“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Nevada on Thursday, kicking off a two-day swing to underscore the Department’s commitment to collaborative, landscape-level solutions to conservation and water issues.
“On Thursday, December 12, the Secretary will deliver keynote remarks at the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Winter Meeting, highlighting her recent Secretarial Order establishing a Department-wide mitigation strategy to encourage balanced development and landscape-level planning on federal public lands.
“Stan Dixon, the longest-serving member of the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, left the panel Wednesday as his term expired.
“Dixon, a former Ferndale mayor and Humboldt County supervisor, was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Gray Davis in 1999. He continued serving under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown.”
“Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, announced Friday that she will be stepping down by the end of 2014.
“Starting as an intern in 1973 three years after the group’s inception, Beinecke, 64, was only the second president in the NRDC’s history, after she took over for founding president, John Adams, in 2006.
“The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced today [Oct. 30] that Jason Phillips has been selected as the Deputy Regional Director. … When Phillips assumes his new responsibilities in mid-December, he will join the Regional Director’s Office as one of two deputies; Pablo Arroyave has served as the Deputy Regional Director since 2009.
“Three political newcomers – John Mensinger, Paul Campbell and Jake Wenger – struck gold Tuesday to win seats on the embattled Modesto Irrigation District board.
“Despite unprecedented turnover on the five-person panel, the board will maintain its historic weight toward farmers as opposed to urban customers because of Wenger’s Division 4 triumph over three candidates with weaker ties to agriculture.”
“An elected sewer director who’s been publicly compared to the iconic television bigot Archie Bunker over comments he made about Asians and African-Americans refused to resign Tuesday even as his fellow board members demanded he leave office immediately.
“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today [Oct. 29] praised President Obama’s intent to nominate Rhea S. Suh as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Suh would oversee and coordinate policy decisions for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“A Berkeley physicist who rescues ancient recordings through technology and two Stanford professors studying the effects of climate change are among 24 exceptional innovators from around the nation named Tuesday as this year’s MacArthur Fellows.
“The no-strings fellowships come with $625,000 cash to be paid out over five years and to be used for whatever strikes the recipients’ fancy.”
“Pat Mulroy, one of the most powerful executives in the state, said Monday she is going to retire as general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, where she has worked aggressively to ensure that Las Vegas doesn’t go dry. …
“Mulroy, who became boss of the water authority when it was created in 1991, said she hasn’t set a date and will prepare an ‘orderly transition.’”
“Laura King Moon, 60, of Woodland, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources, where she has been a project manager for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan since 2011. Moon was assistant general manager at the State Water Contractors from 2000 to 2011 and director of strategic planning at the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority from 1997 to 1999.”
“Ron Cohen, the emerging leader of the latest effort to buy out California American Water’s local water system, says he has always avoided politics despite a family history steeped in public affairs. …
“Until now. He says he is motivated by Cal Am’s unfair monopoly of the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply and its failure to properly manage it and secure a new water source.”
“At age 28, Scott Harrison felt he had spent a decade of his life selfishly. …
“He founded Charity: water in New York to tackle the world’s water crisis after returning from a volunteer trip to Liberia in 2006. The organization relies heavily on large donors from Silicon Valley, who are responsible for one third of its funding.”