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Indy Environment: Parks close to contain coronavirus, solar industry braces for setback

March 26th, 2020 - 8:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at recreation areas closing as the state puts measures in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The newsletter also looks at a letter state regulators sent to the company responsible for the Anaconda Copper Mine and projections that the solar industry might see job losses in the wake of the pandemic.


After vocal public pushback, Washoe County, city officials look to reconfigure proposed federal lands bill

March 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
Not only does the proposal face opposition, there is also a time crunch with Rep. Mark Amodei looking to package an omnibus Northern Nevada lands bill. At the center of the debate are even larger questions and anxieties about how the region, facing high housing costs and the increasing urgency to address climate change, should grow in the coming decades.

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Economy & Business | Environment | Gaming

Buffets, banquets and yellow bins: How some of Nevada’s resort companies are trying to cut food waste

March 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
“It’s a really exciting time because all of our competitors and peers on the Strip — Caesars, Sands, Wynn — we’re all sitting together at a table talking about the issues surrounding food insecurity and food donations and how we can collectively come together as a unit to help drive and scale food donations even more within our city,” said Price. “It’s amazing to see all of us coming together to help drive this very important cause.”

Election 2020 | Environment

On climate change, a priority for Nevada voters, debate reveals divide over how they would address fossil fuels

February 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
As Democratic Nevada caucus-goers weigh which candidate to support in the final days before declaring their preferences on Saturday, polling suggests climate change is at the top of voters’ minds. On Wednesday, at the final debate before the caucus, candidates all agreed climate change poses an existential threat. Where they diverged was over what they planned to do about it.


Mercury storage: Nevada gold operators sue Department of Energy over decision to ship mercury to private Texas facility

February 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Two top Nevada gold operators, Nevada Gold Mines and Coeur Rochester, are crying foul over the Department of Energy’s recent decision to designate a private Texas facility as the long-term storage site for mercury generated from their mining. The agency’s decision to use the Texas facility, Waste Control Specialists (WCS), came with a hefty storage fee: $37,000 per metric ton.


For Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, bighorn sheep reintroduction part of decades-long effort to recover wildlife

January 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
For decades, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has worked with state wildlife managers to figure out a way to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Lake Range, which rises east of the desert lake. Bighorn sheep all but disappeared on the tribe's land — and across the West — in the early 1900s as Western expansion decimated their ranks through disease and overhunting.



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