Mark Davis 
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Re: “Hated in the Nation

Knee-capping your opponent is more than a "poor choice", it demonstrates a void of the values necessary for life outside of jail. She should have been watching the Olympics from her cell.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 01/18/2018 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Sunday Update: Eclipse Traffic Light; Fires Still Burning

To those who were fighting fires in the smoke Monday morning and did not see much of an eclipse, THANK YOU for your service.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 08/22/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Oh, Dam. It's Back.

Considering the uncertainty of PacifiCorp's plans for their dilapidated dam and pond, and the lack of clear support from the public, the option of doing nothing is the best approach at this time. There is no critical harm created by the present sedimentation of the pond that requires immediate action. The water is still reflecting the mountains for the enjoyment of park visitors, swans are still swimming, and the sedimentation has probably reached equilibrium. If wildlife is a concern then the best action is to remove the dam and restore the river to a more natural state. MPS's plan to dredge the pond using a suction dredge will degrade the water quality, cost tax-payers and provide negligible benefits.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 07/25/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Putting Back the River

The real problem is that the High Desert has low humidity, poor soil and a short growing season that does not produce a substantial agricultural profit, and the funds to pipe the canals sure won't come from those benefitting from the water diversions. More federal money seems to be the only hope. This was all identified in BoR reports prior to the projects approval.…
The base cause of our water problems is that no one gave wildlife a water right, which obviously would be senior to any others. "Before Our Time"

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/05/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Stuck in the Muck

There is no conclusive evidence that the McKay family owned the 23 acres of land that was sold to MPS. The State of Oregon could have a claim to ownership of the natural river that goes back to 1859 and statehood. Also, the land outside the boundary of the historic high water mark could have reverted back to the state due to a failure to maintain legal ownership, such as paying property taxes. Only governments can maintain ownership of land without taxes, fees, filings, etc.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 10/13/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Fuel for the Fires, Inside and Out

Several commenters here and Jeffrey Morris quote studies that are fatally flawed and do not consider all the facts. First, CO2 is not all the same. Releasing CO2 from fossil fuel that was sequestered half a billion years ago does not have the same effect on the environment as CO2 released from bio-mass fuel that removed CO2 from the atmosphere recently. Fossil fuel use is responsible for the increase to 400 ppm in atmospheric CO2 seen since the industrial revolution. Second, these studies do not consider the CO2 release and other harmful pollution from bio-mass that could have been used as a fuel but was not. Forests and agriculture by-products produce vast amounts of bio-mass that cause extreme air pollution during wildfires, field burning, slash pile burning, prescribed burns and decomposition. These releases of CO2, particulates, CO and other pollutants are not optional and will occur whether this bio-mass is used as a fuel or not. Fossil fuels can be left in the ground, but bio-mass will accumulate and revert to CO2. Using bio-mass will not increase the release of CO2 and can in fact reduce it by reducing wildfires and slash burning. The DOE has reconsidered their position on bio-mass fuel for these reasons, but the oil industry's myths continue to be passed on as truth.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 09/01/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “River Trash: Whose Mess Is It, Anyway?

The amount of trash at the whitewater park is outrageous. Every tuber who tipped over dumped everything they brought with them into the river. Some of it sunk to the bottom never to be cleaned up and some of it floated away to decorate the river surface with beer cans, plastic everything and flip-flops. BPRD has created this trashing of the river though their negligence and inaction. They need to clean up their guest's mess and educate them on how to float the river. Net bags need to be part of every floaters gear. Unfortunately, the personnel at BPRD have no more knowledge about floating the river than the most neophyte river user. There is no one at the park to educate anyone about anything. This project is such a loser at every level.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/15/2016 at 6:24 PM

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