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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MARINE BASE, BLM, HOST MEETING ON USE OF JOHNSON VALLEY ORV AREA

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about changes in land use in the Johnson Valley area Saturday, August 16. They will discuss future training aboard the base and shared land use. State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups

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OFF-ROAD INFORMATIONAL KIOSKS IN LANDERS AND WONDER VALLEY

A cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management Barstow office and Community ORV Watch has resulted in guides to Off-Highway Vehicle routes and rules—on the highway. Reporter Dan Stork went to Landers take a look at one of the new displays…

Community member Peggy Kennedy and BLM Barstow

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ORV INFORMATIONAL KIOSKS INSTALLED TODAY

The Barstow office of the BLM is installing informational kiosks today with a detailed map of the area and a list of relevant laws regarding off-road vehicle recreation in Landers (at Highway 247 and Reche Road) and at Gold Crown (off of Highway 62 in Wonder Valley). The kiosks are

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MEETING TO DISCUSS JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-ROAD AREA LAST NIGHT

Some two dozen area residents, representing varied interests, attended a workshop meeting last night at the Yucca Valley Community Center with the BLM and the Marine Corps to discuss the changes coming to the Johnson Valley off-road vehicle area. They got a look at the new configuration of Johnson Valley

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MULTI-AGENCIES GATHER TO STUDY ORV ISSUES, PART 1 OF 2

It was not your typical off-road experience when representatives from the County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Land Management, Marine Corps Base, the National Park Service and County Supervisor James Ramos office buckled up and set out in a convoy toward Sunfair Dry Lake. Z107.7 assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains in

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BLM MEETING TOMORROW ON RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN

As the federal plan for siting renewable energy facilities nears completion, the BLM wants to educate the public on how to participate in the process. Reporter Dan Stork has the notice for a meeting on Saturday in the Low Desert on that subject… The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is

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