There is still interest, according to Mike Baughman, executive director of the Lincoln County Regional Development Authority, as of late February, from Bainbridge Farms of Queensland, Australia, of obtaining land in Lincoln County on which to produce a specialty variety of plum.

Baughman met a few times with representatives of the company, who want to find sites of between 1,000 to 2,000 acres with water rights.

It was reported at the Feb. 27 LCRDA meeting, sites at the Lincoln Estates in Rachel as well as some land held by Dan Stewart in Pahranagat Valley are under consideration.

It is expected representatives from Bainbridge Farms will return to Lincoln County sometime either this month or very soon, to continue discussions with landowners.

The plums being discussed might possibly be the newly developed Queen Garnet from Queensland, Australia which according to studies contains five to 10 times more anthocyanins than a normal plum.

Anthocyanins provide the dark colors of many fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries and red peppers.

Research suggests that plant antioxidants, which mop up harmful molecules, can help protect arteries and prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer.

In other news, representatives from the City of Caliente were planning to meet along with Baughman, with management from Salt River Materials, an Arizona- based company, regarding their proposed trans-loading facility in Caliente. Mayor Stana Hurlburt said she wanted to meet with the company about siting the facility. It was noted at the meeting Salt River’s planned pozzalon mine and trans-loading facility located in Caliente would be a great economic opportunity for the county. However, Hurlburt was also quick to say the loading facility would also need to be accomplished in a manner compatible with the community character. Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another. It is most commonly employed when one mode cannot be used for the entire trip, such as when goods must be shipped internationally from one inland point to another. In the case at Caliente, shipments would have to go from the farm to the Union Pacific rail yard and thereby to other points of destination.

Since transloading requires handling of the goods, it causes a higher risk of damage. Therefore, transloading facilities are designed with the intent of minimizing handling. Due to differing capacities of the different modes, the facilities typically require some storage facility, such as warehouses or rail yards.