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July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In one of the nation's most bitter disputes over water rights, the Bush administration must now defend a decision that was intended to help farmers in Oregon's Klamath River Basin, but may also have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of chinook and steelhead salmon.Indian tribes and fishermen say the Bush administration diverted water away from the Klamath Lake to farms for irrigation, but in doing so starved the Klamath River and the salmon swimming upstream.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Klamath Falls, Ore. (CNSNews.com) - The next time you eat a Frito Lay potato chip, think of Ginny Blackman. This Klamath Basin area farmer and her family depend on contracts with Frito Lay to grow and sell "chipper potatoes" on part of their 800-acre farm, along with grocery store potatoes, alfalfa, wheat and barley.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - News that the Secretary of the Interior will ask for a review of the biological opinion that banned irrigation water for Klamath Basin farmers was greeted with joy and caution in the Basin."Farmers want real science. We want it!" said Merrill farmer James L. Moore, who is also the acting executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association. "We're applauding any review as long as it's open and unbiased."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The battle over Klamath Basin has just ratcheted up a couple of notches. FarmAid and its founder, Willie Nelson, Thursday announced their support of the Klamath Basin Foundation, the umbrella organization formed to coordinate Klamath Basin activities. "He has interjected himself formally," Marty Macy, treasurer of the foundation, said today. "FarmAid scrutinized the foundation," before deciding to lend support.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Klamath Falls, Ore., was overrun with convoys from other western states on Tuesday, and people who live there and try to work there couldn't be happier about it.Farmers, ranchers, loggers, millworkers, business people and others who depend on natural resources for a living are gathering in Klamath Falls to protest the efforts of environmentalists, who have put the "rights" of sucker fish and coho salmon ahead of farmer's century-old water rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The mood at the camp at the headgates of the Klamath Basin Irrigation Project was tense Thursday morning as the Bureau of Reclamation personnel, guarded by Bureau of Land Management rangers, closed the gates letting water into the canals and ditches.Even the rain that left two rainbows behind failed to lift the spirits of the protesters who had left the camp the evening before, as the word reached them that the water had been turned off at about 5 a.m. Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Klamath Falls, Ore. (CNSNews.com) - Farmers in the Oregon-California Klamath Basin ran out of patience Wednesday night, ignoring 'no trespassing' signs to breach a fence separating them from the headgates of an irrigation system they consider their own. To the surprise and relief of everyone there, the event was peaceful.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Internet was already hugely popular before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, but since then, Americans have increasingly turned to the web for health information and as a way to grasp the meaning of the airplane and biological attacks on America, according to the spokespeople for several Internet sites.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
5th add includes quotes from local agriculture businessmen and the Tulelake Irrigation District.(CNSNews.com) - Interior Secretary Gale Norton will order the release of irrigation water for parched farmland in the Klamath Basin, department officials said.