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 Environmental Lawsuits Rake in Billions for Lawyers, Idaho Farm Bureau News, posted to KBC 10/30/09.


HERE for Endangered Species Act Lawsuits

Oregonians for Food and Shelter legislative information

***Here to write letters regarding bills that WILL impact you.

***CLEAN WATER ACT could control your own private puddle.


*** HERE for KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Lawsuits, bills, laws, acts, court decisions

*** HERE for Tribal Lawsuits


Phil Norton, manager of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges in Tulelake, Calif., on July 17, 2001, walks across the mud flats that were created when water from the Klamath River was cut off.!!! (Klamath) irrigators win water decision; Farmers score in battle over diverting Klamath River water for endangered species, H&N 12/22/16.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 9/30/16: includes ag vehicles, fire prevention timber harvest, heat illness indoor mandates, drone restrictions, and more...

Energy Bill’s Hidden Provisions Undermine Western and Rural U.S. Property Owners, Western States Constitutional Rights LLC, posted 9/18/16. "Senate Bill S. 2012 (Murkowski, AK) has secretly swallowed up S. 3085 (Roberts,KS) - a Forestry Management Bill that transfers management of any national forest within 100 miles of a tribal reservation, or to any tribe with ancestral or cultural ties to a national forest.  This will give tribal governments: 1) control of all water (snowpack mountain run-off); and 2) let tribal governments determine appropriate uses of the national forests regarding hunting, fishing, trail-hiking, recreating by non-tribal citizens. When strong opposition emerged opposing numerous forestry management bills in the Senate and House that were transferring forestry management to tribal governments, Senators and Congressmen played "hide the ball" quickly last week by tucking this egregious Tribal Forestry Management provision into an Energy Bill that is close to a vote - perhaps this week or next. Call your Senators and Congressmen and raise holy hell.  This could easily transfer national forestry management to tribes for every national forest in the Western States." Elaine Willman

(Klamath) Irrigators intervene against Hoopa Tribe lawsuit, H&N 9/4/16

California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State Authority over Mining! – September 2016, The New 49ers. "Now that the California Supreme Court has ruled, my best guess is that any prospector using a motor to remove or process streambed material within 100 yards of an active waterway without a permit (which is not being made available), if caught, is likely to be successfully prosecuted." Link includes link to memo by miner's attorney James Buchal

California governor signed climate change mandates and farm labor overtime after 8 hours, CFBF Friday Legislative Review 9/13/16

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted 8/17/16: climate change mandates with no oversight, bills that regulate cow farts and chase dairies out of California, overtime bills that would end up reducing hours that farm laborers would work, wool, stolen bee hives, water control board stuff and more...

Klamath River Stakeholders may sue federal agencies, H&N 7/22/16. "The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) (Glen Spain), Institute for Fisheries Resources (Glen Spain), and Klamath Riverkeeper (Craig Tucker), released the 60-day notice to let two federal agencies know they could be sued under the federal Endangered Species Act if they fail to improve water management in the Klamath River." KBC NOTE: These 2 men were in the stakeholders group of the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, and KHSA, Klamath Dam Removal "agreements", posing as 'friends' of Klamath Irrigators. Now that the feds and states, tribes and NGO's managed to get the states to approve of destroying the Klamath River hydro dams with no supposed benefits to irrigators, their coalition is suing for more water, even though this is a high water year. Siskiyou County and Klamath County elected officials oppose the agreements and dam destruction. FYI: George Soros helps fund Earthjustice, the litigators for the Klamath River tribes and environmental groups 

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/1/16. Proposed bills on climate change mandates, regulations on livestock methane emissions that would "drive dairies out of California", put solar power projects on "not less than 100,000 acres" permanently retired farmland, pay overtime to farm workers for over 8 hours work, expand forest thinning for fire protection, stockponds, water transfers, ground water wells, more...

Merkley PRESS RELEASE: Merkley and Wyden Announce Key Oregon Wins for Rural Oregon in Senate Appropriations Bill, 6/16/16

CFBF Friday Legislative Review, 6/10/16: "A tentative 2016-2017 budget was reached and will be voted on by the full legislature by midnight on Wednesday, June 15th, the deadline to pass the budget bill. Some budget details are included in this week’s Friday Review."

Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon, Hoopa Valley Tribe PRESS RELEASE 5/17/16

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/20/16. "The proposal also would exempt marijuana cultivators from the need to obtain a streambed alteration agreement for their activities, so long as they are covered by the license they obtain allowing them to grow marijuana."

California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measures, Fox News 5/19/16

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, CFBF 5/13/16: organic registration, DFW 129% fee increase, penalty of up to $10 per gallon or pound of polluting material discharged into waterways (KBC NOTE - what about Klamath Dam removal pollution: "The initial Fish and Wildlife Service sediment study projected 20.4 million cubic yards with 84% washing down river...The initial sediment study volume would be equivalent to covering 190 miles of a 150’ wide river with 3.1 feet of sediment," quote by BOR ethics officer Dr Paul Houser. Will DOI pay $10/gallon?), water markets, groundwater management, more....

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/10/16. "AB 2757 would require agricultural employers to pay overtime premium pay (at a rate of 1.5 times an employee’s regular rate of pay) to their employees after 8 hours in any work day, and 40 hours in any work week; premium pay at the rate of two times the employee’s regular rate of pay for any work after 12 hours in a day; and will repeal the agricultural exemption..."  "AB 2700 (Rudy Salas, Jr., D-Bakersfield) passed out of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on consent on April 6. AB 2700 requires the CPUC to update the criteria it uses to prioritize renewable energy projects..." KBC NOTE: Why would they create more renewable energy projects while California governor wants to destroy Klamath River hydropower (the ultimate renewable energy) dams serving 70,000 homes?

Oregon 2016 Session Adjourns ending the most destructive month in Oregon legislative history. Newsletter by Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett, Senate District 28, posted to KBC 3/17/16. "The new law doubles the renewable portfolio standard by eliminating the use of all coal-generated electricity in Oregon...The act contains two provisions that functionally prohibit the formation of a municipal utility district (MUD) or public utility district (PUD) in PacifiCorp’s monopoly protected service area. These poison pills serve to eliminate the financial feasibility for any Klamath County MUD or PUD... At minimum, it will result in at a 40 percent increase in power costs to all PacifiCorp customers...PacifiCorp power rates have already nearly doubled since 2005...  this new (minimum wage) law will result in wholesale destruction of Oregon small businesses and kill many private sector jobs that those businesses provide...Klamath and Lake Counties have some of the highest percentages of minimum wage jobs in Oregon..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/11/16. "The State Water Board submitted the emergency regulation they adopted in January to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) this week. The emergency regulation requires all surface water right holders and claimants to report their diversions annually..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 2/26/16. "The Department of Water Resources recently released the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Draft Emergency Regulations and a schedule of public meetings and the public comment process. Farm Bureau is reviewing the draft regulations and will submit comments. The public meetings are scheduled as follows..."

Environmentalists sue for more rules to protect sage grouse, H&N 2/26/16.  

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative and Governmental Update 2/5/16. Includes doubling pay on holidays for some jobs, and Calif. Water Board news, including Tribal Resolution No. 2010-0062 "AUTHORIZE FUNDING FROM THE CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND (CWSRF) TO THE YUROK TRIBE (TRIBE) ... 'Western Rivers Conservancy submitted an application to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program on behalf of the Yurok Tribe (Tribe) for the acquisition of approximately 22,237 acres of forest land in the Klamath River watershed...A credit review was completed on November 4, 2010, recommending a maximum CWSRF financing amount of $18,750,000 for the project, assuming a 25-year term at a zero percent interest rate...' "

Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted, Yahoo News 8/27/15

BOR wins lawsuit over water transfer, H&N 8/22/15

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 8/21/15: proposed gas tax $.42/gallon, vehicle registration nearly double plus new $100 fee, "Farm Bureau is opposed to SB226) as it includes state intervention language that we find unacceptable, grants other state authorities that we believe should not be granted and places all the language in the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act which we believe impacts groundwater rights." mandatory greenhouse gas reduction to 80% below 1990 levels, minimum wage to $11 by January 2016, $13 by July 2017, mandatory health insurance for more than 25 employees, more.....

(Klamath) Project irrigators could get new fed status. ‘Applicant status’ may allow for more input in ESA development, H&N 7/18/15. "The amendment was proposed by by U.S. Reps. Greg Walden, ROre., and Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., to help protect Klamath Project water users in Oregon and California...the amendment gives Project water users “applicant status,” ensuring they are included in Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations that affect Project water operations."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/16/15. "The month long summer recess for the legislature began (7/16/15). It was the deadline week for policy committees to meet and report bills. Friday Review reflects action that occurred on a number of bills of interest to agriculture."

Appeals court tosses Oregon logging ruling, H&N 6/13/15

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review of Bills and Laws, CFBF 5/29/15. Some bills include minimum wage to $11 next year, adjudication of ground water, fire fee, farm tax credit for donations, State Water Resources Control Board has a Budget Change Proposal (BCP) in the budget that would establish 16 new permanent positions at a cost of $7.8 million annually.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 5/17/15. $Millions and $billions more spending: water, groundwater, $380 million to low income workers, Undocumented healthcare would be funded at $67 million, to grow to 200$ million in 2016-17...more

** Milestone reached in 2001 (Klamath) water lawsuits. Cases could be decided before 2016, H&N, 3/27/15

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative and Governmental Update, CFBF 3/27/15

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 3/6/15: Bills - groundwater, climate change, land use and taxation, labor, employment, immigration, paid sick leave mandate, transportation and education, new clean energy standards, misc.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review for 2/20/15 - groundwater, water storage, adjudicating water rights, fire protection, ACL/OSHA regarding heat illness.

BOR accused of misusing water funds. Whistleblower claim lodged against BOR and Basin irrigators, H&N 2/20/15.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 2/20/15: water storage, groundwater rights, Cal/OHSA, ...

Pacific Power article lacks objective balance by Ed Silling, Klamath Falls, followed by Pacific Power states case for lawsuit against city, posted to KBC 1/30/15

Pacific Power sues (Klamath Falls) city. Eminent domain, public utility district at heart of lawsuit, H&N 1/17/15.

Feinstein shuts off California water talks until 2015, Fresno Bee, posted to KBC 11/23/14

(Klamath County) Commission opposes Klamath water pact; House must approve bill before it reaches Obama, H&N 11/16/14. "commissioner Dennis Linthicum: “...our counties don’t support Senate Bill 2379..."

Klamath bills pass Senate. Water pact, forestry act take a step forward, H&N 11/14/14. "Sen. Ron Wyden is trying to move a long-stalled bill through the lame duck session of Congress that would implement agreements to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River to help salmon."  Oregon Wyden's forestry bill would "create 87,000 acres of new wilderness and 252 miles of new wild and scenic rivers."  It is "...expected to..." more than double current timber harvests (KBC NOTE: which are a fraction of historic harvests.)
Regarding Wyden's claim that the KBRA that destroying 4 hydroelectric dams (that provide flood control, power for 70,000 households, and millions of hatchery salmon) will "help salmon", a speech by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett offers some perspective:
Senator Doug Whitsett speech regarding the KBRA and Klamath dam destruction at Yreka's public listening session put on by Department of Interior on 10/20/11. "The Draft Environmental Impact Statement does not appear to mitigate that 20 million cubic yards of sediment. The Department apparently proposes to simply blow the dams and let nature take its course, washing all that sediment downriver. They appear to consider this option as a “grand experiment” to see what actually happens. That amount of sediment is equivalent to about 2 million ten yard dump truck loads of silt, sediment and organic muck. To put that amount into perspective, lined up head to tail, 2 million dump truck loads of river muck would stretch about 12,500 miles…..about half way around the planet."

Rep. Gail Whitsett has several bills planned. Whitsett also plans to submit an updated version of the groundwater bill HB 4044, H&N, posted to KBC 11/16/14

Public Comment Period Open for Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule - Comments due 11/14/14

California - Water Bond Proposition 1
* Water Bond Drowning in Pork Spending, YouTube 5 minutes by David Spady,  Americans for Prosperity California, October 2014
Prop 1 Water Storage Bond Facts by Rex Cozzalio October 26, 2014
* Prop 1 Stop the Pork by Rex Cozzalio
Klamath Basin Dams Resolution by the Siskiyou County and South Siskiyou County California Federated Republican Women 3/15/09
*Urgent Bulletin and Groups opposing Prop 1 by Richard Marshall, Jerry Bacagalupi, and Loise Gliotto Oct. 2014

Reasons for voting NO on Prop. 1 Water Bond on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot, sent by manager of pienpolitics.com Liz Bowen. "The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (AB1471), the Water Bond, is on the ballot this November for voter approval. Proponents want us to believe that it will ‘save’ water by building dams and reservoirs. It won’t. It is designed to remove dams, not create them. It supports wetlands restoration, not water storage."
NRDC: Prop 1 is not earmarked for new dams, libusters 10/23/14
Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose Prop 1

County, state tussle over water regulations; public works director to sit on water advisory, H&N, posted to KBC 9/20/14.
< Klamath Falls City Councilman Bill Adams speaks about his frustrations with a proposed Oregon Water Resources Department rule on Thursday during a question and answer session at Oregon Tech.  
"Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, also an irrigator, spoke in opposition to the proposed rule change. 'This is what I feel is nothing more than trying to put pressure on everybody trying to agree to a settlement that’s very iffy, lacks a lot of support...There is some support … because they have been pushed into a corner, and a gun to their head, as far as I’m concerned, by Oregon Water Resources and our federal government. Water resources in the past has been the champion for irrigated agriculture...I feel they’re one of our worst enemies, and that’s very disheartening.' Mallams also read a statement from State Rep. Gail Whitsett on her behalf: 'We find no viable reason or justification for this permanent rule to apply only to the Klamath River Watershed in Klamath County,' read the statement."

