Aerial Application of Herbicide to Take Place Next Week Northeast of Jiggs

ELKO, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management, Elko District will be conducting an aerial application of herbicide on the Smith Ranch fire area to slow the invasion of cheatgrass starting on Sept. 24, 2014. The project has several partners and contributors which include Nevada Muleys, the Dream Tag Charitable Fund, Gund Ranch, Mike Riordan, and Topo LLC.  

BLM representatives will be present on site for public safety and information. The area to be treated includes an access road to Forest Service lands that are often traveled by deer hunters during the fall. Access will be limited during active spraying operations.

The treatment will consist of spraying the herbicide Imazapic at four ounces per acre across 1,100 acres of both public and private land. Imazapic is non-toxic to a wide range of organisms, including mammals, birds, fish and insects. It is also considered non-carcinogenic to humans and is widely used for the treatment of annual and perennial grasses and some broadleaf weeds.

The Smith Ranch Fire was sparked by lightning on July 19, 2013. The fire burned approximately 2,047 acres within Greater Sage-Grouse (GSG) Preliminary Priority Habitat (PPH), of which 479 acres occur on public lands administered by the BLM. During the fall and winter of 2013 Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) treatments were implemented which included 1,000 acres of drill seeding, and 2,100 acres of aerial seeding across public and private lands.

Initial monitoring and observations show the successful establishment of seeding treatments; however there is a large presence of cheatgrass occupying the site which has the potential of out-competing the seeding treatments. Left unchecked, cheatgrass is likely to overtake any existing perennial vegetation (seeded and unseeded), leading to more frequent and larger fires and potentially further loss of GSG habitat and important mule deer transition range.

The Decision Record for this treatment is available at

The Nevada Financial Institutions Division on Sept. 10 ordered NetDebt, doing business as Debt Mediation Initiative, of Addison, Tex., to stop unlicensed debt-management services in Nevada.


Businessman Selim Zherka, 46, of Somers, N.Y., was indicted by a federal grand jury in White Plains, N.Y., for submitting multiple false loan applications to banks, tax fraud, wire fraud, and witness tampering.

Zherka was arrested Thursday by federal agents and was expected to be arraigned in federal court in White Plains.

“Following an extensive criminal investigation by SIGTARP and our law enforcement partners, federal agents apprehended Selim Zherka on Thursday without incident in Westchester County, New York,” said Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

“Zherka is charged with falsifying information on commercial loan applications submitted to North Fork Bank – later purchased by TARP recipient Capital One – to fraudulently obtain
more than $36.5 million in loans from the bank.”

According to the Indictment, from November 2005 through 2008, Zherka obtained loans totaling more than $146 million in loans from three banks – North Fork Bank (now Capital One), Sovereign Bank (now Santander), and Signature Bank – for the purchase and/or refinancing of apartment house complexes in New England, Tennessee, New Jersey, and New York by lying about the purchase prices of the real estate he was acquiring.

The indictment said he also misrepresented  the amount of the down payments he was making toward the purchases in question, his assets, his income, his tax returns, and the nature and circumstances of a 2000 court judgment against him for assault and breach of contract (which, to date, he has not paid).

Additionally, the indictment charges Zherka with engaging in a decade-long tax fraud scheme.

CALGARY, Alberta – September 19, 2014 – TransCanada Corporation today released the following statement in acknowledgement of significant trading activity in TransCanada’s common shares.


“TransCanada firmly believes its current corporate form, asset base and financial strength provide critical underpinning to execute the company’s industry-leading $38 billion capital program which is expected to generate significant, sustainable growth in future cash flow, earnings and dividends.

As previously communicated, as an element of funding this growth, the company is committed to vending the remainder of its U.S. natural gas pipeline assets into its master limited partnership, TC PipeLines, LP over the coming years. These assets are expected to generate approximately US$500 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in 2016 and beyond.

With its commercially secured $38 billion capital program and on-going growth in its three core businesses, the company is well positioned to create significant shareholder value.

Since 2000, TransCanada has delivered a 16 per cent annualized return to its shareholders including an average increase in dividends of 7 per cent per annum.

TransCanada understands the value placed on sustainable growth in cash flow, earnings and dividends, and is wholly-committed to the ongoing enhancement of shareholder value including
continuous evaluation of the company’s approach to capital allocation.”

With more than 60 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities.

Online review site Yelp, Inc., and mobile app developer TinyCo, Inc., agreed to settle separate Federal Trade Commission charges that they improperly collected children’s information in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, Rule. Under the terms of the settlements, Yelp will pay a $450,000 civil penalty, while TinyCo will pay a $300,000 civil penalty.

“As people – especially children – move more of their lives onto mobile devices, it’s important that they have the same consumer protections when they’re using an app that they have when they’re on a website,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Companies should take steps as they build and test their apps to make sure that children’s information won’t be collected without a parent’s consent.”

COPPA requires that companies collecting information about children under 13 online follow a number of steps to ensure that children’s information is protected, including clearly disclosing how the information is used directly to parents and seeking verifiable parental consent before collecting any information from a child.
Yelp, Inc.

The FTC’s complaint against Yelp alleges that, from 2009 to 2013, the company collected personal information from children through the Yelp app without first notifying parents and obtaining their consent. When consumers registered for Yelp through the app on their mobile device, according to the complaint, they were asked to provide their date of birth during the registration process.

According to the complaint, several thousand registrants provided a date of birth showing they were under 13 years old, and Yelp collected information from them including, for example, their name, e-mail address, and location, as well as any information that they posted on Yelp.

The FTC’s complaint alleges that Yelp failed to follow the COPPA Rule’s requirements, even though it knew – based on registrants’ birth dates – that children were registering for Yelp through the mobile app. According to the complaint, Yelp failed to implement a functional age-screen in its apps, thereby allowing children under 13 to register for the service, despite having an age-screen mechanism on its website. In addition, the complaint alleges that Yelp did not adequately test its apps to ensure that users under the age of 13 were prohibited from registering.

In addition to the $450,000 civil penalty, under the terms of its settlement with the FTC, Yelp must delete information it collected from consumers who stated they were 13 years of age or younger at the time they registered for the service, except in cases where the company can prove to the FTC that the consumers were actually older than 13.

The settlement will also require the company to comply with COPPA requirements in the future and submit a compliance report to the FTC in one year outlining its COPPA compliance program.
TinyCo, Inc.

The FTC’s complaint against TinyCo alleges that many of the company’s popular apps, which were downloaded more than 34 million times across the major mobile app stores, targeted children.

Among the apps named in the complaint are Tiny Pets, Tiny Zoo, Tiny Monsters, Tiny Village and Mermaid Resort. The complaint alleges that the apps, through their use of themes appealing to children, brightly colored animated characters and simple language, were directed at children under 13 and thus, TinyCo was subject to the COPPA Rule.

Many of TinyCo’s apps included an optional feature that collected e-mail addresses from users, including children younger than age 13. In some of the company’s apps, by providing an e-mail address, users obtained extra in-game currency that could be used to buy items within the game or speed up gameplay. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company failed to follow the steps required under the Rule related to the collection of children’s personal information.

In addition to the $300,000 civil penalty, under the terms of its settlement with the FTC, TinyCo is required to delete the information it collected from children under 13. The settlement will also require the company to comply with COPPA requirements in the future and submit a compliance report to the FTC in one year outlining its compliance with the order.

The Commission vote to authorize the staff to refer the complaints to the Department of Justice, and to approve the proposed stipulated orders, was 5-0. The DOJ filed the complaints and proposed stipulated orders on behalf of the Commission in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Sept. 16, 2014. The proposed stipulated orders are subject to court approval.

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