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Global warming will strike us first
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007
Global warming will strike us first
Magnetic sling would zing packets into space
Monday, Jan. 22, 2007
Southern Nevada has been on the frontier of a lot of things for a long time: gambling, prostitution, cheap thrills. Even nuclear testing and weapons development.
Mussels now contained but need monitoring
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007
As water-supply and sewage-treatment agencies tackle an infestation of fast-growing freshwater mussels at Lake Mead, not all the news is bad.
Shiver now, for this summer comes the sizzle
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007
The more sensitive among you might have noticed something about the weather.
Lake Mead mussels identified as quagga, not zebra
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007
A newly discovered freshwater mussel at Lake Mead has been identified as the quagga mussel - not the zebra mussel, as first suspected - and that is just half of a double dose of bad news.
Zebra mussel's arrival threatens Lake Mead's ecosystem
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007
Zebra mussel's arrival threatens Lake Mead's ecosystem
Critics urge more Divine Strake study
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007
Two federal agencies planning to detonate 700 tons of explosives at the Nevada Test Site rolled out their proposal for the public this week, but the effort has failed to calm critics who are asking for more debate over the test.
The ultimate 'what if'
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007
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Lee Canyon, Deer Creek residents seek voice
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007
Developers have looked at the alpine environment of Lee Canyon as a great place for commercial development, much to the horror of the few hundred residents of the tree-lined side of Mount Charleston. Now those residents will get a formal voice in Clark County land-use decisions affecting the mountain.
Overhaul of management of federal land criticized
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007
Conservationists and lawmakers are concerned that a federal plan to overhaul how the government manages its premier wild West real estate could spell trouble for the 27 million-acre system that includes the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
CHASING LAKE MEAD'S WATER: PART 3 OF 3
Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006
FRIDAY: The Colorado River and Lake Mead helped build the modern American West, but that foundation is far from solid as we struggle to live with a shrinking lake.
CHASING LAKE MEAD'S WATER: PART 2 OF 3
Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006
SUNDAY: As the federal government wonders how to refill Lake Mead and warns states of cutbacks, Nevada plans to put another straw in the water.
CHASING LAKE MEAD'S WATER: PART 1 OF 3
Friday, Dec. 29, 2006
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Feds to fire employee who shared information with environmentalists
Friday, Dec. 22, 2006
The federal Bureau of Reclamation is preparing to fire an employee who provided environmentalists with information on a planned, Nevada-funded project to build a huge reservoir to capture Colorado River water near the Mexican border.
Fish has ally in water war
Friday, Dec. 22, 2006
By Launce Rake
Art mingles with utopia in concept for futuristic town
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006
It's safe to say that Melissa Henry's vision of a vacation resort in Southern Nevada is unprecedented.
Explosive issue pits future jobs against nukes
Friday, Dec. 1, 2006
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Chanos: Walters probe up to next AG
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006
Nevada Attorney General-elect Catherine Cortez Masto will have to decide what, if any, legal charges might arise from a long-running investigation of developer Bill Walters' aborted land deal with Las Vegas, Attorney General George Chanos said Monday.
Earthquake a real possibility
Monday, Nov. 27, 2006
To Nevadans who have grown complacent about the potential for a devastating temblor rocking the region, a state earthquake-activity report presents an unsettling conclusion.
Feds plan redo of weapon sites
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006
The federal government will head to Las Vegas this week to discuss its proposed top-to-bottom makeover of the nation's nuclear weapons system, an archipelago of research and production sites across two-thirds of the country.
Plans for big boom back
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006
The boom is back.
'Divine Strake' is about 'bunker busting'
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006
The basic idea is simple: Take 700 tons of a mixture of fertilizer and fuel oil - the same stuff that leveled the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people - pour it into a large, bowl-shaped depression in the ground above some underground tunnels.
Elko County residents told their water is safe from Las Vegas' thirst
Friday, Nov. 17, 2006
Elko County residents have long suspected that Las Vegas has designs on their water.
Coyote Springs cuts a water deal
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006
An embryonic development 60 miles north of Las Vegas and the regional water wholesaler for Southern Nevada have a tentative agreement to operate wells and divide water in the open desert.
Creepy crawlers migrate to valley
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006
You will likely notice a sharp pain, numbness or tingling at the site. Often, those will be the only symptoms and will pass in a few hours to a day. For questions, call the national Poison Center hotline at (800) 222-1222. If you lose control of muscles, have trouble with your vision or have difficulty breathing, go to an urgent care center or emergency room immediately, or call 911.
Conservationists see opportunity to regain ground
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006
With postelection Capitol Hill awash with Democrats, environmentalists are expecting to regain their traction nationally, first by reversing federal policies that weakened their movement and then by championing a new domestic energy policy.
