Now or Never Folks! Primm Racing is in Danger!!!

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Public meeting held on proposed Primm solar plant

Residents raise questions about impact on environment, off-roading


By Jean Reid Norman (contact)
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 | 2:05 a.m.

[/COLOR] On the fast track to building solar energy in the desert, the only obstacles may be desert tortoises, vegetation and off-road riders.

Those were the three concerns residents raised during the first of three meetings the Bureau of Land Management is holding on a proposal for a 400 megawatt solar power plant NextLight Renewable Power wants to build on 7,000 acres outside Primm. The meeting was held Wednesday night at the Primm Valley Casino.

Other meetings are planned for Aug. 13 at the M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Henderson, and Aug. 18 at the Gold Strike Casino, 1 Main St., Jean.

The project is part of 1 million acres of federal land the BLM is studying to open for development of alternative energy. Another round of hearings is planned for Aug. 18-24 on a solar power plant planned for 4,000 acres in the Amargosa Valley in Nye County. Solar Millennium wants to build two side-by-side 242 megawatt parabolic trough plants.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Las Vegas field office has created a team dedicated to renewable energy projects to expedite the environmental studies, which are expected to take about 11 months compared with the usual 14 to 20 months, the team’s project manager, Greg Helseth, said.

NextLight hopes to begin construction next summer, Vice President James Woodruff said.

By breaking ground before the end of next year, the company will qualify for federal stimulus package benefits on the estimated $1 billion project, he said. The plant is eligible for a 30 percent tax incentive, but the stimulus allows that to be provided as a federal grant if the deadline is met, he said.

Of about 25 people who turned out for the first meeting on NextLight’s proposed Primm solar plant, a handful brought up concerns about the impact on the desert tortoise, loss of the area to off-road vehicles and loss of natural desert vegetation.

“This is prime tortoise habitat,” Las Vegas resident Ken Freeman said, suggesting a site that is not as attractive to tortoises might be better suited to a solar plant.

Brian Brown of the Amargosa Conservancy asked whether the tortoises would be removed and to what location, noting that the total 1 million acres in federal land planned for solar power development could have a harmful cumulative effect.

“I do not want to see the desert suffer the death of a thousand cuts,” he said, though he added that the NextLight project was well designed.

Laura Cunningham of Beatty asked whether vegetation would be allowed to remain between the solar panels or whether the entire 2,900-acre footprint where the panels will be placed would be graded.

NextLight engineer Geoff Baxter said the company plans to conduct “micro-grading,” to grade only where a concrete slab will be needed for a solar panel.

“We want to leave as much of the native vegetation as possible for dust control,” he said. “There won’t be mass vegetation removal. It will be as minimal as possible.”

Freeman said he also was concerned about loss of areas to ride off-road vehicles. The site is one of the few in Southern Nevada approved for use by off-roaders, he said.

Helseth said his team was working with the BLM’s recreation specialists to ensure access is maintained to the Lucy Gray Mountains that rim the Ivanpah Valley.

Still, Freeman said after the meeting, the proposal concerns him, because that area is the site of four competitive off-road races every year.

He noted that the NextLight officials said they plan to wash the solar panels twice a year, but with off-road races nearby, they may find they will have to wash them more often.

Eric Record, a fellow off-roader, said he thinks the company will try to coexist with off-roaders but find it too difficult.

“Once they get a taste of one or two events, they may not want to play nice anymore,” he said. “They may ask the BLM to stop the races.”

ONLY 3 PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO LAST NIGHT'S MEETING! HOW PATHETIC IS THAT? THERE ARE 2 MORE CHANCES TO GET "OUR" VOICE OUT AND LET THE SOLAR GUYS AND BLM KNOW WE WILL NOT STAND FOR BEING SHUT OUT AND OFF OF OUR LAND :mad: !!! THIS WILL AFFECT 4 MAJOR RACES AT PRIMM AND WILL TAKE AWAY THE UPPER KNIGHT RANCH ROAD AREA!!!


