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Vote to save the Klamath dams

Klamath Basin Crisis.org

PNP comment: Once again, the Herald & News is pushing the destruction of the Klamath dams. Do not understand why they are so biased.

Please vote in H&N poll for saving the dams.

More information on H&N’s latest escapade is in the top article from Klamath Basin Crisis News, below.

Thanks

Liz Bowen, editor

Herald and News Survey: Should the Klamath River dams be removed: http://www.heraldandnews.com/local_surveys/should-the-klamath-river-hydroelectric-dams-be-removed/poll_16d9daac-6bad-11e6-8b9e-7f0d9c4a110d.html

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Klamath Basin Crisis News 8-27-16

Klamath Basin Crisis.org

KBC News

Protest filed over Klamath River dam removal vote, H&N 8/27/16

Klamath County Commissioners finally voted, after 6 years, to allow the public to vote on whether they support the dam removal. This would be an advisory vote to direct the commissioners. “Are you in favor of removing the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River?”

8/25/16 – Petition for different ballot title: Tracy and Susan Liskey, Ed Bair, Greg Carleton (Klamath Agreement proponents) VS Klamath County Commissioners. The petition includes complaints of the Pro-KBRA/dam removal Klamath County irrigators, and at the bottom the wording of the Klamath County Commissioners’ dam removal vote. Again, dam removal proponents oppose allowing the citizens an advisory vote, much less a real vote.

Klamath Agreements mandate destroying the 4 Klamath River hydro dams. KWUA/Klamath Water Users Association, some Klamath River tribes, many environmental groups and government agencies negotiated a closed-door deal with no vote of the citizens. KWUA wanted water certainty and affordable power rate (which the KBRA does not mandate) and the environmental groups wanted to destroy the hydroelectric dams. 3 of the 4 dams are in Siskiyou County, yet Siskiyou County is not allowed at the negotiating table because Dept. of Interior wants the dams out, and dam destruction would further decimate the economy of Siskiyou County. Siskiyou County held an advisory vote several years ago, and the public voted more than 80% against destroying the hydro dams that serve 70,000 families. The public’s voices ARE NOT WELCOMED.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted 8/27/16: 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…

www.klamathbasincrisis.org

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Gap Fire on the Klamath National Forest

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Klamath National Forest Report

Aug. 28, 2016

The Gap Fire was reported on the Klamath National Forest Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. The fire, located 5 miles east of Seiad, has grown to over 700 acres.

The Gap Fire is north of Highway 96 and 5 miles east of the town of Seiad, burning on the top of O’Neil Ridge, into the Seiad Creek and Horse Creek drainages. Resources responded to the scene Sunday evening and began initial attack activities. Fire behavior is described as active with uphill runs, spotting and active backing. Due to the growth of the fire, steep terrain, and difficult conditions, the US Forest Service has ordered additional air and ground resources, including Rick Young’s Type 2 Incident Management Team, which is scheduled to in brief this evening and take over the fire Monday morning. They will manage the fire from Happy Camp. The cause of the Gap Fire is under investigation.

The Klamath National Forest reminds everyone to be careful with fire, and remember that Fire Prevention Starts With You.

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Fish disease prompts river flushing

Air, Climate & Weather, California water, Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, Hypocrisy, Klamath River & Dams, Salmon and fish, Trinity County, Water, Resources & Quality

PNP comment: While it is commendable to want to help inland resident trout, low summer flows are the typical type of summer environment they live in — and do survive. Anyone claiming there is a need to artificially pulse the rivers — in hot August and September — are buying into the lie that it helps salmon.

It actually targets and stimulates the salmon that are happily playing in the ocean to start swimming inland, when there is not sufficient water flows for them. (Pulsing artificially suggests that the autumn rains have arrived  — of which they have not!)

So the salmon will begin swimming up river, when the trouts’ disease and the back-to-normal low water flows will greatly endanger the lives of the salmon. What a bunch of disgusting bunk and fraudulent science pulsing truly is. Why would anyone want to bring the salmon up river before the real autumn rains naturally raise the water flows? — Editor Liz Bowen

 

By Damon Arthur of the Redding Record Searchlight

Posted: Yesterday 6:58 p.m.

To prevent an outbreak of a deadly fish-killing disease, federal officials plan to begin tripling the amount of water flowing out of Lewiston Dam and into the Trinity River.

