A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 7/18/02
This week in News.bytes:
- CRITICS SEE NATURAL RESOURCES VS. SPIRIT?
- DISPUTE OVER PUBLIC LANDS SPENDING BILL
- WEED OF THE WEEK - MEDUSAHEAD
- Related: BLM Director Clarke comments on problem
of noxious weeds
- NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATES:
- Native American weaving
- Day on the river for ill children
- NEW DESERT LAWSUITS
- CADIZ WATER PLAN
- BOOKSTORE FEATURE - Scenic Driving in California
- WILDFIRES STILL HOT NEWS
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
NATURAL RESOURCES VS. SPIRIT?
"HOUSE BILL SEEKS TO PROTECT SACRED INDIAN SITES" (Associated
Press, in San Francisco Chronicle, 07/18/2002)
" House Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to strengthen federal
protection of sacred American Indian sites on public land, saying federal
land managers have been slow to protect the sites in the past." Bill
would affect energy and mining uses, "would require federal agencies
such as the BLM and the Forest Service to work closer with tribes on use
of public lands important to the tribes."
"U.S. CRITICIZED ON DEVELOPMENT OF SACRED GROUNDS" (Associated
Press, in Contra Costa Times, 07/18/2002)
Saying government allows mining companies to exploit sites sacred to American
Indians, Sen. Barbara Boxer is helping California's Quechan Tribe fight
Glamis Gold Ltd. efforts to develop a 1,600-acre open-pit gold mine on
the banks of the Colorado River in Imperial County.
"A POWER STRUGGLE - ELECTRIC vs. SPIRITUAL" (Los Angeles
Some Native Americans say generating electricity from geothermal sources
in California's Medicine Lake area will wound a place of spiritual value.
Calpine Corp. says its plant will be clean and quiet, bring jobs to an
area of high unemployment and will not be on tribal reservation. BLM California
handles the geothermal permits.
"INTERIOR HAS FEW ANSWERS AT SENATE HEARING" (Indianz.com,
American Indians and supporters say that Department of Interior representatives
were unprepared and unable to answer questions at hearing on the Department's
protection of sacred sites.
PUBLIC LANDS SPENDING
"HOUSE CONSERVATIVES OBJECT TO PUBLIC LANDS SPENDING BILL, SAY
IT WOULD BUST BUSH BUDGET" (Associated Press, in San Francisco
Defeated amendment would have cut $933 million BLM budget by $162 million
and eliminated $700 million in emergency firefighting funds which administration
says is not needed.
OF THE WEEK - Medusahead
Extremely competitive, Medusahead crowds out many native and desirable
plants, invading millions of acres throughout northeastern California.
Infested rangelands have suffered up to 75% reductions in grazing capacity,
and become more subject to fires.
"BLM DIRECTOR KATHLEEN CLARKE COMMENTS ON THE PROBLEM OF NOXIOUS
WEEDS" (BLM California news release, 07/15/2002)
BLM Director testifies at a public field workshop in Idaho on the local
and national problem of invasive plant species -- estimated to cost $20
billion each year -- and the plans and partnerships BLM has undertaken
to help stem the problem.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UPDATES
The annual Weaving Connections gathering drew Native American tribe members,
staff from BLM and U.S. Forest Service, and members of the public -- to
learn traditional weaving techniques from experts and work to improve
areas for gathering weaving materials. http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/newsbytes/temp_issues/68_extra_weavingconnect.html
"DAY ON THE RIVER"
Children receiving treatment for cancer or other disorders -- and their
families -- were treated to a float trip down the Trinity River, and a
barbecue. BLM's Redding Field Office, along with partners from government
agencies and the business community, hosted the fourth annual Day on the
River Saturday, July 13. The float trip is made possible by thousands
of dollars in contributions from Shasta and Trinity County businesses
and the river guides who donate their rafts and personnel. In all, about
140 people participated.
"LAWSUIT CHALLENGES OFF-ROAD VEHICLE BAN" (Fresno Bee,
Off-road vehicle supporters from 11 groups file federal suit to stop BLM
from banning OHV's from a million acres of California desert. They seek
judgment or injunction to stop temporary closure while BLM develops new
plan for area -- say closure decision violated federal laws by not allowing
public review and comment first. This is one of two recent lawsuits, #CIV
F025844 filed 7/12/02 in Eastern District Court. Earlier case was #02
CV 1072R filed 6/3/02 in Southern District Court.
