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20120412 Yurok tribe gets green light to open casino in Yreka. But they don’t live there?

20120410 Yurok Tribe member accused of embezzling federal conservation funds.

20120322 U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg allows limited killing of sea lions to continue. After being listed, sea lion populations exploded, as did their consumption of salmon. Controlling sea lion populations is essential to restoring salmon runs.

20120209 Siskiyou County intends to challenge Klamath dam decision in federal court.

20120208 The Department of Fish and Game agrees to support San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith’s ruling to reduce water for irrigation.

20120202 Dam removal draft ignores public say, by Rex Cozzalio.

20120131 The right plan for Klamath dams.

20120125 Siskiyou County officials and community leaders condemn the draft plan released by federal fisheries biologists this month calling for sweeping changes.

20120125 Federal report says dam removal would add jobs. Who are they kidding?

20120124 Feds release catalogue of Klamath Dam removal reports. These do not include the reports and articles of scientists that offer a vastly different conclusion.

20111214 Environmentalists control the Karuk Indian tribe.

20120119 Siskiyou County supervisors hear update on salmon conservation program.

20120118 The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to provide legal services to the Scott and Shasta Valley Watermaster District.

20120113 Klamath dams surcharge rolled out. Dam removal has not been approved, yet 45,000 people in Siskiyou County now have to pay an excess utility fee for dam removal, which is not targeted until year 2020. In effect, the people of Siskiyou County, who don’t want the dams removed, and forced to pay for their own demise. They are not alone. Due to the enormous cost of dam removal, all Californians will be taxed via bonds to pay their share.

20111112 Is government creating violence?

20120112 Siskiyou County resident challenges the County Commissioners for spending $300,000 for advice that resulted in a surface mine being closed and 23 people losing their jobs.

20120109 Siskiyou County Supervisors vote to invite the Karuk tribe leadership to meet and discuss the tribe’s Scott Valley groundwater study. “We are concerned about this duplicate groundwater modeling program because it appears that it’s being done for the purposes of litigation.”

20120109 The North Coast Regional Water Quality Board’s Irrigated Lands Discharge Progress is getting underway. The County will participate.

20120106 Nearly 2,700 unique comments were submitted regarding removal of the Klamath dams. “The comments are well informed and relatively on point relative to the environmental documents.”

20120105 USGS evaluates other ways to tag fish. Do we really need to tag fish at all? Must we number and count every animal on Earth?

20120105 Extremist environmentalists seek to put ever more of the nation’s water under Federal control by expanding the definition of “navigable” waters.

20120105 The Klamath “Reclamation Project” involves at least 13 more dams and 18 water districts. “Now you still think it’s about fish and restoring the river?” ― Tom Fyler

20120104 Siskiyou County essentially forced by California State’s Mining and Geology Board to turn inspection of county gravel mines over to the State.

20111229 Coho count jumps in Scott River, by Tim Hearden.

20111227 Siskiyou County filed its response to the Department of Interior’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report. Yreka, Dorris, Etna, Montague, Weed, and Fort Jones all passed resolutions in support of the county’s response. “The 130-page document, prepared by County Counsel Tom Guarino and environmental attorney George Mannina Jr. of Nossaman LLP, outlines a long list of criticisms against the EIS/EIR. The majority of the criticisms are based on the county’s allegation that scientific analysis throughout the EIS/EIR is either not sufficient to meet legal requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), or that claims about environmental benefits of dam removal contradict the findings of DOI’s expert panels.” View the county’s response.

20111222 The petition to transfer watermaster authority from the California Department of Water Resources to the Scott and Shasta Watermaster District in on track to take effect Feb. 1, 2012.

20111221 Judge denies the California Department of Fish and Game’s bid to dismiss Siskiyou water-rights suit.

20111208 Siskiyou County opts out of water study.

20111208 Open letter to the Bureau of Reclamation, by Nita Still.

20111207 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to use sucker fish as an excuse to seize control over 274 miles of streams and 241,438 acres of lakes and reservoirs in Klamath and Lake Counties, Oregon, and Modoc County in California.