THE NEXT AND FINAL 2 MEETINGS ON THIS ARE:
TONITE 08/13/09 - M RESORT AND CASINO 6:00 PM
TUES 08/18/09 - GOLD STRIKE HOTEL & CASINO, JEAN






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johnnyweb

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I wish i lived closer Jamie. Come on all you Las Vegas off roaders get out there to the meeting!!
 

Baja Fool

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Jamie,

You've listed the last 2 meetings on the same night; 8/13/09?? Is that correct?:confused:
 

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HOLY COW! No more tree bar......no more hearing the roller coaster run all night outside my room. No more Primm off road racing.........

I can't be there but will someone please go and represent the off road familia?

Is there an organization in Nevada similar to CORVA that I can join even though I live in So-Cal?

You guys from Snore that live in Nevada and didn't show up must have really enjoyed towing to Ridgecrest!
 

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I will be there tonight with as many of my pit guys I can muster up.

Now I'm going to call out some people:

-SNORE Board of Directors are you going to be there tonight?

-LVDC and Butches speed shop, who is coming from your group? Cmon Butch and Pat this not only affects your hobby but also the business.

-Nevada Off Road Buggy, The MacCachrens better be there. Lets see how much Rob cares.

-VW automotive, Bill you know better. Get your skinny a** there tonight.

-DRP/Flippins, Those new badass cars wont have a place to race.

-Wiks Racing, Adam get off the dyno and be there tonight.

-RC Trans, John this is important, are you going to be there?

-T-Baggin, you guys are queers if you dont show up.

-Collins Racing, Billy, Robby, Brian Will you guys come? Does this matter to you ?

-Baldwin Racing, Bj, Bobby are you comming. Your support and influece would be great. See ya there right?

-Menzies Motorsports, Steve, Bryce, Sparky, Larry I know there are plans to race some desert stuff.

-Desert Assasins, CMON Lucas show us that the DA cares.

-Terrible Herbst, We need people like you guys there

-The state of California, Who from cali is going to man up and be there

-The state of Arizona, Do Ari racers care?

-MRAN, where are the bike guys at?

-BITD, Casey are you kidding me, you diddnt show up for this last night?

-SCORE, Sal what the hell are you thinking.

And any other person who races, chases, pits, camps, rides, or spectates in the jean/primm area you need to be at the meeting tonight.

And for all of the out of towners there is a meeting next Tuesday 8/18 at the Goldstrike in jean. You will be here for V2R. What is your excuse now?

Lets see who gives a shi***
 

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There is a meeting tonight at the 'm resort' 6-8 and then tuesday in jean at the gold spike!!!! All of you racing vegas to reno or coming to hang out for tech please come to the meeting tuesday night, you will be here tuesday for tech on wed. Why not take 2 hours out of your time and head out to jean to help save the desert we love to race on!!!!!!

speaking up at the meeting isnt required, we just need to show them we have a huge volume of people who dont want to loose this land, so just show up for support.
 

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Where is Carter Powersports? Ride-Now? KTM? All Powersports? All the teams who test out in that area? If someone drafts a flyer for this, I will personally distribute them to the above shops for tonite and Tuesday's meeting :D


I wish I could make it up there.... Are there e-mails we can send in lieu of attendance?
I would be willing to accept and submit all written correspondence from those who can't make it and present it tonight on behalf of you all regarding how we (the Public) are all for renewable energy, but there are thousands and thousands of acres available elsewhere that would not directly impact your family recreational opportunites and business (if you have one), our local economy, i.e. tourism, (if you live here), the desert tortoise, and/or how there needs to be equal land given back to us (the Pubilc) to replace what they are taking away, instead of leaving us with nothing. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to send something over that articulates your stance on this issue. I would love nothing more than to walk in with a 2" thick folder full of letters. As it stands now, the feedback to the BLM has been paltry at best. You can email me at:

GlamisGurlie2@aol.com

or fax to:

702-452-4522

I won't be going to Tuesday's meeting due to V 2 R tech and a meeting I have to go to in Arizona...
 

