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There must be plenty of coho salmon across the border in Oregon!

Salmon and fish

More days added to ocean coho salmon fishery

August 25, 2011

SALEM, Ore. – ODFW fishery managers got the go ahead today from the National Marine Fisheries Service to extend the 2011 non-selective ocean coho salmon season by four days. The change allows fishing all days from Sept. 1 through Sept. 10.

“We hope the extra days give anglers more opportunity to take advantage of this great fishery,” said Steve Williams, ODFW Deputy Administrator for the Fish Division.

The non-selective coho salmon fishery occurs between Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford.

Anglers can keep two salmon and are reminded to consult the 2011 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other applicable regulations.

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Contact:
Steve Williams (503) 947-6209
Richard Hargrave (503) 947-6020
Fax: (503) 947-6009

 

PNP comment:  Oregon coho are not listed with the federal Endangered Species Act, but across the border, here in Siskiyou County, they are “threatened” under the ESA!!  What hogwash. — Editor Liz Bowen

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Red Bluff Diversion Dam diverts water for last time

California water

PNP comment:  When will be able to stop this madness? — Editor Liz Bowen

Tuesday, Aug 30 2011, 5:00 pm

By Rob Parsons/Tri-County Newspapers

The gates of the Red Bluff Diversion Dam will be raised for the final time Thursday, marking the end of an era not only for crop irrigation on the west side of the northern Sacramento Valley, but also for Red Bluff’s recreation economy.

Paul Freeman of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Thursday will be a historically significant day for the region.

“It’s a very important day because of the history of reliable water supply (for farmers),” Freeman said.

Water diverted from the dam has irrigated more than 150,000 acres of crops in Tehama, Glenn and Colusa counties since the early 1960s, reportedly generating more than $1 billion each year in benefits to the overall regional economy, according to Jeff Sutton, general manager of the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority.

The canal authority manages the water delivery system from the dam.

“The gates will come up and Lake Red Bluff will be a causality of the Endangered Species Act,” Sutton said.

Protecting endangered fish species has been at the heart of a convoluted and decades-long fight to provide irrigation water to area farmers in a way that does not harm migrating Chinook salmon and sturgeon populations.

Opened in 1966, the diversion dam consists of a series of moveable gates that, when lowered, divert water into the headworks of the Tehama-Colusa and Corning canals, feeding 17 separate water districts between Red Bluff and Woodland.

Ancillary waters from diversion operations pool to form Lake Red Bluff, which has provided millions of dollars of benefit to the city’s economy, officials said.

Troubles surfaced in the late-1980s after Chinook salmon were added to the endangered species list. When the dam gates are lowered and the river is blocked, fish cannot migrate.

To help protect the fish, in 1986 dam operations were reduced from year-round to six months each year, hampering regional agriculture in the process.

Eventually the irrigation window shrank to just about two months out of the year, further jeopardizing scores of farming operations up and down the valley.

Debate simmered for many years as farmers struggled unsuccessfully to regain year-round water access and environmental groups fought to protect endangered fish.

Complicating the matter was the fact that a certain portion of Red Bluff’s recreation and tourist economy had become completely dependent on the existence of the lake, which can only occur when the dam gates are lowered and fish populations are jeopardized.

The issue came to a head in the summer of 2008 when several environmental groups filed suit in federal court seeking, at least in part, to end diversion operations statewide. A federal judge ruled that water diversions do harm endangered fish populations and ordered the gates to come up permanently this year.

A $200 million pumping plant is currently under construction at the dam site that is expected to provide valley farmers with badly-needed access to a steady irrigation source. That project is expected to be completed by May of next year, Sutton said.

“The project achieves the duel-goals of reliable water for farmers and safe passage for the fish,” Sutton said.

But it is not good news for Red Bluff, the economy of which has reportedly received as much as $11 million in benefits each year in tourism and recreation.

“Not only is it a loss of money for people around here, but the lake is also just a part of the community,” said Donna Lewis of Red Bluff. “It’s not just about property values, a lot residents grew up with the lake as part of life.”

Lewis operates the Sycamore Campground on the shores of the manmade lake and the Sacramento River.

“Losing the lake is going to hurt the camping, the fishing, everything,” Lewis said. “It’s going to ruin this park.”

Lewis said the issue is particularly upsetting because she feels like the needs of local citizens have been trumped “for a bunch of fish.”

More:

http://www.corning-observer.com/news/water-10381-red-dam.html

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Nielsen Comments on Governor’s so-called ‘Jobs Plan’

Politicians & agencies

8/25/2011

By Alice Alecu

SACRAMENTO (August, 25, 2011) – Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s release of a “job creation” plan which is based on making the single sales tax factor mandatory for all businesses in California.

