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July 25, 2017

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4 Nevada schools cancel football camp due to air quality
Thursday, July 20, 2017
The last day of football camp for four Nevada high schools has been canceled after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a warning that air quality in the area could be unhealthy for ...
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Nevada botanist: Roaming the desert, in search of rare plants
Monday, July 10, 2017
Janel Johnson, 39, is a botanist with the Nevada Natural Heritage Program in Carson City ...
House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump
House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
A House panel today approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in ...
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Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy
Saturday, June 24, 2017
With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach. ...
Push to lift uranium mining ban revives tension over nuclear activities
Push to lift uranium mining ban revives tension over nuclear activities
Monday, June 19, 2017
In 2012, President Obama issued a 20-year ban on mining claims near the Grand Canyon. The move halted future uranium extraction projects in the region, a win for ...
Photo: A protest sign in Baker, Nev., opposes the Souther
Water fights: Can the free market tame the West's vital and volatile currency?
Monday, June 19, 2017
Throughout the region, from the state level to the local level, water is overallocated. That includes the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people across seven Western states and parts of Mexico. Demand is expected to rise, and questions remain about how water will be valued and portioned out. One concept has momentum ...
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Las Vegas fourth-graders heading to Zion as part of initiative
Friday, June 9, 2017
One group of fourth-graders will have no problem bragging this fall about what they did on their summer vacation ...
Facts muddy Trump's claim that US is cleanest country
Saturday, June 3, 2017
President Donald Trump said the United States "will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth" as he announced a U.S. pullout from an international accord designed to curb climate change. ...
Contractor picked to guard Nevada National Security Site
Thursday, June 1, 2017
A subsidiary of a Virginia defense contractor has been awarded a contract paying up to $203 million over five years to guard a vast former nuclear proving ground outside Las Vegas, a spokesman for the agency overseeing the ...
NRC to make request on proposed Yucca repository
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The state will decide whether to weigh in as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission takes steps toward reopening the licensing process to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. The NRC is seeking public comment on its intent to request that ...
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Report outlines steps to revive Yucca Mountain repository
Friday, May 26, 2017
Federal officials say restarting the Yucca Mountain repository project would require rebuilding capacity at the Department of Energy, among other steps, according to a report published in April and made public today. The U.S. Government Accountability Office says a variety of factors could impact the amount of time it would take to resume and finish the licensing process for the ...
Nevada's nuclear dilemma: Inside the reignited fight over Yucca Mountain
Nevada's nuclear dilemma: Inside the reignited fight over Yucca Mountain
Monday, May 22, 2017
For decades, Nevada has been resisting the federal government’s plan to turn Yucca Mountain into the nation’s lone dump for high-level nuclear waste. Critics say seismic ...
How to weigh in on Nevada's national monuments under review
How to weigh in on Nevada's national monuments under review
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Until mid-July, the Interior Department will be accepting public comments on 27 national monuments, most of them located in the West, including ...
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Battle over Bears Ears heats up as Trump rethinks its monument status
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The monument designation comes with new rules, and Trump’s decision to rethink the conservation area has hit like a lightning bolt, intensifying a heated debate over who gets to control the land ...
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Global warming’s urgency topic of local debate
Saturday, May 6, 2017
When it comes to the debate about global warming, clearly there are fervent believers and nonbelievers. But sometimes the conflicting sides aren’t that far apart. ...