Fuel standards opposed by Rep. Gail Whitsett; Representative said the standards will profoundly affect rural Oregonians, H&N, posted to KBC 9/18/14. "if the new standards go into effect, nearly 30,000 jobs will be lost, and Oregonians could pay more than $1 per gallon in additional gas taxes...a bill or executive decision by Gov. John Kitzhaber to ban lead bullets may be in the state’s future. Whitsett said lead is already banned from use in waterfowl hunting...if a bill to ban lead bullets is introduced in the 2015 legislative session, she plans to introduce a bill protecting citizens’ rights to use them."

California: CCM urges Governor to veto ‘ambiguous’ groundwater legislation, Fresh Fruit Portal 9/17/14. "KBC NOTE: California Governor Jerry Brown signed this controversial groundwater legislation 9/16/14)

Council may hire water attorney, H&N 8/17/14. "Members of City Council Monday night will consider an agreement with a hydrogeologist ... to help determine if city wells interfere with groundwater resources, as well as how the geothermal aquifer operates, as stated by the Oregon Water Resources Department."

Calif. water agency wins damage suit against feds. Judges conclude that the government owes additional damages for failed water deliveries, H&N 8/5/14. "Judges concluded that the government owes additional damages for the Bureau of Reclamation’s failure to deliver enough water to the Stockton-based Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District."

Proposed Rule Issued April 21, 2014  US Navigable Waters by Elaine Willman 7/17/14  Elaine Willman bio

Oregon Caves bill goes to U.S. House. U.S. Senate passes measure unanimously on Wednesday, H&N, posted to KBC 7/16/14. "The Congress is again considering legislation to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument nearly tenfold....Logging and other operations allowed on Forest Service lands are banned on Park Service holding..."

CFBF Friday Legislative Review 7/3/14. "Efforts by the Assembly Leadership to put forward a measure modifying provisions of the $11.14 billion Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act currently scheduled to go before California voters this November have again stalled."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/27/14. Proposed bills: unlimited tax increases, renewable resources, GM labels, private property tree harvest regulations, funds to clean up illegal pot farm pollution, billions$ for climate change, river "protection," & "sustainable...", groundwater management, minimum wages, paid sick leave mandates...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/16/14. Proposed bills for billions of $ for groundwater and water management and control, bill to label genetically modified food products, disclosure of extreme fuel costs from California's carbon taxes, more...

Congressman Walden: (Klamath) Water legislation may be altered in House, H&N 5/10/14

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/9/14: school districts to impose unlimited tax on property owners, honeybee access, registering stockponds for livestock and irrigation, $18 billion for water projects and conservation, immigration laws, labor laws...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/2/14: Sunset date on Williamson Act, regulatory requirements on fuel, cutting tree without permit on your own property, funds for marijuana farm cleanup, animal antibiotics, GMO labeling, employers to provide paid sick leave, employees to wage lien on employers property if they claim (without proof) they weren't fully paid, billions$ for Clean Water Act desires, groundwater management plan agencies, registration of animal stockponds,

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review Proposed bills: 4/25/14 Pesticide application regulations, GMO food labeling, budget increases for Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources Board, over $4 million to Department of Education, $19 million plus $2 annually to pay FWS overdue tax bills (FWS has $ to buy private land, then they don't pay their decade-overdue taxes), employees could file lean on their employeer's property if they claim they weren't paid, $8.5 billion for clean water, protect rivers, climate change, Delta Sustainability and water storage, Groundwater management, more.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative and Governmental Update, 2/28/14. "More than 2,000 bills were introduced by the California State Legislature. This week’s Friday Review highlights a majority of the bills that Farm Bureau will be involved with." Some are: vehicle-miles-traveled fee, solar-use easement provisions, Sustainable Farmland Strategies, fire prevention fee clean-up bill, stealing livestock issue, $50,000 for stealing wire, authorizes funds from the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund, created by AB 1492, to be used to provide grants to remediate former marijuana growing operations, sale of raw milk, pesticide regulations, food labels, State Water Board met with groups like Klamath Riverkeeper on drought conservation/land idling, groundwater measures......

Water Interference Bill, legislative update by Oregon Rep Gail Whitsett, posted to KBC 2/21/14. "....Over 130 Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers have been threatened by the OWRD to have their irrigation ground water wells shut down as soon as April 2014.  This is in addition to the same ranches having all of their surface water called on, and shut off, by the Klamath Tribes (as the newly adjudicated senior water right holder) and the OWRD in 2013. The adjudication provides absolutely no direct statutory control over ground water, but the OWRD is trying to tie the two water sources (ground and surface) together in an attempt to gain control over all of the ranch and farm lands (through their water) in certain areas of the Basin, without going through the process of defining a “Critical Groundwater Area”. OWRD does not want to go through this process as there really is not a shortage of ground water in this region..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review: Legislative and Governmental Update 2/21/14: The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Water Supply Act of 2014 would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6.825 billion, AB 1905 would allow multiple use registrations for small livestock stockponds, AB 1634 undermines due process protections allowing employers to appeal Cal/OSHA citations...other bills include health insurance, farm labor contractors, complying with immigration law, more...

< Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett and Rep. Gail Whitsett  Science of shutoffs, well water monitoring law aims to clarify ownership, H&N 2/7/14. “We fully support the OWRD authority to regulate wells that are materially interfering with senior water rights. However, we believe the state should be required to prove that the use of irrigation wells is materially and measurably harming a water right holder with a superior priority date,” Gail Whitsett said."


California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update, 1/17/14.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 1/10/14: "...the $217.8 billion in unfunded retirement liability, goes unaddressed again this year...Governor included $618.7 million to begin implementing the California Water Action Plan...The minimum illumination in these (night farm) work areas “shall be 10 foot-candles” ...AB 1437, which goes even further than Senator Hill’s bill and eliminates the use of antibiotics for disease prevention purposes unless there is a documented outbreak...Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014 (AB 1331) would authorize the issuance of $6.5 billion in general obligation bonds in five separate categories. The five categories include $1 billion for Water Quality and Clean and Safe Drinking Water, $1.5 billion for Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams and Watersheds, $1.5 billion for Climate Change Preparedness for Regional Security, $1 billion for Delta Sustainability, and $1.5 billion for Water Storage for Climate Change."

Timber industry sues to lift shutdown ban,  H&N 10/16/13

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review, posted to KBC 9/9/13.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 9/1/13. Power marketing, incidental take for farmers regarding ESA, minimum wage to $10, limits on farmers checking to see if laborers are legal, Cal/OSHA enforcement, forest management, bobcat trapping bans, ...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 8/23/13.

'Yes' vote on this amendment 100 would have stopped spying on Americans. See who voted to stop spying, and who voted to endorse spying, and who did not vote. posted to KBC 7/27/13.

Kitzhaber signs 'last resort' wolf-killing bill, San Francisco Chronicle, posted to KBC 7/22/13. "Ranchers will get new rights to shoot wolves that they see attacking their herd, but only if the attacks have become chronic and the ranchers can show they've taken nonlethal steps to try and stop them." KBC NOTE: Oregonians may not shoot a wolf killing their calves, ponies, puppies, chickens, lambs, unless they have completed a multitude of documentation and deeds.

Session wrapup: Partisanship overwhelming process; Republican efforts at Legislature routinely ignored, says Sen. Doug Whitsett, H&N 7/14/13.  "The recently concluded Legislative Assembly was the most partisan and rancorous that I have experienced during my nine years of service in the Oregon Senate..." HERE for Senator Whitsett Page




Ore. panel OKs ‘last resort’ wolf killing rule;  Current rules require proof that ranchers took nonlethal steps first, H&N, posted to KBC 7/14/13. 

Meth bill falls victim to politics; Final days of the legislative session marked by intense intra-party bickering, H&N 7/14/13. "I was a sponsor on more than 50 bills, many of which were bipartisan, that dealt with..." HERE for Rep. Gail Whitsett page.

Oregon  - Meth home protection bill fails to become law, H&N, posted to KBC 7/10/13


Oregon Senate passes bill to limit gold dredges, H&N 7/3/13. "With deference to the 150 or 200 years of mining this state has had, you would think they would try to figure out if the dredges are actually hurting something before they outlaw them," he said. "If they are really worried about the salmon, they could say, `Let's stop fishing for a few years,' and see if that affects salmon."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 6/28/13. Fertilizer tax, makeup of irrigation district boards, California Coastal Commission could fine citizens...FB/ Farm Bureau opposes,  minimum wage increase, if employers check if citizens are legal they can lose their business license if the check is not mandated federally causing all their employees to lose their jobs, penalties for employers not providing health insurance for their employees, some mandatory unionization of farm employees.                 
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Governor seeks to delay freeing 10K Calif. inmates, SacBee 6/28/13
California - Emergency Rulemaking Approved for Suction Dredge Mining, CDFG 6/28/13. "...the use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment for instream mining purposes is prohibited."

ACTION ALERT! 6/27/13 - Opposition to Oregon Senate Bill 838, New 49ers Prospecting Association: "lf SB 838  is passed into law, it will put a complete end to suction dredge gold mining in the entire State of Oregon. This bill is not based upon any science or rational justification. It is being pushed by anti-mining activists that want to eliminate the last remaining productive economic activity on America’s public lands."

Water shutoffs to continue; Judge denies temporary stoppage on Klamath Basin adjudication enforcement, H&N 6/15/13. "If they cannot feed their livestock, ranchers will be forced to sell..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/14/13. Some Cal/OSHA violations could not be appealed or delayed, mediation for ag labor negotiations, junk and metal dealers can't deal in cash, predator control, SCIF, Dept. of boating and waterways.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/7/13.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 6/3/13. BILLS:  Institutions would buy California-grown ag products, bobcat trapping ban, ratepayers could choose renewable energy, minimum wage hikes, employers requesting more immigration documents than required under federal law could lose their business, could end appeal of employers to Cal/OSHA, Cal Coastal Commission could fine landowners without due process of law, familial status, CalESA accidental take, "imposes unionization on unsuspecting ag employees..."

Initiative would recognize hydropower as renewable, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/26/13. "Smith said hydroelectric power, generated from dams, is the No. 1 source of electricity for Oregon, providing more than 40 percent of the state's electricity."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/34/13: tax hikes, CESA accidental take extensions, air quality improvement, purchasing preference for California grown ag products, bobcat trapping, permanently raise minimum wage, shut down businesses for reporting illegal farm labor, substantial new penalties of employers of part time laborers who are not required to provide health insurance, spotted owl and Cal OSHA, and much more.

Groups sue to reclassify species; more may be listed, CFBF, posted to KBC 5/21/13. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protections for three amphibians that live in the Sierra Nevada, and proposed to designate more than 2 million acres of land as critical habitat for the species..."

Ninth Circuit decision stops “sue and settle” tactic, Western Livestock Journal 5/17/13.

California Farm Bureau Federation governmental and legislative review 5/17/13. "Governor Brown) cautioned that cuts in federal spending and higher payroll taxes could have a slowing effect on the state’s economic recovery. ..) Several Democrats introduced bills to raise many taxes requiring a 55% vote down from 2/3s. FB reminded the lawmakers that increasing property tax on millions of acres of farmland will have a negative impact on farmers trying to feed the world.  Bill to raise minimum wage, end trapping of bobcats, and OSHA bills. Revoke business licenses of farmers enforcing rules or threatening to enforce rules on illegal workers. 

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 5/11/13: Water, Coastal Commission, Working Land Coalition and Cal/OSHA.

Western Mining Alliance April 2013 Newsletter "On April 19th the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) denied both the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Western Mining Alliance (WMA) petitions for administrative rule making. We consider this a victory."

Petition for administrative rulemaking to amend the suction dredge permitting program regulations 2013, by Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, Karuk Tribe, Klamath Riverkeepers, etc...many groups who are on the "stakeholders" negotiations of the controversial KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, posted 5/7/13.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/4/13. Water, labor, arson, timber, bobcats, ESA, milk, ...

Groups to file suit over Klamath River flows, H&N, posted to KBC 5/4/13.

CFBF - California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Governmental and Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/29/13. Junk dealers, booze tastings,  fire prevention fee, hydroelectric = renewable, overtime, minimum wage, clean water, flood protection, milk, semitrailers,  ag vehicles...

CFBF Friday Legislative Review 4/19/13: would acknowledge hydroelectric generated electricity as renewable energy, end partial sales tax exemption for agricultural fuel, grant Calif. Coastal Commission administrative fine authority, eliminate cash purchases of metal, spotted owl and ESA, require state institutions to buy Calif products, animal cruelty evidence, metal theft, familial status.
CFBF / California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 4/12/13: Repeal Fire Prevention Fee (tax) on homeowners, water quality issues, measure to change makeup of irrigation district boards, livestock trailer length, extending sunset for allowing incidental take for farming and ranching under California ESA, metal theft Task Force, requiring nonlethal procedures for removing mountain lions posing imminent threat, a bill would require employers to compensate employees at their piece-rate compensation rate during any breaks mandated by law or regulations.

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Ridin' Point - Water Meetings, Siskiyou County Spotted Owl Lawsuit, & Economic Impacts, Siskiyou Daily News Column by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 4/6/13

Judge tells feds to study owls before selling timber, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/6/13. “Arguably, this means every timber sale in the Northwest Forest Plan area has to have an EIS...The EIS will likely come to the same conclusions, but will delay the timber project by up to a year and use up agency resources...That seems wasteful and unnecessary.”

