Junior Wilson, Ho-Chunk, Winnebago Tribe, shares his thoughts and prayers concerning sustaining our natural resources of water and treaty rights for generations to come, and sang his prayer about his relative who, in the 1700s, fought for his people's rights, was changed into a Bear by Creator, and rose on a white cloud when he died.
Similkameen Sunday started with a ceremony at Similkameen Falls with Similkameen Indian Band elders, council members, and invited guests.
Herman Edward, teacher and story teller from Lower Similkameen Indian Band talks about the importance of caring for our natural resources and respecting the natural falls as Creator provided them to us.
Herman Edward sings a prayer for the healing of the river, falls, and the people whose responsibility it is to care for Creator's natural resources.
Colville Tribal elder Marge Jameson talks with Herman Edward after the ceremony as Tony Qualtier, LSIB elder and other guests look on.
Chief Rob Edward of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band welcomed those who attended Similkameen Sunday at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket.
Theresa Ann Terbasket, Lower Similkameen Indian Band elder, spoke about the changes we all face—changes in the river, what it should look like—for without water, we become desert, even within ourselves.
Golden Eagle Drum, from Nespelem, kept us focused on how special our gathering in support of the Similkameen River and Falls and the People was on Similkameen Sunday.
Herman Edward, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, sharing songs on the multi-register flute he made.
Mayor Patrick Plumb and children welcome the Similkameen Indian Band members, Colville Confederated Tribal members and the public to Tonasket and Similkameen Sunday.
Steve Pollard, Steve Bell, Ray Dispenza, and Kyle MacConnel sing and play for us "Similkameen, River of Gold."
Herman Edward shared with us the story of Sinkuleep (Coyote) bringing the salmon up the river.
Bob Turner, Chief Tonasket's great-grandson from Wilbur, spoke about his grandpa's big family, giving him 18 aunts and uncles he learned a lot from, and how important it is for us to get together and share our stories.

Okanogan PUD in Preliminary Talks to Swap Enloe Dam for Fish Habitat (3.12.15)
A Weak El Nino Has Arrived, Enhanced Chance For Warm Spring In Western Oregon, Western Washington (3.13.15)
Shoreline Management Plan Minimizes Regulations of Subdivisions Near Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands (3.7.15)
Large Numbers Expected for 2015 Fall Chinook Return to Columbia (2.20.15)
OkPUD Commisioners Preserve All Options: License Extension will Allow Them to Explore Power Generation, Dam Removal or Water-Right Change (2.12.15)
National Marine Fisheries Service (part of NOAA) Launches 5-Year Status Review of ESA-Listings of 13 Columbia Basin Salmon, Steehead Stocks (2.13.15)
"NO ON ENLOE" Supporters Needed at Feb 9th OkPUD Meeting, 2:30 pm or Call PUD Commisioners to Voice Opposition to Enloe Electrification (2.4.15)
Dry January 2015 Dropping Water Supply Forecasts—Washington-Oregon Cascedes Snowpack at 50 Percent Average or Less (1.23.15)
Fortis BC Funds Taken Off Ecology's Water Projects (1.18.15)
Tribes Lay Out Process for Investigating Feasibility of Salmon Reintroduction above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (1.16.15)
Cash-strapped Washington State Seeks Funding to Build New Dam on Similkameen River in BC (1.13.15)
A Reasoned "NO" on Enloe Dam Re-Electrification (11.25.14)
Fate of Enloe Dam Still Uncertain (11.20.14)
Whooshh System, Known as the Salmon Cannon, Gets Popular Science Award—used on the Washougal River (11.14.14)
Commission Adopts Comprehensive Update to Washington State's Hydraulic Code Rules (11.7.14)
Will Getting Some Steehead to Spawn Twice in Methow Improve Numbers? (11.7.14)
Navy Forges New Electronic Warfare Strategy: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (11.5.14)
Washington State Fish & Wildlife New Hydraulic Code Rules Changes (10.28.14)
Officials Celebrate $10 million in Projects to Increase Flows in Twisp & Methow Rivers (10.17.14)
NOAA Winter Outlook: Warm Winter for Pacific Northwest, Below-Average Precipitation (10.17.14)
Salmon People Pray for Sacred Fish to Return to Historic Home (10.5.14)
Fish Passage White Paper from Columbia Basin Tribes Coalition on the Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 Review (2.14.14)
Is Your Fish from the Columbia River Toxic? Everyone Needs to Know(10.4.14)
Whooshh Innovations—a Gentle Fish Passage Technology
Conservation Groups appeal Enloe Dam Water Rights Decision
Fish Agencies offer to Remove Enloe Dam for Fish Habitat
Okanogan PUD Ratepayers: Enloe Dam Project Costs too much, isn't Economical, and will Raise Your Rates
U.S. and Canadian Tribal, Religious, and Community Leaders Document Damage by Dams to Columbia River (6.8.14)
All Signs Still Point to Likely El Niño Conditions for Pacific Northwest— Warmer & Dryer Conditions (6.6.14)
Similkameen - 150 Years
PUD Spending Heavily on Risky Economic Project
Similkameen Fish Habitat—Potential New Economy
State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserves Water
Proposed Flow Over Similkameen Falls
WA Pollution Control Hearings Board upholds Petition for Reconsideration of Aesthetic Flows over Similkameen Falls
State Agency Certification Supports Dewatering Similkameen Falls
When Public Utility Districts Forget Who They Serve
When will Our Nightmare End?
Pollution Control Hearing Board Decision in favor of Aesthetic Values
Report Shows Enloe Dam to be Economic Loss
What Do We Do about Okanogan PUD?
Ratepayer Issues with the Proposed Enloe Dam Facilities Rebuild
Group's Appeal State's Decision to De-water Similkameen Falls
Can Washington State Dry Up a River? River Advocates say "No"
Will Enloe Dam Ever Come Down?
Courtroom Updates of Appeal of Dept. of Ecology's Decision to Allow Ok PUD to Dewater Similkameen Falls