INC. UNDERGROUND WATER STORAGE PLAN
"A COZY MOJAVE DEAL
SPRINGS LEAKS" (Sacramento Bee, 07/14/2002)
Newspaper column looks at Cadiz, Inc., its key players and its plans to
store Colorado River water under Mojave Desert, and pump it back out along
with existing underground water, to supply Los Angeles' Metropolitan Water
District. BLM is involved through environmental permits for the project.
"MERGER PLAN FAILS
FOR CADIZ, KADCO" (Los Angeles Times, 07/11/2002)
Cadiz Inc., which is proposing to build a $150-million water storage facility
in the Mojave Desert in partnership with the Metropolitan Water District
of Southern California, said Wednesday that its plan to merge its agricultural
operations with those of a wealthy Saudi prince had fallen through.
STORAGE AND DRY-YEAR SUPPLY PROGRAM" (BLM California Issue Update,
FEATURE - Scenic Driving in California
Discover the Magic and Beauty of California Byways. This book is perfect
for planning day trips or weekend outings. It leads you to 24 of the Golden
State's most eye-pleasing rides while detailing a spectacular assortment
of natural wonders, scenic attractions, historic points of interest, and
recreational opportunities. http://store.ca.blm.gov/webc/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=287
STILL HOT NEWS
"BLM CALIFORNIA FIRE
CREW AT LOST CABIN BLAZE" (Associated Press, in Yahoo! News,
NEWS PHOTO: BLM California Ridgecrest Field Office firefighters tend hot
spots at Lost Canyon blaze in Nevada.
"BIRCH FIRE UPDATE:
FIRE CONTAINED, WORK FAR FROM OVER" (Mammoth Times, 07/18/2002)
Recent fire was just the beginning of a long and dangerous season, says
BLM-Forest Service Interagency fire manager for Bishop area.
"CREWS BATTLE BLAZE
IN NORTH REDDING" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/17/2002)
"Southern winds help fuel afternoon fire; BLM issues burn restrictions
in 5 counties"
"FIRE RESTRICTIONS SET FOR BLM LANDS; SHASTA, BUTTE, TEHAMA, TRINITY,
SISKIYOU COUNTIES INCLUDED" (BLM California news release, 07/15/2002)
Recent hot weather in northern Sacramento Valley is pushing fire dangers
higher, prompting BLM officials to order fire restrictions on public lands.
"SPECIAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS
IN EFFECT FOR BLM'S FOLSOM FIELD OFFICE AREA" (BLM California
news release, 07/10/2002)
Extremely high fire danger leads to fire restrictions on all public lands
managed by the BLM's Folsom Field Office.
"BLM CHOPPER STAYED
IDLE DURING FIRE" (Bakersfield Californian, 07/10/2002)
When fire erupted in the sun-dried hills behind local country club, helicopter
stationed at the Rio Bravo Helibase was the closest. But lack of an agreement
between BLM and the city of Bakersfield held back the helicopter customized
for fighting land fires, officials said.
"PUBLIC CLAMORS FOR
FIREFIGHTERS' MAPS" (Contra Costa Times, 07/14/2002)
From New York Times: Forest fire-fighters are longtime users of Geographic
Information Systems programs combining database information with digital
maps. Two years ago, several agencies with responsibilities related to
forest fires -- including BLM -- got together to consolidate their GIS
data and make it available to each other.
THREE STAGES IN A RECENT FIRE:
"RUSH FIRE GROWS TO
4,000 ACRES" (BLM California news release, 07/15/2002)
A lightning-caused wildfire eight miles southeast of Ravendale in eastern
Lassen County grew to 4,000 acres, as fire crews work to build fire lines
in rugged, nearly inaccessible terrain.
"CREWS MAKING PROGRESS
CONTAINING RUSH FIRE" (BLM California news release, 07/16/2002)
Fire crews made progress yesterday toward containing the Rush Fire, a
lightning-sparked blaze burning eight miles southeast of Ravendale in
eastern Lassen County.
