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Browsing the blog archives for October, 2010.

Autumn is in full swing


Earlier this week, on Oct. 25th, a drive up Cecilville Road showed the first snowfall of the season in stark contrast to the brilliance of our autumn leaves.

It is also time for Hammond’s Angus cattle to return to the valley ranch from high mountain grazing. This September and October have been so mild that it took the snowfall and finally some cold nights to encourage the mamas that it was time to go home.

This veteran bell cow knows her way home and also stays on the side of the road out of the harm of vehicles.  But still, Clyde Hammond travels this road several times a day checking on his cattle as he wants them all to arrive home safely.

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Most recent Water Right problems

1602 Permit for stream bed, Dept. Fish & Game, Salmon and fish, Threats to agriculture, Water rights

Water problems continue in Siskiyou County, California

Two new major concerns about California Dept. of Fish and Game activities in Scott Valley of Siskiyou County.

1.     Several cattle herds and horses broke through fences seeking water, when DFG closed-down a head gate of a ditch diversion and removed the fish screens for cleaning.

a.     This is considered by DFG as a mis-communication and said that the ditch was dry.

b.    This is a lie, because two days before the cattle and horses broke through fences, the ranchers made sure there was water in the ditches.

c.     This is a legal stock Water Right.

2.     DFG Warden McDonald informed rancher John Menke this week that he was definitely submitting a complaint to Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus against a neighboring rancher Nancy Carver.  Warden McDonald telephoned Carver around Oct. 1, 2010 asking if she was still irrigating – had her headgate open. She replied that she did. He then threatened that he would submit a charge of “no 1602 Permit” to the county DA. So this is a continuation of that threat.

a.     Carver has a legal Water Right to irrigate in this ditch through midnight Oct. 31, 2010.

b.    Carver continues to have a legal Water Right, through the winter, to use water for stock to drink in ditches.

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Requiem for the Pelosi Democrats – WSJ.com


 If you set as your goal to roll back the size of government, you have an obligation to answer the tough questions and show real courage, not just appeal to ideology.

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Outside funds trying to influence elections

Federal gov & land grabs, Klamath River & Dams, Threats to agriculture

PNP comment:  This is an outrageous amount of money used to destroy our customs, culture and livelihoods.  What is the real reason for removing us from the land?

Klamath Falls Herald and News

Letter to the Editor

October 27, 2010

Outside dollars are influencing our local use of natural resources. Many voters are aware of local money spent by various organizations, educating the voters for the   current elections.

What most voters are not aware of is the millions of dollars being spent from outside groups trying to influence the long-term use of our natural resources.

One such group is Sustainable Northwest.

Their representative, James Honey, acknowledged at a meeting in Chiloquin, Nov. 17, 2009, that the organization had spent, as of that date, at least $1.25 million in the Klamath Basin to supposedly help settle the natural resource issues here.

It seems rather apparent to me and many others involved in the natural resource issues here, that their goal is to destroy green hydroelectric dams and permanently reduce irrigated agriculture in the Klamath Basin.

Destroying dams and permanently reducing irrigated agriculture surely does not create local long-term jobs. It reduces those jobs and our total agricultural income, as well as reducing our tax base.

On the Sustainable Northwest 2008, 990 federal tax return it shows that in that 12-month period, the organization spent $447,158 on Klamath Basin issues.

Of that, $63,835 went to a local upper Basin irrigator for “consulting” fees.

An additional $112,487, went to Natural Heritage Institute. Its “Director of Legal Services,” is Richard Roos Collins, one of the so-called “stakeholders”, that is the literal author of both the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and dam removal document. Remember, this was all spent in one 12-month period.

Vote yes on Measure 18-80 (on the Oregon ballot).

It is the only opportunity we have to voice our local opposition to dam removal and the KBRA as written.

In Siskiyou County vote NO on Measure G.

Our federal legislatures are watching this ballot. Even though the commissioners worded it in a very deceptive manner, a YES vote will send a message to our elected officials.

Tom Mallams


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What Makes a Good Politician?

 by Craig Chenoweth 

Usually people consider politicians good, when they are honest, not corrupt, make improvements for citizen’s quality of life, and help generate money for the community.

