Task Force Seeks Increased Storage,
H&N, Ryan Harper, Oct 18, 2002
Klamath salmon run is strong,
Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press, Oct 16, 2002
Newsletter, October17, 2002.
Included is schedule of tomorrow's Potato Festival events,
letter from Westlands' water district, and response by
Dan Keppen, KWUA, to Secretary Nicol's letter to Secretary
Gail Norton. "...Specifically, water levels in
the Klamath this year have been higher than water levels
during three of the last 10 years. It is important to note
that there were no significant die offs of salmon in those
years when water levels were lower than they were earlier
this fall, suggesting that other factors than flows may be
responsible for the disease that killed the fish this
Despite yesterday's 'Let's all work together' mantra,
Klamath Project is still being attacked,
Oct 17, 2002 kbc news team Oct 17, 2002
Local farmer said, "Before you crush us, what
are all the factors for total restoration?"
Pat Ratliff, Malin, OR
POTATO FESTIVAL with Lars and Walden!! Hooray,
there were potatoes grown this year in the Klamath Basin!!
We will celebrate the harvest Friday, October 18 with Lars
Larson broadcasting live from the Merrill Civic Center from
noon to 4pm. Friday evening Lars will give the welcoming
address at the banquet and will MC the talent show. At 11
a.m. Saturday he will MC the Potato Festival parade with Johnny
Crowell and will attend the BBQ. Congressman Walden plans to
be in the parade. Lars’ trip here is sponsored by: Klamath
First Federal Savings and loan, KFLS Radio, Harvest Ford,
and Mia and Pia’s pizzeria. Thanks to folks like Lars and
Congressman Walden, the Klamath Basin is still ‘the land of
the free, and the home of the brave’!!
Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force met in Klamath
Falls with Hatfield Upper Klamath Basin Working Group
by KBC news reporter. 10/16/02 "The recent
Klamath River fish kill of 20,000–30,000 fish was a topic of
intense discussion and blame. 95% of the deaths were from a
near-record run of Chinook salmon, with one trout, one
sturgeon, and a few coho amongst the casualites."
"Supervisor Blackburn stated that, until the Klamath Basin farmers and
Trinity irrigators are at the table, with Klamath and
Trinity rivers and tributaries considered, we can not assess
"Farmers did not plant their fall crops or fall irrigate
this fall at Sabo’s request to conserve water, explained
Dave Sabo, BOR."
Water future for
Basin depends on balance, 10/14,
William Kennedy, H&N.
"(Elwood) Miller is advocating to “drastically decrease”
diversions of irrigation water to the Klamath Project. This
is not new rhetoric. There are many extreme individuals who
want to see our irrigation infrastructures dismantled. How
interesting, though, when you realize that, because of this
infrastructure, we have stored water to create artificial
flows in the Klamath River......Our infrastructure has also
created an artificial Upper Klamath Lake." "Once we abandon
the mantra of “it’s your fault,” and engage in meaningful,
solution-oriented planning, our perspective will become
TID Meeting, Monday, October 14, 8:00. Ground Water
Management Plan and well pumping are included on the agenda.
Bureau bears brunt of anger, Matt
Hall, H&N, 10/13.
Yuroks bring fish protest to KF, Matt
Hall, H&N, 10/11.
'Blame game' playing out on Klamath,
by Pete Ottesen,
'The species will do fine because this year's fall-run was
so large, much greater than normal,'' said Neal Manji, a
Fish and Game biologist. ''We're getting three-fish limits
routinely, and releasing more than 20 fish per day on every
outing,'' said guide Ron DeNardi of Hornbrook. In
August, 100 or so of the commercial nets were pulled from
the lower river by the Indians because the market had a glut
of salmon. The price had dipped to less than 55 cents a
pound. Some tribesmen were selling salmon for 35 cents a
pound, working turnouts on Highway 101 and peddling fish
from ice chests, as if they were soda vendors."
We Have To Share, Nell Kuonen, H&N
Let Science Work On Lower Klamath Fish Kill,
Open Letter from Oregon Dept. of Transportation and KWUA
to USBR Commissioner John Keys, 10/7.
Letter. Another case of making up the
news. "All three articles (in the Eurika Times Standard)
contain factual errors and leaps of logic that cannot be
Klamath Gothic: Good science is no longer sent over the
falls, Kimberly Strassel, Wall Street
Journal, 10/7. "What (the environmentalists) are interested
in is getting the farmers off the land; they have admitted
it. As a result, any report, study, or theory they advance
is toward that goal, regardless of its scientific merit."
ESA Hits Albuquerque, Convoy Continues,
Kehn Gibson, 10/7. "The
situation in Albuquerque is another example of how people
don’t count when it comes to the Endangered Species Act."
