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Archive 115 - December 2011
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New pages are: Dam Destruction, about dams other than those on the Klamath River
Water Adjudication Page, between Klamath Tribes and Klamath Basin irrigators

Comment period extended to TODAY, Dec 30. on KBRA/KHSA Klamath dam removal settlement EIS/EIR report.
HERE are comments by:
Klamath Off-Project Water Users Association
Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett
Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong

Attacks on Upper Basin irrigators are unfounded, H&N by Garret Roseberry, posted to KBC 1/4/11.
Endless negotiations won't accomplish much, H&N, posted to KBC 1/4/11, by Edward Bartell.
Negotiated settlements provide better outcomes, H&N by Scronce, Byrne, Carleton, Unruh and Kandra 11/29/11.
Includes KBC response

The following are 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...."

No free lunch in Klamath deal, Capital Press Letter by Edward Bartell, Orovada, Nevada 12/29/11. Also titled Endless negotiations won't accomplish much in the Herald and News. "They have a unique negotiation strategy; refuse to participate in litigation, so they have no chance of prevailing in court; agree to support the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which supports granting the tribes what they want up front, (dam removal, 92,000 acres of deeded land, millions in fishery money, etc.), thereby surrendering potential leverage, without guaranteed protection from tribal in-stream claims."

Tonight, Dec 30th, Walls in our Minds, radio call in, with Sheriff's Gilbertson and Palmer discussing jurisdiction of public lands, and presentation on hydropower.

Restoration of sustainable timber harvest on federal forest lands, Oregon Senator Whitsett, posted to KBC 12/29/11. "These unprecedented forest fuel loads have been the direct cause of uncontrollable wildfires that have consumed millions of acres of Oregon forest lands, and ironically, millions of acres of Northern Spotted Owl habitat."

River Access on Reservation Denied (by Hoopas to non tribal people), Two Rivers Tribune 12/29/11. “The reservation has always been open access for fishing as far back as I can remember,” Duggan said. “There’s people who have been fishing down there since the ‘40s. We’ve got people that come from all over the state and some from out of state to fish for steelhead.”

Wolf OR7 Enters California, DFG 12/29/11
Klamath Falls - OR-7 puts area ranchers on edge;  Should wolf predate livestock, Klamath County producers have little recourse under law, H&N 12/29/11

Klamath dams: County’s comments in, by John Bowman, Siskiyou Daily News, December 27, 2011

Cabin owners tepid on well settlement offer, PacifiCorp’s proposal follows breach of Condit Dam, The Columbian 12/25/11. "cabin owners sent a letter to PacifiCorp saying they believe the utility is “100 (percent) liable for all property damages incurred due to removal of the lake. PacifiCorp, which owns the land around the former reservoir and leases 53 cabin sites near Condit Dam, disagrees."
Well owners want PacifiCorp to pay more for damage done by removal of Condit Dam, Oregonian, posted to KBC 12/27/11. "The hoopla over dam removal has left cabin owners feeling overlooked, Lease said. They could try to take their case to court, he said, but they would be up against a company with significant legal resources. Land owners around other dams being considered for removal should pay attention, he said. PacifiCorp is scheduled to take down four dams on the Klamath River in 2020."

VIDEO: Wallawa County Wolves, 12/27/11. Ranchers tell about and show the devastation, maiming and brutal killing of their livestock by wolves on their property. (KBC NOTE: this takes awhile to load.)

Emails about the book The Great Salmon Hoax by James Buchal have been circulating in the midst of Klamath dam destruction schemes. Dams, mismanagement, Endangered Species Act, ..."This book is written to begin debunking these myths and provide a comprehensive summary of the best available scientific evidence on the prospects for salmon recovery. It also tells the many stories of how these myths arose, who is promoting them, and how the promoters have overcome both science and law. Myth #1: Columbia Basin Salmon Are in Danger of Extinction."

May God's peace, love, wisdom and joy be with you!
Merry Christmas from KBC.

12/25/11 -Luke 2:8-14. The Angels Announce Jesus to the Shepherds: 8. Now there were in the same country Shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. 9. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10. Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12. And this will be the sign to you; You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. 13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God saying; 14. Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men!"
Sent by Frank Tallerico

Comments due on sucker recovery plan Dec 19 - Press Release. HERE for plan
Revised Critical Habitat Proposed for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers, posted to KBC 12/16/11, "The proposal includes two critical habitat units totaling 241,438 acres and 274 stream miles in southern Oregon and northern California." Comments due Feb. 6.

