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Archive 133 - June 2013
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TID well water pumped June 20-27th
TID well water levels 6/27/13

Crater Lake shutoff possible, H&N 6/30/13. "Any impacts to Crater Lake could be far-reaching economically. In 2011, visitors contributed $34.6 million to nearby communities, said Jeff Olson, National Park Service spokesman, and 549 area jobs were supported...Calls for water were made June 10 by the most senior water rights holders: Klamath Project farmers and the Klamath Tribes."

Devastating results from (Klamath) water regulations, by Edward Bartell letter to editor, H&N, posted to KBC 6/30/13

Legislative update from Oregon Rep Gail Whitsett 6/30/13. "That further Ninth Circuit ruling limited the amount of Tribal water to the amount of water that was being used for a moderate living standard by the Tribes at the time the reservation was sold to the federal government.  In complete contradiction to that ruling, the Department determined that the Tribes were entitled to virtually all of the water in most of the tributaries to Upper Klamath Lake for the purpose of hunting, fishing and gathering, thus overturning the Ninth Circuit Courtís ruling."

WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA!
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 6/28/13. Fertilizer tax, makeup of irrigation district boards, California Coastal Commission could fine citizens...FB/ Farm Bureau opposes,  minimum wage increase, if employers check if citizens are legal they can lose their business license if the check is not mandated federally causing all their employees to lose their jobs, penalties for employers not providing health insurance for their employees, some mandatory unionization of farm employees.                 
California -
Governor seeks to delay freeing 10K Calif. inmates, SacBee 6/28/13
California - Emergency Rulemaking Approved for Suction Dredge Mining, CDFG 6/28/13. "...the use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment for instream mining purposes is prohibited."

6/27/13 - Prayer request for Ben and Barb

myoutdoorbuddy.com, frank galusha, Klamath Basin, outdoors, agriculture, water shutoff, ranchers, Water cutoff will impact wildlifeKlamath water cutoff will impact wildlife, My Outdoor Buddy by Frank Galusha, posted to KBC 6/26/13.

ACTION ALERT! 6/27/13 - Opposition to Oregon Senate Bill 838, New 49ers Prospecting Association: "lf SB 838  is passed into law, it will put a complete end to suction dredge gold mining in the entire State of Oregon. This bill is not based upon any science or rational justification. It is being pushed by anti-mining activists that want to eliminate the last remaining productive economic activity on Americaís public lands."

"Today, a portion of the water on our ranch and all of the water for a neighboring ranch that we rent was shut off, thanks to the government and the Klamath tribes." letter from Brandon Toppin, Flying T Salers Ranch, Sprague River, posted to KBC 6/25/13

Dam removal will be a billion-dollar boondoggle, H&N commentary by Steve Rapalyea, posted to KBC 6/25/13

Congress weighs in on Klamath water crisis but isn't likely to act, Oregonian, posted to KBC 6/25/13.

Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, "" ...'brave new world' interpretation of the Constitution...", posted to KBC 6/25/13.

California's resources chief recommits to Klamath project, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/25/13.

Who are we, and economic impact of current water shut-off to Hundreds of farmers and ranchers in the Upper Klamath Basin, 6/25/13.

Klamath County Ag Impact rally Monday July 1 at 10:00 a.m. Who are we, and economic impact of current water shut-off to dozens of farmers and ranchers in the Upper Klamath Basin, 6/25/13.   

6/23/13: Psalm 25:1-5 "To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. In deed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I will wait all day." sent from Frank Tallerico.

(Oregon U.S. Senator) Wyden calls for new basin-wide solution to Klamath water issues, Wyden Press Release 6/20/13.
Archived video of the 6/20/13 hearing, testimony and a full list of witnesses are available here.

Definition of BLACKMAIL: extortion or coercion by threats

Klamath Tribes: Support the KBRA in exchange for water talks, Capital Press 6/20/13. "The leader of the Klamath Tribes told a U.S. Senate committee June 20 that ranchers facing water shutoffs in the Upper Klamath Basin would have to agree to provisions of a three-year-old basin restoration agreement to negotiate more water from the tribes." KBC Note: Klamath Tribe is presently denying  irrigation water to off-Project Klamath irrigators supposedly for the sacred sucker fish. However, if the irrigators agree to supporting the KBRA (which destroys 4 hydro dams on the Klamath River, gifts land to the tribes that they previously sold to build a sovereign land base, destroys a fish hatchery producing millions of salmon, and downsizes agriculture), then the tribe will allow off Project irrigators to discuss terms to get their water back.

