U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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News.bytes
A publication of Bureau of Land Management in California

Issue 301 - 10/4/07

The Curse of the Stolen Arifacts Hail Yeah fetched a premium adoption fee Native American dancers perform for the students burro pals Raymond Hatch, Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee

THIS WEEK IN NEWS.BYTES:
- Not for educators only:
      - Funny.bytes: "Curse of the Stolen Artifacts"
      - Spotlight on Partners: The Society for California Archaeology
      - California Archaeology Month
      - History and preservation:
              - "Living History Week" at camp
              - World War II training camps
              - Preserve America grants
      - Wildlife trivia question of the week
- National Public Lands Day, and caring for the land
- Wild horses and burros
- Recreation on public lands: Festival, off-road, trails, hunting, more
- Land use planning: Carrizo Plain, Desert Advisory Council
- Land and habitat preservation: San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains, wilderness, Area 51, more
- Energy on public lands:Geothermal, powerlines, Sunrise Powerlink
- Wildfires
- Headlines and highlights: Grazing decision, seeking BLM-managed lands, more
- Selected upcoming events
- National and/or Department of the Interior items: Abandoned mine cleanup, new BLM deputy director

Also see this issue of News.bytes online at:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/news/newsbytes/2007/301.html


NOT FOR EDUCATORS ONLY:

The Curse of the Stolen ArifactsFUNNY.BYTES: "Curse of the Stolen Artifacts"
Protectors of ancient artifacts reach across the centuries -- to the dismay of modern-day plunderers. Based on a true story.
Funny.bytes is an occasional look at the lighter side of BLM issues.
Note: this link will work in browsers that have the "Flash" plug-in -- which should be most browsers. Warning: soundtrack: you may want to adjust the volume on your computer.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/media/flash/fb/curse.html


Society for California Archaeology members at an historical site managed by BLM California's Bishop Field OfficeSPOTLIGHT ON PARTNERS: Society for California Archaeology
For more than a decade, the BLM in California has maintained a partnership with the Society for California Archaeology (SCA), a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to research, understanding, interpretation and conservation of California's heritage. One of SCA’s goals is encouraging respect, appreciation and a better understanding of California's diverse cultural heritage, a goal strongly shared by BLM.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/partners/society_ca_archaeology.html


CALIFORNIA ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH

"California Archaeology Month"
California Archaeology Month is sponsored by the Society for California Archaeology, and this year shifts to October to better integrate with California's kindergarten through Grade 12 curriculum on Native American and California history.
http://www.scahome.org/educational_resources/ArchMonth.html

"County-by-county Archaeology Month resources guide"
"Click on a county link to see a listing of organizations that ALWAYS offer archaeology-related information, displays, and programs in your area!"
http://www.scahome.org/educational_resources/ArchMonth.html#ResourcesGuide


HISTORY AND PRESERVATION

Native American dancers perform for the students"'Living History Week' at Desert Discovery Center"
(News.bytes Extra)
It was known as the "longest, most arduous and crookedest pack mule train in the history of America."  This summer, students "explored" The Old Spanish Trail, as part of Barstow's Desert Discovery Center 2007 Summer Camp.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/07xtra/300-xtra_ddc_livhistory.html

"General Patton's desert shrine" (American Heritage, 9/28/07)
"The middle of the Mojave Desert might seem an unlikely place for a museum dedicated to Gen. George Patton, “Old Blood and Guts.” But Patton...chose it as the headquarters for the Desert Training Center during World War II. It played a major role in preparing soldiers before they marched into the North African desert to stop Germany’s onslaught....The training center closed in April 1944 and was left abandoned for many years. But in 1988 private donors joined up and reopened it as a museum, with the cooperation of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management."
http://www.americanheritage.com/travel/articles/web/20070928-george-s-patton-museum-desert-mojave-training-california-tanks.shtml

"World War II Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area" (BLM California, Needles Field Office)
This simulated theater of operation was the largest military training ground in the history of military maneuvers. These young troops would carry that early training on to victory in the sands of North Africa, the mud and mire to Europe, the ice and snow of Alaska, and even into the Pacific jungles. The BLM, charged with managing the public lands on which the camps lie, is engaged in an effort to protect and interpret them.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/needles/patton.html

"Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne announces new Preserve America grants" (Department of the Interior news release, 9/27/07)
"Mrs. Laura Bush is the Honorary Chair of Preserve America, a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our nation's cultural and natural heritage." Grants to California projects will promote the historic and cultural value of the Santa Monica Pier, and local festivals, exhibits and way-finding in Weaverville.
http://www.doi.gov/news/07_News_Releases/070928.html



Wildlife Trivia question mark

WILDLIFE TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
What is a Pacific fisher?
(a.) a bird
(b.) a large lizard that feeds on fish eggs
(c.) a fish
(d.) a water snake that captures and eats fish
(e.) an amphibian
(f.) a mammal
(g.) slang for a West Coast pickpocket, old-school style
------> See answer -- and more information -- near the end of this issue of News.bytes.



NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY, AND CARING FOR THE LAND

"Homestead Valley Improvement Project" (BLM California, Barstow Field Office)
September 22, 2007: Despite the unfavorable weather forecast, the temperature was perfect and the skies were clear. More than 70 people set out at 8:00 a.m. and worked until noon.  These crews cleaned-up nearly four tons of trash, erected, painted and posted an information kiosk, restored a Native American petroglyph site that had been trashed and vandalized, and more.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/volunteer.html

burro pals"Caring for the Land at the Los Angeles County Fair" (News.bytes Extra)
The BLM, Forest Service and L.A. County Dept. of Forestry had a hit on their hands at the Los Angeles County Fair, thanks to hundreds of volunteers. Visitors to "Camp Smokey" and the "Caring for the Land" exhibit were able to get "hands on" with activities from sawing a log, to holding snakes and lizards, to taking a "nature hike," to petting BLM burros Leroy and Sherman.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/07xtra/301-xtra_la-fair.html

The next issue of News.bytes will feature more stories and photos from National Public Lands Day.



WILD HORSES AND BURROS

"BLM offers burros for adoption at Longears Cele'bray'tion" (BLM California news release, 9/24/07)
Wild horses and burros, healthy and ready to train, will be offered for public adoption Saturday, Oct.13, during the annual Longears Cele‘bray’tion, a fun-filled donkey and mule show at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff. The Bureau of Land Management will offer 20 wild horses ranging in age from under 2 to about 4 years old, and 10 burros on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m.  Interested adopters can preview the animals when they arrive Friday, Oct. 12, at about 2 p.m.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2007/september/NCNews0776_celebraytion_adoption.html

Hail Yeah fetched a premium adoption fee"Norco's pride turns heads at Extreme Mustang Makeover in Texas" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 9/29/07)
"Charismatic horse trainer Ray Ariss and his gentle gelding Hail Yeah celebrated a triumphant Norco homecoming Thursday. They hadn't won the first Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Fort Worth, Texas....The two were eliminated before the finals for going off course. But the pair reportedly stirred such crowd interest that, at the auction Sunday following the two-day competition, the 3-year-old horse brought $50,000, probably a record for a mustang...." The event was sponsored by the BLM and the Mustang Heritage Foundation.
(May require free one-time registration.)
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_mascot29.3fae19f.html

RELATED: "Mustang 'Hail Yeah' fetches $50,000 adoption fee at Extreme Mustang Makeover" (BLM national news release, 9/23/07)
The fee for Norco, Calif. trainer Ray Ariss was the highest ever for BLM's wild horse and burro adoption program. "'I thought this competition was so unique and Ray is an outstanding trainer,' said [Norco Mayor Harvey] Sullivan, who traveled to Fort Worth to support Ariss and Hail Yeah. 'When I return to Norco, we will be naming Hail Yeah the official mascot of the city and he will represent our message as Horsetown USA.'"
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/mustang__hail_yeah.html

RELATED: More news and results from the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition (Mustang Heritage Foundation)
http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org/dates/index.php

"1,200-pound Marine retires after 17 years" (Marine Corps News, 10/1/07)
"Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow California -- for one 1,200 pound Marine, retirement means lots of good carrots in an open pasture in Arizona. Marianas Honey, one of the Palomino Mustangs that served in the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, was medically retired Monday, after 17 years of service, due to an old injury to her knee....Honey was born in 1986 in the lands protected by the Bureau of Land Management in the state of Nevada....he has officially made appearances in 267 events throughout the western United States to include nine appearances in the Tournament of Roses Parade, in Pasadena...."
http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,151469,00.html

