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Mining Districts: A Concept Reborn


by Jim Foley



In the last ten years mining has come under increasing attack from extreme environmental, as well as tribal special interest groups and last, but not least, federal and state agencies. Most of the mining opposition today is centered around the small-scale miner. These miners number in the thousands and come from every walk of life. While many of these miners hold regular jobs and practice their mining as a supplement to their regular income, and some for purely recreational purposes, there are a large percentage of them who depend on mining as their sole income.

Mining benefits a very large support industry, which includes manufacturers of equipment as well as many other types of businesses that serve as the business community in the mostly rural areas of what is known as “gold country.” Many, if not most of these businesses depend heavily on miners dollars to carry them through the winter months when business slows down in their small communities. These are the businesses that keep small communities thriving. Their continued existence benefits not only miners, but also their respective communities. They are the mom and pop grocery stores, general stores, gas stations, repair shops, restaurants, motels and R.V. parks.

It is easy to see that anything that would ban or adversely affect mining can and does have a terribly devastating effect on our rural communities. In California a recent “suction dredge” mining ban in all state waters has caused extreme financial hardship on many rural businesses. Some will close because their owners say they cannot continue to stay open to serve their communities without the help of miner’s dollars; others have already closed because of this hardship.

Most of the present-day anti-mining sentiment is centered in the Northwest states of Washington, Oregon and California. The opposition to mining normally consists of well organized and well funded organizations. By contrast, miners are, for the most part, unorganized and lacking the funding needed to combat the assault on their mining rights and property.

While it is true that all natural resource users on our public lands are also being attacked by these very same special interest groups, miners are crucial to the success of the environmentalist’s agenda simply because mining is protected by an Act of Congress known by its federal designation: HR 365. This act was put in place in 1866, and last amended in 1872. It is now known as the Mining Law of 1872. If special interest groups can topple miners, who have an actual “right” to mine, then all natural resource users will be easy pickings.
Because of the very real threat to mining and miners, there has been a lot of talk among miners about the possibility of forming mining districts like the ones that were originally formed to unite miners and fight for our rights to mine, as Congress granted us. So far this has only been talk with no real direction or knowledge of how to go about forming one, or how it might be used for the good of all miners. Mining districts no longer exist, but that doesn’t mean they cannot exist once again to fulfill the unmet needs of the modern miner.

The South West Oregon Mining Association

The South West Oregon Mining Association (SWOMA) is an organization of miners and others based in South Western Oregon that are interested in defending our mining, property, water and other rights. SWOMA, with the help of very able and knowledgeable legal researchers among their members, have thoroughly researched the need and method for forming a mining district.

SWOMA began to put out feelers in the mining community to see if there was interest in forming a mining district. Fortunately there was a great deal of interest.

After widespread notice, on September 2, 2011 at their second fact-finding meeting, it was decided by those present to form a mining district. A vote was taken of those present, which was about 70 miners in attendance, coming from as far away as Indiana. The vote was unanimous in favor of forming the district.

As required by custom and law, the name of the new mining district needed to be determined. It was decided by vote to name the new district the Jefferson Mining District. The boundaries of the District will approximate the “abandoned” State of Jefferson boundaries, to include most of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Ida Reimann was named and voted the first Recorder for the Jefferson Mining District. Kerby Jackson was named and voted interim chairman pending formal structuring of District organization. Rules promulgation was tabled until organization Establishment. The initial purpose of the Jefferson Mining District will be to produce a federally authorized Coordination Plan, which miners throughout the district may use to assert and enforce the mining law.

What is Coordination?

Coordination is a federally mandated tool used by local governments to bring federal agencies to the table to discuss and align resource management plans with local needs as explained through a Coordination Plan. Coordination works well when the local government entity understands the subject and its issues. This is where our local governments fall short regarding mining and agency plans that affect mining. Local governments simply have no knowledge regarding this specialty subject matter. Therefore, they cannot write a Coordination Plan that outlines and protects miner’s special rights and property.

A mining district is a lawful governmental entity that stands on equal footing with any other governmental entity as far as demanding that federal agencies coordinate with the mining district.

Local governments that have implemented “coordination” status with federal management agencies are successfully fighting erosion of private property rights in their communities. The “coordination” status is authorized by almost every federal statute relating to management of land, resource, and environment. All the local government has to do is formally accept the congressional invitation to “coordinate,” and federal agencies have no choice but to agree.

