2012-04-05 / Front Page

Benson testifies for Ferguson fix

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

 The permanent fix of Highway 140 near the Ferguson Rock Slide is one step closer to fruition.

Mariposa County Administrative Officer Rick Benson testified in the California State Assembly on Tuesday in favor of a bill that will allow the "incidental take" of limestone salamanders in the area.

The bill, which relaxes the environmental restrictions of the project, was unanimously approved by the assembly committee. Supervisor Kevin Cann said that the Friends of the Merced River commended the board of supervisors for initiating the bill.

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