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Regional News yessi,,e t~ Pr9ress~ve Re'rer~, -.esca, .... ;3,200! 9B forces emergency gathers, livestock e than 400 wild horses rounded up, and hun- cattle are being tak- public ranges more three months earlier normal, as a record continues to impact northwestern Neva- ie Stokke, manager of S. Bureau of Land Surprise Field fuel, Larson to tr'e nev;s~aper n California n asset, according to lurke, field manager for lturas Bureau of Land that can solve ~ms for both cattlemen wer producers. Office in Cedarville said op- erations wilt begin Thursday, June 28, to round up wild horses in the Little High }lock Canyon and Fox Hog herd areas before they begin to die of dehydration. "Normally reliable water sources are now dry," said Stokke. "This is forcing the horses to congregate on the few water sources that re- main, and those waters will not last much longer. "We will leave 48 horses in the Little High Rock herd area and about 70 horses in the east pasture of Fox Hog. There are no livestock in ei- ther area." Stokke said the emergency gathers are being conducted separately from the current work to determine the appro- priate management level for the Little High Rock herd. The Surprise Field Office is currently accepting public comments on an environmen- tal assessment setting the herd management level. Com- ments will be accepted until Thursday, July 5 at the Sur- prise Field Office 602 Horses taken from the re- gion will be trucked to the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Corrals near St~sanville, and offered to the public ff)r adop- tion. Area ranchers are also feel- ing impacts of the drought, and many are already remov- ing cattle from grazing allot- ments that normally support grazing until September. "I've heard from many ranchers who are bringing their cattle home now. At the low elevations, the grass just didn't grow and the water is scarce," Stokke said. "The drought could have a devas- tating impact on many of these ranching operations." Stokke said she has autho- rized emergency" water haul- ing in some areas where there is livestock forage, but no water. Precipitation records avail- able to the BLM indicate the drought is the worst on record, Stokke said. Unsea- sonably hot spring weather intensified the conditions caused by a winter that brought less than half the Airfair set for July 14 The Susanvllle Alrfa~r ~s scheduled fbr ,July 1,1, at the Susanville Airport smrung at 7 a.m. The country breakfast starts things off with straw- berry pancake.~, ei4~s sausage, etc. You anti your family will then have time to wander around the man'. static display aircraft be %re activities begin ar(mn~J 10 am. A wide variety ,~f aircraft will be here, from antiquc~ built in the '30s to state-of the-art composite aircraft and everything in between. At 10 a.m. the show por- tion begins with a varmty of flybys and performances Some of last year's fa- vorites were the military F- 15, firefighting demo's and a helicopter performance by Dave Reger. Buck Bateson will fly h~s Pitts Eagle and I)oc Blevins will make some passes in an L-29 jet fighter trainer The popular helicopter rides will be back as I j, The Susanville Airfair, set to start at 7 a.m. on Satur- day, July 14, features displays of antique airplanes, a