Trump in April ordered an Interior Department review of the ban with the goal of exploration in the offshore areas. Some Environmental groups say presidents can permanently withdraw areas but the law makes no provision to reopen areas. Former President Barack Obama withdrew Arctic waters under provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Obama also banned exploration in 5,937 square miles (15,377 square kilometers) of Atlantic Ocean canyon complexes. Judge Gleason ruled the plaintiffs have standing in the case and it can move forward. Federal court Judge Sharon Gleason ruled that environmental groups can sue to keep the ban in place. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Federal Judge in Anchorage ruled on Monday, in Anchorage, that a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s reversal of a ban on petroleum drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean and Atlantic underwater canyons can move forward.
The southwestern corner of the fire experienced some increased activity near, but inside, containment lines. Work will continue to cool this area as well as securing the perimeter northward to the Sterling Highway by extinguishing any remaining burning or smoldering fuels adjacent to the containment lines. Structure protection on the western flank is effectively in place. The community of Cooper Landing does remain in a ‘Set’ status. Dan Nelson with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “We are always going to do the most conservative action to keep the people safe, and that is why we remain at ‘Set’. Rocky Gilbert, with the Incident Command Team: “Our firefighters continue to focus on protecting the communities of Sterling, Kenai Keys, and Cooper Landing. On the west side of the fire we continue to have crews in the direct line between the fire and Skilak Lake Road.” There are currently 740 personnel working on the fire. The expected containment date is September 15. The Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road remain in a READY status. A READY notification means residents should be preparing for a potential evacuation should the threat level increase. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Friday at 6pm, at the Sterling Community Center. You can tune into KSRM 920AM to listen live. Original Post: Noon: The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 162,179 acres and is now 27% complete. On the southwest corner of the fire, south of Sterling Highway, a portion of the line is now showing as complete. This means that fire managers feel safe that heat has been extinguished within 30-50′ of the fireline.Active fire behavior is expected to continue but an increase in cloud cover and humidity with potential rain, will begin to moderate fire activity. Expect to see group and individual tree torching, surface fire spread and backing fire. Winds ahead of incoming low will test containment lines on the north and west fire edge. The southwestern corner of the fire experienced some increased activity near, but inside, containment lines. Work will continue to cool this area as well as securing the perimeter northward to the Sterling Highway by extinguishing any remaining burning or smoldering fuels adjacent to the containment lines. Structure protection on the western flank is effectively in place. The Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road remain in a READY status. A READY notification means residents should be preparing for a potential evacuation should the threat level increase. The small amount of rain forecast won’t put the fire out but it may reduced fire behavior. Fire Managers expect the road to continue to have pilot car escorts when its open and there is a possibility of long waits so be prepared with food and water.,The community of Cooper Landing does remain in a ‘Set’ status. Dan Nelson with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “We are always going to do the most conservative action to keep the people safe, and that is why we remain at ‘Set’. Sterling Highway Update: Noon: The Sterling Highway remained open throughout most of the morning with pilot car escorts between mile 71 and 40. There is a chance Friday’s expected wind could cause the fire and smoke to pick up.
Source = Destination Southern Highlands The Southern Pie-lands set to celebrate the great Aussie pieThe Southern Highlands in NSW is home to Australia’s best pies. And throughout the month of June, the region will celebrate the great Australian pie with the inaugural ‘Pie Time’ – a series of mouth-watering pie themed events and festivals.“We all know Australians just love a local pie. And the Southern Highlands has a large saturation of quality pie producers with everything from your top-notch gourmet pies, to family winter warmers and deliciously sweet dessert pies,” said Steve Rosa, Manager Tourism and Events, Destination Southern Highlands.“What better way to demonstrate some pie parochialism than with a pie festival, pie trail, pie competition and related pie events featuring over 30 local pie sites including bakeries, cafes, restaurants, hotels and associated businesses in the Southern Highlands.“In essence, we’ll become the Southern Pie-lands throughout June,” Steve continued.Steve explains that Pie Time has four main components. The Pie Time Festival – a festival featuring pie tasting, beer and pie matching, cooking demonstrations, pie eating, competitions, music and more to be held on the 24th and 25th June in Bowral’s Corbett Gardens; Southern Highlands’ Best Pie Competition – a pie competition for professional and apprentice bakers plus a local community entry category with people’s choice awards to be held 22nd and 23rd June, also in Bowral’s Corbett Gardens; the Pie Trail where visitors can tour and sample locally made pies from over 30 local pie outlets; and Dine with a Pie – where visitors can sample the region’s signature pies at hotels, cafes and restaurants available only for the month of June.“Pies can be enjoyed at all of the Southern Highlands’ key attractions and spectacular locations, for example the Illawarra Fly, Bradman Museum’s Stumps Café, Fitzroy Falls, galleries, pubs and restaurants. It really will be the destination to experience, enjoy and worship the great Australian past time of eating the great Australian pie,” Steve said.Steve also says he knows Pie Time will be an accessible, fun and a quirky way to look at the Southern Highlands.“Visitors can come for the pies, then stay on with a ‘Pie, Bed & Breakfast’ package and experience all that the Highlands has to offer along the way,” Steve concluded.For more information on Pie Time visit www.pietime.com.au To book your stay in the Southern Highlands for Pie Time 2017, visit www.southern-highlands.com.au or call 1300 657 559. #pietime #visitsouthernhighlands Southern Highland SpringsPure Australian Spring Water bottled at the source in the Southern Highlands