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John Stewart

Temporary Shooting Closure in Lovell Canyon Extended for an Additional Year

LAS VEGAS – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) has extended the temporary emergency shooting closure in Lovell Canyon for an additional year. The extended closure will allow the U.S. Forest Service to go through a formal decision-making process to determine what dispersed recreation activities are appropriate in Lovell Canyon and how they can best be managed. The closure area includes approximately 32,000 acres on both sides of Forest Service Road 45537 (Lovell Canyon Road).

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Drones and Wildfires - Benefits and Risks

As the California wildfires grow with devastating impacts on human life, property, and business, the potential unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) benefits and risks for firefighting (re)emerge. UAS stakeholders, including firefighters, are realizing the potential life-saving and fire response applications of UAS. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local emergency services remain on high alert for UAS that pose a risk to emergency responses.

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Try a Star Tour for a change of scenery

A recent astronomical event caused major excitement throughout the North American continent as a rare total eclipse of the moon was visible.  Those lucky enough to be within the direct of the path were treated to an unforgettable sight. For those not in the direct path, the next best thing was a trip to a local observatory to gaze upon the heavens in wonder.

Okay, being in a southern California location was not the optimal point to view the eclipse. However, there is a well-known bed and breakfast in Julian that caters to amateur astronomers and provides a means to view heavenly bodies. And, it was time for me to re-acquaint myself with the spectacular stars.

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Yamaha Announces All-New Wolverine X4

Most Capable, Comfortable and Confidence-Inspiring Four-Seat Recreational Side-by-Side

KENNESAW, Ga. – September 6, 2017 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA , introduces the all-new four-passenger Wolverine X4™ Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle, providing superior Capability, Comfort and Confidence to deliver performance that is truly Proven Off-Road.

The all-new Wolverine X4 delivers superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails, combined with legendary Real World Tough Yamaha durability and reliability.  Smooth, quiet power comes from an all-new 847-cc twin cylinder engine while a compact, nimble chassis cradles the most versatile cab in its class with industry-exclusive stow-away full-size rear seats for expanded cargo capacity on demand.

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Easy rear light

On a plane bound for somewhere as August draws to a close…. That “somewhere” is Sacramento for the quarterly Board of Directors meeting of the California Four Wheel Drive Association.  My hiatus from air travel is over.  While I enjoy road trips and scenic sights, time is becoming a pressing factor.

With summer drawing to a close and surgery to fix a ruptured disk in my neck and fuse vertebrae healing nicely, time to turn attention to projects left dormant.

I did complete wiring of a rear light on my Jeep; just an added cosmetic touch.  I love Cabela’s backroom deals.  The latest find was an open box backup light for an ATV.  Just the size to bolt onto my Garvin Industries Wilderness Rack.  The price was right and all parts were in the ripped box.

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