“Nevada is working to conserve its natural lands”

Everyone knows Las Vegas for its hotels and casinos, shows and entertainment services. Although many also know the beauty of surrounding natural areas like Lake Mead or Red Rock Canyon, few know that work is continuing to protect more public lands.   The major national parks like the Grand Canyon were not established overnight, nor… Read more »

Protect Nevada’s future by securing our past, preserving our lands

There is true economic and communal value in protecting public lands. Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Dina Titus recently held a public meeting to gather our community’s input on the opportunities to preserve Nevada’s public lands. Our diverse community attended the meeting in numbers demonstrating our shared love for open spaces and public lands. I… Read more »

Hardy needs to protect Gold Butte

To the Editor: Representative Hardy was quoted as saying, “I think it’s time the federal government got out of our state.” (Rep. Hardy expects to see some action on federal land issues, MLN Feb. 19, 2015) What is not clear from the article is how he proposes to protect our public lands for future generations. Our treasured… Read more »

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 »