A Recap of the 2002 Klamath River
Fish Die-Off by
Dan Keppen, executive director,
Newsletter, October 4, 2002. This
is an invaluable collection of quotes from The Oregonian,
Yurok Tribe spokesman Dave Hillemeier, PCFFA Glen Spain,
NMFS Jim Lecky, USFWS Director Steve Williams, and many
others. Also notes Keppen, “Reclamation has pointed out
in the past week that this year’s (Chinook) return is
expected to be the 5th largest in history of the Klamath.”
Convoy in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kehn Gibson,10/05.
"'Water is the economic engine of the West,
and if you deprive farmers of that, the engine stops,' Utah
Rep. Darin Peterson said. 'We lose our ability to fund our
schools, and to attract new business to the area. We also
turn what once was a productive taxpayer into a burden on
the tax rolls.'"
Dead fish, live debate, Sacramento Bee, 10/6/02.
"Environmentalists and Indian tribes are
blaming the Bush administration for depriving the river of
water." "All signs indicate a whopper of a fall salmon run
is arriving into the Sacramento and Klamath river systems."
"Ninety-five percent of the dead fish on the Klamath are
fall-run Chinooks." "So the reflexive more-flow-is-better
mantra is just too simplistic. A "natural" Klamath this
September, in fact, might have had even less water. And that
would have closed the mouth of the river." "Give the
biologists some time to sort this out." "The river deserves
better. So do all that depend on it and live in it."
No study needed - just check the news,
Bill Spears, H&N, 9/30. "Neither the ONRC nor
any other environmentalist organization is in good moral
position to criticize anybody for not telling the complete
truth, given their track record of veracity — or, more
accurately, their lack of veracity. "
Please click for larger picture.
Thanks to jt on the forum.
Playing With Fire:
Convoy Continues. Kehn Gibson,
10/4/02. "Reports of my death
have been greatly exaggerated". Mark Twain.
Agency head: Low flows not yet determined to be big
California Democrat lawmaker delivers dead fish to
agency, Lee Juillerat,
Water Must Be Shared, Lee Juillerat,
Bill Ransom speaks outside
by Kehn Gibson,
Oct 1, 2002.
Klamath Water Users re:
memorandum regarding fish kill from Fish and Wildlife.
"Given the limited data, at this point we
consider it premature to draw conclusions. There are too
many unanswered questions. Therefore, we are gathering facts
and aggressively seeking answers."
2. F&W Memorandum.
Water Users Comment on
Federal Plan to Ease Overcrowded Salmon
Conditions in the Klamath River, September 27, 2002.
TULELAKE IRRIGATION DISTRICT TO HOLD PUBLIC
HEARING REGARDING GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT, Oct 1
One rational view, from the
More water sent down river
for fish, 09/27/02 Ryan Harper, H&N.
Basin residents don’t deserve to be target,
Fish kill suit targets Basin,
Ryan Harper, H&N, 9/26/02. Looks like the "blame the farmers
for everything" group is at it again.
Senate Passes Walden Bill to
Reimburse Klamath Basin Irrigators’ Operations and
Link to article.
A road problem, maybe; but
not a fish problem, H&N, 9/25/02,
Lower Klamath fish kill a
09/24/02, By Ryan Harper.
Bucket on the move once more, H&N,
09/22/02,By Lee Beach.
Government Threatens Florida Pastor, offering
the site of the Sawgrass rebellion, 09/22/02, Danny E. Meek,
"I love nature, but we
should not be enslaved to it",
Klamath Bucket Brigade Headed for Homestead,
Joining the Sawgrass Rebellion. 09/19/02.
"This action by the Corps is
turning 350 families into what they hope become 'willing
sellers'. The Klamath Basin knows all about 'willing seller'
informed about talks with tribes, H&N editorial, 09/18/02.
Tribal leaders 'satisfied' with negotiations,
H&N, Sep. 12, 2002.
More Klamath Basin Hay Donated to
By Kehn Gibson September 16, 2002
“This community watched their fields dry up and their
livestock struggle last year,” Boyd said. “They understand.
This is about neighbors helping neighbors.”<story
Convoy Route Assistance Sought, Sep. 11,
Heavenly Help For The Sawgrass Rebellion,
Sept. 9, 2002.
"The Lord certainly does work in mysterious
ways," Walley chuckled. "Who would have thought that after
looking literally all over the county, our answer all of the
time was to look to the church for help. Isn't that just
something? Pastor David Mallory welcomed our group with a
handshake and a smile." Jay Walley of the Paragon Foundation
is the organizer of the Sawgrass Rebellion, destination of
the convoy from Klamath Falls to Florida."
Klamath Irrigators and
Growers Strive to Conserve Water to Meet Agricultural Needs
and Help Refuges, September 4, 2002.