20111123 The Western Mining Alliance has come out in favor of Siskiyou County’s efforts to keep the dams. “Maybe we’re all sick of government agency intrusions into our lives, however, the specific handful of environmental extremists, Indian tribes and Mexican Mafia who are in line to manage the Charter Mandate for the so-called ‘Klamath Restoration’ pose a country-changing threat to us all.

20111121 Skyrocketing watermaster fees shock irrigators, byTim Herden.

20111120 East side irrigation districts oppose Klamath Basin Restoration legislation.

20111120 Klamath Off-Project Water Users Association letter to Ken Salazar.

20111117 Why I vigorously protest dam removal, by Marjorie Troutman.

20111117 Stop the re-wilding in Siskiyou County.

20111115 Feds attack Klamath Basin ranchers and farmers with the ESA. “On April 7, 2001, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ignored state and federal law in the name of the ESA and stopped water to more than 200,000 acres and some 1,400 canal-irrigated family farms near Klamath Falls, Oregon, plunging the community toward bankruptcy and devastating families.”

20111113 Mark Baird: Defend Rural America threatened nobody. Mark is absolutely right. The Record Searchlight seeks to portray the perpetrators as the victims, when in fact it is the anti-progress community that’s the threat. They threaten the people, the community and ―in the bigger picture ― the prosperity, security, and sovereignty of our nation.

20111111 Tom Connick’s response to the Environmental Impact Study.

20111110 Watermaster fees increased 7-fold.

20111110 Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduces the Senate bill to destroy the Klamath River dams.

20111110 Congressmen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduce the House bill to destroy the Klamath River dams.

20111109 Department of the Interior rejects Siskiyou County claims. Supervisors Michael Kobseff and Grace Bennett don’t back down.

20111108 Interior responds to Board of Supervisor’s letters.

20111108 Siskiyou County officials comment on Klamath Dam removal project.

20111107 Karuk Tribe spokesman Craig Tucker urges people to support dam removal. Who does he expect support from? 80% of the residents are against dam removal.

20111105 The Record Searchlight’s anonymous and biased article “Rhetoric alarms other side” follows Obama’s strategy to portray as threatening the hard-working Americans that bring prosperity, self-reliance, sovereignty, and security to our nation, which portraying as victims those that attack property rights, water rights, economic prosperity, and blatantly ignore the law, the Constitution, and the plight of their fellow Americans.

20111102 DFG hears public concern at supervisors meeting. “The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors chambers were filled to capacity on Tuesday afternoon by Siskiyou County residents there to oppose the California Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG’s) announcement of its upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP).”

20111102 Dan Ashley’s misleading article “Settlement reached to remove Klamath dams.”

20111101 Steven Greenhut: A rural revolt is brewing

20111015 Don Mackintosh protests removal of the dams. (Jacqui Krizo)

20111013 A response to CalTrout, by Mark Baird. (Debbie B)

20111011 The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors’ adopted a resolution requesting “immediate legislative action to halt” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s “Secretarial Determination on the fate of the Klamath River Hydroelectric dams. (Jerry B)

► 20111009 Watermaster fees, by Dr. John Menke. The Bureau of Reclamation has become the predatory agency.

20111002 Klamath pact doesn’t protect the river fishery. (Debbie B)

20110929 County residents want to keep dams. (Nita S)

20110926 Leaving state bone-dry just for the sake of fish. (Matt Grocott)

20110922 Congressman Tom McClintock’s Congressional speech regarding Klamath Dam destruction. (Jacqui K)

► 20110911 Western States Sheriffs Association position paper on Proposed Rule Changes by the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.

► 20110712 Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “This letter is to request that you direct the cessation of activities related to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). This request is made in light of the fact that the recent Expert Panel Reports on Chinook Salmon and Coho and Steelhead Salmon conclusively shows that there is little likelihood of success and substantial scientific data gaps which demonstrate that moving forward in the current manner would not result in the speculated restoration of these species. To continue to spend millions, tax ratepayers over $400 Million, and seek funding in excess of a Billion Dollars on a program that lacks the science to support success is incomprehensible in this economic environment.”

► Fall 2010 Unmasking Ken Salazar’s Interior Department agenda.

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