P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Matt Baun (FWS) 530-841-3119
January 16, 2014
Secretary Jewell Presents 2013 Partners in Conservation Award
to Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today presented the Department of the Interior’s 2013 Partners in Conservation Awards to 20 public-private partnerships, including theKlamath Tribal Leadership Development Program for Integrative Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
At the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Secretary Jewell thanked the Klamath team and others who collaborated on important conservation projects and programs in 2013. For information all of the award recipients please visit: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-presents-2013-partners-in-conservation-awards.cfm
“The Department of the Interior is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who are innovating and collaborating in ways that address today’s complex conservation and stewardship challenges,” said Secretary Jewell. “These partnerships represent the gold standard for how Interior is doing business across the nation to power our future, strengthen tribal nations, conserve and enhance America’s great outdoors and engage the next generation.”
The Klamath tribal youth education program was launched last summer and connected scientists and college students to Klamath Basin restoration projects. The program brought together youth representing the Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Kaurk Tribe, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation and the Klamath Tribes with scientists from the NASA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service.
P R E S S R E L E A S E
For Immediate Release: December 6, 2013
GOVERNOR APPROVES KARUK GAMING COMPACT
Yreka Casino One Step Closer to Reality
Yreka, CA – Yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed the Karuk Tribe’s Gaming Compact moving the Tribe’s effort to open a casino in Yreka one step closer to reality. “The timing couldn’t be better,” said Karuk Chairman Buster Attebery, “this area is in dire need of jobs and economic development.” The proposed casino is projected to create 350 jobs in Siskiyou County which still suffers from an unemployment rate of over 10%. The jobs would be open to both Tribal members and non-Indians.
The Tribe plans to develop the project in two phases. Phase 1 consists of a 36,000 square-foot gaming facility with approximately 500 gaming machines, 8 table games, a 100-seat restaurant, and on-site parking. Phase 2 will add an 80-room hotel, additional parking, 20,000 additional square feet of gaming space, 300 gaming machines, and 8 table games.
The Tribe’s goal is for the project to boost economic opportunities for everyone in the region. According to Attebery, “We are committed to hiring local vendors and businesses when possible. We see this project as a major economic driver for generations to come.”
The next steps in the process will include bringing the Compact before the California State Legislature to be ratified and also completing intergovernmental agreements with the City of Yreka, Siskiyou County and the California Department of Transportation. The Tribe hopes to clear these hurdles and break ground in the summer of 2014.
Notice of Completion of a Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report
for Public Review
The Karuk Tribe (Tribe) has released a Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report (TEIR) for the Karuk Tribe Casino Project.
Proposed Project: Karuk Tribe Casino Project
Project Location: The Proposed Project would be constructed on portions of two parcels located immediately east of Interstate 5 in the southeast corner of the City of Yreka in central Siskiyou County, California. The 60-acre project site includes 10 acres of land held in trust by the United States for the Tribe and 50 acres owned in fee by the Tribe; all gaming facilities would be constructed on land held in trust.
Project Description: The Tribe proposes to develop a Class III Gaming Complex in two phases. Phase I would include a 36,497 square-foot casino facility to accommodate approximately 500 gaming machines and 8 table games, a 120-seat restaurant, and on-site parking (approximately 334 stalls). Additional parking (approximately 222 stalls) would be developed on the adjacent tribally-owned lands south of the gaming parcel with access to the project site provided from Sharps Road. Phase II would include the addition of approximately 20,000 square feet to the gaming complex to add approximately 300 gaming machines, 8 table games, a new 100-seat restaurant, and associated facilities. In addition, Phase II would include an 80-room, 48,000 square-foot hotel and an additional approximately 500 parking spaces. Water supply and wastewater disposal services would be provided by the City of Yreka Public Utilities Department.
45-Day Public Comment Period: November 7, 2013 to December 27, 2013. Written comments may be submitted to the Tribe at the following address, and must be postmarked by December 27, 2013.
Attn: Scott Quinn
P.O. Box 1016
Happy Camp, CA 96039
Availability of Draft TEIR: Copies of the Draft TEIR are available for review at the following locations:
City of Yreka Offices: 701 4th Street / Yreka, CA 96097
Siskiyou County Administrative Office: 1312 Fairlane Road / Yreka, CA 96097
Siskiyou County Library, Yreka Branch Library: 719 4th Street / Yreka, CA 96097
Karuk Tribal Housing Authority, Yreka Office: 1836 Apsuun Road / Yreka, CA 96097
P R E S S R E L E A S E
For Immediate Release: October 17, 2013
For More Information: Eric Cutright, IT Director, Karuk Tribe: 530-493-1401
KARUK TRIBE AWARDED SIX MILLION DOLLARS TO BRING BROADBAND TO RURAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
- Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative is a joint collaboration between the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe and will provide broadband and Internet access to the communities of Orick, Orleans, Johnsons, Wautec and Weitchpec
Redding, CA - Today the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) awarded the Karuk Tribe $6,602,422 from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to install 82.3 miles of fiber optic cable to the remote region of Northern Humboldt County. The project, called the Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative (KRRBI), is a joint collaboration between the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe to provide broadband and Internet access to the communities of Orick, Orleans, Johnsons, Wautec and Weitchpec.
“The Karuk Tribe is very excited about the recent broadband award,” says Karuk Tribal Chairman Russell Attebery. “This will provide business opportunities and jobs. Communications in rural areas have always been difficult. This project will help solve the communication problems we have faced.”
Vital community and government institutions will benefit from the project, including health care facilities, schools, rural fire camps, fire stations, public safety installations and several other state, federal and tribal government offices. The communication and economic development opportunities that grow from this project will be “essential to the future of the region”, according to IT Director Eric Cutright of the Karuk Tribe.
The fiber optic portion of KRRBI runs along highways 101, 96 and 169, and on Bald Hills Road. The fiber will connect with existing fiber optic networks owned by Siskiyou Telephone in the east and Suddenlink Communications on the coast. In each community along the fiber route, a mix of wireless technologies will be utilized to provide service, including WiFi, microwave and white space radios. In addition to collaborating with the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe has partnered with native owned businesses EnerTribe and Native Link Communications.
The California Advanced Services Fund has helped to bridge the “digital divide” in unserved and underserved areas of the state since 2008. CASF’s original funding was $100,000,000, and in 2010 the funding was increased to a total of $225,000,000. Earlier this month, Governor Gerry Brown signed Senate Bill 740, which again expanded the CASF program by another $90 million, to $315,000,000 and extended the program through the year 2020.