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Archive 68 -
Klamath Dam letter to KBC from John Turner, Klamath Falls: "My simple view on Dam Removal is that Non-polluting renewable energy sources are more important than salmon, especially in this day and age. However that doesn't mean we should ignore the salmon. From what I can tell Pacificorp is planning to help the salmon by improving fish ladders and other means. So don't remove the Dams. Once removed a valuable resource is lost forever."
Jim Foley comments to Glen Spain and Troy Fletcher on Oregonian Blog regarding Klamath dams, posted to KBC 1/31/08
Water settlement opinions vary on dam removal, H&N 1/30/08
1/30/08: Frequently asked questions regarding the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement by KWUA
Klamath Tribes to vote on water plan; Signatures to wait until PacifiCorp agrees to dam removal, H&N 1/30/08. (KBC NOTE: Klamath Tribe would receive 90,000 acre Mazama Tree Farm, and millions of $ to build a timber industry, power plant, and economic development. Power, no matter how dirty, will be needed to replace clean hydropower of 4 Klamath River dams which service 70,000 customers. Also not mentioned is the land for water agreement in the proposed settlement with project irrigators.)
KWUA KBRA Powerpoint Presentation at public meeting in Merrill, posted to KBC 1/29/08
Karuk minutes: Hoopa Tribe supports
Karuk Tribe in getting fishing rights,
As a little child, Sunday bible lesson from Jim Foley 1/27/08
***Klamath Settlement PUBLIC meeting: KWUA 1/26 at 1:30, Merrill. CORRECTION: Invited speakers were environmental group rep, Klamath tribal member and tribal attorney, KWUA speaker and KWUA attorney, Yurok tribe, and Fish and Wildlife. Others stakeholder groups attending and not on the forum were Modoc and Siskiyou County supervisors and PacifiCorp rep Toby Freeman. The Correction by KWUA member Steve Kandra is: "Nobody was denied the opportunity to stand up and speak their minds." Our apologies for stating that "Modoc, Siskiyou and PacifiCorp were not welcomed to speak." They indeed could have spoken during the question and answer period after the forum. KBC
2008 Tongass Management Plan Announcement, 1/25/08. "The 2008 Amendment to the Tongass Plan designates almost 90 percent of the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest as wilderness, scenic viewshed, or recreation area – off limits to economic development. Less than 10 percent of the Tongass will be made available for timber harvest."
Briefs filed in appeals court on wild vs hatchery listing policies, cbbulletin 1/25/08
Fish and Wildlife rejects salamander protection, Seattle pi, posted to KBC 1/25/08
Klamath Settlement PUBLIC meeting: KID 1/25/08, 6:30 Merrill
Water settlement perspectives, H&N 1/24/08
Dams should remain on Klamath, H&N 1/24/08
Groups urge full reading of plan, H&N 1/24/08
Deal may ease conflicts, Proposed water settlement could help with adjudication, H&N , posted 1/24/08. (KBC NOTE: Settlement document 15.3.2ii : "Recognizes the tribal water rights at the claimed amounts and with the priority date of time immemorial." Water Users essentially give up their contest and claim to the water rights, and the tribe promises not to enforce their new rights. That's how we understand it)
Just Plain Aggravating by Larry Toelle, "The Klamath Basin farmers haven't got a clue ... no idea what they've done to themselves and others" posted 1/23/08