What is this “coordination” factor, which elevates the involvement of local government in federal planning and management actions? The foundation for the concept is found in the Federal Land Policy Management Act, commonly known as FLPMA. Section 1712 of Title 43 of the United States Code requires that the Bureau of Land Management must coordinate its “land use inventory, planning, and management actions” with any local government that has engaged in land use planning for the federal lands managed by the federal agencies. This is where the Coordination Plan comes in. The Plan will enforce standard of the law for such things as ingress and egress.

No local government is better suited to write a Coordination Plan for miners than the actual miners who are affected by federal agency actions.

In this respect and for this purpose, the Jefferson Mining District was formed. The purpose of this new mining district is for the protection and advocation of miners and their rights and property under the mining law. Authoring, and then teaching miners how to enforce the district-wide Coordination Plan will be its initiating purpose. All that will remain in this regard is for miners within the District to step up, taking responsibility for protecting themselves, their property and their rights.

By the authority of the mining district, agencies must coordinate their plans with the mining district plan. Finally miners have a voice that cannot be ignored by agencies that have, up until this time, listened politely to miners concerns and then just as politely ignored both miners and the mining law. Increased mining district mobilization will bring more power to the miners, which will have a positive economic ripple effect into the larger community.

More information can be found on the Internet at: www.miningrights.org

They can also be contacted regarding membership in the Jefferson Mining District at: www.miningrights.org/contact.html

From:  Prospecting and Mining Journal (current issue)

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McClintock E-News

Politicians & agencies

September 2011

Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2011 marked the ten year anniversary of the attacks on America.

Congressman McClintock participated in remembrance ceremonies held in California. On the morning of the anniversary he spoke at the “Remembering 9/11 Heroes” memorial event at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

“The attack against our nation ten years ago today was our generation’s Pearl Harbor,” said Congressman McClintock.  “Indeed, in many ways it was far more infamous.  More Americans died on September 11th than in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was an attack not upon some distant outpost but upon our nation’s greatest city and our nation’s capital city.  It was an attack not upon heavily armed warships, but upon defenseless Americans peacefully going about their business.”  Congressman McClintock’s full remarks, titled “The Spirit of America,” can be read HERE.

On the evening of the anniversary Congressman McClintock attended the “Vigil of Honor and Remembrance” at the California State Capitol.  The event was organized to honor the victims, survivors and first responders of 9/11.  The ceremony brought together firefighters, search and rescue, members of the law enforcement community, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, the Coast Guard and the American Red Cross.

Congressman McClintock made brief remarks at the gathering, where he welcomed first responders and survivors to the memorial ceremony.

Congressional Field Hearing Held in Sacramento

The important issue of restoring national forest access for the public was the topic of a field hearing held in Sacramento on September 19.

The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held the hearing, titled “Restoring Public Access to the Public’s Lands: Issues Impacting Multiple-use on Our National Forests.”

Congressman McClintock requested the hearing in response to a growing number of citizen complaints protesting forest policies that appear designed to radically limit the public’s use of public

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Open letter to Sheriff Gil Gilbertson of Josephine County, Oregon


Gil –

Had a nice chat with BLM today.  Basically … we talked about the current public mood towards the various agencies, specifically the USFS, BLM and California Fish and Game.


 The BLM said they intended on removing most road gates in the Glendale compartment.  Short term, most all gates there would be pegged open, including misc spur roads.

 The BLM was interested in what road areas were controversial…. after identification of those area, they were heading towards a direction of open road policy ….error on the side of freedom for the citizen land use/share.  POC gating was to be minimal, outstanding seed stock producing old growth stands [very rare] were to be protected.

 The BLM said they understood the mineral rights act well…and all miners had to do was ask for access if a road was gated, which would be rare…and a key would be issued.  The mineral rights access was not considered controversial or advisarial.

 The South side of the Rogue River…Galice, Peavine Road, Silver Creek, County Line, Hewitt Ck, Long Gulch, Big Windy…all of those areas on the East edge of the Kalmiopsis wilderness on the BLM were intended to be non gated…only closed naturally by the snows.  I assume this includes the co-op road access acerage with USFS..as you can’t drive to one with out passing through the other.  Wildlife mgmt of the elk herd  on Peavine Mtn.  and gating protection for the herd was discussed, but found non advisarial for uses.  Open gating.

 Roads that access the minerals up Munger Ck…. and Williams area were to be open.

 Roads to the minerals in Alhouse Ck, Sucker Ck, etc…the same.

