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September 26, 2016

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High winds delay airport flights, prompt dust advisory
High winds delay airport flights, prompt dust advisory
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Gusty dry winds delayed flights at McCarran International Airport and prompted wildfire warnings and air quality dust advisories in Southern Nevada ...
Photo: In this Aug. 17, 2016 file photo, firefighters bat
2016's hellish summer weather: A told-you-so climate moment?
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Las Vegas had its hottest summer ever
This summer's weather was relentless and hellish, crowded with the type of record-smashing extremes that scientists have long warned about. The season ends Wednesday, and not a moment too soon. Summer featured floods that killed hundreds of people and caused more than $50 billion in losses around the globe, from Louisiana and West Virginia to ...
Photo: A sunset overview of the south shore of Lake Tahoe
Senate approves bill containing $415 million to protect Lake Tahoe
Friday, September 16, 2016
Congress is moving closer to spending hundreds of millions of dollars to further restore and protect Lake Tahoe, just two weeks after President Obama made his first visit and delivered an impassioned plea about the inseparable link between its economy and environment. With a 95-3 vote Thursday, the Senate approved a measure that calls for spending $10 billion on water quality projects nationwide over the next decade, including $415 million for the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. The measure now ...
Regulators OK grandfathering, resolve major issue in solar debate
Regulators OK grandfathering, resolve major issue in solar debate
Friday, September 16, 2016
Utility regulators OK’d a plan today to allow some 32,000 NV Energy customers who installed or applied for rooftop solar systems before this year to keep old, more favorable rates. The vote marked ...
Solar plant approved on tribal land north of Las Vegas
Solar plant approved on tribal land north of Las Vegas
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Standing at a podium with the American and Moapa Band of Paiute Indian flags behind her, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today the federal government’s approval of a 100-megawatt solar power plant on ...
Police following leads in how mercury got into middle school
Police following leads in how mercury got into middle school
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Officials say they have a few leads in their investigation into who brought at least a quarter-cup of mercury to a Las Vegas middle school. One student's home was found to be contaminated with the element, but ...
Junior high school reopens after 1/4 cup of mercury is cleaned up
Junior high school reopens after 1/4 cup of mercury is cleaned up
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A Las Vegas middle school is back in session nearly a week after a mercury discovery forced more than 1,000 students into a quarantine that ...
Parents voice concerns after mercury found at school
Friday, September 9, 2016
Concerned parents directed sometimes angry questions at officials after the discovery of a small amount of mercury at a Las Vegas school prompted an hourslong screening for exposure for more than ...
Photo: Participants in the Jasper Ridge Global Change Exp
Future climate change field test doesn't make Earth greener
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test — growing California flowers and grasslands with extra heat, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to mimic a not-so-distant, hotter future ...
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 ...
Photo: The desert tortoise is crucial to the health of th
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 ...