Time to Take Action

Archive 144 - May 2014
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Short video: No water, no farmer, no food; government mismanagement causes water crisis, AFPC 5/9/14.

The Senate Hearing is on June 3rd at 2:30 Eastern time:
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 However any benefits to the farmers in the KBRA end in 50 years, but, as detailed in this video, any benefits are superseded by the ESA, Clean Water Act and Biological Opinions.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.

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."

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

< 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.

Here for Klamath River Science Misconduct page

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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

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.  

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.

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