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July 1, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
ANTELOPE VALLEY, Nev. - Just after dawn, a dozen mustangs stampede across the high desert, harassed by a white helicopter that dips and swoops like a relentless insect. Frightened stallions lead a tightknit family band, including two wild-eyed foals that struggle to keep up. Three animal activists watch through long-range camera lenses as wranglers hired by the federal Bureau of Land Management help drive the animals into a camouflaged corral. The private-contract pilot is paid $500 for each captured horse, dead or alive.
January 5, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Slaughtering wild horses for food isn't a viable option for thinning herds that have strained public lands throughout the West, the federal Bureau of Land Management director told supporters of horse processing plants Tuesday. Instead, the agency plans to give mares birth control in hopes of diminishing the need for controversial horse roundups, Bob Abbey said at the Summit of the Horse conference in Las Vegas. The BLM, he said, also will continue promoting adoption and seeking locations to place captured horses other than its holding pens.
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.
November 25, 2007 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Big Water, Utah So there I was, standing with about 30 other hikers in boots and backpacks, jammed into a room no bigger than a double-wide in a one-story beige government building in a destitute moonscape otherwise known as southern Utah on a warm Friday morning. If I sound surprised, I suppose I was. The day before I had flown to Flagstaff, Ariz., rented a car and driven more than two hours to Page, near the Utah border. I'd then gotten up early for a 30-minute drive to Big Water, only to find myself in the kind of hardscrabble wasteland that even rattlesnakes would be embarrassed to call home.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
April 9, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Nevada's governor and one of its U.S. senators have joined a chorus of criticism of a month-long federal government roundup of a recalcitrant rancher's 900 cattle that for decades have grazed on hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands near here. Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement that his office has received numerous complaints about the operation by the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to collect cattle belonging to southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who for decades has refused to pay the required fees to graze his animals on public land.
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