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Scottish independence: Scotland votes No

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PNP comment: Dang it, I was hoping they had the guts to appreciate independence! — Editor Liz Bowen

The Scotsman

19 Sept. 2014

ALEX Salmond’s dream of independence has been shattered after Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom.

 Scotland today rejected independence and voted to remain part of the United Kingdom at the end of the most intense political campaign the country has ever seen.

The silent majority finally raised its voice on a tense yet utterly compelling night of political history.

During a referendum that attracted record numbers of voters and was hailed as a triumph of democracy, the people voted to maintain the 307-year Union.

A decisive No vote was the culmination of two and a half-years of vigorous and at times edgy campaigning, which looks certain to change the constitutional map of Britain for ever.

As the votes were counted, a grim-faced Alex Salmond was seen boarding a private jet at Aberdeen airport just after 3am. Photographed with his wife Moira, the First Minister was contemplating his political future after the referendum he had strived for throughout his life delivered a telling blow against him.

The promises to deliver more powers to Holyrood made by the UK party leaders during the campaign were outlined in an early morning statement by David Cameron, which recognised the need to bring the United Kingdom together and deliver further devolution for not just Scotland, but England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Live blog on the Scottish independence referendum, with news, pictures, tweets and much more from around Scotland and further afield

With turn out at well over 80 per cent, the vote saw the economic warnings of the Better Together campaign overcome a powerful and impressive grassroots campaign run by Yes Scotland.

Reacting to the result, the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke of her “deep personal and political disappointment” saying she had fought the hardest campaign of her life.

Ms Sturgeon indicated she would be prepared to work with the UK parties to deliver more powers to the Scottish Parliament and claimed that the vote was not a mandate for the status quo.

“I will work with anybody and do anything I can to deliver substantial powers for the Scottish parliament, that’s beyond any doubt,” she said.

The Prime Minister’s plans were outlined by the Conservative chief whip Michael Gove said the UK would see a major constitutional overhaul which will hand more powers to all UK nations – and finally solve the so-called West Lothian Question.

This is the long standing conundrum which allows Scottish MPs at Westminster to vote on matters like health and education which are controlled in Scotland by the Holyrood Parliament. It has fuelled growing anger among Tory backbenchers, especially with the prospect of even greater powers for Scotland regardless of the referendum outcome.

“The Prime Minister will say much more later today,” Mr Gove said today.

“But I think its widely accepted across the political spectrum that there are some issues which affect Northern Ireland, Welsh and English voters which and need to be decided in a way that respects the majority of opinion in those parts of the United Kingdom.”

He added: “If as seems likely there is a No vote, then the Prime Minister will be saying more about not just the need to make sure that the interests of Scotland are catered for but also how do we keep the UK together and what that means for Northern Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

All three pro-union parties have set out plans for greater devolution for Scotland and say an agreed timetable will be in place by the end of the year, with legislation published by the end of January.

Mr Gove said there will be a “similar sense of urgency” in bringing forward proposals for change in the other UK nations as well.

Mr Gove, a Scot originally from Aberdeen, said the plans would stop short of an English Parliament being introduced.

But he added: “The central thing, I think is that there needs to be change in order to ensure that Westminster works better for the people of England Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Signs that the other main UK parties were coalescing around that position came when the Labour MP Jim Murphy said the referendum could inspire an “awakening” of politics in England.

Mr Murphy said there was a “disconnect” between the “village of Westminster” and the great English cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

While emphasising that it was not his role as a Scot to tell the rest of the UK how to conduct its politics, Mr Murphy suggested that the referendum – whatever the outcome – could lead to a realignment of powers south of the border.

Mr Murphy, who played a prominent role in the Better Together campaign with his 100 Towns in 100 Days tour, also said he thought that 16 and 17-year-olds should be given the vote in the next General Election.

The extension of the franchise to include more teenagers in yesterday’s poll had been a huge success, Mr Murphy argued.

Teenagers had been “enthused, informed, clever and sussed” and he said there was a case for attempting to extending the franchise in the rest of the UK for next year’s General Election.

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said there should be “wider” constitutional change across the UK.

It was the campaign that saw Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond clash in two televised debates, the resurrection of Gordon Brown as a formidable, front line politician and Better Together was criticised for relentless negativity and obsessing on unanswered questions over the currency.

