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Seasonal Firefighting Positions Available

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking “motivated, team-oriented men and women to fill temporary seasonal firefighting positions.”

Requirements are: You have to be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older and able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug test, and physical fitness test within one week of being hired.

Services can include being on an engine, in a helitack or dispatch.

According to the BLM, Ely District firefighters are an integral part of an interdisciplinary team charged with maintaining and restoring public land health. Days begin early with a rigorous physical regimen that includes calisthenics, strength training and as long as a 6-mile run. Training is conducted daily in the classroom and on equipment that will be used in a wildfire or fuels reduction project.

Duty stations depend on the position, but include Caliente, Ely and Pony Springs. Travel outside the district can be expected.

Applications will be accepted through March 31, but those who apply by Jan. 10, receive first consideration in the hiring process. Applications can be submitted online. Details can be found online at

For more details, contact Ely District assistant fire management officer Ray Maestes at 775-289-1923, Ely District Fire operations supervisor Bill Panagopoulos at 775-289-1921 or BLM Caliente Field Office fire operations supervisor Tye Mizer at 775-726-8112.

Bird Counting set for New Year’s Day

The public is invited to join the Red Rock Audubon Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Jan. 1 for a Christmas Bird Count in the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding Muddy River area.

The event allows participants to ring in the New Year as a citizen scientist and contribute to bird conservation in this nationwide census. You don’t need to be an expert birder to participate — you just have to be able to help spot birds, count, check a field guide, etc.

Those attending are asked to bring binoculars, camera, food and snacks, water, wear layered clothing and bring extra clothes to keep warm.

Red Rock Audubon Society collects a fee of $5 for each person to cover the cost of compiling and publishing data. Reservations are required for advanced planning purposes.

For more information, contact David Syzdek at 714-0003 for reservations, meeting places and times.

Social Security Official to Visit Area in January

Field representatives from the Social Security Administration in Las Vegas will be in Lincoln County in January.

In Pioche, they will be at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office from 1-2 p.m. on Jan. 23. Call 775-962-5390 for details. On Jan. 24, they will be in Caliente at the City Hall, 775-726-3132, from 9-10 a.m., and later in Alamo, at the Alamo Annex, 775-725-3357, from 1-2 p.m.

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