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 4/5/13. Bills: bobcat trapping, mandates for buying Calif. agricultural products, Agricultural Labor Relations Act, Immigration Reform, familial status, sweeping power to Calif Coastal Commission, hydroelectric as renewable energy, funding agricultural air quality improvement programs.

Local forestry agencies, industry debate owl lawsuit, H&N, posted to KBC 3/29/13.

Klamath Water Rights Adjudication Milestone: Oregon Water Resources Department Submits Its Final Order of Determination to the Klamath County Circuit Court, Somach, Simmons and Dunn, KWUA attorneys, posted to KBC 3/22/13.

Appeals court refuses bid to block cattle grazing, Capital Press 3/22/13.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/22/13: Water, Labor and Animal Welfare

CFBF Friday Legislative Review 3/1/13. "This week Farm Bureau Governmental Affairs Division staff have been reviewing the 2100 plus bills introduced to identify those of interest to agriculture. Some of the bills are reintroductions of previous legislation or of a subject matter on which there is clear policy guidance. Still others are “spot bills”, the final language of which won’t be fleshed out for some time."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 2/18/13: agricultural equipment rule, fees from state water board, hearing on fracking.

Resolution on the Board of Supervisors of the County of Siskiyou in support of the second amendment and the right of the people to keep and bear arms, 2/12/13.

As part of an “all of the above” energy strategy, Greg Walden supports bipartisan hydropower bill - 2/13/13

U.S. Court of Appeals: Obama violated Constitution  H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/13

Oregon Senate Bills SB 196, 199, 200, NGO's agreements with State Parks and water right acquisitions, 2/1/13.

Calif Senator Ted Gaines newsletter: redistricting, fire tax, committee assignments 2/1/13

Action Alert: Oppose Oregon’s attack on mining, prospecting, 1/30/2013 Gold  Prospectors. "...Senate Environment and Resources committee... is expected to vote on senate bills SB 115, SB 401 and SB 370 as early as of next week..."
"SB 115 Placer mining using any form of motorized equipment or motorized dredge is prohibited in this state.
SB 401 Stops all placer mining in new streams listed as Oregon Scenic Water includes about 20 more mineralized streams. Oregon already has 19 OSW streams and Waldo lake including its tributaries.
SB 370 requires an annual $125.00 license for nozzles over four inch classifying it as commercial placer mining in streams."

Senators Wyden and Reid Planning 2013 Omnibus Federal Lands Bill, by Chuck Cushman, American Land Rights, 1/30/13. "Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) want to move quickly before the opposition gets organized. Your Senators are critical to stopping this giant Omnibus Federal Lands Bill."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday legislative review, posted to KBC 1/12/13. Budget, Labor and pesticides.

CALIFORNIA - Back to Bad Bills, CFRW, posted to KBC 1/12/13: gun law, college tuition, and Governor Brown's increased spending.

Superior Court Rules California Department of Fish and Game Cannot Require a Permit for the Diversion of Water Where There Is No Alteration to the Bed, Bank, or Stream, Siskiyou County Farm Bureau v. California Department of Fish & Game Somach, Simmons and Dunn, posted to KBC 1/12/13.

Judge Slaps Down EPA Bid to Regulate Water as a Pollutant, Newsmax, posted to KBC 1/7/13

PRESS RELEASE - Court ruling in Siskiyou County case bolsters water rights, Siskiyou County Farm Bureau 12/26/12. "The ruling by Judge Karen L. Dixon determined that the California Department of Fish and Game had exceeded its authority by requiring farmers and ranchers to obtain a permit from DFG before they irrigate their crops..."

Cal-Fire Protection Fee (tax) refuted by Siskiyou farmer Rex Cozzalio 12/17/12. Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown. "This is NOT a supplementary tax willingly voted upon by the affected tax base for specifically provided beneficial services. Instead, this is a premeditated raping of an unequally represented affected minority by a benefitting bureaucracy that believes such selective injustice will be unopposed by the unaffected majority, regardless of ethics or breach of law."

Repealing the Fire Tax, Senator Gaines Press Release 12/3/12. "This $150 fire tax is illegal and unfair – plain and simple. Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when the state has 10-percent unemployment and families are struggling to make ends meet."

Lawmaker: It was illegal to make fire fee permanent; State board approves to make fee permanent, KCRA, posted to KBC 12/10/12.

Supreme Court sides with private property against the federal government, HotAir, posted to KBC 12/5/12

CALIFORNIA - Judge backs high speed rail over farmers, CBS News 11/16/12.

Opponents urge landowners not to ignore fire fee bills, Capital Press 10/24/12.

PRESS RELEASE: HJTA Files Class Action Lawsuit against Fire Tax; Class Action could qualify 825,000 property owners for a Fire Tax refund, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association October 3, 2012

Jerry Brown signs bill banning open display of unloaded rifles, Sac Bee 9/28/12.

New Proposed Perpetual Tax on 85,000 Oregon Water Rights Holders And Potential Significant Regulations, Senator Doug Whitsett 9/27/12

Wage increase could cost jobs, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/20/12.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update, 9/4/12. "This is the final recap of legislation acted upon in the final hours of the legislative session on Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Other issues acted on during the final month of the legislative session were included in previous issues of the Friday Review." KBC Editor: Calif. farmworker overtime failed, converting thousands of acres of farmland to solar facilities failed, allowing CDFG to fine Fish and  Game "believed" violations up to $10,000 failed...more

Farm Bureau and state officials blast 'heavy handed' federal labor investigations, The Oregonian, posted to KBC 9/4/12. Followed by: "EXTORTION" Why did the labor department drop the hammer on Oregon farmers, The Blaze

Oregonians In Action Defeats New Tax on Rural Property Owners, OIA, posted to KBC 9/2/12

LaMalfa Applauds Defeat of Fish and Game Administrative Fine Measure; Bipartisan Group of Senate Legislators Defeats AB 2179, LaMalfa Press Release 8/30/12

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 8/31/12. "the legislature is winding down on the last day of the two-year legislative session scheduled to conclude tonight at midnight. This review gives you a status report of what has occurred in the legislature thus far this week. On Tuesday of next week we will send a final recap of those measures still pending when this report was finalized." Issues: farmworker heat, overtime, shade and water, Cal Fish and Game expanded authority, prohibition of dogs to hunt predators bear and bobcats, DFG and ESA, more...

State bill would eliminate rights, Capital Press Letter to the Editor August 24, 2012 by Prudence L. Miller, McArthur. "Assembly Bill 2179... will adversely affect every farmer, rancher, sportsman and citizen in this state. This bill gives the Department of Fish and Game the power to impose fines up to $10,000 for each and every perceived violation of the Fish and Game Code and deprives you of your right to go before a Superior Court judge or jury."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 8/24/12, includes metal theft, food processors, shade and water requirements, agricultural overtime, more...

A fisherman sues the feds for acting like crooks, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 8/22/12. "The Commerce Department's inspector general reviewed the NOAA's Asset Forfeiture Fund -- where Yacubian's $430,000 fine went -- and found that "these funds were used to purchase 'luxurious' undercover vessels, buy 202 vehicles for a staff of 172 enforcement personnel, and take trips around the world....A special investigative judge concluded there is 'credible evidence that money was NOAA's motivating objective in this case.' There's also knowledgeable belief that the NOAA's purpose is to eradicate the fishing industry."

CFBF Friday legislative review 8/17/12.  KBC Editor: It seems our urban Democrats are creating laws and assuming they know what is best for farmers and farm laborers, some of which would produce jail time if violated. Shade, water, overtime, fees...
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday legislation review 8/10/12.

(House Natural Resources Committee Chairman) Hastings’ Hydro Bill Will Protect and Promote Hydropower Dams, 8/15/12. HR 6247:
"...* Prohibits federal funding from being used to remove, breach or study the removal or breaching of any hydropower dam unless explicitly authorized by Congress.
* Prohibits federal funding to organizations that have engaged in dam removal or hydropower-decreasing litigation against the federal government..."
followed by Hastings’ Opening Statement at Field Hearing on Protecting and Promoting Hydropower

Opponents keep fighting as fire fee bills sent out, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/15/12.

Let the River Run: Strategies to Remove Obsolete Dams and Defeat Resulting Fifth Amendment Taking Claims, by Christopher Scoones, Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, 2012. KBC EDITOR: the message is how to deny claims of communities and resource users when they destroy dams, and use the ESA to force dam removal. "The Endangered Species Act (ESA) can be an effective tool for the removal of public and private hydropower and nonhydropower dams..."

Equal Access to Justice Act, EAJA, neither equal or just, Mt. States Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 8/6/12. "After spending years researching court documents—the federal government keeps no records of EAJA disbursements—Ms. Budd-Falen found that environmental groups have amassed tens of millions of dollars in EAJA awards. The EAJA was written for nobler purposes, however, which was to allow Americans forced to litigate against the federal government to be paid their attorneys’ fees and expenses if they prevail and if the government’s legal position is not “substantially justified.”

Court of Appeals leaves many questions unanswered in its decision reversing Hage’s takings award, Pacific Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 8/5/12.

All Witnesses Agree: Litigation, Red Tape Fuel Megafires that Damage Forests, Communities, & Species, U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Doc Hastings 7/24/12.

Court allows water contracts to stand, Capital Press 7/18/12. "A federal appeals court has refused to nullify water supply contracts between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and irrigators in California." HERE for court decision. Some of those suing the irrigators are the same groups, "stakeholders," supporting the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

Courts consider decisions in two water-use cases, Ag Alert, CFBF 7/11/12. "In challenging the new DFG interpretation, the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau said it could disrupt how water rights are administered in California and threaten farmers' ability to provide water to their crops...It ignores the priority of water rights. The regulation would declare all use of water for frost protection to be unreasonable...The state water board estimates the regulation would cost a 160-acre vineyard up to $352,000 in initial capital costs and $36,200 in annual expenses."

California Farm Bureau Federation governmental and legislative update 7/6/12. Status of bills: demanding farmers to provide cool water every 10' and shade every 200', demanding overtime for farm workers after 8 hours, ending hunting certain predators with dogs, 68.5 billion high wspeed rail bill, power rates, discrimination protection, expansion of states' medical and family leave, ...

* California Farm Bureau Federation governmental and legislative update 6/29/12. Status of bills: demanding farmers to provide cool water every 10' and shade every 200', demanding overtime for farm workers after 8 hours, ending hunting certain predators with dogs, acquiring prime farmland for green energy production, giving Cal Dept. Fish and Game authority to fine people $20,000 if CDFG "believes" someone violated a code or regulation, limiting use of certain traps, .....

Pacific Legal Foundation statement on Supreme Court’s Health Care ruling, PLF 6/28/12

AB 2179 Fish and Game, Enforcement and Penalties, posted to KBC 6/28/12
HERE for Call to Action:

USDA Ordered to Justify Claim that it Satisfied the Injunction Awarded to R-CALF USA, Consumer Groups, Other Cattle Groups and Individual Ranchers, R-CALF 6/27/12. "It's a sad state of affairs when food producers and food consumers have to fight their own government to protect the safety of our nation's food supply, but that's exactly where we find ourselves with the Obama Administration today," concluded Bullard."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/22/12: Water, Land, Transportation
CFBF Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/15/12: farm labor overtime, minimum wage, heat illness, farm labor contractors

Klamath dam survey inspires bill amendment, Siskiyou Daily News 6/12/12.

Forest Service grants Tombstone work permit, SV Herald 6/8/12.
Judge Denies Tombstone Water, Townhall, posted to KBC 5/22/12.

Federal judge halts eastern Idaho logging project, Capital Press 6/8/12. "A federal judge has halted a 7,000-acre eastern Idaho logging project in potential lynx habitat near Yellowstone...U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale's decision Wednesday following a lawsuit by environmental groups over the Split Creek timber harvest also affects about 390,000 additional acres in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review - legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 6/8/12: heat illness legislation, discrimination, metering, coho permits, more power to CDFG, marijuana on public lands, predator hunting restrictions, regulations and limits for trappers.

House Votes to Prohibit Federal Government from Mailing Out Cash for Surveys, U.S House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Doc Hastings 6/6/12. "In 2011, the Department of the Interior (DOI) distributed a nationwide survey with the questionable purpose of measuring the societal, non-economic value of removing four privately owned dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California...an estimated 10,400 households were contacted about the survey...the survey in question cost over $850,000."

Farmers sued over drought funding; local agency (KWAPA): Walker Brothers farm didn’t qualify for $200,000, H&N 6/5/12. "Listed in the suit are William, John and Weston Walker and Tricia Hill doing business as Walker Brothers, a Merrill based potato and grain farming business."  KBC EDITOR: Tricia Hill, listed in the lawsuit, is a member of Klamath Water Users Association / board of directors. KWUA formed KWAPA. Please note that H&N wrote no statement from Walkers in their article.

Battered Communities, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia H. Armstrong, 6/4/12. "The paper chronicles the relentless series of lawsuits by fishermen, environmentalists and tribes to reduce water available for irrigation in the upper Klamath Basin. It shows the use of the Clean Water Act Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to render agriculture a “permitted” activity controlled and curtailed by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. It shows the CA Dept of Fish and Game’s efforts to take water from pre-1914 water right holders through the 1602 streambed alteration agreement, coho incidental take permit and flow studies. Then there are the repeated attempts to create a “basinwide” governance structure, such as the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, where unelected bureaucrats, tribes and environmentalists will write restoration plans, reallocating water from farmers to the environment."

