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Six people were appointed to Utah's citizen Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which will advise the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on public land issues. The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in various fields of natural resource use and management, help BLM carry out its stewardship of 253 million acres of public lands. Utah's newly appointed members are Gary Kofford of Castle Dale, who was selected to represent Utah's elected officials; Bill Hopkin of Woodruff to represent grazing interests; Mike Roberts and Ray Bloxham, both of Salt Lake City, to represent environmental groups; Stuart Sprouse of Sandy to represent dispersed recreation; and John Malechek of Logan, who will represent academia.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to fill two upcoming vacancies on the five-member California Energy Commission (CEC), naming a veteran energy policy expert, Robert Weisenmiller, 61, and a scientist, Anthony Eggert, 37, with experience at the state air pollution regulatory agency that sites electric generation plants. The appointments require confirmation by the state Senate. Eggert has served as science and technology policy adviser to the chair of the California Air Resources Board since 2007. A former CEC manager, Weisenmiller co-founded MRW and Associates, where he has been principal since 1986.

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