But despite the criticism, Better Together emerged triumphant in an early morning of high drama.

The first declaration of the night came at 1.30 am and was bad news for Yes Scotland with No coming out on top in Clackmannanshire, an area of traditional SNP strength.

The No side took 53.8 per cent of the vote with 19,036 votes compared with 46.2 for the Yes campaign (16,350).

Orkney was next with an utterly emphatic victory for No. The Lib Dem stronghold displayed its commitment to the United Kingdom with No polling 67.2 per cent of the vote with 10,004 people voting against independence compared with just 32.8 per cent for Yes (4,883 votes).

Although Orkney had been expected to favour remaining in the Union, the Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur said he was surprised at the size of the margin.

“I think we were always confident that Orkney would vote to remain in the United Kingdom but the scale of the what has happened has surprised us.

“I think our campaign stepped up a gear when there was a narrowing of the polls. That concentrated minds. What we saw was No supporters starting to be more ostentatious and outward – concentrating their support.”

Mr McArthur added that the referendum suggested that there was a “mood” for constitutional change across Scotland.

Shetland followed at around 2.40 am and again it was a strong No vote with people voting in favour of keeping the Union by a ratio of more than two to one.

On Scotland’s most northerly extremity Yes only managed to secure 36.29 per cent of the vote compared with 63.71 per cent for No. The 5,669 Yes voters were heavily outnumbered the 9,951 voting No.

Although the first results were encouraging for the Better Together campaign, Clackmannanshire, Orkney and Shetland are among the most sparsely populated local authority areas, so independence supporters remained hopeful that those results could be reversed elsewhere in the country.

In the Eilean Siar local authority, the Western Isles, the result was much tighter, but was still a win for the Better Together campaign. Although another area with a small population, the outcome of the vote in the Hebrides was seen as an important symbolic moment. As an area where the SNP have done well in parliamentary elections, Yes Scotland had hoped for a far better result.

There was encouragement for Yes when Inverclyde declared at around 3.30 am. A far stronger showing for Yes delivered a vote of 27,243 for independence – agonisingly short of the 27,329 for No.

Yes achieved 49.92 per cent of the vote, marking the first time during a long night that Yes looked close to emerging as the most popular option.

In the far more heavily populated local authority area of Renfrewshire, the 117,612 electorate voted No on a 53 per cent/47 per cent split.

Dundee was the scene of Yes Scotland’s first triumph. The Tayside city, where Mr Salmond had been greeted like a hero during the campaign lived up to the “Yes city” nickname the First Minister gave it. Fifty-seven per cent of Dundonians voted for independence, but there was anxiety amongst Yes strategists that the margin of victory was not enough to stem the No tide.

On a night of extraordinary participation the turn-out on the banks of the Tay, where 251,237 people cast their votes, was relatively low on 78.8 per cent. Nevertheless Dundee’s willingness to embrace independence, cut the No camp’s lead to just 6,385 votes when the clock reached 5.00 am.

Momentum for Yes gathered when a great roar went up at the West Dunbartonshire count. Yes gathered 33,720 votes to give it 54 per cent of the vote.

On an early morning of almost unbearable drama, the pendulum then swiftly swung in the other direction when the Midlothian, East Lothian and Stirling council results came out.

Midlothian was won by Better Together with 33,972 voting No – a percentage of 56 per cent.

East Lothian followed suit with 61.7 per cent of the electorate putting their cross in the No box. The total number of No voters came to 44,283.

In Stirling, once a Conservative strong hold and the base of the former Tory Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth, a strong No vote of 59.8 per cent (37,153 votes).

Shortly afterwards Falkirk also declared for No with 53 per cent (58,030) voting against breaking up the United Kingdom.

• Scottish independence referendum results by council area

At a Better Together gathering in Glasgow’s Marriot Hotel, the flurry of results in the favour were greeted with whoops of delight.

Wandering among the crowd was Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who said: “my gut feeling is that Scotland has voted no but I’m not going to call it just yet. If it is a No vote it will be a welcome end to two years of campaigning but the work will begin to deliver the change that we have promised. The people of Scotland want change but want it within the UK. If that is the case it puts the pressure on us to deliver.”

