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California wildfire prompts air quality advisory in Las Vegas
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Smoke drifting into the Las Vegas Valley from a wildfire in the San Bernardino, Calif., area has prompted Clark County to issue an air quality advisory. The advisory for smoke and ...
Electric car charging stations to link Las Vegas and Reno
Electric car charging stations to link Las Vegas and Reno
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
U.S. 95 will be called the “Electric Highway,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval in his announcement that Nevada will join NV Energy to install charging stations for electric cars between Las Vegas and Reno ...
Regulators give preliminary OK to solar plant
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The state Public Utilities Commission today gave preliminary approval to a company to build a 200-megawatt solar generating facility 15 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The approval was granted on the condition that ...
Region in jeopardy: How we might beat Western drought
Region in jeopardy: How we might beat Western drought
Monday, June 8, 2015
DROUGHT:
The history of the western United States during the 20th century was written with an abundance of water, as torrential flows poured down ...
New Nevada solar projects’ output to rival nearby plant
New Nevada solar projects’ output to rival nearby plant
Monday, June 1, 2015
Three solar projects in the Dry Lake area in southern Nevada have been approved, marking the Interior Department's first grouped approval on public land that it had already blessed for such use. Once complete ...
Photo: A view of Hoover Dam from the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat
Hydropower: A dam good energy source
Monday, June 1, 2015
5-minute expert:
Hydropower, derived from falling or running water, is the oldest renewable energy technology in existence and the United States’ largest source of renewable electricity. Last year, hydropower accounted for about 6 percent of total U.S. electricity generation and 52 percent of generation from all renewables. But it could produce even more. Only 3 percent of the 80,000 dams in the United States make electricity. Most were constructed for ...
Holy Crop
Holy Crop
Sunday, May 31, 2015
How federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the West
The water shortages that have brought California, Arizona and other Western states to the edge of an environmental cliff have been attributed to a historic climate event — a dry spell that experts worry could be the worst in 1,000 years. But an examination shows that the scarcity of water is as much ...
NV Energy fights to keep rooftop solar from cutting into its profit
NV Energy fights to keep rooftop solar from cutting into its profit
Monday, May 25, 2015
The future of solar energy in Nevada is at stake in a furious battle that likely won’t be resolved as the 2015 state legislative session nears an end next month. Solar advocates, Nevada businesses and solar industry reps are pushing for more rooftop solar, saying it’s unfair to ...
Reno water authority will need drought reserves by mid-June
Friday, May 22, 2015
Water flow in the Truckee River is expected to diminish by mid-June, forcing the Reno area's water authority to resort to backup supplies to provide water to homes and businesses. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ...
Photo: Canyon walls surrounding Lake Mead ringed with whi
Colorado’s rain isn’t helping Southwest reservoirs
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Colorado is slogging through a wetter than normal spring, with heavy rains restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn't helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado. The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday a series of recent storms have dropped ...
Shell, Greenpeace spar over Arctic drilling safety zones
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC presented testimony to a federal court judge Tuesday that the company needs safety zones around its Arctic drill fleet to prevent Greenpeace USA activists from endangering company workers and themselves ...
Blowing dust predicted for Tuesday prompts advisory
Monday, April 6, 2015
An air quality advisory has been issued for Tuesday because of expected high winds and blowing dust, county officials said. The Clark County Department of Air Quality issued the advisory for ...
Bundy’s battle not yet finished
Bundy’s battle not yet finished
Monday, April 6, 2015
Government stood down last year but still plans to collect unpaid grazing fees
The Department of Justice now is investigating Cliven Bundy and the dozens of militiamen who traveled from across the country to defend him. But it’s not clear what ...
Global warming: A glimpse at 2115 in the Las Vegas Valley
Global warming: A glimpse at 2115 in the Las Vegas Valley
Monday, April 6, 2015
5-minute expert:
A century from now, the Las Vegas Valley could be shrouded in a haze of ozone, parched from lengthy droughts and faced with blackouts from overexerted power grids used to run ...
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins,
California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
California's governor has ordered the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns that cut usage by 25 percent, imposing mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with drought.

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