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Editor Randy Banis with Congressman McKeon editor Randy Banis met with Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon and his staff on February 27, 2007, in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues regarding the management of backcountry public lands in the vast Death Valley region.  McKeon represents California's 25th Congressional District which includes Death Valley National Park, much of the BLM's Ridgecrest, Barstow and Needles field offices, and portions of the Inyo and Sequoia national forests.

Banis discussed ways to return balance in decision making for the public lands in the California deserts, particularly as they affect recreational access for rock collectors, photographers, picnic goers, hunters, historical explorers, and deep backcountry hikers and solitude seekers.  Such visitors have long relied on appropriate motorized access to the backcountry but have lost access to many of their favorite destinations resulting from decades of unbridled road closures and restrictions.

Of particular concern is the recent introduction of Senate Bill S. 493 by Senator Barbara Boxer, which seeks to remove critical motorized access from and additional 2.4 million acres of public lands, including  hundreds of popular backcountry destinations.

Read more: Editor Meets with DV Congressmen

Employment opportunities are available at the Panamint Springs Resort in Death Valley National Park.

Read more: Work in Death Valley!

We're pleased to introduce the new web site!  We've made the new easier to navigate and more interesting to visit.

Read more: The NEW!

Snow falls in the upper elevations of Death Valley National Park, and overnight temperatures dip to below freezing... below sea level!  Brrrr!!!  Just prior to Christmas our visit to Jackass Flat was highlighted by a couple of inches of newly fallen snow -- enough to raise the excitement level, but not enough to cause us any trouble!  Although this is within the upper elevations of Death Valley National Park, even the lower elevations were seeing near record low temperatures.

Read more: A Death Valley Cold Spell

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