Veterans group slams bombing range expansion plan

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Nellis Air Force Base photo.
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Nellis Air Force Base photo.

The national non-profit group Veterans for Peace opposes the Air Force’s plan to expand its bombing range at the expense of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge north of Las Vegas.

“The Air Force currently already controls 2.9 million acres for the Nevada Test and Training Range, a sprawling expanse of public land that has been withdrawn for military use,” the group says in a post on its website. “These lands provide ample opportunity for aerial gunnery, flight testing, and other military readiness activities. With so much public land already available to the Air Force, there is no need for the dramatic expansion into and destruction of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.”

Nevada state lawmakers passed a resolution opposing the Air Force’s plan. Environmental groups, off-road enthusiasts and tribal groups have also come out against the expansion, and Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has urged Interior Department officials to help resolve the dispute.

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Desert National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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