Problem areas for dumping…such as Granite Hill, Morrison Ck…. Quartz and Hog Creek off road areas…. which are also experiencing complaint for fire and trash from Private forest managers would be managed for every one’s best interest.  Common sence.

I found the District Mgr and GP compartment Mgr receptive, attentive … friendly … and seeking to correct some older policy decisions  that were not working or were causing friction and fighting among the land sharing public.


 We talked about the difference between the two local agency’s policies, and the anger of many of the land sharing public towards the USFS.  “Hated with the heat of a thousand suns”… was one description of portions of USFS access policy.

 We talked about the early 80’s armed rebellion against the USFS in Denny California over mineral rights and eviction of miners.  Live ammuniton was fired at government employees in that dispute on the New River … Hawkins Bar … off the Trinity River.  USFS employees in govt e-plate vehicals were fired upon as they traveled to remote areas.  The USFS compound at Denny and [Federal Law enforcement inside] was surrounded and fired upon with live ammunition … the power and phone lines cut … and it was a long night.

 All agreed that sort of disfunction was to be avoided here at home.  We get along.  We are family here …. there is a place at the table for all the various groups.  Share.

History is a great teacher.

Mark Johnson

Grants Pass, Oregon

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Winners of Valdez Silver Salmon Derby – Alaska has lots of coho salmon, which is legal to catch!

Salmon and fish

Yakura, Gutierrez win Valdez fish derbies

Anchorage Daily News

Published: September 6th, 2011 10:49 PM
Last Modified: September 6th, 2011 10:49 PM

Jack Yakura of Middleburg, Pa., caught the biggest fish in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby, and Annette Gutierrez of Albuquerque, N.M., landed the biggest flatfish in the Valdez Halibut Derby, and those fish didn’t represent their biggest hauls.

Both won a $15,000 first-place cash prize in the respective derbies, which ended Sunday.

Valdez Halibut Derby, top 3 finishers

1) Annette Gutierrez, Albuquerque, N.M., 335.7 pounds, $15,000; 2) Thomas Broach, North Pole, 236.9, $5,000; 3) James Pohlman, Fairbanks, 214.8 pounds, $2,000.

Valdez Silver Salmon Derby

1) Jack Yakura, Middleburg, Pa., 18.68 pounds, $15,000; 2) Lenore Groundwater, Green Valley, Ariz., 16.58 pounds, $5,000; 3) Jeanette Wakefield, Anchorage, 16.42 pounds, $2,000.

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/09/06/2052605/yakura-gutierrez-win-valdez-fish.html#ixzz1ZSi1E33c


PNP comment:  Coho salmon are called “silvers” in Alaska and they are NOT listed with the Endangered Species Act.

Only in the Klamath River area of Northern California are coho listed as “threatened” with the federal ESA and the State ESA. And the listing is a fraud, because coho are prevalent off the coast for fishermen to catch.  Only the fisherman must be able to tell where the boundary between California and Oregon is located (in the ocean), because it is LEGAL to catch coho in Oregon, but ILLEGAL to catch coho on the California side.

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Defend Rural America event

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Opinions on Klamath Dam removal from the “real” public

Federal gov & land grabs, Klamath River & Dams, Op-ed

By Linda Oliver

Siskiyou Daily News

Posted Sep 29, 2011 @ 08:49 AM

Copco Lake —

This is regarding the article published Sept. 26, “Dam Reports: Public weighs in.”

I was appalled at John Bowman’s reporting. I spoke with him, and the “Copco resident” he stated he could not get in contact with is not a Copco Lake resident at all. So John, here is your Copco opinion weighing in.

1) Copco Lake will be affected by dam removal 100 percent in loss of property and home values. And our landscapes will look like a wasteland, drying up our meadows and wetlands. For those who plan on using the cool, clear, clean Klamath, the native tribes used to refer to the Klamath as the “Stinking River” because of its sewage-like qualities.

2) A large fire will devastate this area with no lake to dip into for fire protection and no fire break with dried up meadows.

3) More roads will need to be built to get our fire trucks to the river.

4) Removal would mean desecration of Shasta Nation burial grounds and historical sites under water due to the dams.

5) My question to all those promoting job creation from dam removal: Where? Where will the jobs go? Not to Siskiyou County residents. Those jobs will be contracted to engineers and companies outside this county. And what about the jobs dam removal will eliminate – Those workers currently employed by the dams?

