Walden Applauds 2018 Farm Bill, Calls for Greater Action on Forest Management Reform [VIDEO]

Walden Applauds 2018 Farm Bill, Calls for Greater Action on Forest Management Reform [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden today applauded H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), but said that more work remains to improve forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires in Oregon. Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Walden said that while he intends to vote in support of the 2018 Farm Bill, he is disappointed that the legislation did not include the sweeping improvements to federal forest policy that he helped secure in the House-passed version of the bill.

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Pioneer Games - And Butter

Pioneer Games - And Butter

Samantha Cunningham grabbed the mason jar of heavy cream and shook it hard for 10 seconds before passing it to her classmate.

In about 10 minutes, Cunningham and her Henley Elementary School classmates would have homemade butter and be able to spread it on crackers and taste it.

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KWUA Executive Director Scott White Resigning

KWUA Executive Director Scott White Resigning

Klamath Water Users Association Executive Director Scott White has notified the KWUA Board of Directors of his decision to resign from the position. Scott has performed in the job since February 2016 and guided the organization through difficult times.

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Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Friday hosted a science summit, the Sucker Recovery Summit, to share updates on the health of the species and to discuss possible short-term options to help the Lost River (C'waam) and shortnose (Koptu) suckers survive until long-term solutions take effect.

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Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Chiloquin, OR – The Klamath Tribes today announced the dismissal of its lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation. The Klamath Tribes maintain that the Bureau has failed–and continues to fail–to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act to prevent extinction of C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively).

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Election 2018: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Election 2018: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

As of 8:49am (11/7/18) 1.87 million Oregonians, nearly 68% of the eligible voting population voiced their opinion in the mid-term election on Tuesday. Nearly 64% of Klamath County voters (28,519) returned ballots. Key issues and positions are likely responsible for the higher than average turnout - Oregon Governor, grocery tax, abortion funding, recreational pot, and the City of Klamath Falls Council Position Ward 5 to name a few.

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Join the Crunch at Once Event

Join the Crunch at Once Event

In celebration of National Farm-to-School month, students at Sage Community School, Bonanza, Chiloquin, Malin, Merrill, Shasta, Stearns, Henley, Pelican and Conger elementary schools will “Crunch at Once” at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 by simultaneously biting into an Oregon-grown apple.

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Water Science Scholarship Helps Students Learn About Local Issues

Water Science Scholarship Helps Students Learn About Local Issues

Students at Klamath Community College are learning more about local water issues thanks to a scholarship provided by a local producer.

Ryan Kliewer, a farmer from R&L Hay & Grain, sponsored the merit-based scholarship, which is disbursed to students enrolled in the college’s water resource science course. The scholarship covers the cost of the course’s lab component.

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Fairgrounds Fall Auction Saturday, Preview Friday

Fairgrounds Fall Auction Saturday, Preview Friday

Klamath Falls, OR - The Klamath County Fair Board, along with Deupree Auctioneers, announces its fall 2018 Auction on October 27, 2018 beginning at 10:00 AM. A partial list of the October auction items is currently available on line at www.deupreeauctioneers.com, with pictures, descriptions, terms of sale and other information.

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Merkley Tours Industrial Hemp Farm, Emphasizes Need for Hemp Provision in Farm Bill

Merkley Tours Industrial Hemp Farm, Emphasizes Need for Hemp Provision in Farm Bill

BORING, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley today toured Boring Hemp Company’s hemp fields, where, at the height of harvest, it was clear that legalizing industrial hemp would provide an economic boon to rural Oregonians and Americans.

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Building Strong Leaders

Building Strong Leaders

Mazama High School FBLA students pilot group of Leadership Klamath Youth program

“I’ve got a question for you guys,” rancher Jason Chapman said as 12 Mazama High School students looked around his Poe Valley ranch.

“What percentage of the U.S. population is involved in agriculture?”

The students, who had spent the morning learning about agriculture in the Klamath Basin, responded thoughtfully. “Eighteen?” “Twelve?” But they weren’t even close.

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Trump Orders Reliable Supply and Delivery of Western Water

Trump Orders Reliable Supply and Delivery of Western Water

October 19, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed a memorandum in Scottsdale, Arizona, on promoting a reliable supply and delivery of water in the western United States. During the signature of the memorandum President Trump mentioned the Klamath Irrigation Project.

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Drought Relief Funding Applications, Workshops

Drought Relief Funding Applications, Workshops

In March of this year, the Omnibus Bill was signed and included Drought Relief Funding for groundwater pumping and land idling. Klamath Project farmers who completed these tasks during the 2018 irrigation season may be eligible for the funding. Applications are now being accepted starting today through November 9, 2018

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All About the Dirt

All About the Dirt

Bonanza, Henley, Lost River compete in Southern Oregon District Soils Evaluation contest

A couple of years ago, the softball field at Bonanza Junior-Senior High School had issues with standing water because the field wasn’t draining well.

So Morgan Pitcock and her fellow Bonanza FFA classmates determined why. The soil was clay and therefore held too much water. Last winter, they added sand to the soil and put in a drainage system. It solved the problem.

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Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced final passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes drought relief language to assist Klamath Basin farmers who have been hard-hit by drought in recent years. The language is essential for the irrigators to effectively use $10 million in drought relief funds that the lawmakers secured in 2018.

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Walden Applauds Senate Passage of Klamath Drought Relief in Water Package

Walden Applauds Senate Passage of Klamath Drought Relief in Water Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded the Senate passage of a landmark water package that includes funding he helped secure for drought relief for Klamath Basin irrigators. Walden included a provision in the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation to implement needed drought relief measures for the $181 million dollar agriculture economy in the Klamath Basin. That measure passed the House of Representatives in September with Walden’s support.

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Critical Klamath Project Relief Legislation Passes

Critical Klamath Project Relief Legislation Passes

Klamath Falls, OR – Today [10/10/18], the United States Senate voted 99-1 to pass the America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA), which includes provisions that are vital to Klamath Project water users. The bill (S. 3021) passed in the House of Representatives by unanimous vote on September 13th and now will be sent to the President for his signature.

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Harvest Tour Showcases Klamath Ag

Harvest Tour Showcases Klamath Ag

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) held their 11th Annual Fall Harvest Tour that included stops at; Gone Fishing, Klamath Project FF pumping station, Skyline Brewing, a horseradish field & processing shed, a mint harvest and Wong’s Potatoes.

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