Upper Columbia River Stories

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Northwest Forest Plan Listening Sessions Scheduled for March 25 in Region 6—Times to be announced (2.18.15)
Methow Valley Citizens Council's Two-pronged Strategy: Raising a Strong Community Voice & Taking Legal Action (11.21.14)
Newly Revised Publication Details Federal Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Program Funding (11.10.14)
Citizens Groups Appeal Okanogan County Commissioners Decision on Need for EIS of Draft Comprehensive Plan (5.30.14)
Kinross Gold will Drop Major Gold Exploration on Buckhorn Mountain in Chesaw WA (5.29.14)
Concerns Rise Over Hanford Waste Tanks (3.2.14)
Species Banks provide Ecosystem Services (5.14.13)

We can End the Columbia Basin Salmon Wars Now by Balancing Energy, Conservation (9.22.12)
SoloPower rolls out flexible Solar Panels in Portland plant opening (9.29.12)
Teck Metals Ltd. admits using Columbia River as Industrial Sewer (9.13.12)
Harvard Medical School Study confirms High Rate of Colitis down river from Teck Smelter (8.14.12)
Teck Metals Ltd. admits Polluting Columbia River in U.S., but does not concede dumped waste caused harm (9.10.12)
Hearing on Dick (alias "Doc") Hastings' bill (Saving Our Dams and Hydropower Development & Jobs Act 2012) point up divide between fish, hydropower forces (8.16.12)
Groups say state ignored Clean Water standards when certifying Enloe Dam (8.21.12)
Appeal filed over Enloe water permit (8.15.12)
America's Deficit Attention Disorder—Money is the least of our problems—Pay attention to the real deficits that are killing us
USDA Seeks Comments on Non-Browning Genetically Engineered Apples from Canada (8.17.12)
• Deb Abramhamson: Interview with SHAWL founder who receives Spokane Water Hero award
• Rachael Paschal Osborn: Climate Change and The Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation in 2014
Northport WA residents downwind of Teck smelter see disease rise (8.12.12)
Colville Tribe, Teck Resources go to court over Columbia River Pollution(8.12.12)
California Hydroelectricity Production vulnerable to Climate Change (8.8.12)
Ecovillage sows resistance and a Sustainable Panama (8.6.12)
Pebble Mine near headwaters of Bristol Bay in SW Alaska likely to endanger largest Sockeye salmon fishery in world (7.25.12)
Exempt Wells & Sprawl Threaten Sharp-tail Grouse Habitat & Cattle Ranching in Tunk Valley, Okanogan County (7.15.12)