6) Cost of dam removal is cheaper? The cheapest method has been kept from the public. Fish tunnels; not fish ladders, but tunnels. Ask the paper to report on those if you’re not familiar with them. They are about one-tenth the cost of every other option. (seems like a no brainer)

 What ever happened to the democratic belief that people rule the government, not the other way around? Our county voted 79 percent to keep the dams in. Is our government considering themselves the decision makers without taking their voters into consideration?

This county is about logging, ranching, farming and gold mining, that is what will bring our economy up, not dam removal!

Yes the government and other entities have more money to fight this, but the money is taxpayer money and I, for one will keep that in mind at election time.

Thank you for your time.

Copyright 2011 Siskiyou Daily News. Some rights reserved


By Nita Still

Siskiyou Daily News

Posted Sep 29, 2011 @ 08:50 AM

Montague, Calif. —

Mr. Salazar,
I hope you want to save our dams because we the people in Siskiyou County voted to keep the dams. The precinct in the Klamath Basin voted 80 percent; even the town of Mount Shasta voted 60 percent to keep the dams. And there was a total of 79.4 percent who want to keep the dams. Nor should we have to pay a surcharge for the dam removal. After all, we are the ones who want to keep the dams.
We want to keep the hydroelectric dams because they are more economical than wind and solar. All animate things in nature have always adapted to Mother Nature. Those wanting to take out the dams believe that flora, fauna, rivers, streams and wetlands are “persons with rights.” However, we the people are to have dominion over them. The way this has come about is unconstitutional. False science has been used, and the so-called stakeholders, most of whom do not own any land that the removal of the dams will affect, tell us what to do! The removal of the dams will not create long, full-time jobs.
With all of the concerns about nature, not one thought has been granted our economy, our lives and properties. If the dams remain, we will be able to maintain a good tax base. People will be able to keep their homes along the Klamath River. It is totally unconstitutional for you and your boss to make that decision. It is unconstitutional for a bunch of stakeholders to decide what is best for the animals and neglect our needs.
We the people of Siskiyou County have exercised our rights and voted overwhelmingly to keep the dams. We expect you to respect our rights and to keep the dams.

Copyright 2011 Siskiyou Daily News. Some rights reserved


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Dam reports: Public weighs in

Federal gov & land grabs, Klamath River & Dams

PNP comment: This article is so biased, it is crocked. I did receive a phone call on my message machine from Bowman asking for a comment from someone with POW, but I wasn’t home until late evening. He didn’t try very hard. There were others he could have called. He knows who we are. POW is not the only group livid at this type of YELLOW JOURNALISM. The editor and publisher have heard from several individuals. We claim there is one constant in the following pro-dam removal statements: They are lies.  And of course the Karuk Tribe is at the top! — Editor Liz Bowen, president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water.

By John Bowman

Siskiyou Daily News

Posted Sep 26, 2011 @ 08:50 AM

Siskiyou County —

Thursday marked the beginning of the 60-day public comment period for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Report (EIS/EIR). As part of ongoing coverage of the DOI’s Secretarial Determination process and the dam removal issue, the Daily News contacted a variety of local agricultural, environmental, tribal and county government groups to get their reactions to the document.

Karuk Tribe of California
“The studies released this week make a compelling case that the Klamath agreements would provide a much-needed boost to the local economy by creating 4,600 jobs across the basin, increasing salmon runs and providing greater water security for Klamath farmers. What’s more, the agreements save Pacific Power customers over $300 million in relicensing fees,” Karuk Tribe representative Craig Tucker said. “Siskiyou supervisors should embrace this job creation plan. Instead they continue to squander tax payer dollars on frivolous efforts to reject it.”

Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors
Siskiyou County District 1 Supervisor Jim Cook released the following statement:
“They have conducted a contrived property evaluation, still don’t know where replacement power for the clean hydroelectric power lost is going to come from, omitted a serious evaluation of county impacts and have utilized as a primary basis for the sediment transport issues a non-peer reviewed study prepared by Trout UnlimFriends of the River and American Rivers, all groups advocating for dam removal.
“The economic data appears to demonstrate that Siskiyou County is to experience net job losses while the speculative job benefits occur in Fort Bragg, Central Oregon and San Francisco, which stand to gain over 300 jobs.
“Clearly, Siskiyou County is being sacrificed in this ill-conceived experiment. The fact is, their own science does not conform to President Obama’s standards for scientific integrity. Of particular concern is the reliance on the KBRA for necessary mitigations costing over a billion dollars, which at this point is nonexistent funding. It should be pointed out this is a contrived result as it expressly excludes other alternatives to dam removal and accordingly is a deficient NEPA/CEQA document.”

