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Farm Bureau vs CA. DFG lawsuit trial is postponed to May 8, 2012

1602 Permit for stream bed, Dept. Fish & Game, Lawsuits

Pre-trial motions today in Siskiyou Superior Court heard by Judge Karen Dixon

The State Attorney General told Judge Dixon and Siskiyou Co. Farm Bureau leaders that they will have another 25,000 documents for Discovery delivered Tuesday, May 1st.

Judge Dixon was not happy. This is difficult for the Farm Bureau’s leaders and attorney Darrin Mercier to read them before the Trial was to start on Tuesday, May 1st.

So Judge Dixon moved the trial one week to Tuesday, May 8, 2012

9 a.m. for the last two pre-trial motions, then the trial will begin.

Courtroom 2 – in basement of the Siskiyou County Courthouse — most likely in this room, if things do not get changed again.

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Kelly Carter is SVPP 2012 Rodeo Queen

Photos, Ranch life, Scott Valley events

  

 By Liz Bowen

ETNA – A junior from Etna High School will serve as royalty for the 2012 Scott Valley Pleasure Park Rodeos. Kelly Carter recently won the title of Rodeo Queen and was crowned by the 2011 Pleasure Park Rodeo Queen Cricket Postma. As queen, Kelly received a silver and copper buckle, a bouquet of flowers and $150 cash award. She is the daughter of Cheryl Carter of Etna.

Queen Kelly will ride in the Etna Rodeo Parade this Sunday, May 6 and then will welcome the rodeo crowd during the Grand Entry of the 65th Annual Pleasure Park Rodeo at 1:30 p.m. at the Etna arena.

Kelly is active in agricultural activities and has served for two years as secretary-treasurer of the Siskiyou Golden Fair’s Junior Fair Board.

This spring, she competed as president of the fast-paced Advanced Parly-Pro FFA Team in competitions and on the Etna FFA Soil Judging Team. She also competed in the Lions Club’s Speech Contest and is secretary of the Fort Jones Leo Club, a youth group sponsored by the Lions Club.

In her spare time, Kelly plays on the Etna Tennis Team and has performed as a pianist in local variety shows and fundraisers.

Kelly has already decided she will study agricultural systems management and is hoping to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after high school graduation.

 

 

 

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Top EPA official resigns after ‘crucify’ comment

Federal gov & land grabs, Over-regulations, Property rights

PNP comment: It should not have taken 2 years to get this guy ousted. This attitude of superiority by government officials has led to over-regulation and tremendous discrimination. — Editor Liz Bowen

Published April 30, 2012

FoxNews.com

A top EPA official has resigned after coming under scrutiny for 2010 remarks in which he compared the agency’s enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion.

Al Armendariz, the top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region, resigned in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Sunday, saying he did not want to be a distraction for the agency. The resignation is effective Monday.

“As I have expressed publicly, and to you directly, I regret comments I made several years ago that do not in any way reflect my work as regional administrator. As importantly, they do not represent the work you have overseen as EPA administrator,” he wrote. “I take great pride in having built a career based on integrity and hard work. These are the principles that guide me personally as well. While I feel there is much work that remains to be done for the people of this country in the region that I serve, after a  great deal of thought and careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that my continued service will distract you and the agency from its important work.”

Armendariz made the original remarks at a local Texas government meeting in 2010. He relayed to the audience what he described as a “crude” analogy he once told his staff about his “philosophy of enforcement.”

“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean,” he said. “They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw, and they’d crucify them.

“And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” he said.

Armendariz went on to say that “you make examples out of people who are, in this case, not complying with the law … and you hit them as hard as you can” — to act as a “deterrent” to others.

Republican lawmakers blasted him for the comments as Obama administration officials made clear the remarks did not represent the views of the EPA as a whole. Jackson said in a statement Monday that she accepted the resignation.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/30/top-epa-official-resigns-after-crucify-comment/#ixzz1tY4Za89v

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Siskiyou Farm Bureau vs CA. DFG will be heard May 1

1602 Permit for stream bed, Dept. Fish & Game, Lawsuits

The trial date is set for Tuesday, May 1, 2012 for the lawsuit to be heard by a Siskiyou Co. Superior Court Judge.

Siskiyou Farm Bureau claims that opening a headgate to remove legally adjudicated irrigation water does not alter a streambed and so does not need a 1602 Streambed Alteration Permit.

In the newest regulations stated by California Dept. of Fish and Game employees, the state officials claim a Permit is now needed when landowners use their legal Water Right allotment of water.

A Permit is costly as it comes with a FEE and also a FINE.

Time: 9 a.m.

