INITIAL ATTACK: Nevada Division of Forestry’s Air Operations (video)

July 31, 2007

MINDEN, Nev.—Take an inside view of the Nevada Division of Forestry’s initial attack response team based in Minden, Nevada. Meet the Air Operations personnel and see how the division provides support fighting wildland fires in Nevada and California. By July 31, 2007, the team conducted initial attack operations on 30 fires for a total of 93 hours of flying time. The peak of the 2007 fire season had not yet begun.

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County approves funding agreement for Santa Maria River Park

July 31, 2007

DAYTON, Nev.—The County Commission approved a funding agreement Thursday, which will fund a Carson River access and park in the Santa Maria Ranch Planned Unit Development in the Dayton area.

According to an agenda summary form, the $328,000 grant comes from the Nevada Division of State Lands and Conservation and Resource Protection Grant Program. The grant comes from Question 1 monies, which were approved via Nevada voters in 2002 for projects of this nature, along with $75,000 from a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant. The Board approved the latter in April while the County’s land match obligation has been covered via a nearly 34-acre property donated via Dayton Land Developers, LLC.

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Read the complete story at The Leader-Courier.

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State Question 1 grant to help Carson City acquire 86-acres as open space

July 31, 2007

CARSON CITY, Nev.—In a rare real estate deal that left everyone involved smiling, the Carson City Board of Supervisors unanimously decided last week to buy the 86-acre Buzzy’s Ranch property with the intention of keeping the space largely undeveloped. “Right now, I’m in heaven,” said Open Space Manager Juan Guzman, who helped broker the deal. “This is a dream come true.”

Read more about the Carson City open space acquisition at the Carson Times.

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Yucca Mountain work continues (LVRJ)

July 30, 2007

LAS VEGAS—Is it science? Or is it defiance?

It’s both, say federal and state officials embroiled in a court battle over using Nevada’s water for drilling operations at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

On Thursday, an 8,000-gallon tanker truck churned through Midway Valley delivering water to several drill rigs, six days after the state engineer ordered the Department of Energy to stop using the water for the drilling project. The use of the water for collecting rock samples deep in the Earth’s crust defies a court-approved agreement. Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Fighting fire with goats at Lahontan (Fallon Star Press)

July 30, 2007

Goats at Lahontan State Recreation Area. Photo by Bob Conrad.

FALLON, Nev.–While wildfires continue to light up the skies of several western states, State Parks Regional Manager Eric Johnson gets assistance for fighting these fires from goats. Johnson is working on a system in the Lahontan Valley and other areas to eradicate noxious weeds, which supply these fires with ideal kindling. Read the complete story at the Fallon Star Press.


Governor Gibbons announces members of the Tahoe Basin Fire Commission

July 27, 2007

CARSON CITY, Nev.–Governor Jim Gibbons today released the names of those who will represent Nevada on the joint Nevada-California Tahoe Basin Fire Commission.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Governor Jim Gibbons and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday, July 23, 2007 states that each Governor shall appoint eight voting members and no more than three non-voting ex officio members. Read the rest of this entry »


Government challenges order halting water use at Yucca site (LVRJ)

July 26, 2007

LAS VEGAS–The other shoe dropped Wednesday in the squabble between the federal government and Nevada over using the state’s water for drill rigs at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. Justice Department attorneys on behalf of the Department of Energy filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas seeking to block State Engineer Tracy Taylor’s June 1 cease-and-desist order, which was reinstated Friday.

“The state engineer’s application of Nevada water law stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress with respect to DOE’s ongoing work at the Yucca Mountain site,” reads the court papers that were filed at the close of business Wednesday by Acting Assistant Attorney General Ronald Tenpas and Stephen Bartell, attorney for the Justice Department’s Natural Resources Section in Washington, D.C. Read the complete article at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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