House defeats farm bill amid bipartisan opposition, Fox News 6/20/13.
House rejects farm bill, Capital Press 6/20/13
HERE for Farm Bill Page.

June 16, Psalm 100:1-5, "A song of praise for the Lord's faithfulness to His people. Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God, it is He who has made us, not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise, be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations." sent by Frank Tallerico

*** Wyden invites comments (by June 19th) on water management in Klamath River Basin / KBRA, Democratic News, posted to KBC 6/15/13. KBC: the Senate hearing on the controversial KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement /  and KHSA/Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement is June 20th. Email your comments on water management by June 19th!

Public Comments for over 2 million acres proposed toad and frog habitat due 6/24/13 pt 1 and 2

*** LIST OF WITNESSES - Full Committee Hearing: water resource issues in the Klamath River Basin 6/20/13,  senate.gov KBC NOTE: of the 17 witnesses, 3 were chosen to testify who oppose destroying the Klamath River hydroelectric dams and fish hatchery, downsizing agriculture, and gifting land to the Klamath Tribes which they previously sold. One witness is Richard Roos-Collins: Sustainable NW paid NRI/National Heritage Institute $112,487 Richard Roos Collins, the legal services director for Natural Heritage Institute, which is a "non-profit law and science for global resource solutions" organization: www.n-h-i.org, is a participant in both the KBRA and Hydro meetings and is the main author of the actual KBRA. NRI represents "American Rivers and California Trout in an ongoing effort to decommission PacifiCorpís Klamath River Project, so as to restore free passage from the Pacific Ocean more than 250 miles upstream to Upper Klamath Lake." Go HERE for NHI webpage and clients.

Water shutoffs to continue; Judge denies temporary stoppage on Klamath Basin adjudication enforcement, H&N 6/15/13. "If they cannot feed their livestock, ranchers will be forced to sell..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/14/13. Some Cal/OSHA violations could not be appealed or delayed, mediation for ag labor negotiations, junk and metal dealers can't deal in cash, predator control, SCIF, Dept. of boating and waterways.

Klamath Falls - Biomass plant project withdrawn, H&N 6/14/13

KWAPA special public meeting agenda 6/14/13

KBC NEWS - Government-planted fish predators 6/13/13
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Fish Predators were brought by our government agencies to Klamath Basin in 2009 (articles and document below)!
* Yesterday the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Tribes and Klamath Project leaders, began shutting down Upper Klamath Basin irrigation water because baby suckers are mysteriously vanishing from Klamath Lake!
*The above wise men, with the blessing of more tribes, environmental groups and government agencies, are trying to ram the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement funding through the Senate next week against the wishes of the voters and counties. KBRA mandates planting endangered salmon in the Klamath Basin along with endangered lamprey: fish parasites. If the salmon do not survive the warm shallow water or planted fish parasites, the agencies, tribes and environmental groups will further eradicate the farmers. (It also mandates destroying 4 Klamath hydroelectric dams and a fish hatchery producing millions of salmon.)

Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge - Floating Islands Enhance Salmonid Recovery by Creating Alternative Nesting Habitat for Caspian Terns,  US Army Corp of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and NOAA Fisheries plan succeeded, with OSU and USGS,  to bring fish predators to Klamath Basin. Floating Island International 2010, posted to KBC 6/13/13. "In February 2010, FIW and Just Buckets built and launched a 40,000sq. ft. floating island at Sheepy Lake in Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge." (The fish-predator Caspian Terns population in 2010 went from 0 to 325 in 3 months on Lower Klamath.) "This innovative island has been a tremendous success, as the Sheepy Lake tern colony appears to have had the highest nesting success of any Caspian tern colony in the region during 2010."

Photo: A new two-acre island for Caspian terns, shown before it was flooded, was built at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Restoring refuges - Wildlife refuges benefit from stimulus funds, H&N, posted 10/16/09.
RELATED ARTICLE: Stimulus funds bring Caspian tern project to Siskiyou County, Siskyou Daily News 8/12/09. "...the Tulelake reserve rock islandís cost is approximately $1.1 million, the Orems unit rock islandís cost is approximately $650,000 and the Sheepy Lake floating islandís cost is approximately $2.3 million...an estimated colony of 10,000 nesting pairs of Caspian terns on Rice Island in the Columbia River were consuming approximately 6 million to 25 million salmonid smolts per year, according to a 1999 USACE report."

Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 6/13/13 Newsletter: Thousands of fish-eating Cormorants eating baby suckers?

Oregon Representative Gail Whitsett Legislative Update, posted to KBC 6/13/13: meth, Barry Point Fire, veterans' health care, wolf protection, GMOs destroying wheat market.

Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett Newsletter on Obama's Benghazi, AP and FOX surveillance, IRS targeting conservatives, posted to KBC 6/13/13

In Upper Klamath Basin, irrigation water shut-off begins for some ranchers, Oregonian 6/12/13.

Klamath Tribes and federal government put out historic call for water rights in drought-stricken Klamath Basin, Oregonian, posted to KBC 6/12/13. "The Klamath Tribes and the federal government called their water rights in southern Oregon's Klamath Basin for the first time Monday, likely cutting off irrigation water to hundreds of cattle ranchers and farmers in the upper basin this summer...Some 300 to 400 irrigators Ė and 70,000 to 100,000 cattle Ė could be impacted, upper basin water groups estimated. State officials said shut offs could begin as soon as Wednesday, and would be calibrated throughout the summer as river flows and weather dictate." KBC NOTE: Some quotes in above article are by KBRA supporter Becky Hyde, former board member of Sustainable Northwest.  SNW founder and president is Martin Goebel. Goebel was director of World Wildlife Fund, which is partner of United Nations Foundation with George Soros and Ford Foundation. Goebel is Trustee for Summit Charitable Foundation owned by Roger Sant. The company in a five year span granted Sustainable NW $342,875.  The funds come from Sant's company AES, worldwide developer of power in 29 countries, power "from coal to gas to renewables such as wind, hydro and biomass."  Hyde is at the closed-door KBRA negotiation table. The KBRA would destroy 4 hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River and fish hatchery producing millions of salmon, give land to the Klamath Tribes, put full support behind the Endangered Species Act, downsize agriculture by 25% or more, and give new water rights to bird refuges, along with planting endangered fish in warm shallow Klamath Lake and mandating their success.

 Klamath Tribes and feds exercise water rights, Sacramento Bee 6/10/13. "Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon's drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised for the first time newly confirmed powers that put the tribes in the driver's seat over the use of water..."

Psalm 89:14-18: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face. Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!  They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their  strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted. (strength) For our shield belongs to the Lord, and our king, to the Holy One of Israel.

New EPA Page

Tulelake Irrigation District / TID monthly public meeting agenda 6/10/13:
* Update on Water Operations
* Update on Adjudication and Authorization for Manager Approving Call on Upstream Water Users.

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Update on KWAPA.

Upper Basin irrigators strive for equitable balance; True settlement is needed to resolve water issues; KBRA does not deliver, H&N guest commentary by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams 6/9/13.
*Other related articles: Klamath water agreement won't deliver what is needed, by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, Medford Mail Tribune posted to KBC 6/3/13, FOLLOWED BY: Klamath commissioner inflames water dispute, by Gary Derry and Luke Robison, Medford Mail Tribune.
* KBC NOTE: The KBRA / KHSA litigation has begun. The tribes and KBRA supporters claimed their closed-door "agreements" would prevent lawsuits, however, as you can see below, the KBRA and KHSA dam removal schemes have a built-in process HOW to litigate.

* Karuk Tribe documents of litigation against PacifiCorp, reposted to KBC 6/3/13, sent by Craig Tucker, Karuk tribal spokesman. "PacifiCorp must abandon its current use of algaecidal treatments as a means to address water quality issues based on i) the results of the 2012 pilot project ii) technical comments from the Karuk Tribe and other IMIC members, and iii) the opposition to application of chemical treatments to the Klamath River from Tribes based on religious and cultural grounds." See Green Corps-trained Craig Tucker on our Whose Who page, and his campaign to create the "largest dam removal project in history."  KHSA notice by facilitator Ed Sheets KBC NOTE: algae in Klamath River reservoirs in a major reason Tucker claims the dams must be removed.
*Yurok Tribe files to shut down Klamath Irrigation;  KBRA stakeholder and "friend," Yurok,  files through KBRA Dispute Resolution to OWRD / Oregon Water Resources Department to use KBRA's ESA language to send "ESA Flows" to the ocean, posted to KBC 3/28/13.
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Response to commentary about Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, letter to H&N by David Oxley, Klamath Falls, 6/6/13
followed by: Commissioner working against Klamathís interests, by 15 Project irrigators, H&N 5/26/13

TID well use May 30 - June 6, 2013
TID well water levels 6/6/13

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/7/13.