Hoopa Tribe petitions feds to speed up dam removal, H&N 5/31/12.

Siskiyou County water suit to be decided by judge, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/31/12.

Mark Baird comments on the recent filing of a lawsuit by the Karuk Tribe, PieNPolitics, posted to KBC 5/19/12. "The Tucker Hillman Tribe’s fake environmental group is filing suit against another economic engine in Siskiyou County. The Tucker Hillman tribe intends to join the suit as well...The felon Grant Leaf Hillman is the President of the Riverkeepers. The Greencorp Socialist S. Craig Tucker is on the Board of the Riverkeepers."
HERE for article on lawsuit
> Environmental group sues over Siskiyou County dam, Capital Press, posted to KBC  5/19/12.

Update on Siskiyou Co. Farm Bureau trial vs CA. DFG, PieNPolitics 5/13/12

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 5/11/12

Subcommittees to Hold Joint Colorado Field Hearing to Examine How Red Tape, Litigation Hurt Forest Health, Jobs, Water & Power Supplies, Natural Resources Committee 5/2/12.

Farm Bureau vs. Fish & Game: Court will decide whether CDFG can regulate stream diversions, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/29/12. "Groups failed to intervene: In June, the Karuk Tribe,   Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources and Klamath Riverkeeper filed a motion to intervene in the case, claiming they have an interest in the outcome."  From PCFFA website: "Most of Bingham’s work and all of (Glen) Spain’s were funded through grants and contracts that could only go through a 501(c)(3) non-profit – which was IFR. If fishermen along the Pacific Coast want to thank someone for their good seasons, they can thank God for the wet winters and good oceanic conditions, thank Earthjustice for suing the bastards to protect the fish and get better river flows, and thank IFR for providing fishermen the wherewithal to fight for their fish and their communities."

Administration scraps proposed child labor rules, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/27/12.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday legislative review 4/27/12.
"Legislation sponsored by the Cattlemen’s Association that would give regulatory relief for farmers and ranchers holding a class C license was passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 9-0 vote...The bill has met with vociferous opposition by the Teamsters Union..."
"SB 971 (Anthony Canella, R-Ceres) which would expand the number of hydroelectric facilities that could be included as renewable generation was heard in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee."
"SB 1221 (Ted Lieu, D-Torrance), which would prohibit the use of dogs when hunting bear and bobcat, passed on a 5-3 vote out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee."

Congressman Tom McClintock E-News 4/27/12. "The subcommittee sits today to hear two bills, one removing government impediments to development of one of the cheapest and cleanest forms of electricity generation and one proposing more government subsidies for one of the most expensive forms of water delivery,"

PLP / Public Lands for the People versus CDFG, posted to KBC 4/14/12. 

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 4/14/12. "State Compensation Insurance Fund, Strategic Vision, Metal Theft, California Coastal Commission, Labor,....Water

Group files new suction dredge lawsuit, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 4/8/12. Karuk Tribe (Craig Tucker, dam removal activist), PCFFA (Glen Spain, Eugene Attorney), Center for Biological Diversity (files ESA/endangered species act lawsuits daily), and FOR / Friends of the River (dam removal ecoterrorist group, Craig Tucker was former coordinator). Spain and Tucker are voting members as "stakeholders" on the KBRA / Klamath BAsin Restoration Agreement. All of the above have had their litigation funded by Earthjustice, funded partly by George Soros. The ecoterrorist claim, "risk of mobilizing mercury in the water column." In the KBRA, they advocate destroying 4 hydrodams, releasing 20 million cubic yards of sediment, obliterating any life forms: Senator Doug Whitsett speech regarding the KBRA and Klamath dam destruction.

Historic Supreme Court ruling allows the Sacketts to fight EPA takeover of their land, Pacific Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 4/8/12. "The Court ruled in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, who were told by EPA - and by the Ninth Circuit - that they could not get direct court review of EPA's claim that their two-thirds of an acre parcel is "wetlands" and that they must obey a detailed and intrusive EPA "compliance" order, or be hit with fines of up to $75,000 per day."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 3/30/12. Labor laws, rural fire fee/tax, traps...
CFBF Friday Review 3
/23/12: "budget related “spot bills”, SRA Fees, proposed changes to the Labor Code regarding the Heat Illness Prevention Standard , fertilizer and water."

President Obama Executive Order -- National Defense Resources Preparedness 3/16/12

Oregonians For Food and Shelter legislative update 3/16/12: Natural resource budgets take hit, pesticides, fertilizers...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of Bills and Laws 03/16/12: Calif. Coastal Commission wants to eliminate local coastal plan and CCC would assume authority for all land use decisions in the coastal zone.  

New legislative effort to repeal illegal California fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines 3/15/12. "Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when the state has 11-percent unemployment and families are struggling just to make ends meet."

Bill introduced to ensure fisheries get more funds, FIS 3/15/12. "US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) this week joined Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) in introducing the Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act (FIRRA). ...A companion bill is expected in the House by Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA) and Frank Guinta (R-NH)..." Zeke Grader, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. "This bill finally provides a dedicated funding source...." KBC NOTE: Zeke Grader was instrumental in shutting down water to farms in Central California to thousands of farmers in the guise of saving a little fish. PCFFA in Klamath Basin is a voting member on the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement to destroy the Klamath hydroelectric dams, petitioned against Klamath farmers getting an affordable power rate, sued to have water quality mandates imposed on Klamath irrigators, and are presently suing Klamath irrigators alleging the farmers have no property right to their water, even though that right is specified on their property deed. SEE PCFFA Page

Group threatens suit over Siskiyou County dam, Capital Press 3/13/12 followed by related article. KBC NOTE: Dwinnel Dam creates Lake Shastina. Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe spokesman, and KBRA "Stakeholder" Craig Tucker, formerly Friends of the River spokesman, was trained by Green Corp, and is currently on Riverkeeper board of directors, and was on the steering committee of Klamath Riverkeeper before it spun off from umbrella group Klamath Forest Alliance. Tucker and Petey Brucker, both KBRA voting members, are both with KFA and Riverkeeper boards. KBRA advocates claim it would end lawsuits, however the same people, on a different board, sued to shut down Klamath River mining, and now are suing to destroy another dam. George Soros funds Earthjustice which litigates for Klamath Riverkeeper, Friends of the River, Waterkeeper Alliance, and other environmental groups at the KBRA negotiation table. California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 3/11/12: pests, natural resources, timber, water, labor, crime, animals, nutrition, marketing

Oregon's budget, and last minute "emergency bills," Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter, posted to KBC 3/6/12.

Gun owners garner big win at Colorado Supreme Court, Mountain States Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 3/6/12

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 3/2/12. "...nearly 1100 new bills were "put across the desk" in the last two days prior to the February 24th bill introduction deadline... bringing the total number of Assembly Bills to 2661 and 1573 in the Senate for the whole session.

House Approves Bipartisan Plan to Protect Jobs, Restore Water Deliveries, Prevent Man-Made Droughts in California, U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee 2/29/12. "“During 2009 and 2010, the Obama Administration and the Democrat Congress stood by and did nothing while farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley were deprived of water and were put out of work. Today, House Republicans took real action to correct this situation and end future man-made droughts in California,” said Chairman Hastings. “This bill will ensure farmers have the water supply they need and will protect up to 30,000 jobs. Furthermore, the bill cuts spending by nearly $300 million and expedites incoming revenue to the tune of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars."

(Siskiyou) County intends to challenge Klamath dam decision in federal court, Siskiyou Daily News 2/10/12

Oregon Wild sues to secure Rogue water for coho; group also suing BOR for failing to adopt BO on how agency will protect wild coho, Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 2/10/12.
Oregon Wild Sues Bureau of Reclamation, KDRV, posted 2/10/12. "...Talent Irrigation District ... relies heavily on water from those reservoirs."

Senate Republican job-creating bills that Senate Democrats refused hear, Senator Doug Whitsett 2/10/12

NEDC  lawsuit could shut down eleven million acres of Oregon's privately owned forest land, by Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 2/10/12. "Those privately owned forests create timber product sales of nearly $12 billion and support private sector payrolls in excess of $4 billion...The direct consequence of litigation concerning the allegedly endangered Northern Spotted Owl is a 90 percent reduction in timber harvest from federal lands. That near elimination of federal timber harvest has resulted in virtual cultural genocide for many timber dependent rural communities."

Government Delay, Drought Prompts Renewed Push for Protection of Klamath River Chinook Salmon, Center for Biological Diversity 2/1/12, The Center for Biological Diversity, Oregon Wild, Environmental Protection Information Center and The Larch Company filed the notice of intent. CBD, Oregon Wild, and EPIC are all litigated or in coalition with Earth Justice, which is funded in part by billionaire George Soros. Soros is blamed for the financial collapses of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Russian and the Bank of England. He said he will take down the United States of America next. Soros contributes greatly to Monsanto, who is involved in genetically modified salmon, convenient for when millions of tons of silt are released into Klamath River by dam and hatchery destruction. Andy Kerr is the Larch Company, and involved with dozens of other Soros-sponsored environmental groups including Earthjustice.  "A professional conservationist for over three decades, he has been involved in the enactment of over 25 pieces of state and federal legislation, scores of lawsuits, dozens of endangered species listing petitions and countless administrative appeals of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management timber sales and other decisions."

SB 810, mandatory California's Medicare for All, failed today. 1/31/12

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update, posted to KBC 1/30/12

California bill would outlaw private health insurance, sent to KBC 1/24/12.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 1/20/12. KBC NOTE: Included is a bill, which failed, to LABEL genetically modified fish. Our state has reduced fishing, eliminated suction dredge mining, and plans to destroy 4 hydroelectric dams on the Klamath river and hatcheries which produce millions of fish, in the guise of superiority of "wild" fish.  Obama then bails a genetically modified salmon firm.  And by the way, Obama's food Czar was Monsanto's legal representative. So wiping out the Klamath hatcheries could conveniently be replaced by Obama's pet "Frankenfish."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 1/13/12: High Speed Rail, CA Coastal Commission civil fines, Department of Pesticide Regulations...

Federal District Court Invalidates California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard on Dormant Commerce Clause Grounds, Somach Simmons & Dunn 1/10/12

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 1/6/12.

Excessive Endangered Species Act litigation threatens species recovery, job creation and economic growth, Natural Resources Committee, 12/6/11

(Klamath dam removal) bill must pass House committees, H&N 11/20/11. "Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is chairman of a Natural Resources subcommittee, Water and Power, which will play a key role in advancing or killing legislation…'To tear down four perfectly good hydroelectric dams at enormous cost is insane,'  McClintock said in September."

Southern Oregon Miner Defeats United States Forest Service in Court, Gold Prospectors, posted to KBC 11/15/11. "United States District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the United States Forest Service, and particularly Cottage Grove District Ranger Deborah Schmidt, violated the constitutional rights of 83 year old Oregon miner, James Edgar."

Monument legislation discussed at hearing, testimony by U.S. Congressman Wally Herger 11/15/11. "Obama Administration intends to use this authority to lock up more than thirteen million acres of federal land from multiple-use access. In a time of high unemployment, this would lock even more American jobs away."

California - Worst bills of 2011 - where are they now? Senator Gaines 11/1/11.

Ninth Circuit decision further hamstrings Oregon's economy, Oregonian posted to KBC 10/23/11. "The Court's decision potentially creates legal paralysis threatening 120,000 forest related jobs (with payroll totaling $4 billion) and $130 million in state income and severance tax revenues that pay for vital public services. The new court ruling will not achieve its intended environmental benefits. The uncertainty could force some forest landowners to convert their forests to other uses, like commercial or residential developments..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws: Governor Brown reviewed 870 bills the legislature sent him since August. He had until October 9th to take action on those bills; he signed 745 and vetoed 125. These are bills signed into law in the last several weeks.

Central Valley - Judge throws out parts of salmon, steelhead plan, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 9/25/11

Angry federal judge (Wanger) rips 'false testimony' of federal scientists, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/24/11

U.S. District Court: 2009 salmonid biop found to be unlawful, Central Calif district court decision 9/20/11

Lawsuit asks court to kill new California Senate districts, Sacramento Bee 9/15/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted to KBC 9/12/11. This week’s Friday Review offers an end-of-session re-cap of several of the issues important to Farm Bureau and its Members.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 9/2/11. This issue contains everything from water, labor, rural taxes..."The Department of Finance wants more money from rural California residents to fund the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; a lot more money..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 8/26/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday legislative review 8/19/11

Dam Removal and Today's Ruling by Judge Redden, 8/2/11

Nielsen Bill To Protect the Williamson Act Passes Assembly Floor – Sent To Governor’s Desk, PRESS RELEASE, posted to KBC 7/9/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 7/8/11.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 7/1/11

Groups side with DFG in water lawsuit, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/26/11. "The Karuk Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) and Klamath Riverkeeper filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a Siskiyou County court case challenging the authority of the California Department of Fish and Game to regulate water diversions for farmland irrigation...Earthjustice is representing the tribal, fishing and environmental groups in the Siskiyou County case." (KBC NOTE: first, the KBRA was advertised in the media by the enviro groups as ending lawsuits against farmers. Glen Spain, Eugene attorney and at the KBRA table as stakeholder for PCFFA, created IFR "to funnel the money through." Craig Tucker, trained environmental activist by Greencorp, former outreach director of dam removal group Friends of the River, was hired as Karuk Tribe Spokesman, and at the table of the dam removal KBRA. He was on the steering committee of Klamath Riverkeeper before it spun off from umbrella group Klamath Forest Alliance, and he’s presently on the board. So essentially, Glen Spain and Craig Tucker are litigating against the Scott and Shasta Valley irrigators. George Soros contributes to pay the KBRA enviro groups' and PCFFA's attorney bills through Earthjustice.)

