State Forestry Helicopter Crew Honored for Rescue Mission

April 16, 2009

Nevada Division of Forestry Pilot Nick Lopes (left) and Helicopter Manager Lee Stewart (right) receive letters of appreciation from Commander Shane Yates, operations manager at Naval Air Station, Fallon, for their assistance in rescuing skiers near Heavenly, Nevada.

Nevada Division of Forestry Pilot Nick Lopes (left) and Helicopter Manager Lee Stewart (right) receive letters of appreciation from Commander Shane Yates, operations manager at Naval Air Station, Fallon, for their assistance in rescuing skiers near Heavenly, Nevada.

Nevada Division of Forestry Pilot Nick Lopes (left) and Helicopter Manager Lee Stewart (right) receive letters of appreciation from Commander Shane Yates, operations manager at Naval Air Station, Fallon, for their assistance in rescuing skiers near Heavenly, Nevada.

MINDEN, Nev. — When a skier went missing from Heavenly Ski Resort on March 3, an air-based search was determined to be the best way to look for the individual in the mountainous terrain.

Within an hour of being called out to the mission, the Nevada Division of Forestry’s helicopter crew spotted the skier. The skier was not in a position to be rescued on foot because of heavy snow, so Fallon Naval Air Station personnel, who were also part of the search and rescue mission, recovered the skier from its helicopter.

Meanwhile, NDF’s crew spotted two more skiers, who also appeared to be in trouble and out of resort’s boundary. Contact was made with the two additional skiers, and it was determined that because of heavy snow and hypothermia setting in, that naval ground crews would rescue the skiers.

NDF’s air operations provide search and rescue support, though the helicopter crew’s primary mission is initial attacks on wildland fires. The crew averages 100 hours of flight time 35 days a year helping to fight wildfires.

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Nevada Division of State Parks offers a chance to win $50,000

April 16, 2009

 

Echo Canyon State Park in Nevada

Echo Canyon State Park in Nevada

PIOCHE, Nev. — There is $50,000 swimming in either Echo Canyon State Park or Spring Valley State Park. The catch is that the cash must be caught.

Several tagged fish in each reservoir are cash prize winners, but only one is worth $50,000.

To have a shot at catching one of these valuable fish, a Tagged Fishing event will be held May 2 from 7:00 a.m. through 5 p.m. and May 3 from 7:00 a.m. through noon at both the Echo Canyon and Spring Valley state parks.

Registration for the Tagged Fishing Event has begun and will continue up to the day of the event. Only 500 participants are allowed.

Participants may register at the Eagle Valley Resort in Ursine, Nevada on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is open to all ages. For more information, contact the Eagle Valley Resort at 775-962-5293.


Kershaw-Ryan Campground Opening March 30, 2009

March 19, 2009

CALIENTE, Nev.— A new 15 unit campground at Kershaw-Ryan State Park will open Monday, March 30, 2009.

The opening of the new facilities adds to the park’s many amenities, including potable water, shade armadas, tables and grills, flush toilets, coin operated showers and an RV dump station.

One of the new camp sites is designed to accommodate those with disabilities. The camping fee is $10 per night and camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

New Campground at Kershaw Ryan State Park

New Campground at Kershaw Ryan State Park


Critical Nevada conservation projects receive stimulus package funds

March 13, 2009

 

SPARKS, Nev. – U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell announced today that as part of the agency’s participation in the nation’s economic recovery program, the Nevada Division of Forestry will receive more than $1.3 million to fund Lincoln County conservation projects. These Nevada projects are part of the initial 10 percent selected for the first round of Forest Service funding.           

“This is tremendous news for the State of Nevada,” said Governor Jim Gibbons. “These funds will help create 24 full-time jobs in Nevada and will retain four existing jobs while improving critical range and forest lands. I thank the Forest Service for awarding these dollars and applaud the Nevada Division of Forestry for quickly and successfully securing these competitive funds for Nevada.”

Federal stimulus funds for the projects total $1,314,100. Read the rest of this entry »


Dam Safety Association Seeks Federal Investment to Repair Nation’s Dams

March 2, 2009

Nevada Engineer Rob Martinez says public safety at stake

Dam Safety

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) released last month new numbers on the national cost of rehabilitating the nation’s non-federal dams. The association recommends a federal program to fund rehabilitation of dams, which will encourage state funding programs and stretch the funding pool to maximize the number of dams that will be rehabilitated.

As the new Congress and administration focus funding on infrastructure improvements and the American Society of Civil Engineers releases its 2009 Infrastructure Report Card, dam safety officials announced new estimates for upgrades to non-federal dams.

The cost of needed dam repairs nationwide is $50 billion, including $16 billion for high-hazard-potential dams. These cost estimates have increased significantly since the Association’s 2003 report ($36 billion for all dams and $10.1 billion for high-hazard-potential dams). Of the $16 billion directed toward high-hazard dams (those whose failure would likely cause loss of human life), roughly $8.7 billion is needed to repair publicly owned dams with the remaining $7.3 billion needed for privately owned dams.

Rob Martinez, chief of engineering and dam safety with the Nevada Division of Water Resources and the current ASDO president, said that “rehabilitating dams not only sustains their benefits, but also protects public safety. Read the rest of this entry »


Public Hearing on CO2 Emissions Set for March 25

February 12, 2009

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Logo

White Pine Energy Center Power Plant
Public Hearing on CO2 Emissions Set for March 25

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Air Pollution Control, will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Ely, Nevada, following an agency determination on CO2 “Greenhouse Gas” Emissions.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Bristlecone Convention Center, Bristlecone Room, 150 Sixth Street, Ely, Nevada.

LS Power intends to move forward with this project. However, in light of an Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) ruling on CO2 emissions, NDEP is inviting the public to comment on the agency’s determination. Public comment has already been closed on our technical review of the White Pine Energy Center and at this time we are limiting public comment solely to the agency’s determination on CO2 as it relates to the Clean Air Act. The Agency position remains the same that there are currently no federal or state clean air standards or regulations that govern carbon dioxide emissions or other greenhouse gas emissions for power plants.

Since NDEP’s original determination there have been a number of actions, including the EAB ruling regarding Deseret Power that reaffirms our position that greenhouse gases are not subject to state or federal air quality standards. However, NDEP is presenting the basis for our determination to the public through this public hearing.

According to Michael Elges, bureau chief for Air Pollution Control, “We understand this is an ever evolving issue. LS Power has elected to move forward with their project, in response to that action NDEP prepared an agency determination pursuant to greenhouse gases. And we are accepting comments solely on our determination.” Read the rest of this entry »


Artistic fifth grade students wanted for Arbor Day poster contest

January 27, 2009

Art from the Nevada Arbor Day Poster Contest Hall of Fame

Art from the Nevada Arbor Day Poster Contest Hall of Fame

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s fifth grade students are being sought to showcase their artistic talents by creating posters for the National Arbor Day Foundation’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, “Trees are Terrific…in Cities and Towns!”

The activities teach fifth grade students about the important roles urban trees play in their community and meet national and state education standards in science, social studies, math and art.

One poster entry will be selected by Nevada Division of Forestry to represent Nevada in the National Contest. Prizes will be awarded to teachers submitting their school’s winning poster. The deadline for poster entries is Monday March 9, 2009.

Guidelines and a free activity guide are available here or by calling Susan Stead at 775-684-2506.

The last 13 years of Nevada’s winning posters are located here.