4x4Voice - Covering recreation and environmental issues
"Blowsand", a popular off-roading attraction at Ocotillo Wells, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Desert Protective Council (DPC) filed a lawsuit against Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) on Tuesday, May 21. The lawsuit seeks severe restrictions on use of the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (Ocotillo SVRA). If successful, the lawsuit could effectively shut down the popular desert recreation site.
Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding pricing for nineteen improved campsites and the establishment of three new group sites in the Furnace Creek Campground.
A bill (S.B. 459) has been amended in the California Senate that would authorize the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to provide other forms of financial assistance to an owner to retire a motor vehicle. This assistance would be in addition to the $1,500 the Bureau currently pays to a low-income motor vehicle owner and the $1,000 to all other motor vehicle owners. In addition, this bill would require BAR to establish a specified one-year pilot program to provide financial assistance to low-income motor vehicle owners for the retirement of gross-polluting vehicles, but would prohibit BAR from requiring proof that these vehicles were registered for the last 2 years prior to acceptance into the program. If this effort is successful, hobbyists could be denied the availability of vintage cars and parts for restoration projects. A hearing on S.B. 459 is scheduled for the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Yesterday (Apr 10, 2013), the U.S. Senate confirmed Sally Jewell's nomination to head up the Department of Interior via an 87-11 voice vote.
The Senators that opposed her confirmation were Chambliss, Enzi, Rubio, Barrasso, McConnell, Vitter, Scott, Lee, Coburn, Fischer, and Johann.
She will be replacing the outgoing Ken Salazar who is moving back to Colorado.
Dear Trail Voter: Last week on Thursday March 21, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee cast a 19-3 vote to support Sally Jewell's nomination to head up the Department of Interior.
TPAC expects the full Senate to vote on her confirmation sometime in late April. She will be replacing the outgoing Ken Salazar who is moving back to Colorado.