Definition “Politicians”: 1 : a person experienced in the art or science of government; especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government 2 a : a person engaged in party politics as a profession b : a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons

Principles and Politics :“Government … thought [it] could transform the country through massive national programs, but often the programs did not work. Too often they only made things worse. In our rush to accomplish great deeds quickly, we trampled on sound principles of restraint and endangered the rights of individuals.”…“The Declaration [of Independence] was not a protest against government, but against the excess of government. It prescribed the proper role of government, to secure the rights of individuals.”                 – Gerald R. Ford     

 At what point did our elected officials forget the principles that where so important when they first ran for office?  What happened to these principles; the sincere service?  In many ways it is they who are  problem. The bureaucracy they are creating, like the California Department of Fish and Game, feels more like socialism then liberty; more like the tyranny than a constitutional republic!

Governments: “injustice, cruelty, restraint of conscience, oppression, falsity, dishonor, deceit, violation of law and equity?—But look how they have cleaned up the cities and what wonderful roads they have built!” – Johan Huizinga      ……..But look how they have cleaned up the water and saved the fish?

 Perhaps it’s too late, and we all must give in to the bureaucracy?  I think not!   As the government tries to diminish our Rights into privileges, which they can then Revoke, we must reform these government agencies. Expose the waste and wrong doings before we can participate with them. 

Do you like the Politicians that are on the ballot? Have they done a good job? Have they been Honest? Are they serving your best interest? Do you trust these Politicians?

If you like what they have done vote for them.

If Don’t like them, Don’t vote for them!!

 Let the politicians know how you feel by how few votes they get. Simply don’t check the box. Or write in Thomas Jefferson.

No Trust without Reform!

Principles before Politics, if not, then we will Protest!

We say “NO” to those regulations that are attempting to destroy our Constitutional Rights.

We will not submit, nor sign our rights away; but rather, we will stand on those Constitutional Rights with all the resources at our command.

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” – Thomas Paine

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Scott River near Callahan on Oct. 25, 2010

Photos, Salmon and fish, Scott River & Valley, Water rights

Plenty of water flowing this year.

The South Fork of the Scott River shows plenty of water as well.  Should help the king salmon get up the long Scott River Canyon. That canyon is over 20 miles away as the valley opens up for the next 20 miles into fields and pastures.  Then it finally becomes an extremely narrow canyon as it travels another 25 miles down to the Klamath River.

Cows grazing on a meadow hillside, near Callahan, CA.

The above 3 photos are within a mile of each other.  The first is shooting East and that side of our narrow valley is very dry with juniper and oak with patches of fir and pine in the higher elevation.

While looking to the South or West the hills are bigger and should be called mountains.  They are covered with thick forests. Folks that live on the East side of Scott Valley can attest to the reduced rainfall they receive, compared to the West side.  But this last weekend, the entire valley received a significant amount of rain.  Some same up to 5 inches.

Etna Creek is finally running after a weekend of rain.  This photo was taken on Tuesday, Oct.26, 2010 in late afternoon; before a very cold, 25 degree night.

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Rights Endowed by Whom? – Alexander’s Essays – PatriotPost.US


“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” –George Washington

Read More: http://patriotpost.us/alexander/2010/10/28/rights-endowed-by-whom/

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This Is a Referendum, Not an Election – Opinion – PatriotPost.US


The reason is that unlike all previous elections, this one is actually a referendum on the direction of the United States of America.

Read more:http://patriotpost.us/opinion/dennis-prager/2010/10/26/this-is-a-referendum-not-an-election/

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DFG did remove two fish screens along French Creek on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 without contacting any of the three active water diverters

1602 Permit for stream bed, Dept. Fish & Game, Salmon and fish, Scott River & Valley, Threats to agriculture, Uncategorized, Water rights

October 20, 2010

Citizens of Scott Valley and the State of California,

There has been much confusion in regards to the events that took place on October 4th through the 7th, 2010 in Scott Valley, within the French Creek drainage.  Reports that the head gate on surface diversion 43 had been shut down by the California Department of Fish and Game need to be cleared up.  Several people throughout Scott Valley have heard that the DFG had “shut down” this head gate and they are not happy about it.

This comes at a time when another water user in Quartz Valley is under pressure from the DFG to shut their head gate or be prosecuted by California State District Attorney, even though this person’s decree states that they may irrigate up to November; so naturally people are on edge.

