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Lawsuit again targets Sierra’s commercial Wilderness users

March 29, 2012

Commercial stock packers have found themselves, again, between a rock and hard place.
In response to a lawsuit filed by the High Sierra Hikers Association, the federal court has curtailed permits for commercial stock operators in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and that ruling may extend to all commercial uses of designated Wilderness areas within the Park.
“The economic impact would be devastating,” said Craig London of Mt. Whitney Pack Trains and Rock Creek Pack Station. “If packers are shut out of the Park for a year or two, we can’t recover. This is a business, not a hobby.”

Agencies’ concerns haven’t delayed Digital 395 project

March 29, 2012

Despite environmental concerns being voiced about the Digital 395 broadband project, a spokesperson for the developer said work will be moving forward with little or no delay.
Elizabeth Glazner, communications director for Praxis Associates, said agencies such as the California Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service have raised a number of concerns about potential impacts resulting from Digital 395, which aims to construct a 583-mile fiber-optic underground cable network along U.S. 395 from Barstow to Carson City.

Wild Iris seeks to educate public about abuse

March 29, 2012

Incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault are on the rise and their tidal wave effects hit not only abused victims, but also the perpetrators, their families and communities, and society as a whole.
In response to these escalating social maladies’ associated costs – emotional, physical, psychological and even financial – Wild Iris will be holding a workshop and certified crisis counselor training in coming days to educate the community.

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