Some scenic areas in trouble
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006
Financial and political neglect are threatening some of Southern Nevada's most prized natural places, a statewide conservation group says.
Mount Charleston residents come down on resort
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006
Fresh air, alpine meadows and meandering trails through dense forests of pine trees seem the perfect recipe for a mountain resort.
Chemicals cause changes in fish and raise concerns for humans
Friday, Oct. 20, 2006
There's something wrong with the fish.
A dry land looks to El Nino for a sloshy winter
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the sun is shining, warming the surface of the sea more than in an average year. Thousands of miles to the east, that warmer-than-average ocean is helping to bring storm systems carrying precious precipitation to California, Nevada and the mountains of the American West.
Concerns over NTS tests 'premature'
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006
The CNN video was ominous. It showed an explosion of dust traveling rapidly from an arid, underground blast - and was being used Monday as a background clip on TV to illustrate the grim announcement by North Korea that it had detonated a nuclear bomb.
Mesquite on water quest
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006
The scenario sounds familiar: A city water district looks to a rural area for huge supplies of the resource, a move that raises an outcry from the rural residents who fear their wells will dry up.
Local effort, global impact
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006
As a new report comes this week that the Earth is as warm as it has been in 12,000 years, local governments are passing resolutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions and officials here are citing concerns about the effects of global warming.
Ivanpah's soil perfect for rare plant, but will it ground airport?
Monday, Sept. 25, 2006
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Dumping ground
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006
Computers. Big-screen and not-so-big televisions. Cell phones and stereos. The detritus of high-tech civilization is piling up in Nevada, and all those gizmos come with a price: They are loaded with potentially toxic materials.
A home on the range where developers can play
Friday, Sept. 15, 2006
A large coalition of environmental groups is challenging legislation by Nevada's two U.S. senators that would create almost 550,000 acres of wilderness in White Pine County but allow private development on other federal land.
Water hearing off to a good start
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006
The authority and Interior Department agencies reached the agreement Sunday after six months of negotiations. The authority must monitor rural White Pine County for environmental effects from planned wells pumping water to Las Vegas, and would have to mitigate "unreasonable" effects in that county's Spring Valley.
Battle for rural water heads to capital
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006
The war over water enters a new battlefield Monday as advocates and opponents directly debate Southern Nevada's controversial plan to take billions of gallons from wells in the rural, east-central part of the state and deliver them more than 200 miles south to the Las Vegas Valley.
Going, going, gone?
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006
Scientists this summer have been unable to find a single living Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare denizen of isolated habitats in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas.
Feds near agreement to withdraw its water protests
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006
The Southern Nevada Water Authority and a clutch of federal land-management agencies are close to an agreement that would withdraw federal protests to a plan to draw ground water from rural White Pine County.
Plaintiffs hunt Coyote
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006
Contractors are continuing to carve out a golf course and lay out the roads for a massive housing development 55 miles north of Las Vegas, but a pair of environmental groups hope to throw an obstacle in the path of the desert bulldozers: a lawsuit filed in federal court Monday in Reno.
Moving into deeper water
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006
A coalition of regional governments has revised its plan to pay for a massive $750 million public works project, paving the way to send the valley's treated wastewater deep into Lake Mead by 2012 and to keep that contaminated water away from intakes that bring fresh water to Clark County.
More power to make power
Monday, Aug. 28, 2006
Southern Nevada may be blessed with an abundance of potential clean, renewable energy sources, but one big user of energy has had a tough time putting the sun and wind to work.
Saving urban wilderness
Friday, Aug. 25, 2006
Historic, cultural and environmental resources are under siege nationally from growing urban populations and their desire to get outdoors.
'A matter of survival'
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006
Las Vegas has run out of options for water and will see growth pinched off in seven to 10 years unless plans are approved to pump ground water south from rural White Pine County, a water agency official said Tuesday.
An electric idea
Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006
Nevada has plentiful, but mostly untapped, resources to power future
Water plan suffers setback
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006
The state engineer has reaffirmed his responsibility to examine environmental issues in a decision affecting a rural ground water export plan coming up for crucial hearings in September.
Developers demand more input on project for wastewater
Friday, Aug. 4, 2006
Two powerful organizations that represent Southern Nevada's residential and commercial developers are charging that the Clean Water Coalition has not done enough to inform the region about a $750 million plan to deliver treated wastewater to Lake Mead.
Protecting White Pine County
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006
In addition to designating federal land for wilderness areas, private uses and the Ely Shoshone tribe, the White Pine County public lands bill introduced into U.S. Senate this week would:
Appointment of Bunker angers water-transfer foes
Monday, July 31, 2006
Gov. Kenny Guinn has appointed a strong advocate of the contentious plan to pump water from rural Nevada to Las Vegas to a team negotiating related water issues with Utah.

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