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Photo: A female sage grouse, left, views a strutting male
Northern Nevada wildfire may have helped threatened sage grouse
Sunday, July 21, 2013
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As firefighters waged a battle against a massive wildfire south of Reno this month, experts paid close attention to a secondary but vital issue — the condition of mountain terrain crucial to a chicken-sized bird poised for potential listing as an endangered species.
AP: Study finds fracking chemicals didn't spread
AP: Study finds fracking chemicals didn't spread
Thursday, July 18, 2013
A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.
Photo: Brett Torino, owner of Torino Ranch, tours the ran
Wildfire spares idyllic ranch for children; worries now turn to what's next
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
For nine days, staff at the Torino Ranch in Lovell Canyon watched as fires raged around them on Mount Charleston and threatened an oasis they’d been working to build for the past 20 years. Located on the southern side of Mount Charleston on 160 acres accessible only by a 12-mile winding road, the ranch has served as a summer camp and idyllic retreat for sick and disabled children since 1999.
Sandoval pushes Department of Energy for meeting on nuclear waste
Monday, July 15, 2013
Gov. Brian Sandoval gave the U.S. Department of Energy a rhetorical nudge today, reminding Secretary Ernest Moniz that he’d sent him a letter June 20 requesting a meeting and hasn’t yet received a reply.
Four-foot debris flow forces firefighters to pull back in Kyle Canyon
Four-foot debris flow forces firefighters to pull back in Kyle Canyon
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday’s rain helped fire crews beat back the wildfire burning a swath across Mount Charleston. Friday’s rain, however, was a different story.
Photo: The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is known only
Wildfire threatens butterfly's existence
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ecologists are worried the Mount Charleston wildfire might just snuff out a species of butterflies known only to exist in the upper reaches of the Spring Mountains. The Mount Charleston blue butterfly already has been proposed for inclusion on the federal endangered species list. The wildfire may push the iridescent blue butterflies whose wingspan reaches only up to 1 inch onto the brink of extinction.
Thanks to rain, mountain wildfire now 43 percent contained
Thanks to rain, mountain wildfire now 43 percent contained
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Firefighters battling the wildfire on Mount Charleston have been praying for rain. On Thursday, they got it.
Photo: Smoke from the Mount Charleston fire is seen durin
Moisture in air easing pollution in Las Vegas Valley caused by wildfire
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
A relieving bout of summer rain has prompted Clark County to downgrade an air-quality alert to an advisory. In a news release Thursday, Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said the combination of moisture in the atmosphere and a change in directional flow has led to a decrease in smoke levels in the Las Vegas Valley caused by the wildfire on Mount Charleston.
Photo: Yucca Mountain is located about 90 miles northwest
Nevada lawmakers slapped down on votes on state’s nuclear interests
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The House of Representatives on Wednesday delivered two more defeats to the Nevada delegation’s attempts to safeguard the state’s nuclear interests.
Photo: A fire crew heads out after a burnout in the Rainb
Six structures burn in Mount Charleston wildfire
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Day 10:
The Mount Charleston wildfire burned six structures Tuesday night in Prospect Ranch as the fire continued its path of destruction. After charring nearly 40 square miles of the mountain, the fire reached its first buildings in the Harris Springs area, burning one commercial building and five other structures, officials said.
Wildfire science: U.S. blazes becoming bigger, less predictable
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The analytical work performed by fire scientists at the National Interagency Fire Center confirms what seems anecdotally evident: Wildfires are getting bigger — the average fire is now five times as large as it was in the 1980s — and these enormous conflagrations have a breathtaking facility to dance and grow. Unforeseen winds are swerving and turning on fire crews, and it’s no longer unusual for fires to double in size in a day.
Smoke from wildfire triggers air quality warning for week
Monday, July 8, 2013
With the Mount Charleston wildfire burning through thousands of acres, smoke from the fire has prompted Clark County officials to declare an air quality warning through Sunday.
Photo: A cowboy working for the BLM lassos a wild young M
Mustang debate is a wild ride
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Animal activists, BLM differ on how to manage horses
Just after dawn, a dozen mustangs stampede across the high desert, harassed by a white helicopter that dips and swoops like a relentless insect. Frightened stallions lead a tightknit family band, including two wild-eyed foals that struggle to keep up.
Photo: Sally Summers, known as Mustang Sally, uses binocu
Activists pay a steep price to save wild mustangs from slaughter
Sunday, July 7, 2013
The gate swings open and the wild mustang rushes into the auction pen. Yearling by its side, the big mare paces the muddy floor, neck craning, nostrils flaring.
Photo: Shark fins on sale in the Chinatown section of Los
In conservation effort, Los Angeles' Chinatown vendors see discrimination
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
ENVIRONMENT:
An ancient Asian dining tradition ended in California on Monday, and grocer Emily Gian is none too happy. Gian has slashed prices on shark fins, the astoundingly expensive ingredient of a coveted and ceremonial soup, in hopes she will sell out before a California ban on sale or possession of the delicacy takes effect.

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