Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
- January 2006
There's justification for low irrigation rates, H&N 1/31/06
THE STATE OF THE UNION,
President Bush's address to the
nation, entire text of president's
World Net Daily 1/31/06
It is wet, wet and wet, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 1/31/06
Encourage Your Congressmen to CoSponsor Right to Ride Legislation, American Quarterhorse Association 1/30/06. This is about preserving your right to ride your horse on public property. 1/30/06
Roads Less Traveled, letter by Julie Smithson in 2002 about her trip to Klamath Falls in 2001 water crisis. Posted to KBC 1/30/06
Keep Winema public,
H&N, posted to KBC 1/30/06.
Klamath farmers' utility bills to rise,
Jackson Hole Star Tribune, posted to
Hike could break farmers, H&N, posted to KBC 1/29/06
OREGON: Study: Richest saw fastest rise in income, H&N, posted to KBC 1/29/06. (KBC Editor's note: Oregon has demolished it's timber harvest industry, and is decimating its farming and commercial fisheries, giving Oregon the grand prize of the highest unemployment rate in America.)
NOAA does not list coho, Pressure by Grange aids decision, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 1/27/06. " 'NOAA is still ignoring the court’s decision on the Southern Oregon and Northern California coho, so they are still breaking the law,' said Bergeron."
Federal and State Endangered and Threatened Species expenditures, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1/27/06. This includes FWS ESA expenditures, reports, posters, instructions on comment periods, etc.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 1/27/06. This is a list of current bills regarding flood management, Kelo, diesel tax for farmers, Delta, hemp, and water supplies.
James L Connaughton, Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality, full speech regarding Columbia River Salmon Recovery, posted to KBC 1/27/06, PDF file. This could effect river and coastal fisheries, and hatcheries.
Advocates float radical ideas to save salmon, Register Guard, posted to KBC 1/27/06. "Allow hatchery fish, traditionally excluded from interbreeding with wild stocks, to be released into the general population." (This "radical" idea of hatcheries was used successfully for 100 years, supporting tribes, fishermen and fish numbers. KBC)
Klamath power ruling thumps irrigators, Times Standard 1/27/06. "Greg Addington, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, said he's not aware of any other project with similar power needs, and believes PacifiCorp would not have agreed to the previous 1956 contract if the utility didn't make money."
FERC order denying petition for declaratory order and issuing notice of proposed readjustment of annual charges for the use of government dam re PacifiCorp's Klamath Hydroelectric Project under P-2082. Posted to KBC 1/27/06, WORD document.
No rate extension for irrigators, H&N 1/27/06. "“Reclamation's position is that, if feasible, a cost-based power rate should be negotiated which recognizes the value of water control and availability for PacifiCorp's operation from the Klamath Project," said Bureau of Reclamation's Rae Olson.
Bush administration out to reduce salmon harvesting, posted to KBC 1/27/06
Northwest - Oregon Coast Coho Avoids ESA Listing, NOAA Fisheries Service Fishnews, posted to KBC 1/24/06
PRESS RELEASE: We finally found the Bureau of Reclamation press release regarding this year's mandatory waterbank for Klamath Basin irrigators; it was in a National Water Resources Association newsletter. Posted to KBC 1/24/06
The federal government plans to plant wolves in Oregon; here is an enlightening read from Idaho: How Alberta wolves came to Central Idaho, New West, posted to KBC 1/24/06.
Family Farm Alliance News: 1/24/06
Pombo the Great, The power behind the changes in the ESA by Tim Findley, Range Magazine, posted to KBC 1/23/06, pdf file. rangemagazine.com
Cow Chips: Controversial microchips will ID all livestock, Tracking livestock will be a national “mandatory” program, by Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 1/23/06
Andrus names D.A. Assistant (Siskiyou County) Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 1/23/06 FOLLOWED BY Prosecutor and cowboy; Maloney praises cowdog “Samie.”
California Farm Bureau Friday Review:
"Today's Friday review contains SB
1099, AB 674, SB 283 and information
about the Governor's infrastructure
bond initiatives" January 20, 2006
Too much of a good thing? Capital Press 1/20/06 "In the Klamath Basin it’s (snow water equivalent) 138 percent of the average."
Tuber moth found in Klamath Basin, Capital Press 1/20/06
PRESS RELEASE: Eleven Defendants Indicted on Domestic Terrorism Charges, DOJ 1/20/06
OTHER PLACES: Last Everglades Homesteader Relents, Sells, posted to KBC 1/20/06. "The $8.4 billion Everglades project seeks to restore the slow-moving river that once stretched uninterrupted from a chain of lakes near Orlando south to Florida Bay." (Klamath Basin is targeted for Wildlands acquisition...it has already begun. KBC)
Klamath Lake levels and river flows, H&N 1/19/06
The Nature Conservancy owns tens of
thousands of acres in the Upper
Klamath Basin--for properties go
TNC and 'kelo' eminent domain other places: Eminent domain battle shaping up at Padre Island , FOLLOWED BY South Texas county may sue to take wildlife preserve, Nature Conservancy vows to fight forced sale of South Padre land, posted to KBC 1/19/06
Ranching issues other places: Fish and Game backs wolf management plan, Boise Weekly 1/18/06. "Thirty-five wolves were introduced in 1995 and by 2005, an estimated 600 wolves populated Idaho from the northern Panhandle to southeastern regions." HERE for WOLF PAGE
NEWS RELEASE: NOAA finally complies with PLF'S 2001 court win; Oregon Coast coho no longer warrants ESA listing, agency says, 1/17/06 Pacific Legal Foundation.
