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Convoy to leave Kalispell Aug. 18 for Oregon 

The Daily Inter Lake

A relief convoy to farmers in Klamath Falls, 
Ore., will leave Kalispell at 9 a.m. on Aug. 18, 
organizers announced Thursday. 

Vehicles carrying supplies will travel through 
Lewiston, Idaho, arriving at a staging area in 
The Dalles, Ore., by Aug. 20, where they'll be 
joined by a convoy from the Elko, Nev., area. The 
convoy will arrive in Klamath Falls the evening 
of Aug. 20, where activities are planned all day 
Aug. 21 at the fairgrounds.

The staging area in Kalispell will be at the 
Outlaw Inn.

Area residents will carry livestock, feed, canned 
food and other supplies to Klamath Falls farmers 
and ranchers whose irrigation water has been shut 
off by the federal government to preserve sucker 
fish and coho salmon.

More than 240,000 acres of ranch and crop land 
were cut off from irrigation water in April by 
the Bureau of Reclamation, which opted to reserve 
the water for the fish. About 20 percent of the 
normal water flow was released earlier this week, 
but farmers say it's too late to save their 

Seven states are now involved in the relief 
effort, including Montana, California, Utah, 
Nevada, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming.

Locally, Tidyman's and Albertson's grocery stores 
in Kalispell will accept food and cash donations 
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. 
Volunteers are needed to man donation tables for 
two-hour intervals and sell raffle tickets; 
anyone interested can call Jayne Strash at 756-

For more information about the convoy, a list of 
drop-off sites for supplies, addresses for cash 
donations, map of the convoy route, call Strash 
or e-mail her at:; Cathy 
Aastrom at 257-6914 (e-mail: or check the KGEZ Web site 

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