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September 18, 2019

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2 September 18, 2019 "The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best." ~ Epictetus TEN WEST FROM PAGE 1 Arizona West RV Day/Night Shade REPAIR RICH • 714-887-3953 MOTORHOMES / 5TH WHEELS / TRAILERS Blinds Too Tight or Too Loose? We Can Adjust & Repair Same Day Service in Most Cases Very Affordable! Bonded & Insured Licensed AZ 16-09-52032 Remove • Restring • Install MOBILE SERVICE See us at Buck Connors Western Days tion (FAST) Act, would modernize energy infrastructure, strengthen grid reliability and improve effi - ciency for millions of customers in Arizona and California. "Modernizing America's aging in- frastructure and facilitating respon- sible energy development on public lands are BLM priorities," said BLM Deputy Director for Plans and Pro- grams William Perry Pendley. "This transmission line would increase capacity for the electric grid in the Desert Southwest, improving energy effi ciency and reliability in a region that is home to some of the most populous counties in the nation." The Final EIS, which was devel- oped in accordance with Secretarial Order 3355, analyzes several alter- natives, with the BLM's preferred alternative being a 125-mile-long route mostly located within exist- ing utility corridors or parallel to existing infrastructure. This route is responsive to stakeholder input by avoiding popular recreation ar- eas, the Kofa National Wildlife Ref- uge and tribal lands. The route also minimizes impacts to local com- munities and the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground, avoiding impacts to military readiness, and provides interconnections for future energy development projects. "Ensuring the reliability of our electric grid is crucial and our pre- ferred route accomplishes that while avoiding impacts to communities, outdoor recreation and sensitive wildlife habitat," said BLM Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo. "We listened closely to stakeholder input and believe this alternative strikes the right balance." The EPA's Notice of Availability in the Federal Register for the pub- lication of the Final EIS initiates a formal 30-day protest period before a Record of Decision can be signed. The Final EIS and Proposed Plan amendments are available on BLM's ePlanning website at https://go.usa. gov/xU6Be

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