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KID board is doing what was requested

Letter to the editor May 28, 2016 by Marvin Cantrell, Klamath Falls, for Herald and News,

There are real leaders at Klamath Irrigation District: Ken Smith, Grant Knoll, and Brent Cheyne.

Prior to their running for election for their positions they polled many of their fellow irrigators who belong to KID. They asked them what they felt needed to be changed at KID.

Now we are seeing them carry through with their commitment to accomplish the tasks requested of them. They are doing this in a legal manner; they are not going to the state and making false charges about prior violations of the public meeting laws and going to the state bar and accusing the attorney of ethics violations.

They were requested by many irrigators to leave Klamath Water Users Association because the goals of the KBWA were diametrically opposite of what was in the best interest of the Klamath Irrigation District.

They needed representation in dealing with the BOR in the C Flume negotiations and felt the representation they had wasnít up to handling the responsibility.

They replaced employees with good reason. Under state law, those decisions are not up to public view. If those employees want to make those decisions public, they may do so. I havenít heard anyone step up and do so and explain the options that they may or may not have had.

The aforementioned board members stepped up and took up commitments they said they would try to accomplish. Now look at the abuse raining down on them! I and many of my fellow KID irrigators applaud their efforts.


Put aside conflict, move KID forward One of the biggest challenges in life is getting along with others and avoiding strife. On the other hand, one of the sweetest things in life is seeing unity. Why is the Klamath Irrigation District Board divided and not able to conduct business on behalf of the irrigators? They took an oath to oversee the management and finances of KID. Are Mr. Cannonís words to the board only heard by some? You need to put aside your differences and find a path to move forward as the KID Board. If you had an employee who misappropriated $213,000 would you not take action? If nothing was done wrong, why would the employee seek legal justification from the board attorney? Why would the attorney have a conflict of interest in representing the board? I welcome an ethics investigation into the board members, and the three attorneys. Let the chips fall where they may. I stand behind my board representative, Grant Knoll, and know he is doing what he feels is best for all KID Irrigators. Do you think he enjoys making hard decision on our behalf? The easy way is to continue down the same mismanagement of KID. I applaud his courage for standing up for his district. I thank Grant, Brent and Ken for making the correct decisions and their daily effort to move KID forward.

I pray each day all irrigators would make up their own minds by attending meetings, reading and educating themselves. We need to base our decision on facts and stop the ďhe said, she said.Ē Our lack of involvement has put us where we are today. Question: Why is the KID Board being judged in the media? Is it because you can write letters and articles without any facts to substantiate? Pat Lunde Klamath Fall

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