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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1.800-992.3030 Operation CaI- Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 28, 199725 Flood damage at Lake Mead beach and backcountry areas Aea will find some areas closed and others restricted due to flash flooding that occurred recently. Much of the Boulder Beach area was impacted by the wall ot water that traveled down the Hemenway Wash from Boulder City, which destroyed flood control dikes and stranded visi- tors for several hours during the storms that swept through the area. "We receNed major flooding within the park similar to that experienced in Boulder City and Henderson," said Park Superintendent Alan O'Neill. "Our crews have worked hard this week to open up as much of the Boulder Basin visitor access as possible to meet our visitors' needs, but there is still much to be done," O'Neill ex- plained. 'We are asking the public for their patience and understanding as we try to deal withthese issues," he said. Boulder swim beaches road-and the beaches between sail beact repairs from this event com- concern over the parks ability to ! necessary cleanup to pr ing special events scheduled beach. damaged Las Vegas Bay is open t( Secretary Babbit announces BLM Resource Advisory Council members by Ed Tomchin Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announced August 23 the appointment of seven new Resource Advisory Council mem- bers who will advise the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada on a variety of land management issues. Babbitt, who made the selections in connection with Governor Bob Miller and BLM State Director Ann J. Morgan, praised the work of retiring council members and said, "They have helped estab- lish a model for collaborative management of the public lands." Secretary Babbit also reappointed nine members to serve second council terms. "These citizen councils are really hitting their stride," Babbitt said. "In just two short years, the BLM Resource Advisory Councils have established a reputation for hard work, fairness and the ability to resolve issues. They have shown the country that people of good will can sit down, roll up their sleeves, and work out their differences tot the common good. The result has been better management of our nation's public lands." Resource Advisory Councils were established two years ago through the BLM's grazing regulations. BLM has three councils in Nevada: Mohave Southern-Great Basin, North- eastern-Great Basin and Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin. Their initial task was to help BLM develop standards for rangeland health and guidelines for grazing management. Working collaboratively with BLM managers and resource specialists, each of the three Nevada Resource Advisory Councils completed rangeland standards and guidelines this year. The councils now are focusing on other land manage- ment and natural resource issues in their respective geo- graphic regions. "One of my goals as director is to make sure that BLM is a good neighbor to communities and public land constitu- ents," Pat Shea, new BLM director said. "I think these councils can help us do that with their sound, well-thought out advice. I look forward to their participation on public land management issues." "The Resource Advisory Councils have done all that we expected of them and more," BLM State Director Morgan said. "They have taken on tough problems, and through hard work and the spirit of cooperation, have resolved many issues. We welcome the new RAC members, and are confi- dent they will continue the tradition." The following list includes the new and reappointed mem- bers for each of the three Nevada councils and the constitu- ency that each represents. Mohave Southern Great Basin: New members -- Maurice Frank, Indian tribes; Susan W. Dudley, elected official. Reappointments - Duane L. Whiting, mining/environment; Alan N. Levinson, permitted recreation; Colleen Beck, ar- chaeology; Robert W. Maichle, general recreation. The next meeting is scheduled for September 11-12 in Las Vegas. Northeastern Great Basin: New members- Merlin McColm, wildlife; Vince Garcia, Indian tribes. Reappointments - Bill W. Upton, energy/minerals: Kathryn Ataman, archaeology. The next meeting is scheduled for November 3 in Ely. Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin: New members - Amy Heilman, transportation & rights-of-way (including land use planning & tenure adjustment); Gary Vineyard, academic; Tebeau Piquet, mining. Reappointments - Robert Elston, archaeology; Susan Lynn, recreation; Karen Kay Wells, public-at-large. The next meeting is scheduled for September 26 in Carson City. All council meetings are open to the public, and include time on the agenda for the council to receive public com- ments. For more information about the councils contact Dan Rathbun, (702)-785-6767. Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD - Striped bass fishing is improving with anglers finding the fish on the lake's surface as they feed on threadfin shad. Beacon Island is the area where most of the fishing activity is now taking place. Jim Heinrich, Nevada Division of Wildlife biologist, said annual shad surveys are showing that this year's shad spawn was very good. Shad are the primary forage fish for stripers. Largemouth bass fishing remains slow as the fish are still in deep water. Channel catfish are being caught at night in shallow coves. LAKE MOHAVE - Fishing continues to be good for large channel catfish and small striped bass in the Cotton- wood Cove area while trout fishing is good above Willow Beach. Small stripers have been coming from coves above and below Cottonwood Cove. Larger stripers are available in open water from the north power lines to Owl's Point. On Saturday three anglers eanght 15 catfish that mea- sured from 17-19 inches at the south end of the Nevada Basin along the Nevada shoreline. Trout continue to be caught by casting spoons and spin- ners toward shore above Willow Beach. Largemouth bass fishing is slow. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA - Good fishing for largemouth bass that weigh up to three pounds is being found at Dacey Reservoir. Smaller bass are being taken at Adams-McGill Reservoir. The best lures for bass continue to be artificial worms and grubs, Crank baits and spinners are also taking fish. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR . More than 200 brown and rainbow trout have died during the past week because of a low oxygen level in the lake, The recent flood is being blamed for making the water turbid and decreasing oxygen. Trout fishing continues to be poor because of the murky water conditions. The campground is open. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR. Recent flooding has caused the lake's water level to rise by eight feet. Fishing is poor because of turbid water conditions caused by the flood. The campground is open. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR- Fishing continues to be slow for rainbow trout in the lake. An angler reported that he fished for four hours and caught only one trout.