The soundtrack at the Better Together party was carefully themed: ‘Come together’ by The Beatles’ and ‘Lets Stay Together by Al Green’ and then another ‘Come Together’ this time by Primal Scream. The hotel’s main conference room had been accessorised for the evening with a mini-stage now flanked with a back drop of red hearts on which is written one of the campaign’s slogans: “Love Scotland Vote No”. Four giant projector screens had been erected in each of the room’s corners two of which were broadcasting BBC and one each screened SKY and STV. In the centre of the room was a table with bottles of chilled wines and on either side a Indian buffet.

Brian Wilson, the former Labour cabinet minister said last night that if the nation did vote No then it would by the high water mark of the independence campaign. “I say that as someone who generally subscribed to the view that devolution would lead to this moment. I don’t think that we will see something like this again, people will be reluctant to get into this for a number of years. We don’t know what will happen in 20 or 30 years but I can’t see if sooner.

“Labour has to take a large share of the blame for the fact that we are here at all and I have to take my share. What went wrong is that in the 1980s and 1990s there were too many people in Labour that supported devolution but didn’t know what to do with it once it was delivered. I think more of us, and I include myself, should have come to Holyrood.”

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Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

Federal gov & land grabs, Foreign countries

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By Scott Malone of Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

Anger with President Barack Obama‘s handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants drives some of the feeling, with Republican respondents citing dissatisfaction with his administration as coloring their thinking.

But others said long-running Washington gridlock had prompted them to wonder if their states would be better off striking out on their own, a move no U.S. state has tried in the 150 years since the bloody Civil War that led to the end of slavery in the South.

“I don’t think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done,” said Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina, who lives on disability payments. “The state would be better off handling things on its own.”

Scottish unionists won by a wider-than-expected 10-percentage-point margin.

Falling public approval of the Obama administration, attention to the Scottish vote and the success of activists who accuse the U.S. government of overstepping its authority – such as the self-proclaimed militia members who flocked to Nevada’s Bundy ranch earlier this year during a standoff over grazing rights – is driving up interest in secession, experts said.

“It seems to have heated up, especially since the election of President Obama,” said Mordecai Lee, a professor of governmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, who has studied secessionist movements.

‘OBAMACARE’ A FACTOR

Republicans were more inclined to support the idea, with 29.7 percent favoring it compared with 21 percent of Democrats.

Brittany Royal, a 31-year-old nurse from Wilkesboro, North Carolina, said anger over the “Obamacare” healthcare reform law made her wonder if her state would be better off on its own.

“That has really hurt a lot of people here, myself included. My insurance went from $40 a week for a family of four up to over $600 a month for a family of four,” said Royal, a Republican. “The North Carolina government itself is sustainable. Governor (Pat) McCrory, I think he has a better healthcare plan than President Obama.”

By region, the idea was least popular in New England, the cradle of the Revolutionary War, with just 17.4 percent of respondents open to pulling their state out.

It was most popular in the Southwest, where 34.1 percent of respondents back the idea.

That region includes Texas, where an activist group is calling the state’s legislature to put the secession question on a statewide ballot. One Texan respondent said he was confident his state could get by without the rest of the country.

“Texas has everything we need. We have the manufacturing, we have the oil, and we don’t need them,” said Mark Denny, a 59-year-old retiree living outside Dallas on disability payments.

Denny, a Republican, had cheered on the Scottish independence movement.

“I have totally, completely lost faith in the federal government, the people running it, whether Republican, Democrat, independent, whatever,” he said.

Even in Texas, some respondents said talk about breaking away was more of a sign of their anger with Washington than evidence of a real desire to go it alone. Democrat Lila Guzman, of Round Rock, said the threat could persuade Washington lawmakers and the White House to listen more closely to average people’s concerns.

“When I say secede, I’m not like (former National Rifle Association president) Charlton Heston with my gun up in the air, ‘my cold dead hands.’ It’s more like – we could do it if we had to,” said Guzman, 62. “But the first option is, golly, get it back on the right track. Not all is lost. But there might come a point that we say, ‘Hey, y’all, we’re dusting our hands and we’re moving on.’”

