FIRE IN BIG MORONGO PRESERVE YESTERDAY

About 120 firefighters from CalFire, Morongo Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management fought a brush fire that broke out in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve about 12:30 a.m. Monday. As of Tuesday morning, CalFire says the fire, called the Matz Fire, is 16 acres and is 95 percent contained. Two

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MATZ FIRE BURNS 8-10 ACRES IN MORONGO VALLEY MONDAY MORNING

About 120 firefighters from CalFire, Morongo Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management are fighting a brush fire that broke out in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve about 12:30 a.m. Monday. CalFire Battalion Chief Tony Jones said the fire, called the Matz Fire, was originally estimated to be 20 acres, but

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BLM DECLARES ELEVATED FIRE RISK

The California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management has declared a level of Stage 3 fire restrictions for the area ranging from Ridgecrest, CA to the border of Mexico. Fine fuels, which are at the driest level in recorded history, combined with hot, windy conditions, have created an

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION GREEN LIGHTS CONTROVERSIAL CADIZ WATER PROJECT

The Trump administration removed a major roadblock to plans to pump ancient groundwater from the Mojave Desert east of Twentynine Palms to urban areas of Southern California. The federal Bureau of Land Management rescinded a 2015 finding that Cadiz, Inc., needed to obtain a federal permit on 43 miles of

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LOCAL CARPOOLS GOING TO EAGLE MOUNTAIN HEARING IN PALM DESERT TOMORROW

The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have completed their study on the adjusting the southern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to include more than 22,000 acres of public lands near Eagle Mountain. The public can express their thoughts on the proposal at a meeting 6

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BLM BLOCKS NEW MINING CLAIMS IN PROTECTED DESERT LANDS

The federal Bureau of Land Management wants to halt new mining claims on more than one million acres of California desert. The bureau will propose the temporary withdrawal of more than 1.3 million acres of state conservation lands from what the BLM said was, the “adverse impacts of mining.” The

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MOJAVE TRAILS MONUMENT OPEN HOUSE MEETING TONIGHT

The BLM wants to hear from you about the new National Trails National Monument. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they meet locally tonight… The Bureau of Land Management wants to know what you find most valuable within the newly designated Mojave Trails National Monument. Your input will be used as part

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MOJAVE TRAILS MONUMENT SCOPING SESSION IN YUCCA VALLEY WEDNESDAY

Residents are invited to share what they value most about the Mojave Trails National Monument during a meeting with staff from the Bureau of Land Management. The public will be able to provide comments on specific interests and concerns in an open house format. These sessions will be held in

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BLM APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL SODA MOUNTAIN SOLAR PROJECT

The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that it approved a controversial solar energy project adjacent to the nearby Mojave National Preserve, despite the fact that no power company has agreed to buy the electricity it would generate. Hundreds of conservation organizations and environmentalists and scientists—including some employed by the

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PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING OF MARINES AND BLM REGARDING JOHNSON VALLEY USE

The Marines are meeting with the BLM about their upcoming training in the Johnson Valley off-road area. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the public is welcome to attend the Saturday meeting… Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about land use in the

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS A CALL TO ARMS OPPOSING BLM OFF-ROAD ROUTES

The environmentalist-leaning Morongo Basin MAC met last night. Reporter David Haldane said the troops were exhorted to stop a BLM recreational off-road plan…

A packed meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council heard a call to arms Monday night. Their marching orders: respond to a plan by the Bureau

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO SEE BLM’S PROPOSED OFF-ROAD ACCESS PLAN TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC will meet tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the main point of local interest is a presentation by the BLM on proposed off-road vehicle routes… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will end its regular meeting tonight almost before it begins. The adjournment will be symbolic, to

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NO ARRESTS MADE IN SPECIAL HOLIDAY ORV PATROL

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department conducted off-highway vehicle enforcement last Friday and Saturday during the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Over the course of the two days, deputies contacted 250 people and responded to four calls for service, but made no arrests and issued no citations. They handed out pamphlets outlining rules

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PUBLIC MEETING ON BLM OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE PLAN SATURDAY

The Alliance for Responsible Recreation will hold a public information hearing about the Western Mojave route management plan for off-highway vehicles Saturday, December 5. The meeting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 6213 East Parkway, in Joshua Tree. The meeting is an opportunity

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MARINES, BLM HOST MEETING SATURDAY ON USE OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Johnson Valley Community Center, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the meeting, the Marine Corps will discuss its plans to conduct a

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BLM RELEASES FINAL DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN

The Bureau of Land Management released its final environmental review of the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan Tuesday. The plan attempts to identify appropriate development areas for renewable energy projects in California, while setting aside 5.3 million acres for conservation of critical natural resources and wildlife habitat, and 3.8

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MARINES PLAN MEETING TO DISCUSS JOHNSON VALLEY LAND USE

Local off-roaders who ride in the Johnson Valley off-road area can mark their calendars for November 21. Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Johnson Valley Community Center, November 21 from 10

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CADIZ WATER PROJECT GETS A MAJOR SETBACK

The Cadiz pipeline project, which would would tap an aquifer in the Cadiz Valley and move 16 billion gallons of water annually to coastal California, received a setback last week. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said in a letter dated October 2 that Cadiz can’t use an existing railway

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OVER 200 ON HAND FOR EAGLE MOUNTAIN SCOPING MEETING

The National Park Service is exploring the feasibility of expanding the Joshua Tree National Park boundary to include as much as 32,000 acres near Desert Center in Riverside County. The area in question is bounded on three sides by the park and once belonged to Joshua Tree National Monument, but

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council pondered the west Mojave route plan, heard another installment in the budgeting process, considered a potential breach in checks and balances, and tweaked a parking ordinance at its meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork has details…

A BLM representative explained that the west Mojave route

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