Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Real People/True Stories
< Lucky Ackley. Costs spike, fields go fallow in Klamath, CFBF AgAlert, 6/22/22. " 'That (Upper Klamath) Lake did not exist other than wet years before they built the Link River Dam," he said. "It was built to store water for dry years to irrigate and farm with, and now it's totally being misused, mismanaged, and all the water is getting flushed down the river for salmon or being held in the lake at unhistoric levels for suckerfish.' He said many beef producers have had to sell their cattle at a loss because they can't feed them. If Ackley were eventually forced to sell off his herd, he said, he would lose about 80 years of genetic selection for the best cattle for this rangeland. 'You can't just go buy that back,' he said."
Hay industry leader David King succumbs to cancer at age 62, Capital Press 2/7/22.
Basin farmers struggle to navigate unreliable water, H&N 7/31/21.
< Rodney Cheyne - "...I'm in a tough spot because I want to see my kids take it over, but what the hell are they going to take over if this doesn’t get better, if it doesn’t change?” he said..."
< Bev Mallams from Beatty: Teamwork builds family ranch, Capital Press 7/1/21.
< Klamath's Vowell brothers to join Buckaroo Hall of Fame, H&N 8/27/19.
Eulogy of a WWII veteran, 2nd Lt John William "Bill" Quinn, who felt "lucky" to live in Tulelake after the war, spoken by his son Kevin Quinn: "...Dad had said of Tulelake...it was the best place for him after the war because it was a city filled with Veterans.." 9/8/17
KBC News founder Ron DeShon dies. "Ron DeShon was the founder of KBC News. In 2001, when he heard about the Tulelake WWII veterans' homesteads being denied water by the U.S. government, he created this website almost overnight for the Tulelake and Klamath farmers and ranchers. His father, from 'The Greatest Generation,' ..."
< Robert L. King obituary, H&N 3/17/19. "...he was on the board of directors of the Bucket Brigade, doing all he could to help farmers keep their water rights..." KBC NOTE: He lived a full life of giving his all to his God, his family, community and country...an All American Christian and Patriot. Thank you Bob! It was an honor to know you. We will miss you.
Nelle Takacs 1907-2015, Tulelake. Nelle came to the Klamath Basin by covered wagon in 2010 when she was 3. She speaks in 'Homesteading in a Promised Land' DVD. 5/1/15
Robert “Bob” Charles Kirby was born July 4, 1955, and passed away Jan. 25, 2015, at his home in Tulelake, Calif., H&N 1/30/15
< Batkid documentary to show Jan. 24. Story of Miles Scott’s wish reaches far beyond his Tulelake home, H&N 1/13/15
< (Tulelake) Pelican Pointe resident turns 108: ‘I just take things as they come,’ says Nelle Takacs, H&N, posted to KBC 1/15/15
The Spirit of Klamath
Longtime Elko GOP activist Gerber dead
at 72, Washington Times 10/27/14,
followed by Grant's recent letter
regarding the Grass March - Cowboy
Express, article, and letter to KBC News
in 2002 when Grant was helping organize
the Klamath Relief Fund and Convoys
coming to help Klamath Farmers and
ranchers whose water was shut off by the
federal government in 2001.
< Robert L. “Bob” Boring, 74, passed away March 21, 2014, at his home in Klamath Falls after a short but fierce battle with cancer.
Adolph Drazil, Malin, Oregon, obituary.
A life on the farm and for the farm; Bob Flowers dies at age 60, H&N 1/23/14.
Long-time sheepman Jack O’Connor dies, H&N 11/8/13.
Robert Roy Stern, formerly from Tulelake, died 4/9/13. "He was most proud of his accomplishment being the crew chief of the SIXCAT Race plane, which if it wins this year will set the record for most wins at the Reno National Air Races. He rebuilt that plane from an AT–6 crop duster into the race plane for Macy’s."
Erika DuVal's lost calf, by Erika DuVal, young mother and cattle rancher 4/7/13. "...This morning I had seen a coyote near the herd so the searching for him took on an extra level of urgency...That parable took on new meaning tonight as I was out in the cold wind looking for a lost calf..."
Thomas Allen Robison, Tulelake 1951-2013. (Includes the story of Tom's parents).
Veteran and Tulelake 1949 homesteader James DeShon, 7/30/27 - 12/18/12
Daniel Seale Crawford, 1923-2012
John Terry, 1915 - 2012. KBC NOTE: John was a WWII veteran who won a Tulelake homestead. He defended his country, then raised food for a hungry nation. He participated in the documentary Homesteading in a Promised Land. He wrote a letter to Congress in 2001 when the federal government denied Klamath farmers and ranchers their irrigation water.
< Area resident Nellie Takacs celebrates 105th birthday, H&N 1/22/12. KBC NOTE: In the film Homesteading in a Promised Land. Nellie tells how she came to the Klamath Basin in a covered wagon when she was 3 years old.
Deerplay double gather for
Farmers Guardian, posted to KBC
Scrimgeour won the Deerplay
Double Gather Championship with
his prick-eared tri-coloured
smooth-coated bitch Fleece,
which was bred in the US by
Geri Byrne, and imported as
a youngster. Trained here, she
won one of the most prestigious
trials in England, after winning
the Deerplay Open last year.) KBC NOTE: Geri Byrne from
Tulelake, Calif, breeds, trains,
and participates in national and
international sheepdog trials,
and also has planned the
National Finals 3 times in the
Klamath Basin. Congratulations
life in focus. Menke’s photography
spurred international interest in
Klamath Basin wildlife refuges,
H&N, posted to KBC 5/16/11
Ted Rupert 1921-2011
Otto Schultz Jr, 1950-2011. In 2001 when
the feds shut off water to 1400 family
farmers, Earl approached me, the current KBC
News manager, and said the irrigators need a
website. Within a week his classmate Ron
DeShon built www.klamathbasincrisis.org Thanks a lot
Earl! This website has earned me many
enemies by exposing the truth and allowing
local and neighboring resource users a
voice, something we did not have before
2001. Happy Trails!
Herald and News: "David
L. Carman, who was born on Nov. 2, 1918, died on April 8,
2011. He was a World War II combat infantry veteran and a
1948 Tulelake homesteader. He was a good husband, father,
and grandfather, well read, a great conversationalist, and
an outspoken rugged individualist all the way to the end of
the line. A family memorial will be held in Chico, Calif.,
on Saturday, April 16."
Nelle Takacs at 104: ‘Holy cow! I’m getting old!’ H&N, posted to KBC 1/16/11. "‘For me it’s a great world. I have enjoyed my family. I have enjoyed my friends. That’s the most important thing, life. Life and living it." (Nelle came to Klamath Basin by covered wagon when she was 3)
An eye on Farming;
photography led to the launch of the
agricultural magazine Spudman,
H&N, posted to KBC 11/18/10
Larry Mitchell Toelle obituary, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/3/10
A life of leisure; Retirement suits LeQuieu just fine, H&N, posted to KBC 6/6/09
TULELAKE - John Bowen: So
many decades on the land, Herald and News, posted to KBC