Obama flexes muscles on resources with eye on legacy

President Obama has quickly built a hefty portfolio on natural resource issues.   In the last two years, Obama has designated or expanded a dozen national monuments, preserved more than 1.1 million acres in the West and moved to permanently ban drilling in the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.   And in the last month… Read more »

#NVLeg Special Report: This Land Is Our Land

Every so often, I can hear Woody Guthrie singing when I travel to and through the wide open expanses of Nevada (that is, when I’m not hearing “Wide Open Spaces”, one of my favorite Dixie Chicks songs). This land is your land. This land is my land. This land was made for you & me…. Read more »

Conservation bill could block Yucca rail route, but prospects shaky

Though its sponsors insist it wasn’t their intent, a Nevada lands bill pending in Congress could throw up another road block to a Yucca Mountain Project.   The legislation, introduced last year by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, would restrict mining and energy exploration on more than 800,000 acres of federal land in two lonesome valleys… Read more »

Reid calls on Obama to protect Gold Butte

Nevada senator wants historic site to be designated as a national monument. Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday morning resumed his quest to gain permanent protection for Gold Butte near Mesquite. Speaking on the Senate floor, where he displayed multiple pictures that showed both the area’s stunning beauty and signs of graffiti and vandalism to… Read more »

Letter to the Editor: Gold Butte

I was pleased to read Henry Brean’s article about the return of Nevadan pioneer Arthur Coleman’s remains to his original grave site in Gold Butte (“Ceremony marks pioneer’s return to Gold Butte grave,” March 29). In addition to grave robbing, the recent chaos in Gold Butte has led to illegal development and road building, the… Read more »

Reid praises study on economic impact of new national monuments

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Wednesday lauded a study linking $156 million in economic activity to the Basin and Range National Monument and nine other monuments in four states even though figures were not available for those specific sites. Released by the Small Business Majority, the study focused on economic benefits local businesses enjoy… Read more »

Letter to the Editor: Protecting Gold Butte

I read with interest Henry Brean’s article on Gold Butte (“Ceremony marks pioneer’s return to Gold Butte grave,” Tuesday Review-Journal). Mr. Brean wrote: “His grave was dug up sometime in April 2014, right around the time of the now-infamous standoff near Bunkerville between the Bureau of Land Management and rogue rancher Cliven Bundy.” While it… Read more »

Update on Gold Butte Provided by BLM

Gayle Marrs-Smith, the Field Manager for the Las Vegas Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), was in Mesquite on Tuesday seeking cooperation for the return of BLM personnel to the Gold Butte Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) south of the city. The BLM removed their personnel from the area for safety… Read more »

Ceremony marks pioneer’s return to Gold Butte grave

Almost two years after his grave was disturbed near the ghost town of Gold Butte, Arthur Coleman is back where he belongs. About 30 area residents gathered at the remote grave site Saturday to remember Coleman and return his remains to the ground about 100 miles northeast of Las Vegas. His grave was dug up… Read more »