Deputy watermaster reinstated for 30 days; Cabodi, Bartley call for board members’ resignations

It was standing-room only at the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District’s special meeting held Monday, March 2 as water users criticized the district’s decision to terminate its contract with its deputy watermaster three days before irrigation season began. The deputy watermaster, Jeff White, agreed to work another 30 days while the board considers its options.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — The Lassen County water wars continue, and the latest couple of skirmishes leave many insiders and outsiders alike scratching their heads in bewilderment.

Deputy watermaster Jeff White, the at-will contractor whose contract with the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District was terminated Feb. 25 — just three days before the irrigation season began — is now back on the job, at least for the next 30 days.

Just five days after voting to terminate White, chair Jesse Claypool and board members Wayne Langston and Shawn Giese voted at the board’s Monday, March 2 meeting to reinstate White’s contract for 30 days while it investigates an alternative. Board member Larry Cabodi voted no because he wanted the contract reinstated for a longer period of time.

For the full story and photos, read the Tuesday, March 10, 2015 edition of the Lassen County Times.


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