Starting Thursday, the amount of water coming out of Lewiston Dam will increase from 450 cubic-feet per second to about 1,300 cfs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the dam.

The Trinity River flows into the Klamath River and the higher flows in the Trinity are meant to aid salmon and trout in the Klamath.

Federal officials and others are worried about an outbreak of a disease called ich, which spreads among fish crowded into slow-moving pools of warm water in the river. The higher flows from the Trinity are supposed to flush out the lower Klamath with cooler water and reduce crowding among the fish.

A small number of fish have become infected in “extremely warm water” in the Klamath, said Michael Belchik, a senior fisheries biologist for the Yurok Tribe, which is based on the Klamath River.

An ich outbreak in 2002 killed some 35,000 salmon and steelhead trout in the river.

“We take this threat to our fish very seriously, and we’re looking at every option to protect our fish,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke, Yurok Tribe chairman. “We don’t want to go through another catastrophe like the fish kill in 2002, and we will do anything we can to avoid that outcome this year.”

The Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team, which monitors fish fitness in the river, rated danger in the stream on Wednesday at “yellow” because of unfavorable physical and chemical conditions in the stream.

There are four “levels of readiness,” for the river, starting at green, the lowest level and best conditions for fish. Levels increase to yellow, orange and red, which means a fish kill is imminent or underway, according to the team’s website.

During the past several years of warm summer weather and drought, the higher releases from Lewiston Dam have been an annual event in August and September.

This year’s higher flows, which could go as high as 3,500 cfs, are expected to last until late September.

David Coxey, general manager of the Bella Vista Water District in Redding, said sending more water down the Trinity River means there will be less water for cities and agriculture in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

Nearly all the municipal water districts in the Redding area get water through the bureau.

“It’s disheartening how our supply reliability continues to erode,” Coxey said.

There is also less hydropower generated when more water is sent down the Trinity River, Coxey said.

Water is shipped via large pipes from Lewiston Lake to Whiskeytown Lake, where it is used to also generate power at the Carr Powerhouse. The water is then shipped by pipe again from Whiskeytown to Keswick Reservoir, where power is generated again at the Spring Creek Powerhouse.

Higher flows into the Trinity and Klamath rivers also ultimately mean less water flowing into the Sacramento River to aid endangered winter-run chinook salmon that spawn in the river in Redding, Coxey said.

“This is a discouraging decision that further hurts the salmon over here,” he said.

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Attorney named to spearhead Finicum, Bundy lawsuits

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs

The Spectrum.com

, kevin@thespectrum.com 5:37 p.m. MDT

August 24, 2016

A Southern California attorney who has gained national recognition as a legal analyst for media outlets announced this week that he will represent the family of slain Arizona Strip rancher R. LaVoy Finicum and imprisoned Southern Nevada rancher Ryan Bundy in anticipated civil rights lawsuits against law enforcement officers involved in ending an Oregon wildlife refuge standoff earlier this year.

Brian Claypool, the owner and managing partner of Pasadena’s Claypool Law Firm, was hired by LaVoy’s widow Jeanette and her 12 children to pursue the lawsuit Jeanette has previously said will redress what she calls the “murder” of her husband during a standoff with state police and federal officers near the refuge Jan. 26.

Claypool will also represent Ryan Bundy in a similar lawsuit stemming from the gunshot wound Bundy received, allegedly by law enforcement officers, minutes before Finicum’s death.

And Claypool will reportedly serve as co-counsel in defending Bundy against criminal charges arising from the alleged conspiracy to defy federal authorities in an armed occupation of the Malheur National Forest refuge during the month preceding Bundy’s arrest.

In addition to his legal work, Claypool is known as a “TV, legal, social and entertainment commentator,” according to his website. This month, he has made appearances on Fox News and CNN to discuss a number of legal cases as well as controversy surrounding Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s arrest in Brazil.

Last month, Claypool mentioned on his social media account that he had met with lawyers in Salt Lake City to discuss representing Finicum’s family, and on Monday he announced, “I have been hired 2 represent Jeanette Finicum and her 12 children 2 file a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit arising from death of #LaVoyFinicum.”