Klamath Riverkeeper
“Dam removal on the Klamath has been shown to be the cheapest option for PacifiCorp and its ratepayers,” Klamath Riverkeeper’s Erica Terence said. “It’s an option that would create thousands of local jobs as well as thousands more wild fish. Simply put, Klamath dam removal via these agreements makes cents for Siskiyou County and other communities throughout the Klamath Basin.”

Klamath Water Users Association
“It’s important that any analysis of the agreements recognizes the value of agricultural production in the Upper Basin,” rancher and Klamath Water Users Association President Gary Wright said in a released statement. “According to Oregon State University’s Extension Service, in Klamath County and lands served by the Tulelake Irrigation District, agriculture contributes over $600 million to the economy annually and supports close to 5,000 jobs directly and indirectly.”

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations
“This news comes on top of recent official findings by both the Oregon and California Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) that dam removal under the Klamath Settlement Agreement is not only in the public interest but far less costly for utility customers than relicensing,” an organization press release stated. “Implementing the Settlement Agreement is the obvious next step in building a sound recovery for both the Klamath agricultural and fisheries based economies and restoring thousands of regional jobs.”

Klamath basin farmers
“What interests us most is that basin agriculture will receive increased certainty of water deliveries, which helps protect an industry that is vital to all of the local communities in the Klamath Basin,” Klamath Basin farmer Steve Kandra said in a press release. “We believe that implementing these agreements will benefit agriculture even more than the federal studies indicate. Our research shows that agricultural production in Klamath County and Tulelake Irrigation District contributes more than $600 million to the Klamath economy annually, and 4,890 direct and indirect jobs are supported each year in Oregon and California. These jobs will be at risk if the agreements fall through.”

Salmon River Restoration Council
“We are glad that the Draft EIS/EIR has been released and pleased to see that the findings indicate substantial benefits to the river ecosystem, local communities and economies,” council member Petey Brucker said. “We look forward to the public comments and the exchanges it will inspire.”

Cal Trout
“From fish perspective, the prospect of returning to over 300 miles of habitat in the upper Klamath Basin is a positive. And with increases in fish come economic opportunities through dollars spent by recreational angling on fishing supplies, food and lodging providing income for local residents,” Curtis Knight of Cal Trout said.

Calls to the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau and Copco Lake residents for comments were not returned by press time. Official comments may be submitted by visiting http://klamathrestoration.gov/Draft-EIS-EIR/feedback.

– John Bowman can be reached at jbowman@siskiyoudaily.com

Copyright 2011 Siskiyou Daily News. Some rights reserved


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South Central L.A. Tea party will attend Black Caucus meeting Sept. 30

TEA Party

Join The South Central L.A. Tea Party At Black Caucus Town Hall Tomorrow;

Tea Party Rally Immediately Following Town Hall!


The South Central L.A. Tea Party (SCLATP) will be attending the California Legislative Black Caucus Town Hall Meeting.

We encourage ALL tea party supporters and citizens concerned about out-of-control spending in Sacramento, high taxes, and the future of this great state to show up! Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Karen Bass may be in attendance. The California Legislative Black Caucus is the state arm of the Congressional Black Caucus.


 Join SCLATP at the California Legislative Black Caucus Town Hall Meeting. We recommend that you register if you wish to get inside the town hall. Click here to register (check off the “Town Hall” box).



Tomorrow, Fri., Sept. 30, 2011 – 4:00-7 p.m. (SCLATP rally immediately after Black Caucus town hall).


 LAX Westin Hotel – 5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. (A couple of blocks East of LAX Airport).

Questions about events call: 1-877-932-2877To view map of area, click here

*There is all day parking available for just $6 in the parking structure on Century Blvd. just adjacent to the Westin Hotel and next to the Subway restaurant. There is also limited 1-hour street parking available on Century Blvd.

Dawn Wildman


SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition Inc
CA Co-Coordinator Tea Party Patriots

National Coordinator Tea Party Patriots
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Open letter slamming Karuk Tribe

California water, Threats to agriculture, Water rights

Sept. 28, 2011


304 Main St. Suite 14

P.O. Box 653

Lander, Wyoming  82520

Mr. Steel,

 Aircraft affiliated with your Lighthawk Aviation have been observed flying over the Scott Valley.  In some cases these aircraft have been seen to fly below the minimum safe altitude stated in the Federal Air Regulations Part 61.

We, the people of Scott Valley wish your organization to know some things about the people for whom you are flying in our Valley.