Place: Siskiyou Co. Courthouse

 

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House Bill Halts Administration’s Power Grab & Expansion of Water Regulation

Clean Water ACT - EPA, Congress - Senate, Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, Politicians & agencies

PNP comment: Good news. Now if only these problems with government over-regulations can be reversed. — Editor Liz Bowen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 27, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tamara Hinton, 202.225.0184
tamara.hinton@mail.house.gov

Additional Media Contacts:
Justin Harclerode (Transportation Republicans): 202-226-8767
Blake Androff (Transportation Democrats): 202-225-4472
Allison Myhre (Rep. Peterson): 202-225-2165
Catherine Gatewood (Rep. Gibbs): 202-225-6265

House Bill Halts Administration’s Power Grab & Expansion of Water Regulation

WASHINGTON – Legislation was introduced in the House today to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ attempts to illegally expand federal power under the Clean Water Act and extend the government’s regulatory reach to every ditch, puddle and pond in the country.

Leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Agriculture Committee introduced H.R. 4965, a bill to prohibit the Obama Administration from finalizing or implementing the EPA and Corps Clean Water Act “guidance” in order to significantly broaden the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Act.  This guidance would allow the unprecedented regulation of waters, occasionally wet areas and land use decisions not previously subject to federal regulation.  Any regulatory expansion under the Clean Water Act must follow proper, transparent rulemaking procedures – not the unlawful, backdoor conversion of publicly unvetted agency guidance into de facto federal regulation.

The Obama Administration is doing everything in its power to increase costs and regulatory burdens for American businesses, farmers, and individual property owners,” said the bill’s sponsor, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL).  “This federal jurisdiction grab has been opposed by Congress for years, and now the Administration and its agencies are ignoring law and rulemaking procedures in order to tighten their regulatory grip over every water body in the country.  But this Administration needs to realize it is not above the law.”

“The public has a right to be heard on federal actions affecting their lives,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall II (D-WV).  “The voices of our constituents should, and must, have an impact on the decision-making process; yet, here again, the EPA is seeking to impose its will via interim guidance and then asking for the public’s views after the fact.  This method of operation leaves citizens with little faith that the government understands or cares about the effect its actions have on their lives, and it leads to unworkable, inequitable Federal regulations that undermine the People’s faith in their own government.”

“The new authorities granted in this guidance would allow the EPA and the Corps of Engineers the authority to regulate almost any body of water in the U.S.,” said Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK).  “That means farm ponds, stock tanks, and seasonal runoff ditches could conceivably be included under new regulations.  The economic impact on farmers, ranchers, and rural communities would be devastating.  This legislation allows us to restore and protect our natural resources by working together and balancing state and federal authority.  President Obama and his EPA must stop this pattern of over-regulation and intrusion into individual and state rights.” 

“I believe in protecting our waterways, and that the Clean Water Act is the law of the land,” said Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN).  “This policy is too important to be done administratively and should go through a formal process, that’s why I am joining my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and supporting this bill.  I was opposed to this Clean Water Act expansion when the Bush Administration tried it and now when the current Administration is trying it.  We should not be regulating every puddle, pond and ditch.  We need to provide certainty in our permitting process so agriculture and businesses can predict and plan for the future.”

“This bipartisan effort should be a message to not only the EPA, but to all federal agencies that it is unacceptable for unelected bureaucrats in Washington to expand their authority on their own initiative,” said Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH).  “This legislation is critical to beat back the overreach of the EPA and I am proud to sponsor it alongside the Chairmen and Ranking Members of both the Agriculture and Transportation Committees.”

In February, EPA and the Corps sent a final guidance document entitled “Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act” to the Office of Management and Budget for regulatory review.  Mica, Lucas, and Gibbs joined Senate Republicans in writing to the Office of Management and Budget to oppose changes to the scope and meaning of the Clean Water Act sought by the Administration through guidance.

Statutory changes to the Clean Water Act must be submitted to Congress for legislative action, and regulatory changes require a notice and comment rulemaking, according to the Administrative Procedure Act.

The legislation introduced today prevents the Administration from skirting the law and would require a formal rulemaking for any attempt to change the definition of “waters of the United States” and increase the federal government’s power under the Clean Water Act.

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Federal OK sought to kill cormorant, help fish

Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, Over-regulations, Salmon and fish, Wildlife

PNP comment: Yes, animals do their own thing, in spite of man. — Editor Liz Bowen

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Written by From the Curry Coastal Pilot

April 27, 2012 02:12 pm

Double-crested cormorants like to eat juvenile salmon. The Pilot/Submitted photo

SALEM (AP) – Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a type of seabird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean.

In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin said harassment has “proved insufficient” in controlling double-crested cormorants. He said officials want the option of killing some of the birds to protect endangered wild fish as well as hatchery fish vital to sports and commercial fishing.

Oregon needs federal approval to start shooting dozens of the long-necked, dark gray seabirds on coastal rivers because they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The letter obtained by The Associated Press was a formal request to add Oregon to the 28 states authorized to kill cormorants to protect public resources, such as game fish. The Fish and Wildlife Service is updating the authorization, which expires in 2014.

Anglin said sportsmen’s groups have been pressing the agency for years to do something about the growing numbers of cormorants, and research on the millions of salmon being eaten by the big nesting colony at the mouth of the Columbia River brought the issue to a head.

Once considered a nuisance bird, cormorants were added to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1972, the same year the pesticide DDT was banned.