“The Governor is right about one thing,” said Nielsen. “We do need an economic stability in this state to have businesses build confidence and invest here. And the way towards that stability is not through raising taxes.”

Nielsen said that the Governor’s plan, if implemented, will be raising taxes by $1.4 billion on businesses, then turn around and provide businesses with tax breaks.  “If the Governor truly believes, as I do, that tax relief will lead to job creation then he should provide the tax breaks without having to raise any taxes.”

He explained that although mandatory single sales factor would eliminate a disincentive from moving out of state capital and labor into California, California’s overall corporate taxation rate is higher compared to other states, meaning that very few businesses will do so.

“The truth of a matter is that this so-called ‘job plan’ the Governor presented today does nothing to create any new jobs or to stimulate the economy. If anything it will take us a step backwards.”

Nielsen criticized the Democrats for giving lip service about the importance of job creation, yet they have blocked virtually every one of the Assembly Republicans’ reforms that would lead to job creation.

“Over the years, the Legislature has created an economic climate that punishes businesses and drives jobs away,” said Nielsen. “What we need is real reform. To get people working again, the Legislature must take action to make our economy more competitive for jobs by passing reforms to reduce the high costs and burdens that are driving those jobs away. State agency reform is the first step toward that, and not more taxation of California hard-working families.”

In order for the Governor to be able to pass this new plan presented today, he would still need the votes of four Republicans. Nielsen stated that he thinks it’s even less likely to receive these votes now than it was in the beginning of the year.

 

Assemblyman Nielsen represents the Second Assembly District, which includes: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama and Yolo counties

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Gov. Brown again signs Williamson Act into law

Threats to agriculture

A watered-down version of a long-standing state program that preserved land for agriculture was signed into law Friday, July 22, by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, authored the new bill resurrecting the Williamson Act. The bill was co-authored in the California State Senate by Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, among others.

The California Farm Bureau also worked hard to get the legislation passed and signed into law, Nielsen noted.

Nielsen and LaMalfa currently represent South Shasta County in their respective Assembly and Senate districts, although redistricting triggered by the 2010 U.S. Census may change that.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger virtually eliminated the $40 million per year Williamson Act in 2009 by slashing its budget statewide to $1,000.

Quick to comment on the enactment of his bill, Nielsen praised the governor and legislature for passing a law that brings victory to local government and farmers.

“This will provide peace of mind and hope for the future to our hard-working California farm families and their employees,” Nielsen wrote in a release issued late Thursday, July 28.

http://www.andersonvalleypost.com/news/2011/aug/02/gov-brown-again-signs-williamson-act-law/?partner=popular

 

PNP comment:  I don’t recall seeing this and it is old news now, but decided to re post it. — Editor Liz Bowen

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Siskiyou Town Hall Meeting

Politicians & agencies

REVISED

News Alert!

Town Hall meeting

 With

 Government officials

including

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey

Labor Day evening

Sept. 5, 2011

  6 p.m.

 Siskiyou Golden Fair Grounds

  On the Mall

  BRING  LAWN chairs to sit

 All users of water are invited to attend.

Public comment period

Question and Answer period

For more information contact the

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Dept. at 530-842-8300

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California City Councilman Killed After Finding Marijuana Field

Federal gov & land grabs

Published August 29, 2011

| Associated Press

Front page of Fox News

FORT BRAGG, Calif. –  A well-respected California community leader who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation was a two-term mayor whose fundraising and goodwill helped build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium.

The city of Fort Bragg was reeling Monday after the death of longtime Councilman Jere Melo, a forest land manager who was fatally shot Saturday while he and a co-worker were walking through a rugged area of timber land just outside town.

A manhunt continued for the suspected gunman.

Melo was in his 15th year on the City Council and had dedicated most of his life improving Fort Bragg.

“He was always the first one there, and the last one to go,” current Mayor Dave Turner told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “No one put in as much as Jere did, and I don’t think they ever will.”

City Manager Linda Ruffing told the newspaper, “Jere was just loved and respected by so many people.”

Fort Bragg officials met on Sunday to discuss how to handle the grief among city staff.

Melo, who spent five decades in the timber business, was most recently working for Campbell Timber Management in Fort Bragg.

On Saturday, he and a co-worker were patrolling forestland for a suspected marijuana grow along the Noyo River when he was shot and killed, authorities said.

Melo’s co-worker managed to escape and called for help on his cell phone.

