June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department is losing tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually because it leases public land for coal mining at rock-bottom prices, according to a report by the agency's inspector general The report focuses on coal leases for federal and tribal lands sold by the Bureau of Land Management to mining companies. Most coal on public lands is in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, a region that produces about 40% of the coal that the United States burns in its power plants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 |
Three years after a truck competing in a desert off-road race careened into a crowd of spectators, a $5.8-million settlement was reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in Lucerne Valley, the pickup truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and became airborne, slamming into the crowd. The accident killed eight and injured dozens. The settlement, which is the resolution of multiple lawsuits filed by victims and their families, was reached Tuesday, the lawyers said.
May 10, 1987 |
Federal officials are convinced that some Idaho cattle ranchers may be deliberately setting fire to government rangeland knowing that it will be immediately reseeded with grasses better for grazing. Suspected range torching by ranchers first came to light after a federal appeals court ruling last month in San Francisco involving a 1984 Idaho arson case and a ranch foreman who is a Peruvian national.
April 19, 1987 |
Sweating, his heart pounding at 148 beats a minute, U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) climbed to the rocky summit of Last Chance Peak and gazed at some of the highest and lowest spots in the nation. On the western skyline the snow-capped Sierra Nevada pierced the sky; to the south, deep in the blue shadows between the Armogosa Mountains and the Panamints, he could see Badwater, a spring 282 feet below sea level.
May 21, 1989 |
President Bush's nomination of Delos Cy Jamison, an aide to former Interior Secretary James G. Watt and an adviser to a ferociously anti-environmental member of Congress, as new chief of the Bureau of Land Management has dismayed environmentalists. They fear that Jamison, if approved by the Senate, will follow the line pursued the last eight years by current Director Robert F. Burford, a Colorado cattleman who is accused of starving the bureau's major environmental programs. Ranchers, meanwhile, praised the selection of the 39-year-old Montana native as a sign that the Bush Administration will advance Reagan-era policies that opened public lands to widespread private development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 |
Federal investigators acting on a tip have recovered five petroglyph panels that thieves cut from an eastern Sierra site sacred to Native Americans, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said Thursday. The location of the petroglyphs, stolen last fall, was disclosed in an anonymous letter to authorities. By failing to sign the letter, its author walked away from a $9,000 reward - a sign that the tip may have come from the thieves themselves. Experts had said the petroglyphs would fetch little money from collectors and would be difficult to fence because of widespread publicity about the theft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2000
Re "Off-Road Vehicles Banned to Protect Desert Plant," Oct. 24: Well, it's happened again. While law-abiding, hard-working, desert-loving Americans were looking the other way, the environmental extremists have infringed upon our freedoms again. Our family has enjoyed the sand dunes near Glamis for 20 years. We often pack a lunch in our backpacks and take a daylong ride to the far reaches of the immense dunes. There is absolutely no way to see this beautiful area without off-road vehicles.
October 12, 2003 |
Federal officials frustrated by ongoing destruction at a historic cave site in northern Nevada announced a $1,000 reward to help catch the vandals. The reward will go to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the vandalism at the Lovelock Cave recreation site southwest of Lovelock, Bureau of Land Management officials said.
June 22, 2005
Re "Land Study on Grazing Denounced," June 18: Bureau of Land Management hacks rewrite text that is based on scientific fact and we are to believe that having cattle overgraze on fragile Western ecosystems is good for the environment. Public comment is no longer required. The cattle industry now has virtually total control over 160 million acres of public land, and the public can do nothing about it. The Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act have been set aside. The policy flies in the face of all known science, environmental principles and the law of the land.
May 22, 1989 |
Mining lore is filled with as many tales of quick strikes as there are nuggets in a sourdough's dream. But few prospectors can match the real-life story of Anthony Perchetti. Perchetti, of Tonopah, Nev., made a small fortune off gold claims he staked for $500--and he did it without processing even an ounce of ore. He simply walked into the Bureau of Land Management office in Las Vegas and used the General Mining Law of 1872 to claim the mining rights to public lands near the town of Beatty--10 sites in 1986 and 17 more in 1988--and announced plans to drill test holes in what was then his land.