Wednesday’s news release by Claypool’s publicist states, “Finicum, along with Ryan Bundy and other ranchers, had been peacefully protesting on a Federal Wildlife Refuge. Law enforcement, motivated by political reasons, escalated the otherwise peaceful demonstration by pursuing Finicum despite his repeated instruction to them that he was on his way to John Day, OR to meet with local law enforcement and others in an attempt to resolve the protest.”

The majority of the protesters were arrested Jan. 26, but Bundy and Finicum were shot as they met a series of law enforcement road blocks in the Malheur National Forest. Bundy surrendered to officers and was taken into custody, and he has refused attempts to remove the bullet lodged in his arm since the incident.

Finicum and others remaining in his vehicle allegedly fled but were stopped shortly afterward, where Finicum died in a police-involved shooting that was documented through well-known videos shot by Kanab resident Shawna Cox from within the vehicle and a law enforcement aircraft flying overhead.

Bundy has been acting as his own “pro se” lawyer in the criminal case against him and 25 other alleged conspirators in the refuge occupation, but the federal court appointed public defense attorney Lisa Ludwig as Bundy’s “standby counsel” to ensure that proceedings don’t stall ahead of a trial scheduled in two weeks for Bundy and seven of the other defendants.

Claypool’s name does not appear on the court docket as a representative for Bundy but Ludwig, responding to an email inquiry by The Spectrum & Daily News on Wednesday, said Bundy had authorized her to confirm that Claypool will represent him in the yet-to-be-filed lawsuit.

Bundy did not address Claypool’s involvement in the criminal case, but Claypool, responding by email through his publicist, stated Bundy recently told him he had authorized a female Portland lawyer to take over his defense. Once the unnamed attorney files her application to be formally recognized by the court, she will file an application asking the court to recognize Claypool as an out-of-state co-counsel, he wrote.

On Wednesday, the court censured Bundy for his conduct as his own legal representation, stating Bundy has failed to abide by his agreement to respect the court’s rules as any attorney would be expected to do.

The court gave Bundy a Monday deadline to present any arguments to the court about why his pro se status shouldn’t be terminated in favor of reinstating Ludwig as his public defense attorney. The court’s complaint stems from its claims that Bundy has continued to argue the court doesn’t have Constitutional jurisdiction over his case and that he hasn’t received a complete list of evidence against him, despite the court’s previous findings in opposition to Bundy’s claims.

Similarly, a civil lawsuit filed two weeks ago by a standoff codefendant purporting to represent Bundy and the others was dismissed a few days later after the court found the lawsuit’s claims against the court’s jurisdiction have already been settled and are therefore frivolous. The man who filed the case reported he is an employee of Chainsaw Creations who earns $400 per month making wood products in Oregon.

The Finicum lawsuit has not been filed yet. Claypool stated that Jeanette filed a notice of intent to sue the FBI agents and Oregon State Police last month. That started a 45-day countdown in which the state is allowed to respond. Once the state responds or the 45 days elapse, Finicum’s family will be allowed to file the lawsuit complaint.

“We anticipate conducting a massive press conference in St. George Utah in mid to late September to roll out the actual lawsuit and announce the actual filing of the lawsuit and select facts that support the lawsuit as well as political undercurrents that led to this needless and wrongful shooting of LaVoy and Ryan,” Claypool stated.

After Bundy’s trial at the beginning of the month, another seven defendants are scheduled to receive a Feb. 14 trial on their charges. Eleven other codefendants have already pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges.

Trial-preparation proceedings occupy every day of the federal court’s calendar. As further evidence of the unusual attention paid to the case, the court sent out more than 1,500 juror questionnaires in an attempt to empanel 12 people to try the case.

The court has received 350 of the questionnaires back, according to an Associated Press story filed Tuesday. More than 90 members of the pool were excluded Monday because of perceived biases.

The court has stated it expects the Sept. 7 trial to continue through October and “most or all of the month of November, if not longer.”

Bundy’s brother, Ammon, and Cox will be among the eight defendants at the first trial. Cox is represented by an Oregon public defense attorney, while Ammon Bundy is represented by two noted Utah attorneys — former Republican state legislator and current Utah Senate candidate J. Morgan Philpot and Utah Republican Party counsel Marcus Mumford.

The defense argues the suspects were lawfully carrying weapons at the refuge rather than presenting an armed threat to government officials.