"Woman buys mustang she trained at auction" (Ventura County Star, 10/3/07)
"An Ojai Valley horse trainer recently placed 40th in the Extreme Mustang Makeover....Kathe Smothers, owner of the Quiet Mind Horsemanship training business in the Ojai Valley and one of 100 trainers chosen to compete, was happy with her showing. But she was more excited that she got to bring Micah, the mustang she trained for the competition, back home."
(Site requires free registration, story may be available free online only for a short time.)
http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2007/oct/03/woman-buys-mustang-she-trained-at-auction/

"Wild horse and burro adoption schedule - 2007" (BLM California website)
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/adoptions.html

Wild Horses and Burros are also available from these California facilities:

The Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro facility is located along U. S. Highway 395, about 21 miles northeast of Susanville.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/eaglelake/wild_horse_and_burro.html

The Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse & Burro facility is located four miles east of Ridgecrest. Adoptions are by appointment only, call (760) 384-5765 or 1-800-951-8720 for details or tours.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ridgecrest/whb.html

"Wild horse and burro adoption schedule" (BLM national website)
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/events.html



RECREATION AND PUBLIC LANDS

Big effort in the handcar racesSparkles the clown and visitor at the Rails to Trails Festival"Rails to Trails Festival attracts 1,000" (News.bytes Extra)
Organizers at the Lassen Land and Trails Trust estimated about 1,000 people turned out at the trailhead and Susanville Railroad Depot Visitor Center on the weekend. In addition to the rare sights and sounds of side-by-side handcar racing, they were treated to an opening evening hobo stew dinner and bluegrass music, a craft show, chili cook off, a day of live music, mountain bike rides, and time to enjoy the company of friends. Handcar races were another attraction.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/07xtra/301-xtra_railtrailfest.html

"KCDF Foundation donates 2 rescue vehicles for dunes" (Imperial Valley Press, 9/30/07)
"The trucks were purchased and donated by the KCDF Foundation, which was established by six Los Angeles families after the death of foundation namesake, Kris 'Chili Dog' Frick. Frick died April 9, 2006, as the result of a sand rail accident in the Glamis dunes....KCDF and Gold Cross also joined with Imperial County Emergency Medical Services, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and El Centro Regional Medical Center" to improve safety and emergency response in the dunes.
(May require free one-time registration.)
http://www.ivpressonline.com/articles/2007/10/01/news/news02.txt

RELATED: "Imperial Sand Dunes" (BLM California, El Centro Field Office)
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/recreation/ohvs/isdra.html

"Converging paths" (Redding Record Searchlight, 10/2/07)
"A group of about 15 mountain bikers, runners and horseback riders joined forces Sunday to improve a trail they could all use at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Swasey Recreation Area west of Redding." (Brief item with two photographs.)
(May require free one-time registration.)
http://www.redding.com/news/2007/oct/02/converging-paths/

"It must be here somewhere" (The Hollister Pinnacle, 9/28/07)
"They're geocachers, seeking out ammo cans, Tupperware containers, old pill bottles and the like tucked into crevices everywhere....participants use portable global positioning system (GPS) units to home in on hiding places....One place you won't find any new geocaches is at Fort Ord....'The emergency closure is being put in place to protect the public from contact with potential munitions and explosives of concern and to deter off route travel which could impact sensitive plant and animal species on the Fort Ord Public Lands,' said Eric Morgan, BLM's Fort Ord Manager."
http://www.pinnaclenews.com/news/contentview.asp?c=226287

RELATED: "BLM issues emergency closure of Fort Ord public lands to new geocaches" (BLM California news release, 9/20/07)
This closure will remain in place until the BLM has crafted a suitable long-term policy governing the geocaching sport on BLM-administered lands at the former military base.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2007/september/CCNews07-77_geocachingclosure_fortord.html

"Extension of Rails to Trails being discussed" (Taft Midway Driller, 9/28/07)
"City officials are hoping grant funding can extend the Taft Rails to Trails walking path more than three miles to the east where it will join a large walking, biking and nature area. Plans are preliminary and funding has not yet been obtained, but Lucille Holt, the city's grants administrator, is envisioning several hundred acres of pathways, a nature area, possibly an amphitheater on 454 acres of land currently owned by the Federal Bureau of Land Management."
http://www.taftmidwaydriller.com/articles/2007/09/28/news/news05.txt