California water rules rile farmers - Would mean radical changes for industry, Monterey County Herald, posted to KBC 6/25/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/24/11

EQC adopts Administrative Rules for Water Quality Standards in Oregon, OFS by attorney Elisabeth E Howard for Dunn Carney, posted 6/19/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/17/11

Karuk Tribe, conservation groups win suit against US Forest Service, Indybay 6/17/11. (KBC NOTE: Same groups, same agenda, same folks are KBRA voting members with our farm leaders.)

Judge hears water agreement arguments, KBRA validation decision delayed, H&N 6/16/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 6/11/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/3/11. "This Friday brings us to another deadline for the State Legislature; June 3rd being the last day for each house to pass bills introduced in that house. This week’s issue reflects on those bills of interest to Farm Bureau that passed through the appropriate house

Bill to preserve Williamson Act moves forward, Capital Press 5/31/11

Grazing Improvement Act introduced, posted to KBC 5/31/11

Government Litigation Savings Act, posted to KBC 5/31/11, sent to KBC by Louise Gliatto: "The “Government Savings Litigation Act,” HR 1996, was introduced late last week. Mr. Herger is a cosponsor. Please see the attached background information on the bill. It makes a number of changes to the EAJA in order to raise the bar for legal recovery for environmental activist groups."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 5/27/11

* Federal Circuit Upholds Reclamation Contract Rights Against Government Demands To Reallocate Water, Marzulla Law 5/25/11

* Federal Circuit Resurrects Klamath Water Users’ Takings and Contract Claims, Marten Law 5/25/11

Judge rejects environmentalist bid to halt experiment, Capital Press 5/25/11

Calif. Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 5/20/11. "The California Water Commission reviewed draft agricultural water measurement regulations this week."

CFBF Friday Review 5/13/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 5/6/11. topics include Williamson Act,  Taxes,  Pesticides,  Labeling genetically modified fish,  Rural access to health care,  Funding public safety and rural crime programs,  Drayage truck operators,  Labor, Water
CFBF Friday Review 4/29/11:
Utility scale solar, Extreme restrictions to the Department of Pesticide Regulations, Net metering to any renewable energy resource, Labeling of genetically modified salmon, California Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Water, Delta Stewardship, ground water

Marzulla Law, LLC newsletter, Casitas water takings case 4/26/11

Judge issues final ruling on Scott, Shasta river valleys, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/26/11

Oregon - Ag water quality bill moves to House floor, Capital Press 4/22/11

April 18, California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and Laws.

9th Circuit overruled Karuk's arguments of end all suction dredge mining, and summary by attorney James Buchal  4/8/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 4/8/11: "carbon monoxide, Timber Harvest, SNAP Program, “spot bill” SB 618, and LOTS of water!"

Oregonians for Food and Shelter 4/1/11.
* H R 872 Passes the US House of Representatives
* The Other BiOp
* Organic Crops Alone Can't Feed the World
* Court reinstates the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) (
Judge sends Oregon timber plans back to Interior). KBC NOTE: Douglas Timber vs Dept of Interior and Pacific Rivers Council. HERE for court opinion. HERE for foundations funding Pacific Rivers Council (Tides and others are funded by George Soros. Salmon River is targeted for their future Legacy River. Many of the same funders also fund Sustainable NW, involved in the KBRA.

Plaintiffs appeal the district court's denial of their motion for preliminary injunction to halt post-fire salvage logging in Klamath National Forest"
posted to KBC 3/29/11. (KBC NOTE: each plaintiff,
KLAMATH SISKIYOU WILDLANDS CENTER; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER; KLAMATH FOREST ALLIANCE; CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY" is supported by Earthjustice, supported by George Soros. They oppose salvage logging trees burnt up in a fire. Same force behind the NGO's in the KBRA.)

Farm Bureau files suit, Siskiyou Daily 3/29/11. "...Siskiyou County Farm Bureau recently announced that they have filed suit to protect its members’ ability to provide water to their crops."
Comment on http://pienpolitics.com
- "...I do hope FB prevails.  Because I am afraid if they do fail, there may be more blood flowing in Scott Valley than water."

ELF, water board: Water is not property, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 3/27/11.
Past President of Friends of the River http://www.envirolaw.org/staff.html James Wheaton, is President and Legal Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, and past President of Friends of the River. He is also a board member of the River Network, http://www.rivernetwork.org/board-of-directors , along with Wyatt Rockefeller, who served on Obama's EPA and Obama's campaign. Craig Tucker, presently spokesperson for the Karuk Tribe, at the KBRA table, is founder and board member of Klamath Riverkeeper, and was past spokesman for Friends of the River.
Siskiyou County responds to ELF, water resources board briefs, Siskiyou Daily 1/13/11. "...Guarino also questions the water resources board’s alignment with the petitioning parties on a number of issues in the case...The case is Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Board, in which the Environmental Law Foundation and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Institute for Fisheries Resources have asked the courts to declare that groundwater in the Scott River basin can be managed under the Public Trust Doctrine." George Soros funds Earthjustice, which provided free legal services PCFFA and Institute for Fisheries Resources, litigants against Siskiyou County, and also for Friends of the River and Klamath Riverkeeper. Here is the story by PCFFA how they created IFR to get non-profit funding, namely, George Soros-funded Earthjustice.
HERE is the agenda of the California Water Control Board, lead agency in the CAl/EPA Environmental justice Action Plan in the Klamath River Basin.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 3/25/11. "The State Budget, Highway 101 exemption, High Speed Rail, CA Public Utility Commission appointment, net energy metering, Coastal commission, Labor and Water."

Politicians Grill EPA Administrator, House Ag Committee Questions EPA About Lawsuits, The Progressive Farmer by Todd Neeley, posted to KBC 3/22/11. "Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., suggested EPA has allowed environmental groups to dictate regulations that most often harm farmers...Cardoza then asked Jackson whether she was aware of EPA agency employees asking outside groups to file lawsuits..."

California Farm Bureau Association Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 3/21/11. "California Sate Budget, Repeal of Senate Bill 863, Williamson Act,  “Card-check” legislation, Live stock hauling on Highway 101, and Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board  Conditional Agricultural Waiver Renewal Hearing"

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 3/11/11. "This week: Certified Farmer’s Market fees, Labor, Minimum Wage, Career Technical Education, High Speed Rail, Groundwater Recharge Areas and ILRP Grower Participation. "

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Revives Water Rights Taking Claims in Klamath River Basin, posted to KBC 3/10/11, by Klamath Water Users Association attorney Paul Simmons, and Brain Poulsen.

Judge nixes special irrigation permits, Capital Press 3/4/11. "The suit by Earthjustice, Klamath Riverkeeper and other environmental groups was one of two filed against the DFG in relation to the blanket permits." KBC NOTE: Earthjustice, financed partly by George Soros, represents most of the environmental groups with voting power in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Craig Tucker, spokesman for the Karuk Tribe in the KBRA, and trained by Green Corp as an environmental activist, founded Klamath Riverkeeper. He promised the KBRA would create "Peace on the River" and end lawsuits.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws March 4, 2011. This week’s issue contains Williamson Act, Coastal Commission, pesticides, labor and more

Ron Arnold: Congress should stop funding Big Green lawsuits against the government, posted 2/26/11 Washington Examiner. "Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., chairman of the House Natural Resource Committee's Power and Water Subcommittee, introduced an amendment to the House's $1.2 trillion continuing resolution bill to permanently defund NFWF...amendment failed..." KBC NOTE - NFWF funds groups like American Rivers, on the KBRA stakeholder group, which sues the government, often with taxpayer money. American Rivers suit intends to demolish Snake River dams. George Soros and NFWF fund National Wildlife Federation.

California judge approves Klamath dam removal surcharge, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 2/25/11. "The ruling, issued by Judge Karen V. Clopton, approves PacifiCorp’s request to add a $13.76 million surcharge for its approximately 45,000 California customers to cover its obligation for dam removal costs under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 2/25/11. "Despite a $25.6 billion deficit, the legislature introduced 2,438 bills by the February 18th introduction deadline." Included in link are a few, like developing Ocean Protection Council with "no public participation," 15% increase in vehicle licenses, mandatory groundwater recharge regulations, timber harvest approval by 4 state agencies, $12.8 million in new water fees

***Federal Circuit Decision a Big Win for Klamath Basin Water Users. SFGate.com, 2/22/11

Here is the Klamath irrigators' takings case 2/17/11 Decision, KLAMATH IRRIGATION v. US, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Page 9 quotes the Klamath Compact, "It states that 'the United States shall not, without payment of just compensation, impair any rights to the use of water for [domestic or irrigation purposes] within the Upper Klamath River Basin.' "  27 groups and individuals filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government claiming that, since they had water rights "appurtenant to the land," many with deeds signed by a U.S. President, they must be compensated for when the government withheld their irrigation water in 2001. Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen/PCFFA filed as a defendant against the farmers and ranchers. Klamath irrigators have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue the case. Earthjustice, partially funded by George Soros, provides free services for PCFFA. PCFFA is a major author of the controversial Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement/KBRA which is opposed by 1/2 Klamath County, 80% Siskiyou County, and 77% Tulelake.

House approves amendment blocking funding for Klamath dam removal study.  KDRV Staff 2/22/11

Court reinstates irrigators' lawsuit. Herald and News, 2/18/11

Appeals court grants standing for challenges to impaired water listing, Siskiyou Daily 2/11/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 2/11/11: Williamson Act funding, County Fair funding, groundwater management, AB 316 metal theft, and AB 856 fertilizing materials inspection program.

Medford and Coos Bay - BLM withdraws two timber sales, Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 2/5/11. (Another lawsuit against resource users by job-killers PCFFA / Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and others that are not listed. PCFFA sued against the Klamath Irrigators power rate, to enforce TMDL's/water quality mandates that can not be met, against irrigators along with Yurok tribe in 2001 water takings case claiming irrigators don't own right to water on deeds with water signed by US President, Siskiyou County groundwater management, etc etc. PCFFA is at the table with a coalition of several other environmental groups as stakeholders on the KBRA with many federal agencies and a couple farm leaders.)

Animal Rights Group Threatens To Sue FWS If Wolves are Not Introduced Everywhere in USA, U.S. Sportsmen Alliance, posted to KBC 2/5/11. "the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) if the Service does not create a new nationwide wolf recovery plan" KBC NOTE: CBD is funded by Earthjustice, which is funded by George Soros. The same CBD who is presently suing to take more Klamath Basin irrigation water by changing the biological opinions.
The Green $$$ Scam, Range Magazine, posted to KBC 2/2/11. KBC NOTE: This article articulates the billions of dollars funding the green groups taking our land, water and rights through lawsuits. Last week Center for Biological Diversity, Oregon Wild, Environmental Protection Information Center, and The Larch Company sued to list another endangered species (Environmental groups want Klamath River salmon listed as Endangered Species.) The first 3 groups along with some "friends", "stakeholders" in the KBRA, are all in a coalition together:  George Soros, Tides, Ford Foundation, Weeden and dozens more including the federal government fund their litigation to destroy our infrastructure/dams and take our land and water. The 4th Klamath litigant is Larch Company Andy Kerr, well-known enemy of resource users.

California Farm Bureau counsel explains dismissal of DFG suit, "Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 2/5/11. "Rice stated that the issues raised in the Farm Bureau’s case had become entangled with the Riverkeeper’s issues, being “overcome” by that case after consolidation." (KBC NOTE: Former Outreach Director at Friends of the River, Karuk spokesman at the stakeholder table of KBRA, Craig Tucker is board member and founder of Klamath Riverkeeper, litigant in many lawsuits against Klamath resource users. George Soros funds Earthjustice, which represents Klamath Riverkeeper)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 2/4/11

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of Bills and Laws, posted to KBC 1/30/11: This issue covers the “The Reasonable Use Doctrine and Agricultural Water Use Efficiency”, “The Secure Immigration Enforcement Act” and a clarification from our last edition on General Fund support for the Department of Food and Agriculture

Court of Appeal Holds That Lead Agencies Cannot Use Predicted Future Conditions As Baseline in Environmental Impact Reports, Somach, Simmons and Dunn 1/25/11

Ninth Circuit Eliminates Prohibition on Intervention of Right in NEPA Cases, Somach, Simmons and Dunn 1/25/11

Ninth Circuit Abandons the Rule Categorically Denying Intervention in NEPA Cases, Groups applaud ruling on environmental lawsuits, posted to KBC 1/19/11

Siskiyou water users want county support in Klamath suit  (involving Klamath Dam removal agreements), Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 1/19/11

Irrigation districts file Klamath agreement validation request, by David Smith, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/19/11

***Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement / KBRA and Klamath Hydro Agreement Circuit Court petition by Klamath Irrigation District, Malin Irrigation District, and Shasta View Irrigation District. YOU MUST file a legal response to the petition before 10 days after Jan 23rd to contest the legality of your boards of directors executing the settlement agreements. 1/16/11

Siskiyou County responds to ELF, water resources board briefs, Siskiyou Daily 1/13/11. "...Guarino also questions the water resources board’s alignment with the petitioning parties on a number of issues in the case...The case is Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Board, in which the Environmental Law Foundation and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Institute for Fisheries Resources have asked the courts to declare that groundwater in the Scott River basin can be managed under the Public Trust Doctrine." Past President of Friends of the River http://www.envirolaw.org/staff.html James Wheaton, is President and Legal Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, and past President of Friends of the River. He is also a board member of the River Network, http://www.rivernetwork.org/board-of-directors , along with Wyatt Rockefeller, who served on Obama's EPA and Obama's campaign.Natural Resources Defense Council: One of the most influential environmentalist lobbying groups in the United States, the Council claims a membership of one million people. They are supported by George Soros Open Society Institute. They support Riverkeepers groups. They support Waterkeeper, Greenpeace, and Earth First, among others. Craig Tucker, presently spokesperson for the Karuk Tribe, at the KBRA table, is founder and board member of Klamath Riverkeeper, and was past spokesman for Friends of the River.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 1/14/11.
* "
California’s state government is still awash in red-ink, approximately $25.4 billion worth. The governor is proposing $12.5 billion in spending cuts..."
AB 78 "... the federal government should create "a pathway to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants..."
* AB 10 "...increase the minimum wage for California workers from $8.00 per hour to $8.50 per hour..."