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Additional reporting by Mimi Dwyer in New York; Editing by Douglas Royalty)

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Filling carts for City of Weed Boles Fire victims

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PNP comment: Apparently, this occurred on Thursday or Friday. Thank you to all who helped ! — Editor Liz Bowen

Medford, Oregon

GOING ON NOW! Carts are being filled with donations for Weed residents displaced by the Boles Fire.

A semi truck is parked in front of Sherm’s Food 4 Less in Medford until 7:00 pm

as Bicoastal Media broadcasts live

for 13 hours to help fill the truck with food and personal items.

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Klamath Basin Crisis.org news

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KBC News

9-15-14

2 Peter 3:10-13 The day of the Lord. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for the new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Tulelake Irrigation District special meeting Tuesday, Sept 16, 10 a.m. Firehall.

To be discussed is fall irrigation (presently TID allows some A ground to be irrigated and some can not depending on what is or is not planted), water pricing and measurement (we need to measure our water and pay for permits to irrigate our deeded water. California dredge miners were forced to get permits and then they were denied those permits and were not allowed to mine), and board and voting eligibility (TID board is planning to change rules so you do not have to live in the area you want to represent on the board, and large landowners will get more votes than small landowners depending on acreage.) If you are a farmer and not on a tractor or harvester during harvest, do come.

(Klamath) Project irrigators in limbo over power costs, H&N 8/7/14.

“Gary Derry, who is a member of the KWAPA and Shasta View Irrigation District boards, pointed out Shasta View’s power budget has increased from $36,000 in 2005 to $532,080 in 2014. This year’s figure is more than a half a million dollars despite at least $500,000 in energy improvements that have been made within the last five years, he said…. ‘It’s absolutely outrageous.’ Derry told the KWAPA board he has always believed the federal energy deliveries would be secured through political action. But from a KWAPA standpoint, Derry said, he thinks the board has hit a brick wall.”
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Leo vs. science: vanishing evidence for climate change

Agenda 21 & Sustainable, Air, Climate & Weather

By Tom Harris and Bob Carter
September 14, 2014 | 8:25pm
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Was it “Titanic” that made him an expert? Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the State Department’s “Our Ocean” conference earlier this year. Photo: Startraksphoto.com
In the runup to the Sept. 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a series of films about the “climate crisis.”
The first is “Carbon,” which tells us the world is threatened by a “carbon monster.” Coal, oil, natural gas and other carbon-based forms of energy are causing dangerous climate change and must be turned off as soon as possible, DiCaprio says.
But he has identified the wrong monster. It is the climate scare itself that is the real threat to civilization.
DiCaprio is an actor, not a scientist; it’s no real surprise that his film is sensationalistic and error-riddled. Other climate-change fantasists, who do have a scientific background, have far less excuse.
Science is never settled, but the current state of “climate change” science is quite clear: There is essentially zero evidence that carbon dioxide from human activities is causing catastrophic climate change.
Yes, the “executive summary” of reports from the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change continues to sound the alarm — but the summary is written by the politicians. The scientific bulk of the report, while still tinged with improper advocacy, has all but thrown in the towel.
And the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change lists thousands of scientific papers that either debunk or cast serious doubt on the supposed “consensus” model.
Oregon-based physicist Gordon Fulks sums it up well: “CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.”
Consider:
•  According to NASA satellites and all ground-based temperature measurements, global warming ceased in the late 1990s. This when CO2 levels have risen almost 10 percent since 1997. The post-1997 CO2 emissions represent an astonishing 30 percent of all human-related emissions since the Industrial Revolution began. That we’ve seen no warming contradicts all CO2-based climate models upon which global-warming concerns are founded.
• Rates of sea-level rise remain small and are even slowing, over recent decades averaging about 1 millimeter per year as measured by tide gauges and 2 to 3 mm/year as inferred from “adjusted” satellite data. Again, this is far less than what the alarmists suggested.
•  Satellites also show that a greater area of Antarctic sea ice exists now than any time since space-based measurements began in 1979. In other words, the ice caps aren’t melting.
•  A 2012 IPCC report concluded that there has been no significant increase in either the frequency or intensity of extreme weather events in the modern era. The NIPCC 2013 report concluded the same. Yes, Hurricane Sandy was devastating — but it’s not part of any new trend.
The climate scare, Fulks sighs, has “become a sort of societal pathogen that virulently spreads misinformation in tiny packages like a virus.” He’s right — and DiCaprio’s film is just another vector for spreading the virus.
The costs of feeding the climate-change “monster” are staggering. According to the Congressional Research Service, from 2001 to 2014 the US government spent $131 billion on projects meant to combat human-caused climate change, plus $176 billion for breaks for anti-CO2 energy initiatives.
Federal anti-climate-change spending is now running at $11 billion a year, plus tax breaks of $20 billion a year. That adds up to more than double the $14.4 billion worth of wheat produced in the United States in 2013.
Dr. Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, calculates that the European Union’s goal of a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions below 1990 levels by 2020, currently the most severe target in the world, will cost almost $100 billion a year by 2020, or more than $7 trillion over the course of this century.
Lomborg, a supporter of the UN’s climate science, notes that this would buy imperceptible improvement: “After spending all that money, we would not even be able to tell the difference.”
Al Gore was right in one respect: Climate change is a moral issue — but that’s because there is nothing quite so immoral as well-fed, well-housed Westerners assuaging their consciences by wasting huge amounts of money on futile anti-global-warming policies, using money that could instead go to improve living standards in developing countries.
That is where the moral outrage should lie. Perhaps DiCaprio would like to make a film about it?
Tom Harris is executive director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition. Bob Carter is former professor and head of the School of Earth Sciences at James Cook University in Australia.