"All-terrain vehicles restricted to only some terrain" (USA Today, 9/30/07)
"The federal government is stepping up efforts to curb off-road-vehicle damage to national forests and other public lands by restricting all-terrain vehicles to assigned routes. The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are drawing maps of roads, trails and tracks that can be used by off-road vehicles in forests and other federal land area. Off-road travel across open federal land -- a popular pursuit for dirt bikers and four-wheelers -- will be banned except in tracts set aside for that use, such as sand dunes and other specified motor recreation sites."
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-30-offroad_N.htm

"Pheasant hunts set for juniors, women" (Redding Record Searchlight, 9/30/07)
"The Shasta County Sportsmen's Association, in conjunction with the Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, will sponsor its junior and women's pheasant hunts this fall at the Bend Area of the Sacramento River Recreation Area."
(May require free one-time registration.)
http://www.redding.com/news/2007/sep/30/pheasant-hunts-set-for-juniors-women/

"D16 bucks are back" (California Game and Fish, 10/1/07)
"Tragic wildfires charred huge swaths of D16 Zone in San Diego County. But new growth is fueling bigger, healthier deer -- and more of them....Most, but certainly not all of San Diego County's good deer habitat lies within the Cleveland National Forest, and in some large Bureau of Land Management holdings."
http://www.californiagameandfish.com/hunting/mule-deer-blacktail-deer-hunting/CA_1007_01/



LAND USE PLANNING

"Progress on Carrizo Plain planning" (News.bytes Extra)
Members of the public, agencies and Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) members continue to make progress in developing the management plan for the Carrizo Plain National Monument. A framework for the new management plan was discussed at the public meeting of the advisory committee on Sept. 22.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/07xtra/301-xtra_carrizomeeting.html

Raymond Hatch, Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory CommitteeMEET YOUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Raymond Hatch...
...represents the public-at-large on the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee. He is currently retired but, was formerly the vice president of corporate development  for Berry Petroleum Company, a professor of physical science and math and member of the Taft College board of trustees, and a former mayor and council member of the Taft city council. Read more:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/resource_advisory/Carrizo_Plain_National_Monument_Advisory_Committee/carrizo_members/raymond_hatch.html

RELATED: "Carrizo Plain National Monument" (BLM California, Bakersfield Field Office)
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield/Programs/carrizo.html

Desert Advisory Committee discusses issues around a campfire"Desert Advisory Council tours mine reclamation and proposed solar development sites" (News.byte Extra)
The BLM’s’ Desert Advisory Council visited Needles for its fall meeting and toured sites ranging from a new campground to proposed solar projects to now closed gold mines being reclaimed.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/07xtra/301-xtra_dac_mtng.html



LAND AND HABITAT PRESERVATION

"Preserving the mountains" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 10/2/07)
"The San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains - as well as millions more acres of national monuments - could gain extra funding through a new conservation foundation." Members of the National Conservation System Foundation "hope to create a network of local groups that will mount an aggressive campaign to protect the lands and join with others to raise conservation funds. The new foundation comes as lawmakers in Washington are pushing to officially designate these lands for conservation, similar to the status given to national parks and wildlife refuges. That recognition would ensure a more constant source of funding that could provide more law enforcement and resources for visitors."
http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071002/NEWS07/310020003

RELATED: "Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument" (BLM California, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office)
"The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument was established by an Act of Congress on October 24, 2000 'in order to preserve the nationally significant biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational, and scientific values found in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains and to secure now and for future generations the opportunity to experience and enjoy the magnificent vistas, wildlife, land forms, and natural and cultural resources in these mountains and to recreate therein.'"
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/santarosa.html

"Fire threat haunts bid to expand Inland wilderness" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 9/28/07)
"Lawmakers have worked for decades to keep vast swaths of wilderness pristine -- free of human development and industry. But as the space between communities and protected wilderness areas narrows, firefighters are concerned about the increasing threat of wildfire, particularly in places such as fire-prone Inland Southern California. On Thursday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs, introduced legislation that would add more than 150,000 acres of protected wilderness in Riverside County, most near Joshua Tree National Park and the San Jacinto Mountains."
(May require free one-time registration.) http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_R_firezone28.6b3af4.html