With so much going back and forth about these two situations, the primary landowners and water users associated with the French Creek drainage would like to make a public statement about the events on diversions 43 and 47A.

Here are the facts:

1        DFG did remove two fish screens along French Creek on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 without contacting any of the three active water diverters along diversion 43, or the other landowners that have water rights along this ditch.  In addition, the Department did not contact the landowner/water user of diversion 47A about the removal of a second fish screen that was assumed, by the Department, to be out of use for the season.  Both screens were removed for yearly maintenance according to the DFG.  These screens were installed by the Department several years ago, and have been maintained by this agency on a yearly basis.

2        According to the DFG, the screens were removed and set on the ditch bank because the employee in charge of maintaining fish screens, in this section of the valley, claimed that both ditches were dry, and that the ditches were no longer in use.  This assumption prompted the employee to remove the screens by his own accord.  Again, no water diverters or landowners were notified about the Departments actions.

3        On Thursday, October 7th, one water user at the end of the ditch realized that no stock water was flowing to his animals, and that three separate cattle herds had broken down fences and gotten mixed together in an effort to find water.  In addition, his horses got scrapes and cuts while breaking though fences to get to water.  The water user headed straight to the diversion to see if the head gate had been shut, which it had.  He then went to the fish screen to see if it had been removed, and it had.  The water user reinstalled the fish screens and promptly opened the head gate.  Later that day the DFG was contacted about the removal of the screens and the closing of head gate 43.

The DFG admits to taking out the screens but claimed the ditch was dry and the head gate was shut prior to the screens removal.

This information doesn’t coincide with reports from two water users that claim water was seen flowing Tuesday October 5, a day after the ditch (43) was said to be dry by the DFG.  As of today, no one has come forward to claim responsibility for tampering with the head gate.  At the other diversion (47A) the ditch was indeed dry, because the water users had shut it down several weeks back when water flows were low.  However, this does not give the DFG the right to remove the screens.

4        Four times in the last six years the Department has shut down head gates and removed fish screens without giving notification or asking for permission from any of the landowners or water users on diversion 47A and 43.  Most recently, in the fall of 2009, a very similar situation took place where the DFG admitted to closing the head gate on 43 to push out fish that would be trapped in between the head gate and the fish screen during low flows.  After the fish had been removed the screens, brushes and kick backs were pulled and the head gate left shut.

The Department of Water Resources ditch master for French Creek noticed the untimely closing of the head gate and contacted two of the primary water users on the ditch to see if either had closed it.  When both said they hadn’t, the DFG employees responsible for screen maintenance were contacted and asked if anyone from that agency had closed the head gate and pulled the screen, the answer was yes for both questions.  The water users asked, not for the first time, that they be contacted whenever the DFG would like to pull the screens for maintenance.

Clearly, the request to notify landowners and water users was not acknowledged.  These two instances, that took place in the fall of 2009 and the fall 2010, have similar patterns; closed head gates, pulled screens without permission or notification, and a pattern where the DFG has taken it upon themselves to assume that water users are either finished irrigating, or that flows are no longer sufficient for stock water delivery.  It is not the Departments responsibility to react on any assumptions it has in regards to landowner’s usage of water flow any time of the year on these two diversions or any other diversions in Scott Valley, for that matter.

5        The most important fact in understanding this situation is that the landowners on both diversions have year round stockwater adjudications.  Because of these adjudications the ditches are only shut down by the water users for maintenance, cleaning, and by the users and ditch master during periods of late season low flow when they deem that stockwater delivery is inadequate. The DFG has never had the authority to shut the head gates down for any reason unless permission is granted.

Lack of communication by the DFG put several landowners and water users on these two diversions at a serious liability.  What would happen if these head gates where opened up without the screens in place?  Fish could have swam straight into the irrigation ditches and into fields, which would have resulted in a “take” as defined by the DFG.  Also, the Departments actions could have been disastrous for livestock, if the situation was not reversed in a timely fashion.  Even with no one claiming responsibility for shutting the head gate, the DFG must be held accountable for its actions.