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City of Weed: Boles fire relief efforts

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Donations are currently being accepted at the Hope Community Church, 974 Lassen Lane, Mt. Shasta. 8am-8pm.
Please make sure your donations are NON-Perishable. All items are needed: canned foods, dry goods, blankets and clothing, all baby items, baby food, pet food, kitty litter and litter boxes included.
Monetary donations will be accepted for Weed victims relief, please specify this on your monetary donation. If you have any questions call 530-926-2847

Shasta Regional Community Foundation

In response to the Boles Fire in Weed, CA the Community Foundation established the Community Disaster Relief Fund. The fund was established with a gift from the Stewardship Endowment Fund. First and foremost, the fund will provide assistance to the families, nonprofits and organizations impacted by the Boles Fire in Weed.
Donate by clicking here.
The Community Foundation has a history of helping Siskiyou County nonprofits and organizations and will be able to deliver monetary assistance efficiently and effectively.
With respect to the other fires and natural disasters that have affected Shasta and Siskiyou Counties, the fund will remain in place in order to provide future assistance should the need arise again.

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Rep. LaMalfa Urges Action on Forestry Reforms

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA, FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke on the floor of the House to demand urgency in addressing the threat of catastrophic wildfires by implementing common sense, balanced forest policies that would allow greater state and local involvement in wildfire prevention on federal lands. LaMalfa’s comments came in the wake of the Boles Fire, which has destroyed or damaged much of the town of Weed, California.

“Last night in the town of Weed, California, over 100 of my constituents’ homes were destroyed or damaged by fire, along with an elementary school and timber mill, one of the area’s largest employers. Thousands of my constituents are under evacuation orders, and the fire is not yet fully contained,” said LaMalfa. “Unfortunately, this is not new to rural California and the West. Each year, millions of acres are burned in California and throughout the United States, destroying communities and rural economies. The simple fact is that our forests are entirely unmanaged, and as a result are overgrown, unhealthy and ready burst into flame at any time.”

Rep. LaMalfa cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R 1526, a measure which passed with bipartisan support to improve forest health and prevent wildfires by removing red tape from timber and fire prevention work in National forests. The Senate has failed to consider this measure or put forward a similar proposal. LaMalfa also is a cosponsor and strong supporter of H.R. 3992, which would end the diversion of forest management funding to firefighting by treating fires like other disasters and allowing flexible wildfire disaster funding.

“Without action by Congress and this administration to advance these responsible, common sense policies, our forests will continue to burn. Our constituents will continue to see their homes and livelihoods destroyed, and rural communities across the West will continue to suffer.”

