Sustainability

COMMENTARY

Senator assures industry Nevada will remain a mining colony

BY: - October 7, 2021

Harry Reid must be so proud. “Revision of our mining laws has been a regular topic for more than 100 years,” Reid wrote in 2009 when he was Senate Majority Leader. “During my time in Congress, I have fought against and defeated many ill-conceived reform efforts that would have hurt rural Nevada.” Reid was being […]

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Drought conditions, climate crisis spur calls for more efficient water infrastructure

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — Experts in government, agriculture, water management and the environment stressed during a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday the danger that droughts fueled by climate change pose in the West, including the Colorado River Basin. During a hearing before an Energy and Natural Resources Committee panel, witnesses said long-term solutions and an investment in […]

Report tallies number of days with elevated air pollution in Nevada

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Las Vegas metropolitan area experienced 96 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a report from the Environment Nevada Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group, and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. In the report, “Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathed Polluted Air in 2020,” researchers reviewed Environmental Protection Agency records […]

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Federal mineral royalty would be ‘unfair’ to Nevada mining, Cortez Masto says

BY: - October 5, 2021

U.S. senators of both parties at a hearing Tuesday rejected House Democrats’ plans to impose billions of dollars in royalties and other fees on companies that mine for gold, copper, lithium and other minerals on federal lands. Among the opponents was Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who said she objected to the House proposal because […]

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Group aims to slash wild horse and burro population by 75%

BY: - October 4, 2021

A coalition with an environmentally-friendly name is fronting for ranching and hunting interests out to accelerate the capture and confinement of Nevada’s wild horses and burros, according to critics.  “We believe the Coalition for Healthy Nevada Lands is a front organization for the livestock ranchers and commercial trappers who seek the eradication of wild horses […]

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USFWS confirms it will list flower on proposed lithium mine site as endangered

BY: - October 2, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Friday it’s planning to list a rare Nevada wildflower as an endangered species, dealing a blow to a planned lithium mine in the flower’s only known habitat. After determining the Tiehm’s buckwheat could face extinction throughout all of its range without federal protections, the agency submitted a […]

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Senate confirms Stone-Manning to head BLM, overcoming months of GOP attacks

BY: - October 1, 2021

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Thursday night to make Tracy Stone-Manning the first confirmed director of the Bureau of Land Management since the Obama administration. The vote, 50-45, ended a contentious confirmation process for Stone-Manning, a senior adviser for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation who served as chief of staff to […]

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says

BY: - September 30, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service spent more consecutive days this summer at the agency’s highest level of preparedness for wildfires than in any previous year, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore told a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. Moore’s comments reflected the growing danger from more intense and harder-to -control fires that have swept Western and Midwestern states […]

Feds slap fines on Thacker Pass protestors

BY: - September 29, 2021

Since January, protestors have set up camp about 35 miles south of the Oregon-Nevada border. Now two of the campers involved have been fined nearly $50,000 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for trespassing. The camp is part of several efforts by conservationists and Native American organizers to stop plans by the Canadian firm […]

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Senate – finally – to vote on Stone-Manning to lead BLM

BY: - September 28, 2021

The U.S. Senate is set to vote as soon as Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning, a conservation advocate and former top aide to Montana Democrats, to lead the Bureau of Land Management, putting the end to her contentious confirmation process in sight. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on Stone-Manning’s nomination, setting […]

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Wildlife Commission under attack ‘from both extremes,’ says director 

BY: - September 24, 2021

Two contentious issues facing Nevada’s Wildlife Commission — coyote killing contests and the state’s “for sport” black bear hunt — and the passions polarizing the debates, are resulting in personal attacks on commissioners and staff, Tony Wasley, the executive director of the Nevada Division Wildlife, said at Friday’s meeting.   “We often say that it’s the […]

Nevada groups mustering support for new national monument

BY: - September 22, 2021

Support for a fourth national monument in southern Nevada is strong, say conservation groups, and with the right messaging they believe support will only grow. Those assumptions seem to bare out in a poll of more than 400 likely voters across Nevada, conducted by Data For Progress, a national progressive think tank.  The survey, commissioned […]