Carrying on The Work

We here at the Friends of Jawbone love to hear that our friends carried on volunteering and getting involved even after they left the state. Recently Ed Waldheim received a very nice eMail from Lemont Southworth. Lemont was one of the founders of the informal Desert Rat groups here in southern California. A few years ago he moved to Utah and wanted to let us know that he’s carried on his involvement in trail advocacy and conservation.

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ROHVA Opens New DriverCourse in So. Cal!

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) has unveiled a new driver training site in Irvine for Southern California SideXSide enthusiasts. The new Basic DriverCourses are a chance for both individuals and groups to improve their SideXSide driving skills in a controlled environment and under the supervision of a certified DriverCoach. Drivers are taught how to navigate tough situations, when and how to effectively use a spotter, and how to maintain better control of their vehicle in a variety of situations.

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DGSRV To Receive President's Volunteer Service Award!

Friends of Jawbone wants to wish a hearty congratulations to Desert Group Search and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. for having received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. DGSRV is an amazing group of people dedicated to educating and aiding the public. During the most recent FOJ meeting it was announced that the group of 31 volunteers had logged a total 10,000 hours of volunteer work over the past year. The top five volunteers in the group have personally reached the Gold level of service (meaning the adults have volunteered 500 hours or more in the past 12 months, or 250 Hours for young adults) and they will be honored individually at the awards ceremony.

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Spotted at Jawbone Station: Mr. Bob!

The weather has cooled down a little and it’s made Mr. Bob perk up. He was out of his burro and exploring his enclosure this morning. Drop in and say hi! Got questions? Curious about tortoises? The staff at Jawbone Station are always happy to help you find an answer.

Click the photo for a larger photo of Mr. Bob. Photo courtesy Mr. Ed Waldheim.

BLM Names new Ridgecrest Field Office Manager

The BLM has announced that Carl Symons, previously BLM’s Medford Supervisory Realty Specialist in Oregon, will be the new field manager for the Ridgecrest Field Office.

Symons served as acting Ridgecrest Field Office Manager in late 2011 and early 2012, so he’s familiar with the area.

When asked about his new position Symons said, “I am very proud and honored to be joining the California Desert District as the Ridgecrest Field Manager.

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Budget Windfall or Media Posturing?

The announcement this past Friday, the 20th, had activists across the board angry at Sacramento. After the much contested cuts to OHV, and the year-long threat of State Park closures, the discovery of $50 million in unaccounted for funds at the Department of Parks and Recreation has had everyone wondering why we were asked to jump into emergency action mode when it seems like the money was available all along.

But, as many of these things often are, it is more complicated than it is being reported as in the press. First, the $50 million is not free-and-clear money. $33.5 million of it is part of the OHV trust fund, meaning that it can only (and could only have ever) been used for the Department's OHV program. Even had this $33.5 million been discovered earlier, it could not have been used to save any of the 70 State Parks that were on the closure list.

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