Video of LaMalfa speaking about the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives may be found here: http://youtu.be/0gd1s2DChIQ

Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
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Rep. LaMalfa Questions Decision to Continue Elderberry Beetle Restrictions

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA, Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, Greenies & grant $, Lawsuits

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the announcement of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to withdraw its proposal to remove the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle (VELB) from the endangered species list:

The Fish & Wildlife Service sided with an extremist environmental group over a comprehensive five-year study conducted by its own scientists, and the result will be millions of dollars in added costs to flood control projects and more Californians at risk. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, to see the Service bend to the wishes of the Center for Biological Diversity, a group that has made millions suing the federal government.

It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: the Fish & Wildlife Service doesn’t like the facts its scientists found and instead of acting, delays for almost a decade. Then, when it’s forced to act, the Service declares that its data is too old and that it needs a new, multi-year study costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. These tactics might keep a few government bureaucrats and special interest lawyers employed, but they’ll force many more private sector workers out of a job.

The FWS Sacramento office recommended delisting the VELB in 2005 after conducting a five-year review and determining the species had fully recovered. However, the FWS refused to act for years until legal action forced it to begin the delisting process. Just months ago, the Center for Biological Diversity, which sues the government hundreds of times each year, sent a letter demanding that the FWS keep the VELB listed. Having delayed delisting the VELB for nearly a decade, the FWS now claims that its population data is too dated to use and plans to conduct a new, multi-year study.

Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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July Fire Complex: White’s Fire emergency area closure is reduced

Federal gov & land grabs, FIRES, Forestry & USFS

From Klamath National Forest

YREKA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2014 –The Whites Fire Emergency Closure Area has been reduced approximately 50%.

Effective Sept. 18, 2014, this opens for public use approximately 96,000 acres or 150 square miles of National Forest land. The closure order was amended because the Whites Fire is now 100% contained and significant progress has been made on road and suppression repair work. Approximately two thirds of the newly opened area is north and northwest side of Whites Fire—and the other one third is south and southwest of the Whites Fire. For full closure order details and maps of closure areas please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/4035/.

Many roads, trails and lands within and adjacent to the Happy Camp and July Complexes, as well as the Beaver Fire, are still closed to protect public and firefighter safety. Firefighters are continuing work to control these fire incidents as well as complete suppression repair work—including removal of hazard trees. This directly affects when closure areas may be reduced in size.

It is unsafe to be near wildfires due to unpredictable changes in wind, rolling fire debris, poor visibility and narrow roads busy with emergency vehicle traffic. Only fire personnel are allowed to go into or be upon National Forest land within emergency closure areas. Forest visitors are encouraged to seek alternative destinations. As conditions change, the Klamath National Forest will continue to update these closure areas. It is important to note that more than 75 percent of the 1.7 million acre Klamath National Forest remains open for public use.

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Happy Camp Fires Complex update 9-18-14

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Size: 129,422 acres
Containment: 68 percent
Total Personnel: 1,156
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 8
Date Started: August 11, 2014
Structures Destroyed: 6
Structures Damaged: 2

Cost: $81M

Resources: 23 crews, 16 helicopters, 39 engines, 12 dozers, 30 water tenders

Current Information:
Fire activity last night was minimal due to rain showers, higher humidity and cloud cover. Today, crews continue to secure Big Ridge and the Buckhorn Mountain areas to achieve containment objectives. Most of the fire activity is in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Firefighters and Resource Advisors will continue to focus on suppression repair. Suppression repair mitigates damage to soil, water and roads damaged by fire suppression activity. If weather permits, helicopters will continue to support efforts to hold firelines and backhaul excess equipment.

Fog and partly cloudy skies along with light winds are expected this morning and thunderstorms are predicted this afternoon.

The increase in acreage is due to the Man Fire coming under the management of the Happy Camp Complex which includes 15 total fires.

Firefighters and equipment are staged to respond in the event of any new fire starts on the forest.

Evacuations and Road Closures:
Effective 9:00 a.m. September 17, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office lifted all mandatory evacuations, advisory evacuations, and road closures associated with the Happy Camp Complex. Fire crews and equipment are still working in these areas. Drivers in the area are reminded to use caution and reduce speeds when driving on Scott River Road and the vicinity. Rainfall could loosen stones and other debris, which could roll into the roadway.

Forest Closures and Restrictions:
Emergency Closure Orders continue to be in effect on the Klamath National Forest for public and firefighter safety. Please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/4036/ for details and maps of closure areas or call 530-841-4541.

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