Trial preparation has included arguments over what evidence should be allowed — particularly whether information about an armed standoff against federal agents impounding Bundy cattle near Bunkerville in April 2014 should be presented to the jury.

Bundy and several family members, including his father Cliven, are among defendants in a criminal case stemming from that incident that is simultaneously taking place in Nevada. Prosecutors in Oregon intend to use statements from one defendant referring to the Malheur standoff as “another Bunkerville,” but the defense is asking the court to bar potentially prejudicial information about the Nevada incident.

Two defendants in the Nevada case, including a former county sheriff from New Hampshire, are scheduled to plead guilty to conspiracy and extortion charges Thursday.

The Bundys are expected to receive a trial in the Nevada case beginning in February.

Follow reporter Kevin Jenkins on Twitter, @SpectrumJenkins. Call him at 435-674-6253.

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Siskiyou Co: Grade Fire Community Meeting

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Cal Fire Press Release

Aug. 25, 2016

 When:  7:30 pm, August 25rd, 2016

Where:  Siskiyou County Fairgrounds

               Floral Building

               1712 Fairlane Rd

               Yreka, Ca 96097

What:  CAL FIRE will be hosting a community meeting in Yreka, CA at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds to give an update on the Grade Fire.  Representatives from the agencies managing and supporting the incident as well as local dignitaries will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 pm.

            If you have questions about the meeting or fire, please call 530-842-2266

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Yreka Patriots meet 8-30-16

TEA Party

Yreka Tea Party Patriots

Meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

6:30 PM

Covenant Chapel Church

200 Greenhorn Rd.   Yreka

Speakers:

Angelina Cook

Stewardship Coordindator Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center

Speaking in favor of Measure H

Groundwater Management Initiative Seeking to

 Amend Siskiyou County Code

and

Andy Fusso

Treasurer Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center

Speaking against “Measure G”

“The Siskiyou County General Retail Sales Tax Measure”

Be an informed voter, plan to attend.

Free….no membership.  Doors open at 6PM, come early to socialize with likeminded people.

Questions, Contact Louise @ 530-842-5443

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Federal judge to Ryan Bundy: ‘Open defiance’ of court authority shows he’s unfit to serve as own lawyer

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, CORRUPTION, Courts, Federal gov & land grabs

By Maxine Bernstein |

The Oregonian/OregonLive

on August 24, 2016 at 1:02 PM, updated August 24, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Federal Judge Anna J. Brown is poised to strip Oregon standoff defendant Ryan Bundy of his ability to represent himself, finding he’s been unwilling to follow her orders and has shown an “open defiance” of the court’s authority.

In a five-page order, the judge set out her reasoning and gave Bundy until Monday to “show cause” why she shouldn’t deny him his pro se status.

By repeatedly raising “frivolous issues and matters” that the court has previously ruled on or resolved, Ryan Bundy has engaged in “serious and obstructionist misconduct,” “abused the dignity of the courtroom” and used his pro se status as a “license not to comply with relevant rules of procedural and substantive law,” the judge wrote in an order filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

She noted that Bundy has continually challenged the court’s jurisdiction under Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution and “the false contention” that he hasn’t been provided any discovery in the pending case, Brown wrote.

On July 28, for example, he filed eight documents that didn’t raise “any legally cognizable issue” for the court to address but challenged the court’s authority, Brown said.

“Permitting Ryan Bundy to continue to represent himself would create an unacceptable risk that he would continue to flout this Court’s orders; further impede the efficient administration of justice in these proceedings; and conduct himself in a manner at the trial beginning September 7, 2016, that would prejudice the fair administration of justice, the government, and the co-defendants who each have their own right to a fair trial,” the judge wrote.

She ordered Bundy to explain in writing by noon Monday why she shouldn’t terminate his right to represent himself and appoint his standby counsel Lisa Ludwig as his lawyer. That would restrict Bundy from standing to question the judge directly during court proceedings or filing his own motions.

Bundy is one of eight defendants set to go to trial Sept. 7, charged with conspiring to impede federal employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. Eleven other defendants have pleaded guilty to the charge. Seven others have a trial scheduled in February.

Bundy largely kept quiet through Wednesday’s pretrial conference arguments. When he did stand at the start to identify himself as one of the defendants present, he noted, as he did the last two days, that he was in court “by special invitation.”

The judge interjected, “Let’s stop for a moment.”

