Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Secretary Salazar, Senator Harry Reid to Celebrate Groundbreaking of Major Nevada Transmission Line
Southwest Intertie Project to Create Jobs, Spur Renewable Energy Growth
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Las Vegas, Nev. -- On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senator Harry Reid will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP), a major transmission line whose construction will create jobs, spur growth in the renewable energy sector, and improve transmission capacity for Western communities. The Secretary will be joined by the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) for LS Power and NV Energy, along with Jonathan Silver of the Department of Energy.
The first phase of SWIP connecting Southern Nevada with Northern Nevada (to be known as ON Line) is expected to begin construction in 2010 and achieve commercial operation in 2012. The complete SWIP is a proposed, above-ground 515-mile, 500 kilovolt (“kV”), transmission line stretching from Idaho to Southern Nevada that will provide up to 2,000 megawatts (“MW”) of transmission capacity for Nevada and the Western Electric Grid.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
U.S. Senator Harry Reid
Mike Segal, Chairman and CEO, LS Power
Michael W. Yackira, President and CEO, NV Energy
Jonathan Silver, Executive Director of the Department of Energy Loan Programs Office
Tuesday, October 19, 2010: 10:00 a.m. (PST)
Harry Allen Substation, 20 miles north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15, exit U.S. Highway 93 North/Great Basin Highway (exit #64).
*Note: To get to Harry Allen, take I-15 North; Exit Apex Highway 93 (Great Basin Highway Exit); Go west under freeway; take an immediate right onto frontage road, go north two miles, left at Harry Allen sign and proceed on the road at 20 mph (protected tortoise road) about two miles and follow that to the plant. Drive time from Las Vegas is approximately one hour.
All local, regional and national credentialed news organizations are invited to participate in the ceremony.