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Court suspends collection of fees for nuclear waste disposal
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A federal appeals court ruled today that operators of the nation’s nuclear power plants cannot be forced to pay the Department of Energy an annual fee for disposal of their radioactive waste, because no disposal site has been selected.
NRC says it will resume study of Yucca Mountain nuke site
NRC says it will resume study of Yucca Mountain nuke site
Monday, November 18, 2013
Responding to a court order, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has directed its staff to complete work on a key safety report related to a never-completed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
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Five ways to ‘green’ your home — and save money
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Turning off the lights. Unplugging electronics. Closing the blinds on a blazing-hot day. Those are the hallmarks of energy conservationism, slight changes in behavior that can reduce energy consumption and save money. With a little extra investment, however, homeowners can decrease their energy use even more with simple energy-efficient upgrades. “Energy efficiency is really simple stuff you can do in your home without spending much,” said Denee Evans, executive director of HomeFree Nevada, a nonprofit that seeks to improve energy efficiency and conservation in Nevada homes.
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Sales tax plan, proposed recycling changes on tap for discussion Tuesday
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Clark County Commission:
After a month's absence, the More Cops sales tax debate returns Tuesday to the Clark County Commission, although the initiative’s chances haven’t improved since commissioners voted down a pair of competing proposals in October.
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Two distant worlds meet in Wyoming’s smallest town
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Don Sammons and Nguyen Dinh Pham have something unique in common: a tiny patch of real estate on the windswept plains of southern Wyoming. In an auction that was also streamed online, Pham, a 38-year-old entrepreneur from Vietnam, bought from Sammons a 10-acre property billed as the smallest town in America, a locale that traces its roots to the construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad 150 years ago.
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Second place for DesertSol house boosts UNLV's academic profile
Friday, October 25, 2013
A second-place finish earlier this month in the international Solar Decathlon has boosted the academic prestige of UNLV’s solar energy program and the university at large, according to university officials.
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North American moose dying at alarming rates, biologists say
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Across North America — in places as far-flung as Montana and British Columbia, New Hampshire and Minnesota — moose populations are in steep decline. And no one is sure why.
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Three Las Vegas buildings strike gold with environmentally friendly designs
Thursday, October 17, 2013
City Government:
Three Las Vegas building have been recognized for their energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.
Erin Brockovich-Ellis gets $750 fine in intoxicated boating case
Erin Brockovich-Ellis gets $750 fine in intoxicated boating case
Friday, October 4, 2013
Erin Brockovich-Ellis, the environmental activist whose life was made into an award-winning film starring Julia Roberts, pleaded no contest to a charge of boating while intoxicated.
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Elko mustang sanctuary being transformed into pricey safari resort
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Historic preservation:
East of U.S. Highway 93 in Elko, an eco-sanctuary/resort is rising. Mustang Monument, named after the site’s distinguishing draw, a herd of about 700 free-roaming horses, is to be an engine for the nonprofit organization Saving America’s Mustangs. When it opens to tourists next year, it promises luxury accommodations — for a price.
Photo: Hannah Weipert watches storm runoff along Kyle Can
Forest Service begins putting burn-response plan into practice on Mount Charleston
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Community: Choppers to start mulch drop to reduce runoff, encourage plant growth
After a month of rains wreaked havoc on homes on Mount Charleston, forest officials say aerial mulch drops on the charred mountainside scheduled to begin later this week should help reduce runoff and lessen the severity of flash floods.
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National parks trying to attract more minorities
Saturday, September 14, 2013
In a soul-searching, head-scratching journey of its own, the National Park Service, which manages some of the most awe-inspiring public places in the nation, is scrambling to rethink and redefine itself to the growing number of Americans who do not use the parks in the way previous — mostly white — generations did.
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Will the Sierra forests ever recover from the Rim fire?
Saturday, September 7, 2013
By Friday, the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park had expanded to 246,350 acres. Fighting it has cost taxpayers $81 million so far. It will be weeks before it is contained. Now, experts are saying the ecosystem damage is huge. In a terrifying whoosh, the Rim fire changed the forest for at least a generation and maybe a lot longer.
Scenic Pine Forest Range could be Nevada's next designated wilderness
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Pine Forest Range, just north of the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada, the focus of deliberations by local and regional interests concerned with its future, could become Nevada’s next new wilderness area.
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UNLV students' sustainable housing model nearly ready for global competition
Monday, September 2, 2013
After months of battling triple-digit temperatures and severe thunderstorms, UNLV students are nearing completion on a house powered entirely by the sun. Armed with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and matching funds from NV Energy, UNLV has high hopes of winning Solar Decathlon.

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