- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- How the tortoise became politicized
- Monday, May 15, 2017
- The desert tortoise’s lobbyists are well-known to solar developers and the country’s largest utility. They have successfully battled wind farms and rancher Cliven Bundy. As a threatened species, the squat land crawler continually frustrates developers and engages environmentalists as a rallying symbol. After years of litigation, a Virginia-based company confirmed ...
- Could management shift to states even if public lands remain federally owned?
- Monday, May 8, 2017
- The federal government, which owns the majority of land in Nevada, Oregon and Utah, sits on nearly 47 percent of all Western land. It’s a reality that has existed since ...
- EPA to leave Las Vegas when lease expires at UNLV in 2020
- Friday, May 5, 2017
- Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are crafting plans to move its UNLV lab out of Las Vegas ...
- What happens after Trump’s executive order on national monuments
- Thursday, April 27, 2017
- Using his executive authority, President Donald Trump directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Wednesday to review national monument designations dating back to the Clinton administration. Since the early 1900s, presidents have used a law called the Antiquities Act to create national monuments. But the act is ...
- The local ripple: How Trump's spartan budget could hit Nevada communities
- Monday, April 24, 2017
- With the Trump administration proposing to cut community grants for programs such as Meals on Wheels, officials in sparsely populated Lyon County are concerned about ...
- EPA directed to evaluate moving LV lab to Alabama, per White House budget doc
- Thursday, April 20, 2017
- As part of the federal budget process, a White House office in March asked the Environmental Protection Agency to consider relocating its Las Vegas lab to Alabama or another state, according to details of an internal document shared with the Sun. The agency’s current lease with UNLV, which began housing the ...
- Gauging the Trump effect on energy, the environment and land in the West
- Monday, April 17, 2017
- On a brisk day in late February, we pulled off a one-way, unpaved loop and watched cattle dogs guide five cows across a flat basin. Weeks of heavy winter storms meant the Southern Nevada desert’s iconic drive-by shrubbery appeared greener and fuller. Two months after then-President Barack Obama designated this 300,000-acre expanse the Gold Butte National Monument, little else had changed. The cattle remained controversial. The Bureau of Land Management continued saying it had ...
Daniel moved to Las Vegas after graduating from USC. He has previously reported for The Sacramento Bee, The Los Angeles Times and KCRW as an intern. He served as a managing editor, news editor and staff writer for the Daily Trojan. He is from Los Angeles, Calif.
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