Colin Robertson, head of the state’s Division of Outdoor Recreation, called for more federal funding for land management along with investment in rural communities to help better manage resources stressed by the pandemic, which drove more campers to remote areas even as jobs decreased in outdoor recreation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.