"A piece preserved" (Sacramento News and Review, 10/4/07)
"The first of the sandhill cranes that will pass through the Cosumnes River Preserve on their migration south arrived three weeks ago. Soon, thousands of cranes will reside here, some settling through the spring before heading back to breeding grounds in Alaska, Canada and Siberia....Almost 250 bird species have called this preserve home....The preserve is a demonstration in the success of conservation partnerships and is jointly owned by the Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, Ducks Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Game, State Lands Commission, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento County and private owners."
http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/Content?oid=574095

RELATED: "Cosumnes River Preserve" (BLM California, Folsom Field Office)
The Preserve is home to California's largest remaining valley oak riparian forest, and is one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state. The Cosumnes River is the only free-flowing river left in California's Central Valley. Only minutes from California's capital, this is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/cosumpres.html

RELATED: "Watchable Wildlife site: Cosumnes River Preserve" (BLM California website)
Migratory waterfowl and shorebirds such as tundra swans, Ross's and lesser snow geese, northern pintails, cinnamon teal, mallards, and least sandpipers feed and rest at the Cosumnes in the winter and early spring flood season. Greater and lesser sandhill cranes are fall migrants. Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, wood ducks, black-shouldered kites, red-shouldered and redtail hawks, marsh wrens and belted kingfishers are year-round residents.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wildlife/watchable/areas/cosumnes.html

"Appeals board OKs Area 51 land swap" (Redding Record Searchlight, 10/3/07)
"The Interior Board of Land Appeals has given the U.S. Bureau of Land Management the OK for a controversial plan to trade a 216-acre parcel between Redding and Shasta for land in Trinity County. But the battle over Area 51, as it is affectionately known by the hikers and bikers who use its five miles of trails, may not be over yet....Opponents could take the case to federal court."
http://www.redding.com/news/2007/oct/03/appeals-board-oks/

RELATED: "IBLA 2007-21, 2007-42" (BLM national website)
Text of the IBLA decision on Area 51.
PDF file, 815 kilobytes, 18 pages:
ftp://ftp.blm.gov/blmincoming/CA/Shasta.Coalition.10.2.07.pdf

RELATED: "Endless feud with BLM won't save open space" (Redding Record Searchlight, 10/4/07)
"Area 51" editorial: "Our view: Not every land swap can make everyone happy, but on balance the BLM’s decisions are increasing recreation access around Redding. Costly litigation over one parcel is pointless."
(May require free one-time registration.)
http://www.redding.com/news/2007/oct/04/endless-feud/

"Promised refuge teeters between fulfillment and failure" (Voice of San Diego, 10/4/07)
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge: "As envisioned, the refuge was a keystone of undeveloped land that would connect preserved land along the South County coastline with conserved land in the Cleveland National Forest and the mountain ranges beyond. But....development pressure is increasing....And if private landowners inside the refuge boundary decide to develop their land instead of selling or donating it for conservation, the existing preserve -- about 25,000 acres in all -- would lose much of its value" to the species that liver there. The refuge and connected areas include land managed by the county and city of San Diego the California Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy.
http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/articles/2007/10/04/news/01sdnwr100407.txt

"Building projects gain ground" (Sacramento Bee, 10/4/07)
"Two development projects -- one providing housing for seniors and the other lodging for travelers -- are under way in El Dorado County after being delayed by legal challenges....[a] judge ruled that the developer had complied with required measures to compensate for plant loss...." The developer "said a Sacramento-area nursery already has propagated one of the plant species, Roderick's ceanothus, and more than 10,000 plants will be transplanted on a 5.96-acre parcel next to the development. The preserve site will be deeded to the federal Bureau of Land Management."
(Site may require free registration.)
http://www.sacbee.com/eldorado/story/411107.html



ENERGY ON PUBLIC LANDS

"Geothermal power booms" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 9/30/07)
"Geothermal energy is not usually the first idea that comes to mind when people talk about renewable energy sources. but plans now under way near the Salton Sea could change that....At least three major companies investing in Imperial County have immediate plans for five new geothermal plants. Long term, they expect to build at least another 15." The BLM is involved in permitting for some proposed geothermal power plants in the desert, and in rights-of-way permitting for proposed power lines to carry the power to more populated areas.
http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070930/NEWS07/309300003/1013/news07