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Community Cultural Center of Tonasket
Conservation Northwest
Conscious Cultural Festival
Farmers Markets - Okanogan County
Ferry County Co-op
Friends of the Trees Society
Green Okanogan
Jackrabbit Newsletter
Kettle Range Conservation Group
Lake Roosevelt Forum
LA Catholic Worker Agitator
Methow Naturalist
Methow Valley Citizens Council
Okanogan Highlands Alliance
Okanogan Land Trust
Planet Drum Foundation
SHAWL Society
Slow Food Okanogan County
SolWest Renewable Energy Faire
Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op
Wisdom of the 13 Grandmothers

Events Calendar

• Mar 25 - Wild Reverence: The Plight of the Wild Steelhead, 7pm, Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, free showing.
• Apr 21-22 - Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference, Defining Stewardship and Recreation for a New Generation, 9:30 am to 5 pm. The Davenport Hotel, Spokane WA
• Apr 23 - Pacific Lamprey: The Lost Fish, 7pm, Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, free showing.

Community Links
Friends of the Similkameen River
Land & Water

Similkameen Trail Connector Phase 1
Similkameen Falls Album

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Listen to Ray Dispenza's "Similkameen, River of Gold" played by Steve Pollard, Steve Bell, Kyle MacConnel, and Ray.
Similkameen Sunday Celebration
Videos of Similkameen Sunday

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Listen to Chief Rob Edwards speak of responsibilities representing his people and the protocols and ceremonies of Creation he follows for guiding his people and listening to the elders guidance, and remembering the history of his cultural experiences.
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We offer these suggestions for increasing wildfire safety around the home and community to stimulate a discussion, and hopefully more activity in reducing fire risk. Click the image above to download a PDF file of fire protection resources (it is a large file so will take a while to download). Or you can download individual articles: (1) Why the Forests are Burning, (2) Home Fire Protection, (3) Treating Vegetation, (4) Anatomy of a Burn, (5) Fire & ForestManagement: Myth & Reality, (6) Smoke in Our Eyes: The Politics of Fire, (7) Restoration Forestry

Last Year's
Similkameen Sunday

Upper & Lower
Similkameen Bands
and Colville Tribes

Click to view Mobile Electronic Warfare Test Sites Maps,U.S. Navy's Final Environmental Assessment (EA), See Comments by groups and individuals: Karen Sullivan—Violations of Law—Navy EW Plans and Forest Service, Olympic Park Associates, Kettle Range Conservation Group, Stuart R Gillespie, Dana Visalli, Other Comments, Articles: Navy Forges Electronic Warfare: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare, Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games over National Park and Forests in Washington State, Documents Show that Navy's Electromagnetic Warfare Training Would Harm Humans and Wildlife.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is taking comments until Nov 17th on the NEPA process that will be used to make their decision to issue a special use permit for 5 years to the Navy to conduct their Mobile Electronic Warfare Test Sites using Forest Service roads.The comment period will only be extended if they are receiving a lot of comments. (See below for address.) We asked the Navy at the Open House why doesn't the Navy apply to the U.S. Army to use the Yakima Training Center—designed for military use—for their exercises rather than USFS property. Their answer was that the training center is over booked and they cannot schedule its use. Every time we go through that area on Hwy 97, it is completely vacant of activity. Someone needs to check out their schedule and see if the Navy's activities could be worked into their schedule. Click to view OkanWen National Forest Notice of Navy's Plans. Here's an account of Tuesday's Open House the Navy and Okan-Wen National Forest written by Dana Visalli of the Methow Valley.

Some of our concerns are:
(1) It is not clear what attempts were made to gain local comments in determining a “no impact decision” by the U.S. Navy.
(2) Has livestock and wildlife safety been considered with mobile emitters on designated roads?
(3) It is also unclear how Navy will keep humans from using roads for recreation, wood gathering, hunting, etc.
(4) Navy’s EA does identify the general direction (3 degrees vertical from the horizon towards the west), but not the intensity of electronic radiation mobile emitters will be pulsing from our forest service roads.

