Archive for the 'Public Land' Category

Sensible sage grouse plan deals with wildfires, predators

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Officials in Elko County have approved a pilot project designed to keep sage grouse off the endangered species list by killing ravens with poisoned eggs and reducing wildfire threats through livestock grazing. Elko County commissioners say the program, set to begin on the 15,000-acre Devils Gate Ranch, is needed because wildfires and ravens pose the […]

And after windmills, we can bring back the nuclear-powered strategic bomber

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

A 200-megawatt wind energy project near Searchlight, Nevada (home town of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) has been approved by the federal government. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday the project will be built on almost 19,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land about 60 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The project will occasionally […]

Desert tortoise shell-game continues

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Sixty desert tortoises, each equipped with a radio transmitter and trailing a small antenna, were released Sept. 21 at the southern end of the Nevada National Security Site, 60 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Researchers plan to track the critters over the next year as part of a $100,000 study ultimately aimed at increasing the […]

Snails. Got to preserve the snails.

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

First it was tiny fish. Now anti-development extremists hope to use snails no bigger than your little fingernail as cat’s paws to block the Southern Nevada Water Authority plan to pipe groundwater here from east central Nevada. In March, state regulators granted the authority permission to pump up to 27 billion gallons of groundwater a […]

Why do the federals control 86 percent of Nevada? And why do they want us off it?

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

The federal Bureau of Land Management has suspended plans to seize the 500 to 750 head of cattle run by Clark County rancher Cliven Bundy south of Mesquite — and 80 milers northeast of Las Vegas — for now. But Bundy, 65, realizes this is just a truce in an ongoing battle. Both the Mesquite […]

What happened to the mule deer?

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

In 1988, hunters bought 51,011 deer hunting licenses (“tags”) in Nevada, and harvested 26,784 mule deer. In 2008, the Nevada Department of Wildlife sold 16,997 tags. Hunters bagged only 7,025 deer. That’s a huge decline. Where are the deer? And oddly enough, whatever the problem is, it seems to affect ONLY mule deer — the […]

On March 29, will ‘Save the Whales’ hold a birthday party for Edwin Drake?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I heard the president on the radio, Thursday. In Florida to attend a $30,000-a-person fund-raiser at the home of Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter, President Barack Hussein Obama dropped by the University of Miami and — with comic timing as good as any stand-up comic — told the following joke about congressional Republicans: “You can […]

Updates from the police beat

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Crime rates are down within Metro’s jurisdiction for the five major categories reported to the FBI, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie proudly reported Feb. 7. Most of the drops are substantial, and impressive. The drop in Las Vegas auto thefts — though attributable in part to an economic climate that finds fewer people placing “orders” […]

If they’re not just stupid, are they traitors?

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

The Obama administration is doing everything in its power to block the development and use of low-cost coal and oil reserves in this country — and even in Canada. Bad enough that the administration continues to block the Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas, a job-intensive private project which would reduce our dependence on Mideast […]

Taxpayers roasting on an open fire …

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Nation’s “Forests Are Severely Damaged By Marijuana Grow Sites,” reads the headline on the Dec. 7 press release from the U.S. Forest Service, datelined Washington, D&C. Marijuana cultivation sites in 20 states on 67 national forests “have caused severe damage,” said Forest Service director of law enforcement David Ferrell. In California alone, the Forest Service […]