the Modoc Tribe from Oklahoma because the tribe committed to keeping our airport as a functioning airport to service our communities. For more on the legal attacks on our community by this group for several years, and their ties with CAIR, go here:  Japanese vs Tulelake controversy

TuleLake Committee 1st amended complaint for Injunction: TLC vs Tulelake and Modoc Tribe from Oklahoma 8/22/18.
TuleLake Committee Injunction, TLC vs City of Tulelake and Modoc Tribe from Oklahoma 8/21/18

Finch and Fires, by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum, posted to KBC 9/1/18. On wildfires and dam destruction

"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.," Hebrews 3:13

DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke: ‘Environmental Terrorist Groups’ Play Role in Western U.S. Wildfires, Breitbart, posted to KBC 8/18/18. Excellent Audio of interview with Zinke in the Breitbart link. Follow above link regarding ESA, forest management, ... “We have been held hostage by these environmental terrorist groups that have not allowed public access — that have refused to allow [the] harvest of timber,” Zinke told Washington Deputy Political Editor Amanda House on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM Patriot 125. This includes as many as 80 million acres of land filled with trees that have died from beetle infections or other causes..."

KID's manager, office specialist on administrative leave, H&N, posted to KBC 8/18/18.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 8/17/17. Proposed bills: replacement of diesel agricultural vehicles and equipment; industrial, agricultural and large commercial sector energy efficiency programs, sellers of electricity to procure a minimum of 60% of their electricity products from eligible renewable generation resources by 2030, forestry, hemp, Farm Bureau opposed land use bill, waste hauling, wildfire preparedness and response,  WILDLIFE: "...if AB 2528 were to pass the state would require additional protects for salmonids in the areas of the state the bill designates as strongholds..."
CFBF Friday Legislative Review 8/10/18.

OFS Oregonians For Food and Shelter legislative update e-newsletter 8/17/18. Suspected carcinogen lawsuits, WOTUS is back, Ryan Zinke: 'Environmental Terrorist Groups' Play Role in Western U.S. Wildfires, forest management, politics.

Renowned wolf OR-7's a father again, Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 8/18/18. OR-7 was "the first wolf in western Oregon since 1937..." According to OPB, there are at least 124 wolves in Oregon and 12 packs, and growing: https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-wolf-population-2018-count

Water case moves to Portland, H&N 8/15/18. "A Klamath County court case that could affect both endangered Lost River and shortnose sucker and the outcome of the irrigation season in the Klamath Basin has been moved from San Francisco to Portland...in the case brought by Klamath Tribes..."
Judge transfers Tribes' lawsuit to Oregon court, denies injunction, H&N 7/26/28.

Klamath Project Drought Response Agency hires help, Forms committee to negotiate with BOR, H&N 8/15/18. "A group tasked with facilitating the disbursement of $10.3 million in drought relief funds..."

Judge urges state to act on Upper Klamath Lake water distribution, H&N, posted to KBC 8/15/18. "...judge...ruled in favor of the Klamath Irrigation District...by urging the Oregon Water Resources Department to make a determination on the distribution of water in Upper Klamath Lake..."

Klamath County Commissioners float concept of new gauge in Wood River, H&N, posted to KBC 8/15/18. "...The goal here is to make sure that we have captured all the water in the river so that we have accurate data for all the stakeholders..."

*Tulelake Irrigation District notice of election to file for board of directors, deadline Aug 10.

Upper Klamath Basin cattle revenues dip 50 percent, H&N 8/2/18. "Several Upper Basin irrigators shared concerns with Klamath County Commissioners on Wednesday about the approximate 50 percent loss in cattle revenue in the region, a dive that irrigators link to a call on water by the Klamath Tribes, validated by Oregon Water Resources Department...Some of the concerns shared by irrigators include no stockwater delivery for Modoc Point irrigators...“Historically Modoc Point has never been cut off (from) water...”

Blake Follis

Tulelake council approves airport land sale to Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, H&N, 8/2/18.
< Oklahoma Tribe attorney Blake Follis
"...(Modoc) county commissioners offered to buy the land for the same price the Tribe offered, $17,500..."
"Of course we're disappointed," said Barbara Takei, representing the Tule Lake Committee, a group that includes Japanese Americans who were held in the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II, of the council decision. "We're exploring our options." "The Tule Lake Committee has sued the City of Tulelake and Modoc County over plans to build a fence around the airport."
The TuleLake Committee also offered to buy the airport.

KBC News recently came across an October Herald and News article by editor Lee Juillerat quoting activist Barbara Takai of the TuleLake Committee. 10/3/17. She claims our KBC News website demonizes Muslims and the Muslim American civil rights group CAIR as 'terrorists', citing our "racism" "hysteria" "failed political leadership" "lies" and "fake news."
We farmers and ranchers at KBC News were not asked for a response or input in this slanderous Herald and News article against our community.
* We did NOT make up the links of news articles stating CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations, is listed as a terrorist group in United Arab Emirates: Is CAIR a Terror Group?  National Review
*CAIR asks judge to hide Hamas ties in trial; Lawsuit against investigators could backfire on 'Muslim Mafia', WND 7/18/18
*John Kerry tried to remove CAIR from terror list, WND 1/23/17 http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/john-kerry-tried-to-remove-cair-from-terror-list/?cat_orig=faith
*Who's Who in Japanese-American Tule Lake committee and documentation of their partnership and ties to CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations  a collection of LINKS

 

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Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where our farms are now. It was a navigable lake. That's why on our deeds, signed by US President, we were allotted 2+ acre feet of water for our crops, as all the runoff we pump uphill, at our expense, out of our closed basin and into the Klamath River? The river often went dry in the fall before the Project was built.


 

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