May 23, 2012
PNP comment: Thanks Bob for getting this info out to us. — Editor Liz Bowen
by Robert Davis 5/14/12 for KBC News
Good Evening Just wanted to bring you up to date on my latest info on the drop in
water level at Copco.
NMFS requested a higher than normal water flow out of Irongate, above 3000 cfs. Flows provided from Klamath Lake were about 2750 cfs. That left a shortage to be made up. A representative from BOR (Reclamation) stated he would have provided higher flow if it had been requested.
The shortage was made up from Copco Lake resulting in a drop in lake level of about 7 feet. This exposed shoreline that had been the shallows for spawning . but now became bare , hot shoreline. This is not normal practice , and when it happened once before , it was attributed to error by inexperienced operator. The drop occurred 5/10 and it has stopped further loss but has not recovered any as of 5/14 evening report. On 5/12 PP&L reported that it was expected the lake level would recover by 5/16 . No update or progress is reported as of 5/14
The request for excessive flows is required by NMFS to comply with the 2010 Biological Opinion. This will provide overflow of the banks to flood the bank area and give small fish protective cover out of the main stream.
It is evident there was no monitoring of the process to assure any request for change would not cause damage or hardship for the other sections of the project. The weekend interfered with a timely correction of the various operations.
Hereafter coordination between the parties involved would provide a safety net to protect everything from harm by the changes that are requested.
Bob Davis, Copco Lake.
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May 23, 2012
PNP comment: Didn’t expect Curtis Knight to do anything, but call the kettle black. Knight is already changing Dr. Paul R. Houser’s comments to fit his agenda. This is not worth the frustration of reading. — Editor Liz Bowen
Critics need to distinguish Klamath dam removal facts from fantasy
By Curtis Knight, California Trout
Siskiyou Daily News Opinion
May 23, 2012
Mount Shasta, Calif. — It’s been said that people have a right to their opinions but not their own facts, and in the Klamath River dam removal issue, it’s critical we differentiate between the two.
In a March 2 Siskiyou Daily News article, “whistleblower” Paul Houser said he didn’t have complaints about the science underlying the Klamath. And as a matter of verifiable fact, the whistleblower complaint filed by Houser refers only to a press release and a short summary document, not the science underlying them.
(There is more at Siskiyou Daily News.)
May 23, 2012
May 21, 2012 | 6:06 pm
Pummeled by relentless budget cuts, a record number of California school districts are facing bankruptcy, state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Monday.
The Inglewood Unified School District and 11 others -– most in northern California — are currently not able to pay their bills this school year or next, according to a biannual report on the financial health of the state’s 1,037 school systems compiled by the state Department of Education. An additional 176 school districts may not be able to meet their financial obligations.
All told, the financially troubled districts serve 2.6 million children. And the picture could dramatically worsen if initiatives to raise taxes for public schools by Gov. Jerry Brown and others fail to pass in November, officials said.
“This is the kind of record no one wants to set,” Torlakson said in a statement. “The deep cuts this budget has forced -– and the uncertainties about what lies ahead -– are taking an unprecedented and unacceptable toll on our schools.”
Education officials blame much of the crisis on a double blow by the state: budget cuts amounting to 20% over the last three years and the deferment of millions of dollars owed to schools but not dispersed until months later.
In the northern rural area of Shasta, for instance, two school districts are facing potential bankruptcy for the first time in the county’s history, according to Adam Hillman, an associate superintendent with the Shasta County Office of Education. Both Pacheco and Cottonwood Union School Districts, tiny districts struggling with the added problem of declining enrollments, have increased class sizes. Pacheco is negotiating pay cuts with teachers, and Cottonwood is closing one of its three schools, Hillman said.
“They’ve reduced everything to the point where they’re not spending on anything except for core academic, health and safety areas,” he said.
May 23, 2012
PNP comment: Finally some good news. — Editor Liz Bowen
(SACRAMENTO) – Senator Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today announced that a bill he has authored to aid rural law enforcement has passed on the Senate floor. Senate Bill 1067 authorizes an interstate mutual aid agreement between local law enforcement in California and Oregon, allowing rural law enforcement agencies to pool resources in emergencies. Current law prohibits local law enforcement from requesting aid from out-of-state agencies and requires that such requests be routed through state government in Sacramento.
“It’s simply common sense that local law enforcement is in a better position to make decisions than the state government in Sacramento,” said LaMalfa. “Allowing local law enforcement to pool resources with their Oregon counterparts will improve public safety on both sides of the border.”
The bill was prompted by public safety issues in the City of Tulelake, which is located just a few miles from communities in Oregon but is over an hour from other California cities that could provide aid in an emergency. LaMalfa’s bill will allow the Tulelake Police Department to work directly with their counterparts in Oregon to address criminal activity that affects communities on both sides of the state border.
“Until now, some criminals have been able to commit crimes in one state and flee across the border to avoid pursuit. This bill means that no matter which state they are in, criminals will be held accountable,” added LaMalfa.
Senator Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing the fourth Senate District including Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Sutter, Del Norte, Placer, Trinity, Yuba and Nevada counties.