October 17, the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest sent us a letter stating there will be a 30-day comment period that will only be announced in the Wenatchee World or on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Web site. The comment period will be from Oct 17 to Nov 17. Send your comments to Supervisior Balboni's address below. We have a good chance to extend our comment period if enough comments come pouring into Supervisor Balboni office.

The public comment period has been extended until Nov 28 to submit comments to the Olympic National Forest. There will be a public meeting on Nov 6 from 6-8pm at the Port Angeles City Council Chambers, located at 321 East Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA where the U.S. Navy and Olympic National Forest Service will answer questions. Send comments to:

• Greg T Wahl, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite A, Olympia, WA 983512, gtwahl@fs.fed.us, 360.956.2375. Comment period ends Nov 28th.

Please request a public meeting closer to the Colville National Forest to explain their process in making a decision to allow the Navy to set up these Military Operation Areas on Forest Service Roads. You can send your comments and requests to:

• Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor, Michael L. Balboni, c/o Phil Christy, 1 West Winesap, Tonasket WA 98855, pchristy@fs.fed.us, 509.486.5137. Comment period ends Nov 17 unless it gets extended.
• Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West, c/o Karen Nooney, Colville National Forest, 765 S. Main Street, Colville WA 99114, knooney@fs.fed.us, 509.684.7189. Franklin Pemberton, the CNF Public Affairs Officier, fpemberton@fs.fed.us, called January 7th to say the Navy has not sent CNF an application as of yet to use CNF forest roads. He did not expect to hear anything until February. He also said that the CNF does not see the Navy's uses of forest roads as being compatible with CNF stewardship of natural resources.

U.S. Navy's Plans for using Forest Service Roads
Boeing's $10 billion EA-18G Growler next generation Electronic Warfare aircraft flying over our National Forests disturbing wildlife and human dwellings close to the forest.
The Navy's Mobile Electromagnetic Radiation Emitter proposed truck that will be parked at specific areas on forest service roads up to 50 days during a year for up to 8 hr stretches. So far the Navy has not requested the USFS to plow roads during winter months. Radiation will be directed west at a 3 degree arc up from horizon.
Land and Community in the
Upper Columbia River Bioregion
Similkameen River Restoration
Shoreline Management Plan Minimizes Regulations of Subdivisions Near Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands
Okanogan County Comprehensive Plan is headed for Court
Protecting Place

In the first 50 years of operation, cost for building, operating and maintaining Enloe Dam will exceed the revenue generated by the project, according to forecasts made by the Okanogan PUD.
Revised Cost Figure—Summary, p. 11 and Revised Cost Figure—2014 D-2 (excluding sunk costs), p. 15 (OkPUD 2015 Enloe Project Budget).

Between 2019, when electrical generation would start, and 2068 when the 50 years license of operation expires, it is estimated that Enloe Dam would generate about $152 million in income. However, construction would cost at least $62 million (the construction loan of approximately $39 million and $23 million in interest). Operations and maintenance will cost about $168 million during the 50 year period. When costs are subtracted from generation revenue, ratepayers are left with debt of
$16 million.

Since power generation conservatively will stay the same during the 50 year license, at least $1.7 million is added yearly to the cost of Enloe operations, modeled over time using an annual 2.5% escalator on Operations & Maintenance costs. Indeed, the project results in a loss of over $76 million. That is a cost of about $3,918 for each of the PUD’s 20,000 residential customers over the 50 year license, or $6.53 each month. (Model: OkPUD Enloe—Blended Resource).

Note: For more information on the use of this model, please telephone Jeré & Rick Gillespie, 831.332.4778.

