HEADLINES and HIGHLIGHTS
"SANDAG seems to get behind Powerlink"
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/12/08)
"The board members of the county's long-range planning group overwhelmingly endorsed the Sunrise Powerlink yesterday.. SDG&E says the line is needed to transport energy create by solar and geothermal projects in the Imperial Valley that haven't been built yet."
"Could county follow lead of utility's solar project?" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/13/08)
"The Community Alliance for Sunrise Powerlink – a group made up of Chamber of Commerce types – is spending $45,000 on billboards and other ads to promote the project's benefit. They say that only with Sunrise can the utility hope to meet its state mandate of having 20 percent of its power come from renewable energy sources by 2010."
"Power line judged consistent with energy policy" (North County Times, 4/11/08)
"Political leaders representing a majority of San Diego County cities determined Friday the proposed $1.5 billion Sunrise Powerlink transmission line is consistent with the region's long-term energy strategy."
"New Ways to Store Solar Energy for Nighttime and Cloudy Days" (New York Times, 4/15/08)
"Solar power, the holy grail of renewable energy, has always faced the problem of how to store the energy captured from the sun’s rays so that demand for electricity can be met at night or whenever the sun is not shining."
"A sitdown with Mr. Sea Otter Classic" (Monterey County Herald, 4/13/08)
"When the Bureau of Land Management property was still Fort Ord, I would go out there and have to get permission from the Army to use the trails. We were the first ones to use the property out there in 1992. It just grew from there. When BLM got the land, they became a wonderful partner."
"Oil, gas mapping may harm Carrizo National Monument" (Bakersfield Californian, 4/14/08)
"BLM wants impact report ahead of any exploration. 'Because this is a national monument, there will be environmental concerns that will have to be strongly looked at,' said John Dearing, a BLM spokesman."
"Carrizo oil explorer considers dynamite" (San Luis Obispo, 4/13/08)
"An oil company seeking to explore for oil and gas under the Carrizo Plain National Monument wants to either shake the ground from above or touch off dynamite from below to map the subsurface it owns. Making its home in between is the endangered kangaroo rat, just one of the protected species living on the 250,000-acre Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Bureau of Land Management has told the company, however, that the environmental impact will have to be thoroughly studied by the company and approved by it and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the Endangered Species Act."
RELATED: "Solar farm plan raises more worries" (San Luis Obispo Tribune, 4/13/08)
A divided group of about 50 people weighed in Saturday in Santa Margarita on a proposed solar plant that would cover 640 acres near the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
"Fire near Mecca 90 percent contained" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 4/14/08)
"Fire crews are still battling a blaze near Mecca that is now 90 percent contained."
"More than two dozen acres burning at Dos Palmas Preserve, crews still on scene" (Palm Springs Desert Sun, 4/13/08)
"Plumes of smoke could be seen in Indio as a vegetation fire in Mecca blazed..."
Pistol Range to Close at Knoxville Recreation Area (BLM News Release, 4/15/08)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced it is closing a six-acre pistol target shooting range in the Knoxville Recreation Area, which lies in parts of Napa, Lake and Yolo counties, because of increasing concerns about public safety.
RELATED: Knoxville Recreation Area (BLM Website)
Includes "Closure Order".
Bureau of Land Management Plans Fuels Reduction in El Dorado County (BLM News Release, 4/15/08)
The Bureau of Land Management plans to start creating fire fuel breaks at Cameron Park and Rescue starting in early May.
"BLM, partners accepting comments on Ma-le’l Dunes Initial Study/Environmental Assessment" (Eureka Reporter, 4/14/08)
"Those interested in management of the Ma-le’l Dunes area of the Samoa Peninsula have the opportunity to comment on an initial study/environmental assessment recently released by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Coastal Conservancy. It contains revisions made after public comments were received on the initial release of the document last year."
"Bureaucrat Beat" (KSRW Sierra Wave, 4/15/08)
"You might've heard about the to-do in Lone Pine when a production company scout came to town, scoped out the Alabama Hills and sold a plan to Mastercard for a commercial. Seems the scout didn't check in time with BLM about a mountain biker twirling about on top of boulders, with scaffolding and a crane. A definite no-no in real life, and BLM said no to the commercial crew."
"Current job openings - BLM California" (USAJOBS website)
Currently accepting applications for Hydrologist, Fire Lookout, Park Ranger (River Patrol), and Firefighters.