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April 7, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy after authorities began to seize his cattle from federal land. Protesters had responded to an alert that promised: "Range war begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We're going to get the job done!" Federal officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise.
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April 7, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy after authorities began to seize his cattle from federal land. Protesters had responded to an alert that promised: "Range war begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We're going to get the job done!" Federal officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise.
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NATIONAL
December 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Kathleen Clarke, the first woman to head the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, has resigned to return to her home state of Utah. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said Clarke had created more recreational opportunities for Americans and sped up "environmentally sensitive" oil and natural gas production on federal lands since taking over the agency in January 2002. "Our public lands, our forests and our landscapes are better off" because of Clarke's service, Kempthorne said.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The California Coastal National Monument runs the length of the state and is filled with offshore islands, reefs and rocks -- until now. President Obama on Tuesday will add 1,665 onshore acres near Mendocino to the parkland said to be the most viewed but least recognized of U.S. national monuments. Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands , as the new area is known, will receive added federal protection for a stretch of breathtaking shoreline north of Port Arena. Locals who campaigned to beef up the federal parkland hope to stimulate tourism to the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989
When a ranch goes on sale in the West, chances are the advertisement will carry a notation something like this: "For sale: 10,000-acre ranch (1,500 acres deeded)." The 1,500 acres is the land actually owned by the rancher himself. The other 8,500 most likely is land leased from the federal government, primarily from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, usually for grazing livestock and almost certainly at bargain-basement prices. The property belongs to all the people of the United States, but in Western culture and practice, much of this leased land has been used by the same ranch families for so long, it is assumed to be part of the ranch.
NEWS
October 30, 1985
Harold L. Oppenheimer, who turned a small real estate and loan operation into one of the biggest cattle investment and land management firms in the nation, died of cancer Sunday at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla. He had traveled to California from Kansas City to accompany his wife, Daphne, who was receiving treatment at the clinic.
NEWS
August 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
During his two terms, President Clinton created 19 monuments and expanded three others, putting more than 5.6 million acres under protection. Congress also created one. Most of the new monuments are managed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management under its National Landscape Conservation System, another Clinton brainchild created in June 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The canyon slopes of Laguna Beach are a bit lonelier and quieter than they were a few weeks ago, when a herd of goats grazed them. In little more than two months, the goats succeeded in clearing firebreaks through the coastal chaparral of Laguna Beach to protect nearby houses from potential brush fires during the summer dry spell. They were shipped earlier this month to Northern California. "They did wonderfully well," said Deputy Fire Chief Rich Dewberry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1993 | ERIK SKINDRUD, Erik Skindrud is a Huntington Beach writer who specializes in local history
Even before the menacing clouds of smoke above Orange County had cleared, politicians, local officials and homeowners were busy fanning the flames of another storm--the race to place the blame for the worst wildfires in local memory. According to Gov. Pete Wilson, who arrived when the flames were still fuming, the fire was the fault of a "sick animal" arsonist, who could be captured with the help of a $50,000 reward. To Rep.
NEWS
July 15, 1993 | JAMES BORNEMEIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Patchwork suburban sprawl is gobbling up some of the nation's most productive farmland, with California's Central Valley and coastal counties among the most threatened agricultural regions, a conservation group warned in a study released Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Julie Cart
President Obama expanded the California Coastal National Monument on Tuesday by adding the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands on the Mendocino County coast, a region of dramatic and wind-swept bluffs and dunes. Obama acted unilaterally after legislation expanding the monument stalled in Congress. The presidential order will add 1,665 acres of federal land north of the town of Point Arena to the monument, which was established in 2000 to protect marine habitat and the thousands of islands and reefs that hug 1,110 miles of California coastline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A $5.8-million settlement has been reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured when a truck competing in an off-road desert race careened into a crowd of spectators, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in the desert near Victorville, the truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and went airborne, slamming into the crowd, killing eight and injuring dozens. The settlement, reached Tuesday, includes 12 of those injured.  Lawyers said the bulk of the settlement - about $4.8 million - would be paid by the Bureau of Land Management, which failed to follow its safety procedures during the race, an internal review found.
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August 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- The 148 horses stand in corrals outside a rural Nevada auction house, awaiting their fate as a legal battle continues to swirl over whether the animals are domestic horses that can legally go to slaughter or wild mustangs that deserve the government's protection. On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court in Reno lifted a temporary restraining order barring the sale of unbranded horses captured by the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe last month under an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
RAMONA, Calif. - Filaree, daughter of Anza and Fiera, is standing in her field - which currently is 140 acres of pasture land in this rural, horse-loving community northeast of San Diego. Inquisitive, unafraid of visitors and with a gentleness that belies her designation as a "wild" equine, Filaree is among 20 horses in the pasture, all mares and foals. Four stallions, including Anza, are kept in a corral miles away. DNA testing has shown that the mares and stallions and their recent offspring are descended from horses that carried a Spanish military expedition into the region in the mid-1700s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 | By Richard Simon
The California Coastal National Monument would be expanded in Mendocino County, making it the first onshore addition to the site, once a bill approved by the House this week clears Congress. The expansion would add about 1,255 acres to the national monument north of San Francisco. The national monument covers the entire California coastline. "By providing lasting national protection, we're making the California Coastal National Monument more accessible to visitors and we're raising the visibility of 1,200 acres of spectacular Mendocino County coastline," said the bill's sponsor, freshman Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)
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
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
September 30, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
A federal judge has rejected key provisions of a plan for managing millions of acres in the California desert, saying the U.S. Bureau of Land Management designated roughly 5,000 miles of off-road vehicle routes without properly taking into account their impact on public lands, archaeological sites and wildlife. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston on Monday ruled that the West Mojave plan, which the bureau approved in 2006 after a decade of development, is "flawed because it does not contain a reasonable range of alternatives" to limit the number of miles of off-road routes.
SCIENCE
May 13, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Ranchers often argue that cattle grazing is the best way to combat cheatgrass, an aggressive invader that has taken over vast areas of the Great Basin, destroying the native sagebrush ecosystem and fueling huge wildfires. But a study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology arrives at the opposite conclusion. Reseachers who studied 75 Great Basin sites invaded by cheatgrass found that greater grazing intensity promoted the alien's spread. “Our findings raise serious concerns regarding proposals to use cattle grazing to control [cheatgrass]
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Plan a camping or road trip to California's northern border with a new recreation map that makes it all so easy. The recently updated Northern California Recreation Map includes routes and facilities at national forests, parks and other public lands from Lake Tahoe in California to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon - and it's free for the asking. The deal: The beauty of this map is that it lists facilities for more than 200 campgrounds, parks, marinas, trails, refuges and recreation areas that span eight public land areas.
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