You may think you are serving the environment but in this case your organization is being sold a bill of goods.  You are doing flights on behalf of the Karuk Tribe supposedly to form a ground water model.

This is an agenda undertaken by the Karuk Tribe in order to justify the “taking” of water and property rights from the legitimate owners.  They are hiding behind the cloak of environmentalism to do this.

Think about it, Scott Valley is typical of semi arid inter-mountain California.  A vast majority of the rivers and creeks are seasonal.  This is the dry season and yet the Tribe chooses to conduct a ground water model?  Very poor timing for science, but looks dramatic if you want lies and propaganda.

Many of the families in this water shed have been here for a hundred and fifty years.  Our farmers are good stewards of this land — we live here.  We work with our environment every single day.  We raise children and grand children here.  Agriculture is the last economic engine in Siskiyou County.

The Karuk Tribe is run by Mr. Craig Tucker.  Mr. Tucker is not a native American, not a  scientist.  Mr. Tucker is a paid Green Corp. trained socialist community activist.

 Mr. Leaf Hillman is the director of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources.  Mr. Hillman was convicted of beating his wife with a beer bottle and leaving her for dead.  Mr. Hillman was arrested for Meth possession at Medford airport.   Mr. Hillman is heavily rumored to be involved in the dope trade on the Klamath River (the marijuana growers are the worst environmental offenders of all time).  Mr. Hillman is a criminal.

We are family farmers, not corporate farmers.  We do not spray pesticides.  We do not use large quantities of Chemical fertilizers.  There is no logging to speak of in the surrounding mountains.  Over ninety percent of the Scott is fenced from grazing.  We have been commended State Wide for our conservation measures and our farming practices. There are no water health hazards in the Scott River and there never have been.  Water rights are all recorded and legally obtained.  All wells are permitted by the County.  Ground Water use is supervised by the Superior Court of the State of California. Ground Water has been studied repeatedly in our Water Shed.

We have eye witnesses that one of your aircraft was flown at an altitude of less than 100 feet over a family farm while people were working under the flight path.  This is not only poor judgment, but is a violation of the Federal Code of Regulations.

We do not dispute that you may provide a good and valuable service in some if not many instances, but in this case you are being used.    You should do some investigation of and be more careful with whom you are associating.

We are asking that you do not conduct illegal flyovers of private property in violation of the minimum safe altitude stated in the Federal Air Regulations.  We ask that you use your time and energy in truly environmental causes instead of helping to persecute hard working families in search of some peace and quiet in our beautiful valley.

 As a side note the Kidder Diaries of 1855 refer to all of the creeks in Scott Valley being dry by the end of July. The Karuks know this. The Karuk Tribal council made the public statement in 2001 the Coho Salmon were NEVER native to the Klamath River.  They did not change their mind until large sums of grant money became available.   Craig Tucker and his Karuk tribe do not own land; they do not live or work; they do not have any water right what so ever in or near the Scott Valley.  The Scott River contributes less than 4 percent of the water in the Klamath River.  This is a scam and nothing more being perpetrated by S Craig Tucker.

For Hillman and Tucker, this has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with the money.

I am a pilot myself.  We would all like to see our aircraft and our expertise used for good.  This is not the case here.  Your organization is being used in order to destroy the lives and livelihoods of decent and hardworking families who care very deeply about the land, river and environment in which we live and work.

Our families have now been instructed as to the need to recognize an N number and based upon your immediate response, I may be forced to inform the FAA to report low this reckless and dangerous operation of an aircraft which endangers the lives and property of others.  I look forward to your immediate response.

Mark Baird


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Alleged trespassers found

KSYC radio

KSYC radio 103.9 FM – Joe Show – News in the State of Jefferson

Sept. 28, 2011

Alleged trespassers found

Scott Valley was a buzz yesterday, when a government employee notified a rancher after he saw a man and woman taking photos of his fish screen and ditch system. When approached the two drove away in a dark-colored SUV. After launching a search, the rancher found two individuals taking photos at the headgates of the Scott Valley Irrigation District on East Side Road. The rancher learned they were scientists from a groundwater modeling and litigation company based in Colorado and were hired by the Karuk Tribe to produce a Scott River water model.

When questioned why the Tribe is interested in the Scott Valley watershed, they said they did not know, but were supplying the Karuk’s with hydrology information.

After a youtube slam-job last month by Klamath RiverKeepers, Scott Valley landowners are concerned about trespassers using information against the agricultural community. So be on the watch.

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