Council splits votes; passes new resolution for Gold Butte support

Tuesday night’s regular City Council meeting was another long one, as 40 people, both local residents and several out-of-town visitors, spoke against any changes in the existing Resolutions 649 and 669 for more than 90 minutes. The new Resolution, 867 was motioned by Councilman George Rapson, seconded by Councilman Kraig Hafen, that would support an… Read more »

Council to cut Gold Butte NCA protection

The Mesquite City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution regarding a National Conservation Area (NCA) designation for Gold Butte Tuesday at its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Old resolutions that were approved by previous councils supported an NCA designation with possible wilderness areas. The current council, however, disagreed with those resolutions and decided… Read more »

What’s going on?

What’s going on with this City Council? I attended the technical review meeting on Tuesday when members discussed wording of Resolution 867 on federal protection for Gold Butte. What was agreed is different than what is being presented at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night. In particular, radical boundary changes for the National Conservation… Read more »

Let’s “Bubble Wrap” #MesquiteNV City Council

Councilman Kraig Hafen’s brother, Tilman, said “bubble wrap me” at the last city council meeting while opposing the city’s resolution to federally protect Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area with Wilderness. After watching the actions and attitudes of this city council, I’ve concluded the only way to save our city is to “bubble wrap”… Read more »

Tuesday Council Meeting to revisit Gold Butte Resolution

According to Tuesday’s Technical Review Meeting, the Mesquite City Council will revisit the potential Resolution 867 that would replace Resolutions 649 and 669, which supported designating Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area. Through discussions, it was clear that there is still some fine-tuning that will need to take place, but the council will be… Read more »

Protect Gold Butte

I am writing to voice my disagreement with the Mesquite City Council’s decision to discuss repealing their resolution to support Gold Butte. Events of the last year have made it obvious that local control and local ownership of our wild lands is not always in the best interest of the public and the taxpayer. Many… Read more »

Chamber shows new video

The Mesquite-Area Chamber of Commerce showed its new video at the Community Forum Thusday. The video is designed to attract new business and tourism to Mesquite, according to Noel Smith, chamber president-elect. The video was paid for with a 2013 grant from the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) and a matching grant from the Mesquite… Read more »

Gold Butte full of treasures

The next time you hike or travel to Gold Butte, Red Rock, Whitney Pocket or any other prehistoric, or historic locations be cautious of its resources and treasures. During a Friends of Gold Butte education series last week, Rayette Martin, executive director of Nevadans for Cultural Preservations, explained the cultural resources in Southern Nevada and… Read more »

A monumental push: Reid plans to designate two more areas for protection

Until late last year, environmentalists’ and tourism officials’ dream of Congress bestowing a national monument outside Las Vegas seemed like a long shot. A bill to protect almost 23,000 acres of prehistoric fossil beds outside North Las Vegas had languished in Congress for several years. But thanks in part to Sen. Harry Reid’s behind-the-scenes jockeying… Read more »

Protecting Gold Butte

When I first moved to Mesquite from the east, I really did not have an appreciation of the desert environment. I felt it was dry and baron and lacking diversity. Since moving here, I have made an effort to study and explore our area through reading and hiking. I now realize how very fragile our… Read more »