Jeff has performed as a piano soloist and as a collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe and South America.He doesn't restrict himself to the classical world, and has performed and recorded with popular artists including Ann Hampton Calloway and John Denver.Jim Patera, a spelunker from Washoe Valley, said he became alarmed by the final sentence in the EIS’ executive summary, which reads, “Concern has been voiced by National Park Service, U. Fish and Wildlife Service, local counties and others about the impacts to water-dependent resources of interest from the proposed groundwater withdrawals associated with the project.” Patera said he contacted the BLM to request any documentation relating to those voiced concerns.
“We think $3.5 billion is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Susan Lynn, executive director of Public Resource Associates in Reno and a member of the board of directors at Great Basin Water Network, a coalition of about 40 groups working together to stop the project.
While Lynn is gratified the BLM is looking into the dollars and sense of the project, she’s concerned it may be moot. “We usually only have 30 days (to comment after the final EIS), then they issue a record of decision and the record of decision is final, and you have the right to appeal.” Once the BLM publishes its final EIS, the BLM state director, Amy Lueders, is required to consult with the U. Fish & Wildlife Service, and deliver a so-called record of decision on the project, no earlier than 30 days after the final EIS becomes available.
The BLM decided to add the economic critique in response to an outpouring of opposition to the project during a series of nine public meetings the federal agency held this month.
Critics of the water importation project have long questioned whether the pipeline, estimated by SNWA to cost $3.5 billion, is worth its price tag, especially in the current economy.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Aspen Dance Connection have featured his compositions with Jeff at the piano.
Jeff has been a vocal coach and instructor for Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program, the Aspen Music Festival, the Vocal Institute at the University of California at Santa Barbara, The Peter Harrower Opera Program at Georgia State University, The Perry Mansfield School for the Performing Arts in Colorado, the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington and has been an Assistant Professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for many years.Earlier meetings were held throughout the area where the planned pipeline would be built, as well as in Elko, Salt Lake City, and Henderson, which boasted the largest crowd of 140 attendees. ” According to Jeff Hardcastle, the state demographer, population growth in the state has been flat since 2007, when there was a decline after decades of growth.About 30 people sat in the audience while more than a dozen people spoke in opposition to the project during the public comment portion of the Sparks meeting. He said a forecast by Moody’s Analytics projects a strong rebound in gaming, tourism and construction after 2013.In addition, Jeff has served as the Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master for Tacoma Opera and Skagit Opera and has also been chair of the music department at the Washington Academy for the Performing Arts.He believes it is important for children to develop an early appreciation for the arts and has written six children’s musicals and other concert works for young audiences.If you'd like to order one today, I'll throw in a jar of cold jelly and a phone shaped like a uterus that gets all emotional and cries when it rings. Would you answer the following personal ad from a woman?