Internet video to be set up for water hearings

January 31, 2008

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CORRECTION: This article was updated with new and correct information at 10:13 a.m. Feb. 5, 2008. 

 The Nevada State Engineer will be holding water rights hearing on applications filed for Cave Valley, Dry Lake Valley and Delamare Valley Monday, February 4 through Friday February 11, 2008.

The hearing will be broadcast live at the Nevada Legislature Web site:

The hearing will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2008, continuing through Friday, February 8, 2008, and reconvening at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2008, continuing through Friday, February 15, 2008, to be held at the Nevada Legislature, 401 South Carson Street, Room 1214, Carson City, Nevada. Please note that the room will be moved for Thursday and Friday, February 7 and 8 to Room 4100.

Public comment will be taken on Friday, February 8, 2008 and written public comment will be accepted until Friday, February 29, 2008.

Oral public comment will be taken in Carson City, Las Vegas, Caliente and Ely on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The locations for public comment are the hearing in Carson City, and:

State of Nevada Office Building
555 East Washington Ave., Room 4412
Las Vegas, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Lincoln County
360 Lincoln Street
Caliente, NV 89008-0728
Phone: 775-726-3109

University of Nevada
White Pine County Cooperative Extension
995 Campton Street
Conference Room
Ely, Nevada

Written public comment
As set forth in the Intermediate Order and Hearing Notice of Oct. 4, 2007, the State Engineer will accept written public comment regarding the use of water as applied for under the applications. The new deadline for written public comments is Feb. 29, 2008.

Please address comments to:

Tracy Taylor
State Engineer
Attention: Susan Joseph-Taylor
Chief Hearing Officer
901 S. Stewart Street
Ste. 2002
Carson City, NV 89701-5250


Hillsboro awaits mercury removal (Courier News, N.J.)

January 30, 2008

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection LogoShipments to Nevada now expected in spring

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J.–The removal of 2,615 metric tons of mercury stored at the General Services Administration depot here has become a yearlong waiting game.

The players include township officials and Congressman Mike Ferguson, R-New Providence, who said they want the mercury “gone yesterday” from the Route 206 facility. On the other side are Nevada Department of Environmental Protection and the Defense National Stockpile Center officials, who want to take their time to ensure the mercury is moved safely and securely to an Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev.

Read the complete article at the Courier News.

Milestone reached in Truckee River deal (RGJ)

January 24, 2008

The government has released a final environmental study on a comprehensive management plan for the Truckee River, a key milestone in 17 years of negotiations over the river’s future.

The U.S. Department of Interior and California Department of Water Resources report concludes there will be no significant adverse impacts from the Truckee River Operating Agreement.

“This is a huge step for everyone involved,” said Allen Biaggi, director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “It resolves many of the water issues on the Truckee River and they have been very contentious. We’ve been working very hard to get to this point.”

 Read the complete story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Nevada trails Web site launched

January 23, 2008

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Grant funding helps Great Basin Institute create new site

CARSON CITY, Nev.—A gateway to Nevada’s trails has just been created. A new Web site sure to appeal to Nevada residents and tourists alike offers a central location for the best and most comprehensive information about Nevada’s recreational trails. This site is located at

With funding from federal Recreational Trail Program grants, administered by the Nevada Division of State Parks, the Great Basin Institute, in partnership with federal, state and local land management agencies, created the on-line encyclopedia of designated motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.

Site features include:

  • Trails searches by location, length and use
  • Downloadable topographical maps
  • Trail information
  • Driving directions
  • GPS locations
  • Elevations
  • Types of recreation allowed Read the rest of this entry »

Valley of Fire photo exhibit at Las Vegas Springs Preserve through April 30 (CityLife)

January 23, 2008

Photograph Copyright © Nicholas A. PricePhotographer Nicholas Price divines the Valley of Fire

Anyone who has ever visited Valley of Fire State Park, located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, understands the strange power the red sandstone formations, which have existed since the age of dinosaurs, might have upon the imaginations of artists.

Walking among the shattered walls of ancient dunes, one feels transported to another planet — Mars, perhaps — where the sudden appearance of an alien robot or a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex would be shocking, maybe, but not entirely surprising. After all, Valley of Fire simmers with cosmic majesty, making the Strip look puny and forced by comparison.

Read the complete story at Las Vegas CityLife.

Tending the well (Nevada Appeal)

January 23, 2008

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New state law regulates domestic wells, parceling

The old saying goes, “You don’t miss your water ’till your well runs dry” and many in the state and the rural counties are taking that to heart.

Deputy State Water Engineer Jason King said SB275, the new law that went into effect Jan. 1, allows domestic well users to withdraw 2 acre-feet a year, slightly less than the previous allowance of 1,800 gallons a day, or 2.2 acre feet a year.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

Tread Lightly organization wins the Boys Scouts of America award

January 16, 2008

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CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada Division of State Parks, in conjunction with The Center for Responsible Outdoor Activities and Recreation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, are proud to announce that the Boy Scouts of America has accepted the nomination of the Tread Lightly organization of Ogden, Utah for the William T. Hornaday Gold Certificate Award.

The Boy Scouts of America describe the award as the “Olympic Medal Bestowed by the Earth.”

The award was presented yesterday to Tread Lightly in a ceremony before federal land management agency representatives, The Center for Responsible Outdoor Activities and Recreation and Nevada State Parks representatives. State Parks nominated Tread Lightly for the award. Read the rest of this entry »