***Food Safety Bill S 510 Vote tomorrow/Tuesday in House; it globalizes control of our food and farms.  WRITE!!!! Senate passed this unanimously!! 12/20/19

Siskiyou County Pomona Grange vs Tulelake Irrigation District regarding KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, posted to KBC 12/16/10. Filed November 26 in Siskiyou County Superior Court.
PRESS RELEASE - Amicus Curiae filed in Siskiyou County Superior Court by the Siskiyou County Pomona Grange (opposing Tulelake Irrigation District regarding KBRA and KHSA, posted to KBC 12/16/10

First Circuit Holds That Plaintiffs Must Demonstrate Irreparable Harm for Injunctive Relief in Endangered Species Act Cases, AND  Proposition 26 May Imperil Implementation of California’s Landmark Greenhouse Gas Reduction Law, Somach, Simmons and Dunn Law Firm 11/23/10

Decision on 2001 (Klamath) water lawsuit could take 6 months, U.S. Court of Appeals heard case Thursday, H&N, posted to KBC 11/21/10. (KBC NOTE: PCFFA petitioned against irrigators getting a continued affordable power rate, are still suing against them getting compensation for the government taking their deeded farm water in 2001, support studying removal of Keno dam which provides irrigation water in the Klamath Basin, yet they claim to be our 'friend' at the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement negotiations, promising money for power, plenty of irrigation water and less litigation....???????)
* 1/23/11 - Grants by Weeden Foundation, more than $200,000 in the Klamath Basin in 2008 alone, including defeating irrigation interests in the Klamath Takings Case, funding Sustainable NW, ...

Senators who voted for Big Government today to KBC from Craig Chenowith, Yreka 11/17/10. "..today’s vote to end the “hold” on senate bill 510 Senators took a step toward increasing the size and cost of government at the expense of Americas farmers-big and small.  The so called food safety bill empowers food and drug administration to regulate every part of every farming operation in the nation.  The cost of compliance and record keeping to farmers cannot even be estimated. Even the farm wife who sells jam, preserves and apple butter at a Christmas bizarre will have to be permitted by the Food and Drug Administration..."

Water Right Fees, Proposition 26, and the Delta . . ., Somach, Simmons and Dunn November 12, 2010: Supreme Court to Hear Water Right Fees Case in December

(Calif) Governor signs $10 million Williamson Act bill, Siskiyou Daily 10/22/10

Local ranchers worry as Siskiyou County water diversion suits head to Bay Area, Redding Record Searchlight, posted 10/19/10

Appeals court upholds Klamath power rate hike, Capital Press 10/5/10


SB 510 Food Safety; "...it amounts to a major federal power grab over agriculture." 9/29/10

Governor signs Williamson Act bill, Siskiyou Daily News 9/29/10

Legal fights over water permits continue; State wants to combine two cases against Department of Fish and Game, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/19/10

Williamson Act bill passes at end of legislative year, Siskiyou Daily, poSTED TP lbc 9/14/10

(Siskiyou) County requests venue change in ‘landmark’ water case, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 9/6/10

Klamath Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 9/3/10

Smelt regulations violate Constitution, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/28/10

S510: Illegal to Grow, Share, Trade, Sell Homegrown Food, posted by Toni Thayer on our discussion forum 8/12/10

Delaying the $11 Billion Water Bond: What Does it Mean for the Delta? 8/12/10, by Somach, Simmons and Dunn

Legislature delays water bond to 2012 ballot, SF Chronicle 8/10/10. (KBC NOTE: This bond included California's $250 million contribution to destroy Klamath hydropower dams, according to Doug LaMalfa)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 8/6/10. In this issue: CDFA’s Market Enforcement Branch, net energy metering, labor, heat illness, and air pollution penalties.

* Tulelake Irrigation District lawsuit on KBRA; must respond by 7/30/10

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 7/2/10

Capitol Update, CFRW 7/2/10

"Suit is filed against the Bureau of Reclamation by the Pacific  Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. They charge that the Klamath Project is not providing enough water to endangered fish in the Lower Klamath River." Herald and News May 2000.


Scott Valley farmers under new attack, by Liz Bowen, Pienpolitics, posted to KBC 6/30/10. "Glen Spain, a leader of the Enviro group called Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Assoc. and in reality does not represent true fishermen, spewed outrageous rhetoric throughout the lawsuit." Here for lawsuit

* Tulelake Irrigation District lawsuit on KBRA; must respond by 7/30/10

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 6/11/10

***Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 6/4/10

Capitol Update CFRW, proposed bills: marijuana, gay pride, plastic bags, and handguns.

Groups sue for more water over dams for salmon (Columbia and Snake Rivers), Capital Press 6/4/10. KBC NOTE: the usual litigators, Earth Justice for PCFFA, who have countless suits against Klamath farmers and miners.

* Amended Summons; You Have Been Sued, by Tulelake Irrigation District, regarding validity of Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and Klamath Dam agreement. You may respond by July 30, 2010.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 5/28/10

Tide turns for victims of regulatory drought: government errors continue to mount; PLF appeals delta smelt regulations to 9th Circuit 5/27/10

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 5/23/10

Calif Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 5/7/10

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 4/23/10. Agriculture Labor Relations, overtime, single-payer health care, regulatory compliance, nutrient contents of compost, agricultural ATV use, operator identification number issuance, animal cruelty, Columbian Trade Promotion and more

*  PRESS RELEASE: Klamath Water Users Win Big in Oregon Supreme Court’s Ruling, Marzulla Law3/12/10

Supreme Court of Oregon: KID and irrigators vs US and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen/PCFFA 3/11/10. (KBC NOTE: PCFFA petitioned against irrigators getting a continued affordable power rate, sued against them getting compensation for the government taking their deeded water in 2001, support studying removal of Keno dam with provides irrigation water in the Klamath Basin, yet they claim to be our 'friend' at the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement negotiations, promising money for power and less litigation....???????)

Specifically, the President proposed that

"These irrigation works should be built by the Government for actual settlers, and the cost of construction should, so far as possible, be repaid by the land reclaimed.  The distribution of the water, the divisions of the streams among irrigators, should be left to the settlers themselves, in conformity with the state laws, and without interference with those laws or with vested rights.  The policy of the National Government should be to aid irrigation in the several States and Territories in such a manner as will enable the people in the local communities to help themselves, and as will stimulate needed reforms in the State laws and regulations governing irrigation."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 3/7/10, covering California Tiger Salamander, the Williamson Act and the “gas tax swap”.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 2/26/10

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of laws and bills, posted 2/20/10

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 2/12/10

Oregon Ballot Measures and Taxes, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 2/7/10

Water Water Everywhere Four: The Bond, California Progress Report, posted to KBC 1/21/10. "Middle of the Night Additions:... money to help tear down the Klamath River dams and money to help build an additional dam in San Diego County."

New tax measures punish farmers, Tracey Liskey, Capital Press 1/21/10

Dam removal bond bill gets signature, H&N posted to KBC 11/16/09. (KBC NOTE: Just a reminder that Klamath Water Users Association, tribes, gov't agencies and environmental groups have heavily lobbied for the bonds for taxes and power rates to pay for tearing out Klamath River hydro dams. However, your representatives justify boycotting the public listening session on dam removal and the KBRA, saying they want the agreement done first before they hear the people's wishes and concerns.)

Water Special: November 7 Update of $11.1 billion California Water bill that passed legislature. It tells where the money will go, by California Federation of Republican Women, 11/8/09

State Legislature approves comprehensive package to overhaul water system, including an $11-billion bond, LA Times, posted to KBC 11/6/09 (includes Klamath dam removal funds)
Money for Klamath dam removal included in California water bill, Oregonian, posted to KBC 11/6/09
Historic state water deal now up to voters, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 11/6/09. "The package would require state residents to cut water use by an average of 20 percent over the next decade and, for the first time, require water users to measure and report their use of underground water, ending California's status as the only Western state that does not regulate ground water."

Environmental Lawsuits Rake in Billions for Lawyers, Idaho Farm Bureau News, posted to KBC 10/30/09.

Latest environmental lawsuit by Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement stakeholders against Scott and Shasta agriculture October 2009. Petitioners: KLAMATH RIVERKEEPER (Craig Tucker boardmember on KBRA negotiation table with Karuks), QUARTZ VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION, PACIFIC COAST FEDERATION OF FISHERMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS (on KBRA negotiation table), ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER, SIERRA CLUB, NORTHCOAST ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER (KBRA negotiator), and INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESOURCES. (KBC NOTE - Why do KBRA supporters claim these environmental groups will not sue them, when the enviros are already litigating against family farmers?)

Forest activists get win in court, Case deals with 2005 Biscuit fire protests in state, H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/090. (KBC NOTE: the protests were against harvesting the timber that would rot if it wasn't harvested)

WATER LAW: Oregon Senator Whitsett on Oregon Water adjudication, Part 1 of 2, YouTube Video.

Oregon Senator Whitsett on water adjudication Part 2 of 2,


PLF Fights Back< PLF wins lawsuit against California water theft by federal government October 5, 2009

California Farm Bureau Federation Farm Team bills, including Safe Harbor from environmental regulations.

Feds shorted water districts, judge decides in Calif. case, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/13/09

* California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 10/13/09
* This issue of the Friday Review does not contain articles regarding water legislation.  The Governor has called an extraordinary session of the Legislature for the purposes of discussing the following:

Court orders government to pay for water losses; decision could open door for more districts to seek payment for water shifted to fish, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 10/7/09

SB 448 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) - Safe Harbor Agreements  

EPA representative describes relationship to Klamath TMDL by David Smith, Siskiyou Daily News 9/25/09. "According to the Environmental Protection Information Center Web site, the consent decree was entered at the conclusion of a lawsuit filed against the EPA titled “Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, et al. v. Marcus.” The site states that the suit was aimed at compelling the EPA to create the TMDLs for 17 north coast rivers and streams..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 9/17/09

California Legislature to Consider Anti-Gun Bills Very Soon, posted to KBC 8/27/09

Feds starve people of water to "help" fish; PLF fights back! Video
Green Coalition Intervenes in Salmon Water Tug of War, ENS, posted to KBC 8/26/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update August 21, 2009

County vows to honor Williamson Act contracts, Siskiyou Daily News 8/14/09

Terminated, Range Magazine by Tim Findley Fall, 2009, posted 8/12/09. Water crisis in California's Central Valley: "...but most of them know what happened in Klamath, ...environmental activists succeeded in cutting off irrigation water by a lawsuit claiming it threatened an endangered sucker fish..." "Family Farm Alliance is filing a lawsuit demanding that government authorities make use of the best available science in actions to shut down irrigation supplies in California's Central Valley." (KBC NOTE: will Family Farm Alliance file a lawsuit demanding that gov't authorities use best available science in the Klamath dam removal closed-door settlement where the minutes state, "...want to avoid advocating for science instead of using a certain approach."?)

Water Legislation: Complete review of 2009 Session, Water For Life Oregon Natural Resource  Report 7/31/09 (regarding dam removal, water measuring, water right taxing, etc."

Healthcare bill summary, 7/31/09.

California departments and agencies paid by you, 7/29/09
Schwarzenegger cuts Williamson Act, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/29/09
Politicians play football with Williamson Act, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/29/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review  posted to KBC 7/27/09. "After working though the night on July 23, the Legislature completed it’s work on the State Budget Act and 28 implementing “trailer” bills and adjourned until August 17th for its Summer Recess"

New clean water bill should clarify federal law, not muddy it, by Dan Keppen, guest writer H&N 7/26/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, July 17, 2009. "Senator Florez has still not amended the bill to exempt dogs used by hunters, farmers, and ranchers, despite his promise to Senator Wolk. This bill currently requires all dogs and cats in California to be spayed or neutered, unless the owner obtains an “intact” permit for the dog, or keeps the cat indoors at all times."

County supervisors concerned about Oregon Senate Bill 76, Pioneer Press 7/15/09

Senate Deals North State Harsh Economic Hand, Passage of SB 670 Means Bankrupt Businesses & Lost Jobs, Senator Sam Aanestad, CA 7/14/09. "The North State leader says the passage of SB 670 will place an outright ban on the practice of Suction Dredge Mining in all California rivers, streams and other tributaries, even though there is no scientific evidence or proof that the mining practice is harmful to the environment." See Miners Page

State lawmakers OK temporary dredging ban targeting salmon habitat, Sac Bee 7/14/09. "Supporters say the bill includes language negotiated with the Schwarzenegger administration, so they expect him to sign it."

