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Archive 214 - March 2020
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OREGON: Governor Brown is for democracy, just not your vote "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed an executive order directing state agencies to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions through more stringent standards for fuels, new buildings and consumer appliances, imposing by fiat what she was denied by Republican legislators...Republican legislators who walked out wanted the Democrat majority to put their plan on the ballot so Oregonians could give it an up or down vote. We agreed that a measure that would radically impact the economy while having an infinitesimal impact on the climate should be put to a vote..."

Former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams on the KMED Bill Meyer Show Friday March 20th, 2020. Go to the  7 a m podcast. The interview begins is from 7:34 til 7:55, discussing the candidates for Congressman Greg Walden's seat and Klamath dam removal. Regarding candidate former Senator Jason Atkinson's deciding vote, Mallams said,  "He's absolutely corrupt...he was working for Pacific Power at the time...he saved his boss...at Pacificorp $200 million that the ratepayers you and I have been paying (to take the dams out...). It gave PacifiCorp full immunity for any environmental disasters that would come on the heels of dam removal."  Meyer: "...effectively you have a corporation with no assets other than what PacifiCorp sent from the money that we paid all these years, and then if it doesn't work out so well, then the tax payers have to clean up after that."

Willamette River Basin - Lawsuit may complicate boost in available Oregon dam water, Capital Press 3/20/2020. "...the federal agency would devote up to 327,650 acre-feet of water to agriculture from the 1.6 million acre-feet that can be stored behind the dams...Another 159,750 acre-feet would be allocated for municipal and industrial uses, while more than 1.1 million acre-feet would go to fish and wildlife habitat...complaint filed by Waterwatch of Oregon, Northwest Environmental Defense Center and Wildearth Guardian.."

Matthew 5:8 - "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

Homeland Security deems agriculture as ‘critical infrastructure’ amid COVID-19 pandemic, AgriPulse, 3/19/2020. "The Trump administration has labeled agriculture as a critical industry in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, allowing businesses to continue operating as usual amid current and potential restrictions created to stem the spread of the virus."

Oregon water regulators exceeded authority, judge rules, Capital Press 3/17/2020. "In 2018, OWRD established a rule that wells within one mile of a waterway in the Upper Klamath Basin will substantially interfere with surface waters and thus can be regulated off at the tribes’ request...The judge has now agreed with the plaintiffs’ argument that Oregon’s water law doesn’t allow for such a restriction without OWRD going through the formal process... the agency would have to show that wells are substantially interfering with surface waters and determine how much water irrigators can sustainably withdraw from the aquifer each year...Without that opportunity, the agency unconstitutionally deprived them of property rights without due process, the judge said."

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," by Tom Mallams, Klamath County March 15, 2020. "...Offer help and support to others when possible. Use your basic common sense in all our actions and reactions. President Donald J. Trump declared on Friday a National Day of Prayer for Sunday (March 15), shortly after declaring a state of emergency amid the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic: "We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these....," Trump tweeted. "No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!..."

Dr. Richard Gierak's letter to the Supreme Court regarding Klamath hydroelectric dam removal, 3/15/2020.  KBC Note: FYI, go to this link on more of dam engineer Stephen Koshy's information of the imminent catastrophic collapse of these clay-core hydroelectric dams if there is an attempt to remove them. Included is his biography.

Matthew 5:7 - "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"

On the subject of Klamath salmon restoration, by Werner Hoyt, PE, Lake Shastina 3/14/2020. "What were the annual runs through the 1980’s.  On the Klamath we had bumper runs up through the 70’s.  What happened?
* Marine mammals protection act.  We now have upwards of 300,000 to 500,000 from San Francisco to Vancouver Canada
* Salmon are a transpacific migratory fish.  Heavy fishing in Asia has obliterated returns.  Mechanized fishing outside of the 200 mile economic zone by foreign fisheries as well
* Increase in ocean surface temperature moving the migration paths north.
    We have increasing pressure by all three of the above conditions and a power generation and operating history on the Columbia of 80 plus years.  Tend to believe that while there may be some impact by power generation if we look at the whole picture, power plant removal is not warranted.  Glad the feds recognized this."

*** Klamath 'takings' case filed with U.S. Supreme Court, Capital Press 3/13/2020. "Agricultural producers in the Klamath Project have taken the water “takings” case to the highest court in the land..."

SCWUA and Jackson County letters to FERC, and Motion To Dismiss, regarding Klamath dam removal, 3/12/2020.

Brown signs an expansive order targeting climate change, Capital Press 3/10/2020. “At the end of the day, her directive could lead to a cap-and-trade style program that is far more sweeping than any proposal contemplated by the Legislature in recent years and will inevitably lead to significant cost increases for consumers and businesses alike, while offering little in the way of meaningful environmental benefits,...”  " During Monday’s Emergency Board meeting, Richard Whitman, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said that the new hires would help complete initial rulemaking for a greenhouse gas reduction program by 2022. That’s roughly the same timeline laid out in the bill killed last session to reduce greenhouse gas emissions..."

No new trial in $1 billion Oregon timber verdict, Capital Press, 3/10/2020. "A judge will not order a new trial or overrule a jury’s verdict awarding $1 billion to local governments that sued Oregon over logging restrictions on state forestlands..."

Response to KRRC (dam destruction corporation) Budget for Klamath Devastation, by Rex Cozzalio, 4th generation Iron Gate resident 3/9/2020

Failure To Lead, by State Representative E. Werner Reschke, Southern Klamath & Lake Counties, 3/9/2020. "Rather than focus on shared-values and budget priorities, such as addressing homelessness, health care, housing, wildfire prevention, education and public safety..."

Matthew 5:6 - "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."

Klamath Project irrigators face challenging water year, H&N 3/6/2020. "Irrigators could see 50% or less of the normal water supply for irrigation this spring and summer..."

KRRC budget submitted to FERC ahead of dam removal, H&N 3/3/2020

Maximum price set for removing Klamath River dams, H&N 3/3/2020

 3/6/2020 - SCWUA requested that we run their letter again concerning the Klamath Compact Commissioner's, Chrysten  Lambert's, conflict of interest regarding Klamath dam removal. "(Lambert) was appointed in 2015 by then President Obama to act as Federal Representative to the Klamath Compact.  Under her leadership no meetings were conducted until the recent June 18, 2019 meeting in Klamath Falls at OIT.  Our letter explains our reasoning for requesting that she be removed from office and a new Federal Representative be appointed to represent the current President, Donald Trump..."

Drought declared in Klamath County, H&N 3/5/2020. "The action is due to a snow water equivalent that has dipped to 65% of normal with a forecast of warm weather on the horizon. A drought declaration is aimed at providing opportunities for farmers to apply for aid to supplement losses..."


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