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Hollister Field Office employees stand near a Panoche Hills Recreation Area sign.Joshua trees silloute the night skys over the Kingston Range Wilderness area. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.Ocotillo Wind signA reindeer wtih large antlers.Picture collage of Route 66 stops

- Energy in the News
- Job Opportunities
- America's Great Outdoors
- On BLM Social Media Pages
Wildlife Trivia Question of the Week
- Headlines and Highlights: Assorted topics from your public lands in California
- Selected Upcoming Events

- National and Department of the Interior items

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Ocotillo Wind signThe Art - and Heart - of Wind Energy (News.bytes Extra)
After school art students were determined to create a mosaic depicting wind turbines, desert life and landscape, and have it finished in the fall. On Thursday, November 21, 2013, a ceremony at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility celebrated its grand opening with the unveiling of the finished sign.

Colorado Governor Proposes Strict Limits on Greenhouse Gas Leaks From Drilling (New York Times, 11/18/13)
Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the limits, which would exceed existing federal rules, the most sweeping in the nation.

Opinion: Fracking's Achilles' Heel (New York Times, 11/18/13)
It's not very often that someone starts his career as a geologist and then winds up as governor, but John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado, can make that claim. "We had fracking when I was a working geologist in 1981. It was very primitive. What really changed the world is when we got horizontal drilling."

Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready (Los Angeles Times, 12/2/13)
Minders of a fragile national power grid say the rush to renewable energy might actually make it harder to keep the lights on.


BLM is Hiring Firefighters for 2014 Season - apply online at USAJOBS



Hollister Field Office employees stand near a Panoche Hills Recreation Area sign.Panoche Hills Work Day (News.bytes Extra)
As the first rains of the seasons threatened, a dozen employees of the Hollister Field Office participated in some much needed signage replacement and garbage clean-up effort in the Panoche Hills of Fresno County. Known for the sweeping views of the Central Valley, important habitat for endangered species such as the Blunt-Nosed Leopard Lizard and the San Joaquin Kit Fox, the Panoche Hills is home to two Wilderness Study Areas as well as a popular area for target shooters and upland game bird hunters.

Wilderness 50th Anniversary logoOld Woman Wilderness to Celebrate Anniversary of Wilderness Act (BLM News)
BLM's Needles Field Office invites the public to participate in the Old Woman Cabins Hike in the Old Woman Wilderness on December 21, 2013. The hike is part of a yearlong national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Concurrently, the Old Woman Wilderness and all wilderness units managed by the Needles Field Office are celebrating the 20th Anniversary as designated wilderness areas.


Vehicle lights shine on the Sand Dunes at night.  Thumbnail photo from Iperial Valley Press.Dunes wraps up Thanksgiving holiday (Imperial Valley Press, 12/3/13)
More than 113,000 visitors swarmed to the dunes to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this past week, according to a Bureau of Land Management official. "We really like to see the families having fun on their public land because it is their land," said Michelle Puckett, BLM spokeswoman. "We like to see all the generations. We saw some camps with four generations of family in it, and they said that coming (to the dunes) was their Thanksgiving tradition."

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Joshua trees silloute the night skys over Kingston Range Wilderness area. Photo by Bob Wick, BLMKingstson Range Wilderness

Kingston Range Wilderness (BLM website)
The 210,875-acre (approximate) Kingston Range Wilderness in California is divided into three units by non-wilderness corridors or 'cherrystems'.

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Picture collage of Route 66 stopsRoute 66 in San Bernardino County


A reindeer wtih large antlers.
Reindeer thumbnail from a photo by Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, National Park Service
They may fly over California one night of the year -- but where do most reindeer live?
(a.) Northern Maine and southern Canada
(b.) Scandinavia and Siberia
(c.) The Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario
(d.) Alaska and the Yukon Territory
(e.) The North Pole
(f.) The South Pole -- the North Pole story was concocted to confuse geographically-challenged aggressive paparazzi.

See answer - and more wildlife stories - near the end of this News.bytes.


Editorial: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell should visit Berryessa (The Sacramento Bee, 11/29/13)
National Conservation Area status would enhance the place for the benefit of the public, bringing together the three federal landowners - the Mendocino National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation - to coordinate management of more than 300,000 acres of federal land. Giving the place a name - Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area - would signify a visible destination, not the current patchwork. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/29/5952680/editorial-interior-secretary-sally.html

KFNP superintendent named (The Seward Phoenix Log, 11/28/13)
Rebecca R. Lasell, with 18 years land management experience, has been selected as the new Superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park. Lasell comes to her new Seward-based position after serving as the Bureau of Land Management's District Manager of Resources, responsible for providing oversight and guidance for 11 million acres and five field offices of the BLM's California Desert District.

Man sentenced for dumping raw sewage on public land (Imperial Valley Press, 12/3/13)
On Monday, a man was sentenced to serve six months in custody for dumping thousands of gallons of raw sewage onto Bureau of Land Management land in Imperial County last year, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office-Southern California. Eric Russell, 35, was driving a waste disposal truck for All-in-One Environmental Services along Highway 72 on Jan. 3 when he illegally dumped between 1,500 and 2,000 gallons of domestic sewage onto BLM land to save time.

Klamath task force strikes water deal (The Eureka Times-Standard, 12/3/13)
Ranchers and the Klamath Tribes signed a tentative deal Monday in Klamath Falls for sharing water in the drought-stricken Upper Klamath Basin. This agreement involves areas managed by BLM's Alturas Field Office.
http://www.times-standard.com/l ocalnews/ci_24643154/klamath-t ask-force-strikes-water-deal

Related: Explore Klamath Lake Modoc Siskiyou (BLM Partner website) The counties of Interior Northern California and South-Central Oregon offer unmatched outdoor adventure and recreation.

Man airlifted after off-road collision (Desert Dispatch, 11/25/13)
A 47-year-old man was airlifted to a trauma center Sunday morning after an off-road collision in Dumont Dunes. California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said the Colorado resident was driving a dune buggy at about 30 mph down a hill at approximately 11:10 am.



December 11 & 12 - Riverside East Solar Energy Zone Monitoring and Adaptive Management Strategy Public Workshops

December 14 - Fatal Vision: Think you can handle drinking and riding?

December 21 - Old Woman Cabins Hike in Old Woman Wilderness



Challenge to BLM 'Anonymous Nominations' Policy (Pagosa Daily Post, 12/3/13)
A broad-based coalition of 45 local and national organizations called on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to make fully transparent the process where private interests nominate public lands for oil and gas drilling and fracking. In a pointed letter to BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze, the coalition specifically requests that the agency reverse its new policy designed to sidestep a court order requiring transparency in the oil and gas leasing process. http://www.pagosadailypost.com/news/24560/Challenge_to_BLM_'Anonymous_Nominations'_Policy/


WILDLIFE TRIVIA answer and related websites

They may fly over California one night of the year -- but where do most reindeer live?

(b.) Scandinavia and Siberia

SOURCE: Frequently asked questions about caribou (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Caribou and reindeer are the same species (Rangifer tarandus). Reindeer are a domesticated variety of caribou that are herded by humans and used for pulling sleds. Most reindeer occur in Scandinavia and Siberia. They generally are smaller and have shorter legs than their wild relatives. In Siberia, caribou are referred to as 'wild' reindeer." http://arctic.fws.gov/carcon.htm

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