To me, the most important issue in the District 5
Supervisor's race is the Klamath River. PacifiCorp's four
hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, the Irongate,
Copco I, Copco II and J.C. Boyle dams, are all up for
re-licensing. I have listened to what each candidate has
said and I have read the informative articles in The
Triplicate on the dam removal controversy. It is clear
that this issue is of vital environmental and economic
importance to Del Norte County.
Restoring a more natural flow to the Klamath should
benefit the salmon and thus the economy of the county. But
there are other important issues to consider. We know that
there are toxic algae in the waters of the lakes behind
the dams. We don't know what may be in the tons of toxic
sludge and sediment that has been collecting at the bottom
of those lakes or how to safely dispose of it.
I was disappointed and dismayed to find out that the
Board of Supervisors in general and David Finigan in
particular so completely dropped the ball by failing to
participate in the dam removal settlement talks. The talks
have gone on without a representative from the county and
we have had no say in a process that has the potential to
make a huge impact on the Klamath River system and Del
Now Mr. Finigan wants to be re-elected to his position
as the "representative" of District 5. In my opinion,
District 5 would be better served by someone who would
take the time to understand and to participate in the
important issues and events affecting Del Norte County.
Charlie Wick will make the Klamath a priority.
Kelly Keefer, Crescent City