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August 25, 2016

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Air quality advisory in Vegas blames 3 California wildfires
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Officials in Las Vegas are blaming poor air quality and a smoky haze in southern Nevada on wildfires in coastal and mountain areas of California. A Clark County Department of Air Quality advisory issued Wednesday cites ...
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Why the desert tortoise is so important to our home in the Mojave
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Desert tortoises used to be a common sight in undeveloped parts of the Las Vegas Valley. Today, the population is diminished, and the reptiles have disappeared from many areas of their historic range. Here’s a look at why they’re disappearing from the desert, and why that matters ...
Photo: Smoke from California wildfires obscures the view
Smoke shrouds valley, prompts air quality advisory
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Smoke from California wildfires blanketed the Las Vegas Valley this morning, prompting an air quality advisory, according to the Clark County Department of Air Quality. The smoke is from the 28-square-mile fire burning in ...
Feds eye compromise on desert off-road race
Friday, August 12, 2016
A federal agency is considering a compromise that would allow a popular off-highway race from Las Vegas to Reno next week with a slower, no-pass zone through part of a new national monument. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is mulling ...
Photo: In this July 6, 2016, file photo, President Barack
President Obama will speak at annual Lake Tahoe summit
Monday, August 8, 2016
The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Lake Tahoe on Aug. 31 to speak about his commitment to protecting the environment and addressing climate change. Spokesman Eric Schultz says Obama will ...
Photo: Zion National Park
As the National Park Service hits the century mark, rediscover the beauty of the West
Monday, August 8, 2016
A major shift thundered through the country in the 19th century, when westward expansion led to the discovery of America’s breathtaking landscapes. Seeing the potential for harm done by those living out newsman Horace Greeley’s famous advice — “Go West” — President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law a plan to ...
Photo: In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, a kayaker paddl
Lake Tahoe warming 15 times faster than long-term average
Friday, July 29, 2016
The average surface temperature of Lake Tahoe has risen faster over the last four years than any time on record — 15 times faster than the long-term warming rate over the past half century, scientists say. Continued warm and dry conditions contributed to several record-breaking measurements at Lake Tahoe in 2015, raising concerns ...
House members discuss red tape on Las Vegas-area federal lands
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Congressional officials meeting in North Las Vegas are discussing how to reduce hurdles to developing federally owned lands in urban areas. Members of the House natural resources committee, including ...
Photo: Smoke from California wildfires obscures the view
Wildfire smoke triggers air quality advisory
Monday, July 25, 2016
Clark County’s Department of Air Quality has issued an advisory for today and Tuesday for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke from ...
Long Beach, Calif., shores reopened after sewage spill
Friday, July 22, 2016
Long Beach authorities say it's safe to go back in the water. Four miles of beaches that were declared off-limits to swimmers and waders after a 2.4 million-gallon sewage spill upstream reopened Friday ...
Photo: Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., speaks at the 19th Annua
Amodei expects new push for Yucca
Thursday, June 30, 2016
With the retirement of Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Mark Amodei says he sees another push to open Yucca Mountain on ...
Smoke from California fires triggers air quality alert
Smoke from California fires triggers air quality alert
Friday, June 24, 2016
An air quality alert has been issued through Saturday morning because of ozone pollution and smoke from wildfires burning in ...
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Obama: Climate change already damaging national parks
Saturday, June 18, 2016
President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change is already damaging America's national parks, with rising temperatures causing Yosemite's meadows to dry out and raising the prospect of a glacier preserve without …
After almost three decades, a passionate protector leaves Mount Charleston
After almost three decades, a passionate protector leaves Mount Charleston
Thursday, June 9, 2016
“She will be missed,” neighbor Mike McGroarty said of longtime Mount Charleston resident Becky Grismanauskas. ““verything that got done up there was done through her.” But, as the old saying goes, what ...
Poll: Nevada voters support solar energy, preservation of public lands
Poll: Nevada voters support solar energy, preservation of public lands
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Across the political spectrum, Nevada voters generally support renewable energy, taxing mining companies, and the preservation of public lands, preferring ...