Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Pueblo of Jemez's Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Dona Ana County, NM, 9963-9964 [05-4028]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 39 / Tuesday, March 1, 2005 / Notices Permit No. TE–099005 Applicant: Martha Heath, San Diego, California. The applicant requests a permit to take (survey by pursuit) the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) in conjunction with surveys throughout the range of the species in California for the purpose of enhancing its survival. Permit No. TE–098994 Applicant: Kelly Goocher, Oceanside, California. The applicant requests a permit to take (survey by pursuit) the Laguna Mountains skipper (Pyrgus ruralis lagunae) and take (locate and video monitor nests) the least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pustillus) in conjunction with surveys throughout the range of each species in California for the purpose of enhancing their survival. Permit No. TE–099265 Applicant: Russell Smith, Woodland Hills, California. 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AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Fish and Wildlife Service announces a meeting designed to foster partnerships to enhance public awareness of the importance of aquatic resources and the social and economic benefits of recreational fishing and boating in the United States. This meeting, sponsored VerDate jul<14>2003 14:21 Feb 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 by the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council), is open to the public, and interested persons may make oral statements to the Council or may file written statements for consideration. DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior, Secretary’s Conference Room 5160, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; telephone (703) 358–2336. Summary minutes of the conference will be maintained by the Council Coordinator at 4401 N. 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[FR Doc. 05–3906 Filed 2–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Pueblo of Jemez’s Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Dona Ana County, NM AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Pueblo of Jemez (Pueblo), intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 78.431 acre trust acquisition and casino project to be located within Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The purpose of the proposed action is to improve the economy of the Pueblo and help its members attain economic self-sufficiency. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of the proposal must arrive by April 18, 2005. The public scoping meeting will be held March 16, 2005, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., or until the last public comment is received. DATES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Mr. Larry Morrin, Regional Director, Southwest Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, P.O. Box 26567, Albuquerque, NM 87125. Please include your name, return address, and the caption, ‘‘DEIS Scoping Comments, Pueblo of Jemez Trust Acquisition and Casino Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. The location of the public scoping meeting is the VFW Hall, Anthony, New Mexico. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 9964 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 39 / Tuesday, March 1, 2005 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Selwyn, (505) 563–3106. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pueblo proposes that 78.431 acres of land be taken into trust so that the Pueblo may use the property for the development of gaming and related entertainment facilities. The 78.431 acres proposed for trust acquisition are part of a 111.7 acre tract located on the southwest corner of Interstate 10 and New Mexico State Road 404 (O’Hara Road) in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Although the eventual size and scope of the facilities may be altered based on information obtained through the EIS process, the Pueblo’s current proposal is to build and then operate for 2 years a 24,000 square foot temporary casino on acquired trust land, while building a permanent gaming facility. The permanent facility, also on acquired trust land, would have a 48,000 square feet gaming floor and would be connected to an 80 to 100 room hotel located on adjacent, non-trust land. The temporary casino would have asphalt parking for 500 vehicles that would be retained after operations begin in the permanent casino. Approximately 260 additional asphalt parking spaces, including spaces for oversized vehicles, will be added at the time the permanent casino begins operations. The proposed action encompasses the various federal approvals required to implement the Pueblo’s fee-to-trust application. Areas of environmental concern identified so far for analysis in the EIS include land resources, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, traffic and transportation, land use, public utilities and services, noise, lighting, hazardous materials, environmental justice, and visual resources/aesthetics. The range of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS may be expanded based on comments received in response to this notice and at the public scoping meeting. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your VerDate jul<14>2003 14:21 Feb 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the law. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. Authority: This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.l. Dated: February 23, 2005. Michael D. Olsen, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 05–4028 Filed 2–28–05; 8:45 am] (PAWG) was authorized and established with release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Pinedale Anticline Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Project on July 27, 2000. The PAWG advises the BLM on the development and implementation of monitoring plans and adaptive management decisions as development of the Pinedale Anticline Natural Gas Field (PAPA) proceeds for the life of the field. The agenda for these meetings will include follow-up discussions and recommendations on proposed monitoring plans submitted by individual task groups. At a minimum, public comments will be heard prior to lunch and adjournment of the meeting each day. Dated: February 14, 2005. Priscilla E. Mecham, Field Office Manager. [FR Doc. 05–3837 Filed 2–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–22–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BILLING CODE 3410–W7–P Bureau of Land Management DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [NV–912–05–1990–PO–241A–006F] Bureau of Land Management Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting Locations and Times [WY–100–05–1310–DB] Notice of Meeting of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (1972), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG) will meet in Pinedale, Wyoming, for a business meeting. Group meetings are open to the public. DATES: The PAWG will hold meetings on April 21 and May 19, 2005, with both meetings being held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: These meetings of the PAWG will be held in the Lovatt room of the Pinedale Library, 155 S. Tyler Ave., Pinedale, WY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Kruse, BLM/PAWG Liaison, Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, 432 E. Mills St., PO Box 738, Pinedale, WY 82941; 307–367– 5352. The Pinedale Anticline Working Group SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of meeting locations and times for the Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (Nevada). AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), two meetings of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC), Nevada, will be held as indicated below. Topics for discussion at the meetings will include, but are not limited to: Manager’s reports of current field office activities; RAC subcommittee reports on guidelines for wild horse management; Carson City Field Office Energy RMP Amendment/ DEIS; Churchill County RMP Amendment/EA; Pine Nut Mountain RMP Amendment/DEIS; Granite-Fox Power Plant Project; Coer-Rochester Mine Plan/DEIS; BLM–Nevada Draft OHV Route Inventory & Designation Strategy; Winnemucca RMP/DEIS; Winnemucca Field Office Wildfire Support Group; Sierra Front Recreation Coalition Map; and additional topics the council may raise during the meetings. E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 39 (Tuesday, March 1, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9963-9964]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-4028]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Pueblo of Jemez's Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, 
Dona Ana County, NM

