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Allison Winter

Allison Winter

Allison Winter is a Washington D.C. correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes Nevada Current.

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

By: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON —The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt new […]

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans

By: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The lesser prairie-chicken, a rare dancing grouse once abundant on the Great Plains, could benefit again soon from the protection of the U.S. government. So could the rusty patched bumblebee, a black-headed pollinator that at one time ranged from Georgia to Maine and across the Midwest. The Biden administration is rewriting how it […]

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SNWA warns Congress of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis

By: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON–A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, the general manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority told a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday. “The situation is real and urgent. Current conditions require us to take bold and […]

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New funding to curb wildfires pushed as another fire season looms

By: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires across the United States grow in size, intensity and duration each summer,  members of Congress from the West are pushing for massive new investments in ecosystem management and wildfire mitigation. House lawmakers called for more attention to wildfire management and support for wildland firefighters at a hearing Thursday before a House […]

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Yucca? That’s a no, reassures Biden’s Energy nominee

By: - January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration will not be trying to put ship nuclear waste to to Yucca Mountain, Energy Secretary nominee former Michigan Gov. Jeniffer Granholm reassured lawmakers Wednesday. Granholm offered the reassurance during a nomination hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto joined the hearing remotely […]

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Tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response

By: - October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON – Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders told members of Congress Wednesday. In many places, tribal leaders are scrambling to respond to disproportional illness and death in their communities. Confirmed COVID-19 cases among American Indians and Alaska […]

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Horsford, House panel hear how COVID-19 exposes structural racism

By: - May 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts told lawmakers this week. Early evidence suggests there are elevated rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in African American populations and other communities of color. Nationwide, Black Americans are dying at nearly […]

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Can more conservation, less wildlife trade help prevent the next pandemic?

By: - April 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the United States reels from COVID-19, scientists and environmentalists say beefing up conservation efforts could help protect humanity from future pandemics.  Lawmakers and policy experts alike have been focused on the immediate health and economic concerns from the pandemic. But many environmental advocates say the global crisis has also laid bare the […]

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Virtual representation: Nevada’s members of Congress adjust to pandemic life

By: - April 10, 2020

WASHINGTON —  Near-constant phone calls. Zoom meetings. Internet town halls. Empty flights to Washington. A lot of handwashing.  This is the new normal for Nevada’s congressional delegation. The COVID-19 virus has upended work in the U.S. Congress, as it has in most other workplaces. Nevada lawmakers have shifted the focus of their work, and the […]

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Ford, AGs to Trump: Now is not the time for gutting unrelated regs

By: - April 5, 2020

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and 20 other attorneys general from across the country are pressing the Trump administration to freeze pending regulations so officials can focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday to the White House Office of Management and Budget requesting that the administration cease […]

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Visitors flock to national parks after Trump waives fees

By: - March 25, 2020

The Trump administration is urging Americans to head to national parks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.  Many people are heading outdoors to seek a reprieve from being cooped up at home. But in Nevada and elsewhere, some fear that the sudden influx of visitors to national parks could put those parks and the […]

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Government watchdog: Trump hasn’t justified BLM move

By: - March 10, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management is losing at least half of the employees designated to move west as part of the Trump administration’s controversial relocation plan, leaving a bare-bones workforce to lead the agency. A scathing analysis of the move from the Government Accountability Office — a nonpartisan, independent congressional research agency — found that […]