Goats on weeds

September 25, 2007

LAHONTAN, Nev.–More than 1,400 acres at the Carson River Ranches, Nevada state park have been treated for weeds using goats for prescribed grazing. Park regional manager Eric Johnson explains the project and the benefit to the state.


American Bus Association names White Pine County’s “Fire and Ice” event one of North America’s top 100 for 2008

September 24, 2007

Sponge Bob Square Pants snow sculpture at the 2007 Fire and Ice Show in White Pine County, Nevada.

Nevada event to be held at Cave Lake State Park January 18-20, 2008

[See Related: the White Pine County Fire and Ice show video.]

ELY, Nev.–The American Bus Association announced today that the White Pine County Fire and Ice Show, to be held on January 18-20, 2008, has been designated as one of the top 100 events in North America by an elite tourism industry selection committee.

Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that Fire and Ice offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.

“The White Pine Fire and Ice Show started as a small, local event but has turned into a major outdoor entertainment attraction for the western United States,” said Steve Gray, park supervisor at Cave Lake State Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Yucca fault line might spring surprise (LVRJ)

September 24, 2007

Letter, maps suggest it’s not where scientists had thought it was

LAS VEGAS–Bore hole drilling operations at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site have turned up preliminary evidence that an earthquake fault line passes beneath the place where project officials want to build concrete pads for storing thousands of tons of highly radioactive spent fuel.

A letter and maps from the U.S. Geological Survey obtained last week by the Review-Journal show that the Bow Ridge fault passes directly beneath the footprint of a pad where spent fuel canisters would age or cool down before they are entombed in a maze of tunnels inside the mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Rock core samples extracted by drill rigs about 250 feet below the surface indicate that the fault is hundreds of feet east of where scientists had thought it was.

Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Judge refuses to stop Yucca water use (LVRJ)

September 24, 2007

Energy Department can finish Phase 1 drilling

LAS VEGAS–U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt on Thursday denied motions by Nevada attorneys to make the Department of Energy stop using the state’s water for all bore hole drilling operations at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

In so doing, Hunt urged lawyers for both sides to sit down and work out their differences rather than “dig in their heels” and not budge on their respective positions.

“I am directing — sharply suggesting, short of requiring — that the parties get together seriously and reasonably,” Hunt said after announcing his decision without hearing arguments.

Later, he said, “The court could craft an agreement that neither one of you are going to like.”

Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Dayton church, hospital delayed by water protests (Nevada Appeal)

September 24, 2007

Churchill County, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe seek comprehensive plan addressing overappropriation of the basin

CARSON CITY, Nev.–All Tom Martin wants to do is build a church.

The proposed church would use Lyon County municipal water instead of the domestic well the church has a right to use, but blanket water protests by Churchill County and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe are keeping him from doing it.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

Northern Nevada water-pumping plan rejected (AP)

September 20, 2007

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s water engineer has rejected a proposal by engineer Tom Gallagher to pump water from a desert valley east of Pyramid Lake and pipe it to Fernley, Warm Springs and Spanish Springs valleys and the Reno-Sparks area.

State Engineer Tracy Taylor ruled the 38,000 acre-feet per year that Gallagher, owner of Summit Engineering Corp., wanted to pump from Granite Valley “substantially exceeds” water resources in the valley and would interfere with existing rights.’

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

TRIP OF THE WEEK: Spring Mountain Ranch State Park offers recreation, special programs (LVRJ)

September 19, 2007

Spring Mountain State Park 

LAS VEGAS–With the beautiful Red Rock cliffs as a backdrop, historic Spring Mountain Ranch State Park provides a scenic spot close to Las Vegas for picnics, hiking, ranch tours and special programs all year long. During balmy autumn weekends, the park offers living history presentations highlighting events and people from the ranch’s fascinating past.

The park’s location near Highway 159 puts it within easy reach for Las Vegas Valley residents from either West Charleston Boulevard or the Pahrump Road, Highway 160. A drive of less than 30 minutes takes you to the park’s entrance from most areas of the valley.

Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.