She told Bundy, “Do not repeat it again. You have a continuing assertion for whatever that statement means.”

In other developments:

— After concerns raised by defense lawyers and the judge, prosecutors told the court they will not solicit testimony from federal employees at trial about their personal fears regarding the refuge takeover.

“They’re not going to be asked if they were put in fear, if they were personally afraid,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow said. “We didn’t find a case that was powerful enough to support that position.”

— After removing potential jurors for bias or hardship based on answers to written questionnaires, there are 263 jurors remaining in the jury pool to be called for jury selection, starting Sept. 7. The judge plans to call 30 potential jurors on Sept. 7, 60 on Sept. 8 and 60 on Sept. 9. The judge said she believes the number is “more than sufficient” to pick a jury of 12, plus eight alternates.

–Defendant Pete Santilli’s lawyer has argued that the government shouldn’t be allowed to enter into trial Santilli’s publication on his website of 682 pages of legal files on Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steve Hammond.

Attorney Thomas Coan said Santilli didn’t take the files. Someone scanned the documents from the refuge, and a confidential source provided them to Santilli, Coan said.

“It would be unprecedented to charge somebody for publishing material of public interest,” Coan argued, likening it to the publication of the Pentagon Papers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel countered that Santilli was in possession of documents that had been stolen from federal workers and were published to intimidate federal employees as part of the alleged conspiracy. The government also noted that hundreds of documents were found on three flash drives that co-defendant Shawna Cox had on her when arrested. The judge has yet to rule on Coan’s request.

–The judge ruled that defendants can testify, if they wish, at trial about their reasoning for occupying the refuge and raise the issue of adverse possession and their belief that they were staking claim to another’s land in an attempt to make it their own. But prosecutors argued that the jury should be instructed that whatever the defendants’ reasoning, it doesn’t absolve them of their alleged criminal culpability.

The judge agreed. References to adverse possession will only be allowed as it relates to a defendant’s state of mind. “We’re not going to litigate adverse possession,” Brown said.

Ammon Bundy’s lawyer Marcus Mumford indicated that his client is likely to take the witness stand at trial.

— Maxine Bernstein

mbernstein@oregonian.com
503-221-8212
@maxoregonian

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Utah: Dam project fills American Fork creek with muck

Dams other than Klamath, Water, Resources & Quality

http://www.sltrib.com/news/4267539-155/dam-project-fills-american-fork-creek

Sediment washed down from Tibble Fork could devastate popular trout fishery.

ARTICLE PHOTO GALLERY (9)

The creek running down American Fork Canyon has become clogged with muck after an upstream reservoir was drained as part of dam rehabilitation project.

The fine-grained sediments turned water black below Tibble Fork Dam, leaving a trail of dead trout and potentially degrading habitat for all sorts of aquatic life, according to observers.

“It would be a surprise if anything could live through this. It is suffocating the fish it is so thick,” said Brian Wimmer, president of a Utah County chapter of Trout Unlimited. “There is 4 inches of this disgusting mud 3 feet above the high water mark. It will take a major flush to bring the life back to this river.”

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Siskiyou County Sheriff Illegal Marijuana Update

Sheriff Jon Lopey, Siskiyou Sheriff's report

August 19, 2016

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Report

During the one-week period, ending August 20, 2016, the Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team (SIMIT) served seven (7) search warrants at the site of illegal, private property marijuana cultivation sites in Siskiyou County.  The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office have combined to form SIMIT, from additional funding provided by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors.  On Tuesday, August 16th, SIMIT members served a search warrant in the 18000 block of Camp Creek Road, Hornbrook.  An illegal marijuana cultivation operation was shut-down as a result of the effort.  The owner of the property, Mr. Daniel Donovan, 26, with addresses in Hornbrook, Santa Rosa, and Ashland, Oregon, was arrested for unauthorized cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a location for unlawful purposes. 187 marijuana plants were seized.  Two employees of the owner were detained but released, pending additional charges.  Three firearms and suspected concentrated cannabis, or “honey oil” were also seized during the raid.  The suspect will also be charged with illegally diverting water from Camp Creek to water his marijuana garden, a serious violation of law.

