Gold Butte speaker series to focus on hummingbirds

Hummingbirds will be the focus of the Friends of Gold Butte Speaker Series on Wednesday night at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 N. Yucca St. Citizen scientists Ned and Gigi Batchelder and wildlife photographer David Boyarski will talk about their adventures of banding and photographing hummingbirds in Southern Nevada during the 45-minute program. Doors open… Read more »

UNLV Wilderness Club seeks protection for Gold Butte

Often referred to as “Nevada’s piece of the grand canyon” the Gold Butte area has been subject to neglect and vandalism over the last few years — but one club at UNLV hopes to reverse that harm. UNLV’s Wilderness Club began last semester as an effort to raise awareness about protecting Gold Butte and other… Read more »

Obama designates new national monuments in the California desert

President Obama has set aside more of America’s lands and waters for conservation protection than any of his predecessors, and he is preparing to do even more before he leaves office next year. The result may be one of the most expansive environmental and historic-preservation legacies in presidential history. On Friday, Obama designated more than… Read more »

Letter to the editor: Protect Gold Butte

As a Mesquite resident, I enjoy getting outdoors to hike and enjoy the lands in my backyard. I have been to Gold Butte, and agree with Jud Burkett’s recent article, “Gold Butte Worthy of Protection.” Gold Butte is our piece of the Grand Canyon, and we should be proud of that. It was a special… Read more »

Little Finland: Isolated and Awesome

In the hiking world, the first and most important factor is finding the trailhead. Some are well marked, well-traveled, and easy to find. Others off the beaten path and require some effort. And then there are trailheads waaay out in the middle of nowhere demanding real effort from the hiker to even find the trail…. Read more »

Dispute Over Cattle Grazing Disrupts Patrols Of Federal Land

Ever since a tense, armed standoff near Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014, a vast and sensitive piece of federal public land adjacent to the Grand Canyon has gone unmanaged and unpatrolled. It’s safe to travel into the area called Gold Butte so long as you’re not in a federal vehicle, according to Jaina Moan… Read more »

Editorial: Gold Butte worthy of protection

I’ve wanted to find the time to get out to Gold Butte for quite some time now. My friend and former colleague, Desert Valley Times editor Dave Bly, brought back some amazingly beautiful photographs from out there that he shared with me once upon a time, and since then, it’s been on my “to do”… Read more »

Gold Butte speaker series opens this week

The Friends of Gold Butte Speaker Series in Mesquite will open a new year on Wednesday night. What better place to start than at the beginning? Dr. Steve Rowland, a professor of geology at UNLV, will speak about the geologic evolution of the Gold Butte region during a presentation that will describe the forces and… Read more »

Poll: Nevada voters support solar power, fear for the Colorado River

Ninety-one percent of Nevada voters said low levels of water in the state was a problem, and 70 percent believed that the Colorado River was at risk, according to the 2016 Conservation in the West poll released today by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies program. It’s the first time Nevada has been included in… Read more »

Reid talks about his goals for final year in U.S. Senate

Sen. Harry Reid’s focus is clear as he prepares for his final year in office. The 76-year-old Nevadan plans to use his leadership position in the Senate to drive a national agenda that he believes will help the middle class, get more Democrats elected and benefit his home state. Reid announced in March that he… Read more »