Deputies suspect the gunman was Aaron Bassler, a transient in his mid-30s with a history of run-ins with the law, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said.

Bassler was last seen with a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/29/california-city-councilman-killed-after-finding-marijuana-field/#ixzz1WaQmgCP3

PNP comment:  Our condolences go out to relatives and friends of Jere Melo, who was a native of Siskiyou County. This is truly a sad state of affairs. The Mexican Cartels should not be growing marijuana in the United States of America. — Editor Liz Bowen

 

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Reclamation to Open Red Bluff Diversion Dam Gates

California water, Salmon and fish

Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, Calif.

Media Contact:
Pete Lucero
916-978-5100

Released On: August 29, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation will begin opening the Red Bluff Diversion Dam gates and lowering Lake Red Bluff on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service’s Biological Opinion requires that the gates are opened no later than Sept. 1 to help migration of winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon and green sturgeon past the dam site.

With the opening beginning at 7 a.m. on Sept. 1, the lake level is expected to decrease approximately 3 to 4 feet the first day; with lake level adjustments continuing until the lake is reduced back to the river channel by Sunday, Sept. 4. All boats affected by the changing levels should be relocated before 6 a.m., Sept. 1.

Red Bluff Diversion Dam is on the Sacramento River about 2 miles southeast of Red Bluff, Calif. Water from the Sacramento River is diverted to the Corning and Tehama-Colusa Canals, which serve approximately 150,000 irrigated acres south of Red Bluff. Diversion of water from the Sacramento River into the Corning and Tehama-Colusa Canals will be done by the existing pumping plants until the new Red Bluff Pumping Plant comes online in 2012.

For more information, please contact Paul Freeman with Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office at 530-529-3890 or pfreeman@usbr.gov.

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Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.

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Newest on Redistricting boundaries in California

Redistricting

A referendum has been filed to overturn the new congressional districts created by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the attorney general’s office reported today.

The effort joins one already under way to undo the maps the commission drew for state Senate districts.

Filing the referendum with the attorney general is the first step in the process that ultimately requires the collection of 504,760 valid voter signatures within about three months to halt implementation of the maps until voters decide their fate on the June 2012 ballot. If the referendum qualifies for the ballot, the state Supreme Court would draw new maps or decide which maps to use in the upcoming political races.

The measure was filed by Julie Vandermost, an Orange County development and environmental consultant, and Charles Bell, a prominent Sacramento lawyer for Republican causes. Neither could be immediately reached for comment.

Categories: Congress, Redistricting

Posted by Dan Smith

Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/08/referendum-filed-to-overturn-c.html#ixzz1WaHKioX9

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STOP SB-48

TEA Party

Protecting Our Children

From Indoctrination

September 10, 2011, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Marie Callender’s

5455-A Philadelphia Street, Chino, CA 91710

(909) 613-0434

Special Guest Speaker:  Benjamin Lopez

Legislative Analyst & Pro Family Advocate

Find out how SB-48 will impact schools, educators, and families. Parents’ rights are being stripped from them through classrooms.  Get involved before it is too late!!

For more information: 

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Toni Holle (909) 438-0370

Chris or Judy Alcala (909) 218-0152

William Canter (909) 374-9323

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Gov. Brown hopes to raise taxes next year

Politicians & agencies

LAS VEGAS — Gov. Jerry Brown, who is considering what tax increases to propose to voters in November 2012, acknowledged this morning that polls are generally unfavorable but said voters might approve sales and income taxes.

“Sales and income could pass under certain circumstances,” he told The Bee. “It could. And it couldn’t.”

Brown said that such a measure would require broad-based support.

“That means business, that means agriculture, that means labor, that means no significant body to jump up and down and stigmatize it,” the Democratic governor said before speaking this afternoon at a green energy summit in Las Vegas.

Brown has been considering a November 2012 ballot measure since he abandoned his bid this summer for temporary tax extensions in a budget deal. Labor leaders who could fund such a campaign believe they must settle on a plan within about two months.

Brown said he might not use any of the $5 million or so left over from his gubernatorial campaign to fund the effort.

But he suggested he could be useful anyway. His public approval rating, he said, looks “awfully good,” though he said approval ratings “come and they go.” In June, the Field Poll put his public approval rating at 46 percent.

“We’re in a period of turbulence and discontent,” Brown said, “and that’s perilous for politicians.”

Categories: Gov. Jerry Brown

Posted by David Siders

Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/08/jerry-brown-sales-income-taxes-2012.html#ixzz1WaDCyWZh

PNP comment: Uugggggghhhhhhh, oh no! — Editor Liz Bowen

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