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Tried to make arrangements to go tonight but just no way I can be in LV by 700pm let alone 600pm. I will make arrangments to be at the Gold strike for the next meeting.Anyone from Az you can ride with me and if we get enough people I will get a van or bus. Please try and make it if possible 928-486-1543
 

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I was planning on getting down there on wed the night before the V2R. I'm gonna try to get there on tues. so i can go to the last meeting.

I used to call Primm, Grimm. Before i was enlightened, i would always ask myself or whoever was in the car as we drove over the state line (mostly on the way to Utah for the pow pow), "why would you ever want to stop in Primm and who are those people that do" I mean all you have to do is drive another 30 min and you can be in Vegas. a really big gas station, Nevada residents buying Cali lottery tickets and cheap pots and pans at the outlet store can't be the only redeeming qualitys of that lovely area.

but then i decided to show up for the 2008 BITD race. let's just say i wasn't happy about going to Primm. I'm doing a film about off-road racing in Baja and what the hell was i doing hauling my ass to frickin' Grimm. i wanted to go to the 2008 CORR race but couldn't. so then came the end of summer and i rolled out for the 2008 SCORE race. It was like 104 in the shade, but wait there is no shade. not quite beautiful San Juanico, BCS Mex which is kinda the focal point of my movie. and then i went to the 2009 BITD race. Grimm started to grow on me. My film is about Baja but it is also about off-road racing and i finally realized how important Primm is to this sport. Every major sanctioning body in this sport, desert and shortcourse races in PRIMM. There is not another place in the world like it. EVERYBODY races in Primm. It might not be everybody's favorite but people do look forward to going there. My longtime question had been answered. Off-road racers go to Primm. several times a year.

so you guys have to save that place for your sport. put the mirrors somewhere else. somewhere that isn't so important to a sport, lifestyle, multiple industries and the only real reason to get off the interstate.

ps i'll be there with my camera next tues. so if anyone wants to say something on camera about Primm and all this please feel free to do so. If any of the other film guys want to get together and put together a little public service message in favor of off-road racing let me know.
 

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Where is Carter Powersports? Ride-Now? KTM? All Powersports? All the teams who test out in that area? If someone drafts a flyer for this, I will personally distribute them to the above shops for tonite and Tuesday's meeting :D




I would be willing to accept and submit all written correspondence from those who can't make it and present it tonight on behalf of you all regarding how we (the Public) are all for renewable energy, but there are thousands and thousands of acres available elsewhere that would not directly impact your family recreational opportunites and business (if you have one), our local economy, i.e. tourism, (if you live here), the desert tortoise, and/or how there needs to be equal land given back to us (the Pubilc) to replace what they are taking away, instead of leaving us with nothing. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to send something over that articulates your stance on this issue. I would love nothing more than to walk in with a 2" thick folder full of letters. As it stands now, the feedback to the BLM has been paltry at best. You can email me at:

GlamisGurlie2@aol.com

or fax to:

702-452-4522

I won't be going to Tuesday's meeting due to V 2 R tech and a meeting I have to go to in Arizona...
I know I saw guys from Roush Engineering out there testing the Raptor as well.

I will work on getting an e-mail to you in a bit Jamie.

Thanks.
 

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SAVE THE DESERT. PLEASE COME TO THE MEETING TONIGHT AT 6:00PM AT THE 'M' RESORT.

The placement of this solar project makes no sense and will definately negatively impact off road racing in the Primm area. This project could just as easily be built in Eldorado Valley where other solar farms are already built and operational. I am not opposed to this power station, I am opposed to it's proposed location.

Ths acreage of proposed Primm location is site of one of the most densest tort pops in these neck of the woods. The nearest tort relocation site is alread over populated as a result of rehoming of other terapins. other things dont make sense like why they want to build this right smack dab in the middle of a robust alluval fan. the amount of earthmoving for construction of dikes for the runoff diversion is sizeable. also why put a PV plant in the foothills on the west flank of a mtn range where the sun wont hit them till 8:00am instead of earlier. finally the eldorado vally has enough available acreage, according to the BLM, to support this project, its flat and wont require diversion, tort pop is lower, and the hook-up of the PS to the grid is already there; Eldorado Valley, Marketplace Station

This proposed project is on a FAST TRACK PLAN and if approved will begin building before the end of 2010.