Wolves attack Oregon livestock, Wolf from Eastern Oregon pack settles in near Fort Klamath, Some worry about effects on livestock, H&N 12/18/11

* Thank you Frank Tallerico for sending these weekly scriptures. Lets pray for Frank this week as he has been faithful to God and to us.
New King James, James 1:12-18
Loving God Under Trials

12. Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him.
13. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God", for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
14. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
15. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
16. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow or turning,
18. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Tribes position in water settlement clarified, H&N 12/17/11. “The Tribes have not in any way agreed to exchange their time immemorial priority date for a 1908 priority date. The KBRA does not make decisions about priority dates and the amount of water anyone has a water right to — that is the jurisdiction of the adjudication. Instead, the KBRA is an arrangement between the Tribes and the Project irrigators that lays out how each party will behave in regard to water rights calls and diversions.”

Adjudicating Water (in the Klamath Basin), who gets what and why, H&N 12/11/11. 4 articles on the proposed ruling and its effects, and comments by reps Wyden, Merkley, Herger and McClintock.

Tribes Lead the Efforts to Implement UN Declaration, Indian Law 12/17/11.

Looking for Land, H&N, posted to KBC 12/17/11

Some say the removal of Washington’s Condit Dam is a sign of what’s to come on the Klamath River, 11/15/11.

Columbia 'Basin Bulletin 12/16/11.

Klamath Agreement: HATCHERY FOR STREAMS OF KLAMATH. Fishway Over Copco Dam Found to be Impracticable, by J.C. Boyle.   

(Karuk) tribe fights to have feds intervene in (Klamath) mining, Courthouse News 12/16/11. HERE > for Mining Page.

A Lone Wolf Travels Toward California, Cal Fish and Game 12/16/11. "Concerns about human safety are largely based on folklore and unsubstantiated in North America."
Student's death confirmed as continent's first fatal wolf attack, CanWest News Service, posted to KBC 11/15/07.
NEVER…a true wolf account from Sunday November 28, 2010, by James Beers
HERE > for Wolf Page

Environmentalists control California's Karuk Tribe, Its all about Drugs, not Fish nor Jobs, NWV, by investigative reporter Barry Clausen 12/14/11. "Goodwin became a friend of Hillmans when Hillman became Director of Karuk Natural Resources in Orleans during the late 1980s…. Together they boasted of being the best marijuana growers in Orleans."

House panel probes inner workings of ESA, Capital Press 12/14/11

Klamath County Debate: Conservative vs. Progressive on Dec 14, 2011

* Feds push ahead to end farming and ranching in Siskiyou County,  by PPJ contributor Ph.D. John Menke 12/13/11. Includes great video of armed feds trying to get cooperation from rural residents in proposal to fund the agency. As stated by a resident, "..finding ways to create a stable funding source...so they (the feds) can take our land and guns from us."

* DFG Seeks New Participants for Natural Resource Volunteer Program in Redding, Dept of Fish and Game 12/13/11.

* Statement from Ph.D. John Menke on DFG, posted to KBC 12/12/11

* Detainment Camps Going Live: FEMA Seeking Subcontractors to Provide “Temporary Camp Services” In All 50 States, InformationClearingHouse 12/13/11

John Larimer letter to Dept. of Interior on Klamath Dam removal, posted to KBC 12/13/11

The Endangered Species Act Fundamental Flaws, by Senator Doug Whitsett 12/12/11. "...These provisions have allowed the intent, implementation and outcomes of the Act to be hijacked to serve the greed and exploitation of preservationist factions both inside and outside of government agencies...In spite of the expenditure of billions of tax dollars, the species recovery rate is less than 1.5 percent."

Adjudicating Water (in the Klamath Basin), who gets what and why, H&N 12/11/11. 4 articles on the proposed ruling and its effects, and comments by reps Wyden, Merkley, Herger and McClintock.

How government destroyed science in the Columbia River Decisionmaking; remarks at the First Annual Northwest Water Law Symposium, Lewis & Clark Law School, January 31, 2009 (edited) by James Buchal, author The Great Salmon Hoax [here]

Collection of wolf articles and Siskiyou County resolution of predators, sent by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 12/11/11. "According to federal data, wolves killed 4,588 cattle and sheep across the Northern Rockies from 1995 through 2010. "The California Department of Fish and Game, for more than a year, has quietly worked on a plan to prepare for the eventual return of wolves. It expects to release the plan in January...Any wolves that enter California would be considered federally endangered, Stopher said."

