County Roundup: Thursday, February 2, 2012

From the Bureau of Land Management

The Federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2012 fee is the same as last year.

An AUM or HM - treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes - is the occupancy and use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month. The newly calculated grazing fee, determined by a congressional formula and effective on March 1, applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and more than 8,000 permits administered by the Forest Service.

The formula used for calculating the grazing fee, which was established by Congress in the 1978 Public Rangelands Improvement Act, has continued under a presidential Executive Order issued in 1986. Under that order, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35 per AUM, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year's level.

The annually determined grazing fee is computed by using a 1966 base value of $1.23 per AUM/HM for livestock grazing on public lands in Western states. The figure is then calculated according to three factors - current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production. In effect, the fee rises, falls, or stays the same based on market conditions, with livestock operators paying more when conditions are better and less when conditions have declined.

The 2012 grazing fee of $1.35 per AUM/HM grazing fee applies to 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Permit holders and lessees may contact their local BLM or U.S. Forest Service office for additional information.

From the National Park Service

In honor of Arizona's Centennial, Grand Canyon National Park will offer fee-free entry on Feb. 14.

Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond Feb. 14 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions.

For more on visiting Grand Canyon National Park, go to the park's website at www.nps.gov/grca. For more on Arizona's Centennial celebrations, visit www.az100years.org/, and for a calendar of Centennial events, go to www.az100years.org/events/calendar-of-events/.

From the Mohave County Sheriff's Office

Mohave County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a man at a business in the 12900 block of South Oatman Road. At 7:44 a.m., on Jan. 26, a fire was reported at the business. Golden Shores Fire Department personnel were at the scene extinguishing the fire when the body of a man was located inside. The victim is identified as Ronald Lee Hansen, 58, of Topock. Foul play is not suspected at this time. Initial investigations have determined a possible gas leak from the hot water heater caused the fire. It's not known whether the explosion or the resulting fire killed Hansen. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

Mohave County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Units responded Jan. 26 to rescue a female subject who had gotten injured riding a quad in a rural area near Lake Havasu. A man reported via a cell phone that he and his friend Megan Knee, 22, had been riding their quads in the desert. He said that Knee was in and out of consciousness after she rolled her quad. Investigations determined that the subjects had started at the Stagecoach Trails Dude Ranch area and drove to the Mohave Mountains. At 4 p.m., SAR units responded. The victim was located in the Mohave Mountains in a canyon, placed in a stokes basket and driven out on a side by side utility vehicle to medical aid. The victim complained of neck pain, back pain and a broken nose. Care Flight transported the victim to a medical facility.

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Bryan Keith Bard, 27, of Bullhead City, late Jan. 25 for shoplifting, felony, and two outstanding warrants. At 3:53 p.m., deputies responded to a store in the 5300 block of Highway 95 regarding a theft. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the store's loss prevention agent. The employee reported observing a male subject later identified as Bard conceal a bottle of liquor in a jacket and walk out of the store without paying. He detained Bard in front of the store and retrieved the liquor. Deputies contacted Bard. Bard allegedly said that he intended to steal the bottle of liquor. He was taken into custody without incident. A records check showed Bard to have two failure to appear misdemeanor warrants issued by Bullhead City Justice Court and Bullhead City Municipal Court. Deputies called medical, as Bard appeared to be having a medical problem. Fort Mohave Fire Department personnel responded and transported Bard to Valley View Medical Center. After he was medically released, he was transported and booked into the Mohave County District II Substation.

From the Mohave Daily News

The boiler structures at the Mohave Generating Station will be imploded in late April. There will not be a public viewing opportunity. The structures were originally to be brought down in November, and then January. The primary decommissioning contractor, NCM and Control Demolition, determined it needed to remove more ducting and equipment from the structure before they could destroy it, according to MGS officials. The company also needs to remove the turbine generators from the facility so they can be sold for scrap. The company expects to finish demolishing the plant in July. The 1,580-megawatt plant closed at the end of 2005 due to a consent decree that required the facility to upgrade its anti-pollution infrastructure or to shut down. After unsuccessful attempts were made to restart the plant or to sell it, the owners decided in 2009 to decommission the facility.

The Super Country Bednecks of KGMN Radio won the annual Great Oatman Bed Races Jan. 28.

Last year, the team was disqualified for a rules violation. In accordance to contest rules, teams must first push one teammate in a bed the length of the course, park the team's bed with the passenger still aboard while the other four members put the sheets and pillowcases on a stationary bed and then push the team bed back to the finish line. At the same time each of the four pushing team members carries a roll of toilet paper between their knees. This year, each team member also had to put on a pair of granny panties after completing the bed-making portion.

Last year, a KGMN team member dropped the toilet paper, picked up in his hand and carried. KGMN was one of 18 teams registered for the event.

The Nevada Legislative Commission meeting on SB-262's vote about whether or not to allow Laughlinites to vote on the incorporation question has been moved back two days. It now is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 15, on the fourth floor of the Grant Sawyer State Building at Washington Street and Las Vegas Boulevard North in downtown Las Vegas.

If approved, residents of Laughlin would vote on whether to incorporate as early as June. If incorporation is approved, residents would then narrow the field of candidates for the five-member city council (including a mayor) to 10 adults who would be placed on the November general election ballot.

Under the law, the new council-mayor would have powers to adopt a budget, approve ordinances and hire a city manager before the city officially would being operation on July 1, 2013.