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Archive 66 - November 2007
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Around 1900, Link River, between Upper Klamath Lake and Lake Ewauna, occasionally went dry before the Klamath Project was built. There was no hydropower, no hatcheries, occasionally no fish (fish need water), no artificially-raised river flows or lake levels.  HERE for more

Water law proposal alarms, Organization opposes bill that would redefine waters addressed, Capital Press 11/30/07. "If this passes, the federal government will have the authority to control all our water and activities affecting our water, thus pre-empting state and local government authority over land- and water-use decisions..."

Imported food supply leaves nation vulnerable, Capital Press 11/30/07

More than one to blame on ESA rulings reversal, Editorial Capital Press 11/30/07, followed by related article by Dan Keppen, Executive Director Family Farm Alliance

Bible lesson by Jim Foley 11/30/07 Lost and Found

KBC opinion of the FERC final Environmental Impact Statement supporting relicensing the Klamath Dams, 11/29/07. Revised.

Karuk Tribe and Environmentalists Play on People's Emotions, by Nita Still, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 11/29/07. "The environmentalists, Craig Tucker, spokesman for the Karuk Tribe and Cultural Biologist, Ron Reed, are playing upon the emotions of people. Saying that if the dams are not removed "could mean 'destruction' of tribal cultures who have long subsisted on the various salmon species that once thrived in the river." (And still do.) ...'The Karok inhabited the banks of Klamath River from a few miles above Happy Camp in Siskiyou County down to Redcap Creek in Humboldt County and Salmon River up to the Forks of Salmon.' That is no where near the dams they want to get rid of."

Klamath Fishing Tales, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 11/29/07. "Meanwhile, a San Francisco Chronicle article published last week and written by Jim Webb, described as an avid recreational fisherman from San Luis Obispo County, shows that some within even the ultra-liberal SF media are pro dam."

Money ($10 million) could have been spent better, H&N, posted 11/29/07. "...now we are paying for a $10 million levee demolition project that will give the sucker fish larval a better chance because it will provide lower water habitat?..."
 ***National Academy of Science News Report: National More comprehensive analysis of Klamath River basin needed to aid decision makers; 2 studies could assist if improvements are made, 11/28/07. [NAS free report online: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12072 ] (KBC NOTE: When you read the dozens of green media releases in the coming weeks, keep in mind this actual report and recommendations, and also, keep in mind who it is that the journalists are quoting.)
11/29/07, KBC NOTE: Thank you journalist Dan Bacher for correcting your indybay article title which states farmers with enviros and tribes blasted the FERC recommendation of keeping the Klamath Dams which provide green clean power for 70,000 households annually. Farmers did not blast the FERC report.
California is disbursing $33 million in Federal Disaster Relief Assistance this week to fishermen and fishing businesses, according to Cal Fish and Game, 11/27/07. Federal disaster relief for California (fishermen) -- how it's split up, Times Standard, posted to KBC 11/28/07
Redwood Adventures Tours to Offer Fresh Water Fishing Tour Packages, "our rivers are brimming with salmon and trout.- Russavage explained. '...our Klamath Basin is full of fish and ready to support any and all anglers and area visitors..." {Note from KBC reader: "That is a great idea!  Let's let the local National Park vendor promote folks to come up and catch the threatened salmon.") 11/28/07
***Announcement: Retired EPA scientist to speak on Suction Dredge Mining and the Environment Dec 3, 2007. See Mining Page for Karuk lawsuit against miners, California Dept Fish and Game's attempt to shut down mining on the Klamath River, and with bills introduced to end mining.
Thanksgiving: Today we give thanks to our God for our country and for those in foreign lands fighting for our freedom. We at home have the task of preserving that freedom. 

Wetlands (HR 2421) Bill Gives Corps Control Over Your Property, Deadline: please write by Dec. 6th!

Family Farm Alliance monthly newsletter, 11/07

USGS Examines Importance of Water Budgets in Addressing Water Availability Concerns, USGS 11/19/07

Medford Newspaper sues to get names of gun owners, 11/13/07 Oregon Firearms Federation. "The Mail Tribune...believes that one of the ways to promote its anti-gun agenda is to intimidate gun owners by demanding that the Sheriff turn over the names of license holders."

CHP helps pull the carpet out from under Schwarzenegger in the north state; CHP protected network of politically driven narcotics dealers. Pioneer Press by John Martinez 11/19/07. "Refusal to protect citizens against malicious actions of their own officer by allowing repeated threats by third parties directed against complainants at the behest of sworn personnel, misusing federally funded tribal programs by denying and/or threatening to deny services to Native American citizen complainants and their families, allowing sensitive drug informant information to be given to area drug dealers and other forms of abuse of authority are the backbone of the conspiracy to harm private citizens. " For help for tribal citizens experiencing threats and corruption in leadership, go HERE.

Sunday Bible lesson by Jim Foley, 11/18/07

Letter to the KBC editor from Debra regarding managing wolves killing livestock and pets, 11/16/07, FOLLOWED BY RESPONSE by Jim Foley, property rights advocate 11/17/07

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Final Environmental Impact Statement for Relicensing of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project No. 2082-027 Issued: November 16, 2007

FERC ignores salmon mandates, recommends keeping Klamath dams, Capital Press 11/16/07. "The final environmental impact statement from the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chose trapping and hauling fish around the dams rather than building expensive fish ladders and reducing power production to help salmon...The dams produce enough power for 70,000 households." (KBC Note: The objective? writer chose to include quotes from: Glen Spain, attorney for Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, who stands to profit from any decision but his lawsuits are many against Klamath Irrigators and PacifiCorp; activist Craig Tucker, formerly affiliated with national dam-removal group Friends of the River, presently spokesman for Karuk Tribe, which just sued the Klamath miners, and involved in Riverkeeper, a dam-removal group and spinoff also from Klamath Forest Alliance which is anti-loggers and anti-farmers; and McCarthy of Oregon Wild, who consistently advocates against Klamath Irrigators and supports reducing farmland, logging and mining.) See DAM PAGE.

Salmon: slow start, strong finish, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 11/15/07

Letter to the editor of KBC by Rob Found, Alberta, posted 11/15/07. HERE for Wolf Page.

Latest Mexican Wolf Update, News and Views, posted 11/15/07

Student's death confirmed as continent's first fatal wolf attack, CanWest News Service, posted to KBC 11/15/07. "SASKATOON -- A coroner's inquest has found that Ontario student Kenton Carnegie was killed by a pack of wolves in northern Saskatchewan two years ago, making it the first documented case of fatal wolf attack in the wild in North America."

(Klamath) Water talks getting close, Commissioner: Not everyone will be happy, but deal will provide benefits, H&N, posted to KBC 11/15/07, "A Klamath River watershed settlement could be released to the public by the end of the month, participants say... There will be a short time period during which the public can comment." (KBC Note: It will have taken 26 environmental groups, gov't agencies, a few farmers, all the Klamath River tribes, including all their attorneys, a couple years to agree on a settlement. It will include your water rights, taking out 4 Klamath River dams, river flows, land idling, leaseland farming, land retirement, wetlands--assuming all the press releases we've read are correct. Negotiations have been secret. Now we are being told we may be allowed a short time, right before Christmas, to comment. No vote was mentioned.)