Its your desert. Show up and tell them why you want this project to go somewhere else.

Eric Record
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erecord@cox.net
 

JRod

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Just spoke with Lucas Hand. He will be there representing. I am racing 24 Hours of Lemons this weekend or else I would have really tried to make it.
Thanks to Lucas for going out and representing fast-aid, or DA or whoever else he represents! LOL!


Still wordsmithing Jamie - Be sending it off soon!
 

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Just e-mailed this to Jamie. Thanks again for taking it.

August 13, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

It is with regret that I am unable to be present for the meeting tonight regarding the proposed NextLight Solar Plant near Primm, NV. I live in Phoenix, AZ but make several trips a year to Primm with family and friends to attend and participate in off-road racing events. The sanctioning bodies and racers go to great lengths to provide these races on public lands with minimal impact to the environment. Those involved in our sport love the desert and want to see it preserved, yet remain open and accessible to citizens. The positive economic impact racers have in the communities of Primm, Jean, Henderson and the rest of greater Las Vegas has been clearly and consistently demonstrated over the many years of racing in this area.

I am concerned that the proposed 7,000 acre facility will create challenges for the power company and off-road enthusiasts to co-exist. Additionally, the footprint for this power plant is extremely large and located in an extremely dense Desert Tortoise population. The relative footprint of off-roaders using existing trail and road systems pales in comparison to the 7,000 acre facility being proposed. I believe there other many alternative and more suitable locations for this worthwhile project to be placed that will not have such a large an impact on off-road enthusiasts, the Primm, NV economy, or the ecosystem in and around Primm, NV.

Finally, I would request you consider the impact of your decision in light of the BLM's mission statement to "sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." The revolutionary and important efforts of the Renewable Energy Coordination Offices can be accomplished without sacrificing the overall mission of the BLM. I understand the stewardship of our public lands is not to be taken lightly and appreciate your efforts to make the best decision possible.

Respectfully,

Jared Tetzlaff


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Well, I have only received ONE email and that is the one posted above from J-Rod. I leave here at 5:00 p.m. to go to that meeting. I realize some of you are at work right now, but if you're sitting here reading this, you can surely draft a quick note to show how you feel about what is being proposed. Hopefully those of you who haven't sent in a note will be attending tonight's meeting or the one next Tuesday... It truly is in our hands to show them how serious we are about our future in the desert!
 

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Where is Carter Powersports? Ride-Now? KTM? All Powersports? All the teams who test out in that area? If someone drafts a flyer for this, I will personally distribute them to the above shops for tonite and Tuesday's meeting :D




I would be willing to accept and submit all written correspondence from those who can't make it and present it tonight on behalf of you all regarding how we (the Public) are all for renewable energy, but there are thousands and thousands of acres available elsewhere that would not directly impact your family recreational opportunites and business (if you have one), our local economy, i.e. tourism, (if you live here), the desert tortoise, and/or how there needs to be equal land given back to us (the Pubilc) to replace what they are taking away, instead of leaving us with nothing. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to send something over that articulates your stance on this issue. I would love nothing more than to walk in with a 2" thick folder full of letters. As it stands now, the feedback to the BLM has been paltry at best. You can email me at:

GlamisGurlie2@aol.com

or fax to:

702-452-4522

I won't be going to Tuesday's meeting due to V 2 R tech and a meeting I have to go to in Arizona...
GG, Just sent u a quik email for the meeting....Tks
 

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It's hard to believe that with all the wealthy and powerful people who love desert racing in Nevada that this is even an issue..............

I would think that the Herbst would be very interested in perserving the Primm area for racing.....It's gotta be a pretty decent boost to them on race weekends........
 

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I have send a letter to the BLM concerning this plan. Unfortunatly living in Northern CA makes it much harder to support these efforts. Hope you pack the audience with SNORE and BITD racers.
 
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