Golden Shores Mammoth

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office of the United States of America.
Tracking # AZ-14-026
Status
Completed

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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

In 1988 a mammoth specimen was located in the Golden Shores (AKA "Topock") area on BLM land. The remains were excavated by Northern Arizona University in 1990.

I request a copy of the following:
- Any records showing the location of the specimen on a map, having written directions to the location, or GPS coordinates for the location.
- Pictures of the excavation.
- Correspondence between BLM and any third party concerning the specimen. Include communication (but do not limit) with Northern Arizona University and the parties who initially located the specimen.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

From: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Thornton, Lisa

Dear Mr. Smathers,

This email serves to acknowledge your recent Freedom of Information Act
request. Please see the attached letter in response to your request. A
copy of this letter was also mailed to the address you provided. We look
forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Lisa Thornton
Acting State FOIA Officer
BLM- Arizona State Office
(602) 417-9364 - work

From: Jason Smathers

I agree to fees up to $50. If fees are expected to exceed this amount, please let me know the fee estimate so I can either agree to expand my willingness to pay fees or limit my request. If this happens, I would appreciate an explanation of the search plan to help my decision.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 19, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AZ-14-026 ; BLM-2014-00664.

Thank you for your help.

From: Thornton, Lisa

Good morning Mr. Smathers,

Your letter has been forwarded for the appropriate signatures. I
anticipate you will receive a response from us this week. If, for some
reason, there are any unforeseen delays, I will contact you immediately.

Thank you for your time and patience,

Lisa Thornton

Lisa Thornton
Acting State FOIA Officer
BLM- Arizona State Office
(602) 417-9364 - work

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 19, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AZ-14-026 ; BLM-2014-00664.

Thank you for your help.

From: Thornton, Lisa

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your message. An interim release package has been prepared
in response to your request and is being routed for signature. You should
expect to hear from us in the very near future.
Regards,

Lisa

Lisa Thornton
Acting State FOIA Officer
BLM- Arizona State Office
(602) 417-9364 - work

From: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Jason Smathers

Hello - while we received a CD containing the responsive documents for AZ-14-026 yesterday, the CD was cracked and half (image attached) and therefor unreadable. Could you please send over a replacement at your earliest convenience?
Thanks,

From: Thornton, Lisa

I apologize for the inconvenience. We will send another CD today.
Thanks,

Lisa

Lisa Thornton
Acting State FOIA Officer
BLM- Arizona State Office
(602) 417-9364 - work

From: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Jason Smathers

Thank you for providing these records. I understand this is an interim release and additional records are still being processed. Can you please confirm this is correct and inform me of an estimated date of completion for the remaining records?

Thank you.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: Thornton, Lisa

You are correct. Additional records are under review. You can expect a
final response within 3-4 weeks.

Thank you,

Lisa

Lisa Thornton
Acting State FOIA Officer
BLM- Arizona State Office
(602) 417-9364 - work

From: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 19, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #AZ-14-026 ; BLM-2014-00664.

Thank you for your help.

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