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Ely District
Release Date: 05/22/13
Contacts: Patricia Bute , 775-289-1905 ,
News Release No. EYDO 2013-22

Scope It Out!

Ely, Nev. - Science students at White Pine High School are seeing things a little more clearly these days.  All 26 of the program's microscopes are properly functioning because of repairs made this month with money provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Mike Mosier, owner of Woodland, California’s Scientific Instrument Repair, cleaned, balanced and in some instances, installed new lenses on the equipment that was purchased by the school nearly three decades ago.

“We’re excited for our students.  Only six of the microscopes worked and those needed maintenance,” Lelsy Stewart, White Pine High School science teacher, said.

“We got to them just in the nick of time. They were on the cusp of total breakdown,” said Mosier.

The BLM paid the $900 cost with money allocated to the Great Basin Teacher’s Workshop, which was cancelled for this year.  The workshop is a collaborative effort between federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations, directed toward educators for grades K-12 looking to implement inquiry-based science projects in their classrooms through hands-on discovery of “Life in the Great Basin."

“We were fixing the microscopes for the workshop and decided to go forward with the repairs for the benefit of the students so they can learn how science and biology are used daily in natural resource management,” said Cody Coombs, BLM Ely District hazardous fuels program manager.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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