Clean Water Act raises hackles, Capital Press 7/2/09. "The move brings the country one step closer to the largest federal land grab in our history, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association said."

House sends field burning scale down to governor's desk, Capital Press 6/29/09

California lawmakers lose bid to change water rules, Miami Herald , posted to KBC 6/29/09

CENTRAL VALLEY - Family Farm Alliance Establishes Legal Fund to Push for Sound Science in ESA Decision-Making, posted to KBC 6/28/09

Razor-Thin House Vote Spells Doom for Cap-and-Tax in the Senate, Inhofe Vows to Expose Bill in the Senate as All Cost, No Climate Gain, posted to KBC 6/27/09 "...costly impacts on the agricultural community"

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws June 26, 2009

Action Alert! Senate EPW Committee Passes Clean Water Land Grab (S 787), posted to KBC 6/22/09

Action Alert! NEW Field Burning Ban Bill Introduced - SB 985, posted to KBC 6/22/09, Oregon Farm Bureau.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted to KBC June 22, 2009. “This edition contains detailed information on the following:  The State Budget negotiations,  AB 1288, SB 448, SB 121, AB 13, AB 39, AB 49, AB 900, SB 12, SB 229, SB 261, SB 457 and SB 458.”

Republicans honor Oregon voters by defending Measure 57, Oregon Rep Bill Garrard, district 56

Dunn Carney News Release, Oregon: Ranchers successfully defeat an attempt by environmental groups
to stop grazing on federal forest lands,
posted to KBC 6/18/09
Judge Haggerty's Order 6/15/09

Action Alert! Field Burning Bill Moves (SB 528), Oregon Farm Bureau 6/17/09

***Immediate Action Alert: S. 787 Clean Water Restoration Act To Be Marked Up Thursday, June 18 @ 9:30 a.m. PLEASE write!

Action Alert, SB 519A from Senator Whitsett, posted 6/13/09. "...this bill is an arbitrary obstruction of the rights to free speech for only one group of Oregonians..."

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative News posted to KBC 6/14/09

Klamath Basin Bill Passes House, Office of the Speaker Dave Hunt (D), Oregon House of Representatives 6/12/09

Oregon House passes Klamath dam bill, returns it to Senate, Capital Press 6/12/09

Tax bills clear Oregon Senate; governor expected to sign, Capital Press 6/11/09

Democrats prepare for historic Billion Dollar Tax Week, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett,  6/8/09
* 2009 Tax Bills before the 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review - Legislative Update, posted 6/6/09

Oregonians for Food and Shelter legislative update posted 6/6/09

B-Engrossed Senate Bill 76.  June 5, 2009 - Summary: "Directs Public Utility Commission to determine depreciation schedules for Klamath River dams based on assumption that dams will be removed in 2020. Directs commission to allow affected public utility to recover undepreciated amounts by imposing rates and tariffs..."

Bill requires all eggs sold in California to be from cage-free hens, Sac Bee 6/3/09

House panel moves forward Klamath bill (SB76), Capital Press 5/29/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills, 5/29/09

Oregon SB76 passed.
Rex Cozzalio testimony for Oregon Senate Bill 76A, posted 5/28/09

Representative Bill Garrard R-Klamath Falls, District 56: Committee: "Vote on Senate Bill 76 Delayed . . . Again. The chair of the House Environment committee again delayed the vote on Senate Bill 76 (Klamath Dam Removal proposal).  A work session on this bill has been re-scheduled for Thursday, May 28th at 3:00pm in Hearing Room D.  I will post the results of the committee vote as soon as they happen."
Testimony of geologist Gail Hildreth Whitsett on SB 76, Klamath Dam Removal Bill 5/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of Bills, CFBF 5/15/09

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative Update 5/15/09

Testimony of geologist Gail Hildreth Whitsett on SB 76, Klamath Dam Removal Bill, posted to KBC 5/14/09

Ore. Supreme Court in K. Falls to hear water crisis lawsuit, KDRV 5/14/09. Includes VIDEO
Supreme Court in Klamath (takings lawsuit with Klamath Irrigators vs Federal Government and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen (our new buddies now in the "Settlement agreement")

Landowners and all interested in water rights for Klamath Project Irrigation, H&N 5/12/09

Klamath Project Irrigators Takings Case, Oregon Supreme Court in Klamath Falls 5/13/09 at Klamath Union High School. The public is invited. When the federal government withheld irrigation water in 2001 to 1400 irrigators who have water right appurtenant to their land, does this equal taking of property?  Article HERE

Dam removal bill remains stuck in committee, H&N 5/12/09

Oregon Supreme Court in Klamath; Justices to hear case on 2001 water crisis this week, H&N 5/10/09.

Urgent: Senate EPW Likely To Vote On S 787 Thursday, May 14, Clean Water Act, 5/10/09. "The Real Goal of the Clean Water Restoration Act (S787) is to give Corps and EPA Control over your water and all your watersheds. That means National Land Use Controls as well as control over all your water and land. That’s because all land is in a watershed."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 5/8/09. E-verify, regulatory agencies, "card check", Williamson Act "reform", mitigation fees, labor and employment.

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative Update 5/8/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 5/1/09

OFS Legislative Report for the Week of April 27 - May 1, 2009

Valley field burning phase-out advances in Senate, Capital Press 4/30/09.

FBACT Alert on “Navigable” Clean Water Bill, 4/26/09. To Farm Bureau.

More wilderness coming HR980, Stewards of the Range, 4/24/09. "HR980, if passed, will designate 24 million acres of new wilderness in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Eastern Oregon."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 4/24/09

Oregonians For Food and Shelter, bills 4/24/09

Clean Water Act's mission may expand; Senators back bill to remove ‘navigable’ from federal water law, Capital Press 4/24/09

Proposed Calif. bill would ban suction dredge mining, KDRV 4/17/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 4/17/09

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative Update 4/17/09

AB 268 Stops Required Inspections For Septic Systems, Farm Team Action Alert 4/10//09

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative Update, 4/3/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 3/27/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 3/27/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted to KBC March 20, 2009

House narrowly rejects public lands bill 3/13/09, OGJ

U.S. House defeat of wilderness bill, Oregonian 3/11/09. "The sprawling legislation is 164 separate bills bundled together, designating more than 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states. It would create three national parks, more than 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers -- including about 90 miles in Oregon -- and three national conservation areas."

H.R. 875 - A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. KBC NOTE: This bill on food regulations is preceded by a commentary sent to KBC this morning; the bill would drastically change our lives. posted to KBC 3/10/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 3/6/09

PRESS RELEASE: (U.S. Congressman from Oregon) Greg Walden helps lead bipartisan effort to reduce catastrophic wildfire, 3/10/09. HERE for AUDIO

Field burning returns to Oregon legislative agenda, Capital Press 3/10/09
Legislative Alert from Oregon Seed  Council Director:
Both bills are scheduled for hearings THIS week.   The hearing on HB-2183 is Wednesday March 11, at 3:00 in hearing room D; and the hearing on SB-528 is Thursday March 12, at 3:00 in hearing room C.  Please plan on attending,even if you don't wish to testify. Having the rooms filled with farmers will show legislators that any attempt to regulate farm practices will be opposed.  Legislators attempting to ban any agricultural practice must get the message that you as farmers are the best to decide which agricultural practices work best. From Oregonians for Food and Shelter
HB-2183 http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measpdf/hb2100.dir/hb2183.intro.pdf
SB-528  http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measpdf/sb0500.dir/sb0528.intro.pdf

Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative Update 3/6/09

Due to a typographical error in the February 27th Calif. Farm Bureau Friday Review, the two water bond proposals were reported as "$15 million" and "$9.98 million", when in fact they should have been reported as "$15 billion" and $9.98 billion" respectively.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review (of Bills), 2/27/09 "Two water bond proposals, one from Senator Dean Florez (D-Shafter), and another from Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Fresno) were introduced this week for the purpose of financing water supply reliability and environmental restoration programs"

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review…legislative update posted to KBC 2/23/09. More HERE

Oregon Senate passes Klamath bill on dam removal funding, Capital Press 2/17/09

Legislators hear Klamath deal’s pros, cons; Sweeping proposal would require four dams to be removed, Capital Press, posted 2/7/09. Rancher and hay farmer Tom Mallams, meanwhile, handed committee members a petition signed by 1,850 farmers and ranchers in the basin opposing the plan.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 2/6/09

Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Who’s he represent? Willamette Weekly 2/4/09. "This week’s Rogue, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, seems to have forgotten he represents Oregonians—550,000 of whom are PacifiCorp customers—rather than PacifiCorp."

Power bill gets hearing, Bill would increase PacifiCorp rates to pay for removing 4 dams, H&N 2/4/09

*House Bill 2157: The $96 Million Tax Increase, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett Newsletter 2/13/09. "While Congress is racing to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act to help address the economic free fall that our nation is experiencing, your Oregon legislature raced to pass legislation that unilaterally prohibits Oregonians from benefiting from that stimulus package."

Today around 100 people drove to Salem to testify at a hearing on Senate Bill 76, Klamath dam removal financing.. Up to $4.5 billion, according to FERC report, is the pricetag. 1800 petitions from Karuk tribal members, Siskiyou County residents, on and off Project irrigators and community members signed petitions opposing SB76, and these were submitted to the senators. Signers oppose the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Advocates of SB76 tried to convince the senators and media that there is no opposition.

Testimony on Oregon Senate Bill 76, by Gail Hildreth Whitsett 2/3/09

Senator Doug Whitsett testimony of Senate Bill 76, posted 2/3/09. SB#76

Testimony of Oregon SB 76 by Rex Cozzalio 2/3/09, at the Salem Senate committee hearing

Dr. Richard A. Gierak's testimony at the Oregon Commission meeting in Salem opposing SB 76, 2/2/09. Gierak has Bachelor Degrees in Biology & Chemistry, Doctorate in the Healing Arts, Former FERC team member 2001, 2002.

Testimony before the Oregon Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, Hearing on SB 76, by Katherine Lehman 2/3/09

Bill may raise power rates; Governor’s proposal is part of Klamath water settlement, H&N 2/3/09. "A study from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicates removal of that sediment could cost up to $500,000 per acre-foot, or up to $4.5 billion." "Opponents criticize the bill for being too open-ended, allowing PacifiCorp to raise rates at will for its half-million Oregon customers, potentially as much as $35 to $65 more per month."

Senator Whitsett Newsletter 1/30/09 Senate Bill #76. "The bill is alleged to create the funding resources to enable the removal of the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The mechanism would be to create a 2 percent surcharge payable by all Oregon PacifiCorp ratepayers on their monthly bill for the next ten years."

PRESS RELEASE: Oregon High Court agrees to decide Klamath water suit issues. Marzulla Law Firm, posted to KBC 1/30/09. "On January 29, 2009, the Supreme Court of Oregon agreed to decide three issues of State law which will likely determine whether Klamath farmers can recover compensation from the United States for refusing to release water to them in 2001."  

Court to hear water case; Oregon Supreme Court to consider issues involving Klamath irrigators, 1/30/09 H&N.   

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 1/30/09. Proposed septic regulations update and budget update:  "*Inspect septic tanks ($325 estimated cost) every five years, *Sample & analyze groundwater of onsite domestic wells every five years, *Retrofit tanks if found to be causing pollution ($45,000 estimated cost)"    

***Senate Bill 76 - Klamath Dam Removal 75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2009 Regular Session. (KBC Note: The cost to Oregonians-we've heard from millions up to 4 $billion)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 1/16/09.  

Public lands bills gain steam, H&N, posted to KBC  1/15/09,  followed by Whitsett pleased with boost for OSP

Waxman sets Memorial Day deadline to move emissions, energy bill, E&E 1/15/09

Omnibus public land Management Act of 2009, Senate Bill S22, 1/14/09. Includes 449 pages of proposed wilderness, land swaps, Tule Lake Segregation Center as National Park, ...This will restrict access to parts of Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, CA. 

***Senate Bill 76 - Klamath Dam Removal 75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2009 Regular Session,

USDA issues final rule for country-of-origin label rule, Capital Press, posted 1/13/09

Omnibus bill to get new life in Senate, 1/9/09. (these bills would lock up vast areas into wilderness-no people, no healthy forests, no firefighting)

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review - update of the ongoing Calif. budget crisis, 1/9/09

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 11/19/08

Bush administration makes last-minute changes in farmworker hiring, Sacramento Bee 12/11/08.

Farm Bureau keeps eye on lawmakers, Bushue touches on estate taxes, union organizing laws and grass seed burning, Capital Press 12/11/08

Public Water Agencies Throughout California File Suit to Prevent Further Water Cutbacks Business Wire 12/8/08. "The Westlands Water District today joined with 31 other public water agencies in the Central Valley in filing a lawsuit to block a new regulation that would enable state Fish and Game officials to cut off up to a million acre feet of water for two-thirds of California’s people...Westlands’ suit, however, points out that if as few as 50 longfin smelt are harmed out of a species that numbers in the millions and ranges as far north as Alaska, Fish and Game would be empowered to begin shutting off water supplies for millions of people at an untold cost of billions to the state’s economy."

Administration sued over owl plan, H&N 11/25/08.  

California bans conventional egg production, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/5/08. "Many producers have said they will consider moving their operations to other states, or even to Mexico."