"U.S. to have say in power line siting" (Los Angeles Times, 10/3/07)
"The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday designated nearly all of Southern California, parts of Arizona and much of the northeast as 'national interest' energy transmission corridors, an action that allows federal regulators to approve new high-voltage towers and lets private utilities condemn homes and land even if a state agency won't." BLM would be involved in rights-of-way permitting for power lines crossing public lands.
(May require free registration.)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-energy3oct03,0,5775266.story?coll=la-home-local

RELATED: "Sunrise plans get timely Energy boost" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/3/07)
"The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday named San Diego County as part of a 'national interest electric transmission corridor,' a designation that could help San Diego Gas & Electric Co. win approval for its controversial Sunrise Powerlink power-line project." BLM is involved in rights-of-way permitting for the proposed power line.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20071003-9999-1b3power.html

RELATED: "Feds lend political power to proposed power line" (KNSD-TV NBC San Diego, 10/2/07)
"Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said in a statement that the corridors should prompt regional authorities to 'identify solutions and take prompt action' in order to keep 'energy flowing to all Americans.' One of those 'solutions' may be the controversial Sunrise Powerlink proposed by San Diego Gas and Electric." (Includes link to video television news report.)
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/14256096/detail.html

RELATED: "Feds push power route in Ariz." (Arizona Republic, 10/3/07)
"Arizona electricity customers could see higher prices and less available power, thanks to a U.S. Department of Energy decision Tuesday to help relieve California's congested power grid, state officials said....The decision could have a direct impact on Arizona because in May the state's Corporation Commission blocked Southern California Edison from doubling a power line that runs from Arizona to the Palm Springs, Calif., area."
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/1003biz-powerline1003.html



WILDFIRE

"Wildfires burn more aggressively" (Associated Press in San Francisco Chronicle, 10/2/07)
"Fueled by drought and development, wildfires in the West are getting bigger and more aggressive, creating conditions so dangerous that fire bosses are increasingly reluctant to risk lives saving houses — particularly if the owners have done nothing to protect their property. From Southern California to Montana, seven firefighters have died this year battling blazes that have destroyed more than 400 houses, a dramatic increase from last year."
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/10/02/national/a112854D90.DTL

"Santa Rosa firefighter's widow persists" (Inside Bay Area/Oakland Tribune, 10/1/07)
"At issue is whether the thousands of contract employees who undertake dangerous duty on behalf of the taxpayers should be entitled to the same benefits as government employees....The pilots fight fires for federal agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management, working for contractors that supply the aircraft and maintenance."
http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_7051366?source=rss

"Wildfire is inevitable; home loss can be prevented" (Redding Record Searchlight, 9/30/07)
California state fire marshall: "Anyone planning to construct a home or commercial building in California’s wildland-urban interface after January will notice some major changes in the construction standards and building materials required. These differences may not be easily noticeable, but they will make homes safer when wildland fire threatens. The wildland-urban interface refers to those areas forests, grasslands and brush lands meet manmade structures."
(May require free one-time registration.)
http://www.redding.com/news/2007/sep/30/wildfire-inevitable-home-loss-can-be-prevented/

"Finding life in the charred remains of Butler II blaze" (Big Bear Grizzly, 10/3/07)
Teams are working to reduce the dangers left behind by the Butler II fire in southern California, including landslides, debris flows and polluted waterways. A Burned Area Emergency Response team that analyzed the risks "consisted of 12 members from the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, including biologists, archaeologists, hydrogeologists, geologists and soil scientists."
http://www.bigbeargrizzly.net/articles/2007/10/03/news/butlerrehab.txt

"Butler II fire damage poses threat to wildlife" (Big Bear Grizzly, 10/3/07)
"Despite the stories about animals fleeing fires long before humans know anything is wrong, not every animal is safe. “Some of them don’t survive,” says Robin Eliason, biologist with the San Bernardino National Forest and a member of the Butler II fire Burned Area Emergency Response team." Surviving wildlife also face reduced food and water sources.
http://www.bigbeargrizzly.net/articles/2007/10/03/news/butlerwildlife.txt



HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS

"Judge prevents BLM from extending grazing rights" (Barstow Desert Dispatch, 10/2/07)
"A federal judge issued a temporary order on Monday preventing the Bureau of Land Management from increasing the number of cattle a local ranch can graze on 136,000 acres south of Barstow. Conservation groups sued the BLM over concerns that desert tortoises and other endangered species could lose their habitats due to the grazing cattle."
http://www.desertdispatch.com/news/blm_1592___article.html/cattle_grazing.html

"Judge halts cattle plan" (San Bernardino County Sun, 10/2/07)
"The BLM wants to increase cattle-grazing to a former level on land recognized as critical habitat for the desert tortoise. The land is located south of the 15 Freeway. The plaintiffs - the Center for Biological Diversity and other California conservation groups - say the decision is a small victory. But the lawsuit is still undecided, and bureau officials are confident they'll eventually prevail."
http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_7067770

"GPAC focuses on future growth" (Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 9/27/07)
"The General Plan Advisory Committee brainstormed future city development at their meeting Tuesday night....The city is bordered by San Bernardino County, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, and the base’s flight plan, making south a likely direction for the city to build. To expand south, the city would have to look at annexing some areas owned by the Bureau of Land Management...."
http://www.ridgecrestca.com/articles/2007/09/27/news/news/news01.txt

"Pechanga tribe's ousters bring protests, lawsuits" (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 10/3/07)
"Disenrolled Pechanga members and others like them have been writing members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.... and others also have spoken out against a bill that would add three parcels of land to the Pechanga reservation, saying they fear they will no longer be allowed on the land once the tribe is in control of it. They say they have historical and personal ties to the land, which is Bureau of Land Management property now. "
(May require free one-time registration.)
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_pechanga03.2fe60e4.html

"Current job openings - BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/a9blm-ca.asp




SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
Unless otherwise noted, find more details online at:
https://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/calendar/

October 4, 11, 18, 25 - Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument hikes
Palm Desert

October 6 - Family excursion
Palm Desert

October 13 - Search for the spawning salmon
Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve

October 24 - Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument anniversary celebration
Palm Desert

October 6, 7, 13, 14 and more - Guided hikes
Headwaters Forest Reserve

...and many more!



NATIONAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ITEMS

"Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service commemorate 10th anniversary of abandoned mine cleanup program" (BLM national news release, 9/26/07)
.In the mid-1990s, recognizing the threats to water quality and public health, the BLM, Forest Service and other agencies developed a watershed-based approach for cleaning up abandoned mines. With the support of state agencies and local watershed groups and funding by Congress, the BLM and Forest Service have cleaned up hundreds of mine sites and eliminated thousands of safety hazards at abandoned mines. A publication describing accomplishments can be found online.
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2007/september/NR_070926.html

"Utahn Luke D. Johnson Named as Deputy Director for Programs and Policy" (BLM national news release, 9/28/07)
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2007/september/NR_070928.html



WILDLIFE TRIVIA answer and related websites
(f.) a mammal

SOURCE: "Pacific Fisher - Martes pennanti" (BLM California wildlife database)
Pacific fishers are secretive forest-dwelling mammals. They are good swimmers and climbers, often climbing high into trees to catch prey or avoid predation.
http://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/wildlife/details.php?metode=serial_number&search=2806

"Fisher released back to nature (with video)" (Eureka Times-Standard, 10/4/07)
"Over the din of crunching bones and the occasional primordial, guttural cry, there was a palpable excitement in the air. Whidehch, the baby fisher rescued by Wildlife Conservation Society biologists in the Hoopa Valley and rehabilitated at Eureka's Sequoia Park Zoo, was in her enclosure and ready to be reintroduced to the wild. But first, she had some eating to do."
http://www.times-standard.com/ci_7074532

"Martes pennanti - fisher" (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Animal Diversity Web)
More information on fishers, with a photo, at this website "educational resource written largely by and for college students."
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Martes_pennanti.html

"Kid-friendly species account: Fisher " (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
"Fast, agile and adept at climbing trees, fishers eat any prey they can catch and overpower, including squirrels, hares, mice and birds. The name 'fisher' is misleading. Fishers do not actually catch fish!"
http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/es/animal_spp_acct/fisher_kf.htm

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