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Tom Mallams responds to charges

10/10/15 comments by Mallams at klamathnews.net

"Thanks so much for your coverage and helping to expose this insanity by our state agencies. To further clarify, Oregon Water Resources Department,(OWRD), first notice was not valid since it referenced the incorrect statute of authority. The second notice was an attempt to correct the first notice. They even tried to back date the second one which is not allowed. Within the notices, we were allowed 60 days to file a Petition for Judicial Review, which by definition is an "instant stay". Their final notice, dated August 25th, which we received on the 28th, gave us until August 31st to comply. We had already turned our water off on the 25th, since we were finished irrigating for the season. The truly sad part of this is that the H&N knew all these facts while they were claiming my wife & I were "stealing water"from our neighbors. Another fact OWRD and the H&N ignore is that there were numerous other irrigators that did not turn their water off at all. This was well water and surface water. OWRD & the H&N have obviously singled us out for "special treatment". The only fact that I feel extremely guilty of is the fact that these controversies help sell papers for this over the top, biased, liberal newspaper. Maybe the H&N should not be classified as a "newspaper", but instead an "editorial" paper. "



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