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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MORONGO BASIN MAC, BARELY THERE, VOTES AGAINST BLM ROUTE PLAN

At a sparsely attended meeting Monday night, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council denounced a BLM plan on access routes in the western Mojave Desert. Reporter Dan Stork describes the objections…

With two members absent, and two seats unfilled, the Morongo Basin MAC barely had a quorum to hear a

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LOOKS AT BLM ROUTE PROJECT TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meeting for this month lacks its usual featured informational presentation. But reporter Dan Stork says there will be discussion on a matter of regional interest… In addition to public safety and member reports, the May 11 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features a

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DESERT RENEWABLE CONSERVATION PLAN CHANGES DIRECTION

Something happened Tuesday in the shape of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Reporter Dan Stork says that’s either a good thing or a bad thing for conservation, depending upon how the decision is interpreted…

“Stringent criticism of a draft of a 12,000-page plan that would manage renewable energy development

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BLM REPORT SAYS ILLEGAL HOLIDAY OFF-ROADING OVERRAN OUR DESERT

A report from the Bureau of Land Management said some 30,000 off-road vehicles descended on the Mojave Desert over Thanksgiving weekend, and many went where they were not supposed to go. In his report, Ranger Patrick Chassie of the BLM’s Barstow Field Office said that a number of riders were

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BLYTHE CITY MANAGER SAYS SOLAR POWER BRINGS BENEFITS

We recently reported upon a suit filed by the Colorado River Indian Tribes against the Bureau of Land Management over a utility scale solar project near Blythe. Reporter Dan Stork says a Blythe city official has a differing viewpoint… Frank Luckino, the City Manager of Blythe (a former Yucca Valley

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TRIBES SUE BLM OVER NEARBY SOLAR PROJECT

NextEra is a very large energy development company that is gaining a presence in the Morongo Basin, having made an agreement with the Morongo Unified School District to implement solar electricity generation at school sites. At the last Morongo Basin MAC meeting, it encountered resistance to a solar farm at

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