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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1987
The recent attempt to sabotage the Barstow to Las Vegas motorcycle race could have resulted in serious injury or death. This totally reprehensible act is a discredit to the environmental movement. While not condoning sabotage, one must ask what would drive a person to do such a thing. I believe this resulted from long years of frustration with the mismanagement of the California desert by the Bureau of Land Management. From 1967 to 1975 Californians watched thousands of dirt bikers destroy desert soils, plants and animals over the many miles between Barstow and Las Vegas.
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March 3, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Federal officials say they have finished rounding up 11 “problem” wild mustangs in northern Nevada and that the horses will now be offered for adoption. The last of a band that once numbered 50 mustangs were enticed into a trap last week, as concerned residents of the Carson City neighborhood watched in dismay, questioning why the Bureau of Land Management insisted on removing animals that had peacefully coexisted with surrounding homeowners for years. In a news release Friday, the day the last horse was lured into a trap with offerings of alfalfa and barley, the BLM repeated past claims that people had complained about the animals crossing busy roadways and damaging property to graze in a small public park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
A new federal plan for managing the Imperial Sand Dunes calls for reopening to off-road vehicles 40,000 acres that have been closed since 2000, when the site became embroiled in a legal battle involving threatened plant species. Counting that acreage, 84% of the 215,000-acre dunes system would be open to motorized recreation under the Bureau of Land Management plan, released Tuesday. The plan is the result of a 13-year process that moved in fits and starts as each iteration from the agency was challenged in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The federal Bureau of Land Management failed to follow its own safety and regulatory procedures during an August off-road desert race in San Bernardino County in which eight spectators were killed after a racer crashed into a crowd, an internal agency report released Friday concluded. Similar failures for permitted off-road events occurred throughout the 11 million acres of California desert under the federal agency's control, the report found. "We are cooperating fully with the California Highway Patrol's ongoing investigation into the accident, but our own internal review found we did not follow agency procedures in permitting and overseeing the event," acting BLM State Director Jim Abbott said in a prepared statement released Friday.
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November 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Madeleine Pickens, wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, said she would create a refuge for wild horses after the Bureau of Land Management said it might have to kill some to control the herds and protect the range. About 33,000 wild horses and burros roam the open range in 10 Western states, half of those in Nevada. The BLM wants the population to be about 27,000, to protect the herd, the range and other foraging animals. Horses that are too old or unadoptable are sent to long-term holding facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1995 | From Times staff reports
A team from the New York Blood Center has identified the gene that causes Bloom's syndrome, a discovery that should provide new insight into the causes of cancer. Only about 200 people worldwide have Bloom's syndrome, which causes the early onset of a broad spectrum of cancers, so that most victims die in their 20s. Dr. James L. German and his colleagues report in the journal Cell that Bloom's is caused by a mutation in a gene called BLM, which uncoils DNA when it is copied, used or repaired by the cell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1988
Secretary of Interior Donald P. Hodel's failure to "see" any damage to the California desert confirms the lack of vision he represents on the part of the Reagan Administration. His tour of the California desert region was orchestrated and directed by the Bureau of Land Management, an agency that has much to hide from the eyes of its boss. The whole effort was BLM's attempt to thwart Sen. Alan Cranston's legislation, which would assure long-term environmental protection for the desert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1988
Bickel's predicament is a splendid example of the evils of too much government. Who is he hurting by living at his camp in Last Chance Canyon? He is just the kind of creative, rugged individual who bureaucrats love to tyrannize. Now the BLM has the funds (misused taxes) to show him who is really in charge here. It's outrageous. FRANCES RUSSELL Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1989
Your editorial ("Rebuild Land Management," May 29), about BLM grazing permits makes the same erroneous assumptions that your series on the BLM did. The 8,500 acres that you used as an example is not a land lease, but a grazing permit. The rancher does not have exclusive use of the land. He shares it with hunters, fishermen, rock hounds, campers, picnickers, motorcycles and four-wheelers. The rancher is the only one of the users who pays a fee. All the rancher gets is the privilege of grazing a certain number of cattle for a set period of time, and the responsibility of maintaining the fences, water, pipelines, roads, care of the cattle, keeping the cattle scattered so they don't concentrate in one area, and cleaning up and repairing the damage of the other users.
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