Other Places - County committed 'wetlands' fraud; now it must pay, Pacific Legal Foundation 11/5/08

Enviros go nuclear, but not in a good way, Mt States Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 11/3/08

California Tribal Business Alliance Releases '07-08 Legislative Vote Record, WSJ Market Watch, posted to KBC 10/22/08. "Implements the Administration's agreement with the Karuk Tribe to settle the tribe's lawsuit against the Department of Fish and Game over damage to the endangered Coho salmon population in the tribe's ancestral rivers -- the Klamath, the Scott, and the Salmon -- from instream suction gold dredge mining. (Vetoed)"

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted 10/5/08. "This is the final edition of the Friday Review for 2008. This edition contains the Governor's action on following bills: AB186 AB541 AB844 SB691 AB1021 AB1107 AB2168 AB2222 AB2270 AB2386 AB2402 AB2763 AB2881 AB2921 AB634 AB2824 SB974 SB1723"

California Farm Bureau Federation, State budget and bill update, Friday Review 9/26/08

Environmental laws wedge state into hydrological corner, By Congressmen GEORGE RADANOVICH and JIM COSTA posted September 25, 2008. "...California has slowly painted itself into a corner by reprioritizing water supplies to the environment while ignoring the need for improving our water supply, infrastructure and storage."

Leaders say final budget deal reached, SacBee, posted to KBC 9/19/08. "The Republican governor has said he would veto the $104.3 billion plan (Democrat) lawmakers passed this week.

California Farm Bureau Federation 9/19/08. John Gamper reports that the Senate convenes at 4 pm and the Assembly convenes at 5 pm to adopt the following bills so the governor can sign the budget and the trailer bills over the weekend:

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update. 9/2/08, End of Session Edition, including water bond proposal information.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 8/22/08.  

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 8/8/08, new bills.

Irrigators disappointed by dismissal, H&N, posted 7/28/08

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, July 18, 2008

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 7/11/08

-         The Budget Conference Committee

-         AB 2921 – Williamson Act

-         AB 1107 – Workers’ wages

-         AB 1988 – Immediate abatement of hazards

-         AB 2076 – Use of E-Verify

-         AB 2716 – Paid sick leave

-         SB 1436 – Accidental endangered species take

-         Senate Rules Committee – Len Welsh

California Farm Bureau Friday Review 6/27/08. This issue covers: AB 32 – ARB Global Warming Solutions Act AB 186 – Rural Crime Prevention AB 541 – Ag biotechnologies AB 844 & SB 691 – Metal theft AB 1634 – Spay and neuter AB 2168 – Ag product sales AB 2760 & CDFA – LBAM AB  2881 – Right to farm SB 200 – Video surveillance SB 944 – Delta smelt SB 1436 – Accidental take allowances SB 1613 & SB 33 – Wireless telephone restrictions

California Farm Bureau Friday Review, 6/20/08

Congress Pushes to Keep Land Untamed; Bills Could Add Millions of Acres Of Wilderness, Washington Post, posted to KBC 6/20/08

Salmon win in this dam legal battle, Capital Press editorial 4/25/08. "It's a fact that some environmental groups won't be happy until every dam is removed from every salmon stream and river in the West. Whether that's practical is, for them, not a concern. They simply don't seem to be willing to accept any alternatives. For them, it's an all-or-nothing proposition."

Hage vs U.S. final decision, posted 6/10/08

(Eminent Domain) - Important issues ahead in California’s primary by Geri Byrne, Modoc County Republican Party chair, H&N 5 28/08. "(Proposition 98 protects our farmlands and our businesses that Proposition 99 does not. Proposition 99 was put on the ballot by the municipalities that want to be able to take our land and use it for economic development. It includes a poison pill that will negate Proposition 98 if Proposition 99 gets more votes. It is important to vote yes on 98 and no on 99."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 5/30/08. "This week's issue addresses bills approved through the Assembly and the Senate, in addition to AB 2402 (extending the rest time for motor carriers), AB 2714 ("loss of load") and SB 1663 (tire-hauler funding)."

This week's California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review covers the actions of the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees, 3/23/08

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, May 16, 2008. The revised budget proposal:
SB 1562 - authorizing counties affected by the 2007 freeze, wildfires and windstorm to receive a tax deferral,
AB 2168 - known as the "Farm Stand" bill,
SB 1404 container plant labeling for water use,
SB 1527 known as the "Cow Palace" bill,
AB 2386 regarding selecting a union as the agricultural employees collective-bargaining agent,
AB 2714 amending vehicle codes to address "loss of load",
SB 1663 known as the "Used Tire Hauler" bill,

AB 2402 extending the amount of time a commercial motor carrier can be parked at a roadside rest area,

AB 2065 regarding invasive aquatic mussel species.

California Farm Bureau Friday Review 5/9/08.
SB 1512 - consolidate the usage of multiple meeters for solar installation
SB 1617 - fire protection fees on all inhabited structures in State Responsibility Areas

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted 5/5/08:
AB 186 (Maze, R-Visalia) Central Valley Rural Crime Prevention Program,
AB 2860 (Mendoza, D-Artesia) regarding Native American tribes, "tribal groups" and the Williamson Act,
SB 1404 (Lowenthal,D-Long Beach) water labeling on container plants,
AB 2714 (Keene, R-Chico) incidental loss of hay or straw chaff from trucks hauling hay on the highway,
SB 1663 (Denham, R-Merced) waste and used tire hauler registration,
AB 2402 (La Malfa, R-Chico) extending the amount of rest time for commercial motor carriers,
SB 1723 (Maldonado, R-Santa Maria) pesticide container-recycling program.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 4/25/08. "Farm Bureau’s testimony focused on the fact that Prop. 98 will not affect the use of eminent domain for public facilities, public transportation, or public utilities, such as much needed water infrastructure. Despite the false claims by our opponents, Prop. 98 will not impact future water development in California."

APRIL 11, 2008 California Farm Bureau Friday Review, Bills

Klamath adjudication process reopens, H&N 4/10/08

Rahall Introduces Bill Upholding Federal Trust Relationship with Indian Country, Resources Committee 3/31/08

Friday Review of California Bills and Laws, CFBF, posted to KBC 3/25/08. "This weeks Friday Review contains information on AB 2860 (Williamson Act), AB 2881 (right-to-farm), AB 1992 (local government associations, SB 1285 and SB 1323 (adequacy of land appraisals for conservation purposes)". 

Is your property surrounded by tribal land? California Senate Bill 331, 3/25/08

PRESS RELEASE: Federal Circuit agrees to send Klamath water issues to Oregon Supreme Court, Marzulla Law, posted 3/13/08
Letter to the Federal Circuit Court certifying four questions to the Oregon Supreme Court regarding Klamath takings case, sent by Marzulla Law to KBC, posted 3/13/08

Friday Review, California Farm Bureau Federation, posted 3/16/08. "This issue touches on the "fight of a lifetime" state budget, hearings on Leafy Greens Marketing, AB 1760 (veterinarian board temporary licensing); AB 2222 (ground water quality), SB 1176 (reducing water board members), AB 2714 (CFBF sponsored "chaff" bill), and SB 1663 (waste and used tire hauling)."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Bills and Laws, posted to KBC 2/17/08

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 2/8/08

OREGON: New year brings new laws, H&N 12/31/07

Public lands photo fee plan goes way too far, H&N, posted to KBC 12/31/07

OREGON: Judge halts Oregon's same-sex partnerships; Challenge claimed petition signers' names improperly rejected by state, WorldNetDaily 12/29/07. "The new policy gives homosexual RDP inmates the special privilege of living together but denies it for heterosexual married inmates, just the opposite of what the policy is trying to achieve, and discriminates against heterosexuals based on their sexual orientation..."

Many new laws impact farmers on January 1, AgAlert, CFBF posted 12/28/07

Oregon Farm Bureau losing members over Measure 49, H&N 12/17/07. HERE for past articles on Measure 49

Attorney fears federal revision will engulf U.S. (with Clean Water Act); Proposed legislation broadens legal definition of waters of the U.S.’ Capital Press 12/7/07. WRITE! Comment period extended!

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..."

Oregon's Rep Richardson on Measures 49 and 50, 11/8/07. "The Governor and the Democrats in the Oregon Legislature carefully crafted and funded a measure to repeal Measure 37 and perpetuate Oregon’s locked-up land-use system. They were successful. Congratulations to crafty politicians are in order, and so are condolences for lovers of liberty and fair government practices."

OREGON: MEASURE 50 OP-ED, by Senator Doug Whitsett. "The concept to help poor families pay for health insurance for their kids is an admirable goal; however, Measure 50 is not the solution because it is unsustainable, regressive, unfair, and disingenuous."

Measure 49: Make sure you read it carefully, George Warner, Klamath Fall for H&N, posted 10/29/07

OCTOBER 26, 2007 California Farm Bureau Friday Review "Today's Friday Review is the last issue of this legislative year. It is an update on the Governor's actions on many bills that CFBF has been tracking. We'll resume reporting in 2008 when the Legislature reconvenes." HERE for more bills, laws and court events.

Comments on Oregon Measures 37 and 49, Capital Press 10/26/07

Measure 49 would take away rights, 10/24/07 Statesman Journal Opinion

What Measure 49 Does to the Small Measure 37 Claimant, from Dave Hunnicutt, President Oregonians In Action 10/19/07

The Problems of Measure 49, Democrat Herald 10/19/07, "...the measure reaffirms the principle that the government is in complete charge of our land and its putative private owners may be allowed to do something only at the sufferance of lawmakers and officials in Salem."

Oregonians In Action: Small Business Organizations Unite Against Measure 49, 10/18/07

Measure 49, the dark politics of deception, Dennis Richardson, Oregon State Representative, posted 10/15/07. (KBC Note: this is an excellent breakdown of what's very wrong with Measure 49.)

Groups take hatchery/wild listing issue to appeals court, 9/28/07 CB Bulletin.

Testimony delivered to the House Water & Power Subcommittee earlier this week in opposition to the Trinity River restoration bill proposed by Rep. Thompson. Ara Azhderian represented the Central Valley Project Water Association, a key member of the Family Farm Alliance. The CVP folks oppose the bill for the following, overarching reasons:

Salmon Farming (Hatchery) Controversy Goes to Ninth Circuit, Environment News, posted 9/18/07

Battle over hatchery listing policy goes to 9th Circuit Court, CB Bulletin 9/14/07

California Farm Bureau Friday Review, 9/14/07, Legislative and governmental update: The following bills are in this edition: ACA 8, SB 180, SB 691, AB 684, AB 771, SB 63, SB 719, SB 1001, SB 1002 SB 974.

9th Circuit, Feds may close land for Indian Worship, 9/4/07, Mt States Legal Foundation, "In May, a panel held that a Latin cross on federal lands in honor of American servicemen killed in World War I violated the Establishment Clause and must be removed...In September, another panel held that Arizona's designation of private property as sacred to American Indian religious practitioners and off-limits to use by its owner did not violate the Establishment Clause."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 8/31/07. "Today's Friday Review contains the following bills, SB 180, SB 974, SB 1001, SB 719, SB 691, AB 1100, AB 1180, AB 297, and AB 762."

Farm Bureau challenges seven bills, Capital Press, posted 8/23/07

Today's California Farm Bureau Friday Review is an update on California's budget negotiations.  This edition also includes updates on several bills on the subject of renewable energy generation.

State lawmakers voice frustration, H&N, posted to KBC 7/23/07. "...Democrats pushed a new ballot measure onto the coming November ballot, Ballot Measure 49, which would eliminate 85 percent of the law as it is now, stripping private property rights."

House Agriculture Committee Unanimously Passes Groundbreaking Farm Bill, Congressman Walden, posted to KBC 7/23/07

Reasons to oppose Clean Water Restoration Act, HR 2421, 7/23/07 Oregon Women for Agriculture

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 7/20/07

Judge: Federal agency used flawed data in Ore. coho decision, The Oregonian, posted to KBC 7/18/07

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted 7/16/07
SB 180-Secret Ballot Elections
SB 178-Groundwater Legislation
AB 1338-Non-point source pollution
AB 1634-Pets, Spaying and Neutering

Healthy Pets Act won't be forgotten, Press Telegram, posted 7/16/07. "Sponsored by Levine, a Democrat from Van Nuys, and promoted by an acid-tongued activist named Judie Mancuso, AB1634 was a proposal, which, among other things, would have required every California dog and cat to be spayed or neutered by the age of four months." (KBC Note: yes, this would effect your pets, ranch dogs including cow dogs and sheepdogs, poodles... Levine plans to reintroduce the bill next year.)

Action Alert: Keep Telling the House Committee on Agriculture to Take Mandatory Animal ID Out of the Farm Bill, Weston Price Foundation 7/9/07

California Farm Bureau Friday Review, 7/6/07
AB 1223-Aggregate Electric Accounts
ACA 8-Eminent Domain
SB 303-Local Jurisdiction Zoning
SB 974-Container Fees
AB 844-Metal Theft
AB 771-Seedless Citrus Buffer Zones

PRESS RELEASE: Time Will Tell How Legislature Impacts Average Oregonian, Oregon Senator Ted Ferrioli 7/2/07. "Democrats in the Senate voted down a referral to Oregon voters asking them to require proof of citizenship for new voters. Republicans also brought a proposal requiring proof of citizenship for individuals applying for driver’s licenses, but Democrats later sent that proposal to a committee to die."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, 6/29/07, contains the following bills: SB 634-Williamson Act, SB 200,201,202-Food Safety, B 771-Seedless Citrus/Honey Bees, AB 1634-Pets Spaying and Neutering, AB 1100, SB 63-Cloning/Meat and Milk, SB 178-Groundwater Monitoring, AB 1338-Nonpoint Dischage Regulations, SB 719-Air Board Membership<