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Pueblo of Jemez (Pueblo), 
intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 78.431 acre trust acquisition and 
casino project to be located within Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The 
purpose of the proposed action is to improve the economy of the Pueblo 
and help its members attain economic self-sufficiency. This notice also 
announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and 
alternatives to be considered in the EIS.

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS or implementation of 
the proposal must arrive by April 18, 2005. The public scoping meeting 
will be held March 16, 2005, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., or until the last 
public comment is received.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Mr. Larry 
Morrin, Regional Director, Southwest Regional Office, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, P.O. Box 26567, Albuquerque, NM 87125. Please include your 
name, return address, and the caption, ``DEIS Scoping Comments, Pueblo 
of Jemez Trust Acquisition and Casino Project,'' on the first page of 
your written comments.
    The location of the public scoping meeting is the VFW Hall, 
Anthony, New Mexico.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Selwyn, (505) 563-3106.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pueblo proposes that 78.431 acres of 
land be taken into trust so that the Pueblo may use the property for 
the development of gaming and related entertainment facilities. The 
78.431 acres proposed for trust acquisition are part of a 111.7 acre 
tract located on the southwest corner of Interstate 10 and New Mexico 
State Road 404 (O'Hara Road) in Dona Ana County, New Mexico.
    Although the eventual size and scope of the facilities may be 
altered based on information obtained through the EIS process, the 
Pueblo's current proposal is to build and then operate for 2 years a 
24,000 square foot temporary casino on acquired trust land, while 
building a permanent gaming facility. The permanent facility, also on 
acquired trust land, would have a 48,000 square feet gaming floor and 
would be connected to an 80 to 100 room hotel located on adjacent, non-
trust land. The temporary casino would have asphalt parking for 500 
vehicles that would be retained after operations begin in the permanent 
casino. Approximately 260 additional asphalt parking spaces, including 
spaces for oversized vehicles, will be added at the time the permanent 
casino begins operations.
    The proposed action encompasses the various federal approvals 
required to implement the Pueblo's fee-to-trust application.
    Areas of environmental concern identified so far for analysis in 
the EIS include land resources, water resources, air quality, 
biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, 
traffic and transportation, land use, public utilities and services, 
noise, lighting, hazardous materials, environmental justice, and visual 
resources/aesthetics. The range of issues and alternatives to be 
addressed in the EIS may be expanded based on comments received in 
response to this notice and at the public scoping meeting.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request 
confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address 
from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information 
Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written 
comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the 
law. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. All submissions 
from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their 
entirety.

    Authority: This notice is published in accordance with section 
1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 
Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 
4371 et seq.), Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), and 
is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.l.

    Dated: February 23, 2005.
Michael D. Olsen,
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 05-4028 Filed 2-28-05; 8:45 am]
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