Suckers Critical Habitat Designation Proposed, Courthouse News Service, posted to KBC 12/11/11

(Klamath KBRA) Agreement opponent will keep fighting, H&N 12/9/11. "The Beatty-area resident (Tom Mallams) announced last month his candidacy for Klamath County commissioner.,, '(KBRA) needed to deliver assurance of water, it needed to deliver protection from the ESA and it needed to deliver affordable power,' he said about the agreement. 'It doesn’t deliver any of those.' ”

Columbia Basin Bulletin fish and wildlife news 12/9/11.
*FERC Calls BPA’s High Water/Wind Power Cutoff Rule Discriminatory
*Oregon Elections Division Certifies Two Proposed Non-Indian Gill-Net Ban Initiative Titles

Opinion on Recall of Siskiyou Supervisor District 5, by  Dave McCracken, President New 49'er Prospecting Association, Happy Camp

2 public KWAPA meetings on Klamath On Project Plan, 12/9/11. KBC NOTE: The KBRA mandates an On Project plan.

Karuk Eco-Cultural Resources Management Plan, including map of their ancestral land, posted to KBC 12/7/11

Wolves Kill Teacher, Alaska Department of Fish and Game 12/7/11. "The investigators concluded that Ms. Berner was attacked and killed by wolves."

Information about Tulelake Homestead Bar, by Jennifer Chrisman, Alturas Indian Rancheria, to KBC News 12/7/11. "That bar was bought for the liquor license so they could transfer it to the casino in Yreka when it was complete."

Tribal Corruption every where right in Yreka, 12/7/11, letter by Jennifer Chrisman, member of the Alturas Indian Rancheria, to KBC News: "...had spent over ten million dollars of the Tribe's money. They were all using the Tribe's accounts to purchase race cars and trailers, cars, RVs, and heavy equipment. They were using the Desert Rose Casino in Alturas as their personal bank. Buying stuff to avoid taxes or to claim it as their own not the Tribes..."  Where is the "BIA"?  "DOJ" ? HERE for > Tribal Government Corruption Page

Klamath Water and Power Agency Public Meeting Dec 6, 2011

KBRA -Is benefit worth requirements? by Gus deVries, H&N letter, posted to KBC 12/6/11. "Is a 1/2 cent of possible benefit worth all the requirements, which include but are not limited to: dam removal; KBRA; tribal in-stream claims; tribal land gifts; permanently downsizing irrigated agriculture in both the upper and lower Basin; and a total price tag into the billions of dollars? Remember, there is still no ESA or biological opinion protection, so therefore, no certainty of water availability."

VIDEO - New Ruling Grants Klamath Tribes Water Rights, December 5, 2011 KDRV

Excessive Endangered Species Act litigation threatens species recovery, job creation and economic growth, Natural Resources Committee, 12/6/11

Adjudication confirms Tribes’ water rights, H&N 12/4/11
The impact of adjudication on irrigators, H&N 12/4/11
Tom Mallams sent this addition to KBC: "
There are going to be winners and losers in the adjudication, That's just the way it is. In the KBRA, however there would be a couple of major winners, tribes, environmental groups and the government agencies, and ALL THE REST OF US, irrigators taxpayers ratepayers and the entire Klamath river Basin environment, are all major losers. Tom"

New Karuk Constitution, Pioneer Press by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 8/19/05. "..The document proposes to enlarge the territory and ancestral lands of the Karuk to include all of Siskiyou County and a portion of Humboldt County, California from Aikens Creek to the Klamath River, to the County line... "
HERE for proposed Karuk Constitution

Klamath Tribe document of intensions -  putting land into tax-exempt trust, ...intends to "buy back private lands....and secure funding for purchasing retired water rights, conservation easements...assert tribes senior water rights...expand gaming...exchange for federal lands..."

Oregon Senator Whitsett on Oregon Water adjudication, Part 1 of 2, 11/8/09, YouTube Video.
Oregon Senator Whitsett on water adjudication, Part 2 of 2, 11/8/09 YouTube Video


Unemployment Report, Senator Doug Whitsett 12/5/11.

Condit Dam destruction: Wells dry up as reservoir is drained, Columbian Staff Reporter 12/3/11. “We’ve been up here 45 years,” she added. “It’s the saddest thing we’ve ever seen happen..."

POW doesn’t trust DFG’s “new” Strategic Vision Project, PnP, 12/2/11

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