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Nevada tribes roll through vaccine process, feel hopeful for the future

Pyramid Lake
March 14th, 2021 - 3:00am
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is one of many tribes around the state and country moving quickly through the vaccine rollout process, opening appointments and eligibility to the general tribal population 18 and over. There are more than 2,000 enrolled members of the tribe in Northern Nevada.

Blockchains CEO discusses lobbying effort for new city, company funding, efforts to acquire water in rural Nevada, claims about technology

March 10th, 2021 - 1:56pm
In a special edition of the IndyMatters podcast, Blockchains CEO Jeff Berns sat down with The Nevada Independent to answer questions about the company’s plans, its funding, its relationship with the governor, and its push to acquire water in rural Nevada.

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Mining gave half a million dollars to Sisolak-affiliated PAC shortly before session that could raise tax on industry

Sign in front of the Nevada State Capitol building
March 3rd, 2021 - 4:44pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Home Means Nevada political action committee raised more than $830,000 in the last three months of last year, including $500,000 from Nevada Gold Mines — a joint venture between mining giants Barrick and Newmont — and another $260,000 from the pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday.

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Indy Q&A: Nevada Mining Association President Tyre Gray on taxes and the Legislature

The front of the Nevada Legislature Building on a sunny day
March 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Independent spoke with Gray for a 30-minute conversation on the mining industry’s priorities this session, and what it would consider a victory when lawmakers adjourn in about three months.


Judge rules against rural county lawsuit seeking halt to mining tax hike proposals

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
January 28th, 2021 - 2:07pm
Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson issued the order on Thursday, striking a blow against efforts led by rural Nevada counties and Nevada Gold Mines to disqualify the proposed constitutional amendments. If any of the measures pass during the 2021 legislative session, they would proceed to the 2022 ballot for consideration by voters.

Lyon County joins rural revolt against governor's COVID-19 orders for businesses; gov, AG respond

January 28th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Lyon County resolution would allow businesses to determine whether and how to implement certain practices as they see fit and the sheriff and district attorney may use their discretion not to enforce or respond to complaints related to violations of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency directives.

Nevada is looking at more lithium mining. An industry executive talks about a market driven by electric vehicles

January 21st, 2021 - 8:00am
This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at the potential for lithium mining in Nevada as Gov. Steve Sisolak focuses on encouraging the “new energy economy.” Lithium is an essential ingredient for electric vehicles, but it can be challenging to bring projects online.

Lawyers battle over lawsuit seeking halt to mining tax hike proposals

January 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Carson City District Court Judge James Russell said on Thursday that he’ll take the request to halt the proposed constitutional amendment under advisement, after attorneys representing the Legislature, secretary of state, mining companies and a handful of small rural counties spent nearly three and a half hours locked in oral arguments.

In a small, rural school reside big hopes for Nevada’s Native students

January 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lance West returned home several years ago to serve as principal of Schurz Elementary School, which sits on the Walker River reservation. He has made it his mission to improve education for Native students. But the pandemic has added a new wrinkle to that quest.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: How rural Nevada is grappling with COVID-19

December 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Much of COVID-19 transmission in rural Nevada happens in private settings where individual choices about how to gather and whether to wear a mask are responsible for new infections. It’s a problem facing the entire country but one uniquely challenging in the rural West where freedom is precious, mistrust of government runs high and hospital beds are scarce.

A rural district's solution for reopening schools? Six-week courses for older students

October 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Gone are days of back-to-back classes from early morning through mid-afternoon. Now, Churchill County students in secondary grades take two courses at a time in six-week increments.

Rural counties move to sue Legislature over proposed mining tax constitutional changes

September 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Lander County in Carson City District Court in early September, challenges the trio of proposed constitutional amendments raising the state’s 5 percent cap on the net proceeds of mineral taxes set in the state Constitution. Members of the Elko County Commission discussed joining the lawsuit or bringing other legal action on Thursday.

COVID-19 task force denies request by Elko County to open bars as cases, test positivity remain high

August 27th, 2020 - 2:05pm
Elko County will not yet be allowed to open its bars under a new mitigation action plan approved by the state’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force on Thursday.

In rural Nevada, bridging the education 'digital divide' largely means improving internet access

August 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
Even if Angela McVicars and her school-age daughters started the day with functioning internet, a sense of foreboding clouded their remote learning. They knew it was a matter of when, not if, the internet connection would suddenly freeze and require a manual reboot — a process that could take a handful of minutes or close to an hour if a call to their service provider was needed.

Dozens of immigrants in Elko area suffer after postal worker accused of intentionally discarding immigration documents

August 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
A letter dated June 2020 from the Office of the Inspector General addressed to the senator’s office explains an investigation had already been underway and determined that a postal office employee in Salt Lake City had intentionally discarded the missing federal immigration documents.

Trio of mining tax hike proposals pass out of special session; first step to amend Constitution

Senate chambers
August 2nd, 2020 - 4:41pm
In separate floor votes on Sunday, the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate voted in favor of AJR1, AJR2 and SJR1 — three measures that would modify the current 5 percent cap on the net proceeds of minerals tax set in the state’s Constitution. Progressives have been seeking more revenue out of the industry, saying it has had a “sweetheart deal” in the Constitution since Nevada gained statehood in 1864.

Senate approves measure starting process of dramatically changing mining’s tax structure in Constitution

State Senator Pete Goicoechea inside the Senate chambers on Friday, July 31, 2020 during the first day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.
August 1st, 2020 - 1:17pm
On the second day of the state’s 32nd special session, members of the state Senate met first to vote out SJR1 on a party-line 13-8 vote. Members of the Assembly are likely to take up that proposal and a similar measure, AJR1, at some point this afternoon in spite of concerns that lawmakers were taking up a dramatic change during an emergency special session.

Sisolak allows bars in three rural counties to reopen; more ‘surgically’ focused COVID-19 control plan coming next week

July 27th, 2020 - 5:16pm
At a press conference Monday evening in Carson City, the governor said the following counties — Clark, Washoe, Elko and Nye — would continue to have their bars and pubs closed for the foreseeable future, while those in rural Lander, Lyon and Humboldt counties would be allowed to re-open. The directive is effective immediately.

Scientists urge state to protect buckwheat threatened by lithium mining

July 21st, 2020 - 2:00am
There is a lot that remains unknown about Tiehm’s buckwheat. Groups even debate the proper grammar of its name (Tiehm or Tiehm’s). What’s not in dispute is that this species lives across fewer than 10 acres in western Nevada. It is found nowhere else in the world.

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