Current estimates are that about 70,000 cormorants live in the West between southern British Columbia, the Mexico border and the Continental Divide, said Dan Roby, a professor of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University who is studying the birds.

The largest nesting colony in the West is now on East Sand Island, at the mouth of the Columbia, where more than 27,000 birds are blamed for eating 22.6 million young salmon last year, 15 percent of the smolts – hatchery and wild – heading to the ocean, Roby said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is just starting work on a plan to deal with the birds.

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Congressman Doc Hasting’s newsletter shows taxpayers are owed $118 billion

Federal gov & land grabs, WA Congressman Doc Hastings

New Report Shows Taxpayers Are Owed $118 billion From 2008 Bailout

A new study shows that banks that participated in the Troubled Asset Recovery Program (TARP), still owe taxpayers $118 billion.  In 2008, Congressman Hastings voted against TARP because of the cost to taxpayers.  This is just one example of the Federal Government mishandling taxpayer dollars.

Read the full study here.

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Doc Hastings Raises Questions about Department of Energy Memorandum That Could Raise Electricity Rates

Dams other than Klamath, Federal gov & land grabs, WA Congressman Doc Hastings

Hastings Raises Questions about Department of Energy Memorandum That Could Raise Electricity Rates

On Thursday, Hastings held a full committee hearing in the Natural Resources Committee on Secretary Chu’s memorandum to the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), including Bonneville Power Administration, that could increase energy costs dramatically. This hearing follows up on a bipartisan Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation letter that raised serious questions about Secretary Chu’s Memo.

In the hearing, Chairman Hastings expressed, “The electric bills of families and small businesses that depend on power from PMA’s should not be increased because the federal Energy Secretary would like to toy and experiment with various energy schemes and mandates. The last thing they need is another hastily written and unjustified Washington, DC-knows-best mandate that inflicts further economic pain and increases their power bills.”

Read more about the hearing here.

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Congressman Doc Hastings responds to Judge

Dams other than Klamath, Federal gov & land grabs, Salmon and fish, Sham Science, WA Congressman Doc Hastings

Hastings Statement on Judge Redden’s Admitted Bias to Destroy Snake River Dams

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2012 – House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement on Judge Redden’s admitted biasto destroy Snake River Dams:

“This interview candidly reveals the activist bias of Judge Redden that I and many in the Pacific Northwest have suspected for years. Due to his personal views, this one judge unilaterally dragged and drove costly litigation on for nearly a decade.

“He issued unprecedented, questionable and expensive rulings resulting in his literally seizing control of the river system’s operation. He ignored clear and sound science that salmon species are returning in numbers greater than before these dams were built, and forced taxpayers to pay for millions of dollars in higher energy bills and lawyers’ fees. He ordered the waste of tens of millions of dollars by forcing the spilling of water past dams that science reveals has benefited few, if any, fish, and may have actually harmed them. He’s ignored federal science that shows more fish benefit from safe barge transportation, and he’s clouded any semblance of the best science and the law regarding federal salmon protection measures supported by three states, many tribes and other stakeholders.

“This one politician-turned-judge kept pursuing his agenda and imposing his own views over the policies of the elected Presidential Administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“Judge Redden has admitted his bias in favor of the agenda of radical environmental groups whose sole goal is the extreme act of tearing down hydropower dams that provide the vast majority of the power generated for Northwest families and businesses—about 80 percent for Idaho, 70 percent of Washington and nearly 60 percent for Oregon. This is clean, carbon-free and renewable energy that has supported the Northwest’s vibrant agriculture, technological and trade economies for decades.

“Judge Redden’s bias is being used to further this radical agenda just months after he announced his retirement from the case and as a new, hopefully impartial, judge has been appointed to oversee the endless and unclear future of litigation he perpetuated.

“It’s time for the endless litigation and radical agendas—bolstered by one man’s personal views and grip on a judge’s gavel—to stop and to ensure that the Northwest will be given certainty that a plan supported by states, tribes and others will be approved to ensure that dams keep producing clean, renewable hydropower and allow for abundant salmon for generations to come.”

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Oregon asks to kill salmon-eating birds

Agriculture, Endangered Species Act, Federal gov & land grabs, Oregon governments, Salmon and fish

East Oregonian

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 1:12 pm, Fri Apr 27, 2012.

By JEFF BARNARD
AP Environmental Writer | 70 comments

GRANTS PASS — Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a sea bird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean.

In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obtained by The Associated Press, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin says harassment has “proved insufficient” in controlling double-crested cormorants, and officials want the option of killing some of the birds.

Oregon needs federal approval to start shooting double-crested cormorants because the birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Anglin wrote that the birds are threatening restoration of wild fish protected by the Endangered Species Act, as well as hatchery fish important to sport and commercial fishing.

Read it at:

http://www.eastoregonian.com/free/oregon-asks-to-kill-salmon-eating-birds/article_44c2ab88-9024-11e1-a2d5-001a4bcf887a.html

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