On Thursday, August 18th, SIMIT served six search warrants in the same day in the Shasta Vista area of the county.  Six separate properties were found to contain illegal marijuana cultivation operations.  600 marijuana plants were seized and five suspects were arrested for illegal cultivation and drug-trafficking crimes.  Four (4) pounds of processed marijuana, two firearms, and one generator were also seized in the operation, which was conducted throughout the day in 104 degree temperatures.  Assisting in the operation was SCSO, Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations, California Highway Patrol (CHP), CAL FIRE Law Enforcement, Etna Police Department, and members of the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigations Team (SUMIT).  One suspect fled the scene on foot but was observed hiding in a rock formation by a CHP officer and he was later located and arrested by SIMIT team members without incident.  The CHP’s H-14 helicopter crew also assisted by responding to the location.

SIMIT members also conducted additional reconnaissance of illegal marijuana grow sites in several other parts of the county and a number of search warrants are being developed for these locations.

According to Sheriff Lopey, “The efforts of SIMIT has had a positive impact on stopping illegal private property marijuana cultivation operations in Siskiyou County and have continued to identify blatant law violations, organized crime activity, and significant environmental damage inflicted by growers, including downed trees, garbage, raw sewage, illegal water diversions, chemicals and fertilizers used in cultivation sites, and other adverse impacts.  Numerous illegal campfires on land parcels have been detected along with a number of fire hazards associated with debris piles, fuels, and hazardous substances, which has drawn the close attention of assisting CAL FIRE investigators.  We will continue to concentrate our efforts in the next few weeks on other areas of the county as well in an attempt to curtail illegal marijuana cultivation operations, which are still pervasive in virtually every portion of the county.”

 SCSO has a Detective Sergeant assigned to the North State Marijuana Investigation Team (NSMIT), which is working with the United States Forest Service (USFS) to respond to large-scale illegal cannabis cultivation sites in public land areas of Siskiyou County (and other counties).  During the week of August 14-20th, NSMIT and USFS investigators, assisted by SCSO and other agencies such as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, conducted public land area raids in the “down river” area of Siskiyou County.  In the Rock Creek area, NSMIT seized 12,320 marijuana plants and conducted the reconnaissance of other illegal sites located in north and south county locations.  Over the last two weeks, NSMIT has seized over 60,000 illegally-cultivated marijuana plants.  No arrests were made in the recent operation, which is suspected to have been initiated and maintained by illegal drug cartels.  Two suspects fled the scene on foot but were not located in the rugged, heavily forested area.

In an effort to deter illegal water truck operations in the county, SCSO and SIMIT requested assistance from the CHP.  The CHP continues to be active in enforcing commercial regulations, especially on US 97, KRCE, and County Road A-12 and additional attention is being provided in Butte Valley.  According to a recent comment by SCSO spokesperson, Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue, “There are other joint counter-drug operations planned in the near future in most areas of the county.  We are focusing on areas where we are receiving complaints from the public, which are mostly on private property parcels.  We will continue using search warrants, citations, arrest investigations, and the new marijuana ordinance, in partnership with the Siskiyou County District Attorney, Planning Department, and County Counsel to exact a heavier toll against illegal drug traffickers operating in Siskiyou County.  The new marijuana ordinance adopted by the county does not allow outdoor cultivation of marijuana plants in county areas and limits growers to 12 plants, which must be cultivated in a separate indoor structure meeting county specifications and requirements.”

Sergeant LaRue reiterated the position of the Department by adding, “Most illegal cultivation sites on private land areas have common design and structural characteristics, indicating an organized crime effort that is well-financed and supporting most of the illegal cannabis cultivation sites visited by SIMIT and other investigators.  It is estimated these illegal, outdoor marijuana sites, on private property alone, are expending up to 2 million gallons of water a day to maintain their illicit cannabis gardens.  We are not seeking enforcement against legitimate medical marijuana users or growers who comply with the law.  We are actively and aggressively implementing enforcement action against illegal drug traffickers whose unlawful acts, disregard for their neighbors and the environment are adversely impacting the quality of life in our county.  We want to curtail these illegal operations to the maximum extent possible and we do not want Siskiyou County to become a base of operations for illegal drug trafficking.”

According to Sergeant LaRue, “Anyone with information about an illegal marijuana cultivation site is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.  Citizens may also contact the Siskiyou County Planning Department (Community Development) to report suspected marijuana ordinance violations at (530) 841-2100.”

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