KWAPA public meeting 6/4/13

* Klamath Project Biological Opinion by USFWS and NMFS, released 6/3/13.
MEMO to BOR from USFWS and NMFS regarding Klamath Project 2013 Biological Opinion posted to KBC 6/3/13.
PRESS RELEASE: Biological Opinion on Klamath Project Operations Delivered, USBR 6/3/13.
Feds OK new balance for Klamath water, Modesto Bee 6/3/12.

Klamath water agreement won't deliver what is needed, by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, Medford Mail Tribune posted to KBC 6/3/13, FOLLOWED BY: Klamath commissioner inflames water dispute, by Gary Derry and Luke Robison, Medford Mail Tribune.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 6/3/13. BILLS:  Institutions would buy California-grown ag products, bobcat trapping ban, ratepayers could choose renewable energy, minimum wage hikes, employers requesting more immigration documents than required under federal law could lose their business, could end appeal of employers to Cal/OSHA, Cal Coastal Commission could fine landowners without due process of law, familial status, CalESA accidental take, "imposes unionization on unsuspecting ag employees..."

* KBC NOTE: The KBRA / KHSA litigation has begun. The tribes and KBRA supporters claimed their closed-door "agreements" would prevent lawsuits, however, as you can see below, the KBRA and KHSA dam removal schemes have a built-in process HOW to litigate.

Karuk Tribe documents of litigation against PacifiCorp, reposted to KBC 6/3/13
, sent by Craig Tucker, Karuk tribal spokesman. "PacifiCorp must abandon its current use of algaecidal treatments as a means to address water quality issues based on i) the results of the 2012 pilot project ii) technical comments from the Karuk Tribe and other IMIC members, and iii) the opposition to application of chemical treatments to the Klamath River from Tribes based on religious and cultural grounds." See Green Corps-trained Craig Tucker on our Whose Who page, and his campaign to create the "largest dam removal project in history."  KHSA notice by facilitator Ed Sheets KBC NOTE: algae in Klamath River reservoirs in a major reason Tucker claims the dams must be removed.

*Yurok Tribe files to shut down Klamath Irrigation;  KBRA stakeholder and "friend," Yurok,  files through KBRA Dispute Resolution to OWRD / Oregon Water Resources Department to use KBRA's ESA language to send "ESA Flows" to the ocean, posted to KBC 3/28/13.
* Document was sent to our farm leaders May 14, 2013.
* 2012 statement from new Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams Oct. 28, 2012,
"I continue to oppose Klamath Dam Removal and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement because they are literally surrender agreements. ...The KBRA started out as a noble effort to solve many of our local water issues but in the end, it simply does not deliver. There is no certainty of water for agriculture, there is no protection from the Endangered Species Act, there is no protection from the biological opinions and there is no affordable power for irrigated agriculture."

Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for Klamath Facilities Removal, posted to KBC 6/2/13.

Drought, disputes put water at premium; uncertain supply, delayed opinion point to tough year, H&N 6/2/13.

Cost questions follow discovery of (Monsanto) genetically modified wheat in Oregon, H&N 6/2/13. "...wheat industry stands to lose $94 to $272 million annually if genetically modified wheat is introduced. The USDA announced the discovery of the Monsanto-owned strain on Wednesday. It led to Japan postponing a 25,000-ton order from a Portland grain shipper..."
Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act, Obama signs bill that protects makers of genetically engineered crops from federal courts 3/30/13 Fox News, published March 30, 2013   FoxNews.com

Senator Doug Whitsett: Our Veterans, posted to KBC 6/2/13

Proverbs 16:20: He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. Sent from Frank Tallerico 6/2/13.

Rat poison left outside illegal pot plantations threatens spotted owls: "The (Hoopa) tribe has received a $200,000 grant from Fish and Wildlife ... to cleaning up as many as five pot plantations identified on the reservation" H&N 5/29/13

Our People defending our freedom
Tulelake Veteran Homesteaders 

KWAPA/Klamath Water and Power Agency meeting 6/4/13.

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