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Newmont rejects Barrick’s hostile takeover bid

BY: - March 4, 2019

As expected, Newmont’s board of directors rejected Barrick’s $18 billion hostile takeover bid Monday morning. The Newmont board also submitted a joint venture proposal to Barrick in which the two mining giants would jointly operate properties in Nevada. The joint venture “would enable both companies’ shareholders to realize the available synergies while avoiding the significant […]

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Proposed legislation messes with senior water rights

BY: - February 28, 2019

Northern Nevada farmers, local government officials, environmentalists and tribes converged on Carson City Wednesday to oppose several bills they believe would weaken senior water rights and facilitate the controversial Las Vegas groundwater pipeline. The Southern Nevada Water Authority which hopes to build the water pumping and piping project, declared itself neutral on the bill — […]

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Now Sisolak wants a meeting with Trump

BY: - February 28, 2019

After turning down an invitation to the White House a week ago, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is asking President Donald Trump for a meeting to discuss the Department of Energy’s clandestine shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada, and the fate of Yucca Mountain.     “As governor, I am committed to ensuring the safety of Nevada’s […]

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Public lands bill passes Congress with bipartisan support

BY: - February 27, 2019

A bipartisan public lands bill that preserves 1.3 million acres of wilderness passed the House this week with unanimous support from Nevada representatives. The measure passed the Senate earlier this month, and the president is expected to sign it. The Natural Resources Management Act permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In Nevada the […]

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Cortez Masto greenest of Nevada delegation in LCV scorecard

BY: - February 27, 2019

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto scored a perfect 100 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard for votes that affect the environment.  In contrast, her former colleague in the Senate, Dean Heller, a Republican, received a score of 7 percent. The scorecard, based on 2018 votes, ranks former Congressman Ruben Kihuen […]

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How Barrick’s bid for Newmont puts Nevada at risk

BY: - February 26, 2019

If Barrick’s hostile takeover bid of Newmont succeeds, more than 75 percent of Nevada’s $7.4 billion gold mining industry will be controlled by one company. Rural Nevada will become a one-company town with very long streets. And here’s the thing about company towns: As the company goes, so goes the town. After several days of […]

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Light rail vs. rapid bus: RTC taking input on Maryland Parkway Project

BY: - February 22, 2019

Just under two weeks remain for the public to weigh in on proposals for a high-capacity transit project along Maryland Parkway. The project could bring a long discussed but never realized light rail connecting McCarran International Airport to Downtown Las Vegas. But two less flashy options are also on the table. One is a proposal […]

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Conservation groups criticize lowering of federal grazing fees

BY: - February 21, 2019

Private ranchers who use public lands will soon pay the government less money, thanks to a federal fee change announced Wednesday. The U.S Interior Department is lowering its monthly grazing fee from $1.41 per animal unit (equivalent to one cow and calf, one horse, five sheep or five goats) to $1.35 per animal unit month. […]

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Guest op-ed: On clean energy, Carson City must lead where Washington fails

BY: - February 21, 2019

The 80th session of the Nevada Legislature represents a critical opportunity for our state. We can create well-paying jobs; reduce costs for consumers; and make our state a healthier place to live, work, raise a family, and run a business by fully embracing the vast benefits clean energy offers us. That opportunity, and the urgency […]

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Did AOC nudge economists (including 12 from Nevada) to back a carbon tax?

BY: - February 20, 2019

If all the economists were laid end-to-end, according to a very old joke, they still wouldn’t reach a conclusion. But more than 3,300 practitioners of the dismal science — not all perhaps, but an impressive sample — do appear to have reached a conclusion, and that conclusion is that the U.S. should adopt a carbon […]

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Nevada still leads U.S. in solar jobs per capita, but tariffs hurt industry nationally

BY: - February 14, 2019

With 6,680 people working in the industry in 2018, Nevada had the highest number of solar jobs per capita in the nation, according to a report released by a solar advocacy group this week. Nevada’s solar job growth in 2018 was 2 percent, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2018 released by The Solar […]

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County wants tortoise habitat designated off-road rec area

BY: - February 13, 2019

Clark County commissioners are scheduled to consider a resolution Tuesday asking Congress to designate three locations as off-highway vehicle recreation areas as part of the Clark County land bill, and a local environmental group is not amused. “They have sprung this on the public with no warning, no consultation, and no previous discussion or public […]