PRESS RELEASE: Common sense, science and collaboration justify NOAA decision on coastal coho, January 17, 2006, Oregonians for Food and Shelter
Rain turns most of Oregon into muddy crisis Weather - The governor declares a state of emergency in 24 counties as storm damage climbs to $22 million, Oregonian, posted to KBC 1/17/06
Commission reviews draft cougar management plan, Comments by Feb 8, posted to KBC 1/17/06
Medicine Lake - Dispute swirls around geothermal project, H&N posted to KBC 1/17/06
The land was sold, Letter to the Editor, Herald and News, posted to KBC 1/17/06
(COB power plant) Threat to water supply, H&N, posted to KBC 1/17/06
Sunday Prayer Page, 1/15/06: The way of love
Karuk and Fish & Game deal limits gold mining, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/15/06
Tulelake Irrigation District landowners voted to allow rate increase, by Jacqui Krizo, Klamath Courier Reporter, posted to KBC 1/13/06
Klamath Lake levels and river flows, H&N posted to KBC 1/13/06
OREGON: Economy, education on rough ride, Capital Press 1/13/06. "Oregon is emerging from a punishing economic recession in which it had the nation’s highest or second-highest jobless rate for 41 straight months. Many of the people thrown out of work were not minimum-wage earners. Rather, many were well-paid specialists who were laid off from high-tech jobs." "We’re talking about farming, ranching and timber. Once the state’s leaders determined that those industries could be sacrificed at the altar of protecting fish, birds and butterflies, and that the state could prosper by hitching its future to the so-called Silicon Forest, Oregon placed itself in the precarious position of depending on industries and factors over which it had little or no control."
Hay acreage up; prices stay high, Capital Press 1/13/06
Idaho spud prices disappoint, Capital Press 1/13/06 "Grower returns in Colorado have risen to more than $8 per hundredweight for spuds run through fresh-pack sheds. Wisconsin growers have been getting $8 to $8.75 field-run prices for Norkotah shipments, and in the Klamath Basin, growers have been receiving about $7 for Russet Burbanks and $8 for Russet Norkotahs."
Lamb hobby goes commercial, Capital Press 1/13/06
Karuks file lawsuit, DFG hits property rights; The state increases regulations without due public process, Pioneer Press by Liz Bowen 1/12/06. "The Karuks responded that they were good neighbors and would work to benefit the community."
Herger, Riggins view flood damage, Siskiyou flood damage tops $7 million, Pioneer Press 1/12/06
Support for Walden's Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act Continues to Grow, Central, southern and eastern Oregon counties pass resolutions endorsing H.R. 4200, January 12, 2006
More voices needed at river deliberations, regarding Judge Redden's dam decisions, posted to KBC 1/12/06, Tri-City Herald..
Service aims to help small farms, OSU Extension Service tries to keep pace with shrinking Oregon farms H&N 1/12/06
Canadian and U.S. growers OK deal, H&N 1/12/06
Coastal Coho Stakeholders to meet in Newport, ODFW posted to KBC 1/12/06
Statement by Reclamation Commissioner John Keys on Plans to Address National Academy of Science Report, "Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st Century Bureau of Reclamation", posted to KBC 1/11/06.
Streamflow forecasts look good, for now, H&N, posted to KBC 1/10/06
NEWS from Klamath Bucket Brigade: USGS Flow Graphs (see 2006) "are showing that excessive amounts of water are leaving the Upper Klamath Basin but these flows are not impacting the lower river since the floods downriver have abated. Flows from Upper Klamath Lake through Link River are running at 5,620 cfs, Iron Gate Dam is releasing 8,300 cfs down from last weeks record of 11,700 cfs."
Recent weather makes case for water storage, H&N 1/8/06. "Basin interests have been pushing for water storage at Long Lake, a dry lake northwest of Klamath Falls, and attracted the interest of the Bureau of Reclamation to study it. It's been estimated it could hold 350,000 to 500,000 acre-feet, and could be as much as 200 feet deep."
The mark of the beast, WorldNetDaily.com, posted to KBC 1/8/06. "The federal government is launching a National Animal Identification System that will, by 2009, require that every agricultural animal in the nation be equipped with an identification device through which its movement can be traced from birth to slaughter. At the moment, the program is voluntary; by 2009, non-compliance can result in fines of up to $1,000 per day. ""The program is not limited to commercial producers; it includes the half-dozen chickens at grandma's house."
Power deadline faces PacifiCorp, irrigators, Capital Press, posted to KBC 1/7/06
Retirements, tight budget make
future organization cloudy,
by Holly Owens, H&N posted to
Klamath Lake Levels and River Flows, H&N, posted to KBC 1/7/05
Eminent domain controversy triggers action, AgAlert, posted to KBC 1/3/06
Bo W. Thott obituary. Mr Thott, Swedish immigrant and property rights defender, wrote 'Willing Seller, Willing Buyer'. (More than 100,000 acres of prime farmland in the Upper Klamath Basin have been coerced into becoming 'willing sellers', decimating the Upper Basin cattle industry, local tax base, and evaporating twice the amount of water in resulting government-controlled 'wetlands'. KBC)
AP: Environmental Critics Get EPA Grants, posted to KBC 1/2/06
Flood reports on the Klamath:
USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 11502500 WILLIAMSON
RIVER BLW SPRAGUE RIVER NR CHILOQUIN,OR
under ‘state of emergency', Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC
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