If it were a landowner or water user who was “out of compliance”, that person would be slapped with heavy fines for each violation.  It has been admitted by DFG employees, who work at the screen shop, on more than one occasion, that they have little communication with the “higher ups” (people in charged of enforcing and developing the ITP and 1600) and say that they know little about how the ITP and 1600 processes are supposed to work.  With the seriousness of the ramifications throughout Siskiyou County, and the State of California, it is unacceptable that any DFG employee would not be educated on the basics of the ITP and 1600.  The lack of proper training of the DFG employees has the potential to be very harmful for landowners and surface diverters and drops the credibility of these programs.  This is more proof about how flawed this permitting process is and how uncommitted the DFG is in its pursuit to see the ITP and 1600 properly developed.

We urge any landowners or surface water diverters who have been bullied, threatened, or had any aspect of their ditch water delivery systems tampered with, by an agency, person, or group, to come out with the information in order to have a clean record of these events and to get the proper information out to the public.

Preston Harris

Jim Harris

French Creek water diverters

Jeff Fowle

French Creek water diverter


Dam Removal, The Swindle of the Century

Federal gov & land grabs, Klamath River & Dams, POW, Salmon and fish, Threats to agriculture

The KBRA/KHSA represent the environmental swindle of the century.

This is an attempt by the California Department of Fish and Game, California Natural Resources Agency, acting in concert with environmental and other special interest groups, to defraud the taxpayers of California. CDFG is the perfect example of government out of control. This project, if successful, will do massive environmental harm to fish, wild life and to the people of the Klamath Watershed.


Lie: The Dams must be removed to restore the Coho Salmon to the Upper Basin.

Historical records prove the Coho Salmon are not native to the Upper Basin. Historical records by the earliest explorers show the upper and lower Klamath basins to be warm water, high alkali, volcanic basins composed of peat marshes and shallow, alkali lakes. Coho Salmon are cold water fish. They do not thrive in alkaline, warm water environments. Salmon were not able to reach the Upper and Lower Klamath Lakes due to the geographic barriers. (History of the Klamath Basin 1904-1961, Foster), (Herald, September 24,1908).

Lie: Dam Removal will save you money on your power bill.

Hydro Electric is the cleanest and least expensive power available in the world. The increases in your electric bills are already beginning. You are already starting to pay for dam removal. Rates will continue to increase significantly if the dams are removed. Pacific Corp was bullied and threatened into cooperation with these agreements.

The KBRA/KHSA are available on the Internet. Read the agreements. See for yourselves. You will be paying for the removal of the Dams with your power bills and your tax money.

Lie: The KBRA/KHSA will restore the environment for fish and for the people.

The KBRA/KHSA is one of the largest environmental pork projects in history! How will buying the Klamath tribe a 92,000 acre property, with taxpayers money, restore the environment? I do not know how any one could look at this agreement and fail to see this for the bribe that it is. How does tearing out the Dams below the reclamation project help to guarantee more water for the Upper Basin? Water quality is poor in the Klamath Basin. Volcanic basins with naturally warm water and high mineral content produce poor water quality. The Klamath Basin has been that way for millions of years. The

Klamath River is the only volcanic basin in the United States that drains to the ocean. The Dams trap the water and allow the phosphorus and mobile nitrogen to settle to the bottom of the lakes. Water quality is far better below the dams than above them. It would be an environmental disaster to remove the dams and release over 20 million cubic yards of toxic sediment into the main stem of the Klamath River.

Lie: Toxic Blue Green Algae is killing people and harming the environment.

There has never been a recorded case of anyone becoming ill from the algae. There are several companies which use the naturally occurring algae taken from the lakes in the Klamath Basin, to make nutritional supplements.

This is a deliberate hoax designed to scare people into supporting dam removal. I urge you to go on the Internet. Type Klamath Blue Green Algae into your Search Engine to see the truth.

THE KBRA/KHSA IS A FRAUD AND A SCAM!!!!! The signers of these agreements are using the fish and the environment, to line up for the biggest environmental paycheck in history.

THE KLAMATH BASIN COORDINATING COUNSEL IS A FRAUD!!!! This is a commission of appointed officials which will have control over your lives and your property. The government of the United States of America is a Constitutional Republic. We vote for our leaders!

The KBRA/KHSA are unconstitutional agreements designed to make the stakeholders billions of Dollars.



Mark Baird

Vice President Siskiyou County Water Users Association

Vice President Protect Our Water

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