Formulas Used to Calculate Numbers:

(Enloe MW Generation) X (hours/Year) = (Enloe MWhrs/Year)

(4.5 MW) X (8,760 hrs/year) = 39,420 MWhrs/year

(Cost $$/MWhr) X (Enloe MWhrs/year) = (Enloe Power Revenue $$/year)

($77/MWhr) X (39,420 MWhrs/year) = $3,035,340/year

In Year 2019:

(Enloe Power Revenue $$/year) + (Enloe Operation & Maintenance $$/year) + (Enloe Construction Debt $$) = (Enloe Debt $$)

$3,035,340/year + ($-1,719,000) + ($-2,018,000) = $-701,660

In Year 2069:

$3,035,340/year + ($-5,764,283) + ($0) = $-2,728,943

Potential Costs to each ratepayer over 50 years:

(Enloe costs) / (20,000 residential customers) / (50 years) / (12 months/yr = (Ratepayer cost/month)

$78,366,596 / 20,000 / 50 years / 12 months/year = $6.53/month

Link to Spreadsheet that displays the outcomes for Enloe costs projected over 50 years.

Okanogan Ratepayers Stand Up Against
the Economic Irresponsibility of Enloe Debt

WE, RATEPAYERS AND CITIZENS OF OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON, stand in opposition to all further EXPENDITURES by the PUBLIC UTILITY, OKANOGAN PUD NO. 1 toward Electrification of ENLOE DAM on the Similkameen River. These are the “GLARING” reasons we say “NO ON OLD ENLOE!”

1. We, the ratepayers, our children and grandchildren will all shoulder higher energy costs resulting from the estimated $39 million dollars in borrowed money and $23 milion in interest necessary to build this proposed power plant, not to forget the $78 million cumulated each year over the 50 year license of operation. Actual costs of construction could easily run 20% higher or more.
2. Revenue estimates by the PUD show the Enloe Dam Project will lose $1.1-1.7 million dollars annually based on current energy prices and market trend analysis by both PUD and independent experts. More borrowing and compounding interest could even push the final project costs higher topping $140 million dollars by some estimates.
3. New contracts now being worked out with Douglas County PUD will provide Okanogan County with a larger portion of Wells Dam if successfully negotiated, supplying the power we need beyond the year 2048. There is no justification for this very expensive power generation from Enloe Dam.
4. The 4.5 MW average yearly output of power plant proposed by the PUD will only contribute 2% of the electric needs of our Utility. It supplies less than 20% of energy demanded by the Oroville sub-station. The PUD has never justified their expenditures to the ratepayers and to the Okanogan County economy.
5. This project has already drained $12 million from Okanogan County’s economy. It has further impoverished the district ratepayers while enriching elite Bankers, Bond-Brokers, Wealthy Investors, Law Firms and Lobbyists, High priced Engineers and Consultants. It has been a great project for them and they all encourage our commissioners to push on, yet Enloe electrification provides little or no benefit to the ratepayers. It is time to stop wasting time and resources on this miscalculation.
6. We all struggle to maintain our households often on low fixed incomes against rising costs of living. Our savings are gone and the quality of our lives is in decline. The more our “Public Utility” borrows, the higher our rates climb. Serve the People. Stop the spending. Pay Down the debt. Maintain a reliable, safe distribution system.
The publication "Trial by Fire: The Methow Valley's Summer of Disaster" by the Methow Valley News provides a sobering look at how we must prepare for wildfire and pull together in cooperative efforts to survive wildfire in our fire-evolved forests & grasslands.
DNR Lands not Available to Navy for
Electronic Warfare Training on Olympic Peninsula

People who oppose Enloe Dam electrification and oppose sinking more ratepayers hard earned money in the Enloe Project, should attend Mar 9th, Monday, PUD meeting. We want to continue to urge analysis of the flawed economics, identify who is responsible for cost of dam removal, and follow up on the 1971 Memorandum of Bureau of Reclamation geologist's field report on examining the safety of Enloe Dam making sure that the dam safety studies address the structural concerns addressed some forty-four years ago.

The meeting is at 2:30 pm at the PUD Auditorium. If you cannot make the meeting, call or e-mail the three commissioners to let them know your concerns.

Scott Vejraska, 509.826.7088, scottv@okpud.org
Ernie Bolz, 509.486.2553, ernieb@okpud.org
Steve Houston, 509.429.9248, steveh@okpud.org
Below are articles with many reasons to say to commissioners "NO ON ENLOE."
Give us a call or e-mail us to say you have made your calls. THANKS!
Columbiana, 509.485.3844, rickg@columbiana.org
OkPUD Meeting, March 9, 2:30 pm, PUD Auditorium