"RUSH FIRE NEARING
CONTAINMENT" (BLM California news release, 07/17/2002)
Firefighters have been diligently working to contain the 5,015-acre Rush
fire eight miles southeast of Ravendale in Lassen County.
"CURRENT WILDLAND FIRE
INFORMATION" (National Interagency Fire Center)
"CARRIZO PLANNING MEETINGS
A SUCCESS" (BLM California news release, 07/17/2002)
Three public meetings have been held about the effort to write a new management
plan for the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Several questions and ideas
were raised by the 15 to 20 people who attended each of the meetings held
in Bakersfield, California Valley and San Luis Obispo -- and they wanted
to know how they could stay involved.
"DELONEGHA SITE OPENS
TO PUBLIC" (Kern Valley Sun, 07/16/2002)
BLM joins other groups at ribbon cutting for boat launch and river access
project they pursued for six years. BLM is also working on other public
access to the Kern River.
"SOUTH SPIT PLAN BOGGED
DOWN" (Eureka Times Standard, 07/16/2002)
Parcel near Eureka is "a land in limbo" until BLM and Fish and
Wildlife Service finish plan for how it can be used. BLM "is charged
with running the South Spit, but is presently powerless to arrest or cite
anyone tearing up the dunes with a four-wheel drive or vandalizing the
(Grass Valley Union, 07/15/2002)
Suspects allegedly attacked victim at BLM's South Yuba campground, then
drove him in victim's vehicle to a dirt road approximately a mile away,
struck the man again and left him half-buried under a pile of branches.
BLM is working with Sheriff's Department on the investigation.
"LIVING EASY IN 'zie-zix'
" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 07/15/2002)
"ZZYZX - The name sounds more like a sneeze than a town." Now
a research center, this was once a mineral springs resort run by a "self-ordained
radio minister and health-food entrepreneur" who sold "Mo-Hair
baldness cure" among other inventions. BLM said his mining claim
was false because he did not really mine the area, and voided it in 1974.
(Note: this is not the same story featured in News.bytes issue 64 of 6/20/02)
TREASURES: CACHE CREEK PARK OFFERS QUICK GETAWAY" (Woodland Democrat,
Story urges readers to visit nearby lands managed by their county and
BLM California, since "most of northern California has already discovered
this hidden treasure."
"Cache Creek Management Area" (BLM California Web site)
"MINING RESIDUE POSES
HEALTH HAZARD TO OFF-ROADERS" (Redding Record-Searchlight, 07/13/2002)
Off-roaders must obtain permit 72 hours in advance to cross Shasta Dam,
so many use alternate route past abandoned mine site to BLM's Gene Chappie-Shasta
OHV area. Officials plan to fence off and post notices at the toxic Superfund
site -- with arsenic- and lead-laced dust -- before opening other nearby
routes to OHVs.
"OLD MT. AKUM BRIDGE
MAY BECOME PRIVATE" (Mountain Democrat, 07/10/2002)
El Dorado County Department of Transportation wants to abandon section
of old road, including a bridge over the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.
They and nearby land owners have objected to public access to the river
because of trash on their properties, and some people trespassing on private
property. One of the nearby landowners is BLM California.
"CITY TO APPEAL FEDS'
CEMEX RULING" (The Signal, 07/11/2002)
Santa Clarita City Council votes to appeal federal judge's order blocking
the city from getting involved in a court battle over the proposed Transit
Mixed sand and gravel project in Soledad Canyon. Judge had ruled city
should have no role in the mining dispute because the area is outside
city limits. BLM granted company's gravel mining bid.
"MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE
HAS A PLAN" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 07/09/2002)
BLM California Desert Advisory Council member Dennis Casebier -- who was
a member of earlier committee to guide National Park Service's management
of the Preserve -- says plan contradicts legislation that created it.
Cattle grazing, mining and hunting were part of that legislation.
07/25/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering
08/03/2002 - Santa Rosa and San
Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee Meeting
07/24/2002 - Draft Headwaters
Management Plan public meeting
07/25/2002 - Draft Headwaters
Management Plan public meeting
07/29/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping
07/30/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping
07/31/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping
08/05/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping
08/06/2002 - Surprise Canyon scoping
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